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October 2005

 

Holoholo…

I call him Mr. Sunshine Man because every time he smiles, there’s a dazzling bright warmth that envelopes everyone within reach and I have never ever seen Barry Tam Hoy when he wasn’t smiling! But boy oh boy, this time his smile was like a sunburst that made the whole world shine! Why the super smile you ask? Because Barry and his beautiful wife Joani’s daughter Dayla Noelani Tam Hoy married Jacob Ray Clark on September 9, 2005 ! Congrats to the newly-weds!

Gone to the BEEG SHOW!!! Congrats to the “Pacific Warning” music group as they were hired for a three day Las Vegas gig in mid-September 2005, including being the “lead-in” group for a Makaha Sons concert there…a truly AWESOME honor!!! This “fivesome” of Leader Ben Castellano on keyboard, Zack Castellano on drums (the Castellano brothers are from Waipahu) Ronnie Tupec (Ewa Beach guy) on lead guitar, Peter Tabali (Nanakuli) on bass and Rod Lopez (Oahu) rhythm guitar, have been playing around the Puget Sound area for years and they are really good! They all sing and when they harmonize, auwe, soooo good! One place you can hear them is every second Saturday of the month at the “Cue and Cushion” Sports Lounge, 14905 Pacific Ave in Spanaway , WA which is where Kathy and I heard them… we also met the Lounge owners Gilbert “Aki” Lopez Jr and his wife Arlene! “Aki” Lopez was a military “brat” who traveled so much in his youth that he ended up attending four high schools (Waialua, Leilehua, and Kapa`a before graduating from Austin Lathrup HS in Alaska.) Arlene is an Ewa gal, a Campbell HS grad…her maiden name is Aliviado….how many of you saw the West Oahu 2005 Little League Baseball World Champions play? The West Oahu coach and the little first baseman with the big bat were Aliviados, Arlene’s brother Layton and his son Layson! Go visit “Cue and Cushion” for real ono Hawaiian style pot roast, “hot” music and meet the two really nice owners Aki and Arlene….

There’s a new kid on the block….yep, down at 610 5 th Avenue South in Edmonds , WA ! The guy’s name is A2Z Technology …actually his name is Mark Wolfe, Ki`apu Wolfe’s husband (Ki`apu is a singer/hula dancer/also the first person you usually see when you walk into the Hawaii General Store in Seattle .) In this increasingly more complex computer/cyber world of ours, it’s so nice to walk into a computer store which has a sign that says, “ALOHA SPOKEN HERE”! Now finally, Hawaiian Islanders with limited computer knowledge/skills (like me) can go to a computer guru we can trust! Mark is a good guy…honest, easy to talk to, hard working, with over 20 years experience in the computer field. You’ll be able to get the most current products as well as the best personal, one-on-one service and assistance from Mark at A2Z Technology.

Kathy and I watched Hawaii ’s Chaminade University “Silverswords” wahine volleyball team play Seattle Pacific University (SPU) on September 8, 2005 …sadly Chaminade lost in three…but I saw this lovely Hawaiian lady sitting in the stands who turned out to be Dorothea Kealoha “Tiny” Cobb-Adams Nary (Kamehameha ’47) whose husband is my Kamehameha classmate Bill Nary. “Tiny” traveled from Hawaii with the team because her daughter Glennie Adams (KS ’78) is the Chaminade volleyball coach (her 12 th as Coach)…Glennie played college volleyball at U of Hawaii-Hilo and is in the NAIA Hall of Fame! Chaminade won its first five games and was ranked #18 in the nation before losing their first two matches on this mainland trip. Coach Glennie says this is a “rebuilding” year as eight of last year’s team graduated. Among the up-and-coming “local” wahines are the Kauliakamoa sisters (junior Tamara and freshman Trina); both were born in Hawaii but grew up in Las Vegas…..others include Chelsea Powell (St. Francis HS, Oahu) Ashley Elliazar (Iolani HS), Annie Lanoza (Leilehua HS), Amy Sumida (Sacred Hearts Academy)…a star-in-waiting (recovering from ACL surgery but she did play in this game) is a 6 foot tall outside hitter/sophomore Lila Sapolu (if you’re wondering???) Lila’s Dad is indeed Jesse Sapolu, former San Francisco 49er, one of the best professional football linemen ever)….

Quickies: Bobby’s Coconut Lounge in Everett had its grand opening featuring “Braddah Waltah” Aipolani on 17 Sept (twas a fun evening, place was packed). Congrats to Elmer Leialoha on his 85 th la hanau ; the birthday bash at the Waimea Brewing restaurant was hosted by his daughter Kalai Socha-Leialoha who lives in the Woodinville area; a very special visitor from Hawaii was Elmer’s niece Frances “Panana” Keawe who was a featured hula dancer in the Monarch Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel many years ago….

There will be a special fund raising event the evening of October 12, 2005 at Seattle’s OHANA restaurant for Mike Okamura, a member of the Hawaiian Mystic Rising group; Mike suffered a brain aneurysm, had emergency surgery and is recuperating at Harborview Hospital. Go to the event if you can….Great cause…

Auwe, so much happening…I hope you’re having as much fun as I am…a hui hou….Danny

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