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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

Sorry for the MIA action. Choke stuffs going on! No can keep up. Hope you’re still out there and ready to guess… πŸ™‚

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014


SCOOPS!

* Kaiser High School Fundraiser
As a proud Kaiser High School alumni and former Cougar athlete, VH07V is proud to be able to give back and help the 2014 OIA White East Champion Men’s Basketball program with this exciting fundraiser to help raise monies for team equipment and travel. 100% of the proceeds go back to the program. See below for details on how to order:

Sales Began: Friday, August 22, 2014
Last Day to Purchase: (next week) Friday, September 5, 2014
Delivery: Mid‐September 2014

Just $15 / Shirt
Only in Blue Short Sleeve
Adult Sizes: Small to 3XL
100% Cotton, Pre-Shrunk

Cash (preferred) or Check Payable to
Kaiser High School Men’s Basketball
Write: T‐Shirt Fundraiser in Memo Section

To Buy One: See Any Kaiser Men’s Basketball Player
Or Contact Coach:
Branden Kawazoe
Ph: (808) 394‐1200 ext 2242
Email: branden_kawazoe@notes.k12.hi.us

VH07V Fundraiser for Kaiser High School Basketball program
VH07V Fundraiser for Kaiser High School Basketball program

* SPOTTED!
Check out the talented “Karli3G” as she does an ukulele cover of the popular Meghan Trainor hit “All About That Bass”! You can pick up her “Hashtag” #Hawaii shirt exclusively at Aloha Stadium (CGear Stores) when the Warriors start their season later this month.


Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass (ukulele cover)

* New Shaka Colorway!
Speaking of exclusive drops… This new UH inspired colorway of our popular “Shaka” design will be exclusively available at the CGear stores at Aloha Stadium starting this season! Go Warriors!

New Shaka Colorway available at Aloha Stadium!
New Shaka Colorway available at Aloha Stadium!


WEEKLY VH07V UPDATES!

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VH07V at Rice Fest!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 (11am-5pm)

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As always, VH07V will be at the annual Rice Fest taking place from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward Centers (we’re looking to block off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Here’s the official event poster! Hope to see y’all there!

Rice Fest
5th Annual Rice Fest

* VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival!
We had a great time at our very first Made In Hawaii Festival! Mahalo to everyone who came to support and for pretty much cleaning us out of a lot of our inventory! πŸ˜‰ Here are some of the sights from that day.

VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival
VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival

* 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! πŸ˜› ).

* 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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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014

Not sure if the statue in #1 is still there, but it was for sure in 2008. 8) Had to blur #2 cause was too duck soup, and #3 I think can! Shoots!

Last week‘s Winnahs:
* Liliha Bakery (che)
* Keeaumoku Walmart (che & Lia)
* Simply Organized (Lia)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 30, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 30, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 30, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 30, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 30, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 30, 2014


SCOOPS!

* SPOTTED!
Former Advertiser blogger Cat Toth and I recently teamed up to host/promote Hawaiian Electric Companies’ The Electric Kitchen Home Recipe Contest, which just launched on Monday. If you have a killer home recipe that falls under one of the following three categories, we encourage you to submit it for a chance to win a $1,000 getaway!

  • Island Eats: Made with at least 50% local products
  • Ono on the Go: Recipes ready in 30 minutes of less
  • Eco Cuisine: Energy-saving recipes (using less electricity)

Check out our promo below…


Cat and I introduce the The Electric Kitchen Home Recipe Contest


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VH07V at the Yajima-Ya “Shop & Eat” Event!
THIS SATURDAY 8/02/14 (10am-3pm)!

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THIS SATURDAY VH07V will be back again to hold our second “Shop & Eat” event at the Yajima-Ya Lunchwagon lot, but this time, we invited some friends! In addition to Yajima-Ya‘s meeeaaaan plate lunches and drinks from Ilandsoda, I’ve invited and confirmed the popular Eden In Love Boutique & Skylar Soares and her HiSky Hats!!! Cool right!?!? πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! So to summarize…

Visit VH07V at Eat & Shop Event at Yajima-Ya!
Visit VH07V at “Shop & Eat” Event at Yajima-Ya!

