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Happy Prince Kuhio Day

March 26th, 2014
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Since many of us have the day off today (let's face it, we only read this blog during work hours :P ), we'll take a break from our "Where In Hawaii" game this week. Just wanted to wish you a nice day off to celebrate Prince Jonah Kuhio's birthday. Go beach, go hike, go do something fun and we'll catch y'all next week.

For those interested, the Yajiima-Ya "Shop & Eat" Pop Up Event for VH07V went suuuuuuuper good! So much so that we were thinking of doing it again, perhaps with a handful of other vendors? Click on the photo below to see some of the sights from the day:

Photos from the VH07V Pop Up Event at Yajima-Ya Lunch Wagon!
Photos from the VH07V Pop Up Event at Yajima-Ya Lunch Wagon!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2013
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Yeah, I'm a day early, but since many of you are probably out of the office and "unplugged" for the week, I'm not sure how many people will actually be reading these blogs today. For those of you who are still here though, here's a little something (something) hilarious for you that I saw on Buzzfeed to help you get ready for Thanksgiving. Ahahahaha!

(Where In Hawaii pics will be back next week.)

Miley Cyrus Turkey Twerk
Miley Cyrus Turkey Twerk


EARLY BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL JUST FOR WWE READERS!

Not going to be releasing this Black Friday code to the general public until Friday, but as a reader of World Wide Ed, I thought I'd give you a couple days head start if you wanted to order your Christmas omiyage using our best deal ever. Just use the code: "VH07VFRIDAY" at http://a7oha.com (from now until Tuesday, Dec 3rd) to take advantage of the BEST VH07V offer of the year! I repeat, you will not see a better deal for VH07V all year! Here's the scoops:

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~ 20% OFF your entire order!
+ Free Lanyard! ($9 Value)*
+ Free Sticker!
+ Free Shipping!**
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* With purchase of $30 or more (and no returns). While supplies last. Limit one per household.
** On Standard Domestic orders over $50

VH07V Black Friday Weekend Special!
VH07V Black Friday Weekend Special!


New VH07V Design: "Hashtag"!

* Now that I've got them in hand, I can finally make the announcement of my newest design for VH07V. It's called "Hashtag" and is meant for those who want to represent their love for Hawaii - IRL - wherever they go! Be the first to pick yours up right here: shop.vh07v.com/product/adult-hashtag-tee-black

New VH07V Design: Hashtag!
New VH07V Design: Hashtag!


Last Chance to Get VH07V at Aloha Stadium!

* Last chance to win a game at home and last chance to pick up select VH07V items at Aloha Stadium! Check out any one of Centerplate's CGear 4 stores inside the stadium (one at each end zone and one on each sideline) to pick up our the new Hashtag (above), Black "Tron", Green "Shaka", and Green/White Logo designs, along with our Black/Green Snapback and Green "Shaka" Snapback Trucker! The main store (north end zone) is also supposed to be open during swap meet hours (Wed, Sat: 8am-3pm, Sun: 6:30am-3pm) too so check um out then as well!

VH07V now at Aloha Stadium!
VH07V now at Aloha Stadium!

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Special Announcement!

October 2nd, 2013
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Sorry gangy, haven't had time for much of anything else these days, so our "Where In Hawaii" game will miss another week.

This is partly to do with the coming of baby WWE #2! LOL! (See Special Announcement #1). Yay!

Wife was a true champ (again) and hatched another beautiful baby girl.

Wow, I thought raising one child was hard enough! If what we're going through now is any indication, our sleep patterns will be all kinds of off. Parents out there, please tell us it gets better! :)

Baby WWE #2
Baby WWE #2

You guys have any tips you can share on raising two children... like at the same time? :P

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38 Problems Only People From Hawaii Will Understand

August 21st, 2013
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Rice Fest countdown = 11 days! 8)

Sorry peeps, no "Where In Hawaii" this week. I figgah I go try and mix things up a bit once in a while. 8)

So some of you may know about this funny piece called "38 Problems Only People From Hawaii Will Understand" that was recently posted on Buzzfeed by Community Contributor Matthew Dekneef. It has gone fairly viral and for good reason. Buggah is funny.

But for those who haven't seen it yet (and even for those who have), I thought I'd try to see if we can add to the list in the comment area below. First da list...

