Next Maui AMPFest, July 4th! Celebrate the Spirit of Aloha!

PrintMaui AMPFest 2015 (Part 2) or Maui AMPFest 2015.1

We’re looking for bands from all music genres to join the party.
This will be a bi-monthly or monthly event.

The Maui AMPFest is part of 
The Aloha Project:
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & sustainable living through international collaboration.

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.

Bands and musicians don’t need to come to Maui. It’s a video fest.

Send your video to: lord.greystoke77@gmail.com
Event Number One (Released May 15th) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSLQtCsaCNs

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Now Live! Maui AMPFest 2015 (Official Video) © 2015

PrintThe Maui AMPFest is part of The Aloha Project –
Promoting Aloha, Music, Hawaiian Culture & Sustainable Living through International Collaboration.

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.

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
For more information about Mauisalt Magazine, please go to mauisaltmag.com or search mauisalt on Facebook.
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

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The Maui AMPFest 2015: Music Words, Compassion…

PrintThe 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!

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I’ve become one with the machine…

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.

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Our Story: Behind The Aloha Project

keepOur Story:

Peggy and I are not “connected” people, we’re not “influential” people and we’re not people who wish to be either. What we are connected to is spirit and a handful of friends and family who live as modestly as we do.

Another thing Peggy and I are are two people with a lot of hopes and dreams for the way things could be, the way things might be and the way things should be. We wish for simple changes like an increase in the Spirit of Aloha and a deeper love for the people from which it was born, a greater respect for the ocean and the land, and an increase in compassion for the mentally ill. 

This is essentially what the Aloha Project is about. Peggy and I have solid and lofty goals, the talents to make them happen, and everything except the necessary funding to put them into action. Neither of us are eligible for bank loans or large credit card limits, and that is why we came to you with our dream. Some dreams require that others share them.

We know from your response to Mauisalt Magazine and our Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest that many of you are as excited and hopeful that these things will become a long-term part of all of our lives. And these two things have the power to eventually build the foundation of a sanctuary for the mentally ill and sufferers of PTSD who are not and cannot receive the type of care they need.

So, at any rate, we have only 10 days before our Indiegogo Campaign comes to a close. We hope you’ll consider, or even reconsider being a part of our vision. It’s a give and receive proposition. You get a piece of the campaign through the gifts we’re offering, and we get to move forward and upward on a mission that we believe is for the betterment of all of us.

The Aloha Project, Indiegogo Link:

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f38eceb8

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The Aloha Project: Words, Music and Compassion

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“Grow The Change” Work Day at “Ka Hale A Ke Ola” with “Rumi” and friends.

Aloha Folks,

Our overall intention is to establish a communication and resource network.

The campaign actually has three interlocking components. Firstly the Video Fest (which will be a weekly online broadcast) and will showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and create a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious bands from around the world. We will also be working with the “Music is the Medicine” Foundation. Musicians in the festival include representatives from Portugal, India, Germany, The Phillipines, the UK, and various and sundry other parts of the world, including Texas.

Secondly there is our fledgling publication Mauisalt Magazine, a quarterly publication which we hope to use as a vehicle to:

1. Promote Hawaiian Culture through its connection to the Ocean

2. Promote the Video Fest and…

3. Serve as an outreach for the many native people who have found themselves homeless on Maui and the Other Hawaiian Islands.

And thirdly, to help establish a warrior sanctuary for sufferers of PTSD (hopefully to be named the Queen Kaahumanu Center, given permission).

Indiegogo Link: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f38eceb8

Mauisalt Magazine:

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The Aloha Project Indiegogo Campaign is Live!

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The Aloha Project Indiegogo Campaign:

Please click here or on the image above: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f38eceb8

Mauisalt Premier Issue:

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The Aloha Project (Draft)

Aloha All,
We’ll be launching a crowd-funding campaign to get some of our projects underway. Here’s a draft copy of it. Don’t be afraid to click the link:

The Aloha Project (Draft)
http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f38eceb8

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Easter Sunday – 15 Oxford Road

easter_egg_284x271Easter Sunday – 15 Oxford Road sat on an acre of springtime green…

by Philip Scott Wikel

The house that surrounded them at lunchtime was an extension of Olivia and Morgan’s inner life. 15 Oxford Road sat on an acre of springtime green. An entire wall of the living room was filled with books ranging in their subjects from the influence of sea power on ancient history to the collected essays of H.L. Mencken to the essential Basho and a modest attempt at creating a library of the classics. Paintings, in some places floor to ceiling, chronicled the developments and pinnacles of several movements; Olivia’s favorite being the Impressionists. For Morgan it was the Fauves.

Philodendrons, Boston Ferns, and Ficus trees gave the house the feeling of a jungle, especially at that moment in April of Dylan’s eighth year. And Dylan liked being eight, especially since today was Easter Sunday and they’d just returned from the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt was held around the imposing stone structure of the Presbyterian Church. The grass of the grounds was as green as Ireland and the spires of grey stone in the center of this was no less magnificent to the citizens of Goshen than the Eiffel Tower. It seemed that every kid in town was there if not every kid in the world and the hunt was alive with the same excitement as the classic foxhunts of old England. All of Dylan’s friends were there but today it was understood among them that it was every man for himself. There were only a few golden eggs to be found and golden eggs were not something one could share.

