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Ray Hollowell Of PlanSEA.org

Posted by Adrienne Lally on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 5:33pm.

Team Lally has always been an advocate of the community's well-being.We are proud and honored to have guests from PlanSEA.org, Ray Hollowell and Patti Mitchell. We invite you to listen in and know more about PlanSEA.org, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental awareness for our oceans through videos and documentaries. You can also find out how you can contribute and be part of PlanSEA.org's great endeavor. Don't just "Go Green" also "Go Blue!"

 
Also in this episode: How to be part of Teamlaly at jointeamlally.com. 11th annual Team Lally client appreciation party. Tips of the week. Coming soon listings and Open Houses.
 
Who is Ray Hollowell?

Ray Hollowell is the Founder and the Managing Director of PlanSEA.org. Ray moved to Hawaii 20 years ago, and he made videos and photographs of water adventurers and surfers. He was inspired by the local surf photographers to enhance his skills and craft as a video-grapher/photographer.  He then became an ocean adventure cameraman and TV producer. Ray's videos have been featured on a long list of national and international shows with all his features being aired on the following networks ABC's 20/20, CBS, NBC's Dateline, National Geographic, 60 Minutes Australia, The BBC, The Disney Channel, CNN, FOX, Animal Planet, MSNBC, MTV, ABC's Primetime, ESPN, HBO, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, Spike TV, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, TV Tokyo, Hawaiian Airlines, NHK and much more. Such an impressive line of features. Ray founded and launched PlanSEA.org in 2009. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) video production company based in Honolulu, Hawaii. PlanSEA.org creates programming that educates children and adults about the importance of sustainability and stewardship of the planet with a focus on our oceans. Ray realized that our next generation needs to learn the importance of becoming good stewards of the marine environment. Ray is also a very close friend of Brooks Bowman one of Team Lally's Seller/Listing Agents.  Ray and Brooks go way back and have been surfing buddies since the 1980s.
 
Email: ray@plansea.org 
Mobile 808-384-4447 
 
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Who is Patti Mitchell?
 
Patti Mitchell is PlanSEA.org's Chairman of the Board.  After retiring from her career in public education she moved to Hawaii in January 2015. All Patti's life she has been a champion of children's welfare and the community. She has consistently volunteered in several organizations that support the youth in education and sports. Patti has two sons, the oldest is a United States Naval academy graduate and served as a Marine Corp officer, he now works for the Department of the Navy in Under Sea Warfare as a mechanical engineer. Patti's youngest son is graduate of  U.C. Davis and is a firefighter for the City of Los Angeles, California. Living in Hawaii, Patti started volunteering for her grand children's elementary school, Navy Hale Keiki School, and the Fisher Houses of Tripler Army Medical. She is also an active member of the Waikiki Community Center, the Navy League of Hawaii and the Rotary Club of Waikiki Center where she met Ray Hollowell and became a dedicated advocate of PlanSEA.org. Patti is now committed to being part of PlanSEA's mission to educate people on the conditions of our oceans and how they can be a part of restoring a healthy marine environment through their My Beach Report programming. Patti is also passionate for the Sea of Inspiration programming which provides and documents ocean and air adventures for children and adults that have went through serious medical challenges.
 
Mobile 559-908-5664 
 
For more information on PlanSEA.org you can visit their website at  http://plansea.org/
You can also reach out to Patti and Ray directly through their contact information we provided.
 
Here are video links from their programs.
PlanSEA.org Testimonials video:  https://vimeo.com/163643518
PlanSEA TV for Children’s hospitals and schools etc. (HIGHLIGHTS): https://vimeo.com/136069808
DATELINE NBC segment on Ray’s near death experience at Pipeline:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/28678306#28678306 
 

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Announcer: It’s time to enter the world of real estate in Oahu with Hawaii’s only true real estate radio show “The Team Lally Real Estate Show”. Grab a pen and get ready to take notes. For the next full hour, Hawaii’s premiere real estate leader, Adrienne Lally and Attilio Leonardi, will bring you the latest in real estate news and real world strategy on how they can guarantee to sell your home at a price and deadline you agree to or they’ll buy it. Now here are your hosts: Adrienne and Attilio.

Adrienne: Welcome to the Team Lally Real Estate Show. Home of the guaranteed sold program or we’ll buy it. If you have any questions, you can reach us at 799-9596 or on the web at teamlally.com.

Attilio: Hey, everybody, this is Attilio. I was doing my Orangetheory workout this morning, going toe-to-toe with Jeremy. He’s one of the staff members there. He was calling me out on the treadmills. Anyway, we were going 11 miles per hour, getting ready to have a coronary. This lady taps me on the shoulder, starts asking me a bunch of tax and legal questions. I said, “Hey, those are great questions. I highly recommend you seek the appropriate licensed professional.” Then I said, “But Mom, what other questions do you have?” Hey, so, if you hear anything on the shows that sounds like legal or tax advice, go see an attorney or CPA. Today, we’re going to talk about real estate and other things.

Adrienne: So your mom works out at Orangetheory, too? 

Attilio: Yeah. She joined.

Adrienne: Is she a power walker or a runner?

Attilio: I think she’s a power walker.

Adrienne: Alright. So I have some quotes for today.

Attilio: Pearls of wisdom. If this is your first time listening to the show, this is the part where we edumacate you.

Adrienne: Courtesy of Hawaii Pacific Property Management.

Attilio: Home of the rent guarantee.

Adrienne: That’s right. Sent from Mr. Duke Kimhan.

Attilio: Yep.

Adrienne: Alright. So, this first one is from Rumi. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I’m changing myself.

Attilio: Mhmm.

Adrienne: The next one is from Charles Dickens. “Reflect upon your present blessings.” And then this last one is from Admiral Hyman Rickover. “It is necessary for us to learn from other’s mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.”.

Attilio: Yeah, you know, it’s okay to make mistakes, just make new ones.

Adrienne: That’s right.

Attilio: Don’t repeat.

