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ABC Stores, ‘This Week Oahu’ and Creativity

In an interview with “This Week Oahu” (Nov. – Dec. 3, 2018, p.28), Publisher Kent Coules asked ABC Stores President and CEO Paul Kosasa why Kosasa would explore opening restaurants and other businesses rather than just continue to open more stores in his already successful franchise.

“’We like to experiment,’ says Kosasa ‘Doing the same thing over and over again breeds complacency. You have to take risks… By expanding our expertise, we’ve learned things that we’ve brought into the ABC Stores – and vice-versa.’”

Risk taking is essential for creativity. When you do something new, it is a risk. You could fail; you could make a mistake. It’s all part of the learning process, and risk-takers use those mistakes and failures as stepping stones to success.

Creativity happens at the intersection. With the expansion of his business operations into other fields, Kosasa has been able to bring what he’s learned from one domain (restaurants) to another (convenience stores).

One more point Kosasa made in the interview is that he drew inspiration for the Island Country stores from magazine photos. The Island Country stores are upscale grocery stores on Oahu.

Media is a good way to get inspiration and to refill your creative well. With more information input, you can make more creative decisions. The hardest part is knowing when inspiration is going to strike – maybe in a free magazine with an article about a local business that has extended its reach internationally.

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Photos from Makani Catamaran in Oahu

Diamond Head Crater

The Makani Catamaran was part of our Go Oahu Card deal. We did see turtles and several types of fish; I just didn’t get them on digital. Read more about our tour and see other links at our Oahu page. Find out if the Go Oahu Card is worth it.

Oahu, HI 2018

Palm Trees from Moana Terrace

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My wife and I are going to Oahu! While I would love to see the active volcano, I suspect that we will be spending all of our time in or near Honolulu. In the coming months before the trip, I will endeavor to find people to interview electronically about the island and seek out interesting facts like Oahu is the only home to a royal palace in the United States, loco moco is a local delicacy of egg, hamburger patty and gravy, and the true Hawaiian dessert is called “shave ice” — no ‘D’ much like Carmelo Anthony’s game. (Man, why did I have to bring Melo into this. He’s just chillin’ in Houston and looking to play for a championship. Sorry, got distracted…)

So, Oahu. Why did we choose to go to Hawaii?
There are a lot of places that require Russians to have a visa but not Americans or Americans to have visas but not Russians, and it’s not easy to get a visa to a foreign country as an American living in Russia. I would have to fly to Vladivostok or Moscow, which is expensive and far. My wife already has a visa to come to America, so Hawaii won over Puerto Vallarta.
We are heading out for my Grandma’s 90th birthday celebration in California. Hawaii is kind of on the way from Far East Russia.
I wanted to go see the volcano, but flights were just a little out of our overall budget. Oahu is where the plane stops first and the flight was cheaper enough to make it the only place to stop.

OMG, have you seen the rain in summer in Blago? No? Check out this video on YouTube, and this one with the Amur River level higher than I’ve ever seen it. This hasn’t been a summer. It’s been a monsoon. I’m hoping that Hawaii has a little more sun in November to help us recharge our batteries.

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Photos from Oahu

Sunset in Oahu

These photos were all taken before our Oahu Photography Tours‘ Circle Sunrise Tour. Read about the rest of our trip through these links!

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Photos from the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu

The Polynesian Cultural Center is rated as the best luau on Oahu. Read about the PCC here. Read about its message of family! You can also find more links to stories about Oahu here.

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Oahu Photography’s Circle Sunrise Tour

Koko Crater at Sunrise
Sunrise on Oahu

Oahu Photography’s Circle Sunrise Tour takes its guests on an all-day adventure where guide and participants become fast friends. A smaller group and De-Jay’s, the guide, openness make these friendships possible. Full of humor, knowledge and a genuine sense of love for the state and the people he is showing it to, De-Jay provides and easy entry into the sights of Hawaii and how to photograph them. Be prepared for lots of dad jokes and a modicum of movie-based humor.

