West Hawaii Today Files Another Sunshine Lawsuit Against County Council

Remember my blog in April about Stop the Tsunami?

Sunshine Tsunami

Well looks like the West Hawaii Today is trying to play the roll of breakwall.

The Kohala Blog is reporting that the West Hawaii Today has filed a second lawsuit against the Hawaii County Council Members for a seperate violation of the Sunshine laws.

Today 9/1/09 West Hawaii Today newspaper filed a motion with the Third Circuit Court to file a Second Amended Complaint in order to expose addition conduct in violation of the Sunshine Law…

I remember reading the Kohala Blog previously on this issue before today’s WHT lawsuit was filed:

SHAME on the County Council members who today voted in favor of Resolution 98-09. The purpose of that resolution was to support state legislation designed to gut the Fair Election Project that would afford public funding for elections on the Big Island between 2010 and 2014. Very disappointing vote by Yoshimoto, Ikeda, Enriques, Oishi, Greenwell, and Naeole…
…HB345 should be killed — regardless of what the vote was before the Hawaii County Council. Regardless of whatever justification was given by these folks, they were simply afraid of facing a more open election process in 2010…

Here is an interesting comment left on this this message board:

Re: 2009 House Bill 345 (Amends Public Election Funding for Hawaii County Council) [by billlela on April 8, 2009]

Hawaii Island Councilman J. Yoshimoto (East Hawaii) called a special council meeting for 4/13 for the purpose of voting to kill the pilot project for the Fair Elections.

This action alone speaks volumes about why we need this act in the first place and why many worked to get it.

Yes, this is probably as rotten as it appears. As a citizen of West Hawaii Island, we are quite used to special interest politics, none of which has ever favored the tax paying side of Hawaii Island.

From that April Blog Posting:


Adrian Klemm Joins SMU Football Staff with June Jones

I had German Literature with Adrian Klemm at UH back in 1999.  We both hated that class.

Adrian and I used to sit in the back of the class and pretty much just BS the whole class cause we really didn’t understand all the Goethe and Faust stuff that our professors were talking about.

Playing for the Green Bay Packers

Playing for the Green Bay Packers

For me, it was a good chance to ask him about his plans for the NFL as it was well known he was going to be a high draft pick.

I’m stoked to find out today that he has landed a job with SMU under his former coach at UH June Jones

Adrian Klemm's Facebook Profile

Adrian Klemm's Facebook Profile

For a man of his stature and impressive resume, Adrian Klemm speaks with a humble and calm tone. But, there is no denying his skill or his passion for the game.

Klemm joins SMU football as one of the last coaches added to head coach June Jones’s coaching staff. Klemm will be in charge of the offensive line, and as a former offensive tackle, he knows best that the position is not the most famous. Still, the five men in front of the quarterback are essential to the team and Klemm himself once starred in that position on a dynasty football team…

More Here: Champion Pedigree

The Mayors of Hawaii in Los Angeles

Mayors from the Hawaiian Islands with HVCB's John Monahan in LA to share aloha from Hawaii!

Mayors from the Hawaiian Islands with HVCB's John Monahan in LA to share aloha from Hawaii!

Picture from @Starwood Hawaii Hotels

New Import Shop on Volcano Highway 11 Opening Friday

Volcano Hwy11 Emporium

A new “Import” type shop is having it’s Grand Opening on Friday along the Volcano Highway.

Old Siam

Owners Tommy and Brenda Carson informed me that the new shop is a combination between “Old Siam Imports” and the Volcano Imporium.

The remodled house on the side of the Highway has plenty of parking in front as well as in back.

Old Siam

Inside the shop you will find lots of cool stuff…


The stuff comes from all over the world…


The prices were also pretty good on most of the stuff…


The business card mentions that they specialize in Treasures of Thailand and Beyond…


I can see this spot becoming a real popular spot for tourists on the way up or down to see Volcanoes National Park.


So check out their Grand Opening this Friday.


They are located off Highway 11 just below the Hilo Coffee Mill.

You can also reach the business at P.O. Box 1120, Volcano, HI 96785 or by phone at 808-985-7377.

Only at the University of Hawaii…

Just came across this youtube clip.  I thought I was pretty crazy in college, but I don’t think I would ever get up and just start doing something like this:


September’s Sizzlin’ News from Hawaii’s Big Island 2009

Hawai’i’s Big Island (Sept. 1, 2009) – Hawai’i’s Big Island is swimming with wild summer deals, and is already lining up awesome activities and specials for fall and winter. Here’s the lowdown on summer fun that lasts all year long!


Cheers to Volcano Winery’s New Infusion Tea Wine ($30), a pairing of fermented macadamia nut honey from South Kona and Volcano-grown black tea. You can sip and see if this refreshing drink is your cup of tea at the winery’s tasting room just outside of Volcano Village. (808) 967-7772, www.volcanowinery.com.

