Remember small kid time – and our parents would send us to Summer Fun? Either the Parks & Recreation kine or YMCA kine.
Actually, I don’t have much to say about it because I never went.
When I tell my friends that, they reply with astonishment “What? You never attended Summer Fun?”.
Nope. Never did. Probably because my family couldn’t afford it. Plus, my mom was a stay-at-home mom so there was never the need. And it’s not like I missed it. We had our own summer fun – coming and going as we pleased, doing what we wanted to do – which was mostly playing. And getting into mischief every once in awhile.
And just about every summer we’d pitch a pup-tent in our front yard under the mango tree – right on mom’s pokey Japanese grass – which poked right though the goza mats we had inside the pup-tent. And the best part was when we’d get a rare summer rain – and we’d run directly into the tent. There’s just something special about sitting inside of a tent when it’s raining.
But for those of you who did attend summer fun, tell me what I was missing. Playing sham-battle, doing arts and crafts, going on excursions, camping at Camp Erdman, trading part of your home lunch with your buddy.
When our girls were small, they attended the YMCA Summer Fun program. It cost us a big chunk of money, but they had fun learning how to swim, going on walking excursions to Waiakalulu falls and bus excursions to Waimea Falls park, and sleep-overs at the YMCA. Daughter #2 even continued on to become a Junior Leader during her early teenage years.
Did you go to Summer Fun during small kid time? What kind of things did you do at Summer Fun? If you stayed home like I did, what kind of things did you used to do during the summer time? Have any funny Summer Time stories to share?
@Mark Shelby had suggested this topic and I thought that it might just fit in. Thanks Mark.
If you noticed that I was MIA on MLC this past week, I have an excuse – I was on vacation in Japan. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. It was awesome. Maybe more about that later.
But while we were in Osaka, we were shopping around the Tokyu Hands store. And what sounded like local music was playing, but I wasn’t sure of the song. Then when the next song played – I knew that golden voice – it definitely was Mackey Feary. Then as I was browsing around the store, another song comes on and Paula texts me “Seawind“. And after we met up, we hear Loyal Garner.
Mind you – this was in a huge department store in the middle of Osaka, Japan.
But getting back to the topic – back in the 70’s, there was a emergence of local talent. What local bands come to mind?
For me, and prolly a lot of other MLCers – first band that pops into mind is Cecilio and Kapono or just C&K as they are better known. I bet everyone had this album, cassette, or 8-track tape.
This album takes me back to the high school days – packed in Dean’s car heading back from the North Shore all burnt out from a day of surfing. Especially, “Sunday Party in the Country”. Listening to that in the shadows of the Koolaus as we drive around Kahana bay.
And who can forget “Waimanalo Blues“? It’s timeless. And the album cover.
I had a special affinity with this album cover. It’s at the taxi stand close to the home I grew up in, in Kailua. It’s where the black jitney cabs used to park. I’ve passed it a hundred times. In fact, I used to cut my hair at the shop next door.
And one more – these 2 guys used to play at the Territorial Tavern on Bishop Street.
I bought this album for “Days of my Youth”. But I ended up liking the whole album.
Then later, I was turned on to this song:
There was so much local talent back then. And not just “covers” of radio songs. But original music.
Okay, I’ve opened the door for Hawaii’s local bands back in, IMHO, the best decade for music. What other bands do you remember? Maybe you went to catch them at local bars. Maybe you had their album for the turntable and a tape for the car. Maybe hearing a certain song takes you back to a special time – like hearing “About You” and thinking of slow dancing at your prom. Share your special memories with us.
This past Saturday, we went to the Magic Mushroom Reunion #8 and White Light was the first band up. Their set started at 6:00PM. As I posted a short video on social media, @shoyuburner commented that we were starting pretty early. But then he realized that we’re MLC. We have to start early because by 10:00, we start fading.
This is in stark contrast to our younger days when we used to hit the discos.
Remember how our nights used to start at 10:00PM? And now I hear myself saying to my daughter what my mom used to say to me: “You’re going out now!?!”
