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 Ė one of those complexes that could have been anywhere.
That didnít matter much as the point of the trip wasnít 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
Tito, a well-traveled man, and a
filmmaker, I had met years ago in Bangkok. Heís 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
Americaís 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 Johnís 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.