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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013

Rice Fest countdown = 4 days! 8)

Hooo….Rice Fest is this Sunday already. No can believe! Another year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears finally coming to fruition. I hope you guys can make it down this Sunday, September 1st from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers. Get CHOKE activities, grinds, & entertainment (see list below)! Should be fun!

This week’s photos are (of course) Rice Fest inspired. In fact, they are pictures from three of our 30+ participating vendors this year. Go here for some hints: http://www.ricefest.com/vendor/vendor-info. Go get um!

Last Week‘s Winners:
* Kailua District Park (Stickit)
* Oceanic Time Warner Cable – Mililani (Takeshi)
* Hawaii Kai (M)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 28, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 28, 2013
(Photo Credit: Travis K. Okimoto)

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 28, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 28, 2013

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 28, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 28, 2013

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


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* Rice Fest!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 1st, 2013 and come celebrate Hawaii’s beloved grain at the 4th Annual Rice Festival. Held at Ward Centers from 12pm to 5pm, this event has a full day of food and fun activities lined up including:

Participating Vendors:

Activities & Entertainment:

Brown rice and monetary donations will also be accepted to benefit Lanakila Pacific’s “Meals on Wheels” program. For more information, visit http://www.ricefest.com, http://www.facebook.com/ricefest, http://instagram.com/ricefest, or http://twitter.com/ricefest.

4th Annual Rice Fest - Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers
4th Annual Rice Fest – Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” is a music video of the ukulele group Heart & Soul covering Jake Shimabukuro’s song Serano. Heart & Soul is Jody Kamisato, Tj Mayeshiro and Micah Ganiron. Jody is the owner and lead instructor at Ukulele Hale, where Tj and Micah were schooled. You can catch them and other Ukulele Hale students at this year’s Rice Fest as well!


Heart & Soul – Serano

* New Design: “???”
Working on an all-new mystery design, that I don’t want to mention yet because somebody else might steal the idea. Haha. Design is actually pretty basic, but the message is cool (IMO). Hopefully others will feel the same way. ๐Ÿ™‚ More TBA soon!

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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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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Rice Fest countdown = 18 days! 8)

No food today gang, all scenics. Geff um?

Last Week‘s Winners:
* Happy Day Chinese Restaurant (jnakas1)
* Kakaako Kitchen (Surfdad)
* Kokonuts Shave Ice & Snacks (Surfdad)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 14, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 14, 2013

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 14, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 14, 2013

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 14, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 14, 2013

Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


SCOOPS!

* VH07V at Honolulu Night Market next Saturday, August 17th!

VH07V will be at this Saturday night’s Honolulu Night Market in Kakaako! It will be one of the last two pop-up shows I’ll be doing this year so come on down and pick up the latest in VH07V swag!

VH07V at Honolulu Night Market, Summer Stage - Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 6pm-11pm at 683 Auahi Street
VH07V at Honolulu Night Market, Summer Stage – Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 6pm-11pm at 683 Auahi Street

* Rice Fest!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 1st, 2013 and come celebrate Hawaii’s beloved grain at the 4th Annual Rice Festival. Held at Ward Centers from 12pm to 5pm, this event has a full day of food and fun activities lined up including:

– Rice focused food & craft vendors (including VH07V ๐Ÿ™‚ )
– Cooking demos with Chef Mavro’s Chef George Mavrothalassitis & Pastry Chef Elizabeth Dippong, and OC16’s “Cutty” Cutler & KITV’s Yunji de Nies
– Entertainment by Kapena, Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars, EMKE, and Honoka & Azita
– Appearances by Tiny Tadani from TinyTV & Scott, Mayumi & Skyler from Ultimate Japan!
– the 4th Annual SPAM ยฎ Musubi Eating Contest, and
– an attempt to break the Guinness World Recordโ„ข for the World’s Largest SPAM Musubi

Brown rice and monetary donations will also be accepted to benefit Lanakila Pacific’s “Meals on Wheels” program. For more information, visit http://www.ricefest.com, http://www.facebook.com/ricefest, http://instagram.com/ricefest, or http://twitter.com/ricefest.

4th Annual Rice Fest - Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers
4th Annual Rice Fest – Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers

* Calling All Referees! If you are a referee or have always wanted to be one, check out the note below from my friend Alton who has been chosen to run the organization: “The Hawaii State Basketball Officials Association (HSBOA) will be having a meeting next Monday August 19 @ 6pm at Salt Lake District Park. It’s open to new first year officials and transfer officials. Well can teach people that don’t no how or are interested in trying. For more information, please contact Alton Mamiya (808) 551-0916 or via email at amamiya@hawaii.rr.com. Thanks!”


