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August 12, 2010
Housing Works Bookstore Café Event: Facing Future: Dan Kois and Nate Chinen on Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

Author Dan Kois will be discussing his book, FACING FUTURE, along with Nate Chinen.

Jason and fellow musician, Andy Wang, will be helping to share the Aloha spirit by providing some traditional Hawaiian music.

Open to the public.

Discussion 7:00 PM

Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012


July 22-23, 2010
Jason Poole Speaks about Showing Up and Saying “YES” at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles

Jason returns to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California to talk with the students in the Summer of Arts Program. He will be speaking about his personal creed, Show Up and Say “YES”, and how that applies to the artist’s path.


June 24, 2010
Stuart H. Coleman’s Book Launch Party at Fontana’s in NYC

Jason will be strumming for the dancers of Aloha Hula NYC as they entertain the crowds at the book launch for Stuart H. Coleman’s latest release, FIERCE HEARTS: The Story of Makaha and the Soul of Hawaiian Surfing!

The book will be released on June 22, 2010 by St. Martin’s Press and Stuart will be hosting a book signing party along with the NYC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation!

It’s sure to be an AWESOME time!

Party 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

105 Eldridge St.
New York, NY 10002


June 20, 2010
The Power of Hula at La MaMa E.T.C.

Jason is honored to join a group of incredibly talented Hawaiian musicians (including Andy Wang!) and dancers for an awesome afternoon of hula in New York City at the famed NYC performance space, La MaMa.

The program will feature Kumu Hula Robert Uluwehi Cazmero, Kumu Hula Victoria Holt Takamine, Kumu Hula Jeff Takamine, Keo Woolford, members of Hālau Pua Alii Ilima and the NYC-based hula hui, Nā Lehua Melemele (directed by Lisette Kaualena Flanary).

Performance 5:30 PM

La MaMa E.T.C. Ellen Stewart Theatre/The Annex
74 East 4th Street (Bet. 2nd Ave and Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

Box office: 212.475.7710

June 6, 2010
Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

Join the NYC-area Hawaiian community for a day of potluck food, hula and kanikapila-style music! It’s always the best way to spend the first Sunday in June!

Picnic 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Summit Rock (Central Park West and 83rd Street)
Central Park
New York City, NY


May 22, 2010
Hula Association of the Midwest Second Annual Aloha Jam

Jason will be joining Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and dancers from Hālau i Ka Pono at a benefit performance for the Hula Association of the Midwest. Open to the public.

Performances from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Little Sisters of the Poor Auditorium
2325 N. Lakewood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614


May 17, 2010
The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner to serenade Sen. Mazie K. Hirono

Jason will be strumming at a private function for Hawaiʻi Senator Mazie K. Hirono as she visits NYC!


May 8, 2010
A Landmark Event: It’s All Music
Midori and Friends Family Concert

Join the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner at Midori & Friends 5th Annual Festival of Music: It’s All Music! Jason will be co-hosting the event and will be joined by world-renowned musicians like Midori, Paquito D’Rivera, Bora Yoon, Sujari Britt, Melody of Dragon and Nation Beat!

Performance 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Historic Theater of the Bayard Rusten Educational Complex
Landmark High School
351 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

For FREE concert tickets or more information, please call 212.767.1300 or email music@midoriandfriends.org.


May 6, 2010
An Evening of Fashion and Dance with Anne Namba & Mikhail Baryshnikov

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner will be strumming as part of evening of fashion and dance! Honolulu-based fashion designer, Anne Namba will be having a show in NYC—and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Sake tasting begins at 6:00 PM
Fashion Show begins at 6:30 PM

Baryshnikov Arts Center
Howard Gilman Performance Space
450 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Hosted by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Anne Namba.


April 24, 2010
Sixth Annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Jason will be joining Kumu Hula June Kalililani Tanoue and dancers from Hālau i Ka Pono for a special event will include taiko drummers, a children’s choir and other special guests. The event is hosted by the Japanese American Association of New York. Open to the public.

