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December 3, 2020

Young's Kal Bee

It's been a long time since I've been to Young's Kal Bee.  They are known for their Meat Jun and Chicken Katsu, and it's still a favorite!

Chicken Katsu & Man Doo

Barbecue Chicken & Meat Jun

Kim Chee Fried Rice

Shrimp Tempura

Chicken Katsu

Get combos if you can't decide on just one item, but definitely try the Meat Jun and / or Chicken Katsu.  They are both very flavorful.

Portions are very generous!  It took me 4 meals to finish the Fried Rice!

Young's Kal Bee
99-084 Kauhale St A2
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-0251


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Christmas Treats

If you're in the mood to make something cute, fun, and edible for the holidays, here are some ideas:

Reindeer & Christmas Kisses

Christmas Bark

Christmas OREOs

Santa Bars

Homemade Marshmallows

OREO Ornaments


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December 2, 2020


Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani announced it will reopen on April 1, 2021 with enhanced procedures offering islanders and visitors a safe home away from home and an unparalleled guest experience. Halepuna Waikiki, which opened in October 2019, is the first luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki that incorporates the culture of Hawai’i, the aloha spirit of the islands and philosophy of Halekulani, offering guests a refined retreat where Hawaiian traditions, engaging service, and fine design enrich every guest room, dining experience, and amenity.


"We look forward to welcoming back our treasured guests and community whom we greatly miss since closing earlier this year in response to COVID-19,” said Julie Arigo, the hotel’s general manager. “Our primary goal is always the health and well-being of our guests and employees, and we are honored to be recognized for providing award-winning service that embodies the aloha spirit. We are excited to reopen our doors in a safe manner so travelers can feel comfortable and at home, while still enjoying the same warm hospitality guests have come to know and love at Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani.”


In compliance with government guidelines, support from medical professionals, as well as exceeding industry standards, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani has developed a comprehensive program to address and maintain a safe and clean environment. The “Halekulani Health” program provides stringent guidelines, while still reflecting the luxury standards that guests have come to expect. The following highlights some of the revised protocols and procedures that have been implemented:


  • Mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required and provided for all employees, and employees must adhere to mandatory thermal screening and screening questions.
  • Guests are required to wear face masks in all public areas (face masks and gloves available to guests upon request) and touchless hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the property.
  • Housekeeping services available upon request and contactless delivery to guestrooms is provided. A minimum of 24-hours is required between use of each guestroom.
  • Hourly cleaning and sanitizing in high-traffic areas such as the lobby, fitness center, pool, restaurant, restrooms, and elevators.
  • The number of guests at each dining table will be limited to current Hawaii State Standards and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines.


To welcome guests back, and to celebrate Halepuna Waikiki’s recognition as the “No. 1 Hotel in Hawai'i” both in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards and in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, Halepuna Waikiki is offering a special Hawaii's Best of 2020 package, which includes daily breakfast for two, a $25 per day resort credit, and a champagne welcome amenity, starting at $274/night. To book this special package, please visit here and use promo code BEST2020.


In addition to the excitement surrounding the hotel’s reopening, Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani recently received the coveted AAA Four Diamond® designation by the American Automobile Association. Overall, just 1,718 hotels and 682 restaurants have earned the AAA Four Diamond designation for 2020. Hotels at this level, which include just 6.5% of the nearly 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings, are noted for their upscale style and amenities enhanced with the right touch of service. To earn the impressive AAA Four Diamond designation, hotels and restaurants must pass a rigorous evaluation that includes unannounced, in-person evaluations by AAA’s expert inspectors.


For more information on Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani, please visit halepuna.com or connect with the hotel on Instagram and Facebook.

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Blue Note Hawaii, the legendary venue for live entertainment, continues its reopening celebration with a full calendar of entertainment. Blue Note Comedy Series kicks off December with three sold out nights of Tumua Tuinei and a lineup of local comedians sure to have guests laughing in their seats. Also returning to the stage are local favorites Mike Love, Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe, Jeannette Trevias and Beat-Lele with their ukulele homage to the music of the Beatles. The Elevations Hawai‘i return with a Winter Wonderland vintage soul explosion. International artists return with the bery popular Dirty Cello and Gunhild Carling of Postmodern Jukebox. The club celebrates its fifth anniversary and the New Year with ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro. To keep audiences safe and socially distant, only 25 tables per show will be sold. For the safety of all guests, only complete tables are available to purchase. No individual tickets are available.


