tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:/posts Mahalo Michael 2023-09-21T23:11:47Z Mahalo Michael tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/2027962 2023-09-21T23:11:46Z 2023-09-21T23:11:47Z 🎉 People's Choice Awards - Tiki's becomes a finalist for - "Restaurant with a View" 🌟
🎉 Huge News from "Hawaii's Best 2023 - Restaurant with a View" 🌟 People's Choice Awards!

Is it the beach, the ocean, the surf, or perhaps the sway of the coconut trees? To me, it's all a part of the unparalleled view... and what better place to experience it than at Tiki's Grill & Bar! 🏖️🌊🌴 Tiki's has proudly secured a finalist position, and it's no surprise given the breathtaking vistas they offer!

@Honolulu Star-Advertiser annually celebrates businesses that stand out in their respective fields, becoming the gold standard of excellence. It's always a privilege to be recognized, and reaching finalist status? Well, that's a remarkable feat! 😎

Heartfelt thanks to @Honolulu Star-Advertiser for shining a light on local businesses like Tiki's. Such entities not only drive employment but also play a vital role in enhancing our community's fabric, making our islands a lively, joyous place to live, work, and savor moments. 🌺🏝

Keen to see which other local gems earned their spots? Dive in and explore the best Hawaii has to offer! 🌟

👉 https://hawaii-newspaper.com/special_sections/2023_hawaiis_best/#p=1

#HawaiisBest2023 #HonoluluStarAdvertiser #LocalBusiness #TikisGrillAndBar #RestaurantWithAView #Community #Hawaii

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/2021727 2023-09-07T01:26:59Z 2023-09-07T01:27:00Z Dr. Jerry - Shidler magazine on pages 8 & 9
Aloha Michael,

When you have the chance Look at the link below for the Shidler magazine on pages 8 & 9 are in reference to you taking time out to be a Judge for the student project presentation.

I appreciate all your support of my courses, it is your time and dedication that make my Food & Beverage class so Great.
Jerry Agrusa Ph.D., CHE, FMP
School of Travel Industry Management
Shidler College of Business
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/2015296 2023-08-23T07:58:07Z 2023-08-23T07:58:07Z
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/2007292 2023-08-03T04:35:40Z 2023-08-03T04:35:41Z VIDEO Boy's & Girls Club of Hawaii Alumni Lilly & Tiki's Chef Ronnie Volunteer for Walk in the Country 23!

Meet Lilly, the spark of energy at Tiki's Host Stand! Her connection with Tiki's Grill & Bar began 4 years ago during a Boys & Girls Club Field Trip.

Now, this high school go-getter and Chef Ronnie are volunteering their time and passion for "Walk in the Country," the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii's renowned event. Held at the breathtaking Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina, this event aims to gather support for invaluable programs that make a real difference in our youth's lives. Join them and be part of this incredible cause! For tickets and more information, visit: Walk in the Country 2023. www.bgch.com/walk2023/ 🌺 #TikisOhana #bgch #TikisGrill #CommunityChampions #BoysAndGirlsClub #WalkInTheCountry2023 #FutureVet #TikisGrillAndBar #TeamTikis #OhanaMeansFamily #HospitalityHeroes #FoodIndustryLeaders #TikisFamilyTradition #together #partner #nonprofit #strongertogether #smile #youth #community #whateverittakes #smile #bluedoors #engage #inspire #empower #kidsmatter #futureleaders 🎉

- From Field Trip to Host Stand: Lilly's Inspiring Journey at Tiki's Grill & Bar! LILLY AND RONNIE BOY'S & GIRL'S CLUB -  

https://youtu.be/sYrWYQ_76gY Empowering Youth with Tiki's - Our Community Outreach Programs LILLY AND RONNIE BOY'S & GIRL'S CLUB -  
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/2005519 2023-07-29T01:08:45Z 2023-07-29T01:08:45Z Farm Work Day: Tiki's Ohana Joins Go Farm Hawaiʻi for a Day of Giving Back in Waimanalo to support ALOHA Harvest.
Volunteer Farm Work Day: Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana Joins Go Farm Hawaiʻi for a Day of Giving Back in Waimanalo

In the spirit of aloha and community, 20 volunteers from Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana recently joined forces with Go Farm Hawaiʻi and ALOHA Harvest for a volunteer farm work day in Waimanalo. Guided by our coach Rachel LaDrig from Go Farm Hawaiʻi, we had a fulfilling and impactful day on the farm.

Go Farm Hawaiʻi is a local initiative committed to addressing food insecurity and promoting sustainable agriculture in the islands. The organization plays an integral role in our community by redistributing surplus food and ensuring no edible produce goes to waste. Through partnerships with local entities like the Waimanalo Research Station and Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana, ALOHA Harvest can tap into a bountiful supply of fresh produce, truly making a difference in the lives of those who struggle with food insecurity.

As part of our commitment to giving back, our team spent the day tending to crops, digging out weeds, and working diligently to support the farm’s operations. We moved truckloads of compost and helped straighten out irrigation piping, all under the hot Hawaiian sun. Although the work was hard, the camaraderie and spirit of teamwork made the day both fun and rewarding. We were accompanied by music, laughter, and a collective sense of purpose.

The partnership between Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana and Go Farm Hawaiʻi extends beyond this single day of volunteering. Through continuous efforts, Go Farm Hawaiʻi grows crops specifically for donation, ensuring a steady supply of fresh, locally sourced produce for those in need, thereby reinforcing ALOHA Harvest's mission.

We're proud to be part of such collaborative initiatives. By working together, we're able to make a tangible impact in the fight against food insecurity and promote sustainable practices that benefit both people and the environment. Moreover, it deepens our connection with the land, the community, and reinforces the shared values of aloha.

