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keep up the excellent work, Eric !
1 month ago on Party pics: Vertical Junkies 20/20 Reunion
if the movie people did a Top Gun remake today, they would probably put Chaning Tatum or Bradley Cooper, not Brad Pitt.
1 year, 8 months ago on Why ‘Top Gun’ means summer
even though I came late (8:30 pm), I still had fun !
1 year, 10 months ago on Party pics: Bacardi Oakheart Iron Bartender Competition
then there is Mitsuken in Kalihi, which is moving the area close to First Hawaiian Bank across the old Kalihi Bowl area (now it's a Nissan car dealership). I remember buying magazines from the pharmacy store. Playing bowling there for my high school team... Fun times (back in 1988-1992). (Before there was Kam Bowl, now a Walgreen's on School Street.) Then, there is Mitusba across the street by Freight Merchant. There is always a line at Mitsuken for lunch. Bob's Big Boy is still not renovated; I do miss eating breakfast there. I miss Gibson's Shopping Center close by (Servco Mapunapuna); there was a Jumbo's and Jack in the Box there. 99 Ranch Market - I miss that one also; now, it's a food court. It was for those people who lived in Pearl City but didn't want to drive all the way to Chinatown to buy their cheap fresh vegetables, fruits and Asian imported items (see Pacific Supermarket in Waipahu; Palama Market in Kalihi and by Don Quijote; Keeaumoku Supermarket (Korean store) ). It's hard to call it Don Quijote or Don Ki, I will still remember calling that 24 shopping complex Daiei or Holiday Mart - i'm old school like that. Since the Macy's in Downtown is gonna shut down, the retail company shoud replace it with Liberty House (it's former name) or J.C. Penney (another store that Hawaii lost).
1 year, 11 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In
i almost forgot about one more place, Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki -- I just went there two days ago. It's quite nice. Kinda like how Kenny's Restaurant or Ken's House of Pancakes (in Hilo). Locals and tourists alike flock to this place. Tried home made corned beef hash, scrambled eggs and all you can eat pancakes "breakfast special." comfort food. it felt good !!!
interesting.. it's quite sad.. it's like a historic landmark (think Rainbow Drive Inn, Columbia Inn, KC Drive Inn, Likelike Drive Inn, Meg's Drive Inn, the Willows restaurant, Diner's, Leonard's Bakery, Liliha Bakery, Fritz's European Bakery in Kalihi) - the place has been there for decades...
love this gritty urban "street art" movement !
1 year, 11 months ago on Pow Wow Hawaii 2013: Day 1
POW WOW Hawaii 2013 should be off the chain !
1 year, 11 months ago on Your guide to Saturday’s Night Market
different is better than two blogs/sites showing the same old boring party and nightclub pics. great ideas, people !!!
1 year, 11 months ago on Did this: Night in Chinatown
i have always love the 2 bars that are often only open Friday and Saturday night. it's a special feeling. 39 hotel with it's apartment like feel; Next Door, i love this one because you have so much space to: drink, talk story to your friends, dance to a live band and of course, have fun on the weekends.
1 year, 11 months ago on Do this! Jan. 31-Feb 5
somebody told me that Hawaii (mainly Oahu/Honolulu) was a miniature Los Angeles. slow-paced (try Molokai and Lanai). the food, I like the food ! I've been to Molokai once, it is quite laid back and a closely knit community (think Hawaiian homestead land like Waimanalo ('Nalo town) or Papakolea next to the Punchbowl cemetery area). i never went to Lanai yet. This is a place where everybody knows everybody and their business (gossip). quite relaxing to tell you the truth..
