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Free Sig Zane Bag w/ Purchase During Merrie Monarch Week

I stopped by Sig Zane Designs today to pick-up a “crisp” aloha shirt for this function I will be attending soon, and it turns out I showed up at the right time.

I knew that it would probably be busy in there being the Friday before Merrie Monarch, but I was relatively relieved that it wasn’t overwhelmingly packed.

I’ve mentioned long before they became a sponsor of this blog about how much I dig their clothes.

I finally had a chance to take some pictures of the place that I like to share:

Everything about this place is top notch

The second you walk in the door, you know you are in a special place as it’s just got this warm vibe about it.

Even the front door is beautiful

They have lots of different things in stock.

Womens attire and accessories

I wish I had the money to buy something like this little set-up:

Sweet dreams!

I commented to Kuhao Zane that their dressing rooms were so nice… that someone could live in them.

The most beautiful dressing rooms in all of Hawaii

I told Kuhao that I wanted everything in the store… and if you read this Kuhao… I wasn’t joking and if I could afford it… I swear I’d have one of every of your shirts.

I wish this was my closet!

As I was purchasing the shirts for my family, Kuhao mentioned that this week only, while supplies last, they are giving away free bags with the purchase of Aloha Attire due to the fact that it’s Merrie Monarch week in town.

Kuhao packs my clothes and gives me a FREE BAG which was totally cool!

So needless to say, you have to stop by the store and purchase your gear there to get the free bag, but if you want to shop online, they do have an online store located here:  Sig Zane Designs

I’d like to thank Sig Zane and his Ohana for having a great store right here on the Big Island.

Big Island Film Festival Going on Now!

Media Release:

66 independent narrative films have been selected for the 2010 Big Island Film Festival, happening May 12-16 at Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Entries from 10 foreign countries join 56 American films including 11 shot in Hawaii locations, for a full slate of thrillers, dramas, comedies, family and animated films—altogether 12 features and 54 shorts.

“The shorts are really strong this year,” said Executive Producer Leo Sears.  “We’ve been very impressed with the quality as well as the quantity.  Maybe it has to do with the popularity of short video as an art form since You Tube has evolved.  These are really good stories being told in a very concise and entertaining way.”

Highlights include the new short, “The Adventures of Chang Apana,” based on the real-life Honolulu detective who inspired “Charlie Chan.”  Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa produced and stars in the film and will attend screenings on Wednesday, May 12 and Sunday, May 16 at the Best of the Fest event.

“Charlie Valentine,” a crime thriller with Raymond J. Barry and Michael Weatherly, also stars veteran actor Tom Berenger who will appear at the film screening Friday, May 14.


Hawaii is well represented, with everything from A to Z.  “Aloha Daze” starring Pomaika’i Brown makes its world premiere at BIFF 2010


Zombies storm the screen in “The Rising Dead” from Cousins Brothers Productions.  Other notable entries include BIFF’s first Marshall Islands entry, “Yokwe Bartowe,” a modern take on a mythical island bird-sorceress.


“Ajumma! Are you Krazy??”  a hilarious look at Korean soap opera fans.


“We’re going to kick of the Festival with five free, family-friendly films including ‘Ajumma,” said Sears.  “Plus we will be showing several of the Hawaii movies and introducing our celebrity guests.  So we hope everybody will come down to The Shops at Mauna Lani on Wednesday May 12 at 7:30 p.m. and give them a big, Big Island welcome.”

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is happening May 12-16, 2010 at Mauna Lani Resort, “on location” in two luxury hotels, retail shopping center and restaurants.  Rated one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, the 5th annual BIFF is a celebration of independent filmmaking with movies, special events, Hawaiian culture and music, embraced by the Spirit of Aloha.

Mauna Lani Resort will offer accommodations at two ocean front luxury resorts, The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, along with unparalleled shopping at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Both hotels are offering very special Festival Rates starting from $199 per room per night.  Please make room reservations with the hotels directly.

For information or to purchase BIFF tickets online, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.






Official Selections for BIFF 2010

4 Pictures

About the Keiki

Adventures in Speed Dating

Ajumma! Are you Krazy??

Aloha Daze

An Affair with Dolls


Beyond Words

Blind Date

Blue Bus

Breaking Up

Broken Dreams

Broken Hill

Charlie Valentine

Crossing the Line

Dark Horse

Dash Cunning

Decklin and the Dentist


Finn on the Fly

Hamlet, but you didn’t hear it from me

Help Yourself

Horn Dog

In Fidelity

Jake’s Corner

Journey of a Paper Son

L’Aislo di Brea

La Isla Edena

Last Night, Long Ago

Ledo and Ix Go to Town

Lettuce Break Bread

Life Lines

Live Tonight

Losing Isaac

Lott Oh

Lucky Lotus

Lychee Thieves


Official Selection

One Night

One Year


Porcelain & Diamonds


Shattered Pieces

Sin City, Sincerely




Take my Wife


The Legend of Chang Apana

The Best Part of My Day

The Cow Who Wanted to be Hamburger

The Despensables

The Finding

The Magistical

The RIsing Dead

The Sierra

The SToop

The Terms

Tick Tock

Wanna Play

Who’s Good Looking?

Yokwe Bartowe

Your Lucky Day

Lava Viewing Area Now Open Three Hours Earlier

Media Release:

The popular and FREE Kalapana Lava Viewing Area in coastal Puna is now open three hours earlier, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, last car allowed in at 8 p.m. The County of Hawai’i enlisted private security firm, Jan Guard Hawaii, to begin management of the area last month. Currently, lava is not reaching the ocean, but a new trail allows visitors to hike out to view the mesmerizing glow and movement – conditions permitting – of the slow-moving surface flow above the pali (cliffs).

Visitors should wear sturdy, closed-toe athletic shoes or hiking boots, bring plenty of drinking water, and carry a flashlight if planning to stay after dark. Call the Kalapana Lava Viewing Hotline (808) 961-8093 for current conditions or visit http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activity/kilaueastatus.php for Kīlauea Volcano eruption updates.

Good Friday Slideshow

Yesterday the kindergartners from Kamehameha Schools on the Big Island had an Easter Egg Hunt at Onekahakaha Beach park.

I’m just posting this more or less to figure out how to insert this slide show feature on my blog.  Let’s see if this works: