Meet the Bloggers for the So Much More Hawaii Bloggers Tour

So there has been a lot of discussion about the mainland bloggers coming to visit Hawaii for the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s So Much More Hawaii Bloggers tour but not much has been said about the actual bloggers themselves.  Click on the link below for more information about each blogger:

Christine Lu the “Geek Girl”

L.P. Neenz Faleafine the “Hawaiian”

Rick Calvert – the “Conference CEO”

Jim Turner – the “Adventure Seeker”

Aric S. Queen – The “Value Seeker

Leah Lamb – the “Eco-Tourist”

Shira Lazar – The “Getaway Girl”

Sheila Scarborough – “Family Travel”

Mark Tafoya – the “Foodie”

7.1 Earthquake off Honduras Coast in Caribbeans… Tsunami Watch in Effect

*Update 2* Tsunami Watch Canceled

*Downgraded to 7.1 *

URGENT — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off Honduras coast in the Caribbean. A tsunami watch is in effect.7 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters

BNO News
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER   1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
0833 UTC THU MAY 28 2009

THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO COUNTRIES WITHIN AND BORDERING THE
CARIBBEAN SEA...EXCEPT FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

... A LOCAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

 HONDURAS / BELIZE / GUATEMALA

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE CARIBBEAN COVERED BY THIS MESSAGE...IT IS
FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  0825Z 28 MAY 2009
 COORDINATES -  16.7 NORTH   86.3 WEST
 LOCATION    -  NORTH OF HONDURAS
 MAGNITUDE   -  7.3

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON
 HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.                             

 HOWEVER - THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI THAT
 COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED
 KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES FOR THE
 REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY.
 AREAS FURTHER FROM THE EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA
 LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS.               

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 HONDURAS         PUERTO CORTES      15.9N  88.0W    0848Z 28 MAY
                  TRUJILLO           15.9N  86.0W    0856Z 28 MAY
 BELIZE           BELIZE CITY        17.5N  88.2W    0908Z 28 MAY
 GUATEMALA        PUERTO BARRIOS     15.7N  88.6W    0919Z 28 MAY

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.

BJ Penn Hawaii Youth Foundation Benefit Concert

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Great Places to Eat in Pahoa

On the Big Island, there are not as many restaraunts to choose from on the East Side of the Island compared to the West Side.  (Hilo = East / Kona = West).

Were lucky that in Pahoa, we have quite a few good restaurants to choose from.

If you want Mexican Food you can eat at Luquins which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

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There is also a couple smaller hole in the type of restaurants like Nings Thai Cuisine:

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Nings is primarily open for dinner and was closed when I went by during the lunch hours today.

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Ning’s can be found on the main drag of Pahoa next to Paolo’s Bistro where they serve all kinds of Italian dishes and specialty “Pizza’s”.

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Pahoa’s most upscale restaurant is probably Kaleo’s.

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You will often find Pahoa business people in here having there salads and other specialties during lunch.

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This group of tourist from Anchorage, Alaska were definitely enjoying their time at Kaleo’s.

(L-R) Colin Bonfield, Alisha Silverstein, Brandon Maurer, and Mike Courtney all said their highlight of the Big Island so far was seeing the "Clothing Optional" Black Sand Beach known as Kehena.

(L-R) Colin Bonfield, Alisha Silverstein, Brandon Maurer, and Mike Courtney all said their highlight of the Big Island so far was seeing the "Clothing Optional" Black Sand Beach known as Kehena.

Of course Pahoa has a Subway as well located in the Pahoa Market Place

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And of course, if you don’t know… Pahoa now has it’s own L&L.  If your looking for the “Pahoa Chop Suey” … well L&L has it’s old location and “Pahoa Chop Suey” is no more unfortunately.

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The food is sold both Ala Carte and by the plate, and they also have a pretty reasonable catering menu.

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Of course in Hawaii, seafood is very popular and we have our own Fish Market.

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Where they also serve a very reasonably priced plate of Fish and Chips as well.

