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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

Rice Fest countdown = 17 days! 8)

So what bettah way to start than with a picture of a festival of rice? 😉 Go getum gang!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 12, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 12, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Name each item: 1 point 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 12, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 12, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Name of dish: 5 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 12, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 12, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Fun name for each player: 1 point each
* Real first name for each player: 3 point 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 (9/05)

Points for Photo #1
* Location: 2 points (Cafe Laufer – Paco)
* General area: 1 point (Kaimuki – Paco)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Waialae Ave – Paco)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (Paco)

Points for Photo #2
* First name of bride & groom: 10 points each! (Jen – carokun)

Points for Photo #3
* Name of sammich: 3 points (Grilled Mahi – Coconut Willy)
* Location: 2 points (Kua’aina – Kage)

Totals This Week

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

  • 51.0 – carokun
  • 50.0 – Paco
  • 33.0 – 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 – Kage, pink lady, che
[Da Leadahboard]

VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we have Japanese ice skating legend Miwa Nishida as she sports her Blue/White Logo T colorway during a recent practice session at the Olympic Prep Arena in Yokohama Japan. Here’s Miwa’s blog post about it!

Japanese Ice Skating legend Miwa Nishida sports her VH07V Tee at the Olympic Prep Arena in Yokohama Japan
Japanese Ice Skating legend Miwa Nishida sports her VH07V Tee at the Olympic Prep Arena in Yokohama Japan

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Still waiting for my two new colorways to come in. Gray/Green for the new football season and Blue/Pink (partially) for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk (and because it looks cool! 😉 ). Will keep y’all posted!

* Speaking of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, my friend Shari has been ON FIRE with collecting donations/pledges for her team: Team VH07V! As of this writing, her team is up to $550 in donations and is #1 so far amongst all teams from Hawaii. Help them reach their goal of $1,000 by clicking on that link to make 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.

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

* 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. The sample I saw looked SICK! Can’t wait to share it with you guys!

* Other than that, I’ve been running low on a lot of stock just waiting for my “fill-in” shirt request to get filled. I plan on being fully loaded just in time for the new football season and the upcoming Rice Fest on the 29th.

* Depending on the tailgating sitch, I plan on being in the parking lot at Aloha Stadium this Saturday prior to the first UH Warrior home game. You guys going? If you wanna stop by and ask questions about VH07V or see some samples (or just hang out), holla!

* Last week, I visited my sticker guy on Maui to talk “bidness”. Found out his shop also did hats. It turned out to be quite the productive visit as I was able to get a bunch of new hat styles produced super fast kine (same day!). Which one do you like da bes?

Six all new hat style from VH07V!
Six all new hat style from VH07V!

For your banner, sticker and embroidering needs, contact my boy Aaron from Double Portion Banners and Decals k? He’s super on it!

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)


Hawaii Meth Project Garage Sale

Next weekend (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!

Save the Date! This year’s Rice Fest will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 11am-7pm at Ward Centers! This year, we will have cooking demonstrations from Chef Mavro of Chef Mavro Restaurant and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen, Santa Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei defending his “Riceipe” contest belt, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato & ‘Uke’s Rising Stars, and taiko drumming from Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, our 3rd annual SPAM Musubi eating contest, and our 2nd successful 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 Centers
Interact: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite


P.S. R.I.P. Janet Liang. 😦

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012

Happy September y’all! Just 24 more days until Rice Fest. 8)

We’ve got a full load of WIH this week with 3 pics (including a 10 point question!) so getcho game faces on and guess awaaaaay! 😉

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 5, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 5, 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? - September 5, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 5, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* First name of bride & groom: 10 points each!
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - September 5, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – September 5, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Name of sammich: 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

Last Week’s Results (8/29)
Points for Photo #1
* Location: 2 points (Yohei Sushi – Otto)
* General area: 1 point (Kalihi – Otto)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Dillingham, Kokea – carokun)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (carokun)
Totals This Week

