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Episode 115 KENJI LEE ( Videographer & Podcaster 100 bad videos )

Embrace the artistry of imperfection as Kenji Lee takes us through his creative odyssey in "100 Bad Videos." Together, we examine how the Japanese philosophy of accepting flaws can liberate artists from the shackles of traditional perfection. Kenji's personal tales resonate with the essence of authenticity, as he shares the importance of consistent output and the process of creation, rather than focusing solely on the end product. This episode isn't just about making content; it's about the courage to share one's imperfect work with the world, and the authenticity and perseverance that define a true creative path.

Ever considered the intimate power of podcasting? It's a medium that not only entertains but also heals, connects, and preserves our most treasured conversations for posterity. We delve into personal stories reflecting the therapeutic nature of this platform, how it supports us in life's ups and downs, and fosters deep connections. From the evolution of wedding videography to the technical nuances that bring stories to life, our discussion traverses the emotional and intellectual journey of a content creator. And for those who find podcasting daunting, we unpack the challenges and celebrate the growth that comes with learning and mastering the art of podcasting.

To cap off, we navigate the digital era's balancing act between creating and consuming content. We explore strategies for testing content on Instagram before launching into the YouTube universe, the authenticity behind the scenes, and the infectious 'aloha spirit' we infuse into our work. Kenji and I also discuss the significance of content creation blueprints, not as rigid templates, but as empowering guides that catalyze the creative process across communities. Join us in embracing a mindset of contribution over consumption, and discover how every individual's perception can uniquely shape the art of videography and beyond.

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About host :
Thaddeus Park

Above The Bridge host, Thaddeus “Thad” Park grew up on the windward side of Oahu in Kāneʻohe where he spent his hanabata days playing football, baseball, and excelling at Tae Kwon Do and kickboxing.  His martial arts training later led to his love of teaching Tae Kwon Do and self-defense to children and adults.
Most notably known for promoting and hosting successful nightclub, private club and concert events with promotion company Artist Groove Network, Thad is also a lab technician for the Cancer Research Center of Hawai’i.
Thad is merging his passion for having an exciting time with his gift of engaging in captivating conversation and turning it into a lighthearted podcast.  Keeping it Kāneʻohe, Thad takes his listeners to a childhood hangout to chill, talk story, and have a good time, Above The Bridge!

Episode 115 KENJI LEE ( Videographer & Podcaster 100 bad videos )
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Episode 115 KENJI LEE ( Videographer & Podcaster 100 bad videos )

Embrace the artistry of imperfection as Kenji Lee takes us through his creative odyssey in "100 Bad Videos." Together, we examine how the Japanese philosophy of accepting flaws can liberate artists from the shackles of traditional perfection. Kenji's personal tales resonate with the essence of authenticity, as he shares the importance of consistent output and the process of creation, rather than focusing solely on the end product. This episode isn't just about making content; it's about the courage to share one's imperfect work with the world, and the authenticity and perseverance that define a true creative path. Ever considered the intimate power of podcasting? It's a medium that not only entertains but also heals, connects, and preserves our most treasured conversations for posterity. We delve into personal stories reflecting the therapeutic nature of this platform, how it supports us in life's ups and downs, and fosters deep connections. From the evolution of wedding videography to the technical nuances that bring stories to life, our discussion traverses the emotional and intellectual journey of a content creator. And for those who find podcasting daunting, we unpack the challenges and celebrate the growth that comes with learning and mastering the art of podcasting. To cap off, we navigate the digital era's balancing act between creating and consuming content. We explore strategies for testing content on Instagram before launching into the YouTube universe, the authenticity behind the scenes, and the infectious 'aloha spirit' we infuse into our work. Kenji and I also discuss the significance of content creation blueprints, not as rigid templates, but as empowering guides that catalyze the creative process across communities. Join us in embracing a mindset of contribution over consumption, and discover how every individual's perception can uniquely shape the art of videography and beyond.
Episode 114 Augie Tulba (Augie T) City Councilman, Comedian
01:11:11
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Episode 114 Augie Tulba (Augie T) City Councilman, Comedian

Join us as the illustrious Augie T takes us on a journey from laughter-filled stages to the heart of community action. Whether he's rallying neighborhoods in Ewa and Waipahu or tickling our funny bones, Augie's dual passions for comedy and civic responsibility shine through. Our discussion paints a vivid picture of the transformative power of community engagement, the triumphs of local advocacy, and the importance of education in understanding the roles of various government levels in our lives. In this episode, we lace up our boots for a deep dive into the world of community clean-ups and the ripple effect of pride on the places we call home. Augie's stories of grassroots movements and the mobilization of volunteers resonate with the values of care and responsibility instilled early on in my own life. We reveal the nuts and bolts of cultivating vibrant neighborhoods through continuous, small acts and highlight how these efforts can reflect the broader issue of government support and infrastructure maintenance. As the curtain falls on our chat, Augie T brings us back to the laughter, sharing the wisdom gained from a 35-year tenure in the world of comedy. We explore the evolution of humor, the impact of cultural roots on comedic material, and the unique connection formed with audiences through the art of comedy. So, buckle up for a ride through the laughter, leadership, and the lasting impact of community service, with a side of pidgin language and a peek at a one-of-a-kind Japanese truck.
Episode 113 RUSS KIMURA (Creator of the Father Daughter Prom & Marriage Coach)
01:06:38
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Episode 113 RUSS KIMURA (Creator of the Father Daughter Prom & Marriage Coach)

