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  • What about Robbie Alm?

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    Ian Lind
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Henry Curtis (Ililani Media) ran an interesting piece a couple of days ago, “Embedded HECO Lobbyist in Governor Ige’s Office.” The “lobbyist” referred to is Robbie Alm, a former Hawaiian Electric executive who resigned a couple of years ago. Here’s Henry’s summary: Robbie Alm works in the Governor’s Office as Legal Counsel where he helps […]
  • American Heart Association's National Walking Day is April 8

    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise Interviews
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Adults are spending more time at work than ever before and, as a nation, we are becoming more inactive. The good news is you can start to fix the problem by encouraging your community and company to take part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day...
  • Senate Land and Water Committee Approves Kaluhiwa as DLNR Deputy Chair

    Big Island Chronicle
    Alan McNarie
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
     The Senate Committee on Water and Land has voted , 7-0, to send Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Governor Ige’s pic for deputy chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, on to the full Senate with a positive recommendation.  Those who opposed often emphasized Kluhiwa’s previous jobs as a lobbyist for the shipping industry; one asked, for instance, if Kaluhiwa would recuse himself on any matters related to land leases for GMO seed crops, since his former employers profited from shipping seed corn. But Kaluhiwa’s credentials as a former Kamehameha Schools land manager involved…
  • Akamai: Good News, Bad News for Hawaii Broadband

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    Ryan Ozawa
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Among the many ingredients needed to foster a vibrant and sustainable startup scene in Hawaii, accessible and affordable broadband internet access is one of the most critical. It’s also the one most often lamented for being in short supply. Just last week brought a provocatively titled panel, “Broadband: What We Don’t Know About It Could Kill Us.” Nearly every conversation about Hawaii’s future, whether focused on the “knowledge economy” or the need for infrastructure that supports innovation, includes more than a few gripes about how expensive and…
  • Menendez indicted on corruption charges

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    1 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Federal prosecutors indicted Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges on Wednesday for allegedly using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts , according to the Justice Department. The...
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  • Menendez indicted on corruption charges

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Federal prosecutors indicted Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges on Wednesday for allegedly using his Senate office to push the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts , according to the Justice Department. The...
  • ZipperLane now going westbound

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The state Department of Transportation is notifying motorists that the ZipMobile is stalled in the Waikele area due to computer problems through Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.
  • Judge rules Navy training violates laws to protect marine life

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
  • Hawaiian Humane Society heading to West Oahu

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The Hawaiian Humane Society is expanding to West Oahu with a plan to open a new shelter on a 5-acre site donated by a major developer.
  • DOT brings in state-of-the-art distracted driving simulator

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The State Department of Transportation has a new state-of-the-art simulator. It's the first in the islands.
 
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  • Ask HPD: How to make a police report online

    Web Staff
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    Sharie Souza of the Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigation Division will answer this week’s questions from a viewer. Question: Am I able to make a police report on-line? Answer: At this time, the public may initiate online police reports for certain types of cases. Please go to the Honolulu Police Department’s website and click on the “Information” link at the top of the screen.  Then click on the Police Reports link. You’ll first need to register with us.  After your registration is confirmed, you may log in and initiate an on-line police report.
  • Google’s April Fools’ Day 2015 jokes

    Web Staff
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Today is April Fools’ Day and what appears to be Google’s favorite day of the year. Every year, the company gets into the spirit as a number of their project teams display their skills (and humor) online. Here’s a list of the jokes we have found so far and we’ll update it as we find more. Play Pac-Man in Google Maps “Welcome, Player 1! You can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps with streets as your maze. Avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky, (and Clyde!) as you swerve the streets of some famous places around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because…
  • Aging security cameras in need of fix

    Brent Remadna
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:50 am
    Repairs for aging security cameras, it’s an issue that has been going on for years in Chinatown. Now residents say they want a fund set up that would keep the cameras in working order. This way if a camera breaks down it can be fixed quick by taking out of the fund. You may not notice them when you are walking around Chinatown, but they’re there, keeping a constant eye on what’s going on. “It gives the business people and residents a sense of security that the cameras are working,” said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of the Chinatown Business and Community…
  • Halau Lokahi charter school’s contract gets revoked

    Web Staff
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:26 am
    Another blow for an embattled charter school in Kalihi. The charter school commission voted to revoke the charter contract for Halau Lokahi. The decision to do so came after the school failed to manage its finances. The school will close on May 29. There are still about 50 to 60 students attending the school, so the commission released enough money to allow them to finish the rest of the school year. The school has been plagued by financial problems, and officers from the state attorney general’s office raided the school over questionable spending.  
  • More than 11,000 gallons of wastewater spills in Lahaina

    Web Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    On Maui more than 11,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation facility. Officials say it was caused by mechanical failure at the plant head-works at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Crews managed to stop it 20 minutes later. The entire spill was contained within the facility, and crews cleaned and disinfected the area.  
 
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  • Kokua Line: Service-oriented quilt guild welcomes fabric donations

    June Watanabe
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    Question: I no longer am able to sew. I have a lot of high-quality material I would like to donate to a group that could make good use of it. Are there such groups in Hawaii?
  • Man acquitted of rape at UH-Manoa

    Nanea Kalani
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    A Circuit Court jury Friday acquitted former University of Hawaii at Manoa student Tyler Strong of charges that he sexually assaulted a fellow student in his dorm room last fall.
  • H-1 freeway ZipMobiles fail, clogging roadways for hours

    Dan Nakaso
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    State Department of Transportation officials hope that Wednesday morning's commute will go smoothly — with the H-1 ZipperLane still open for town-bound traffic — but there's no guarantee that pau hana drivers won't see a repeat of Tuesday's carmageddon that caused widespread gridlock.
  • Stolen motorcycles recovered

    Rob Shikina
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    Three dirt bikes taken in a brazen burglary at a motorcycle dealership near Honolulu Airport on Friday were all recovered without damage, the dealership said.
  • Judge adds felony charge in Waimanalo police assault

    Gregg K. Kakesako
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    A 30-year-old McCully man, shot by police after he allegedly tried to run down an officer with a stolen car three weeks ago, is scheduled to enter a plea later this month on two charges of assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and car theft.
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  • What about Robbie Alm?

    Ian Lind
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Henry Curtis (Ililani Media) ran an interesting piece a couple of days ago, “Embedded HECO Lobbyist in Governor Ige’s Office.” The “lobbyist” referred to is Robbie Alm, a former Hawaiian Electric executive who resigned a couple of years ago. Here’s Henry’s summary: Robbie Alm works in the Governor’s Office as Legal Counsel where he helps […]
  • Media: HNN not playing well with Safari, and reaction to the revamped S-A website

    Ian Lind
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Am I the only one having trouble getting the Hawaii News Now website to display using the Safari browser on a Mac? I get an almost blank screen. I first noticed it a couple of days ago. Failure to support Apple’s widely-used browser seems to be a bit of an issue. The site shows up […]
  • Tracking down info on an old watercolor

    Ian Lind
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    Mystery solved, sort of. I recently found this old, unframed watercolor painting among my mother’s papers. I’m pretty sure that it was one of the things from the estate of UH professor Carey D. Miller that my mom had packed up after Miller’s death back in the 1980s. It is titled, “Diamond Lake,” and signed […]
 
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  • Civil Defense siren test today at 11:45 a.m.

    Baron
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 11:45 a.m. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Lava flow community update meeting Thursday (April 2) in Pahoa

    Baron
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    At 6:30 p.m. Thursday (April 2) the county will hold a lava flow community update meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria. Hawaii 24/7 will be streaming the meeting live online. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police DUI stats for the week of March 23-29, 2015

    Baron
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:46 pm
    During the week of March 23, 2015, through March 29, 2015, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Five were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 234 DUI arrests compared with 323 during […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Hilo man dies after motorcycle crash in Kailua-Kona Sunday (March 29)

    Baron
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    A 66-year-old Hilo man died Sunday afternoon (March 29) following a two-motorcycle collision at the intersection of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway in Kailua-Kona. He has been identified as Darryl Arruda. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police are searching for a Hilo girl reported missing

    Baron
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Makaala Pea was last seen in Hilo on February 15. She is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-6, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 30, 2015

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Public Utilities Commission Mar. 31  DECISION AND ORDER NO. 32736  APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO MODIFY RULE 14H - INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATING FACILITIES OPERATING IN PARALLEL WITH THE COMPANIES' ELECTRIC SYSTEM. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company, Limited; Docket No. 2014-0130 Mar. 31  ORDER NO. 32735 INSTITUTING AN INVESTIGATION TO REEXAMINE THE EXISTING DECOUPLING MECHANISMS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC., AND MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITEDMODIFYING DECOUPLING…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 23, 2015

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1, SD1: Mar. 27: Public decision making scheduled by CPN, Wed., Apr. 1, 9:30am, Room 229  Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 16, 2015

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1: Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2) Community Solar…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 9, 2015

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1: Hearing scheduled before Senate ENE Committee on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2:45pm, Room 225. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Establishes renewable standards, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance for large self-generators. Clarifies exemptions. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. Community Solar SB1050, SD2: Hearing scheduled before the House EEP Committee on Tuesday,…
  • Hawaii's renewable energy goal should be 100%

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    The following commentary was published in the Mar. 4 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Mahalo to Blue Planet Board Members Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, and Dr. Peter Crouch for sharing this vision. Why Hawai‘i must strive for 100 percent renewables By Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, Dr. Peter Crouch Under the state’s existing renewable energy laws, in 2031—around the time today’s pre-schoolers will graduate high school—the majority of our energy could still come from fossil fuels. We owe it to the kids growing up today, and the ones following them, to do better…
 
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  • KAUA`I CORRUPTION BUST NABS EVERYONE

    Andy Parx
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    (From 2009)(PNN)-- April 1— LIHU`E-- More than ten thousand people on island of Kaua`i were indicted and arrested on racketeering charges today as a result of what the FBI called “the biggest corruption and fraud investigation in the bureau’s history.”“We finally pulled the trigger and busted em all” said Special Agent Richard Stauber. “We were going to arrest just the mayor, his department heads, the county council and most business leaders but after extensive investigation we found complicity from almost every citizen on Kaua`i. most of whom knew about it all but “nevah like…
  • HEWA- HOTEL OWNER AND MANAGER KIMO KEAWE SLATED TO FILL "ENVIRONMENTAL" SLOT ON KAUA`I PLANNING COMMISSION.

    Andy Parx
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Everyone complains about the recent rampant over-development in the Kapa`a "Coconut Coast" corridor on Kaua`i with at least three new resorts already in the pipeline, all approved in willy-nilly fashion by the Kaua`i Planning Commission (PC)... with more slated for approval soon.And tomorrow (Wednesday 3/25) at 8:30 a.m. people can try to do something about it.On the Kaua`i County Council agendais a nomination which, long-time observers say, will likely make things worse. The nominee is Kimo M. Keawe, a resort and hotel owner who has spent his entire life in management in the resort industry.
  • WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

    Andy Parx
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    In "The Liar's Paradox" episode of the TV program Star TrekCaptain Kirk and Mr. Spock use logic to kill the android by telling it that "everything 'Harry' says is a lie" after which "Harry" tells the android "I am lying." Smoke begins coming out of the robot's ears as he says "You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please…
  • THERE'S GOOD SCIENCE AND THERE'S BAD SCIENCE... AND THEN THERE'S ENRIGHT SCIENCE.

    Andy Parx
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    RE: My piece the other day about the comparisons between statements made by the con man played by Dan Aykroyd on SNL and those of Ag Dept. head Scott Enright in testimony at the buffer zone public hearing at the legislature Thursday. At the hearing Enright cited that infamous half-assed DOH "study" which tried to say that the amounts of especially toxic Restricted Use Pesticides found in stream bed sediment and other places downwind of the chemical companies open-air pesticide experiments, were safe. The study actually said that the levels were "within acceptable limits" to which someone on…
  • DO YOU SMELL THAT?

    Andy Parx
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Despite the seriousness of the subject of Thursday's State Senate hearing on establishing buffer zones for the use of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), the almost comic routine by international chemical cartel mouthpieces and second banana Scott Enright, the head of the Department of Agriculture, had many guffawing at the benign "nothing to see here- go back to your pesticide-laden homes" portrayal of some of the most toxic substances on the face of the earth. It was reminiscent of the classic Dan Aykroyd "Bag o' Glass" Saturday Night Live sketch from the 70's where Aykroyd plays Erwin…
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  • Product Review: Condor Woodworker Axe & Mechanix Gloves

    Robert Kay
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Condor's Woodworker Axe is fairly priced and good quality. It's small enough for camping and big enough for clearing land. by Rob Kay Literature (and really life) has scads of iconic couples and couplings. Just off of the top of my head I can think of love & marriage, soup & salad, Batman & Robin and for those of a certain generation, Lucy & Ethel. The list goes on. A lesser known duo that became obvious for me over the last few months was the Condor Woodworker Axe and Mechanix Gloves.  These two entities were made for each other and I'll tell you why. Condor Woodworker…
  • Tim Yan's buyer's guide to AK optics and mounts

    Robert Kay
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    The combination of an Aimpoint optic and an RS Regulate mount (the AK301 lower and AMD upper) come recommended by Tim Yan. There's a slot for the two bolts so that the optic can be affixed directly over the bore. by Rob Kay Several years ago while wandering the floor of the SHOT Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center I was fortunate enough to literally bump into Tim Yan.  Yan is a freelance writer and IMO Field Editor with articles published in Shotgun News, G&A: Book of the AR15, G&A Handguns, G&A: Book of the AK47, Be Ready!, and other InterMedia Outdoors Special Interest…
  • Norman Scott Rear Admiral, United States Navy - A BRAVE HOOSIER SAILOR

    Duane Vachon
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Norman Scott was born August 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Appointed to the Naval Academy in 1907, he graduated four years later and received his commission as Ensign in March 1912. During 1911-13, Ensign Scott served in the battleship USS Idaho (BB-24), then served in destroyers and related duty. In December 1917, he was Executive Officer of USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) when she was sunk by a German submarine and was commended for his performance at that time. During the rest of World War I, Lieutenant Scott had duty in the Navy and as Naval Aide…
  • William Gordon Windrich Staff Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULD NOT QUIT

    Duane Vachon
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
        BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. William Gordon Windrich was born May 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Marguerite Windrich. He attended school within the Hammond, Indiana public schools until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps 6 June 1938. At the time of his enlistment he was only 17 years of age. Windrich as a young adult, was very talented and had a interest in taxidermy, poetry, photography and painting of his own prints. He built a crystal radio, liked to do stunts on the family pony and participated in and enjoyed all sports. Windrich attended public schools…
  • Koko Head Stables Back in Action

    Michele Van Hessen
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) was pleased to learn that the Hawaii Kai Koko Head stables will continue to be a part of the Hawaii Kai community. Congratulations to Dr. Emogene Yoshimura for winning the bid again. "We are happy to see that the Paniolo Heritage she brings to our community will be sustained" Ward said.   Many constituents of Hawaii Kai invested time and effort into trying to save these stables. There were several members and attendees of the February Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting that have fond memories of the stables. The preservation…
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  • PICS: Rise Against at The Republik

    Jason Genegabus
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    PICS: Rise Against at The Republik Chicago hardcore rockers Rise Against played the first of two shows this week at The Republik on Tuesday. The post PICS: Rise Against at The Republik appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • In the Mix: Gray takes on cancer again

    Jason Genegabus
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    In the Mix: Gray takes on cancer again Veteran Honolulu nightclub promoter Daniel Gray is fighting for his life once again after doctors discovered a cancerous tumor last month. The post In the Mix: Gray takes on cancer again appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • On The Record: CRSB

    Kalani Wilhelm
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    On The Record: CRSB There's just something about the vibes and people of Hawaii that brings out the very best in the Bay Area's Chris Ramos and Sonny "Sonny B." Burns. The post On The Record: CRSB appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Heels & Picks: Covering the beauty beat

    Erin Smith
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
    Heels & Picks: Covering the beauty beat Pulse blogger Erin Smith reaches out to local female musicians and makeup artists to learn about their favorite beauty products this spring. The post Heels & Picks: Covering the beauty beat appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Take a Bite: Refresh with Lemona Hawaii

    Nadine Kam
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Take a Bite: Refresh with Lemona Hawaii Lemona Hawaii adds to the growing list of purveyors of natural flavor shave ice, with syrups derived from fresh fruit rather than plain sugar. The post Take a Bite: Refresh with Lemona Hawaii appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Cookbook: Mushroom Soup

    Ed Morita
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve been a longtime connoisseur of cookbooks. Given my chosen field, it’s pretty much a necessity to know what other chefs are doing and to keep up to date with current food trends. Based on what I have seen in the countless cookbooks I have read, there are two possible directions one can take when writing a cookbook. You can either go really technical, which would target fellow industry workers and foodies, or cater to the home cook. As much as I love to geek out on the technical aspects of food, I’ve found that books for home cooks tend to be more fun, which is the…
  • HIFF Spring Showcase preview

