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More on the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest

Big Island Weekly has published more this week on the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest that I don’t think is very legit.

They seem to have removed the previous article that was in this edition.

Some interesting things that I’m learning more about this webmistress named Shirley Bradbury the BIW reported about.

Smith and webmistress Shirley Bradbury of AlphaWeb Design and Marketing LLC, developed a computer program that organizes the identifying information of the entrants and e-mails, and e-mails Smith the essay identifying it by number…

Just a little poking around and I found this picture of Mrs. Bradbury from 2007:


I also found this posted on a forum just 9 days ago:

We are running a skills contest where the entrant writes a short essay (101 words or fewer) about the word “Aloha” or “Mahalo”. The grand prize is a custom built home in Hawaii; there are 2 cash prizes also. Part of the proceeds will go to 3 schools in the builder’s area.”

Why is this the first I’ve heard of a cash prize?

Something else I hadn’t heard of before:

…To make it more fun, if you refer your friends to the site and they enter the contest, you will get 1 entry into a separate drawing for a free weekend stay at the Castle Bed and Breakfast. So be sure your friends put your name in their “Referred by:” box!…

A quick look at Mrs. Bradbury’s 2005 Profile tells this:


Web design, search engine marketing, web conferencing professional

50-something learning to reinvent myself after several hardships (death of my dear husband, lost job after 17 years, you know – the usual bad stuff.) Now I’m building my own business – AlphaWeb Design & Marketing – and living the entrepreneurial life.

All things internet.

Colorado, USA

Signature Shirley Bradbury, Owner
AlphaWeb Design & Marketing,LLC
Web design & redesign/ search engine marketing / web conferencing

Current project:

$101 Wins a Custom Home in Hawaii

And just digging a bit deeper into this Mrs. Bradbury… she is very internet savvy:

This from a 2005 Forum:


…Up through October, my site was seeing maybe a couple of hundred content network impressions per month. In November, the numbers jumped into thousands; mid-December it was still thousands of impressions per day…”

I’ll let you folks make up your own mind on whether it’s a scam or not.  There is lot’s of information out there… I’m not gonna nit pick this thing to death.

I blogged about it long before another blogger blogged about it or the BIW had it in their paper.

I have always been skeptical about it!

Heck… I blogged about the Maui House in September long before I even blogged about this Big Island House on Dec. 3rd.

I just don’t understand how some people are so gullible to actually believe this!

But one thing I did find… was another angle of the house:


Heck… I got one for everyone… send me an essay on a post it note stuck to a dollar.  Winning essay get’s their essay printed on my site.


You can also win this North Carolina house for only a $500 dollar Essay! :roll:

Oh… and then we also have this Hawaii home essay contest.  :roll:

And don’t forget the Danville, Illinois home.

And this Oregon house:

Two thousand, two hundred people from 46 states and nine countries have written Ray Sinclair in the past five months. They’ve sent him checks for $200 each, penned thoughtful essays, woven tapestries, painted paintings and sealed messages in a bottle.
And it’s not enough. So far, the contest takings amount to $440,000. But Sinclair wants to hear from a total of 3,000 people before he closes the contest that will determine who wins his 1,967-square-foot beachfront home. That’s why he’s extended the deadline for the unusual competition a second — and final — time, he says.
Entrants now have until the end of June to submit an essay at http://www.win-this-home.com/ for a chance at a half-million dollar house.
Sinclair’s contest, whereby three judges will determine whose 100-word essay on “I should win this home in Yachats because,” came about after a frustrating attempt to sell the place through traditional means in a crashed housing market.
When the contest began in January there was a 27-month supply of homes in Yachats, nearly triple that of Lane County’s.
Sinclair had dropped his asking price from $600,000 to $539,000, without getting
any bites.
With raffles and lotteries prohibited by laws against games of chance in Oregon, Sinclair was allowed to run a skill-based contest, attorneys told him. So he formed a nonprofit corporation and wrote some rules. If 3,000 people submitted essays, he could earn $600,000 — and the winner would get a 10,000-square-foot lot (plus the house, of course).
The first contest deadline was in April but Sinclair extended it a month due to a lack of entries, a prospect he’d warned about in the rules. For the same reason, the deadline is now the end of this month, but that’ll be the last extension, Sinclair
Financially, I don’t think we can run the contest anymore,” he said.
“It costs $5,000 a month, with all the expenses I have, the people I’m paying to run the contest
and the cost of the house, too.”

Details on Downtown KTA Remodel Emerging

I just noticed on the Island Trust blog, that details are emerging about the planned remodel of the KTA in downtown Hilo.


