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  • Dancing with David

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    gigihawaii
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Have you noticed how prevalent facial hair is on men these days?  It seems to be the fashion.  How do you feel about this?  I prefer men without facial hair. This is a photo of David with a mustache.  We were celebrating Maria’s first birthday in 1979: There is a height discrepancy between us.  I am 5’1” and he is 6’1” tall.  Somehow, we managed to kiss each other on our wedding day in 1980.  By this time, he had shaved off his mustache: This is a photo of us ballroom dancing (1990s).  We used to have so much fun on the dance floor.  Alas, his bad joints preclude dancing…
  • Tommorrow's Public Rail Project Forum: Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, And Protecting Property Rights

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    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    As reported yesterday by Pacific Business News ("HART acquired 34 properties for $70M along Honolulu rail transit route, new report says"), "[t]he Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has acquired 34 properties totaling about $70.2 million thus far along the 20-mile rail transit route, including the recent purchase of a former sports bar property near Ala Moana Center for about $1.35 million."  In other words, it's begun.  In response to the many questions we've received from property owners, businesses. and homeowners whose rights may be at…
  • Views on housing, food security clash

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    Leila Fujimori
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Residents, labor union members and farmers packed a room at Kapo­lei Hale Monday night and debated whether Hoo­pili, a proposed 1,554-acre development plan by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, should be built on prime agricultural land between Ewa and Kapo­lei.
  • Something New event: Lee Anne Wong’s ramen bar

    Frolic Hawaii
    Frolic Hawaii
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Coming Wednesday, March 25: Frolic’s own Something New event, a food celebration with a twist. Honolulu’s nine craziest chefs will unleash their creativity in fun new ways, each challenged with a local ingredient that takes them out of their comfort zone. This series unveils the farmers, the chefs and the ingredients that dare them to create Something New. If you love to eat and love supporting local, join us from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at M Nightclub at Restaurant Row. Tickets are at frolicsomethingnew.eventbrite.com. The farmers: Chris Coleman and Manny Ochoa The farm:…
  • An interesting issue regarding transcripts of court proceedings

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    Ian Lind
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Here’s an interesting 2009 opinion by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals I just saw cited. It deals with a request that was made for a copy of the transcript of a court proceeding involving the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The summary is short and sweet. This appeal involves a dispute over payment for […]
 
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  • Hawaiian Airlines redesigns interior and seating for neighbor island fleet

    Web Staff
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Hawaiian Airlines announced today a retrofitting of the first of its 18 Boeing 717 aircraft that features an interior cabin redesign and new seating. An official with the airlines said the new seats would not compromise legroom. When all reconfigurations of Hawaiian’s neighbor island fleet are completed by the end of this year, there will be an identical galley, lavatory, and 128-seat configuration in each aircraft. Photo courtesy Hawaiian Airlines Besides a new interior color palette, other design elements will include new seat covers and leather arm caps in First Class; new…
  • World’s first armless pilot in Honolulu for special event

    Web Staff
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Young people interested in aviation as a career, as well as school groups, Scouts, and families will want to attend Discover Your Future in Aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Saturday, March 7 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. This is the sixth year for this special aviation day, which features aircraft flyovers, remote control aircraft demonstrations, hands-on activities, career information, interactive science exhibits, and a scavenger hunt. Guests can climb into the cockpits of some of history’s greatest aircraft and take photos in authentic flight gear, as well as fly a WWII aircraft…
  • Salvation Army ad uses #thedress to raise domestic violence awareness

    Lisa Respers France and KHON2 Web Staff
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    (CNN/KHON2) – The Salvation Army in South Africa is using #thedress to spread a different kind of message about the colors black and blue. The organization is using the viral sensation to spread awareness about domestic violence. An ad shows a model wearing a white and gold dress resembling the one that caused an Internet meltdown last week as people debated whether the garment wasn’t actually black and blue instead. The model also sports bruises on her face and body. The caption reads “Why is it so hard to see black and blue? The only illusion is if you think it was her…
  • Car crashes into Honolulu bridal shop

    Web Staff
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Honolulu police report that a car crashed into a bridal shop on Queen Street Friday morning. It happened at around 9:30 a.m. in the Keola Lai building. Fire officials say the vehicle drove through a wall in the parking structure and into Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion. There were two women inside. “I was in the office waiting and I heard this huge crash, screech, yelling,” said witness Roy Goshi-Otaguro. “I rushed out and I saw this hole in the wall. I jumped in and tried to get them out… she just kept on saying ‘I hit the brake, I hit the brake but it kept…
  • Four Hawaii Island people arrested and charged for drug offenses

    Web Staff
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Hawaii Island police report that three men and a woman were charged with an assortment of drug offenses after vice officers served a search warrant Tuesday, March 3, in Holualoa. During the search of a home on the 75-5200 block of Mamalahoa Highway, officers recovered 13.7 grams of a crystalline substance, 0.3 grams of a brown tar-like substance, 1.2 grams of a dried, green leafy material, one suspected MDMA pill (commonly known as “ecstasy”), one unprescribed prescription pill, paraphernalia associated with meth use and distribution; a loaded, unregistered .22-caliber revolver and $344…
 
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  • Volunteers will continue search for missing hiker

    Leila Fujimori
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    After four days the Hono­­lulu Fire Department on Tuesday discontinued its search for Daylenn "Moke" Pua, a Kona teenager who disappeared while hiking in the Koo­lau, but friends, family and volunteers — including drone operators — will continue the search Wednesday.
  • Incidental Lives: Miracles and mercy bring lost, injured dog back home

    Michael Tsai
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    It's been more than two months since old Beek wriggled through the fence of his Kane­ohe home and disappeared into the night, and owner Christen Matsu­shige still can't quite believe the confluence of mercies that led to his happy return.
  • Study: Ocean once spread over ~20% of Mars

    Jim Borg
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Mars once had an ocean that covered nearly one-fifth of its surface to a depth of maybe a mile, according to new research using Mauna Kea telescopes.
  • Views on housing, food security clash

    Leila Fujimori
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Residents, labor union members and farmers packed a room at Kapo­lei Hale Monday night and debated whether Hoo­pili, a proposed 1,554-acre development plan by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, should be built on prime agricultural land between Ewa and Kapo­lei.
  • Trees burned on Kauai will be converted to power

    Timothy Hurley
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    When more than 3,000 acres burned in a devastating series of West Kauai wildland fires in 2012, state officials not only mourned the loss of healthy state forest, but were faced with the potential for even further disaster.
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  • Racetrack still causing controversy as bill moves in legislature

    Ian Lind
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    There are lots of happy people out on the windward side and north shore following yesterday’s vote by the City Council Zoning Committee to strip all references to the proposed development of Malaekahana from Bill 47, the update of the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities plan. It’s not a total win for those wanting to “keep the […]
  • Feline Friday: A few moments with our geriatric cats

    Ian Lind
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Mr. Toby welcomes you to this week’s Feline Friday. He was feeling pretty perky when the camera and I caught up with him. This is a turnaround for him this week. He’s been getting picked on recently by Romeo, not a surprise, and even by Ms. Annie, which is a surprise. And he’s also had […]
  • An interesting issue regarding transcripts of court proceedings

    Ian Lind
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Here’s an interesting 2009 opinion by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals I just saw cited. It deals with a request that was made for a copy of the transcript of a court proceeding involving the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The summary is short and sweet. This appeal involves a dispute over payment for […]
 
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  • Police warrants list for Friday, March 6, 2015

    Baron
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • LavaTalk: March 6, 2015 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

    Baron
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The Friday morning (March 6) helicopter over flight shows no advancement on the downslope flow fronts. Smoke conditions were light with a light northwest wind blowing the smoke in a southeast direction. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Water shut-off along Waianuenue Ave., Komohana St., Kaumana Dr. starting 10 p.m. Friday (March 6)

    Baron
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The Department of Water Supply will temporarily shut off water service for central Hilo customers located along Waiānuenue Avenue, Komohana Street, lower Kaumana Drive and most side streets in between. The shut off is scheduled from 10 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015 (tonight), to 5 a.m. on Saturday (tomorrow), March 7, 2015 to change […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Banyan Drive temporarily one-way during health walk and fair Saturday (March 7)

    Baron
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    To accommodate mass walkers at the 18th Annual Hilo Heart & Stroke Walk & Health Fair, there will be a temporary one-way traffic pattern on Banyan Drive. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northeasterly, direction on Banyan Drive between both sides of Lihiwai Street. The one-way traffic pattern will be in […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police charge four with various drug offenses

    Baron
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Three men and a woman were charged with an assortment of drug offenses after Vice officers served a search warrant Tuesday (March 3) in Hōlualoa. During the search at a home on the 75-5200 block of Māmalahoa Highway, officers recovered 13.7 grams of a crystalline substance, 0.3 grams of a brown tar-like substance, 1.2 grams […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • 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…
  • PUC accepts broad participation in NextEra-HECO merger proceedings

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Public Utilities Commission: NextEra-HECO Merger Update Mar. 2, 2015  ORDER NO. 32695 (Docket 2015-0022). Initiating proceedings; establishing standards of review, initial statement of issues, and initial procedures; and addressing intervention requests in the matter of the application of HECO, HELCO, MECO, and NextEra Energy for approval of the proposed change of control and related matters. Below are highlights from the order granting intervention to Blue Planet Foundation and 27 other parties as the PUC considers the sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy: [The Commission…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 2, 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1: Mar. 3: The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 15 Ayes: Representative(s) Luke, Nishimoto, Cachola, Cullen, DeCoite, Johanson, Jordan, Keohokalole, Kobayashi, Lowen, Onishi, Tokioka, Yamashita, Pouha, Ward; Ayes with reservations: none; 0 Noes: none; and 0 Excused: none. . 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…
  • News bulletin, Week of Feb. 23, 2015

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Legislative Update Community Solar HB484, HD2: FIN Hearing, Tuesday, 3/3 at 1:30pm, Room 308. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. SB1050, SD1: WAM Hearing, Friday 2/27 at 1pm, Room 211: PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in WAM were as follows: 9 Aye(s): Senator(s) Tokuda, Kouchi, Dela Cruz, English, Galuteria, Harimoto, Riviere, Slom; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Inouye ; 0…
  • News bulletin, Week of Feb. 16, 2015

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Policy Update Legislative hearings Community Solar: Wed., Feb. 18, 3pm, Room 325 HB 484, HD1  RELATING TO ENERGY. Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. (HB484 HD1) Public Utilities Commission Feb. 18, 2015.  Blue Planet Foundation's Motion to Intervene in the Matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and…
 
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  • 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…
  • JE SUIS CHARLIE? NOT SO FAST CORPORATE MEDIA

    Andy Parx
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Ironic isn't nearly a strong enough term for how corporate pundits use solemn tones in tearful defense of "free speech" when condemning the assassination of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, all while actually censoring their work by refusing to re-publish the actual images (much less with translations).Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi approached that kind of critiqueyesterday after he delved into a tangential comparison with the AP's archiving of an image of Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ," which Matt describes as "a set piece of a crucifix submerged in the artist's own urine, caused Serrano to…
  • THE GENTILES' BIG DAY

    Andy Parx
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
    We were nothing if not assimilationist Jews. After all, as my mother's brother Uncle Jerry was keen to point out, after ridding himself of the distinctly Hebraic "Paschkes" surname in favor of the blander American-cheese "Parks" moniker upon immigration, my father proceeded to name us kids Andrew and Kathryn- an apostle and a Russian Czarina. So Christmas trees and stockings hung on the bureau with care were de rigueur yearly fare. Uncle Jerry would come down from the Bronx and he and my mother would "sneak" a fresh ham with the admonishment "don't tell Grandma." When Grandma did visit during…
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  • How to buy an AK, Part 2--Q&A with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance

    Robert Kay
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    by Rob Kay Have we sunk so low as to post soft gun porn? I'm afraid so. We also have some great tips on buying an AK from Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance.   Learn what you need to know about buying an AK. I don't think there's ever been a more informative interview on this subject in this column. We continue with Part 2 of our interview series with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance LLC.  Q: We've talked at length about how to buy a new AK? What about buying a used rifle? A: Most people who own a quality AK know it, so finding that great used AK deal can take some time. You will…
  • George L. Banks First Sergeant, United States Army-Union Army

    Duane Vachon
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    HONOR AT MISSIONARY RIDGE BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Banks’ early years were spent in Lake and La Porte counties Indiana. It was there where he obtained his early education. He worked with his father's farming operations until he was seventeen. Having a bit of the wanderlust in him, not long after his seventeenth birthday he traveled to St. Anthony Minnesota where he found employment in a sawmill there. In 1857, he moved on again to the great forests in Northern Michigan. After a short time he returned to his family’s homestead farm, in Lake County, Indiana. Banks did a large amount of…
  • How to buy an AK, Part 1-- Q&A with Mike Owen of Meridian Ordnance

    Robert Kay
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Meridian Ordnance-built Polish military PMKMS from a parts kit. Good old fashioned furniture. by Rob Kay Buying an AK is a confusing process for a newbie. There's an incredible amount to learn. What's more, finding really objective information on the differences between the manufacturers and variants is not easy. There's also a ton of choices with a commensurate spectrum of prices.  Are you better off buying from a shop or online? What about a used gun or simply having a gunsmith put a rifle together for you from a kit purchased from a parts company such as APEX? Our interview with Mike…
  • On Target Review: Beeville Armory AK & Blue Force Gear AK Sling

    Robert Kay
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Brian Takaba of X-Ring Security inspects the Beeville Armory AK and likes what he sees. by Rob Kay In our last story we did a Q&A with Nick Bauer, the founder of Beeville Armory. Nick spared no detail in his description of how to construct a custom (traditional-style) AK from a kit and how his builds differ from the mass produced guns. When we originally spoke to Nick we wanted to review a rifle that had the look and feel of a classic Warsaw Pact style AK. Building these happens to be a specialty of Beeville. We knew it wasn't going to be an exact replica of a pre-ban model but our goal…
  • Hawaii lawmakers file resolutions seeking Jones Act exemption, and Senate Minority presents Jones Act documentary film to raise public awareness

    Michele Van Hessen
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    HONOLULU— In a bipartisan effort to positively impact the cost of living for Hawaii residents, several members of the Hawaii Senate and House of Representatives have filed concurrent resolutions seeking an exemption for Hawaii from a provision in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the Jones Act) requiring that all vessels be built in the United States.  The resolutions also ask that Alaska, Guam and Puerto Rico be exempt.   To comply with the Jones Act and engage in coastwise trade between the ports of the United States, a ship must: 1)  fly the U.S. flag; 2)  be built in a U.S.
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  • This Week in TGIF: 2015 Honolulu Festival

