Archive for November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2013

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!

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

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yaki #tsukune from @tokkuritei. #food

November 22, 2013

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trying #durian for the first time ever. not too bad actually… @konaish @nonstopmari @melissa808

November 22, 2013

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

This week’s photo ratings:

(Kinda) Easy | Hahd (unless you drive dat area) | (Should be) Duck Soup, but which one!?

Go getum!

Last time‘s Winners:
* Boulevard Saimin (BMasu)
* Pho King (carokun)
* Stan Sheriff Center (Takeshi)

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

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

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


SCOOPS!

* Thoughts on the Presidential Medal of Freedom recently awarded to Senator Daniel Inouye?
* Thoughts on the fight following the UH Wahine basketball game? (get better Mr. Ben Jay!)
* Thoughts on the allegations that the Good Samaritan was using excessive force on this robber? I personally think it’s ridiculous.
* You gonna be tuning into the State High School Football Championships? Who you rooting for? Kaiser? Kauai? Punahou? Mililani?


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” is from the latest video from the Skinny Hawaiians. They attempt to do the 2 second shirt folding technique using a familiar T-shirt! 8)


How To Fold a T-shirt in 2 seconds – Japanese way of folding T-shirts

* VH07V at Aloha Stadium!
Although they’re not winning 😛 , you can still be a winner and pick up select VH07V items at Aloha Stadium during home UH Football games! Check out our cool display below! Super exciting! Thanks to Centerplate’s CGear and their 4 stores inside the stadium (one at each end zone and one on each sideline), you can now pick up our 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) so check them out then as well!

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

* Lanyards Going Fast!
Don’t miss out! You can buy them at a7oha.com or directly here!

VH07V Lanyards are IN!
VH07V Lanyards are IN!

* Christmas coming soon!
Put in my order for Christmas stock. Look for some specials (including new hoodies, etc.) l’dat!

* Mailing List
If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get the latest scoops! I promise I don’t email too often (takes planny effort you know da kine! 😛 ).

* New Design: “???”
Submitted the work order for my new design. Hoping to get those in before the show above. *crossing fingers* Design is actually pretty basic, but the message is cool (IMO). Hopefully others will feel the same way. 🙂 More TBA soon!

* Order Online!
Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

VH07V Online Store - shop.vh07v.com
SHOP.VH07V.COM

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

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#OxtailSoup from Kapiolani Coffee Shop

November 18, 2013

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the perry’s sub from #stortosdeli in #haleiwa… finally!

November 14, 2013

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#kotteri #tonkotsu #ramen from agu ramen. braaaaah!

November 9, 2013

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 6, 2013

November 6, 2013

WOWAWEEWA! 20+ comments Last Week! Nevah had dat kine comment count in one long time! You guys da bes! I goin’ cry. Haha! I know the secret formula now. Just gotta post chain restaurants so you have to try fo guess all of um. Hahahaha!

This week’s photo ratings:

(AssWhy)Hahd – Gimme(Gimme) – (Should be) Duck Soup!

#2 was funny so I just thought I’d post it for giggles. Know of any other business names that make you laugh? (and no say VH07V! 😛 )

Good luck y’all! 😉

Last Week‘s Winners:
* Tamashiro Market (carokun)
* Subway Wahiawa (Nobody, but credit to carokun, makahawahine, zzzzzz, Jacob, Coconut Willy, carokun, che, rayboyjr, Ynaku)
* Best Buy Iwilei (Jacob, but credit also to Takeshi)

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

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

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


SCOOPS!

* Keahi Lau Benefit Concert THIS SUNDAY!

Keahi Lau Benefit Concert
Keahi Lau Benefit Concert

Come on down to this benefit concert/fundraiser for Koauka’s Chantel N Keahi Lau who is battling Moyamoya, a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder (see KHON video below). Listen to live music from some of Hawaii’s leading bands (see list below) while enjoying a family fun day with food booths, local vendors (like VH07V!**), and more! Keahi has been an early supporter of VH07V, so it’s only natural for us to give back. ** Part of ALL VH07V proceeds from that day will be donated back to the Keahi Lau fundraiser. Please come & support!

Current lineup (with more coming!)
* Koauka
* Nesian N.I.N.E.
* B.E.T. Blessed Every Time
* Kawao
* H TREY
* Pohakumusic
* Roots Odyssey
* Christian Yrizarry from Ho’onua
& more!

Sunday, November 10th
4pm – 10pm (Monday is a holiday!)
@ the Hawaii Paintball Field (Kapolei Airsoft next to Podium Raceway in the Kalaeloa/Barbers Point area)

– Pre-sale tickets – $10
– At the door- $15
– 12 & under – FREE!

*** Call 808-377-0260 for tickets!***

For more information about bruddah Keahi and his fight against Moyamoya, check out this piece Ron Mizutani did on October 12th for KHON2 news: “Local Musician Battles Rare Disease“.


