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    Thursday, June 29, 2006

    Newsweek's Giving Back Awards

    This week Newsweek magazine is running an editorial on the 15 people [or organizations] that make America great; they call it the Giving Back Awards. Alongside of Hollywood bigwig Brad Pitt is a company I believe epitomizes the essence of what Newsweek says it recognizes with this issue--"...people who, through bravery or generosity, genius or passion, devote themselves to helping others"--the Boys and Girls Club of America.

    Boys & Girls Clubs

    Written by Barbara Kantrowitz

    On its 100th birthday, this group stays relevant by caring for new groups of poor kids.

    Two words: changing lives. That's the essential mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which celebrates its centennial this year. The vast majority of youngsters served by the organization's 3,935 clubs come from disadvantaged communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. "We want to enable them to become all they are capable of being: productive, responsible, caring citizens," says President Roxanne Spillett. She presides over a federation of local clubs, with national headquarters in Atlanta providing programming, marketing and operating standards. While many old-line charities have been suffering in the age of entrepreneurial philanthropy, Boys & Girls Clubs pushes forward by moving into new areas like public housing (where there are now 432 clubs), Native American communities (157 clubs) and military bases in the United States and Europe (432 clubs). "They reach young people everywhere," says Frances Hesselbein of the Leader to Leader Institute, a former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "They're one of the most outstanding and successful social-sector organizations in the country."

    Read the story online at

    Having been apart of this organization for 3 years, I am elated such recognition is finally being passed to the work I see done by my employers and coworkers. Quite a few celebrities, like Denzel Washington, mark their success in life to their mentors at a Boys and Girls Club in their past; it does make a difference.

    Posted by Denyne

    Friday, June 23, 2006

    Keali'i Reichel and Michael McCartney

    MICHAEL McCARTNEY and Recording Artist & multi Hoku Award winner KEALI'I REICHEL.

    Pauley Perrette as Alice Wisdom

    PAULEY PERRETTE as Alice Wisdom. "Almost Famous" perfectly cast down to the smallest of roles. All hail Cameron Crowe.

    A Barni Robinson Moment...

    Can you see ALPHRED THE NORMAL's eye in the bottom corner?

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Ken Sharp, Carnie Wilson and Rob Bonfiglio

    Recording Artists; KEN SHARP, CARNIE WILSON and
    enjoy a live mid morning radio show while watching the whales and dining on a fine meal on one of Maui's beautiful oceanfronts with MICHAEL McCARTNEY. Should work be this difficult? Maybe for JOE KING who had to run the board back in the studio. Trust us...we had to take him out to dinner several times to make up for it. Sorry Joe, but it was great radio where you could hear; "Fly" from Rob Bonfiglio, "Brand New Day" from Ken Sharp, "Impulsive" and "Hold On" from Wilson Phillips tossed in with "Love And Mercy" from Brian Wilson to make that Maui day a very special memory.

    Monday, June 19, 2006

    The Dixie Chicks

    Singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye drops in with a sleepy but excited state of mind.

    hi muffins,

    i just thought i would write a quick note saying that i am LOVING the new dixie chicks record...not only is it produced by mr. rick "zen master" rubin, and not only did my producer gary "bubbles" louris have a hand in writing almost half of the record, but in the words of my friend and co-producer christopher "honeylulu" thorn:

    "the dixie chicks are more rock-n-roll than any rock-n-roll band out there....they had something to say and they said it."


    whether you agree with the whole incident that occured a few years ago, there is something to be said for having an opinion and holding true to that opinion in the face of severe opposition and extreme adversity...
    speaking of, the new neil young record is absolute genius..."living with war"...

    another great new artist i have been turned onto as of late is a guy by the name of jose gonzales...he is an artist from sweden and his music is beyond sexy and hauntingly beautiful..."crosses"...check it out...and oh yeah, the new regina spektor(which comes out this week i think) will rip your heart out...

    all is well in los angeles...i have started to roll my own smokes again after a six month hiatus...cigarettes, that is...i am a bali shag girl and i usually will smoke for about a month and then quit for another six months...i figure i don't have many vices and it could be worse, so nobody worry...especially you mom...

    i am pooped.
    must go to bed.

    sweet dreams,

    Posted by Courtney Jaye

    Courtney's music has had a home on our playlists and in our hearts since her debut release. Be sure to pick up a copy of her first album, "Traveling Light" and keep an eye peeled out for CJ's upcoming release. Get a sampling of what she's been up to lately (including both "Til It Bleeds" and "The Sweetest Tune" which are getting some positive response from our radio listeners on the studio lines) at Courtney Jaye's MySpace Music Profile

    Sabrina Taylor

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 3:34 PM

    The Dixie Chicks totally rock!!!
    I can't seem to stop listening to them either.
    Check out their live acoustic performance at AOL Sessions. Its fabulous!

    xx ST

    The Time Machine


    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    Maui Musician Teri Garrison Needs Your Help In Getting Back Her Guitar

    Just wanted to pass this on to you from Maui musician and singer-songwriter Teri Garrison. We find this sort of thing horrible and it takes away a musician's livelihood. Some people just don't think what their actions cause to others. If you find out anything about its whereabouts, please let us know and we will let Teri know immediately. Here's Teri's plea:

    Here's a pix of my koa wood takamine (Jackson Browne gave it to me - prototype made by George Takamine) just in case you ever see it on ebay.....

    It was stolen off the stage of the Kahului Alehouse on Maui between 9:05 and 9:15pm
    june 5, 2006

    Pictured backing up Teri are recording artists; Vince Esquire on electric guitar and Bob Jones (We Five, Michael Bloomfield and Brewer & Shipley).

    Sunday, June 11, 2006

    DJ Kurt Jo Takes On The Big Apple

    DJ Fat Jo spinned sounds with WMPH mixshow DJs at Glass in New York City on May 24, 2006.

    Pictured below from left to right; Fat Jo, Harry Towers, Dom Armano (top), Ray Devine (bottom), DJ Wolf, Kris Henderson and Clint Dantinne

    Of course, Fat Jo continues to spin "The Wild Workout At Noon" Monday thru Friday, "Planet House" on Friday nights at midnight and takes over the controls from Summer Blue and Michael McCartney to present "Between The Sheets" Monday thru Thursday on WILD 105.5 FM. KPMW's evening crew are pictured below:

    Friday, June 09, 2006

    Mandi Seekings "Leaked" Album Tracks Get On The Radio

    Recording artist Mandi Seekings spread the news at her website about her music getting airplay on The Time Machine.

    New song leaked to radio!

    Cool News People! I am lucky to have high friends in high places when it comes to radio, and it really came to my benefit this weekend. Michael McCartney, who has helped me out tremendously with airplay aired my entire album on Mana'o Radio 91.5FM, as well as on the online pop station, 'The Time Machine'.

    Radio Show 'The Time Machine' powered by Live365 will air my song "Bittersweet", every three hours for the next month or so. So if you wanna hear it...head over to:

    The Time Machine

    Learn more about The Time Machine here:

    The Time Machine Myspace Page

    You can also hear more unreleased "leaked" tracks from my album on Wild 105.5 FM. Request me by calling 808-296-1055

    Thanks Michael...once again!


    Thursday, June 08, 2006

    The Possibilities

    From "Da Dawghouse" - Taylor chimes in today with possibilities.

    AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH! Okay so I don't really yell like that, it would sound ridiculous... imagine it... strange.

    Somedays I travel to my little Myspace world where I can watch my friends who are all miles away. Most days I feel so happy to see them and hear from them, but there are days when I envy them. Like right now, at this moment I reek of the awful smell of baby vomit (queasy people... I apologize), my daughter won't go to sleep, and I've accomplished basically nothing all day, much like most days. The only adult conversations I have are about our kids, oh yeah and my only good gossip in like a year, my friends husband had an affair. Yeah Yeah I know...motherhood the most important job in the world, and I agree, but that doesn't make it any easier, less frustrating or less smelly.

    I sometimes dream of the flitty and flighty worlds some of my friends have, laughing it up at a bar, flirting with guys at a club, jumping in the car and flying by the seat of their pants to God knows where, and not returning until God knows when. The endless possibilities that their freedom allows them. Do they know how lucky they are?

    Sometimes it just feels good to imagine being young and irresponsible (okay I'm still young) but to be irresponsible, holy crap that sounds like fun. Spending a night drinking until I pass out, driving with a stranger to Mexico for kicks, loitering where loitering isn't allowed, maybe... possibly smoking a ciggerette just to watch the swirls of smoke circle the air above me.

    Hell let's continue with the possiblities...maxing out my credit card on totally unneccesary things, pimping out my SUV with rims, and a sound system that would severely damage my hearing for life. I don't know, maybe join a band and play for free in coffee shops. Or become a prison tattoo artist, spitting up ink on convicts who would pay me in cigs and shanks, of course this would mean I myself would have to become a con, so I think I would rob a bank maybe a couple banks.

    Or I could be a grungy hippie carrying only the essentials and a bottle of water. Barefoot and smelly picking up work when money became absolutely neccesary. Selling beaded jewelry on a street corner in Paia with the warm island breeze streaming thru my nasty salty hair.

    Or a costume designer pinning reds and blues on shades of gold and silver. Working backstage on Broadway franticly searching for the hoop earrings that would go with the red dress in act 3, scene 2. Cutting, sewing, hemming and creating beautiful period pieces for the next Hollywood epic.

    Ahhh the possibilities of a life without responsibilities, honestly it doesn't sound all that great. Especially smoking... that's a nasty stink habit and I encourage all you smokers to quit. I dunno, I'm done, I kinda just felt like writing something, and this was how I felt at the moment. I need to take a shower.


    Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 3:09 PM

    Ahhh, I feel ya. I remember the fun I had when we working at the radio station. The late night drinking. The loud music. The psychotic groupies!!! What fun. Then I remember how broke I was. I remember the stress that being broke caused and the infighting that the stressed caused and then I realized; that life doesn't sound as appealing anymore.

    Lil's going through the terrible two's at the moment so I totally understand the anxiety you are going through. Nothing like working 10 hours a day and having to come home and be the referee in fight between my son and my wife. Then I think, at least I'm not broke and I'm no longer living in an apartment above Tony and his "lesbian in denial" wife!!!! Oh and, I think being a dad is the best freaking job in the world.

    Radio DJ would be second.....guess I'll have to wait until I'm financially secure to try that again!

    The Time Machine

    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 12:51 PM

    Late night drinking, loud music, psychotic groupies and infighting? How did I miss out on all of this? It has all the makings of a "Behind The Music" on VH-1. Darn I need to take a shower.

    Wednesday, June 07, 2006

    Music World Loses Billy Preston

    Another sad day for music with the passing of Billy Preston.

    He played his killer keys for Mahalia Jackson in the beginning of his career and throughout the sixties and seventies added his talents to records from; King Curtis, Sly Stone, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, Peter Frampton and of course, The Beatles. His solo hits from the seventies are still classics to this day and his albums should be in any music fan's library. His organ playing was pheonominal and he could be heard most recently on Michael McDonald's "Motown Two" album and The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Stadium Arcadium.

    Anyone who could compose a song like "You Are So Beautiful" is someone who will be missed by music lovers all over the globe.

    Above: Billy with George Harrison

    Below: Billy with Amber (2004)

    Monday, June 05, 2006

    Radio Loses Steven B. Williams

    The Time Machine has learned of the death of one of the voices that inspired many around the country to pursue broadcasting. Steven B. Williams, also known as "Steven B", entertained radio audiences in Colorado and Hawaii.

    He left a mark on broadcasting that many in radio could only aspire to. Steven was "the voice". His broadcasting peers would refer to him as "the pipes". There were only two voice talents that The Time Machine could truly use over the years that would fit the defination of "a deep voice". The first belongs to Bill St. James. You may not know his name but you've heard him in the majority of movie previews the last two decades in addition to being the voice of both "Nick at Night" and "The Discovery Channel" to name a couple. The only voice deeper and with a similar delievery was Steven B. Williams. Steven commanded your attention to listen to a song or purchase a product.

    The staff reminisced about hearing Steven for the first time on the radio. AM was still king in the seventies and we still can hear Steven back announcing "Diary" by Bread with a sense of humor that could easily flow into "Walk The Dog" from Aerosmith. Fans of Honolulu's KKUA AM 69 were thrown thru a loop when the TOP 40 giant's morning show man, Ron "Who da guy?" Jacobs, wasn't able to do his show and "Steven B." slipped into the slot from sister rocker station KQMQ 93 FM. The late seventies in Hawaii were a magical time for radio airwaves and listening to Steven state on the air how he had just came back from Tower Records by blowing the station's music budget meant that we were about to hear some of the best rock music that our island ears could handle. God bless Steven B. Williams for giving us a true rock radio show.

    We are sure that as this tragic story unfolds that it still won't fill the hole left in our hearts.

    Below are two stories that appeared in the press. The first is from the Honolulu Star Bulletin's Erika Engle.


    Steven B. Williams was apparently murdered in waters off California

    By Erika Engle

    Former Hawaii radio personality Steven B. Williams was shot to death last month in a case that is under investigation in California. No arrests have been made.

    His body was found by a boater in the ocean six miles off the isthmus of Avalon, a town on Catalina Island, Calif., on May 18. His birthday was May 14.

    The May 22 autopsy by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office determined that "he died from a gunshot wound to his upper torso, and the case was deemed a homicide," said Dana Camarillo, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Williams, 59, had been living on a boat belonging to another person moored in San Pedro Harbor, according to Sgt. Kenneth Clark, one of the detectives investigating Williams' death for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Homicide Bureau.

    Talk of his apparent murder swirled among his friends on the mainland and in Hawaii for the past few weeks, but his identity was not confirmed until a dental record comparison was made on Wednesday.

    The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed the information yesterday.

    A sailing and wine enthusiast with a deep, resonant voice, Williams gained fame with radio listeners in Hawaii throughout the 1970s working for top-rated stations. His voice was revered and envied by fellow broadcasters.

    Williams was no longer working as a day-to-day radio personality. Instead, he had built a second career doing voice-over work for radio and television stations including KHON-TV, until recently.

    KHON Marketing Director Kyle Funasaki said he met with Williams a few months ago, and the former deejay talked of his plans to sail around the world.

    The sailing plans were consistent with what Sgt. Clark has learned in the course of his investigation, though the departure date changed repeatedly. "My understanding is they were months away from leaving," Clark said.

    Concern for Williams' well-being surfaced when he stopped communicating with friends on the mainland and in Hawaii at the beginning of May.

    Clark credits those close to Williams for bringing his disappearance and their concern to officials' attention.

    Friends say Williams had recently inherited a large sum of money following the death of his father and that his trusting nature might have contributed to his death.

    Many of those friends have been advised by law enforcement authorities not to discuss the case with anyone.

    Former co-worker Danielle Tucker, through tears, said, "Steven doesn't deserve that. He was too good a person."

    Now a traffic reporter for Cox Radio Hawaii, Tucker recalled how the management of KQMQ-FM 93.1 promised to improve wages and working conditions if the staff would reject a union attempt to organize them in the 1970s. It was the sister station to the decidedly more popular and higher-rated KKUA-AM 690, a Top 40 hits station before the FM band began dominating the airwaves.

    "We were nobodies. The FM was nothing back then. KQMQ was an afterthought" to the owners, she said. Williams was so trusting, "he believed them," she said, but it never happened and he left the station not long afterward.

    Williams left Hawaii in 1980 to work for KBPI-FM 106.7, a rock station in Denver, where he was half of the ratings-topping "Steven B. and the Hawk" morning team for several years. In a story about Williams' death, Denver TV station KCNC reported that Williams' partner, Don Hawkins, died in 1994 during routine surgery.

    Williams worked at more than a dozen radio stations in Hawaii and on the mainland starting in 1970, according to, a Web site where current and former radio broadcasters post stations or related companies they have worked for, as well as "where are they now" updates.

    His last update was posted in September 2001.

    "While attending a recent function at my favorite winery, V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley, I was stunned when Daryl Sattui, owner and great-grandson of the founder, offered me a job. After exhaustive analysis of all the pros and cons, I accepted his offer just slightly before he was able to finish his sentence. I am now living and working in what can only be described as a dead ringer for the Bordeaux region of France where I continue to provide voice imaging to my radio and TV clients. If my newspapers have started piling up call 911; it just may mean that I've died and gone to Heaven," he wrote.

