Teaching the Faith & St. Michael School's Story

There are many things I do either professionally or as a hobby that I love... BJJ, card magic, wine making, sharing the Hawaiian culture, building businesses, writing, speaking, just to name a few.

Nothing compares, however, to the love I have for teaching the Faith. 

From teaching kindergarteners all the way to post graduate adults in our diocese and around the world it has and will always be my passion #lexcredendi#baltimorecatechismftw #Hebrews13:8

Our first year as a new admin, faculty, staff (last school year) was quite the adventure. We began with the goal of putting an emphasis on building and nurturing a faithful and orthodox Catholic identity on the campus. We achieved this by having daily rosary opportunities, daily angelus prayers, weekly Mass, frequent opportunity for access to confession, frequent adoration & benediction, many celebrations of the great feast days of the saints, and a solid catechetical program. 

This all resulted in 22 students at the school converting to the Catholic Faith! We had 17 baptisms and 5 other converts. Praise God! Check out this short interview I did with Christ Stefanick (of EWTN's Real Life Catholic) about the movement of God Holy Spirit at our school - https://youtu.be/mVWS2cNpU98

The Catholic History of Pretzels & My Favorite Soft Pretzel Recipe

My mind was blow years ago when I found out about the Catholic roots of Tempura and its connection to Ember Days (SEE THE ARTICLE HERE) I was equally surprised to learn of the Catholic history of Pretzels. Read about the history of pretzels over at the National Catholic Register here

I really like eating soft pretzels and I learned that they are not very difficult to make! Here is my favorite Soft Pretzel recipe that uses very few ingredients and only takes around 40 minutes or so to make

Soft Pretzels – 400F 15min -  Let dissolve &whisk -  1.5 C warm water, 2.25t yeast, 1t salt, 1T brown sugar, 1T melted butter. THEN slowly + 4C flour in mixer until not sticky. THEN shape dough (12 pieces) and soak each in (9 C boiling water & .5 C of baking soda) for 20 sec. THEN sprinkle salt. Coat with melted butter & parmesan after bake.

image via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Pretzels by Mercury Jane -

Lenten Recipe: Black Bean Ginger Steamed Fish

One of the huge blessings of living on a pacific island is the access we have to some tasty seafood! Learning how to catch, clean, and cook fish are some of the expected skills of many Hawaiian families. 

During Lent I like to catch my own fish and use some of my favorite fish recipes to make dinner for the family. My two favorite kind of fish to eat are akule and aweoweo. So ono! 

Here is one of my favorite ways to prepare the two aforementioned fish or really any other kind of fish as well

Black Bean Ginger Steamed Fish - Steam 15min: Clean fish, cut slits and stuff with black bean sauce, ginger, green onion. THEN + ginger, cilantro, green onion. THEN pour hot oil over fish. THEN pour 2/1 (shoyu/water) over fish. Serve w/rice

Spring Break Adventures In Waimano!

There is no doubt that the beautiful beaches of Hawaii attract millions of visitors a year. However the mountains of Hawaii are equally as amazing and provide amazing adventures for our 'ohana. Here is a picture of my kids having a blast at Waimano Falls  on the back slopes of the Ko'olau mountain range. Hū ka nani! 

The Road Less Traveled - E.P.I.C Lenten Missions 2019

This week Friday (3/22/2019) we begin our EPIC Ministry Lenten Mission Series at several parishes here on Oahu as well as on Kauai. This Friday's mission will be at the Cathedral Basilica starting at 6pm. 

We will reflect on the right mindset to have during Lent and will also take a look at the biblical foundations of Lent, Sacrifice, Fasting, and Redemptive Suffering. We will also share some practical tips to make your Lent transformative and your Easter glorious! Come join us if you are able!

Catholic Virtual at St. Michael School

We are working on an EXCITING NEW PROJECT at St. Michael School in Waialua. We are looking at starting a high school! We are currently exploring the option of partnering with Catholic Virtual, a program of Virtual Schools of Excellence, to establish an on-site, quality Catholic high school option in the North Shore. We have an information night scheduled for April 2nd at 7pm. Please visit our website for more details and please share this with anyone in North Shore or surrounding areas that might be interested! www.stmichaelschoolhi.com

Podcast Conversation between Dr. Taylor Marshall and I on Jiu Jitsu for Mental & Bodily Virtue

Borrowed from Dr. Taylor Marshall's youtube description: "Dr Marshall (BJJ blue belt) interviews Dallas Carter (BJJ purple belt) about discovering Jiu Jitsu. We describe the mental and physical benefits of martial arts and debate whether Christians can and should do martial arts or watch MMA/UFC. If you do BJJ or are interested in it, listen to this episode."

Before Whom Angels Bow and Devils Tremble

“Nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Masses forever and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words—it is a great action, the greatest action that can be on earth. It is not the invocation merely, but, if I dare use the word, the evocation of the Eternal. He becomes present on the altar in flesh and blood, before Whom angels bow and devils tremble. This is that awful event which is the scope, and is the interpretation, of every part of the solemnity." - Cardinal Newman
(Pic from Mass at St. Ann's, Kaneohe, Oahu with Fr Richard McNally, ss.cc.)

Lets Talk Story! Damien & Marianne Conference 2018

For those of you that attended my class at the 2018 Damien & Marianne Catholic Conference the links to my powerpoint and handout are below. 

Usus Antiquior at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace

My son had the honor of serving at the first public Mass offered in the usus antiquior at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in fifty years! He was so excited! The Mass was done in honor of the 175th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral. This is the Cathedral where St. Damien of Molokai was ordained and where St. Marianne Cope often prayed and went to Mass. CLICK HERE to see video of this beautiful and historical occasion