Hōkūle’a: Launch to Palmyra Atoll… The Video

Hōkūle’a crew share their aloha with friends and family before departing on their 1,000 mile sail to Palmyra Atoll. This voyage is the first deep-ocean training for the Hōkūle’a Wolrdwide Voyage in which the traditional Hawaiian canoe will circumnavigate the Earth. The crew carry with them the idea that we are all crew members on Canoe Earth and, just as on Hōkūle’a, we need to care for one another an our resources.


You can check out the crew anytime you want on their Twitter feed here: @HokuleaWWV

Ethics Violation Will Not Be Filed By Me Against Noelani Whittington of The Department of Public Works

My blog has never been a blog about trying to get people in trouble, or trying to get people pissed off at me.

My blog has always been my own casual observations on things and at times, I blog about things I see in the newspapers or local websites.

Why Noelani Whittington singled out my name, as well as Aaron and Daves name, in a directive aimed at Public Works Employees in an attempt to Blackball us was not only strange, but it was unethical.  Why my name was brought up still baffles me to this day.

As I posted yesterday, I think it may just have been a brain fart to include my blog in with things… But then again, who knows.

I am on the State Advisory Board for the Highway 130 Project and I do remember specifically blogging in August about an attempt by the State People to keep what was happening at our $56 Million dollar Highway project behind closed doors:

…Sticky point in the meeting came when it was mentioned that we were not to mention anything confidential to the media.

I had to put my foot down and say something to the effect of: “Hey… this is a public meeting….etc…. Yadda Yadda…. and I told them about this blog and How I would be writing on my personal Blog about this

I’ve only been back on this island now for less then a year and between the Post Office Incident and now this… I am beginning to wonder if I have a target unjustly on my back?

It has been brought to my attention that what Ms. Whittington did, may be a clear ethical violation and that I might want to pursue something if I chose to.

Noelani’s exclusion of members of the public is a clear violation of the Code of Ethics which states that all members of the public need to be treated in a fair and impartial manner.

Even though she withdrew her earlier directive to Public Works employees,…
…as a county employee she still violated the spirit and intent of the “fair and impartial” clause in the county’s articles…

I understand that I was probably unfairly targeted for some asinine reason… But I’m big enough to say … You know what Noelani… your an IDIOT to have brought me into this for some godforsaken reason.

I’m not going to file a complaint against you… Even though I have been encouraged by others to do so… It would be nice for SOME SORT OF AN APOLOGY BY NOW THOUGH?

However, just because I’m not going to file a complaint, doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t stand up for other bloggers who might in the future.


Damon Tucker

73 Year Old Grandma Nan Speaks Today on Solar Power (Video)

I just noticed that 73 Year Old Grandma Nan from Puna has posted another youtube clip today… I must say I like her sweatshirt.

Grandma Nan says that solar power gives her the power without the electric bill.


County Solicits Funding Proposals

Media Release

The County of Hawai’i’s Department of Research and Development is currently soliciting proposals for funding in fiscal year 2009-2010.  Funds will be made available to non-profit organizations and to research and educational institutions to support projects that improve the quality of life for the people of Hawai’i County through responsible and sustainable economic, societal and environmental practices in agriculture, tourism, business development, energy, film resources and community capacity building initiatives.

In the past, this annual competitive funding vehicle has provided matching funds for projects ranging from simple marketing initiatives to the very complex. Support has been extended to business organizations for exposure at tradeshows and enabled organizations to host informative speakers at conferences and workshops.  Funds have been awarded for cultural and historic initiatives including performances, signage and brochures, along with research and development initiatives that address pressing needs or changing dynamics within the Island’s various business sectors and the community at large.

Details and complete application forms are available on line at http://co.hawaii.hi.us/rd/sfa0910.html or by calling 961-8366.  The deadline for applications to be postmarked or hand delivered to the Department of Research and Development is April 20, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii

I’ll support this type of PSA on my blog, because I myself, got the opportunity first hand to see the value of the Boy’s and Girls Club while I was growing up:


New Installment of Hawaiian Idol VI: Miguel Meza “Bust’s a Move”

Here is the latest installment of Hawaiian Idol IV:

Hawaiian Idol Contestant for Miguel Meza Bust A Move at the Parrot Lounge Kona Bowl 2009 Karaoke Conestants:


Hilo Student March for Clean Elections Covered by Big Island Bloggers

Noelie Rodrigues still Rallying for the Public (photo stolen from RJ Mendoza)

Noelie Rodrigues still Rallying for the Public (photo stolen from RJ Mendoza)

I wasn’t able to make it, but three Big Island bloggers did that I know of.

Big Island Video News has the following excellent video on the event.

….Noelie Rodriguez, sociology professor at Hilo Community College, and members of Voter Owned Hawaii led about 50 students to the steps of the state building, where they demonstrated their support for what they call “clean” elections, and their opposition to the sudden legislative push for HB 345…”

Tiffany Edwards posted “Student’s March for Fair Elections“:

“…The crowd fought through wind and rain in their march to the state building calling on their state legislators to stop House Bill 345, which would delay enactment of the Fair Elections law...”

RJ Mendoza Posted “Clean Elections Rally“:

“…And of course the rent-a-cops stand around menacingly wielding their flashlights and walkie talkies…”

Former Honolulu Advertiser Writer on State Civil Defense Commander Maj. Gen. Lee “A Pompous Military Ass”

If you get a chance to view former Honolulu Adverister Writer Hugh Clark’s latest “Hugh-isms” on the Big Island Chronicle you might get a kick out of his final comment:

P.S. As I have commented in the past, I consider the STATE civil defense broken as well, especially under Maj. Gen. Lee a pompous military ass. Hugh Clark 3/11/09 “Federal Misinformation and a State Civil Defense Led by a Pompous Military Ass

This is in regards to the StarBulletin article published here.

I’m Cheap… I Want This Lantern

Big Island On The Cheap is offering up this nice Hand Crafted Lantern from High Fire Hawaii today as part of their opening week giveaways:


I guess I have to link the post get a second chance at winning… although this will probabaly decrease my chance of winning… I guess I need to play by the rules.

To enter a chance at this lamp… DON’T FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS and forget you even saw this post.

But if you must compete against me for this lamp… you can do so by clicking here.

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Our artists have refined each step of the creative process, allowing them to vividly express their understanding and appreciation of the raw materials and fundamental forces that are the essence of art and nature.

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*Update* PAU… I’ll Be On the Air at 10:45: ESPN Talk Radio to Discuss Bloggers Being Blackballed by the Department of Public Works Today

*update 10:30 am* I’ll be on the air at 10:45

Radio Coverage today at 10:00 am on the Blackballing of Bloggers incident:


I just received the following Tweet from Josh Pacheco of ESPN 1420 AM Radio:

@damontucker It’s going to be on the radio sometime between 10 am – Noon. AM 850 Hilo. Am 790 Kona. Gonna put it on my daily podcast, too.