    He helped the winery stage tastings but left the position and moved away from the area a few years ago.

    Williams is survived by a sister who lives in New Jersey. No information on services was available.

    A career that spans the radio dial

    Radio personality Steven B. Williams' career stretched over three decades and included stints at:

    Honolulu radio stations
    KKUA: 1970
    KIKI: 1972
    KORL: 1976
    KAHU/KULA: 1977
    KQMQ: 1977
    KDEO: 1979

    Mainland radio stations/programs
    KBPI (Denver): 1980
    KPKE (Denver): 1984
    KRQR (San Francisco): 1987
    KXKL (Denver): 1988
    World's Greatest Hits (San Francisco): 1992-94
    KIOI (San Francisco): 1993
    KHOW (Denver): 1996
    KSPZ (Colorado Springs, Colo.): 2000-01

    "World's Greatest Hits" was a syndicated program heard around the globe that began with Steven B. Williams as host (before the popular "The World Chart Show" which continues to this day).

    Here's a story that is from CBS's Channel 4 in Denver, Colorado as reported by Brian Maass. There is also a video available from the newscast at the website.

    A well-known Denver disc jockey was found dead and a criminal investigation is under way into how he died, CBS4 investigator Brian Maass has learned.

    Steven B. Williams was half of the "Steven B. and The Hawk" morning show on KBPI radio in the early 1980s. The pair dominated FM radio with their deft humor, impersonations and light comedy.

    Williams, 59, had a deep, distinctive radio voice that boomed across Denver and the Front Range.

    In recent years, Williams had moved to San Pedro, California and lived on a boat.

    On May 18, a boat captain found his body floating six miles from Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean. The Los Angeles County Sheriff said Williams' autopsy showed Williams died from a gunshot wound.

    A friend of Williams in California doubted the gunshot wound was self inflicted saying Williams "was in great spirits" when last seen in early May.

    Detectives were closely interviewing Williams' friends and associates in San Pedro.

    The L.A. Sheriffs department said it was an amazing coincidence that a boater found Williams' body in the middle of the ocean and if he hadn't, its possible nobody would have ever known what happened.

    Williams worked at three radio stations in Denver and one in Colorado Springs. He got his start in radio in Hawaii in the 1970s.

    Don Hawkins, or "The Hawk," died unexpectedly in 1994 during routine surgery.

    One more story from and the Associated Press:

    Slain man found in ocean off Catalina was ex-Denver DJ 'Steven B'

    A former Denver disc jockey known as "Steven B." was found shot to death in the ocean off Southern California, authorities said.

    The body of Steven B. Williams, 59, was found two weeks ago and his death is being investigated as a homicide, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Dana Camarillo said Thursday.

    Authorities have not named any suspects or identified a motive.

    Williams and Don Hawkins were hosts of "Steven B. and The Hawk," a popular morning show on KBPI-FM in Denver in the early 1980s. Hawkins died during surgery in 1994 and Williams moved to California in 2001.

    Authorities said Williams' body was found floating about six miles off Catalina Island by a passing ship, but the Los Angeles County coroner's office did not identify it for a week. An autopsy determined he died from a gunshot wound in his upper torso, the coroner's office said.

    Williams worked as an assistant winemaker in Northern California before moving to the Los Angeles area to care for his sick father, said Daryl Sattui, owner of the V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, Calif., where Williams worked for two years.

    "He was a great guy; I mean, who can dislike Steven B.?" Sattui said Thursday. "It's strange because I was actually going to call him today to try to get him to move back up and work for me again."

    Williams' cousin, Dan Webster of San Francisco, said Williams' father had died. Webster said he did not know what Williams had been doing.

    Sunday, June 04, 2006

    A terrifying thing happened during dinner...

    Recording artist Jaimie Vernon shares his account of this news breaking story:

    When one goes to a local family restaurant for dinner with one's family it's generally expected that a meal will be eaten, a tab will get paid and everyone will leave as they had come in.

    At 5PM tonight I took my wife and son to a local 24-hour diner to grab a fast meal before I was to head out to a recording studio to sing on a friend's record. Shortly after ordering our food the parking lot of the plaza housing this restaurant became a command post for our local police force. Not particularly unusual as we were a block from the police station and across the street from the boundary of Scarborough that delineates 'Malvern' from the rest of the City. In the past Malvern (where I grew up and my parents still live) has been a hotbed of gang activity. But in the last 18 months the warfare has been squashed through some exceptional work by our Toronto Police services.

    What was different about this police parade wasn't just the 17 vehicles that had pulled into the parking lot, but the police presence itself. A LOT of unmarked vans with drivers wearing body armour (bullet proof vests and face visors) like you see in riot situations. And when the armoured motorcade followed with any number of ambulances and regular squad cars things started getting uneasy in the restaurant.

    We didn't wait around for the rumoured drug bust or gang-related take down. I took the family home and headed off to the recording session in another part of Toronto (also a hotbed of gun toting gang members).

    At 11 O'clock I left the studio and headed back toward Scarborough and on the news I heard that the Malvern police unit and 11 others throughout Toronto and environs had been the scene of arrests orchestrated by the American FBI and Canadian RCMP joint terro*ism squads. They had succeeded in rounding up at least EIGHT terror suspects throughout the Greater Toronto Area (with more busts to be announced tomorrow morning by the RCMP). These people were driven to the municipality of Pickering in Durham Region (just east of Scarborough) to be processed. The police station at Hwy 2 and Brock Road was barricaded and protected with heavy arsenol in case of
    retaliation. And guess where my friend was headed whose session I sang on? A block from that police station.

    You should be hearing all about this on the news tomorrow....and it's sure to go International as there is a connection to some suspects arrested in Georgia a week or two ago.

    These are scary times we still live in.

    Jaimie Vernon,
    President, Bullseye Records
    "Not Infecting Our Customers' Computers Since 1985!!"

    Bullseye Records

    Jaimie Vernon's song "Turn!" has been getting some heavy airplay on THE TIME MACHINE playlist. The song can be found on the spledid three CD set "International Pop Overthrow - Volume 8" that can be purchased at most of the usual locations online including; Jam Records, Kool Kat Musik and Not Lame.

    Jaimie Vernon is also an author - Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia

    Jaimie Vernon on MySpace Music

    Lahaina Says "Goodbye" To Pioneer Mill

    LAHAINA -- A final piece of Lahaina’s sugar-milling history fell with a bang heard around the historic town on Saturday afternoon as a series of precision explosions toppled a 90-foot-tall Pioneer Mill boiler building along Lahainaluna Road. finally happened. Most of us from The Time Machine Crew grew up and spent our lives around the agricultural world of sugar. Playing in cane fields during our youth (Okay - maybe some of us still play in canefields...but please don't tell anyone.) and driving by the sugar mill on a daily basis from the sleepy old Lahaina village to the "hustle and bustle" massive tourist destination that it is today. We were out of town in April to come back and find that one side of the road had the sugar mill demolished with only the towering smokestack left as a Lahaina landmark. Yesterday, on the other side of Lahainaluna Road, the remaining portion of the industrial age came down. We knew this was coming for a long time but it still gives us pause for a moment of reflection.

    Below is a story that appeared in The Maui News from staff writer MATTHEW THAYER:

    What A Blast

    By MATTHEW THAYER, Staff Writer

    LAHAINA -- A final piece of Lahaina’s sugar-milling history fell with a bang heard around the historic town on Saturday afternoon as a series of precision explosions toppled a 90-foot-tall Pioneer Mill boiler building along Lahainaluna Road.

    The structure will be the last to come down in the demolition of the mill that served the plantation founded in 1860 and closed in 1999. The boiler building was built about 40 years ago and once was connected to the mill by way of a conveyor bridge that spanned Lahainaluna Road. Conveyor belts delivered bagasse, the cane fibers wrung of sugar, to fuel the boilers that produced steam. The steam was used for a variety of purposes throughout the mill, including turning turbines to make electricity.

    Saturday’s demolition was coordinated by Stacey Loi-zeaux, a Baltimore woman whose family has been using explosives to bring down structures for three generations. The family company, Controlled Demolition Inc., has handled many jobs far larger than the Pioneer Mill boiler, including the Seattle Kingdome, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium and First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu. Loizeaux said the family also has handled nearly every big demolition in Las Vegas.

    Loizeaux said Pioneer’s boiler building, basically all steel beams, pipes and sheet metal siding, presented a very basic challenge. She and her crew had to force the parts to fall away from the street and nearby houses, while bringing them down to a level where demolition crews could use excavators equipped with heavy “shears” to cut them apart.

    Loizeaux said the Pioneer Mill takedown required about 30 pounds of RDX explosive in linear shaped charges. The charges deliver three million pounds of pressure per square inch, directed so precisely that the building’s steel beams look-ed as if they had been cut with a torch.

    “The charges are designed to cut steel,” she said. “They go through it like a knife through butter.”

    The charges were arranged at three different levels of the building. Each charge was wrapped with a flexible cocoon made of everyday materials, even mill conveyor belts saved for that specific purpose. Loi-zeaux said the charges were covered with plywood, conveyor belt, geotextile fabric and chain-link fence. The wrapping is designed to contain shrapnel and debris.

    About 100 people gathered at the former mill site to watch the blast from a designated area about a quarter mile away from the boiler room. Loizeaux was stationed well on the other side of the boiler, sheltering behind a shipping container. She said she would not be able to see the boiler as she activated the blast with an arming device.

    When all was ready, at about 12:40 p.m., firetruck and police car sirens signaled the alarm. About a minute later, one of Loizeaux’s co-workers counted down from 10 for the benefit of people watching from near one of the plantation’s old Quonset huts. At the count of 10, a series of four explosions rocked the structure and destabilized it for the killing blows to come. Six seconds later, as planned, another four blasts brought the building down like a falling tree. With birds flying out of the structure as if their lives depended on it, and dust billowing like smoke, the boiler building crumpled right where Loizeaux said it would.

    “This was the easiest and cheapest way to get this down to a workable level,” Loizeaux said.

    The sound of the explosions lured the curious from around town to investigate what the commotion was about.

    “I heard it at Foodland,” said one boy who sat on his bike and watched an excavator operator begin tearing at the remains of the fallen building.

    There were mixed feelings among the people watching. Some found it exciting and others saw it as the end of an era.

    “I think it’s a really sad time for the people of Lahaina,” said Darleen Franzen, who moved to Lahaina from Keanae. “That felt really sad.”

    Princess Nahienaena Elementary School 4th-grader Brandon Rabara, 10, said the spectacle took his breath away.

    “I thought it was cool and loud,” Rabara said. “It made my heart stop.”

    Retired Pioneer Mill truck driver Hans Michel said the demolition of the boilers made final what started back in 1999, when a long line of trucks and vehicles escorted the last load of cane into the mill to be processed.

    “It’s kind of sad because it’s all gone,” Michel said. “Actually, I felt more sad when the mill closed. When we came in with the last trucks to the mill, when it closed, that was very sad. You put all the work into there.”

