Saturday Mornings



First, to get you into the Saturday Morning groove

Oh what great Saturday Morning memories.  After going to school for 5 days straight – which felt like a whole month to me – I cherished my Saturday Mornings.  It was the start of the weekend.  Two days off to play before another month (week) of school.


I remember Saturday morning cartoons.  On weekdays, you could watch cartoons until 8:00 AM and then pau.  Sunday didn’t have cartoons at all!  But Saturday mornings, there were cartoons until almost noon!  I could waste half my day watching cartoons.  But I usually had enough by about 9:30AM.


During little league season, Saturday mornings meant preparing for that day’s game.  The worst was when we had to play the last game of the day – around 4:00.  Can’t play much during the day because you’re trying to preserve your energy for the game.  And the first game of the day was killers too.  8:00AM in the morning –  the grass was still wet from the morning dew.  It was the 10:00 mid-morning game that was the best.  Nice and bright but not too hot.  And after the game was lunch time.  Our team mother would give us a ticket to get a hot-dog and a cup of soda from the little trailer.  Man, that hot-dog tasted so good.  And the cold Pepsi with no ice went down so fast – just enough to start feeling the burn in the throat.


Later on when we were older, Saturday morning meant catching the bus from Kailua to Ala Moana Center.  But first, we’d have to transfer on Bishop Street.  The morning air was still crisp as the music played out of the loud speaker at The Music Box store on Union mall.  The bus ride to town was about a 40-minute ride as we’d watch other Kailua girls getting on the bus to head to Ala Moana too.


I remember when I was younger and my dad would schedule car repairs at Ala Moana Sears.  We’d get there early – to get his car in early – before the mall even opened.  Then we’d go walk over to Magic Island and mess around at the water’s edge on the rocks.  The air would have that familiar salt water ocean smell.  And the morning sun would be slowing warming up the sandy beach.  And that early in the morning, the ocean was like a sheet of glass.  Everything smelled so fresh.


One more Saturday morning memory.  When I started surfing, we’d go to “Shorebreak” early in the morning – like before the sun came up.  Sitting in the water on our boards as the sun was coming up over the horizon.  The waves were smooth as silk.  One think that I can remember was freezing my n*ts off as I was riding my bicycle to the beach in the dark of the morning.  And when we’d get to the shoreline, I could actually feel the warmth of the water at my feet – because the temperature of the water was warmer than the morning air.  It was so surreal.


Then after surfing for what felt like all morning, I’d ride my bike home with my board and take a shower, then come out of the bathroom to find out that it was only 9:00 in the morning!  I thought the day was half over, but instead – it was just the beginning of another Saturday Morning.


What are your Saturday Morning memories?

29 Responses to “Saturday Mornings”

  1. Mark Shelby says:

    I remember you told that story before …dihudfan.

    Fun Times!

    I used to help my friend in Manoa with his paper route on Sunday mornings before church, and before I had my own paper route. I used to spend the night Sat. Night.

    Then early in the morning we would fold and load up! And wander all through Manoa Valley. No cars1 Nothing moving except for the birds singing and any animals around.

    There was Always a very special early morning sweet smell in Manoa Valley every morning. It was either blooming trees. Or that Night Blooming Cactus!

    I just loved that early morning smell of Manoa Valley Every Sunday Morning!

  2. dihudfan says:

    nevah had a papah route but used to help my friend… wake up supah early on Sunday and fold the papahs, put um in the bag and off we went… wuz really neat early in the mornings… not too much cars on the street… could ride our bikes down the middle and nevah worry about getting hit by cars… my rewards wuz swimming at the FHS pool for free and lunch aftah… usually at a saimin stand…

  3. Mark Shelby says:

    4G…..I did the paper route on the back side of Diamond Head. The Sunday paper would take me 5 huge paper bag loads on my bike handle bars! I had a green Schwinn with banana seat. With the wide slick back tire! When I was done…..I would go off roading on the side of Diamond Head, on my bike for fun! ; )

  4. 4G says:

    I remember doing that Sunday paper route at least once. In thinking back, must have been at least twice. I was learning the route to fill in for several days for a friend that lived up the street.

