Friday, September 30, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #205 Hawaiianpix Photography and Paradise Pastries

Jerry Omo of Hawaiianpix Digital Photographic Services

Charity Schoenfeld of Paradise Pastries

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:  Friday, September 30 at 6:00pm
Repeats:  Sunday, October 2 at 1pm
Monday, October 3 at 11:30am
Thursday, October 6 at 10:00 am
Friday, October 7 at 5:00am

The beautiful JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa is the backdrop for Kahu Kalehua Featheran’s first guest, Jerry Omo of Hawaiianpix Digital Photographic Services.  Jerry shared with Kalehua that Hawaiianpix has a Facebook page on the site now and as the number of brides who click “like” reaches a certain level, there will be drawings for a price pack, valued at $300 that includes jewelry!

Jerry was trained as a classic portrait photographer, but he and his staff also do a lot of photo journalistic shots, as this enables the couple to see all the people and things happening around them that they wouldn’t see except in photos.  He meets with the couple whenever possible to better enable him to capture the special moments important to the couple and to get to know them before the wedding day…as Jerry says, the wedding photos are a record that they will have and enjoy for the rest of their life.  Hawaiianpix also processes and prints all of their own photos via an in-house laboratory; an added service for Jerry’s clients.

The second interview is with Charity Schoenfeld of Paradise Pastries, filmed at Mila Niko wedding apparel.  Originally from Ohio, Charity and her business partner, Bethany, have been in business for over 5 years.  All of their bakery products are baked from scratch and their decorations are just exquisite.  Viewers are able to see wonderful samples of wedding cakes that Paradise Pastries have created for their past clients.

Half of Paradise Pastries’ clients are destination couples, so Charity does a lot of consultations with clients via phone calls, emails and exchanging of photos and drawings.  Destination couples who arrive in Hawaii a week before their ceremony and local couples are also able to meet with Charity or Bethany and have a taste testing.  The most popular flavors are red velvet with a cream cheese frosting and coconut cake with lilikoi filling; Kahu Kalehua will vouch for the vanilla cake with pineapple filling and cream cheese frosting – he said it was D-licious!!

Also, the music you hear in the background of the interviews is being provided by Kupaoa – mahalo!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #204 Propeller USA and Charity Formals

James Yehambaram and Albert Olsson of Propeller USA

Maria Orta of Charity Formals and Violet Shimoko of Abilities Unlimited

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:  Friday, September 23 at 6:00pm
Repeats:  Sunday, September 25 at 1pm
Monday, September 26 at 11:30am
Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 am
Friday, September 30 at 5:00am

Videography company, Propeller USA is Kahu Kalehua Featheran’s first guest and they filmed and edited their own interview segment at Best Bridal Hawaii’s Paradise Cove Crystal Chapel.  Albert Olsson and James Yehambaran were the on-camera guests and their colleagues were behind the cameras, using their equipment, talents and expertise to show you a sample of their work via the interview.

Founded 12 years ago, Propeller USA is strong in the Japanese wedding industry and has gradually become found a place in the local wedding scene as well.  For the destination couples, Propeller USA’s staff are an international mix of people who speak Swedish, Japanese, Malaysian, Spanish languages in addition to English.  Important to them is to get to know the couple they are filming and to video tape and more importantly, edit the footage into a style that the couple chooses for their special day. 

$69.95 will get you properly fitted and attired for any formal event at Charity Formals.  That’s right, you get the coat, pants, shirt, half or full back vest, accessories, shoes, tax and damage waiver all included, no hidden fees.  And on top of that, all proceeds from the rental goes to benefit Abilities Unlimited, a non-profit group that maintains a training program to support people with disabilities and help them to create a better life for themselves.

Just a block from Ala Moana Shopping Center, Sales Manager Maria Orta offers a variety of different styles of tuxedos, which viewers can see, with sizes 3 to 18 for children and up to 64 (or 5XL) for men.  Destination couples can call Maria to order their tuxedo style and go to their closest formal wear store to get measurements to send to Maria.  As Representative Violet Shimoko elaborates, Charity Formals foundation is the 60 years of experience and expertise that came from the tradition of Hale Niu, a well known island formal wear shop.

