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Earl
Lokahi

USA
239 Posts

Posted - 09/05/2017 :  05:24:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just got back from a long musical retreat weekend with Alaskan friends now living in northern Washington state, up near the Canadian border. We jammed the usual song circle tunes, plus there were a couple of singer-songwriters who played their (nice) originals too.

None of them had ever heard ki ho'alu before, so I demonstrated several tunes and tunings to a very warm welcome. Maybe a couple of converts?? I played so much that I now have a blister under my callous on the index finger, requiring a couple of days off to heal.

On a sad note, upon our return home we got word that the Hula Hands restaurant where we had a great kanikapila going, closed its doors after last Friday's jam. Running a restaurant is TOUGH. We will have to figure out a way to keep that local kani going -- maybe moving from house to house each week, or find a new venue.
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thumbstruck
Ha`aha`a

USA
1919 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2017 :  09:00:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Earl! There are some pickers in the Bellingham-Ferndale area that play Hawaiian music, plus a festival in Ferndale: The Bridge of Aloha, usually the 1st Saturday of May.
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
239 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2017 :  12:47:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mahalo for the info, Thumbstruck. The last time I was through Bellingham was 24 years ago, driving north while moving to Alaska. Our Labor Day weekend was spent in Republic, WA (Ferry County) and we live in Boise, ID. Nine hours away by car.

I have been to Neej's house in Bellevue several times, and we hope to make another kani and house concert there too. (Not being retired yet makes this much road trip challenging). Maybe doable by next May......
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thumbstruck
Ha`aha`a

USA
1919 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2017 :  04:18:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, Earl. Republic is a ways away from B'ham. Guitarded is from near Tri-Cities. Jesse Tinsley is near Spokane. Skype, maybe............
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
239 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2017 :  09:28:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by thumbstruck

Hey, Earl. Republic is a ways away from B'ham.....


Roger that -- virtually all the way across Washington state. Even Spokane is a long drive for us (7 hours). I have wanted to get together with Jesse for a while now, but until we retire next year, making extended trips up north will be few and far between.

The trip to Republic was a special case, and still was planned well in advance. Back when we had our Cessna, we could get to things more quickly and easily (mostly, depending on weather).
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12toneman
Aloha

USA
43 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2017 :  2:36:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got together with a bud today during my lunch hour and we played through Opihi Moe Moe, Jingle Bells (in taro patch, with swing), Po 'E Koa, and jammed over some 4-measure and 8-measure changes. It was hard to go back to my desk for the second half of the day. :)
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thumbstruck
Ha`aha`a

USA
1919 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2017 :  2:52:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Work in the afternoon is greatly over-rated.
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