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Walter Imai
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More And More
Airlines, that is.
Used to be that SeaTac was a sleepy airport with seemingly a lot of extra space, but no more. At the far end, where Hawaiian and a few smaller airlines held space (and there was even a space for the Military Airlift Command) several airlines (many Asian) now share the area.
On this day, Hawaiian was located opposite of the original permanent counters where it used to be. The technology seems to allow shifting airlines around more easily now.

[change, air, travel, Seattleites]
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Taken up a notch.

Okoshi is a traditional sweet puffed rice Japanese snack often with peanuts in it. It has a history going back more than 200 years associated with Asakusa in Tokyo, where it is known as Kaminarimon Okoshi (rebuilding the Kaminari gate).

It apparently came to Hawaii with the issei immigrants 3 to 4 generations ago. I have very early memories of okoshi most likely from the Ohta Wafer factory that was on Hauoli Street (is it still there?).

Now Huff 'n Puff is selling okoshi of several varieties at direct events and some specialty shops. A good and tasty product (furikake arare 👍).

Had some Huff 'n Puff?

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Branching Out
to Pearlridge

Are they open yet?

[food, shopping, Aiea, locals only]
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Human Food
Of the quick on the go kind
Is not good for birds.
Or humans either.

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MW Revisited
Go for the food (W), but stay for the desserts (M).

[restaurant, mmm, Honolulu, locals only]
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Amazon Hub
Besides the Amazon Locker stations at retail stores and commercial locations, Amazon is placing similar technology into residential sites such as apartment buildings.

Amazon Locker is open to all Amazon customers and only accepts Amazon packages. The Hub is only available to your residents, not open to the public, and accepts packages from anyone.

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Kawaii Desu Ne?
How cool is that?
A mashup of Hello Kitty and Big Island Candies Chocolate Dipped Shortbread cookies.

[🤙, shaka, Ala Moana, locals only]
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Drinks In Cans
It wasn't very long ago (well, OK, actually a very long time ago) that soft drinks came in steel cans.
Then came the new-fangled aluminum pop-top on those steel cans.
And more recently came the all-aluminum cans.

For logistical reasons, drink cans filled in Hawaii remained steel for quite a number of years after the rest of the country was drinking out of aluminum cans. The cans in Hawaii had the same extruded form as aluminum, but were made of steel.
Are you old enough to remember that?

[change, hmm, locals only]
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No More Abalone?
At least at this spot. The Kona Abalone store at the Ala Moana Shopping Center is closed after about 4 years at this location.
A producer and seller of premium Ezo (Northern Japanese) abalone grown in Kona, Big Island Abalone was a pioneer of research and production. This retail location was probably a mismatch of premium product, cost, and food court location? Hopefully the wholesale operations remain strong to continue producing this unique delicacy.

[link, food, aquaculture, Hawaii, locals only]

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Recombinant Zoster Vaccine (Shingrix)
CDC recommends two doses of Shingrix separated by 2 to 6 months for immunocompetent adults age 50 years and older.

Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and PHN (post herpetic neuralgia). Two doses of Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN. Protection stays above 85% for at least the first four years after you get vaccinated. Shingrix is the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006.

Healthy adults 50 years and older should get two doses of Shingrix, separated by 2 to 6 months. You should get Shingrix even if in the past you
• had shingles
• received Zostavax
• are not sure if you had chickenpox

A better vaccine.
Ask your doctor.

[link, health, healthcare, immunization, aging
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