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Governor Lingle’s West Hawaii Liaison and Former House Candidate Andy Smith Running Basketball Camp

When I lived on campus at UH Hilo, I lived with some guys on the basketball team.  I had the opportunity to make friends with a few of them that I still keep in contact to this day.

At today’s County Inauguration, I bumped into one of them.  Andy Smith played at UH Hilo where he was known as a tall man that was a deep three point threat!  I haven’t seen a tall guy shoot from outside like that since at UH Hilo.  I used to party with him during the off-season, so it was very surprising to me when I was on Oahu when I learned that he had gotten into politics.

Andy Smith at the Hawaii County Inauguration

Andy Smith at the Hawaii County Inauguration

Andy is now Governor Lingle’s East Hawaii Liaison and recently ran a close race for the State House.


He gave me his card and let me know that he is running a Basketball Camp called Hawaii Island Hoops.

If anyone is interested in setting up a camp with Mr. Smith, I urge you to give him an email at andysmith1@hawaiiantel.net


Andy is a great guy, and I would trust my own son in his hands.

Psst… Karin Typo in Your Advertiser Column

I know AP writer Karin Stanton reads this blog, and I spoke with her for a few minutes today.

So I’ll just post this on my blog and see how long it takes the Honolulu Advertiser to fix this in their breaking news coverage of today’s inauguration:

“…Yoshimoto is joined by five other returning councilmembers: Emily Naole of Puna, Brenda Ford of Kona, Pete Hoffmann of Kohala, Dominic Yagong of Hamakua and Donald Ikeda of Hilo…”

Karin… It’s “Naeole” ;)

This is one of the things about Newspapers.  I’m not sure Karin will be able to go in and fix this typo without actually getting a hold of the Advertiser’s Webmaster.

I make typo’s all the time.  At least when I make them on my blog… I get control of when and how I fix them… And I’m not a major newspaper… I’m just the everyday “Joe blogger”, hu iz stihl lurning hau 2 spel @ tymes.

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I just noticed I’m closing in on 50,000 page views!

I’m curious who will be my 50,000th person viewing this blog.

I’m putting the Counter on the top right and will be monitoring it on/off today.

Mahalo to all of you who have been reading my blog!

County of Hawaii Inaugural Ceremonies 2008

I just got back from the County of Hawaii Inaugural Ceremonies.

My son was with me, so I didn’t really get to ask to many questions of anyone.

I did see lots of people from the media, so I’m sure this will be covered by them.

Here are some pictures I snapped from the event:

Oahu Mayor Mufi Hanneman and My Son

Oahu Mayor Mufi Hanneman and My Son

Walking the Red Carpet

Walking the Red Carpet

Mayor Kenoi Outside the Civic

Mayor Kenoi Outside the Civic

Singing National Anthem

Singing National Anthem

Emily Naeole Walks the Red Carpet

Emily Naeole Walks the Red Carpet

Mayor Kenoi Takes Office

Mayor Kenoi Takes Office

Crowd Shot

Crowd Shot

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa

Senate President Colleen Hanabusa



I would have stuck around longer, but it’s kind of hard attending these type of functions with a 4 year old saying… “Can we go now Dad!” every 20 Seconds!

With the economy being where it is now, and the island in the shape that it is now, this should be an interesting Council and County Government.

(No sign of Hunter Bishop… Although I did hear that he was going to be there… Where’s Waldo?)

Video Courtesy of BIVN:


Warriors Get Toughest 1st Down Ever on Weird Play

The Warriors were attempting a field goal on 4th Down against WSU when the ball got blocked.

The following ensued:


World AIDS Day Today

The 1st of December, World AIDS Day, is the day when individuals and organisations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Whilst we have come a long ways since 1988, there is still much more to be done.