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September 20, 2018

Giveaway: Top Wing DVD

Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated preschool series Top Wing soars onto DVD for the first time on October 2, 2018. The action-packed, seven-episode collection follows four best friend rescue birds-Swift, Penny, Rod and Brody-as they work together to help their island community, go on amazing adventures, and earn their wings as full-feathered rescue birds at Top Wing Academy. Equipped with unique turbo-charged vehicles and high-tech gadgets, the cadets complete various missions to hone their rescue skills and help those in need while learning valuable lessons along the way. Top Wing, produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, will be available on October 2 for the suggested retail price of $10.99. 
Top Wing contains the following episodes:

  • Time to Earn Our Wings - Cadets-in-training Swift, Penny, Rod and Brody gather at Top Wing Academy where they learn to pilot their new vehicles and become the best rescue team Big Swirl Island has ever seen.
  • Race Through Danger Canyon - Swift must race to the rescue when Baddy McBat roars into Danger Canyon to show off his flying skills.
  • Rod's Big Jump - Rod attempts to earn three jump badges in one day.
  • Treasure Map Mission - Penny discovers pirates while earning her map reading badge and must rescue the rest of the Top Wing team.
  • Goose on the Loose - On a foggy day, Brody and Swift have to rely on each other and their buddy navigating skills to lead a group of geese to safety.
  • Shirley Squirrely Flies Away - Team Top Wing works together to save Shirley Squirrely when her giant flying machine nearly crashes into the ocean.
  • Lunch Box Rescue - After Timmy Turtle drops his new lunch box in the river, the cadets team up to save the day.

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Aloha Plate

Aloha Plate, winner of the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race", season four, is popping up at Pearlridge parking lot (outside of TJ Maxx) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Aloha Plate truck, along with a few other food trucks, are parked in an area with a lot of trees so there's a lot of shade and picnic style benches for you to eat on.

 Today's menu:

We decided on the 2 choice combo so that we could try two different entrees: teri shortrib pipikaula and teri garlic chicken.

The teri garlic chicken was nothing special, but the teri shortrib pipikaula was ONO! I would definitely order the pipkaula again as a full order, not a combo .. it's that good!  I hear their poke is good too ...

Follow them on Instagram at @alohaplate.

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September 19, 2018

Visit New Jersey: Wawa

While in New Jersey, @notwifezilla messaged me that I must stop at a Wawa (a convenience store chain in the East Coast) to experience quintessential Philly/South Jersey Life!

So we headed to Wawa on our last day in New Jersey, and bought a bunch of treats for the road!

We bought Icees, F'real Shakes, a soft pretzel (a must, according to @notwifezilla), Crab Fries chips, cookies, (Herr's and Entemann's are popular on the East Coast), as well as some other omiyage finds.  

Definitely stop in a Wawa for a taste of the East Coast!

1200 NJ-33
Hamilton Township, NJ 08690
(856) 982-3241
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Breakfast at Barrio Cafe

We recently took the family to Barrio Cafe for breakfast.

Cali Burrito

Steak & Eggs Burrito

Bacon & Eggs Quesadilla

Beans and Rice

Churro French Toast
If you love sweets, you'll love the Churro French Toast.  Six thick slices of toast sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar were drizzled with house made cajeta (Mexican caramel sauce).

Since I love savory, I opted for the Chilaquiles with Carnitas.  I wished there were more chips, but overall I thought the flavors were good.

Breakfast burritos and quesadillas can be served a la carte, or with beans, rice, and potatoes for an extra charge.

The Cali Burrito was from the lunch menu (breakfast and lunch served all day), and was stuffed with steak, fries, cheese, pico, sour cream, and guacamole.

The food and service were both good.  If you love Mexican food, be sure to stop by Barrio Cafe!

Barrio Cafe
672 Kilani Ave
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(808) 622-3003
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September 18, 2018

Hawaiʻi’s Kuleana® Skincare Line Launches Natural, Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Kuleana®, a new skincare line created in Hawaiʻi, adds a natural sunscreen to its product offerings to protect consumers and coral reefs while supporting environmental nonprofits in Hawaiʻi. Kuleana® Sunscreen is made from plant-based oils, minerals, and other reef-safe natural ingredients and does not contain ecologically harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate – two chemicals known to be toxic to corals and other marine life and recently banned by Hawaiʻi’s new sunscreen law. In addition to its environmentally friendly formulation, Kuleana Sunscreen aims to support environmental organizations in the state through its membership in 1% for the Planet, a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving.

“We are proud to offer consumers another natural product that aligns with our state’s environmental goals to protect and preserve fragile marine ecosystems, including coral reefs,” said Joy Galatro, marketing director at Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaiʻi’s pioneering renewable energy company and parent company of Kuleana. “Practicing sustainability and protecting the environment are central to our company’s mission. With this product, we’re able to offer an earth-friendly and effective sunscreen choice for consumers while giving back to local nonprofits that are doing important work for our environment. We believe this is our responsibility, our kuleana.”

