Several times a year we host a musical event at our home. We invite many of our Japanese retiree friends in the neighborhood, as well as a select group of “Japan-friendly” local friends. This time our event theme was “authentic Hawaiian music”.
At these events we try to accomplish a couple things. Most important, we want to bring together Japanese retirees and local folks to laugh and have fun together. Music has a way of removing the language barrier, especially when you’ve got the right band (and believe me, we did).
The other reason we do this is to make Japanese retirees aware of some of the honest, hard-working folks in our community who offer a variety of quality services they might someday need (including landscaping, carpentry, lawn-care, business development, painting, deck-building, English language/hula/ukulele lessons–and an array of other educational options through local institutions).
This is the fourth time we’ve done this kind of event, twice last year. We didn’t expect a big turnout this time around as we only spent a couple weeks promoting the event. Thinking 30 to 35 people would show up, we had over 45! (30 Japanese friends, the rest “locals.”)
The band–the very same one that played at our last hula event–was a big hit. Kahele and Chino merged their lovely vocals into beautiful harmonies while Darren made his dobro wail. Really sweet music, can’t wait to do this again.
Some pictures. Enjoy.
Guests filing in, and a back view of the mysterious man behind Island Notes
Introducing the band…
Darren introducing himself in Japanese (good job!)
Kahele and Chino greeting the guests
Jammin’ Hawaiian style
Chino singing his heart out
Grif and son Anthony (of Maikai Ohana Tours)
Mike and John can build and beautify anything
Baby sis’ Pamela, greeting our guests.
Our friend Laszlo, artist, sculpture and local puppeteer
Our friend Kaori…what a lovely hula dancer she is!
Takanashi-san and Ikeda-san jammin’ with the band!🙂
Kahele’s havin’ a good time!
Wait ’til their friends at home see them jammin’ with da locals!
Bruddah Jeff jammin’ too!
It was a fun party! The guests were engaged, stayed later than all past events, and raved about the band.
Thanks again to Chino, Darren and Kahele for another great performance. To all the readers who made it past the pictures and read this far, here’s your reward: click your way over to Island Notes, where Darren, slide guitarist extraordinaire, has some live recordings “posted” on his site. (Not live from the above-mentioned party, but many of the same songs.)
By the way, the band still needs a name so if you have any suggestions I’ll pass them on to professor Darren.
Copyright © Tim Sullivan 2009