IP Address: (LOSER!)

You know who you are… your time is coming “Rainbow”/ “JackJohnson” and all the other different names you leave over around the net.

Jokers like you are about to get outed big time!

I’ve read the recent email you made towards a sponsor of my site… LOL.

Big Island to Host 2010 Pokemon World Championships

Media Release:

The 2010 Pokémon TCG World Championships is THE Premier Event of the year! Only players who receive invitations via their National Championships, Premier Rating, or performance at the 2009 World Championships are permitted to play in this event. Additionally, top-ranked players in the Last Chance Qualifier will receive an invitation to participate in the 2010 World Championships. The event will host top players from around the world competing for the title of Pokémon TCG World Champion and for scholarships worth up to $7,500.

The Pokémon TCG World Championships will be held on August 14th & 15th, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, located at 69-42 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

12 Mile Mural Project Comes to Big Island

Three murals created for the 12 mile mural project founded by
Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis
.  The murals were painted by children and community members on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii


University of Hawaii Alumni Association… Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You! Re: Harris Connect Scam

Back in September of 2009, I questioned an email that I got on behalf of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association (Is UH Really Updating Their Alumni Directory).

I kept getting irritated by these emails I was getting and so I investigated a bit further about Harris Connect the company in question and in October I found out that this company isn’t as great as they make themselves out to be.  (UH Alumni Foundation and Harris Connect What is Really Going On)

Yesterday, I received a tweet from the UH Alumni Association Twitter Site asking me the following:

U of Hawaii Alumni UHAlumni

Hi Damon, are you still receiving email from Harris? We were using Harris to host our site & provide some tools along w/the directory proj.

I replied:

I put em in my spam box… but have noticed a large increase in visits to that post that I made.

They then tweeted me the following:


Sorry you’re still getting email from them. We’ve had challenges with Harris and the alumni directory proj., might be the cause of visits.

I guess I can still laugh at this email I received:

Dear University of Hawai’i Alumni,

Recently you may have been e-mailed a request to verify your University of Hawai’i alumni information. We want to assure you that the request is legitimate, sent on our behalf by Harris Connect, LLC, with whom we have partnered to produce a 2010 UH alumni directory. We hope you will contribute to making this a treasured resource by sharing your stories, pictures and life experiences with friends and former classmates. Harris Connect will continue trying to reach UH alumni in the coming weeks via e-mail, mail and telephone to encourage participation in the project.

Harris Connect’s commitment to protecting your privacy and ensuring the integrity of the information collected is reflected in their privacy policy online. Should you have any questions or concerns, or if you do not want to be included in the directory, please contact Doug Harmon, project manager, at 1-800-735-8239 or dharmon@harrisconnect.com.


Mitchell Ka’aiali’i BA ’92, MBA ’97
University of Hawai’i Alumni Association

Janet Yoshida Bullard BFA ’82
Executive Director
University of Hawai’i Alumni Association

“The Fight of the Century” from Punahou Blues

I just found the following uploaded to youtube today by user Molokai17

Check out the first round of “The Fight of the Century”, from the chapter of the same name in PUNAHOU BLUES (The Book). This archival footage was shot by Barry Wright on an old Bell & Howell in May, 1973.


Faces in the crowd: Greg Ayau, Sheldon Ching, Brian Cody, Dan Dung, Evarts Fox, Steve Hong, Fred Hu, Roger Iwamura, Dean Jones, Rich Kennedy, Bob Lehr, John Lucy, Meade Wildrick, and Kirby Wright.

C-17 Goes Down… I’m at a Lost For Words

I’m devastated to hear that a C-17 went down today. It was just last weekend that I got to be on a C-17 during a simulated mission over the Big Island.

A C-17 cargo plane with four people on board crashed and burned on Elmendorf Air Force Base this evening, according to the Air Force.

Wordless Wednesday – Anuhea Jenkins and Cas Haley

Wanted to load this a while back.

