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5th Annual Mini Con at McCully-Moiliili Public Library

September 26th, 2014

The McCully-Moiliili Public Library will host its Fifth Annual Mini Con on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free event to meet talented local artists and receive some of their cool artwork.

ILLO PupChain

ILLO PupChain

Artists headlining the Fifth Annual Mini Con include:

* Audra Furuichi, creator of nemu*nemu, a webcomic about a pair of stuffed pups that come to life and enjoy everyday adventures, and the comic strip "Blue Hawaii" featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

* Jon J. Murakami, creator of "Gordon Rider," the worst Hawaii superhero ever, and the comic strip "Calabash," which also appears in the Star-Advertiser. Murakami is also known for illustrating several picture books and his local-style greeting cards.

Kevin Sano's Mini Con Ad

Kevin Sano's Mini Con Ad

* Kevin Sano, a graphic designer who specializes in t-shirt motifs using felt tip pens and Japanese character artwork such as Kikaida and Kamen Rider.

* "Hachi Maru Hachi" artists and writers will showcase their anthology featuring illustrated and prose works.

* Brady Evans will conduct an art demonstration at noon, and organize drawing games throughout the event.

* Hawaiian Graphics, a new sponsor this year, will offer valuable coupons and display various sketching pens and pencils for interested participants to try out.

"It's hard to believe it's been five years since the first Mini Con," said Murakami. "We're always happy for this chance to talk with our existing fans and meet new ones, as well."

Furuichi, who - like Murakami- has participated in every Mini Con said, "Despite being a small event tucked away in the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, the crowds of attendees have been super supportive throughout the years. It's always a highlight to work with the Library staff and I look forward to Mini Con year after year!"

This year, new books published by Murakami "Gecko One and Gecko Two" and Furuichi's "Blue Hawaii" comic strips collection will be available for purchase from the Friends of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library.

In addition, the Library will screen a variety of animation films at the event and offer free bookmarks and pencils. Cosplay is encouraged; participants who dress in costume will receive a special prize.

The Friends of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Collector Maniacs, Hawaiian Graphics, and Ross Dress for Less-King Street Store are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Mini Con which is suitable for ages nine and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

McCully-Moiliili Public Library is located at 2211 South King Street. For more information, please call the Library at 973-1099.

I miss my mother

August 27th, 2014

Life has its ups and downs. I used to navigate it with the help of my mother. I cannot anymore because she has Alzheimer's disease.

Today is my birthday. She doesn't know that. She doesn't know her own age or birth date anymore.

I went to visit her at the care home and decided to just tell her what I've been enduring. Short form, of course, but I wanted to share. I want to think some part of her understood.

We sat down as we usually do and, instead of making small talk because I know she can't really converse, I monologued my problems.

At the end, I looked for comprehension. Nothing.

I continued in vain, "I miss you. I miss when you were well. I miss talking to you."


I went on. "Sometimes I have conversations in my head with you and imagine what you would say to me. I need you."


"What do I do, Mom?" I asked.


"You don't know, huh?" I said sadly.

"No," she replied.

She has never been a great advice-giver but I have always liked knowing she was in my corner. "That's OK," I said. "Just tell me you love me."

"I love you. You know that. Of course I love you," she smiled.

And that will have to be enough.

Lesson in democracy

August 25th, 2014

On primary election night, I asked my husband to visit me with our daughter at the candidate's headquarters where I was assigned to report for the night: US Senator Brian Schatz (who ran against Colleen Hanabusa.)

Live interview with Senator & Mrs. Schatz after last printout of the night

Live interview with Senator & Mrs. Schatz after last printout of the night

Besides wanting the luxury of seeing them for a little while on a Saturday night, I thought it might make a nice real-life lesson for our seven-year-old to see democracy in action. If you have never been to a candidate's party on election night, it's pretty interesting. Crowds, noise, excitement.

Mic check as we prep for a live shot.

Mic check as we prep for a live shot.

As a secondary lesson, I thought she might like to see Mommy at work as a reporter. Now that I anchor the morning show she has more chances to see me in the studio, but few opportunities to see me in the field.

My election night team: Adam, me, Lance, Terry.

My election night team: Adam, me, Lance, Terry.

She could witness the magic of television! Most people I meet are curious about how the news is put together. She's lucky she has access to this.


Claus & Olivia

Claus & Olivia

Right idea, wrong timing. The kid came, ate my dinner while I was busy conducting a live shot, and then nagged me to play with my iPhone. In subsequent live shots, she was totally absorbed in Fruit Ninja.

I rolled into my bed around 2 a.m. the next morning so when I saw her the next day, I asked, "Was that interesting? Did you learn a little about democracy?"

"I don't even know what that is," she said.

I was pretty zapped (jet-lagged, if you will, since we morning anchors effectively live in a different time zone), so I decided to skip the politics lesson for this day.

"Did you like seeing how things get on television?" I continued.

"Um. So-so," she said nonchalantly.

"What did you like about last night?" I persisted.

"I liked seeing you," she said.

Aww. Good enough for me!

Clothing swap?

August 22nd, 2014

Claus isn't a cross-dresser. Really. But some recent incidents around the house sure could be taken otherwise if one didn't know.

Firstly, I commandeered one of the his dresser drawers because I had bought too many underthings and needed space. He opened up his boxer pants drawer one day and was greeted by the sight of little frilly things.

For all the funny things that happen in our house, he needs to trademark his hybrid look of confusion + amusement. "Um? Is there something I should know about myself? What kind of surgery did I have, again?"

"I'm borrowing drawer space until I figure out where to put my new lingerie. Thanks," I informed him. He usually just looks at me with a tired acceptance and moves along.

Not my shirt!

Not my shirt!

Secondly, he and I attended a celebration at surfer Carissa Moore's house after she won her second ASP Women's World Tour Champion.  At the party, they handed out t-shirts for men and baby tees for women.

I guess I wear mine more, because one day he wore his and Olivia asked me, "Why is Daddy wearing your shirt?" There is no way he could fit any clothing of mine. He's tried... Just kidding!


I looked up to see what she meant and I realized it was his own manly t-shirt, so I explained to her that we both have the same shirt.

It's incidents like these that I hope she doesn't replay at school for her friends and teachers to wonder what the heck goes on at home!

Flying poshen

August 11th, 2014

Olivia had a playdate with Meya. They were in the kitchen asking for weird ingredients and little bowls and measuring devices.

When I say weird, I mean weird. She asked if I had dragonfly breath. I was like, "Dragon breath? You mean bad breath?"

"No, Mommy. *eye roll* DragonFLY breath," said the sassy girl. "Where can we buy some?"

Oh, right, I just saw that on special in the weekly Long's ad.

They wouldn't tell us what they were trying to make but I figured out it wasn't brownies. Anyway, as long as they weren't burning the house down I didn't care as long as they were occupied and not fighting.

Then, Claus picked up his iPad to use (we are always grateful it hasn't melted from being Netflix'ed to death for hours upon hours) and saw this:

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Potions for how to fly and become a vampire. Poshens, I should say.

Upshot: it didn't work. I still have Earth-bound, non-blood sucking little girls running around the house.

But if it does kick in after a delayed reaction, I'll have to try some myself. If I were a vampire I wouldn't be so sleep deprived on the morning shift, plus I could fly to and from work and avoid the afternoon congestion on the roads.