Embrace the heartwarming complexities of being a 'girl dad' with myself, Thaddeus, and my special guest, Russell Kimura, as we share our personal experiences and celebrate the father-daughter bond. Prepare to be moved by tales of daddy daughter experiences, father-daughter proms, and the poignant growth milestones that punctuate this unique journey. Our candid dialogue unfolds the art of connection, as we tackle the delicate dance of guiding our daughters through the nuanced stages of life, from the whimsy of Disneyland adventures to the introspective depths of daddy-daughter journals. Navigating the stereotypes of teenage angst, we venture into the misunderstood territory that fathers and their adolescent daughters often traverse, sharing strategies for maintaining open lines of communication. Our exchange reveals the transformative power behind a father's sincere apology and the courage to break free from generational cycles of reactive parenting. As we reflect on the bittersweet nature of watching our daughters blossom into independence, I recount an unforgettable heart-to-heart at the 'happiest place on earth' and the graceful balance between guiding and letting go. As we gear up for the enchanting father-daughter prom, a celebration that has evolved from a virtual affair to an anticipated gala, feel the palpable excitement that this event brings. It's more than just a night of dancing—it's a symbol of the lasting impressions fathers can leave and the standard of respect daughters deserve. And as we touch on the foundational role of faith within the family, the upcoming prom stands as a testament to the profound and subtle influence it holds. Join us in this episode for a journey through the joys and revelations of fatherhood, all in the company of an uplifting community of fellow dads who cherish every step of the path with their daughters.
BRAH KRUZ for House of Rep District 49, KANEOHE
01:11:38
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BRAH KRUZ for House of Rep District 49, KANEOHE

Join us for an enlightening and empowering episode as we embark on a journey of political engagement in the vibrant state of Hawaii. We are thrilled to have Brah Kruz, a renowned content creator turned politically engaged, returning as our guest. Brah Kruz shares his inspiring transition and sheds light on the pressing local issues that he passionately advocates for. From grassroots activism to advocating for restrictions on home land purchases, Brah Kruz story showcases the power of community involvement and the need for Hawaiian voices in politics. We also explore the significance of voter engagement, the impact of local elections on community improvement, and the urgent need for more native Hawaiian representation. Tune in as we discuss the challenges, triumphs, and the collective responsibility to create a thriving future for our beloved Kaneohe. In this episode, we delve into the world of political engagement in Hawaii through the lens of Brah Kruz's remarkable journey. He takes us on a captivating ride, from his early days as a content creator to his current role as a political candidate. We explore his experiences at the Peace March, where he gained crucial insights into local Hawaiian issues, and his in involvement in advocating for restricting home land purchases in Hawaii's legislative chambers. Kruz's story is a testament to the power of grassroots activism and the immense importance of representing Hawaiian voices in politics. We also discuss the transformative potential of voter engagement, emphasizing the need to vote based on policy and merit rather than party affiliation alone. Join us for an eye-opening discussion on the significance of local elections and community involvement in shaping our beloved district of Hawaii's District 49. As a candidate for state representative, I share my personal experiences and insights into the local political landscape. We explore the challenges of overcoming partisan biases and the importance of voting for candidates based on their policies and merits. The conversation highlights the impact of past voting patterns, the presence of swing voters, and the opportunities for change within our district. We also dive into specific local issues such as infrastructure problems, homelessness, and substance abuse, underscoring the urgent need for community involvement and proactive measures to address these pressing concerns. Together, let's foster a future where our community thrives and our children flourish right here in Kaneohe.
Catching up with Pro Boxer JAYBRIO PE BENITO
01:06:18
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Catching up with Pro Boxer JAYBRIO PE BENITO

This week we catch up with former guest pro boxer Jaybrio "The Hitman" Pe Benito, who joins us fresh from his intensive training and ready to share his journey. From the challenges of a two-year hiatus and embracing fatherhood, to the grind of networking across the States, Jabrio's story is a testament to resilience. He opens up about the personal sacrifices required to maintain his competitive edge and how he balances the demands of the sport with being a family man. Imagine being in the ring sparing with boxing phenoms like Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney; Jaybrio doesn't have to imagine – he's lived it. His firsthand account of these electrifying sparring sessions gives us a unique peek into the world of elite boxing. We celebrate the Hawaiian boxing scene's growth and the hopeful legacy Jaybrio aspires to leave as a fighter, mentor and coach. It's not just about landing punches; it's about setting a positive example and nurturing the next wave of talent. Strap on your gloves and step into a boxer's life where business acumen is as crucial as a strong jab. Jaybrio discusses the sheer thrill of the fight and the calculated risks every boxer weighs, with an entrepreneur's perspective on the sport. From preparations for upcoming bouts to the strategy behind every punch, his anticipation for future victories is contagious. And as we acknowledge the supportive local businesses and sponsors who bolster our athletes, we're reminded that while the fight may be solo, the journey to the ring is a community effort. Join us for an episode that goes beyond the ropes, exploring the heart and hustle of a pro boxer.
Episode 111 HAWAIIAN KETO DAD GERRITT VINCENT ( Keto Influencer )
01:09:28
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Episode 111 HAWAIIAN KETO DAD GERRITT VINCENT ( Keto Influencer )