    Michel said he’s glad the 200-foot-tall Pioneer Mill smokestack is to be preserved. The landmark that guides fishermen and boaters back to Lahaina Harbor also helps him find his way home.

    “Lucky we’ve got the smokestack yet. Now you go up Lahainaluna and your first impression is, you wonder if you are in the right place. You almost wonder if you made a wrong turn.”

    The Time Machine's own Alison chimes in:

    This is the first I've heard about it. It makes me SICK. Lahaina is being destroyed. They are paving paradise and putting up parking lots. I wish I had a picture of it from the 70's. I'll always remember the 12:00 whistle, the horrible smell, and being intrigued to peek inside when driving past and wishing I got to see the secrets of the mill the way Lynn's dad did. It is one of those landmarks I assumed would always be there. I've been wrong about assuming things.

    I found an old Maui Surf pen the other day. It doesn't work, but I couldn't throw it out. (yes, I do still have pack rat tendencies). I remember getting banana ice cream there for the first time with Diana Reeves. I too, miss shave ice at Yamamoto Store and a night out with my family at Morikawa's where I would order grilled cheese. PLAIN grilled cheese.

    I remember sitting at Shop Suey drinking chocolate milk from a little carton bought at Yamamoto Store with 7 paper straws... waiting for 5:00 when my mom would close shop and bring me home. I remember riding my bike with my dad to Hop Wo bakery for fresh baked bread, and remember getting my best haircuts at Michael's in the rickety old building on the ocean side of front street listening to the ocean and watching rainbows reflected from crystals dance around the room. Then I would go outside and buy a gold charm for my necklace. I still have my artist's pallet, and my roller skate with moving wheels...

    I'm sounding like an "old person", but I think we have the best memories of Lahaina and no matter how much "they" get joy from describing in detail how they put explosives into an old historic landmark, thankfully they can never take the memories we have inside of us. I miss the cane fields, the "road" I would meet Lynn at, Craft's drugs, and Nashiwa Bakery's dobash cakes. I could talk for hours with you guys if we had a checker board and a tree and a shopping center to sit at. Thanks for being my old friends. It means a lot. I miss you.

    ...and now on to even "older" friends...

    The following can be found at the website Pioneer Mill Company: A Maui Sugar Plantation Legacy from the College of Social Sciences Center For Oral History - University of Hawaii at Manoa.

    Pioneer Mill Company, located on Maui’s west side, was founded in 1860. It was one of Hawai‘i’s last remaining sugar plantations at the time of its closure in 1999. By 2002, the abandoned mill, fallow fields, and plantation-era homes seemed to be all that remained of the sugar company’s once-dominant influence on West Maui life.

    Plantation camps, developed to house workers and their families, were once scattered among the cane fields from Olowalu to Honokohau. Modern subdivisions now stand on these lands. Nearby Lahaina, the Hawaiian Islands’ former capital, served plantation residents as West Maui’s center of commerce and entertainment.

    While Lahaina and the surrounding area are expanding tourist destinations, the mill, fields, and camp lands are reminders of an earlier era, as recalled by the area’s longtime residents, whose stories compose this oral history project.

    “I [started working] for Pioneer Mill [Company] when I was fourteen years old. Outside [in the] field, cut grass. All of us. Mr. [John T.] Moir told our teacher that whoever likes to work out in the field to apply for the job. [I made] thirty cents a day. I gave [my pay] to my mother. You know what, when I ask her, ‘Can I have some money that I earned?’ She say, ‘Okay.’ She put down my money and say, ‘This is for your clothing, this is for your food, this is for your shoes.’ Was left nothing. (Laughs.)” —Theresa Delos Reyes, former Pu‘ukoli‘i Camp resident

    “You want to work in the mill, there’s welding, there’s electrical work, there’s everything you can think of in the mill. And there’s carpenter shop, there’s tractor shop, mechanical shop. You name it, the plantation had. Every field that you want to learn. And sometimes it depends on the individual, too. If you like to learn, you got to accept some of the conditions, yeah. . . . Sometimes when you doing a mistake or don’t like take orders and stuff like that, sometimes you deprive yourself of learning little bit more.” —Anthony Vierra, former Lunaville resident; Pioneer Mill Co. cane truck driver

    The interviews document the social history of West Maui’s Pioneer Mill sugar plantation. They illustrate the range of lifestyles, work experiences, and values associated with Hawai‘i’s plantation era.

    “The best part about swimming was when the navy boats, or marine boats, or whatever boats come in, they line up at the pier. Where the Pioneer Inn hotel was, in front, the wharf there. They would come in, and we would dive for quarters, whatever they throw in the water, we would dive for it. That would be during the summertime that they would come. And whatever we collect, time to go home, we would go to the shave ice store called Yamamoto Store. And we would buy shave ice with the money. On our way home, the same time, we would go to the Morikawa Restaurant. We would buy noodles. The nickname for that is ‘fry soup.’ But the noodles, you know, is [actually] chow fun. You know, the fat [noodles]. They would [serve] it in a [paper] cone-like thing. The cheapest one was five cents, fifteen cents, and then the quarter one was the big one. And the Morikawa family restaurant was famous for that.” —Ben Bedoya, former Mill Camp resident

    They also represent the plantation residents’ personal recollections of West Maui’s past and their views on the island’s post-sugar social, political, and economic future.