  • 3 points – Otto
  • 3 points – carokun
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 44.0 – carokun, Paco
  • 30.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 17.0 – rayboyjr
  • 11.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 07.0 – pink lady
  • 06.0 – Takeshi
  • 04.0 – J-Dog, soogs
  • 03.0 – Otto, Ynaku
  • 02.0 – pink lady, che
[Da Leadahboard]

VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we got University of Hawaii Warrior alum and current Toronto Argonauts’ superstar Chad Owens reppin’ his Black/White Logo T colorway! Bruddah reached out to me on Instagram, I sent him some gear for him and his `ohana, and rest is history! 🙂

Toronto Argonauts star Chad Owens wears his VH07V on game day. That day, he goes off for 402 all purpose yards, 1 TD and the win! Auuuuraaaiiii!
Toronto Argonauts star Chad Owens wears his VH07V on game day. That day, he goes off for 402 all purpose yards, 1 TD and the win! Auuuuraaaiiii!

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Still waiting for my two new colorways to come in. Gray/Green for the new football season and Blue/Pink (partially) for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk (and because it looks cool! 😉 ). Will keep y’all posted!

* 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. The sample I saw looked SICK! Can’t wait to share it with you guys!

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)


New Hawaii Self Storage Commercial and Interview with Chad Owens!

Speaking of Chad Owens (above), here’s a funny commercial and mini-interview with him I found on Youtube!


Hawaii Self Storage Commercial and Interview with Chad Owens


3rd Annual Rice Fest!

Save the Date! This year’s Rice Fest will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 11am-7pm at Ward Centers! This year, we will have cooking demonstrations from Chef Mavro of Chef Mavro Restaurant and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV & Hawaiian Grown Kitchen, Santa Miyoshi of Tokkuri Tei defending his “Riceipe” contest belt, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato & ‘Uke’s Rising Stars and taiko drumming from Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, our 3rd annual SPAM Musubi eating contest, and our 2nd successful attempt to break the Guinness World Records 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 Centers
Interact: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite


Pray for Jay Fundraiser

And lastly… Jon Yamasato, a fellow Kaiser alumni reached out to me and asked if I could help support his friend Jay Veltri, who, at just 33 years old, is in the middle of his 2nd “battle for survivorship” with cancer.

This Saturday, September 8, 2012, the day before Jay’s 34th birthday, there will be a fundraiser held at a private estate at Paiko Lagoon (near Kuliouou). Suggested ticket donation is $25. The festivities will include a live band, buffet, children’s activities, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more! For fundraising ticket information, visit jayveltri.com.

I don’t know Jay personally, but because of our many mutual friends, it feels like I do, so I donated to his fight. If you are also able to donate to his fight or purchase tickets for the fundraising event this Saturday, please do. And please Pray for Jay… Mahalo!

Pray for Jay
Pray for Jay (Veltri)

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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

Ho, August 29th already… Exactly one month away from this year’s Rice Fest. So fast yeah?

Anyway, sorry (again!), was slammed at work all day yesterday and had one late softball game last night so I could only muster up the energy for one photo this week. I’ll try to respond to last week’s comments soon too!

If you’ve been to this week’s photo location, this one is duck soup. How you like the stealth shot with my arm inside? LOL! Good luck y’all!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 29, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 29, 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

Last Week’s Results (8/22)
Points for Photo #1
* Location: 2 points (Boulevard Saimin – che)
* General area: 1 point (Kalihi – Paco)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Dillingham – Paco)
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points (rayboyjr)
* “Spin-off” loaction: 2 points (Tanaka Saimin – Paco)

Points for Photo #2
* Location: 2 points (Pearlridge – carokun)

Points for Photo #3
* Location (duh!): 2 points (Golden Mart – carokun)
* General area: 1 point (Mililani – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Kamehameha Hwy – carokun)
* Title and Link to my article featuring this place: 5 points (carokun)

Totals This Week

  • 2 points – che
  • 4 points – Paco
  • 2 points – rayboyjr
  • 8.5 points – carokun
Round 7 Leadahz
TBD
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VH07V SPOTTED!

