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Happy Independence Day 2015

Today, July 4th is Independence Day, which according to the first paragraph on Wikipedia, is this:

“Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.[1] Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.[2][3][4]”

~ Wikipedia/Independence Day

What’s your plans? Gonna’ hit Ala Moana for the biggest fireworks display in Hawaii? Kailua? Schofield? Pearl Harbor? Turtle Bay? Lahaina? Kekaha? Waikoloa? Swinger party? “Veg” all alone at home with a crappy beer and a sad face? LOL!

Me and my buds are gonna’ fire up the F-22s and do a few rounds “buzzin’ the tower” over in Korea. After that, maybe do some stunt flying over Midway on the way back home, then RTB and party hard. “I feel the need…. the need for SPEED!” LOL!

Speaking of July, this is now the fourth day of the Honolulu City & County plastic bag ban, which was enacted on July 1, 2015. So today after I hit Kenny’s for their swan song day “in the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi’eee”, I stopped by Times Supermarket next door (formerly Star Market), where they were now handing out these super-thick plastic reusable bags.

The only hard part now is training ourselves to bring back these reusable plastic bags with us every time we go grocery shopping from now on.

I already started keeping my Foodland SPAM Musubi reusable eco bags in my car, and try to remember taking them in the store with me, yet sometimes still forget.

The great thing about these thicker “reusable” plastic bags, is they don’t need to double them anymore, and you can confidently carry out your stuff without worrying the bag will break.

According to Opala.org, this is the new Plastic Bag Ban law:


Effective July 1, 2015, businesses shall be prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise. Nothing in the ordinance shall preclude a business from making available to customers, with or without charge, at the point of sale: 1) reusable bags, compostable plastic bags, or recyclable paper bags for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise; or 2) non-recyclable paper bags to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods.

Banned Plastic Bags

Plastic Checkout Bag” means a carryout bag that is provided by a business to a customer for the purpose of transporting groceries or other retail goods, and is made from non-compostable plastic and not specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use.

The term “plastic checkout bag” does not include the following types of bags. The following types of bags are excluded from the ban and may continue in use.
(A) Bags used by customers inside a business to package loose items, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, ground coffee, grains, candies, or small hardware items;
(B) Bags used to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat or fish, flowers or potted plants, or other items to contain dampness;
(C) Bags used to protect or transport prepared foods, beverages, or bakery goods, including takeout bags used at restaurants, fast food restaurants, and lunch wagons, to transport prepared foods;
(D) Bags provided by pharmacists to contain prescription medications;
(E) Newspaper bags for home newspaper delivery;
(F) Door-hanger bags;
(G) Laundry, dry cleaning, or garment bags, including bags provided by hotels to guests to contain wet or dirty clothing;
(H) Bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended for use as garbage, pet waste, or yard waste bags;
(I) Bags used to contain live animals, such as fish or insects sold in pet stores;
(J) Bags used to transport chemical pesticides, drain-cleaning chemicals, or other caustic chemicals sold at the retail level; provided that this exemption shall be limited to one bag per customer;
(K) Compostable plastic bags.

Acceptable Bags

Compostable Plastic Bag” means a checkout bag that is provided to a customer for the purpose of transporting groceries or other retail goods, that meets current ASTM D6400 Standard Specifications for compostability and that is labeled:
1) With the Biodegradable Product Institute (“BPI”) logo as meeting the ASTM standard for compostability; and
2) With “Compostable” on both sides of the bag in either green color lettering that is at least one inch in height, or as otherwise specified; or within a green color band that is at least one inch in height in order to be readily and easily identifiable.”

Recyclable Paper Bag” means a paper bag that: (1) is one hundred percent recyclable, (2) contains a minimum of forty percent post-consumer recycled content, and (3) displays the words “Reusable” and “Recyclable” in a highly visible manner on the outside of the bags.

Reusable Bag” means a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is made of: (1) cloth or other washable fabric; or (2) durable material suitable for reuse, including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.

So if you’re on Oahu and going shopping, remember to bring your reusable eco bags into the store with you. Be “green”!

P.S. While I’m currently working on a complete write-up of Kenny’s farewell that I spent the better half of there in the “Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi’eee”” this morning (7/1/15), following are preview photos. Enjoy. *Sobs major tears*

Kenny’s Chop Steak plate ~ 7.4.15

Kenny’s Roast Turkey plate ~ 7.4.15

John Fujieki, Jr., owner of Kenny’s Restaurant (and previously President of Star Market) with Pomai Souza ~ 7.4.15

Kenny’s Restaurant “in the Kam Shopping Center in Kalihi’eee” ~ 7.4.15 (Kenny’s will close its doors tomorrow, July 5, 2015)


4 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day 2015

  • July 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Happy 4th of July!
    Actually the smallest state in the nation Rhode Island (10 times smaller than State of Hawaii) as a colony was the first to declare its independence and renounce its allegiance to King George on May 4, 1776. Ironically, Rhode Island would be the last state to ratify the new American Constitution more than 14 years later on May 29, 1790.

    Rhode Island was also the site of the first shot of the Revolutionary War June 10, 1772 when the “Gaspee” (English revenue cutter) went aground after being lured into shallow waters by colonist Captain Lindsey’s sloop just off of Namquit Point in Narragansett Bay and number of men of the Providence area rowed out, shot and wounded the captain, took the rest of the crew off the ship, and burned the ship to the water line causing its powder magazine to blow up.

    • July 5, 2015 at 1:39 pm


      A belated likewise!

      Fascinating facts about the historic meaning of Rhode Island being the first of the United States’ 13 colonies to declare independence from the British Empire. I never ever heard about Captain Lindsey’s sloop running aground off Namquit Point in Narragsett Bay. Then again, I wasn’t exactly the history fanatic in school.

      FYI, I’m a Lindsey, from my mom’s English side (she’s 25% English, 25% German & 50% Hawaiian, so I’m basically 50% of all that).

  • July 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Captain Lindsey’s sloop did not run aground off Namquit Point in Narragansett Bay. Captain Lindsey left Newport, RI for Providence, RI up the bay and was being chased by the English revenue cutter HMS “Gaspee” to be stopped, boarded and searched. Captain Lindsey knowing the local waters suckered the HMS Gaspee into shallow waters causing the HMS Gaspee to run hard aground just off Namquit Point. Captain Lindsey sailed on to Providence where he told everyone what he had done where the men decided to row down to the HMS Gaspee and burn it.
    You’re a Lindsey!!!! You might be related to the very man who helped start the United States Revolutionary War. How’s that for a bowl of poi???
    Every year in Rhode Island there is the Gaspee Day parade and weeklong celebration cumulating with the symbolic reenactment of the burning of the HMS Gaspee off Namquit Point in Warwick, RI on June 10th .

    • July 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm


      Yes, I’m related to the Lindsey ohana here in Hawaii, however can’t confirm whether we are direct relatives of Captain Benjamin Lindsey.

      According to Gaspee.com, Captain Benjamin Lindsey died in 1782 at sea, at the age of 37. He was killed on board a Privateer (his sloop) near the end of the Revolutionary War.

      Again, fascinating.


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