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March 29th, 2016

One of da biggest things to consider wen traveling is da weather. Some like to see da seasonal changes like fall leaves or cherry blossoms while oddahs plan around certain festivities such as fairs, marathons or conventions. Da Wife and I have only traveled basically in da late through early months cause it's cold and obviously easy to travel wen da weather is comfortable since most of da time will be spent, well, traveling.

Wen we went on our first ohana vacation last month, we planned dat nearly five months before expecting da cold, crisp air, we were excited to see dat da almanac averages during our stay were in da mid to low 60's. As da departure date neared, we were on an emotional roller coaster checking weather reports and seeing storms, then clear, then overcast, then cloudy, then partial sun, then storms, then clearing storms, then overcast...... then CLEAR - now we're talking!

Our bags were packed with all cold weather gear: layering of jackets, long sleeves, t-shirts and beanies for Da Keiki, Da Baby and Da Wife. I had shorts, t-shirts and two flannels. You know, man wear. lol

One last check of da weather.... warm (low 80's/high 70's) da day we land and cool at night - not wat we were expecting but at least cooler than Hawai'i. Handling da lost luggage ordeal aftah a redeye wasn't fun but once we stepped outside it was nice and crisp... until da sun came out. Ninety-two frickin' degrees!!

Wassup Wit Dat!

It was our first day at Disneyland dressed in "warm" clothes and aftah battling da heat (seriously, it was daaaammmmn hot!) we called it a day. Luck would have it dat for next five days we were there, Anaheim had da highest RECORD heat. During dat time, every single day we were there it was in da 90's: 92, 93, 91, 93, 94, 90.

Waaaaaasssssssup Wit Dat!!

I couldn't believe dat. How da heck was it in da 90's - nearly 30 degrees ovah "normal" temps - and ONLY, yes ONLY, during our days there cause da week aftah, it was back in da 60's/70's. Ai-goo. We ended up buying clothes for Da Keiki and Da Baby on da second day cause they weren't going to use any of their packed clothes.

To add Hawaiian salt on da wound, da second to da last left in CA, we wake up to dis......

Needless to say, each day once da sky cleared, it went straight to da record heat. Da Wife and I were able to sneak away for a few rides once da monstahs were taking a nap and da most 'agonizing' one was on da rooftop of Space Mountain. It was about an hour wait with about 40 minutes of it in blazing sun...

See our smiles? LOL Obviously once inside and on da ride our frowns turned upside down and for those who ride frequently or memorized wea da cameras are, you always 'prep' yourself for da money shot. Hea's ours....

Talk about a photo bomb facial! Only our faces were 'edited' out but aftah 'analyzing' da pic, I was cracking up even more cause there are so many captions you could make up just based on da 'actions'. Sorry Ladies, I think men thinking like men will get wat I mean a little quicker. LOL ūüėČ ūüėČ

Wat kine caption you thinking (saw)?

Too Close

March 9th, 2016

I can safely assume we've all traveled before right? Since I'm da self-proclaimed WWD! magnet, as if 8 Hours In wasn't enough to start our travels off, traveling with little ones seem to have magnified da polarities of da magnets but I won't bother blasting every blog with a Travelog but will throw one out occasionally.

If you've evah parked in any of da Disneyland parking lots (my first time), they are very methodical in da way they shuttle you to a parking area especially when they first open. Da only way I can describe it is like an ant trail wea you're all in a single file line marching to your destination and it's very precision based wea you just go wea they tell you to go. Luck be on your side if you're able to park close to da trams or da elevators.

Obviously not for us (me).

Aftah a couple of lucky days of being able to park in da "main" garage, we weren't so lucky aftah. One morning following da marching ants right before entering the toll booth driveway, the Sheriff closes da entrance and points us to anoddah faaaaaaaaaar lot. Yup, we were NEXT to get in and we got selected to "move along" but wat gets me is dat aftah trying to merge into da secondary ant line, I seen da Sheriff allow a handful of cars to go through!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Maybe it was special pass holders but to see dat aftah you get turned away, it wasn't a welcome experience. And then to da faaaaaaaar lot we go.

One thing I gotta say about parking at any of da Disneyland parking lots, is dat they have a "system" in doing it and you have to be able to park correctly.... or at least decently.

There was dis truck we were following and aftah he put his truck in park, I pulled in. While we were unloading two strollers, coolers, backpacks and da kitchen sink, he slowly exited his vehicle.... very carefully.

TRUCK GUY: "Whoa, you kinda close."
BL: "Brah, learn how to park."

