Yesterday, Chaminade students from the Hogan Entrepreneurship Program hosted a fundraiser at Hawaiian Brian’s (the same venue that the August Burns Red concert happened at). The fundraiser was for trips that Hogan Entrepenuership students from Chamiande will be taking this summer. There is one trip to China and another trip to India. On these trips, students will be working with businesses and doing internships.
I originally heard about the event through a Facebook invite and then through some friends who were hosting the event. For three hours, a $20 ticket got you lunch and unlimited use of the pool tables, ping pong courts, and darts. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales went straight to support the Chaminade students in their fundraising. Many clubs who were planning end of the year events jumped on this opportunity to have fun and support their classmates.
About 30+ Chaminade students and their friends came out to the event over the course of three hours. It was a time of relaxation for finals are just around the corner, actually, they start tomorrow. It was a great opportunity to enjoy a day with friends, take a break from studying, catch up with or meet new schoolmates, and practice my pool shots. I look forward to other fundraising events put on by Chaminade Students.
If you have been reading my blog, even just occasionally, or if you know me personally, you will know that I love metal music. Well August Burns Red just happens to be my favorite metal group and with good reason: they’re passionate about music and Jesus. So it would be no surprise to hear that I was stoked to the point of almost crying when I found out that they were going to be playing in Hawaii. One month after that, tickets went on sale, and I bought two right off the bat. Two months after buying the tickets, I collected my ticket from its hidden secret location and went to the SOLD OUT show with my buddy Matt!
It was an amazing night at Hawaiian Brian’s, a local poolhall and music venue! There were five local bands that opened up for them. Right from the start, the room was filled with energy bursting forth from moshers. Through the five bands, I experienced one of the best shows from local bands I have seen but that wasn’t even the beginning of it! As August Burns Red took the stage, donning the cheesiest aloha shirts found on the planet, the crowd went wild! Within three minutes of playing the first song, the crowd broke through a metal barrier and moved the whole stage (the stage was about 20 feet in width) back four feet. The stage came apart and amps toppled over like trees. That alone made the night worth it. After 30 minutes of the staff MacGyvering the stage back together, August Burns Red continued their set, presenting us with one of the best shows to ever come to Hawaii.
Despite Hawaii’s remote location, we are blessed to have many artist come to our humble island. So far this year we’ve had groups such as Foster the People, Jack Johnson, The Shins, Switchfoot, and Cake make an appearance in Hawaii.
Below is a video that I took of Matt Greiner, August Burns Red’s drummer, performing a drum solo.
As you may have read, last semester I took a few of my residents on my favorite hike, the Maunawili Falls trail. My residents liked the hike so much that they wanted to do it once more before they left for summer. Last weekend I fulfilled their wish and we made another trip to beautiful falls.
We spent about an hour walking up the trail, escaping from artificial surroundings and getting back into nature. We reached the waterfall and spent about a half an hour swimming and jumping off a 10 foot ledge into the pool beneath the waterfall.
On the way back to our van, we wanted to pay our respects and do our part in preserving the natural environment by picking up litter that had been left by other hikers. Most of the trash we collected were empty water bottles and snack wrappers that were left behind.
Bellow is a video of two students jumping off a 50ft ledge.
Thank you Aja for the video!