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  • Bad news in our feline family

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    Ian Lind
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    “I’m feeling something I don’t like.” These aren’t words you want to hear when one of your cats is being examined. It was Harriet on the stainless steel examination table late yesterday afternoon as our primary vet at the VCA Kaneohe Animal Hospital, Dr. Ann Sakamoto, carefully felt her abdomen, using both hands to squeeze […]
  • UH astronomer confirms discovery of ‘super-Earth’

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    18 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A University of Hawaii astronomer and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea have confirmed the presence of an exoplanet super-Earth, a planet that does not orbit the sun and has a much higher mass than Earth does. HIP 116454b has a diameter of 20,000 miles, two-and-a-half times the size of Earth, and weighs almost 12 times as much as Earth. It circles its host star, an orange dwarf slightly smaller and cooler than the sun, once every 9.1 days at a distance of 8.4 million miles. The average density suggests that this planet is either a water world, composed of about three-fourths water and…
  • HAWSCT: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately

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    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Remember that case we posted about here, when it was set for oral arguments in the Hawaii Supreme Court a few months ago, where the plaintiff was asserting that the County of Hawaii Planning Department was liable for negligence for not maintaining its subdivision files accurately? Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Planning Department. The opinion noted that "policy considerations counsel against the judicial creation of such a legal duty under the common law, and also hold that there is no…
  • My life in Hawaii on Wednesday

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    On Wednesday, three landscapers came to mow our lawn, pull weeds, trim hedges, edge sidewalks, and prune trees.  As usual, they did a great job.  They have been helping us for three years now, and they are a god-send for David because of his arthritis.  We are pleased with their work. Our front yard: After the landscapers left, we went to Makino Chaya in Westridge to experience their fabulous lunch buffet.  So far, I have eaten there twice.  When I dine out, I choose food that I normally don’t cook at home.  Hence, the choices I made this time. Sushi, shrimp tempura, vegetable…
  • Bystanders at China Walls help in rescue

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    Star-Advertiser staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured at China Walls in the Portlock area of Hawaii Kai on Monday afternoon. An Emergency Medical Services report said bystanders pulled the woman out of the water after she was apparently dragged across the rocky ledge at about 1 p.m.
 
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  • Hawaii’s unemployment rate drops to 4% in November

    Web Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Hawaii’s unemployment rate continues to drop. The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 4.0 percent, down from 4.1 percent in October. In comparison, the national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent in November. Statewide, 642,850 were employed and 27,000 unemployed in November for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 669,850. Rate figures were adjusted to account for fluctuations that accompany the winter holiday season. The not seasonally adjusted…
  • Lava slows again as governor arrives in Pahoa

    Web Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    For the second day in a row, lava on the Big Island has slowed. Hawaii County Civil Defense said Thursday lava advanced 165 yards overnight and is currently 1,200 yards from the back edge of Pahoa Marketplace. View the full update here. At the new, slower rate, officials said the flow could reach the marketplace on Christmas Eve. Officials don’t know exactly why the lava continues to slow or if it will continue at that pace. “The area where the flow front is at currently is a little bit flatter as far as topography and then upslope about a mile and a half there was a breakout that…
  • Activists plan to drop ‘Interview’ DVDs in North Korea

    Laurie Segall
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:53 pm
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sony pulled its controversial film “The Interview” after public threats, but one activist group hopes it can drop copies of the film into North Korea from the sky. Human Rights Foundation founder Thor Halvorssen says the group plans on buying copies of “The Interview” — which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader — and including them in upcoming balloon drops over North Korea. The group is waiting to hear whether Sony will release the movie in an alternate format since it canceled plans to release the film in…
  • Kauai drug dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison

    Web Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A known drug dealer in Kilauea was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by Judge Kathleen Watanabe in Fifth Circuit Court on Wednesday. Bridget Maile Lanning, 45, pleaded no contest to two class B felonies: promoting a dangerous drug in the second degree and place to keep pistol. Additionally, Lanning pleaded no contest to one count of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, a class C felony, in a separate incident. Police arrested Lanning on a warrant at the Kilauea Menehune Mart in October of last year. Upon her arrest, officers recovered a loaded semi-automatic pistol and 7.5 grams of…
  • UH astronomer confirms discovery of ‘super-Earth’

    Web Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A University of Hawaii astronomer and the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea have confirmed the presence of an exoplanet super-Earth, a planet that does not orbit the sun and has a much higher mass than Earth does. HIP 116454b has a diameter of 20,000 miles, two-and-a-half times the size of Earth, and weighs almost 12 times as much as Earth. It circles its host star, an orange dwarf slightly smaller and cooler than the sun, once every 9.1 days at a distance of 8.4 million miles. The average density suggests that this planet is either a water world, composed of about three-fourths water and…
 
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  • Bystanders at China Walls help in rescue

    Star-Advertiser staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured at China Walls in the Portlock area of Hawaii Kai on Monday afternoon. An Emergency Medical Services report said bystanders pulled the woman out of the water after she was apparently dragged across the rocky ledge at about 1 p.m.
  • Oahu property values up

    B.J. Reyes
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    Property values on Oahu were up over the past year, driven largely by an increase in hotel and resort property value assessments, according to the city administration. Overall, total gross assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu was $214.9 billion.
  • Officials dismiss proposal by staffers to cut AUW

    Derrick DePledge
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday rebuffed a staff recommen- dation to advise Gov. David Ige to consider replacing Aloha United Way as the state's workplace giving program with a combined state-run campaign.
  • OHA appeals violation ruling

    Timothy Hurley
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is fighting back in court against a ruling that found the Board of Trustees in violation of the state's open-meeting law in two instances involving a dispute over the conduct of CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe.
  • Group is fined $3,100 for failing to report campaign expenditures

    B.J. Reyes
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:29 am
    The Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund, a partnership of the Hawaii Carpenters Union and trade contractors also known as the Pacific Resource Partnership, has been fined $3,100 over campaign activities supporting a ballot initiative and two county council races in the last election.
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  • Bad news in our feline family

    Ian Lind
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    “I’m feeling something I don’t like.” These aren’t words you want to hear when one of your cats is being examined. It was Harriet on the stainless steel examination table late yesterday afternoon as our primary vet at the VCA Kaneohe Animal Hospital, Dr. Ann Sakamoto, carefully felt her abdomen, using both hands to squeeze […]
  • Throwback Thursday: Protesting “The Bomb”

    Ian Lind
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Here we go with another Throwback Thursday. During the 1970s, there were widespread protests around the world against the nuclear testing program of the French government, which was conducting weapon tests in French Polynesia. There were several groups that conducted protests in Honolulu against the French tests, including the Honolulu Friends Meeting (Quakers) and the […]
  • Both 2015 Calendars (Cats & Kaaawa) are on sale now!

    Ian Lind
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    You can now save 30% if you order copies of my 2015 calendars. The “Kaaawa Cats 2015″ calendar features photos of the felines you enjoy every Feline Friday. And the “Good Morning, Kaaawa” calendar features view of our beautiful, windward Oahu community. Lulu.com, which prints these calendars on heavy stock with great color, is offering […]
 
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  • Honolulu Neighborhood Board applications open

    Hawaii Star Wire
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Beginning today, O‘ahu residents can file to run for a seat on their Neighborhood Board. “Serving on your Neighborhood Board presents the opportunity to create real change in your community, build a legacy, and network with other leaders,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live in it. I was honored to serve on both the Manoa and Kaimuki Neighborhood Boards.” Candidacy is open to O‘ahu residents who will be at least 18 years of age by February 20, 2015. Mailed forms must be postmarked by February 20 and received by February 27, 2015.
  • Thirty Meter Telescope groundbreaking set

    Hawaii Star Wire
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    A groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, launching a multi-national $1.4 billion project near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Although access to the TMT construction site will be limited due to the area’s sensitive environment and harsh physical conditions, the ceremony will be fully accessible via a live-stream webcast. George Takei, noted actor, director and author, known for his role in the television series Star Trek, will present pre-recorded science segments during the live webcast. Dr. Robert…
  • Latest crew set for 8-month simulated Mars mission

    Hawaii Star Wire
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The six astronaut-like crew members of the next Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission starting October 15 will be isolated in their dome habitat for eight months. This mission is twice as long as any previously completed at the Hawaiʻi site, and second only to Russia’s Mars500 experiment in total duration. Also, for the first time, HI-SEAS will have a female commander. In NASA history, only two women have ever commanded the spaceship: astronauts Eileen Collins in July 1999, and Pamela Melroy in November 2007. For true space flight, the commander role requires…
  • Energy Excelerator announces latest cohort

    Hawaii Star Wire
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Energy Excelerator selected 17 startups from a pool of high quality applicants to transform Hawaii’s energy system. Fifty percent of the new portfolio startups has principal team members with previous exits. “We are excited to work with a new cohort of startups with a ton of experience in running successful companies,” says Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator. “These are really smart people that have vetted technologies and are eager to partner with our local businesses to help solve some of our most difficult energy challenges.” The Energy Excelerator’s goal is…
  • Microbes touted as key to future agriculture

    Hawaii Star Wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A local technology commercialization company is working with two mainland biotechnology firms to encourage the adoption of microbial treatments to boost agricultural productivity while reducing water consumption as well as cutting the use of fertilizers and pesticides. “Everything we’ve been taught about farming is incorrect,” declares Vincent Kimura, president of Inovi Green. “Historical and current agricultural processes of crop fertilization and soil tilling are falling out of favor, damaging ecosystems and producing diminishing returns. Environmentally-friendly microbial…
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  • Missing teen’s body recovered from sea cave at Hapuna

    Baron
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    On Wednesday (Dec 17) body of a 13-year-old boy who went missing after jumping into the ocean at Hapuna Beach Sunday has been recovered. The boy jumped from 15-foot cliff into the ocean but never resurfaced according to his friends. Coast Guard and HFD crews spent three days searching for the teen with helicopters, boats […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • LavaTalk: December 18, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

    Baron
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    This morning’s Hawaii County Civil Defense overflight revealed that the flow front is about 0.8 miles upslope from the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. The flow has advanced about 165 yards since yesterday. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • PTA to open several areas for bird hunting this weekend (Dec 20-21)

    Baron
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Army officials are opening several training areas for bird hunting, here, Dec. 20-21, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Training areas 1-4, 9-16 and the Keamuku Training Area will be open for shotgun hunting of birds only. Use of shotgun slugs is not permitted. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Foul odor causes temporary closure of Waiakea Intermedate parking lot

