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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012

Back to back weeks with three photos each!? Your boy is on it like Blue Bonnet! Guess away!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - October 3, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 3, 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
* 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? - October 3, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 3, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Funniest name for hydrant: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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

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

Points for Photo #3…
* Name of dish: 2 points each
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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 Week’s Results (9/26)
Points for Photo #1
* Name dis dish: 3 points (Tonkatsu – carokun)
* Name da oddah dishes: 2 points each (kabocha, miso shiru – carokun)
* Location: 2 points (Hinone Mizunone – Paco)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (King Street – Paco)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (Paco)
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points (tweetpeep22)

Points for Photo #2
* Name dis dish: 3 points (fried rice – carokun)

Points for Photo #3
* Name each soosh: 2 points each (amaebi – carokun, hamachi – pink lady)
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point (Monday – tweetpeep22)
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points (tweetpeep22)

Totals This Week

  • 10 points – carokun
  • 5 points – Paco
  • 11 points – tweetpeep22
  • 2 points – pink lady
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 77.5 – carokun
  • 59.0 – Paco
  • 33.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 22.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 19.0 – rayboyjr
  • 10.0 – Kage
  • 09.0 – pink lady
  • 06.0 – Takeshi
  • 05.0 – Otto, WahiawaWahine
  • 04.0 – che, J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady
[Da Leadahboard]

VH07V SPOTTED!

On Monday morning, Rice Fest received huge, national coverage from the Today Show when they covered both our Guinness World Record breaking attempt for the world’s Largest SPAM Musubi and our SPAM Musubi eating contest. In the piece, our back-to-back defending champion “Uncle Rodney” wore his Red/Gold VH07V tee and got SPOTTED! in the national story. Kinda cool yeah?

VH07V 'Spotted' on the Today Show
VH07V “Spotted” on the Today Show

Speaking of Rice Fest, I just gotsta take the time to briefly send a big shoutout to my friends who supported me and not only performed at Rice Fest, but also, to my surprise, wore their VH07V shirts. It really warms the heart of a brutha to get such support.

Bruddah Bryan wearing his Blue/Green VH07V with Hawaii News Now's Shawn Ching, Chef Mavro, Chef Mavro's pastry chef, and Stephanie Lum
Bruddah Bryan wearing his Blue/Green VH07V with Hawaii News Now’s Shawn Ching, Chef Mavro, Chef Mavro’s pastry chef, and Stephanie Lum (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

Jody Kamisato takes the stage with his Black/Blue VH07V colorway
Jody Kamisato takes the stage with his Black/Blue VH07V colorway (Photo Credit: Travis K. Okimoto)

Jon Yamasato wears his Blue/White VH07V colorway while checking out the crowd
Jon Yamasato wears his Blue/White VH07V colorway while checking out the crowd (Photo Credit: Kiman Wong)

'Uncle Rodney' in Red/Gold VH07V after defending his SPAM Musubi eating contest crown, and the parentals in Black/White VH07V
“Uncle Rodney” in Red/Gold VH07V after defending his SPAM Musubi eating contest crown, and the parentals in Black/White VH07V

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Getting closer to outsourcing the fulfillment duties (shipping, inventory management, etc.) for VH07V in the hopes of launching an online shopping portal at some point soon. Stay tuned!

* Even more new hat styles will be announced and released soon.

* My friend Shari picked up her 3rd bulk order for her Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team: Team VH07V! Here’s a photo she took of that order. If you’d like to donate to her team, please visit the Team VH07V page. If you’d like to join her team for the walk (October 21st), click on this link.

3rd order for Shari's Team VH07V
3rd order for Shari’s Team VH07V

* Got another show that I’ll be having a booth at this Sunday (The 7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Expo). I think I’m literally trying to kill myself. LOL! Anyway, hope to see some of you there. Details below…

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

  • 09/15/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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 near or 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.
  • NEW 10/07/12: 7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood FestivalVH07V will have a booth at this festival on Pier 38 from 9am-4pm.
  • 10/13/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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!
  • NEW 10/28/12: Craft Fair at Koko Head Elementary School – I don’t really have a lot of information on this one besides the location and date and time, but VH07V got invited to participate in this craft fair taking place from 3pm-6pm.
  • 11/10/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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 near or 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 near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. South Alabama. Stop by and say hi.

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


The Good Table Fundraiser

For the last three years, I have participated in a program called “The Good Table”, an island-wide dining event in which tables are purchased at various restaurants across Oahu by groups or individuals who are then treated to a unique and custom dining experience. Proceeds from the sales of these tables go to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii’s largest and only island-wide meal service for seniors.

Although it is too late to purchase tables for this year, here’s a little video that I encourage you to watch to perhaps inspire you to consider purchasing a table for next year.


New Article

Here’s a link to my new article called “Kona Kai Sushi – The Izakaya for Locals“. If you read Lawai`a Magazine (a fishing magazine I write for), it may look familiar, as it ran in the last edition.

