Andy Parx on Tribune Herald Article on DPW Blackballing Bloggers: “…Crummy Shoddy and Lazy Journalism at Best or More Likely Some Sort of Corrupt Complicity…”

Andy Parx made the following comment that I’m going to give a bit more attention to on my blog.

While I don’t necessarily agree with everything that is said and I appreciate Mr. Armstrongs effort to get what knowledge he may or may not have been able to publish… I am still very perplexed as to why my name was dragged into this.

Someone mentioned that Ms. Whittington was going to try and reach me and I have heard that she reached both Aaron and Dave and spoke to them directly about this incident. I’m not a hard person to find and my email is listed on this site that she obviously knows about.

I might just have to drop by sometime personally and request the directive myself to see what else is in the damn thing. :roll: I just hope they don’t have any policies similar to a certain post office I know of.

The T-H doesn’t need a sense of humor as much as a sense of good journalism. To let Whittington get away with the statement “There was no incident that prompted the policy” without any investigation or exposition is sloppy shoddy work. The fact that the article fails to ask “why” they would have such a strange policy as “stopping taping of road crews” is inexcusable, especially with Dave’s name on the list of the blackballed..

In a few minutes of research and through a couple of inquires I was able to ascertain from 500 miles away that indeed Dave’s taping of some saddle road paving in August by was apparently connected. My original stab at an explanation might have been off base(or might not) but the real explanation is still an “open secret” except for a brief mention at Aaron Stene’s site.

Any reporter worth his salt should have been able to smell more to the story and the vapid nature of Whittington’s denial-it stretches credulity to think someone would ban taping of road crews by bloggers- much less ask personnel to interfere with tapers- without any precipitating event.

To not even mention that an incident of the taping of a road crew led to embarrassment on the part of DPW and might result in a lawsuit- a fact even reported in an article reported in the self-same T-H in September- is crummy shoddy and lazy journalism at best or more likely some sort of corrupt complicity and kow-towing to the county government in keeping the “why” of the story quiet.

To not at least juxtapose the paving scandal report with the blackballing and make the implied connection is inexcusable. For me it also raises the question “where is the reporter-blogger community over there to call them on it- why do I have to do it from Kaua`i?” when there are so many… or did I miss something?

Play By Play of Tonights Pahoa Victory

Play by play from Sportshigh.com

08:00 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by Byrd, John
07:43 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by Sakoda, Dustin
07:25 PAHOA TURNOVR by Byrd, John
07:24 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
07:16 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan UH 2 – PAHOA 0 (UH by 2)
07:00 PAHOA MISSED LAYUP by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (DEF) by Chong-Viernes, Noah
06:52 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan UH 4 – PAHOA 0 (UH by 4)
06:25 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Waters, Sheyten UH 4 – PAHOA 2 (UH by 2)
06:07 UH GOOD! 3 PTR by Chong-Viernes, Noah UH 7 – PAHOA 2 (UH by 5)
ASSIST by Oshiro, Adam
05:45 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (OFF) by Viernes, Jonathan
05:40 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Viernes, Jonathan UH 7 – PAHOA 4 (UH by 3)
05:36 UH FOUL by Chong-Viernes, Noah (1)
05:34 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
04:53 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Sakoda, Dustin
04:33 PAHOA TURNOVR by Waters, Sheyten
04:33 PAHOA FOUL by Waters, Sheyten (1)
04:23 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Chong-Viernes, Noah
REBOUND (DEF) by Sakoda, Dustin
04:05 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by Byrd, John
03:55 PAHOA GOOD! JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan (in the paint) UH 7 – PAHOA 6 (UH by 1)
ASSIST by Byrd, John
03:21 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Chong-Viernes, Noah
REBOUND (DEF) by Waters, Sheyten
03:08 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 8 – UH 7 (PAHOA by 1)
02:53 PAHOA FOUL by Byrd, John (1)
02:39 PAHOA FOUL by Waters, Sheyten (2)
02:28 UH FOUL by Copp, Kelekolio (1)
02:28 PAHOA FOUL by Viernes, Jonathan (1)
02:13 UH MISSED JUMPER by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
02:07 PAHOA TURNOVR by Miguel, Sonny
02:05 UH STEAL by Copp, Kelekolio
02:01 PAHOA FOUL by Miguel, Sonny (1)
02:01 UH MISSED FT SHOT by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
02:01 UH GOOD! FT SHOT by Copp, Kelekolio UH 8 – PAHOA 8 Tied
01:47 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Sakoda, Dustin
REBOUND (OFF) by Walsh, Hamlet
01:32 PAHOA TURNOVR by Sakoda, Dustin
01:29 UH STEAL by Oshiro, Adam
01:27 UH GOOD! 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan UH 11 – PAHOA 8 (UH by 3)
ASSIST by Oshiro, Adam
01:13 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (DEF) by (TEAM)
00:42 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Chong-Viernes, Noah
REBOUND (DEF) by Walsh, Hamlet
00:26 UH FOUL by O’Connor, Nalu (1)
00:26 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
00:26 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan UH 11 – PAHOA 9 (UH by 2)
00:04 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Chong-Viernes, Noah
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan

2nd Period Play-by-Play

07:35 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan UH 11 – PAHOA 9 (UH by 2)
07:35 PAHOA FOUL by Viernes, Jonathan (2)
07:17 UH TURNOVR by Chong-Viernes, Noah
07:03 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Mendoza, Chris
REBOUND (OFF) by Byrd, John
07:01 UH FOUL by Chong-Viernes, Noah (2)
06:56 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Viernes, Jonathan UH 11 – PAHOA 11 Tied
06:35 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan UH 13 – PAHOA 11 (UH by 2)
06:26 UH FOUL by Awaya, Scott (1)
06:19 UH FOUL by Gomez, Dylan (1)
06:07 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
06:05 UH STEAL by Chong-Viernes, Noah
06:02 UH MISSED LAYUP by Oshiro, Adam
06:02 PAHOA BLOCK by Byrd, John
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
05:56 UH MISSED LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
05:47 UH FOUL by Morita, Kent (1)
05:47 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan UH 13 – PAHOA 12 (UH by 1)
05:47 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan UH 13 – PAHOA 13 Tied
05:22 PAHOA FOUL by Byrd, John (2)
05:22 UH MISSED FT SHOT by Awaya, Scott
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
05:22 UH MISSED FT SHOT by Awaya, Scott
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
05:20 UH TIMEOUT 30sec
05:09 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Chong-Viernes, Noah (in the paint) UH 15 – PAHOA 13 (UH by 2)
ASSIST by Gomez, Dylan
04:57 PAHOA GOOD! JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan UH 15 – PAHOA 15 Tied
04:38 UH MISSED JUMPER by Chong-Viernes, Noah
REBOUND (OFF) by Copp, Kelekolio
04:29 UH MISSED JUMPER by Oshiro, Adam
04:29 PAHOA BLOCK by Byrd, John
REBOUND (OFF) by Oshiro, Adam
04:23 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Waters, Sheyten
03:57 PAHOA GOOD! 3 PTR by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 18 – UH 15 (PAHOA by 3)
ASSIST by Mendoza, Chris
03:49 UH TIMEOUT 30sec
03:36 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (OFF) by Morita, Kent
03:24 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan PAHOA 18 – UH 17 (PAHOA by 1)
ASSIST by Copp, Kelekolio
03:05 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
03:03 UH STEAL by Keller, Benjamin
02:51 UH TURNOVR by Keller, Benjamin
02:32 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (DEF) by Oshiro, Adam
02:13 UH MISSED JUMPER by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (DEF) by Byrd, John
02:01 UH FOUL by Gomez, Dylan (2)
02:01 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Corpuz, Ricky PAHOA 19 – UH 17 (PAHOA by 2)
02:01 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Corpuz, Ricky
REBOUND (DEF) by Keller, Benjamin
01:17 UH MISSED JUMPER by Keller, Benjamin
REBOUND (OFF) by Copp, Kelekolio
01:00 PAHOA FOUL by Byrd, John (3)
01:00 UH GOOD! FT SHOT by Copp, Kelekolio PAHOA 19 – UH 18 (PAHOA by 1)
01:00 UH MISSED FT SHOT by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
00:39 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
00:39 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
00:05 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Waters, Sheyten