Man, I remember those days. After a day of surfing, I’d come home all burned out and drop on the bed around 4 or 5 in the afternoon for a “short nap”. Next thing I know – it’s dark outside. Crap! Did I sleep all night! A quick glance at the clock shows that it’s only 8:30PM. Whew! I thought I blew my Saturday night!
Okay, first – the 3-S’s (Shit, Shower, & Shave). Now, throw on the Lips Inc. “Funky Town” LP on the turntable, crank up the volume, and decide which silk shirt to wear with which Angel’s Flight pants. Oh, and what cologne to wear. Hmm….. Aramis, it is!
Then I’d go pick up my 2 friends and as we get to Kailua town, we stop off at Pali Bottle shop. My friends would pick up a six-pack of green bottle beer and I’d buy a pack of cigarettes. My friend’s philosophy was – why pay the expensive drink prices in the nightclub, when they can buy a six-pack and get primed beforehand. So we get to Waikiki but there are still a few beers left. A little pause at Diamond Head lookout to finish off the beers and now we’re ready.
Back in the day at The Point After – all the Japanese tourist used to hit the club early. Then around 10 or 11, they’d start heading back to their rooms and that’s when the meat-market opens for us locals.
Sometimes before heading straight to The Point, we’d take a detour and catch the 11:00 punk rock hour at La Mancha’s. Dancing to Planet Claire and Rock Lobster by the B-52’s, and Whip It by Devo, or Turning Japanese by The Vapors. Then, we’d get over to Point around 12:30.
And the night was just starting! Dancing the night away to Power Point or Aura.
And before you know it – the bartenders are calling out “Last Call!”. And soon the house lights come on. Whoa – put the beer-goggles back on! Yeah, we looked pretty busted up by then.
Then it meant a long drive back through the puka in the mountain to Kailua. The townies were lucky, they had only a short drive so they could go Likelike Drive-In or Makiki Zips or the Saimin Lanai restaurant to eat, then cruise back home. Me, I just wanted to get home. But it never failed. Whenever our friend RS came along with us – he ALWAYS had to eat before going home. He’d beg whoever was driving to stop by Kapahulu Jack’s to get some food. The rest of us just wanted to get to sleep. Some were already passed out. And if you were one of the unfortunate ones who rode with RS when he drove – that meant that you were at his mercy. Not just buying food, but going up to Kapaolono Park to wait for him to eat his stuff in the car – this at 5:00 in the morning!
By the time I finally got home, I was bringing in the morning newspaper. Crazy!
But you know what? The following Saturday night – we’d be doing it all over again.
Thanks @shoyuburner for the blog idea. Yeah, those were some dangerous, life-in-the-fast-lane days. Some of the best days of my life! How about you? Do you remember hitting the nightclubs? Gathering up your friends on your land-line from home before heading out. Deciding who’s going to drive? What nightclub you’re going to go? Deciding whether to wear the White Shoulders, Poison, or Murasaki perfume? Or the Jovan Musk, or British Sterling for the guys. And what about after the night was over? Maybe you got lucky so you told your friends to catch a ride home with someone else because you were taking a girl home. We all wished that, didn’t we. LOL Share you nightclub stories here.
And speaking of going Down To The Nightclub to listen to Power Point at The Point After. Check this out!
In the previous MLC post – Docomomo Hawaii – Ala Moana Scavenger Hunt – I presented a list of the things we had to identify at the Docomomo Hawaii scavenger hunt at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Most of the items were found which proves – the older we get, the wiser we are. And it exercises our memory too!
But for those who avoid Ala Moana shopping center or who’s AMC memories have faded some, here are the answers.
But first, let me provide the hints page once again for anyone who may not have seen it. You can click on the picture for a larger view.
And here are the answers.
The answers are hard to make out so let me list them for you:
Waiola -“Waiola” [Living Waters] designed by George Tsutakawa. Originally cascaded 1,000 gallons of water per minute to honor the many cultures of the Pacific.
Liberty House Tapa Design– Designed by Donald G. Wilcox of John Graham & Co. from intensive research at Bishop Museum.
Travelator – Designed by John Graham & Co., it originally connected two levels running near the Waiola Water Sculpture and the Bird Cage.
