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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, chicago, zlmc, halau i ka pono, zentangle

Aloha gang!  Happy Aloha Friday!

I’m heading to Chicago today for a jam-packed weekend of my favorite things: Hawaiian Music, Hula & Creative Play!

Thanks to my good buddies at Zen Life & Meditation Center and Hālau i Ka Pono, I’ll be sharing workshops and a concert–with the dancers of Hālau I Ka Pono sharing some hula!  Right on!

The schedule is as follows:

Zen Writing Workshop

Friday, Feb. 6th (7:00-8:3o pm) and Saturday, Feb. 7th (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Join me for a day of creative writing play!

You’ll generate rich material in your notebooks that can be used for stories, essays, poetry and songs.  We’ll write together in a supportive community –  in companionable silence – and the have time for sharing.  And we’ll have brief periods of meditation interspersed throughout the day to refresh and renew.

Writing practice has been a beacon of light in my life.  It’s meeting your mind on the page.

Weʻll have fun with other like-minded people on the writing path.

The Warmth of Hawaiian Mele and Hula (Song and Dance)

Saturday, Feb. 7th (7:00-8:30 pm)

If you’re finding yourself going a little stir-crazy with winter weather, come and join me along with Hālau i Ka Pono – the Hula School of Chicago – for a warm and exceptional evening of Hawaiian fun and beauty.  And there will be a group participation dance, too!

z e n t a n g l e ® Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 8th (1:00-4:00 pm)

I’m excited to be returning to offer another Zentangle Workshop in Chicago!  This easy-to-learn meditative art form consists of simple strokes of the pen, drawing structured patterns and creating beautiful and unique works of art.

People all over the world are tangling!  Here’s you chance to learn more about the Zentangle Method and spend some relaxed time making one of a kind art together.

**For more information and to purchase tickets, please click on the link HERE.**



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!



Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Halau i Ka Pono, Chicago, chicago hula, oak park, oak park hula, family fun festival

Aloha, gang!

Are you going to be in the Chicago area this weekend?

I’ll be heading Chicago on Thursday to join up with Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and Hālau i Ka Pono for a weekend of Hawaiian music, hula and fun!

There will be several public events over the course of the weekend–and you are invited to attend all of ‘em!

First Up:  On Friday, July 26th, the hālau will be giving a free hula performance (with live music!) at Chicago’s legendary Millennium Park at the Family Fun Festival.  Look for us in the Family Fun tent at 1:00 PM .  (I had the chance to perform at this event last year and it was tons of fun for the whole family!)

A perfect way to spend the afternoon on Aloha Friday!

Next:  On Saturday, July 27th,  please join us for an evening of multi-cultural music and dancing, hosted by Hālau i Ka Pono.  A fundraiser to benefit Oak Park’s sole educational resource for hula instuction.

I’ll be performing with some awesomely talented folks!  Tribal dancer, Danielle Meijer will be sharing a Javanese temple dance.  Chicago mezzo, Czerina Salud, will be sharing beautiful Hawaiian songs.  And, of course, you’ll see lots of beautiful hula by Hālau i Ka Pono!  (And knowing Hawaiian events, there will be plenty of time to talk-story and have fun when the performances have ended.)

The showcase will be from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Zen Life & Meditation Center in Oak Park.  Here’s a link with all of the details:

And finally:  On Sunday, July 27th, I am honored to be speaking about Hawaiian Music, Culture and Meditation at the Zen Life & Meditation Center in Oak Park.  The Sunday Morning Zen Meditation is from 9:00 AM -10:00 AM.  Here’s a link to the center’s website for details:

So it’s a weekend that promises to be FULL OF ALOHA!

And we could all use some Aloha, right?

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Chicago friends and family!

Right on.


Chicago was AWESOME!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Chicago, "the Bean", Cloud Gate, June Tanoue, Halau i Ka Pono

Chicago's famous Cloud Gate (aka "the Bean") (Chicago, IL 8.12.12)

Aloha, gang!

It’s good to be back in NYC for a few days.

I had a great time in Chicago last weekend with Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue and her students at Hālau i Ka Pono.

When I arrived on Friday, I was greeted by the smell of plumeria—and they were from Molokai Plumerias, a smell/taste of “home!”  Some of the dancers had gotten together earlier in the afternoon to string some beautiful lei.  Wow.  What a welcome!  That sure was nicer than the smell of the airport!

On Saturday morning, we were up early and moving around.  Kumu June loves to eat healthy, organic foods so we rode bicycles to the Oak Park Farmer’s Market and gathered all sorts of great edibles. (And some beautiful dahlias, too.) (Crooner note:  One word to describe me on a bicycle: YIKES!)

Afterwards, I watched an ipu making/decorating workshop.  So amazing to see what one can do with a gourd.  Next time I’ll be a participant, for sure.  I’ll need to remember to save space in my carry-on bag for the gourd to come home to NYC with me.

I was scheduled to give a talk-story/performance  on Saturday night.  But before we went to the Zen Life & Meditation Center (the fantastic venue where the event took place), we stopped off at a house party to give a short performance.  It’s a treat to share Aloha!

I began my talk-story/performance at about 7:30 PM and wrapped it up about 9:00 PM.  And it felt like I’d only gotten started.  I was concerned that I wouldn’t have much to talk about.  Even though I’ve just gotten back from Molokai, I’m still in the process of chewing/digesting it all…

But if you know me, you know that once I start talking—I can’t stop!  One story lead to another and another and another.  (And I did my first public performance of a new song that I’d written while I was on Molokai!  I’ll be posting that song on the website soon—stay tuned!)

The evening was also blessed by some beautiful hulas, danced by the lovely ladies of Hālau i Ka Pono.  What an honor to have them bring the songs to life through their dancing!

And if that wasn’t enough Aloha and hula for one weekend—we did ANOTHER show at the Millennium Park Family Fun Festival on Sunday afternoon!  It was a thrill  to be a part of it.  The dancers rocked the event and the audience loved it. (And it was great to be sharing the stage with Bob Althouse on mandolin. ‘Ukulele, mandolin and Hawaiian music make a happy trio, for sure!)  We ended the afternoon with some lunch and sightseeing. I love being a tourist!

Oh!  And did I mention that I barely got a wink of sleep the whole weekend because one of my buddies (who is one of Kumu June’s dancers) was sleeping over at the house, too?  It was a weekend-long slumber party.  The only difference is that we’re older now.  AND WE ACTUALLY NEED TO SLEEP TO BE ABLE TO FUNCTION!  Oh well, I can catch up on sleep now that I’m back in NYC.  (At least for a few days…)

It was an awesome and jam-packed weekend.  I’m always so grateful for the opportunity to share the spirit of Aloha—as well as stories and songs from Molokai and Hālawa Valley. It’s an honor.

Right on.

A giant MAHALO to Kumu June Tanoue, Robert Althouse, the dancers of Hālau i Ka Pono, the members of Zen Life & Meditation Center and everyone else who helped to make the weekend such a success.  I’m looking forward to my next Chicago trip, already.  (Le’ts do it again SOON, ok?!)


Strummin’ in the City (#70)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kamaka, kamaka ukulele, tenor ukulele, Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Chicago, Millennium Park, June Tanoue, Halau i Ka Pono

Kamaka 6-string Tenor (Lili'u model) at Chicago's Millennium Park with Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue and Hālau i Ka Pono (8.14.12)

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: E 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!)

*To learn more about Hālau i Ka Pono in Chicago, please click HERE.