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    Saw the Weekly's interior pic today, nothing like the original. Is it open, anybody been?

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    An article was published in today's Star Bulletin:

    Families sure to love return of Shakey's

    The first of three planned restaurants opened Feb. 24 at Waipahu Town Center, around the corner from Longs, where Blockbuster used to be.
    Shakey's has a big presence in the Philippines. Any chance they chose Waipahu town to start for that reason?

    They should have kicked out Sorabol on Koreamoku street and opened there first! After all that building Sorabol is in was originally a Shakey's back in the 70's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    They should have kicked out Sorabol on Koreamoku street
    Honey, buy me pizza and drinku.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Honey, buy me pizza and drinku.
    Now that you mention that, how about a Kalbi or Bulgogi Pizza? Or Bi Bim Bap Pizza? Never seen that done yet.

    Don't even think about adding Kim Chee on Pizza, though. I Seriously don't think that would taste good at all.

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    Went there this past week and had their lunch buffet: pizza, spaghetti, mac and cheese, salad bar, etc...We also ordered chicken wings and it was cooked to perfection. Am I in a hurry to go back? Probably not. Maybe in a couple few months...

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    I remember Shakey's on Keeaumoku. It was so dark in there you couldn't see what you were sitting on when you planted your okole on those long wooden picnic benches inside.
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    I remember the one on Kamehameha Hwy in Waimalu. I'm trying to remember exactly what's on that site now. For a while there were two restaurants, and then they got demolished and something else went up. Maybe it's the Firestone Tire place that's on the actual piece of land Shakey's was on out here.

    They used to have a sign that said something like "We made a deal: we won't take checks, you won't make pizza." That's not exactly right, though, because it's not funny. The actual sign was funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    I remember Shakey's on Keeaumoku. It was so dark in there you couldn't see what you were sitting on when you planted your okole
    That's the MO of a business on Keeaumoku. You can't see the too much makeup of the hostesses when it's dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    I remember Shakey's on Keeaumoku. It was so dark in there you couldn't see what you were sitting on when you planted your okole on those long wooden picnic benches inside.
    It sure was. Red Baron's was the same way. That's how pizza parlors were in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    That's the MO of a business on Keeaumoku. You can't see the too much makeup of the hostesses when it's dark.
    Yep they say, "You like touchie...you buy me drinkie"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    Don't even think about adding Kim Chee on Pizza, though. I Seriously don't think that would taste good at all.
    Pomai: For a couple of years back in the late 80s or early 90s, there was a place in Pearl Kai called Kieran's Chinese Pizza. My church buddies and I used to go there ALL the time. It was pizza with Chinese-food names, like beef broccoli pizza, or lemon chicken pizza. It was delicious. I'm pretty sure it was in the spot that's now Ricado's. I love Ricado's, but I miss that old pizza place.

    And you are wrong about kim chee pizza. My own kitchen experiments led me to the creation of kim chee pizza and it's great. I was making English-muffin pizzas (with my own home-made sauce) and ran out of stuff to put atop the cheese. I had a jar of Halm's kim chee in the fridge (it's one of my favorite breakfasts) so I made a few pizzas with kim chee. It was really good. I've since made it many times and I always love it. I prefer the thicker, whiter pieces of won bok because of the extra bite they lend, but it's pretty much all good. Try it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister View Post
    I remember the one on Kamehameha Hwy in Waimalu. I'm trying to remember exactly what's on that site now. For a while there were two restaurants, and then they got demolished and something else went up. Maybe it's the Firestone Tire place that's on the actual piece of land Shakey's was on out here.
    That site became Edokko Restaurant in the late eighties, one of those cook-at-your-table yakiniku buffets. My mom was the first manager of that restaurant and stayed for five years or so. I'm fairly certain it's where the McD's is now, across Pearlridge. It's hard to picture now because Pearl Kai wasn't there yet, and I don't quite remember what that space looked like before they put Pearl Kai there!
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    I remember making Kim Chee pizzas on english muffins back in the 60's with Ragu spaghetti sauce or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    I remember making Kim Chee pizzas on english muffins back in the 60's with Ragu spaghetti sauce or something like that.
    Oh dear. Well, there's no accounting for taste.

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    They had pizza in the sixties?

    I think the fact that Pomai, craig, and I each thought of the idea independently indicates that there's definitely an idea there, even if we vary in our responses to the thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister View Post
    Oh dear. Well, there's no accounting for taste.
    Let's just say my taste buds were budding. Oh and Kim chee on a Ritz...not a good thing either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrivener View Post
    Pomai: And you are wrong about kim chee pizza. My own kitchen experiments led me to the creation of kim chee pizza and it's great. I was making English-muffin pizzas (with my own home-made sauce) and ran out of stuff to put atop the cheese. I had a jar of Halm's kim chee in the fridge (it's one of my favorite breakfasts) so I made a few pizzas with kim chee. It was really good. I've since made it many times and I always love it. I prefer the thicker, whiter pieces of won bok because of the extra bite they lend, but it's pretty much all good. Try it.
    What kind of "homemade" sauce did you make? Was it like a tomato-based marinara type? I just can't imagine Kim Chee tasting good on that, but hey, I won't knock 'til I try it! If you say it was good, I'll trust your palate on that one!