Ala Moana Logo Manhole Covers– The original Ala Moana logo was a stylized royal feather cloak and can still be found on several manhole covers.
“Puka” Palm Trees– Part of the center’s landscaping, there were originally 150 pukas, which were intended to be a green belt around the center and Ala Moana Office Building.
La Ronde– The country’s first revolving restaurant, designed by John Graham & Co., who later designed the Seattle Space Needle, and its revolving restaurant.
Breezeblock Wall– These cast stone screens were used to soften the face of the buildings and block the view of parked cars. They were also located on the ewa side of the Sears building.
Brownlee Sculpture– “No Kamalii” designed by Edward Brownlee as part of a larger installation as art for adults, and free entertainment for children.
Hanging Planters– Part of the green belt originally designed included plumeria, monkey pods, rainbow shower trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus.
Manu Lewalani/Birds Aloft– “Manu Lewalani” [birds aloft] designed by Bumpei Akaji and dedicated in memory of Walter and Louise Dillingham.
Dillingham Sign– Ala Moana Center was developed by Walter F. Dillingham, son of Benjamin F. Dillingham, founder of Oahu Railway and Land, Co.
Longs Drugs– The only store that has remained in the same spot since Ala Moana Center opened.
And here’s a map with the locations:
As I had mentioned in my original post – some answers have multiple locations so any named location would be accepted, such as the Ala Moana Manhole Covers (#4). The one that’s not on the map is located right in front of the ABC store near center stage. And there are a couple of locations for the Hanging Planters (#9) and the “Puka” Palm Trees (#5) that @Mark’75, my brother-in-law, and I’m sure many, many other kolohe kids got their head stuck in. And also, the Dillingham Sign (#11). See, I did not know that there’s one at the Makai bus stop. The only ones I know of are the ones in front of the Liberty House – I mean, Macy’s – doors. I think they missed the one in front of the Diamond Head entrance. And the Manu Lewalani/Birds Aloft (#10) sculpture – coincidently, a week before the scavenger hunt, I just happened to notice it in the water feature, kinda where the San Francisco Rag Shop used to be. Remember that store?
And there you have it. Thank you once again to Docomomo Hawaii for the fun event. And don’t forget that Docomomo Hawaii extends an invitation to everyone who loves vintage and modern architecture to join their group.
Since we’re on the ever so popular Ala Moana Center topic – let me throw this out to you: What is your favorite memory of AMC? If you’re like me – there are many so go ahead and list them all!
About a month ago, I was invited by Docomom Hawaii to join them in an Ala Moana Center scavenger hunt. But before we get to the hunt, a little bit of background.
Docomomo Hawaii is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting public education on the preservation of Modern architecture in the Pacific Islands.
A few years ago, Alison – who is one of the founding members of Docomomo Hawaii – emailed me when she read my blog entry about the old Ala Moana Sears store, and how I mentioned where the old men’s restroom door used to be located at the top of the stairwell. And she shared with me, this link of old Sears pictures. Alison works for one of the leading architectural firms in Honolulu.
Interesting enough, my career path in high school was to become an architect – like Mr. Brady from The Brady Bunch. And I took 3 years of architectural drawing in high school. But alas, my Business Ed. teacher talked me into computers instead.
But I’ve always enjoyed looking at different kinds of buildings. I especially like the old plantation homes found in Wahiawa and Ewa. And even some old camps in Kalihi side. And when we travel to San Fran or New York, I’m just awed by the old buildings that have been there for decades. And in New York, I found a whole new appreciation for the huge, majestic bridges.
If you have the same love for buildings, bridges, streets, etc. like I do, please consider joining Docomomo Hawaii. They hold these excursions where they go to certain areas of the island to help you see things that you’ve passed many times before and may have never appreciated. Take a look at their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/docomomohawaii/. Be sure to look at their photo albums.
Okay, now to the fun part. Here’s the scavenger hunt sheet. You can click on the sheet to get a larger view. For some, there are multiple locations so I’ll take any of the answers. Sorry, no prizes – for fun only. Although, at the Docomomo Hawaii scavenger hunt – with the help of Paula and my daughter – we were able to come in 2nd place.