1 year, 12 months ago on Caan he say that?
as a Hawaii guy might ask Mr. Caan: "What is Scott's pilikia (problem) ?"
agreed. we do have a crystal meth "ice" problem here. maybe Scott has "island fever" or "rock fever" as my room mate calls it (who's also a mainland transplant). my room mate loves it here. Caan might not love passing someone a cup, Spam (a Hormel U.S. mainland product transformed into a Hawaiian steak), eating a late night meal at Zippy's, Leonard's Malasadas, oxtail stew (or soup), popcorn with arare (kaki mochi or mochi crunch ?), a coco puff from Liliha Bakery, a Loco Moco from L&L Drive Inn or a plate lunch from Rainbow Drive Inn, but he still has to respect the people and the aina ! Without his dad's help, or his fans, Scott might be on a stairway to nowhere. James Caan is a Hollywood legend, from the old NBC "Las Vegas" series or "Leaving Las Vegas" movie, which was shot in Kauai. (I wanna see the "Hunger Games" sequel Catching Fire now since there is no "The River," "The Last Resort," "Lost," "Hawaii," "Marker," "Raven," "Byrds of Paradise," or "One West Waikiki" tv series to compliment the "Hawaii 5-0" show.)
one massive party - all I see is a sea of heads bobbing up and down.
1 year, 12 months ago on Party pics: Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party
there were lots of lunch wagon trucks, people, NFL related clothes, 1 police car and lights (like at a baseball stadium or "Friday Nights" high school football game in Texas). Huge crowd !
1 year, 12 months ago on Eat the Street Pro Bowl
2 years ago on Did This: Cakebread Cellars wine dinner at Japengo
the Sunset Room will be a great addition to the nightlife scene in the Downtown/Ala Moana scene !
2 years ago on Party pics: Sunset Room VIP Grand Opening
unusual, eclectic and avant garde !
2 years ago on Caleb Shinobi’s Abstract Noir Fashion Show
A Waipahu landmark, like Highway Inn, K's Bento-Ya, Laverne's Catering and Take Out, Rocky's Coffee Shop, Leeward Drive Inn, HC Drive Inn, Kuni Japanese restaurant, Elena's or Thelma's Restaurant (Filipino, of course) - just like an old sugar mill or the famous Plantation Village.
2 years ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Tanioka’s
pali lanes is closed down..
2 years ago on Vegas: Drink & Drag
I miss bowling alleys. all there is left (on O'ahu) is Leeward Bowl, Aiea Bowl, Pali Lanes and Barber's Point Bowling Center.
Love it ! RuPaul would be so proud. They would fit in with his Drag Race reality tv show/contest.
2 years ago on NYE 2012 Party of the Year moments
Excellent coverage for the NYE 2012 party extravaganza !!! Like I said to Mari (Taketa), I wish I was there !
2 years ago on Party pics: NYE 2012 Party of the Year
the City of Lights/Love, cuisine (frog legs and fine wine), beaches (St. Tropez), art (Picasso/the Louvre), and of course, fashion.
2 years ago on Christmas eve in Paris
I think that the Twilight Breaking Dawn, part 2, movie was filmed in France..
Finally ! It's opened. My friend has been telling me about the Waikiki branch at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. Great story and posting of pics, Mr. Ed. (No, you are not a horse, of course, of course.)
2 years ago on Nonstop eats: Doraku Sushi Kaka’ako
Little black dresses looks amazing at the BLVQ fashion show. Great work to everyone that got involved: promoters, make up stylists, Matt Bruening, Dayna Kalakau, hair stylists, models, musicians (DJ Soundcheck, Delve, Compose, the Knocks) and of course, the birthday girl herself, Christa Wittmier ! It was a great turnout, in my opinion for the Republik that night !
2 years ago on Matt Bruening BLVQ Fashion Show
Maybe I could avoid the dentist (for every 3 months - where it supposed to be every 6 months), because i have too much cavities and fillings to do. Very good to know Melissa !
2 years, 1 month ago on Product review: GLO Science
Had fun over there - too bad I missed Matt Bruening's fashion show (at 7 p.m.). Stayed there from like 8pm to 12am midnight... Partied until the break of dawn !!!
2 years, 1 month ago on Party pics: Super CW’s Last Ever
I would have gotten her a kukui nut lei from Hilo Hattie's but she already had leis on (like at any Hawaiian high school graduation). If she received too many leis, then you would not be able to see her face. She would be just covered in flowers !