In conclusion, this experience has served as a reminder that every small effort counts. Through collective action, we can sow the seeds of positive change for a more sustainable and compassionate future. It’s a shining example of the true essence of aloha, with local businesses and community initiatives coming together to address pressing issues. We are nurturing the island's bounty and sharing it with those who need it most.

This inspiring collaboration reminds us all that a sustainable and inclusive community is one that thrives when everyone participates in nurturing and supporting its growth. We're grateful to everyone who joined us for this event - Abigail, Andrew, Casey, Daijah, Dale, Desiree, Drew, Evelyn, Javan, Jedwin, Jenni, Jennifer, John, John, Lindsey, Matt, Michael, Moana, Richard, Sekona'ovaihi, and Taylor - your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated.

#TikisOhana #Ohana #GoFarmHawaii #ALOHAHarvest #VolunteerDay #SustainableAgriculture #FoodInsecurity #WaimanaloFarm #CommunityService #GivingBack #Hawaii #AlohaSpirit #FarmLife #CommunityImpact #VolunteerWork #Agriculture #Sustainability #LocalProduce #FarmToFork #FarmToTable

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1998235 2023-07-10T06:49:01Z 2023-07-10T06:49:01Z Last Place? IARU HF World Championship: Short Time, still fun!!
Can I win last place? I competed in the IARU HF World Championship. Due to various commitments, my time was limited, but let me tell you, it didn't diminish the excitement. I wanted to get more contacts but was wiped out and went to bed! Hi Hi!

This annual event aims to bolster amateur self-training in radiocommunications, help amateurs hone their operating skills, conduct technical investigations, and foster global intercommunication, particularly with IARU member society headquarters stations.

Despite my limited time frame, I successfully reached out to a FEW stations; I used the Icom IC-7300, and a modest 100W of power to make voice (phone mode) contacts on the  20, 15-meter bands.
QSO: 21280 PH 2023-07-09 0725 KH6ML         59  61     DA0HQ          59  DARC      
QSO: 14316 PH 2023-07-09 0747 KH6ML         59  61     C3RY             59  27        (Looks Like I made a logging mistake here!)
QSO: 14303 PH 2023-07-09 0748 KH6ML         59  61     SK9HQ           59  SSA      
QSO: 14292 PH 2023-07-09 0751 KH6ML         59  61     TM0HQ            59  REF      
QSO: 14279 PH 2023-07-09 0754 KH6ML         59  61     W1WA/KH6      59  ARRL    
QSO: 14265 PH 2023-07-09 0755 KH6ML         59  61     DA0HQ             59  DARC  

The contest took place over the second full weekend of July (July 8-9, 2023), starting at 1200 UTC Saturday and running through 1159 UTC Sunday. One of the great aspects of the IARU HF Championship is that it allows both single and multioperator stations to operate the entire 24-hour period, so even if you have limited time, like I did, you can still take part and make those invaluable contacts.

The full rules of the IARU HF World Championship are available as a downloadable document here for those interested in understanding the detailed rules and regulations of this engaging event.

Remember, it's not always about the number of contacts you make, but about the journey, the learning, and the connections you create along the way. Here's to many more radio adventures!

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1993112 2023-06-27T03:02:06Z 2023-06-27T03:02:06Z Nihoa - AUKAKA David G . Nottage & Peter Nottage
1955 AUG 21-24  On AUKAKA
 Ivan T . Rainwater (USDA)
 George  Carter 
David G . Nottage 
Peter Nottage 
Ed Sheehan 

The Aukaka, owned by a Honolulu insurance man, David G. Nottage, paid a visit to Nihoa in 1955. Aboard were Nottage and his brother Peter; George Carter, a Pearl Harbor mechanic; Ed Sheehan, a Honolulu radio announcer; and Ivan T. Rainwater, an airport supervisor with the plant quarantine branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rainwater, an amateur archaeologist, had been detailed to collect specimens of charcoal for radioactive carbon dating by Dr. K.P. Emory.

The party landed and established camp. The following day, a camp was set up on nearby Necker and radio communication between the two islands was established. Part of the party subsequently sailed for Honolulu, another group remained on Necker, and a third crew stayed on Nihoa. The members on Nihoa included Edward L. Caum, Harold S. Palmer, Charles S. Judd, and Bruce Cartwright.

On 20 and 21 June, the Tanager removed the parties from Nihoa and Necker, respectively (Gregory, 1924: 21-22). During the protracted visit, hydrographic work was done, plane table topographic surveys were taken, and extensive collections and studies were made of the archaeology and biota (see Appendix Table 3).
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1991686 2023-06-23T16:38:29Z 2023-06-23T16:38:30Z International Yoga Day🧘‍♂️, Tiki's Grill & Bar
Grateful for Tiki’s Ohana Outings that bring us closer within and outside of our workspace including balance and harmony into work life. Our Tiki's ʻohana came together at Kapiʻolani Park on International Yoga Day🧘‍♂️, with some heading back to Tiki's Grill & Bar for a wholesome meal to follow. We are not just a team, we're ʻohana. Happy International Yoga Day everyone!

#TikisOhana #InternationalYogaDay #tikisgrill @tikisgrill
Mahalo Nui Loa, 

Michael Miller / Director of Operations / Partner

Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

808-923-8454          www.tikisgrill.com 

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1988991 2023-06-17T03:59:44Z 2023-06-17T03:59:44Z Hunting Invasive Species at the 2023 U.S. Spearfishing National Championships: 100 Competitors Making a Difference
Crystal-clear waters off Kona, Hawaii, provide the stage for a unique gathering of the spearfishing community—an event combining competition, environmental responsibility, and local culture. The U.S. Spearfishing National Championships, attracting 100 free-diving competitors this year, is directing its focus on hunting invasive fish species.

