Posts Tagged ‘Kaiser High School’

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

August 27, 2014

Sorry for the MIA action. Choke stuffs going on! No can keep up. Hope you’re still out there and ready to guess… 🙂

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 27, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 27, 2014


* Kaiser High School Fundraiser
As a proud Kaiser High School alumni and former Cougar athlete, VH07V is proud to be able to give back and help the 2014 OIA White East Champion Men’s Basketball program with this exciting fundraiser to help raise monies for team equipment and travel. 100% of the proceeds go back to the program. See below for details on how to order:

Sales Began: Friday, August 22, 2014
Last Day to Purchase: (next week) Friday, September 5, 2014
Delivery: Mid‐September 2014

Just $15 / Shirt
Only in Blue Short Sleeve
Adult Sizes: Small to 3XL
100% Cotton, Pre-Shrunk

Cash (preferred) or Check Payable to
Kaiser High School Men’s Basketball
Write: T‐Shirt Fundraiser in Memo Section

To Buy One: See Any Kaiser Men’s Basketball Player
Or Contact Coach:
Branden Kawazoe
Ph: (808) 394‐1200 ext 2242

VH07V Fundraiser for Kaiser High School Basketball program
VH07V Fundraiser for Kaiser High School Basketball program

Check out the talented “Karli3G” as she does an ukulele cover of the popular Meghan Trainor hit “All About That Bass”! You can pick up her “Hashtag” #Hawaii shirt exclusively at Aloha Stadium (CGear Stores) when the Warriors start their season later this month.

Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass (ukulele cover)

* New Shaka Colorway!
Speaking of exclusive drops… This new UH inspired colorway of our popular “Shaka” design will be exclusively available at the CGear stores at Aloha Stadium starting this season! Go Warriors!

New Shaka Colorway available at Aloha Stadium!
New Shaka Colorway available at Aloha Stadium!


VH07V at Rice Fest!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 (11am-5pm)


As always, VH07V will be at the annual Rice Fest taking place from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward Centers (we’re looking to block off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Here’s the official event poster! Hope to see y’all there!

Rice Fest
5th Annual Rice Fest

* VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival!
We had a great time at our very first Made In Hawaii Festival! Mahalo to everyone who came to support and for pretty much cleaning us out of a lot of our inventory! 😉 Here are some of the sights from that day.

VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival
VH07V at the 20th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival

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Elephant, Heart & Soul, and Five-0 [VIDEOS]

November 23, 2010

These Tuesday posts are getting later and later yeah? Before you know it, da buggah goin’ run into our Where In Hawaii Wednesday post. Oh well, better late than never ah?

So I guess it’s obvious that I nevah watched Hawaii Five-0 live last night – hence the lack of a Five-0 post – but feel free to use the comment area below to chat up about the show with your fellow peeps anyway. I heard rap singer Nas made an appearance. Hah?

This weekend, I attended two events that had some killah live music and I wanted to post some videos I took to showcase the local talent we have here in Hawaii.

The first one is of a rock band called Elephant (who performs every Saturday from 9pm-2am at the Irish Rose Saloon in Waikiki). Lead man Kevin Jones is a talented DJ for Star 101.9FM, a better singer/rock star, and an even better friend. Check out Elephant performing a cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” below.

Elephant – “When Doves Cry”

The second band is called Heart & Soul, comprising of two talented ukulele players: Chris Salvador and my buddy Jody Kamisato. I recently featured Jody (and other fellow Kaiser High grads) in my November AroundHawaii article: “Cougar Pride – Three Kaiser High Grads Making a Difference“). Jody is the owner and head instructor at Ukulele Hale, and Chris is a young, but talented player with sick vocal skills. Below is a short clip of them covering Pure Heart’s “How Can I Get Over?” at their recent CD Release Celebration Party at Gordon Biersch at the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

Heart & Soul – “How Can I Get Over?”

Here’s a little bonus cut from one of my favorite Youtube singers, an obvious ode to John Tyner’s experience with the TSA. OMG Hilarious!

David Choi – “Please Don’t Touch My Junk”

Kay, das all. Have a good Tuesday yo! 🙂

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* 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

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

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:, and I have my jiu jitsu web site:, I have my Facebook:, I have Twitter:, Youtube:, 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

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…

Survey Thursday: Favorite Teacher

May 28, 2009

K homeys, we’re back on the reminiscing tip this week. Y’all ready for this?

