Win Essay House and Weird Ties to Castle House?

I received the following email from a friend  a  few months ago and I figure since the Win Essay House contest people are now starting to target us locally… I’ll throw this out on the table for anyone that wants to look it over I’m pretty much tired of this whole gambit but it’s a […]

Scam House “Win Hawaiian Essay House” Now Changes Oprah Wording on Contest

So the $100 Essay SCAM house is still up and running… However, now they have changed the wording on the Oprah Claims!  I can’t wait until they announce the winners of the house to learn more about them. ;) This scam is run by Mark Samwick and I’ve blogged about it previously here as well […]

“Spitfire Grill” The Movie that “Essay House” Scams are Based Upon

I’ve been writing about the Essay Houses that a mainland scammer named Mark Samwick has been running of late. Here is the movie that has inspired this whole genre of essay houses (I’m trying to find a copy that has more then just the “Score” from the movie): [youtube=] “An aging woman wants to put […]

Tuck’s Smuck Award #2: Mark Samwick Essay House Promoter

This is my second installment of Tuck’s Smuck Awards: SMUCK:  MARK SAMWICK ESSAY CONTEST PROMOTER Mark Samwick has been spamming sites trying to get his essay houses promoted across the United States for the last 12 years. Recently the schemer has entered the Hawaii market and is offering a Hawaii House for one of his […]

Essay House Contest Promoter Makes Comments

I just received the following comment: ————————————————————————— Why is it that you don’t think the Hawaiian Home Essay Contest is “legit”? Skill contests like this are legal in all 50 states as long as no element of chance enters into the selection of the winners. Having a panel of unnamed judges (unnamed to all but […]

Maui House Essay Contest Begins Today

I forgot to mention that the Maui House Essay contest begins today. It looks like they added a picture of the front of the house: I still can not verify much about this… so before you drop $100.00 on this buggah… let me investigate some more. I’m sure one of the site owners is going […]

Maui House is Actually an Essay Contest… Not Raffle

I wrote a blog earlier about a Maui House that is on the blocks. Julie Swigart made the following comment regarding the post… so I thought I would post her comment here for clarification purposes: “The contest DOES NOT BEGIN until this Thursday, and it is NOT a raffle. It is an essay contest as […]

Castle House or Puppy Mill – Resident Threatens to Release 30 Dogs in Seaview

The “Castle House” in the Kalapana-Seaview area of the Big Island has had their share of problems in the last few years. Many years ago I blogged about the illegal scam they were running by inviting folks to “Pay $100 to write an Essay” to possibly win a brand new house.  That scam pretty much […]

Big Island Student Finalist in “America the Beautiful” National Essay Contest

After receiving nearly 12,000 essays from 7th through 12th graders across the country, Rand McNally has announced the ten finalists in its “America the Beautiful” short essay contest. The ten finalists have been notified and will arrive in Washington, D.C. for a June 15 ceremony at which two Grand Prize winners will be named. The […]

Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest: No Refunds Given Yet

As expected, it looks like the  “Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest” was and still is a SCAM.  Big Island Chronicle legitimized this contest originally on December 10th of last year…. and they are still waiting on checks… Pfft. I even warned Tiffany that same day that she should pull her blog posting, however, she insisted […]

“Win Hawaiian Home Essay Scam” Using KGMB Footage Even Though KGMB Pulled It

Here we go again. Less then a week ago, the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Scam set up a video on youtube trying to solicit more people to submit essays. When will this scam end?  I first reported on this scam back in September. I find it funny that KGMB would make me pull a freaking […]

More on the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest

Big Island Weekly has published more this week on the Win Hawaiian Home Essay Contest that I don’t think is very legit. They seem to have removed the previous article that was in this edition. Some interesting things that I’m learning more about this webmistress named Shirley Bradbury the BIW reported about. …Smith and webmistress […]

Hawaii Couple to Give $100,000 to Anyone Who Can Find Buyer of Their Home(s)

This sounds a bit more realistic then the $100 Essay Contests offered here and here. …In a grim real estate market where homebuilders and sellers across the nation are offering incentives from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to wide-screen TVs, a Hawaii couple is upping the ante by offering a $100,000 bounty to anyone who can locate a […]

“Hawaii: Next 50 Contest” Offers New Prize

A new prize will allow students winners of the Hawaii: Next 50 Contest to interface with innovation professionals and navigate their ideas from conception to reality. Sultan Ventures will provide one-on-one mentorship opportunities for the winners in each contest category as well as host an innovation boot camp for the top-24 scoring participants. The 2017 […]

2016 “Hawaii: Next 50” Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 Hawaii: Next 50 Contest were honored as conductors of change on the floor of the Hawaii State House of Representatives today, followed by a luncheon with former Governor George Ariyoshi. More than 350 students statewide submitted essay, poster, and video submissions with ideas from new ways on harnessing solar, wind, […]

Konawaena Student is Driving Force Behind Sustainability Resolution

Two years ago an essay contest on sustainability caught the attention of Trevor Tanaka, currently a senior at Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island. He realized that he did not know a lot about sustainability and, more importantly, while private schools incorporated sustainable education into their courses, it was woefully absent from the public school […]

Big Island Youth to Attend National Youth Leadership Institute in Tennessee

North Hawai’i Drug-Free Coalition is pleased to announce the three Hawai’i Island youth delegates (and two adult advisors) who will attend to National Youth Leadership Institute (NYLI) at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Mid-Year Conference in Nashville, Tennessee July 23-26. Youth delegates were selected by a team of 5 NHDFC leaders, based on a […]

Big Island Weekly on the “Win Hawaiian Home Contest”

I’m just going to simply cut and paste this here and bold a few things that I think need to be said, as I believe I am the “Blogger” that is mentioned in this article, and I don’t want any confusion about anything.  I have never contacted Sherri Smith ever!!! I have only blogged about […]

Smuck Hall of Fame

SMUCK HALL OF FAME For info on the origin of the Smuck Award… Click Here If you would like to read about the smuck, click on the sign: CURRENT SMUCK : Posted 2/19/09 Posted 12/30 Posted 12/20/09 Posted 12/17/09 Mark Samwick Previous Winner: 12/26/08 Previous Winner: 12/24/08 Previous Winner: 11/23/08 Previous Winner: 10/14/08 Previous Winner: […]

Update on the Bogus Twitter Person

Well it looks like my little friend @internetpolice wont be bothering people with Bogus stuff about me anymore. Who goes there? Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here. Very interesting that @castleinhawaii posted the exact same message  at about the same […]