Thanks to my flight instructor Jon Muralt at Maui Aviators for this picture.
At the Borders Bookstore on Maui where I worked for a while, George recommended the movie "Baraka" (1992) to a friend of mine. If you have never seen it, let me pass on the recommendation to you. It is a stunningly beautiful look at the planet we live on, the people who share it, and what is happening to it, set to music.
One of Harrison's songs that really strikes a chord (sorry about that) with me is "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - both the tune and the lyrics.
A young man (about 30 now) who has performs this tune exceptionally well, even to the delight of Harrison's widow, is Jake Shimabukuro, a master of ukulele who was born and raised on Oahu. Jake has played ukulele since he was four years old and has become an icon in Hawaii. With his many trips to Japan has won accolades both for his skill as a musician and his contribution to Hawaii-Japan relations and tourism.
You may have seen this popular clip before. If so, enjoy it yet again. I think this "kid" is awesome.
So many threads came together in Hawaii in this performance. Jake, whose ancestors were from Japan, George, from England, and the ukulele which was developed in Hawaii by three men from Portugal based on two instruments in that country. Another special gift of Hawaii and the people it brings together.