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    Default Congrats Walter Makaula! He's movin' on up!

    Walter has accepted a position with KSWB in San Diego. I've watched him improve by leaps and bounds since I worked with him at KGMB. He is a person who cares about people, he has worked hard on his talent and he has come such a long way. Please join me in wishing Walter well! He deserves it. I'm so excited for him. Here is the link to Erika's story. http://starbulletin.com/2008/07/15/business/engle.html

    Go get em Walt!
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    Wow!!.. congratulations to the fella!

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    Congrats to Walt.

    Going to miss his singing, though.

    Think he can sing for the last time on TV?

    Pray they won't screw up his last name over there.

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    He can always tell 'em

    Muh-COW-luh, as in Cow Eee-noh-uh

    Jes' joking - his family lives across the street from us. Great break for Walter - unfortunate to be losing a Native Hawaiian anchor here in Hawai`i Nei.

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    Yeah. San Diego. That's quite a step up. Is he aware of the fact that he'll be moving to San Diego?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Pray they won't screw up his last name over there.
    Maybe he'll change it. There's a reporter here in Seattle whose last name is "Legeros" (it's Greek); I knew him when he was an anchor for a station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he went by the last name of "George." I always found that odd, since there's a large Greek-American community in C.R. He blamed it on the advice of consultants.

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    I truly hope that Walter isn't influenced into changing his last name and that the area will adapt and learn to pronounce it. It's not that difficult. His name, like everyone else's, is a name to be proud of.

    Congrats, Walter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    Maybe he'll change it.
    I hope not. It's bad enough that Ku'ualoha Taylor had to change her first name to Aloha Taylor just to please the mainlander audience.

    Next time, don't annex a territory if you can't pronounce the native language well, USA. Go annex the English-speaking Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Go annex the English-speaking Canada.
    Good thing you put the qualifier in there, cause we would really screw up Quebec otherwise (not to mention Nunavut, the Yukon and Northwest Territories).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    It's bad enough that Ku'ualoha Taylor had to change her first name to Aloha Taylor just to please the mainlander audience.
    ah! Looks like San Diego will now get two Hawaii TV news alumni. Walter will be in the same market with Ku'u. She's currently at XETV (the current FOX affilate of San Diego). As an unrelated note, ironically, XETV (FOX) and KSWB (CW) will be "swapping" affiliates on Aug. 1st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    I truly hope that Walter isn't influenced into changing his last name and that the area will adapt and learn to pronounce it. It's not that difficult. His name, like everyone else's, is a name to be proud of.

    Congrats, Walter!
    You mean when Geraldo Rivera is aka Jerry Rivers.

    Will the mainland audience say that Walter is articulate for a Hawaiian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Will the mainland audience say that Walter is articulate for a Hawaiian?
    They'd be dropping their jaws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    You mean when Geraldo Rivera is aka Jerry Rivers. [...]
    Jerry Rivers is an urban legend. However, Gerald did become Geraldo when he got into the news business. I still hope Walter Makaula stays Walter Makaula. It's a fine name.

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    Dang now I can't get THe Jeffersons theme song outta my head....

    Congrats...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    I hope not. It's bad enough that Ku'ualoha Taylor had to change her first name to Aloha Taylor just to please the mainlander audience.
    She preferred to change it to Aloha... she doesn't like Ku'u which her Hawaiian teacher scolded not to use Ku or Ku'u when she was younger. That's a discussion I had with her a while back. She loathes Ku'u.

    No worries Walt won't change his name. He is thrilled to hear about the positive support on this board! He is one of the kindest people I've ever met and worked with in the news biz. He has stocked up a lot of good karma and now it's coming back to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelakeen View Post
    He is thrilled to hear about the positive support on this board! He is one of the kindest people I've ever met and worked with in the news biz. He has stocked up a lot of good karma and now it's coming back to him.
    So funny, I ran into him last week and asked him what was new. My jaw dropped when he said he was leaving! I swear that little cubbyhole looks like a “time-out” corner when you walk in the building. ♪ And the KHNL merry-goes round and round. ♫

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelakeen View Post
    She preferred to change it to Aloha... she doesn't like Ku'u which her Hawaiian teacher scolded not to use Ku or Ku'u when she was younger. That's a discussion I had with her a while back. She loathes Ku'u.
    Ah.

    Quote Originally Posted by Angelakeen View Post
    No worries Walt won't change his name. He is thrilled to hear about the positive support on this board! He is one of the kindest people I've ever met and worked with in the news biz. He has stocked up a lot of good karma and now it's coming back to him.
    I just hope mainland don't suck his good karma dry.

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    Walter never said two words to me when I knew him.

