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HI*Sessions brings Hawaii's top musical talent into the limelight and onto the worldwide stage by capturing them in high quality video.
HI*Sessions brings Hawaii's top musical talent into the limelight and onto the worldwide stage by capturing them in high quality video.
181 backers pledged $26,695 to help bring this project to life.

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HI*Sessions is a project that began in 2011 by Dave Kusumoto and Jon Yamasato. HI*Sessions is not just a YouTube channel or a TV show, it's a movement of artists and a growing fan community. The idea is to provide intimate, live music performances to the world. This is done by utilizing Dave’s video production experience and Jon’s rolodex of Hawai'i’s top talent.

HI*Sessions has been around for a three years now and we have made a name for ourselves in the Hawai'i music scene.  We have an overwhelming amount of artists who are asking to be on our show, and we want to continue to provide our services to the music community.  It takes a lot of manual labor to produce video/audio content on a regular basis.  The funds raised will help with administration costs, video production/editing, audio production/editing, update our equipment, and will allow us to expand creatively and improve on our product.

Many artists benefit from being on HI*Sessions because they are able to use these high quality music videos to further their careers. This benefits the entire Hawai'i music community as a whole, and also exposes fans to new and old artists that they love. We are so fortunate to work with some of the best musicians in their respective genre, and we hope to continue to share their music with the world through our show.

We have some AMAZING prizes, including live performances from some of our featured artists!!

Mahalo for supporting our effort to promote local music on HI*Sessions!!

Interested in this 24x36 mixed media painting? You can find it in our rewards!
Interested in this 24x36 mixed media painting? You can find it in our rewards!
Interested in this custome HiLife Ukulele?? You can find it in our rewards!!
Interested in this custome HiLife Ukulele?? You can find it in our rewards!!

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If we do not reach our target goal, we will have to put our production on pause until we are able to generate the funds that are required. We want to continue to provide the artists and our consumers with quality music videos, and we can only do that with your support!

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    CYBER HIGH 5 along with a mahalo E-card from the HI*Sessions crew! Every dollar helps in getting us one step closer to our goal! Mahalo nui loa!

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    HI*Sessions mahalo E-Card with an EXCLUSIVE music video!!

    Along with a thank you email, we will send you a link to one of our EXCLUSIVE Pure Heart reunion videos!! After 14 years of hiatus, Pure Heart reunited in the HI*Sessions studio! No one else has this reunion documented....no one.

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    Name in credits!! +HI*Sessions mahalo E-Card & the EXCLUSIVE music video!!

    Well add your name to a distinguished list of people who make our show possible and feature your name in our end of show credits!

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    HI*Sessions digital CD download!!

    Our HI*Sessions compilation album was nominated for the 2014 Compilation Album of the Year at the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

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    VALUE PACK!!

    Receive a Mahalo E-card, 2 EXCLUSIVE music videos, your name in the credits AND a digital download of the HI*Sessions compilation album!!!

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    30 min Skype ukulele lesson with our featured artist Kalei Gamiao!!

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    30 min Skype ukulele lesson with our featured artist Jody Kamisato!!

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    30 min Skype ukulele lesson with our featured artist Kris Fuchigami!!

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    30 min Skype ukulele lesson with our featured artist Herb Ohta Jr.!!

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    Super Value Pack!!

    We'll send you a unique video of one of our artists singing their song dedicated to you or someone of your choice!!

    You will also receive a Mahalo E-card, 2 EXCLUSIVE music videos, your name in the credits, and a digital download of the HI*Sessions compilation album!

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    The HI*Sessions Experience!!

    Come experience the magic behind the scenes! Hang out on set, meet our featured artists of the day, have lunch with the HI*Sessions crew, AND appear in the web intro video!!

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    1 hr. performance by Mango Season!!
    artist preview: http://youtu.be/K43kvi8hotw

    **Artists are based out of Oahu Hawaii. Any travel destination outside of Oahu will be at your own cost. Sound system not provided. Availability based upon artist's schedule**

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    1 hr. performance from Johnna Padeken Parel!!
    artist preview: http://youtu.be/lDKIxCyxjuY

    **Artist is based out of Oahu Hawaii. Any travel destination outside of Oahu will be at your own cost. Sound system not provided. Availability based upon artist's schedule**

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    1 hr. performance by Kalei Gamiao!!
    artist preview: http://youtu.be/zroohy7Ld4c

    **Artist is based out of Oahu Hawaii. Any travel destination outside of Oahu will be at your own cost. Sound system not provided. Availability based upon Artist's schedule**

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    1 hr. performance by Jon Yamasato & Herb Ohta Jr.!!
    artist preview: http://youtu.be/k7UMMjlBZcc

    **Artists are based out of Oahu Hawaii. Any travel destination out side of Oahu will be at your own cost. Sound system not provided. Availability based upon artist's schedule**

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    Get a band of your choice on our show!!! We know you have someone who you are DYING to see on the show. Now YOU get to decide who we feature, AND you will also be invited to the studio to watch the band of your choice record!! AWESOME!!

    **Artist/band must be willing/able to film on Oahu at our HI*Sessions location. Transportation will not be provided**

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    Ni'ihau shell Kipona choker necklace made and donated by one of our featured artists, Kuana Torres Kahele!!

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    Custom made HiLife KoAloha ukulele and HiLife gear (shirt, trucker hat, keychains & stickers)!!

    Donated by our producer Jon Yamasato, KoAloha and HiLife/Butigroove

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    Kamaka Ukulele signed by our featured artist, Jake Shimabukuro!!

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    Mixed media painting on a 24x36" Mahogany panel. Valued at $3,500. Painted and donated by artist Marc Turner who is also a part of our HI*Sessions ohana!!

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