Island Notes Podcast w/ Ryan and Laura

This is a conversation we had about living and about podcasting.


The Slocum Affair episodes 1-3

Featuring original presentations staged through the efforts of The Cyborg Players — a somewhat stiff group of actors overcoming their synthetic voices’ limitations to deliver their unique brand of human irony.

This episode was produced first. However, it’s sort of a Star Wars-y deal whereby the subsequent episodes kind of flesh-out what has previously occurred to arrive at such a charged moment in the Bob and Doris Slocum trilogy. Bob is a cyborg-in-waiting, and Doris mostly just wants Bob to listen. (Warning: cybernetic expletives)

Episode 1: “Are You Watching This?”

In the prequel to ‘Are You Watching This’, we hear Bob and Doris’ session at the relationship counselor. Therapist Gregory Kettleman — played by the slightly randy robot Lee — encourages Doris to explore a very non-Bob scenario featuring none other than Antonio Banderas!

Episode 2: “Antonio! Don’t You Want Your Water?”

This brings us to newcomer Sangeeta Gupta starring as Preeti Krishnamurti in this episode that follows Bob and Doris Slocum fresh out of couple’s counseling and off on their vacation to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Bob falls under the spell of their fragrant Indian tour guide Preeti. Hearing the echoed voice of the Slocums’ counselor Gregory Kettleman, Bob finds himself on a quest that suggests that there may be only one answer to his one question. He must choose carefully.

Episode 3: Bob’s Hawaiian Singularity


Giant Steps on Small Hands

Bus Stop – David Park

Okay. You’re on the bandstand. You’re slugging out some jazz best you can, all the time trying to avoid what has been termed jazz wank. Sure, you’ve consulted your fake book many times; the irony is not lost on you as you pluck note after note in your desperate attempt to elude being identified too strongly with the term: fake. Continue reading “Giant Steps on Small Hands”


Les Paul and a Teenage Love Affair

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A twelve year-old kid sneaks into his older brother’s room down in the basement.

In an immaculate black tolex-covered guitar case resting on the floor lays the object of his fascination.

Confident that his oldest sibling is out of the house for the time being, he unbuckles the case and as usual forgets to open the rear-side buckle of the sturdy case bearing the logo: Gibson. The gleam of gold delights his curious eye. Inside lay an instrument of a nature derived from what had been the stuff of hearsay: photographs, television …record albums.

Case fully open, the boy gazes upon the object: a wine red triple pick-up Gibson solidbody guitar, complete with gold-plated hardware. It sits there snugly in its pink velvet-lined case, as if to suggest…Boy, do you have ANY idea of what I am? I mean…look at me for chrissakes! Do you have any idea whatsoever…of what to do with one as well-crafted as me? Close my case right now you little punk! You’re in new waters and you don’t even have a compass…

Continue reading “Les Paul and a Teenage Love Affair”


Commie Radio Coming Soon?

This post sort of began as a comment to Big Island Chronicle and a discussion concerning fast food businesses coming to the entry of Pahoa, Hawaii, a truly …unique village in the lower Puna district on Hawai’i Island. A fellow, Mike Middlesworth, writes this comment at the tail-end of a good discussion:

All of this begs the real question:

If local businesses are so much better, why don’t more people shop at them so they can succeed?

Why are WalMart, Target, Costco, McDonalds, Longs, etc. so successful?

Could it be it’s because they offer things more people want at good prices?

Isn’t that what Free Enterprise is all about?

In this instance of degradation of a community’s natural heritage in the name of “free enterprise” perhaps the real question is:

Should capitalism be regulated (by gov’t) such that the public good of a community is dominantly expressed politically, to determine pono (righteous) policy?

An old rivalry: private property vs. public (democratic) government. Click here to see the scorecard!


Vernacular Volcano Lanai Music

Homebred — Homespun — Homegrown — Homemade

The word vernacular refers to a way of being, doing, and making that is community and self-reliant, as opposed to formal exchange and/or from vertical distribution — produced and transported from elsewhere. It’s about reciprocity patterns as integral to all aspects of life.

Six Musicians

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Obviously, traditional native Hawaiian culture has much to instruct on such ways.

I bring up this word vernacular because it speaks to the activities of people that are not motivated by thoughts of exchange. Vernacular refers to autonomous, non-market related actions through which people satisfy everyday needs — beyond bureaucratic or corporate management. In this vernacular mode, satisfying of our needs in turn shapes these actions in a sort of feedback cycle that likewise elevates our satisfaction. Try that next time you plop down for your Super Big Gulp Slurpee™!

