Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to Become Sanctioned Sport in Hawaii Beginning Wednesday

BJ Penn's Training Ring in Hilo

BJ Penn's Training Ring in Hilo

An island that’s long had a tradition of prizefighting — with some accompanying crowd melodrama that’s sometimes turned public officials cool to the idea — Hawaii has put up with MMA in the same manner as a neighbor might put up with a nuisance kid.

Effective Wednesday, the sport will be a sanctioned, licensed event with rules and regulations that mirror Nevada’s…

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Penn Training and Fitness Center on Kinoole St. in Hilo, Hawaii

Penn Training and Fitness Center on Kinoole St. in Hilo, Hawaii

I stopped by BJ Penn’s Academy in January before his fight with George St. Pierre and blogged about my visit there here.

3.4 Earthquake Shakes Haleakala Summit on Maui

A minor earthquake occurred at 8:39:15 PM (HST) on Sunday, June 28, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.4 event occurred 4 km (3 miles) SSW of Haleakala Summit, Maui.
The hypocentral depth is 4 km ( 2 miles).

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Prime… It’s All About the Rib

Last nights dinner was “It’s All in the Legs“.  Tonights Dinner is all about the Rib… The Prime Rib!


Tonight, my ohana went to Hokulani’s Steak House in Keaau.

This was the first time I had been there and I had heard nothing but good things about this place.


They have both indoor seating and outdoor seating.


They  have 4 seperate sizes for their Prime Rib that they are known for.  A 7 ounce cut, a 12 ounce cut, a 16 ounce cut and the Big Kahuna the 32 ounce cut.  I only ordered the 16 oz cut.

hoku 16 oz prime rib

A great time was had by our ohana and in continuing with the weeks worth of good food… tonight also was a Birthday for an Aunt.


So Happy Birthday Auntie Pikake and Mahalo to Uncle Thomas for sponsoring our whole family to an awesome dinner.

Wish you  could have been with us uncle… but we know you are hard at work for your ohana!

I have to say…  that this is one of the better restaraunts that I have eaten at in East Hawaii in a long time!

Here We Go Again

Just a reminder to some readers of my blog, please do not think that my personal votes go to any particular politician because of a flier that I put on my blog.

I’m simply trying to get as much information out as possible on ALL CANDIDATES.

Neil Abercrombie Banner


Neil’s campaign for governor keeps rolling along and everyday he is getting more determined because of the outpouring of support and the strong desire for change in Hawaii. I talked to him on the phone last night after he returned from President Obama’s Congressional luau and his spirits could not be higher.

There are three things we wanted to share with you:

1. Beat the June 30 Deadline

The campaign finance reporting period ends on June 30. That means there is still time to make a donation and be part of the first quarter fundraising report. As you may know, these reports are scrutinized by the news media and others to gauge momentum. You can help send a signal that Hawaii wants change. The amount we will have raised is one thing, but the number of donors we will report is truly astonishing. In three months we already have over 500 donors.  That’s an amazing accomplishment and a sign that a true grassroots movement is brewing. Please consider adding to that momentum today by making an online donation of $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can manage before June 30.

Make an Online Donation

2. Neil and President Obama

Yesterday, before the White House luau, Neil received a call from President Obama regarding the important climate change legislation being considered by the House of Representatives and how it might impact Hawaii. You can read an article about the exchange and hear Neil’s thoughts about the conversation. You can also hear Neil’s reflections on the luau, which he posted on Twitter. For more, read the post on Neil’s homepage.

3. Dinner 2.0 with Kelly Hu

On Saturday, June 27 at 5pm, watch a live webcast conversation between Neil’s campaign volunteers and Hawaii’s own Kelly Hu.  The actress and political advocate campaigned with Neil for then-candidate Obama. Participate in a live chat, listen to reflections on becoming politically active, and get more ideas about organizing for Neil’s gubernatorial campaign. For more information, go to Neil’s homepage at www.neilabercrombie.com.

Thank you so much for staying in touch with this important election for Governor.


Bill Kaneko
Campaign Manager