"Tweet-up The Drink!" Rum, Pineapple & Banana Liqueur, Cran & Pine Juice, limes, Tiki Umbrella! @tikisgrill

At Tiki's Grill & Bar  @tikisgrill we have some big time aloha for our friends on Twitter.

So we created a drink called the "Tweet-up The Drink!"

Only me @MahaloMichael and the Bartenders know about it so far......  It's so new the cocktailers and managers don't even know about it yet.  I have created a secret key that is located on the second page of the Champagne screen on our POS. (Just in case the our staff says "I don't know what your talking about".)

I have asked the bartenders to use my stash of Tommy Bahama Rum while supplies last. I just ordered some other rums to try out with this drink.  It's on special till May 20th and for a limited time afterward for $4. You must order it with a twitter device! Cell phone, PDA, Laptop, Desktops are fine too.
It will always be on special if someone wants to plan a Tweet-up! You can DM me @MahaloMichael and I can set things up!

Here is some more info on what a Tweet-up is:

n. A real world meeting between two or more people who know each other through the online Twitter service.

Earliest Citation:
This is a blog entry that was inspired by a face-to-face meeting between two bloggers who connected via Twitter. What would you call that? A Twittermeet? A Tweetup? Cast your vote in the comment section.
—Scott Monty, "Be the Ball, Danny," The Social Media Marketing Blog, March 21, 2007

I added microblogging ("posting short thoughts and ideas to a personal blog, particularly by using instant messaging software or a cell phone") about a year ago (June 7, 2007). Then, as now, the major buzz in the microblogging space (as the venture capitalists would say) centers around Twitter, a site that combines social networking and microblogging. (Thank your deity of choice that they didn't stick with the original name: twttr.) Twitter operates by periodically asking members a simple question: "What are you doing?" Members respond via instant messaging, short message service (SMS), third-party programs, or the Twitter site with text-based posts — called tweets — no more than 140 characters long. (When Twitter won an award at the 2007 South by Southwest festival, their acceptance speech was apropos: "We'd like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did!")

If you'd like to follow Word Spy on Twitter, see twitter.com/wordspy.

And now it's a name of a Drink!

"Tweet-up The Drink!" Rum, Pineapple & Banana Liqueur, Cranberry & Pineapple Juice, fresh limes, Tiki Umbrella!

Bartending Challenge for Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka

Here are some of the photos from the Bartending Challenge for Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka held at Tiki's Grill & Bar and Indigo's.

Photos by: Christopher Teves -Publisher-Editor -Hawaii Beverage Guide

Some of the most popular spring and summer time drink specialties can be created with delicious Skyy Infusions Pineapple as a key ingredient.

Skyy Vodka possesses a sterling reputation as one of the most popular suppliers of vodka in the country. They have come out with a new Skyy Infusions Pineapple flavor that is the first Pineapple vodka to be infused with real fruit in the entire nation. Skilled drink makers and thousands of bartenders from all over the country have already begun implementing Skyy Vodka’s creations of various nighttime beverages.

Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka is so flavorful and smooth that you can even pour a small glass on the rocks and enjoy a delicious beverage with no mixer.

Many people prefer to mix Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka with lemon-lime soda, various energy drinks or a wide variety of other beverages depending on personal preference. Whether you prefer to consume Skyy Vodka’s Pineapple Tiki Kit on the rocks, mixed with another beverage or as part of a complex seasonal cocktail, you will be enjoying the phenomenal natural flavor of Skyy brand vodka.  --
TheCelebrityCafe.com Staff

Tree trimming in Hawaii. I'm taking a break to rest and send this out.

This morning I was up early trimming trees. I'm taking a break before, I load it into my truck and drive to Hawaiian Earth Products Windward, Ltd. (Kailua).  Location: Kapaa Quarry Rd. – go left at fork in road immediately past Tsf Station – HEP is immediately on right side of road just past the fork. Still lost call: 261-5877

I plan to grab a few buckets of free organic mulch to use in our dry land taro patch. June is the month we will replant the keikis taro plants, my Grandfather gave us on our last trip to Kona. If I had a wood chipper, I would be able to save my self a bunch of time and physical energy. If anyone know of someone that want to get rid of a chipper please let me know. 

The Tree in the back with the light green is a Kukui nut tree.

The photo with me and the polo saw shows a Jambul, Java Plum or Portuguese Plum. "Malabar plum" 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Candlenut (Aleurites moluccanus), is a flowering tree in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae, also known as Candleberry, Indian walnut, Kemiri, Varnish tree or Kukui nut tree.

