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Scenic Hawaii Photos

January 30, 2012

I need your help y’all!

The other day, I asked a question that I thought might be a good topic for da akamai WWE `ohana. In preparation for marketing for my new clothing line, I was thinking of taking photos of some models/regular folks, wearing da shirts, with a nice, “scenic Hawaii” kine backdrop in the background. I came up with a few ideas, but wanted to reach out to my homeys (YOU!) to see if you had any other suggestions. And of course… FREE shirts and stickers to all ideas I end up using! Who knows? Maybe you can even model in the shot (if you not shame)!? πŸ˜‰

Laie Beach
Laie Beach [Photo courtesy: e-Hawaii.com]

Anyway, here are a few ideas that I thought might be cool. It should kinda answer the question, “When you think of Hawaii, what do you picture in your mind?” Add your ideas in the comment area below please. You da bes! πŸ™‚

  • Sunrise shot on Lanikai Beach
  • Kids eating shave ice
  • Kanikapila scene
  • Fishermen/Fisherwomen fishing off a rocky shore

Speaking of models, if you have any connections to hotties (women and men), or even non-professional, everyday (cute) looking folks, holla! If you wanna be a model too, let a brutha know below. Shoots! Thanks guys!

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American Idol Chatter – Top 13

March 7, 2011

OK, so I’m a lil’ behind on this topic, but bettah late den nevah right? Besides, it’s a good way to start our week off riiiight?

So last week, the American public (and judges) narrowed down the American Idol finalists to the top 13. Let’s use this forum to gossip about our faves, the ones we hate, and other idol idle chatter that comes to mind for this 10th season. I’ll start:

  • Ashton Jones – way too much spunk/confidence for me. There’s more show than singing so far to me.
  • Casey Abrams – LOOOOOVE this guy! He cracks me up! He reminds me of Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen combined. Plus he can SAAAANG, and he still seems humble!
  • Haley Reinhart – good eye candy (right rayboyjr?), plus she can sing pretty good too. Don’t think she has what it takes to win though. Also looks like she might lose her temper at one of the judges down the road.
  • Jacob Lusk – pretty good singer, but don’t really like the way he overstylizes everything. If he sang straight-forward, he’d be a lot better.
  • James Durbin – Adam Lambert copycat. He can scream-sing ok, but not sure how he’ll do with regular songs.
  • Karen Rodriguez – one of my favorite girls to win the whole thing. She can blow!
  • Lauren Alaina – My pick to win. She’s so naturally talented and sings without any effort. Seems humble too. I like that.
  • Naima Adedapo – No idea why she made it. I can appreciate that she has so much passion for singing, but I still haven’t seen anything worthwhile from her. I hope she proves me wrong, because I really think the judges made a mistake by not putting Robbie Rosen through.
  • Paul McDonald – very quirky, but I like it. Seems like a nice guy and his smile is infectious.
  • Pia Toscano – OK, and pretty good voice. Need to hear more from her to have a better opinion.
  • Scotty McCreery – CAN’T STAND HIM!!! You can just tell how conceited he is. He is his own #1 fan. Dear lord he better not win! I will admit that he has a good country singing voice, but I can’t stand listening to somebody so into himself. He reminds me of last season’s Michael Lynche! And he tries to act all nice and respectful, but I’m not buying it! πŸ˜›
  • Stefano Langone – pretty strong voice in the upper register. Seems nice, but talks too much.
  • Thia Megia – kinda quiet, but can sing pretty good. That Michael Jackson comparison from Randy Jackson was a reach I thought, but she has a pretty good voice. Wanna see more personality from her.

My picks for the Top 3 finalists are:

  1. Lauren Alaina
  2. Casey Abrams
  3. Karen Rodriguez

Like bet? πŸ˜›

So how ’bout you guys?

Talk to me!
* What do you think of the contestants this year?
* Who are your Top 3 picks?
* What do you think about the new judges?

Have a good one y’all!

