Aloha, friends!

It’s another Sunday morning here in Manoa as I sip my hot DD coffee and watch the puppies practically inhale their breakfast.  Gotta get ready in a couple of hours to go out and join the DNA Golf Club out at Coral Creek … should be fun even though I hate playing on Paspalum grass which is much stickier than the Bermuda at Waialae.  But the grass is the least of my worries … I’m more worried about which game is gonna show up today!

It was quite a celebration last night at the annual Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Generational Awards banquet over at the Coral Ballrooms in the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  Our family was honored as this year’s recipient and I was surprised and happy to see so many of my friends and associates who came out to support us.  The video that Joanne Ninomiya of JN Productions produced was awesome!  Mahalo, Joanne, and I hope we didn’t give you too many gray hairs because I know we weren’t your most cooperative subjects!  I also want to extend a big mahalo to Christine Kubota, Wayne Ishihara, Nicole, Margot, and all of the great people at the HJCC for selecting our family for this award!

It was a high energy pau hana evening at Lulu’s Friday night with lots of our local and Japanese visitor fans stopping in to rock out with ManoaDNA.  I must’ve been feeling really good because I tried to do my best Cookie Monster impression when singing my part in “Tiki Tiki Room” – of course, the boys followed up with their own “creative” interpretations too!  Woohoo!  Friday was also manager Dana’s last night at Lulu’s since she plans to move to the Big Island.  We’re really gonna miss her and want to wish her all the best …

And finally, the countdown has started on Carla’s Great Adventure.  She and Skyler (Miss Hawai’i 2012) leave for Tokyo tomorrow to attend the International Fashion Fair at Big Sight.  And since this is her first solo trip to Japan, I’m sure she’s nervous as hell!  They should be fine, though, because Yuna will be there to assist them … but just in case, I think they’d better learn how to say “Help!  I’m lost!” in Japanese!  Hahaha!

Aloha, “D”

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