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JAvendan
April 26th, 2006, 11:52 AM
hello!!!

my name is joel and my family and i will be visiting both oahu and maui this july.

it will be our third trip out to hawai'i and i can not wait!!!

i've been going to the various forums and it's nice to see that when asking a question there are honest answers out there - whether it's what you want to hear or not.

i look forward to reading more and more...

mahalo,

joel

kimo55
April 26th, 2006, 12:12 PM
aloha joel. hemo da sleepahz and stay a while.

JAvendan
April 27th, 2006, 12:24 PM
kimo55,

you betcha!!!

it's gonna great times in july while on the islands :D

gonna be real hard when comes time to leave :(

until then i'm doing what i do until i touch down on the beautiful hawaiian islands!

my kumu hula kapena say's i have the aloha spirit... can't wait to replentish it!!!

joel

1stwahine
April 27th, 2006, 12:54 PM
Aloha and Welcome! I am Auntie Lynn. ;) See you on the boards!!!!!!

Leo Lakio
April 27th, 2006, 01:59 PM
Aloha, Joel. What halau? Who's your kumu? How long have you been dancing?
(I play music/dance with a Seattle halau, haumana since January 1999.)

JAvendan
April 28th, 2006, 06:01 PM
hi auntie lynn,

thanks much... i like it here!!! :)

i'll be going through the different forums - reading and learning.

joel

JAvendan
April 28th, 2006, 06:10 PM
hi leo,

i have been dancing since december 2005 - newbie, yeah :rolleyes:

i "dance" and study hula through halau hula o ka 'eo in escondido, ca.

sometimes my feet don't do what i want them to do - lol.

my hula kuma is kapena malulani perez from maui... great guy!!!

i also picked up the ukulele a few months back and find that my fingers don't do what i want them to do - see a pattern developing - ha ha...

i want to thank everyone for replying... makes me feel welcomed.

joel

Leo Lakio
May 2nd, 2006, 11:01 AM
The only solution, Joel, is to keep practicing. I'm a very uncoordinated dancer, so I take longer than most of the haumana to "get" a dance, but once I do, I'm pretty comfortable with it, as is my kumu.

Same thing for `ukulele; I found that I picked up the basics very fast, but still have to practice a lot in order to play beyond the basic handful of chords in the keys of F & C.

You are new at it - give yourself time to develop the "muscle memory" - took me about a year to really get going.

JAvendan
May 4th, 2006, 08:11 AM
hi leo,

thanks for the good words.

yes... practice practice practice.

we just started a "thing" for the summer where the kane come over to the house and we eat, chat and practice a bit before meeting with kumu.

it's great.

in fact, tonight is the night.

one day i'll be able to play the ukulele in such a way that it will sing.

for now i'm just happy to not hear the twang - :D

ukeleles drive me crazy... i keep wanting to buy one everytime i see one - doh.

joel

Leo Lakio
May 4th, 2006, 08:27 AM
ukeleles drive me crazy... i keep wanting to buy one everytime i see one - doh.Now you know how I ended up with three in my first five years of playing.