    Webmasters
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This Week in TGIF: 2015 Honolulu Festival The annual Honolulu Festival returns, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” opens and more ideas for the weekend ahead, courtesy TGIF. The post This Week in TGIF: 2015 Honolulu Festival appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Honolulu Festival quite the spectacle

    Webmasters
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Honolulu Festival quite the spectacle This weekend’s Honolulu Festival features cultural exchange with Japan. The post Honolulu Festival quite the spectacle appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • ‘Black Bottom’ presents timeless issue

    Webmasters
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    ‘Black Bottom’ presents timeless issue The Actors’ Group explores the exploitation of black musicians in the 1920s and the connections to the music industry of today. The post ‘Black Bottom’ presents timeless issue appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • In the Mix: Go Jimmy gone

    Jason Genegabus
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In the Mix: Go Jimmy gone Go Jimmy Go will hang it up in 2016 after 20 years of playing music, the band confirmed this week. The post In the Mix: Go Jimmy gone appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at MVT

    Jason Genegabus
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at MVT The efforts of cast and crew in Manoa Valley Theatre’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” guarantee a great time for the audience. The post Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at MVT appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Party pics: 15th Annual Executive Vineyards Fundraiser

    Eric Baranda
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    The UH Manoa Shidler College of Business Alumni Association held a wine tasting fundraiser Thursday night at the Royal Hawaiian hotel. The event featured wines by Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii, and various food stations from the chefs at the Royal Hawaiian and Honolulu’s award-winning restaurants, including Hy’s Steak House, Morimoto Waikiki, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, MW Restaurant, HASR Bistro and Honolulu Coffee Company. Funds raised from the event and silent auction will support the UH Manoa Shidler College of Business.
  • Hidden gem: Aloha Edibles

    Grant Shindo
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    I’ve always been a big snacker – chips, cookies and candy are my vice. So when Diane introduced me to Aloha Edibles’ bacon jerky last year, I had to find out where I could find those beautifully crispy strips, and get a few bags for my home, my desk, my car, you get gist. Little did I know that Aloha Edibles carries many more snack foods including beef jerky chips (think of a potato chip made from beef), party mixes, flavored granolas, dehydrated Kamuela tomatoes, Hawaiian salt and more. Its biggest seller is the beef jerky chips which dates back to the days of Kaimuki…
  • Something New event: Lee Anne Wong’s ramen bar

    Frolic Hawaii
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Coming Wednesday, March 25: Frolic’s own Something New event, a food celebration with a twist. Honolulu’s nine craziest chefs will unleash their creativity in fun new ways, each challenged with a local ingredient that takes them out of their comfort zone. This series unveils the farmers, the chefs and the ingredients that dare them to create Something New. If you love to eat and love supporting local, join us from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at M Nightclub at Restaurant Row. Tickets are at frolicsomethingnew.eventbrite.com. The farmers: Chris Coleman and Manny Ochoa The farm:…
  • Lauren Makk is living The FAB Life

    Olena Heu
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    She rose to fame on TLC’s Emmy-winning Trading Spaces and Drill Team on A&E, but interior design star Lauren Makk is still the home girl next door. The Oklahoma native-turned-Kakaako resident moved to Hawaii after coming for vacation and never wanting to leave. Makk has been traveling the world lately for more TV productions but will continue to run her interior design business and workshops in Honolulu. Here’s a sneak peek at her co-hosts on The FAB Life, a syndicated talk show that debuts this fall, around the same time the new season of Hotel Impossible airs on the Travel…
  • Something New event: Cow & the Lady

    Frolic Hawaii
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Coming Wednesday, March 25: Frolic’s own Something New event, a food celebration with a twist. Honolulu’s nine craziest chefs will unleash their creativity in fun new ways, each challenged with a local ingredient that takes them out of their comfort zone. This series unveils the farmers, the chefs and the ingredients that dare them to create Something New. If you love to eat and love supporting local, join us from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at M Nightclub at Restaurant Row. Tickets are at frolicsomethingnew.eventbrite.com. The ranchers: Rick and Haleakala Sakata, Dwayne and Tammie…
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  • One more month of being 30

    Catherine Toth
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I don’t know what it is about turning 40 that has me, well, quietly freaking out. I think it has less to do with actually aging — I feel 28 and eat like a teenager — and more to do with one simple fact: I like being in my 30s. I was 25 when I got my first “real” job, one that utilized my college degree and gave me health benefits. I walked — OK, stormed — into the newsroom full of ideas and enthusiasm, exactly what you’d expect from a recent college grad in her 20s. And while my effervescent personality was mostly embraced by my coworkers, I was still…
  • Why I love my Fitbit Charge —  but stopped using it

    Catherine Toth
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
    I don’t have any good reason to get a pedometer or an activity tracking device. I just wanted one. Especially after talking with my friend, Brian, who could have been a spokesperson for the Fitbit Charge, an advanced activity wristband that tracks your steps, calories burned, floors climbed and even your sleep pattern. Why I wanted one… It’s hard to explain. I was definitely intrigued with the option to track my sleep, which this device does automatically. (Some others require you to switch to sleep mode. Which I would likely never remember to do.) It figures out, based on…
  • Yes, I do work — from home

    Catherine Toth
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    It’s the most common question I get asked: “So… do you actually have a job…?” Yes, I do. I write for a living. I know that may seem like a strange career — I mean, who writes and gets paid these days? — but it’s true. But I don’t just write fun nonfiction pieces for newspapers and magazines. (Now that would be a glamorous life!) I supplement my income by writing advertising copy and website content, and once in awhile, I’ll even help with social media strategies for businesses. While I don’t make a ton of money — the most…
  • 5 Qs with Black Seed Bagel’s Dianna Daoheung

    Catherine Toth
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Growing up in Hawai‘i, I wouldn’t say we’re a bagel culture. Sure, there’s This Is It in Kaka‘ako and Lox of Bagels in Kalihi. But by and large, we’re not like some cities on the Mainland — often near Jewish neighborhoods — where bagels are like glazed donuts or malasadas here. Every bakery makes ‘em — and some are better than others. That was never more evident than when I lived in Chicago. Bagels and schmear (Yiddish for “cheese” and refers to whatever you spread on a bagel) was my go-to breakfast. Baked fresh at a shop near my…
  • I’m a mom — to chickens

    Catherine Toth
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    When I met my husband, he already had chickens. They were about three years old by the time I moved in. The coop was already built, and he had figured out, some of it by trial-and-error, how to raise these hens. I, on the other hand, had never handled a live chicken in my life. Suffice to say, it was quite an experience to care for these feisty hens. One was skittish, another a bully, and the third an independent soul. And over the first few months of feeding them and cleaning their pen, I had come to learn their quirks and unique traits. I had no idea how different each hen could be, how…
 
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  • Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

    RPang
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    This weekend, thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors will celebrate cultural diversity at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival from March 7-8. The festival features an impressive showcase of cultural traditions through music, dance, and art – all of which is free to the public. Check out a few highlights below and be sure to stop [...]
  • Foodie Favorites on Hawaii, the Big Island

    RPang
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Hawaii, the Big Island is home to many inspiring producers of savory goods such as wine, honey, and coffee. We asked a few of them for a local take on where their products can be enjoyed. Read on to get the scoop and also find out where the artisans themselves go for a tasty meal. [...]
  • Three Hawaii Chefs Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

    RPang
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:01 pm
    There’s no shortage of award-winning dining in the Hawaiian Islands as recently evidenced by three local chefs being named James Beard Award semifinalists (and not for the first time, either). Regarded as the “Oscars” of the food and beverage industry, the James Beard Award recognizes the crème de la crème of the nation’s top chefs and [...]
  • Airfare Deals to The Hawaiian Islands – So You Can #LetHawaiiHappen…Now!

    RPang
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    The coconut wireless has been abuzz around the Hawaiian Islands with travelers stumbling upon lower than usual airfare deals to Hawaii this spring. You heard that right: Deals. To Hawaii. There’s been a major increase in the number of domestic flights to Hawaii this year, making flying to all of the Hawaiian Islands more convenient [...]
  • A Chef’s Guide to Hawaii Restaurant Gems

    RPang
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    From under-the-radar neighborhood restaurants to long-standing favorite eateries, six luxury hotel chefs across the Hawaiian Islands reveal their answer to the question, “Where do you like to eat on your day off?” Warning: this post will make you hungry! OAHU Chef de Cuisine Shaymus Alwin, AZURE Restaurant, The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort “On Sunday, you’re [...]
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  • Fourth ‘HT University’ to Study Innovation

    Ryan Ozawa
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    An annual gathering of technology professionals called “Hawaiian Telcom University” is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s theme is “The Innovation Universe,” and the free event offers workshops, exhibits, networking, and both a continental breakfast and lunch. I’m not crazy about the “university” branding, but I’ll give Hawaiian Telcom credit for keeping it going for four years now. By 2013, more than 400 people attended (you can watch presentations from that year on YouTube). Last year, the theme evolved from…
  • College Hackathon to Tackle Business Challenges

    Ryan Ozawa
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Hawaii Pacific University is putting out the call to Honolulu college students to participate in a business-focused hackathon next weekend. The “Laulima Tech Challenge” will take place March 14 & 15 at ProtoHub Honolulu. The free event is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines, from software development to digital graphic design to project management. Next weekend’s event is HPU’s second hackathon, following the “International Women’s Hackathon” in November. That first event was geared toward women and rallied around The Nature…
  • Meerkat Makes Livestreaming Ludicrously Easy

    Ryan Ozawa
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Yesterday, I streamed live video of my drive home from work while a dozen or so people watched. It was pretty mundane, while at the same time, pretty remarkable. I was checking out a new app for iOS called Meerkat, which marries the wide potential of livestreaming with the instant and social strengths of Twitter. Two great tastes that go so well together, TechCrunch described the app as “the livestreaming app Twitter should have built.” With one tap, you can launch a video stream, people can comment on the stream, and you can respond live. Imagine the applications for breaking…
  • Design Thinking Workshop on Saturday

    Ryan Ozawa
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    It looks like Saturday is the day to think differently in Honolulu. While one group of educators will be exploring “deeper learning” in Manoa Valley, another group of people are gathering to learn about “design thinking” less than a mile away. The “Design Thinking” methodology was developed at Stanford University’s design school and championed in the early 1990s by the design firm IDEO. It’s a way of thinking that is still being taught today, and calls for specific steps in a process: define, research, ideate, prototype, choose, implement,…
  • Unconference to Advance ‘Deeper Learning’ in Schools

    Ryan Ozawa
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    On Saturday, educators will gather at Mid-Pacific Institute to discuss “deeper learning” practices in the classroom: ways to motivate and challenge students to communicate, collaborate, and apply what they have learned in different ways. The half-day event will be an “unconference,” and is being organized by the Deeper Learning Hawaii Network. I’m a fan of the “unconference” concept, and love that it has taken hold in Hawaii. From the first Unconferenz in 2008 (the eight-annual event coming in May) to Kamehameha Schools’ KSUNCON to the…
 
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  • Oahu’s popular Makapuu trail to close on weekdays for repairs

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Oahu’s popular Makapuu trail to close on weekdays for repairs View from the top of Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail looking northwest toward Waimanalo Bay. Photo: Meghan Miner.Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, one of Oahu’s most popular hiking paths, will be closed to the public for an estimated 25 weekdays in February, March and July as it undergoes trail maintenance.The two-mile paved pedestrian path extends to Oahu’s easternmost tip and lies within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, a state park. Closures begin today (Mon., Feb. 9) with...
  • POW! WOW! annual Hawaii street art festival returns to color Honolulu's Kakaako district

    6 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    POW! WOW! annual Hawaii street art festival returns to color Honolulu's Kakaako district An artist paints a mural at last year's POW! WOW! Hawaii event in Kakaako. Photo: Brandon Shigeta.Honolulu’s walls are canvases to Hawaii-based artist collective POW! WOW! For the next week they, along with dozens of invited artists from around the world, will literally paint the town.This year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii kicks off Sat., Feb. 7 with its opening party, painting commences Feb. 9.  Artists will reimagine 38 walls in public spaces throughout Kakaako—the gent...
  • Punahou Carnival, a longtime Hawaii tradition, begins Feb. 6

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Punahou Carnival, a longtime Hawaii tradition, begins Feb. 6 Photo: Punahou Carnival.It’s a February tradition 83 years in the making. The Punahou Carnival returns this weekend to the grounds of the prestigious K-12 school, President Barack Obama’s alma mater, with carnival rides, food booths, entertainment and more.  The event has become an Oahu institution and a gathering place for residents of all ages, with attendance numbering in the thousands, rain or...
  • 22nd annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Hawaii Island, Feb. 7

    4 Feb 2015 | 3:45 pm
    22nd annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Hawaii Island, Feb. 7 Cherry trees in Waimea. Photo: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival.The 22nd annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival will celebrate the upcountry Hawaii Island town’s blooming cherry trees this Sat., Feb. 7. The free and open to the public festival is a traditional Japanese hanami, which literally means “cherry blossom viewing party.” But there’s more to do than just gaze at the pretty pink blossoms. A multicultural performance lineup includes a local hula halau (hula troupe),…
  • Top 5 favorite Hawaii kayaking spots

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Top 5 favorite Hawaii kayaking spots Kayakers off Makua Beach on Kauai's north shore. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Dana Edmunds.Hawaii’s waterways are ripe for exploring by kayak—whether you prefer to meander down sleepy waterways through dense green jungle, visit waterfalls, take a leisurely morning paddle through the calm clear waters of a bay, or experience an adventurous jaunt alongside rugged sea cliffs. We asked our trusty HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana to share their favorite paddl...
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  • Musings: Waiting for the Blue

    Joan Conrow
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love watching the full moon rise, all bold and yellow, juiced up for its journey across the black expanse, and then seeing it set the next morning, cozying into the blushing mountains, still round, but pale, white as a sky waiting to be blue.I think a lot of folks are waiting for the blue, looking for the dawn, a fresh beginning, hankering for the hope that accompanies the start of each new day.For me, it's the idea of how Kauai can heal, mend the fractures that have split the community over pesticides, GMOs, dairies, different belief systems, opposing points of view.And then, among the…
  • Musings: Hard to Grasp

    Joan Conrow
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Back when Bill 2491 —which solely targeted pesticide disclosure by Kauai Coffee and four seed companies — was up for debate, the County Council amended it to include this bit of reality:In 2012, restricted use pesticides were used on Kaua’i by agricultural operations (7,727 pounds, or 13%), county government operations (28,350 pounds of Chlorine Liquefied Gas, or 49%), and nongovernment operations for structural pest control (25,828 pounds, or 38%).Yet even though the termite treatment guys use far more pesticides than agricultural operations, and they use them everywhere, including on…
  • Musings: Discursive Bliss

