Saleva’a Atisanoe aka KONISHIKI continues to give back to the community

Lots of things happening this 4th of July weekend. There are fireworks scheduled in many places on the island of Oahu on July 3rd and 4th. Families and friends will have their barbecue picnics at the beaches and parks. Ala Moana Beach Park will be available for campers on the evening of July 3rd so that they can stake out their spots for the spectacular fireworks that are regularly held there on the evening of the 4th.

I wanted to talk about another event that is happening called Ohana Day on the 4th of July on the Leeward Coast in Kapolei. This will the second consecutive year for the event to be held at Wet ’n Wild Hawaii (the former Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park). The fun-filled day will include water rides, eating contests, a dance contest, relay races and a concert of popular local artists. The full day of excitement ends with a spectacular fireworks presentation. It’s wonderful that the people on the Leeward side won’t have to come into town for the fireworks! For details check out their website www.konishikikids.com.

Ohana Day is a charity event for the Konishiki Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that was created in 1996 to help the children of the Leeward Coast through cultural and educational experiences so that they may be successful and make a difference in their community. The founder of Konishiki Kids is none other than the Hawaii born Saleva’a Atisanoe aka KONISHIKI. He is the first foreigner to reach the rank of “ozeki” in Japan’s sport of sumo. Konishiki was raised in Nanakuli on the Leeward Coast of Oahu. He graduated from the University Laboratory School in Honolulu and had a very successful career from 1982 to 1997 in Japan’s sumo world.

Konishiki continues to flourish in his second career as an entertainer in Japan and Hawaii. He is a producer of Lost Coast Sound putting together concerts such as THROW DA SHAKA Concert 2009. He also hosts his own television program on our local network. He’s a very busy man, but his heart belongs to the Konishiki Kids Foundation and his projects benefit the Foundation so that the children of the Leeward Coast will have opportunities to explore the world, such as through their Japan Trip Program.

Exciting news! Konishiki will be promoting Hawaii in Japan this fall. He will lead Marriott’s Spirit of Aloha Tour. This bus tour will travel through Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo to promote Hawaii as a great vacation destination. Enjoy Hawaii and stay at a Marriott! I am sure that Konishiki will attract a huge crowd where ever he goes. He is very popular in Japan. I recall seeing one of his Suntory TV commercials a while back and just being in awe of his many talents as an entertainer.

Let’s look forward to seeing Konishiki in action as he continues to give back to his community. Aloha and Happy 4th of July!

Honolulu Festival

Konishiki Kids Foundation

Lost Coast Sound

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