    Baron
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Hawaiʻi Island Police Officers and Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded to Waiākea Intermediate School this afternoon (12-17-14) at 1:08 p.m. for a reported hazardous odor which resulted in at least one person complaining of dizziness. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police seek suspect who robbed Minit Stop in Hilo Tuesday (Dec 16)

    Baron
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Big Island police are investigating a robbery of a convenience store on Kekela Street in Hilo. Yesterday,(December 16, 2014) South Hilo patrol officers responded to a 1:08 pm call from an employee at the Minit Stop who reported that a lone male suspect entered the establishment claiming that he had a firearm. The male suspect […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • News bulletin, Week of Dec. 15, 2014

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Public Utilities Commission 12/12 The Public Utilities Commission has posted the electronic files submitted by the Hawaiian Electric Companies in response to the Commission's request for information regarding the Power Supply Improvement Plans. The files can be accessed here. Local Industry News 12/17  PBN: Blue Planet Foundation names clean transportation chief 12/17  PBN: NextEra/HECO transaction application to be filed with Hawaii regulators in six weeks 12/17  PBN: Tesoro gas station brand in Hawaii eventually to be replaced 12/17  Civil Beat: New solar projects…
  • News bulletin, Week of Dec. 8, 2014

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    12/12  PBN: Inside the $4.3B NextEra-HECO deal 12/10  Greentech Media: What can Hawaii expect from NextEra's purchase of Hawaiian Electric? 12/10  PBN: Virginia engineering firm expanding in Honolulu 12/10  Civil Beat: Nextera: Efficiency, expertise, and a penchant for getting what it wants 12/10  PBN: Hawaii No. 2 in electric vehicles, federal government says 12/9  PBN: The Queen's Medical Center inks deal with Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning 12/9  West Hawaii Today: Big Island Biodiesel gets USDA grant 12/9  PBN: Hawaii solar projects in limbo as…
  • News bulletin, Week of Dec. 2, 2014

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Local Industry News 12/7  Star-Advertiser: NextEra's offer to buy HECO prompts questions about Hawaii energy future 12/7  Star-Advertiser: Ensure sale of HECO puts ratepayers first 12/5  Civil Beat: HECO moves forward with 6 new Oahu solar projects 12/5  PBN: Hawaiian Electric signs contracts for 6 large solar farms totaling 207MW 12/5  PBN: Why did NextEra Energy decide to buy Hawaiian Electric? 12/4  Star-Advertiser: Bigger is better for utility customers, NextEra CEO says 12/4  PBN: NextEra Energy buying Hawaiian Electric won't speed up rooftop solar…
  • News bulletin, Week of Nov. 24, 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Local Industry News 11/26  PBN: Kauai utility board chair leaves to take job with Syngenta Hawaii 11/25  PBN: Bikeshare Hawaii aims to raise $8 million 11/25  PBN: HECO gaining ground on plan to integrate thousands of rooftop solar systems 11/25  PBN: $2M energy efficiency program selects companies to do the work 11/24  PBN: Honolulu's first protected bike lane nears completion 11/23  PBN: Top HECO executive retiring in January 2015  
  • News bulletin, Week of Nov. 17, 2014

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Local Industry News 11/21  PBN: eBay founder Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative new majority owner of Honolulu Seawater A/C 11/21  Star-Advertiser: Omidyar becomes majority investor in Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning 11/21  PBN: Sunetric has $25M of solar projects waiting for Hawaiian Electric approval 11/20  PBN: SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric reach agreement to study solar interconnection issues 11/20  PBN: Volta Industries adding two electric car charging stations on Maui, more on Oahu next year 11/20  Star-Advertiser: Nanakuli recycling facility is a big step for…
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  • SWEEPING NEW KAUA`I COUNCIL RULE CHANGES IMBUE RAPOZO WITH KINGLY POWERS

    Andy Parx
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Great Dictator(PNN) In a move by new Chair Mel Rapozo that removes the rights of councilmember to introduce legislation, move bills out of committee to a final vote by the full council, initiate workshops and even cuts the amount of time allotted for them to speak on measures on the agenda by half, the new Kaua`i County Council majority rammed through wholesale changes to longstanding rules at Monday's usually inaugural meeting of the Kaua`i County Council.The rights of the public were also severely curtailed by cutting the mandatory length for public testimony in half, removing the right…
  • RAPOZO RESPONDS; HOOSER ANSWERS RESPONSE

    Andy Parx
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    (PNN) Kaua`i County Council Chair-elect Mel Rapozo has written a response to the yesterday's PNN news article yesterday on his changes to the proposed Kaua`i County Council rules and Councilmember Gary Hooser has answered his response basically supporting the veracity of our news story (posted below). PNN stands by everything in the article. It is absolutely factual, unlike many of the prevarications and fabrications from Mr Rapozo below . Mr Rapozo, in fact makes many misstatements and uses half truths to disguise his apparent motives. In answer to part of Mr Rapozo's response (posted below…
  • MAJOR COUNCIL RULE CHANGES WOULD CUT PUBLIC TESTIMONY IN HALF; DENY COUNCILMEMBERS RIGHT TO INTRODUCE BILLS.

    Andy Parx
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    ----------------(Note corrected time and location 12 noon at the War Memorial Convention Hall)Action Alert- Please write to the council at counciltestimony@kauai.gov and ask that the new rules be deferred to the next regular council meeting for full public testimony and council consideration. You may also come Monday 12/1/14 at 12 noon at the War Memorial Convention Hall  to ask for a deferral.----------------(PNN) A major rewrite of the Kaua`i County Council rules which would cut mandatory time for public testimony on agenda items from six minutes to three and give broad new powers to…
  • ASKING FOR IT

    Andy Parx
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    If you missed the original Rolling Stone articleon the pervasiveness of rape at the University of Virginia- and many other campuses across the country if the Title IX investigation is any measure- you'd get little sense of the substance of the piece from official and media reaction We're hearinga lot of "shocked-shocked" reactions from the school- and Virginia politicians- as if this was the first they heard of it, despite the university's awareness of, if not complicity in dealing with it. There's a lot of "we need to stop these rapes from happening" (duh) but for the most part the essence…
  • HELP: GENIUS WANTED

    Andy Parx
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I need someone a lot smarter than I am to help me with some simple research. I have been thinking lately about how the "median income" - a dollar amount representing a point at which the number of people earning above that amount equals the number of people earning below it- may not really be as representative of levels of wealth and poverty as would be the "average" income- the amount that is reached by adding up all the incomes and dividing the result by the number of people "earning" that income.So I started by Googleing "average income in Hawai`i" and the results, only showed "median…
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  • University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes

    Malia Zimmerman
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii Athletic Department has faced a series of fiscal and staffing troubles in recent months, leading legislators, administrators and regents to debate the future of the state’s only athletic program. With an annual budget of around $30 million, the athletic department has operated in the red for 11 of the past 13 years, with a $3.5 million deficit this year. This is in addition to $13 million in debt accumulated since 2002, which regents waived earlier this year. The repeated money shortfall has sparked debate over how to generate…
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  • Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders coach Hawaii's military youth

    Hawaii Reporter
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are in Hawaii KANEOHE - Eleven Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders were in Hawaii this week as a part of the team’s effort to reach out to military families stationed here. Over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders worked with grade school cheerleaders whose parents are stationed at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders also attended three separate events on Monday, including one at Barking Sands on Kauai and two others on Oahu. Their coordinator, Dan Devens, told Hawaii Reporter that the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders left Dallas Dec. 7 to…
  • Remington College Honor Students visit State Capitol

    Michele Van Hessen
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Senator Will Espero met with criminal justice and sociology students from Remington College at the State Capitol to discuss how a bill is introduced and heard in committee.   "There is an art to getting a bill passed," Senator Espero told the students.   As the chairman of the Senate Public Safety, Government Operations & Military Affairs committee, Senator Espero will be introducing legislation surrounding the creation of a statewide agency designed to provide “Training and Standards” to all law enforcement organizations in Hawaii.   Senator Espero believes his…
  • UPDATE: Mariner rescued after several hours adrift off Maui

    Hawaii Reporter
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    HONOLULU – A man is safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 46 miles southwest of Kahoolawe, Maui, Saturday. At 10:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a friend of the vessel’s operator reporting that the 19-foot boat was disabled. The mariner contacted his friend using a cell phone. An approximate position was determined using information form the cell phone call. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and the 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rush were diverted to search. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched…
 
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  • MORE Hawai`i Teens Using e-Cigarettes

    Tina Shelton
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Stacy Wong UH Cancer Center E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing in the U.S., and Hawai`i teens take up e-cigarette use at higher rates than their mainland counterparts, a new study by University of Hawai`i Cancer Center researchers has found. The findings come as e-cigarettes grow in popularity and the Food and Drug Administration […]
  • Office of Medical Education Brings a Cup of Cheer to Medical School

    Tina Shelton
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Faculty and staff from the Office of Medical Education spread holiday cheer around the medical school today with their annual “Christmas Cart” full of hot chocolate, baked goodies and candy for one and all. The broad smiles which met the cart tell the story better than words can, about how welcome that short visit was […]
  • DEAN HEDGES leading UH Cancer Center through transition

    Tina Shelton
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Dr. Jerris Hedges, MD, has been named the acting director of the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center. Dr. Hedges is the dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai`i, and he took the helm at the Cancer Center on Nov. 21, after Dr. Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, resigned the […]
  • HAWAI’I DISCOVERY: Blow To Chest May Trigger Potentially Dangerous Heart Rhythm

    Tina Shelton
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A hard hit to the chest can cause an irregular heartbeat which may lead to death even days after the impact, according to an upcoming article in the journal Pediatrics, based on a case involving a 16 year-old Hawai`i football player. The case, and its diagnosis by a physician at Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women […]
  • Medical Professor Nationally Recognized for Work on INFECTIOUS DISEASES

    Tina Shelton
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Pediatrics Professor and scientist Dr. Richard Yanagihara has received a national award for his work to expand infectious disease research capabilities at UH, and for his prominent role in helping focus attention on needed research into why people of certain cultural backgrounds suffer disproportionately worse health. The award […]
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  • Social Encore: Mori by Art+Flea

    Jermel-Lynn Quillopo
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Social Encore: Mori by Art+Flea If you are looking for a gift that is unique, not mass-produced and locally made, check out Mori by Art+Flea at Ward Village. The post Social Encore: Mori by Art+Flea appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Take a Bite: Naked Cow Dairy makes milk and more

    Nadine Kam
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Take a Bite: Naked Cow Dairy makes milk and more The Sheraton Waikiki's Table to Farm event visited Naked Cow Dairy and doubled the culinary experience with dinner one night followed by a farm tour the next day. The post Take a Bite: Naked Cow Dairy makes milk and more appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy

    Webmasters
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy Holiday happenings, a bar review of Bethel Street Tap Room, plus more ideas for the weekend ahead, courtesy TGIF. The post This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • ‘Ahamele has winning sound

    Webmasters
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    ‘Ahamele has winning sound Decorated performers hit the stage in West Oahu for a concert celebrating Hawaiian music. The post ‘Ahamele has winning sound appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Cave’s ‘20,000 Days’ is unscripted, improvised

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Cave’s ‘20,000 Days’ is unscripted, improvised Filmmakers explore a day in the life of Australian rocker Nick Cave in “20,000 Days on Earth.” The post Cave’s ‘20,000 Days’ is unscripted, improvised appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Letters to Santa make wishes come true

    Amanda Stevens
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Macy’s and Make-A-Wish are celebrating the seventh year of the Believe campaign. Up to Dec. 24, people of all ages can bring their letters addressed to “Santa at The North Pole,” and drop it into the special letterboxes inside Macy’s. (You can also create and send a letter online at macys.com/believe.) For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000.   Damon’s Wish “There’s no crying in Macy’s!” That thought rang through my mind last Friday, while being among hundreds of onlookers who saw Make-A-Wish and…
  • Something new: Hawaiian Pie Company

    Grant Shindo
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Flour, butter and water run through Hawaiian Pie Company owner Joel Hori’s bloodline. He’s a third-generation baker tracing his proud lineage back to Kohala’s Holy’s Bakery on Hawaii Island. His grandfather, Yoshio Hori, opened a bakery bearing his last name back in the 1930s. The story goes that his strong Japanese accent was misunderstood while he was ordering packaging for his new business, and once the products arrived, he had no choice but to use Holy’s instead of Hori’s. His bakery became well known for its breads in surrounding towns, even supplying…
  • Frolic picks: Weekend events

    Julie Hasegawa
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Thursday, Dec. 18 End of the Year Cupcake & Cocktail Party Fundraiser Dec. 18, 7-10 p.m. The ARTS at Marks Garage $25 Purchase tickets The ARTS at Marks Garage is throwing its End of the Year Cupcake & Cocktail Party Fundraiser. Enjoy live music by Streetlight Cadence, burlesque from Sweet Soiree and food donated by Soul De Cuba and Let Them Eat Cupcakes. In addition to live entertainment, a silent auction and pupu, admission includes two complimentary drink tickets from the bar or Kona Brewing Company, and a chance to win raffle prizes. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit…
  • Why “The Interview” shouldn’t be pulled

    Myong Choi
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Several weeks ago cyber hackers infiltrated the computers at Sony Pictures and publicly released private emails, documents and even full-length movies such as the upcoming release, “Annie.” At first the leaked documents were fluff – emails about celebrity salaries, closed-door negotiations and future movie spoilers. Then things got serious. A group called the Guardians of Peace threatened moviegoers with 9/11 type attacks if they see Sony’s upcoming comedy, “The Interview,” which pokes fun at North Korea and is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day. “…Soon all the…
  • Emma Wo’s Top 5 holiday indulgences

    Amanda Stevens
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    It may be hard to imagine, but Emma Wo, one of the island’s top runway models and the new Miss Hawaii USA 2015, has a raging sweet tooth. The self-proclaimed foodie says despite the perception that models are obsessed with staying thin, she’s all for enjoying life and indulging during the holidays. It’s really all about balance for the 24-year-old PR exec, who will represent Hawaii at the next Miss USA pageant. Working out is part of her lifestyle, but so is eating what she likes, especially at this time of the year. “There’s so much to love about the holiday season…
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  • It started with an email

    Catherine Toth
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I wouldn’t consider myself a risk-taker. Sure, I’ve traveled to third-world countries without getting the appropriate shots and moved to Chicago without even visiting the city. (I am an Aries!) But in general, I tend to live between the lines. I don’t paddle out if the waves are overhead and I wouldn’t walk my dogs in the middle of the night. And to get me to go out on a date with someone I’ve never met before falls into that category. Here’s what happened: Back in November 2013, I confessed to a friend that I was divorced. It wasn’t something I liked…
  • It’s already December and I’m freaking out

    Catherine Toth
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Cursed Christmas. How did you get here so fast? It’s already the second week of December — 15 days to Christmas — and I’m panicking. I’ve bought exactly one present, mailed out zero cards, and just got a tree on Monday. It’s up, but there’s nothing on it. I’m actually appalled with myself. By this time last year my entire Christmas list was checked off, gifts were wrapped, cards were long mailed out, and I was sitting in Christmas-themed pajamas, staring at a fully decorated tree with a mug of hot cocoa. I might have already baked, too. So what…
  • #GiveBack: Fix the hole in the He‘eia fishpond

    Catherine Toth
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It’s Christmas. Everyone’s strapped for cash. I get it. But one of the best things you can do with your money is support a charity or project that has an ROI (return on investment) that goes beyond Christmas morning. Look, I’m budgeting this year for the holidays. It’s the first year that I’m solely, completely working on a freelance budget. (And if you know anything about freelance writing, you’ll know that I’m *thisclose* to eating instant ramen every night.) But I still found a way to give back this year — and I hope you do, too. The one that…
  • #DidThis: Riding horses at Kualoa Ranch, O‘ahu

    Catherine Toth
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    I was one of those little girls with posters of horses on her walls and a very well-worn copy of “Black Beauty” by her bedside. Yes, I had a fascination with horses, even back then. And while I had always wanted to ride on, the chance never really came up. Until this weekend, when my sweet husband surprised me with a horseback tour at Kualoa Ranch. Maybe this will come as a surprise to many of you, but I hadn’t even been to Kualoa Ranch, either. So this was going to be quite an adventure! Established in 1850 on the northeastern side of O‘ahu, Kualoa is a 4,000-acre working…
  • The one thing I’m thankful for this #Thanksgiving

    Catherine Toth
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Being thankful is like appreciating the weather. When it’s nice out, you don’t notice the sunshine or tradewinds. You just go about your day and not even think about it. You only notice the weather when it’s bad. And that’s how I feel about life. We tend to complain about or dwell on the bad things that are going on. The mounting bills. The hateful boss. The dead-end job. The sore back. The bad relationship you feel you’re stuck in. It’s when life is good — when the sun is shining down on you — that you don’t seem to stop and appreciate it.
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  • “The Biggest Loser” Wins with Kauai

    RPang
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The Biggest Loser — Episode 1613 — Pictured: (l-r) Toma Dobrosavljevic, Alison Sweeney, Dolvett Quince, Sonya Jones, Rob Guiry, Jessie Pavelka, Lori Harrigan-Mack, Woody Carter, Jen Widerstrom, Jordan Alicandro — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC) The adventure, culture, and natural beauty of Kauai will soon shine on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” as the remaining [...]
  • Celebrate the Holidays Hawaii-Style

    RPang
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    (Cue the Christmas carols.) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….even in the Hawaiian Islands. While it may not be the white Christmas you’re dreaming of, here in Hawaii, the holidays are just as merry and bright and celebrated in our own special way. Here are five reasons that make Christmas in the Hawaiian [...]
  • The Return of the Kohola

    RPang
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Kohola, or humpback whales, are taking center stage in Hawaii’s warm waters as whale watching season is in full force around the islands. Approximately two-thirds of the entire North Pacific humpback whale population returns to Hawaii between November and April, during which visitors can enjoy its impressive acrobatic displays from the sea or from the shore. Hawaii Tourism Authority [...]
  • Taro – A Hawaiian Staple

    RPang
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    This week, thousands of Americans will look forward to indulging in Thanksgiving staples such as turkey with stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Food is often tied to such deeply rooted traditions and kalo (taro) is no different in the Hawaiian culture. Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson While most are [...]
  • How to See the Sea Cliffs of Molokai

    RPang
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Did you know that Molokai boasts the tallest sea cliffs in the world? Go Visit Hawaii’s Sheila Beal recommends the following ways to view these magnificent cliffs that tower between 3,600 and 3,900 feet above the ocean. The majestic, tall cliffs of Molokai Molokai’s sea cliffs are located on the remote, north side of the [...]
 
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  • Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

    Ryan Ozawa
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report has yet to be released, you can listen to American Savings Bank CEO Richard Wacker share some of the highlights on last week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe. But a second report focused on Hawaii innovation was just released to less…
  • State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

    Ryan Ozawa
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this need. The project is the latest phase of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs‘ ongoing broadband initiative, following on the heels of the “Hawaii Broadband Map Project.” That earlier phase called on Hawaii…
  • Movoto Moves Into Hawaii

    Ryan Ozawa
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The mainland real estate firm Movoto is moving into Hawaii. But if you’ve been paying attention, yesterday’s news probably isn’t much of a surprise. Indeed, if you’re a local blogger — particularly one who pays a lot of attention to SEO and social content marketing strategies — it would have been impossible to not hear about Movato over the past few months. Because the folks at Movato, obviously aware of the company’s expansion plans, have been posting up a storm about Hawaii. As early as April, I was getting emails from them calling attention to…
  • Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

    Ryan Ozawa
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack has over 120,000 users across more than 2,000 organizations, and those numbers grow five to ten percent each week. But what are those users doing? What exactly is Slack? I practically run my life out of my Gmail inbox, so an “email killer”…
  • ‘Reach for the Stars’ at UH on Dec. 10

