Five Reasons Why USC May Lose to the University of Hawaii in the Season Opener This Weekend

Many folks have ruled out the fact that UH could actually beat #1 ranked USC this weekend.

Here are my top 5 reasons why UH could beat USC this weekend:

  • #5 University of Hawaii is named after a warrior and not a condom
  • #4 USC Players will be too busy looking to get “leid” by UH fans traveling to California.
  • #3 Vili the Warrior Mascot won’t be around to embarrass the team
  • #2 Colt Brennan or his girlfriend won’t be driving the team bus
  • #1 Stevie Wonder has committed to play a concert at Stan Sheriff if University of Hawaii wins.

The Pink Gorilla Running Around Hilo – Strange Sunday!

I’ve seen a lot of weird things on Youtube… but this may take the cake!

Reliable sources have revealed that during a routine feeding this morning at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Kea’au, a pink gorilla escaped from its cage leaving 3 critically injured.

Several eye witnesses spotted the primate running around this afternoon terrorizing local citizens. This animal is considered highly dangerous and has been resistant to all tranquilizers and tazers thus far.

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If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this monkey, please contact the authorities immediately.

Hawaii Reporter on “Jana’s Story: Life as an Underage Sex Trafficking Victim in Honolulu”

Sex trafficking in Hawaii is a horrible thing and now Malia Zimmerman over at the Hawaii Reporter has started a new series that may open some eyes on UNDERAGE Sex Trafficking going on in Hawaii (She’s definitely more brave then me!):

A girl scurries out of camera view

Underage sex trafficking victim exposes the reality of prostitution and drug abuse in Honolulu’s “Relaxation Spas”.

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Big Island’s Bree Wee Wins Ironman Louisville

Bree Wee wins Ironman Louisville!  She first burst onto the Ironman scene at home here on the Big Island when she set a new age group record at the Ironman World Championship. That was a year after she became a mom.

Bree Wee crosses the finish line in first place

Since she’s turned pro she’s had some top finishes, but never been able to get an Ironman win. Today she she gets the win!

A joyous moment

Here are the top five pro women’s times today:
1 09:36:27 29 Wee, Bree Kailua-Kona HI USA WPRO
2 09:38:14 00:01:48 33 Arendt, Jackie Middleton WI USA WPRO
3 09:53:27 00:17:01 32 Castro, Terra Arlington VA USA WPRO
4 09:55:25 00:18:58 35 Gollnick, Heather Port St. Lucie FL USA WPRO
5 10:09:45 00:33:19 31 Gellatly, April Sugar Hill GA USA WPRO

It was close… but Bree pulled it out!

Just five seconds separated Bree Wee and Jackie Arendt after the swim – it was the three minute difference on the bike that won the race today for the Hawaiian. (Arendt ran the marathon two minutes faster, but it wasn’t quite enough.)
Last night Bree wrote the following:
Tomorrow is the day, a long one that holds so many opportunities.  There is something so special about 104.6 miles.  It is one of the rare times in life that you endure mental and physical pain that result in pleasure and sheer finish line joy (if you want it).  Awaiting us are chances that take courage, moments of weakness that can be overcome by a single change of attitude, and of course an entire day mostly dealing with yourself.  You are your own cheerleader, your very own encourager, and you have the power to shut down, break down, and everything else if you let yourself…so many ways to take a day all by our attitudes…
You can read more here: Tomorrow…

Congrats to Ron Akana – Have a Great Retirement

A Hawaiian man who went to work for United Airlines as a flight attendant when Harry Truman was president is hanging up his wings.

Ron Akana

Ron Akana, 83, who now lives in Boulder, Colo., is to retire Sunday after one last flight to Honolulu, the Boulder Daily Camera reported. He will be crew chief and his wife, son, daughter and grandson will all be on the plane.

On the flight back, Akana, who has been named the longest-serving flight attendant by the Guinness Book of World Records, will also be a passenger…

Hawaii Island Business Outlook 2012

Hawaii Island Business Outlook 2012

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3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Fern Forest Area of the Big Island

It sure seems like we are having a lot more seismic activity of late here on the Big Island:

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 19.347°N, 155.091°W
Depth 8.1 km (5.0 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 14 km (9 miles) SSE (164°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (175°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) S (181°) from Fern Acres, HI
  • 30 km (18 miles) SW (221°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) S (181°) from Hilo, HI
  • 359 km (223 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Parameters Nph= 50, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.14 sec, Gp=155°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60387746

Taste of the Hawaiian Range Less Then a Month Away

The 17th Annual Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range is less then a month away.  I remember last year just how many people showed up.

Tickets are available at the following locations:

Hilo
Blue Kalo
Kuhio Grille
Hilo Bay Cafe

Honoka’a
JJ’s Country Store

Waimea
Kamuela Liquors
Parker Ranch Store

Waikoloa
Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Kailua-Kona
Kona Wine Market
Island Naturals

Kainaliu
Island Naturals

The following vendors are also selling tickets for the “Cooking Grass-Fed Beef 101 with James Babian”.

Hilo
Kuhio Grille
Hilo Bay Cafe

Waimea
Parker Ranch Store

Waikoloa
Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Kailua-Kona
Kona Wine Market

Ticket questions: please call Talaite at (808)-769-2524 or e-mail at talaite@gmail.com