i LAVA you

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Too soon? Perhaps. If you live in a cave you may not know that Hawaii has a LAVA situation in one of our communities. 1700 people evacuated and 26 homes destroyed. And it shows no signs of slowing down.

What Happened?

Kilauea which has been actively erupting since 1983 decided to open up somewhere new. here’s a quote from Amy B. Wang (Washington Post)

Shortly after Kilauea erupted Thursday, the ground split open on the east side of Leilani Estates, exposing an angry red beneath the lush landscape. From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air.

 

The dangers involved 

Aside from the obvious destructive dangers of pure lava… the residents have to beware of toxic gases. Sulfur dioxide fills the air as the gases escape from the fissures (cracks) in the ground. As I type this there are 14 total fissures (not all have lava spurting out). Another danger that people may face is being trapped by lava. When people are driving back in to grab their essentials the possibility of the road being overrun are real.

What do we do now?

We wait. For those that are in Leilani Estates all they can do is wait. I reside on Oahu 200 miles away from the flow. But my heart goes out to all the families affected. My aunty has lava in her yard as I type this. The main concern for the residents is their family, important documents, medicine, pets and livestock. Other than that everything else is replaceable.

The Reality

Land ownership is temporary. We are stewards. Anyone that has endured natural disasters the way native Hawaiians have for the past 400 years understands this. No matter what safeguards we put into place it’s all just “stuff” as some local residents have vocalized. One thing that I’ve watched over the past four days is that the locals had one priority in mind… find the ones you love and make sure they are safe. Everything else can be replaced.

While the uncertainty still looms over those who wait for the lava to stop… there are a few things that will sustain them. Love. Just like the Hawaiians have learned many years ago… love well. Love often.

82 degrees 365 days out of the year… sorta

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That has been my motto for the past year. So what has been happening in Hawaii lately?? We have had some mildly depressing weather conditions lately. One day it’s sunny. The next day it’s storming. Then followed by 4 days of overcast skies.

Part of my “success” on social media depends on us having sunny days. But it seems that I have been neglecting my websites motto. “virtual Hawaii daily” – that should have meant RAIN or SHINE. And to my loyal supporters who have been waiting for that “live notification” (that rarely happened)… my apologies.

I have always treasured my supporters that shared their reasons for following me on social media. And they were all heart heavy reasons.

the Resolution:

I will have to remind myself what brought you to me. Me going LIVE… OFTEN. Rain or Shine I will click that red button. Whether it’s taking my drone to the skies, shooting epic waves, cooking real local food or simply just doing a “life scope”… I’ll keep doing it.

Someone out there near or far (mostly far because I’m on an island LOL) needs to experience Hawaii. And I’m the ticket that’s already paid. All it costs is time. As expensive as time is I can carve out a few more hours for you. See you soon… Cheeeeee!

 

its ALOHA FRIDAY [new car, new bike, new Lamborghini]

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Alooooooha everyone! Here is my long OVERDUE blog post. I trust this post finds you in a great “season” of your life… if not i hope that next couple of paragraphs will bring some sunshine in your day.

What I will attempt here today is to drop a few insights and nuggets of encouragement. So here is the update in my life for the month of May. If you do not follow me on Periscope then you’ll probably realize that you’re missing out on a lot “stuff” about me. So whats new? Well Em needed a car so I ended up getting a Ford Explorer for her. And since she got that I needed a new bike LOL (and yes the Lambo was click bait) :p

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Another thing that I want you guys to “stay tuned” for is my webinars I am currently in the middle of editing. As soon as they are done I will have 2 courses up. The first one will be “Community Building 101” and “Monetizing your social media” – I will charge a fee- but just for accountability. I’ve found that things given out for free are not stewarded properly. So your “investment” will make sure that you “stay the course” and don’t quit.

