Today was the first day I was able to attend the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival and it was basically a workshop day today with some jam sessions at the end of the day. Here are some of the things that happened today:
There were up to five separate workshops going on at anytime through out the day in different rooms of the convention center.
Kaleo Trinidad leads a hula workshop presented by Kinetsu that was translated in to Japanese for the Japanese speaking folks in attendance:
Also ongoing at 10:00 was a presentation by Steve Grimes who has designed some of guitars for the industries biggest names. Those that understand how important the slack key guitar is to Hawaiian music can appreciate these fine guitars.
Yamaha was also on hand and they demonstrated some of their latest instruments as well.
I took a break for about an hour and a half and had lunch at the All you can eat Buffet Hello Kitty Restaurant Makittii where I loaded up on crab legs, roast beef, sushi, oysters… etc…
I can’t believe how inexpensive it was and I just have no idea how they can stay in business with these type of prices!
After lunch I went back to the convention center and scoped out a few more workshops.
Taylor Guitars brought in there representatives in the afternoon session
Taylor Guitars has become a regular for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and once again brought their latest line of guitars that were for sale.
Hula performance workshop with Kumu Hula Karen Aiu was done in the afternoon which was also translated into Japanese for the Japan visitors.
I’ll be checking more things out tomorrow and on Sunday so stay tuned and see who wins this year Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on Sunday evening.
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