tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:/posts Mahalo Michael 2021-09-18T01:25:09Z Mahalo Michael tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1737312 2021-09-18T01:25:08Z 2021-09-18T01:25:09Z Travel Weekly - Interview with Michael Miller By Tovin Lapan | Sep 17, 2021 | On Oahu, visitors show vax records and businesses adapt to Covid rules

On Oahu, visitors show vax records and businesses adapt to Covid rules
Travel Weekly - By Tovin Lapan  | Sep 17, 2021 |

HONOLULU -- On the first night of new regulations designed to beat back a pandemic surge, establishments throughout Waikiki looked more like exclusive nightclubs in South Beach or Las Vegas than resort-area restaurants.

But to get past the velvet ropes, bouncers were looking for vaccination cards or recent negative Covid-19 tests, not the best-dressed or those most likely to shell out for table service.

Under the Safe Access Oahu rules effective Sept. 13, all guests and employees at restaurants, bars, gyms, museums and other businesses and attractions across the island must show either proof of vaccination or a negative result on a Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours.

Unvaccinated employees must be tested once a week.

Bars and restaurants deployed barriers, tables and additional staff to their entrances to handle document checks. At Deck, inside the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, after vaccine or test records were verified, diners signed a ledger and provided an address for contact tracing, and they could stay for only 90 minutes. 

On Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, dotted with luxury shops and hotels, a restaurant sign trumpeted a surf-and-turf special and, in bold letters, "All Employees Vaccinated." At a sushi spot next door, a line formed to sit at one of its Plexiglas-enclosed tables.

Restaurants reported depressed sales in recent weeks, but the new regulations, coupled with capacity restrictions, created the effect that half-full Waikiki was as busy as ever. 

Michael Miller, director of operations at Tiki's Grill and Bar on the Waikiki beachfront said he is hiring two staff members to beef up presence at the door.

"You've got to have the right person up front," he said. "People are already stressed. They are jet-lagged and hangry on top of that. So you need to hire someone for the door who is an ambassador of aloha, someone who has the training and can start the customer experience off right."

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A sign board outside Kelley O'Neil's, a pub on Lewers Street in Waikiki, alerts patrons to new rules on Oahu. Photo Credit: TW photo by Tovin Lapan

Ryan Tanaka, co-owner of Waikiki sports bar Giovanni Pastrami, said a few customers had to be turned away on the first day for not having the necessary documents.

"The majority of our clientele are tourists, and a lot don't realize this is going on," he said. "They're not tracking rules county by county, and this is just Oahu. So they book a ticket to come to Hawaii, and they show up at a restaurant and we say, 'Sorry, can you show us your vaccination card?' There's a little bit of a surprise factor."

In general, restaurant owners said the first day went relatively smoothly, but Tanaka, who is also vice chairman of the Hawaii Restaurant Association, said members across the island were reporting a steep decline in foot traffic.

Vaccination rates rising among restaurant employees

Oahu's new policy does seem to be spurring vaccinations among employees at the impacted businesses.

At Giovanni Pastrami, they expect to go from 83% of staff vaccinated to 95% in the next few weeks, but Tanaka added the new rules could exacerbate an ongoing labor shortage. 

"Not all employees are responding well to the policy," he said. "What it's doing is adding stress to an already stressed situation." 

Miller said an additional 20 of his 110 staff members were motivated to get vaccinated recently, and he thought the new rules could boost hiring.

"In one way, it makes some of the staff feel a bit better about serving visitors," he said.

In addition to labor woes, supply chain bottlenecks and the new vaccine mandate, Oahu restaurants were also hit with capacity reductions and a ban on large events in the past month. Also, in August, Gov. David Ige discouraged visitation to the Islands through the end of October.

"It's definitely a frustrating time to be in the restaurant business," said Tom Jones, co-owner of Gyotaku Japanese Restaurants. "For some restaurants, maybe they've been able to survive until now, but this next down period could be the straw that breaks the camel's back."

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1736919 2021-09-17T01:45:08Z 2021-09-17T01:45:08Z Next SpaceX Commercial Crew to ISS Comprised of Radio Amateurs
In the latest ARRL Letter From the AANext SpaceX Commercial Crew to ISS Comprised of Radio Amateurs

Four radio amateurs will head to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a commercial flight, thanks to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). They are Raja Chari, KI5LIU; Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC; Kayla Barron, KI5LAL, and Matthias Maurer, KI5KFH, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. The targeted launch date is no sooner than October 31, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch will mark the third SpaceX Crew

The SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts (L-R) Matthias Maurer, KI5KFH; Thomas Marshburn, KE5HOC; Raja Chari, KI5LIU, and Kayla Barron, KI5LAL, during pre-flight training at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket launch combination as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which provides transportation to and from the ISS. The crew is scheduled for a 6-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, living and working as part of what's expected to be a seven-member crew.

The launch will be the first spaceflight for Chari, Barron, and Maurer, and the third for Marshburn.

NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 will be the third crew rotation mission to the ISS with astronauts on a US rocket and spacecraft and the fourth flight with astronauts, including the Demo-2 test flight in 2020, the Crew-1 mission in 2020 - 2021, and the ongoing Crew-2 flight as part of the Expedition 65 crew.

Crew-3 astronauts plan to arrive at the station to overlap with NASA Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and Megan McArthur; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, and ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, who flew to the station as part of the agency's SpaceX Crew-2 mission in April 2021.

Mission teams have a target launch date of no earlier than April 15, 2022, for the launch of the SpaceX Crew-4 mission. "NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with industry through a public-private partnership to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station, which will allow for additional research time and will increase the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity's testbed for exploration," NASA said. "The space station remains the springboard to space exploration, including future missions to the moon and Mars."

For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit the NASA website.

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1731288 2021-09-03T01:13:19Z 2021-09-03T01:13:19Z Fwd: 2021 CQ WPX SSB Log Check Report - KH6ML

The WPX Contest is based on an award offered by CQ Magazine for working all prefixes.
Held on the last weekend of March (SSB) and May (CW), the contest draws thousands of entries from around the world.

