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Congratulations Chad Owens!

November 26, 2012

Please help me send a HUUUUUGE congratulations and Aloha to Bruddah Chad Owens for his AMAZING 2012 CFL season with the Toronto Argonauts! First, with individual honors, breaking the all-time, single season all-purpose yards record (previously held by “Pinball” Clemons), becoming the first player in professional football to record back to back to BACK seasons with 3,000+ combined all-purpose yards, and then, winning the league’s Most Outstanding Player award! Then, he scored the opening touchdown en route to his team’s 35-22 home win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 100th Grey Cup championship game… All with a broken thumb!!! Bruddah is UNREAL and deserves all the best! Here’s his post-game interview.

Chad contacted me (VH07V) through Instagram complimenting the brand. We chatted a bit through email and I eventually asked for his address so that I could send him some apparel as a Mahalo! He was nothing but nice with CHOKE aloha so it makes me soooooo happy that all this success is coming to him. I wish I could take credit for his success this season (like the “power of VH07V” gave him good luck or something… LOL!), but it was all him! Hard work pays off!

Here he is supporting VH07V during a press conference earlier this season.

MOP and World Champion Chad Owens sporting his Red/White VH07V colorway
MOP and World Champion Chad Owens sporting his Red/White VH07V colorway

P.S. Will probably be soft launching our online store today, Cyber Monday! Check it: http://VH07V.com/ .


Brisbane Australia, Here we come!

As mentioned last week, I have been invited (as a “social media influencer”) on board Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Brisbane Australia departing this week. Like some of Hawaiian’s previous inaugural flights (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, New York City and Sapporo), there will be a fair amount of hoopla surrounding this flight and I’m pretty excited.

Catherine Toth, Melissa Chang and Edward Sugimoto (Photo Courtesy: Brandon Suyeoka) I’ll likely miss posting this Wednesday’s “Where in Hawaii” blog, but there will still be posts galore being made during the two night trip to Queensland. If you’re interested, you can follow along with all the Brisbane merriment through the following links. Rumor has it that Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth will be going on this trip as well! Awesomeness!

* World-Wide-Ed.com
* Hawaiian Airlines on Facebook
* VH07V on Facebook
* Melissa808 on Instagram
* catherinetoth on Instagram
* VH07V on Instagram
* #AlohaBNE on Instagram
* @hawaiianair
* @Melissa808
* @thedailydish
* @worldwideed
* @VH07V
* #AlohaBNE

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Warrior Walk – First Hawaii Warrior Walk Before Lamar Game

September 15, 2012

Prior to today’s Hawaii Warriors vs. Lamar Cardinals game at Aloha Stadium, I was able to catch a glimpse of the first ever Warrior Walk, a tradition that coach Norm Chow instituted this year where the players and coaches walk through the crowd before heading towards the stadium. Here’s the footage I was able to catch of the first ever Warrior Walk:


Warrior Walk – First Hawaii Warrior Walk Before Lamar Game

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

Ummm… Ooohhhkay, so I took a shmall kine hiatus from this blog for the last couple weeks. Did anyone even reconotice? πŸ˜› But actually July 4th was one holiday so technically, I only took one week off.

In any case, I apologize if you guys were just dying without your WIH Wednesday fix. Probably all four of you: mom, dad, wifey and bebe (if she could read). Actually, I don’t even know if any of them check this blog out. Sad no? Haha! Anyway, let’s get on with this week’s pics!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 18, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 18, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* First names of the two shadows in the reflection: 3 points each
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 18, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 18, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* First names of the peeps in the pic: 3 points each
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 18, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 18, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Island: 2 points
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Name of the bruddah on the sign: 2 points
* Name of the guy he’s fighting next: 3 points
* Which UFC Card and when?: 5 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Last Time’s Results (6/27)
Points for Photo #1
* Location: 2 points (Wakiki Beach Walk – carokun)
* General area: 1 point (Waikiki – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Kalakaua Ave – carokun, Lewers St – Paco)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (Paco)
* Name each merchant here: 1 point each (Oasis, Ruth Chris, Yard house, ABC store, Folli Follie, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Crazy Shirts – Paco, Coffe Bean and Tea Leaf, Giovanni Pastrami – pink lady, Na Hoku, Island Heritage, Honolua Surf, Quiksiver, Wyland Galleries, Island Pearls, Malibu Shirts, Peter Lik Gallery, Alter Ego, Subway, Mahina, Coco Cove, Roy’s Waikiki, UPS Store, Kaiwa Waikiki, Prime Jewelry, Hawaiian Quilt Collection, Under the Koa Tree – Coconut Willy)
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
Totals This Week

