Archive for May, 2009


May 18th, 2009

Two of the most common questions you get asked - especially in Hawaii - are:

  • Wea/Wat year you wen grad?
  • Wea you from?

When talking about "grad" - I can say with almost a 100% certainty in Hawaii - we're talking about high school while on da mainland, it refers to your college. I honestly don't know how or why it's so different but can only assume that since Hawaii is a tight knit island and we have only two main colleges, University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University that knowing what high school you graduated from would be more interesting.

Now 'wea you from' is one question that gets me a bit.... discombobulated.

My early years I lived in town but went to Salt Lake Elementary so I got dropped off at school but caught the bus back to town (1st & 2nd grade). Then in 3rd and 4th grade, I lived in Sand Island and the years prior and after I moved about all parts of Salt Lake.

In high school, even though I moved to Aiea, I still went to Moanalua.

After high school I moved back to Salt Lake and luck would have it that during the housing boom in 2005, I was able to purchase a home in Pearl City.... and been here ever since.

So when asked, 'wea you from?, I don't know wat answer to give.' Are they asking where I live now or where I grew up and have my roots in? I'll always consider myself a Salt Lake boy cause while growing up there, it actually helped define who I am now. Back in da day, we had a lot of independence - as evident in me catching The Bus at 6 years old with my brother - but it was a lot about making life choices for yourself at such a young age and back then we didn't have all the "resistance" programs or the technological advances they have now.

Even with the Country Club Plaza boom (middle to upper income families), the entire area is actually divided by a single road, Ala Napunani Street. Everything on da Ewa side of da road is uh..... da "fun" side and it really is two separate communities divided by a single road separating economic class . Trust me, I know.

I have friends on both sides of the "street" back then and now and it was a very humbling and aspiring childhood to know what you have and what you don't have and what you dream to have.

Growing up was tough but truth be told, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

So wea/wat year you wen grad? (no need say year if you was da first graduating class)   😛 😆

And wea you from? Does your childhood community define you?

I wen grad from Moanalua High and I grew up in Salt Lake but live in Pearl City now. 😀


C'mon and Represent!





Use ICE... & It May Save Your Life

May 15th, 2009

Happy Feel Good Friday!

It's been a long week for most and I'm sure there are a ton of you that feel pretty drained right now.... I'm one of 'em.... or maybe it's just cause I'm getting.... *gulp*.... old. 🙄

In light of what has happened this past week, sassy7  has yet again sent Da WWD! Hui a great email regarding something we all can do easily in about a minute or two. It has been "snopes" verified (excellent site verifying hoaxes emails etc) so I trust it.

Check the verified story by clicking here and if you ever want to check or verify if an email "chain letter" or cyberspace mo'olelo is true, check out


ICE - 'In Case of Emergency'

Apparently this is a standard procedure paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone.

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the con tact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell(mobile) phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the numb er of a contact person or persons who should be contacted
during emergency under the name 'ICE' (In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.'

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!

Please forward this . It won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this . It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest . ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.


It sounds like a very smart idea brought up by someone who sees it everyday in their line of work.

Makes sense to me fo' do dis kine ICE.... I jus' did!


Have a grrrrreeeeeat weekend everybodies and no scade 'em..... go share 'em!   😉


Don't Know What To Say

May 14th, 2009

As you may have heard, we sent out a distress call to da WWD! Hui on Tuesday and da next day Maile, Gail Yoshida's dog, was found by family members and friends who remained resilient in their search throughout the Pearl City area.

HPD and HFD Rescue personnel were sent out almost immediately after the dog was located and HFD helicopter located a body matching Gail Yoshida's description in/near Waimano Stream shortly after.

hemajang, I really don't know what to say. I'm hoping she's still out there but all signs indicate the body recovered is Mrs.Yoshida.

If indeed it is her, I am sincerely sorry. I for one cannot express or even come close to what you and the Yoshida family must be going through but hear this, we are here for you in any way we can. Losing someone is never easy and words may comfort but healing takes time.

While we've never met, nothing is more powerful than ohana, friends and the spirit of Aloha and a special shout out goes to everyone who kept the faith and tirelessly searched on. Also to Da WWD! Hui for keeping the posts updated as information was released and your words of support to hemajang and the Yoshida Ohana.

Nothing is more powerful than ohana, friends and the spirit of Aloha so this post is for you hemajang and especially to the Yoshida Ohana.

May you find time to rejoice in your time of sorrow so that memories will be kept alive.




Ladies Of Da Eighties

May 13th, 2009

Hello!?!...... Not da makule kine.   🙄 We're talkin' 1980's!

