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on my mind: record labels

Iʻm kind of in limbo right now . . . between Honolulu last week, sitting in Ann Arbor right now, and getting ready to return to Honolulu again this coming Thursday . . . crazy-kind. Last weekʻs trip involved intense crate-digging … Continue reading

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SONGS: Hoonanea a Hookuene Liliʻu

Fifteen kumu hula and hālau across Southern California have been involved in bringing a remarkable collaboration to the concert stage. This will come to fruition on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Soka University Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. “Collaboration” … Continue reading

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on my mind . . . GRAMMY Awards 2015

Wishing Kamaka Kukona aloha on his remarkable journey as kumu hula and recording artist. Already recognized as Best New Artist in  Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, his debut album Hanu ʻAʻala is a nominee for a GRAMMY Award in the Best … Continue reading

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on my mind . . . mele lāhui

This is a composite of front-page excerpts from the newspaper Ka Makaainana between March 25 and April 15, 1895. At the top of column 1 in each issue is a mele. And therein lies the story of the concert presentation … Continue reading

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With the demise of Aloha Music International, the Mountain Apple Co. remains the only distributor of Hawaiian music CDs in Hawaiʻi. It is a dismal prospect that, over the past few days, not a single copy of Cyril Pahinuiʻs new … Continue reading

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Gender and Hawaiian Music

Iʻm making lists and checking them twice. And the exercise is kind of eye-opening. So let me think out loud. I started with a question related to my teaching experience. I teach a course called “American Musical Soundscapes.” So I … Continue reading

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on my mind: Music @ Merrie Monarch 2013 1

Merrie Monarch is always a multi-sensory feast. Of course, we see hula. Folks there get to enjoy the fragrance of all the lei onstage and off. And we are treated to group after group of live music. The question is: … Continue reading

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‘Ike Kumu (Sources of Foundational Knowledge) — Kulia i ka Punawai Hula Camp 2013

Aloha kākou!  Kūlia i ka Pūnāwai (Kumu Hula Association of Southern California) held its FOURTH annual Hula Camp last weekend at Grindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu. Over 170 happy campers joined nearly 20 kumu hula (and their token academic) for … Continue reading

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on my mind . . . putting Humpty back together again

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty got pushed off the wall  or so it seems. I’ve used the Humpty Dumpty image in the past to liken historical and archival research as attempts to find and reassemble pieces into … Continue reading

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on my mind . . . mana’o stew

thinking . . . and reading . . . and igniting brain sparkles . . . My teaching duties these days have me reading voraciously outside of Hawaiian studies, and listening closely outside of Hawaiian music. The fruits born of … Continue reading

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