Reed Flickinger Was at the BIPC Dinner… Or Was He?

I guess the joke is on Reed Flickinger at this years BIPC Scholarship dinner.


Bonus Point if Anyone can Recognize the Handwriting!

Not only did I get to wear a “Hello my name is: Reed Flickinger” name tag… I noticed about 8-10 others wearing this same tag.


Mahalo to the Big Island Press Club

I’d just like to thank all of the members of the Big Island Press Club that took their time to introduce themselves to an “Outsider” such as me at their Club Scholarship dinner tonight at the Hilo Seaside Resort.

I learned a real quick and easy lesson… and that is that cell phones suck as camera’s indoors with not much light… and that my “Data Plan” on my phone sucks big time.

I only had one major outage the entire time I was in California and within a matter of a half an hour to an hour I think I backed up my phone with so much outgoing data… that it froze up for a while.

Of course in California I was able to take advantage of the T-Mobile G3 Network that is available… of course it’s not available here in Hawaii.

Mayor Billy Kenoi is very gracious to those that represent the “Press” on the Big Island and even went as far as telling us three of the reasons why he chose Hunter Bishop and the other former Journalists as his aides.

One of the key things that stood out… was that they care about their community in an unbiased way… and they are informed.

Mayor Kenoi then allowed questions from the members of the BIPC.  I’ll let those that asked them blog about them if they feel like doing so.

I asked Mayor Kenoi when the counties website would get updated… He deferred to Hunter Bishop who pretty much through it onto something else talking about videos and what not.

I should have stopped him there and just said… No… I want a new website… not just some stuff added onto it.

Our county website has to be the ugliest thing.

It’s not just the front site… it’s all of the damn county office sites need to be updated!  They look like they were built in 1995 or something… I mean seriously!

Once again, I’d like to thank the BIPC for allowing someone who isn’t even a member to come in and take a look at what this organization is about.


Here is my favorite blurry picture of the night… Tiffany Edwards Hunt dominating Mayor Kenoi in a spur of the moment conversation.

tiffany and billy

*Side note

Mayor Kenoi… Thanks for showing up on time. I was asked to be a “filler” for time if you weren’t there on time! That would have really put people to sleep!

Blogging Live From the Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner

I ask the two readers that view this blog to check out the Big Island Press Club’s blog NOW.

Big Island Press Club - Protecting the public's right to know since 1967

Big Island Press Club - Protecting the public's right to know since 1967

I will be blogging and tweeting live from the Scholarship Dinner tonight.

So check it out…

The Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner LIVE

Mayor Kenoi is scheduled to speak, and I heard they might even have a couple other surprises in store.

Puna CDP Application Process Reopened

Media Release

The County of Hawai‘i Planning Department has reopened the application acceptance period for the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The deadline to submit an application is 4:30 p.m., September 4, 2009.

Anyone that has previously submitted an application through the Planning Department or the Mayor’s Office do not need to resubmit their application. Applications can be downloaded at or picked up at the Planning Department, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo.

Nine volunteers are being sought by the County of Hawaii Planning Department to serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee. The Action Committee will serve as a proactive, community based steward of the plan’s implementation and update.

Volunteers who serve on the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee will be asked to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charettes, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the Puna Community Development Plan with individuals and community groups.

Interested persons will be required to submit an application to the Planning Department. From the total pool of applications submitted since the initial application acceptance period began in October 2008, a sufficient number will be selected using pre-determined selection criteria to be interviewed by an Applicant Review Committee. The review committee will recommend nine applicants for appointment to the Action Committee. The nine nominees shall then be approved by the Planning Director and referred to the Mayor for appointment and confirmed by the County Council.

“We want community-minded individuals who can bring a wealth of knowledge, have a positive attitude and are willing to share their skills and life experiences with others,” said Larry Brown, Puna CDP Project Manager.)

The Puna Community Development Plan was the first of six plans initiated by the County of Hawaii Planning Department, as prescribed by the General Plan, to be adopted by ordinance. The General Plan is an broad planning document for the Island of Hawaii, while the Community Development Plans are district specific, allowing for more detailed planning efforts and ongoing community involvement.

For information, contact Larry Brown, 961-8135 (, or Rachelle Ley, 937-3217 (

Puna Trail Clean Up Day

Media Release:

Puna Trail Clean Up Day!

