Friday, March 12, 2010

Hawaii... Hilo, Ho'olaule'a, Handsome Hubby, Hula & "Hukulele"

...Hawaii...132 islands (of which 7 are inhabited).  
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Hawaii, "The Big Island", is the largest and one of the youngest with active volcanos.
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It's the ancestral home of Hawaiian royalty....and also where my Hubby's great grandparents landed at, via ship from Portugal.

...only on this island can you go from snow skiing to water skiing in the same day.
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...Hilo...Hubby's Hometown...the surrounding area is known as "the Orchid city of the world".

..."Ho'olaule'a' translates to "celebration"...this post is about the celebration of Waiakea Intermediate (School) Ukulele Band's 40 years.  (Mr. B, his two younger sisters, one nephew were members and another nephew is a current member.)

...Handsome Hubby was a member of this school band when he was in 7th & 8th grade. (one of his sweet nieces is sending me a "flashback photo" to add here, later, of my hubby and his director/instructor, back in his "Hanabata days" (Pidgin English slang for "small kid" times.)

...Hula...both of his sisters are amazing Hula dancers.  As members of this band, they had to learn to play the music on their ukes, as well as learn the Hulas for the songs. (hopefully more flashback photos to add here too).  Both sisters also performed and competed in other Hula venues.

..."Hukulele"...well...ok...I stretched the whole alliteration thing a wee bit too far... :o)
The Ukulele was originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in 1879.
"Ukulele" means "jumping flea" in the Hawaiian language. ("...reflected the way the islanders thought the fingers jumped around the fretboard". This quoted definition is from

This Saturday,  in my Hubby's Hometown of Hilo (pronounced like "Hee-low"), Hawaii, this school band is celebrating 40 years.  His amazing sister has been keeping so busy as a very Helpful Momma/Booster Club President, organizing this event.

Here's a little more of this Ukelele Band's History:
1. Over the 40 years, about 3600 students have been members.

2. They have performed in many places, such as Disneyland, Mexico, Japan...

3. It is the largest ukelele band  in the world, composed of perfoming kids (student number around 100 to 160 per year).

4. It used to be called Waiakea Ukelele Band, but then "Intermediate" was added, since it's students are in the intermediate school age grades of 7th and 8th.

And here is a "flashback" photo of my Handsome Hubby and our Handsome son Heartbreaker... with their Ukeleles...(funny thing was Heartbreaker really did use to say we lived in this state of "Hoka-moa" (where this was taken)...can you guess? )

(3 year old Heartbreaker's translation:
"Hoka-moa" translates to "Oklahoma".)

Blessings & Aloha! 

Here are some Hawaiian inspired artwork. (Click on the image to see a larger view). Each drawing is made of a name.

The first one was the one of the band's logo, to be given to the current band director/instructor...the son of my Hubby's instructor, who was the original band director/instructor.

The next ones are of our three children (I realized as I am sharing these..I , of course, I drew them with their names. HaHa...I've been doing pretty good to only use their "pseudo-names" on my blog, until now.

So,  I went back and made the images teeny-tiny...harder to read the names, for the purpose of trying to follow our daughter's (theluckiestmrs) choice to use nicknames for our kids.  Normally, I like to show large enough images where a viewer can easily read the names I use in each drawing.

(You can go HERE to see the photos I used to draw these three.

The last one was done for a very creative quilter...It is a Hawaiian quilt pattern.
I am joining in with Jenny for
Alicia for 
Midday Escapades for
The Best Hearts are Crunchy for

 I appreciate all these wonderful ideas for posting from these lovely ladies.
...since it takes me so long to do one post, I have been combining these memes/blog hops. &
& although it may take a bit, I love to reply to your comments.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!


myletterstoemily said...

what a lovely hawaii, ukelele lesson.

you have such a beautiful family
and history.

we honeymooned on maui and the
big island 30 years ago. such lovely
memories we have. too.

blessings from 'yoka-homa"

Anonymous said...

that picture of your husband and son is just too cute!!!

love your latest drawings :-)

don't forget your award at my place!

Christine H. said...

Heartbreaker is right! Boy is he cute. You are too funny with the Hukulele thing ...too good. My parents live in Honolulu...and I did too, but not anymore. I miss it sometimes.

Beth Niquette said...

How VERY lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed ever word of your wonderful blog.

Lovely postcard, too--someday I shall visit Hawaii--it is a lifelong dream of mine.

I wanted to let you know that I will indeed be hosting PFF permanently. Marie asked me to take over for her, because she is losing her eyesight due to a condition she was born with. Dear Brave Marie, mother of two young children, is learning Braille.

I am honored and and privileged to fill her very LARGE shoes with PFF--as best I can.

Debbie Petras said...

