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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 26, 2014

February 26, 2014

Last week must’ve been too hard. This one won’t be any easier though (I think), but if you live in these neighborhoods, should be duck soup! Chance um!

Last week‘s Winnahs:
* Crack Seed Store (Lia)
* Hoku’s (jknakas)
* Les Murakami Stadium (Lia)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 26, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 26, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 26, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 26, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 26, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 26, 2014


SCOOPS!

* VH07V on Tiny TV!
Our popular #TarpSurfing Commercial will air on the 3rd television show in as many weeks! Super exciting! This week, we’ll be on Tiny Tadani’s Tiny TV show on OC16 (Oceanic Time Warner Cable channel 12 or HD 1012) airing TONIGHT at 10:30pm and then repeating this Thursday and Friday at 10:30pm!

VH07V on Tiny TV!
VH07V on Tiny TV!

All TV Shows we’re on this week!

* WED 2/26 @ 5:30pm – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* THU 2/27 @ 3pm – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* THU 2/27 @ 7pm – HI*Sessions (K5: Channel 5/1005)
* THU 2/27 @ 10:30pm – Tiny TV (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* FRI 2/28 @ 6:30am – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* FRI 2/28 @ 10:30pm – Tiny TV (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* SAT 3/01 @ 9am – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* SUN 3/02 @ 9am – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/HD 1012)
* MON 3/03 @ 6:30am – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)
* TUE 3/04 @ 4:30am – Cookin’ With Cutty (OC16: Channel 12/1012)

Here’s the #TarpSurfing Commercial again if ya missed it!

* Groove Hawaii Now Open!
This past Saturday 2/22, the much anticipated The Groove Hawaii officially opened its doors to the public. On Friday 2/21, as part of a social media event, I had the unique opportunity to preview their facilities during a soft launch opening. Was super fun, especially when you get a bunch of testosterone-filled men trying to get the better of each other on the Go-Kart race track (see pic below)! LOL! You can also play parlor games (arcades & billiards, darts, air-hockey, shuffleboard, etc.), climb a “rock” wall, take Segways tours, ride a Paradise Pedals Party Bike around town, or hold your next party or corporate event there. It’s the closest thing to Castle Park that we’ve had in a loonnnnnng time! Oh the memories. 😛 Hope they do well. Go and support them k? #SupportLocal

The Groove Hawaii Now Open (Photo Credit: Rob Bertholf)
The Groove Hawaii Now Open (Photo Credit: Rob Bertholf)!


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Spotted!
Here’s a cool “Spotted” shot for VH07V. It’s Jody Kamisato’s artwork involving his VH07V gear and a KoAloha Ukulele!

VH07V and KoAloha Ukulele, A Winning Combination
VH07V and KoAloha Ukulele, A Winning Combination!

* VH07V’s New Camo Hat!
Check out VH07V‘s newest hat, which has been selling like hotcakes: the VH07V Camo Snapback Trucker!

VH07V Camo Snapback Trucker
New VH07V Camo Snapback Trucker!

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

So wot? You guys went survive Valentine’s Day? I’m kinda lucky cause the wife is very against the inflated prices of flowers and restaurants on V-Day, so I get a pass shmall kine. I still picked up 3 heart-shaped balloons for my 3 girls so hopefully, that won some points from them. 🙂 Did you guys do anything special?

This week is all food again, so hopefully you’re not reading this before lunch time. If so, sorry ah!

Last week‘s Winnahs:
* Alan Wong’s (pink lady)
* Tokkuri Tei (jknakas1)
* Molly’s Smokehouse (jknakas1)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 19, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 19, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 19, 2014


SCOOPS!

* VH07V on Cookin’ With Cutty TONIGHT!
Tune in to OC16 (Oceanic Time Warner Cable channel 12 or HD 1012) TONIGHT at 8:30pm for the season premiere of Cookin’ With Cutty! Good kine quality programming for the entire ohana, from a bruddah with plenny #ALOHA in his heart! And watch the commercials all the way through ok? 8) You may just catch VH07V’s newest #TarpSurfing spot! 🙂

VH07V on Cookin' With Cutty
VH07V on Cookin’ With Cutty

* VH07V on HI*Sessions TOMORROW NIGHT!
And TOMORROW NIGHT… Catch another episode of HI*Sessions at 7pm on K5 The Home Team, where our spot will run twice!

