Hosted by Brook Lee and Lanai Tabura, Hawaii’s newest lifestyle tv show and podcast continues through the summer

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Presented by the Hawaii State Office of Elections and Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the “It’s a Hawaii Thing” television show and podcast debuted to rave reviews this past June on Spectrum Cable’s Channel OC16. Co-hosts Brook Lee and Lanai Tabura interviewed local celebrities, artists, community leaders and more on the fun, new weekly program dedicated to anything and everything unique to life in Hawaii.

Justin Kawika Young

Maria Quiban Whitesell

“It has been so exciting to team up with Lanai and talk-story with the many colorful personalities that make Hawaii the truly special place that it is,” said Brook Lee, media personality and former Miss Universe. “From food and fashion to art and music, we look forward to leaving no topic unturned as our platform continues throughout the summer months.”

Social media personality and “foodie” content creator Lanai Tabura adds, “This new channel allowed me to apply experience from appearing on the Food Network and producing Cooking Hawaiian Style to encompassing all the many quirky, unique things about Island life. The environment is loose and spontaneous, ensuring the show is entertaining for both Kama’aina and fans of Hawaii from around the world.”

July’s guests begin with singer songwriter Justin Kawika Young, the Hawaiian Music Awards winner who went on to perform with Colbie Caillat including appearances at the White House and on Good Morning America. He then went on to direct the documentary, My Heroes Shadow: From Hitman to Hero. Hear about their new band Gone West and recent album release, “Canyons.”

Los Angeles morning meteorologist Maria Quiban Whitesell keeps Lanai & Brook chatting through July as she discusses moving as a child from the Philippines to the Islands where she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maria was the evening weather person for NBC Hawaii News 8 before moving to Orange County. Now watched daily by millions on Good Day LA/FOX 11 Morning News, she is excited to share her new book, You Can’t Do It Alone: A Widow’s Journey Through Loss, Grief and Life After, about life after the tragic loss of her devoted spouse, Sean Whitesell.

Makua Rothman

Alec Mapa

Known as “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart- actor, comedian and writer Alec Mapa joins the show next to talk about a lifetime of making people laugh. Getting his start on Broadway in the award- winning production of M. Butterfly, Alec has appeared in numerous television shows and full-length motion pictures while also performing stand-up comedy. In addition, he wrote his own one-man play about growing up gay in San Francisco.

And the month rounds-out with Big Wave Surfer & Musician Makua Rothman. Growing up on Oahu’s north shore, Makua talks about catching the world’s largest wave and his many surfing titles including being named Big Wave World Champion in 2015. He has much to share about his love of performing music and the excitement of appearing in multiple television shows and film productions.

New “It’s a Hawaii Thing” episodes release each Monday at 6:30 PM on Spectrum Cable’s OC 16 during the months of June and July. Re-telecasts air Wednesdays (8:30 am), Thursdays (11:00 pm), Saturdays (4:30 pm) and Sundays (12:00 pm) One week after their original airing, each episode can be viewed anytime at Be sure to subscribe and access all the shows and extra footage on Youtube.

WATCH IT HERE: It’s a Hawaii Thing Youtube channel

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