Barry Flanagan of HAPA, Opens for Five for Fighting at the Royal Kona Resort

Last night was the Five for Fighting concert at the Royal Kona Resort and I just thought I’d write a quick post on Barry Flanagan, the guy that opened the concert for Five for Fighting.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

Local boy Barry Flanagan of the group HAPA put on acoustic show that was awesome!  The weather was beautiful and the sun was just setting making for a great concert vibe.

Barry Flanagan opens for Five for Fighting at the Royal Kona Resort

A gorgesou Kona sunset

The Royal Kona Resort was the host of this great concert with Barry Flanagan and Five for Fighting and the amphitheater area of the resort was packed with folks.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

The crowd settles in for the concert

He talked to the crowd in between the songs and one thing he mentioned, was that when his group HAPA was touring recently… Sendai, Japan was the last stop of their tour so the Japan Tsunami has really affected him.


I spy a Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort worker in the crowd!

I caught him backstage after he opened and he was very emotional about doing his first solo performance in front of such a large crowd as he normally performs with the entire band.  He had the following to say about the Japan Tsunami disaster and is obviously still emotional about it:


Here is more information from his biography:

Barry Flanagan is an American singer-songwriter and musician and founder of the internationally acclaimed and award winning World Music group HAPA. Flanagan is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocal performances and ocean awareness projects. Born in New York City and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Flanagan came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1980 to study and explore the Art of Kiho Alu, or Slack-Key Guitar, and Haku Mele, Hawaiian poetic song composing. Flanagan heard the recordings of Ry Cooder and Hawaiian Slack Key icon Gabby Pahinui while living in Colorado, which inspired Flanagan’s first visit and eventual move to Hawaii. Flanagan immersed himself in Hawaiian Culture and Art, seeking out Native speakers, Teachers and Composers of Hawaiian Poetry along with legendary Hawaiian Slack key players, passionately studying all the indigenous art forms with Hawaii as the backdrop. An “eternal wellspring of inspiration for Artists and Writers from around the globe” is how Flanagan describes Hawaii.

A prolific composer and performer, and one of Hawaii’s most respected and celebrated Recording Artists and Producers, Barry Flanagan has composed some of Hawaii’s popular songs of the last three decades. In 1994, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts honored Flanagan, and Hawaiian Language Professor S.H. Kiope Raymond, with the prestigious “Haku Mele” award, an acknowledgement for Excellence in the Art of Song Composition in the Native Hawaiian Language. In 2004, Flanagan co-composed a song with friend Kenny Loggins for his Grammy nominated “More Songs from Pooh Corner” release. The song, entitled “Hana Aluna Lullaby” includes a chorus in the Hawaiian language, making this the first song utilizing Hawaiian lyrics to receive that distinction.

HAPA’s benchmark self-entitled first release in 1994 still remains the number one selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music, sweeping all six categories it was nominated for at the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy’s. “HAPA” was Produced, Composed, and Arranged by Flanagan, with supporting vocal performances by Grammy Award winning singer Kenny Loggins and Guitar performance by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Stephen Stills.

All follow up HAPA recordings, 1997’s “In The Name of Love”(“The year’s best album”-Honolulu Advertiser); 1999’s  “Namahana”(“A Masterpiece”-The San Francisco Chronicle) and 2005’s “MAUI”debuted in Billboard Magazine’s World Magazine’s Top Ten.

Currently, HAPA’s music can be heard in the Adam Sandler Movie “Just Go With It”, released in theaters Febuary 2011.

Director Dennis Dugan also featured HAPA as “the band” in the movie’s supper club scene shot on Maui in May 2010.–best-guys–provide-the-music-when-Adam-Sandler–Jennifer-Aniston–Just-Go-With-It-.html?nav=5014

Maui County Offers Temporary Stays for Japanese Disaster Victims

Aloha for JapanHawaii County should do the same as what Maui County is now offering the folks of Japan:

Maui Managing Director Keith A. Regan

Maui Managing Director Keith A. Regan

Hawaii’s Maui County has offered to invite victims of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami to stay on the Polynesian islands.