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Resolutions

January 3, 2011

You’ve probably heard this more than enough times already, but really… is there a limit!?…

Happy New Year!
(or, for you nihonjins… ζ˜Žγ‘γΎγ—γ¦γŠγ‚γ§γ¨γ†οΌ)

Just wanted to send some love to y’all this 2011 and see how everyone’s year is going so far… Yeah, I know, it’s only 3 days old, but still. You’re bound to check the Star Advertiser site at least once during your lunch break today right? 8)

Today’s task, to make a REALISTIC resolution that we can each accomplish within the first month of the new year. We’ll check back in a month to see if we’ve done what we said we would. No pressha! πŸ˜›

So wot? What say you?

Ed’s Realistic 1 Month Resolution:
* Clean out my DVR! The storage on my DVR is about to explode. I record (and watch) all kine nonsense. I guess I gonna carve out some time so I can finally have my Sing-Off marathon. Hehe! Yeah, still haven’t watched back past the second episode! Ack!

Oceanic Going Green:
For those of you who’ve been around our Mililani offices recently, you may’ve noticed that we’ve been having some mayjah construction action going on… In order to continue to decrease its carbon footprint and increase its commitment to going green, Oceanic Time Warner Cable is currently installing a PV (photovoltaic) system in its entire parking lot.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Green Project
Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s Green Project

My January AroundHawaii article:
Don’t forget to check out my AroundHawaii article for January: Tokkuri Tei – Revisited. Get planny food “pr0n”!

Tokkuri Tei - Revisited
Tokkuri Tei – Revisited

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Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening… Tonight!

December 27, 2010

OK so I lied when I said that my “Christmas Lights in Kapolei” blog was the last post of the year, but there’s a good reason for disturbing your peace and quiet this holiday season. *grin*

You see, Tokkuri-Tei, my favorite restaurant on the planet, has moved, and tonight is the grand re-opening at their new location: 449 Kapahulu (the old Sam Choy’s/Sergio’s/Ranch House, above Hee Hing).

This post was made with equal parts of the following in mind:

  • inform you of the move (not everyone knows yet)
  • invite you down to come eat with us tonight
  • support Santa, Kazu, & the rest of the Tokkuri-Tei posse on this new chapter in their lives
  • encourage you to give them a try (once is all you need to get hooked) or
  • encourage you to continue to support them at their new location
  • starve you half to death with the following photos! hehe!

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Teriyaki Cream Tofu

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ama Ebi

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
There’s a Spider in Da Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Stuffed Portobello

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Sunagimo Karaage (Chicken Gizzards)

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Lilipuna Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ika Yaki (Squid Pancake)

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Ahi Tempura Poke

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Nori-chos

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Soft-shell Crab

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Seafood Risotto
(still trying to convince Santa that this should be called the Sugimoto Risotto πŸ˜› )

Tokkuri-Tei Grand Re-Opening
Santa Miyoshi

See y’all there! πŸ™‚

Tokkuri-Tei Restaurant
449 Kapahulu (the old Sam Choy’s/Sergio’s/Ranch House, above Hee Hing)
Honolulu, HI. 96815 (Street View)
(808) 732-6480 <— NEW Telephone Number!

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Christmas Lights in Kapolei

December 20, 2010

So da oddah week, wifey and I went to a first birthday party at the Kapolei Rec Center (Happy Birthday Tori!)… On the way home, we noticed some bright lights shining up a storm across the street. Curious, we went to go check um out, and…

HOOOOOOOOOO! (HO HO!)

Good thing we did! Buggah was NUTS!

Apparently this (normally) unassuming cul-de-sac on Hanapaa Street gets into the holiday spirit like no other, every single year. And it’s not just one house… several of the houses go all out to provide some nice “Honolulu City Lights” action, only, it’s in Kapolei. Below are some shots from that night to help get you in the mood for Christmas this week…

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
A family signing the guestbook

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Yup! That’s a Heineken Christmas tree! *drool*

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The guestbook with signatures from locals as well as visitors from around the world!

