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You’ve seen it, right? The trailer for the soon-to-be-released documentary SONS OF HALAWA?

(Be sure to click on the photo above to watch it!)

As of this writing, the trailer has been viewed on Facebook over 54,000 times!  And it’s been shared almost 2,400 times!

This amazing documentary will be making its WORLD PREMIER at the Honolulu International Film Festival next month on O’ahu!

(Please click HERE for more details about showtimes and ticketing.)

I wanted to make sure you guys knew about this.

But you already did, right?

Because this “little film from Molokai” is already making a lot of beautiful noise.

Right on.

How many times have YOU viewed the trailer? Drop me a line and let me know!

**A giant CONGRATULATIONS to my hānai Molokai brother, filmmaker Matt Yamashita and Quazifilms!   AND… Sons of Halawa will be shown as part of a double-feature along with another fantastic Quazifilms production, The Roots of ʻUlu!



Writer’s Sketchbook: Hula o Makee

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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


Writer’s Sketchbook – a peek inside my notebook of timed writings

10 minutes

August, 2008.  I am in Hālawa Valley with ‘Anakala Pillipo.  Here!  Me!  With him!  Amazing.  I want to learn music.  To really immerse myself in the sounds of Hawaiʻi.  No… more than that.  To immerse myself IN HAWAIʻI, herself.  The songs are wonderful—they calm me down when I listen to them.  And they’re fun to sing.  But I know I’ll never be able to REALLY sing them if I only parrot the sounds that I hear on the recordings.  I need to go deep.  It’s why I’m here.  And now we’re sitting on the front porch of his cabin in Hālawa Valley.

-Go get your ‘ukulele.  I think we should do some singing.

My heart almost jumps out of my mouth but gets stuck in my throat.  It’s time. It’s finally time to start.

-Do you know the song Hula O Makee?

I’m familiar with the song. I’ve heard it on the Hawaiian radio stations that I listen to at my desk.  I’ve heard it on some of the classic hula CDs in my collection.  I’m glad because I don’t have to say No.  I can at least strum along with him.

We play it in G—his key of choice for most songs.  I have a the “Blue Bible” of Hawaiian songs for us to use as a reference for lyrics.  He doesn’t look at the book.  My eyes dart from the page to his hands to his face.  I want to impress him more than anything. To show him I’m serious about this.  And to show him I can do it.  I can hold my own.

He sings his version of the song—not paying attention to the page.  He skips some of the printed verses.

-I sing it the way we always sang it.  Sometimes the book is different.  Different places sing the song in different ways.  (He says this after we make our way through the song 3 times)

I am grateful for the chance to sing with him, but I want to move on.  I don’t like this song.  It’s not a Molokai song and that’s what I was hoping for.  It’s not what I want to be doing for very long.

-Mahalo for this,  ‘Anakala.  Can we sing another song now?

-Why do you want to sing another song?  This is a good one.

-I was just thinking there are so many songs for us to look at.  How ‘bout a Molokai song?

-No.  This is a good one.  Hana hou.  Again.

We start the song again from the beginning.  I’m frustrated.  My arms are tight.  The valley suddenly seems noisy.  Too much sound.  Too many distractions.  Tunnel vision makes the white page seem dark, the words blur to a smudge.

We sing it again and again and again.  I’m going to lose my mind if I have to do it one more time.

-This will be your song to sing.  We’ll keep going with this one.

© 2014 Jason Poole, all rights reserved


Jason Poole, Anakala Pilipo, Halawa Valley, Molokai, Matt Yamashita, Kickstarter, Quazi Films, documentary, Return to Halawa


The day has finally come for me to share the excitement with you!


I know, right?  Can you believe it?

So many people/film companies have approached Pops over the years–begging him to let them create a film about Hālawa Valley and his story.  And he always refused.  He has a definite vision of how the story needs to be told–a celebration of the Valley, her music, her people and most importantly, her spirit.

He believed that the film needed the right film maker.  And last year, my Hawaiian brother MATT YAMASHITA began making the film that Pops has envisioned.   The dream is becoming a reality.


We are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to complete the movie.  And we need your help and support.

Please check out the Kickstarter campaign page to see a stunning trailer of the film that Matt has prepared.  He’s also written a beautiful description of the project so that you can learn about the vision that we’re trying to bring to life.

Your kōkua/support would be so appreciated as we prepare to share the story of Hālawa Valley and Pops–and I know youʻll see your own story woven in the tapestry as well.  E ʻohana kākou.  We are all family.


Aloha nō