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Sunset at the Sheraton Maui.

In most cases, pictures speak louder than words, so I’m going to let the photos do the talking in this post.

But first a brief overview of what’s going on here. The Kam family enjoyed spending time this past weekend at the Sheraton Maui. It was a mix of business and leisure as I attended the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association’s Annual Membership Meeting and brought Kelly and Ensen along too. Ensen was especially glad Uncle Jon flew up to join us and was excited to cruise with Maui Grandma, Uncle Frank, and other family as well. By the end of the trip, I realized I hadn’t taken many photos though we were on the go-go-go most of the time. For what it’s worth, here’s a handful that documents our time there.

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New toys awaited Ensen at Maui Grandma’s house.

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We had a goal of eating Tasaka Guri Guri ice cream everyday we were there, but failed. We only ate it once but we ate a lot. Just for the record, Maui Grandma and Uncle Jon were with us. Four scoops mix (strawberry/pineapple) for the big kids…two scoops for Little E.

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Our room at the Sheraton Maui in Kaanapali Resort was great. Tons of space for the family to chill out and beautiful views of the West Maui coastline. We had perfect weather too which didn’t hurt. As for the awesome pictures of Little E and me swimming in the pool…err…we’ll keep those in the family vault for now. 😛

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We even took some time to relax and play on the oceanfront lawn.

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Watched the locals folks jump off legendary Black Rock.

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Here’s some photos I took with my new Canon EOS Rebel T1i. I’ve got a long way to go in figuring out all this technical camera stuff and the fancy settings, but I did manage to take some pretty neat looking pics.

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All in all, a great weekend trip to the Valley Isle. I should also note that we had tons of fun at the Maui Brewing Company which serves up great food and some of the best local beers in Hawaii. Strategically, there are no photos from those experiences. 😉 But trust me, we had an awesome time!

-NGK

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I’ve had the great opportunity of volunteering my time to assist the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) this year with its upcoming Celebration of Leadership Dinner (CLAD) on Oct. 3 at Manoa Grand Ballroom. How did the Chinese-Korean guy get tapped to do the pro-bono public relations for this Japanese organization? Your guess is as good as mine, but I believe I have my friend Ian Kitajima to thank for this one. And Kelly is half Japanese so I qualify to represent though marriage. 😉

It’s been a rewarding experience meeting this year’s CLAD honorees, which everyone in Hawaii knows: DejaVu Surf Hawaii/M. Miura Store on Kauai; Diamond Bakery and Marions Catering/Dots Restaurant on Oahu; Tasaka Guri Guri on Maui; and KTA Super Stores on the Big Island. All of these companies are deserving of the accolades they will receive next month. They have stood the test of time, stared adversity straight in the face, and persevered to become business role models in each of their communities. Given today’s economic situation, I believe there’s a lot we can learn from their success stories!

But don’t take my word for it. These teasers from the honoree video that will be shown at the dinner should help prove my point. Kudos to Ryan Kawamoto for producing these inspirational and insightful stories.

JCCH President Lenny Yajima Andrew and her staff have been hard at work putting together this annual fundraising event, along with CLAD co-chair Lisa Shozuya and Mark Yamada. A big mahalo to Special Events Coordinator Waynele Yu and PR/Membership Director Marisa Takahashi for their support as well.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year’s event because of a prior work engagement, but hope those in Hawaii who appreciate outstanding business and community leadership will attend and join JCCH in honoring these worthy organizations.

GANBARE!

-NGK

BTW, if you’re a Facebook user, you can find JCCH and CLAD there too!

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Shave ice from Aoki's on Oahu's North Shore is always a great way to cool off!

Shave ice from Aoki’s on Oahu’s North Shore is always a great way to cool off!

It’s been pretty hot and humid in Hawaii the past week. So much so that Mother Nature has forced us to use our portable AC  at night in our bedroom to get a good nights rest. As locals and visitors alike look for options to beat the Hawaii heat, it got me thinking about some of my favorite ways to cool down when the sun is out. And I’m not talking about beaches, swimming pools, or spa treatments. I’m talking about cool treats to bring the body temperature down while satisfying the sweet tooth and quenching that thirst.

Here’s my suggestions for island treats to beat the summer heat:

Shave Ice
This one is pretty much a no-brainer when it’s time to cool off after a long day at the beach, hiking, or working at the office. Institutions like Waiola Shave Ice, Aoki’s Shave Ice, Matsumoto Shave Ice, and countless other are the perfect cure. You really can’t go wrong with any flavor combination. But my personal favorite is to have shave ice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and li hing mui syrup all over. YUM!

