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MGM
05-21-2010, 12:08 PM
If you want a chance to play a wide variety of ukuleles in the Northridge California area i will have a large booth this June 5th and 6th at the Northridge Hoolaulea...a two day event held at 10058 Reseda Blvd in Northridge California..Come by and say hello

heres a link http://alohaworld.com/events/details/328-northridge-hoolaulea

KevinV
05-21-2010, 12:48 PM
Sounds like a great opportunity and a lot of fun...unfortunately I'm on the other side of the country. If you ever do one of these in Florida, let me know.

didgeridoo2
05-21-2010, 01:04 PM
If for some reason I don't decide last minute to head to Indiana for UWC, I'll definitely stop by and say hi in Northridge.

Lori
05-21-2010, 01:59 PM
Hey, I am near Northridge! I will definitely be there. I wanted to get a booth for my "Uke Leash" but never got a return email on the subject. I figured the booths were all filled already. Are you bringing some KoAlohas and Kanile'as to tempt me? I am especially interested in long neck sopranos.

–Lori

Ronnie Aloha
05-21-2010, 02:09 PM
Michael, will you be at the Lawndale Hoolaulea too?

T-Rock
05-21-2010, 03:08 PM
Thanks for the heads up MGM, I'll stop by.
www.myspace.com/killerukulele

clayton56
05-21-2010, 08:09 PM
Harold, maybe our uke group should take a field trip...


Will I find dashboard hula girls there?

jinny
06-02-2010, 07:05 AM
I was really tempted by the MGM booth at the last Cerritos Uke Festival...
I dont know if I will be able to resist another round of temptation like that.
The Northridge Hawaiian Festival is not as uke specific as the Cerritos one... in fact with all the other distractions, in the past, it was really easy to miss any uke specific booths... but I have no doubts that having MGM's booth overflowing with tasty ukes will make this year's event different... and expensive for me.

bbycrts
06-02-2010, 08:11 AM
Hey, I am near Northridge! I will definitely be there. I wanted to get a booth for my "Uke Leash" but never got a return email on the subject. I figured the booths were all filled already. Are you bringing some KoAlohas and Kanile'as to tempt me? I am especially interested in long neck sopranos.

–Lori

Michael had a long neck Kanile'a soprano on his eBay store the other day (may still be there). Oooooh. It was so purty. I had to take a cold shower...

clayton56
06-05-2010, 04:38 PM
Well I made it and I scored both a dashboard hula girl and an Ohana sopranino (from MGM) at the festival. There was some excellent Hawaiian dancing on the stage and lots of jewelry and crafts in addition to MGM's ukes.

There were also rides and food so it is a great place to take the whole family

jordan bello
06-05-2010, 05:03 PM
Well I made it and I scored both a dashboard hula girl and an Ohana sopranino (from MGM) at the festival. There was some excellent Hawaiian dancing on the stage and lots of jewelry and crafts in addition to MGM's ukes.

There were also rides and food so it is a great place to take the whole family

I ended up going and getting the KoAloha Super Concert I've been fiending for. My mainland has a new friend. I hope they get along.

wickedwahine11
06-05-2010, 05:08 PM
How was the parking situation? Is it pretty easy to find a spot?

jordan bello
06-05-2010, 05:23 PM
How was the parking situation? Is it pretty easy to find a spot?

I didn't have a problem finding a spot. I was only there about an hour or hour and a half. It had a small community feel to it and there were some cute performances. Lots of families. Oh yeah, and it was freaking hot.

Wickedwahine, do you have a strap button on your Kanile'a? I really want to put one on my KoAloha but I'm scared to do it.

wickedwahine11
06-05-2010, 05:26 PM
I didn't have a problem finding a spot. I was only there about an hour or hour and a half. It had a small community feel to it and there were some cute performances. Lots of families. Oh yeah, and it was freaking hot.

Wickedwahine, do you have a strap button on your Kanile'a? I really want to put one on my KoAloha but I'm scared to do it.

Yeah, I figured it would be hella hot. I used to work in Northridge and the heat was crazy out there. I think if I go tomorrow I will try to get there when they open so it isn't quite so hot.

