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Quick, name four things open 24/7 East of Kahala.
Were you able to come up with:
- Longs Drugs
- Seven Eleven
- Jack in the Box
I was only able to name the first two until I did some research. Seven Eleven has two locations, Hahaione (Hawaii Kai), and Niu Valley. The Niu Valley Jack in the Box near Seven Eleven is also open 24 hours. Perhaps it's the new Zippys, which in Hawaii Kai, is only open until 11 pm.
From a cursory review, here are the other stores I found that are open past 10 pm.
|Foodland Farms (Grocery), Aina Haina||daily to 11pm|
|Walgreens, Koko Marina||midnight|
|Consolidated Theatres, Koko Marina||last showing around 10:30 pm|
|Ross Dress For Less, Hawaii Kai Towne Center||10:30pm, Fri & Sat to 11pm|
|Bubbies Ice Cream, Koko Marina||11pm, Fri & Sat to midnight|
|Zippys, Koko Marina||fast food to 11pm, dine in Fri & Sat 11pm|
|Starbucks. Koko Marina||10:30pm, Fri & Sat to 11pm|
|Starbucks, Aina Haina||daily to 10:30pm|
|Burger King, Hawaii Kai Towne Center||midnight|
|Yogurtland, Hawaii Kai Towne Center||Fri & Sat to 11pm|
|McDonalds, Hawaii Kai Shopping Center||11pm, Fri & Sat to midnight*|
*check with McDonalds directly, their two door signs have different hours, and their website has something else entirely.
Note that the Starbucks all have different hours. The one at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center closes around dinnertime every day.
I just returned from Safeway. Once again, they're out of the variable value Amazon gift cards, so I had to hand enter a series of smaller denominations.
Here in Hawaii Kai, where we have both a Chevron gas station (Koko Marina) and a Safeway (Hawaii Kai Shopping Center) -- not to mention a Costco that doesn't sell gasoline -- buying gift cards at Safeway is an easy way to save up to 20 cents a gallon on fuel.
Pretty clearly, given the amount of times I couldn't find the right card or amount, it's not much of a secret. All you have to do is buy your gift cards at Safeway and use your Safeway Club Card when checking out; you'll be given a discount on your gasoline price at Chevron. The standard amount is a discount of ten cents a gallon per $50 spent on gift cards.
There is a maximum of 20 cents a gallon per gas station purchase, but your credits accumulate so you can use them on your next visit. They do expire two calendar months after being earned.
In addition to buying gift cards, you can also earn credits with your grocery purchase; it takes $100 in regular grocery purchases to earn a ten cent gas credit.
Gift cards are more convenient, however. You also earn credits faster. There are number of cards that fall into the category of purchases one makes on a routine basis, for instance, Amazon gift cards. Safeway Hawaii Kai also carries Petco, Lowes, Home Depot, McDonalds, Burger King and Bed, Bath and Beyond, just to name a few of the stores one might visit regardless.
Note: Just got a comment/observation from a reader. Tesoro is usually at least ten cents cheaper than Chevron to begin with. That's true. Aloha Petroleum can also be cheaper to begin with. Here's a link to http://gasbuddy.com, a site that tracks prices reported by readers.
July 15, 2016 In addition to earlier announcements decoupling teacher performance from student scores, Hawai‘i’s public education accountability system, the Strive HI Performance System, will not include Index Scores or Classifications. [Hawaii Dept. of Education]
July 15, 2016 The Hawaii Dept. of Education has updated its heat abatement program (Air Conditioning, etc. . .) list. From East Oahu, Kamiloiki and Niu Valley Middle are listed East Oahu under the "Solar Ventilator" section. Wilson, Kahala and Kaimuki Middle are listed as "100% AC in Classrooms." Kaimuki High is listed as "Solar Light." [Hawaii Dept. of Education]
July 14, 2016 The city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division and Honolulu Fire Department are telling people not to jump off the cliff at Spitting Caves, especially after two people had to be rescued last weekend. [KHON]
July 11, 2016 Residents call for intervention after multiple rescues at Portlock's Spitting Caves. [HNN]
July 10, 2016 A 14-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition after falling about 40 feet at the Spitting Caves in Hawaii Kai on Sunday. Emergency Medical Services crew said the girl did not clear the jump and hit the side of the cliff. [HNN]
Imagine waking up at 4 am to see your pre-teen kids walking in the door. That's the new Pokémon GO game.
What it is: Pokémon Go is a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game developed for iOS and Android devices. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world.
In simple English, it's a app that sends people to different physical locations to capture imaginary characters. It released this week here in Hawaii. By 7am on Sunday, there were people standing in front of places like Sea Life Park staring into their phones and deeply engrossed in their own fantasy world. By people, I mean people, and not just kids. The guy we saw at Makapuu was probably in his 30s. The woman we saw at Heeia Kea Pier was probably in her 50s.
While some were casting physical lures into the water, one of the locals was casting virtual lures. Boy did my kids go crazy. Lures are in-app purchases that bring Pokémon to the area.
As for what I think? Definitely mixed reviews. I really wish the developer would turn off accessibility during certain hours -- similar to the way some states prohibit the sale of alcohol? Say, midnight to 5am? Nationwide, there have been reports of IRL (in real life) robberies at Poké Spots, specified places where players replenish supplies for their game. Driving? Yeah, scary. People collecting imaginary characters and creating genuine hazards? What could go wrong?
On the other hand, my kids have seen more daylight in the past day than the rest of summer combined. They want to go places. They even love traffic (if you go slow enough, the game thinks you're walking and gives you credit for "egg hatching"). My son even expressed a desire for more strenuous exercise this morning when some skateboarder beat him to his destination. (Side note: skateboarding and playing Pokémon GO? Ditto: What could possibly go wrong?)
So, if you're out and about Honolulu and see your local vicar aimlessly meandering the streets with his smartphone? Give credit to Pokémon GO.