Its native range is impossible to establish precisely because of early spread by humans, and the tree is now distributed throughout the New and Old World tropics. It grows to a height of 15–25 metres (49–82 ft), with wide spreading or pendulous branches. The leaves are pale green, simple and ovate, or trilobed or rarely 5-lobed, with an acute apex, 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) long. The nut is round, 4–6 centimetres (1.6–2.4 in) in diameter; the seed inside has a very hard seed coat and a high oil content, which allows its use as a candle (see below), hence its name.

The nut is often used cooked in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine, where it is called kemiri in Indonesian or buah keras in Malay. On the island of Java in Indonesia, it is used to make a thick sauce that is eaten with vegetables and rice. Outside of Southeast Asia, macadamia nuts are sometimes substituted for candlenuts when they are not available, as they have a similarly high oil content and texture when pounded. The flavor, however, is quite different, as the candlenut is much more bitter. Because the nuts contains saponin and phorbol, they are mildly toxic when raw.[1]

Several parts of the plant have been used in traditional medicine in most of the areas where it is native. The oil is an irritant and laxative and sometimes used like castor oil. It is also used as a hair stimulant or additive to hair treatment systems. The seed kernels have a laxative effect. In Japan its bark has been used on tumors. In Sumatra, pounded seeds, burned with charcoal, are applied around the navel for costiveness. In Malaya, the pulped kernels or boiled leaves are used in poultices for headache, fevers, ulcers, swollen joints, and gonorrhea. In Hawaiʻi, the flowers and the sap at the top of the husk (when just removed from the branch) were used to treat eʻa (oral candidiasis) in children.

In Ancient Hawaiʻi, the nuts, named kukui were burned to provide light. The nuts were strung in a row on a palm leaf midrib, lit one end, and burned one by one every 15 minutes or so. This led to their use as a measure of time. One could instruct someone to return home before the second nut burned out. Hawaiians also extracted the oil from the nut and burned it in a stone oil lamp called a kukui hele po (light, darkness goes) with a wick made of kapa cloth.

Candle nuts are also roasted and mixed into a paste with salt to form a Hawaiian condiment known as inamona. Inamona is a key ingredient in traditional Hawaiian poke. It is the state tree of Hawaiʻi.[2]

Hawaiians also had many other uses for the tree, including: leis from the shells, leaves and flowers; ink for tattoos from charred nuts; a varnish with the oil; and fishermen would chew the nuts and spit them on the water to break the surface tension and remove reflections, giving them greater underwater visibility A red-brown dye made from the inner bark was used on kapa and aho (Touchardia latifolia cordage). A coating of kukui oil helped preserve ʻupena (fishing nets). Kukui represents the island of Molokaʻi, whose symbolic color is the silvery green of the kukui leaf.[3] The nohona waʻa (seats), pale (gunwales) of waʻa (outrigger canoes) were made from the wood.[4] The trunk was sometimes used to make smaller canoes used for fishing.[5]

In Tonga, still nowadays, ripe nuts, named tuitui are pounded into a paste, tukilamulamu, used as soap or shampoo.

Modern cultivation is mostly for the oil. In plantations, each tree will produce 30–80 kilograms (66–180 lb) of nuts, and the nuts yield 15 to 20% of their weight in oil. Most of the oil is used locally rather than figuring in international trade.

Jambul (Syzygium cumini) is an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family Myrtaceae, native to India, Pakistan and Indonesia. It is also known as Jamun, Nerale Hannu, Njaval, Jamblang, Jambolan, Black Plum, Damson Plum, Duhat Plum, Jambolan Plum, Java Plum or Portuguese Plum. "Malabar plum" may also refer to other species of Syzygium.

It is also grown in other areas of southern and southeastern Asia including the Philippines, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. The tree was also introduced to Florida, USA in 1911 by the USDA, and is also now commonly planted in Suriname. In Brazil, where it was introduced from India during Portuguese colonization, it has dispersed spontaneously in the wild in some places, as its fruits are eagerly sought by various native birds. such as thrushes, tanagers and the Great Kiskadee. Scientific synonyms include Syzygium jambolanum, Eugenia cumini and Eugenia jambolana.

A fairly fast growing species, it can reach heights of up to 30 m and can live more than 100 years. Its dense foliage provides shade and is grown just for its ornamental value. The wood is strong and is water resistant. Because of this it is used in railway sleepers and to install motors in wells. It is sometimes used to make cheap furniture and village dwellings though it is relatively hard to work on.

