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Sound Off: Favorite 1-Hit Wonders

July 15th, 2011

Wow, an actual non-"Where In the Hawaii" post. Amazing right?

So I thought I'd send us into the weekend with an extra hop in our step since many of y'all seem to vibe on the topic of music. How this particular subject (1-Hit Wonders) came about was really quite simple. I was recently updating the playlists on my iPod and kept coming across all these musicians and bands that had a song or two that I really liked but didn't really want to waste precious hard drive space to house their entire albums to. So finally, I just created a playlist called "1-Hit Wonders" and threw um all in there. I won't tell ya everything I got in that playlist because I wanna leave that for you guys to come up with in the comment area below, but here are some of my favorites!

Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"

Yeah, I guess I used to listen to a lot of rap back in the day. Haha!

So how 'bout it? What/Who are your favorite 1-hit wonders???


2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 10am-6pm
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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 6, 2011

April 6th, 2011

Happy April y'all! Had one late night tonight, so I'm basically typing this one with one eye open and da oddah one fast asleep! πŸ˜› More on why I had a late night, but for now, hurrr's this week's photo. Hungry yet? 8)

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 6, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 6, 2011

Points for Photo #1...
* Best Caption!: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Name of dish (Duh!): 1 point
* Name of island (*grin*): 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 2 points

Last Week's Results:
With only two pics last week we had two winners: Coconut Willy and Paco. 'Grats C Dubbs & 2Pac! Check out da leadahboard below for da updates!

Da Leadahboard (Round 3)!

  • 32.0 - carokun
  • 21.5 - Coconut Willy
  • 21.0 - Paco
  • 08.0 - Takeshi, honugurl79
  • 05.0 - tweetpeep22
  • 04.0 - che, k15
  • 03.0 - SteveO, bB, tita leerz
  • 02.0 - sooooogs
  • 01.0 - kuya.d

You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru (γͺんでもできる) - Alvin "Pops" Okami
Earlier tonight, I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event called "KoAloha Mai", a live webcast of local artists (like Herb Ohta, Jr., David Kamakahi, Jon Yamasato, Manoa DNA, & Pali), hosted and streamed out from KoAloha Ukulele Factory via One of the treats of the night was when Alvin "Pops" Okami performed "You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru" a song he selflessly dedicated to the people of Japan who are currently suffering due to the tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Here's the performance that literally gave me chicken skin! For more information about the song and to find out how you can help, visit KoAloha's Nippon Relief page here!

Click here to read Bruddah Alvin Okami's story behind the inspirational song!

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You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru - Alvin "Pops" Okami


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Elephant, Heart & Soul, and Five-0 [VIDEOS]

November 23rd, 2010

These Tuesday posts are getting later and later yeah? Before you know it, da buggah goin' run into our Where In Hawaii Wednesday post. Oh well, better late than never ah?

So I guess it's obvious that I nevah watched Hawaii Five-0 live last night - hence the lack of a Five-0 post - but feel free to use the comment area below to chat up about the show with your fellow peeps anyway. I heard rap singer Nas made an appearance. Hah?


This weekend, I attended two events that had some killah live music and I wanted to post some videos I took to showcase the local talent we have here in Hawaii.

The first one is of a rock band called Elephant (who performs every Saturday from 9pm-2am at the Irish Rose Saloon in Waikiki). Lead man Kevin Jones is a talented DJ for Star 101.9FM, a better singer/rock star, and an even better friend. Check out Elephant performing a cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" below.

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Elephant - "When Doves Cry"


The second band is called Heart & Soul, comprising of two talented ukulele players: Chris Salvador and my buddy Jody Kamisato. I recently featured Jody (and other fellow Kaiser High grads) in my November AroundHawaii article: "Cougar Pride - Three Kaiser High Grads Making a Difference"). Jody is the owner and head instructor at Ukulele Hale, and Chris is a young, but talented player with sick vocal skills. Below is a short clip of them covering Pure Heart's "How Can I Get Over?" at their recent CD Release Celebration Party at Gordon Biersch at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

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Heart & Soul - "How Can I Get Over?"


Here's a little bonus cut from one of my favorite Youtube singers, an obvious ode to John Tyner's experience with the TSA. OMG Hilarious!