  • 4 points – carokun
  • 10 points – Paco
  • 2 points – pink lady
  • 18 points – Coconut Willy
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 29.0 – Paco
  • 28.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 19.0 – carokun
  • 17.0 – rayboyjr
  • 07.0 – pink lady
  • 04.0 – J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady, che
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WAR SAGE!

This Saturday (Friday Hawaii time), Hawaii’s own Sage Yoshida will be representing us at the “Deep – Tokyo Impact 2012” (alternate link) event at Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo Japan, as he takes on MMA legend Akihiro Gono in a shoot boxing (rules) match. (Story 1) (Story 2)

I used to train with Sage at HMC Academy where his father Kevin (the co-founder of the school) would coach. Sage was the most humble and kindhearted guy you would ever meet, but when it came down to train and spar, bruddah was a beast! You could just see that fire in his eyes!

Here’s a picture of Sage and his dad Kevin on the flight to Japan and his caption from Instagram. Best of luck bruddah Sage. We are all pulling for you and know you will do us proud! WWE `ohana, please help me send some good vibes to him and his dad during this exciting time in their lives.

Sage and Kevin Yoshida on the plane to Deep - Tokyo Impact in Japan
Sage and Kevin Yoshida on the plane to Deep – Tokyo Impact in Japan

“On our way to Japan! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me, loved me, and pushed me through this throughout my lifetime. I feel so humbled by what everyone had done for me to help me accomplish one of the aspirations and goals I have dreamed about since I was a kid! I’ll be home soon too baby @mmhx3, just gotta do my best to hopefully get that win first πŸ™‚ Love all you guys, God bless ! @kickboxerx5 #ThankYouJesus #Japan #ShootBoxing #DefendHawaii #WorkHardToWin #Humbled”


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is a pic a friend took of some folks attending the “I Love Kailua” Town Party back in April.

VH07V got its shirt popped at the 'I Love Kailua' Town Party
VH07V got its shirt popped at the “I Love Kailua” Town Party

Weekly VH07V T-Shirt Updates!

Put in another “replenishing” order of over 200 “fill-in” pieces for existing VH07V stock in addition to a new color combo. Stay tuned for that. Will also be looking into expanding into different styles/designs. More to come!

Aside from that, business has been picking up some MAYJAH steam (Mahalos for all of your support). I’ve been grabbing at least 50 pieces pretty regularly from storage every weekend while the other weekend had me going for 70+! Eek!

Where/When you can find VH07V in the coming weeks:

  • 09/15/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. Lamar. Stop by and say hi.
  • 09/22/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 4:30pm game vs. Nevada. Stop by and say hi.
  • 09/29/12: 3rd Annual Rice Fest – As a sponsor of the event, VH07V will also have a booth at this year’s Rice Fest where we will sell all of our VH07V shirts in addition to the custom event shirt! Come on down to the Ward Warehouse complex to visit our booth any time from 11am-7pm.
  • 10/13/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. New Mexico. Stop by and say hi.
  • 10/19/12-10/21/12: 48th Annual Food & New Products Show – Get your Christmas shopping done at the Blaisdell all weekend! Come visit us at our booth for a free gift!
  • 11/10/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 2pm game vs. Boise State. Stop by and say hi.
  • 11/24/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. UNLV. Stop by and say hi.
  • 12/01/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. South Alabama. Stop by and say hi.