Seriously? You park on da line and tell me I'm too close?

Wassup Wit Dat!

Da Disney parking lot is a CRAZY place but da design and width of da lane leaves more than ample room for trucks and vans to park, open and close their vehicle with decent room to spare. Everyone is so anxious to just get up and go they fo'get dat you have to park your ride first which made it even more funny cause even his own ohana left him behind. Well, it was actually more funny to watch him trying to protect his door (he did have a nice custom truck) and squeeze out (he wasn't a "fit" fellow) while I could care less having a rental. ūüėÜ

More mo'olelo's to come. ūüėÄ

SHOUT OUT: Mahalos to Da WWD! Hui who have stuck around during my month hiatus (more about dat latah) and those who shared their tips for traveling and da like. Also, a hugemangeous Mahalos to a Lurkah who shared his "Disneyland Secrets" book and to anoddah Lurkah (get well soon!) who offered to make beanies for Da Baby and Da Keiki!

A special Mahalos to a Kwonic (name withheld) who's been around since da beginning of WWD! and helped out da Kwon Ohana in such a HUGEMANGEOUS way, I cannot express our gratitude enough but will nevah get tired of saying it, Mahalo nui loa! It helped us out in more ways than you could evah imagine and I am in your debt.... well, my empty pockets and kim chee are. ūüėÜ

Travel Ants In Your Pants

December 21st, 2015

Going holoholo is something we all wish/dream about. If we had da means, I'm surah we'd explore to our hearts desire but alas, most of us do not have dat luxury. In fact, most of us have to endure 'economy class' in one or all of airfare, hotel accomodations and activities.

It's not so much wen traveling with a significant oddah or with 'da boys' but wen traveling with ohana, things just call for more attention to detail: wea you going, wea you staying, wat you going do, wea you going eat etc.

For da first time in five years, Da Wife and I gave in to taking Da Ohana on our first, Ohana vacation. It wasn't a decision we came to lightly as we both agreed early on dat we wouldn't take them till they were nearing double digits in age. Naturally, money is an issue, but with da barrel of oil at an all time low, airfares have followed suit making it easier to 'afford' probably one of da biggest cost of any vacation. With Da Keiki a few months older than 5 and Da Baby at 30 months, da first thought in our minds was wea to go. I'll give you one guess and it has choke lights......

If you guessed Japan............ silly you, wishful me.

Disneyland of course! ūüėÄ

As an adult, our eyes lit up too cause we haven't been there in almost a decade and to share a place like Disney with your keiki is any parent's dream.... or nightmare.

So let me ask you, have any of you been there recently? Obviously Da Keiki and Da Baby will be limited in their ridership but I know there are CHOKE changes since we've been there such as now you're allowed to bring in your own watah and no selfie sticks. Luckily we'll have two strollers and Grandma in tow (we were told to bring 'reinforcements' so we weren't going to DL without Grandma ūüėÜ ) so we'll have 'storage' for kiddie snacks and maybe a musubi or two but you got any experiences to share like wea's da best bathroom? Should we walk da park counter clockwise? Skip Main Street to do on our way out instead? Are there show times to avoid? Must do's? Must don'ts? Are there any "secret's"? I read dat there certain foods dat you can't get elsewhere in da park like da giant turkey legs.

We'll be up there in mid-February for about a week so I'm just hoping dat there aren't too many rides down for maintenance. Multi-day passes are a given since we'll be there for nearly a week. Yeeeeaaaaa boi! *said in a happily sad voice once I'm realizing da crying and whining dat will consume us from not only our keiki's but oddahs*

As December rolls to a close, I am anticipating our (my) first vacation in ovah five years so yeah, I got ants in my pants.

Wait a minute, I just realized dat I'll be "babysitting" during a vacation at da happiest place on Earth..... and on my birthday.

Wassup Wit Dat!

History You Take For Granted... Right Under Our Noses

May 30th, 2010

On an early gloomy and rainy Sunday morning, I made my way down to the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor although that wasn't my intended destination.

As I was driving there, images of what "it was like" started stirring up in my coconut shell and there was no way in the world that I would have been able to come close in imagining how it would have been with bombs, explosions and sun scorching infernos blasting on that day, December 7, 1941.

Movies and pictorials was all I had to fall back on trying to envision that disastrous day - but that wasn't enough. Walking on the hallowed grounds, standing above the memorials and taking a moment - several moments - to reflect, respect and remember what happened nearly 70 years ago wouldn't fit into one day let alone a week.

