Warehouse clubs offer great bargains, but only if you can take advantage of the quantity. This article highlights the preservation of peeled garlic.
You've seen the bag of garlic at Costco and Sam's Club. It's fresh, it's peeled, and it comes in a whopping three pound bag. Most of us can't use it fresh all at once, but if you prepare it in a food processor, add some salt and oil and freeze it, it will keep for six months or more and be more flavorful and useful than fresh.
First, wash the garlic in a colander. Pat dry. Then, place half of it in a large food processor and add a few tablespoons of oil and a teaspoon of salt. Pulse to desired size. Scoop the contents into a gallon Ziploc bag. Repeat with the second half of of garlic. Place in the same Ziploc.
Put the contents in the freezer and check on it in 3-4 hours. Gently break up frozen chunks and place back in the freezer. Repeat one more time. The mixture will keep for at least six months. Your frozen garlic can be used as you would use fresh garlic with the added benefit that it doesn't burn as easily when stir frying. Personally, I think the flavor is better than fresh because of the addition of salt and oil and because the chopping action releases more intense flavor.
June 9, 2016 Downed power line cuts electricity from Kaimuki through Aina Haina during evening rush hour. [KHON]
June 6, 2016 Duc Ong, a physics teacher at Kaiser High in Hawaii Kai, is among the 24 teachers selected to attend Data Camp in Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. Data Camp is designed to be an introductory workshop for both new and veteran teachers of physics and physical science to learn about particle physics and high energy physics. [UH Manoa]
June 5, 2016 Police arrest three after an armed fight at Sandy Beach. [Hawaii News Now]
June 4, 2016 Niu Valley finally gets its playground [KHON2 Video on YouTube]
June 4, 2016 Hiker Airlifted from Makapuu Tidepools [Star-Advertiser]
June 3, 2016 Hawea heiau and Keawawa wetland are targets of attempted theft [Hawaii News Now]
June 2, 2016 When Hawaii Kai resident Hunter Long drops in at the X-Games in Austin this weekend, she won't only become the first female skateboarder from Hawaii to ever do so, she will be the contest's first skater from Hawaii, period. [Hawaii News Now]
May 31, 2016 Hawaii-based hamburger chain Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will part with its 1950s-inspired diner design and switch its name to Teddy’s Steak Burgers, owners confirmed with PBN this week. [PBN]
The chefs from Kale's Deli, formerly at Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, are now cooking for Juicy Brew in Hale Pawaa (1401 S. Beretania) and Kaimuki (Waialae and 8th). The menu is mostly Vegan and they are highlighting local ingredients. [Facebook]
June 3, 2016
On May 16, 2016 a Permitted Interaction Group of the Honolulu Charter Commission recommended that the Charter Commission place on the general election ballot the following question: “Should the City increase citizen participation in the decision of government though the use of electronic communication, such as television, Internet, and email, and eliminate the Neighborhood Board System?’
The Charter Commission will be considering this recommendation at their meeting on View the agenda here: AGENDA
If you had previously submitted testimony ahead of the May 26 Charter Commission meeting that was cancelled, your testimony was kept and will be provided to the Charter Commissioners for their consideration. You do not need to resubmit it.
Testimony may be submitted online. Testimony may also be emailed. Please be sure to indicate you are testifying on agenda item four (IV).
June is here, and summer is in full swing. Here are a few bargain events in or near Hawaii Kai this month:
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Regal Theatres offers one dollar ($1) movie matinees for the kids. The Regal Theatre nearest to Hawaii Kai is at Windward Mall, but they also have other locations such as Dole Cannery. [Summertime 2016 Dollar Movie Schedule for Regal Theatres]
Every Wednesday and Thursday Consolidated Theatres offers one dollar ($1) movie matinees for the kids. The nearest Consolidated Theatre offering this special is at Koko Marina, right here in Hawaii Kai. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the window and there is no extra service charge if you stop by in person. Please note that not all Consolidated Theatres are offering this special. Kahala Mall is excluded and the next nearest theater with the special is at Ward. [2016 Summer movies for $1 at Consolidated Theatres - Koko Marina]
The Wildest Show in Town is back at the Honolulu Zoo. Every Wednesday from June 8 - August 10, the Zoo is holding an evening music concert. Admission is $3 and includes sightseeing in the park from 4:30 until the concert end. Bring your own picnic or buy one on site. [Schedule of Entertainers for the Wildest Show in Town 2016]
The Hawaii State Library system kicks off its summer reading program on June 5. Children bringing in their list of read books receive prizes and rewards for their effort.
The Hawaii State Library also hosts a number of events for the month at the Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina and Kaimuki libraries. Check their website for details. Some of this month's events include storytelling, yoga, jazz and a harmonica concert.
This month also features the Friends of the Library used booksale at McKinley High School. Give to a worthy charity while enjoying the benefit of previously enjoyed reading material. Sales begin June 18 and continue for nine more days.
Saturday June 25th features the 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire at Iolani School. The event is modeled after other DIY maker movement fairs held across the country. Admission is free.
For details on these events and more, please check out this site's home page for calendar updates.
