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Olino by Consolidate Theaters – Luxury in Kapolei!

 Yeah, yeah, I know Olino “By Consolidated Theaters” opened way back in October of 2016. It was a month later before I made it out to Kapolei, to watch “Fantastic Beasts” and check out the new luxury theater with power recliner seats. I do have a seven-year-old son so the family has have traveled to the Leeward Coast, more than a few times, to take in a new movie(s):

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Nov 18, 2017
Moana – Nov 23, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Dec 16, 2017
Sing – Dec 21, 2016
Kong: Skull Island – Mar 10, 2017
The Boss Baby – Mar 31, 2017
The Fate of the Furious – Apr 14, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
Wonder Woman – Jun 2, 2017
Pixar’s Cars 3 – Jun 16, 2017
Despicable Me 3 – Jun 30, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jul 7, 2017
 I like that you can order your tickets and seats online so you don’t have to worry about arriving early for first come, first serve seating. The reclining seats are leather and very comfortable. You can vary the settings to find that perfect comfort zone for your body.

The seating layout is stadium style and there is plenty of space between patrons in front and behind you. My child had no problem viewing the screen even while in the supine position. There is also a food tray (with drink holder) that swings in and out.

Food

There is a wide assortment of food items…not just the usual popcorn & nachos. There are different styles of burgers, hot dogs (Kim Chee Dog anyone?), pizza, local craft beer, wine, coffee (you gotta try the coconut latte) and tea.

If I’m hungry, I usually go for the Olini Burger which features a thick all-beef patty, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic mayo. Of course, I have to save room for hot buttered popcorn along with a mega sized soft drink.

Conclusion

What better place to have both a movie and dining experience than at Olino. My family has been here many times and we have never been disappointed. Good food, reserved seating…what more can you ask for? We also went to other luxury theater in Kapolei, Regal Kapolei Commons 12, but did not enjoy the seats or food as much.

Waianae I Ka Po or Waianae at Night

Leaving Ku’ilioloa Heiau and back to the bus.

My wife and I joined Lopaka Kapanui, of Mysteries of Hawaii, on a “three hour tour.” Lopaka offers the “Waianae I Ka Po” tour only a couple of times a year so we were thrilled. Lopaka has great insight to the local legends and supernatural happenings, since he grew up in Maili (near Kaukama Road).

There were only three stops on the tour but Lopaka, a great native story teller, kept everyone entertained and a little nervous during the bus ride. He literally met his wife in a graveyard. No, they weren’t just randomly strolling, she was on one of Lopaka’s tours!

Ku’ilioloa Heiau

According to legend, Ku’ilioloa (the long dog form of Ku) was constructed by a priest from Ra’iatea (Society Islands) who arrived between the 11th and 12th century. One of the major functions of Ku’ilioloa was for navigation but…

Lopaka said there was a different use for the heiau. It was also used for sacrifice. When a Hawaiian baby was born, if there were any defects or flaws detected, the newborn would be sacrificed at Ku’ilioloa.

A few lucky volunteers stood in front of the heiau while the rest of us took pictures of them…nope, no ghosts, orbs or strange lights seen in our photos.

Kaena Point Night Marchers

My 30 seconds of fame!

We pulled into the parking lot at Kaena Point (this is as far as you can drive on the Leeward side of Oahu). We walked towards the mountain and stopped at the tall grass. If you look up, you can see the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station. Here is where the night marchers emerge after winding down the Waianae mountain range.

Lopaka said if you see the lights, from the torches, and hear the drums, run like hell! If you are in their path, it is best to shed your clothes and lay face down until the night marchers pass. He said no worries since they only march during the last four Hawaiian moon phases.

Again, everyone took photos and I was one of the lucky (or not) volunteer models but there was nothing supernatural in anyone’s pictures.

Kaneana (Makua) Cave

Lopaka, in story telling mode, in Kaneana Cave.