Kona Kai Sushi - The Izakaya for Locals
Kona Kai Sushi – The Izakaya for Locals

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

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Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage (Kaimuki location) - Tue, 10/16/12 @ 10am
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Today’s 2012 Rice Fest Schedule of Events (from 11am-7pm)

September 29, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
0 days
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8)

I posted something similar yesterday, but in case you missed it, here are all the details for the Common Grains 3rd Annual Rice Fest, taking place TODAY from 11am-7pm at Ward Warehouse. Hope to see y’all there!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TODAY from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

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

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

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

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAM® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt. *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! 🙂

Today’s 2012 Rice Fest Schedule of Events (from 11am-7pm)

September 29, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
0 days
!
8)

I posted something similar yesterday, but in case you missed it, here are all the details for the Common Grains 3rd Annual Rice Fest, taking place TODAY from 11am-7pm at Ward Warehouse. Hope to see y’all there!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TODAY from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

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

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

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

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAM® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt. *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! 🙂

2012 Rice Fest is TOMORROW!

September 28, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
1 day
!
8)

Wow, I can’t believe Rice Fest 2012 is finally here! Tomorrow, from 11am-7pm, Hawaii’s only rice inspired food festival takes place at Ward Centers in Honolulu. Amongst the day’s food and festivities, there will be celebrity & chef cooking demonstrations, a “Riceipe” cooking competition, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato, and Jon Yamasato and a Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, a SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest, and a Guinness World Record™ attempt to create the Largest SPAM® Musubi in the world!

Below is the commercial and an an hour by hour breakdown of the day’s events. Hope you can join us!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TOMORROW from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

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

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

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

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAM® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt (See below). *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! 🙂

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
3 days
!
8)

Holy mackerel! Can’t believe Rice Fest is almost here! Guess we’re just gonna haveta take you into Rice Fest weekend with a few (what else?) rice-themed WIH photos! Hope to see y’all on Saturday! 🙂

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 26, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 26, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Name dis dish: 3 points
* Name da oddah dishes: 2 points each
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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

Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 26, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 26, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Name dis dish: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 26, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 26, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Name each soosh: 2 points each
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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 Week’s Results (9/19)
Points for Photo #1
* My fave item hea: 3 points (Large Wunton Mein – Otto)
* Location: 2 points (Shige’s Saimin Stand – WahiawaWahine)
* General area: 1 point (Wahiawa – WahiawaWahine)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Kamehameha Hwy – WahiawaWahine, Kukui St – Otto)
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point (May – Otto)
* Year photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point (2007 – WahiawaWahine)
Totals This Week

  • 5 points – Otto
  • 5 points – WahiawaWahine
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 67.5 – carokun
  • 54.0 – Paco
  • 33.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 19.0 – rayboyjr
  • 11.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 10.0 – Kage
  • 07.0 – pink lady
  • 06.0 – Takeshi
  • 05.0 – Otto, WahiawaWahine
  • 04.0 – che, J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady
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VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we have local, turned national recording artist Justin Young showing some VH07V up in Cali.

Photo #3
Justin Young with some VH07V
Justin Young with some VH07V

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* I’ve been looking into outsourcing the fulfillment duties (shipping, inventory management, etc.) for the VH07V brand because it’s getting shmall kine hard to manage part-time. No can handle Randall! If all goes well, I should be then able to open up an online ordering site. Stay tuned!

* In the meantime, I’ve been jammin on all kine new hats. Whatchu tink of this sampo color combo?

VH07V Black/Red 210 Fitted
VH07V Black/Red 210 Fitted

* My friend Shari continues to be a selling machine for her Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team: Team VH07V! Below is a photo she took of her second order, and believe it or not, she still has another few orders in the queue. If you’d like to donate to her team, please visit the Team VH07V page. If you’d like to join her team for the walk (October 21st), click on this link.

2nd order for Shari's Team VH07V
2nd order for Shari’s Team VH07V

* As one of the sponsors for this year’s Rice Fest (duh!), VH07V will be responsible for producing both the official Rice Fest shirt (for sale at the event at the VH07V booth) and the shirt for all volunteers. Here’s an online album of the process these shirts went through to get screened in time for this Saturday’s Rice Fest! Special thanks to Lanakila Custom Products for coming through in the clutch!

Rice = Life shirts for Rice Fest
Rice = Life shirts for Rice Fest

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

  • 09/15/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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 near or 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.
  • NEW 10/07/12: 7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood FestivalVH07V will have a booth at this festival on Pier 38 from 9am-4pm.
  • 10/13/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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 near or 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 near or 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 near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. South Alabama. Stop by and say hi.

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


3rd Annual Rice Fest!

