Simply Hawaiian.... in Tar Heel Country?

April 30th, 2009
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Howzit howzit!

So you know how we roll on WWD!. It's very much open hea' and we share our mana'o and mo'olelo's and throw in a little funny from time to time. Wat you don't know is dat WWD! is only around because of YOU! Yeah, das right.... YOU!

As a blog host, I've been blessed and fortunate enough to have such great readers - and posters - open up and help as much as share which is wat Aloha is truly all about.

We have a Kwonic on da east coast (WWD! going national! :grin: ) - we all know her as islandgirl in nc - and she was craving a bit of da islands but obviously shmall kine hard no? :razz:

So she went a hunting and guess wat she found?

Nothing but Simply Hawaiian. :grin: Cheee-hooo!

Here's her most excellent Shaka-nack review and no give her hard time cause she no can write in pidgin eh! :wink: :razz:    

 

Photos and write up by islandgirl in nc -

On the first warm Saturday of the year, my husband, son and I drove out to Indian Trail to check out Simply Hawaiian. Indian Trail is located just outside of Charlotte, NC.

  

 I heard about this cafe on a local mommies board when someone inquired if there were any places in Charlotte that served Hawaiian food. One of the mommies responded and mentioned Simply Hawaiian. She said she thought the owner, Paul who was from Hawaii, would know. As soon as I read the owners were from Hawaii, I knew I simply had to check this place out.

Susan Sumile, co-owner with her husband Paul, was outside seeing off one of her customers and quickly greeted us warmly as we were getting out of our car. We hugged and I felt like I was back home again. After introductions, we entered the brightly lit and colorful shop with its surfboards, map of Oahu and posters of Hawaiian sunsets adoring the walls. The simple yet festive Hawaiian atmosphere emanated the Aloha spirit.

 

 

 

 

Within minutes Susan and I were chatting like we had known each other awhile. Customers were steady the two hours we were there, and it seemed like everyone knew their names. I heard several customers ask where Paul was. My husband, who never had a shave ice in his life, was waiting in anticipation for this treat I had told him about. My son, almost three, chose to stick to ice cream.

When Susan’s husband, Paul, came in, we immediately started talking story. He jokingly asked if I wanted a Spam musubi. Simply Hawaiian’s menu focuses on coffee drinks made with Kona coffee. In addition, sweet treats such as Lava Cake, Menehune Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hawaiian Treasure Brownie are served. Smoothies and, of course, Hawaiian Shave Ice seemed to the center of the menu. The shave ice came in two sizes, Keiki (small) or Big Kahuna for the larger appetites. Ice cream could also be added.

There were only 10 syrups listed for the shave ice and were the generic ones, but Susan immediately let me know they also had others such as guava and mango. I knew I had to get a rainbow shave ice with guava, mango and pineapple. Paul approved as he made my shave ice and commented that I was a local girl.

The shave ice hit the spot on the hot and almost Hawaiian like day. My husband approved of his lime shave ice and said the flavoring was right on and not too sweet or tart.

Susan and Paul hope to expand their repertoire of food into plate lunches in the future. But for right now, the sweet Hawaiian treats lure the locals from around Indian Trail and nearby Charlotte into the cafe.

The Sumiles moved to North Carolina at the end of 2004. Paul was born and raised in Waialua on Oahu. The Sumiles lived in Wahiawa (Whitmore Village) before their move to the Carolinas. Susan said it was a good time to sell their home in 2004 and move to the mainland so they could give their three children additional opportunities. After a few years, they decided to open Simply Hawaiian “to bring a little of the Aloha spirit to our new home,” Susan said. Despite finding their niche here, they continue to miss their friends and family and especially the food.

Since opening their cafe a little over a year ago, they have met other expats from the Islands. Besides the sweet treats, Simply Hawaiian also sells gift items such as t-shirts and a variety of Hawaiian coffees. They have karaoke every Friday evening and have participated in the community by supporting causes such as autism.

Check them out on the web at SIMPLY HAWAIIAN (click here) and you can also visit them on Facebook by searching for “Simply Hawaiian.”

Mahalo Susan and Paul for your warm hospitality while my family and I were there. We will definitely be back again!

