Tasty Tidbits: Walmart, Kamehameha Bakery & Takoyaki Yama-chan

Macy’s at Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu to become Walmart (signs have been digitally rendered onto building walls for presentation purposes only)

Walmart coming soon to Downtown Honolulu

Walmart will be opening its 10th store in Hawaii this summer in the Macy’s building (previously Liberty House) at Fort Street Mall in Downtown Honolulu.

Walmart purchased the 80,000 square foot building for $26 million from Lexington Corporate Properties Trust in April 2013, and has spent another $6 million in renovations.

They plan to hire up to 150 employees, with many already working to stock the massive big box for their grand opening coming soon. Its key competition in the area is Longs Drugs and Ross Dress for Less.

More details at Pacific Business News here.

Box of Kamehameha Bakery pastries goodness

Kamehameha Bakery relocating to City Square

After 36 years at its former location on North School Street where the bakery got its name due to being in close proximity to the school up on the hill, Kamehameha Bakery is moving. The owner of the original building they were in since 1978 decided to sell, thus they’ve since found a new location in City Square (Kalani St. & Dillingham Blvd.), right across Young’s Fish Market, next to Pancakes & Waffles. They’re scheduled to open Friday, May 30th (tomorrow).

Kamehameha Bakery’s famous Haupia Doughnut with a token strawberry

See this KITV story for more details on Kamehameha Bakery,  including video coverage.

Takoyaki Yama-chan at KCC Farmers Market for limited engagement

Takoyaki Yama-chan coming soon to Don Quijote Kaheka

Takoyaki Yama-chan has been a fixture at Yataimura Food Court in Shirokiya since day one, and soon they’ll be turning and grilling each oishii ball of Takoyaki goodness at a second location in Honolulu in the front of Don Quijote on Kaheka Street. They will be replacing the space that was formerly Red Ribbon, a Filipino bake shop. Opening date to be announced.

See The Tasty Island’s review of Takoyaki Yama-chan here.

Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera “Lens Error”

Canon PowerShot s100 Lens Error

In other not so tasty tidbits, my Canon PowerShot S100 bit the proverbial “Lens Error” dust. Yup. And this happened when I least expected it, essentially turning my camera into a $400 (MSRP) paperweight. Arggghhh!

The part I’m peeved about most, is that the camera I have is out of the serial number production run series that were plagued with the “Lens Error” problem of this particular model. It’s said the (very tiny) ribbon cable that connects the lens zoom motor and mechanism to the motherboard becomes ajar under “certain climate conditions”. Which I don’t get, as when I got the lens error, I was in an air conditioned room. While I’ve admittedly bumped the camera while in the padded camera bag a few times, I’ve never dropped the camera itself. So being its out of the serial number range and also out of the standard one year warranty, I’m basically “S.O.L.” as far as making a factory recall repair claim, however I may still try later.

That said, I’m now temporarily out of my main (prosumer level) blogging camera, back on the market with my eye on the Canon PowerShot S110. I’d LOVE to get the Sony RX100 or newer model, but that’s a little too much coin for how sloppy I can be with my camera, as far as getting grease and grime all over it while doing cooking shoots. lol I basically I need a GREAT all-around compact camera that’s reasonable enough to replace cost-wise, if need be, being I make heavy, daily use out of it (my camera is always strapped on my belt).

So it may be a while before I do a new “new” food blog post, as I’m still hesitant on using my Note 3 camera for that purpose. In the mean time, there’s lots of archives you can peruse through if interested.

Mahalo for your patience.

~ Pomai