Saturday, September 24, 2016

Genki Sushi is Open

We had heard that Genki Sushi was open again so Wendell and I decided to lend some support yesterday. Plus we were hungry, and it was a good excuse to eat some rice. 

You can check out their menu here


It was only my second time there. 

Was kinda sad to see all the empty seats.

Here's what we started with. 

California Roll

Spicy Tuna

Seared Spicy Salmon


Tiger Roll

Salmon Onion


Salmon Skin Roll

Fried Squid

Karaage Salmon

Our waiter said that they're having a customer appreciation event next weekend . . . 9/30, 10/1/ and 10/2. Everything will be 10% off! Maybe we'll check them out again!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Voice - Season 11

The Blind Auditions are not pau yet, but these two are my favorite so far.

Wé McDonald

Billy Gilman

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wells Fargo Scandal

I don't understand money matters too good, and you can probably learn more by googling "Wells Fargo scandal" than by what I can explain to you. But I do pose one question . . . Do  you think that 5,300 employees sneaked and created millions of fake accounts for years, individually, on their own, without management and higher ups knowing? I don't think so.  

I got the following information from here:

On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo (WFC) employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts -- without their customers knowing it -- since 2011.
The phony accounts earned the bank unwarranted fees and allowed Wells Fargo employees to boost their sales figures and make more money.
Wells Fargo confirmed to CNNMoney that it had fired 5,300 employees over the last few years related to the shady behavior. Employees went so far as to create phony PIN numbers and fake email addresses to enroll customers in online banking services, the CFPB said. 
The scope of the scandal is shocking. An analysis conducted by a consulting firm hired by Wells Fargo concluded that bank employees opened over 1.5 million deposit accounts that may not have been authorized. 
The way it worked was that employees moved funds from customers' existing accounts into newly-created ones without their knowledge or consent, regulators say. The CFPB described this practice as "widespread." Customers were being charged for insufficient funds or overdraft fees -- because there wasn't enough money in their original accounts. 
Additionally, Wells Fargo employees also submitted applications for 565,443 credit card accounts without their customers' knowledge or consent. Roughly 14,000 of those accounts incurred over $400,000 in fees, including annual fees, interest charges and overdraft-protection fees.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I got these photos in an email awhile back. Thank you to whoever sent it to me . . . sorry, I forget who it was.

What's most amazing to me about these photos is that it reminds me of how so far removed I am from a good portion of this world.
















Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wendell's Kabocha

This is Chef Keoni Chang's recipe that Wendell found at the Foodland website here. It actually came out kinda not-too-tender at first and Wendell had to recook it. We ate it with some yuzu sauce that Wendell got from Marukai, and it was good. 



1piece(s)thumb sized piece ginger, peeled and minced
2Clovegarlic, minced
6eachgreen onions
1⁄4Cupdashi or chicken broth
1Tablespoondark brown sugar
1⁄2eachmedium kabocha pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-3/4 inch slices
1Teaspoonyuzu juice or mixture of ½ lemon juice and lime juice


  1. Heat a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Combine all the ingredients except the green onion and pumpkin and bring to a simmer. 
  2. Add kabocha and half the green onions and cook 4 minutes, turn the pieces and cook 4 more minutes. Continue to simmer until the pumpkin is tender and the sauce has reduced to a glaze.
  3. Serve on a platter, drizzle the remaining sauce over the pumpkin. Finish with the remaining half of the green onions and drizzle with the yuzu or lemon lime juice.

Monday, September 19, 2016

KITV4 Story: Sweet Lady of Waiahole

Love this story.

Thanks for sharing, Steven!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

HK Giveaway!

Here are the Hello Kitty things that I found at the swap meet or at garage sales that will be in this giveaway.

This first item was such a SCORE and is actually the main reason for this giveaway!! It still had the plastic wrapping around it, and I got it for only $1!!!!


It's a black denim bag. So cute, yah. 

And look at the inside.  More cute!

Of course I have to include two Swarovski crystal charms. 

And more charms.

One more. 

Last charm. 

This is one of those key cover things. 

I like this a lot.  It's a post-it note pad. 

I got this at Ben Franklin.  It's Hello Kitty ribbon.

Here's a mini coloring book. 

Here's a draw-string pouch. 

This is the other side of the pouch. 

The last item is a zipper pouch. 