Adrienne: And learn.

Attilio: Alright.

Adrienne: Learn from others. Be happy, not wise.

Attilio: Yeah. What’s the difference between a happy person and a wise person?

Adrienne: So a wise person will learn from their own mistakes, the happy one will learn from others.

Attilio: From others?

Adrienne: Mhmm.

Attilio: Alright. So speaking of mistakes, we’ve made a ton of them, and we’ve compiled all the good stuff into an opportunity to train other people to come on our team and be very successful in real estate. So if you’re one of them superstars, Adrienne, what—

Adrienne: And you want to be happy.

Attilio: And you want to be happy because you’re going to learn from our mistakes.

Adrienne: Mhmm.

Attilio: What should they do?

Adrienne: They should go to jointeamlally.com. That’s jointeamlally.com.

Attilio: Alright. So, hey, don’t contact us if you’re a mediocre producer. You will be wasting your time.

Adrienne: If you’re super uptight, sensitive, and your feelings get hurt easily, don’t call us.

Attilio: Alright. So what’s that crazy thing? Tell us about that crazy thing.

Adrienne: Well, we have this thing called an 80k guarantee.

Attilio: What did you say? 80k guarantee? What’s that?

Adrienne: So if you do everything that we train you to do and you don’t make 80,000 in your first full year, we’ll write you a check for the difference.

Attilio: That’s awesome. Here it is, folks. You need to be confident, energetic, and a person who wishes to be part of a fun and fast-paced team.

Adrienne: Mhmm. All leads, systems, coaching, and scripts are provided and are proven to be the best in the industry.

Attilio: Alright. So if you’re teachable and you want to work with a fast-paced, fun team, where do they go?

Adrienne: Just go to jointeamlally.com.

Attilio: That’s the first step in the process. 

Adrienne: And actually it’s like a three-step process, so follow the instructions.

Attilio: Well, just on the website, but just so you guys know, it’s a total of seven steps in overall in the process. Why do we go through such a big deal about bringing people on the team? Why do we take—why do we hire slow fire fast?

Adrienne: Well, we want to take our time with hiring because we want to make sure we have the right fit because if you have the wrong fit, it could actually cost un hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Attilio: Speaking of the wrong fit. Pumpkins. 

Adrienne: Why is that a wrong fit?

Attilio: I don’t know—no, it was just my crazy segue.

Adrienne: That was your segue. Okay.

Attilio: It’s called crazy segue.

Adrienne: Okay. Crazy segue.

Attilio: One thing has nothing to do with the other, it’s just called crazy segue. I just—

Adrienne: You just wanted to change the topic.

Attilio: That’s my new—if you’re in the radio business, I just coined a new term for the radio business called crazy segue.

Adrienne: Okay.

Attilio: Speaking of monkey wrenches, we have a pumpkin patch thing we want to talk about. What is it?

Adrienne: So we’re going to be there—

Attilio: Join us.

Adrienne: Yeah. We’re going to be there with 97.5 on their military appreciation day over at Aloun Farms.

Attilio: Aloun Farms and—

Adrienne: We’ll have a VIP tent set up for all of our awesome clients.

Attilio: Listen up, folks. This is our 11th Annual Team Lally Client Appreciation Party. Join us for food, fun, face-painting. Adrienne’s going to personally be doing all the face painting.

Adrienne: We’re going to have some Disney princesses there.

Attilio: Oh, we are?

Adrienne: Cinderella we’ll be there with her pumpkin.

Attilio: Cinderella?

Adrienne: Yes. 

Attilio: Cinderella?

Adrienne: Cinderella.

Attilio: What about Grumpy, Sneezy, and all those guys?

Adrienne: No. Just Cinderella will be there.

Attilio: Oh, just Cinderella.

Adrienne: Mhmm.

Attilio: Wait, was that Cinder—no, no, no. That’s the wrong one. That’s Snow White.

Adrienne: That’s Snow White. You’re getting your princesses—

Attilio: Hey, get your princesses correct, Attilio.

Adrienne: Exactly.

Attilio: So we’re going to have a glass slipper?

Adrienne: Yes. Of course.

Attilio: Alright. So pick your own pumpkin. We’re going to have prizes. Speaking of prizes, we’re giving away a yacht or like time on a yacht?

Adrienne: It’s time like four hours of private—

Attilio: It’s like people who say you could win a car, but it’s like a Hot Wheels.

Adrienne: No, it’s four hours.

Attilio: So if you’re giving away a yacht, it’s going to be like a Hot Wheels yacht. But we’re giving you time on our Team Lally yacht. How many hours?

Adrienne: Four hours.

Attilio: Four hours. So basically what you’re going to do is buy a raffle ticket. Did we decide what the amount of the raffle ticket was going to be?

Adrienne: Not yet.

Attilio: Not yet. Somewhere between 1 and 500 dollars.

Adrienne: No. It’ll be affordable.

Attilio: It’ll be affordable.

Adrienne: And all of the pro—

Attilio: Five bucks?

Adrienne: Yeah. All of the proceeds are going to go to Project Hawaii.

Attilio: Now what is Project Hawaii?

Adrienne: So Project Hawaii is a non-profit over on the West Side where they support the local homeless keiki.

Attilio: Yeah. So Team Lally, personally, we’ve dedicated ourselves to donating. Our goal this year is to dedicate up to $30,000 to Project Hawaii. Megan Patrick is a director, and what they do is work with the homeless children. 

Adrienne: Yep.

Attilio: Homeless children, not in some far away country who you have a hard time relating to, but right here in our own backyard. When you’re driving out to Makaha, and you see those tents on the side of the road? That’s the children that she’s working with. So we’ve committed – part of every one of our transactions is set aside for Project Hawaii. We write her a nice check every month.

Adrienne: And actually, this month she’s doing some outreach to the kids, and she’s going to help them with Halloween costumes and hygiene products and some meals, so that’s the—

Attilio: And I know what you’re thinking. What’s the best way to help out? Go to projecthawaii—or what is it? Homelesskeiki.com?