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VH07V at the Made in Hawaii Festival!
8/15/14-8/17/14!

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I literally just got an email yesterday asking if I wanted to participate in this year’s event (I was on the waiting list and someone dropped out). Just trying to confirm if I can get some last minute help in the booth, but most likely, VH07V will be there in full force! It’s the 20th Anniversary too! Can’t wait. It’ll be at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall during the following hours. Hope to see you there!

  • FRI 8/15 @ 10am-9pm
  • SAT 8/16 @ 10am-9pm
  • SUN 8/17 @ 10am-5pm

Visit VH07V at Eat & Shop Event at Yajima-Ya!
Visit VH07V at the Made in Hawaii Festival!

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VH07V at Rice Fest!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 (11am-5pm)

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As always, VH07V will be at the annual Rice Fest taking place from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward Centers (we’re looking to block off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Here’s the brand new commercial TV spot! Hope to see y’all there!


Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!

* 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! πŸ˜› ).

* 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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Joy of Sake Info & How-To Guide

July 18, 2014

Tonight, at the Hawaii Convention Center, the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan takes place, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California! I think it’s still not too late to purchase your Joy of Sake tickets for the event, so go getum!

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

The following is a guide for those who will be attending this year.

Joy of Sake how-to guide – (from Frolic Hawaii’s Mari Taketa)

  1. Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a very good sampling.
  2. If you’ve never tried sake, start with a daiginjo A. It’ll be floral, nuanced, gentle, a good intro.
  3. Check the card in front of each sake: It’ll tell you if judges awarded it a gold or silver star in its category. No star doesn’t mean it’s bad. The overall level of sake entered in Joy of Sake judging is impressive and hard to match even in Japan, where the JOS tour ends this fall after a stop in New York next month.
  4. If you see a black star, that sake isn’t available in the U.S. The card also tells you where it was made, in case you’re interested in sake from a particular region.
  5. If you’re a novice, don’t worry about searching for the harmony of taste, aroma, body and texture the pros look for. Everyone will have a different personal favorite. Just sip to find what you like.

Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans - from Kaiwa
Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans – from Kaiwa

And here’s the list of restaurants and their featured dishes for the night!

  • Banzai Sushi Bar – Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers
  • BLT Steak – Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina – Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas
  • Cakeworks – Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee
  • Chef Chai – Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip
  • Doraku – Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam
  • Gokujo Sushi – Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi
  • Halekulani – Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad
  • Hoku’s (The Kahala Hotel & Resort) – Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw
  • Hopscotch (Oakland) – Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg
  • Kaiwa – Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans
  • Koko Head Cafe – Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu
  • Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint (San Francisco) – 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
  • Migrant Maui – Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang
  • MW Restaurant – “Spam” Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf
  • The Pig and The Lady – Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat
  • Pili Group – Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh pa`i`ai
  • Three Fat Pigs – Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru
  • Vintage Cave Honolulu – Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu - from Koko Head Cafe
Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu – from Koko Head Cafe

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat - from The Pig and The Lady
Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat – from The Pig and The Lady

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

All food today gangy… Tons of possibilities. Guess away! πŸ™‚

Last time‘s Winnahs:
* Laie Beach (Nobody)
* Hawaii State Capitol (carokun)
* Cafe Kaila (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014


SCOOPS!

* Joy of Sake is THIS FRIDAY!
Did you get your tickets to this year’s Joy of Sake event yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Purchase your Joy of Sake tickets today and attend the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California!

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

For those of you who got your tickets, here’s a handy Joy of Sake how-to guide (from Frolic Hawaii’s Mari Taketa) on how best to approach your JOS experience:

  1. Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a very good sampling.
  2. If you’ve never tried sake, start with a daiginjo A. It’ll be floral, nuanced, gentle, a good intro.
  3. Check the card in front of each sake: It’ll tell you if judges awarded it a gold or silver star in its category. No star doesn’t mean it’s bad. The overall level of sake entered in Joy of Sake judging is impressive and hard to match even in Japan, where the JOS tour ends this fall after a stop in New York next month.
  4. If you see a black star, that sake isn’t available in the U.S. The card also tells you where it was made, in case you’re interested in sake from a particular region.
  5. If you’re a novice, don’t worry about searching for the harmony of taste, aroma, body and texture the pros look for. Everyone will have a different personal favorite. Just sip to find what you like.

