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Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #61

Christine from Waikiki says, “Handwashing da fancy dishes is nobodyʻs idea of a good time so use the everyday dishes!” Iif youʻre outside…unless Dan Cooke tells you otherwise because itʻs too windy; paper plates might just be the best option.

By | November 30th, 2016|Local Holiday Tips|Comments Off on Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #61

Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #17

Make A BIG MEAL! If youʻre going to make dinner for the family, do this on successive nights. MAKE EXTRA; and then put ʻem in the freezer so that way when you have guests or unexpected guests over and “oh what I going make?” and you just pull ʻem out of the freezer and put ʻem in the microwave or heat ʻem up on the stove, they will never know!

By | November 29th, 2016|Local Holiday Tips|Comments Off on Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #17

Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #31

Itʻs Monday and the holiday rush in on!!  Holidays can be a little stressful, so letʻs give a hand on the situation!  We will have the latest tips for you to help you out…but itʻs local kine! https://youtu.be/uTHL-CEeKaY Aloha No, Aloha Kakou; itʻs the beginning of the holiday season, and weʻre gonna get you all set because the holidays can be stressful. Iʻm Billy V, Time for your Local Holiday Tips The shopping frenzy has already begun, but you know, before you get all into the holiday spirit, you might want to […]

By | November 28th, 2016|Local Holiday Tips, Personal|Comments Off on Billy Vʻs Local Holiday Tips #31

Editorial – Alison Teal: Paris Catacomb “Surfing” Makes Naʻau Uncomfortable

Alison Teal has been described by Time Magazine as the "Female Indiana Jones". Being from Hawaii and having "Hawaiian" values, the treatment of bones even though in another part of the world just seems wrong. Her actions also come into question. Great for business and your brand, but does that make it right? Or am I wrong to impose my values on someone else?

By | November 3rd, 2016|Editorial|Comments Off on Editorial – Alison Teal: Paris Catacomb “Surfing” Makes Naʻau Uncomfortable

New Mailani Music Video: Great for Hawaiian Music!

Hawaii Recording Artist Mailani has been familiar with pushing the boundaries of her craft since she was young. Mailani and schoolmate Lei Melkit met at Maryknoll School and found each other in music. After high school they released their debut album which would become a five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner. Mailani would continue on to a successful solo career using the moniker “Mailani” and would continue to chart with hit songs and more Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. When asked if continuously finding ways to evolve as a business owner and a recording artist: […]

By | October 24th, 2016|Music, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on New Mailani Music Video: Great for Hawaiian Music!

Another Legend Is Gone: Jimmy Borges

In an age when just living life is tough, Jimmy Borges lived it on his own terms and his own way. He was one who followed his passion thru and thru.  Never swaying from the local boy that grew up in Kalihi, he followed and made his name in the lights of Las Vegas and New York. If you want to read more on the history of this extraordinary entertainer and human being, Susan Essoyan wrote a wonderful piece in todayʻs Honolulu Star-Advertiser. […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Editorial, Music, Personal|Comments Off on Another Legend Is Gone: Jimmy Borges

Guest Blogger: Kuana Torres Kahele

Kuana Torres Kahele comes from Moku ʻO Keawe (Hawaii Island) and is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning artist. He has also learned hula from Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho and comes a musical lineage that he shares with people like Mark Yamanaka and Darren Benitez who also performed for Uncle Johnny. He is also a member of the Award winning group Nā Palapalai (of which he still holds the group name) and is a seasoned entertainer. Kuana speaks ʻOlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) and is one of the most sought after entertainers for Merrie Monarch Halau. Kuana has spent the last couple of months on the road from Hawaii to Japan and Asia; to Europe, the Continental United States and back to Hawaii again. He shares some of his thoughts from his recent travels as our Guest Blogger today. (In Transit to Calfornia from Europe and New York) – Back from almost a month and a half on the road with 8 concerts across Japan, my regular teaching gig in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and 3 weeks in Europe for workshops. We are finishing up this weekend with two sold out May Day concerts in Pleasanton, California and then back to Hawaii! I have been fortunate to travel all over the world both through my music and for pleasure. Two things really stuck with me this trip: the incredible hospitality of the European people and the genuine passion students all over the world have for Hawaiian culture. I left feeling grateful and so proud of my Hawaii. I teach one week every month in Japan, so I already knew how enthusiastic the kepani are for all things Hawaiian. My school there, Ka Hale Ikena Hawai’i O Kuana, is focused on giving students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of hula, mele, lei making, oli and a window into Hawaiian protocol. […]

By | May 11th, 2016|Guest Blog, Hula, Music, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Guest Blogger: Kuana Torres Kahele

I Made It Thru High School Because Of My Teacher

(photo credit: Newton Koshi/Konawaena High School Band Alumni FB Page) Last week Keoki Kerr (who now works for HSTA) asked me if I would mention last week that it was Teachers Appreciation Week perhaps talk with one of my teachers and do an interview by phone. It’s a wonderful thing that highlights the teachers that we have in our public schools. However, on that same day he asked; my MOST INFLUENTIAL teacher passed away just this past week. When I was a sophmore in high school, I was a drifter. I drifted inbetween groups of people and my grades weren’t very good. I was lacking direction and spent my days […]

By | May 10th, 2016|Editorial, Family, Personal|Comments Off on I Made It Thru High School Because Of My Teacher

Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist 4/28/16

New From Team Billy V: Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist for April 22, 2016 Aloha Kākou! Enjoy the Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist for April 22, 2016. Spotify playlist includes all weekly Hawaiian Playlist and featured songs on this website combined, if available on Spotify. Also included below are the list of songs and [...]

By | May 2nd, 2016|BillyV Playlist, Music, Personal, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist 4/28/16