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Scenic Hawaii Photos

January 30th, 2012
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I need your help y'all!

The other day, I asked a question that I thought might be a good topic for da akamai WWE `ohana. In preparation for marketing for my new clothing line, I was thinking of taking photos of some models/regular folks, wearing da shirts, with a nice, "scenic Hawaii" kine backdrop in the background. I came up with a few ideas, but wanted to reach out to my homeys (YOU!) to see if you had any other suggestions. And of course... FREE shirts and stickers to all ideas I end up using! Who knows? Maybe you can even model in the shot (if you not shame)!? ;)

Laie Beach
Laie Beach [Photo courtesy: e-Hawaii.com]

Anyway, here are a few ideas that I thought might be cool. It should kinda answer the question, "When you think of Hawaii, what do you picture in your mind?" Add your ideas in the comment area below please. You da bes! :)

  • Sunrise shot on Lanikai Beach
  • Kids eating shave ice
  • Kanikapila scene
  • Fishermen/Fisherwomen fishing off a rocky shore

Speaking of models, if you have any connections to hotties (women and men), or even non-professional, everyday (cute) looking folks, holla! If you wanna be a model too, let a brutha know below. Shoots! Thanks guys!

American Idol Chatter - Top 13

March 7th, 2011
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OK, so I'm a lil' behind on this topic, but bettah late den nevah right? Besides, it's a good way to start our week off riiiight?

So last week, the American public (and judges) narrowed down the American Idol finalists to the top 13. Let's use this forum to gossip about our faves, the ones we hate, and other idol idle chatter that comes to mind for this 10th season. I'll start:

  • Ashton Jones - way too much spunk/confidence for me. There's more show than singing so far to me.
  • Casey Abrams - LOOOOOVE this guy! He cracks me up! He reminds me of Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen combined. Plus he can SAAAANG, and he still seems humble!
  • Haley Reinhart - good eye candy (right rayboyjr?), plus she can sing pretty good too. Don't think she has what it takes to win though. Also looks like she might lose her temper at one of the judges down the road.
  • Jacob Lusk - pretty good singer, but don't really like the way he overstylizes everything. If he sang straight-forward, he'd be a lot better.
  • James Durbin - Adam Lambert copycat. He can scream-sing ok, but not sure how he'll do with regular songs.
  • Karen Rodriguez - one of my favorite girls to win the whole thing. She can blow!
  • Lauren Alaina - My pick to win. She's so naturally talented and sings without any effort. Seems humble too. I like that.
  • Naima Adedapo - No idea why she made it. I can appreciate that she has so much passion for singing, but I still haven't seen anything worthwhile from her. I hope she proves me wrong, because I really think the judges made a mistake by not putting Robbie Rosen through.
  • Paul McDonald - very quirky, but I like it. Seems like a nice guy and his smile is infectious.
  • Pia Toscano - OK, and pretty good voice. Need to hear more from her to have a better opinion.
  • Scotty McCreery - CAN'T STAND HIM!!! You can just tell how conceited he is. He is his own #1 fan. Dear lord he better not win! I will admit that he has a good country singing voice, but I can't stand listening to somebody so into himself. He reminds me of last season's Michael Lynche! And he tries to act all nice and respectful, but I'm not buying it! :P
  • Stefano Langone - pretty strong voice in the upper register. Seems nice, but talks too much.
  • Thia Megia - kinda quiet, but can sing pretty good. That Michael Jackson comparison from Randy Jackson was a reach I thought, but she has a pretty good voice. Wanna see more personality from her.

My picks for the Top 3 finalists are:

  1. Lauren Alaina
  2. Casey Abrams
  3. Karen Rodriguez

Like bet? :P

So how 'bout you guys?

Talk to me!
* What do you think of the contestants this year?
* Who are your Top 3 picks?
* What do you think about the new judges?

Have a good one y'all!

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Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011
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You've probably heard this more than enough times already, but really... is there a limit!?...

Happy New Year!
(or, for you nihonjins... 明けましておめでとう!)

Just wanted to send some love to y'all this 2011 and see how everyone's year is going so far... Yeah, I know, it's only 3 days old, but still. You're bound to check the Star Advertiser site at least once during your lunch break today right? 8)

Today's task, to make a REALISTIC resolution that we can each accomplish within the first month of the new year. We'll check back in a month to see if we've done what we said we would. No pressha! :P

So wot? What say you?

Ed's Realistic 1 Month Resolution:
* Clean out my DVR! The storage on my DVR is about to explode. I record (and watch) all kine nonsense. I guess I gonna carve out some time so I can finally have my Sing-Off marathon. Hehe! Yeah, still haven't watched back past the second episode! Ack!

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Oceanic Going Green:
For those of you who've been around our Mililani offices recently, you may've noticed that we've been having some mayjah construction action going on... In order to continue to decrease its carbon footprint and increase its commitment to going green, Oceanic Time Warner Cable is currently installing a PV (photovoltaic) system in its entire parking lot.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Green Project
Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Green Project

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My January AroundHawaii article:
Don't forget to check out my AroundHawaii article for January: Tokkuri Tei - Revisited. Get planny food "pr0n"!

Tokkuri Tei - Revisited
Tokkuri Tei - Revisited

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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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