Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Surf's Up

Surf's up as biggest waves in five years come to Hawaii after North Pacific storm

Thousands of spectators and surfers are flocking to Hawaii's beaches to see the biggest waves in years crash ashore.

Heavy traffic backed up for miles yesterday along roads leading to Oahu's North Shore. Some of the world's most daring surfers took on the powerful and dangerous waves, which forecasters say could reach heights of 50ft (15 metres) by tomorrow.

The surf grew so large that a few beaches on Oahu and Maui were closed because lifeguards feared inexperienced sightseers could drown, according to state officials

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Never too old to go for gold: Bearded barefoot runner and 100-year-old shot-putter competing at the World Masters Games

By Richard ShearsLast updated at 5:54 PM on 11th October 2009

With a puff, a heave and a ho, 100-year-old Ruth Frith tossed a 9lb shot an astounding 14ft to win a gold medal at the World Masters Games yesterday.It must be said, though, that Mrs Frith was the only shot-put competitor game enough to turn up for the event in the women aged 100-104 category. Her possible competitors were too old to get to the Sydney stadium or didn't have the strength to lift the weight. She was one of 28,292 competititors from 95 countries ranging in age from 24 to 101 who were taking part in the world's biggest multi-sport event.

Ruth Frith launches her winning throw at the World Masters Games which saw a record 28,292 competititors from 95 countries ranging in age from 24 to 101 compete

Canada's Olga Kotelko, left, prepares for lift-off and a fellow competitor grimaces with effort

'I only had to turn up to win the medal, but that wasn't going to be good enough for me,' said the great-grandmother. 'I had to show everyone that I could still do it.' Loud cheers echoed around the Olympic Athletic Centre stadium when Mrs Frith tossed the weight, rivaling many amateurs who were decades younger.
'This calls for a celebration drink,' an official told her, but Mrs Frith replied: 'No thanks - I don't drink and I don't smoke. This modern way of celebrating isn't for me.'
So this suggests she leads a very healthy life style, with plenty of vegetables, it was suggested to her.

One competitor takes a tumble while another strides on in the 60-64 year category of the 100m heats. And it was 'no shoes for me, please' as athlete Santa Claus (yes that is his name) of Australia ran full pelt in the 100m heats of the men's 80-84 years category

Another Aussie competitor and again no shoes. Osmo Millridge, 77, makes the water jump during the mens' steeplechase for the 70 plus age range

Earl Fee of Canada, centre, leads out his 80-84 age group in the 100m at the games

'Oh goodness no - I haven't eaten vegetables since I was a kid. I don't like the taste. Bread, meat, fine, but no vegetables, thank you.'
What she misses out on in the healthy eating stakes, she makes up for with her training. She walks everywhere and does bench presses five days a week with 80lb weights.
Her performance with the shot put inspired 90-year-old Canadian Olga Kotelka, who broke a nine-year-old world record in her age group.
Mrs Frith has been labelled one of the most inspirational athletes at the Games, an international multi-sport event held every four years and is open to sports people of all ages and abilities. It runs until October 18
However, the minimum age varies depending on the sport but ranges from 25 to 35.The first World Masters Games were held in Toronto in 1985.
When they were staged in Melbourne in 2002, they attracted almost 25,000 competitors, more than double those who took part in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and five times more than those competing in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne.As for Mrs Frith, does she think she'll be competing in the next World Masters four years from now? 'I'm just taking each day as it comes,' she said.
'Each year is just another year, but I don't think "oh, I'm going to be 99 or I'm going to be 100".
'You just enjoy each day and let the years go by.'

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sarkozy is worried about the Western world

French President Sarkozy sees Obama as very naive and arrogant. Sarkozy is worried about the Western world with such a flawed president leading America.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Donkey Dissent


This is a piece of video where my friend Prenny is doing her interpretation of a donkey named Mocha Late who lives on a small farm on the Big Island. He is very upset over the chain of command.

My outrage over the chain of command in our country sounds exactly like this.

This is BS...The People Come First.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Message Received


Message received loud and clear Mr. President, but we have something that trumps your demands, i.e., the First Amendment.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

U.S.S. of A

U.S.S. of A., a new original song written and performed by Ron and Kay Rivoli of The Rivoli Revue. This song voices concerns over government handouts and the ever expanding role of government control.

Friday, July 17, 2009

God Bless the USA

Warning: This video will cause your eyes to leak, grab a tissue.

Killed in action the week before, the body of Staff Sergeant John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City , Georgia , just south of Atlanta , on June 11, 2009 . The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough , Georgia . A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time. We are led to believe that most Americans outside the immediate military family no longer respect and honor the men and women who wear the American uniform..let this be seen far and wide that there are numerous places in this great country where the local citizens still recognize the courage and sacrifice our soldiers make..this area of Georgia is one such place.

The link below is a short travelogue of that day's remarkable and painful journey.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Ke'eaumoku Kapu responds re Ka'apuni Torch March

BEGINNING on Friday Night, February 20, 2009 at 11:00pm the people of Maui will gather at Moku`ula (Malu`uluolele Park), Lahaina to embark on a 200 mile journey circumnavigating the Island of Maui. We anticipate completing our journey on Friday, February 27, 2009 at Moku`ula with closing protocol and the handing-off of the torches for its finally journey.

This is a response to the Torch March

Ke'eaumoku Kapu responds to some letters in the Maui News that were critical of the E Ka'apuni A Ho'a Kukui Na Moku'aina, torch march around Maui, and discusses the followup to the march and the issues affecting Maui.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Amazing Humpback Whale Encounter

Amazing Humpback Whale Encounter With Atlantis Submarines
April 20, 2009

Watch this incredible video as a pod of 5-10 humpback whales encountered an Atlantis Submarines tour off Lahaina, Maui on April 5. The submarine tour guests witnessed a competitive group behavior.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Peace Through Music..."Stand By Me"

I am blessed to live in Hawaii, the melting pot of the Pacific, where the Aloha Spirit enables everyone to "get along."  From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently.