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May 11, 2021 - 10:54:46 AM
172 posts since 1/7/2019

Is there anyone here that is also on the Steel Guitar Forum? Is there a way I could get in touch with Jeff Au Hoy? Or another steel guitar player that I could contact on short notice in Hawaii?

May 11, 2021 - 11:35:01 AM

3575 posts since 7/27/2008

Todd,  Jeff hasn't been active on the SGF for quite a few years. I did a quick search and it's been ballpark 7-8 years since he posted anything.

The best guy for you to contact because he is "visible" is Alan Akaka. He has made it his life work to try and revive the status of steel guitar in Hawaii.  

Bobby Ingano is another one - both he and Alan are active on Facebook, though Bobby doesn't post very often. 

Here is a link to Alan Akaka's website:

https://www.kekulamele.com/kkmhakaka.html

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/11/2021 11:35:32

May 11, 2021 - 12:31:40 PM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Todd,  Jeff hasn't been active on the SGF for quite a few years. I did a quick search and it's been ballpark 7-8 years since he posted anything.

The best guy for you to contact because he is "visible" is Alan Akaka. He has made it his life work to try and revive the status of steel guitar in Hawaii.  

Bobby Ingano is another one - both he and Alan are active on Facebook, though Bobby doesn't post very often. 

Here is a link to Alan Akaka's website:

https://www.kekulamele.com/kkmhakaka.html


Thanks, Mark. I sent Alan an email. I'm not on FB anymore so the other options are out. Hopefully I'll hear back from Alan in the next week. I'm not on SGF (obviously) but when I went there I thought I saw a post from Jeff in 2019. But I could be mistaken about what website I was on.

May 11, 2021 - 12:36:33 PM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

May 11, 2021 - 12:55:05 PM

3575 posts since 7/27/2008

Well I obviously missed that post from 2019, so I guess Jeff still checks in now and then - particularly when the title of the thread on the SGF bears his name, same as you did here on the hangout. 

Out of curiosity, would you share your reason why you want to contact a Hawaiian steel player? I have been a  member of the SGF for many years and I could PM Jeff to ask him to contact you but it might help if I have a "why" instead of "there's a fellow named Todd in North Carolina who would like to connect with you."

May 11, 2021 - 1:44:56 PM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

quote:
Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Well I obviously missed that post from 2019, so I guess Jeff still checks in now and then - particularly when the title of the thread on the SGF bears his name, same as you did here on the hangout. 

Out of curiosity, would you share your reason why you want to contact a Hawaiian steel player? I have been a  member of the SGF for many years and I could PM Jeff to ask him to contact you but it might help if I have a "why" instead of "there's a fellow named Todd in North Carolina who would like to connect with you."

 


Ha! Not trying to be mysterious.

My family and I are going there on May 22. While I am there I have a few things to get done. 1. Find the Joseph Kekuku statue and get my picture with him/it. 2. Listen to some good steel guitar music and maybe get a chance to try it myself. 3. My grandfather is entombed in the USS Arizona. I want to take my wife, son, and daughter-in-law to visit  the site.

So basically, I'm just trying to find out ahead of time the best way to hear the best traditional music so I don't spend precious time there hunting around.

May 11, 2021 - 6:34:15 PM

3575 posts since 7/27/2008

My last trip to Hawaii was in November 2016, a few weeks prior to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's the first trip I'd ever spent serious time on Oahu. We did a timeshare trade for a week in Waikiki. I'd been to Hawaii multiple times but always on the other islands. My son lived on the Big Island of Hawaii at one point for about four years. 

Visiting the Arizona Memorial - that is some sacred ground. I got a little choked up in seeing the oil still bubbling to the surface after 75 years and thinking of all the men who lost their lives on the ship. The Navy and Park personnel remind everyone prior to boarding the boat that takes you out there to be quiet and respectful. I was freaking appalled how noisy some of the people were at the Memorial, not controlling kids, etc. 

Make sure you go to Ford Island and visit the Aviation Museum. It is really cool.

My oldest brother had the best duty during the Viet Nam War of anyone I know. He was discussing with our father (a WWII Marine Corps sergeant)  what to do after he graduated from San Jose State in 1968. He didn't want to get drafted and end up as an infantryman in the Army with the possibility of being sent to Viet Nam, so he enlisted in the Navy. He lucked out big time on his main assignment. Most of his four years he spent stationed at Pearl, and he and his young wife lived in an apartment for a time in Honolulu. He even saw Jimi Hendrix play one evening at the Waikiki Shell!

Todd, check this out - you'll have to call after 10 pm from Carolina because they don't open until 4 pm in Hawaii.  I say call because their website is down. Dot's Restaurant in Wahiawa Town, about a half hour drive north of Honolulu up the center of the island. Historically on Monday evenings the Bobby Ingano Trio plays there. No clue what the deal is right now with the pandemic. It doesn't get any better than Bobby, and he's a great guy as well. The food at Dot's is pretty good. (808) 622-4115

Bobby below, his Rickenbacher 7 string Frypan, and a tiny Roland Cube amp - and he sounded great through it.  

And I'm hangin' with Joseph Kekuku at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Seemed like an alright guy, but maybe a little stiff. wink 




 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/11/2021 18:37:51

May 12, 2021 - 2:34:49 AM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

So MarkinSonoma , you had the trip I'm hoping to have! That looks great.
Dot's might work out for dinner with a car trip we have planned around the island, but it wouldn't be on Monday.
One question about the Kekuku statue. Do you remember if it is outside the entrance to the PCC or is it inside after you pay for admission? We will be driving through La'ie, but I'm not really interested in going inside the Cultural Center. I just want to see Joseph!

May 12, 2021 - 10:37:19 AM

LukeF

USA

48 posts since 9/28/2019

Honey's Restaurant was known for their excellent entertainment, but I don't know if they are still in business. Their website appears to be down. Here is their contact info:

45-550 Kionaole Rd (2,569.85 mi)
Kaneohe, HI, HI 96744

(808) 235-3211

honeysrestauranthawaii.com

May 12, 2021 - 1:16:12 PM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

Thanks, LukeF . I'm getting a little nervous with all these websites being down!
If any of you have other recommendations, please let me know. Especially if they are in Honolulu since that is where we will be most of the time. I don't know how good of access we'll have to the rest of the island most days.

May 12, 2021 - 6:59:20 PM

76 posts since 8/12/2013

The statue is inside the PCC. It’s by the ukulele shop if I remember correctly

May 12, 2021 - 7:17:02 PM

3575 posts since 7/27/2008

You are correct Steve. 

 I went into the shop and checked out some of the ukes, there were beautiful instruments - many from Hawaiian   boutique  luthiers. 

I'm a decent guitar player so I can sort of fake it on the ukulele. There were a couple of ukes where I was starting to fall in love, and they weren't cheap. 

My wife had been looking at some jewelry, and when she made it over to the uke corner, she gave me the evil eye - translated as "don't even THINK about it."

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/12/2021 19:18:03

May 13, 2021 - 1:49:37 AM

172 posts since 1/7/2019

Thanks, guys.
I know what you mean, Mark. I really want to go to the ukulele shops. But will it just be a frustrating exercise in the end?
I bought my son a StewMac ukulele kit for Christmas. My wife said I could get one of those for myself. The recent conversion to string music in my household has been a solitary and often lonely change, unfortunately.

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