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Mahalo Traci Toguchi (Part 2)

A few days ago I posted about the power of Twitter and how it had connected me between a pretty famous blogger, Aric S. Queen, and former Miss Hawaii turned recording artist Traci Toguchi.

Today I got the second part of her package.

Traci's Number One Fan

Traci's Number One Fan

A signed picture from her title reign, and two separate posters from her CD Release


From my Ohana to you… Thanks Traci!

Flier from CD Release

Flier from CD Release

Everyone go check out Traci’s Website and learn more about one of Hawaii’s biggest talents!

Breakfast With the Mainland Bloggers

So I’ve blogged quite a bit about the So Much More Hawaii Tour of mainland bloggers visiting Hawaii.

Some are already home, others are at the airport now as I post this and others are stuck in traffic in LA.

On Tuesday morning the Bloggers that remained at the Hilton Waikoloa Village all gathered for an all you can eat breakfast buffet that was fit for a king.

Breakfast at the Waterfront Cafe

Breakfast at the Water's Edge

I stayed up the night before having a couple beers with Aric S. Queen and gave him the rest of the 6-pack to take back to his room when he left after partying for a while.

I guess that’s why you don’t notice him in any of these breakfast pictures.

Breakfast at the Water's Edge

Breakfast at the Water's Edge

The Hilton Waikoloa has a lot of nice restaraunts

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There is the Kirin Chinese Restaurant.

Lagoon Grill

The Lagoon Grill sits right off the Dolphin pools.

And you can’t miss this gorgeous Japanese Restaraunt Imari’s.

Imari's Koi Pond

Imari's Koi Pond

I do recommend making reservations at most of these restaurants as they are quite popular.


If Italian is what you are looking for, then Donatoni’s Antipasta Bar is just for you.


And if you’re just looking to have a night cap, then Malolo Lounge is your place.

Malolo Lounge

You can view all of the restaurants as well as make reservations for any of them by clicking here.

First on the Big Island with the OFFICIAL Twitter Shirt

I got my official TWITTER shirt today from @valdezign.


I asked Valentno Valdez if I was the first person on the Big Island to get a shirt and he said yes!

He also mentioned that he began selling them last November and the first one to get one was @nathankam

You can purchase your OFFICIAL Twitter shirt here.

I’m a firm believer in Twitter!

Some of the Finest Art in the World Can Be Found Right Here on the Big Island

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Were very fortunate on the Big Island that we have many art galleries and even a few museums.

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Many locals don’t know that one of the best places to look at art is actually at some of the local hotels.

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I spent Monday evening and Tuesday at the Hilton Waikoloa Village meeting with the So Much More Hawaii bloggers to discuss a few things and just network with them and basically give them some Big Island “Aloha”.

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While my main mission was to check out the bloggers from the mainland, if you haven’t been reading I was also there for another purpose.

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Every year for the last 3 years my wife and I would get put up at the hotel for about a week because of a major conference that she participated in and each time she would bring me along for the ride.

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The first time I went, I only had one of those kodak disposable cameras and it seemed like many of the pictures I took turned out like junk.

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The next time I went, I forgot to bring my camera.

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The last time I went, I spent so much time playing with my son in the pools, that I forgot all about taking pictures.

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So I told myself the next time I ever went… I would make it a point to take as many pictures of everything and anything that I could.

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I could have listed all the pictures on one blog posting, but then that would have made for a boring post.

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So I decided I break them down into categories and blog a little bit about some of the pictures and then just add the rest on galleries below.

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If you haven’t gotten the jist of what this post is about…  well it is just some of the beautiful art you can find around the hotel.

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You need to remember this is a huge hotel and I really only had very little time to take as many pictures as I really wanted too.

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I wish I would have taken pictures of the little cards next to each piece of art so that I could remember what everything was…

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But I was on a mission to get as much photographed as I could in a limited amount of time.

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I’m adding this picture below as it’s not in the hall and it’s not really outside, but I kept passing this gorgeous piece on my way to my room each time I went to or from my  room.

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The greatest thing about this art, is that it is open to the public… so anyone could just go grab a bite at one of their many excellent restaurants and see the art while your there.

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You can click below for a larger picture of just some of the great art I was able to take a picture of.

More to come

Beginner Ukulele Classes at East Hawaii Cultural Center Starting Up


Macario will teach a Continuing Beginning ‘Ukulele class at the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center starting Saturday, June 6.

The series of 1.5 hour classes, which will meet on five consecutive Saturdays at 10 a.m., cost only $25 total for the public and $20 for EHCC members.

“You don’t have to know anything about the ‘ukulele,” says Macario, who played music professionally in Honolulu and on the mainland for 16 years. “You need to have your own ‘ukulele and bring a pen or pencil, and that’s it.”

He says he will teach some basic theory and chord structures so students will have the tools to go home and continue.

“I try to keep the class really simple so people can really understand how the notes and chords work,” he says. “I’m trying to give them a roadmap so they can look at their ‘ukulele’s fret board and figure out where the notes and chords are. That way, with a few simple instructions they’ll be able to go home and figure out what the chords in a song are.

“Most Hawaiian songs are really basic, really simple patterns,” he says. “Once you hear those and learn those simple patterns, you’ll start to recognize them everywhere.”

Students who know a little bit about ‘ukulele are welcome, he says, and he’d be happy to go over subjects slightly more advanced if appropriate, but mostly it’s a class for beginning ‘ukulele players. “I want to keep it simple; a simple class to get beginners started on their way to understanding the music, so they can learn more on their own and progress.”

Currently Macario works as a photographer; his website is at http://www.macariohawaii.com, and he runs an online magazine at http://macariohawaii.wordpress.com.