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i LAVA you

Too soon? Perhaps. If you live in a cave you may not know that Hawaii has a LAVA situation in one of our communities. 1700 people evacuated and 26 homes destroyed. And it shows no signs of slowing down.

What Happened?

Kilauea which has been actively erupting since 1983 decided to open up somewhere new. here’s a quote from Amy B. Wang (Washington Post)

Shortly after Kilauea erupted Thursday, the ground split open on the east side of Leilani Estates, exposing an angry red beneath the lush landscape. From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air.

 

The dangers involved 

Aside from the obvious destructive dangers of pure lava… the residents have to beware of toxic gases. Sulfur dioxide fills the air as the gases escape from the fissures (cracks) in the ground. As I type this there are 14 total fissures (not all have lava spurting out). Another danger that people may face is being trapped by lava. When people are driving back in to grab their essentials the possibility of the road being overrun are real.

What do we do now?

We wait. For those that are in Leilani Estates all they can do is wait. I reside on Oahu 200 miles away from the flow. But my heart goes out to all the families affected. My aunty has lava in her yard as I type this. The main concern for the residents is their family, important documents, medicine, pets and livestock. Other than that everything else is replaceable.

The Reality

Land ownership is temporary. We are stewards. Anyone that has endured natural disasters the way native Hawaiians have for the past 400 years understands this. No matter what safeguards we put into place it’s all just “stuff” as some local residents have vocalized. One thing that I’ve watched over the past four days is that the locals had one priority in mind… find the ones you love and make sure they are safe. Everything else can be replaced.

While the uncertainty still looms over those who wait for the lava to stop… there are a few things that will sustain them. Love. Just like the Hawaiians have learned many years ago… love well. Love often.

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82 degrees 365 days out of the year… sorta

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That has been my motto for the past year. So what has been happening in Hawaii lately?? We have had some mildly depressing weather conditions lately. One day it’s sunny. The next day it’s storming. Then followed by 4 days of overcast skies.

Part of my “success” on social media depends on us having sunny days. But it seems that I have been neglecting my websites motto. “virtual Hawaii daily” – that should have meant RAIN or SHINE. And to my loyal supporters who have been waiting for that “live notification” (that rarely happened)… my apologies.

I have always treasured my supporters that shared their reasons for following me on social media. And they were all heart heavy reasons.

the Resolution:

I will have to remind myself what brought you to me. Me going LIVE… OFTEN. Rain or Shine I will click that red button. Whether it’s taking my drone to the skies, shooting epic waves, cooking real local food or simply just doing a “life scope”… I’ll keep doing it.

Someone out there near or far (mostly far because I’m on an island LOL) needs to experience Hawaii. And I’m the ticket that’s already paid. All it costs is time. As expensive as time is I can carve out a few more hours for you. See you soon… Cheeeeee!

 

its ALOHA FRIDAY [new car, new bike, new Lamborghini]

Alooooooha everyone! Here is my long OVERDUE blog post. I trust this post finds you in a great “season” of your life… if not i hope that next couple of paragraphs will bring some sunshine in your day.

What I will attempt here today is to drop a few insights and nuggets of encouragement. So here is the update in my life for the month of May. If you do not follow me on Periscope then you’ll probably realize that you’re missing out on a lot “stuff” about me. So whats new? Well Em needed a car so I ended up getting a Ford Explorer for her. And since she got that I needed a new bike LOL (and yes the Lambo was click bait) :p

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Another thing that I want you guys to “stay tuned” for is my webinars I am currently in the middle of editing. As soon as they are done I will have 2 courses up. The first one will be “Community Building 101” and “Monetizing your social media” – I will charge a fee- but just for accountability. I’ve found that things given out for free are not stewarded properly. So your “investment” will make sure that you “stay the course” and don’t quit.

So that’s it. Short and sweet. No Lamborghini. (yet) Be sure to follow me on social media ( @darealgreglopez ) for daily connections.  Wait… there’s more! (you thought Id forget about the words of encouragement?) Theres a favorite verse of mine that I like to read often (Joshua 1:9) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

So if you’re facing a mountain … just remember they are made of the same materials we use for SIDEWALKS… Be blessed. See you all on the other side.  🙂

When life approaches you…

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With seasons… plant seeds. It’s a basic principle of sowing and reaping. You want a big harvest? Sow lots of seeds in good soil.

For those of you that have been waiting for my “weekly” blog posts… I apologize. Life approached me. I was busy. And I didn’t manage my blog properly. However, moving forward I have gained a second wind! The sole purpose of this post is to share my heart with you on this last day of January. If you have been following me on Periscope you may have seen a slight shift in my broadcasts as of late. Less “fun scenic” scopes to more talking and “life” scopes.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY

Like anything else we have to constantly adapt. Grow. Change. My birth on social media was as if it was injected with anabolic steroids. Livestreaming definitely opened  MASSIVE DOORS for us. From corporate sponsors to “mailbox money” it all started with Periscope. So now that we have this community what do we do with it? This past week God impressed upon my heart to go ahead and start that “shift” that I’ve been talking about.

