It’s 3:30 am … what the?!!  Yes, folks, it’s another early morning for ManoaDNA because we need to be down at the KITV studio by 4:30am to appear on their morning news show to promote Saturday’s “Boys & Their Toys” toy drive at Gordon Biersch.  This is the final TV promotion for the event so at least I’ll be able to sleep in much later – like until 5:00am!  Anyway, gotta run .. will continue after we get back.

Ok, we just got back and are now watching a replay of the KITV morning news.  This was our 3rd appearance on a Hawai’i TV news program promoting this Saturday’s event, and I want to thank all of the news teams for their support and aloha – Trini @ KHON, Steve, Tanya, Dan, and Taizo @ KGMB, and Jill, Yasmin, and Moani @ KITV – mahalo!  One thing I noticed at all these studios is that the temperature is really cold on the set – and I mean freezing!  I finally wised up and brought a jacket to this mornings shoot which was a good thing since I got a relapse of the cold which I caught about a month ago!

Last night we performed for the first time at the Hyatt Waikiki poolside and had a fun time even though it was bit cold.  And I don’t know what it is about us and parades, but there was another parade going by on Kalakaua last night as we were playing.  This has happened to us many times at Lulu’s where we always end up competing with the marching bands to see who can play louder.  I think last night’s parade was to commemorate the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor, so we played “God Bless The USA” to honor the occasion.  The poolside setting at the Hyatt is really nice and I want to thank Vince & his staff for inviting us and making us feel so welcome.  I also want to thank our pal Reiko for being the unofficial MDNA “ambassador”, and to friends Masako, Ritsuko, Yuri, Nao, Misa, Yumi, and all the rest of our friends and family for braving the cold & rain to come down and join us!  After we were done, we had some ono sushi and cocktails at Japengo, an awesome restaurant located right next to the poolside area.  Check it out the next time you’re in Waikiki …

Aloha, “D”