Posts Tagged ‘Sheraton Waikiki’

UPDATE: I’m proud to report that Honolulu Twestival raised more than $7,000 for charity:water! We had an awesome turnout at Oceans 808 and want to say MAHALO to everyone for their support. In case you weren’t able to be there that night, the leaders behind this effort – Ryan Ozawa and Vernon Brown We’ll look forward to seeing you next year! – have the story covered on their blogs.



Dear Readers:

I’m proud to be part of the volunteer organizing committee for the first-ever Honolulu Twestival, a grassroots, 100 percent volunteer driven effort to raise money for charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

On Thursday, February 12, Honolulu will join more than 175 international cities in hosting a Twestival at Oceans 808 from 5-9 p.m. to bring Hawaii’s social networking communities together in an effort to raise money for this great cause. Our pau hana-style event will feature great food, drinks, and a lineup of live entertainment, including Guy Cruz, Anuhea, Mailani Makainai, Jama Hang, and Sunset.

Did I mention we’ve also received some great donations to give away throughout the night that includes hotel stays at The Wyland Waikiki, Aqua Resorts, and Sheraton Waikiki? Not to mention spa treaments from Spa Pure, roundtrip on the Hawaii Superferry, tuition to the Bartending Academy, admission to the Waikiki Aquarium, gift certificates for Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar and d.k Steakhouse, tickets for Atlantis Submarines and much more.

Tickets are just $20 per person presale online and $25 at the door that night, and includes pupu buffet and two (2) drinks. I should also mention that 100 percent of the ticket sales go directly to charity: water.  Please note that this event is only open to those 21 and older.


Why am I involved in this? For one to experience how social networking communities (like Twitter) can come together to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level to impact a single cause.  And second, the fact that right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water opened my eyes.  That’s one in six people.  Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water just below the ground, but no way to get to it. This is where charity: water and its partner organizations come in.

By purchasing a $20 ticket and joining us next week Thursday, you can give one person clean and safe drinking water for 20 years.

BTW, this wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Ryan Ozawa and Vernon Brown who spearheaded the effort. And also to our sponsors Farmers Hawaii,,, The Kelly Mitchell Group, KGMB9 News, SubscriberMail, Alltop, and Pono Media.

Mahalo in advance for your support and I hope to see you on Thursday at Oceans 808.


[Honolulu Twestival logo designed by Valentino Valdez of Valdezign.]

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UPDATE: Additional photos were sent to us by Kelly’s cousin Grant who was obviously using a much better camera than I was. 🙂


Jon and his girlfriend Sarah at Cheesecake Factory. He went straight for dessert first ordering a piece of cheesecake as his "appetizer." After hearing about his strict diet the past couple months, I don't blame him.

What began as a dare between two friends became a proud and memorable moment for the Kam family last night as we witnessed Kelly’s brother Jon compete for the first time in the 2008 Paradise Cup bodybuilding championships at the Sheraton Waikiki. I never would have expected to find ourselves here on a Saturday night, but there was no way we were going to miss this.


Jon looking ripped during his 90-second posing. For a first timer, he looked calm, cool, and collected. My apologies for the blurry photo.

If you’re wondering how this all got started, let me explain. Jon had made an innocent bet with his friend that if she entered a local beauty pageant, he would compete in the Paradise Cup. With that said, I think you can fill in the blanks on the rest of this story. Of course, once we found out that he’d be strutting his stuff in Speedo on a stage in front of hundreds, giving himself a fake tan, and spraying PAM cooking oil on his body (hey, it’s what bodybuilders do), we were obligated to give him a little gas for it. Okay, a lot of gas, but we’re family so we can do that.


Jon is the guy fourth from the left. The dude on the far left won the division. Monsters!

In the end, Jon had the last laugh. He put himself on a ridiculously strict diet, trained like a madman, and committed himself to looking his best for the show. I’m no bodybuilding expert, but he looked better than most of the guys in the Men’s Novice Middleweight class in my opinion. Although he didn’t bring home a trophy, he did a hell of a job and earned a lot of respect from his family and friends for doing something most of us would never even consider.



Official Paradise Cup photograph. Ripped!


The Kam family with THE MAN!


Cousin Grant and his girlfriend Morgan with Jon.


Ensen and Uncle Jon.

Following a great post-event dinner at Cheesecake Factory with more than 20 family and friends – in which Jon officially shed his diet and indulged in a piece of chocolate cheesecake and a cold beer – the big question everyone had at the end of the night was “are you doing this again next year?” He didn’t really give a definite yes or no answer, so I guess we’ll just have to see. In the meantime, we’ll keep Ensen’s schedule clear just in case Uncle Jon needs his posing instructor again next year. Oh, you didn’t know…




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UPDATE: In conferring with my team members this morning, those four-night stays at the Sheraton Waikiki we each won will be going towards a greater cause…the Anthology Marketing Group Yule Store Silent Auction. What a generous bunch of people I work with!

The winning 6th place team of Tom Shiu, me, and Noelle Baker.

We may not have had the lowest score of the day, but Team Anthology Marketing Group had the right score yesterday (net 52.2) to be named the winning team in the 6th Annual Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Golf Tournament yesterday at Kapolei Golf Course. To our surprise, the tournament awarded the top prize (each of us a 4-night stay a the Sheraton Waikiki) to the sixth place team in celebration of its sixth year. It paid to be “kind of good” in this case, and having no expectations going in, was an exciting way to end a fantastic day of golf.


Those who play in three-man modified scramble tournaments know it really takes a team effort for a chance to win. Thank goodness our team was clicking on nearly all cylinders.

Tom Shiu (30 handicap) of Laird Christianson Advertising is a very consistent and steady golfer. He’s also one heck of a putter who birdied a few holes to keep the team score down. Noelle Baker (35 handicap), one of the partners of Anthology Marketing Group, is equally as steady in her play, a tremendous driver of the golf ball, and just a joy to be with out on the golf course.

As for me (13 handicap), I actually played pretty good considering I hadn’t teed it up in quite some time. I drove the ball well, irons were working, but the putter was broken. Thank goodness I had solid team members to help get the ball in the hole. There must be something about Kapolei Golf Course that fits my game since it’s also the place I’ve shot my lowest score of 75. All in all, we had a great time.


Here's the proof. Our net score of 52.2 was calculated off our gross score of 68 plus 20 percent of our team handicap. Thank goodness for handicaps.

Here’s to hoping we can tee it up as an agency again soon. Mahalo to our fearless leader Dennis Christianson for sponsoring the Anthology team and to Mei Jeanne Wagner for answering my somewhat sarcastic question – “Why don’t we enter a team?” – so positively and for helping to make this happen. This win is for the agency!

Last but not least, my final words to my teammates: WE KICKED A$$! 🙂


A beautiful sunset in Kapolei as we finish up our round.