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Plywood Cup Challenge This Saturday – Proceeds Benefit Local Programs of United Cerebral Palsy

The 2017 Transpacific Yacht Race is holding its Plywood Cup Challenge at the Kaneohe Yacht Club this Saturday, July 22, starting at 9 a.m. The family-friendly event, in its 26th year, benefits the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii (UCPA) and is the ultimate challenge for racing enthusiasts young and old. Participants get the opportunity to build a boat with provided materials and race it against the clock and other competitors.

Teams of up to ten members are supplied with the same materials and tools and have just two hours to construct a boat. Race planning and tactics for the triangular course are allowed one hour. Entrants can participate by either sponsoring a team or forming a team. Space is limited to twenty teams and all entry fees are tax deductible.

Visit www.ucpahi.org to learn more. Register by emailing ucpa@ucpahi.org or calling 808-532-6744.

Augie T “Laugh Da Island Way” Statewide Comedy Tour

Favorite local comedian Augie T is proud to announce the “Laugh Da Island Way” statewide comedy tour this September, presented by Island Air and Primo.

In Kona, “Laugh Da Island Way” comes to ʻUmeke’s Pāʻina Room on September 1. Augie T will be joined by opening act Kanoa Kukaua from Maui. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door from ʻUmeke’s or AugieT.com.

In Hilo, join Augie T at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium on September 2 with opening act Kanoa Kukaua. Tickets are $10 general admission, or $20 VIP seating including an Augie T gift. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are available at KTA Super Stores locations in Hilo, as well as AugieT.com.

On September 8, “Laugh Da Island Way” comes to Hawaiʻi Theatre on Oʻahu where Augie T will be filming for his ninth DVD and TV special. The opening act will be Shawn Garnett of Hawaiʻi Five-O fame. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are available at the Hawaiʻi Theatre box office for $30. For this show only, special $5 tickets are available for Oʻahu residents who bring proof of low income to the box office. Acceptable proof includes a Section 8 housing voucher or acceptance letter, a public housing rental agreement or tenant ID, SNAP letter of acceptance, or a Quest/Medicaid card.

The Maui show will be on September 15 at the historic ʻĪao Theatre in Wailuku. Opening for Augie T will be Shawn Garnett. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $20 at AugieT.com.

The tour closes on Kauaʻi on September 16, at the Kauaʻi Veterans Center. Opening for Augie T will be Shawn Garnett. Tickets are $20 in advance at AugieT.com, $25 at the door.

All shows in the “Laugh Da Island Way” tour are benefits for B.R.A.V.E Hawai‘i in an effort to bring an anti-bullying message to school-aged youth. Over 3,000 students on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have experienced B.R.A.V.E. presentations, and the organization will be coming to middle schools on Hawai‘i Island this year with your support. Find out more about B.R.A.V.E. Hawai‘i at BRAVEhawaii.org.

DLNR Issues Notice of Alleged Violations to Simon Valej of Hang Loose Boat Tours

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued a Notice of Alleged Violations to Simon Valej of Hang Loose Boat Tours for Alleged Unauthorized Alteration of Historic Properties and Unauthorized Land Use Within the Conservation District Located at Punalu‘u Wharf, Ka‘u, Hawai‘i.

A site inspection conducted on June 26, 2017, revealed remnants of the historic Punalu‘u Wharf have been impacted allegedly with heavy equipment, and significant ground disturbance has occurred with the State Land Use Conservation District.

State of Hawai‘i historic preservation laws state that it is a civil and administrative violation for any person to take, appropriate, excavate, injure, destroy, or alter any historic property or burial site during the course of land development or land alteration activities, without obtaining the required approvals; and State of Hawai‘i Administrative Rules for land use(s) within the State Land Use Conservation District state that no land use (s) shall be conducted in a Conservation District unless a permit or approval is first obtained from the DLNR or the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR). It is alleged that Mr. Valej failed to obtain any such approvals from the State.

For historic preservation violations, the statute states: Any person who violates this section shall be fined not more than $10,000 for each separate violation. If the violator directly or indirectly has caused the loss of, or damage to, any historic property or burial site, the violator shall be fined an additional amount determined by the court or an administrative adjudicative authority to be equivalent to the value of the lost or damaged historic property or burial site. Each day of continued violation of this provision shall constitute a distinct and separate violation for which the violator may be punished. Equipment used by a violator for the taking, appropriation, excavation, injury, destruction, or alteration of any historic property or burial site, shall be subject to seizure and disposition by the State without compensation to its owner or owners.

