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  • Just Back after 44 days On The Road

    I just got back from touring 10 states and doing about 30 gigs and Hawaiian Slack Key guitar and ukulele workshops in 44 days on the road! We (Led Kaapana, Uncle Richard Hoopii and I) even landed a review in the NY Times for our efforts  -see the previous Blog post here or go to the NYTimes.com website. [“Virtuosic Keepers of a Cultural Flame” by Nate Chinen. [ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/arts/music/masters-of-hawaiian-music-play-at-subculture.html?_r=0 ] I really got recharged being on the road with Nancy and the gang. I looked at over 50 books in Portland OR and read about 4 books cover to cover…

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  • NY Times “Virtuosic Keepers of a Cultural Flame”

    ‘Masters of Hawaiian Music’ Play at SubCulture By NATE CHINENOCT. 16, 2014 During a handful of small, transcendent moments in “Masters of Hawaiian Music,” at SubCulture on Wednesday night, the line between craftsmanship and showmanship blurred to the point of irrelevance. The concert’s distinguished artists — George Kahumoku Jr. and Ledward Kaapana on guitars, and Uncle Richard Ho‘opi‘i on ukulele — played and sang in a traditional Hawaiian mode, bringing folklore and cultural memory into a performance that unfolded as breezy entertainment. Which was in keeping with the nature of their art form, and the elite but approachable stature that each…

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  • Hawaiian luau bringing island taste to Interior Alaska

    By Gary Black gblack@newsminer.com of the Fairbanks Daily News Miner FAIRBANKS — George Kahumoku Jr. is more than just a master of Hawaiian music. He’s also a master of Hawaiian cuisine. Kahumoku, along with Uncle Richie Ho’opi’i and Ledward Kaapana, make up the Masters of Hawaiian music, an island ensemble bringing stories, songs and tales of island life to Interior Alaska this week with performances in Delta, Fairbanks and Healy. On Friday, Kahumoku and Ho’opi’i are acting as guest chefs at a Hawaiian luau at The Blue Loon, which serves as a fundraiser for the Fairbanks Concert Association while allowing Kahumoku and Ho’opi’i to show…

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  • Edmonton Folk Festival -Travelmates

    You get a glimpse of the true nature of folks when you travel with them.  For one thing, you spend awfully long days with them in unfamiliar surroundings and out of the comfort of personal routines…     Uncle Richard Hoopii and his wife Ululani Traveling with uncle Richard Hoopii and Aunty Ululani definitely has it’s perks. For one, we always give thanks before our journey, during our Journey, after our Gigs and on our journey way home, so we feel it’s a blessing to be with Richard & Ululani and that God is watching over us as well.  Uncle…

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  • Edmonton Folk Festival with Jake Shimabukuro

    Meeting up with Jake Shimabukuro in Edmonton was a pleasant surprise. Dave Jacquin his soundman and tour manager and Alex Ferrari his film and videographer accompanied him. I first met Jake in the late 1990’s when he played ukulele and Hawaiian music with Pure Heart, a musical group made up of John Yamasato on vocals and guitar and Lopaka Colon on congas drums. They came to entertain us at a Lahainaluna High School special assembly. I remember Jake as being this small Japanese kid jumping all over the stage playing his Ukulele really fast. Next time I met him was at…

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