Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #209A Celebrity Tuxedos and Flower Designs By Yuki

Christopher Wright of Celebrity Tuxedos

Yuki Shinohara of Flower Designs by Yuki

Show Times on OC16
Premieres: Friday, February 24 at 9:00pm
Repeats: Monday, February 27 at 11:30am
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 am
Thursday, March 1 at 10:00 am
Friday, March 2 at 5:00am

The beautiful JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa is once again the backdrop as Host Kahu Kalehua Featheran’s interview with Christopher Wright, Store Operations Manager of Celebrity Tuxedos.  Mahalos also go to Flower Designs by Yuki for the plumeria and rose bridal bouquets and the stylish wedding gown by Princess Kaiulani Fashions, all members of the Aloha Wedding Shop Resource Center a.k.a.

Celebrity Tuxedos has a rich heritage in the tuxedo business, from owner Ron Bongiovanni’s father’s tuxedo company to Ron’s many years in the business and Christopher’s first job from high school being in tuxedo rentals.  Christopher talks about the 2012 tuxedo and accessories collection - Celebrity Tuxedos always makes sure they have the hottest styles from well known designers in all 3 of their locations.  From weddings to promos to galas, particularly those benefitting good causes and charities, Celebrity Tuxedos also has the gentlemen in mind by having tuxedos that are just perfect for Hawaii’s warm tropical weather.  Destination grooms can go to Celebrity Tuxedo’s website to access the Akamai measurement form, take it to their local tuxedo company for measurement and send that information in via the website to assure themselves of just the perfect fit.  And, when you rent from Celebrity Tuxedos, 10% of the profits are donated back to the bride and groom’s place of worship!

Scenic Magic Island is the background for Kalehua’s second interview with guest Yuki Shinohara of Flower Designs by Yuki.  Originally from Japan, Yuki arrived in Hawaii for school 12 years ago and left briefly to live in Washington DC to learn western floral arrangement.  Yuki’s mother is a teacher of flower design and so Yuki has been around flowers all her life.  She didn’t think she would follow in her mother’s footsteps but really found herself loving flowers and gaining inspiration from the beauty of nature, especially here in Hawaii.  From wedding flowers to tropical arrangements to flowers for all occasions, Yuki is happy to work with her clients to create original designs or to duplicate an order from a photo.   

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

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #207 Mamolii Productions and Kahala Limo

Kuiokalani Gapero of Mamolii Productions

Richard Li of Kahala Limo

Show Times on OC16
Premieres: Friday, February 10 at 8:30pm
Repeats: Saturday, February 11 at 12:30am (pre-empted)
Sunday, February 12 at 1pm (pre-empted)
Monday, February 13 at 11:30am
Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 am
Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 am
Friday, February 17 at 5:00am

The sound of the pu or conch shell is heard as owner Kuiokalani Gapero of Mamolii Productions opens this week’s Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals.  Set against the majestic mountain range of Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center, host Kahu Kalehua Featheran begins by asking Kui to share a little about his background and company with the viewing audience.

Originally from Maui, Kui attended Kamehameha School, where he started dancing hula and he loved it so much that it became an integral part of his life.  In forming Mamolii Productions in 2008, Kui’s vision was to portray his culture as best as he can with as much authenticity as possible in the hula and dances of Tahiti and Aotearoa (New Zealand).  Tune in to the show to learn about the pu (conch shell), ipu heke (gourd), puili (split bamboo) and uli uli (gourd rattle).  Mamolii Productions offers vignettes of 15 minutes to a full Polynesian Show, awa ceremonies, full sound systems, conch shell blowers, lei greeters, bartending services and much more for both wedding and other events.
Richard Li of Kahala Limo drives up to meet Kalehua in one of his luxury cars – a 1985 Rolls Royce.  He also has a Bentley, 2 Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover to offer for any transportation need – for the wedding couple on their special day, for airport/hotel/home pick up, corporate events, proms, Valentine’s Day or even for a special dinner so clients can enjoy a night out on the town and not worry about driving home safely.  Richard feels his vehicles offer another option besides a limousine that is more intimate and unique.

Viewers must tune in to hear Richard’s story about how he received the opportunity to change his life – fascinating!
Also, the music you hear in the background of the interviews is being provided by Kupaoa – mahalo

Hawaii’s Wedding Professionals in HD Show #206 Phil’s Tux Shop and Umbrellas Hawaii

Annie O’Connor Hughes of Umbrellas Hawaii

Phil Grunenberg of Phil's Tux Shop

Show Times on OC16
Premiers:  Friday, February 3 at 4:30pm
Repeats:  Saturday, February 4 at 12:30am – pre-empted by sports 
Sunday, February 5 at 1pm – pre-empted by sports
Monday, February 6 at 11:30am
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00am (new time)
Thursday, February 9 at 10:00 am
Friday, February 10 at 5:00am

Phil Grunenberg of Phil’s Tux Shop is supported by his fellow members of the Aloha Wedding Shop Resource Center as he talks stories with Kahu Kalehua Featheran against the panoramic background of Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center.  Richard Li of Kahala Limo models one of Phil’s tuxedos, along with Janna modeling a beautiful wedding gown by Milaniko and holding a sun umbrella from Umbrellas Hawaii and carrying a bouquet from Flower Designs by Yuki.

Phil has lived in Hawaii since 1986 and been involved in the clothing industry since 1971.  In addition to renting tuxedos and mens formal wear for weddings, Phil also provides professional wear for hotels, restaurants, conventions and other formal event.  His shop offers 50 different styles, some of which are exclusive to Phil’s Tux Shop - Richard Li is wearing such a tuxedo – the Concord by Calvin Klein.  Phil offers 50 to 60 colors for ties, vests and other accessories and he has relationships with companies on the mainland who carry 250 different styles, so you can be well assured that you will find something you like at Phil’s – and in sizes from 3 to 80 to rent or buy.  Destination couples are able to see selections, submit their measurements and orders all on line.  And throughout the show, our viewing audience sees the numerous styles of tuxedos available at Phil’s Tux Shop.  

Kahu Kalehua’s second guest is Annie O’Connor Hughes of Umbrellas Hawaii.  Kui Gapero of Mamolii Productions brought some of the Hawaiian implements used in the hula to display along with Annie’s colorful umbrellas.

Originally from New York City, Annie has lived in Hawaii for 25 years.  As a surfer girl who spent many years in the sun, her inspiration for creating Umbrellas Hawaii came from her own personal experiences of having to deal with sun damage to her skin.  Her umbrellas of many colors and designs, are made from ultraviolet protective factor fabric, tested and certified to block out 97% of UV radiation.  These tropical sun umbrellas a great sun shield that are also water repellent – a perfect accessory for a bride getting married on the beach or for providing a “freshness zone” when taking wedding pictures in our beautiful and scenic venues. 

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

Sunday, February 5, 2012

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

Jerry Omo of Hawaiian Pix

Charity Schoenfeld of Paradise Pastries

Show Times on OC16
Premiers: Friday, January 27 at 5:00pm
Repeats: Saturday, January 28 at 12:30am (pre-empted)
Sunday, January 29 at 1pm (pre-empted)
Monday, January 30 at 11:30am
Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 am
Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 am
Friday, January 27 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!