See you there!

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

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Honoring our Armed Forces During “Military Appreciation Night”

November 8, 2011

Oceanic Time Warner Cable was honored to once again sponsor “Military Appreciation Night” at the University of Hawaii football game last Saturday, November 5th at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors took on the Aggies of Utah State in what turned out to be a highly competitive battle (Final Score: 31-35), but more importantly, it was a night to honor our armed forces who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom.

Five of the nine Wounded Warriors Honorees [Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong]
Five of the nine Wounded Warriors Honorees [Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong]

Dignitaries Peter Carlisle (City & County of Honolulu Mayor), Darryll Wong (Major General), Kevin G. O’Connell (Brigadier General), Melvin Ing (Navy League President), Jim Donavan (UH Athletic Director), K. Mark Takai (State Representative), and our very own Bob Barlow (Oceanic Time Warner Cable President) were on-hand to honor two very deserving groups this year: eight, key spouses for the Outstanding Military Spouse Awards Program, and nine representatives who have been wounded in combat, referred to as the Wounded Warriors.

2011 Key Spouse Award Recipients
2011 Key Spouse Award Recipients

The 2011 Key Spouse Award Recipients are:

  • Nancy Cutlip (United States Pacific Command)
  • Chanelle Cadiz (Hawaii Army National Guard)
  • Kymberly Kim (Hawaii Air National Guard)
  • Emilia Sanchez-Polite (United States Air Force)
  • Alishia Perez (United States Marine Corps)
  • Malia Clemons (United States Navy)
  • Margaret “Maggie” Graves (United States Coast Guard)
  • Kimberly Seech (United States Army)

Mayor Peter Carlisle with the 2011 Wounded Warriors
Mayor Peter Carlisle with the 2011 Wounded Warriors

The Wounded Warriors for 2011 are:

  • Army Specialist Josh Johnson
  • Army Sergeant Ryan R. Soto
  • Marine Corps Corporal Jorge Cruz
  • Army Private First Class Aaron Cool
  • Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Ustaszewski
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Daniel Mayberry
  • Marine Corps Lance Corporal Mason Hoy
  • Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joshua Kelly
  • Air Force Staff Sergeant Darryl J. Dutton

Following the awards ceremony, there was a “chicken skin” moment (as we like to say here in Hawaii) when Staff Sergeant Samuel Hesch performed a goosebump inducing rendition of “God Bless America”. Below is the video.


Staff Sergeant Samuel Hesch performs “God Bless America”

Although our Hawaii Warriors failed to close out the game against the Aggies of Utah State, the Wounded Warriors and the key spouses were the ones everyone was truly cheering for. Mahalo for all that you do to serve our country. Your `ohana at Oceanic Time Warner Cable salutes you.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable President Bob Barlow with Marketing team members Maribel Quemado and Shelley Thomas [Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong]
Oceanic Time Warner Cable President Bob Barlow with Marketing team members Maribel Quemado and Shelley Thomas [Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong]

Updates from Pro Elite MMA – Live!

August 27, 2011

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Kendall Grove vs. Joe Riggs
@kendallgrovemma wins by guillotine over joe riggs

Andrei Arlovski vs. Ray Lopez
tko victory for @andreiarlovski

Reagan Penn vs. Paul Gardiner
Reagan Penn by RNC over Paul Gardiner


Reagan Penn vs. Paul Gardiner (08/27/11)

Mark Ellis vs. Jake Heun
Mark Ellis wins by RNC over Jake Heun next

Sarah McMann vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi
Sarah McMann over Raquel Pa’aluhi by Americana

Drew McFedries vs Garrett Olson
Drew McFedries TKO over Garrett Olson

Sale Spreat vs Kaleo Gambill
What a turnaround! Gambill by TKO!

Dustin Barca vs Reno Remigio
Ringside doctor stops fight due to cuts. Dustin Barca wins.

