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Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

Which of these song titles could be translated as “A BEAUTY”

A. ALOHA KAUAʻI

B. PĀPĀLINA LAHILAHI

C. HE UʻI

D. PŌHAI KE ALOHA

• Please submit your answer by posting a reply to this entry on the blog.
• All correct answers will be eligible to win a special email message from me.
• One winner will be randomly chosen at 11:59pm HST.

Will YOU be this week’s lucky winner?

Good Luck!

Aloha Poʻalima! Happy Aloha Friday!

**Crooner’s Update:

Dang!  You guys are good!  Really, really good!

The correct answer is C. HE U’I.

It’s one of my favorite uptempo hulas.  I love the rascal nature of the song!

And this week’s winner, chosen randomly from all of the correct answers is… (Drum roll, please…) NUALA PURCELL!  Congrats, Nuala!  You’re this week’s Trivia Superstar!

A giant MAHALO for playing along this week, gang!  And I hope you’ll play along next week, too.

Happy Weekend!

A hui hou…

Jason

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Hālawa Bay, Molokai

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jason Poole, accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Halawa Bay

Hālawa Bay, Molokai (July 2012)

 

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The Crooner’s Weekly TOP 5 (8.29.12)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

Aloha kākou!

I always have my iPod with me. It’s my personal jukebox.

Living in New York City, I spend a lot of time traveling underground via subway–and those rides can be long and boring! But having a collection of great music with me at all times keeps me from losing my mind. I can escape to a tropical isle with the push of a button. Portable paradise!

Here are the TOP 5 SONGS from my iPod this week:

1.  Beyond The Reef (The Waikiki Hula Boys’ recording on the album Hula)

I scored a copy of this classic album from 1954 when it was released on CD–complete with Japanese liner notes!–a few years ago.  It’s awesome!

Voices are just “part of the band” in this group with simple “Ooohs.”  The lineup of musicians include: Harry Baty, Pua Almeida, Sam Kaapuni, Danny Stewart, Sam Koki, Bud Smith and Andy Iona!  How cool is that?

Super “period perfect” in sound–like stepping through a sound portal directly into 1954.  I love it.  Dreamy!

And this crooner classic song is given the royal treatment by these amazing musicians.

2. Pupule (Crazy) (Melveen Leed’s recording on the album Melveen’s County Hits)

I love Willie Nelsons’s country classic, CRAZY.  And I love the voice of Aunty Melveen.  Put ‘em together and you get an awesome combination!

But wait! It get’s even better!  Then she sings part of the song in Hawaiian!  Come on–how cool is that?  (Queen of Hawaiian Country, Aunty Melveen never disappoints.)

I always say that Hawaiian music and country music are close cousins.  And with this song, you can listen and see for yourself.

3. Lei ʻOhu (Ata Damasco’s recording on the album Paʻina Hou!)

Ah!  An uptempo, bouncy hula sung by one of my favorite voices, Ata Damasco!

Similar to some other songs, this song names a famous chief and the beloved flower lei attributed to nā moku ʻehā, the four islands of Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi.  But this song has a fantastic swing–it’s a standout AND it stands alone.  Right on!

*Please click HERE to visit Ata’s page at Ululoa Records.

4. Lehuaʻula (Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom & Willie K’s recording on the album Hawaiian Tradition)

When I took my first tentative steps in hula, I listened to this album all the time.  And, truth be told, I practiced basic hula hands and hula footwork to this song, too!

It always will hold a special place in my heart.

Amy’s wonderful and soothing voice–and the steady hula rhythm!–makes this an ideal song to play when practicing your steps.

*Please click HERE to visit Amy’s website.

*Please click HERE to visit Willie Ks website.

5. Kamalani (Herb Ohta Jr’s recording on the album ʻUkulele Dream)

This song has been inspiring me to pick up my ʻukulele this week.  To pick it up and PICK individual notes on the ʻukulele instead of strumming it.