So that’s it. Short and sweet. No Lamborghini. (yet) Be sure to follow me on social media ( @darealgreglopez ) for daily connections.  Wait… there’s more! (you thought Id forget about the words of encouragement?) Theres a favorite verse of mine that I like to read often (Joshua 1:9) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

So if you’re facing a mountain … just remember they are made of the same materials we use for SIDEWALKS… Be blessed. See you all on the other side.  🙂

Eating legit Kobe Beef

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Last night I had the opportunity to take my wife to Teppanyaki Ginza Onodera. I basically asked Siri for restaurants “in my area”. This was the first place that was recommended.

I will not labor you with all the dramatic elements that led me to this restaurant. However I will say this… it is the only restaurant in the state of Hawaii allowed to serve Japanese Kobe beef. Apparently there are many restaurants that serve Kobe beef, but select few are privileged to serve the Japan version. The executive chef made it clear that the “bloodline” of the Japanese Kobe beef is not shared with American ranchers. (or other purveyors of Kobe beef)

Let just say that every side dish from the fresh array of vegetables to even the crab legs and the final item which was 100 percent kona coffee… was exquisite. One unique item was the hydroponic salad. The ahi sashimi was literally BROKDAMOUT! And the seared Hawaiian snapper! to the Kobe beef tare tare… dude I’m getting hungry writing this.

Enough with the blah blah blah. The Kobe beef was cooked medium. It melted in my mouth. It was sooooooo good. I eat steak every 3 days… and this steak was literally the best i have ever tasted. I’m not one of many words… so please enjoy the pictures and watch my “debrief” on Periscope ( replay is here)

If you plan on eating here keep in mind that the dishes start at 160 a person.

the address should you decide to eat here is: 1726 S. King Street Honolulu, HI 96826

 

 

 

 

Hole in the wall restaurant in Hawaii…

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WHAT IS THIS PLACE?

Welcome to Hano No Sato. Emily and I found this little “hole in the wall” restaurant in the heart of Waikiki. We walked 5 minutes from our hotel room to get some Ramen. As soon as we arrived there was one problem. No Ramen. We discussed the possibility of leaving for about three minutes. I’m glad we stayed. Emily ordered Hamachi Sashimi and I ordered Ahi Sashimi to start. Da buggahs was ONO! (tasty) The Yellowtail (Hamachi) sashimi was buttery and light and the same time… Rich and flavorful. The Ahi was perfect. Firm and beautiful texture in every bite. [pic below]

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For our “main course” we ordered Steak and Toro Yukke [similar to Hawaiian sweet Poke]. For the most part I always eat my steak medium. Even though this was a sushi restaurant I took a chance on the steak. [I had some far-fetched fantasy that I would be served Kobe Beef LOL] Ems Toro Yukke was “ok” as I didn’t come here to eat Poke. As our main courses came out our side dishes came out as well. I can’t tell you what they were as I didn’t ask  LOL. All I know is that they were really tasty! Taking my first bite into that steak was a delight. It was tender and cooked EXACTLY as I ordered it. Simple. No sauces. Just salt and pepper. There is not much I can say about the food because it was simple and fresh. Nothing complicated just good food prepared perfectly.

If there is one drawback (and it’s actually a plus) is the fact that this place is isolated. It’s not visible from the street… Its hidden under a staircase in a dark alley. There is approximately 30 seats total in this place. But the major benefit of a place like this… It’s exclusive to those who know about it. The next time I go there I will try the welk sashimi.

THE VERDICT

Total bill with tip: 80 bucks. Worth it? Definitely. The address? I won’t tell you. When you come to Hawaii I will tell you how to get there 🙂

 

 

When life approaches you…

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With seasons… plant seeds. It’s a basic principle of sowing and reaping. You want a big harvest? Sow lots of seeds in good soil.

For those of you that have been waiting for my “weekly” blog posts… I apologize. Life approached me. I was busy. And I didn’t manage my blog properly. However, moving forward I have gained a second wind! The sole purpose of this post is to share my heart with you on this last day of January. If you have been following me on Periscope you may have seen a slight shift in my broadcasts as of late. Less “fun scenic” scopes to more talking and “life” scopes.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY

Like anything else we have to constantly adapt. Grow. Change. My birth on social media was as if it was injected with anabolic steroids. Livestreaming definitely opened  MASSIVE DOORS for us. From corporate sponsors to “mailbox money” it all started with Periscope. So now that we have this community what do we do with it? This past week God impressed upon my heart to go ahead and start that “shift” that I’ve been talking about.

