An abundant year of Music, for sure!
My has this been an exciting year, for myself and Hawaiian music! A big Mahalo to HI Sessions Video Productions, Jon Yamasoto and crew for the priviledge of recording my music, with five great songs. Three of which are on my last album, Kulaiwi My Beloved Homeland and two contemporary oldies. A warm aloha to my musicians, Jack Ofoia, Tadd Aiona, Jim Cramer for their winning smiles and gift of mele. Aunty Ululani Zuttermeister Black, Aunty Kela Miller and Aunty Lynn Piccoli with Pakele Live, mahalo nui loa for the fantastic summer fun and support!
While still performing for Halaus in the greater Bay Area, along with performances for private and corporate organizations, I am amazed at the "ALOHA" fans have for Traditional Hawaiian Music here on the West Coast.
Around late May this past spring, after a couple trips home to Oahu, I was awarded in the City Of San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis, for the Citizen of Honor Award by Mayor Ed Lee. With great pleasure not only was I thrilled, but awarded for the Kulia I Ka Nu'u, Strive for the Highest Award in Hawaiian Music by Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco. Along with Honorees Steven Espaniola, Patrick Landeza, ohana, dignitaries and supporters of Hawaiian music and businesses in Bay Area communities, the evening arrived with Hawai'i's own Weldon Kekauoha, as the featured performer for a magical evening of music.
Sooner than later, a quick trip in September for the first time to Martha's Vineyards, for it's first Annual Ukelele Festival will I attend and look forward to the East Coast aloha scene in Massachusetts! November will be here before you know it and I'll be heading back to Oahu for some recording, and a full week in my hometown of Laie for it's Annual Community Celebration Festivities.
Please stay tuned and check on my calendar for events near you, working on updates for website, mahalo for your patience.
A big hug to you all that support Hawaiian Music, the Na Kumu Hula Masters, the radio peeps, the fans, a huge smile for the hula people I adore and to my ohana, YOU ROCK!