Grand opening of Niu Valley Playground set for June 4. [Facebook]
5/31/2016 Sophie's Gourmet make-your-own pizza has opened at Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai. [Honolulu Magazine]
5/27/2016 Horse enthusiasts have plan to save Koko Crater Stables [Hawaii News Now]
"The city is still exploring options and has not made a final decision on Koko Crater Stables," said Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Michele Nekota. [Star-Advertiser] >
5/25/2016 After a nearly yearlong investigation, the city prosecutor's office has declined to file criminal charges in the death of a 54-year-old ophthalmologist who was hit by two cars during an early morning jog on Kalanianaole Highway near Wailupe Beach Park. [Star-Advertiser] >
Continued from part 1: Costco or Sam's Club: Convenience and Price: An Oahu Overview (Part 1 of 2)
To be fair, most of my Costco experience comes from the Hawaii Kai store. The Costco Iwilei store has a broader and wider selection of goods than the Hawaii Kai one. It is, after all, the Costco store with the highest sales worldwide. With regard to Sam's Club, I've frequented both their Keeaumoku and Pearl City locations and they're a tad more identical to each other than the Costco locations which can vary in size.
There are a couple of areas that Costco and Sam's Club differ in selection. Costco has a wider variety of wine, a number of which falls in the under $10 category. It also, coincidentally, has a wider variety of cheese; one presumes to go with the wider selection of wine. In terms of other alcohol, both Costco and Sam's Club carry a wider variety than than most grocery stores. Sam's Club has a wider variety of snacks than Costco. This can be important if you're a Little League mom, or if you regularly need to contribute to the church potluck. My son's eyes nearly popped out when he saw that he had a choice of not one type of Kit Kat, but four. To be honest, the snack chip selection at Sam's Club is also jaw-dropping. I like that they do sell boxes of one flavor rather than a variety pack. With variety packs there's always one flavor no one likes, so that ends us sitting in the box while the kids have a fit because the ones they like are gone.
If you're a business owner you'll appreciate the office supply section at Sam's Club. It's bigger than Costco and carries daily supplies such as file folders in a variety of colors, envelopes of varying sizes and even different types of paper, like cardstock. If you're a convenience store owner, you'll also appreciate the wider variety of beverages at Sam's Club.
When it comes to produce, both Costco and Sam's Club keep a good stock of staples on hand like carrots, potatoes and celery. Costco seems to pay more mind to organic offerings, whereas Sam's has a wider variety of unexciting but necessary vegetables like whole green onions and sliced cabbage for coleslaw. Sam's Club also seems to keep more types of potatoes on hand than Costco. Sam's usually has Yukon Gold, red, white, sweet and heirloom potatoes on hand in addition to Russets. I'm not much of a potato person, but it's hard not to notice.
As for the bakery, both offer nearly the same items. Sam's Club seems to have more locally baked outside vendor products than Costco, for instance their hamburger and hot dog bun brand is Love's. Sam's also seems to have more tortilla products, including larger flour tortillas for wraps. The edge does go to Costco for In-house baked products, as they seem to have more of them -- in particular, varieties of cakes and pies. Having said that, I like Sam's birthday cakes more. I believe they still do buttercream frosting on it.
One of the areas that Costco does excel over Sam's Club is their limited-time, limited-quantity offerings. By this, I mean items like furniture and clothing. Costco is quite adept at picking out and merchandising attractive pieces for sale. I don't necessarily get that same vibe from Sam's Club. It seems to me that Costco sacrificed some of its floor space for these goods over the everyday, practical item shelves that define Sam's Club.
One area I don't have enough knowledge of, is their tire departments. Both Costco and Sam's have them, and both offer installation too.
And as a last note, because my family seems to eat more pizza than any other family I know, Sam's Club's take and bake pizza is just $6.98 and is preferred over the Costco take and bake which is $8.99. I believe they are roughly the same size.
I'm going to give this one to Costco, only because if you don't like what you bought, Costco has the most flexible return policy anywhere. In fact, if you don't like your membership, they'll even give you back the prorated portion of it. Costco also has a program that automatically extends the warranty on a number of electronic items such as televisions and computers. With their new Citibank VISA you may be able to extend the warranty on all your purchases without an extra fee.
As for individual items carried at both retailers, each has good quality tried-and-true products. I guess that's what happens when you're Walmart and Costco, the number one and number two retailers in the country. Surveys occasionally have the Sam's Club brand surpassing Costco in satisfaction surveys and both are always near the top of the major retail brands when it comes to customer satisfaction.
At the start of this two part article, I stated that the number one consideration to take into account when picking a membership is convenience. If you live near Costco, pick it. If you live near Sam's Club, pick it instead.
I'll end this with a bit of nostalgia. I remember how hard it was to make ends meet before warehouse clubs. Even after the advent of their arrival, I recall thawing a five-pound brick of NIQF (not-individually-quick-frozen) chicken thighs, splitting it into 3 or so portions and making food for the rest of the week with it. Milk? Out of the question. My husband recalls growing up on Milkman (powdered milk) and going to a friend's house to snag the real stuff out of the refrigerator.