Honolulu City Lights

Honolulu City Lights by Keola and Kapono Beamer.

Honolulu City Lights by Keola and Kapono Beamer.

The City and County of Honolulu is currently underway with a program to replace all the orange glow high-pressure sodium street lights with new, efficient, bright bluish-white LED street lights. Bravo, it’s about time!

Some are lamenting and opposing this change, saying it is going to change the look of “Honolulu City Lights,” which they have come to know and love. (Honolulu Civil Beat, Chad Blair, Sep. 28, 2016.)

I guess these guys don’t remember that when “Honolulu City Lights” by the Beamer Brothers was written and published back in the 1960s, all the street lights were a pleasant bluish-white and the city at night looked like it was encrusted in diamonds. Take a look at the album cover, above. That is what Honolulu at night looked like in the 1960s.

Then in the 1980s, for reasons of saving money on electricity, the city switched to the current orange lights. The current lighting is dark by comparison and does not provide sufficient lighting in the neighborhoods. Large pockets of dark are occasionally interrupted by the orange glow from a light pole. Lots of nice places for bad guys to hide in.

I like the new LED lighting. I am switching all the lighting in my house from incandescent and fluorescent to LED as quickly as I can. I am happy to see the city doing the same for the street lights. Soon, we can see the lovely Honolulu City Lights, again.

My Diabetes Journey

May 10, 2016 Facebook post

[I wrote this article for HMSA’s Island Scene magazine. It won’t be published until Oct., so I was given permission to post an advance copy, here. Mahalo Lisa!] On Feb. 10, I went to the doctor’s complaining about shingles which had lingered since the previous Nov. Physician’s Assistant (PA) Shey …

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Fanny Guitarist June Millington In Honolulu

Pioneering Woman In Rock June Millington
To Play Honolulu Benefit Show


Apr 5, 2016

Honolulu, Hawaii – June Millington, “one of the hottest female guitarists in the industry,” (Guitar Player Magazine) is proud to announce a one-night performance in Honolulu to benefit the Institute for Musical Arts (www.ima.org), of which she’s co-founder and Artistic Director. IMA’s programming includes music camps for girls in Goshen, MA (5 each summer) on a 25-acre facility with a house and and renovated barn, which has been converted into a complete music training, recording and performing facility.

Millington, along with sister Jean, were co-founders of the group Fanny, which in 1969 signed a major label recording contract and were the first all-female rock band to record and issue a full-length album on Reprise Records in 1970.

“If there were no Fanny, there would be no Runaways, no Go-Go’s, no Bangles…just to mention a few. They kicked the door down for you guys to walk through!” said Earl Slick, guitarist for David Bowie.

Fanny toured the United States and Europe, and recorded several albums, landing songs on the Billboard charts. They made appearances on American television, including on the Sonny & Cher show, the Dick Cavett show, and others. They also appeared on European television.

In 1972, Fanny recorded their third album, Fanny Hill, at Abbey Road studios. The album was produced by Richard Perry and engineered by Geoff Emerick. Their fourth album, Mother’s Pride, was produced by Todd Rundgren in New York City.

David Bowie, commenting on Fanny in Rolling Stone in 1999 said, “They were one of the finest f–––g rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary: they wrote everything, they played like motherf–––s, they were just colossal and wonderful, and nobody’s ever mentioned them. They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time.”

After leaving Fanny, June took a spiritual sabbatical in Woodstock and continued on with solo albums as well as recording with her sister Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Heartsong, Running, One World, One Heart, Ticket to Wondefrul, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl). June also took the opportunity to poduce other artists, particularly in the women’s music world/genre: Strange Paradise, Cris Williamson; Fire in the Rain, Holly Near; Something Moving, Mary Watkins.

June will be playing music that spans her career and will read sections from her autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges.

June Millington Live at Kaka’ako Agora
Guitarist and Co-Founder of Fanny, the pioneering all-girl rock band with a major recording contract in 1969 – first to record entire albums, including one at the Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios in 1972.

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Kaka‘ako Agora, 441 Cooke St.
$20 advance; $25 at the door
Youth 11-18, $10; Children 10-under, free
Tickets at: http://www.junemillington.com
A Benefit for Institute for the Musical Arts, http://www.ima.org

For more information, contact Blaine Fergerstrom, (808) 497-9463 or zztype@gmail.com
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/190631824659484/

Millington is scheduled to perform a second show on Apr. 30 at Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii Island. For more information go to: http://www.lazarbear.com, or call: (808) 896-4845 or 982-9104. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/840296876080160/

If you are interested in an advance telephone interview, please contact Blaine Fergerstrom to make arrangements. Media are welcome to attend and review the show.

High resolution images may be downloaded from http://www.zztype.com


Hawaii Media Contact:
Blaine Fergerstrom
(808) 497-9463

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June Millington Couch by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Couch by Marita Madeloni


June Millington Hair by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Hair by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Fanny 1970s A by Linda Wolf

June Millington Fanny 1970s by Linda Wolf

June Millington Fanny 1970s B by Linda Wolf

June Millington, Fanny, 1970s, by Linda Wolf

Photos by Blaine Fergerstrom from the April 13, 2016 event:


A Blind Date…With Booga Booga!

Booga-Booga 1974

A Blind Date…With Booga Booga! By Blaine Fergerstrom, 2016 In August 1976, I had just been honorably discharged after four years in the Navy and almost three years of living on the mainland. I had missed much of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” which had been going on here in my absence. …

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Big Bad Bob Brown

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I’ve been sad and melancholy all day since hearing from his beautiful daughter, Valerie Brown, that my dear, dear friend, and larger-than-life hero Big Bad Bob Brown, Sonarman First Class, USS Pigeon, ASR-21, had since left us before I could find him and tell him how much he meant to me.

I’ve also been happy all day that I heard from Big Bad Bob Brown’s beautiful daughter, Valerie Brown, finally, with news of my dear friend, her dad! It made me remember a funny story about her dad which I will try to relate here.

I was/am a huge rock and roll crazy. Big Bad Bob Brown was a jazz afficionado. We still liked each others’ music, but each had our own leanings. I used to sit in my barracks room or in the sonar shack on the Pigeon blasting my favorite rock tunes. One of my all-time favorite songs is “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'” by the Rolling Stones. The 8-minute tune features incredible guitar jams by Keith Richards and masterful guitar riffing by Mick Taylor. But right in the middle of the song, the two guitar gods step aside as saxophonist Bobby Keys steps to the mic and blows a mean 90-second long solo and the band melts away.

One day, I was playing this song in my barracks room and Big Bad Bob Brown comes bopping by. He passes the door, then pauses, and rewinds. He sticks his head into the room and says, “Hey, who the hell is that? That is SWEET!”

He was hearing the Bobby Keys sax solo.

He made me play it again, and again, and again! Just the sax solo. He liked the other guitar stuff OK, but the sax solo set him off big-time! He would stand there and groove to each loop of the solo…man, he loved that stuff!

So, Big Bob, in your honor, sir, here is the  Bobby Keys sax solo from “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’?” at 3:00 of this clip. You can loop this endlessly for your groove satisfaction. Get the angels and Gabriel rockin’ up in heaven, too!

My love, gratitude and aloha to you, Sir Big Bad Bob Brown. It’s just not as cool without you around.

I Don’t Always Endorse People On Social Media, But When I Do…

Mike Chong, UnibodyTech, Mapunapuna

You all know I don’t routinely endorse businesses on the Internet. It just wouldn’t be me! But I no shame when I come across somebody or some company which demonstrates that they have a SOUL, which demonstrates it is run by real people, who go above and beyond, who CARE. …

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