    Ryan Ozawa
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    A former astronaut turned renowned physicist and a project manager from NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission will be in Hawaii next week. They will both be featured at “Reach for the Stars,” a special public event hosted at the University of Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Loren W. Acton flew on Space Shuttle Mission STS-51-F in 1985, orbiting the Earth 126 times. Now a research professor at the Montana State University’s Department of Physics, Acton had to train for seven years for his mission aboard the Challenger. He will be a featured speaker at the event, along with…
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  • Bye-Bye to This Blog

    lwilcox
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This is my final entry in this blog. I'm going to switch to a different  PBS Hawaii digital media platform. I want to thank everyone who has read my blog at one time or another over the last half-dozen years. Extra thanks to folks who have subscribed to it! It's been fun sharing with you some of the things happening around this public television station and around Hawaii.  As a result of connections made on this blog, I've talked with people all over the state and even in other countries. One of my blog readers actually became a member of PBS…
  • Tonight: June Jones on PBS Hawaii

    lwilcox
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    Tonight (Wed., Dec. 17, 2014), our Leahey & Leahey hosts sit down with former Southern Methodist University and former UH head football coach, June Jones. I wonder if this will be his first TV interview since cutting short his time at SMU for "personal reasons?" I don't know. But I'm pretty sure this is his first extended TV interview in Hawaii since his Texas departure. Jones, who owns a home on Hawaii Island, hasn't said yet what his plans are. His friends say he's not retiring. So the coconut wireless is lighting up with rumors about what he's aiming to do…
  • You're Hired, Victoria!

    lwilcox
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Victoria Cuba, the HIKI N teenager who revealed on PBS Hawaii's statewide student network that she'd been homeless for much of her life, now has a dorm room at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a freshman slate of classes she enjoys,  and a part-time job as a student TV-production tech here at PBS Hawaii.     Life is very different for the Waipahu High grad. She had surprised longtime classmates when she disclosed she was homeless. She'd kept that secret because she didn't want people judging her. When she opened up, her frankness, positive outlook and…
  • Watch Leahey & Leahey Tonight!

    lwilcox
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Expect an energetic discussion between father and son tonight (Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, 7:30 pm, PBS Hawaii) on Leahey & Leahey as they scrutinize University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay's resignation announcement, with an eye to what happens next and why. Then the Leaheys talk with St. Louis quarterback coach Vinnie Passas,  who coached Heisman favorite Marcus Mariota during high school, on his way to becoming a University of Oregon Duck. Passas is on his way to the Heisman Awards at the invitation of his former player. The coach speaks of Mariota's…
  • Ceremonial Shovels Replaced by Heavy Equipment

    lwilcox
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Less than a month ago, PBS Hawaii broke ground on a new home at the former KFVE Newsplex, at the corner of Nimitz Hwy. and Sand Island Access Road. Do a weekday drive-by and you'll see the site surrounded by construction fencing and hear the growl of heavy equipment. Allied Building Systems is at work, with partial demolition, renovation and expansion of the existing one-story building. Group 70 International is the designer. In early 2016, we're eager to see the place look like this: The result will be PBS Hawaii's Clarence T.C. Ching Campus, a two-story building, with the new second floor…
 
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony Moli (Laysan albatross) eggs ready to board the plane yesterday. Photo: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation.Yesterday, several dozen birds flew across the Kauai Channel before they hatched. Forty-three moli (Laysan albatross) eggs made the trip from Kauai to Oahu, packed in soft layers and tucked inside heated “coolers,” aboard a regularly scheduled Navy plane. The relocated albatross are part of a new jo...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food Rare beef pho from Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. Inside the issue you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading to eat when we're famished. This year&rs...
  • Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters An adult Newell's shearwater spreads its three-foot wingspan. Photo by Elyse Butler Mallams.Sitting at the fingertip-shaped end of a narrow mountain ridge in camouflage pants and rubber boots, Dr. André Raine plucks a white-splattered leaf from an old ohia tree and holds it to his nose. It’s a rare sunny day here, in the mountains high above the town of Ka...
  • Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula Photo by Rae Huo for HAWAII Magazine.Keeping Hawaiian music and hula dynamic in a way that honors the stories and traditions of the past is the life-work of Robert Cazimero.“My grandfather said to me many years ago, it would be our generation that wants to keep it alive, the next generation who wouldn’t want it, and the one following who would,” says Cazimero, of the two cultural art forms.“It’s a constant...
  • 125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit Members of a sewing club dressed in "flapper" fashions. Honolulu, ca. 1927. Photo: Bishop Museum.It will be a blast from the past when the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opens today in Honolulu. Its Long Gallery has been transformed to house a new temporary exhibit chronicling Hawaii’s changes since the museum’s founding in 1889.The retrospective “Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum” is the culmination of the museum’s 125th anniversary year, and runs from
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  • Musings: Petty Politics

    Joan Conrow
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    OK, nowwe know why failed Council candidate and KKCR talk show host Felicia Cowden mounted a smear campaign against Charter Commission nominee Allan Parachini.“Nobody asked me [to serve], and I understand the Charter,” she sniffed at yesterday's confirmation vote, which passed 6-1. Only Councilman Gary Hooser was opposed, because Allan dared to publicly criticize his campaign to pass the pesticide/GMO regulatory Bill 2491.Oh, and Allan — a longtime journalist — makes Felicia “uncomfortable” when he attends KKCR programming meetings, apparently exposing by his mere presence her…
  • Musings: Advancing an Agenda

    Joan Conrow
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Hawaii County Council today will decide whether to pursue a legal appeal of its anti-GMO law, which was overturned last month by a federal judge on the same state pre-emption grounds that killed the Kauai GMO/pesticide regulatory bill.Hawaii County Ordinance 13-121 banned the cultivation and open-air testing of any new genetically engineered (GE) crops, which would have effectively stifled research intended to help small lettuce and flower growers by developing disease-resistant varieties. Cattle ranchers also would have been prohibited from growing GE corn that would have allowed them to…
  • Musings: Mulligan Stew

    Joan Conrow
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Kauai County Council is going to “take a mulligan” on several key issues this Wednesday, including administrative salaries, trash collection fees and a new real property tax classification for seed companies.First up will be a vote on overriding the mayor's veto of the “agronomics” Bill 2546, which would place seeds and any experimental crops into a separate category so they can be taxed higher than other agriculture. The bill narrowly passed in the last meeting of the old Council, only to be nixed by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. But now that the Council composition has shifted, it…
  • Musings: Moral Quicksand

    Joan Conrow
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The horrible revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA Use of Torture are extreme examples of what can happen when people decide that the ends justify the means.That moral slippery slide is being used right now by some Congressmen to justify and excuse actions that any conscionable person would consider absolutely and unequivocally wrong. Things like physical and mental torture, secret payments to nations in exchange for establishing dungeons within their borders, doctors and psychologists complicit in harming the bodies and souls of prisoners in their care,…
  • Musings: Crimes and Punishment

    Joan Conrow
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    Who woulda thunk Judge Randal Valenciano was such a softie?Hapless addicts, downtrodden kanaka, repentant repeat offenders — none of them faze him. But let “Diamond” Eddie Ben-Dor come a-cryin' and a-whinin' about how the big bad county was nailing him with civil andcriminal penalties for his illegal vacation rental and the tiny tyrant got all a-tremble with indignation.Why it's “an injustice” to ding poor Eddie twice, the judge sniffed. It's “extortion” to demand criminal and civil fines for a misdemeanor zoning violation stemming from Eddie's illegal TVR on Weke Road in…
 
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  • Scholarships will go to three Maui County students

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Josh Jerman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is again offering the Josh Jerman Maui Nui Scholarship to encourage college-bound students to use their educations to benefit Maui County.
  • Maui chapter of Hawaii Bicycling League to meet

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The newly established Maui chapter of the nonprofit Hawaii Bicycling League invites individuals to its first membership meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center classrooms at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shop.
  • A grand tree lighting event in Wailea

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    First photo: Zoe Kalea Goodman, 19 months, of Kihei attends the Grand Wailea's Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday.
  • 'Virtual' gift boxes for disadvantaged children

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Maui residents packed 2,500 shoe-box gifts last month for children worldwide struggling with war, disease, poverty and other difficult circumstances, according to Operation Christmas Child.
  • HMSA announces Kaimana Scholarship program

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2015 are invited to apply for the 10th annual HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • “Hazardous Odor” Assaults Waiakea Intermediate

    Alan McNarie
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hawaii County police and fire department personnel responded to reports of “hazardous odor” at Hilo’s Waiakea Intermediate School on West Puainako Street shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  At least one student reportedly became dizzy from the fumes, which the Fire Department’s HAZMAT team concluded had probably “originated off-site and was delivered by the wind. The smell quickly dissipated, and an “all clear” was issued for students and faculty within an hour.    
  • Lava News: Puna Community Medical Center Packs Up

    Alan McNarie
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    From Dan Domizio, Puna Community Medical Center: Aloha! Yesterday, December 16th, Civil Defense walked door to door in our Pahoa Marketplace and gave us the order we all knew was coming, “Prepare to Evacuate!”. The evacuation order proper would be coming in the next few days. The gas station was pumping out the last of it’s fuel (premium only at $3.80/gal, all the rest was already gone), the supermarket is closing and packing out today, the ACE Hardware and Lex Brodie’s Tire center will be gone by tomorrow. As I pulled into gas up, I realised that I was encountering…
  • Stolen Car Leads to Police Shooting Incident

    Alan McNarie
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A  police officer discharged his firearm in Mountain View this afternoon while attempting to intercept an alleged stolen pickup truck. At approximately 2 p.m.,  officers, who were “on Route 11 attending to an unrelated incident,” encountered the  pickup  and attempted to stop it  just south of the Kulani Road intersection in Mt. View.  According to the police press release, “The vehicle sped toward the officers in a threatening manner. In response, an officer fired one shot toward the vehicle which continued southbound on Route 11 toward the Hawai?i Volcanoes National…
  • Lava Report: Flow Closes to within a Mile

    Alan McNarie
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
      Hawaii County Civil Defense reported this morning that the lava flow has closed its distance from the from the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130 to one mile. “As the flow activity continues to show signs of advancement, businesses in the Pahoa Market Place may be taking necessary steps to prepare for a possible evacuation. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for increased traffic and large vehicles in the area,” Civil Defense’s 8 a.m. message stated.  Multiple news sources have reported that Malama Market close on Thursday,…
  • Lava Report: New Map Counts Down to Pahoa Marketplace

    Alan McNarie
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory has released a new map of the lava flow, with a rather grim new feature: it marks off the distance from the flow front to the edge of the Pahoa Marketplace shopping center in increments four tenths of a mile. The new map, the first since December 9, shows that the lava has descended about six tenths of a mile in three days since Pele definitely turned down the “steepest descent path” toward the shopping center  after pooling for a few days in a relatively flat area where it could have either gone toward Pahoa Marketplace or down another…
 