    Joan Conrow
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    My day began before the day began, jolted from sleep by that dreaded sound of a dog barfing – no, no not on the bed – oops, too late. Off come all the covers, right down to the mattress pad, and as the washing machine chugged, we set out walking to greet the dawn.As the mountains pinked and the sky blued, I thought of the mindfulness meditation class I'm taking, and how the instructor said the mind is always wandering, and studies have shown that these mental meanderings make us unhappy at least 50 percent of the time.I like to think my joy quotient is a little bit higher than that, but…
  • Musings: Baaad Bills

    Joan Conrow
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In their rush to cater to misguided constituents, the Senate is considering another poorly worded measure — SB 1037 — that requires pesticide disclosure by anyone cultivating more than 200 acres in crops.Nobody wants to see kids, or anyone else, dosed with pesticides. So why does the Lege keep considering bills that don't actually address what is purportedly the underlying issue — public health?This version — hawked vigorously by Councilman Gary Hooser, who has spent more time lobbying the Lege than serving the Kauai folks who pay his salary — would put the onus on the Department of…
  • Musings: Homies Part II

    Joan Conrow
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Last week's blog post on the county's proposed ordinance regulating homestays drew quite a few comments, including a lengthy one that Sam Lee, the former state land agent, submitted last night. It was so thoughtful that I decided to run it today, featuring Sam as a guest blogger. I'll lead off with the highlights of a conversation I had with Planning Director Mike Dahilig. He said the proposed ordinance was prompted by his department's desire for a uniform policy in dealing with homestays, because 15 people have submitted applications for use permits to operate them. They range from a single…
 
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  • UH-Hilo Offers Environmental Day Camps for Secondary/Middle Schoolers

    Alan McNarie
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    From the University of Hawaii at Hilo: Applications are currently being accepted for the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Manowai O Hanakahi youth summer program, July 13 – 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., with possible overnight field trips. The deadline is Saturday, April 25. Registration fee of up to $150 may apply; need- based scholarships are available. Manowai O Hanakhi offers one-week environmental day camps for Hawai`i Island middle and high school students currently attending grades 7 – 11. Program participants learn about Hawai`i’s mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) regions while…
  • Christina Neal Picked as New HVO Head

    Alan McNarie
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 pm
      Christina “Tina” Neal has been selected to replace Jim Kauahikaua as the new Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  Neal, only the second woman to lead the observatory in its 103-year-long history, will begin her new job on March 8, International Women’s Day. “Tina brings to the HVO Scientist-in-Charge position the required breadth of scientific background, strong communication skills, and eruption response experience, including much work with various communities at risk. I was thrilled when she accepted the position, because I knew thatboth…
  • Police to Meet with Residents in Volcano

    Alan McNarie
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    From Hawaii County Police Department: The Hawai?i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, March 17, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano Village. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District. The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on Hawai?i Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns,…
  • Protests Planned for International Trade Talks at Waikoloa

    Alan McNarie
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    A series of  protest and educational  events are  being planned to coincide with talks scheduled to take place at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on the  Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new trade agreement that would further lower trade barriers between at least twelve countries around the Pacific Rim. The talks, scheduled to take place March 9 through 15, will involve trade and industry representatives to work out details  preceding a ministerial-level meeting in April. At least 12 countries –The U.S., Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore,…
  • Police Shoot, Arrest Driver for Terroristic Threatening

    Alan McNarie
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
      From the Hawai’i CountyPolice Department: Hawa’i Island police are investigating an officer involved shooting in downtown Hilo just before midnight Saturday (February 28). At approximately 11:57 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers were just leaving the area of the Kilauea Avenue extension in a marked police subsidized vehicle that was stopped at the Mamo Street intersection when a silver late-model Chevy compact four-door sedan sped toward them in a threatening manner, striking the police vehicle. The suspect’s car continued northbound on the Kilauea Avenue extension and…
 
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  • 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…
  • @FlyWireCameras on The Geek Beat

    Burt
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    While visiting the Capitol on Opening Day, I saw Rep. Angus McKelvey with his GoPro strapped to his head recording his conversations with visitors. It was cool, but that GoPro was quite noticeable on his forehead. I wondered what local company FlyWire Cameras had as an alternative. One thing lead to another and we had a opportunity to showcase FlyWire on our Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise. In setting up the segment I thought it would be fun to initially wear the FlyWire and then hand it off to Dan Cooke to wear. In the handoff, the cameraman zoomed into the camera,…
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  • 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…
  • Episode 338: Science Writers – Feb 18, 2015

    Burt Lum
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:47 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Arthur Garbiso, HICTA President, about the upcoming HICTA Conference. Also Jay Fidell will join us to give us an update on Think Tech shows and the upcoming Unfunded Liabilities panel. Finally, we’ll talk to two science writers, Sarah CP Williams and Brittany Moya del Pino about the citizen science and the fledgling Hawaii Science Writers Association. Additional Links: Cyber CANOE SB1279 and HB1090 – Bills relating to Non-Compete Agreements Science Pub Hawaii Medium – Backchannel…
  • Episode 337: SBIR – Feb 11, 2015

    Burt Lum
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Keoki Fraser, Vice Principal at Mokapu Elementary, about the upcoming Windward District Science Fair. Then Harrison Rue from the City & County of Honolulu joins us to tell us about Urban HNL. Finally, we’ll learn how the Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) programs aid tech companies that conduct early stage research. We talk with 3 companies that are recipients of SBIR funds including Ron Weidenbach from Hawaii Fish Co., Ian Kitajima from Oceanit and Ed Knobbe from Spectrum…
  • Episode 336: Social Science + Technology – Feb 4, 2015

    Burt Lum
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:49 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, including a pair of upcoming events. Ben Trevino will tell us about a talk by Tahir Hemphill at Kakaako Agora and then Randall Kosaki will tell us about his upcoming lecture about Papahanaumokuakea at Mamiya Theater. Finally, we’ll talk about the intersection of storytelling and technology. We’ve invited Brett Oppegaard and Jenifer Winter from UH College of Social Science to tell us all about it. Additional Links: New species discovered beneath ocean crust HB561 – Relating to Social Media Bill Would Ban Bosses from…
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  • Windows Phone 10 Tech Preview and Experience Using Windows Phone for 2 Years

    Douglas Ching
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Nearly 2 years ago I blogged about my experiences using Windows Phone for 6 months. I’m back to update my impression of Windows Phone as a whole and also blog about Windows 10 for phones.  Windows Phone has gone through several updates and in early February 2015 Microsoft released the first Tech Preview for Windows 10 on phones. User Interface and Performance Two years ago Windows Phone’s UI was made up of a flat tile design.  It still has that same design, but added more tile sizes, the ability to add a background and in a recent update, folders.  The UI is still fluid and fast…
  • SB 627: Continuation of the Manoa Innovation Center

    Daniel Leuck
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On behalf of Ikayzo, inc., formerly a Manoa Innovation Center tenant, I respectfully submit testimony in STRONG SUPPORT of SB 627, the ten year extension of HTDC's land lease agreement with the University of Hawaii that facilitates uninterrupted operation of the Manoa Innovation Center. The center played a critical role in the formation and scaling of both Ikayzo and Contix. In addition to the facility, which is well tuned to a technology startup’s needs, we utilized their workshops, professional service provider program, CEO forum and frequently benefited from the expertise of our neighbor…
  • ArchISO with Broadcom Drivers

    David Chung
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    As a reference for myself in the future and for others who may find this information useful, this blog post describes my experience with installing ArchLinux on a machine that requires Broadcom wireless drivers for Wi-Fi and Ethernet isn't available. I recently decided to install ArchLinux on my Dell Inspiron 1525, which in the past I had to connect the computer to the Internet via an Ethernet cable since ArchLinux didn't come with the necessary Broadcom wireless drivers for my computer. Furthermore, the ArchLinux installer requires an Internet connection to download the packages for…
  • Programming for Kids

    Douglas Ching
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    One thing I noticed in 2014 was an overall push to “learn to code”. Today computers are everywhere and we are only getting more reliant on them every day. It makes sense that more people and kids in particular are being exposed to programming. Here are some resources that I have found very easy to set up if you want to teach your kids about programming. Since I mainly use Windows this will be mainly a Windows centric post.  Also because this is a list of resources for kids I am focusing on things that focus on at least programming concepts and don’t put emphasis on the actual typing of…
  • Software Developer

    Athena
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Title Guaranty is currently looking for a Software Developer.  Ideal candidate would have a minimum of 1 year of experience in Software Development.  For immediate consideration, please apply through our website at www.tghawaii.com.
 
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  • 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…
  • `Opihi teeth are toughest biological material in the world.

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    You always knew `opihi were tough, but this tough? The teeth of this Hawaiian delicacy may be the strongest biological material known.(Image: Three of the favored Hawaiian limpets At top with green border makaiauli; at right with yellow foot is 'alinalina; and at left with gray foot, is ko'ele. Their scientific names, in order are Cellana exarata, Cellana sandwicensis and Cellana talcosa.)A new British study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, says limpet teeth are far stronger than the previous winner, spider silk. They accomplish this with a unique bit of layering—in…
  • Mildew on mango: chemical and organic controls all have impacts

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:15 pm
    My Keitt mango tree is in full flower, and infested with the same powdery mildew that last year killed off every flower or fruit.The fungus, Oidium mangiferae, infests the flowering portions and young fruit, killing them and turning them black. Instead of their normal vibrant yellows and pinks, the flowering stalks of infested mango turn brown and gray. The fungal disease is a main culprit in mango yield in the Islands.In researching solutions, I entered the bizarre world of plant disease control, in which few options are without unwanted impacts, and the safest alternatives are illegal.
  • The Apple iCar--your next ride?

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Electric cars are certainly part of Hawai`i’s automotive future, but they are currently barely a niche planet in the automobile universe.They won’t stay that way, says Tesla’s Elon Musk. “All cars will be electric cars,” he says confidently.The latest data point is the interest of iconic techno-giant Apple, which clearly has the means to wade into that arena. Apple’s now worth north of $700 Billion—with cash reserves reported at more than $170 billion.Let’s get clear how much money that cash reserve is. At current market values, Apple could buy Ford, General Motors,…
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  • Slideshow: Hawaii's James Beard award semifinalist chefs behind the scenes

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Three local chefs are in the running again as semifinalists for the coveted James Beard Awards, considered the "Oscars" of the culinary world. Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Andrew Le, and Ed Kenney have used similar recipes to rise to the top of the restaurant business, yet each has a unique approach to food. They share their stories of success in this week's cover story. Read more to find out which one of them initially couldn't figure out how to turn on a commercial stove, which one calls their creative…
  • Rix Island Wear, T&C Surf Designs opening at DeBartolo's West Oahu mall

    Duane Shimogawa
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Rix Island Wear, an aloha wear retailer, and Town & Country Surf Designs, which sells everything from surfboard to surfwear, are the latest companies secured for DeBartolo Development's planned Ka Makana Alii West Oahu shopping mall, a spokesman for the mall confirmed to PBN. Both tenants are expected to open in the first phase of the 67-acre Macy's anchored regional mall in Kapolei. Construction on phase one of Ka Makana Alii, which includes more than 750,000-square-feet of retail, dining, entertainment…
  • Hawaii's Blue Startups selects 5th cohort with a focus on travel tech

    Jason Ubay
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Blue Startups, the Hawaii-based technology accelerator founded by entrepreneurs Henk Rogers, has selected eight technology startups to participate in its fifth cohort for the spring of 2015. "We focused on recruitment in a few core areas for this cohort; namely travel technology and Asia-Pacific focus," Rogers said in a statement. "Hawaii has unfair advantages in these areas, and we are looking to take advantage of them." Blue Startups targets capital-efficient and scalable-technology companies…
  • Hawaii-based Sultan Ventures hires three executives as it expands

    Jason Ubay
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Hawaii-based Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups and investments, has hired executives to head three areas — new ventures, strategic partnerships and investor relations. Meli James will head the new ventures department and will focus on spinning out existing portfolio projects and launching new companies and initiatives. She is the president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and founder of Hon New Tech, a startup pitch event. In addition, she is an…
  • Hotel occupancy and room rates rise on Kauai and Big Island

    Jason Ubay
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Kauai and the Big Island saw hotel occupancy and daily average room rates rise last week as statewide average occupancy dipped slightly. The statewide average occupancy rate hit 85.1 percent for the week ending Feb. 28, down 0.4 percentage points from the same week a year ago, while average room rates reached $248.97, a 2.7 percent increase, according to Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc. Oahu led all Islands with 86.5 percent average occupancy, down 3.6 percentage points from last year. Maui…
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  • Speaker Emeritus Say Meets Qualifications to Hold Office

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:12 pm
    After reviewing written documentation and hearing presentations from attorneys for the parties challenging Speaker Emeritus' Calvin Say’s qualifications to represent District 20 (St. Louis Heights, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki) and defending Speaker Emeritus Say, the special House committee formed to investigate the matter determined that Speaker Emeritus Say is qualified
  • 737 House Bills Continue Through Legislative Process

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:29 pm
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  • Hawaii State Legislature invites public to 7th Annual Art At the Capitol

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Fifty years ago, construction began on the Hawaii Capitol that would transform the 24-acre historic site into the iconic five-story building where some of the most important legislative decisions have been made since statehood. With its open atrium, high ceilings and ring of columns erupting from a reflecting pool, the building is both symbolic of the islands and stands as a work of art in its
  • Hawaii students to design and operate a NASA experiment on the surface of the moon

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    Moon RIDERS announcement at Kealakehe High School. Credit: PISCES <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->When state legislators provided funding for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), a
  • Lynn DeCoite Sworn In As Representative For House District 13

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Today Representative Lynn DeCoite, who was appointed by Governor David Ige to complete the current term of the late Mele Carroll, was sworn in during the regular session of the Hawaii State House of Representatives. "This is a bittersweet day for me and my family." Stated Rep. DeCoite" I know I have some big shoes to fill. I am grateful for having the opportunity to get to know Rep. Carroll.
 
