We had an exciting class experience opening a circle of beginners to the language of rhythm and drums. These students were studying psychology and artistic expression. We discussed how drum patterns enable us to realign our biorhythms into a more meditative state when we use our intentions to heal with music. Many of them had an amazingly transformative experience ~shifting from timid to empowered and connected within our class.
Celebrating out planet, Mother Earth ~ at the campus of University of Hawaii with the students and greater community~ headlining the Earth Day Fair 2017!
Hope was joined by percussionists and back up vocalists to complete her musical offering, sharing songs honoring the land, of tribes from around the world.
The sun shone brightly and children were dancing throughout the celebration, it was a beautiful community event.
Deep in the jungle of Big Island, Hawaii~ on the sacred site of Green Lake, is Flow Fest 2017.
Sharing a stage with other talented musicians, Hope shared her new music from her new album, Bring to Light and invited musicians Unity on African cora, SaraTone on vocals and percussion, Mikey Pauker on guitar, Dave Hoover on Harp and David Sunshine on Handpan. She was also supported by Ana, Bri and Kaila on back up vocals! This was a powerful set of prayer and celebration at the foothills of this sacred place.
A tribal, primitive festival setting filled with hear and sunshine! Good times~
Great Family Roots vibes with all these performers, such a sweet evening of epic soulful original melodies, strings and percussion! A rare opportunity to collaborate with all of these artists live on stage, and a beautiful night in Hilo town, on Big Island of Hawaii. Old friends with years of working together, Hope and SaraTone, of Cascadia, backed each other up while experimenting with new comer to this group, Mikey Pauker on guitar, from the Bay area.
Layers of hand percussion weaving throughout each set, this evening was a special nite to remember...
Glad this painting has made its way to a new home, the piece~ 'Mauna', inspired by the spirit of Pele of the island of Hawaii, has been SOLD. The image includes a spirit hula dancer facing the volcano, under the full moon. A pueo, the Hawaiian owl is her animal ally flying just over her shoulder, and the Ohia tree of Hawaii is just in front of her. Mauna Kea covered in snow looms behind with its powerful pressence.
In the dark night sky, the star pattern of Pledies is subtle over the horizon, which is part of the Hawaiian original mythology.
Hope has appreciated the power and blessings of being on this unique land and this painting was an opportunity to express her interpretation of the energy of Hawaii and its natural beauty.
Several years in the making, through Hope's journey as musican & into motherhood, this diverse album reflects her rich experience as a percussionist for over 20 years, her wide range of world influences, as well as her unique feminine style.
Hope plays instruments ranging from the African djembe drum, to European handpan, native flute, Brazilian berimbau, middle eastern frame drum & doumbek, Indian harmonium, and more to create a powerful and dreamlike soundscape for dancing and going deep.
Once again, she brings us 14 tracks of hip-notic world music with maternal soul.... available NOW!!!
MAnaFest ~sacred music and arts festival honoring the feminine~ is going to be amazing again this year, but now its two nights instead of just one, with two days of workshops, spa, mana marketplace, art gallery, 2 stages of music, tea lounge, and even a kids zone! And the musical line up this year is super exciting including: Ma Muse, Mama Crow, Sara Tone, Hawane Rios, Marya Stark, Mary Isis, Diane Patterson, and of course yours truly...27 musical acts in all!
There will be 40 workshops include natural health, movement & spirit such as acroyoga, beekeeping, plant medicine, hula, sexuality, a red tent, sound healing, and more!
Hope is the co-founder of MAnaFest, and continues to be one of the core organizers. This special event features female artists and musicians while welcoming everyone to attend! And the setting is at the Hawaiian Sanctuary ~ a tropical permaculture spa venue with a great dance floor! ~manafestival.org
Honored to be play at the Big Island benefit to raise money to help the Standing Rock water protectors. These water protectors have been camped near the mouth of the Missouri River to be witness and prevent the continued building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The concern is that the oil from that pipeline will inevitably leak and contaminate the river which provides water to over 100,000 people as well as wildlife.
This stand is a historic gathering of tribes, allies and people from all walks of life, continuously holding pressence in solidarity to halt the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline.m all wal ~Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from ripping through their ancestral homelands. It threatens their water, their sacred places, and the future of their children.~ standwithhstandingrock.net
It was beautiful to play alongside the talented Hawaiian native singer, Hawane Rios.
Good times crusin' Island style this winter and performing with Medicine for the People on Maui, Big Island, & Kauai at the Homegrown Music Festival, the MACC, the Palace Theater, and the Kohala Aina Festival. As well as bringing in Medicine's new HOKA album we are sharing about the water protectors at Standing Rock and raising awareness for their stand.
Check out the new album at nahko.com and ways to support Standing Rock through HonortheEarth.org
Alongside friend and fellow musician, Mike Love, Hope had the opportunity to perform at the Yoga Festival at Kalani on Big Island of Hawaii.
Mike Love, voted reggae artist of the year of Hawaii, with serious skills and vibes which definitly reflect that level of musicianship.
It was an honor to sit in with his set at the beautiful E-Max performance space at Kalani and share beats on cajon to co-create some sweet sounds for our extended island ohana!
The soundscape of mad loops and fresh live rhythm made a stage presence that the crowd couldn't resist but dance to~
good times all night!
Exploring Northern Africa, in the ancient city of Fez in Morocco, I came across amazing ancient architecture, rich foods, & old culture steeped in religious beliefs and sacred geometry all around.
