Aloha 2016!

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou! Hereʻs wishing everyone the best in happiness and aloha for 2016.

Iʻm back. Resolution #2 for 2016 is to renew my commitment to Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure. (Resolution #1 relates to health & fitness, I journey I began in October and, I am thrilled to say, is sticking!!) After several months of figuring how to balance teaching and university obligations and have a life–while working on health & fitness, no less–Iʻve been observing all kinds of things happening in the worlds of Hawaiian music and hula. Iʻve also been observing all kinds of things that are not happening in the worlds of Hawaiian music and hula. And Hawaiian Music for Listening Pleasure has always been a place to set down some thoughts, and invite thoughts, reflections, contributions, corrections, amendments–anything to contribute positively to our collective listening and viewing pleasure.

grammy-awards-logo_20110621150950Above all, a HUGE shoutout to Kealiʻi Reichel and Natalie Ai Kamauʻu for the nomination of their CDS for the GRAMMY Award in the category “Best Regional Roots Music.” The awards will be announced on “musicʻs biggest night,” scheduled for February 16, 2016 on CBS.

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Lots more to come. Stay tuned, dear readers. Iʻm back!!

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3 Responses to Aloha 2016!

  1. Joey Cummings says:

    Aloha and Talofa from your Pacific Island cousins and fellow Hawaiian Music lovers in American Samoa. I am all to familiar with the compounding pressures of “perhaps too many” pursuits. So don’t stress over the frequency of your updates. Do them when you the spirit moves you. As a thought starter, maybe you could write a small kine post about the music in Disney’s Moana. I don’t recall hearing any outright Hawai’ian music when we watched it but anything you might say will surely be interesting for your current subscribers and with the current level of buzz the film is getting currently, you may find that you get a surge in new readers who stumble onto your blog from Google. Just a thought. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there for us to share and learn.

    • amykstillman says:

      Aloha Joey — mahalo for your manaʻo. Youʻre right on all counts. Especially that there is much passionate conversation going on. Disney is beloved by many, but also reviled by many. Disney is a powerful opportunity for our artists, but Disney is also a source of exasperation for many others. Turning the tables, there is much to celebrate in having our cultures shared; but we are also called upon to ensure and insist upon respectful understanding of our communities and our histories. Bottom line, there are no easy answers, no easy explanations, no absolute right or wrong perspectives. The “truth” is messy. What we must be vigilant about is that competing truths do not tear us apart. Iʻll put together some thoughts. Mahalo for your encouragement.

  2. Joey Cummings says:

    Moana is a success in that it is a great conversation piece for anyone to start talking about Pacific Islanders. The voyaging of the past is awe-some in the literal sense. To think of the original mothers and fathers who settled each island and how they are different but remain the same. There is a spirit that flows in an unbroken stream from then to now and into the future.

    Complaints? Hey, we need new things to complain about. So what… We got our own Disney movie as a Pacific Island family. Let’s get some outrage boiling here before anything else. Land grabbing and welfare mentalities are the most common gripe-fodder I hear… ABOUT… And ON small islands and small islands peoples. To hear the Moana gripes makes me smile because I know many of those people really like the movie but just can’t pass the opportunity for something new to be unhappy over. It is a typical small town way of passing time in a possibly meaningful way. “New news? Let us discuss it at length and slowly for it may be awhile before anything else interesting happens around here.” Or maybe I have it all wrong but it sounds plausible for now.

    I liked the movie for telling the story of voyagers and for not hitting us over the head with another Prince Charming romance. The lack of that typical and expected lovey-dovey Disney sub-plot is the reason why Disney made Maui look as he did. If he had been super svelte with dashing good looks, audiences would undoubtedly start feeling as if he is meant to be Moana’s first boyfriend.

    The chicken was the only character who screamed to me, “I am a yet another carbon-copy of the silly animal sidekick who exists solely for comic relief.” I can deal with it personally… but I am sensitive to fowl feelings and will be writing a letter to Disney demanding the derogatory poultry references be removed to prevent children from growing up with the misguided notion that all roosters are ridiculous.

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