Happy “Aloha Monday” to you all!  June is already half gone and it feels like May just ended … boy, this year is going by so quickly!  I hope all my fellow dads (and single moms!) enjoyed a great Father’s Day yesterday.  I had an awesome day which started off with a morning round of golf with my SELOHSSA (hint: read backwards) Club buddies out at the New Ewa G.C., followed by a wonderful dinner prepared by the two best sons a father could ever ask for.  Alex & Nick prepared filet mignon wrapped in pastry and stuffed with bleu cheese, homemade bacon and sour cream mashed potatoes, Carla’s killer stuffed prawns, asparagus spears, and salad, topped off by the Noyle’s famous (and very fattening) chocolate pie.  Needless to say,  I was a couch potato for the rest of the evening … but a very happy one!  Thank you, family, for once again making Father’s Day so special for me!

Well, after a nice restful week it’s back to the rat race again … MDNA has 4 performances this week starting with a corporate event tomorrow night and ending with Kani Ka Pila Grille on Saturday.  After that we’ll be taking a week or two off (I think) while we go on the road.  ‘IOLANI continues to be busy with various projects that need to be completed, but at least we’re making good progress in that department.  Not having to go on the road a lot this year has been a real blessing for us all … especially me!  And even though we go back on the road after summer, most of our projects should be completed by then … I hope!

Did I also tell you that the newly renovated Honolulu Club reopened on June 1st?  Although the renovations aren’t completed yet, it’s really looking good … and the squash courts are back!  Yay!

So while Alex travels back and forth to LA to write and record and Nick is busy with HI-SESSIONS, Carla & I continue to push ‘IOLANI forward.  Obviously, there’s never a dull moment in the Kawakami household!

Have a wonderful week, my friends!

Aloha, “D”

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