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  • 2015 Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Legislative Package

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    House Bill 210 – Appropriates moneys to the department of the prosecuting attorney of the city and county of Honolulu for the career criminal prosecution unit and victim witness assistance program. House Bill 211 – Appropriates moneys to the department of the prosecuting attorney of the city and county of Honolulu for the Honolulu Family Justice Center. House Bill 1198 – Appropriates funds to the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu for the Honolulu Family Justice Center; provided that the City and County of Honolulu provides matching…
  • Wahiawa Community & Business Association Meeting and Dinner

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    On Thursday, January 22, 2015, Brandon Mitsuda and I attended the Wahiawa Community & Business Association meeting and dinner at Dot’s restaurant as guests of Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • 2015 Opening Day of the 2015 Hawaii State Legislature

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, Representative Isaac Choy, and Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamats at the 2015 Opening Day of the Hawaii State Legislature on 1/21/2015. Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamatsu and Representative Clift Tsuji at the 2015 Opening Day of the Hawaii State Legislature on 1/21/2015. Honolulu City Council Liaison Brandon R. Mitsuda, Senator Will Espero, and Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamatsu at the 2015 Opening Day of the Hawaii State Legislature on 1/21/2015. Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting…
  • Prosecuting Team

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The Team: Kauai Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar, Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya, Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jon Riki Karamatsu, and Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tricia Nakamatsu at Hawaii Legislative Opening Day on 1/21/2015.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Earning Reports on TD Ameritrade

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
    I really like it that TD Ameritrade has a calendar marking the dates of all the earning reports for the companies you’re investing or tracking. Super convenient since I usually calendar in each company’s earning report in my Google Calendar and Google Tasks.Filed under: Uncategorized
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • 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…
  • The Value is Hearing What Other People Think

    Mike Hu
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Many people think to create forums (media) so that they can tell others what they think -- rather than creating forums so that they can hear what other people think -- and that is the problem of communication in this day and age -- despite all the marvels that make those transmissions possible.  Nowhere is that more true, than on the social media -- in which everybody now has the opportunity to tell others what to think -- especially about them.It becomes everybody's opportunity for self-advertising and self-promotion, which formerly was available only to those who could afford to pay…
  • Living One's Best Life

    Mike Hu
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Nobody can do it for another.  Each has to live their own best lives -- regardless of what everybody else does.  That has always been the simple fact -- of everybody's existence.  We're all given one chance -- to make the best of it -- or not.  There is nobody, who never had a chance -- at least one, in their lifetime, to make a difference and change the course of their lives.  Most in fact, many chances -- all of them squandered, and so they claim, they never had a chance -- even once in their life.Even in the most repressive societies and conditions, people have a…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • 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…
  • Creating Value

    Mike Hu
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Many people think that "making money" is the be-all, end-all of life, when there is something much more fundamental at work, and that is "creating value" when there was nothing before -- and that action, is what is monetized in some financial transaction (exchange) -- or not.In many cases, it is inefficient and counterproductive to place a price on an item to value it, if there is no one readily available to value that on the other end -- and so the better values may go unappreciated, while lesser values are greatly overpriced.That is not to say that it shouldn't be that way -- but rather,…
  • Doing What NEEDS to Be Done

    Mike Hu
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Obviously, doing what doesn't work, or what works badly, or just anything at all, is not going to produce the same results as doing what works, and needs to be done.  It doesn't matter what burns the most calories, or costs the most money -- produces the most pain and/or injury.  Yet many people think that is enough -- just to go ahead and do whatever they want to do, whatever turns them on, no matter what glaringly needs to be done.And therein lies the crux of most human problems and conditions -- doing what has caused their problem, and not doing what would prevent, or cure it --…
 
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    Hawaii Legal News

  • “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…
  • “Penetrating and Comprehensive” Approach to Motions to Withdraw

    26 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    State v. Harter(HSC December 10, 2014)Background. Letitia Harter was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. The charges stemmed from an incident in a Honolulu nightclub, Club 939. Harter initially called the police but the police ended up trying to arrest her for disorderly conduct. The arresting officer later testified as he attempted to “gain control” of Harter, she swung at or around him and scratched the officer’s chin.At the arraignment, Harter was represented by the public defender. After a few continuances…
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    hawaiioceanlaw.com

  • 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
  • State of the Judiciary Address to the Hawaii Legislature

    Mark Murakami
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Waiting for Chief Justice Recktenwald's speech. Excited to hear about Kona Judiciary complex and more.
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Duty to Defend For Accident Exists, But Not Duty to Indeminfy

    Tred Eyerly
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
       The Seventh Circuit found there was a duty to defend the additional insured under the policy, but not a duty to indemnify. Kmart Corp. v. Footstar, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 1775 (7th Cir. Feb. 4, 2015).     By agreement, Footstar operated the footwear department in hundreds of Kmart stores around the country. Footstar's footwear departments were in designated areas of the Kmart stores. Section 18.1 of the Master Agreement required Footstar to defend and indemnify Kmart from "all damage . . . arising out of Footstar's performance or failure to perform under this…
  • Coverage Found For Cleanup of Superfund Site Despite Pollution Exclusion

    Tred Eyerly
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
       The court determined that the pollution exclusion did not bar defense or indemnity for the insured's obligation to clean up a superfund site. Decker Mfg. Corp. v. The Travelers Indem. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12169 (W.D. Mich. Feb. 3, 2015).    From 1966 to 1981, Decker disposed of its waste materials at the township landfill. The landfill was closed in 1981. Decker was insured under a CGL policy for a four year period from January 1, 1973, through January 1, 1977.    After the landfill was closed, the EPA began an investigation which eventually led to a Unilateral…
  • Anti-Concurrent, Anti-Sequential Causation Clause Precludes Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
       Where the building was damaged by both a covered cause and a non-covered cause, the policy's anti-concurrent/anti-sequential causation clause barred coverage for a collapsed building. Ashrit Realty LLC v. Tower Nat'l Ins. Co., 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 107 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Jan. 20, 2015).    The property sustained moderate damage during a storm on August 14, 2011. More extensive damage was caused by Hurricane Irene two weeks later. After the hurricane, a large hole formed due to the collapse of a pipe which ran underneath the property. Once the pipe collapsed,…
  • Sanctions Issued for Frivolous Hurricane Sandy Complaint Filed Against Insurer

    Tred Eyerly
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
       The federal district court for the district of New Jersey cracked down on a Texas law firm that filed 250 Hurricane Sandy related cases against insurers without adequate investigation. Lighthouse Point Marina & Yacht Club, LLC v. Int'l Marine Underwriters, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6430 (D. N.J. Jan. 20, 2015).     The Texas firm filed more that 250 actions in New Jersey courts against insurers to recover for alleged property damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The original complaints were nearly identical with the same typos. The complaint in this case alleged that the insurer…
  • Property Damage to Non-Defective Work Is Covered

    Tred Eyerly
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
       The New Hampshire Supreme Court found some of the property damage evolving from the insured's portion of the work was covered under its liability policy. Cogswell Farm Condo. Ass'n v. Tower Group, Inc., 2015 N.H. LEXIS 3 (N.H. Jan. 13, 2015).     Lemery Building Company, Inc. constructed and developed 24 residential condominium units. After units were sold, the Cogswell Farm Condominium Association sued Lemery, asserting that the "weather barrier" components of the units were defectively constructed and resulted in damage to the units due to water leaks. Cogswell…
 
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  • Video: Report On Community Meeting On Property Rights And The Honolulu Rail

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Weird headline from KITV. No, owners whose property is taken for the rail aren't "profiting" if they are able to get more for their land than what the condemning agency offered; "just compensation and damages" are required by the constitution, and if they are able to obtain more, in many cases that still leaves them undercompensated and simply means the condemnor's offer was inadequate. But besides the headline, KITV does a good report on last night's community forum on property owners' rights in eminent domain which we sponsored.  Related articles…
  • Virginia Supreme Court Oral Arguments: Does A Precondemnation Value Statement Come In?

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    The Virginia Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Ramsey v. Commissioner of Highways, a case we've been following closely (and in which we filed an amicus brief in support of the property owners).  This is the case about Virginia's statutory requirements in eminent domain cases. As a prerequisite to a court exercising jurisdiction over a condemnation complaint, a state condemning agency must as an initial step present a statement of "the amount which [the condemnor] believes to be just compensation," to the property owner, and must include an appraisal…
  • Tommorrow's Public Rail Project Forum: Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, And Protecting Property Rights

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    As reported yesterday by Pacific Business News ("HART acquired 34 properties for $70M along Honolulu rail transit route, new report says"), "[t]he Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has acquired 34 properties totaling about $70.2 million thus far along the 20-mile rail transit route, including the recent purchase of a former sports bar property near Ala Moana Center for about $1.35 million."  In other words, it's begun.  In response to the many questions we've received from property owners, businesses. and homeowners whose rights may be at…
  • Is The Hawaii Reapportionment Commission About To Go The Way Of The 'O'o Bird?

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Spurred by yesterday's battle-of-the-titans Supreme Court oral arguments (Clement vs. Waxman) in a case we've been following, we're taking a short diversion from our usual fare of takings, eminent domain, and land use law today to cover another topic that long-time followers know is also within our area of practice: voting and election law. The case is Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 13-1314, an actual appeal to the Supreme Court from a three-judge district court, one of the few places left in the law where that can still…
  • Tohono's "Jurisdictional Ambush" And The Tucker Act Shuffle In The Federal Circuit

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    This one from the Federal Circuit is a must read, particularly for those interested in takings claims where the federal government is involved. But even if that doesn't describe you, we think you should review Ministero Roca Solida v. United States, No. 14-5058 (Feb. 26, 2015), because the issues raised -- especially in Judge Taranto's concurring opinion -- could have impact far beyond the narrow confines of the case. The core issue is one we've dealt with extensively before, and which the Supreme Court addressed in United States v. Tohono O'odham Nation, 131 S. Ct. 1723…
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    Pulpconnection

  • Poor Radio Reception

    Gee Why
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Any Lexus owners out there have poor radio reception with the stock deck? We got a used Lexus that’s newer than our (former) Toyotas, but the radio reception is so bad.Driving my normal routes, the FM radio reception is staticky and even drops out at certain spots. This didn’t happen with the Toyota stereos. I figured this wouldn’t have been an issue for the luxury Lexus line, but it is, and it’s real bothersome. I talked with Bill at Progressive Auto Sounds in Aiea, and he said changing the deck wouldn’t necessarily improve radio reception. It may or it may…
  • Target Kailua Soft Opening

    Gee Why
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Target location in Kailua had their soft opening today with the grand opening scheduled for Sunday, March 8. Open to the general public for the first time, the people of Hawaii didn’t disappoint. There was an expected line to get in as many thought today was the official grand opening.The shopping carts were quickly snapped up as the people kept on coming.I didn’t grab a cart but instead, opted to zip around unencumbered, and you know what? From what I saw, this Target looks like any other Target you’ve been to. Check out the familiar bath section.Here’s the…
  • Target Kailua Almost

    Gee Why
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The newest Target in Kailua is set to open this week, and here are a few more pictures before the opening.Coming (oh so) soon Doors open March 8 Interesting parking lot covering Lots of parking in-between Tons of parking in general Like the design touches Target Kailua Coming SoonTarget Kailua Soft OpeningTarget Kailua on TargetWe Have SignageWhole Foods Kailua Opening Madness
  • Guess What Starbucks Drink This Is

    Gee Why
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Can you guess what unofficial Starbucks drink is being crafted in this scene?Here are some hints. You see the cup oversized for the contained espresso shots? See all that ice? The deliberation at the condiment bar is already captured in the picture. All that’s left is to add the (free) dairy for the one and only ghetto latte!Oh and for the demanding oat-y types, the popular Hawaii oat cake is back.Yup, looks the same as before. While I have heard they are tasty, I just can’t bring myself to buy one.A Ghetto Latte in ActionStarbucks Hawaii Gets Oat Cakes?!?Cinnamon Dolce Latte Now…
  • A Shoutout from Gregg Hammer

    Gee Why
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:41 pm
    What a way to start Thursday morning! I had just pulled out of my driveway for my morning commute with the radio tuned to KRTR 96.3. Aunty Mildred Kaneakala was kicking off the morning’s Story Time when I heard my name on air. Wait, what was that? Did I hear Gregg Hammer as Aunty just give a shout out to his/her favorite blogger?!? Why yes I did (see the Instagram comments)! Wait what? Did I hear @the.real.gregg.hammer mention my name this morning on Story Time?A photo posted by @geewhy on Feb 26, 2015 at 11:14am PSTSadly, I wasn’t ready to record the audio or fast enough to get…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Cinephiles’ delight: Doris Duke Theatre’s sexy new projector

    Travis Hancock
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Fans of Doris Duke Theatre’s dynamic film program have even more reason to get their cinema fix at the museum—last week the theater installed a new Digital Cinema Projector (DCP). “A lot of our programming is community based,” says theater manager Taylour Chang. “So the focus has been less on the quality of the image than the content—in a way it didn’t matter whether we screened Blu-Ray or DVD because ultimately we would screen something based on how well it would engage a community and foster discussion. But now we want to also make a high-quality viewing experience a priority.
  • Matson’s Eugene Savage murals now on view in the Arts of Hawai‘i Gallery

    Scott Whelden
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Are you kicking yourself because you never got a chance to see Art Deco Hawai‘i? (The hit show closed in January.) Well, one of the highlights of the show—six murals by Eugene Savage—are now on view in the Arts of Hawai‘i Gallery, thanks to Matson extending their loan of the paintings. “People had been asking me if Art Deco Hawai‘i could remain permanently on view,” says Theresa Papanikolas, curator of European and American art and Art Deco Hawai‘i. “We couldn’t do that, but the requests inspired me to ask Matson if they would extend the loan. Matson and I both agreed that…
  • Docent Andrea Snyder on the Jewish Film Festival’s “Bar Mitzvah year”

    Travis Hancock
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    When the Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival opens in the Doris Duke Theatre on March 7, it enters what is being dubbed its “Bar Mitzvah year,” since it turns 13—the year in which one passes into adulthood in Judaism. Like most museum events, the festival has depended on passionate people to nurture it through various rites of passage: planning, collaborating, scheduling, budgeting, curating, promoting, sharing and execution. For the Jewish Film Festival, one indispensable steward is docent and festival liaison Andrea Snyder, who began working with the festival through…
  • Museum Shop: Like the mural? Get the book. Or tattoos. Or postcards

    Lesa Griffith
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The mural Nervosa III, which James Jean completed a week ago as part of Pow! Wow! Hawaii in our Luce Pavilion is a hit. If you’ve fallen in love with his work, you may want to stop in the Museum Shop for James Jean products. Rebus, $45 James Jean Flash Temporary Tattoos $14.95 Kindling, a poster book, $29.95 Memu: 100 postcards, $22.95 XOXO Hugs & Kisses postcard book, $9.95 ‘Nervosa III’ by James Jean
  • Andy Graydon: Phase 2 of ‘Fig. 1,’ opening Feb. 27