For violations of Land Use Conservation District administrative rules: the BLNR may subject individuals to fines of up to $15,000.00 per violation in addition to administrative costs. If activity continues after written or verbal notice from the DLNR, willful violation may incur an additional fine of up to $15,000.00 per day per violation for each day in which the violation persists.

In the Notice of Alleged Violations sent to Mr. Valej, DLNR Chair Suzanne Case writes, “This notice is to inform you that the alleged alteration and destruction of historic properties, and permanent change in the land area within the Conservation District created by the land use was not reviewed nor authorized by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The matter will be scheduled for a decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources at a time and date to be announced.”

DLNR is working with Hawai‘i County to further investigate allegations that the company left two piles of dirt on the shore after trying to excavate land for a launch. It is also attempting to work with the land owner on mitigation measures with respect to potential impacts in the ocean.

Hang Loose Boat Tours has a valid commercial use permit (CUP) from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR). Its access permit from the private land owner was revoked, so unless the company can show it has another access point, which is required for the commercial use permit, DOBOR could ask the Land Board to revoke it.

Kona Brewing Company’s New “Dear Mainland” Campaign Rolls Out Today

At a time when Americans are leaving millions of unused vacation days on the table and spending more time in front of screens than ever before, Kona Brewing Company and the larger-than-life but laid back Hawaiian “Bruddahs” from the “Dear Mainland” campaign are back to playfully suggest that shifting our priorities might help us enjoy life more. In new digital videos that launch May 8, the Bruddahs humorously remind us to get out and have some real-life fun as they “review” a few of the ways we get stuck to our screens – whether to catch up on the latest reality television feud, crush a mobile game, or check out a viral cat-in-funny outfit video.

The :15 videos are part of Kona Brewing’s evolution of the successful integrated “Dear Mainland” campaign, which is expanding to include TV, digital video and retail components, as well as new localized TV spots in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco.

The Dear Mainland campaign created with Duncan Channon, which juxtaposes the easy-going and distinctly local perspective of the Bruddahs with common all-work-no-play mainlander pressures, has driven significant business growth for Kona Brewing Company since its 2014 launch. After the first year, Kona saw a 37 percent sales lift in markets where the campaign aired – the third highest lift recorded by IRI in 12 years. In 2016, Kona recorded an additional 15 percent growth over the previous year’s record in campaign markets.

“Kona’s Dear Mainland campaign has been successful because people love the light-hearted way our ‘Bruddahs’ deliver the relatable and much-needed reminder to step outside their daily routine and make time for what matters most to them,” said Cindy Wang, senior director of brand marketing for Kona Brewing Co. “That’s why we’re excited to showcase their special brand of Hawaiian wisdom in new formats beyond traditional TV spots and create hyper-local ways to engage new audiences.”

“We know people are guilty of spending time online at the expense of other meaningful, relaxing or fun experiences, so it makes sense for us to reach our audience on social to deliver Kona’s good humored message about screen time,” added Wang.

Created by San Francisco’s Duncan Channon, a 2016 Ad Age Small Agency of the Year, the digital videos were shot in Hawaii at Kikaua Point Park, Kailua-Kona with Waimea resident Dave Bell and Blake “Brutus” La Benz from Honolulu. Three :15 second videos will run May 8 through September 3, 2017 on Facebook and Instagram:

  • Kona Reviews: Phone Apps” – pokes fun at the mobile game phenomenon and gamification that keeps Americans chained to their phones
  • Kona Reviews: Reality TV” – tongue-in-cheek reference to reality TV drama that contrasts with the serene experience of drinking a cold Kona beer at the beach
  • Kona Reviews: Viral Videos” – reminds us that there may be more fulfilling things to do and discover in life than the latest viral cat video sensation

“The Kona brand is all about encouraging people to slow down, breathe and connect with what matters – family, friends, nature, experiences,” said Anne Elisco-Lemme, executive creative director, Duncan Channon. “In the new creative, the brothers’ tongue-in-cheek banter about pop culture content that keeps us chained to our screens reminds us that we sometimes need to put down the phone, turn off the TV or close that YouTube video to get out and enjoy life.”

