You Know You’re MLC If…

Jan 20, 2014

Okay, let’s have some fun.  Finish the sentence.  Never mind if you mistakenly repeat someone else (I don’t expect you to read every single comment).

 

You Know You’re MLC If…

 

  • Your house used to have a TV antenna on the roof
  • Or your TV had “rabbit ears” on the set.  Maybe with some tin-foil on the ends
  • You worked cannery
  • You shopped at Wigwam 😉
  • You talked your mom into buying you Fizzies
  • You listened to either K-POI or KKUA
  • You remember Food City
  • You only paid 10¢ to ride the bus
  • You remember the huge used car lot at the corner of Dillingham Blvd and Middle St.
  • You remember the green and white license plates

License Green White

 

Okay, you get the idea.

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  1. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    Thank God we still have good folks like these. Keeping our Aloha Spirit Alive!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OQUKfR0pOc

  2. Hbh
    January 22nd, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    You Know You’re MLC if you watched this and knew what was being said, and knew how much stink it caused in public schools.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu9b9PxWqhI

    http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/July-2012/Kikaida-Hawaiis-Favorite-Superhero/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1#artanc

    Check out the picture of pearlridge shopping center when they hostted this event.

    Wow were at 300.

  3. keoni
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    @Mark Shelby Ah yes, the Makaha Sons! Too sad that John is no longer with us. :'(

  4. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you snuck up your back yard and hiked Diamond Head in the 1960’s when you were one little Keiki. When nobody was supposed to be up there! And the goal was to explore all of the WWll Bunkers. Especially the four story bunker on the very top! We had to be really sneaky, or they would come get us! Did you ever do this? We used to even wear green clothes to blend in with da brush! Before they have now made it into a another tourist trap? Those were the days, braddas! And the views were to die for, I was jus one little kid but I knew that already!

    http://www.lavasurfer.com/info/hikediamondhead.html

    Great info on Diamond Head in this link…..

    http://www.diamondheadhike.org/militaryhistory.html

    Diamond Head was my Playground!

  5. M
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Flying A gas sations.

  6. Ynaku
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    @Mark Shelby

    That place that showed the tsunami high water mark is still there. It’s at the Hilo Seaside Hotel by Ice Pond. I can’t remember the name of the old restaurant but the Hotel was called the Hilo Hukilau Hotel. The restaurant is now called Coconut Grill.

  7. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Ynaku….Thank YOU! That’s it! I have to go look that up now! We used to go there all of the time, in the 1960’s. We had a store in Hilo.

  8. khs68
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    …when all service stations were full service. As soon as the car ran over the black hose, the bell would go “ding ding” and the service station man (kid talk) would come running out. He would fill the gas, wipe all the windows, look under the hood to check the oil, and then check the tires. Meanwhile inside the car, I’d be jumping around the seats to see what he was doing. I liked to climb on top the backseat, lie down on the shelf and look up as the rear window was being wiped.

  9. dihudfan
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    too lazy to go read all from beginning again… but I know someone mentioned camping free at Hanauma Bay… we did it a lot while in the Boy Scouts… that wuz one good place to camp… swimming, fishing, hiking, and mostly cooking and eating outdoors… winnahs!!!

    does anyone remembah Tin Roof? good swimming hole at Kalihi Valley…

  10. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Fun story….khs68

    You are one hard core MLC’er….

    If you can remember that in 1970 you could fill up your 1969 VW Beetle gas tank for less than $5.00 bucks! And den think to yourself with a smile on your face! Oh Wow! Look how many times I can go bodysurfing at Makapuu for less den $5.00 Bucks! And you kept your Duck Feet fins, trunks and a towel in your car jus in case!

  11. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    dihudfan…..that was my friend Pam above who said camping free at Hanauma Bay. My Dad was our high school Sunday School teacher at our church. And we would make it out to H Bay several times a years for good free camping, snorkeling, hiking and BBQ’s on that awesome Hanauma Bay! We would always have like 50 kids or more. It was always a big event. I remember the Boy Scouts camping there too at the same time we would be there.

  12. khs68
    January 22nd, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Okay…am I the only one, who as a kid and up through my 40’s, pronounced Hanauma Bay as “Ha-na-ooo-ma Bay”? And when did Maili (my-lee) become “my-ee-lee”?

    When I first heard newscasters say these names I thought “where’s that?” Guess that’s what I get from living away from Hawaii for 17 years.

  13. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    If you can remember all of these views. And still have them embedded in your brain cells.

    You are one hard core MLC’er for life!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/2628300158/

  14. khs68
    January 22nd, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    …if your home telephone number was less than 7 digits.