  1. There are some days where it's so cold you just have to put on a shirt. - It's 70° degrees! I'm gonna get frostbite!!!"
  2. Always forgetting to use your kama`aina discount. - I mean, do places locals really go even take kama`aina discounts?
  3. You don't know who your cousins are and who your actual cousins are. - Everyone's your cousin! This, of course, includes all your aunties. Your bus driver. Your bank teller. Your next door neighbor's neighbor's neighbor. Everyone's your aunty!
  4. That overwhelming urge to defend the miracle that is SPAM. - Blasphemy! Spam musubis are a religion.
  5. Giving/getting directions is always an adventure. - "Okay, you wanna go mauka, and when you get to the third mango tree make a left, you'll see one waterfall on your right hand side, just keep going. When you get to the menehune at the U-turn, he'll ask you three questions..."
  6. When shipping costs more than the total cost of the item you're shipping.
  7. Baked vs. steamed (manapua). - You can't make me decide.
  8. Shave ice vs. your indecisiveness. - SERIOUSLY YOU CAN'T MAKE ME DECIDE.
  9. If it doesn't have rice, then it's not a real meal. - These are the rules.
  10. When you haven't been to the beach since yesterday...
  11. ...and then can't decide which beach to go to. - Okay, fine, take it back... we got 99 problems and a beach ain't one.
  12. That said, it is kind of hard to enjoy all of Hawaii's natural breathtaking beauty... - ...when you're trapped in (traffic) all day. Because Honolulu has the second worst traffic in the country, just after L.A. The average driver here wastes 50 hours in gridlock a year. That's over a week's worth of surfing.
  13. Not to mention gas already costs an arm and a leg and your first-born keiki.
  14. When you can enter to win a free, 7-day, all expenses paid, VIP, luxury vacation for two to.......................................................................Hawaii.
  15. It can be off the air everywhere else, but here every week is "Shark Week".
  16. When you have to call Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner for something...
  17. There's no civilized way to eat a malasada... ...or a coco puff. - Don't even try. It's physically and emotionally impossible!
  18. Anyone dressed in head-to-toe Jeans Warehouse. - This isn't just a problem. It's a fashion emergency!
  19. The name of this product: BotoLift. - So, wait, wait, wait, wait... You put this where?!?!
  20. When one of these melts in your pocket (white rabbit candy).
  21. That one Nicki Minaj verse. Because you can't be "in the islands of Waikiki," Nicki.
  22. Your throat will start tightening up and you'll begin salivating in 3, 2, 1... (lihing mui)
  23. These stairs are safe, right? (stairway to heaven)
  24. That Google Maps doesn't have an "Avoid Potholes" option. - Because sometimes there's a road in our potholes.
  25. Your favorite band will NEVER tour here. Ever. - Just accept it.
  26. When Obama won the presidency, you had to force yourself to be happy for someone from Punahou for the first time ever. - It was a struggle.
  27. You're not sure who to trust: Dan Cooke or Guy Hagi? - Not that it really matters... It's not like the weather ever really changes anyway.
  28. This thing called "Hawaiian" pizza. - Are we still calling it that? Okay, just checking...
  29. You've gotten into serious debates over which Zippy's is the best Zippy's. - Foolproof BFF Test: If they don't know your Zippy's order by heart, then they are NOT your BFF. No exceptions!
  30. Your legit ID always gets a harder look on the mainland. - Mahalo, "Superbad".
  31. This question on Yahoo! Answers (Do they have Internet in Hawaii?). And let's not forget the classics like, "Do you still live in grass shacks?" and "What about electricity?" FUN FACT: 'Iolani Palace had electricity and telephones before the White House did! Also, yes, you can use U.S. currency here, and no, you don't need your U.S. passport and power adaptors when you visit.
  32. When someone uses "Hawaiian" the same way they'd use "Californian" or "New Yorker". - Yeah, that's not going to work... BECAUSE HAWAIIAN IS A RACE.
  33. When someone corrects the way you pronounce "karaoke" and "karate". - Sigh, we're just saying it right.
  34. Or you're told you pronounce "Hawai`i" funny. - Again, not "funny," just right. We live here. WE WOULD KNOW.
  35. But wait, honestly, though – do we really have an accent? - Apparently we do say some words like "button" and "candy" kind of weird or something?
  36. Even though they don't have laces, leaving anybody's house is going to take an extra minute. - And for the last time...
  37. THEY'RE CALLED SLIPPERS.
  38. However, the biggest problem is taking it all for granted because... Lucky We Live Hawaii! Chee hoo!

Got any to add? Post it in the comment area below. Here's mine to start:

* Your idea of an Aloha shirt is much different than mine!

K, what say you?

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Q & A With Chad Owens [Video]

June 4th, 2013
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For those of you who sent in your questions for CFL superstar Chad Owens, I was able to squeeze it in after my interview with him (see below). Thanks for interacting y'all!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92s3NfGCTM

[Big Jim]: Is pro football in Canada better than college football was in the WAC or high school football in Hawaii?

