For some reason, I woke up at 5:00am ready to go which ain’t a bad thing except it’s Sunday, my day of rest!  So I brewed a pot of my favorite DD (Dunkin’ Donuts) coffee and am enjoying a cool, quiet Manoa morning while waiting for the sun to come up.  Mornings are my favorite time of day and believe me, it doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

We had two great nights at Lulu’s and Kani Ka Pila Grille this past weekend.  Lulu’s is always fun because it’s a lot more casual (but noisier) than KKPG and has more of a beach crowd-type atmosphere.  KKPG is a much quieter venue where everyone can come and enjoy the music in a much more relaxed, under-the-stars setting.  We always have lots of friends and family that come down every night, but because it’s Waikiki and there are lots of visitors, we’ve also met and made a lot of new fans too!  Thank you, everyone, for being there to support us … you are truly the best!

We have one more week before ManoaDNA heads back to Japan as part of a joint Hawai’i/California goodwill delegation sponsored by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC).  Our first stop will be Iwaki City in Fukushima to help commemorate the reopening of Spa Resorts Hawaiian, first opened back in 1966 as the Joban Hawaiian Center.  Heavily damaged by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami disaster, it was used as an evacuation shelter for many of the survivors before it reopened for business this month.  We will also be visiting Kesennuma and Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, two areas which were also devastated by the March 11th disaster, and we are looking forward to bringing as much aloha as possible to everyone there.

So now I’m going to enjoy a very relaxing Sunday here in our beautiful island home … hope you all have a good one too!

Aloha, “D”

 

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