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Da Pokeman in Wahiawa – Best Ahi Limu Poke Shop Tucked Away in Wahiawa – Serving Up True Ohana Style Fresh Hawaiian Poke

Without a doubt, Poke is a staple in the diet of 85% of the residence of Hawaii.  What is Poke you say?  Poke is a raw-fish salad made with different types of fresh fish with  local spices and other ocean delicacies.  All over the state there are plenty places to buy Poke.  In the mellow town of Wahiawa, there is a place so well-known for their poke, it’s even a stop for small tourist shuttles as they make their way towards the North Shore.  This place is called Da Pokeman Fish Market.

Walk into the Da Pokeman and you know that it’s a family run shop just by the greeting you get. The place is shop-style small but huge with choices of Poke and other Hawaiian style foods like Laulau, Kalua Pig, Chicken Long Rice, Squid Luau, Lomi Salmon and yes, Poi!  The place is constant with customers and caters to party planners with party-size trays  and for lunch, they have 5 different plate lunch combos to choose from.

In most cases, when you walk into Da Pokeman, the owner William Alana is right there to serve up some Aloha with his Poke.  As the place gets packed, you see aunties and uncles pop in to help out William.  Eager to help you with the right choice, he immediately offers samples of his Poke.  And when I say “his”, he also makes the Poke right there on premise with his family.

For me, I’m a freak for Kimchee styled Poke.  After talking to William for a while, right before I left, he showed me the classic Aloha and offered me a “small” bit of his Ahi Kimchee and it was the best-est!  🙂  But don’t take my word for it, check out their Yelp! comments – pretty stellar with a 4.5 average.

When you drive through Wahiawa town on Kamehameha Hwy, stop by and just sample some of central Hawaii’s best fresh made Poke – Da Pokeman Fish Market.  It’s a great stop before you spend the rest of your day on the North Shore; Poke packed to go!


Mufi Hannemann, Neil Abercrombie Endorsements – Who Really Cares? I Don’t, Neither Should You!

For the last two months I have been hearing about endorsements of Mufi Hannemann, Neil Abercrombie and all the other candidates.  All kinds of unions, media companies, fellow politicians, athletes, business men and women, law firms and even gas station attendants.  To me, public endorsements are like sign waving and TV spots – just a re-marketing job.  It plays into the notion that the public at-large is so numb to what’s going on in their own state, politicians seem to think that endorsements help people make up their minds.  Hmmm, kind of like the Island Values Dennis Arikaka spin.  

Hawaii political endorsements, sign waving, TV and radio commercials are at the point of diminished returns.  When media groups like KHON2, StarAdvertiser and other media groups endorse politicians I have a real hard time believing that their news is fair and balanced.  But I guess that’s nothing new, right.  Can we say CNN vs. FOX.  I guess the real winners of endorsements are the media outlets because every time a candidate get’s endorsed, they cut a new commercial and spend more money buying air telling us about it.  

I guess endorsements speak to people who just wont or don’t do their homework.  People who just pick and choose their leaders based on traditional media and spin, sign waving and………endorsements.  Do your homework, please.  

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Guy Hess, Aloha Zen Kapiolani Park Sessions, Free Your Mind, Body and Soul – Then Kick!

