HILUXURY - Hawaii Luxury Magazine http://www.hiluxury.com Luxury Living In Hawaii Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:03:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tune In http://www.hiluxury.com/tune/ http://www.hiluxury.com/tune/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:08:11 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=13544 Lights, camera, action! Kristina Lockwood lights the way for KHON2.

It was hard to put a finger on the force behind KHON2′s energetic vibe during my studio visit, but I had a feeling that Kristina Lockwood, its president and general manager—who assumed her GM role in May 2013—had a lot to do with it. Stylishly dressed in nude patent pumps and a crisply tailored white dress, Lockwood meant business and mastered the art of professional flair. She chronicles her road to success, which fortunately seems to have been paved by those eager to see her make it to the top.

Lockwood was born in the Philippines, and after a brief stint in Chicago, her family settled in Hawai‘i, a place they all still call home. From a young age, her mother, a social worker, and father, a doctor, strongly supported the dreams of their three offspring (one son, two daughters). The motivation of Lockwood’s youth, an innate work ethic and curious passion, still blazes strong today.

But she is also quick to acknowledge her mentors’ roles in her achievement.

Lockwood graduated from Kaiser High School and went to study at Brigham Young University in Utah before returning to O‘ahu a year later. “It was hard to be away from home,” she shares. Degree aside, her towering ambition soon landed Lockwood her first job: a MidWeek account executive.

“I was all of 19. I hadn’t finished school, and I didn’t really know what I was applying for,” she laughs. “I was so young, but I loved it. They were great to me; they mentored me. And Dianne Pereira, who had worked there for a long time, was tremendous … I was very lucky.”

Though professionally established before most university students complete sophomore year, Lockwood intended to finish her undergraduate degree. She enrolled in Hawai‘i Pacific University’s night and Saturday school, graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in Communications.

“For me, my career was my priority, and school was important. I was determined to get my degree. I thought it was so important to have an education,” Lockwood expresses, admitting that balancing work and school was a challenge she’s proud to have triumphed. “I didn’t really need it at that point, but I had committed to it, and I wanted to complete it. HPU was fabulous, because they offer so many programs for working adults; it was a really good fit for me.”

Lockwood made her landmark transition from print to broadcast after a client suggested she meet Rick Blangiardi, another early mentor, who was the GM at KGMB9 (a Honolulu CBS affiliate) at the time. She was only 21.

“It was a hard transition. I was young, and I wanted to prove myself. And I was willing to work hard,” Lockwood states, expressing gratitude for these early opportunities. “I’ve been fortunate to work with such good people who have helped me in my career.”

Lockwood’s diligence continued to boost her up the corporate ladder. After a stint as an account executive at KGMB9, Lockwood worked with KITV for eight years, where she was promoted from account executive to national sales manager.

“It was my first leadership role. It was very exciting at the time. I loved that job; it was fabulous,” Lockwood exclaims, glowing. Soon, Blangiardi called her in as national sales manager for, what was at the time, KHON and KGMB. “I thought it was such a unique opportunity to be selling two stations … when the station ended up selling KHON, they sold the whole TV division.”

After the split, Lockwood was approached to be the general sales manager at KGMB, where she served before taking on the Golden State, a much larger market.

“It was so natural. I was here one day, and I was there the next. The people were so welcoming,” Lockwood shares of her transition. “It was exciting that I didn’t know anyone, and I felt like I had to prove myself again. I set out to meet everyone in the market, get involved and be part of the community.”

During her run in California, Lockwood dabbled in sports sponsorships, a field where she stepped up to bat—off home plate.

“Honolulu is ranked in the 70th market; San Diego’s in the 28th. It was kind of hard to break in,” she reveals. “I ended up getting a job at Cox Media, and I started as a local sales manager. I worked really hard and ended up getting promoted to director of sales for California.”

Thanks to her new role, Lockwood became a huge baseball fan. Her favorite team? The San Diego Padres. “I had never been to a professional baseball game until I moved there. I was probably going to 50 or 60 of … 80 home games,” she says with a grin. “It was kind of crazy but really fun.”

Reminiscing on her life in California, Lockwood recalls Cox’s tremendous training and development, a cornerstone in her career advancement: “They focused on leadership, helping to empower young leaders and to give them the tools and skills to be successful.”

These same progressive values—which Lockwood cites she was “fortunate to have”—are strongholds in her current work with KHON2. An exemplary leader, she values others’ success above her own.

Returning to Hawai‘i, to her former employer and many of her former co-workers, marked a glorious homecoming for Lockwood.

“I never felt more welcome than I did that first day, and we just got to work. We’re very focused on improving our station overall, top to bottom, and making it a great place to work,” says Lockwood of her forward-looking groundwork. “Creating a great environment for our employees, where they’re excited about coming to work—they have tools; they have training; they have development; they have people who care about them and want them to succeed.”