Formulated, tested and produced in an FDA-compliant facility, Kuleana Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection, remains water resistant for 80 minutes, and works well with all skin types. It contains a sheer, non-whitening zinc oxide that rubs in clear, allowing for application with or without makeup and ideal for daily use with other Kuleana skincare products. The product contains an innovative “clear” zinc oxide which leaves no detectable nanoparticles in the final product. Because they are porous, the zinc clusters appear clear on the skin, eliminating the undesirable “whitening” appearance common with most non-nano zinc sunscreens.

Vegan, cruelty-free, and without synthetic fragrances or colors, Kuleana Sunscreen is formulated with macadamia nut oil and sunflower oil made from locally grown ingredients and produced by Pacific Biodiesel, which last year began farming sunflowers in Maui’s central valley. Other natural ingredients include aloe extract, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and pineapple fruit extract – all skin-nourishing ingredients.

Through its new 1% for the Planet membership, Kuleana Sunscreen will support the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi beginning September 2018, in honor of the chapter’s 50th anniversary. The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi actively works throughout the islands to stop climate change, ensure climate justice for all, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique natural resources. Additionally, when individuals volunteer with the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi in the next year, Kuleana will provide an exclusive 50% discount on its sunscreen product purchased from the company’s website at KuleanaSunscreen.com.
“The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi focuses on priorities that reflect our company’s own values: clean energy, climate change, food and water security, and sustainability,” Galatro added. “Supporting their statewide efforts reinforces the importance of a “mauka to makai” focus in protecting Hawaiʻi’s reefs – because harmful waste and pollutants on the land can eventually flow down into the ocean and negatively affect our fragile marine ecosystems.”

“We are grateful and honored to have the support of Kuleana,” said Marti Townsend, Director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi. “Guided by a genuine commitment to our planet and fueled by cutting edge science, Kuleana is making it easier for all of us to do what we love with less impact on the natural resources around us.”

Kuleana Sunscreen is available in 3-ounce tubes and retails for $18. In response to demand, the company is also offering the sunscreen in bulk sizes for its resort and tourism-related customers. The product will be available for purchase in retail locations beginning this month and is currently for sale on the company’s website. For more information, please visit kuleanabeauty.com.
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Pacific Health Ministry Fundraiser October 14

In conjunction with this year’s Spiritual Care Week in October, Pacific Health Ministry will celebrate 30 years of providing spiritual care services and education throughout the state with a special fundraiser on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Held at the Ala Moana Hotel, the gala-style event will feature a program dedicated to the non-profit’s role in serving the community, a gourmet dinner and entertainment by the Hawaii Loa Band with Herb Lee.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating three decades of providing spiritual care and education across the Hawaiian Islands, and we look forward to many more years of service,” said Reverend Anke Flohr, Pacific Health Ministry Executive Director. “We want to extend a warm Mahalo to all of our friends and supporters in the community who have helped us to reach this huge milestone.”

Pacific Health Ministry was established as a non-profit organization to develop hospital ministry, and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs in Hawaii. The idea for the agency evolved in the hearts and minds of healthcare and religious leaders, beginning with services on O’ahu at three of the major Hawaii health care institutions: Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen's Medical Center Punchbowl and Kuakini Medical Center. Today, its chaplains also serve at Hawaii State Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Pali Momi Medical Center, Maui Memorial Medical Center, Pohai Nani Good Samaritan, Straub Clinic & Hospital, The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and Wilcox Medical Center.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Pacific Health Ministry’s services and education program. For table sponsorships and event information, call Pacific Health Ministry at 808-591-6556.
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Visit DC: Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum in the world.

Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the museum houses over 145 million objects and specimens, many of which are showcased through a variety of exhibits focused on such subjects as human origins, insects, gems and minerals, mammals, and so much more.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is huge - 1.32-million square feet, and sees over 6 million visitors a year.

During our visit, we crammed in as much as we could in the short time we had to spend at the museum.  We viewed animal exhibits large and small, recyclable art displays, a rainbow of butterfly chrysalises, dinosaur fossils, and an ancient sarcophagus.

There were many, many interactive exhibits and innovative displays throughout the museum that helps to keep kids engaged.  In the new, temporary exhibit (through 2021), Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, visitors can play a game to help contain an outbreak before it spreads.

Guests could also watch paleontologists work on fossils in the FossiLab.

And one of my kids' fave was an exhibit that gave them an idea of what they would look like as an early human.

There were so many things to do and see, but one of the highlights was Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center. In this interactive learning space, kids could examine thousands of objects up close - insects, bones, amphibians, and more.

They could even view certain objects under a microscope, and they were fascinated with what they saw!

I definitely wish we had more time to spend at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave.
NW, Washington, DC 20560
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