Adrienne: helpthehomelesskeiki.org.

Attilio: Well, we’ve got the short domain. It’s homelesskeiki.com, right?

Adrienne: Yes.

Attilio: homelesskeiki.com. Click on the button that says ‘Donate’. Get out your checkbook or your PayPal or your credit card and write the biggest—put whatever the donate amount is—write the biggest amount in there that you can. Okay? Because you’re saying, “What can I do to help and make a difference in our community?” Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Adrienne: Alright. So speaking of Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, we have Janyce on the line.

Attilio: Oh, she’s on the line?

Adrienne: From Dream House Drafting.

Janyce: Hello.

Attilio: Oh, wait. We didn’t—wait, wait for it.

Adrienne: Okay. Now—

Attilio: Now we can have Janyce on the line.

Adrienne: Now we can start.

Attilio: Go ahead Janyce.

Janyce: Hello. How’re you doing?

Attilio: Good. We had the harp sound going.

(laughter)

Janyce: Oh, thank you.

Attilio: So, Janyce. Janyce with Dream House Drafting. What’s your tip of the week?

Janyce: My tip of the week is if you love your home, if you think you never want to sell, and think seriously about having an assessment done of your home in terms of universal design and aging in place. In other words, is it visitable for your older relatives now? Is it accessible? How is it going to accommodate you in the future?

Attilio: Gotcha.

Adrienne: So, Janyce, Dream House Drafting will come into the home and give you some ideas as far as how you can modify the home so that you can age in place? Tell us.

Attilio: Yeah. Adrienne—

Janyce: Well, a couple of years ago, I did go through the classes and get the aging in place certification. Probably about time for me to go and take the classes again.

Attilio: Okay.

Janyce: However, there are many things that we don’t necessarily pay attention to, and things that, in reference to egress, that have changed over the years. Like now I’m in my parent’s almost 60-year-old home. And they are 90 years old, and both of them blessed with mobility all this time, but one of them is beginning to have difficulties. And I can’t think of a way to redesign this particular house just because of the way things were done. So there are numerous things that you can do to make a house more livable.

Attilio: Yeah. Give us the top three.

Janyce: Well, one of the things you want to make sure to do is widen doorways.

Attilio: Widen doorways. That’s good.

Janyce: I would also recommend that people consider putting grab lines in showers.

Attilio: Okay. So widen doorways—

Janyce: And getting comfort height toilets. Comfort height toilets make an enormous difference also.

Attilio: What’s a comfort height toilet?

Janyce: It’s one for people who are not used to doing a great many deep squats. In other words, it’s taller. Usually somewhere around 17 inches high.

Attilio: Yeah.

Janyce: They are for those who are shaky or have knee problems or for taller people.

Attilio: Yeah.

Janyce: It’s not so much of a drop and not so much of a climb.

Attilio: I know one of the other ones, too, is changing the door handles to the lever action as opposed to the turn knobs.

Janyce: For people who have the arthritic type of conditions. You can also consider barrier-free showers. I’m noticing that in my parent’s home, everywhere you go, every door, room change, whether it’s a doorway or not, there is some sort of threshold level change that becomes a nuisance.

Attilio: Yeah.

Janyce: And even if they’re only like half an inch, they can interfere with wheelchairs, walkers, roller. It would just be tripping hazards for people who can’t lift their feet as high.

Attilio: Alright. Well, thanks, Janyce for that. So if they call you, what’s that going to look like? You’re going to do a consultation over the phone? You visit with them? What’s it look like?

Janyce: Well, usually, what we talk about first is what their goals are. And then in any design service that I provide, there is always got to be sight visits.

Attilio: Gotcha.

Janyce: So that would be the first things. Phone consults and site visits.

Attilio: Alright. Thanks, Janyce.

Adrienne: Thanks, Janyce.

Janyce: Thanks. Bye.

Adrienne: Alright. And you can reach Janyce at 206-7107 or—

Attilio: Or on the internet at…?

Adrienne: dreamhousedrafting.com.

Attilio: Hey, if you’re a realtor out there and you’re looking—you’ve got a permit after-the-fact issue, she’s also a great resource for that. She’ll help you unravel that mess. Alright. We’re getting ready to take a break.

Adrienne: Yeah, so stay with us. We have some very special in-studio guests that’ll be joining us after the break.

Attilio: With plansea.org.

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Adrienne: Welcome back and thanks for listening to the Team Lally Real Estate Show. Home of the guaranteed sold program, or we’ll buy it. I’m Adrienne.

Attilio: And I’m Tequila.

Adrienne: And if you have any questions, just give us a call at 799-9596 or check us out on the web at teamlally.com.

Attilio: Alright. Here we are. We’re back from the break, and do we have—no, Duke didn’t make it back in, huh?

Adrienne: No.

Attilio: So we’re going to give our property management tip of the week and then moving on.

Adrienne: Okay.

Attilio: What is it

Adrienne: I don’t know.

Attilio: You don’t know?

Adrienne: I was counting on Duke to call in with his property management tip of the week.

Attilio: You know, here’s a big pitfall you want to avoid. Say if you’re a property owner and wonder why you want to have a professional property management company: pets. Pets can get you in a lot of trouble. I know a lot of people don’t want pets, and you want to have that be something that not—that you’re going to have in your unit, but if somebody has an emotional pet and has one of those certificates, you actually cannot deny them access to that. And they have to—what else, Adrienne, do you know about that?

Adrienne: I know there was some kind of clarification that Duke had sent out to us.

Attilio: Here’s the deal. Be the source of the source. Don’t try to be an expert in that. It could cost you a lot of legal fees and a lot of money and put you in some hot water. Hawaii favors the tenant, so give Duke and his team a call. What’s the number, Adrienne?

Adrienne: 445-9223. That’s 445-9223.

Attilio: Or check them out on the internet at…?

Adrienne: hipacificpm.com.