    “As far as living in Pu‘ukoli‘i, Pu‘ukoli‘i was a big camp, plantation camp, you know, owned by the Pioneer Mill Company. We rented our homes from Pioneer Mill. And, well, growing up in a camp like that was fun because there were about, I would say, about maybe two hundred families with many children. All the families had about six, seven, eight, nine children so, you know, we had plenty playmates. So growing up was enjoyable.” —James Higuchi

    “The future of Lahaina is not my time. I’ll be gone by then. But this area over here, all around Maui, millionaires, multi-millionaires will be owning land over here. And their summer vacation or winter vacation will be over here, whichever they choose. And the only jobs available will be working at the hotel or servicing the people living up here, the rich guys. That’s the only two types of work. No agriculture, no nothing else. You going be working for them. So the local guys going be struggling along.” —Donald Rickard, Kelawea Camp resident; Pioneer Mill Co. crane operator; International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union business agent

    The transcripts of these oral histories are deposited in libraries throughout the state. It is hoped these oral histories will inspire and inform landowners, planners, and West Maui residents as they struggle to determine use of the former sugarcane lands.


    Bedoya, Ben, Mill Camp resident; sugar field worker, soldier, supply manager

    Delos Reyes, Theresa, Pu‘ukoli‘i Camp resident; sugar field worker

    Fujii, Doris Ige, Keawe Camp resident; sugar field worker, pineapple cannery worker, waitress

    Fujii, Harumi, Keawe Camp resident; sugar field worker, carpenter, tractor operator, welder, credit union manager

    Hashimoto, Myrtle Tamura, Lahainaluna Road resident; clerk typist

    Hayashida, Sueto, Keawe Camp resident; luna (overseer), plantation store employee, plumber

    Higuchi, James, Pu‘ukoli‘i Camp resident; sugar field worker, dairy worker, office worker

    Hinahara, Minoru, Crater Camp resident; contract cane grower, carpenter, soldier, tractor and truck driver, contractor

    Hussey, Edward, Homestead resident; irrigation supervisor, coordinator/department head

    Kadotani, Sam S., Ka‘anapali Landing resident; fish seller, office worker

    Kimura, Amy Kiyota, Mill Camp resident; maid, state worker

    Kiyota, Allen, Mill Camp resident; soldier, radar operator, circuit designer, custodian/bus driver

    Kiyota, Trudy, Mill Camp resident; teacher

    Kuboyama, Kazukiyo “Jiggs,” Kelawea Camp resident; welder’s helper, carpenter, soldier, teacher

    Rickard, Donald, Kuhua Camp and Kelawea Camp resident; sugar field worker, luna, crane operator, power plant boiler, union agent

    Sodetani, Susumu “Peanut,” Waine‘e Camp resident; rodman, carpenter, steam plow operator, blacksmith, defense worker, centrifugal operator, oiler, manintenance worker

    Vierra, Anthony, Lunaville Camp resident; soldier, shipyard worker, luna, truck driver, parks worker


    Nishimoto, Warren, COH director
    Orr, Maria, researcher-interviewer
    Yamada, Holly, research associate

    Thursday, June 01, 2006


    Just Megan

    February 28, 2006 11:36 AM

    OMG! My new FAVE!!!!! :)



    Here's a nice "aw shucks" blurb that appeared in THE ROCK AND ROLL REPORT online with some critical and well versed comments from some readers (including someone we know).

    The Rock and Roll Report Scouring the Globe in Search of Rock and Roll!

    September 30, 2004

    Noel Gallagher Likes the Beatles?

    As if Noel Gallagher didn't already wear his Beatles influence on his sleeve, it looks like he is now trying to recruit Ringo to play on a track on the when is it ever going to be released next Oasis record. I still like Noel. Liam can be a pain in the ass but Noel seems pretty cool.

    Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004 at 02:00 PM

    The Rock and Roll Report Radio Spotlight is on The Time Machine

    I don't know what impresses me more about The Time Machine. The fact that Michael McCartney actually understands the concept of rock and roll radio by playing cool yet unknown new stuff with classic yet rarely played old stuff or the fact that it is broadcast out of Hawaii. Either way, The Time Machine is great rock and roll radio. Combining old and new rock and roll that you won't likely hear on your local radio station with inciteful interviews and great gag commercials, The Time Machine is well produced radio done right. Check the website for actual stations and times of broadcast. All I have to do is swing an invite to the studio and I'll be in double heaven!

    Great stuff that goes Pop!


    Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004 at 12:00 PM


    Michael McCartney is "High Fidelity" wrapped in "The Wonder Years". His knowledge and taste are beyond compare and yet he transmits an excitement and a sense of discovery that we all once shared when we were 17. He is what radio once was and should be. Thanks for bringing us the good stuff Michael!

    Posted by: Mike Conklin | October 1, 2004 12:14 PM

    I have listened to Michael McCartney for more years than I care to admit and this review epitomizes his abilities. He has amazing talent, humor and insight. He has introduced me to so many incredible songs that you would not hear on regular "hits only" radio stations. I only wish he were heard beyond the airwaves of Hawaii.

    Posted by: Ali | October 1, 2004 04:29 PM

    One of the best shows left on radio! Radio has become so stale these days, it's nice to have a breath of fresh air like Michael McCartney's Time Machine!

    Posted by: David Lima | October 1, 2004 04:34 PM

    Michael McCartney's TIME MACHINE IS what radio should aspire to. A resource for creative discovery and an open opportunity for high quality EXPANSION of a once great musical culture. -(You know, before the corporate suits and their lawyers decided that We the people only needed to hear what they had tested and had met their profit requirements.) - Michael's radar is wide and usually right on the money. He is a knowlegable Professional with a passion for his subject; be it, Music or Film or Television. Like We say out here in the middle of the Pacific puddle " Lucky you live Hawaii!"


