Softball: The Best May Be From The West

With the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships rapidly approaching, the state’s best clubs are starting to separate from the pack. Here’s a look at two of the favorites that could be hoisting a trophy come May….

Pearl City

The stinging loss of last year’s HHSAA semifinal game to Kapolei has helped motivate the Chargers to the top spot of the OC16 Softball Power Rankings. Led by senior slinger Tyanna Kaaialii, Pearl City has established itself as a tough team to hit against, allowing just three hits, and striking out 10 in a 2-1 victory over defending state champ Campbell earlier this season. Among its talented group is left fielder Taylor Au. Au, a freshman, is one of the most polished underclassmen in the state. A combination of speed and efficient hitting has made her a dangerous threat against teams throughout the year.


In the quest for the Sabers’ third consecutive HHSAA DI championship, the Sabers have relied on maybe the best 1-2 combo in the state. Senior pitcher Dani Cervantes (UH-Hilo) has clocked in pitches between 58-61 mph and has displayed dominance on the field this season with two games of nine strikeouts this year.

Behind the plate is fellow senior Jocelyn Alo (Oklahoma). Hitting .429 through the first five games of the season, Alo’s numbers are a bit down only because more pitchers are aware of how much damage she can deliver at the dish. In a game vs Mililani earlier this year, Alo drilled a three-run homer to deep left field at McKinley Tiger Softball Stadium that traveled nearly 300 feet. A small sign of what’s to come from one of the most dangerous hitters in the state.

Join us for complete coverage of the Datahouse/HHSAA DI championship May 3-6 on OC16, XCast and OC16.tv.

The Real Face Behind “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”

It’s been a little over 13 years since Don Brown met with OC16 to propose a show featuring local producers and their projects. This idea came about when Wallace Theaters offered him a chance to manage their Restaurant Row Cineplex as an arthouse. The theaters showed foreign, independent, and documentary features during its two-year run. Don even contacted the Sony Corporation to outfit one of the theaters with a digital projector to allow filmmakers to show their work onscreen without having to convert to the expensive 35mm stock. In 2003, they became the first theater in Honolulu to do so.

This project was the launching pad for “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”. “I soon realized that there were many local films with no outlet outside of the occasional film festival for their work to be seen,” he said. “So I approached OC16 with filmmaker Stephanie Castillo – whose documentaries I had shown – with the idea of producing a local magazine-format featuring their work.”

OC16 had just started broadcasting 24/7 and Don thought that the rest of the state could benefit from more local programming as well. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to feature films shot on the neighbor islands that were usually overlooked,” he continued.

Don’s background in film is as extensive as his passion for this art form. He started as a fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles which is where he attended right after college. He continued on to Universal Studios as the story editor for the film division of Motown, then to the L.A. PBS affiliate and to Paramount Television as production supervisor. He spent nine years in this business and decided to move on to writing where he worked for two magazines: Excel in San Francisco and American Visions in Washington D.C. “A writing assignment landed me in Hawaii to do Pacific stories,” Don recalled. “I ended up staying, gravitating to the then Honolulu Academy of Arts, first as publications editor, and later as their film curator.”

After all these years in television, film and print, Don has not lost his interest in the business at all. “There are so many exciting stories to tell,” he says. “What inspires me to create is the thrill of opening people’s eyes to new experiences or points of view. Hawaii has so much talent that needs to be shared and that has been the most-rewarding part of doing the series.”

When Don is not out producing stories for the show, he doesn’t deviate much from his day job. He continues to program films on the side and is currently in the process of rewriting a feature screenplay about the Hawaii music scene.

As for his film influences, he’s partial to the classics. “Though I’ve admired many directors and writers in the film industry for different reasons, my early personal favorite was Alfred Hitchcock for his mastery of cinematic technique to tell a story,” reminisced Don. “His films ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Rear Window’ continue to be my favorites.”

Catch interviews with producers, directors and actors and see just how much talent is in our islands on “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”, Mondays at 6:30pm with the new season starting Monday, April 24.

“Da Braddahs & Friends” Return To OC16

After a brief hiatus, the zany duo return to OC16 with classic episodes and new ones too! See all your favorites as James Roache’ and Tony Silva bring back Keoki and Kakio, Fiti Fiti and Heha, and more! Get your giggles on Sundays at 8pm.

Watercolor Projects Will Brighten Your Day On “Joy of Crafting”

Yu Ming Zhu, renowned Seattle artist, returns to Hawaii and teaches you watercolor techniques with a Year of the Rooster painting. Then, Kari Foteff shows off a new product from Strathmore papers – pre-printed watercolor cards, which are similar to adult coloring books! Get your paintbrushes ready Sunday, April 2 at 6:30pm.


• “All The Things We Are” Spring 2017 Special

• “Checkin’ In” Special

• “Hometown History” Special

• OC16 & XCast HHSAA Boys Volleyball

• OC16 & XCast HHSAA Softball

• OC16 New City Nissan Goodwill Softball Classic