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2010 Road Runner High School High Speed Video Contest Finale Event

November 18, 2010

2010 Road Runner High School High Speed Video Contest Finale EventSince mid-September, high schools across the state have been feverishly storyboarding, filming & editing home-grown videos in an attempt to answer the burning question:

“What does Road Runner do for you?”


Well, you see, the good people at Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Road Runner put together a neat-o competition called the Road Runner High School High Speed Video Contest in which the team with the winning video receives $10,000 for their school’s multimedia department. 10 Gs!?!? Holy Guacamole!!

Needless to say, the contest was a rousing success garnering over 16,700 total views on its Youtube channel during the short 2 month period. Of the over 30 entries, ten finalists were selected and invited to attend the live finale event – held last night at the Road Runner Music Hall – where this year’s winner would be crowned. Below are some of the sights and sounds of the evening. Check it…

Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock doubled as the entertaining emcee of the night. Here he is welcoming everybody to the event.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock
Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock

On the screen behind him was Kauai High School checking in via Skype. They were the first high school to present their video, which was entitled “Just About Everything”.

Kauai High team members: Kristen Sugihara, Meghan Fujimoto, Courtney Ochoco, and supervising teacher: Leah Aiwohi.

Next up was Hilo’s own St. Joseph School, who also checked in via Skype.

St. Joseph High School
St. Joseph High School

Their video was entitled “Local Kine Wisdom”…

St. Joseph team members: Christian Borris, Kapualani Jacunski, William Scanlan-Leite, William Livingston, Evalani Walton, and supervising teacher: Nathan Yocum.

American Renaissance Academy was next.

American Renaissance Academy
American Renaissance Academy

ARA’s entry was entitled “What Road Runner Does for American Renaissance Academy”.

American Renaissance Academy team members: Gray Goodhue, Erika Kang, Keean Braceros, Rachelle Wai, Lindsey Takeuchi, and supervising teacher: Wayne Grimes Hirakawa.

Next to present was Campbell High.

Campbell High School
Campbell High School

Campbell’s entry was entitled “Let’s Connect”.

Campbell High team members: Marifel DeVera, Jessica Bragg, August Harrington, Marc Samonte, Rachel Lew, and supervising teacher: Oscar Ramiscal.

Next up: Farrington High.

Farrington High School
Farrington High School

They presented their entry called “Go Granny, Go!”

Farrington High team members: Sugar Foronda, Jon Ibarra, Christopher Ellazar, Kristen Cabang, Marie Claire Magallanes, and supervising teacher: Christine Ho.

Perennial football powerhouse Kahuku High was up next. Presenting their video was members of their media department.

Kahuku High School
Kahuku High School

Their entry was called “Run Like One Animal!”

Kahuku High team members: Pono Requilman, Jasmine Hall-To’omalatai, Leialoha White, Sashakoko Lee, Zion Barcina, and supervising teacher: Debra Barenaba.

And then we had the kids from Mililani High.

Mililani High School
Mililani High School

They had a video called “Wake Up Call”

Mililani High team members: Brandon Tacadena, Zachary Lee, Taliya Hayes, and supervising teacher: Jason Tamura.

Myron B Thompson Academy was up next.

Myron B Thompson Academy
Myron B Thompson Academy

They called their entry “Life In the Fast Lane”

Myron B Thompson Academy team members: Honey Polido, Benjamin Menashe, Mark Kahuena, Nathaniel Menashe, Jayson Hayworth, and supervising teachers: Mr. Mike Pai and Mr. Danny Pai.

Waianae High was next.

Waianae High School
Waianae High School

They presented “Speed Up Communication”

Waianae High team members: Malie Gonsalves, Skye Tuinei, Karli Wagatsuma, and supervising teacher: John Allen.

And last, but not least, we had Waipahu High.

Waipahu High School
Waipahu High School

Their entry was called “Makes Life Easy”

Waipahu High team members: Rion Takasaki, Masahiro Atsumi, Kevin Marin, Alisha Vendiola, Mark Pilar, and supervising teachers: Lori Murakami and Johann Montero.

Then, it was time for the judges to submit their scores. Here’s special guest judge Tony Silva – from OC16’s Da Bruddahs & Friends – critiquing a video.

Tony Silva from Da Bruddahs
Special guest judge Tony Silva from OC16’s Da Bruddahs & Friends

The scores were then tallied and the winner was revealed…

[insert drumroll here]










Can just feel the anticipation no?