    Myong Choi
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Let’s face it. 2015 hasn’t been a stellar years for movies so far. Outside of a cool young British spy and some whips and chains, the films this year have been pretty (yawn!) forgettable. That’s why I’m super pumped about the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase. While it lacks the pomp and circumstance of the Fall Festival, the Spring Showcase still brings the best films from around the world for Hawaii fans to enjoy. HIFF’s Spring Showcase runs from April 10 to 19 at the Regal Dole Cannery 18 Theaters. Tickets and more information are available at hiff.org.
  • Something new: Mark Noguchi’s Mission

    Mari Taketa
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    “Remember you used to tell me,” Mark Noguchi said, “how my food took you back? Well, that’s what I’m cooking here. It’s comfort food with a nod to history.” Sitting in the leafy courtyard of the Mission Houses Museum, I have no idea what he’s talking about. Noguchi’s Mission Social Hall & Cafe opened just last week, his first real restaurant since those magical months when he ran Heeia Kea Pier General Store and Deli. He’s cooked at other places since, including Lunchbox, the employee cafeteria kitchen he still runs inside…
  • Something new: Milo HNL

    Amanda Stevens
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Jake Mizuno shows me tees from Plate Lunch, a local brand based on Maui. Some people are born with that adventurer gene, you know the type – can’t sit still for long, and they light up when they talk about hiking, surfing, and traveling to Tahiti. One of them is Jake Mizuno, co-owner of Milo HNL, a new lifestyle boutique that opened at Kahala Mall. First things I noticed were the cool orange fireplace at the entrance, the massive vintage spotlight and the French radio station playing over the sound system. Not your typical surf shop. I interviewed Mizuno in the new space. He, his…
  • A Lana’i adventure with Island Air

    Melissa Chang
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Olena Heu and I recently were invited on a familiarization tour of Island Air and the island of Lāna‘i. What a cool girls’ getaway, right? I hadn’t been to Lāna‘i in about 10 years, and had never flown Island Air, so this was quite an educational adventure. It was exciting to be with my travel gal pals Catherine Toth Fox, Pam Davis, and Ritsuko Kukonu, too! Island Air has come a long way since it was founded in 1980 as Princeville Airways. Billionaire Larry Ellison bought it in 2013 and has been trying to breathe new life into the airline, which commutes to the island he…
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  • #CatTravels: Turning 40 in Kōkeʻe

    Catherine Toth
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:20 pm
    It was my birthday. But it wound up being more of a bird-day. My husband, an avid hiker and nature geek, decided to take me to Kōkeʻe on Kaua‘i for my 40th birthday this past weekend. He had plans to hike several of the many trails that snake through the state park north of Waimea Canyon. And he was sure to pack two things: our sleeping bags and our binoculars. Sleeping bags because he booked one of the state cabins at the Lodge at Kōkeʻe, which are notoriously cold and dingy. And binoculars because we were going to bird. Hard. Now, I wouldn’t call myself a full-on birder.
  • Update on work on the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail

    Catherine Toth
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I’ve been hiking the trail to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse my entire life. Located on the eastern-most point of O‘ahu — where I’ve spent most of my adult life — this mile-long paved trail takes you to an overlook above the historic red-roofed lighthouse, built in 1909 on this 600-foot sea cliff. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds such as the ‘iwa and frigate bird. On clear days, you can see Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi in the distance. And if you’re lucky, between November and May, you might catch a glimpse of the humpback whales the migrate…
  • #CatTravels: My first visit to Lānaʻi

    Catherine Toth
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I’ve eaten stinky tofu on the streets of Taipei City, fed kangaroos in Brisbane in Australia and surfed the cold waves in western Ireland. But I’ve never been to Lānaʻi. Yes, the island that’s literally 80 miles away. If we weren’t separated by water, I could drive there in a couple of hours. There’s really no good reason why I’ve never been to Lānaʻi. I’ve heard the stories and seen the photos of the two luxe Four Seasons properties there — Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Kōʻele — and have always wanted to visit. I imagined snorkeling in the…
  • #WeekendDish: Old-fashioned bread pudding

    Catherine Toth
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    I love recipes that allow me to clean out my fridge, freezer and kitchen cabinets — and bread pudding is perfect for that. All the bread that’s about to mold over, all the raisins sitting in the pantry, all the milk that’s about to expire — throw it in a pan and bake it with butter! There’s nothing better than that! So I made it the other day, after frantically cleaning out the freezer — is there any way to clean out the freezer? — and pulling everything out of the kitchen pantry. Then I had another idea. Why not bake it in a cupcake pan? Not only are they ready…
  • Apple, tell me why I need a watch now

    Catherine Toth
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Right now, as I type, Apple is about to unveil the details of its latest reason to blow your next paycheck at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco. The Apple Watch. Yes, a watch. Remember those? Here’s what I find interesting: thanks to companies like Apple, who gave us the smartphone that does more than make phone calls, and the tablet, which makes our laptops feel obsolete, most of us ditched our watches. I mean, why wear a watch when we’re covered with devices that tell us what time it is? And now the company wants us to wear watches again. I don’t get it. I will…
 
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • Unique Ways to Explore an Active Volcano

    RPang
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    It’s no wonder that visitors to Hawaii Island crave an extraordinary volcano experience. For the insider take on ways to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and beyond, we sought advice from a few knowledgeable friends. Public Affairs Specialist Jessica Ferracane, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  “The best eruption viewing continues to be Kilauea Volcano’s summit eruption from a [...]
  • @GoHawaii Hosts Successful #InstaMeetGoHawaii

    RPang
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    On Saturday, March 21, the @GoHawaii team held our first-ever #InstaMeetGoHawaii in conjunction with Instagram’s Worldwide InstaMeet 11. The event featured an all-star cast of Hawaii Instagrammers including David Chatsuthiphan (@unrealhawaii), June Cochran (@createinhawaii), Lindsey Higa (@pineappleice) and Zak Noyle (@zaknoyle). More than 80 Instagrammers participated in a photo hunt that explored the many facets of world-famous Waikiki [...]
  • Postpone Bedtime for an Evening Jaunt

    RPang
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hawaii may be best known for its sun, sand, and surf, but even after that beautiful Hawaiian sunset, there’s plenty to see and do! From live shows and entertainment to evening excursions, here are five ways to enjoy the Aloha State’s evening hours: HA Breath of Life; Photo Credit: Polynesian Cultural Center 1. Catch a [...]
  • Join Our First-Ever #InstaMeetGoHawaii!

    RPang
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    On the weekend of March 21, Instagrammers all over the world will gather as part of Instagram’s Worldwide InstaMeet 11. To join the fun, the @GoHawaii team is inviting all Instagram enthusiasts, visitors and locals alike, to our first-ever InstaMeet (#InstaMeetGoHawaii) in Waikiki from 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. [...]
  • Talking Maui with Kainoa Horcajo

    RPang
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On a recent visit to Maui, we caught up with Kainoa Horcajo, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Born and raised on the island of Maui, Kainoa has studied under the guidance of highly respected kupuna (elders) in disciplines such as traditional celestial calendars, martial arts, and herbal and energetic healing. He has trained [...]
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    Hawaii Blog

  • Akamai: Good News, Bad News for Hawaii Broadband

    Ryan Ozawa
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Among the many ingredients needed to foster a vibrant and sustainable startup scene in Hawaii, accessible and affordable broadband internet access is one of the most critical. It’s also the one most often lamented for being in short supply. Just last week brought a provocatively titled panel, “Broadband: What We Don’t Know About It Could Kill Us.” Nearly every conversation about Hawaii’s future, whether focused on the “knowledge economy” or the need for infrastructure that supports innovation, includes more than a few gripes about how expensive and…
  • Oahu Offshore Wind Farm Proposed

    Ryan Ozawa
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    Hawaii is already a hotbed of renewable energy research, so perhaps it’s not unexpected to hear about a proposal to situate as many as one hundred 200-meter tall wind turbines off the coast of Oahu. But it’s where the proposal is coming from, and how it might come to fruition, that makes it remarkable. The Aloha State is already home to both experimental and utility-scale renewable energy projects. We have solar and wind energy, of course, but wave energy, geothermal, and even biofuels and hydrogen are in the mix. With the highest energy costs in the country (tied directly to our…
  • Planned Comic Con in September is ‘Amazing’

    Ryan Ozawa
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    My geek cred was challenged this week when a coworker of mine asked what I thought about Comic-Con coming to Hawaii, and I had to confess that I didn’t know anything about it. As it turns out, there is a new comic book convention coming to the islands in September, and while it’s a relatively new franchise, they’re making a splash with their first announced guest: Stan Lee, veteran comic book writer, publisher, and former head of Marvel Comics. Of course, I know Comic-Con. Specifically, the mother of all comic conventions, the Comic-Con International in San Diego. My wife…
  • Pixar Sculptor to Speak at Kapiolani Community College

    Ryan Ozawa
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    You’d have to have a heart of stone to not love the films from Pixar. From their groundbreaking animated blockbuster “Toy Story” in 1995, every major film the studio has released has been a hit, and most of them critically acclaimed as well, with Pixar movies earning 26 Academy Awards to date. While Pixar is known for its incredible technical and artistic achievements in computer generated imagery, however, there’s a lot more that goes into the magic you see on screen. And one of the talents behind the scenes is coming to Hawaii to talk about his work next week. Jerome…
  • Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’

    Ryan Ozawa
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    For a limited time, you can get a free sensor-equipped power strip that can make sure your gadgets are actually off when they’re turned “off.” Kanu Hawaii is perhaps the state’s largest non-profit organization focused on sustainability (there’s that word again), and conserving electricity is a big part of that. One solution? Power outlet timers. Kanu Hawaii gave them out for free in its #hitimers project last year. Another solution? Home energy monitors, which they were testing back in 2011. Switching to CFL or LED lightbulbs? They’ve worked on that,…
 
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    Literary Lotus

  • Find Me – Laura Van Den Berg’s first novel rich with emptiness

    literarylotus
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The lure of escape beckons, seduces and often overpowers us. Joy, the 19-year-old protagonist of Laura Van Den Berg’s new novel, practically embodies the idea, whether she’s fleeing foster homes or disconnecting from life via cough-medicine highs. When Find Me opens, Joy has seized the opportunity to escape anew, this time from a United States beleaguered by a sickness that erases people’s memories before turning them silver and swiftly taking their lives. Van Den Berg’s set-up, coming on the heels of fears over Ebola outbreaks, is topical and intriguing. Already exposed but…
  • My Backyard Volcano

    literarylotus
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m a Kailua girl, but these days you might not know it. Since moving to Honolulu (just a 30-minute drive but light years away), instead of days by the beach I seem to regularly stalk Diamond Head—the 300,000-year-old volcanic crater first given the name Lē‘ahi by Pele’s sister, Hi‘iaka, because it resembles the brow of the ‘ahi. I walk around it for exercise, drive by (and lose cell reception) en route to nearby Waikïkï Aquarium, use its color as a rainfall barometer, and can just spy it from my deck. I thought we should meet face-to-face. My afternoon arrival at Diamond Head…
  • Al_ha Hawa_ _!

    literarylotus
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Until September of 2014, I hadn’t watched Wheel of Fortune since I was a kid. But when my editor offered me a chance to write a contestant’s-eye-view feature on Wheel’s return to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on Hawai‘i Island to tape 20 shows for the 2014-2015 season, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I spent two days on set, interviewing crew and contestants – including Pat and Vanna – sitting in on a small try-out session and watching 10 back-to-back shows. It was hard not to get hooked solving puzzles and feeling excited for the big winner. Sitting…
  • Fade to White

    literarylotus
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    On a recent sojourn to Hawai‘i Island, on a whim I took the long drive to the cool, mauka town of Waimea, past green pasture and ranch style houses with a pinching cold belaying blue skies. Dominated by a 1910 residence, the historic home of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, Hawai‘i’s “First Lady of Ranching,” immediately intrigued me. When I finally made time for a tour, I learned it was imbued with more depth than I’d ever guessed driving past it on the main road. The 110-acre property is one of the state’s earliest ranches. It came into Anna’s family in 1848 and remains home to 50…
  • Review: A Case of Eavesdropping

    literarylotus
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone does it: Listening in, overhearing on purpose — whatever you call it, eavesdropping is a common transgression. But for Miles Adler-Hart, a self-professed snoop and the juvenile protagonist of Mona Simpson’s captivating new novel, it becomes a way of life, how he interprets love and life from the sidelines while moving from boyhood to manhood. In fourth grade when he begins listening to his mother’s phone conversations, he hears her discuss the TV show Survivor, the key to cool in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But he doesn’t stop there, listening to more conversations and…
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Disclosure is Dead

    Joan Conrow
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Was it really “fierce opposition” from agriculture that killed Hawaii's proposed pesticide disclosure law, Senate Bill 1037, as Civil Beat claims today?Or did key legislators appropriately recognize the bill's fatal flaw — namely, the way it targeted only agriculture, while ignoring all other users, including the termite treatment companies that apply far more restricted use pesticides than farmers, and in residential neighborhoods?Though Civil Beat's Anita Hofschneider holds up California as a model — never a popular approach in Hawaii — she's well into the story before…
  • Street Scenes from Kolkata

    Joan Conrow
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    We're in Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) — the former capital of British India and now the capital of the state of West Bengal. About 4.5 million people live here, many of them in shanties erected on the narrow streets.The surrounding countryside is rich with rice paddies and vegetable farms, and we'll be meeting with farmers. But first I spent a bit of time wandering around and photographing  street life. Gleaning trash for something of value.Getting a shave at a sidewalk barber.Cows are owned, but often wander at will.Gathering sand for a concrete project.Boys in a…
  • Musings: Realities of Bt Cotton

    Joan Conrow
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    We left high-tech Hyderabad and traveled 144 km to the farming city of Warangal, a 90-mile drive that took three hours along roads choked with buses, motorcycles, scooters, taxis and cars. We passed monkeys, cows wandering on dusty streets, water buffalo being driven to the fields, small herds of goats, the occasional bristly-haired black pig rooting in a garbage pile and the ever-present dogs of India.But though agricultural is predominant here, and many of the villagers lack running water and indoor plumbing, high-tech has arrived in rural India. Cell phones and smart phones are ubiquitous…
  • Musings: India's Urban Farmers

    Joan Conrow
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    People are leaving their villages throughout India and going to the cities, seeking new opportunities. Some of them continue to farm on the outskirts of urban areas, like this settlement at Yamuna Pushta, just outside the hustle and bustle of New Delhi.This family traveled to Delhi because there were no jobs in their home village, about 200 kilometers from the city. They and the other laborers who live here know how to farm, so they struck up arrangements with landowners to grow vegetables along the Yamuna River, one of the two most polluted waterways in India. Power…
  • Musings: Into India

    Joan Conrow
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    New Delhi is a cacophony of sounds — especially horns — and color.The horns honk continuously and seemingly without any effect, as cars, bicyclists, trucks, scooters and motorcycles jockey for position in a rapidly-moving stream of traffic that regularly oozes out of its allotted lanes.But no diesel smoke or exhaust fumes hang heavy in the air, because much of the motor vehicle fleet has converted to compressed natural gas that the country produces itself.The color is found in the bright clothing that women seem to favor, and in the flowers that are still blooming riotously, thanks to a…
 
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    The Maui News

  • Marketing workshop for volunteer leaders

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns Volunteer Center invites volunteer leaders, managers, HandsOn Maui partners and Hawaii Network of Volunteer Leaders members to attend a free workshop on "Marketing and Networking for...
  • Event inspires entrepreneurs to move from idea to launch in just 54 hours

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Maui Economic Development Board is seeking entrepreneurs to participate in this year's Startup Weekend Maui. Scheduled for May 15-17, this event will provide active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.
  • Nisei Veterans Memorial Center confers emeritus designations

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center board of directors has announced the honoring of Hiroshi Arisumi as president emeritus and Leonard Oka as director emeritus in recognition of their many years of service and commitment.
  • Volunteers sought for service project in crater

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Volunteers are sought for a service project in Haleakala Crater with the Friends of Haleakala National Park April 18-20. The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Holua Cabin and work on protection of native plants.
  • Country Jamboree to benefit new Carden classroom

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Carden Academy of Maui is selling tickets for its 15th annual Country Jamboree, which will begin at 5 p.m. April 25 at the Oskie Rice Outdoor Polo Fields in Makawao.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Court Rules that Navy Exercises Harm Whales

    Alan McNarie
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Press Release from the National Resources Defense Council: LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2015) —A federal court today announced that the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities off the coast of Southern California and Hawaii illegally harm more than 60 whale, dolphin, seal, and sea lion populations. The U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, found that the National Marine Fisheries Service – the agency charged with protecting marine mammals – violated multiple requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act when agreeing to the Navy’s plan.
  • Senate Land and Water Committee Approves Kaluhiwa as DLNR Deputy Chair

    Alan McNarie
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
     The Senate Committee on Water and Land has voted , 7-0, to send Kekoa Kaluhiwa, Governor Ige’s pic for deputy chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, on to the full Senate with a positive recommendation.  Those who opposed often emphasized Kluhiwa’s previous jobs as a lobbyist for the shipping industry; one asked, for instance, if Kaluhiwa would recuse himself on any matters related to land leases for GMO seed crops, since his former employers profited from shipping seed corn. But Kaluhiwa’s credentials as a former Kamehameha Schools land manager involved…
  • Mauna Kea Protest Escalates

    Alan McNarie
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The protest on Mauna Kea has apparently escalated into a direct confrontation. Protestors against the Thirty Meter Telescope, which was scheduled to begin construction last week, have been camping out on the mountain since last Tuesday.   During that time, it’s been a quiet standoff; one protestor told the Chronicle last night that when he began videoing on Tuesday, construction work stopped, and since then had not resumed.  But today apparently workers tried to resume their work and sporadic videos from the mountain appear to show protestors forming a blockade line and police…
  • Artist Opportunity: First Ever Artist in Residence Sought for Gettysburg National Historical Park

    Alan McNarie
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    For the first time in its history, the Gettysburg National Historical Military Park is seeking an Artist in Residence to spend at least a month this summer living and working in the park.  But they apparently have had trouble getting the word out: the deadline to apply has been extended to April  15, 2013.Those interested can apply at http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/#!apply-/c1as3 For more information go to  http://nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ or e-mail     Info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org   
  • Big Quake Hits Papua New Guinea; Small Waves Predicted as Far as NW Hawaiian Islands

    Alan McNarie
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    A massive, 7.6-7.7 magnitude earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea. Tsunami waves of 1-3 meters in height are predicted for the Papua New Guinea coast, and waves of .3 meters or less could reach Australia, Japan, the Phillipines, New Caledonia, the northern Marianas, Guam, Palau, Yap, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Samoa American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru, Wake Island, Johnston Island, Howland and Baker Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna Islands, the Solomon Chain, Indonesia and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.  There is no tsunami…
 
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    Bytemarks

  • Real Office Centers (ROC) Chinatown @roc_usa

    Burt
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    ROC Chinatown Almost a year after their initial announcement, Real Office Centers is opening their first coworking office space outside of California. Their official grand opening is on Thursday, March 19, 2015 with a launch party sponsored in part by Ocean Vodka and Kona Brewing. The 8000 sq. ft. space has accommodations for 21 private offices, ample coworking, conference, meeting and event space. CEO Ron McElroy bought the building located on the corner of Hotel St. and Nuuanu, gutted it and refurbished the interior. He worked closely with the Department of Business, Economic Development…
  • SeaPerch: An Underwater Robotics Program

    Burt
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    With all the robotics programs to choose from, SeaPerch fills a unique niche. First off, it is underwater. All the others like VEX, FIRST, BotBall and Micro Robotics are land based. The only other underwater robotics program is MATE ROV which is geared toward high school students. Which brings me to the second differentiator, SeaPerch is geared primarily to elementary and secondary school students. Going on its third year, SeaPerch Hawaii attracted 30 teams this year to compete at the statewide qualifying round at the Coast Guard Base on Sand Island. The teams had two challenges to…
  • On the way to the Moon with #MoonRIDERS

    Burt
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Moon RIDERS: Research Investigating Dust Expulsion Removal Systems is a unique collaboration that involves NASA, PISCES, Google Lunar XPrize, Dept of Education, Iolani High School and Kealakehe High School. It’s rare to have such a diverse public private partnership involving a public and private school, and MoonRIDERS is being touted as a first for Hawaii. Both schools have an opportunity to build and operate an experiment on the surface of the moon. Interestingly, a major problem with extraterrestrial landings is dust. Eons of dust, layer upon layer of this fine as flour, rough as…
  • SB1278 – Creating #Makerspaces in Public Libraries

    Burt
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Hearing of SB1278 with Senate Education Committee Excited about the prospect of creating makerspaces in some of our public libraries, I submitted the following testimony and attended the SB1278 hearing by the Senate Education Committee. I strongly support SB1278, Relating to Libraries. There is growing environment in Hawaii for entrepreneurship, startup formation and tech innovation, and makerspaces are fertile ground for idea sharing, capacity building and peer support. In an effort to build an innovation ecosystem, there needs to be places where people gather to share resources and…
  • Hawaii Innovation Alliance: A voice for tech in Hawaii?

    Burt
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Back in the 2012 legislative session, several poorly crafted Internet bills galvanized the local tech community to discuss how to respond. What resulted was a townhall meeting and a the formation of Facebook group for the Hawaii Innovation Alliance (HIA). It had all the good intentions to formally organize and provide a voice for Hawaii’s technology community. Previous organizations like the Hawaii Technology Trade Association and the Hawaii Science and Technology Council had already come and gone, leaving a huge void for this nascent economic sector. (Note, these links for HTTA and…
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 343: MoonRIDERS – Mar 25, 2015

    Burt Lum
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Jake Ross about the Cyber Hui meetup and the latest on CyberPatriot and Hacker Jeopardy. Then Ryan Salcedo is here to tell us about the newly formed Hawaii Drone Club. Finally, we’ll talk with students and teachers from Iolani and Kealakehe schools about their work on the MoonRIDERS mission to the moon. We’ve got a full lineup including Kimberly Petersen and Veronica Shei from Iolani and Justin Brown (teacher) and students, Amy Lowe, Courtney Nelson, and Caleb Bishop. Additional Links Danish…
  • Episode 342: Sultan Ventures, the New Face of Entrepreneurship – Mar 18, 2015

    Burt Lum
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Tim Dick from Startup Capital Ventures about an upcoming Entrepreneur Foundation event, Pupus and Pitches. Then Tiffany and Mark Quezada will tell us about their new app Hobnob. Finally, we’ll talk about the new face of entrepreneurship, accelerators, Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH. Joining us are Omar Sultan, Meli James and Bryan Butteling. Additional Links Bringing Street Art to your Daily Life Google Cultural Institute – Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 UH accelerator announces finalists for second cohort…
  • Episode 341: TCC Online Conference – Mar 11, 2015

    Burt Lum
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, we’ll speak with Franklin Allaire about the upcoming Science Olympiad. Then we’ll have Ken Hensarling join us from Hawaiian Telcom to tell us about the annual HT University. Finally, we’ll learn about the 20th anniversary of Teaching, Colleges and Community, TCC 2015 an online conference about education technology from its organizers, Bert Kimura and Curtis Ho as well as PhD candidate Frank Jumawan. Additional Links: Lunar Concrete – Hilo sidewalk to help researchers study space infrastructure TEDxHonolulu…
  • Episode 340: Broadband as Critical Infrastructure – Mar 4, 2015

    Burt Lum
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Gloria Brasuel about the first Tech-Savvy event. Then Frank De Rego from MEDB will join us to tell us about the Maui Energy Conference. Finally, we’ll learn about broadband access and how key stakeholders are considering it critical infrastructure. We’ll be taking to Sen. Kalani English, HPU President Geoffrey Bannister and Dr. Rich Berry from PaCom to get the details. Additional Links: Hawaiʻi groundwater and geothermal data compiled for first time Hawaii Invasive Species Week Discover Your…
  • Episode 339: SeaPerch – Feb 25, 2015

    Burt Lum
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with David Ulrich about the Pacific New Media, Contemporary Photography in Hawaii contest. Then we’ll have Kathleen Cabral tell us about the annual Leeward Community College Geek Day. Finally, we’ll learn about an underwater robotics program called SeaPerch. We’ve invited Coast Guard organizer Lieutenant Commander Andy Goshorn and the team from Wahiawa Elementary featuring teacher Randy Otaka and students Kai, Kohala and Dominic. Additional Site: My.Hawaii.gov Honolulu neighborhood board…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - TechHui

  • Rails on Windows With Bitnami

    George Lee
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    When I first started learning Ruby on Rails back in 2007, one thing was made clear: don’t even try setting it up on a Windows machine. Since then, we had some open source projects like RailsInstaller that make it really easy to set up a development environment on your machine. Also, with the advent of virtual machines and Vagrant, it is really easy to get a Linux environment set up regardless of what operating system you’re on. These things are all great if you are setting up a development box, but what about production? RailsInstaller is used for development and the virtual machine…
  • Today I Learned — The App

    George Lee
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    People who know me know that I’ve been pretty busy lately. People who really know me know that I’m actually slammed. Yet, I’m taking a personal challenge to complete a small application in the month of March. As it turns out, I have an idea for a small bite-sized application that I can build in a month. It’s also a great chance to challenge myself to learn new frameworks and libraries. The Problem I’ve been tracking the things I learn in a given day in a small Github repository. Other than the challenges of keeping up with it on a daily basis (as you can tell by the dates in the…
  • Remembering 3/11 and Yurekuru

    Christopher Kobayashi
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    About 15 seconds into this video you'll hear an alarm from an iOS app called Yurekuru, which is a Japanese word that translates to a shake or sway is coming. The alarm and a push notification would warn you of an earthquake. And depending on your location, how long until you'll feel it and estimated intensity. The app receives warnings called Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. According to Wikipedia, there were over 1,000 seismometers in Japan at that time. Actually most phones made in Japan at that time had this capability due to regulations that made…
  • Remembering 3/11 and Twitter

    Christopher Kobayashi
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I was sitting at my desk on the 6th floor with a fresh cup of coffee that I bought from Tully's downstairs. They're a bit pricey, but they smelled and tasted so good I could never resist. I usually got a hot cup of the daily special and did so that day. Took a few sips and started a discussion with a colleague about the project that we were on. The desk I was assigned to was in the corner with a window overlooking a major street and I could see down it all the way to Shimbashi station. The salaray-man district of Tokyo. It was Friday, March 11, 2011 at around 2:45pm and a beautiful day. I…
  • Ruby on SOAP

    Leo D
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The slightly misnamed SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) protocol is in a sense a type-strong version of the much better know JSON interchange format.  The Ruby community clearly doesn't have as much affection for SOAP as the Java and .Net communities, but that makes sense as Ruby is a dynamic language with duck typing, which meshes better in philosophy with the lightweight JSON format, rather than the much more expressive and heavyweight SOAP format. If given the choice between SOAP and JSON, I would always choose JSON.  But I don't always get to choose.  Sometimes a third party vendor…
 
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • Milk, health and Hawai`i

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Lost in the battles over whether a dairy ought to be established on south Kauai pastures is the value of cow’s milk in human nutrition.Milk has picked up a couple of gold stars in recent months, confirming once again that mom was right when she told you to drink it. But what perhaps hasn’t been clear is the importance of milk consumption in older adults.Milk is important for supporting levels of anti-oxidants in the body, according to University of Kansas Medical Center researchers In-Young Choi, and Debra Sullivan. Their research was published in February 2015 The American Journal of…
  • Pesticide drift: just how controllable is it?

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Those of us who can remember cropdusters and the pesticide fog trucks driving through neighborhoods have reason to be concerned about pesticide drift.Drift is one of the key arguments associated with efforts to prevent pesticide exposure to Island residents. But it turns out modern drift management is a mature science, and safety measures are well established. There’s an impressive array of equipment, chemical formulations and best management practices to prevent unwanted pesticide movement.(Image: A Hawai`i farm’s spray hoods, yellow boxy units which are affixed over spray nozzles…
  • Leatherback turtle navigation mystery deepens

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Leatherback turtles leave their hatching beaches as feistyinfants little bigger than a silver dollar.As long as 10 years later and vastly larger, they are able to return to those very same beaches with pinpoint accuracy to reproduce, despite changing ocean currents, changing weather, changing climate cycle, changing food resources.(Image: Capt. Mark Leach with satellite tag-outfitted leatherback off Cape Cod, immediately before its release. Credit: LPRC.) It remains one of the great mysteries of the animal world. What kind of memory and genetics make that kind of navigation possible? In…
  • The Milky Way has suburbs?

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    New research conducted at the Chilean sister of the Big Island’s Gemini Observatory has identified a small star cluster that lives, well, out of town."This cluster is faint, very faint, and truly in the suburbs of our Milky Way," said Dongwon Kim, a student at the Australian National University, who worked with a team on the Stromlo Milky Way Satellite Survey. The initial identification of the new stellar formation was made on during a survey of the southern sky by the Dark Energy Camera on the 4-meter Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. It was confirmed using…
  • Pesticides good and bad, and be very afraid of oxidane

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Pesticides have impacts, and improperly used, some pesticides can be health hazards. No question about that. In the Islands, it’s become a meme in some groups that pesticides are necessarily awful. But as usual, black and white don’t serve us well in this discussion. The reality falls in the gray.It’s also true that properly used pesticides can do more good than harm—they preserve our food, remove unwanted pests, protect us from diseases carried by vermin, help control the spread of allergens, and on and on.In recent discussions, I’ve heard assertions that this man-made…
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • West Oahu's Kapolei Golf Club sold to unidentified buyer

    Duane Shimogawa
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    The sale of the Kapolei Golf Club in West Oahu has been finalized, a spokeswoman for the seller confirmed to PBN. The spokeswoman for Pacific Links Hawaii told PBN that the sale closed on Tuesday, but provided no other details including who bought the course and at what price. Earlier this month, as first reported by PBN, Pacific Links Hawaii said it reached an agreement with an unidentified buyer to purchase the Kapolei golf course. A source close to the situation told PBN that the buyer is from…
  • Hawaii's Sunetric has $22M worth of backlogged rooftop solar PV projects

    Duane Shimogawa
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    Hawaii’s Sunetric has a total of about $22 million worth of backlogged rooftop solar photovoltaic projects awaiting approval from Hawaiian Electric Co., according to its parent company’s full year and fourth quarter earnings report. Colorado-based RGS Energy, which acquired Kailua-based Sunetric, one of the largest solar firms in the state, for about $16 million, said in its report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that because of HECO’s slowness in approving systems, it recorded…
  • Sears hopes to raise $2.5B in property sale, REIT formation

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sears plans to raise more than $2.5 billion in a property sale that’s been long expected for the struggling retailer. To raise that kind of cash. Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: SHLD) will form a real estate investment trust from its Seritage Growth Properties, the Wall Street Journal explained. Specifically, Sears will sell 254 of its Sears and Kmart store properties to Seritage, and then lease them back. Sears shareholders will have the opportunity to buy shares in Seritage, raising the money…
  • RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca steps down

    Korri Kezar
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    After a failed two-year attempt to get RadioShack back on its feet, CEO Joe Magnacca is stepping down. An internal memo broke the news to RadioShack’s employees on Wednesday morning. The move comes less than 24 hours after bankruptcy judge Brendan Shannon gave final approval for hedge fund Standard General LP to acquire RadioShack’s assets. Magnacca was tapped for the CEO position in February 2013. He formerly served as executive vice president and president of Daily Living Products for Walgreen…
  • Bankruptcy judge OKs Standard General's $160M bid for RadioShack

    Lance Murray
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Delaware late Tuesday approved Standard General as the winner of the auction for RadioShack's assets, a decision that keeps the brand alive in a pared-down form. Standard General's plan is valued at roughly $160 million. The approval comes after more than a week of contentious hearings in which rival hedge fund Salus Capital Partners and other creditors contested Standard General's plan, saying it was a sham and that the auction process was flawed. But Judge Brendan…
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  • House proposed budget includes over $60 million for capital improvements on Kauai

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Kauai legislators secured over $60 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island, as part of the state budget passed by the House earlier this week. The largest single amount, $20 million was provided for airfield improvements at Lihue Airport, while additional funding was provided for various road improvements and for the construction of sheltered
  • State budget targets $165 million for Maui CIP

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> Under the state budget passed by the House this week, Maui representatives secured about $165 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across Maui County. The largest single item by far was $38 million for expansion and improvements to Kahului Harbor. Of that, $17 million will go for land acquisition and improvements
  • House sends proposed FY16-FY17 budget to Senate

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The full House today approved the state budget with the passage of HB500, HD1, which appropriates funds for both operating and capital improvements costs of the Executive Branch for the current biennium fiscal years FY2015-2016 and FY2016-2017. For FY2015-2016, the bill provides $6.5 billion in general funds and $12.7 billion in all means of financing. For FY2016-2017, it appropriates $6.8
  • Students’ vision of Hawaii’s future filled with concern and hope

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    “Hawaii is nearly a perfect place to live; yet it still faces some problems,” wrote Dallas Kuba, a fourth grade student at Manoa Elementary School. “Homelessness is one of our island’s biggest threats.” “I love living in the state of Hawaii, but there are certain aspects that are starting to make me worry about the future,” stated Lindsey Millerd, an eighth grader at Waipahu Intermediate.
  • House Honors Hawaii Teachers of the Year

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
      State Representatives today recognized the top teachers of the year for 2015 with presentations on the floor of the House, as part of Education Week at the Capitol. Among those honored were Catherine Caine, the 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year; Jamie Takamura, the 2015 Central District Teacher of the Year; Masaru Uchino, Leeward District Teacher of the Year; Elizabeth Frilles,
 
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Why We Grow Old

    Mike Hu
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It's not so much age -- as it is whether a person is constantly improving, or constantly getting worse.  The surest way for things to get worse, is to deny that there is any problem -- because then one doesn't seek a solution but accepts the problem, as the way things ought to be -- ie. "just getting old."All of life is a problem we need to solve.  The challenges are different at different times in our lives -- but we still have to rise to that challenge every day of our lives.  That IS life.  That is what all life faces, and when they can no longer meet that challenge,…
  • Appreciate What You Have

    Mike Hu
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The greatest attainment and the key to life, is making the most of what one has -- rather than desiring, and even attaining, insatiable more, which as wise people realize, always is a little more -- no matter how much they have.That is the first consideration, and not the last, for those who want to be efficient at personal problem solving -- before one can go out and save the world.  One has to first direct that improvement to one's personal problem solving -- before it can be effectively scaled to solving the larger problems.  Obviously, solving the problems of one's own health,…
  • The Answer is Out There

    Mike Hu
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    The Great Realization is that we know far less than what we don't know -- or think we do.  Just because we don't have the answer, doesn't mean that nobody does.  It may even be that what we think is hard and difficult, is really very simple and easy -- but our conditioning (education) is to think that everything is hard, and requires years to learn -- especially if the "educator's" job, is their own lifetime job security -- for as long as they can convince their students, that nothing else is possible -- for everything that can be known, has already been discovered, as though…
  • Thinking Through Time

    Mike Hu
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Truth reveals itself in time.  That -- which is false, will fail the test of time.  In all probability, it will just be forgotten and ignored, because there is no payoff for sustaining the belief-- with no facts to substantiate it -- until maybe some time in the future, when someone revives the old as the new -- for one more time, to those who haven't heard it before.There is always a fresh class of recruits who will revive an old fallacious idea, thinking it merely failed before -- for the lack of trying, and not that it was recognized as a bad idea -- with good reason.  For…
  • Going With The Flow (of Information)

    Mike Hu
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Probably the greatest difference between the Old Mind and the New Mind of the 21st Century, is that the old mind was conditioned to work against the information presented -- as though it was in competition against it -- rather than allowing that information to work and manifest through them.  That old mind, was particularly conditioned to think that all the information of others, was also to be regarded as against them -- and never allowing that any information could be used mutually.That is probably best expressed in the notion that one has to beat the market -- or beat all the other…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • "Exercise" in the 21st Century

    Mike Hu
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The bottom line is that we have to change our thinking -- as well as the way we talk about conditioning activities.  The "old" manner of talking about exercise, is a huge part of the problem -- that one has to run three miles every other day, or have to bench press our bodyweight as indicative of greater fitness.  Exercise doesn't work "even" for older people; it works "especially" for older people -- and people in deteriorating conditions.But those "exercises" can't be ones that increase one's risk of injuries disproportionately to any benefits.  That's as preposterous as the…
  • The Exception is the (Greater) Rule

    Mike Hu
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Some "highly educated people" think that the object in life, is to see no difference in everything -- rather than the uniqueness in everything.  And so they think they've seen everything, when they have not even begun to see anything, or to look earnestly.  So even when something is new and different, they will only see it as the same, and are quite content to confirm that it is what they already know -- even thought they have not even begun to inquire and investigate.  They just know they are right -- and there is nothing more to know.  That is the end-all and be-all of…
  • Easy Does It

    Mike Hu
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Most people who think that exercise has to be hard and difficult, end up not doing any -- because just the thought alone, is enough to discourage them. Eventually, it is not even a consideration, or an impossibility -- for some trivial reason. They just never "go there" anymore.  What do they do instead?Exercise is what one actually does -- and not just the thought of doing something, that one doesn't. The human capacity is expressed in this manner -- or loses that capability for the lack of its actualization and expression (exercise).  One tends to keep and improve those…
  • The Golden Age

    Mike Hu
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Retirement is great -- as long as one is healthy.  When one is in declining health, nothing else can get much better.  That is dependent on one's health.  Therefore, obviously, attention to health must have our highest priority -- and implies the quality and vitality of one's life.  If one is getting better, what more can be said?   And if one is in a declining health spiral, eventual disability and death seems the only certainty.Yet many are paralyzed by the fear -- rather than realizing they have nothing to lose in doing everything they can to make themselves…
  • Easier Than You Think

    Mike Hu
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    What works almost as well as a complete layoff, is only one overload workout a week (to stimulate growth) -- particularly as a person ages, and their recovery ability drops off dramatically. They should still continue light daily movements to aid the recovery and prevent severe muscle soreness from setting in. One has to fine-tune to their recovery ability -- rather than the arbitrary objectives of benching their bodyweight at age 90 -- or whatever they think will defy that decline. No matter how determined one is to override the pain messages and the lack of recovery that begins to…
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    Hawaii Legal News

  • The Previously-Unknown Cabbage Defense

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    State v. Bowman(ICA February 27, 2015)Background. Max Bowman was charged with spilling on the highway in violation of HRS § 291C-131. Bowman, a farmer, was driving a truck full of cabbage from his field in Honokaa to Paauilo on the Big Island. He was driving a green flatbed pickup truck with cabbage in the bed. It was not covered. He drove on Route 19—the Hawaii Belt Road—when Officer Romeo Fuiava passed him in the opposite lane. Officer Fuiava kept heading in his direction and saw either cabbage or lettuce in the back of Bowman’s truck. About a half a mile down the road, Fuiava saw…
  • “Alcohol” is not an Element to DUI

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:02 pm
    State v. Turping(ICA February 25, 2015)Background. Lori Turping was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. HRS § 291E-61. Specifically she was charged with operating a vehicle while “under the influence of alcohol.” The complaint did not include the statutory definition of the term “alcohol,” which is defined in HRS § 291E-1. Turping moved to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the complaint failed to include the statutory definition of the term. The motion was denied, the district court found her guilty, and she appealed.Defining…
  • ICA Won’t Extend Hussein to the HPA

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Nichols v. State(ICA December 24, 2014)Background. Nicholas Nichols was charged with various felonies in two separate cases. One case involved a home invasion and a shooting. The other case arose out of an assault in Kalakaua District Park. Nichols entered a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts in the assault and fifteen felonies in the home-invasion case. The parties agreed that for each count, he would be sentenced to prison and that he would serve some offenses concurrently. The parties, however, were free to argue that some should run consecutively. The prosecution also…
  • Pretrial Colloquy Must Include Notice that Right NOT to Testify Cannot be Used Against Defendant

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    State v. Monteil(HSC December 23, 2014)Background. James Monteil was charged with one count of prostitution. HRS § 712-1200(1). He pleaded not guilty. At the start of the bench trial, the district court judge engaged in a colloquy about his rights. The court asked Monteil if he understood that no one could force him to testify, that no one could force him to present evidence, that the State had to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, that if he did wish to testify, he’d have to testify under oath and be subjected to cross-examination by the prosecutor, and that he could wait to decide…
  • Discovery Shenanigans and Race-Based Sentencing

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    State v. David(ICA December 15, 2014)Background. Peter David was charged with second-degree murder of Santhony Albert and second-degree assault with a dangerous instrument of Torokas Kikku. During the opening statement, the prosecutor, Darrell Wong, told the jury that the three of them were at Kikku’s apartment in Waipahu. David and Albert were drinking and wrestling. At some point, David’s cousins point out that David had a cut on his nose. The prosecutor told the jury that at that point, David said “[n]obody does this to me, make me look like this, beat me up.”After the opening…
 
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    hawaiioceanlaw.com

  • Rocket Docket? Federal Court Stats Say D. Haw. is FAST

    Mark Murakami
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The Federal Judiciary just released its business report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Where does the District of Hawaii, conceptually rendered above, stack up? For civil cases, in terms of median time from filing to trial, D. Haw. has a median time interval of 15.5 months.  The average median time from filing to trial for all district courts was 24.9 months.  Hawaii placed third behind the Eastern District of Virginia's blazing 12.5 months and the Southern District of Florida's 14.6 months. Hawaii had 667 civil cases in FY2014.  That is nearly three times the…
  • Knowing Your Rights: Honolulu Rail Project and Right of Way Acquisitions

    Mark Murakami
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Do you own property along the rail guideway? Have you received a letter from a City right-of-way agent using terms like "fair market value" and "just compensation"? Do you know your rights to relocation? We are going to discuss these questions and more on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria.   Our law firm is hosting an informational session for the community, IN the community to help business owners whose rights or property may be impacted by the rail.  We've invited property owners, businesses, and residents…
  • American Law Institute CLE 2015 - Wrap Up

    Mark Murakami
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Just got back from San Francisco and the ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law 101 seminar. Together with Dwight Merriam of Connecticut and Brad Kuhn of California, we presented on the "Assemblage" doctrine is set out in the Supreme Court's decision in Olson v. U.S. and book-ended by the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Fuller.  That doctrine, in a physical taking case, allows a landowner to argue that the highest and best use of its property could be determined by taking into account a use that required the assemblage of its property with other properties.
  • Basics of Eminent Domain Law - Presentation to the Hawaii Paralegal Association

    Mark Murakami
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Special shout-out to the Hawaii Paralegal Association for inviting me to join them at their monthly meeting to talk about Eminent Domain law.  It isn't often that folks ASK to learn about the ins and outs of eminent domain law, especially in Hawaii so we were pleased to help share a little of an area of law that we certainly enjoy. My slides and an audio recording of the presentation are included below for your listening enjoyment or insomnia treatment.
  • Chief Justice Recktenwald's State of the Judiciary Address

    Mark Murakami
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Hawaii Supreme Court Construes Designated Premises Endorsement In Insured's Favor

    Tred Eyerly
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Hawaii Supreme Court held that a Designated Premises Endorsement provided coverage for injury and damage that occurred away from a listed location if the injury or damage arose out of the ownership, maintenance or use of the designated premises. C. Brewer and Co., Ltd. v. Marine Indemn. Ins. Co., 2015 Haw. LEXIS 62 (Haw. March 27, 2015). [Disclosure: our office represents C. Brewer].    The case involves coverage for the former owner (C. Brewer) of land under the Kaloko Reservoir. The Reservoir was fronted by an earthen dam. The Dam burst in March 2006, killing seven people and…
  • Absence of Property Damage During Policy Period Equates to No Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Montana Supreme Court determined there was no coverage for the insured due to a lack of property damage during the policy period. Truck Ins. Exchange v. O'Mailia, 2015 Mont. LEXIS 54 (Mont. Feb. 17, 2015).   The insured plumbing company, Lolo Plumbing & Heating, installed a water heater at Famous Dave's restaurant. At the time of installation, the insured had a CGL policy with Truck. The policy provided coverage from July 10, 2006 to November 29, 2009.     On March 12, 2010, three years after the water heater was installed, a burning smaell was detected in the…
  • BP Is Not An Additional Insured Under Transocean's Policy

    Tred Eyerly
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       Responding to a certified question from the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court determined that BP was not an additional insured under Transocean's liability policy and had no coverage under the policy for the deaths caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. In re Horizon, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 141 (Tex. Feb. 13, 2015). We have previously posted on this case in the federal courts here and here.    Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon, a mobile offshore drilling unit operating in the Gulf of Mexico pursuant to a contract with BP. After an explosion in April 2010, the…
  • Business Interruption Claim Upheld

    Tred Eyerly
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       A business interruption claim survived an appeal after it was determined the claim was satisfactorily presented to the trial court. Citadel Broadcasting Corp. v. Axis U.S. Ins. Co., 2015 La. App. LEXIS 274 (La. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2015).    When Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, the insured owned three radio stations that broadcast in and around New Orleans. All three stations suffered property damage and were off the air for varying periods of time.     The insured's policy with Axis covered both physical damage and business interruption (BI) losses. The policy also…
  • Earth Movement Exclusion Bars Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       Damage to the YMCA recreation center was not covered due to application of the earth movement exclusion. YMCA of Pueblo v. Secura Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15249 (D. Colo. Feb. 6, 2015).     On October 11, 2013, the insureds discovered a leaking water line in the men's shower, where one of the shower's on/off valves had detached from the water pipe behind the wall. The leak was repaired the same day.    On October 13, 2013, the pool deck near the therapy pool and surrounding block walls shifted and collapsed. The insurer admitted there was damage to the property.
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    inversecondemnation.com

  • New Cert Petition: Property Owner Should Not Be Limited To "Whispering" Anti-Eminent Domain Message

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    As we hoped it might, the Norfolk, Virginia property owner -- represented by the Institute for Justice -- who was on the losing side of the Fourth Circuit's 2-1 recent opinion in Central Radio Co. Inc. v. City of Norfolk, 776 F.3d 229 (4th Cir. Jan. 13, 2015) has filed a cert petition. In that case, the Fourth Circuit held that the above sign, erected on the owner's building to protest a separate eminent domain action, violated the city's sign code, and this restriction did not violate the First Amendment. The court concluded that the sign ordinance was content-neutral, even…
  • Recent California Court Of Appeal Regulatory Takings Opinion Should Be Published

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the letter request which we sent today to the California Court of Appeal, Second Division, asking the court to publish its recent opinion in Brost v. City of Santa Barbara, No. B246153 (Mar. 25, 2015). In our post about the case, we wrote "we hope there's a motion to publish and that the court grants it. This case should be citeable as precedent." But as a colleague reminded us, a request to publish an opinion isn't limited to just the parties to the case, and the California Rules of Court provide that "any person" may ask the court to…
  • How Are They (I Mean *We*) Going To Pay For Honolulu's Rail?

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    The short answer: taxes. [Update: a report from last night's community meeting, "Railing Against Honolulu's $6 Billion Rail Project" ("Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his top transit official took their licks from a decidedly anti-rail crowd during a boisterous town hall meeting at Washington Middle School on Wednesday."] There's been a lot of breathless reporting over the past couple of weeks about the skyrocketing cost of the 20-mile, 21-station Honolulu rail project. Cost estimates to build the line from Ewa to Ala Moana Center started off in the range of…
  • Pacific Business News Details The Rail's Impact On Honolulu Property

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    The cover story in Pacific Business News' recent edition, "Honolulu rail transit's eminent domain" is worth reading. Most importantly, the PBN staff created maps which show how much property is targeted for acquisition, and where it is located, precisely. Yes, the full story is behind a partial paywall, but as we said last week, if you are in Honolulu you really should be a PBN subscriber. Plus, there are a few quotes from our side in the piece: “'Eminent domain cases are rare in Hawaii,'” Thomas said. 'Hardly anyone has a living memory — not the…
  • Amici Brief: Property Owners Have Right Of Direct Access To Highways That Can't Be Regulated Away

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Here's the amici brief on behalf of Central Oregon Builders Association, Oregonians in Action, and Owners' Counsel of America in a case being considered by the Oregon Supreme Court, State of Oregon v. Alderwoods (Oregon), Inc., No. S062766.  In an eminent domain action to improve Highway 99W in Tigard, Oregon, the DOT condemned Alderwoods' two driveways, which had been in place since the 1930's, which provided direct access to and from the property to the highway (approximate location red arrow). After it filed the action, however, the DOT purported to…
 
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    Blaine's Blog

  • UH West O‘ahu Choir

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:12 am
    Here is our performance from tonight. Mahalo Karol and mahalo to my fellow choristas for making this so enjoyable. (Unfortunately, the little recorder was a bit too close to the piano! Enjoy. — Blaine http://www.zztype.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150314-UHWO.m4a The entire concert is posted on my Flickr page. You can download the full MP4 audio file from there (see the download button, lower right) and add it to your iTunes or music service. https://www.flickr.com/photos/zztype/16639369788/  
  • USS Pigeon Watch Roster 1975

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I was going through my old papers and drawings and found this watch roster from around 1975 or 1976, hand-drawn by me. The amazing thing is it lists almost everyone’s name! I posted it here so you could click on it and download the big sized file so you could read all the names. I posted it on Facebook so you could tag each other and so you would know it was here! Aloha, Fergie  
  • Kapolei Fire Station Dedication Photos

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    17 Jan 2014 | 8:28 am
    January 16, 2014.
  • Kevin meets Nadine!

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    9 Oct 2013 | 1:11 am
  • I Don’t Always Endorse People On Social Media, But When I Do…

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    30 Aug 2013 | 2:35 pm
    You all know I don’t routinely endorse businesses on the Internet. It just wouldn’t be me! But I no shame when I come across somebody or some company which demonstrates that they have a SOUL, which demonstrates it is run by real people, who go above and beyond, who CARE. About me, the lowly customer. I have just been blown away by TWO local businesses! Uh, Dad? I Got Into An Accident! About three weeks ago, my son borrowed the car while I was at work to go goof off with his classmate and friend. I finished work at 4:30 p.m., and he pulled into the parking lot on schedule to pick…
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    Pulpconnection

  • Kicks Analysis 2015 #2b: Regional Sponsorships

    Gee Why
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    There’s nothing really telling about the kicks distribution in the regions of the 2015 tournament. See for yourself. Nothing eye popping, right?While scanning images from the early round games, there weren’t true team shoes represented where the entire team wore the same shoe model. In general, players just wore whatever sponsored shoes matched their personal and playing styles. These were the team exceptions to the individual norm – Oregon and UAB.Being so close to Nike HQ and the alma mater of Phil Knight, Oregon gets the best custom kicks, and the Ducks were decked out in…
  • Is Amazon Dash Button an April Fool’s Prank?

    Gee Why
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Did you see Amazon’s latest release of their Dash buttons? You install these little physical devices around your household near consumable items. When you start running low on these items, push the matching Dash button and the item is magically added to an Amazon order for you to approve. Sounds like a nifty albeit prank of a product from Amazon. These buttons make sense for a certain audience, so I can’t tell if this is a legit product or something announced on the eve of April 1st. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for an invitation and see what…
  • Kicks Analysis 2015 #3: Sweet 16

    Gee Why
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    The sweet, sweet sixteen of ’15 looks like this: Kentucky (Nike)Purdue (Nike)Notre Dame (Under Armour)Wichita St. (Nike)Wisconsin (Adidas)North Carolina (Nike)Xavier (Nike)Arizona (Nike)Duke (Nike)Utah (Under Armour)UCLA (Adidas)Gonzaga (Nike)N.C. State (Adidas)Louisville (Adidas)Oklahoma (Nike)Michigan St. (Nike)Nike commands 62.5% (10 out of 16) of the field, Adidas has 25% (4 out of 16), and Under Armour is still holding on with two teams in the Sweet 16 (12.5%).How does this compare with the start of the tournament? Nike lost ground going from a 75% showing down to 62.5% so that…
  • Get Sued for a One-Star Yelp Review?