I love it when great things start with grass-roots, literally!  Kailua martial arts instructor Guy Hess is testing out his Aloha Zen program on Tues/Thurs afternoons  on the back side of Kapiolani Park (archery park next to the tennis courts).  
I met Guy a year ago and immediately saw/felt an immediate peace-of-mind and confidence that I wanted to strive for.  After talking to him for a while, he humbly told me about himself and what his next mission was.  I was very intrigued.
A soft-spoken man with a powerful passion for life, Guy Hess wanted to take his years of knowledge of martial arts and combo it with his life’s wisdom to start Aloha Zen.  He wanted to share the experience of his knowledge of both body and mind but the challenge was where and how in order to not sound like just another guru.  Enter Aloha Zen in the Park.
But what I found truly compelling about Guy and his philosophy was his stern approach to working with kids as they developed within his classes.  In a truly humble way, the video below shows Guy talking about the real movement he preaches about a stable martial arts development for kids.  It’s a great video that gives both parents and young students the opportunity to see/feel what Guy Hess is all about.
The classes at Kapiolani Park are held on Tuesday and Thursday, and are one hour sessions beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.  His Martial Arts Workout starts with an intro then blends the art of Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art form which means “way of the open hand,” and a boot camp or cross fit type style workout.  Participants start with basic stretches, both sitting and standing, and then slowly moves into various martial arts stances which extend the body, similar to dance choreography.  The hand/eye/mind coordination then progresses and includes a variety of aerobic movement including kicks, squats, and sit-ups.  No two classes are alike and is created for participants of all ages to enjoy while improving upon their fitness abilities.
 As for his BIO: Guy Hess is an accomplished martial arts instructor specializing in Tang Soo Do and Self Defense.  With more than 25 years of martial arts education under his belt (3rd degree Black) and personal development training, he brings a different type of workout to Hawaii.  With The Martial Arts Workout, Guy has designed the class so that clients tap into their authentic self and exceed their goals by mixing the discipline of martial arts practice with that of exercise boot camp style.  Being a “student of life” and taking all of his experiences into account, brings his practice into full circle.  The Martial Arts Workout allows him to create a truly unique class for everyone and anyone looking to get and stay in shape, as well as reach a more Zen state, all while in a positive learning environment.

Dennis Arakaki, Island Values Slam Neil Abercrombie – Are Hawaii’s Christians Swayed by a Single Radio Ad?

Man is my mind lit up with thoughts after hearing that so many people are set-off by a single radio ad.  As it is so obvious that a democratic entity with a recognizable leading voice (Dennis Arakaki) releases anti Neil Abercrombie spin, it is even more painfully obvious to me that this message could do some damage to the Christian community here in Hawaii.

On the other hand, hitting back from the Hawaii Republicans, GOP Chairman Jonah Kaauwai accused ”Ken Wong of the Mufi Hannemann campaign” of trying to deceptively entice Christian voters into supporting Hannemann. He urged pastors to bar Hannemann from attending their services.  Game on!

What I don’t get is that these kinds of religious call-to-action spins sends a ripple effect down the core of the Christian community.  How?  Simple – is Dennis Arakaki saying that if a democratic conservative Christian votes Abercrombie that then he/she is now labeled as an unsuitable choice for Jesus?   How about the Christian independent?  

I always have known pastors or priests to be qualified as teachers of their religion based on the guidelines of the bible.  But I’ve also seen some pastors and priests take a stance as if they were some kind of a celebrity in corralling their parishioners into guiding personal decision-making beyond the words of the book.

As far as I’m concerned, the radio spot that proclaims Neil Abercrombie unfit due to his HB444 support or anything “unholy” is the opinion of people who have money enough to buy air time.  Dennis Arakaki has his opinion in partnership with Island Values and he went public with it.  You watch, in about 3 days, there will probably be a counter spin from another camp against the ad.  But do you think that the radio ad that Dennis Arakaki and Island Values put out really have an impact?  Or will most see it as politics as usual and ignore it?

Matsumoto’s or Aoki’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa – Hawaii’s North Shore Battle of Taste, Style and Aloha

After a couple of hours of surfing at the North Shore, I’m slightly burnt, dehydrated and hungry.  But being that I’m just a few miles from home, all I need is something to get me though.  What’s the perfect call; Hawaiian style Shave Ice.  But where to stop?  There in-lies the battle of the Haleiwa North Shore Shave Ice hot -spots; Matsumoto’s or Aoki’s.

Of course, heading past the famous Haleiwa bridge heading into Haleiwa-town, the first Shave Ice stop is Matsumoto’s and it’s PACKED!  Line out the door with bussed in tourists with huge smiles on their faces patiently awaiting the North Shore Shave Ice experience.  On the benches just outside the store are people balancing their shave ice and laughing at each others stained-colored tongues and shirts from their plastic cones.  Good times but long ass lines and dodging the visitors as they run across Kamehameha Hwy.  Jam-up!

Then about 200 yards up the road is the locally infamous Aoki’s Shave Ice stop.  Most of the time it has a line too but always half the length and a noticeable population of mostly local people.   That’s where I end up almost 90% of the time.  I see my friends and extended Ohana from all side of the islands at Aoki’s if I sit there long enough.  Most of my friends who surf with me always call out Aoki’s as the spot for talk-story about our surf session.  Even though  Aoki’s is half the size of Matsumoto’s store yet it still has the same Shave Ice output, it’s mind-numbing how mellow the lines are. Why?

