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Archive for August, 2013

Hui!  Aloha mai!

Excited to share the news that TONIGHT (8/24) I will be interviewed on Hawaiian Concert Guide Internet Radio Show!

The show starts at 8pm PST (5pm HST and 11pm EST).  I’ll be sharing stories about the new documentary in the works as well as stories about studying on Molokai, etc.  And who knows… maybe you’ll hear a tune or two!

It would be great to know that you’re out there listening.  Please tune in if you can!

Here’s the link:

Happy Aloha Saturday, gang!


Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Manuwai Peters, Anakala Pilipo, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Pakele Live, The Willows, Honolulu

Sharing some songs & stories at Pakele Live on 8/15/13. (And that handsome couple in the audience? Those are my folks–all the way from PA!) A giant mahalo to Lisa Shozuya for sharing the photo.

Hui!  Aloha mai!

One week ago, I was in Honolulu preparing to share stories and songs (along with my good buddy, Manuwai Peters!) on the legendary stage of Pakele Live at the historic restaurant, The Willows.  An opportunity like that is a rare thing, indeed.  A dream come true.  A chance to share with the audience there at the venue.  AND… a chance to share with folks around the world via the web!  (Gulp!  It still makes me nervous thinking about that.)

And… MY PARENTS WERE THERE.  ALL THE WAY FROM PENNSYLVANIA!  (No pressure though, right?!)

Here’s some cool news:

They’ve posted a link to the livestream footage from that night!  Please click HERE to view it. (Note: the live music begins at about the 14 minute mark, I think.)


All of the songs–both classics and some BRAND NEW SONGS, TOO!

All of the stories.

All of the laughs.

(And yes, all of the mishaps are there, as well!)

I went there to promote the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for a new documentary that’s being done by my Hawaiian brother, Matt Yamashita of Quazifilms.  He’s a brilliant film maker and he’s documenting the story of my hānai Pops and the music of Hālawa Valley.  (And I’m thrilled to tell you that my own story is woven into the film, too!)

The film is called Return to Hālawa – The Life & Music of ʻAnakala Pilipo.

We are in the process of raising funds to complete the film.  Please check out the Kickstarter page by clicking HERE that will tell you the project.  And Matt has included a beautiful trailer for it–every time I watch it, I get teary eyed.  He’s the film maker that was born to share this story and he does it brilliantly.  (*Any suport/kōkua is much appreciated*)

So here we are, one week later.

And what a great night to remember.  And celebrate.

Right on.



Jason Poole, Anakala Pilipo, Halawa Valley, Molokai, Matt Yamashita, Kickstarter, Quazi Films, documentary, Return to Halawa


The day has finally come for me to share the excitement with you!


I know, right?  Can you believe it?

So many people/film companies have approached Pops over the years–begging him to let them create a film about Hālawa Valley and his story.  And he always refused.  He has a definite vision of how the story needs to be told–a celebration of the Valley, her music, her people and most importantly, her spirit.

He believed that the film needed the right film maker.  And last year, my Hawaiian brother MATT YAMASHITA began making the film that Pops has envisioned.   The dream is becoming a reality.


We are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to complete the movie.  And we need your help and support.

Please check out the Kickstarter campaign page to see a stunning trailer of the film that Matt has prepared.  He’s also written a beautiful description of the project so that you can learn about the vision that we’re trying to bring to life.

Your kōkua/support would be so appreciated as we prepare to share the story of Hālawa Valley and Pops–and I know youʻll see your own story woven in the tapestry as well.  E ʻohana kākou.  We are all family.


Aloha nō



Hui!  Aloha, gang!

I’m in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu right now.  It’s still early morning here, the sun coming up over the ocean.  The sky is pink and orange.

I’ve been up since before the sunrise because I’M SO EXCITED!


Because tonight is the night!  I’m thrilled to be returning to the Pakele LIVE stage and share some songs and stories and lots of Aloha.  And I’ll be joined by my good buddy, Manuwai Peters!  ”Lei Molokai in the house!”

And the best part?  YOU can be there, too!  Even if you’re not on O’ahu.  Yup.  You can stream the show on your computer via this link:

Pakele LIVE is one of the greatest venues for musicians–allowing us to share our music (and stories) with the world.  The show is a live concert presented at The Willows Restaurant here in Honolulu.  And the good folks at Pakele LIVE allow the world to party along with the “in person” crowd via the web.

I mean really, how cool is that?

Tonight’s show will begin at approximately 6:30 PM HST and last until approximately 8:30 PM HST.  (That’s 9:30 PM until 11:30 PM PST and 12:30 AM until 2:30 AM EST.)  And then the show will be posted later on their LiveStream site–so you can view it at you leisure if tonight’s airing doesn’t fit your schedule.

