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May 27, 2022

Visit Austin: P. Terry's Burger Stand

Another burger chain we saw all over Texas was P. Terry's Burger Stand.  Several locations around Texas are drive-thru only, as was the one we visited at Round Rock.

The menu is straightforward - with a variety of burger options, as well as chicken and veggie burgers.  They use 100% all natural black angus beef and chicken, and the prices are very reasonable!

I had a Crispy Chicken Burger, which comes with Swiss, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles.  I added bacon as well.  

It was really good, and you could tell it was not a pre-frozen chicken patty.   The rest of the family enjoyed their burgers.

We rounded out the meal with shakes and fries for a satisfying dinner!

P.Terry's Burger Stand
2001 N Interstate Hwy 35
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 351-8553
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May 26, 2022

UNIQLO Hawaii Launches Hawaii-Exclusive Designs with Local Businesses and Artists

UNIQLO is saying “Mahalo Arigato'' to customers as they commemorate its fourth anniversary beginning Friday, May 20! Celebrations include the launch of Hawaii-exclusive UTme! designs, new The Brands Hawaiian Loco UT (UNIQLO T-shirt) partners, a locally-crafted gift with purchase and limited-time promotions. It’s all part of UNIQLO’s mission of Together in Hawaii that focuses on giving back to the community. 

To kickoff the anniversary celebrations, UNIQLO is launching 10 days of promotions to thank customers for their support beginning May 20 featuring summer favorites such as AIRism masks, Aloha shirts, active wear, inner wear, basic shorts and tees.


On Friday, May 27, UNIQLO is unveiling new UTme! designs. The collection features landmarks, nonprofits and beloved brands including Central Pacific Bank, Zippy’s, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Protect & Preserve HawaiÊ»i. UNIQLO will also add new artist designs featuring Jasper Wong, Jack Soren and Lauren Roth. 

POW WOW! founder and artist Jasper Wong will host a pop-up activation in store creating unique artwork with UTme! shoppers on Friday, May 27 from 4-6 p.m. 

UNIQLO continues to give back to the community by donating 5% of all Hawaii UTme! sales to the Hawaii Foodbank through November 2022. UTme!, a popular UNIQLO service worldwide, provides a hands-on T-shirt designing experience. Customers create their own special one-of-a-kind UT and tote bags. 

”We launched our ’Together in Hawaii’ mission because we believe the local businesses, nonprofits and people are what truly makes Hawaii such a special place, and we are thrilled to be honoring them for our anniversary,” said Haruka Karino, business manager of UNIQLO Hawaii. “We’re also proud to announce that we’ve been able to provide over 20,000 meals so far to help the Hawaii Foodbank fight hunger.”


Celebrations continue as UNIQLO adds two new local partners – Aloha Shoyu and Foodland – to its popular The Brands Hawaiian LOCO UT collection of T-shirts for adults and children in June. UNIQLO will also introduce fresh designs featuring past partners such as Leonard’s Bakery and Hawaiian Sun.

UTme! Design Overview

Launch Date: Friday, May 27, 2022


Adults UT - $24.90 

Kids UT - $19.90

Tote Bags - $29.90

Mini Tote Bags - $24.90 

UTme! T-shirt Sizes: 

Adult's XS – XL Kids 3-4Y, 5-6Y, 7-8Y, 9-10Y, 11-12Y, 13

Hawaii Exclusive Designs:

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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The Brands Hawaiian LOCO UT Collection Overview: 

Launching: June 2022


New Designs: 

Aloha Shoyu


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UNIQLO is launching additional highly-anticipated global UT collections on May 20. Shop from the Peanuts Sunday Special collection and experience the joy of Peanuts like never before fun and memorable scenes from the comic strips. Marvel fans can also shop from Phrases of Marvel collection featuring Super Heros from the Marvel Universe such as Spider-Man and Iron Man.


As a mahalo treat for every $75 spent on May 27, customers will be provided with locally-made cookies from Touch a Heart, a nonprofit organization empowering and transforming those facing barriers to employment by providing vocational training in a healing and nurturing environment, creating pathways to a sustainable life. While supplies last, terms and conditions apply.

To learn more about new releases and special events, follow along on social media @Uniqlo_Hawaii.

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Hokulea at Four Seasons Resort O`ahu at Ko Olina

For quick and easy eats and drinks to-go while at the Four Seasons Resort O`ahu at Ko Olina, make a stop at Hokulea.

They offer coffees, fruit, cookies, pastries, yoguts, salads, sandwiches, and even charcuterie!

Since we had a $50 resort credit for a Kama`aina stay, we decided to pickup a bunch of snacks and drinks. 

We got some milks, chocolate muffins, and malasadas!  The baked goods are really delish, and perfect for when you want a sweet bite.

Visit Hokulea for all your grab-and-go, quick bite needs!

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
92-1001 Olani St
Kapolei, HI 96707
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May 25, 2022

The Beach Bus

While walking around the Kahuku Sugar Mill for something to eat, my youngest son and I stumbled upon a sign for waffles on a stick from The Beach Bus, so we decided to order food from there. 

They offer several different types of waffles on a stick.  Each of my kids decided on getting OREO Waffle Sticks.

OREO Waffle Sticks
They loved them!

Deep Fried Cheesecake

The Deep Fried Cheesecake on the menu (which, curiously, had no prices at all) caught my eye.  It was quite a sinful treat, drizzled with chocolate.