3rd Period Play-by-Play

07:40 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Waters, Sheyten PAHOA 21 – UH 18 (PAHOA by 3)
07:24 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
06:58 PAHOA FOUL by Byrd, John (4)
06:56 UH MISSED JUMPER by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (OFF) by Keller, Benjamin
06:51 UH MISSED JUMPER by Keller, Benjamin
06:51 PAHOA BLOCK by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by Keller, Benjamin
06:49 UH MISSED JUMPER by Keller, Benjamin
REBOUND (OFF) by Gomez, Dylan
06:46 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
06:39 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
06:38 UH STEAL by Keller, Benjamin
06:36 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Oshiro, Adam (fastbreak) PAHOA 21 – UH 20 (PAHOA by 1)
ASSIST by Gomez, Dylan
06:20 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Sakoda, Dustin
REBOUND (OFF) by Viernes, Jonathan
06:17 PAHOA GOOD! JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan (in the paint) PAHOA 23 – UH 20 (PAHOA by 3)
06:16 UH FOUL by Oshiro, Adam (1)
06:16 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 24 – UH 20 (PAHOA by 4)
06:02 UH TURNOVR by Oshiro, Adam
06:02 UH FOUL by Oshiro, Adam (2)
05:59 PAHOA TURNOVR by Sakoda, Dustin
05:57 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
05:57 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan PAHOA 24 – UH 22 (PAHOA by 2)
05:55 PAHOA FOUL by Sakoda, Dustin (1)
05:55 PAHOA TIMEOUT 30sec
05:55 UH GOOD! FT SHOT by Gomez, Dylan PAHOA 24 – UH 23 (PAHOA by 1)
05:39 PAHOA TURNOVR by Waters, Sheyten
05:38 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
05:36 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Oshiro, Adam (fastbreak) UH 25 – PAHOA 24 (UH by 1)
ASSIST by Gomez, Dylan
05:17 PAHOA GOOD! JUMPER by Mendoza, Chris (in the paint) PAHOA 26 – UH 25 (PAHOA by 1)
04:58 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Keller, Benjamin (in the paint) UH 27 – PAHOA 26 (UH by 1)
ASSIST by Gomez, Dylan
04:27 UH FOUL by Morita, Kent (2)
04:21 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Waters, Sheyten PAHOA 28 – UH 27 (PAHOA by 1)
04:07 UH MISSED LAYUP by Keller, Benjamin
REBOUND (DEF) by Schweitzer, Kaohu
03:53 PAHOA TURNOVR by Miguel, Sonny
03:50 UH STEAL by Copp, Kelekolio
03:48 UH TURNOVR by Gomez, Dylan
03:47 PAHOA STEAL by Waters, Sheyten
03:47 UH FOUL by Keller, Benjamin (1)
03:43 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
03:16 UH TURNOVR by Oshiro, Adam
03:15 PAHOA STEAL by Viernes, Jonathan
03:07 UH FOUL by Keller, Benjamin (2)
03:07 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 29 – UH 27 (PAHOA by 2)
03:07 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
02:59 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Waters, Sheyten
02:46 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
02:36 PAHOA FOUL by Miguel, Sonny (2)
02:28 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan (in the paint) UH 29 – PAHOA 29 Tied
02:17 PAHOA GOOD! 3 PTR by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 32 – UH 29 (PAHOA by 3)
ASSIST by Miguel, Sonny
01:55 UH TURNOVR by Morita, Kent
01:54 PAHOA STEAL by Schweitzer, Kaohu
01:47 PAHOA MISSED JUMPER by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by Viernes, Jonathan
01:43 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
01:43 UH STEAL by Morita, Kent
01:29 UH MISSED JUMPER by Morita, Kent
REBOUND (OFF) by Oshiro, Adam
01:15 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
01:10 UH FOUL by O’Connor, Nalu (2)
01:10 PAHOA TIMEOUT TEAM
00:55 PAHOA GOOD! 3 PTR by Mendoza, Chris PAHOA 35 – UH 29 (PAHOA by 6)
ASSIST by Viernes, Jonathan
00:35 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Morita, Kent
REBOUND (OFF) by Morita, Kent
00:30 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (OFF) by Morita, Kent
00:26 PAHOA FOUL by Schweitzer, Kaohu (1)
00:19 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Copp, Kelekolio PAHOA 35 – UH 31 (PAHOA by 4)
ASSIST by Gomez, Dylan
00:03 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan

4th Period Play-by-Play

07:52 PAHOA GOOD! JUMPER by Schweitzer, Kaohu PAHOA 37 – UH 31 (PAHOA by 6)
07:37 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Oshiro, Adam
REBOUND (DEF) by Byrd, John
06:59 PAHOA TIMEOUT 30sec
06:32 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
06:32 PAHOA FOUL by Viernes, Jonathan (3)
06:17 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
06:08 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan (in the paint) PAHOA 37 – UH 33 (PAHOA by 4)
05:55 UH FOUL by Copp, Kelekolio (2)
05:55 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
05:55 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
05:48 UH TURNOVR by Oshiro, Adam
05:48 UH FOUL by Copp, Kelekolio (3)
05:48 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Sakoda, Dustin
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
05:22 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
05:08 PAHOA TURNOVR by Mendoza, Chris
05:07 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
05:05 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan (fastbreak) PAHOA 37 – UH 35 (PAHOA by 2)
04:56 PAHOA TIMEOUT TEAM
04:53 PAHOA MISSED LAYUP by Byrd, John
04:53 UH BLOCK by Copp, Kelekolio
REBOUND (OFF) by (TEAM)
04:36 PAHOA MISSED 3 PTR by Mendoza, Chris
REBOUND (OFF) by Viernes, Jonathan
04:34 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
04:34 UH GOOD! LAYUP by Gomez, Dylan UH 37 – PAHOA 37 Tied
04:33 PAHOA TURNOVR by Waters, Sheyten
04:31 UH STEAL by Oshiro, Adam
04:30 UH GOOD! JUMPER by Oshiro, Adam (in the paint) UH 39 – PAHOA 37 (UH by 2)
04:25 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Viernes, Jonathan UH 39 – PAHOA 39 Tied
ASSIST by Miguel, Sonny
03:53 UH MISSED JUMPER by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Byrd, John
03:52 UH FOUL by Gomez, Dylan (3)
03:48 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Byrd, John PAHOA 40 – UH 39 (PAHOA by 1)
03:48 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Byrd, John
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
03:31 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
03:24 UH FOUL by Gomez, Dylan (4)
03:24 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 41 – UH 39 (PAHOA by 2)
03:24 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
02:46 PAHOA FOUL by Viernes, Jonathan (4)
02:34 UH MISSED 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan
REBOUND (DEF) by Miguel, Sonny
02:19 PAHOA TURNOVR by Viernes, Jonathan
02:13 UH STEAL by Keller, Benjamin
02:11 UH TURNOVR by Keller, Benjamin
02:10 PAHOA STEAL by Viernes, Jonathan
01:57 PAHOA TURNOVR by Mendoza, Chris
01:57 UH TIMEOUT TEAM
01:37 UH GOOD! 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan UH 42 – PAHOA 41 (UH by 1)
01:21 PAHOA GOOD! LAYUP by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 43 – UH 42 (PAHOA by 1)
01:02 UH MISSED JUMPER by Awaya, Scott
REBOUND (DEF) by Byrd, John
00:59 PAHOA TURNOVR by Byrd, John
00:59 UH STEAL by Gomez, Dylan
00:58 UH TIMEOUT TEAM
00:45 UH MISSED JUMPER by Awaya, Scott
REBOUND (DEF) by Viernes, Jonathan
00:42 UH FOUL by Copp, Kelekolio (4)
00:42 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 44 – UH 42 (PAHOA by 2)
00:42 PAHOA GOOD! FT SHOT by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 45 – UH 42 (PAHOA by 3)
00:33 UH FOUL by Morita, Kent (3)
00:33 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (OFF) by (DEADBALL)
00:33 PAHOA MISSED FT SHOT by Waters, Sheyten
REBOUND (DEF) by Copp, Kelekolio
00:28 UH TIMEOUT TEAM
00:17 UH GOOD! 3 PTR by Gomez, Dylan UH 45 – PAHOA 45 Tied
00:08 PAHOA TIMEOUT TEAM
00:02 PAHOA GOOD! 3 PTR by Viernes, Jonathan PAHOA 48 – UH 45 (PAHOA by 3)
ASSIST by Waters, Sheyten

1 in 32 Hawaii Residents in Jail and Racial Disparity in Hawaii’s Prisons

jail-cartoon

One in 32 Hawaii adults are either behind bars, on probation or parole, according to a new study released Monday by the Pew Center on the States.