Brent Schermerhorn vs Jesse Lundgren
Brent Schermerhorn from @cripplerufc’s school victorious by tko

Chad Thomas vs Joey Palemia (Amateurs)
Joey Palemia victorious by decision

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An Interview with BJ Penn’s Younger Brother: Reagan Penn [video]

August 25, 2011

I first met Reagan Penn when I flew up to Hilo in May of 2009 to interview his famous brother, beloved MMA legend BJ Penn. We were meeting up at their other brother JD’s house, and Reagan came by on his bicycle after a day at the gym.

Fast forward to today. Bruddah is preparing for one of the biggest weekends of his life when he will be making his professional fighting debut on one of the most anticipated MMA fight cards in recent Hawaii history as Pro Elite (re)debuts on Saturday, September 27th at the Neal Blaisdell Arena with a stacked card featuring former UFC stars Andrei Arlovski, Kendall Grove, Joe Riggs and Drew McFedries. The real story though, at least for true fight fans like myself, is the one surrounding Reagan Penn.

Prior to this, Reagan led a relatively modest but exciting life, supporting his brother BJ as he went on to capture UFC glory by winning both the Welterweight and Lightweight titles. This weekend, when Reagan faces an undefeated Paul Gardiner, he will step out his brother’s shadow to work on creating his own legacy in the fight world.

Check out my quick interview with Reagan Penn on the story behind his name, his ground game, his fight this weekend and what’s in store for his future… WAR Reagan!


Interview with Reagan Penn

Edward Sugimoto) First of all thank you very much taking the time out of your busy schedule. I know you have a fight this weekend right?

Reagan Penn) Yes thank you. Thank you for having me.

Edward Sugimoto) So let me see if I have this straight. You have three older brothers all named “Jay Dee” (Jay, JD, Baby Jay)?

Reagan Penn) Yes.

Edward Sugimoto) And you’re the youngest, the fourth, named Reagan?

Reagan Penn) Yes.

Edward Sugimoto) Where did that name come from? Do you know?

Reagan Penn) Yeah, actually my dad was going to name all his sons (Jay Dee), but my mom grabbed the birth certificate before my dad could, during the pregnancy and she put that name down.

Edward Sugimoto) Was that like one of her favorites?

Reagan Penn) She was actually watching TV during her pregnancy, her labor I mean and there was a football player who kinda scored a winning touchdown named Reagan so that’s how I got my name.

Edward Sugimoto) So everybody knows the story about how your dad’s neighbor Tom Callos and how he introduced you guys to jiu-jitsu. Be honest, who’s the most talented jiu-jitsu practitioner amongst the Penn brothers?

Reagan Penn) *laughs* That’s funny. Everybody asks that question. We’re all good at different positions you know so it’s hard to really say who would be better in really jiu-jitsu but me and my brothers, we all have certain positions that we’re all better at so it’s tough to really say. *laughs*

Edward Sugimoto) So you guys tap each other out regularly then?

Reagan Penn) *laughs* Yeah exactly so it’s back and forth.

Edward Sugimoto) That makes you better too right?

Reagan Penn) *laughs* That’s how you get better for sure.

Edward Sugimoto) So I read somewhere that you helped your family’s business with computer help and you actually started up BJPenn.com and helped out with that. How did you go from that to wanting to fight professionally?

Reagan Penn) In our family, everybody just gotta help out with what is ever going on so mostly we were working on the site BJPenn.com and then slowly we had more people helping us with it and I could train more, so I found myself training a lot more than I was doing my other jobs so I figured, hey, let’s try it out. Getting punched in the head, sparring every day. *laughs*

Edward Sugimoto) So let’s talk about getting punched in the head. You have a fight this Saturday… How did training camp go? Are you all set? Are you nervous? Excited?

Reagan Penn) Yeah, I can definitely feel the nerves now just thinking about how I want to be with my weight, getting in there, and the whole crowd thing. So I wasn’t feeling too nervous a couple days ago, but I’m definitely starting to feel the adrenaline and I’m starting to have dreams about fighting so, it’s definitely coming.