Last week we got CHOKE feedback about some of our favorite, now-out-of-business, businesses. This week, we’ll pay homage to those who sharpened our minds and molded our futures. Das right’chall, it’s time to give mad props to our favorite teacher(s) of yesteryear! I know ya got um! Here’s your chance to send some love to them! So, without further ado…

Growing up, who was your favorite teacher and why? 

I have two. Mrs. Carol Teruya at Wilson Elementary and Ms. Lori Sugimura at Kaiser High.

My memory’s a bit foggy for the elementary school daze, but I do remember that Mrs. Teruya was super nice and sweet and took a liking to me for some reason. I think she had a hand in sending me to A.T. (Academically Talented) classes as well. Big ups to Mrs. Teruya.

Ms. Sugimura was my Japanese language teacher as well as my sensei when I was her T.A. She was a super laid-back and an in-tune-with-the-students kinda teacher. She was on the younger side so she could relate to us a lot better, which made for a fun class. I think she took a liking to me as well. Probably didn’t hurt that I spoke Japanee. 😛 Shout out to Ms. Sugimura.

K, your turn yo! Who be your fave teech and why?

Results from last week (Old School Joints)

  • 5-7-9
  • 3-Coins Restaurant -Wahiawa where Zippy’s is now.
  • 9th ave bakery
  • A&W restaurants?
  • Aaron’s
  • Ala Wai Canal rental boats
  • Alex’s Drive Inn, Kapahulu
  • All the bowling alleys that got shut down…
  • All the Drive Ins
  • All the sugar cane fields that originally existed from Waikele to Kunia, into Kapolei and Ewa
  • Aloha Airlines/Mahalo/Discovery/Mid Pacific
  • Andrew’s
  • Andy’s (Same guy)
  • Any trustworthy manapua truck
  • Arakawa’s
  • Atlantis
  • Beacon Restaurant
  • Bear In Mind (small, small shop – i think it was where the viking/sub zero showroom is now)
  • Bea’s Drive inn (where Donald Duck was)
  • BeeHive drive in – Wahiawa
  • Ben Franklin (Kaimuki)
  • Ben Ono’s Texaco (pearl city – that was my hs job)
  • Big Way
  • Black Angus
  • Black Orchid
  • Blimpie’s
  • Blue Zebra
  • Bobby McGee’s
  • Boy London
  • Brew Moon
  • Bubble Gum
  • Bullwinkle’s
  • Cane Fields…and not fo suck face and make mufflah burns
  • Canlis
  • Capt’s Galley
  • Carnival Carnival
  • Castagnola
  • Castle Park
  • Catch of the Day Sushi
  • C’est Ci Bon
  • Chaco’s
  • Charlie’s Bar and Grill – Kea’au
  • Che Michele
  • Cheapo (the generic Jelly’s)
  • Chi Chi’s
  • Chicken Alice
  • Chico’s Pizza
  • Chuck Wagon
  • Chuck’s Manoa/Shipley’s Ale House
  • Chun Hoon supermarket
  • Chunky’s drive inn
  • Church’s fried chicken
  • Cilly’s and The Sting.
  • Cinerama Theater
  • Civic Auditorium – Wrassling! Handsome Johnny Barand (sic?), Ripper Collins,
  • Clic Photo Kiosks
  • Cobra Skateboards, that whole building is gone!
  • Coco’s
  • Coda
  • Coin Power
  • Compadres
  • CompUSA
  • Consumer Tire Warehouse – the one at Pearlridge is that furniture store now by Borders.
  • Contempo Casuals
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (Ala Moana)
  • Coronet – Waipahu and Makaha
  • Country Lanes in Waipahu
  • Curious Porpoise
  • da skate rink in waiau
  • Daie pearlridge
  • Dairy Queen in Wahiawa
  • Dairyman’s
  • dat saimin stand in pearl city that turned into a car lot
  • dat theater in town dat play kung fu movies