This year’s Rice Fest will be held THIS Saturday, September 29th from 11am-7pm at Ward Warehouse! There will be cooking demonstrations from Chef Mavro of Chef Mavro Restaurant and his partners Stephanie Lum and Shawn Ching of Hawaii News Now, and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen and his partner Justin Cruz from KHON2, Santa Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei defending his “Riceipe” contest belt, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato & ‘Uke’s Rising Stars and Jon Yamasato, and taiko drumming from Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, our 3rd annual SPAM Musubi eating contest, and our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest SPAM Musubi! Don’t forget to also bring your brown rice or monetary donations for our beneficiary Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Can’t wait! See you there…

3rd Annual Rice Fest
3rd Annual Rice Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2012
11am-7pm @ Ward Warehouse
Interact: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite

Here’s a mini interview I had with Steve Uyehara yesterday morning on Hawaii News Now (in case you’re bored):

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Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage (Kaimuki location) - Tue, 10/16/12 @ 10am
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Saimin in Hawaii?

September 24, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
5 days
!
8)

A Monday post! Wha-WHAT!? Yes, I’m working on a local saimin series (like I did with my previous Ramen Quest series) and need your help y’all!

So far, I’ve documented my experiences at Shige’s, Shiro’s, Hamura’s, Nakai, and have a few others up my sleeve, but I wanted to put the call out to you folks to see if you had any other suggestions. In the comment area below, please post your list of fave saimin eateries around town and why and I’ll go check um out. If you have da time, let’s eat there together so I can include you in the article! 🙂

Saimin in Hawaii?
Saimin in Hawaii?

Other than that, my life has been pretty much all Rice Fest (I may even be on tomorrow morning’s news on Hawaii News Now). Hope y’all can make it this Saturday!


3rd Annual Rice Fest!

This year’s Rice Fest will be held next week Saturday, September 29th from 11am-7pm at Ward Centers! There will be cooking demonstrations from Chef Mavro of Chef Mavro Restaurant and his partners Stephanie Lum and Shawn Ching of Hawaii News Now, and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen and his partner Justin Cruz from KHON2, Santa Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei defending his “Riceipe” contest belt, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato & ‘Uke’s Rising Stars and Jon Yamasato, and taiko drumming from Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, our 3rd annual SPAM Musubi eating contest, and our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest SPAM Musubi! Don’t forget to also bring your brown rice or monetary donations for our beneficiary Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Can’t wait! See you there…

3rd Annual Rice Fest
3rd Annual Rice Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2012
11am-7pm @ Ward Warehouse
Interact: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
10 days
!
8)

It’s been another one of those cray cray weeks y’all! After Rice Fest is pau, hopefully things will get a little more back to normal. But until then, we’ve got another one pic week…. We’ll try to make it easy this time so we can get a skosh more than 13 comments. 😛

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 19, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 19, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* My fave item hea: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 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? (duh!): 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Last Week’s Results (9/12)
Points for Photo #1
* Name each item: 1 point each (Futomaki, Cone sushi, mochiko chicken bento, hot dog, spam, ahi ogo poke – Kage)
* Location: 2 points (Tanioka’s – Kage)
* General area: 1 point (Waipahu – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Farrington Hwy – carokun)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (carokun)

Points for Photo #2
* Big Fat Zero

Points for Photo #3
* Fun name for each player: 1 point each (Grumpy, Sneezy, Doc, Happy – carokun)

Totals This Week

  • 8 points – Kage
  • 8 points – carokun
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 67.5 – carokun
  • 54.0 – Paco
  • 33.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 19.0 – rayboyjr
  • 11.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 10.0 – Kage
  • 07.0 – pink lady
  • 06.0 – Takeshi
  • 05.0 – Otto, WahiawaWahine
  • 04.0 – che, J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady
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VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we have another video of a little SkinnyHawaiians silliness involving everyone’s favorite drink: Green River. A few months ago, I posed a question out to y’all about where the BIL can find some Green River in Hawaii these days. After researching that, I actually tried to make it on my own and suddenly became an expert at it. 😛 Here’s how that turned out…


How to Make a Green River Drink – SkinnyHawaiians

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* My two new colorways are FINALLY in! Gray/Green for the new football season and Blue/Pink (partially for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk)! Both are selling like hotcakes so far, especially the Gray/Green one!

New Blue/Pink & Gray/Green colorways from VH07V
New Blue/Pink & Gray/Green colorways from VH07V

* Speaking of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, my friend Shari continues to sell products and get mad donations for her team: Team VH07V! As of this writing, her team is up to $625 in donations and is at 63% of her $1,000 goal. Help them reach that goal by clicking on that link and making your tax deductible donation! I will also personally donate proceeds from the sale of the Blue/Pink VH07V shirts during this drive right back to Shari and her team. If you’d like to join her team and walk, click on this link.

