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Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening... Tonight!

December 27th, 2010
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OK so I lied when I said that my "Christmas Lights in Kapolei" blog was the last post of the year, but there's a good reason for disturbing your peace and quiet this holiday season. *grin*

You see, Tokkuri-Tei, my favorite restaurant on the planet, has moved, and tonight is the grand re-opening at their new location: 449 Kapahulu (the old Sam Choy's/Sergio's/Ranch House, above Hee Hing).

This post was made with equal parts of the following in mind:

  • inform you of the move (not everyone knows yet)
  • invite you down to come eat with us tonight
  • support Santa, Kazu, & the rest of the Tokkuri-Tei posse on this new chapter in their lives
  • encourage you to give them a try (once is all you need to get hooked) or
  • encourage you to continue to support them at their new location
  • starve you half to death with the following photos! hehe!

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Teriyaki Cream Tofu

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ama Ebi

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
There's a Spider in Da Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Stuffed Portobello

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Sunagimo Karaage (Chicken Gizzards)

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Lilipuna Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ika Yaki (Squid Pancake)

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ahi Tempura Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Nori-chos

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Soft-shell Crab

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Seafood Risotto

(still trying to convince Santa that this should be called the Sugimoto Risotto :P )

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Santa Miyoshi

See y'all there! :)

Tokkuri-Tei Restaurant
449 Kapahulu (the old Sam Choy's/Sergio's/Ranch House, above Hee Hing)
Honolulu, HI. 96815 (Street View)
(808) 732-6480 <--- NEW Telephone Number!

(サンタさん と かずさん と とっくりてい オハナ、がんばれ!)

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Christmas Lights in Kapolei

December 20th, 2010
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So da oddah week, wifey and I went to a first birthday party at the Kapolei Rec Center (Happy Birthday Tori!)... On the way home, we noticed some bright lights shining up a storm across the street. Curious, we went to go check um out, and...

HOOOOOOOOOO! (HO HO!)

Good thing we did! Buggah was NUTS!

Apparently this (normally) unassuming cul-de-sac on Hanapaa Street gets into the holiday spirit like no other, every single year. And it's not just one house... several of the houses go all out to provide some nice "Honolulu City Lights" action, only, it's in Kapolei. Below are some shots from that night to help get you in the mood for Christmas this week...

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
A family signing the guestbook

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Yup! That's a Heineken Christmas tree! *drool*

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The guestbook with signatures from locals as well as visitors from around the world!

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The garage

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The path separating one house from the other

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Side view

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor's driveway

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor's yard

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Bench for photo opps

They even have the Heineken tree lighting up in tune with the Christmas music playing in the background. Check out the short video below.



Christmas Lights in Kapolei video

I spoke with the owner of one of the houses and she said that they've been doing it for many years... Since their kids were small kid time, and they are all young adults now. With no tip jar in sight, they leave benches and hot chocolate out for anyone and everyone to enjoy... for free! When I asked how much their electric bill was for the month, she said, "About $1,100, but it's ok, we prepare for this all year..."

Wow, talk about sharing the Aloha. Mahaloz Hanapaa Street residents... Mahalo!

Go check them out, go check um, go! Fun stuffs!

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, this will probably be my last blog until the new year. If I don't see or talk to you guys until then, have a safe and happy holiday season k? See you next year! ;)

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Special Announcement!
Tokkuri-Tei, my favorite restaurant in all the land, is moving this week! They are going from their existing 611 Kapahulu location, right down the road to the old Sam Choy's and Ranch House location (above Hee Hing): 449 Kapahulu. They are planning to re-open on Sunday the 26th Monday the 27th! Please go and support them k? :)

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010

December 15th, 2010
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Y'all feel like burgers this week? If not, too bad (so sad). I already posted um! LOL! Go getum gangy!


Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010

Points for Photo #1...
* Location?: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Type of burgah?: 1 point
* Why wuz we dea?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 1 point


Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010

Points for Photo #2...
* Location?: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Type of burgah?: 1 point
* Why wuz we dea?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 1 point


Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010

Points for Photo #3...
* Location?: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Type of burgah?: 1 point
* Why wuz we dea?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 1 point


Photo #4
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - December 15, 2010

Points for Photo #4...
* Location of burger joint?: 2 points
* General area near burger joint?: 1 point
* Closest street(s) near burger joint?: 1 point each
* Type of burgah?: 1 point
* Location of photo?: 2 points
* General area of photo?: 1 point
* Closest street(s) near photo?: 1 point each
* Why wuz we dea?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1/2 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 1 point


Don't these pics make you get all emos and reminisce about old school Burger World from Beavis & Butt-Head? OMG, the memories!!! I'm getting all misty already! Ahahaha!



Beavis & Butt-Head - Burger World


Last (2) Week's Results:
effenprincess shmall kine took ovah the WIH game last week so here are the results from that week as well as the week before: Kage, kuya.d, Masako, Coconut Willy, Takeshi (WEA YOU BEEN?) and Ynaku all scooped! 'Grats Kagz, mountain dewz, socks, C Dubbs, kesh and knockers! :)

Da Leadahboard (Round 2)!

