Thanksgiving.

Recently, two people made a point of letting me know how thankful they were for the help they received from a member of our staff. These two viewers were so delighted by what they considered extra special customer service, that they wanted to make sure I knew about it so I could acknowledge our staff member.

I thought their gestures were extremely thoughtful, especially near Thanksgiving. And it reminded me that a simple thank you is such an easy way to acknowledge someone else for what they did for you and goes such a long way to make that someone else feel nice.

So let me use this opportunity to thank you, our loyal viewers and clients, for your support of KIKU. Thank you also for your comments and feedback, especially about programming. We appreciate hearing from you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

p.s. And thank you, Kawehi, for your good work!

 

 

KOKUA for the PHILIPPINES

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 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

 

KIKU TV will be airing the “KOKUA for the PHILIPPINES” event on December 15th 2013 from 12-5pm.

ENTERTAINERS:

 

Henry Kapono
Kalapana
Raiatea Helm
Makana
Sean Na‘auao
Loretta Ables Sayre
Kalei Gamiao
Kuana Torres Kahale
Aidan James
Da Braddahs
Roman of Kolohe Kai
Rebel Souljahz
Natural Vibrations
Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom
Jordan Segundo
Starr Kalahiki
Honolulu Jazz Quartet
EMKE
Sing The Body
Jake Shimabukuro
Wyland
Mick Fleetwood

 

Purchase tickets here

A Really Cool Service Project

Recently, I participated in a really cool service project on the Arizona Memorial.

The Arizona Memorial is one of the most visited “attractions” in Hawaii: more than a million people visit it each year. It is maintained by the National Park Service and is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day.

There is a memorial ceremony held each year on the Arizona Memorial on December 7th, and each year, the National Park Service must get the Memorial spiffed up in time for the ceremony. This means repainting, polishing, and cleaning the Memorial.

It’s tricky because with the number of people visiting everyday, if they do things too early, there’s a chance walls and floors will get scuffed up again and they’ll have to redo their work. And they can’t do things too close to December 7th, because the weather can be rainy and unreliable. To make matters worse, with federal budget cuts, there aren’t enough funds to pay for extra workers needed to do the job.

Enter the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. Two of its members, Wayne Kato and Jerry Boster, spearheaded an effort to have HJCC members assist with painting the Memorial. Paint and supplies were donated, and over two afternoons (after the Memorial  closed for the day) volunteers from HJCC helped put a fresh coat of paint on the Arizona Memorial, just in time for Veteran’s Day and December 7th services.

Thank you, Wayne and Jerry, for coordinating a really worthy and cool service project!

HJCC at Arizona Memorial

 

Karaoke Contest at Sheraton Hotel

The 50th KZOO Anniversary Karaoke Contest was held at Sheraton Hotel today, Sunday, 11/17. There were many contestants ranging from 6 years old to 8o years old, all singing Japanese songs. It was heart warming to see all these contestants singing their hearts out and having a wonderful time. Singing brings out the good qualities of life and is good for the soul.

Relief for the Philippines

Many people think of KIKU as “the Japanese station”. We are proud of that image because it reflects our lifetime dedication of bringing Japanese programming to Hawaii.

But we are also proud to be a Filipino station. In case you didn’t know, we broadcast news from the Philippines twice a day every Monday through Friday. We also air America’s first and only daily talk show for and about Filipinos — Kababayan Today — at 3:30pm Monday through Friday. And we have a great line-up of Filipino news and dramas on Sunday afternoons.

So the recent typhoon in The Philippines hit especially close to home because it affects so many of our viewers and friends.

Hawaii has always shown its generosity to victims of disasters around the world, and the people of the Philippines need our support now. If you can, please donate to the relief efforts in The Philippines. Every little bit helps. These are just a few of the many organizations that are accepting donations.

Gawad Kalinga

unicef

American Red Cross

World Food Programme

Save the Children

Catholic Relief Services

Caritas Manila

Thank you. Mahalo. Arigatou gozaimasu. Salamat po.

