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Introducing VH07V… Hawaii’s Newest Clothing Line!

February 8, 2012

Sorry peeps. Nevah had time fo’ tally all da scores fo’ last week’s Where In Hawaii contest, but in the meantime, here’s the news that you’ve all (all three of you have) been waiting for…

Our VH07V clothing line is now a reality!!!

Yay! It’s been a long time coming, but I’m soooo stoked that the day is finally here… And the shirts came out pretty kick-butt too if you ask me! 8) Check um out go check um goooo!

VH07V T-Shirt (White on Blue)
VH07V T-Shirt (White on Blue)

VH07V T-Shirt (White on Black)
VH07V T-Shirt (White on Black)

VH07V T-Shirt (Light Green on Blue)
VH07V T-Shirt (Light Green on Blue)

VH07V T-Shirt (Light Blue on Black)
VH07V T-Shirt (Light Blue on Black)

Which is your favorite?
I personally like the Light Green on Blue action, but, although you can’t really tell from the picture, the Light Blue on Black is pretty sick too. But like I said, they all came out awesome!

Like Order?
I’m still in soft-launch mode, so I haven’t really told too many people. The online shop is not even ready yet. But if you no can wait, drop me a line at world.wide.ed (at) gmail.com! I have sizes S-3XL in all styles and can do after (work) hour deliveries. 😉 There’s also a limited supply of Ls & XLs at Novel-T World at Ward Warehouse. (Mahalo to aunty Stephanie!) And yes, no worries, I still got shirts put aside for our FREE VH07V T-shirt Winners! 🙂

Let me know what you think!
I wanna hear from you! The term “VH07V” (spells “Aloha” upside down, but is pronounced “Volve” for this brand), is a part of this blog’s culture, so I’m really interested in hearing what you guys think about the shirts in the comment area below. Also, if you have any suggestions on how to get the word out shmall kine, holla! Shoot den!

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dear lord. the little squirt is teaching herself how to crawl. we’re screwed!

February 5, 2012
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February 3, 2012
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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012

Happy February 1st y’all!

Wow, last week’sGREEN” post was too hard I think. Not sure if this week’s one is any easier, but it is a fun theme… BIRDS! 😉

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 1, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 1, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Funniest description of what that bird on the left is doing!: 3 points
* Funniest name for each bird!: 2 points each
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Island?: 2 points
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 1, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 1, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* What promo this sticker was from: 3 points!
* Name of winner: 3 points!
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 1, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 1, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Funniest name of previous owner of that claw!: 3 points!
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Maps link?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

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Hawaii Ramen Quest – Part V

Read the fifth and final part in my Hawaii Ramen Quest as I close things out with a visit to where it all starts… Sun Noodle (and a chat with Founder and President Hidehito Uki)…

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Hawaii Ramen Quest - Part V
Hawaii Ramen Quest – Part V


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Weekly T-Shirt Update!

Woo hoo! The printing job is scheduled to start this Thursday so we are SUUUUUUUPER close! I’m going to visit them after work either today or tomorrow to finalize and approve the colors.

The stickers are still being passed out here and there, but I’ve kinda slowed down so I can bundle them together when I pass out the shirts.

Sorry so vague… Just don’t want to jump the gun with everything before I’m ready. I promise to announce everything here when I go live. 🙂

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Hawaii Ramen Quest – Part V

February 1, 2012
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |  Part V 

Although varying in sizes and flavors, many of the ramen shops we covered in this series have one thing in common: their noodles are supplied by the same, local, noodle factory based right here in Hawaii. So what better way to close this series out than with where ramen in Hawaii all begins… Sun Noodle.

Outside Sun Noodle's Honolulu Factory
Outside Sun Noodle’s Honolulu Factory

At the helm of it all is Sun Noodle Founder and President Mr. Hidehito Uki who started the business more than 30 years ago (founded way back on July 10, 1981). Uki-san in fact comes from a noodle making bloodline. His family had a fresh noodle making “ya” (store) in the Tochigi Prefecture (then) named the Ikeda Noodle Company. Here, he perfected the art of “men” before moving to Hawaii.

Sun Noodle President Mr. Hidehito Uki
Sun Noodle President Mr. Hidehito Uki

While studying ESL (English as a Second Language) here at Hawaii Pacific University (Hawaii Pacific College at the time), he would often eat at local ramen shops looking for a place that reminded him of home. Frustrated, he set out to do something about it and that’s how Sun Noodle was born.

“There’s nothing more powerful than the sun. When you think of Hawaii, you think of the sun. That’s why I named the business Sun Noodle.”