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  • Measuring Broadband Hawaii

    Burt
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:27 pm
    We all know Internet access in Hawaii can really test your patience. I have a cable modem from Oceanic Time Warner and DSL from Hawaiian Telcom. Both are in two different locations and are at the basic service level. Over the years Oceanic has increased their service offering. I now get about 16M down and 1.2M up. My Hawaiian Telcom DSL has pretty much stayed the same at 1M down an 1M up. I can barely stream any video on my DSL without stalls for buffering. There was an effort initiated by DCCA a few years back to map your broadband access by running speed tests and reporting the results.
  • Extraordinary Machine: Public Access to Public Domain

    Burt
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Please join us for the screening of ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ on Friday, Sept. 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Kaka’ako Agora. Sign up here. Then come back to join us for a discussion of the film and a workshop on open knowledge on Saturday, Sept. 6th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. We will brainstorm action plans and prototype tactics to liberate more open government data. Bring your creativity and appetite. RSVP required for lunch count. Lunch only applies to workshop attendees. Thanks! The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activistAaron…
  • Hack to the Future II

    Burt
    13 May 2014 | 4:42 pm
    On May 31, 2014 Hawaii is participating in National Day of Civic Hacking by holding its own Hack to the Future II. Join the Code for Hawaii Brigade on this day of workshops, prototyping and civic hacks. We will use this day to build capacity and brainstorm projects to infuse government with civic innovation. Citizen engagement is taking hold in our community so let’s focus on what we can accomplish in 2014. This event is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, taking place across the country. Agenda: 9:30a – 10:00a Welcome/Registration 10:00 – 12:00p Tri-Track…
  • PTC 2014

    Burt
    24 Jan 2014 | 12:03 am
    The Pacific Telecommunications Council puts on their annual conference every January and like clockwork #36 took place without a hitch over at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The one day I could make it was on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Jeanne Holm the notable Data.gov evangelist was speaking on Data Driven Innovation in Communities. Holm’s presentation was a short one since in my world, there is so much to talk about in open data. She highlighted the work being done on Data.gov and it’s recent conversion from Socrata to the open source CKAN platform. She also brought attention to…
  • SOEST Open House

    Burt
    7 Nov 2013 | 11:59 am
    This event at the Univ. of Hawaii, School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology only occurs once every two years. This year it took place on Oct. 25 and 26 and feature demonstrations of explosive volcanism, Doppler on Wheels, James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge, meteorites from Mars, the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory and many more.
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  • Episode 329: Cyber Security – Dec 17, 2014

    Burt Lum
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    http://cpa.ds.npr.org/khpr/audio/2014/12/BMC_121014.mp3 Joining us today is Tiffini Hunt from Verizon to tell us about their recent mobile device survey. Then we have Sandy Park from the High Tech Development Corp to tell us about the annual Holiday Tech Fair. Finally, we’ve invited Jodi Ito, Information Security Officer at UH and Motohiro Tsuchiya, visiting scholar at East West Center specializing in cyber security. We’ll talk about the growing concern over cyber attacks. Additional Links: Hawaii Business Express Hawaii Innovation Framework Startup Paradise Demo Day Information…
  • Episode 328: Annual Gadget Show – Dec 10, 2014

    Burt Lum
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    To begin we’ve invited Richard Wacker, President/CEO of American Savings Bank to tell us about the Hawaii Business Roundtable soon to be published Hawaii Innovation Assets Report. Then, after the break, we kick off our annual gadget and holiday geek gift show. Paul Lawler and Melissa Chang will share their picks and answer your calls for help when it comes to getting something for that special geek in your life. http://cpa.ds.npr.org/khpr/audio/2014/12/BMC_121014.mp3 News Links: State sets “Cloud First” policy for IT projects Measuring Broadband America DCCA Announces…
  • Episode 327: OIMT Update – Dec 3, 2014

    Burt Lum
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Joining us today is Monique Chyba from the UH Dept of Mathematics to tell us about a public lecture series called Reach for the Stars. Then Keith Demello from the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT) will tell us about the upcoming Hawaii Digital Government Summit. Finally, we’ve invited Keone Kali and Paola Saibene also from OIMT to tell us about progress with the State’s IT Transformation Plan. Additional Links: NSF awards IU $6.6 million to build Jetstream NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries to Combine ThinkTech United OIMT Newsletter Download…
  • Episode 326: MOOCs – Nov 26, 2014

    Burt Lum
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Joining us today is Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association to tell us about the upcoming Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy panel. Then we’ve invited Michael Menchaca and Paul Ryan to tell us about Univ of Hawaii Manoa”s delivery of MOOCs or Massively Open Online Courses. Additional Links: Two Black Holes may have collided Dark magma could explain Hawaii’s non-tectonic volcanoes Hoku Kon Wordcamp Maui: A WordPress Conference on Feb 13-14, 2015 Distance Course Design & Consulting Introduction to E-Learning Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 325: Extreme Tsunami – Nov 19, 2014

    Burt Lum
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Joining us today is David Atcheson from Transition Oahu to tell us about a cool mapping project and meetup. Then we have Matt Sullivan tell us about Start Hawaii. Finally, we’ve invited Gerard Fryer from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Mel Kaku Dept of Emergency Management to tell us about the new tsunami inundation maps and what they mean for disaster preparedness. Additional Links TMT Launches The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund Synthesis of Prebiotic Glycerol in Interstellar Ices 2014 International Women’s Hackathon Hawaii Island Workforce & Economic…
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  • PROTECTING PATENT RIGHTS IN COLLABORATIVE INVENTING

    Leighton K. Chong
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
                The tidal wave of online usage of social networks has spilled over into collaborative business networks.  Social networks such as Facebook are being used to create and market new ideas and innovations using social networking webpages.  Collaborative innovation networks have sprung up as online communities of like-minded people who choose to work together on innovation projects.  The speedup in investor expectation for startups to get to market using online development and product marketing tools has also given rise to online funding networks known as crowdsourcing. …
  • 10 of My Debugging Tricks

    Douglas Ching
    9 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    Being able to solve problems and fix bugs is probably high on the list of things that make a programmer a good programmer.   These days programming is assisted with many tools and techniques.  Stepping through code using advanced IDEs and debuggers find many issues before they become issues.  Intellisense, code completion and syntax highlighting also reduce bugs before they can become bugs.  Exception handling and error logging help a lot when issues occur in programs.  Testing frameworks and methodologies help us to validate code and functionality in addition to lessening the…
  • Nodeschool in Honolulu

    George Lee
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    At the time of this writing, we have had two Nodeschool events here in sunny Honolulu, so tl;dr it’s been pretty successful. Admittedly, I had concerns going in to the first event. Sure, Nodeschool has been successful worldwide with new chapters opening every day, but that doesn’t mean it’d be a guaranteed success. Being the organizer for Ohana.js (our local Javascript user’s group), I was unsure of how well it’d be received given that you can do the workshops in the comfort of your own home. I think learning with others is great, but I also think it’s a hard sell on others. Our…
  • The Neglected Requirements Process

    David Chung
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In my experience with software development thus far, I find that requirements analysis is often overlooked or completely ignored. I believe that by not spending some time understanding the need for the software that's about to built, the developers may really be building an inferior product, which in the end is costly for the stakeholders of the project. From my experience, there is often the misconception that the requirements process, in which requirements are discovered, is a slow process and is seen as the waterfall approach of software development. The perception is that the team needs…
  • Looking for an entry level Networking staff

    Carrie Ho
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    CCNA is not required but good to have. Good benefits. The network is very diverse so you will learn a lot.
 
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • UH research: Warming's dark twin, acidification, eroding reefs.

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Global warming’s dark twin, ocean acidification, is disrupting life in the oceans as dangerously as warming itself.A recent study by University of Hawai`i researcher Nyssa Silbiger and her colleagues indicates that coral reefs are eroding as increasingly acid oceans eat away at their calcium carbonate structures.(Image: MicroCT scan of experimental blocks reveals bioerosion scars. Credit: N Silbiger, M Riccio/Cornell.)Corals are always in dynamic tension, as the building work of coral polyps is balanced against the destructive work of parrotfish and boring marine worms. But studies at the…
  • Hurricanes self-feed, sucking up El Nino heat from the deep ocean

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It has long been asserted that El Nino events, warming the tropical Pacific as they do, promote hurricanes—but it may not occur as we’ve previously assumed.(Image: Hurricane tracks shown in black in the eastern and central Pacific. Credit: Jin/SOEST.)University of Hawai`i researchers have identified a two or three-season delay that explains a lot about hurricane behavior. The El Nino hot water sinks, moves in the ocean, and then surges back to the surface to fuel tropical cyclones.And that’s important information in terms of predicting hurricane frequency and ferocity.Fei-Fei Jin and…
  • Hot acid: where our Hawaiian oceans are going

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere doesn’t just cause atmospheric warming.It causes lots of effects, some of them catastrophic in dramatically different ways. But heat is a big one all by itself, and it gets not only into the atmosphere, but into the seas. The oceans are now warmer than at any time since water temperature has been recorded.(Image: At left, ocean temperatures, showing the rise since the beginning of the industrial age n the 1800s. The vertical green stripe at right is the 2000-2013 pause. At right, yellow and red show waters that are warmer than the long-term…
  • It only takes a few humans to kill off easy prey like moa, and maybe Hawaiian monk seals.

