I have been blessed to know some very courageous and unique people.
You are free to disagree, of course, but hopefully the documenting of these
activities will serve to record the spirit of these times and places
in a modestly entertaining fashion.
My old comrade Jeff Blair and I agreed to publish some record of our days as co-chairpeople (along with the estimable and dearly missed Dexter Cate) of the People's Party of Hawaii, and so that is my first entry. Other topics are listed below.
August 2010 update:
I am dissatisfied by this "hidden history" and am
pondering whether to delete it entirely or improve it in some yet-unknown fashion.
For now, here are some bits and pieces of the various lives I have led to date.
People's Party of Hawaii, 1974-78
An astonishing adventure in grassroots politics in the company of extraordinary people; or, Jeff Blair, Dexter Cate and I establish the Triumvrate.
The "Cop Out," 1970
Colbert Matsumoto and I threaten the powers that be by launching the first (and no doubt sole) underground newspaper in Lanai High School.
Among the best of friends:
American Friends Service Committee, 1972-77
Building Tiger Cages in front of the Federal Building and other direct actions.
B.A. in Comparative Philosophy, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1975
VoltAge, the magazine, 1985
In which we beat the high-technology/cultural commentary press by a good decade and go gloriously broke doing so.
Built 42-home Kinohou subdivision, 1986
Free-lance writer (i.e. am paid money to write), 1988-present
News Flash! Kipahele Street Band (1982-86) Re-forms in '03, records CD
Rockers Richard and Gayland rent the Hawaiian Homes Hall in Waimea for a wild free-form jam. Steve takes on keyboards while a ripping drummer and bassist lay down a roof-rattling rhythm, Richard handles the vocals as Gayland lays out blistering riffs, and I try to hold up my end of a high-treble Stratocaster Steve lent me. Must be heard to be believed!
All Along the Watchtower Under My Thumb
A Ripping Good Political Send-Up Song, 2004
In which I play lead guitar on Mike Dakota's witty send-up of the Prez, King George Is Back (MP3)
First novel published, April 2006
An overnight success if there ever was one, after a mere 20 years of effort, my first novel I-State Lines is published and promptly falls "stillborn from the press," in David Hume's wonderfully trenchant phrase.
The absurd, arduous process of becoming a writer led me to compose this essay, For Aspiring Writers: the Worst Advice You'll Ever Read (2005)
And with a fanfare and drumroll, here are my various books:
Survival+ The Primer ($5)
I-State Lines ($9.95)
Kama Sutra Cadillac
Survival+ The Primer $9.95
Weblogs & New Media: Marketing in Crisis
Leverage the Web
Claire's Great Adventure
2 girls + pirates
Kama Sutra Cadillac
sex + zaniness
Of Two Minds
espionage + twists
Verona in Spring
29-year old Verona is in a sex/love pickle
For My Daughter
Iraq vet, Burma, saving dolphins and his marriage
Alex & Daz on the road