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HPD honors Crime Stoppers and Living Treasures

May 2nd, 2016
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The Honolulu Police Community Foundation (HPCF) honors Crime Stoppers Honolulu, in addition to two dedicated community Living Treasures, broadcaster Dr. Larry Price and entertainer Danny Kaleikini, for their years of dedicated service to the community.

Dr. Larry Price. Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

Dr. Larry Price. Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

Dr. Larry Price was formerly a prominent football player and coach, an investigative reporter with KITV(ABC) , and an author. He currently pens political news news columns for MidWeek. Most notably, Dr. Price sits “on the right” of Michael W. Perry on KSSK radio, weekday mornings.  The third "person" in the radio studio is the fearless Posse – the loyal listeners who call in to report a stolen vehicle, burglary, or missing loved one.  Perry & Prices' command of “Never fear, the Posse is here!” sends out a bulletin to all other listeners, who often provide valuable information to Honolulu Police in leading to an arrest.

Danny Kaleikini. Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

Danny Kaleikini. Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

Danny Kaleikini is a well-known singer who performed at the Kahala Hilton for 30 years. Governor John Waihe`e once named him Hawaii's Ambassador of Aloha. Danny made numerous guest appearances on TV show Hawaii Five-O, and continues to support various local charities.

Both these “Living Treasures” continue to be strong advocates for public safety and supporters for HPD and its multitude of community programs. HPCF is privileged to honor their many years of dedicated service to a grateful community.

Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

Courtesy: Patricia Milburn

 

Crime Stoppers Honolulu helps keep Honolulu one of the safest cities in the nation to live, work, and play. The program operates in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department, the media, and the community, to help reduce crime in the community.

The HPCF Annual Honoree Dinner is on Friday, May 6, at Sheraton Waikiki.  This fundraiser fulfill HPCF's mission to provide scholarships for higher education, community service projects helping seniors, and equipment for the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) that could not be obtained through the normal budget process.

President and Founder- and former Police Chief - Lee Donohue states, "The support of our community and businesses helps the foundation foster relationships between the HPD and the community." For more information and tickets or tables sales, contact Donohue at (808) 753-5617.

Elvis croons to administrative professionals on their day

April 12th, 2016
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Administrative Professionals Day is coming up, and here's a twist on the usual lunch outing. Take him or her to Leo Days’ Tribute to Elvis Show on Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. This special event will be held at the Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery on 735 Iwilei Road.

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This Elvis Tribute Show features award-winning Elvis performer Leo Days in authentic costumes, a full band, back-up singers, and dancers. Days has performed thousands of shows and festivals throughout the U.S. and the world.

Leo Days' Tribute To Elvis Show. Courtesy: Nancy Bernal

Leo Days' Tribute To Elvis Show. Courtesy: Nancy Bernal

In 2009, Days placed in the top five at Elvis Presley Enterprise’s Ultimate Elvis contest in Memphis. He kicked off the inaugural Elvis Lives Tour in 2010, performing in 26 cities across the United States, and has been invited back every year since its inception.

In 2015, Leo headlined the “Burn’n Love Waikiki” show at The Magic of Polynesia Showroom for four months, which ranked as number one show in Honolulu on Tripadvisor.com. Emcee Al Waterson will be hosting.

Tickets are $45 per person and includes a complete lunch buffet with non-alcoholic beverages and an Elvis inspired dessert, service charge, and tax. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the lunch buffet beginning at 11 a.m. Leo Days’ Tribute to Elvis starts at noon.

Photo ops with Days immediately follos the show. Parking is $3 with validation. For reservations or more information, call (08) 695-4496. Last day for reservations is April 25. More at www.pomaikaiballrooms.com.

Singing bowls play a tune of wellness

April 8th, 2016
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At first glance, they're pretty bowls made of metals and gemstones, in different sizes and colors. But in the hands of an experienced practitioner like Katie Fisher, they're a tool for happiness.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Fisher, whose life has largely been spent in pursuit of health and wellness, is the founder and owner of Seven Treasures of Health & Acupuncture, a private clinic offering acupuncture, massage, and singing bowl / sound therapy. Singing bowls are her latest formal addition to her set of holistic skills.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

"I first got involved in 2003, when two friends had cancer and as a supplement to their Western treatments, they wanted to be surrounded by sound circles," she backgrounds. That's when people sit in a circle and create sounds of harmony and dissonance in the belief that how we vibrate in the world facilities healing.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

That's when Fisher, who plays the saxophone, was introduced to singing bowls. So fascinated was she, that she attended the International Conference on Sound Healing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and while there, impulsively bought three crystal bowls.