Join Shari's Team VH07V and get this sexy shirt! :)
Join Shari’s Team VH07V and get this sexy shirt! 🙂

* Last week’s tailgating kine action prior to the Hawaii Warriors vs. Lamar Cardinals game was a great success. Did you guys go? Got to hang out with some friends I haven’t seen in a long time and have a few before the game. Even got a good seat 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 some footage I was able to catch of the first ever Warrior Walk:


Warrior Walk – First Hawaii Warrior Walk Before Lamar Game

* As one of the sponsors for this year’s Rice Fest (duh!), VH07V will be responsible for producing both the official Rice Fest shirt (for sale at the event at the VH07V booth) and the shirt for all volunteers. Check out this sample for our volunteers. Pretty legit right? 🙂

Rice = Life volunteer shirts at Rice Fest
Rice = Life volunteer shirts at Rice Fest

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

  • 09/15/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or 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 near or 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 near or 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 near or 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 near or 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 near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. South Alabama. Stop by and say hi.

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


Hawaii Meth Project Garage Sale

Don’t forget, this Saturday (Sept 22 from 8am-1pm), my home storage facility – Hawaii Self Storage in Mililani – will be holding a “Garage Sale” to help support the Hawaii Meth Project. Buy great stuff and support a good cause at the same time. If you wanna pick up some VH07V merch while you’re there *grin* , message me on Facebook and I’ll see if I can swing by and meet you at my unit.

Hawaii Self Storage Garage Sale to support the Hawaii Meth Project
Hawaii Self Storage Garage Sale to support the Hawaii Meth Project


3rd Annual Rice Fest!

This year’s Rice Fest will be held next week Saturday, September 29th from 11am-7pm at Ward Centers! There will be cooking demonstrations from Chef Mavro of Chef Mavro Restaurant and his partners Stephanie Lum and Shawn Ching of Hawaii News Now, and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen and his partner Justin Cruz from KHON2, Santa Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei defending his “Riceipe” contest belt, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato & ‘Uke’s Rising Stars and Jon Yamasato, and taiko drumming from Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, our 3rd annual SPAM Musubi eating contest, and our attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest SPAM Musubi! Don’t forget to also bring your brown rice or monetary donations for our beneficiary Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Can’t wait! See you there…

3rd Annual Rice Fest
3rd Annual Rice Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2012
11am-7pm @ Ward Warehouse
Interact: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012

Wowzas! Two weeks in a row! What is this kid on!? 😉

This week, we gonna stick to the food p0rn to see how sharp you buggahs are. One fishy, one sammich and one hemajang mix plate. Speaking of which, wea hemajang stay?

Anyways, I’ll meet you back at the bottom of this post!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 15, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 15, 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
* Name of each item on dish: 2 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? - August 15, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 15, 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
* Name of dish: 3 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

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 15, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 15, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Name of dish: 3 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 Week’s Results (8/08)
Points for Photo #1
* Location: 2 points (Laie Point – Takeshi)
* General area: 1 point (Laie – Takeshi)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Naupaka Street – Takeshi)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (Takeshi)

Points for Photo #2
* Name of dish: 3 points (Acai Bowl – carokun)
* Location: 2 points (Diamond Head Cove – Coconut Willy)

Points for Photo #3
* Location: 2 points (Stan Sheriff Center – Paco)
* General area: 1 point (Manoa – Paco)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Lower Campus Road – Paco)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (Paco)

Totals This Week

  • 6 points – Takeshi
  • 3 points – carokun
  • 2 points – Coconut Willy
  • 6 points – Paco
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 44.0 – Paco
  • 41.0 – carokun
  • 30.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 17.0 – rayboyjr
  • 11.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 07.0 – pink lady
  • 06.0 – Takeshi
  • 04.0 – J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady, che
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VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we got another video sighting of VH07V. Real estate extraordinaire, island entertainer, and all around nice guy Jon Yamasato recently wore his Blue/White Logo VH07V shirt on his popular HI*Sessions Youtube show. Check that entire Youtube channel out! Awesome resource for local Hawaiian music!

Jon Yamasato wearing the Blue/White Logo VH07V Tee on his HI*Sessions show with Kevin Okimoto (formerly of Opihi Pickers!)

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Ever since columnist Alana Folen covered VH07V in last week’s MidWeek, (new) business has been picking up some steam. Big mahalos to Alana and the rest of the team at MidWeek!

* Moved into my much cozier/spacious/convenient storage space at Hawaii Self Storage. Got a lot more elbow room now to fill up with additional inventory, fold clothes and fulfill orders l’dat! Mahalos to the friendly staff at HSS!

* VH07V will be sponsoring this year’s Rice Fest (duh!), but the even more exciting part is that in addition to having a booth there to sell VH07V merch galore, I will printing up the official Rice Fest shirts for this year which will be worn by all volunteers. Another version of the shirt will also be sold at the VH07V booth with part of the proceeds going back to our main beneficiary: Lanakila Meals on Wheels!

* May have another potential “giving back” type of project in the works, but I don’t really want to talk about that yet in case it doesn’t happen. More on that to come.

* Got some exciting things cooking lately including new designs/styles for shirts/tops, new hats, and more! Speaking of which, here’s another unofficial survey for y’all! What do you guys think of the following hat samples? Will probably go forward with the more popular one(s).

Sample VH07V Hat Design #1
VH07V Design #1
Sample VH07V Hat Design #1: Black/Pink Snapback

Sample VH07V Hat Design #2
VH07V Design #2
Sample VH07V Hat Design #2: Black/Blue/Silver Snapback

Sample VH07V Hat Design #3
VH07V Design #3
Sample VH07V Hat Design #3: Pink/Gold Foam Trucker

In the comment section below, let me know which one you like.

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.

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


Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage!

Here’s a neat find. For those Auction Hunters/Storage Wars/Storage Hunters-type reality show fans out there, there will be a real life version of that happening right here in Hawaii. Locally-owned and operated Hawaii Self Storage will be holding a Storage Auction at their Salt Lake location (808 Ahua Street), with bids starting as low as $10! Check out the fun on Thursday, August 30th at 10am (with registration by 9am)!

Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Salt Lake
Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Salt Lake


3rd Annual Rice Fest!

It’s that time of year again! As one of the Rice Fest co-founders, I feel that it is my duty to pester da heck outta you guys until you show up at the event. 8) This year, we’re excited to be having it at Ward Centers (in the parking lot area near Menchies off Auahi). More on the details of the day’s activities, but you can be sure that we’ll have the best rice-oriented food booths, cooking demonstrations, the SPAM musubi eating contest, and the breaking of the Guinness World Record for Largest SPAM musubi… Again! Hope to see y’all there!

3rd Annual Rice Fest
3rd Annual Rice Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2012
11am-7pm @ Ward Centers

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

Happy April y’all! Had one late night tonight, so I’m basically typing this one with one eye open and da oddah one fast asleep! 😛 More on why I had a late night, but for now, hurrr’s this week’s photo. Hungry yet? 8)


Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 6, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 6, 2011

Points for Photo #1…
* Best Caption!: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Name of dish (Duh!): 1 point
* Name of island (*grin*): 2 points
* 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


Last Week’s Results:
With only two pics last week we had two winners: Coconut Willy and Paco. ‘Grats C Dubbs & 2Pac! Check out da leadahboard below for da updates!

Da Leadahboard (Round 3)!

  • 32.0 – carokun
  • 21.5 – Coconut Willy
  • 21.0 – Paco
  • 08.0 – Takeshi, honugurl79
  • 05.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 04.0 – che, k15
  • 03.0 – SteveO, bB, tita leerz
  • 02.0 – sooooogs
  • 01.0 – kuya.d

You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru (なんでもできる) – Alvin “Pops” Okami
Earlier tonight, I was fortunate enough to be invited to an event called “KoAloha Mai”, a live webcast of local artists (like Herb Ohta, Jr., David Kamakahi, Jon Yamasato, Manoa DNA, & Pali), hosted and streamed out from KoAloha Ukulele Factory via Channel808.tv. One of the treats of the night was when Alvin “Pops” Okami performed “You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru” a song he selflessly dedicated to the people of Japan who are currently suffering due to the tragic earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Here’s the performance that literally gave me chicken skin! For more information about the song and to find out how you can help, visit KoAloha’s Nippon Relief page here!

Click here to read Bruddah Alvin Okami’s story behind the inspirational song!


You Can Do It If You Try/Nandemo Dekiru – Alvin “Pops” Okami


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Cougar Pride – Three Kaiser High Grads Making a Difference

November 1, 2010

When it comes to careers, they have an old saying… “Do what you love and you never have to work a day in your life.” Most of us chug along through the day to day of life, wondering if there’s a better way. Personally, though I love my job, I often wonder if the folks in Major League Baseball are still out there looking for a mediocre-ly built, over-the-hill, talented (in-his-own-mind) right arm to be the next best thing in the bigs. And then I wake up.

A lucky few, however, are fortunate enough to find something they fall in love with and follow that path towards something they can make a career of. Below is the story of three such men.

Jody Kamisato – `Ukulele Hale

Jody Kamisato is the owner of Ukulele Hale, an ukulele school in Kaimuki that teaches students – from small kid time all the way up to our senior citizens – the art of our beautiful 4-stringed instrument.

Though we both knew of each other from our Kaiser High School/Hawaii Kai days, I think I actually first met Jody when I asked him to perform at an event I was putting together back in September (the inaugural Rice Fest). Not only was I impressed by the talent he showcased during his performance on stage (through his group Heart & Soul), but I was also taken aback by the way he mentored and encouraged his students before their performances.