2 years, 1 month ago on Do this! Dec. 20-24
Went to Super CW's Last Ever party; she was in the DJ booth with the Knocks; DJ Soundcheck was there earlier. Got to mingle with the local fashion designer Matt Bruening. It was loud, the bass was pumping; couples, young college crowd, skaters, b-boys and everybody in between was there to celebrate Christa's b-day, her decade of decadence (Nightlife Diaries blog) and at the same time, help Pow Wow Hawaii 2013. Oh yeah !!!
This is awesome, more publicity for the Modern Honolulu (like this past week's Hawaii 5-0 episode) !!!
2 years, 1 month ago on Party pics: Addiction’s 1st Anniversary
That must be better than Cup O' Noodles, Top Ramen or Maruchan instant saimin, in which you wait like 3 minutes in the microwave (or boiling it on the stove)..
2 years, 1 month ago on Would you wait in line 38 minutes for ramen?
Wow. I have to check out this place (Pint + Jigger) along with the mysterious Miso and Ale; Pig and the Lady (at the Taste restaurant in Kaka'ako).
2 years, 1 month ago on Star Chefs in Hawaii: Dave Newman
I love this show, Man vs. Food (Mac 24/7), No Reservations (potluck in Kalihi with Anthony Bourdain) and Bourdain's new one "the Lay Over."
2 years, 2 months ago on My two seconds of (almost) fame
i was checking out all of those glass bottles of hard liquor behind the bartender. that's a lot of recipes to remember ! And she gets paid very well, which is great !
2 years, 2 months ago on Party pics: thirtyninehotel's 8th Anniversary
Damn ! I wish I was there, I had to work that night (the grave shift) unfortunately... That place is ALWAYS fun to go to (esp. on First Fridays or the second Friday of the month, where it might be less crowded).
i luv the Fringe Fest !!!
2 years, 2 months ago on Do this! Nov. 8-14
The Mojo Barbershop: an Ice Cube and Queen Latifah hair salon/barber shop movie comes to my mind.
2 years, 2 months ago on Party pics: First Friday November 2012
the bobsled team - i immediately think of that funny comedy with the late John Candy with the Jamaican dudes (Cool Runnings) !!!
2 years, 2 months ago on Aloha Sapporo! Sightseeing
the cross country skiing workout reminds me of something that you could play on a Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation Move or XBox 360 Kinect
The old school facility picture reminds me of stuff that you could see in those little houses at Waipahu's historical "Plantation Village." Cool but nostalgic stuff there. Good (no great reporting) work !
i remember that the had a (winter) Olympics in Nagano and Nagoya.
The trees and plants looked beautiful (red, yellow colors) !!! :) It kinda reminds me of a Cherry Blossom tree.
I love peanut butter (Nutella) and Shochu.
2 years, 2 months ago on Foodscene: November
I love the Loading Zone pictures ! Mojo Barbershop: will have to check it out - it reminds me of Da Wig Shop (on Kalakaua Avenue, in the bulding that once had the nightclub, Apartment 3). JJ Dolan: I like their pizza and beer (went there once on a Saturday morning, to watch a football game). It had a laid back atmosphere; there was a birthday party going on at the same time.
i love this blog / article about the bees and Chef Alan Wong. Instead of adopting a highway, or a Humane Society dog or cat, people can adopt beehives.
2 years, 2 months ago on Adopt-A-Beehive donors party
This is Chinatown - Rebooted, Revamped, and Remixed - complete with zombies, tipsy creatures of the night (vampires, werewolves), Psy look-a-likes, witches, HPD officers and big Samoan bouncers !
2 years, 2 months ago on Party pics: Club Hallowbaloo
One of my favorite clubs that I didn't go to since it got a facelift (from first being Studebaker's, then Ocean's, later Oceans 808) and was changed to the Standard and now the M.
2 years, 2 months ago on Party pics: Avenge the Night