Sharing ALOHA around the Globe with Brian & Rowena Vasquez
Brian and Rowena are the highlights of any Cruise to Hawaii. A typical day day begins with Port talks hosted by Rowena. Since both Brian and Rowena were “made in Hawai”I” her talks include a wealth of information introducing many places to visit. Some of these place you will find in the tour books, some you will not. During her talks she will tell you the history from “Hawaiian eyes”, as well as teach you a lot about the culture, food and ways of life.
Before lunch, there is usually an ukulele class. Brian begins this class by announcing “at the end of this cruise, I can almost guarantee you will have the ability to play over 100 songs. Everyone thinks he is kidding, but by the time the cruise is through, his words ring true! Brian hosts this class, while Rowena is busy walking the room helping individuals. This is a huge class and they usually run out of “loaner Ukes”, so if you have one “bring it”. If you don’t, Brian and Rowena manufacture their own line of Ukulele, which you can purchase on the ship.
After lunch, Rowena hosts a Hula class. Over the course you will learn to dance as well as the history behind the dances you learn. There’s always a lot of laughter that goes along with the learning. Where’s Brian, you ask? He’s behind the curtain playing music manager for the class!
In the early evening, Brian and Rowena take the stage. Brian is the musician and Rowena the hula dancer. They interact with the crowd and entertain accordingly. So, you will never see the exact same show twice!
After the cruise is over, you may forget some of the hula or ukulele chords, but you will never forget the Aloha you received from this couple. Rowena and Brian teach and exhibit the true meaning of Aloha.
Brian Pi’ikea Vasquez is appropriately dubbed “the Hawaiian Santana” (Kamaka Brown V96fm radio). Like Carlos, he has created a fusion of Latin sounds . Unlike Carlos, Brian has fused his Latin sounds with Hawaiian, American Rock, Reggae and Oldies, all emanating a “feel good” vibe. Brian pays tribute to Carlos Santana by playing many of his songs. Mike’ala Partin of Hawaiian Pacific Radio talks about Brian: “His unique style and lightning fast fingers brings the music “alive” to your heart and soul. From his first CD, “Hawaiian Sunday” to his just released compilation, “Kona Daze”, you will be mesmerized by his music”. The CD”Hawaiian Sunday” won two Big Island Music Awards and was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. It is made up of instrumentals and vocals. The most recent release (April 2015) of the CD “Kona Daze is purely instrumental.
Brian comes from a culture and family where music is the common tread of life. Even though it was his older brother, Vincent, who decided they would enter “Hawaii’s Search for Talent” in 1983, Brian emerged the professional musician of the family of four boys. Brian is joined by his wife, Rowena, who dances the hula at many of his performances.
Roundtrip from Vancouver, Canada
Roundtrip from Seattle, WA