Short attention span eater! Enough people are trying to keep up with the technological races to keep the Great Hawaiian Hot Dog concession outside CompUSA in business.
These dogs are pure inspiration to any entrepreneur. Think about it -- what product could be simpler? Yet, from the days of Nate's and Coney Island, hot dogs continue to be reinvented, repackaged and sold to a new audience.
Jenn Kelley shows the sirloin steak dog.
In this case, the selling points are a "no fillers or extenders" sirloin steak dog ($3.50), or a dangerously oversized pork Smokie dog ($5 solo, $6 with a strip of bacon).
Top 'em with basic condiments, or go for the house creamy, spicy garlic sauce. Or, because you'll never see this combo at the movie theaters, try the steak dog with Thai chile sauce. Beats the usual jalapeľos.
» Place: Outside CompUSA, 604 Ala Moana Boulevard
» Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays
If you are looking to clean out your kids' messy rooms or teach them the value of a buck, head over to the Keiki Swap Meet at Kakaako Waterfront Park, across from the Children's Discovery Center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It costs $3 to set-up shop (all items sold need to be for children) and your kids can handle all the transactions, beefing up their math skills. It's certain to make them think twice about buying a new toy, seeing how the value drops once it's out of the box. Admission is free to buyers. Call 524-5437 for more information.
Head over to the Hilton Hawaiian Village and treat your senses to the talent of Jerry Santos at the Paradise Lounge in the mezzanine area of the Rainbow Tower. In one of the best deals in Waikiki -- free parking, no cover, two-drink minimum -- the Hoku award-winning artist performs Fridays and Saturdays and inspires chicken-skin moments with "Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u," of course, and more. Friends such as Frank Hewitt sometimes drop by and delight with a song or hula. It's a small venue, so get there early for good seats. The show begins at 8 p.m. and runs to midnight. Parking is free for four hours with validation. If the spring weather cooperates, take in Friday's full moon with a walk along the beach and appreciate what tourists spend thousands of dollars to experience.