Big Island Visitors Bureau Offering Kama’aina Rates

Media Release:

The Big Island Visitors Bureau woos kama’āina travelers with irresistible lodging, activity, dining and other offers that begin this week with the start of the Merrie Monarch Festival, and last through much of 2010 on

“Hawai’i’s Big Island is so vast that residents can discover an exciting vacation just a short drive or flight away,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “We have four national parks right here on our island, and more marine life conservation districts than any other Hawaiian Island. Planning a perfect getaway that fits any budget is just a click away.”

Kīlauea volcano is putting on quite a glowat Halema’uma’u Crater, and the Kalapana Lava Viewing Area is heating up again with new flows oozing towards the sea. Exciting Big Island staycations, reunions and getaways lure local people – both Hawai’i Island and neighbor island residents.

Always planned to take a guided trek to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Hawai’i’s only World Heritage Site – to witness the recent activity at Kīlauea, both at the summit and at sea level? Compare locals-only deals by KapohoKine Adventures, and Hawaii Forest & Trail. Or soar above it with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ Circle Fire Waterfall tour.

Want to delve into the history of King Kamehameha the Great AND discover the hidden treasure of North Kohala? Plan a free visit to Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historical Site, and stay at the new, eco-friendly Hawai’i Island Retreat, which just completed its spa, for only $250/night for a two-night minimum. Includes a sumptuous breakfast, free upgrade, 15 percent off spa services and a complimentary Legends and Lore hike through the 50-acre coastal property.

Discover the pristine underwater world of Kealakekua Bay aboard a Captain Zodiac rafting adventure, more than $20 off charters for Hawai’i residents, or plunge 100 feet beneath the surface of Kailua Bay, aboard Atlantis Submarines, for only $35 for adults, $15 for keiki.

Lodging is yours from as little as $85/night at the Bougainvillea B&B in Ka’u to unprecedented specials at the luxury resorts along the sun-soaked Kohala Coast. Castle Resorts and its five Big Island properties also have irresistible deals, starting from $89/night at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Nearly 45 spectacular Big Island offers await residents on its kama’āina website, check it out at

The Kona Blog Has Been “On the Payroll”! HawaiianTelcom… I Want Free Internet Service Too!

Well after three years of talking about HawaiiTelcom crap… the KonaBlog has decided to come clean *edit* (looks like he deleted this as I was posting this)

…. I decided to reveal this because  this person may use it against me to destroy my credibility.

I’m sorry dude… but this is a very sad report after three years of misleading us by us not even knowing you were on the take.

What’s even sadder… is you reporting crap like this:

Damon Tucker Used Poor Judgement When He Approved A Libelous Comment About A Former Hawaii County Councilman

And then you friggin use the comment that I simply approved… cut and paste and put that on your blog?

Wassup with that Bullshit?

Saying a comment I approve on my blog is libelous and then you reposting it to your site.

Aaron… Grow up already.


Oh… It looks like you deleted the post already … so I’ll repost it here:

I need to come clean about a possible conflict of interest on my part. Hawaiian Telcom has provided me DSL service gratis for the past three years. I’ve beta tested their various speed tiers during this time. I decided to reveal this because  this person may use it against me to destroy my credibility.

I’ve been critical, not supportive, of Hawaiian Telcom over the years. So I didn’t think there was a need to reveal this until now. I hope this revelation doesn’t cause my readers to think any less of me…

Just another reason why I always say when I blog about things… who it’s sponsored by w/in the post.  Three years… dang dude… I’ve been duped.

Also, please note the DISCLOSURE NOTICE I have had on my blog for over a year now.

USS Crommelin on the Big Island to Celebrate Merrie Monarch

The guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) makes its way to a new pier location at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Crommelin is scheduled to participate in the Merrie Monarch Festival at Hilo, Hawaii. The weeklong festival is a celebration honoring the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, language and arts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)

Media Release:

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37) will visit Hilo April 8-10 to participate in the 47th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, will also attend the festivities.

USS Crommelin will greet the Merrie Monarch Royal Court during a pierside welcome ceremony at Hilo Harbor Pier 1 on Friday, April 9 at 11 a.m. USS Crommelin Sailors, along with Rear Adm. Smith, will attend the hula competitions and participate in the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade on Saturday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. along downtown Hilo. The Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band will also participate in the parade.

A select group of Waiakea High School Navy JROTC cadets will have the unique opportunity to embark the ship on its return trip from the Big Island to Pearl Harbor.

USS Crommelin is a 453-foot long Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate with a mission to escort and protect carrier battle groups, amphibious landing groups, underway replenishment groups and convoys. Commanding officer Cmdr. Joseph Keenan leads a crew of about 200.