Attilio: Now, one last thing before we move on. They’ve got a rent guarantee. What’s that about?

Adrienne: So basically if they don’t rent your house in 30 days, they’ll pay the rent.

Attilio: They’ll pay the rent. Alright. Moving on.

Adrienne: Okay. So, moving on to our in-studio guests. We have planSEA.org. Mr. Ray Hollowell. He’s the founder and managing director of his non-profit. He comes from a background of—

Attilio: Videography.

Adrienne: Videography and has been in on all the major stations like ABC’s 20/20, CBS, NBC.

Attilio: Yep. And the rest of them and all of that, and PrimeTime, ESPN, HBO. The list goes on. If you watch TV and you click through a couple bunch of channel, you probably have seen something that he’s been on with. Alright. And then our next guest, also accompanying him, is Patti Mitchell. Chairman of the Board for planSEA.org. She’s a proud parent. She’s going to tell you about her kids maybe a little bit. Her background is on January 10, 2015 form California came to Honolulu from California after retiring from career in public education. Now she’s still in public education, just a different type. It has to do with the ocean. Welcome aboard. I feel like we’re on a ship. This is like the—we’re talking about the ocean, so we say ‘Welcome aboard’ like we’re on a ship.

Ray: Thanks for having us. Aloha.

Attilio: Aloha. So local-style, we like to get to know our guests a little bit more before we go on with the topic that you guys are here to talk about. So, Ray, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from originally?

Ray: Well, I was born in Virginia and grew up there and travelled around the world surfing and ended up in Hawaii in ’94.

Attilio: ’94. And Patti, what’s your situation?

Patti: Well, I’m form Fresno, California. My son is a Naval Academy graduate and a Marine Corps Officer, and he got stationed here in Hawaii. His wife is a doctor in the Army, and so they’ve been here for 14 years. It has just been an amazing career. And so after I retired, I came out here to join them and my grandchildren.

Attilio: Oh, wow. Nice. I know a lot of reasons why people sell their homes here in Hawaii is because all of the kids and grandkids are back in the mainland. So you came the other way.

Patti: Yeah.

Attilio: Awesome.

Adrienne: So, Ray, what is this planSEA.org?

Attilio: Tell us about it.

Adrienne: Could you tell our listeners about it, please?

Ray: Yeah. Well, basically at planSEA.org, we’re a video production company, and we produce ocean adventure edutainment, we call it, to hopefully inspire children and their families to become good stewards of the sea.

Attilio: Now, so people know what the website is. It’s not like ‘Hey! So the first plan didn’t work out, so we’re going to go to a plan B, and then plan B didn’t work out, we’re going to go to plan C.’ That’s not how it’s spelled. It’s P-L-A-N and the ‘sea’ like the ocean dot org. PlanSEA. And actually, you know what? Oceans are important, so planSEA should be plan A. It should be the first plan that everybody focuses on. So tell us more—I know you guys have an affiliation with the Make a Wish Foundation. Tell us about that.

Ray: I’ll let Patti Tell you about that.

Attilio: Okay.

Patti: We work with a lot of organizations. One is Make a Wish. We’ve got an event coming up. We’ve got a little boy coming out; he loves Lilo & Stitch. And so the closest thing they could think of would be our mascot who is Kama the Surfing Pig.

Attilio: Kama.

Patti: Yeah. So we’re going to be getting together in a couple of weeks to make this little boy’s dream come true and take him out surfing in the ocean and with his family and give him a good experience. He’s got leukemia, and so he’s been in a challenging situation. And that’s what we do. Not just with Make a Wish, but with other organizations. We take children and adults out into the ocean, our wounded warriors. And we get them swimming with the dolphins and sharks and surfing, doing things that they never thought were possible because of their new injuries and their illnesses. It’s amazing.

Attilio: Tell us more about all the different types of people because I watched the video. I saw veterans, Make a Wish children. We saw our new word of the day – handicapable. I saw kids with – looks like maybe—

Patti: Cystic Fibrosis?

Attilio: Yeah. 

Patti: Yeah. All different challenges. Yeah. And Ray?

Attilio: Yeah. So radio is like we’ve got to use words for the eyeballs. It’s words for the ears. So describe to us what’s this experience looking like for these kids when they get out on the ocean? Do you just throw them in and say, “Swim back!” No.

(laughter)

Ray: That’s exactly what we do. No, it depends on the child. I remember this one kid, Ryan, who is – unfortunately, his parents were on drugs, and he wasn’t fed baby food for his first year as an infant, and it caused a lot of problems for him, so we took him on a dolphin tour. He wanted to go see the dolphins. And for the first four hours, actually we were on the dolphins that you tour as one of our sponsors thanks to Richard Holland. And we took them out on the ocean, the first four hours, he cried his eyes out and the last two hours, it was the best time of his life. So that was very rewarding.

Attilio: Nice. So you guys were persistent and stuck in there with that experience?

Ray: Yes.

Adrienne: So, Ray, you started this in 2009. This plaSEA.org. What made you make that change from just doing the video production into the non-profit?

Ray: Well, that’s a good question. In 2002, December 31st, I had a bad accident at Banzai Pipeline, and that trauma, I guess you would say, helped me refocus my energy on doing positive energy programming for the planet instead of just entertainment. 

Attilio: Let’s talk about that a little bit more. It’s not like you went on the reef and stepped on some wana. It was a little bit more extreme than that, and you didn’t get stung by some Portuguese Man o’ War. What happened?

Ray: Well, I was on a pipeline December 31st, 2002, about 12:15 pm. The waves were about 6-8 foot Hawaiian with some 12 foot bombs, which is substantial size, one of the lowest tides of the year. I was filming deep in the pit which is like the impact zone, and I got caught inside on an outer reef set, and I couldn’t get to the channel quick enough. And it pretty much vaporized me on the reef and knocked me unconscious. 