All right, all right.. What I started out to do is to note that yesterday I had the pleasure to once again go kani ka pila with my friend Wes Awana, on Wes and Nancy’s back lanai up in Volcano. We were fortunate to have Kahele Miura join us for our little jam. I say jam — we’ve been couching this in terms of rehearsal for a certain bi-cultural semi-enigmatic alternative-tourism-visionary and a gig he’s throwing our way. Me, I just always enjoy playing tunes with these guys. click here to listen


Seven Hawaiian Songs

Here are seven Hawaiian songs that Wes Awana, Kahele Miura, and myself played up in Volcano the other day. This is actually a rehearsal for a later gig. As such, be forewarned, they ain’t polished into fine art — more like rough-hewn chunks of lava. (And the occasional digital distortion on these recordings is about as smooth as said chunks!) Nevertheless, it is a blast to play with these guys, and the older I get, the more I see that mental flaws are about as essential as dental floss. click here to listen


Interview: Greg Henkel of Punatoons

The Maku’u Market is held every Sunday from about 9am until 2pm in lower Puna. The place seems to be burgeoning. Anyway, aside from getting down the mountain to score some good veggies, lunch, and to generally enjoy the diverse crowd that comprises the market, today’s trip had the added excitement of stopping by to meet Greg Henkel. Greg has a stall at the market (E-6) where he sells some very tastefully sandblasted tiles among other things.

Greg also has started a sort of cartoon-blog called Punatoons. He has gone in for the caption-contest paradigm, which as a writer I find hard to resist. It’s like being able to reach your audience in a most stream-lined way. Moby Dick? War and Peace? — forget it, but give me a picture that someone wants to add some resonant words to and I’m all over that.. click here to continue


Interview: Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs

This morning I drove down to the Kino’ole Farmers Market to pick up a box of fresh produce from Hamakua Springs Country Farms in Pepe‘ekeo. My caption was selected as one of the three winning captions in Hamakua Springs’ caption contest which appeared on their website, Ha Ha Ha!

Richard assures Darren that his best salad days are ahead of him.
Richard assures Darren that his best salad days are ahead of him..

In addition to awarding me a box of the finest of salad greens, cucumbers, green onions, and tomatoes; Richard Ha, president of Hamakua Springs Country Farms, graciously took the time to talk about Hamakua Springs and express his views on the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), food sustainability, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and bio-fuels:

Interview w/Richard Ha, 64kbps, 5 minutes

And to the other two contest winners: lettuce enjoy our Hamakua Springs veggies!

(dang, should’ve quit while I was ahead..)

Mahalo to Richard and the folks at Hamakua Springs Country Farms.


Interview: Larry Geller of Disappeared News

Today I called Larry Geller. He’s the guy who does the Disappeared News blog. In our discussion we talked about his brand of activism and some important issues he has recently written about: the media and current Hawaii and national political matters. In the following segment, Larry details some of the lobby efforts concerning broadband internet, Act 221, and Hawaii legislative House Bill 128 which is about campaign finance.

Interview w/Larry Geller, 32kbps, 23 minutes

Thanks to Larry for taking the time to discuss these things and for his value to the community as a progressive news blogger.

(This interview will stream on dial-up connections…well…should.)


Biochar and the Rocket Stove

In contrast to yesterday’s discussion with Jay FitzGerald on issues of sustainability, the following portion of our visit more specifically details two techniques for sustainability that Jay practices on his Hawaiian homestead:

Biochar and the Rocket Stove, 14 minutes

[Note: These postings are 32kbps audio files. While not the highest fidelity, they should stream just fine on dial-up internet connections.]

(link to Jay’s informative rocket stove-post with pics, etc.)

Check out: Hawai’i Biochar Notes for a very extensive collection of information and links all about biochar.


audio interview: Jay Fitzgerald of Sensible Simplicity Forum

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Jay Fitzgerald on his Puna homestead.  His recently created Sensible Simplicity Forum is for folks wanting to live in sustainable ways. Rather than the current green-spin of industries promoting  their hidden agendas in the name of sustainability, Jay’s forum takes advantage of “free” internet tools to foster discussions, share techniques, and coordinate resources to further the practices of truly sustainable living.

interview w/Jay Fitzgerald 32kbps 15 minutes


Two Hawaiians, Two Hoosiers, and Me

These two broads ladies recently graduated from college. Due to the unforeseen delamination of the American dream, their careers are on hold while they open for blog postings: Krishna Emerald, backed up by the legendary Pepper Carroll. Carroll cut her teeth playin’ tenor south of Chi-town. Her face-smashing solo–from the hammock–stretches the boundries of jazzflute ala Monk or Ornette Coleman. Carroll finds the micro-tones and milks them uncompromisingly: listen here