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Leilani Lee Gilfoy - RIP

Sunday, August 20th, 2017


Leilani was my Hawaii Branch Manager for Empress Pearls in the ’70s. When I called Lei in 1981 and told her that I had sold Empress Pearls and want to move to Hawaii, she instantly invited me to stay with her and her husband Ross until I got settled. They met me when I arrived, and immediately began “Hawaiianizing” me with trips around the island visiting all of the special beaches and places.

Her wonderful family, Ross, David (RIP), Honey Girl, Reno, Remi, Caron and Zena all became family to me. Lei had two other sons that were adopted out, Bernie and Jose that I never met. 

I spent many evenings listening to Leilani’s golden voice, playing her ukulele as Remi sang along while Honey Girl and Caron danced hula. 


Leilani’s brother was the famous Hawaiian entertainer Kui Lee who wrote many of Don Ho’s classic songs as well as a few for Elvis Presley, such as this one:


Kui performed until he lost his fight with cancer at a very young age.

When Ross emailed me with the news that Lei had passed away, I sat at my computer with tears in my eyes. They are returning again now as I write and edit this. Her funeral will be on September 23 and we will spread her ashes off of the shore of Waikiki. I expect quite a crowd to be there with more than a few celebrities joining in. I will post a blog about that event when it happens. 

Mario to the Rescue

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017


“It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way” -Jim Croce 

While preparing for a trip to Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, and Seattle which will include a stop in Vancouver, BC I noticed that my Passport was expired. I thought, “No biggie” and went to Google to see where to renew it in Honolulu. The apparent best option was at the Honolulu Passport Agency downtown. I strolled down there (about 20 minutes) only to find a sign on the door saying, “No Walk-in Passports” and instructing me to go to the Downtown Post Office or Library.


When I arrived at the downtown Post Office the clerk said, “We don’t do passports here anymore. You have to go to the Airport Post Office or the Library.”


The library was only a few blocks away so I went there. A sign on the door said, “Open at 10 AM.” By now it was 9 AM and I didn’t want to wait there an hour so I decided to come back the next day at 10 AM. I walked back to my office and Googled other passport renewal options and found that all of them required the completion of a lengthy form to mail. Not a fan of forms and snail mail, I decided to return the next day. I arrived at 9:45 AM and waited until they opened the door at exactly 10 AM. Inside was a sign directing passport traffic to the 2nd floor. When I arrived at the Federal Documents Department, there was a wall full of forms along with a sign saying, “All passport renewals must be done by mail.”

I left a bit flustered and called my mainland client and asked him if it is crucial that we go to Vancouver. He emphasized that it would be a big disappointment if we didn’t go, so I agreed to keep working on it and go to the Airport Post Office in the morning. When I got back to my office I posted this on Facebook; “There must be a service that can handle my passport renewal. I’ve been to three places so far and they all hand me a form telling me to do it by mail. I want/need a human service. Yes, I’ll pay for it.”

Within minutes I got this reply from Mario Fusco, “I can help you, Come to Waimanalo Post office… In and out 10 min. Hawaii’s hidden secret.”

I did, and yes I was. This is my new Passport Photo which Mario snapped saying, “No smiling.” That was the hardest part of it all.


Kaka’ako Cat Man

Sunday, August 21st, 2016


Angel of Mercy
Erik is an 80 year old gentleman that spends all day, every day feeding and caring for feral cats in and around the Kaka’ako neighborhood.
He has had this mission for 15 years now and he works up to 15 hours a day visiting the various open areas where cats and kittens have been dumped.


Food and More
Besides feeding the cats, he offers them a trip to the vet to be “fixed” in order to keep the population down.



Kaka’ako Beach Park
There’s a lot to see while strolling through this wonderful park.
Many of Honolulu’s homeless and feral cats find this to be a great place to live.


Stairway to the Sea
One of my favorite features at this park is the easy access into a pool of ocean water protected by sea walls.


“Dinner Time!”
When Eric’s car pulls into the parking lot at Kaka’ako Beach Park, the cats and birds come running. He feeds the birds first so that they don’t eat the cat’s food.


“Erick’s Kitchen”
The rear of Erick’s car is filled with feeding tools and supplies.


My New Friend
Erick told me some heart warming stories, like finding a cat pinned under a fallen tree. He freed the cat only to see that his leg was smashed beyond repair. He took the cat to the vet where his leg had to be amputated. After the surgery, this cat got a new home on Erik’s boat, where about 15 others reside due to circumstances where they could not survive at the park.
I heard some heart breaking stories too, like loose dogs from the homeless tents attacking the cats and literally tearing them apart. My heart went out to him as he described seeing this happen more than a few times. In addition to my heart, all of the money I had in my pocket went out as well, and I will be back to give him more. This guy is a real living saint.

Who Do You Know???

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


“Who Needs it?”
I am going to celebrate my 75th birthday in September of next year. As a gift to myself and Masae, I am (with a few special exceptions) going to stay off of airplanes and out of the spotlight. Been there; Done that!


My Legacy
With no “heir apparent” in the company, my work will consist of paying more attention to the Morning Report, as it is the one thing (besides my books) that allows me to make a difference in a company without physically showing up. Hundreds of people get their customized Morning Report every morning before the roosters crow here in Hawaii.
It’s nice to be able to say that I don’t need any more business, but like anyone in business I will always take more. The Morning Report is scalable, and with the help of Masae and Tammy we have grown to hundreds of customers, but could have thousands, all benefitting from it.
Thus the question, “Who do you know that should be benefitting from the Morning Report?” To see how it works, CLICK HERE:


I officially retired the first time on May 1, 1981 when I sold Empress Pearls, Inc. in Hollywood, California, and came to Hawaii to surf and enjoy the islands. It’s been a great 35 years of “retirement” while establishing Success Dynamics and writing eight books. I retired my trusty surfboard in 1991 to focus on the business. It is handsomely displayed among other classics in the ceiling of Surf-n-Sea in Haleiwa. 
I eliminated our formal office staff of four in 2010, and have been gradually winding things down. I’m now ready to “retire” again (yeah right!) and will compensate you handsomely for sending us Morning Report prospects. To qualify as a “prospect” for the Morning Report a business must have these three elements:
1. Customers
2. Salespeople
3. An owner who would like to move his or her business to the next level.