The Write Time

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The writing flowed on this day.

The writing flowed on this day.

I was lucky to attend the recent Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) Creative Lab event with Meg LeFauve, known for her script and one of my favorite films, Inside Out. I’m one who is always interested in learning more and especially learning from others that I admire in the business. Oh man, this was a real treat for me. When she explained her creative process, I found many things that she said to be in alignment with how I approach my work (and think). I was so inspired by her words that after being prodded by my business partner, Guy Hess, and friends/colleagues, Robert Lambeth and Georja Skinner, I decided that I would work on writing my own material.

In my business as a publicist or a PR professional, it is a large part of my job to create strong story angles and write for others, for clients, and help tell their story. Now I have the chance to get over my fear and write for ME. Wow, what a concept. I’ve kept journals my entire life. I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I remember writing a crazy story about a family of cockroaches that my 5th grade teacher was impressed with. But I never thought of writing for me, for myself, for my own pleasure… until now. Why now? Well, I think it has a large part to do with aging, maturing, and wanting to leave something behind. Also I’ve had quite an interesting life and so many funny things have happened along the way, that I feel like I should share them.

This past weekend, I invested time in myself and attended the third annual Ko’olau Writer’s Workshop at Hawaii Pacific University (the former Hawaii Loa College) and to my surprise, I had a BLAST. I attended the first one that my pal, Tyler McMahon, coordinated a few years ago, but I mean this time- I took in every word, soaked up everything the guest speakers had to say, listened and leaned way into the guest poetry speaker’s well crafted words. I was like a kid in a candy shop. While I was trying to look professional and pulled together on the outside, I was screaming with joy on the inside. Some of my writing colleagues might say I’m late to the game and a bunch of my friends in LA where I lived for a long time, will say “finally Tracy!” Its all good. I’m where I’m supposed to be right now. Or make that write now;)

What a year. #Blessed.

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What a year 2014 has been. It was  full of wonderful projects, promotions, publicity, and special events. I’ve been blessed to attract work that I love and care about. Not many can say that. And while I’m excited to see what will be in store for 2015, I thought I’d share just a few highlights of the blur that was this year.

Ola Ka Ha was a great first time event put together by the hard working #bossgirls, Mailani Makainai and Kau’i Dalire at HA Enterprises. It brought attention to the Iolani Palace and the repairs needed to keep it pristine. It was so well attended and showcased some of the best of our island talent. Even more exciting is that it built community awareness and hopefully, the event will become an annual one.

Hula Nation Filmworks and Keo Woolford have been on a wild ride with its first feature full-length film, The Haumana. If you haven’t heard of it, you may have been under a rock. This has been one of the most successful projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of representing. In short, the film is what I affectionately term as “the gift that keeps on giving,” because it does just that. It has won numerous film festival awards, has been in over 200 theatrical screenings, and is now on its international tour in Japan and Mexico, with Europe on the horizon.

KoAloha Ukulele is like family to me. The team led by Mom & Pops Okami and sons, Alan & Paul Okami, are some of the hardest working individuals I have ever met. I’m always inspired by their work ethic and also their huge hearts. They create one of the most beautiful instruments in the world, the ukulele, and have brought love into the world through their woodcraft via community performances and workshops at the Grammy Museum and the Japanese American National Museum, among others.

Sean Olanui Robbins and Kaimi Hanano’eau- two artists that make me so happy for the future of music in Hawaii. Both are up-and-coming stars and full of talent, yet very humble and respectful. Sean is known for his progressive slack key style and is the protege of Cyril Pahinui. Kaimi is known as the lead of the alternative/rock/reggae band, HiRiZ, but also recognized as a soloist with an extensive music background. It will be fun watching these two rise to the top.

When I relocated back home to O’ahu from L.A. a few years ago, my goal was (and has always been) to help others by sharing their stories. I’m hoping to continue same in 2015, and by the way things are shaping up, it looks like there are more exciting projects on the horizon. Happy holidays and I hope we get to work together in the new year. I am truly #blessed.