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The latest collaborative video from Mana Maoli / Playing For Change features a group of Hawaii based musical acts singing John Cruz‘s “Island Style” and the song “‘Oiwi E.”

From their YouTube channel video page:

Jack Johnson and dozens of artists joined more than 1,000 Hawai’i keiki (children) in this beautiful medley. Weʻre excited to present our 2nd ʻSong Across Hawaiʻiʻ collaboration with Hawaiian nonprofit @Mana Maoli, filmed across many breathtaking Hawaii locations as part of their #ManaMele project, which features a Music & Multimedia Academy and Solar Mobile Studio with programs in more than a dozen schools.

Turn it up and let the music bring in the light! To learn more about this medley and Mana Mele, follow Mana Maoli on FB & IG, and visit manamele.org, where you can get a personal copy of this video for a donation of any amount.

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World. Creating these videos motivated us to form the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of our mission, featuring musicians met along our journey, and establish the Playing For Change Foundation—a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, we aim to create hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.

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Hokule’a Public Exhibition

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe ToursThe Polynesian Voyaging Society is hosting a three day exhibition and open house for Hokule’a at the Hawaii Convention Center. The exhibition started on Sunday June 18 and runs through today, June 20 finishing at 5:00 p.m.

The highlight of the exhibition is seeing the Hokule’a up close and getting a chance to climb aboard the fabled vessel for a few minutes. This is being done online as well as at the convention center on the second floor. Media reports have stated that the online reservations are filled. As luck would have it, I was able to reserve a space in person and got to board Hokule’a for a short time after waiting in line for about 45 minutes yesterday.

The pictures from this visit and the event, which includes a number of educational, ecological and scientific exhibits on the second floor. Access to the exhibits are free. The only paid events are the lectures being presented by a number of people in the sailing, Hawaiian and intellectual community.

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe Tours
Hokule’a tied up near the Hawaii State Convention Center.

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii
Hokule’a arrives at Magic Island, 6-17-2017. Photo by Sonny Lapenia.

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe Tours
Visitors onboard Hokule’a.

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe Tours
The wait in line to board Hokule’a was about 45 minutes.

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe Tours
On board Hokule’a for a 10 minute stay. Solar array for some of the 21st century electronics.

HŌKŪLEʻA - Mālama Honua Educational Exhibits & Hōkūleʻa Canoe Tours
One of the Hokule’a crew members talking about the round the world voyage.

MORE PHOTOS AT THE HAWAII FILES FLICKR SITE.

Hokule’a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii
The Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule’a made its triumphant return to Hawaii today from its around the world voyage that started three years ago in 2014. The arrival of Hokule’a to Magic Island in Honolulu turned out to be an epic, historic event complete with a flotilla of several other sailing canoes and numerous smaller vessels that went out to sea to greet the canoe. Hokule’a spent the last weeks of its worldwide journey sailing to Hawaii from Tahiti, much like it was on her first trip to and from Tahiti back in 1976.

Volumes of stories have been told about the remarkable canoe which go far beyond the scope that this blog will ever achieve. What we have here is just a tiny snapshot of some of the pictures that we managed to capture on this day of homecoming.

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

All of the photos in this section are also posted to The Hawaii Files Flickr site.

Hokulea and Hikianalia in Hilo, Hawaii

Hokule’a and Hikianalia tied up in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in May 2014 shortly before embarking on the worldwide voyage.

June Event Calendar – Public Meetings & Events

King Kamehameha the Great Honolulu City Council Meeting – June 7, 2017.

The Honolulu City Council will be holding its monthly council meeting on Wednesday June 7 at the City Council Chambers in Honolulu Hale starting at 10:00 a.m. Several tax and spend bills are on the agenda, mostly to fund the $10+ billion rail project.

The council will be taking up measures on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (Bill 32) and several other budget relating items. Bill 68 will propose to increase admission fees at the Honolulu Zoo, a motor vehicle weight tax increase (Bill 10), and raising parking rates and adjusting times  (Bill 12) for metered parking stalls.

You can view and download the 45 page agenda at the following link: City Council Meeting Agenda June 7, 2017. (PDF)

City & County of Honolulu Events For June

A number of events for the month of June has been announced by the Mayor’s Office on Culture & Arts. Among the events:

The 47th Annual Aloha Show – May 23 to June 15 at Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free art exhibit.

Oncology on Canvas, Art – Honolulu Hale Courtyard, June 20 to July 6. Free.

Water Conservation Week Art & Poetry Contest; June 6 – 22 Kapolei Hale Courtyard 1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St 8 am – 4:30 pm

Hawai‘i Harmonica Society’s 20th Annual, Harmonica Recital & Concert – Saturday June 3,  10:00 am to 12 Noon; Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 S King St. Free.

Kuhio Beach Hula Show, various days, Waikiki Hula Mound, free, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Royal Hawaiian Band Performances, various venues

Download the monthly event calendar at this link: Kahea

Kamehameha Day Parade & Events, June 2017. Lei Draping, Honolulu at the King Kamehameha Statue on King St. 3:00 pm. • King Kamehameha Day Parade – Starts at Iolani Palace / Richards Street and goes through Waikiki and ends at Kapiolani Park. Free. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bands, pa’u riders, floats. More information: King Kamehameha Day Celebration on Facebook | King Kamehameha Festivals Page. | Top photo: King Kamehameha Statue © Melvin Ah Ching Photos on Flickr.com.

Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokulea canoe returns from its around the world trip on June 17. Magic Island, Ala Moana Park – Starting at 8:30 a.m. More info: Hokulea.com • Several public events are scheduled through the month after the canoe’s arrival.

Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene

Re-blogged from Bandcamp.com

It’s a warm Friday night in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and local punk band Smoke Free Armstrong are playing their final show to a packed crowd at the Downbeat Lounge, a venue that, in recent years, has been ground zero for the city’s DIY punk scene. Between songs, guitarist and singer Steve Tanji grabs the mic to offer a sincere tribute. “I just want to thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for letting us play for you,” he says. The crowd of kids gathered in front of the stage cheer in response. “We’ve been playing for two years, and I want to thank you all for coming out and supporting the scene.”

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Source: Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene « Bandcamp Daily

Stopped by the Filipino Fiesta

Filipino FiestaKapiolani Park in Waikiki is always a hub of activity practically every weekend of the year. Yesterday the Filipino community was out in force to celebrate their culture at the Annual Filipino Fiesta event. Music, dancing, food and fun were the order of the day for the community and anyone else who happened to come by.

Spending about a half hour there after returning from an appointment in Waikiki, we were lucky to catch a couple of the music performances that included several folk dances. Here are a few pictures and a three minute video. Filipino dancers use a lot of props such as bamboo, benches and candles. The dances energizes the participants as well as the spectators. It’s all good fun.

More photos: Filipino Festival page on Facebook

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta