Return from Hawaii
I spent five days on the Big Island attending the Left Coast Crime 2009 convention. About 300 plus people attended. Writers included those who write cozy mysteries to thrillers. We stayed at a resort outside of Kona – one of those complexes that could have been anywhere. That didn’t matter much as the point of the trip wasn’t sight seeing. Though my two friends Terry and Tito did their best to show me around the Island. Terry has a coffee farm and I spent sometime at the farm with Terry and his wife Susan and son Sonny. On the way back to the conference, Terry pulled over to the side of the road and picked enough fruit to last me the five days of the conference.
Tito, a well-traveled man, and a filmmaker, I had met years ago in Bangkok. He’s a talented filmmaker and businessman. He signed up for the conference and took video footage of me talking about Sex, Ghost and Amulets, as well as an interview with one of America’s eminent crime fiction critics, Cameron Hughes. That interview will run on one of the crime fiction blogs that Cameron contributes to.
On Thursday 12th March, Khun Pou who runs Sala Thai in Honolulu put on a party for Vincent Calvino fans. There was a good turn out, great Thai food, and good conversation. My friend John Murphy was the organizing force behind the Sala Thai party. Along with his daughter Melissa, he showed me around Honolulu. I arrived in the afternoon on Thursday, bunked at John’s apartment, and he drove me out to the airport early Friday morning. About 20 hours later, I arrived at my place in Bangkok. There are no direct Bangkok/Honolulu flights. So this one took longer than the Bangkok/New York flight I took in November, 2008.
A special thanks and Aloha to Terry, Tito, John, and Pou for their incredible hospitality.