808T E.96 – Future, Aloha And Prince Kuhio

Todays show includes discussion about the future of 808Talk, the recent article about the and in , the voyage and one of only two holidays in the that are dedicated to . Also since I’m back at the mic, I serve up of mix of and music from local . As always, remember we love to hear from our wonderful listeners so be sure and leave us a comment.

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Show Length: 32:05

Listen: 808T E.96 – 03/25/2007 (29.4MB)


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28 Responses to “ 808T E.96 – Future, Aloha And Prince Kuhio ”

  1. Vernon,

    Keep up the podcasts if you can!! Or at least keep the video’s coming. If you need help send me an email.

    Eric AKA ET

  2. Hey Vernon, It’d be a shame for you to not do the podcast. I personally listen for news, and events and in general what it’s like to live in Hawaii. Would I have tried Spam Musubi if I didn’t hear your show? Not a chance. This is one example.

    Even a small 15-20 minute show would be ok to me. I personally skip through the majority of the music. But I love hearing from someone in Hawaii once a week.

    Something would definetely be missing if you went off “The air”

    Keep it up if you can. Maybe for a while just make mini-sodes to lighten the load.

    I like to hear the news and your thoughts as a Hawaiian resident.



  3. Not continue the podcast? I would be very disappointed. I love the podcast from start to finish, from the exciting start (POD-casting from beautiful Honolulu Hawaii!) to finish, and everything in between. I download it every Sunday and listen to it as I walk my two dalmatians here in Oceanside, California. It allows me to dream and think that I am there. It’s informative and fun. I like the music, which no matter how edgy, is Hawaiian. I enjoy all of it, and listen to all of it. I can’t think of anything more I could ask for, except perhaps to make it a little longer (it takes 50 minutes to walk my dogs!) and to occasionally include a guest –maybe Amy Gilliom or somebody of that caliber.

    If you go, I will miss you….and there will be less pep in my step on Sundays.

  4. Can only echo the comments of Jordan and Glen.
    It must take a lot to get the Podcast together every week and I’m sure we could survive a few weeks break every now and then while you recharge the batteries.
    Good suggestion on a guest on the program too.
    I’m in Australia and enjoy the program as I listen in my car on the way to or from work.
    It brings the Aloha spirit alive each episode and helps refresh our memories of such a beautiful, special and friendly place.

  5. I’ve been a listener of your podcast for over a half year now, and I just wanted to comment to support the show. I hope you do not choose to end the podcast because I have learned a bunch of things from your show about my favorite place in the world.

    I think it’s great that you have chosen to feature local talent in Hawaii on your podcast, but as much of an open minded fan I am of music, I can only imagine that most people who listen to your podcast aren’t listening for the music, especially most of the kind that you choose to play. If you do feature music from Hawaii, it probably should be from contemporary bands/artists like Ekolu, Keali’i, Daniel Ho, MAKENA, Keahiwai, or those on KCCN FM100. A link/photo to go along with these artists might help to gain interest too.

    In regards to the USA Today article:
    The Aloha Spirit is, and always will be alive and a part of Hawaii. But it just depends who you encounter, and where you are in Hawaii. There are “bad areas” of Hawaii with less fortunate people & drug users who most likely do not practice the Aloha Spirit, just as it is rare to find someone approachable or friendly in cities like Compton CA, Brooklyn NY, and whatever dominant KKK cities there are on the mainland. Anyone who goes to Hawaii and believes that it is all paradise, is just stupid and naive. There are bad people everywhere, and sadly, violence and racist incidents occur every single day in all parts of the world. It really is all about respect in Hawaii, as V Brown was saying, and you can’t go there and honk your horn at everyone just because you’re late, stare at someone while stopped at a red light, cut someone off while driving, etc as people do in their daily lives like here where I live in L.A. Why? Because people in Hawaii aren’t used to that kinda rude crap. It is only when someone shows this type of lack of respect that people who live in Hawaii will react to it the way it was mentioned in that article. If you give someone a reason to react with violence, they might. So people just need to be careful. when going to Hawaii as they should anywhere else in the world.

  6. Vern,

    As a big fan of everything Hawaii I rely on your podcasts for a ‘man on the street’ of what’s happening in Hawai. I also subscribe to the Honolula Advertiser’s daily email of headlines but it doesn’t have the human side that you provide. Hope you continue as the other Hawaii podcasts don’t come close.

    Keep up the excellent work.


  7. I’ve been listening since November 06, when I decided to make my first ever trip to Hawaii (planning for July 07). I’ve been reading libary books and surfing the internet for information on the Islands. Your podcasts have been immensely useful – a dose of reality among the glitz of tourism brochures, etc. I’ve listened to every podcast since then, and went back and cherry-picked a few others off iTunes.

    Your efforts have made a big difference in my preparations for this first visit (I’m already planning a second one for future years!). Keep up the good work; I hope you continue the podcast.

  8. I just wanted to say mahalo to all of you who have given input to the decision about 808Talk’s future. I sometimes forget how much the show has helped people in their decision about what to do and where to go in Hawaii, and I forget sometimes about how much people depend on the insider and human feel of the show when we talk about news, events and issues here. I’ve been thinking long and hard about the future and all the input here, from email and on the comment line have been so wonderful! Decision to be announced soon!