August 4, 2009

9:00am – 2:00pm

In collaboration with Na Ala Hele (State of Hawaii trail and access program), the Shipman Family and the University of Hawaii, the QB team will be hosting a “Puna Trail Clean Up Day!”. The project date is set for AUGUST 4th, TUESDAY 0900-1400. This trail runs along the Puna coastline, through Shipman property, and ends at Haena Beach (the locals refer to it as the “white sand beach“).  Lunch, tools and a van ride to and from the site will be provided. If anyone is interested, please contact Koa Robinson (808) 282-3475. (We will need to speak with volunteers prior to the 4th.)

Missile Fired and Then Shot Down Off Kauai This Morning

A short-range ballistic missile was fired and then successfully shot down by a 3-stage interceptor missile off Kauai this morning:


Census Supervisor… Who Knows?

As the two readers of this blog may remember, I worked for the Census Bureau for a few months doing address canvassing where I stumbled across quite a variety of living arrangements.

Yesterday, I got called back to do testing for a “Supervisor” position for the actual Census that will be taking place.

I took the test today with 11 others and we will find out the results “later“.  The test was much more difficult then the last test I took…  which I did quite well getting 27 out of 28 questions correct.

So of course being the pain in the ass that I am… I had a few questions.

When is later? MARCH OF NEXT YEAR was my answer I got… so goes it.

The job pays $20.00 bucks an hour and if selected… the training will be on Oahu or on the mainland.

I remember when I first applied for the Census Bureau back in October of last year, I didn’t think I would get the position despite having a high score.

Well that would be cool if I did get this job in the future… but what would be even cooler is if I landed a better job sooner!

UH Coach McMackin’s Apology and What is a Faggot Dance?

FootballMany people are fired up about Coach McMackin’s “Faggot Dance” comment that he made about the Notre Dame football teams team dance.

Hawaii Warriors football coach Greg McMackin used the word “faggot” three times when discussing rival team Notre Dame at a media preview on Thursday, then turned around and asked the press not to use the word in quoting him because he didn’t “want to…have every homosexual ticked off at [him]…”

Big Island resident Wayne Joseph had the following to say in his blog post “McMackin Discolors Rainbows“:

…I am ashamed to be contected to the Warrior football team.  After these slurs lets prove that football isn’t homophobic by giving the UH team back their true name – Rainbows – for which we can all be proud…

Here is his apology that he made on ESPN today.

I’m still trying to figure out what a “Faggot Dance” is?

I typed in “Fag Dance” at youtube and this is what came up:


Hawaii Statehood 50th Anniversary Senate Resolution by Senator Akaka

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) celebrates Hawaii’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood with a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.


Roaming Gnome… Hula Just Isn’t For You

Well the Travelocity Roaming Gnome is well under his Hawaii vacation right now.

I don’t think he understands Hula just yet.

It's all in the hands

It's all in the hands

Mr. Roaming Gnome… Hula is all about the hands… and I don’t seem to see your hands in action.  LOL

Seeking Employment?

Well I’m taking the above link off the top of my site.  (I’ve got a few things up my sleeves and I need to think positive)

One way or the other I’ll find a job… I don’t want to make it look like I’m desperate to find one.

Besides that… I go back on call for the DOE soon.

But heck… If you do know of a full time permanent job… I am still looking.

The Top 5 Spots on the BIG ISLAND the Travelocity Roaming Gnome Should Visit

If you have been following my blog, you will know that the Travelocity Roaming Gnome is now in Hawaii (see twitter feed at top left for latest from the Roaming Gnome).

I thought I would compile my own list of places on the BIG ISLAND that I think the Travelocity Roaming Gnome should visit while on the Big Island.


A hotel on the Kohala coast.  The Big Island has many great hotels on the Big Island.  I blogged about my experience staying at the Hilton Waikoloa here.

Waikoloa Boat

Damon Tucker 6/2/09

Pictures from the So Much More Hawaii Bloggers tour Hilton Waikoloa Stay

The Cave Pool at the Hilton Waikoloa

The Cave Pool at the Hilton Waikoloa


A visit to the top of the world… Mauna Kea and the Observatories up there.

Mauna Kea

Pictures by Tom over at “A Pacific View



Swimming, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving off the Kona Coast

A Lunar Tail Grouper (Variola Louti)

A Lunar Tail Grouper (Variola Louti)

Pictures courtesy of  “The Right Blue

"Diving with a Partner: Pre-dive checks are essential for dive safety" The Right Blue 6/6/09

"Diving with a Partner: Pre-dive checks are essential for dive safety" The Right Blue 6/6/09


Visit Volcanoes National Park, or better yet, watching the lava flow from the Kalapana side.