Edward Sugimoto) So there’s a lot of big buzz surrounding you because of your name and because it’s your first debut fight… Are you pretty nervous? Pretty excited? *laughs* I guess we just went over that huh?

Reagan Penn) *laughs* Yeah same thing.

Edward Sugimoto) Do you feel some pressure?

Reagan Penn) I just want to do good you know I don’t want to go in there and choke and panic or whatever can happen in there, you know, that’s the main thing. I just want to go in there and try to stay as calm as I can until I get in there and just show what I got. Whatever happens, I’m gonna try my best.

Edward Sugimoto) So your opponent is undefeated Paul Gardiner. What do you know about him and how’d you prepare?

Reagan Penn) Yeah, my opponent Paul Gardiner, I seen him on YouTube, I seen a few of his fights and I noticed he likes a lot to take the guy down but he can also strike. I seen him knock one of his opponents down so I’m not sure, since I think he has more of a jiu-jitsu base, he might be thinking I might have better jiu-jitsu and he might wanna try to stand with me, maybe just go all out and trade with me, but you never know until you get in there. We’ll just have to see what happens.

Edward Sugimoto) And if he does stand up with you, he’s in trouble right?

Reagan Penn) *laughs* Well we’re ready for everything. I didn’t really know what kind of opponent I had so all my training kinda was just geared for whoever, then just a few weeks ago, they finally got my opponent and I could just watch some tapes, but I didn’t really look at too much of his stuff until maybe the last week ago, two weeks ago, when my training started winding down and I started getting whatever bored, I’ll jump on the Internet. *laughs*

Edward Sugimoto) So after this match, after you win of course, what are your long term plans in fighting if you have any?

Reagan Penn) Yeah I want to try and pursue this sport as far as I can go. Of course, this is my first fight. I gotta see how this one goes. But yeah, I’m definitely planning on fighting right away if all goes well.

Edward Sugimoto) So you know all of us Hawaii folks are backing you, (I love) Just Scrap your shirt, we all have a lot of love and aloha. Do you have anything else to say to your fans out there?

Reagan Penn) Hey you guys. I’m gonna do my best for you guys, and eh, thanks for coming and watching and supporting us cause you’re the guys who make it happen.

Edward Sugimoto) Alright, thanks a lot!

Reagan Penn) Yeah, thank you.

Pro Elite: Arlovski vs. Lopez
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011

Since there was a rayboyjr sighting on the comments last week, it reminded me that you wanted more eye candy up in hurr. K, maybe it’s just him being pervy, but what the hey… I found this photo in my archives and I thought I’d share. My friend goin’ keeeeel me! Ahahahaha!

What else has been going on? Work had been absolutely murdering me (what else is new?), wifey is exhausted from all the feedings, and the bebe is still fun as ever! I’m still waiting for my daughter to smile or laugh at/with me. That’s gonna be fun!

So what’s going on with you guys? Holla!


Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 27, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 27, 2011

Points for Photo #1…
* Best Caption!: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* First name of perverted guy in this photo: 2 points
* Creative pervy name of guy in this photo: 2 points each
* Full name of hottie in the magazine: 2 points
* Her occupation: 2 points
* Link to photo of her online (for beej of course! πŸ˜› ): 2 points each
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 2 points

* HINT: “It’s TIIIIIIME!”: 3 points


Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 27, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 27, 2011

Points for Photo #2…
* Best Caption!: 3 points
* Name of Location (duh!): 2 points
* General location in location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 2 points

* HINT: “Aloha”: 3 points


Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 27, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 27, 2011

Points for Photo #3…
* Best Caption!: 3 points
* Most creative name for dog (I don’t know the real name): 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* First name of guy in the chair?: 4 points
* Why wuz we dea?: 1 point
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points
* Google Street View link?: 2 points

* HINT: “Will Smith”: 3 points


Last Week’s Results:
CHOKE winnahz last week! Please help me congratumalate Ynaku, pink lady, carokun, tita leerz, kuya.d, Coconut Willy, tweetpeep22, Paco, and snow, aka knockers, pinky, c-chan, leerz, dewzy, Dubbs, tpizzle, 2Pac, and Informer! Check out da leadahboard below for the updates!

