43 Things Every Local Must Do


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Sign wave for a politician.


You don’t need a board to surf; in fact, boards are technically banned at famous surf spot Point Panic. Your own opu will do just fine. However, it’s OK to mix in a cafeteria tray or even rubbah slippers on your hands, for an assist.

Recall some old-kine commercial jingles and commercials.

Here’s a quiz to test your memory. Just fill in the blanks:

1. The late Loyal Garner sang, “Cutter Ford Aiea, where ________________.”
2. “The Exchange goes down, down, down … and round, round, round in your _________.”
3. “Kenny’s at the Kam Shopping Center ___________.”
4. “Hi, I’m Didi Ah Yo, and __________.”
5. “No huhu. Call _________.”
6. “If you are not buying your diamonds from The House of Adler, you are ________.”
7. The late Malcolm Love pushed Tire Warehouse Hawaii by yelling, “Go now, Hawaii! __________?”
8. “Ooo-ahh-Oh-wow! _________!”
9. Lex Brodie ended all of his tire commercials with “____________.”
10. Young Kalani ended his pitch for Ponderosa Pines Montana by urging viewers to “_____________!”


ANSWERS: 1. You make the deal  2. Tum, tum, tum  3. In Kalihi  4. Away we go!  5. Magoo’s  6. Paying too much  7. Why pay more?  8. Ala Moana!  9. Thank you, very much  10. Call now, fo sure!





Eat noodles from a different country every day of the week.

Pho from Vietnam. Udon from Japan. Pad thai from Thailand. Pancit from the Philippines. Chicken long-rice from China. Baked spaghetti from Italy. Saimin from right here.




Photo: Odeelo Dayondon


Own a poi dog.

C’mon, this one is easy. If you’re a local, you gotta have a poi dog. While a pure breed may carry a certain stature, poi dogs exemplify the local culture: lovable, easygoing, low maintenance and, oh, yeah, “all-kine chop suey.” Naturally, you can’t give your poi dog any old, run-of-the-mill name. Instead, consider a Hawaiian name for your new pet.

Some suggestions: Akamai (“Smart”); Liko (“Bud”); Miki (“Active”); Malo (“Winner”); Kaila (“Stylish”); Ipo (“Sweetheart”). Interested in adopting a dog? Call 356-2218 or log on to hawaiianhumane.org for more information.


Hoard rice and toilet paper at the first sign of hurricane or tsunami. You never know!


Have owned one of these cars:

Volkswagen bug, mini-Toyota pickup truck, any kind of lifted truck, an early ’80s Civic. Bonus points if you airbrushed your sweetie’s name on the passenger-side door, or hung a ti leaf from the back bumper, or an ikaika warrior helmet from your rearview mirror.

Throw your best shaka.

It began in 1981, when Joe Moore first started anchoring the Channel 2 News. The idea, according to KHON2 News Director Lori Silva, “was to get average people included in the newscast every night.” Of course, we’re talking about the station’s popular “shaka” segment that airs at the end of every local newscast: smiling, happy people flashing the shaka sign and mugging for the camera.

“Our photographers will shoot these anywhere they find people hanging out, from shopping centers to carnivals—even office workers,” says Silva. “Basically, if you flash our cameras the shaka sign, you could be on TV.”

To get in the mood, listen to the Beamer Brothers’ “Kaliponi Slack Key.” It’s the song that plays over every KHON shaka montage.

Photo: Michael Keany





Chance ’um!

Surfing is a beloved tradition, but so is jumping into stuff. Whether it’s freshwater ponds—Jackass Ginger or Maunawili—or ocean spots—China Walls, Cromwell’s, Waimea Bay—the water is better from higher up. Fire up your best cannonball and splash the wahine!






Photo: David Croxford

Crave raw seafood.

But go beyond ahi. Have some ebi, some hamachi, some uni. Even tako is tastier before it’s cooked (Check out John Heckathorn’s round up of izakaya on page 83 for proof.) The world is your oyster. Ooooh! You can eat those too.


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