    Gee Why
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:51 am
    Yup, it could happen. Business owners are fighting back with lawsuits to counter the damage done by poor reviews submitted by customers. Here’s one example where a review of a dog obedience service turned into $65,000 defamation lawsuit. Now I don’t know the truth, and I don’t know where the $65K figure came from, but that’s an awfully steep price for voicing your opinion. The Yelp review of Dog Tranquility even got picked up by the Today show. Check it out.Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyAs a consumer, I do rely on…
  • More Heat from Ross: Nike Air Trainer SC II

    Gee Why
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Shopping for kicks at Ross is definitely a hit-or-miss affair. Most of the time, there’s not anything special. Then there are those days with rare finds…at a discounted cost. Finding the Air Jordan 4 Retro “Legend Blue” at Ross still boggles my mind.Over my visits to various Rosses, I’ve seen all kinds of Nike Air Trainer SC II colorways. But these black/grey-volt ones are simply dope.I didn’t end up keeping my Megatron versions (and I can’t believe I didn’t post pics), but at $50, these are keepers.Keeping the GriffeysEaster Basket Full of…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • First Sundance ShortsLab: Honolulu—fostering talent and building community

    Scott Whelden
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    “A film set is a rolling ball of chaos and imminent failure,” said visiting filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean at the first Sundance ShortsLab: Honolulu, held at the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre March 21 and 22. His reality check on the nitty gritty of making a film during his session about going from short film to feature got a laugh out of the full house. Insider insight like that had aspiring and veteran filmmakers alike talking and Instagramming about how the milestone program inspired them. The two-day event was free to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of Linda and Robert…
  • Hamid Rahmanian: His four-year journey into ‘Shahnameh’

    Lesa Griffith
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Since the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art opened in February, the museum, in tandem with Shangri La Center for Islamic Art, has hosted a steady stream of talks and workshops by Shangri La artists in residence past and present—Ganzeer, Ayad Alkadhi, Shahzia Sikander, and now Hamid Rahmanian. Rahmanian, working with his wife Melissa Hibbard under their production company Fictionville Studio, is a successful filmmaker—his 2008 documentary The Glass House premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Born in Iran and now living and working in New…
  • Local artists sure to shine at Contempo #Artshop

    Travis Hancock
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Collecting art is a life-enriching experience, and Contempo #Artshop is sure to set young collectors on the right track to cultivating meaningful, high-quality collections. From June 19 to 28, Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House will host this new art extravaganza showcasing the work of more than 100 local and international artists. Many artists will be on-site, offering demonstrations and insightful workshops. Each day the programming will highlight different media, from wood and ceramics to glass and photography, with special tutorials throughout providing basic information about starting…
  • ‘D’Arranged Marriage’ finds comedy in intergenerational conflict

    Scott Whelden
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Fresh off the first Hawai‘i Sketch Comedy Festival, the museum keeps the funny coming April 9 and 10 with D’Arranged Marriage, which has had audiences rolling in theaters from New York to Singapore The production finally makes its way here thanks to Misa Tupou, co-founder of the O‘ahu Fringe Festival and our own Aotearoa New Zealand Film Festival (and a talented actor to boot). Written by Rajeev Varma and Tarun Mohanbhai (aka Those Indian Guys), this one-man showintroduces audiences to Sanjay Gupta (no relation to CNN’s chief medical correspondent), a New Zealand–born son of…
  • Stephan Jost: What should our museum look like in five years?

    Lesa Griffith
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    To mark #MuseumWeek, which runs March 23 to 29, the UK newspaper The Guardian asked directors of British museums: “What should our museums look like in 2020?” We asked Honolulu Museum of Art director Stephan Jost to join in the conversation. Here’s what he said: At our most fundamental, the art museum is about bringing together great art and people. We do this because we have a deep conviction that people find inspiration from great works of art. We also know that the museum helps make Honolulu an even better place to live and visit. The museum in the future should be judged by…
 
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  • super chat with the one and only Olena Rubin Heu

    Christa
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    olena is a long time friend but this was pretty awesome to ACTUALLY be INTERVIEWED by her… she’s like…. a TV PRO! if you don’t know her story – we met when she was Miss Hawaii circa 2004 and had tons of memorable adventures together. then she became one of Honolulu’s darlings as a very […]
  • The TEAM behind POW! WOW! Hawaii (yes there’s a team)

    Christa
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    hi. so most of you probably don’t know this story but when i met Jasper at manifest over the holidays in 2009 he was about to pull together an event in hong kong and told me i should come check it out. so i did. once i saw what he was up to i was […]
  • woah press

    Christa
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    guys. GUYS! i have to send so much love to both Frolic and InHNL for amazing write-up/recaps from my birthday last month. i don’t even WRITE for you guys!!!! you have no idea what this means to me to see you two noticing me and what i’m up to. HUGE respect for both Tracy and […]
  • Best of 2014, According to Me

    Christa
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Looking back through the year I definitely saw a lot of huge hits. The Giants won the World Series, UH won a few football games, gas prices went way down, the nightlife didn’t collapse. We did good. Looking back through the year it was a series of many greats that make me feel so very […]
  • cool NYE sh*t in honolulu

    Christa
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    you know what i do when there’s too much to do and everyone is split across five events/clubs all over town? i go to sleep. this year no can. my girl isis taylor is in town and i’m her date. i have 3 gigs on NYE then a couple of “wind up” spots but here […]
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 04/02/2015 - Performing Arts Center of Kapolei presents West Side Story

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Director - Meagan Olson</p> <p>Choreographer - Aiko Schick & Tonesha Holland</p> <p>Vocal Director - Elika Santos</p> <p>The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.</p> <p>Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and…
  • 04/02/2015 - Preschool Storytime

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">Join Ms. Jolene and Ms. Zhan for stories, songs, crafts and fun! Appropriate for ages 3 to 5. Program is every Thursday at 10:30am from Feb. 5-April 30, 2015. Free and no registration required.</span></p>
  • 04/01/2015 - Wild EDM Wednesday

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    <p><span class="fsl">We are supporting @Nokternal and lots of amazing local Djs to play at Above Ultra Lounge and bringing back EDM in waikiki and grateful to say that we have EDM Hawaii partnering and supporting us as well. <br /> <br /> <br /> 18+ to Dance ($20 deposit and you will get it back as long as you don't touch any alcohol)<br /> 21+ to Drink<br /> <br /> <br /> We will be doing a giveaway every week so be there and chance your kandi prize. The rule will be announced every tuesday night. <br /> <br /> Let's get…
  • 04/01/2015 - Battle of the Bands 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/station808">Station Bar and Lounge</a> hosts their 2015 Battle of the Bands with performances from...<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Completely-Insane/127319593983203">Completely Insane</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/redlightchallengeband">Red Light Challenge</a><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DashMagzProject">DMP- Dash/Magz Project</a><br /> <a…
  • 04/01/2015 - Bamp Project presents Rise Against

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    <p>Bamp Project presents Rise Against performing live in Honolulu. Tickets go on sale October 31st, at 9:00am at the locations listed below.</p> <p> </p> <p>After 15 year of performing Rise Against has become one of the most successful, challenging and revered punk rock band in the world. They have rewardingly sold four million albums globally across their last four releases. 2011's "Endgame" was listed number two on the U.S. Billboard charts. The album "The Black Market" is one of the most personal records Rise Against has made giving it a sense of…
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    A Journey in Moʻolelo and Mele

  • Ubuntu: The Humanness

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    I have been hearing the word UBUNTU for the last year and finally had to check it out to get a clearer understanding of this wonderful concept. Here is what is reported on the Wikipedia site. According to Michael Onyebuchi Eze, the core of ubuntu can best be summarized as follows: “ ‘A person is a person through other people’ strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an ‘other’ in his or her uniqueness and difference. It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the ‘other’ becomes a mirror (but only a mirror) for my…
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    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
  • Space Drum

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Space Drum Wow this is kind of a cool instrument. I wonder how I can get one of these. It would be a nice departure from an acoustic guitar set. What do you think?
  • New LOGO Design

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I decided to have a new logo created because it has been such a long time since Iʻve had it done. It wasnʻt a very long process and I donʻt know if this is going to be the final logo but I believe itʻs kind of cool. If anyone know who makes great logos or if you would like to make me a logo, I would definitely welcome your input.
  • He Mele Aloha Songbook

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I came across this forum thread. It is from my dear friend Wanda Certo from Cleveland, Ohio. I actually went to Cleveland last year and spent some time with Wanda and Paul. They took me to my first Jewish restaurant and of course they treated me to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum! Wanda has put together a comprehensive list of YouTube videos to compliment the He Mele Aloha songbook for those who donʻt know the melody(ies) of the song(s). I am not going to create the link as she has done, but just list them. You can cut and paste the links to find the individual songs. Click here to get…
 
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  • Fund Us On Kickstarter! New UU Ultra Wide Ukuleles

    anaka
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Hey UUers! As you may have already heard through our Facebook and Twitter posts, after months of planning, organizing, talking with builders, and designing, we are insanely close to finally being able to make the New UU Ultra Wide Neck Uke a reality. Be sure to check out the video above to fund this important cause and get yourself a pre-order for the first run of ULTRA Wide Ukes. To watch an account of one man's personal struggle with LFS, be sure to check out the following VIDEO. A huge MAHALO to all of our current Kickstarter backers - there are only a couple days left & we're hoping…
  • Prelude Ukulele (Aldrine’s Blast From The Past) – UU Blog

    anaka
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you were a kid in the early 1990s who wanted to play the ukulele, there weren't very many options available to you. There was no Lanikai, no Kala (or Makala); none of the plethora of affordable starter ukuleles that occupy their own designated "ukulele space" in every reputable music store today. So if you weren't able to borrow a vintage Martin or Kamaka from a family member or awesome friend, you pretty much had two options: pick up a Prelude or Hilo. Hilo still makes their famous ukulele strings and you may be able to still find a few of their ukuleles for sale online, but in the…
  • Uke Lesson 87 – Danny’s Song (Kenny Loggins)

    anaka
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Play along with the "Danny's Song" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! The new month is here and with it a new episode of UKE LESSONS! This time, we bring you an awesome ukulele tutorial on everyone's favorite, "Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina (written by Kenny Loggins) for your listening and learning pleasure. For the Play-Along, Aldrine teamed up with friend and fellow musician, Joey Charles, so definitely check that out and play along with the on-screen chord diagrams and lyrics, as they jam this classic hit. For more on Joey Charles, check out…
  • Uke Lesson 86 – Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)

    anaka
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Play along with the "Uptown Funk" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! The new year is awesome and about to get even awesome-er - this month's episode of Uke Lessons is an insanely funky uke take on the song, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars), just for you! For the Play-Along video, we've enlisted the help of our good friends Melvin Gutierrez (aka Melvin Sings), Mark Baldonado, and Randell Giminiz for a good old-fashioned, virtual collab. Although the song sounds a little complicated, with only two chords (with alternate partial inversions),…
  • UU+ Solos – Fly Me To The Moon (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)

    anaka
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Download the TAB for Fly Me To The Moon (Solo) [pdf] And be sure to check out the Complete Play-Along to hear the whole song & the slowdowns for each part below: Complete Play-Along (Speed 100%) Verse (Speed 100%)Verse (Speed 60%)Verse (Speed 35%) Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 100%)Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 60%)Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 35%) Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 100%)Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 60%)Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 35%) End (Speed 100%)End (Speed 60%)End (Speed 35%)
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  • Update: Sequencing Scales

    Brad Bordessa
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Some new content and examples for one of my favorite scale familiarity exercises. Sequencing scales on the 'ukulele takes a plain scale and mutates it through a pattern to create a more musical sound.
  • 5 Basic Tips To Sound More Hip

    Brad Bordessa
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    (At Your ‘Ukulele Jam) So often we get stuck playing something only one way – how everyone else is doing it. This is influenced by the players in your ‘ukulele club, on Youtube, and even […]
  • One Love by Bob Marley

    Brad Bordessa
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Everyone loves Bob Marley. Here’s one of his hits that is a great piece for beginners and those looking for an intro to the reggae style. One Love/People Get Ready was first released on Bob’s […]
  • Review: Pono BE-DC Baritone Solidbody

    Brad Bordessa
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    My take on one of the coolest 'ukuleles I've played in a long time. The BE-DC is a high-quality baritone built for the stage - and rocking it!
  • Song Chords: Rude By Magic

    Brad Bordessa
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    You want to talk about a catchy song? Rude is a catchy song. The simple reggae number is performed by a Canadian band called Magic. The song was released as their debut single. Not a […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • Spring and the Lunar Calendar in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    There are Hawaiian-ized names for the months of the year, similar to their English counterparts but adapted to accommodate a language that The post Spring and the Lunar Calendar in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • On the Waterfront at Honolulu Harbor

    Jamie Winpenny
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    The single most important landmark for Hawaii’s economy isn’t a tourist attraction. Not really, anyway. Aside from the cruise ships that disgorge The post On the Waterfront at Honolulu Harbor appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown

    Jamie Winpenny
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Film noir, pulp fiction, and 1920s detective novel intrigue have landed in the Chinatown Arts District in the form of A Slice The post “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako

    Jamie Winpenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    As Kakaako continues to climb skyward and new businesses, restaurants, and development plans take shape, there are ever more reasons to visit The post Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Along the Oahu’s Waianae Coast, the famous Makaha Beach and Yokohama Bay further up the coast are the most popular destinations for The post Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Tips for traveling to Lanai

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Today I offer up a few tips about traveling to Lanai. A few days ago I was treated to a overnight stay The post Tips for traveling to Lanai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii in the near future and don’t know what know what foods you must try………. you’re in luck!! On The post Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hiking to Lava on the Big Island

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Ever since Mark Twain’s famous journey to Hawaii in 1866 as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union, the Kilauea lava flow has The post Hiking to Lava on the Big Island appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Fun Shows in Hawaii

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s not all about luaus and hula when it comes to entertainment in Hawaii. There’s a long list of staged productions on The post Fun Shows in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    If you think Hawaii hotels rates are high, think again, because we’re actually CHEAPER when you’re talking about how they compare to The post Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Breaking news: Visitors to the top of Diamond Head are about to escalate!

    Sheila Beal
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Exclusive photo rendering from the Touristy Association of Hawaii.Due to our great partnership with the Touristy Association of Hawaii (TAH), Go Visit Hawaii has gotten an exclusive on this breaking news that an escalator will be installed to take visitors to the top of Diamond Head!Currently, to reach the top of Diamond Head for the great views, visitors must complete a 2-hour hike from the crater’s center. It’s quite a steep hike and definitely gets your heart pumping in the last section with hundreds of stair steps. The escalator will eliminate the need to hike to the top.An…
  • Exploring tidepools in Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Tidepools at Hulopoe Bay, LanaiAt first glance, tidepools simply look like pockets of water in eroded lava rock, but there’s actually an abundance of marine life in tidepools.Hermit crabI took a guided tidepool exploration of Hulopoe Bay through Four Seasons Lanai Resort at Manele Bay last fall and was amazed by the thriving ecosystem in these small pools of water.A sea urchin, which is called wana in HawaiianOne of the most important parts of tidepools is algae as it is the main food source for the marine life. Though it mostly appears to be almost transparent, it grows all over the…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Pipeline on a fifteen-foot day

    Sheila Beal
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Mahalo to Jason Matias Photography for sharing this photo with us. Jason took this shot on the North Shore of Oahu at Ehukai Beach Park, which is more commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline. The waves on this day were reaching heights of approximately fifteen feet.Andy and I have “wave watched” at the Banzai Pipeline many times and it never ceases to amaze. If you visit Oahu in the big wave season (winter months), we recommend you plan some time on the North Shore to observe these large, powerful swells rolling to shore. In fact, we include North Shore wave viewing on our popular…
  • The Best Coupons in the 2015 Hawaii Entertainment Book (& giveaway)

    Sheila Beal
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Hawaii Entertainment Book can help you save money on your Hawaii vacation expenditures for dining and activities — mainly for an Oahu vacation. If you’ve wondered if the book is worth the purchase, we thought it would be useful to comb through our book to list the coupons that caught our eye for use on a Oahu vacation.DiningThere are dozens of dining coupons from Burger King to nice local restaurants. Here are the two that we’d most likely use while vacationing on Oahu:– $10 off a $40 or more purchase at Chart House restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is located…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Hawaiian moonset

    Sheila Beal
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Visitors and locals of Hawaii love taking sunset photos, but it’s rare to see a moonset photo. Mahalo to Dave Newbold for sharing this unique photo of the moon setting. Dave took this photo from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii, the Big Island on March 5th.Happy Aloha Friday!
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    Ha Ha Ha!

  • Support for New 'Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act'

    Leslie Lang
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Richard Ha writes: This is very interesting. The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act was just introduced, which would establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients GMOs). The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) just issued a very positive response to this federal labeling standard, as did the American Farm Bureau Federation. I'm including both below, and I agree completely with both of them. Both praise the new act and agree that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be the entity to govern this policy,…
  • Genetically Engineered Papaya as Collateral Damage

    Leslie Lang
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Anthony Shelton, an international professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, has written a 12-part series on Hawaiian papaya (he  calls it the "tragic papaya"), which he calls "collateral damage in the global debate on biotechnology."  I'm linking to the series here: Hawaiian Papaya: Collateral Damage in the Global Debate on Biotechnology Article placed online: March 19, 2015 Hawaii’s Big Island has banned or severely limited the farming of genetically engineered (GE or GM) crops, a…
  • An Interview & Also a Visit to a Co-op Finance Corporation

    Leslie Lang
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Henry Curtis of Ililani Media recently interviewed me about the energy co-op. He asked me, “Why a co-op?” Here’s the interview: Richard Ha owns Hamakua Springs Country Farms, served as Board Chairman of Ku`oko`a Inc., the entity which sought to buy the HECO Companies, a member of the business-based Big Island Community Coalition (BICC) which seeks lower electric rates, and a partner in the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) which was granted party status in the Public Utilities Commission’s HECO-NextEra's…
  • Planning Your Fruits & Vegetables

    Leslie Lang
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Richard Ha writes: I’ve been meeting in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry advisory committee, which was reconstituted this past year. Twenty five of us were appointed to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues that are important to the nation’s fruit and vegetable growers. We broke down into various subject committees last year and there were several meetings throughout the year to determine what the most important issues are at present. This meeting was to decide which issues we would send on to the Secretary of…
  • Advocating for Agricultural Policy in Washington D.C.

    Leslie Lang
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Richard Ha writes: I'm in Washington, D.C. for a joint meeting of CARET representatives (I'm the Hawai‘i representative for the Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching) and the Administration Heads Section, which consists of the deans of the nation's Land-Grant Colleges. This is my second year as Hawai‘i's CARET representative and I'm getting my feet on the ground. The University of Hawai‘i is a Land-Grant College, and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is its agriculture component.  A land-grant college or…
 
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • Vog and Snow

    Hilo Living
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Snow and clouds cover Mauna KeaLike most of the world, the weather on the Big Island of Hawaii has been strange this year.  Two weeks ago the island was blanketed in vog from our constantly erupting volcano.  When the winds finally changed, it brought a thick blanket of clouds, rain and very cold temperaturesThe heavy vog (volcanic smog) hung over us for over a week as a southern wind blew it north covering the west side of the island. When the vog gets thick, some people have a reaction in their lungs. The lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand from volcanoes,…
  • Hawaii Avocados

    Hilo Living
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Hawaii Avocado TreeHawaii has over 300 varieties of avocados. The variations of shape, size, and taste are amazing. The avocado skins vary from pliable to woody, smooth to rough, and are green-yellow, reddish-purple, purple, or black in color. Some taste buttery and others are fibrous.The majority of avocados found outside of Hawaii are the black-skinned 'Haas' which originally came from the Guatemala. 'Haas' do not grow well in Hawaii so we have numerous other varieties available in stores and Famer’s markets around the islands.  Over half of the commercial avocado acreage in Hawaii…
  • East Hawaii Blue Zones Project

    Hilo Living
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    East Hawaii, which includes Hilo, was selected as one of 3 communities in the state of Hawaii as a Blue Zones projectby HSMA, Blue Zones LLC, and Healthways Inc.  The Island of Kauai has been a Blue Zones Project pilot since 2013.According to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, people in the Blue Zones he identified reach age 100 at 10 times the average rate.  Blue Zones LLC states that only 20% of how long a person lives is because of their genes; the other 80% is due to their lifestyle and environment.  The Blue Zones project has best practices for communities to improve…
  • Why are People in Hawaii so Healthy and Happy?

    Hilo Living
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    We moved to Hawaii seven years ago to escape our stressful life in California.  We were out of shape, exhausted, and obese.  Fortunately, just being in Hawaii improved our health and helped us lose weight.  We have watched many other people lose fat  and improve their health by spending  time in Hawaii. We have even seen people who arrived in Hawaii barely able to walk with a walker become more mobile every month; some were ultimately able to walk freely without any assistance.After completing our Hawaii Island travel guide, a friend of ours insisted that our next…
  • Balmy arctic winter in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Snow covered Mauna KeaIt has been a chilly winter on Hawaii Island this year.  It may be hard to believe that 61 degrees F is incredibly cold to us, but compared to our normal morning lows of 74 degrees, waking up in a room 13 degrees colder is quite a surprise.  On Oahu, temperatures in the 50’s were the coldest recorded in 122 years and far below the comfort level for those of us used to endless warm days.  Kauai and Maui have also broken temperature records in the 50’s this winter.We have been bundling up in jackets for our chilly morning walks.  Visitors…
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • From Soup To Nuts...My new cookbook!

    Sonia
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
      My Cookbook From Soup to Nuts pre-order page is up! Help me choose the cover! If you Pre-Order the book before Wednesday, April 1st, you will be given a chance to help me decide on the book’s cover. Click on link to Pre-order - There are two links for Pre-ordering, one for those wanting the book autographed. http://larryczerwonka.com/books/fromsouptonuts.asp Pre-Orders are for U.S. only - International orders available after April 15th Signed copies: This is for all who are requesting signed copies of the cookbook.  The books are being printed on the mainland and all orders…
  • Eggs...The Perfect Food

    Sonia
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    A few days ago I shared an article about eggs originally written in April of 2003 for the Hamakua Times of Honoka'a - The Incredible Egg   I am now sharing the second article about eggs, written May 2003 for the same newspaper.  May has been named National Egg Month.      TROPICAL TASTEBy Sonia Martinez(Originally published in May 2003 - in The Hamakua Times of Honoka'a)   Eggs...The Perfect Food   Last month I gave you some information on eggs and how to prepare them for Easter. With May declared National Egg Month, I would like to go into…
  • The Incredible Egg

    Sonia
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    TROPICAL TASTEBy Sonia Martinez(originally written in April 2003 - for The Hamakua Times of Honoka'a) THE INCREDIBLE EGG With Easter just a week away, eggs come to my mind. Eggs, one of the most complete foods provided to us by nature, are also the most versatile and sometimes, most misunderstood. The egg has long been a symbol of Spring and new life. The egg has a high nutrient density because it provides excellent protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals in proportion to its calorie count. It has been proven that the yolks are not bad for you after all! They can be eaten fried,…
  • March 1 Garden Update

    Sonia
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Just a quick garden update...This year, our year-to-date rainfall has been way too low; so much so that Hilo and surrounding areas, usually experiencing the highest rainfall in the state, were in what our newspaper dubbed 'a moderate drought' but the rest of us living here were sure it was a serious one.  Even during our 'drier season' we normally experience some rainfall.  Since Mid December, I have been having to water often and that is highly unusual. Any way, in the last few days we finally had some significant rain and night before last we had a deluge, plus…
  • Ring of the Sea Shrimp

    Sonia
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
      Originally posted in Gather.com on April 16, 2009  Making the Ring of the Sea Shrimp dish is very simple.  the idea is not originally mine, but that of Shirley O. Corriher, cookbook author and then cooking school teacher when she used to teach as a visiting/traveling cooking teacher at my cooking school in South Carolina back in the early 80’s. MAKING THE ICE RINGStart this a few days ahead, and keep in freezer until needed. I try to have one always in the freezer, ready for use when I need it. Use a large, round metal rice or ring mold (at least 8-cup…
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  • Kokua Line: Service-oriented quilt guild welcomes fabric donations

    June Watanabe
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Question: I no longer am able to sew. I have a lot of high-quality material I would like to donate to a group that could make good use of it. Are there such groups in Hawaii?
  • Man acquitted of rape at UH-Manoa

    Nanea Kalani
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    A Circuit Court jury Friday acquitted former University of Hawaii at Manoa student Tyler Strong of charges that he sexually assaulted a fellow student in his dorm room last fall.
  • H-1 freeway ZipMobiles fail, clogging roadways for hours

    Dan Nakaso
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    State Department of Transportation officials hope that Wednesday morning's commute will go smoothly — with the H-1 ZipperLane still open for town-bound traffic — but there's no guarantee that pau hana drivers won't see a repeat of Tuesday's carmageddon that caused widespread gridlock.
  • Stolen motorcycles recovered

    Rob Shikina
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Three dirt bikes taken in a brazen burglary at a motorcycle dealership near Honolulu Airport on Friday were all recovered without damage, the dealership said.
  • Judge adds felony charge in Waimanalo police assault

    Gregg K. Kakesako
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    A 30-year-old McCully man, shot by police after he allegedly tried to run down an officer with a stolen car three weeks ago, is scheduled to enter a plea later this month on two charges of assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and car theft.
 
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    MMA HAWAII - Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts News Source and MMA Magazine

  • Maui Fighting Championship 5 “Bad Intentions” Results

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    By Bryanna "Pink Ranger" Fissori  MFC 5 “Bad Intentions” took place at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Kahului on Saturday, March 28th. Maui fans packed the venue to the brim and the decibel level rivaled that of a Seattle Seahawks game. Fighters from across the islands came to leave it on the cage and bring viewers to the edge of their seats… Success.       MAIN CARD 128lb Pro Bout Justin Cook def. Ryan Mondala via decision In a fight that was confirmed on short notice, these two warriors met at a catch weight of 128lbs. Oahu’s Ryan Mondala has been on the amateur…
  • Star Elite Cagefighting Marked The Rise Of New Champions

    21 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori The first day of spring is symbolic for the rise of new beginnings, and for six SEC competitors March 20th also marked the rise of a new champion. Following an action packed undercard, SEC hosted four matches to fill vacant titles along with two title defense. The slots for main and co-main event were filled by professional bouts featuring high-level competitors that kept the Filcom crowd on their feet. Click Here for more photos.   Main and Co-Main Events Higa v HoppsThe co-main event between professional 145lb fighters Spencer Higa and Isaac Hopps…
  • Results from Hawaii All-Stars Jiu Jitsu’s Inaugural Event

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori Following on the heels of last weekend’s Icon Grappling submission-only tournament, Hawaii All-Star Jiu Jitsu held their first event featuring 10 of the islands best Jiu Jitsu practitioners. The event took place on February 7th at The Fix Nightclub in downtown Honolulu. Presentation came together surprisingly well for this inaugural event with a raised mat in the center of the venue secured to a stage had to be constructed same-day in avoidance of the previous night’s “First Friday” crowd. Mat host Chris West kept the matches rolling at a…
  • Destiny MMA started 2015 with a bang at Na Koa VIII

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori    Destiny MMA started 2015 off with a bang at Na Koa VIII, which took place at Blaisdell Arena on January 17th.   Matchups for this card were overall well-crafted. The fifteen-bout card contained some of the most action packet fights that the island has seen in the last year and will hopefully be an serve to set the pace for all of 2015. Despite questionable judging, the crowd was energetically supportive of the fighters.   There were six professional fights on the card starting with a highly anticipated 155lb match up between Jose…
  • DESTINY NA KOA VII ACTION PACKED NIGHT

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Story by: BRYANNA "PINK RANGER" FISSORI/ Destiny MMA’s last fight card of the year was held Saturday, November 1 at the Blaisdell Arena. The event was complete with the high standards of professionalism fans and fighters have come to expect from the promotion. Fighters were also brought in from outer islands and the mainland to take on the best Hawaii had to offer on Destiny Na Koa VII, and allowing many Oahu fighters to test their skills outside of the normal pool of competitors. One of the changes to this card, which is uncommon to the island fight scene, was that there were 15 fights on…
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    Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Hawaii - StandUpPaddleSurf.net

  • Wednesday Training Group: Downwinder – Meeting at 5:00 PM, Kahala

    robert
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Training Group Downwinder on Wednesday. Please meet at Wai’alae Beach Park in Kahala at 5 pm to catch the trailer.Please let Jeff or Robert know by Tuesday afternoon if you want to rent a race board at a special rate of $20, which includes delivery to and from the event. This is the windguru forecast page [...]
  • Georges Cronsteadt Finishes 3rd in Race at The Ultimate Waterman

    davi
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Photo: Jim Culley A huge congrats goes to our Global Team Rider Georges Cronsteadt for finishing on podium in 3rd place in the race discipline at The Ultimate Waterman. The race, and entire event for that matter, has had the most fierce and all-around amazing waterman competing against each other for the inaugural title of [...]
  • Trio of stand up paddleboarders from Southport selected to represent a leading watersports brand

    davi
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    By Georgina Stubbs, Southport VisiterAlan Taylor Three stand up paddleboarders from Southport have been selected to represent a leading watersports brand. Co-founders of resort-based SUP North, Alan Taylor, Lucy Pearce and Simon Dunton, are the latest members to join the Starboard SUP 2015 team.The trio, who have just held Southport’s first ever stand up paddleboard race [...]
  • SUP Instructor Training Course

    robert
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you are interested in becoming a Professional Stand Up Paddle Association certified SUP instructor on Oahu, Blue Planet has scheduled two instructor training classes: April 6,7,8 and May 21,22. For details visit: http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/psupa-certified-instructor-training-course-april-6-7-8-2015
  • Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:00 PM Hawaii Kai – Topic: Torso Rotation/Shoulder Stack

    robert
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Coaching topic: Torso rotation/shoulder stack for a longer and more powerful forward stroke Wind is forecast to be light and variable. After coaching, we will do the regular 2 mile time trial training course, meeting at 5 pm at the boat ramp in Hawaii Kai.Where: We meet by the Hawaii Kai Boat ramp and enter the [...]
 
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  • Offshore Wind Energy Farm?

    pzarquon
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:49 am
    Oahu Offshore Wind Farm Proposed As a geek, it’s hard for me to not be impressed with the sheer scale of what Alpha Wind is proposing. Considering the unending and understandable resistance to placing wind farms on precious plots of land, it’s fair to say that Hawaii certainly has a lot of ocean space to spare.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    helen
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:05 am
    A friend and I saw a late afternoon showing of the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service at the Ward Theater. Overall the movie is a mixture of the spy, action and adventure with comedy thrown in. Lots of nods to the James Bond movies.
  • Free Advanced Power Strip to kill 'phantom power'

    pzarquon
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’ Quote: When everything in your living room is “off” at night, and the room is dark, how many lights do you see? The front panel on your DVR, the clock on your DVD player, the power switch on your game system… that’s a lot of phantom power haunting your electric bill. Kanu Hawaii is giving away 1,200 Advanced Power Strips (APS), valued at $30 each, for free. Sign up for yourself and a friend! http://www.kanuhawaii.org/payitforward/
  • Seeking Maui Photographer

    Adri
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    A friend is looking for a photographer to take pictures of her and her family on a beach on Maui. Any recommendations?
  • I still stop by every day...

    Kaonohi
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    To see new posts. I'm not too prolific with new, relevant items, but I will when I can. One time I had to wade through 20+ new posts. Ryan, I appreciate your efforts, and I still love Hawaii Threads, and I won't give up.
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Do You Remember… Newspaper Boys

    Rodney
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Reprinted from September 23rd, 2009 by Rodney Lee   Remember the olden days – when newspapers were delivered by newspaper boys?   Honolulu Advertiser library photo   Back then, afternoon newspapers were the norm.  The morning newspapers were always around, but a majority of the subscribers took the afternoon paper.   And the newspapers were delivered by newspaper boys on their bicycles.  They’d have the big newspaper bag hooked on to their goose-neck handlebars.  And they’d throw the newspapers into the open garage or on the door step.   Then…
  • What Kind of Job Would You Have In The 50’s?