Da Leadahboard (Round 4)!

  • 29.0 – tita leerz
  • 22.0 – kuya.d
  • 20.0 – carokun
  • 10.0 – c
  • 07.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 04.0 – soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku, pink lady, Coconut Willy, snow
  • 02.0 – Paco

2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival

Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
 Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 10am-6pm 
For more Info: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
To RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite


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Steelers or Packers? Who You Got?

February 4, 2011

It’s that time of year again… Das right! Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. On one side, we got Big Ben, Troy’s hair and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ D, while on the other side, we have the cheeseheads and the air attack of Aaron Rodgers and company. Who’s your pick this year and why?

Super Bowl XLV
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers

Me? I want Green Bay! Aside from the one week during the playoffs where he sat out and completely screwed my fantasy team (d’oh!), Rodgers was a beast all year! He seems like a nice guy too! Besides that, I’m not very fond of Roethlisberger. Gooooo Cheeseheads! πŸ˜‰

P.S. While we’re at it, if there are any MMA fans still out there, who are your favorites for this weekend’s UFC 126?

Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Demetrious Johnson
Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly
Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson
Paul Taylor vs. Gabe Ruediger
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Ricardo Romero

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Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike – Revisited

February 1, 2011
Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike |  Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike – Revisited 

Since we stay on one roll with the “revisited” kine action (see Tokkuri Tei – Revisited), let’s pay a return visit to a place we’ve been to once before. Back in August of ’06, your boy covered the popular hiking spot in Hawaii Kai called : the Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike. As a former resident of the area (or “God’s country” as we like to call it πŸ˜› ), I used to frequent the trail quite a bit and thought I knew it pretty well. Au contraire, mon frΓ¨re.

There is a whole ‘nother side to this puppy, as we’re about to find out.

So the “normal” trail is pretty duck soup. It’s a semi-curvy, paved path on a slight incline most of the way. It ain’t no Koko Head, das fo sho!

Paved path up Makapuu Trail
Paved path up Makapuu Trail

And then you have the side that gets all nuts, or “off-the-beaten path” as they say. A little more challenging on the ol’ quads, but a lot more rewarding if lighthouses ain’t your bag. On this side, you’ll be able to hike down to the tide pools, see a blowhole or two, and take a dip in the ocean near Pele’s Chair.

Side Note: Recently, there has been sad news of a father and daughter losing their lives on this side of the trail. Though, it’s still unclear how they died (at the time of this writing), most experts believe it was not from a fall from the trail. Regardless, please be aware of your surroundings and be very, VERY careful any time you trek any of Hawaii’s beautiful trails. Hike at your own risk. R.I.P. Charles and Stephanie Casados. 😦

OK, so I gotta admit. I did indeed know about the tide pools, but wasn’t quite sure how to get to them (and didn’t bother to research it). It wasn’t until a recent field trip with the hiking group `Imi Loa, that I was able to experience this other side of Makapu`u trail that had eluded me.

`Imi Loa Hiking Group logo
`Imi Loa Hiking Group logo

`Imi Loa is an informal circle of friends brought together by leader Howard Chi. Here’s his story of how it all began:

“It started as a small group of friends and we would just send out group emails to see what’s up and when or who could make what date… then as more and more people wanted to come the emailing became a mass back and forth mess of blah… so I took it upon myself to make a page and name us as ‘Imi loa… now the dates are preset and there are event evites with the 411… I think originally it started off with about 30 of us and now it has ballooned to 187 currently… but really it was just another reason for us to get together and hang out.”

According to the group’s Facebook profile, they are a “network of like minded individuals who share a common interest in exploring our island backyard.” Each month, they meet up to conquer a new hiking trail around the island and are now up to 190 peeps strong at the time of this writing. If you’d like to be a part of this exciting group, drop `Imi Loa a line via Facebook!