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

And here’s the list of restaurants and their featured dishes for the night!

  • Banzai Sushi Bar – Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers
  • BLT Steak – Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina – Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas
  • Cakeworks – Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee
  • Chef Chai – Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip
  • Doraku – Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam
  • Gokujo Sushi – Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi
  • Halekulani – Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad
  • Hoku’s (The Kahala Hotel & Resort) – Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw
  • Hopscotch (Oakland) – Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg
  • Kaiwa – Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans
  • Koko Head Cafe – Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu
  • Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint (San Francisco) – 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
  • Migrant Maui – Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang
  • MW Restaurant – “Spam” Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf
  • The Pig and The Lady – Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat
  • Pili Group – Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh pa`i`ai
  • Three Fat Pigs – Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru
  • Vintage Cave Honolulu – Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

* New VH07V Polos!
We did a small run of Moisture Wicking Polos with white and neon yellow thread on our black blank. Came out pretty cherry yeah?

VH07V Polos
VH07V Polos!

* Marcus Cancervive online Fundraiser!
My friend Marcus Reimel is battling a rare form of melanoma cancer called Mucosal Melanoma and needs your kokua through the online fundraiser called YouCaring. This is to help offset his mounting medical expenses. There are 16 days left in his fundraiser and he is almost there! ($20,940 raised of $25,000 goal) Please consider donating:

Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser
Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser

* Thoughts on LeBron’s return to Cleveland?
* Thoughts on Jeter’s performance at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game?
* Thoughts on local political races?


WEEKLY VH07V UPDATES!

* VH07V at Yajima-Ya “Eat & Shop” Event! – 8/02/14
In August, VH07V will be back again to hold our second “Eat & Shop” event at the Yajima-Ya Lunchwagon lot, but this time, there will be more than just us there! In addition to Yajima-Ya‘s meeeaaaan plate lunches and drinks from Ilandsoda, I’ve invited and confirmed the popular Eden In Love Boutique & Skylar Soares and her HiSky Hats!!! Cool right!?!? πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! So to summarize…

Visit VH07V at Eat & Shop Event at Yajima-Ya!
Visit VH07V at “Eat & Shop” Event at Yajima-Ya!

* VH07V at Rice Fest! – 9/28/14
It’s a bit out, but since we’ve already locked in the date, I figured I’d mention Rice Fest and VH07V‘s appearance there as well. πŸ™‚ It’ll be from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward (blocking off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Hope to see y’all there!

Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!
Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!

* 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! πŸ˜› ).

* 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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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014

July 9, 2014

Yes! Another week where all three photo locations were guessed correctly. Tryna find the right balance between posting pics that are too “duck soup” and those that are “das why hahhhd”. Will get the right pH balance one day… πŸ˜‰

Last time‘s Winnahs:
* Hanauma Bay Trail (makaha wahine)
* Alii Place (carokun)
* Kahului Airport (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 9, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 9, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 9, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014


SCOOPS!

* Spotted!
Another fun time was had at our last pop-up event at the 4th of July Spectacular at Schofield Barracks! Mahalo to all those Military members and their guests who stopped by the VH07V booth!

VH07V at the 2014 4th of July Spectacular!
VH07V at the 2014 4th of July Spectacular!
(pc: Traci Yoshioka)

