Every Sunday - on Mana'o Radio 91.5 fm listen to our own Hamish on the Maui Celtic Show on 'Sunday Solstice', for 2 hours of great Celtic music played by
Hamish of Maui Celtic from 8-10am. More details on our Celtic Events page. For those of you not living on the
island of Maui, the radio show will be available live online at www.manaoradio.com ! Local time will be 8-10 am (Hawaii), which for the summer will now be 11am-1pm US/Canada West coast, 12-2pm Mountain time, 1-3pm Central time, 2-4pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 3-5pm, and 7-9pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 8-10pm.
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Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.
May 2nd-31st - for the first time on Maui, The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess will be on display for the whole month of May at Hawaiian Village Coffee in the Kahana Gateway Center (4405 Honoapiilani Hwy, #207) in West Maui. Opening hours 6am-6pm !
Hamish Burgess with his Celtic art at Hawaiian Village Coffee, Kahana
See our Hamish's Celtic art original paintings, giclees, and prints - all available for purchase. He lives around the corner, so if you want a chat with him about his art, please call 808-264-5190, and he'll pop round to the coffee shop to see you. Preview the artwork on our Gallery page. There will be an artist's reception Saturday May 18th from 6-8pm with a Celtic Music Session.
Mahalo to David Maran, owner of Hawaiian Village Coffee, for supporting local artists.
BELTANE GREETINGS TO ALL !
The great wheel of the year turns again on the evening of April 30th, with ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine, dedicated to the Sun God Bel, ‘the bright and shining one’. He was prayed to at times of sickness, for the healing power of the sun. In various Celtic cultures the god of fertility, healing, music, hunting and even death, he was associated with therapy, prophecy and healing springs.
'BEL' © Hamish Burgess 2013
Original Celtic and folk art by Hamish Burgess, a piece for the cover of The Celtic Connection newspaper in Vancouver BC and Seattle, the May ‘13 issue.
This seasonal feast marks the end of the dark half of the year, and is about honouring life, and the coming of Summer. The Sun God is released from the captivity of Winter, and returns to visit the Earth Goddess, with a time of joyous celebrating.
The ancient festival has become May Day in modern times, with it’s fertility dance around the Maypole.
More details on the artwork above on our Gallery page.
Sat-Sun April 6th-7th - MAUI CELTIC was at the Scottish event of the year in the Hawaiian Islands over on Oahu. Thanks to all who visited us at the Maui Celtic booth - mahalo for shopping at your only local Celtic vendor......we appreciate it. The Hawaiian Scottish Association presented their 32nd Annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, a beautiful location under the shadow of Diamond Head. There were Pipe Bands, traditional Celtic music from local bands and visitors Colin Grant Adams and also Mythica, and dancing and Highland Games.
Hamish & Jennifer at the Maui Celtic booth - 32nd Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Waikiki
THERE IS NOW BAGPIPING IN LAHAINA, WEST MAUI EVERY NIGHT !
You can now hear bagpipes at 6pm every night at Fleetwood's on Front St. - in the rooftop bar of Mick Fleetwood's (of Fleetwood Mac fame) new restaurant. Following a traditional Hawaiian blessing, oli (chant), and pu'u (conch-shell) blowing, Maui Celtic's own Hamish Burgess or Roger McKinley open the evening with slow airs, then uptempo tunes on the Great Highland Bagpipes. Hamish is currently playing Sat, Sun, Mon, and Roger Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri. Great friendly staff, amazing food, and Mick Fleetwood himself is regularly there to meet people - and you never know if any of his other rock star pals will be there !
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ORIGINAL CELTIC ART BY HAMISH BURGESS, RECENT WORKS...
'ST.PATRICK' © Hamish Burgess 2012. Original Celtic and folk art by Hamish Burgess, a piece for the cover of The Celtic Connection newspaper in Vancouver BC and Seattle, the March 2012 issue.
More details on the artwork above on our Gallery page.
HAWAII TARTAN PAGE
is online ! Hamish of Maui Celtic together with the Hawaii Tartan's designer Douglas Herring, have made the history and information about this beautiful tartan, or plaid, easily available to the public on our 'Hawaii Tartan' page.
New cool Hawaii Tartan Apparel is available !
