Fair Wind Status Post Tsunami

Last July I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with the Fair Winds tour company out of Keauhou Bay on the Big Island.   I was saddened to hear that their main facility was destroyed by the recent tsunami.  They released the following release this afternoon regarding their business:

Media Release:

We are touched by the outpouring of concern for our staff and facilities following the tsunami of early Friday morning March 11. As a result of the massive earthquake in Japan, many locations along the west coast of Hawaii Island were damaged by a tsunami, including Keauhou Bay.

The good news is that our two vessels, Fair Wind II and Hula Kai, were safely out at sea and were not damaged in any way. However, buildings at Keauhou Bay (our check-in facility, another ocean adventure operator’s building and the Keauhou Yacht Club) sustained significant damage requiring extensive repairs.

The Hula Kai moored at it's dock before the tsunami

Immediately following the event Fair Wind began cleanup efforts in around the Bay.  Fair Wind operations will resume on a regular basis beginning Wednesday, March 16. Fortunately, the Kealakekua Bay area near the Captain Cook Monument shows minimal signs of the Tsunami.

We have setup a temporary satellite office at a separate location from our check-in building at the Bay while repairs are being made. Additionally, we will have a modified check-in location outside of our office at Keauhou Bay during normal check-in times for both Fair Wind and Hula Kai cruises.

The Hula Kai at the docks before the tsunami

We invite guests to join us on a cruise soon to scenic, pristine Kealakekua Bay and other locales along the rugged Kona coast. Fair Wind has shared ocean wonders with visitors for the past 40 years and looks forward to another 40 years and more of offering our award-winning tradition of excellence and aloha that has earned the company a reputation as the first choice among residents and visitors for ocean adventure. Mahalo.


Governor Abercrombie Comes to the Big Island Following Tsunami

Governor Neil Abercrombie toured Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua to see the damages that were caused by the Tsunami that hit on March 12th following the earthquake of Japan.

Here are some pictures he has posted on his Facebook account today:

Governor assessing damage near Kona Pier and Hulihe'e Palace on Hawaii Island

Governor assessing damage near Kona Pier and Hulihe'e Palace on Hawaii Island

Gov. Abercrombie surveying tsunami damage at Kealakekua Bay

Gov. Abercrombie surveying tsunami damage at Kealakekua Bay

After touring Kailua-Kona and Kealakekua he appeared before the Hawaii County Public Safety Committee.

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage

Gov. Abercrombie appearing before the Hawaii County Council Public Safety Committee regarding tsunami damage

Next Stop TV Does the Big Island… Behind the Scenes

During the last week, travel adventurer John Olson and his television crew from Next Stop TV have been cruising around the Big Island filming places and adventures for their upcoming show that will be featuring The Big Island of Hawaii.

I don’t want to give away the whole show but yesterday I got to tag along with the camera crew and actually be on the show as they went on a waterfall hiking adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hawaii Forest and Trails Guide Rob Pacheco talks to John Olson as the camera crew films

We began the day on the Hamakua Coast and got shuttled up to our “hiking” locations in this six wheel pinzgauer.

Inside the Pinzgauer

We crossed streams and went off roading around the Kohala Mountains giving us quite the thrilling ride.

Literally in the bushes!

We stopped at waterfalls along the way while guide Pacheco talked to the camera crew and us about waterfalls and other folklore about the area.

Robert Pacheco talks to the Next Stop TV crew

We got the shortened version of Kohala Waterfalls Adventure tour which was pretty cool since I didn’t have to hike quite as far but still got to see lots of waterfalls and the camera crew didn’t have to hike around with all the heavy camera equipment.

Another waterfall

When I asked guide Pacheco about the names of the waterfalls he told me that there were so many waterfalls that they simply didn’t have names.

Another waterfall

It was a beautiful day and despite the fact that there hadn’t been much rain lately the waterfalls were still spectacular.

And another waterfall!

Some of the waterfalls had places that looked like you could just jump in and take a swim.

Swimming Hole?

And eventually a couple of the folks did jump in at one of the waterfalls.

Cooling off!

We are very lucky to live in Hawaii and have all these natural waterfalls!

Another Waterfall!

This particular Hawaii episode is scheduled to air locally on KHNL beginning April 30th after it’s been edited and will also be aired on the mainland and then also is being syndicated in certain parts of the country.

About Next Stop TV:

NEXT STOP is a new TV travel show featuring the places and the people that make each of our destinations unique. We’ll show you where to go, what to do and how to do it. Fun & positive entertainment is the theme of every show, fetauring local music, sports & activities, local flavors and much more. NEXT STOP not only takes you to fabulous places, but we’ll giv eyou an insider’s look into each of our featured locations.

The creative team that earned seven Emmy nominations for PDXposed uses their accumulated experites in the field of travel to bring you a positive travel experience that delivers the true essence and pulse of each locale. Join host and world travel expert Jon Olson as he takes you to amazing desitnations and introduces you to some of each region’s local residents who define that area’s personality and culture.

We’re not the news and we’re not your average travel show. We’ll take the best of our favorite shows and add our own fun and positive spin! NEXT STOP is your window to your next vacation!

Next Stop TV Host John Olson himself was a great guy and it will be interesting to see what footage they decide to use and what footage gets left on the table so to speak.

A bridge that's part of the Kohala Ditch

They finished shooting at this spot along the Hamakua Coast

The crew finishes shooting for the day

The segment and “hike” ended at a secluded lookout over the Hamakua Coast that was seriously one of the most impressive views of Hawaii I have seen in a long time!

Closing segment

I signed a release form that said they could use my voice and images on TV but I’m not too sure how much footage of me will actually make the broadcast but it will be interesting to see how the show turns out.

Behind the scenes

Lighthouse Delicatessen Gets New Menu… Try The Classic Reuben Pastrami!!!

Yesterday I was invited to the Lighthouse Delicatessen in Hawi for lunch and it was the first time I’ve ever been to this “little hole in the wall” establishment.

The Lighthouse Delicatessen

They recently changed their menu so I got to try something from their new menu.



They let me sample a “Classic Reuben – Pastrami Style Sandwich” … except I asked them to take out the sauerkraut as I don’t like the stuff and the person standing next to me told me that the sauerkraut  was what makes it a Reuben… but I didn’t mind it being just a pastrami sandwich.

Pastrami on Rye

Most people that know me… know I love pastrami sandwiches!  This sandwich was one of the best pastrami sandwiches I have ever had and I’m not just saying it because it was free!

One of the other folks that were with us ordered the meatball sandwich and they also stated that it was really good!

Meatball Sandwich

The only problem for me… is that the restaurant is located so far away from where I live!  Its  located in The Kohala Trade Center at 55-3419 Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi next to of course “Lighthouse Liquors”.

The Lighthouse Delicatessen is located right next to Lighthouse Liquors

I was told that the reason the restaurant opened was because the folks at Lighthouse Liquors next door wanted a place to eat so they opened up their own deli.

Inside of Lighthouse Liquors

Besides sandwiches and ready to eat items you can also purchase deli meats by the pound.

Bulk Deli Meats

I will definitely be eating there the next time I’m in Hawi.  I just wish that we had one on this side of the island!  It’s a bit more expensive then subway… but you get what you pay for and this is definitely worth the extra chunk of change