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Archive for September, 2013

Mahalo. Thank you. Mahalo.

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Aloha, gang.

I am writing this today with a heart full of gratitude.

The documentary project that I’ve been writing about, RETURN TO HĀLAWA: The Life and Music of ʻAnakala Pilipo, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter.  I’m told this is a huge accomplishment as fewer than 50% of the projects reach successful funding.  (According to statistics pulled today, the success rate is 43.92%)

And to think that a documentary about a Hawaiian man from the remote island of Molokai has joined the ranks of the successful projects!  Wow!

Of course, it’s really about so much more. It’s about sharing knowledge. Passing along a tradition. Sharing a legacy with future generations. Crossing cultural boundaries. It’s one of those little movies with a big message.

And because of YOU and your support–both financial and emotional–this film is going to become a reality!

Yes… we’ve got lots of work ahead of us. Matt is working hard to assemble the film and continuing to shoot new footage.  I’m continuing to write new tunes for the soundtrack. Then we’ll begin looking at all of the ways to share the film. And so on… and so on… and so on…

But today…

My heart is full of thanks.


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Aloha, gang!

What are your plans for this Saturday evening, 9/21/13?

If youʻre in NYC, I hope you’ll come to my show!

It’s a fundraiser concert/musical talk-story that is being done to help raise money for an upcoming documentary I’ve been telling you about: RETURN TO HĀLAWA-The Life and Music of ‘Anakala Pilipo.  It’s the story of my teacher (aka Pops) and his legacy.  And my own story is woven throughout the film, as well!

(Please click HERE to view the film’s trailer.  It’s AWESOME!)

I’ll be sharing lots of Hawaiian songs and stories of my (mis)adventures on my travels–especially about my time on Molokai down in Hālawa Valley.

And I’m so happy to be joined by some of NYC’s best Hawaiian/Hawaiian-at-Heart musicians.  (And hula dancers, too!)

And… I’ll be sharing some of the new songs that I’ve been writing for the film.  And one of ‘em is BRAND NEW.  The “world premiere” of a new song!  (Right on!)

I can’t wait to share this Aloha-filled evening with you.  I hope to see you there!

*All proceeds from the door will go toward the film’s completion.*

Our friends at Hālāwai have added it to the Community Calendar.  Please click HERE to see all of the details.

And just in case, here are the details, again:

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cover: $20 cash at door *All proceeds from the door will go toward the film’s completion*

Time: Doors open at 7:15pm (Jebon has a great menu–Come hungry & thirsty!)

Showtime: 8:00pm

Venue: Jebon Sushi And Noodle @ the downstairs lounge (Dinner and Drinks available for purchase!)

Address: 15 St. Mark’s Place  NY, NY  10003

RSVP: to Eleanor Eleia2000(at)gmail(dot)com to ensure a reservation on the guest list.  Seating is limited–the venue can accommodate up to 100 people with seats for 75.

**If you canʻt be there, you can still be a part of the magic by contributing to the film’s Kickstarter Campaign by clicking HERE.  We are raising funds until Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  Every little bit counts and helps to make this dream a reality!  Mahalo!**