    Rodney
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Here’s one of those surveys that appear on Facebook.  Click on the link below to see what it thinks you would be – then copy and paste your result.   What Kind of Job Would You Have In The 50’s?   Here’s what I got:  SODA SHOP OWNER     Can you think of a better job than running a soda shop? We can’t! You would own your very own soda pop and your shop would be one of the main hangout places for kids, parents and the town folks. Everybody would know your name, you would serve amazing sodas and root beer (with ice-cream on top), and would get to…
  • Cruisin’

    Rodney
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Here’s one from Paula – Places we used to go cruisin’   Remember back in the day when we first got our license?  Some of us had our own car, some of us borrowed our siblings car.  But most of us used our parents car.  And just having that freedom allowed us to cruise all over the island.  Sure, we’d go catch a movie, or a football game, or hang at the pool hall – but that was just one half of the evening.  The other part was going cruisin’.   Almost no night was complete without passing through the McCully Zippys to check out who was there. …
  • Do You Remember… Tower Records

    Rodney
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
      Such an iconic store.  Not just this one on Keeaumoku, and in Kahala Mall, & Pearl Kai shopping centers – but in all over the U.S.  In fact, Tower Records was so much a part of people’s lives that there is a documentary being made on it.   A link to the story can be found here: All Things Must Pass   In 1999, Tower Records made $1 Billion.  Five years later, they were filing for bankruptcy.   I’m sure I contributed to the $1 Billion they made in 1999.  I loved hanging out at that store.  The town store was open 24/7.  I could browse for hours…
  • Do You Remember… Comic Ads

    Rodney
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Remember reading comics?  And when you were done reading the comic – there was nothing else to do but read the ads?   Remember this one? Who were those people in the picture?   Or remember the mail order ads?                 I was always intrigued by the Surprise Package – although it was probably just junk stuff that no one else ordered.  Good thing my mom never let me get that.  But after much prodding and nagging, my mom did let me order one thing: Hercules Wrist Bands!  I got the pair and used to wear them on each wrist. …
 
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    The Ohana Mama

  • Easter on Maui

    Sarah Burns
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    We’ve had some pretty amazing Easters here on Maui. One year we went to the beach and stumbled upon an egg hunt happening at Baby Beach in Lahaina. A few neighbors roped off an area of the beach and then came around to all the families inviting all the kieki to join the egg hunt. The kids grabbed anything that could hold the eggs (sand castle buckets, my beach bag or my husband’s hat) and then all the kids of the beach stopped what they were doing and ran after the eggs, clad in bikinis with sand in their wet hair – it was awesome! If you are on Maui for the holiday, I…
  • How to not get antsy

    Sarah Burns
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    You are exactly where you are supposed to be I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be. It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release. It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute. There are no coincidences or even luck. We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off…
  • Hiking with Kids in West Maui

    Sarah Burns
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side. If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids. ☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore. ☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail. …
  • hey there: a day in the life

    Sarah
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Oh hey there and aloha. Yup, it’s me, the girl who took off from blogging for nearly all of 2014. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t give up social media and the online world completely. I was still taking photos of our Maui life and sharing it here and here. So I’ve been around. But I thought it was time that I hang some new pictures on my virtual wall here at home and say aloha to old friends. So here we are. Aloha! A day in the life of this maui mama After an early work meeting, I hit Starbucks with the kids and the beach for 30 minutes. They built kingdoms that looked…
  • go on an adventure

    Sarah Burns
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:56 am
      It doesn’t have to be far far away. It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off. Or the highway along the shore. It can be a stop off to watch the whales. Or a hunt for sea glass. Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today.  Happy aloha Friday!
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    Saturday Briefing

  • International travelers: one billion PLUS!

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Despite all the troubles the world is experiencing, international travel continues to grow. So says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a detailed report, Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2015, released earlier this … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Celebrating our successful journey and O Ke Kai Series

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — The first in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s popular O Ke Kai quarterly series was held on Saturday, March 14. It was a pleasure to welcome back The Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa to share … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Blood, but no sweat or tears for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort spa staff

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Twenty-two Bebe Spa hosts bravely bared their arm for a good cause as part of the annual departmental community Blood Drive project at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on March 8. The blood donors were joined by … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Host announcements

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY BARRY WALLACE AND DARREN EDMONSTONE — We are pleased to join Human Resources in congratulating Karen Villarmia on her selection as assistant general manager at Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk®, and welcoming Khun Sukanya Somphanas, human resources manager, at … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Aloha, OHANA Waikiki West

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, on St. Patrick’s Day, I joined many members of our ‘ohana to mark the end of Outrigger’s association with the OHANA Waikiki West. Nearly all of the hotel’s staff gathered on property to … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    A note from a visitor to AimforAwesome – and my reply. Hope it helps you decide what to do too! Hi Vern, I really loved your articles about Hawaii. There were so many articles available, I plan to visit your site throughout this year till I move to Hawaii. For me, It’s not about whether […]
  • Hawaii Blogs You Could Start to Make Money

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I’m surprised at the number of people visiting this site while on vacation or living in Hawaii. I know some of you are visiting the islands and are in search of more information about things to do and maybe even about the possibility of living in Hawaii. I think some of you must already be […]
  • Why Should You Move to Hawaii? Here’s 50 Reasons!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is a new post, “50 Reasons to Move to Hawaii” that should give some of you some more ammunition with your family, friends, and selves – to convince you to make the move in 2015 or 2016. If you can come up with some more good reasons, let me know!
  • Sacred Falls Waterfall Re-Opens (Video)

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
  • Start-Up Demo Day in Hawaii January 16

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Here’s something Ryan O. just mentioned over at his site. It’s a 3-hour informational get together for the growing Hawaii start-up scene. Check out Ryan’s post here. http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/01/03/startup-paradise-demo-day-2015
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Disclosure is Dead

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Was it really “fierce opposition” from agriculture that killed Hawaii's proposed pesticide disclosure law, Senate Bill 1037, as Civil Beat claims today?Or did key legislators appropriately recognize the bill's fatal flaw — namely, the way it targeted only agriculture, while ignoring all other users, including the termite treatment companies that apply far more restricted use pesticides than farmers, and in residential neighborhoods?Though Civil Beat's Anita Hofschneider holds up California as a model — never a popular approach in Hawaii — she's well into the story before…
  • Street Scenes from Kolkata

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    We're in Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) — the former capital of British India and now the capital of the state of West Bengal. About 4.5 million people live here, many of them in shanties erected on the narrow streets.The surrounding countryside is rich with rice paddies and vegetable farms, and we'll be meeting with farmers. But first I spent a bit of time wandering around and photographing  street life. Gleaning trash for something of value.Getting a shave at a sidewalk barber.Cows are owned, but often wander at will.Gathering sand for a concrete project.Boys in a…
  • Musings: Realities of Bt Cotton

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    We left high-tech Hyderabad and traveled 144 km to the farming city of Warangal, a 90-mile drive that took three hours along roads choked with buses, motorcycles, scooters, taxis and cars. We passed monkeys, cows wandering on dusty streets, water buffalo being driven to the fields, small herds of goats, the occasional bristly-haired black pig rooting in a garbage pile and the ever-present dogs of India.But though agricultural is predominant here, and many of the villagers lack running water and indoor plumbing, high-tech has arrived in rural India. Cell phones and smart phones are ubiquitous…
  • Musings: India's Urban Farmers

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    People are leaving their villages throughout India and going to the cities, seeking new opportunities. Some of them continue to farm on the outskirts of urban areas, like this settlement at Yamuna Pushta, just outside the hustle and bustle of New Delhi.This family traveled to Delhi because there were no jobs in their home village, about 200 kilometers from the city. They and the other laborers who live here know how to farm, so they struck up arrangements with landowners to grow vegetables along the Yamuna River, one of the two most polluted waterways in India. Power…
  • Musings: Into India

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    New Delhi is a cacophony of sounds — especially horns — and color.The horns honk continuously and seemingly without any effect, as cars, bicyclists, trucks, scooters and motorcycles jockey for position in a rapidly-moving stream of traffic that regularly oozes out of its allotted lanes.But no diesel smoke or exhaust fumes hang heavy in the air, because much of the motor vehicle fleet has converted to compressed natural gas that the country produces itself.The color is found in the bright clothing that women seem to favor, and in the flowers that are still blooming riotously, thanks to a…
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  • Thai cuisine cooked by a Laotian chef

    gigihawaii
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    David and I had a nice lunch at Champa Thai Restaurant in Pearl Kai Shopping Center.  It is owned and operated by a Laotian.  I asked the waiter why the restaurant was not called Champa Lao.  He replied with a laugh, “No one would come.” We started with the Appetizer Combination Platter (Mee Krob, Spring Rolls, Thai Toast, and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce): Then we had the Panang Beef Curry with a serving of Sticky Rice: We finished the meal with Fried Champa Thai Chicken: All in all, we had a good time. David: Me (with a fresh hair cut, which is too short): Well, the delicious…
  • Live and learn

    gigihawaii
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I recently took advantage of the 20% discount on SAS shoes at Macy’s.  Not bad, since SAS shoes rarely go on sale. These shoes fit perfectly and are soft and pliable: These shoes, on the other hand, cause blisters where the stiff leather rubs against the skin.  I am absolutely heartbroken, because these shoes are so pretty.  Unfortunately, I can’t get a refund, as they have already been worn outdoors: Ah, well, live and learn.  Sometimes, bad things happen to good people.  Lol. Moving on, I must show you this anthurium plant that sits on my glass coffee table.  The flowers have…
  • Writing cursive

    gigihawaii
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I watched my 7 year old granddaughter, Julia, on Friday, because teachers had a special meeting.  I asked her if she knew how to write cursive.  She said her mother had taught her how to sign her name.  I wrote a few words and told her to trace them and then write them independently. Here she is, practicing her cursive writing: As you can tell, she needs to work on her “r” as it looks like an “n.”  The small “s” also needs to be corrected.  She needs help with her spelling, too: Do you remember learning how to write cursive in elementary school?  I remember my third…
  • New painting by Flo

    gigihawaii
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I recently purchased this oil painting from my dear friend, Flo Miyahira.  The minute I saw it, I said I had to have it.  I love the orange tangerines, the green shoots, and the background colors.  This acquisition hangs in my bedroom.  Simply gorgeous!  The frame is pretty, too, isn’t it?  Flo is so talented.  I wish she had more exposure, so she could sell more of her work. Anyway, we had a nice lunch yesterday at Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Ala Moana Center.  Flo had the shrimp linguini, and I had a Caesar’s salad with rigatoni, sausage, and tomatoes.  Yummy! Isn’t this…
  • Art, music, and Hawaii

    gigihawaii
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Waikiki Beach outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2008. Despite the stress of having my sister’s husband and my mother pass away within the week, I still manage to find peace and joy in art, music, and Hawaii. On Sunday, David and I attended a Hawaii Symphony concert, which featured the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Shoshtakovich Symphony No. 5.  Outstanding performance by conductor Victor Yampolsky and pianist Natasha Paremski!  We really liked our seats near the left aisle of the orchestra level, because we had a nice view of the piano keyboard and the pianist’s hands. …
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Generation Y Begins to Drive Real Estate Trends

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    In a mere 5 years, Generation Y is projected to be the biggest age demographic in America. But that doesn't mean they'll wait until then to lead the nation in home-buying. Already, Gen Y is the largest share of the nation's homebuyers at 32%. Here are some other interesting generational trends in real estate.  Gen Y: 32% (1980-1995)  Gen Y had the largest share of first time buyers at 68%. Gen Y buyers place high importance on finding affordable homes close to work. 39% of Gen Y buyers...
  • CONFUSION IN HAWAII KAI....Is it Mariners Valley, or Kamilo Iki valley???

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
        Many people get confused when Realtor's talk about Mariners Valley in Hawaii Kai. They say, "Do you mean Mariners Ridge????" Nope. Im talking about the valley that's nestled between Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge, Mariners Valley. It goes by a few different names, depending on what area of the valley you're talking about....Mariners Valley or Kamilo Iki Valley are the 2 that are widely used. They're based on the legal descriptive names of the area and the subdivisions used in...
  • Lakefront Kailua, MLS: 201500233

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Check out our lakefront listing in Kailua! Experience island living at its finest in this beautiful corner-lot Kailua home on the water. Over 2700 sqft total, 4 bed 2 bath. Features a brand new kitchen, heated tile pool, dock on the lake, boat parking and mountain and sunset views. Wide open layout, newly remodeled in 2014. Includes PV panels for water, electricity and pool. See 68 hi-res pics at http://www.alohatony.com/kahili.php   Enchanted Lake (also known as Ka‘elep...
  • Real Estate in Hawaii 2015....Climb aboard, or jump ship?

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
       You may have noticed that home prices are increasingly rising in Hawaii. Sellers are receiving multiple offers and backup offers due to low inventory. This has resulted in above asking price offers. Lets talk about how real estate is expected to be affected in 2015. Or rather, how it will affect you as a homeowner and/or a buyer.  Photo: Hoakalei master planned community     The median home price (on this rock, Oahu) has steadily risen in the last 5 years, since the bubble burst. (...
  • What Honolulu's Record High Median Means For You

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The median home price in Honolulu reached a record high of $719,500 in November. This exceeds the summer high ($700K in June '14) and reflects a 5% increase over last year. This year-end peak follows a $50,000 drop in median home price between June and August.  Three months ago, I wrote an article in which I highlighted a notable trend in Honolulu real estate, making two main observations: 1. That median prices tend to take a dip in the autumn, between highs in the summer...
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Connecting hot lava to natural hot springs: The Big Island's sublime drive in Puna

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    For more than a dozen miles, the Kehena-Pohoiki Scenic Drive in Puna (the far southeast of the Big Island) penetrates an astounding coastal gardenscape. And unlike other coastal cruises in Hawaii, this one doesn't twist in and out of valleys, since the island hasn't had time to erode and form streams. The country lane besides sea-washed bluffs is is a tree tunnel of breadfruit, palms, pandanus and many others right out the the tropical tree-finding manual. At one end is Kalapana Bay, where vistiors can venture into lava wastelands to view red-hot flows from the island's current eruption.
  • The easy way to the Big Island's 'Blue Lagoon'

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    From a scenic turnout at mile marker 81 on Highway 19 north of Kona, Wainanali'i (Blue) Lagoon beckons irresistably: a turquoise streak amid a grove of cocopalms. Most visitors park at a nearby turnout and take a mile-plus trail that drops 200 feet through a hot forest of stickery Kiawe trees, which affords a decent opportunity of getting lost.A slightly shorter, flatter, and more scenic route is about a mile away, down a state park road. You drive down about .75-mile and park at a locked gate on a road that is open to foot traffic. Not far down the road is the Kihilo-Huehue trail and punches…
  • How not to die while having fun hiking in Hawaii

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Tsunamis, hurricanes, molten volcanos, and big-scale earthquakes are all part of the weather forecast at times in Hawaii. But Mother Nature's big events, thankfully, take few lives these days.Yet, about once a month, it seems, someone dies on land or in the sea while recreating in the tropical paradise that is Hawaii. Most of these tragedies, and a litany of accidents, happen on postcard-days to people who are not really aware of the danger. The good news: The risk of harming yourself is virtually zilch if you play it safe.Here's some tips for safer hiking in Hawaii.1. Bring retracable hiking…
  • Launiupoko: This is why Maui is called the 'Valley Isle'

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A drive along the base of the West Maui Mountains—all the way from Iao Valley State Park near Kahului around to Lahaina—reveals the yawning green valleys that give Maui its nickname. Access is limited, so visitors with a sense of adventure will appreciate the off-beat hike into out-of-the-way Launiupoko Valley, not too far south of Lahaina.The hike begins at an unmarked trailhead in a new housing development, up the mountain from Laniupoko Beach Park. The trail, used mainly by local equestrians, starts out as a mundane ascent, but then transitions to a contour road that gives up big ocean…
  • Kauai hiking update: Kahili Mountain Park trails are closed

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Two trails in south Kauai—a thrilling-but-risky trek up razorback Kahili Ridge, and a tame stroll to a Norfolk pine forest—are no longer open to hikers. Landowner Knudsen Corporation, which has owned a large chunk of the island since 1872, has decided to close the trails and prohibit access.The rustic cabins of Kahili Mountain park, adjacent to the trailheads, may also be closed. Previously a Seventh Day Adventist School on site leased the land from Knudsen, and used income from the cabins to help support the school. Hikers for years were able to hike these trails on private property by…
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    Pacific Reader

  • Why Alan Wong’s is #1?

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    In my opinion, Alan Wong has earned the right to be one of the top restauranteurs in Hawaii and even in the world. So Why is Alan Wong's #1? Continue reading →
  • Best Bites of 2014

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Here are my top 5 Best Bites of 2014! Continue reading →
  • The Palace Hotel San Francisco, CA

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:13 pm
    I recently had the pleasure of staying in the iconic Palace Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Continue reading →
  • Best Bar You’ve Never Been: Surfer The Bar

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Townies it's time to make the long drive out to the north shore to Turtle Bay Resort and check out the best bar you've never been to - Surfer The Bar. Continue reading →
  • Beyond Honolulu.com

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I am happy to announce that I will be a contributing writer on my fellow writer-friend Jeremy Holcombe's up-and-coming website Beyond Honolulu! My first blog has recently been published: Top 3 Busiest Hikes on Oahu! Continue reading →
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • APRIL GROUP ELEMENTS and BRING A FRIEND DAY!