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The Pahoa Museum is also opening up an “All Natural Cafeteria” in the next few weeks.  The name has not been decided yet.

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Of course the gathering place in the morning times if it’s not Luquins, tends to be “Black Rock Cafe” where you can find many of our elected officials having their breakfasts on a regular basis.

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Probably one of the best deals in Pahoa, is at the Punatic Cyber Cafe, they give free internet access with the purchase of your meals (See Cafe for details).  They sell great coffee, sandwhiches and even ice cream!

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And well if you’re still hungry after all that… we even have our own Pooki’s Cookies cookie shop/bakery that sells everything from Breakfast Bagels to Haupia (coconut) Pie.

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There’s a couple other restaraunts such as Boogie Woogie Pizza where you can get pizza by the slice or by the pan and Sukothai which happens to be very popular, however, they weren’t open at the time I drove by.

Of course these aren’t the only restaraunts in Puna… these are just the ones in Pahoa.

Keaau, Volcano, and Kalapana all have at least one restaraunt and you can often find lunch wagons just set up along the roads.

So come on out to Pahoa and grab a bite to eat the next time you’re on the Big Island!

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. at Leadership in a Self-Organizing World Meeting “…I Could Construe Myself as an Energy System…”

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Hawaii Senator Les Ihara, Jr. was at the  Leadership in a Self-Organizing World Conference  in Leavensworth, Washington last week and spoke to a group of people openly about the way he felt about some things personally about his life.

“…What I’ve come up with so far is that I could construe myself as an energy system that breathes in the (unclear word) frequency energies the hurt, the pain, the fear, the hate and breathe it in and breath out high frequency energies; love, compassion, forgiveness, etc….”

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So Much More Hawaii – Scheduled Tweet Ups and Hawaii Contributors

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has launched it’s new website.

The following folks are on the list of the Hawaii  contributors via twitter and their personal blogs.

You can click each picture below to take you to their twitter sites:

Christine Lu Neenz Faleafine Marijane Miller Chris Noble David Uchiyama Bruce Fisher Yaling Fisher Hawaiian Airlines Rebecca Pang Burt Lum Ryan Ozawa Roxanne Darling Share Your Table Shane Robinson Nathan Kam Melissa Melissa Damon Tucker Kris Bordessa Leslie Lang Tiana Mayumi Martin Stefani Newman Liza - A Maui Blog
The following is a list of Tweet ups that will be held for the mainland bloggers as they visit the island:

Oahu

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tiki’s Bar and Grill
6:00 p.m. – closing
$2 Budlights and Marketing Director, Michael Miller will be inventing a special SMMH Drink for the vent!
>>It’s open mic night, so this is the night to get some worldwide exposure.

Kauai

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Grand Hyatt Kauai
8:00 p.m.

Maui

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Grand Wailea
6:30 p.m.*

Big Island

Monday, June 1, 2009
Hilton Waikoloa
6:30 p.m.*

Navy Sailor From Honolulu Beats a Former Mainland Town Councilor Unconscious

Two sailors facing felony charges for allegedly beating a former Kittery, Maine, town councilor unconscious and leaving him on a city street Friday night were ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.

The victim was identified in court Tuesday as Stephen Huntress, 48, of Kittery Point, Maine. Huntress is a former chairman of the Kittery Town Council.

Police ask anyone who might have witnessed the alleged assault in the area of Bow and Chapel streets to call Detective John Peracchi at 610-7432 or Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald at 610-7548. Seacoast Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at 431-1199 or www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.

Gerald Smith, 22, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sandy Portobanco, 23, of Inglewood, Calif., both sailors on the USS Greeneville, which is currently at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, were arraigned via video from the Rockingham County House of Corrections on Tuesday morning. Each man was charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, and witness tampering, a Class B felony.

“They left a man in the streets of Portsmouth in the middle of the night to die,” said prosecutor Karl Durand…

More Here

Of course this wouldn’t be the first time a sailor from the USS Greeneville got in trouble.

Remember the Ehime Maru?

Remember the Ehime Maru?