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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Good Advice, cover your ass..." 'Obama Da Dog' (Source)

Obama Da Dog is a life long resident of Hawaii.
Obama  can be seen cruising Kapa'a town
with her best friend James "Kimo" Rosen!
Hope you smile or laugh after reading this!

 Good Advice, cover your ass

The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won.
The Pastor was so pleased with the donkey 
that he entered it in the race again and it won again.

The local paper read:

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of 
publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter  the donkey in another race.

The next day the local paper headline read:

This was too much for the Bishop so he  ordered the Pastor to get
rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted  the following headline the next day:

The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey so she sold it to a farm for $10.  

The next day the paper read:

This was too much for the Bishop so he  ordered the Nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild.
The next day the headlines read:  

The Bishop was buried the next day.

The moral of the story is . . . being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery . . . even shorten your life.

So be yourself and enjoy life. Stop worrying about everyone else's ass and just cover your own !!! You'll be a lot happier and live longer! 

Hana Hou, (Encore) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Farmers markets and the art of the dicker..."'James "Kimo" Rosen (Kimo's world #135)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!
Kimo's world #135~Blog #1804

Farmers markets and the art of the dicker

Dateline, 10 -15 years ago I used to really love going to the local farmers market. It was a way to save money, and get some healthy produce and support the local farmers.

Fast forward to now;
It's somewhat ironic that I can go to the local discounted warehouse supermarket in Kapaa and buy produce for less than at the farmers market. What really bothers me is that there is no middle man at the farmers market and they are asking in many  instances 2-3 times more than the supermarket.

I can by ginger root for $1.67 lb at the local  warehouse supermarket and get a big bag of ginger for under $2.00, in contrast  at the farmers that same amount of ginger would cost right around  $4.50. Yikes! 

You will see 7-10 vendors selling the exact same ginger. How can that be?   I inquired because allegedly you are not allowed to use the farmers market as a buy wholesale and resell at retail. Here's the loophole. Farmers are now called vendors. Vendors can buy from other vendors as long as it is not during the operating hours of the farmers market.This is why you have numerous vendors (farmers) selling the same produce. When I ask them if they grew it, they all say, "yes!" Really? Does it look like I was born yesterday? That is how you have so  many vendors selling the same tomatoes, ginger, papaya's etc. Now you know the rest of the story, but wait, there's more.
What does this photo have to do
with this blog subject? Nothing!
However when you publish your own blog
you can do these kind of things.
Pictured above at the 2016 Mayorathon
 is Arthur Brun running for Kaua'i county council
Mayor Bernard Carvalho and in the middle
yours truly, James "Kimo" Rosen.

Photo courtesy, Beth Tokioka

My favorite Auntie at the farmers market who for years made the most artistic, beautiful, inexpensive and  exotic flower lei's your eyes ever saw  was told to cease making the lei's since you are not allowed to sell handcrafted items without special insurance that is not required to sell produce. Therefore my favorite Auntie after years of selling lei's is  no longer selling lei's because of some new idiotic bureaucratic rule, (her choice though, to not get insurance) but 12 vendors can sell overpriced ginger that I can buy cheaper at the supermarket. OY!

I talked with the supervisor of the farmers market and asked, what's happening here? I thought the  farmers market was suppose to have deals better than the supermarket? The reason I come is for the deals, otherwise why bother?  He says he can't control what they charge. I saw one vendor charging $1.50 each for miniature bell peppers that I believe  should had sold for 4 for $1.00!

The farmers (vendors) are going home with extra ripe papayas, bananas and all kinds of produce that in many instances   are being thrown into their compost piles. Hasn't it occurred to them the old concept of something is better than nothing? Instead of throwing out over ripe produce, offer a discount to those who ask, (let us dicker) and  don't give us da stink eye!  Why not clear their tables, make people happy, make yourself happy, is better than making nothing. Right?

The farmers market used to be a place you could go and dicker on prices, that made it fun. There are a few vendors that still know the art of the dicker but are few and far between. The young vendors,  a few old timers too, just look at you with deer in the head lights when trying to dicker for a better price.  The art of the dicker is what made farmer markets and flea markets what they were. Without being able to dicker, they are mere markets.

 If your going for the purpose to save money, stay away. If your going for fresh produce, an afternoon of fun in the sun, fellowship and a cultural joy ride, enjoy! Just don't tell them Kimo sent you. They just may charge you double. If they do, just remember to dicker and dicker hard.

Hana Hou-iPhone photography;
 From Kaua'i Mayorathon 2016
All photos by James "Kimo" Rosen-
Copyright-All rights reserved-2016

Norvin Balisacan loves pedaling to make a healthy smoothie.
The bicycle smoothie was sponsored by Wilcox health
 at the recent Mayorathon at Kapaa beach park.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Time to stock the reefer..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Friday)

Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
 and has worked in the ophthalmology
 field of medicine for over 35 years

Time to stock the reefer
Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees 

 Well, its that time again to stock the reefer for my son from the west.
Sonny boy Joel,
The guitar 'Luthier' (Doctor)
Visiting from LA 

Record heat and fires have plagued the west coast all month. He now really appreciates the clean air here and moderate temperatures along with the "free" food, visiting with friends and family and just 'chillaxing.'  

Even an exciting busy life style needs to have down time and Buffalo offers that.  Some fishing, visiting with old friends and antique shopping renew ones being.  After a week, just like fish, starts to smell,  after that time, and it will be time to return to the busy lifestyle he is used to.

We are lucky we get to visit several times a year...

For further reading read more about Joel and his job at Normans rare guitars;
What is the definition of a hero, dakinetalk blog #1692-'Judith Whitehead'
Joel works for Norman's rare guitars as a Luthier, a craftsman who restores instruments. Norman's is in LA and many prominent famous Musicians frequent this store including Bobby Watson, Waylon, Jeroen and Cesar as seen in this YouTube;

Hana Hou, (Encore)

Monday, June 20, 2016

"Everything is about hate, from the election to local talk story..." James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world # 134)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!

Kimo's world #134-Blog #1802
Editors note;
This blog appeared as a guest column in the 06-15-16 edition of the Kauai Garden Island News;
"We can do better than hate"
Everything is about hate, from the election to local talk story

The election season for President starts 2 years before the general election.  Football season eventually draws to an end after the Superbowl with a 5 month,16 game, plus playoff demanding schedule. Baseball season eventually ends after the world series and a grueling 6 months of 132 games and playoffs---however the presidential election seems to never end.

Right now it's not about what the candidates can do for you, it's about the hatred that one party, their candidate and it's voters have towards the other party. The hatred has reached viral and pandemic proportions separating family and friends.  This is not making America great again, but rather making America hate and lose it's fate again.

Nobody I know is saying I love Hillary because she will do this and that, or I love "The Donald" because of this. People are saying Hillary is a crook and a liar, Trump is a racist,xenophobe, homophobe and narcissist. I reckon narcissist  really doesn't count, after-all what politician isn't narcissistic? Sadly both candidates used the horrific shootings in Orlando minutes after the tragedy to benefit their own run for president.

These two candidates are not only battling each other but have torn families and friendships apart. These two candidates have destroyed America before either has even taken office.

It's been tough being a Trump supporter in a predominately Democratic state with most my friends and family siding Democrat. I no longer believe as strong  in "The Donald," at one point I actually  liked Hillary. At this point I believe both of these candidates are a cancer that can not be healed with radiation, "Kimo-therapy" (sic) or 4 years in the white-house.

Everything about this election is about hate, from  local talk story to national politics. It's time to debate the issues and stop the back and forth child's play of name calling. All this is getting really ugly and hard to take no matter what side your on--- and there's still 5 more excruciating  months of this game they call election politics.

The good news is that The NFL football season starts in September, and it will be much  easier to change the channel. In the meantime the show must go on. However I am a realist and with all said; one candidate still out Trumps(sic) the other---some say the best of the two evils.

A must see video for both Conservatives and Liberals
 on Bill Maher's opinion of Radical Islam---and yes he said "Radical Islam" unlike most libs.
Ironically he sounds a lot like his nemesis Donald J. Trump!    


More dakinetalk reading on Donald Trump;
1-Trump supporters must come out of the closet! (Kimo's world #118)
2-Trump, the election and the Jewish connection...(Kimo's world #119)
3-Trump-fulling... (Kimo's world #120)
4-A poem about Donald J. Trump...

Hana Hou, (Encore)  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Buffalo is a fund raising and giving city..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday) 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday)

Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
 and has worked in the ophthalmology
 field of medicine for over 30 years

Buffalo is a fund raising and giving city

 I have lived in Buffalo most of my life and am forever and always astounded how giving and fund raising a town it is. Especially in the warmer months, you can find a race or fundraiser to participate in
and donate to, every weekend. This past  weekend was no exception. 

I am not an athletic type and I make no excuses but I do enjoy participating in fundraisers for the needy as well as those in need of support for their families or health reasons. 

We are lucky to have Roswell Cancer Institute at our doorstep who
treat and take care of so many not only in our area but from all over the world.  https://www.roswellpark.org/
Judith's daughter-in-law
Audrey and son Jacob
at River walk fund  raiser
for cancer.

This year cancer came to roost in our family as my young healthy daughter-in-law discovered and was diagnosed with cancer. Her year has been a rocky one enduring surgery and treatment. She has
persevered with the help of many supporters, friends and family along the way that helped her cope.

Today we attended the Susan Komen fund raiser at River Walk along with her family, friends and coworkers. 
We all have had someone we know who has been through the fight against cancer weather it has been our friends, family or acquaintances. Cancer seems to touch every one's life in some way. It is an emotional roller coaster for all involved.