Festival 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Pavilion & Astral Fountain (next to the cherry blossom grove)
Queens, NY


April 3, 2010
An Art Opening & Reception for Artist, Caren Loebel-Fried at Volcano Art Center (Volcano, HI)

Artist Caren Loebel-Fried is having an art opening at Volcano Art Center in Volcano, HI. Come see this exceptional artist’s work! Jason is honored to be joining her for a song to honor the memory and their mutual friend and teacher, Aunty Nona Beamer. The evening will also include a performance by Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and dancers from Hālau i ka Pono. Open to the public.

(Fun Crooner Factoid: Jason has some of Caren’s artwork tattooed on his arm!)

Reception 5:00 PM – 7:00 Pm

Volcano Art Center Gallery
Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano, HI 96785


April 3, 2010
Hālau i Ka Pono Dances at the Pā Hula at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiʻi
Nā Mea Hawaiʻi Hula Kahiko Performances

Come and see Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and the dancers of Hālau i Ka Pono at Volcano National Park as they dance ancient hula on the Pā Hula. Hālau i ka Pono has the distinction of being the hula school that has traveled the furthest distance to perform on the sacred hula mound. Open to the public.

(Crooner Note: I’m honored to be joining the hālau for 2 hulas on the hula mound. It’s been a really long time since I’ve danced in public. Wish me luck! Auē!)

Performance 10:30 AM

Pā Hula
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Pahoa, HI 96778


March 29, 2010
Hawaii Island, Here We Come!

Jason joins Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and dancers from Hālau i Ka Pono and heads to the Hawaiʻi Island (The Big Island)! While on island, he’ll be strumming and singing for the dancers at different private functions. AND… he’ll return to hula for a performance at the Pā Hula in Volcano, Hawaiʻi! Stay tuned!


March 22, 2010
Molokai Bound!

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner heads back to beautiful Molokai, Hawaiʻi for some intensive study time with his teacher (aka “Pops.)” Be sure to stay tuned for updates from the islands. And we’re sure there will be a lot of great stories to share when he gets back!


February 28, 2010
www.AccidentalHawaiianCrooner.com is HERE!

We’re so excited for everyone to be able to come and check out our new home on the Web! The big unveiling is finally here!

February 28, 2010
Jason Poole and Manuwai Peters will perform together as Lei Molokai at The New York Times Travel Show in NYC!

Jason and Manuwai will be performing as Lei Molokai at the Molokai Visitors Association and the Lāna’i Visitors Bureau booth at the Jacob Javits Center. Lei Molokai is proud to once again be asked to showcase the music of Molokai and Lāna’i. Open to the public. 


February 9, 2010
Recording Session for the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner Web site!

Jason will head into the recording studio with Manuwai Peters to record some demo tracks for the new website. Our friends at Just Voices Casting and ISDN Studios in New York will be overseeing the session, so you know it’ll be great!

January 29, 2010
Jason Poole and Manuwai Peters share the music of Hawai‘i at the U.S. Capitol!

Jason and Manuwai will be performing as Lei Molokai at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. They will be sharing the music of Aloha at a private reception for the Japanese National American Museum, hosted by Hawai‘i Senator Daniel Inouye and his wife, Irene Hirano. Photos to follow. Stay tuned!

January 23, 2010
An Evening of Hawaiian Music and Stories with Jason Poole

Back by Popular Demand! Jason will be returning to Chicago to share more music and stories of his missteps and misadventures on his path to becoming the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner.

Talk Story/Performance 7:30 PM

Hālau i Ka Pono
163 North Humphrey Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302


November 21, 2009
LOVE THE ISLANDS! Fundraiser for Tsunami Relief Effort
Hosted by Ataahua Papa

Jason will be appearing as Lei Molokai and joining forces with other musicians to present an afternoon of song and dance from around the globe. All proceeds will go to the Tsunami Relief Effort.

Performance begins 3:00 PM

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Room 914
New York, NY 10012

November 5 - 7, 2009
A Hawaiian Weekend of Music, Songs and Storytelling with Jason Poole

Jason will be heading to the Chicago area to share music and stories at Hālau i Ka Pono. He’ll also be presenting group and private lessons in ‘ukulele and Hawaiian song-study!

Talk Story/Performance November 6, 2010
7:30 PM

Hālau i Ka Pono
163 North Humphrey Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302