What's Happening!

Molokai Bound!

January 9–14, 2012

Jason will be heading back to the islands for some intensive study time with Pops and the 'ohana in Hālawa Valley on the beautiful island of Molokai. Right on! Stay tuned… We're sure he'll come back with lots of wild stories.


Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's New Year's 'Ohana Festival (Honolulu, HI)

January 8, 2012

We're going to O'ahu to be a part of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's New Year's 'Ohana (family) Festival! Jason will be sharing music, talk-story and Aloha at this year's festivities. Fun for all ages! Details are still forthcoming. Check the blog for updates!

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
2454 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96826


Folk Songs from Around the World (NYC, NY)

December 17, 2011

Jason is thrilled to be joining mezzo-soprano Yumi Thomas and other amazing artists as they explore the musical traditions of Japan, Mexico and Hawai'i as well as Jewish songs in Ladino and Spanish.

Workshops at 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM


The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023


EmBodying Passion, Purpose, Presence (NYC, NY)

December 3, 2011

Jason will be presenting the closing segment of the workshop, EmBodying Passion, Purpose, Presence in NYC. Presented by Jean Sun Shaw (life's journey, LLC) and Claudi Toyama (Solsten 212), the workshop will help folks learn to listen to the body, live their purpose, authentically express themselves and be in balance!

Jason will be sharing his own story of learning how to live a life of Showing Up and Saying "YES!"

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC)
450 West 37th Street Studio 4A
New York, NY 10018


Hawaiian Culture Presentation/ʻUkulele Classes in NYC Public Schools! (PS 212M, NY, NY)

November 3 – December 22, 2011

Thanks to Midori & Friends, Jason will be leading a series of seven workshops for students in grades K-2 in an NYC public school as part of their after-school program. He'll be introducing the kids to Hawaiian culture through stories and music and tales of his adventures on Molokai. And they'll be strumming the 'ukulele together! Right on!


Jason Poole will be the guest speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Studio City, CA!

August 21, 2011

Jason is honored to be heading to California to speak at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City. He'll be sharing his personal story of how he learned to live by the motto Show Up and Say "YES!"

Sunday Service and Youth Program 10 AM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City
12355 Moorpark, St.
Studio City, CA 91604


Hawai'i Culture Camp 2011 (Warwick, RI)

August 6–7, 2011

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner will be heading to Rhode Island for a weekend of Hawaiian culture. He'll be leading an 'ukulele workshop and playing for hula classes taught by hula teachers from the Northeast. Panel discussions, potluck pa'ina and fun.

"Hey Uke Dude!" Jason Teaches 'Ukulele at Camp Yomawha Summer Day Camp (NYC, NY)

July 11–August 12, 2011

Thanks to Midori & Friends and the YM&YWHA of Washington Height & Inwood (NYC), Jason (aka The Uke Dude) will have the pleasure of sharing the joys of strumming an 'ukulele with kids at a summer day camp for six weeks! This is his second summer working with the camp — a return gig he's been looking forward to all year.


The Crooner's Sister Ties the Knot! (Pittsburgh, PA)

June 9, 2011

Jason has the honor and privilege of singing (and strumming!) for his sister and her new husband at their wedding in Pittsburgh, PA.

Private Party

Molokai Bound!

June 19–July 5, 2011

Jason will be heading back to the islands for some intensive study time with Pops and the 'ohana on Molokai. (And he'll be singing at a wedding down in Hālawa Valley!) Right on! Stay tuned… We're sure he'll come back with lots of wild stories.


Jason will attend The World Domination Summit (Portland, OR)

June 3–6, 2011

Don't let the name intimidate you! This is all about meeting up with creative thinkers from around the globe and learning from each other. A think tank of epic proportions! Presented by Chris Guillebeau (Art of Non-Conformity).


Hālau i Ka Pono's Spring Concert (Chicago, IL)

May 8, 2011

Jason will join Kumu June Kaililani Tanoue and the dancers of Hālau i Ka Pono in Chicago for their annual spring concert! Modern and traditional hula will be presented.

163 N. Humphrey
Oak Park, IL 60302

Performance from 2–4 PM


Jason Poole and Manuwai Peters will perform together as Lei Molokai at the Purple Yam's "An Evening in Territorial Hawai'i" (Brooklyn, NY)

May 5, 2011

Jason and Manuwai will join voices as Lei Molokai and entertain guests as they step back in time and enjoy "an evening in territorial Hawai'i" at the Purple Yam Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. An authentic Hawaiian dinner will be served. (Prix fixe)

Seatings at 7:30 PM and 9 PM

Purple Yam
1314 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226


The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner to serenade Punahou School alumni at a private party in NYC! (NYC, NY)

April 8, 2011

Private Party

Jason and Manuwai Peters to perform as Lei Molokai for the release party of Kawika Alfiche's newest CD, KALE'A (NYC, NY)

March 27, 2011

Kumu hula and recording artist, Kawika Alfiche will be releasing his latest CD, KALE'A in NYC. And Lei Molokai will be there to help kick off the event by sharing some traditional hula mele, showcasing the music of Molokai.