There are so many people who I meet on a daily basis, and it humbles me every time. The fact that there are thousands of people willing to connect with me on a weekly basis… it makes me conscious of every minute I spend with them. I cannot afford to take your time without giving you something of value in return. Yes the scenic broadcasts are amazing. I love sharing my kitchen with you. But its time.

TIME FOR WHAT?

Last year we received hundreds of emails and messages asking for prayer. People were hurting. Sick. Loved ones lost. My passion is to share my heart with you this year… But more importantly… who its tethered to. To  an amazing God who has loved me unconditionally by sending His Son to take my place for something I can never repay.

Stay tuned…

Cream Cheese Thingy Dessert

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I really cannot stress enough that I am not a chef. I am just a simple guy from Hawaii that loves to share my life with you…and that includes cooking.

[if you rather watch the “live cooking show’ watch my replay —> here ]

What was it?

croissant rolls [store-bought kind]

1 cup sugar

1 block cream cheese [13oz i think lol]

1/2 cup sugar

tsp vanilla

apples [apple pie filling is easiest]

sugar and cinnamon [pre-mixed]

What I did

I mixed the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until creamy smooth.

Next, I rolled out the dough [make sure there is enough flour spread out so it doesn’t stick]

After dough was flattened out I placed the apples and cream cheese in the center of the croissant dough [usually the pre-cuts are triangles]

I then sprinkled the sugar/cinnamon mix. After that I folded the dough over creating a nice “dumpling” look. LOL. To make sure that the filling stay inside I used a fork to “pinch” the dough tight. [watch video]

I then baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for 12-14 min [make sure to use parchment paper so the bottom doesn’t burn]

the VERDICT

“DA buggahs was ono!” I’m not comfortable with baking simply because it requires measuring things out. I am the type of cook that likes to just chop stuff and throw it in a pan. I must say that I am slightly proud that it tasted good. Now all I need to do is work on my presentation! MAHALO for reading this… and please watch the VIDEO if this blog confused you LOL

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Cooking Chicken Bok Bok

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The Dish

Chicken BOK BOK. Thats the name I chose and I am running with it. This post is for all the people who watch me on Periscope. If you’re reading this you need to watch my live broadcast to get the full effect of my kamikaze style cooking. The dish is simply chicken thighs (de-boned) with a bunch of ingredients that don’t sound right at first… But you need to try it. Just once. LOL here’s the ingredients:

1lb chicken (thighs), slice of ginger, 1/2 onion, Hawaiian salt, fresh cracked pepper, 2 oz. Elephant ear(chinese fungus… yes!) 1 oz. Shiitake mushroom, 2 stalks celery, 1 small carrot, wax beans( 1 handful) Lee Kum Kee sauce (black bean and garlic) Braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative) 1 cup water, avocado oil and 3 tsp corn starch.

What I did

I cooked it. LOL. seriously… I sliced everything up into small pieces. (watch your fingertips) first I sautéed the onions and ginger. Next the chicken went in. I’ll say this now: I season with salt and pepper every time I add ingredients into the pan. I added a tsp of the Black Bean Garlic sauce. Once the chicken was cooked I put it in a separate dish.

Fry carrots, celery and wax beans in 1 tsp oil. season. Add tsp of Black Bean garlic sauce. Add Elephant ear and shiitake. Stir. Add 1 cup water (300-500 ml for you METRIC system folks) Cover for 5 minutes.

TASTE TEST… I think it goes without saying to TASTE your food along the way. If you forgot now’s your last chance. Add liquid aminos (or soy sauce) if you need more salt/flavor.  At this point mix water with your corn starch. Stir your corn starch into pan on slight boil. Carefully fold in until all liquid is gravy like. Turn off heat.

The VERDICT

“Da buggah was brokdamout” … or delicious in english. Here in Hawaii we eat everything with RICE… so slap dis buggah over some rice!  What does it taste like? Predominantly Chinese. A little Japanese (with the Shiitake)… and it’s savory not sweet.