Contest: 2021 SSB  Score: 3,698 points Category: Single Operator Low Power All Bands

  Hawaii Oceania World
2021 CQ WPX SSB Contest KH6ML Rank* 4 136 2004

 CQ WPX Contest Committee www.cqwpx.com.  
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1727487 2021-08-23T16:03:50Z 2021-08-23T16:03:50Z VIDEO - HAWAII QSO PARTY
August 28-30 2021
BIG MAHALO to Alan AD6E / KH6TU HQP Chairman

The Hawai`i QSO Party (HQP) is an event to promote HF operation from the unique Hawai`i destination in the Pacific. Hawai`i is an ARRL DXCC entity as well as the nation’s 50th state needed for the ARRL WAS Award.
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1717664 2021-07-26T18:53:14Z 2021-07-26T18:53:14Z HF VARA Winlink and coffee!
HF VARA Winlink (Radio Email)
Contacts make by KH6ML while having coffee

Winlink Global Radio Email https://winlink.org/..is a network of amateur radio and authorized government-licensed stations that provides worldwide radio email using radio pathways where the internet is not present. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed "Ham" volunteers. It supports email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. It is capable of operating completely without the internet--automatically--using smart-network radio relays. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. Support for the system is provided by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) non-profit, public-benefit entity. Winlink Global Radio Email®️ is a US registered trademark of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.
1 2021-07-26 18:22 K7NHV 20m 14.101
CN87sk United States

2 2021-07-26 17:54 VE7RBH 20m 14.085
CO64js Canada

3 2021-07-26 17:43 K7IF 20m 14.100
CN87oa United States

4 2021-07-26 17:32 KB6HOH 20m 14.099
CM88rc United States

5 2021-07-26 17:30 K6SDR 20m 14.104
CM87rx United States

6 2021-07-26 17:22 KB6YNO 20m 14.107
CM88qg United States

7 2021-07-26 17:15 KL7EDK 20m 14.109
BP64dv Alaska

8 2021-07-26 17:10 W7FLO 20m 14.103
CN73wx United States
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1712353 2021-07-11T09:30:36Z 2021-07-11T09:30:36Z 2021 IARU HF Championships - KH6ML Worked 16 stations around the world

2021 IARU HF Championships

The objective of the IARU HF World Championship is “to support the amateur self-training in radiocommunications including improving amateur operating skills, conducting technical investigations, and intercommunicating with other amateurs around the world, especially IARU member society headquarters stations, using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-meter bands.” The special rules governing IARU Member Society HQ Stations allow for multiple sites to be used, again subject to national regulations.  The IARU HF Championships took place from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 10 July and ended at 11:59 UTC on Sunday 11 July 2021 with CW and phone activity.

2021-07-11 08:26 ES6RW 20m 14.280 SSB KO37op Estonia Rein Kolk

2 2021-07-11 08:25 SN5V 20m 14.280 SSB KO02mf Poland Maciej Sebastian Muszalski

3 2021-07-11 08:23 G7BXU 20m 14.280 SSB IO91mj England Stephen Welton

4 2021-07-11 08:22 SNØHQ 20m 14.280 SSB KO02mf Poland Special call for IARU HF World Championship

5 2021-07-11 08:21 IKØPHY 20m 14.280 SSB JN61qn Italy MARCO CORSI

6 2021-07-11 08:20 YL4HQ 20m 14.280 SSB KO26fx Latvia IARU HF World Championship LRAL

7 2021-07-11 08:14 MWØRLJ 20m 14.280 SSB IO71lx Wales Rob Johns

8 2021-07-11 08:10 DK8MZ 20m 14.280 SSB JN58pe Germany Wolfgang Urban

9 2021-07-11 08:07 JA7ZFN 20m 14.280 SSB QM08ib Japan Fubo Ham Club

10 2021-07-11 07:51 GR2HQ 20m 14.299 SSB IO91vl England UK (RSGB) IARU contest HQ team - July 2021

11 2021-07-11 07:44 IO6HQ 20m 14.262 SSB JN62ks Italy ARI HQ Station

12 2021-07-11 07:42 TMØHQ 20m 14.262 SSB JN18eu France HQ HQ Station

13 2021-07-11 07:40 DAØHQ 20m 14.285 SSB JO50lq Germany Contest Station

14 2021-07-11 07:34 OL1HQ 20m 14.322 SSB JO70fc Czech Republic Headquarter Station Of Czech Radio Club

15 2021-07-11 07:30 CR6K 20m 14.329 SSB IN50ru Portugal Contest Call for Filipe & Jose Lopes
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0851 KH6ML 59 61 OZ1HQ 59 ERD

HQ-SubQuestions: Pwr=LOW Ops=1 Assist=Y
HQ-CATEGORY: Single Operator Unlimited, Phone Only, Low Power
HQ-DATE-RECEIVED: 2021-07-11 09:23:42 UTC
HQ-LOG-DEADLINE: 2021-07-18 11:59:59 UTC
HQ-TRACKING: 22p3khs9.iaru-hf
QSO: 14329 PH 2021-07-11 0730 KH6ML 59 61 CR6K 59 37
QSO: 14323 PH 2021-07-11 0734 KH6ML 59 61 OL1HQ 59 CRC
QSO: 14285 PH 2021-07-11 0740 KH6ML 59 61 DA0HQ 59 DARC
QSO: 14262 PH 2021-07-11 0742 KH6ML 59 61 TM0HQ 59 REF
QSO: 14262 PH 2021-07-11 0744 KH6ML 59 61 IO6HQ 59 ARI
QSO: 14299 PH 2021-07-11 0751 KH6ML 59 61 GR2HQ 59 RSGB
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0807 KH6ML 59 61 JA7ZFN 59 45
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0810 KH6ML 59 61 DK8MZ 59 28
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0814 KH6ML 59 61 MW0RLJ 59 27
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0820 KH6ML 59 61 YL4HQ 59 LRAL
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0821 KH6ML 59 61 IK0PHY 59 28
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0822 KH6ML 59 61 SN0HQ 59 PZK
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0823 KH6ML 59 61 G7BXU 59 27
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0825 KH6ML 59 61 SN5V 59 28
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0826 KH6ML 59 61 ES6RW 59 29
QSO: 14280 PH 2021-07-11 0851 KH6ML 59 61 OZ1HQ 59 ERD
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1711773 2021-07-08T21:58:22Z 2021-07-08T23:02:36Z (Video) Michael Miller of Tiki's speaks about concerns 6 foot distancing with TV Report Dallis Ontiveros from KHON2
Michael Miller is a past chairperson of the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) and is still an active member of HRA. He is the Director of Operations and a Partner at Tiki's Grill & Bar


Interview with TV Report Dallis Ontiveros from KHON2

More COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and are now in effect.