    Lesa Griffith
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Andy Graydon arrived in Honolulu on Feb. 17, and has been preparing nonstop for his sound installation Fig. 1 (these things we know), opening at ARTafterDARK on Feb. 27. He had barely unpacked his bag at the Spalding House visiting artist studio when he did his first interview. The next day he was in the Hawaii Public Radio studio (pictured above) with Puakea Nogelmeier, the guru of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (and holder of one of the most distinctive, sonorous voices on the island). Born and raised on Maui, Graydon is now an emerging artist on the international art scene and based in Cambridge,…
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 03/06/2015 - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    <p><strong>Ma Rainey's Black Bottom</strong></p><p>Written and by August Wilson</p> <p>Arrangements by Jim Howard</p> <p>Directed by Lillian Jones</p> <p> </p><p>Tag to complete historic milestone with upcoming performance of August Wilson's Play:  Ma Rainey's Black Bottom</p> <p> </p> <p>With this production, TAG completes the August Wilson cycle of ten plays portraying African American life in each decade of the Twentieth Century.  August Wilson was a great American playwright who wrote…
  • 03/06/2015 - Chris Young in Concert

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    <p>Just added! Chris Young & his band in another concert at MACC! <br /> (in addition to the sold-out Brice/Young show here Mar 7) Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist known for his classic baritone and melt-your-heart ballads, Chris Young is also a dynamic live performer, an international ambassador for his genre, and a talented songwriter.</p><p> </p><p>In 2006, Young released his self-titled debut album, earning two singles on the Billboard Country chart: "Drinkin' Me Lonely" and "You're Gonna Love Me." His second album, The Man I Want to Be…
  • 03/06/2015 - Honolulu Chamber Music Series: Minetti String Quartet

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    <div id="event_body"><h4>About the Performance:</h4> <p>This musical sensation from Austria is in demand at concert halls from Europe to the Far East.</p><p>Program: W. A. Mozart–Adagio und Fuge in C minor, KV 546; Dmitri Shostakovich–String Quartet No.8 in C-minor, Op. 110, Bedrich Smetana–String Quartet No.1 in E-minor, From My Life. <strong></strong></p></div>
  • 03/06/2015 - Nunsense

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    <p class="p1"><strong> Nunsense</strong> is a musical comedy by Dan Goggin and makes its Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center debut.</p><p class="p1"> </p><p class="p1">Originating as a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant, the cards caught on so quickly that Goggin decided to expand the concept into a cabaret show and eventually a full-length musical. The original Off-Broadway production became the third-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.</p> <p…
  • 03/06/2015 - Hawaiian Entertainment by Ka Hehena

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Born and raised in the islands of Hawaii, Ka Hehena Nathan Nahinu, Ioane Burns, and Halehaku Seabury perform traditional Hawaiian and other types of music with the goal of perpetuating the culture and heritage of Hawaii and her people. Nathan is a former member of the popular trio Palolo.</p>
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  • 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 […]
  • All About ‘Ukulele Sizes

    Brad Bordessa
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    An updated page containing information about soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, and other odd ukulele sizes.
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • Honolulu Festival Brings Harmony

    Bruce Fisher
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    If you’re lucky enough to be in in Hawaii over the next few days you have to check out the annual Honolulu The post Honolulu Festival Brings Harmony appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Barbeque Essentials

    Jamie Winpenny
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    If, during your Hawaii vacation, you find yourself and/or your family invited to a potluck barbeque by someone you’ve met here, there The post Hawaii Barbeque Essentials appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • American Roots Music Takes Hold in Honolulu

    Jamie Winpenny
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Hawaii has been a melting pot of cultures since the early days of whaling and the plantation ere of the 19th century. The post American Roots Music Takes Hold in Honolulu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Taro Farmers, Back to Basics

    Jamie Winpenny
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:24 pm
    For visitors to Hawaii, luau productions are a fun way to experience the hula-dancing, smiling Polynesian trope most people around the world The post Taro Farmers, Back to Basics appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kona Brewing Company Reopens

    Bruce Fisher
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    For those of you who’ve been missing your “Liquid Aloha” from the Kona brewing Company you’ll be happy to know that after The post Kona Brewing Company Reopens appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • 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.
  • Hawaii Tourism review for 2014

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Well, 2014 is winding down and we thought we’d take a look at some of the big news stories in Hawaii travel The post Hawaii Tourism review for 2014 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We’re talking about Chinatown today, a part of Honolulu that has really come into its own as a hotbed of the arts The post Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Under the palm tree

    Sheila Beal
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Mahalo to Tony Bartlett from the UK for sharing his photo for our Aloha Friday Photo series.We love that this tall coconut tree appears to be reaching for the blue sky and the fluffy white clouds. We can almost hear the breeze blowing through the fronds and feel the warmth of the sun when we look at this photo.Irresistibly, we always take a photo of the sky under palm trees when we’re in Hawaii. We’re glad Tony took the time to snap this photo and share it with us.It’s worth noting that since this tree doesn’t have any coconuts that could potentially fall, it’s…
  • New giveaway: Made-in-Maui lotions, soaps & candle

    Sheila Beal
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Maui Soap Company makes tropical-scented bath and body care products. You may come across them when you shop for souvenirs in Hawaii as their products are stocked in many stores around the islands in addition to their online store.Maui Soap Company handcrafts a lovely selection of Hawaii-scented products with fragrances like coconut, gardenia, mango papaya, plumeria and more.The folks at Maui Soap Company are offering a wonderful coconut-scented prize pack to one lucky reader. The prize pack includes a body butter, bar soap, hand & body lotion, loofah soap, and scented pillar candle…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: “The Light Show” Rainbow

    Sheila Beal
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Mahalo to James Brogan of Shutter Force Photography for sending this amazing rainbow photo to us for Aloha Friday Photos.  James shared this almost miraculous story of how he captured this photo:This rainbow appeared over the Hawaii Kai Marina about a month back. I was headed out to run some errands and was eyeing it wishing I had my camera. An hour later I returned to the same spot and the rainbow was still there, this is one of the longest holding rainbows I have ever seen.With continually shifting rain, wind, and light it is rare to see a rainbow for even more than a few minutes.I ran…
  • Suite life with extra value at Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk

    Sheila Beal
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    The porte-cochere with water fountain at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk.Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk offers great amenities and value for a Waikiki vacation. A full, cooked-to-order breakfast and evening cocktail reception is always included in the nightly room rate off this all-suite resort.LocationEmbassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is located at 201 Beach Walk in Waikiki. (See this Google Map link to explore the area.) Restaurants, shops and, of course, Waikiki Beach are all within easy walking distance.View from our 12th floor suite looking west towards Fort Derussy.Embassy…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: “Front row seats…”

    Sheila Beal
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Mahalo to Pam Wright for sending this lovely sunset photo to us for Aloha Friday Photos. Pam took this photo from Duke’s Waikiki on the final evening of her recent Oahu visit. She tells us that she likes to call this view “great front row seats to a breathtaking sunset.” That’s an excellent description!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape…
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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Shale Oil & Gas: The Overhype

    Leslie Lang
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Art Berman says we don’t have as much shale oil and gas as we think we do. He feels that the shale oil and gas sector is largely uneconomic. The first time I heard Art Berman speak was on a panel discussion at a 2009 Association for the Study of Peak Oil conference. He studied four thousand Barnett shale wells in Texas and found that the average well gave up 72 percent of its production in the first year. He definitely had a different perspective than an oil company executive panel member, who said that according to his hyperbolic curve calculations, the average well…
  • Ohia & Biotech

    Leslie Lang
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Richard Ha writes: It turns out that ‘ohi‘a dieout is tied to a fungus. The American chestnut was almost wiped out by a fungus, too. But a biotech solution might save the American chestnut. Maybe a biotech solution can be found to help with the ‘ohi‘a fungus as well. From the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald: By COLIN M. STEWARTHawaii Tribune-Herald Experts call it the single most important tree for the protection and proliferation of native forests across the state. The ohia is the most widespread, as well as arguably the most beloved and iconic, native tree in Hawaii. And for the last…
  • Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative Files With PUC

    Leslie Lang
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Richard Ha writes: The Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) has gotten quite a bit of press coverage in the past few days. Last week, we submitted an application to the PUC to intervene in the pending sale of Hawaii Electric Industries (HEI) to NextEra Energy. Our HIEC spokesman Marco Mangelsdorf answers some questions about it just below. Following his answers, you can see excerpts from and links to newspaper articles about HIEC from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Pacific Business News, and Honolulu Civil Beat. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Provided by Marco…
 
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    A Pacific View

  • Goodbye, JAC, long live the JAC.

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    A sad day today, the Joint Astronomy Centre (JAC) will close for business on Saturday 28th February. The JAC has been around for decades and supported both UKIRT and the JCMT. UKIRT left in November 2014 but still used JAC staff for support, but now JCMT will be moving to new ownership this weekend.The building still exists and both JCMT and UKIRT staff are still there, but the whole organisation that glued us together will be gone. It's quite a sad time but also, a new beginning for both telescopes.Will Montgomerie, a telescope system specialist at the JCMT, just published this wonderful…
  • End of an era

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    Tonight is the last night UKIRT operates as a UK telescope. We are closed Friday night during which the changeover to a new operator, the University of Arizona, takes place.I have worked at UKIRT for 18 years and have observed there since 1991. My feelings are mixed. I am very excited about the future as UKIRT moves ahead and reinvents itself once again. We are moving into areas UKIRT was never designed for but we demonstrated this summer it was quite capable of carrying out its new science mission. I am also sad because I know so many people I have worked with in the past in the UK will…
  • Hurricane Iselle's aftermath

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Hawaii, especially the district of Puna on the Big Island, rarely makes the news, even on the local TV stations in the State. It's a neglected district with many quite poor people living here. Some areas are very beautiful and have many vacation rentals for visitors, some are ravaged by lava flows, but overall it is a large area (roughly the size of Oahu) with thousands of relatively poor families.Hurricane Iselle devastated much of the district last Thursday night. Thousands of people are without power or running water, some are still trapped on their streets by downed trees. Houses have…
  • Well, it's in the public domain now - UKIRT's future

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    Latest news can be seen here -SFGate news about UKIRT. I'm sure other media sources will pick things up over the next day or so. Local rags picked it up quickly but aren't the places I want to direct people to. Don't know anything about SFGate, but haven't hit a paywall there yet.
  • The Long Goodbye

    15 Mar 2014 | 1:23 am
    Eddie, the cat on the right, has been with me almost since the day I arrived in Hawaii. She's approaching 18 years old now and as a kitten wasn't expected to survive her first year. She was 10-weeks old and just skin and bones and clearly the runt of the litter when I adopted her. The person at the Humane Society told me she needed a lot of love and care to survive, and when her adopted sister, Patsy, died just a few weeks later from FIP, the vet said it was likely she had contracted the disease as well and would die young.Well, over 17 years later she is still with me, nearly as energetic as…
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • 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…
  • Why Christmas is so special to us in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The first Christmas I celebrated in Hawaii was in the 1960's when I was in grade school.  I remember vividly how wonderful it was to be warm, feel the sun on my skin, be outside without a coat, and swim in the ocean. I do not remember any gifts that year.  My Christmas gift was being in Hawaii.When we came to Hawaii for Christmas vacation as adults, we enjoyed the decorations and all the fun events planned for the season by the hotels.  We made an effort to decorate a tree and string lights in our hotel room.  But our big Christmas gift was being in Hawaii where we spent…
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  • 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…
  • Tabletop Salad Garden Boxes

    Sonia
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
      The Facebook page announcement said: Interested in container gardening? We still have a few spots available for Donna's "Tabletop Salad Garden" workshop where you will plant a salad garden to take home. So I e-mailed and secured two spots for us... The class was held on a beautiful Saturday morning and it was fun.  We shared a worktable with our friends Sharon and Carol. The containers are sturdy plastic boxes with a nice plastic wide mesh bottom for good drainage -the size is approximately 15" x 15" x 5" deep.    The growing…
  • The Home Farming Project - Just Do It!

    Sonia
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    From April through September 2011 I participated as a blogger in a Home Farming Project sponsored by Nabisco / Triscuit Company at the Gather.com site.  Some of my gardening articles survived the cut when Gather was sold, some did not.  I am trying to save all the ones that did survive so will be sharing through this blog.  Just Do It! Filed in Gather Home & Garden Essentialby Sonia Martinezon September 5, 2011   If you've been dreaming of growing your own herbs and vegetables but feel that the task is daunting, there is no law that says you need to…
  • The Home Farming Project - "Wintering" Your Garden - putting your garden to bed for the winter

    Sonia
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    From April through September 2011 I participated as a blogger in a Home Farming Project sponsored by Nabisco / Triscuit Company at the Gather.com site.  Some of my gardening articles survived the cut when Gather was sold, some did not.  I am trying to save all the ones that did survive so will be sharing through this blog.  “Wintering” Your Garden - putting your garden to bed for the winter Filed in Gather Home & Garden Essentialby Sonia Martinezon September 5, 2011 I am blessed by living in a part of the world where we can grow an edible garden all…
 
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  • Volunteers will continue search for missing hiker

    Leila Fujimori
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    After four days the Hono­­lulu Fire Department on Tuesday discontinued its search for Daylenn "Moke" Pua, a Kona teenager who disappeared while hiking in the Koo­lau, but friends, family and volunteers — including drone operators — will continue the search Wednesday.
  • Incidental Lives: Miracles and mercy bring lost, injured dog back home

    Michael Tsai
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    It's been more than two months since old Beek wriggled through the fence of his Kane­ohe home and disappeared into the night, and owner Christen Matsu­shige still can't quite believe the confluence of mercies that led to his happy return.
  • Study: Ocean once spread over ~20% of Mars

    Jim Borg
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Mars once had an ocean that covered nearly one-fifth of its surface to a depth of maybe a mile, according to new research using Mauna Kea telescopes.
  • Views on housing, food security clash

    Leila Fujimori
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    Residents, labor union members and farmers packed a room at Kapo­lei Hale Monday night and debated whether Hoo­pili, a proposed 1,554-acre development plan by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, should be built on prime agricultural land between Ewa and Kapo­lei.
  • Trees burned on Kauai will be converted to power

    Timothy Hurley
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    When more than 3,000 acres burned in a devastating series of West Kauai wildland fires in 2012, state officials not only mourned the loss of healthy state forest, but were faced with the potential for even further disaster.
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  • 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…
  • Fast Action At The Filcom From Man Up & Stand Up With SEC

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    By: King Eddie   Over the weekend, Star Elite Cagefighting along with Man Up & Stand up put together a fight card for the ages. As usual with this particular promotion, there were many belts on the line. In this particular organization, Champions remain active due to the wealth of hungry contenders. And once again on a night of fights to remember, these young up and comers didn't disappoint.    In an early kickboxing bout between Duane Amara and Randy Kamaiopili we got to see exactly why Hawaii's roots in the art of standing and trading will never be forgotten. These two warriors banged…
  • Manny Pacquiao Endorses Duke Aiona For Governor

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    World Champion boxer, Manny Pacquiao, backs Duke Aiona in Hawaii Governors race. The veteran Filipino politician has only endorsed US politicians twice before, but makes it a third as he stands solidly behind Aiona. {youtube}CD2dDz6erJ4{/youtube}
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  • Wednesday Training Group: Rain or Shine – Downwinder! – Meeting at 4:30 PM, Kahala

    robert
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    We are doing another downwinder on Wednesday. Please meet at Wai’alae Beach Park in Kahala at 4:30 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 [...]
  • The Tahitian Beast Joins Ultimate Waterman Line-Up

    davi
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    By: Allie BrownIt was announced earlier last week that our very own Tahitian Beast, Georges Cronsteadt, is the final athlete to join the list of incredible athletes who will partake in the Ultimate Waterman event in mid-March.Georges will be joining seven other SUP athletes: Kala Alexander, Connor Baxter, Danny Ching, Kai Lenny, Manoa Drollet, Mark [...]
  • Georges Cronsteadt Wins In New Zealand

    davi
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By: Allie BrownSIC Maui Global Team Rider Georges Cronsteadt dominated over the weekend with a win in Auckland, New Zealand at the Jett City Surf Series event #10. With close to 50 participants, Georges was able to come in on top over the rest of the field.Georges was satisfied with his performance in the race [...]
  • Wednesday Training Group: Tradewinds are Back – Meeting at 4:30, Kahala for Downwinder

    robert
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    It looks like we will have some nice easterly winds tomorrow, so we can finally do a downwinder again. Please meet at Wai’alae Beach Park in Kahala at 4:30 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 [...]
  • SUP Examiner Reviews the 12.6 Air Glide Inflatable

    davi
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    By: Allie BrownSUP Examiner has been pumping out a ton of reviews on products and his latest review is on our 12.6 Air Glide Inflatable! Here is a brief excerpt from the review:“The SIC X 12.6 Air Glide is a highly versatile and fun product. It performs well in a range of conditions from flat water [...]
 