The tournament, hosted at the Waikoloa Canoe Club on Thursday, June 15th, is part of a strategic initiative to combat the adverse impacts of invasive fish species on Hawaii's delicate marine ecosystem. Participants are tasked with hunting three specific invasive species: the Roi (Peacock Grouper), the Ta‘ape (Blueline Snapper), and the To'au (Blacktail Snapper).

Invasive species, though sometimes neglected in broader environmental conversations, pose significant threats to local ecosystems. They can rapidly proliferate in new environments, disrupting the delicate balance of ecosystems. In Hawaii's unique marine environments, these disruptions can be particularly damaging.

The Roi, Ta‘ape, and To'au—introduced to Hawaiian waters in ill-advised attempts to supplement local fisheries—have proven more harmful than helpful. They out-compete native species for food and habitat, disrupt local ecosystems, and can introduce diseases.

The U.S. Spearfishing National Championships offers a valuable opportunity to control these invasive species' populations and raise awareness about the issue. Competitors will be diving from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, aiming to catch as many of these target species as possible within a set boundary.

Notably, two of the top competitors are friends of Tiki's Grill & Bar—Justin Lee and Kimi Werner. Justin, a former member of our team, and Kimi, who participated in a fundraising event and accompanied our chef on a diving expedition for octopus, bring their expertise and commitment to this critical cause.

The championships, both a physical challenge and a race against time, require competitors to complete their dive and cross the finish line by 3 pm. Results will be celebrated at the Awards Banquet the following evening, acknowledging competitors' skills and contributions to preserving Hawaii's marine life.

The 2023 U.S. Spearfishing National Championships showcase how sporting events can contribute to ecological efforts, transforming challenges into opportunities for positive environmental action. Each spearfisher who dives into the azure Hawaiian waters contributes to preserving the ocean's beauty for future generations.
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1986253 2023-06-10T02:02:36Z 2023-06-10T02:02:36Z A Koa Canoe my Grandfather David Nottage was named Ilima

One example of his restoring skills is on display at the Outrigger Reef. "The Ilima was once owned by David Nottage," Perry explained. "It is a rare two-man koa once common, but only a handful remain. When it was originally built, there were hundreds of similar canoes of this type. It came to Oahu in the 1950s, probably from the Big Island because of the abundance of koa, before Nottage acquired it in extremely poor condition from a kama'aina family in the late 1960s."

The Ilima is 15 feet long and weighs approximately 150 pounds and was primarily used for inshore fishing. "Termite damage was extensive," Perry said. "Before I finished, I had replaced the bottom and mo'o with koa. The new ama is wiliwili, and the i'akos hau; new seats and wae were installed. My past experience in canoe restoration dates this canoe between 1920 and 1925. Because this type of canoe was numerous and unimportant, no one kept records of the builder; nor is the given name known. Nottage named it Ilima for the flower of Ohau."

Perry finished restoration in February 2012, and David Nottage was able to enjoy Ilima until he passed away later that same year, after which his family placed the custody of Ilima with Tay Perry and Friends of Hokule'a and Hawai'iloa for charitable purposes.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1978754 2023-05-21T16:59:24Z 2023-05-21T16:59:25Z Dad’s map of fruit trees with layout of pipes done in dotmatrix originally done possibly in the 80s. This is an update to July 1993. ]]> Michael KH6ML tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1978752 2023-05-21T16:55:59Z 2023-05-21T16:55:59Z Dad’s map of fruit trees with layout of pipes done in dotmatrix originally done possibly in the 80s. This is an update to July 1993. ]]> Michael KH6ML tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1977109 2023-05-17T08:20:50Z 2023-05-17T08:20:50Z Watch "KEKOA OUTDOORS - Episode 2 - Pig trapping and SMOKE MEAT!" on YouTube
Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1975162 2023-05-11T23:38:33Z 2023-05-11T23:38:33Z DONN BEACH - THE WATUMULL FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT DONN BEACH (1907 -

A good read. 

DONN BEACH THE WATUMULL FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT DONN BEACH (1907 - ) Donn Beach, greatly-admired and greatly imitated restauranteur, describes the early experiences, including a voyage to Australia, that led to his lifelong interest in the South Pacific area. Mr. Beach reminisces about his years in Hollywood in both the movie and restaurant industries, and his military service during World War II. He shares anecdotes about many well-known personalities he has met throughout the years. Perhaps best known for his restaurants, Mr. Beach has also served as a consultant for resort development and has devised a number of visitor attractions for many tourist areas, including Waikiki's famous International Marketplace.

 © 1987 The Watumull Foundation, Oral History Project 2051 Young Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1974201 2023-05-08T09:00:00Z 2023-05-09T20:19:26Z Max from KHON2 Visits Tiki's Grill & Bar for Mother's Day & Graduation Weekend in Honolulu

Busy weekend for restaurants with Mother’s Day, Graduation

Join Max as he explores Tiki's Grill & Bar in Honolulu during the busy Mother's Day and Graduation weekend. Watch as Director of Operations and Partner Michael Miller discusses the growing demand for reservations, their special menu offerings, and how they're catering to local families during these challenging times. Don't miss out on this insider look at Hawaii's thriving restaurant scene!

by: Max Rodriguez Posted: May 7, 2023 / 07:06 PM HST / Updated: May 7, 2023 / 10:46 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Next weekend is expected to be a busy one for Hawaii restaurants, not only will it be Mother’s Day but graduations are also taking place on the same weekend, but those waiting last minute to make reservations may still be in luck. 

The Tiki’s Grill & Bar Director of Operations and Partner Michael Miller said business is picking up, especially with the summer months approaching. He said reservations are coming in for Mother’s Day Sunday brunch, but they still have some availability during the later evening hours.

Miller said, “If you don’t have a reservation it may be up to an hour-long that day because most of the places that have been around that are doing a great job are going to be busy.”

Other places like 53 By The Sea have been fully booked since a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant manager Royce Takahashi said they are planning on being fully staffed. 