 

 

So if you evah at Indian Trail near Charlotte, North Carolina, stop by Simply Hawaiian and say Wassap (Wit Dat)! 

Muchos Mahalos again to islandgirl in nc for taking da time to do da write up and taking some awesome pics.... but wea you at? :razz:

Shoots!

k-den

 

 

 

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40 Responses to “Simply Hawaiian.... in Tar Heel Country?”

  1. Ynaku:

    Yay Island Girl. You found some local stuff. You should have taken up his offer for the Spam Musubi.

    Thanks for sharing. Pidgin bumbye come back.


  2. B:

    islandgirl in nc,

    too good your write up of Simply Hawaiian. "big ups" to the Sumiles ohana fo representing da aloha spirit. "spread a little aloha around the world".
    but yeah- wea you stay? next time go take pitcha wit da shakas.


  3. 9th Island Girl:

    Aw, I was hoping to see a picture of islandgirl in nc! Nice that you found a little bit of Hawaii over there! Hope you and your family are doing well.


  4. HNL2LAS:

    Island girl, thank you so much! Hawaiian stuff in the south! I gotta tell my friend who moved to Arkansas from Kailua,.........Seeeee, if the Sumile's can do it... they can do something like that too!


  5. M:

    Good morning BL! :)

    Great report and pictures Islandgirl in nc!

    It's always good to see the aloha in other parts of our country. Gotta spread da aloha all ova.


  6. tita leerz:

    Yay! Das awesome! I like go Haleiwa now, go get shave ice.


  7. rayboyjr:

    Wow ... cool review by islandgirl in nc

    Reminds me of homesick moments when we on trips to the mainland and we'd be longing for something "local" ... if only we could find a place like Simply Hawaiian ... would have been awesome ...

    Shave Ice ... now that's local ... and one of the great things about Hawaii! Great to see the island flavah spread across the nation!


  8. Ynaku:

    You guys all wrong. It's Ice Shave. Get it straight. :lol:

    Hey BL, you gotta put on Islandgirl in NC's picture. She like (and us too) see herself on your blog. Come on cuz. Help her out. She like be outed. Whoo Hoo.


  9. Braddah Lance:

    Ynaku:
    Yay Island Girl. You found some local stuff. You should have taken up his offer for the Spam Musubi.

    Yeah... but is it "real" rice or da Uncle Ben's kine. :lol:
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    B:
    but yeah- wea you stay? next time go take pitcha wit da shakas.

    She was shy. :oops:
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    9th Island Girl:
    Aw, I was hoping to see a picture of islandgirl in nc! Nice that you found a little bit of Hawaii over there! Hope you and your family are doing well.

    Yup. Hawaii is all ovah!
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    HNL2LAS:
    Island girl, thank you so much! Hawaiian stuff in the south! I gotta tell my friend who moved to Arkansas from Kailua

    Das a pretty big jump there. From white sand to razorbacks? Wish your friends luck and share da Aloha!
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    M:
    Great report and pictures Islandgirl in nc!
    It's always good to see the aloha in other parts of our country.

    Rogah dat!
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    tita leerz:
    Yay! Das awesome! I like go Haleiwa now, go get shave ice.

    Eh, no make her jealous.... they only had 10 flavahs and you know Haleiwa get uku-million kine. :razz: ........ Meet you up there. :grin:
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    rayboyjr:
    Reminds me of homesick moments when we on trips to the mainland and we'd be longing for something "local" ... if only we could find a place like Simply Hawaiian ... would have been awesome ...

    Das why hard. :grin:

    Shave Ice ... now that's local ... and one of the great things about Hawaii! Great to see the island flavah spread across the nation!

    Yup yup!
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    Ynaku:
    You guys all wrong. It's Ice Shave. Get it straight.

    You neighbor island guys so dyslexic. :lol:

    Hey BL, you gotta put on Islandgirl in NC's picture. She like (and us too) see herself on your blog. Come on cuz. Help her out. She like be outed. Whoo Hoo.

    She nevah send one so I couldn't put it out..... maybe next time. :grin:


  10. KAN:

    IG in NC: too good, your review! I'm glad you found a slice of home so far away.

