News:The Pandemic Has Turned Us Into Big Tippers. How Long Will That Last? - Honolulu Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: The Pandemic Has Turned Us Into Big Tippers. How Long Will That Last? - Honolulu Civil Beat

Restaurateur Michael Miller said servers from other restaurants — some of them out of work themselves — would come into his Tiki’s Grill and Bar in Waikiki to support his staff.

“Everyone knows that waiters tend to overtip other waiters because they know what they are going through, but during the pandemic their tips to their colleagues were bigger than normal, even though the people giving so generously were struggling themselves,” said Miller, director of operations and a partner in the popular restaurant on the second floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.

He said some customers have given such huge tips that his servers went back to the table to ask if it had been a mistake.

Tiki’s Grill waiter Colby Harris told me in a phone call about the party of 10 from Texas who tipped him $180 on a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Then, after paying their bill, they ordered another round of drinks and paid him another $200 tip.

“My tip from that one group was almost $400. I was super surprised,” said Harris.

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Mahalo Nui Loa, 

Michael Miller / Director of Operations / Partner

Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave.
808-923-8454          Honolulu, HI 96815

www.tikisgrill.com @Tikisgrill #Tikisgrill 

Winner of 2020 Travelers' Choice top 10% of restaurants worldwide
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Kids Cooking Local At Home: Local Chefs Teach Families How To Cook

Kids Cooking Local At Home: Local Chefs Teach Families How To Cook

Learn how to cook with local ingredients and pantry staples


Rainbow Waldorf Salad "To Go".

Demonstrated by Chef Ronnie Nasuti from Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Ingredients:

• 1 red apple
• 1 lemon
• 1 cup of red grapes
• 1 stalk of celery
• 1 small head of lettuce
• 1 cup plain white yogurt
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 cup cooked quinoa
• ¼ cup toasted walnuts
• 16 oz clear container (such as Mason jar, cleaned out spaghetti sauce jar, clear plastic cup, etc.). This is needed to “layer” the salad.

Directions:

1. Cook the quinoa ahead of time
2. Cut the apples into small piece, then toss the apples in lemon juice to acidulate them and stop oxidation.
3. Cut celery into small pieces
4. Slice up lettuce
5. Layer the ingredients into 16 oz container(s) as follows dividing the ingredients evenly into each jar:
a. yogurt
b. grapes
c. lettuce
d. quinoa
e. celery
f. apples
g. walnuts
6. Seal & refrigerate until ready to eat! Shake jar before eating to mix ingredients.

 

Honolulu, HI ­– The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) announces the release of its Kids CookingLocal At Home (KCL At Home) video series – virtual cooking lessons featuring local chefs cooking up healthy recipes with local ingredients while making the most of affordable staple items and Hawai‘i’s favorite canned goods. Local chefs featuring chef Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Learn how to make easy-to-follow recipes such as 13 videos are now available online at HawaiiAgFoundation.org.


Chef Ronnie Nasuti
Tiki’s Grill and Bar

Since the age of 13, Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti has been working in restaurants where he started his humble beginnings as a dishwasher in a rural suburb of Boston.  After moving to Hawaii in his early 20s, he started at the Roy’s Park Bistro in Waikiki where he learned every station and even did 24 hour room service and pastry.  He then came to the flagship restaurant in Hawaii Kai and eventually went on to become the Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill Sous Chef on Kauai, before returning to Roy’s Hawaii Kai as the Executive Sous Chef and later as Executive Chef. Chef Ronnie now hangs his hat at Tiki’s Grill & Bar and is excited to be a part of the team as Executive chef in this fun and exciting Waikiki restaurant.

 

KCL At Home was initially created to move HAF’s Kids Cooking Local (KCL) program to a virtual setting due to COVID-19 restrictions. KCL addresses the need to provide vulnerable communities and families who may be experiencing food insecurity with access to healthy food and to teach healthy eating. In partnership with After-School All-Stars (ASAS) and Boys and Girls Club Hawai‘i (BGCH), KCL serves students from six Title I schools on O‘ahu – ‘Ilima Intermediate School, William P. Jarrett Middle School, King David Kalākaua Middle School, Nānākuli High & Intermediate School, Waiʻanae Intermediate School, and Washington Middle School. Each week, KCL students bring home a bag of ingredients to follow the virtual cooking at home and create the meal with their families. By providing a bag of ingredients and local produce to the students, families gain accessibility to fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables that might normally be cost-prohibitive.

