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Aloha on the road

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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

I’m sitting at a gate at the Boise airport while I type this.  We’re doing some traveling this week–and not work-related, per se.  Well, I can’t say that; not really.  I mean, even though I didn’t set out on this journey for “official” Accidental Hawaiian Crooner business, I can’t ever really stop working when my job is sharing Aloha.  Right?  It’s something that you just do all the time.  Like breathing.

Traveling through an airport has become somewhat predictable.  When I reach the TSA security checkpoint, I put my ‘ukulele up on the belt to be x-rayed.  Without fail, someone always asks, “What’s that?  A violin?”  And I smile and say “‘ukulele,” pronouncing it Hawaiian-style: oo-koo-leh-leh, which normally leads to their eyebrows going up like question marks.   Then I say it, again, but this time I pronounce in a more-familiar-to-western ears way: yoo-koo-lay-lee, and they smile.  It gives me the opportunity to tell folks that I play traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and they smile.  Maybe they’ll ask another question (“Like Don Ho?”) or maybe we just leave it at that.

I give ‘em a shaka as I pick up my ‘ukulele on the other side.

Yup, even an action as simple as that is a way of sharing Aloha.  A way to share a smile and just a little bit of love in what’s normally a stress-filled situation.

It’s an honor to continue the tradition of Hālawa Valley: carrying Aloha in my heart and planting seeds wherever I go.

Right on.

May we all find ways to plant seeds of Aloha today.


Aloha kākou!

Here’s this week’s question:

What is the 3-letter code for Kahului Airport (aka Maui International Airport) located on the island of Maui?





• Please submit your answer by posting a reply to this entry on the blog.
• All correct answers will be eligible to win a special email message from me.
• One winner will be randomly chosen at 11:59pm HST.

Will YOU be this week’s lucky winner?

Good Luck!

Aloha Poʻalima! Happy Aloha Friday!

**Crooner Update:

You guys are awesome!  I love that you played along!  And I love that we had some different answers this week!

The correct answer is C. OGG.  Why those call letters?  I’m not sure.  One of my hānai sisters works there, so I’ll have to ask her.  Stay tuned–maybe that will be a future blog post.  Ha!

And this week’s winner, chosen randomly from all of the correct answers, is… (Drum roll, please…) AILEEN HAUNANI MAKAIWI-RAUCHMAN!  Congrats to you!!!  You are this week’s Trivia Super Star!

A giant MAHALO to everyone who took a moment during a busy Aloha Friday to play along in this week’s challenge.  I hope you’ll play next week, too!

Happy Weekend, gang!

A hui hou…