You should play with real musicians; the best music comes from real people interacting with each other.
– John Fogerty

I celebrated the first day of Spring by cleaning snow off of my car, driving to New York city for a lūʻau, and jamming with true masters of Hawaiian music. Thank you to the PS199 PTA Diversity Committee for inviting me to be a part of a very special diversity event. Thereʻs no better way to warm the soul than with an evening of Hawaiian entertainment in New York City.

The evening included Polynesian dance by Luana Haraguchi’s Halau Hula O Na Mele Aina O Hawaii, music by your truly, a message from the Polynesian Voyaging Society/Halawai, hula by the students, and a special performance by Led Kaapana and Mike Kaʻawa.

Then, I got to play with Led and Mike! Talk about going to school… the school of JusPress!

The performance was followed by a delicious buffet dinner catered by Onomea. Brooke and everyone involved in planning proved that “Live Aloha” is strong in Manhattan. It was a wonderful night of Hawaiian music and hula in Manhattan.

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