When Scott Johnson of Dogtowne Design approached me earlier this week about being the beneficiary of ZEPTEMBER (an epic tribute concert on Friday, September 24 at Mulligans on the Blue), I was speechless. My shyness in accepting help was overcome by overwhelming gratitude* — not to mention the fact it’s going to be a, well, epic tribute concert.
Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of wonderful, with Scott’s regular updates about all the awesomeness planned. Follow the links and read more HERE, with the update being that the rumor mill manufactured some facts, and here’s photographic evidence:
Not to mention the stratosphere signed by Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Bounty Music donated two ‘ukulele for the evening’s fundraising — one signed by Paula Fuga, and the other by Willie K. Here’s Paula (above, left) at KAOI Radio Group’s studios today, signing the uke (with Sam Ites; above, right). Also (below), a close-up of her artistic autograph on the Kohala by Lanikai uke.
Paula was in the studio with Mike Love and Sam Ites, about to go on air with Shaggy Jenkins, in advance of their Stella Blues Supper Club show (tonight and tomorrow, September 17 & 18; 6-9pm).
(Above, left to right: Scott Johnson, Mike Love, and Shaggy Jenkins.)
(Above, left to right: Trish “The Dish” Smith, of Maui Weekly fame — who was there interviewing the musicians, and with who I, ironically, have a hot date with tonight, to go see The Comedy Hui at the MACC — Scott Johnson, and Mike Love.)
As much as I blab about whatever it is I find funny (I hope) about blood cancer, Trish — knowing how hard it is sometimes for me (as with anyone) to accept really, really nice gestures — asked me, “So, are you doing OK with all this?”
* “It’s all happening really fast,” I said. “It’s hard because I want to thank everyone with every breath, with every blink. But how?”
Well, this blog isn’t the best or only mechanism, but I guess it’s a start… THANK YOU to Scott Johnson, KAOI, Mulligans on the Blue, my beloved MauiTime ‘ohana and everyone who’s making ZEPTEMBER possible — and to everyone who’s helped/put up with me on my little cancer journey.
Sistah Paula Fuga and sistah me, trowing shaka. Das how!
If you’re looking at this thinking, “Wait? Where have I seen that weirdo wearing a worn-out beanie before? And a mention of Trish from Maui Weekly?” Maybe it was HERE…