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    BRING A FRIEND DAY:Our next Bring-a-Friend Day is Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30pm! This is a FREE Intro Class that everyone is invited to attend. Coach Josh will give you a taste of what CrossFit 808 is all about. Please wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothing. RSVP by emailing josh@808crossfit.com.ANNOUNCING THE NEXT GROUP ELEMENTS PROGRAM:For any NEW or interested athletes, successful completion of the Elements Program is required in order to participate in our regular CrossFit classes. We offer Private, Semi-Private and Group programs for your convenience. If your schedule…
  • 30 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Today's Workout:Scheduling Reminder: Don't forget to plug in your scores for 15.5 by 2pm (Hawaii time) today!A. Every 90 seconds for 15-minutes (10 sets):Snatch + 2 Overhead SquatsBuilld over the course of the 10 sets.B. Every minute, on the minute, for 24 minutes (8 sets):Minute 1 – 15 Heavy Russian Kettlebell SwingsMinute 2 – 10 Walking Lunges with Dumbbells (you choose the load)Minute 3 – 10 Burpee Box Jump-Overs (24″/20″)
  • 28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today's Workout:In teams of two, complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 30 minutes of:400 Meter Run30 Kettlebell Swings (70/53 lbs)20 Box Jump-Overs (24″/20″)Team members will alternate tasks, with only one member working at any one time.
  • 27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    "Open Workout 15.5"27-21-15-9 rep rounds for time, of:Row (Cals)Thrusters (95/65 lbs)
  • 15.5 HEAT SCHEDULE:

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    6:00am CLASS:Danny Teel, Chris S., Yoshi Muraoka (50-54), Nate Fujimoto, Glenn Teraoka (60+), Phoebe Webb, and Debbie Olson8:30am CLASS:Christine Dorrepaal, Lauren Kozlowski, and Mary Schwing (60+)NOON CLASS:Adam Britt, Paul Trower, James Duggins, Steve Roldolfich (45-49), Chad Hironaka, Jenn Javenko, Hien Vuong, Joanna Vendiola, Sydney Anderson, April Orr, and Julie Goo (45-49)FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:FIRST HEAT STARTS AT 6:00PM. There will be no evening classes tomorrow. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 5:30PM FOR ATHLETES TO WARM-UP. THERE WILL BE A DESIGNATED WARM-UP AREA IN THE BACK. LIKE LAST WEEK,…
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    Kona Fishing | Humdinger Fishing Kona | Deep Sea Fishing Hawaii

  • Marlin Fishing

    Amit Soni
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
      The fishing in Kona remained very good this week with the typical late Winter species, striped marlin, short billed spearfish and dorado (dolphin fish) continuing to show up in good numbers. Earlier in the week we went 3 for 4 on Shortbilled Spearfish. We saw another really nice one tailing, but never could get it to take a lure. Most of the Spearfish showing up now are on the larger size in the 30-45 pound range. While smaller than all of the other billfish species, the Shortbilled Spearfish is also the rarest of all billfish species and they show up in really good numbers in late…
  • Mahi Mahi Fishing

    Amit Soni
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
      The fishing in Kona for Mahi Mahi and Spearfish continues to be very good right now and this past week we caught several nice short billed spearfish for clients and good numbers of large Mahi Mahi as well. Also typical for this time of year in Kona are good numbers of striped marklin and a few Ono or Wahoo are also showing up in advance of their late Spring migration through the Kona area.  Check out the photos and video below from a few fishing charters this past week. In addition to the smaller pelagic species being caught, there are still some really nice Blue Marlin hanging…
  • Fishing Report Kona Hawaii 2015

    Amit Soni
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
      Earlier in the week the mahi mahis were biting. We went 4 for 4 one day and the next we went 1 for 3. They are great eating fish and have very beautiful colors. One was caught by the charters son and his expression says it all. Later this week the mahis slowed down. Right now there are some striped Marlin, shortnose spearfish and a few blue marlin. Also a couple nice tunas getting caught. Weather has been nice the last few days with calm water and winds light. There was also a grander caught by a 16 yr old boy. It weighed 1058lb. We also see humpback whales every day we have been going…
  • Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
      The fishing in Kona this last week has picked up quite a bit.  Earlier in the week, we went 4 for 4 one day and 1 for 3 the next day, catching our charter’s younger son a few nice fish.  His expression in the photos below pretty much says it all.  In addition to a good bite happening on Mahi Mahi’s, the Shortnose Spearfish are still around in very good numbers, as well as reliable numbers of Striped Marlin.  As is typical for January and early February, there always seems to be a few really big Blue marlin caught, and this past week was no exception.  Jim…
  • Kona Hawaii Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
      The fishing right now is pretty good. Lately we have been seeing and people are catching  Mahi Mahi, Spearfish, Striped Marlin and a few Blue Marlin as well. The Shortnose Spearfish is the rarest of all Billfish Species and are sought after by anglers targeting them on light tackle setups. Most of the Spearfish being caught lately are about 20 to 45 lbs. Kona Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to fish for this species and we have many clients that wait all year for them to show up so they can fly out to catch one to complete their billfish grand slam. There has also been…
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    A note from a visitor to AimforAwesome – and my reply. Hope it helps you decide what to do too! Hi Vern, I really loved your articles about Hawaii. There were so many articles available, I plan to visit your site throughout this year till I move to Hawaii. For me, It’s not about whether […]
  • Hawaii Blogs You Could Start to Make Money

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I’m surprised at the number of people visiting this site while on vacation or living in Hawaii. I know some of you are visiting the islands and are in search of more information about things to do and maybe even about the possibility of living in Hawaii. I think some of you must already be […]
  • Why Should You Move to Hawaii? Here’s 50 Reasons!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is a new post, “50 Reasons to Move to Hawaii” that should give some of you some more ammunition with your family, friends, and selves – to convince you to make the move in 2015 or 2016. If you can come up with some more good reasons, let me know!
  • Sacred Falls Waterfall Re-Opens (Video)

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
  • Start-Up Demo Day in Hawaii January 16

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Here’s something Ryan O. just mentioned over at his site. It’s a 3-hour informational get together for the growing Hawaii start-up scene. Check out Ryan’s post here. http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/01/03/startup-paradise-demo-day-2015
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Managing Time Management

    hawa6217
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire)–Surely we’ve all had that feeling that there was too much to do and so little time to do it. If each of us had a nickel for every time we’ve said “I wish I had more time in the day,” we’d probably be a very rich. Each of us is constantly engulfed in all of our day-to-day activities, constantly running from here to there, that it’s a rare opportunity if we get to sit back and ‘smell the roses.’ Time is a very limited resource and we must learn to value it as such. There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘no amount of gold will buy you time that…
  • Positive Thoughts: Everything is a Miracle

    hawa6217
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “You can move through life seeing nothing as a miracle, or seeing everything as a miracle.” -Albert Einstein
  • County to Hold Informational Meeting on Electric Vehicles

    hawa6217
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
     By Staff Reports (LĪHU’E) – The public is invited to attend a meeting on the role that electric vehicles play in Kaua‘i’s clean energy future. Among the topics that will be covered are: the benefits of EV usage; access to charging stations; and EV trends in Hawai‘i and beyond. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall. County and KIUC representatives will provide brief presentations followed by open discussions on how the community can facilitate greater usage of EV’s on Kaua‘i. For more information,…
  • Fighting the Flu Together

    hawa6217
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. A study indicates that, if parents get enough of their children immunized against the flu, flu is less likely even among people who didn’t get immunized. It’s called herd immunity, and it happens when there are fewer cases of flu to spread. Researcher Cuc Tran of the University of Florida saw this in data on 5- to 17-year-old students in Alachua County. Half of the county’s students in that age range were vaccinated, but flu rates for all in that range fell by…
  • Positive Thoughts: Influence

    hawa6217
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.”Clint Eastwood
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    Maui Makers

  • April Events (Special Guest, Forge, and Rockets 2.0, and more!)

    Cole Santos
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Arduino Classes continue on Thursdays, with a the exception of April 2 and 9. The space will be open for making or visiting every  Sat and Sun from 12 to 5. All events are at the Makerspace–200 Waiehu Beach Road, unless otherwise noted. Special events April 2,  Open Public meeting (Free and Open to the Public)–6 to 9 PM Meet other makers, talk story, brag on your projects, get and share advice and check out the space. April 9,  Special Guest Speaker–6 to 9 PM Design a Raspberry Pi HAT using KiCAD running on the Raspberry Pi 2 A step-by-step guide to creating a Raspberry…
  • Maui Makers Accepted to Participate in mini-Makerfaire

    Laura
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:57 pm
    We just received notice that our application for the Mini Maker Faire on Honolulu was accepted! This event will take place Saturday, May 9th on Oahu from noon to 5 pm. Maui Makers was also a participant in last year’s inaugural event and we look forward to another awesome event: hanging with other Makers, showcasing the awesomeness of Maui’s maker community and spreading the maker buzz. As Maui Makers grows in membership, we plan to bring a Maker Faire to Maui… If you’re interested in group builds, manning the booth, displaying “Made on Maui” items, manning…
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) on CNC Machines starting

    Jerry
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    We are starting up a Special Interest Group (SIG) within Maui Makers that focuses on CNC Machines. CNC= Computer Numerically Controlled. Machines like the Shapeoko, 3D printers, milling and other machines that make other machines and stuff.  The underlying control of mechanical systems is used in closely related fields of Robotics, etc. The group will be a place to share experiences, work on projects (using/upgrading our Shapeoko), and meet others with similar interest. The plan is to meet on the last Tuesday evening of the month at our makerspace (200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI) at 630pm…
  • Maui Makers at TEDxYouth Seabury Hall–29 March

    Laura
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Maui Makers will be closed on 29th March.   Instead, come join us from 9 am to 2 pm at TEDxYouth at Seabury Hall   See link below for more info about Maui’s most excellent youth!   http://tedxyouthseaburyhall.com
  • Special Event–Eggbot returns 28 March

    Laura
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Just in time to help celebrate Springtime, and any rites of spring…Easter, Bring eggs or other ovoid shapes to decorate. (We have ping pong balls) What is Eggbot? A fun and easy way to draw patterns on roundish things. A great platform for entry into the fascinating world of CNC! Note: we have rent, wifi, utilities and other bills to pay, so have now instituted a paid membership structure. See www.mauimakers.com/blog/membership-in-maui-makers. Non-members are welcome to attend. A $5.00 donation is suggested to keep Maui’s only Makerspace growing and thriving
 
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    Locations LLC Blog

  • Maui Real Estate Report Jan 2015

    Locations LLC
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jan 2015 Maui Home and Condo Values Maui real estate inventory remains low, which is reflected by fewer number of condo sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. Maui condo sales are down 10.0% while the number of single-family homes sales is down at 5.1%. Single-family home prices have increased 6.8% to $565,000, while median condo prices saw an increase of 5.3% to $380,000. Download the full Maui Real Estate Report Thinking of selling your home and wondering what it’s worth?  Click here to request a free Home Valuation Quarter 4 Oct-Dec 2014: Maui Home and Condo…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Hawaii Kai February 25, 2015

    Locations LLC
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The month of February belongs to Hawaii Kai - one of Oahu’s premier communities. Hawaii Kai was largely developed by Henry Kaiser and Kaiser-Aetna around the Maunalua Kuapa (fishpond wall) Pond in the ‘50s. The Koko Marina was dredged around 1959, which transformed the shallow coastal inlet into a marine embayment, and residential tracts and marina channels followed in 1961. Today, Hawaii Kai is a family-friendly community with easy and convenient access to many services and amenities such as: Costco, Safeway, Sandy Beach, Makapuʻu Lighthouse and Beach, Koko Crater Botanical…
  • North Shore History

    Locations LLC
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Yes, the North Shore boasts the reputation as the birthplace of big wave riding. But make no mistake, it’s overflowing with history and culture in Pupukea, Waimea Valley, Haleiwa, Kawailoa, and Waialua. A storied past that’s often had one foot dangling in history and the other one treading on toward the future, remains unchanged. There’s more to the North Shore than surfing. The tangle of smaller, laid back communities steeped in history, also offer a much more relaxed lifestyle than might be found in Honolulu. Photo: Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site Hawaiians settled…
  • 5 Things to do on Valentine's Day

    Locations LLC
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Whether it's snuggling up to a movie, making dinner reservations or having a picnic at the beach, here's 5 things to do with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day! Watch the sunset at Tantalus Grab your significant other and head to the top of tantlus for an amazing sunset overlooking the city. Go for a sunset cruise Celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweetheart on a sunset dinner cruise with live entertainment! Cook a home-made dinner Head to your local grocery store and whip up a tasty meal for two. Have a picnic on the beach Take a romantic stroll on the beach, or grab your long board and go…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Hawaii Kai February 11, 2015

    Locations LLC
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The month of February belongs to Hawaii Kai - one of Oahu’s premier communities. Hawaii Kai was largely developed by Henry Kaiser and Kaiser-Aetna around the Maunalua Kuapa (fishpond wall) Pond in the ‘50s. The Koko Marina was dredged around 1959, which transformed the shallow coastal inlet into a marine embayment, and residential tracts and marina channels followed in 1961. Today, Hawaii Kai is a family-friendly community with easy and convenient access to many services and amenities such as: Costco, Safeway, Sandy Beach, Makapuʻu Lighthouse and Beach, Koko Crater Botanical…
 
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    Communications Pacific

  • Who Are You Calling Madam? by Jean Dickinson

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    “She ma’amed me!” My friend’s voice rang out with a mix of amazement and indignity. Yes, after purchasing a post-Pilates class double-protein green tea smoothie, the counter clerk closed the transaction with my friend Clarice by adding a perfunctory “Thank you, Ma’am.” “I mean, really, “ Clarice continued, adjusting her lime green halter and hiking up her yoga pants. “Do I look like a ma’am to you?” I stared at her quizzically, like a mynah bird that is contemplating a shiny object. And I was uncharacteristically silent. Indeed, being called “ma’am” for the first…
  • Taking The Plunge Into A New Life In The Islands by Vianca Cao

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I was 21 years old when I stood atop the famous Waimea Bay rock preparing to leap into the sea. As I waited my turn to jump off from the 35-foot cliff, the North Shore sunset transformed the sky into a thousand shades of pink, orange and purple. My first jump was amazing: exhilaration, fear and joy! It was then I promised myself, “I am going to live here.” Less than a year later, my dream became a reality. With only three suitcases and a plane ticket for a six-hour flight, I was about to embark on an incredible adventure to the Aloha State. When I first arrived, everything was new to me.
  • Writing Humor In Today’s World Is A Dangerous Undertaking By Charley Memminger

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:28 pm
    For many years, I wrote a humor column,“Honolulu Lite,” for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. I wrote three columns a week, which caused certain jealous colleagues to ask, “What do you do the other two days.” And when I retired from the Bulletin they asked, “Retired from WHAT?” That hurt my feelings. The fact is, writing humor in today’s world became increasingly difficult because of the proliferation of so many taboo subjects. Writing a humor column, is at its heart, making fun of stuff. (I wrote a column on what a nuisance mopeds are and a moped rider threatened to shoot me with a…
  • The Procrastinator’s Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey by Chase Conching

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    There are two types of Thanksgiving people. First, there are those who meticulously plan menus months in advance, breaking out their encyclopedia of recipes with more family secrets than an Italian mob, and shopping with an errant disregard for cost or the safety of themselves and others. Then there are normal people. When I’m not working, I’m eating. I like to eat. With that said, November is the Olympics of gastronomy. If you’re in tune to the Hawaii food scene, you know that this week (Nov. 17-23, 2014) is Restaurant Week. If there’s ever a time to expand your culinary horizons,…
  • Welcome to Parenthood! by Shere’e Young

    admin
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    When is he coming home? What should we name him? What do we buy? How do we prepare for his arrival? These are just a few of the questions Dane, my fiancé, and I asked each other as we waited patiently for the arrival of our little one. It was the evening of September 13, just seven weeks ago, when we walked through our apartment door to the shout “SURPRISE!” from Dane’s brother Kawika and his girlfriend Ashley. I looked up to find a cute little furbaby. Speechless and confused… “What? Huh? How? When?” “OH, MY GOSH, he’s here!” I dropped my purse and drink and ran to pick…
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    Kona Impact

  • Kona Impact is Open to Everyone!

    brian
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Over the years, we have had a very diverse set of clients: men/women, gay/straight, tall/short, American/People from other countries, quiet/loud, rich/poor, conservative/liberal, devout/atheist, meat eaters/vegans, and so on. In each of the dichotomies above, one of the labels applies to me, as I am sure they do to you. My point is that we all fit into different categories and our clients will fit in categories that are different from us. Serving a tall, gay, conservative, meat eating woman from another country does not mean that I endorse her beliefs or lifestyle. Quite frankly, I…
  • How to Reduce Costs for Your Sign Project

    brian
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Kona Impact sells signs…a lot of signs. From foam core displays to semi-permanent building signs to temporary banners-we sell them all. Our goal is to always provide quality signs at reasonable prices in a quick and timely manner. This guide is a way to help you develop win-win relationships with your sign supplier. The most important thing to consider is the costs for a sign company. These are: The time is takes to go over the signs project with a client. Design time to make and set up the files for printing. Materials, including the vinyl, laminate, substrate, ink and shop supplies. Time…
  • Five Things Successful Kona Entrepreneurs Do

    brian
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Kona Impact has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years. We have worked with many start-ups and established business—big and small. While every business is different, for certain, there seems to be a common set of characteristics for the most successful entrepreneurs with which we work. The top Kona entrepreneurs… Have exceptional communication skills. They know how to ask focused questions that get the information they need. They give explicit direction to employees and suppliers. They respond quickly to questions, often responding within minutes. They say “please” and…
  • Is My Website Down? Maybe…Yes…No!

    brian
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Occam’s razor is an important and useful idea for trouble-shooting: if there are many possible causes, the one with the least assumptions should be chosen. In other words if there is a complex problem and a simple solution, go for that! Unfortunately, many confuse this for the “if I have no other information, it must be what I believe” principle. In other words, for lack of any other information, take the one that makes the most intuitive sense. Here is what your website might or might not be down. It may well be true: servers do physically break and settings can become corrupted, which…
  • Home Grown: Big Island Agriculture Products

    brian
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I saw this morning that 90% of Hawaii’s food is imported. That’s an amazing statistic for our islands. We are nearly completely dependent on air and sea transportation, as well as Mainland food growers and distributors for nearly everything we eat and drink. Even some things that we think are “Hawaiian” are not. Every bag of “Hawaii style” or “Maui Onion” potato chips I see is made on the Mainland. Even a good share of beer with Hawaii logos, names and designs is not brewed here. Clever marketing, indeed! In this blog post, I’d like to highlight three specialty agriculture…
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