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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.

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Tomorrow! Molokai! Tomorrow!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Totally excited!  Why?

I’m heading back to Molokai for some time in Hālawa Valley with Pops and the ʻohana.

Nānā i ke kumu.  Look to the source.

Right on.

Now… where’d I put my headlamp?  Is that a wild boar?

(Stay tuned. Pics and stories to come!)

 

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Aloha, gang!

Here’s a video blog post to tell you about the big trip back to Molokai. The time has come! Uihā!

And please check out our other videos on our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CroonerVideo

 

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It’s time for a new Video Blog!  And this week, I’m excited to a quick check-in before I leave for the beautiful island of Molokai to spend some time with Pops and the ‘ohana.

When do I leave?  (gulp!) TOMORROW!

I’d better get back to packing.

Talk with you all soon. (Hopefully from Molokai!)

Happy weekend, gang!

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Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, Halawa Valley, Pilipo Solatorio, Anakala PilipoWhen I woke up this morning, one thought jumped to the foreground of mind.

It was like a flashing neon sign:

THIS TIME NEXT WEEK, I’LL BE WAKING UP ON MOLOKAI!

Time is moving so quickly!  (I hear that’s a sign of aging…)

Heading back for a couple of weeks.  Lots of work to do with Pops.  Lots of work to do with the upcoming documentary.  (Have I told you about that yet?  Stay tuned… It’s gonna be so cool!)

So…

I’m in crunch-mode as I prepare to head out.  I feel like a college kid prepping for exams.  Cramming everything in.  Making sure I’ve gotten some key knowledge “written on my bones.”  Making sure to pack all of the things that I’ve been meaning to share with Mom and Pops.  Brushing up on my Hawaiian language speaking skills. (There are plenty of days when Pops will look at me and say, “You know, Iakona, I think you and I will only speak in Hawaiian to each other today.”  The BEST way to learn, for sure!  A gift.  But when you have rudimentary-at-best language skills like me, it’s scary!)

So that’s the latest newsflash.  Will try to post more as the week develops…

Happy Monday, gang!

What’s the latest newsflash in YOUR world?

 

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jason poole, accidental hawaiian crooner, the crooner, thanksgiving, road trip, road trip playlist

Did someone say Road Trip?

Aloha, gang!

I’m sure there are a lot of folks heading out on the road to celebrate a holiday weekend here in the U.S.  (And plenty of folks in other parts of the world who might be hitting the road for some weekend R&R.)

So…

I thought I’d add some Aloha to your time on the road by sharing a playlist sure to bring some smiles to everyone’s faces.  Listening to Hawaiian music  in the ALWAYS makes it more fun!

Here’s a road trip playlist to get you going:

Honolulu City Lights (Keola & Kapon Beamer) from Honolulu City Lights

Kuʻu Home O Kahaluʻu (Olomana) from Like a Seabird on the Wind

You Kuʻuipo (Willie K.) from The Uncle In Me

About You (Cecilo & Kapono) from ʻElua

Pua Hone (Dennis Kamakahi) from ʻOhana

Fish and Poi (Sean Naʻauao) from Hot Hits

Love and Honesty (Hawaiian Style Band) from Vanishing Treasures

Island Style (John Cruz) from Acoustic Soul

He Hawaiʻi Au (The Sunday Manoa) from Guava Jam

ʻŌpihi Man (Kaʻau Crater Boys) from On Fire

Waiʻoli (Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu) from Call It What You Like

Pōhai Ke Aloha (Kawai Cockett) from Beautiful Kauaʻi

Nani Kauaʻi (Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom) from Puʻuhonua

Pāpālina Lahilahi (Genoa Keawe) from Party Hulas

Ke Aloha (Uluwehi Guerrero) from Nā Mele Hula Aloha

Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai (Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole) from Hiʻipoi I Ka Āina Aloha

KHBC (Ata Damasco) from Paʻina Hou!

‘ĀʻOia (The Kahauanu Lake Trio) from The Best of the Kahauanu Lake Trio Vol. 1

Beautiful Kauaʻi (Aloha Pumehana Serenaders) from Hula Gems

Nani (Genoa Keawe) from Sings Lūʻau Hulas

Holoholo Kaʻa (Nina & Bill) from Hula Hula Lūʻau Style

I’ll Weave A Lei of Stars (The Hula Honeys) from Life Just Got Sweeter

Happy Travels, gang!

Right on.

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