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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".

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My list of interviews with local celebrities be growin'! :)

| Colbie Caillat |
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For whatever reason, these types of posts typically don't get a lot of feedback below, so before I lose ya, just wanted to tell ya to stay tuned for another "Where In Hawaii?" game tomorrow (I hope!)! :P Shoooots!

Hawaii Five-0 & American Idol Chatter (4/19/11) #H50

April 19th, 2011
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You like how I combo-plattered dat one yeah!? :P Das cause I know I could (potentially) get da fans of both Hawaii Five-0 AND American Idol to chat with me down below. I know, I know, shmall kine desperate, but whatdaheck... We go geev um one try anyway! ;)

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Ho'opa'i - When a crime lord moves against the family of an undercover NYPD detective who infiltrated his organization, it's up to Five-0 to stop the policeman from exacting revenge.

As usual, there was active and amusing #H50 chatter last night on Twitter to go along with the show. Some notes on the show for us to talk about today:

  • Hilarious how Kamekona referred to SPAM as "the Hawaiian steak" and "the nectar of the islands"! But wea's da SPAM Musubi gundtfunnit? LOL!
  • The return of the ridiculous Waiola Shave Ice ad on McGarrett's cast. I wonder how much they paid to get on the show??? And how da heck do I get that kind of exposure for Oceanic Mobile up in the heezy? 8)
  • What did y'all think of Puff Daddy's/P Diddy's/Diddy's/Diddy Dirty Money's/Sean Combs' acting? Needs work ah? :P
  • And how about those Kia hamsters in the commercial? Cute or annoying?

Just a reminder, next week's episode is a rerun, but the following 3 weeks should all be new episodes to close out this first season! Woo hoo!


American Idol - Top 7

Here are my notes this week on the American Idol (Top 7) Contestants. Add comments for your favorites below!

  • Casey Abrams - Wasn't too fond of his last performance. Didn't quite get it. And what was with the standing O from the judges?
  • Haley Reinhart - Hopefully, she rebounds with a better performance this week or Lauren may be the only wahine left.
  • Jacob Lusk - I like that he's trying to sing songs straight forward nowadays, but still not too fond of his style.
  • James Durbin - Turned me off a little with his attitude towards the mentors last week, but gotsta give him props for standing up for what he believes in.
  • Lauren Alaina - Looking forward to another awesome performance from my favorite to win it all!
  • Scotty McCreery - Gotta give him credit for keeping his ego in check as of late (or at least acting like it for TV). His singing (or maybe song choice) is picking up too.
  • Stefano Langone - Here's one whose ego has gotten the best of him. He's my prediction to leave this week.

Aloha means goodbye:

My picks for the Top 3 finalists are:

  1. Lauren Alaina
  2. Casey Abrams
  3. Karen Rodriguez

Shooooots! Have a good one y'all!

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American Idol Chatter - Top 8

April 12th, 2011
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So the last time we dished on Idol, we had 13. Now, we're down to just 8 going into this week. Y'all still watchin'? Holla!

I gotta be honest. For the first time ever, I've been doing the speed-watching technique (I <3 my DVR!). Just not catching my interest this season for some reason. I fast-forward through all the nonsense chatter, and just watch the package before the contestants sing (to get a feel for their personality) and then their actual performance. I give that a few seconds and if it bores me to tears, it's more fast forwarding for me.

I actually watch everything (package and performance) on Casey Abrams (still seems humble and buggah makes me laugh), Haley Reinhart (why not?), Lauren Alaina (seems humble and is still my pick to win!), and Scotty McCreery (to see if I can catch more arrogance from him). The others, I'll just watch the first few seconds of their performance if anything.

Here's my previous notes from the American Idol Chatter - Top 13 blog, with updated, Top 8 notes. Add your own comments for your favorite contestants at the bottom!