 

“We’re excited to share Kids Cooking Local At Home with our community,” says Denise Yamaguchi, HAF Executive Director. “We know that many families have been struggling as we try to navigate our way out of the pandemic, and we hope that these videos can help families spend more quality time together, cooking at home and learning about our local agriculture, and how to cook with the local produce that’s readily available in our communities.

 

To watch and cook along with Kids Cooking Local At Home, go to https://www.hawaiiagfoundation.org/kids-cooking-local/ and register for a free account.

 

About Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation
The Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawai‘i, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. For more information, visit HawaiiAgFoundation.org.



Rainbow Waldorf Salad "To Go".

Video Michael Speaking to the news Hawaii graduation parties still on hold, restaurants see uptick


by: Nikki Schenfeld

Posted: May 21, 2021 / 06:30 PM HST / Updated: May 21, 2021 / 06:30 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Graduation season is underway and many families are finding new ways to celebrate safely with fewer restrictions in place then in 2020.

It is the second year in a row that large graduation parties have been put on hold due to COVID-19.

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Restrictions for social gatherings are still in effect.

Ten people can gather inside and outside on Oahu, ten people can gather inside and 25 can gather outside on Hawaii Island, five can gather indoors and 25 people can gather outdoors on Kauai and ten people can gather inside and outdoors on Maui.

“We do have some rule changes that we’re asking for, but those have not been approved yet [by Gov. David Ige], said Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth. “So, when people are out we just ask that it’s better to be outdoors than indoors and to be safe. And follow the rules that have really been in place all along. We want our kids to have fun, but we want them to be safe.”

Pre-COVID, the Pagoda Hotel would sell out its three balrooms every graduation season one year in advance. They have two graduation parties in the books as of Friday, May 21.

“Our ballroom right now, it usually can fit 400 people, but because of COVID, we have to social distance them six feet apart,” explained Darlene Leones-Akiu, catering sales manager at Pagoda Hotel. “So right now we’re only doing 100 people, we can’t serve a buffet, so we’re doing stations where we actually have our staff serve the food, or you could do a set menu.”

She says it is tough because people are not allowed to dance or mingle between tables.

“We have a lot of call inquiries for next year already hoping, hoping we get back to normal,” she added.

Leones-Akiu says they had a lot of bookings earlier in the year for the 2021 graduation season, but the uncertainty of tiers forced them to cancel.

Many families in the meantime have opted for outdoor restaurant reservations.

“We have absolutely seen an uptick in reservations,” explained Michael Miller, director of operations at Tiki’s Bar and Grill in Waikiki.

“We’re seeing people wanting people to be more intimate, maybe only inviting the grandparents or the real close family friends,” he explained.

He recommended parties of four or more make reservations well in advance at all restaurants across the state due to the high demand.

“We’re getting close, and as more people get vaccinated, there’s more hope for bigger changes in the future,” Mayor Roth added. “So we’re hoping that people continue to get vaccinated because the higher that percentage is, the more likely it is we can start dropping a lot more of our restrictions.”

Video Michael Speaking to the news Hawaii employers struggle to find workers

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by: Nikki Schenfeld Posted: May 22, 2021 / 06:11 PM HST / Updated: May 22, 2021 / 06:18 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Employers around Hawaii are struggling to find workers.

Retail, restaurants and hotels are the top industries in need of hires.

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Many say the federal plus up is a huge reason many are not returning to work. They are hopeful that Hawaii’s unemployment criteria now requires the unemployed to apply for at least three jobs per week.

Tiki’s Bar and Grill in Waikiki is in need of a dozen workers for the first time in years.

“It’s really interesting with the governor’s announcement, we’re encouraged on the way things are going, but it’s not happening fast enough, for us, I have over 10 positions open and we’re having a really hard time even having people come in and apply for the jobs,” explained Tiki’s director of operations Michael Miller.

Miller said the popular restaurant is in need of hosts, bussers, waiters, cooks and managers.

“It still seems like a lot of people don’t want to come or get to work,” he said.

“We lost a lot of residents to states that opened sooner, we lost a lot of employees to Florida, and we lost some workers to other industries such as construction, so we’re hurting,” Miller explained. “And the business is here for us, now we just have to find some great people who want to go to work.”

Industry leaders say there are other reasons people are not ready to go back to work, including the $300 federal plus up, personal schedules, childcare and wanting to work from home.

“Especially if they’re on an hourly wage, you know [the federal plus up] might be more than what the paycheck is that they’re bringing home if they were to work part time or whatever,” explained Tina Yamaki, Retail Merchants of Hawaii president.

