Archive for January, 2012

Larry Fitzgerald - Great Guy

January 31st, 2012

Larry Fitzgerald - Great Guy

We always hope athletes and actors live up to their images and Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald is nothing short of terrific as a human being. UH Warrior, Bryant Moniz, is also a pretty wonderful guy. We produced a very interesting profile on him. Visit Pacific to view.

Both men donated time during the Pro Bowl 2012 event in Honolulu to attend an autograph signing and photo shoot on behalf of six year old, Drew Iida.

On October 1, 2011, the then five-year-old Drew stumbled, fell and had a seizure at his Pop Warner football practice. Today, almost four months later, the once active keiki continues his recovery at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Drew has made some progress, according to his mom, Sheri Iida, and their family remains hopeful and will do whatever it takes to provide the care that Drew needs. Family and friends have come together to raise money to help defray the mounting medical costs. If you were unable to attend this event, please make a donation at any American Savings Bank branch, to: “Pray for Drew” Account No. 8100367887

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Kung Hei Fat Choy at the Kahala

January 26th, 2012

Firecrackers popped, cymbals crashed, drums beat into the evening ... at Kahala's welcoming in the new Year of the Dragon!  Celebration traditionally occurs for the first few weeks of a new lunar year with parades and celebrations of traditions now many thousands of years old.  Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2012 to "chinese year" 4,710.  Or some say 4,709 or could be 4,649, but who's counting? It's a lot of years.  In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family... little red envelopes full of money, traditional sweet cakes and sugared fruits, all part of the celebration of the lunar new year.

My favorite is the dragon and the lion dances. In ancient China villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea ( it also lives high in the mountains so beware).  The Nian looked for adults, children and dogs.  It was sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red.  So drums, plates, and bowls were turned into noise makers. Firecrackers were tossed, babies dressed in bright red, red banners and flags were flown throughout the village and all of this to scare away the big bad Nian.

This week join in Hawaii's celebration of the Year of the Dragon.  Wear your red, put money in the lion's mouth for good luck and prosperity, and make a party!

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Chef Joanne Chang

January 25th, 2012

Chef Joanne Chang

Recent guest at the Halekulani, pastry Chef Joanne Chang, shared an exclusive interview with us on her shop in Boston (Flour),  the catering business she established with her husband (Meyers + Chang), and hinted at the possibility of moving to Honolulu!  Just look at her pastries and you'll know why she is considered one of the finest contemporary talents in the world of fine foods.  Many thanks to Halekulani's GM, Gerald Glennon and big mahalo Diane (Ako) for arranging all. Hope to see more from Chef Chang!

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Cats & Dogs

January 24th, 2012

Cats & Dogs

My Doggie Diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm- Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milkbones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

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Peek into My Cat's Diary ...

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. All though I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe, for now……….

by Chris Snuggs
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I Love Science

January 23rd, 2012

I Love Science

... because it's magical to see how the physical world works when you understand that certain principles exist in our Universe and we have no clue why other than they hold us to this spinning orb in the midst of our galaxy, which is moving constantly among billions of other galaxies in infinite space.  I stumbled upon a series of these vignettes courtesy of the National Science Foundation and believe that anyone 9 to 90 years will be as fascinated as I was in watching "how our world works".  This video uses an olive in a martini glass.  You'll see how the olive is transferred without touching the olive.  We were having problems earlier with loading videos, hope this works.  Enjoy!  Screen shot 2012-01-23 at 7.22.06 AM

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