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Aloha Brisbane! – Part III: Koala Day! (#AlohaBNE)

February 1, 2013
Part I | Part II | Part III 

 

As with all good things, our time in Brisbane had come to an end. With bags packed, we, however, had one final expedition left in us before saying goodbye to the Queensland city by the river.

We started our morning by hopping into the van of the family-owned and operated Mr. Day Tours for their half day tour package. Val, the owner and tour guide for the day navigated and narrated our course for the day.

Mr Day Tours brochure
Mr Day Tours brochure

Our first stop was the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first & largest koala sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary sign
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary sign

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary map
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary map

Me and da koala statue
Me and da koala statue

Directions at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Directions at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Our first koala sighting couldn’t have been any cuter. It was of this adorable little munchkin getting fed supplements. I just HAD to shoot a video of it!

 


Koala being fed supplements

 

As we continued, we saw many more, though mostly sleeping in awkward positions.

Sleeping koala
Sleeping koala

Another sleeping koala
Another sleeping koala

Hey! One's awake!
Hey! One’s awake!

We saw a bunch of other animals/creatures along the way like wombats, dingoes, reptiles and birds, but let’s be honest… they were all overshadowed by “the moment” that most of us were looking forward to the entire trip… It was time to hold some koalas baby!


“The moment”! Koala holding time!

And here are the video clips of our various experiences:

 


Me and the koala

 

 


Catherine Toth with her koala

 

 


Melissa Chang with her koala

 

 


Hawaiian Airlines’ Jeremy Althof (frightened) with his koala

 

 


Hawaiian Airlines’ Jesse Starmer with his koala

 

Eventually, with feed in hand (purchased at the gift shop), we made our way over to the kangaroo section of the sanctuary, which was equally as exhilarating.

This kangaroo smells the feed in my hand. Whatchu t'ink?
This kangaroo smells the feed in my hand. Whatchu t’ink?

Cute baby kangaroo just lounges around next to me
Cute baby kangaroo just lounges around next to me

This one let me get close and pet away
This one let me get close and pet away

Melissa feeds a baby kangaroo
Melissa feeds a baby kangaroo

This was quite an interesting scene. It appeared to be a baby kangaroo resting in his mommy's pouch
This was quite an interesting scene. It appeared to be a baby kangaroo resting in his mommy’s pouch

And here’s a video of it.

 


Baby kangaroo rests in his mommy’s pouch

 

Group of kangaroos just kickin' it. Kickin' it... get it? :P
Group of kangaroos just kickin’ it. Kickin’ it… get it? 😛

Val then drove us up to the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha, which offered a panoramic view of Moreton Bay.

Panoramic view atop Mount Coot-tha (click to enlarge)
Panoramic view atop Mount Coot-tha

Brisbane Lookout's deck
Brisbane Lookout’s deck

Our group snapping away. Damn tourists!
Our group snapping away. Damn tourists!

Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails), me (@worldwideed), Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) and Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) at the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha
Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails), me (@worldwideed), Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) and Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) at the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha

We boarded up the van again and headed up to Kangaroo Point Lookout near the Cliffs Boardwalk.

The Cliff Boardwalk sign
The Cliff Boardwalk sign

The view from inside one of the lookout points
The view from inside one of the lookout points

A nice look at the Brisbane River
A nice look at the Brisbane River

With the grains of sand slowly vanishing from the top of the hourglass that was our tip, we had just enough time for one more stop: Lunch! The gastropub of choice? A place called The Shelter Bar, one of three restaurants at the Story Bridge Hotel, aptly named for its physical location, sheltered under the popular Story Bridge.

Outside the Shelter Bar
Outside the Shelter Bar

Melissa's Prime Rib Fillet Burger with bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, ranch dressing and beer battered fries ($18)
Melissa’s Prime Rib Fillet Burger with bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, ranch dressing and beer battered fries ($18)

Cat's Braised Short Rib Parpadelle with baby peas, rich Napoli sauce and shaved parmesan ($22)
Cat’s Braised Short Rib Parpadelle with baby peas, rich Napoli sauce and shaved parmesan ($22)

And my personal favorite (if I do say so myself! 😛 )…


My “Aussie Pizza” with double smoked ham, bacon, free range eggs and bbq sauce ($17.50)

With our tummies full, it was time to head to the airport for our 8-ish hour flight home. The Brisbane Airport is very clean and well kept, and Hawaiian Airlines‘ entrance into the market looks to have played a key part in all of it. Here are some sights from the airport.

