Next Stop TV – Big Island Edition Now Available on YouTube

In March of 2011, I was asked to be on the television show Next Stop TV where they filmed some adventures that were done here on the Big Island and the segment I was in was with Hawaii Forest & Trail.

Me inside the “Pinz” with Next Stop TV host John Olson.

The show aired a few months after we filmed it in different parts of America and I just noticed that Next Stop TV has loaded the full episode to YouTube and is now available for viewing:


French Polynesia President Visits Hawaii – “Extremely Productive Visit”

Hon. Oscar Manutahi Temaru’s weeklong Hawai‘i visit addressed key issues for French Polynesia

An official weeklong visit by His Excellency Oscar Manutahi Temaru, President of French Polynesia, concluded Friday (13 January 2012) with an official press conference at the Hawai‘i State Capitol. Also in attendance will be members of the French Polynesia delegation, Hon. Temauri Foster, Minister of Marine Resources, Hon. Kalani Teixera, Minister of Agriculture and the delegation’s official host, Hawai‘i State Senator J. Kalani English.

“Reaching out to our cousins in the Pacific is important – we share lineal and cultural bonds for hundreds, if not thousands of years,” said President Temaru, the island nation’s highest leader, “to continue to fulfill our obligation to this body of water we share, we must find ways to enhance our home and build partnerships and strengthen the current relationships.”


President Temaru and Governor Abercrombie

The South Pacific President and his delegation initiated their stay with an official visit with Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie. Both President Temaru and Governor Abercrombie agreed to initiate a memorandum of understanding between the two governments to increase synergistic partnerships and provide an ability for more French Polynesian students to study here in Hawai‘i. “Obtaining visas are difficult,” President Temaru mentioned while speaking with Hawai‘i leaders, “we must travel to Fiji – the only U.S. Embassy in our part of the Pacific – the logistics to work or study abroad is difficult.”A Division of Pae ‘Āina Communications

State of Hawai‘i Senate President Shan Tsutsui and members of the State Senate also hosted an event for the delegation where President Temaru echoed much of his sentiments shared with Governor Abercrombie.

Throughout the week the President met with key leaders from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Hawai‘i Convention Center and the University of Hawai‘i.

“Tahiti and Hawai‘i Island have a direct connection – a submarine communications cable from Kawaihae that extends to Tahiti among other islands in French Polynesia. We want to make sure we provide the best use and that it brings our cousins from Hawai‘i closer to us,” declared President Temaru.


President Temaru at the Capital

President Temaru and his delegation spent much of the week building relationships to assist creating more opportunities for the Country’s people and increase accessibility both for visitors and necessities alike. Meeting with executives from Hawaiian Airlines and Matson Navigation allowed the delegation to discuss lift capacities for the five archipelagos in French Polynesia and a potential port for Matson. “Currently we see visitor numbers of 170,000 individuals,” said Hiria Otto, Advisor to President Temaru, “our goal is to reach 250,000 individuals.”

President Temaru and his advisors also met with NBC Universal and Comcast executives to build French Polynesia as a viable destination for the film industry.

Officials from the Honolulu Marathon Association and Maui Marathon lent the French Polynesian delegation advice on building more support for the Tahiti Moorea Half Marathon now in its twenty-fourth year.


Mayor Arakawa and the President of French Polynesia Oscar Manutahi Temaru pose for a picture after exchanging gifts. (Photo County of Maui)

An official visit to Maui, where the delegation was greeted by Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, allowed the group to visit with the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Breadfruit Institute in Hāna. The delegation was able to see firsthand how the organization is assisting in research to develop crops to respond to critical global food security issues and potentially develop an immerging industry in French Polynesia.

While meeting with the Maui Invasive Species Committee, the delegation was able to see firsthand, how the committee addresses invasive flora on Maui, “Many of our main islands like Tahiti or Moorea have many invasive species – this meeting allowed us to discover new ways to deal with our invasive species,” said Teua Temaru, Advisor to President Temaru.

“While we may be separated by nationalities, we share the same ocean, we live on islands and our environments are similar. We must find ways to continue to work together and collectively solve problems and succeed together. Tahiti is our direct neighbor to the South, and we have a great opportunity now for closer business” said Senator English, “we have the opportunities and we must reach out and engage.”

President Temaru said “I look forward to continuing our discussions and relationships and will work efficiently to act on the opportunities created by a productive week, we shall create mutually beneficial relationships.”