“All right,” Dylan said to Franklin and the boys as they awaited the whistle from Mayor Whittingham, “may the best man win.”

The whistle blew and they were off. Every squirrel in the vicinity dashed for points north, south, east, and west as the hordes descended on the trees, bushes, stones and benches around the church.

“Remember the Alamo!” one boy yelled as he made his way to the front of the pack and toward the thick shrubbery where it was guaranteed there’d be treasure. Dylan took a slower tack. He watched the crowd fan out over the grounds and then made note of the places being overlooked. He then systematically inspected each patch of bushes and stones the others had passed. In one he found a baseball, in another, a Yo-Yo. He was down to two patches now. His father, not understanding his plan, yelled, “Over here Dylan!” Dylan glanced at his father and smiled but continued toward his aim. In the first patch there was a bag of Jelly Beans “this is getting sweeter,” Dylan thought. From there he moved to the final patch. He saw, in the corner of his eye, another kid breaking away from the crowd. Dylan quickened his pace and made it to the spot just seconds before Skeeter Hanlon, the town bully. He felt his heart pounding out of his chest as he reached down through the bushes, pushed aside a stone, and wrapped his sweating hand around the Golden Egg. “It’s mine he thought. I’ve done it.”

Dylan turned toward the crowd looking for the Mayor. Dylan bolted in his direction, catching sight of his father as he ran. He held the egg up over his head and smiled. His father smiled back, then moved in the direction of the church, the mayor standing on a makeshift stage near the front door.

“You’ve done it young man,” said Mayor Whittingham, shaking Dylan’s hand, “now hang tight until the rest are done with their search, and I’ll present the Grand Prize.”

News of the discovery traveled fast and many of the children abandoned the hunt, leaving many treats undiscovered. A crowd gathered around the Mayor and a reverent hush came over the green lawn. As the Mayor extended his hand, Dylan stepped up to the stage and saw the eyes of all the kids he knew from Sunday School, and quite a few more. Mr. Whittingham broke the seal around the egg, removed a slip of paper, and read:

“The finder of this Golden Egg is entitled to anything priced up to $100.00 at Lippincott’s Toy Store”.

“Yes!,” Dylan exclaimed as his parents and Grandpa Felix made their way to the front of the crowd.

“You did it kid,” his father said, “you’re the man of the day.”

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The Julian Day – What’s In A Name?

Kuniyoshi Ghosts of the Taira Clan

Kuniyoshi Ghosts of the Taira Clan

The Julian Day began recording immediately after the Winter Solstice of 2010 and posted their first song “Policy” on reverbnation during the first week of January, 2011. With the days growing longer, they felt something in the air. And then came the Arab Spring and The Julian Day were in what Shakespeare once called, “a fine frenzy rolling.”

Immersed at a young age in the songs of the great singer/songwriters of the 70s and the experimentation of 80s bands like New Order, U2 and Echo and The Bunnymen, The Julian Day fuses the two to offer a wholly new sound for 2014 that amps it up while stripping it down.

With The Julian Day you’ll find good songwriting mixed with just enough instrumentation to drive the songs along. Working with the idea that art is best when nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away, The Julian Day seeks to engage the listener head-on. Spare and spartanized, these songs have just the right amount of color and texture while offering brief lessons in the game of life.

“For those of you wondering why we chose the name “The Julian Day.” To the best of our knowledge the “actual” julian day is the day inserted into the month of February every leap year. This is the day that balances the calendar and literally balances time. In a world where everyone and everything seems hell-bent on throwing us and the entire world out of sync:”

“We like the idea of achieving balance and evening things out to create a harmonious wholeness.”

Even if achieving that means first, throwing everything out of whack. It’s only when we experience chaos that we define our truest foundations.

Our first EP is called Sohei.

Sohei in Japanese means literally “monk warriors” or enlightened soldiers. Lofty title right? We’re doing our best.

With Sohei we’ve created what we believe is a powerful musical document that underlines the struggle for a higher spiritual and emotional connection to humanity that is musically and thematically coherent. We’re not interested in singles. We want all of the songs to contribute to a homogenous, and sonically courageous whole; each song contributing to a unified statement. We’re hoping you all will enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed, and are enjoying creating it.

“NY indie rock sound of the future.” – Nikolaos Liolios, IndieFunda Project

“Listening to The Julian Day’s catalog, I discovered that this was not a band that conformed to any traditional playbook. None of their songs are by any means traditional. While their eclecticism may not be everyone, it is part of the charm that makes this band worth listening to. It’s difficult to draw comparisons with any other artist, as The Julian Day has certainly created a sound they can call their own.” – Brad Madison, Soundvaults

“Strong distinctive sound and blend of west/east, old/new, melody/poetry … a real pleasure to listen to. Looking forward to hearing more.” – Greg Charles/A Nice Vibe, San Francisco

Listen: http://soundcloud.com/thejulianday

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