A ticketed livestream will be available for Beat-Lele (December 18) and Jake Shimabukuro (January 1) at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include on-demand access for 48 hours after the performances.


Additional acts will be announced shortly and more information can be found at www.bluenotehawaii.com. For a full explanation of our new safety, ticketing and admission policies visit https://www.bluenotehawaii.com/covid.pdf.


Parking is validated at the OHANA East Hotel for $6 for four hours and at the Outrigger Waikiki for $15 for four hours valet.


Blue Note Comedy Series

Tumua Tuinei

December 4-6, 2020

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Show and door times vary


Tickets purchased for October 16, 2020 are now valid December 4, 2020
Tickets purchased for October 17, 2020 are now valid December 5, 2020
Tickets purchased for October 18, 2020 are now valid December 6, 2020

Tumua Tuinei has been doing comedy in Hawaii for three years. He has been a local headliner and has worked with numerous comedians including Andy Bumatai, Augie T, Pauly Shore and David Spade. The local boy is also a former University of Hawaii Football Player. While at UH, Tuinei found his passion for stand-up comedy through a comedy class. His inspiration for his material comes from his local family and the hilarious situations that he experiences on a daily basis. Tuinei also has a huge following on social media (Instagram, TikTok, Facebook). His local skits/sketches are "bus' laugh" and well known in the islands. In 2019, Tuinei recorded and produced his first comedy special "Da Funny-Kine Special," which can be purchased and streamed through Vimeo.


Comedy U & Bud Light Seltzer Present

Local Comedy Returns

Featuring Kenny Kusaka, Simmone P., Kevin Kellar & Missy Ketchum. Hosted by Tavana McMoore.

December 9, 2020

Tickets: Premium $15, Loge Seating $10

Showtime: 7:00 PM
Doors: 5:30

Comedy U, one of Hawaii’s Longest Running Local Comedy Showcases, is back with another night of Hawaii's hottest comics! Featuring Kenny Kusaka, Simmone P., Kevin Kellar & Missy Ketchum. Hosted by Tavana McMoore.

Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe

December 11, 2020

Tickets: Premium $20, Loge Seating $15

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM

This event was originally scheduled for October 2, 2020. All tickets have been automatically transferred.

Hawaii’s favorite Latin music band is back! Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe return to the Blue Note for one night only. The Son Caribe Band has toured internationally with frequent performances in Japan, Korea and the Philippines, and was recently voted amongst one of Hawaii's top bands in Honolulu Magazine's music issue. They’ve opened for GRAMMY®️ Award-winning Latin music luminaries Celia Cruz and Poncho Sanchez, and has shared the stage with artists Luisito Rosario, Johnny Polanco, Chino Espinoza, Tito Puente Jr. and many more. Along with Latin music, Son Caribe also performs numerous other music genres including big band jazz, Motown, rock & roll, pop, and contemporary Top 40.

Back to the '70s with Jeannette Trevias

Featuring Johnny Valentine, Michael Grande & Reggie Padilla

December 12, 2020

Tickets: Premium $35, Loge Seating $25

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM

This event was originally scheduled for September 12, 2020. All tickets have been automatically transferred.

Jeannette Casuga Trevias was born and raised in the Philippines and began playing piano at the age of four. She studied at Yamaha School of Music at the age of 14, joined Asian Yamaha Electone Competition in Singapore at 16 and won first place and represented Asia in the International Yamaha Festival, winning the Kawakami award for "Most Promising Artist." Jeannette would go on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Santo Tomas major in piano. She was musical director for Lea Salonga (star of Miss Saigon), Society of Seven and Martin Nievera and has shared the stage with Fiji, the Local Divas, Loyal Gardner, Melveen Leed, Tiger Okoshi, Carol Kai and he Mike Lewis Big Band. Today, Jeannette can be seen with Nohelani Cypriano and headlining at Lotus Hotel's Wisp and The Marriot Hotel.