VH07V on HI*Sessions
VH07V on HI*Sessions


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Spotted!

Kolohe Kai is back together again, and their new album “Paradise” is coming out in less than 1 week (Feb 25th)! Yesterday, band leader Roman De Peralta visited Phat Joe and the Reggae Cafe at the Island 98.5FM studios and guess what shirt he wore!? Super blessed and honored! Here’s Roman playing an acoustic version of a song called Stinky Air. Funny lyrics!


Kolohe Kai (Roman De Peralta)- Stinky Air (acoustic)

* VH07V’s New Ladies and Keiki stuff!
Check out VH07V‘s 3 newest items for da Ladies and da Keiki!

New Ladies and Keiki stuff!
New Ladies and Keiki stuff!

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014

Eh, no fo-get, this Friday is Valentine’s Day! You’re welcome! 😛

I think last week‘s pics may’ve been shmall kine too hard. Hopefully, you folks will have an easier time this week! It’s all food related, so mayyyybe… 🙂

Last week‘s Winnahs:
* Hale Koa Hotel (Nobody)
* Iida’s (Stickit)
* Kaiser Permanente (Nobody)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 12, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 12, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 12, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 12, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 12, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 12, 2014


SCOOPS!

* Valentine’s Day Sale – 2 More Days!!
Just two days left in our Valentine’s Day Special Promo: 25% OFF anything Red or Pink when using the code REDALOHA at checkout at a7oha.com!

VH07V Valentine's Day Special
VH07V Valentine’s Day Special


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Spotted!

Some of you may’ve heard the news about the “acts of vandalism” on crosswalks in Hawaii Kai and Kapolei, where the “vandals” spelled out the word “ALOHA”. Oooooooh! (*sarcastic voice*) Well, you know I just couldn’t let it go with paying a little visit right? So I gathered up some friends (Heart and Soul‘s Jody Kamisato and Micah Ganiron, and Shibby Stylee‘s Andrew Agcaoili) and suggested we do the “Abbey Road” pose that the Beatles made famous in the 60s. Right down to the color of the clothes! You know, a nu skool, Aloha kine version of it right here in Hawaii. Below is the result (pc: Andrew Agcaoili). I hope you guys like it! 🙂

'Aloha Road' - An #AlohaCrosswalk Tribute to Abbey Road
“Aloha Road” – An #AlohaCrosswalk Tribute to Abbey Road

* New VH07V Colorway!
Here’s the 3rd of 3 new colorways I recently released for VH07V: the Green/Yellow VH07V Logo Tee.

New Green/Yellow VH07V Logo Tee
New Green/Yellow VH07V Logo Tee

* Tarp Surfing Commercial!


Tarp Surfing in Hawaii – VH07V Style

And, if you missed it last week, here’s our new television commercial spot that we just released last week, which has already topped over 780 views! Check it out on Youtube and please let me know what you think. It is also airing on the HI*Sessions local music show on Thursday nights (7pm) on KFVE going forward, and on Cookin’ with Cutty on OC16 in the coming weeks! Woo hoo!

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 5, 2014

February 5, 2014


Tarp Surfing in Hawaii – VH07V Style

Putting this up top cause I’m super excited about it! 🙂

Our television commercial spot was recently completed and uploaded. Check it out on Youtube and please let me know what you think. It is supposed to also air on the HI*Sessions local music show on KFVE going forward, starting this Thursday (TOMORROW) at 7pm, and on Cookin’ with Cutty on OC16 in the coming weeks!

OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming… 😉

Last week‘s Winnahs:
* Turtle Bay Resort (808 Dad)
* Yogurstory (Takeshi)
* The Alley at Aiea Bowl (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 5, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 5, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 5, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 5, 2014
Who can read Japanee? 😉

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - February 5, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – February 5, 2014


SCOOPS!

* Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks. Who saw that blowout coming over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos?
* Did you get Bruno Mars tickets?


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* New VH07V Colorway!
Here’s the 2nd of 3 new colorways I recently released for VH07V: the Navy/Orange VH07V Logo Tee.

New Navy/Orange VH07V Logo Tee
New Navy/Orange VH07V Logo Tee

* 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! 😛 ).

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Ramen Burger Fever Hits Honolulu

February 1, 2014

It all started with a tweet my friend Mari Taketa sent out on Wednesday, January 8th:

@NonStopMari “RAMEN BURGER. coming to hnl @TasteTable next wed 1/15 from 11a til sellout. http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/eating/attention-honolulu-ramen-burger-is-coming/

@NonStopMari's #RamenBurger Tweet
@NonStopMari’s #RamenBurger Tweet

Wait WAAAAT!? *THE* Ramen Burger? You mean the original mashup from ramen prodigy Keizo Shimamoto that started it all? This I gotsta have! So I immediately check the ol’ calendar…

D’oh!

Of alllll days! 1/15 was the day I booked two back to back site surveys with our wireless vendors for #TWCWiFi! Gaaaaah! I’m booked the entire day! Oh well, I guess the Ramen Burger is gonna have to wait ’til the next time I visit New York. And so I never gave it a thought again. Just basically gave up on the idea.

Then, a few days later, as the news started hitting the mainstream folks, the wife asked me, “Did you hear about the Ramen Burger coming to town?”

“#$%^ don’t remind me.”… is what I thought in my mind, but “Yes dear, but I unfortunately can’t make it out that day due to prior work commitments.” is (kinda) what came out of my mouth. 😛

Then, I really started thinking. Hmm… Maybe I should give this thing a little more thought. The first site survey was at Pearlridge at 7am (Yep, Pearlridge will be getting TWCWiFi soon!). So if the survey ended early, there would be a slim chance that I could jet down to (the former) Taste Table, stand in line, get my burger and scarf it down before my next site survey scheduled for 2pm. But as feared, the site survey ran a bit long. There was however, still a small window to try and squeeze the ramen dream in.

I started calling/texting/tweeting anyone and everyone I could who may possibly be standing in line. Mari, who originally said she could get one for me (there was a 3 burger limit per person), now had 3 spoken for. As did my friends Shane and Toby. My texts to Shinogu and Alvin went unanswered. Maaaan. This is not looking good. To top things off, while driving down, Mari and Shane tell me that the line is already all the way to Ala Moana Blvd! Aw c’mon!

At this point, I had lost all hope. I started planning where my non Ramen Burger meal would be coming from before my next site survey. Ah, but let’s try to drive by and see what it looks like. Ack, as feared, it was pure insanity, so I went to my favorite “lunch in town” spot: Yajima-Ya.

As I sat there eating my Samurai don, I got a text back from Alvin. He was asking me where I was and if I was coming down. I told him I gave up cause there would be no way I could get it before my next appt. In so many words, he offered to use one of his 3 Ramen Burger spots on me if I came down to meet him. I couldn’t leave there fast enough!

I got to Taste a little after 12. After waiting for more than an hour, Alvin was now rounding the corner of Keawe and Auahi, heading towards the entrance of Taste. Although I didn’t earn it, I could practically taste the ramen bun on my tongue.

Crazy line for the Ramen Burger pop-up at the former Taste Table
Crazy line for the Ramen Burger pop-up at the former Taste Table

So as not to cause suspicion with the people behind Alvin, I acted as if I wasn’t there for the Ramen Burger, walking around, talking to other people in line. I even went to the back of Taste where they had it on display, likely there for people like me who wanted to get a picture of the famous burger.

The money shot - The Original Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto
The money shot – The Original Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto

Eventually, I slyly made my way back to Alvin and started small talk until I blended in. LOL! The people behind could probably sniff me (the cutter) out a mile away, but oh well.

