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.

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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.

"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

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

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

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!


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.

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

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. 

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。