The Shelter- A place where Second Life’s Newcomers and seasoned Members can come together to learn and have a wholesome good time.- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

The Shelter just celebrated its 13th Rezday on August 20th 2017.  In 2004,  a group of friends, fireeyes fauna,  Shadow pigeon, and Wacoede unplugged had a vision to bring people together and help new members get a good start on Second Life. Today it continues to help people as well as provide a safe haven for anyone who is looking to socialize, play games and just be in good company without the worries of griefers or adult content that can be found saturating the grid. 

The Second Life Enquirer took a tour of this long standing Second Life staple of the community and was impressed by the fun activities, warm welcome and outstanding guest service.

I met Hikaru Hitachiin (valgaav);  one of the many game show hosts and  volunteer at The Shelter after he finished hosting the game show Second Fortune; a spinoff of Wheel of Fortune.

I stumbled upon this brilliant game by accident while exploring and sat in to observe contestants as they took turns picking consonants and buying vowels to solved the puzzles.
If you are game show junkie or wished you were a contestant  testing your skills, winning lindens and bragging rights amongst your peers. You have to check this out.
Do you remember when game shows were the thing before reality TV muted it into the background of pop culture? Game shows like The Price is Right, Jeopardy and The Wheel of Fortune where among the most popular shows of the 80’s.

 In Second Life, we can experience being a contestant of SL’s version of Wheel of Fortune; SECOND FORTUNE created by  Fireeyes fauna. He also created other game shows as well, like Payment Podium which is based off of “Who wants to be a Millionaire”, the 2nd largest paying game show in Second Life.  Second Fortune, being the top paying game show offering up a prize pot of 1,000L$!

Sponsors can be part of the games how action by donating lindens or prizes. All you would need to do is contact a host.

The fun doesn’t end there!

Aside from the game show you can be a sponsor or participate in other events such as live DJ’s who are at The Shelter throughout certain days all week. They vary in style and tastes. People can dance talk and relax in a safe environment, away from the adult side of SL.  They try to keep it pg rated here.

 Also, there are costume events on Saturday and Sunday, which is the big formal theme, The costume dance on Saturdays, is hosted by silverfox rainbow. Newbies under 60 days don’t need to be in theme to win, but they can dress up if they wish. Pay pot is 1200L$  300L for male & female best winner, runner up is 200L a pop and newbie is 200L.
On Sunday from 4-6 pm The Shelter offer voice gatherings where they let people talk on mic for a little while. It gives them and also newbies the chance to break out of their shell.
Guest can join The Shelter group to learn about events and participate in game shows and other activities such as the forums where they allow newbies to say hello.  Members also post about things to sell in SL, and so forth.

One of the things I found very cool and took me back down memory lane is The Linden Money Tree. It is regulated by the forums. If you register, and are under 60 days, you may collect from the tree until you mature past that point. The requirement is newbies must register and confirm email before withdrawing from the tree. It is one of the only places where this tree exists.

 As I was taken on the tour Hikaru proudly let me know that the many staff and volunteers keep The Shelter safe from trolls and griefers before they cause trouble for guests. The outreach of The Shelter is to help, educate and also entertain in a safe place.

The Shelter is run strictly on donations. Right outside the dance club area, there are tiles on the ground that can be inscribed with messages for a fee, Ad boards that can be purchased as well as shop space rentals. All proceeds go to helping keep The Shelter up and running.
 The Shelter is a wonderful place. It’s like a breath of fresh air from the adult places around.
They keep rules in touch with the terms of service of Second Life. In that respect, they don’t allow underage people, if they are found out. The proper procedure is handled and SL is contacted.

The Shelter has two other great places to visit, one being the open air space upstairs on the roof or the lost lakes balloon tour.   I have to say, the tour with Hikaru was very informative. I was impressed with all of the fun things to do.  I recommend putting The Shelter on your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed.