“A lot of it is a mental game as well,” Takahashi said. “But the staff here you know they’ve, they work very hard and it’s nothing that’s really new to them. As long as you come in with a good mindset, a game plan for service it should go, it should go smoothly, knock on wood.”

Restaurant kitchens have been preparing for this coming busy weekend for months. From creating a fixed menu or buffet, and making sure the ingredients are available.

Miller said they also factored in the cost of the items on the special menu and how much customers are willing to pay for a meal. He understands many local families are working hard to just pass by during economic hardships. 

“If you look at our pricing compared to some of our other friends in the industry, we priced ours below theirs,” Miller said. “And we did that on purpose because we didn’t want to gouge families so we thought ours was fair, to help cover our costs, make a little bit of money but really give a great experience.”

Even on Sunday, some restaurants may have a couple of tables set aside for walk-ins, or they could offer bar seating. 

The Hawaii Restaurant Association Executive Director Sheryl Matsuoka is asking folks to notify restaurants if they need to cancel, other people may be looking for that reservation.

Matsuoka said, “My recommendation is to call the restaurant, many times you can call the restaurants and they will say, ‘Hey guess what someone just canceled I can put you in on these times,’ a lot of times if you do call you might be able to get a reservation." Many restaurants will be updating their availability online as the week goes on, they asked that customers to continue checking if there is a certain time they want. 

Tiki's Grill & Bar -  2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

808-923-8454          www.tikisgrill.com 

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1969984 2023-04-26T23:17:56Z 2023-04-26T23:17:56Z Unveiling the Secrets: How We Prepare for a Mother's Day Celebration at Tiki's Grill & Bar

In Hawaii, Ohana is of utmost importance, and taking mom or tutu out for Mother's Day is a cherished tradition. At Tiki's Grill & Bar, we consider it our kuleana (responsibility) to host a memorable experience for the whole family. That's why we change our style of service to a buffet and welcome so many kama'aina and visitors. In this behind-the-scenes look, we'll share how we prepare for a Mother's Day celebration at our restaurant.

Step 1: Reflecting on the past
Our preparation starts with reviewing notes from previous years, including chef and manager insights, guest counts, online reviews, and staffing notes. We evaluate what worked and what could be improved to ensure we're offering the best experience possible for our guests.

Step 2: Scoping out the competition
We reach out to other establishments and gather information on their offerings for Mother's Day. By building a competition grid, we can understand what others are providing in terms of hours, menus, service style, and pricing for both keiki and adults.

Step 3: Collaborating with our entire team
The preparation for Mother's Day at Tiki's Grill & Bar is truly a team effort. Our chefs Ronnie, Jason, and Mikey reflect on past successes and consider new menu ideas, ensuring that we can source ingredients at prices that allow us to make a profit. Meanwhile, Jenni, our manager in charge of holiday planning, coordinates with Jennifer on staffing, building the OpenTable plan, writing scripts, and managing dozens of logistical details, from ordering tablecloths and linen napkins to ensuring we have crab crackers on hand, planning the flow in OpenTable, and handling the logistics of payments.
However, it doesn't stop there; it takes the whole management team's dedication and expertise to plan and execute a successful Mother's Day celebration. From the bands providing live entertainment to the dishwashers, every member of the Tiki's Grill & Bar family plays a vital role in making the day special. The synergy between the various departments is essential for smooth operations and an unforgettable experience for our guests.

Step 4: Crafting the menu
Our team assembles a mouth-watering menu, including various stations, hot foods, and a salad/cold bar. Some highlights include Alaskan Snow Crab Legs, a "Build Your Own" Omelet Station, Hand Carved Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Togarashi Seared Salmon, and a Poke Bar featuring Ahi, Marlin, and Salmon. To top it all off, we offer an extensive assortment of desserts, including Lilikoi Cheesecake and sheet cakes.

Step 5: Coordinating with other departments
While Jenni oversees the holiday planning, it takes the coordination of eight other managers and departments to pull off this incredible feat. From the front of house to the back of house, every team member plays a crucial role in ensuring a successful and enjoyable Mother's Day celebration.

Step 6: The big day
With everything in place, we open our doors to welcome families looking to treat their moms to a special Mother's Day meal. As guests arrive, our well-prepared team works together seamlessly, delivering an unforgettable experience for all.

At Tiki's Grill & Bar, we take our kuleana seriously when it comes to providing a memorable Mother's Day celebration for the whole Ohana. https://www.tikisgrill.com/mom

PRO TIP  no matter where you take your family make your reservations in advance.

#BehindTheScenes, #RestaurantSecrets, #MothersDayAtTikis, #TikisGrillAndBar, #HawaiianOhana, #MomsDayFeast, #CelebrateMom, #TutusDayOut, #MotherhoodInParadise, #AlohaMothersDay, #TikisMoments, #MahaloMoms,
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1968460 2023-04-21T17:26:15Z 2023-04-21T17:26:16Z An Unforgettable Pile-Up Adventure with My ICOM IC-7300: 52 Contacts, 18 Countries, and One Very Hungry Wife

ALOHA fellow ham radio enthusiasts! Gather 'round, and let me regale you with the tale of my most thrilling (and somewhat hilarious) experience using my ICOM IC-7300 transceiver. With only 100 watts max power and a G5RV jr wire antenna that's seen better days, I managed to make a mind-boggling 52 contacts on 20 meters, parking on 14.268 MHz. The pile-up was massive, chaotic, and incredibly fun – it was like the Black Friday of ham radio!

Working a pile-up like this can really train your ears to pick up call signs amidst the cacophony. It was like playing "Where's Waldo?" with my ears. And I must say, I've become quite the auditory detective.    

My time was limited, as I had only an hour and a half before I needed to have dinner with my wife. As the clock ticked, I could practically hear her stomach growling . But in that short window, I managed to have voice conversations (QSOs) and exchange signal reports with 52 people across 18 different countries or DXCC entities. Many of our signal reports were a true 59, which, as you know, is really good – or as I like to say, the ham radio equivalent of a high-five!

