I’m a Winner!


I just glanced over at Big Island on the Cheap and found out that I too can even be a winner!

I won a beautiful wood block print of Kilauea by Volcano artist Margaret Barnaby.

Margaret Barnaby

Margaret Barnaby

…This is really a wonderful prize from an incredible artist. This beautiful wood block print retails in galleries for around $250…

Margaret’s Current list of shows going on now and upcoming are:

Luana Gallery and Lounge
One Person Show
The Fairmont Orchid Mauna Lani Resort
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
March 27-June 23, 2009

Volcano Art Center
One Person Show
April 25 – May 25, 2009

Pacific Island Printmakers
Memories of Water
East Hawaii Cultural Center
July 3-23, 2009

Volcano Village Artists’ Hui
Studio Tour and Sale
November 28,29,30, 2009

You can view Margaret’s Website here.

And just so that Big Island on the Cheap knows… I hope this doesn’t eliminate me from my chance to win a free MacBook.

East Hawaii May Get New Health-Care and Hospice Agencies

Los Angeles-based Victoria Home Health Services is looking to establish two new home health-care and hospice agencies in Hilo on the Big Island.

The two divisions, Hawaii Victoria Home Health Services and Hawaii Victoria Hospice Services, will set up their main office at 15-671 16th St. in Keaau for which they already have secured a two-year lease.

Both hope to launch services by this summer, according to certificate-of-need applications filed in late 2008 with the State Health Planning and Development Agency in Honolulu.

Hawaii Victoria Home Health would provide in-home skilled-nursing care, physical, occupational or speech therapy and other medical social services to East Hawaii residents, particularly the elderly or injured…

More Here

Big Island BookBuyers Moves Into Pahoa Town


Big Island BookBuyers has moved from it’s former location at Pahoa Market Place inside of Punatic Cyber Cafe, to the building that formerly was the home to Island Trust’s Pahoa branch.


The place Buys, Sells and Trades books of all genres.


The place just opened yesterday, so they are still in the process of filling up the shelfs.


It’s a great place to find a book or just browse around talk story with others.


Owner Mary Bicknell had the following to say while thanking the community for the help in getting the store opened.


Mayor, Cabinet in Keaau Community Meeting on April 8

Media Release

Mayor Billy Kenoi continues his policy of bringing county government to communities around Hawaii Island on Wednesday, April 8, when the mayor and members of his cabinet gather at 6 p.m. at Keaau High School.

The Mayor and heads of several County departments will be available to answer questions and discuss issues of concern to residents on a number of topics, including traffic, roads and mass transit, the Puna Community Development Plan, waste management, recreation facilities, public safety and others.

The public is invited to attend and bring their questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Hunter Bishop, Public Relations Specialist, 961-8565.

Vandalism Silences Civil Defense Siren

Media Release:

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials have reported that the Kealakehe tsunami alert siren was vandalized sometime following the March 2 test of the siren.


Personnel at nearby Kealakehe Elementary School noticed that a cable to the siren had been cut and reported it to Civil Defense officials on March 13.

“Such actions cripple our ability to transmit emergency notifications,” said County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento.

County radio technicians are expected to have the siren operating again in time for the monthly test of the Civil Defense warning system on April 1. About 40 feet of cable worth approximately $150 needs to be replaced using a bucket truck, a driver and two radio technicians.

A police report was filed and anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to report it to Hawaii County police. Anyone wishing to report information anonymously may do so through West Hawaii Crime Stoppers. Call 329-8181.

Bella Luna Boutique Opens in Pahoa

A new clothing store has opened in the heart of Pahoa.


Inside the Bella Luna Boutique

The Bella Luna Boutique opened up this week across from the popular Luquins Restaraunt on the main street in Pahoa.


The clothing store is stocked with everything from dress up clothes to casual clothes all with a decent price tag.


The boutique has a nice atmosphere and a warm staff of punatics to help you find what you may need.

Boutique worker Noa Luna

Boutique worker Noa Luna

So instead of driving all the way into Hilo the next time you need to find something to wear, why don’t you keep your money right here in Pahoa town and check out Bella Luna Boutique.