Lockwood is indeed an aspiring woman, who at her root, wants to help KHON2 and its employees achieve success—something she acknowledges early mentors, like Pereira and Blangiardi, for instilling in her. “The common theme between the two of them is that they always had time to talk about what was important, how to solve problems and what to do next.”

And in her debut general manager role, Lockwood acknowledges she is far from finished learning, both in and outside the studio.

“I learn a lot from my colleagues … Lori Silva, our news director, has helped me a lot, and she’s a tremendous partner. She has a great eye. She has great ideas, and I think the direction that we’re going with our news department is very positive.”

Since Lockwood entered her role, KHON2 has modernized itself in many facets: an HD digital makeover, beautiful new studio, a motivated troupe of new employees, focus on accountability journalism and sound mission in ‘Working for Hawai‘i.’

“We want to serve the community and provide the news and information that they need on all platforms. It’s not only about being the No. 1 station in the market, but about being the No. 1 news source on all platforms.”

Achieving this goal for Lockwood means investing in employees, fostering a harmonious workplace, staying on top of trends and accelerating in the digital realm.

“It’s constantly changing, so what was ‘new and improved’ a year ago is old, and now, they have something better,” says Lockwood of technology. “Across the board for our employees, we’ve been doing more in terms of training and developing them so that they understand the opportunities with digital.”

Another cornerstone of KHON2′s achievement under Lockwood’s reign stems from internal investment. “We’ve looked at how we can create opportunities for our employees to grow, so there have been a lot of internal promotions within the past year, and I’m really proud of some of the people who have stepped into new roles and are doing things that they haven’t done before—and are doing them really well.”

As for what to expect when you turn to KHON2 or click on www.khon2.com, Lockwood says it’s about service: uncovering problems in communities and achieving results. “At the end of the day that’s what we’re trying to accomplish, and we want to make Hawai‘i a better place,” she assures. “We want to do our part. I feel very, very passionate about that, and our newsroom feels very passionate about that.”

Lockwood’s journey to managing the Honolulu FOX affiliate of KHON-TV and CW affiliate KHON-D2 is indeed motivating. Her charming demeanor a natural trait, it is unsurprising that she has a justly active and fulfilling life offset. An ace at prioritizing and proud mother of two sons, ages 13 and 11, she enjoys athletic pursuits and manages to squeeze in running—and occasionally nurturing her love for travel—into a jammed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. regimen.

In studio, Lockwood doesn’t divulge details but assures there’s lots more to come from KHON2, and soon.

“Right now, my focus is on making KHON the best place to work and really creating a positive environment for our employees and giving them the tools to be successful … they are our brand; they are KHON. It cannot just be me; it has to be everyone.”

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A Charmed Life, Documented http://www.hiluxury.com/charmed-life-documented/ http://www.hiluxury.com/charmed-life-documented/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:07:35 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=13481 In his new book, Honolulu resident and seasoned National Geographic photographer Paul Chesley shows us the world through his lens.

The MAIKO didn’t know I had snapped her picture,” recalls NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer Paul Chesley when i asked him how he captured the iconic cover image for his book, Paul Chesley, A Photographic Voyage. As we sat in his studio near Diamond Head, Chesley retold the story as if it had just happened. “As I saw the maiko (a geisha apprentice) pick up the glass of lemonade to take a sip, I aimed my camera and clicked the shutter and knew I captured that special moment.”

The cover image is an unguarded moment with no pretense and no set up; a photograph defining Chesley’s signature style. He’s famously known for capturing unguarded moments that helped him rise above the competition allowing him to reach the pinnacle of the photography world: working for The National Geographic Society.

Chesley, who stands over six feet tall, knew he’d have a tough time blending into a room full of demure Japanese geishas, but the photographer has an uncanny ability to “disappear” when he’s taking pictures. After several hours, the geishas forgot about the photographer and let their guard down and that’s when Chesley struck. “I snapped only one frame before she put the glass down,” the photographer said about the cover shot.

During his career, Chesley photographed 35 assignments for National Geographic and hundreds more for many national and international. After studying photography in Colorado, Chesley landed several magazine assignments that caught the attention of the photo editors at National Geographic. Chesley’s first assignment for NGS was to photograph the Saw Tooth Mountain Range in Minnesota that eventually led to a solo book project on the Rocky Mountains, solidifying his reputation as an elite member of the National Geographic Society.

Along with his many assignments for National Geographic, Chesley contributed to the A Day in the Life book series worked on numerous jobs in Hawai‘i. His images have been showcased at the East-West Center at UH and he is currently working on a book project documenting Japanese temples throughout the islands.

Originally from Minnesota, Chesley moved to sunny Hawai‘i nearly a decade ago from Colorado. He admits, “I grew tired of the long winters in Aspen and loved Hawai‘i.” Chesley does have family ties in Hawai‘i stretching back several generations as his grandfather would regularly visit his former student Harold Lyon and his mother attended boarding school at Punahou School.

