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another cold, rainy day = another hot bowl of ramen!

February 22, 2013

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 20, 2013

February 20, 2013

Hoooooray!!! Fourth week now with double digit comments. We on one roll! LOL! Mahalos to everyone for commenting. Here’s dis week’s pics! Good luck y’all!

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 20, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 20, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 20, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 20, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 20, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 20, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot features 94.7 KUMU‘s Bruddah Bryan wearing his Black/Blue VH07V Logo colorway in what appears to be somewhere in Waikiki.

94.7 KUMU's own Bruddah Bryan sports VH07V
94.7 KUMU’s own Bruddah Bryan sports VH07V

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but there may be some exciting opportunities coming for VH07V. Wish a brutha luck! 🙂

* Sales have been going shmall kine bonkers lately. One of the hot items (in addition to the moisture wicking polo), is our Blue “Shaka” design. I gotta re-order more already pretty soon!

Blue 'Shaka' VH07V design
Blue “Shaka” VH07V design

* Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

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As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

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New Spot for Hawaii Self Storage featuring OC16’s Da Braddahs

Here’s a funny spot called “Out the Closet” that Hawaii Self Storage just released on their YouTube channel featuring OC16‘s hilarious tandem, Da Braddahs!


“Out the Closet” – Da Braddahs

Pretty cool view from my #coffice today. @Starbucks @powwowhawaii #powwowhawaii

February 15, 2013

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 13, 2013

February 13, 2013

Wowzas! Third week in a row with double digit comments. Could it be that we’ve broken out of our new year funk? Hard to say, but let’s keep it going gang! Here are three semi easy ones served up on a silver platter for ya. 🙂

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 13, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 13, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 13, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 13, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 13, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 13, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

Kelly Boy De Lima of Kapena “slayed” it (as usual) at the Ukulele Picnic this past Sunday, and, following his performance, walked by all the vendor booths, showing his Aloha, waving and greeting everyone on his way out. As he came by our VH07V booth, he pointed at my dad and said “I like your shirt!” so right dea… I just HAD to chase him down and give him a shirt for himself. He was as genuine and as real as they get. Not only talented and a true professional, but super humble and a class act. Mahalos Kelly Boy!

My friend Dave and I with Kelly Boy De Lima, his daughters Lilo De Lima & Kalena De Lima, and a little bit of VH07V!
My friend Dave and I with Kelly Boy De Lima, his daughters Lilo De Lima & Kalena De Lima, and a little bit of VH07V!

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Not counting what I sold at the Ukulele Picnic, I am finally fully loaded with stock, including the three new designs/styles below. Whatchu tink? She go?


New VH07V design – “Shaka” in two colors! (Click to order online!)

New VH07V design - 'Hawaii-Aloha' in Emerald (2013 color of the year)
New VH07V design – “Hawaii-Aloha” in Emerald, 2013’s color of the year (Click to order online!)

VH07V Black/Blue Moisture Wicking Polo
VH07V Black/Blue Moisture Wicking Polo (Click to order online!)

* Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

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As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

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Hawaii Self Storage’s Storage Auction – Kaimuki Location

Another exciting storage auction is coming up for Hawaii Self Storage, this time at their 2909 Waialae Ave, Kaimuki location! Registration starts next Tuesday, February 19th at 9am with the auction getting going at 10am. Check it out!

Hawaii Self Storage's Storage Auction - Kaimuki Location
Hawaii Self Storage’s Storage Auction – Kaimuki Location

the fam is here! #VH07V

February 10, 2013

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all set up for the @ukulelepicnic. come on down!

February 10, 2013

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

Wheeee! Double digit comments AGAIN! We’re on a roll! LOL! Can we make um tree in a row? 😉

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________
(Hint: Stay in Wahiawa)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 6, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 6, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

How awesome is this!? This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of Jesse Sapolu sporting his San Francisco 49ers inspired VH07V with local boy Isaac Sopoaga prior to this past Sunday’s Super Bowl! Hard luck to Isaac and the Niners, but WOW what a game!

