Staying at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and Coming Away With Money!

Last week I went to Las Vegas for my friend’s bachelor party and we stayed at the “New”  Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

Outside the Tropicana

I say “new” because it’s recently gone through a huge remodel and everyone that I spoke to around the place that were regulars at the place talked about how nice it had become of late.


Big Island resident and famous comedian Roseanne Barr is currently doing shows at the world famous comedy club the “Laugh Factory” at 7pm on many nights.  We went later in the evening and caught some other comics that had us laughing pretty hard.

Laugh Factory

Of course most folks tend to gamble in Vegas and I have to say the Tropicana dealers were especially kind to me.  Especially a dealer named “Tracey S.” that actually seemed more interested in peoples life’s then just bringing in money to the resort.  She really tried her best to explain the game clearly to those that were not very experienced at it and as someone who has lost money in the past do to some sneaky dealers… I appreciate a dealer that is honest about what they are doing!


They are still in the process of remodeling a restaurant that I have heard will become a buffet.  The pool at the Tropicana has consistently been ranked as one of the top pools on the strip.

Tropicana Pool

I got an excellent rate at the place because my friend had a bunch of rooms reserved under his name for his bachelor party so I’m glad I didn’t have to spend a lot for my rooms, however, when I looked at what the price of the rooms would have cost me… it was pretty reasonable for the time of the year and the location on the strip.

I did pretty good at the tables and I figure that after all of my expenses including airfare, hotel, food and entertainment… I came out about $600.00 bucks ahead for five days.  The real joy was spending time with folks I hadn’t seen in a long time… that was priceless!

Record of Decision for Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce that the Record of Decision for the Plan for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates has been signed. The Record of Decision describes the alternative the National Park Service (NPS) has selected to implement and why, and completes this important planning effort for the park.

The base of an ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree in Kahuku badly damaged by non-native ungulates. NPS Photo

The base of an ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree in Kahuku badly damaged by non-native ungulates. NPS Photo

The plan will provide a park-wide framework to systematically guide non-native ungulate management activities in a manner that supports long-term ecosystem protection, supports natural ecosystem recovery and provides desirable conditions for active ecosystem restoration, and supports protection and preservation of cultural resources.

The NPS’s preferred alternative includes a progression of management phases, monitoring, and considerations for the use of management tools; a population objective of zero non-native ungulates, or as low as practicable, in managed areas; complete boundary fencing for Kahuku and ‘Ōla‘a rainforest; and potential use of localized internal fencing to assist in the control of non-native ungulates. Control techniques would be primarily lethal, but non-lethal techniques could also be considered. Volunteer programs would continue, but modifications would be required for lethal removal programs to meet current NPS practices. The plan/EIS is available on the web at

The Record of Decision has been published on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at A copy of the Record of Decision may also be requested by contacting the park at One Crater Rim Drive, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718; or by phone at (808) 985-6026.



go! Offers Lift to Pacific Wings Passengers

go! Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline announced today that it will offer space-available accommodations at no cost for Pacific Wings ticket holders affected by the carrier’s shutdown.

Go Plane

Jonathan Ornstein, go!’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented “We have always been committed to helping the people of Hawaii get where they need to go, and we will do everything we can to support Pacific Wings passengers and minimize any inconvenience and disruption.” Passengers that show a printed confirmation of a Pacific Wings booking at the go! ticket counter may fly standby at no cost on their original scheduled day of departure and route.

This offer applies for routes served by go! operated jet flights, and does not include flights operated by Mokulele Airlines.  Please see for details.

About go! Airlines

go! Airlines is celebrating 7 years of bringing low fares on the most popular routes within the state of Hawai‘i.  Since 2006, the airline has been dedicated to bring inter-island air travel to the people of Hawai‘i with convenient routes for kama‘aina. go! passengers fly in the comfort of the airline’s all jet fleet and enjoy true island-style hospitality. To book your tickets visit


Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day

In recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all State of Hawaii flags be flown at half-staff alongside the flags of the United States at state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

“The people of Hawaii will join the nation in recognizing all state, county and federal law enforcement officers who protect us in our daily lives, often putting their own safety and well-being at risk,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Together with Police Week, this observance also serves as a reminder of the importance of every citizen doing his or her part, remaining vigilant against all forms of crime and acts of violence, and working with law officials in this shared responsibility toward a safe society.”

President Barack Obama has proclaimed May 15, 2013, as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and May 12 through May 18, 2013, as “Police Week.” The President also called upon all governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, and encouraged all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

Link to the Presidential Proclamation here.


Hawai‘i Wildlife Center Receives Wildlife Rescue Vehicle

Native birds and bats throughout the state now have a vehicle just for them at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.  Thanks to a generous challenge grant by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and dozens of individuals who rallied together to answer the challenge, the new state-of-the-art native wildlife rehabilitation facility now has an official vehicle that provides wildlife transport to and from the Center.

HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott with the new wildlife rescue vehicle

HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott with the new wildlife rescue vehicle

The new wildlife rescue vehicle could not have come at a better time.  Since the official launch of wildlife care in September 2012, the HWC has received sick and injured animals from all main Hawaiian Islands, many of which have needed to be picked up from the airport or from the pier.  With activity continuing to increase, the new vehicle provides a peace of mind that there will always be a safe, reliable vehicle available for wildlife rescue missions.

Says HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott, “this vehicle is extremely meaningful to us because it is a telling show of support from our statewide and national ‘ohana and our local community. We are thrilled to receive this critical resource and are excited about how it will increase our response capacity for the benefit of Hawai‘i’s native wildlife. Mahalo to everyone who made this happen!”

The vehicle has only been at the facility for two weeks, but has already been used to rescue a downed Newell’s Shearwater and to pick up supplies for the two Maui Nene and one O‘ahu ‘Auku‘u currently in care.

As the only facility of its kind in the State, HWC is continuously working on expanding its network of volunteer transporters to get sick and injured animals to the Center for care and healed, healthy animals to their appropriate release location, including back to their island of origin when necessary. If you would like to become a member of the HWC Wings for Wildlife air transport team or the Wheels for Wildlife ground transport team, please contact the Center at (808) 884-5000, Individuals from all islands are welcomed to join.

Wings for Wildlife Air Transport Information:

Wheels for Wildlife Ground Transport Information: