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     Meet The InstantHawaii Team
    (alphabetical order)
    John Alexander

    John has lived in Hawai'i most of his life and has spent much of his spare time exploring and learning about the Big Island. Co-owner of Dolphin Bay Hotel in Hilo, John uses his vast island knowledge to help his guests enjoy and appreciate all that Hawai'i has to offer.

    John is the source of much of the basic information in this site, from which we do further research. In fact, this site would not be possible without John's valuable experience.

    David Cook

    David fell in love with Hawai'i and the Volcano in the early 90's and moved to Hawai'i in the late 90's. owner of Cookware Software, a Hawai'i based company that provides Internet, Web, and Software services, David also works for Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i providing computer programming for the Subaru Telescope Project on Mauna Kea.

    David and John together do all the hikes, trails and scenic drives on this site. However, while some of the photographs on InstantHawaii show John in them, you never see David as he is always behind the camera.

     InstantHawaii Team Auxiliary Members

    Coco came to Hawai'i with David in the late 90's. A beautiful Golden Retriever and Red Lab mix, Coco is often along on hikes and trails and can be frequently seen in many of the photographs on this site, including a few where dogs are not allowed (because she considers herself 100% human).

    Update: Coco passed away on June 13, 2005 at the ripe age of 18. We have dedicated a trail to her memory. Please join us as we enjoy Coco's Trail in Hawaiian Paradise Park.


    Harry is an African Grey Parrot with an extensive vocabulary and good sense of music. Born in a school on Oahu, Harry was adopted by John and came to live with him on the Big Island. Harry also considers himself 100% human and can prove it by saying many phrases and identifying items. If you dare to disagree, he will be more than happy to show you the strength of his beak.


    Keetan (key-tan), a Ragamuffin breed of cat, was adopted shortly after David and Coco moved to Hawai'i as a companion for Coco. Coco who nursed more than one litter of kittens (due to inattentive moms) loves cats and the two often sleep nestled together. Keetan also is present during most of the writing for this site and demands petting while David is trying to type.


    Rubble (or Rebel or Rubber, depending on your mood) is also an unknown breed of cat, born in Hawai'i. Rubble is John's cat and is also the official Dolphin Bay Hotel cat. She is always on the run defending the hotel from other stray cats and the local peacocks. A favorite of many guests to the hotel, Rubble can be found sleeping on the cars or going room-to-room looking for handouts.

    Meet Rubble, one of the Dolphin Bay Hotel Cats

    Filmed by Dolphin Bay guest Zack Scott

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