  • Delite soda
  • Dennys Pearlridge used to be something else before, does anyone remember?
  • Ditto’s (all UHers had to go there before)
  • Donald Duck drive inn
  • dunkin donuts
  • Eagle Hardware – now Lowes
  • Ebesu Catering and Delicatesen
  • Elena’s…yes, back to waipahu
  • Elephant and Castle in Waimalu
  • Emilio’s Pizza
  • Emjays
  • Ewa Shopping Basket
  • Famous Amos cookie stands
  • Farm Fair at McKinley HS
  • Farrell’s Restaurants
  • Fast stop
  • Fiasco’s (Hilo)
  • Flamingo’s
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foremost – between Gaspro and OCCC on Dillingham Blvd.
  • Foxmoor
  • Francis Camera Shop–Ala Moana
  • Frankie’s Market
  • Game World/Mitsukoshi
  • Gecko Moon
  • GEMs
  • Gibson’s
  • Giving Tree
  • Goodie Corner-Temple Valley Shopping Center
  • Grace’s in McCully
  • Granny Goose warehouse, right off Moanalua freeway where the coffin place is now
  • Great Outdoors bike shop near Cutter Ford Aiea.
  • GTE Hawaiian Tel phone mart in Pearlridge, next to Sears.
  • H Saimin Stand
  • Hamada Okazuya in Waipahu
  • hanauma bay where you can go see toilet bowl
  • Haouli clothing store at Pearl City by Longs
  • harpos pizza
  • Hartfields
  • Hawaii Stars Studios
  • Heavy Metal Barbell Co. – westridge
  • Helen’s Chinese Food on Kapahulu
  • Hickory Farms in Pearlridge phase II by the Hobby Company.
  • Hoffman’s video
  • Holiday Mart (I don’t care if it’s Don Quijote, it’s HOLIDAY MART)
  • Honcell
  • Honolulu Federal Savings and Loan
  • Honolulu Stadium? Hawaii Islanders baseball.
  • Honouliuli Shokai Store
  • Honsport – I bought my in line skates there!
  • HOPACO–Ala Moana
  • Horatio’s
  • House of Music
  • huli huli chicken fundraisers
  • Ice Garden at Gibson’s Mapunapuna
  • Il Fresco/El Crab Catcher (where Red Lobster is now)
  • Infinity
  • Island infusion (Hilo)
  • JB’s
  • JC Penny’s
  • Jelly’s
  • Jet Raceway slotcars (Kaimuki Ciyt Mill)
  • Jewelco
  • JJ’s Diner
  • Jolly Rogers drive inn (after Mynah Bird drive inn and now Kahala Zippys)
  • Jumbo’s
  • JW
  • Kailua Drive in-theater
  • Kaimuki Cue
  • Kaiser Hospital when it was in the Hawaii Prince Hotel location
  • Kalihi Bowl
  • Kam Bowl/Kalihi Bowl/Bowl a Drome/Waialae Bowl
  • Kam Drive in-theater
  • Kamaaina Coffee Shop (I think that’s what it was called, the one outside the Kahala Mall Woolworth)
  • Kapiolani Bakery
  • Kapiolani Bar and Grill
  • KC Drive In
  • Keiki Land (Ala Moana)
  • Kelly’s Coffee Shop
  • Kengo’s
  • Kenny’s Burger House
  • Kimuraya Bakery
  • King Sporting Goods
  • King Theater
  • Kings Bakery/Coffee Shop
  • Kings Garden (10th Ave)
  • Kinney shoes
  • Klum Gym?
  • Komokata
  • Kramer’s
  • Kress
  • Kuhio Grill
  • Kuroda Chevron in Aiea
  • Kwong On
  • Leeds
  • Liberty House
  • Liberty Theater – kung fu movies
  • Lippy Espinda’s used cars
  • Lynn’s Deli-
  • Lyn’s Delicatessen/Little Sicily Pizza
  • magic island when neva look and smell like one toilet bowl
  • Magoo’s (The one from da van not too good)
  • Manoa Chop Suey
  • Manoa Grill
  • Marina theatres
  • Maroney’s Pizza in Wahiawa
  • Marsh Company used to be on Dillingham by Sizzler.
  • Marujyu when they was a super market.
  • Masa’s
  • Masa’s Kitchen (across cafe sistina)
  • Masquerade
  • mc donalds when still had da playground by lex brodies