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David Choi - "Please Don't Touch My Junk"


Kay, das all. Have a good Tuesday yo! πŸ™‚

News Day Tuesday: Elect Bruno Five-0

September 21st, 2010

Wow, lots of big Hawaii news as of late. From the election results, to Bruno Mars getting busted for cocaine, to the premiere of Hawaii Five-0. Thought it might be time to dust off "News Day Tuesday" for all y'all to sound off on some of these topics. Holla!

* Election Results?
- Pretty much went how I thought it would.

* Bruno Mars?
- Pretty disappointing. I was interesting in trying to line him up for an interview, but not so much anymore...

* Hawaii Five-0?
- I unfortunately had plans last night and missed it, but hope it does well for the sake of the state. Will definitely try to catch the next one.

* Top Chef?
- I know, I know, it's not really Hawaii related and the season is already pau, but you guys always seem to wanna talk about it so hear ya go! LOL!

P.S. In case you missed it: Scenes from the Rice Fest! πŸ˜‰
P.P.S. Here's Mars' latest single: Just the Way You Are. Good shtuff nonetheless. πŸ˜›

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Fave Friday: Rice Fest Tomorrow!

September 10th, 2010

Lookin' for something to do this weekend? How about a fun, food, family festival on Saturday called... wait for it...

1st Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
The Rice Fest???

I know, I know, I've been pimpin' this event out for the last month or so, and you're probably tired of hearing about it, but for those who haven't heard about it yet (or for those who ignored my last uku million or so notices), I figgah one last push wouldn't hurt right? Hehe!

Anyway, rather than doing something standard like simply asking you to come and support a brutha and check it out, I thought that giving you the details of the event (with photos!) might be an easier sell. LOL! So without further ado... Here ya go!

12:00pm - Rice Fest (at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace) starts, hosted by 102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan

1:00pm-1:30pm - 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Cookin' With Cutty's Chef Barry "Cutty" Cutler and Hawaii News Now's Stephanie Lum)

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Barry "Cutty" Cutler (Cookin' With Cutty) & Stephanie Lum (Hawaii News Now)

2:00pm-2:30pm - 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kai Market's Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4's Lara Yamada)

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Chef Darren Demaya (Kai Market) & Lara Yamada (KITV4)

2:30pm-3:00pm - Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club

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Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club

3:00pm-3:30pm - Live Entertainment by Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki

Heart & Soul
Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki

3:00pm-4:00pm - "Riceipe" Cooking Competition - Professional Division (including Don Ho's Island Grill's Robert Denis, Kauai Grill's Colin Hazama, Tokkuri-Tei's Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi, RumFire's Matthew Naula, and HMS Host's Kendall Uyehara).

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Chef Robert Denis (Don Ho's Island Grill), Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill), Chef Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Chef Matthew Naula (RumFire) & Chef Kendall Uyehara (HMS Host)

4:30pm-5:00pm - Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin

5:00pm-5:30pm - 3rd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kauai Grill's Chef Colin Hazama and Hawaii News Now's Minna Sugimoto)

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Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill) & Minna Sugimoto (Hawaii News Now)

6:00pm-6:20pm - SPAM Musubi Eating Contest

6:30pm-7:30pm - Live Entertainment by Kapena / De Lima Ohana

Kapena / De Lima Ohana
Kapena / De Lima Ohana

7:30pm-8:00pm - Contest Winner Announcements

8:00pm - Rice Fest Concludes

All Day (12pm-8pm)
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt - Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Passport Game - Complete the Rice Fest Passport for your chance to Win a trip to Vegas!
* Rice Education Booth - Learn all about Rice in our educational booth
* Rice Donation Center - Donate your rice to Lanakila Pacific's Meals on Wheels program and
*Β The Keiki Zone - coloring contest hosted by members of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court from 12pm-4pm, balloons and fun from Bubbles Duh Clown, and games from the Mobile Gamer Guys

58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court

And let's not forget about allΒ of the participating vendors:

  • Arturo's Hot Sauce in Hawaii
  • Big City Diner
  • Bubbles Duh Clown
  • Don Ho's Island Grill
  • Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition)
  • Eastern Food Center
  • Hawaiian Kine Seasonings
  • Himalayan Kitchen
  • Lanakila Pacific
  • Leonard's Malasadas
  • Mobile Gamer Guys
  • Pelekunu's Teri Sauces
  • Primo Sushi
  • Thai Kitchen
  • Soul Patrol
  • SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|
  • Sweet Charlotte

So wot? Sold? Come on down gang! Hope to see y'all there!