As one of the first posts for the KoAloha TalkUlele Story Collection I thought it would be fitting to begin this collection of stories and music with one of my older videos from a few years back. This was an unrehearsed spur of the moment clip that epitomizes the spontaneity and giving nature of KoAloha.
Travel reporter David Lansing was in town and got a personal tour of the KoAloha factory by Alvin “Pops” Okami. Right before he leaves, David mentions, “Today is my birthday.” A few minutes later I see Alvin and Pat scramble away and they tell David not to leave. Moments later Mom and Pops come back and they have something for him. They immediately present a beautiful ukulele and begin to serenade a KoAloha style “Happy Birthday” to David sung wonderfully by Alvin, Pat, and Pastor John. David Lansing was “anointed” with his very own KoAloha Ukulele on his birthday.