NEO, a history major and a devoted Kwonic, was extremely gracious enough to stop by - on his day off nonetheless - and be our personal tour guide to one of the most iconic treasures in not only World War II history but in the world itself, the great USS Missouri or more commonly known, the Mighty Mo'.

A very educated history buff with information, facts and stories up the wazoo, it's amazing his head didn't explode from the wealth of knowledge stored up in his noggin'... and he didn't hold back. I was extremely impressed with his thoroughness and passion for not only the Mighty Mo' but for history itself.

As we toured the great ship, NEO painted a vivid picture of how it was like being on board. Simplistic things we take so granted in this automated electronic day was literally "man-handled" back then but with amazing precision and efficiency. Pictures will never do it justice as it is a monument that needs to visited and experienced first hand.

In tribute to all our service men and women (past, present and future) this Memorial Day, follow along as WWD! humbly honors one of the United States greatest treasure resting where it all began in our waters at Pearl Harbor,

E Komo Mai Mighty Mo'! 


Two amazing sights... Battleship USS Missouri and the Arizona Memorial


The newly renovated - and still renovating - Pearl Harbor Historic Sites is at the very least, very renovated. It has a very modern and ecological redesign as well as making sure not to lose the ambiance of the historic site.


The only way to the USS Missouri is by shuttle for civilians as it's docked on Ford Island


All 50 state flags line part of the dock in the order of joining the union


Some of the massive fire power on board the Mighty Mo'


Artillery shells - empty of course - come 6ft tall


Hard to see but that little speck in the middle is a boat that will gun you down if you dare enter Pearl Harbor without permission. They even keep an eye out on the Mighty Mo' visitors for any suspicious activity.


Under the massive guns the Mighty Mo' is known for and they are hugemangeous! A total of nine 16-inch guns, each equipped with a 65-foot-long, 116-ton barrel that could fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds with pinpoint accuracy - basically from Pearl Harbor to Haleiwa as NEO says.


The number signifies how many rounds have been fired from this specific turrent and the map shows the location of hits


A very interesting story about the dent made along the railing. Check it out by clicking here.

The model is hard to see through the reflection but under each turrent is four levels of mad efficiency. Back in the day, the sailors assigned to the turrent could load all three turrents in less than 30 seconds. Today? In under 15.


Tactical command central

The view for the tomahawk missles


Looks pretty old school huh?



Future Captain and XO?

The view from the upper deck


Check out the maze of wiring


I didn't chance it

The navigation bridge seemed pretty "plain" considering the firepower that was below it


ūüėĬ† Do you¬†"see" anything?

Notice the bubble level? If the bubble passes "60" on either end, the boat capsizes - not a good thing when you're at sea.


I'm guessing this was installed after the war

Captain's cabin

Damage control

Damage control crew

Pretty tight quarters

The view back then at the time of surrender


The view today



There are two instruments¬†of surrender signed - one for the Allies and one for Japan. On the Japan copy,¬†Col. Lawrence Moore Cosgrave from Canada signed his name on the wrong line and thereafter everyone else had to cross out their own name and resign on the succeeding line thereafter.¬†¬† ūüė≥¬†

Chicken skin speech

It is and will always be an eerie site of the USS Arizona still leaking oil


The Mighty Mo'
Check out the website by clicking here,


For those planning on visiting Pearl Harbor - a word of advice. Don't try to do both the Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri on the same day unless you have a super sized stamina tank. Even though they are virtually near each other - besides becoming exhausted walking all over - you really do a disservice by "rushing" through.

There are two other attractions to visit (with paying admission) while you're there, the USS Bowfin (attack submarine) and the Pacific Aerospace Museum.


Muchos Mahalos again to NEO for coming down on your day off and sharing your mana'o, mo'olelo's and your passion for such an iconic piece of history.  


We soon may not remember..... but let's never forget.


 God speed to all the service men and women of all of our armed forces.




Hint hint........ Stay tuned for June 1st's blog entry

Hint hint........ Stay tuned for June 1st's blog entry

Hint hint........ Stay tuned for June 1st's blog entry

Did I mention to stay tuned for the June 1st blog entry?¬†¬† ūüėõ



Viva Las Vegas!

December 30th, 2009

C'mon, who hasn't SEEN Las Vegas?

Ok, who hasn't BEEN to Las Vegas?

Uh, have you even HEARD of Las Vegas?

There's no doubt that Vegas is ever changing and even more so now with the new hugemangeous City Center up. Chances are if you blink, there's something probably that you wish you could have seen but isn't there any more. Besides gambling, there's tons to do if you look and/or want.