In addition to the sweets, we ordered: 

Nacho Cheese Fries

Keiki Pizza

Bus Burger Combo

I highly recommend ONLY sticking to the waffles.  The fries, burger, and pizza were all the kinds of foods you can buy at a store and make (heat in the microwave) yourself.  And the fact that there were no prices on the menu was very questionable (all of the above cost me $59 total).

I wanted to support local, but I left feeling disappointed.  

If you decide to visit The Beach Bus, stick with the sweets and skip the savories. 

The Beach Bus
56-565 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731

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May 24, 2022

Jurassic World Dominion Advance Screening Tickets Giveaway

This summer, experience the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era as two generations unite for the first time. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are joined by Oscar®-winner Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill in Jurassic World Dominion, a bold, timely and breathtaking new adventure that spans the globe.

From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.


Jurassic World Dominion, from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, propels the more than $5 billion franchise into daring, uncharted territory, featuring never-seen dinosaurs, breakneck action and astonishing new visual effects. 


The film features new cast members DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Emmy nominee Mamoudou Athie (Archive 81), Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Scott Haze (Minari) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The film’s returning cast includes BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Justice Smith as Franklin Webb, Daniella Pineda as Dr. Zia Rodriguez and Omar Sy as Barry Sembenè. 


Jurassic World Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who steered 2015’s Jurassic World to a record-shattering $1.7 billion global box office. The screenplay is by Emily Carmichael (Battle at Big Rock) & Colin Trevorrow from a story by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) & Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Jurassic World Dominion is produced by acclaimed franchise producers Frank Marshall p.g.a. and Patrick Crowley p.g.a. and is executive produced by legendary, Oscar®-winning franchise creator Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Derbyshire and Colin Trevorrow.

Visit https://www.jurassicworld.com/ for more information. 

Five lucky winners will each receive a family 4-pack of tickets to the advance screening of Jurassic World Dominion at Regal Dole Cannery on Tuesday, June 7.  Visit @hawaiimomblog.com on Instagram to enter! 

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May 23, 2022

Li`ili`i Donuts

I first heard about Li`ili`i Donuts when Nat posted about it almost two years ago, and when I spotted them at the Mililani Farmers Market for the first time, I immediately went in line.

These mini donuts are gluten-free and vegan, and are made fresh to order, so you may have to wait a while, but they are worth the wait!

My box contained Chocolate Sprinkle, Sugar N Spice, Nutella, Berry Li Hing, and Ube.  My kids ate up all the donuts except one before I could try any (of course they went for the Chocolate Sprinkle first), and the only one left was the Sugar N Spice (the sugary coating sure was yummy!).   

I love that they are not deep-fried, and they are sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth!  Next time I hope to try more flavors!

Follow them on Instagram @liiliidonuts or check out their website at https://www.liiliidonuts.com/ to find out where they'll be!

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May 20, 2022

Dinner at Halekulani's Redesigned House Without A Key

My in-laws are big fans of House Without A Key so I am always kept up to date on the latest happenings of their favorite restaurant at the Halekulani.  I learned from them that the restaurant had reopened for lunch last month after being completely transformed with a new shaded outdoor bar and viewing kitchen.  The seating in front of the Halekulani's historic Kiawe tree has been updated with comfortable and contemporary furnishings so you can enjoy the nightly live entertainment while taking in the sweeping ocean views and Diamond Head.  

Nightly from 5pm to 8:30pm, you can enjoy dinner and sunset cocktails with live Hawaiian music and the dancing of former Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii-USA winners from 5:30pm.  It's an especially great place to share with out-of-town guests as House Without A Key is one of Waikiki's most iconic restaurants.  When you do visit, make sure to order House Without A Key's signature mai tai.

Mai Tai

I had dinner with Halekulani and Halepuna Waikiki's wonderful PR Manager, Bonnie, and she shared with me some of the highlights of the dinner menu by House Without A Key's Chef de Cuisine, Jarrin Otake.  Ingredients used at the restaurant are sourced from across the Hawaiian islands.  We started with two of Halekulani's classic cocktails - the signature Mai Tai and the Hale Passion, a nice concoction of rum, passion fruit, almond, coconut, and light cream. Drinking this feels like vacation.  For appetizers, we had the Kapakahi Fries, Shoyu Ahi Poke, and the Edamame Hummus Dip.  The fries are especially addicting!

Kapakahi Fries

Shoyu Ahi Poke

Edamame Hummus Dip

For our meal, we had to try the House Without A Key Laulau.  The laulau dish is 5 oz. braised pork and 3 oz. misoyaki butterfish served on a bed of coconut stewed luau leaves, topped with a crispy pork rind and pickled onions, and served with lomi tomato and a side of fresh poi from Kako'o Oiwi farm.  We also shared the furikake and bubu arare crusted monchong that was on special.  I really enjoyed the monchong, but the laulau was so interesting and full of complementing flavors.  It's a very colorful dish and a treat for one's palate.  We ended the night with the very yummy Lilikoi Key Lime Cheesecake and I took home a slice of Halekulani's famous Coconut cake for my kids because I'd be in serious trouble if I didn't.

House Without A Key Laulau

Evening Special: Monchong

Lilikoi Key Lime Cheesecake

It was such a nice evening to be outside enjoying good food, drink and company while other guests were also enjoying their meals and the live entertainment.  It's no wonder this restaurant is such a favorite of many locals and visitors alike.  

House Without A Key
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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