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    A new study suggests that it takes very few humans to kill off a large, easily-caught food species.There were only about 2,500 Maori in New Zealand by the time they killed off the last of the moa—that giant bird which, along with the dodo, is emblematic of lost wildlife.(Image: A representation of an upland moa, Megalapteryx didinus. Credit: George Edward Lodge.)“Both the Polynesian settlement of New Zealand and moa extinction are recent enough to be dated with a high degree of precision. “In addition, the founding human population can be estimated from genetic evidence,” says an…
  • Gov's race polling: Ward is queen...this time

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Election 2014 was a critical election in the Islands, but for political junkies, a big question was: How did the pollsters do?This year, in the governor’s race, one Hawaii-based pollster was spot-on, and the other wasn’t too far off.The national polls, not so much.First, these were the actual results in the governor’s race: Winner and Democrat David Ige 49 percent of the vote; Republican Duke Aiona 36.7 percent. Independent Mufi Hanneman 11.6 percent. And Libertarian Jeff Davis 1.7 percent.Which poll had the most accurate numbers? That would be Becky Ward’s Ward Research, and her…
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  • Hawaiian Airlines surpasses 10M passengers for 2014

    Jason Ubay
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Hawaiian Airlines has carried 10 million passengers in 2014, the most it has ever flown in a single year. The airline has come a long way, as it took 38 years for the company to reach its first cumulative 10 million passengers. That first year, 1967, the company also surpassed 1 million passengers annually. Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said they've been able to reach this milestone because the company has grown rapidly over the past few years. Last year, the company reached…
  • Uber launches ridesharing service on Maui

    Bill Cresenzo
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Uber, the popular yet controversial car service that lets people order a ride through their mobile devices, launched Thursday on Maui, the company said. To mark the launch, Uber is offering five free rides worth up to $50 each to Maui riders. Uber launched in Honolulu in 2013. Using an app, riders order a car and can track where the driver is en route to pick them up. Riders receive a text when the car arrives. Payment is billed to rider's credit cards, which are on file, and riders don't have…
  • ​E-cigarette Q&A with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    A new study by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and published in the journal Pediatrics has found that the rate of Hawaii teens who use e-cigarette is much higher their mainland counterparts. The sale of e-cigarettes in Hawaii is unregulated, and state law only requires vendors to have a general excise tax to sell to customers 18 years of age, or 21 on the Big Island. Because of the unregulated market, there is no official count of e-cigarette vendors in Hawaii, however, a quick search on…
  • ​Hawaii's Parents And Children Together, Kamaaina Kids receive $1.4M federal grant

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    A $1.4 million federal grant will fund collaboration between Hawaii nonprofits Parents And Children Together and Kamaaina Kids to expand early learning opportunities for Leeward Oahu infants and toddlers from low-income families. The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant was awarded Wednesday at the White House Summit on Early Education in Washington, D.C. "Many of these families cannot afford early childhood education and this provides them with access to high quality early learning opportunities,"…
  • Hawaii made great progress towards renewable energy in 2014, report says

    Duane Shimogawa
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Hawaii has made great strides in achieving its renewable energy goals, and now finds itself in a new energy ecosystem, which requires an update to existing methods, including implementing grid modernization and interconnection plans, as well as bridging the gap between conventional and renewable energy sources with transitional fuels, according to a new state report. The 2014 annual report, spearheaded by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's state Energy Office,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Expressing Health and Well-Being

    Mike Hu
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    As people diminish in health, how it it expressed?  The same way it is expressed in increasing health and well-being -- by the muscles of the face (head), hands and feet -- which most people have never learned or exercised to express -- and so those muscles get very flabby, and incapable of ,movement (expression), until there is no movement at all.  At that point, one seems to be unresponsive to everything going on about them -- even if the critical function of circulation and respiration have not ceased, whereupon they would be pronounced "dead."  But often, long before that…
  • Evolve or Die

    Mike Hu
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    People don't change because they want to; people change because they have to.  If they don't have to change, they won't -- even as much as they say they'd like to.  It is only when they have no choice, that those who can change, will, while those who can't -- when they have to, perish.  That is the story of evolution -- the overriding imperative of all of life.It's okay not to want to change -- but when one has to, that's the difference between life and death -- and those who live another day, and actually improve their survival chances.  Individually, that is also the…
  • "Senior" Citizenship

    Mike Hu
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Arguably the greatest milestone in every life, is reaching the status of full, or senior citizenship -- when one is entitled to all the benefits of living in their society.Until then, one has to struggle largely on one's own -- feeling "less entitled" -- until the day one reaches the magical age of 65 -- when the entire machinery of that society, is now dedicated to helping one out.Early benefits can be obtained at 62 -- or even earlier, if one is judged "disabled," but no questions asked entitlement, begins for most at 65 -- when Medicare also kicks in.  Then the great equalizer is how…
  • The Future Will Be Different

    Mike Hu
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    For most of recorded history, those in charge, tried to convince us that the future would be no different than it had been in the past -- which is to say, that history merely repeated itself, and never broke new ground -- when the real truth is that the future has always been different, and never just the repetition of the past.That's why civilizations and cultures rise -- and fall, just as individuals are born, and then they die -- to make possible change, which is to say, "different."  Otherwise, people can only be victims to their past, and not the creators of their future -- to the…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • 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 --…
  • Solving the Problems of One's Own Living

    Mike Hu
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    With all the talk about what somebody else (government) can do, what is never discussed anymore, is the possibility that one can solve their own problems -- by themselves, as their primary responsibility, and the objective of their very living.  Unless one does that, the situation is indeed as hopeless as the vested interests make it out to be.  That is the culture of these times -- cultivating the belief that not only is it necessary to achieve anything except by organizing a mass number to go along with them -- in forcing someone else to do something for them -- but is even…
  • "The Total Package"

    Mike Hu
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    There used to be a time when time and resources were so scarce, that any one person, could only hope to be proficient at one thing -- even and especially at the expense of all other things.  In such a world, one might be a good breadwinner, but also be the worst person in the world -- to achieve that.  The idea that any one person, could be all things, or as complete a person as they were capable of being, was such an alien concept, that anyone suggesting such a thing, was thought to be suffering from delusions of grandeur -- or at the least, be unaware of their shortcomings…
  • 65 is the New 21

    Mike Hu
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Roughly a century ago, a person of 21 could look forward to a life of "maturity," for another 30 years, and then it was time to prepare for the end -- of so few making it beyond 65.  In fact, that was such a given, that the initial founding of Social Security a few decades later, relied on the fact that so few would live very many years after they reached 65 -- and if they did, all the power to them to live as long as they could.Now, pretty much the average person makes it to 65 -- and lives many years beyond, which is one of the unintended consequences of Social Security and other…
  • The Best of Times

    Mike Hu
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    There is a conspiracy by "The Media" to convince us that these are the worst of times -- rather than as always, the best of times -- as life is getting better as evidenced by there being not only more lives, but as longer lives, as well as many more, living as well as only one person could do previously.  That is to say, that the "average" person, now lives like only kings could -- even 50 years ago, maybe even 20.  For one thing, the "average" person, now knows as much as only a rare few had access to -- only 20 years ago, and it is this increase in knowledge, that is the greatest…
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    Hawaii Legal News

  • Defective Complaint is Not a Jurisdictional Defect

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    State v. Kam(ICA November 26, 2014)Background. Cierra Ann Kam was charged as a repeat offender of operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and operating a vehicle after her license to drive was suspended or revoked for OUI. The complaint failed to allege the required mens rea for each count.After the complaint was filed, the HSC handed down State v. Nesmith, 127 Hawaii 48, 276 P.3d 617 (2012). The HSC held that the portion of the complaint alleging OUI by way of facts (HRS § 291E-61(a)(1)) required the “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” mens rea. Id. at 54,…
  • Right to Attend your Trial is not Invitation to Flee

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    State v. Vaimili(ICA November 12, 2014)Background. Joseph Vaimili had been charged of kidnapping, terroristic threatening in the first degree, promoting prostitution in the first degree, and using or carrying a firearm while in the commission of a felony. Vaimili was released on bail. He appeared at some pretrial matters and at the selection of his jury. On the day the jury was supposed to be sworn in and trial to get started, Vaimili did show up in court. The trial court granted two continuances and he still did not show up. The prosecution filed a memorandum asserting that Vaimili left the…
  • Solicitation Requires Proof of Request or Demand for Money

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    State v. Abel(HSC September 24, 2014)Background. James Abel was charged with the city ordinance of solicitation with animals in Waikiki, a violation of ROH § 29-13.2(b). At trial, HPD Sergeant Stacey Christensen testified that one day she was “enforcing parking violations” in Waikiki. She saw Abel “with birds fronting the Outrigger standing on the sidewalk.” Abel was putting birds on people and taking pictures of them with their cameras and the people would give him money. She couldn’t make out what they were saying and could not discern how much money was given to Abel. Abel moved…
  • Cops can Execute a Warrant in the Middle of the Night in a Public Park

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    State v. Williams(ICA September 22, 2014)Background. Fred Williams was in Cartwright Park in Honolulu after closing time. The signs around the park posted that no one can be there between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The police found him and cited him for being in the park during the off-hours. In the process, they discovered that an outstanding bench warrant (a judge ordered a warrant for his arrest for failing to show up to court on an unrelated matter) was out for him. He was subsequently arrested for that. After being placed in handcuffs, the police discovered a glass pipe, two…
  • Chit Chat with a Cop Didn't Arise to Custodial Interrogation

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    State v. Kazanas(ICA August 29, 2014)Background. On Halloween night, a complainant was driving his car through Waikiki to watch the Halloween festivities. The driver got to Kuhio Avenue at an intersection and stopped to let a group of people cross. As he entered the intersection, a straggler ran across the road and ran into the car. A group surrounded the car and started pounding the windows and kicking the car. The back window cracked. The complainant saw a man on the hood with heavy boots stomping the windshield. The man then got off the hood, walked around to the driver, and punched the…
 
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  • Ice breaking in Paradise - USCGC Polar star

    Mark Murakami
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
  • Hawaii Real Estate Litigation Update - 2014

    Mark Murakami
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    So, just in case you were wondering what new and important cases were issued by the Hawaii courts this year, you are in luck if you are a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association's Real Property and Financial Services Section.  My partner Greg Kugle and I are presenting our 2nd Annual Real Estate Litigation.  If you aren't a member, then I've posted our outline, with hyperlinks to the decisions or blog posts about the decisions, below: HSBA Real Property and Financial Services Section Litigation Update – Nov. 21, 2014 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Gregory W. Kugle and Mark M.
  • Viral Outbreak in Hawaii - What Can the Government Do?