I dunno about you but I'm kinda ovah Vegas.


Yeah, you heard right. Don't know if it's MLC - oh wait, no can use dat cause I no stay at The Cal or Main Street - but I'm kinda ovah da whole neon lights thing, huge buffet and "free" drinks. I've done da Hoover Dam, Mt.Charleston, Red Rock and even drove up north to Utah to snowboard but wen I stay with Da Wife, she's done those things too (except da snowboard part) and she's not too keen on da driving long distances unless absolutely necessary so besides da shopping and kau kau, she's ovah Vegas too.

I'd love to do a Grand Canyon tour, white water rafting or maybe even an Area 51 campout... but Da Wife not into dat kine stuff. My friends and I have had a tough time getting our schedules all synched so we haven't had a boys trip in a few years and with our "bettah halves" in da picture, shmall kine hard.

For me, Vegas has lost it's wide-eyed¬†luster but there's always the gambling.¬†¬† ūüėĬ† You can't get away from dat. So wat do Da Wife and I do besides shop? Try to find new and interesting things that we haven't seen or done the last time we're there and¬†of course, trying to find da ono grinds doesn't hurt either.¬†¬† ūüėõ¬†

So hea's a few things to check out if you haven't done so before..............


Well maybe not to check out but you do know dat Vegas is da 9th Island right?


Can't start off a day in Vegas without a good hearty breakfast and judging from da 30 minute wait dis place has got to be good especially wen backed by Man vs Food and Rachel Ray!


Da Wife's plate. Fo'got wat she got but it had chorizo in it and da homemade biscuit was to die for!


Andy's Sage Fried Chicken w/ fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomatos, homemade biscuit, egg, mozzarella and chipotle cream
If you go and you hungry... GET THIS ONE! Supah hugemangeous, supah ono and guaran's kanacks.


Was there any doubt I couldn't finish it?


Can't argue with saving da planet    :mrgreen:


Anybody know CPR?


Have you evah seen Downtown like dis?¬†¬† ūüėĮ¬†


Don't even ask me wat da heck was going on in dat tent but they had full on ID check and only let in a specific numbah of people at a time... only in Vegas


I thought dis was sooo funny. Don't get it yet? Da name boasts "neon" but da neons no work.¬†¬† ūüėܬ†¬†
By the way - I bet a ton of you don't know - dis is da beginning of da "old school" Neon Museum. 10 refurbished neon signs from waaay back in da day have been put back into circulation and are indicated by plaques along dis short walkway at Fremont Street.


Bet you didn't know there was a pretty big history wall map of Downtown Las Vegas near da theaters huh? Did you even know Downtown had theaters?


Don't do it......¬†¬†¬†¬† ūüėܬ†


Fremont Experience light show


Wat happened to Chevron?


A must stop.... In N Out burgers! Double for me and a single for Da Wife - both animal style!


And animal style fries of course!


Uh.... dunno wat to make of dis sign. So does dat mean Vegas' watah is dat bad dat they have to "import" watah?¬†¬† ūüėĮ¬†


HNL2LAS joined us for dinnah at Sushi on Rainbow.... and then I found out she doesn't eat seafood. WWD!¬†¬† ūüėܬ†¬† Was great to meet up with a Kwonic!¬†


City Center
It wasn't as "exciting" as they made it seem. Unless you're a guest or a resident at City Center, it's almost like there's nothing to do because a majority of the place is for guests only. There's art work, not all stores are open and it's very very fancy.

You see da "different" windows at da Mandarin Hotel? It's actually da lobby on da 23rd floor. 


Da ugly side of Vegas. And wen we we were there, someone had actually damaged the 'Welcome To Vegas' sign with red paint.


Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Holleywood

Chili cheese fries, Spicy Mojave Dog - Ono! and The Showgirl Dog
It's hella expensive for "dogs" but gotta try once right?


Oh yeah, had a Coke too

Can't forget dessert




Click hea to see tons more photos of City Center, Wynn Buffet, Bellagio Christmas Atrium, da rest of da Neon Boneyard and oddah Vegas sights.


SHOUT OUT:  MUCHOS MAHALOS to all who stopped by with goodies and those who were visiting from off island and da mainland who took some time out of their vacation to stop by!

I especially liked¬†those who even mailed Christmas Cards and photos! Now those were a real treat as they were even HANDWRITTEN! WOW! Amazing there's still people who do dat!¬†¬† ūüėõ¬†¬†

Don't want to name names but you know who you are... I hope.



Braddah Lance Kwon

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