Hawaiian Music and Culture
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* The Cutting Room Presents: Amy & Willie K Reunion

When culture, passion, talent, and knowhow are combined, it results in a refined symbiosis created by two talented, cultured and passionate individuals. Amy Hanaiali’i and Willie K have come together to make great music. Picking up where they left off a decade ago, these two keenly talented artists combined their love for music, for writing and for their homeland to express their mutual growth in this album.

When the duo made the decision to travel their own paths 10 years ago, neither Amy nor Willie K could have foreseen a reunion of this magnitude. The time spent as individual artists have helped to grow their talents as individuals, produce new albums, work on various community causes and raise their families. The hiatus has caused a heightened sense of maturity in their craft for both artists and it is evident in their soon to be released compilation album.

Reunion, a musical relationship formed anew. Ola!

Date:    Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time:    7:30 PM
Location:    The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St (between Park Ave and Madison Ave)
New York NY 10016The
Tickets:    $25 in advance / $30 day of show
Get tickets online or call 212-691-1900
Info:    212-691-1900
* 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge hosted by New York Outrigger

New York Outrigger is proud to announce its premier outrigger race, the Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge, will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in New York City.

The origins of outrigger paddling date back thousands of years to the Polynesian Islands. The sport has quickly spread across the world as an exciting means to experience the water. The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge not only celebrates the tradition of the sport but is also reimagining it for the future. The Liberty Challenge features the world’s best athletes in a competition of athleticism and endurance in some of the fastest human-powered watercraft ever designed set in the chaos of one of the world’s busiest urban harbors amongst thousands of spectators in the shadow of the iconic New York skyline. The Liberty Challenge is the ultimate urban outrigger racing experience!

Each summer crews from around the world travel to New York City to compete in its challenging and kinetic waters. Crews not only have to gauge the strong tidal currents with their dramatic and sudden shifts, but they must also negotiate the vast number of ferries, cruise ships, tour boats, barges, tankers and pleasure craft that fill New York Harbor, the East River and the Hudson River. Men, women, and co-ed crews race along a challenging and visually-stunning course, which includes landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Ellis Island. The regatta is comprised of three races run in heats over the course of the day. The men’s and women’s races cover a 15 mile course, while the mixed race has a truncated course of 11 miles. All races are iron.

Athletes from Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America along with all the islands in between have expressed interest in competing making the Liberty Challenge a race that truly bridges the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

This year’s race falls on the same weekend as the summer solstice and Father’s Day. New York Outrigger is going to take advantage of the longest day of the year with a full schedule of activities at the Liberty Challenge Festival, Athlete Village and Grandstands located at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. The Festival, free to everyone, is shaping up to be our largest yet with entertainment, vendors, food, family activities and a variety of events and exhibitions for people of all ages both on and off the water. These events are made possible through the generous support of Liberty Challenge title sponsor Hawaiian Airlines, park partner Hudson River Park and volunteers from New York Outrigger who have donated tens of thousands of hours to make this event happen.

We invite everyone from around the corner and around the world to celebrate the Aloha spirit on Saturday, June 20 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 and to share with everyone the vibrant spirit of our own island of Manhattan.

With much Aloha, The Directors of the Liberty Challenge
Date:    Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location:    Hudson River Park‘s Pier 26 in the Tribeca district of Manhattan on West Street between North Moore Street and Hubert Street.
* Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

Started over 20 years ago by members of the local Hawaiian community to celebrate May Day, the annual Central Park Picnic brings together over 300 people from the Hawaiian community together each year on the first Sunday of June in a Hawaiian style potluck with ono food, kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula. Everyone is invited to dance hula or play some Hawaiian music so bring your mele, hula and instruments. There will be a CD player and some battery-powered amplifiers available. It's a potluck so bring your favorite local dish to share and your own non-alcoholic beverages as well as trash bags for clean-up.

Date:    Sunday, June 5, 2016
Always the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)
Time:    12 PM to 5 PM
Location:    Summit Rock
Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Directions:    Use the 85th Street entrance to the park. Keep right on the path until you see the lamppost sign "Summit Rock" then go up the hill.

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* Halau Hula 'O Na Mele 'Aina 'O Hawai'i
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://www.hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
250 W 54th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Nola Studios - 11th Floor (or Carson Studios - 10th Floor)
New York, NY 10019
(Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Classes:    Adult
New York City:  Mondays and Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Orangeburg:  Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Keiki (Children)
Orangeburg:  Tuesdays, 3 PM - 4 PM;
Sundays, 1-3 PM or 3-5 PM (call for times)
* Makalina
Instructor:    Makalina
Info:    (917) 309-3020 or info@tinybubbleband.com
Class Locations:    Lotus Music & Dance
109 West 27th Street, 8th Floor
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
Classes:    Hula and Ukulele Class Schedule

