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gyosh
03-17-2012, 05:11 AM
Hey all, last night I was fortunate enough to attend an event featuring Joe Souza (and family). It was an event organized by Smiley and Janet Kai of Ukulele Source in San Jose. Joe spoke about his background and interests that ultimately led to the founding of Kanilea, how it was named and the philosophy behind the company. Then he went through the build process and talked in great length about Kanilea's UV finish. To finish the night he played his eight string Kanilea and sang a few songs. The highlight was when he called Kristin to come up and dance a hula as he sang. I say "highlight" because it was obvious he was singing to her and not just performing a song, and she in turn was dancing for him. Very cute.

-Gary

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Ronnie Aloha
03-17-2012, 05:37 AM
I was at Aloha Warehouse in SF Nihonmachi the other day and they mentioned that the Souzas were going to be there too. Could be this weekend.

gyosh
03-17-2012, 06:13 AM
Yeah, they said they were heading to SF today, and then to Berkeley tomorrow. Very nice family.

Tigeralum2001
03-17-2012, 06:58 AM
The highlight was when he called Kristin to come up and dance a hula as he sang. I say "highlight" because it was obvious he was singing to her and not just performing a song, and she in turn was dancing for him. Very cute.


I was there as well and I agree. The story & process was interesting, the Q&A was good, but Joe's singing and Kristen's hula was the highlight. Nice to see success coming to good people. Joe's 8-string was gorgeous, too.