    Mark Murakami
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Ebola Victim in Hawaii?  Thankfully, it appears not, but the potential for an infectious or viral outbreak prompted this disaster-law wonk to crack open my copy of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and see what the government can actually do in the event of such an outbreak. Is the answer similar to what J. T. Walsh said in the movie Outbreak?   So, what can the State of Hawaii do to respond to a potential public health outbreak?  Quite a lot actually. In response to a threat of "dangerous disease", the Director of the Department of Health can maintain a place of quarantine and may…
  • Fifth Circuit: No Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Claims

    Mark Murakami
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    The Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, held that punitive damages were NOT available for unseaworthiness claims.  The case is Haleigh Janee McBride v. Estis Well Serv. and the original opinion can be found here.  In a lengthy opinion, with multiple concurring/dissenting opinions, the panel found that the Supreme Court's decision in Atlantic Sounding Co, Inc. v. Townsend did not overrule the Court's prior precedent in Miles v. Apex Marine Corp. We took this case en banc to decide whether the seaman plaintiffs in this case, both the injured seamen and the personal representative of…
  • A Look at the Proposed Constitutional Amendments on Hawaii's 2014 Ballot

    Mark Murakami
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    As we quickly approach Election Day, 2014, we thought it might be helpful to provide some history and analysis of the proposed amendments to the Hawaii Constitution to help voters get through the legal-ese. Question 1:  Relating to Disclosure of Judicial Nominees. Shall the judicial selection commission, when presenting a list of nominees to the governor or the chief justice to fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, circuit courts or district courts, be required, at the same time, to disclose that list to the public? Analysis:  In the…
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Failure to Comply with Contract Leaves No Additional Insured Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       Indemnity obligations and additional insured coverage were at issue in Strauss Painting, Inc. v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co., 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 3347 (N.Y. Nov. 24, 2014).    Strauss Painting, Inc. (Strauss) contracted with the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. (the Met) to strip and repaint the rooftop steel carriage track for the opera house's automated window-washing equipment. The contract provided that Strauss would indemnify and hold the Met harmless.  Exhibit D to the contract set forth three types of insurance that Strauss was to procure: (1) workers' compensation; (2)…
  • Bad Faith Claim for Investigation Fails

    Tred Eyerly
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       The insurer prevailed in summary judgment, disposing of the insured's bad faith claim based upon the investigation of the loss. Nino v. State Farm Lloyds, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163993 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 24, 2014).    The insured filed a claim with State Farm for damage resulting from a hailstorm on March 29, 2012. An independent adjuster, Charles Crump, conducted an investigation on behalf of State Farm. Crump inspected the roof, where he noted prior repair to the roof, and found no covered damage to the roof as the result of the 2012 hailstorm. Crump found minimal damage to other…
  • Continuous Injury Trigger Applied to Property Loss

    Tred Eyerly
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals predicted that the Wisconsin appellate courts would apply the continuous injury trigger to find coverage after the policy expired for damage caused by water infiltration. Strauss v. Chubb Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App LEXIS 21794 (7th Cir. Nov. 18, 2014).    The insureds built their home in 1994. They purchased coverage for their home from Chubb. Coverage was in place from October 1994 through October 2005. The policy stated that coverage was limited "only to occurrences that take place while this policy is in effect."…
  • Insurers Dispute Coverage for Accident On Tractor-Trailer

    Tred Eyerly
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       Focusing on the facts surrounding the accident determined which of two insurers' policies were responsible for covering a serious injury to a worker. Nat. Am Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Lake State Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160593 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 14, 2014).    Venture Logistics, Inc. offered trucking and warehouse services to its clients. Indy Powder Coatings was a customer of Venture Logistics. A Venture Logistics truck went to Indy Powder to deliver materials. Robert Harden was a forklift operator for Indy Powder and was unloading skids from the Venture Logistics…
  • Hey, This Blog is Seven Years Old!

    Tred Eyerly
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       We hit seven years of blogging this month. We started in December 2007, 835 posts ago.     Two Damon Key blogs pre-date and continue to set the standard for this blog. Robert Thomas  has long maintained www.inversecomdemnation.com [here]. And Mark Murakami  started at www.oceanlawhawaiil.com [here] a couple of months before us.   Thanks to you readers for your support again this year. We will keep plugging away into 2015.
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  • HAWSCT: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Remember that case we posted about here, when it was set for oral arguments in the Hawaii Supreme Court a few months ago, where the plaintiff was asserting that the County of Hawaii Planning Department was liable for negligence for not maintaining its subdivision files accurately? Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Planning Department. The opinion noted that "policy considerations counsel against the judicial creation of such a legal duty under the common law, and also hold that there is no…
  • Amicus Brief: Eminent Domain Jury Can't Be Kept In The Dark About The Condemnor's Initial Valuation

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Under Virginia's condemnation procedures, as a prerequisite to a court exercising jurisdiction over an eminent domain action, a state condemning agency must as an initial step present to the property owner a statement of "the amount which [the condemnor] believes to be just compensation," and must include an appraisal if an appraisal is required: The state agency concerned shall provide the owner of real property to be acquired with a written statement of, and summary of the basis for, the amount it established as just compensation, and, if an appraisal is required or obtained,…
  • Federal Circuit On Williamson County Ripeness And Other Takings ... Stuff

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Biafora v. United States, No, 2013-5130 (Dec. 10, 2014), is one of those opinions that you don't really look forward to reading. Something about the Federal Circuit seems to attract these type of takings cases, where the parties are many, the alphabet-soup regulatory environment is byzantine, and the effort of understanding the context often takes more time than figuring out what the court did, and why.  But fret not, that's why we're here with the high points, so you don't have to.  This is another case involving the federal government's legislative efforts to…
  • Guest Post - Hawaii SCT In Aina Lea Case: The Rationales Behind The Opinion

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    We bring you the latest guest post by colleague Paul Schwind, who has been tracking the issues and arguments that recently led the Hawaii Supreme Court to conclude, in DW Aina Lea Development, LLC v. Bridge Aina Lea, LLC, No. SCAP-13-0000091 (Nov. 25, 2014), that the Hawaii Land Use Commission wrongfully rescinded an earlier reclassification of land (read: "rezoning" to all you non-Hawaii land users). The oral argument recording is posted above. We'll post up our thoughts on the decision in a separate post.  Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The…
  • Registration Open: 2015 Hawaii Land Use Law Conference, Jan. 15-16, 2015

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Registration is now open for the 2015 Hawaii Land Use Law Conference, to be held in downtown Honolulu on Thursday-Friday, January 15-16, 2015. This is the bi-annual conference, co-chaired by U. Hawaii lawprof David Callies and land use lawyer Ben Kudo, that brings together the big names in our area of law. In other words, the one conference you don't want to miss if you are a Hawaii land use or property lawyer, in-house counsel, a planner, an appraiser, a property owner or manager, or a law student interested in these topics.  Download the full brochure here, or view it…
 
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    Pulpconnection

  • So Close to the Legend

    Gee Why
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    So close yet so far away… that’s me and the upcoming release of the Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue.” The conditions were there, meaning I entered so I could win, and today felt like a winning day. Checking the Ala Moana web site for the Foot Locker raffle, my ticket was just shy of a win. Loser! #aj11 raffleA video posted by @geewhy on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:00pm PSTOn the bright side, being off by one digit just saved me $200. And it’s not like I haven’t loved before… [I can’t believe I don’t have a picture of the pair I owned back in the…
  • Waimanalo Christmas Parade 2014

    Gee Why
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I’ll let you in on a little holiday secret. For all the Christmas parades that happen around Oahu, the Waimanalo Christmas parade is probably the most authentic and unique event of them all. It’s definitely not the biggest or flashiest nor are there local celebrities (except for an unexpected visit by Nainoa Thompson) walking the route. But you’ll see some interesting local kine sights.The Waimanalo Feed Supply store is a marquee of the parade procession, and this year along with sweet treats, there were goodies for the canines on Santa’s Nice List.Horseback riders…
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Next Keyboard

    Gee Why
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I’ll be honest. This gift is actually for myself and won’t be available until February 2015. But when you tout your product as the “perfect keyboard for the iPhone,” the wait is worthwhile for the Next Keyboard.Slide on the space bar to move the cursor? Genius. My personal favorite, no confusing shift keys. Swipe key entry for one handers. Handy. No “full access” needed. That always scared me. And there’s more, but all you have to know is that the product resonates with iPhone users witnessed by complete backing after days of its Kickstarter launch.
  • If You Don’t Enter, You Can’t Win

    Gee Why
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
    That’s a simple lesson in life, but it’s so true. If you don’t enter, you can’t win. In the case of this raffle at Foot Locker Ala Moana aka the House of Hoops, you need to enter in order to get a chance at purchasing the upcoming Air Jordan 11 Legend Blue. Yes, these Carolina-colorway kicks are in high demand so the raffle figures out who can give Nike and Foot Locker $150-200 for these vintage kicks.Since I happened to be there, you know I had to enter just because.If you entered the raffle but weren’t chosen, there’s some nice Adidas Fluxes you can buy…
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 10TB Drives

    Gee Why
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Forget hard disks that can store 8 terabytes of data. That’s so two weeks ago! Your digital packrat deserves two more terabytes like these new Western Digital 10TB, Ultrastar He10, drives. Yes, these drives are filled with helium that provide less resistance than oxygen and data is recorded on tracks shingled analogous to roof shingles. All in all, the size limit of 4-6 TB drives is shattered by the Ultrastar He10.Not so fast on buying this gift though. Pricing hasn’t been announced but don’t be shocked to see price tags upwards of $1000.Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Powerbeats2…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Experience a sound-and-sketch session on Feb. 28

    Jenny Engle
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Opening Feb. 27 is a whole new experience at the museum—Andy Graydon’s sound installation Fig. 1. We’ve designed a workshop for Hawai‘i educators—come to the museum on Saturday, Feb. 28, for a sketching activity and a performance choreographed by the artist! Originally from Maui, sound-and-media artist Andy Graydon returns to the islands for his installation Fig. 1, whichwill be in our John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery Feb. 27 to May 31. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Andy Graydon will hold a performance related to his installation in Central Courtyard. We invite teachers to…
  • For Teachers: Less = More Teacher Workshop on Feb.14

    Jenny Engle
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    To help educators get the most out of our upcoming exhibition Less = More, the museum is holding a teacher workshop on Feb.14, Valentine’s Day! (Because we know you love what you do!). Get a preview of Less = More, on view February 4 to May 31, at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House in Makiki Heights. The process and presentation of art is filled with mathematical concepts. Less = More makes tangible the principles of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and illustrates how they can be used to transform the simple into the complex. The workshop includes a hands-­­on…
  • New school tour explores connections between art and math

    Jenny Engle
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Opening on Feb. 4 is our new curriculum-driven exhibition Less = More at Spalding House. This time art makes tangible the principles of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication and illustrates how they can be used to transform the simple into the complex. To make the exhibition come alive for your students, we are creating an activity-filled tour that will turn the galleries turn into math labs students use art to explore concepts of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.  Through the works of artists such as Michael Lafosse, who creates origami flower sculptures…
  • For Teachers: Museum holds focus group on art and math January 16

    Jenny Engle
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Did you experience Finding X at Spalding House last year? Are you interested in introducing your students to the connections between art and math? If you answered yes to either or both questions, we’d like to invite you to join us on Jan. 16 to contribute ideas as we plan the tour to accompany a new exhibition—Less = Morethat uses art to illustrate math concepts. Join our Education team and museum docents for a brown-bag lunch brainstorming session. Please bring your own lunch and ideas and get ready for a lively conversation! WHAT: Teacher Workshop: Math Through Art Educator Focus Group…
  • Marc Thomas: The narrowing space between work and home

    Scott Whelden
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    “Most people know me as a painter, but this show is different,” says Marc Thomas, chief preparator at the Honolulu Museum of Art. At his upcoming solo exhibition Work Space at SPF Projects, Thomas moves into the conceptual, drawing inspiration from his day job. The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection encompasses more than 50,000 works of art, and at any given time it can have multiple works on loan to museums around the world. If moving art from the museum vault to the gallery and installing it takes special care—which it does—sending these fragile masterpieces to destinations…
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • I.D.F.W.BDAYS

    Christa
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    welp. it’s december. there goes that. usually i’m all up in arms this time of year with the last minute planning for THE event of the year (according to me). i started doing it in 2009 and did my best to grow it each year, pushing the boundaries of fun, making sure everyone amazing was […]
  • SO MUCH STUFF TO DO THIS WEEK!