OK, OK, and the winner… with a grand total of 29 points (out of a possible 30)… was…










Myron B Thompson Academy with “Life In the Fast Lane”!!!

Here’s team member Honey Polido with her acceptance speech.

Honey Polido
Honey Polido

Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock then presented the Myron B Thompson Academy team with their $10,000 check!

Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock presents Myron B Thompson Academy with their check for $10,000!
Oceanic Time Warner Cable VP of Marketing Alan Pollock presents Myron B Thompson Academy with their check for $10,000! (Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong)

‘Grats also to the team from Mililani High School (“Wake Up Call”)! With 26 points, they were the first (Road) Runner up and each won their own netbook to go along with their 2nd place plaque!

The Mililani High School Team
The Mililani High School Team

Big ups again to the Myron B Thompson Academy Team. Here’s a nice team shot to close us out….

The Myron B Thompson Academy Team
The Myron B Thompson Academy Team (Photo Courtesy: Kiman Wong)

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Talk to me!
* What did y’all think of the videos? Too good da kids nowadays yeah?
* Which was your favorite video?
* Funniest?
* Most creative?

Have a happy Thursday peeps! It’s now officially just one more week until Thanksgiving! Woo hoo! 🙂


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Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? – April 14, 2010

April 14, 2010

We almost had one noddah stumpah last week dat da buggah went all the way up to 143 comments! Woo hoo! (No laugh! That’s pretty good for WWE! Haha!) But after several hints, all answers were correctly guessed. Yay! Big ups to bruddahs Takeshi, Coconut Willy, and rayboyjr, and sistah HNL2LAS. Good job guys!

This week, we gots special guest kuda.d reppin’ his ‘hood with da photo below. I personally thought da buggah was hahd, but, no worries, bruddah dewz (kuya.d) get one plan, if no can. Here’s his point distro:

Points for…
* Where was this menu of grinds being sold?: 1 point
* Who was selling these ono grinds?: 1/2 point
* How much for the chicken long rice plate?: 1 point
* BONUS! These folks had a particular food item that sold out, if you can figure it out … you tough!: 3 points!

Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? - April 14, 2010
Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? – April 14, 2010

Hint: See pics below

Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? - April 14, 2010
Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? – April 14, 2010

Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? - April 14, 2010
Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? – April 14, 2010

Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? - April 14, 2010
Where In Hawaii is kuya.d? – April 14, 2010

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Da Leadahboard!

  • 21.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 20.5 – Takeshi
  • 18.5 – rayboyjr
  • 11.0 – kuya.d
  • 09.0 – snow
  • 05.0 – tita leerz
  • 04.5 – NaPueo
  • 04.0 – HNL2LAS
  • 03.0 – BananaFysh, M, Paco
  • 02.5 – Rosette
  • 02.0 – Scott, NeedaHobby, MakiSushi, hemajang, Syxx, jr.
  • 01.5 – pink lady, skycastles
  • 01.0 – S-Ticket, Dave, David In Oregon, carokun, mcat, YN, Marvo, k15, getITon, Kage, miLL-viLLe, jack, frankie, Ynaku, Rodney, teej, BarbieQ!, kako mochi, ijiwarui, GumbysHorse
  • 00.5 – J.P., t-roy, bB, Coconut Willy’s wifey, MoOgooGuypAN

 Great Eights!
* rayboyjr

 Heavenly Sevens!
* rayboyjr

Sexy Sixes!
* rayboyjr

Five Alive!
* kuya.d, rayboyjr

Quad Playaz!
* kuya.d, rayboyjr, Takeshi

Turkey Turkeys!
* kuya.d, Takeshi, rayboyjr, Coconut Willy

Back to Back Winnahz!
* Takeshi, rayboyjr, snow, Paco, Syxx, NaPueo, MakiSushi, pink lady, kuya.d, BananaFysh, tita leerz

Have a Happy Hump and Where In Hawaii Day y’all! 🙂

Fave Friday: Sports

April 9, 2010

First thing’s first. As an MMA fan, I would be remiss if I did not mention tomorrow’s big UFC card that will showcase two of our very own, local, Hawaii boys: Hilo’s BJ Penn and Maui’s Kendall Grove.

World Wide Ed
Local Boys: Lightweight Champ BJ Penn (left) and Middleweight Contender Kendall Grove (right)

Lightweight champ BJ Penn (remember him?) will be defending his belt against top contender Frankie Edgar, while middleweight standout Kendall Grove will take on wrestler Mark Munoz. See bottom for all the details.

