Just returned from Portland where I played my first solo GIG!! Love Guru Uma and her ukulele performed at the Slide Inn for brunch July 1!! Also saw my youngest son who lives in Olympia, WA. My husband and I then visited San Francisco to see Dave's family AND I flew to Texas for a family party. Enjoyed the company of my parents and almost all my relatives! THEN on the way home, I saw my oldest offspring in LA!!
Still seeking churches &/or other venues to share my Love is CRAZY PlayShop music and interactive love building activities including meditation, Afformations, EFT and more!!
OMG!! I'm a published author now...how cool is that!? I hope you enjoy it. Paperback AND eBooks are ready now on LULU.com and on iBooks, soon on Nook, Kindle and Kobo! Print on demand paperback available NOW!
An AMAZEBALLS Endorsement:
"A trustworthy guide through the labyrinth of love with its twists and turns, ultimately to rest in the clarity of its luminosity."
- Michael Bernard Beckwith Founder, Agape International Spiritual Center, author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning
Happy to play anywhere: weddings, parties, conferences, picnics, churches, you name it! I love playing music with Dave, so we're open to parties, bars, restaurants, clubs, Festivals, whatever you have in mind!! Mahalo nui & ready to travel, passports ready!
UmaSings on YouTube...
Email me to book our band: Uma Uke solo, Uma Zuma Duo or UZDB big band!! Trio, Quartet, 5-8 pieces adding horns!! email@example.com
or BEST to call me 808-464-5917
CHECK out my songs online!
Seeking places to play for our Uma Zuma Duo, Trio or 4 piece Dance Band!
As you can see, I love playing music every chance I can with my amazing guitarist husband DAVE!! Looking for more places to play...let us know if you have any ideas! Normally our best configuration is Dave on guitar and vocals and me singing plus me on ukulele and him on bass. I also have 40 songs ready to go solo uke now too. What do you think of the name Uma Uke for the solo act!?
Check out my newest blog and very soon: purchasing info for my first book 'Love is Crazy' - the first in a series of "Lessons in Love: how to create happy ever after"!
Our wedding video below was a little weepy...it was a very emotional day!!!
The lady who took this said we looked like a happy old married couple! How hilarious is that!? Our mutual love and joy of music probably shines through our eyes right? I always love playing music with Drew!! Maestro Sweeney can play and sing it all...help me create more gigs with him! If you find a spot, let me know. Our big band features him on piano and vocals OR Jocelyn Michelle on keys/organ
UZDB - Uma Zuma Dance Band is: Dave Ojeda on guitar, bass, ukelele & vocals;
Uma on vocals & ukulele; and
Jocelyn Michelle on piano & vocals; percussion or drums on demand.
Dave Ojeda has been a professional musician for 30 years. He plays guitar, bass & ukulele. He also enjoyed playing bass in the hard rock band 'Eleventh Hour' in the Verde Valley in 2014 and with Thelonius Monkeywrench in Eureka California in 2015.
In Hawaii he performed with Johnny Shot in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, on bass for 11 years; on Oahu he played with Bud Cerio & the Now, who opened up for BB King. Dave’s influences include: the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Rolling Stones, Santana and Aerosmith and he has an appreciation for Jazz, Blues & Latin music. He has played for Hewlett Packard, Adobe, Marcus & Millichap, Herbalife and at the Fairmont Orchid, Four Seasons, Mauna Lani, Hapuna Prince and Hilton Waikoloa. Now you can catch him killing the bass in 'Bottle of Blue'!
His collaboration with Uma began in 2009 when they met and their romance commenced. On their first date she sang with his band. She quickly convinced him to return to guitar to play at churches and for non-profits. This led to more and more gigs while adding a wider range of musical styles to their repertoire. Music is a big part of their romance! Uma & Dave were married on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2011; you can see Dave singing his version of 'I wanna grow old with you' to her at the wedding on youtube
Uma has been singing since she was 6 years old, professionally since she was 17. She has studied Opera, jazz, gospel & popular music with several teachers in Arizona & California. Uma obtained a coveted Opera performance scholarship & attended Northern Arizona University. She sings in several languages including Italian, French, German & Spanish. Her early influences include: Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Chaka Khan; lately she loves singing songs made famous by: Jessie J., Colbie Callait, Christina Aguilera, Sugarland, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys & Maroon 5. Her style is eclectic, encompassing R&B, Jazz, Latin, Broadway & gospel styles. Singing harmonies with Dave is one of her favorite things of all time!
Together, Dave & Uma make up the UmaZuma Duo: playing pop, rock, R&B, reggae, jazz, blues & Latin music with a strong leaning towards newer music, which deserves attention for the fun & vibrant energy it brings to the dance floor and most especially for your listening pleasure. Dave is a humble, talented musical genius who can learn songs by ear quickly while Uma likes to put her silky, smooth 4-octave range vocals to the test whenever possible. She also plays ukulele while Dave plays bass. Together they are a match made in musical heaven.
New Self-published Author
In 1999, my life took a crazy turn; I followed my heart. It felt like a vivid movie I was living: unbelievable & insane like Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
MORE to come soon! I am talking with a TV producer about making it into a show! You never know what turn your life will take next!!!