Last Saturday was the Ladies of the 80's concert featuring Salt n Pepa, Lisa Lisa and S.W.V...... and ho heck no I didn't go! 😯

Ok, well Da Wife and I thought about it..... VERY BRIEFLY mind you, and da only group from da trio I would have wanted to see would have be Salt n Pepa.... which would have been their hair color by now. 😛

Well Da Wife, my brother-in-law (BIL) and I were on da corner of Kapiolani and Ward heading to PF Changs for an early Mother's Day dinner and at da traffic light we noticed choke people walking around.

At first we was wondering wat was going on (ok, more so jus' me cause I was all niele li'dat):

BL:     "Eh, how come get choke people."
Da Wife:     "Maybe got something at the Blaisdell."
BL:     "Yeah, looks like they all stay going there. Hmm, no mo' fight this weekend......"
Da Wife:     "Probably a concert."
BL:     "I KNOW!!!  It's da Ladies of da 80's concert!"
Da Wife:     "How you know that?"
BL:     "Look how they dressed!"

No joke! I dunno if they saved their clothes for 20 years or if it smelled like moth balls but they definitely dressed da part. You could just tell, it was da 80's all ovah again. 😆

So dat got me all reminiscing about da 80's - a little MLC action going on - but I soon realized dat back in da 80's - some 70's and early 90's - they had da best Love and Feel Good Songs dat still rock today!

Did I just say "rock"? 🙄

Da words had meaning - there were some that you barely understood until you read da lyrics - but da tunes, da rhythms, da beat really moved you. Till this day, if I hear any of those "old school tunes", I actually stop watevah I stay doing and flashback to my hana-battah days because those songs just made you...... feel good  no mattah wat your mood. You get a sense of calm and some get giddy but nonetheless, it moved you.

Then on Monday, 98.5 for some reason was playing some really old school songs following a love song theme they had for the morning show..... sadly, I knew ALL of them.

But I still listened happily and intently as they played snips of choke songs! I grinned, I smiled, I sang along (in my head of course)..... and no, I nevah cry but I felt good!

Da deep smooth voice of Barry White singing "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby" to Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee". Even Da Wife, BIL and I were trying to name some old school songs and came up with The Jets and "Crush On You".

I didn't mention it in da car at dat time but back then, dis girl dat was checking me out performed that with her sister at the 50th State Fair for da "original" Milli-Vanilli version of American Idol..... get ready for this flashback..... "Puttin' On The Hits" - you remembah dat one?

Well, we hooked up aftah dat. 😉

Check out some of these clips and while it's not a Feel Good Friday, who says we can't feel good in da middle of da week and I'm surah some of us could use it.


A little tribute from an old school show, Alley McBeal..... classic going make you smile kine -  You gotta watch!    😀

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And of course, flashback to 5th grade. 😉

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So hea it is........ post your favorite Love Songs and/or Feel Good Songs and let's spread da love today and get everyone feelin' good......

Yeah, I know get choke songs for list!

Das da point. 😉




(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary &/or Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)

(mah KOO leh)

Haole Translation: Old person

Use: Wen you not young no more

Sentence: “Ho Brah, no can handle da kine run and gun games, gotta join da makule league already.”

Sentence: “Eh, I may be makule but I still kick your okole!”





Da WWD! Hui Is Needed!!!

May 12th, 2009

I had a blog all ready to go but you know me, anything to help anyone in need will trump any silly post I have.

hemajang, posted yesterday for a plea of help.

We are still searching for my sister-in-law, Gail Yoshida. It hasn't been on the news lately so some have thought that she was already found. It has been very difficult for her sons and daughter and husband and family members, especially on Sunday, Mother's Day and her 64th birthday was yesterday.

She is 5' 4", 125 lbs, wearing a long sleeve green sweater, blue shorts and a red/blue baseball cap. She was out walking with her dog. Maile is a white with shades of brown, 30 lbs. mixed terrier.

Her family is very concerned and would appreciate any help in locating her. If you would like a flyer with more information please email me at and I will send you a pdf flyer. Today we are concentrating on distributing flyers for posting.


Here are a few photos. Please look them over and keep an eye out for her. I know we have quite a few Pearl City readers out there so any additional help we can offer or give the Yoshida ohana would be much appreciated. I certainly know Da WWD! Hui doesn't disappoint as the last plea we sent out for help we got some great hits!

For those not in the area, please still keep an eye out and let's all keep the Yoshida's in our prayers and if you're able to print out flyers and post them around that would be great!

If you have any tips or know any information regarding this case, please call 911 or Crimestoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME from your cellular. 


CLICK HERE to view and print up a PDF flyer of Gail Yoshida.











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