Hawaiian Airlines flight number 444 (HA444) to Hawaii, although just two days old at the time, was already bustling!
Hawaiian Airlines flight number 444 (HA444) to Hawaii, although just two days old at the time, was already bustling!

The fancy entrance to the departure area downstairs
The fancy entrance to the departure area downstairs

Hawaiian Airlines signage at Brisbane Airport
Hawaiian Airlines signage at Brisbane Airport

Directions at Brisbane Airport
Directions at Brisbane Airport

Lounge areas (with FREE public WiFi! - which is hard to come by in Brisbane) outside the gates.
Lounge areas (with FREE public WiFi! – which is hard to come by in Brisbane) outside the gates.

Neat sand sculpture with our Hawaiian Airlines plane in the background
Neat sand sculpture with our Hawaiian Airlines plane in the background

Although it was a whirlwind 3 day, 2 night visit, we were able to get a lot squeezed into our tight timelines. If the adventures from any part in this series of articles interested you (part I, part II, & this part III), be sure to Fly Hawaiian when booking your flight: http://www.hawaiianairlines.com/Brisbane .

A HUGE Mahalo to Hawaiian Airlines (President and CEO Mark Dunkerley, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Ann Botticelli, Director of Advertising and Promotions Kevin Yim, Ross Saito from Product Development, and the social media team: Asiana Ponciano, Jeremy Althof, and Jesse Starmer, etc.) for the unbelievable opportunity to cover such an event. Mahalos also to my fellow social medialites Kaleo Lancaster, Catherine Toth and Melissa Chang, who made the trip super rad! Yeah, I just said rad. 😉

And with that, we say Aloha and goodbye to Brisbane. Until we meet again!

To view all of my photos from Brisbane Australia, click here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/114302480978989244855/AlohaBrisbaneAlohaBNE

Melissa Chang’s #AlohaBNE blogs:
http://www.nonstophonolulu.com/?s=brisbane&searchsubmit=Go

Catherine Toth’s #AlohaBNE blogs:
http://www.thecatdish.com/?s=brisbane

Kaleo Lancaster’s #AlohaBNE blog:
http://kaleolancaster.blogspot.com/2012/12/brisbane-australia-hawaiian-airlines.html

My #AlohaBNE blogs/posts:
http://www.world-wide-ed.com/?s=brisbane

Instagram search results for #AlohaBNE:
http://web.stagram.com/tag/alohabne/

Twitter search results for #AlohaBNE:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AlohaBNE&src=typd

 

Part I | Part II | Part III 

 

 

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Congratulations Chad Owens!

November 26, 2012

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

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

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

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

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


Brisbane Australia, Here we come!

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

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

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

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Where In (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

The first photo this week is actually not in Hawaii, but it has something to do with us here in Hawaii. If you read my blog last week, I had a big announcement under the “BIG NEWS!” heading. Check it out for a hint for Photo #1.

Photo #1
Where in (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - November 21, 2012 (Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Airlines)
Where in (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 21, 2012

(Photo courtesy: Hawaiian Airlines)

Points for Photo #1…
* Significance: 5 points
* Country!: 2 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Year photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point

Photo #2
Where in (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - November 21, 2012
Where in (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 21, 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? - November 21, 2012
Where in (the) Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 21, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Wat dis?: 2 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 (11/14)
Points for Photo #1
* Best Caption: 3 points (SO FAR: “Hurry up and take the picture already, so we can go eat!!” – DIO, “Make sure Ed uses disposable chopsticks, as you won’t want them back after he’s done.” – DIO)
* Name each person: 2 points each (Melissa, Cat, Ed, Shay, Brandon, Ryan, Meagan – carokun)
* Twitter name for each person: 3 points each! (@catherinetoth @melissa808 @starletshay – carokun)
* Location: 2 points (Kiwami Ramen – carokun)
* General area: 1 point (Waikiki – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Kalakaua Ave, Seaside Ave – carokun)
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point (November – carokun)
* Day of the month photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point (13 – carokun)
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point (Tuesday – carokun)

