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Posts Tagged ‘Inwood Hill Park’

HAUʻOLI MAKAHIKI HOU!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

My favorite New Year’s Day tradition?  Sounding the pū to welcome the New Year.

Hālawa Valley-style in NYC.

May 2014 be filled with Aloha.

Right on.

(You can see previous yearsʻ postings by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE.)

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Strummin’ in the City (#42)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ukulele, nyc, accidental hawaiian crooner, kamaka

Kamaka standard (soprano) 'ukulele with the Henry Hudson Bridge in the distance. (NYC, November 2011)

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 www.kamakahawaii.com for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)

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Strummin’ in the City (#41)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kamaka ukulele, Inwood Hill Park, NYC Strummin' in the City, Jason Poole

Kamaka standard (soprano) 'ukulele & the autumnal splendor of Inwood Hill Park (NYC Nov. 2011)

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 www.kamakahawaii.com for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)

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Strummin’ in the City (#38)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kamaka 'ukulele, Inwood Hill Park, Jason Poole

Kamaka standard (soprano) 'ukulele in Inwood Hill Park (NYC 10.25.11)

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 www.kamakahawaii.com for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)

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Strummin’ in the City (#30)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

kamaka ukulele, ukulele, isham park, jason poole

Kamaka standard (soprano) ʻukulele with special guests: sunbathers and geese! (Inwood Hill Park, NYC 8.30.11)

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 www.kamakahawaii.com for some of the best ʻukuleles on the planet!)

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Inwood Hill Park (New York City, NY)

A view from Inwood Hill Park near my apartment in NYC.

Remember hearing about the 3 Rs when you were in school: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic?

And then we learned about a newer version of 3 Rs that we needed to pay attention to: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Well, lately I’ve been learning about 3 MORE Rs that we need to pay attention to: Resting, Relaxing and Recharging.

It seems there are so many opportunities to do really cool stuff! I mean I could be studying music. I could be studying the Hawaiian language. I could be working on my ‘ukulele strumming drills. I could be learning a new song to share. I could be …

Additionally, there are so many things we NEED to be doing. I need to playing for hula classes. I need to attend meetings that I’ve scheduled. I need to run errands which take me all over the city. I need to ….

But what about taking a moment to BREATHE? What’s wrong with taking a moment to chill out?

Not only is it fun, it’s essential to our survival.

Think about the airline safety announcement that you hear before takeoff. Remember the part where they tell you that you should put your OWN oxygen mask on before attempting to help those around you? Sounds kind of selfish, right? But think about it: How can you help anyone if you are unconscious? You need to make sure you are ok–and THEN you can help those around you.

Pops is always reminding me that there are hours of the day that are supposed to be used for work. And there are also hours of the day that are dedicated to rest.

For someone who works the land like he does, he knows he NEEDS to pay attention to natural cycles. Not only the seasonal planting cycles, but also the cycle of work and rest. He won’t plant the same loʻi every year. He knows that he needs to let the Earth rest, too. A chance for it to recharge.

Are we any different?

This weekend I’ve been trying to remember to REST. Trying to remember to RELAX. And hopefully I’ll RECHARGE. I’ve gone for walks in the park. I’ve cooked dinner at home instead of eating on the run. I’ve been trying to be judicious with my time spent “online”–and trying to unplug more often. I’ve attempted to retire at a “decent hour” in the evening–avoiding the late night “creative bursts” which leave me blurry-eyed and listless in the morning.

It’s easy to forget about making time to relax. We all need it.

It’s not selfish. It’s actually selfless.

When we’re well rested and recharged, we can do our best work!

I’d love to hear how you REST, RELAX & RECHARGE.

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