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  • SwellWomen in Nicaragua

    Lulu
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Celebrating over a Decade of Bliss, our surf & yoga blissful vacations bring together the joys of surfing a tropical paradise with the rewards of a health and wellness retreat.  Our retreats are designed to help women re-energize, reconnect, and relax. In 42 days and counting, Swell Women from all over the world will be arriving to our new surf destination ~ Nicaragua.  There are still a few spots available, so we thought this would be a good time to officially introduce you to this pristine location in order to entice any last minute travelers seeking adventure. Hacienda Iguana Golf…
  • SwellWomen Business Spotlight:: Szilvia Gogh of Gogh Jewelry

    Lulu
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    A couple of months ago I was introduced to Szilvia by my contact at LA Yoga. I absolutely loved her offering so ordered a few pieces to see what they were like. Needless to say, they are as beautiful as they look. After doing a little more digging, I discovered her inspiring story and was thrilled when Szilvia agreed to be our Feb. SwellWomen Spotlight. Here’s the scoop on this amazing designer…. Stunt Women, Professional Scuba Diver, Jewelry Designer and Yogi; Szilvia Gogh celebrates the natural and empowers the individual. The artist’s extensive scuba diving experience melded…
  • Follow Your Bliss to Nicaragua April 18-25!

    Lulu
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    With 10 awesome reasons why to consider surfing in Nicaragua, here’s the icing on the cake: Book our SwellWomen Luxury Surf & Yoga Retreat April 18 – 25 by March 6th and save $500!!!  We are looking for 4 adventurous women who would like to follow their bliss for an All-Inclusive Price of $2,395 (based on double occupancy / happy to find you a roommate). First Come / First Serve Offer expires March 6, 2015 Sign Me Up       The post Follow Your Bliss to Nicaragua April 18-25! appeared first on Women's Surf Camp.
  • 10 Great Reasons to Consider Surfing in Nicaragua

    Lulu
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    When I bought Swell Women last year, expanding our surf and yoga retreats from Maui to other beautiful surf destinations around the globe was my top priority. And Nicaragua was my top choice for a second location. This Latin American country is an absolute gem—near perfect surf breaks, warm water, incredible wildlife, friendly locals, and fresh markets overflowing with tropical fruit. From the moment I arrived at Hacienda Iguana for a scouting trip, I was in love. The sun was just coming up at Playa Colorado, beautiful, organized sets were breaking right outside my front door, and the white…
  • Winner of Carve Designs $400 Shopping Spree

    Lulu
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Congratulations to Lauren Llacera from Florida who was the lucky winner of the Carve Designs $400 Shopping Spree that took place last month.  We have no doubt that she’ll be surfing in style with some of Carve Designs new spring pieces which include the Cruz Rash Guard, Sunset Rash Guard and the Solana Swim String Top. Read on to find out more about another amazing & inspiring woman who will be following her bliss to Nicaragua this coming April….   Q:  Lauren, tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I’m a Yoga Instructor living in West Palm Beach,…
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  • Dried Akule

    Kateri Tennberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Informant: Male/52/Japanese ancestry Location: Ele'ele, Kauai My boy was about five years old whent this happened. Every Thursday night, my wife used to take him to the library. On their way back, he said out of the blue, "All our ancestors are in the car right now!" My wife thought, oh crap. So she asked who was there. My boy started listing off aunts and uncles who had passed away, and named my brother, who had passed away one or two years prior. My wife asked what they wanted, and my boy said they just wanted to say hi. He said when they got near Ele'ele McDonald's, all of…
  • Lover's Leap

    Kateri Tennberg
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Informant: Male/52/Japanese ancestryLocation: Waimea Landing, KauaiMy boy told me this story. He was with his grandpa and they had some time to kill while waiting for grandma at a doctors appointment, so they decided to have a snack down at Waimea Landing. While they were there, they saw two people, a man and a woman. They were wearing clothing like from the 1800's, and they were talking to each other. Then, suddenly, they both jumped into the ocean.Grandpa asked my boy, "Did you hear a splash?" Which he didn't. When they got out to investigate, they saw nothing in the water. They didn't…
  • 2:00 a.m.

    Kateri Tennberg
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Informant: Male/52/Japanese ancestryLocation: Kalaheo, Kauai When my boy was six months old, he began crying in the middle of the night. Every night at 2:00 a.m., he would wake up and cry. At first I let him cry, but eventually I would have to go check on him. When I would enter his room, he would be standing in his crib holding onto the bars, nearest the door, crying and looking for us. This went on every night for about a week. He would cry at 2:00 a.m., I would go to his room, and he'd be in his crib nearest the door. I thought, maybe it's my grandparents visiting. I know that spirits…
  • Happy New Year!

    Kateri Tennberg
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Happy new year everyone! Stay safe and have fun busting fireworks. Here's to an even better year!
  • A Face?

    Kateri Tennberg
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Informant: Female/30/Korean ancestryLocation: Lihue, KauaiWhile at my sister's house for Thanksgiving, I looked out the screen door, and noticed this:It could very well be that someone covered in heavy makeup or flour (?) walked face first into the screen door. But still, creepy!
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  • Seeking pro-bono animal rights lawyer.

    Kaonohi
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    The situation up at Kualoa Park on the WW side is getting out of control. Allegedly, C&C employees are poisoning feral cats, and threatening those who are trying to keep the feline population down by use of the Hawaiian Humane Society's Trap, Neuter, Return, Maintain (TNRM) program, which works successfully to humanely reduce the feline population on O`ahu. To understand the scope of the problem please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/feralcatsinhawaii/ Dogs run wild, drinking is ignored, but cat caretakers are harassed. C&C, the mayor and DPR have been notified, but the problem…
  • HPR's earlybird campaign

    Ron Whitfield
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    https://www.facebook.com/hawaiipublicradio It's time to pony up in support of our local public radio station and it's very welcomed change of proceedure from constantly interupting programming to beg for money that turned the public off and resulted in a shortfall last time. Now they gently persude listeners to contribute while leaving the shows untouched, please show financial appreciation so they can continue this trend and all they provide. Especially those of you that have inordinate love for symphony!
  • Parking: Nose-In vs. Back-In?

    pzarquon
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    It's kind of like the toilet paper roll "over v. under" debate, except in the case of parking styles, "back-in" (i.e. "tactical parking") people are in the clear minority. I'm a back-in parking person myself, so I was amused by this article that came up on Facebook recently: People Who Back Into Parking Spaces Can Kiss My Ass I most certainly don't feel as strongly about this as he does, but having read that, I felt even greater resolve to stick with my habit! From the other side: You're Parking Wrong I definitely think "back-in" parking is more common…
  • where can i get japanese pickles

    miltk
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    the dark brown kin...other than don quijote or marukai thx
  • Big dog / weasel flight

    Ron Whitfield
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:26 am
    Two candidates for photo of the year, not 'shopped; http://www.buzzfeed.com/javiermoreno...dog#.kew7vPkww http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31711446
 
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  • Running, Walking and Watching Maui Sunset

    AMauiBlog
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    The other day my daughter  asked me why I have not been running lately. I told her that I couldn’t find time.  Morning run I can do on the weekend but it’s hard to do it on work days.  “How about after work?”  she asked.  I told her when I come home  after work, I […]
  • For The Love of Maui 5K Fun Run 2015

    AMauiBlog
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    In my post yesterday I mentioned that I am going to run the “For The Love Of Maui 5K Fun Run“. Well, I am embarrassed to say that I  got distracted at home, went to the race late, and therefore was able to participate in the run.  My husband said that the reason I was late […]
  • WordPress Camp, Whale Day, Valentines Day, Maui Brewing Company, and Other Stuff That Went On This Weekend

    AMauiBlog
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    This is a long weekend. How is your weekend going so far? Today is Sunday, tomorrow being Presidents Day is a holiday, and I am stoked to have an extra day of “no work”! So here’s how my weekend went so far and what I plan to do on the rest of it … FRIDAY […]
  • Top 10 Made-on-Maui Valentine’s Gift Idea

    AMauiBlog
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Yes! The holiday rush is finally over.  No more racking your brain deciding what to get your loved ones for Christmas. No more late night online searching for the best deals. No more dragging yourself up-and-down the isles of the store searching for just the right gift. Oh wait! Isn’t Valentine’s Day fast approaching?! Here […]
  • Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge and Ululani’s Shave Ice Grand Opening in Maui Lani

    AMauiBlog
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    And just as I thought I will be slowing down on posting here at A Maui Blog, things start happening that made me want to post. Funny how that happens Yesterday I attended the Blessing and Re-opening of the Hawaiian Airlines Kahului Premier Club Lounge. I had a wonderful time.  I will blog more about […]
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  • Suppressing My Expressions

    lavagal
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Surprise. How many times did you come here wondering when I would update lavagal.net? I tried a few times over the winter break, when I first started my Boca Hawaii bike training, when I first started teaching full-time as a permanent sub at Kaiser High School, when my LinkedIn account was finally extinguished, when I first started this year’s Boca Hawaii Honu 70.3 triathlon training program, if I ever got a moment to myself. But I was in a lot of pain, deep inside. Every time I wanted to write something, my inner demons would tell me it was stupid and that no one cared. Who would read…
  • You Just Climbed Koko Crater Not Koko Head (which is way easier)

    lavagal
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Koko Crater tramway. About the title: When I checked in on Facebook, this was an option. And, as I’m always correcting people about how they climbed Koko Crater and not Koko Crater Head or Koko Head Crater or Koko Head, I jumped on that location immediately. It took me a while to get up there. Here’s my tale. Under the blazing sun at 1 p.m. yesterday, I had the curiously strange idea to go up Koko Crater, which is practically in my backyard. It’s a big draw for (insane or fit or insanely fit) residents and tourists alike. It’s also a draw for those who want to go on a…
  • Big South Shore Waves

    lavagal
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is the last week before the quarter ends, so school teachers aren’t calling in sick and substitute teachers like me are not getting called to work. What a gorgeous day to be outside! Hot. Hot. Hot. But beautiful. There is nothing like living in Hawaii. Nothing. After we drove along the Ka Iwi Coast taking in the sights, and getting a video via Instagram, we came back home for a cold lunch. Cold wheat linguine for me dressed in sesame oil, shoyu, sesame seeds and green onions; target-rich tossed salad for him. Naps. I was craving an ocean fix so bad. I couldn’t go out at Sandy…
 
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  • Cup Noodle!

    Rodney
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Thursday marks the 105th birthday of Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando, whose instant noodles revolutionized the food world.     In 1958, Momofuku Ando, an unassuming entrepreneur living in Osaka, created the instant noodle — and a continent has been feasting on his invention ever since.   However, the road was not easy for the founder of Nissin Food Products. Ando struggled to find the right balance and create noodles that were tasty but did not become mush when boiled. The secret, learned from his wife, was to spray the noodles with chicken soup and then fry them in…
  • Do You Remember… Bench Seats

    Rodney
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    Reprinted from April 4th, 2008   The kids nowadays have it good with their cars: multi-cd players, hands free cell phone, GPS navigation, and even DVD players.   But something that us midlifers had that they don’t have is: bench seats. And something that us midlifers didn’t have that they have is: seatbelt law.   Can you see where this is going?   No?  Well, remember back in the day when the guy picked up his girl for a date. He’d open the passenger door to let her in to the front seat – the front bench seat – and as he walked around the car…
  • Thursday 3 – Giving Up for Lent

    Rodney
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:59 am
    I’m not Catholic so I don’t participate in this religious activity – but some of my co-workers take part in this practice every year.  For those not in the know – for the forty days of Lent (Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday), Catholics will give up something that they enjoy.  For some it may be alcohol, for some it may be swearing, for some it may be caffeine.  One of my co-workers is giving up sugar.  Not just artificial sweeteners – but all forms of sugar.  She has a list of things that she cannot eat as they either contain sugar or turn into sugar.  Like…
  • Always Something There to Remind Me

    Rodney
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    Today’s post is courtesy of AnkleBYTERS.   You know….it’s really time for me to retire now and not wait til later this year. Here’s why….woke up at 05:00 this morning…”damn, I forgot to set the alarm…wait it’s telecommute Monday”. So I went back to sleep and got up at 07:30. Sat down at my desk and started reading emails from the previous might….nothing critical except received a request to block a phishing attempt. I couldn’t find it so I sent an email to the group and request someone look at the logs....we do this…
  • Do You Remember… Tar Burners

