Regional Maritime Leaders Gather in Hawaii for College’s Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course

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Naval officers from 13 nations gathered at the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii Feb. 10-16 for the Naval War College’s Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) course for international flag and general officers.

PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 10, 2011) Adm. Patrick M. Walsh discusses regional issues from his perspective as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander during the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) course. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Luke Perry)

The week-long course brought together 24 attendees, with naval officers from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States attending. In addition to international naval attendees, this year’s CFMCC course included the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry K. Thomas, Jr., and one officer each from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps…

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Wordless Wednesday – Captain Cooked Cooking, Borders Cooked

Due to the impending Borders Book Store chain bankruptcy filing this week, Borders stores in Hawaii have had to cancel their highly anticipated author book signing event of Captain Cooked by S.P. Grogan.

“I am extremely disappointed,” said author Grogan, “Especially since the Borders in Kailua-Kona had sold out of all their inventory of Captain Cooked.” It is expected Borders locally will continue to be open and operating as usual after the bankruptcy filing.

I got a chance to review the book back in August

Captain Cooked Book Signing Tour, labeled “Beware of Boiling Cauldrons,” is still scheduled to be at other island locations.  A part of the book sale proceeds is being contributed to the island’s Food Basket program, so the non-profit food bank organization is encouraging fans of island mystery thrillers, as well as good eats, to turn out.

"Watch out for boiling cauldongs", S.P. Grogan wrote inside the copy of my book

Captain Cooked Author Signing Schedule:

  • Saturday, February 19th at Basically Books 160 Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo 2 pm (800.903.6277)
  • Sunday, February 20th   10am, Big Island Geocachers at Island Lava Java restaurant, 75-5799 Ali’i Dr., on Kona Bay in Kailua-Kona  — free event, open to public
  • Sunday, February 20th Royal Kona Resort with book cover Tiki artist Brad Parker, 4 pm to sunset,  75-5852 Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona
  • Tuesday, March 1st, Kona Stories in Kailua-Kona 6 pm ‘Words & Wine’    –Keauhou Shopping Center,  78-6831 Ali’i Drive (808.324-0350)

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Coming in April – Five for Fighting

The Royal Kona Resort presents Five for Fighting one night only!

Live and under the stars – An intimate performance as -Singer/songwriter John Ondrasik performs his deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. This can be heard on the past four albums by Five For Fighting, the band name under which he records and performs. Ondrasik’s debut album, the critically acclaimed, Message for Albert, was released in 1997. Five For Fighting’s breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD.

APRIL 21, 2011
Thursday Night
Opening Act – TBD – 90% Barry Flanagan – Solo Sessions
Doors 6:00 PM

VIP $85 – Premier Table Seating, Table Service and 2 Drink Tickets – Tables can only be reserved if buying 10 tickets.
GENERAL ADMISSION $65 – Theater style seating