* Na Lehua Melemele
Instructor:    Lisette Kaualena Flanary
Web:    http://lehuafilms.com/pages/nalehuamelemele.html
Info:    (630) 697-9655 or nlmhula@gmail.com
Class Location:    Dance Theatre Workshop
219 W 19th St
(between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Classes:    Hula Basics: Hula Dance Class for Beginners 2010 Flyer (PDF)

* Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
We are a new branch of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani based in Kalihi, O'ahu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kale Pawai.
Instructor:    Tristan Vizconde (NYC alaka'i)
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (646) 643-0796 or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
Project Reach
39 Eldridge St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10002-5276

Queens (Long Island City)
The Arts Cure Center
3718 Northern Blvd, Rm 315
Long Island City, NY 11101-1635
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi (845) 359-9214, (845) 480-0807 or email HawaiianArtists@aol.com
* The Tiny Bubble Band Featuring Makalina's Hawaiian Express

Total Entertainment Package For Our Full 8 Piece Group – 5 Piece Live Band Plus 3 Dancers

Web:    http://www.tinybubbleband.com
Info:    Makalina at (917) 309-3020 or info@tinybubbleband.com
* Hawaiian Tropical Paradise

Hawaiian Tropical Paradise Revue with fire & knife dancer, and full Hawaiian decoration packages.

Web:    http://www.hawaiianparadise.com
Info:    Enjole at (516) 563-3359 or enjole@hawaiianparadise.com
* Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a performer of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Web:    http://www.andywangmusic.com
Info:    Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or andywangmusic.com/contact

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* Halawai

Halawai is committed to building and supporting a community of people who share a common background or interest in Hawai'i. In the tradition of extended 'ohana (family), Halawai perpetuates the aloha spirit by bringing people together and providing a gathering place.
Web:    http://www.halawai.org
* Hawai'i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai'i. HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai'i.

NOTE: On February 12, 2007, the Hawaii Cultural Foundation posted a message that it has come to a close as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary since it was founded in 1997. Mahalo nui loa to founders Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina; and NYC Ambassador of Aloha Nersa Miller!
* University of Hawaii Alumni Association – East (New York)

This chapter was founded in March 1989. The UHAA-East chapter covers the eastern states of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Web:    UHAA–East Chapter
Info:    Karen Liu
* Columbia University Malama Hawaii

A group of Columbia University and Barnard College students interested in spreading the culture, heritage, and traditions of Pacific Islanders with the university community and the greater New York.
Web:    Malama Hawaii
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
Web:    Hawaii Club
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
Web:    http://www.rso.cornell.edu/hawaiiclub/
* Princeton Hawaii Club

A group for people from Hawaii and their friends.
Web:    Hawaii Club
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club

The Penn Hawaii Club keeps the “Aloha spirit” and island traditions alive here in West Philly, even as they’re hundreds of miles away from the archipelagic U.S. state.

In addition to putting on an annual luau, upperclassmen members each year take freshman to King of Prussia Mall so they can buy some much-needed winter clothes (not necessarily needed back in Hawaii). When May rolls around, parents cross the mainland to “lei” graduates with flora fresh from home. The student pictured at right displayed the custom in 1992. Here, she adorns her cap with a haku lei, and adds a ti leaf lei, along with an orchid lei, atop her Penn gown.
Web:    Hawaii Club

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* Makana NYC
West Coast inspiration meets Lower East Side roots to create one of NYC's most unique dining experiences—Makana NYC. Makana offers Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ, cuisine that's limited on not only the east coast, but even in New York, one of the world's premier food cities. Missing west coast fare and the Aloha spirit, two childhood friends decided it was time to bring their west coast Hawaiian & Japanese BBQ experience back home to New York, and so became one of Harlem's most distinctive restaurants—Makana NYC.
Web:    http://www.makananyc.com
Locations:    East Harlem
2245 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 996 - 3534

Manhattan Valley
161 W. 106 St
(between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam Ave)
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-4569
* Onomea
The already hoppin’ intersection of Havemeyer and Metropolitan just got another new restaurant, and, what do you know, it’s not another farm-to-table New American. Hawaiian cuisine is sorely underrepresented in New York, and new Williamsburg spot Onomea hopes the rectify that. The name translates to “delicious,” and the menu aspires to live up to that moniker with traditional Aloha State dishes like poke, kalua pork and, yup, Spam musubi (basically, a sushi roll stuffed with everyone’s favorite canned meat). The cozy decor includes a ceiling lined with shipping crates, plus cool backlit strips of island-themed photos. Do note: there’s no liquor license yet, but it’s in the works.
Web:    http://onomeanyc.com
Locations:    84 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 347-844-9559
* Flat Waves (near Newport, Rhode Island)
Our goal here at Flat Waves is simple: great food, great price, serve others. For 4 years now we've been doing just that. We always use fresh, high quality ingredients in our Hawaiian plates and by skipping all the frills, we serve it up at a killer price! Come in and try our Hawaiian Plates, Fish Tacos, unique burgers, and genuine Shave Ice from April to November! The only Hawaiian Food in Rhode Island!
Web:    http://www.flat-waves.com
Location:    1130 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 847-9283

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