  • 77.5 - Masako
  • 39.5 - Takeshi
  • 31.5 - Paco
  • 21.0 - kuya.d
  • 18.0 - rayboyjr
  • 11.0 - Coconut Willy
  • 10.5 - AlMan68
  • 08.0 - Rosette
  • 06.5 - tweetpeep22, NeedaHobby
  • 06.0 - che, MakiSushi
  • 05.0 - Kage
  • 04.0 - am
  • 03.5 - bB
  • 03.0 - kickerbear
  • 02.5 - pink lady
  • 02.0 - sshawnn, M, EMM386
  • 01.5 - Ynaku, mcat
  • 01.0 - effenprincess, Chicken Grease, carokun, 9th Island Cuz

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Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y'all! Don't forget to post your guesses below k? Shoooots!

Hawaii Five-0: Hana `A`a Makehewa #H50

December 14th, 2010
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First off, big mahaloz to Chicken Grease, effenprincess and NeedaHobby for filling in (on short notice) last week with their guest posts! Your boy had to go on one business trip for Road Runner Mobile one quick one, so they chipped in and helped to keep our `ohana entertained up in hurr! Big ups!


I had CHOKE errands to do at home last night so I was finally able to sit down and watch an episode of Hawaii Five-0 in real time. And what better way to "watch" it than to join in on the #H50 convos going on simultaneously in the Twitterverse right?

Last night's episode was called "Hana `A`a Makehewa", which translates to Desperate Measures. Here's the show's synopsis:

"It's Christmas in Hawaii, but instead of celebrating, Five-0 is negotiating a hostage situation when Victor Hesse, the man who killed McGarrett's father, threatens to detonate an explosive that he's strapped to Chin Ho's chest."

So wot? What'd you guys think?

Some possible talking points for us:

  • How sad was Danno's Christmas tree? Hehe!
  • "Your house, your king's English." LOL!
  • Ikalani = Ihilani?
  • Chin Ho's use of rice to pull the moisture off the SIM card. Gooooo @ricefest, er rice! 8)
  • Was that local MMA Fighter Harris Sarmiento in the chicken fight scene? First Niko Vitale and now him. Casting directors must be MMA fans! Sweet!
  • Danno's hilarious quote, "Next time, shoot him in the face!"
  • Danno calling Sang Min (Will Yun Lee) the "Asian John Travolta". LOL!
  • Since when was Bar 35 a private hostess bar in Nu`uanu?
  • Was that an Android app that they used to track Sang's ankle tracker? DROID! :P
  • Do coppers really have 28.5 mill just lying around like that in a secret asset forfeiture locker? If so, can somebody make me a copy of that blueprint please? 8)
  • I've swear we've all had a run in with a niele ol' lady like that no!?
  • Wasn't it just off hearing Chin Ho tell Kono "aloha" in that context? Didn't care for that usage very much...
  • I almost cried seeing da $10 mill go bye bye in the fire. LOL!
  • Loved Na Leo reppin' it with their Christmas song Kana Kaloka (Here Comes Santa Claus)!
  • How about another former local boy sighting with Mark Dacascos as the evil villain Wo Fat?
  • Alex O'Loughlin. Grace Park. That is all. :P

In other news...

  • Finally catching up with my show The Sing-Off and watched back the first episode of this new season off my DVR. Woah! Committed's rendition of Maroon 5's "This Love" was off the chain!
  • Cliff Lee is heading back to my Phills son! Awwww yeah!
  • Any other Fantasy Football teams out there hurt this week by the Aaron Rodgers concussion dammit!?
  • Top Chef. That is all.

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Got it? Grab it. [Guest Blog by NeedaHobby]

December 10th, 2010
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Every Christmas season, I'm in search of that great grab bag gift. Of course, everyone as their own opinion of a great gift. I would appreciate Claire Robinson's “5-Ingredient Fix” cookbook, but really, would the next person? The buying is a little easier when you know the crowd you are buying for - a group of friends or family members. But, what do you when you need a generic unisex gift? Would guys go gaga over the latest eco-friendly tote bag, Hawaiian printed insulated lunch bag, or pretty coffee cup. Or, ladies over that Black Friday-acquired flashlight, tape measure, or screwdriver set? Probably not.

What about grab bag games? What's you favorite? Personally, I love the cut-throat version. That's where you have the option of either stealing another's gift or selecting a new gift from the pile. Don't you feel proud when it's your gift that's being stolen over and over? And, at least with this game, there is a better chance that you get a gift you like; and, not something that gets re-gifted for next year.

What do you when there are more people than grab bag gifts? The obvious answer would be that the person who didn't bring a gift doesn't participate. But, what if you don't know who the non-gifter is? As party host, are you required to put in the missing gift; or opt out of the exchange?

And, when it's stated to bring a $10 gift – that means $10, not less, right?

Please share any grab bag ideas/suggestions you may have. At this point, a gift card to the ever-popular Costco or Longs is looking great. I'm just wondering if I should disguise the gift-wrapping somehow.

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