Thank you Docomomo Hawaii for the fun night. And thank you also to Design Within Reach at Ala Moana for hosting the scavenger hunt. It was so generous of you to open your doors and your hearts for us.
And a special thank you to Alissa C., Tonia M., Alison C., and Don H. of Fung Associates, Inc. for inviting us.
And if any of you are interesting in joining Docomomo Hawaii, they open their arms to you. And it’s not just for the MLCers who remember the old historic buildings around town – it’s also for the young folks who can appreciate the modernization taking place around our island.
Well, not the guy in the middle – that’s my friend Chad.
But he was lucky enough to take a picture with the legendary Cheech & Chong who just did a performance last night at the Hawaii theater. I wonder if anyone was puffing in there…
I remember listening to Cheech & Chong back during junior high school days. My friend JS and I used to quote the Cheech & Chong skits all the time.
“Dave’s not here!”
“Oh wow – that didn’t even hurt. Oh wow – what are you trying to do, tickle me?”
“Basketball Jones, I got a basketball Jones, I got a basketball Jones oh baby oooh, oooh, oooooh.”
“Now class… Class… SHUT UP!”
I remember my first ever Cheech & Chong album was Big Bambu. I didn’t even know that Big Bambu was a type of rolling paper.
*btw, once you take out the piece of rolling paper – it’s a bitch to put back in!
This is where I leaned the Sister Mary Elephant skit and:
“Wait a minute, I have to pinch a loaf”
“Pinch a loaf?”
“Drop a stool”
“Drop a stool?”
“I have to make a doo-doo, alright?”
From Ralph and Herbie
And my next album was the Los Cochinos album
The picture in the foreground is the album sleeve after you remove it from the outside cover.
With the classics “Up His Nose” and “Evelyn Woodhead Speed Reading Course”.
But I was missing out on one special one – their debut album. Went out and bought a used copy. Wanna take a listen to it?
Those are my memories of the legendary Cheech and Chong. So much a part of my growing up years. How about you? Were you a Cheech and Chong fan? Maybe seen their movies? Did you and your friends talk “Cheech and Chong” to each other?
When I pause to visit reality (versus living in the past), I think about how life has changed since small-kid-time. And in my lifetime – so far – I’d have to say that the internet has made the biggest impact in my lifetime. I mean, without the internet – this blog wouldn’t exist!
And I try to think back at my parent’s generation – what things made the biggest impact in their lifetime? Was it the TV? Maybe not just for entertainment purposes, but also for informational purposes. It was how they received news of what was happening. Not just locally, but from throughout the world – albeit a day later. And TV shows were a week later! Remember watching all the Christmas episodes during new year’s week? It was hard to get into the Christmas episodes a week after the holiday passed.
Or was it the automobile? Did you know that Ala Moana Center was created because of the automobile? Before cars became popular, everyone used public transportation. That meant catching the trolleys in to downtown to do the shopping. Then with the introduction of cars, parking spaces were now a necessity – which downtown didn’t have. Thus, Ala Moana Center was created with over 1,000 parking spaces. And downtown was no longer the shopping mecca.
And the introduction of cars also allowed for suburbs. Kaimuki was where a lot of our parent’s generation settled down at. Why? Because that was the end of the trolley line. That was the suburbs back in the day. But then when mostly every family had a car – far away suburbs like Kailua, Pearl City, and Hawaii Kai were born.
When our grandparents immigrated here, they came via ship. Then air travel became available, but it was expensive – relative to what our grandparents and even parents earned. Maybe we took one or two family vacations to the neighbor islands via propeller airplane. Then later, the jet airplane was made available and that allowed some of the lucky ones to go to Disneyland. But because of the cost of flying, I don’t think air travel had that big of an impact.
What else could’ve been something that changed the lives of our parent’s generation? The automatic washing machine? The refrigerator? Statehood! I’m sure the attack of Pearl Harbor was an event that really stood out to them. And then followed by the war. But that was more of an event versus progress.
How about for our generation?