Maui Managing Director Keith A. Regan visited the Fukushima city office on April 20, offering to accept Japanese people there who were left without a home because of the quake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture to the county, which includes Maui Island, the second-largest island in Hawaii.

Regan, who visited Japan on behalf of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, said Hawaiians want to support disaster victims. About 120 households in his county alone have volunteered to host Japanese evacuees, he added.

The visitors will only be allowed to stay in the U.S. for a maximum of three months — the length of a tourist visa — but Regan said he hopes the evacuees will take the opportunity to relax on the islands…

More Here: Hawaii’s Maui County Offers Temporary Stay for Japanese Disaster Victims

Hawaii Senator Gilbert Kahele Goes Online

Strange… He’s already launched his site, but he wants us to view the “official launch of his site”?  Can there be anything more exciting then to watching someone starting a website? ;)

Well at least he’s learning and trying to get with the times.

Media Release:

On Tuesday, April 26th 2011 at 6:00 pm, Hawai’i State Senator Gilbert Kahele will launch his new website,, which he hopes will allow him another means to communicate to and interact with the people of Senatorial District 2 on the Island of Hawai’i.

Hawaii Senator Gilbert Kahele

Hawaii Senator Gilbert Kahele

“Having been in session at the legislature over the last few months, I’ve found that social media is a valuable way to interact with and listen to the unique communities on the Island of Hawai’i and across our State”, says Kahele. “Although I prefer to see people face-to-face, it is my hope that this website will be another avenue to reach as many kama’aina as possible.”

The website features useful tools, including:

  • The latest news about Senator Kahele
  • Current priorities for the various districts that comprise Senatorial District 2
  • Content and status of bills that the Senator has introduced, sponsored or supports
  • A calendar of Senator Kahele’s current and future activities and events
  • Opportunities to sponsor or host an event with Senator Kahele
  • Monthly “Talk Story 2.0 with Senator Gil Kahele” live web chats where you can join the discussion about specific issues in Senatorial District 2

Visit the website at  to view the live streaming video of Senator Kahele’s official launch.

Lobster For Under $10.00… It’s True!

So I’ve been craving lobster for quite some time now and it’s always so damn expensive in the restaurants that I simply pass on splurging.  I learned of Kona Cold Lobster a few years back and today I finally had a chance to stop in and pick myself up some Maine Lobster!

Maine Lobster in Hawaii

Maine Lobster in Hawaii

The place is located in the NELHA complex all the way down at the very end of the road. 73-4460 Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Suite 103, Kailua Kona


I was expecting a much larger facility but it was rather small.

Lobster Holding Pens

Lobster Holding Pens

I asked the owner how much it was and he told me I could get four 5-oz tails for $30.00 bucks. I quickly did the math and figured that was $7.50 a tail. So I picked up $90.00 worth which was 12 tails. (No tax… and no tipping!)

Kona Cold Lobster

Kona Cold Lobster

So I picked up 12 tails… enough for my family and I to have Four Lobster Dinners… All for under $10.00 Each!

You can see the price menu here as they also offer other seafood such as Dungeness Crab and Abalone.

They also sell crab

They also sell crab and other seafoods

Kona Cold Lobster will also ship to Oahu, Maui and Kauai… of course there is a bit of a shipping charge.

Armed Robbery Investigation Leads to Drugs and Guns

Media Release:

Big Island police have charged two men and a woman with a variety of crimes, including firearms and narcotics offenses, following an investigation of a reported armed robbery.

On Sunday (April 17), two Kona men reported to Kona patrol officers that on Thursday (April 14), while they were in their pickup truck with two male acquaintances, one of the acquaintances brandished a handgun, threatened the victims and forced them to hand over their personal belongings. The acquaintances then forced the victims to drive to an undisclosed location, where they took their truck.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and were able to identify 34-year-old Kali Laulea of California as one of the suspects. Police issued an all-points bulletin for Laulea, believing him to be armed.