    I've been to NC only once, when Sweetie was there for four months for his job. I was worried we would catch static since he's haole and I'm not, but we never did. Everyone was so nice. I got to eat grits, chitlins, soft shell crab, and shad roe omelet for the first time. And I got to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first (and only) time.


  11. Center Of Thought:

    Great story! New York has a great community of 808 Refugees...We have a giant potluck on the 1st Sunday of June, in Central Park...can't wait! Homemade grinds! Kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula...Woo Hoo! Anybody reading this in NYC, check the link http://www.halawai.org/node/182

    And at least they have an L&L here in Manhattan, so we get the ono grinds L&L style ha ha I'd be a shell of my former self without my regular dose of Lau Lau & Loco Moco...

    ...and the Hawaiian shave ice is in New York now at a place in Brooklyn called Eton. Maybe not as ono as Aoki's, but when you crave it, you gotta get it. I just close my eyes and pretend I'm back in Haleiwa...

    You can always spot us here - board shorts, HIC tees and slippas, even when in winter (I hate jackets and socks).

    I HAVE to get my wet fix as soon as summer rolls around, so we're at the beaches here, and although it's better than NO beach, it's like, "Ho cuz - JUNK dis kine!" smells like the West Loch at Pearl...

    Lance & island girl, tenks, ah, for making me homesick. I just went cry all ova da office lol


  12. Ukuhead:

    Islandgirl in NC: Nice review!!! Next time you should include one pic of yourself. Better if you put one small pic of yourself than BL out you with one close up :shock:


  13. Ukuhead:

    Gotta agree with Ynaku. You spelled ice shave backwards...


  14. theDman:

    Very nice write-up. Seems like it would be an ultra-risky venture to open a local-themed place like that way over on the East Coast, but I am glad they have made it work.

    Best of luck to them, and to you Islandgirl in NC for sharing.


  15. Kelli:

    Cool! Nice job islandgirl in nc! And congrats, BL! Going national - WOOHOO!


  16. kako mochi:

    cool! i was planning on a trip to NC w/my 2 auntys, for a nurses convention there in October, but couldn't get that week off :( anyway, my aunty (who's the nurse) can't make it anymore due to health issues ~ so i guess the whole trip is off :(

    but it's always nice to find a bit of hawaii on the mainland!


  17. Rod's Big Bro:

    @ HNL2LAS,
    Island girl, thank you so much! Hawaiian stuff in the south! I gotta tell my friend who moved to Arkansas from Kailua,.........Seeeee, if the Sumile's can do it... they can do something like that too!

    And tell your friends that my brother (Rod's second Bro) is in Fayetteville, he's also from Kailua, and does these malasada's things at the swap meet's and fair's type of thing.

    Okay BL, we should make this like a sacavanger hunt kinda thing. All da peeps from da triad when going to mainland go find 808 (da real kind) places, wea eva dey stay.


  18. Kage:

    Great write up islandgirl in nc.

    I think it is great when the Hawaiian themed places on the mainland are actually opened by people from Hawaii. I wish them luck in making their shop successful.


  19. islandgirl in nc:

    Eh sorry I neva write in pidgen... living in the mainland almost 15 years makes it kinda hard. Honestly, my husband says the pidgen comes out especially when I talking to family back home. Yeah, I get off the airplane and within minutes I stay talking pidgen. :D

    Thanks for the nice comments. Sorry I neva include a picture. I realized after I forget to take pictures of my husband and son and myself! Oops! Maybe next story...

    BTW, I think it's funny the whole shave ice vs. ice shave debate. I grew up on the Big Island, so I guess I should have said ice shave. I have to tell you that shave ice or ice shave or Hawaiian snow (called by non islanders) is popular stuff here! I see so many places with it but, you know, nothing like the authentic real stuff!

    Thanks BL for posting this! I know Susan and Paul are looking forward to seeing it and reading all the great comments! Thanks again everyone!!!! Mahalo and Aloha!


  20. uhas2:

    Nice pictures and story.. so good to hear the aloha spirit is spreading all over.. one day every one will have aloha in their hearts!

    Yeah!! Big Island .... ice shave!


  21. roach:

    Islandgirl in nc:

    Too good, yeah ! Simply Hawaiian in North Carolina, before you know it, L & L will be opening a BBQ Drive Inn there too.


  22. Braddah Lance:

    KAN:
    IG in NC: too good, your review! I'm glad you found a slice of home so far away.

    There must be quite a few places of home near you no?

    I got to eat grits, chitlins, soft shell crab, and shad roe omelet for the first time. And I got to see the Atlantic Ocean for the first (and only) time.

    Shad roe omelette? I really want to take a foodie road trip one of these days. Atlantic Ocean? You mean there's anoddah ocean besides da Pacific? :lol:
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    Center Of Thought:
    Great story! New York has a great community of 808 Refugees

    Cheee-hooo! East Coast represent!!!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Center Of Thought!

    Hope you'll post more often. :grin:

    ...We have a giant potluck on the 1st Sunday of June, in Central Park...can't wait! Homemade grinds! Kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula...Woo Hoo! Anybody reading this in NYC, check the link http://www.halawai.org/node/182

    So frickin' cool! Dat must be one awesome kanikapila to look forward to! Now I stay J! :mad:

    If you want, do a write up too! I'm surah Da WWD! Hui would be very interested to see... I know I would! :wink:

    And at least they have an L&L here in Manhattan, so we get the ono grinds L&L style ha ha I'd be a shell of my former self without my regular dose of Lau Lau & Loco Moco...

    My friend and his girlfriend (both from Oahu) has been living there for quite some time and said they are very happy a L&L opened up. :grin: Maybe you'll bump into a Jason and Jenn?

    You can always spot us here - board shorts, HIC tees and slippas, even when in winter (I hate jackets and socks).

    Ho, you know dat!

    I HAVE to get my wet fix as soon as summer rolls around, so we're at the beaches here, and although it's better than NO beach, it's like, "Ho cuz - JUNK dis kine!" smells like the West Loch at Pearl...

    Still.... I no tink I can handle "black" watah. :lol: How's da sand?

    Lance & island girl, tenks, ah, for making me homesick. I just went cry all ova da office lol

    Eh, I jus' wen shmall kine teary too cause get one Braddah with one shout out all da way from Da Big Apple!...... Or shall we rename it Da Big Coconut? :lol:
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    Ukuhead:
    Islandgirl in NC: Nice review!!! Next time you should include one pic of yourself. Better if you put one small pic of yourself than BL out you with one close up

    Yes..... watch out! If I'm armed with a camera be prepared for da paparazzi action. :grin:

    Gotta agree with Ynaku. You spelled ice shave backwards...

    Neighbor island peeps......... :roll:
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    theDman:
    Very nice write-up. Seems like it would be an ultra-risky venture to open a local-themed place like that way over on the East Coast, but I am glad they have made it work.

    Now if they only can get da grindz coming in. :grin:
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    Kelli:
    Cool! Nice job islandgirl in nc! And congrats, BL! Going national - WOOHOO!

    :grin:
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    kako mochi:
    ...but it's always nice to find a bit of hawaii on the mainland!

    True dat!
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    Rod's Big Bro:
    And tell your friends that my brother (Rod's second Bro) is in Fayetteville, he's also from Kailua, and does these malasada's things at the swap meet's and fair's type of thing.

    Oh yeah?

    Okay BL, we should make this like a sacavanger hunt kinda thing. All da peeps from da triad when going to mainland go find 808 (da real kind) places, wea eva dey stay.

    I always do. :grin:
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    Kage:
    I think it is great when the Hawaiian themed places on the mainland are actually opened by people from Hawaii. I wish them luck in making their shop successful.

    Rogah dat!
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    islandgirl in nc:
    Eh sorry I neva write in pidgen... living in the mainland almost 15 years makes it kinda hard. Honestly, my husband says the pidgen comes out especially when I talking to family back home. Yeah, I get off the airplane and within minutes I stay talking pidgen.

    hee hee.

    Thanks for the nice comments. Sorry I neva include a picture. I realized after I forget to take pictures of my husband and son and myself! Oops! Maybe next story...