* Joy of Sake is Coming Next Week!
Honolulu’s Joy of Sake event is the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan, and is celebrating Hawaii’s hundred-year history with sake. The event offers the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition, half of them daiginjos, most not available in the U.S. New this year is an upscale street food section called “Izakaya Alley” to go along with the sake-friendly appetizers by 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California including Vintage Cave (Honolulu), The Three Fat Pigs (Waikoloa), The Pig and the Lady (Honolulu), The Halekulani (Honolulu), Pili Hawaii (Honolulu), MW Restaurant (Honolulu), Migrant Maui (Wailea), Memphis Minnie’s (San Francisco), Koko Head CafΓ© (Honolulu), Kaiwa (Honolulu), Kahala Hotel & Resort (Honolulu), Hopscotch (Oakland), Gokujo Sushi (Honolulu), Doraku (Honolulu), Chef Chai (Honolulu), Cakeworks (Honolulu), Buho Cocina y Cantina (Honolulu), BLT Steak (Honolulu), & Banzai Sushi Bar (Haleiwa). Early bird tickets (which gives you access one hour early) are $145 while General Admission Tickets are going for $95. Purchase your Joy of Sake tickets today!

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Purchase Tickets to next week's Joy of Sake event!
Purchase Tickets to next week’s Joy of Sake event!

* Marcus Cancervive online Fundraiser!
My friend Marcus Reimel is battling a rare form of melanoma cancer called Mucosal Melanoma and needs your kokua through the online fundraiser called YouCaring. This is to help offset his mounting medical expenses. There are 22 days left in his fundraiser and he is almost there! ($20,340 raised of $25,000 goal) Please consider donating:

Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser
Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser

* Following the World Cup at all?
* Ready for the 5th Season of Hawaii Five-0?
* Thoughts on the sleeping fan suing ESPN for $10 million?


NEW AROUNDHAWAII ARTICLE!

* Bubble Tea Mania – The Hunt for Hawaii’s Best Bubble Tea – Part III
The 3rd and final part in my Bubble Tea Mania series has been published! This time, covering some key wesssssiiiiide locations! Check it out!

Bubble Tea Mania - The Hunt for Hawaii's Best Bubble Tea - Part III
Bubble Tea Mania – The Hunt for Hawaii’s Best Bubble Tea – Part III


WEEKLY VH07V UPDATES!

* VH07V at Yajima-Ya “Eat & Shop” Event! – 8/02/14
In August, VH07V will be back again to hold our second “Eat & Shop” event at the Yajima-Ya Lunchwagon lot, but this time, there will be more than just us there! In addition to Yajima-Ya‘s meeeaaaan plate lunches and drinks from Ilandsoda, I’ve invited and confirmed the popular Eden In Love Boutique & Skylar Soares and her HiSky Hats!!! Cool right!?!? πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! So to summarize…

Visit VH07V at Eat & Shop Event at Yajima-Ya!
Visit VH07V at “Eat & Shop” Event at Yajima-Ya!

* VH07V at Rice Fest! – 9/28/14
It’s a bit out, but since we’ve already locked in the date, I figured I’d mention Rice Fest and VH07V‘s appearance there as well. πŸ™‚ It’ll be from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward (blocking off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Hope to see y’all there!

Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!
Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!

* 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! πŸ˜› ).

* 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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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. πŸ˜›

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! πŸ˜‰

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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Royal Hawaiian Center Launches TWC WiFi Service

January 23, 2014

Thanks to a recent deployment of Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s TWC WiFi service – the largest of its kind in Waikiki – Royal Hawaiian Center guests are now able to shop, dine, and relax with the added convenience of free WiFi access.

“Previously, free WiFi was available only in the Center’s Pā`ina Lāna`i Food Court”, according to Royal Hawaiian Center general manager Marleen `Δ€kau, “but now our mainland and international visitors as well as our local resident customers can surf the Internet at lightning-fast speeds on the upper levels within all three blocks of Royal Hawaiian Center, along Kalākaua Avenue”.

To celebrate, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, in association with Royal Hawaiian Center, held a WiFi launch event last week which included a dine around with local celebrities, members of the media, and Time Warner Cable executives. Below are some scenes from the night.