"Aric S. Queen on a Visit to the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii" - Damon Tucker's Weblog 6/7/09

"Aric S. Queen on a Visit to the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii" - Damon Tucker's Weblog 6/7/09



A Visit to Pahoa Town… The funkiest little town on the Big Island (Full Disclosure… I’m biased as I’m from Pahoa)

The clock that fronts the World Famous Akebono Theater

The clock that fronts the World Famous Akebono Theater

From “Pahoa… We do it Puna Style

Someone looks after Pahoa Town

Someone looks after Pahoa Town

The Roaming Gnome Arrives in Hawaii

I’ll be following the Travelocity Roaming Gnome on the top of my blog while he visits the Hawaii Islands.

If anyone is interested in possibly meeting the Roaming Gnome along the way… I’m gonna try and keep close contact with him while he’s on the Big Island.

The Traveloicty Roaming Gnome Get's Leid (Click for other pictures of him getting "leid")

The Traveloicty Roaming Gnome Get's Leid (Click for other pictures of him getting "leid")

King of Vert and a Word From the Mayor’s Office


From the Mayors Office:

A Skate Contest and Anti-Drug Driving Awareness Project event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2009, at Pāhoa Skate Park (check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.).

The contest, called “King of the Vert,” is being coordinated by Hawai‘i Broadcast Media Center and Healing Our Island. Entry is free for all competitors. To promote sustainability and a clean aina, competitors are asked to bring some form of recyclable trash to enter.

The contest will be preceded by a blessing of the park by Fifth District Councilwoman Emily Naeole at 10:30 a.m.

For information, call Adam Palumbo, 938-8593.

Wordless Wednesday – Spotted Gecko

Spotted Gecko

Free Dinner and Movie at Akebono Theater

Hat tip to Big Island on the Cheap:


Free Movie and Dinner at Akebono Theater August 2nd

More Info Here

HAWAII WINS… Let’s Aloha the Roaming Gnome When He Arrives

I mentioned the other day the Travelocity Roaming Gnome was having a contest to see where he should go next. Hawaii, Jamaica, or Cancun.

Well he just announced on Twitter that Hawaii has won by a very narrow margin:


  1. Hawaii and Cancun were soo close…. 56470 to 52057!!! #gnomeroams10 minutes ago from web

  2. Incredible! Over 100,000 votes. But the winner of my next adventure is Hawaii! Aloha! #gnomeroams17 minutes ago from web

So my hopes is that the Travelocity traveling gnome will visit all islands.

But of course… I’m preferable to the Big Island… We have So Much More Hawaii to give to the the Traveling Gnome.

Whatever island he does visit… let’s give him some “Aloha”.

Coming to a Beach in Hawaii

Coming to a Beach in Hawaii

Wish I Was a Resident of Vanderburg or Iowa City or Even Honolulu

This page contains links to live streaming video, and video archives of Vanderburgh County Council meetings.  Video content is provided courtesy of WNIN TV.  Note that this system is currently in public testing phase.  Some older archives may not be complete and may have errors.  To view the streaming video you will need Microsoft Windows Media Player or compatible.  Clicking on the appropriate link below should launch your media player and begin playing automatically.

Live Streaming Video (available during meeting times)
Click here for County Council Information & Meeting Times

Video Archives
(Note that high and low bandwidth options are available.
Select the appropriate speed for your Internet connection.)

County Council Meetings:

Wednesday July 21, 2009

High Low

Wednesday July 1, 2009

High Low

Wednesday June 30, 2009

High Low

Wednesday June 24, 2009

High Low

Wednesday June 3, 2009

High Low

Wednesday May 5, 2009

High Low

Wednesday April 29, 2009

High Low

Wednesday April 1, 2009

High Low

Wednesday March 18, 2009

High Low

Wednesday March 4, 2009

High Low

Wednesday February 25, 2009

High Low

Wednesday February 6, 2009

High Low

Wednesday February 4, 2009

High Low


Iowa city city council meetings

Indexed videos of streaming media files of all City Council meetings are posted as soon as they become available. You can access our City Council Meeting archives here.