A quirky, love-weary, single mom is mugged in South Central LA, chases him down and wonders how she got there…an unbelievable fictional tale based on a true story to follow her heart from Sedona to Seattle to South Central LA. But her fiancé suffers from an incurable disease (seriously I did not make this shit up!) and her children have no choice but to follow her as she learns invaluable love lessons while singing her heart out in this riotous, topsy-turvy adventure in love. She travels by 4-wheel jeeps and tortuous Greyhound buses, takes cross-country drives, and deals with a pathological liar, her fiancé’s teenage brat and his hallucinogenic prescription drugs. She survives Sexaholics Anonymous and powerfully positive self-help groups. Our heroine learns to do whatever it takes to find and keep love, but is it enough?
Book Excerpt in the ABOUT section above...
Aloha Kula Tours on the Big Island
Currently Uber driving on the Big Island if you need a ride, text or call me 808-464-5917
Family visiting? Friends coming but you're too busy to show them everything? Let me show them...
Now offering whole island tours; tailor-made so you choose what you want to see in your day!
Northbound from Kona: all day from 8am - 6 or 7pm or shorter, depending upon what you want to see...
From Kona up to Waikoloa Beaches: Anaehoomalu Bay, Hilton Waikoloa (dolphins, lagoon, paddle boarding, paddleboats, kayaks), Mauna Lani Beach Club (one of best snorkeling spots to see colorful fish), continue to Pololu Valley (1/2 hour walk down steps to black sand beach, 40 minutes back up, rest stops throughout), down through cattle country to Waimea - Cowboy town, best burgers in US, possible hike for 1-3 hours to see a waterfall, continue east to Waipio Valley, just to view it from the top, south down ocean view road to Akaka Falls (11 miles north of Hilo), 20 minute jaunt roundtrip to see gorgeous waterfalls, return to Kona via Saddle Road
Day 2: Southbound
From Kona southbound to Kona Joe's Coffee Farm ($12 online booking, 35 minute tour of farms, processing, etc.), then to Honaunau (2 step) City of Refuge, history and Hawaiian Cultural Center (another best snorkel spot, very easy to step two steps into ocean and see amazing fish, sometimes dolphins), continue south to Punalu'u Bake Shop for Portuguese malasadas, Ka'u Black Sand beach and oftentimes turtles, continue to Kilauea Volcano in afternoon to view crater and vents, lava tubes; Volcano Winery to taste variety of wines, see farms and distillery, return to Volcano at night (need a jacket) to see bright lava flow, return again through Saddle Road to Kona.
Add on or another evening: Mauna Kea at night, see the stars, island lights and view telescopes, need heavy winter jacket or many layers, as it's 35 degrees right now at the very top; best to visit only Visitor's Center as the hazards of altitude sickness are real, traversing within a short time frame from sea level to 9200 feet can be dangerous and uncomfortable.
PLUS Tailor Made tours to see only what you want to see, like the
BEACH TOUR:Honaunau 2-step City of Refuge, possible wild dolphin encounter, amazing snorkeling with colorful fish including the humuhumunukuapuaa, the Hawaii state fish!
north to Kua Bay & Beach, Anaehoomalu Bay, Hilton, Mauna Lani Beach Club Snorkeling, 69 Beach, and back! Swimming, sunning, beach beverages (bar at Mauna Lani Beach Club), etc.!
Super fun for your friends and family, 6-8 or more hours, $160 per single or couple, add $80 more per person; max 4 unless you want a larger tour, negotiable with a van!
Let's talk story about what you want to see...
The peace tree below is one of the tools to help students create peace in their own world.
Aloha Peacefest is a day long event in Kona, place TBD (looking at Hale Halawai, Old Airport bldg. and Old Sports Authority), still looking for costs for everything. From 10-4 we want music, dance, art, food and fun. Seeking a grant to build Intercultural harmony; activities can include: NVC - Nonviolent Communication Skill building, Hawaiian hula presentations and live music, Intergenerational Multicultural Fashion Show, Mexican dance and music, Jamaican food, vegetarian food, vendors for agricultural and products for sale, yoga, Zumba, Keiki art show and contest, martial arts demo, possibly a child abuse prevention talk, local youth may put on a bully prevention play under my direction, and more. Writing and creativity workshops can be included. Talks on organic growing and sustainability also welcome. Anything that builds intercultural harmony is welcome!
This is under the CWPO.org umbrella for the Earth & Sky Kula Collective; more info at https://www.facebook.com/EarthandSkyKulaCollective/
Hollah at me ASAP if you want to help us put this on!!!
Also I will be writing a Letter of Intent for more grants for the Earth & Sky Kula Collective as well.
For two years I wrote grants and applications to expand the work of the Children's World Peace Organization. www.cwpo.org presented peace classes for 5 years which included 16,000 youth at its peak in 2014 in Kenya, Mexico & Nepal. Facilitators visited every class for one hour a week practicing non-violent communication skills. Please visit the website for more info.