Sad to say I left at least 25 people hanging when I said I was signing off to have dinner with my XYL (WIFE)  ALOHA and 73 KH6ML

Here's a list of the countries and their prefixes that I managed to make contact with during my adventure:

As dinner time approached, I signed off with a mixture of pride and the realization that my wife was probably plotting to hide my radio gear if I didn't get to diner soon. I quickly wrapped up and rushed to dinner, grateful for my ICOM IC-7300 and the trusty G5RV jr wire antenna for making this amazing (and amusing) pile-up adventure possible.

If you've been considering upgrading your ham radio setup, I highly recommend giving this combo a try. Who knows? You'll be the next one to share your own pile-up escapades, and we can swap stories over a virtual cup of coffee.

Until next time, 73, happy DXing, and remember to keep your spouses fed!

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1966663 2023-04-16T18:54:59Z 2023-04-16T18:55:00Z 17 Meter Activity Group - Band Hopper with a good group

17 meter Activity Group -

17 meter Activity Group -

 If you want to have some fun or try out a new antenna - these are the guys to check out! They start on 17M at 17:30z every afternoon. Lots of check-ins from across North America and usually around the world. Great group of folks here. Check it out!

From Gary; K5IGO

Join us daily on the Activity Groups. Open to all. It is not a net, just a bunch of guys getting together daily to check propagation on these great bands. No roll call, just a list gathered up daily. Stop by and check us out.  73

17m - 18.157.50 at 17:30-18:30 UTC

15m - 21.383 at 18:30-19:00 UTC

12m - 24.970 at 19:00-19:30 UTC

10m -  Freq is usually picked that day at 19:30 UTC -

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1957944 2023-03-26T20:16:32Z 2023-03-26T20:16:32Z VIDEO: Ham Radio Connects Lanai Students w/ Astronauts on International Space Station via Amateur Radio - Video Edit from KH6ML

Please feel free to share this video: as you see fit.

Exciting news for the Lana'i High and Elementary School! Students communicated with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) through Amateur Radio. This incredible opportunity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which aimed to inspire students and promote STEM education.

The live connection with the ISS was facilitated by HAM operator Jan Poppeliers ON4ISS in Belgium, and the interview featured astronaut Warren Hoburg KB3HTZ. The amazing event was watched live on the ARISS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ARISSlive/videos

This marks the first ARISS contact for Hawaii in 20 years! Teachers Danyel Erickson and Tricia Calhoon have been preparing their students for this momentous event with science clubs, field trips, stargazing events, and guest speakers.

Also visiting and sharing with the students is our astronomer friend Heather, callsign AH7RF.

Amateur Radio, or "Ham" Radio, allowed communication across town, around the world, and even into space without relying on conventional communication infrastructure. It was a great source of electronics experimentation, public service, and fun!

If you are in Hawaii and interested in obtaining your license to communicate with the ISS, you can find more information at http://hameducation.org/education/

For more info on ARISS, you could visit www.ariss.org, and for more on Amateur Radio, check out www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio..


Michael Miller KH6ML

Michael KH6ML
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1954115 2023-03-16T21:40:15Z 2023-03-16T22:47:11Z Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana Embraces the Spirit of Aloha at Hawaii Foodbank

Aloha, food lovers and community enthusiasts! We are excited to share the heartwarming experience of our Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana, who recently volunteered at the Hawaii Foodbank to sort and organize produce and packaged foods.

The team had a fantastic time giving back to the local community, embracing the spirit of Aloha and living the true meaning of Ohana.

Our Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana, led by our passionate chef Jason and dedicated manager Drew, embarked on this noble mission to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. They spent an entire day at the Hawaii Foodbank, where they rolled up their sleeves and got to work sorting and organizing fresh produce and packaged foods.

This act of kindness and generosity is an extension of the warm Aloha spirit that the Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana embodies. As a local business, we believe in not just serving mouth-watering dishes but also in contributing to the well-being of the community we call home.

The day was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the joy of giving back. Our team members formed an assembly line, working together like a well-oiled machine to sort and pack the food items. The experience was an excellent opportunity for bonding and getting to know one another better, strengthening the sense of Ohana within our team.

Mahalo to chef Jason and manager Drew for organizing this wonderful event and to the entire Tiki's Grill & Bar Ohana for their hard work and dedication. Your spirit of giving back and your commitment to the community are truly inspiring.

We look forward to more opportunities to serve our community and share the Aloha spirit, both within our restaurant and beyond. If you would like to join us in our efforts to support the Hawaii Foodbank or other local organizations, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Until our next adventure, let's continue to spread the love, warmth, and joy that make the Aloha spirit so special. Mahalo!

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1949333 2023-03-06T06:02:29Z 2023-03-06T06:02:29Z 2023 ARRL International DX Contest KH6ML Ham Radio Hawaii HF

During the 2023 ARRL International DX Contest, I was able to make 133 successful contacts with amateur radio operators in North America, including Canada. Although I had to take breaks to work on some household projects, attend to a few work-related items, and spend time with my wife, I was still able to achieve my personal best with a score of 19,950. However, I am wondering if my score will place in any category.

As a resident of Hawaii with the call sign KH6ML, I was thrilled to participate in the contest and test my skills using my Icom IC-7300 and G5RV Jr Antenna while running my power at 100 watts. I also used the N1MM Logging software to keep track of my contacts. The contest aimed to expand North American stations' knowledge of DX propagation on the HF and MF bands, improve operating skills, and enhance station capabilities. We were limited to using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10-meter bands.
To prepare, I spent time studying propagation patterns and ensuring my station was in optimal condition. During the contest, I focused on contacting DX stations to expand my knowledge of propagation on the HF and MF bands. Despite the challenges posed by my location in Hawaii, I remained determined and worked hard to make successful contacts.