For this week’s “Spotted“, we got Twitter supporter Neil Ordinario wearing his Black/White Logo T colorway at U.S Cellular Field in Chicago.

Neil Ordinario rooting for his San Francisco Giants at U.S Cellular Field in Chicago with some VH07V
Neil Ordinario rooting for his San Francisco Giants at U.S Cellular Field in Chicago with some VH07V

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Here’s a mockup of a couple new colorways I’ve been cooking up. The one on the top will hopefully be ready just in time for football season 8) , while the one on the bottom is a colorway I thought might work well for my friend who is involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk. While they can use it as a fundraiser for their team, for any sales I personally make, I could also donate part of the proceeds back to the foundation. All for a good cause. What do you guys think of either of them?

Two new colorways dropping soon!
Two new colorways dropping soon!

* Another reminder that VH07V will be sponsoring this year’s Rice Fest (duh!) and will produce the office Rice Fest shirt (for sale at the event) and will be the official T-shirt provider for all volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering on September 29th from 11am-7pm, holla atcho boy! 🙂

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? – August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012

Oopsie. I think I made last week’s WIH game too hard. Not even one correct answer. I tink so I gotta slow down shmall kine. Let’s see how you guys do with these…

This week’s theme: Blur

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 22, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 22, 2012

Points for Photo #1…
* Specialty dish: 2 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* “Spin-off” loaction: 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? - August 22, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 22, 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
* 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 22, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 22, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Name of special (duh!): 2 points
* Location (duh!): 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Title and Link to my article featuring this place: 5 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Last Week’s Results (8/15)
Points for Photo #1
* Big, Fat Zero 😛

Points for Photo #2
* Big, Fat Zero 😛

Points for Photo #3
* Big, Fat Zero 😛

Totals This Week

  • 0 points – Errrbody
Round 7 Leadahz
No change. 😦

  • 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 a couple of fans/supporters sending their VH07V all the way from San Francisco’s picturesque Golden Gate Bridge! They are sporting the Blue/White Logo T colorway and the Black/White Logo T colorway.

VH07V supporters in San Francisco, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
VH07V supporters in San Francisco, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Put in a new order for a new colorway I’ve been cooking up, and also put in yet another “fill-in” order! Things are almost getting to that point where I need to outsource fulfillment services. Luckily, I have friends who do that so if ever I need to, it will hopefully make sense to go with them!

* Another reminder that VH07V will be sponsoring this year’s Rice Fest (duh!) and will produce the office Rice Fest shirt (for sale at the event) and will be the official T-shirt provider for all volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering on September 29th from 11am-7pm, holla atcho boy! 🙂

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? – 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 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

So wot gangy? Are you relieved that your taxes are finally pau? Were any of you naughty and nevah do um yet?

I’m getting a refund on both Federal and State, so I’m a happy camper. How’d you guys do?

This week’s photo is shmall kine stalker action. It’s a zoomed in picture of a random couple that just so happen to be in my shot. Can you guess where this is?

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

Points for Photo #1…
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Why wuz I dea?: 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

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Weekly VH07V T-Shirt Update!

The time has finally arrived! We’re just three short days away from the 2012 Hawaii Ocean Expo where I’ll be debuting the VH07V booth. The show is at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and runs from Saturday, April 21st (9am-7:30pm) through Sunday, April 22nd (9am-5pm). If anybody has any expertise in booth design, or even just doing trade shows in general, please help a brutha out! 😛

We’re cutting it pretty close, but all three vendors (tees, hats, and stickers) assure me that my orders will be ready in time for the show. I plan on having CHOKE quantities and styles, with show only discounts, so come on down and say “Hi!” if you can k?

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of the winning team I sponsored during the Central YMCA’s 1st Annual Indoor Triathlon. From left to right, they are the jogger: Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), the swimmer: Dino Kawamura (@Legendjy), and the biker Shay F (@StarletShay). Congratulations guys and mahalos for reppin’ VH07V!