Mainland travelers with proof of vaccination can now skip the mandatory quarantine and pre-test.

And more people are allowed to gather, 25 people indoors and 75 people outdoors. Dallis Ontiveros went live around town during WakeUp2Day to hear what residents think.

The current 75% capacity for restaurants does nothing for restaurants because we have to still maintain the 6’ social distancing both inside and outside.

This is causing long wait times and is causing our local and visiting guests to have a very different experience than in the past.

  It also results in overworked and very tired employees.

You can gather outside in groups of 75 with no masks, but you have to sit on a patio and maintain 6’. Makes no sense. 

Hawaii Restaurant Association | The Hawaii Restaurant ...

About the HRA

The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) helps to support and ensure a favorable environment for all to thrive in the foodservice industry.
We do this via the following:

Legislative Advocacy:
Biggest issues currently faced include labor, health care reform and new bills that propose changes that would negatively impact the industry.
HRA is active at the capitol, communicating to lawmakers how these issues impact the foodservice industry.
Networking & Community Engagement:
The sharing of best practices among peers plus recognizing and rewarding the unsung heroes of our industry who make a difference in the communities they serve.
Education & Future Employee Development:
The HRA tracks Hawaii restaurant industry key performance indicators to provide operating bench marks, and works with the Department of Education & Community Education centers to make ready the next generation of food service talent entering the work force.
HRA sources industry news from around the US and the world to ensure that members are kept up to date with the latest developments and best practices. From food safety to talent deployment and development, we will absorb the best articles and condense them into digestible facts and quick reference.
We also recognize our local leaders, trendsetters and ambassadors with our annual events like the Hall of Fame Dinner and Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards.
Special membership discounts and savings from vendors providing specialty services to the HRA Members and the Hawaii Foodservice industry.
The HRA website provides the link to thousands of dollars in saving for our members. All vendors are background checked and tested to ensure true value and product/service integrity.

HRA is looking for more ways to increase the labor force in the foodservice industry. For a variety of reasons, labor represents the most complex and perplexing issue for foodservice operators from all segments — one that could keep the industry from reaching a full revenue potential. Hawaii is experiencing its lowest unemployment rate in over 6 years. With the number of new restaurants opening, HRA is working with a number of companies that focus on training and preparing individuals to work in foodservice.

Operators will face further pressure from the public and local municipalities due to the ongoing minimum wage debate and the need to provide benefits, specifically healthcare, to entry-level employees. So, without question, labor costs will continue to apply pressure to operators’ bottom line. Exactly how much pressure? HRA projects labor-related costs could increase anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent in the next 5 years.

Who will pay the price for these increases? It’s likely the customer. Many operators will have to increase menu prices to cover the cost increases. If you have good operational effectiveness, it makes this easier. But consumers will need to get used to paying higher prices.

Government represents an issue that’s even more perplexing than labor. In fact, 23 percent of operators feel government is the top issue that will impact their business moving forward, according to the National Restaurant Association. It’s not any one factor that concerns operators but a variety of them, including minimum wage increases, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, recent National Labor Relations Board rulings on the franchise model and much more. HRA is keeping you informed as to what comes from our local and the national legislative sessions.

A key factor to prepare for the future is the operators willingness and ability to invest in customer-facing technology that will help them with future growth and success.

In fact, one out of three consumers report the availability of technology impacts their decision to dine out. This covers a plethora of technologies, including mobile apps, in-store kiosks, tableside tablets and unlocking the potential of digital menu boards. These products do more than make a restaurant appear more contemporary. They give operators more control over their businesses. HRA is continuously researching new technologies to bring to the Hawaii foodservice industry.

Technology allows staff to not only target customer service but also impact sales through suggestive selling. Now the technology exists to facilitate real-time education that ranges from information to where the food is sourced to how it’s prepared. And an educated customer is good for the restaurant industry. A lot of these technologies have potential to drive incremental sales. That includes driving sales through loyalty programs and even having the flexibility to adjust prices by daypart.

Successful implementation of technology will become more than an operational imperative; it will allow restaurants to shape their guest experiences long before the customers place an order or walk through the front door.

Let us help you get more business. Log on to www.hawaiirestaurant.org and see the events that we will be suggesting to our extensive list of members and industry partners. Become a member today!

Our Membership Committee is continuing to enhance the benefits that are available to our members. Check out the “Member’s Special Offers” section of our website that features discounts and money saving offers for our Restaurant and Allied Members alike. HRA also has a number of facts and resources that will help you be more productive and prosperous in your business.

The Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) helps to support and ensure a favorable environment for all to thrive in the foodservice industry. 808-944-9105 | info@hawaiirestaurant.org . 2909 Waialae Avenue #22 Honolulu, HI 96826

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1707725 2021-06-27T08:01:45Z 2021-06-28T18:11:26Z NEW RECORD! 12273km (7626 mi) Email exchange over Ham Radio Switzerland <-> Hawaii Vara HF KH6ML

12273km (7626 mi) Email exchange over Ham Radio

Switzerland flagSwitzerland <-> HawaiiHawaii flag

Vara HF

Winlink Vara HF Connection to HB9AK @ 2021/06/27 07:10:39  USB Dial: 14108.900

*** Station Bearing: 011,  Range: 7619 miles (12273km (7626 mi) from QRZ.com)

Aloha from Hawaii!  
I think this is my personal best record for Winlink and VARA HF
Local time 9:12  2021-06-27 07:00 UTC
100w with a G5RV Jr antenna ICOM 7300

RMS Trimode *** WINLINK BERN  ***
KH6ML has 90 minutes remaining with HB9AK (JN36PV)
{SFI = 082 On 2021-06-27 07:00 UTC}

 End of session at 2021/06/27 07:18:45 ---
*** Messages sent: 0.  Total bytes sent: 0,  Time: 08:06,  bytes/minute: 0
*** Messages Received: 1.  Total bytes received: 364,  Total session time: 08:06,  bytes/minute: 45
*** Disconnected from Winlink RMS: HB9AK @ 2021/06/27 07:18:54
*** Session: 8.3 min;  Avg Throughput: 43 Bytes/min;   1 Min Peak Throughput: 43 Bytes/min
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1705425 2021-06-20T18:21:59Z 2021-07-10T19:12:09Z Download your K6K - 2021 certificate King Kamehameha Celebration

On June 11, 2021, 2937 Amateur Radio contacts (QSO) were made with the special-event station K6K to celebrate King Kamehameha the Great and Hawai’i’s rich history.

The results were grand, and allowed operators worldwide to contact K6K station operators and learn about King Kamehameha the Great and why he is celebrated in Hawai’i.

https://sites.google.com/view/k6khawaii - for stats and maps

Σ QSOs 2936

CW 1608

Phone 443

Digital 885

61 Countries

55 P2P Winlink (OH was the DX)

No QSL Cards will be issued.
Please download your K6K - 2021 certificate King Kamehameha Celebration

Enter the call sign you used to contact us.

There is a drop-down box for events, select K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration 2021

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1704798 2021-06-18T17:36:39Z 2021-06-18T17:36:39Z KHON TV - Talks with Michael Staffing, pandemic restrictions impacting services in Hawaii tourism industry

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Many did not expect tourism to pick up as quickly as it did.

Businesses are facing the challenge of staffing and balancing the restrictions still in place.

[Hawaii’s Breaking News–Download the FREE KHON2 app for iOS or Android]

Some visitors have noticed changes to service at restaurants and hotels — industries that are still looking to hire.

“We’ve been in several places that only had half the tables filled with people still waiting in line, so obviously they just don’t have enough staff to keep up with everybody,” said Tim Gentry of Oklahoma.

Hawaii residents want better management of booming tourism industry

“Room service is every four days, so we’ve noticed that, but whenever we needed something we’ve been able to communicate that with the front desk and there’s been someone there helping us,” said Jena who is visiting from California.

Tiki’s Bar and Grill says there are longer wait times not only because of staffing but also due to capacity issues.

Hawaii tourism industry launches campaign targeting ‘mindful travelers’ as more visitors arrive

“We have a six-foot distancing that’s going on. We can’t service the amount of guests that we have coming in,” said Director of Operations and partner of Tiki’s Grill and Bar Michael Miller.

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii says there are several reasons for the workforce shortage.

Hotel prices to rise while availability decreases as travel and tourism heats up

“From personal safety, to those who are still leveraging the federal unemployment insurance plus up, child care,” said President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara. “Also, we had an influx of visitors arrive in Hawaii and I think that outpaced the time that businesses were able to prepare for workers to return to the workplace.”

Businesses are doing what they can and had to get creative to manage the influx of visitors.

“One of the changes that we had to do was, increase the pay for our host team. That was one of the more challenging positions to hire. And so, that’s increased. Some of the cooks pays have increased,” said Miller.

“You have everything from management setting up tables, taking down. Also, doing some of the work that you’d have in place that your entire labor of forces. So it varies from hotel to hotel,” said Mufi Hannemann of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. “I will say this, we’d rather be experiencing the problems we feel now, with respect to opening up, as opposed to being shut down and wondering when we’re going to open.”

Many visitors are understanding, for the most part.

“There’s so many wonderful beautiful things you can do in Hawaii. Hawaii speaks for itself, so the fact that you have to wait longer at a restaurant I don’t think would affect my recommendation of visiting Hawaii at all,” said Jena.

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Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1704263 2021-06-17T00:49:42Z 2021-06-17T00:49:42Z Tiki's is Hiring - Hawaii News now interview
One of the best places to work in Waikiki is now Hiring. Michael Miller is interviewed on Hawaii News now!

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1704034 2021-06-16T15:41:40Z 2021-06-16T15:41:40Z Bloomberg - Photo and Quote Tiki’s
Tiki’s Grill & Bar, one of many restaurants in Waikiki facing a labor shortage.
Source: Tiki’s Grill & Bar

“We have a minimum of 10 job openings, which is unheard of,” says Michael Miller, director of operations at the locally-owned Tiki’s Grill & Bar. “And people aren’t even coming in for interviews.”

To read the full story:

Everyone’s Going to Hawaii, and the Resorts Aren’t Ready

Jen Murphy

State authorities hoped to create a more sustainable future for tourism after the pandemic, but the opposite is ...

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
Tiki's Now Open! 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1703174 2021-06-14T07:08:18Z 2021-06-14T07:08:19Z K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration PROMO VIDEO

K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration

Special Event Station
HAWAII TIME: Friday, June 11, 2021, 06:00 am HST - 10:00 pm HST ( May run till midnight)
UTC TIME:    Friday, June 11, 2021, 16:00 UTC - Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 10:00 UTC

Amateur Radio Operators will activate special-event station K6K to celebrate King Kamehameha the Great and Hawai’i’s rich history.  K6K special event station will give HAMS a chance to add Hawaii to their logs to earn WAS or DXCC awards.

After hearing about the cancellation of all King Kamehameha Celebration parade events statewide, Michael Miller - KH6ML, a community emergency coordinator, spoke with amateur radio operators and a few people with the Commission to see if there was a level of interest to make the event happen. 

This station is authorized by the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission as an official event.

This event will give volunteer Hawaii Operators the chance to test their communications equipment and skills and be ready to assist when the cell phone and the internet fail.  

Successful radio contacts are eligible to receive a special and inscribed certificate bearing the full-color rendition of K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration.

The Kamehameha Day Holiday was proclaimed by King Kamehameha I’s grandson, Lot Kapuāiwa - King Kamehameha V, in 1871, followed by an inaugural celebration of events on June 11, 1872. Years later, in 1939, the Commission was formed under the Hawai‘i Territorial Legislature. 

The FCC allows special-event stations to recognize and promote activities, services, or events of a historical or uniquely appealing nature. A special call sign is issued for a limited duration to identify the station. K6K was requested and granted. During this time, stations from around the islands and the world will try and make contact. 

TO VIEW A SHORT CLIP OF 2020 lei draping and short history  https://fb.watch/4rB_6oMA7H/

Operating Rules:

  • This is not a contest. The idea is to allow as many operators as possible to reach the contact station operators and learn about King Kamehameha the Great and why he is celebrated in Hawai’i. 

  • All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in accordance with their countries’ or FCC regulations. Any authorized amateur radio frequency may be used.

  • Stations should listen for K6K calling “CQ K6K”

  • The main modes will be SSB, FM, FT-8, and Winlink. Other Modes maybe be added.

  • QSLS: eQSLs are available via LOTW. NO Paper QSLs.

  • CERTIFICATES: Are self-printed (by you) for contacts with our Special Event Station. If you contact our Special Event Station, look up your call sign on the following link and print your own certificate: Link to follow. Please allow 30 days for all logs to be processed.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and an estimated 3 million worldwide. Throughout COVID-19, HAMS around the world have continued to be on the air practicing their skills, in part as a way to help stay connected. 

For more info:https://sites.google.com/view/k6khawaii  Or email  k6khawaii@gmail.com 

Operators that are lending their kokua to make this happen are:


K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration

Hawaii DX

Special Event Amateur Radio Station

Friday, June 11, 2021 (16:00 UTC)

For more info:https://sites.google.com/view/k6khawaii  Or email  k6khawaii@gmail.com

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1703171 2021-06-14T06:41:49Z 2021-06-14T06:41:50Z what it takes to make our Calamansi Martini

Check out the video we prepared showing you what it takes to make our Calamansi Martini.

What's in it~ 
Local Pau Maui Vodka made with Pineapple, House-made Calamansi syrup, Fresh Squeezed Calamansi juice, & a halved Calamansi to add more flavor. 

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
Tiki's Now Open! 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1703168 2021-06-14T06:36:34Z 2021-06-14T06:36:35Z Lechon Kawali - Filipino Food Week Hawaii.
>>On The Menu<<

Lechon Kawali

Adobo braised and crisped pork belly, garlic rice, lomi lomi tomatoes, & island-grown long beans.

A little about Filipino Food Week from Filipino Food Week Hawaii.

"In commemoration of the 75th year of the establishment of the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States, this year’s Filipino Food Week shall focus on the ways Filipino cuisine has enriched Hawaii's culinary landscape. Restaurants across the State will be offering special Filipino dishes that combine both Filipino and Hawaiian influences. The event culminates with Pusong Filipinx Market on June 13 at the Bishop Museum, where attendees can shop Filipino food and other Philippine-inspired products."

Created by Chef Ronnie & the culinary team to highlight and celebrate this rich cultural heritage in Hawaii for Filipino Food Week. 

>>On The Menu<<

Lechon Kawali

Adobo braised and crisped pork belly, garlic rice, lomi lomi tomatoes, & island-grown long beans.




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
Tiki's Now Open! 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1701149 2021-06-09T15:56:57Z 2021-06-09T15:56:58Z 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.

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
Tiki's Now Open! 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1698282 2021-06-02T23:28:04Z 2021-06-02T23:28:04Z 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


• 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.


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".
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1696263 2021-05-28T19:30:20Z 2021-05-28T19:30:20Z American Hawaii Cruises 90s Promo Video ft. SS Constitution & SS Independence
I had a job onboard the SS Independence. I was the ship's DJ.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1694029 2021-05-23T06:20:58Z 2021-05-23T07:00:42Z 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.

[Hawaii news on the go–LISTEN to KHON 2GO weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m.]

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.”

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1694028 2021-05-23T06:11:16Z 2021-05-23T06:15:49Z Video Michael Speaking to the news Hawaii employers struggle to find workers

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.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1693445 2021-05-21T18:05:17Z 2021-05-21T18:05:17Z 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

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:


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/

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1690746 2021-05-14T19:38:57Z 2021-05-14T19:38:57Z K6K Featured on Ham Nation Episode 494


Ham Nation Episode 494  Amanda's Shout Out


194K subscribers
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1689372 2021-05-10T22:20:51Z 2021-05-10T22:20:51Z 2021 Menu Update Tiki's Grill & Bar

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

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


Island Watermelon Salad *GF* $15

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


Calamari Katsu $17

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


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)


Tropical Sorbetto Trio $9

Il Gelato Crafted: Mango, Dragon Fruit, & Strawberry Guava Sorbetto
*Flavors subject to availability*
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1683871 2021-04-27T00:59:03Z 2021-04-27T00:59:03Z 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

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1682806 2021-04-24T17:37:44Z 2021-04-24T17:37:44Z 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)
To see a map of the park click here.

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.
Interested? http://www.earchi.org/education/
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1682511 2021-04-23T21:48:13Z 2021-04-23T22:35:56Z UH Alumni -Holoholo at Home: East Coast Pau Hana - University of Hawaiʻi

Holoholo at Home: East Coast Pau Hana

The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Alumni Relations hosted a live event (Via Zoom) on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

This event was for alumni on the east coast! It was a special pau hana with University of Hawai‘i President, David Lassner, featuring alumni-owned Tiki’s Grill & Bar!

All three of Tiki's are partners are UH Mānoa alumni, Both Kelly McGill, Partner, and Michael Miller, Director of Operations and Partner spoke about how the University of Hawai‘i shaped them and the company.