Duncan Channon also produced a series of short-form videos called “Dear Kona,” which will run on Facebook and Instagram during the same time period. The videos feature the Bruddahs’ responses to fictional letters from mainlanders asking advice about how to deal with life situations, such as an amped-up boss labeling every email “urgent.” View the videos here:

As part of Kona’s 360 degree approach to reach audiences no matter where they are, Kona also partnered with CBS to create dedicated local TV creative that offers the Bruddahs’ laid-back view on the local values of five California counties: Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco. The localized TV spots will air in each market exclusively on Thursdays – the day of the week the Bruddahs want people to treat like “Little Fridays”  by making time to enjoy themselves. Kona will also encourage fans to put a little “Friday” into everyday giving away a weekly prize through a new “Little Friday” online sweepstakes, which will be promoted on social media and in retail stores. Consumers can enter starting May 8 at: www.konabrewingco.com/littlefridays.

The brand teamed with the AV Club to bring music artists Thao and Zipper Club to the home of Kona beer in Kona, HI, to film a national TV special that will air nationally on Fusion TV on August 31, 2017. Kona will also present a special concert featuring Boulevards, Thao and Zipper Club in Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe on July 20, 2017. “Little Friday Acoustic Sessions” sessions and interviews with the artists courtesy of Kona will be unveiled at www.avclub.com throughout the summer.

The new elements in the “Dear Mainland” campaign will complement the airing of existing Kona TV spots “Little Fridays,” “FOMO” and “Sad Hour” due to their continued success with audiences. The TV spots, which originally launched in the summer of 2014 will air in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento May through September.

Man Hospitalized After Jump From Rainbow Falls

A guy was injured today in a jump off Rainbow Falls.

Hawaii Fire Department arrived at the scene around 2:52 and found the following situation at the scene:

Male party jumped off waterfall area at Rainbow Falls; found lying on rocks at edge of pond.  Patient extricated via C1 with c-spine precautions and transported to Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room for evaluation.

Remarks:  E4 1st on scene to report of “person in distress, jumped off falls”.  Patient visualized on pond edge, lying supine on rocks motioning to bystanders at look out. Patient extricated without incident and transported to HMC ER.

Hawaii Comedian Returns Home for the New Year

Meet comedian Kermet Apio. The Oahu native has been living in Seattle over the course of his 3 decade comedy career and is returning home for three comedy shows.

He has appeared on Comedy Central, National Public Radio, and Sirius/XM Radio. He has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Grand Rapids, and he was the winner of the Great American Comedy Festival, a national competition which takes place in Norfolk, Nebraska, Johnny Carsons home town.

He is also a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition. He has performed in 47 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and as far as Israel and Hong Kong.

As a comedian who performs squeeky clean, family friendly material, Kermet has been performing in front of sell-out crowds in theaters across America, as the opening act for Brian Regan.

Kermet Apio returns to Hawaii to HEADLINE his own three show comedy tour, as Bud Light & KMA Productions Presents the Kermet Apio Stand Up Comedy Show.

The Hilo show featuring Simon Kaufman, Anthony Silano, & Jose Dynamite is Thursday January 5, 2017, at Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St.  Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm,

AGE: 21+ General Admission $20 advance or $25 at the door

TICKET OUTLETS: CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern or online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Look Out Nate Garner… Councilman Ilagan Starting YouTube Channel

After serving four years on the Hawai’i County Council, Greggor Ilagan is seeking a bigger audience — working with YouTube.

ilagan youtube

One week after the primary election, he launched his new venture as a content creator, Ilagan Videos, with the shaving cream challenge. Besides the Ilagan Challenges, other possible ventures that are being explored include Ilagan News and Ilagan Travel.

It’s far from his original goal of running for the State Senate, but after the hard-fought campaign, it is a way to keep moving. It is also in line with his innovative use of technology to run his office and to reach out to constituents. “Sometimes in life our path changes,” Ilagan said. “And it’s how fast we adapt to that change that matters.”

So the Puna councilman decided to follow a new path outside of government. “Thank you everyone for your support,” he said. “Continue to exercise your right to vote, and please subscribe to Ilagan Videos.”

Puna Man Arrested After Threatening to Shoot Everyone at Community Meeting

A Puna man was arrested Tuesday (July 19) after he reportedly called a community association employee’s home [corrected location], threatening to take a shotgun to a future meeting and shoot everyone present.

James Brent Jones

James Brent Jones

Approximately an hour after the incident was reported, officers successfully located the suspect after his vehicle was spotted parked off Highway 11 near the 20-mile marker. At 12:35 p.m. officer contacted and arrested the suspect, identified as 56-year old James Brent Jones of Glenwood.

Jones was charged later Tuesday with second-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $2,000. After posting bail, Jones was released from custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for August 25.

