Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I am on fire! I spoke with the Hawaii Stream guy for about an hour yesterday. We got along very well—he even confided business things to me and said, “I can’t believe I’m telling you this stuff!” The website is a social media site and delivers news mostly via video. They need my help! The videos like this one—in which our Mayor opens the Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Celebration that is happening all week—need me.
I think this is a huge opportunity (of course I tend to see opportunity in almost everything). I have a lot of energy and an entrepreneurial spirit and have been spending that energy with people who don’t have that same spirit. These guys do. They are a start up company and the two guys running it seem to be good businessmen. They are stretched too thin and doing everything, including the videos. Enter me.
Since they are a start up, they don’t have a lot of cash flow. They do have some and luckily for me, I make an all time low (I made more in high school). It doesn’t take very much money to make me happy now-a-days. I am going to shoot two videos for the celebration this week and see how things go. One is the “Taste of the Islands” and the other, an inaugural amateur boxing championship. Right now, the payment is getting out there, meeting people and getting into the events for free. But, I expect that to change soon.
I have a vision that in a year or so, my videos will have helped the website—I mean if your site is going to be driven by videos they better be engaging! I feel like I could be the local video person and I feel like this could be the work that sticks. What could be better? Working at an island style pace, going to community events (and there are a lot here) from art to music, food, mountain and ocean beauty, sports, fund raisers and Hawaiian culture; meeting people and getting to know the lay of the land. 
I want to be a contributing member of the community. For me, this means not only working but doing something that helps the community. It’s difficult to really know what people are doing here. A lot of folks don’t promote their businesses and mostly rely on the coconut wireless. This website is a way to connect folks and I hope to be a part of it. We’ll see what life has in store for me. It could be another stepping stone.
I am wondering about this extreme bounce back. I hope I’m not diving in too deep again and using it to cover something I’d rather not think about or feel. So I want to continue with the self discovery. I’m going to take the dogs to the beach after I post the coffee article. I’ll come home, make a nice lunch and write the restaurant review from yesterday. Then a little meditation and answering more of those difficult questions from Christena’s book. 
Aloha Nui Loa