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MaxMax Visits Chinatown

Honolulu’s Chinatown is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States and it has an interesting history. The AJF and Malt thought a ramble through Tánxiāngshān (the area’s Chinese name meaning “Sandalwood Mountain”) would be interesting, so off we went. In ancient times, before there was a town called […]

He Gets No Respect

Our favorite Malt has been complaining of late that he does not receive the respect to which he believes he is entitled by the accident of his birth. The problem is that he has been condemned to a short stint in the Cone of Shame due to excessive ear scratching […]

Max Visits The Queen

The majestic cruise ship Queen Victoria arrived for a one day port call in Honolulu enroute to the South Pacific and a continuation of its around the world voyage. Max and I invited the Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) to join us on a walk down by the docks to take […]

Max Visits Sandy’s

To get to Sandy’s we first have to get past the lady parts. See, the road from Honolulu to the popular bodysurfing beach known as Sandy’s takes us past Koko Head Crater, a dramatic volcanic tuff cone whose name in Hawaiian is Kohelepelepe which means, uh, cough, “labia minora.” In […]

Max the Catfish

Urban Dictionary: A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. Example:”Did you hear how Dave got totally catfished last month?! The fox he thought he was talking to turned out to […]

Max Visits The Pali

In Hawaiian, pali means any steep slope or cliff but when folks on Oahu talk about the Pali they refer to a very specific spot, a small saddle of land on the crest of the Ko’olau mountain range that separates the eastern, windward coast from the rest of the island. The […]

Max Reflects on Kalaupapa

Sun, fun, a mai-tai. Some hula, perhaps a coconut, and grass skirts. And leprosy. What? Where did that last one come from? Settle in kids and let’s talk about a lesser known part of Hawaii’s history. No one knows when, or precisely how, leprosy arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, but […]

Starting the New Year With Music

One of our New Year’s traditions is watching the various music specials beamed live from Japan on the Nippon Golden Network. As each year passes, the Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) and I recognize fewer of the singers, everyone looks younger and I find myself yelling at the TV , in a […]

The Resolutions Thing

Max and I have a relaxed attitude to this whole New Year’s Resolutions thing. We like to set our hurdles low. I thought that “eat less pie” was an acceptable target for me in 2015. For Max “stay awake between meals” would be a good challenge. “My New Year’s Resolution List usually […]