I Miss…

… the old Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Ala Moana Mall Fountain
(where you could see the blue sky, feel the warm sunshine, see the Koolaus, & feel the cool tradewinds)


… KC drive inn at the intersection of Ala Wai and Kalaukaua.


… Washington Saimin and their Bul Go Gi plates.  Hot Korean BBQ over a bed of rice.


… Drive-in theaters.  Especially Kailua Drive-in.  Spent many a nights there.


… Star Market and Walrich Drugs in Kailua.


… KCC Pensacola campus.  Wish it was still there for me to walk around and recall my college days.


… Chinese kung-fu movies in Empress Theater


… Liberty House


… Lyn’s Delicatessen


… The Point After


… the Cannery


… Sears – Ala Moana


… Chicken Alice


… Craig’s Bakery


… my Karmann Ghia


… the Farm Fair at McKinley


… the Termite Palace


… Wo Fat Chinese Restaurant


… KDI (Kailua Drive Inn)


… souped up American hot-rods




… 98 Rock


… Firecrackers


… Holiday Cue, Cue ‘n Cushion, University Cue


… Nickel machines

Nickel Machine 1


… Stop Lite


… Spencecliff Restaurants


… Mackey Feary


… Rap Reiplinger


… Karen Carpenter


… Hotei-Ya


… Lightening Bolt surfboards


… the smell of neoprene wetsuits


… my Halmuni and her kook-soo


… partying with my small-kid-time friends


… social clubs and “socials”


… being able to eat late at night and going to sleep full


… hanging out at smoke-filled Bowl-o-Drome


… the 70’s


Okay, I think you get the gist of it. 😉


511 Responses to “I Miss…”

  1. MannyH says:

    I miss…being able to run like when I was 17!

    I miss…having a Dairy Queen in every other town (so it seemed) on the island.

    I miss…the Kauai traffic (or lack of it) back in the 70’s.

    I miss…being able to go to the airport and just hang out in the terminal to watch the planes take off.

    I miss…picking opihi with my dad.

  2. Mark Shelby says:

    LINDA KATO………… ; )

  3. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss rain that is so warm that it will soak you but you no need jacket to stay warm after.

    I miss the mist rain that happens once in awhile in honolulu.

  4. LINDA KATO says:

    @Mark Shelby…. love your “puns”….. 😆

  5. Mark Shelby says:

    LINDA KATO….it’s udderly scary how 4G and Sea had such a thing for cows! Who knew? ; )

    But yes I did the north shore Meadow Gold Dairy tour. And saw the famous cowess! …..hehe And the Meadow Gold Dairy on Dillingham Blvd. It seems that it was a right of passage in all our schools!

  6. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening, MLCer’s ❗ 😀 Happy Wednesday…. what’s left of it ❗ 😀

    Had to check in to see what else 4G & Seawalker had to say…. and others too ❗ Over 505 postings ❗ This must be a record ❗ 😀

  7. 4G says:

    LOL – memories, mammaries – same difference. 😉

  8. khs68 says:

    Or…thanks for the mammaries? Was that Bob Hope?

  9. khs68 says:

    Good mammaries, no? 🙂

  10. 4G says:

    Dang! 🙁


  11. 4G says:

    @Rod – remember @Rambo?

    I swear was him, but maybe not. 😉 LOL – anywho . . . .

    Stevenson Intermediate – the “bloody disgrace” as characterized in one newspaper article of the time. Reds, glue sniffing – pretty prevalent. Hijacking was an issue.

    I think was @Rambo who relayed that he just when act kinda mental to a hijacker and got away. I tried – never work! LOL ;(

  12. Seawalker says:

    Okay, we bust post number 500!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Seawalker says:

    @khs – In those days, when they gave you that small carton of orange juice, you wouldn’t have minded if Lani had both boobs and _alls. The free orange juice was the best tasting thing after staying out in the sun all morning. Love’s Bakery field trips were not bad neither. They gave you a loaf of bread to take home. But did they have expiration dates back then? 😀

  14. 4G says:

    Wait – Chastity Bono smells stink? 😉 LOL

  15. Seawalker says:

    Got high-jacked on the bus one time. Only lost my change that I was carrying. Should have told the bus driver. But hey, this is Hawaii. You go by humility. You looked the other way. No matter. All’s well and ends well. Those guys probably behind bars. We’re in front of our keyboards. 😉

  16. Seawalker says:

    Or worse yet, in those days, the principal had the right to give you lickins’. It was different back then. You were a student and being obedient was something “teachable”. But no harm, no foul. We all alive. We’re still blogging, right?

  17. khs68 says:

    Wat??? Lani Moo went Chastity Bono?

  18. 4G says:

    “You get “spare/extra” cigarette?” Umm – brah, no such thing . . . . 😆

    Hopefully got the : LOL : right this time. 😉

  19. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Last day of school in the 6th grade, I dared to speak up to the teacher. Shoots, I get sent outside. I was thinking, really? On my last day in elementary school? It was no mercy back then.

  20. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The times when the soles asked you if they could borrow a quarter from you. What, would you say no to them? And as if they going to actually pay you back.

  21. 4G says:

    There was no mistaking the Meadow Gold Farm. It had a distinctive aroma. 😉

  22. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – LOL!

    Prolific tonight. Don’t get me wrong – it’s good. 😀

    Teacher – the one for “improprieties”? I remember. LOL

  23. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to Meadow Gold Farms. How come Lani Moo looked different each time we saw her? I swear, one time, that “thing” down there, qualified her as a male cow. 😯

  24. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The field trip we took to Waiahole and Waiakane Valleys. Remember the controversy back then? Our teacher was in the news that night.

  25. 4G says:

    TY, @khs68 – for real.

    Appreciate you, too, @Seawalker and everyone else.

    Dang! I guess it helps if you actually press SEND , yeah???

    From a half hour ago. 🙁

    I HATE getting old!! : LOL:

  26. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The ribs at Victoria Station. Challenged a buddy to a eating contest once. It was good at first, but the BBQ sauce got to you at the end.

  27. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My trusted electric shaver that lasted all these years. Just got another one recently. It’s more quiet and light. But it’s not the original.

  28. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The smell of the leis at graduation. You were just beaming with pride in you cap and gown. And they won’t stop piling the leis on you.

  29. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The corn on the cob at the food booths during Chinese New Year. It was slathered in butter and they cooked it up in water already salted.

  30. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My awesome office window view overlooking Merchant Street. Was good until nightfall. Then, the mahus come out in full force.

  31. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The smell of dung at the Farm Fair. It was repulsive, but hey, at least it reminds you that you were at the fair grounds.

  32. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The instant my kids were born. When I saw them open their eyes, my skipped a beat. Truly, one of God’s miracles–childbirth.

  33. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The day I fell in love with my wife. It’s true when they say love grows. Mine is bigger than the banyan trees growing at Moanalua Gardens!

  34. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The palpitations that ensues when a girl gives you her phone number. Nowadays, looking like a dirty old man more and more, they just give you the stink eye if they catch you looking their way. 😯

  35. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The slow dances at the nightclubs. Once in a blue moon, after getting turned down too many times, a girl says yes when you ask her for a romantic one. Missed those times.

  36. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My yellow shirt that had a zipper and pocket that lasted so long. Forgot who gave it to me. Could’ve been from Hong Kong. The zipper opened up to your chest only. But I thought it was such a cool-looking shirt.

  37. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Our fireworks at New Years Eve. One year, bought 12 of them 5,000 tau ones that your strung up. Forgot if it was Duck or if it was Peacock. The fireworks show nowadays at the Hilton is not bad. You are so close to where they’re launching it.

  38. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The tips we got for Christmas on our paper routes. You could double your monthly income easily during the month of December. Cash was the best. But the gifts were nice too.

  39. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Exchanging Christmas gifts with a buddy of mine in elementary school. That time, kites were the fad. So we both gave each other a kite and a wad of string. Our wrappings were the similar pattern also.

  40. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The Christmas parade near our neighborhood. It happened right after Thanksgiving. Maybe early December. Thats when you know Christmas was right around the corner.

  41. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    All the teasing I got about my high-water pants. It was hand-me-downs from the relatives, comedians. You wore what you got, regardless of the fit. See @Rod, you not the only one with clam-diggers.

  42. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    How the class bullies used to make fun of my rice bowl haircut. They would slide their fingers on my sideburns and the back of my head just to feel how prickly short hair felt. You guys used to make me sad, but you didn’t break me. 🙁

  43. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Gramps taking me to kindergarten on the first day. He waited outside the classroom the whole day. Another facet about being a grandparent, @khs.

  44. khs68 says:

    @4G & Seawalker – You guys always keep me coming back to this blog. So many smiles and laughs!

  45. 4G says:

    LOL! I sooo anal!!

  46. 4G says:

    Okay – not obligation. RESPONSIBILITY

    Sorry ’bout that . . . . 😆

  47. 4G says:

    If you didn’t finish all on your plate –

    What about all the “starving kids in China”?

    Parenthood is a very significant obligation.

  48. 4G says:

    To (perhaps, needlessly) qualify –

    Dang! 😆

  49. 4G says:

    To (perhaps, needlessly qualify) –

    At least I had a car/bike. Many could not make that claim, you know? 😉

  50. 4G says:

    You know? That first car . . . . That really was something – kinda like that first bike. I miss my first car.

    For me – regardless of what it was and how it “measured up”, if it merely qualified as a bike (then later, a car) that worked and was yours. My first car was a definite trade up from my first bike, so no complaints about the car (even if was not “cool”, was at least more “cool” than the bike – LOL).

    But the bike – LOL. Compared to the standard of the day, it was a piece of crap. Don’t get me wrong, I am really not complaining. It was a cannibal job – made from parts from different bikes. My uncle (my dad’s second oldest brother, if that makes any sense) was the one who built it and, I believe, gifted it to me. Maybe my dad paid for it – I dunno. It was a standard frame, 24″, “regular” tires for that size, IIRC. The paint was obviously not “factory”.

    It was not a stingray; it did not have a banana seat; it did not have gooseneck handlebars; it did not have a “slick” tire on the rear; it did not have multiple speeds nor the cool shifter. It was not new.

    But you know what? “She go”, as the saying goes – and, she was MINE! LOL

    So – I guess in the most long-winded and roundabout way possible, 😉 I saying that I also miss my first bike . . . .


  51. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss…..

    The good old days of Parades in Waikiki. They always seems so much better than this modern day version!

    And do you remember those old Temple dudes with the big red hats who whizzed around on their mini bikes and mini cars? And the real Hawaiian Horsewomen! And the women riding so proudly in their magnificent muumuus, that were draped over their beautiful horses!

  52. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss…

    Cruising Waikiki when Kalakaua Avenue was not a one way street! And you could cruise both ways!

  53. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    Lighting our tall gas Tiki Torches in our back yard for Dad. For our large backyard parties! Got to play with matches! ; )

  54. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    The late Summer days just before elementary school would start, and racing to Long’s with mom to buy all of my new school supplies!

  55. 4G says:

    I miss Toys ‘n Joys

  56. Seawalker says:

    @hawai’ian by heart
    April 22nd, 2015 at 2:39 pm #
    Not all poi is created equally. Thats my two cents. 🙂
    Yes sir. No two poi are alike. They are just equally as bad as the other. 😆

  57. Seawalker says:

    April 22nd, 2015 at 3:50 pm #
    What? No more jokes? 😯 Say it ain’t so! 😥
    Change for the better. Felt the tug from the dark-side. Worse yet, felt the Vulcans and Klingons fighting for me. Remember who’s with the Klingons? It’s the man, no, I mean, it’s the person who was top billing for the Glades long ago. 😯

  58. 4G says:

    I always liked poi, but never cared for sour, or “day old” poi. Nowadays, I kind of like it. Of course, I never liked natto before either, and love it now.

    I guess there’s no accounting for taste, eh? 😉

  59. 4G says:


    What? No more jokes? 😯 Say it ain’t so! 😥

  60. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Not all poi is created equally. Thats my two cents. 🙂

  61. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Howzit uncle? Ive been listening to some great Oli lately especially Onipa’a Ka Pua O Ka Hala. Everytime i hear i want to dance.

  62. keoni says:

    @Seawalker I awreddy one Boy Toy! Eat your heart out!! 😆

  63. Seawalker says:

    Eh @Keoni, you can have all the poi you want and that ain’t going make you into a Toy Boy like me and the Beav. 😆

  64. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Just for the heck of it i went on Hulu to watch Kwaidan again, your right Hoichi the Earless gave me chikn skin. But i also liked Lady of the snow. Now i miss gorgeous japanese girls 🙁

  65. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    Having all my friends sleep over on a Friday night. And playing games, swimming, BBQ, etc.

    Then waking up before sunrise on Sat. morning to have the waves all to ourselves!

    And watching the sunrise while body surfing! And the first sun light shining through the break on a glassy morning!

    It was magical!

  66. keoni says:

    Eh Seawalker, no bulai you or I going tie you up and make you eat one pound sour poi! 😯

  67. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Waking up on Thanksgiving morning to the smell of the bird roasting in oven. Those were busy days for dad. But good ol’ dad, he never forgot what it meant for us to have turkey. He would work a double shift that day. By the time he got home, we would all be asleep.

  68. Mark Shelby says:

    And then there were the Night Marchers….

    Did you ever drive out late at night with your friends and go look for them?

  69. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    Being a little kid and listening to Menehune stories! Make eyes bulge!

  70. Seawalker says:

    LOL, people change. Some change for the better. I pledge to write only good things from now on. No more jokes, no more swipes at anyone, no more comments about poi. Never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  71. khs68 says:

    And then there’s Chastity Bono…

  72. khs68 says:

    Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola!

  73. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    When boys used to be boys and girls used to be girls. Talk about poi dogs nowadays.

  74. Seawalker says:

    What’s this about Bruce Jenner, the world’s greatest athlete, who won gold at the decathlon in the Olympics, is coming out of the closet to admit he is transgender? WTH? What is this world coming to? No wonder that m@hu had them weird lookin’ eyebrows on the Kardashians. Had this happen in real life. One day, this guy is dressed as a guy. Then, we start noticing him losing weight and starting to get curves and boobs. One day, full-blown make-up and a dress on. Freaked me out, big-time. Had another classmate who also finally came out of the closet. He lives on the mainland. But upon visiting, he decided to have some brewskis with the boys. That’s when he came with his dress on. The buggah gave me a hug too. Holy cow. 😯

  75. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Kanack Attacks that was on Kapahulu. Grind one plate lunch one time. Whew, had plenty. Even had some remaining animal fur on the pork fat on my plate. Only da real local bruddahs can handle that.

  76. Seawalker says:

    hBh – Waikiki shopping center is across of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center on Kalakaua. Got the escalators you can ride up. Lau Yee Chai is over there. They got music blaring all the time to entice the tourist. H&M is across of them on Seaside. Real close to where Waikiki 1 and 2 theatres used to be. Now it’s Ross.

  77. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Opps getting portagee mout again sorry. 🙁

  78. hawai'ian by heart says:

    As funny as this sounds i just miss Holiday mart/Daiei. Not that they where the best stores but it was different then what you saw on mainland. Despite honolulu in the 70s being da city and having the most mainland or comforts it was still unique enough to live in that others sometimes complained it was like living in another country. I miss that exotic different vibe or feeling. Its hard to discribe in words. Anyone else can discribe it better?

  79. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss the times when it didn’t matter if the Hawaii Warriors didn’t have a winning season, the stadium was almost packed.

  80. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss the old carnival type shooting gallery in the arcade at pearlridge shopping center. Shoot a target and the piano would play by itself. Shoot a different target and a severd head would fall from the ceiling. Hit another and a monkey would play the cymbels. Such a cool arcade.

  81. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Eh, i had to goto youtube to get reference to Waikiki Shopping Plaza, i vaguely remember the outside and how it looked but don’t remember the place. Its the same wit da old hawaiian shopping center. I remember it being there but don’t remember what it looked like. 🙁

  82. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Yes old habits hard to change. I always contributed “rubbish” as a localism thing vs trash which is mainland.

  83. Seawalker says:

    @khs – You can request more of the blue, green and gray rubbish bins if you need from the C&C. More work to put out to the curb. Nowadays, no need leave beer for the rubbish man. He’s only playing with his ‘joystick’ in the truck anyway. 😯 The joystick operates the automatic arm on the truck.

  84. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Mel Cabang at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. That buggah used to leave me in stitches. You hardly find good comedy anymore. Heard about Bumatai’s old gig at Kojak’s, but never went to it.

  85. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – re: nails in tree and humans. That’s not acupuncture? 😆

  86. khs68 says:

    @hbh – Rubbish is now referred to as “opala”. But I still say, “I hear the rubbish man coming. Hurry up honey, put out the gray can”.
    And I still say “ice box”. Old habits hard to change, no?

  87. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The mango tree we also had in our backyard. It was the countless times we climbed up the tree and just sat there. The mango was good eats too.

  88. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The lychee tree we had in our backyard. On the years it didn’t bear fruit, I remember seeing the old Chinese remedy. Pound nails into the trunk. Man, if that only worked for humans…

  89. Seawalker says:

    April 22nd, 2015 at 5:51 am #
    For me, a Hawaiian plate is not the same without poi. 😉
    Maybe we could get @Seawalker a side order of taro chips? 😆
    Poi is too close to pronunciation as in Boy Toy. Only me and Justin Beaver qualify, hands down. 😯 Don’t know about the rest of you old-futs.

  90. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I miss da days when we call (trash) rubbish, today its trash 🙁

  91. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss songs like dis

  92. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss the old movie theaters in honolulu at night seeing the lights shine. What was the name of the empress before she was called empress? If i remember correctly didn’t she have a huge light display?

  93. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Anyone miss or forget how hotel street looked or was?
    Hotel Street (Bobby Chang Original)
    This video flips between really old hotel street to our times and today.

  94. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Anyone from Kailua Town and miss it?
    Kailua Town – 1958

  95. M says:

    Frank Delima and Na Kolohe at the Noodle Shop

  96. hawai'ian by heart says:


    @4G – Pan Am bag? Nerd Alert!

    k den im bustted had three when small kid. 🙂 but i no wimp.

  97. 4G says:

    I miss playing with mercury.

    Yikes! LOL.

  98. 4G says:

    When I was small, my dream job was to be one of those rubbish guys, riding on the back of the truck. I used to enjoy watching them pick up trash in the morning.

    I was so bummed when I was told that I couldn’t be one of them because I couldn’t whistle! 🙁

  99. 4G says:

    For me, a Hawaiian plate is not the same without poi. 😉

    Maybe we could get @Seawalker a side order of taro chips? 😆

  100. keoni says:

    @Seawalker I stay spocking you brah! No talk stink about poi! 😉

  101. 4G says:

    @khs68- re: nerd alert

    Yes, you called? 😆

  102. Kalani says:

    Tasty Treat – Kaneohe
    Camping at Swanzi Beach w/ a clothesline full of squid drying in the sun
    Bullmark plastic figures made in Hawaii (’70s)
    Watching Kung Fu theatre
    Samurai shows on Sunday night TV
    Kaneohe cow pastures before Windward Mall
    Shakey’s – Kaneohe
    Feeling safe in Hawaii….

  103. khs68 says:

    @4G – Pan Am bag? Nerd Alert!

  104. khs68 says:

    I miss the olden days when rubbish was picked up by 2 guys hanging on the back of the rubbish truck. You could throw anything in the rubbish can and there was no limit to the number of cans you could leave at the curb. Now it’s hard to remember if this week is the blue or green container.

  105. 4G says:

    Pan Am bags. Man, they were quite a status thing, yeah?

  106. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss

    Big Christmas parties at home with all kinds of people over, and having so much fun. And den us kids would sneak outside before everyone had to leave and mix up everybody’s slippahs!….LOL!

    Because we just wanted the party to last just a little longer! ; )

  107. 4G says:

    Uncle Bolo/pull my finger

    LOL! I mean, you’d be hard pressed this make this stuff up . . . . 😉

    Uncle Bolo . . . . Seriously laughing!

  108. 4G says:

    LOL – just harassing . . . . 😉

  109. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Oh yeah, after over a hundred post on this topic, I drew a blank. Ice cake, ice cake, ice cake… okay got ’em loaded in my brain now. 😆

  110. 4G says:

    Ice cake was a nickel . . . . 😉

  111. 4G says:

    Yikes! Mochi? TMI! 😆

  112. 4G says:


    “The frozen ice treat with the li hint mui inside.”

    WTH?? You mean ice cake? LOL.

  113. Seawalker says:

    @khs – Lucky we old. No work anyway. 😯 😆

  114. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss…..

    The kind little old Filipino Balut man in Kalihi.

    He would come into our parking lot at The Marsh Company in the Dillingham Plaza in Kalihi, with his large white foam container strapped over his shoulder to keep the Balut warm. And he would walk along yelling Baluuuuuut! Pipty Cents!

    I would always buy one for every one of our office girls! They just loved Balut! So I would walk back inside with my Balut…..and I would yell out Baluuuuuuut! Just like the Kalihi Balut man and they would all come running because they knew it was Free Balut day again! So Fun!

  115. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when we used to play kickball. We would set up bases with our slippers. Get this. You got to ask for what kind of pitch you wanted from the pitcher. Makes sense to me.

  116. khs68 says:

    Oh my! Feeling for breast lumps is no day at the beach either. Geez, take it easy…you not making mochi!

  117. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The frozen ice treat with the li hint mui inside. Man, it used to cost a nickle or dime for it back then.

  118. Seawalker says:

    @khs – It ain’t funny when the Doc got you by the kauhanes, literally! 😯

  119. khs68 says:

    I miss my uncle Bolo – First thing he sees one of us kids, “Pull my finger”

  120. Seawalker says:

    @LK – No like brag. But some of us are freaks of nature. 😯

  121. khs68 says:

    @4G & Seawalker – Too funny you guys!

  122. LINDA KATO says:

    4G and Seawalker ….. there you two go again…. 😆

  123. Seawalker says:

    If the Doc wanted to play marbles (or bumbuchas for some of us), we do that all the time during recess and he can join us then. What’s the cough for? 😯

  124. LINDA KATO says:

    @Seawalker…. no need be shame…. medical doctors and nurses have seen it all….

  125. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Not only could you fit into your white Guess jeans with ease, you could slide the Angel Flights on without sucking in your gut. Nowadays, there’s a whole lot of sucking in to do just putting on loose shorts. 😀

  126. 4G says:

    Talk about “got you by the balls” 😆

  127. LINDA KATO says:

    @4G: 😆

  128. Seawalker says:

    One time, the nurse came in when the Doc had a hold of ’em. I know she was holding back her laugh. Man, talk about feeling shame. 😯

  129. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    Going Summer Church Camp at the Queen’s Palace in Waianae!

  130. 4G says:

    I REALLY miss just being able to be a kid.

    It’s sooo hard to do nowadays . . . . 😆

  131. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The times you went for your school checkups at the doctor’s office. “Okay Seawalker, I want you to cough” “Ahem Doc, what are you holding we I’m coughing?” 😯

  132. Seawalker says:

    I Don’t Miss…

    The days when they used to use the drill on your teeth without numbing you first. Oooooowwwwwweeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My ’71 Pontiac Firebird. Like your first girlfriend, you never forget. Not then, not now, not tomorrow.

  134. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss my 1969 VW Beetle!

  135. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Heard if your ‘check engine’ light is on, you won’t pass the CA safety inspection. Dang emission controls on the cars nowadays give you all kinds of problems. None of those back in the days.

  136. Seawalker says:

    @MS – When we were going to church as youngsters, each Sunday, they gave us some kind of literature called Pix after Sunday school. It had biblical passages, along with games, comics and other goodies. Miss those. Sometimes, we would walk to Lanakila Field and watch the baseball games they had going on. Not the same nowadays.

  137. Mark Shelby says:

    I missed the days of no Safety Inspection Sticker for your car in Hawaii. Now it’s a California Smog Check every two years! UG!

  138. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The good ol’ days of washing out the garage at our old house. It was just fun getting the hose, throwing Tide on the concrete, scrubbing with brooms, and doing it just for the heck of it.

  139. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker……used to sneak out of church on Sunday mornings and go catch crayfish in the Nuuanu Stream behind our church! Bad little boys! ; )

  140. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when we used to catch crayfish at the Kunawai Springs. We used to have our paperboy meetings over at that place. When we got tired of the crayfish, we went across the street to the playground. Those were the real good ol’ days.

  141. Mark Shelby says:

    LINDA KATO…..I remember that building on Nuuanu. I went to Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene on Judd Street. So I drove past there every Sunday and Wed. night since I was a little kid since 1955. I still remember seeing the folks sitting outside talking story and having fun together.

  142. LINDA KATO says:

    We have KSSK bumper stickers on our Camry’s so our friends always know when we are at Zippy’s…. few people have those RED KSSK bumper stickers anymore….

  143. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when we settled our disagreements with jen ken po. Those 3 sets of signals were the demigods to all our disputes.

  144. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss….

    When Haunama Bay was free and no crowds! And we would do Church Teen Camps!

    Do you ever hike out to the far left hand side, and jump in that Lava tube hole and then swim under water and lava to the ocean water inlet? Scary! Especially when no mask to see good.

  145. Seawalker says:

    @LK – Yes, ma’am. Living in the past. Something we’re good at. The endorphins works overtime when that happens!

  146. LINDA KATO says:

    Mark Shelby… I remember Green Stamps too but only a few places gave those out….

  147. 4G says:

    Nuts Landing . . . . 😆

  148. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss……

    The Kodak Hula Show!

    We always took our mainland friends there and had so much fun!

  149. LINDA KATO says:

    In elementary school very few people had black and white TV’s and only 1 family owned a color TV… we thought they were RICH!

    I lived on Nuuanu Ave. directly across from the Nuuanu Baptist Church in a run down, termite ridden apt. building…. every one had a porch in front of their apt. with chairs to sit in… after dinner and before the sun set ….. everyone would be sitting on their porch chewing the fat with their neighbors. Although we were all poor…. we were great friends with each other and were great company…. I miss the closeness we felt as neighbors back then. In our new neighborhood today…. we are still very close to our neighbors since hubby does their yardwork for FREE for 26 years now! But we only know a few people on this street, many people mind their own business and do not even say hello…. I miss the days we played in the street…. and would move out of the way when a car came home…. we were always outdoors, running, playing , interacting with neighbors and not buried in an iPhone! I miss those good ole days! 😀

  150. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Yes sir, we did. But we did our with those soda can tabs. The trick was to undo the soda ring first, then stick one end into the center of the speaker, and rub the other end to the metal wire. When you hear a clicking sound, then dial away. Free. Eh, Hawaiian Telephone (as it was known back then), the name’s Seawalker and I live in Never, Neverland. Not with the weirdo MJ, but with Peter Pan. 😆

  151. Mark Shelby says:

    LINDA KATO…..I also remember Green Stamps but I can’t remember the name.

  152. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening MLCer’s ❗ 😀 Happy Monday ❗ 😀
    I had a busy day mailing out and promoting my friend, Dr. Frank Pickard’s novels. Some days it feels like a full time job but I really believe he is an amazing author so I help him a lot!
    Checked in tonight on this blog to see what I missed…. lots of stories…. enjoyed them all….

  153. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker….did you ever learn how to click the pay phone hang up flap just right to make a Free phone call? We used to do it all the time from Makapuu to have my Mom come pick us up late after sunset and all day body surfing. We took dimes with us, but they always fell out of our pocket!

  154. khs68 says:

    Those night time soap operas – Dallas, Falcon Crest, Nuts Landing, and Dynasty.

  155. LINDA KATO says:

    Mark Shelby… our home collected the orange Royal Stamps from Times Super Market…. we got lots of towels, dishes, and household items from stamps… miss those freebies…

  156. Seawalker says:

    @MS – My kids too, after 1987, of course…

  157. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days before cell phones. Pay phones were your best friend even though earwax buildup in the receiver was a common thing.

  158. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker….my Daughter was born in Kapiolani Children’s in 1987.

  159. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker….yes I remember Joe Moore mentioning his telephone number problem. That was funny!

  160. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Nice, the facelift that they’re doing to the Gold Bond building. About time. First it was the IBM building, now this. The 2nd tower to Kapiolani Hospital looks pretty good too from the freeway. Lots of glass and looks like the parking lot will have an access directly into the building.

  161. Mark Shelby says:

    I don’t miss…..

    The dock workers strikes and no toilet paper!

  162. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss…..

    Gold Bond Stamps. And when you saved every one your Mom got so one day you could go down the famous Gold Bond Building and get free kine stuffs!

  163. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The Allstate Insurance commercial catchphrase, “The good hands people”. Nowadays, it’s “Nationwide is by your side.”

  164. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker…..I remember the ladys loved those Orange balls so they could find their car in Ala moana Shopping center! Then all of a sudden everyone had an orange ball! …..LOL! Ooops!

  165. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss…..

    Jumping in excitement during the high school football games at the “Termite Stadium”! And the whole thing would bounce! And everyone would always say……”I hope the termites are still holding hands”…..!

  166. Seawalker says:

    @MS – I remember that craze with the antenna balls well. At least the Union balls were orange. The Jack balls were white and skank-looking.

  167. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss the Lex Brodie TV Commercials!…….”Thank you very much”!

  168. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    When Governor Ariyoshi was in elected office. Where are the fiscal conservatives today? It’s not your money, but you work for the people of Hawaii! 😯

  169. Mark Shelby says:

    I Miss…..

    The Orange Union 76 car antenna ball! ; )

  170. Seawalker says:

    @MS – I heard one of the Wo granddaughters is Miss Hawaii. How you figgah with all that money they got?

  171. Seawalker says:

    @MS – I remember those push-button preset radio stations well. Kind of stuck out, eh? Unlike the digital kind we have nowadays. My dad’s Nova or Dart had those. Heck, I even remember the cars with the small ‘pilot’ window to let the air in without rolling down your window. And even those corny suckers that you put on the inside of your windshield. Times sure have changed.

  172. Mark Shelby says:


    My Father started The Marsh Company Home Furnishings in 1978. He bought out Wigwam Quality Furniture from our long time family friend Bill Stone. WQF was separate from Wigwam Dept Stores.

    Here is our WDS history…..

    The Marsh Company was just to the left of Wigwam in the first pic in the link above at the Dillingham Plaza in Kalihi.

    I moved back to Hawaii in 1980 to help Dad with our furniture stores.

    Dad finally sold out to CS Wo in 1988 to retire. They wanted to buy us out because we were causing them fits! ; ) Because of our heavy TV advertising!

    MARSH ……..stood for, Marvin Shelby (my Dad) and Mark Shelby.

  173. Seawalker says:

    @MS – I remember Joe Moore giving an interview about himself. Think he said he had a phone number that was similar to a pizza parlor or massage parlor. Joe Moore said he got a lot of mistaken calls. Analyze that for a second. Do more people call for pizza or do they call for a massage? 😉

  174. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The time we took a boat ride around the island. Shoots, felt sea sick for days when I went to take a bath.

  175. 4G says:

    re: Hubba Hubba sign

    Dunno, but I saw it lit up at night like a year ago.

  176. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The Falls of Clyde in its heyday. It was so majestic. Heck, I even remember the Oceanic Floating Restaurant.

  177. Mark Shelby says:

    Remember when all you had in your car was an AM Radio?

    And remember pushing the buttons real fast when either a commercial cam on or a song you did not like? And then your sister would fight with you are the radio preset buttons! ; )

    Here is some fun Hawaii AM Radio History……

  178. 4G says:

    Piggybacking on @LK’s earlier comment re: before airport security

    Air Travel back in the 60’s and early 70’s. It was a big deal to fly to the mainland. Family sendoffs at the gate. All the lei. Being on the other side of the experience and going to rooftop of the old terminal building and trying to see if you can see them through those impossibly small windows. Waving at them as the aircraft pulled away. Getting blasted by prop/jet wash. That was pretty dumb, huh? LOL. Actually waiting until the plane was well on its way taxiing for takeoff. Sometimes even waiting until the plane took off.

    Back to the flight perspective. It was a more luxurious experience than air travel today. At least you didn’t feel like you were actually part of a herd of cattle. Stewardesses were, well, not flight attendants! LOL. It was more classy back then.

    I remember it being a special experience. It was new and exciting. Nowadays it feels more like a bus ride. I guess it’s good that at least it’s not the old, green HRT buses and more like the buses with air conditioning.

    I miss that air travel experience.

  179. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    That Club Hubba Hubba sign on Hotel St. Heard they restored it. Wonder what they going to do with it?

  180. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Marsh was you guys or was it part of the C.S. Wo empire? I remember Emjays. And, of course, Wigwam.

  181. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    Catching the bus and going through Hotel St. Used to know every dirty movie’s title in those days just by seeing their signs daily. 😯

  182. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker…..I met Joe Moore. He used to shop at our Marsh Company Home Furnishings. I always liked him!

  183. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss playing Hanafuda with my friends from Kahala Elementary!

  184. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The days when Joe Moore used to host the boxing fights on either Saturday or Sunday morning.

  185. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    “Green Acres is the place to be. Farm living is the life for me. Land spreading out so far and wide. Just keep Manhattan and give me that countryside.”

  186. 4G says:

    I feel lucky that I actually was able to catch Booga Booga at Territorial Tavern one time. 😀

    WWD – LOL (Disney) yes – and when you were finally able to see the NBC peacock with colored feathers! 😆

  187. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The Partridge Family. Man, that was a heavyweight lineup alright. David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce… And they could sing and play instruments too.

  188. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The Wonderful World of Disney Sunday night movies. It was a staple in every household. Wild Kingdom was a close second.

  189. M says:

    Booga Booga at Territorial Tavern.

  190. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    That dreaded voice of Howard Cossell. Oh how that one phrase on Monday Night Football did him in. “Get that monkey off your back!” It was a black football player he was talking about.

  191. Seawalker says:

    Ali fighting Forman. Ali fighting Shavers. Ali fighting Frazier. Ali fighting Spinks. Ali fighting Quarry. Ali fighting Holmes. Ali was king of the ring. Had a matching mouth, but proved his worth. 😉

  192. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Kengo’s on Kapiolani. Sucked up many a brewski and the ono pupus they served up.

  193. 4G says:

    Not to detract, but Muhammad Ali in his prime . . . .

  194. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    Pearl City Tavern. Never been there. Heard about the monkeys. Would be nice to have gone.

  195. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The Hawaii boxers of the past. Ben Villaflor, Andy Ganigan, Ralph Aviles, Mark Ibanez, Jesus Salud… Hey Brian Viloria, going add your name if you come here to fight more often.

  196. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The Alexander Young building in downtown. They should have kept those old buildings. It adds character to the place.

  197. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The pineapple juice at the airport. I remember drinking it when we were young. HVB, you guys paying attention?

  198. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The sunsets in Hawaii. Don’t get a chance to see the sun going down too often nowadays. But sunset on the beach is unmatched.

  199. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    Gilligan’s Island. Must have seen every episode. They sure don’t make ’em like they used to.

  200. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    Having a new school bag for school. Didn’t have much back then. But always remembered how proud our parents were of us for making due.

  201. Seawalker says:

    One time we were acting up and really asking for it. I remember dad making us pull down our pants and giving us dirty lickins’ in front of everybody. The belt felt that much more sore on bare skin. Hope it was not Ala Modes and hope nobody else remembers. :red:

  202. Seawalker says:

    Try Carol and Mary’s, @4G

  203. Seawalker says:

    @hBh – I remember the bird cage at Ala Modes. I remember the McD’s in the old location and how busy it was. I remember the Christmas trees they sold at the ground level of Piikoi and Ala Moana. The smell permeated and added to the ambiance of Christmas at the mall. I remember going to JC Penneys and buying a monkey suit there. I remember sticking my fingers in the water fixtures in the middle of the mall and got a lady wet. I can remember a lot. Still can, especially the eating places. But small kid time, going to Ala Modes was far and few between. So can’t remember the arcade. I remember the Fun Factory at Pearl Ridge though.

  204. 4G says:

    IIRC, the order was (in order of business establishment):

    The (Da?) Shoppe
    San Francisco Rag Shop

    Then, the creme de la creme – Villa Roma . . . . LOL

    Had to try to spend time in those areas cause that’s where the girls where. 😉

  205. khs68 says:

    While I love being back home, I still miss the change of seasons in New York.

  206. 4G says:

    I miss the old Shirokiya – when they used to have choke electronics.

  207. 4G says:

    I miss:

    Having a full head of hair! 😆

  208. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Hey guys im sorry if im kinda out there with memories and my Nostalgia. I guess im kinda different in that living on the mainland for a good period of time really makes you remember what you lost moving from Hawaii. Even small dumb things about Hawaii im greatful for today.

  209. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Speaking of airport and missing things, i miss the feeling of awe comming into Honolulu airport and landing on the reef runway with the ocean so blue & green and seeing the reefs, its awe inspiring. But today i here the use that runway just for takeoffs.

  210. 4G says:

    My parents once planned a neighbor island trip (I think to Kauai) when I was in early elementary school and didn’t tell my sister and I until we were at the airport. That was pretty awesome.

  211. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss

    the uniqueness of Hawaii, i mean where in the mainland can one goto public school and have a half of a day off for an school assembly watching chinese opra and martial arts? 🙂

  212. 4G says:

    I remember in elementary school, delivering empty cans to classrooms in the morning (I used to help my friend that had “free” lunch). We didn’t have a cafeteria large enough for all to sit down and eat, so we would get our lunches from the cafeteria, then return to the classroom to eat.

    There was one large can (like a gallon-sized; I think the industrial-sized whole tomatoes came in those) for the slop and one tall, skinny can (I think those were industrial-sized pineapple juice cans) for the forks.

  213. Mark'75 says:

    I miss the look on my kids’ faces when we’d tell them the night before that we’re going to Disneyland tomorrow!

  214. 4G says:

    The Ed Sullivan Show!

  215. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss holidays at the old ala mo mail. With santa and the dentted ornaments and christmas trees outside of sears, halloween with all the decorations and easter with the bunny pen.

  216. 4G says:

    LOL re: cafeteria duty. I was always weird. I used to like the cheddar cheese sticks. A lot of the kids in my class did not. I used to collect their leftovers to eat. The bonus to getting into the walk-in fridge was that you could usually score a cheddar cheese stick or two . . . . 😉

  217. Mark'75 says:

    @4G: I liked cafeteria duty too. Even if I was only qualified to work the slop! 😆

  218. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I liked Kwaidan too, my problem was i would watch these shows as a kid by myself at home while my mother was working. Big time scare. But yeah i and my mother both experienced a choking ghost at different times in our place in ala wai and i had other weird events happen in Hawaii only.

  219. Mark'75 says:

    I miss Bob Hope Christmas Specials.

  220. khs68 says:

    @4G – I liked cafeteria duty, too. All the cookies and jello you can eat. I had a problem with the Ruth Buzzi hairnet, though. So uber unattractive. 😆

  221. khs68 says:

    I miss seeing the old time obake movies. Kwaidan is my favorite — Hoichi the Earless. Creepy.

  222. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Bwahahaha you so funny but its true. I heard the benefit of being tutu was you now can see the your keiki going thru the same terrible twos&threes they put you thru. 🙂

  223. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I remember catching the first star trek movie at yhe waikiki shell. What a ripoff that was.

  224. 4G says:

    Most people would probably not agree, but I miss cafeteria duty.

    You got free lunch, got out of class, and if you got dishwashing duty, you could play with the water. The cafeteria ladies used to scold us for shooting each other with the water sprayers. Bonus if you were able to sneak into the walk-in fridge. 😉

  225. khs68 says:

    @Seawalker – Yep, grandkids are a blessing — so much fun and laughter. Don’t know how life would’ve been without them. And, the beauty of watching grandkids is: They eventually go home and your house is back to normal. And the cat can quit hiding under the couch! 😆

  226. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Yeah, i so loved obake chikn skin talkstories as one small kid and even now.

  227. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Or you could surf like this? Its funny i know the kids father who is surfing lol. Small world.

  228. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Catching a concert at the Shell. Those days, had no money for tickets. We stayed outside at Kapiolani Park, ate, sucked ’em up, and listened to the music in the dark. Unlimited bathroom stalls where we were. Da trees and bushes.

  229. 4G says:

    @hbh – the ghosts still real in hawaii today! LOL.

  230. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Lol speaking of drive ins i remember being too scared to go into the bathroom at Wai’alae Drive-In when i was real small small kid. Da faceless lady live there. Ghosts were real in hawaii back den lol. 😉

  231. 4G says:

    Overnight hiking trips into Kahana Valley (you weren’t supposed to camp there).

  232. 4G says:

    Moonlight picnics (these were socials at the beach).

  233. Seawalker says:

    @khs – It’s like having kids. People tell you all about it. You either have a liking to it or you don’t. Same with grandkids, I think. Worked with this old buggah in our office. One day, heard him jaw-jacking with one of his buds on the phone. He was just beaming with pride talking about his grandkids. So that got me thinking.

    With the good comes the bad. One man’s passion is another man’s pain. Some like it hot, some like it cold. Take care of the precious little ones. They grow up so fast. 😀

  234. 4G says:

    Sand boarding in flooded fields after/during a rainstorm.

  235. 4G says:

    Tackle football in the mud. Brown bibs that never quite got white again. Mom not too happy about that . . . .

  236. Seawalker says:

    @4G – That reminds me of another joke about poi. What’s similar between eating poi with your fingers and doing number two? Nope, not wash your hands afterwards. They both belong in the toilet! 😆 Hope @Keoni’s not watching.

  237. 4G says:

    Kind of stupid, but during high school time – I miss playing chicken at the drive-in theatre.

    First, sneak the guys out from the trunk. 😉

    Pile in the car, roll up all the windows and everybody start smoking. First one to roll down the window was “chicken”. LOL – stupid . . . . 😆

  238. khs68 says:

    @Seawalker – I thought, “Oh grandkids. How wonderful! I can hardly wait.” So years later, my daughter sends them to us in New York for the summer. After the first week, I wanted them to go home. Then we come back to live in Hawaii and I became the chauffeur — take them to school, pick them up after school, and take them to soccer and basketball practice. I’m glad those days are over — they’ve grown up and are not in O-triple-C. 😉

  239. hawai'ian by heart says:


    You remember the old ala mo center much? I keep having a memory that i can see every detail but don’t remember where it is at. There was a small arcade in one of the department stores in the mall and it wasn’t sears or foodland. I believe it was on ground level Mauka liberty side of the mall. I remember the arcade had a circus game, bus jumping motorcycle game and a football game with a roller ball for controller. Does this rig a bell?

  240. 4G says:

    I miss, as a kid, packing a picnic dinner, getting showered, putting on PJ’s, grabbing your pillow and blankie and heading to the drive-in theatre.

    You would watch the main feature, maybe venture to the playground and/or snack bar during intermission, likely fall asleep during the second feature (cause was usually junk) and get up the next morning, magically in your bed . . . .

  241. Seawalker says:

    You guys are making me jealous. Don’t think I’ll live to see grandchildren. Maybe from the view above only. But I think only that would ever douse my fire and passion for life. Never say never…

  242. khs68 says:

    @hbh – Thanks

  243. 4G says:


    “Maybe if they cut the taro up in strips and fried ‘em, then I go grind. ”

    LOL – they are called Taro Chips! 😆

  244. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Im happy for you. Im not a grandfather yet. But i imagine soon. I have one gorgeous daughter who is now at college. 🙂 You sound so blessed, im happy for you.

  245. Seawalker says:

    I Don’t Miss…

    Used to hear a lot of the preachers doing their bit in downtown. With a bible in one hand, they would yell at the top of their lungs, “the world will end tomorrow, what are you going to do about it, my friends?” Just a lot of hot air. It’s like social security. Everyone thinks we’ll run out of money. Don’t think so. As long as the young people continue working, we’re fine.

  246. hawai'ian by heart says:


    You know you brought up something that i also miss is the smell of flowers in the air. You got the same smell after landing at honolulu airport. What flower is it? Even today i can remember how it smells but don’t recall its name. You don’t get that here in Portland.

  247. khs68 says:

    @hbh – No worries. Seawalker is right about the cycle of life starts new with each generation. Hmmm too bad I’m an only child and my daughter is an only child. But luckily, I have two grandkids and two great grandkids. So plenty enough for potluck dinners. 🙂

  248. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Yeah but we are not talking 1000s like today? Maybe a few hundred back then? I don’t recall the guy in ala moana park.

  249. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Bummer im sorry i didn’t mean to bring up a sad or upseting issue. I was just wondering about the cultural changes since i wasn’t on island to see the big changes of oahu. In alot of ways im still stuck in the 70s/ early 80s in thinking and ways i view our home. Except music im balanced with current hawaiian music with old.

  250. Rodney says:

    @hbh – Back in the 70’s, there were a few homeless people around. At Ala Moana beach had the old guy with the sweatshirt that he used to stuff tons of newspaper under. He used to walk around with a Styrofoam cup to drink water.

    Kailua town had a couple of them too. We called them hobos. I think back then, each town had their couple few homeless people. And all the townspeople knew who they were and kinda watched out for them.

  251. Seawalker says:

    @hBh – Can’t agree with you more about Hawaii’s living treasures, da wahines. No where else in the world you going find this exotic, sensual, alluring, easy on the eyes, beauty that takes your breath away, and a major cause of car accidents on the streets of the 808. Brah, you missing out!

  252. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The smell of tuberose in the morning dew delivering papers on a Sunday morning. You were still groggy, no doubt, but that sweet smell in the air made it all worthwhile.

  253. hawai'ian by heart says:

    One thing i miss but know its not gone is the celebrations and festivals. One thing that made Hawaii special was all the extra holidays and parades etc

  254. khs68 says:

    @hbh: I think both sides of my family are actually dysfunctional. 😆 There were six sibs on both sides and it seems to me in retrospect, my grandparents were the ones who made them obligated to attend the family celebrations — how can you not eat with your parents on Christmas Day? My grandparents on both sides passed away in my early twenties so I really was clueless about what was going on. I just think the sibs got along only for their parent’s sake while they were alive and when left to their own devices preferred not to mingle with each other. Some families are just like that. Oh well, but still sad.

  255. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I remember Ala Moana Park and Magic Island on 4th of july and new years, best dang fireworks. 🙂

  256. Seawalker says:

    That’s what happens to our family. When the older generation passes, the family gets split up. But it is by design sometimes. Nature wants us to spread our wings and fly. Don’t see my family altogether nowadays, except for funerals and weddings. Sad, but fact of life. But the cycle of life continues. A new patriarch and matriarch comes into play and the family dinners continue until their passing. Ats why when they say the family is strong, your chances to succeed in life increases.

  257. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Im not romancing the past but i honestly never recalled seeing a homeless person in the 70s on oahu. I know there was because alot where vets comming back from vietnam. But the homeless wasn’t even a blimp of an issue back then or am i wrong?

  258. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Them proms, especially when you give the lei to your dream date. I wonder, if he or she going to kiss me goodnight? Good kind worries.

  259. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Just wondering sistah, your not the only one saying that. I remember ohana and community being very important in hawaii when i lived there. In your opinion is this change because Hawaii cultural values just changed(evalution) or is this change because of outside forces changing hawaii?

  260. Rodney says:

    … hanging out with friends at Ala Moana Park or Magic Island parking lots by our cars at night without worrying about being hassled by thugs, the homeless, or cops.

  261. hawai'ian by heart says:


    To be honest i don’t think i watched rainbow man. But do you remember keiki tv pow?
    Different station and host, but same game.

    I also watched kamen rider

    They even have a few episodes on Youtube

  262. khs68 says:

    Entire family get togethers on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Seems once the grandparents are gone (40+ years), all the sibs just have their own celebrations with their kids. Now I only see my cousins at funerals. So sad…

  263. Rodney says:

    … hanging around my friend’s back patio after a long day of surfing. The sun behind the Koolau’s and the cool ocean breezes swaying the coconut tree fronds watching the day turn to night.

  264. Rodney says:

    … Let’s Go Fishing with Bruce Carter and Harry Kojima.

    *actually, I hardly ever watched the show. I just remember hearing the closing song knowing that it’s time to wake up from my nap.

  265. Rodney says:

    … Rob@96744 🙁

  266. Rodney says:

    … going to JA (Junior Achievement) meetings and getting to know people from other schools.

  267. Rodney says:

    … the family parties at the outdoor lanais – like Kaneda’s or Fort Delicatessen. About the closest thing now is – sadly – the after funeral eats at Hosoi.

  268. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I no live on island anymore but what i do miss is the special kine wahine that locals gals are. When i die and meet who ever is in charge im going to say Mahalo and tanks fo’ all dem local gals u created what a unique experience and treasure fo the eye. 🙂

  269. Seawalker says:

    LOL, take the road less traveled and end up at a place no man has gone before, you might end up in the hands on the Klingons. Unlike Vulcan where is on “illogical” and pointed ears, Klingons is where Prince H@nalei is. You don’t want to go there! 😯

  270. 4G says:

    Wait – we not supposed to take the road less traveled anymore??? 😆

  271. 4G says:

    Kyo-ya- I still can’t believe that place is gone . . . . 🙁

  272. khs68 says:

    Kyo-ya miso butterfish.

  273. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Taking the road that’s less traveled. Back then, take a chance, go to where no man has gone before. Nowadays, take that road and you end up getting lost because you MLC. 😀

  274. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss ….

    Skateland in Kahala. I always wondered what it would be like skating around and holding a girls hand when them dim the lights and play soft music! ; )

    And right behind the YMCA in Kahala, was the indoor small electric car slot car track. I have a Corvette with big slick tires! It was fast! There were multiple lanes so you could race your friends.

  275. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Sliding down on our sloped grassy backyard on a large mat. So carefree were those days. Not a pain on the body and your head is free and clear from all worries.

  276. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Christmas through the eyes of a child. You didn’t know better when you were young. You saw it in your own kid’s eyes. You want to make sure you don’t let your grandkids for it so you buy them everything their little hearts ask for.

  277. Seawalker says:

    @Keoni – LOL, sorry, can’t eat that stuff. Maybe if they cut the taro up in strips and fried ’em, then I go grind. Reminds me of a joke. What’s the difference between a bowl of poi and barf? Hehehe, the bowl of course! 😯

  278. keoni says:

    Eh, Seawalker, you take dat back about poi or I going karang yo’ alas! Nah, nah, nah, j/k! 😉
    I’d rather have poi than rice or even potatoes, it mo’ ono.

  279. ankleBYTERS says:

    – Working part time at Sears Ala Moana
    – playing in the Sears softball league
    – weekly evening round of golf at Bay View in the….then Shakey’s afterwards
    – ‘borrowing’ pikake flowers from a farm in town…just enough petals to make the inside of your car smell so nice…cheaper than the then Sprig Jasmine/Spice air freshner…
    – chili and rice from the concession at the Ewa end of Ala Moana beach after surfing
    – playing music at the downtown Y for socials

  280. Izsmom says:

    @Hawaiian by heart, Mahalo for the Waialae Drive In videos!

  281. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The times when we went to the herbal medicine doctors in Chinatown. They would put together the nastiest concoction of tea, some complete with dried cockroaches and dehydrated sea horses. They would wrap it up it a sheet of white paper, calculate the amount you owed on an abacus, and act like real MD’s–malicious doctors. 😯

  282. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Christmas time at Ala Moana Shopping Center. The Salvation Army bells would be ringing, the huge dented ornaments would be on the numerous Christmas trees aligning the inside of the mall along with the lights, the big Santa, and the excitement that you might be getting a toy pretty soon. Nowadays, nada, you only go there to spend money. That’s after you find your parking space 45 minutes later.

  283. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Chinese Checkers and Chinese Chess. It’s still around. But my dad was the Master Chinese Chess player. You couldn’t beat him.

  284. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The standing in line at Cinerama Theatre for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Jedi. Besides the movie, it was the line that went around the block that made the experience so memorable. You don’t see movies like Star Wars playing at the same movie theatre for an entire year anymore.

  285. Seawalker says:

    @hBh – Forgot about Ultraman. Remember Rainbow Man? “Eye-yoooo.” Hakaida, so scary, made Darth Vader look like a bunny rabbit back then.

  286. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Learning how to swim in h.s. Scared the dickens out of me back then. It was the bobbing and weaving that I was not used to. Oh, and the girls in their bathing suits… sizzling!

  287. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to Perry Boy Smorgy in Waikiki for elementary school. All the JPO and the boys who put up the flag, as well as to take it down everyday, got to go. You just felt rewarded for your hard work.

  288. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My teachers from elementary school. Those are formidable years. You are like a sponge at that age. One time, I asked my 2nd grade teacher if I could start cleaning the chalkboard earlier. My mom was coming early to pick us up from school. The teacher blows a gasket. She embarrasses me in front of the whole class. She keeps nit-picking on why it is taking so long and I’m the reason for finishing so slow. Scar-tissue, got those. Another time, one of my buddies was acting up in 4th grade. The teacher goes, “stand up, off your chair”. So he does. Wham, she slaps him in the back really hard. He goes flying forward. But my friend refuses to cry. She tries to humiliate him even more. Ahhh, more scar-tissues. But that was life growing up. Wouldn’t trade it for anything! 😉

  289. Seawalker says:

    @ME – LOL, I agree, poi is not food! No difference between poi and engine oil with 50,000 miles on it. Take that back, engine oil probably taste better. 😉

  290. Mark Ellis says:

    What don’t I miss about Hawaii?

    Porteguese Man of War stings after body surfing Kailua Beach.
    Inch-and-a half long cockroaches mating on bedroom wall.
    Kill Haole Day

  291. PA says:

    i miss walking the beach with my dad up at malaeakahana and not seeing anyone all day

  292. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Omg! yes Lone Wolf with Cub i remember loving that. Yes Zatoichi was the bess. For your information Hulu has all the Zatoichi movies to watch. Also i miss the old KIKU-TV that showed all the lonewolf and cub shows and had kikaida, ultraman, JAQK and other samuri movies.

  293. Mark Shelby says:

    LINDA KATO…..I remember that!

  294. LINDA KATO says:

    I Miss….
    the milkman delivering milk at our door twice a week so we didn’t have to run to the store…. and we saved the milk caps to play with. In later years, POG’s as they were called came back as a fad…. anyone want to buy my collection of POG’s…. kids are no longer interested in them….

  295. khs68 says:

    @4G – I thought you went nene. Don’t know about better swordsman, but Zatoichi can catch a fly with hashis. 🙂

  296. 4G says:

    Unisex bathrooms at the beach?! Seriously? And only that? Or, in addition to separate bathrooms?

    Don’t you just hate guys who say they’re going to leave, and then don’t? 😆

    @khs68 – IIRC, was called Toho theatre back then, no? LOL.

    I was sad, too, when they stopped Kage no Gundan.

    Cannot attest to handsomeness of Sonny Chiba, but okay – can sorta understand. 😉

    Kill Bill was quite good – all of them. Uma Thurman . . . . 😉

    Yup, Itto Ogami and Zatoichi are/were brothers. Ironically? My kendo sensei said that Shintaro was a better swordsman than Tomisaburo . . . .

  297. dihudfan says:

    we used to have midnite picnics at Ala Moana beach park… girls and boys clubs… walking in the sand with one girl wuz cool…
    @MS… I wuz about 11-12 wen we became a state… wore my boy scout uniform and attended ceremonies at Iolani Palace…

  298. LINDA KATO says:

    Goodnight: 4G…. yes, it was fun….

  299. LINDA KATO says:

    Pretty soon we’ll be saying….
    I Miss…..
    when bathrooms at the beach were separated for Men and Women…. what unintelligent person recommended Unisex bathrooms??? I don’t want a man in there when I have to do my business…. sorry…. I prefer segregation of the men and women in this situation.

  300. khs68 says:

    @4G – We used to go to Kapiolani Theater to see the Lone Wolf with Child movies. Tomisaburo Wakayama starred in those — found out later he’s Shintaro Katsu’s (Zatoichi) brother. The Kage no Gundan series on t.v. was the first time I saw Sonny Chiba. Was very sad when they stopped making the episodes. Then surprise! Sonny Chiba was in Kill Bill as Hattori Hanzo. I think he’s so handsome. But yes, no one can beat Toshiro.

  301. 4G says:

    Thanks, all! Was fun – going sleep! 😆

  302. Seawalker says:

    “… KCC Pensacola campus. Wish it was still there for me to walk around and recall my college days.”

    @Rod – Looks like they’re putting in some kind of field for McKinley over that KCC site. Boy, we used to eat lunch and looked at the college girls and thought, wow, they old. Must’ve been like that with the KCC folks, wow, those high school students, they look young. Hehehe, good thing they put the general population out to the pasture at Diamond Head. Back then, big difference between a college student and a high school student.

  303. 4G says:

    Oh, now, @khs68 . . . . 😉

    Lone Wolf with Child was BEFORE Kage no Gundan.

    Lone Wolf was about the time they stopped making full-length samurai movies. Bummer. Don’t get me wrong, Sonny Chiba was good; I liked him and that Jun “somebody”, too. That, and the “Tokyo Action Club”, or whatever their name was . . . .

    But, no matter what – cannot beat Toshiro. 😀

  304. khs68 says:

    Speaking of Ala Moana Beach, I miss those getta races they had at “ken” picnics. They always gave toilet paper and canned vegetables for prizes.

  305. khs68 says:

    The women’s bathroom didn’t have doors and the walls were low. Always had to go with a friend to hold a towel where the door should be. And then, no forget bring kleenex…never had toilet paper.

  306. khs68 says:

    @4G – Okay, I take your word for it because I older than you and my brain shrinking. 😆

  307. 4G says:

    Even back then, used to have weird people in the bathrooms from time to time.


  308. 4G says:

    OMG! Shower?! Too, funny! 😆

  309. 4G says:

    Kage no Gundan was pretty good.

    For me, though, the Lone Wolf with Child series . . . .

  310. khs68 says:

    @4G – Trick is you gotta shower first before you eat 😉

  311. 4G says:

    LOL – I admit my memory is going. But, as I recall, was 35 cents. That’s my story, and I’m sticking by it! 😆

    Oh, BTW, was pretty danged good for 35 cents! LOL.

  312. khs68 says:

    The Shadow Warriors (Kage no Gundan) series starring Sonny Chiba Saturday nights on KIKU.

  313. 4G says:

    Beef stew, rice, takuan. Yeah, that guy hit the spot after swimming. Only thing – that danged takuan sure attracted the flies, no?! 😆

  314. Seawalker says:

    @LK – I knew someone else who HECO bill was $700 a month. Yup, it was 30 panels too. Good for you. The payback from the investment shouldn’t be that long. After that, it’s all gravy (and better than the one @4G had from the Y). BTW, you might’ve overpaid at 35 cents. Wasn’t it more like a quarter instead?

  315. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss Duke Kahanamoku! My first surfboard was a 9′ 6″ Duke Kahanamoku that I bought from Wigwam during that very special Saturday sale when the Duke was there to chat and sign autographs! Bought with my hard earned paper route money!

    I got to shake the Duke’s hand, chat a while and get his autograph! What a kind man he was! He was a giant to me!

    Duke Kahanamoku Interview -“Father of Surfing”

  316. Seawalker says:

    Hey, you know it. The white Guess jeans stroked my eagle real good that night. Many stories to tell from Bobby’s. But I honestly got more phone numbers from Rumours Night Club collectively. 😉

  317. khs68 says:

    Ala Moana Beach Concession (Diamond Head) in the late 60’s – Beef stew, rice and takuwan.

  318. 4G says:

    Wait – I already heard the “white jeans” story. 😆

    Then again, new additions here might not have . . . . 😆


  319. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss the original Waikiki Beach Boys! That’s how I first learned how to surf at just 7 years old! That was 1962. When I asked Mom for my very first surf lesson from a Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Boy!

    Waikiki Beach Boys

  320. 4G says:

    Yeah – wassup wit dat, @Seawalker? Poetry and writings, I mean . . . . 😉

  321. 4G says:

    @LK – you never miss much – this the first time we “exchanged” in a while. 😆

    Value your posts! 🙂

  322. LINDA KATO says:

    @Seawalker… thank you! I like fun people like you too…

    I Miss….
    Seawalker’s poetry and writings…. 😀

  323. LINDA KATO says:

    @Mark Shelby- you are 4 years younger than I am and you remember when Hawaii became the 50th State? You were a little genius! 😀

  324. Seawalker says:

    @LK – Always good to hear and read your comments. I like positive people. And I can always polk fun and you dish it right back. Way to go, aunty!

  325. Mark Shelby says:

    Remember when Hawaii became the 50th State? I was there and just four years old. I remember people partying in the streets, but I had no idea what that was all about yet. Some fun scenery and old time facts here.

    Hawaii, The 50th State, 1959

  326. LINDA KATO says:

    @4G- so nice to see you posting here…. 😀

    I miss hearing Seawalker and 4G go back and forth for hours on Rod’s blog… I must visit here more often! Between facebook, editing novels, and Vegas…. not enough hours in the day! How did I fit in working too? Big wonder! I am so so busy in retirement! 😀 Love it ❗ 😀

  327. Mark Shelby says:

    Yup I miss da good old days…even though this was before me. But I could always feel it!

    Vintage Hawaiian Film – Circa 1913 – Waikiki Honolulu surfing scenery waterfalls old antique cars

  328. 4G says:

    @khs68 – you know?! I always wanted to try one of those Bireley’s Chocolate sodas, but was never “allowed” . . . . 🙁

  329. 4G says:

    Getting your yearbook, signature book, etc. signed (and signing theirs) by your friends. Most important were your crushes! 😉 LOL.

  330. khs68 says:

    Bireley’s Chocolate soda.

  331. 4G says:

    SLAM Books (we actually used to call them Slang Books – LOL).

    Some of it was what would be considered bullying today, but, no? 🙁

  332. Mark Shelby says:

    4G….LOL…..I must have been typing da same time you wen say that!

  333. Mark Shelby says:

    More good old time forgotten entertainers…..rememba dis fine bugga?

    Kent “K.K. Kaumanua” Bowman (1923-2007)

  334. 4G says:

    K.K. Kau Manuah! 😆

  335. 4G says:

    Al Espinda

    Lucky Luck

  336. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss Hilo Hattie! Check out this old movie!

    And later…..

  337. 4G says:

    Yeah, I miss Chicken Alice, too. 😉

  338. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker…I knew Professor Fun from da show. Then later he was my English teacher at the Aina Hina Preparatory Academy. He was fun in class. Just not as many jokes.

  339. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Being that judge sitting in bolo head row and judging a bikini contest at Bobby McGees. Man, couldn’t eat chicken wings for a month. All I could think of was chicken breast. And I don’t even like white meat. Bwaahahahaah!

  340. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Finding a parking space in the La Mancha parking lot. You knew it would be a good night with that kind of luck.

  341. 4G says:

    Oooh – I miss Nibbits!

  342. Seawalker says:

    @hBh- Ruskie bayore, iga biga tom. “Russia number one, USA sucks.” Boy, do I ever remember Ivan Markoff. Forgot about that commercial for Yick Lung that he did.

  343. Seawalker says:

    Ats the one, Pagoda Terrace. A bucket of Chicken Alice wings and a case of beer, chilled please. You were set for the night!

  344. 4G says:

    Smokin’ in the boy’s room

  345. 4G says:

    Pagoda. LOL – what was? Pagoda Terrace?

  346. 4G says:

    @Seawalker – umm, interesting????

  347. Seawalker says:

    @MS – What was the deal with Prof. Fun? He liked kids back then, and still liked them now when we went to the same gym. 😆

  348. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Hmm what do you post for small kid time for a pono bruddah who is all over da place lol. 😉

    Here Apollo astronauts on TV splashing down alot of different apollo missions.

    I know you like ono grindz? See if you remember this?

  349. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Those bachelor parties you threw for your buddies when they got married. One-by-one, we all dropped like flies. But getting the stripper for the Pagoda parties was… nah, I better not say. 😉

  350. Mark Shelby says:

    hawai’ian by heart……Thanks! Do you remember me saying long ago that my Father Marvin Shelby helped develop the Checkers and Pogo show along with Cecil Heftel of KGMB. My Fathers goal was to have a fun kids show, and one that he could advertise our Wigwam Toy Department. I was in the commercials, demonstrating the toys for sale.

  351. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The Friday afternoon pickup basketball games at Klum Gym. Good, good fun runnin’ and gunnin’ with the gym rats from the dorms.

  352. 4G says:

    Farrells! And, I don’t mean that sorry a** thing they got at Pearlridge now. 😉

  353. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The parties at the Pagoda. Walking past the front desk with a cooler, “no brah, we just went shopping and going back to our rooms.” Not!

  354. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Shooting pool at Holiday Cue. We used to mill around Campus Cue between classes. I miss the original Haw’n Brian’s place.

  355. 4G says:

    Oooh – Kuhio Grill! Good one, @dihudfan! 🙂

  356. khs68 says:

    Ed & Don’s mint chocolate chip and macadamia chocolate ice cream.

  357. 4G says:

    Hotel room parties with the bathtub as the cooler. 😉

    Funny – I’ll never understand why we got kicked out of so many. NOT! 😉

  358. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Smoking them joints while waiting in line for U.H. season tickets. You did that during the beginning of Fall semester. I ain’t going to a football game if N. Chow still isn’t fired.

  359. dihudfan says:

    I miss chasing jackpots on weekends… late at nite to the wee hours of mornings… Columbia Inn, Flamingos, Chuckwagon, Kuhio, Washington, Diners, Chunkys, Scottys, Rainbow Roller Land, Kress, Satos, Woolworth, KC Drive Inn, the smell of fresh baked bread from Loves Bakery while golfing at the Ala Wai, early in the mornings… swimming at the Natatorium… camping at Hanauma Bay… The Honolulu Advertiser… best local coverage…. the old ILH, public and private schools…. the old UH football teams, strong defense and local pride… Wor Gau Gee Mein with real egg noodles from TinTin Chop Suey… Lynn’s Deli, all their sandwiches were winnahs… old time Saimin stands… the original SuzyQs, teri beef, teri pork sandwiches and slush floats from Kenny’s Drive Inn…

  360. 4G says:

    That whole video game thing, when they first came out, was nuts, yeah? 😆

  361. 4G says:

    Galaxian rules! LOL!

  362. 4G says:

    Making floats during Homecoming time

  363. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The Space Invaders and Galaxian craze. The primo places were definitely Waikiki Shopping Center 5th floor or the Misukoshi Building (the one with the water coming down the windows) in Waikiki.

  364. 4G says:

    Cutting class(es) – actually, more like cutting school.

  365. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Playing hearts (along with trumps) at school. Gosh, sometimes you could ‘shoot’ and take all the heart-suited cards. Now, should I add the score to you guys or should I deduct it from mine? Good memories, @4G. Other times, it would be whist bridge.

  366. hawai'ian by heart says:

    @Mark Shelby

    Here you go bruddah. CHECKERS & POGO

  367. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Cow’s milk, the real McCoy. Nowadays, it’s almond milk, soy milk and Milk of Magnesia. All cows eat grass. Hey, isn’t that something to do with the piano?

  368. 4G says:

    Love the music of the 70’s! 🙂

  369. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss the days when we would hike as a teen church group up to Sacred Falls. They don’t want you to go up there anymore. After that bad rock slide accident.

    It felt so free and one with the Aina to be there!

  370. 4G says:

    Playing Trumps in school

  371. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The songs of the early 70’s. To me, that was the best of times. It had clarity in the words. It had soul. It had rhythm. Hidden messages that brought out emotions in you, especially the love songs that were so sad. And a time where you recorded ’em of cassette tape. Any body else checked out Hungry Ear lately? Ho, they got choke records for sale. The time I went, the place had plenty bodies in that tiny shop.

  372. 4G says:

    35 cent gravy and rice from Nuuanu Y

  373. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss Mud Sliding in Nuuanu Valley on rainy days! ; )

  374. 4G says:

    I miss:

    Saturday night socials

    Columbia Inn

    King’s Bakery

    Wisteria (yeah, I know someone already mentioned, but I still miss it!) 😉

    K.C. Drive In waffle dogs, ono ono shakes and carhops (yeah, another dupe)

    $1.60 OZ’s lol


    Puppy love

    Summer Fun

    Hey, @LK – that “airport before security” was a good one! 🙂

    Canteens and dances at like Manoa Rec Center and Kaimuku H.S.

    School excursions

  375. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The TV shows where you could sing every word to the theme song to the Brady Bunch. “Here’s a story, of a man named Brady… the youngest one in curls” That’s Cindy Brady and not the dad. Hehehe

  376. 4G says:

    Wow – Dick Van Dyke on Conan. Looks and moves remarkably for 89.

  377. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when the Cars sang “Shake It Up”. Nowadays, Taylor Swift sings “Shake It Off.” That ain’t music!

  378. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss that local kine mom and pop restaurant that was on Liliha and near Borges Lane! I forget the name right now. It was there for years and years. They had da besses Lau Lau Plate you eva had in your Entire Life! They knew me, and da Madda always gave me extra rice and macaroni salad! ; )

  379. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to the Polynesian Cultural Center and bringing a frozen can of Hawaiian sun and a sack lunch of PBJ sandwich. Forget if mom put a bag of potato chips or not.

  380. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Watching the Apollo astronauts on TV splashing down. “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind.” The great space age.

  381. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Since you mentioned Kaneohe Theater? I believe there is a picture of it in one of these videos
    This ones good, its from a talk with Lowell Angell he is the author of theaters of hawaii a great book about the old movie theater of Hawaii, even the ones we grewup wit. Enjoy

  382. Seawalker says:

    @MS – You east side Oahu guys did that kind of things too? Wow, no place is sacred anymore. 😆

  383. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days like when Nixon was impeached. Tricky Dick, eh?

  384. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker….yup! Marbles and Coins on da wall at Kahala Elementary for me! Good times! ; )

  385. Seawalker says:

    @kan – Remember the cups at Point After? It was either red or black with the football player image on the cup. Forgot what drink you had to order, but it was $5 and keep the cup afterwards.

  386. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to McD’s with the siblings during summer break. Some of us like the Big Macs. Most of us just loved the french fries. Nowadays, TMI on the nutritional values and the caloric counts to enjoy a meal anymore.

  387. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Shooting marbles in elementary school. After that, we would pitch coins against the wall. Yes, even at such a young age. Public school, what’d you expect?

  388. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    My mother listen to Tom Jones. Hope she wasn’t into the panty-giving scene where Tom could have his pick in the audience. Nah, not my mutha, for heaven’s sake. 😯

  389. khs68 says:

    @Linda – The Kokee plums must’ve been picked slightly green because they were still crunchy in the red vinegar, just like pickled mango. Wow, I wish I had some now. The ones I can get at the cracked seed store in Manoa not the same. Yep, neighbor island trips were all about eating!

    Which reminds me: Banyan Tree Inn Lahaina – sizzling steaks on metal plates.

  390. LINDA KATO says:

    I miss…. driving into a service station to fill gas and having several young boys run to my car to wipe my windows, put air in my tires, ask me to pop the hood so they could check my oil and water…. I always had clean windows and never worried about enough air in my tires! Now I have to rely on hubby to do all of that for me… I hate riding in a car with windows so dirty you can’t tell if it is raining or not….

  391. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The royal weddings. Still remember Lady Diana Spencer. He married that skinny, polo player. Charlie Boy, I think. Those weddings used to make the covers of Time, People, Life, and even the National Enquirer.

  392. LINDA KATO says:

    @Hawaiian by heart…. you are very funny! I remember “Mahalo Airlines” too….. thanks for today’s laugh! 😀

  393. LINDA KATO says:

    @khs68-My Auntie Yoshi was from Hanamaulu, Kauai…. I miss the Fresh Plums we picked while hiking at Kokee…. didn’t know people pickled them…. nice memories. I loved my summers on Kauai…. eat, eat, and more eating…. 😀

  394. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Howzit? Havent met you yet. I don’t have any video footage on the old public highschool carnivals? Shame because they were good. Butt i do believe i have maybe the last video footage of what Waialae Drive-In looked like before it closed. Enjoy

  395. KAN says:

    Thought about this a little more . . .
    I miss Yum Yum Tree Restaurants (and this was before I read khs68’s entry)! Their pies were so ono.

    Yeah, Seawalker, I miss Bobby McGee’s too. I miss the drinks served in the toilet bowl or the bathtub. And I miss the servers in their crazy costumes.

  396. hawai'ian by heart says:

    @Mark Shelby

    I will get to you my bruddah promise, wahines first my tutu always say.

  397. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I believe the video has 3 parts so your Liz Hernandez may show up?

  398. Mark Shelby says:

    hawai’ian by heart……now I like be one manapua man! ; )

  399. hawai'ian by heart says:


    lets add this one too lol

  400. khs68 says:

    @hbh – Thanks it does bring back memories! Oh that’s the Judy Arnold AnkleBYTERS mentioned earlier. When I went to roller games with my cousins, Liz Hernandez was the Hawaiian Warriors women’s captain.

  401. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Here sally rememba this guy?

  402. hawai'ian by heart says:


    My bad khs68, try this? hope you like it and helps you relive a memory?

  403. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Hey Masako this might help you remember the old ala moana shopping center better?

  404. khs68 says:

    @Linda – You just reminded me of pickled Kokee plums my cousin used to bring back when he was stationed on Kauai.

  405. LINDA KATO says:

    I miss a handwritten letter from a friend…. everything is email or facebook these days… there was something nice about reading and re-reading a note someone took the time to write to you and send it in a envelope with a stamp on it…. snail mail it’s called today! A lost art!

  406. khs68 says:

    Flamingo Chuckwagon – fried chicken, bbq ribs and mac and cheese.

  407. LINDA KATO says:

    I miss being skinny and weighing below the weight limit permitted for donating blood…. those were the days….

  408. khs68 says:

    Ethel’s Delicatessen (S. King Street/Kaheka) – spicy spaghetti.

  409. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening MLCer’s ❗ 😀 Happy Monday ❗ 😀

    I miss almost all of the things Rod mentioned and the things many of you mentioned.

    Since we travel a lot, I miss being able to check in at the airport at a time before TSA agents checked you in like you are a criminal…..when your family could walk right up to the gate where your airplane was taking off with you and wave as your airplane took off.

    I miss my Auntie Yoshi’s red mango seed she made from green mangos. She would dry the mangos on homemade boards made with screen material, then cook up the red sauce on the stove, mix in the mangos, and store them in gallon mayonnaise jars. Her recipe was more like whole seed…. not the red pickle mango in vinegar…. it was so ono…. wish I asked her for her recipe when she was still on this earth.

  410. khs68 says:

    Summit at the Ala Moana Hotel – Hot spinach salad and cherries jubilee.

  411. Mark'75 says:

    @sally: nice list! I miss those stores too.

  412. Mark'75 says:

    I miss bulldog sensei at Japanese School (the only teacher I miss there!)

  413. 4G says:

    @sally – not like I really know, but I was told that the difference between a “float” and a “soda” is the ice cream.

    In a float, naturally, the ice cream floats.

    In a soda, the ice cream is something like smashed down at the bottom so it doesn’t float – or something like that. 😉

  414. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss New Years Eve when everyone could buy firecrackers! And there would be competitions on your street with the neighbors for the longest string! Some would make a very tall pole system out of wood with a pulley! Some would throw the long string over da street light! Den smoked out at midnight. Run inside and close all of the louvers!

  415. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss when crack seed stores were everywhere!

  416. sally says:

    Soda shoppes

    So what exactly was the diff between a soda float and an ice cream soda?

  417. sally says:

    Mom & Pop stores
    *Stop ‘n Shop
    *Tanseido Drugs
    *Akita Store
    *Okamura Store (nah, I no miss them lol, lady was mean… esp after her daughter married Wayne Newton)

  418. Izsmom says:

    I miss… Toppe ada Shoppe; Ewa Carnivals; Roosevelt High School Carnivals; McKinley High School Carnivals; Booga Booga; Kalapana’s; Summer; Kojack’s; Waialae Drive-In; Jolly Rogers; LaRonde.

  419. sally says:

    Top O’ da Shoppe
    Bill’s Bakery (Chocolate cake, cinnamon bread, butter rolls)
    Dairy Queen’s PopPopPop (something like that… was a very airy, bubbly shake)
    Ala Moana Center for locals

  420. khs68 says:

    Hey 4G – ditto!

  421. Mark'75 says:

    I miss walking along Waikiki Beach’s shoreline at night and hearing entertainers like the Cazimeros, Keola & Kapono Beamer, Liz Damon, etc., playing in showrooms.

  422. khs68 says:

    @HbH – Thanks!
    This is what those boats looked like:

  423. hawai'ian by heart says:


    I also went to Liliuokalani Elementary School for awhile. Couldnt find much, but maybe this will help you remember what she looked like?

  424. Mark'75 says:

    I miss customer service in stores. 🙁

  425. hawai'ian by heart says:


    April 20th, 2015 at 9:20 am #
    The rent-a-boats at the Ala Wai Canal. Isn’t it romantic? Just don’t put your hand in the water.

    I thought you might enjoy this? Get past the kodak hula show k?

  426. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Forgot about that one. Mama’s good. Try this Mexico place the next time. Garans you going be full after having their humongous burritos, enchiladas, and taquitos. After that, head to Golden City Chop Suey and have their ma po tofu on rice. No need to eat for a week aftas.

  427. 4G says:

    I miss being young and stupid.

    Being old and stupid kind of blows . . . .


  428. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker…..I also used to love Mama’s Mexican Food on School Street. They were one of the first Mexican Food restaurants I can remember.

  429. Seawalker says:

    @4G – Imee Marcos, no doubt! 😉

  430. Seawalker says:

    @MS – Yeah, and Kenny’s Burgerhouse rocked too. Remember a place called Ayala’s on School St. before Houghtailing St.? It was a Puerto Rican joint with music blasting every Friday and Saturday (and sometimes on the week days too). Today, Mexico restaurant is in that location. Man, that must have been the party capital central judging by the party and music they had going back in the 70’s.

  431. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss all of the fun local kine groups and songs from the early 1970’s. That seemed like the time when local music really took off and waz great! So many good memories!

  432. 4G says:

    “I mi” ??? WTH? 😆

  433. 4G says:

    I mi

    I miss:

    Crack seed stores, especially the Ala Moana and Varsity Theatre ones.

    School summer vacations – the real kind – three-months long.

    Ala Moana Sears and the smell of freshly popped popcorn on the first floor.

    Andrew’s at Ward Centre

    Lynn’s Delicatessen pastrami sandwiches

    Party Center

    Pete’s Modelcraft

    Rollerskating rinks

    Bowling alleys

    Camping at Hanauma Bay (also moonlight swims there)

    Ah Sook – the manapua man in his van across from Stevenson Intermediate School.

    Camping at Mokuleia – right before the end of the road.

    The restaurant in Woolworth’s Kahala Mall

    Samurai movies at theatres like Toyo and Toho.

    The Waikiki 1 and Twin (2 and 3) theatres.

  434. Mark Shelby says:

    Seawalker….used to go to Kenney’s every Sunday night after church! We always had a huge crowd in there! It was always so much fun.

  435. Mark Shelby says:

    I miss Checkers and Pogo, Aku Head Pupule, Don Ho and all of the great local kine entertainers of old!

  436. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The news stories of the Vietnam war. Still remember one issue that was mostly orange in the picture. It was a fire burning. Those were the days of man-o-war!

  437. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    BBQ’s of yesterday. The coals looked like burnt pieces of wood waiting to be lit. And the crackle sound it made afterwards was just authentic. Today? It looks like animal droppings and there’s no crackling sound.

  438. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The family outings at Kenny’s Restaurant at the Kam Shopping Center. Taste different nowadays–B/C I have to pay? 😯

  439. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Lup Cheong fried rice, pake-style, not the local style. No one can do it anymore.

  440. khs68 says:

    I miss Mike Tabura and his stories about growing up on Lanai. Listening to 107.9 KKOL not the same without him.

  441. Seawalker says:

    @skiBunz – Thrifty Drugstore was the first store opened by S. Kosasa in Kaimuki. BTW, McKinley grad. Later, he would expand his empire to Waikiki. Today, it is know as ABC Stores. They are the undisputed kingpins. Many have tried to do what they have, but they all end up failing. Lawsons? Food Pantry? Try harder, baby…

  442. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    Jake’s Pancake House in downtown–bishop and hotel. The Eggs Benedict was always a winnah.