We then watched renowned Chef Ronnie’s demonstration on how to create Prime Rib Poke and then Bartender Marcos Laramix taught how to may your own signature Strawberry Squeeze during this virtual event.

The $25 ticket included a special package that shipped ahead of the April 22 event. Making sure guests got their commemorative Tiki’s glass and drink umbrella ready for mixing your Strawberry Squeeze!

Recipe cards for the dish and drink demo were included along with other fun items. Enjoy a taste of aloha spirit, guests showed off their UH pride and recreate featured recipes from our pau hana. To be invited to the next event please contact the UH Office of Alumni Relations at contact@uhalumni.org.

About the speakers:

Kelly McGill, partner of Tiki’s Grill & Bar at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, graduated from the School of Travel Industry Management at UH Mānoa with his Bachelor of Science degree.

Originally from San Jose, California, Kelly chose to stay in Hawai‘i post-grad to surround himself with what he refers to as “the greatest people on earth”. While at UH, he was an offensive lineman on the 1991 and 1994 football teams. He started at right tackle on the 1992 co-WAC championship and Holiday Bowl championship team and received honorable mention All-WAC performer in his senior year as well.

Kelly credits his experiences studying and playing at the university with shaping his current attitude toward quality of life. In addition to the greatest people on earth, Kelly stayed in Hawai‘i to grow his family in a safe, loving environment that enjoys food, the outdoors and sharing of culture. Since graduating from UH, Kelly’s had travel opportunities to Asia, Africa, Europe and mainland USA with work. Additionally, his work experiences have afforded him opportunities to live in South Africa, Australia and Vietnam, where he met his wife. Kelly and his wife, Thao McGill, have two children – each very involved in multiple sports like their dad.

Michael Miller has more than 30 years of management, training, sales, operations, marketing, and public relations experience in Hawai‘i hospitality and business.

Michael is a graduate of the UH Mānoa with his degree in communications. He was a member of the UH sailing team and as an ASUH vice president helped launch the UH Mānoa Shuttle Bus, lobbied for what is now the Stan Sheriff Center, and funding for other notable buildings on campus.

He is a past Chairman the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA) and is still active on the legislative committee is a board member for the Hawaii Food Bank and KCC’s Hospitality and Tourism advisory board. He’s also been a member MEG - National Restaurant Association's Marketing Executives Group for over 10 years.

Michael holds the call sign of KH6ML as an Amateur Radio extra class operator and is a volunteer Community Emergency Coordinator and a technical specialist, who can be activated to help in disaster by the President, the Red Cross, the Department of Emergency Management and others.

For 17+ years he has been with Tiki’s Grill & Bar, many of those years as the Director of Operations and now as a partner, overseeing the 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant and bar, with many of the best employees in Waikiki. He and his partners also run the popular Christmas Bar Hawaii pop-up restaurant every year.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Michael graduated from Maui High and grew up fishing, diving, and hiking. He is proud to have six generations of his family from Hawai‘i.

Following a proven record of successful and distinguished accomplishments, Chef Ronnie has chosen to hang his hat at Tiki’s Grill & Bar, steering this favorite destination for locals and visitors alike to a higher level of dining and excellence.

Chef Ronnie, who believes in the farm-to-table movement by visiting farms and building strong bonds with local farmers, brings in island fresh produce and breads, as well as local grass-fed beef and locally caught or raised fish every week. His delicious signature items and dinner specials that fuse Hawaiian/Pacific Island with American cuisine are the result of his dedication to the craft and cooking with locally grown and raised food. An effective and motivational trainer from both the front and back of the house, Chef Ronnie continues to be inspired by working with the best chefs in the world.

His advice to aspiring chefs: “Be sure you love it wholeheartedly. If you don’t, you won’t make it. If you do, it will be a more than gratifying experience and career choice.”

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1679270 2021-04-15T23:41:40Z 2021-04-19T22:07:49Z Hawaii businesses band together to bring high school students safe alternative to prom
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Many school-related events have been canceled due to the pandemic, but proms are happening this year ― even without the support of the DOE.

At least seven Oahu restaurants are opening their doors to proms.

A group called Hi Prom 2021 is organizing events, including 53 By The Sea, Chef Chai, Pearl Country Club, Gyu-Kaku, Queen Kapiolani, Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Wolfgang Steakhouse and Sugarcane.

“This is basically wedding professionals that haven’t been able to work coming up with an idea of putting our professionals to work to help the kids have an experience that will be memorable for them for years to come,” said Julie Aragaki, event planner and co-organizer of Hi Prom 2021.

Organizers say the proms will operate under city restaurant guidelines. 53 By the Sea will have up to 75 attendees with a maximum of six per table, masks, served food and photos.

“We are doing a more Oscar-type of event, where kids can get dressed up,” said Aragaki.

For Kalani High School senior Brycen Yamaguchi, it’s a been a tough year with online schooling.

Reserved Experience must be booked in advance for April 16-18, 4-8PM

Three Course Pre Fixe Menu
Preferred Outdoor Lanai Seating
Upgraded Table Setting with Linen
Commemorative Photo
Tax & Tip Included
$80 per person

Choose One
Coconut Shrimp
Crispy coconut-crusted shrimp served with a sweet and sour sauce on a bed of cabbage

Kalua Pig Quesadilla
Taro tortilla, housemade kalua pig, plum sauce, melted pepper jack, sour cream, guacamole & salsa

Hawaiian ʻAhi Poke
Sustainable raw Yellowfin Tuna with soy sauce & sesame oil, inamona, limu & local mixed greens

Choose One
Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Fish
Fresh local catch. A crunchy coating of macadamia nuts & panko, on a bed of truffled Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with basil cream sauce, and Chef’s daily fresh vegetables
Slow Roasted Prime Rib
14oz Prime Rib served with au jus, horseradish sour cream, mashed potatoes, and Chef's daily fresh vegetables
Thai Shrimp Puttanesca - Seared shrimp In garlic & butter with spicy Thai style San Marzano tomato sauce, capers, Thai chilies, Kalamata olives, a touch of red curry with spinach over penne pasta
Teppanyaki Pacific Pink Snapper - Molokai potatoes, Kahuku Sea Asparagus and tomato salad, citrus beurre rouge(or Chef's Special Dinner Entree)
Molten Chocolate Fudge Cake -Divine warm chocolate cake, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, caramel sauce and candied macadamia nuts

