Chee-hoo! Just received my “Elite” badge today. Yelp is an online community that provides tips & reviews of restaurants and other establishments. It is helpful in that it provides business hours, maps, menus, and photos, and is especially useful when traveling.

I became a more contributing Yelper this year. I was asked to be the advisor for our high school’s newly created Yelp Club. I figured that I needed to be more active in order to gain credibility. I actually found it fun and engaging to be a part of this positive and supportive community.

No surprise, but most of my reviews are food-related. I consider Chinatown to be my “beat,” but I will go anywhere and everywhere to find the perfect loco moco or bowl of ramen. For me, a 3-star rating is “good,” a 4-star is “great,” and a 5-star means that it’s adding enormous value to the community (and it would be a shame if it were to go away.)

Enjoy being on Yelp and tickled to be on the 2016 Yelp Honolulu Elite Squad. “It’s neat to be elite.” And yes, I always take pics of my food….

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Yelp Event!

Went to my very first Yelp meetup tonight. The venue was just down the street at the Hawai’i Children’s Discovery Center in Kaka’ako.





There were food booths, drinks, DJs, photo booths, artists, make-up & massage people, and other assorted activities. Everything was free! (Click on the Yelp logo to see the full line-up of participating restaurants & vendors.)

It was a really good turn out, maybe 300-400 or so. I dunno. The first floor of the museum was packed.

Everyone had a really good time. I thought it was a pretty neat thing. Imagine, this couldn’t have happened just a few years ago.

Hope to go to more in the future….