Attilio: And we watched that CNN video, and for those of you who aren’t a – you know, the surfers out there who know the surfer lingo – I’m a local boy, born and raised, and I know how to Pipeline. So what you have is a break that’s coming in, and the wave is sucking up, and it’s building the face of the wave and all that water is going up into the face, and so the water immediately in front of the wave is very shallow, especially at sunset. The reef is right there, so if you’re on that, like you said, that impact zone is pushing you down into this very soft thing called the reef. No, it’s not so soft. You even had a helmet on. 

Ray: Yeah.

Attilio: And it still knocked you out.

Ray: That is correct. I hit so hard, I had two brain contusions, my collar bone was broken in half in four different places, torn rotator cuff, two broken ribs, a bruise along from the impact, and I ingested over four liters of salt water in my lungs and stomach. I probably took three on the head while I was unconscious, so I puffed up like a blueberry. And they got me to the beach, and I actually was blue. I was technically dead, and Fred Asthmas, the North Shore lifeguard, got to me. Larry Hanes, the photographer, got to me first. A bunch of people, Tal Hanneman, North Shore lifeguard that now runs Pipe, he was there. Ray Mono from Tahiti. Who else? I can’t remember because I wasn’t awake.

Attilio: Yeah, no, you were there but not. So you’re going into the light, and you said, “I’m not going into the light. I’m coming back over here.” So you came out of that with a purpose.

Ray: Yeah. That’s about it. I did nine days critical care Wahiawa General. It took me a year to recover. Then that’s what inspired me to focus my energies on my talents with water videography and just filming in general is to create positive energy programming with a purpose and the occasional porpoise. 

Adrienne: So are you still going out and filming the surfers or are you done with that?

Ray: Yeah. I don’t do that much anymore because they invented this thing called GoPro, and everybody and their brother’s mother is a hero. So I’m over that. I mean, I’ll do it, you know, but I’m almost 60, so there’s the let the new, young bucks out there film and make their dough. But I like swimming with the animals.

Attilio: Gotcha. Alright, Patti, tell us more about your role with planSEA.org. What—

Adrienne: How did you get involved? Tell us the story.

Patti: Well, I met him. He was a guest at Waikiki Rotary Club, and I sat at the table, and we got to talking, and we’ve been together ever since. I’ve got two grandchildren. We’re all about saving the planet and teaching, and once you learn, you can’t unlearn. I mean, it’s just amazing. We’re partners with Dr. Silvia Earl of Mission Blue. We just attended the World Conservation Congress and hung out with Jacques Cousteau’s son. I mean, there’s just all these amazing people who are on the planet doing the same thing. We have the same focus. So I just met the most amazing people, and just being able to be with children and adults and making their dreams come true. And watching them just become so excited about life. You know, a new focus for life has been wonderful.

Attilio: Now, everybody’s heard the term ‘go green’. What does ‘go blue’ mean? Save the ocean? Dodgers?

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Ray: Dodgers. How about Super Chargers? How about that game last night? Anyways. Yeah, going blue is what it is. The ocean is blue, and we’re all about saving the ocean because it takes up 71% of Earth’s surface, and without the ocean, we’re going to die.

Adrienne: So if any of our listeners wanted to get involved in volunteer work. How could they help to support planSEA.org?

Patti: Yeah. You can contact me at 559-908-5664 and Ray at 808-384-4447. And you can get on our website at plansea.org, and you can take a look and help us. We’ve got lots of projects going on. We’re looking for support. We’ve got some documentaries that we’re trying to push forward. We do a lot of work with Fisher House and with the families. We’d like to be able to take them out more often. Are you familiar with Fisher House?

Attilio: No, tell us about Fisher House. 

Adrienne: Yeah.

Attilio: I know of it because I had an affiliation with the American Heritage Girls, and I know that was one of their service projects. It was like an eagle project for the girls. It was at Fisher House, but tell the listeners what is Fisher House.

Patti: Well, it’s like Ron McDonald’s House to Children’s Hospital. Fisher Houses are to military hospitals. And Tripler Army Medical Center is the only military hospital in the entire South Pacific. So we have veterans from Saipan. We have children from Korea. We have high-risk pregnancies. I mean, anything and everything you can think of, they’re being treated at Tripler. Then they can stay there if there’s room.

Attilio: It’s a combination zone.

Patti: Yeah. We only have 19 rooms.

Attilio: And it’s close to Tripler, isn’t it?

Patti: It’s on the same site. We have two, actually.

Attilio: Gotcha.

Patti: Anyway, wonderful people. When I show up, I don’t know if I’m going to change a lightbulb or sit down with a family who’s just lost a baby. I mean, there’s just so many needs. PlanSEA.org is really hoping to do more projects with them to document their stories and also to be able to get them out into the ocean for some adventures, as well.

Adrienne: So you guys are looking for someone who has the video editing skills et to come and volunteer?

Ray: That’s correct. 

Attilio: Now, I know you guys mentioned before we went live, you were like, “Hey! Let’s get some UH Student.” You know what? I noticed nowadays any 12year old who knows how to use an iMovie on a Mac knows how to edit, so pretty much if anybody’s out there and has some good editing skills you want to give back to the community, to the ocean, and help a non-profit organization and give some editing hours. Go to your guy’s website? planSEA.org?

Ray: Yeah.

Attilio: Okay. Alright. What other media needs do you guys have? Oh, if you’re listening, you can go out there and write a big check.

Patti: Oh, yeah.

Adrienne: Money’s good.

Patti: Yeah. A steady stream. That would really be helpful. Also, you know, we’re looking to the social media. You know, some of our young kids are probably really good at that, and that would be really good, and we want to get out into the schools. We want to be able to do our project as My Beach Reports. We’d like to see the teachers and students participate and create their own My Beach Reports, and that’s really fun. We just did a project with [Incendious?] Country Day School and it was really fun. The kids just had a blast doing that.

Attilio: I saw the video, so I know what you’re talking about with that report, but describe to them: what are they looking at when they see these reports? And I know it’s done by the kids, one.

