Archive for April, 2011

3 Million Pounds!

April 29th, 2011
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3 Million Pounds!

The Huki Project, funded by $3.4 million dollars of federal stimulus money, seemed to equal out to $1 per pound in cost to eradicate encroaching invasive algae choking native marine life off Oahu's shores. Nearly 3 million pounds of it was removed but hand, and here are the folks who met the challenge.  Even better, was the by product in recycling of the algae for it was turned into compost used to grow local vegetables.

The Huki Project was managed by the Nature Conservancy and the non-profit group Malama Maunalua with Pono Pacific. 50 new jobs were created, a native Hawaiian ecosystem has been saved, and friendships were made in the process.  Mahalo to Tony Miguel who documented part of the long process. If you'd like to know more about this program and programs like Huki contact the Nature Conservancy Hawaii.  For more green stories and more  green video visit us at www.PacificNetwork.tv

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Papakolea Tribute

April 28th, 2011
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Papakolea Tribute to Prince Kuhio

Papakolea is such a very special place.  If you're not familiar with its incredible history (reads like a film, hey it was a film!) Actually our film documented the rich legacy of this small Native Hawaiian neighborhood in urban Honolulu. Once a place where people set up make shift dwellings when they were evicted from "squatters town" in the 1920s,  this hillside was one of the first settlements for Hawaii maoli (native people of the islands) who had lost their agrarian lifestyles and their farm lands. Forced to assimilate western ways of land ownership and a money based society (vs barter) and move to the city to survive, Papakolea is where many of them settled, and where many of the Queen's guards eventually came to live after the overthrow. The story of how these prime lands were deemed one of the state's official homesteads ($1 a year lease to eligible Native Hawaiians who must prove a 50% blood quantum to retain residency on the land but cannot own the land) is fascinating.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt even visited the ladies of Papakolea in the 1930s having heard about their struggle with Congress, year after year, on behalf of their small enclave of Native Hawaiian families. Long story short they prevailed.  They bucked Congress and won the right to live in these hills and have been there ever since.

The Papakolea Hawaiian Civic Club hosts an annual event to honor Prince Kuhio and this year's festival was very special. Contributing artists included Makaha Sons, Darren Benitez, Moke Boy Kamealoha, Ainsley Halemanu, Papakolea, Hula Halau Ka Lik o Kapalai, The Big Deal, Waimanalo Sunset Band, and other special guests.  Big mahalo to Puka Asing who allowed us into the kitchen during such high stress, cooking for over 1000 guests, ooh so ono the grindz!  For more video visit Pacific Network

http://www.pacificnetwork.tv/watch/roosevelt-high-school-kuhio-fest

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Hello Kitty!

April 26th, 2011
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Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty is actually the nickname for "Kitty White",  a fictional character produced by the Japanese company, Sanrio, originally designed by Yuko Shimizu.   Today Yuko Yamaguchi is "head designer" and her interview is nothing short of captivating.  Hello Kitty is a character that's become the focus of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture, the craze for cuteness. Hello Kitty is portrayed as a female, white Japanese bobtail cat, with a red bow and no mouth. In fact as Ms Yamaguchi relates in Part 2 of our video story, the first Hello Kitty animated film presented quite a challenge. The character purposely had never been designed with a mouth. Sanrio believed that a person looking at Hello Kitty would more likely project their feelings on to the character who could be happy or sad.

Hello Kitty made her first appearance on a vinyl coin purse in 1974,  brought from Japan to the United States, in 1976.  Since then the trademark has spread globally with licensing arrangements estimated in the billions annually. Although created originally for the pre-adolescent female market, Hello Kitty products now include purses, stickers, pen sets, toasters, televisions, clothing, massagers, computer equipment, Hello Kitty themed checking accounts, a Fender stratocaster, Visa and Mastercard debit cards, countless video games and a list of other products too long to mention.  Now for the more mature Hello Kitty afficianado, a Hello Kitty make-up line is offered at Sephora with a hand mirror sculpted into Hello Kitty's image, a new line that surely will expand. Sanrio has also created two officially licensed Hello Kitty theme parks and after meeting Yuko Yamaguchi and seeing just a glimpse of some die hard Hello Kitty fans one can't help but be in awe over Hello Kitty's worldwide success.  Her official character profile?

Full name: Kitty White; Birthday: November 1; Blood type: A; Height: 5 Apples; Weight: 3 Apples; Place of birth: In the suburbs of London, England; Favorite food: Mama's homemade Apple Pie; Favorite word: "Friendship"; Description: A bright and kind-hearted girl, good at baking cookies and loves Mama's apple pie. Very close to her twin sister Mimmy.

For more Hello Kitty video please visit www.pacificnetwork.tv.  Stay tuned for Part 2, conversations with Yuko Yamaguchi, on Hello Kitty's first film experience and more.

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Nikkei Koi Farm

April 24th, 2011
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Nikkei Koi Farm


The carp is a fish originally found in Central Europe and Asia. In contemporary Japan and in Hawaii the carp or koi is the object of adoration to those involved in the "art of raising ornamental fish", a major past time and for some quite a business investment. Various species of carp are used as food fish but to serious koi breeders prize pedigree are valued at upwards of $200,000, certainly not meant for fish sticks.

Koi were first bred for color mutations in China more than a thousand years ago, where selective breeding of the Prussian carp led to the development of the common goldfish and to all kinds of varieties in between.  Meeting with Gary Hironaka at Nikkei Koi opened the door to our curiosity.  What an interesting way to make a living and just being around the process and watching these beautiful fish --  is calming.  This video excerpt hints at what there is to learn about koi breeding. We're even thinking about doing a short series on the subject.  Really fascinating and with the crisis in northern Japan we wonder what the effects will be to this industry and to the art of breeding and the many specialty breeders of prize winning koi in the world.  Tune in to Pacific Network for more if you're interested.  www.pacificnetwork.tv

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Napa Valley Visits Kahala

April 22nd, 2011
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Napa Valley Visits Kahala


The Wine & Food Classic weekend kicks off Friday April 22nd with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn's gourmet, five-course dinner with wine pairings by Pride Mountain Vineyards award winning wines, all under our gorgeous Hawaiian night sky at the water's edge on The Kahala's Diamond Head Lawn.

Chef Cindy Pawlcyn is the Chef / Owner of Mustards Grill, Go Fish, and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena, in the heart of California’s Napa Valley wine growing region. Mustards Grill has been the hub of the Napa Valley food and wine industry since its opening in 1983. It’s where winemakers lunch with locals and chefs dine on their nights  off. We met Chef Pawlcyn and tasted her world renown duck burgers and they are out of this world! Tomorrow there's a class with Chef, call the Kahala and see if you can get in.  I know that there are a few seats available for tonight's dinner as well and on  Saturday there is also a wine seminar with Suzanne Pride Bryan & Stuart Bryan, the principals of Pride Mountain Vineyards, which has the unique distinction of being featured among only 22 California wineries chosen for Robert Parker’s book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.  Pride has also placed six times on the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list of wines over the last ten years. Join the Bryans as they guide you through a tasting of their amazing wines. The Bryans are second generation to the art and business of fine wines and Suzanne commented that she envisions a legacy not unlike an italian vineyard where "400 years from now it would be wonderful if the vineyard is still in existence". Having tasted Pride's 2008 Viognier for the first time (and with Chef Pawlcyn's amazing duck burger what a treat)  their efforts will surely lead to longevity for this family business.  Here is an excerpt from the series we're producing with host, Dante Camara, on great food and wine. Life is Good. For more visit www.pacificnetwork.tv

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