Anyone Worried About the Implications of North Koreas Rocket Launch?

The countdown could begin as early as Saturday morning, and North Korea says its rocket will blast off sometime between then and Wednesday. It warned aircraft to stay clear of its easterly trajectory over northern Japan, toward the Pacific.

I don’t really understand a lot of things when it comes to world politics.  I guess that’s part of the reason why I don’t like national politics that much.  It always seems to come down to a few things:  the war, the economy, or the way things should be and the way things are not.

Why does the US feel the need to push around so many countries I just don’t know.  I could have sworn there was something about keeping out of other countries business.

Do I feel threatened that the Koreans are blasting off a rocket carrying a satellite into space that could be a test for a rocket that could lift something that could reach Hawaii potentially in the future… well a bit.

Big Island residents… I don’t think the Koreans would target us.  I think they’d go after Pearl Harbor once again.  We might get hit with a stray.

But think about those kids in some of those countries that we are currently occupying that see missiles flying over their heads weekly?


Whatever happened to that big Golf Ball that was perched in Pearl Harbor when I was living over there on Oahu.  That thing was huge and was supposedly designed for such a threat.

How much time would we as Big Island residents have to prepare if we found out an errant rocket/missile was heading our way?

Anonymous Big Island Resident Auctioning Off Rare Hawaiian Artifacts on Monday

…On Monday dozens of centuries old artifacts hit the auction block…

Journal of Captain Cooks Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean … Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779

Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean … Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779

Collectors and Hawaii history buffs are expected to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars per piece…

…There’s a map of the Hawaiian islands drawn by a sailor aboard a whaling ship, a well-preserved 19th century silk Hawaiian flag, and a print of the first Hawaii constitution dated 1841, during the reign of Kamehameha III…

The owner of the items lives on the Big Island. He wants to remain anonymous. Geiger said it took decades to amass his collection.

Up for auction is a copy of Hawaii’s first general audience newspaper and a first-edition printing of the music to Hawaii Ponoi…

…Several artifacts relate to Captain James Cook, including several silver medallions he gave to islanders on his Pacific voyages.

“He doesn’t just own the first American account of Cook’s last voyage, he owns a copy that’s been annotated with notes on the section on Cook’s death,”…

More here

See more of the Auction Items Here.

Damon Tucker is Now Just

In case you didn’t notice, the old site is “Poof” gone.

This is my Domain…

Soon as I register it with my own host… I can be real naughty!

For those of you that may be pointing to my site…

Can you redirect it to


Lingle Releases $475,000 for Big Island Highway Drainage Projects

Governor Linda Lingle has released $475,000 for highway drainage improvements on the Big Island.

This project is part of the $1.8 billion public infrastructure construction plan unveiled by Governor Lingle in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Progress of the more than 1,500 projects included in the plan can be tracked on the Governor’s website at

“Correcting drainage problems along our highways allows us to protect them from erosion and, more importantly, prevent water-related accidents from occurring,” said Governor Lingle.

These funds will be used to perform drainage improvements on Hawai‘i Belt Road in the vicinity of Hakalau Bridge in Hilo, including the installation of a drainage spillway and culverts. Of the funds, $460,000 will cover construction costs and $15,000 will be used to lease land for construction easements.

The total project cost is estimated to be $2,715,000, which includes $400,000 previously released for design, $1,840,000 in federal funds and an additional $60,000 for construction provided by Amtrak for non-Amtrak states under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Design for this project is scheduled to be completed in December 2009. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2010 and be completed in January 2011.

Stop the Tsunami: Corporate Campaign Contributions and the Big Island Fair Elections Pilot Program


The Coalition to Stop the Tsunami invites Hawaii Residents to enter a video contest addressing the Big Island Fair Elections Pilot and/or Corporate Campaign Donations.

  • First Place receives  $100 giftcard
  • Second Place receives $50 giftcard
  • Third Place receives $25 giftcard

Click HERE for Contest Rules

Big Island Fair Elections Pilot:  This pilot project is for public funding of Hawaii County council elections in 2010, and the following two elections.  The House passed HB 345, which would delay the pilot to 2014.  The bill is pending in the Senate.  For information, go to

Corporate Campaign Donations:  Legislators want to allow corporations to donate more than $1000 in campaign contributions, but citizen leaders have stopped two attempts this year to to raise the $1000 limit.  There could be a third attempt using SB 93 and/or HB 345, so watchful eyes are focused on these bills.


American Idol’s Camile Velasco’s Private Rehearsals for the Hawaii Music Awards 2009


Tomorrow: Puna Community Medical Center Health Fair

First Annual Puna Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2009 at the Puna Community Medical Center.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi (left) applauds as Puna Community Medical Center office manager Maraiah Newte-Yamamoto (center) and Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole (facing the door), untie the maile lei to open the new medical center in Pahoa on Sunday.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi (left) applauds as Puna Community Medical Center office manager Maraiah Newte-Yamamoto (center) and Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole (facing the door), untie the maile lei to open the new medical center in Pahoa.

* free testing for various conditions such as blood pressure and cholesterol will be among the fair’s highlights.

Honolulu International Film Festival Begins Today


Oahu Residents: Have You Seen This Moped Thief?

Surveillance Video of a dude ripping off a Scooter:

This is an excerpt from the surveillance video of the dude who stole my moped (Black SYM DD50). Pls help if you have the technology to read the license plate. Sorry about the poor quality of the vid.


If you recognize this guy comment over here.

SUNDAY: Big Island Screenings of Independent Films “All For Melissa” and “Chief”

Sunday, April 5
The Aloha Theater

Independent feature “All for Melissa
Gerard Elmore, director


Award winning short “Chief”
Brett Wagner, director


Both directors will be present
Film production workshop to follow

Tickets: $8 for the films and workshop

Info: Big Island Film Office 808 327-3663

Synopsis for Chief:

Honolulu, Hawaii: the crossroads of the Pacific. It’s the place you go if your own island isnt big enough. It’s the place you go to disappear. 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. He ferries tourists and Japanese businessmen to and from the airport. He drives in circles, keeps his legs covered, and slowly forgets his old life. But his old life wants him back. First, there is the mysterious Samoan staking out his apartment in Waikiki, calling him on the phone, following him home from the beach. Then there are the news reports: An earthquake on the Big Island threatens to unleash a tsunami on the city of Honolulu; anyone with any sense is heading for higher ground. Probably the Chief would go, too, except for the eight year-old Hawaiian girl wandering the city in her bathing suit. She has crossed his path twice today, and both times he let her go. But now the girl’s intrusion into his sequestered life begins to feel to Semu like a message. A calling. Any minute now, these streets will be silenced by a wall of water. Semu begins to realize that it’s high time he started living up to his title.

Filmed entirely on the island of Oahu, Hawaii