This is pertaining to my hānai son, Jason Poole. I call him Iakona. He's been with me for quite some time now. I've always admired this young man. I invited him to join me. I took him in as a son.
How did Pittsburgh-born, classically trained singer Jason Poole find himself knee-deep in mud, gutting fish on the remote island of Molokai?
Monday, December 14, 2015
Have you seen it?
Matt Yamashita (Quazifilms) made a fantastic music video for my original song, HEALING WATERS!
I love it so much! Matt recorded new footage of me singing down by the river in Hālawa Valley the day after the Molokai premier of the documentary Sons of Hālawa! (Yup. True story. That really is the river behind me–no green screen involved! We were so blessed with lighting and weather conditions that afternoon. Matt set up a microphone for me to use a prop along with my headphones to create a “studio vibe.” And here’s a fun fact for you: I used a recording of HEALING WATERS from Matt’s phone to sing along with. The phone was discretely tucked into my pocket.)
The video weaves together the newly recorded footage along with images from the film. It’s spectacular and I hope you’ll click on the link above and watch it. (And re-watch again and again!)
The video originally premiered on Facebook on Thanksgiving day. (It’s been viewed over 3,000 times already!) That was something to be thankful for, for sure! I was excited to learn he’d recently posted it on Youtube, too. Now I can share it with you!
Another video is being created for my song LIFE IN HĀLAWA, also featured on the soundtrack for the film. (Note: The songs have all been amazingly arranged and recorded by Molokai’s own LONO. And there are 2 of his fantastic original mele on the soundtrack, too!)
More details about that and the film and the amazingly cool experience of attending the film’s premier at the Honolulu International Film Festival coming soon!
Until then, kick back and relax and let your mind go to beautiful Hālawa Valley with this video.
With warm Aloha
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sharing Aloha is something everyone can do.
It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture.
It can be simple:
Nourishing and caring for the self, both in mind and body, so that we can present our best selves to the world
Taking a deep breath to center yourself before engaging in a conversation.
Offering your seat to someone on a crowded bus or subway
Holding the door for someone
A kind smile as you pass someone on the street
Saying “Aloha” to a friend or neighbor (or even – gulp! – a stranger!)
We CAN make a difference in the world by starting with our own actions. Simply Sharing Aloha in our own way can make a diffence, one person at a time. A ripple effect, as the wave of Aloha spreads out and reaches more and more people.
Aloha i kekahi i kekahi. Love one another
We need your simple acts of Aloha. Today. Right now. Always.
How can YOU share Aloha in the world today?
*Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Here’s a quick video check-in about the upcoming word premier of the documentary Sons of Hālawa!
I am so excited! One week from today!
Let the magic begin.
*Please be sure to check out the Quazifilms website (click HERE) for more information about other exciting projects.
*For the schedule of the film’s showings, please click HERE.4 Comments
Monday, October 26, 2015
Last week I had the great privilege of teaching/sharing Hawaiian music and culture at a public elementary school out in Howard Beach, New York. My friends lovingly refer to it as the “far out school.” But not in a Greg Brady or John Denver kind of “far out” way. See, this school is about a … Click here to read more…4 Comments
Saturday, October 17, 2015
You’ve seen it, right? The trailer for the soon-to-be-released documentary SONS OF HALAWA? (Be sure to click on the photo above to watch it!) As of this writing, the trailer has been viewed on Facebook over 54,000 times! And it’s been shared almost 2,400 times! This amazing documentary will be making its WORLD PREMIER at … Click here to read more…6 Comments
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Aloha gang! It’s time for another Crooner Break! This time I’m checking in from the street after watching the always lovely and eloquent Elizabeth Gilbert at a taping of the Dr. Oz Show. Liz was there to talk about her book Big Magic as well as share some of her tools for living a creative … Click here to read more…2 Comments