Others say restrictions like social distancing, shorter hours and not being at 100% occupancy are also factors.

“Restaurants were hurt hard and now that they can open back up, they still can’t have a full house,” explained Beth Busch, Workforce Job Fairs executive director. “So, if a waiter works on tips, that’s probably not going to be as lucrative as it was before.”

Workforce held a virtual job fair on Wednesday, May 19. Busch said the number of interviews was promising and believes the reinstated unemployment criteria pushed more people to find jobs sooner.

“We had 567 interviews, and that’s a lot, that’s excellent,” she said.

She says employers are offering huge incentives too.

“I have seen flexible schedules, sign-on bonuses, higher wages, better benefits, everybody is competing, and they’re doing whatever it is they need to do to try to draw candidates in,” she explained.

She said she has seen hundreds to even thousands of dollars in sign-on bonuses being offered.


Goal Crushed DX Century Club (DXCC) before my birthday! 105 entities with over 7,928 QSOs logged ! KH6ML

I set a goal to earn my DX Century Club (DXCC) status by my birthday, and it has been achieved!
With 105 DXCC entities  ( a discrete geographical or political entity) and 7,928 QSO records contact logged, as of May 20th, 2021.

These QSOs are matched up on https://lotw.arrl.org/ and not all HAMS use this service, so I also have paper cards that I can get reviewed to add more DXCC entities.
ARRL DXCC LIST CURRENT ENTITIES as February 2020 is 340. 
An amateur radio contact, more commonly referred to as simply a "contact", is an exchange of information between two amateur radio stations. The exchange usually consists of an initial call, a response by another amateur radio operator at an amateur radio station, and possibly a signal report. A contact is often referred to by the Q code QSO. It is often limited to just a minimal exchange of such station IDs. Stations who have made a contact are said to have worked each other. An operator may also say that he has worked a certain country.- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_(amateur_radio)

The DXCC List is based on Clinton B. DeSoto's, W1CBD, landmark 1935 QST article, "How to Count Countries Worked, A New DX Scoring System." DeSoto's article discussed problems DXers had in determining how to count the DX, or entities, they had worked. He presented the solution that has worked successfully for succeeding generations of DXers.

In DeSoto's words, "The basic rule is simple and direct: Each discrete geographical or political entity is considered to be a country." This rule has stood the test of time -- from the original list published in 1937, to the ARRL DXCC List of today. For more than 85 years, the DXCC List has been the standard for DXers around the world. -http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-rules

DXCC Entity Mixed
ALASKA WL7CG
ARGENTINA LU8VLE
ARUBA P40A
ASIATIC RUSSIA RU0LL
AUSTRALIA VK7XX
AUSTRIA OE1SZW
AZORES CU2AP
BAHAMAS C6AGU
BALEARIC ISLANDS EA6ET
BARBADOS 8P6PE
BELARUS EW6FW
BELGIUM ON6NL
BELIZE V31MA
BOLIVIA CP6CL
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA E72U
BOTSWANA A25SL
BRAZIL PX2A
BULGARIA LZ1LZ
CANADA VY1MB
CANARY ISLANDS EA8RH
CAYMAN ISLANDS ZF5T
CHILE CE1PTT
CHINA B7C
COLOMBIA HK3P
COSTA RICA TI7W
CROATIA 9A2NA
CUBA CO8JLG
CYPRUS 5B4AMM
CZECH REPUBLIC OK1NP
DENMARK 5P1KZX
DODECANESE SV5AZK
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HI8RD
ECUADOR HC1OOT
ENGLAND G0FWX
ESTONIA ES5TV
EUROPEAN RUSSIA RD3DM
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DL5OBY
FIJI ISLANDS 3D2TS
FINLAND OH4SS
FRANCE F4BHK
FRENCH POLYNESIA FO5QB
GHANA 9G5FI
GREECE SV2BXZ
GUAM KG6JDX
HAWAII WH6HI
HONG KONG VR2XYL
HUNGARY HA1RB
INDIA VU3KBU
INDONESIA YB2HKB
IRELAND EI6FM
ITALY IU8MIX
JAPAN JH1FSB
JERSEY GJ0KYZ
KALININGRAD RU2K
KAZAKHSTAN UN8GEQ
KENYA 5Z4VJ
KUWAIT 9K2BM
LATVIA YL2BR
LIECHTENSTEIN HB0/HB9LCW
LITHUANIA LY9Y
LUXEMBOURG LX2SM
MARSHALL ISLANDS V73NS
MAURITANIA 5T5PA
MEXICO XE2B
NAMIBIA V51LZ
NETHERLANDS PD1WO
NEW CALEDONIA FK8HM
NEW ZEALAND ZL2SDX
NORFOLK ISLAND VK9NK
NORTHERN IRELAND MI0NWA
NORWAY LA7HJA
OGASAWARA JD1BQA
OMAN A45XR
PERU OA9DVK
PHILIPPINES DU1VGX
POLAND SQ2HEB
PORTUGAL CT1FMX
PUERTO RICO NP3DM
QATAR A71AM
REPUBLIC OF KOREA DS1JCE
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ZS6GC
ROMANIA YO8RCN
ROTUMA 3D2AG/P
SARDINIA IS0SLM
SCOTLAND MM0JTV
SERBIA YU0W
SLOVAK REPUBLIC OM3BH
SLOVENIA S52D
SPAIN EB1AIR
SVALBARD JW6VDA
SWEDEN SM2SUM
SWITZERLAND HB9MOW
TAIWAN BV7RR
THAILAND HS5XWY
TOKELAU ISLANDS ZK3A
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 9Y4DG
TURKEY TA2LG
UKRAINE UT2XQ
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KD7H
URUGUAY CX7BBR
US VIRGIN ISLANDS KP2B
VENEZUELA YY2JE
WALES GW0ARK
WEST MALAYSIA 9M2TO
ZAMBIA 9J2BS