Board the ocean-going Holy Grail for a super Sizzlin’ Special. Book a Sunset Cruise in search of the famed “green flash” through Dec. 20 at the regular price of $400 (for up to six passengers) and your cruise will be extended by a full hour to 3 ½ hours. Mention Code BIVB when booking. Holy Grail is a luxurious 51-foot cutter that provides excellent sailing fun along the magnificent Kona Coast, and great pupu too. (808) 987-9698, www.konasail.com.

Blue Sea Cruises has a tempting special for families. Two children under 12 per family cruise free on the Dolphin Adventure and Glass Bottom Cruise, valid Nov. 1 – Dec. 31. Mention code DOL002 and call (808) 331-8875, or visit www.blueseacruisesinc.com

Lokahi Garden Sanctuary in North Kohala offers full-moon guided walks followed by “talk story” around a campfire. Experience nighttime sights, sounds and tropical flower fragrances, 200 plant species, organic gardens of vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs and a seven-circuit labyrinth. Nov. 2 – Dec. 2, $10 per person. www.lokahigardensanctuary.com.

One of Hawai’i’s most beloved artists, Herb Kawainui Kane, will be honored at the 2009 Bay Concert: A Celebration of Life at Kahalu’u Bay, Nov. 21 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Convention Center. Performances by Na Leo, Ho’okena, emcee Frank de Lima, and the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers. $25 advance purchase, $12 for children 12 and under. Call (808) 887-6411, www.kohalacenter.org/bayconcert09, Special room packages available, call (866) 837-4256 or visit www.sheratonkeauhou.com/bayconcert.htm.

Looking for more to do? Click www.bigisland.org/calendar for detailed information about additional Hawai’i Island events, and don’t miss these VERY special events:

Authentic Hawaiian music and dance at the E Mau Ana Ka Hula (The Hula is Perpetuated) hula festival honoring King David Kalakaua, Nov. 21 at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Free! Room rates starting at $130 include full breakfast buffet. (866) 326-6803, www.KeauhouBeachResort-Hawaii.com

Sacred Hula Retreat at Hawaii Island Retreat – hula classes, ceremonies, chanting, crafts, lomilomi massage, and time to connect with the land. All inclusive 5 night/6 day package from Nov. 8 – 12, $1,540 double occupancy. (808) 889-6336. www.hawaiiislandretreat.com.


Drink up the hot specials percolating just for the 39th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival www.konacoffeefest.com. Nov. 6-15:

Ka’awa Loa Plantation Guesthouse and Retreat offers a package based on a “Plantation Camp” three-night stay, in ocean accommodations from Sept 15-Nov. 15. It includes Kona Coffee Country Welcome amenity, daily breakfast, a two-hour plantation tour and sunset Hawaiian Detox Steam. $525, based on double occupancy. Call (808) 323-2686 and mention “Kona Coffee Camp.” www.kaawaloaplantation.com.

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Special at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel room & breakfast package starts from $119 per night for a newly renovated room. Includes complimentary wireless Internet, breakfast buffet for two, and a 20 percent discount on lunch or dinner. Book now through Nov. 14 for reservations between Nov. 6-15. (800) 367-2111, www.konabeachhotel.com.

Dragonfly Ranch, located near three excellent snorkeling/diving bays, is offering a special for Kona Coffee Cultural Festival enthusiasts. This unique treehouse hideaway is giving a fourth night free on all rooms during the festival, and half price on the Dragonfly Cottage. Guests receive a complimentary bag of Dragonfly Goddess Coffee (to “awaken the Godessence Within”) – 100 percent Kona beans, organically grown and freshly roasted in Honaunau. Visit www.dragonflyranch.com or call (808) 328-2159.

Sheraton Keauhou is also brewing up deals for guests during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (Nov. 6-15): a progressive discount card for food and non-alcoholic beverages. Use the card once, a 10 percent discount applies, the second use gets you a 15 percent discount, third use, 20 percent and fourth use, 25 percent. The card can be used at Kai, Manta Ray Bar & Grill or Keauhou Bay Coffee Co. www.sheratonkeauhou.com or (888) 488-3535.

Plunge into the clear blue with Kona Village Resort’s five-night Dive Package. It includes gear, airport transfers, three two-tank dives, unlimited shore dives, all meals and more. Begins at $3,500, five nights, six days, for two in a luxurious, thatched-roof bungalow. (800) 367-5290, www.konavillage.com.

Aston Hotels know their guests want to get out and explore Hawai’i’s Big Island, so at the Aston Shores at Waikoloa or Aston Kona by the Sea you’ll receive an Aloha Book, which contains coupons worth up to $2,000 in savings on dining, shopping and activities. The book also serves as a guide to some of the best culture, history, cuisine and attractions on the island. (866) 774-2924, www,astonhotels.com

Recession rates are good until mid-December at oceanfront and oceanview homes and condos with Big Island Vacation Rentals. Just $125/night for oceanfront or popular, sunny Kapoho?  $85 for oceanfront condos in Hilo? You bet! All rentals are less than an hour from the volcano, close to snorkeling and swimming, farmers markets and some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Hawai’i. Book online at www.bigislandvacationrentals.com or call (808) 965-0400.

