I can't get enough of Kealoha!!!! I saw him perform at Fresh Cafe in Honolulu, and have loved slam poetry ever since. Thank you so much for all of the videos and poems. Keep it going!
Mr. Kealoha, Would you be interested in doing an author visit to my school. And, if so, may I ask the cost of your fee? Thank you!
:) Greetings from Auckland!
Ive just read Kealoha's Recess in Mauri Ola, Contemporary Polynesian Poems..
Absolutely loved it!!
"Why do we now in our free time call each other to go out and eat? When did sitting down at a restaurant and eating a meal ever replace creativity and the expression of the free spirit?...When did going out to dinner ever become an activity?..."
aaaaaaaaaahahhaahaha..oh my goshhhhhhhh! if ever ive needed to hear that it was now...when all my girl cousins can think to do when we catch up is to go out and eat! which im suppose to be doing today, again!
I would rather have go back to wen "15minutes was enough to swing our brains out".
Thank you Kealoha, for the wake up call!!!!
I am so happy to have found you and HawaiiSlam!
I just started attending HawaiiSlam and I don't know the names of the artists. Would it be possible to have their name/pics/featured readings or titles posted on your HawaiiSlam website? Sorry to bother you but I just can't seem to find this information!
Also want to ask if it is OK to post my video or audio recordings of HawaiiSlam on the web. They aren't good quality, I can't even make out the names of the poets!
You gotta check out "Questions to Tourists Stopped by a Pineapple Field" by WS Merwin.
Nicely presented information! I prefer to read this kind of stuff. The quality of content is fine and the conclusion is good. Thanks for the post in website.
Google linked me to this page, nice reading
I just heard the OHA PSA about voting featuring you, and am wondering if that poem is available on your CD? I want to use your work in my 8th grade Language Arts class to inspire my students. Mahalo nui for your work. If you are ever on Maui, you are welcome to come to my school! Malama pono, a hui hou!
Great job of being emcee at this past TedX. Your energy and enthusiasm was awesome!
My name is Whitney and I'm 15 years old. I live on Maui and am very interested in poetry and spoken word, but I can't seem to find a program or workshop here on Maui to help me better my writing. I was wondering that since you are the head of Youth Speaks Hawaii, that maybe you could tell me the name of any programs that we may have on Maui. I would really appreciate it if you let me know.!
I'm the first poet-laureate of my city. I'd like to learn the greatest contributions I can make from this position of honor.
HI! rember me ardis you came to my class once and some times i saw you at PALS
see you aginat waianae elementanty
Hi!did you rember me t'm ardis from Pals and you came to my class to paform a poem.
see you next time
Howzit Braddah...Saw your performance at the Hapa concert this weekend in Redondo Beach, Ca. Was moved by your performances Braddah!! Really connected with 21st century Hawaiian. As a former president of a local Hawaiian club here in So Cal, I ran into the same situations represented in your piece. I was hoping you could send me a copy of that piece. I would like to read it to our club.
My name is Genevieve, and I have been strongly recommended by my mentor to participate with the poetry slams at the Fresh Cafe in Honolulu. I would like to learn more about it before I participate.