…KTA wants to tear down the dilapidated 13,918 sq. ft. 2-story building (built in 1915 on the same L-shaped 26,396 sq. ft. TMK parcel as the existing KTA parking lot) and put in a parking lot in conjunction with a remodel of it’s market. Rumors of this plan have been circulating for several months, and tenants of the building have been slowly moving out…

More Here

Hawaii Foreclosures Up 229% From 2007

…There were 3,346 home foreclosure filings in Hawaii in 2008, up 229 percent over 2007, and the state’s ranking in foreclosures per household jumped from 43rd in 2007 to 34th in 2008…

More here

Coming Soon: Seeds of Hope… The Future of Agriculture in Hawai’i

Here is a promo for the new movie “Seeds of Hope… The Future of Agricuture in Hawai’i“.  It was produced by the Hawaii Rural Development Council:


More information on the Hawaii Seed Organization here

New Legislation Proposed to Improve Safety on Roadways

Governor Linda Lingle, Senator Kalani English, Rep. Joe Souki and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled five pieces of legislation today all aimed at improving traffic safety on Hawai‘i’s roadways…

  • Distracted Driving Bill for New Drivers
  • Reckless Driving Bill
  • Driving Under the Influence for Commercial Drivers Bill
  • Moped and Motor Scooter Helmet Law Bill
  • Red Light Photo Enforcement Program

More on these in the Governors release here.

Governor to Select Gil Keith-Agaran to Replace Rep. Nakasone on Maui

*update*  Governor’s office just confirmed this.

Just got the following twit “TWEET” from Advertiser Reporter Derrick Depledge:

“Governor to Select Gil Keith-Agaran to Replace Rep. Nakasone on Maui”

Gil Keith-Aragan

Gil Keith-Aragan

Mr. Gil Keith-Agaran An attorney practicing in Wailuku, Keith-Agaran spent a decade in public service as Chair of the State Board of Land and Natural Resources, State Director of Labor and State Deputy Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and as County Public Works Director. He presently serves on the boards of the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, the Maui Food Bank, the Maui Coastal Land Trust, the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Maui High School Community Council, and A Keiki’s Dream. Keith-Agaran has a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from Yale College. He is married and is the guardian of a niece who is a senior at his alma mater, Maui High School.

From the Maui Democratic Party Blog.

(Nakasone recently passed away if you didn’t know)

Today’s KO: Effing Coqui

Effing Coqui… I was just about to KO it!

I hate it when these frogs are INSIDE the house.

Who ever said coqui’s don’t come out in the daytime forgot to tell was where they do go!

Audio a must:


Tuck’s Smucks Awards Begins

Well I guess it’s time to start something new on my blog.

Because of my last name,  I was an easy target to be teased by kids when I was younger.

You can just imagine all the letters that you can substitute the “T” in Tucker for make rhyming names.  “Tucker the Sucker”…”Tucker the Clucker”… “Tucker the F*****” …. “Mother Tucker”… I’ve heard them all.

The one that used to drive me nuts as a kid, was when they would call me “Smucker” because we all used to work in the strawberry fields picking strawberries for a berry farm and the berries would get shipped off to “Smucker’s” Preservatives to make jelly/jam out of them.

I still to this day won’t eat Smuckers preservatives, because I know what I used to do myself as a kid just to get that extra weight in my “flat” that they would weigh.  You would be amazed at how much dirt I could put in a flat under a layer of strawberries!

So based on on my name… I’m starting the weekly “Tuck’s Smuck Award”.

So to be fair to anyone I may call a “Smuck” in the future… I’ll award my first ever “Tuck’s Smuck Award” to someone who is rather close to me.

Tuck’s Smuck Award Winner #1:



For almost 9 years, Damon worked a great job with the State where he got to play with the latest toys and gadgets that came into the State.  He literally got paid to watch TV and Videos, although they weren’t very exciting and mostly educational.

In May of 2008, he decided to quit his job and return back to the Big Island where he could be closer to his family.

Damon’s goal was to have a job by the start of the New Year… and yet here it is almost 2 weeks after the New Year has begun and Damon is still seeking full-time employment.

This SMUCK goes to you Damon!  You are the first official Damon Tucker’s Weblog SMUCK.

Some Hawaii Island PBS Viewers Affected By Shipping Delay

Media Release

Some Hawaii Island PBS Viewers Affected By Shipping Delay:

Impacts Over-the-Air Reception of  PBS Hawaii Broadcast Signal from Hilo to South Point

Today PBS Hawaii learned an error by a shipping company on the mainland will delay construction of the station’s relay site on Hawaii Island.   This particular site receives the broadcast signal from the station’s new Maui transmitter and relays the signal to the Hilo translator which impacts other translators all the way to South Point.

