Church at My House

How many can say that they attend church at their own home? What a blessing!

Backstory: Previously, I used to live across the street from Waikele Elementary School where Inspire Church began. It was called Hope Chapel West Oʻahu back then. After moving to town, I prayed that Inspire would open a new branch closer to home. We opened Inspire City at New Life Church in Chinatown. That was an answered prayer! After a year-and-a-half, we moved into Kaimuki High School. Kaimuki High is actually located along Kapiʻolani Blvd., which is the street that I live on. But I guess God wasn’t done answering my prayer. He put Inspire Honolulu in my building. We now have Sunday evening service at Studio 909. Consider yourself invited!

What an incredible blessing it is to come down the elevator for church. But no excuse for being late…

The Climb

“Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb”

– – Miley Cyrus

All three elevators in 909 Kapiolani got shut down for a few days. Apparently, a broken sprinkler on the 36th floor flooded the elevator shafts. The Otis Company couldn’t do repair work until flood control crews dried the place out.

That’s a bummer when you live on the 33rd floor. Walking up and down from my parking space on the 4th added up to a 28-floor commute one-way (there is no 13th floor.) That’s half-way up Koko Head…

I felt especially sympathetic for our elderly residents and for those with small children (or large pets.) This unfortunate event even made the local news. Link to news report.

So what did I learn? Well, it took two whole days to finally switch from a briefcase to a backpack. Duh… But more importantly, I realized just how much I really do appreciate living here. From around the 12th floor, your legs start talking to you, “This building sucks.” Around the 24th, “Don’t cha hate it here?” But finally on the 33rd, I pull out a cold beverage and reply, “Nah. This is pretty good. Life is good…”

“I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on”

– – Miley Cyrus

6 Years at 909


It’s been six years at 909 Kapiolani. Time flies!

I really enjoy condo living. Guess I am a “townie” at heart. My place is small, but it’s easy to clean. I’ve also become a minimalist. There is no choice.

What I love best is the location. I can walk to the beach, Ala Moana Shopping Center, the Ward Entertainment Complex, and Chinatown. There are farmers’ markets, cafés, pubs, and museums here in Kaka’ako. There are also cool events like Night Market, Art + Flea, and Eat the Street.

My commute to work, church, and the airport is short. I can stay off the freeway and avoid all the traffic.

“Live|Work|Play.” Cheers to six years, and hoping for many, many more….

Too Cool….

Two cool new places recently opened nearby. Lucy’s Lab is one block down from 909 on Kamake’e Street.

This shop has really cool flavors! I’ve tried the Sea Salt Caramel one. So ono! This is the Bacon & Whiskey flavor that I had at tonight’s grand opening. It was amazing as well. Only problem is  that it’s a little too convenient for me. Hehe.

Here’s part of the line that went outside the door at tonight’s grand opening. Mean….

The other new place is Mr. Tea Café. Talk about convenient, this café is in my building! Extremely happy! It’s also one of the better bubble tea shops around. I really like the milk teas here. The owner painstakingly prepares the boba in small batches, so it’s always fresh.

They have macarons! They get them from La Tour Café.

Very happy and content. Two cool places. Too cool….

5 Years at 909!

Celebrating my 5th year at 909 Kapiolani! I just love living here. I love the location. I’m near the beach, Ala Moana Center, the Blaisdell, and Chinatown. Kaka’ako hosts cool events like Night Market and Eat the Street.  There are neighborhood cafés, pubs, museums, theaters, and a Whole Foods on the way. It’s just a great place to be.


Unfortunately, a lot of people think so. In fact, there are 23 high-rise condos being developed. That’s crazy. With no upgrade to the existing infrastructure, we’ll all be in gridlock.

“They paved paradise,
And put up a parking lot.”

On a lighter note, here’s a reprise of my 909 YouTube video.

Happy Anniversary 909! Here’s to five more, and much, much more….