Archive for the ‘Career’ Category

Hosting "Hawaii Matters" radio show on Ohana Broadcast

January 9th, 2015

I've just started a new role as a radio show host for Ohana Broadcast Company. "Hawaii Matters" addresses topics and issues affecting our community. The 30-minute radio show airs on Sundays from 6:30 am to 7:00 am on all Ohana Broadcast Company radio stations931 Da Pa’ina (KQMQ-FM), 947 KUMU (KUMU-FM), 1027 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM) and ALT 1059 (KPOI-FM). 

In the studio with DJ Michael T. and assistant Grant

In the studio with DJ Michael T. and assistant Grant

Each radio show will address a single topic or issue, and features a question-and-answer format interview with a local expert in the field. It's not a new show, but I took over as the host at the turn of 2015.

After my first show. We don't have an ON AIR sign at the TV station!

After my first show.

Previous topics and issues have included disaster preparedness by American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter; early detection of diabetes and living with diabetes by American Diabetes Assocation; ebola education by Kaiser Permanente; and interviews with the 2014 gubernatorial candidates.

With Amina Peterson of Life Foundation - my first guest.

With Amina Peterson of Life Foundation - my first guest.

I'm excited to work with the good people at Ohana Broadcast, including Vice President & General Manager Terry Gillingham and Marketing Director Christine Yasuma. I've found everyone welcoming and hospitable, and look forward to getting to know them all better!

Ohana Broadcast Group

Ohana Broadcast Company

What is most attractive to me, though, is the chance to delve deeper into a news topic. On the news, I get two minutes to interview a morning show guest. If I file a report for the late news, the average story time is 75 seconds.

Just as I get warmed up, it's time to wrap. I always feel there's so much more to the story that can and should be told - information that people can benefit from. It's a privilege to be the conduit for information that can help shape or affect people's lives.

Plus, I've long loved news radio - NPR and PRI are my favorites - so to do something of a "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" kind of a show tickles me.

I tape Hawaii Matters in my off-hours from KHON; this doesn't affect my job at the TV station - a job near and dear to my heart. I'm honored to have this expanded reach and hope you'll listen in on the weekends!

Disney Pixar's animated short Lava

December 31st, 2014

LAVA sneak peek, with live music performance, at the Ward Village Courtyard, part of 34th Hawaii International Film Festival. Photo credit: Christian Cook. L - R: Anderson Le (HIFF Director of Programming), Kuana Torres Kahele (musician/voice actor), Napua Greig (musician/voice actor) Andrea Warren (producer), James Ford Murphy (director).

LAVA sneak peek, with live music performance, at the Ward Village Courtyard, part of 34th Hawaii International Film Festival. Photo credit: Christian Cook. L - R: Anderson Le (HIFF Director of Programming), Kuana Torres Kahele (musician/voice actor), Napua Greig (musician/voice actor) Andrea Warren (producer), James Ford Murphy (director).

From the creative minds of the Disney-Pixar studios comes another animated film, this one a short, seven-minute movie called Lava. Released this year, it is a musical directed by James Ford Mur­phy and pro­duced by Andrea War­ren.

LAVA sneak peek, with live music performance, at the Ward Village Courtyard, part of 34th Hawaii International Film Festival. Photo credit: Christian Cook.

LAVA sneak peek, with live music performance, at the Ward Village Courtyard, part of 34th Hawaii International Film Festival. Photo credit: Christian Cook.

While the film premiered at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in June, it also screened for Hawaii audiences in November. Nationwide, it will be theatrically released with Pixar's Inside Out on June 19, 2015.

The short is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. It's taken this team two and a half years to make.

Murphy wrote the song and plays the ukulele, while Hawaii musician Kuana Torres Kahele sings as well as stars as Uku, the lonely volcano searching for his true love. Musician Napua Greig voices Lele, another volcano and Uku's love interest.


Me with Warren and Murphy

Me with Warren and Murphy

I had a chance to meet Murphy and Warren while they were in the Islands for the screening, and asked Murphy what inspired him to write this. He told me he's always liked Hawaii since he first set foot here 25 years ago for his honeymoon, and has always had a goal for himself to write stories about what he loves.

Murphy performing his song.

Murphy performing his song.

Murphy comes over about once a year and enjoys "the beauty and culture of the Islands. I love learning about the Islands," he said, and explains that it all feds into his research for this film.

Twelve years ago, he heard Israel Kamakawiwoo`le's rendition of Over the Rainbow and was inspired to include that in a film. Three years ago, he bought a ukulele in Hilo while vacationing on Hawaii Island and learned to play it just so he could play the film's soundtrack. "It wasn't so hard. I've played guitar my whole life," he said.

I had the pleasure of hearing him play and sing the theme song; he has a wonderful voice!

"I love playing my ukulele. It is intoxicating. It makes me happy," he continued, weaving in a reference to ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro's comment that if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a happier place.