This experience inspired me to shoot a new music video for the down tempo song 'Behind the Dark' whose lyrics speak "behind the dark is always light" which reveals a depth and peace that is unique to my new album.
While walking through the earthen walled inner city, the Medina, I entered a small silver jewelry store, and spoke with the young man who owned the store. He said he loved Medicine for the People! I was amazed to be in such a remote part of Africa, and yet reminded that like attracts like and with the right state of mind~ we find love wherever we go!
An amazing group gathered to learn and experience with Hope about the natural human bio rhythms that we can affect and alter with healing intentions with the drum. We discussed the ancient techniques of using music and drums in both pregnancy and birthing to support mother to connect with her source, her baby, and her heartbeat while calming her mind and moving her hips to open the pelvis effectively for faster, gentler birthing.
Hope led a drum journey allowing participants to visualize a reconnection with their source and their womb for both healing and to plant seeds of intention.
They also explored specific rhythms used in Africa to encourage a child to come to a family.
It was such a delight to share my solo music on main stage at the opening of the Oregon Country Fair 2016 , a magnificent gathering of around 40,000 folks. OCF is known for its creative heartfelt approach and family inclusive fun ~ the backdrop is deep in a glorious evergreen forest; while the atmosphere is rich in performance artists, life size puppets, interactive art, unique outdoor sculptures, as well as nationally known musicians playing non-stop on five stages.
Hope's performance featured her percussion and was supported by David Sunshine on the handpan drum, thus creating sweet layers of both rhythm and melody between the two musicians for a dynamic beginning to this sacred and colorful event!
Blessed to be invited to play percussion and record my beats on Hawane Rios's new album!
She is a powerful young woman of conviction to protect the land, culture, and spirit of Hawaii and her music is filled with gorgeous melodies, heartfelt lyrics, & powerful ancient chants from her ancestors. This album carries the stories of the Hawaiian people and vibrations of the aina into each song! You will hear her featured on the new Medicine for the People album, Hoka.
Hawane is a very active part of the movement on Big Island of Hawaii which is working to keep Mauna Kea sacred by protecting it from development.
3 Day beginners Drum Workshop ~ April 28- May 1
We are coming together for the co-creation of rhythm and positive vibes; this 3 day workshop includes an intro to various types of drums, basic hand techniques on a variety of drums, several traditional drum rhythm patterns as well as we will be creating our own rhythms together~ all in a supportive circle.
This course will be held at the beautiful Hale Lani.
All are welcome!
Hope will be joining a sweet line up of harmony and world music on stage in Hawaii at PoleStar's annual Sacred Music Festival. She will be accompanied by David Sunshine on the melodic hardpans and will be weaving her layers and looped vocals will live acoustic beats on cajon and djembe.
This event will be a beautiful gathering of friends and musicians deep in the jungle of Puna. The vibrations of this land are alive with the frequencies of Pele.
Preparing for Hope's new album release there are some beautiful video projects in the works, getting ready to express & spread the heartfelt frequency of her new songs in powerful visuals in nature, and in collaborations with some other powerful ladies of melody... many of her new songs resound with messages honoring the earth and respecting the feminine; thus the imagery resonates with similar intention.
Hope co-created with a circle of seven rotating sisters, an amazing new Music and Arts Festival this year~ MANA Fest, honoring the feminine. This festival was unique in that it featured women's voices and sisters opportunities to share their knowledge in a huge offering of 20 workshops, a Red Tent of rituals and education, mana marketplace, tea lounge, and healing arts zone, spa and 10 musical performances including Sara Tone, Diane Patterson, Amber Lily, Water Dropz, and Hope, who headlined the event which SOLD OUT!! As well as taught a workshop on the spirit of natural Birth , and also showed her paintings.
MANA Fest was in a beautiful permaculture retreat center in the jungle of Big Island Hawaii. This community event created jobs for 60 women & its beauty and power will be sure to be followed up with MANA Fest 2017` look for it!!
The Red Tent is an ancient tradition, a place where only women would go, usually while on their moon. In this tent the women could tell their stories, share their wisdom, sing and heal together, listen and be heard in the gentle feminine environment. Now women are revitalizing, recreating, and reclaiming these spaces as places to once again share knowledge and ritual as well as to educate our sisters on the moon mysteries, sexuality, fertility, birth, and women's health.
Hope had the pleasure of both teaching and facilitating a conversation on the spirit of natural birth at Mana Fest 2016. This was a unique and memorable opportunity to invite each woman present to share he knowing, fears, and lessons with the group in a way that elevated the group awareness and compassion for each other.
Stoked to be joining Medicine for the People for the Kauai, Maui, and Big Island shows this Nov-Dec 2015!
Ready to shred some old songs as well as throw down some sweet fresh beats amongst the island vibes.
Excited to see all of our inter~ island Ohana again and share this time of coconuts, community and ALOHA~
#Bless the journey~ and see you there!
Excited to share my new body of work, this is a heartfelt collection of large original acrylic paintings on canvas, ranging in size from approximately 20'' x 30'' up to 22'' x 40'' that express a variety of empowered feminine images. Bold colors, penetrating presence, and strong messages underlie these paintings. They reflect a spiritual nature though varying in cultural references, texture, and painterly techniques.
The show will be held in the popular Conscious Culture Cafe of Big Island of Hawaii, and will hang for four months.
Prints will be available upon request.
Stoked to share the latest in my world-
with your world!