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From Duke’s on Sunday; to Duke’s 121st Birthday; to Duke’s on Sunday…. =)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Aloha amigos—my last writing was of a man known for his “Aloha Spirit” Henry Kapono who has been performing music in the islands since the early 70’s.  This post brings us full circle with the Oceanfest Celebrations we had this past week, celebrating our first Ambassador of Aloha, Olympic medalist, Duke Kahanamoku.  He would have celebrated his 121st birthday last Wednesday, the 24th of August.

Duke's Ohana (Family)

Our mayor, Peter Carlisle went out surfing in Duke’s honor on Wednesday along with the Australian mayor, Michael Regan, of Warringah, which is across the harbor from Sydney.  Duke Kahanamoku first introduced surfing to Australia in this little town at Freshwater Beach, back in 1915.   As serendipity would have it I arrived on the beach just as they finished their “Goodwill Surf Session”….

Afterwards there was a lei draping ceremony at Duke’s statue on the beach in Waikiki which I put into a little video here for you to enjoy.  But the fun didn’t end there, since the weekend had everything from house blessings for friends in their new home, to a birthday celebration, to a fantastic brunch off Diamond Head on Sunday and where did we all wind up at?  Duke’s Restaurant of course!  With Mr. Henry Kapono bringing his aloha to the end of another wonderful Hawaiian weekend.  Here’s a link to the video with Henry playing some new music, a song entitled quite appropriately “Across the Sea”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdlg2WCV-c

I know there are friends in some 26 countries around the world now checking in on Polly’s Pals postings.  I want to know if you’ve heard any of Henry Kapono’s music beyond what I’ve shared so far.  If so what is your favorite song?

In the meantime…ahoy & aloha!

Lucky live Hawaii

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Henry Kapono & Reef

Aloha amigos!  Another week ahead and another one just gone by… 

I ended last week yesterday at a local institution known as Duke’s Restaurant in Waikiki.  It’s become an institution in many ways due to a local performer that has played there every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.; his name is Henry Kapono.  I’m not sure how many years he’s been playing at Duke’s but I would guess going on 10 years.  I first heard Henry back in the day when there were still “Crater Festivals” at Diamond Head Crater.  My brother who had gotten stationed in Hawaii back in 1971 “turned me on” to C & K, or as they were known then “Cecilo &  Kapono”.  They in my opinion modernized Hawaiian music in a way no one had until then. 

 They still play together on different occasions for different events such as the one recently to aid the victims of Japan’s tsunami disaster relief, held at the Hilton in Waikiki.  It was a pretty star studded line up from the likes of Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, the list goes on and on–with Henry bringing his special mana to share in the aloha spirit for the people of Japan.  Henry has done many solo albums since his days with C&K, Michael McDonald has done several cuts with him on some of his work.  Henry’s newest album was just released about a month ago, it’s entitled simply, “Henry” it’s great!

I want to dedicate this post to a man who in my humble opinion is the true meaning of aloha.  He is a Hawaiian gem of an individual.  Here’s a picture of him with a little regular star these days, “Reef” who sings, “Don’t Worry About a Thing”, by Bob Marley, when his mom brings him down to Duke’s.  Henry has no problem with Reef stealing the spotlight for his one song, of course.  Because when you are at Duke’s on Sunday….well here is Henry singing it. 

 The song says it all…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIx-tcj7z94

Pollyroger Playing at New Orleans Jazz Fest!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Pollyroger has made it down to the Big Easy & back.  Her pirate flag flew proudly on her first “official” gris gris pole where it looks like smiles were in abundance with pals Melanie & Dave, proud Pollyroger “parents”.  She partook of some wonderful music with the likes of James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Joe Cocker and more… sweet music.  Equally sweet friends!  I’d say this looks like a winner for the April best Pollyroger picture post.  Keep sending Pollyroger pictures to share of great places, people, venues, & vessels!  Play on Pollyroger & Pals!!

Polly in Patagonia & Argentina!! =)

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Polly made some wonderful pals playing in Patagonia and all around Argentina…from the funny and sweet Josefina in Palermo, to the wonderful Herminia on the road on Route 40 (aka Motorcycle Diaries trek) to Fernando (best guide you could wish for) & Roberto (sailor extrodinare!) in Bariloche, to Leonardo and the crew on Lago Argentino with the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier! There are more names to share but just not enough room for them all in this little box…Argentina touched Polly’s soul for certain. Enjoy this collage of the friends and FUN had along the way!!

Polly arrives in Buenos Aires & finds the YCA (Yacht Club Argentino) & more!Polly playing on Perito Moreno Glacier, awesome trekking guides and the excellent crew with Leonardo on Lago Argentina.Polly on Route 40, trekking north from El Calefate to Bariloche. Pals Kristen and the wonderful Herminia...a true amiga.Amazing Iguazu Falls & the lovely Daisy & Josefina in Palermo, Buenos AiresBariloche Pals & Bariloche friends, Fernando & Mariana and Roberto & AliciaMore Polly Pals & where to next?!

Welcome to Polly’s Pals!

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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