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#1 Aly B

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 05:09 PM

Lehua's been pretty active lately, and since some of the other coconuts got their own threads, I figured Lehua could have hers as well.

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Name: Lehua Nahina

Full Birth Name: Lehualani Ehukai Sandbo

Nicknames: Lehooker, Lehooters

Birthdate: February 7, 1983

Hometown: Haleiwa, Hawai'i

Blood Type: O

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Singers: Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Morning Musume

Favorite H!P Members: Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari



Lehua joined Coconuts Musume in 2000 at age 17 as the only member of the 2nd generation. She recorded three singles with the group (Tokunatsu Musume, Watashi Mo I Love You, Jounestu Yuki Miraisen) before she left in 2002. Throughout her stay in H!P she also participated in the shuffle units, Aoiro 7 and 7-nin Matsuuri. Shortly after leaving the group, Lehua won the "Miss Congeniality" award in the 2003 Miss Hawaii USA Pageant. From then, Lehua aimed to become a model, but not before marrying pro-surfer, Kapono Nahina (divorced in 2009) and giving birth to daughter, Kaianna Lehualani Nahina (I LOVE these Hawaiin names). Lehua is also attending college in hopes of becoming a Registered Nurse (but is recently thinking of switching to a major in Communications). In 2008, Lehua won the Mrs. Hawaii USA pageant and went to compete in the Mrs. United States pageant, which is the only televised beauty pageant for married women, in which she won "Most Photogenic". Most recently, Lehua has been modeling under Kathy Muller Agency. She also recently judged the Miss Hawaii USA Pageant.

Here is a short auto-biography that Lehua, herself, gave me through an email to fill in the gaps of the bio I wrote:

I left Japan back in 2001 because I wanted to come back to Hawaii to attend college & it because I was really homesick and missed my family and friends. My grandmother, who was considered "the rock" of my family, passed away that year on top of 9/11 happening around that same time. At that time in my life, all I wanted was to be back in Hawaii with my family. It was hard living in Japan because I couldn't really do anything on my own and I didn't have my friends nor my family with me outside of work. Even though the other girls in the group were always comforting, understanding, and nice, it was still really hard for me. I didn't really live a normal life there. I finally decided that I needed to graduate from the group and move back to Hawaii.


That summer that I returned back to Hawaii is the summer that I met professional longboarder, Kapono Nahina. I also started college that year on top of getting engaged, pregnant, and married soon after. Everything happened so quickly. At the 5 year mark of being married, I decided to get back into modeling & pageantry. Prior to that, I only received my Associates Degree and was a homemaker. Winning the Mrs. Hawaii United States Pageant & Mrs. Photogenic United States (in the National Pageant in Las Vegas) was a huge accomplishment for me. The title allowed me to meet new & inspiring people, touch lives, & also help me learn so much about myself as an individual. Unfortunately, my marriage to Kapono didn't last. I'd rather not discuss the details of why or what happened, but I would like everyone to know that we are still close, civil, and friendly because it was a mutual decision and because we know that it's important for Kaianna's sake. Our families are still really close and we try to get together as much as we can. We tell everyone that we are still a family, but a family that has changed. Kaianna is doing amazing in school, hula, and tahitian. She is 7 1/2 years old today (born on Feb. 4, 2004)...3 days before my birthday! Haha! She is beautiful, happy, and extremely loved!


As for me, I am currently dating the most recognized name in the entertainment, promotional, and marketing industry here in Hawaii. He is the owner/operator of Rick Rock Productions. You can add him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. We have been dating for a couple of years now...it's been great to have a partner who can relate to me, understand me, and push me to be better in this business and as a person. I like to keep my personal life and business life separate, hence the limited information I post on the internet. Thank you for respecting that.


I am focusing on my website at the moment...trying to build up my fan base here in Hawaii. This year, I plan on launching the "store" section on www.lehuanahina.com and also plan on doing more appearances...would love to one day coordinate something with Mika and possibly take a trip back to Japan with her as well. I also work for one of Hawaii's top plastic surgeon's (which I absolutely love). I have always been pro-active when it comes to health and inner+outer beauty...it feels so rewarding to help other people feel and look better from the inside out. I have two more years of college left, but will most likely switch from a nursing major to communications...it's more relevant to my lifestyle now. I have projects lined up for the next couple of months, but cannot disclose yet. I will always keep everyone updated via www.lehuanahina.com, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr.


