Don’t follow, stand with.

Walk, don’t lead.

Listen, then speak.


Remember, then forget.



Receive the gift.

Give more back.

Learn the lesson,

Show the way.


At the Gate of Hell, More Fuel For Your Fire?

“Per me si va ne la città dolente, per me si va ne l’etterno dolore, per me si va tra la perduta gente. Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore: fecemi la divina podestate, la somma sapienza e ‘l primo amore. Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create se non etterne, e io etterno duro. Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’entrate”

(Through me you go to the grief wracked city; Through me you go to everlasting pain; Through me you go a pass among lost souls. Justice inspired my exalted Creator: I am a creature of the Holiest Power, of Wisdom in the Highest and of Primal Love. Nothing till I was made was made, only eternal beings. And I endure eternally. Abandon all hope — Ye Who Enter Here)

Dante Alighieri “The Gate of Hell

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought this would be an appropriate entry. Let’s take a trip to a cavern deep in the heart of the Karakum desert. A small village Derweze, Turkmenistan. This is the location of what many of the locals refer to as the “Gate to Hell.” After viewing videos and images of this site, it is easy to understand why.

The crater was created in 1971 when a geologic drilling rig caused an underlying cavern to collapse. Geologists concluded that the cavern was filled with natural gas and that the best course of action would be to burn it off.

40 years later we’re still waiting for the fire to run out of fuel.


The Magic of this Magnificent Moment

“Oke aloha ke kuleana a kahi malihini”  (Love is the host in strange lands)

-Hawaiian saying

Keiki watches a hula dance telling a story about Lili'uokalani

The torch lighting ceremony at Kuhio Beach keeps the spirit of O’ahu (the gathering place) alive.

People of all ages gather from around the world to watch hula and listen to oli (chants) and mele (songs) telling stories that have been told on this island for hundreds of years.

By the end of the ceremony the torches will be lit, surrounding you by the dance of flame and flesh.

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Two Paths Diverged

Alright, some things are going to be changing with TWG. I want to step up the game. The gazette is going to be a monthly publication at this point. This means you will no longer get post by post content, but a compilation of posts formatted like a magazine. I will also be including user submitted content.

I need to do this so I can start circulating print copies. You will still be able to view the content online in PDF format.

So, let me direct your attention to the website for the TRADEWINDGAZETTE magazine.

As for this blog, it will become more of a traditional blog. Content will be related to TWG, just not the actual articles. I will still be posting my thoughts, photos, videos, and maps here. Consider it extra content that I can’t always fit into the printed version.

I need to stop trying to be a one man news team. There are way too many interesting stories happening all over the world and unfortunately I can’t cover it all. Now others can help. Different perspectives will be a GUST of fresh air.

You will also be happy to know I have been pricing new equipment. I need a video camera and directional mic to better capture audio and video, and I would like to get a new lens for my camera. In any case, I look forward to the options these changes can create. Maybe soon I will have a few others in the studio with me.


Painted Fusion

Same idea, just different effect. I think I like it better. Might need to bring out Ni’ihau a little more.

I’ll post updates as I start making more detailed maps. That one is to scale, I just haven’t decided where I want to place the scale.

Warning: Polyrhythmic Grooves Are the Leading Cause of Cut Rugs

“Life is a lot like Jazz… it’s best when you improvise”

George Gershwin

“Welcome to Indigo, with the red walls and the green balls,” band leader Rolando Sanchez welcomed us to the show.

Without missing a beat, the band began—laying out the irresistible rhythms that would possess patrons of Indigo’s Green Room like some sort of Haitian Vodou. It didn’t matter if you had rhythm, the band’s on point timing would move you.

It would groove you.

These sensations, provided free of charge, were all brought to you by Rolando Sanchez and the Latin Jazz Combo. Here’s a closer look at “who’s on first”

  • Rolando Sanchez: Vocals, Bongos
  • Mike Barquez: Lead, Rhythm Guitar
  • Phil Caneso: Bass
  • Harry Chang: Drums
  • George Cristobal: Sax
  • Michelangelo Barquez: Lead Guitar, Project Manager

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While the band has only been playing together for a year, each member has several decades of experience—drawing inspiration from artists such as Tito Puente, Carlos Santana , John Coltrane, Howard Roberts, and Joe Diorio.

Rolando (visit his blog) has been awarded ASCAP‘s Songwriter Music Award for many years and has his music featured on the TV show Burn Notice.

If you’re in town and want to see these guys, check in the Green Room at Indigo on the first Tuesday of every month. Even if you aren’t familar with Latin Jazz you will still recognize covers such as “La Bamba,” a classic by Ritchie Valens and Santana‘s “Black Magic Woman.”

Check ’em out, ya dig?