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Behind the Scenes at the Grammys – Part 3

July 5, 2011 by , 1 Comment

Welcome to Part 3 of my “behind the scenes” series. In this episode, we hook up with my family!

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Receiving the Hope of Los Angeles Award

June 3, 2011 by , 3 Comments

To be recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa at City Hall was one of those experiences that made me look back on my upbringing and acknowledge the generations that came before me and their struggles for a better life.  I know that all that I am and have become is a result of the hard […]

Hawaiian-Themed Dinner & Concert in San Francisco – May 26

May 17, 2011 by , 1 Comment
Hawaiian-Themed Dinner & Concert in San Francisco – May 26

I can’t wait to performa some songs with Daniel Ho from our newly crowned, Grammy-winning album, Huana Ke Aloha in this great, intimate venue in San Francisco in just a few short weeks. Hope you can come see me, hang out, and sample some of my friend, famed Japanese chef, Kenichi Kawashima as he cooks […]

Benefit for Japan Concert in San Jose, May 27

May 17, 2011 by , No Comments
Benefit for Japan Concert in San Jose, May 27

I’m happy to be doing a little touring and helping generate relief effort funds for Japan’s Tsunami disaster relief. Hope you can come see me. Find out more here: http://www.ukulelesource.com/index/calendar.html And buy tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Acting/Singing: Both Things I Love to Do!

April 13, 2011 by , 1 Comment
Acting/Singing: Both Things I Love to Do!

It was so nice having our movie You May Not Kiss the Bride- that was shot entirely on location in my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii- shown at the Sonoma Film Festival.  Fab food, wine, film…really a good time had by all.  I sooo wish I could have stayed to meet one of my great inspirations, […]

Why am I the poster child for discontinued categories? :-)

April 6, 2011 by , 7 Comments
Why am I the poster child for discontinued categories? :-)

Since I’ve been getting a ton of queries on this subject, I figured I’d put these thoughts forth… When I had the distinct honor of hosting the Grammy pre-telecast two years running, I was acutely aware of the sheer number of categories awarded on that day. The pre-tel would go on about 3 hours- and […]

Grammy & Brown Bags to Stardom

March 10, 2011 by , No Comments
Grammy & Brown Bags to Stardom

Here’s a pic of the Brown Bags to Stardom trophy Daniel and I won in high school and our Grammy.  It’s amazing to see them side by side and think back to when we were teenagers performing in talent contests…  We never could have envisioned standing here today: still friends, still making music, and honored […]