The competition was fierce, with international stations participating in the mix. Nonetheless, the contest allowed me to expand my knowledge of DX propagation, improve my operating skills, and enhance my station capabilities.

Overall, participating in the 2023 ARRL International DX Contest was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to learn, grow, and connect with other amateur radio enthusiasts in the community. As a member of ARRL, I am proud to support the ARRL Contest Program, the world's largest, with many events from HF through microwave. Membership also grants free access to the National Contest Journal, the ARRL’s online archive of QST articles, and the Technical Information Service. I look forward to participating in more contests in the future and building my skills and understanding of propagation patterns and radio overall.

As a side note: Radio contesting can provide valuable training and experience for emergency communication (EMCOMM) situations. Contests simulate a high-pressure environment, requiring quick thinking and efficient communication skills. These skills are essential in real-world emergencies where communication is critical and every second counts. Contesting also helps hams to develop skills in operating equipment and antenna systems, setting up portable stations, and deploying quickly to remote locations, all of which are crucial in emergency communication scenarios. By participating in radio contests and training exercises, hams can enhance their abilities to operate effectively in emergency situations, making them well-equipped to support their communities when the need arises. Thus, radio contesting can be an essential part of preparation for real-world emergencies and EMCOMM.

#ARRL #DXcontest #amateurradio #KH6ML #IC7300 #G5RVJr #N1MM #propagationpatterns #stationcapabilities #DXpropagation #HFband #MFband #emcomm #emergencycommunication #contesttraining #quickthinking #efficientcommunication #skillsdevelopment #portablestations #remoteoperations #supportingcommunities #buildingourskills #hamradio #QSTarticles #NationalContestJournal #technicalinformationservice

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1938330 2023-02-07T20:55:05Z 2023-03-06T16:05:28Z Hawaii News Now -Tiki's 2023 Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day 2023 was celebrated at Tiki's Grill, where reservations were made at www.tikisgrill.com for a romantic evening. The restaurant offered an Appe-teasers For Two menu at a price of $79, which featured delicious dishes such as Crispy Kissing Coconut Shrimp with "Sweet & Spicy" Sauce, Beet-ing Heart Beet Hummus with Truffle and Crudites, and Ahi Tartare Avocado Toast with "A Toast to Us".

Customers were able to choose from a selection of delectable main course dishes, including the Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Fish with basil cream, asparagus, roasted grape tomatoes, and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, or the Vegan Pasta Primavera with San Marzano tomato sauce, balsamic roasted garden vegetables, and fresh tatsoi. Other options included the Truffle-Yaki Salmon, Thai Shrimp Puttanesca, Coconut Chicken, Guava Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Fork Tender Beef Short Ribs, and Slow Roasted Prime Rib.

Customers indulged in the Valentine's Surf & Turf for $99, which included a sous vide Petit Filet Mignon and Tristan Lobster Tail with Roasted Maui Pineapple & Bacon Brussels Sprouts. The meal ended on a sweet note with the Snuggly Divine Chocolate Fudge Cake with raspberry coulis and locally crafted vanilla gelato.

The restaurant encouraged customers to follow them on Twitter @tikisgrill, Instagram @tikisgrill and @chefronnie, and Facebook at Tiki's Grill & Bar, and to use the hashtags #tikisgrill and #PR to share their experience.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1937254 2023-02-04T20:16:09Z 2023-03-06T16:26:41Z "Otoshi: Japan's Table Charge Dish That Will Have You Laughing and Crying All at Once"

Otoshi is a unique part of Japanese dining culture.

Have you ever visited a Japanese restaurant and found yourself faced with an unexpected fee called otoshi at the beginning of your meal?

To clarify, otoshi is not a side dish, appetizer, or drink; it is an automatic fee that comes with sitting down at a table in some Japanese establishments. Some restaurants even have signs stating "otoshi wa kanrisha ni narimasu," which means "otoshi will be served by the server."

Otoshi is not always a simple fee. It can range from a small plate of pickled vegetables to a full-blown seafood platter. And the best part? You didn't even order it!

The reason behind this practice is to encourage diners to start eating and drinking right away, rather than lingering and taking up valuable table space. So, in a way, you're paying for the privilege of having a seat at the table. #culture #restaurants #JapaneseDining #DiningCulture #Restaurants #uniqueexperience #Japan #travel

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1936241 2023-02-02T03:22:16Z 2023-02-02T03:22:17Z Halau O Na Pua Kukui Came Together for a Good Cause: A Kalua Pig Fundraiser

Halau O Na Pua Kukui Came Together for a Good Cause: A Kalua Pig Fundraiser

Halau O Na Pua Kukui, a traditional Hawaiian dance group, had come together for a special fundraiser. The goal of this event was to raise funds for the hula halau's upcoming performances and to preserve the traditions of Hawaiian dance and culture.

The highlight of this fundraiser was the sale of kalua pig, a traditional Hawaiian dish made by slow roasting pig in an underground oven called an imu. From cutting the hard Kiave wood and splitting it, Digging the pit, cutting of the banana stocks and Ti leafs, and backing and salting the pig with Pa‘aka Hawaiian Sea salt.

The kalua pig being sold at this fundraiser was made with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring that each bite was bursting with flavor and authenticity.

The hula halau had worked tirelessly to make this fundraiser a success, with each member lending their own unique skills and talents. From preparing the kalua pig to selling tickets and promoting the event, everyone was working together to make this a memorable and successful event.

This fundraiser was not just about raising funds, but it was also about sharing and promoting Hawaiian culture with family and friends and the community.

The hula halau invited everyone to come out and support this fundraiser. Not only would they be supporting a good cause, but they would also be able to enjoy delicious kalua pig and learn about Hawaiian culture and traditions.

