UPDATE: $1.00 Off Mocha or Breakfast Sandwich at Punatic Cyber Cafe (Formerly Aloha Outpost)

*Update* Doh… I’m so used to the old name… I didn’t even realize that it had a name change!

If you haven’t gotten a chance to drop by the “new and improved” Aloha Outpost Cafe Punatic Cyber Cafe, located at the Pahoa Shopping Center, I suggest you do so.


Mike Hale has taken over the spot of the former “Aloha Outpost” and renamed it the Punatic Cybercafe and the place hasn’t missed a beat.

A new dining area that has more of a relaxed feeling greets you as you walk in to the establishment:


There is music that is by local musicians in the evening and Tuesdays they even have an open mic session from 6:30 to Closing.


The place also now features a small book exchange where you can buy and sell used books.  They still have Internet services there as well as having a Fax Machine for use for a minimal charge.  Mr. Hale mentioned that he is looking to expand his computer services to offer Web cams and other services in the near future.


The menu has changed a bit,  but  it still features delicious sandwiches at a reasonable price.


The place has bulletin boards and message boards for people to leave ads and to network with others.   A new feature I saw hanging on the wall was a sign up sheet for people looking for work.  So if you are looking to hire someone… here is an excellent starting place to look for workers needing employment right here in Pahoa.


Mr. Hale mentioned that if you mention this blog post during the next few weeks, he will give you a $1.00 off of a mocha or a breakfast sandwich.

They are open everyday from 6 am to 9 pm and they will take call-in orders.  The number is 936-6347.

IHOP at Prince Kuhio Giving Away Free Pancakes


On the heels of Dennys free breakfast giveaway last month, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is having their own little give away.

As part of the National Pancake Day Celebration, IHOP at Prince Kuhio will be giving away free pancakes next Tuesday, February 24th.

From 7:00 am to 10:00 pm they will give you one free short stack (three) of their famous buttermilk pancakes.*

* There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.

More info here


About National Pancake Day – February 24, 2009

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

Follow the Hokulea and Other New Twitter Users

If you haven’t signed up for a free Twitter Account, you can here.

Polynesian Voyaging Meets 2009 Technology. I know it’s becoming a Twitter world when you can follow the Hokulea on Twitter now.

Some other people that have joined Twitter recently, Stevens Media Columnist from Las Vegas Geoff Schumacher

Big Island Writer Leslie Lang

Honolulu WEEKly Editor Ragnar Carlson

And if you just feel like lurking around my tweets you visit me here, but I’m not nearly as exciting as Aaron over at The Kona Blog.

New Smuck Added to My Hall of Fame of Smucks

Earlier I blogged about the Hawaii Company running a Ponzi Scheme preying upon deaf people. I just heard Joe Moore warning people about them so I thought I’d look a little further into this bogus company.

I just checked out their website and it’s now states:

BCI is currently under maintenance. Contact owner@billioncoupons.com if you have any questions

Copyright © 2008 Billion Coupons .Inc. All rights reserved.


I have now put Mr. Cooper my Smuck Hall of Fame.



Marzi Makes it to Washington DC

I mentioned a while back, that former House District candidate Anthony Marzi’s girlfriend got a job in Washington DC with the Akaka folks.  Well it looks like Mr. Marzi is visiting her in Washington DC now.

Marzi blogs “Washington, DC has been treating me very well.”

He’s got some pretty cool pictures up on his blog as well.

I wish him well over there… I know he’s freezing his nuts off though. :shock:

Pahoa to Get NEW Security Cameras

…The idea is to help improve public safety in the Big Island community, especially for tourists who flock to the shops, eateries and outdoor market from buses and cruise ships.

A $400,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority will also fund an undetermined number of cameras in Pahoa, Akaka Falls and Kailua-Kona…

…Hilo will be the second East Hawai’i town to use surveillance cameras. In 2005, 16 cameras were installed in Pahoa as part of the Pahoa Weed and Seed Project to deter criminal activity there…

Full article here

Fort Shafter Community Center Dedicated to Fallen UH Student

United States Army, Hawaii dedicated the brand new, state-of-the-art community center on Fort Shafter to a fallen warrior – 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, a graduate of the University of Hawaii ROTC program, who was killed in combat in Wanat, Afghanistan in 2008.