So if you’re on O’ahu tonight, I’d LOVE to see you at The Willows tonight for the show!  Come and be a part of it!  (And share a hula or two!)  And if you’re not on O’ahu, I’d love to know you were joining in the party via the web.

So much Aloha, gang.

And filled with Gratitude.

Right on.

P.S.  I’ll be announcing an exciting new project tonight on Pakele LIVE.  Wanna know what it is?

*Please click HERE to view the post from the last appearance on Pakele LIVE in January 2012.  I was joined by my good friend, Andy Wang for that show.  An awesome evening.


Hui!  Aloha, gang!

I some really exciting news to share with you:


I mean, I’m still pinching myself–making sure it’s not a dream.

You know about Pakele Live, right?  It’s a live concert venue at The Willows Restaurant in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu.  And pretty much EVERYONE in Hawaiian music has played there.  I mean all of the great stars!  (It’s such a huge honor to stand on the stage where so many of my heroes have played.)

I had the chance to perform there last year. And when that happened, I thought, “Wow, Jason.  This is a blessing. Savor the moment because it may never come, again.”

And to think that I have the opportunity to return?  Wow!  This time, I’ll be joined by my good buddy, Manuwai Peters.  We sang together during his time in NYC–we even formed an unofficial “group” called LEI MOLOKAI.  It will be an honor to reunite with him and share music–new tunes and Hawaiian classics, too!–at Pakele Live.

The show is LIVE from 6:30p until approximately 8:30p-ish HST. (That’s 9:30p-approximately 11:30p PST.  And 12:30a-approximately 2:30a EST for all you nightbirds!)


So that means even if you’re not in Hawai’i, you can spend the night with some Hawaiian tunes and Aloha vibes via your computer.

If you’re on O’ahu, it would be AWESOME to see you there.  Come!  Share a hula or two!

But if no can, it would be great to see you online, too!

Please click HERE for all the details.

I’m so excited to share this experience with all of you!  Hope you can be either be there in person or watch it on the web!

Right on.



Aloha from Molokai!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Jason Poole, Anakala Pilipo, Pilipo Solatorio, Halawa Valley, Molokai, kupuna, Teri Waros, Kalele Books and Divine Expressions, Kaunakakai, Pakele Live

Aloha from beautiful Hālawa Valley on the island of Molokai!

Hui!  Aloha mai!

Iʻm on the beautiful island of Molokai at the moment, basking in the warm Aloha and natural beauty that surrounds us.  It’s been an amazing 10 days.  Most of the time has been spent down in Hālawa with Mom and Pops and the ʻohana. We don’t have telephone service or internet down in the valley, so communication has been limited.  I’ve been posting pics on Facebook when we come out the valley for supplies or to check messages.

(I’m using the wifi at Molokai’s DRIVE-INN in town right now while I munch on some ‘ono food.)

We had some HUGE rains the other night.  Folks are saying it’s all part of a tropical storm system in the vicinity.  And huge rains means HUGE WATERFALLS!  Auē!  I’ve never seen them so big! Like a scene from a movie.  Absolutely stunning.  The picture above is so that you can see it–and imagine that you’re right there with us.  Amazing.

One of the highlights of the trip, for sure, was participating in a talk-story/kanikapila at Kālele Books and Divine Expressions in Kaunakakai the other night.  Teri Waros owns the only bookstore in town–and she has the most beautiful backyard, too!  A perfect spot for a get together.

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Pilipo Solatorio, Anakala Pilipo, Kaunakakai, kupuna, Kalele Books, Teri Waros

Here’s the cool sign that Teri Waros had posted all over town about the talk-story session with the kūpuna at Kālele Books and Divine Expressions.

Talk-story sessions/kanikapila jam sessions are always fun, but this one was even MORE SPECIAL because of all the kūpuna, the island’s elders, that attended.  I came into the space and saw their faces–like seeing a Hawaiian royal court.  So wise.  So kind.  So much Aloha.  It was such a gift to be in their presence for a while.  To share a song (and a hula!) or two.  And then to just surround myself in their mana–their presence–so full of Aloha.

A night I’ll never forget.

A giant MAHALO to Teri Waros and all who came out to make the night so special.

I’ll be posting more stories and pics soon.  I should have regular internet service once I get to Oʻahu on Tuesday.

Wait!  What’s that?  Did I just say I was heading to Oʻahu?


And it’s for a good reason, too.  I’m so excited to be returning to the stage of Pakele Live next Thursday.  I’ll send the details out tomorrow–so stay tuned!  And it’s a concert YOU can see, too–over the internet!  Right on!

I’ll be posting details tomorrow.

Until then,

May you all have an awesome Aloha Sunday.

And please share some Aloha–the world needs all that we can give!

A hui hou!