Anyway, where were we? Ahhh yes. The tide pools. To the tide pools! To get there, take the “normal” path up the Makapu`u trail until you get to the whale lookout point.

Whale lookout point
Whale lookout point

Whale lookout point
Whale lookout point

Whale lookout point
Whale lookout point

Whale lookout point
Whale lookout point

After gathering yourself, head out to the edge on the right and choose a path.

Todd showing us the way
Todd showing us the way

The path on the right was more direct, but steeper in nature. The path that veered to the left was roundabout but gradual, and seemed to be the easier one to take. Our group split in two on the way down and the group that went left got to the bottom quicker (probably due to the relatively flatter terrain). Either way, it goes without saying that it’s a good idea to take your time and watch your step as there is loose gravel along the way.

Looking back
Looking back

Looking down
Looking down

Looking to the side. Artsy yeah? :P
Looking to the side. Artsy yeah? πŸ˜›

Almost there!
Almost there!

Now compare that to the folks on the right side path!

Steep path
Steep path

Yikes! And here’s a look back on their trail. Nuts yeah?

Looking back
Looking back

We finally get to bottom, where a mini blowhole greets us.

Makapu`u Blowhole
Makapu`u Blowhole

Let’s wrap around to the other side to time some scenic shots!

Makapu`u Blowhole
Makapu`u Blowhole

Makapu`u Blowhole
Makapu`u Blowhole

Other taking photos of the blowhole
Other taking photos of the blowhole

Waiting for the others to make it down
Waiting for the others to make it down

Continue to the left (if you’re facing the ocean) to get to the tide pools.

At the top of the tide pool
At the top of the tide pool

Scenic shot
Scenic shot

Calm tide pool
Calm tide pool

It looks pretty relaxing and peaceful, but once in a while, the waves will come and bum rush you one quick one (see below). So heed da Ka`au Crater Boys’ advice (“Keep your eye on the wave, don’t ever turn your back”) and be careful.

Not so calm tide pool
Not so calm tide pool

At the midway point of our hike, it was a good a time as any to stop and take a group shot. Check it!

`Imi Loa group shot [Photo Credit: `Imi Loa]
`Imi Loa group shot [Photo Credit: `Imi Loa]

Then, it was time to make our way back up to the main trail.

Heading back up
Heading back up

Heading back up
Heading back up

Group leader Howard taking a little breather
Group leader Howard taking a little breather

Getting steeper!
Getting steeper!

Getting there...
Getting there…

Almost to the top!
Almost to the top!

Back to the whale lookout point.
Back to the whale lookout point.

Since we chose to go up the steep side to get back, many of us took this opportunity to catch our breath and take a break. When we were well rested, we headed back down the main trail to get to the path to Pele’s Chair.

It’s a little hard to explain, but the trail head for Pele’s Chair is to the right of the first major left of the paved path (on your way up). Basically, look for this view overlooking Alan Davis and you’re there.

Near the trailhead for Pele's Chair
Near the trailhead for Pele’s Chair

Note: You can also get to Pele’s Chair directly from the parking lot via a dirt path. It’s a straight shot so it’s a lot easier, but what fun is that right? πŸ˜‰

In order to get down to Pele’s Chair, another zig-zag trail awaits you.

Path towards Pele's Chair
Path towards Pele’s Chair

Path towards Pele's Chair
Path towards Pele’s Chair

Ed’s Tip: Be careful of objects along the path. My friend Todd pierced his leg with a hidden bush stump.

Cactus on path towards Pele's Chair
Cactus on path towards Pele’s Chair

Boulder on path towards Pele's Chair
Boulder on path towards Pele’s Chair

Before long, it opens up and flattens out, and you can see the water to the right and Pele’s Chair to the left.

Path towards Pele's Chair
Path towards Pele’s Chair

We’ll come back and hike a bit to the left to check out Pele’s Chair, but that water looks too refreshing to miss right about now!

