Renowned Big-Wave Surfer Milton Willis Charged with DUI and Manslaughter

A renowned big-wave surfer who was allegedly speeding and drunk when he crashed a car in Del Mar last year, killing his 24-year-old passenger, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI, authorities said Monday.

Michael and Milton Willis

Michael and Milton Willis

A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Milton Willis in connection with the June 6 crash that killed Bradley Dillahunty of Laguna Niguel, said Steve Walker, a spokesman for the San Diego County district attorney’s office…

Willis and his brother, Michael Willis, grew famous in the surfing community for mastering dangerously large waves in Hawaii in the 1970s. The two have written several instructional and inspirational books and currently run a Solana Beach-based surfing school.

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In this video shot 4 months ago, the Willis brothers sing the song “Nothin to Fear”:

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You can view more of the brothers clips here.

Rain to Appear in Hawaii Court for $40 Million Dollar Lawsuit… Conspiracy?

Pop star Rain is scheduled to appear in a Hawaii court for a US$40 million lawsuit against the entertainer for a week in March…

Korean Pop Star "Rain"

Korean Pop Star "Rain"

…Rain and his ex-agency JYP Entertainment were sued by Honolulu promoter Click Entertainment for cancelling their planned concert there in June 2007. If Rain fails to show up, he may be subject to an arrest warrant.

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According to Sixofive1982:

…Since top star Rain got sued for canceling his Hawaii concert on July 2007, he will be attending a jury trial in America coming March. However, underneath the surface lies a complex conspiracy.

Click Entertainment, which purchased the right for Hawaii concert and acts as the promoter, claimed that Rain and his agency back then, JYP Entertainment, as well as Rain’s world tour host StarM, one-sidedly cancelled the concert, suing them for 40million dollars in the Hawaiian court.

At the same time, they sued Rain and StarM for fraud charges in the Korean court. When Rain was making agreements for concert, they asked for terms of installing exclusive stages since there are safety issues.

But for some reason, the promoter ignored the condition written on the contract. As a result, the star singer who put priority on his fan’s safety, had no choice but to cancel the concert.

The Korean court has already judged them not guilty since Rain’s side had no intention of making money out of fraud contract and that this was all over the issue of exclusive stage.

Since it is common sense that top star like Rain would not one-sidedly cancel a concert which is a promise with his fans, Click is continuously annoying Rain with lawsuits after lawsuits. Thus, there are voices asking to rid of unverified promoters who do not have the ability to operate the concert, but just rely on the fame of Korean wave stars.

A stage official said that “as Korean wave stars start to act overseas, there are many cases of them being damaged while carrying out a concert plan. In order to make sure there are no more victims like Rain, a list of unverified promoters should be made and shared.”

When John F. Kennedy Was in Hawaii… Lost Footage

I just got alerted to this clip that was loaded up to youtube:

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We have had this in our home movie collection for years According to an article I found, it was June 10, 1963. Kennedy was visiting. My mom, Yvonne Hammer Westbrook, got this shot of him. Rare shot of him standing. Also, note how close people got to him. We have treasure this for years, and though it’s a short clip, he is so handsome and loved by the people.
He is missed.

Whatever Happened to the Fly that Eats Coqui Eggs?

So what ever happened to these flies that were supposed to save the Big Island from these coqui frogs more then six years ago?  I think there is an “Old Lady” to be held responsible.

In a July 2003 Honolulu Weekly article by Patricia Tummons, she reports:

…A fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, that has devastated vulnerable frog populations across the world is a possible biocontrol agent for coqui. Another might be a type of fly that eats coqui eggs in Puerto Rico. The species is already in Hawai‘i, said Arnold Hara of the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, “and may only need some time to begin infesting coqui eggs…”

Is there some lady around that’s swallowing flies?

I Don’t know why she swallowed the fly… perhaps she’ll die.

Mayor Kenoi to Meet With North Kohala Community

Media Release

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s policy of bringing government to all parts of Hawaii Island will continue on Friday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., when he meets with members of the North Kohala community.