Meet 90-Year-Old Dancer Dorothy Williams from America’s Got Talent #AGTDorothy

Hawaii has a new celebrity on their hands and she is 90-year-old Dorothy Williams.

Dorothy

90-year-old Dorothy Williams in her home in the Kaumana area of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Williams gained international fame last week as the 90-year-old stripper on America’s Got Talent that was awarded the “Golden Buzzer Award” from Nick Cannon and is now moving on to the “LIVE” show.

Williams is also known around the Big Island as "Yummy the Clown".

Williams is also known around the Big Island as “Yummy the Clown”.

Today, I had the chance to ask her a few questions over a few interviews and without revealing too much about her next appearance, this is what I’m able to release at this time.

Part I:

Part II:

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Williams can still be seen driving this car around town!

Williams leaves again for Hollywood this Sunday and she is scheduled to appear on the live show on NBC on Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00 pm.

It will be up to the audience and judges to decide if she goes on further but we all know that no matter how she does on the show… she will always be a part of our “Welcome Wagon” here on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hawaii Nurse Injects Herself With Propofol While on Duty and Passes Out

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and the state Boards and Commissions released a summary of disciplinary actions through the month of February 2016 taken on individuals and entities with professional and vocational licenses in Hawaii.  These disciplinary actions include dispositions based upon either the results of contested case hearings or settlement agreements submitted by the parties.  Respondents enter into settlement agreements as a compromise of claims and to conserve on the expenses of proceeding with an administrative hearing.

The DCCA and the Boards and Commissions are responsible for ensuring those with professional and vocational licenses are performing up to the standards prescribed by state law.

propofol

This particular case involving a nurse at the Hilo Community Surgery Center caught my attention:

Respondent:        Victoria T. Moats (Hawaii Island)

Case Number:      RNS 2015-57-L

Sanction:              Voluntary surrender of license                                                                  

Effective Date:     2-11-16

Respondent allegedly violated HRS § 457-12(a)(6) and HAR § 16-89-60(7)(D) by engaging in unprofessional conduct.  Respondent allegedly self-injected Propofol into herself while on duty as a nurse at the Hilo Community Surgery Center in Hilo, Hawaii, causing her to lose consciousness. (Board approved Settlement Agreement.)

VIDEO: Part II – UPS Man Goes Ballistic Tossing Packages Out of Truck

Yesterday I posted a video about a UPS guy going ballistic throwing packages out of his truck.

UPS GuyHere is the second part to that video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gahAdtK70oo

This is what the YouTube poster said about the video:

UPS worker in Hawaii gets mad cause he can’t drive or park then guns it around to park and tips load and then starts throwing packages with fragile tape. I hope your christmas gifts are ok…

UPS Worker in Hawaii Goes “Postal” – Tosses Holiday Packages Out of Back of Truck

A UPS Worker in Hawaii obviously was having a bad today.   The following was posted to YouTube with the following comment:

UPS WORKER loses his cool at work today. I hope braddah had a better day…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1s5ttlpcgE&feature=youtu.be

World of Magic at the Hilo Palace Theater

The Hilo Elks Lodge 759 will present its annual World of Magic show from 11am to 12:30pm at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 6.

world of magic

This year’s special performer will be international award magician Bruce Meyers. Based in Hawaii and Washington, Bruce’s masterful stage presence and his warm, benevolent, and funny personality quickly connects with his audience, compelling them to become part of the fun, wonder and magic.

Together with wife and long-time stage partner Jennifer, the Meyers will fill Hilo’s Palace Theater with astonishing wonder. They will perform ancient magic from India such as the Basket of Immortality. It will feature aerial dancer Luna Sophia as she ascends from the basket to perform her beautiful aerial silk artistry.

During the show, Bruce may ask the audience to hold on tight to a solid oak table as it floats around the stage, shower them with real flowers, or, if they’re not careful, perhaps dozens of eggs.

“The noblest art is that of making others happy. That’s real magic. It’s what we do” said the Meyers. As the Magician of the Year by the Northwest Ring of Fire in Seattle, Comedy Magician of the Year in Vancouver, Canada, and 1st Place In Stage by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, Bruce and company will spread happiness and joy to remind the audiences that, despite all of its faults, the world is still a breathtaking, beautiful, and mysterious place.

At the end of the show, expect Santa to make a special appearance.

Sponsored by the Elks National Foundation and community members, admissions to this performance is free, and donations are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lily at the Hilo Elks 935-1717.

