The Halloween Night Death of Patrick Cunnie Has Left Me Stunned

Well ever since I witnessed the death of Patrick Cunnie in Waikiki, I haven’t really felt like blogging too much about any of my own thoughts or feelings and have just been posting press releases.

I guess what they say about folks who have writers block… also pertains to those who have blogs.

Its not that I can’t think of something to write about… its just more about realizing the impact that my blog actually has on folks.

I haven’t posted nearly 20 – 30 comments that have been left on my blog regarding the suicide I witnessed in Waikiki on Halloween… not because I’m choosing to censor comments at all… it’s just that I was hoping this would blow over and folks from Sonoma, California would get over the fact that I saw something and wrote about it on my blog.

Here is the Obituary that was posted in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Patrick Cunnie

Photo Patrick Hugh Cunnie June 2, 1990 – November 1, 2010 On November 1, Patrick passed suddenly in Honolulu, HI. Patrick was a proud third generation San Franciscan, on both sides. He leaves behind his loving parents, Chris and Christine Cunnie. Pat was the well-tended younger brother of Jerome Christian and Michael Dugan. Raised in Sonoma, he was a graduate of Saint Francis Solano School, Class of 2004. Pat continued on to his father’s alma mater, Archbishop Riordan High School. He was a proud graduate of the Class of 2008, where his classmates voted him the funniest senior. Patrick continued on to Chaminade University in Honolulu, where he was diligently working towards his degree in English literature. His goal was to return to Riordan and teach English. Patrick was loved by his extensive family, including his 38 first cousins, several aunts and uncles, and his grandparents Jerome and Bernice Petersen. Pat was predeceased by his grandparents, James and Katherine Cunnie, and by his uncle, and namesake, Patrick Jerome Petersen. Though challenged by our loss, it is with faith and gratitude for Patrick’s life, and in anticipation of his spirit’s continuing influence over us, that we lay him to rest. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 P.M., at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 601 W. Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma CA. The family requests donations to Archbishop Riordan High School in Patrick’s name. 175 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.

Buddha’s Cup Wins Prestigious Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition

Manny Ochoa and Christine Colmane, co-owners, Buddha’s Cup took first place at the 2010 Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition held at Keauhou Beach Resort. Buddha’s Cup is a 24-acre farm with approximately 6 acres planted in Kona coffee and is located at the 2,300-foot elevation in Holualoa.

2010 Cupping Winner

“Being the winner is good! It makes all the hard work and dedication to growing Kona coffee pay off. We grow and process our coffee in the old style including drying our coffee in wood,” Manny said happily, but humble. “Our farm has been in the finals for the past eight years. Last year after placing in the finals yet again, one of the judges gave me some advice and here we are today.”

Second place was awarded to Kuaiwi Farms, a 100% certified organic Estate coffee located in Captain Cook. Third place was awarded to Brazen Hazen Kona Coffee, located in Holualoa.

Sixty Kona coffee farmers submitted entries into this year’s Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. Sixteen entries advanced to today’s final round.

Each coffee farm submitted a 50-pound sample from which five pounds were actually entered into competition. To be eligible, the coffee submitted must have been harvested in Kona. The Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition is a blind tasting. Once the entry is accepted, it is simply assigned a number to protect its anonymity. These numbers are changed midway into the cupping, between the preliminary and final rounds, to keep the judges’ palates alert throughout the competition.

The coffee samples, both green and roasted, are placed on a long table for the judges to independently evaluate. The judges look for high marks in these six categories: fragrance, aroma, taste, nose, aftertaste and body.

Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping Competition
First Place Winners

2010            Buddha’s Cup
2009            Wolf Farms
2008            Hoshide Farms
2007            Kona Old Style/Kuaiwi Farm
2006            Pearl Estate Organics
2005            Rancho Aloha
2004            Lafayette Coffee
2003            Kona Coffee & Tea Co.
2002            Koa Coffee Plantation
2001            Wood Captain Cook Estate
2000            The Other Farm
1999            Dragon Roast Coffee
1998            Brockston Gate Estate
1997            Terry Fitzgerald Estate
1996            Keokea Kona Farm
1995            Kona Kulana Farms
1994            Perry Estate Farms
1993            Keopu Mauka Lani Plantation
1992            Kona Kulana Farms
1991            Wailapa Farms
1990            Island Girl Coffee
1989            Wailapa Farms
1988            Faye Takashiba
1987            Tojiro Motoki

Contact Manny Ochoa, Buddha’s Cup 808-756-3580 or visit .