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Letter Sent Off to Smear Websites Owner – Akamai… I Don’t Think So

I just have one question for you.

What will you post after the elections?

Your site is a “hit and run” site.

I see that you have made comments from my site onto yours…

Re: Paul DeSilva

I know you are just an anonymous person trying to get Higa hired.

So I repeat myself…. what will you post after this election is over?

Can you prove that your site is not a smear site?

Answers awaiting,

Damon Tucker

Google to Invest More Then $10 Million on Geothermal

….Google.org  announced more than $10 million in investments and grants in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)…

More here

Here is a video of how EGS’s work:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6r_3AgI49Y&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&fs=1]

Local Short Film Scores: Wins Best Drama at L.A. Short Film Fest

The Hawaii-made movie “Chief” has won the honor of being the Best Drama at the L.A. Short Film Fest.

…Semu Fatutoa was once a highly ranked Samoan Chief. Technically, he still is; the tattoos shrouding his legs are immutable proof of the pain he endured to earn his title. But those tattoos cost him something else: His daughter, nine year old Aveolela, drowned in the ocean on the day Semu received the tattoos. Weakened by the grueling ceremony, he lacked the strength to swim out to save her. No one blamed him for her death, but Semu blamed the tattoos. Rather than assume his chiefly duties, he fled. Two years later and thousands of miles from home, Semu is the only cab driver in Honolulu with the rank of Chief….

You can see parts of it here:

Brett Wagner, the Producer of Chief, in a pretty hilarious interview with Andy Bumatai  (he comes in about 1 minute into the clip):

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHp_shxXP4w&hl=en&fs=1]

The T-Shirt Video

I just got an email asking me to post a video that I saw about a year ago.

Yes people, the world would be a better place if we could all learn to do this:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1CILnVJbK0&hl=en&fs=1]

Honolulu Advertiser….Who Writes These Headlines:

I’ve always thought the Paper is slowly dieing off.  How is this latest piece of breaking news?  I’m assuming it’s just a press release sent off by the company.

I just noticed a breaking news item on the Honolulu Advertiser:

“Superferry Offering discounts on Local Ag Products”

Since when did the Superferry start selling local ag products?  And what is an Ag? ;)

Also I noticed inside the article:

Hawaii Superferry’s ship, the Alakai, is outfitted with onboard reefer plugs that allow refrigerated trucks to maintain the same temperature throughout the voyage, a feature that helps produce maintain a longer shelf life.

What’s a Reefer Plug?

Don’t they mean outlets?

;)

Today’s KO

Trick or Treat:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvArHCghb7c&hl=en&fs=1]

Maui Opening it’s First MMA Academy on September 27th

I just saw a bulletin posted by Maui’s own Kendall Grove about him and a few other MMA competitors opeing up a MMA Academy on Maui.

Here’s the release:

TO ALL & ALL,
TROY ”RUDEBOY” MANDALONIZ,BRAZILING JIU JITSU BLACK BELT JUSTIN ”DA INSANE ONE” McCULLY AND MYSELF KENDALL ”DA SPYDER” GROVE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE U TO JOIN US SEPTEMBER 27 FOR OUR GRAND OPENING OF MAUIS FIRST MMA FACILITY, I & I TRAINING CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED INSIDE THE MUSCLE FACTORY. WE HAVE LOTS OF STUFF LIKE T-SHIRT GIVE AWAYS AND AUTOGRAPHS FOR DA KIDS.OTM FIGHT SHOP HAWAII, UPROAR MAGAZINE AND MUCH MORE… ALSO MY SELF ”DA SPYDER” AND ”RUDEBOY” WILL BE PUTTING ON A FREE, YES I SAID FREE 2 HOUR MMA/NO GI JIU JITSU SEMINAR. JUST TO LET U KNOW MAT SPACE IS LIMITED SO WE ARE HAVING PRE-SEMINAR SIGN-UPS NOW AT THE MUSCLE FACTORY WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE WAILUKU INDUSTRIAL AREA.
ALSO WE ARE NOW DOING PRE-REGISTERING FOR CLASSES AND FOR WHOEVER SIGNS UP NOW TILL DA GRAND OPENING WE WILL BE WAVE ALL SING-UP FEES WHICH WILL SAVE YOU UP TO $60.
THIS OFFER WILL LAST TILL DA GRAND OPENING DAY SO SIGN UP NOW @ MUSCLE FACTORY!!!!
ALSO, LIGHT WEIGHT CHAMP BJ PENN WILL BE THERE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS FOR EVERYONE. SO BRING DA ‘OHANA DOWN SEPTEMBER 27,2008 TO DA GRAND OPENING OF I & I TRAINING CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED @ DA MUSCLE FACTORY IN DA WAILUKU INDUSTRIAL AREA.

FOR MORE INFO. ABOUT SIGN-UPS FEEL FREE TO CALL US UP AT DA MUSCLE FACTORY (TOM) @ (808)-244-8882.

MUCH RESPECT,

KENDALL “DA SPYDER” GROVE

Mary J. Blige Coming to Honolulu

Mary J. Blige is a great act.

I’m glad she decided to have a concert here in Honolulu at the Blaisdell on October 22nd.

Now that I don’t live on Oahu… I don’t think it’s worth the airfare anymore to go to concerts, so I won’t be there.

But you can always find your favorite artists online for free:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlaJbokP6ns&hl=en&fs=1]

Priceline Manager Responds With More Details

Hello Damon,

I just went onto priceline.com and pulled this sample package.  As you can see, it flies into Hilo , not Kona.

PS – It is correct that rainfall is measured at the destination airport.  And that is explained right on the Website.

Regards,

Brian

Thank you for clarifying this Brian….

Now where’s my free trip to Las Vegas for all this damn publicity I’m giving you ;)

My Reply to the Priceline Manager

I first mentioned of the Guaranteed Sun offer on Priceline here.

The General Manager of Priceline responded here.

I have now sent off the following letter for clarification on this matter as someone mentioned that the deal was for Kona and not Hilo.

Aloha Brian,

Thank you for the kind words about my blog.

It has been brought to my attention that the priceline deals that you are offering with this guarantee of sunshine in Hilo have a catch to it:

“Thanks for posting the deal, Damon. There is, of course, a rub. All flights involved in the Hilorain fall is measured at the airport connected to the package… the Kona airport! Hmmmph. The prices are fairly “reasonable” for these crazy times, so it is worth a look and –hey– it does rain in Kona…”

If this is true… then your offer about the Hilo trips may be a bit of false advertising.

Hilo and Kona are two seperate areas of the Big Island seperated by nearly 100 miles.

The climates are completely different.  Hilo…it rains all the time, Kona… its sunny all the time.

Can you please tell me where you calculate the Rainfall from?  Is it Hilo as advertised on your site…. or is it actually Kona?

Thank you,

Damon Tucker
Pahoa, Hawaii

I wonder what his response will be to this?

Kawa’a Standoff

Big Island Video News has another great video on the site.

The Kawa’a Standoff

Priceline Manager Responds to Hilo Offer

The other day I wrote about the Priceline offer of a refund on your trip because of rain.

I got an email from the Priceline Manager stating the following:

Hello Damon,

Yes, we are reading your blog here on the mainland.  And thank you for the Priceline mention.

Thought you might be interested to know that we have already given out hundreds of refunds for our Sunshine Guaranteed packages – but none so far in Hawaii.  I’ve attached the link so you can see some of the refund locations and amounts.  (The link is broken up, so you may have to cut and paste).

http://www.priceline.com/promo/sunshine_guaranteed.asp?irefid=HPVPFEATURE&irefclickid=sunshineguaranteed#refunds

As far as this promotion being a bad idea, all I can say is it got your attention .

Best of luck.  Great blog.

Brian Ek
General Manager, PriceBreakers
Priceline.com

Candidate Safarik Response to Highway 130 Question

Short term solution would be to assign a police officer to direct traffic at
the intersections of  Paradise/Hwy 130Orchidland Dr./Hwy 130,  Kaloi/Hwy 130
and Shower/Hwy 130 during peak traffic hours..example, 6am to 8am.
Afternoon traffic I would assign an officer to the “merge” area on the
bypass road near the transfer station.

Mid level solution:  Traffic control signals at the intersections of Ainaloa
Blvd and Hwy 130, Orchidland Drive and Hwy 130 and Shower drive and the Hwy.
Also provide for safe bus stops along the hwy so buses could pull over to
the bus stop shoulder and not block Hwy during loading and unloading of
passengers…

Long term :  Alternate route starting at Shower drive and proceeding into
Hilo….