Thats the tune from Reichel, who is also a hula and language teacher in Maui, Hawaii, and says no matter how famous he gets, hes a teacher first and a celebrity second.
Says Reichel: I love entertaining, but Id rather use my music to pay it forward and teach people about Hawaiian culture and traditions.
Still, its difficult to avoid his celebrity status in Hawaii, especially during his hula lessons.
Reichel explains, A lot of students ask me for autographs and I try to explain to them that in class, Im just their teacher, not a celebrity. I dont play my own music during hula, and my students arent expected to bring my CD or a T-shirt with my face on it to class. That would defeat the purpose of them being there to learn.
And while Reichel doesnt promote his music during class, he would play it if it was truly necessary.
He adds, Ive been told my music calms people, and if my students were acting up I would definitely play my CD to calm them down. Theyd be in a Kealii trance!
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