DeSoto never intended that all DXCC "countries" would be countries in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, they are the distinct geographic and political entities which DXers seek to contact. Individual achievement is measured by working and confirming the various entities comprising the DXCC List. This is the essence of the DXCC program.

Over time, criteria for the DXCC List has changed. The List remains unchanged until an entity no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added, at which time it is moved to the Deleted List. Thus, today's DXCC List does not fully conform with today's criteria since many entities are grandfathered under previous rules.

KY6R Visual History of ARRL DXCC Program:

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More Info on -Logbook of the World (LoTW) is an online service that enables you to:
  • electronically submit contacts (QSOs) for confirmation
  • view your submitted QSOs and resulting confirmations online
  • view your DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX award progress online
  • electronically submit confirmations for credit toward DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ and WPX awards

As stated in LoTW's Mission and Objectives, membership in the ARRL is not a requirement. To use LoTW, download the free TQSL application and direct it to request participation. You'll be issued a unique Callsign Certificate, and provided with access to an LoTW Account via the world wide web. 

After you're registered, you can submit QSOs to LoTW by either using TQSL to digitally sign those QSOs and convey them to LoTW via the internet, or by using one of the many logging applications that provide this capability.

If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the your QSO partner, the LoTW Accounts of both you and your QSO partner will show the submitted QSO as confirmed

A Callsign Certificate authenticates the source of each submitted QSO, and no operator is permitted to see the information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the QSO verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards.

Via your LoTW Account, you can submit a confirmed QSO for credit in one or more of the DXCC, VUCC, WAS, WAZ, and WPX award programs.

There is no fee for obtaining a Callsign Certificate, submitting QSOs, or using one's LoTW Account to view submitted QSOs, confirmed QSOs, or award progress. A fee is only charged when submitting confirmed QSOs for Award Credit.

When the processing of a WAZ or WPX application made from LoTW is complete, your LoTW confirmations will be conveyed to the CQ WAZ or CQ WPX Award Manager, respectively. You can then apply to CQ for awards, placques, or pins.

If you're not yet using LoTW, here's how to get started

If you're already using LoTW and need information, check the Using Logbook of the World "navigation bar" on the left, consult the searchable list of Topic Titles, or try Frequently Asked Questions. You can also search the contents of this help system using the Search facility in the upper-right corner of every page. - https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/





2021 Menu Update Tiki's Grill & Bar

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 Korean Style Tofu App *Vegan* *GF* $13


Shiso (Japanese parila leaf, similar to sesame leaf) Seared Local Chilled Tofu
Sea Asparagus Salad
Tomato
Ewa Sweet Onions
Ogo
Kochujang Vinigrette

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Island Watermelon Salad *GF* $15


Kunia Country Farms Local Greens
Watermelon cubes
Sweet onion
Dark Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette

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Calamari Katsu $17


Panko-crusted calamari steak strips
Lemongrass Cream Sauce
Pineapple Shrimp Salsa
Pineapples
Shrimp
Tomatoes
Red Onion
Jalapeno
Bell Pepper
Lime Juice
Cilantro
Garnish: Capers
*Shellfish Allergy
*Dairy Allergy


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Pulehu 14oz NY Steak $38


14 oz NY Steak
Tarragon Scalloped Potatoes
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
3 Pepper Butter
Garnish: Potato Chip
*Dairy Allergy
*Gluten Allergy ( Butter)

 
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Tropical Sorbetto Trio $9


Il Gelato Crafted: Mango, Dragon Fruit, & Strawberry Guava Sorbetto
*Flavors subject to availability*

Tiki's Grill & Bar and the movie of Godzilla vs. Kong?

