kakaako

Getting A Jump on Mother’s Day

The Alpha Japanese Female (AJF) and I are both orphans. I guess that is the correct term for the oldest person perched on the family tree. I prefer the term “apex predator” but even with frequent repetition that descriptor has failed to gain traction. In addition to now standing on top of our family […]

The Pretty Poodles

Let me take a short pause from K Street adventures to introduce two of Max’s very good friends, Miss Bijoux and Miss Luna. Bijoux is the black miniature poodle. She will be 7 this year, the same as Max. Luna is the golden poodle and she’s about 9 years old. Ooh, […]

Purple Pancakes

Having recently discovered Asahi Grill, the home of famous oxtail soup, Max and I were not surprised to learn that the K Streets are home to other gustatory delights. Today we found the home of Ube Pancakes. Ube (Dioscorea alata in the words of Livia Drusilla) is a Filipino word […]

Under the Spreading Butt Tree

Do you ever wake up wondering where you might find the home of oxtail soup? Yeah, me too. So with that question on our minds,  Max and I left the Alpha Japanese Female working at the stove whipping up her famous fried rice and wandered out on the K Streets to […]

Mothra Visits Max’s House

 This whole situation was really my wife’s fault. See, my wife may be the lightest sleeper on all Oahu. A car door slams two blocks away, she wakes up. A tree frog delivers an amphibian aria 18 stories down and she’s up, head moving to triangulate the source of the […]

Max Spots the Fish Thief

Today, Max and I witnessed a crime! But before I tell that story, meet Sophie, a lovely lass who is Max’s idol, his dream girl, his boon companion on jaunts within the K Streets. Max was delighted to see Sophie as we began our walk. Sophie is a sweet little […]

Captain Kirk & Corn Chips

I woke up to the smell of corn chips and I knew what my wife’s first words of the morning would be. “The dog needs a bath.” See, when a Maltese starts getting gamey it smells exactly like corn chips, especially near the paws. Left alone, the smell eventually devolves […]

Visiting Uncle Fish

Today’s urban ramble took us along a familiar route that started with a visit to Uncle Fish at the Pagoda Hotel. The Pagoda Hotel is a landmark in the K Streets and a beloved spot among local folk. Everyone has a story about a graduation, wedding, party, birthday or special […]

Max Before & After

Today Max got his Christmas haircut from Miss Nanako at the Beauty Salon for Doggies. It could not have come any sooner; he was getting rather shaggy although truth to tell, I kind of like my little guy when he’s furry. We dropped him off and then went to see […]

Dog Vocabulary

Ichi…ni…san…shi…go. That’s how you count to five in Japanese. But around our little home you are likely to hear me saying “ichi-ni, ichi-ni, ichi-ni” from time to time and it has nothing to do with counting. That is because Max was taught that the phrase “ichi-ni” means that my wife […]