I do have a strap button on my Kanile'a (I had Joe Souza install it for me at their factory after I purchased it and brought it back to Oahu on a trip). For my Kamaka, I have an input jack which functions as a strap button. I know how you feel though, I'm way too terrified to put a strap button on my KoAloha so I use Lori's uke leash instead.

MeanGreenUker
06-05-2010, 05:53 PM
I ended up going and getting the KoAloha Super Concert I've been fiending for. My mainland has a new friend. I hope they get along.

:drool: I had my eyes on it and wanted to play it but no one was touching the ukes. Good thing u picked it up because i would have. My lady gave me the look so I may end up going back solo tomorrow and see whats left over. I ended up going to the shaved ice line instead. Took thirty minutes but well worth it.

Lori
06-05-2010, 06:44 PM
How was the parking situation? Is it pretty easy to find a spot?
I made it there by about 11 am, and no problem parking. There was a sign that said $2 for parking, but nobody collected any money. There was plenty of parking, but you had to do a little off road driving to get to it. It was under the power line towers, and the ground is pretty bumpy. But, it was close to the event, and ended up being free. Bring a hat. The Shave Ice I had was disappointing. More like a snow cone than a shave ice. Maybe one of the other vendors was closer to the real thing (I went to one near the carnival end of things). I resisted buying ukes, but got 2 sets of Aquilas from MGM.
–Lori

didgeridoo2
06-05-2010, 09:48 PM
My wife and I made it. We took the dog and it was fun. A bit hot, but there was shade to be found. The shaved ice was so so, but still refreshing on a hot SF Valley day. MGM had a busy tent. I saw Lori there and the entertainment was terrific with 2 stages. Good aloha everywhere. I won't say what I left MGM's tent with, but it was the size of a tenor uke and the headstock was pointy. I let my wife pick it for me since she has to listen to it. She done good.

Harold O.
06-06-2010, 05:41 PM
I missed you guys at the event, but I was there both days. Showed up early the first day, then again that afternoon, then again late Sunday. Mike and Heidi were doing pretty good business most of the time. Neat folks, stereotypical Hawaiian approach to things. It felt like we've known each other a long time. Next Sunday will be a show and tell day...

They were kind enough to put our ukulele gathering flyer out on the table. They went fast. All in all, a good couple of days.

didgeridoo2
06-06-2010, 05:51 PM
Sorry to have missed you Harold. I saw your flyers next to that nice vintage koa tenor MGM had.

itsme
06-06-2010, 05:53 PM
Where are the pics, dammit? :p

MGM
06-06-2010, 06:58 PM
Big Kudos to Harold O and his lovely daughter....We gotta get together when you bring the Family to Hawaii.....Lots of happy new ukers now in Northridge...The Hoolaulea was a great gathering....hot and dusty but tons of fun and all da local food keeping my Opu happy...Da portugese sausage Manapua broke da mouth.

jinny
06-06-2010, 07:02 PM
went today... Sooo HOT!!!

I brought a giant blue beach umbrella... thank goodness, i think my family would have melted away if i didn't.

Argh! I should have had some Manapua! I didn't see dem! wah! and Portugese Sausage ones? Dat sounds so ONO!

i was really hoping I'd find some Musubis... nope. Shocking! a Hawaiian festival without a musubi vendor? oh well, L&L down the street has a sad version of a musubi.

It's over now, but I would have recommended the italian ice booth on the other side of the stage as the frozen treat to get... one look at the giant ice chunks in the shaved ices that people were buying told me not to bother. the italian ice is waaaayyyy better! or if you really need some good Hawaiian style shaved ice, just head a few blocks South on Reseda to "Get Shaved" Hawaiian shaved ice... just opened recently and it is very near perfection in terms of Hawaiian style shaved ice... it's like they took the near perfect hand crafted syrups from Matsumoto's and combind it with the soft powder snowy ice of Waiola's! Yes it's THAT good!