  15. Hbh
    January 22nd, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    @khs68

    Dont feel bad I can relate. But at the sametime your dealing with people who think Honolulu is a gorgeous place with Sax fifth Ave ans all the highend mainland stuff. 🙁

  16. Hbh
    January 22nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Im surprised no one said anything about this, You Know You’re MLC If you remember any call outside of Hawaii was long distance.

  17. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    You are one hard core life long MLC’er….

    If you can remember that it used to take two weeks to get a letter from the mainland in the mail (sent by ship). And all of the TV Shows were one week late! Because they had to fly the tapes to Honolulu. No such thing as Live TV!

  18. A.T.
    January 22nd, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    To make your own toys was good but you also had the ones that you got for Christmas or Birthday. I really liked my Secret Sam, the briefcase with all the stuff inside to make a gun. It even came with a hidden camera. How about Man from U.N.C.L.E. stuff. it came with the triangle Man from U.N.C.L.E. badge. Kinda pre- transformers becaue I remember a radio that change into a machine gun and a camera that changed into a pistol. V-Room the plastic engine that attached to the bicycle. It had a handle that you pulled on and made a revving sound. Talking about bicycles the classic Schwin stingray with banana seat, maybe a sissy bar with diamond back pad. The rich guys had the orange crate or apple crate. I had a metal flake blue one. I wish i could afford the suspension spring in the front. The cool thing about the stingray was when you got older you could replace the banana seat with a black boxspring seat and the chopper handle bars with a goose neck handle bar. There was an older guy name Colgate (just like the tootpaste) that had a green stingray and he was the “pull” wheely champ and he would lean on the goose neck handble bar facing towards the back of the bike and pedal backwards and go forward. I thought it was the coolest thing. Then you had the reflective axle cleaners. The leather straps that wrapped around the axle of the tire that was connected together with a small reflector. Riding around with your stingray with a turbo tube up each arm (kinda look like Hercules) heading to the candy store… good old days…

  19. Susan
    January 22nd, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    You remember Buck’s Portuguese Sweet Bread had its bakery next to the termite palace(old stadium)–miss that bread! And regarding that huge used car lot at Dillingham Blvd and Middle St.–we bought our 1962 used Buick there! Too many more, but love reading everyone else’s thoughts.

  20. 4G
    January 22nd, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Wow – some kind of wind out there today!

    You know you’re MLC if you remember Betamax.

  21. 4G
    January 22nd, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Okay, sorry – kinda slow on the draw, as usual. 😉

    Aloha Stadium and rust

    I must have been in high school at the time and kind of getting into cars. ’68 Toyota Corona – I swear, Japanese cars back then were rust magnets. All I knew was, “Rust never sleeps”.

    I heard about Aloha Stadium and “rust will form a protective barrier”. I was like, Haaaa?! I don’t think soooo …”. Plus, look at how close that thing is to the salt water! LOL!

  22. Hbh
    January 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    @Susan

    Aloha and welcome to MLC Hawaii, please be at home.

  23. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you can remember people actually driving around in these!…lol

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1499696392/in/photostream/lightbox/

  24. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er….

    If you can remember the Hilton Hawaiian Village….before it was the Hilton Hawaiian Village!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1498835813/in/photostream/lightbox/

  25. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Hbh… January 22nd, 2014 at 3:28 pm #
    “Im surprised no one said anything about this, You Know You’re MLC If you remember any call outside of Hawaii was long distance”.

    Hbh….In the good old days of Hawai’i, a long distance phone call to the mainland could cost $1.00 to $2.00 per minute or more depending on the time of day. So most business was done by mail. Although we did have something that was called the teletype. And also Western Union.

    My Dad used a Teletype as late as the mid 1980’s from our Furniture on Dillingham Blvd, which was next to our Wigwam Store, to communicate with our furniture suppliers in Asia, to save on long distance phone call cost’s. Which were very high. It was quite an amazing machine for it’s time! Communicating from Hawaii, has been a very creative experience since time began!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleprinter

  26. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    You are one hard core MLC’er….

    If you ever ate at the Snack Shop! In Waikiki. And enjoyed the beach front views. Those were the days!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1468643191/in/photostream/lightbox/

  27. Mark'75
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    @Mark Shelby: I remember people driving those pink Jeeps. Around that time, Ford came out with a special edition pink Mustang. Maybe it was some sort of fad.

  28. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    You are one hard core for life MLC’er…

    If you ever enjoyed a good meal at Pat’s at Punaluu!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1468642945/in/photostream/lightbox/

  29. Mark'75
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    You know you’re MLC if you had to get under your desk in elementary school for the monthly siren tests. I actually looked forward to joining the other giggling kids as we ‘ducked’ under our desks for the 3 sirens.

