Archive for April, 2005

Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!

spamcan-hawaii.jpgMy wife won’t touch the stuff, but most people in Hawaii have an incredible affection for Hormel’s infamous ham-like meat in a can, Spam. And tomorrow brings the annual Waikiki Spam Jam:

“More than 20,000 celebrants are expected to cheer the glory of Spam along Kalakaua Avenue. They’ll have their choice of luncheon-meat-infused foods (consider, from the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel, Reconstructed Spam Chicken Cordon Bleu with Sherry Cream Sauce). And to top it off, they will crown Hawaii’s first Mr. or Ms. Spam, from among five finalists chosen for their ideas for a Spam commercial.”

Can’t make it? Just nuts for Spam dishes? Don’t miss Ann Kondo Corum’s Spam Cookbook, now in its second edition.

Taped in Honolulu

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As I have mentioned in a couple of other places, I took an honorable mention in this year’s Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest. Thursday night was the reception at the Atherton Studios of KHPR, where the winner and two others would be reading their stories for a future broadcast of Cedric Yamanaka’s Aloha Shorts.

I was pretty nervous, but when a beautiful woman with light-blonde hair gave me a lei and a kiss, I began to loosen up a little.
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Front Page

Here’s an item-by-item response to articles on the front page of today’s Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

HGEA wins 10% State Pay Raise. The governor’s right. A pay increase like this will “diminish the state’s ability to provide for its people as a whole.” On the other hand, that’s what gigantic state bureaucracies do. People don’t even have to be good at their jobs anymore to get raises. They just have to keep showing up, and we all know a bunch of government employees who do exactly that.
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Volcano Wireless

I fricken’ forgot to pay my ISP bill this month and can’t do it until I get paid later this week, so I’m getting my web-fix tonight at Volcano Joe’s, one of my current favorite hangouts.

If you go, you’ll want to check it out more than once; there are quite a few intriguing entries on the menu board. I recommending starting with the 9-inch pizza with your choice of three toppings for under eight bucks.
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Hawaii’s International Auto Show

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One of the most popular events that is held annually in Hawaii is the First Hawaiian Auto Show. For the past few years the immensely popular auto show has been held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. This year’s auto show continues its popularity as thousands of Hawaii consumers, motorists and enthusiasts of all ages came by to see all the new cars.

The auto show is great because you can not only get up close and personal with the vehicles, but actually sit in them, “kick the tires”, check the engines and other amenities. Sales people are there to tell you about the cars, trucks and SUVs should you have a question. But unlike seeing these people directly on dealer lots, there is no high pressure. It is the best place to be for “just looking.”

I doubt that everyone who goes to the show are serious car buyers. I certainly am not one at this time. But the show is the perfect opportunity for a photo bug like me to shoot off many frames of digital photos with reckless abandon and publish them somewhere. So there they are.

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