I had the opportunity in attending my first TEDx Honolulu conference that was held at the beautiful Aulani Resort this past Saturday.

I didn’t know what to expect… I was mainly there to support my husband, Kenji Croman who made a video for their finale themed event, City 2.0.

It was an all day, interactive conference that was mind-blowing, inspirational and not to say the least, one of the best events I’ve ever attended. There were 11 live speakers that shared their ideas on how they are making a difference in their community and 3 performers that left you in ah, especially Natalie Ai Kamauu.

I learned so many things that enriched me and left me feeling that I need to take charge and help these people who are making a difference in our community.

Paul Klink taught me that there are so many meanings to live aloha and to live aloha! He is the living example on this, as he has  had many health complications and needs his oxygen tank. His son is what keeps him going..

Timber Hawkeye, Author of Buddhist Boot Camp, taught me to make sit happen. Meditate for 10 minutes per day and ask myself what are you grateful for? (love this, we need to value every day as it’s a gift to us and appreciate life)

Brian Beilmann, a legendary surf photographer, taught me to smile and pass it on.  He recently traveled to Peru to capture images of 10 children that got accepted for Operation Smile. (organization that performs surgeries on children with face deformities around the world) These pictures were so sweet..

Mark Patterson from the Women’s Correction Facility Center, brought tears to my eyes with his video. He told us we need to get back to basics and act like a village. Care for our neighbors, our people and our land.

With many more amazing speakers, I just wanted to share some of my favorites.


I also learned that I can adopt a tsunami warning system and name it. Did you know it’s a problem with people removing the batteries? Download the app, adopt-a-siren and help our community. Click here for more info.

Before I die I want to….

What are you grateful for?

At the end of the conference, they picked 3 winners from the “Before I die I want to” board to take a ride in the brand new  Tesla Model S. I was one of the lucky winners to take a ride. Check it out. This is our future car!


Tesla Model S

The grand finale of the  event, ended with my husband’s  video that took 7 weeks to make after taking over 10,000 shots. I’m so proud of him to be a part of this amazing event with other inspirational people that have one goal in mind… To make a difference and spread great ideas for our community. We are grateful for the friendships we have made here. If you ever get a chance to attend  a TEDx event, please go. It’s truly inspiring.