Patti: Yeah. They’re researching, writing, directing, producing, and this group that we just worked with, actually Ray was able to get their content onto Google Ocean. He was the first—

Adrienne: Oh, wow.

Patti: Yeah. Ray was the first content provider for Google Ocean, by the way.

Attilio: What is that, Google Ocean? If you’re in the middle of nowhere, Siri will direct you back to land? What is Google Ocean?

Ray: It’s actually a platform in Google Earth.

Attilio: Yeah, okay. So like how we have Google Streets, it’s doing underneath the water?

Ray: Yeah, correct. And the shorelines. It explains, you know, you’ve got video, pictures, the stories that just educate people about the marine environment in general.

Attilio: So you can click on it and do like a 360 and see what’s underneath the water?

Ray: That’s right.

Attilio: Awesome. Now, we don’t want to do the bottom of Mariana’s Trench because it’s dark, right? We’re not going to see anything; it’s all dark.

Ray: Actually, we’re partnered with Angelo Villagomez. They call him the Godfather of the Mariana’s Trench. 

Attilio: Oh, wow. For those of you listening, I think, correct me if I’m wrong, it’s like the deepest part of the ocean?

Ray: That’s right.

Attilio: Okay. I got my Jeopardy facts ready to go in case I get on the show. Alright. Adrienne, some more questions?

Adrienne: So could you guys share with us a recent success story so that our listeners can understand more about what it is that you guys exactly do with the community?

Ray: Well, a success story as far as saving an animal which was one of the proudest moments of my life. We were out with our good friend, Mick O’Brien, on his boat. We were going out to film some pelagic animals out in the deep blue. So we’re out about 3 miles off Haleiwa Harbor, and we see a dolphin, and the dolphin was kind of jumping up and down and started following our boat. It seemed like it was trying to signal to us. I zoom in, and as we’re going past, Mick O’Brien says, “What’s that on the crab trap buoy?” And he thought it was a monk seal, I zoomed in, and it was a big Bottle-nosed dolphin that had its tail entangled in the crab trap buoy line. So we zipped over, and our board member and one of our show hosts, Snorkel Sam Monaghan, he jumped in with a knife. I didn’t have time to put my camera in a housing. Should have had a GoPro. Anyway, so Sam swam over, and I filmed Sam—

Attilio: Above water.

Ray: Yeah. I was on the boat, and Sam swam over to the dolphin. He righted it because it was literally drowning right in front of us. And the swell was real big. Every time a surge would come in, it would suck the dolphin under, and it was really struggling. Sam cut it loose. He righted it, and it had kind of a fog in its eye, and he said the eye kind of cleared up. I gave a couple of squeaks and swam away.

Attilio: Oh, nice.

Ray: Yeah.

Attilio: So the dolphin wasn’t like kicking him and saying, “Get off of me!”

Ray: No. It was—

Attilio: He was like “Help me!”

Ray: It seemed like it was very happy and swam off.

Attilio: Nice.

Adrienne: Now could you share with us also some stories about, you know, with the children?

Patti: Yeah. We had a little girl who came out from Ohio. She has been in cancer treatment – Leukemia – for a year, and what got her through her treatments was watching Kama the surfing pig who is our mascot. So if you go on YouTube, you can punch in Kama the Surfing Pig, He’s just adorable. But her wish was to see Kama the Surfing Pig, so at the end of her treatment – she’s now three – her family came out, all six children, and they came out and met with Kai. Kai Holt is the dad – Kama the Surfing Pig’s dad. And just to be there, to film her experience, and hang out with them, and watch her meet the pig for the first time, and feed him grapes. It was so cute. All the kids got to go surfing, and it’s not just the little girl who was in treatment; it’s the entire family. You know, it’s the parents, the stress, you know, all the siblings, and they just had such a wonderful experience thanks to Kai. And it was great to be there.

Attilio: Keep an eye on Kama. He’ll be out at the Pipeline Masters next season. Shooting the tube. No. What other questions we got? You know what? What other—so tell us about your organization in any other needs that you guys have. Editing, money, volunteers.

Ray: Yeah. We’re always looking for sponsors, too. We produce programming, your logo, we can do what we call—I don’t know if you’d call it a commercial, but a shout out “Presented by XYZ”.

Attilio: Gotcha. 

Ray: We want to produce our ocean adventure edutainment and turn it into DVD forms.

Attilio: Okay.

Ray: For children’s hospitals nationwide. And we’ve already actually been doing that, but we are looking for sponsors for that that is good recognition.

Attilio: Have you had sponsors in the past?

Ray: Yes.

Attilio: What’s been some of them?

Ray: Sycuan, the Sycuan—the Kumeyaay—let me say this Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation donated $15,000 two years ago.

Attilio: Oh, wow.

Ray: Yeah. So we went to San Diego. We did Beach Reports out there which was hosted by Mayor Kristen Gaspar who is our official spokesmom. And now she’s running for supervisor for San Diego County.

Attilio: Gotcha. Is she still the spokesmom?

Ray: Yes, she is.

Attilio: Okay.

Adrienne: Alright. So I think we’re going to take a short break, but we do have some more questions for you, so—

Attilio: Stay with us.

Adrienne: Our listeners stay with us.

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Adrienne: Welcome back and thanks for listening to the Team Lally Real Estate Show. Home of the guaranteed sold program, or we’ll buy it. I’m Adrienne.

Attilio: And I’m Attilio.

Adrienne: And if you have any questions, just give us a call at 799-9596 or check us out on the web at teamlally.com.

Attilio: Hey, everybody. So, you know, we’re a pretty successful real estate team, and we believe as business people get more successful, start generating some income and profits that we personally believe that you have an obligation to give back to the community. So speaking of giving back to the community, part of our sales and transactions go to Project Hawaii which supports the homeless keiki and we have a radio show. What we like to do is have non-profits on our show. And what’s the non-profit organization that we have with us today, Adrienne?