    Yup, next time. :grin:

    BTW, I think it's funny the whole shave ice vs. ice shave debate. I grew up on the Big Island, so I guess I should have said ice shave. I have to tell you that shave ice or ice shave or Hawaiian snow (called by non islanders) is popular stuff here! I see so many places with it but, you know, nothing like the authentic real stuff!

    Easy to imitate.... difficult to duplicate. btw, do they make their own syrups too or do they ship it in?

    Thanks BL for posting this! I know Susan and Paul are looking forward to seeing it and reading all the great comments!

    Anything to help out!
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    uhas2:
    Nice pictures and story.. so good to hear the aloha spirit is spreading all over.. one day every one will have aloha in their hearts!

    Waiting for dat day.............
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    roach:
    Too good, yeah ! Simply Hawaiian in North Carolina, before you know it, L & L will be opening a BBQ Drive Inn there too.

    I don't doubt it.


  23. kate:

    islandgirl in nc:

    Good job on your review! Good pics too. Makes me want some shave ice. I've never been south of Virginia but if I'm in the area, I'll be sure to check it out. And good luck to Susan & Paul. It's tough to run a business right now.

    No worries about writing in pidgin..even if you can speak it, it's tough to write it down. It's an art form (eh, BL...no get all big head, li'dat!). Gotta be kinda creative in the spelling and stuff. Living on the mainland, I don't speak it unless I hear it or when I go back to Hawaii. It usually starts up when I'm in the car rental shuttle and talk to the driver.


  24. KAN:

    BL - get choke places fo' locals fo' eat and wala`au in da Seattle area. We lucky out hea. Hea's wat I can remembah offhand:

    Kona Kitchen - Seattle (near Northgate)
    Bobby's Hawaiian Kitchen - Everett
    Kauai Family Restaurant (and Kauai Family Desserts) - Seattle (Georgetown)
    Saimin Says - Federal Way
    Hawaii BBQ - Univ. District
    Pacific Island Grill - Federal Way
    L&L - Lynnwood and Renton
    Hawai`i General Store - Seattle (Wallingford)
    Hawaiian Breeze - Seattle (Wallingford)
    North Shore BBQ - Seattle, near Northgate and in Central District
    Ricky's Bar and Grill (Hawaiian food on Sat. nights) - Shoreline
    and for supplies, Uwajimaya in the International District (Chinatown).

    plus get choke ho`olaulea and stuffs too.


  25. anklebiters:

    islandgirl in nc:

    I use to live just outside of Fayetteville....Ft. Bragg, when I was a kid. My mom tells me that she could always find oriental staples in the surrounding areas...this was back in the late '60s :!:

    I wasn't exposed to pidgin till my high school and college years and I only hear it regularly when I return to Hawaii for vacations since my kids do not speak it or eating at Aloha Kitchen here. I sometimes wonder what BL is blabbing about :lol: :shock: but I catch the hint :!:


  26. snow:

    nice review islandgirl in nc!! best wishes for continued success to susan and paul! it's always nice to hear about hawaii people spreading aloha all over the world... and nice to know that people from hawaii have a place to bring them back home, even if just for a lil' bit! nothing like a shave ice (or ice shave?!) to being back small kid time memories!


  27. HNL2LAS:

    Islandgirl in NC: YAHHHHH!!! Like Ukuhead said....Better if you put one small pic of yourself than BL out you with one close up. I KNOOOOWWW... BL dat bugga..... I wasn't even tryin foa hide n den.....Wham...OY beeg pitcha.....hehe.... lucky you far away, he no mo chance to get a beeg close up yah??


  28. HNL2LAS:

    Rod's Big Bro: In Fayetteville, AR? Ohhhh I think they'll be excited! hehe.. and regarding the scavenger hunt thing? YAH!! I do that when I travel....gotta support the fellow islandaz on the mainland! Next time I find something, I'll report it back in! hee hee..


  29. Ukuhead:

    BL: If you like more posts, you should separate all your responses.

    Shauna pad her brah...


  30. Ukuhead:

    OOPS :evil:

    small kine grammatical errors :shock:

    should have read:

    Shauna pads her's, brah...