  • Casey Abrams - LOOOOOVE this guy! He cracks me up! He reminds me of Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen combined. Plus he can SAAAANG, and he still seems humble! (I still feel the same. Thank goodness he got saved!)
  • Haley Reinhart - good eye candy (right rayboyjr?), plus she can sing pretty good too. Don't think she has what it takes to win though. Also looks like she might lose her temper at one of the judges down the road. (I still feel the same. American public is probably getting sick of her antics pretty soon.)
  • Jacob Lusk - pretty good singer, but don't really like the way he overstylizes everything. If he sang straight-forward, he'd be a lot better. (Still feel the same.)
  • James Durbin - Adam Lambert copycat. He can scream-sing ok, but not sure how he'll do with regular songs. (Still feel the same.)
  • Lauren Alaina - My pick to win. She's so naturally talented and sings without any effort. Seems humble too. I like that. (Still feel the same)
  • Paul McDonald - very quirky, but I like it. Seems like a nice guy and his smile is infectious. (Still feel the same, though I wonder if his style is getting repetitive?)
  • Scotty McCreery - CAN'T STAND HIM!!! You can just tell how conceited he is. He is his own #1 fan. Dear lord he better not win! I will admit that he has a good country singing voice, but I can't stand listening to somebody so into himself. He reminds me of last season's Michael Lynche! And he tries to act all nice and respectful, but I'm not buying it! :P (Still feel the same. Even J-Lo told him to not get into his own head too much! I LOVE IT! You can tell that he's trying to tone it down a little bit and act humble, but I'm still not buying it!)
  • Stefano Langone - pretty strong voice in the upper register. Seems nice, but talks too much. (He's starting to annoy me and needs to go. He still talks too much and seems to be getting conceited as well.)

Eliminated Notes:

  • Ashton Jones - way too much spunk/confidence for me. There's more show than singing so far to me. (Not a surprise at all that she got eliminated early.)
  • Karen Rodriguez - one of my favorite girls to win the whole thing. She can blow! (This was a slight shocker! I thought she could sing the lights out!)
  • Naima Adedapo - No idea why she made it. I can appreciate that she has so much passion for singing, but I still haven't seen anything worthwhile from her. I hope she proves me wrong, because I really think the judges made a mistake by not putting Robbie Rosen through. (Not really a surprise that she got eliminated)
  • Pia Toscano - OK, and pretty good voice. Need to hear more from her to have a better opinion. (WHAT IN THE HECK!!!??? I thought for sure she should've stayed on until close to the end. Maybe America assumed she would be safe???)
  • Thia Megia - kinda quiet, but can sing pretty good. That Michael Jackson comparison from Randy Jackson was a reach I thought, but she has a pretty good voice. Wanna see more personality from her. (She can sing, but it wasn't really a surprise as she lacked the personality for America to latch onto. I'm sure she'll do fine as she is still so young and talented).

My picks for the Top 3 finalists are:

  1. Lauren Alaina
  2. Casey Abrams
  3. Karen Rodriguez

Talk to me!
* Is it me or is Steven Tyler the worst judge ever invented? He says "Beautiful" like 100 times a show for everything and doesn't offer any constructive advice/criticism at all. I think I want Paula back! LOL!
* Can we all agree that J-Lo is awesome? She seems so genuine and that she really cares for the contestants. Her advice is always on point too.
* Have you guys heard about the budding romance between Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart? Oooooh... rumors! LOL!
* What do you think of the contestants left? Any surprises?
* Who is your pick to win it all?

Have a good one y'all!


In other news...

Kokua for Japan The Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Clear Channel Radio Hawaii produced Kokua for Japan event that I mentioned last week, was a HUGE success! Through the generous donations of both attendees as well as corporations and online donations, the event was able to raise a whopping 1.6 million dollars! WOW is all I gotta say! Great job Hawaii! For more local coverage, see:

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Hawaii Five-0: Kai E`e #H50

January 25th, 2011
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Missed Sunday's (yeah Sunday's!) new episode of Five-0, but that won't stop me from posting so you can get your #H50 chat on in the comment area below! *grin* Enjoy!

"Five-0 struggles to stay a step ahead of a major tsunami that has the island evacuating its shores as they investigate the disappearance of the head of the Tsunami Warning Center."

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Hawaii Five-0: He Kane Hewa'ole #H50

January 18th, 2011
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Didn't have time to catch last night's episode yet, but let's try something a lil' different this time. Instead of jaberring away and doing all da play by play myself, check out the synopsis and video link below and chat away! :)

"Five-0 joins the Honolulu Police Department in a high-speed police chase that ends with the driver fatally injured, and a gruesome discovery by the team. The investigation leads to an awkward reunion between Chin Ho and his ex-fiancée."

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