The winner will be announced next Sunday, September 25,  Just leave a comment here or email me at to enter!!  Good luck!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Myles Yutaka Fukunaga

This story intrigued me, and I wanted to share it with you.

The last person ever to be executed in the State of Hawaii was a 19-year-old nisei youth named Myles Yutaka Fukunaga. 


The following info is from Downwind Productions and can be found here:

In September of 1928, 19-year-old Myles Yutaka Fukunaga abducted Gill Jamieson, the 10-year-old son of Frederick Jamieson, the vice president of the Hawaiian Trust Company. About an hour later, in a dense kiawe thicket near the Ala Wai canal in Waikiki, Fukunaga struck the child dead with a steel chisel. Later that night, he got $4000 in marked ransom money from Jamieson.

The abduction of the son of a prominent haole business executive shocked everyone. Police set up roadblocks, people were deputized at the National Armory Headquarters and organized into search parties. Many others, like the Boy Scouts and ROTC cadets joined the search for Gill. Most screamed for the death penalty to be applied to the kidnapper.

After falsely arresting and forcing a confession from Henry Kaisan, the former chauffeur of the Jamieson family, Fukunaga was caught trying to spend some of the ransom money. During his ride to the police station, the siren from the Aloha Tower sounded. Crowds jammed the streets of Honolulu to catch a glimpse of him and to demand the death penalty.

At the time of the abduction, Fukunaga was working 80 hours a week at a pantry job at the Seaside Hotel but this was not enough to allow him and his parents to escape poverty. Embittered by the contradiction between the material success promised to Americans’ and the reality of his family’s poverty, Myles attempted to fulfill his ‘American dream’ by kidnapping the son of a wealthy businessman.

This particular boy was chosen because his father’s company had recently tried to evict the Fukunaga family from their small house near Chinatown. They owed $20 in back rent. Pleading with the collector sent by the Hawaiian Trust Company was humiliating for the entire family.

During a brief trial in October 1928, Fukunaga’s court-appointed attorneys called no witnesses for the defense despite the fact that Professor Myrick wrote an open letter to Governor Wallace Farrington asking for consideration of the fact that Fukunaga "was not only highly abnormal but legally insane." On November 19, 1929, Myles Yutaka Fukunaga was hanged.

Screen Shot

This is the book that I first saw the story in. It was published in 1985 by the Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. and was written by Roland Kotani. In an ironic twist of fate Representative Roland Kotani himself was murdered in 1989 by his wife.


This is Myles' gravestone. It doesn't have his name on it, but somehow it's known to be his.  He is buried in the Moiliili Japanese Cemetery on the mauka side of Kapiolani Boulevard near Date Street.  I took this photo.  After I learned of the gravesite I went to look for it. I had mixed emotions standing before the stone . . . mostly I felt sad. 




Born February 4, 1909 (Meiji 42)


Died November 19, 1929 (Shōwa 4)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wendell's Pepper Pork

Here's another recipe from Seonkyoung Longest's website. You can find it here. We ate it wrapped in lettuce. It was very yummy!!


  1. 1 pork tenderloin (approximately 13 to 14 oz), cut into long strips
  2. 1 tsp cornstarch
  3. 1 Tbs shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  4. 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  5. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  6. 2 Tbs cooking oil
  7. 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  8. 1 Tbs chopped ginger root
  9. 1 tsp Sichuan pepper corn, toasted and crushed
  10. 4 jalapeño, seeded and cut into long strips
  11. 1 Tbs oyster sauce
  12. 2 tsp sugar
  13. 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  14. Pinch of sesame seeds
  1. Combine pork, cornstarch, wine, soy sauce and black pepper and mix well. Set aside to marinate. (It’s perfect time to cut vegetables)
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat; add oil and swirl to coat. Add chopped garlic, ginger Sichuan pepper corn and stir fry for 1 minute or until you smell aroma.
  3. Add marinated pork, stir fry 3 to 5 minutes or until pork is full cooked and golden edges.
  4. Add peppers, oyster sauce and sugar. Stir fry everything together until well combined and peppers are soften, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Serve with steamed bun, cooked warm rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bird Poop Caterpillar

I used to see these caterpillars on my citrus plants. They look like bird poop.


I haven't seen them recently. These photos were taken around six months ago.

Wouldja believe they end up looking like this just before turning into a cocoon? It's a Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar.

Thanks for the info, L!!