It’s All in the Legs

Tonight’s dinner… It’s all in the legs:

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I love King Crab… and I’m beginning to actually like it more then “Dunegeoness” crab.

Tonights Grinds - Alaskan King Crab and Chinese Food

Tonights Grinds - Alaskan King Crab and Chinese Food

For the next few nights, we have Ohana that has come in from the mainland, as well as some Ohana that will be leaving for the mainland.

Food is a great way to bring us all together… and let me tell you, we sure know how to clean house on the King Crab!

Small Pile

Small Pile

I was so stuffed on crab legs… that I couldn’t even eat dessert.

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Ulupono

I have to wonder if people are going to protest Ulupono the way they are complaining about Woodland Center.

Every little shopping center seems to have some restaurant.

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I think the actual square footage of this will probably be bigger then Woodland Center I believe.

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What many people can’t see from the main highway… is the excavation looks like it has already begun.

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Arakaki Leads Team in Assisting Phillipines Orphanage

Former state Rep. Dennis Arakaki (standing second from left) and the members of the group from Hawaii with their hosts in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan.  Photo: www.philstar.com

Former state Rep. Dennis Arakaki (standing second from left) and the members of the group from Hawaii with their hosts in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. Photo: www.philstar.com

The “Feed and Read to Lead” program of the Sta. Barbara Police in Pangasinan, which aims to instill the love of reading among children and promote the appreciation of our national heritage through supplemental feeding, gained support from a group of Americans from Hawaii.

The group from Hawaii, led by Dennis Arakaki, a 25-year veteran of the State Legislature, donated funds for the construction of classrooms in Sapang and continued their support for Kalinga ng Ama shelter, an orphanage for abandoned and abused children under Christ Our Life Ministries…

…Arakaki and his team of 10 went on a two-week tour in Bacolod, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and Manila. It was their ninth visit to the Philippines, but the first time to partner with police in a community project.

“We are very thankful to the group of Congressman Arakaki and we hope our message of gratitude reaches their communities back in Hawaii,” said Sta. Barbara Police chief Superintendent Eric Noble.

Previously, Noble’s wife Cecilia, currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Hawaii, worked with Arakaki on a project for the disabled in Honolulu…

Full Article Here

When Blogging Becomes Your Job… or NOT!

I’ve had a few people ask me why I removed a few blogs from the FBI Blog site.

I will reiterate that the FBI Blog site was set up for folks who want to post their own thoughts.  Not thoughts of others, not thoughts that could be paid for, and not thoughts that are sponsored.

When you start accepting money from folks and then allow them to post on your site… it becomes a very slippery slope that becomes a very difficult turn to get back to the reality of the world of blogging your own thoughts without pissing off sponsors.

People then ask… Well you have ads on your blog does that create a conflict of interest?

Well of course I have ads on my blog… it’s my blog!  However, I don’t blog about things other then things that interest me.  If my advertisers/sponsors choose to quit advertising on my blog then so be it!

My blog has always been my blog… and not something to profit from.  Now that it has more then 3 readers a day… I figure I could make my blog a win/win situation while I’m unemployed now.

I certainly can’t take cash for anything… as I’d hate for my blog to become a job.  My blog is a hobby!

I will say it once again…  I will not allow random google ads, and I will not suffice what I blog about because of my advertisers.

I’m currently working with Hawaii Nui Brewing to create a “Sponsorship” of this blog so that I can give free beer away to friends that drink it and keep a full fridge for myself when I choose to put a brew down.

So if you start reading me talking bullshit about Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Coors and talking good stuff about our local beers… you will know why!

I feel 100% positive about adding sponsors to my blog and not taking cash for putting their ad on my blog.

I’m a big believer in social networking and I think the Big Island has a lot to give to this world.

I’m willing to work with any local company during this economic downturn to help local companies increase their profits.  I believe it’s a win/win situation.

Farmers markets around the world are based on bartering systems.

Think local, support local, buy local… but go GLOBAL!

Click per ad… bah humbug!

Give something away you like to do… hopefully something will come back in return.  If you don’t give… you won’t receive.

Think about it folks… My blog is my blog… I don’t have to open up my “Diary of Thoughts” to the world.  I have chosen to do it… my as well get compensated for some of my stupid thoughts… even if it’s a beer or two!

Mahalo to Hawaii Nui Brewing for becoming a “Sponsor” of my blog.

Some folks think that writing a blog and then getting people to link to your site and then click on your ad is the way to go for advertising.

I’ve always felt… be honest… write what you know… speak from  your heart and just do what you want to do.

If you blog to get paid… it isn’t going to work.

Be yourself and look global.

Tonight – Hui Kako’o: John Cruz at Keauhou Shopping Center

John Cruz

John Cruz will be playing tonight at the Keauhou Shopping Center.

TONIGHT:  June 27th, 2009 6pm

Hui Kako’o:

In Hawaiian, Hui Kako’o refers to a community coming together in support of something and in this case, it’s to raise awareness and collect food for Big Island residents who need help.  The Hawaii Food Basket (formerly the Foodbank) is presenting a monthly concert series with good music, for a good cause.  Bring 2 cans of food per person for admission.  Stage is on makai side of parking lot, between Longs and the movie theatres.

Keauhou Shopping Center
78-6831 Ali’i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 97640
808-322-3000
http://www.keauhoushoppingcenter.com
Free with food donation

Thirty Meter Telescope Chairman: “Chinese American Hero”

Chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, Henry Yang

Chairman of the board for the TMT project, Henry Yang

The chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, Henry Yang was recently featured in “AsianWeek” as a Chinese American Hero.

Profession (s): Professor of Engineering and University Chancellor

Education: B.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1962; M.S., Structural Engineering, West Virginia University, 1965; Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Cornell University, 1969

Awards:
• Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, 1988-1994
• Elected member of National Academy of Engineering, 1991
• Elected member of Academia Sinica, 1992
• Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 1998
• Honorary doctorates from City University of Hong Kong (2005), National Taiwan University (2004), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2002), and Purdue University (1996)

Contributions:
During Chancellor Yang’s tenure since 1994, UC Santa Barbara faculty members have won five Nobel Prizes (one in 1998, two in 2000, and two in 2004), a National Humanities Medal (1997), a National Technology Medal (1999), and a Millennium Technology Prize (2006). The campus’s distinguished 900-member faculty also includes a Fields medalist, numerous Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and scores of elected members or fellows of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1995 the campus was elected to the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Dr. Yang has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. He is currently serving as the chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. He is also a member of the Kavli Foundation board, Millennium Technology Prize selection committee, Association of Pacific Rim Universities steering committee, Association of American Universities executive committee, Singapore Ministry of Education international academic advisory panel, and Ho Leung Ho Lee Prize selection board.

Publications/Patents: His book Finite Element Structural Analysis has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. He has published more than 170 articles in scientific journals with the 52 Ph.D. students he has supervised.