Senator English ended by saying, “It was my honor to have arranged the President’s visit to Hawai‘i, and commend him and his delegation for adhering to the grueling and ambitious schedule.”

Hawaii Ranked as “Richest State” in America

Hawaii was ranked as the “Richest State” according to Business Insider (see note on bottom):

The article itself did point out that “Hawaii and Colorado serve as resort locations for the rich and retired,” so I guess that pretty much skews the results.

The majority of the people I know living on the Big Island certainly wouldn’t consider themselves “Rich” other then in mind.

The Spin Doctors Rock the Royal Kona Resort

Yesterday the Royal Kona Resort had quite a day.  It started off with a BBQ Cook-off that was won by Banjy’s Paradise Bar & Grill. Then they had a pool party and concert that featured Henry Kapono and Mick Fleetwood.

It was then time to have a $10,000 Mai Tai Mix-Off that was won by a Trump Waikiki bartender.   The night concluded with a rocking concert by the Spin Doctors!

The band played for about an hour and a half of some of their newer stuff as well as their more famous stuff.

I would say there was probably about 400 – 500 folks in attendance and they all seemed to really enjoy the concert.

I wish I had my better camera… you can click on the pictures below for larger views:


Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum to Open at Kings Shops

Media Release:

Eddie Aikau, the inspiring Hawaiian hero and big wave surf legend who was lost at sea in 1978, dared to “go” for the biggest waves, the bravest ocean rescues, and the 2,500-mile trans-Pacific voyage of the sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a. Today two Hawai‘i Island-based companies have partnered to share Eddie’s story and spirit in a new, up-and-coming classic: the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum, opening this summer at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor, the Honoka‘a Brothers, along with Executive Chef Scott Lutey, are Hawai‘i born and raised, surfers, watermen, enthusiastic young restaurateurs and chefs to watch. With Hawaiian Cahuilla, Inc., owned by Waimea residents Linda Gillette and husband Solomon Aikau, Eddie’s brother, they are working to assemble the ultimate collection of memorabilia, surf posters, awards, pictures, surfboards, videos and much more for the restaurant’s surf museum.

A July 3rd grand opening promises to be a big splash—with special appearances by celebrity pro surfers, top-of-the-charts Hawaiian bands, prizes, specials and surprises. With renovations under way now and exciting plans for the future, “Eddie’s” will debut during Resort-wide Independence Day festivities, including the annual Rubber Duckie Race for Cerebral Palsy, this year themed “Koloa Would Go,” the following day.

For more information, about the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum visit (coming soon) and find them on Facebook.

About the restaurant

With the grand opening slated for July 3rd, the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum will be open for lunch and dinner, with live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Located in the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the two-story restaurant with indoor-outdoor lakeside seating, has been transformed into a hip yet classic 1960’s-style surf retreat/plantation house. Its ʻōhiʻa posts, earth tone interiors, “aloha” fabrics and a lifetime collection of surf memorabilia and mementos of Eddie’s life and surf career, capture the warm nature of an island home, inviting everyone to come in, share a meal and “talk story.”

About the chef

Winner of multiple Hale ‘Aina Awards, Chef Scott Lutey is creating a new “Contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine” for “Eddie’s” restaurant, based on his personal mana’o (thought energy) about food. “We focus on enhancing the natural flavor of the product, keeping up with food trends, cooking techniques and flavors in Hawaii and around the world—with simple elegance,” says Lutey. Spotlighting excellence in the sustainable local foods that Eddie would have loved, Chef Lutey is already reaching out to farmers, fishermen and ranchers for the best in Hawaii’s food products.

A waterman himself, Lutey is originally from Maui, and has made a name for himself on four islands, from First Hawaiian Bank’s Executive Dining Room in Honolulu, to the Sheraton Kauai and Beach House Restaurant, Grand Wailea Hotel and Spa on Maui, and Tommy Bahama’s restaurant in the Mauna Lani Resort here on Hawai‘i Island. Recipient of five Hale ‘Aina Awards and two ‘Ilima Awards, Chef Lutey has been a “Featured Chef” by James Beard and “Rising Star” by Zagat Survey Millennium Edition. He is a Grand Prize winner of the Angostura “World Class Taste,” and twice champion of the Sam Choy Poke contest.

