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Archive for September, 2012

Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

What is the name of Raiatea Helm’s first solo album?

(Hint: It was released in 2002.)

A. FAR AWAY HEAVEN

B. SWEET & LOVELY

C. HAWAIIAN BLOSSOM

D. SEA OF LOVE

• 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:

Y’all amaze me.  Every week.  Right on.

Yes!  The answer is A.  Far Away Heaven.  It’s a great debut from this oh-so-talented lady.  Wow.  (Please click HERE if you’d like to check out the album!)

And this week’s winner, chosen randomly from all of the correct answers is… (Drum roll, please…) CAROL!  Congrats, Carol! That makes you this week’s Trivia Superstar!

Mahalo for playing this week, gang!  And I hope you’ll take the challenge again next week, too.

Happy Weekend.

A hui hou…

Jason

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Video Blog: Our Hawaiian Tī Plant is growing!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aloha gang!  It’s time for another video blog!

I’m excited to introduce you to our latest addition to the family: the Hawaiian Tī Plant that’s growing in our apartment!

Happy Aloha Thursday!

 

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On the road, again!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Aloha gang! Happy Aloha Sunday!

I’ll be on the road for the next few days so the blog will be a little quiet.

I’ll be back online on Thursday, September 27th. But I’ll be checking in via Facebook and Twitter as often as I can.

Stay tuned for updates and details about this new adventure!

With Aloha,
Jason

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Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

The legendary Hawaiian duo, the Brothers Cazimero, consists of two awesomely talented brothers.  What are their names?

A. DWIGHT AND DALE

B. NEDWARD AND NATHAN

C. ROBERT AND ROLAND

D. JOHN AND JAMES

• 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:

Right on, gang!

I loved the question this week.  It made me laugh.  (I’m a fan of alliteration and coming up with the pairs of names brought a smile to my face.)

The correct answer is C. ROBERT AND ROLAND.

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

Mahalo to you all for taking part in this week’s challenge.  I hope you’ll play along next week, too!

Happy Weekend!

A hui hou…

Jason

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Video Blog: Two Very Special Lei from Molokai

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Aloha, gang!

A new video blog!  And this week, I’m sharing two very special lei from my collection.  These were just made in July while I was on Molokai and I’m excited to share them with you.

See if you can figure out what they’re made from…

Happy Aloha Thursday!

 

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The Crooner’s Weekly TOP 5 (9.19.12)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ukulele Croonerʻs Weekly TOP 3 iPod Jason Poole Accidental Hawaiian Crooner

I LOVE HAWAIIAN MUSIC!  True story.

And I listen to it all the time!  Especially when I’m on the move–either walking along NYC’s crowded sidewalks or riding the rails on the subway through the tunnels under the concrete.  (I’m convinced that it helps to keep me sane in this crazy city!)

I love a really wide variety of it: vintage, traditional, contemporary, instrumental…

And I love sharing some of my favorites with you.

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

1. Ei Nei (Lena Machado’s recording on the album Hawaiian Song Bird)

One of my favorite voices from the past is Aunty Lena Machado.  And while her voice and this song are both considered to be vintage by some folks, in my mind they’re also timeless.

One of my favorite things to hear when I’m on Molokai is when one of the kūpuna (elders) calls out so sweetly to someone across the room, “Hui!  Ei nei… aloha!  Aloha mai!”  (“You there!  Darling!  Love from me to you!”)

There’s a great story in the book, LENA MACHADO: SONGBIRD OF HAWAI’I that describes Aunty Lena’s relationship with her husband, Uncle Lu.

Listening to the song takes me back to when I was a little boy, staying in my grandparents’ house in Pennsylvania.  After dinner was finished and the dishes had been washed, they’d turn out the overhead lights and the kitchen would be lit by a tiny light over the sink.  We’d all go into the other room to watch television, with my grandparents holding hands while they walked.

Ei nei…

2. Nā ʻOno O Ka ʻĀina (Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole’s recording on the album Hiʻipoi I Ka ʻĀina Aloha)

I love this album and I love this particular track.  Here’s why:

This piece is dedicated to Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole and inspired by her song, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai as well as her teachings.  The composition, attributed to Kalani Meinecke and George Kahumoku in the album’s liner notes, describes different types of taros (Aunty Edith’s favorites) and is done like a hymeni-style (hymn-like) chant with beautiful vocal harmonies.

The last verse of the piece will be instantly recognizable to so many people as the group HAPA used it to close their legendary recording of Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai.

Note to self: I need to make this part of my repertoire!

*Please click HERE to visit the website of the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation.

3. A Lei Of Aloha (Moe Keale’s recording on the album Imagine)

Wanna hear a beautiful song that really describes the spirit of Aloha?  This is it.

Incredibly simple–and yet so deep. How do you describe the Aloha spirit?  Well, this song’s lyrics do a great job of illustrating something so easily felt but so difficult to put into words.

And who better to sing it than Uncle Moe Keale?  His voice… his voice…

I’ve been listening to this song on repeat.  I like to think that the more I listen, the more it sinks into my bones.

*Please click HERE to visit a page that display’s the song’s lyrics.

4. One Day Soon (Ernie Cruz Jr’s recording on the album Portaits)

Oooh!  This song is smooth!

And that awesome slap-strum that makes such a fun beat!  I bet you can’t listen to it without moving your body.  I find myself snapping along while I listen–like I’m back in my father’s jazz club.

The song reminds me of a Stevie Wonder tune.  Old-school soul groove all the way–island style.  Love it.

5. Noenoe (Cyril Pahinui’s recording on the album 6 & 12 String Slack Key)

When I’m stressed out, I put on some amazing kī hōʻalu, slack key guitar, music.  It soothes me.  Reaches down inside me and acts a pressure release.  Seriously.  I can feel my shoulders drop away from my ears…

This song, played by the one and only Cyril Pahinui, is like listening to the soundtrack of a dream.  Ah!  Those arpeggios!  The notes mix and swirl like colors on an artist’s palette.

A true master, he bends the strings and the rhythms under his skilled fingers.

*Please click HERE to visit Uncle Cyril’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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