Milk of Human Kindness – With Pictures

I’ve got a friend here in Pahoa, Tom Lackey, who has really shown a lot of spirit and aloha to a lot of people in the community.

I’m posting this on behalf of him, now that I have pictures of said wheelchair that was returned to him:

The following is a post from Punaweb, just with some pictures added.

About six months ago I answered a request on  Punaweb.

Some individual asked if anyone had a wheelchair for sale cheep. I responded to him and after talking with him I realized he didn’t have very much money and was in need of a wheelchair for his unfortunate brother, who was confined to a chair. This person said that his brother would be visiting him for around six weeks or so and needed a chair for upstairs and one for downstairs. The wheelchair that I had was new with about ½ hour of use, [cost about $500.00] Barbara my wife has two, one that the insurance bought and one that we purchased. His story touched me so I let him use the chair on the condition that he would return to me in the same shape that he borrowed it.

Not only did this person not return it he left the island. I located the place that he was staying and it belongs to his son. When I drove up into his driveway I was treated like a intruder. After explaining what I was there for he said, “oh yea, I remember something like that” and went to retrieve my chair. When he brought it to me I couldn’t believe what I was looking at. The rubber on both wheels was gone and the rims were ground down to nothing.


The chair was left out in the rain and is a total rust bucket.


The only apology I got was “sorry about that.”


I refuse to let this make me cold and callous to people in need, but from now on I will only deal with people that I know. Sorry for the hooting, I’m just pissed and needed to vent somewhere.

The Lack


Big Island Student Sitting Out Performance of “Tootsee Roll” Because of Inappropriate Racial and Sexual References

There always seem to be some controversy brewing somewhere on the Big Island:

…But while thousands of others are sharing high-fives, shakas and hugs, Keonepoko Elementary School sixth-grader Ja’nea Osborne will sit out the festivities on principle.

It comes down to a song the Puna school’s sixth-graders will dance to at the June 3 ho’olaulea — a hip-hop song in particular. Lines of it go something like this: “Cotton candy, sweetie go, let me see that tootsee roll, come on tootsee roll, just make that tootsee roll…

The school defends the selection, saying it contains nothing offensive

Here is the actual song, you tell me if it’s not loaded (As if the name of the group “The 69 Boyz” isn’t clue enough?”


“Mr. Nobody”

My son knows that when the dogs start barking and going off, that means that someone is typically at the driveway and it’s a good signal to go look to see who’s here.

Every once in awhile our dogs will just start barking at cats or birds that happen to come into the yard.

Of course my son being all excited to see who it is, goes running to the window every time he heres the dogs barking like that.  Often times, I know that no one is there, but I’ll just play along with him and ask him who is there.

I’ll say… “Who’s There?”

He says “Nobody”.

I say Mr. Nobody?  and it can go back and forth for a couple rounds before he will finally say something like… Dad… It was the “Mr. Nobody Ghost”.

Well I found the Mr. Nobody Ghost this afternoon and he looks like this:

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You see he’s like the typical 4 year old kid with no brothers or sisters to blame things on when he gets in trouble for things.  Whenever I ask him something about something I know he did… and he’s afraid he’ll get in trouble… Mr. Nobody Ghost did it!

I’ve been trying to teach him little things like recycling and composting.  He’s getting pretty good at both things.  Typically I help him with the compost because it can be a bit messy if he drops it on the way there.

Well we gave him some peanut shells to compost because it couldn’t make too big of a mess if he dropped them… right?

Well look at what the buggah when do:

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Typically we compost our items to the right of this gas tank.  But if you look real close at those bricks… you’ll see friggin peanut shells wedged in the holes of the bricks!

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So of course I had to ask him why he put the peanut shells in the brick and his response…

“Ask Mr. Nobody Ghost!”

Mr. Nobody's Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Mr. Nobody's Innocent Until Proven Guilty

I don’t know son… gonna be really hard to blame this one on “Mr. Nobody”

One Irritating Thing About Living in Hawaii

I get asked all the time what it’s like to live in Hawaii.  What do we do for fun?  Where do we go for vacations?  Do you live on the beach? etc.

I’m more then willing to share emails, tweets, comments with anyone about my feelings about things and I try and tell it like it is at times.

The one thing that is really irritating about living in Hawaii is having things shipped here.

Many places won’t even ship to Hawaii and that’s one of the biggest problems.  Those that do ship to Hawaii often charge outrageous prices to do so.

Many times it seems like companies don’t even announce what the shipping price to Hawaii actually is until after you’ve decided you’ve purchased it based on a mainland shipping price.

Well the thing that really bugs me right now… is my own stupidity is going to cost me an arm and a leg in shipping.

My drivers side mirror on my car for some reason the thing that makes the mirror turn broke and so the whole mirror needed to be replaced.

So I finally find a place that has a mirror and I order it.  The mirror itself cost’s about $30.00 but the shipping was $47.  This was after I had already driven around to the junk yards looking to see if they might have a replacement mirror.

So you tell me… what is wrong with this picture?


If you can tell by looking at the picture… I ordered the wrong frigging mirror!  This is a passenger side mirror!  (Hey RJ need a mirror).

So now I have to order another one… and PAY SHIPPING AGAIN!

They told me that I could pay the shipping to have this one sent back and I would get credited the money for the mirror… EXCEPT THE MIRROR COSTS LESS THEN THE SHIPPING!  Plus I would still have to pay shipping for the new mirror being sent!

So it’s actually cheaper for me to just buy a new mirror then try and send this one back for a credit.

Well, I guess it wouldn’t be as irritating if I wasn’t such an idiot!