By Zach Royer
It's been a busy past couple of weeks for me as October has come and gone while the year end holiday season has officially started. Just a few weeks until Thanksgiving and just under two months to Christmas. I look forward to this time each year, especially when Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa get snow. Makes for a truly unique and wonderful setting!
Ten days before Halloween, two weeks ago to be exact, I was a guest on the Inspiring Lives with Samantha Iha-Preece radio show talking about Kahuna Research Group and the research into supernatural Hawaii the group performs, and also the book publishing division the group has in order to further tell their stories, in paperback and digital formats.
The hour long radio show aired on October 21st, 2015 on KPRP 650AM radio at 9pm around the Hawaiian Islands and streamed online via ustream.tv. An audio recording was made and shared with me days later, which has been included below in this article.
There were a couple of very minor technical difficulties at the beginning of the show due to the fact I was calling in on a cell phone, which required a few more cords to be plugged in than usual. An easy fix that the studio personnel handled like pros. It would have been nice to do an in person in studio interview, and I would have loved to fly over to the Oahu studio, but last minute inter-island flights are quite expensive...anyways, definitely next time!
A few days after appearing on the radio show I received an email from a reporter for the Huffington Post, a fairly big news agency, who was doing a piece on old spooky MacKenzie State Park, a well-known local paranormal hotspot, in time for Halloween. After speaking with the Huff Post reporter, Chris D'Angelo, and exchanging a couple more emails with him to clarify the details, the article transpired. An a nice article at that! Here's a screenshot of the Huff Post article, which was published on October 29th, 2015.
" With a history this dark -- MacKenzie has also been the scene of several awful murders -- the park is home to numerous other ghost stories, too.
Read the entire article here:
In 2013, Kahuna Research Group, which I formed back in 2011, performed multiple late night investigations at MacKenzie State Recreation Area, which yielded some pretty incredible evidence to support the paranormal claim of the park. Some peculiar audio and a series of pictures with strange anomalies were captured. Comments to the investigation article show how many local residents feel about the park.
Today, the park remains open to daytime visitors for excellent coastal fishing, however overnight camping is no longer allowed like it was when we were there, despite recent park improvements which probably weren't cheap. Makes you wonder... (Side note: I actually called the park office and they said that there were "too many incidents where they didn't feel it was a safe venue to allow that to happen." Given the history of the park, this is probably a good thing.)
But wait, there's more...
A couple days after being interviewed for Huffington Post, which was the highlight of the week so far, a local print newspaper, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, called and interviewed me about my company, Big Island Ghost Tours, along with each of our guides in time for Halloween as well. How cool is that?! The article made the front page of Halloween's Saturday paper and is online too, which is neat. Now I have a cool souvenir to add to my collection!
Before going on, I'd like to thank Ivy Ashe with the Hilo Tribune-Herald, Chris D'Angelo with the Huffington Post and the wonderful "Miss Hawaii World" Samantha Iha-Preece for interviewing and having me on your show. I really enjoyed meeting and speaking with you all, and you all have a new friend on Twitter and FB. Thanks for helping make my past few weeks a truly memorable experience!
To top it all off, I just happened to notice my Amazon author rank was 84,610 on November 2nd, 2015, with #1 being the top spot. Compared to my rank before, and the amount of authors in the world, that's pretty dang good if I may say so.
Hard work over the last couple years is continuing to pay off! My books are doing well on Amazon and I'm almost finished with my fourth book, book #2 of the Island Vortex Series, the Maui Vortex Field Guide, set to release in early 2016 if not sooner. Admittedly, finishing this next book has become my second priority as focusing on growing Big Island Ghost Tours has taken most of my time lately, along with other book projects that I'm helping with. Now that Halloween has passed, I can focus more of my time on personal writing and film projects again.
Just going to throw this out there - I might consider hiring a publicist or agent to help market myself and my books. If you are that person, I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.
Besides finishing and launching my upcoming book, I'm working on a short documentary film based on the Hawaii Vortex Field Guide, a fun but tedious film project. You can expect a short teaser trailer of the film over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for a few public television shows I produced that will be airing island wide over the coming weeks on Na Leo Community Television Channels 53 & 54 (Time Warner Cable).
Watch Live Here: http://naleo.tv/channel-53/
Watch Live Here: http://www.naleo.tv/channel-54/
Great news....I was asked to be a guest speaker at Kona Stories along with two other local authors on September 1st (Tuesday) for their monthly "Words & Wine" author event, talking about my best selling guidebook, the Hawaii Vortex Field Guide and how I came to be an author/researcher here in Hawaii. For me, life began when I moved to Hawaii...and I can't wait to talk about all the synchronicities that led up to this moment. Read more about the Hawaii Vortex Field Guide book here.
Event is free and lasts from 6pm-9pm, includes wine and snacks.
78-6831 Ali'i Drive #142
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hope to see you there!
On May 15 I was asked to attend Kealakehe Elementary's second annual Career Day, a new experience for me.
I, along with my partner Grace, spent two hours talking with the kids about supernatural & paranormal research, ghost tours, book publishing and television production.
The kids asked us questions about our equipment and our appearance on the Travel Channel show, "Legends of Hawaii" when we went in search of Madame Pele more than five miles underground. Click here to see a clip.