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Maui Excursion

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.

mauna kea sunrise

Sunrise over the Big Island.

Mokulele airlines

I was stoked that the pilot left the door to the cabin open so we could see what he was up to.

haleakala crater

We flew right through Haleakala crater.

haleakala crater

You don't see it this close on a 747!

Sugar Cane Fields

Maui still grows a lot of sugar cane.

iao valley state park

At the Iao Valley state park there was a beautiful lo'i (taro patch) demonstration.

Iao needle

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.

maui fishermen

Fishermen on a jetty near the hotel. I can't believe they didn't tangle their lines more.

IHM Auditions

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...

uh maui campus

This is the view from the UH Maui campus. I think I could handle this.

maui rescue

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.

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

7 comments… add one
  • Teri Oct 30, 2011, 10:38 am

    Great Job Brad! You will do well I am sure. It is a great opportunity for you and for the program.

    I look forward to hearing more about your adventure in music. Maybe we’ll see you in June @ George’s workshop?


    • Brad Bordessa Oct 30, 2011, 12:16 pm

      Probably! I never even thought about Uncle George’s camp. I’m sure we’ll be there somehow/way helping out.

      I hope you are doing well. Take care,


  • suzalele Oct 31, 2011, 7:51 am


  • Diana Oct 31, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Congratulations! I loved your private concert that you gave to us in California!

  • Stephen Byrne Nov 2, 2011, 2:29 am

    Wow, cool and stunning photos, pity Ireland is way to far from places like this.

  • Jane Howe (Hadden) Nov 6, 2011, 9:09 am

    Brad, I’m so happy for you!!!

  • Krystal C Nov 18, 2011, 8:41 am

    Congratulations to all of you! Thank you for posting those pictures. You’re going to love living in Maui. I visit there often and it’s the only island besides Big Island where I’d consider living.

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