Embark on a journey with Gerritt Vincent, our Hawaiian Keto Dad, who unfolds his family's transformation through a ketogenic lens, all the while preserving the flavors of heritage. Our heart-to-heart uncovers the delicate dance of instilling healthy habits in his children without stripping away the simple pleasures of their palates. As Gerritt shares the tale of his mother's triumph over diabetes and his own weight loss odyssey, it becomes apparent that the road to wellness is not just paved with good intentions but also a community of kindred spirits who hold each other accountable through the peaks and valleys of dietary discipline. Navigating the kitchen with Gerritt, we stir into the conversation a fusion of cherished family recipes with the innovative tweaks necessary to align with a keto-friendly approach. The scent of sardines with onions, the tang of finadene sauce, and the secret ingredients cloaked in family lore bring to life the rich tapestry of local hawaii cuisine that Gerritt masterfully weaves into his lifestyle. This episode is not only a testament to the love for one's roots but also an ode to the creativity that goes into adapting tradition to fit modern health paradigms. As we round off our session, we step into the kaleidoscope of social media, where Gerritt reveals the double-edged sword of content creation—from the comedic relief found in comment sections to the unexpected boost from online trolls. Through laughter and reflection, we delve into the nuances of virtual interactions, the joy of dance as a universal language. Join us for an episode that promises not just a feast for the ears but a nourishing of the soul, as we celebrate life's flavors, both on the plate and beyond.
Episode 110 JOSE DYNAMITE (Hawaii Comedian & Owner of Comedy U Hawaii)
01:24:51
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Episode 110 JOSE DYNAMITE (Hawaii Comedian & Owner of Comedy U Hawaii)

My guest, Jose Dynamite, and I, your host Thaddeus, whisk you away on a comedic journey through Hawaii's vibrant comedy scene. From the legendary haunts of yesteryear to the fresh punchlines of today's talent, we traverse the islands' unique brand of humor that's as diverse as our landscape. Nostalgia intertwines with the present as we share tales of local legends and the resurgence of live performances post-pandemic—a testament to the spirit of Aloha that fuels our laughter. Let the ocean breeze carry the sounds of our conversation featuring the eclectic mix of comedians who paint our world funny, from Dusty Slay's "Working Man" roots to the silent magic of Penn & Teller. You'll find that comedy in Hawaii is a melting pot of styles, with a dash of pidgin for good measure. We highlight the role of social media in amplifying voices from the islands to the world stage, proving that a viral joke can cross oceans. And amidst the laughter, there's a soft purr—yes, we're talking about our feline friends who provide an unexpected source of joy and inspire their own social media fame. As the sun sets on our comedic gathering, we reflect on the nerves that come with taking the mic and the elation of landing a punchline that resonates. From the Laugh Madness comedy tournament to the organic growth of local talent, the Hawaiian comedy scene is a story of passion, unity, and relentless pursuit of happiness. We invite you to join our laughter-soaked narrative, punctuated with pet adventures and the promise of more giggles to come. So, sit back, relax, and let the spirit of island comedy sweep you into our world where every joke is a wave of connection. ATBpod.com
Episode 109 DJ TOMA (Dj & Owner of This Lil Piggy)
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Episode 109 DJ TOMA (Dj & Owner of This Lil Piggy)

Step into the vibrant world of DJ Toma, the maestro who spun his way to victory at the 2024 "Spin It to Win It" championship. In our latest podcast episode, Toma pulls back the curtain on the electric moments that define the life of a professional DJ. He shares the pulse-quickening challenges on stage, the thrill of mastering new technology while the crowd watches, and the artistry of weaving spontaneous song requests into a seamless set. His story isn't just about music; it's a rhythmic journey through the highs and lows of a career that refuses to skip a beat. The neon lights of Vegas have nothing on the shining stars we meet along our sonic exploration with DJ Toma. Picture a city where the DJ scene has transformed from intimate gigs to monumental residencies at hotspots like The Palms and Wynn. Toma's tales carry us through the collaborative tapestry of the industry, from the buzzing streets of LA to the storied evenings that unite us in dance and delight. Meanwhile, we savor the smoky, slow-cooked sagas of a BBQ venture growing from backyard basics to a bustling business ( this lil piggy) , with flavors and techniques that tantalize even the most discerning palates. But this episode isn't just about beats and eats; it's a celebration of passion and legacy. We delve into the craft of canoe building, the lessons of motherhood, and the quest to preserve traditions that have weathered generations. Our conversation navigates through the intricacies of family, community, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Join us as DJ Toma and friends share insights that resonate beyond the turntables and the taste buds, capturing the very essence of creativity and connection. ATBpod.com
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