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Archive for March, 2015

A Video from February’s Chicago Trip!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of being in Chicago and spending a weekend of creative play with Hālau i Ka Pono and the Zen Life and Meditation Center of Chicago.  I facilitated workshops on Zen Writing and Zentangle® and participated in a concert event with Kumu June Kaʻililani Tanoue and her beautiful dancers.

It chased away some of the winter chill.

We generated lots of writing, lots of art and shared lots of Aloha.

A blessing, for sure.

A giant MAHALO to the Chicago ‘ohana for their hospitality.  And giant MAHALO to Kumu June for creating and sharing this slideshow.

May it warm you.

With Aloha…


*Note: Please be sure to click UNMUTE when viewing so that you can hear the song!


jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, molokai, halawa valley, anakala pilipo, folk music society of new york, fmsny, weekend of song

Aloha, gang!

I’m excited to tell you all about an upcoming event, a Weekend of Song, that I’m participating in here in NYC.

The Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. is presenting a jam-packed mini-festival of music and lectures this coming weekend, March 6-8th.  Fantastically talented musicians representing diverse styles of folk music traditions.  Doesn’t that sound awesome? Please click HERE for all of the details.

I’ll be giving a short talk on Saturday afternoon (from 415p-520p) about the evolution of a Hawaiian song, tracing the path of a Molokai song from its traditional oli (chant) to its more contemporary form, set to a gospel tune in the late 1800s.

And then on Saturday evening, I’ll be joined Kristabelle (on steel guitar) and Eleanor (our beautiful hula dancer) as we present a set of traditional (and self-penned) songs from/about Molokai. The concert is scheduled to begin at 730p and we’re sharing the evening with some great musicians!

It’s an honor to share Hawaiian music and culture here in New York City.  And it’s always fun to be a part of a Folk Music Society of New York event.

If you’re in the NYC-area this weekend, I’d love to see you there!

Much Aloha


*Note: While I’ll only be speaking/singing on Saturday, March 7th, the entire weekend looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  Please be sure to check out the schedule to see a list of speakers, performers and workshops. 

Where: Elisabeth Irwin High School (40 Charlton Street, New York, NY  10014)

When: March 6-8, 2015 (I’ll be presenting & performing on Saturday, March 7th)