  • McCully Chop Suey
  • McInerney
  • Ming’s Palace (King Street)
  • Moa Moa Tei on Kalakaua near Rock-Za
  • Moose Mcgillycuddy’s
  • Mr. Sub
  • Mynah Bird drive inn (Kahala zippys)
  • NEX Toyland used to be in the Waimano Home Road navy warehouses where Pearl City Wendy’s is now.
  • Nicholas Nicklas – top of Ala Moana Hotel
  • Nick’s Fishmarket
  • Nippon Theater
  • Oaktree
  • Oasis
  • O’Keefe and Sons (Hilo)
  • original chuckecheese was huge!
  • O’taheite
  • P&P supermarket (Kaimuki City Mill)
  • Pager one
  • Palace and Mamo theatres
  • Palomino
  • Palowai drive inn – Waialae McDonald
  • Parker’s Books
  • Pay N Save
  • Pearl City Tavern (bonus points for the spider monkey display)
  • PENGUINS at Pearlridge phase I
  • perridge “phase one and two” now referred to as uptown
  • perridge drive in theaters fo suck face
  • perridge four plex
  • Pink Cadillac
  • Pioneer chicken
  • Pioneer Federal
  • Pizza Bob’s
  • Player’s
  • Playwell
  • Primo Brewery in Pearl City where Best Buy is now.
  • Primo Gardens (waimalu)
  • Punani’s
  • quarry parking
  • Rainbow Rollerland
  • Ranch House
  • Reuben’s
  • Rexall
  • Ritz – they used to be in ala mo and pearlridge.
  • Round house
  • Row Bar
  • Royal Sunset Drive in-theater
  • Royal Theater
  • Rudy’s flowers
  • Runway 7
  • Salerno
  • San Francisco Rag Shop
  • sato’s shave ice
  • Scoozee’s
  • Scotty’s drive inn (Keeaumoku)
  • Security Diamonds
  • Shakey’s pizza
  • Shan’s Bakery in Wahiawa
  • Showbiz
  • Skateland
  • Skyslide
  • Slices Pizza on Kapahulu
  • south seas restaurant, kelly’s bakery and tops
  • Spats
  • Speedy’s
  • Spindrifters (Kahala Mall)
  • Spud’s Laundry
  • Stadium Bowl o Drome
  • Stecks?
  • strawberry fields (S. King st)
  • Studabaker’s
  • Suehiro’s
  • Super Slide
  • Suzuki Japanese Restaurant
  • Sweet thoughts bakery (manoa)
  • Sweethearts Lei Stand
  • Taco Hut
  • Tahitian Lanai (my friend used to work there).
  • Tanoue’s Saimin
  • Ted’s Drive In – Moiliili
  • Tempo Music/JR’s Music Shop
  • TGI Fridays
  • the “old” oceans
  • The Bistro at Century Center
  • The Body Shop
  • The Dog House
  • The Huge McDonald Land playground in Waipahu!
  • The Meat Market
  • The Moana and The Surfrider Hotels..
  • The Point After
  • the pump – liquor store at pearlridge by Anna Millers.
  • The Red Vest
  • The Ritz
  • the saimin stand on the corner of waipahu st and depot rd
  • The Trampoline place next to Rainbow Rollerland.
  • The Waikikian and Tahitian Lanai
  • The Wave Waikiki
  • Thick n Juicy Pizza in waimalu
  • Thom McCann
  • Thrifty Drug Store
  • Tic Toc Drive In
  • Timber Town
  • Tower Records
  • Toy Land
  • Toyo Theater – samurai movies (Zatoichi, Lone Wolf, ….)
  • Toyo’s Superette!
  • Us is Nuts
  • Varsity Theatre
  • Vball Hawaii – ward warehouse
  • Victoria Station
  • Vis A Vis
  • Wahiawa Theater
  • Waialae Drive Inn Theater
  • Waialae Driving Range
  • Waikiki 1 & 2 theaters
  • Waikiki theater #3 with the fake coconut trees inside.
  • Walden Books
  • Wigwam, Dillingham
  • Wiki Wiki Burger – Market City
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria
  • Wong’s Saimin and Okazuya (Ala Moana)
  • Woolworth’s
  • World Cafe
  • Yong Sing (Downtown)
  • yumyum tree


Happy Survey Thursday… Woo Hoo it’s almost TGI(F)F!