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Archive for May, 2013


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Anakala Pilipo, Pilipo Solatorio, Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Kumu, Kumu Hawaii

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, POPS! HAUʻOLI LĀ HĀNAU! (Photo taken in Hālawa Valley, Molokai 3.26.13)

Guess what…

It’s Pops’ birthday today!


Today we are celebrating the birthday of my hānai Pops.  My Hawaiian Dad.  My kumu.  My teacher.  My source.

My life has been forever changed by this guy.  He rocks.

And I’m so thankful he was born.

Right on.

P.S. If you want to leave a birthday message for Pops in the Comments section, I’ll make sure he gets it.


Hui!  Aloha mai!

Did you guys catch the webcast of the 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards the other night?  Wow! It’s amazing to be able to sit in an apartment 5,000 miles away from the ceremony and still be able to tune in.

(Ok… I’m only a little bit jealous of those of you who actually attended the show.  Only a little bit…)

It’s no secret that I love Hawaiian music.  I value it as an art form.  I believe in its ability to heal a person from the inside out.

I love and respect the artists working so hard perpetuate this incredible musical tradition.

And when all of the year’s greatest Hawaiian artists come together for an award show, it’s unbelievably cool.

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about:

Every year, Hawai’i has its big Hawaiian music awards show, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.

(*Note:  Please see comment from Auntie Maria below–she helped me to clarify what I was saying.  Hawai’i and her music/musicians are a diverse crowd, for sure.  And the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards celebrates that diversity.)

Produced by the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts, this beautiful event honors the best in Hawaiian music.  The cream of the crop.

(Note: In Hawaiian, Nā Hōkū means “the stars” and Hanohano means “exalted, glorious, honored, distinguished.”)

The voting members of HARA certainly had their work cut out for them this year.


With all of the jaw-dropping talent that was nominated for awards, I don’t know that I would have been able to choose a winner in every category!  I mean, the talent is STELLAR!

Categories include Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, etc.  (Very similar to some of the award shows I grew up watching here on the mainland.)

And then… they have other categories like Haku Mele of the Year which celebrates a composition written in Hawaiian.  And Hawaiian Language Performance.  And Hawaiian Album of the Year.

I was going to post a list of the winners, but the I realized that our friends at have already done an amazing list–including links to the albums/artists that won!  It’s fantastic.  Truly.  And you can check it out by clicking HERE.

Please continue to support Hawaiian Music and Hawaiian Artists.  We are all working to share some Aloha with the world.

Right on.


Surinam Cherries

Thursday, May 16, 2013

These little delights are called Surinam Cherries. (That’s Eugenia uniflora, for those of you who prefer the scientific name!)   They seem to grow all over the place in Hālawa Valley on Molokai–along the trail to the waterfalls as well on trees in front of the house.

As a plant life-ignorant city dweller, I know better than to pick a berry or fruit from a tree and eat it.  Especially if I’m not sure what it is–I don’t want to be the one that you read about in the papers.  (TOURIST EATS POISONOUS BERRY AND…)

But these are good.  And plentiful.

My Hawaiian mom makes delicious surinam cherry “butter” from them.  And one magical evening after a long day’s work in the loʻi, we had a special dessert.  We put the the surinam cherry butter over vanilla ice cream.  Kind of like a sundae topping.  Now, I don’t usually eat ice cream here on the mainland, but in Hawaiʻi, I’ve learned to eat whatever is offered to me.  And I’m so glad I ate that bowl of ice cream–it was DELICIOUS!  Bitter and sweet all at once.

(Truth: I ate more than one bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with surinam cherry butter that night.)

Right on.

Have YOU ever eaten a surinam cherry?