It’s never what you think its going to be.
I went to the Kimo Hussey’s Molokai Ukulele Workshop… errrr retreat…. err music therapy… errr… all things ukulele! Maybe that would cover it best!
We covered everything, a little ear training, how to get yourself into music therapy, some technical ukulele tricks, intensive (and way fun) rhythm techniques, and at a place that for me was very unexpected and delightful.
The ukulele work shop, contained a little bit of information for everybody. If you were a novice you got some new techniques, if you had played ukulele for a long time, there was good review and plenty of new information to keep you busy.
I think we had about 19 people in our retreat and it did not take long for all of us to become ohana. We shared meals, ideas, grew in music and in many other parts of life. The friendships that I have made will continue with me for many years to come.
The class was able to visit a local family that are a prominent music staple on the island of Molokai. They invited us to a backyard jam and we all played together. Intwined in the music were the stories of Molokai and family lore that could only be described as enchanting. They shared their music, food and love with us. It was an experience that I will never forget.
The Island of Molokai, is not like Oahu or Maui. Its more like what you might imagine what the Islands were like in the 40’s and 50’s. It has a very small population and still seems to be mostly an agricultural community. The little town is only a few blocks long but has the necessities needed for most. The pace of the island is well behind that of its more populated sister islands. The people of Molokai seem to understand what is important in life and don’t bother with the trappings of larger cities.
The Hui is a retreat center located in the highland of the Island. Its a wonderful place to completely decompress. The food was nearly all vegetarian and to be honest being the meat eater I am, I was more than a little concerned but the food was fantastic and it only added to my new experience. Some of the staff participated in the workshops and others were ghosts that only served the community selflessly. The lodge and rooms were in top notch condition and we all seemed to enjoy the facility.
Is this something I will do again? If the resources are available, absolutely!
Peace and Love
Mark ‘Spanky’ Gutierrez