  30. Mark'75
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    You know you’re MLC if you thought PONG was the greatest sensation in video gaming. Yup, video games slowly but surely began replacing pinball machines at bowling alleys.

  31. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Did you ever eat at the Crouching Lion Inn?

    In middle school my friends parents were the caretakers of the property. Their house was just to the left of the pic at the link below. We both went to Aina Hina Academy. Or “The Academy”. King Kaamahele used to invite me over to his parents house for weekend sleep overs. We would climb all over dat mountain and explore! That’s what little kids did in the good old days of Hawai’i! And your parents jus let you go! And then we would enjoy the Crouching Lion Restaurant for dinner, when the day was done! I always enjoyed driving up that coast to go to the Country! What a treat! Some of my best young days! Being one with nature on our island home. And good friends!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1468643617/in/photostream/lightbox/

  32. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you eva ate hea!!!!!!!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1469497316/in/photostream/lightbox/

  33. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remember how Dick Tomey ran the muddle-huddle play in football

  34. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remembered how U.H. used Blaine Gaison on defense and offense

  35. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remember the starting rotation of Chuck Crim and Bryan Duquette pitched for the Rainbows. Remember who caught for them? Yep, none other than Howard Dashefsky.

  36. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you ever ate in the only restaurant in Honolulu, that was built to look like a boat on da wharf! And you have such wonderful memories of family and friends meeting here for a good meal. Laughing and sharing good times together! That’s what it is all about! And now you are sad that it is gone.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1468643783/in/photostream/lightbox/

  37. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Saw Coach Murakami at Zippys the other week. Bless his heart and all his white hair. May they find a cure for the stroke one day.

  38. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    ,,,when the name Henry Hu(i)hui made the news often 40 years ago

  39. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remember the first football game played at the rust bucket was an opponent Texas A & I

  40. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you were hoping McGovern would beat Nixon in the presidential election

  41. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remember how popular the Apollo lunch boxes with the thermos were especially after watching on TV how the astronauts parachuted back down to earth

  42. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    You are a hard core MLC’er…

    If your ever….
    Did you ever eat at the Halekulani Coral Lani. I remember they put up the metal structures to hold the trees up. The trees were for shade. The views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach were awesome, as always was the service and food!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1498820957/in/photostream/lightbox/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1498820367/in/photostream/lightbox/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1498821161/in/photostream/lightbox/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/1498821361/in/photostream/lightbox/

  43. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you recall what a bunch of ding-a-lings the first Con-con produced

  44. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remembered how the bus driver’s box collected both coins and bus tickets

  45. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you thought how alike Myron Floren was in resemblance to Lawrence Welk

  46. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you remember Marcus Welby, M.D. and the other doctor, Dr. Kiley

  47. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you recall who Roy and Johnny were on Emergency

  48. Seawalker
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    You know you MLC…

    …when you thought how Saijo Hideki’s hair was too long

  49. khs68
    January 22nd, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Saijo Hideki’s hair was just fine to me. He’s was a hottie back in the day.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NafMcawuMM4

  50. khs68
    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    @Seawalker: Eh you right. They could be twins separated at birth!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WCMzRLov58

  51. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

  52. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you can remember when Waikiki looked like this.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/2658860635/in/photostream/

  53. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Waikiki Aerial View c1954

    Too good not to show! Enjoy!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/2659686976/in/photostream/

  54. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er…..

    If you can remember this sign. And you ate at the original Coco’s Restaurant!
    Crossroads of the Pacific….

    The famous “Crossroads of the Pacific” neon sign at Kau Kau Korner, located at the intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapiolani Blvd. View in this photo is looking more or less mauka along Kalakaua. The black car in the middle of the photo is on Kapiolani heading ewa. Kau-Kau Korner became Coco’s in 1960 and Hard Rock Café from 1987 to 2010.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/2659687224/in/photostream/

  55. Hbh
    January 22nd, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    I wantted to say tanks and mahalo to every MLCs for bringing me home even for awhile. Mahalos to Uncle Rodney for the commitment and work to keep MLC Hawaii going.

    And on a sidenote make sure you check out Kamaaina56’s photos on flicker, he has the best and most old photos of Hawaii from 50s,60s,70s. Plus if you get a chance say Mahalo because I couldn’t imagine how much hard work it took and time to collect, enhance photos etc for us to remember. And again tanks guys.

  56. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    This was a very good day on MLC Hawaii…..Hbh. Ya Bra! We got some good things done and shared! Thanks Rodney!