Central YMCA's 1st Annual Indoor Triathlon's winning team: Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), Dino Kawamura (@Legendjy), and Shay F (@StarletShay)
Central YMCA’s 1st Annual Indoor Triathlon’s winning team: Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), Dino Kawamura (@Legendjy), and Shay F (@StarletShay)

And here’s a video recap from StarletShay’s popular Youtube channel! Much love ShayShay!


“My First Team Indoor Triathlon” – StarletShay

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

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

Sorry peeps. Da crunch time for tax season stay so I gotta shmall kine buckle down and get um ovah wit.

Only had time to post one photo this week so I’ll make it somewhat challenging (I think) to last the whole week. Good luck! 8)

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 11, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 11, 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
* Why wuz I dea?: 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

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We’re still on track for my first ever trade show appearance at the 2012 Hawaii Ocean Expo – on April 21st (9am-7:30pm) & 22nd (9am-5pm) at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

Orders for hats and adult tees (including a new color combo) are in, as is the keiki and lady’s lines! The Banner is in progress and I still have to order additional stickers soon. Business cards are pau!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is actually one of me. Sorry! LOL! It’s a shot from a testimonial spot we filmed for Lanakila Pacific Custom Products, who is actually taking the lead on my keiki and women’s stuff for this order. I’ve been so involved with Lanakila Pacific, from doing routes for their Meals on Wheels program, catering events for work from their Lanakila Kitchen, to participating in their annual Good Table event, that I almost feel like family. Heck, Lanakila Pacific is even the primary beneficiary of Rice Fest, the annual event I co-founded. It only made perfect sense to go through Lanakila Custom Products for my screening needs.

Lanakila Custom Products Testimonial for VH07V (Photo Credit: Lanakila Pacific)
Lanakila Custom Products Testimonial for VH07V (Photo Credit: Lanakila Pacific)

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

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011

This one’s for all y’all who monku that my pictures stay too hard. Go straight to Photo #3 and thank me later. LOL! Actually, Photos 1 & 2 are kinda easy too. See, I care. Hehe!

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - October 12, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 12, 2011

Points for Photo #1…
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link?: 2 points
* Funny name for group on stage: 3 points
* Funny name for big headed guy who got in my way: 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 #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - October 12, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 12, 2011

Points for Photo #2…
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link?: 2 points
* Name of dish I usually get here?: 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 12, 2011
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – October 12, 2011

Points for Photo #3…
* Location: 2 points
* General area?: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link?: 2 points
* Name of cone?: 2 points
* Funny/Cute name of character on cone?: 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

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My new blog on the corporate “Time Warner Cable Untangled” site is out. It’s an unboxing video (titled You, Party of Eight) of our latest wireless hotspot device, the IG2. Let me know what you guys think! 🙂

IG2 Unboxing


Please “Like” Our Photo!

Last Thursday, some friends and I participated in Lanakila Pacific’s The Good Table, an island-wide dining event to benefit Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Our restaurant was Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort, where we enjoyed each others’ company (with wine in abundance 8) ) and ate some ono kine grindz prepared by Chef Fred DeAngelo. Some of the photos taken that night (from all participating restaurants) were selected by Lanakila Pacific and entered into a photo contest to win a “staycation” package at the Royal Hawaiian valued at $1,500. Ricky Li’s photo from our time at Ola is currently in the lead with 106 Likes. Please “Like” the photo and help him maintain the lead to win himself a nice little staycation (the contest ends this Friday). Rumor has it that he may turn it into a hotel party with all those in the photo. 😆

Lanakila Pacific The Good Table event - with Rick Nakama, Kelli Nakama, Ricky Li, Shay F, myself, & Jessica Ogihara at Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort. [Photo by Ricky Li]
Lanakila Pacific The Good Table event – with Rick Nakama, Kelli Nakama, Ricky Li, Shay F, myself, & Jessica Ogihara at Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort. [Photo by Ricky Li]


Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Don’t forget to post your guesses below k? Shoooots!

