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 Five-0 Gets Season 7!!

Congratulations to Hawaii Five-0!  They will get another season as announced by CBS Television earlier today! H50 is just one of 11 series returning to CBS, its final episode for this season airing on May 13, 2016!  You can see the show on CBS Television Friday nights; here in Hawaii you can watch on Hawaii [...]

By | March 25th, 2016|BVO Enterprises, Entertainment, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Hawaii Five-0 Gets Season 7!!

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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032316 Entertainment: Alfred Apaka, HAPA Road Trip, Mana Maoli Crowdfunding, Kapena Spring Break

Beautiful unmistakeable baritone voice, it would have been Alfred Apakaʻs 97th Birthday this past Saturday. Jeffrey Apaka posted his dadʻs album over the weekend and we have some video. Alfred Apaka performed with big bandʻs and his own band from before WWII and afterwards. He would perform on Bob Hopes shows, Bing Crosbyʻs TV and radio and The Ed Sullivan Show. Henry Kaiser who would build Hawaii Kai and the Hilton Hawaiian Village, built the Tapa Showroom exclusively for Alfred Apaka. A regular on the Hawaii Calls radio show, he would leave this planet at the young age of 40…but many still love and remember his music Alfred Apaka Music Video – MapuanaLots of Happy Birthday wishes for Barry Flanagan, original member of Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning group Hapa. They spent the weekend on the road…That was apparent when we saw this on Kapono Nāʻiliʻiliʻs FB page…thatʻs Barryʻs partner in the group HAPA….He posted “I have to be honest.. I will out pack ANYONE, anytime, anywhere. […]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Entertainment, Headlines|Comments Off on 032316 Entertainment: Alfred Apaka, HAPA Road Trip, Mana Maoli Crowdfunding, Kapena Spring Break

Update: Cyril Pahinui Recovering From Lung Surgery

The following has been released by the Pahinui family on the improving condition of Master Slack Key guitarist and Hawaii Recording Artist Cyril Pahinui: “Cyril Pahinui continues to recover tonight after surgery earlier this afternoon at the Queenʻs Medical Center.  He remains in critical condition, surrounded by family and friends. Cyril is not only a member of the famed Pahinui family, he is also a veteran of the Vietnam War serving on the front lines when he was exposed to chemicals that have impacted his lungs and heart for many years, according to his wife Chell.  Despite these conditions, Cyril has entertained playing Hawaiian music and sharing the artistry of Slack-Key for years. His condition has worsened recently to where Cyril’s right lung has collapsed and the lining filled with fluids. Cyril was admitted to the hospital and after what his family calls, “pretty aggressive risky medical procedures,” to hopefully resolve the condition. After consultation with his doctors he underwent lung surgery earlier today.  He entered surgery at 11:00 a.m. this morning and the surgery lasted about two and a half hours.  Cyril was back recovering in ICU at about 3:00 p.m. Close friends of Cyril Pahinui have helped out by teaching his slack-key guitar classes and visiting him at the hospital.  Many kind words and get-well messages have been received by phone, email and social media.  The Pahinui family are grateful for the outpouring of aloha and Cyril was reading many of them before the surgery earlier today. […]

By | March 15th, 2016|BVO Enterprises, Entertainment, Press Release|Comments Off on Update: Cyril Pahinui Recovering From Lung Surgery

Interview: Antonio Sabato Jr.

We got a chance to interview Antonio Sabato Jr. on the set of his latest movie "Remote Access" in Lanikai, Oʻahu.  We talk about his TV show Fix It & Finish It that heʻs been doing since 2014.  We also talk about his family and lovely wife Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes!

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