San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu with Isaac Sopoaga & Family
San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu with Isaac Sopoaga & Family

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* It’s official! I will have a booth (for VH07V) at next month’s Ukulele Picnic event taking place on Sunday, February 10th from 9am to sunset! Come on down and listen to good kine ukulele jams from musicians from Hawaii, Japan and around the world like: Begin, Manoa DNA, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Kiyosaku (of Mongol800), Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Herb Ohta, Hiroshi Okada, Skyler Kamaka, Kalei Gamiao, Jody Kamisato, Kimiko Wakiyama, IWAO, Ukelele Orchestra from Japan, Kapena, Jazzoom Cafe, Bruce Shimabukuro, Trey Terada, Aldrine Guerrero, Seiji Katsu, Singto Numchok, and Hirokazu Ogura! There will also be food vendors, ukulele related vendors and vendors like me, and even a kid’s area with inflatables and more!

Ukulele Picnic - Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)
Ukulele Picnic – Sunday, Feb 10 @ 9am-sunset (click to enlarge)

* I recently ordered a custom VH07V ukulele from the gang at KoAloha Ukulele. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

* Most of my HUGE re-fill order is in! Still waiting on the embroidered wicker polos and one of my two new designs.

* The other new design is in! Can you guess what it is? 🙂


New VH07V design!

* Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

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As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

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Hawaii Self Storage’s Clear the Clutter New Year Promotion

Hawaii Self Storage's Clear the Clutter New Year Promotion
Hawaii Self Storage’s Clear the Clutter New Year Promotion

jidori chicken, kauai prawns & clams from alan wong’s pineapple room

February 4, 2013

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ahi nachos from alan wong’s

February 4, 2013

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Aloha Brisbane! – Part III: Koala Day! (#AlohaBNE)

February 1, 2013
Part I | Part II | Part III 

 

As with all good things, our time in Brisbane had come to an end. With bags packed, we, however, had one final expedition left in us before saying goodbye to the Queensland city by the river.

We started our morning by hopping into the van of the family-owned and operated Mr. Day Tours for their half day tour package. Val, the owner and tour guide for the day navigated and narrated our course for the day.

Mr Day Tours brochure
Mr Day Tours brochure

Our first stop was the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first & largest koala sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary sign
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary sign

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary map
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary map

Me and da koala statue
Me and da koala statue

Directions at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Directions at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Our first koala sighting couldn’t have been any cuter. It was of this adorable little munchkin getting fed supplements. I just HAD to shoot a video of it!

 


Koala being fed supplements

 

As we continued, we saw many more, though mostly sleeping in awkward positions.

Sleeping koala
Sleeping koala

Another sleeping koala
Another sleeping koala

Hey! One's awake!
Hey! One’s awake!

We saw a bunch of other animals/creatures along the way like wombats, dingoes, reptiles and birds, but let’s be honest… they were all overshadowed by “the moment” that most of us were looking forward to the entire trip… It was time to hold some koalas baby!


“The moment”! Koala holding time!

And here are the video clips of our various experiences:

 


Me and the koala

 

 


Catherine Toth with her koala

 

 


Melissa Chang with her koala

 

 


Hawaiian Airlines’ Jeremy Althof (frightened) with his koala

 

 


Hawaiian Airlines’ Jesse Starmer with his koala

 

Eventually, with feed in hand (purchased at the gift shop), we made our way over to the kangaroo section of the sanctuary, which was equally as exhilarating.

This kangaroo smells the feed in my hand. Whatchu t'ink?
This kangaroo smells the feed in my hand. Whatchu t’ink?

Cute baby kangaroo just lounges around next to me
Cute baby kangaroo just lounges around next to me

This one let me get close and pet away
This one let me get close and pet away

Melissa feeds a baby kangaroo
Melissa feeds a baby kangaroo

This was quite an interesting scene. It appeared to be a baby kangaroo resting in his mommy's pouch
This was quite an interesting scene. It appeared to be a baby kangaroo resting in his mommy’s pouch

And here’s a video of it.

 


Baby kangaroo rests in his mommy’s pouch

 

Group of kangaroos just kickin' it. Kickin' it... get it? :P
Group of kangaroos just kickin’ it. Kickin’ it… get it? 😛

Val then drove us up to the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha, which offered a panoramic view of Moreton Bay.

