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Episode 8 DEAH ( Singer & Songwriter )
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Episode 8 DEAH ( Singer & Songwriter )
Ever found yourself at a crossroads, grappling with the choice to either play it safe or chase your dreams? Deah, a singer, songwriter, and model, embraced the latter, wandering from São Paulo to the Hawaiian tropics, and she joins us to share her captivating narrative. Her story is a symphony of signs and serendipities, with numbers orchestrating her every move, propelling her towards a life of music and a deep connection with her newfound island home.Strumming through the chapters of Deah's life, we trace her melodious roots back to Brazil, where family influences and her own audacious spirit shaped her destiny. She recounts how her musical aspirations guided her, transforming gifts into opportunities, and navigating the rough waters of skepticism. Her journey underscores the courage required to transplant your life in pursuit of artistry—a journey that's not only geographical but deeply personal, filled with both harmony and discord.Finally, we harmonize with Deah's current reality—the vibrant hues of her Hawaii life, where she plays bass against the challenge of carpal tunnel and revels in the joys of marriage. She's a soloist in an island ensemble, navigating the music industry's currents with ambition while keeping her feet firmly planted in the sandy shores of authenticity. Our conversation is a testament to the power of community and collaboration, illustrating how music is not just a career but a connection that echoes across the waves. ATBpod.com
Episode 107 MANDA NORSTRAND ( Makeup artist & Trainer )
13-02-2024
Episode 107 MANDA NORSTRAND ( Makeup artist & Trainer )
Ever wondered how a splash of color and a stroke of a brush can alter not just appearances, but also destinies? Manda Norstrand, Hawaii's admired makeup artist, shares her vibrant journey from tentative beginnings to crafting an illustrious beauty career. Her tale isn't just skin deep; it's an intimate exploration of the courage it takes to transform passion into a profession and the pivotal moments that chart the course from dreams to reality. Delve into Manda's story as she discusses the leap of faith that propelled her, the challenges of establishing a personal brand in the competitive makeup  industry, and the hard truths about setting boundaries and valuing her craft.This episode isn't simply about surface beauty; it's a masterclass in mentorship and the art of empowerment. Manda walks us through her commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists, from her approach to training in Ombre powder brows to helping students navigate their own professional journeys. As she opens up about the enriching experience of guiding others to success and the importance of personal growth, listeners will feel a sense of connection to the passion that fuels both artistry and teaching. It's an uplifting narrative that underscores the impact of beauty professionals beyond the mirror, in the lives they touch and the confidence they build.But wait, there's more to the picture than just brushes and powders. We navigate through the evolving landscape of beauty trends, from the influence of social media on young skincare enthusiasts to the transformative tales that underscore a career built on faith and perseverance.  Manda provides insight into the concerns and triumphs of teenage skincare choices, the significance of embracing one's natural beauty, and the powerful role of faith in her life decisions. Join us for a conversation that paints a vivid portrait of the beauty industry, where the hues of personal stories and professional insights blend to create a masterpiece of inspiration and wisdom.
Episode 106 I.A. ( Hawaii Hip Hop Artist & Actor)
05-02-2024
Episode 106 I.A. ( Hawaii Hip Hop Artist & Actor)
This week ATBpod chats with IA, whose name is a lyrical homage to his children, and whose heart is as big as his beats. Today, we're unwrapping layers of a life that intertwines the pulsing energy of Hawaii's hip hop scene with the legacy of a boxing legend, Jesus Salud. IA, thrumming with stories of growing up in the shadow of greatness, shares insights into the industry's politics and his father's enduring respect within the boxing community.Strap in for a vibrant journey through the rhythms and rhymes of the local music scene, as we reminisce with IA about his partnership with Osna and early recording escapades. The nostalgia is real as we revisit venues echoing with the beats of our youth, and discuss the thrilling – though sometimes nerve-wracking – world of live performances. Whether opening for megastars or vibing in the gym of Nanakuli, IA navigates us through the electrifying evolution of hip hop in Hawaii, sharing tales of technology's role in catapulting island talent to the world stage.As the beats fade and the lights dim, our conversation shifts to the beats of life itself. Parenthood casts a poignant shadow over IA's words, as he reveals the connection between his music, merch, and the bittersweet passage of time marked by our children's milestones. We dive into the personal touch of vinyl records and the role of merchandise in funding musical dreams. It's a multifaceted chat, where the consistent pulse of IA's career beats in harmony with the rhythm of growth and the melody of shaping the next generation of artists and individuals.