    Rodney
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    This past weekend, I saw something in front of a building that I haven’t seen in a very long time:     I believe they are called Asphalt Kettles.  I just called them “tar burners”.   Remember these things?  You could tell that there was one nearby just by the smell of the oily smoke.  It had a distinct smell.  And as you rode your bike closer – following the smell – soon you could hear the loud force of the flames melting the tar inside of the burner.   Remember how the tar used to come in big blocks?   And the big moke looking roofer…
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  • Chaminade University honors Jean Rolles

    admin
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    BY DRS. CHUCK KELLEY AND RICHARD KELLEY — Chaminade University inducted Jean Rolles into its Silversword Hall of Fame at the 7th Annual Intercollegiate Athletics Gala last Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Ala Moana Hotel, recognizing her years of tireless … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Year of the Goat – Chinese New Year celebrations

    admin
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY NAPAPORN PHANDEE  (TLR), DEBBIE MURAKAMI (OBC), JANET SHMULL (OGM), LUANA MAITLAND (ORF) and MARSHA KAPU (ESH) — On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) celebrated Chinese New Year with TLR guests at Locavore restaurant. The … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Castaway Island, Fiji named number-one resort in Fiji and scoops up Tourism Excellence Awards

    admin
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Castaway Island, Fiji triumphed in both the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards and Readers’ Choice Top 10 Awards announced by Holidays with Kids magazine. The resort carried off four awards at the Excellence in Tourism … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • 2014 Po‘okela Awards Excellence in Leadership

    admin
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    BY RUTHANN YAMANAKA — This past Wednesday, Outrigger Enterprises Group held its annual Po‘okela Awards. The word Po‘okela means “best-of-the-best… to strive for excellence” – a fitting name for an annual event where we pause to gather as a family … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Mandarin) • Kung Hee Fat Choy! (Cantonese)

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — It has been a very busy week at almost all our properties across the Pacific and Indian oceans as we hosted events tied to the Chinese (lunar) New Year. In Waikīkī, there were lion dances, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    admin
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Visit Featuring Neighborhood information for all of Oahu!
  • Mortgage Calulators are no replacement for a Good Lender

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    But here are some to give you an idea! Part of finding a home is figuring out what you can afford.These tools on this page are by no means a substitute for you speaking with a good lender and are only to be used as rough guidelines.A good lender will not only discuss mortgage payments but remind you of other costs of home ownership not included in your monthly mortgage payment. These could be Association Dues, Homeowners Insurance, special assessments and others all depending on your home and where you live. Finance Glossary MortgageLoan.com Estimate Payment Your browser doesn’t support…
  • Looking for Schools?

    admin
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Find a school! Part of finding a home is looking into the school districts.Even if you do not have kiddos, buying a home in a desirable school district can help your home to sell when you are moving, because a good school district will appeal more to buyers with children vs. the home down the street that may be in a different school district.  Federal law prohibits real estate agents from telling buyers and sellers about school districts as it is a violation of the Fair Housing Laws. However, I can point people to websites that have information about the school districts and they can make…
  • So you want to sell your home yourself?

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
      You think you can save money by going FSBO? (For Sale By Owner, pronounced “FIZZ- bow”) Ok, let’s run through what you are going to have to do: Are you prepared to pay up front costs of marketing and advertising? Agents that belong to their local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) network to hundreds, if not thousands, of other agents in their region to expose your property to. And those agents, in turn, have their own networks of family, friends, past clients and business acquaintances to tell about the property. MLS listings in most regions feed into numerous online portals as…
  • Agency, Schmagency!

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Agency, schmagency! You wouldn’t go into a divorce proceeding without an attorney, or take the advice of your spouse’s attorney, would you?Yet frequently in real estate that is exactly what happens to you as a buyer, if the seller’s agent isn’t clear to you about “Agency”.When you call an agent who has a sign in the yard and say you want to see the house, a good agent will ask you “Who is your agent?” If you say no one, many agents will reply, “I’ll be happy to help you!”Aren’t they SO nice? Aren’t they SO Nice? What they should do is explain that…
 
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  • My Favorite ParkRat Photos – January 2015

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    Recently I have been taking a lot of photos primarily for our client’s social media use, but I have also posted some on my own personal accounts as well. I decided that I would try and see if I could get into blogging the “easy way” by highlighting some of the photos that I shoot in a month that are my favorites and posting them here on my blog. I would like to state for the record that I no way consider myself a professional photographer or even a photographer. Almost 99% of the photos that I take are taken on “auto” mode on my camera or phone. So if by chance…
  • ParkRat Goes to the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards! #nahoku #melemei #melemei2014

    ParkRat
    27 May 2014 | 12:16 am
    Mele Mei is a client of ours and the culminating event for the month long celebration of music is the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. When a certain person who shall not be named but could easily be Crystal Yamasaki (@crysmy) was attheverylastminute unable to help cover the event with my partner Melissa Chang (@meliss808) I was pressed into service. My first response was “What am I going to wear?” Which however feminine of a response that may seem to be to those who keep track of that kind of stuff (not me of course since I’m always PC) if you follow me on any of the social media…
  • Spotted @vh07v at Waikiki Spam Jam (@spamjam @ricknakama @mel808)

    ParkRat
    5 May 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I am not sure if this photo is an example of how great a salesperson @worldwideed is or how gullible is @ricknakama. Maybe a little of both? I know for sure that I do NOT want to see either of them modeling it. @worldwideed sells @ricknakama the Emperor’s New Clothes design. Ed couldn’t be wearing more @vh07v stuff if he tried. Well at least until he comes out with the thong version. *shudders* I approve of anything that helps to hide more of Ed’s face.  
  • Merry Christmas Mahalo Magic from Paula of Paula’s Sportscards, Etc. (@paulas808)

    admin
    26 Dec 2013 | 12:06 pm
    I received a pleasant surprise the other night when Paula (and Keith, her husband) stopped by and dropped off the following: The booklet auto is numbered ONE of TEN! And both cards are on card autographs. A lot of people don’t think that is such a big deal, but I like the on card autos better because that means that the signer actually saw the card and touched it. Unlike sticker autos where they just signed a sheet of stickers. Paula knows that I am a huge Magic Johnson fan and she comes across a lot of awesome sports cards as she owns Paula’s Sports Cards, Etc. in Makiki Shopping…
  • What Cofficing with @melissa808 is like. #coffice

    ParkRat
    29 Mar 2013 | 12:22 pm
    Just in case people needed any insight into what it is like working with @melissa808. Thank goodness we don’t coffice EVERY DAY! And why we are probably NEVER going to get an office space.
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • 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
  • Moving to Hawaii with a Guaranteed Job – Cold Feet

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    A woman just wrote me this morning to tell me she has a guaranteed job in Hawaii working alongside two co-workers she knew back on the mainland. I just woke up, but I thought I’d hurry up and talk her back into the move before she backed out!
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Waiting for the Blue

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love watching the full moon rise, all bold and yellow, juiced up for its journey across the black expanse, and then seeing it set the next morning, cozying into the blushing mountains, still round, but pale, white as a sky waiting to be blue.I think a lot of folks are waiting for the blue, looking for the dawn, a fresh beginning, hankering for the hope that accompanies the start of each new day.For me, it's the idea of how Kauai can heal, mend the fractures that have split the community over pesticides, GMOs, dairies, different belief systems, opposing points of view.And then, among the…
  • Musings: Hard to Grasp

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Back when Bill 2491 —which solely targeted pesticide disclosure by Kauai Coffee and four seed companies — was up for debate, the County Council amended it to include this bit of reality:In 2012, restricted use pesticides were used on Kaua’i by agricultural operations (7,727 pounds, or 13%), county government operations (28,350 pounds of Chlorine Liquefied Gas, or 49%), and nongovernment operations for structural pest control (25,828 pounds, or 38%).Yet even though the termite treatment guys use far more pesticides than agricultural operations, and they use them everywhere, including on…
  • Musings: Discursive Bliss

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    My day began before the day began, jolted from sleep by that dreaded sound of a dog barfing – no, no not on the bed – oops, too late. Off come all the covers, right down to the mattress pad, and as the washing machine chugged, we set out walking to greet the dawn.As the mountains pinked and the sky blued, I thought of the mindfulness meditation class I'm taking, and how the instructor said the mind is always wandering, and studies have shown that these mental meanderings make us unhappy at least 50 percent of the time.I like to think my joy quotient is a little bit higher than that, but…
  • Musings: Baaad Bills

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    In their rush to cater to misguided constituents, the Senate is considering another poorly worded measure — SB 1037 — that requires pesticide disclosure by anyone cultivating more than 200 acres in crops.Nobody wants to see kids, or anyone else, dosed with pesticides. So why does the Lege keep considering bills that don't actually address what is purportedly the underlying issue — public health?This version — hawked vigorously by Councilman Gary Hooser, who has spent more time lobbying the Lege than serving the Kauai folks who pay his salary — would put the onus on the Department of…
  • Musings: Homies Part II

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Last week's blog post on the county's proposed ordinance regulating homestays drew quite a few comments, including a lengthy one that Sam Lee, the former state land agent, submitted last night. It was so thoughtful that I decided to run it today, featuring Sam as a guest blogger. I'll lead off with the highlights of a conversation I had with Planning Director Mike Dahilig. He said the proposed ordinance was prompted by his department's desire for a uniform policy in dealing with homestays, because 15 people have submitted applications for use permits to operate them. They range from a single…
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    Baron's Blog

  • To everything – churn, churn, churn

    Baron
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Chocolate Bulletproof Ice Cream churning away in the ice cream maker in slow-motion at 120 frames/second. Low carb, rich and ketogenic. And if you’re too young to get the title of this post you can play the video on this post below. Because a lot of good things came out of the sixties.
  • Human-proof packaging

    Baron
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    It always makes me wonder what kind of sick, twisted, sadistic person working in the packaging design department of companies so that it’s as difficult as possible for the consumer to get at their products. Took quite awhile for me to get my batteries out of this packaging. This ranks right up there with those … Continue reading Human-proof packaging
  • More delights and bulletproofing ice cream

    Baron
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I pigged-out on those Pecans Delight so I made a new batch so I can send some to my folks on Oahu. I came up a little short on my Costco bag of pecans so I tossed in some Macadamia Nuts which are a bonus in this low carb treat. This batch did not disappoint … Continue reading More delights and bulletproofing ice cream
  • Back in the Holualoa ‘hood

    Baron
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I stopped by Holualoa while in Kona today. Things haven’t changed much at all from when I lived there in 2008, well maybe the Mexican food place across the street from Paul’s is nicer than it was when I lived in the neighborhood. Still a nice town with lots of artisans. If you get a … Continue reading Back in the Holualoa ‘hood
  • Low carb luxury

    Baron
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things people fret about when going on a ketogenic low carb diet is not being able to eat goodies and sweets. I admit that if you’re going to rely on store-bought stuff the pickings for good tasting, good for you sweets that are low carb are lacking. So you really have to … Continue reading Low carb luxury
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  • Dancing with David

    gigihawaii
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Have you noticed how prevalent facial hair is on men these days?  It seems to be the fashion.  How do you feel about this?  I prefer men without facial hair. This is a photo of David with a mustache.  We were celebrating Maria’s first birthday in 1979: There is a height discrepancy between us.  I am 5’1” and he is 6’1” tall.  Somehow, we managed to kiss each other on our wedding day in 1980.  By this time, he had shaved off his mustache: This is a photo of us ballroom dancing (1990s).  We used to have so much fun on the dance floor.  Alas, his bad joints preclude dancing…
  • Music brought us together

    gigihawaii
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    In 1972, David received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Hawaii.  This photo was taken sometime during the 1990s in our home: This photo was taken in 1973 when I was 27 years old and attending Columbia University in New York City.  I was a musicology graduate student at the time: In 1977, I joined the Karadeniz Folk Music Troupe in Hawaii and met David for the first time at a rehearsal: I was dressed in this cute costume, sewn by my mother.  It was required for participation in Karadeniz, a Balkan folk music band that accompanied a group of folk…
  • Happy 99th Birthday, Mom!

    gigihawaii
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    Today is my mother’s 99th birthday.  David and I went to her nursing home to wish her a happy birthday and to present her with a photo of us, wearing colorful Korean costumes.  Though she does not converse anymore, due to dementia, I hope she remembers us when she looks at our photo on her bulletin board. This is my mother, the eldest of ten children, at age 27 in 1943.  Later in life, she was a registrar at Damien Memorial High School: And this is she at age 99 today: David and I were with Mom today: My father, who was a tailor for the Marine Corps, passed away in 1997 at age 87. I…
  • A wild woman found stability

    gigihawaii
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    Me and Maria, 1979. Me and Lisa, 1982. David, Maria, and Lisa.  1982.  This was the condo we lived in before we bought our house. Ah, memories.  I can’t believe that so much time has elapsed since these photos were taken.  Now, I am 69, David is 65, Maria is 36, and Lisa is 32.  Their birthdays are coming up. If it were not for my family, where would I be?  Life can be awfully lonely when one is alone. I was very adventurous when I traveled around the world by myself after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1968.  Little did I know what was in store for me. …
  • Kahala: Plumeria Beach House

    gigihawaii
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
    I looked out the window and said, “What a beautiful day!  Let’s go to the Kahala Hotel for lunch.”  And that’s what we did. This is the Kahala Hotel: This is the lobby: We chose the Plumeria Beach House to have lunch.  That’s the Pacific Ocean: Me and David: David enjoyed the Kahala Burger: I liked the Cobb Salad: And this is the final shot of the Pacific Ocean from our table: Another splendid day with hubby!
 
