Wow! So excited that after all this time and voting and raising awareness for the Hawai'i Kokua Foundation that we received enough votes to WIN $10,000 for the Kokua Foundation in the Verizon and Modern Luxury Hawaii 4G4HopeHawaii campaign!!
First off, I want to sincerely thank all of you who voted and shared and supported this for the past few months, you all are the reason that such a great organization will be receiving this $10,000!! Mahalo! Mahalo!! Mahalo!!!!
And of course, a huge Mahalo to the Kokua Foundation, Jack and Kim Johnson and the whole crew who do such great things for our community and the Earth. Mahalo to Verizon and Modern Luxury Hawai'i Magazine for putting on this even and putting up the $$$, they were so great that even the foundations that did not win received $4,000 each!!! Mahalo to the Republik in Honolulu for hosting such a nice event and bringing the community together to show how we the people work hard for the things we believe in.
And last but no where near least, thank you my new and old friends who i was extremely honored and humbled to be able to have a friendly competition with in this great 4G4HopeHawaii.
Jake Shimabukuro has not only been such a kind and friendly competitor in this competition but I am always honored to call him a friend and have been so lucky in the past years that he has chosen to work with me on his different projects and commissioned my art for his tours. Jake's support of HUGS is nothing short of excellent and it is great to see how he still holds onto such important values in such a super stardom role. Jake is a true gentleman and for sure the best 4 string player I have ever had the honor to watch play!
Jamie O Brien has always been the one I would watch out for when I would be painting in my first little studio at Off The Wall/Backdoor Pipeline. He is so imaginative riding waves, producing great movies and inspiring people to get involved with charities that make sense to them, and he has truly embraced the Mauli Ola Foundation (another foundation I am always so happy to work with) Jamie and Mick have always been so gracious to me and Chris since we moved off the beach to let us come and enjoy the Pipeline spectacle from their lanai, and we love them, they are great people! And with Kala Alexander, our other long time friend accepting for Jamie and always pushing the Mauli Ola Foundation further ahead, this was a great team.
I was able to make a new friendship with the extremely popular and talented actress from Tru Blood fame, Kristina Anapau! I was so nervous to meet a real movie and TV star, but quickly realized how completely grounded and humble Kristina is and hit it off immediatly. Kristina also impressed me so much for her unbelievable support of her foundation (another one I support deeply) Stand Up For Cancer.