I would like to suggest you do a performance at Heald College in
Honolulu. It would be awesome you did, and we could meet as well. I go to Heald. :)
I would like to know if you have any students who are dyslexic and would like to be apart of the Hawaii International Dyslexia Assoc. fund raiser on April 17, 2014. Event will be held at The Crowne. Please contact me. Mahalo Carol
During your years with The Think, did you happen upon leading edge advances in the development and use of empathy? If not, perhaps you’d be interested in being introduced to them and giving feedback as well. I’m defining my own version as unconditional, thorough, accurate and intellectually compelling understanding. (I include “unconditional,” because so many interesting people believe that it’s impossible to empathize with some people, serial killers, despotic rich people, and more. And I think we HAVE to employ empathy to stop them and have examples of prominent research psychiatrists who believe such people are responsive to the right sort of empathy.) One of the most promising exponents of “realistic empathy” (a term used in international relations writings for many years) is James G Blight, professor of international relations, formerly at Harvard and Brown. He is famous with me because he was able to have extended conversations with Castro, Gromyko, Kruschev’s son, Rusk, and McNamara, all because he never even slightly judged them or their associates; he only wanted to “crawl inside their positions,” but as I know from my own work as a psychotherapist, that kind of questioning enables the other person to think creatively. In the 1990s, he enabled leaders of North Vietnam and the U.S. conflict to re-examine the run-up to the Vietnam War; most participants concluded that the war could’ve been prevented if they had met face-to-face in a moderated forum to examine each sides worry that the other side had only imperialistic motives. I present some of these ideas in Ukulele Changes, a screenplay that has been highly praised by Denise Bastrom, former script director for such luminaries as George Lucas and Wes Craven. I call the screenplay a love/personal transformation story wrapped in a historical/political drama. Although I’m excited about the love/personal transformation story’s presentation of the transformative power of empathy in personal relations (including self-relations), what’s sort of like an anaconda of power and uncertain use of it is the part of the script that incorporates Blight as moderator of a conference of reconciliation in Hawaii. There’s much in it about the sovereignty movement and it’s roots in the late 1800s. I chose Hawaii because of many Hawaiians commitment to the Aloha Spirit, and it is a kissing kin of empathy. Best regards, John
I'm still buzzing from your performance this evening at the San Juan Island Community Theatre:
Yes. Science and art dancing together. Thank you.
YOU ARE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH---MAZING!!!!!! Just listened with a FULL smile and OPEN heart to YOU at our Hanahau`oli Assembly this morning. YOUR PASSION RENEWED MY PASSION for WORDS, their connections and messages that sing a tapestry of LIFE, LOVE, COMPASSION and the essence of PASSION.
THANK YOU, mahalo nui, for this precious gift today! Hope to see and work with you again SOON!
Marsha , who taught Trevor, Amber, etc. :-D (they know me as Ms. Cabbab)
I was a parent in attendance at the assembly Friday at Hanahauoli School! I was so inspired and exctied by your performance, just had to let you know. My kids and I talked about you all weekend long to everyone we saw - I loved how relevant you were to them as well as me! Mahalo for you messages of youth, family, self and being pono! It's a gift, and we appreciate you sharing it with us all!
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I just saw you on YouTube. If you are ever back in the bay area, please come speak at my son's grade school, the Community School for Creative Education. Thanks. Bless you.
We were attendees at the Bay Area Storytelling Festival. You mentioned that we could be on your "list" if we sent an email. We would love to know when your production pieces are on YouTube and what your schedule is going to be for the performances. Thank you for what you are doing. Beverly Allen - Bend Oregon
I have enjoyed your site so that that I plan to use it in my English 100 at UH-Maui this Fall to acquaint my students with your work. I would appreciate your recommending one or two poems for my students to watch and listen to in class.
Although I realize that your work is based on performance, I'd also appreciate your sending me the words to those selections so the students can see how the words arrange themselves on the page and re-read if they wish.
Many thanks. I'd be happy to share their reactions, if you're interested.
Definitely bummed I didn't get it together to buy a ticket to The Story of Everything tonight! Thanks for posting it's sold out, though - I would have been driving in from Hauula. PLEASE do a repeat performance!!! I got to see the preview at the last Thursday slam, and really want to see the whole show. Aloha!
In touch with the human mind. Very intelligent and open words. I loved him. The perception of life, and the inspirational voice he has in his poems, were very wisdomatic and mind consuming. It was an absolute treat to have you in Sierra high school dear friend. I look forward to reading more of your poems. Thank you.
I'm a teacher and want to get him to return to our school because he did wonders with the students school-wide that our school wants to have him back again next year. However, I don't know how to reach him. Can someone please let me know. We want to start the school year off running with art integration and he is the key to our students' success. Thanks
Just returned from your ensemble performance of "The Story of Everything" at the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. I am so enthusiastic about the creativity, the art and the mo'olelo of this performance that I will indeed contribute and buy your CD. I am genuinely interested in the "Possibly Forthcoming" DVD that you mentioned. If you were to go with the "Crowdfunding" approach, I would certainly pre-purchase a copy (or 2).