Throuple – Film Shot on Big Island Premieres at Hawaii International Film Festival

Throuple, a dark comedy shot on the big island by big island-based filmmakers, premiered on November 15 at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Throuple

The film will also screen at the Palace theater in Hilo on Saturday, November 21 at 8:30 pm. Produced by local Big Island-based production company Larkin Pictures, the film was shot in Puna over 23 days in July 2013.

Filming locations were spread around the famed red road and Kalapana. Cast and crew were flown in from New York, LA, and Antigua and housed summer camp style to encourage a bond that would translate on screen.

Whimsical and weird, the film follows young couple James and Lexi who find themselves washed up and estranged from one another. In the hope of a fresh start, the couple moves from New York to a secluded Hawaiian jungle town on the edge of an active volcano. Once there, the pair become entangled with the neighbors living on either side of their property: a mysterious recluse, and a young polyamorous “throuple.”

Portions of the film were also shot at Kalapana Seaview's now-infamous castle.

Portions of the film were also shot at Kalapana Seaview’s now-infamous castle.

“Throuple is the result of a calculated risk to change my life,” says director Phillips Payson. “After spending years working various roles on other productions and at a post house, I realized that no one was ever going to give me permission to go out and make my own film. I had to pull that trigger myself.” Before moving to the Big Island, Payson worked in the film industry in New York and Los Angeles. With the help and collaboration of the film’s writer and producer Zoe Eisenberg, the pair set out to make something unique, handmade, and weird.
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“The big island is alive with the playful energy that we were trying to convey in the film,” said Payson. “We found it to be such an inspiring environment. The landscape is this beautiful blend of lush jungle, stunning coastlines and lava fields that feel alien. We identified with the weirdness of it all and felt the location brought our story to life.”

For more information, visit www.larkinpictures.com/throuple.

Roseanne Barr to Perform at Kahilu to Raise Funds for Theatre’s Education Programs

Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents a night of stand-up comedy with comedy icon Roseanne Barr as a fundraiser for its education programs.

The Real RoseanneBig Island resident, comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, recent presidential candidate, and the original domestic goddess, Roseanne Barr hits the stage at Kahilu Theatre for an evening full of sidesplitting comedy that only she knows how to serve up. This special fundraiser is a gift from Roseanne to the Theatre, as all proceeds from the evening will go towards Kahilu education programs.

After nine years, 224 episodes, four Emmy awards, and countless other accolades, Roseanne is credited with single-handedly changing the medium of situational comedy forever. Her creation and portrayal of “Roseanne Conner” and the Conner family on ABC’s Roseanne, has been hailed as “the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since All in the Family,” (Entertainment Weekly) adding, “she’s the funniest disturber of peace that we have.”

She began her career as a stand-up comedian, turning her experiences as a wife and mother into a hilarious comedy act that audiences couldn’t resist. She subsequently produced and starred in her own hit sitcom Roseanne, which ran for nine seasons and averaged approximately 30 million viewers each week. The role earned Barr an Emmy Award, as well as Golden Globe, Kids’ Choice, and multiple American Comedy Awards.

In 2013, Roseanne returned to her stand-up roots headlining an exclusive run at the legendary Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She also began blogging actively on her website, www.roseanneworld.com, and she is very active on Twitter as @TheRealRoseanne. Currently, Roseanne can be found on network television as the center judge on NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series “Last Comic Standing.”

The halls of Kahilu Theatre will surely be full of laughs this Labor Day, as this high profile event is set to raise significant funds for Kahilu’s education programs.

Tickets are $88 / $68 / $48 / $20 and available online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Award Winning Comedian Paul Ogata Coming to Hilo

PAUL OGATA on the Big Island!!!

Paul Ogata is an award-winning comedian, part-time porn star and quite possibly America’s leading comedy export and he is coming to the Big Island to put on a show at Hilo Town Tavern on August 29, 2015.
Ogata in Hilo
The Hawaii-born Ogata left his island home for Los Angeles in 2006 after a successful career as a top-rated morning radio personality. Shortly thereafter, Paul won the prestigious 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition, putting him in an exclusive club with the likes of Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Doug Stanhope and other comedy greats.

Paul’s victory propelled him to numerous television appearances including The Late Late Show, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comics Unleashed and his show stealing set on Showtime’s groundbreaking “Pacific Rim Comedy.” Paul was also tapped to co-star along with various adult film stars in the cult fave motion picture, “Porndogs.”