The two-hour talk story meeting will be held at the Intergenerational Center makai of Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau.  Among the topics to be discussed are the long-awaited repairs to Hisaoka Gym and an update on the status of the pavilion at Keokea County Beach Park.

Light refreshments will be served.

“Project Better Place” An Interesting Debate

I was the first in the State to mention Project Better Place coming to Hawaii back on September 7th of last year.

I’ve thought about the project for awhile, and I think it might work on the other islands the way they have the stations planned now, but I just don’t see how they can be feasible with only four stations on the Big Island.

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In this recently released youtube clip, Project Better Place CEO Shai Agassi talks about the Hawaii Project at  about the 7:00 minute mark.  Towards the end of the video, a managing editor at Forbes explains why this might not work.

Better Place CEO and founder Shai Agassi wants to change the automotive industry by switching gas stations with battery replacement and charging stations for the next generation of electric cars.

Although current plans include smaller areas like Hawaii, Israel, Denmark, and San Francisco, Better Place aims at nothing short of an industry-transforming revolution. Will it be possible?

In this extended interview (at end of clip), Shai Agassi discusses his companys plans and challenges. Bruce Upbin, a managing editor at Forbes Magazine, comments on Better Places challenges and why the network may not work in the U.S.

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Things to think about:

1. Prices of Gas have fallen…

2. Building a network… is there enough stations

3. Capital… does Project Better Place have enough money?

Keaau High School Wins State’s Consumer Competition

For the third year in a row, Keaau High School won the state title for the 5th annual LifeSmarts consumer education competition, which was held today at the State Capitol Auditorium. The game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities…
The members of the winning team, Keaau Mixed Plate, are: Riana Brown, Joseph Heck, Ricky William Tabandera, and Teleise Tino. The team was coached by Kathlynn Tabandera and Serena Fujikawa. The team may go on to represent Hawai‘i at the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 25 – 28. A total of 13 schools from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island participated in this year’s competition…

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Today’s “Smuckasm”

If you haven’t seen my smucks up top, these are awards that I give to people that I just can’t understand for one reason or another… or I just don’t like something they may have done.

I had quite a few people tell me that I’m using the wrong word and that  smuck should be schmuck, however,  that simply was never the case.  I tried to explain that in my initial post here about the “Smuck Awards”… But I guess no one reads my blog, so I had to keep telling Smicks over and over that a Smuck is my version of a Schmuck!

So now I before I even start my new thing on my blog… I guess I need to explain to all the Smicks out there, that I know what the word SARCASM means.

So I’m now telling you Smicks ahead of time… that a SMUCKASM is my version of sarcasm!

With that, I’ll start my daily “Today’s Smuckasm”.

You can think of it like a daily quote… with a twist.

Go on now… nothing more to read here.

1000th Comment

Aaron Stene over at the Kona Blog just made a comment on my blog regarding the Time Warner Internet speeds planned for the Hualalai community.

The comment was a great comment in the fact that his comment was the 1000th comment from a “Real Person” (meaning not someone just attempting to spam my blog).

Of course Aaron was letting me know that he had covered something before I started blogging, so I feel kind of stupid about writing the blog, but that’s how life goes!

Aaron Stene and Hunter Bishop were two of the first people to add me to their blogrolls and I probably never would have kept blogging had I not gained some immediate readers from their blogs.

Aaron and I are both hard headed and we will go back and forth on our East side vs. West side arguments… but he knows I’m right (at least on my blog I have the final say) lol :lol:

The buggah recently came all the way over from Kona to Puna  just to see… Not me.  Can you believe it… I mean I was literally probably less then 1 minute away from him at any given time and he could have called… but he doesn’t have my number. :wink:

Just playing Aaron… next time.

I appreciate all the comments that I have gotten.  I can’t believe the number is that high.  I guess I’m not the only person in the world that can’t resist from making comments on things!

Mahalo!

Luxury Home Owner on West Side Being Offered 100Mbps Internet Speeds from Time Warner!

