Category: The Life Aloha

Peppinos, A Scanner Darkly, made in Hawaii Festival

Friday was statehood day. Not the happiest holiday for the former kingdom of Hawaii, but in the grand scheme of things, probably a day worth celebrating. It’s at least worth a day off and Mink and I enjoyed just puttering around the cottage and taking care of the household...

Hawaii’is Spam Problem – Black Market Spam

Spam alert. There’s a big black market product which is shaking Hawaiian daily life to its core. Spam. Canned meat. Here’s the lowdown – the people in the state of Hawaii eat more Spam than in all the other 49 states combined. It’s everywhere. There are more than six...

Paved Paradise and didn’t put in ENOUGH Parking Lots

Okay, I admit it, I muddled the lead because I wanted to riff on Joni Mitchel’s song. The real problem isn’t enough parking lots, it’s too many cars. Yesterday morning, far too early, I woke up and went to sell at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. It was a...

The Death of Affordability in Hawaii

Coming back to Hawaii – there are lots of obvious changes – there are now lots of really expensive trendy shops. Whole Foods is here and you can spend a fortune on groceries if you choose to, Bed Bath and Beyond, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc – the list...

This Heartbreaking World

I want to start by saying that I don’t usually give homeless people or people that are begging anything except my compassion. We all know that story about the rich beggar with the garage full of undriven cars and the big house filled with unworn clothes – the beggar...

Moving is Hard Work….

Just in case I forgot to mention it – moving is really hard work.Mentally and physically it is extremely challenging and the past month, I’ve been working in a state of hyper-overdrive. The amount of stuff that has been accomplished seems insurmountable when I look back on it…this is...

Fire At Marco Polo High Rise in Honolulu

I was driving on Kapiolani Blvd yesterday about 3pm when I noticed a lot of police and fire – I looked up and there was smoke coming from high up the building in front of me. It’s a building I used to have a friend that lived in –...

Hawai’i Problems and My Not So Simple Solutions

There are some big issues in Hawai’i. They were issues when I left in 2008 and they have gotten worse. In some cases much worse. Don’t get me wrong – I am plenty happy to have the bathwater with the baby – but as a logical person, I can’t...

Back in Paradise – Some Thoughts

I am grateful and happy to be back on Oahu, back in Hawai’i, and back in paradise. I have a few observations that I’d like to share… First of all -n the value of a good credit rating. I could not have done this if I hadn’t of made...

Today – We Are Moving to Hawai’i

It’s been a long road….I don’t mean the nearly ten years going around the world since I left Hawai’i. I mean the last two weeks…yikes…flying back from Oahu, getting our entire household packed in suitcases, arranged for an estate sale, priced, and advertised (though not very effectively) and then...

News from Sacramento, Portland, Oahu

This catches my eye as I arrive in Sacramento: George Francis, the nation’s oldest man, who lived through both world wars, man’s first walk on the moon and the election of the first black president, has died. He was 112. and here is some of that vibe I didn’t...

Osher Luncheon

I was just totally humbled and honored to take part in a luncheon put on by our Chancellor here at UH, Virginia Hinshaw, for Mary F. Bitterman. At the table were so many wonderful people that are spending their lives helping others, learning about our world, and making it...

Rocky the Beach Boy aka Aboudeen the Wrestler

15-12-08_1436.mpeg While I was riding my skateboard around Waikiki today, I ran into my buddy Rocky. Rocky is the captain of one of the catamarans that pulls up on Waikiki and takes folks out for sunset and blue water cruises. If you make it to Waikiki, his catamaran is...

Graduation Announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser

Two things…first of all, there is the announcement, which someone pointed out to me and sort of caught me by surprise…and secondly, there are the comments that have been listed after the article…glad I’m not planning on working any time soon. http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081203/BREAKING01/81203024/-1/LOCALNEWSFRONT Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher...

For the Duh! Files- Oahu Home Sales

The headline reads “Oahu Home Sales Dive, but Prices Stable.” Doesn’t that mean that in order to sell more homes they will have to lower the prices? Maybe the headline should read “Oahu homes priced too high and not selling.” or “Oahu Homeowners refuse to lower prices and don’t...

State of Hawaii Punishing Guy Who is Doing their Job

This is complete bullshit. I met Bill a couple of years ago when my friend Conrad and I hiked out to Kalalau. The trail would be totally deadly without the work Bill is doing and the lazy DLNR members are punishing him for making it ovvuous they don’t do...

Congratulations President Obama. Shaka bra.

It seems pretty early and there may still be Republican shenanigans to play out, but every major news source is calling it for Obama. Sure, I’m sad that my hero Ralph Nader didn’t get elected, but at least I’ve shown that I’m not a fair weather fan, and you...

Ah Hawaii…I am reminded why I leave thee…

A quick look at the paper this morning made reminded me why I am leaving Hawaii. Jobs are down, tourism is down, rents are up as owners try to make their mortgages, and in general, even though I am one of the best tour guides on Oahu, there isn’t...

A Shaka from Obama

Yesterday as I was driving the Oahu Nature Tours Van to pick up guests to take hiking, I was overtaken by a minivan, a black excalade, and eight police vehicles. As the Escalade went by, I realized it was probably Obama. Even though I am voting for Nader and...