LOLO

Lolo in Pidgin Hawaiian describes a crazy, outlandish, attention seeking stupid person. It's also our first collaboration with TreeVisions and APB, which was originally released last year in 2014. This wasn't just the first collaborative video with another filmmaker, but it was also my first time editing under the influence of adderall.  Now I'm being as completely serious when I say that I DO NOT suggest anyone to do adderall, UNLESS under the supervision of a zero bullshit critic because they won't be afraid to tell you your work sucks and that it looks like you threw everything up onto the timeline.  Adderall is a low grade amphetamine (meths baby cousin) and is suppose to help people with ADD and ADHD by helping them settle and focus. It did just that for me I wasn't surprised that it worked, really well. I stayed awake for close to 2 days, which wasn't shocking, but what caught me off guard was the almost disappearance of my critical judgment. If I were getting busy work done like entering data onto a spreadsheet, this drug would be marvelous, but trying to be creative was a bit difficult because the inner critic was overpowered by someone trying to take care of business. Also, the next day after editing wasn't filled with the satisfaction of completing this video or any feeling relief, it was filled with anxiety, fear, and depression. The down was real deep and for me, it's not worth the down in my opinion. In the end, I'm glad I shared the experience with friends and now see how adderall can actually be beneficial in certain situations, not so much creative endeavors. As a disclaimer for myself, my experience is based on one 25 mg dose and I haven't tried it since. I'm not opposed to experimenting with smaller doses, but I haven't found a reason too, probably because I see it as a crutch and you don't need to be a Lolo.

Aloha Friday

Lowercase was the first skate video from Hawaii that I seen. When my friend Derek brought a copy back to Maui, my world changed.  I didn't know that level of skating had existed in Hawaii and the craftsmanship of the video itself was nothing short of amazing. And I'm not being bias. Here are 2 things I look for that 14 year old me at the time didn't even know I was looking at, but clearly paid attention to when I watched any skate video. Number 1, music/soundtrack. If you music sucks, your video sucks. Everything else is number 2 to the soundtrack because the music sets the tone and vibe of a good video.  Here's an anti-case and point, Vans Propeller. Watch Rowans part, the only thing protecting you from an ear-beating is his skating. So unless you or whoever you film skates like Rowan, second-guess your music selection when editing your part for the next Hi-Sk8 Film Fest!

Aloha Friday

Jenkem is your favorite skaters favorite blog. Their content far surpasses any other mainstream skateboard media outlet in terms of substance and style. This video is a prime example of why I keep coming back to their site, it's highly inspiring, especially for someone like me who grew up an angry and bitter keiki.  In a way, skateboarding saved me in the sense that it gave me a focus and eventually a family, which is why I love to see people trying to help kids that grow up in dysfunctional and broken families. So do something good for someone you don't know and your Aloha Friday will be that much better.