‘Morning, everyone …

The NY Giants are the Super Bowl XLVI champs!  What a game!  It reminded me of the last time that New York and New England met in the Super Bowl, with the Giants beating the Patriots that time too.  Both teams played very tough, but in the end it was the Giant’s defense that made the difference.  But the best part of yesterday’s game was the bet that I won from my buddy, Rob!  Mahalo, brah!

This week will be pretty much like last week except that our good friends’ daughter will be getting married this weekend.  The Taguchis are from the Yokohama area and always take such good care of us whenever we’re in Japan.  Yokohama is one of ManoaDNA’s favorite cities and we have many great friends and fans there.  It was the first place we ever performed in Japan, and it was during this trip in April ’06 that we experienced the most amazing (and frightening!) welcome ever.  We were performing at the Minato Mirai concert hall in Yokohama, and during the intermission were asked to go to the lobby to sign autographs and take pictures.  Since this was our first trip to Japan and we were the rookies, we figured we’d just stand in the back and let the other Hawai’i entertainers greet the crowd.  Well, as soon as the doors opened for intermission everyone made a beeline straight for us and we were literally mobbed!  People were sticking cell phones and cameras in our faces as we tried to sign as many autographs as we could while trying not to get crushed!  We were actually starting to panic a bit … until suddenly the intermission was over and everyone rushed back to their seats!  It was an experience that the boys and I will never forget …

Have a great week, everybody!

Aloha, “Pops”

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