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March 2006


Is being a Fanatic same as being nuts???? Auwe…here I was, at 7 a.m. on a very cold wintry Seattle Sunday morning, standing amidst ten thousand other Fanatics outside Qwest Field yelling “Go-----------SEAHAWKS”! I mean I could have been doing something useful like going to Church or sleeping in, but not….I was waiting to catch a glimpse of my man LOFA TATUPU as he and his Seattle Seahawk teammates got ready to fly off to the Super Bowl in Detroit . We Fanatics stood in the cold for a couple of hours so we could see our football heroes who came in for maybe two minutes before they had to run off to catch their airplane! The only thing I saw of LOFA was his backside as he left the stage (hey…when you’re a Fanatic, you relish whatever you get!) Of course you all know by now that the Seahawks did not win the Super Bowl but they’re still my champions…..GO SEAHAWKS…..and how about LOFA? What a year…Defensive signal caller for the Seahawks; 2nd in the NFL Rookie of the Year competition; Pro bowl as a rookie; Super Bowl finalist (neatest thing? LOFA is a really truly nice guy……)

Congrats to Yuji and Angie Okumoto (plus Liz, Michelle, Sharlene, Alfredo, et al) of the Kona Kitchen Restaurant which celebrated its 3rd Anniversary AND Chinese New Year on 28-29 January. They had Hawaiian music from 6pm to 10pm with Brudda Dem and Iwalani & Friends (plus a guest appearance by Boy Chun Fook)…fun night capped by a Chinese Dragon/Lion Dance followed (10:00pm – midnight) by the jumpin’ music of Angela Manke and her young Hawaii music group “Mystic Rising”….lots of Pacific islanders in the place: Stan Dahlin; Boy & Brenda Chun Fook; Kevin Devera (Ewa Beach/Campbell HS), Dan Tamashiro (Pearl City HS ’82) Nancy Tamanaha (Castle ’79) Howard Himeno (Pearl City ’82) Lisa Nakasone (Waipahu ’82,) former Makakilo residents Bob, Kathy and Serena Haaseth, Melina and Jeff Camacho from Saipan, Paul Winchester (in the US Navy at Whidbey) and his sister Clarissa from Nanakuli, Theresa Arciero Jones (Kalani HS ’62) and Ewa Beach’s Marlene/hubby Tomas/daughter Kamalani from Gordito’s Mexican restaurant….Mahalo much to Yuji and Angie for their continuing support of Hawaiian music…..

Summer must be right around the corner because Hawaiian style activities have begun accelerating…Boy Chun Fook and his Kekaha O Ke Kai gang’s Ho`olaulea fund raiser was a real fun gig at Maxi’s (Double Tree Hotel in SEATAC) on 19 February; a couple of hundred folks showed up to listen to some top notch music (Island Flavor/Aunty Manu, Dickie Kinimaka, Pete Tabali, Rod Lopez Sr/Pacific Warning/Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Roddy Lopez Jr/Boy Chun Fook and HPC/Zaia/Irie Nation/et al). It was awesome!!!! Another Hawaiian theme eatery (Hawaii Café) has opened up at 14125 Pacific Avenue in the Parkland , WA area…..

Iwalani Kamahele, Bernie Simeona and I entertained the Senior Citizens at the Columbia LutheranHau`oli Lā Hānau Anne McLay! home’s “Aloha Day Festivities” in Seattle and I don’t know if there is anything more inspiring than to see the joy in the faces of the oldsters as they sing/sway/along to our Hawaiian music. I was totally impressed with Anne McLay, who just celebrated her 101st birthday; Anne made at least eight trips to Hawaii beginning in 1933 when she took the Matson steamer from San Francisco to Hawaii. Anne says that there were only two hotels in Waikiki back then (the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian) and the main form of transportation was an open air street car. Anne says the room rate for the Moana was $5.00 per night while the “upper class” Royal Hawaiian charged $12.00 per night…wow! Hauoli la Hanau Anne McLay!!!!

Guess what? I mentioned Kekoa Kaluhiwa and his Holunape group’s new CD “Ho`olu” in my column last month and their CD just won the 2006 Hawaii Music Awards competition for the best traditional Hawaiian music album of the year! Congrats to Holunape! Additional congrats to my buddy Manny Fernandez down in the Portland area for winning the 2006 Hawaii Music Award for Best Contemporary Hawaiian album with his “My Island Paradise album!

Upcoming….mark your calendars! April 1st, 2006: the annual Lokahi Ohana Ho`olaulea at the Chief Leschi School complex (always the biggest, usually the best Ho`olaulea in this area!) March 31st/April 1 st 2006: big time Kiho`alu Hawaiian Slack Key concert and workshops featuring Dennis Kamakahi and Cyril Pahinui (two artists from the 2006 Grammy Award winning best Hawaiian music album “Masters of Hawaiian slack Key Guitar”) plus David Kamakahi and Patrick Landeza!

Time to hele on…until next time, a hui hou…….Danny

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