About the owners

Hawaiian Cahuilla, Inc., comprised of Linda Gillette and husband Solomon Aikau, Eddie’s brother, partnered with Honoka‘a Brothers, LLC to create “The E. A. Restaurants,” a collaboration of restaurant expertise and a personal relationship with Eddie. Honoka‘a Brothers LLC is comprised of Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor, who already operate two of the Big Island’s favorite recent restaurants: Pakini Grill in Waimea and Napua on the ocean at Kalahuipua‘a within Mauna Lani Resort. The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort will add a third. Everyone involved with the project has a deep personal commitment to the kuleana (responsibility) of sharing Eddie’s story.

About Eddie Aikau

Edward Ryon Makuahānai Aikau was born on Maui in 1946 and grew up on Oahu with his extended family, who tended an old Chinese graveyard in exchange for rent. He and his brothers dreamed of the day they could catch the monster waves of the North Shore, where few 1960’s surfers dared to go. Eddie Aikau not only mastered the challenge of Waimea Bay, he captured the attention and respect of the sport and helped spark a worldwide love affair with big wave surfing.

In the years to come, he would be hired as the North Shore’s first official life guard, and not a soul was lost to the sea during his seven years of service. No matter how dangerous the conditions, it became known that “Eddie would go.” By 1977, he had won the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, named for his personal hero, had his photo in Life magazine, and was ranked 12th in the surfing world.

Having satisfied his big wave goals, Eddie answered a personal calling to connect more deeply with his Hawaiian culture joining the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. Hōkūle‘a set sail March 16, 1978, on what would be an ill-fated voyage from Hawai‘i to Tahiti. Capsized in rough seas, Eddie insisted upon paddling to Lāna‘i for help, some 19 miles away. Although the crew was later rescued, Eddie was never seen again.

His legacy is honored today through the world’s most famous big wave surf meet, The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, and The Eddie Aikau Foundation, established by the Aikau family in 2000, to support promising opportunities that reflect Eddie’s dreams through education, advocacy and philanthropy.

For more information, about the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum visit (coming soon) and find them on Facebook.

The Worlds Longest Waterslide – Fishpipe Hawaii

When I was looking for something to eat in Kona the other day, I cruised over to the Coconut Grove Shopping Center on Ali’i Drive and noticed this weird contraption.

Fishpipe Hawaii

The Fishpipe Hawaii

It wasn’t operating at the time I went by there in the morning, but I did notice later on in the day that it was up and  running.

Fishpipe Hawaii

I looked on youtube to see if I could find any clips of it in action and I found this one:


I will have to check this out when I go over to Kona in a few weeks for the Toad the Wet Sprocket Concert.

Hawaii A Great Place to Visit, A Terrible Place to Make a Living

Hawaii is a great place to go on vacation if your from the mainland and have a few bucks that you can spend on your family.  The weather is near perfect year round and there are literally lots of free things to do all around these islands which can make for some fairly cheap vacations once the folks pay for the airfare to get here.

Many tourists may not realize just how tight the economy is here in Hawaii and the fact that we really do rely upon tourism so much to keep the islands economy a float.

Many of us folks know how tight money is and many folks work two jobs just to make ends meet. The high cost of living such as paying close to $5.00 a gallon for milk and gas as well as paying higher prices on everything that gets shipped here from the mainland can make saving money difficult and many folks live month to month.

The real killer for many of us… is the taxes we pay on everything!  Hawaii residents are one of the most taxed folks in the country!

Money Rates is reporting that Hawaii is the worst state in America to make a living showing that the lowest adjusted-average income at $22,107.96

No wonder there’s so much crime on Hawaii Five-0! This is undoubtedly a great place to live for many reasons, but it is a tough place for making a living. An extremely high cost of living, coupled with a fairly high tax rate, give Hawaii the lowest adjusted-average income at $22,107.96. With this adjusted average income, Hawaii residents don’t have much to put into their savings accounts.

Three Dog Night Coming to Hawaii

The Hilton Waikoloa Village welcomes legendary musical icon Three Dog Night to perform at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

With more than 20 consecutive Top 40 hits and three No. 1 singles, Three Dog Night continues to rock a multigenerational audience after nearly 40 years together. These seasoned performers engage and excite concertgoers with their awe-inspiring stage presence as they belt out their classic rock hits including “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to The World,” and “Liar.”

Concert tickets regular sales begin Monday, Sept. 20 at $79 for Reserved Tickets and $65 for Resort Guests. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The award-winning Hilton Waikoloa Village is a 62-acre Pacific playground and alluring destination unto itself. The resort offers island hospitality with 1,240 beautifully appointed guest rooms and beautiful vistas of Waiulua Bay.