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Memorials to Visit In Observance of 9/11 – We will Not Forget

New York World Trade Center 9/11 (under construction)
Help support New York World Trade Center
The World Trade Center is a unique landmark in SL! The victims of 9/11 are not forgotten. Come visit in oservation of  a replica from the time before the terrorist attack.  All are welcome to come together at a meeting point for young and old to share stories, remember and pay honor and respect to the victims of 9/11.  Explore the city and see the Statue of Liberty up close and take lots of pictures.

We are currently under construction and your donations will help of keep the spirit alive of the brave men and women who lost their lives on this day in 2001.
9/11 Memorial – Always Remember, Never Forget
The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute to The Victims and Heroes  of the World Trade Center, The Pentagon, NYC Fire, Police & Rescue, Flight 93, 11, 77 and 175.
Upon landing you will gaze out a large window overlooking the beauitful city of New York. Please sign the guestbook and offer a few words in observance of 9/11.  Touch the posters on the walls for full lists of victims.
Windows On The World – Romantic music, dancing, live singers
Windows on the World was a venue on the top floor of the World Trade Center. When destroyed in the attacks of 9/11, the staff was serving breakfast. All 72 staff members  perished. This venue pays tribute to these individuals and all the others who died.

911 MEMORIAL- Stagg Island
This is the longest running 911 Memorial in Second Life. It is a place of peace  and rememberance!  Fazz (fazio.magic)’s friends  expressed they would like to have this memorial. He thought that was a great idea, apparently so did  7000 people! Visit this memorial, you will be glad you did.

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Spotlight on Ku’Lani Bisexual Nude Beach- Where pure freedom exists- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

Second Life is a fascinating place. It brings out the explorer in all of us and continues to delight us with a plethora of the amazing landscapes created by residents. There is definitely a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter where you are from around the world, your age, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The virtual world is a place where people can come together and experiences various  diverse cultures and adventures that might make some  fear judgement in  real life.

This is your world and you decide what makes you happy. You can explore and experience whatever you want with the freedom to express yourself.

Owned and operated by LaniCorbain (urlani.fetuccio) and  Thomas Corbain (tthomasttommy),  Ku’Lani is a beautiful Hawaiian themed sim with a stunning landscape for the LGBT community. You won’t be judged.  Instead, you will be embraced and treated with respect in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

The SL Enquirer met up with Thomas &Lani to learn more about this special place and why it is a popular location for LGBT residents who just want to have fun.

Hi Thomas and Lani, this is a beautifully designed sim, can you tell our readers what inspired Ku’Lani Bisexual Nude Beach?

We were looking for a place in SL that was welcoming to bisexuals and the other members of the LGBT community. Some places in SL tend to dictate what to wear and who you should be and we wanted something different. We wanted a safe haven where bisexuals such as ourselves, and other members of the LGBT community could come and feel safe to be who they are, without judgment. No such place existed so we created Ku’Lani Bisexual Nude Beach. We cater to bisexuals and the LGBT community but we are open to all sexual orientations and ways of life. Our goal at Ku’Lani is to make everyone that visits our sim feel welcome.

When was Ku’Lani established?

Ku’Lani was established in June 2016. We started with a quarter sim and we have now expanded to a full sim. Ku’Lani is clothing optional, which surprises some because of our name. We always prefer nudity but it is not something we ever enforce like other nude beaches. We want people to feel comfortable so if nudity is not your thing then that is ok too. It is important to us for every Ku’Lanivisitor to enjoy the sim and have a pleasant experience every time they visit us.

Does Ku’Lani have a meaning?

Kulani is a Hawaiian name which means ‘like heaven’. It comes from the Hawaiian words ‘ku’, which means ‘to be like’, and ‘lani’, which means ‘heaven’. Tommy actually picked the name, so to us Ku’Lani is like our version of heaven in SL. It is a peaceful place filled with really amazing people. Many people come just to relax and take in the breathtaking views.