Bougainvillea Bed And Breakfast offers not just guestrooms, but experiences now at a 20 percent discount. Stargaze from the hot tub or pool. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast. Taste fresh-from-the-garden white pineapple. And let your host, Martie (a Certified Travel Consultant), share her island secrets. Rates start from $85/night, with your fifth night free, through 2010. Ask for the Sizzling discount. Call (800) 688-1763, or visit www.bougainvilleabedandbreakfast.com.

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i invites guests to celebrate the holidays with a Fifth Night Free on any new booking during the holidays. Complimentary inclusions include self-parking, keiki aloha children’s program, daily poolside cooking demonstrations, the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival in a koa canoe, and more! Contact your preferred travel professional, visit www.fairmont.com/orchid, or call at (800) 845-9905.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai unveiled the results of its 15-month, $40-million enhancement in early August, showcasing 20 new suites, a sweeping spa transformation, a renovated beachfront bar, lounge and restaurant, and stylish new retail boutiques. Gloriously revitalized, the AAA Five Diamond, award-winning resort re-establishes its reputation as an unparalleled destination that honors the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition. In celebration, the resort is offering guests a $495 promotional rate on stays this fall, beginning Sept. 15. (808) 325-8200. www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

Now you can stay and dine for one low price at Hilton Waikoloa Village. The Inclusive Exclusive Package includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for two at select restaurants. Rates start at $399 per night for two with a minimum three-night stay. Cannot be combined with any other programs or discounts. Offer good now through Mar. 31, 2010. Blackout dates: Dec. 20-31, 2009. Reservations: (800) HILTONS, ask for Package Code P2.  Or book at

The stunning Holualoa Inn has just the remedy for the cool fall chill: spend one more long lazy day at the beach – for free. Book three nights and receive the fourth night free. This applies to new reservations only, and may not be combined with any other promotion. Rates from $260/night. Valid Sept. 1-Nov. 30. Call (800) 392-1812, or go to www.holualoainn.com.

In celebration of Hawai’i’s 50th anniversary of statehood, Marriott Resorts Hawaii is giving social media enthusiasts two ways to win free trips to Hawai’i via Hawaiian Airlines with its “Tweet Yourself to Hawai’i” sweepstakes. Prizes include a five-night stay at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa with a Hertz rental car, dining credit and Big Island activities. There’s also a bigger prize – a seven-night stay at two participating Marriott resorts in Hawai’i for a 12-person Hawai’i getaway. Visit www.marriotthawaiitweets.com.

The historic, newly re-opened Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers guests $500 in resort credit for every three nights per room. Do the math and yes, that means a $1,000 credit for a six-night stay. Use it for a round of golf, spa treatments, the weekly lu’au or clambake, or to sip frosty cocktails by the pool. Rates starting from $550. Valid for travel now until Dec. 22. Reservations: (866) 977-4589. www.princeresortshawaii.com/mauna-kea-beach-hotel.

Dinner Is Served! Dinner is now being offered to guests at the gorgeous Waianuhea, a luxury inn in Ahualoa on the Hāmākua Coast. The three-course menu consists of soup or salad, entrée and dessert for $48 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The four-course menu offers an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert for $58 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Menus will be created based on local and seasonal availability and dietary preferences. (888) 775-2577, www.waianuhea.com.

Float into Ocean Sports, which has been voted Best Snorkel Sail and Best Sunset Sail by North Hawaii News and West Hawaii Today for 2009. (808) 886-6666 ext. 202, www.hawaiioceansports.com.

For the second year in a row, Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals has been acknowledged as one of the Fastest 50 Growing Businesses in Hawai’i by Pacific Business News. Check out their selection of properties on the Big Island at www.bigislandvacationrentals.com, (808) 965-0400.

For BIVB’s press kit, photo gallery, press releases and industry news, visit http://media.bigisland.org

Stinky Bus Riders?


Wow… I can’t believe the Honolulu City Council would even think of a bill like this, Bill 59-09:

…The City Council is considering a bill that will make it illegal to “bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source…”

This is so wrong in so many “SENSES” that I just need to write up something on this.

How many folks work long sweaty construction jobs and then use the bus to get back home?

Who is going to be the official “Smeller”?

I’m sensitive to some female perfumes… can we ban stinky female perfumes as well?

What would happen if the Big Island County Council ever passed something like this???  Heck, many of our riders use the free bus system just to go take a shower!

Big Island Hawaii Stories: Sig Zane


Aloha clothing designer Sig Zane explains talks about the Big Island, the environment, and how he chooses some of the designs for the shirts.


Don’t forget to also check out Sig’s son Kuhao Zane’s Twitter site for other updates regarding the ohana.

Tom Example