Aloha, Dear Readers!
Where did 2017 go? Wow, blink, and . . . <poof> kokoke i nalowale!
I am enjoying a sabbatical leave from teaching paid in service to my department and university. I am finally getting into a writing groove. Hawaiian Songs Ancient and Modern is taking shape, now that I finally have the wherewithal to sit at home, ignoring all emails, declining requests for promotion evaluations and recommendation letters, allowing myself to be released from the obligation to attend any number of events and “networking opportunities,” and generally holding just about anything I can beyond armʻs length. (The wall oven installation carnival of errors with Loweʻs has been, in hindsight, quite a focus-buster. But life goes on . . . )
Just to let you all know, I have been updating the running bibliographies of Hawaiian music and hula on this site–point to “Bibliographies” in the menu above. I am so happy to see a growing community of scholars producing exciting new–and even award-winning–scholarship. Off the top of my head at the moment, doctoral dissertations from Jace Saplan and Andrea Low, mastersʻ theses from Guy Cundell and Eugenia Conte, books from John Troutman and J. Revell Carr (both winning major awards), a wonderful article in the latest volume of Hawaiian Journal of History (2017) titled “The Gospel Roots of “Hawaiʻi Aloha” by Ralph Thomas Kam. We are all blessed that new knowledge is moving forward and gaining momentum!
CDs — the action is on Facebook, folks. Even Mele.com canʻt keep up! Simply because the distribution system has totally disintegrated, so anyone outside the Mountain Apple Co. orbit has been reduced to self-releasing and selling product at gigs. And that is presuming anyone is still purchasing CDs, because we are now all watching videos on YouTube and Facebook: ʻOiwi TVʻs series “Mele Ma Ka Lihiwai,” the long-running HI Sessions YouTube channel, the weekly “Pakele Live” now streamed live, are some of the highlights, as well as uber-fans like Norm Markowitz posting videos from various venues and events in California . . .
Note: Iʻm still buying CDs whenever I can get my hands on them, because that is the only way to get the liner notes!!
And let us all send heartfelt aloha to Aunty Wanda Certo and her ʻohana in this time of illness!