What’s Up On Spectrum OC16 In April

Spring Storylines

It’s hard to believe we’re just seven weeks away from the end
of the 2017-2018 sports year, and as the spring season winds
down, here’s what we’re tracking around the prep sports world…

Softball: Will It Be The West to Rise Again?

The OIA Division I West is in the midst of another “anybody can
beat anybody” type of year. Campbell, Pearl City, Leilehua, and
Kapolei have all been separated by one game in the standings for
the top spot in the division. It’ll come down to who can command
the circle yet again, as pitchers Chloe Sales (CAM), Maiyah
Faleafine-Lesu (PC), Kaena Nistal (LEI), and Cira Bartolotti
(KAP) all try to lead their teams to the state crown.

Baseball: Is This Year’s State Champ On Maui?

Neighbor Island baseball has been great the last several years
with Waiakea, Maui, Baldwin, KS-Hawaii and Kauai all having
won a state title since 2012. For Division I 
this season, it might
be the boys from the Valley Isle to claim the crown again.
Baldwin has outscored its opponents 53-3 through the first five
games of the season. Six starters on the Bears 2016 state title
team return including Kaipo Haole, Cade Kalehuawehe, Jacob
Chong, Nainoa Keahi, Chayce Akaka and Bubba Hoopii-
Tuionetoa. At the end of March, the Bears were ranked No. 23
in the USA Today top-25 rankings.

Football: Govs In Search Of A New Head Coach

After 16 years at the helm, Randall Okimoto has stepped down
as the head coach of the Farrington Governors. Okimoto, an
all-state running back for the Govs in the early 90s, led
Farrington to 11 state tournament appearances and amassed
more than 100 wins. First reported by Spectrum OC16 Sports,
Okimoto cited family reasons for his resignation, “I stepped
aside because I need to put the time in to raise my children
and be a good husband. As you know, coaching football is
time consuming.” All of us wish Randall and his family the best!

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Get Ready for a Shot of Pure Adrenaline

Coming in April on OC16, get ready for “Everything Hawai’i,
Adventures with Kawika Singson”.  This high octane series
showcases the beauty of Hawai’i Island through the lens and
unique perspective of Kawika Singson. 

The photography is truly breathtaking, but the real star of
the show is Kawika, who inspires viewers to live a healthy,
active, fulfilled life as he runs, bikes, hikes, swims and
climbs at the Big Island’s most picturesque locales, all the
while encouraging viewers to step out of their comfort zone
and “Go out there and live, man!”  Some of the physical
activities Kawika tackles on the show appear extremely
daunting, but his endless positivity and “can do” attitude
encourage viewers to believe that they can do it, too.  Don’t
be surprised if you find yourself gasping for breath at the
end of a segment. 

From a technical standpoint, one might marvel at the
lengths Kawika goes through to capture the video footage
on the show.  Unlike most other shows of its kind, Kawika
does not bring a camera crew with him.  He shoots all the
footage solo, utilizing a mix of different cameras, extension
poles, body mounts and tripods to capture the action.
  This necessitates performing some actions over and over
again to capture multiple angles.  The resulting shots cut
together seamlessly to create a compelling narrative of his
adventure in Hawaii’s outdoor wonder.

But despite all the visual beauty that he captures on camera,
it is Kawika’s down-to-earth warmth and friendliness that
draws people in and keeps viewers engaged.  Producer
Devin Hume describes Kawika as someone who is high on
life, with a great spirit who hopes to inspire people.  “It’s
Kawika’s adventures as real and raw as the experiences
themselves and set in one of the most diverse islands in the
world.”
For more information about the show, visit
@EverythingHawaiiTV on Facebook.  Produced by Farish
Media, “Everything Hawai’i, Adventures with Kawika
Singson” premieres on
Sunday, April 1st at 7:30pm.

Underwater Adventure South of the Border

Host Merlinda Garma takes you to the Sea of Cortez in La
Paz, Mexico for the 10th Annual Mexican Shootout where
besides schooling fish and big pelagics, you’ll find manta
rays, dolphins, whales and sea lions. It’s all happening this
month on “Hawaii Skin Diver”, premiering
Tuesday, April
3 at 8:30pm.

Inspirational Locals In The  Job Force

As part of their series on local stunt professionals, “Career
Changers” will feature Brian Keaulana. He is the son of
legendary Hawaiian waterman, “Buffalo” Keaulana, and
is a well- known waterman himself who has gone on to
become a very successful stuntman and stunt coordinator.
His credits include major motion pictures such as “Kong:
Skull Island”, “Point Break”, “Jurassic World”, “Godzilla”
and “Battleship.” He has also done stunts in many TV
shows filmed here. Also featured is a new real estate
company, Equity First Realty Hawaii, 
founded by Jesse
Ryan Kawela Allen.

He’s a former handyman who now sells multi-million
dollar estates. His goal is to “disrupt” the local real estate
market by lowering the percentage of commission paid
to the buyer’s agent, which could save clients thousands
of dollars on sales transactions. And meet the founder of
NK Management, Mano Nguyen, whose family escaped
Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975 and built a new
life in Hawaii. Mano has been a career changer, working
his way up from customer service to condo management,
and has recently earned an Executive MBA from Shidler
College of Business at the University of Hawaii. He is also
active in supporting the local Vietnamese community
because of his family’s inspiring immigrant success story.
Get to know all these incredible individuals on this month’s
“Career Changers”, premiering
Wednesday, April 4 at
9pm 
immediately following live OIA Baseball.

Women Directors, Animation, Music and Ocean Films

 “Hawaii’s Reel Stories” always covers all aspects of the film
industry and April is no different. Featured are directors
Anne Marie Kirk, Maribel Apuya, Robin Lung, Ciara Lacy
and Emmy-winner Stephanie Castillo who talks about her
new documentary, “Night Bird Song”, which profiles the late
jazz musician, Thomas Chapin. You’ll also see the latest in
animation from graphic design firm Hyperspective Studios,
Twiddle Productions and the New Media Lab at Kapiolani
Community College. Everyone’s ukulele favorite, Jake
Shimabukuro, tells us about scoring the soundtrack for the
WWII film, “Go For Broke”. And highlights from the Waimea
Ocean Film Festival with Kauai’s Bryce Groark (“The Last
Opelu Man”) and “Nervous Laughter”, a thrilling documentary
about surfing Maui’s monster waves. If you love TV and film,
don’t miss “Hawaii’s Reel Stories”,
Mondays at 6:30pm.

Coming In May

• HHSAA Boys Volleyball
• HHSAA Baseball
• HHSAA Softball
• NEW SEASON! Dis-N-Dat
•NEW SEASON! Ultimate Japan