2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival – Friday Workshops

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:

It started with a panel that featured Līhau & Kellen Paik, Shawn Pimental, and Brett Ortone discussing how to just basically “Get Started” in the industry.

At the same time in another room there was a Haku Mele Panel Featuring: Puakea Nogelmeier , Dennis Kamakahi, Moon Kaukahi, Julian Ako, and Keali`i Reichel

There were up to five separate workshops going on at anytime through out the day in different rooms of the convention center.

At 10:00 there was a workshop on Promoting and Marketing your CD via both traditional methods and via new media that was put on by John Aeto, Ryan Ozawa, and Mona Wood-Sword.

Puakea Nogelmeier, Jon Osorio, Kalehua Krug, Kainani Kahaunaele, abd  Moon Kaukahi led a Haku Mele Panel that focused on Visualization, the senses and inspiration.

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.

Getting your CD Online: MP3, iTunes, etc and how to get your songs online and other markets was presented by the President of CDBaby Brian Felsen and local online guru Ryan Ozawa.

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.

Around 3:30 Top Roland Sound engineers, designers and performers, Scott Tibbs, John Hernandez and Robert Marcello  presented some of Roland’s latest equipment and jammed away.

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.

Word Verification… FAIL

So I was going to leave a comment on a friends site… and I came across this “Word Verification” FAILURE… so needless to say I was laughing so hard… I forgot to leave a comment!


Action in Waikiki

Well I guess Highway 130 on the Big Island isn’t the only place to have car accidents.