By Rich Figel
Program Alert: The June episode of Career Changers TV will premiere Sat. night, 8:30 PM on OC16 (now found on channel 12 or high def 1012). For other daily viewing times, please visit our website. You can also watch segments from past and current shows on the CCTV YouTube Channel. Looks better on real TV though!
As you may have guessed from the headline, the theme of the new episode involves circuses (no, not UH sports or politics) and sustenance... or to be more precise, how to save money on food. When you think about it, that sort of sums up the two main things in life: what we need to survive and our desire to be entertained. Everything else is a means to one of those ends -- we work to eat, and to spend money on stuff that fulfills us on an intellectual or spiritual level.
So we have segments about the new Aloha Live show in Waikiki that focus on producer Tuffy Nicholas and director Mathieu Laplante. Tuffy was born into the circus life. His love for both the old time Big Top tradition and modern Cirque du Soleil type acts is clearly evident when he talks about his current enterprise, and his plans to unveil a Big Top circus on Oahu in September before taking the show across the Pacific Ocean to Asia and the Philippines. Mathieu's background was gymnastics in Canada, which led to him performing in the Cirque du Soleil "O" show at the Bellagio and touring with their "Saltimbanco" show. I've seen "O" twice and it was even more incredible the second time around when we sat closer in the premium seats.
What's unique about Aloha Live is how they mix Polynesian and cirque type entertainment in an open air setting on the third floor pool deck of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel across from the zoo. Dinner starts around 6 PM as the sun is setting while you gaze out towards Diamond Head. When it gets dark, the performances look even more spectacular, particularly the Polynesian fire knife dancer act. Another highlight locals will appreciate is Vili the Warrior. Yep, the former unofficial UH football mascot back in the June Jones days, has found a new home that really suits his personality. The guys he picked out of the crowd were so funny in their responses to Vili's antics that I thought they might be plants, like what they do at the beginning of the Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas... but no, these were just regular guests who were having a blast on stage.
Aloha Live offers a nice kamaaina discount too. When you add in the cooked-to-order dinner, it's a great deal for locals (make sure you mention you heard about it through Career Changers!). Here's the YouTube link to the piece about Tuffy and Mathieu's segment. For more info on Aloha Live, visit their website.
In regards to the bread angle, we did a story on the Star-Advertiser's Smart Shopper extreme couponing seminar, which featured a woman who turned coupon clipping into a career after her husband posted a video of a shopping excursion on YouTube -- which producers at TLC just happened to see when they were in the planning stages of the Extreme Couponing show. It's simply amazing how YouTube has changed the face of not just entertainment, but business as well. It has enabled anyone with a video camera to launch new ventures or be discovered as new talent. Even traditional advertisers are reaping the benefits of having low budget videos produced that can find niche markets on the internet. For example, segments we filmed for Remington College and Argosy University that first aired on OC16 two years ago, are still getting 300 to 400 views per month online -- and these are serious 4-5 minute long pieces, not 30 seconds of cats jumping in boxes or doing silly things.
Also, we have Part 2 of our Waimea Valley tour, which dovetails with the first-ever Waimea Valley Summer Concert Series commercials we produced and will be premiering on the new June episode. It's a terrific deal for anyone who loves local music: $35 for three concerts, each featuring four different music groups that span generations of island talent. Click here to see the commercial for the Generations concerts, and here's the link to the 30-sec spot we did about their events facilities.
Coincidentally, two months after we featured the Waimea Valley volunteers program coordinator -- Hoku Haiku -- on Career Changers TV, I picked up a copy of the current AFAR magazine issue and there he is in an article titled, "Authentic Aloha"! His personal essay is followed by a two page spread on"Hoku's North Shore Wanderlist." If you're into travel, pick up or subscribe to AFAR.
Have a great weekend, and don't forget to check out my new Career Changers TV show this Saturday night, exclusively on OC16!