Superferry Chronicles Mainland Readings, Releases and Information

Press Release

The Superferry Chronicles
Hawaii’s Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth
Book-Launch Readings with author Jerry Mander
“Patriarch of the Antiglobalization Movement” — Andrew Revkin, NY Times

Friday, February 20, 2009 – New York City
7:00 p.m. – Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington) – Lower East Side
Bluestockings, 212-777-6028

Monday, February 23, 2009 – Philadelphia
6:00 p.m. – White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom Street
Contact White Dog Cafe, 215-386-9224

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – Washington, DC
6:30 p.m. – Busboys and Poets (new location), 1025 5th St NW at K St – Mt Vernon Triangle
Cosponsored by International Forum on Globalization and
Institute for Politcy Studies
Contact Busboys and Poets, 202-789-2227

Battle of Seattle meets Baywatch

Hear the story of a successful grassroots uprising by SURFERS opposing a global corporate-military boondoggle in Hawaii–which is the jumping-off point for America’s Pacific and global hegemony.

Jerry Mander, director of the International Forum on Globalization and author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, offers this riveting report on the successful local uprising in Hawaii against a corrupt, global corporate-military scheme — a fuel-guzzling catamaran that courses through whale sanctuaries at three times the speed the government considers safe. Partly investigative journalism, partly cultural-political history of militarization in the Pacific, partly an account of an inspiring popular resistance, the book is a searing indictment of a project illegally pushed by Hawaii’s Republican Governor in support of powerful, right-wing New York military financier John Lehman, who is chair of Superferry’s board and whose investment company owns the Hawaii Superferry Corp. A prominent neocon, former Navy Secretary under Ronald Reagan, and public advocate of winnable nuclear war, Lehman and his colleagues have been promoting the Superferry as a neighborly inter-island transport service, but the project clearly seems to have far more to do with U.S. military aspirations in the Pacific. The local heroes are the people of Kaua’i, led by surfers in a spectacular demonstration of mass opposition, leaping into the waters to block the environmentally disastrous juggernaut.

“An excoriating exposé.” — Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle weblog, “Hawaii Insider”

“Written like an activist documentary film, with heroes and villains, outrage and conspiracies.” — Lee Cataluna, Honolulu Advertiser

“The idea of boats to connect the Hawaiian Islands is so natural and lovely that it makes one doubly mad to read how in this case it’s been perverted into yet one more sad scheme for our paranoid future. Good for you–people of Hawai’i–who’ve raised the alarm, and to these authors for pulling back the curtain.” — Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy

“Dive into a story of almost allegoric proportions. Let it embolden you to stand up for our Earth, its beauty and its creatures, including ourselves.” — Frances Moore Lappé, author Diet for a Small Planet and Hope’s Edge

“In every era, simple events become symbols of greater forces that shape human history. The Superferry Chronicles brings one such moment alive. The book captures the spirit of that defining event and reveals the corporate manipulation, political bullying, corruption and deceit that lay behind the Hawaii Superferry.” — Lucienne de Naie, Chair, Sierra Club, Hawaii

“I applaud the authors for bringing the voices of the grassroots to the foreground. The people make history, and the people of Kaua’I have made us proud. Kauli’i makou, nui ke aloha no ka ‘aina. (‘We are small in numbers, but our love for our land is great.’)” — Ikaika Hussey, Publisher, The Hawaii Independent

Jerry Mander is director of the International Forum on Globalization, and author of the best sellers Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred, and the Case Against the Global Economy. Andrew Revkin of the New York Times called him “the patriarch of the anti-globalization movement.”

For more information, visit
Published by Arnie Kotler at
Koa Books. Cover drawing by Mayumi Oda.

Yale University to Invest $12 Million in Keck Observatories

Yale will invest $12 million towards future operations of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii in exchange for 150 nights of observing time over the next 10 years…

More Here

Go! Airlines Announces Tentative Code Sharing Deal With Island Air

Hawaii interisland carrier go! said Thursday it has a tentative code-share agreement with Island Air.

If the agreement is finalized, go!, which is owned by Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group (Nasdaq: MESA), will be able to market services flown by Island Air between Kahului, Maui, and Hilo on the Big Island, and between Kahului and Lihue, Kauai…

More Here

When Captain Kirk Golfs in Hawaii


New Youtube Series Focuses on Hawaii Government

It looks like there is a new series coming out called “Better Government” that keys on Representative Kymberly Pine and Gene Ward:

Part I:

Better Government Part 1 with host Sarah Hunt featuring Representatives Kymberly Pine and Gene Ward

Part II:

Better Government hosted by Sarah Hunt with Representative Kymberly Pine


Hawaii Company Targeted the Deaf with Ponzi Scheme

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Hawaii company for allegedly running a Ponzi scheme targeting investors in the U.S. and Japan, many of whom are deaf.

Billion Coupons Inc. and Chief Executive Officer Marvin Cooper raised more than $4.4 million from at least 125 investors from September 2007 through at least last January, the SEC said in the complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Honolulu…

More Here



Happy Birthday Aaron

Happy 33rd Birthday Aaron Stene over at The Kona Blog.