Halau O Na Pua Kukui's kalua pig fundraiser was a unique and meaningful event that brought together a community of people who were passionate about Hawaiian dance and culture. It was a testament to the power of working together towards a common goal and preserving traditions for future generations. Uncle Ed Collier is the kumu hula of Halau O Na Pua Kukui

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1936036 2023-02-01T20:52:42Z 2023-02-01T20:52:42Z Waikiki’s Tiki’s Restaurant: A Dining Experience to Remember - KHON2 Part Two
Tiki’s Restaurant in Waikiki is a must-visit spot for those who love good food and drinks. In this YouTube video, join the host as they explore the restaurant's menu with Chef Ronnie and Michael Miller.

To start, Chef Ronnie introduces a dish called Molokai Venison Bolognese, which is a combination of venison and pork, slow-cooked and served with pappardelle pasta. The macadamia nut fish is also highlighted, with a cauliflower risotto and Kahumana Farms purple carrots. Another standout dish is the beet salad stack, a beautiful and delicious combination of roasted beets, boursin cheese, Dijon mustard vinaigrette, and macadamia nuts. And if you're looking for a surf and turf, Tiki’s has got you covered with its braised lamb and jumbo shrimps with mustard gnocchi, pancetta, and kahumana Farms Brazen greens.

If you're in the mood for a drink, Tiki’s Restaurant has a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The 1944 Mai Tai, with its Lilikoi foam, is a must-try for those who love alcohol. For something lighter, try the Mango Tango, a refreshing drink made with fresh mango and tequila (or without tequila).

The staff at Tiki's Restaurant is also a big part of what makes the dining experience so special. Chef Ronnie and Michael talk about the team and how they contribute to the restaurant's success.

In conclusion, Tiki’s Restaurant in Waikiki is a must-visit spot for those who love good food and drinks. From the Molokai Venison Bolognese to the 1944 Mai Tai, every dish and drink is carefully crafted to provide a truly memorable dining experience. So if you're in the area, make sure to put Tiki's on your agenda.

To see Part One: Living808 at KHON2 featuring Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Mikey Monis sat down with Chef Ronnie and Michael Miller, partner and director of operations.Alex Garcia shot and produced at Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Back in the studio were host John Veneri, Kelly Simek. John, Kelly & Mikey serve up food, fashion, fitness, and a full-hour of fun on Living808! Weekdays at 9am on KHON and 8pm on KHII. @living808tv | @khonnews | @kellysimek @officialmikeymonis/ #tikisgrill #waikiki #hawaii #restaurants #communication #media
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1934501 2023-01-28T03:53:28Z 2023-01-28T03:53:29Z Living808 on KHON2 featuring Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Talking story about food, drinks and 20 years!

Living808 at KHON2 featuring Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Mikey Monis sat down with Chef Ronnie and Michael Miller, partner and director of operations.Alex Garcia shot and produced at Tiki’s Grill & Bar. Back in the studio were host John Veneri, Kelly Simek. 

John, Kelly & Mikey serve up food, fashion, fitness, and a full-hour of fun on Living808! Weekdays at 9am on KHON and 8pm on KHII. @living808tv | @khonnews | @kellysimek, @officialmikeymonis

Welcome to Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki! We are a perfect spot to enjoy some delicious food, refreshing drinks and the beautiful view of the beach. We are excited to share that we are celebrating not only Valentine's Day, but also 20 years in business! That's right, Tiki's has been serving up mouth-watering dishes and providing a lively atmosphere for two decades.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we partnered with local charities such as the Hawaii FoodBank and the Hawaii Legacy Forestry Project. We donated all the money raised during our anniversary party to these organizations. It was a great day filled with live music from Kapena, Eddie Samara, and Malu Productions, as well as staff who have been with us for over 20 years and members of the community.

If you're looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with us, we have a special menu just for you! Our prefix menu includes an appetizer plate with four different items, a three-course menu, and a choice of our signature entrees. We're also offering a surf and turf option which includes local grass-fed beef and a lobster tail for an extra $20. To finish off the meal, we have a Divine fudge cake, a warm chocolate cake with locally produced gelato for dessert.

At Tiki's, we're known for having at least two to four different fresh fish options every single night, as well as our famous guava glazed ribs and short ribs. We have a wide variety of menu options to please everyone's taste buds.

Our team is made up of the partners Kelly McGill, Bill Tobin, and Michael Miller, all graduates of Hawaii. We're a locally owned and operated restaurant, and we're proud to be a part of the community. Our staff is fun, energetic and dedicated to providing the best experience for our customers.

So come on down to Tiki's Grill & Bar in the heart of Waikiki, and celebrate Valentine's Day or just enjoy a great meal with friends and family. We can't wait to see you!


Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1934356 2023-01-27T21:02:39Z 2023-01-27T21:05:07Z Giving Back to the University: My Experience as a Judge for Student Projects at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Being a invited to judge student projects by Dr. Jerry Agrusa, a Professor with the School of Travel Industry Management in the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is a great honor for me, as I was once a student of Dr. Jerry's back in the 90's, and I learned a lot from him. Dr. Agrusa is a highly respected and accomplished professional in the field of travel industry management, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with him and the students in his program.

As a judge for the student projects, I have the opportunity to evaluate the students' work and provide them with valuable feedback. The projects are always innovative and well-researched, and it is inspiring to see the students' passion and dedication in their chosen field. It's also a great opportunity for me to learn from the students as well, as they present their ideas and solutions.

Working with Dr. Agrusa and the students has been a great experience, and I have learned a lot from the process. Dr. Agrusa is a knowledgeable and experienced mentor and it is a pleasure to work with him. He is always available to answer any questions and provide guidance to the students, and his enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious.

In conclusion, being invited to judge student projects by Dr. Jerry Agrusa at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is an honor for me. It is a great opportunity to give back to the University and contribute to the education and development of future leaders in the field of travel industry management. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Agrusa and the students and look forward to continuing to be involved in this way.