We want to expand the curriculum to the Earth & Sky Peace Collective in Hawaii to start. The Collective will be monthly events and classes... sharing Peace building skills like Heart coherence, Universal Dances of Peace and Non Violent Communication plus preventing sexual abuse through music, art, living collaborative space and workshops.
CWPO's curriculum includes Anastasia principles like connecting with nature, sustainability, agriculture & husbandry to learn to feed oneself and one's family.
Down the road there will be separate peace building homeless shelters where men & women help build, maintain and inspire themselves & others to live a peaceful, useful & meaningful life.
CWPO’s current curriculum will be expanded by utilizing it in events and workshops for children and adults.
Super long term goal will be creating Earth & Sky Peace Schools: with the mission to educate students ages 8-25 who are interested in creating world peace by starting with themselves and finding what they love to do in life and doing it for a living. Students will receive instruction in a small open-air classroom based environment. ESPS anticipates the average class size of 12 students. This will allow for maximum use of inquiry-based and enhanced instruction based on the 21st Century Learning Skills of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration.
The curriculum of the school includes the humanities (ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music, dance and theatre). Language arts of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing; Fine arts: painting, sculpture, drawing & architecture. Today, the fine arts commonly include additional forms, such as film, photography, conceptual art, and printmaking also learning the sciences, including Physics, Chemistry, & Biology; Physical activities of dance, athletics, body movement, Yoga, Pilates, swimming & peaceful martial arts. We also entertain, not for the purpose of personal fame but to express the energy of Oneness which is who we are and to share the message of this new form of education. We also teach how to cook, clean, build, service, maintain, beautify, plant, harvest, nurture, and garden. We teach whole brain activities, how to wonder, imagine, explore, daydream, and deduce. We do not have competitors. We acknowledge that other institutions have their own way of expressing Oneness. At this time, ours is unique with the core principles of loving one another and having our students teach the subjects by exploring what interests them with multi-age groups.
The current CWPO peace curriculum includes pieces structured around Native American culture (i.e. Black Elk). Each school’s natural environment will dictate the specifics of cultural pieces: Arizona will utilize tribal traditional sacred ways (elders will share their knowledge and practices), Hawaii will utilize Native Hawaiian teachings (hula, ukulele, growing native foods, etc.) and Kenya will do likewise. Furthermore students will bring their own traditions and cultures to the table, with food, dance, music, traditions, in order to celebrate and magnify a world culture.
BUSINESS PLAN EXCERPT:
CWPO believes everyone can learn the skills necessary to create a more peaceful world. We hold the vision that someday every classroom win the world will offer our (or a similar) peace curriculum as a reflection of the values of the world in which we live. ESPS goes further stating that our vision is creating fully realized human beings at graduation.
2.2 Mission Statement
CWPO’s mission is providing a safe and healthy environment for children to learn peaceful life skills, conflict resolution, creativity, academics and ways of improving themselves and future societies while connecting with nature. The Earth & Sky Peace School Vision is empowering youth by raising the quality of life & education, facilitating generations of peace ambassadors & creating innovative entrepreneurs through multi-media & eco-friendly influences.
The purpose of The Earth & Sky Peace Schools (ESPS) is to provide a backbone of peace building and conflict resolution skills in an environment that will not only cater to a student’s academic requirements but also understand the gifts and talents that a child exhibits naturally and helps each perfect those gifts with a goal of sharing them with the world and creating an enjoyable and profitable career utilizing those skills.
Earth & Sky Peace Schools (ESPS) will educate students using the holistic approach of teaching as inspired by Anastasia (of the Ringing Cedars Book series) at the Kin School in Tekos, Russia, which is based upon her philosophy. The Anastasia viewpoint affirms genuine life values in an atmosphere of shared labor and discovery, where every lesson is permeated with a sense of creativity. This paradigm shift in education works on the basis of a three-part harmony of: I see, I analyze, I act. The Kin School in Tekos places a tremendous emphasis on music, visual art & dance, on a daily basis as “the crux of the whole thing.” An emphasis on the direct dependence of success in music on the level of a person’s overall development, rather than on any special isolated musical talents. “Skill on one area is manifest when skill is shown in many areas of life.” – Mikhael Petrovich Shchetinin of the Kin School in Tekos, Russia.
ESPS therefore will provide a focus on performing, visual & recording arts including music, dance and theatre. We will also include daily fitness, non-GMO gardening, husbandry, ESL, sustainability and a body mind spirit connection. Primary & upper grades learn peace building activities, sustainability, whole planet history, mindfulness & meditation, fitness for life, and keys to success and then choose a curriculum based on their life path. College age students can prepare for a certificate program in a variety of jobs including: music & video recording sciences, AV technician, and various vocational avenues to be determined by the students themselves. They will find what they’re good at, are passionate about and then find a way to do that for a living, after seeing what the daily rigors of that career entails through various apprenticeships.
Whether it be gardening, dancing, cooking, teaching dance or aerobics, playing sports or an instrument, singing, writing and directing movies &/or music videos, or preparing for a higher educational setting, students will find their own path to life success and happiness through detailed skills and interest evaluations. Program offerings will morph to fit student needs. We will bring in experts if they are not already on staff as Guest Lecturers.