Since I must be infatuated with collaboartions, this is also a banger. Check out these OluKai slippers with the local kine Zippy’s motif. That orange is so representative of the Zippy’s logo. Certified banger for sure.
Read about the design concept over at OluKai then see what’s still in stock. Unfortunately, the Ohana (pictured above) in men’s is already sold out.
I haven’t been listening to Krater 96.3 in the mornings recently due to the loss of voices. In place of the daily performances of Gregg, Shawnee, and Wayne, there’s now a constant drone of music. Normally, hearing uninterrupted music isn’t a bad thing, but I admit it gets boring fast. Especially in the early hours that sets the day, I don’t mind getting information about what’s to come.
So anyways for about a week since the end, I happened to hear a real (non-recorded) voice on Krater 96.3. Didn’t catch a name, and initially, I thought it was a broadcast from the mainland (like what I think 101.9 does). But the Kona Chang clone mentioned something about Pearl City so he’s in Hawaii it seems. Haven’t heard the voice again for about 20 minutes, got boring once again…
Update 01-07-2022: Thanks to Claire for this Star Advertiser article about the layoffs. From my point of view, it did seem like a cost cutting measure with the more experienced (and assumedly higher paid) employees predominantly getting released.
Another IN4MATION banger releases today (Fri, December 24, 2021) at 8am HST. Today is this shirt and toy set bundle featuring the popular Squid Games Netflix series. There are two different designs (Red Light and Soldier) and each design is available on a black tee or a white tee.
The first day at the brand new Kith flagship location in Hawaii started not on the publicized opening day of Friday, August 20 (which is also Hawaii Admission Day) but rather on Thursday evening. All week, the excitement intensified after the formal accouncement was made that Hawaii would be the fourth US state to have a flagship store alongside New York, Florida, and California. So when rumors started circulating that the store would make an announcement at 9:30pm, it was time to head to Waikiki!
So while details about the grand opening were sparse, it was assumed that the Royal Hawaiian Center would not allow overnight camping. From other Kith store openings, it was known that they did a ticket/wristband system indicating customer entrance times. Other than those basic details, no one knew what to expect. And I suspect that Kith themselves didn’t know what to expect from the Hawaii population.
I also learned that even though there was a now-confirmed announcement at 9:30pm, no lines could form until then.
So instead of forming a line, people basically congregated around the store. No, they were not waiting for a lineup. Everyone was supposedly shopping and enjoying Waikiki – in front of the mall, on the inside of the mall, at the food court, across the street, and even in the Beachcomber hotel. That rumor must have traveled fast with so many people already there before 8pm.
The scene was chaotic, confusing, and exciting all at the same time. Security and information was light so there were definitely concerns. Supposedly the tickets given out would yield a random time wristband so it didn’t matter where in line you were. But to control the masses forming, security started a lineup around 9pm. There was a mad scramble to form a line as it started to extend down Kalakaua then snaked back. So if you weren’t already in Waikiki at 9pm when the line formed you were out of luck or faced a long wait ahead.
And yes, COVID is still a concern, but there was simply no way of social distancing this amount of people without the line extending to Ala Moana or beyond.
This first line was to get your number and time to come back later in the night for a wristband. Yes, there would be a second line up later in the night. I think I got my number at 10pm with a return time of 12:15am. This made for a long night but I got my number and wristband late at night.
Gonna cut this short with a few notes:
The “random” time assigned for the grand opening actually turned into a first come, first served with people in line getting sequential wristbands. The randomness was where you got in line.
Kith – powered by Post-Its and sponsored by Sharpie. As you can see, the distributed tickets were handwritten Post-Its. The ticket distribution stalled when the security team up front ran out of Post-Its. Yes, for real.
Could have been better, could have been worse. Yeah, the night was a mess, and there could have been improvements in communications with the people and within the security staff so they all knew the same info. But overall, there were no disruptions (the police did arrive though) and people who waited patiently got their tickets and wristbands.
My first day at Kith ended past 1am on Friday morning.
Went back to Kith Hawaii for a third day to see what non-AF1 shoes were available. Since almost everyone was buying the launch exclusive Air Force 1, most of the great sneaker selection upstairs was untouched. But… the line up at the entrance was full with wristbands up to 1000.
So instead, I sampled their adjoining Treats spot that I didn’t make it to previously.
As a bonus, today saw the launch of this new fruit-infused creamsicles.
I tried the lime just because I was curious what a tart creamsicle would taste like. It wasn’t my favorite combination, but the lime flavors did stand out. And fresh lime was definitely used with my ‘sicle hiding a thin but tough rind that I mistook for a wrapper or paper. I asked the workers about odd object and they examined it and yes, it was organic lime. They replaced the creamsicle, so I got a mango one instead wanting a sweeter flavor. Yeah, mango is a better match. Overall, good authentic fruity creamsicle but even better customer service!
Travis Scott is just playing mind games at this point. Around 7am HST, his site launched clothing and merchanise. One hour later, I’m still in queue to checkout.
I know all those items are out of stock, but that checkout queue is/was seriously busted.
If you try to buy other pre-order items, Hawaii residents will most likely get this warning.
In that particular cart, I had shorts. But if you buy a single tee (or a cap), it does ship to Hawaii using USPS at $5.90. However, if you only want these lighter-weight items, then buy them individual up to $40 in total shipping because if you have two tees in cart (for example), shipping changes to UPS at $40.
So you could buy six individual light items can still be below the multicart checkout shipping rate.
Now the big question is – if a Hawaii resident wins the Travis Fragment AJ1 Low, will these heavy items ship to Hawaii?