Performance 8–10 PM

Connoly's Pub & Restaurant
Klub 45 Room
121 West 45th Street
New York, NY

RSVP: 917.972.2094


Hawaiian Culture Presentation in NYC Public Schools! (C.E.S. 64X, Bronx, NY)

March 17 – April 1, 2001

Thanks to Midori & Friends, Jason will be leading a series of six workshops for second graders in an NYC public school. He'll be introducing the kids to Hawaiian culture through stories and music and tales of his adventures on Molokai.


A Kanikapila with the 'Ohana (Long Beach, CA)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Crooner is meeting up with some good friends and family within the Southern California-based Hawaiian/Pan-Polynesian community while he's out on the west coast. Did somebody say "Hana hou?"

Private Party

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner Web Site Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary!

Februrary 28, 2011

How is it possible that an entire year has passed since we launched the home of the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner? We've got lots of great things planned for the coming year including new music, interviews, bonus features and (of course!) new stories! Stay tuned for more details…

An Evening of Hawaiian Music & Dance presented by Evy Mayer and the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.!

February 26, 2011

Come beat the winter chill with an evening of traditional Hawaiian music and dance! You will hear 'ukuleles, slack key guitar, steel guitar and more, from some of the finest practitioners of Hawaiian music around, including Jason Poole (The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner,) Claudia Goddard, Andy Wang, Chris Davis, Triboro, and Ping Chun. In addition, you will enjoy authentic hula dancing by the New York branch of Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine's Pua Ali'I 'Ilima.

Performance 8:00 PM (Doors open 7:30 PM)

People's Voice Cafe at Community Church of NY
40 E. 35th St.
New York, NY 10016

Info: 212.787.3903


Jason Poole and Kristabelle Munson will perform at The New York Times Travel Show in NYC!

February 26, 2011

Jason and Kristabelle are honored to be sharing the mele of Aloha on the Global Stage at the Jacob K. Javits Center! And they'll be joined by some special guests — including a few of their hula friends! Open to the public.

Performance from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM on the Global Stage

Jacob K. Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001


Recording Session for the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner Web site!

February 20, 2011

Jason will be recording a BRAND NEW SONG that will be released as an audio file (AND A VIDEO!) on the web site! Stay tuned for details…

Talk Story with The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner at Kālele Bookstore & Divine Expressions in Kaunakakai!

November 10, 2010

Jason will be presenting a talk story about his journey with Hawaiian studies and the healing power of Hawaiian music and hula at the beautiful Kālele Bookstore & Divine Expressions. Come and spend some time under the lilikoi trees! Open to the public.

3:00 PM

Kālele Bookstore & Divine Expressions
64 Ala Malama
Kaunakakai, HI 96748


Molokai Bound!

November 3, 2010

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner heads back Hālawa Valley on the beautiful island of Molokai for some intensive stiudy time with his teacher. He promises to send updates when he can. And you know heʻll come back with some wild stories to share!


Housing Works Bookstore Café Event: Facing Future: Dan Kois and Nate Chinen on Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

August 12, 2010

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


Jason Poole Speaks about Showing Up and Saying "YES" at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles

July 22-23, 2010

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.


Stuart H. Coleman's Book Launch Party at Fontana's in NYC

June 24, 2010

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


The Power of Hula at La MaMa E.T.C.

June 20, 2010

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


Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

June 6, 2010

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


Hula Association of the Midwest Second Annual Aloha Jam

May 22, 2010

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


The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner to serenade Sen. Mazie K. Hirono

May 17, 2010

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


A Landmark Event: It's All Music
Midori and Friends Family Concert

May 8, 2010

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.


An Evening of Fashion and Dance with Anne Namba & Mikhail Baryshnikov

May 6, 2010

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.


Sixth Annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

April 24, 2010

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


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

April 3, 2010

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


Hālau i Ka Pono Dances at the Pā Hula at Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i
Nā Mea Hawai'i Hula Kahiko Performances

April 3, 2010

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


Hawaii Island, Here We Come!

March 29, 2010

Jason joins Kumu Hula June Kaililani Tanoue and dancers from Hālau i Ka Pono and heads to the Hawai'i 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, Hawai'i! Stay tuned!


Molokai Bound!

March 22, 2010

The Accidental Hawaiian Crooner heads back to beautiful Molokai, Hawai'i 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!


The OFFICIAL LAUNCH of www.AccidentalHawaiianCrooner.com is HERE!

February 28, 2010

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!

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

February 28, 2010

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. 


Recording Session for the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner Web site!

February 9, 2010

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!

Jason Poole and Manuwai Peters share the music of Hawai'i at the U.S. Capitol!

January 29, 2010

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!

An Evening of Hawaiian Music and Stories with Jason Poole

January 23, 2010

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


LOVE THE ISLANDS! Fundraiser for Tsunami Relief Effort
Hosted by Ataahua Papa

November 21, 2009

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

A Hawaiian Weekend of Music, Songs and Storytelling with Jason Poole

November 5 – 7, 2009

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