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The garage

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
The path separating one house from the other

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Side view

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor’s driveway

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Neighbor’s yard

Christmas Lights in Kapolei
Bench for photo opps

They even have the Heineken tree lighting up in tune with the Christmas music playing in the background. Check out the short video below.


Christmas Lights in Kapolei video

I spoke with the owner of one of the houses and she said that they’ve been doing it for many years… Since their kids were small kid time, and they are all young adults now. With no tip jar in sight, they leave benches and hot chocolate out for anyone and everyone to enjoy… for free! When I asked how much their electric bill was for the month, she said, “About $1,100, but it’s ok, we prepare for this all year…”

Wow, talk about sharing the Aloha. Mahaloz Hanapaa Street residents… Mahalo!

Go check them out, go check um, go! Fun stuffs!

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this will probably be my last blog until the new year. If I don’t see or talk to you guys until then, have a safe and happy holiday season k? See you next year! πŸ˜‰

Special Announcement!
Tokkuri-Tei, my favorite restaurant in all the land, is moving this week! They are going from their existing 611 Kapahulu location, right down the road to the old Sam Choy’s and Ranch House location (above Hee Hing): 449 Kapahulu. They are planning to re-open on Sunday the 26th Monday the 27th! Please go and support them k? πŸ™‚

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I’m A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part II)

November 29, 2010
Part I |  Part II 

Are y’all stuffed from all that turkey? Well kick off your shoes, lean back, loosen that belt, and get ready for some belly shakin’ laughter!

Here’s Part II of last week’s hilarious “I’m a Man, I Can Fix That!” post forwarded to me by mamasan. Don’t forget to post your captions and comments for your favorite ones!


(continued from last week…)

Car imported from the wrong country? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Satellite go out in the rain? I can fix that! (maybe they should’ve considered Oceanic Time Warner Cable! πŸ˜› )

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Electric stove broken & can’t heat coffee? I fixed that.

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Wiper motor burned out? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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WTH?

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Display rack falling over? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Desk overloaded? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Car can’t be ordered with the “Woody” option? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Exhaust pipe dragging? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Gotta feed the baby AND do the laundry? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Cables falling behind the desk? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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No skate park in town? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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and – last but not least – – – –
Out of diapers? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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I wonder if I was supposed to preface that last one with NSFW? Ahahahaha!

A-ight gangy. Post your comments/captions below… and don’t forget to have a Happy Fun Day Monday! Shooooots!

Part I |  Part II 

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I’m A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)

November 22, 2010
 Part I  | Part II

How’s the start of the week shaping up so far for you guys? Hope it’s good yo! If not, hurr’s a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’ to cheer you up!

Recently, mamasan forwarded this one to me and I thought it’d be perfect for us for Fun Day Monday! Enjoy!

Don’t have a spoon? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Seatbelt broken? I can fix that! (Is that a neck brace you have on?)

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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New TV too big for the old cabinet? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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No bottle opener? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Room too dark using compact fluorescents? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Electrical problem? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Car stereo stolen? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Bookshelf cracking under the weight? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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No ice chest? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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Can’t read the ATM screen? I can fix that!

I'm A Man, I Can Fix That! (Part I)
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(to be continued next week…)

Too funny yeah? Post your comments/feedback on your fave ones above or make up some funny kine captions for all of um below! Shoots den!

Happy Fun Day Monday y’all! Have a great week!

 Part I  | Part II

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Post a Message to Your 16 Year Old Self (#tweetyour16yearoldself)

November 8, 2010

Following the popularity of last week’s hilarious #moviesinmypants blog (now up to 159 comments), I’m gonna piggy back off another recently popular/trending topic on Twitter called #tweetyour16yearoldself

The idea is to write a message from your current self to your 16 year old self, based on the life lessons and experiences you’ve gained over the years. Fun right?

