A ground-breaking new weekly local television series debuts on KFVE - Your Home in 2010 in partnership with EMME, Inc. and veteran television producer Emme Tomimbang. Emme pulls the very best out of her unique vault of 15 years worth of celebrity interviews and profiles from “Emme’s Island Moments” to be presented as “Emme’s Classic Island Moments”, premiering Sunday March 21, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00pm and running weekly in that time slot on KFVE Channel 5 through 2010.
No other broadcaster has scored the caliber of featured interviews --- from Hollywood stars to homegrown talent made good to Hawaiian treasures --- the way TV personality Emme Tomimbang has, in her 30+ years as a radio and TV reporter and in the past decade and a half as Executive Producer and Host of “Emme’s Island Moments”. An archive of over 60 featured programs, Christmas celebrations, and timely specials will be re-packaged and updated as a weekly special.
“Emme's Island Moments has chronicled, amongst other subjects, Hawaii's entertainment history - from the legends of the past to the newest stars on the horizon...from international icons to provincial hot-shots,” said veteran artist Jimmy Borges on hearing of the new series. “She's done them all...and STILL DOING IT! She’s the best!”
Consider the possibilities of revisiting the stars of “Hawaii 5-0” James MacArthur, Moe Keale, Harry Endo, Al Harrington, and Kam Fong; the early musical years of Kealii Reichel, HAPA and Willie K; local stars who made Waikiki the music center of the islands such as Don Ho, Emma Veary, Aunty Genoa Keawe, Loyal Garner, Dick Jensen, and promoter Kimo McVay; locally-grown talents Jason Scott Lee, Tia Carrera, film producer Chris Lee, lyricist Dean Pitchford, actor Mark Dacascos, and others whose talents have been recognized beyond Hawaii shores; sports stars Dean Wilson, Tadd Fujikawa, Jesse Sapolu, Nu’u Fa’aola, and June Jones; international celebrities who have a special place in their hearts for our islands including Arnold Palmer, actors Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers, musicians Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina; and pioneering Pacific Island Cuisine chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, wine sommelier Chuck Furuya, and other culinary stars. “Emme’s Classic Island Moments” will feature the best of these interviews and profiles, and entertain all generations of Hawaii viewers.
Nohelani Cypriano, currently appearing in select engagements at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki said, “Emme's interviews and features with my mom (the late singing idol Leina'ala Simerson) and me over the years are true treasures for our family and for the islands. It's one of the important ways mom's legacy is preserved for future generations!”
“We are extremely pleased and excited to add Emme’s wonderful classics to our broadcast lineup as we continue to grow the KFVE brand,” said John Fink, Vice President/General Manager of KFVE. “Our goal with KFVE is to add compelling, quality, local programming and news, and Emme’s special and memorable moments are a great addition to our expanding excellent home for local shows!”
A new broadcast home for Emme
“After 10 fruitful and good years as an independent producer at my broadcast home of KHON Channel 2, where I helped launch the Channel 2 Morning News with Leslie Wilcox and Kirk Matthews as a newsroom employee, I am thrilled to be joining the new home of quality local television events, KFVE,” said Tomimbang. “To be in the company of such giants as Merrie Monarch, the Hokus, and Wahine Volleyball, to name just a few, and to be a part of the tri-station promotional platform of Hawaii News Now has given me a rush of excitement and a universe of possibilities I haven’t felt for a while. I can’t wait to share my archives with the viewers who’ve been so faithful over the years!”
“It’s important for me to let my loyal viewers and sponsors who have supported our EMME Inc. projects over the years, know where I’ll be now,” said Tomimbang, “and that includes the neighbor islands, too.
The first season of “Emme’s Classic Island Moments” premiers Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 6:00-7:00pm on KFVE and runs for 12 consecutive weeks, then repeats a 12-week run. The second season of 12 new “Classics” premiers Sunday, September 11, 2010 and repeats until the end of the year.