Well at least Honolulu get’s it straight:

SPECIAL Budget Committee Meeting May 18, 2009 14h 12m Agenda Video Open Video Only in Windows Media Player
Transportation & Planning Committee May 14, 2009 03h 49m Agenda Video Open Video Only in Windows Media Player MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee May 14, 2009 00h 12m Agenda Video Open Video Only in Windows Media Player MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee + Kapiolani Park Trustees Meetings. May 13, 2009 01h 18m Agenda Video Open Video Only in Windows Media Player MP3 Audi

Hōkūle’a: Meaning of the World Wide Voyage

Hōkūle’a crewmember Kaina Holomalia describes how the voyage to Palmyra Atoll connects to the greater purpose behind the worldwide voyage

Kaina was a watch captain on the recent voyage to Palmyra Atoll, 1,000 miles south of Hawai’i. Crewmembers are training for the Hōkūle’a Wolrdwide Voyage in which the traditional Hawaiian canoe will circumnavigate the Earth using ancient Polynesian navigation techniques. 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.


County Employees Allowed to Watch Live Streams of Council Meetings… County Employees 1 Public 0 ????

I’m kind of irked if the following statement from former County Council Legislative Aide, Tiffany Edwards Hunt is true:

Damon, my understanding is all county employees have access to a live stream of the County Council meeting… I used to watch the Council meetings from my computer when I worked in the County Clerk’s Office as a legislative assistant. I typed in some numerical web address to gain access… And, it is my understanding that when and if the teleconferencing goes down, the Council or committee meeting needs to be recessed until the technical problem can be fixed…

I followed up with this:

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Wow… blown away… thanks tiff.

    So why only county employees? Pfft… do they pay more into the system then non-county employees?

    What about Janitors and other “County Employees”.

    Where can I find this list of County Members that are so privileged to watch these and not us regular folks with the same internet access?

    Where do the Lifeguards at the Pahoa Pool watch them… I’ll just kick back with them if it’s somewhere at the aquatics center.

    I’m very puzzled now. What’s the big deal if they are already streaming them to county employees… why not make them available to everyone?

    Since when was a county employee any better then a Federal or State employee? Or a Private employee or Joe blow collecting welfare?

    I’m totally puzzled now… seriously folks? I feel totally out of the loop if this is going on and I will start demanding for equal access to all of us that pitch into this little thing… not just a few select county employees.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Tiff… I can’t remember the time line when you left as Naole’s assistant and when she moved into her new office behind subway…

    But I kind of doubt her office behind Subway has a T1 data line. I may be mistaken.

    If she does have one all to herself… wow… ! I’m gonna go surf the net at our local council ladies office. LOL.

  • James Weatherford Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    This provided for in the Sunshine Law:

    Once teleconferencing sites and capability are on the public notice, then…
    “when and if the teleconferencing goes down, the Council or committee meeting needs to be recessed until the technical problem can be fixed…”

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm


    Is there any reason why “PUBLIC NOTICE” needs to be made.

    I’ll settle for an IP Address to watch these streams.

    Can’t they set up something where they don’t have to make it “Public Notice”

    It could be “Request by demand”?

    I just wanna watch these things and if someone else is at the county level… then I want to at home!

    If they go down on my nickle… so be it… I’m not gonna ask for the meeting to be recessed… I understand shat happens… !

    But at least give us the public a chance to watch these.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ll make it public on my blog… just give me the IP.

    Or is there some secret that the public isn’t aware of…


    Very irritated right now.

  • damon Says:
    July 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    From Jon Yoshimoto to Damon Tucker (May 22nd):

    Thank you for your email. We are in the process of looking into having live streaming video of our council meetings that could possibly result in considerable savings to the county.

    From Dominic Yagong to Kenneth Goodenow (May 22nd):

    I think we should do this if at all possible. Let me know how much money it would take, and I can see if we can find the money and amend the final budget on our June 2nd meeting. In today’s hectic world, we need to utilize technology that will provide the most convenient service to our island constituency. Thanks Ken.

    From Kenneth Goodenow to Damon Tucker (May 22nd):

    Please see the attached Department of Human Resources. I’ve already been through this before, but I thought I check again. I have also been told by HR the following:

    1) In the case of video-streaming the law hasn’t caught up to the technology yet. Podcasts and webcasts are now mentioned as falling under the ADA requirements for accessibility.

    2) The County of Kaua ‘i had a lawsuit filed against them based on Communications Access because transmission of County Council Meetings was not captioned. There was a judgment against County of Kauai and now everything they do is captioned.

    Thank you again for your comments. Again, if you think you can provide the services for less, I encourage you to participate in the next RFP.

    Now tell me why do our council members and county clerk write emails to me like this last two months ago, if the county employees have been getting this all along.


    My head is spinning on this ordeal.

    Didn’t know one of the benefit of being a county employee was you get to see the Council Meetings on your computer… pfft.

    I’m so confused on this now… Can someone please tell me why Joe Blow isn’t as cool as Joe County Worker?