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 10, 2011 (Postponed)

August 10, 2011

Sorry peeps. Had one shmall kine family emergency earlier tonight so I wasn’t able to work on this week’s WIH game for y’all (it’s 3:24am as I type this). 😦 Everything is OK for now so no worries, but going have to postpone “Where In Hawaii” for this week. Apologies yo. Hopefully, these bad luck Tuesdays will go away soon. 😦

In the meantime, here are a few things to help pass your time this week:


Interview with Lanakila Pacific’s Randi Jeung


Highlights from last year’s Rice Fest

Sheez, this blog ended up being pretty long anyway. Hahaha!


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

Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
 Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 10am-6pm 
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Lanakila Meals on Wheels – Feeding our Seniors, One Meal at a Time

August 1, 2011

When I think of senior citizens, I think of my dear obaachan in Japan. And although she lives on her own, she is never alone. Between her caretakers and her family and friends, she always has somebody to talk to and share a meal with.

For some seniors right here in Hawaii, they are not as fortunate. Many don’t have family or friends to visit and sometimes, they can’t even afford to eat. When I think about a senior citizen missing a meal, it breaks my heart because all I can I think about is what it might be like if my obaachan was in this horrible situation.

Enter Lanakila Pacific and their Meals on Wheels program. What started as a lunch wagon serving hot meals to seniors in need at A`ala Park in the 70’s, the Meals on Wheels program has expanded, serving 250,000 meals each year on over 90 different routes. They also have 18 Kupuna Wellness Centers around Oahu where able bodied seniors can gather, socialize, exercise, etc., in addition to getting their hot meal.

Lanakila Pacific sign
Lanakila Pacific sign

Now in its 40th year, Lanakakila Meals on Wheels is looking more than ever to fill the void of unmet seniors in need of home delivered meals, which the City & County of Honolulu’s Elderly Affairs Division 4-year plan (2007-2011) estimates at 8,587!

I recently sat down with Lanakila Pacific’s Volunteer and Resource Development Coordinator Randi Jeung to talk more about their Meals on Wheels program.

Interview with Randi Jeung

Edward Sugimoto) For those who don’t know, describe what Lanakila Pacific does as an organization, and what your role is here.

Randi Jeung) Lanakila Pacific is a local non-profit organization. This is our 72nd year. We offer programs and services for adults with cognitive, physical, social or age related challenges, and we help them build their independence and help them improve the quality of their lives.

Edward Sugimoto) And what do you do here?

Randi Jeung) I’m on the marketing team, so all the different marketing initiatives, I help with that, but my main role is I’m the volunteer coordinator so I go out to talk to people about volunteer opportunities here and how to get involved.

Edward Sugimoto) One of those programs is Meals on Wheels (and that’s how we know Rick Nakama and other volunteers as well), what is that program exactly?

Randi Jeung) Yeah, we’ve had a lot of social media people come and help us at different events and at different times so we’re very thankful for that. Lanakila Meals on Wheels is probably our best known program. Lanakila Pacific is probably best known for its Meals on Wheels program. It’s Hawaii’s largest and only island-wide meal service for seniors, but it’s so much more than just a meal program. Our volunteers are awesome volunteers. (They) provide them with connections to other local services if they see that the senior has a need or something, they’ll come and let us know and we’ll refer them to other services and they’re just there as a friend because for a lot of our seniors, that volunteer that comes to see them that one time a week sometimes is the only person that they’ll see. Sad situation but it’s the reality and our volunteers are helping us with that.

Edward Sugimoto) Statistically, do you know about how many seniors you help (through Meals on Wheels)?

Randi Jeung) Yes. So as of last week (week of July 10), the count was, each week, we help approximately 2,000 seniors throughout the island of Oahu and that number is only going to get bigger because we’re seeing it happening. Our route sizes have grown, they’ve doubled in size so now what we’re doing is we’re splitting our routes so that it’s a little bit easier on our volunteers when they go out to deliver, but yeah, that number is gonna grow real quick.