Free Sugar Plantation Photo Exhibit Opens August 2nd

Media Release:

“A Plantation Town of the Past: Photographs of Paul Christensen 1930s-1970s” opens August 2 at the North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka‘a.

Experience five decades of the Big Isle’s sugar plantation history through 50 vintage images, mostly in black and white. Also on display will be color aerial shots of five sugar mills.

The free exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, August 2-14.

NHERC is easy to find in the heart of Honoka‘a when enroute to Waipi‘o Valley. It’s located next to Honoka‘a’s medical facility at 45-539 Plumeria St. and across from the landmark Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  NHERC is an ADA-accessible facility.

For additional information, phone 808-775-8890.

Presented by NHERC, a branch of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and the Honoka‘a Business Association, the two-week display is supported by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the County of Hawai‘i and private community contributions

Who are the “Political Royal” in Hawaii?

The Washington Post is making a list of the “First Families” of each state in America. They are basically looking for the “Political Royal” from each state.

However, Hawaii has not had anyone submitted or nominated for this list. I can’t really think of a “family” per say that would dominate local politics statewide necessarily.

…We’re still collecting and sorting through all of the submissions but we still need the dominant political family from the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Oregon…

Here on the Big Island, I guess the ties between Mayor Kenoi, Senator Hanohano and Councilwoman Naeole would constitute something to what they are looking for… but I know they are looking for more of a State family and not just a County family.

So who do folks consider the “Politically Royal” of Hawaii and do they even have power any more?

A “Suite” Deal at the Waikiki Joy Hotel

I had quite an exciting weekend last weekend and I just wanted to say thanks to the Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel for putting me up and giving me a great discount on the Kama’aina rate.

I walked into my room and I was blown away that I was given a suite that looked like this:

It had a huge flat screen TV in the living room with surround sound!

The room even had a full size kitchen with an actual fridge, freezer and microwave as well as a stove top!

I stayed there from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon and it was quite relaxing considering some of the wild stuff that I was doing in between things.  Every night I took a jacuzzi in my room!

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a hotel with an actual “sauna” like this:

The hotel has a cute little pool

The hotel is located in the heart of Waikiki off at 300 Lewers St.

I had a great stay there and I’d like to thank the hotel for giving me a great discount on the Kama’aina rate!

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Coming Up in August: “The Biggest Little Airshow”

Media Release:

Visitors to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 3rd “Biggest Little Airshow” Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 10am to 4pm, will be greeted by over 150 aircraft on the tarmac—both real and remote control models–flyovers of military aircraft, candy bombings for the keiki, Hangar 79 tours to see the new MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit and other aircraft in the 88,000 sq. ft. battle scarred hangar, and free concerts featuring Maunalua Saturday at 2pm, and Natural Vibrations Sunday at 2pm. All these events are free to the public.  Free shuttles to the Museum may be accessed at the Arizona Memorial Parking area, 9am to 4:30pm.

The event is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and is celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Hawaii with a special flight demonstration of a 1/3-scale model Curtis P18, the first aircraft to fly in Hawaii.

Image courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives

For two days, the Birds of Paradise and Mainland pilots from AMA will pilot their massive remote controlled 1 to 5 scale planes for dogfights, candy “bombings,” aerobatics, and more.

Due to its popularity, the show has been expanded, with 150 planes and helicopters, dogfights, warbird reenactments, and two big days of flying, food, prize drawings, and festivities.

At the event, there will be tours of Hangar 79 that still bears the bullet holes of the December 7, 1941 attack. Inside, they’ll see helicopters, fighter planes, and a 1941 machine shop busy restoring the Museum’s aircraft. They’ll also get up close and personal with an F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-86s, MiG-15, and the Museum’s new “MiG Alley” Korean War Exhibit.

F14 Tomcat

For the regular admission fee ($10 adult/$5 keiki, kama`aina and military), visitors can also explore the Museum Gallery in Hangar 37 and “fly for freedom” in the Combat Flight Simulators. All other Airshow activities are free that day.

