Aloha kakahiaka!  The winds came back with a vengeance last night with strong gusts blowing away everything that wasn’t secured.  I’m not psychic, but unusually severe weather seems to always signal the coming of something major for us.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, huh?

We’re going to go and visit our former manager, Roy Sakuma, today at his Kaimuki ukulele studio.  It’s our first visit since he had open-heart surgery back in January, and we’re really looking forward to seeing him.  Roy was very instrumental in giving ManoaDNA its start back in the fall of 2005 – he not only produced our first two CDs, FOLLOW ME and NO PLACE LIKE HOME, but also introduced us to Hawai’i Tourism Japan.  And although he no longer manages ManoaDNA, the boys and I still have a lot of respect and aloha for this man and only wish him and his wife, Kathy, the best!

Roy’s 40th Annual Ukulele Festival will be on Sunday, July 18th, but unfortunately we’ll be in Japan for the Aloha Yokohama Festival!  This will be the 3rd year that we’ve missed performing at the festival, but hopefully we’ll be able to attend it next year.   We’re also planning to be the opening act for his annual summer concert series, the Wildest Show @ the Honolulu Zoo, on Wednesday, June 9th, at 6pm, so put it on your calendar … it’s a really cool event!

I’ve got a couple of meetings at IOLANI later today, and then we have a rehearsal for our upcoming Japan tour.  I’m gonna try and  squeeze in a game of squash too … that is, if my hip is not too sore!

Take care, everybody!  mata, ne?

Aloha, “D”

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