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Archive for November, 2012

Newsflash: PROJECT NATALIE is Underway!

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Aloha, gang!

I have some news to share with you today:

PROJECT NATALIE is officially underway!

What does that mean?


A really cool project has landed in my lap, so to speak.  I’m really excited.  And I’m really nervous.

I can’t say too much about it.  At least, not yet.

I can tell you that it’s bigger than what I’ve worked on in the past.

And I can tell you this much: when I first heard about it, there was a lot of hemming and hawing on my part.  A lot of: “I don’t know about that.  I’ve never really thought I could do that.”

(And I can tell you that it’s not about becoming an astronaut.  Although I’ve learned that it’s best to never say never…)

After a few lengthy conversations with some influential folks in my world–including Pops, who is behind it 100%–I came to my senses.


And it’s going to be eating a HUGE portion of my time.

So what does this mean?

I’m going to be posting a little less frequently on the blog while I work on this new endeavor.  Like maybe two days a week instead of five. (For sure, we’ll be doing a video blog every week!)

And, of course, I’ll be connecting as regularly as possible on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

But why is it called PROJECT NATALIE?

I’m glad you asked!   It doesn’t have anything to do with someone named Natalie.

I wanted to give it a name because calling it “The Project” is just so impersonal, dontcha think?  It’s so much more civilized to say something like “Natalie and I are getting along really well this week.”  Or “Natalie is driving me bonkers today!”


Happy Aloha Monday, gang!



Video Blog: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (2012)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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

Today, I have the blessing of being with my family in Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We wanted to send a Thanksgiving message to you.

What are YOU thankful for?  Drop me a line!  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Aloha Thursday!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Did someone say Road Trip?

Aloha, gang!

I’m sure there are a lot of folks heading out on the road to celebrate a holiday weekend here in the U.S.  (And plenty of folks in other parts of the world who might be hitting the road for some weekend R&R.)


I thought I’d add some Aloha to your time on the road by sharing a playlist sure to bring some smiles to everyone’s faces.  Listening to Hawaiian music  in the ALWAYS makes it more fun!

Here’s a road trip playlist to get you going:

Honolulu City Lights (Keola & Kapon Beamer) from Honolulu City Lights

Kuʻu Home O Kahaluʻu (Olomana) from Like a Seabird on the Wind

You Kuʻuipo (Willie K.) from The Uncle In Me

About You (Cecilo & Kapono) from ʻElua

Pua Hone (Dennis Kamakahi) from ʻOhana

Fish and Poi (Sean Naʻauao) from Hot Hits

Love and Honesty (Hawaiian Style Band) from Vanishing Treasures

Island Style (John Cruz) from Acoustic Soul

He Hawaiʻi Au (The Sunday Manoa) from Guava Jam

ʻŌpihi Man (Kaʻau Crater Boys) from On Fire

Waiʻoli (Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu) from Call It What You Like

Pōhai Ke Aloha (Kawai Cockett) from Beautiful Kauaʻi

Nani Kauaʻi (Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom) from Puʻuhonua

Pāpālina Lahilahi (Genoa Keawe) from Party Hulas

Ke Aloha (Uluwehi Guerrero) from Nā Mele Hula Aloha

Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai (Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole) from Hiʻipoi I Ka Āina Aloha

KHBC (Ata Damasco) from Paʻina Hou!

‘ĀʻOia (The Kahauanu Lake Trio) from The Best of the Kahauanu Lake Trio Vol. 1

Beautiful Kauaʻi (Aloha Pumehana Serenaders) from Hula Gems

Nani (Genoa Keawe) from Sings Lūʻau Hulas

Holoholo Kaʻa (Nina & Bill) from Hula Hula Lūʻau Style

I’ll Weave A Lei of Stars (The Hula Honeys) from Life Just Got Sweeter

Happy Travels, gang!

Right on.


Strummin’ in the City (#83)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Strummin’ in the Catskills! (Kamaka 6-string Tenor/Lili’u ‘ukulele. Catskill Mountains 11.4.12)

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 for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)


Holiday Songs: What’s YOUR favorite?

Monday, November 19, 2012

It seems that NYC is in full-on Holiday Mode.

With Thanksgiving (and the craziness of the parade!) happening this week and then Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s Eve right around the corner, the frenetic pace of the season is picking up. And decorations are appearing in shop aisles and windows. (And lamp posts!)


I started thinking that I need to dust off my songbook filled with holiday tunes.  There will be holiday parties from now until after the New Year has been rung in.

And that means lots of opportunities to sing and strum!

So I’ve got a question for YOU:

What’s your favorite holiday tune?

Is there one that sets your heart soaring?  A family favorite passed down through the generations?

Drop me a line!  Chime in!  I’d love to hear from you!

And Happy Aloha Monday, gang.


Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

Which of these Hawaiian words means GIFT?

A. ʻōmaʻomaʻo

B. lilikoʻi

C. makana

D. wili

• 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:

Look at you all, with your awesome Hawaiian language skills!  Right on!

The answer is C. MAKANA.

And this week’s winner, chosen randomly from all of the correct answers, is… (Drum roll, please…) AUNTY KATHY KAPUA!  Congrats, Aunty Kathy!  That makes you a Trivia Superstar!

A giant MAHALO to each and every one of you for taking part in this week’s ALOHA FRIDAY TRIVIA CHALLENGE.  I hope you’ll play along next week, too!

Happy Weekend, gang!

A hui hou…