Hometown: Kekaha, Kauai, HI
March 24, 2012
I drum, my daughter drums and dances.
ipu heke (Hawai'ian double gourd drum) and ipu hula (Hawai'ian single gourd drum). I've played since 1980's, but I'm a beginner at everything else. I've recently started playing around with what I think is called a doumbek (?). I also have a Hopi drum, and many other musical instruments that I enjoy tinkering with.
I would love to go every couple weeks, it depends on how my work goes which varies. I think in reality, I will probably be able to make it once a month or two, though I am hoping it will work out more often.
I play Ipu Heke mostly, my daughter plays doumbek (?) and I also enjoy many other types of musical instruments.
Just about any halau you will find amazing ipu heke players. Hula halau's use them to accompany chants for hula kahiko (ancient hula). Look up Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu on Google for an example of the chants with ipu heke. The music/chants are sacred, beautiful, and speak my soul.
Life is rhythm, our heartbeat, we breathe in and out, the sun comes up and down, the seasons roll as the year comes and goes, we live, we die... it's all rhythm and vibration. I join in the rhythm and celebrate this beautiful dance of life.
We love this group! My daughter and I have gone to a few now and really enjoy them.