Beach in Hawaii @ Boscoe's Lake Forest
Francis O'keefe sits in
Beach In Hawaii
Kapa Crew Live from the Cal 12/11/11
Mahalo Pono Kakou!
We had a great time. Ono Grinds at Island Flavors and plenty good fun. David Copperfield wasa blast, compliments to my "mean" Aunty Maggie Mitchell and her crew at MGM Grand!
Mahalo Kapa Crew or all your "ness'es!
Jaz for you "edgy-ness"
Kahea for your "pono-ness"
Dar for your "sweet-ness"
Mokes for your "humble-ness"
Kapena for your "party-ness
We just love all ur folks "ness'es"!
Brian and Rowena
The first two videos in section are purely improvisational performances. Both videos are the epitome of Pupule Picking!
With Charlie Kiahi "impov" at CA Uke Fest
Charlie Kiaha (and Ilima Russell) host of CA Uke Festival is calling out cords to the audience so they could participate and play rhythm while Brian "pani". This was all done as an improv session. The result? Pupule Picking!
Kamali'i O Ka Po "improv" at Nihonmachi Fest
At the California Ukulele Festival on October 1, 2011, Brian taught two workshops which Rowena describes his style as "Pupule Picking". Rowena launches into an explantion and defines the Hawaiian word "pupule" as "out of your head - kind of crazy" vs the Hawaiian word "lolo" which means "stupid in the head". She grins and says: "because that is what Brian does when he picks the strings of his ukulele. He stops thinking about what he is doing (out of his head) and just picks like a madman".
During the Uke Festival a student. deciding whether to take Brian's class asked: "what is pupule picking?" Brian responded retorically: "have you ever seen a kung fu movie, where the guy just starts kicking, swinging, throwing and moving without thought (student's head bobs up and down in agreement) acting upon the situation instinctively? Well, that is pupule picking....just picking without thought, with the same intensity as a Kung Fu Master".
When Brian "picks", it is definately unique, intense and without thought......pure action!