Since we found Lehua on Twitter, she's been talking with everyone and answering questions about the befores and afters of H!P. Through all those tweets, I'm sure we'll be able to keep this thread alive. She does seem to have things going on all the time, even if she's not releasing anything like some of the other ex-members. But, she HAS just opened up an official website: lehuanahina.com and an official blog.She's also on Facebook but can only accept a certain amount of friends, so she also has a fan page you can like.

You can send all fan mail to:
Lehua Sandbo Nahina
P.O. BOX 452
Haleiwa, HI 96712


She also has uploaded a YT video saying Hi to all her fans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNuI35QUNu8
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:29 PM

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:41 PM

Oh cool!


Thank you for setting up this thread! I like the photos and the video. Let's all support Lehua! :wub: I think she is going to be coming out with a calendar or something like that.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 10:44 PM

Thank you for making this thread!
I love Lehua, she was my fav Coconuts Musume member~ ♥
I was soooo happy when she answered my tweet ; U ;

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:32 AM

I think she is going to be coming out with a calendar or something like that.


I think you're right. Her website has a "Store" section that says eventually we will be able to buy calendars, photos and posters. :good:
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Posted 09 July 2011 - 07:05 AM

YES!!!
That video! And Lehua merch? I need me some pictures of Lehua modeling!
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Posted 10 July 2011 - 05:48 AM

YES!!!
That video! And Lehua merch? I need me some pictures of Lehua modeling!


Cool! I'm glad that Lehua has some supporters! I suggest you send her a friend request on Facebook. She has 1,894 friends. By the way, she tweeted that she went to the beach today, to work on her tan . . .

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 02:42 AM

And adding to the list of bad female/ex-H!P member drivers... Lehua hit a motorcyclist today. No one was hurt though, so be thankful.

I think Tsunku needs to start offering driving lessons...
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:18 AM

And adding to the list of bad female/ex-H!P member drivers... Lehua hit a motorcyclist today. No one was hurt though, so be thankful.

I think Tsunku needs to start offering driving lessons...


Ha, ha! Yes, I was going to post something about that, too, but you beat me to it! Also, a couple of weeks ago, Lehua was driving, and she saw a lizzard in her vehicle. After almost getting into an accident, she was able to pull over. Then, she flagged down an innocent bystander, who assisted by removing the offending reptile. :santa:

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 02:54 AM

Seems like Lehua really likes the outdoors. She's always tweeting pictures of her on top of mountains and stuff.

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Hawaii definately has to be the funnest state to live in.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 01:20 AM

Seems like Lehua really likes the outdoors. She's always tweeting pictures of her on top of mountains and stuff.

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Hawaii definately has to be the funnest state to live in.


It seems like i read on Wikipedia or somewhere that Lehua had a kid (daughter?). :whistle: It that right? I never read any tweets or FB status updates about her kid. I wonder what is up with that. :unsure:

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:36 PM

^ Yep. Kaianna Lehualani. Lehua doesn't talk about her daughter or her husband very much on Twitter. I'm not sure why, but neither do a lot of other celebs/idols. But she DID post this picture on facebook a little while ago.

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In case you couldn't guess, Kaianna's the one in front. I believe she's 8.
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Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:33 AM

^ Yep. Kaianna Lehualani. Lehua doesn't talk about her daughter or her husband very much on Twitter. I'm not sure why, but neither do a lot of other celebs/idols. But she DID post this picture on facebook a little while ago.

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In case you couldn't guess, Kaianna's the one in front. I believe she's 8.


Thanks for the photo. Lehua's FB page says she is 'in a domestic partnership' with Rick Rock web site for Rick Rock . To me, that sounds like they are not married. If you try to look at his Twitter, it says his tweets are protected :ph34r: . That is the only person I have ever seen who does that. You have to send a request if you want to follow him. I don't know why someone would do that. I thought thepoint of Twitter was to get the word out and promote yourself. :huh:

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 03:20 AM

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I don't know why someone promoting themselves would do that.

As for the whole married/domestic partnership FB thing- people put joke relationships up for that thing all the time. Lehua has a husband- Kapono Nahina.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:14 AM

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I don't know why someone promoting themselves would do that.

As for the whole married/domestic partnership FB thing- people put joke relationships up for that thing all the time. Lehua has a husband- Kapono Nahina.