So in the comment area below, go ahead, post a message to your 16 year old (bad) self! I’m sure he or she could learn a few things! πŸ˜‰

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Movies In My Pants (#moviesinmypants)

November 1, 2010

Happy November 1st y’all! I hope you’re all recovered from a lonnnng weekend of Halloween partying. *grin*

So the other day on Twitter, the hilarious #moviesinmypants hashtag picked up a lot of steam. It’s a funny game that cracked me up and made me think about you guys. The idea is to think of a movie name and fill in the blank for the following statement:

__________ In My Pants

The more creative you get with the movie titles, the more we’ll crack each other up. Yes it’s juvenile… but what the hey, it’s a good way to help each other get through this Monday together right? LOL!

So in the comment area below, post your favorite movie in your pants! Hurr’s an example: “40 Year Old Virgin In My Pants”… Ahahaha! Get um?

In other news, check out my new article (including videos!) on AroundHawaii.com:

Cougar Pride - Three Kaiser High Grads Making a Difference
Cougar Pride – Three Kaiser High Grads Making a Difference

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Scenes from the Rice Fest

September 20, 2010

(Warning: *CHOKE* Photos)

Yeah, I know. Dis post is more than a week overdue, but bruddah ova hea had to sift through 635 photos from all ova da creation (Twitter/Twitpic, flickr, Facebook, etc.) from like 20 different peeps. Finally whittled it down to a little over a hunny in the hopes of giving you a little glimpse into the event that absolutely consumed my life for the last year or so.

For those who don’t know, I am the co-founder of an event called Rice Fest , an event that I am very passionate about, and one that I can honestly say Hawaii wants/needs. Let’s face it. We love our rice here in Hawaii. The plan is to put the Rice Fest on every September (in line with National Rice Month), which we started at our inaugural event last week Saturday (September 11, 2010) at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Below are the scenes from that day. Mahalo to everyone for the support!

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Our Rice Fest sign on the morning of… Exciting!

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The line waits in anticipation (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Scenic shot of Aloha Tower (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Our Sponsor Diamond G Rice (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

(A big mahaloz to our sponsors/partners: Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, and the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace!)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Diamond G Rice gave away free rice to patrons every half hour! (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Stephen aka @PHOTOluluTV won free rice and quickly donated it to our non-profit partner Lanakila Pacific. So thoughtful!

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Stephen donating his rice to Lanakila Pacific. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Still early in the day, I had some down time to visit each booth to capture the sights.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Bruddah Kalani Miller and his niece(?) at their Mobile Gamer Guys’ booth.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Some keiki having fun playing video games inside the posh Mobile Gamer Guys’ van. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Valen Ahlo posing with the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court (Princess Kimberly Fujinaka, Princess Cori Hanagami, Queen Marissa Machida, and Miss Congeniality Andrea Hiura). (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Due to a tent mix-up, the ladies of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court were out in the hot sun for part of the day. A big mahalo to all of them for being such troopers!

Also in the Keiki Zone, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Science educator Dr. Maria Stewart shared her current research in an interactive and educational display entitled “Nutrition for Everybody: Learn How Rice Promotes a Healthy Body”.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Dr. Maria Stewart’s Rice Education booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The fellas from the Snow F|A|C|T|O|R|Y (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Russ aka @ParkRat enjoying his treat from Snow F|A|C|T|O|R|Y. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The early scene from above. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Pacific Soul’s Sean Priester and his staff. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Pacific Soul’s offerings at the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Pelekunu’s booth. They won the Most Creative Booth Award! (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Grilled Teri Chicken plate from Pelekunu’s. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The Thai Kitchen booth

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The Mixed Plate from Thai Kitchen

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Slowly starting to pick up (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Don Ho’s Island Grill booth