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” shot is one with ukulele group Heart & Soul, who will also be performing at this year’s Rice Fest!

VH07V spotted with Heart & Soul
VH07V spotted with Heart & Soul

* New Design: “Jah”
Still waiting for these to come in, but I am counting on getting them in on time for VH07V‘s appearance at this week Saturday night’s Honolulu Night Market event. Crossing my fingers!

New VH07V Design: 'Jah'
New VH07V Design: “Jah”

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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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4th Annual Rice Fest Takes Place on Sunday, September 1 at Ward Centers

August 1, 2013

If you've been craving rice for the last year, your wait is no more! The 4th Annual Rice Fest will kick off National Rice Month and take place on Sunday, September 1st from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers (in the square parking lot across the street from the movie theaters). Come on down and enjoy rice focused food and fun for the entire family.


4th Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
Ward Centers

Sunday, September 1 from 12pm-5pm

12pm – Rice Fest (at Ward Centers) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan

12:05pm-12:10pm – Dance routine by The Rascals

Rascals
Rascals

12:30pm-1:00pm – Entertainment by EMKE

EMKE
EMKE

1pm-1:20pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with OC16's "Cutty" Cutler and KITV's Yunji de Nies)

Cutty CutlerYunji de Nies
"Cutty" Cutler (Cookin' with Cutty) with Yunji de Nies (KITV)

1:30pm-2pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale

Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale
Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale

2pm-2:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro's Chef George Mavrothalassitis & Pastry Chef Elizabeth Dippong with Tiny Tadani)

Chefs Mavro & DippongTiny Tadani
Chef Mavro's George Mavrothalassitis & Pastry Chef Elizabeth Dippong (Chef Mavro) with Tiny Tadani (Tiny TV)

2:30pm-3pm – Musical performance by Honoka & Azita

Honoka & Azita
Honoka & Azita

3pm-4pm – Musical performance by Kapena

Kapena
Kapena

4pm-4:30pm – 4th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest – with three-time defending champ "Uncle Rodney"

Uncle Rodney
SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest two-time defending champ "Uncle Rodney"

4:30pm-5pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi
Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi

5pm – 2013 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (12pm-5pm)

* OC16 appearances by Tiny Tadani from TinyTV & Scott, Mayumi & Skyler from Ultimate Japan!

Tiny TVUltimate Japan
Appearances by OC16's Tiny TV & Ultimate Japan!

* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations will be accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world's Largest SPAM® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of 628 lbs!

More info will be added as we get closer. See y'all there!

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

I hope you guys finished your taxes! Yowzas! Due date is coming up fast!

I get one feeling dat dis week’s comment count goin’ be shmall kine low cause the photos stay hahd. Prove me wrong y’all! Show me your skillz! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


SCOOPS!

$25 Gift Card Winner!
Congratulations to carokun who correctly guessed our quiz/location last week: the new Ross Dress for Less store at 2220 South King Street (old Long’s). She won herself a juicy $25 Ross gift card thanks to the good folks at Ross Dress for Less.

carokun - Winner of the $25 Ross Dress for Less Gift Card Giveaway!
carokun – Winner of the $25 Ross Dress for Less Gift Card Giveaway!

VH07V at SPAM Jam next month!
VH07V has been selected as one of only 10 crafters to get into this year’s SPAM Jam festival in Waikiki taking place THIS month (Saturday, April 27 @ 4pm-10pm). Come on down and visit us at da booth k?

VH07V will be at this year's 11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam! (Photo courtesy: SPAM Jam)
VH07V will be at this year’s 11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam! (Photo courtesy: SPAM Jam)

New AroundHawaii article!
My April article for AroundHawaii features the semi new Gastropub on McCully where all the cool kids like to hang out: DASH Gastropub – Gastrolicious!! (Previously published in Lawai`a Magazine).

DASH Gastropub - Gastrolicious!
DASH Gastropub – Gastrolicious!


Weekly VH07V Updates!

VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” shot features my high school classmate Bobby and his youth baseball team in Washington State. Bobby was one of my earliest customers back when we first started this thang early last year! Buy the Blue/White VH07V colorway he’s wearing here: shop.vh07v.com.

