By Rich Figel
Here's some quick plugs for upcoming events that are going to be good fun and help good causes at the same time. First, if you're a fan of local music, there's the Waimea Valley concert on Sat., July 27 from 11 AM until 4 PM on their beautiful, spacious lawn. This is the second of their first-ever Summer Concert Series and features Brother Noland, John Cruz, Ho'okena and Olomana. Presale tickets are just $15 for adults, $8 for kids and seniors. Click here for more details.
If you live on the Windward side and can't make it to the concert, why not get your car washed and pick up some huli-huli chicken at the Hina Mauka fundraiser in Kaneohe? They're located at 45-845 Pookela St., near Windward Community College and the court house. The Saturday car wash goes from 9 AM until 3 PM, $10 for cars and $15 for trucks, vans and SUVs. You can buy whole huli-huli chickens for $11 from 1:30 to 5 pm.
I'm happy to promote the Waimea Valley concerts since they're one of my Career Changer TV sponsors -- plus, I'm a big fan of the musicians who are performing. The reason I want you to support Hina Mauka is more personal. As a recovering alcoholic, I owe my "second" life to rehab, AA and the professionals who work in that field. Sadly, politicians in D.C., have used the recession as an excuse to cut social programs for those who need help most in our country, while preserving tax breaks for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Non-profits such as Hina Mauka have seen their budgets slashed over the past few years, which affects how many clients they can provide treatment to for addictions.
Is it any coincidence there has been an increase in burglaries, robberies and drug-related crimes? No. In times of economic recession, the idle and unemployed turn to alcohol and drugs. Without jobs or hope, there's only one way to support their addiction: steal, rob, lie... addicts do what they do to survive. Believe me, I've seen hardcore criminals completely change their lives around after getting help from treatment centers like Hina Mauka. For every dollar cut from programs like that, you and I will pay twofold or more for crimes committed by addicts who don't even have a chance of getting professional help for their drug problems.
Hina Mauka will also be having their Benefit Luau on Sat., Aug. 10, which I strongly encourage you to buy tickets for. It's going to be a great time, with music, ono food and lots of positive vibes from some of the most grateful folks you will ever meet: people in recovery, like myself. Click here for more info. Oh, and Duncan Kamakana (the Burger King commercial "hungry guy") will be part of the entertainment! More details below.
The current episode of Career Changers TV will run daily until Fri., Aug. 2, so you still have time to watch our latest features on local startup Tealet, and entrepreneur Henk Rogers, who has been in the news because of the success of his Blue Startups accelerator program -- which included Tealet in their first group of eight ventures that were selected. You can find daily viewing times at www.CareerChangers.TV and watch segments from past episodes on the CCTV YouTube Channel.