Nā Hōkū Hanohano “Aloha Is” Award

This weekend was such a blur with so many things going on.  Graduation at Konawaena Saturday morning.  Helping to produce the 40th Annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and emceeing.  4:30am the next morning, being out at the 5th Annual Honolulu Ekiden.  Celebrating the wonderful career and legacy of Coach Dave Shoji as hopefully gets to [...]

By | 2017-05-24T20:48:35+00:00 May 24th, 2017|BVO Enterprises, Editorial, Entertainment, Personal|Comments Off on Nā Hōkū Hanohano “Aloha Is” Award

Health Shock For Our Family This Past Weekend

For those of you that have been following my health for the past few years; it was one step back but two steps backward this weekend.  Not in my health, but mentally we received news that was a shock for our family. Our family doctor passed away from Colon Cancer last week. I had actually [...]

By | 2017-04-10T14:00:01+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Editorial, Family, Personal|Comments Off on Health Shock For Our Family This Past Weekend

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 | 2016-11-05T06:38:34+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Editorial|Comments Off on Editorial – Alison Teal: Paris Catacomb “Surfing” Makes Naʻau Uncomfortable

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 [...]

By | 2016-05-31T19:53:17+00:00 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 [...]

By | 2016-05-10T07:31:43+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Editorial, Family, Personal|Comments Off on I Made It Thru High School Because Of My Teacher

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 [...]

By | 2016-04-22T14:37:46+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Editorial, Music, Personal|Comments Off on The Prince Is Gone

Merrie Monarch Festival – Broadcast

The Merrie Monarch Festival is always one of the most anticipated days of the year! The broadcast talent gets to sit with directors & producers and go thru script readings, pronunciations and walk-thous of the 4 nights of broadcast.  We will do this several weeks ahead of time to help mentally prepare us for the [...]

By | 2016-04-12T09:45:04+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Editorial, Events, Hula, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Merrie Monarch Festival – Broadcast

Looking Back at the 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival

Mental Note:  Take the Monday after Merrie Monarch off to recuperate! Merrie Monarch Festival is always a FLURRY of activity; itʻs like stepping into the middle of the hurricane; but in a really good way. From the moment you step off the plane in Hilo; the mood, the feel is heightened.  The Anticipation.  The Excitement.  [...]

By | 2016-04-12T14:59:02+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Editorial, Hula, Support Hawaiʻi!|Comments Off on Looking Back at the 2016 Merrie Monarch Festival

Travel to Hilo for Merrie Monarch and Day 1

Merrie Monarch Day 1 started very different from every other year Iʻve been to Hilo. This is the first time Iʻm not here starting on Sunday; usually Iʻm here all week long for Hawaii News Now Sunrise, but conditions were that I just couldnʻt be here all week long.  Too many personal commitments on the [...]

By | 2016-04-12T09:17:58+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Editorial|Comments Off on Travel to Hilo for Merrie Monarch and Day 1

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 [...]

By | 2016-03-25T09:48:54+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Editorial, Entertainment, Events, Personal|Comments Off on Hula Hālau Are Least Of Our Worries