DISCLAIMER 

I am not a chef. I’m just a Hawaiian that loves to eat. I love to cook for myself and my family. A man who can’t cook is at a disadvantage. I always like having the upper hand. And I think my wife is okay with me taking some of the responsibility of cooking.

If you missed the link earlier… watch it here on —-> PERISCOPE

MAHALO FOR READING…  I really hate typing. But I love sharing… Cheeeee!

Surviving a Tsunami: my Dads story

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May 23, 1960- my dad survived a Tsunami in Hawaii. Sixty-one people died that day. A 9.5 magnitude earthquake had killed thousands in Chile the day prior. The 35ft surge damaged more than 500 homes and caused over $75 million in damages in Hilo(my birthplace). The Tsunami continued on to Japan and the Philipines killing over 160 more people.

The Calling on His Life:

Fast forward to today… My dad still has dreams about it. 1am in the morning. The water filling up his house. My grandpa saving his life by throwing him on a table. Who would have thought that my dad would later become an amazing mentor to thousands? Or become an amazing husband of 45 years? He also is an amazing father of 2 sons(me included lol) and currently has 4 grandchildren(mine lol). He plays the ukulele, drums, sings, types 100 wpm and rides his bike 5 miles a day to name a few things.

I have to say the greatest gift he gave me is his love and wisdom. He taught me what it is to be a man. A husband. A Father. I am so honored to call him DAD.

I would love for you to watch his “interview” on Periscope here. He also authored a book called Funny Little Fingers available on Amazon.

Sorry this blog post is sooooo short. I am tired of typing already!!! Just watch the interview and buy his book LOL! Mahalo nui!

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From my Heart 09/15

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During one of my broadcasts on Periscope today I talked briefly about the testimony of my children. As usual with a lot of my broadcasts I find a subject and just go full throttle… and then pull back a little. I’ve made a decision many months ago to keep scopes true to their “category” once I click “start broadcast”

So here we are. Explaining on a little deeper note on what was in my heart today. Many of you know that we are not “supposed to have children” – The doctor even gave my wife a 99.9% chance of not being able to conceive. He gave that .1% chance for a miracle. LOL. That’s all God needed. We have FOUR amazing children.

The point of me mentioning this today was to challenge you all. Emily and I are walking billboards on how amazing God has been in our lives. I made a statement today that God is not in control…but He is in charge. I make the comparison by using my children. As much as I love all four of them… I cannot force them to do what I know is right for them. As much instruction, love and support that I give them… I cannot force them to walk through that door. We have been given that authority to walk out our lives in victory. (the death burial and resurrection of Christ took away satans dominion of the earth)

We have been promised to have the ability to do what Christ has done… and even greater things in His name (John 14:12) Along with that we have been tasked to advance His Kingdom. Not waiting. Not storing treasures… but literally bringing Gods glory down.(Matt 6:10) Oftentimes we get caught up in that mindset that Christianity is all about “gathering sheep” … or luring people into “sheep pens” – so our offering plate gets heavy. Or our bestseller book hits the NYT bestseller list. Or our “worship team” can sell you the next platinum worship album. The scripture never said “Come…” as a matter of fact it says, “GO…” (Matt 28)

Exodus 14:14 speaks of God “fighting for you” – we all know that He can “fight” our battles for us. But my take on this passage is not one of a chronological order… but one more of kyros(which is not limited by time) The battle has already been won. The price was paid at the cross.  God literally wants us to take action and MOVE towards that calling. (exodus 14:14-16)

He has delivered that victory over our finances. Our Health. Our relationships. Our careers. He has given us the ability declare victory with our confessions (james 3) Even though at times we may not see that victory anywhere in sight… Imagine Gods people when He told them walk into the red sea… Be encouraged and know that the battle already been won… and that He fights not the BATTLE for you… But he is fighting the battle for your HEART.

Be encouraged and know that he dances and rejoices over you. (zeph 3:17) If this post seems a little “all over the place” … just remember that all of this is just a piece of my heart… being poured into yours. Blessings

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