His 10,000 square foot Honolulu factory on Colburn Street can produce up to 30,000 servings of raw noodles per 8 hour day. They churn out over 100 products like yakisoba, udon, chow fun, pancit, gyoza and won ton wrappers, and, for ramen alone, they make over 30 different styles!

Overlooking the Sun Noodle factory from above
Overlooking the Sun Noodle factory from above

Amazingly, even with that many choices, Mr. Uki’s philosophy is that every noodle order must be custom made for his clients based, on the flavor of their soup.

“Every soup our customer makes is their personality. The noodles and the soup have to have a nice combination. Even if you make good noodles and good soup, if it doesn’t match, it’s no good. That’s why we go out there and taste the soup from each client and try to figure out what noodle would go best with that particular soup. We keep trying until we get it right. Sometimes I spend months to find the perfect noodle to match their soup.”

Most of his factory’s noodles start with the same base: flour, water, salt and potassium carbonate. It is the variances in flour type and water that makes all the difference.

“We are lucky to have good water here in Hawaii. It makes good noodles.”

The ingredients are thrown in (by hand) to a large vat…

Sun Noodle employee throwing in the ingredients for this batch of noodles
Sun Noodle employee throwing in the ingredients for this batch of noodles

… where it is mixed together…

Ingredients are mixed together
Ingredients are mixed together

… and flattened into a thin sheet by automated machinery. Large rolls of these flattened concoctions are then fed into another machine…

Large flour rolls feeding into the machine that cuts them into noodles
Large flour rolls feeding into the machine that cuts them into noodles

… which slices and dices them into their famous noodle shape.

Where noodles are cut into their famous shape(s)
Where noodles are cut into their famous shape(s)

Some are straight, some are wavy, and some even have a different color to them (based on the type of flour). Here’s a batch of noodles being prepared for Zippy’s Restaurants’ famous Zip Min.

Noodles for Zippy's Restaurants' Zip Min
Noodles for Zippy’s Restaurants’ Zip Min

Depending on what is being made, the noodles are then either packaged right there or sent off to the steaming/cooking room where they (usually yakisoba or udon) take a bath before being packaged.

Trays of yakisoba noodles are cooked in hot water before being packaged
Trays of yakisoba noodles are cooked in hot water before being packaged

For a while, he tried to service his mainland customers out of this factory alone, but it proved to be a difficult task with them being spread throughout California, Washington, Nevada, Vancouver BC (Canada), and parts of the East Coast. Ultimately, in order to provide the freshest noodles possible to his mainland customers, he decided to open up another factory in the greater Los Angeles area (on W Mahalo Place ironically) in 2004. Not satisfied, he will soon open up another factory in the New Jersey area so that his East Coast customers and their clientele get the freshest Sun Noodles they can get.

“Providing fresh noodle is the best! Instead of making the noodles in L.A., freezing it, and shipping it to the East Coast, we decided to make a factory in the East Coast so we can provide the freshest noodles possible.”

During the tour, I asked Mr. Uki what he thought of Saimin (compared to ramen), and his answer, which I really enjoyed, gave me that ultimate “a-ha” moment.

“Each area in Japan has their own, unique style of ramen. Kyushu has Hakata style (tonkotsu), Hokkaido has Sapporo style (miso)… Saimin is Hawaii’s style of ramen.”

I never thought of it that way, but it’s very true! I now have a new found appreciation for saimin. Being from Hawaii, I’m required to be proud of it. 😉

I also asked him what his thoughts were on slurping as a custom. I once asked my parents (who are also from Japan) why people slurp so loudly when eating their ramen. They told me that it is a sign of respect and appreciation for the ramen chef. It tells them that the noodles are delicious and is the ultimate compliment you can give to them. Mr. Uki had a different explanation:

“It looks tasty if you slurp your noodles. If you don’t smell the noodles, you can’t taste it. Of course, when you slurp, you bring in the air, which is important to help you smell and taste the ramen. Nowadays, even the non-Japanese community is starting to slurp their noodles.”

In my brief conversation with Mr. Uki, I could tell that his passion for noodles ran deep.

“We try to make the best noodle possible. We will try to make best noodle market in Hawaii for everybody to enjoy ramen.”

He truly loves what he does and best exemplifies what I love so much about ramen: a warm base with humble beginnings… Here’s to another 30 years!

 

Mahalo for following along during this obsessive, noodle & soup-filled expedition. Although the Hawaii Ramen Quest series has come to an end, the journey continues. See y’all at the next ramen stop!

Note: R.I.P. to Hawaii Journalism legend Mr. John Heckathorn who also covered Hidehito Uki and Sun Noodle in his noodle series: “In Search of the Ultimate Noodle“.

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |  Part V