  443. Seawalker says:

    I Miss:

    The packs of Long-life Saimin with the dashi packets. Somehow shrimp-flavor was always available. The color code was reddish, I think.

  444. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when Miss Chinatown used to be pake to the max, as in 100%. Nowadays, it’s more like 50% with a middle name like Momilani.

  445. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    This faucet we had in our bathroom that we drank straight out of. We would twerk our necks and put our faces next to the pipe. That water tasted good!

  446. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when you could squeeze into your white Guess jeans with ease. Did I mention the story about Bobby McGees? Go look ’em up. 😆

  447. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    How dad used to give us dirty lickins’ for misbehaving. The belt. The broom. Dad’s black slippers that was solid as a rock. One time, mom even threw a loaf of Love’s bread at us for acting up. Classic!

  448. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Eating with ivory chop sticks. No forks in our house. Just our rice bowls and chop sticks. Never had that much “sung” but had plenty “fon” for sure.

  449. Masako says:

    I miss how simple life was back then.

  450. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Having mustard cabbage soup and duck eggs with pork hash for dinner. No matter how good it tastes today, it doesn’t taste like when it was cooked at home.

  451. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Taking dad’s Dodge Dart out for a joyride before getting my permit and license. Good fun and really stupid looking back!

  452. Masako says:

    I miss the Musubi from Tanabe’s market on Keeamoku. Cheap and simple lunch when money was tight. Also, the 1 dollar vegetable sandwiches from Bale’s.
    @Kan I miss the enchorito too!

  453. Seawalker says:

    I also Miss…

    Patty’s Chinese Kitchen. Used to grind the princess plate–roast duck, beef and broccoli, and their chow fun.

    Sidebar: there’s a Fatty’s Chinese Kitchen near the f.k.a. International Market Place. Not the same, man, not the same.

  454. Masako says:

    I miss when it was me driving my parents nuts, now they driving me nuts!

  455. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The days when Char Hung Sut used to open on Tuesdays also. Nowadays, they thing they are too big for their britches and take a day off. WWD? Slackers. 😯

  456. Masako says:

    Good afternoon! I miss all of the above. Especially Ala Moana the way it was back in the day. My niece and her friend comming from the Big Island for her Birthday, she wants to hang out at the Mall. Got me thinking about how different Ala Moana is now. I don’t think they can afford to shop there the way that we did and I don’t think its as fun to hang out as it was for us.

  457. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The chow wong haircuts we sported. We pakes called it rice bowl cuts with rat bytes.

  458. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Getting a slice of char siu to munch on while tagging along in Chinatown shopping. C.Q. Yee Hop was the place.

  459. M says:

    P&P superette
    Chun Hoon Market
    Hungry Lion

  460. Rodney says:

    … my yearbooks.

  461. Rodney says:

    … the smell of Surfline bubble-gum wax. And strawberry sex-wax.

  462. Rodney says:

    @skibunz – Touché.

  463. skibunz says:

    I also miss people caring about other people and their environment. Kind consideration and being responsible and respectful is not that difficult.

  464. skibunz says:

    Choice Bakery…9th Ave Bakery…Thrifty Drugstore…Kaimuki Florist…Liliuokalani Elementary School…Ed & Don’s Ice Cream Fountain…Aotani’s…Kwong On…Zane’s Market…Ed Lau Music Studio…Harry’s Music…Spindrifter…M’s Ranch House…Kaimuki and Queen Theaters…King’s Garden…National Dollar Store…Kress…Tropics Bakery…Kaimuki Bowl…Kaimuki Cue…Randy’s at Kahala Mall…oh, and fried chicken at Woolworth’s Kahala. I tried not to duplicate too much and I know there’s a lot more…

  465. AnkleBYTERS says:

    @khs68 – I remember Judy Arnold as one of the Warrior derby skaters…

    @kan – I miss their bell beefers….

    Clamming in K-Bay….

  466. khs68 says:

    @Kan – I miss those enchiritos, too. Lunch used to be one enchirito and two beef tacos. Sigh…

  467. KAN says:

    I miss enchiritos. I’ve never forgiven Taco Bell for discontinuing them, even though I can’t eat them now even if I wanted to.

    I miss having knees that didn’t hurt all the time.

    I miss contemporary music that didn’t sound so damned electronic.

    I miss Uncle Dennis Kamakahi.

    I miss my grandpa getting silly on New Year’s Eve because he had too much champagne. He’s been gone for over 15 years now.

    I miss my grandma and her fresh soursop juice.

  468. Seawalker says:

    @ankles – Was shooting the breeze with a repairman once. The topic of Acid Hill came up. The buggah went on and on about the dirt biking and the action up north. His eyes lit up. Guess the buggah had some good memories of the place.

  469. khs68 says:

    The rent-a-boats at the Ala Wai Canal. Isn’t it romantic? Just don’t put your hand in the water. 😆

  470. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Eating those delicious sugar cane we had growing in the backyard. Most of them were the thick yellow ones. Once in a while the purple kind would sprout up. Granny even made sugar cane soup. Just add some figs to it. Ono (not)!

  471. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Playing touch football, Hawaiian-style, with the Filipino neighbors. It was the pakes against best. Sometimes you won, sometime you lost. Everytime it was a blast.

  472. khs68 says:

    Back in the early ’60s I used to go to the Roller Derby at the Civic with my cousins on Saturday night to see Hawaiian Warrior Liz Hernandez duke it out with Texas Outlaw Shirley something. I miss those roller derby games.

  473. Seawalker says:

    @hBh – See, I not the only one who when grind Potato Shoe Strings. 😆

  474. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    The bullies that scared the $hit out of you in elementary school. Most of them are in jail. But some turn out okay. They still say hi when they see you around.

  475. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Potato Shoe Strings i remember and ate those too.

  476. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to church as a youngster. The Labor Day picnic at Kapiolani Park is still in my mind.

  477. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Gramps taking us fishing at Lake Wilson. We would board the bus with our poles, net, bait, and a 5-gallon bucket. Tilapia was good eats man, especially after catching it yourself.

  478. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Nani sistah you making me hungry lol. 🙂

    Cherry li hing mui icee at mr youngs crackseed store- kaimuki

  479. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Going to the neighborhood store and buying Potato Shoe String to eat. It was the bomb. It came in a can. It was a good snack. It is something you don’t see on the store shelves anymore.

  480. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    Walking to school in our hand-me-down clothes and shoes. We stuffed our shoes with Kleenex so our foot would not slide around.

  481. Seawalker says:

    I Miss…

    When dad used to play tour guide in his Chevy Nova and drive to Waikiki and back home. The smell of the salt air was foreign to our noses. Dad, how come you never let us go in the water?

  482. Seawalker says:

    Ripper Collins was an icon in the wrestling world. The most hated Midwesterner who you just loved to death. He and his infamous ‘heart punch’ to the opponents chest. Ripper’s sidekick was Whipper Watson during the Ed Francis era. Ripper and Whipper, all we need is the Gipper (Gifford) and we can all go watch the Clippers play ball.

  483. khs68 says:

    Steamed Mullet – Horitsuji’s
    Lychee “borrowed” from a neighbor’s tree.
    Common mango with shoyu also “borrowed” from a neighbor’s tree.

  484. khs68 says:

    BBQ Hamburger Steak with shoyu gravy all over – Burgerland
    Pork Tofu & Shrimp Tempura – Wisteria
    Chopped Steak – Kaimuki Inn
    Watermelon Freeze – Alex Drive In

  485. Mark Ellis says:

    Ripper at the bowling alley must have been after my time in the islands, but I do have fond memories of summer nights outside the old Civic Auditorium, checking out that four page wrestling newspaper they handed out, all stoked up to watch Ripper take on his former Man Friday, Beauregarde. I’m telling you it was a bloodbath.

    Snorkeling off Kaawa Beach at one of the big corporate picnics for my father’s company (Safeway) and spotting a giant manta ray.

    Walking my first real girlfriend home in the Mokapu subdivision, knowing that I had finally entered the arena of romance forever.

  486. khs68 says:

    Susie Q & Slush Float – Jolly Roger Kahala
    Vodka Collins – Spindrifter Restaurant
    Eggs Benedict – Tahitian Lanai
    Wor Gau Gee Mein – McCully Chop Suey
    Roast Beef Sandwich & Hot Dog – Woolworth’s Kahala Mall
    English Toffee Pie & Mahi Sandwich – Yum Yum Tree

  487. sally says:

    The Yasai Man in his truck
    The ice cream man in his white shirt and bicycle bell announcing he was coming down the street
    The Kuni Dry Goods truck that made neighborhood visits (like yasai man)

  488. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Watchn Hawaii 5-0 wit auntie and uncle
    Eating cooked spam in almost every meal
    Hearing heavy pidgin.
    Spockin da hapa wahines!
    Kden i quiet now no portagees mout here.

  489. hawai'ian by heart says:


    Yup Patti’s Chinese Kitchen ono grindz uncle. 🙂

  490. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Monkey bar tavern – Pearl City
    Real penguins phase #1 Pearlridge Center – Aiea
    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus – Neal S Blaisdell Arena
    Free entrance to honolulu zoo- waikiki
    Peacocks running free in Kapiolani Park
    Climb banyan trees at zoo

  491. M says:

    Ben Franklin
    Honolulu Iron Works
    Alex Drive Inn
    Burgerland Drive Inn
    Bea’s Drive Inn

  492. M says:

    Coco’s Coffee Shop
    Top’s Coffee Shop
    Termite Palace
    Aloha Motors

  493. PA says:

    Remember when Ripper Collins worked the front desk at the Pali Lanes Pogo Poge would ride the
    The big wheel bike over by the bike shop where that old guy with the big growth on the side of his head used to sit cleaning out the candy machine at the old pali palms with a couple dimes collecting skeets out
    At the gun club out at the point getting locked up in the cage at the MP station Deluxe cheeseburgers at Andys puking my guts out a the drive-in to Live or let die

  494. hawai'ian by heart says:

    Liberty theater
    Kapahulu theater
    Kuhio Theater (gorgeous modern decore lobby)
    Toyo theater
    Queen theater
    Varsity theater
    Nippon Theater

  495. keoni says:

    Patti’s Chinese Kitchen – such ono grinds!

  496. hawai'ian by heart says:

    I miss the freedom and security that the 70s in Oahu brought.
    I miss the eye contact, simple talkstories and slower paced aloha attitude
    I miss yick lung and the plastic smell of woolworths in ala moana.
    I miss christmas and the holiday festivities in the old ala moana mall.
    I miss the manapua man and buying snacks for $1.

  497. M says:

    Honda Delicatessen
    Civic Auditorium
    50th State Big Time Wrestling

  498. M says:

    Castle Park

  499. M says:

    Chucky’s drive in

  500. AnkleBYTERS says:

    Tom Thumbs – slot car racing in Kaneohe
    Tropicana Bowl – Kaneohe
    Shakey’s – Kaneohe
    Castle Park
    Kaneohe Theater
    Campbell Industrial Park – drag stip
    Walrich Drug Store – Kaneohe
    Coronets – Kaneohe
    Coral Garden Motors, Phillip 66 – Kaneohe
    Rich Parr surfboards
    8 track tape players
    Muntz stereo
    Acid Hill
    Dote Store – Kaneohe
    Miyakawa’s Texaco gas station – Kaneohe
    Windy’s Drive In – Kaneohe
    Arc’s End – Kaneohe
    Honey’s – Kaneohe
    Honda Store – Kaneohe
    Kress – Kaneohe
    Tiki Tops – Kaneohe

  501. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!
    Chico’s Pizza Parlor
    Jet Raceway

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