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1933940 2023-01-26T21:39:34Z 2023-01-26T21:40:41Z 2022 Valentine’s Day Dinner at Tiki;s Grill & Bar

Tiki's Grill & Bar in Waikiki offers a unique and romantic dining experience for Valentine's Day with two packages to choose from, including a three-course dinner with options from our main menu, free valet parking and live local music, as well as an upgraded package with added perks such as a glass of bubbles, a rose, chocolates and preferred seating with potential ocean view. Don't miss out, make your reservations early on our website, TikisGrill.com.

Valentine’s Day Dinner 

Valentine’s three course dinner menu Tiki’s standard restaurant seating (indoors and outdoors) $59++ / $72.4 per person inclusive price

Premiere Valentine’s Day Package 

  • Valentine’s three course dinner menu
  • Glass of Bubbles & long-stemmed rose per person/chocolates
  • Preferred seating - weather pending, ocean view tables (18 tables)
  • *Limited packages available - -  $99++ / $121.49 per person inclusive price

Chef Ronnie Nasuti’s Valentine’s Day Three Course Menu

Appe-teasers - You get all of these items! 

  • Crispy Kissing Coconut Shrimp, “Sweet & Spicy” Sauce
  • Beet-ing Heart Beet Hummus, Truffle, Crudites
  • “A Toast to Us” Ahi Tartare Avocado Toast
  • Watermelon Salad, Dijon Vinaigrette, Feta


Choice of Signature Tiki’s Entree 


Specialty Surf & Turf Entree (+$20)


Divine Chocolate Fudge Cake - raspberry coulis, locally crafted vanilla gelato

Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1933570 2023-01-26T01:11:25Z 2023-01-26T04:59:56Z Tiki's Grill & Bar Named One of Oahu's Most Booked Restaurants by OpenTable and KHON2
We couldn't be more excited to be featured on OpenTable and KHON2 as one of the top 10 most booked restaurants on Oahu! This is a huge honor for us, and we are grateful to be considered among the best restaurants on the island.

At Tiki's Grill & Bar, we pride ourselves on our ocean views, fresh fish, and live music. Our menu is extensive, with plenty of options for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for appetizers or a main dish, we have something that will satisfy your cravings.

We are so proud to be one of the most popular restaurants in Waikiki, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share our food and atmosphere with locals and visitors alike. We recommend reserving a table in advance or calling and booking ahead of visiting.

Thank you OpenTable and KHON2 for the mention, and for including us in the list of the top 10 most booked restaurants on Oahu. We look forward to welcoming you to Tiki's Grill & Bar soon.

#TikisGrillBar #WaikikiRestaurant #OceanViewDining #FreshFish #LiveMusic #OpenTable #KHON2 #MostBookedRestaurants #OahuEats #HawaiiFoodie #WaikikiFoodie #TropicalDining #IslandFlavor #ParadiseEats #AlohaDining


HONOLULU (KHON2) – Tired of going to the same restaurant for date night on Oahu? Try these restaurants located throughout the island. 

Sometimes all you need is good food, good company and a picture-perfect neighborhood to call it a good night. 

Open Table, a website that allows people to reserve a restaurant in Hawaii and other regions, came out with their list of most booked restaurants to check out on Oahu.  

Their list breaks down popularity, average price for a meal, how often it was booked and more. 

Most booked restaurants on Oahu
  1.  Deck. – Waikiki
  2.  Wolfgang’s Steak House – Waikiki
  3.  Ruscello – Honolulu
  4.  Hula Grill – Waikiki
  5.  Merriman’s – Honolulu
  6. Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Waikiki
  7. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – Waikiki
  8. Moku Kitchen – Honolulu
  9. Tiki’s Grill & Bar – Waikiki
  10. Mariposa at Neiman Marcus – Honolulu

For more information or to reserve a table head to Open Table’s website.  

Many restaurants listed recommend reserving a table in advance or calling and booking ahead of visiting. 
Mahalo Michael
tag:mahalomichael.com,2013:Post/1932927 2023-01-24T17:18:14Z 2023-01-26T04:38:25Z Aloha Street Japanese Article for at Tiki’s Grill & Bar

It was an honor to be featured in a magazine blog post for Japanese visitors coming to Hawaii. Despite the recent economic challenges, we are starting to see more and more visitors from Japan returning to Waikiki. Tiki's Grill & Bar has been a popular spot for many guests for over 20 years. Our restaurant is located across from the pool on the lobby floor, and features ocean views, fresh fish, and live music.

One of the things that makes Tiki's Grill & Bar such a special place is our staff. They truly enjoy having guests from all around the world and always go above and beyond to make sure everyone feels welcome and has a great dining experience. From the moment you step into our restaurant, you'll be greeted with warm smiles and friendly service that will make you feel right at home. Whether you're a local or a visitor from Japan, our staff will make sure you have a memorable dining experience.


ティキズ グリル&バー(2階)

ロビーフロアにあるプールの向かいにあるレストラン「ティキズ グリル&バー」。店内席もありますが、おすすめは海を見渡せるテラス席!パラソルもあるので暑すぎず、海の心地よい風を感じながら食事を楽しむことができます。席の間隔もあるので、周りの目を気にせずのんびり食事ができるのも嬉しいポイントです。





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  • アペタイザーからメインまで、食事メニューも充実しています。この日のフレッシュ・グリルド・ハワイアン・フィッシュ・サンドイッチのお魚は、ヘビ(ハワイ語でメカジキの一種)。タロ芋を使用した紫のバンズに挟まった白身魚は柔らかくて食べやすく、添えてあるタルタルソースとの相性抜群。サイドのフレンチフライは時間が経ってもサクサクで、ずっと美味しくいただけました。


Mahalo Michael