Hayden Gets His First “Razor” Shave

I took my son to the school parking lot today so that he could practice riding his razor scooter that my  half brother gave him when we were in Compton.

I’ll just let him explain what happened:


The victim:

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The “Wounds”

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The Damages:

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Needless to say, my wife was not happy about any of this… and good thing she planned ahead of time and had purchased an extra pair of glasses just in case something like this happened.  (I hope she paid extra for accident insurance)

Boys will be boys and I’m just glad he’s ok with a little bump on his head and wants to get back on and try to learn how to  ride it again ASAP!

It was very scary watching it happen and then running to his aide… I was so worried that he was going to be a bloody mess… as I myself took a fall off a bike at about his age which left me with a scar above my eye for the rest of my life.

Minor scrapes… no real blood… a big goosebump… and a big scare… but my son is ok!

Hawaii Tourism Association Looking at Russia Market

Media Release:

The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) has announced it has been successful in its goal to actively identify non-traditional markets that could be potentially lucrative for in-bound tourism for Hawaii.

“From the beginning, and one of the reasons why we started HiTA in the first place was because of overwhelming response that we have received after we did our initial survey utilizing eTurboNews’ readers. Some of the responses were quite predictable, while others were surprising,” said HiTA President Juergen Thomas Steinmetz.

According to Mr. Steinmetz, Russia has been identified as a market that could potentially bring in big business for Hawaii tourism. He said Hawaii can be accessed by the Russian market both through the mainland US, and also through Korea, Japan and with Hainan Air starting also through Beijing.

He added that the Russian market’s per day spending overseas is one of the highest of any tourism-spending nation.

That is why HiTA has sought the help of various organizations and entities, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Council. “Embassies and Consulates in more than 85 locations are ready to assist Hawaii with data, active support about Hawaii’s most important export, which is tourism,” adds Mr. Steinmetz, who has recently been selected as the chair of the subcommittee for tourism and member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Council for the US Pacific Region.

Among HiTA’s initiatives in luring the Russian market, according to Mr. Steinmetz, is the organization’s upcoming participation in three important trade events in Moscow from September 22-25, 2009. “One event is for the MICE (Meeting and Incentive business), luxury travel and leisure travel,” the HiTA president said.

This initiative is certainly an opportunity for Hawaii’s tourism industry, Mr. Steinmetz said. “HITA with the assistance of the Commercial Section of the US Embassy in Moscow invites Hawaii tourism business to team up.

Opportunities are to travel with HiTA to Moscow and attend the event, or have HiTA include your information at the trade show and share new contacts with the industry in Hawaii.”

Other new emerging markets have been identified and similar events are already planned in Singapore, India, Thailand, Poland, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong and South Africa.

HiTA is inviting industry members in Hawaii, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa to participate. Industry members should contact thomas@hawaiitourismassociation.com or call 1-808-566-9900

The Hawai`I Tourism Association’s (HITA) mission is to inform, educate, and update the global travel industry on current and emerging trends, economics, events, activities, businesses, and marketing that help shape the tourists’ perception of the Hawaiian Islands.

HITA serves as a discussion forum for issues affecting industry members interested in doing business in Hawai`I while also working with new markets and regions expressing interest in visiting the Islands. The association offers member services that enhance the Hawaiian experience and promote the indigenous people, culture, and uniqueness which differentiates the most geographically-remote place on earth from other island sand-sun-surf vacation and business destinations.

For more information visit www.hawaiitourismassociation.com

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz
Hawaii Tourism Association
Email: thomas@hawaiitourismassociation.com
Phone: 1-808-566-9900

Mahalo… One Year

Today makes my one year anniversary of blogging.

I have blogged EVERY single day for the past 365 days straight… or should I say I have blogged constantly every day since I started this blog?

I’d like to thank a few key people that helped me with the inspiration of this blog…

When I was back on Oahu and thinking of moving back home… I looked upon Hunter Bishop’s and Aaron Stene’s Blog’s as the two blogs that I could some what relate too pretty much because they were the only one blogging that I knew of living on the Big Island when I first learned of “Blogs”.

To the folks that read this blog… thanks and mahalo’s… those that have really followed this blog… may know me much closer then those that just pop in now and then.

One way or the other… I think you all are cool just for stopping by!

I also want to thank my Ohana… they know who they are.


I really got to thank my son because he gave me so many ideas to write about.  I know he will enjoy reading these blogs about him when he’s way older.

Of course… while I’m throwing this out… thanks to the businesses that have actually supported this blog via sponsorship or advertisements.

Here is a small break down of numbers: 3200 Posts – 2,217 Accepted Comments Almost 310,000 page views as of this posting.

Here is just a partial list of my favorite posts I blogged about during this first year of blogging based on numbers:

Well once again… thanks for reading this blog and here’s to a second year of blogging.