I’m a simple strummer–but this song and Herb’s musical genius, makes me want to be able to pick.  To be more versatile on the ukulele.  To become a better instrumental player.

Gotta love being inspired!

(And this song always makes me think of my buddies Tommy and Kbelle.  Cheers, guys!)

*Please click HERE to visit Herb Ohta Jr’s website.

What are YOU listening to?  Drop me a line and let me know!

And, as always, a giant MAHALO to Puna and the gang at www.mele.com for being an awesome Hawaiian music resource. You all make the world a better place!  I’m DEFINITELY thankful for that!

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Strummin’ in the City (#72)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, nyc, little league, kamaka, kamaka ukulele, strummin' in the city, urban strummer

Holding on to summer: Little league and my Kamaka soprano (standard) 'ukulele. (NYC, 8.28.12)

A lot of folks find it hard to believe that I carry my ‘ukulele with me all the time.

But you never know when you might feel like strumming!

And as Pops is always quick to advise: E ho’omākaukau. Be prepared.

Ah… the life of an urban strummer!

(Do you like the ʻukulele in the photo? Check out www.kamakahawaii.com for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)

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Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

Which Hawaiian recording artist released the album KAUNALOA?

A. Kuana Torres Kahele

B. Darlene Ahuna

C. Alfred Aholo Apaka

D. Emma Veary

• Please submit your answer by posting a reply to this entry on the blog.
• All correct answers will be eligible to win a special email message from me.
• One winner will be randomly chosen at 11:59pm HST.

Will YOU be this week’s lucky winner?

Good Luck!

Aloha Poʻalima! Happy Aloha Friday!

**Crooner Update:

Well done, gang!  Right on!

The correct answer is A. KUANA TORRES KAHELE.

This is one of my favorite albums–it plays on “repeat” so often that I’m afraid I’m burning a hole in the CD!  (To check out this awesome collection of music, please click HERE.)

And this week’s winner, chosen randomly from all of the correct answers, is… (Drum roll, please…) SARO VANASUP!  Congrats, Saro!  You’re this week’s Trivia Superstar!

Mahalo to all of you for taking part in this week’s Aloha Friday Trivia Challenge.  I hope you’ll play again next week, too!

Happy Weekend, gang!

A hui hou…

Jason

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My recent travels to Molokai and Chicago and Pennsylvania have got my mind SPINNING!

There are so many wonderful things/projects/awesome-to-be-a-part-of-stuff that are happening.  You know, it’s fantastic.  I mean really fantastic!

And it’s also really exhausting.

In fact, I’m starting to feel like a piece of taffy.  I remember watching taffy being made at one of those shops on the boardwalk in a beach town when I was growing up.  I loved watching the candy counter folks mix the colors and flavors together.  And then they’d put it on the machine.  That gob of sweet goodness ended up being S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D in every direction.

Well, that’s how I’m feeling right now.  (And almost ready to break!)

Here’s the scoop:

ALL of the projects are great.  I’m working on learning new music, developing/expanding my ‘ukulele “skillz”, writing new music, studying Hawaiian language, etc.

All of the projects feed each other–and the overall BIG PICTURE of what I hope to do in life.

You know: like write and sing and teach… (And help to perpetuate a unique piece of Hawaiian culture found only the remote valley of Hālawa on the island of Molokai!)

But somewhere along the way, in all of the goodness and excitement and enthusiasm, I lost my sense of balance.

Literally.  In fact, I’ve developed vertigo!  (Yikes! More on that in an upcoming post.)

So today, while I had my hands in about 100 different projects and that all-too-familiar dizziness came over me, I had to tell myself that I needed to slow down a bit.

S-L-O-W.  D-O-W-N.  J-A-S-O-N.

And take a breath.  (And a quick strum break!)

And really concentrate on one thing at a time.

Easier said than done, right?

How do YOU stay focused and keep yourself from snapping?  I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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