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June 23, 2017

Coming Soon to McDonald's Hawaii - The Lobster Roll

McDonald's of Hawaii will be offering the Lobster Rolls at select locations starting June 28. Yes, lobster rolls! 

I was one of 100 lucky Frolic Hawaii readers to get in on the opportunity to experience the Lobster Roll at a special before the roll out on June 28. For $10, I got the Lobster Roll, medium fries, and a medium drink. 


The Lobster Roll is made with 100% North Atlantic lobster tossed in a mayonnaise dressing, and served on a bed of lettuce on top a buttered bread roll (almost like a hot dog bun). 


I was afraid that the lobster would be swimming in mayonnaise, but it was actually very light.  The lettuce was crisp and fresh, and the bun was nice and buttery.  

The Lobster Roll, priced at $9.99, will only be available from June 28 through July, or while supplies last. 



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Giveaway - Spider-Man: Homecoming Advance Screening Tickets June 28 - Ward 16

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on 7/7/17!

Hawaii Mom Blog is giving away five (5) family 4-packs of tickets to the advance screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 7pm at Consolidated Theatres Ward 16!

Visit Hawaii Mom Blog on Instagram to enter!

Synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
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3rd Annual OZONE Day at Waikiki Aquarium

In celebration of World Ocean Month and drafting off of the wake of Hōkūleʻa’s triumphant homecoming – the Waikiki Aquarium will be abuzz this Saturday, June 24, with free ocean-themed activities for the whole family. OZONE Day is an opportunity to learn about our oceans through educational games and fun activities. Attendees can look forward to prizes, face painting and live Hawaiian music. OZONE, which stands for Outrigger’s ZONE, is a global conservation initiative centered on protecting the health of coral reefs and the oceans surrounding the iconic beach destinations of Outrigger Resorts – including our very own Waikiki Beach.

Booths include: Sustainable Coastlines, NOAA (National Ocean Atmospheric Association) Outrigger Resorts and Waikiki Aquarium. Event is open to the public for all ages. General admission prices apply for entry. 

Schedule:
9-11 a.m. – Invasive Algae Cleanup, honoring the life and work of Dr. Isabella Abbott
In previous years ~100 hardworking volunteers removed 220 pounds of invasive algae.
11 a.m. to 3p.m. – OZONE Day booths open
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Live Hawaiian music by Alika Souza and friend

Waikiki Aquarium – 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Ample parking in metered lots surrounding the aquarium and natatorium. 
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Visit Boston: Old Town Trolley Tours


For a fun and informative tour of Boston, plus a convenient way to navigate through the city and visit different attractions without the hassles of driving through traffic or finding parking, a ride on the Hop On Hop Off Boston Tour with Old Town Trolley Tours is a must.

We started at Faneuil Hall, which is the first stop of nineteen.


You can hop on and hop off as many times as you want, as the Old Town Trolley Tour takes you through Downtown, Beacon Hill, Theater District, Waterfront District, and more.

We saw so many landmarks, learned about the history of the city, and found out where various points of interest were.

We drove past Boston Commons, saw the Make Way for Ducklings statue in Boston Gardens, saw the TD Garden (where the Boston Celtics play), and drove over the Charles River via the Harvard Bridge and Longfellow Bridge.



We saw the famous "Green Monster" of Fenway Park, saw where the Boston Massacre took place, and drove past the cemetery where Samuel Adams is buried in.



We were in awe of the buildings both historic and modern, and admired the architecture of the homes, churches, and businesses.












We hopped on and off several times - Stop 4 for the Museum of Science, Stop 7 for Cheers, and Stop 16 for Boston Children's Museum.

Walking distances to various attractions varied - 15 minutes to the Museum of Science; a few steps to Cheers; 5 minutes to Boston Children's Museum.

A map is provided so you know where different landmarks are located, and if you visit the Old Town Trolley Tours website, you can easily see the various stops and what attractions are nearby those stops.


Each driver was great, yet unique in his own narration style. Our first driver told a lot of jokes, our second driver was more straightforward, and our third was a mixture of the first two.  All of the drivers were professional, and provided a lot of great information about the city.

I loved hearing about the different points of interest, and I learned so much about the history and culture of Boston.  Getting to see so many popular landmarks without having to drive through traffic ourselves, or do a great deal of walking, was just fantastic.

Generally trolleys arrive every 10 to 15 minutes, but they seemed to come by a lot more frequently than that.  We saw so many Old Town Trolleys everywhere (some are even charted for private parties).

If there are not enough seats available on a trolley, the driver calls in to dispatch to let them know how many passengers need seats, so guests are never waiting for a very long time.

If you snag a window seat, of course you'll get the best photo ops, but the large, open windows give even those seated in the aisle a great opportunity to take photos.