Available Dates have passed
Prepaid reservations only, limited spots available

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1678055 2021-04-13T00:24:06Z 2021-04-13T00:24:06Z Hawaii's False Alarm Missile Threat Highlights Use of Ham Radio | NBC

Hawaii's ballistic missile false alarm showed us how reliant we are on cell phones and modern technology—and how unprepared we are if they become inaccessible. But in case the unexpected happens, such as the alert of an imminent nuclear attack, an unlikely group of hobbyists—ham radio operators—are standing at the ready and their frequencies may save us all.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1676958 2021-04-10T02:21:46Z 2021-04-10T02:21:46Z Disruptive by Design: Ham Radio in C2 Denied and Degraded Environments
Amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio, is practiced across the globe by hobbyists and enthusiasts. And they are often every bit the expert as professional military communicators and signalmen. The term “amateur” refers not to their technical acumen but to the private, nonbusiness use of allocated radio bands by those possessing amateur radio licenses. Further, while voice communication mode is the most common use of ham radio, such operators can also send and receive text, images and data. Based on technical specifications and applied technique, ham radio operators can send and receive communications across the world, across multiple bands. --Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC, is a Marine Corps officer and writer currently serving as the fleet amphibious communications officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command..2021


Disruptive by Design: Ham Radio in C2 Denied and Degraded Environments
April 1, 2021
By Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC

The joint force is regularly called upon to conduct operations below the threshold of decisive combat, often in response to escalating tensions or natural disasters. In such contingencies, regularly available communications networks are commonly unavailable. The Internet, cellphones and other networks dependent upon terrestrial facilities become overloaded or knocked out of service. Consequently, crisis action planners are handicapped in their efforts to coordinate with key officials on the ground, as well as limited in the amount of local intelligence they can collect to support timely and appropriate action.

While such complex and brittle networks succumb to fracture, organic means of communication remain available and abundant—if only planners know where to look and how to tap into it. Amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio, is practiced across the globe by hobbyists and enthusiasts. And they are often every bit the expert as professional military communicators and signalmen. The term “amateur” refers not to their technical acumen but to the private, nonbusiness use of allocated radio bands by those possessing amateur radio licenses. Further, while voice communication mode is the most common use of ham radio, such operators can also send and receive text, images and data. Based on technical specifications and applied technique, ham radio operators can send and receive communications across the world, across multiple bands.

The Defense Department does have a mechanism by which to employ amateur radio operators and connect joint planners with key nodes in the area of operation. The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) is a Defense Department-sponsored civilian auxiliary of amateur radio operators that actively supports military operations. Notably, military aircrews remain capable of using MARS phone patches through high frequency radios when satellite communications are unavailable.

However, use of MARS remains a largely unknown or niche capability, one that is usually stumbled upon by planners in the moment of crisis and then poorly implemented. Awareness of MARS was further hampered with the closing of Navy and Marine Corps MARS components in 2015. Only the Army and Air Force retain formal ties to MARS. Consequently, while the department has the means by which to establish communications networks in denied and degraded command and control environments, this resource remains underutilized. Instead of harvesting an organic communications resource in such crises, joint planners struggle through limited communications and intelligence challenges as they fight for access to high-demand, low-density resources such as satellite phones.

The joint force can rectify this cheaply and simply by providing awareness of ham radio networks to joint planners and facilitating greater access to amateur radio training for military radio operators. Communications and signal planner courses across the services can integrate instruction regarding MARS, and how to employ it, in as little as a 15-minute block from the training schedule. Field radio operator courses can similarly provide an initial exposure to amateur radio, paired with the key lesson that local nationals in any environment to which they might deploy will likely be employing ham radio. Commands can sponsor local chapters of amateur radio enthusiasts, use white space in the field to practice amateur radio techniques and provide a path for operators to pursue an amateur radio license. The wide variety of annual amateur radio competitions can further incentivize military operators to improve their amateur radio skills while inevitably improving proficiency in their mission-essential tasks.    

As future threats continue to evolve, day-to-day communications architectures will become more unreliable in times of crisis. It is imperative that joint communications planners turn to ‘amateurs’ to remain experts. By building awareness of how to employ MARS and training military radio operators in ham radio technique, leaders will ensure their planners are proactively leveraging the organic amateur communications networks that abound across the globe.

Maj. Brian Kerg, USMC, is a Marine Corps officer and writer currently serving as the fleet amphibious communications officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He is a nonresident fellow at Marine Corps University’s Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity. Follow or contact him @BrianKerg.

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1676823 2021-04-09T21:47:04Z 2021-04-09T21:47:05Z 4662 miles radio email sent w/ VARA HF from Oahu, Hawaii to Queensland Australia
The Winlink Global Radio Email..system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed "Ham" volunteers. It supports email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. It is capable of operating completely without the internet--automatically--using smart-network radio relays. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide. Support for the system is provided by the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) non-profit, public-benefit entity. Winlink Global Radio Email®️ is a US registered trademark of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.

KH6ML was able to send an email using only an amateur radio and PC. No internet No Problem!

Connection Detail:

Winlink Vara Connection to VK4LM @ 2021/04/09 06:22:47 USB Dial: 14100.000
Station Bearing: 231, Range: 4662 miles   RMS Trimode
{SFI = 076 On 2021-04-09 02:00 UTC}
Welcome to VK4LM located at Bouldercombe Central Queensland.

