OWABI

We are sorry. We have been promoting the Making It Through specials airing this Sunday and Monday nights as part of our New Year’s specials as new episodes. That is what we ordered from Japan. But through an unfortunate mistake, we were sent the same specials which we already aired last May, 2013. By the time we caught the error, it was too late to get the correct episodes in time.

So we apologize, but this Sunday and Monday, we will be re-airing the specials we aired last May.

Our hope is to get the new specials in time to air next month, in February.

Taihen moushiwake gozaimasen.

Phyllis Kihara, General Manager

 

 

New Year’s specials

Did you watch the Red and White Song Contest last night? If you missed it, we are re-airing it today (Thursday) from 11am-4pm so you have another chance to catch it.

Do you like the new(er) acts with their huge stage productions, wild costumes, and dancing? Or are you a traditionalist and prefer enka? I find that as I get older, I prefer the simpler numbers, where the voices of the singers shine. One thing I did find interesting with this year’s Kohaku, though, was how they blended some traditional enka singers with the newer artists. It was a way to appeal to everyone.

Tonight at 7pm, please watch Part 1 of Sore ga Shiritai, followed by Reset at 8pm.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

 

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!

 

 

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

 

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!