Hawaiians in Rio! #Olympics

In the early stages of Olympic games in Rio it seemed unsure the U.S. men’s volleyball team wouldn’t even make it out of group play.
Tonight, team USA, including three members from right here in Hawaii, defeated the reigning Olympic champions from Russia to earn the bronze medal.

Local products, Erik and Kawika Shoji, and Micah Christenson are now officially Olympic medal winners. But, it wasn’t easy getting there. The U.S. dropped the first two sets in their match against Russia, but fought back from the brink to win it in five and earn their place on the podium.

Christenson had two kills and five digs in that match. Erik Shoji led the U.S. with nine digs. – Hawaii News Now

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2016 Ohana Cup Recap

Toa Samoa continued their dominance of the Ohana Cup in 2016 downing Mate Ma’a Tonga 40-6.

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Fiji Bati defeated a spirited Canada Wolverines 26-12.

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Local favorites the Hawaii Chiefs suffered a narrow loss to the NSW Police Rugby League 20-26.

360 view: Mate Ma’a Tonga vs. Toa Samoa, Pre-game Challenge!!! Sipi Tau and Siva Tau at the 2016 Rugby Ohana Cup This is a Unique First time ever to have a 360 camera immerse the viewers with an interactive 360 panoramic field of view. check out my YouTube channel and my website at www.bluewingkii.com for more content. – Blue Wing Ki’i

 

Defend Hawaii x Ohana Cup

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Check out the pre-game entertainment and fun tonight at ‪#‎AlohaStadium‬ for the ‪#‎OhanaCup2016‬. Be sure to swing by @caponesproductions’ booth tonight and our ‪#‎DefendHawaii‬ booth tomorrow to pick up your OFFICIAL tee to commemorate the event!
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Mahalo to @GrandPacificEvents and the ‪#‎HawaiiRugbyLeague‬! It’s going to be action packed this weekend with FIJI (‪#‎olympic‬ champions) vs CANADA, and the great rivalry of SAMOA vs TONGA ? ‪#‎rugby‬

ONLINE SALE 8/20 – 8/21

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Shoutout to all our ‪#‎defenders‬ out there! We’re honored to have such a diverse following, we all hold our own connotation of what it means to‪#‎DefendHawaii‬. ‪#‎DefendAloha‬ ‪#‎DefendLife‬ ‪#‎DEFEND‬ and we just want to send a reminder that we appreciate you. Here’s a fun surprise ‪#‎sale‬ for everyone for the “statehood” weekend. Use promo code DISTRESSED at checkout for some kālā (money) off your order! ‪#‎MAHALO‬

Ohana Cup Pre-Show!

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Friday: August 19, 2016 – Ohana Cup Jam Session/Concert:

4:00 p.m. – Gates Open

5:00 p.m. – Prayer and Team Recognition

5:30 p.m. – Tahitian Drumming and Dance Ensemble

5:45 p.m. – Samoan Dance Group

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.- Kapena

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Fijian Dance Ensemble

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Josh Tatofi / Hawaiian Halau

8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Nesian Nine

9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. – Willie K

Saturday: August 20, 2016 – Ohana Cup and Rugby League Matches

 

Hawaiian Rugby League & Grand Pacific Events Presents

Don’t miss the 2016 Western Union Ohana Cup and Rugby League Festival at Aloha Stadium on Friday and Saturday, August 19 – 20, 2016.

Presented by Grand Pacific Events and the Hawaii Rugby League this spectacular two-day festival kicks-off with a Polynesian Cultural and Rugby League Festival on Friday afternoon with a not-to-be missed pre-game concert that evening featuring Willie K, Kapena and Nesian Nine produced by leading local entertainment company Capone Productions. Saturday is game day with non-stop International Rugby League action as Team Tonga battles Samoa, Fiji takes on Canada and the New South Wales Police go up against Oahu’s own Hawaii Chiefs.

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The 2016 Western Union Ohana Cup and Rugby League Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Western Union and The Hawaii Tourism Authority.