    Guess he's nice to other folks.

    Whatever, I wish him well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelakeen View Post
    He is thrilled to hear about the positive support on this board!
    Man, that guy thrills easily. Who are we and what does it matter whether we support him or not in this move?

    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    I just hope mainland don't suck his good karma dry.
    If this move is the career boost it's supposed to be, isn't his karma now in neutral? Is that how karma works? I'm being sincere here: If you build up good karma and then something great happens to you, does that positive karma come down an appropriate amount? I'm asking because I don't believe in karma, and am trying to get a better grip on the idea from people who do. If your good karma does go down a few notches when good stuff happens to you (like merits and demerits in high school, for example), and if you "hope the mainland doesn't suck his good karma dry," aren't you kinda hoping that either (a) Walter continues to put out more positive karma than he gets back or (b) nothing good happens to him so that his karma stays where it is?
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    Dunno.

    All I know is that I knew the guy for a while and he hardly ever spoke to me.

    Guess I wasn't on his "worthy to be spoken to" list.

    I wish him well all the same.


    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Man, that guy thrills easily. Who are we and what does it matter whether we support him or not in this move?


    If this move is the career boost it's supposed to be, isn't his karma now in neutral? Is that how karma works? I'm being sincere here: If you build up good karma and then something great happens to you, does that positive karma come down an appropriate amount? I'm asking because I don't believe in karma, and am trying to get a better grip on the idea from people who do. If your good karma does go down a few notches when good stuff happens to you (like merits and demerits in high school, for example), and if you "hope the mainland doesn't suck his good karma dry," aren't you kinda hoping that either (a) Walter continues to put out more positive karma than he gets back or (b) nothing good happens to him so that his karma stays where it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    Walter never said two words to me when I knew him.

    Guess he's nice to other folks.

    Whatever, I wish him well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Man, that guy thrills easily. Who are we and what does it matter whether we support him or not in this move?
    Having a tough day, Scriv? Seriously.
    [...]I'm asking because I don't believe in karma, and am trying to get a better grip on the idea from people who do.[...]
    I think you might be trying to intellectualize something that is too etherial to intellectualize. While I honor the fact that you don't believe in karma, I believe anyone who does believe has a different definition and different experiences. All that said, I wouldn't attempt to try to explain my belief to anyone. It is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinboy View Post
    Walter never said two words to me when I knew him.

    Guess he's nice to other folks.

    Whatever, I wish him well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Man, that guy thrills easily. Who are we and what does it matter whether we support him or not in this move?
    Ouch. Pretty harsh words. I hope you'll rescind those comments, Scriv.
    I used to say that Kimo55 was the Curmudgeon of HT. Looks like the mantle is being passed.

    In any event... thanks for filling us in, Angela, and best wishes to Walter in his venture!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    Pretty harsh words. I hope you'll rescind those comments, Scriv. I used to say that Kimo55 was the Curmudgeon of HT. Looks like the mantle is being passed.
    I didn't think that was harsh, seriously. I just can't imagine someone making a huge career move like this, moving from the 72nd largest television market to the 29th (or whatever it was), telling all his friends, family, and associates, making plans to move, and then being thrilled that five people he doesn't even know wish him well. Sure, it makes sense that such a thing would please him, especially if he is the sort to worry about what his viewers think, but as I wrote earlier, why would it thrill him to know that five people on some discussion board he doesn't participate on say thumbs-up?

    Honestly, would it thrill you?

    The fact that you and tutusue both responded this way makes me think I misread something, and I guess perhaps it's the word "thrilled." So if I came across as harsh or grouchy, I apologize for misunderstanding the post. However, if I read it correctly, and "thrilled" is what was meant, and I still come off as a grouch, then I apologize for THAT, but please do color me baffled. You guys work in media and I don't, so perhaps we are of different mindsets about what turns us on and off.

    While I do apologize, I can't rescind. Or at least, not the whole thing. I said three things: (a) Walter thrills easily, (b) who are we?, and (c) what does it matter whether we support him or not?

    I obviously take back (a) if I misunderstood "thrilled" to mean literally thrilled when it didn't.

    I can't take back (b) because I still want to know. Who ARE we to cause someone making such a career move to be thrilled by our support?

    I won't take back (c) because I still would like to know that, too. When someone makes a career decision like this, how important are the opinions of a handful of nameless, faceless people in the market you've already decided to leave? Sure, nobody wants to burn bridges, but I don't think he surveyed the masses before making his decision because what mattered most was how this decision was going to affect him and those who are close to him. Seriously, I'm a grouch because I don't think our support should matter to a guy who doesn't even know who we are?
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