    A hui ho

  9. Aloha, I just wanted to tell you that I Love your show. I live in Florida and have never been to Hawaii. I’m sure i’ll be going someday but it’s nice to know what is going on over there. One of the things that I really love about your show is simply the sound quality and the way you present your opinion.

    Just so you know, I am a high school music teacher here in Florida… Your show is a big part of my podcast lessons. It’s fun watching the reactions of students when they are exposed to “local” music.

    Please keep the pod cast going….

  10. Aloha and Kon’nichwa, a greeting from Japan, the far east end of the world.

    I just want to say this. Please continue on your wonderful podcasting show. Don’t forget you have big fans of your show not only in the states. I bet you must have a number of faithful listeners all over the world, because I am one of those listeners outside the states. I myself have been listening to your show for almost one and a half years.

    There must be plenty of listener who really love your show more than any other podcast shows. Every time I listen to your show, it always reminds me of the good old days that I had spent in Hawaii for some twenty years ago. Like other listeners do here, I honestly hope you will continue your show.

    Please keep up the great work.

  11. Aloha George and Atsutoshi! Thank you so much for the inspiring comments. George, I feel honored that you use the show in your podcast lessons and Atsutoshi, it is so wonderful that our show bridges the gap for people from all over the world and helps to share the aloha of Hawaii.

  12. VB,

    I love your Podcast and have learnt heaps, which has helped in my visit to Hawaii, and future visits to come. I find your Podcast personal and your enthusiasm and hard work makes your Podcasts addictive.

    It would be ashame to loose this Podcast, but if you decide not to go ahead with this anymore, you at least gave your best for 2 years, and that is something you will have forever.

    Hope you decide what is best for you. Aloha and Mahalo for your education to Hawaii.

    Sydney Australia

  13. My wife and I are big fans of both your audio and video podcasts. We’ve been listening to you for about a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows so far. You podcasts were a tremendous help to us in regards to planning our first trip to the islands last year. We’ve been taking notes from your podcasts since then for our next trip, hopefully this fall. I personally enjoy the music segments and have actually tracked down some of the artists you’ve showcased on the podcast. The video podcast is nice, but I prefer the audio one myself as it is much more work-friendly…I would really get in trouble at work if they caught me watching video. When I listen to your shows I kinda feel like I’m being transported to the Hawaii. I really hope you can find a way to keep doing the podcasts. I listen to quite a few podcasts during the week, but yours has been a favorite of mine for a while now.

    Take care!


  14. ET
    …and all the others that have emailed, called and posted comments under our listings throughout the podcast directories on the web. Your comments, suggestions, concerns and overall aloha have truly been felt! It’s because of people like you that makes it so wonderful to continue to deliver the aloha through podcasting.

    Mahalo nui loa

  15. Thanks Vern, I love Hawaii and have been there twice in 2 years and am hoping to make another trip, this time to Maui.

    It’s seriously my life’s goal to be a Hawaiian resident. Sure there are good and bad but the Good nature of most residents i’ve come across, even in Waianae I could tell the people there were more local and perhaps not as inviting to outsiders but as you said, act as if you’re a guest and show respect to the people and where they live and they’ll treat you like gold in return.

    Aloha lives!

  16. Hey Vernon,

    I know the challenges all too well. It is a lot of work and the love is wonderful. At the end of the day though, there are only so many hours available. I can’t remember the last time I went to a movie! I’m on the road but let’s talk at the end of next week.



  17. Mahalo Rox!

    For me trying to do a show weekly, it has been a challenge sometimes and I know you are even more challenged by doing a show daily. You are right that the love is all wonderful and worth it. When I moved to Hawaii in 1994, I fell in love with the islands and wanted to share that with others. Since podcasting, I have been able to do that and have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful people throughout Hawaii and the world. Yes, would love to get together and talk. Next week sounds great!


  18. Hey, V.,

    I think perhaps that when your listeners are suggesting that you take a vacation, it is not a lack of interest in the show. It is recognizing that you put a ton of work to put out a weekly podcast. You’ve done it for two years, even when you’ve been sick or out of town on business. I think we’d rather see you take a well deserved break, than give up the pod/vodcast all together. I’ve been listening for the whole two years. You give me the taste of the islands that I miss from my visits there. If you decide to stop podcasting, I’ll understand, but I will miss my favorite podcast (out of the 20 or so that I subscribe to in various genres.