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Kats Sushi booth. They won the “Best of Show” award as voted on by the visitors. (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Spicy Tuna temaki (handroll) from Kats Sushi. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Himalayan Kitchen’s booth.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Eastern Food Center’s booth.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Various rice offerings (including jung, mochi and SPAM musubis) from Eastern Food Center. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Primo Sushi’s booth. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Big City Diner’s booth. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Island Taste’s booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Arturo’s Hot Sauce booth. (Photo Courtesy @LanakilaPacific)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Julia, Chimaine, Umma and Mai at the Scrip booth. (Photo Courtesy Umma Kayvalyam)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Sweet Charlotte’s booth.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Sweet Charlotte’s offerings. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Hawaiian Kine Seasonings’ booth.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Offerings from Hawaiian Kine Seasonings. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Yelp booth. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Leonard Jr.’s malasada van. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Our friends at the Lanakila Pacific booth. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
One of @LanakilaPacific’s tweets during the day. (Photo Courtesy @LanakilaPacific)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The guys from Oishi-Genmai GIC Japan. Look for their products next year!

Scenes from the Rice Fest
The Admission/Volunteer Check-In/Twitter #RICEHUNT booth. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Goodie bags for all Twitter #RICEHUNT participants. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And then the #RICEHUNT Twitter Scavenger hunt began! Here are the list of items the participants had to find and Twitpic out in order to win:

  • A member of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
  • A pair of chopsticks
  • A picture of Bruddah Bryan from 102.7 Da Bomb
  • A picture of both Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum at the Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo at 1PM
  • A scenic picture of Aloha Tower
  • A food dish with rice
  • A food booth at Rice Fest
  • Maribel with the new IntelliGo (at the Oceanic sponsor booth)
  • A close-up of The Mobile Gamer Guys’ Bus
  • A Rice Fest volunteer / staff – They must be wearing the Rice Fest shirt

Below are some of the images from the #RICEHUNT.

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A member of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court” (Photo Courtesy @biznaz)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A pair of chopsticks” (Photo Courtesy @princesstara459)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A picture of Bruddah Bryan from 102.7 Da Bomb” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A picture of both Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum at the Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo at 1PM” (Photo Courtesy @tweetpea)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A scenic picture of Aloha Tower” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A food dish with rice” (Photo Courtesy @princesstara459)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A food booth at Rice Fest” (Photo Courtesy @emichan58)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“Maribel with the new IntelliGo (at the Oceanic sponsor booth)” (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A close-up of The Mobile Gamer Guys’ Bus” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
“A Rice Fest volunteer / staff – They must be wearing the Rice Fest shirt” (Photo Courtesy @LaurieCicotello)

Mahaloz to all of our #RICEHUNT participants: @amisan34 (and friend), @bitachu (and friend), @biznaz, @photolulutv, @princesstara459 (and friend), @emichan58 (and friend), and @lauriecicotello, and congratulations to @bitachu for winning the grand prize that included gifts from VG Addict, OhanaPCS, TNBLive, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Special thanks to @octobersoldier for coordinating the game and prizes! Awesome job!

And then, it was time for the Rice Fest to officially begin! 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan gets us started…

Scenes from the Rice Fest
102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan giving away a skateboard from Oceanic Time Warner Cable (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Cookin’ With Cutty’s Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum put on their Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Cutty and Stephanie’s “Healthy Fried Rice” dish. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Ingredients for Cutty and Stephanie’s “Healthy Fried Rice”:

  • Brown Rice
  • Olive/Grapeseed Oil
  • Turkey Bacon/Turkey Sausage
  • Organic Eggs (whites only)
  • Carrots
  • Maui Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Seasonings
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Braggs Liquid Aminos

Serve on a fresh butter lettuce leaf

Scenes from the Rice Fest
Stephen (@PhotoluluTV), Sara (@sarakata) and Melissa (@Melissa808) enjoying themselves at the Rice Fest (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Russ (@ParkRat), Melissa (@Melissa808), and Rick (@RickNakama) take time to pose at the Rice Fest (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And before you knew it, it was time for the 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo, featuring Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4’s Lara Yamada.

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Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya cooking with KITV4’s Lara Yamada

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Chef Darren and Lara’s dish (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Soon it was time for the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club to bless our event with good luck via a traditional lion dance. I was told to stand in front while the lions start on me. Love love LOVE this cool shot from @PhotoluluTV that totally captured the moment!

