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The Moscow International Circus in Honolulu!

October 1st, 2014
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The Moscow International Circus is coming to Honolulu after a ten year hiatus. There will be eight shows scheduled on October 3, 4 and 5 at The Neal Blaisdell Arena featuring some of the best acts in the world, produced by Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas, circus veteran with over 30 years experience in promoting and producing entertainment productions, and Showmakers Inc.

Angela and David Saucedo. Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Angela and David Saucedo. Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Two hours of wholesome family entertainment will showcase the following acts: Viktoria Grimmy - fifth-generation circus performer , Susanna Walczak-Pol - premiere aerialist, Bertini Family - known for their unique balancing agility, pyramids and acrobats atop their high unicycles, Olena Deshko - world re-known for her high speed, high energy hula-hoop twirling abilities, Olexander Kurtukov - professional clown since 1988 and recognized for his diverse talent in physical comedy, Aristov Family - specializes in gymnastics, acrobats and juggling, “Davangie” (David and Angela Saucedo) - multi-talented duo specializes in performing awe-inspiring aerial duet and acrobatic adagio dance, Olessya Kurgayeva - highly skilled equilibrist, trapeze artist, silk and aerial lyria, Mongolian Angels - virtuosos in teeter board, hand voltage, group juggling and trapeze acts, Ana Koval - highly skilled aerialist with her specialty act of hanging by her hair and more talented acts.

Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

In addition, Hawaii’s own Jordan Segundo (Hawaii's first “American Idol” finalist) will be featured as the sole vocalist in the show. Jordan has performed in concerts across the nation with nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists. He will be singing in every show and will also be enhancing the  aerialists with his performance.

Singer Jordan Segundo. Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Singer Jordan Segundo. Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (a “home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children) will receive one dollar from every ticket sold from all eight shows. Families will be delighted with the pre-show and intermission activities including face painting, taking photos with the artists, bounce houses, an obstacle course, a giant slide and much more.

Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Courtesy: Moscow International Circus.

Showtimes are:

October 3 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
October 4 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
October 5 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50 (VIP), $35 (Preferred) and $25 (General Admission) and are available for purchase at The Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster.com For additional information and to obtain a $5.00 child discount coupon, go to www.MoscowInternationalCircus.com.

5th Annual Mini Con at McCully-Moiliili Public Library

September 26th, 2014
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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.

4th Annual “Get Ready Ewa Beach” Emergency Preparedness Fair

September 1st, 2014
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After the recent scares from Hurricanes Iselle and Julio, the Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee will be holding its 4th Annual Get Ready Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Ewa Makai Middle School on Saturday, September 6th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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This is a free event open to all residents of O’ahu with over $10,000 worth of preparedness items to give away. You'll learn how to be better prepared for the next natural or manmade disaster and other emergencies such as school lockdowns.

Photo courtesy: Kau`i Alapa

Photo courtesy: Kau`i Alapa

 

This year's theme is preparing you, your family and pet(s) for emergency shelter. They'll have a scaled down emergency shelter unit inside the Ewa Makai Middle School facility for people to walk through and see the shockingly small dimensions of what they will have to put up with if not fully prepared.

Participating organizations include the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), City & County of Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management, The Bus, Hawaiian Electric Company, The American Red Cross, Honolulu Fire and Police, and many other private and public vendors.

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I miss my mother

August 27th, 2014
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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."

Nothing.

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

Nothing.

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

Nothing.

"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
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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!