  31. bamboohouse808:

    islandgirl in nc - Great write-up. Nice to see someone spreading the Aloha all they way over in NC. Hopefully that place will get real popular so they can expand and start serving those plate lunches. :grin:


  32. kate:

    Ukuhead:
    I know you accidentally did it on purpose!


  33. BananaFysh:

    Nice writeup, Islandgirl in NC!

    It's cool to see how Local Hawaii culture is spreading around the US!

    Glad to see these people are acting as great ambassadors for the Aloha State as well! :D


  34. Bre:

    Great write up Islandgirl in NC! Now I want L&L for dinner!!!


  35. Coconut Willy:

    ICE SHAVE!

    Nice review islandgirl. Maybe you can get them to add LocoMoco to the menu. You know it's FBI!

    And BL, make that Blue Devil Country. I'm a Duke fan.


  36. D.:

    Island girl in nc,

    Many mahalos for discovering Simply Hawaiian! I, too, live in NC and now have another reason to go out towards Charlotte.

    We lived in Hawaii for about 4 1/2 years (two different military tours there) and the Aloha spirit has never left us! I brought back a few Hawaiian cook books to recreate my favorite dishes (kalua pork, chicken long rice are a couple of them) and my daughters love when I make Spam musubi! I am still trying to figure out the sauce/flavoring used in cooking the Spam (tried teriyaki sauce and mirin--not sure which is best) but they love it nevertheless.

    There are so many things we miss and know if we ever have the chance to go back--either for vacation or relocate again with the military--we certainly will!


  37. Center Of Thought:

    Aloha Lance, mahalo for the welcome - definitely a cool blog!

    Yeah, it's always the best to meet other 808'ers here in NYC - great work opps here, but we get sooo homesick...it's nice to be able to relate to others who feel the same way...

    And I'll keep an eye out for Jason and Jenn next month...

    Oh yeah - the beaches in New York...ya know, sometimes the water, depending which beach, can be alright, if not a little cool. I go to Long Island or Queens, and during hurricane season (late summer), you can grab 2-3 ft Haw'n waves. Can be glassy sometimes, but most time it's gnarly mush with tons of (nonstinging) jellyfish floating around. Great for jellyfish fights lol The sand is surprisingly okay; they keep it clean.

    But I went home a few months ago, and the first place we went was Waimea. Was like dying and going straight to beach heaven!

    Kay Braddah Lance - big ups on the blog - spread the Aloha!


  38. bB:

    it's nice to have some place that reminds you of home.

    i was in sun river oregon for work a couple of years ago and it was nice to find a local bbq restaurant. i was kind of shocked because i didn't think there would be a place like that in the middle of oregon. a retired firefighter from the big island owns the place and the food is ono.


  39. Braddah Lance:

    kate:
    No worries about writing in pidgin..even if you can speak it, it's tough to write it down. It's an art form (eh, BL...no get all big head, li'dat!).

    Popping two Advil's right now. :lol:
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    KAN:
    BL - get choke places fo' locals fo' eat and wala`au in da Seattle area. We lucky out hea. Hea's wat I can remembah offhand... plus get choke ho`olaulea and stuffs too.

    WOW!
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    anklebiters:
    I wasn't exposed to pidgin till my high school and college years and I only hear it regularly when I return to Hawaii for vacations since my kids do not speak it or eating at Aloha Kitchen here. I sometimes wonder what BL is blabbing about but I catch the hint

    Cause you one shmaht guy das why. :wink:
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    snow:
    ... and nice to know that people from hawaii have a place to bring them back home, even if just for a lil' bit! nothing like a shave ice (or ice shave?!) to being back small kid time memories!

    Rogah dat!
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    HNL2LAS:
    Islandgirl in NC: YAHHHHH!!! Like Ukuhead said....Better if you put one small pic of yourself than BL out you with one close up. I KNOOOOWWW... BL dat bugga..... I wasn't even tryin foa hide n den.....Wham...OY beeg pitcha.....hehe.... lucky you far away, he no mo chance to get a beeg close up yah??

