Good morning!  It’s Sunday, and I’m sitting here at my laptop trying to figure out where to begin recapping the events of last night’s CD celebration at the Kani Ka Pila Grille!  To describe it in one word, it was totally AWESOME!!  First of all, the venue was absolutely gorgeous … Luana and her KKPG did a great job – mahalo!   Our guests enjoyed an evening of fabulous entertainment and delicious food under a star-filled Waikiki sky … it couldn’t have been more perfect!  By the way, I’d like to apologize to many of our friends who came down but couldn’t get a seat …  the turnout was far greater than expected and the place was so packed that the only place they could have put more tables was in the pool!

The evening’s entertainment started off with Roy Sakuma’s ukulele group led by Nelly and Daniel Baduria, featuring Nick Acosta.  Great performances by the group KAPALA, Kamuela Kahoano, and Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato entertained the crowd throughout the night before ManoaDNA took the stage for the event’s finale.  Mahalo, guys, for coming down and helping to make our CD release party a great success!

I’d like to especially thank Carla, Susan, Andie, Sarah, Lauryn, Pat, Bruddah Wade, and the Outrigger staff for working so hard to set up this event!  A special mahalo goes out to our sponsors, KoAloha Ukulele (Okami family), Oakley (Bill Craig), KKPG (Luana), Zak Noyle, and of course, IOLANI for donating the many wonderful prizes!  There are so many others to thank – way too numerous to list here – but, please know that without you this party would not have happened!  Mahalo!  I’d also like to acknowledge a special gift from a very special friend … check out the pic.  Mahalo, Wayne!

And finally … a HUGE thank you to my two sons Nick and Alex for allowing dad join you on this very special journey.  I love you guys!

There will be many more pictures from last night’s event being posted on Facebook & Twitter, so keep checking all our sites!  Whew .. ok, my brain’s fried so I’m gonna end for now … more party news later!   Aloha, “D” 

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