Sashes, Mini-sashes, Shawls, Fly Plaids, Head Wraps, as well as the previously available made-to-measure Scottish wool Kilts. Give a gift of Hawaii Tartan to your friends and family - you can find these new items in our "Online Store" now !
TOP MAUI CELTIC NEWS STORIES
Hamish after piping by the Jameson booth, with the lovely Jameson ladies
LOTS OF RAIN ON MAUI MADE IT VERY GREEN FOR St.Patrick's Day on March 17th 2012 ! See all the fun events on Maui and Oahu on our News Archive page.
January 29th - February 5th, 2012 - Hamish and Jennifer just returned from cruising in the tropics with the Irish Music Cruise to the Caribbean - 'Songs & Stories Caribbean Cruise', presented by Debbie Casey (www.irishmusiccruises.com) 1-888-56IRISH.
They joined a host of talented singers and musicians - The Wolfe Tones, Archie Fisher, the Makem & Spain Brothers, Jez Lowe, Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty, Seamus Kennedy, Máirtín de Cógáin, Harry O'Donoghue, Ciaran Sheehan, Hanneke Cassel, Tom Sweeney, and Andy May. Ports of call: leaving Ft Lauderdale Florida, for Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, then Georgetown, Grand Cayman, on to Mahogany Bay, Honduras, and over to Costa Maya, Mexico.
A brilliant week of great company, laughs, fine food, Caribbean adventures, and world-class Irish music - the craic was indeed mighty on the High Seas ! For a look at this year's trip go to our News Archive page and scroll down to Jan/Feb. For details of next year's IRISH MUSIC CRUISES LAND CRUISE IN THE BAHAMAS check out www.irishmusiccruises.com or contact Debbie Casey at freephone 1-888-56IRISH for more info.
Hamish and Jennifer returned in May 2011 from cruising to Alaska with the Irish Music Sessions at Sea, presented by Debbie Casey (www.sessions-at-sea.com) 1-888-56IRISH. They joined a group of talented singers and musicians - The Makem & Spain Brothers, Seamus Kennedy, and Máirtín de Cógáin. The craic was indeed mighty ! Details and photos of the trips at at our Blog/News Archive page.
Jennifer and Hamish at the Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
AUGUST 2010 - THE MAUI CELTIC CREW WERE AT THE WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - Hamish, Jason, Alison, Alice and Mike saw the Grade 1 Finals when the Irish took the World's in front of 55,000 people !! Hamish captured the ecstatic moment for the St. Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band from Dublin, just after the announcement.
World Champions - St. Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band
The runners up on the day were: 2nd place Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland, 3rd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia from Scotland, 4th Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, Canada, 5th House Of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead from Scotland, and 6th Scottish Power. The results have been adjusted since the day, due to a compilers' error, with SFU changed to 3rd, and Boghall & Bathgate 4th (see Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association website for final results). Around 240 bands were at Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships, with 8000 pipers and drummers from 16 nations competing for awards in their class.
Maui Celtic's own Hamish Douglas Burgess was awarded 'Scot of the Year' for 2010 by the Caledonian Society of Hawaii on Saturday April 10th at the Hawaiian Scotish Festival, for services to the Scottish/Hawaiian community. "The Caledonian Society has presented this award each year since 1987 to an individual who is of Scottish descent or has embraced an interest in Scotland and Scottish culture, has supported the Scottish community in Hawai'i, and has made a contribution to the Hawaiian community in general. The Board members of the Caledonian Society believe that you meet these criteria and are a person who exemplifies the values upon which this award is based."
Hamish would like to humbly extend his gratitude to the Hawaiian Scots for this recognition - Mahalo.
Hamish Douglas Burgess (right) recieving 'Scot of the Year' award from Caledonian Society of Hawaii Chieftain Bruce McEwan (left) at the Hawaiian Scottish Festival
IN SUMMER 2009 HAMISH MADE AN EPIC TRIP TO SCOTLAND FOR THE 'THE GATHERING' IN EDINBURGH, THEN CORNWALL AND VANCOUVER, B.C.