Mayor, Cabinet Members at Konawaena Elementary on April 7

Media Release:

Mayor Billy Kenoi continues his policy of bringing county government to communities around Hawaii Island on Tuesday, April 7, when the mayor and key members of his cabinet gather at 6 p.m. at the Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria.

The Mayor and heads of several County departments, including Lono Tyson, director of the Department of Environmental Management, and Tom Brown, director of Mass Transit, are expected to be available for questions on topics such as enhanced police presence in South Kona, Mamalahoa Highway Bypass, flooding, Kealakekua and Honaunau Bays, and Hokulia.

The public is invited to attend and bring their questions. Light refreshments will be served.

“Bad Breath” Increasing Greenhouse Gas Says Hawaii Researchers

Human-produced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing exponentially, and has been for at least the last 50 years, according to a new study.

Using measurements of atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, David Hofmann of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. and a team of researchers determined that humanity’s contribution of the greenhouse gas has been growing at a steady 2.3 percent since recording began in 1958. At that rate, CO2 doubles every 30 years…

More Here

Scam House “Win Hawaiian Essay House” Now Changes Oprah Wording on Contest

So the $100 Essay SCAM house is still up and running… However, now they have changed the wording on the Oprah Claims!  I can’t wait until they announce the winners of the house to learn more about them. ;)

This scam is run by Mark Samwick and I’ve blogged about it previously here as well as here (notice comments).


We decided that a little old weekend wasn’t enough, we want to share our paradise for longer!

So we’re giving away a WEEK stay at the Castle … instead of only a weekend.

Please share this link: http://www.winhawaiianhome.com/tellafriend-winhawaiihome-hawaii.html We made it “mo betta”  8-)

Aloha and Mahalo.  In a climate of bad news, foreclosure, economic downturn, recession and other ugly and depressing words that bombard us daily, an inspirational story based on either of these words will win this custom-built, never-lived-in Hawaii dream home.  This concept deserves a look to inspire Americans. And for those in climates of FREEZING weather… well, the chance to live in paradise…?

AmeriCANS are coming up with creative ways to help ourselves (no bailout here), others (winner of the home) and our local schools (the beneficiaries of a substantial donation who are depending on our success.) There is a 1 in 6000 chance of winning the home – better than ANY state lottery.

Please see for yourself (an interview on SUNRISE, our local morning news show):
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Here’s the URL on WomenEntrepreneur: http://www.womenentrepreneur.com/2009/03/couple-find-unique-way-to-fund-bb.html

We’ve offered Oprah an exclusive to award the home and the donation to the schools on her show. We can only hope she accepts.
Help us make history and not be a victim of the economy!

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! We CANNOT be successful UNLESS people know about it.
Feel free to forward (bcc) this email… actually – PLEASE… forward this email…. And come visit us in paradise…the castle is on the front of our community and our doors are always open. Aloha and Mahalo! A hui ho, John Williams

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Officer Lee Named Officer of the Month (OMFG)

Oh the irony, the officer that didn’t want me to put her picture on my blog:

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii recognized Officer Jenny Lee on Thursday (March 26) as “Officer of the Month” for February.

Lee was honored during a luncheon ceremony at Coqui’s Hideaway Restaurant in Hilo for her diligent investigation that led to the arrest and subsequent charging of an identity theft offender. The suspect charged at least $36,000 with credit cards obtained using the victim’s identity.

Because of Lee’s investigation, Hilo detectives charged the suspect with 13 felony cases and three misdemeanors. Lee also documented other identity theft cases on Oahu stemming from the same suspect and his victim’s stolen identity.

As “Officer of the Month,” Lee is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

I recognize this officer from somewhere... Congrat's Officer Lee

I recognize this officer from somewhere... Congrat's Officer Lee.

BJ Penn to Sign Autographs Tomorrow at Big Island Pa’ina


Grandma Nan on Marijuana Doctors and Dispensaries

73 Year old Grandma Nan from Puna is at it again:

Grandma nan says that doctors and dispensaries go together … the tv commercials go: ask your doctor if this drug is right for you … and then the federal government says no, the doctors dont know what they are doing … we better have the enforcement people decide which drugs are good for you … what kindofa deal is that? … if our lawmakers dont change the laws then the voters will change the lawmakers so abercrombie, akaka, inouye, hirono, take heed and listen to whats on YouTube.