    All I can say is , that’s freaking early on a Sunday morning. And, you still gotta put all those danged Sunday inserts in, fold all the papers, load the bag (the Sunday paper is HUMONGOUS compared to the daily paper), bike that load, and deliver the derned papers! LOL

    I have respect for paperboys. It’s kind of interesting how much of America was built on the backs of paperboys (see William Randolph Hearst).

  5. Seawalker says:

    Hey, hey, hey it’s Fat Albert. Aftah that, Bugs Bunny, then Tweety and Sylvester, followed by Scooby Doo. But Sundays is what I remember more. Hated to get up 4:30 in the mornings to hit the paper route. So Saturday nights, right after Kikaida, had to get to sleep. But it’s all good. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. Seawalker says:

    Eh, @4G, what’s up? And when did this new topic come up? 😆

    Well then, first off…

    Happy birthday to you (whoo),
    You live in the zoo (whoo),
    You smell like a monkey,
    You look like one too!

    😆 😆 😆

    Joshing, @Rod. Have a good one!

    Read the other day Hank’s was giving away free hot dogs to the first 100 kids today. I was thinking about taking my kids in the morning and rush ’em. But then again, that picture of Big Joey stuffing his face on July 4th made me think otherwise.

    Went to Jelly’s and picked up a CD. Stylistics. Ho, had to make sure the car windowns was up when I go pound ’em. Good. 15% off if you pay in cash. Should have told the buggah, give you $5 and you no need ring ’em up. Nah, just a thought.

  7. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – “Car 54, where are you??” LOL.

    Didn’t realize that today is National Hot Dog Day (and, apparently, this is National Hot Dog Month). LOL.

  8. Mark Ellis says:

    It all depended on whether or not my father was home. If he was, it was all about getting up, working in the house and yard in preparation for whatever he planned for the aftenoon.

    One Saturday morning we joined a flotilla of Sunfish friends and sailed out for an overnighter on Bird Island near Kailua Beach (there’s a Hawaiian name for this island). I can tell you that Bird Island is aptly named. After dark the birds all landed around our campsite. HItchcock would have loved/hated it. Just as I was falling off to sleep a large gull found its way into my pup tent. I awoke with this big gray and white bird standing over me, and couldn’t help thinking about me being asleep face-up and that gull’s big beak. In the morning the birds were gone.

    Dad was always good for such adventures. If he had to work, Mom ran the show, which usually meant no housework, cartoons, walks to Kailua Beach with my friend James, and later, an interminalble shopping excusion at Wigwam.

  9. Rodney says:

    Thank you for the birthday wishes MLCers!

  10. Lowtone123 says:

    Saturday mornings growing up were filled with Saturday morning cartoons, baseball games, hanging with friends, going on day trips hiking or to the beach later on it was catching the bus to Pearlridge or Ala Moana. Nowadays Saturday mornings are being awaken by the kids at an indecent hour arguing over who deserves to watch their favorite Saturday morning cartoon more.

  11. khs68 says:

    Tuna samwich, Fritos and Exchange orangeade.

    OT: Sign of the times…nowadays one can Coral tuna can make only two sandwiches.

  12. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning, MLCers ❗ Happy Tuesday ❗ 😀

    It’s a brand new day, make it a positive one ❗

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

  13. 4G says:

    LOL – I went looking for the Exchange “song”. Only found this – not quite as I remember it:

    But, ran into this – Vintage Hawaii Ads – 1970-1980:

  14. Mark'75 says:

    Saturday morning cartoons and Exchange orangeade…good times.

  15. Mark Shelby says:

    Saturday morning for me was either surfing at Tonggs off Diamond Head. Or an early morning sunrise bodysurf at Makapuu! Every Single Saturday! Depending which side had the best waves happening! Remember the KPOI morning surf Report?

