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To the Person Who Said I Was Promoting Child Porn… GROW UP!

Someone dropped a bomb on my comment site in regards to the recent pictures I was posting of my families travel to YAP and the Outer Islands as being pornographic.

Get a grip people and realize that this is how people live… if you are offended by the pictures I’m posting and think I’m promoting child pornography… report me to the proper authorities.

People need to get a grip at times… pfft!

And to Frederick from Irvine, California… Pull your mind out of the gutter for even thinking this!

Kids in their natural environment (© Damon Tucker)

Grant Awarded to Purchase Kohala Shoreline Property

From the Mayors Office:

The County of Hawai‘i has been awarded a $945,000 grant from the Legacy Land Conservation Commission (LLCC) that will help purchase one of the most desirable, undeveloped shoreline access areas on the Big Island.

The oceanfront property consists of 10.61 acres within the Pa`o`o Aupua`a in North Kohala and will be purchased by the County with matching funds from the County’s Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation (PONC) fund.

The property was ranked No. 1 on the PONC fund’s priority list for open space land acquisitions in 2007 before falling to No. 2 in 2008. The property also is designated for preservation in the North Kohala Community Development Plan.

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1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal (Part V)

Part V:  The Homes and Structures of Yap

Continued from Part IV: A Yapese Party

My mom has commented on the first picture and I’m in contact with the Yap Museum to help identify the structures in the other pictures.  As soon as I can identify the pictures properly I will.

"I am not sure if this is a men's house or just a regular home on Yap. When we came near a home it was proper to stop at a distance from the house and make some noise before we walked on. Mom and Dad had reel to reel tape recorder (about the size of 6 pack cooler) and they would record their impressions as they walked. There is stone money in front of the house. It probably belongs to the village or the family." Su Tucker (©Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

"This is an outhouse or “benjo” (the word they learned during Japanese occupataion.) Problem with some of them is that people would used smooth rocks as “Toilet paper” and the rocks would pile up. At low tide things could get a bit whiffy." Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

"This pot had survived from the Spanish Occupation during the mid 18’s century. That pot may hae been givn to Mom and Dad because I remember seeing on like that on the side lanai" Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

(© Damon Tucker)

A Picture is worth a thousand words (© Damon Tucker)

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(© Damon Tucker)

      My Blog is More Valuable Then the Hawaii Tribune… The Proof!

      Web guru Larry Czerwonka pointed me out to this nifty site that tells you how valuable your site is (I’m not sure how accurate it is):


      Currently it states my blog site Damontucker.com  is worth $150,927

      This was kind of surprising because Big Island Weekly was valued at only $58,049 while the Hawaii Tribune Herald was valued at only $104,575 and the West Hawaii Today valued in at $229,154.

      Looking at the value of a couple other local blog sites, Big Island Chronicle is valued at $46,284 and The Kona Blog is valued at $23,134.

      Of course none of us can play with the likes of the big boys Honolulu Advertiser Site valued at $3.8 Million or the Honolulu Star-Bulletin valued at $2.22 Million.

      So how much is your favorite website worth?

      Find out here: http://bizinformation.org

      1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal (Part IV)

      Part IV – A Yapese Party:

      Continued from: Part III:  Moms Tale of Arrival

      Locals carrying their shells to a version of a "Makahiki" (© Damon Tucker)

      There was a caste order system, with the people on Yap having higher castes than the outer islanders.

      Let the games begin (@ Damon Tucker)

      Once a year there would be a long festival like a makahiki.

      "This was a part of the Makahiki type ceremony with the Yapese women honoring the outer island visitors and a thank you for the tribute they had been given. The women would dress in their finest ceremonial outfits. Yapese women wore double layered skirts with a poof of grass at the upper waist part and longer strands to the ground. Because these skirts were worn until they got skimpy, the women were very happy with the introduction of Raid bug spray. The outer island women wore lava lavas. The men wore thus, generally made from cotton fabric, in a manner similar to malus. The mating age males wore several 3 yard layers of cloth to use in their thus to dress up. We were never aware of any bad body odors. They in turn could smell us because we constantly covered ourselves with OFF bug spray." Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

      Locals doing their local dances

      The outer islanders would bring shell money.

      Gift Exchanges (© Damon Tucker)

      They would also bring lava lavas, hair combs, breast plates made from iridescent scallop shells and bracelets made from top shells and pig tusks.

      Young lady and her child (© Damon Tucker)

      There would be much chanting of the years events and sharing between the people.

      Chanting about the years events (© Damon Tucker)

      More Song and Dance (© Damon Tucker)

      "I believe this honored elder was taking me to his wife's hut for me to have lunch with her, The lunch was either shoyu chicken, or it was octopus cooked in its own ink, with cooked green papaya" Su Tucker (© Damon Tucker)

      Grandpa and some respected elders (© Damon Tucker)