Part of 'HOMECOMING SCOTLAND 2009', 'THE GATHERING' was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Scotland's culture, a 2 day festival and Highland Games in Holyrood Park, bringing together around 40,000 people from all over the world, with music, athletics, and the biggest clan gathering in memory. As Scottish Ambassador for The Princess Ka’iulani Project, Hamish also took the story of Hawaii’s most beloved Hawaii/Scot back to her father’s homeland, where he was a featured guest on Liz Clark’s show “Travels with My Auntie Liz” on Celtic Music Radio Scotland, and broadcasting icon Archie Fisher’s “Travelling Folk” show on BBC Radio Scotland, both in Glasgow.
Hamish also attended the first ever Clan Convention, at the Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba) building, where over 100 Scottish Clan Chiefs and clan dignitaries from around the world discussed the role of the Clans in the modern world.
While representing Scots of Hawaii, he reported on events and interviewed traditional musicians for his Celtic music radio show on Mana’o Radio 91.5fm, 8-10am Sundays (online at www.manaoradio.com).
For the full story with photographs, please visit our Blog/News Archive page.
A RED CELTIC DRAGON HAS BEEN SEEN LURKING AROUND MAUI.... PLEASE CONTACT MAUI CELTIC WITH SIGHTINGS OF THIS RARE AND ELUSIVE BEAST.
Ongoing - Maui's best kept secret - for the best real chips (French fries that is) this side of the Altantic head on down to Wow-Wee Maui's Kava Bar & Grill at 333 Dairy Rd # 101 Kahului. They have some great food and a killer Sushi Bar with reasonable prices, but of Celtic note - the chips are like my granny used to make ! Not to mention their Maui made chocolate bars. Tell them Hamish at Maui Celtic sent you......(808) 871-1414 www.wowweemaui.com
Orders should be placed now at the 'MAUI CELTIC ONLINE STORE' to ensure arrival to you before St.Patrick's Day !
MAUI CELTIC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE NOW HAVE A NEW RANGE OF TEMPORARY CELTIC TATTOOS AVAILABLE IN OUR 'MAUI CELTIC ONLINE STORE'. TATTOO AND PACKACKING DESIGNED AND DRAWN BY HAMISH RIGHT HERE ON MAUI. So far we have two triscele designs and an armband. More to follow soon. Shipping is only a dollar each. Easy to put on with water - last up to a week. Fun and safe. Great for kids. Full instructions on the tattoo.
'OLD, WISE, WARRIOR' by Hamish Burgess - full image on our GALLERY page
The ancient culture of the Celts , although geographically far from these Islands, did in fact have many similarities to the ancient Hawaiian culture.
Both cultures had their own mythology, legends of 'little people' and famous heros, and a belief that animate and inanimate things could posess spiritual power. They both revered the natural forces of their world, with gods and goddesses relevant to that. They both understood their place in their land, the natural way of things inherently entwined with their daily life, and so lived in harmony with nature.
Both cultures ended a seasonal war period every year when the Pleiades stars rose in the night sky, around the end of October. The Hawaiian war god Ku ended his reign, and a season of festivities called Makahiki, began under the god Lono. In the Celtic world, the war goddess The Morrigan ended her reign, and mated with The Good God Dagda, heralding the festival of Samhain.
Both cultures lived in tribes or clans, often in conflict to expand their territories, with an area of land traditionally associated with the clan. Each clan had their own chief or king, who ruled the land for the communual use of his people.
Neither culture had a system of writing, therefore had an oral tradition, stretching back many hundreds of years. The wise men, Druids in the Celtic world, and Kahunas in Hawaii, were keepers of knowledge, genaeology, history, and were healers and experts in certain fields. Both cultures were practised in the art of tattooing, and had a reputation as fierce warriors.
Both cultures at some time were taken over by outsiders, and a new religion, and were stopped from using their language, music, and traditional way of dress. Both later overcame that adversity with a revival of culture.
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'GUARDIAN OF THE GODDESS' by Hamish Douglas Burgess 2009
MORE ORIGINAL CELTIC ART BY HAMISH ON OUR GALLERY PAGE.
MAUI CELTIC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR WEBSITE RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM THE 'NEW WORLD CELTS' ORGANIZATION, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting Celtic History and supporting Celtic Culture in the New World. Their new chapter is a Hawai'i Branch based over on Oahu.