Amenities include three fresh-water swimming pools; an ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon; waterfalls and waterways; locally inspired treatments at the Kohala Spa; the Dolphin Quest educational center; nine dining outlets; a Museum Walkway; the Camp Menehune children’s program; Legends of the Pacific Luau; an 18-hole seaside putting course and an expansive tennis complex.

Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort are gateways to cultural immersion, engaging travelers in the area’s rich history through such interactive cultural entertainment as hula and ukulele lessons and historic Petroglyph tours. Adventures within Waikoloa Beach Resort range from two championship golf courses to world-class shopping and activities at Queens’ Marketplace and Kings’ Shops.

After a lively night of cutting loose to timeless rock n’ roll hits, concertgoers can take off their dancing shoes to relax at Hilton Waikoloa Village in beautiful resort room accommodations and enjoy a savory daily breakfast buffet for two with the Advance Purchase Bed & Breakfast Package. The package starts at $199 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

To learn more about the Waikoloa Beach Resort, visit To book an overnight stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village through the exclusive Advance Purchase Bed & Breakfast Package, visit or call 1-800-HILTONS. For more information about the concert, please visit

For what it’s worth, they are also playing on Oahu on the 4th at the Blaisdell and playing the 6th at the Castle Theater on Maui.

Eat Local Hawaii – BIG ISLAND Kick Off at Aloha Mondays

For the last few weeks, there has been a big push to eat and drink foods that are locally grown.

Last night at Aloha Mondays in downtown Hilo, Kanoa Miura and Kuhao Zane put on the first #EatLocalHI (Eat Local Hawaii) Hilo event.

They limited the amount of people to thirty folks for this first event as kind of a beta test to see how things would turn out.

I was quite stoked to see a few of my former professors there supporting this cause.

The food was top notch….

…and I left the place with a full stomach!

Of course the alcohol was also made in Hawaii!

Kuhao mentioned that there would be more events like this in the future so I will let folks know in advance next  time as it becomes a more public event.

Feel free to click on the pictures below for larger images.

Staying at One of the Best Bed and Breakfast’s on the Big Island… The Waianuhea

This weekend my wife, son and I had the opportunity to stay at one of the nicest Bed and Breakfasts on the Big Island, The Waianuhea Inn, on the slopes of Honoka’a.

The Front of the Inn

I was stoked to learn that they were putting us up in the suite called Kalauna Akea as it had it’s own private entrance and was away from the main house so I wouldn’t have to worry about my son making loud noises and bothering other house guests.

Our own private entrance

Back Entrance

The suite itself had a living room and a separate bedroom

Our Living Room

We took a quick tour of the place and realized this place was a lot larger in person then it looked on the website!

Part of the downstairs area

Just be careful on these steps and stay to the outside if your walking on them as I almost missed a step!

This place is really classy and everywhere we looked we were impressed with the details of the place.

Interesting table

The cool thing about this place, is that it’s totally eco-friendly and gets all of it’s power through solar panels located on the property and on the roof of the buildings.

Solar Panels produce all the energy needed for Waianuhea

We received the full package and on Saturday evening they gave us a three-course-meal in their “Great Room”.  I forgot my camera, but dinner consisted of fresh local green salad with this awesome vinaigrette dressing, fresh organic Waimea corn, Mashed Sweet Purple Potatoes and a nice slice of mahi mahi covered in some sort of special dressing.  Dessert consisted of a Strawberry Icecream and Mango sorbet type of dish… All I can say is it was awesome!

The "Great Room" where we enjoyed a candle lit dinner

It was nice being up in the slopes of Honoka’a as there weren’t any coqui frogs to be heard of.  The only thing was that it was a bit cold up in the hills at least for someone who is local and they had the solution for that.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Unfortunately for us, they had just installed it and it wasn’t ready to use.  However, the Manager Randy was kind enough to bring us a couple of space heaters that kept the place more then toasty!

We were getting ready to wind down so we checked out some complimentary DVD’s from their stocked DVD Library and settled in for the night.

DVD and Game library

In the morning, we had breakfast next to the kitchen along with some of the other guests that were staying there.

The table we sat at for breakfast

Breakfast consisted of an array of fresh local fruits, juices and a special spinach like combination that was like a cross between a quiche and an omelet (and of course I forgot my camera for breakfast as well)

The Waianuhea Inn

It’s really a great place and I like to thank the organizer of the Peace Day Parade for setting up these accommodations for me, as The Waianuhea Inn was an official sponsor of the Peace Day Parade Poster contest.

