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

HNN Hawaii Island Reunion: Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho

Itʻs always funny how the word “starstruck” works.  Iʻm looking at a young woman who Iʻve seen on TV LOTS of times even though her star performance has yet to be seen by everyone.  Sheʻs pretty, well spoken and has a flower in her hair.  Despite the EARLY hour of the morning, she is chipper and energetic.  Auliʻi Cravalho is standing in front of me and I have to smile.  Iʻm suddenly proud of this Hawaii girl. […]

By | November 1st, 2016|Entertainment, Personal, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on HNN Hawaii Island Reunion: Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho

Hawaii vs. UNLV: Homecoming!

Homecoming dates back to the early 1900’s when schools like Baylor, Southwestern, Illinois, and Missouri had “homecoming” where they had big banquets, parades and events that was climatically led up to a football game where lots of former residents and school attendees would participate.  Things were much simpler then and people would make the pilgrimage to “go back home” for homecoming. I’m not sure homecoming means the same here in Hawaii.  Lots of students […]

By | October 12th, 2016|Personal, Sports|Comments Off on Hawaii vs. UNLV: Homecoming!

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

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

The Prince Is Gone

I loved Prince and his music. I did. Not many will say that, but I will. I knew of the 1999 album, but didnʻt really start listening to it until later; but Princeʻs music would become part of the soundtrack of my life. I remember going down to the Mazda dealership in Kailua-Kona in 1994 and under the urging of one of the sales persons, I drove a brand new 94 Mazda off the lot. I had only 2 part-time jobs, no where near the income to afford that car and the $300-per-month price tag for 3 years (with a lump sum at the end of the period). My Dad escorted me to the lot where we […]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Editorial, Music, Personal|Comments Off on The Prince Is Gone

Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist  4/22/16

New From Team Billy V:   Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist for April 14, 2016 Hawaiian Style Band Robi Kahakalau Dennis Pavao Movie "Decendants" Mailani Aloha Kākou! Enjoy the Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist for April 22, 2016. Spotify playlist includes all weekly Hawaiian Playlist and featured songs [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|BillyV Playlist, BVO Enterprises, Music, Personal, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Billy V Weekly Hawaiian Playlist  4/22/16

Hula Hālau Are Least Of Our Worries

Here’s the news story:  The Department of Agriculture has issued an alert for Ohi’a blossoms…ahead of the Merrie Monarch festival next weekend.  Hundreds of hula dancers taking the stage in Hilo are expected to wear the flower in competition.  However the ohia and any part of it won’t be allowed to leave the island.  Performers and spectators could potentially spread Rapid Ohia death, which has killed roughly 34-thousand acres of trees. Editorial:  Halau that are there for the Merrie Monarch are the last ones we need to worry about, although I understand the DOA’s wanting to issue the alert.  It’s a good call.  It will be the most that the blossom will be used, be out in public.  Understandable. However in defense of halau:  Halau are meticulous on use of native plants.  This is knowledge and cultural value that is imbued upon haumana from not only kumu but kupuna from the halau.  This is from picking (and not over picking), replacement/replanting if needed, and lots of respect as they are picking. (I remember as a teenager picking with a halau/ex-girlfriend on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea near Kaumana.  We were always taught to pray as we picked, reminded that anything we brought with us, nothing is to be left behind and that if a beautiful woman or kupuna wahine comes out of the brush, be very nice but pay her no attention and continue picking, unless somehow addressed.  It never happened to me, but I was always looking around just in case….) […]

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By | March 25th, 2016|Editorial, Entertainment, Events, Personal|Comments Off on Hula Hālau Are Least Of Our Worries

Donald Trump Is Like A Colonoscopy

While thinking of my own personal medical history, I came up with this comparison. In my case, it was a colonoscopy that allowed me to discover my early detection of colon cancer. A colonoscopy is a procedure where you take a camera, and take a good look at the inside of your being.  Itʻs a camera that runs right up the middle of my body from the “bottom” up.  We were looking at diverticulitis which is pockets in your intestinal area where food can get caught, causing an infection.  During the course of the colonoscopy, the early stages of colon cancer was found. Letʻs translate that. While in the course of running for President of the United States, the candidacy of Donald Trump has caused us to […]

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By | March 23rd, 2016|BVO Enterprises, Editorial, Personal|Comments Off on Donald Trump Is Like A Colonoscopy