June 15, 2014

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY to all you dad out there working hard to be good, responsible role models!!! Good job!!!

Since the passing of my dad, I don’t really “celebrate” fathers day… My “observation” of it is to just kind of enjoy the day… So today, I was able to do a massage, then grab a chocolate milk tea from “Coffee or Tea” at Pearl Kai (new place, I’m sure they don’t need to the publicity, but it’s a cool alternative to the Starbucks), watch X-Men
Days of Future Past (good movie, lots of cool nods back to the previous X-Men movies and a solid set up to the upcoming movie), and then eat at La Tour Cafe (I tried the chicken sausage bahn mi… winner!!!). Not so conventional, but still pretty cool. We did observe Fathers’ Day with my grandpa at Tsukiji Restaurant… I was not so impressed with the food, ambience, or service in general; too loud, not so family friendly, and overall a bad choice for large group meals.

As the day wrapped up, I saw something on facebook that made me stop and think. One of my best friends is gonna have a baby soon. Exciting news, definitely, but for some reason, the baby mama likes to affectionally like to call the baby “Malakapoopoo”. According to her, it’s a term of affection and a dig at “the people from Hawaii that give their kids super long middle names”. I don’t consider myself as overly cultural sensitive, but for some weird reason, her using that name really bothers me… as you can see with me writing about it!!!

I decided to look up what malaka means in Hawaiian… according to the wehewehe.org website, it means mullato, having one white parent and one black parent… the term itself is slightly derogatory…. In Greek, its a slang meaning wanker. Poo poo on the otherhand means poop. My friend is part native Hawaiian while his fiance is not, she is of a Hispanic decent. Maybe I would find more humor if she was trying to dig on her own Spanish language as opposed to one she knows nothing about. I’m pretty sure calling the kid “mulatokaka” would piss her off… or maybe she would think it’s funny, I don’t know.

But anyway, here’s to my friend and the rest of the dad’s out there!!!