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Archive for May, 2014

Happy 75th Birthday, Pops!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

anakala pilipo solatorio, pilipo solatorio, halawa valley, molokai, accidental hawaiian crooner, jason poole, urban aloha


Wow!  ʻAnakala Pilipo Solatorio–my beloved Hawaiian teacher & my Hawaiian “Pops”–turns 75 today!

That’s something to celebrate!

This man is an example of living Aloha.  He truly “walks the talk.”

And it’s an honor to be his student and hānai son.


Right on.


Strummin’ in the City (#86)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Kamaka, ukulele, urban strummer, strummin in the city, Pilipo, Halawa Valley, Anakala Pilipo

Springtime strummin’. Right on. (Kamaka soprano ‘ukulele)

A lot of folks find it hard to believe that I carry my ‘ukulele with me all the time.

But you never know when you might feel like strumming! And as Pops is always quick to advise: Ho’omākaukau. Be prepared.

Ah… the life of an urban strummer!

(Do you like the ʻukulele in the photo? Check out for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)


Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, DePaul University, Halau i ka Pono, Halau Hula Ka Noeau, Kamaka Ukulele

Aloha everyone! Aloha mai kākou!

Just got back last night from an INCREDIBLE trip to Molokai and Maui! (We went to the 22nd Annual East Maui Taro Festival in Hāna!) Can’t wait to share pics and stories.  Was such good fun!

When I got home, I unpacked my bags, washed my clothes and packed the bags again.  Why?

Tomorrow I’m heading to Chicago for an Aloha-filled weekend at DePaul University to participate in the President’s Signature Series: Paradise Lost and Found: A Conference on Indigenous Hawaiian Nature and Culture.  (Such a blessing to be a part of this!)  A weekend long cultural experience with lectures and performances. The festival begins on Friday night, May 9th and continues through Saturday evening, May 10th.

I’ll be singing and strumming on Saturday night from 6:00-6:30 PM, sharing songs from Molokai.  And then I’ll be playing for Chicago’s own Hālau i Ka Pono (under the direction of Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue) when they take the stage to share hula.  And Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang of Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau and some of his dancers will be there to share hula, too–all the way from Hawaiʻi!

It’s truly an honor to be be a part of this event.  Here’s a link you can go to for more information.

(Oh!  And the best part?  The whole weekend of lectures and performances is F*R*E*E and open to the public!  If you’re in Chicago, I hope to see you there!)

And then next week...

If you’re in the NYC-area, I’d love to see you at one of these events with Brooklyn Arts Council!

As part of their The Sweetest Song Festival, I’ll be sharing a (F*R*E*E) group class of Hawaiian singing, focusing on traditional songs from Molokai. That takes place on Tuesday, May 13th from 7:30-8:30 PM at Brooklyn Music School.  I’ll bring my ‘ukulele and you bring your voice! For more information, please click on this link:

And then on Saturday, May 17th I’ll be singing at the concert, Brooklyn Masters of Traditional Song.  I’m honored to be joining my fellow artists as we share our musical traditions.  The concert will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central, Dweck Auditorium (10 Grand Army Plaza) from 4:00-5:30 PM.  (This concert is also F*R*E*E)  Please click on this link for more information:

Oh!  So much good stuff is happening!

It’s all about SHARING ALOHA.

Right on.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these events soon!