A-ight with that outta the way, let’s get today’s Fave Friday show on the road. Now I know the title says “Sports”, but for those of you who aren’t big fans of the stick and ball kine games, feel free to list “Activities” like hiking or swimming, etc. Here’s my list:

Fave Sports to Watch:

* Baseball – Sooooo happy the 2010 season is under way again! Go “pills” right uncle jimmy? 😛 Don’t know what it is, but I could just sit there and watch a whole game without getting bored at all.
* MMA – I used to be all crazy widit and watch every second of every event, but now, with limited watching hours in my day, I pretty much just focus on the UFC, WEC and some Strikeforce events with spot watching of the other ones like Bellator. Even then, I fast forward through the boring fights. I really do miss HDNet and their MMA coverage, especially with Dream. BTW, while we’re on the topic of MMA and local boys, don’t forget to support Brad Tavares who is reppin’ Hawaii on this season’s cast of the Ultimate Fighter, Wednesday nights at 7PM on Spike TV (Oceanic Cable 559 or HD 1559).
* Basketball – Orlando’s my team, but I’ll watch good matchups sometimes. UH is fun watching live, but it’s been really depressing the last few years. 😦
* Football (I guess) – only to follow my fantasy players. LOL! Live games at UH are fun too, but I like the tailgating more! 😛
* Boxing – used to watch a lot, until MMA came along and killed it! RIP. 😉

Fave Sports/Activities to Do:

* Snowboarding – snowboarding is life. Period.
* Jiu Jitsu – don’t get to roll as much as in the past, but the cognitive part of it is soooo interesting to me.
* Baseball/Softball – my first sport ever = my first love.
* Basketball – played a lot of hoops in high school and college, but kinda slowed down later in life. I should get back into it again.
* Swimming – ever since training for the Tinman, I’ve been itching to get back in the water on the regular. Not only is it a good workout, but you get a mean tan to boot.

So what sports or activities do you like to watch/play? Holla!

In other sports-related news, what do you think of Nike’s new commercial with Tiger Woods, using his dad’s voice as the narrative?

Tiger Woods’ Nike Commercial

Just got shown the new 3-D Channel on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channel 1217 and, lemme tell ya, it looks pretty mean! If you have a new HD 3-D television set, pop on your 3-D specs, turn them on, and tune to channel 1217 to watch some cool, On Demand content – including coverage of the Masters – in crystal clear 3-D. I sound like an infomercial don’t I? 😛

World Wide Ed
Masters Content in 3-D from Oceanic Time Warner Cable

UFC 112 Details

UFC 112: Invincible is being held on Yas Island all the way in Abu Dhabi so it will actually air live at a strange 7AM hour for us here in Hawaii, on Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s channel 701 or HD 1701. Hurr’s the official poster:

World Wide Ed
UFC 112 Poster

… and here’s sistah Bel showing some love for our local boy BJ Penn:

World Wide Ed
Bel Kissing the UFC 112 Poster

If you’re not a fan of waking up early on Saturdays, Oceanic will be re-airing the fight card at 10AM, with an afternoon airing at 4PM (re-aired at 7PM). Just select the time that works best for you. Click here for streaming UFC 112 content or here for ordering information.

K, pau! Sorry. Commercial ova. Have one awesome Friday and weekend gang, and I’ll see you on Monday K!? Shooooots!

Good Friday, WIH Photos, Poke and More!

April 2, 2010

(Sorry I’ve been MIA gang. Deadlines have been killin’!)

Now I know many of you are probably pullin’ a little MIA action yourselves today due to Good Friday, but for those of you still around, or for those of you Mad Maxes checking in from beyond workdome, here are some random tidbits to help pass your time…

WIH Photo

On WIH Wednesday, I cropped the photo just a weeeeee bit too tight. It proved to be too much for y’all, so I brought it back a lil’. Shortly thereafter, rayboyjr quipped, “… hahahaha … you made it so easy now!!! … you sure this not one April Fool’s joke!!! …


Oh well, at least we got a winner out of it! Ha!