[Chad Owens]: Um, that's a tough question. I don't know if it's better. I don't know what he means, if he's talking about the skill level... It's football right? Anytime you get a chance to go out there and play the game, whether you're here in Hawaii, high school, college, at the professional level: NFL, CFL, Arena (Football) League... You do this because it's what you love to do. It doesn't matter where you are, if you get a chance to go out there and strap it up and play the game, you're gonna go out there and give it your all, and you're gonna enjoy those moments and that's really what I try and do. I try and enjoy that time when I'm out there because one day, it's gonna be all over, it's gonna be done, I'm not gonna be able to do it anymore, so yeah.

[Dean]: Hey Chad, been following you since the UH days. Congratulations on all your success! My question, what do you think are the most effective way to improve the lives of our keiki today and tomorrow through sports? Any plans on one day becoming a coach or mentor for children?

[Chad Owens]: I think the best thing that we can do as grown-ups, as mentors, as parents, is to just guide our children in the right way. And yes, sports is a great way to teach team concept and hard work and all those tools, but the children have to want to play sports. So one thing is you don't want to force them into sports. If it's something that they want to do then great, then you push them towards where they want to be, but the first thing and most important thing we can do for our children is to continue to be a great example for them first because growing up, they become what they see. They become what they're surrounded by so as parents, as mentors, we can just be great examples. And if they do end up playing sports, just continue to encourage cause there's a difference between criticizing, encouraging, disciplining, it's all kind of a fine line with all those things, but keep it fun for them cause that's always the number one thing for kids. They want to go out there and have fun so keep it fun, but keep them going and the main thing is that they work hard and they listen. And yes, maybe one day, down the road... Coach... I mean, we'll see. Who knows? I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring, so maybe one day. But thanks Dean (right?).

[rayboyjr]: Chad: Any possible re-entry back into the NFL?

[Chad Owens]: Um, if a crazy opportunity presented itself, possibly, but as of right now, my focus is on the Toronto Argonauts. It's going into training camp (for) another year. This coming 2013 season and being the best that I can be for my team. If I finish my career in Canada, which I most likely will, it'll be a great ride. The CFL has been great for me. I hope that answers the question.

[Debbie Bruce]: Aloha Chad, You are such a wonderful ambassador for Hawaii and such a positive influence on our youth. How do you feel about the Fan Aloha that follows you everywhere you go? Does it help feed your success?

[Chad Owens]: Well, this Fan Aloha that follows me everywhere I go... Debbie, that would be you! So thank you, mahalo, aloha. *blows kisses* We love you. It definitely helps. It goes back to the support that you get right? It makes you feel special. It really does. It makes you want to go out and work harder for the fans. That's what it is. If there are no fans, what's the sense of playing right? You go out there to entertain, you go out there to perform. We are performers in a way. In a professional way, we are entertainers. Although it's about winning games and winning championships and those things, but if there's no one in the stands watching, to me, it's pointless. So (to) the fans, thank you guys so much. Debbie, again, Aloha, and I'll see you in Toronto next week. I'm leaving on Sunday (5/26/13).

[@KsCollectables (Kevin)] : Hi Chad, as a child growing up did you fight in the back alleys, was it rough where you grew up? Did you always want to try MMA?

[Chad Owens]: I can't say that I fought in the back alleys, but I was always the smallest kid so anytime the bigger kids tried to bully me around, I had to let them know real quick that "Hey, I'm not afraid of you, so what you wanna do?" And somehow, some way, I always became friends with these guys that tried to bully me. I was always a little scrappy kid who wasn't afraid of anything, wasn't afraid of anybody. But I'm not saying that's how I decided to do MMA. MMA is a sport. It's not a backyard fight. Hopefully everyone understands that. It's not a backyard fight, it's totally different. It is a sport, there's techniques involved, you have to train. You can't just go in there and close your eyes and throw haymakers and expect to win. That fight inside of me, it helps me on the football field, it helps me in life, it helps me with everything I do, but thank you. Great question.

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* To read and watch my entire interview with Bruddah Chad, check out my AroundHawaii.com article "Chad Owens: A Born Fighter".

Chad Owens Interview
Chad Owens Interview

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My list of interviews with local celebrities be growin'! :)

| Colbie Caillat |
| Shane Victorino |
| BJ Penn |

Let me know what other local celebs you think I should approach.

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For whatever reason, these types of posts typically don't get a lot of feedback below, so before I lose ya, just wanted to tell ya to stay tuned for another "Where In Hawaii?" game tomorrow (I hope!)! :P Shoooots!