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THE CRACK SEED STORE IN KAIMUKI - OAHU

When was the last time you had some crack seed? When I was a kid growing up in Hawaii, this stuff was the best over regular candy. Check out the Crack Seed Store (a little mom and pop shop) in Kaimuki. The owner Mr. Young will be there to serve you! We visited Mr. Young's store a few weeks ago and enjoyed the samples he provided. We ended up buying all kinds of crack seeds such as Li Hing Mui powder, spicy ginger, dried salted plums and other preserved and candied fruits. So, if you ever on the island of Oahu,...

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MAHALO TO ALL VETERANS!

Mahalo to all veterans! Thank you for your service!

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HEADING BACK TO PAPA OLE'S KITCHEN ON OAHU

Next week we will be heading back home to Hawaii for another visit with family and friends and enjoying paradise. One of our favorite places we like to go for lunch or dinner is Papa Ole's Kitchen, which is located on the North Shore of Oahu (Kahuku / Laie area). I wrote a blog about this place last year on how this "hole in the wall" fast food restaurant has a lot of amazing and delicious food. Remember, if a lot of locals go there, then you know the food is really good! One thing we did miss the last...

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WHAT THE HECK IS SPAM MUSUBI?

Spam Musubi is local food (snack) in Hawaii, which is made of cooked spam tied to a block of rice with nori (seaweed). It looks like sushi but the rice has no vinegar in it. So, why is spam popular in Hawaii? I grew up in Hawaii eating spam almost every week for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We called it our Hawaiian steak. It was also quick and easy to take it out of the can, slice it up and eat it as a snack or fry them in the pan with eggs. I love it with rice and macaroni salad or just...

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ZIPPY'S FAST FOOD / RESTAURANT

Zippy's is one of the top local fast-food restaurants on the island of Oahu. There's one on Maui and another in Hilo of the Big Island. When visiting Oahu, we always stop at Zippy's for the local food and great hospitality. And you know the food is good when you see lots of local people eating there.Just a little history about Zippy's. The fast-food restaurant was established in October 1966 by brothers Francis and Charles Higa in Honolulu. At first, the Higas were planning to open a car wash (don't know why), but they ended up creating a restaurant. The kitchen...

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