KH6ML, on Oahu Station info: Icom IC-7300 100watts
Using a MFJ-1778M - G5RV Junior Wire Antenna - Multi-Band center-fed dipole antennas. These are multi-band, center-fed dipole antenna capable of 1,500 watts. Designed as 3/2 wavelength antennas for 14 MHz, they provide reasonable performance on many other bands. They cover all bands from 40-10 meters with a wide range antenna tuner. They are 52 ft. long and are designed to be used as an inverted vee or sloper to be more compact. Specifications: Assembled Wire Antenna: Yes Wire Antenna Type: Multi-band, non-resonant Antenna Power Rating: 1,500 Watts Wire Antenna Length: 52.00 ft. Antenna Tuner Required: Yes Feedline Connection Type: UHF female, SO-239 Minimum Recommended Feedpoint Height: 35.00 ft. Wire Gauge: 14-gauge Center Insulator Maximum Rope Size: 0.375 in. Wire Antenna Weight: 2.90 lbs.

HERE is more info on the  K4LM Winlink Gateway in Bouldercombe Central Queensland  http://www.cqara.org.au/index.php/winlink


Winlink hut coming together


Site preparations well under way


Toyota loaded to the gills with gravel, about 1.5t. Decided to put 100kg of concrete powder on bonnet to help hold front wheels down for traversing steep road


Mick VK4NHX fitting new hoses to machine


Mick up and running building a new piece of road to negate the existing steep sections on the access road


The crew digging the foundation holes. From left, Les VK4FLES on shovel, Chris VK4FGKO also on shovel, Bob VK4FRC on the water tank hose, Ray VK4XXX on the Dingo digger, arguing with the tough digging work. Ground is harder than concrete!


When the digging gets tough, add more weight :-) from left, Mick VK4NHX, Trevor Bell, Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX


Mixing starts, from left is Les VK4FLES (our resident concreter) and Chris VK4FGKO on shovel!


From left, Jack VK4JRC and trusty Dingo pouring in the mix, Chris VK4FGKO observing, Les VK4FLES guiding the mix into the hole and Mick VK4NHX (our resident foreman) supervising!


Les VK4FLES finishing off troweling around the foundations.


VK4LM Jack Picasso handy work :)

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At left, Mick VK4NHX, Les VK4FLES and Trevor cutting out insulation on tray of Landcruiser.

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Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX installing insulation.

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It’s up and bolted down :-) Now to start the fitout.
From left Chris VK4FGKO, Mick VK4NHX, Jack VK4JRC and Les VK4FLES.

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Winlink site from the air.

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Winlink site from the air.

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View of winlink shed and what appears to be an abandoned vehicle :)

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Ray VK4XXX chief solar engineer at work!

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From left, Les VK4FLES, Mick VK4NHX (Project Works Foreman) Ray VK4XXX laying out panels on mounting hardware.

Solar panel brace installed by VK4LM and VK4NJR

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From left Mick VK4NHX, Merv VK4DV, Ray VK4XXX, Les VK4FLES (Concrete engineer) Neil VK4NJR. Taking advantage of cooler weather to get some more site works completed. Installation of the antenna feed point pole, for the sky loop antenna. Coax to shed has been laid underground in conduit. The RT-600 antenna tuner will be mounted on the pole and supplied with 12volts via a bias-t from the solar system.


Chris VK4FGKO holding ladder for Ray VK4XXX as he slides the remote ATU enclosure up the pole.

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The enclosure final mount point at top of pole.

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Concreting Wireless Internet and VHF beam mounting pole and conduit into trench.
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Neil VK4NJR slaving over a hot shovel!

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Ray VK4XXX on shovel

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Jack VK4LM and Chris VK4FGKO working out 4G panel antenna mount.

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Les VK4FLES checking 4G panel antenna mounting.

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Jack VK4LM feeding cable into conduit.


Kay VK4FKJW supervising work, Ray VK4XXX sorting cable into conduit
Chris VK4FGKO and Les VK4FLES taking a break.

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Today’s finished job! Battery installed, solar charger installed wired and working great. 19in cabinet in place awaiting equipment install. Loop antenna up and ready for some RF


You can see the 4G patch antenna installed on the pole to the left, at this stage the yagi top left of shed is in use. We are modifying, updating and testing a number of things to make this gateway the best it can be.

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A view from a bit higher up. You can just pick out the VHF (vara fm) yagi atop the pole


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Ver 2

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VK4LM Winlink node is online and installed in it's final site.

System is scanning dial frequencies 3590 7057 10130 14100 modes Ardop Pactor and VARA HF with a IC7200 connected to a Chameleon CHA SKYLOOP antenna. FT8800 on 144.075FM mode VARA FM on a home brew 3E horizontally polarized yagi. The PC stick has been getting a work out with concurrent connections on Pactor  HF and VARA FM VHF with out a problem.

We have been getting connections from ZL1 ZL2 ZL4 VA VK1 VK2 VK3 VK4 VK5 VK8 JA K7 SA6 as well as our local test team VK4JRC and VK4FLR on most bands and modes with good reports. Jack has been giving 160M a work out mobile also with great results (160M currently offline). Been able to maintain connections mobile on Mt Morgan range as well as Mt Morgan CBD. Capricorn Highway Burnett Highway and Gracemere CBD also work fine. Rockhampton CBD noise floor is a bit much. I have also used the gateway from the mobile on 30M in the CBD during the Emergency Services Day 2019. Watch this space for more mobile and field deployment testing.

Please Note: VK4LM is running VARA HF 4.3.2 and VARA FM 4.0.5

We have dropped support for Winmor. Over the last month (10 - 11/2020) winmor has been locking up VK4LM and has required a restart to release the TNC. Because of this we have been forced to remove it as a supported soundcard mode. Sorry of any inconvenience.

The below from www.winlink.org website.

10 July 2020 -- The Board of Directors of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation voted in a recent virtual meeting to deprecate the WINMOR HF mode in the Winlink system. We request all HF RMS gateway sysops still offering WINMOR to remove it in favor of ARDOP, VARA HF and Pactor 3 or 4, where permitted by local rules.

The system will fill a big hole in the coverage of VKs East coast and the Pacific Ocean. It is a hybrid gateway so if the internet is down emails will be forwarded via HF radio to a node with internet it will then forward emails to the CMS.

Michael KH6ML