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Archive for July, 2013

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Halau i Ka Pono, Chicago, chicago hula, oak park, oak park hula, family fun festival

Aloha, gang!

Are you going to be in the Chicago area this weekend?

I’ll be heading Chicago on Thursday to join up with Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and Hālau i Ka Pono for a weekend of Hawaiian music, hula and fun!

There will be several public events over the course of the weekend–and you are invited to attend all of ‘em!

First Up:  On Friday, July 26th, the hālau will be giving a free hula performance (with live music!) at Chicago’s legendary Millennium Park at the Family Fun Festival.  Look for us in the Family Fun tent at 1:00 PM .  (I had the chance to perform at this event last year and it was tons of fun for the whole family!)

A perfect way to spend the afternoon on Aloha Friday!

Next:  On Saturday, July 27th,  please join us for an evening of multi-cultural music and dancing, hosted by Hālau i Ka Pono.  A fundraiser to benefit Oak Park’s sole educational resource for hula instuction.

I’ll be performing with some awesomely talented folks!  Tribal dancer, Danielle Meijer will be sharing a Javanese temple dance.  Chicago mezzo, Czerina Salud, will be sharing beautiful Hawaiian songs.  And, of course, you’ll see lots of beautiful hula by Hālau i Ka Pono!  (And knowing Hawaiian events, there will be plenty of time to talk-story and have fun when the performances have ended.)

The showcase will be from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Zen Life & Meditation Center in Oak Park.  Here’s a link with all of the details:

And finally:  On Sunday, July 27th, I am honored to be speaking about Hawaiian Music, Culture and Meditation at the Zen Life & Meditation Center in Oak Park.  The Sunday Morning Zen Meditation is from 9:00 AM -10:00 AM.  Here’s a link to the center’s website for details:

So it’s a weekend that promises to be FULL OF ALOHA!

And we could all use some Aloha, right?

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Chicago friends and family!

Right on.



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Aloha, gang!

This post is full of BIG NEWS.

Yup.  Exciting stuff is happening around here!

First of all, I’m happy to share some news about an upcoming show:


It will the the second time I’ve been given the opportunity to stand on that hallowed stage where so many of my Hawaiian music heroes have stood.  An honor to share mele from my heart.

And to help celebrate the upcoming show…


HEALING WATERS is one of the new songs that I’ve been working on.  (I feel like I’m introducing my new baby to the world!)  I was so psyched to share this with you–so I did an impromptu, live recording in the living room of an NYC apartment.  And we put together a lyric video so that you can sing along!

There’s been lots of writing happening in my world.  And some of those words have found their way into new songs.  I’ll be sharing them with you soon.  (And please feel free to share HEALING WATERS on Facebook, Twitter, etc!  Here’s a link to the video:

Ok… now for some details:

The Pakele Live Show:  This time I’m so excited to have the one and only MANUWAI PETERS with me as my special guest!  Manuwai and I performed together as a duo while he lived here in NYC.  We called ourselves LEI MOLOKAI and we did the old-school, traditional tunes that have stood the test of time.  We performed all over the place–from NYC venues to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for Senator Daniel Inouye.  To be reunited with my good buddy for an evening of music is a rare and wonderful treat.  We’ll be sharing not only the tried and true favorites in the Hawaiian repertoire, but also some ORIGINAL MATERIAL, too!  New Hawaiian songs!

Pakele Live is presented as a live concert at the beautiful restaurant The Willows in Honolulu, HI.  And it’s streamed LIVE on the web that evening.  (How cool is that?! You can watch it LIVE from anywhere in the world!)   Then, some shows are edited for broadcast to be presented later on Oceanic OC16.  Details can be found on the website by clicking HERE.  And of course, I’ll be sending out updates/reminders in future posts.

I’ll share the story behind the song Healing Waters in an upcoming post, too!  

Stay tuned…

Happy Aloha Wednesday, gang!


jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, kawika alfiche, halau o keikialii, jebon sushi

Aloha, gang!

You guys: Tomorrow night in NYC is gonna be magical!


Kumu Kawika Alfiche and members of Hālau o Keikialiʻi are HERE IN NYC.


(And I’m gonna be there singing and strumming along with them!)

We had a great rehearsal today.  ʻOno tunes and awesome dancing.

So here’s my question:  ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE?

I’d love to see you there!

Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th


JeBon Sushi & Noodle

15 St. Marks Place

NY, NY  10003

$15 at the door

* Please check out Hālau o Keikialiʻi’s website by clicking HERE.



Video Blog: I am ‘umeke.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

It’s time for a new Video Blog! And this week, I’m excited to open a discussion about ‘umeke.  What is an ‘umeke?  Why does that image continue to inspire me and totally rock my world?

I’d love to hear from YOU!

And please check out our other videos on our Youtube channel:

Happy Aloha Tuesday, gang.