I know that the surf-leash changed the way people surfed. Before the invention of the surf-leash, we wanted to keep our rides under control so as to avoid the long swim in to retrieve our surfboard. But once the surf-leash was invented – just try any kine. After you wipe out, no worries – you board will be right there next to you. But on the other-hand, it kind of lost some of the finesse of surfing – like the controlled kick-out. Nowadays, they just fall off their board.
How about cable TV? That had a big impact on our generation. Gone were the days of having just three TV stations to choose from. Or watching cartoons only on Saturday mornings – and weekday afternoons. Cable allow us to watch cartoons 24/7 if we wanted to. Cable brought us M-TV where we were able to not just listen to music, but to watch it too! And we could choose to watch anything and everything (almost) on TV – at all hours of the day. From sitcoms to soap-operas to reality shows to 1/2 hour commercials to music videos to cooking shows to shopping networks to dirty movies.
And then came along the cellular telephone. Although it appeared pretty much after-our-time. I mean, to really impact our lives as most of us were settled down by then. I’m kinda happy that instant communication wasn’t available to us as we were growing up. It sorta takes away some of the mystique of knowing who was doing what and where. In our day, we could easily lay-low without being found except by our closest of friends.
But I have to say that the internet had made thee biggest impact on our generation so far. Our kids generation, not so much as they pretty much grew up with information available at their fingertips. If not via the internet, then via software on our old, expensive, clunky PCs. And our parent’s generation – well, a lot of them are intimidated by the internet – and would prefer to do things the old fashioned way.
But our generation had to look up phone numbers in a phone book. Find out the definition of words from a dictionary. Go the to library and read books to do our research papers. Or at least (like me) copy it out of our encyclopedias. If we wanted to know what the weather was going to be like, we waited until the weather report at the end of the news. Surf reports – listen for Town & Country’s Guy Hagi or Clyde Matsusaka on the radio. To check the hours of a business meant calling and asking. Wanted to know how good a place was to eat – you asked your friends. And if you wanted to play the stock market – you woke up at 3:00AM to watch the ticker tape scroll across the bottom of the cable channel, them call your stock broker to buy or sell some shares.
But now – it’s all at our fingertips. Instant! We can read about what our friends were doing 10 minutes ago and where they’re partying at – instead of hearing about it the next day. We can buy dog food without even going to the pet store. And it’ll magically appear at our doorstep in just a couple of days. We can learn how to fix an appliance ourselves – without having to call the Maytag repair man. And we save a bundle of money too. Want to hear a special song? No need to call the KKUA request line and wait for the DJ to play it. Just look for it on one of the many music sites. Want to warn the neighbors about strangers lurking in the neighborhood? No need talk to the neighbor over the fence – just post ‘um on the Stolen Stuff Hawaii Facebook page.
Anyone care to guess what might be the biggest change for future generations? I’m guessing driver-less cars. Then what, pilot-less airplanes?
What’s your take on this? What do you think was the biggest change for our generation? How about for our parent’s generation? What were some other advancements that changed our ways? The compact disc? Mp3 music? Electronic banking? Preservatives and food additives? The personal computer? What do you think?
Previously, we touched upon local slogans and jingles from yesteryear. Now let’s see how many National ones we can remember. Just recently in the news was that the local Chevron is being bought out by Texaco.
I remember when Texaco used to be here before. There was one in Kailua right next to Kress. And since we’re talking about National slogans and jingles – anyone remember; “You can trust your car to the man who wears the star, The big bright Texaco starrrrrrr!”
Here’ s few more national slogans:
“Where’s the beef?” – Wendy’s
I’d rather fight than switch” – Tareyton Cigarettes”
“The ooooonly way to fly” – Western Airlines
“Fly the friendly skies of United” – United Airlines
“Come to where the flavor is” – Marlboro Cigarettes
“From the land of sky blue water…” – Hamms Beer
“Who wears short shorts,
We wear short shorts,
If you dare wear short shorts,
Nair for short shorts.”
Rodney Lee is a Baby Boomer - and proud of it. Rodney started the Midlife Crisis blog back in the days of The Honolulu Advertiser and ran it for about 3 years. After The Honolulu Advertiser shut down, Rodney decided to continue his blog here at Midlife Crisis Hawaii. New blog entries are added every Monday and Thursday.
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