#041: Steve Wong

#041: Steve Wong

The owner of Honolulu Kitchen talks about figuring out how to make his famous deep fried manapua, growing up working at his family’s noodle factory, doing magic tricks as a teppanyaki chef, and the amazing things his wife, a shaman, has foretold for him.

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#039: Tanna Dang & Alyssa Nakao

#039: Tanna Dang & Alyssa Nakao

This was one of our most inspirational conversations. Tanna, owner of Eden in Love, and Alyssa, Eden’s creative director, talk about business, how they approach relationships and life, and fashion (specifically, Jamie’s fashion problems).

Event at The Wedding Cafe at Manoa Marketplace
Launch of Eden in Love at Ward Warehouse

Bryson & Tanna

Bryson, Alyssa & Tanna

2017 Black Friday at the old Marukai location

Eden’s South Shore Market location

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#038: Kai Uncut

#038: Kai Uncut

10-year-old Kai is our most entertaining guest yet! We discuss food, candy, what he wants to be when he grows up (including but not limited to boxer, food reviewer and veterinarian), and we find out why he actually LIKES to clean the toilet.

Kai with his parents
Eating the bacon mac n cheese pizza at Disney California Adventure
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#037: Kanoa Leahey

#037: Kanoa Leahey

The sports broadcaster talks about growing up with “Pops” Jim Leahey, crazy stories from when he first started announcing, including the time he thought he’d get fired for cussing on live radio, and the one performance he wishes he could take back.

Kanoa’s grandfather, Chuck, dad, Jim, and Uncle Mickey (sitting)
With his dad, Jim Leahey

Parents, Jim and Toni
Taryn Hatcher and Ian Scheuring of HNN at the Nick Rolovich Show
Kanoa and his wife, Ashley
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#036: Paul Kim

#036: Paul Kim

Paul Kim is a musician/singer from the Bay area. We talk about his ties to Hawaii, competing on American Idol, how he started out as a rapper in high school, getting his first record deal with a label in Korea, and meeting Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.

Paul’s YouTube channel

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#035: Kealani Cook

#035: Kealani Cook

Dr. Kealani Cook is a history professor at UH West Oahu and one of Jamie’s oldest friends. We talk about his job at the UH press, how he got his PhD, why history should be the study of power, and his book, “Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania.”

Flop sweat sadness (It’s a real thing!)

Kea, Jamie and friends, a long long time ago at the house on Coyne St
Kea and his wife Robyn
Jamie, Kea and Robyn
Playstation in the Kalihi house with Cho (lying on the ground)
Teaching at West Oahu
The day Jamie realized Kea was an adult (he did a history lecture for her kid’s Cub Scouts den)
Hawaiian-Samoan meeting aboard Kaimiloa 1887
The pic Kea talks about of John Baker
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#034: Grant Sumile

#034: Grant Sumile

Grant Sumile is an architect and Jamie’s middle brother. We get his view on Nolan’s proposal to Jamie, how went from academic probation at UH to becoming a partner at an architecture firm, and we get a quick history of breakdancing in Hawaii.

Grant & big brother Mark
Grant, Jamie (being annoying) and Mark
Grant with Jamie in a headlock (I probably deserved it)
When you have a much younger sister and she forces you to wake up early on Christmas morning
Seeing Mark off at the airport

Airbrushing cuz 80s
Brothers’ quality time
High school graduation with John Llacuna and James Park
Grant & Julie in San Diego
Butterfly release at Grant & Julie’s wedding. Grant was not expecting butterflies 🙂

Grant & Julie and their awesome kids
With business partner Darin Fukunaga and Darin’s wife Andrea
ADM at a 2010 awards gala

Projects by Grant and Darin’s company, ADM Retail Planning & Architecture

Dukes Lane

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#033: Ryan Kawamoto & Brad Watanabe

#033: Ryan Kawamoto & Brad Watanabe

It’s the directors roundtable with Ryan Kawamoto of Kinetic Productions, and Brad Watanabe of Berad Studio. We talk scrappy filmmaking, marketing in the digital age and building community. Fyi, there’s a kanikapila next door so that’s the music you hear.

Ryan’s links

Brad’s links

Brad and Ryan at a Hawaii Shoots event

The spot Ryan directed for Altres featuring Norm Chow

Berad Studio’s reel

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#032: Roslyn Catracchia

#032: Roslyn Catracchia

Roslyn Catracchia is a composer, lyricist & musical director. We talk about her adventures in cooking, why she was wandering Waikiki sobbing after a gig, and her new project with Kealiʻi Reichel and Stephen Schwartz, who wrote GODSPELL, PIPPIN & WICKED.

When Roz was 30 years old, doing the first AMC Christmas show with John Bryan
Michael Jackowitz (producer), Keali’i Reichel, Patrick Makuakane, and Roz
The people who went up to New York for the Hi’iaka reading
The first Christmas song Roz wrote for Ala Moana Center – “And We Sing Merry Christmas”
“On Dragonfly Wings” cast pic
In heaven at the piano
Roz and her mom
Manoa Valley Theatre “Once Upon One Time”
Ohia 15th Anniversary
Conducting Punahou graduation
Roz and her mom
Roz and Nolan at rehearsal
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#031: Grant Kimura

#031: Grant Kimura

Grant Kimura is a marketing consultant. He shares how he went from taking naps at UH Campus Center between jobs to throwing red carpet events in LA. The 2nd half is a lot of geek talk (i.e. Star Wars vs Star Trek) – you’ve been warned.

Grant with his parents

Captain’s Log…
Hawaiian ex-pats working in Hollywood

With Will Smith at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Grant’s babies, Starbuck & Boomer ♥️

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