Keahi Lau Fights Moyamoya (via Alison Naeole’s YouTube)


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” is from a recent episode of Tiny TV on OC16. Tiny was one of our participating celebrities and joined Chef Mavro on stage for a cooking demo at this year’s Rice Fest. He filmed the following segment while there and even featured the VH07V booth! See you if reconotice anyone in his piece! 🙂


Tiny TV featuring VH07V at Rice Fest

* VH07V at Aloha Stadium!
Select items are available at Aloha Stadium during home UH Football games! Check out our cool display below! Super exciting! Thanks to Centerplate’s CGear and their 4 stores inside the stadium (one at each end zone and one on each sideline), you can now pick up our 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) so check them out then as well!

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

* Lanyards Are IN!
The lanyards I ordered are IN and in inventory! You can buy them at a7oha.com or directly here!

VH07V Lanyards are IN!
VH07V Lanyards are IN!

* Christmas coming soon!
Gonna start stocking up on inventory since Christmas is just around the corner. Look for some specials (including new hoodies, etc.) l’dat!

* Mailing List
If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get the latest scoops! I promise I don’t email too often (takes planny effort you know da kine! 😛 ).

* New Design: “???”
Submitted the work order for my new design. Hoping to get those in before the show above. *crossing fingers* Design is actually pretty basic, but the message is cool (IMO). Hopefully others will feel the same way. 🙂 More TBA soon!

* Order Online!
Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

VH07V Online Store - shop.vh07v.com
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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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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – Japan Style Ramen Opens Shop Outside Don Quijote

November 1, 2013

I know it’s been a little over a month since they opened, but now that another little person has taken residence in my home, the outside life has been severely limited. So when a morning meeting in town recently got on the schedule, my mouth started to water with the possibilities for lunch.

My first desire was to actually try Agu Ramen in Moiliili. Brah! Based on all the pictures I’ve seen online, that place looks legit. Seriously looked like some of the meanest ramen joints I’ve eaten at in Japan. Unfortunately, they are still currently only open during dinner hours (from 5pm).

The other “hot” ramen place that has been hitting the coconut wireless lately was Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, a Japanese chain with 52 locations spanning the globe in places like California, Chicago, New Jersey, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand, in addition to Japan where it all got started. This is where today’s ramen will be.

Outside Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Outside Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Located in the old Ezogiku location in the food court area right outside Don Quijote Honolulu, Santouka has a reputation (for good reason) of having a long wait. Following my mid-morning meeting, I picked up my friend Bari somewhat early in the hopes of avoiding that crowd. We got there a little before 11:30, and it was already packed (they open at 11am)! Luckily, we were only the second group on their sign in sheet, and there were a handful of groups just finishing up so our wait was only about 5-10 minutes. #BoomKanani!

We got a seat at the “bar” which had some strange saddling type chairs to sit on. I wish I took a picture of it. Not long after looking at the menu, the waitress asked if we were ready to order. Not quite ready, I hastily spurted out miso ramen. Boring, yes, but that’s always a safe bet.

I was actually interested in a thicker soup base like the kotteri or paitan bases we’re all used to from places like Tenkaippin or Yotteko-Ya, but according to the menu’s description, it sounded like I would be ok: “Santouka’s mild and creamy broth, made from pork rib and broth is deliberately simmered for two days. We maintain the cooking standards of Japan at every Santouka location worldwide.”

Soup bases be simmerin'
Soup bases be simmerin’

The wait for the ramen wasn’t long. In less than 10 minutes, behold… a steaming bowl of miso ramen was in front of me.

Miso Ramen - Miso flavored ramen. Pork broth seasoned with miso (fermented soy bean paste) - $9.50
Miso Ramen – Miso flavored ramen. Pork broth seasoned with miso (fermented soy bean paste) – $9.50

The options here are pretty standard: Shio (salt), Shoyu (soy sauce), Miso and Kara Miso (spicy miso). You can apparently choose the fattiness of the soup base and the firmness of the noodle, but if you don’t ask, they’ll give it to you Japanese style (standard soup base with al dente/firm noodles).

You can order from three different sizes: Small, Medium and Large with a different price for each one. For the Shio, Shoyu and Miso, the Small is $8.50, the Medium is $9.50 and the Large is $10.50, while the Kara Miso is $8.99 for the Small, $9.99 for the Medium, and $10.99 for the Large. The photo above was a Medium. Bari went for the Medium Kara Miso and asked for it to be “extra spicy” as well.

Kara Miso Ramen - Spicy hot miso flavored ramen. Pork broth seasoned with hot spices and miso (fermented soy bean paste) - $9.99 [Photo Credit: Bari Carroll]
Kara Miso Ramen – Spicy hot miso flavored ramen. Pork broth seasoned with hot spices and miso (fermented soy bean paste) – $9.99 [Photo Credit: Bari Carroll]

The color is misleading because – according to Bari – it wasn’t that spicy… Although the sweat pouring out of his forehead said otherwise. 8)

Overall, it was an OK experience there. Ramen was fresh and fast with the noodle firmness I wanted. Soup base wasn’t quite what I wanted, but good for being miso based. Workers and clientele were mostly from Japan, which is always a good sign. Hopefully, things won’t change once they send the grand opening employees back to Japan. Then again, it will probably take me a while to get back out of the house again anyway…

For more on ono kine ramen restaurants here in Hawaii, check out my Hawaii Ramen Quest series here: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
801 Kaheka Street (food court outside Don Quijote Honolulu)
Honolulu, HI 96814 (Street View)
(808) 941-1101
Open 11am-11pm daily

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