It was a beautiful day today, so I brought my sons to Makaunulau Community Park (a.k.a. "16 Acres") to try the remote-controlled toys they got for Christmas: a couple of RC cars, a pair of Ollie Sphero (controlled by smartphones) and a small quadcopter. #mililani#hawaii#family
At last, the long dark nightmare of KFC in Mililani is over. Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen opened last week at the Town Center of Mililani, in the former A&W space near Zippy's and Petsmart. Good fried chicken and tasty sides, plus a fancy Coke machine. #mililani#dining#fastfood#hawaii
Today was the annual Mililani Christmas Parade, which fortunately passes only a couple of blocks away from my house. This year, they reversed the route, moving clockwise around the neighborhood. Coming from a family of band geeks, the high point is always the Mililani High School marching band. #mililani#hawaii#marchingband#christmasparade
Using the Photo Sphere Camera app for iOS, I took a few photospheres around the Town Center of Mililani. Then, using the Google Maps 'Views' interface, I connected them into a 'Constellation.' I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, but sure enough, you can see directional markers in the panorama viewer that can take you to the next photosphere spot when you click on them.
A suburban shopping center isn't exactly an exciting subject, but it's a start!
Is it an incredibly effective viral video campaign for a good cause? Or a ridiculous, vanity-driven fad? Regardless of the debate, when you're a teenager who is publicly called out by your friends, you must respond. At least, that's how my 16-year-old daughter +Katie Ozawa felt about the "Ice Bucket Challenge," spreading across Mililani High School as quickly as it's spreading across the globe.
With some help from her parents and youngest brother, she took the plunge in our driveway. And the family is still donating to the ALS Association. A fun way to cool off quick on a sunny Sunday afternoon!
My wife loves Thai food. It's not my favorite. All those veggies and herbs? But after realizing that Phuket Thai is not the end-all, be-all of Thai restaurants (I admit I may have just gone in on an off night), and being introduced to Siam Garden on Nimitz Highway (thanks to my coworkers), Chiang Mai on S. King Street, and Champa Thai in Kailua, I realized I could still enjoy it.
Turns out there's a beloved Thai place in Mililani, tucked behind Jack In The Box and a dentist's office or two. Rajanee Thai Cuisine. And this cozy little spot turned out some great dishes!
Good thing we checked it out on a spontaneous date night (my brother took the kids out to a movie as a Christmas gift), as I don't think the kids would have gone for it. But we'll be back! #mililani#restaurants#thai#dining