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LIVE beatbox/loop/POP/VOX/TOY Album + Documentary of a crazy Hawaiian chick-who-walks-like-a-trucker-&-swears-a-lot = USA, The Project

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!  WE DID IT!  And there's still 8 days to join in on the FUN!!  xoxoxoxo.  kawehi.

*BERTHA IS UP FOR REWARD!!  She's been across the country with me - and I know she'll make someone very happy!  Check the rewards to your right for details :)

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**ONLY THE *HOUSE CONCERT* REWARD (reward 14) IS USA RESTRICTED.  ALL OTHER REWARDS WILL SHIP WORLD WIDE!** 

It's been a heck of a journey, my friends. In the past year, we've completed 10 original tunes, 48 covers, 3 EP's and 3 Kickstarter projects. So what the heck do we do with all of that shiz?? We go on the road and make a live album and documentary. DUH.

Last year, I changed my live setup quite drastically. I took the plunge into the live-looping world - and boy did it change everything. Since then, I've upgraded my setup a shit-ton and ended up with Bertha 2.0 - a four track live-looping setup with Mainstage to give me the different sounds that I need. With months of practice, I feel like I'm finally ready to take my rig on the road!

So what exactly is USA, The Project? We (Paul, Igor, Brando and I) are hitting the road to play at different house concerts, dive bars, busking streets - you name it - across the US.  We are capturing this journey on camera and making a documentary out of it - the ups and downs of being DIY, the stress/reward of performing live, working together as a married couple and the connections we've made so far on the road to keeping our roots and efforts independent.

Every reward in this project will be a limited-edition, only for "USA, The Project" Backers.  The rewards will never be available again - EVER - so it makes it all that more special!  

It's sort of a goodbye to everything I've done so far - USA, The Project will be the last and only time I'll put out a live EP of every original and cover I've done up to date - kind of like seeing your kids off to college! It is time to do these songs live for one last time before dedicating all of my efforts into new material and diving in to the next round of EP's.

So what will your generosity go towards? Here's an idea:

-Recording, Mixing and Mastering of USA, The Live Album

-Materials for me to handmake every CD and DVD

-hotels, huts, cardboard boxes - whatever roof we can put over our heads while on the road

-Gas (for the car, not from Paul or the dogs) and Food (for Paul and the dogs, not the car)

-Filming, editing and production of USA, The Documentary

After summoning the Asian in me and crunching out numbers as best as I could, we figured out that bare bones everything should cost roughly around $12k. If we could come up with half of that here thru Kickstarter, together, we could conquer the world! Ok, maybe not the world - but a heck of a live record and film.

And if this one goes well...next stop, EUR, The Project!

I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. Grateful to technology for allowing me to connect with people all over this beautiful world. Grateful for people who believe in me so much that they are willing to support my efforts in doing what I love. Grateful for my loved ones. Grateful for this career and journey I've had so far - and for everything that is yet to come - all because of you.

I am one grateful chick. Thank you.

All my love -
Kawehi

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with everything, there are risks and challenges. For one - we plan on bringing back up gear for everything on the road - but sometimes, shit happens. My gear could explode and someone could set fire to my back up gear - in which case, I'll have to perform the house concert A Capella. We could run out of gas and end up at your house later than we thought. Paul could leave me on the side of the road and I'll never get back home in time to get all of your incentives out. Rest assured - we've successfully completed 3 Kickstarter projects so far - all of them either early or on time - so whatever happens, we are dedicated to getting you your Pledges that you so, SO deserve on time.

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    1. MAHALOS! - Access to backer exclusive updates on Kickstarter, plus your name on the back of USA (because everyone who supports this album gets recognition, yo!).

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    2. THANKS, YO! You get a digital copy of USA before everyone else does plus updates and your name on the back of USA

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    3. WOOOOT! Get a digital copy of USA before everyone else does complete with album artwork and liner notes, a mention in my THANK YOU video and a link to my livestream concert *ONLY FOR KICKSTARTER USA PLEDGERS* where I'll be doing originals from POP, VOX and TOY and whatever covers I've done up to this point!

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    4. IN IT TO WIN IT! All of the goodness above, plus a signed LIMITED EDITION physical copy of USA before everyone else does! *This is the only way you'll get a physical copy of USA - I won't be selling them on Bandcamp or elsewhere!*

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    5. THE DIGITAL PACK - Always wanted see your name in a movie? Now's your chance, yo! Get all of the goodness above - plus a digital copy of USA - The Documentary and your name in the end credits.

