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T minus 10, what will you be hoarding?

Matson is threatening a strike if they don't have a 'deal' in place in 10 days. Let the hoarding begin.

I went to Costco on tuesday so I have plenty of rice (and the essential toilet paper.) Should I have bought some more spam, frozen chicken, tuna, pasta, beans?

What's on your list?

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  1. Fortunately, I am not in The Islands now, but were I, then I would stock up on wines, mustards, maybe some other sauces, mac & cheese, anything Mainland-centric, and perhaps a few extra wines.

    Hope that things sort out OK.



    1. Thanks for the heads up. We just bought toilet paper from Costco last week so are good there.

      Will probably stock up on Heineken and rice, maybe some spam and Zippys frozen chili. We're adequate with canned tuna, corned beef, bottled pasta sauce and spaghetti for now.

        1. my mom's from the big island (born in 1940)
          she sent me to costco to buy TP even though we have 17 rolls in the closet
          and i have around 20 rolls at my office

          surprised she didn't have me buy rice

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          1. re: macsak

            don't worry, she'll remember that tomorrow morning. yep, people who went through that 177 day dock strike in 1949 never wanted to do without again.

            Its at times like this that the impact of importing 80% of our food from out of state really makes an impact on our collective consciousness. Hunt mentioned 'mainland centric' but there isn't much that doesn't include short of water.

          2. kibble for the dog and cats.

            1. Aloha K man..
              Whats the impact on us tourists...do I need to bring my own tp and vodka?

              1. I'm with BC,,, do we need to bring our own essentials tp, vodka, more WINE. We're only going to be there for a week, so we really don't need that much food, but beer, wine & vodka are a must!!! We may have to check extra bags!!!

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                1. re: KowboyK

                  they threaten this every few years
                  most likely union posturing
                  won't affect hotels for a while even if it does happen
                  odds are they will settle as the time draws closer

                  1. re: macsak

                    right on the money macsak, agree completely

                    the hotels will move heaven and earth to make sure the bars are well stocked and the rooms have toilet paper.

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Depending on how things shake out, maybe I will ship a "steamer trunk" with tp, and a few bottles of wine, to be waiting for me (if Fed-X is not affected?), upon my arrival in Sept...


                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        I have thought about doing the same thing, shipping some items (especially the wine) over before we go. Do you know if that is cheaper than checking extra bags?? We are flying Hawaiian, First checked bag is $25, $35 for the next 4 bags I think. We are going in Sept too, when do you arrive??

                        1. re: KowboyK

                          I have never shipped wines, but a golf-buddy has. His wife does a "ladies' weekend" on Maui, and he ships two cases for that event. I will ask him for his experiences.


                  2. re: KowboyK

                    I travel with vodka all the time. Either in the original bottle (sometimes it weighs too much like the Opulent brand) so then I just pack it in a water bottle. The one thing about traveling with that is if it breaks your clothes aren't stained like wine! I am not real nervous about said strike.

                    1. re: manomin

                      isn't it fairly easy to get good vodka wherever you go?

                  3. Do we need to set up ChowHound Emergency Care packages and a drop location lol?

                    What to pack for your island colleagues:

                    3 rolls TP
                    1 bottle summery, mellow rose
                    1 bottle assertive, earthy red
                    1 bottle Vinho Verde
                    2 cans Spam (original)
                    1# rice (short or long grain? Calrose? Texmati? Carnevino?)
                    1 tin Portuguese sardines

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                    1. re: DuchessNukem

                      Maybe Saltines, or Club crackers for those sardines?

                      How about a good mustard?


                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        If the care package includes sardines and mustard, I would up the TP from 3 to 6, or at least include some banana leaves.

                      2. re: DuchessNukem

                        Duchess, you can weather the next hurricane on my boat whenever you wish. The vinho verde with sardines yields a first class ticket. I have the sushi, basmati, and long grain already aboard.

                      3. Just when I need a case, Sam Adams is up to $15.99 because of Nervous Nellies like you.

                        1. Oh goodness... I hadn't read about this. Everything we own is being shipped to Oahu in early August. Wasn't planning on packing TP in our checked baggage, but who knows now ;-) Too bad our bags will already be full of the darn holistic cat food my "little ones" eat. I'm already planning on hand carrying my 3oz. bottle of top notch Balsamic from Italy. I'm sure I'll fit my clothes in somewhere!

                          Let's all think no-strike vibes :-)

                          1. gasoline.

                            the aloha gas station on vineyard/queen emma was selling top premium gas at $4.16 9/10 yesterday.

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                            1. re: indelibledotink

                              good price. paid $4.35 in aiea last week for premium, but I haven't heard anything about the strike again so maybe those guys with 6 figure incomes realized they weren't gonna get a whole lot of support or sympathy.