I am sorry to say I had never participated with the well known Susan Komen race for life and to day was a first for our family. I was amazed and delighted to see how many people were participating and donating their time, efforts and money to make this a great success. So many brave men and women participated, many forming their teams with personal names they gave their groups, each more original than the other. My daughter in laws' group name was “The Breast Team Ever” and she was able to raise several thousand dollars to fund the cause.
Audrey Whitehead's team;
“The Breast Team Ever”
We wish Audrey a complete and full recovery!
God bless Audrey Whitehead!

Many sponsors gave away bandannas, bags, water bottles etc. with live music playing in the background. Each team had their own assigned table and all seemed to put their worries and concerns aside for the day and just enjoyed the friendships they had made. The spirit in the room ran high; all attending thinking of the same common cause, trying to stamp out cancer, sharing their stories and forging ahead into their unknown futures. Never a more
brave, and determined group I had seen and I felt privileged to have been a part of their lives and their
fight for the cause.

Treatment, research and determination to find a cure are never ending and donations are needed more than ever. What a worthy cause that touches so many of us, what a battle we will continue to fight and endure until each type of cancer is cured.
Audrey with her parents;
Father Tito and Mother Monsue

I know we are making great strides in treatment and research at Roswell  and around the world. My admiration for those who are in a fight for their lives will continue; their bravery and determination
is to be commended as life is precious for so many as they realize the gift more than most.

Hana Hou, (Encore)

Monday, June 13, 2016

"Taste of Hawaii-2016, Each picture is worth a thousand words..."" 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

Kimo's world #133-Blog #1800

Taste of Hawai'i-2016
Each picture is worth a thousand words!

The Bistro in Kilauea on
Kauai's North shore featured
Blackened ono fish with spicy mayo 
and sweet soy served on a
bed of Nori seaweed.
This dish in my 
opinion was the best in show.
You can see a close up below!

Grill master Jared Diaz and  his brother Art of Recessions
Original Santa Maria style BBQ. 
Grilling and featuring for the Taste, "Tri-Tip, Chili Fresh Salsa and French bread. 
Kauai's signature event and ultimate Sunday brunch--
never disappoints! 

Blackened ono fish with spicy mayo and
 sweet soy served on abed of nori seaweed

served by the Bistro Restaurant in Kilauea.
This was exceptional!!!


Chef Ken Morikawa of Plantation Gardens
created an alternative dish
of Blue crab ravioli after running out of their
featured dish of Crab rangoon with spicy djon sauce.
I must say, glad I came late, Yowzers! 

 The Seaside Restaurant from Hilo
featured Chef Colin Nakagawa's creation;
Grilled Shrimp with umi wasabi aioli
and wasabi served on mesclun greens.
This dish had long lines, 
I think that means it was GREAT!

Chef  Lucas Sautter of the
Kauai Marriott Courtyard
has my personal reward for creative genius
with is Lobster ceviche in a
miniature sized ice cream cone!
Bon App├ętit!

Lobster ceviche in a
miniature sized ice cream cone!
KCC Jazz Band is a must see 
if you ever have the chance.
They have  performances periodically 
throughout the year at the 
Kaua'i community college and are always
free. One of the best kept secrets on the Garden Isle!

Hanging loose at The Taste
 is Grill master Jared Diaz
 of Recessions
Original Santa Maria style BBQ. 
Grilling and featuring;
 "Tri-Tip, Chili Fresh Salsa and French bread. 
"Wop Da Jaw, Brah!"
Chef Timmy of the Green Pig
prepares Braised pork belly.
You've never had anything like this!

Jordan Weaver and Beau Hannafious
of Rainbeau Jo's make a 
Kale salad that even people 
who don't like Kale will enjoy and
shout, 'Broke Da Mout!"
KCC Jazz band at The 28th annual Taste of Hawaii
 at Smiths Tropical Paradise.
 The singer is Michael Kobayashi! 
He was very reminiscent of the late
 great Jimmy Borges. Gave me chicken skin

Hana Hou, Please listen to the link!
Watch  Rumba De Fuego Kauai " at the Taste of Hawaii..... The annual Kapaa Rotary Club fund raiser that raises money for our local charities. Very well attended this year, with special thanks to Steve Dubey on Horn, drummer extrodinaire Ron Margolis , Percussionist Cary Valentine , our favorite singing Deva Mrs Cindy Labrador aka Cindy Jackson Music, with bassist Mike Latif, Trombone ace Dennis Mcgraw, Alben Rivera, Guitar/Vocalist Manuel "fito" Mendez, and of course our MC Ron Wiley!!!
check it out;

Double Hana Hou!!!
Watch KCC  Jazz band at The 28th annual Taste of Hawaii at Smiths Tropical Paradise. The singer is named Mike and was very reminiscent of the late great Jimmy Borges. Gave me chicken skin. Does anyone know Mikes last name? Enjoy!

...And Finally---Triple Hana Hou!