Edward Sugimoto) Do you have an interesting or heart-warming story you can share about one of your Meals on Wheels recipients?

Randi Jeung) There are so many stories that come out and you know, I want to save that for volunteers when they come, they’ll have their own stories, but for us, we have a senior that, you know, she lives on her own. She actually lives in a garage and when you go in to see her, and deliver the meals to her, you can see like the garage, you know how the garage door like there’s a space on the top and the bottom, cause it’s not meant to be lived in, it’s just for storage for cars. And so she lives in the garage and she has like all kinds of stuff in the garage… She’s really funny. You would feel bad for her when you see her, she’s just the liveliest little lady and she’s always joking around. Sometimes we have these two younger gentlemen that go to deliver meals to her and she knows that they’re single, so she’ll have like either her niece or her granddaughters that are there, waiting. And you know, she wants to introduce them, so she wants to be a matchmaker. So very good humored and every time we go she’s just so grateful and she just wants to hang onto you and talk story with you, probably for hours if she could.

Edward Sugimoto) So if someone was interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels, how do they go about doing that?

Randi Jeung) Contact us, just give us a call. Our phone number is (808) 531-0555 or just check out our web site. The URL is www.lanakilapacific.org.

Edward Sugimoto) And for a person in need, is that the same contact information?

Randi Jeung) Same contact information. That phone number is our main line and through that number you can be connected to Meals on Wheels, our TLC program, Workforce Resource program, and even our Kitchen program. So yeah, just call us, visit our web site, with any questions. For seniors coming onto the Meals on Wheels program, the only real requirement that we have is that you’re 60 years of age and above and after that, everybody gets an individual assessment.

Edward Sugimoto) You mentioned the Kitchen. You guys do catering and what other kind of stuff?

Randi Jeung) Yes we do! Lanakila Kitchen is one of our social enterprises, which basically means a small business that’s run out of the non-profit organization, and Lanakila Kitchen is our catering social enterprise so we do catering events anywhere from small business meetings with like 3-5 people, all the way to huge events like keiki’s first birthday or tailgating if you need food for that, or weddings or whatever. We can find a way to get you some really good food.

Edward Sugimoto) Yeah we actually called you guys for a couple of occasions for work at Oceanic and the food was really good!

Randi Jeung) You know I think I saw that. It was on a blog where you guys took pictures of the catering line. Just by doing like the Google search, yeah, I’ve seen it. Thank you very much!

Edward Sugimoto) *laughs* No problem. No problem.

Edward Sugimoto) So in a couple of months Rice Fest is happening and you guys are partners with Rice Fest

Randi Jeung) Yes!

Edward Sugimoto) … Talk a little bit about that and maybe what you’re going to have at the booth.

Randi Jeung) It’s really exciting! Rice Fest, it launched last year and it was a lot of fun. We had it at Aloha Tower at the Waterfront and it drew a lot of people and there was a musubi eating contest and all sorts of fun stuff. This year is the second year and it’s going to be at Ala Moana (Magic Island) this year and we’re very very thankful that Rice Fest has selected Lanakila Meals on Wheels as its beneficiary, and so they are putting a call out to all the people who are coming, that are going to attend the event to bring donations of brown rice and that helps us tremendously. That helps cut down some of our costs so that we can provide more meals for more seniors. We only use brown rice in our meals because it’s healthier and that’s something that we strive in, in Meals on Wheels as well as Lanakila Kitchen. So everybody’s gonna bring donations of brown rice. Last year, we got a huge amount, and so hopefully we’re hoping for the same thing or maybe even better for this year. We’re going to have a booth there, we’re going to have a table there, and we’ll have more information about how to get involved and if you know anybody that might need our services, whether it be Meals on Wheels, or TLC or Workforce Resources, then we’ll have all that information for you there and we’re actually trying to plan a fun little game that people can participate in this year so we’ll have something ready for everybody who stops by our table.