Jamun trees start flowering from March to April. The flowers of Jamun are fragrant and small, about 5 mm in diameter. The fruits develop by May or June and resemble large berries. The fruit is oblong, ovoid, starts green and turns pink to shining crimson black as it matures. A variant of the tree produces white coloured fruit. The fruit has a combination of sweet, mildly sour and astringent flavour and tends to colour the tongue purple. The seed is also used in various alternative healing systems like Ayurveda (to control diabetes, for example[1].), Unani and Chinese medicine for digestive ailments. The leaves and bark are used for controlling blood pressure and gingivitis. Wine and vinegar are also made from the fruit. It has a high source in vitamin A and vitamin C.

Keeping the Tikis happy. New music added from South Pacific.

Some of our Tikis were getting a little bummed out about not hearing music from their native islands. So we got some new music to add to the play list.

For the most part they like it, just like human taste in music you can't please everyone. Our tiki from Easter Island is a little stoned faced. It might be because there is only one track from his home island. Not sure it's just a feeling we got.

Track 9 is by O-shen a very tatented and cool guy. He will swing in to Tiki's Grill & Bar now and then and has been spotted at Pink Tiki on Fridays.

An extraordinary collection of contemporary music from the beautiful islands of the South Pacific
                                                                                         RealAudio or Windows Media

1 Te Vaka    Luliana • (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)

2 Matato'a    Mana Ma'Ohi • (Rapa Nui/Easter Island)

3 Te Vaka    Sei Ma Le Losa • (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)

4 Telek    Abebe • (Papua New Guinea)

5 Te Vaka    Haloa Olohega • (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)

6 OK! Ryos    Nengone Nodegu • (New Caledonia)

7 Whirimako Black    Wahine Whakairo • (New Zealand)

8 Te Vaka    Nukukehe • (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)

9 O-shen    Siasi • (Papua New Guinea)

10 OK! Ryos    Co Era So • (New Caledonia)

11 Gurejele    Watolea • (New Caledonia)

To hear sample tracks, select RealAudio or Windows Media format.
Putumayo presents South Pacific Islands, one of the first widely distributed collections of contemporary music from this remote region of the world. In fact, most of the artists featured on South Pacific Islands are little known outside their country of origin.

Both Telek and O-shen come from Papua New Guinea, a tropical archipelago of dense rainforests and active volcanoes. Telek combines ancient Tolai traditions and contemporary Western music without compromising his native culture. O-shen, the son of American missionaries who was raised in a remote Papuan village, fuses traditional Pacific music with hip-hop and reggae.

OK! Ryos and Gurejele are leading figures in New Caledonia’s Kaneka movement, a unique music that blends local polyphonic singing styles and traditional rhythms of the Kanak culture with pop and world beat flavors.

Te Vaka, a New Zealand-based band with members from across Oceania, is creating a pan-Pacific pop music that incorporates elements from a variety of cultures into an appealing fusion. Fellow New Zealander Whirimako Black endeavors to bring Maori music, culture, and language to a broader audience.

Finally, from far-off Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, comes Matato’a. Their native language is now spoken by less than 3000 people and is blended here with an upbeat, cross-cultural mix of music.

You can by the CD at http://www.putumayo.com/en/catalog_item.php?album_id=180#

Or just stop in to Tiki's and enjoy it with our Tikis!

"Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.." -Steven Wright.. follow up on @KGMB9

If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famous erudite scientist who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." His mind sees things differently than most of us do, to our amazement and amusement. Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name
5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot

6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ..... but she left me before we met
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever.... so far, so good.
20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
And an all time favorite-
34 - If your car could travel at the speed of light would your headlights work?

Video Invite for Skyy out-side Bartender Challenge April 29th 2009 7pm at Tiki's Grill & Bar

Call it research. Inspiration: Brand-new Skyy Infusions pineapple vodka

Checkout the review from our friends at  Drinkhacker.com

Review: Skyy Infusions Pineapple Vodka

Who doesn’t like pineapple? Commies, that’s who.

Strange then to put pineapples and vodka together, but hey, who are we to judge. Pineapple is a natural for many cocktails — but carving up a fresh pineapple is a royal pain in the butt. Enter pineapple-infused vodka, which Skyy says it developed as an alternative to heavier rums for use in tiki drinks and the like.

Sounds good to me, but how does it taste?

Pretty good, to be frank.