SPOTTED: Coach Bobby and his baseball team in Washington State showing some VH07V
SPOTTED: Coach Bobby and his baseball team in Washington State showing some VH07V

New VH07V Designs!
Thanks for posting your input on our latest poll for the next ladies racerback design. Based on the votes, we’ll probably start with these three first. Which do you like da bes? ๐Ÿ™‚

New VH07V Racerback Designs
New VH07V Racerback Designs

* 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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Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage Kaimuki!

Check out Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki next Thursday, April 18th for another exciting live storage auction! For more information, visit www.hawaiiselfstorage.com!

Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki!
Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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:

SHOP.VH07V.COM

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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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

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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? ๐Ÿ™‚


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)

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

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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? ๐Ÿ˜›

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! ๐Ÿ˜› )…


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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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2013 Pro Bowl Weekend with Victor Cruz

January 30, 2013

You’ve probably already heard about Time Warner Cable’s #ProBowlCatch campaign which encouraged fans to vote for Victor Cruz to get onto the 2013 Pro Bowl roster. The campaign was a huge, viral sensation garnering over 1.33 million views through three videos.

Earlier this week, prior to the game, Hawaii’s Oceanic Team had the honor of catching up with Victor in an exclusive interview as he relaxed at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort with his family on Friday.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Production staff filming Coach Darren Hernandez's interview with Victor Cruz
Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s Production staff filming Coach Darren Hernandez’s interview with Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz sporting his Time Warner Cable branded 'Enjoy Football Better' hat
Victor Cruz sporting his Time Warner Cable branded “Enjoy Football Better” hat


Victor Cruz video interview

The following day, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, along with the NFL Network, sponsored the Pro Bowl VIP Party at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at the Royal Hawaiian Center, which was all part of the Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party held in Waikiki that evening. Here are some scenes from the night.

Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta poses with the Pro Bowl trophy
Miss Hawaii USA 2013 Brianna Acosta poses with the Pro Bowl trophy

Oceanic Time Warner Cable employees in front of the media backdrop outside Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Oceanic Time Warner Cable employees in front of the media backdrop outside Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Local Sales Manager Kendall Char happy to pose with Atlanta Falcons' Cheerleader Sabrina Clark and Philadelphia Eagles' Cheerleader Casey Baldwin
Local Sales Manager Kendall Char happy to pose with Atlanta Falcons’ Cheerleader Sabrina Clark and Philadelphia Eagles’ Cheerleader Casey Baldwin

Our Direct Sales boys with New England Patriots' cheerleader Patricia Fox
Our Direct Sales boys with New England Patriots’ cheerleader Patricia Fox

Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson seems delighted to pose with our ladies of Customer Care
Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson seems delighted to pose with our ladies of Customer Care

On Sunday it was game time, where Victor showed off his hands, catching 10 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown en route to a lopsided 62-35 NFC win over his AFC rivals. What a fun Pro Bowl weekend here in Hawaii. Victor Cruz and Time Warner Cable… helping all of us Enjoy Football Better.

(Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013

Wheeee! Double digit comments last week! It’s a miracle! ๐Ÿ˜› Nah, but fo’ real… Mahalo to those of you who continue to check in, week after week. These blogs take fo-evah fo put together so the feedback at least tells me you’re still out there and I’m not just entertaining myself. LOL! Anyway, here are this weeks pics.

Photo #1
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

Photo 1) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

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

Photo #3
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 30, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – January 30, 2013

Photo 3) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of ukulele virtuoso Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. having dinner at Shirokiya’s Yataimura. Lance is pretty mean on the ukulele as showcased on his Youtube channel.

Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. spreads his VH07V at Shirokiya's Yataimura
Lance Kawika Lopes, Jr. spreads his VH07V at Shirokiya’s Yataimura

Speaking of the ukulele, check out the section below!

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!

* Still waiting on my HUGE re-fill order to come in (the holidays wiped me out)! Hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer.

* Submitted new styles (embroidered wicker type polo, racerbacks for da wahine, etc.) and designs. I should get those in time for the Ukulele Picnic! Yay!

* Speaking of new designs, in a recent poll on Facebook and Instagram, this is the one that got the most votes, so we’ll start printing these ASAP.


“Islands” – Our winning design going to print!