Here’s an interview I had recently with Jody:


An Interview with Ukulele Hale’s Jody Kamisato

[Edward Sugimoto] When did you first pick up the `ukulele and how long was it before you fell in love?

[Jody Kamisato] Geez, I first picked it up in elementary school. So I went to Kamiloiki Elementary and in their Hawaiiana class, they offered ukulele. So that was my first time, and started taking lessons, and actually it wasn’t until high school that I got really into ukulele.

[Edward Sugimoto] Kaiser right?

[Jody Kamisato] Kaiser. *winks*

[Edward Sugimoto] That’s right!

[Jody Kamisato] Kaiser! *laughs*

[Edward Sugimoto] Kaiser baby! *laughs* At what point did you know it was the path for you?

[Jody Kamisato] Um, well actually Jake Shimabukuro from Pure Heart had come to do one of our assemblies at Kaiser, and he was in a group called Pure Heart along with Jon Yamasato who’s another Kaiser graduate… Um, but after that, I just you know, I saw what he did and I was just amazed at what the ukulele, you know, the possibilities of the ukulele. And just the way he played and the style that he played in really caught my attention, so I just called him up and I was like “Hey, can I sign up for lessons?” and so I did and a few years later he asked me to teach. He opened a school called Ukulele Academy in Hawaii Kai and so that’s where I kinda got my start from… was teaching at his studio.

[Edward Sugimoto] Do you draw from any positive experiences from some of your mentors from your past and apply them to your teaching methods today?

[Jody Kamisato] Absolutely. You know, I think one of the greatest gifts with music is the ability to share it. And so, some of my mentors, which included Peter Moon, Jake Shimabukuro, Troy Fernandez…You know these guys have really done so much with music and really taken it to, not just Hawaii, but outside of Hawaii so, they’ve gone international. And especially with Jake, and so, just from that, he’s really opened a lot of doors with music and with ukulele. So that’s what I want to try to do with our music… it’s to take it on another level and share it with people not just from Hawaii but around the world.

[Edward Sugimoto] And you have a business: Ukulele Hale. Talk to me about your keiki.

[Jody Kamisato] Alright, well, we have a school called Ukulele Hale in Kaimuki and I’d say a majority is students, is the keiki. You know we actually teach students of all ages and skill levels. So we start them… Our youngest is 3 and a half years old, and we also have senior classes as well. Right now we have about 170 students.


Kody Kiyokawa and Jody Kamisato jammin’ on the uke

NOTE: Kody Kiyokawa recently represented Ukulele Hale at the Duke’s Ukes contest and came home with a brand new Kamaka Ukulele after winning the Best Showmanship award.

[Edward Sugimoto] On top of being a teacher, you also have a group with Chris Salvador called Heart & Soul? Tell me a little bit about that.

[Jody Kamisato] I partnered up with a friend of mine, his name is Chris Salvador, and we call ourselves Heart & Soul, and we are actually in the recording studio now working on our debut album. We’re hoping to have it out, gee, in the next few weeks and actually have our CD release party in November. It’s set for November 21st. Chris and I just got back from touring Japan as well as New York. We participated in the New York Ukulele Festival, and also Japan has this event called the Ukulele Picnic which draws 10,000 ukulele fans. So it was an amazing experience and we just feel very blessed to follow our passion and play music.

Poster for Heart & Soul Debut CD Release Celebration (click to enlarge)
Poster for Heart & Soul Debut CD Release Celebration (click to enlarge)

[Edward Sugimoto] Where can we pick up the album when it’s ready?

[Jody Kamisato] It’ll be available on iTunes and definitely in music stores and book stores throughout Hawaii. Yeah, so go out and support local music. *laughs*

[Edward Sugimoto] You were mentioning that you guys tour a lot, you were in New York and you go all over the place. You were at the Rice Festival of course…

[Jody Kamisato] Rice Festival, yeah!

[Edward Sugimoto] … Where else can we find you guys going forward?

[Jody Kamisato] We’re definitely going to be performing more. Right now we’re focusing on the recording. Once that’s finished, we plan to do more steady gigs for the public. And definitely we’re actually planning a Japan tour this coming December. We’re going up for about a week and a half. It’s a Heart & Soul CD Japan Release Tour.

[Edward Sugimoto] That’s awesome.

[Jody Kamisato] Yeah, we’re excited.

[Edward Sugimoto] You’re all over social media. You wanna give some plugs out there to your various locations?

[Jody Kamisato] *laughs* Sure. Alright well you can come check us out on Facebook. Um, I just set it up recently. It’s uh facebook…

[Edward Sugimoto] *shows Jody his notes*

[Jody Kamisato] *laughs* facebook.com/jody.kamisato. Or you can visit us on Youtube. Just type in “Jody Kamisato”, “Ukulele Hale”, or “Heart & Soul”. And Twitter. I’m ukulele…

[Edward Sugimoto] jody

[Jody Kamisato] jody *laughs* Thanks Ed! @ukulelejody

[Edward Sugimoto] Cool. Good stuff.

