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I Heard There is a Hui in the Making

I’m not gonna go too much into this right now.

But I’m in the process of assisting a group of folks start up a community blog here on the Big Island.

I’m just going to help Administer this site, cause these folks are way to smart for me…

Once this site is up and running and the users feel comfortable using it, I’m thinking of adding it to the FBI Blogs… Despite my feelings that the FBI blog site should focus on individual bloggers.

I’ll definitely be adding a link here on my personal blog.

This will be great to hear a voice of a bunch of folks with equal access to one blog.

More to come on this Big Island Hui of contributing blog writers to come as this project unfolds.

Coming Soon: The Maui Ape Preserve

The Gorilla Foundation is constructing a unique and critically important gorilla preserve on west Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Ape Preserve

The Maui Ape Preserve will provide a natural environment for Koko and other gorillas, and is a vital step toward saving the species from imminent extinction. MAP will consist of a secluded Sanctuary on 70 acres of land provided by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, and a unique high-tech Visitor Education Center in a convenient tourist location. Construction is in progress — and now you can help!


Meet Koko, the gorilla who has learned to speak to us in sign language, and Gorilla Foundation co-founders, Drs. Penny Patterson and Ron Cohn. Learn how and why the Foundation has evolved from an interspecies communications research project into a world-wide conservation project. The Foundation is building a new gorilla preserve on Maui, Hawaii, to ensure the future of great apes (and interspecies communication) for generations to come. Learn more at http://www.Koko.org.

Looking for the Worst Dressed Woman on the Big Island


Hawaii Visitors Convention Bureau was contacted by What Not to Wear.

The popular TLC show is looking for candidates for the Worst Dressed Woman in America for their 250th episode. Feel free to nominate anyone and contact the producer directly if you wish. All info is in the attached flyer. Wouldn’t it be fun to get some Hawaii mileage out of this and spotlight great local designers like Sig Zane on national TV?

If you think of someone who is a fantastic candidate from Hawaii’s Big Island and wouldn’t be offended by a nomination– then let me know and I will get you in touch with the person that will be making the pitch here locally.

What Not to Wear

For the first time ever, in celebration of its 250th episode, What Not to Wear is doing a national search for The Worst Dressed American (open to WOMEN only). Email mraptis@bbcnyproduction.com to nominate yourself or secretly nominate a friend, and you or she could appear on the 250th episode of the show and get the royal treatment, compliments of Stacy and Clinton! Send at least 2 pictures that show her style, her name, age, size, height, occupation, describe her style and tell us why we should pick her! Deadline for submissions is September 25th so email today!

About the show:

“WHAT NOT TO WEAR” provides fashion intervention to people nominated by friends/family/co-worker as someone who desperately needs a style overhaul!  Fashion experts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly then confront the person and reveal their plan to teach them “WHAT NOT TO WEAR” sorting through the person’s current wardrobe and providing them with rules for maximizing their best assets and personal style. They are given a Visa card worth $5,000, and it’s time to hit the shops.  After a consultation with Stacy and Clinton on these new clothing choices, along with a dramatic hair and makeup revamp, viewers will see a complete transformation and a stunning reveal.

Connect with the TLC Audience:

TLC is in 85 million homes in the US

23.3 million viewers tune into TLC each week

83 million viewers tune in to watch TLC each month

TLC ranks #1 in concentration of upscale adults 25-54 and 18-49 in prime time

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