Christmas at the Fairmont Next Weekend

Tickets are still available for the culinary event of the holiday season: Christmas at The Fairmont, Dining with the Chefs on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The 23rd annual holiday gala is a culinary scholarship fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. It features tantalizing fare prepared by 20 top Hawai‘i chefs at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

Enjoy jazz under the stars and an exciting live auction of exclusive, chef-catered events. A highlight of the gala is the display of spectacular gingerbread creations by West Hawai‘i Community College culinary students. Fashioned to resemble island landmarks, the festive centerpieces will be available by silent auction, along with a host of locally made products and activities offered by our generous business community.

Tickets are again $75 per person and include all-you-can-eat-and-drink, a souvenir tasting glass and free self-parking. In addition, reserved tables of 10 are available for $1,000, tables for six are $600. Tickets can be charged by phone at 808-329-2522 and can be purchased at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty/Kona, Kona Wine Market, Café Pesto in Hilo and The Fairmont Orchid.

A special event rate of $239 is offered for Partial Ocean View accommodations including breakfast for two and self-parking at The Fairmont. Contact reservations for details at 808-885-2000 or 800-845-9905 and mention “Christmas at The Fairmont.” For info, visit http://www.fairmont.com/orc/ChristmasatTheFairmont.

Event updates are posted on facebook. For details, phone 808-329-2522.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association

ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors and growers; www.konakohalachefs.org.

Two Time Ultraman World Champion Jonas Colting on the 2011 Ultraman Going On Now on the Big Island

Jonas Colting is a two-time medalist at ITU World Championships (long distance) and is a three-time winner of Island to Island, the archipelago aquathlon in Stockholm that has been dubbed one of the hardest one-day races in the world. Colting is also a writer of three books and is a noted public and corporate speaker in Sweden.

Jonas Colting talks about the 2011 Ultraman

Jonas Colting has won Ultraman World Championships twice, 2004 and 2007. In 2010 Jonas came second despite illness and rasperotory problems. Jonas Colting holds the existing swim record from 2004  2:14:43 and has the second best total time overall: 21:41:49.

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Read more:
Jonas Coltings blog: http://www.coltingblogg.se
Jonas Coltings live twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jonascolting

Facts about Ultraman

Ultraman World Championships is a 3-day, 320 mile (515 kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.

Stage I
6.2 mile (10 km) of open water swim followed by a 90 mile (145 km) cross-country bike ride from Keauhou Bay around the sourthern tip of the island to finish at Namakani Paio Park in the Volcanoes National Park. Vertical climbs total 7600 feet (2316 meters).

Stage II
171.4 mile (276 km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Keaau, and then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pahoa an through the city of Hilo. The Route continues north along the Hamakua Coast to Waimea and over the Kohala Mountains to finish at the Kohala Village in on Hawi Road in Hawi.

Stage III
52.4 mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae and then on to Kailua-Kona. Finishing on the beach at the Old Airport State Park.

Clyde Aikau Talks About His Brother… Eddie Aikau

Hawaiian waterman Clyde Aikau talks story about his older brother, Eddie Aikau, at the Turtle Bay Surf Bar.

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Counterfeiters Busted on the Big Island for Manufacturing and Passing Currency

Big Island police have charged two men in connection with an investigation into the manufacturing and passing of counterfeit U.S. currency in the Hilo area.

Chace K. Tam

On November 19 at about 10:38 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers arrested 24-year-old Chase K. Tam of Hilo and 27-year-old Alexander M. Barnett of Keaʻau on multiple counts of forgery after they were identified as allegedly using counterfeit currency for payment at a Hilo gas station.

Alexander M. Barnett

Tam was charged Monday evening (November 21) with one count each of first-degree forgery and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $5,500 and he made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in South Hilo District Court. On the same day, Barnett was released pending additional investigation.

On Wednesday (November 24), detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section arrested Barnett again after their investigation uncovered information and evidence not known prior to his release on Monday. Barnett was charged Thursday afternoon (November 24) with 36 counts of first-degree forgery. His bail was set at $360,000. He made his initial appearance Friday afternoon in South Hilo District.

Black Friday Craziness and Occupy WalMart Protestors Arrested

So its been my belief ever since they started these Black Friday sales that its just not worth the hassle of trying to shop on these days at these big stores where folks line up for hours and days just to get that one item that is on a super sale.

And just to see how insane things were… here is what it looked like at the Pearl City Walmart:

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This was at about 11:50 pm and the guys just ripped the wrapping off and just started to grab stuff cause they didn’t want to was till 12am. It was just crazy!! If u look in the back u can see guys throwing stuff to other ppls!!

Many folks took the opportunity to show their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement by protesting at WalMart stores around the country.  I haven’t heard of any occupy protestors here at the WalMart stores on the Big Island.

According this MSNBC report, 16 folks were arrested at Occupy Walmart Protests today across the nation today.

Here was the scene at the Walmart on Keaumoku street in Honolulu.

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My New Toy – iPhone Telephoto Lens

Well I’m always grumbling about my picture taking ability, so what did I do.. I went and purchased something I don’t know how to use very well… an iPhone Telephoto Lens.

iPhone Telephoto Lens

It was only $35.00 + $6.00 shipping and handling so even if the buggah turns out to not work that well… it won’t be that much of an investment lost.

I got it from the PhotoJojo online store and it was shipped here in the 2-3 days that they stated.

It came with a black snap on case

It’s pretty simple to use… and didn’t come with much instructions.  There is FAQ page online that doesn’t say much about the lens either… so I guess I’m just going to have to play around with it and figure it out already.

Here is an example from the site of what type of capabilities it supposedly can help achieve:

I’ll play around with it for a few days before I know whether I like it or not… but for now… I’m pretty pleased with it.