Last weekend I flew over to Maui so I could audition for the UH Maui College’s new Institute of Hawaiian Music program. The year-long program is being directed by George Kahumoku Jr. and includes classes on ‘ukulele, slack key guitar, theory, recording, choir, along with Hawaiian language and dance. It sounded like the opportunity of a lifetime, so I had to try out.
I flew out early Friday morning on a tiny Cessna Grand Caravan. The sun was just coming up and the view was beautiful.
Sunrise over the Big Island.
I was stoked that the pilot left the door to the cabin open so we could see what he was up to.
We flew right through Haleakala crater.
You don't see it this close on a 747!
Maui still grows a lot of sugar cane.
At the Iao Valley state park there was a beautiful lo'i (taro patch) demonstration.
Iao Needle - Watchtower of old.
In the IHM studio with my friends, Makana and Axel.
We went to Uncle George's farm and helped feed the ducks...
...and the goats.
Fishermen on a jetty near the hotel. I can't believe they didn't tangle their lines more.
Saturday held the auditions!
The nerves were raging! It's been a long time since I've been so pale.
And then I was next...
This is the view from the UH Maui campus. I think I could handle this.
We stopped at Ho'okipa beach park and watched the rescue guys practicing. The highlight must have been seeing them lift the jet ski out of the water with the helicopter and onto the trailer. Wow.
My audition went off without a hitch. The verdict? Makana, Axel, and I were all accepted.
It’s going to be a crazy couple of months preparing to move out (classes start on January 9th), but I am very excited for the opportunity.