In today’s news:  The Rich Get Richer!

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…Time Warner Cable in Hawaii about their future plans for symmetrical 100Mbps connectivity in Hawaii. Unfortunately for residents, this is only being offered to those who have homes in the Hualalai Resort area, a luxury development on the Kona-Kohala Coast of West Hawaii. It’s the only instance I’ve seen where Time Warner Cable has opted for pure fiber, though you’re seeing cable operators embrace FTTH more and more for new developments. In this case it looks like Higgins gets symmetrical 100Mbps, while TC, Rick and Magnum get 8Mbps/1Mbps.

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According to Cable Digital News, Time Warner Cable has issued a request for information (RFI) exploring next-generation fiber-to-the-home architectures, (like RF over Glass (RFOG), EPON, 10-Gig EPON) that allow them to run fiber to the home, while keeping their current head ends and cable modems. Before anyone gets too excited, cable carriers are largely only interested in these technologies for new higher-end “greenfield” developments like, say, in Hawaii luxury residences — or small businesses.

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*update: I just found out that The Kona Blogged was the blog that broke this news a while back:  http://tinyurl.com/ar728u http://tinyurl.com/chbt4b Good Job Aaron!


“When Pigs Fly”… To Hawaii

Looks like PETA is stepping up their war against pork again.

About nine months  ago, before I had a blog,  I reported on another site that PETA was launching a campaign against pork being shipped to Hawaii and some of the inhumane practices that were being done.

In a Press Release released today by The World Society for the Protection of Animals, it states the following:

Misleading labels on pork products are causing Hawaii residents and tourists to unwittingly participate in inhumane practices against animals

Stressed and exhausted from overcrowded and often filthy conditions, thousands of pigs endure a more than week-long journey from the mainland United States only to be slaughtered on arrival in Honolulu. In 2008, a total of 13,082 pigs were imported from California, Iowa, Montana and South Dakota for slaughter. The purpose of this inhumane and costly practice is to produce meat that can be sold to unsuspecting consumers as “Island Produced Pork.

I myself think this is just a re-release of another similar press release that was released earlier this year.

Many local media sources picked up the story after I first reported on it before I started my blog.

Here is just one of the previous articles on it by Honolulu Magazine:

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Illustration: Stephen Schildbach

Next time you buy pork at the supermarket with the label “Island produced” you may want to know what that actually means.

In 1973, the state Department of Agriculture declared that this phrase could only be placed on pork that came from pigs actually raised in Hawaii. But in 2000, the law was repealed due to its unenforceability, which made it legal for supermarkets and retailers to place “Island produced” on pigs that had only been shipped to the Islands and slaughtered here…

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Disclosure/Disclaimer

“This is my blog… if you don’t like what I am posting.…  don’t read it.   I won’t pull the trigger holding you to my blog… I promise”

Wow… first of all I’m astounded that you even found this page… mahalo for visiting it.

Let me introduce myself.  I’m Damon Tucker and I blog because I enjoy getting information out to the community and I feel our local “mainstream” media here on the island doesn’t give us the full story at times.

Some Page Stats:

I receive about 20,000 – 30,000 page visits each month and I have more than 4000 + folks following me on Twitter… if that means anything to you.

I developed and administrate the  FBI Blogs (From Big Islands Best Blogs) and still to this day run the site as I have time… however it will be going through some changes in the near future.

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I love blogging about anything and everything and I will support most causes that I believe are beneficial to Hawaii in general.  Often times I will go on sponsored trips to help promote the Island.  Sometimes  I feel that we don’t get the media coverage that we should at times.

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I’m always seeking sponsors of this blog and folks looking to trade interesting events for coverage of their events.

I don’t get compensated for what I blog about other then free tickets at times… so I’ll try my best to represent what I’m blogging about as I’m blogging about sponsored events.

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Just in case. If I say something stupid in the future, it’s better to be able to point out that the stupidity is mine, and mine alone. My stupidity! You can’t have it! )

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