On Tuesday (April 19), officers observed Laulea to be a passenger in a sports-utility vehicle being driven by 24-year-old Katrina Denison of Captain Cook on the Keāhole Airport Access Road. Police conducted a traffic stop on the SUV and arrested Laulea for the robbery without incident.

At that point, the officers observed a sedan traveling toward them in an unsafe manner that nearly caused the car to run off the road. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the car, which was occupied by 27-year-old Viliami Tafea of Nevada and 23-year-old Sialeataonga Laulea of California. After developing additional information, officers prepared search warrants for both vehicles.

On Wednesday (April 20), Area II Vice Officers served the search warrant on the SUV that had been occupied by Kali Laulea and Denison and recovered a loaded firearm, several rounds of unspent ammunition, 0.6 grams of marijuana, a marijuana smoking pipe and items belonging to one of the robbery victims.

That same day, Area II Vice Officers served the search warrant on the car that had been occupied by Sialeataonga Laulea and Tafea and recovered approximately one pound of cocaine with a street value of $25,000 and 2 grams of marijuana.

Kali Laulea

Kali Laulea

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Kali Laulea with attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, attempted drug paraphernalia, promoting detrimental drugs, place to keep (pistol), two counts of place to keep (ammunition), two counts of ownership prohibited and carrying a loaded firearm on a public highway. His bail was set at $162,500.

Katrina Denison

Katrina Denison

Katrina Denison was charged with attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, attempted drug paraphernalia, promoting detrimental drugs, place to keep (pistol), two counts of place to keep (ammunition) and carrying a loaded firearm on a public highway. Her bail was set at $23,250.

Viliami Tafea

Viliami Tafea

Viliami Tafea was charged with first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia, promoting detrimental drugs and driving without a license. His bail was set at $12,200.

All three are being held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Monday (April 25).

Sialeataonga Laulea was released without charges pending further investigation.

Police are continuing their search for a man identified as Laulea’s accomplice in the robbery.

Waikoloa Ukulele Jam

Waikoloa Ukulele Jam

Waikoloa Ukulele Jam

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Celebrates Merrie Monarch Festival with FREE Hawaiian Programs April 27 – 29

Media Release:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will celebrate the 48th annual Merrie Monarch Festival by offering Park visitors free ‘Ike Hana No‘eau (Experience the Skillful Work) Hawaiian cultural programs and live Hawaiian music Wednesday through Friday, April 27 – 29.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

Keiki Hāliko and Hi‘ilei Hauanio wearing lei.

All programs are offered free of charge at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lanai
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Park admission fees apply.)

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture through these fun programs:

Nose Flute Workshop. Join Park Ranger Adrian Boone and volunteer Ed
Shiinoki and create your own ‘ohe hano ihu, or bamboo nose flute.
Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. will also perform.  When: Wed., Apr.
27; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lei Making. Patricia Kaula and her daughter Lehua Hauanio will share the
art of lei making. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula
dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and much more. Lei can be made from many items, including leaves, flowers, shells and seeds. When: Thurs., Apr. 28 and Fri., Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feather Kahili Making. Join the Makuakāne ‘ohana as they share the arts of
Hawaiian culture.  Violet May and daughter Helene will demonstrate the art
of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Join them and make your
own kahili to take home. Singer/songwriter Kenneth Makuakāne will play
original songs from his solo albums, The Dash and Makuakāne. When: Thurs.
Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Create Ahu Lā‘ī.  Ahu Lā‘ī, or ti leaf capes, were fashioned by attaching
individual stems of the ti leaf to a net mesh. It was worn over the
shoulders to protect the wearer from driving winds and rains. Join Park
Ranger Jason Zimmer as he shares his knowledge and skills in making a cape, or better yet, try your hand and add a few leaves to the cape. When: Thurs. Apr. 28 and Fri. Apr. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Podium Raceway Kart Clinic Next Tuesday

Podium Raceway