  • 1 in 32 adults is under correctional control
  • Growth over time: in 1982, the figure was 1 in 90 adults
  • Percent behind bars: at year end 2007, 29 percent of the correctional population was in prison or jail (national rank: 34); the figure for 1982 was 20 percent (national rank: 44)
  • $228 million spent on corrections
  • Share of general fund: 4.3 percent in fiscal year 2008
  • Ratio of spending: For every dollar Hawaii spent on corrections in 2008, 4 cents went to probation and parole

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From the Prison Police Initiative: http://tinyurl.com/b98zyj

From the Prison Police Initiative: http://tinyurl.com/b98zyj

BJ Penn to Appear at 1st Annual Spring Break Pa’ina

spring-break

Are You Lurking?

Hat tip to Andrew Cooper

Hilo Living… The Blog

I’m adding a new blog to my ‘Roll… “Hilo Living

We moved to Hilo, Hawaii from Silicon Valley to increase the quality of our life while downsizing our lifestyle.

So check out Hilo Living for another great blog on the Big Island.

My 4-Year Old Playing the ‘Ohe Hano Ihu: The Hawaiian Nose Flute

noseflute

Here is a short clip of my son showing how to play the “Nose Flute” otherwise known as the ‘Ohe hano ihu that him and his mother made this weekend. (Volume a must)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJkbDTyqp4A&hl=en&fs=1]

Ohe hano ihu in Hawaiian means “bamboo, breath, nose.” It is made from a single bamboo node with a hole at the node area for the breath and three holes for the notes on the top side of the tube. It was often used in conjunction with chants and song. The Hawaiians believe that the nose is pure and innocent unlike the mouth which can say many things. So the breath entering and exiting the ‘ohe hano ihu is purer than the mouth. In olden days a man would serenade his sweetheart with the nose flute in order to woo her heart and win her affections.

I said it before… I don’t know where he gets the talent for these things, as it certainly is coming from me.

Mahalo to Pacific Locksmith

I’d just like to say Mahalo to Pacific Locksmith out of the Kona side of the Big Island for assisting my wife when she was in need with her Ford Focus Ignition and stuck on that side of the Island.

808-329-KEYS (5397)

808-329-KEYS (5397)

It’s also interesting that you folks mentioned that this is a very common problem with Ford Focus’s.

Thank you for assisting at a very reasonable rate.

To the Assholes at the Ford Dealership on the Other Side

Thanks for being very rude to my wife when she was in a time of need talking to whomever she spoke with on the phone.

You knew exactly what she was talking about as this is a very common problem.  When I get time… I’m designing a special smuck award for you.

We ended up calling a locksmith that was able to help us immediately, without the run around and for half the price that you folks would have charged.

Aaron Stene’s Letter to the Hawaii Tribune Regarding Bloggers Being Blackballed by DPW

Aaron Stene has submitted the following letter to the Hawaii Tribune regarding the recent Department of Public Work directive blackballing Aaron, Dave and myself.

“I was thoroughly disgusted to find out that the Hawaii County Department of Public Works had implemented a directive barring any DPW employees from talking to me, Damon Tucker, or David Corrigan. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why they did this.We all have the highest profile blogs on the island.

However it is still perplexing why Damon Tucker and to a degree, David Corrigan were included. Damon has had limited contact with the DPW and simply republishes information which is publicly available off of Hawaii County’s web site. On the other hand,David Corrigan was included because he filmed the Hawaii County DPW resurfacing Saddle Road last summer. The latter is the subject of litigation due to someone in the DPW buying asphalt tack coat from Grace Pacific when they had a binding contract to buy it from HMP Inc.

In my opinion, Noelani Whittington tried to control the flow of information about DPW projects with this directive.But instead it turns into a huge blunder on her part. I’m hoping she gets reprimanded for crafting this illogical and illegal directive.

Aaron Stene
Kailua-Kona”

Follow the Hokulea Live on Twitter

Twitter is great!

The crew of the Hokulea is using it to communicate with people throughout the world on their latest voyage.  You can view their Twitter page here.

hokulea

You can also track the voyaging vessel.

