Ekolu Kalama: Molokai’s Troubador and Poet Laureate

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By the grace of God, Ekolu Kalama humbly admits that he is merely a product of his environment. Born into Hawaiian waterman royalty, Kalama is proud to be carrying on the championship tradition. In 2009 Kalama won the World Cup of Stand-Up Paddle racing, held in Hamburg, Germany, claiming victories in both the 2000 meter sprint and 10,000 meter distance races. One month later, on his home turf, Kalama claimed his first solo win across the Kaiwi Channel (32 miles), in record time, which is considered to be the “Super Bowl” of stand-up paddle racing.

Never satisfied with maintaining the status quot, Kalama has since evolved from a sponsored “team rider” to now a “team owner” and will soon be in the position of sponsoring riders under his surf and lifestyle brand simply named, “EK”. Kalama is thankful for the generosity of his mentor and friend, Laird Hamilton, big wave and stand-up paddling pioneer, who gave him his first board and paddle, enabling Kalama to live the first half of the dream, providing for his family while doing what he loves.

With the release (set in January of 2012) of his debut album, “Dare To Dream,” Kalama begins to realize the second half of his dream, which began 5 years ago, when he left the security of his county fire fighter position to pursue the life he’s always wanted; becoming the boss, surfing and playing music full time. Kalama hopes to inspire listeners to pursue their passions in life as he sites, “If I can do it, a small-town boy from Moloka’i, anybody can do it.”

“Dare To Dream” features 12 original tracks, all written by Kalama, covering a range of musical genres from Pop to Reggae. Kalama intends to take the show on the road, following the world tour of stand-up paddle surfing and racing in countries such as France, Spain, Brazil, Tahiti, Fiji, Japan, Australia, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico and many more. Kalama’s ultimate goal is to bring Hawaiian culture to the rest of the world and share the “Aloha Spirit” with as many who are willing to receive. The variety of flavors and subject matters conveyed in Kalama’s music is a direct result of being raised in Hawaii, the “melting pot” of the world, and is sure to appeal to listeners from all walks of life.

In closing Ekolu would like to encourage all of us to reach for the stars and to dream big dreams. “If you believe in God and that his Word is true…that HE has a plan to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope, and that through HIM you can do ALL things…, then why don’t you dare to dream?”

The Maui AMPFest 2015: Music Words, Compassion…

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The Maui AMPFest is part of
The Aloha Project
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & Sustainable Living through international collaboration.

Tune in Friday Night on Youtube at 7pm HST for the Maui AMPFest! It will run the entire week! Channel link below (Live at 7pm)

Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Music Video Fest

This Video Fest strives to showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece, thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and creating a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious people and musicians from around the world.

Musicians in this first installment include representatives from Portugal, France, India, Germany, China, Japan, The Phillipines, and various and sundry other parts of the world.

Mahalo Nui Loa for the inspiration from the following people and organizations:

Lehn Huff, MSGN
Maui School Garden Network

Melissa Connelly and Rebeka Kuby
Grow The Change

Erin Fleming and Shelly Brown
KHAKO Homeless Resource Center

Lisa Darcy
Maui Homeless Alliance

Peggy Johnson whose patience and dedication to this project would’ve otherwise made it impossible.

Music Is The Medicine

Wake Up World

Ocean Defenders

The SHAKA Movement

Project Kuleana

Surfrider Foundation – Maui

Edited, produced, and directed by Philip Wikel and August Publishing in collaboration with Julian Day Productions (unless otherwise noted).

All Rights Reserved ©2015

To obtain a copy of this video on DVD, please call 808-281-6020 or email lord.greystoke77@gmail.com

Submissions are now open for the next Maui AMPFest.

If you would like to submit a video, please send it to lord.greystoke77@gmail.com

Aloha Nui Loa and Thanks For Watching!

All this in one video you ask?

maui music_openingFinishing up production on the Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Music Video Fest and I think I’ve become one with the machine. For better or for worse I am a laptop with magical software. We’ve spent the past 7 days conspiring to create what we hope will be “the” event or at least “an” event of your year. We’re both tired and overheated but we think we might have created something cool, something fun, and something edifying. All this in one video you ask? Well, she’s one hour and fifteen minutes long. Chances are there might be something worthwhile somewhere in there. We’ll be giving away the first 50 copies. So watch out, a couple of strangers might just force a free DVD on you.

The Inaugural (AMPFest) Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest

The Inaugural Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest (AMPFest) is less than two weeks away. We’re working with Aidan James and Ekolu Kalama and it should be a fantastic lineup. In addition to our local greats, we’ll have musicians from Germany, China, Portugal, France, India, The Phillipines and the mainland. It’s all about spreading the Aloha Spirit around the world. The event is May 15th. Here’s the intro video: