How to tame a Beast

 
“Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Superbowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks, has been criticized for refusing to speak to reporters. Barely fulfilling his media “obligations” he has a history of being late and leaving early from interviews. Lynch was fined $50,000 for not talking to the Seattle media during the season and the NFL threatened to fine him $100,000.

One reporter, however, has managed to get lengthy interviews with the elusive Lynch. How? Emi Koike charmed and weakened Beast Mode with his “Kryptonite”….candy (I’m sure being cute and Asian didn’t hurt either).

For those of you who don’t know, Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles and eats them on the sidelines during games. His mom, Delisa Lynch, gave young Marshawn Skittles in his Pop Warner years. “When Marshawn was 12 or 13, we’d go to his games and I’d always have little candies in my purse. Before the game, I would say, ‘Here Marshawn, come and get you power pellets.’” Marshawn’s Skittles consumption continued during his career at Oakland Technical High School, carried over to his days at the University of California at Berkeley, and followed him to the Seattle Seahawks and the Superbowl.

M&M’s may make friends but Japanese candy can get you an interview with a Superbowl champ. Again it helps to be a cute Japanese reporter with credentials. LOL

NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike’s Marshawn Lynch interview in January 2014…

NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike talks to Marshawn Lynch again at Super Bowl Media Day…click below
http://www.nfljapan.com/streaming/20140130-4339.html#ooid=NkbWRnazqzIB1Vl8ypI8sxzhsOYCbXJ4

Schmall Kine Sumo

In the 90s Sumo was all the rage in Hawaii. Bruddah Iz sang “Akebono…Musashimaru…and Konishiki” as our home grown local Sumotori quickly ascended to the ranks of Ozeki and Yokuzuna. The matches and rivalries were awesome against the great Chiyonofuji and the Hanada brothers.

One of the more entertaining Sumotori because of his diminutive size was Mainoumi. At 5’7″ and a “slim” 216 pounds, Mainoumi was a David amongst the Sumo Goliaths yet managed to climb to the rank of Komusubi in the top makuuchi division. Initially failing the Sumo Association’s physical entrance exam because he didn’t meet the minimum height requirement, Mainoumi got a silicone implant on the top of his head! LOL. He was the Sumotori facing off against Konishiki in the Sports Illustrated “Meat Bomb” article.

Nicknamed “Waza no Depaato” (Department Store of Techniques), Mainoumi, used up to 33 different techniques to juke and out finesse his much larger opponents. Coming off the line at the tachi-ai, he used to clap his hands in front of his opponent’s face as an attempt to throw him off….hilarious and sometimes effective. Other times might made right and he got squashed. Mainoumi was never the same after Sale fell on him in a match he ironically won, and broke his leg.

Who is/was your favorite Sumotori?

K-den,
Paul

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Mainoumi vs. Sale da “Meat Bomb”

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what a short Sumotori does with a silicone implant

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Mainoumi (Shuhei Nagao) is now a TV personality, and does color announcing for Sumo broadcasts

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Bruddah Chad, first foreign born Yokuzuna! Did you have an Akebono POG back in the day?

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da boyz….Hanadas, Akebono, Musashimaru

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The great Chiyonofuji…31 tournament championships!

The other old school Japanese superheroes

Both parents and kids know Kikaida, the red and blue jinzo ningen superhero who burst onto the local scene in the mid 70′s and returned to the KIKU airwaves some twenty seven years later along with Kikaida 01, Kamen Rider V3, and Inazuman. Do you remember the other old school Japanese superheroes? Perhaps this will jar your memory….

- Ten Four Ten Ten – The forgotten show that I can’t seem to find any information on. The show’s jingle still resonates in my head but nobody seems to recall this show featuring a team of do-good kids in space helmets. Were they glorified JPOs? LOL. If anyone remembers this show reply back.

- Rainbowman – Before Kikaida, there was Rainbowman. A lot of Buddhist meditation was required for him to gain power. Which of his seven Dash’s was your favorite? Most of my friends wanted to be Lightning Man or Fire Man. Nobody wanted to be the dirt guy (doo doo man). Remember the action figures? Press the button on his stomach & he shakes his head, “No”. Press the button on the back of the neck, he nods “Yes”.

- Go Rangers – The original Power Rangers. One of the coolest team of heroes. Ao (Blue) Ranger, the guy with the bow and arrow, was the same actor that played Kazami Shiro (Kamen Rider V3). Yellow Ranger was the fat one who loved curry and all the girls wanted to be Momo (Pink) Ranger

- Denjin Zaboga – This show had the coolest toy ever! Like the robot in the show, you could transform him into a motorcycle, deploy a helicopter from his head, make a car come out of his boots, and watch out for his chain punch! This guy I worked with years later had brought to Hawaii the original Zaboga robot motorcycle from the show.

- Robocon – The girls loved this cutesy show with all the robots trying to earn good deed points and the well-intentioned Robocon always seeming to screw up. My sister had a Robocon toy slot machine.

- Diamond Eye – The sword wielding silent caped hero with big diamond eyes. All I remember is that the bad guys were very demonic and that the theme song was cool. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any videos on YouTube.
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- Raideen – One of the original transformer-like giant robots, Raideen had the face of an Egyptian pharaoh and could transform into a fighter jet. Unlike the other live action shows, Raideen was a cartoon, maybe one of the first anime to be shown in Hawaii.

- Ultra Seven – KIKU is currently airing Ultraman Leo on Fridays at 6:30pm. Ultra Seven was in episode one as the Ultraman passing the torch on to Leo. In the 70′s this show was dubbed in English. Look at the Hawaii credits below…do you know any of these people?

- Candy Candy – Not a superhero show but the girls used to love this anime and learned to draw those anime eyes with the three white dots in them. lol.

Which show was your favorite back in the day and why? Send a reply.

Denji Endo!
Paul

Have You Seen Ultraman Hiding in the Corner?

 
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Have you seen Ultraman hiding in the corner on some of the website’s pages? What is that about!? Stay tuned to find out!…

Old School Ala Moana Shopping Center

I was out over the weekend with friends and the question came up about whether there was a sandbox at Ala Moana shopping center or not.  The answer of course is ‘YES’ there was.

My friends know I have a great memory for things from my childhood but I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday.  My theory is that our brains are like hard drives and that once they get filled to capacity they have to purge useless information to make room for new data.  Funny thing about my brain is a crap load of old useless stuff is stuck in there like commercial jingles and cartoon theme songs from the 70′s.  To this day I can sing them all verbatim and can even recite Wrestling Hawaii locker room interviews.

So back to the sandbox.  The good thing about it was that back in the day parents could drop their kids off at the sandbox, do their shopping, and return four hours later and the kids would still be there.  Can you imagine parents doing that today?  I remember the sandbox had those concrete turtles and ladders to climb on and of course cigarette butts and those mysterious black Cheetos left behind by the neighborhood cats.  LOL.

Ala Moana back in the day was more grungy and fun.  Remember all those totem pole water fountains made from ceramic pots?  Once I was running around on the wet bench outside of Longs and slipped and fell in the fountain.  Before the high-end shops made their appearance at the mall the walkways were all asphalt with gum spots everywhere.  Do you remember Keiki Land?…the first arcade complete with a merry-go-round, boat ride, and a whirlybird helicopter.  Shirokiya was the place to go to buy your action figures…..Rainbowman, Kikaida, Kamen Rider, Zaboga, Daimond Eye, Raideen, Go Rangers.  Pete’s Modelcraft had all the cool hobby stuff.  I got my first BMX bike from Eki Cyclery….a Mongoose with motomags!  Honsport was the sporting goods store, and if you wanted morning breeze or fake doo doo Party Center was the place to go.  I picked up my first album, Cheap Trick’s Dream Police, from DJ’s Sound City.  Street level makai was the mysterious side of the mall.  India Imports had weird stuff and remember those wooden Indians in a barrel with a spring loaded da kine?  We would check those out in the bowels of Sears.  I got my first Boogey Board and skateboard from Penney’s of all places before they added the “JC” to their name.  The first surf shops I can remember were Hawaiian Island Sports, which later changed to “Creations” and Sera’s.  Who remembers the huge bird cage between Liberty House and Shirokiya?

Here’s one that nobody seems to remember.  Do you remember the large Santa before his eye job?  When I was a kid Santa has small cheerful eyes.  Then sometime in the 80′s I think they gave him those large evil eyes ala Sta Puft Marshmallow man from Ghost Busters.

Kramers man of the month, Woolworth’s chicken, the smell of incense at Iida’s, the giant dented ornaments on the Christmas trees, haircuts at Thom’s Barber Shop, The Ritz, Lynn’s Delicatessen, Connie Conrad from Security Diamond & Conrad Jewelers, San Francisco Rag Shop, etc. etc.  Soooo many great memories…..too many to list.

What were some of the shops or experiences you had at Ala Moana from back in the day?  Let me know, so I can fill my brain with more useless stuff.  hahaha.

K-den, Paul

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Hello Kitty is everywhere!

