Cyril Pahinui and the Na'alehu Theatre invite YOU to become a part of Hawaiian music history by joining us to collect the untold story of the Hawaiian Music Renaissance, No Ka Poli Mai N ō O Waimānalo, Straight From the Heart of Waimānalo.
Building on the success of Let's Play Music ~Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends Part I, we have begun production of Part II of this series, to be followed by monthly web episodes that will bring together Hawai'i's best musicians to share their story and their music.
By contributing to this kickstarter campaign you help to preserve the story of Hawai'i's pivotal musical generation from the 1970s and '80s and make it possible to create some amazing new music, kanikapila style.
The timing of this project is critical, as recognized through the passing of Dennis Kamakahi shortly after the completion of Let's Play Music Part I. We cannot begin too soon to record and capture these treasured performers and their beloved music.
The question is how big can we make it? Although our goal is $65,000, we have an angel investor who has committed to match up to $115,000 if we can raise it. So every dollar counts and is sincerely appreciated.
Flanked by the steep Koʻolau mountains and the blue serenity of the Pacific waters, the humble town of Waimānalo has long been a gathering place for the best of Hawaiian music. It was here that Cyril’s dad, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui held his famous backyard jam (kanikapila) sessions. Despite no formal musical training, this virtuoso seamlessly blended a multitude of genres with Hawaiian melodies to develop a distinctive style that continues today.
A generation of aspiring and acclaimed musicians flocked to the humble town of Waimānalo to sit, listen, and learn from the master of kī hōʻalu (slack key). The impromptu and informal gatherings were a creative outlet, far from the demands of the Waikīkī showroom stages. It was in this intimate, low- key setting that some of the most well-known Hawaiian musicians and songs emerged. The few video recordings made of these gatherings are now treasured by fans worldwide.
In 2013, we partnered with Naalehu Anthony and the 'Oiwi Chanel team to produce the documentary Let's Play Music Part I, which featured Cyril and friends, including many of Hawai'i's best-known musicians, who gathered in a Waimānalo backyard to play music and talk story about Gabby, his music and its influence on each of them.
The new documentary, Moea No I Ka Pu‘uwai E Waimānalo, Straight From the Heart, Let's Play Music Part II, looks at how music and musicians transformed and changed the social fabric of Hawai‘i in the 70s and 80s and continue this kuleana to today. Using a combined format of music and interviews captured at a backyard kanikapila gathering in Waimānalo, Let's Play Music Part II will capture unique performances and collect an archive of content on and by a quickly passing generation. This part of the movement’s story has rarely been told. Without the personal recollections of these musicians, it is impossible to understand the difficulty they faced, as well as the determination and commitment of those who bridged this critical period of time and have now become the only living link to the past.
As producers we are honored to be able to have this responsibility and opportunity. Performances and interviews will include some of today’s greats who came out of those backyard kanikapila sessions including: Cyril Pahinui, Bla Pahinui, Palani Vaughan, Jerry Santos, Henry Kapono, Robert Cazimero, Roland Cazimero, Brian Hussey, Eddy Palama, Steven Hall, Bobby Hall, Randy Larenzo, Ledward Kaapana, Keawe Ohana, Kalima Ohana, Dennis Kamakahi -Vintage, Peter Moon -Vintage, Gabby Pahinui -Vintage, and will introduce the next generation of Hawai'i's musical best, including Kawika Kahiaho, Makana, Jeff Peterson, Nathan Aweau, and many more!
Following the completion of Let’s Play Music Part II, Cyril dreams of continuing these video recordings by bringing many more of Hawai‘i’s musicians out to the backyard for interviews and jam sessions in monthly web episodes of Let’s Play Music with Cyril Pahinui and Friends.
In addition to music and interviews, these web episodes will feature local style cooking and dining experiences that bring the audience into these intimate gatherings. Featured artist recipes will be shared and local ingredients used to demonstrate the preparation of our local specialties and regional cuisine.
This is where you come in. We need your help to finish the production and editing of Let’s Play Music Part II and to develop the website, set up the technology, pay for digital rights and royalties, get the equipment needed to ensure the quality of the recordings, and produce our first 6 web episodes for our viewing audience, fans, and friends worldwide.
Part I of Let's Play Music ~Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui and Friends was contracted to PBS Hawai'i for their fundraising purposes. As interest grew locally, the documentary was made available to other PBS stations, where it eventually achieved 78% of total market coverage and was broadcast on 92% of the top 25 stations nationwide.
Once completed, Part II of the Let's Play Music series will again be contracted to support PBS fundraising efforts. This means that your contribution will support our instructional next-generation Hawaiian music programs, as well as PBS stations in Hawai'i and nationwide.
We have already collected and recorded a considerable volume of historic content. To ensure that we can complete Let's Play Music Part II and produce the first 6 high-quality web episodes, we need to raise at least $65,000. In addition, we have an angel investor, who has committed to match up to $115,000.
This would make it possible to do extensive interviews with each of our guest artists for future reference and archiving. With just enough to complete our project goals we will have to limit the time spent talking story with these amazing musicians. Additionally we would be able to develop more extensive content and themes for our monthly webisodes and with your overwhelming generosity, we support our Waimanalo Schools Hawaiian Music Masters Youth Outreach Instructional program.
With this in mind, we have come up with some exclusive, wonderful gifts that you can receive in gratitude for your support. We know you will find at least one that you cannot live without.
Be assured that it does not stop here. Any funding raised through future sales of Straight From the Heart, Let's Play music Part II will be used to support our Youth Outreach Instructional Programs.
Risks and challenges
Of course as with any project of this scope and involving so many people, there are risks that we might have to make minor changes along the way.
However, based on our experience and success with Part I we are absolutely confident that with your financial help we can complete Part II of this documentary series and begin the development of the monthly webisode.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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