* Get all of the latest VH07V gear at:

SHOP.VH07V.COM

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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Aloha Brisbane! – Part I: Hawaiian Airlines Launches Their Newest Route to Australia (#AlohaBNE)

December 5, 2012

 

 Part I  | Part II | Part III

 

Traveling to Australia has always been a dream of mine. I mean, let's face it, they've got so many interesting and unique things going for them…

  • Their seasons are completely opposite from ours.
  • They've got koalas and kangaroos to ogle over.
  • They have cute sayings like "G'day Mate!", "Barbie" (BBQ), and "Oi (Oi Oi)!" (LOL!)
  • Their toilet seats (supposedly) flush in the opposite direction.
  • Regional Beers like Hahn, Tooheys and XXXX.
  • And, uh, Vegemite… I guess.

So when the opportunity arose for me to join Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight to Brisbane, I could not say "Yer, mate" fast enough!

On Tuesday, November 27th, of 2012, Hawaiian Airlines launched its newest direct route to Australia's third most populous city: Brisbane. Like some of Hawaiian's previous inaugural flights (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, New York City and Sapporo), they invited members of the (new) media to help document the journey, every step of the way. The recruits this time around were Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) of NonstopHonolulu.com, Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) of TheCatDish.com, Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails) of Island Trails, and myself (@worldwideed) of World-Wide-Ed.com.

 


Hawaiian Airlines Flies to Brisbane, Australia! (via HawaiianAirlines' YouTube channel)

 

It was a whirlwind 3 day, 2-night tour, but we definitely got to experience Brisbane the only way Hawaiian Airlines knows how: with Aloha. Here are some of the sights and sounds that we were fortunate enough to experience.

Hula dancers giving us a nice sendoff
Hula dancers giving us a nice sendoff

HA443 departs Honolulu at 10:20am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Brisbane (BNE) at 4pm the following day.

Blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu
Blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu

The awesome Hawaiian Airlines crew for our HA443 flight to Brisbane
The awesome Hawaiian Airlines crew for our HA443 flight to Brisbane

 


On the flight to Brisbane (via AlohaMelissa808's YouTube channel)

 


On the flight to Brisbane (via thedailydish's YouTube channel)

 

After about 10 hours in the air, we finally get to the beautiful city of Brisbane
After about 10 hours in the air, we finally get to the beautiful city of Brisbane

These two (Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth) are happy to be on the ground
These two (Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth) are happy to be on the ground

Our hale for the next few days was the French based luxury hotel chain called Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel. Conveniently located in the middle of the city, it was in walking distance to quite a few key points during our trip, including ANZAC Square, which was literally across the street. Here's the view from my hotel room window!

Looking down at ANZAC Square from the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel
Looking down at ANZAC Square from the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel

It wasn't long before we had to get dolled up (I wore a tie!) and head down to the Ballroom Le Grand for the official Welcome Gala.

Hawaiian Airlines Welcome Gala
Hawaiian Airlines Welcome Gala

It was a packed house filled with members of the local (Brisbane) media, tour industry professionals, airline executives, and local entertainers Sean Na`auao and Lehua Kalima (formerly of Na Leo), among others.

 


Lehua Kalima Sings "Waikiki" at the Hawaiian Airlines Welcome Gala

Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley addresses the crowd
Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley addresses the crowd

And of course, we can't forget about the food p0rn shots! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bomboocha wok of fried rice!
Bomboocha wok of fried rice!

My serving of fried rice
My serving of fried rice

Poke samplers
Poke samplers

Chef Chai's popular Fried Kataifi Prawns
Chef Chai's popular Fried Kataifi Prawns

Following the gala, we decided to take a stroll around our neighborhood.

The Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square
The Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square

Possibly the best named street in all the land: Edward Street. 8)
Possibly the best named street in all the land: Edward Street. 8)

Brisbane's cool CityCycle bike hire program
Brisbane's cool CityCycle bike hire program

We decided to check out a popular local pub called the Pig 'N' Whistle on Queen Street.

Partial beer selection on tap
Partial beer selection on tap

Since we weren't that hungry, we just got a side of "chips" (fries in the U.S.) to share.

Chunky Chips with Garlic Aioli ($8.90)
Chunky Chips with Garlic Aioli ($8.90)

After all that eating and drinking, combined with our jetlag, it was time to call it a night. From the expressions on the ladies' faces, I think they agreed.

Cat and Melissa are either extremely drunk or jetlagged. You decide.
Cat and Melissa are either extremely drunk or jetlagged. You decide.

And that's it for our first night in Brisbane. I'll be back again soon to post more about our adventures including South Bank, King of Kings Seafood Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown, Alfred & Constance, koala and kangaroo sightings at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, The Shelter Bar, and our departure.

To view more photos from the trip and get a sneak preview of what's to come:
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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