    Aloha!

    ~Mark Shelby

  57. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Do you realize? That if you owned everyone of these kewl old cars today. It could be your retirement account! We just needed one really big garage.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/9839669135/

  58. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    In 1965…..we lived on Waialae Golf Course, just down the lane from the new Kahala Hilton Hotel. Before Dad built our house on Diamond Head.
    Kahala Beach was my playground. As was this canal. I used to crab, shrimp and fish along this canal. As a young boy. The huge rain storms cleaned it and made it better every time. It was a little kids delight! The bridge you see was later replaced with a much larger and more fancy walking bridge.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/9984313825/in/photostream/

  59. Mark Shelby
    January 22nd, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    This pic is for your Mark’75. The former Honolulu HPD Headquarters. This is where I went to get my drivers license on my birthday in 1970 when I turned 15 years old. Just like my lifelong friend Pam did. I remember when this location was Sears. I was jus one little Keiki. And then Sears moved to Ala Moana. But gone again…….so sad.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/9954461216/in/photostream/

  60. Kahuken
    January 23rd, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    I remeber so much of all dis kine stuffs you guys stay talkin about! Enjoy the photos and videos too! I remeber when had different bus companies on Oahu. I lived up in Wahiawa and had to take the WTS bus down to where Leeward Community College is now to catch the HRT bus owned by Henry Weinberg. Two separate fares since they had different owners. Then the driver strike came about and Frank Fasi bought used busses from Dallas Texas and formed MTL later know as OTS which runs “The Bus” thanks Mayor now we could go around the island for a quarter!

  61. Mark'75
    January 23rd, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    @Mark Shelby: Thanks. Lots and lots of memories there.

  62. Mark Shelby
    January 23rd, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    Considering we had to live our lives by airplanes and airfares. When you adjust for inflation. I would say it is cheaper to fly today then it was in the 1950’s and ’60’s. We always paid a price though, to live in Paradise! And we neva mind paying it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/10023166995/in/photostream/

  63. Mark Shelby
    January 23rd, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er….

    If you can remember ‘The Beachwagon” cruising around Waikiki from U~Drive car rental! I always wanted one of deez! It was the perfect little kid toy car!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamaaina56/10652720426/in/photostream/

  64. Kahuken
    January 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    You know you are one hard core MLC’er….
    If you went to the “Civic” to see Roller Derby or 50th State Big Time Wrestling! Ripper Collins and Curtis “The Bull” Iuakea , Lord Blears, Gentleman Ed Francis and my fave Johnny Berand!

  65. Hbh
    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    You Know You’re MLC If You remember a time were each small victory or good news was an excuse to throw a Luau or Potluck with the community or ohana.

  66. Mark Shelby
    January 23rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Ripper Collins! And all those guys! What a Hoot! Had me laughing all the time!

    Hbh……ya! Especially baby Luaus! You always wanted folks to have more babies so you could go pig out more!…..lol Those were the good old days of Hawai’i Bradda! you nailed it!

  67. JindoMaster
    January 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    I thought of one while pumping gas tonight. You know you’re MLC if you remember your parents saying, “Fill it up with Ethyl.”
    http://www.petroleumhistory.org/OilHistory/images/knock/pump.jpg

  68. Mark Shelby
    January 23rd, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    JindoMaster……..that’s it! My Mom always used to say …“Fill it up with Ethyl.” I either wondered why she was calling that man Ethyl…..or I was wondering if I was watching an I Love Lucy rerun! ……lol

  69. kelz
    January 31st, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    Masqerades, PINKS GARAGE, WAVE, castle park & ice palace..teriyaki burgers @ Orange Julius oh & tower records. Thirst aid station in makai market. CRACK SEED STORE! How about woolworth in ala moana that had the trippy candles! CRUZIN ALA MOANA BEACH PARK EVERY SUNDAY JUST FOR GO ROUND IN CIRCLES. AND WAIKS FRIDAY & SATERDAY NIGHTS TO SEE EVERYONE GO BACK UP AND DOWN KALAKAUA AVE. Holiday mart. Does bank of hawaii in ala moana still have the drive thru that had the tube u put your money in & send it to the teller across..? Contempo casuals…ladies!

  70. Mark Shelby
    February 2nd, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Ketz…..weekend people watching on Kalakaua was da bess! Just sitting on the lava rock wall. Where the good old Leis Stands used to be in front of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Or strolling through the International Market Place! And listening to all of the music, including at the hotels, poolside. Just lay back in their poolside lounge chair and relax to the awesome free Hawaiian music!

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