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63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Ball crowns new Queen and Court

March 25th, 2015

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Ball named its new Festival Queen and Court over the weekend. They are:

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Court from left: Princess Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro, Princess Kyla Miyuki Teramoto, Queen Kimberly Kimiko Takata, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Rosalei Teruko Chinen, Princess Celina Kiyomi Quach and Miss Popularity Heather Rie Miura. (Photo: Chris Kwock/Cherry Blossom Festival)

The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival Court from left: Princess Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro, Princess Kyla Miyuki Teramoto, Queen Kimberly Kimiko Takata, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Rosalei Teruko Chinen, Princess Celina Kiyomi Quach and Miss Popularity Heather Rie Miura. (Photo: Chris Kwock/Cherry Blossom Festival)

Queen: Kimberly Kimiko Takata
First Princess and Miss Congeniality: Rosalei Teruko Chinen
Princess: Jessica Naomi Kaleikaimana Kaneshiro
Princess: Celina Kiyomi Quach
Princess: Kyla Miyuki Teramoto
Miss Popularity: Heather Rie Miura

In this evening, 13 Queen contestants demonstrated the poise, self confidence and Japanese culture learned over the past six months. The program opened with a rousing taiko performance by the contestants under the tutelage of master taiko artist Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific.

For the Western phase, the contestants graced the stage dressed in elegant evening gowns generously provided by Casablanca Bridal & Formals. For the Eastern phase, the Contestants were garbed in authentic silk furisode kimono flown in especially for the Festival by Diamond Sponsor Watabe Wedding.

The Festival Ball was also the last official appearance of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Sarah Kiyomi Kamida, and the members of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Court.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the longest, continually running ethnic festivals in the State of Hawaii, which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage. Sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, the 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival spans from January to March 2015.

Featured events include several community events open to the public, Golf Tournament, Contestant Reception and the highly-anticipated Festival Ball where a new Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court will be crowned. For more information about this, go to

All the photos from this year's festival are posted at

World Happiness Day

March 20th, 2015

World Happiness Day is on March 20, and Dr. Dain Heer, a personal development educator and author of Being You, Changing the World, is something of an unusual authority on being happy—mainly because he was previously very unhappy, suicidal to be accurate, and (after trying every other possible solution) found a way to not only rediscover joy but to go on to help thousands of others do it too.

Heer suffered almost every type of abuse possible in his difficult upbringing and while he went on to be a successful chiropractor, that heavy feeling never left him. “I had a terrible time but there are plenty of other people who didn't, who still wake up with that heaviness every morning. Anti-depressant use is on the rise, and as a society, we are increasingly more unhappy.”

According to Heer, the solutions are simpler than we think, and he guarantees if you follow the same steps as he did, that the “heavy" feeling can soon be a thing of the past.

Here is a sampling of tips from Dr. Dain Heer on How to Be Happy:

1. Move: It is simple and ridiculously effective. Scientists don't talk about endorphins for no reason. Getting out and getting active, even if it's the last thing you want to do, will definitely make you feel better, especially if you incorporate this into your regular lifestyle. Take baby steps if you are out of shape; start with a five minute walk around the block and increase incrementally from there.

2. Banish Judgment: Judgment is a killer of so many things – happiness, productivity, relationships, and growth—and getting rid of it will give you the lightness you seek. Stop judging others but more importantly, stop judging yourself. Don't see things in your life as good, bad, right, wrong or 'how they should or shouldn't be.' This is even more important in the age of social media. Don't rate your life on the ideals you see on the Internet or what your Facebook friends' lives look like. Let life just be. Stop analyzing everything and refrain from categorizing it into positive and negative. Learn to banish judgment and it will free you.

3. Ask Questions and Don't Look for Answers: Looking for answers limits our possibilities. Questions empower us, while looking for one right answer will lock you into one way of thinking. For example, instead of asking yourself, ‘why am I always broke?’ or ‘why can't I meet the right person?’ and answering yourself with something unhelpful like "because I'm unattractive or I am not smart enough." Why not try asking yourself, "What would it take to change this?" The key is not to look for an answer—instead just put it out there and see what happens! By asking open-ended questions you stop yourself going down the same well-worn path and can suddenly see other options and possibilities. Perhaps you will even find a possibility that will change your future!

4. Choose to Be Happy: You’ve heard that saying happiness is a state of mind—well, it is, because it is a choice. You can choose to be happy or you can choose to be glum – but not both. If you find yourself in conflict with people around you, or in conflict with yourself, forget about “winning” the argument. Instead, choose happiness. And, if your situation or state of living doesn’t allow this, then be proactive. Make a list of all of the things that need to change in order for you to achieve happiness.
5. Give Love: “What if instead of striving for love, you were willing to have gratitude and caring for others without judgment or offense?” Dr. Heer asks. According to Heer, the socially acceptable idea of love—including complete relationship unity—is a destructive fantasy. “Love means something different to every one of us,” he explains. “It is impossible to determine; impossible to find. Strive instead to be grateful, caring and completely accepting of yourself and those around you.”

Here's to your happiness - today and every day!

How Subconsciousness Influences Your Buying Decisions

March 16th, 2015

Do you know what pumpkin pie has got to do with a man's libido?