    I DO KNOW Kim Chee DOES NOT go well on a hot dog...



    Here's what I said about it:
    Yes, a Kim Chee Hot Dog. This beast of a dog is made using a Kosher Sinai Hot Dog (the big Costco ‘kine), covered with no bean chili and a huge pile of Kim Chee. What did I think of it? Sorry, I didn’t like it. The Kim Chee is just too acidic to compliment the hot dog.
    Getting back to topic (sort of), I'm surprised the Shakey's Pizza locations in the Philippines haven't adopted their country's foods as toppings. Perhaps a Pork or Chicken Adobo Pizza! Or, instead of a Pepperoni Pizza, how about a Longanisa Sausage Pizza! For some reason, both of those ideas sound like they'd taste mighty masarap (delicious)!

    I'm skeptical a Dinuguan Pizza would work though.

    I can't believe Shakey's (US) Has the 'Hawaiian Pizza' listed as one of their "classics". And yes, what makes it "Hawaiian" is Pineapple and Ham. I still don't get what's so "Hawaiian" about that.

    I heard Big Kahuna's Pizza (formerly) in Mapunapuna, now by the airport) makes a mighty tasty Kalua Pork Pizza. Now THAT I can see being called a "Hawaiian Pizza".

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    from wikipedia....doesnt seem very definitive:

    Hawaiian pizza is a pizza that usually consists of a cheese and tomato base with pieces of ham and pineapple. Some versions include bacon, shrimp, green pepper, mushrooms, onions and/or jalapenos, but the version with ham and pineapple only is the most common. It is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.[1]

    Despite its name, Hawaiian pizza is not a Hawaiian invention. In Italy, "Hawaiian" pizza is considered to be a German invention[2] (or a German modification of Italian cuisine), similar to the Toast Hawaii. A Canadian restaurant owner named Sam Panopoulos claims to have first come up with the idea of placing pineapples and ham on a regular pizza in 1960 at the Family Circle Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada.
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    My apartment in Japan in 1974 was next door to a commercial hotel (meaning it catered to salarymen presumably trying to sell to the naval base or whatever other industry Yokosuka had at the time). Occasionally I'd get hungry and forsake my single-burner gas plate in my no-hot-water, no shower, flush-benjo apartment and go upstairs in that hotel for a meal. They offered something called a Hawaiian plate, which was a slice of ham with a (canned) pineapple ring on top of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai View Post
    I can't believe Shakey's (US) Has the 'Hawaiian Pizza' listed as one of their "classics". And yes, what makes it "Hawaiian" is Pineapple and Ham. I still don't get what's so "Hawaiian" about that.
    People around the world associate pineapples with Hawaii. Even though the local pineapple industry's heyday is long past, the imagery of pineapple fields in the islands is so strong that it continues to live on in many people's minds.

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    Occasionally I'd get hungry and forsake my single-burner gas plate in my no-hot-water, no shower, flush-benjo apartment and go upstairs in that hotel for a meal.
    Benjo. Only in Hawaii do I hear that word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Benjo. Only in Hawaii do I hear that word.
    That's what it was called in Japan when I lived there.

    Try to use it when you've got an ankle-to-hip plaster cast on, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Benjo. Only in Hawaii do I hear that word.
    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister View Post
    That's what it was called in Japan when I lived there.
    Yeah, well, just as a friendly tip to anyone who plans to visit Japan and wants to make a good impression: Don't say "benjo" if you need to go to the bathroom in someone's home. Much more polite to say "otearai." And if you can't remember that, most Japanese people will understand "toilet."
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    Benjo or Obenjo is old school and can be found in some rural areas of Japan and quite frequently here in Hawaii where we hold onto traditional customs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Benjo or Obenjo is old school and can be found in some rural areas of Japan and quite frequently here in Hawaii where we hold onto traditional customs.
    Well, it must be way, WAY out in the boondocks of Japan, because I've never once heard benjo/obenjo from a Japanese tourist all the time I worked in the visitor industry.

    The only time I've heard that term being used by someone actually from Japan was my late grandmother. And she emigrated into the US way back in 1921!

    Benjo is an antiquated term. That it's still being used by some local Japanese-Americans today is due to the fact that the more recent and refined terms for toilet/bathroom was never incorporated into the Japanese vocabulary that the nisei generation learned from their parents. It's not case of AJAs holding on to a tradition, IMO.

    But hey, if anyone wants to go around in public in Japan using an antiquated and vulgar term that might embarrass their hosts/friends, be my guest. Just remember that 50 years ago, it was also considered socially acceptable in this country to refer to African-Americans as being "Negro." Try casually using that term in your conversations today and see what happens.

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    It's sad that Benjo is vulgar. Just like the Shakuhachi flute. Today it has a derogatory slang to it.
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    *bump*

    One news story said there were 4 Shakey's Pizza Parlor locations on Oahu back in the 70's. It's already been confirmed the Koreamoku location (currently Sorabol), Kaneohe and Waimalu (on Kamehameha Hwy).

    Where was the 4th location? I'm guessing somewhere out Kahala side? University area? Anyone know?

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