The drivers will give riders notice if a great photo op is coming up, or tell them when to be ready if they have just a few seconds to take a photo, as the trolley can't just stop in the middle of the road.




The entire tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes (without getting off). The last pick up is at 5pm (4pm November through March), which I thought was a little early, so if you hop off somewhere and plan on exploring beyond 5pm, be sure you have an alternate method of transportation to get back to where you need to.

With your ticket, you also have access to money-saving coupons, as well as free admission to various attractions.  

The Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to explore Boston.  You get to see so much of the city, learn interesting tidbits of history, and discover new places - all while someone else does the driving!

For more information on Old Town Trolley Tours - Boston, click here.

Mahalo to Old Town Trolley Tours for hosting our family.  Gratuity was paid on our own.
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June 22, 2017

Hilton Waikiki Beach First to Launch Virtual Reality Mobile App

The pre-arrival destination experience has now reached new heights for visitors planning a stay at the Hilton Waikiki Beach on Oahu. The Hilton property has become the first hotel in Hawaii to launch a stand-alone virtual reality (VR) app experience for mobile users.

The property partnered with the New York City-based VR and immersive technology provider YouVisit to create this one-of-a-kind program. It provides potential guests with an accurate impression of what their stay will be like with the hotel. Available as a 360° video tour on desktop, as well as a fully immersive VR experience on headsets, the experience visually creates an extension of the hotel’s experience, which is a convenient location with true ocean and mountain views from modern and clean guestrooms.

The desktop 360° experience also offers advanced options from booking a reservation to simply clicking on “hot spots” to view video that lets the user envision the hotel as a wedding destination, or read historical background about the hotel’s original namesake, Prince Kuhio. The unique mobile app allows viewers to enjoy the experience in full immersive virtual reality. By using their smartphones with common headsets like Google Cardboard or Daydream, viewers can look around and feel like they’re really there.

“We are thrilled to use virtual reality to showcase what really sets us apart – our beautiful ocean and mountain views in a tranquil and convenient location on Kuhio Avenue,” says Sandy Narvaez, director of sales and marketing of Hilton Waikiki Beach. “Truly, aside from being here physically, virtual reality is the next best thing to enable our clients and guests to experience our hotel before they arrive.”

"The Hilton Waikiki Beach has gained a reputation for impeccable service and attention to its guests. That's no accident," said Gordon Meyer, director of marketing at YouVisit. "In partnering with us to bring this VR experience to life, the hotel has shown their commitment to travelers - not only for those currently staying in their rooms, but even for future guests who've not yet stepped into the lobby."

The tours are currently available in English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. To view the VR, guests may visit the hotel’s website www.hiltonwaikikibeach.com or Apple and Android phone users can search ‘Hilton Waikiki Beach’ in the iTunes or Google Play store to download the mobile app.
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Tater Tot Waffles

Months ago, when I told a friend of mine that I wanted to try and make hash brown waffles, she said tater tot waffles would be a great idea too.

I finally bought a bag of tater tots over the weekend so I could try and make Tater Tot Waffles.

My first attempt was a fail - I didn't put enough thawed tater tots on the waffle iron, and the waffle just fell apart.

The second attempt I made sure to put even more tater tots, and the waffle stuck together better.

Just be sure to completely fill up the waffle iron with tater tots, and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes, until the waffle is golden brown.

This is my kind of waffle!

I love all things savory for breakfast, so I really enjoyed this tater tot waffle.
My husband doesn't care for tater tots, but he loved the waffle (although he did say maybe it was the egg yolk from the accompanying egg that gave it that extra yumminess).

If you love tater tots as much as I do - make some tater tot waffles for your next breakfast!
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Visit Boston: Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods, a popular restaurant chain throughout Massachusetts, was recommended by many people while we were in Boston, so we decided to have lunch there one day.

Complimentary Rolls

New England Clam Chowder

Hot Lump Crab Dip

Legal's Signature Crab Cake Sandwich
The Crab Dip was delish!  Full of huge chunks of crab, the creamy dip had a nice kick to it from the horseradish.

I thought the Chowder was a little underseasoned.

My husband enjoyed the Crab Cake Sandwich.  The Crab Cake is a signature dish at Legal Sea Foods.  I had a taste and it was good!


Kids Fish-Shaped Cheese Ravioli

Kids Macaroni and Cheese

Kids Cheese Pizza

Kids Sides

Typical kid fare such as hot dogs and pizzas can be found on the kids menu, but at Legal Sea Foods, they also offer lobster and other seafood dishes.  All kids meals come with veggies and fries.

Our server was great, and overall we enjoyed the food.

Thanks to everyone who recommended Legal Sea Foods!

Legal Sea Foods
255 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
617-742-5300
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