Back in the mid 70′s when I was a little kid (yes I’m old) watching Kikaida and the like on KIKU, my sister and her friends were introduced to Hello Kitty.  The boys had their Japanese action figures (not dolls, lol) and the girls were into puffy stickers, Japanese smelly erasers, and the invasion of Sanrio products.  Hello Kitty was the first “kawaii” (cute) character adorning stationery, school supplies, and accessories along with Little Twin Stars and My Melody.   Twenty years later my girlfriend at the time, though in her twenties got into a cute Sanrio frog called Keroppi and a kawaii dog, Pochacco.  Sanrio was alive and well in the 90′s

Flash forward another decade and Sanrio opens a store in Ala Moana and amongst other cutesy items sells a Hello Kitty toaster that toasts Hello Kitty’s face on bread.  My sister of course had to buy it.  Since then it seems like Hello Kitty is everywhere.  From blinged out iPhone cases to steering wheel covers.  I’m pretty sure that a good number of these products are not officially licensed by Sanrio but nevertheless Hello Kitty and Sanrio are doing more than fine financially.  Turns out Hello Kitty and Sanrio are number 5 on Forbes list of the 20 best selling licensed entertainment products at $800 million!

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fhgl45igd/no-5-hello-kitty/

A couple of Friday’s ago a new karaoke place opened up at the old Ichiriki Loft location on Piikoi called Air Park Karaoke Lounge.  A friend of mine went to the grand opening party and got to sing in their……yup, Hello Kitty room.  Ohhhhh nooo!    What, no Kikaida room?!  A’cmon!

- Paul

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Japanese whiskey

Scotch is my go to drink.  Give me a Johnny Walker Black on the rocks and I’m good.  Occasionally I like to try something new but never really got into Japanese Scottish whiskey outside of 12yr. Suntory Yamazaki.  Last Friday some friends and I went to Bevy in Kakaako on the corner of Keawe and Auahi for pau hana.  Since it was my friend’s birthday we stepped to the bar and I asked him what he wanted.  Hibiki is what he chose.  I’m not going to bore you with a long review about the aromas and oaky subtleties.  Let’s just say da buggah was guuud!  So smooth and the bottle looked like a crystal decanter.  Next drink was Yamazaki 18 yr.  In the stores Yamazaki 12 goes for about $50.  Yamazaki 18 retails for $150.   So factoring bar math into the equation the two Yamazaki 18′s cost $70 at Bevy.  Kinda pricy but for that exorbitant price you get a custom made 3″ diameter round ice cube.  lol.  They bring out a cylinder of ice and a contraption that melts it into a perfectly round sphere.  Anyway dat buggah was super ono!  Better be huh!

Later that night I headed to Hanagasa to meet up with a high school classmate who resides in Japan.  Coincidentally he also brought a Japanese whiskey for us to sample, Chichibu Ichiro’s Malt.  According to him it was unobtainable outside of Japan.  We shot it so let’s just say despite his build up of it…..da buggah was rough!

The next night we went to play poker at a different friend’s in-laws and by coin-ki-dink he and his wife bought Japanese Scottish Whiskey to try.  Hibiki again and this one called Nikka Taketsuru 12 Pure Malt.  He picked them up at Don Quijote.  Hibiki $58 and Nikka $60.  The Nikka Takesuru was probably my favorite, but both were good.

Anyway for what it’s worth go try some Japanese Scottish whiskey next time you’re out.

YOSH!

- Paul

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NFL or WWE?

Great game yesterday between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers…..especially since I’m a huge Seattle fan.  I must have aged five years watching the teams slug it out.

Today the discussion in the media and on all the social networking sites is…. Richard Sherman.  Say what you want about Sherman’s over the top trash talking but his bravado is getting more people hyped about the Superbowl.   As a long time fan of professional wrasslin’, his interviews remind me of many a cocky, self absorbed, “heel” looking straight into the camera and calling out the all-American clean cut “baby face” hero.  Is he related to Booker T?  Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather have an honest reaction like Sherman’s then the typical canned, politically correct, sound clips that star athletes are expected to say and have been saying since they were stars in high school.

That being said I hope he nevah “batchi” himself.  And maybe twenty years from now if he does have a long hall of fame career and becomes an NFL analyst like Deion Sanders, the public will look back on yesterday’s interviews and laugh.

Should be a great Superbowl!  Good luck to the Denver Broncos……NOT!  Legion of Boom gonna shut Manning down if ya smellllllllll….what the Hawks are cookin’!

 

KOKUA for the PHILIPPINES

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 EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

 

KIKU TV will be airing the “KOKUA for the PHILIPPINES” event on December 15th 2013 from 12-5pm.

ENTERTAINERS:

 

Henry Kapono
Kalapana
Raiatea Helm
Makana
Sean Na‘auao
Loretta Ables Sayre
Kalei Gamiao
Kuana Torres Kahale
Aidan James
Da Braddahs
Roman of Kolohe Kai
Rebel Souljahz
Natural Vibrations
Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom
Jordan Segundo
Starr Kalahiki
Honolulu Jazz Quartet
EMKE
Sing The Body
Jake Shimabukuro
Wyland
Mick Fleetwood

 

Purchase tickets here

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