Points for Photo #2
* Best Caption: 3 points (SO FAR: “The sound of running water always makes me pee.” – carokun)
* Location: 2 points (Benihana of Tokyo – carokun)
* General area: 1 point (Waikiki – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Kalia Road, Kalakaua Ave – carokun)

Points for Photo #3
* Best Caption: 3 points (“I was rockin’ to da music on da radio while holding my coffee cup in my right hand, while trying to take the pic with my phone in my left hand, plus I had to take the pic quickly so the cop in the next lane wouldn’t see what I was doing.” – DIO)
* Location: 2 points (Neal Blaisdell Arena – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Ward Ave. – carokun)

Totals This Week

  • 6 points (DIO)
  • 33 points (carokun)
Round 8 Leadahz

  • 33 points (carokun)
  • 6 points (DIO)
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BIG NEWS!

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

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

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

The following photo is not exactly in Brisbane, but it’s at the nearby Tangalooma Resort. I figgah it’s 1) close enough and 2) a good excuse for another eye candy shot. 😛

SUP at Tangalooma Resort (Photo Courtesy: Tourism Queensland)
SUP at Tangalooma Resort (Photo Courtesy: Tourism Queensland)


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V features a nicely edited video from the fellas at 130 Plus 0. They documented what it took for all of us to come together at this year’s Rice Fest to break the Guinness World Record for the “The World’s Largest Spam Musubi“! You’ll see VH07V sprinkled throughout since we were the official clothing sponsor of the event.


Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest SPAM Musubi”

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Yay! We finally broke 1,000 Likes for VH07V on Facebook! Not bad for just 6 months of being in business (if I do say so myself! 😛 )… As such, we drew the name for our $100 Shopping Spree contest and and randomly selected San Diego personal trainer Palani Mak! Congrats Bruddah Palani.

$100 Shopping Spree winner Palani Mak
$100 Shopping Spree winner Palani Mak

* Almost pau putting the finishing touches on the online shopping cart. Coming out pretty solid. Just need to test um and den we ready! 🙂

VH07V's online shopping cart - Coming Soon!
VH07V’s online shopping cart – Coming Soon!

* Still waiting on my refill order (in preparation for the Christmas rush) and the two new styles below (in time for winter). Stay tuned!

Navy/Teal hoodie and a White/Electric Blue long sleeve shirt
New Styles: Navy/Teal hoodie and a White/Electric Blue long sleeve shirt

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.
  • 10/07/12: 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!
  • 10/28/12: Craft Fair at Koko Head Elementary School – VH07V got invited to participate in this small craft fair taking place from 3pm-6pm at Koko Head Elementary School’s cafeteria. Stop by to pick up some VH07V merch if you’re in the area.
  • 11/10/12: University of Hawaii Football game – May be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 2pm game vs. Boise State.
  • 11/24/12: University of Hawaii Football game – May be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. UNLV. (Taking wifey out for an anniversary dinner)
  • 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. Have to go to a party now…
  • Ongoing: Visit us at the “Shop” in Mililani – We can always coordinate schedules to meet at the “shop” after hours or on the weekends if you’d like to come up to Mililani to browse through my stock. Just message me through Facebook

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

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

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Hawaii Self Storage gives $1.8 Million back to our Community!

Hawaii Self Storage “Community Pride” initiatives have established various programs focused on enhancing literacy, education, teamwork, support to local charities and families in need. They have funded 83 public high school students to go to college, provided 7,700 reading books in local elementary schools, cared for and provided a transition home for 544 abused keiki (Ho’omalu o na Kamali’i), sponsored keiki athletic teams, and invested 1,000s of dollars supporting local, non-profit organizations.


Hawaii Self Storage gives $1.8 Million back to our Community!