Over the years we have missed out on transcribing many of the SOTB interviews and speeches. This is another one to make our archives more complete. Hopefully we will soon have it all updated.
Sunset on the Beach #6
on 12 September 2015
Malika: Well, we are here with Maui Now and Big Island Now. So these are our neighbour island viewers.
Alex: Hi neighbour island viewers. Hi.
Malika: I think they want to know, what are the neighbour islands that you have visited and what’s your favourite?
Alex: You know it’s crazy; I’ve never been to Maui. And I want to go so bad. And that’s going to happen this season. I’m going to find a chunk of time to get to Maui, because it is really important. I’ve been to Lanai. I’ve been to Kauai. I’ve been to the Big Island, and I think the Big Island is my favourite.
There’s something about the Big Island that’s so raw and so kind of untouched. But it reminds me of Australia as well, so I get a little homesick when I go there, you know, so ….
Malika: That’s where I’m from.
Alex: You’re from the Big Island? Where abouts?
Alex: It’s beautiful. Hilo is beautiful. Kona is beautiful. I actually when I go to Waimea, I get a bit teary, because it is exactly like Australian South coast area country.
Alex: Yeah, it’s beautiful.
Malika: I moved from there to Maui …
Malika: …. which you need to come and visit. And I will hook you up.
Alex: I’m on the way. I promise. I promise.
Malika: Okay. Let’s get a couple of local questions. What’s your favourite local food?
Alex: Well …. My favourite … my favourite restaurant here is Sasabune. I love the Japanese ….
Malika: That’s what Chi just said.
Alex: It’s the best sushi. I swear to God. I’ve had the best sushi in Japan, everywhere …. And its …. I think he is the best in the world. I really do. I think he is the best in the world.
Malika: So you are really ingrained in the community here in Hawaii. You know now that you’re with Malia and you have a Hawaiian son, I mean. Like how do you think Hawaii has changed you as a person?
Alex: Well, it’s … it’s a really special place. It’s not like anywhere else in the world. And people come here and I think they expect a certain thing. People come here and they may have a certain idea about like hula and grass skirts and like shakas and aloha and it’s not … you know, I saw a t-shirt once that said, “Don’t mistake my aloha for weakness”.
And that kind of sums up Hawaii for me, you know. Because the aloha is so deep, and it means something so very real. But you have to be a part of it to understand it. You have to …. And by the way, if you don’t have it in you, you’re never going to understand. So just don’t come. That’s how I feel.
Alex: That’s how I feel, you know.
Malika: If there’s a lesson that Hawaii has taught you that you want to pass on to your children, what is that? What is that one lesson?
Alex: That’s such a good question. And you know, here’s the thing to me Hawaii is a lot like Australia in a lot of … in a lot of fundamental ways. Like with my friends in Australia and the way I was brought up in that sort of … you know the way we live.
And I feel like it sort of bleeds across for me … I think that that’s … I didn’t learn it here, but it has kind of continued to instil in me that the only things that matter … the most important thing is family. And the only things that matter are integrity and honesty. And living with aloha, you know. And … but real aloha, you know.
Malika: One last question for you. It has to do with the show. So if you could play any other parts on Hawaii Five-0, except yourself, which one would you play?
Alex: Kono, for sure man. She’s a chick and she gets to kick ass. It’s awesome.
Malika: That’s awesome. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
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