Path near Pele's Chair
Path near Pele’s Chair

Path near Pele's Chair
Path near Pele’s Chair

Plank near Pele's Chair
Plank near Pele’s Chair

That man-made diving board/plank is made out of what appears to be an old telephone pole. Although make-shift, da buggah was supah fun to jump off of!

After soaking our bones in the water, we headed back to our cars in the parking lot… But not before taking a quick detour to Pele’s Chair, named after its chair-like shape.

Path towards Pele's Chair
Path towards Pele’s Chair

Pele's Chair
Pele’s Chair

Pele's Chair
Pele’s Chair

And there it is. Another “revisited” column with 40+ photos! Geez Louise! These be a lot of work son! Let’s hope and pray for an original piece next month. Ahahahaha! Nah, all worth it. Hope y’all enjoyed it! Shooooots!

Just as I did in my previous article on Makapu`u, I’d like to take just a moment to honor a friend who unfortunately lost his life off the beaten paths of this trail. You will always be remembered bruddah. R.I.P. Warren. R.I.P. also to Charles and Stephanie Casados who recently lost their near here…

In Memory of Warren Hiroshi Matsuda
(October 2, 1974 – September 27, 2002)

Warren Hiroshi Matsuda
Warren Hiroshi Matsuda

Tom & Warren Matsuda Scholarship Fund
Warren’s father Tom’s life was also tragically taken from us. In their honor, Roy’s Restaurant has – with the help of an annual endowment through the University of Hawaii – started a scholarship fund in Warren and Tom’s name, awarding the winner of their annual culinary competition with monies to further his/her education in the art. For more information about the Tom & Warren Matsuda Culinary Scholarship Fund, please contact Roy’s Restaurant’s Rainer Kumbroch at (808) 396-7697 or Robbyn Shim.

Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike |  Makapu`u Lighthouse Trail Hike – Revisited 

Hawaii 5 (and) 0!

November 30, 2010

As an avid University of Hawaii Warrior Men’s Basketball fan, I have been following former Advertiser sports reporter Dayton Morinaga’s new venture – WarriorInsider – with much interest.

When my Google Reader showed up last week with the title “Hawaii 5-0” in it, I skipped over everything else and went straight for the jugular. It was actually a clever play on words referring to both the Warriors’ hot 5 and 0 start (with wins over Montana State, Cal State Fullerton, Central Michigan, Central Arkansas, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff) and the popular CBS television show by the same name… Which, oh-by-the-way, happen to be two big interests of mine.

Usually our Tuesdays are reserved for Hawaii Five-0 chatter, but with last night’s episode being a rerun (already???), what better time to talk about the other 5-0 right?

Note: I don’t know Dayton personally (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen him in person), but I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. He has no idea I’m blogging about this today, but I’ve always liked his work, so I wanted to do my little part to support a fellow sports fan/journalist/(and now) blogging brutha. Gotta support da local businesses naw-mean?

Anyway, check out his web site: WarriorInsider.com and follow him on Twitter: @WarriorInsider. He’s doing some good stuffs for the UH sports community. Here’s one of the videos from the site that I particularly enjoyed. It’s a video introduction of the 2010-2011 roster… with the players appearing in numerical order! Awesomesauce!


2010-2011 UH Men’s Basketball Team Video Roster

Talk to me!
* Are you a UH Men’s Basketball fan too?
* What do you think of t heir hot start?
* What do you think of the WarriorInsider site?
* Have you been there before?
* Do you know Dayton Morinaga personally?
* Do you remember Dayton Morinaga’s work from his day’s at the ’tiser?
* Anything special to say to him?
* Interested in winning my tickets to a future game I can’t attend?
* Do you know why Hawaii Five-0 was a rerun already? So soon!
* Thoughts on the series so far?
* Thoughts on last night’s repeat episode?
* Alex O’Loughlin. Grace Park. No questions. Figured I’d get some feedback just by mentioning their names. πŸ˜›

Have a good Tuesday y’all!

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