2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 10am-6pm
For more info: RiceFest.com / Facebook / Twitter
To RSVP: Facebook Event / Twtvite

Edward Sugimoto) OK Randi, thanks very much!

Randi Jeung) Thank you very much. Bye! Come to Rice Fest! September 11th, Ala Moana Park. *waves*

Randi Jeung of Lanakila Pacific
Randi Jeung of Lanakila Pacific

The Lanakila Meals on Wheels program relies heavily on a large group of selfless volunteers to help deliver their meals to the hungry seniors. Since my friend Rick Nakama just so happens to be one of them, I decided to tag along with him several times to get a first hand view of what a volunteer would go through on any given day.

The first thing we did was check in to Lanakila Pacific’s home base at 1809 Bachelot Street (there are also several satellite pick up locations).

Rick Nakama (@RickNakama) and Mark Tam (@marktrc) checking in for their route
Rick Nakama (@RickNakama) and Mark Tam (@marktrc) checking in for their route

They give you a couple of bright orange cooler bags to fill your meals with…

Lanakila Meals on Wheels cooler bags
Lanakila Meals on Wheels cooler bags

… and then you proceed to fill it with your meals of the day.

Rick getting help from Randi Jeung to fill his bag.
Rick getting help from Randi Jeung to fill his bag.

Then you load up your car…

Bags from Lanakila Meals on Wheels loaded up
Bags from Lanakila Meals on Wheels loaded up

… check out your list of stops…

Rick's Nuuanu route (names blacked out for privacy)
Rick’s Nuuanu route (names blacked out for privacy)

… and you’re off!

Each location is different, which makes it somewhat of an adventure. Parking, call boxes, locations… Rick has it down to a science. Sometimes although two addresses on his list are on the very same street, he will hit them at separate times simply because “it’s not the most productive path.”

So when we get to an address, we unload the specified number of meals (according to our list)…

Rick unloading two meals for this particular stop
Rick unloading two meals for this particular stop

… and deliver it to the appropriate home/apartment.

Rick looking up the apartment to get buzzed into the building
Rick looking up the apartment to get buzzed into the building

The entire route doesn’t take more than an hour or two. In addition to the reward of seeing the many smiles on the faces of the seniors in need, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve prevented a senior from going hungry, at least for another day.

The views aren't so bad either
The views aren’t so bad either

After our route, I was able to ask Rick a few questions about why he chooses to volunteer for Lanakila Meals on Wheels.

Interview with Rick Nakama

Edward Sugimoto) Please introduce yourself.

Rick Nakama) I am Rick Nakama, @RickNakama on Twitter.

Edward Sugimoto) How did you hear about the Lanakila Meals on Wheels program?

Rick Nakama) I actually heard about it by attending one of @Melissa808‘s (Melissa Chang) and @ParkRat‘s (Russ Sumida) tweetups for @HawaiiIRL. We had a little tweetup here where a few of us attended, learned what the volunteers do, and got a tour of the facilities at Lanakila Pacific.

Edward Sugimoto) So after that, you were inspired to volunteer yourself?

Rick Nakama) Yeah, I was actually interested in doing this for a while, but it just seemed a little bit complicated to get involved, and then after attending that tweetup, I followed up later and then I realized it’s not really that complicated and I was able to just do this once a week. So I do it on Monday, I do the route on Monday and it takes me about an hour to an hour and a half at the most with someone else helping me.

Edward Sugimoto) How long have you been doing it?

Rick Nakama) I’ve been doing it since about October of last year (2010).

Edward Sugimoto) And you’re liking it so far?

Rick Nakama) Yeah.

Edward Sugimoto) OK, thank you.

Rick Nakama) Alright.

This experience had such an impact on me that I am now on the waiting list for a Meals on Wheels route in my own neighborhood. I don’t want somebody else’s obaachan going hungry after all…

For more information on volunteering yourself, visit the Lanakila Pacific volunteer page.

Lanakila Pacific
1809 Bachelot Street
Honolulu, HI. 96817 (map)
(808) 531-0555
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