First Session with the Sandwich Islands Network Radio Krew

by - November 25, 2017

First session with the Sandwich Islands Network Radio Krew
Today was a very special day in that it was my first session with the Sandwich Islands Network (SIN) Radio Krew, and let me tell you, it was exciting and so much fun.

First, I knew I had them when I showed off my driving skills -- that is when I backed up into the steep driveway at the studio. My mad skills won them over! Haha. In retrospect, I should have taken a picture as proof that I came within inches of the wall on the passenger side, with room to spare on the driver's side.

Ringleader Uncle Kamaka Brown (L)
and Uncle Daniel Lagronio (R)
Sitting in the coveted chair belonging to Uncle Clinton (who was vacationing in Hawai'i), I knew I had some big shoes to fill. Who am I kidding, I could never be a substitute to any of the SIN Krew. They've all been doing this for so long, they could likely do it all in their sleep! I just knew I had to step up my game.

The SIN Krew were all so welcoming! It wasn't hard to feel included. Uncle Kamaka Brown, the Hawaiian Godfather of Radio (well, if he isn't already called that, I just dubbed him a new title) is  the mastermind behind SIN. Uncle Daniel "Dan" Lagronio, or as Uncle Kamaka calls him, "The Silver Fox," was the quiet storm in the corner who spoke softly, but carried a big stick. A journalist who writes for the, brings to the SIN Krew "commentary of the Polynesia community in Southern California and beyond" (Source:

Me with Marie Kahiau Clark during the SIN Radio session
Marie Kahiau Clarke, who was my sidekick today, was just a joy to talk to, laugh with, and with whom to share stories and ideas. Uncle Kristopher Traynor, the engineer (and master chef) made it all happen with his magic. Last, but not least, Kuemi, the Wonder Dog, the well-mannered fluffiness who camped out next to me a good portion of the time. This eclectic SIN Krew are true professionals, all of whom exude the spirit of Aloha and are so much fun to work with. I am humbled and blessed beyond words at their hospitality and professionalism.

I am looking forward to many more sessions with the SIN Krew!


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