Being a nocturnal type doesn’t really mesh well with early morning wake up calls.
But when I got the green light to head to the Big Island last weekend for the Second Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival, there I was at Honolulu International Airport just after eight in the morning. Not exactly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, as the saying goes… but I was there."
“That was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Self said on Tuesday. “I was completely shell-shocked when they called my name. It took about two days for it to sink in. It’s still a really good feeling.”
Despite the win, however, he added that he got a lot of satisfaction out of meeting the other competitors and sharing his bar knowledge with them.
“I got to meet a bunch of really cool people on the Big Island who I never met before,” he said. “There were people there who never competed before, so it was cool to help them out.
“That’s what’s fun for me.”
Thank you for shooting this with me. Just remember, the ABC Discount store is never as far as they say it is. In fact, it's right around the corner. I am using a metaphor right now. I think. The point is, that our Arizona raspberry iced tea is not far off. When did this note turn gay? Um, thanks (Manly high 5).
THANK YOU: Christa, Summer, Keli'i, Joey, Better Brands, Bacardi, The Royal Kona, Paul, The Elks Lodge cook dude, other people, Christian, Tim, Jessica, that one judge from Costa Rica, the dude who didn't charge us for over-weight baggage @ the airport, (not the girl who DID charge us on the way back. Boo to you. Mainly because I don't think you're reading this.) THANK YOU EVERYONE who is not someone, who I shouldn't be thanking. So. MUCH. FUN. I saw dolphins up close. It was cool.
Location Aiea Bowl - The Playground
99-115 Aiea Heights Drive - suite 310
Superstar Birthday Massive
18-20yrs old = $15 cover
21 & over "FREE"
...we are celebrating the birthdays of:
Sheldon "S1 da" Amoncio
Cy "URUSAI" Shimabukuro
Jason "Jon E. Blaze" Genegabus
Anthony "DJ DOGGFATHER" Marcus
Christopher " DJ KT" Tom
Bill "Mr. Oakley" Craig VII
Erron "Sushi Guy" Yoshioka
Chantel " Ms. Big Booty" Kanae
Geri "Geri O." Okutani
& any one else who's b-day is in july or aug.
cosmic bowling|drink specials|live dj's|prize giveaways|food|& more
in the mix:
dj technique|dj flip|dj jimmy taco|dj audissey|dj anRky
thank you to:
aiea bowl|the alley restaurant|oakley hawaii|progressive autosounds
IT CAN be a little hard to fathom how a weekly party has continued to succeed for more than three years on a Monday night -- in Aiea, no less.
But that's what's happening at "The Playground," a weekly cosmic-bowling night that brings a mixture of neighborhood hurlers and night-life industry workers to Aiea Bowl. Originally called "Moonlight Mondays," the party switched gears last fall after taking quite a hit from the failing economy.
"When we first started, it was very industry-driven," said operations manager Cy "Urusai" Shimabukuro on Monday. "Then it started to slow down."
Faced with the prospect of turning the night back into plain old open bowling, Shimabukuro proposed a revamping of the party that cut prices and introduced $1, $2 and $3 drink specials. He also started handing out coupons for free games and partnered with local websites like QMania.com and HNLNow.com to promote the party online.
"Now there are groups that come here every Monday," Shimabukuro said. "With the free game coupon, you can bowl two games for $8 -- with a shoe rental."
Also on board for "The Playground" is Level H Promotions, who used to promote on Sundays at the bowling alley. Every third Monday of the month, they co-host the industry night and help get Clubland's movers and shakers to show up at the party.
And this week, show up they did -- the Vertical Junkies' Russ Inouye, Kanoe Sandefur, Blaine Tomita and Mikey Nagasawa were there, as was BAMP Project's Aubry Boutin and Monica Ivey, Hot 93.9's Flash Hansen, Fitted Hawaii's Sebastian "Bobby Filipino" Valdes and V Lounge's Kenoe Angeles and Alejandro Briceno.
Also on hand Monday to take part in the Hawaii launch of Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum: Ryan "Hawaiian Ryan" Matsumoto, Rick Rock, Joey Gottesman, Judah "Da Lion of Judah" Oschner, Daniel Gray, Taylor Tadani and DJ Technique ...
It takes a village to raise me. THANK YOU village people.
102.7 Da bomb
DJ KOOL E
DJ Jimmy Taco
Earth Suit Media
Annie Haser Kamiya
Michael Torres Photography
Tracy Wright Corvo
Hawaii Photo Rental
Hawaii Women's Journal
IN STYLE Magazine
Harrison + Shriftman
Far East Movement
Justin Bieber's Hair
Tim Rita Jr.
Maia Lee Loy
Jonah Dela Cruz
Even more Other People
Shark & Rays
Salt & Vinegar Chips
"Hawaiian" Ryan Matsumoto:
102.7 Morning radio DJ (a**hole)
Film maker (vimeo)
Life coach (not life coach)
Sexy beast (no muscles)
Perfect Dad (no kids)