Take a Walk Outside of Waikiki: Kapahulu Dining Adventures

Posted in Food & Dining on April 13th, 2009

Hungry for new experiences and tasty treats? Are you staying in the Waikiki area and tired of lounging on the beach? Maybe it’s time to venture out and try something different. Take off for a walk down Kapahulu Street and experience tastes that will take you around the world. Kapahulu between Kalakaua and the H1 freeway is packed with unique and interesting restaurants.

Start at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) on Kapahulu Street. Parking is limited so my advice is to set out on foot to explore this mile long strip. Not only will you get a chance to stretch your legs, you will take in more of the local flavors. Most of the dining spots are Mom and Pop shops where the service is personable and food is reasonably priced. One of President Obama’s favorite stops for local food is located along here, can you guess which one it is?

Your adventure will take you around the globe. The variety of dining options include local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties like plate lunches, pupus (small samplers), pork sandwiches and shave ice. Asian foods include sushi, pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced ‘fuh’), ramen (Japanese noodles) and tempura. Mediterranean dishes like hummus and stuffed grape leaves are accompanied by colorful dancers. Mexican dinners both filling and satisfying can be ordered spicy or mild. You can even find American fare like giant burgers and fries.

Save room for dessert at one of the bakeries along the way. Chocolate cake and baklava are two of my weaknesses. Don’t miss the warm malasadas right out of the oven, the cinnamon sugar variety are my personal favorite. The line may be long but it moves quickly.

Take yourself on an adventure and stroll down this strip of Kapahulu…

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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Take a Walk Outside of Waikiki: Kapahulu Dining Adventures

Posted in Food & Dining on April 13th, 2009

Hungry for new experiences and tasty treats? Are you staying in the Waikiki area and tired of lounging on the beach? Maybe it’s time to venture out and try something different. Take off for a walk down Kapahulu Street and experience tastes that will take you around the world. Kapahulu between Kalakaua and the H1 freeway is packed with unique and interesting restaurants.

Start at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) on Kapahulu Street. Parking is limited so my advice is to set out on foot to explore this mile long strip. Not only will you get a chance to stretch your legs, you will take in more of the local flavors. Most of the dining spots are Mom and Pop shops where the service is personable and food is reasonably priced. One of President Obama’s favorite stops for local food is located along here, can you guess which one it is?

Your adventure will take you around the globe. The variety of dining options include local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties like plate lunches, pupus (small samplers), pork sandwiches and shave ice. Asian foods include sushi, pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced ‘fuh’), ramen (Japanese noodles) and tempura. Mediterranean dishes like hummus and stuffed grape leaves are accompanied by colorful dancers. Mexican dinners both filling and satisfying can be ordered spicy or mild. You can even find American fare like giant burgers and fries.

Save room for dessert at one of the bakeries along the way. Chocolate cake and baklava are two of my weaknesses. Don’t miss the warm malasadas right out of the oven, the cinnamon sugar variety are my personal favorite. The line may be long but it moves quickly.

Take yourself on an adventure and stroll down this strip of Kapahulu…

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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Honolulu And Kauai Join Earth Hour 2009

Posted in Environment, Events on March 26th, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 is this Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 PM local time. Where will you be? What will you be doing? Join the one billion people who have pledged to participate in the 3rd annual Earth Hour.

Around the planet, businesses, communities and individuals are coming together to shut off lights for one hour this Saturday night. What started as a local Sydney, Australia event in 2007 grew to global participation in 2008 with 371 cities and 37 countries switching off their lights for one hour.

For Earth Hour 2009, one billion people in 2500 cities and towns across 82 countries have pledged to play a part.

The event initiated by World Wildlife Fund is designed to generate discussions and provoke action among large and small businesses, governments, communities and individuals to make an effort to make changes and reduce their carbon footprint.

The event kicks off in Sydney with boats in Sydney Harbor sounding their horns. The lights in the Harbor and Sydney Opera House will go dark for one hour. Landmarks around the world will follow suit including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Empire State Building in New York, Pyramids in Egypt and Sears Tower in Chicago.