Adrienne: So we have Ray Hollowell and Patti Mitchell from planSEA.org. And they’ve been sharing with us some of their successes and why they started this non-profit. So during the commercial break, we were talking about some of their things that we wanted to share with our listeners. So, now, what was it that we didn’t cover that you guys would like to cover before we transition—

Attilio: Went to the break.

Adrienne: Yeah.

Patti: Well, one important part of our non-profit is our Sea of Inspiration Project. And we work with a lot of our wounded warriors. We ‘d like to expand on that. We really want to bring people out from all over the country.

Attilio: Sure.

Patti: In fact, Make a Wish they said that number one and number two places that people want to go to is Disneyworld and Hawaii.

Adrienne: Mhmm.

Attilio: Oh, wow.

Patti: That’s mostly for children, but I think it kind of is a lot for the adults, as well. We want to get a lot of our programming donated to hospitals, military hospitals, Fisher Houses, children’s hospitals so that we can show how inspiring life can be even though they’re— maybe there’s an amputation or severe medical challenge. Life is not over, and this is what, I think, what we bring to the table. We can show people all of our stories that we’ve got.

Attilio: You know, I noticed that, for me personally, you know born and raised here in Hawaii, half-Hawaiian. And, you know, Hawaiian’s have got a big connection to the ocean, and I always feel that, you know, no matter how bad it’s going, if you just go jump in the ocean for a little bit, it kind of recharges you. It seems like it’s a bottomless—

Adrienne: The positive energy.

Attilio: Yeah. It’s unlimited positive energy, and it absorbs all that negativeness out of your live, and you just kind of let go. So I think that’s what you guys are doing is providing an opportunity for the triple amputee because I’ve seen the videos. Triple amputee on a surf board! And he’s holding up his prosthetic while he’s catching a wave. That was an awesome video to see. 

Ray: Another important thing we have Colonel John Richard Bates, USMC Retired. He goes on all our adventures with us with our military, but he’s the founder of the Flying Leathernecks, and they take people to Skydive Hawaii. They take them on air adventured, so we have not only ocean but air adventures.

Attilio: Yeah. I saw that video, too. They were doing the buddy jumps, right?

Ray: Yeah.

Attilio: Alright.

Ray: Colonel John’s sponsored by Wrangler. He’s also a professional aerial cameraman.

Attilio: Oh, nice.

Ray: And our own camera host for military related subjects.

Attilio: Alright. You want to bring Brooks on?

Adrienne: So.

Attilio: Alright. 

Adrienne: So we’re going to bring in Brooks Bowman.

Attilio: Come on in, Brooks, you just rang the doorbell.

Brooks: (laughter) Hi, you guys. How’s it going?

Attilio: Good. So you’re going to talk about your coming soon 

Adrienne: Wait, wait, wait. No. Before he talks about that, we—

Attilio: I was going to do it after, but we’ll do it now.

Adrienne: Yeah. So, Brooks, we’re just bring to an end or a closure here with Ray and Patti from planSEA.org, and I know that you were the connection to those relationships.

Attilio: Brooks, how do you know Ray? 

Brooks: I’ve known Ray for a long time. We’re surfing buddies. It’s a long and great friendship starting back in the early 80s, and he’s just a great guy. He’s done some serious contribution. Let me tell you. He lives to help people.

Attilio: Yes. Awesome. Alright. Great. So you got any questions for ray about planSEA.org or what he’s been doing later or are you guys going to make a connection here to go surfing?

Brooks: Are you still diving out there, filming dolphins off the west side of the island? 

Ray: I film anything that shows up to the party, buddy.

Attilio: Alright.

Brooks: I hear you. Very good.

Attilio: Alright. So Brooks, tell us about your coming soon property.

Brooks: Okay. I’d be happy to. Before I do, Attilio, what’s the name of the best street in sea country?

Attilio: The best street in sea country? I don’t know. Anaha?

Brooks: Anaha. Got it.

Attilio: Yep.

Brooks: Good job. So I got a nice, nice listing on Anaha. We’re going live on Monday.

Attilio: Awesome.

Brooks: And this property is—okay, well, a painting contractor owns it.

Attilio: Oh.

Brooks: Everything is painted immaculately including the concrete and the backyard. The garage has a gray coating. It’s such an immaculate property. It’s a big corner lot. Unreal views of the Waianae Mountain Range. Central A/C, so you’re cooled off 24/7. This is a phenomenal property, and it is going to go quickly. I’m super happy about this.

Attilio: So this is on the view side of the street? 

Brooks: It is. It’s on the view side of the street.  Looks out over the—

Adrienne: With no neighbors behind, right?

Brooks: --out front, too. You can hang out. The kids are out there eating their dinner. I was out there the other night. It was really neat.

Attilio: Awesome.

Brooks: You’ll see the sign when you cruise that famous street, as you do.

Attilio: Yes. Okay. Awesome. Thanks, Brooks.

Brooks: Okay.

Attilio: And say ‘farewell’ too Ray.

Brooks: Alright, Ray. Hey, thanks a lot for coming on this show. I’m sure it was fun for you, and we really do need to get your message out there. I’m so glad you came on board. Thanks a lot.

Ray: Well, thank you very much.

Attilio: Alright. Next up is?

Adrienne: Kapono.

Attilio: Kapono. Come on in. You just rang the doorbell. Tell us about your open. 

Kapono: Okay. So, Sunday, 2-5 pm, I am going to be in Ka’a’awa. This is a grand open house. Come and check out this amazing [Mauaken Foacen?] waterfall views. You want to take the drive up to Ka’a’awa. And then also, I wanted to mention Angelique from 205.10. She will be [inaudible] and so now they’re beautiful columns, there’s a new roof, 11 homes [inaudible]. So come check one of us out. All of Team Lally listeners, it’s a full day event, so if you’re looking at open houses, go with Team Lally.

Adrienne: So, Kapono, are you going to be anywhere on Saturday or Tuesday? Or that hasn’t been set yet?

