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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, 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)


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, pilipo solatorio, anakala pilipo, return to halawa, kickstarter, hawaiian documentary, halawa valley

Aloha, gang!

What are your plans for this Saturday evening, 9/21/13?

If youʻre in NYC, I hope you’ll come to my show!

It’s a fundraiser concert/musical talk-story that is being done to help raise money for an upcoming documentary I’ve been telling you about: RETURN TO HĀLAWA-The Life and Music of ‘Anakala Pilipo.  It’s the story of my teacher (aka Pops) and his legacy.  And my own story is woven throughout the film, as well!

(Please click HERE to view the film’s trailer.  It’s AWESOME!)

I’ll be sharing lots of Hawaiian songs and stories of my (mis)adventures on my travels–especially about my time on Molokai down in Hālawa Valley.

And I’m so happy to be joined by some of NYC’s best Hawaiian/Hawaiian-at-Heart musicians.  (And hula dancers, too!)

And… I’ll be sharing some of the new songs that I’ve been writing for the film.  And one of ‘em is BRAND NEW.  The “world premiere” of a new song!  (Right on!)

I can’t wait to share this Aloha-filled evening with you.  I hope to see you there!

*All proceeds from the door will go toward the film’s completion.*

Our friends at Hālāwai have added it to the Community Calendar.  Please click HERE to see all of the details.

And just in case, here are the details, again:

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cover: $20 cash at door *All proceeds from the door will go toward the film’s completion*

Time: Doors open at 7:15pm (Jebon has a great menu–Come hungry & thirsty!)

Showtime: 8:00pm

Venue: Jebon Sushi And Noodle @ the downstairs lounge (Dinner and Drinks available for purchase!)

Address: 15 St. Mark’s Place  NY, NY  10003

RSVP: to Eleanor Eleia2000(at)gmail(dot)com to ensure a reservation on the guest list.  Seating is limited–the venue can accommodate up to 100 people with seats for 75.

**If you canʻt be there, you can still be a part of the magic by contributing to the film’s Kickstarter Campaign by clicking HERE.  We are raising funds until Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  Every little bit counts and helps to make this dream a reality!  Mahalo!**


jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, kawika alfiche, halau o keikialii, jebon sushi

Aloha, gang!

You guys: Tomorrow night in NYC is gonna be magical!


Kumu Kawika Alfiche and members of Hālau o Keikialiʻi are HERE IN NYC.


(And I’m gonna be there singing and strumming along with them!)

We had a great rehearsal today.  ʻOno tunes and awesome dancing.

So here’s my question:  ARE YOU GONNA BE THERE?

I’d love to see you there!

Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th


JeBon Sushi & Noodle

15 St. Marks Place

NY, NY  10003

$15 at the door

* Please check out Hālau o Keikialiʻi’s website by clicking HERE.