When we met, the Hawaii Island lava flow was creeping into Pahoa, threatening homes and making international headlines. Would he and Murphy like to try to see the lava, since it's the namesake for their film? They laughed and said there wasn't enough time on this trip, but they have enjoyed seeing the volcano before, and would like to again someday.

Lava, as Murphy describes it, as a story about "the power and patience of love."

Would they ever expand it past seven minutes? "No, I think it's a perfect gem just the way it is. A little love story with charm and beauty that will leave you with an emotional impact."

Look for it in theaters next June. You'll lava it.

Fashion Week

December 15th, 2014

Honolulu's first ever Fashion Week came and went, and it was an exciting showcase of top local designers. What talent we have in these Islands!

Honolulu Fashion Week

Honolulu Fashion Week

My daughter recently expressed interest in becoming a fashion designer, and has tried to sketch dresses for Disney princesses before. To encourage any budding skills, I offered to take her to one of the events.


We went to a Saturday fashion show and were invited to look backstage as well. Olivia loved it! The lights, the loud music, the energy, the excitement - she said it was the highlight of her day. I love that she loved it!

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It's fun to people-watch before the event. I saw all kinds of local and even international celebrities, some friends, and struck up an engaging conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

With my friend Jen

With my friend Jen

My colleague and counterpart Grace Lee

My colleague and counterpart Grace Lee

We met a tailor backstage, and Olivia is now asking me to buy her sewing lessons. I actually would like to learn to sew as well - maybe a mother-daughter hobby?

Hawaiian Airlines' exhibit at the fashion show.

Hawaiian Airlines' exhibit at the fashion show.

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Kids' holiday books

December 6th, 2014

Olivia likes to read, which I feel lucky for, and I'm always looking for ways to make her reading a more educational experience. A couple of titles published by Regnery Kids caught my eye:

Callista Gingrich

"From Sea to Shining Sea" by Callista Gingrich:

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series takes Ellis west into uncharted territory with Lewis and Clark. Along the way, Ellis learns about the two explorers’ epic journey and the amazing discoveries and innovation it sparked. From Sea to Shining Sea is the fourth installment of Gingrich's New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series, and Gingrich says she wrote this book to teach the next generation of Americans the history of our great nation.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, From Sea to Shining Sea will delight those who want to know how America spread from coast to coast. Heck, I even learned something. My seven year old daughter, not so much. She got bored pretty quickly, but I was the one who wanted to keep reading. Anyway, I appreciated the refresher in American history, and I'm sure this is a great book for perhaps a slightly older child!


"Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard" by Janice Dean:

This is a no-brainer for a woman whose job is as a FOX affiliate news anchor (me, just to be clear.) I of course had to check out a book authored by a Fox News weather personality, Janice Dean. She's seen on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network and is known for her nickname, "Janice Dean, the Weather Machine" or "Janice Dean the Weather Queen," coined by evening Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith.

In this book, Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when a blizzard rolls in? I thought it was cute, and my daughter liked this one because she relates it to Mommy being on TV. In fact, she loves our morning weathercaster Kelly Simek, so the book was a big hit. Though, during her time at Wake Up 2Day, I certainly hope Kelly will not be forecasting a blizzard for the Hawaiian Islands!

Second grade voting

December 1st, 2014

Today, Governor David Ige is sworn in to office as Hawaii's eighth governor.

Me with Governor David Ige

Me with Governor David Ige

In school, Olivia learned about elections. Since a lot of my questions about What did you do today? are answered with a generic Nothing, I often have to deduce what she did by looking in her homework folder.

I came across a little brochure teaching them about elections. It started with the basic "The leader of your town is the mayor. The leader of your state is the governor," etc.

At the end, it let her cast a vote, and she voted for Duke Aiona for governor. "Why?" I asked, curious what information these kids get to make their decision. Try as I might, and I make a living by asking people questions, I couldn't pull anything more out of her than, "I don't know. Just because."

I told her the man who won the election is not Duke Aiona. "So he lost?" Olivia asked.

"Yes," I said. "Three other men lost. One guy won. His name is David."

Without missing a beat, she said, "David Ige?"

I was sort of shocked she actually remembered that since she is, like, just seven. "How do you know that name?"

"I saw a commercial and he was in it," Olivia replied. I thought it was a Friends of Ige ad, but she continued, "This lady was saying not to vote for him."

The things kids retain amuse me. "Do you remember why?"

"The lady just said, 'Don't vote for David Ige because something something something," Olivia recalled.

She doesn't remember seeing ads for other candidates (well, the ad she saw was obviously for another candidate, but she only retained Ige's name) but she did hear the word Democrat a lot.

"What does that mean?" I quizzed.

"I don't know. Someone who's a demo and someone who's a rat?" Wrong.

"What does Republican mean?" I persisted.

"Someone who lives in a republic?" Closer.

So there you go. That's your second grade focus group, the future of our voting population. At least she's been in a voting booth, but hopefully by the time she's 18, there'll be a wee bit more information that informs her voting choice!

This blog is in no way a reflection of any of my political opinions. It's all Mommy talk.