Island 98.5 Rocksteady Reggae Series

Mike Love

December 13, 2020

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM

This show was originally scheduled for Aug. 28, then Oct. 9, 2020. All tickets have been automatically transferred.

In this modern age of music, genres blend together as naturally as the river flows into the sea. With the expansive library of all the music of the world from every time period at our fingertips, creative artists seem to be more and more liberated from the archaic mentality of being pigeonholed into one genre or demographic. Mike Love is at the forefront of this movement. With a foundation rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of Reggae and Rastafari, he blends the sounds of progressive and classic rock, pop, R & B, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz and so much more. Healing is at the core of his music. With ever evolving live performances, Love keeps his organically grown fanbase returning again and again to witness the evolution of tried-and-true fan favorites, and the ever-expanding repertoire of new music that is constantly surfacing. Fans often leave live performances remarking about how they have just been to church, or had a bad day turned around.

Comedy U & Bud Light Seltzer Present

Local Comedy Returns

Featuring Andrew Joyce, Dash, Blue James & Lance Liverman. Hosted by Daryl Bonilla.

December 16, 2020

Tickets: Premium $15, Loge Seating $10

Showtime: 7:00 PM
Doors: 5:30 PM


Comedy U, one of Hawaii’s Longest Running Local Comedy Showcases, is back with another night of Hawaii's hottest comics! Featuring Andrew Joyce, Dash, Blue James & Lance Liverman. Hosted by Daryl Bonilla.


Ukulele Tribute to the Beatles

December 18, 2020

Tickets: Premium $25, Loge Seating $35

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM


This show was originally scheduled for August 29, 2020 and September 26, 2020. All tickets have been automatically transferred.

Three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees, BEAT-LELE, is comprised of four Beatle-loving musicians who hail from the island of Oahu. Having performed for numerous years as a Beatles tribute band in Hawaii, BEAT-LELE decided to reinvent themselves and fuse the beautiful music of the Beatles with their passion of playing ukulele's. There is no other musical group in the world combining the timeless music of The Beatles to the soaring popularity of the ukulele with added percussion of a cajon.


The Elevations: It’s the Most Soulful Time of the Year!

The Elevations Hawai‘i Christmas Special

Featuring very special guest Jonah "Big Mox" Moanuanu

December 19, 2020

Tickets: Premium $20, Loge Seating $15

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM


Honolulu, “It’s the Most Soulful Time of the Year!” with The Elevations Hawai’i this December! Christmas is coming and this is the absolute best time to get together with friends and family! To celebrate the upcoming holiday season we are putting together a special Christmas set of soul tunes with some of the classics, of course! We are excited to feature our special guest, Jonah “Big Mox” Moanuanu for this show! If you don’t “Big Mox” yet, you soon will as he is a big-time talent as a singer and performer - you will be amazed!

Lead vocals – Kehaulani White
Backup Vocals – Cheyenne Leong
Backup Vocals – Aiddy Weisbecker
Tenor Sax – Eric White
Trumpet – Rob Toyama
Guitar – Mark Iseman
Drums – Keli’i Wong
Bass – Antonio Burroso

Dirty Cello

December 22, 2020

Tickets: Premium $35, Loge Seating $25

For your safety, only complete tables are available to purchase. No individual tickets are available. 

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM

From China to Iceland, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

Blue Note Comedy Series

Brandi Morgan

With Special Guest Patrice Scott

December 27, 2020

Tickets: Premium $20, Loge Seating $15

Showtime: 7:00 PM
Doors: 5:30 PM


Award-winning comedian Brandi Morgan is one of Hawaii’s funniest people. Her first comedy album “I AM A BAD DECISION” which was named 2017 Comedy Album of the Year by the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award – Hawaii’s premier recording award. She won the title as Hawaii’s Funniest Female and had headlined at Hawaii’s top comedy venues. Brandi has also been featured at the World Series of Comedy, The Aloha Comedy Festival, and the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival. As Hawaii's only transgender comedian, her unique brand of humor is always well received by both gay and straight audiences alike. She has opened for – and impressed – national touring comedians, Beth Stelling, Eddie Eft, Cameron Esposito, Sammy Obeid, Sierra Katow, Marsha Warfield and Steve Bryne.