I was blog hopping on Friday Photo Flashback and noticed that my comments were always one behind you! I was so glad to see that you also participated today. I always love your posts and your photos. Mr. B and Heartbreaker are so cute!

Love you,

More Than Words said...

I feel like I learned so much from this post!!

I love the Ukelele!! And the picture of your husband and heartbreaker is adorable!!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Beth Niquette said...

I didn't realize this is your first time to take part in PFF!

Welcome! It is such great fun to have you join us!

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to visit Hawaii.
My dad was stationed over there in the 50's/60's.
You have a very beautiful family!

Joy said...

I almost feel I am in Hawaii after reading your wonderful post.
Aren't ukuleles fun instruments, there is a ukulele orchestra here that plays things you would not expect, Coldplay songs and the like.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

What a really wonderful post, so full of information. The postcards are lovely!

Thank you so much for your visit to mine earlier. :)

mub said...

I love this post! I learned to play the ukulele in sixth grade and it was fun to learn a little more about it. I wonder if my parents still have that ukulele in their house somewhere?

Your artwork is amazing, I don't think I've seen anything quite like it before. I'm off to snoop around your etsy shop ;)

Irene said...

What a great post, thanks for playing Happy PFF

Kel said...

Mahalo for the great pictures. They made me miss home. I am actually a descendant of Manuel Nunes (through my grandmother Lois Nunes), the inventor of the Ukulele. Happy Friday!


papel1 said...

Wonderful photos, postcards and your artwork is great. Thanks for stopping by my blog

Erin said...

What a great story and some adorable art and pictures. Your son and your husband look too cute together.

MadeInCanarias said...

Love the facts. I had no idea that Hawaii consists of 132 islands.

Thanks for stopping by :)

LV said...

I doubt there is very much that is not pretty in Hawawii. I have only been there once and loved it. Your taking us your family album was very nice,. You did an outstanding job on the sketches.

Unknown said...

beautiful pictures and I love all the H' words...We were just in your beautiful islands in February...I have spent a lot of time on the big of my favorite places in the world.....melinda

Mary said...

Ukeleles seem to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity, not seen since Tiny Tim. I have two friends (one the mainland - although one is a surfer) who play in ukelele groups!

2003beachbunch said...

very neat! Love the sketches of your children! What an awesome talent you have :-) Neat idea to combine your Friday posts into one. I might have to work on that for next week if I am patient enough :-)

Muthering Heights said...

I loved this cute an informative!

You husband and son looked so cute sitting together with their ukuleles!

Copyboy said...

cool informative story. Like the drawings. Happy Friday Follow.


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Wow, this is a neat post...very informative. I didn't know a clue about most of that before reading this! Thanks for commenting on my post...Your blog is incredible!!! You and your family are so beautiful...I'm going to follow you! :)

Free Pretty Things For You said...

it has always been a dream of mine to go to hawaii! One day Godwilling i will go! :)
i just love all your drawings!!
your sister in Christ

Laurencita said...

You have a lovely post... I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.

raquel roysdon said...

New to Follow friday, I love Hawaii. I've been to Hilo.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the picture of your husband and son...I have a picture of my son and husband like that except they are holding guitars from XBOX Guitar Hero! LOL!

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

I've been to Hawaii once, 1989, and loved it. Took some photos as well. My hubby had a job for a week and so I went with him, since air fare was half price for me! Thanks for the video, photos and drawings, awesome work, my friend!

jeff campbell said...

Such a nifty post...always wanted to go to the land of Aloha...maybe one day, if I can ever get the courage for such a long flight...


jeff campbell said...

I just love your artwork too...way cool:-)

Lyneen said...

I read every word... love the post... the post cards are beautiful. Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the world. Your art is beautiful. PFF thanks for sharing!

Steph said...

What lovely images and family photos. Also the artwork is amazing. It's so fun to learn about other places and activities. You have a delightful blog.

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

Of course I love your art work. It's awesome and hope to get one sometime. Hugs!

Jo said...

Your drawings are just fantastic! you do lovely work with names!

Jenny said...

Holy Good Graciousness! What a diverse and fascinating hodgepodge of wonderful H words!

What a great job you did!


xinex said...

Beautiful post, Maria I love Hawaii!...Christine

Freely Living Life said...


You are such a beautiful artist!

We are already followers of your blog but wanted to stop by to check out what was new and to say hi! Hope everything is going well for you. Have a fabulous day! <3

Anonymous said...

me again...another award for you!!!

MsRay said...

You make wonderful sketches. I now have an idea what presents to give this Christmas :)

I migrated to the US in 2007 and lived in Hawaii (Oahu) for 2 years (2007-2009)before moving to South Florida on June 1, 2009.

Hawaii is a paradise: perfect weather, super-nice people, beautiful beaches, and yes, good food and lots of Filipinos :D

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