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My Top Adventures of 2010… Numbers 2 and 1

If you have been following my blog, then you will know that I have been counting down the top adventures that I got to go on this year.

So today I post #2 adventure which was having the opportunity to go up in a C-17 Military transport plane.

Me in front of the C-17 I would later fly in

Simulating an aerial drop over the Big Island…

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Getting escorted by F-16’s

and then sitting in the cockpit of the plane when we landed!

The very next day… brought me to my #1 Adventure that I got to do this year and that was Landing on the aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan and Catapulting off!

The USS Ronald Reagan

This was definitely the highlight of the year as they literally caught us by a wire as we landed on the carrier… but only after we missed catching the wire the first time!

We missed the wire on our first approach and had to gun it off the end and try it again where we were successful on the second attempt.

It was an awesome experience as when we were leaving… they actually catapulted us off in a COD Jet.

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Out of all the folks that got to go… I was the only one brave enough to ask the Commander of the USS Ronald Reagan for a Commanders Coin and he gave me one!

This was a great trip and I’m sure it’s a once in a lifetime that an ordinary joe blow like me… gets invited on these buggahs… So a big Mahalo to the Captain Kenneth Norton and the US Pacific Fleet for having me aboard!

Top 10 Adventures in 2010… Numbers 6 and 5

Continuing on with my top 10 adventures in 2010 today brings us to adventures 6 and 5.

Coming in at #6 was having the chance to get up on stage with Third Eye Blind after the Don the Beach Comber’s Mai Tai Festival and Battle of the BBQ Contest at the Royal Kona Resort.

Not only did I get to watch them rehearse during their sound check I actually went on stage for about five minutes and caught some great pictures from that perspective.

The concert was actually after the Mai Tai Festival where Oahu bartender Christian Self walked away with a $10,000 check for the best Mai Tai.

It was a great day in that earlier folks had the chance to stuff themselves at the BBQ cook-off!

I’d like to thank the folks at The Royal Kona Resort for hooking me up with the above weekend!

Coming in at #5 was getting the opportunity to go up in a helicopter with Televisions own Howard Dicus and his wife and a Hawaii News Now cameraman.

Me, Howard Dicus and wife Bernadette and the Hawaii News Now Camerman

This was an awesome trip provided by Paradise Helicopters and the Big Island Visitors Bureau where we got a 3 hour customized tour of the Big Island! We started off down the Hamakua coast and made it almost as far as Waimea.

Just one of many waterfalls and valleys we got to see.

We then headed south and when we got to the active lava flows, we flew with the doors off of the helicopter so we could totally feel the heat of the lava flows.

Pu`u `O`o Crater

This was the first time that I had ever flew on a helicopter so it was quite an experience for me.

Howard on the other hand seemed like an old pro about it and even wrote on his blog posting “Up, up and away  over the Big Island“:

Many people say they won’t ride a helicopter because it scares them, but I have got to tell you that I find helicopter tours smoother and they provide better viewing of Hawaii’s beautiful scenery.

Bernadette and I took our first helicopter tour with Blue Hawaiian on Maui last year, and Thursday we toured part of the Big Island with Cal Dorn, owner of Paradise Helicopters. With us was Damon Tucker, who writes one of my favorite Hawaii-based blog…

Tomorrow – Mai Tai Fest, Third Eye Blind and 2nd Annual Battle of the BBQ

REMINDER:

The Second Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival “BATTLE OF THE BBQ” is now accepting applications IS TOMORROW!

The festival will be held on the grounds of the Royal Kona Resort on August 14, 2010. It’s all about Mai Tai’s, Don the Beachcomber, Tiki culture and island fun! There is no fee to participate and you will be given $100 to offset your costs. What you create with it is your ticket to winning the PEOPLE’s CHOICE award(s)

The Two GRAND PRIZES:

5-night stay for two at Royal Lahaina Resort in deluxe ocean view room, 2 tickets to the Royal Lahaina luau, food and beverage credit of $500 and 2 RT Air Travel from Kona to Kahului plus a round of golf for two at Kaanapali Golf course!

Please provide at least 300 taster pieces; we are shooting for 500 attendees.

You have free creative expression for your dish and booth; however, we might recommend promoting Big Island spirit and lighthearted fun – as this event is about the fun that Mai Tai’s create! Keep in mind our theme when styling out your booth – again, HAVE FUN with this one!

Event electricity is limited; please do not plan on using high current appliances. Please contact us immediately if your entry requires significant electricity use on-site.

Your food booth:

1. Two (2) tables with cloths will be provided – PLEASE DECORATE….remember Mai Tai’s, Tikis, hula girls, palm trees, island icons….

2. Please bring all serving utensils, napkins, plates, lights, extension cords etc. necessary for your booth.

3. Food safety regulations require that you bring 10X10 Tent and lights; Please advise if you do not have a tent and we will work to provide one for you. Please advise if you do not have a charcoal grill and one will be provided for you.

4. Royal Kona will provide your booth with hand sanitation per regulations

SET UP/BREAK DOWN:

1. Set up can begin anytime after 7am with doors opening at 10 am; your taster should be ready by 11am

2. You will be assigned a booth number prior to your arrival and booths will be marked accordingly

3. The booths will shut down at 2pm

CONTEST RUN-DOWN:

1. Guests will purchase ticket to enter event and be given 2 Ballots:

a. People’s Choice Best Tasting

b. People’s Choice – Best all around Presentation – food and Booth

2. It’s BATTLE OF THE BBQ…A Charcoal BBQ must be used for some element of your taster.

3. Royal Kona Resort is happy to be hosting and participating in the event this year and as the Winner of People’s Choice last year will not be eligible to accept votes.

Battle of the BBQ

Wordless Wednesday – 3EB Three Days Away

Third Eye Blind Coming to the Big Island for 2nd Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival

I’m stoked that Third Eye Blind will be playing at the Royal Kona Resort during the 2nd Annual Mai Tai Festival that is coming up in August!

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This song was stuck in my head for a few months!

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