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Getting blessed from the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club Lion Dancers (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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The drummers from the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Up close on one of the lions. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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The lion dances through the crowd and all over the premises for good luck. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Next up: The Ukulele Hale keiki and Jody Kamisato & Chris Salvador, aka Heart and Soul!

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Jody Kamisato introducing his band Heart & Soul (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Heart & Soul with their special guest Kalei Gamiao (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

I gotta say, I was REALLY impressed with young Chris Salvador’s voice. Wow!

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Kalei Gamiao, Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale keiki jammin’ it up! (Photo Courtesy Jody Kamisato)

One of my favorite events of the day was the “Riceipe” Cooking contest that pitted 5 professional chefs against each other to see who could make the best dish that incorporated rice. Fun, adrenaline pumpin’, exciting stuffs!

The participating chefs were Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri-Tei, Chef Kendall Uyehara from HMSHost, Chef Robert Denis from Don Ho’s Island Grill, Chef Matthew Naula from RumFire, and Chef Colin Hazama from Kauai Grill.

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Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, Chef Kendall Uyehara, Chef Robert Denis, Chef Matthew Naula, and Chef Colin Hazama line up as Bruddah Bryan introduces them. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

3-2-1… Go!

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Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama goes at it. (Photo Courtesy @Mel808)

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Chef Colin’s Hanalei Squid Luau Risotto (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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RumFire’s Chef Matthew Naula tosses rice in his pan. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Chef Matt’s dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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The crowd gathers as the chefs hurry to complete their dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Don Ho’s Island Grill’s Chef Robert Denis preps his dish.

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Chef Robert’s Lomilomi Salmon Risotto Lollipops w/ Sweet Chili Glaze dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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HMSHost’s Chef Kendall Uyehara works on his gravy. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Kendall’s Loco Moco a la Francaise dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Tokkuri-Tei’s Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi just cruisin’. (Photo Courtesy @Mel808)

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Chef Santa kicks it into high gear. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Santa’s Seafood Risotto. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

I’m still trying to convince him that “Sugimoto Risotto” has a much better ring to it. πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile the judges took their places on stage and prepared to feast on some ono kine (rice) grindz! Our judges were Star-Advertiser Food Critic Nadine Kam, Twitter Goddess and all around foodie Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), Professional Baker Ed Morita (@NctrnlBst), and Diamond G Rice’s Harrison Wong.

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Harrison, Ed, Nadine, and Melissa get interviewed by Bruddah Bryan. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Melissa taking a shot of Chef Matthew Naula’s dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And then it was time to announce the winner… I’ll just let the next four photos tell the (funny) story.

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Chef Santa asks, “Who me!?” (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa in shock. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa finally cracks a smile. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa still in shock. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Santa’s Seafood Risotto as seen from Nadine Kam’s perspective. (Photo Courtesy @fashiontribe)

Congratulations Santa-san!

Next up was an amazing Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin.

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Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)


@NctrnlBst’s Youtube video (for Nonstop Honolulu) with footage/images from the Rice Fest

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Crowd shot. (Photo Courtesy Tyson Yamada)

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Mel (@Mel808), Chris (@ChrisHall78) and Randi (@randi808) pose during the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto and Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama put on their Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo

I was unfortunately running around so I was unable to capture the dish, but FYI, it was “Slow cooked New Zealand King Salmon” with miso yuzu broth, young ginger, soft tofu, and crispy jasmine rice… A dish Chef Colin serves at his Kauai Grill restaurant.

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Now that’s a good lookin’ couple! πŸ˜› Ron and Sherry pose during the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy Tyson Yamada)

And then Kapena takes the stage!

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Kapena / De Lima `Ohana serenading the audience at Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Kelly Boy, Kalena, and Lilo!

