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Q & A With Chad Owens [Video]

June 4th, 2013
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For those of you who sent in your questions for CFL superstar Chad Owens, I was able to squeeze it in after my interview with him (see below). Thanks for interacting y'all!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92s3NfGCTM

[Big Jim]: Is pro football in Canada better than college football was in the WAC or high school football in Hawaii?

[Chad Owens]: Um, that's a tough question. I don't know if it's better. I don't know what he means, if he's talking about the skill level... It's football right? Anytime you get a chance to go out there and play the game, whether you're here in Hawaii, high school, college, at the professional level: NFL, CFL, Arena (Football) League... You do this because it's what you love to do. It doesn't matter where you are, if you get a chance to go out there and strap it up and play the game, you're gonna go out there and give it your all, and you're gonna enjoy those moments and that's really what I try and do. I try and enjoy that time when I'm out there because one day, it's gonna be all over, it's gonna be done, I'm not gonna be able to do it anymore, so yeah.

[Dean]: Hey Chad, been following you since the UH days. Congratulations on all your success! My question, what do you think are the most effective way to improve the lives of our keiki today and tomorrow through sports? Any plans on one day becoming a coach or mentor for children?

[Chad Owens]: I think the best thing that we can do as grown-ups, as mentors, as parents, is to just guide our children in the right way. And yes, sports is a great way to teach team concept and hard work and all those tools, but the children have to want to play sports. So one thing is you don't want to force them into sports. If it's something that they want to do then great, then you push them towards where they want to be, but the first thing and most important thing we can do for our children is to continue to be a great example for them first because growing up, they become what they see. They become what they're surrounded by so as parents, as mentors, we can just be great examples. And if they do end up playing sports, just continue to encourage cause there's a difference between criticizing, encouraging, disciplining, it's all kind of a fine line with all those things, but keep it fun for them cause that's always the number one thing for kids. They want to go out there and have fun so keep it fun, but keep them going and the main thing is that they work hard and they listen. And yes, maybe one day, down the road... Coach... I mean, we'll see. Who knows? I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring, so maybe one day. But thanks Dean (right?).

[rayboyjr]: Chad: Any possible re-entry back into the NFL?

[Chad Owens]: Um, if a crazy opportunity presented itself, possibly, but as of right now, my focus is on the Toronto Argonauts. It's going into training camp (for) another year. This coming 2013 season and being the best that I can be for my team. If I finish my career in Canada, which I most likely will, it'll be a great ride. The CFL has been great for me. I hope that answers the question.

[Debbie Bruce]: Aloha Chad, You are such a wonderful ambassador for Hawaii and such a positive influence on our youth. How do you feel about the Fan Aloha that follows you everywhere you go? Does it help feed your success?

[Chad Owens]: Well, this Fan Aloha that follows me everywhere I go... Debbie, that would be you! So thank you, mahalo, aloha. *blows kisses* We love you. It definitely helps. It goes back to the support that you get right? It makes you feel special. It really does. It makes you want to go out and work harder for the fans. That's what it is. If there are no fans, what's the sense of playing right? You go out there to entertain, you go out there to perform. We are performers in a way. In a professional way, we are entertainers. Although it's about winning games and winning championships and those things, but if there's no one in the stands watching, to me, it's pointless. So (to) the fans, thank you guys so much. Debbie, again, Aloha, and I'll see you in Toronto next week. I'm leaving on Sunday (5/26/13).

[@KsCollectables (Kevin)] : Hi Chad, as a child growing up did you fight in the back alleys, was it rough where you grew up? Did you always want to try MMA?

[Chad Owens]: I can't say that I fought in the back alleys, but I was always the smallest kid so anytime the bigger kids tried to bully me around, I had to let them know real quick that "Hey, I'm not afraid of you, so what you wanna do?" And somehow, some way, I always became friends with these guys that tried to bully me. I was always a little scrappy kid who wasn't afraid of anything, wasn't afraid of anybody. But I'm not saying that's how I decided to do MMA. MMA is a sport. It's not a backyard fight. Hopefully everyone understands that. It's not a backyard fight, it's totally different. It is a sport, there's techniques involved, you have to train. You can't just go in there and close your eyes and throw haymakers and expect to win. That fight inside of me, it helps me on the football field, it helps me in life, it helps me with everything I do, but thank you. Great question.

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* To read and watch my entire interview with Bruddah Chad, check out my AroundHawaii.com article "Chad Owens: A Born Fighter".

Chad Owens Interview
Chad Owens Interview

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| Shane Victorino |
| BJ Penn |

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[WIN A $25 GIFT CARD THIS WEEK!] Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 20, 2013

March 20th, 2013
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Yep, you heard right! $25 could be in your near future! Gone are the days of guessing on photos for the sheer glory of it all... Well, at least for this week. :P By voting on this week's photos, you actually have a chance of winning some cold, hard cash in the form of a $25 Gift Card to the location below.

Gotta make um somewhat challenging though, so we're gonna go old school on ya and bust out "da list"! Dun dun DUN! The person who guesses them all correctly (or the one with the most correct), wins the card!

OKGO!

Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 20, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 20, 2013

Haha, yeah, OK, that one's a little tough... Just giving you some time to warm-up. ;) Here's the real shot!

Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 20, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 20, 2013

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In case you missed it, I'm taking your questions for my future interview with local boy turned pro football beast Chad Owens. Much like we did for: BJ Penn (Your Questions / His Answers), Shane Victorino (Your Questions / His Answers), & Colbie Caillat (Your Questions / Her Answers), I'll include some of your questions in my interview with him...