Episode 104 VITIMIN B ( Short form content creator )
22-01-2024
Episode 104 VITIMIN B ( Short form content creator )
Embark with us on an exhilarating exploration of the creative scene as we sit down with the illustrious videographer Vitamin B. His tapestry of experiences, from the neon buzz of Las Vegas to Hawaii's tranquil coasts, illustrates a narrative of adaptation, ingenuity, and a profound connection with his roots. Vitamin B's insightful strategies for leveraging social media to weave into the local fabric and his unwavering dedication to his craft offer a refreshing perspective on the intersection of family, career, and community.Social media's metamorphosis from a simple sharing tool to a potent marketing weapon prompts a deep conversation about authenticity in the digital age. We dissect the nuances of personal branding and the gravity of our digital footsteps, touching on the delicate art of aligning with brands that resonate with our values. Revealing the strategies behind 'Instagram infiltration,' we navigate the complexities of algorithms to build a more genuine and engaged following—a journey of recognizing one's unique superpowers amidst the avalanche of content online.Rounding off our vibrant chat, we probe the symbiotic relationship between technology and our daily lives, contemplating the judicious integration of screen time for the younger generation. We also consider the undeniable sway of TikTok and the power of simple gestures like a direct message in unlocking doors to unforeseen collaborations. Despite a hasty end to our session due to technical hitches, we commit to continuing this enlightening exchange and promise to further unravel the threads of social media collaboration and networking across our platforms.
Episode 103 RUSSELL DOANE (Hawaii MMA Fighter and Content Creator)
15-01-2024
Episode 103 RUSSELL DOANE (Hawaii MMA Fighter and Content Creator)
Imagine stepping into the octagon, where every punch and grapple is a dance between passion and strategy. That's the world Russell Doane inhabits – a fierce Hawaiian MMA fighter who blends his laid-back island charm with the heart of a lion in the ring. Join us as Russell takes us on a journey into the heart of MMA, reflecting on the serendipitous moments that led him to embrace the sport, and the relentless drive that powers his return to competition . As we peel back the layers of this complex sport, Russell's story is a powerful testament to the warrior's spirit that pulses through the veins of a professional fighter.Russell  opens up about his deep-rooted connection with his friend Louis, their parallel paths to the UFC, and the profound joys and trials of fatherhood.  As Russell shares his experiences with health challenges and his transformation into a coach, we're reminded of the delicate balance that life demands. These candid conversations shed light on the growth that comes from adversity and the beauty of sharing life's victories and setbacks, not only as fighters but as fathers and mentors.Laughter becomes the best medicine as we swap tales of crafting laugh-out-loud social media content and relive heartwarming coaching anecdotes. From navigating the role of discipline in parenting to the unique camaraderie forged through combat sports, this episode is a celebration of community and the human experience. We delve into the emotional rollercoaster of cornering a friend in a fight and reflect on the importance of savoring the beauty in every battle we face, in and out of the ring. So, lace up your gloves and prepare to be touched and inspired by the stories of resilience that defines Russell Doane.
Episode 102, 4TH Annual  Christmas Episode with ARIA PARK
21-12-2023
Episode 102, 4TH Annual Christmas Episode with ARIA PARK
Gather 'round the fireplace and let the holiday spirit flow as I'm joined by my favorite guest, my delightful daughter Aria, for a Christmas podcast that's bursting with cheer. As Aria recounts her spike from novice to seasoned player, we're whisked away on a journey of athletic determination, highlighted by her shining moments at a Chicago tournament and the camaraderie of her school team. This episode isn't just about serves and volleys, though; it's a heartfelt father-daughter dialogue where we tackle listener questions, revealing the personal milestones and chuckles that have defined our year.Aria's leap from the dance floor to the volleyball court has been nothing short of a pirouette into new beginnings, and we're peeling back the curtain on the transformation. We're chatting about everything from her evolving fashion sense to the lighthearted banter about a world without boyfriends – yet. The spotlight shines on Aria's favorite dishes, but it's the insightful discussion on the liberating role of the libero in volleyball that serves up an important reminder: in sports, as in life, height isn't the measure of one's potential.As we wrap up this special segment, we're taking a whimsical detour through wishes of teleportation, musings on beloved school subjects, and memories of family vacations that have etched themselves into our hearts. The podcast may be coming to a close, but the laughter and lessons linger on. Join us in this celebration of the past year's journey, and as we raise our glasses to the future, Aria and I send you off with the warmest of holiday greetings and the promise of more stories and smiles in 2024.
Episode 101 GAVEN SUGAI  Podcaster : Kampai Sugai Podcast
04-12-2023
Episode 101 GAVEN SUGAI Podcaster : Kampai Sugai Podcast
Ever wondered how a podcast host stays consistent, navigates challenges, and enjoys the process while not solely focusing on monetary gain? Tune in as we unlock these answers with our special guest, Gaven Sugai, host of the Kampai Sugai podcast. We kickstart our exchange with a peek into Gaven's Japanese heritage and the inspiration for his podcast's unique name. The conversation takes an intriguing turn towards cultural cheers and their interpretations, a testament to the richness of our unique backgrounds.As we venture further, the discussion illuminates the importance of consistency in the podcasting world. We share our triumphs and trials in maintaining consistency and the vital role patience plays in any creative journey. You'll get an insider's glimpse into our recording process, the hurdles we've had to jump, and how we've managed to stay the course. Our friendly banter touches on our podcast distribution platforms and why we prioritize enjoyment over monetary gain.But it's not all concentrated on podcasting. We take a detour to explore our mutual interest in mixed martial arts, the evolution of traditional martial arts into MMA, and our thoughts on heavyweight champions like Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. As ardent football fans, we reflect on the growth of Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman and the influence their actions have had on us. So, strap in for an engaging, enlightening, and enjoyable episode packed with insights, laughter, and a whole lot of podcast geekery.