The Greatest Fighter on Earth… BJ Penn


The College of Hawaiian Language Urgently Needs Your Support

Commentary by Asst. Professor of Hawaiian Studies at College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawai’i at Hilo Keola Donaghy:

Aloha kākou. This legislative session the state legislature is considering a bill which will provide funding for the construction of a new building on the UH-Hilo campus to house Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. Currently staff and faculty of the college are spread out over three locations on the UHH campus, making it difficult sometimes for students to even locate their teachers. And we have only a single classroom dedicated for our exclusive use; every semester we must compete with other programs for adequate classrooms in which to teach our classes. Well all know the importance of a sense of place in the Hawaiian culture. Well, our students, faculty and staff have no “place” to call our own on the UHH campus.

Below I have listed some of the highlights of our College’s achivements:

  1. Among the fastest growing programs at highly cramped UH-Hilo
  2. The College is highly community service oriented
  3. New building to be at the physical and academic focal point of a future expanded UH-Hilo campus
  4. Academically and culturally tied to highly successful bilingual ‘Imiloa Astronomy Education Center
  5. Hawaiian Language College programs draw numerous national and international visitors
  6. Most developed indigenous language revitalization program in the world
  7. Largest Hawaiian language focused major count in the State
  8. The sole Hawaiian Studies Ph.D. program in the UH System
  9. A national model for immersion at the tertiary level with Hawaiian B.A., M.A., Teacher Certification, and Ph.D. in Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization
  10. Provides other indigenous peoples with opportunities to enroll through its Linguistics B.A., an Indigenous Education M.A., and the Ph.D.
  11. Partners at the graduate level with University of Arizona, University of Alaska, and University of Waikato (New Zealand)
  12. The only fully operational P-20 educational system in Hawai‘i with the P-12 Hawaiian Immersion Nāwahī Laboratory School that includes early college enrollment
  13. In 2009, Nāwahī School was one of only five schools on Hawai‘i Island with the highest rating under Federal No Child Left Behind legislation
  14. The College’s Hale Kuamo‘o Service Center is the main source of curriculum materials and teacher support for over 2,000 students in P-12 Hawaiian Immersion Statewide
  15. The College’s Ulukau Hawaiian Electronic Library (operated in conjunction with Alu Like, Inc.) is a major resource with Hawaiian dictionaries, archives, etc. Over the past five years, Ulukau has received over 40 million hits from users around the world
  16. The College’s Leokī telecommunications system was the first in the world to provide a completely translated interface and ability to communicate completely in any indigenous language in the world.
  17. The College’s Hale Kuamo’o has worked diligently with technology providers such as Apple Computer, Inc., Google, Netscape Communications and Microsoft to enhance the ability of Hawaiian speakers to utilized advanced technologies. The presence of native support for the Hawaiian language in Apple’s Macintosh operating system, the iPhone and iPad are a direct result of the College’s initiatives.

The bill which will fund construction of our college’s already-designed facility has passed the state House of Representatives and is currently in the Senate’s Ways and Means commitee. We would like to ask for your assistance in contacting members of this committee and express your support for funding. You may send emails, fax or call any of these senators, however, your contact is particularly important if you are a resident of the district that the senator represents. Please feel free to share this communication with your family and friends, and ask them to support us as well. You should also mention the bills by number HR2200 (in the house). Senate companion bill number is SB2765.

Shan S. Tsutsui
4th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 206
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone 808-586-7344; Fax 808-586-7348
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 67344

Jill N. Tokuda
24th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 218
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-587-7215; fax 808-587-7220

J. Kalani English
6th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 205
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-587-7225; fax 808-587-7230
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 77225
From Molokai and Lanai, toll free 1-800-468-4644 + 77225

Carol Fukunaga
11th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 216
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-586-6890; fax 808-586-6899

Brickwood Galuteria
12th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 208
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-586-6740; fax 808-586-6829

Clayton Hee
23rd Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 228
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone 808-586-7330; Fax 808-586-7334

Russell S. Kokubun
2nd Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 407
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone 808-586-6760 ; Fax 808-586-6689
From the Big Island, toll free 974-4000 + 66760

You may visit our college’s website to learn more about our programs:

Mahalo Commander Mike McCartney

So I received my first ever “Commanders Coin

Presentation of a coin qualifies as an award when given for outstanding performance, specific achievement, or a unique achievement that contributes to command effectiveness.  Recommend that coins given as awards be limited in number, accounted for in a written record, and not personalized with the Commander’s name.

I didn’t even know these things existed!

Coins purchased with appropriated funds may only be given as awards. Presentation of a coin qualifies as an award when given for outstanding performance, specific achievement, or a unique achievement that contributes to command effectiveness.  ORF may only be used to purchase mementos for specific classes of individuals such as foreign dignitaries or prominent citizens. Coins given as gifts, tokens of appreciation, recognition of routine performance of duty, or to instill unit pride are not awards.  Coins used this way should be purchased using private funds.