I stopped by MGM's booth with my Kamaka hanging from a Uke Leash like a giant Rap medalion... I wanted to have my uke ready in case I ran into any of the SFValley strumming group... I didn't. I got really hot, well actually, the kids i had with me got really hot and we ended up having to leave to appease the cranky infant. Mike had a slightly blemished U-Bass that he probably didn't want to have to ship back home... he mentioned a discount for the blemish... I should have took it! but I got distracted by the overheated children! children! argh! now I have "not a buyer's remorse"! oh well. U-bass is so cool! the strings look so cartoonishly big. Love it!

Lori
06-06-2010, 08:11 PM
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It's over now, but I would have recommended the italian ice booth on the other side of the stage as the frozen treat to get... one look at the giant ice chunks in the shaved ices that people were buying told me not to bother. the italian ice is waaaayyyy better! or if you really need some good Hawaiian style shaved ice, just head a few blocks South on Reseda to "Get Shaved" Hawaiian shaved ice... just opened recently and it is very near perfection in terms of Hawaiian style shaved ice... it's like they took the near perfect hand crafted syrups from Matsumoto's and combind it with the soft powder snowy ice of Waiola's! Yes it's THAT good!

Yeah, I saw that Italian Ice place too late. But a real Shave Ice place in Northridge! Really? I will definitely check that out because it is going to be a long hot summer out there, and that's where my in-laws live, so we go a lot. Thanks for the tip.
Travel spoils you... I have yet to find a Italian Gelato as good as the ones in Florence, and Shave Ice as good as the ones at Jojo's in Kauai.
–Lori

jinny
06-07-2010, 08:46 AM
Yeah, I saw that Italian Ice place too late. But a real Shave Ice place in Northridge! Really? I will definitely check that out because it is going to be a long hot summer out there, and that's where my in-laws live, so we go a lot. Thanks for the tip.
Travel spoils you... I have yet to find a Italian Gelato as good as the ones in Florence, and Shave Ice as good as the ones at Jojo's in Kauai.
–Lori
yeah, never been to Italy let alone have gelato there... But I've had some decent gelato before... And yeah, I don't now of a good gelato place here in LA... Most of the places that I know get there's from the same Gelato "master" and there are some that make their own, but still not really all that great. I had some good stuff at a couple shops in New York...

Um, anyways back to shaved ice... Most of the decent shaved ice around LA is some sort of Asian style stuff. Good Hawaiian style stuff was unobtainable... I don't know why? No one had decent syrups and most have mediocre ice shavers. There was a place in Simi Valley called tutu's that some people swore by, but not really worh the trek... They are closed now... I haven't been to kauai. I amost always hit up Oahu... So matsumoto's in north Oahu is a bit of a drive from the city but still is a regular stop when I'm there... I like their syrups... Thier ice is just passable, if it wasn't for their yum yum syrups, I wouldn't even recommend them. The ice at waiola in Honolulu is definitely better soft as fresh powder snow... And their shop has more room inside although of it's a hot day, it can get kinda unpleasantly warm inside. Not much room outside to eat you treat matsumoto's has some shady benches in the parking lot... Very nice unless a bus full of tourists are taking up all the seating...

Woah... I drifted a bit. But that's the thing about traveling, your positive experience and the fact that you are enjoying that travel has got to be influencing your perceptions about the stuff you're eating... Which is why, I suspect I always run into the situation where the offerings of certain foods seem subpar to what I've experienced abroad.

Well, Get Shaved is pretty darned close to what I expect in Hawaiian shaved ice. They have a trendy food truck running around, but if you want to find it without checking the Internet for their current "20" (10-20 is radio speak for location... I imagine that those food truckers are using 10-codes)... then their northridge location is the place to go. And northridge is a good place for it because it gets hot here... I like to call it "No-fridge".

I think I will get some Hawaiian shaved ice today. I have to try to wrestle the Foursquare mayorship away from that "Melanie"!

DRice
06-07-2010, 09:32 AM
I swung by MGM's booth and picked up a couple humidifiers. He had some nice ukes on display. Ran through some of the other booths and watch some dancers on stage. Looked like a pretty good turnout.