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    Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney Monday

  • SmartMoney Monday: Taxes for dependents

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    It's time to file taxes, and the April 15 deadline is quickly approaching.
  • SmartMoney Monday: End of the year financial planning

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    While most people are almost done with their Christmas shopping, it's a good time to also check your finances and start a financial plan for 2015...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Credit card questions

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    In this week's Smart Money Monday, Credit Card Product Manager Courtney Hirayasu from Bank of Hawaii answers questions posted to our Hawaii News Now Facebook...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Credit card balance transfers

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Do you have multiple credit cards? Have you ever thought about consolidating all your balances into one card?Bank of Hawaii's Credit Card Product Manager, Courtney Hirayasu, spoke with Steve Uyehara to help answer some of your SmartMoney questions about credit card balance...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Credit Cards

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    These days, having a credit card can be pretty convenient. But like everything, there are a number of things to think about when selecting the best credit card. Bank of Hawaii Vice President and Credit Card Product Manager Courtney Hirayasu spoke with Steve Uyehara about some of the ways...
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • 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...
  • Kuapapa at Hoakalei

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      Kuapapa at Hoakalei is comprised of 4 collections (price ranges)  that all have customizable floorplans in variable price ranges.   Loulu-  the Loulu collection of charming seaside-style cottages have 4 plans that start in the $600's. Residence 25.10, 25.20, 25.30 and 25.40 range from 1628-1864 sq ft. They  include three or four bedrooms, and an available main floor master suite.      Naio- The Naio collection is in the same vein as the Loulu collection, with a bi...
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Oahu's Manoa Falls: Touristy, for sure, but it delivers the scenic goods

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Lots of people make the 1.5-mile round-trip hike to Manoa Falls, a classic tropical white ribbon falling down a 200-foot cliff. As the sign indicates, don't dawdle under the water. Local tour companies charge unsuspecting tourists to get here, even though the trail is public, easy to find, and just a few minutes up Manoa Valley from Waikiki.Footbridges and staircases (elevation gain is 800 feet) penetrate a fairyland of tropical greenery along the way, making getting there at least half the fun. Hot tip: While you're here, don't forget to visit Lyon Arboretum, which is right next to the…
  • Miloli'i: A Big Island fantasy for free

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Honomalino Beach, a 20-minute walk from the Kona Coast village of Miloli'i, is the sort of place people dream about when thinking of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins frolick offshore of a black-sand beach. Snorkeling is good and the currents are generally safe—although a drop-off at the shoreline may come as a surprise.A grove of cocopalms provides plenty of shade and ambiance at the backshore. The village is five miles down a winding road, about 32 miles south of Kailua-Kona. Miloli'i is an authentic fishing village—definitely not a tourist town. Some visitors may be put off by the haggard look…
  • Haleiwa: Oahu's Surfing Capital of the Universe

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    Every island has a north shore, but there is only one North Shore, where the best surfers in the world come to ride dozens of classic breaks. Among the famous waves are four that are on the pro sufing world tour: Sunset, Pipeline, Waimea, and Haleiwa. The unassuming Haleiwa (holly-ee-vah) Town is the center of it all.Haleiwa  Beach Park is on the opposite end of town from the pro surfing beach. This beach is perfect for beginning surfers, beach potatoes, and for strollers who want to hike around a palmy point to hidden Police Beach.The little bridge in the center of town is postcard…
  • Hawaii beach parks that have it all: Kalihiwai, Kauai

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In terms of wild-and-scenic tropical beaches, Kauai's north shore is tops among the islands—and second place is distant. With all there is to do on Kauai, most visitors miss this little sandy bay with a wide stream and good surfing, which is fine by the locals who call Kalihiwai home.Ask surfers from all around the Islands, and they'll tell you the point break at Kalihiwai (kah-lee-hee-why) is a world-class wave machine, even if the wave sometimes curls around and does a head-on with the cliff.  Visiting surfers might want to friendly up with the locals before heading out.The long…
  • No Worries Hawaii: Does the groundwork so you don't have to!

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    No Worries Hawaii is a vacation planning guide for all the islands. A self test lets you pick through things to do in the Islands (below is one of 38 categories), and gives you specific details. The guide is also full of money-saving tips (room, flight, car, freebies), as well as safety precautions every visitor should read. From visualizing a trip to making it happen: The authors have combed Hawaii for more than 20 years, and this books sums it up.A few sample pages from our vacation planning guide for Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. NWH is packed with information will be helpful…
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 15.2 HEAT SCHEDULE

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    6:00am CLASS:Chris Stobenau (RX), Danny Teel (RX), Yoshi Muraoka (RX-50-54), Nate Fujimoto (RX), Glenn Teraoka (60+), and Debbie Olson (RX)8:30am CLASS:Damon Oshima (visitor), Christina Demetropolis (visitor), Phoebe Webb, Christine Dorrepaal (RX), and Mary Schwing (60+)NOON CLASS:Adam Britt (RX), Paul Trower (RX), Trevor Rowlands (RX), James Duggins (RX), Chad Hironaka (RX 40-44), Steve Roldolfich (RX 45-49), Jenn Javenko, Hien Vuong, Liko Kauhola, Sydney Anderson, Sarah Scott (RX), Julie Goo (RX 45-49), and Marsha Durbin (RX 50-54)FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:FIRST HEAT STARTS AT…
  • 5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am

    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Two sets of:Accumulate 60 seconds in an L-SitAccumulate 60 seconds in a Handstand Hold or (max distance in 60 sec) Handstand WalkB. 3 rounds for time:500 Meter Row25 Kettlebell Swings (70/53 lbs)C. Three sets, not for time, of:Supine Ring Row x 10 reps @ 2111Rest 45 secondsGlute-Ham Raises x 6-8 reps @ 2011Rest 45 seconds
  • 4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 10 minutes (5 sets):Back Squat x 3 reps @ 75-80% (based on feel)B. Three sets for times of:15 Bar-Facing Burpees10 Overhead Squats (120/90 lbs)5/3 Muscle-UpsRest 3 minutesNo Muscle-ups, sub x3 Chest to Bar Pull-ups (15 reps).Heads up gang (mainly the 6am athletes)! I just got an email from the Property Manager and they will be SHUTTING OFF the WATER from 7:00-8:00am TOMORROW (THURSDAY, March 5th). They have to do a water back flow test. You will not be able to shower, so please plan accordingly. 
  • 15.1 recap

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”-Vince LombardiCrossFit 808 Plan B's high scores for 15.1 came from Ryan Scott and Paige Castillo. High scores for 15.1a came from Mana Kauhola, Ryan Willis, and Paige. Congrats! Bring on 15.2! ‪PC: Kate IkahifoAfter week 1 of the 2015 CrossFit Games Open, here's where CrossFit 808 stands:Mary Schwing, 60+ Masters competitor, sits in 1st place worldwide after 15.1 (5th place) and 15.1a (3rd place). This is Mary's 4th CrossFit Games Open, and she's hoping to…
  • 3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 12 minutes (6 sets):Front Squat x 2-3 repsBuild over the 6 sets.B. Every 90 seconds for 12 minutes (8 sets):Clean x 1 repBuild over the 8 sets.C. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes of:5 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)5 Ring DipsRest exactly 2 minutes, and then . . .Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes of:20 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lbs)10 Pull-ups
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    Oahu Mom

  • See’s Candies

    Lisa
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I know it’s super cliché, but I think chocolate makes a great Valentine’s Day gift! …or birthday, or Christmas, or Easter, or Flag Day or pretty much any day.   My favorite chocolate has been See’s for as long as I can remember, and I especially like their Scotchmallow candy. It’s basically chocolate filled with caramel and marshmallow. What’s not to love? My husband knows this is my favorite and one year got me a two pound box of just Scotchmallows. I wouldn’t want him to do that too often (that’s a lot…
  • January 10 & 11, 2015: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2015 is off to a great start for you!  I have lots of fun plans for this page this year and I hope it will continue to be a great resource for you and your family! The Weekend Events Page is updated and although the list isn’t as long as it is some weeks, there are still a number of great events happening.  Choose from an art class, story time, a cooking class and more.  Additionally, the Japanese Cultural Center is hosting their annual New Years events and it promises to be a lot of fun.   The post…
  • December 20 & 21, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    It’s time for another weekend!  The Weekend Events Page has information on lots of family friendly events happening on island so check it out and have a great weekend with your ohana! The post December 20 & 21, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • December 13 & 14, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    There are a lot of family friendly events happening this weekend including a hike, a bike parade, free admission to Bishop Museum, breakfast with Santa, holiday music and crafts and so much more.  Check the updated Weekend Events Page for all the details on these and other events and have a great weekend! The post December 13 & 14, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • December 6 & 7, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The holiday season gets into full swing this weekend with Christmas parades, crafts, toy drives, music and SNOW!  Yes, snow in Hawaii!  Several venues will have tons of snow for keiki to play in so get your boots and mittens ready! This weekend also marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and there are commemoration services and a parade planned for that.  This past week my family had the honor of meeting a survivor who is here for the event. There are also a few non-holiday themed events happening including paper making, a Pokémon competition and more. These events and more…
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    Kona Fishing | Humdinger Fishing Kona | Deep Sea Fishing Hawaii

  • 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…
  • Fishing Report June 2013

    Jeff Dickey
    27 Jun 2013 | 12:38 pm
      Kona Fishing Report June 2013 Kona fishing really turned on during June, with consistent action for marlin and a large number of yellowfin tuna being landed as well.  Anglers on the Humdinger enjoyed consistent fishing during June, with numerous blue marlin and striped marlin being caught as well as a few large tuna and mahi mahi thrown in for good measure. The trade winds have settled into their normal summertime pattern here in Kona, and the excellent fishing we all enjoyed this past winter and spring just keeps getting better.  Anglers fishing during the first half of the month in…
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • 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
  • Moving to Hawaii with a Guaranteed Job – Cold Feet

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    A woman just wrote me this morning to tell me she has a guaranteed job in Hawaii working alongside two co-workers she knew back on the mainland. I just woke up, but I thought I’d hurry up and talk her back into the move before she backed out!
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • The Secret to a Healthy Future

    hawa6217
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire)–Looking for the secret to successfully maintaining ideal weight and optimal health to a ripe old age? Common success strategies influence all facets of life including weight management and health.   The most common trait of successful people is that they maintain a long-term perspective.  In making daily decisions, they always take the future into consideration.  The longer the time period considered the greater the likelihood of success. You can determine the importance of something today by measuring its potential future impact on your life. To be…
  • Hawaii Community Foundation and Community Partners Establish Dream Fund to Provide Opportunities to Youth Immigrants

    hawa6217
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (HONOLULU) — Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) today announced the first round of grants from the DREAM fund to support a Hawaii Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Outreach Program. Established by HCF and its community partners, the fund makes $150,000 accessible to organizations helping thousands of young adults in Hawaii that are eligible to apply for federal DACA relief. The goal of the program is to increase the number of undocumented immigrants applying for DACA status, allowing them opportunities to work, attend school, and contribute to their families and…
  • Positive Thoughts: Influence

    hawa6217
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:01 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
  • Eating Away at Health

    hawa6217
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:01 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 some overweight or obese young adults may have eating patterns that could lead to conditions such as diabetes. At Emory University in Atlanta, researcher EunSeok Cha saw this in data on 106 people ages 18 to 29. Cha says obese young adults with metabolic risk factors ate fewer vegetables, and more calories, added sugars, and salt, than those without those risk factors. “When a person has prediabetes but does not engage in preventive activity,…
  • Hawaiian Electric Companies Earn National Smart Grid Technology Award

    hawa6217
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Honolulu) – The Hawaiian Electric Companies have been honored for work in applying research and development by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, non-profit national organization that works to improve electric service to utility customers. The award honors “exceptional efforts to document research case studies in conjunction with the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Projects” by Hawaiian Electric’s Grid Technologies Manager Darren Ishimura, Smart Grid Program Manager Shari Ishikawa, and Project Manager Demetrio Bucaneg and Maui Electric’s…
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    Maui Makers

  • Maui Makers is Open for Business

    Laura
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Eat your heart out Ikea. Table folds down for painting and other “messy” work. Folds up and out of the way the rest of the time. Got workbenches installed in the electronics shop. Thanks Pete and Cole! The space is shaping up nicely. Watch for the Grand Opening soon. In the meantime, we are open every Sat and Sun from noon to 5 PM. Drop on by. We have Basic Arduino every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM. We’ll have activities every Thursday. We’ll continue to work on the Forge, build Gameboys from Raspberry Pi, print using the 3D printer, experiment with electrolysis, build…
  • Pics of the Workshop

    Laura
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    Coming along nicely. Pete’s getting the Shapeoko set up and got a good selection of tools available.
  • What’s Up?

    Laura
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    Lots of exciting happenings at the Makerspace.  We are open noon to 5 pm every Saturday and Sunday at 200 Waiehu Beach Road (across the street from Jack in the box). The first Thursday from 6 to 9 pm is also open hours. Other events will be shown on our Google calendar. Drop in and check us out. Members and non-members welcome. The shop area (office 3) is functional with workbenches, basic tools, and a selection of power tools. We’ll get the full list posted soon. Training, proficiency check and membership are required to use the tools. Use fees will be based on membership levels. Pete…
  • Make a forge workshop

    Laura
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Coming up this Thursday, Feb 19. Learn how to make a forge from easily available material to melt metals. This is a build session. Actual testing will be performed at a later date. At the new space 6 to 8 pm. 200 Waiehu Beach Rd Open to members, or wanna be members. Note: we will be building the forge, we will not be firing it up. (photo from Wikimedia commons)
  • Classes are Back: Vinyl Cutter Valentines and Resin Jewelry

    Laura
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Two upcoming classes:   1. Valentines–the Maker Way Make Valentines and Learn Basics of 2D-design for CNC manufacturing (each class is stand alone, attend one or all): 28-Jan-2014: 6 – 8 p.m. Learn about the difference between printing images on a printer and transforming them to a “path” that can be cut on a CNC machine (aka raster vs vector graphics). We will be using a Silhouette vinyl/paper/fabric cutter, but the principles are great introduction to the skills needed for using more complicated machines. You will be introduced to cutting paper. Class Fee…
 
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    Locations LLC Blog

  • #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…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Hawaii Kai February, 2015

    Locations LLC
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    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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    Kona Impact

  • Big Banners Here – Next Day Service

    brian
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    At Kona Impact, we like to do business with our clients the way we like to be treated when we are the customer. So, for example, we do not over-promise or misrepresent our products; that is, we don’t say our signs last forever (nothing does), and if a client does not have truthful information, we do our best to inform and educate him or her. We also do not charge rush fees. Several companies in town will add 25% or even 50% to a project just because the client is desperate to get something done. We don’t do this. One way we avoid problems with rush order is doing nearly everything…
  • Hawaii County Visitor Arrivals and Business Planning

    brian
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    The vacation rental industry in Kona, Hawaii has two rates: “high” season and “low” season. The variation in room rates can be as much as 50%; that is a condo that goes for $200/night in February can go for only $100/night in May. The price of condos is elastic. Hotel, air fares and car rentals are mostly elastic, fluctuating according to demand and season. For most other goods and services in Kona, you will find that pricing is mostly inelastic; that is, it does not fluctuate seasonally. Restaurants, grocery stores, tourist shops and activity providers charge pretty much the same…
  • Value Vs. Price and Buying Local in Hawaii

    brian
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:56 pm
    I had two interesting conversations within minutes of each other last week—one with a client and one with another small business owner in Kona who was not a client. I was helping the person (who was not a client) re-hang a banner that had fallen down. I noticed that it was of very poor quality, both in terms of printing and materials. In fact, the reason it had fallen down was that it was not hemmed and only had plastic tabs in the corners, which had ripped. I asked the person where he got the banner, and he quickly answered:  “I got it online. I am a small business owner, and I need to…
  • Holiday Schedule

    brian
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Kona Impact office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 28. We will re-open on Monday, December 1. Enjoy your time with friends, family and loved ones. The post Holiday Schedule appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • Online Marketing Email: What is a Scam and What Isn’t?

    brian
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    If you have a website you have, not doubt, received many email offering you website design, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and social media marketing services. If your own and operate many websites like we do at Kona Impact, you will receive tens of these email a day, as well as a handful of cold calls and other pitches. How do you know what is a genuine and useful service? Here are a few that should definitely avoid: Search engine submission. The value of this is almost nothing. It used to be that we had to tell the search engines to review our website. Nowadays there…
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