As we stood in line, an employee kept coming out and getting a headcount of those waiting. They wanted to see how far the 700 burgers they were making that day would go. The situation for the folks in the back, especially for those behind the “cut off point” starting to look dire. One enterprising guy from the back proposed an offer to our friend Ritsuko who stood right in front of us in line. Since she was only getting one for herself, he offered to buy her burger (not cheap at $10) if he could buy the other two for himself. Win-Win. With the approval of those behind us, the guy got his wish. Smart.

As we slowly inched along, we overheard someone say that each burger, due to the small size of the grill in the back, was taking a minimum of 1 minute to make. With just 40 or so people ahead of us, it was no wonder it took us almost 2 hours to get from Keawe Street to the doorstep of Taste (40 people x 3 burgers = 120 minutes). I even had to reload my parking meter. When we got to about 10 feet from the door, my chariot was starting to turn into a pumpkin. My 2pm appointment was t-minus 10 minutes away. I waited as long as I could, but alas, could not stay any longer and had to leave. Alvin generously offered to deliver my burger to my site survey location, which he did (What a guy!) so I bought his burger as well. My wait was nothing compared to his after all!

Finally!
Finally!

It was worth the wait. Although I had hoped that the “bun” would be grilled a little longer, the overall texture and flavor were on point. The noodles were, after all, provided by the one and only Hidehito Uki from Sun Noodle. And although slightly distracted, I was still able to notice that the grass fed local beef patty, with the green onions, baby arugula, and shoyu glaze did magic to my mouth as I ate and site surveyed. The shoyu glaze was a little reminiscent of the plum sauce that comes with the steamed bun and crispy duck skin at Chinese restaurants. Good call Keizo!

And so my brief love affair with the Ramen Burger ended. Or so I thought…

A few weeks later, I caught wind of some interesting news. It was announced that Eat the Street would play host to another round of Ramen Burger mania at the end of the month (though they did do another pop-up event at Taste on the 29th that not many knew about). After making the wife jealous (and frankly a bit displeased) with my Instagram photos from the first time, I felt it was my obligation, you know, as the greatest husband who ever lived, to brave those lines yet again, and pick one up for her.

Knowing how ridiculous the line was going to be, I headed to 555 South Street immediately following my last meeting of the day. One second there was no line, and before I could blink an eye, there were 8 people ahead of me. I rushed to hold my spot, and then started to document things.

The start of the Ramen Burger line at Eat the Street
The start of the Ramen Burger line at Eat the Street


Unwrapping the ramen “buns”

Grass fed local beef patty
Grass fed local beef patty

Woah, where'd that line come from!?
Woah, where’d that line come from!?

Annnnd the first two burgers and first 4 buns are on the grill!
Annnnd the first two burgers and first 4 buns are on the grill!

Jason Kim and the other helpers and customers have fun despite the torrential rains
Jason Kim and the other helpers and customers have fun despite the torrential rains

We're grillllin' in the rainnn...
We’re grillllin’ in the rainnn…

Almost at the front of the line! [Photo Credit: Rey Rubianes]
Almost at the front of the line! [Photo Credit: Rey Rubianes]


The helpers preparing my Ramen Burgers

Bonus! I was able to use my Hawaii Perks card to get a discount on my Ramen Burgers!
Bonus! I was able to use my Hawaii Perks card to get a discount on my Ramen Burgers!

Despite the rain, I was able to get in and out of there with my two burgers (there was a two burger limit this time) fairly quickly. Those two burgers were immediately taken to the in-laws’ house and shared with them and the wife. #Boom #InstantHero! 😉

And so as quickly as it came, it went. The prospects of having another taste of Shimamoto’s famous burger (recently named by Time as the 12th most Influential Burger of all time) would have to wait.

But not for long…

After huge debuts and followings for their pop-ups in New York, L.A., and more, Shimamoto and his Ramen Burgers will finally have a permanent home at BERG’N: Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg, the beer hall/food court set to open in Brooklyn New York in March.

Shimamoto, who famously quit his job to move to Tokyo in order to learn everything there is to know about ramen, will finally get the chance to fulfill his lifelong dream, one Ramen Burger at a time…


Ramen Dreams documentary – A film by Michael McAteer

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