Pahoa/Hawaiian Beaches: Need Job… Hungry for Chicken?

Seen on Craigslist:

Noisy, wild roosters are roosting in a vacant lot next to my house, and I will pay someone to catch them and remove them from the area. The lot is densely vegitated, and hard to get into, so it won’t be easy. Will pay $10 per rooster, and there are at least 5 that I know of. Email me if interested, and we can talk further.

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This reminds me of the guy on Kauai selling Rooster Traps:


Hawaii Tourism Authority Hopes to Boost Hawaii Tourism With Blogging Campaign

Someone asked me if I was paid to be a contributor on this page of the So Much More Hawaii website.

Twitter Profile Picture

Twitter Profile

I can honestly say that I wasn’t.  You can ask fellow FBI Blogger @LeslieLang if we were paid as she was also featured on the site.

I don’t even know the methodology of choosing the twitter users for this project, and I don’t know why my name is listed as a popular tag on the site.

My profile was on there long before the Big Island Visitors Bureau and the Hilton Waikoloa offered a room to me.  I just saw the KHON@ website and I guess $15,000 was spent on the development of this site.

It seems like a very  small investment on the future returns to this island that the project will have.


The Hawaii Tourism Authority is hoping to give the world something to talk about.

The HTA has embraced a new social media campaign.

Eight internationally known bloggers were brought to Hawaii to experience the Aloha State, then blog about it.

It is one of the most famous beaches in the world…Waikiki.

But there is so much more to Hawaii.

Like a fruit stand along Kauai’s north shore. One of the many things our eight guest bloggers were exposed to during their “tour”.

“They went all over, again it was a part of so much more Hawaii where we’ve uncovered these little niche things to do. So they kind of use that as a road map, in looking for different experiences” says David Uchiyama, Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The guest bloggers had chaperones.

“We pretty much allowed them to venture out there with our local bloggers. You know the local bloggers knew what kind of message we were trying to get out. And so the local bloggers were huge in terms of being a part of this whole effort.”

It’s a first for the authority.

The eight bloggers reach thousands, but it’s the sharing that counts more.

“We know that people talk to their friends and relatives to decide on their trip. Well social networking has become that vehicle that has become another friend.”

Hoping the venture will make sweet music to a new batch of POTENTIAL Hawaii visitors.

“The other thing that was good about this vehicle is that it touches on a younger market for us. We’re trying to introduce Hawaii to the younger set. And this possibly can come into the mix there too.”

And with the tightening economy..and budget.. the latest venture makes fiscal sense according to the H.T.A.

“We spent about $15,000 the majority of it went towards building the site itself, the ‘So much more Hawaii site.” And then money was used for the coordination.”

The new site highlighting all their adventures is – WWW.SOMUCHMOREHAWAII.COM.

Aric S. Queen on a Visit to the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Bloggers from the So Much More Hawaii tour had a chance to go check out Volcanoes National Park while they were visiting the Big Island.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Aric S. Queen from the So Much More Hawaii Hawaii tour shares his thoughts on the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.

(Sorry folks… it’s audio only)


Media Release

Three Entrance-Free Weekends Announced at Hawaii National Parks

Tough economic times call for economical fun and America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this summer with three entrance-free weekends.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the fee waivers, calling it a dual effort to provide affordable vacations and to boost the economy in communities bordering national parks.
The fee waivers — one each month in June, July, and August — apply to all national parks across the country.

The free-entrance weekends are June 20-21 (Father’s Day weekend), July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009.

Hawaii parks participating in the free weekends include Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakala.
“During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable family vacations,” said Salazar. “I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation’s crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends.”

Salazar hopes that promoting visiting parks “will give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area” around them, noting that tourism income helps America’s economic recovery
In addition, many park partners including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and other vendors will offer discounts and special promotions on those dates.

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park
Hawai`i 96718
Mardie Lane, Park Ranger

More information on the fees and discounts can be found at

Last year, America’s 391 national parks attracted more than 275 million recreational visits, and of those, 1.3 million were to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
The usual private vehicle entry fee at Hawai‘i Volcanoes is $10 for a seven consecutive day pass.