Monthly Archives: November 2011

Going Above and Beyond

“Always render better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”- Og Mandino 

Everyone has a daily routine, you get up, go to work, do the best you can do, and after work, you resume your personal life. There are times during work where one breaks that cycle and really goes above and beyond-basically SHINES!!!

I am employed by Roberts Hawaii as the E-commerce Marketing Manager and throughout the week of APEC, I kept hearing about the many last minute changes/issues we had to take care of externally and internally, a pretty intense time for all of us.

However during this time, I heard a story that touched my heart, and made me realize that everyday, our team makes a difference and always goes above and beyond!

Many of the officials and economies that attended APEC had a pretty tight timeline- transportation for many was a given and not something one would stress about. For one executive, that was another story. A CFO from a top firm in New York arrived at the Honolulu Airport- she looked like she came from a long flight and Dion, one of our airport greeters came to greet her with a warm aloha. The CFO did not look pleased as she then told Dion how she is already late and that people were waiting for her at her hotel. Dion checked the log to see if we had the passenger information to help her and her name was no where to be found in our system. Given the time crunch, he  escorted her over to the Roberts Hawaii Airport Express Shuttle  where the CFO met Elisha and Warren.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Normally, for our Airport Express Shuttle service, reservations are required and there is a minimum requirement of two passengers per vehicle. When  Elisha and Warren heard about the CFO’s predicament, they took quick action to help transport her to her Waikiki right away. The executive was very thankful and appreciative.

This story may seem like people were just “doing their job” but because our team was so proactive, we were able to help someone in need.

Thank you so much Dion, Elisha, Warren for all that you do and going above and beyond! 

Roberts Hawaii
680 Iwilei Road Suite 700
Honolulu HI 96817 

Connect with us:  Like us on Facebook  View our profile on LinkedIn  Follow us on Twitter  Find us on Yelp  View our videos on YouTube  Follow us on Google+

Support Small Businesses Saturday!

Happy Black Friday everyone!
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving feast, now that it is all done, the best part- SHOPPING!!!! I am sure most of you all are out while reading this so I will make it short and sweet!

Many of my friends and family have pursued the American dream by owning their own business. When shopping this holiday season, please remember to help support local businesses!

American Express is a big fan of small local businesses and has even declared “Small Business Saturday”.  If you have an AMEX card, you should sign up here and shop on Saturday and you can receive a one-time $25 statement credit when you register any eligible American Express® Card and use that Card to make a purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26, 2011.

For more information about American Express’s Small Business Saturday check it out here:

To find your favorite local participating store, click heree and type in your zip code:

My hit list for Saturday Shopping will be at Morning Glory Mililani and Bit of Sugar!
Im always all about supporting my social media friends and if you come on Sunday to Mililani, come see me and @Kyleepuu helping out at Morning Glory in Mililani

have your cake and eat it too!

It was a weekend of food and fun, as I attended the Annual Cake Competition hosted by Honolulu Grub Club founder, Ryan Hew. In total there were 5 competitors and they all had one thing in common, the love for baking. Congrats to all the participants, supporters, judges, and of course Ryan for putting together such a fun event! I cannot wait for next year!

Competitor Cakes:

Bob Schoenthal [cake name: Cake (carrot cake)]









Chad Yamamoto[cake name: Insanity Cake (bacon chocolate cake)]










Gaye Miyasaki[cake name: Imagination Cake]










Kyle Higa[cake name: Luscious Orange Cake]










First Place Winner: Irwin Mencias [cake name: Strawberry-Mojito Cake]








If you think you have what it takes to be the next cake champion, please join The Honolulu Grub Club or contact Ryan Hew for more information. Have a GREAT week everyone!

Tagged , ,

when life hands you lemons…

…go to Lemonade Alley! On Saturday I attended Lemonade Alley’s main competition event. Lemonade Alley is a competition for kids K-12 to gain “real life” entrepreneurship experience. The kids are given the opportunity to write and implement their business plan for a successful lemonade stand.

I attended the event at 8AM sharp and everyone was still setting up and prepping. It was exciting to see kids and parents trying to put the finishing touches on their handmade booths! My first impression was that everyone spent a lot of time and put a lot of heart. I’m so glad I was not a judge as I would want EVERYONE to win!

As a marketing person, I wanted to see how these kids would advertise and draw customers. (They were ALL super enthused and it made it hard for me to say no to cute kids with ambition!)  I saw everything from the “Costco sample” tactic, some would serenade you, others would dance for you, and some would just be blunt ans say “buy our stuff, it is the best!”.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I thought out of all the stands there were two that really stood out for taste and originality. Pucker Face has a GREAT concept of serving berry blended lemonade and the ice cubes had frozen fruit in it. The fruit taste help bring out sweetness in the drink and I felt that a lot of thought was given to the overall look and feel of the stand.

The second favorite was Serenade and Lemonade, and the concept was a 1940s bar look and feel. The boys were dressed in black collared shirts and slacks with fedoras. There was a guy playing the piano while others were singing along. They had several lemonade options. I tried to lilikoi lemonade as one of the guys mentioned he had to hike to North Shore to get the fresh fruits. I asked him why it differed from other lilikoi lemonades that I tried and he said that he would extract the lilikoi fruit nectar and then separate the seeds which was a two hour process. Then it took another hour and a half to combine the lilikoi and lemonade together. In the end- it was GREAT!!! I would go back for more than one or two cups!

I think because I tried to support everyone, I ended up spending fifty dollars trying over 10 cups of lemonade resulting in a very full bladder!
It was all worth it as the money collected went to Boy Scouts of Hawai‘i and Boys & Girls Club of Hawai‘i.

An added bonus about this whole event is Roberts Hawaii helped sponsor shuttles throughout Waikiki to help bring in tourists/APEC guests to come to the event.

All the sponsors did a great job!
Aloun Farms
Chop Chop Media
Creative Office CMYK Hawaii
ING Direct
Lex Brodies
OK Farms
Hawaii Balloon Express

Menehune Water
Roberts Hawaii*
Sirius Computer Solutions
Visitor Video
Whole Foods

Tagged , ,

ipad vs mac book air

5 Facts:

  1. I love to type
  2. I am faster typing on a keyboard than with a touch screen
  3. I am always on the go and looking for a portable mobile device to take with me to work travel etc etc.
  4. I need word/ excel/ and e-mail
  5. I am buying an iphone today

From this list I am sure I sound like a PC person which I am by day. I have been debating for a while now about purchasing an ipad, and at first it was the price. It was out of my budget and after more consideration, I thought, would I really need something just for surfing the web and reading etc? I usually am checking email, blogging, twittering etc. I am reaching out to my fabulous tech friends and apple lovers everywhere- what should I get, an ipad or mac book air?

(And no, I will not be able to afford both)

Ipad: $599.00

Smart Cover: $39.00

Wireless Keyboard: $69.00

TOTAL: $707.00

Mac Book Air: (13 inch, 256GB) $1,599.00
Apple Care: $249.00

Software (Microsoft Office) $199.00

TOTAL: $2,047.00

I look forward to hearing your thoughts as I am trying very hard to save money!! This is something that I would invest into though!  Thank you in advance!