Post your questions here:
http://worldwideed.staradvertiserblogs.com/2013/03/19/post-your-interview-questions-for-chad-owens/

Submit your questions for Chad Owens here (Courtesy: @chadowens2 on Instagram)
Submit your questions for Chad Owens here (Courtesy: @chadowens2 on Instagram)


Weekly VH07V Updates!

This week's "SPOTTED!" shot features two adorable kids wearing their keiki Black/Blue VH07V colorways.

SPOTTED: Cute kids sporting their Keiki sized VH07V shirts
SPOTTED: Cute kids sporting their Keiki sized VH07V shirts

* Got some exciting new styles for the ladies coming out soon. Heyyyyy! Not quite ready to unveil them yet, but here's a teeny tiny sneak peek. 8)

VH07V Racerback Sneak Peek
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* VH07V was selected as one of only 10 crafters to get into this year's SPAM Jam festival in Waikiki taking place next month (Saturday, April 27 @ 4pm-10pm). Come on down and visit us at da booth k?

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VH07V will be at this year's 11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam!

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'World Wide Ed' Spring Cleaning Special at Hawaii Self Storage!
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Post Your Interview Questions for Chad Owens!

March 19th, 2013
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OK gang. It's time to get interactive again and post your questions for another local celebrity... CFL juggernaut Chad Owens! Much like we did for:

I'm trying to work out an interview with pro football sensation Chad Owens in the coming days/weeks (depending on our schedules) and would love to include your questions. So in the comment area below, post the questions you'd like me to ask him.

Chad Owens back in Hawaii (Courtesy: @chadowens2 on Instagram)
Chad Owens back in Hawaii (Courtesy: @chadowens2 on Instagram)

As a recap, Chad Owens - a former Roosevelt Rough Rider and University of Hawaii Warrior standout - is coming off of an AMAZING 2012 CFL season with the Toronto Argonauts! First, with individual honors, breaking the all-time, single season all-purpose yards record (previously held by "Pinball" Clemons), becoming the first player in professional football to record back to back to BACK seasons with 3,000+ combined all-purpose yards, and then, winning the league's Most Outstanding Player award! Then, he scored the opening touchdown en route to his team's 35-22 home win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup championship game... All with a broken thumb!!! Here's his post-game interview. As if that weren't enough, he is also hard at work, training for his first MMA fight on the April 6th Destiny "Na Koa III" card. Click here for more details on that.

Chad is also a supporter of my Hawaii Lifestyle brand: VH07V. Here he is in his Red/White colorway during a press conference earlier this season.

World Champion Chad Owens sporting his Red/White VH07V colorway
World Champion Chad Owens sporting his Red/White VH07V colorway

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And finally, here's a cool, remix video of a Chad Owens interview from Hawaii Self Storage!



"Chad Owens (Grey Cup Champion Version)" - Hawaii Self Storage

Updates from Pro Elite MMA - Live!

August 27th, 2011
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for random updates from the Pro Elite MMA event happening right now (Saturday, August 27, 2011)... Enjoy! :)

Kendall Grove vs. Joe Riggs
@kendallgrovemma wins by guillotine over joe riggs

Andrei Arlovski vs. Ray Lopez
tko victory for @andreiarlovski

Reagan Penn vs. Paul Gardiner
Reagan Penn by RNC over Paul Gardiner



Reagan Penn vs. Paul Gardiner

Mark Ellis vs. Jake Heun
Mark Ellis wins by RNC over Jake Heun next

Sarah McMann vs. Raquel Pa'aluhi
Sarah McMann over Raquel Pa'aluhi by Americana

Drew McFedries vs Garrett Olson
Drew McFedries TKO over Garrett Olson

Sale Spreat vs Kaleo Gambill
What a turnaround! Gambill by TKO!

Dustin Barca vs Reno Remigio
Ringside doctor stops fight due to cuts. Dustin Barca wins.

Brent Schermerhorn vs Jesse Lundgren
Brent Schermerhorn from @cripplerufc's school victorious by tko

Chad Thomas vs Joey Palemia (Amateurs)
Joey Palemia victorious by decision

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An Interview with BJ Penn's Younger Brother: Reagan Penn [video]

August 26th, 2011
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Howzit gang! I know, a Friday post is rare from me, but this one's good. Let me know what you guys think! :)

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I first met Reagan Penn when I flew up to Hilo in May of 2009 to interview his famous brother, beloved MMA legend BJ Penn. We were meeting up at their other brother JD's house, and Reagan came by on his bicycle after a day at the gym.

Fast forward to today. Bruddah is preparing for one of the biggest weekends of his life when he will be making his professional fighting debut on one of the most anticipated MMA fight cards in recent Hawaii history as Pro Elite (re)debuts on Saturday, September 27th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena with a stacked card featuring former UFC stars Andrei Arlovski, Kendall Grove, Joe Riggs and Drew McFedries. The real story though, at least for true fight fans like myself, is the one surrounding Reagan Penn.

Prior to this, Reagan led a relatively modest but exciting life, supporting his brother BJ as he went on to capture UFC glory by winning both the Welterweight and Lightweight titles. This weekend, when Reagan faces an undefeated Paul Gardiner, he will step out his brother's shadow to work on creating his own legacy in the fight world.

Check out my quick interview with Reagan Penn on the story behind his name, his ground game, his fight this weekend and what's in store for his future... WAR Reagan!



Interview with Reagan Penn

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