Hey everybody,

It’s Thursday, Nov. 17th, which means it’s exactly one week til Thanksgiving and the official kick-off to the holiday season!  That also means that 2012 is just around the corner … wow, it seems the older I get the faster the years go by.  I’ve been truly blessed to have such a wonderful family, great friends, good health, and the opportunity to travel and share our music with the world – what more can one ask for?

As you know, I forgot my golf clubs on the Big Island when we returned to Honolulu on Monday – what a lolo!  Anyway, the hotel staff kindly arranged to have UPS deliver the clubs to my office yesterday, just in time for this afternoon’s golf outing with my fellow degenerates.  I’d like to send a big mahalo out to the wonderful staff at the Fairmont Orchid in Mauna Lani for all their kokua!  And speaking of our Thursday group, I want to wish a speedy recovery to our buddy Les who was hospitalized this week.  Take care, brah … our prayers are with you!

I had lunch yesterday with my “bro”, Alan Okami, of KoAloha Ukulele over at Yohei Sushi in Kapalama.  I always enjoy getting together with him to talk story and catch up on business … he and his family have been so good to me and my boys over the years!  I hadn’t been to Yohei in a while, but the food is still awesome!  I ordered the maguro & natto don (a mix of raw tuna, fermented soy beans, green onions, and seasonings, over rice – yum, hahaha!) and it was soooo ono!  I know a lot of you are gagging, but don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it because it’s not only delicious (once you get past the smell) but it’s very healthy for you.  And yes … some of you will still end up gagging!  Hahaha … wimps!

Our good friend from Japan, Masako, came to visit us at IOLANI after arriving yesterday.  She brought us the cutest little Panda bear toy which giggles every time you go near it … you can’t help but laugh when you hear it!  I think I’ll call him “IO” and make him our store mascot so that all of our customers can enjoy his laughter!  Thank you, Masako!

Aloha, “D”

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