"I had no business buying it. These bowls were worth more than my car!" she laughs. "But it was a knowing that this is what I was supposed to do, and I believed in the philosophy that humans can heal themselves through sound and vibration."

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Next came the interest in tuning forks, which as a healing modality works compatibly with sound therapy. Fisher added to her collection and her holistic healing knowledge. At the time, this was all for fun.

Fisher's path led her next to acupuncture, and after four years of school, the State licensed her in 2010 as a Master of Oriental Medicine with a Diploma of Acupuncture.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

It was then that she decided to incorporate all the methods she knew and believed in, into her acupuncture practice. "In Chinese medicine, there is no separation between body, mind, and spirit. It is all one," she explains. "And what's most important is that I, the practitioner, bring intention into my practice. Intention is important. It drives the whole boat."

She has me lie down on her table for a sample. "You're tense," she assesses after checking some pressure points. She rubs those points with some massage oil - selected to be compatible with my "dosha," which is part of an ancient Ayurvedic healing system from India. Fisher reassures me most of the people who lie on her table are tense, too.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Her hands are light but firm, and incredibly relaxing. She puts some needles in my ear and feet for relaxation, and then starts a bowl concert.

My eyes are closed and too heavy to want to open, though I'm curious about what each bowl looks like. I open them once, and I see a huge, ten cup rice cooker sized red bowl which is made of rubies. Rubies! Decadent!

She's running a mallet around the rim of the bowl to create sounds that are otherworldly. It's much like those street artists you see making music by running their fingers along the rim of glasses of water, but with a wider array of tones, and much more portable.

I feel like I'm hearing it in Dolby as she moves the bowls from the right side of my head to the left, and my favorite is the one with the deep resonance I can feel in my chest.

There are little tinkling bell sounds and then other instruments she brings out. Something that whooshes air silently over my face.

Something that she rattles over my whole body to cleanse my energy. It feels a little weird, as if she's scratching her nails quickly over my body without touching it.

She says it's supposed to be good for me. OK, good enough for me!

At some point my brain falls into a Theta state, where I feel like I'm sleeping but I'm completely aware of what's happening. It's a trip. A nice trip.

I start to think these weird thoughts like, If I were a bowl, what bowl would I be? If I were a singing bowl note, what note would I be?

Everything feels so relaxed. If stars were music, this is what I think they would be.

Then she puts the bowls away and concludes by holding my head in her hands for a long time, slowly, gently rubbing my scalp, face, and neck, rolling the head back and forth.

Fisher asks me to join her in a yoga practice called Brahmari, the humming breath. I've done this before and in a room full of people, I hear an indescribable vibration and echo in my head. It, too, is out of this world. Try it.

Bee Breath is supposed to promote calming, so we do that together, although I'm so sleepy I just want to keep zoning out with my eyes closed.

Lastly, she holds her thumbs for many minutes over my Third Eye, the point between the brows. It's so amazing how secure that makes me feel. Someone else I trust has my head in their hands and I feel completely cosseted and safe for this moment.

Then we're done, and so am I. I could not be more blissed out. This lady knows what she's doing, I think with gratitude.

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

Courtesy: Katie Fisher

She's happy to have brought me peace; knowing that she has helped someone else is what drives her every day. "We're at our best when we're aware and healthy," she declares. "It brings out the good in us. This world is about more than ourselves, it's about community and connection."

Keeping one's connection with oneself is the first place to start, and she and her instruments are ready to help.

Reach Katie Fisher, MSOM, Lac at 7treasuresacupuncture@gmail.com or at Hawaii Healing Sound School - http://soulisticholisticshawaii.com/sound-healing/hawaii-healing-sound-school/.

Learn How to Declutter Your Life

April 5th, 2016
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Got too much stuff around your house? This might be just the seminar for you.

Check out “How to Declutter Your Life,” a free public presentation, at Manoa Valley Church on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room.

Cynthia Arnold, vice president of De-Clutter Hawaii, will conduct an audiovisual presentation on how to get started decluttering your home, how to make things easier, and what steps to take. Arnold will provide tips on decluttering, organizing, and how to make a move easier.

