Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ohana Hut Raffle Details

Ok here is the way this Ohana Hut raffle is going to work....
I will be raffling off one painted Ohana Hut and some other art and swag. (if anybody wants to donate anything to the raffle it would be totally appreciated. Sorry I cannot trade raffle tickets for donations.) I will post pics of the other items that will be raffled off as I get it figured out. Raffle tickets are $3.00 each, 4 for 10.00, 8 for twenty, etc. The hut has actually been painteed with glaze and re-fired so those added colors are not going anywhere!

You can paypal me at or send a check to:

Island Art & Screenprinting
c/o Chongolio
3651-f Lala Rd
Lihue, HI 96766

Once I receive your $$$ I will confirm it with an email so please include an email address if sending a check. I will contact the winner and get their shipping address after the raffle. The raffle will be held at Forbidden Island in Alameda CA on August 29th probably around 10:30 pm. Conga Mike has given me the thumbs up, However I am still waitin' to hear back from Martiki. Raffle tickets will also be available at Forbidden Island the night of the raffle, but the cut off date for mailed checks and Paypal will be August 18th. Which means in my paypal account or a check in my hand not postmarked by the 18th. Ticket request that come in after that will be returned.

The names of people who buy raffle tickets will have their name written on the individual tickets and will be double checked at Forbidden island by a second person from a master list to make sure there are no mistakes and everybody was included with the proper amount of tickets. All names will be added to a container at the same time and thoroughly mixed. A third person (to be announced) will draw the tickets.

Thanks for playin' and good luck to everyone!


Disclaimer; I am not trying to be a jerky, but... All raffle ticket sales are FINAL. Anybody can purchase them not just TC members. I have freinds and family who would like to get in on this too who never got a chance at getting one of the numbered editions. The painted Hut being raffled is one of the artists proofs not one of the numbered editions. I will keep all personal info private as well as how many tickets were sold. I am honestly trying to give everybody a chance to win this Ohana Hut, make this as fair and fun as possible while trying to generate some cash to help offset the debt incurred from my move to Hawaii. So please don't do or say anything to make me regret not simply putting it on Ebay. No offence, but If you don't like the way I am handling this raffle then don't buy tickets and don't read this thread. Also, I don't have the time to answer personal emails regarding your thoughts about how I should of done this or why you think my idea sucks. If you write me a stinky email I am not going to reply. If you have a legit question or suggestion post it on this thread and myself or somebody else will give you an answer.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Lychee Pickin'

A few weeks ago my friend Carol, who works with me at Island Art & Screenprinting and also runs The Tea Treasury, asked me if I was interested in coming over to her house to help her husband Frank pick Lychee. If you never had fresh lychee you don't know what you are missing! They are nothing like the canned in syrup one you find in the markets on the mainland. A fresh lychee is one of my favorite things to snack on over here. I jumped at the chance to get a free bag of these tasty little tropical fruits. The lychee have a spiky skin that is easily peeled away to reveal what looks and feels like a squishy eyeball. You pop that puppy in your mouth chew around the seed and let your taste buds rejoice. What made it even better is that Carol had also made some of the Coconut Pouchong Green Tea that she sells on her site. My mouth never had it so good!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hand painted Ohana Hut is going to be available soon

Yes you read right. Good ol Stuckie from Munktiki, being the all around good dude he be, got in touch with me before I split for Hawaii and offered me the chance to hang out at his studio and paint one of my unnumbered artist proof Ohana Huts. Well I spent a few days lampin' with Senor Stuckz, paintin', chirpin and firing up the kiln. Not to mention watchin' some weird old monster films, playing bizarre Japanese video games and listening to some of Stuckie's musical endeavors. Yes, he is a talented musician too. Anywho, I need to scrounge up some extra cha-ching-a-ling to help offset the expense of me moving over to Kauai. So here is what I am gonna do...

I am thinking about raffling it off so everybody has a fair chance of winnin'. My thoughts are this. Iwill sell raffle tickets for $2.00 or $3.00 dollars. tickets will be unlimited and anybody can buy them. (None of my family was able to get a hut either and I want to give them a chance too.) I will hold a raffle at a public location when I am on the mainland in August and the winning ticket will be pulled by somebody other than my self so there are no accusations of trickery or favoritism. I do need help figuring out how to pull this off without making to much work for myself and keeping it fair. I am open to suggestions and will be getting CHONGOVISION fired up along with my IM app and will be around for a few hours to chat it up with anybody with suggestions or questions about the raffle or how things are going here in the South Seas. If CHONGOVISION is acting up I will just be on my IM too. You can add me to your freinds list on the following IM services:

yahoo- Chongolio
gmail chat-
ichat- chongolio

I will be online this Sat June 23 between 11:00 till ? Hawaii is three hours behind the west coast so that is 2:00 pm. The rest of you will have to figure out the time for your area. If there is any problems or tech trouble I will have to reschedule. If you dont want to tune into CHONGOVISION or do the IM thing feel free to post on this thread or send me an email. Do not take it personally if I don't use your idea or don't reply. The fact is I am really really busy trying to get my studio and artwork put back together and need to keep this as painless as possible for everyone who is interested. So pee-babies need not apply or post. I am lookin' forward to chattin' it up with some of my freind again.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Surfin' Safari at Kalapaki Beach

The Safari with new plates

Last week was pretty busy and I got a lot done. My van came in on Tuesday and the next day my packages arrived. Getting everything dialed in took up a bit of my time and kept me pretty busy. The Safari is now registered in the state of Hawaii and I now have sportin' Hawaiian license plates. I also set up a savings and checking account at the Kauai Credit Union. The owner of Island Art and Screenprinting, the silkscreen shop I have been doing some work for have been much more than cool and have let me use the shop as an address until I set a PO Box and also have let me stash my boxes upstairs and stay in the spare room. I am still on the look out for housing, but now I am not so rushed and can be a little more picky. I have a few leads out there that I waiting to see how they pan out.

The studio/office that I am going to be using upstairs at the shop still needs a lot of work done, so I have been doing what I can to get it ready to be revamped. There is some of drywall work to be done as well as some laying in a new floor covering and installing some sort of ventilation or window. I have been tearin' out linoleum and dry wall as well as haulin' out all the equipment and silk screening supplies that were stored in there. Hopefully, Tim, one of the owners, and I will get started on it this week so I can get my computers up and running. I have been using the office downstairs to get on the internet on my laptop. Having my own desk and work station is frustrating but I am trying to be patient and not to pushy.

Kristy, who is one of the owners of Island Art and Screen Printing, has been really friendly and extendin' the aloha spirit my way. She has an extra 9' Riddle surfboard that she brought down to the shop and said I could use. She is still thinkin' about if she wants to sell it to me or not. One day we were both in the water at Kalipaki Beach. Kristy was on a 12 ' paddle board with a really cool paddle that her friend Vince made from bamboo. She asked if I wanted to give it a try and thought "How hard can it be?" Well let me tell ya... harder than it looks. I was wobblin' around all unbalanced and fell right on my ASS on the thing. I finally got my balance and sea legs and even managed to pick off a small wavelet without fallin off or runnin' anybody over. It was pretty fun and a pretty good work out too.