Strawberry and pineapple mix ice cream from Tasaka Guri Guri at Maui Mall. A "must try" for anyone visiting Maui!

Strawberry and pineapple mix ice cream from Tasaka Guri Guri at Maui Mall. A “must try” for anyone visiting Maui!

Ice Cream
There’s a few local ice cream producers like Roselani Tropics Ice Cream (Maui), Lapperts (Kauai), and the famous Tasaka Guri Guri (Maui) that trumps the national brands any day in my opinion. Maybe it’s just the proud local in me, but I’m not sure there’s anything more satisfying than a bowl of Roselani’s Haupia (coconut) ice cream, or Lappert’s Kona Coffee ice cream, or Tasaka’s Strawberry and Pineapple Guri Guri. And don’t forget about mochi ice cream found at many Japanese restaurants, sushi bars, and stores like Shirokiya in Ala Moana Center. SO ONO!

Frozen Yogurt
In the past year, there’s been a resurgence in the popularity of frozen yogurt. We’ve seen places like Yogurtland, Menchie’s, Red Mango, and many more sprout up on Oahu like weeds. I’m sure there’s many other on the neighbor islands. I’m not going to waste my time explaining why. All you need to do is read my friend Melissa Chang’s review of “Yogurt mania in Hawaii” in Metromix to understand what the buzz is all about.
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Tropical Drinks
A tropical drink may not be considered a “cool treat” to everyone, but it certainly means exactly that to me. And to many visitors as well having as I’ve witnessed while attending many business meetings at Hawaii resorts and jealously see vacationers lounging poolside with Mai Tais and Pina Coladas (pictured above) in hand. Hawaii has some of the best cocktails found anywhere in the world. So do yourself a favor and get out of the sun for a minute, belly up to the bar, and enjoy a refreshing tropical drink. I always do when I’m enjoying a cocktail at my favorite beach bar. BTW, I hear the Mai Tai Degeneres at The Royal Hawaiian is incredible. Can you guess who it’s named after? I thought you could.

These are just a few of the ways I stay cool when things heat up in the Islands. I know there’s plenty of other local treats that will do the job. What are some of your favorite ways to cool off?

-NGK

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The Kam family flew to Maui on Friday morning to spend time with Maui Grandma (Kelly’s mom) and to give Ensen a taste of the Valley Isle. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and spend some time relaxing on Maui over the long weekend. During our three days there, we did quite a bit. Here’s what happened on Day 1.

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At 6:30 a.m., we’re ready to go to the airport to catch our Hawaiian Airlines flight at 8 a.m. Ensen looked handsome as usual, posing with Aunty Kim before heading out the door. He enjoyed the plane ride to Maui, sleeping most of the way there.

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Maui Grandma picked us up at Kahului Airport and we head straight to IHOP for breakfast. At 9-months-old, Ensen is now able to sit in a high chair and partake in breakfast with the family. He also wasted no time making friends with other babies as they screamed and shouted across the restaurant.

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Following breakfast, we made a quick stop at Tropix surf shop to pick up some Maui Built gear, then headed to Walmart to pick up some essentials for Ensen. Then it was off to Queen Kaahumanu Center to kill some time shopping and browsing around the shops. I forgot how nice this mall was. After a couple hours, it was time for a sweet treat and lunch. We found ourselves at Maui Mall for guri guri ice cream at Tasaka’s. Four scoops of strawberry and pineapple for everyone. YUMMY! Before leaving the mall, we made a quick lunch stop at Genki Sushi before heading to Maui Grandma’s house in Pukalani. The photo of Ensen above was taken on the way. Needless to say, the big smile on his face was proof enough he was enjoying his first day on Maui.

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We recharged our batteries with a little nap at Maui Grandma’s house and freshened up for dinner. We headed back to town to meet up with Kelly’s aunties and uncles for a nice meal at Dragon Dragon Chinese restaurant. Sorry, no photos from this part of the trip…we were so hungry by the time we got there. To cap off the first day, we ended up at Aunty Vicky’s house for coffee and dessert. Even though it was late, Ensen played well into the night. That’s him with Uncle Frank above playing with his new toys that Aunty Vicky gave have him for Easter. Before calling it a night, he managed to terrorize everyone’s feet as he crawled under the table and through the chairs.

All in all, a very busy and enjoyable first day on Maui! Be sure to come back and find out what day two and three has in store. Here’s a hint, more eating, dancing, and the Maui Ocean Center.

-NGK