There are so many people who I meet on a daily basis, and it humbles me every time. The fact that there are thousands of people willing to connect with me on a weekly basis… it makes me conscious of every minute I spend with them. I cannot afford to take your time without giving you something of value in return. Yes the scenic broadcasts are amazing. I love sharing my kitchen with you. But its time.

TIME FOR WHAT?

Last year we received hundreds of emails and messages asking for prayer. People were hurting. Sick. Loved ones lost. My passion is to share my heart with you this year… But more importantly… who its tethered to. To  an amazing God who has loved me unconditionally by sending His Son to take my place for something I can never repay.

Stay tuned…

Cream Cheese Thingy Dessert

 

I really cannot stress enough that I am not a chef. I am just a simple guy from Hawaii that loves to share my life with you…and that includes cooking.

[if you rather watch the “live cooking show’ watch my replay —> here ]

What was it?

croissant rolls [store-bought kind]

1 cup sugar

1 block cream cheese [13oz i think lol]

1/2 cup sugar

tsp vanilla

apples [apple pie filling is easiest]

sugar and cinnamon [pre-mixed]

What I did

I mixed the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until creamy smooth.

Next, I rolled out the dough [make sure there is enough flour spread out so it doesn’t stick]

After dough was flattened out I placed the apples and cream cheese in the center of the croissant dough [usually the pre-cuts are triangles]

I then sprinkled the sugar/cinnamon mix. After that I folded the dough over creating a nice “dumpling” look. LOL. To make sure that the filling stay inside I used a fork to “pinch” the dough tight. [watch video]

I then baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-14 min [make sure to use parchment paper so the bottom doesn’t burn]

the VERDICT

“DA buggahs was ono!” I’m not comfortable with baking simply because it requires measuring things out. I am the type of cook that likes to just chop stuff and throw it in a pan. I must say that I am slightly proud that it tasted good. Now all I need to do is work on my presentation! MAHALO for reading this… and please watch the VIDEO if this blog confused you LOL

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Whale Funeral, Man o War Stings and Kalamas

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WHAT HAPPENED?

Those of you who have been following me for the past two weeks(on periscope) you may remember that Shark Sighting sign I posted.  On  9/18/16 there was a melon head whale that had lost its mother. For 5 days it swam in circles in the shallows. There was a team from Hawaii Pacific University (Marine Biology) to monitor the whale. Their role was to observe and assist if it decided to strand itself. On 9/23/16 the inevitable happened. They euthanized it.  Today was the memorial service. There were approximately 40 people there including a news team from KITV news.

Prior to that I did my usual “daily swim” at Kalama Beach. The water was clear. The waves were very nice… and the waves actually had some power. (nothing like sandys) at the 15 minute mark of my broadcast… for the 32nd time… I got stung by a Portuguese Man o War. It wasnt that bad as I pulled away from it very quickly. To debunk that myth that urine works… It doesn’t. You have to apply vinegar or meat tenderizer to neutralize the venom. If that’s not available rub sand (to remove the barbs) and rinse off. the sting should last no longer than 15-30 mins.

MY THOUGHTS

Swimming at Kalamas is my salt water therapy. I have been coming here over 20 years. And every time I enter that water its like a jacuzzi for me. When I did my usual broadcast and seen the whale(on 9/18)… The climate of my broadcast changed a little. I think the Periscope community was definitely moved by this unique display of nature. Unfortunately nature took its course and the whale left this earth way too early. The ceremony was very much so distinctly Hawaiian.  Kumu Hula Mapoana DeSilva did the blessing. Immediately following they spread the whales ashes in the ocean.

(those that missed the live broadcast you can watch the replays in my Periscope channel)

 

 

 

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Speaking at Social Media Event 10/06/2016

THE PREMISE  

Social Media. One of the most powerful tools on the planet. It has the power to change the direction of a nation. It has the power to reach billions. It also has forced the final hand of traditional news media. It has also forced network television to revamp their approach to entertainment. Businesses cannot ignore the footprint that social media has created. Enter the world of live streaming.

 THE EVENT 

I will be speaking to a few of the industry’s top leaders in Social Media   on how I’ve built a community via Periscope. I will also expound on how I’ve used live streaming to develop my brand. {darealglo.com} The event will be held at 3660 on the Rise in Honolulu (10-06-16) at 5:30pm – 9:30pm (HST) The core topic of discussion: The social media trends of live video.

WHO

      Social Media Club Hawaii (SMCHI) quote from their FB page :

Social Media Club shares best practices, establishes ethics and standards, and is promoting media literacy. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share and learn.

HOW

Someone had contacted me after seeing one of my live streams on Periscope. They asked me to share my experiences at this event.. I agreed. Never underestimate the power of your broadcasts! People are watching…

WHY

I’m humbled by the fact that someone took notice and seen something valuable in my content. So when I looked it over I thought about the benefits of meeting all those amazing people it was a no brainer. Just to be able to connect with like-minded people is worth it. Hopefully I’ll pick up some new insights.

WHAT YOU CAN DO 

If you are in Honolulu on that day… Attend. If you can’t be here… watch it on periscope. Tickets are available for $15 via their eventbrite link. If you cannot attend or be there for my live scope please share this out. I hope to see everyone there!!! screenshot_20160930-230058

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