• Remembrance: Eddie Kamae

    Legendary Hawaiian musician, composer and filmmaker, Eddie Kamae passes Jan 7, 2017, at age 89. I first met Eddie and Myrna Kamae through my sister-in-law, Leona Kamoku. Leona was a waitress at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua on Maui where she befrended Myrna while Eddie was courting Myrna. We were all ‘connected’ by Myrna and Leonas friendship and shared many homemade meals of stew and rice, or chicken long rice with lomi salmon and poi at Leona and Pauline Kamoku‘s home on Manono Street in Hilo. Eddie was born on Maui in Oluwalu and his great grandmother was a hula dancer and…

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  • Remembrance: Al and Elisabeth Achilles

    posted while on tour [February 11, 2017]… It is mid-February 2017 and I’m on a 6-week tour with Nathan Aweau and David Kahiapo. Tonight’s show is at CenterArts on the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  Tomorrow we move on with two shows at the Blue Note at the Napa Valley Opera House… I tried to call my longtime friends of over 40 years, Al and Elisabeth Achilles who lived in Napa in Silverado but both of their phones were disconnected so I tried to “Google” them. Here’s what I got! Al and Elisabeth Achilles:  entry dated Jan…

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  • Santa Cruz Mother’s Day 2016

    I ka La’i O Chaminade Resort & Spa (In the Calm of Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, CA) A poem by GK for Nancy on Mothers Day,  May 8, 2016 At first, it’s cold and rainy The singsong of the Mexican voices high up on the roof mixed with the singsong of the chirping birds! Two Mexicans talking in pleasant voices, pleasant to my ear like a slackkey song! They… Are… Changing broken red tiles from a wind stormed fallen Eucalyptus Tree! High above changing tar paper and replacing red tiles I see and inquire about knee pads…

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