By Zach Royer
It's been a busy past couple of weeks for me as October has come and gone while the year end holiday season has officially started. Just a few weeks until Thanksgiving and just under two months to Christmas. I look forward to this time each year, especially when Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa get snow. Makes for a truly unique and wonderful setting!
Ten days before Halloween, two weeks ago to be exact, I was a guest on the Inspiring Lives with Samantha Iha-Preece radio show talking about Kahuna Research Group and the research into supernatural Hawaii the group performs, and also the book publishing division the group has in order to further tell their stories, in paperback and digital formats.
The hour long radio show aired on October 21st, 2015 on KPRP 650AM radio at 9pm around the Hawaiian Islands and streamed online via ustream.tv. An audio recording was made and shared with me days later, which has been included below in this article.
There were a couple of very minor technical difficulties at the beginning of the show due to the fact I was calling in on a cell phone, which required a few more cords to be plugged in than usual. An easy fix that the studio personnel handled like pros. It would have been nice to do an in person in studio interview, and I would have loved to fly over to the Oahu studio, but last minute inter-island flights are quite expensive...anyways, definitely next time!
A few days after appearing on the radio show I received an email from a reporter for the Huffington Post, a fairly big news agency, who was doing a piece on old spooky MacKenzie State Park, a well-known local paranormal hotspot, in time for Halloween. After speaking with the Huff Post reporter, Chris D'Angelo, and exchanging a couple more emails with him to clarify the details, the article transpired. An a nice article at that! Here's a screenshot of the Huff Post article, which was published on October 29th, 2015.
3rd Annual SKEA Magic Camp 2015 Final Performances
South Kona, Hawaii Island
Filmed on October 9, 2015
Filmed by Zach Royer on August 1, 2015 at the Keauhou Sheraton in Keauhou, Hawaii.
Many local artists played music and sold crafts...a good time was had by all....(minus the extremely hot temperatures...the solo cups were melting!)
Also includes an interview with Tommy Ching.
If you're looking for someone to film your next community event, look no further. I'm available for most festivals, events and ceremonies. Up to two hours on local cable channels 53 & 54. Look forward to possibly working with you!
Thank you to everyone who came out this year! Special thanks to Randyl Rupar, Radio Alchemy, Na Leo o Hawaii Community TV, Maxima Forslund, Tommy Ching, Caren Gomes.
On May 15 I was asked to attend Kealakehe Elementary's second annual Career Day, a new experience for me.
I, along with my partner Grace, spent two hours talking with the kids about supernatural & paranormal research, ghost tours, book publishing and television production.
The kids asked us questions about our equipment and our appearance on the Travel Channel show, "Legends of Hawaii" when we went in search of Madame Pele more than five miles underground. Click here to see a clip.
Na Leo o Hawaii means "the Voice of Hawaii" - and Na Leo o Hawaii Community Television is a non-profit program that is open to anyone who lives on the Big Island. They have a video production class once a month that teaches you how to make videos, and once you complete two public service announcement videos for them, you're a certified producer and are able to borrow camera equipment for free as long as you submit at least one 15 minute video every three months. The class costs $100 and the first course is offered for free to see if you like it.
I'm hoping to help our community speak out about anything & everything and I have up to two hours on Cable Channel 53 (Oceanic Time Warner) to play with. I'm looking for interesting show ideas and/or people to help highlight the many things happening around our island. I'm also looking for a small production crew (extra camera-person, editor, etc.) to work with. Message me if you would like to be a part of the new team.
I have my list of production ideas that I've been working on...but if you have one that you feel I can help with, please email or text me or leave a comment here on this post and I'll get back to you shortly. Aloha!
Zach Royer, CLPI
Author, Publisher & World Explorer