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    6. 3 - An *ONLY FOR KICKSTARTER USA PLEDGERS* copy of 3: POP, VOX and TOY all together in one album! Plus all of the goodness above 'cause you're the cats meow. Purrrrrr….

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    7. IN THE FLESH! Do you think the digital age sucks? Well this is the pick for you! Get signed, limited editions of USA - The Album and USA - The Documentary plus all of the goodness above.

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    8. HANDMADE LYRIC & PHOTO BOOK - LIMITED EDITION, *ONLY FOR KICKSTARTER USA PLEDGERS* handmade book of photos, lyrics and stories of songs I've written from POP, VOX and TOY plus all of the goodness above, fo' sheez.

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    9. IT'S K-TV! All of the above plus a secret link to my Google+ Hangout sessions on the road! I'll turn on my camera twice a week and video stream/chat with y'all while I'm on the road. We'll eat, drink and be merry - all via the interwebs. Plus, all of the above goodness in your goodie bag!

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    10. WILL SING FOR REWARD! Usually the most popular reward - and super duper FUN - I'll cover a song of your choice and make a video of it! I'll also dedicate the video to you in the description and add it to my USA: The Cover Series video channel on Vimeo. Plus Rewards 1-8!

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    11. ONE BIG FUCKING GOODIE BAG! Yep, that's pretty much what it is - you get every record I've done up to date - Songs From My Apartment, POP, VOX, TOY and USA - all handmade personally by me. You also get the POP, VOX and TOY Cover Series - 48 covers in 3 discs, signed and handmade personally by me (or Brando if my hands get tired:) plus Rewards 1-8!

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    12. A SONG ABOUT…BANANAS? Want me to write a song/jingle/rap - whatever you want JUST FOR YOU? You got it buddy! I'll write a song about ANYTHING you want - head into the studio with my acoustic guitar and record it for you! You'll get a CD of our song handmade and decorated by me personally (I hope you're okay with stick figures!) and it'll live FOREVER. Because music never dies. Pluuusss..Rewards 1-8!

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    13. K-DOG MIXTAPE! We're getting down on this reward!! Make your own mixtape and choose five songs that I've done - and I'll record an acoustic version of them - just for you! Customize your CD with whatever you like, baby. I'll handmake them personally and it'll be between you and I! I like this one, yo. Plus, Rewards 1-8!

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    14. THE HOUSE CONCERT REWARD!! That's right - I'll come to your house with my set up and play a private 1 hour concert for you!! Invite friends, don't invite friends - either way, we'll make the night uber fun and filled with music. This includes travel - I realize that it'll probably cost me an arm and a leg to get everywhere, but I know in my bones that the experience alone will be the reward itself. Just to meet all of you and play for you - it's more like you're the one giving me the reward!! Plus, Rewards 1-8 *Only available in the US (for now:)

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    15. WANT ONE OF MY TOYS? I'm sure you've seen my Pink Strat-like guitar that I've pretty much used in almost every TOY: The Cover Series video! Well…she's yours for this reward! I'll sign her, whisper a few secrets into her pick-up and send her off to you with a heavy but happy heart! Plus, Rewards 1-8.

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    16. NEED A LIVE SET UP? Are you a musician in need of a great live set up? Or are you looking to bug your neighbors by singing sweet nothings all night long? If the answer is YES….this one's for you! You'll get my Roland Cube Amp, Battery Converter, Mic Stand, Guitar Stand and Shure mic - I've used this set up for busking and I'll use it on the USA tour! I'm saying goodbye to my live set up at the end of the tour and handing it over to good hands…and I hope it's you! Plus, Rewards 1-8!

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    17. THE HOUSE CONCERT REWARD - ON STEROIDS! That's right - get Reward 14 - a 1 hour house concert PLUS I'll cover a song of your choosing during the show! Paul will also shoot a video of our fun filled night and I'll send you a DVD copy - and I'll bring a few pizzas with me in tow! Plus, you'll still get Rewards 1-8!

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    18. BERTHA. She doesn't know it yet - but I made Bertha, my AMAZEBALLS BOSS RC-300 a reward!! She is the creme de la creme of loop pedals - everything I've ever wanted in a machine. She's been across the country - everywhere with me, and I'm sad to part with her. But I know she'll make you really, truly happy! Plus, on top of the best piece of machinery that I've owned - you'll get Rewards 1-8!

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    WHAAAA? Just kidding! I really just wanted to see what it looked like to have $9999 as a reward. I really don't have anything I could give you that would be worth so much generosity! All the hair on my head? A new song for you annually until the day I die? Hmm...anyway, thanks for getting this far down on the rewards! Yous da shiz-nit. xoxo :)

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