Monday, January 17, 2011


Malama sounds Hawaiian.

I'm so proud of you - reminds me of my own childhood.  I grew up in LA, and during the 50's my issue was saving wildlife from rapidly developing LA.  I started in 1950 at age 5 when I had "Junior" my white pigeon that flew to school with me and sat on my shoulder in class.  We eventually became the Audubon Society drop house and had literally thousands of birds and mammals in our house. 

I even lived in Japan for two years - 1953-54 - near Sendai in a 500 year old Japanese house.  I want to go to see it again but I boycott everything Japanese including traveling there.  I do try to fly through Narita whenever I go to Hawai’i, where I wear my Sea Shepherd hat in the airport and ask the Japanese clerks why they are so brutal to kill whales. 

My angle is "Cetaceans are the Humans of the Sea.   Killing a whale or dolphin is the same as killing a human.  That's murder, and systematic murder s GENOCIDE."  Learn to say that in Japanese and watch their eyeballs spin!

When Japan issued an Interpol warrant against Paul Watson, I sent them an email saying “You got the wrong guy.  Issue a warrant against Joji Yoshimura, the lawyer for Japanese fisheries – he’s promoting Genocide!”

I cry as I read your posts, not only for the whales and dolphin, but because I'm 65 and you are the new generation.  Keep up the good work!  You are an inspiration to all of us. 

If you can make it down to Phuket, Thailand where I still carry the wildlife torch, you certainly get a free pass on any of my "Natural History By Sea Kayak Since 1983" sea kayaking trips! BTW, I started in Hawai'i, moved to Asia in 1989 because Asia is where we will win or lose the Planet.

Keep us posted. 

Aloha, Ling Yai (Thai for "Big Monkey")

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Monday, January 10, 2011

There is a big difference in accusations and fact.

In fact, Laguna Phuket is a closed shop, as demonstrated by their in-house outrageous activities "contractor".  The John Gray Sea Canoe will NOT be renewing our contract because the only intent in contracting our famous company was to enhance the Laguna web searches, where they switch guests who want to book us to their own in-house activities (which cannot match our quality because their only interest is in maximizing profits).  

The FACT is that their own guests (who must book us direct) say that the food on our boat is better than the food in their hotels.  

Unlike many tourism enterprises in the Phuket community, Laguna has NO interest in the Phuket community except maximizing profits.  

I am not surprised at this blatant grab to monopolize the Indian market, which was developed by a former Southern Region TAT Director.  An honest man, he must be displeased to see his efforts prostituted by Laguna's Singapore owners.  

Want to make any bets that after this email our vans will be blocked from entry into Laguna Phuket after their guests are forced to book us direct?

See you on the water, Ling Yai (Thai for 'Big Monkey') AKA John Caveman Gray

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