                              i'll stick to hoarding food and tp

                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                yeah, i think i paid $427.9 this morning at costco for premium

                                hopefully, this will pass
                                can always use extra TP

                            2. I went to Costco today and saw a lot of TP and rice going out the door.
                              I loaded up on TP, paper towels, canned tuna, chicken stock, canned tomato products, laundry and dish washing detergent.

                              We have Spam, and I will pick up a bag of rice the next time I go to Safeway.

                              Sigh....I hope they settle this.

                              1. worse comes to worse chowhounds can always throw a stone soup party

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                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                  ooh, KMan
                                  dat's ol skool

                                  how's about "goin' on a buta hunt"?

                                  1. re: macsak

                                    goin' on a buta hunt... clap clap clap

                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                      what's that smell?

                                      nothing like a late 1970s camp erdman reference

                                      1. re: macsak

                                        what are the full lyrics? I can't find em on the web.

                                        1. re: indelibledotink

                                          i can't remember
                                          alls i remember is repeating going on a buta hunt a bunch of times while clapping
                                          i bet if you watched a lot of the frank delima videos on youtube you would find it

                                            1. re: indelibledotink

                                              ok, i got da scoops from someone that would know about the buta hunt
                                              basically, it is a call/response type thing
                                              there is no "song" per se
                                              it's up to the group leader (for example the junior leader at camp erdman) to come up with the "plot" and decide what happens
                                              the whole group is clapping, stomping their feet, or slapping their knees rhythmically constantly
                                              the leader says, "going on a buta hunt" and the group responds in kind one or two times
                                              then the leader decides what happens next, for example, he/she says "stop, tree"
                                              and the group has to stop clapping, etc and repeat, "stop, tree"
                                              then the group leader will say "climb the tree" and the group repeats, "climb the tree" and makes noises or actions like they are climbing the tree
                                              in the same manner, you can get out binoculars, look for da buta (pig), climb down the tree, cross a stream, run away from the pig and so on
                                              a good leader will keep it varied and fun and make the story go on as long as possible

                                              props to dr les for da lesson on buta hunt

                                2. Ha, ha Kman...many years ago, nevah had Christmas trees. Poho li'dat! Hope if there's a strike, it doesn't last that long. Things that hit us were toilet paper, rice, and for my father was glass bottles made on the mainland for his business. Many small businesses were hurt.

                                  1. To get back on track...

                                    Do any of you think that this strike will come to be or be of any significance? From the past, there is NOT a lot of sympathy for dock workers that make 6 figures for unloading barges, BUT Hawaii is a heavily unionized state. There has not been a lot of press on this issue, on the negotiations or impending strike. The neighbor islands would certainly be affected as well.

                                    I am amazed at the lack of press coverage on this.....

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                                    1. re: wabi

                                      The lack of press coverage would lead one to believe that talks are progressing. And I agree that the general population of Oahu is not really going to get behind a long strike for highly paid dock or ship workers, especially when state employees are still recovering from the furloughs of a couple of years ago. I'm guessing tomorrow's paper will have something as that was supposed to be D day.

                                      1. re: wabi

                                        my dad says that $100k is reasonable for the stevedores, because the work can be dangerous, but the clerical people are already overpaid.

                                        online there were only two reports of the strike.

                                        hopefully it gets settled, but there are other shipping companies that could pick up the slack, maybe getting a larger share of the business.

                                        1. re: indelibledotink

                                          i had a patient who was a stevedore who died in an accident where a forklift fell off a dock

                                          another patient had an arm smashed between two containers and had multiple hand/wrist surgeries to even make it partially look/function correctly

                                          i think and hope it will get settled in the next few days before it starts

                                      2. http://www.khon2.com/2013/06/29/break...

                                        It looks as though the strike has been averted.

                                        Thank goodness!

                                        I now have a well stocked pantry as well........

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                                        1. re: wabi

                                          Glad I read the whole thing through before responding. I slipped immediately into hurricane mindset and was ready to share too much experience on what I have forgotten to stock.

                                          Would you believe salt? And cooking with seawater is not an option. Hard to measure with fresh water. Even knowing the lagoon is 20 to 25 parts per thousand, and ocean water is about 35 parts per thousand.

                                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                            surprised not many people returning things at costco when they opened this morning
                                            actually looked like fewer people than normal returning
                                            lots of people stocking up for the 4th of july weekend, though

                                            1. re: macsak

                                              you know, it never hurts to have a few dozen extra rolls around the house . . . might have a hurricane or earthquake. Used to know a guy who was never happy unless he had 40 rolls available.

                                          2. re: wabi

                                            That is good to know. I had rented a Pan American Clipper, and loaded it with TP from Costco. We were going to fly to Honolulu, and just drop the cargo.