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Saturday, July 4, 2015


You'll thank me for this, but Joey Jaws Chestnut, (left) who had won the past eight Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, was dethroned by Matt Mega-Toad Stonie (right), 62-60 in 10 minutes.  Note that #3 only consumed 35.  Stonie, a 23-year old from San Jose, weighed in at 120 pounds.  He majors in nutrition at Mission College in Santa Clara and plans to become a dietician.

The women's winner was second time champ, Miki Sudo (left), beating Sonya Black Widow Thomas, 38-31.   She also weighs 120 pounds, before the completion, that is.

Why thank me?  So you won't need to watch the re-runs, the most nauseating evidence of American decadence.  Anyone who throws up is immediately disqualified.

Continuing from my story yesterday about the Royal Hawaiian Band, I should mention that it is the only full-time municipal band in the USA, and will become 200 years old in 21 years.  One of the earlier bandmasters, Henri Berger (left), an officer of the Imperial German Army, collaborated with King Kalakaua (right) in creating Hawaii Ponoi, our official state song.  A  bit of Hawaiian history:
  • The main avenue through Waikiki is named after King Kalakaua, who lived an exciting, but mostly tragic life, passing away at the age of 54 after signing away the Hawaiian Monarchy.  He built Iolani Palace as his residence, and his wife (her second marriage), Queen Kapiolani, also had a boulevard, park and more named after her.
  • The parallel street north, Kuhio Avenue, was named after Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, who was adopted by Kalakaua/Kapiolani.  Kuhio never became king because the Hawaiian government was overthrown.  Prince Kuhio Day, March 26, is an official holiday here.
The Band has 300 performances annually, twice/year at 15 Craigside, and every Friday noon at Iolani Palace and 2 PM Sundays at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki.

Photos of their concert at 15C, led by Bandmaster Clarke Bright:

Sitting in front of the hula dancer is Charlotte, the hula instructor at 15C.

I was so inspired by the music that I decided to have lunch at Orchids.  I started with a Bloody Mary and Ahi Crudo (means thin slice of fish).

Can't see Diamond Head too well, so here it is again:

I then had fish and chips with a bottle of Kona beer:

In addition to the fine service, classy food, Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach is the walkway, which features streams of scantily clad bodies:

I thought, what a waste, so they packed the lavosh and rolls in a nice bag:

On the way home I stopped by Foodland and purchased an artichoke, truffle mousse, piece of foie gras, ear of Kahuku corn and bottle of Butter Chardonnay to complement the bag contents for my lanai dinner tonight.

I added a soup, potato chips and Castello blue cheese, but had some leftover cheap red wine instead of the Chardonnay.  Lunch here was Pancit Noodles, with Roast Turkey for dinner, not among my favorites.  I've got to figure out how to get credit for meals I miss.

Today, the Royal Hawaiian Band marched at the Kailua 4th of July parade.  Tonight, you can watch on your PBS channel the 35th anniversary of A Capital Fourth, featuring Barry Manilow (oh, well), Nicole Scherzinger (from Hawaii, formerly a Pussycat Doll), KC and The Sunshine Band (from the Disco Years), Lang Lang (pianist from China), the National Symphony Orchestra and much more.  The fireworks are always spectacular.

Also on TV will be the 39th Macy's show in the sky, said to be the world's largest fireworks display, beginning at 9PM New York time on NBC.  Then, too, there will be the 42nd Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at 10:30PM Boston time.  Can you believe Arthur Fiedler (who started the series) passed away 46 years ago and Keith Lockhart has been Music Director now for 20 years?

Best as I can tell, the Boston extravangaza will not be shown on your regular channels, so:

The fireworks spectacular will be available to a national and international audience online starting at 8PM on and Live audio streaming of WBZ-AM’s coverage will begin at 7 p.m.

Hawaii also has fireworks displays, six, in fact, but they pale next to the above.

So today, on the 239th birthday of America, we will eat hot dogs, maybe see a parade and watch a lot of TV.  There are those tennis matches from Wimbledon, and American Denis Kudla (ranked 105) still is alive, while Venus and Serena are soon to meet.  If you're into the Women's World Cup, at 4PM EDT, England plays Germany for third place, and tomorrow, Japan vs the USA at 7PM EDT, both on your FOX channel.  Japan beat America in the previous 2011 World Cup Final, but the USA prevailed over Japan in the 2012 Summer Olympics to win the Gold.

Tropical Storm Chan-hom will become a typhoon, roll right over Northern Mariana Islands, strengthen into a Category 3 and head straight for Naha, Okinawa, then on to China:

Interestingly enough, Tropical Storm Nangka just formed north of Majuro Island, will become a Category 2 typhoon and take a delayed track just north and parallel of Can-Hom:


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