This was posted on Lehua's web site and twitter 3 hours ago:

"Please update all fan blogs + websites! I am not with Kapono Nahina. It’s been a little over 2 years now. We are both super cool with each other though + still hang out once in awhile. We are both at a happier place in our lives + have no regrets. Life is good!"

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 12:23 PM

A friend of mine asked Lehua on twitter (I will ask my friend if she can find this tweet again) and she said she is divorced and both of them are happier now, and that she now is with this rick rock guy now but not married. Check Lehua's pics on FB, there are a ton of her with him hanging out on the beach, being on parties etc

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:27 PM

^ Tell ur friend thanks for clearing that up. I found some tweets and a blog entry from Lehua about it.

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Just to clear up a couple things...I'm NOT with Kapono Nahina anymore. It's been that way for a little over 2 years now. BUT....



...we are both super cool with each other + are both happier now!!! Please update all fan blogs + websites if you can!!! Thank you!!! ;-)



I still think it's crazy funny that Kapono's girlfriend's name is Lehua too. #Ironic She's awesome though. I approve. Haha! ;-)



@theKALEIKINIs Thank you! Yes, I think I had the best divorce ever! Kaianna is doing excellent in school + very much loved!!!



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Please update all fan blogs + websites! I am not with Kapono Nahina. It’s been a little over 2 years now. We are both super cool with each other though + still hang out once in awhile. We are both at a happier place in our lives + have no regrets. Life is good!


Updating thread now....
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:56 PM

I emailed Lehua with some questions and she was so nice to reply back quickly with the answers. She even reviewed this thread and made sure the information I was posting was correct. So perhaps this is the first H!O thread to be officially reviewed by it's respective H!P member?? lol. That's cool. Anyway. When I was asking her questions I kept apologizing in case the questions were too personal and reassuring her that she didn't have to answer ANY of them. So, each question ended up being like a paragraph long. But to save space on this thread, I'll just get each question to the point and post just Lehua's responses.

Are you still in contact with other members of H!P?

Yes, I am still in contact with the M-Coco girls & some of the MoMosu girls. I would rather not disclose exactly who they are, but I would like to say that I am truly grateful that we are still connected somehow & that I plan on returning to Japan someday...hopefully soon.



How was your Japanese on the day-to-day while you were in Japan?

The language barrier was a bit tough for me because prior to moving to Japan, I honestly didn't know any Japanese. I was constantly asking Ayaka & Mika questions...they were always very helpful & translated practically everything for me if I didn't have my translator with me. Mika's dad also helped me a lot because he could speak English & Japanese fluently. The translator was mainly used for H!P concert rehearsals & recordings...she would have to stand right next to me during the rehearsals to translate what the dance instructor or executives were saying. I felt that I was always one step behind everyone else because I had to wait for her to translate it first before processing and putting it into action. Outside of work, I would have Mika or Ayaka translate for me. I look back at the videos and I get so embarrassed because I was so corny and immature. I was such a dork. I felt that they wanted a goofy American member to stand out to a certain extent & I just embraced it for what it was...maybe a bit too much. Hahaha! I communicated with the other H!P members by either Mika or Ayaka translating for me or I would use basic English words and hand gestures...it was always interesting & fun! Most of the other members could understand basic English so that helped a lot as well.



What is your opinion on Junjun and Linlin's situation?

I'd rather not discuss JunJun & LinLin's situation because I wasn't there & don't really know the details of it & what exactly happened...maybe they chose them to add a twist to the group & try something totally new and different. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't...for everyone involved. Remember, it's still a business.


What are your plans from now on?

I am focusing on my website at the moment...trying to build up my fan base here in Hawaii. This year, I plan on launching the "store" section on www.lehuanahina.com and also plan on doing more appearances...would love to one day coordinate something with Mika and possibly take a trip back to Japan with her as well. I also work for one of Hawaii's top plastic surgeon's (which I absolutely love). I have always been pro-active when it comes to health and inner+outer beauty...it feels so rewarding to help other people feel and look better from the inside out. I have two more years of college left, but will most likely switch from a nursing major to communications...it's more relevant to my lifestyle now. I have projects lined up for the next couple of months, but cannot disclose yet. I will always keep everyone updated via www.lehuanahina.com, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr.


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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:35 PM

^
Thanks for the share! Really interesting to read her real opinions/words and not just our speculations on matters! Would you mind if I translated this into german for my german H!P blog?

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:10 AM

^ Don't mind at all! I don't think Lehua would mind either since she says she's trying to expand her fanbase. lol
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