While Paul performs across the United States, his tour schedule also includes regular stops across six continents. Paul headlines shows from Times Square to Tokyo and from Sydney to San Antonio. On stage, Paul Ogata lays bare his insecurities, recounts his marital foibles and hammers on world events.

Paul’s show is an edgy, often-improvised, always hilarious wild ride through the corners of his mind. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

Also performing will be Jose Dynamite & Other Guests

Doors open at 7pm, Showtime 8pm. 18 & Over until 10pm
(Minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets are $15 and available at:

Blanes Drive Inn – Industrial
150 Wiwoole St | Hilo, HI
(808) 935-2259

Hilo Town Tavern
168 Keawe St | Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-2171

Mary Poppins at the Hilo Palace Theater

My son will be starring as “Michael” in the the Palace Theater Production of the 14th Annual Fall Musical “Mary Poppins”.
Mary Poppins PosterTickets are $15.00 in advance or $20 the day of the shows.

Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge

This weekend, award winning author S.P. Grogan and artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker held two book signing events for their new book “Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge“, for folks in the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island.

Parker and Grogan sign books while Aiden James performs in the background.

Parker and Grogan sign books while Aidan James performs in the background.

The first book signing took place Friday at the Kona Oceanfront Gallery on Ali’i drive where folks gathered to listen to 13-year-old Aidan James jam on his ukulele while checking out the art gallery and getting their books signed.

#AtomicDreams Book Signing 081On Saturday, folks gathered at the Royal Kona Resort where Don’s Mai Tai Bar was converted into the “Red Tiki Lounge” and folks got to listen to both Aidan James and John Cruz!

John Cruz and Aiden James

John Cruz and Aidan James

Atomic Dreams at the Red Tiki Lounge” is a fast-paced historical fantasy, featuring a transoceanic chase, a race against the countdown, battles against war gods and Godzilla-like sea creatures for control over earth and the heavens.

Award winning author S.P. Grogan (www.spgrogan.com – “Vegas Die” and “Captain Cooked”) introduces the readers to a post World War II watering hole, the Red Tiki Lounge and Bar: a Pacific Oasis of Dreams and Visions, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, American Territory.

Hawaii, 1946.  The goddess Pele needs a hero.  But why did she choose an alcoholic, war wounded ex U.S. Naval commander Hunter Hopewell, to battle fire-breathing dragons and evil gods and save the world?  Maybe, because he’s changing… but changing into what?  Meanwhile, attractive, young Tammi Chen, once a Japanese student and spy, now successful in the black market, but not what she seems, is seeking revenge and has decided to steal an atomic bomb… before it explodes.

Body Glove celebrities were on hand as well as famous Hawaii chef Sam Choy to enjoy the show and the book signing event.

Body Glove owner Billy Meistrell, Daughter Jenna and Celebrity Chef Sam Choy

Body Glove owner Billy Meistrell, Daughter Jenna and Celebrity Chef Sam Choy

You can check out Parker’s website (http://www.tikishark.com) and you can purchase the book by visiting Grogan’s website (www.spgrogan.com).

How Does a Blind Person Sail From New Mexico to Hawaii?

Editors Note… I don’t know how ANYONE  sails from New Mexico to Hawaii… but I guess our Police Department has figured that one out… New Mexico is landlocked!

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Marlin Hopson as “Officer of the Month” for March in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (March 4) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Marlin Hopson

Officer Marlin Hopson

Hopson was honored for providing assistance beyond the call of duty to two shipwrecked persons.

On May 18, 2014, Officer Hopson responded to a report that a 45-foot sailboat had run aground at the Old Airport Beach Park. The couple on the boat had sailed from New Mexico to Hawaiʻi. The owner, who is blind, lost his navigation aids on the way to Honokohau Harbor, causing the boat to run ashore at night. The pair managed to swim to shore but their belongings were left behind and couldn’t be retrieved because of darkness and rough surf.

Hopson invited the couple to spend that night in his home and they accepted.

“Officer Hopson exemplified the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s core values of compassion and community satisfaction, going above and beyond to help these victims, said Sergeant Akira Edmoundson, who nominated Hopson for the honor.

As “Officer of the Month,” Hopson is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Willie K and Rodney V at the Crown Room

Willie K and comedian Rodney Villanueva are bringing their holiday tour to the Crown Room! It’s going to be funny and entertaining, and will be the only show you will be able to hear Willie K’s “Oh Holy Night”… show starts at 7PM.
Willie K at Crown Room