ShedRain Umbrellas (and More) at Costco


If you’re looking for a good old umbrella, Costco is carrying the ShedRain brand, specifically the Ultimate Umbrella. This model looks similar to the WindJammer model that was previously recognized in The Wirecuter’s Best Umbrella category. But at around $17, I’m guessing the Ultimate Umbrella is different than the $35 WindJammer. Three colors are available – […]

One Week with the iPhone 6


It’s been barely one week using my new iPhone 6, but here are a few more observations. Does it bend? Seriously, what? Why is #bendgate even a thing? Um, how about not sitting on your phone to begin with. And if you had a plastic encased phone, I’m guessing the phone would crack. At least […]

No “Breastaurant” Planned for Hawaii


Nope, Twin Peaks is not looking to open a location in Hawaii. Although it’s the fastest growing restaurant chain in America, the breastaurant restaurant’s mountain lodge motif simply won’t work here, right? I mean who in Hawaii really gets the mountain lodge vibe and needs the “attentive service sector?” Can’t you get a Dirty Blonde […]

Boo Foot Locker Boo


Aw boo to you Foot Locker. Free shipping** doesn’t really mean free shipping when the ** is concerned since the ** means free shipping only applies to the 48 contiguous states. Offer is limited to standard ground delivery within the 48 contiguous United States and APO/FPO addresses. Guess I’ll just have to wait to get […]

Haunted by the AT&T Ringtone


Imaging hearing this audio sound again and again but very faintly. Eventually, it’ll drive you crazy. That’s what haunted me as my LG G3 Android phone was stuck playing this tune. The screen wasn’t responsive, the phone was getting hot, but I would hear that AT&T ringtone every few minutes indicating some function. Not knowing […]

I Braved the Arashi Blast


No, I didn’t go to the Arashi Blast in Hawaii concerts this past weekend, but I did brave the second best place, Ala Moana Center. You couldn’t escape Arashi while walking the mall, especially the Shirokiya end. Here’s front and center of Shirokiya. Across the way at LeSportsac. By the koi ponds. Many tourists were taking […]

Initial Thoughts About the iPhone 6


After a few days using my iPhone 6, here are a few observations and thoughts. I went with the 4.7-in screen iPhone 6, wary of the large 5.5 iPhone 6+, but I did succumb and maxed out memory. It’s thin. Very thin. That’s the very first thing you notice when you pick up the phone. […]

A Distinctive Starbucks and One That Could Be


I love the Starbucks in Manoa. It’s distinctive with its old school look matching the community so well. You know what other location could be iconic for Starbucks? The old Queen Theater in Kaimuki. Yeah, I understand the dream is for a rebirth of the theater, but in all my years, I remember Queen Theater […]