Monday, October 11, 2010

Musicians Reaching Students at Nanakuli High

In September, I was invited by Na Leo to teach songwriting skills to students at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, and to prepare a few of the them to track in the studio for a final project. Also joining us in the classroom were two of Hawaii's most prominent record producers: Jeff Rasmussen and Shawn Pimental. Thanks again NLP, for the opportunity to share music with "Ka hanauna hou o Palikea"

Na Leo's Nalani Choy working out chord progressions with one of her students.


Producers Jeff Rasmussen and Shawn Pimental, back in school.


In Lehua's Hawaiian Language class, we came up with a chorus for their class song (written on the notebook):

Kulia i ka nu`u
Kulia i ka pono
Ka hanauna hou o Palikea

Striving for the highest
Striving for righteousness
The next generation of Palikea (Nanakuli)

"Aloha For Now" Lyrics - Official

I remember coming home before,

but it was nothing like this

I don’t recall a time I’ve missed you more than now

Not an hour ago I’d bidden you so long

So long ago, it seems


Aloha for now,

Don’t you ever think

That I won’t ever think of you

Don’t you dare to dream

That I won’t dare to dream of you

After all, it’s just aloha ... for now


Hello again to ordinary life

Hello to Mondays, hello responsibility

Goodbye to every single thing I tried to hold

Not a day ago I’d bidden you farewell

Well, it’s not fair at all

Aloha for now,

Don’t you ever think

That I won’t ever think of you

Don’t you dare to dream

That I won’t dare to dream of you

After all, it’s just aloha ... for now


See I won’t make promises to you,

won’t tell you every wish comes true

Or that all our plans will go

the way we hope they do

Don’t make your promises to me.

Don’t say that things weren’t meant to be

Cuz I’ll try my best

To see that goodbye’s nothing more than just

Aloha …

For now