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Archive for November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude Share:

1. Thankful for my ‘ohana.

2. Thankful for Hawaiian music–medicine for my soul.

3. Thankful for the opportunity to share all of these wild adventures in Hawaiian music with YOU.


What are YOU thankful for today?


Aloha, gang!

Here’s a video blog post to tell you about the big trip back to Molokai. The time has come! Uihā!

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



Writing Days really freak me out.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird with Annie, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Pilipo Solatorio, Jason Poole

Today was supposed to be a writing day.  These are rare occurrences in my world. I clear my schedule so that I have the whole day to write new stories, songs, blog posts, articles.  I get really excited. Sometimes I even circle the day in red on my calendar.

I plan it all out, dreaming about that amazing feeling I’ll surely have at the end of the day because I’d accomplished so much. I imagine being buried in an avalanche of pages filled with my words.

But having a whole day dedicated to writing can be a scary thing. A paralyzing thing.

Right now it’s 3:30 p.m. here in New York City. Let’s see how this writing day has gone so far:

Instead of jumping out of bed and rushing to the notebook sitting on my desk (which had been placed there the night before so that I wouldn’t have to hunt for it), I sat at my desk and sipped coffee and did everything BUT write. I read and responded to emails. I did a bit of drawing. (What?) I paid a few bills. (What?!)

Then, I went to the gym.

And then, I did the laundry.

And then, I did a little housework.  (Have I ever told you guys how much I hate doing housework?  Wait.  Let me rephrase that: I hate doing housework every day except for writing days.  On writing days, housework takes on a strange appeal.  It’s like it becomes the most interesting and urgent thing on the planet.)

When I finally sat down at my desk to do some actual writing, I felt totally stuck.  Like frozen-in-the-ice-never-to-move-again kind of stuck.  And that’s NOT how I want to feel on a writing day.

So what did I do?

I watched the documentary Bird by Bird with Annie. Have you guys seen it? The one about the amazing Anne Lamott?  (You can find out more about the documentary by clicking HERE.)

I love it so much.  I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it. But I get choked up every time. She’s like a superhero to me. She tells it like it is. She shares her truth, her own messy and inspiring truth.

And I’m so grateful for that.

Here’s some of my truth: Writing ain’t easy. It’s scary. It can make me feel like I’ve lost my marbles.  It can make me want to bury my head in the sand.

And it’s important work. It’s important to share our stories. Our songs. It’s important for us to share where we’ve come from. What we’ve learned along the way. What we believe in.

And it’s a gift to be able to do it.

So, I’m gonna open up the notebook and scratch out a few words. I’m going to trust that those initial scratches will lead to more scratches and that pretty soon, I’ll have lots of words on the page.  Some of ‘em good.  Some of ‘em not-so-good.

But at least I’ll have some proof that today was a writing day.

And proof that I showed up and said YES to the challenge.

Maybe I won’t get as much written as I’d hoped or planned.  But I got inspired.  And maybe that’s worth even more.

Right on.