Kapono: Oh, yeah. Okay. On Saturday, I’m going to be in Hawaiian Homelands home in Waianae, and on Tuesday, I am going to be in Honolulu. So give me a call (808) 497-9367, and I can deploy a small hotline, and I could definitely tell you more about it.

Attilio: Alright. Thanks, Kapono.

Adrienne: Thanks, Kapono.

Attilio: Adrienne, what’s that website? Is it teamlallyopenhouse…?

Adrienne: you can go to teamlally.com and select the ‘Open House’ option. I think it was teamlallyopenhouse.com.

Attilio: Yeah. Check out teamlallyopenhouses.com.

Adrienne: All of our open houses along with the pictures and the view. Even just contact one of our agents to get more information.

Attilio: Now, it’s a seller or a buyer’s market?

Adrienne: I think it’s more of a seller’s market.

Attilio: So you want to be affiliated with a real estate team that has a lot of listings or no listings or little listings?

Adrienne: I would say with a lot of listings.

Attilio: Yeah. You want to have a lot of inventory. If you like apples go to the apple warehouse where they’re all stored. So we’ve got a lot of inventory. We’ve got coming soon properties. If you’re a buyer out there, and you’re getting tired of being beat out on properties, check out our website at teamlally.com or give us a call at what number, Adrienne?

Adrienne: 234-4421 and that rings all of our buyer agents, and one of them will answer the line and be happy to give you more information about any of the open houses and listings that we have available.

Attilio: Alright. Okay. So by the way—

Adrienne: Yes?

Attilio: If you’ve just tuned in, you’re listening to the Team Lally Real Estate show. Home of the guaranteed sole program or buy it. I’m Attilio.

Adrienne: And I’m Adrienne.

Attilio: Alright. So we’re talking with—we’ve got Ray and Patti from planSEA org. The website P-L-AN- and then ‘sea’ like the ocean Although, there might be some dyslexic people like me out there. They’re going to write a plan, and they’re going to talk to ocean.org.

(laughter)

Attilio: So it’s plan, P-L-A-N S-E-A.org. Go to their website. Let’s go blue, and save the ocean—

Adrienne: Do you guys have like a Facebook fan page or can they contact you via social media, as well?

Ray: Why, yeah, you can do to rayhollowellplansea.

Attilio: You know what? That really reminded—no. I don’t know if we talked about it on the air or if it was just during the break, but you guys also need help with social media.

Ray: Yeah, that’s correct.

Attilio: Alright, so your kids are at there. You youngsters out there. You know, you’re thinking ‘How can I get it back with all this darn snapchatting that I’m doing?’ Here’s the way that you can do it. You can bring your social media skills to help out this organization.  Alright, so you want—

Adrienne: And ray wants to do a think you also.

Attilio: Sure, go read.

Ray: I’d like to first of all, thank you folks for having us here, and thank you cousin Brooks. I’d like to thank all the sponsors that we have and people who have helped us with any kind of services on our website. You can check them out at out sponsor’s partner’s paid. I’d like to thank Charlotte Vick from Google Ocean. Mr. Ralph Rendon and Mayor Kristen Gaspar form San Diego County for all their support and friendship. 

Attilio: Yeah. So if you’re a business person or a consumer of services out there, go to their website. Take a look at the businesses that have supported them and go support that business because that’s tell you something about their supporters that they like to give back to the community.

Adrienne: Now, you guys were just also featured in the Midweek. 

Attilio: Oh, yeah. Tell us about that article.

Adrienne: Is it online or is it—

Patti: It should be online. Actually it turned out very well. We’re very, very excited about it. But it really sums up what we do and who we are. 

Attilio: What’s the title? Give us the title.

Patti: It’s a proved positive section of the Midweek, and it’s called ‘Bringing the Pacific to use Nationwide’. And—

Attilio: Yeah. Give us some highlights.

Patti: Well, it talks about—

Attilio: It’s got a picture of a shark. What’s that?

Patti: Tell him.

Ray: That was taken by my friend Cali Kamasugi. Thanks, Cali.

Patti: Yeah. And it shows Ray underwater doing what he does best. He’s filming naked dolphins and anybody else who comes up to the party like he says. It’s just all about nature and getting our soldiers and our children who have experience medical challenges When you see them, and when they are experiencing swimming with dolphins, and with turtles, and Ray will film that and present that to them for them to keep forever and ever. Just the looks on their faces, and just their whole body. The way they just relax, and their whole attitude just changes. It just is so inspirational to see. Not only that, but also, I mean especially, jumping out of the airplanes with General John Bates and his team is just absolutely amazing. Again with our soldiers. They’re heroes.

Attilio: Sure.

Patti: And life has not stopped. I mean, it’s just getting started, you know, in just a new way.

Adrienne: Well, thank you guys for joining us. 

Ray: Again, thank you very much.

Attilio: Yeah. planSEA. Please check them out and help out.

Adrienne: Alright. Well, thank you for listening and thank you to our sponsors.

Attilio: Gabe Amea and Jim Owens of Hawaii VA Loans.

Adrienne: Bradley Maruyama of Allstate Insurance.

Attilio: Jodie Tanga and Derek Tanga with Pacific Rim Mortgage.

Adrienne: Nathan Baker of Pillar to Post.

Attilio: Ben and Tony Mamul with AAA Roofers Hawaii.

Adrienne: Janyce Myrland of Dream House Drafting.

Attilio: John Speed with Kilauea Pest Control.

Adrienne: Duke Kimhan of Hawaii Pacific Property Management.

Attilio: If you want to get a hold of any of our sponsors, just go to teamlally.com.

Adrienne: We want to give a big thank you to, Steven, our producer here in the studio.

Attilio: Chee-hoo!

Adrienne: Make sure to tune in next week. We’ll have an awesome guest talking about something that will change your life--

Attilio: Forever. This is the Team Lally Real Estate Show. Home of the guaranteed sold program.

Adrienne: If we can’t sell your home at the agreed upon price and/or time frame, we’ll have it bought for cash.

Both: Thanks and Aloha!

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