I am teaching English 286B, Introduction to Poetry Writing at UHH and am wondering if you will be on Hawaii island any time during the fall semester, 2016. Would like to have you come to speak to my students...Monday night class. I do not have any funding at this time but thought I'd ask if perchance there was another event we could piggyback off of...hope, hope, hope. Know that this is a slim chance request but thought I'd ask. Mililani Hughes
i enjoyed your interview in "the bridge," the publication of National Academy of Engineering.
As delusional as this may sound, I perceive I have become, by dint of a quarter-century of sacrifice, loss, risk, exertion - "suffering persecution for justice's sake" - in defending and upholding the engineering profession, its code of ethics, and the public health and safety, an influential member of the engineering profession.
I suggest it would be worth your time and attention to "chat me up," but thanks for your work and whatever consideration you give this suggestion.
I live in Knoxville, TN.
Killed it at Verge, really enjoyed the show
Hi Kealoha, thank you very much for your great work. Here is some of my most recent poetry, reconnecting me back to my times in Hawai'i:
intermittently lost and found in the abyss of
memories, some collective,
forever haunting me in various forms
translations of time space culture andor personal idiosyncrasies
perhaps it's best to just go with the flow, swim with the course of the
tides ebbing and flowing
back unto the beach
is there such a thing?
Like the celestially transcendent sounds of om kara
tat tvam asi
a take off
phasing in and out of these realms
the Bodhisattvas and Buddhas merge
Godhead: Sacred and Profane all mixed in
Mix up Mix up Like Marley
making you accept andor question the given situation simultaneously
like the laughing and crying old woman of the Buddhist fable
so we are Ua Mau PADF Ke Ea Oka Aina Ka Pono
Being Tropical Paradise = Sinequanoniatry.
Thank You Very Much.
Cheers PF Paul.
Hi, I wonder if you remember me--you went inside WCCC and Halawa with me to my Yoga class and performed.
Would you be interested in doing it again. I have 20 students now at Waiawa, 15-20 at Halawa. These guys would be so inspired by your, once again. It would be nice to see if we could book the Halawa gym where they have large seating, and get more of the modules, not just my Education class...
Just dreaming with you, as usual, I hope you're well, Lu
Does Kealoha even read this? Why has nature allowed so many boring, mundane, andor malevolent people to enjoy the Tropical Paradises of my birth while I languish in frigid temporal zones of capitalistic horror due to hell of forced immigration in my youth? Why did I discover moneyfree living when it was too late to maintain in Hawaii andor similar realms? Satan pay PADF to flee to and enjoy Tropical Paradise. Other than the warm embrace of the Tropical Sea, I yearn for nothing; even food and drink / fresh water seem trite in comparison--necessary for pathetic terrestrial life including my own, of course but just more prescribed details.
On the other hand, when I am one with the sea--fully immersed--I feel connected to Creation in a truly meaningful way. So much so that the hell of other people, so very unbearable at other times, worst of all in goddamned urban environments, becomes a minor detail, an overhyped interpersonal drama merely a part of the flow.
How dare they separate me from my Tropical Islander birthright with their accursed capitalism backed by guns (in the hands of paid lunatic hitmen masquerading with their shiny badges and awkwardly pressed uniforms, supposedly a form of camouflage and authority mixed up so awkwardly in 1?) Germs; metallic and plastic contraptions; and sterile architecture forcing obeissance to computers andor service economy demands at every turn? Yes you got me good, my given life and ego trapped in the script of a 40 year old hasbin loser. But that's just it isn't it--the time it's flown by so quickly, unceremoniously and tragically and it will continue to do so probably accelerating to my guaranteed death in the next 60 years or sooner--perhaps today; yes what if I die today? And as i desperately try to get my kicks while asking questions of what i would have to do to enjoy my ideal life, i feel myself trapped on this boring satanic merry go round called life in an insanely absurd world, doing my best to avoid other people as much as i can while intermittently sending them back some of their terror--usually politely?--if only to remind them that I too am human (no matter how tragic) and in seizing the (potential) power of the (English) language, I spit my uniquely Pygmalion flow declaring in a desperate example of faking it till i make it: PADF being lucky more than all ones.