The Church’s Senior Care Ministry is hosting this two-hour program for adults and seniors that will include a question-and-answer session. Manoa Valley Church (United Church of Christ) is on 2728 Huapala Street, across Manoa Marketplace and behind Starbucks.

Visit manoavalleychurch.org or call the church office at (808) 988-3271 for more. And good luck!

Beloved island guitarist strives to perpetuate Hawaiian music

April 1st, 2016
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Close your eyes and listen to George Kuo play ki ho`alu - Hawaiian slack key guitar - and let yourself be transported to another time and place: the Hawaii of the 1940's, an era from which he takes inspiration; or the Hawaii of the 1970's, the era in which Kuo grew up, during which Hawaiian culture was experiencing a renaissance.

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Kuo first picked up an instrument when he was a child. "My grandmother bought me and my three cousins a Martin ukulele. It was $20 at Longs - can you imagine getting a Martin ukulele for $20? At Longs?" he reminisces.

He was lucky to be living next door to a well-known ukulele family, the Kamaheles, and would take lessons or drop in for impromptu playing sessions.

When he was in the sixth grade at Aina Haina Elementary, his classmate Richard Rathburn brought his guitar to school. That was his first introduction to the guitar, and would become the start of a lifelong love.

While at Kalani High School, Kuo realized he wanted to get serious about playing music, and worked to learn and network more within the music industry, even through his matriculation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Engineering.

Kuo graduated with a civil engineering degree and spent his entire career working for the Board of Water Supply - from 1980 until his retirement in 2011. Though he always kept his day job, Kuo became a force unto himself in the Hawaiian music world.

Just before graduation in 1979, Kuo won an amateur slack key guitar contest at the Waikiki Shell. It was a moment that launched his musical career. He released an album, Nahenahe, and formed the group Kipapa Rush Band. Word grew of his talent.

In 1986, one of the highlights of his musical career came to pass when Eddie Kamae of the famous The Sons of Hawai`i asked Kuo to join. Kuo played with the band until its dissolution in 1996.

Another memorable moment came in 1993, when Kuo appeared on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion Show (heard locally on Hawaii Public Radio) with Chet Atkins and Johnny Gimble. The latter are two of country music's most well-known virtuosos.

The year 1997 saw another highlight for Kuo when he performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Honolulu Symphony under then conductor Aaron Mahi.

George and me

George and me

Now that Kuo is retired from his day job, he says he's able to devote more time to his passion. He plays regularly at the Waikiki Beach Mariott Hotel's Moana Terrace with Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi (Sundays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.) This is something he's been doing since 1998.

Also, though, he's taken on new responsibilities in his industry, by joining the board of directors in 2015 for both the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Association of Hawaii. He says, "It gives me more insight into the industry and helps me better promote Hawaiian music. We need to perpetuate the legacy of traditional Hawaiian music."

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It's also about economics. "I'd like to improve the playing field for Hawaiian musicians by raising the awareness of what value we bring to the tourism industry. People come here to just to listen to the music. There are times when people will come up to me when I'm playing at Waikiki Beach Mariott and tell me they arrange their flight schedule just to hear us perform," he continues.

Sometimes, these leadership roles involve him lobbying legislators to formally affirm the value of Hawaiian music, be it as a resolution or a bill supporting live music. Kuo, who is a quarter Native Hawaiian, mix with Portuguese and Chinese, wants more people to understand and appreciate Hawaii, its traditions, and its culture.

Kuo is also a longtime supporter of the Kona Coffee Festival Foundation, for which he and his friends produced and sell a benefit CD. Half the profits of the album sales go towards the Foundation. "It's about giving back and supporting the community," he says.

Kuo has also taken on some new gigs. He plays at Odoriko Restaurant in Waikiki every Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and at Waikiki Elks Club with Greg Sardinha on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m.

"There is a soulfulness to slack key guitar - a chicken skin feel I get from listening to it. I really admire the way our kupuna played it with a fun, uplifting spirit," he describes. "The sounds of the steel guitar are so unique, and I hope to preserve it as part of the legacy of old Hawaii so that it doesn't fade away. It's my way of maintaining our legacy, our traditions."

More on George Kuo at http://georgekuoslackkey.com/index.html#.VtivAvkrKUk.