In Hawaii, Honolulu and Kauai counties have joined the initiative. 5,500 Pearl Harbor area residential units at Schofield Barracks and 2,000 at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu will partake. On both bases families can watch movies using projectors powered by photovoltaic cells. The Starwood family of hotels and resorts will turn off all non essential lighting.

Other cities include Shanghai, Helsinki, Chicago, London, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guatemala City, Auckland, Venice, Abu Dhabi, Vancouver, Gothenburg, Amman, Cape Town, Beijing, Rome, Moscow, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Singapore, Athens, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Sydney, Mexico City, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Manila, Las Vegas and Brussels.

Many events are planned including a drum circle in Athens where the Acropolis and Parthenon will go dark. In Lisbon candle lit outdoor dining is planned. In Melbourne, a concert will include people-powered instruments. People will gather outdoors in cities around Earth to watch city skylines transform.

Where will you be on March 28, at 8:30 pm – 9:30 PM local time? What will you be doing?

For ideas on how you can participate or information visit http://www.earthhour.org. Follow @earthhour on Twitter, #earthhour.


Vote Earth for Earth Hour 2009

Here are 10 different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce your carbon footprint:

1. Attend a local Earth Hour event or organise your own by throwing an Earth Hour street party with your neighbours
2. Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars
3. Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight
4. Organise a treasure hunt in the dark
5. Take the dog for a night walk
6. Have a candle-lit bath
7. Sit in the dark and share stories
8. Organise a family night playing board games
9. Share a romantic night in with your loved one
10. Upload your “on the night” photos and videos to flickr and YouTube respectively, and then add them to the Earth Hour flickr group and the global YouTube Group.

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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Oahu Dines Supports Life Foundation

Posted in Food & Dining on March 7th, 2009

On Wednesday March 4, 2009 residents and businesses united to support Life Foundation established in 1983. The daylong event began with an auction of products and services. Locals offered travel, merchandise and services donated for the online auction which ended at noon. Bidders found deals on gift certificates to local merchants, passes to attractions and events and even vacations.

Restaurants around Oahu joined in the Oahu Dines initiative, raising funds in the fight against AIDS. From fast food to fine dining, restaurants donated 20% of diner’s checks to the cause. We had dinner at Diamond Head Market and Grill, a Platinum event sponsor. I spoke to Chef/Owner Kelvin Ro who pledged at least $1500 for the cause. He said “Life Foundation is a good cause and needed by the community. I support the work that they do in treatment and education.”

Melanie Moore, Life Foundation Director of Communications, told me the non-profit organization provides treatment programs for 700 people living with AIDS in Hawaii. They also offer prevention programs including 2000 AIDS tests each year. Services are provided at no cost to clients.

Life Foundation is dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS. To find out more about their confidential services or how you can get involved, call 808-521-2437 or visit them online at www.lifefoundation.org.

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


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Oahu Dines Supports Life Foundation

Posted in Food & Dining on March 7th, 2009

On Wednesday March 4, 2009 residents and businesses united to support Life Foundation established in 1983. The daylong event began with an auction of products and services. Locals offered travel, merchandise and services donated for the online auction which ended at noon. Bidders found deals on gift certificates to local merchants, passes to attractions and events and even vacations.

Restaurants around Oahu joined in the Oahu Dines initiative, raising funds in the fight against AIDS. From fast food to fine dining, restaurants donated 20% of diner’s checks to the cause. We had dinner at Diamond Head Market and Grill, a Platinum event sponsor. I spoke to Chef/Owner Kelvin Ro who pledged at least $1500 for the cause. He said “Life Foundation is a good cause and needed by the community. I support the work that they do in treatment and education.”

Melanie Moore, Life Foundation Director of Communications, told me the non-profit organization provides treatment programs for 700 people living with AIDS in Hawaii. They also offer prevention programs including 2000 AIDS tests each year. Services are provided at no cost to clients.

Life Foundation is dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS. To find out more about their confidential services or how you can get involved, call 808-521-2437 or visit them online at www.lifefoundation.org.

About this guest blogger:
April M. Williams is a frequent visitor to Hawaii and a great friend of 808Talk.

Learn more about April by visiting her at the websites below.
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Twitter http://twitter.com/AprilMWilliams
Blog http://cyberlifetutors.com/blog.html


read the full article »
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