Wassup!

It’s another relaxing Sunday here in our beautiful islands, and I’m still trying to kick this bad-ass cold I caught in Japan.  Although most of the symptoms are gone, I still have a real wicked cough which makes it hard to sleep at night.  The good news is that my voice is slowly coming back and should be in fine shape by the time we head over to the Big Island next weekend to perform at Danny Akaka’s “Twilight at Kalahuipua’a” over at the Mauna Lani Hotel’s Eva Parker Wood cottage.  As I’ve said before, this is one of the coolest events of the year and ManoaDNA’s favorite.  The cottage is located amongst the ancient fishponds right there on the Mauna Lani Hotel grounds, and I have to tell you, there is some very heavy mana (spirit) there.  If you’re on the Big Island during a full moon weekend, this is one event you will not want to miss …

APEC starts this week with some 20,000 delegates expected to descend upon Waikiki.  Political leaders from all the major countries in the Pacific region – U.S., Russia, China, Japan, and others – will be coming to attend this annual conference which is hosted by a different country each year.   And talk about a security nightmare .. the Secret Service alone has over 2,000 agents in town for the event!  My good friend, Gregg is the CEO for APEC, and I’m sure he’s aged 10 years since he got the job a year ago.  I’m going to steer clear of Waikiki this week because that place will be like a fortress given all security measures that are planned.  There are some pluses, though, like Honolulu got some badly needed public improvements and the homeless were finally kicked out of Waikiki.

And finally .. did you guys see our UH Warriors choke last night against Utah State?  I couldn’t believe it – brought back  memories of those horrible years when Fred vonAppen was the UH coach and we went 0-12 for the season.  I think it’s time for a coaching change …

Aloha, “D”

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