Panoramic view atop Mount Coot-tha (click to enlarge)
Panoramic view atop Mount Coot-tha

Brisbane Lookout's deck
Brisbane Lookout’s deck

Our group snapping away. Damn tourists!
Our group snapping away. Damn tourists!

Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails), me (@worldwideed), Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) and Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) at the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha
Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails), me (@worldwideed), Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) and Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) at the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha

We boarded up the van again and headed up to Kangaroo Point Lookout near the Cliffs Boardwalk.

The Cliff Boardwalk sign
The Cliff Boardwalk sign

The view from inside one of the lookout points
The view from inside one of the lookout points

A nice look at the Brisbane River
A nice look at the Brisbane River

With the grains of sand slowly vanishing from the top of the hourglass that was our tip, we had just enough time for one more stop: Lunch! The gastropub of choice? A place called The Shelter Bar, one of three restaurants at the Story Bridge Hotel, aptly named for its physical location, sheltered under the popular Story Bridge.

Outside the Shelter Bar
Outside the Shelter Bar

Melissa's Prime Rib Fillet Burger with bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, ranch dressing and beer battered fries ($18)
Melissa’s Prime Rib Fillet Burger with bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, ranch dressing and beer battered fries ($18)

Cat's Braised Short Rib Parpadelle with baby peas, rich Napoli sauce and shaved parmesan ($22)
Cat’s Braised Short Rib Parpadelle with baby peas, rich Napoli sauce and shaved parmesan ($22)

And my personal favorite (if I do say so myself! 😛 )…


My “Aussie Pizza” with double smoked ham, bacon, free range eggs and bbq sauce ($17.50)

With our tummies full, it was time to head to the airport for our 8-ish hour flight home. The Brisbane Airport is very clean and well kept, and Hawaiian Airlines‘ entrance into the market looks to have played a key part in all of it. Here are some sights from the airport.

Hawaiian Airlines flight number 444 (HA444) to Hawaii, although just two days old at the time, was already bustling!
Hawaiian Airlines flight number 444 (HA444) to Hawaii, although just two days old at the time, was already bustling!

The fancy entrance to the departure area downstairs
The fancy entrance to the departure area downstairs

Hawaiian Airlines signage at Brisbane Airport
Hawaiian Airlines signage at Brisbane Airport

Directions at Brisbane Airport
Directions at Brisbane Airport

Lounge areas (with FREE public WiFi! - which is hard to come by in Brisbane) outside the gates.
Lounge areas (with FREE public WiFi! – which is hard to come by in Brisbane) outside the gates.

Neat sand sculpture with our Hawaiian Airlines plane in the background
Neat sand sculpture with our Hawaiian Airlines plane in the background

Although it was a whirlwind 3 day, 2 night visit, we were able to get a lot squeezed into our tight timelines. If the adventures from any part in this series of articles interested you (part I, part II, & this part III), be sure to Fly Hawaiian when booking your flight: http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/Brisbane .

A HUGE Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines (President and CEO Mark Dunkerley, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Ann Botticelli, Director of Advertising and Promotions Kevin Yim, Ross Saito from Product Development, and the social media team: Asiana Ponciano, Jeremy Althof, and Jesse Starmer, etc.) for the unbelievable opportunity to cover such an event. Mahalos also to my fellow social medialites Kaleo Lancaster, Catherine Toth and Melissa Chang, who made the trip super rad! Yeah, I just said rad. 😉

And with that, we say Aloha and goodbye to Brisbane. Until we meet again!

To view all of my photos from Brisbane Australia, click here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/114302480978989244855/AlohaBrisbaneAlohaBNE

Melissa Chang’s #AlohaBNE blogs:
http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/?s=brisbane&searchsubmit=Go

Catherine Toth’s #AlohaBNE blogs:
http://www.thecatdish.com/?s=brisbane

Kaleo Lancaster’s #AlohaBNE blog:
http://kaleolancaster.blogspot.com/2012/12/brisbane-australia-hawaiian-airlines.html

My #AlohaBNE blogs/posts:
http://www.world-wide-ed.com/?s=brisbane

Instagram search results for #AlohaBNE:
http://web.stagram.com/tag/alohabne/

Twitter search results for #AlohaBNE:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AlohaBNE&src=typd

 

Part I | Part II | Part III 

 

 

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