Hangar 37

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “The Flight line opens at 10am with a traditional military color guard, aircraft flyovers, and all aircraft on display. The aerial remote control flight demonstrations are 11am to 4pm and we invite everyone to visit us and enjoy this family-friendly free event.”

Visitors can see 1/5-scale motorized-flyable models of military aircraft dating from WWII to the present, and period military vehicles courtesy of the Hawaii Historic Arms Association and the Hawaii Military Vehicle Preservation Association.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Board Members and Museum Executive Director, Ken DeHoff, present the Birds of Paradise with a token of our appreciation for a wonderful show

Specialty acts to be performed by the Birds of Paradise include:  Pattern, 3-D fixed wing and helicopter aerobatic flights, South Pacific battles, “Candy Bomber” drops, and a Skycam helicopter.  There’ll be over 150 remote control aircraft in the air and on static display, including, jets, helicopters, F-22s, warbirds, B-17s, P-38s, Corsairs, OV-10s and more.

F15 Eagle

At the Museum, the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, helicopters and other aircraft await restoration in Hangar 79, the next battlefield hangar to undergo restoration as the Museum engages in Phase II of its conservation of the standing buildings from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor–including the Control Tower and Hangar 79. There will be free tours available to this hangar throughout the 2-day Airshow.

An F-4 and F-102 sit nose to nose guarding the Control Tower

Admission to the Airshow is free. If you want to visit the Museum also and avoid ticket lines, purchase Museum admission tickets online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. You may also purchase Museum admissions at the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Either way, board the shuttle bus to Ford Island and the Museum. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes, 7:30am to 4:30pm. Call 808/441-1008 for more information or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org, Flikr, Facebook and @PacificAviation on Twitter, for updates.

Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Boulevard, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which depends on the membership and support from donations.  To join or support, visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

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What I Can Say… Pending Trial of Census Worker Arrested

Many folks have been asking me about the outcome of the Census Bureau worker, Jay Haas, that was arrested for trespassing.  The trial was originally scheduled for July  22nd, however, it has been pushed back.

I can’t say much as I am subpoenaed for this pending trial.

The date for the pending trial is August 5th at the Federal Building over in Honolulu.

My statements will come out under oath.

More 1960 Hilo Tsunami Photos… Before and After

Here are some more pictures that Charles Hansen has sent to me.  The first four pictures are before the Tsunami and the last one is  an aerial that was taken a few months after the Tsunami.

Like the other posts, the commentary below the picture is from Mr. Hansen.

We enjoyed a picnic on the North shore, two days before the tsunami, not aware of the panic that would soon follow.

The SS Lurline readies to leave port, for the open ocean, avoiding the arrival of the pending tsunami.

With the SS Lurline in the background, young boys compete for coins thrown by passengers.

As the SS Lurline slowly moves away for the pier young boys eagerly await coins tossed to them by passengers.

This aerial view was taken months later. The Hilo Theater is seen center and next to the ocean

Monday – ADA Awareness Day for County of Hawaii

From the Mayors Office:

A proclamation naming July 26, 2010, Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day in the County of Hawai’i was presented Friday to Paige De Lima and Wes Tanigawa in the Mayor’s Office in Hilo.

De Lima and Tanigawa are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

The committee, whose members have a significant interest in aiding people with disabilities, advises the Mayor and provides guidelines to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

County Managing Director William Takaba made the presentation.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to ensure the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.  The proclamation also recognizes the partnership that the County of Hawaii has established with Hawai’i Centers for Independent Living and the ARC of Hilo in the development and operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

The Abled Artists Show will be celebrating the anniversary of the ADA in Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday, July 24, starting at 10 a.m.  Disability Rights Hawai‘i has its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday July 27, noon to 2  p.m. at the ADRC in Hilo with invited speakers on various disability topics.  The public is invited to these meetings.