Scent marketers say it can arouse men, so beware of the smell when you find yourself in a sleazy section of a shop. You might end up buying more romance accessories than you plan. Call it manipulation, but retail shops are increasingly using scents to lure us into buying. gathered the most interesting facts from various studies (including Journal of Consumer Research and Scent Marketing Institute) about how companies trick our senses into buying their products. It's interesting! Read more about the “secret” weapons they use on us in the infographic at

Other interesting facts from the infographic:

In a study by neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, 84% of participants were unknowingly willing to pay $10 more for a pair of Nike shoes presented in a scented room versus an identical pair featured in an unscented location.

Music can also affect our behavior. Many fast food restaurants use fast paced music in the background to make you eat faster and leave so they can serve another customer.

We're also manipulated by colors: An eBay study shows that a red background used on the Pages Results makes people bid higher.

Apple Store believes that by leaving their display notebooks half open so customers have to touch the lid to take a peek, the shop sells more notebooks.

After you read the infographic- do you recognize any of the marketing tricks that you've seen at stores?

Smooth jazz concert tonight in Waikiki

March 14th, 2015

Apaulo Music Productions (of which famed jazz man Michael Paulo is the owner/producer) presents a smooth jazz concert featuring saxophonist Boney James at The Magic of Polynesia Showroom located in The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort, 2300 Kalakaua Avenue at 8:45 p.m. on March 14. This concert is part of a very successful series at the showroom which features state-of-the-art lighting and surround sound.

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Boney James is a world-class saxophonist, songwriter and producer. In 2009, Billboard Magazine named James the number three Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Decade.

Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee and a Soul Train Award winner. The NAACP Image Award twice nominated him for Best Jazz Album.

He has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. James' latest project The Beat, released in 2014, reverberates his passion for music.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or (951) 696-0184. Prices are $75.00 for Orchestra, $68.00 for the Best Reserved Seats, $65.00 for Gold Reserved Seating - Level Two and General Seating - Level Three is $55.00.

The concert starts at 8:45 p.m. on March 14 at The Magic of Polynesia Showroom and doors open at 8 p.m.

Table cocktail service is offered. Valet parking is available at The Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort for $6.00 (tip not included) for a four hour flat rate. For more information, go to

More than meets the eye - and ear - to KAOI Radio Group's Jack Gist

March 11th, 2015

Maui listeners know KAOI Radio Group's Jack Gist as an energetic on-air personality who delivers more than music, but also Maui community affairs talk shows, and news updates, both on all six KAOI radio stations as well as for the past three years on KHON2's Wake Up 2day morning news. His biggest fans also know he is a musician who plays the harmonica, or blues harp, and back-up vocals in various groups for the past six years and in his own on-again off-again group, Jack Gist & Friends.

Jack Gist on Wake Up 2day

Jack Gist on Wake Up 2day

What you probably don't know, though, is how hard this Jack-of-all-trades works behind the scenes. "I'm technically the program and music director, and I DJ the morning shift on KAOI-FM from 6 to 10 a.m. But I'm also the Jack-of-all-trades guy, from the IT to the ‘I do windows” guy, and I’m talking about the windows you look through. I'll do whatever it takes to get the stations through the day," he says enthusiastically.

Born in Kansas, Gist was raised in Los Angeles. He neither planned to work in radio nor make his life in Hawaii, but a series of coincidences brought about that situation some 18 years ago. "I came to Maui to visit a friend who was on air at KAOI-FM at the time. He quit, and I took his shift. The first assignment I had was filing reports from the Aloha Classic Windsurfing Championships at Ho`okipa," he recalls.

An ocean-lover and a self-described "water guy," Gist fit right in. "I felt like I belonged after six months. I called my girlfriend back in LA and I asked her to join me in Maui," he says. They are now married with a son.

Gist with Alice Cooper. Courtesy: Jack Gist

Gist with Alice Cooper. Courtesy: Jack Gist


Jack Gist & Friends. Courtesy: Jack Gist

Jack Gist & Friends with the Houseshakers and Mick Fleetwood. Courtesy: Jack Gist

His other big passion - besides his family and the ocean - is music, always has been. He sings and plays guitar and harmonica. When he decided to actively pursue his interest in music again about six years ago, he chose to play the harmonica, since that is a less-common instrument than the other two. "There are just so many good guitarists on this island!" he laughs.

Gist with with Pat Simmons of the Doobie Bros. and Willie Nelson. Courtesy: Jack Gist

Gist with Pat Simmons of the Doobie Bros. and Willie Nelson. Courtesy: Jack Gist


He was with a group called the Houseshakers for three years. Lenny Castellanos, the bass player, also plays with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, so he had the pleasure of having Mick sit in with them a number of times at his restaurant/ club, Fleetwood’s on Front St. in Lahaina.

He recently formed the band Jack Gist & Friends which features a rotating group of musicians. They’ve played at the Maui County Fair and a few other gigs. “We’re just getting this project off the ground!” Gist smiles.

He’s also played with what he considers one of the best rock bands in the state, Oahu’s Kings of Spade, and annually at the Zeptember celebration, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, now in its sixth year.

Courtesy: Jack Gist

Gist with Sammy Hagar at the opening of Sammy’s at the Kahului airport. Courtesy: Jack Gist

Gist with Rolling Stones. Courtesy: Jack Gist

Gist with Rolling Stones. Courtesy: Jack Gist


He keeps himself balanced by spending every Sunday at the beach, usually kayaking or paddle boarding. "It's my therapy," he explains.

It's so that when Monday comes, he's ready to return to what he calls the "insanity" of the radio business he loves. He says the 1970's TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati best sums up the business, and he makes a daily reference to it. "Every day, at the end of my shift, before I walk out the door, I call out to my coworkers, 'That's a wrap of another episode of WKRP!"

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