Christmas is one week away!

Can you believe Christmas is just one week away? Time flies so quickly. And if Christmas is only one week away, that means 2014 is only two weeks away.

At KIKU, we are busy getting ready for New Year’s week. You will love the specials we are airing. There is something for everyone.

Kicking off the week on New Year’s night will be our traditional airing of Kohaku — the Red and White Song Contest. Amazingly this will be the 64th year this contest has been held!

For people who have been going through Making It Through withdrawals, the producers have created another set of specials updating us on the Okakura family since the series ended. We will be airing four hours of new Making It Through specials during New Year’s week.

There is also a samurai special titled Love or Duty: Samurai Rebellion. In this special, a samurai’s loyalty to his lord is put to the test and he must choose between his lord and his family.

And for all of you who love food and travel in Japan, there are three great specials to look forward to: Sore ga Shiritai, Tokyo vs the 46 Prefectures, and a very special program titled Japan: The Road Less Traveled with JP Lam, starring Hawaii’s very own local singing sensation, JP Lam, from the Dukes of Surf.

Please stay tuned for more information about our New Year’s specials.

Ja, ne!

Kokua for the Philippines

We previously posted about Kokua for the Philippines, a fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It is happening this Sunday, December 15th, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Great Lawn, from 12 noon to 5pm.

We will be airing the entire event live on KIKU. Here is more information about Kokua for the Philippines.

Please show your support for the people of the Philippines. Thank you.

Apoyan

We have a new series beginning on Sunday, December 22nd at 9pm: Apoyan. This series is about travel agents working at a busy airport counter, helping customers with their travel problems. The agents not only have to deal with customer relations, but their interpersonal work relationships, as well.

Apoyan is from TBS and there are 10 episodes in the series. The first episode (on December 22nd) is an hour and 15 minutes in length.

We hope you enjoy Apoyan!

 

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.