[Jody Kamisato] Thanks a lot. Take care. Keep jammin’ the uke and live aloha. *shaka*

Ukulele Hale
Kaimuki Professional Building
1109 12th Avenue Suite 203
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 (map)
(808) 258-7237
ukulelehale@gmail.com

George Kotaka – IKF Hawaii

George Kotaka is legend in karate. He is a 4th degree black belt with 30 years of training under that belt. He is the son of Chuzo Kotaka (a legend in his own right), the man responsible for bringing IKF (International Karate Federation) Karate to Hawaii. George is one of the main instructors for IKF Hawaii teaching students at dojos in Kamiloiki, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei and the University areas.

My first memory of George was seeing him grow through the karate ranks right alongside of the rest of us. Under Sensei Kotaka (Chuzo), I was fortunate enough to earn my brown belt, and I remember little (at the time) George showing up at our dojo to train periodically. Eventually our paths crossed again while attending Kaiser High School.

George sat down with me during this recent interview:


An Interview with IKF Hawaii’s George Kotaka

[Edward Sugimoto] First of all, please introduce yourself George.

[George Kotaka] My name is George Kotaka, I’m 33 years old and I’ve been taking karate since I was 3 years old.

[Edward Sugimoto] Back in the day, your father (Chuzo Kotaka) was my sensei at IKF in Kahala. Is this where your interest in karate first came from?

[George Kotaka] My interest in karate began, like I said, when I was 3 years old, and my father actually didn’t really force me to take karate. He was just bringing me by the dojo and kinda like just like anything else, you know, where you’re introduced to it so often, after a while you just start to pick it up. I just was really kinda just drawn to karate. Never forced to start it.

[Edward Sugimoto] As the sensei’s son, did you feel any extra pressure to be better and perform well because your dad was the sensei?

[George Kotaka] Being the sensei’s son, I really didn’t feel any pressure at all. I always just went to practice, worked really hard, always had goals in mind that I wanted to achieve since I was young. Just, you know, just like short term goals in the beginning and then later on, fulfilling my long term goals, but never had the pressure because I always just knew that if I just relied on my training and my skill, you know, good things would come about.

[Edward Sugimoto] Lyoto Machida of the UFC, he became the Light Heavyweight Champion a while ago (UFC 98 on May 23rd, 2009) and probably burst karate into the mainstream. Did you kinda feel that karate/”Lyoto Effect” in your studios/dojos?

[George Kotaka] I would say there was a little bit of an affect from the UFC fight where Lyoto won the UFC title. We saw a little bit of an influx of students inquiring about karate, interested in martial arts, especially the traditional martial arts. He comes from a traditional Japanese background, his style is called Shotokan, and it’s a very very popular, I would say one of the four major styles of karate in Japan. So I would say there was a little bit of an influx of students when that happened.


George Kotaka knocks out opponent (from shotokan68’s channel)

NOTE: George does not endorse this clip (a popular video on Youtube with over 29,851 views) and was frankly quite embarrassed of it when I brought it up. I snuck it in here just to give you a glimpse at what George’s karate is capable of.

[Edward Sugimoto] What inspired you to take the next step and become an instructor?

[George Kotaka] I always was intrigued and motivated to be an instructor, to be a teacher. Ever since I was about 14 or 15 years old, I began helping my sister at one of the local karate classes and being kind of like a junior assistant or junior leader and from since that time on, I was really just drawn to teaching, I always liked working with other people. So even after the competition aspect, I could always rely on going back to teaching and falling back to that background.

[Edward Sugimoto] You mentioned your competition background. You’re pretty much a karate legend here and around the country. What do you have in store going forward?

[George Kotaka] Most importantly right now, after retiring from competition in 2008, is just to really work on my students and giving back to the dojo and going back to that teaching. Whether it’s producing the next state champion, national champion, Pan-American PKF Champion or even world champion, that would just be great. I just want to produce quality students most importantly. They don’t have to be champions. If that comes along that would be great but overall I just want my students to be good mannered students, have good morals and ethics and really go by the karate way.


George Kotaka Highlights (from CHAMPOFFICIAL’s channel)

NOTE: This clip I found on Youtube is probably a better representation of what George is all about (as opposed to the previous one). Check it.

[Edward Sugimoto] Cool, thank you very much.

[George Kotaka] OK, thanks.

IKF Hawaii – Main Office
7231 Nuulolo Street
Honolulu, HI 96825
(Click here for individual dojo locations/information)
(808) 395-1774
ikfkotaka@yahoo.com

Todd Tanaka – Team HK

Todd Tanaka holds a black belt under the prestigious Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu system. He is the owner and head instructor of the Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Team HK team, with locations in the University area, Kaimuki and Lutherville-Timonium in Maryland. He teaches the art of jiu jitsu and self defense to keiki (ages 5-13) and adults of all ages. He (along with George above) also just started a women’s cardio kickboxing class on Sunday nights (5:30pm-6:30pm).