Is Ku’Lani open to anyone or do you have to be an LGBT group member to enjoy the amenities?

Ku’Lani is open to anyone and the amenities can be enjoyed by all. The Ku’Lani group is private and invitation only. We do not have an open group joiner as most places do. Our members are a close-knit group so we prefer to send invitations once we get to know new visitors. We want to be sure that Ku’Lani is a good fit for you before we extend an invitation for membership. We foster a judge free,open-minded environment and so far we have attracted wonderful, people from all walks of life who really enjoy the sim and the connections made in our group. We refer to the members of our group as “Ku’Lanians”, because we truly are a family. We have a loyal following and we a grateful every day for the love and support we have received over the past year.

Ku’Laniis a vast landscape with mountains, treehouses, crystal clear beaches,secluded areas, hidden caves and an active volcano.Can you tell me about all of the features and activities the sim(s) have to offer visitors?

Ku’Lani is not just a beach, as some may think because of our name. We have over 20+ locations on the sim to cater to your every need. We are expanding to a full sim, in the same location, so the we will add to our current locations. The new sim will be completed shortly and we are really excited about the expansion.

Some of our most popular locations include our zipline that takes you soaring through the air, across the sim, our high diving board which provides a complete view of the entire sim right before you dive into a crystal-clear lagoon, and the mediation garden, complete with medication pillows and an area for relaxing yoga poses with a private beach.

We also offer a series of RP rooms such as a state of the art dungeon, a boiler room, and medical clinic which is coming soon.

How often do you host events? Are there themes and contests?

At Ku’Lani we are BIG party people! We love to entertain and our dancefloor is usually packed with people dancing to music or cuddling in the loungers we have surrounding the dancefloor area.

We have a live DJ Monday and Thursday 6-10PMSLT. On Wednesday we have a live DJ 11AM-1PMSLT. On Saturday, we have a weekly Brunch set from 10AM-1PMSLT.

Our events are themed on Monday and Thursday, but we do not have a contest or contest boards. We are not like other clubs with sploders and contests for voting. We want our guests to focus on the music and to get to know each other.

We tend to have impromptu parties all day everyday, just from listening to our radio stream that plays 24/7. Our members really love our place and they spend lots of time there which we love and appreciate. We do everything we can to make sure they are happy so we listen to their input on events and that makes them feel engaged and happy that we care.

Our members make new visitors feel welcome and we often get offlines from new people telling us how they “feel at home” at Ku’Lani. This means a lot to us, as we just want everyone to have fun!

Are you currently hiring hosts &Dj’s? If so, who should they contact?

We are always looking for new DJs and hosts. We are looking for fun, outgoing, laid back people so if you are out there please feel free to come by and visit us or contact Tommy if you are DJ or contact Lani if you are looking to host.

It is a nude beach, but do you have to bare all to participate in any of the events?

Even though we are a nude beach and even though we have themes we really want people to come as they are. We understand not everyone wants to be nude and we understand that not everyone is into themes. What is important to us is that you come and enjoy our sim. If you are not into being social there is a whole sim for you to explore with many private areas for alone time. Tommy and I greet everyone we see that arrives on our sim. At times we or the members may shout “WELCOME TO KU’LANI!!!!” when people arrive. The shouting thing is just our way to make sure we greet people as soon as they land. We visited many places where no one speaks and we again wanted to be different, so the Ku’Lani shout was implemented by Tommy LOL.

Is there anything else about Ku’Lani that you would like to share with our readers?

There are many beaches in SL and they are all unique, but there is truly no place like Ku’Lani. The people are friendly and we care about others. At Ku’Lani you are not just an avi, you are a person behind an avi and we want to get to know you.

Ku’Lani is a place to meet others, explore your sexual desires and connect with people from all over the globe. Come and check us out, we promise you will be happy you did.

If you have any questions send an im to LaniCorbain (urlani.fetuccio) and  Thomas Corbain (tthomasttommy).

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