This video is dedicated to Lance McCollum. Lance was a talented luthier, builder of handmade guitars. He built the Grand Auditorium guitar used in this video. Lance passed away on February 1, 2009, at the age of 50, leaving three children and his wife.
"E Nihi Ka Hele" was written by King David Kalakaua for his queen on the occasion of her journey to England for Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration. The song lyrics include a mention of Kaleponi, or California, as part of the wish for a safe journey.
Lance lived and worked in Colfax, CA, a town born to build the transcontinental railroad. Queen Kapiolani certainly passed through Colfax on her journey.
The video was recorded using a Flip Mino HD camcorder, with audio recorded separately on a Zoom H2 field recorder. The audio was edited in Adobe Audition and synched to the video using Avidemux.
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