Of the three, I probably knew Todd the best during high school. We ran in similar groups and hung out at some of the same places. Todd helped me land my first “celebrity” interview with his good friend Jason “Mayhem” Miller and even let me train at his dojo for a little while.

Here’s Todd and I catching up in this recent interview:


An Interview with Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Team HK’s Todd Tanaka

[Edward Sugimoto] Please introduce yourself.

[Todd Tanaka] Hi I’m Todd Tanaka and I’m the head instructor and owner of Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Team HK.

[Edward Sugimoto] Long before the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)/Jiu Jitsu explosion, you were training with Relson Gracie before anyone knew what it was. How long ago did you start training in the art of jiu jitsu and why did you first start?

[Todd Tanaka] I started in 1990 and I was in, I believe, 8th grade. That’s when (Jean Claude) Van Damme and Steven Seagal was all popular, and me and my friends John and Jared wanted to take a martial art because of the popularity of the martial arts. We were thinking about taking like kickboxing, aikido and stuff and Jared’s father suggested that we go with him to this jiu jitsu class, Brazilian jiu jitsu classes, and we were like, “What is that?” We had no idea. And the dad was like just come down and see if you like it. So we went down, met Relson, started taking the classes from there, and we fell in love with it from day 1.

[Edward Sugimoto] What inspired you to take the next step and become an instructor?

[Todd Tanaka] Well after the UFC started (1993), a lot of my friends wanted to learn and they’d always see me at the weight room and ask me to teach them and I was like “Man, sounds like a good deal.” You know, I could use the side cash so I asked Relson “Eh, can I start teaching?” and he said, “Well I want you to take an instructor program from my brother.” So he flew me up to his brother Rorion’s school in Torrance California, which Royce Gracie was there at the time and the dad (Helio)… And I stayed there, I took their instructor program, and I came back and I helped Relson open his new school in Kaimuki. And that’s pretty much how it all started for me in teaching.

[Edward Sugimoto] Talk to me about your kids. What brings you the most joy when you teach them?

[Todd Tanaka] The most joy is probably just seeing the smiles on their face and seeing how they really like it when they actually do the move correctly.

Todd Tanaka watching over his students
Todd Tanaka watching over his students

[Edward Sugimoto] Do you have an opinion or any comments to those who feel jiu jitsu is dangerous for young kids?

[Todd Tanaka] Yes. You take a risk in any sport… You do… but they have to understand that jiu jitsu and MMA is totally different things. I don’t teach my students to fight. I teach them to defend themselves, self defense, you know. And, you know, if you go in there and you think that jiu jitsu is all about fighting, then yeah, you’re gonna have that perception, but I’m gonna let you guys know that the Relson Gracie jiu jitsu system is about self defense and not fighting.

[Edward Sugimoto] What about personal goals? You received your black belt in July of last year? Anything else in store?

[Todd Tanaka] Um, well, I’m just gonna keep training. I currently just opened two other schools this past year. I have a branch in Kaimuki, and I opened one with another Kaiser classmate/alumni Stuart Ramos. He opened a school under me in (Lutherville-) Timonium, Maryland. Hopefully I dunno, maybe my schools can start growing.


Relson Gracie Promotes Todd Tanaka to Black Belt (from GracieTeamHK’s channel)

[Edward Sugimoto] How about any professional fighting for you at some point?

[Todd Tanaka] *laughs* No, I’m too small and old for that.

[Edward Sugimoto] Finally, you’re big into social media. Do you find that it helps a lot?

[Todd Tanaka] Yes. I can’t remember where I heard this, and I’ve always been using this for years… It’s not who you know, it’s about who knows you. So I’ve always put myself out there. You know, they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity right? Everything’s good publicity, so whatever I do, I put myself out there, I’m easy to find. *smiles*

[Edward Sugimoto] Why don’t we do some plugging of some of those web sites?

[Todd Tanaka] Alright, I got my web site: ToddTanaka.com, and I have my jiu jitsu web site: TeamHK.net, I have my Facebook: facebook.com/toddktanaka, I have Twitter: twitter.com/toddtanaka, Youtube: youtube.com/gracieteamhk, and, man, I got a couple others but I can’t remember all of them right now. *laughs*

[Edward Sugimoto] Alright cool, thanks a bunch Todd!

[Todd Tanaka] Thank you!

Team HK
(Click here for individual dojo locations/information)
(808) 277-1128
todd@teamhk.net

Three great individuals doing great things in their respective communities… who, oh-by-the-way, all happen to be graduates from my proud Alma mater of Henry J. Kaiser High School. They have found a way to follow their passion and find a career doing something that they absolutely love.

I guess you can say they never have to work a day in their lives…