  16. dihudfan says:

    from 6 grade on to HS… every Sat morn was spent at Jr Bowling… and loved every minute of it… had so much fun… my closest friends till today are my team mates from that time… we all bowled on the FHS bowling team… the first 2 years when it started (OIA bowling) back in ’64 and ’65, we were the champs… even got Gold medals from the OIA… the only team that gave us any competition wuz KHS, runner ups … don’t know what happened aftah I graduated… wuz in the army and lost contact for little while… but got back to bowling in leagues aftah the army for all of us…

  17. 4G says:

    Happy B-day, @Rod!

  18. DIO says:

    Happy Birthday Rod Stewart 😉

  19. Mark'75 says:

    I think American Bandstand was shown on Saturday mornings.

  20. Mark'75 says:

    After Saturday morning cartoons, it was time for:

  21. khs68 says:

    I can’t recall that many cartoons being aired back in my olden days — mostly Three Stooges and Our Gang on Saturdays. Geez…I’m old.

  22. khs68 says:

    Happy Birthday, Rodney! Another year older and wiser! 🙂

  23. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning, MLCers ❗ Happy Monday ❗ 😀

    Happy Birthday, Rod! Enjoy your special day ❗

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

  24. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Small kid time was watching cartoons Saturday mornings, intermediate school time I can’t remember, High school time was going to work on weekends and now getting up very early to Standup paddle at dawn…
    Happy Birthday Rod!

  25. 4G says:

    This one is kind of stressing my brain . . . . LOL.

    Some things come to mind, but not a lot to really distinguish Saturday mornings and related, specific activities. I do know this – the weekend didn’t start on Saturday morning for me. It started in the late afternoon on Friday! LOL.

    I think, in general, TV viewing was not allowed in the morning on school days. Summertime was a different story. However, I do remember watching cartoons on what must have been Saturday mornings.

    In early elementary school (like up to the fourth grade), I remember going to Atherton YWCA for ukulele lessons. I remember lunches on the Iolani Palace grounds. I also remember going to the library a lot. I used to love to read. I don’t do nearly as much recreational reading as I did growing up. I remember going on family picnics a lot.

    In the fourth through sixth grades, Saturday mornings were occupied by the Gra-Y program at Kalihi YMCA. That was sort of like summer fun, only on Saturday mornings. Bad enough I had bologna sandwiches EVERY day for summer fun, I had bologna sandwiches EVERY Saturday for Gra-Y, too! LOL. Around intermediate school, a basketball hoop went up at home and I and a neighbor could spend from morning to evening playing basketball.

    Still in intermediate school, I remember social club meetings held on several Saturdays at Nuuanu YMCA. I used to get dropped off there, but would have to walk home. In hindsight, I don’t know why I didn’t just catch the bus. LOL. That walk was a good 45 minutes, which must have made it a good four to five miles. That was all School Street, from the Nuuanu Y to about Gulick and School. The highlight, if I had 35 cents was Nuuanu Y gravy and rice. I more often DIDN’T have 35 cents than I did have 35 cents. 🙁

    High school brought part-time work, too. So, many Saturday (and Sunday) mornings were spent working. If I wasn’t working, there were a lot of service projects we did as a part of Key Club. If not one of those two things, I would likely be sleeping for most of Saturday morning (I am a night person). LOL.

    My first full-time job, a semester after high school, was in retail and we worked a half day on Saturdays (there went Saturday mornings! 🙁 ).

  26. PA says:

    the still nights you could hear the waves way over in aikahi park
    not sleeping at dawn waking my neighbor paddling across the canal or riding with boards out to the point to be the first ones out as the sun started to blaze on the glassy ocean taking away the chill of the morning

    i remember those hot dogs from the trailer tasting pretty good too

  27. KAN says:

    Happy Birthday Rodney! Many happy returns of your day!

  28. 4G says:

    This one sort if says it, for me. Chicago, “Saturday In the Park”:

  29. DIO says:

    Saturday morning memory:

    getting up early, only to find that the tv stations weren’t on the air yet. Waiting for what seemed like forever for the start of the broadcast day, with the playing of the National Anthem.

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