(Editor’s Note… All folks with Disabilities please avoid the Pahoa Post Office for the sake of your own safety)

Tonight – Marty Dread to Rock Pahoa Village Cafe

Marty Dread will be playing tonight, Friday July 23rd, at Pahoa Village Cafe.  Door open at 9 pm, tickets $10.00!

Police Mind Your Own Business… Taking Pictures in Public Places is Legal

Someone pointed out to me that Larry Geller from the Disappeared News wrote a column that brings back some memories of my earlier days of my blog. I can totally relate to him being frustrated by his more recent incident.

…Until a cop came over and stopped me from taking pictures of the event. See: Intrepid blogger prevented by HPD from shooting photos

One year earlier, Damon Tucker, blogging from the Big Island, reported police intervention when he was taking pictures of a post office that presented accessibility issues…

Still to this day I’m very hesitant to take pictures of police officers doing their work. I think that in a sense… the officer that intimidated me, has actually frightened me so good… that I’ve been intimidated from taking more pictures of things then I actually do at times.


Sorry for the French…

One of my favorite local bloggers  (I’ll just name him as “Doug”)  is back blogging again after nearly a year off.

Check it out… Poinography!


Geez… I’m out of things… Ian Lind beat me to the announcement!

More Unreleased Pictures of the Aftermath of the 1960 Hilo Tsunami

I’ve got a few more sets of photo’s that Charles Hansen has sent me from the aftermath  of the 1960 Hilo Tsunami.

Like the other sets, his commentary is underneath the picture.

A tangled mass of debris lined much of the shore

Telephone and power lines were down and strewed about. We had to be careful where we walked

Shop keepers scurrying about to salvage their goods

A homeless dog scavenges for food

A nearly new 1959 Ford rests next to a empty patio slab. Family member’s (left) search for belongings

More pictures coming soon

Big Island Resident Raising Money and Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

I was honored last year to sponsor Jessica Ferracane in her quest to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis last year and did so again this year.

I was worried myself at a young age that I might have MS due to a slight curvature in my back (note… I was young and see comments below).  I raised money when I was 12 years old in a 20 hour skate-a-thon that still to this day I remember taking off my skates and seeing blisters on the entire bottom of my feet.

Jessica writes:

…The number of people living with MS increases every hour of every day. This astonishing rate is not going to diminish, nor will it stop, until we’ve found a cure. Research has made some incredible advances recently, but the world can still only offer disease management drugs and therapies to the 400,000 or so people living with MS in America.

I’ve formed my “one-woman” team for the MS Bike Tour because I know that riding 150 miles on the sultry Kohala Coast in August is nowhere near as difficult as confronting a lifetime with MS.

The National MS Society gives us all reason to hope, though. In addition to supporting novel research projects around the globe, they also provide much needed education, programs, and services to everyone who is affected by MS – including the diagnosed, their friends and families, and the healthcare professionals who work with them…

Jessica from Team Irondog speaks more about her quest here

The Hawai’i Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home Ride will take place in Waikoloa on Big Island, Hawai’i. This two day ride will cover breathtaking coasts of Hawai’i – everyday starting and finishing in Anaeho’omalu Bay in Waikoloa. Both days of this amazing 115 miles ride will cover parts of the Ironman Triathlon bike portion 65 miles (Saturday) and 50 miles (Sunday). Day 1 ride will tour the coast leading up toward the historical town of Hawi, where the original Kamehameha Statue resides, and down through the ancient Pu’ukohola Heiau in Kawaihae. Day 2 will tour acres of untouched lava rock into Kailua-Kona.

World renowned Presenting Sponsor, Hilton Waikoloa Village, is offering discounted rates for over-night stay to ride participants before and during the event.

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Caught On Tape – Huffers in Waikiki

I was checking out things on my lanai recently in Waikiki when I looked below and noticed these two kids “Huffing” from balloons.

You can google what “huffing and balloons” brings you to.