Godzilla vs. Kong


We can now let you know how Tiki’s played a small part in the making of this year's latest blockbusters Godzilla vs. Kong: we kept the production team going with their strenuous production schedule, and we hosted the wrap party.

November 2018 is when we started to see some new regulars that would come in to eat and drink and party with us at Tiki's Grill & Bar (located in the Aston Waikiki Beach hotel), every week for several months. We found out they worked on a film code-named "APEX."  After a few too many drinks, some of them let slip that the movie was in fact Godzilla vs. Kong.


Filming locations included the Hawaii State Capitol building, Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei, and the Naval Air Museum located inside the airport. Establishing shots of Monarch's trademark Humvees were filmed in and around Iolani Palace. In addition, Manoa Falls, a 150-foot waterfall, The USS Missouri, H-3 Tunnels, Battery Cooper at Kualoa Ranch used for filming important scenes and the list goes on and on! To the best of our knowledge, no film took place at Tiki, but if we ever find a few cracked tiles, we would like to blame on Godzilla!

Now, it’s not unusual for film crews to hang out at our spot, but this one was kind of interesting because we then got asked to hold the wrap party at the end of the production. But they were not sure about when they were going to hold it and they were very secretive about what movie it was. They had a good budget and wanted to make sure the crew knew how much they appreciated the long hours and talent that went into making this movie.

Jenni & Jennifer from our Sales & Events team wanted to do something unique and fun for the crew that had been coming in for almost a year, so they worked with our talented bar team to create two drinks that would give a subtle nod to the not-so-secret Secret Movie Title: a vibrant green drink named Gojira, and a chocolate and banana-blended drink called the Monkey. We even held a contest for attendees to vote for who they thought would win based on which drink they preferred! If memory serves, the two monsters were neck and neck in popularity.



This party was hosted on the hotel's Pool Deck and Tiki's Hina's Lanai venue and some of the main bar area, where 300 guests attended this blowout of a party.

To make the night even more special, some members of the popular local reggae band The Green were the surprise musical performers of the evening.

Some other time, ask Michael about when The huge Disney hit Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starring Johnny Depp in his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow was filmed on Oahu, and how a Pirate from England ended up dating one of our cocktailers and then marrying her... Oh the fun we have being in F&B.

'Godzilla vs. Kong' showdown comes to Mondo with slick posters and tiki mugs

Image: Mike bonanno & tufan sezer / mondo-

These two tiki mugs have nothing to do with us but we still thought they were epic! More about them at: https://mondoshop.com/collections/tiki-mugs/products/godzilla-vs-kong-godzilla-tiki-mug-black-satin

POTA - K-6145 Sand Island State Recreation Area 4-23-2021

After a great week at work, I took my truck and radio and headed to the Sand Island State Recreation Area.

Parks on the Air ® (POTA) international portable amateur radio operations that promote emergency awareness and communications from national/federal and state/provincial level parks.
Using the Icom IC-7300 radio with 100w max power and a HI-Q Antenna mounted on my truck, I was able to talk to 18 different amateur radio operators. On 15m, 20m and 40.

Sand Island State Recreation Area offers weekends-only shoreline camping within a heavily industrialized area very close to the urban core of Honolulu and the flight path of the Honolulu International Airport. This park is also adjacent to the Sand Island Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) day-use riding area, which contains tracks and trails for motorized OHV’s and non-motorized BMX bikes.
Sand Island is an arid, urban coastal park that offers picnicking, camping, walking, shore fishing, and board surfing. It fronts a small sand beach and has good views of Honolulu Harbor and ocean sunsets. (14.0 acres)

The Hawaii Emergency Amateur Radio Club would like to assist Oahu residents in obtaining or upgrading their FCC Amateur Radio licenses. Given sufficient interest, classes will be held with examinations following each class.
Classes are free but require students to purchase the ARRL License manual, the basis of course material. "Ham Academy" drill software provided on Internet has proved to help students master the material.