    You snooze you lose. :lol: :razz:

    Next time I find something, I'll report it back in! hee hee..

    Bettah be(e)!
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    Ukuhead:
    BL: If you like more posts, you should separate all your responses.
    Shauna pad her brah...

    Unrealz she do dat..... so "comepetitive" her.
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    bamboohouse808:
    islandgirl in nc - Great write-up. Nice to see someone spreading the Aloha all they way over in NC. Hopefully that place will get real popular so they can expand and start serving those plate lunches.

    Then annoddah review!
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    BananaFysh:
    It's cool to see how Local Hawaii culture is spreading around the US!
    Glad to see these people are acting as great ambassadors for the Aloha State as well!

    Yuuuup!
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    Bre:
    Great write up Islandgirl in NC! Now I want L&L for dinner!!!

    Hmmm.... jus' had hot dog for dinnah. :sad:
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    Coconut Willy:
    ICE SHAVE!
    Nice review islandgirl. Maybe you can get them to add LocoMoco to the menu. You know it's FBI!

    I tink all da NC peeps going fo' surah say...... Wassap Wit Dat! :lol:

    And BL, make that Blue Devil Country. I'm a Duke fan.

    Oh yeah! Fo'got you guys only a mile apart!
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    D.:
    Many mahalos for discovering Simply Hawaiian! I, too, live in NC and now have another reason to go out towards Charlotte.

    Au'right! Anoddah Lurkah out of da closet!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! D.!

    ...and my daughters love when I make Spam musubi! I am still trying to figure out the sauce/flavoring used in cooking the Spam (tried teriyaki sauce and mirin--not sure which is best) but they love it nevertheless.

    You know, everybody has their own "secret sauce" and it's cool dat you try different ways. Basically it's just shoyu (soy sauce) and sugar.... da combination is up to you.

    There are so many things we miss and know if we ever have the chance to go back--either for vacation or relocate again with the military--we certainly will!

    Hope you do! You know NOTHING beats da islands right! :wink:
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    Center Of Thought:
    Aloha Lance, mahalo for the welcome - definitely a cool blog!

    Hopefully you'll stick around... it's always evolving. :grin:

    Yeah, it's always the best to meet other 808'ers here in NYC - great work opps here, but we get sooo homesick...it's nice to be able to relate to others who feel the same way...

    Like they say... network network network. Glad you're able to find other 808 peeps out there.... especially in such a HUGE city!

    and during hurricane season (late summer), you can grab 2-3 ft Haw'n waves. Can be glassy sometimes, but most time it's gnarly mush with tons of (nonstinging) jellyfish floating around.

    Heh? Mush and jellyfish. Wat a combo! :lol:

    Great for jellyfish fights lol The sand is surprisingly okay; they keep it clean.

    Are there a lot of cigarette butts in da sand there?

    But I went home a few months ago, and the first place we went was Waimea. Was like dying and going straight to beach heaven!

    Hope you jumped off da rock!
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    bB:
    i was in sun river oregon for work a couple of years ago and it was nice to find a local bbq restaurant. i was kind of shocked because i didn't think there would be a place like that in the middle of oregon. a retired firefighter from the big island owns the place and the food is ono.

    They all ovah da place on da East Coast.... isn't there a town in Oregon called Aloha too?


  40. Center Of Thought:

    Ya know, cigerette butts is what you'd expect, Lance, but like I said the sand is pretty clean. It's weird - I saw more butts in the water when I went to Waikiki a few months ago. THAT made me feel pretty sad. New York? Sure. But Hawai'i? Pollution is a sin...

    And the rock at Waimea? Dude...I wish I could jump da rock & take a swim at Waimea every morning before getting on the subway ha ha

    At Waimea, my son and I are like kids at an amusememt park ride...we went jump off, and again and again. The Rock is the best. And you meet some cool people chillin' up there from all ova da world. Tourists, locals...kama'aina who left and are back visiting (like us). The rock is basically where I took my son's Mom when we first dated...lifelong memories...

    You can climb up the cliff face in back of the beach, and get a cool view of the bay, too (there's a trail up the back side, too). Waimea's my favorite place to chill when I go home...