Episode 96 IKAIKALOHA (Podcaster, Farmer, Streamer, Content Creator)
11-09-2023
Episode 96 IKAIKALOHA (Podcaster, Farmer, Streamer, Content Creator)
Are you ready to delve into the heart of Hawaiian culture with our guest, Ikaikaloha? Brace yourself for a journey full of authenticity, vibrant insights, and a passionate exploration of traditions. Ikaikaloha is, an esteemed taro farmer, Twitch streamer, podcaster, and perpetual student at UH Manoa, shares a treasure of experiences and wisdom from his immersion in the Hawaiian culture. Hear about his adventures in Hawaiian wood carving, teaching building techniques, and managing a taro farm that carries the good vibes from their great grandmother's contribution.Navigating the ancient and the new, Ikaika has beautifully bridged the gap between indigenous traditions and modern technology. Experience his tale of content creation, the hurdles he overcame, and his encounters with the notorious trolls of the online world. Discover how Ikaika managed to maintain an equilibrium of working amidst taro fields, while also harnessing digital platforms to enlighten others about the richness of Hawaiian culture. Ikaika's journey of mastering new software and platforms to propagate the wisdom of their ancestors is nothing short of inspiring. Moreover, Ikaika brings light to the importance of supporting locals and Hawaiians in opportunities such as conservation jobs. They envision a platform that not only encourages young minds but also fosters an understanding and respect for land concept deeply rooted in the preservation and stewardship of the land. They use their online presence to nurture these ideas and stand as a beacon of cultural understanding. Join us as we witness Ikaikalohas vision unfold, their balance between tradition and technology, and their unconditional love for Hawaiian culture.ATBpod.com
Episode 94 RICH CHOU ( MMA EXECUTIVE )
28-08-2023
Episode 94 RICH CHOU ( MMA EXECUTIVE )
Relive the electrifying era of late 90s and early 2000s Hawaii MMA, where every event felt like an underground Fight Club. Join me as I sit down with Rich Chou, former matchmaker for Bellator MMA, and together, we journey down memory lane, revisiting those thrilling days when MMA was still a building sport. Rich opens up about his humble beginnings as a fighter and his transition into a pivotal figure in the MMA scene. In this podcast, we catalyze a discourse on the importance of nurturing local talent and the potential of reigniting Hawaii's golden era of MMA. Sharing invaluable insights, Rich and I discuss the challenges of bringing back well-loved shows and creating a solid platform for emerging fighters. From reflecting on the impact of monumental events to acknowledging the remarkable contribution of Max Holloway, Bj Penn and Ilima Lei Mcfarland,  as  inspiring local talents, our conversation offers a comprehensive look at MMA's past, present, and future.But it's not just about the sport. We delve into the evolution of MMA, discussing how the sport has transformed into a theatrical spectacle over the years, where social media presence and marketability now yield significant influence. Moreover, as two fathers, we share personal narratives about the transformative power of martial arts and the importance of being good role models for our children.  Don't miss out on this trip down memory lane and insightful discussion about the future of MMA! ATBPOD.COM
Episode 93 SAVA ILIN (DJ ILIN) Maui nightlife promoter
21-08-2023
Episode 93 SAVA ILIN (DJ ILIN) Maui nightlife promoter
You've heard about the Maui wildfires but none can recount their devastating blow quite like our guest, Sava. Experience an emotional journey as he shares his heart-wrenching tales from the Lahaina burn zone, the struggle to provide aid, and the overwhelming unity of a community in dire straits. This is about more than just the destruction caused by flames; it's about the resilience of everyday heroes and the power of human connection.The repercussions of the Maui wildfires echo far beyond just physical destruction. Hear Sava's unique insights into how the spread of misinformation has disrupted the local tourism industry, a cornerstone of Maui's economy. Yet, amidst the chaos, rays of hope shine bright as the community bands together, navigating these unchartered waters with unwavering determination. Our conversation also takes a poignant dive into the compounding effects of COVID-19 on Hawaii's entertainment industry, revealing the everyday challenges faced by locals and their relentless resilience.Sava's tales are not just about loss, they're about strength, unity, and the indomitable spirit of a community in crisis. Learn how the power of conversation and relationships can provide a beacon of hope even in the darkest of times. As we navigate through these tough chapters, you'll discover the importance of maintaining positivity and the healing power of compassion. Join us on this heartfelt ride as we unearth the true spirit of Maui.