Check out this video for even more views of this place:


Chanting Hawaiian on the Rim of a Volcano

In 2009, the Explore team sent it’s camera crew out to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and filmed Kumu Ab Kawainohoikala’i Valencia, Candy Ho’opi’i Tallet and Joni-Mae Makuakane-Jarrell chanting Hawaiian on the rim of the volcano.

Check out this awesome footage that was finally released from the expedition:


Hilton Waikoloa Presents… Hawaiian Elegance Brunch

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She’s done it for many years. Dressing bodies has been part of Nalani’s life, over and over. There were performances back in the 60s that required calls to feature color, movement, and form. The use of natural materials like hau, lauhala, and raffia, brought added dimension to the silhouette. Each year at the Merrie Monarch Festival, costuming at Wednesday night’s ho`ike is her creative idea.

With all things, Nalani has been a trendsetter. She is capable of new applications to bridge tradition and contemporary and become the modern example. Often times, the simple twist of a decades old idea becomes the canvas for the twenty-first revolution. The ability to be the forefront is best described as part DNA and part visionary.

This weekend we feature Hoku Malama, the first fashion show featuring Nalani Kanakaole. Designed for the women of substance, we celebrate styles that are fresh, architectural, and totally flattering. I am tickled. Again. I love the creative genius that Nalani is.

September 5, 1:00 pm, Monarch Ballroom, Hilton Waikoloa – See you there!


World Premier Fashion Show, “HŌKŪ MĀLAMA” Highlights Hawaiian Cultural Weekend, September 3-5, 2010

Media Release:

Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs premiers a new, exciting line of distinctive aloha wear for women with “Hōkū Mālama” an elegant brunch and fashion show, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom.

Part of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s 4th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days of Aloha, the show introduces “Hōkū Mālama” to the Big Island and the world with a fashion splash.  The program includes music by Na Palapalai, 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners, and “magical” arrangers of traditional songs for today’s listeners, trendsetters in the falsetto style of ha‘i ha‘i.

The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festival, carry on the longstanding tradition begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s, celebrating Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine with a fun series of cultural events, designed to delight audiences of all ages.  The celebration kicks off with the big, beautiful Big Island pageantry of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala on Friday, honoring women with “supersized” aloha, talent and grace.

On Saturday, it’s everybody’s favorite Poke Contest with tastings of “Hawaii’s Soul Food.”  Home cooks and top chefs vie for the championship, mixing it up with inspired interpretation of the traditional snack made with bite-sized raw fish, creatively seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination.  Saturday night, the 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest spotlights the talents of male singers who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.

Sunday’s Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show Brunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a Big Island audience to experience a brand-new style of contemporary women’s wear, created by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs, the well-known island designer of signature aloha fashions.

“This is a new look, and it is extraordinary,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Margo Mau-Bunnell, Sales and Operations Manager for Queens’ MarketPlace.  “And we are just delighted that Kumu Nalani and Sig chose our Hawaiian Cultural Weekend to premier her new line.  The Big Island is already a world-class destination, and designer events like this add a different level of excitement.  People will be talking about this show for a long time.”

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hawaii Island Festivals “30 Days of Aloha”

Friday September 3
Ms. Aloha Nui Gala
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Doors open 5:00 p.m. pageant begins 6:00 p.m.
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.

Saturday, September 4
Poke Contest
11:00 a.m.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona Ballrooms
Tickets $7
Please call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896 for contest information.

Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest
Doors open 6:00 p.m., contest begins 7:00 p.m.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Pua Garmon, 345-8575.

For information, visit  A nearly month-long Big Island cultural celebration with years of tradition, “Hawai’i Island Festival—30  Days of Aloha” begins Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m., with the Royal Court Investiture, Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park, includes the famed Paniolo Heritage Parade in Waimea Saturday, September 18, and concludes Thursday, September 16, 5p.m. with the Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort.  Complete schedule available online.

Sunday, September 5
Hawaii Elegance Brunch and world premier Hōkū Mālama Fashion Show by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs*
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fashion Marketplace
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Na Palapalai in Concert
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Brunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Monarchy Ballroom
Tickets $45 in advance—until Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.—and $50 at the Door.  Admission includes self-parking, spectacular brunch buffet, concert and fashion show. *This very special event is a benefit for the Moku O Keawe Foundation