Chesley lived a charmed life jetting around the globe to photograph exotic locations many would only see within the pages of National Geographic. “It was the golden age of photography where day rates were high and assignments could last months at a time with unlimited expense accounts…” he says. But there was always the condition he returned with only the best images for the assignment.

Although Chesley fastidiously prepared before any assignment, he remains a strong believer in the decisive moment, an adage attributed to legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who stated great photographers have an intuition when to capture that precise instance. Yet, all the preparation in the world has no meaning if you can’t be at the location to capture that serendipitous scene. “Stuff is going to happen if you’re there or not, so you have to be there and give yourself time to capture those special moments,” says Chesley.

He does concede the visual world has changed from the time he made many of his images in the book. Instagram and the iPhone have made photographers out of all of us but what differentiates Chesley’s work is his images are not snapshots. With all the planning and preparation that goes into his assignment, nothing is random. “Everything is planned,” he reveals. “Those special moments are only captured because I put the time in to research when they would happen.”

For his book, Chesley and his editor took several months to sort through nearly two million images from his expansive photo library. His permanent archive now consists of roughly 70,000 photographs. Chesley and a team of editors took several years to create his book from his library. The images span a lengthy career of 40 years of assignments for National Geographic along with many other unpublished and personal images. His book illustrates an illustrious life of travel, remote locations and exotic cultures. The book is almost a personal diary documenting the charmed life of a photographer in the golden age of National Geographic.

Many of the scenes in his book however, can no longer be found as the modern world and growing numbers in tourism is erasing the past. “You won’t find that many bicycles in Ho Chi Minh City nor do I think I can capture the same photo at Angkor Wat as there are too many tourists now,” he says. But that does not discourage him from traveling and seeking out beautiful images in these once exotic locations. Chesley postulates that if he had to go back and reshoot many of the scenes in his book, he would not look for the past but capture what’s there now. He shares, “I’m looking for the modern world as I see it now. I’m a street photographer and I can still find the decisive moment… It is still a colorful and amazing world.”

The golden age of photography is quickly ending for many photographers as budgets and fees are now much smaller and today’s assignments would never last as long. Chesley knows there would be new constraints in any future assignments but strongly feels he can still capture the beautiful moments when on assignments. Chesley knows his golden age hasn’t ended and will continue to go on with his career and capture the world around him, regardless of new constraints or the changing globe.

Chesley emphatically denies his book is a requiem on his career but is “an up to this point” tale of a photographer who’s lived and will continue to live a charmed life, documented. And surely, he will continue to photograph those beautiful moments that most of us will never notice.

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HUGS Love Gala http://www.hiluxury.com/hugs-love-gala/ http://www.hiluxury.com/hugs-love-gala/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:59 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14402 Lots of amore was in the air at HUGS’ annual Love Gala. Attendees convened at Dole Cannery’s Pomaika‘i Ballroom for a sweet soirée that raised $150,000 to support seriously ill children and their families. Emcees Kathy Muneno and Justin Cruz of KHON2 News led the show. Tommy Holmes Foundation’s $15,000 check and second $5,000 donation to HUGS: an evening highlight.

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Hawaii Theatre Gala “We’ll Always Have Paris…” http://www.hiluxury.com/hawaii-theatre-gala-well-always-paris/ http://www.hiluxury.com/hawaii-theatre-gala-well-always-paris/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:51 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14017 Hawaii Theatre channeled the City of Lights for its annual gala fundraiser, themed “We’ll Always Have Paris…”. Halekulani’s lawn and ballroom was transformed into Rick’s Café Américain where guests dined on a menu that blended Moroccan and French fare. Entertainment was courtesy Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Sacha Boutros, DeShannon Higa, Dean Taba, Noel Okimoto Tommy James and Jimmy Borges.

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Maryknoll School Kekumano Award Dinner http://www.hiluxury.com/maryknoll-school-kekumano-award-dinner/ http://www.hiluxury.com/maryknoll-school-kekumano-award-dinner/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:50 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14133 Musical prodigy Ginny Tiu was awarded the Noblesse Oblige Service Award the 16th Annual Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award Dinner, which raises funds for the school’s scholarship fund. Tiu was honored for her work with Meals on Wheels, the Hawaiian Humane Society and more. Guests enjoyed bidding on items such as a trip to India and vied for the chance to win an “Instant Wine Cellar” consisting of 24 bottles of wine.

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American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala http://www.hiluxury.com/american-cancer-societys-hope-gala/ http://www.hiluxury.com/american-cancer-societys-hope-gala/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:47 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14358 The clock struck 12 at American Cancer Society’s twilight Hope Gala Honolulu, “Midnight in Tokyo.” Draped in vintage Japanese and aloha attire, guests voyaged to Japan for American Cancer Society’s second annual benefit at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. Fête high points entailed orient themed entertainment, including musical selections from “Midnight in Tokyo” performed by Hawai‘i-born Broadway star Mahi‘ai Kekumu, sake tasting and live and silent auctions.



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Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Welcome Reception http://www.hiluxury.com/kapalua-wine-food-festival-welcome-reception/ http://www.hiluxury.com/kapalua-wine-food-festival-welcome-reception/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:21 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14539 HILuxury was proud to host the Welcome Reception for the 33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Merriman’s Kapalua was the gorgeous setting for this early evening soirée, where a choice selection of wines were available for tasting—accompanied by the restaurant’s finest delectables. Rousing welcome speeches by Michael Jordan, MS, CWE; Ryan Churchill, president of Kapalua Maui Charities, beneficiary of KWFF; and Oahu Publications’ president, David Kennedy, kicked things off; and Kapalua Bay’s gorgeous sunset provided the dreamiest of backdrops.


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Halekulani 30th Anniversary Celebration http://www.hiluxury.com/halekulani-30th-anniversary-celebration/ http://www.hiluxury.com/halekulani-30th-anniversary-celebration/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:21 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14217 A regal red carpet welcomed guests to Halekulani’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. True to the revered hotel’s gracious nature, each guest was thanked as they made their way into the ballroom, bedecked with food stations that exceeded every gourmand’s dreams. The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra played as guests mingled, many grabbing a slice of Halekulani’s prized coconut cake—wishing the hotel another successful 30 years.

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St. Andrew’s Schools Queen Emma Ball http://www.hiluxury.com/st-andrews-schools-queen-emma-ball/ http://www.hiluxury.com/st-andrews-schools-queen-emma-ball/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:06:14 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=14037 A royal affair drew St. Andrew’s Schools supporters to the grand Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii Ballrooms. Benefiting scholarship and financial aid programs, the schools’ eighth annual Queen Emma Ball honored Dennis Francis, president and publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Queen Emma Kaleleonalani’s living educational legacy.

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Game of Drones http://www.hiluxury.com/game-drones/ http://www.hiluxury.com/game-drones/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:03:52 +0000 http://www.hiluxury.com/?p=13461 Few technologies trigger more fervent technolust today than these remote-controlled gadgets.

Multirotors, Quadcopters, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles… whatever you call them (and there’s intense debate over that question), the popularity of remote-controlled aircraft is taking off. Gear that used to cost six figures can now be had for a few thousand or even a few hundred bucks. and drone technology has advanced to the point that even a small child could fly one.

In Hawai‘i, there’s already a passionate community of pilots who are excited at the possibilities.

John Johnson of One Breath Photography specializes in underwater photography, but he saw the potential for drones right away. “For a photographer, $1,300 is the price of a nice lens,” he says. “For the same amount of money, you can get the UAV, and the camera, and open up a whole new world of photography … it’s a no-brainer.”

“Drones are a definite game changer,” says Nick Turner, co-founder of Hilo-based Droneflow and a researcher at the UH Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab.

“We no longer have to depend on big satellite companies for imagery, or contracting expensive flights with manned aircraft,” he explains. “Now we can fly where we need to, and as often as we need, to at a fraction of the cost.”

Ringo Javier of Videoworkz Hawaii has been flying radio-controlled aircraft for more than 25 years. It was only last year that he built and flew his first quadcopter.

“Technology just made its quantum leap,” he says. “State-of-the-art electronics in one small package, cost effective and easy to fly, it’s available to anyone and believe me you can get hooked up easily.”

Indeed, some of the most popular drones can be bought with one click on eBay. From palm-sized playthings from China priced at $50, to the Parrot AR drones you can get at Sharper Image or Brookstone for $200, to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision models priced from $800 to $1,600, there’s a way to get airborne for every budget.

More serious enthusiasts custom build their own aircraft, with more serious costs.

Of course, federal and local rules loom over this new frontier as well. Right now, the FAA says drones can only be flown as a hobby, like other remote-controlled aircraft, but not commercially. So while people in every industry—from real estate to architecture to wedding photographers—can imagine ways to make money, they can’t just yet.

And earlier this year, the Hawai‘i legislature was considering a bill that would restricted the use of drones to law enforcement. Fortunately, local enthusiasts came together and testified, and the bill was allowed to die.

“The fear amongst hobbyists is that regulation will be overly burdensome, but there has to be safety regulations that keep novices with more money than experience from endangering lives and property,” Johnson says. “I believe in a happy medium and I hope the FAA can find one.”

And Hawai‘i is an especially good place to be, for those interested in exploring what drones can do. The Aloha State is actually one of a handful of places designated by the FAA to host official drone testing ranges.

Until new rules are in place, however, it seems the sky is the limit.

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