Gundhild Carling of Postmodern Jukebox

December 30, 2020

Tickets: Premium $30, Loge Seating $20

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM


From China to Iceland, Sweden's Queen of Swing Gunhild Carling is a world-renowned jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist. Famous for her ability to play three trumpets at the same time, Gunhild excels at trombone, trumpet, and even bagpipes. She often showcases all of her talents in one song, including singing and breaking into a tap dance. The eccentric songstress is featured in Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox versions of “Never Going to Give You Up” and a 1920's jazz swing version of “Material Girl,” among others.


December 31, 2020 – January 2, 2021


New Year’s Eve: Premium Seating $75, Loge Seating $55

January 1 & 2: Premium Seating $45, Loge Seating $35

Showtimes: 6:00 & 8:30 PM
Doors: 4:30 & 8:00 PM


With only four strings, Jake Shimabukuro is a humble master whose mission is to connect and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical and transcendent. Often referred to as the Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan of his craft, Jake delivers performances around the world with an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and a natural entertainer's flair. Jake takes the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing awe inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical, and folk.


Blue Note Hawaii submitted the following statement regarding COVID-19 precautions, policies and changes to its floor plan:


We are open. And your safety is our priority.

Temperature checks for all attendees are required. You MUST wear a mask to enter. You may take off your mask while seated at your table however if you get up for any reason you MUST put your mask on.  This is for your safety and the safety of everyone in attendance.

Among other precautions, our staff will be temperature checked. They will wear face shields and masks. Our tables will be six feet apart. Artists will perform behind a plexiglass barrier, 10 feet away from the front row. Tables and chairs will be sanitized in between shows. We will offer contactless payment options and hand sanitizers throughout the club. Click here to read about all of our precautions and policies.


To accommodate the policies noted above and to stay within state, city, county and CDC guidelines, our capacity has been significantly reduced. Selling complete tables is the only way we can run a sustainable operation; keeping you safe and paying our bands what they deserve. Individual tickets are not available at this time. We are selling 2-top, 4-top, and 5-top tables.


Mahalo for your kokua, and for supporting live music in Hawaii.

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Holiday Candy Train

I bought a big variety mix of Hershey's miniatures candy, and on the back of the bag was a picture of a Holiday Candy Train.

The littlest wanted to make it, so we grabbed some Reese's PB Cups, a Hershey's Kiss, Rolos, and Milk Chocolate Miniatures.

We hot glued the pieces together, and in no time we had a cute Holiday Candy Train!

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Cutting Kabocha

I've heard from many people just how hard it is to cut into kabocha, so when I made Kabocha Bread, I didn't want to struggle, and I looked for insight online.

All you have to do is roast it whole, and you can cut through the kabocha like butter!


Put it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, then after letting it cool, you can cut through it with ease and use the flesh for Kabocha Bread or any other kabocha dishes!  

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December 1, 2020

Kawaii Face Masks from Blippo

Disclosure: complimentary product was received for review purposes. All opinions are honest and entirely my own.

Visit Blippo.come for an amazing selection of Japanese candy, stationery, and generally all things cute. Newest to their line up are protective cute Kawaii Face Masks. The disposable masks come in a 10 pack and are made from high-grade fabric and for non-medical use.  The masks are made with 3 protective layers and cover the nose, mouth, and chin for full protection. The masks come with an adjustable nose band for a light seal around your face and elastic earloops.  

I found the Kawaii face mask very comfortable to wear as I wore mine to breakfast, shopping, the spa, and an eyelash extension appointment.  It lasted me the entire day and proved to be comfortable. Most fun of all, I got so many compliments on the cute design!  

Visit Blippo to order.  This face mask would make the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer! 

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