Also, the music you hear in the background of the interviews is being provided by Kupaoa – mahalo!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #203 Wellnessbridge and LiquidLightImages Photography

Brandy Sinoto of Wellnessbridge
Aaron Bernard of LiquidLightImages

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:  Friday, September 16 at 6:00pm
Repeats:  Sunday, September 18 at 1pm
Monday, September 19 at 11:30am
Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 am
Friday, September 23 at 5:00am

In a departure from his usual format, Host Kahu Kalehua Featheran introduces his first guest, Brandy Sinoto (nutrition and weight loss coach) of Wellnessbridge and then turns the interview segment over to her.  Brandy, in turn, introduces Mapu Dillner, one of her clients, who has an amazing story to share with the viewing audience.  Tune in to hear how Mapu, who has tried almost every weight loss program before, lost 70 pounds and went from a size 18 to a size 4 in 6 short months with the Wellnessbridge program.  She is now feeling fit, looking good and in great health.  Hear what it was that inspired Mapu to enter this program and Brandy’s challenge to the viewing audience:  “do not surrender the idea that you can be the weight you were in high school”.

In the segment segment, Kalehua talks with Aaron Bernard of LiquidLightImages Photography on the grounds of the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa.  Originally from the Big Island, Aaron left the islands when he joined the Marine Corps.  He took up photography while living in San Diego and has been shooting pictures for 17 years.  Aaron’s philosophy is to provide a variety of styles of photography since today’s bride is more fashionable and no one style suits everyone.  In addition to talking with each new client (both via Skype and in person), Aaron also offers this advice to wedding couples – to have a wedding coordinator, even if only for the day of the wedding, so that they can relax and enjoy their day – and this will be reflected in smiles and having fun in their wedding photos.  Aaron also offers post wedding photos – and it’s a great idea – tune in to hear why.

And for those who have been hearing about, check out the Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals Resource Center, where all the member wedding pros offer discounts, or free upgrades or free amenity to each client.

Also, the music you hear in the background of the interviews is being provided by Kupaoa – mahalo!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #202 Harp Hawaii and Mila Niko

Pumehana Davis Wadsworth of Harp Hawaii

Rick & Mila Troutman of Mila Niko

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:  Friday, September 9 at 6:30pm
Repeats:  Sunday, September 10 at 1pm
Monday, September 12 at 11:30am
Thursday, September 15 at 10:00 am
Friday, September 16 at 5:00am

Beautiful music greets viewers as Host, Kahu Kalehua Featheran welcomes harpist Pumehana Davis Wadsworth to Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals.  Pumehana began playing the harp as a young child and now 30 years later, her repertoire ranges from traditional songs usually playing during weddings to more modern selections.  When asked “why a harp for weddings”, Pumehana replies that the harp is classy and elegant, and it can be played on the beach as well as in chapels.

Destination brides can find her on the internet and send in an inquiry on her contact page.  Upon receiving the inquiry, Pumehana will send them a song list and the dialogue continues to the wedding day.  Although Pumehana would like to have 6 months advanced notice of a booking, upon availability, she has also been able to provide services with just 2 days notice.

Kalehua’s second guests are Rick and Mila Troutman of Mila Niko.  Named for Mom Mila and son Niko, this wedding apparel shop carries a line of wedding gowns with a European flair.  With a manufacturing facility in the Ukraine, Mila Niko has a proprietary line of well made, top quality European couture bridal gowns that look expensive but are very moderate and well under the market price.  Much attention is paid to details such as beading, lace work and the selection of fabric.  The gowns are what Rick calls “heirloom quality” – made to be worn for generations and passed on from mother to daughter.  The dresses are fashioned with corset lacing, so they are 2 sizes in either direction and require very little, if any alterations.

Mila Niko has an online catalog from which selections can be made, and if a bride sees a gown she likes, but wants some changes made to it to fit her taste and style, this can be done in a very short time, when compared to other manufacturers.  Mila Niko also carries suits and tuxedos made in Turkey from the finest wool fabric.  So, they are light weight and perfectly suited for the Hawaiian climate. 

Just for fun…The first 3 people who email Kalehua with the names of all the songs that Pumehana, exclusive harpist for the Aloha Wedding Shop, played during her interview will receive a $10.00 gift letter which can be applied to products or services from any of the vendors in the Aloha Wedding Shop Resource Center (a.k.a.