Here is just a sampling of todays Tweets:

  1. Some asking why we couldn’t launch in the winds. We could, but since this is crew has new members, want to ensure their safety

  2. We’re hoping to launch this pm for Palmyra. It’s still a little iffy. Once I get confirmation, I’ll tweet.
  3. Did you see the nice editorial in todayʻs Star Bulletin @ the Hōkūle‘a. http://bit.ly/3t5Sp Mahalo Star Bulletin

  4. For those who haven’t seen our escort boat, the Kama Hele, she’s beautiful now. Capt. Mike did a great job refitting her after Japan trip

  5. For those outside of HI, winds still high, keeping us from sailing today. Tomorrow looks much better. Taking care of last minute details

My Wife is On the Road! I Need to File a Claim

My wife is on the road coming home!

If you haven’t heard about my recent saga, my wife and her family went to Kona since Thursday leaving me behind to feed the dogs and keep the house in check, besides the fact that I didn’t want to go to Kona for four days.

As my wife was getting ready to bring her grandmother home yesterday, they loaded up the car and got into drive home.  Low and behold, the ignition was locked and the key wouldn’t even turn over.  She jiggled and jiggled the steering column trying her best to get the key turned over to no avail.

I ended up driving across the island to try and assist and see what we can do, and also make sure her grandmother was able to get back home to this side of the island because she only brought the medicine that she needed for the amount of days planned.

I’m not able to get the car working either, I bring her grandmother home to this side of the island along with my son, since he had school today, leaving my wife stranded on the Kona side with her car (and thankfully her parents who had their vehicle with them)

When I got back home, I looked online and sure enough… Ignition problems were the number one complaint against Ford Focus owners.

Deal with calling around locksmiths on that side of the morning… of course it’s a Monday morning and everyone is freaking busy… finally get through to one that can do the work.

I don’t even know what the bill is right now… but the ignition is getting changed by a locksmith as I write this. So the Locksmith bill is $250.00… which is not as much is it would cost had we had to have it towed to the Ford company and had it done there…(which also would have taken at least a day depending on how backed up they were)

My main problem I think I might run into, is that I bought the car from the original owner and not brand new.

However, it’s more of a safety issue in my sense and I’m pretty pissed that I had to drive across the island and pick up my wifes grandmother because she only had enough medicine to last her until they were expected to come home yesterday….

I’ve always believed that you learn from your mistakes… and the costly ones are the ones you remember the most… But this is the god damn Ford’s Company Fault!

Anyone got a damon dollar they can loan a brother?

Seriously… any lawyers wanna help a smuck compose a letter?

Waena Farming by Mr. Fitzgerald

I’m glad to see that Big Island resident Jay Fitzgerald has gotten his computer fixed and is connected to the real world again.

Jay writes today in his blog Sensible Simplicity about Waena Farming.

If your not familiar with the term, I suggest you read Mr. Fitzgeralds blog today on the subject as we could all do more of it at times.

I never had to do much Waena Farming until I moved to Hawaii. Now I have to do it friggin weekly!

Jay’s a real great guy that my Father-in-law has had the pleasure of working on a couple projects with.

He calls his blog “Sensible Simplicity” but the guy is far from simple.

He may call it Waena Farming… I call it “pulling freaking weeds”

weeds

Go check out his blog post “Waena Farming in Puna Hawaii” and we might all learn something about it as he seems to have a good grasp on it.

“Operation Yellowjacket” Hits Hawaii… It’s Bogus Folks

The Michigan State Police (MSP) wants citizens to know that a widely distributed e-mail message about a “31-day speeding ticket frenzy” in Michigan titled “Operation Yellow Jacket” is completely false.

There is no such effort underway at this time, or any time in the future, to generate revenue through the issuance of traffic citations. Citizens should regard the “Operation Yellow Jacket” warning as nothing more than an urban legend.

As a reminder, MSP traffic enforcement initiatives always involve a uniformed officer in a marked patrol vehicle.

Versions of this e-mail have been circulating in cyberspace for a few years. The recent addition of Operation Yellow Jacket comes from a work-zone safety enforcement effort conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police. Several other states including California, Hawaii, Kentucky, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas have also been targeted in this hoax.