According to Hawaiian legend, Kaneana Cave is the home of a shape-shifting shark god by the name of Nananue (Son of Kamohoali‘i, a brother of Madame Pele). Nanaue, disguised as an old man, would trick travelers into dining with him in the cave,  turn back into a shark and eat them. Back to the present!

There’s nothing like hearing chicken skin stories, in a cave that is TOTALLY dark. Lopaka told many stories but the one that stood out was about a teenager from Pearl City. She ran away from home and was partying with a friend near Kaneana Cave.

Somehow the teen, from Pearl City, and her friend were separated and a group of young men began harassing her. She ran away, from them, and hid in the cave. Unfortunately, the men were locals and soon found her. They raped and killed her. Her spirit still remains in Kaneana Cave. She had beautiful long hair and loved combing it. As soon as we entered the cave, Lopaka told us, “If someone asks you for a comb, do NOT go be them one!” Her spirit may follow you home.

Lucky Belly Mini Review – My Belly Says, “Yum Yum”


Lucky Belly
50 North Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808)531-1888

Lunch                                        Dinner
Monday – Saturday                 Monday – Saturday
11am – 2pm                             5pm – 12am

Lucky Belly is a smallish restaurant will limited seating. I came during lunch time and parked in one of the paid garages. Rarely do the metered parking thing cuz they’re always full! All tables were full, when arriving, so I sat at the bar.

The place, on Hotel Street, is known for their excellent ramen but I wasn’t very hungry so I just ordered the Beet & Spicy Greens salad. The salad includes goat cheese, candied pumpkin seeds & pomegranate dressing. The salad presented very well, the ingredients were fresh and the taste unique but…it wasn’t, in my opinion worth $12 (portion was small also).

It was a hot day so the Hibiscus Lemonade I ordered was a sweet thirst quencher…no free refills though 🙁 The service was terrific and I noticed that those handling food were constantly washing their hands. All in all, a nice light bite to eat. I gotta come back next time and try the ramen!

GEN Korean BBQ House – Hawaii Restaurant Review

1450 Ala Moana Ste 4250
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808)944-5227

Another Hawaii restaurant review! GEN Korean BBQ opened at Hookipa Terrace, in Ala Moana Shopping Center, less than a month ago. The Los Angeles based business is one of the largest all-you-can-eat restaurants in the United States. We tried dining there last weekend (7pm) but the wait was 1 hour, thirty minutes. With a six-year-old in the party, we had to find somewhere else to eat (Macaroni Grill).

Finally, on Easter Saturday we tried again and were rewarded with a manageable 15 minute wait. Walking in, I definitely noticed the Astro blue theme going on. Sitting down I saw the small grill, in the middle of the table, and thought, “Oh man, we gotta pay to cook our own meal!” Even though it was only 1:45pm, only the dinner menu was offered which was priced at $26.95 per person (my son only had to pay half price😐).
If you’re a vegetable lover it’s pretty slim pickens. There were some little side dishes with kimchi, mash potatoes, and some other pickled or fermented items (I just noticed fresh vegetables were offered, on the menu, after the fact😟). This a place to get your meat on! All you can eat meat but with a catch! You can only order four dishes of meat at a time and…if you order more meat than you can consume, you are charged extra!

You only get a small bowl of rice so you had better conserve it. Your waiter brings you the different types of meat ordered and you get to cook it! We ordered a variety of meat such as Hawaiian steak, spicy pork bulgogi, premium pork belly, garlic chicken, Gen signature pork chop, et cetera.
Your only utensils are chopsticks, scissors and tongs. If you want your meat in smaller bite size pieces, it is best to cut it before cooking. My mother-law tried, with much difficulty, cutting the pork chop after it was cooked (where are the dang steak knives?!?!).

In conclusion, the meat was tasty, with a lot of variety. For us, the dinner was over priced since none of us are big eaters. I would have liked more rice and my soda refilled but the waiters were focused on our meat orders only. I could of asked but I take a waiter’s attentiveness, into consideration, when it comes to tipping time.

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