For those of you curious bees out there, here’s the full shot:

Poke Paradise - Experiencing the Best Poke Around Hawaii - Part IV
Tama Maru Boat In Tamashiro Market

Recogmatize um now? Yep, it’s Tamashiro Market. Just one of many stops on my endless pursuit for the state’s best poke. Speaking of poke…


Part IV of my Poke Paradise series went live yesterday. In it, I have interviews with Rachel Haili of Haili’s Hawaiian Foods and Guy Tamashiro of Tamashiro Market (above), and I also pay a visit to Hilo’s own, Poke to Your Taste. Click on the image below to ch… ch… check it out…

Poke Paradise - Experiencing the Best Poke Around Hawaii - Part IV
Poke Paradise – Experiencing the Best Poke Around Hawaii – Part IV

Talk to me!
* Ever been to Haili’s Hawaiian Foods in Kapahulu? How about their Backyard Luau lunch wagon in Ward? Like um? Prefer one over the other?
* How often do you go to Tamashiro Market? Do you go there for the seafood, various goods, poke, or all of the above? Preferred poke from Tamashiro?
* I would ask where your favorite poke locations are state-wide, but I’ve already done that one before: Fave Five Friday – Poke Locations. LOL! But feel free to share more if ya like. I can always take one for the team and force myself to eat new poke for my Poke Paradise series. 8)

I guess that’s a good a place as any to end things…

Have a Happy Good Good Friday and weekend and I’ll see ya on the flip side. Shoots! 🙂

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – June 24, 2009

June 24, 2009

Coconut Willy got a record 6th win last week after guessing Queen Lili`uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawaii. Unbelievable C Dubbs! Congrats!

This week will be harder fo sho! It could very well be any Chinese restaurant in the world state. Props in advance to those who name every single Chinese Restaurant they can think of… one guess per post of course! 😛

Hurr we goooo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - June 24, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – June 24, 2009

Hint: A Chinese Restaurant somewhere in Hawaii! 8)

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – June 17, 2009

June 17, 2009

Scott was da big winnah last week for his Yard House guess. Props to Scotty2Hotty for making his first victory one with a beer-related pic. 😛

This week, we’re going F.B.I. again. It’s gonna be an easy one so no hints for you bah. That is all.

Hurr we goooo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - June 17, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – June 17, 2009

Hint: Dream on!

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Happy Hump DayWhere In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

BJ Penn Interview Recap

June 1, 2009

As some of you may know, dis buggah was lucky enough to have the unbelievable opportunity to fly to Hilo this past weekend to interview Hawaii’s own, BJ Penn. Using Twitter as our base, here’s a recap of the weekend’s activities. What a BLAST!

2:19 PM May 29th – Hilo here I am! LOL!

Just landed and was picked up at the airport by my buddy Dave. Was enthused to see what was to come.

4:23 PM May 29th – just enjoyed boneless chicken at Blanes with @dave_OI

My co-worker Evan (Hilo native) said we should try the boneless chicken from Blane’s, so when we were looking for a snack to nibble on, that’s what we nibbled on. 😛

7:00 PM May 29th – is waiting for his Mike Piazza from Kilauea Pizza Hut

With all the pizza talk from our Friday blog, Dave and I were itchin’ for a slice (or two). We hit up the local Pizza Hut for a custom pie. Props to bruddah kuya.d for giving me a ring-a-ling and asking if we wanted to come check out an imu (for kulolo) him and his students were building! Next time fo sho!

9:36 PM May 29th – don’t these coqui frogs know that I have an important interview tomorrow morning? *grin*

Didn’t realize how noisy those buggahs were until I heard them for myself. Trying to study/prepare for an important interview with them “coqui-ing” away in the background was quite the challenge. 8)

8:36 AM May 30th – enjoying taro corned beef hash at Kuhio Grill. Mmmmm!

Sorry Ynkau. I nevah try the 1 pound lau lau, but I wasn’t that hungry that morning. Plus, if BJ wanted to roll with me, I wanted to be ready. Ha!

And then…

It was time…

Here are some shots from my camera during the interview.

BJ Penn Interview
BJ Penn chillin’

BJ Penn Interview
BJ Penn getting into it

BJ Penn Interview
Side view of the Champ and I

10:59 AM May 30th – Interview with Time Warner at JD’s house

BJ Penn Interview
Pic from @Officialbjpenn tweet

This one (and the next one) is actually from @Officialbjpenn‘s Twitter (now @UFCBJPenn @bjpenndotcom). And yep, for those of you who were wondering, that really IS him on Twitter. I saw it with my very own eyes! 8)

11:14 AM May 30th – Just finished interview

BJ Penn Interview
Pic from @Officialbjpenn tweet

We’re famous! 😛

11:32 AM May 30th – @Officialbjpenn Mahaloz for the time! That was awesome!