Reigning Miss Hawaii Crystal Lee, and OC16 TV Show Host Jenn Boneza (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)
Reigning Miss Hawaii Crystal Lee, and OC16 TV Show Host Jenn Boneza (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

Mobile Product Management Senior Director Vijay Venkateswaran and Wireless Director Kiman Wong (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)
Mobile Product Management Senior Director Vijay Venkateswaran and Wireless Director Kiman Wong (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

Elvis with Senior Marketing Manager Shelley Thomas (Photo Credit: Anne Butac)
Elvis with Senior Marketing Manager Shelley Thomas (Photo Credit: Anne Butac)

Cheesecake selection from Cheesecake Factory (Photo Credit: Stephen Claro)
Cheesecake selection from Cheesecake Factory (Photo Credit: Stephen Claro)

Vijay Venkateswaran with Royal Hawaiian Center's Marketing Director Sam Shenkus (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)
Vijay Venkateswaran with Royal Hawaiian Center’s Marketing Director Sam Shenkus (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

One of the six groups enjoying the dine around: Social Media
One of the six groups enjoying the dine around: Social Media

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

It’s only the first month of the year and I already missed posting on two of those four Wednesdays! Ah, I’ll try to get bettah as the year goes on! Hang in dea… πŸ™‚

Last time‘s Winnahs:
* Tenkaippin (jknakas1)
* Tokkuri Tei (jknakas1)
* Roy’s Hawaii Kai (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 22, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 22, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 22, 2014


SCOOPS!

* VH07V at the NFL Pro Bowl Block Party!

VH07V is honored and privileged to be one of the vendors selected to participate in this year’s official NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki. Visit our booth THIS SATURDAY January 25th from 6pm (or as soon as we set up)-10:30pm as they shut down Kalakaua Ave to throw the most epic block party ever! We’ll be in front of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort (between Kaiulani Ave and Uluniu Ave), near the Honolulu Police Department’s Waikiki Station and the iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue! See you there!

Visit the VH07V booth at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki!
Visit the VH07V booth at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki!


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” is an interview I recently had with Waipahu local boy and MLB pitching sensation Jerome Williams. He’s wearing our “Hawaii Aloha” Tee! πŸ™‚


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Special Announcement!

October 2, 2013

Sorry gangy, haven’t had time for much of anything else these days, so our “Where In Hawaii” game will miss another week.

This is partly to do with the coming of baby WWE #2! LOL! (See Special Announcement #1). Yay!

Wife was a true champ (again) and hatched another beautiful baby girl.

Wow, I thought raising one child was hard enough! If what we’re going through now is any indication, our sleep patterns will be all kinds of off. Parents out there, please tell us it gets better! πŸ™‚

Baby WWE #2
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You guys have any tips you can share on raising two children… like at the same time? πŸ˜›

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Hawaii Officially Launches TWC WiFi

September 19, 2013

At an event at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center last week, Oceanic Time Warner Cable officially announced that the company has begun deployment of TWC WiFiβ„’, a statewide WiFi Hotspot network for its customers. Access to the TWC WiFi network is free to Oceanic Time Warner Cable customers with Standard Internet or above and to Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class Internet customers.

“Increasingly, our Hawaii customers want to take their high-speed Internet with them out of the home and on-the-go,” said Oceanic President Bob Barlow. “The TWC WiFi network we’re building for Hawaii will allow our customers to greatly maximize their TWC Internet subscription – at no additional charge.”

Oceanic Time Warner Cable's President Bob Barlow
Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s President Bob Barlow

On Oahu, customers can access over 400 TWC WiFi Hotspots with hundreds more coming in 2013 as Oceanic Time Warner Cable builds out the network. TWC WiFi will be introduced at popular locations where residents eat, live and play. Recent additions are Sunset Beach, Kailua District Park and the Stan Sheriff Center. Below are some scenes from the night.