According to Steve Komori, VP of Content Delivery, “This new relay site is positioned for our new Maui transmitter at Ulupalakula Ranch.  Our analog transmitter on Haleakala will power down at Noon on Thursday, January 15th as part of the DTV transition.”

Unfortunately, this means there will be no PBS Hawaii over-the-air signal for viewers from Hilo to South Point until construction and installation for the new relay site is completed. Komori said, “Depending on how quickly the shipping company corrects this situation, we hope to be back on the air in Hilo sometime within the next 2 weeks.”

PBS Hawaii programming will still be seen by most viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite services.

For More Information:

Linda Brock – 973-1383 – lbrock@pbshawaii.org,

EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 Progress Report Now Available Online

Media Release

EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 (EDH 2025) represents a grassroots visioning process that inspired a community.  Citizens in Hilo came together to form collaborative partnerships, and through that process, fostered local capacity that ensures Downtown Hilo will always be the special place that it is today.  The result was EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: A Community-Based Vision and Living Action Plan, which the Hawai’i County Council adopted by Resolution 192 in November 2005 as a guide for planning in Downtown Hilo.

The EDH 2025 VisionKeepers are the committee which formed in January 2006 to oversee the implementation process for EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025, and to partner with the County of Hawai’i Planning Department to pilot creative community planning.

In December 2008 the EDH 2025 VisionKeepers produced the EDH 2025Progress Report: July 2007 – December 2008. The Progress Report details the status of the Living Action Plan, which is now three years into the implementation phase.  Initiated actions are listed within each of the six Focus Areas of the Plan. It is exciting to see the progress being made towards fruition of the community’s Vision for 2025!  We especially recognize our Lead Solution Partners who implement actions in the Plan. Lead Solution Partners are organizations or agencies who take the lead role for achieving an action.  Lead partnerships are often shared between a government agency and a community group.

In addition, the report evaluates the VisionKeepers using our core values and annual goals as performance measures. The mission of the VisionKeepers is to energize, guide, inspire, and strengthen partnerships within the community to implement the Plan. According the Chair of the VisionKeepers, Ms. Eileen O’Hara, important progress has been made towards “strengthening relationships with Lead Solution Partners and building local leadership capacity,” two points that are fundamental to implementing a community-based plan like EDH 2025.

A special section of the report features highlights from the past eighteen months, which includes the successful 2nd EDH 2025 Town Meeting, the publication of the VisionKeepers Guide to Implementing Your Community Plan, which was released in April 2008, and the production of the Revised Action Plan Matrix, which will be reviewed by the community in the coming year.

The Progress Report is now available online at:


Also available on the EDH 2025 Website is the 1st EDH 2025 Annual Report which was released in August 2007.

For a hard copy of the Progress Report, please contact the VisionKeepers, c/o the County of Hawai’i Planning Department, 101 Pauahi St, Suite 3, Hilo, HI 96720, or call (808)961-8288 ext. 256.

RIP Fishing TV Show Icon Mike Sakamoto

Hilo resident and TV fishing show icon Mike Sakamoto passed away Tuesday night on Oahu where he was being treated for cancer…

More Here

Here is the first Fishing Island episode from 1990  on Fishtales that ever aired:

Part 1:


Part 2:


Go Daddy… Going Again

Noticed that the Go Daddy sites that were down… seem to be up again!

More Classic Hawaiian Sesame Street

Yesterday I found some old classic episodes of when Sesame Street was filming in Hawaii. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated with these old clips of Sesame Street other then the fact that I probably watched them when I was younger and never thought anything about them. But now watching them as an adult I realize just how advanced Sesame Street truly was even back in the days!

Big Bird and Snuffleafugus do the hula:

And more with the Beamer Family:


For a complete look at all of these clips you can check out the guys youtube site here

Go Daddy… Gone Down?

Ok… Thanks to Jon, I think I’ve narrowed the internet problem down to just “Go Daddy” sites.

Has Go Daddy Gone Down?

Waiakea High School Kids Head to Obama Inauguration

A group of Waiakea High School students are on their way to Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration. In one week, we will have a new president and a group of Waiakea High School students can hardly contain themselves…

More Here

Wonder if they will be traveling with Naeole :oops:


Big Island Internet Problems?

I’m trying to check out a few of my favorite sites, but they seem to be having network timeouts.

Anyone else having this difficulty?