But the real question is, is one better than the other?  I guess you have to be the judge of that but I will say that if you type in a Google search Matsumoto’s Shave Ice or Aoki’s Shave Ice you can see a massive difference in opinion between the two.  For me, the Shave Ice experience at Aoki’s has personality and embedded in its service is local Ohana styled Aloha with their Shave Ice.  However, I would like to see Aoki’s take some time to deal with their “trash out front” set-up.  I have watched people get close to Aoki’s for Shave Ice but turn around in fear of getting stung by a yellow-jacket hornet.

As for Matsumoto’s, I haven’t had a bad experience there, but I will say one thing, I’m just not down for waiting in a line like that.  It’s my opinion that these two Shave Ice stops have their market-share nailed.  Matsumoto’s is heavily branded in the tourism sector where Aoki’s is all about the Aloha of the islands.  That’s why these two Shave Ice power-houses will stand strong despite the proximity to each other.

What do you think?  What separates Aoki’s from Matsumoto’s shave ice?

Senator Daniel Inouye Knows Aloha, Knows Ohana, Knows Politics and Knows How To Throw A Good Democratic Party!

You know, very few times in one’s life can you look out into the political landscape and be in the presence of a legendary politician.  What makes a legendary politician?  Just look at the life of Senator Daniel K. Inouye.  Simply amazing.  To me, he’s the Audy Murphy of Politics.  With all the issues that he has championed through his political career, the constant undertone was about the people, not the pockets.

But you don’t need a small-time blogger to tell you that.  What this post is about is seeing how Senator Daniel Inouye can really throw a great, local style democratic ohana party!  Someone sent me this video and I had a smile on the whole time.  Though I’m sur that some of the guests saw it as a public-opp to spin, it looked like everyone genuinely had a blast.

Watching  the other democratic candidates that are in races against each other have a blast like kids in a bouncy-house, or Ramin eating contest or other events, it looked like it was a perfectly represented platform of what Senator Daniel Inouye is capable of; getting people together and making it happen.   It was the “A” list of politicians for sure!  LOL – Watching Norman Sakamoto pounding the Taiko Drums or Kirk Caldwell jamming Saimin – Good times!

I saw Candidates from each major administrative position there.  It’s like watching bloopers of films and TV stars.  T o see these candidates as real people brings a sence of humanity to the otherwise publically myopic world of political figures.  This video is genuinely a great feel-good presentation.

See for yourself – I VOTE Senator Daniel Inouye FTW!  Oh, for those of you who don’t understand what FTW means – “For The Win”  🙂


American Samoa Leads the Pack of Pacific Islands in Banning Plastic Bags – Cheeeeeee Hoooooo

How I love this news.  I just came back from a gathering of dedicated members of the Oahu chapter of the Surfrider Foundation Hawaii and one of the topics was about things they could do to put pressure on getting states to do exactly what America Samoa just did.

From the heart of Polynesia, American Samoa is going to make it illegal for stores to hand out plastic bags once a new law goes into effect early next year.  Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who signed the ban into law last week, said the measure would help preserve the environment for future generations.

The law takes effect Feb. 23. It exempts shopping bags produced entirely from non-petroleum based biodegradable plastic and compostable plastic bags.

Gov. Togiola Tulafono

California came real close as a state to setting off a ban similar to what America Samoa did but the got c-blocked by companies that make money from the production of plastic bags.  However, there are city’s like San Fransisco who started the trend in 2007 and others are stepping in line.  Guess there’s only one way to eat an elephant; one bite at a time!

All I have to say is THAAAAAAAANK YOOOOOOOOOOU Gov. Togiola Tulafono and America Samoa for setting the example by telling the toxic plastic bag manufacturing world that their products are not welcome in our homes, beaches and land fills.  Mahalo Gov. Togiola Tulafono for setting the tone for the rest of the pacific islands to follow.  I only hope that we as the people of Hawaii can ban together to join this mission to rid our islands, then hopefully the world, of these plastic bags.

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