VIP access passes [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
VIP access passes [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Our sales team ready to address any TWC WiFi related questions [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Garrison Yuen, Todd Silva and Travis Santos from our sales team are ready to address any TWC WiFi related questions [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Senior Director of Mobile Product Management Vijay Venkateswaran, University of Hawaii Associate Athletics Director John McNamara & VP of Wireless Engineering & Technology Ahmed Bencheikh [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Senior Director of Mobile Product Management Vijay Venkateswaran, University of Hawaii Associate Athletics Director John McNamara & VP of Wireless Engineering & Technology Ahmed Bencheikh [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Senior Manager of Mobile Product Management Dave Hawkins, John McNamara, Ahmed Bencheikh & Project Manager Les Young [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Senior Manager of Mobile Product Management Dave Hawkins, John McNamara, Ahmed Bencheikh & Project Manager Les Young [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Ahmed Bencheikh, Bob Barlow & Vijay Venkateswaran hanging loose [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Ahmed Bencheikh, Bob Barlow & Vijay Venkateswaran hanging loose [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Director of Outside Plant Engineering & Construction Mitch Miyoshi & Ruckus Wireless' Edwin Menor [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Director of Outside Plant Engineering & Construction Mitch Miyoshi & Ruckus Wireless’ Edwin Menor [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

University of Hawaii Associate Athletics Director Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Wireless Coordinator Gwen Kojima & VP of Marketing & Sales Clara Long [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
University of Hawaii Associate Athletics Director Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano, Wireless Coordinator Gwen Kojima & VP of Marketing & Sales Clara Long [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Project Manager Courtney Hubbard & boyfriend Clint [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Project Manager Courtney Hubbard & boyfriend Clint [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Executive Administrative Assistant Leatrice Galicinao, Business Class Support Manager Shannon Morgan-Peirce & Director of Sales (GM) Maryann Sacharski [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Executive Administrative Assistant Leatrice Galicinao, Business Class Support Manager Shannon Morgan-Peirce & Director of Sales (GM) Maryann Sacharski [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Web Content Developer Cy Shinkawa, CyberCom, Inc.'s Peter Kay & Senior Marketing Manager Shelley Thomas [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Web Content Developer Cy Shinkawa, CyberCom, Inc.’s Peter Kay & Senior Marketing Manager Shelley Thomas [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Former Olympian and Beach Volleyball star Kevin Wong & Executive Producer of Live Sports Candace Fujishima [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Former Olympian and Beach Volleyball star Kevin Wong & Executive Producer of Live Sports Candace Fujishima [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Lt. Governor of the State of Hawaii Shan Tsutsui addresses the crowd.
Lt. Governor of the State of Hawaii Shan Tsutsui addresses the crowd. Read about the launch event on his blog here.

University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay
University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay

The crowd
The crowd

John McNamara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shan Tsutsui, Ben Jay, Interim University of Hawaii President David Lassner & Bob Barlow [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
John McNamara, Ahmed Bencheikh, Shan Tsutsui, Ben Jay, Interim University of Hawaii President David Lassner & Bob Barlow [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Clearly M's Rob Bertholf and Ann Boots & Director of Marketing Matt Mishina [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Clearly M’s Rob Bertholf and Ann Boots & Director of Marketing Matt Mishina [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

Business Class Marketing Manager Yvonne Yanagihara, Director of Wireless Kiman Wong & Marketing Specialist Maribel Quemado [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
Business Class Marketing Manager Yvonne Yanagihara, Director of Wireless Kiman Wong & Marketing Specialist Maribel Quemado [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

VP of Business Services Cyrus Driver & Vijay Venkateswaran [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]
VP of Business Services Cyrus Driver & Vijay Venkateswaran [Photo Credit: Kiman Wong]

AT Marketing's Toby Tamaye, Shelley Thomas, Wireless Manager Edward Sugimoto & Maribel Quemado
AT Marketing’s Toby Tamaye, Shelley Thomas, Wireless Manager Edward Sugimoto & Maribel Quemado

Oceanic Time Warner Cable Internet customers also have access to the nation’s largest free WiFi Hotspot network, with over 150,000 hotspots, through the Cable WiFi network name. The network enables Oceanic Time Warner Cable Internet customers to access the hotspots operated by TWC and other cable companies in major cities across the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas City, Austin, Charlotte and more.

To connect to TWC WiFi, users should look for the TWCWiFi network name in their connection manager, open their browser and login. To easily locate and access TWC WiFi Hotspots, customers are encouraged to download the free TWC WiFi Finder app available in Google Play and the Apple App Store or visit coverage.twcwifi.com to view the hotspot coverage map. For more information about Time Warner Cable WiFi, visit www.twc.com/wifi.