Groups are purposefully kept small, which allows each person to receive as much or as little personal interaction and instruction from the guide, who is also a professional photographer. The tour itself can be adapted within set parameters to accommodate different impulses of the guests, and there’s never any rush to get in and get out of the van. If someone wants to spend a little more time taking photos of a certain area, they are welcome to do so. This flexibility also allows the group to adjust to local weather patterns and ensures that everyone has the opportunity to get his or her perfect shot.

When you come to Hawaii, give yourself a couple of days to adjust to the climate and relax. Then take this tour. That way, your photos will be better than ever for the rest of the trip, and you’ll have the inside scoop about where to eat from someone who lives on the island. Don’t forget to purchase the photo package ahead of time to get photos of you and your group (or loved one), both candid and posed, from a pro!

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Scenic photos from our Oahu trip 2018

Surfing Statue in Oahu

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Is the 3-Day Go Oahu Card Worth It?

Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

Yes, and it depends. As with any discount card, you have to take into account what type of vacation you want to have and how much time you have. If you choose to just sit at the beach and relax in the sun. Don’t get the Go Oahu Card. It’s not for that type of vacation. Relaxing in the sun on the beach is free, still. That’s about the best discount you can get.

However, if you know that you want to experience some of the culture of Hawaii, a Go Oahu Card can help you do that. For example, we knew that we wanted to do a luau. They run north of $100 per person, and the best-rated Luau is at the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is about $120. We also knew that we wanted to visit Pearl Harbor. Its place in history makes it an important spot to visit for anyone who wants to think about warfare and understand human nature better. The activities there run about $40, but the Arizona Memorial and its related movie is free. The two combined activities add up to $160, which meant we would need to find an activity or two that would add up to about $40.

Not knowing that Pearl Harbor was a full day tour, I was still concerned that we wouldn’t be able to do enough activities to make the Go Oahu Card worthwhile. A lot of the activities take place in the morning because it gets too hot in the afternoon to do anything. We decided to do the 8 am Diamond Head Hike ($18) and the afternoon tour with Makani Catamaran (about $100). We didn’t have a car, so I wasn’t sure that we could make the catamaran, but we signed up for it anyway. There was plenty of time, so we got our money’s worth.

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Oahu Photography Tours: Oh, the People You’ll Meet

New friends on Oahu Photography Tours photo bomb

With Oahu Photography Tours, you can book a private tour and get all of the attention of the professional photographer who leads the tour. It’s a great way to learn about the island, see the best scenery and get the best one-on-one instruction available.

However, if you’re travelling with just one or two other people, booking a regular tour may be your best bet. You still get a great amount of attention, but you also get to meet other people from all over the world who are interested in photography and taking better pictures.

Our group was an amazing part of our tour, and it all started with our guide, De-Jay. He pulled the group together and made everyone feel comfortable. Within minutes of sitting in the van, we were all old friends ready to talk about anything and everything while focusing on the subjects we were there for – Oahu and photography.

Of course, De-Jay is also the guy who knows the locals. When the 1935 Lincoln Royale Limo pulled into a parking lot we were leaving, De-Jay knew the driver, talked to him, and it wasn’t long until we were all photographing this stretch limo that once belong to Howard Hughes and chauffeured his lawyer around. (You can rent it if you want!( 808)699-0699) At Kalapawai Market, we saw the guy who made the salsa and has it bottled all over the island. We wouldn’t have known about the local celebrity because his baby photo is on the bottle!

Exotic - 1935 Lincoln Royale Limousine
NOT the tour vehicle!

Even normal interactions have a flare all their own in Hawaii. De-Jay knew many of the Hawaiians and was able to introduce the culture to us without giving us a lecture. We saw what happened, and he explained what it was afterwards. From Talk-Story to surfing, De-Jay covered it all throughout the course of the day.

When you spend 10 hours with seven or fewer other people,you get to learn more about then and their cultures. We had two Canadians, an Australian, our guide, my wife and me on our tour, and a great time was had by all!

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Photos from the Diamond Head Hike in Oahu


Our hike at Diamond Head was facilitated by Kaimana Tours. Diamond Head trail starts at the bottom of an extinct volcano and delivers views of Waikiki and other parts of Oahu. Walk with us.