ESPN 1420 AM will again broadcast live the main slate of games on August 20, 2016 as well as streaming live audio of each of the matches via their website at ESPN1420AM

A portion of this year’s event will benefit R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture, and Health) an initiative by Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui that provides an organizational framework for after-school programs focusing on students in grades 6 to 8 throughout the state.

Friday: August 19, 2016 – Ohana Cup Jam Session/Concert:

4:00 p.m. – Gates Open

5:00 p.m. – Prayer and Team Recognition

5:30 p.m. – Tahitian Drumming and Dance Ensemble

5:45 p.m. – Samoan Dance Group

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.- Kapena

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Fijian Dance Ensemble

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Josh Tatofi / Hawaiian Halau

8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Nesian Nine

9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. – Willie K

Saturday: August 20, 2016 – Ohana Cup and Rugby League Matches

2:30 p.m. – Gates Open

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – National Anthem (All Six Nations plus Hawaii Pono’i)

*4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – New South Wales Police vs. Hawaii Chiefs

*6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Canada vs. Fiji

*8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Tonga vs. Samoa

*Each teams version of the haka performed prior to the start of their respective game.

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

TWO-DAY PASS:

$40 (Includes General Admission to Concert and Game)
SINGLE-EVENT PASS:

Adults – $25

Military (with ID) – $20

Children 6 -12 years old – $15.

Children ages 5 and under – Free

Tickets will also be available at most Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) offices on military bases across the island

For more information about tickets please call 808-483-7123.

Pacific Ink & Art expo 2016 Recap

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This past weekend was the 5th Annual Pacific Ink & Art Expo. Can we say amazing? PIAE did record numbers, the State of Hawaii / State Senate honored the PIAE with 5 years of excellence in providing a cultural event that draws large crowds and brings in high revenue for the state. Congratulations to the entire PIAE staff for a great job. It takes a lot out of you to put on an event of this magnitude, we all appreciate your hard work and effort!

13886499_900017603437434_1447114593474135454_n86,000 Square Feet filled to the max with talented artists and great people.

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Big Gus stopped by our Defend Hawai’i booth, good looks ohana!

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The legendary Keone Nunes doing what he does best.

IMG_2019Mr. Frank Triggcame by the booth. Frank is BJ Penn’s Rumble On The Rock, ICON Sport, and UFC vet. Currently a MMA spokesman and commentator. Mahalo for stopping by ohana!

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Hawaii’s standout gogo dancer and model, Cherry Lei. Mahalo for coming by the booth and showing aloha!

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Ohana!

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Big ups to all those who made the 5th Annual PIAE an event for the books! Such a great time with so many talented individuals. We will see you all again next year!

Hawai’i Hip-Hop Artist – Koins

Koins a local rap artist born & raised in the town of Kane’ohe on the east side of Oahu released his brand new music video “Always Rains” filmed & directed by local videographer & Big Island native Cameron Calistro. This video & song is an ode to his hometown of Kane’ohe as he looks back at his times at Castle High School and more. Check out the video above and share it if you enjoy it. Support local artists & continue to Defend Hawai’i.

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

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TRUE OG DEFENDER BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, TRUE OHANA. WE LOVE YOU LEI LEI, FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.

 

 “I knew Lei Lei for as long as I have been a part of the Defend Hawai’i Team. He was my boss’s (Mike) real good friend. By the looks of their relationship, he was practically ohana. Lei Lei always was a high-spirited guy even when the gray clouds seem to roll in. He always was down to talk story & make those around him laugh. I remember he was always supportive and interested in my own life endeavors. After hearing the news this morning, I still can’t grasp the fact that a TRUE OG is no longer physically with us. Someone that I knew that had an impact in the Defend Hawai’i Ohana, can’t just be gone like that. But, life tends to take the best souls before the rest of us. I will always remember you Lei Lei, you were a TRUE OG & I am proud to say that I know you. Rest in paradise my bradda, we love you and will miss you forever.” – bass