‘Aloha Got Soul’ compilation nominated for two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

The hope for every project on the Aloha Got Soul label is to create a lasting document of timeless music that reaches a new crop of listeners in Hawaii and the world. For a place like Hawaii, so isolated from the rest of the world, it is invaluable to create an exchange of knowledge and ideas between these islands and distant destinations.

Recap: How to Shoot a Documentary Film in 3 Weeks

I suppose I didn't anticipate working from 9am to 9pm every day on this project. One of the most important things is the power of connecting with people. We created deep relationships between people who were worlds apart, but now here in Hawaii working passionately on this documentary film. I am forever changed because of this.

January 14, 2017: Presenting the first Aloha Got Soul Documentary Film

We're hosting a special event on Saturday, January 14th at the Surfjack hotel: Aloha Got Soul Documentary Film Exclusive preview screening + talk story Q&A + live music by Maryanne Ito Saturday, January 14th, 2017 7pm - 11pm The Surfjack Hotel Free entry So we've been scurrying around Honolulu, coffee-fueled, shooting interviews with all kinds of [...]

English translation of Aiko’s “Fly With Me” and “Time Machine”

With the help of a Japanese professor, Google translate, and a small working knowledge of the language, I was able to piece together a simple translation of Aiko's "Fly With Me" and "Time Machine". This is a simple way for non-Japanese speakers to understand what the songs are about.