Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kawika Kahiapo

This past Friday evening,
Tom and Margaret were honored to have
Kawika Kahiapo
perform in our garden.
I laid under the deck while he
sang beautiful Hawiian songs
as well as a wide variety of contempoary music
by mainland artists in the slack key style.
Kawika's sweet wife Laurie performed two lovely hulas
including a hula to one of Margaret's favorite songs
 'O 'Oe 'Io.
Tom and Margaret love ki ho 'alu (slack key guitar).
It was so wonderful to hear Kawika sing and play.
Neighbors and friends who had not previously heard this 
style of Hawaiian music were overwhelmed
by the beautiful melodies and gentle rhythms
 of the island music.
Kawika grew up in the small town of Kane'ohe on the windward side of O'ahu.
He and his wife Laurie and 3 of their 5 children now live in Waimanalo.
In 2007, Kawika was honored as the
2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Slack Key Artist of the Year.
Tom and Margaret extend a warm
Mahalo Nui
Kawika and Laurie
as well as to
 Linda and Greg
who arranged for Kawika's performance
while he and his family were visiting Oregon.
We look forward to seeing Kawika and his family
again next year!
Tom, Kawika, Margaret and Linda

Linda and Greg gifted custom hoodies to
Kawika and his family.
It was a little chilly here Friday night so those sweatshirts came in handy.
The design, created by Tom, is the Columbia Gorge Ukulele Players' logo.
The logo features Columbia River salmon as well as
the well known Native American petroglyph
Tsagaglalal ('She Who Watches').
This beautiful petroglyph lies near Horsethief Lake
along the Columbia River in Washington.

Jeremiah, Linda, Laurie, Greg, Tom, Kawika and Alana
Next year I promise not to race through the gardens
after a bat and bring it into the house.
I only meant it to be my gift to Tom and Margaret
for hosting this kind man who sang the beautiful music.
Fortunately, the unharmed bat flew out the opened door.