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WHERE WE STAY:

WHERE WE STAY is a series that looks at BJJ subcultures in unexpected places. For each episode in this series, we poll large groups of grapplers, not just about where they train, but about the local cultures that empower their time on the mat. What you see here is not an exhaustive look, but a little glimpse into the culture of Oahu, HI.

 

WHERE WE ARE:

Oahu, Hawaii.

 

WHERE WE TRAIN:

Alliance- (Waipio)

MANO - (Honolulu)

Central Oahu jiu jitsu - (Wahiawa)

Gracie technics - (Honolulu)

Mad Tiger- (Wahiawa)

Boars nest- (Haleiwa)

Caveirinha- 3 branches (Honolulu, central, Kailua)

Atos Honolulu (island jiu jitsu) - Honolulu

Gracie barra- (Honolulu and Ewa beach)

Relson Gracie - (Honolulu)

HNL Jiu Jitsu - (Honolulu)

Silver fox bjj - (Wahiawa)

Sunset bjj - (Haleiwa)

UFC gym - (Honolulu)

Hawaii Elite MMA Academy - (Waipahu)

Sapateiro Jiu Jitsu - (Honolulu)

Seven seas jiu jitsu - (Kailua)

Kahala jiu jitsu - (Honolulu)

Grappling unlimited/ Egan Inoue - (Honolulu) & (Aiea)

Uluaulu - Palolo Valley (Honolulu) 

Ron Shiraki Academy (Honolulu)

Workshop (Honolulu)

Trilogy Martial Arts (Pearl City)



WORDS TO DESCRIBE OAHU: 

Island-Centric.

Military.

Pineapples.

Mellow.

Suburban.

Relaxing.

Aloha.

Home.

Proud.

Exciting.

Hustle.

Paradise.

Country.

Mecca.

 

WE ARE UNITED BY:

Jiu Jitsu, the aloha spirit and respect. We are students from all walks of life, we are united by our art. But we are also isolated, so we have to really push each other.

 

SOME THINGS THE WORLD GETS RIGHT ABOUT US:

Pineapples (we’re the home of the Dole plantation).

Beautiful beaches.

Friendly people. 

Year-round summer.

All of the tropical paradise themes (no matter how corny) are correct.

 

SOME THINGS THE WORLD GETS WRONG ABOUT US:

We are not just military families. 

We are not technologically and culturally behind.

We are not just palm trees and paradise. Just like any other place in the world, we have our problems.

We are not all “Hawaiians”. That’s a race and an important culture, so it’s important not to mess that up.

“Hawaiian Pizza” is not Hawaiian.

 

WHAT WE MISS WHEN WE’RE NOT HERE:

How close everything is.

The hiking trails.

The ocean.

The aloha spirit.

The people. Respect the island and the culture, and the people will show you the same.

 

PLACES TO VISIT:

Paradise cove (Luau) - Kapolei

Kaneohe Bay Sandbar - Kaneohe

The Diamond Head trail - Honolulu

Turtle Bay - Kahuku

Waimaea Bay - Haleiwa 

Manoa Falls trail - Honlulu

Lanikai  Beach - Kailua

Sunset Beach - Pupukea

 

WHERE WE EAT AFTER TRAINING:

Waihaiwa:

Shige’s Saimin Stand 

Zippy’s - Chilli 

Taqueria El Ranchero

 

Manoa:

Tropical Tribe for Açaí

 

Hale’iwa: 

Crispy grinds

Hale’iwa bowls - for some Acai

Giovanni’s shrimp truck

Pupukea Grill

Elephant Thai

Masumoto shave ice

 

Kaneohe: 

Waiahole Poi Factory

 

Honolulu:

Helena’s - for the Pipikaula short ribs, Long rice chicken and Haupia

Kamehameha Bakery - For the Poi glaze donuts

Leonard Bakery - for some Malasadas

VEIN AT KAKAAKO - Itialian focus with local influences

Asato Family Sherbert

Waiola Shave Ice

 

Kahuku (turtle Bay)

Lei Lei’s Bar & grill

 

Waipahu:

Tanioka’s for poke.

Leeward Drive-in - the fried noodles plate lunch with teri meat is the winnahs.

Zippy’s for the Zip pac or chili chicken mixed plate.

Highway Inn got some pretty ono plate lunches.

Elena’s restaurant - Some real good filipino food

 

WHERE WE MEET FRIENDS AND GRAB A DRINK:

Waihaiwa:

Surfer’s Coffee Bar

Home

Taps and Apps

Taqueria El Ranchero

 

Manoa:

Beer Lab

Village

Mai Tai

 

Waipahu:

A coconut water or maybe a beer while fishing with friends on the beach.

 

Chinatown:

Manifest

 

Honolulu:

Bar Leather Apron

Chez Kenzo

 

North Shore:

Home in the yard with my Bulldog.