    Mahalo, V.,


  19. I moved to Oahu when I was 18 – fresh out of high school! I had been there on family vacations every year from when I was 11 and knew that I wanted to live there. When I did make the move it was inspired by a local musician who I had met while on vacation – yeah – “stupid haole girl” but he of course bailed out as soon as I arrived! I ended up staying for a year and then moving home to Los Angeles, then back again for a year and a half.
    I just wanted to qualify my comments. From the day I moved there I was never alone for any holiday and always felt that I was looked after. Your comment about respecting the culture and attitudes of Hawaii are 100% true. I did not know anyone there – but from the minute that I landed I had a great circle of friends,co-workers and acquaintances, many of whom I am still close with over 25 years later. I embraced the food,music,language and lifestyle and many folks thought I was from the islands. I did encounter other transplants who ended up leaving with a negative feeling, but they had surrounded themselves with other visitors, while I chose to know the “locals”.
    I am still heartsick over not having stayed there, and I know that I will move back one day. Family situations make it impossible now.
    As for the podcast – I would really miss it! It has such a laid back local vibe and keeps me feeling up to date with the place I long to call home.

  20. Diane, Terri…mahalo for stopping by and sharing your comments.

    I will find a solution to plan around my hectic work schedule and be able to still continue with 808Talk. I know there’s a will so now it’s on to the way. Thanks again to all the encouragement and aloha that everyone has shown. Looks like we’re going to move into another season of 808Talk so stay subscribed and pass the word!


  21. Mr. Brown -

    It appears that are a lot of us out here who really appreciate your effots. I like the fact that your podcasts seem so genuine and not overly slick sales pitches for tourist traps.

    Have you considered a group effort? I’m a contributor to a blog with about 4-5 other people, and spreading the work around a bit seems to help. Can that be applied to your podcast? Maybe bringing in a couple of like minded island enthusiasts will ease your burden.

    Thanks for all the help you’ve been. I’m anxious to listen to this weeks edition on Kauai, that is one of the islands I’ll be visiting for the first time this summer.

  22. Your podcast has been a lifesaver for me. I recently began a new job and I hate it I was miserable everyday and hearing you every week has helped me through. I used to live in Hawaii and had to leave for family reasons, but I’ve always planned on moving back. Your podcast not only keeps that dream alive but allows my mind to wander back to my time in Hawaii and the daydreams have gotten me through. Also, I really enjoy the music and if given the option I would love for the podcast to remain a podcast and not a vodcast; it’s okay once in awhile to have the video but I can’t watch the vodcast while working, but I can listen while working. I totally understand if you get too busy, but I love the little aloha I get every week.

  23. One more thing – about the racial tension thing…this shouldn’t be an issue for tourists at all. I’m from Chicago and when I was living in Hawaii a Chicago police officer was beaten on the corner of my street – turned out the guy was waiting for a bus and making fun of local kids while standing there. Hawaii is just like everyplace else – you don’t go into a country bar and start making fun of big hair and cowboy hats do you? Hawaii is one of the few places where the local people respect more than just their own front yard they respect all the islands and the ocean as well and I personally think that is a wonderful thing. Anyone that goes to Hawaii with respect in mind will be fine, in fact they will find the people to be helpful and friendly.

  24. Aloha V. Brown,
    Just want to let you know that I listen to all of your Podcasts and I enjoy every one of them. Your Podcasts had enabled me to ‘return’ to the islands and take my mind on a mini vacation back to Hawaii. Also, it’s enabled me to hear music from groups I wouldn’t normally be exposed to being on the mainland. Thanks to you I learned about Kanalo (thru one of your video pods) and now Mighty J.. I also like some of the alternative music you play.. I find myself looking for them on iTunes… in any event, regarding your request for the future of 808.. I prefer the regular podcasts because the vidcasts take up so much space on my iPod.. however, if the trend is to move to video solely, I’d still like to have an audio agenda, and perhaps when you segway to music, have the video be applied during that section of the show. .. Also, I would love for you to take a ‘deeper dive’ into the culture and people of Hawaii.. IE: interview Kumu Hulas, Halau and local innovators.. for example you mentioned the USA Today article.. it would have been great for you to have someone assisting on the ‘commentary’ portion of that.. When you talk about places of Hawaii, I’d love to hear a guest speaker who could help elaborate about the people/place etc..

    Obviously these are just my thoughts, on how things may evolve for your podcast.. I realize taking deeper dives into subjects require much more work on your end. I appreciate that you even do this at all. People can tell that you have a great love for Hawaii. Mahalo Nui Loa, Amy

  25. Aloha V.

    I love your podcast. I lived in Hawaii from 2002-2004 in Waianae, Waimea (Big Island), Kona, Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe. I moved around so much because I was a missionary. I loved it so much and your podcast brings it all back to me. Please don’t stop! I hope to go back soon, hopefully next summer. We’ll see if I can pull the finances together. Thanks, V.

    A hui ho, malama pono,

  26. In reaction to the Aloha spirit article:
    I have been maried to a “local island girl” for ten years now. Although we live on the mainland -far far away from the island she calls home, she shows aloha every day towards everyone she interacts with. aloa for her is treating everyone with love and treating them as if they were family, showing respect, humility and pride in conducting everyday life. in regards to the incident of road rage itself, it would seem that the individuals involved forgot about the true spirit of aloha. this one incident can not represent the true spirit of aloha that lives in the heart of the hawaiian people and culture.

  27. I generally love the podcast, but found that the constant complaining in the first 15 minutes of episode 96 was a bit off-putting.

  28. Narelle,

    Not sure what you mean by the constant complaining in the first 15 minutes?

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