Tribute to our veterans

Tonight, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we are pre-empting regular programming to bring you two special tributes to our veterans:

Daniel Inouye: Journey to Washington airs from 7-8pm and MIS (Military Intelligence Service) airs from 8-10pm.

These special tributes to our veterans are brought to you through the generous support of our sponsors: Nitto Tire, Central Pacific Bank, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Tony Auto Group Association.

 

What Do You Want To See?

When I was in Tokyo, I attended Tiffcom, which is a showcase for content, such as film, television programs, anime, and music. I met with many different stations and production companies, all interested in having their shows air in Hawaii on KIKU. There are not just a wide variety of titles to choose from, there are also a wide variety of genres to choose from: dramas, documentaries, news, anime, and even old legacy programs like Lone Wolf With a Child.

As a child, I remember going to the theatre to see movies like Lone Wolf With a Child and Zatoichi. How nostalgic would it be to bring back old programs like these? Which got me wondering, am I the only one who feels this way? Would other people like to see old legacy programs too?

So I’m asking for your feedback. What do you want to see? Do you want us to continue to focus on modern dramas like Doctor X and our Wednesday Mystery Theatre? Do you like the variety shows, like Cocorico, Dotchi, and Japan’s Local Secrets? Are you a fan of the taiga drama? Are you interested in seeing some of the old programs, like Lone Wolf With a Child?

Your input would help us as we plan our 2014 so I look forward to hearing from you.

Ja, ne!

 

 

 

What happens in Tokyo…

…doesn’t stay in Tokyo.

Instead, I want to share with you some of the things I experiencedin Tokyo last week.

First of all, two typhoons and one earthquake. Luckily, these three events were relatively minor compared to other disasters Japan has experienced. There was some rain from the typhoons a couple of days, and there was a lot of shaking in the hotel room from the earthquake, but other than that, things were normal.

Second, the food was awesome! From sashimi to tonkatsu to homemade chikuwa to anmitsu to ramen and much, more more, everything was incredibly fresh and delicious.  

The first night, I was taken to an izakaya restaurant in Shinjuku which specializes in fresh fish. The waiter brings a tray of fresh fish to the table. You select which one you want and how you want it prepared and voila!

Fresh fish in Shinjuku

Here’s the tray of fresh fish we could select from.

Fresh fish after being cooked

And here’s the cooked fish, with daikon on the side.

The next day, it was Japanese breakfast at the hotel buffet.

Japanese breakfast

Rice, kinpira, hijiki, salmon, tsukemono, and curry!

Although it may seem like I was only focused on food, I really did work, too, with back-to-back meetings from morning until late night every day. But in between and after meetings, there were incredible meals to enjoy.

Take a look at this fabulous tray of sashimi we had at an izakaya in the Shinbashi area. All this for $20!!!

Shinbashi Izakaya

When I learned how much this cost, I said let’s get one per person!

And who wouldn’t appreciate the beautiful presentation of this kaiseki course?

Kaiseki dinner course

One of eight courses from a kaiseki dinner.

 

Also, this incredible main course from a French restaurant in Roppongi.

French restaurant in Roppongi

Restaurant J in the Roppongi area.

Sharing a meal is a great way to overcome communication gaps and move a relationship from casual business acquaintances to personal friends.  

Next post, I’ll tell you about the programs we are looking at and feedback we need from you.

Ja, ne!

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KIKU’s viewers are the BEST

Aloha,

It has been a little over 4 months since launching the new kikutv.com site. To enhance your experience, I’ve made a commitment to update and monitor the site daily. I have listened to your feedback and have consequently added tons of information on our programs so that you can find out all you need to know right here on kikutv.com. You – our viewers – are our main priority, and you all deserve a wonderful, informative, and flawless website. This website is not “kiku’s” site; it is our viewers site. That being said, I want to do everything possible to continue to improve the website and still need your input. If you want more information on our programming, please let me know. If you have seen something cool on another site and want it here on kikutv.com, please let me know. If you think something can be more user-friendly, please let me know. All suggestions are welcome!

Peace,

Jessica Miriga

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