Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

July 20th, 2010
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Last night, bruddah Alan Okami and Koaloha Ukulele Company celebrated their 15th year anniversary at the Willows Restaurant. I was one of the fortunate ones to get an invite to this special event that included live entertainment by Jon Yamasato, David Kamakahi, Herb Ohta, Jr., James Hill, Pali Ka`aihue, and others, and some ono kine grindz.

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!

Be on the lookout for professional coverage of this event in the form of a real blog from sistah Melissa Chang. :P From what I hear, it will even include videos too! Dayum Melissa! Always makin' me look bad. :P

Big ups and congratulations to Bruddah Alan and the rest of the Koaloha Ukulele Company ohana! See you in another 15! ;)

15 Responses to “Happy 15th Koaloha Ukulele!”

  1. che:

    Ed,

    In the last picture, is that Herb Ohta Jr the second person from the left?


  2. Chicken Grease:

    Looks delicious. Just in time for lunch (ideas) :) .

    Is this a "where in the world" before Wednesday, by the way? Uh . . . WILLOWS! No? :)


  3. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Great to see you finally spreading out beyond "Where in the world".........

    Yup, you're right, Melissa is the BLOG Food Master, right? But your photos should qualify you as a "Food Master" Wannabe!! Hahahaha!

    Have a wonderful day!


  4. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.che:
    In the last picture, is that Herb Ohta Jr the second person from the left?

    Yup yup. That be him cheche! You know him?

    * 2.Chicken Grease:
    Is this a “where in the world” before Wednesday, by the way? Uh . . . WILLOWS! No?

    Haha, could be Ceeg. But it won't be for another few years! :P

    * 3.Kel Sr.:
    Great to see you finally spreading out beyond “Where in the world”………

    I know! And two in a row no less! I'm in fiyah! :)


  5. Ynaku:

    I get one autographed CD from Herb Ohta Jr. He get some good music. I also got a KoAloha Uke for my wifey when I dropped in on Alan Last year. Choice cuz.
    Eh how come I neva get one invite? ;) Nah nah.


  6. Scott:

    My (then) fiancee and I used to live 3 blocks down from Willows. We went there every month for the beer and food tastings in 2004. Time flys!


  7. frankie:

    When are we going to see YOU on stage jamming?!?!?!


  8. che:

    Ed I used to help a friend coach the freshman team at UH Lab Schools way back when. He was on the team as a 7th and 8th grader. Man I feel old.


  9. World Wide Ed:

    * 5.Ynaku:
    I also got a KoAloha Uke for my wifey when I dropped in on Alan Last year. Choice cuz.

    Hoooo, lucky your wife!

    * 6.Scott:
    My (then) fiancee and I used to live 3 blocks down from Willows. We went there every month for the beer and food tastings in 2004. Time flys!

    Come back soon Scotty2Hotty! :P

    * 7.frankie:
    When are we going to see YOU on stage jamming?!?!?!

    Bahaha! They can put me on at the end when they want the crowd to disperse.

    * 8.che:
    Ed I used to help a friend coach the freshman team at UH Lab Schools way back when. He was on the team as a 7th and 8th grader. Man I feel old.

    Hoooooo! Hahaha, nah, nah! What sport was that cheche? Hoops?


  10. M:

    Howzit Ed!

    Lucky you! ono kine grinds and guud music!


  11. che:

    Ed, it was hoops.


  12. Ynaku:

    I went to visit Alan at the factory to say hello and Brian gave us the shop tour. The uke I bought was a factory blemish so was CHEAPER than retail. I look and look and no can see the blemish until Brian showed me some indentation in the Koa. WEA? I no can see 8O But hey, I bought one and our friend also bought one for herself. :D That's when Herb Jr came in and we got to meet him take picture and Alan gave us his CD.

    Oh yeah, you gotta go listen to Pop's CD too.


  13. World Wide Ed:

    * 10.M:
    Lucky you! ono kine grinds and guud music!

    Yeah, wuz just luck emmz. Was fun though! :)

    * 11.che:
    Ed, it was hoops.

    MY boy! :P

    * 12.Ynaku:
    Oh yeah, you gotta go listen to Pop’s CD too.

    You mean H.O. Sr.?


  14. kuya.d:

    Ohta Jr. ... I took uke lessons from him in the late 90s. Every Saturday afternoon he was on the island, I met him at Sonny D's in Waipahu. Well, at least he tried to teach me, those times turned more into jam sessions where we would just sing and talk story.

    Cool guy ... Really tall (haha!)


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