Today’s KO

Redneck demolition in Hawaii:


Smuck Hall of Fame

In case you haven’t noticed, at the top of the page I’ve begun my Smuck Hall of Fame.

As I have time, I’ll be updating this with some of the smucks from my blogs past as well as future smucks.  So if you have been a smuck to me, or you plan on being one to me or someone else in this world in the future… you might want to check to see if you got an award.

Tad Fujikawa Sony Highlights and Interview from Amazing Day

Tad Fujikawa had an amazing day.

He has fought some incredible odds and his father sure hasn’t helped things.

Here is an excellent video of today’s Tad highlights and an interview that follows.


Tuck’s Smuck Award #2: Mark Samwick Essay House Promoter

This is my second installment of Tuck’s Smuck Awards:





Mark Samwick has been spamming sites trying to get his essay houses promoted across the United States for the last 12 years.


Recently the schemer has entered the Hawaii market and is offering a Hawaii House for one of his “Essay Contests”.  I’m not going to link the site any longer, but you can read some of my previous posts on this here, here, here and here.  Interesting comments have been made on most of those posts.


Samwick has been operating bogus sites for over a decade now.  I’m not even sure if Samwick is his true name.  Above is a collection of various ID’s sent to me of Samwick by an anonymous source.

KGMB even fell for this crap a few days ago: (video clip starts a bit late)


KGMB9 We have to do our own investigation before we take action.

KGMB9 I’ll send you something after we investigate a bit more. The morning executive producer just called me and is looking into it.

KGMB9 I have to pull th

When his essay houses don’t fall through, he has other schemes lined up to get home owners to fall for some BS.


“**Check out this scam where he uses the alias “Sam Wick” (for when the essay BS doesn’t work, he has the “foolproof” backup plan of nutty-religious-idol-worship-voodoo crap) :

Samwick runs a bunch of bogus sites and it really pisses me off that people that I know and care about have fallen for his BS!

So if you come across some of these bogus sites in the near future… remember it’s a buyer beware market out there.

If you think something is too good to be true, well then….?

This Smuck is for you Mark Samwick!


Oh yeah… and remember you said it yourself:

“… Why do you think you are on my “ass”? You are merely an individual with a blog and an opinion in Hawaii, and you know what they say about opinions…”

New Media Workshops Being Held on Big Island

Barbra Pleadwell of Hastings & Pleadwell and Christian Engelhardt of Gum Design will deliver the workshop “Use New Media Communication: Boost Your Business” to Big Island businesses and organizations this month.


Hilo Date: Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar, Hawaii Community College (1175 Manono St., Building 382, Cafeteria)
Cost: HTDC clients, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members; attendees of the 2009 Technology in the Workplace Expo & Seminar: FREE
Registration: Call Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, 808-935-7178

Kona Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (coffee, pastries served)
Location: King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
Cost: HTDC, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business members: FREE; non-members: $30
Registration: Call the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 808-329-1758

Obama’s Mother Featured in UH Magazine Malamalama

Paula Bender (aka Lavagal) has written an excellent article on Obama’s mother in this months UH Magazine Malamalama, featuring a pictorial of her and all.

Obama’s mother attended UH in the Sixties and Ms. Bender writes about the “Legacy of the President’s Mother“.

…“She instilled in us a love of books, based on the understanding that we could journey anywhere and that any world could belong to us,” Maya Soetoro-Ng told an overflow audience at a September 2008 UH Mānoa symposium about her mother’s work…


“She had an expansive notion of the world and of our possibilities within it. What a remarkable person she was.” Said Maya Soetoro-Ng

You can check out Benders article here and her blog that she has started here.

4.0 Earthquake Rocks Kalapana in Early Morning Hours

A light earthquake occurred at 2:55:09 AM (HST) on Saturday, January 17, 2009 .
The magnitude 4.0 event occurred 8 km (5 miles) SSW of Kalapana.
The hypocentral depth is 38 km (24 miles).

Magnitude 4.0 – duration magnitude (Md)
Time Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 2:55:09 AM (HST)
Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 12:55:09 (UTC)
Distance from Kalapana – 8 km (5 miles) SSW (201 degrees)
Ka`ena Point – 14 km (9 miles) E (83 degrees)
Pu`u `O`o Crater – 16 km (10 miles) SE (136 degrees)
Hilo – 50 km (31 miles) S (170 degrees)
Coordinates 19 deg. 17.4 min. N (19.291N), 155 deg. 0.3 min. W (155.005W)
Depth 38.2 km (23.7 miles)

More here