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Scenic shot of Aloha Tower as nightfall sets in. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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The crowd enjoys the music of Kapena. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Kelly Boy spontaneously calls on a girl from the Pelekunu booth to dance hula during a song. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Walter and Lincoln hanging out at the Vacations Hawaii booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Maude and Travis working the Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Harrison holding things down at the Diamond G Rice booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

And then came the hilarious and entertaining SPAM Musubi eating contest. The contestants had 3 minutes to eat as many SPAM Musubis as possible!

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Bruddah Bryan counts down to the start of the SPAM Musubi Eating Contest.

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And… they’re off! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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The look of pain (or concentration)! One of the two. πŸ˜‰ (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Still going! … As the audience captures footage. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Keep it going! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Time’s running out! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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And Rodney’s the winnah! He ate an amazing 8 out of 10 SPAM musubis within the 3 minute period! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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“Uncle Rodney” gets mobbed by his adoring fans/family! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

Why do I call him “Uncle Rodney”? Check out the video! LOL!


SPAM Musubi Eating Contest at the 2010 Rice Fest

And then it was a wrap!

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The 2010 Rice Fest is in the books! See you next year!

A big mahalo to everyone who came out to support our first event. Thank you to our hard working staff and volunteers (especially Lincoln Jacobe and my day-to-day partners in crime: Umma Kayvalyam, Harold Su and my wife Mai). Thank you to the media for all of your coverage, including Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise, KITV4 This Morning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Nikkan Sun, KUMU, Nonstop Honolulu and all those who talked/blogged about us in Hawaii’s Social Media space (@Melissa808, @ParkRat, @Mel808, @RickNakama, @sarakata, @PhotoluluTV, @fashiontribe, @octobersoldier, @LanakilaPacific, @randi808, @pacificsoul, @Nctrnlbst, @amisan34, @bitachu, @biznaz, @princesstara459, @emichan58, @lauriecicotello, @tweetpea, @haboolani, @HawaiiIRL, @hnlmark, @strobie, @SSquire, @MikeSumida, @ChrisHall78, @JKuroiwa, @atmarketing, @Living2Shop, @theodene, and more! Sorry, I know I’m missing a lot!). Mahaloz to @PhotoluluTV, @ParkRat, Kiman Wong, Todd Masui, Tyson Yamada, and more, for taking photos and letting me “borrow” some for this blog. πŸ˜›

Mahalo to our sponsors and partners Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace, and Rob Yunich and the rest of the USA Rice Federation team. Thank you to all of our vendors: Arturo’s Hot Sauce in Hawaii, Big City Diner, Don Ho’s Island Grill, Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition), Eastern Food Center, Hawaiian Kine Seasonings, Himalayan Kitchen, Island Taste, KATS SUSHI, Lanakila Pacific, Leonard’s Malasadas, Mobile Gamer Guys, OISHI-GENMAI – GIC JAPAN, Pelekunu’s Teri Sauces, Primo Sushi, Thai Kitchen, Soul Patrol, SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|, and Sweet Charlotte, and our entertainers: 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan, Cookin’ With Cutty’s Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler, Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum, Kai Market’s Darren Demaya, KITV4’s Lara Yamada, Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama, Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto, Ernie Loo and the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club, Heart & Soul (and Kalei Gamiao), the Ukulele Hale Keiki, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin, Kapena (Kelly Boy, Kalena, and Lilo De Lima), Jonathan Murai and the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court, and Bubbles Duh Clown.

Thank you to our SPAM musubi eating contestants and our “Riceipe” Cooking contestants: Don Ho’s Island Grill’s Chef Robert Denis, Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama (again!), Tokkuri-Tei’s Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, RumFire’s Chef Matthew Naula, and HMSHost’s Chef Kendall Uyehara. Mahalo also to our Starwood contacts: Candice Lee Kraughto, Jocelyn Elfstrom, Joanie Matsumoto, and Chaunce Lovett, among others. Mahaloz to the “World Wide Ed” community for reading this far and always showing your support in whatever I do. I know I’m forgetting a lot more, so thank you to anyone and everyone who helped make the inaugural Rice Fest a reality. See you guys next year! πŸ™‚


Video highlights from the 2010 Hawaii Rice Fest