My mahaloz to BJ through Twitsville.

12:34 PM May 30th – respects and admires BJ Penn even more now. What a kool kat!

So true. He’s such a mellow, cool, likeable guy. It’s no surprise that the entire state of Hawaii is so supportive of our MMA hero.

3:18 PM May 30th – just picked up 18 strawberry mochis from Two Ladies Kitchen. Wonder how dese buggahs taste…

Even though it was just an over-nighter, you know you gotsta pick up omiyage. We picked up 18 of these popular strawberry mochis from Two Ladies Kitchen. Holy Toledo. They were HEAVY!

All in all it was an awesome trip! Much love to BJ for the time! Mad props to JD Penn for the hook-ups and the hospitality. Mahaloz to Dave Oi for being my personal chauffeur and cameraman for the weekend! 😉

Stay tuned for the full-blown interview with BJ in July’s edition of I even slid some of your questions in from last week’s “Ask a BJ (Penn)” blog! Yeah YEAH!

And who knows!? We may even see a possible “Where In Hawaii” from Hilo this Wednesday? Hmm… *grin*

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my article for this month:

Banzai to Kanpai! - Kanpai Bar & Grill
Banzai to Kanpai! – Kanpai Bar & Grill

Shoots! Have a good week gang!

Fun Day Monday: Ask a BJ (Penn)

May 25, 2009

OK, so I think I did it! After months of persistence, I think I’ve finally secured that interview with BJ Penn! Much love JD! Gonna be flying up to Hilo this weekend, but before I do, I wanted to check in with all y’all MMA fans (or fans in general) to see if you had any questions for the UFC Lightweight Champion of the Woooooorrrrrllllllld! 8)

Post um below and I’ll take the best ones up with me! Wish me luck! 🙂

On a side note, if you have any suggestions for places to grind in Hilo, please post those as well. Shooots!

BJ Penn
Me and Da Champ!

Survey Thursday – Superbowl Betting Results?

February 5, 2009

* How did you do in your Superbowl bets?

Please do not post your losses if it will get you in trouble with the wife/husband/gf/bf/friend/loan shark/parents. *grin* And by no means does this mean I condone betting as a regular activity. Personally, I don’t really like to do big cash bets – especially if it’s between friends – because, like they say, money is the root of all evil. 🙂 I’m more of a “for bragging rights,” plate lunch bet kinda guy, just to keep things interesting.

But since I was in the betting capital of the world for Super Bowl weekend just 4 short days ago, I put a cool 100 to the test for Arizona (with a spread of 7). Zona lost, but by just 4 (27-23) so I was in the money baby! I got $180 back, netting $80. Not bad, but it was a small consolation for the $100 (and a full week of plate lunches I owe my co-worker) I lost with my Penn pick the night before.

So that’s my “damage.” How’d you do?

Results from last week (BJ Penn or Georges St. Pierre?)

  • BJ Penn: 14 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Georges St. Pierre: 1

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!

Survey Thursday – BJ Penn or Georges St. Pierre?

January 29, 2009

* Who are you picking to win at UFC 94: BJ Penn or Georges St. Pierre?

These two bruthas are arguably the best pound for pound MMA fighters in history and they will be facing off this Saturday in Las Vegas for the UFC Welterweight Championship (again). Penn is a local boy from Hilo and has a HUGE following both in Hawaii as well as in the MMA community. St. Pierre is an athletic stud from Canada and is loved by the more mainstream/every day fan. Women especially swoon over him for his physique. Which side are you on for this one man?

Me? I gotta go with our local boy Penn. Not only is he from our aina, but he is unbelievably talented in the art of combat, and makes me crack up in every interview he does. I just love it that people outside of Hawaii are also huge fans of his. Represent baby!

Results from last week (How Old You Stay?)

  • Tie – I could be your dad!: 8 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Tie – You’re cool! We could’ve been classmates son!: 8 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Me, Adam & Eve were homies!: 1
  • Anyone born in the 70s or before is old brah!: 4
  • Shut up and lemme get back to the Disney Channel!: 2
  • You could be MY dad!: 0 (Whew!)

I’m flying out to Vegas tonight for a little UFC 94/Super Bowl 43/snowboarding action so I’ll see y’all next week a-ight? I’ll be checking the results of this Survey Thursday on my breaks throughout the day and on my phone when I leave though, so be sure to vote k? Shoots!

Happy Survey Thursday y’all! It’s almost Aloha Friday!!!