    Posted by: Deej | October 1, 2004 05:39 PM

    Hooray for Michael McCartney! I'm biased, but, I think he is great and his radio efforts do, indeed, rock! If you have a chance to listen to his show, do so. If you meet him on the street in Hawaii, avoid him at all costs! (Sick attempt at humor) Honestly, I've know the guy for a while and show biz and radio are in his DNA.

    Maureen B. former co-worker

    Posted by: Maureen Borromeo | October 1, 2004 06:12 PM

    Michael McCartney rocks! The Time Machine saved my life! I was on my way to a country music suicide until I heard The 'Chine! Is Michael really Paul's brother? Does he sleep with his pets? Is Jessica Simpson his niece? All these are requisite questions in the study of the history of rock n roll. Mikey belongs in the RnR Hall of Fame in Cleveland!

    Posted by: Surf Dog Maui | October 12, 2004 12:01 PM

    I was fortunate enough to be mentored by one of the unsung heroes of the radio/music industry in Michael McCartney. His eagnerness to share both radio and music allowed me to make the transformation from fan to contributor to friend and for that I will be forever grateful. If that didn't get you teary eyed, some of the music that you never hear on the radio that is played on the show will. Check it out!

    Joe King

    Posted by: Joe King | October 13, 2004 11:21 AM

    Michael's show is diverse and true to its origin. He is also a fearless cheerleader for the independent musician. He has his pulse on the fan's desire for a variety of classic songs combined with new artists on the horizon. Thanks, Michael for keeping it real. OK - I'm biased too a bit. Thanks Michael for giving my music a voice.

    Kristy Jackson

    Posted by: Kristy Jackson | October 14, 2004 10:44 AM

    Who is Michael McCartney and what is THE TIME MACHINE?

    Michael is the voice of a generation brought up on corporate musical spoon feedings.

    When the industry handed us sour grapes, Michael turned it into a fine wine. Sure, it had to age, but Michael is now there at the winery, pouring out his vintage best to all those who want it a second time around.

    THE TIME MACHINE is his winery.

    Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of THE TIME MACHINE, sit back and enjoy music the way it was supposed to be listened to.

    Keep it alive Mike!

    Posted by: jmahon | November 1, 2004 02:58 PM

    I've been listening online for the past two years and have found it to be one of the top shows on the web that I keep coming back to again and again.

    I only wish that I was in Hawaii to hear it seven days a week.

    How does he get all of those cool guests? None of the radio stations in my city do this or seem to care.

    Thanks to The Time Machine, my last few purchases at the music store were; Rachael Yamagata, The Raspberries, Frank Sinatra, The Bangles, Randy Newman and Butch Walker. All of that inspired by one radio show. Amazing.

    Everybody at The Time Machine is fun to listen to and I hope that they never stop.

    Posted by: Melissa | November 6, 2004 02:57 PM

    Kudos to Michael McCartney. I have a soft spot for unsigned indies like Alex Bach and the fact that Michael plays her music while she's ignored by corporate radio, speaks volumes. All I need now is for an internet stream so I can listen to The Time Machine.

    Posted by: Jeff | December 16, 2004 05:52 PM

    Damn! This is one of the best shows on that box that irritates me in more ways than can be shared. Every radio station on my car dial just hurts my feelings. I am a human being and that Time Machine show with all of those quirky people playing all of those awesome songs with musical respect makes me feel better about the human race. Michael makes me laugh too! Now I find out that I can listen at work with my computer on and spread the message to my unsuspecting co-workers. The Time Machine is Sa-Weeeet!


    Posted by: Emily | March 19, 2005 11:50 PM

    Michael gives visions in my ear of genuine sound. A sound created in a circle of Birds of Paradise (he he...the Birds of Paradise being another subject entirely!)

    I totally DIG the station and all you do to support what you truly believe in.

    Thank you for encouraging artists that create their art, while respecting the listeners ear! I see and hear your taste and it gives a lot of hope!

    Thank you for the station, it's life, and it's spirit.


    Posted by: Lisa | May 1, 2005 10:24 PM

    to whoever it may concern,

    Can that someone get copies of Michael McCartney's Woman and McGear albums? they are both out of print sadly!


    Posted by: hans | May 17, 2005 02:56 PM

    Hey there Michael!

    What a great job you continue to do in bringing the world the music and info from artists that truly deserve the noteriety!

    You rock my friend!


    Posted by: Mark Hershberger | June 6, 2005 09:08 AM

    When I heard Spooky Tooth, Petula Clark and Marshall Crenshaw in the first fifteen minutes I knew that I found something special. I hadn't really paid attention to the radio in years and then one day I came across this show with it's odd cast of characters who obviously really care about the songs they end up playing. I believe them so much that I can't change the station even when they play a song that doesn't suit my taste. I'm hooked now for almost six years and often find myself running late to appointments because it's hard to leave the car. Is it possible to tivo my car radio? Thanks Time Machine and tell Michael to stop playing those songs from my high school years. I always end up crying like a baby.

    xoxoxo - Brenda

    Posted by: Brenda | June 6, 2005 06:43 PM

    Michael McCartney is at the helm of a great thing - a radio show that keeps on delivering an enormous amount of melodic music!!

    The Time Machine's offers amazing timeless music combined with a plethora of contemporary indie artists that somehow fit into the mix seamlessly. It's so nice to see a team devoted to searching out unsigned talent to play next to the majors.

    Being featured on Michael's show has been an amazing experience for me, and so many others!!

    Keep on ROCKIN' guys, and you'll always have a loyal following here!!

    Posted by: Dave Stephens | July 08, 2006 08:26 PM

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