The Bright Side: Something about Kona

Chef Sam Choy, Jason “Tiny” Walcott and Capt. Chris Choy on board “Sapo.”. (J.T. Walcott/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Sam Spinello III and dad Sam, 86 years young. (S. Spinello/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Nick and Alex Durham with son Sam and the winning marlin at the 2021 Skins Marlin Derby. (N. Durham/Special to West Hawaii Today)

This column is about colorful local characters on the Big Island. Their stories are usually set outside, and involve some sort of a wild animal. Golf doesn’t qualify. There are a lot of golfers here, but I don’t cover golf. When golf balls run wild and become ferocious, maybe.