    Christa
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    haaaaaay! this week’s calendar is a bit nutso. I hope you want stuff to do! tonight i’m playing beautiful music oceanfront at RumFire Waikiki from 8:30p-11:30p. I play whatever i want until the tourists ask for wobble. sometimes ppl dance most times they don’t. i’m cool with either. it’s free and parking is validated for […]
  • long november weekend

    Christa
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    i am SO happy to be getting four days off you have no idea. if you’re as happy as i am we will probably both be running around like crazy people tonight. my plan: i play nextdoor for their annual mahalosgiving in chinatown 9p-11:30p. COME EAT. it’s free. idk what the hell else you need to […]
  • i got this feelin

    Christa
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    omg the songs in this mix just omg omg omg. i did my best to mix them meh THS MUSIC DOE it makes me so happy. this is the stuff i’m in to right now. this is the music i’m listening to right now. this is the music i play when nobody is looking.   […]
  • beautiful music beautiful people

    Christa
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    i have to be honest with myself, and you. i hate this current evolution of hip-hop. i don’t hate all of it, but definitely the misogynistic anthemy shit you hear in the clubs at peak hours all the time. no wonder women can’t figure out how to respect themselves, and no wonder men think they are […]
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 12/18/2014 - Oahu Civic Orchestra's Winter Concert

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    <p>The 65 piece Oahu Civic Orchestra plays music of the season, including Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky,) A Christmas Festival (Anderson,) and Giovanna D'Arco (Verdi.)</p>
  • 12/18/2014 - Live Music

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Hula's Free Acoustic Live Music</p>
  • 12/18/2014 - Pu'uhonua

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    <p>The lovely ladies of Puuhonua will be entertaining with beautiful Hawaiian music and Hula. This group is associated with Halau Hula o Maiki, the hula school established by the late Kumu Hula (hula master) Maiki Aiu Lake whose spirit lovingly embraces Helumoa.</p>
  • 12/18/2014 - Holiday Movie Night - 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">One great movie at one great place.<br /> <br /> We will be showing "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas," which is rated PG. The length of this movie is approximately 76 minutes. </span></p>
  • 12/18/2014 - Happy Hour

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    <p>The M Nightclub offers honolulu's happy hour connoisseurs a chef inspired happy hour menu, gourmet pupus, a wide selection of beers, wines and specialty cocktails. If you are looking for the ultimate pau hana experience, look no further than the m nightclub.</p><p>Our<a class="prosp-pl-affrep0" href="http://www.mnlhnl.com/menu.html"> restaurant menu offers</a> chef crafted entrees, sashimi and sushi plates, specialty dishes, desserts, and salads tuesday through saturday.</p>
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony Moli (Laysan albatross) eggs ready to board the plane yesterday. Photo: Eric VanderWerf, Pacific Rim Conservation.Yesterday, several dozen birds flew across the Kauai Channel before they hatched. Forty-three moli (Laysan albatross) eggs made the trip from Kauai to Oahu, packed in soft layers and tucked inside heated “coolers,” aboard a regularly scheduled Navy plane. The relocated albatross are part of a new jo...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Vietnamese Food

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    HAWAII Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;75 Places to Eat Like A Local&rdquo;: Vietnamese Food Rare beef pho from Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. Inside the issue you’ll find “75 Places to Eat Like a Local,” our now annual guide to the Hawaii places you’ll find residents like us heading to eat when we're famished. This year&rs...
  • Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Flight Risk: Saving Kauai's endangered Newell's shearwaters An adult Newell's shearwater spreads its three-foot wingspan. Photo by Elyse Butler Mallams.Sitting at the fingertip-shaped end of a narrow mountain ridge in camouflage pants and rubber boots, Dr. André Raine plucks a white-splattered leaf from an old ohia tree and holds it to his nose. It’s a rare sunny day here, in the mountains high above the town of Ka...
  • Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Robert Cazimero: 5 Things I Love About Creating Music for Hula Photo by Rae Huo for HAWAII Magazine.Keeping Hawaiian music and hula dynamic in a way that honors the stories and traditions of the past is the life-work of Robert Cazimero.“My grandfather said to me many years ago, it would be our generation that wants to keep it alive, the next generation who wouldn’t want it, and the one following who would,” says Cazimero, of the two cultural art forms.“It’s a constant...
  • 125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    125 years of Hawaii history featured in new Bishop Museum exhibit Members of a sewing club dressed in "flapper" fashions. Honolulu, ca. 1927. Photo: Bishop Museum.It will be a blast from the past when the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opens today in Honolulu. Its Long Gallery has been transformed to house a new temporary exhibit chronicling Hawaii’s changes since the museum’s founding in 1889.The retrospective “Change: 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum” is the culmination of the museum’s 125th anniversary year, and runs from
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    A Journey in Moʻolelo and Mele

  • Love this Poster!

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
  • Space Drum

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

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

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

    admin
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:32 pm
    I have been commuting to and from work for some time now and thought I would pose a question. Knowing you have a multifaceted choice, would you take your car or the bus? As most people would immediately answer, I would obviously take my own car because itʻs more convenient and a definite time saver. I think like that too, but I decided to take the bus some days and take my car the other days. I wonʻt go in to all the details of my decision but we have all heard the rhetoric and seen all the advertisement on environmental sensitivity. My first bus ride was uncomfortable because I didnʻt…
 
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    Live Ukulele

  • Basic ii-V-I Progression in F – Video

    Brad Bordessa
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Took a moment to shoot a quick video about the most basic of jazz progressions this afternoon. It’s in the key of F, but highly useful in every key – transpose it for practice!
  • The Timing Games: 5 Tips

    Brad Bordessa
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Achilles heel of many an 'ukulele player. Learn how to work with a metronome to improve your timing and instill groove into your songs.
  • 50% Off Chord Shapes eBook!

    Brad Bordessa
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    With the holidays coming up maybe you’ve been looking for something to give to your ‘ukulele playing family member or friend. Here’s a good reason to make it ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes this season – a half off coupon code! Enter the discount code: HOLIDAY50 at checkout to receive 50% off your purchase. Give the gift of chord knowledge>>>
  • Throwback Interview: Kimo Hussey

    Brad Bordessa
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    A look back at Mr. Hussey's 2008 interview in which he talks about musical heroes and reducing the amount of ego in your music.
  • Interview with Pepe Romero Jr./James Hill

    Brad Bordessa
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I’m back! The Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop was fantastic this year and one of the many awesome people I met is Pepe Romero Jr. – son of the famed classical guitarist and a powerhouse luthier. The video you see here is a lengthy conversation/interview we had one night at the Pahala Plantation House about the art of building an instrument. James Hill was kind enough to lend a hand playing some of Pepe’s instruments and adding his two cents.
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory

    Jamie Winpenny
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    In what will surely become one of the proudest moments in Hawaii sports, local boy and Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was The post Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • The Hawaii Shriners Hospital Snow Day was Cool!

    Bruce Fisher
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Yaling and I were delighted to attend the Shriners Hospital for Children’s Snow Day at the recently renovated and upgraded hospital campus The post The Hawaii Shriners Hospital Snow Day was Cool! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Camping Getaway for Military Families

    Jamie Winpenny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Military families vacationing on Oahu have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from, even more than civilian families do. This is The post Hawaii Camping Getaway for Military Families appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Honolulu City Lights Turn On

    webmaster
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The annual Honolulu City Lights Parade took place over the weekend, with thousands of residents and visitors making the trek from River The post Honolulu City Lights Turn On appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Gone Fishin’ in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It probably comes as no surprise that Hawaii is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The clean, clear and warm waters and countless The post Gone Fishin’ in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Hawaii Vacation Connection

  • 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.
  • Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Well, the holiday season is upon us, folks! And their arrival signals another seasonal spike in visitor arrivals to Hawaii. Visitor arrivals The post Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It?

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    On October 10th, Maui resident Kathleen Soule filed a class action lawsuit against Priceline and Marriott Resorts. Kathleen is suing because she The post Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    There’s no easy way around the topic… a vacation is expensive. It takes many couples and families years to save up for The post Get started budgeting for Your Hawaiian Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Maui & Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations for 2014/2015

    Sheila Beal
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    We’ve created new pages to highlight the New Year’s Eve fireworks and celebrations across the islands of Maui and Lanai. Both islands will offer wonderful ways to welcome in 2015. To see what’s happening this year, follow these links:— Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations— Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & CelebrationsWhether you’ll be on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands celebrating the new year or just want to impress your friends at home, learn how to wish and say happy new year in Hawaiian, which is Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.©…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: December 17, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    *  Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines both have great fare sales on roundtrip flights to Hawaii. For these special fares, you must book by December 22. The travel periods for these fares vary by airline but extend into February (Alaska) and March (Hawaiian). Do check out all the fine print. Here are examples of the types of fare sales you might find:Oakland to Maui  – from $338 roundtrip on Alaska AirlinesSan Jose to Honolulu – from $298 roundtrip on Alaska AirlinesSan Diego to Honolulu – from $428 roundtrip on Hawaiian AirlinesSan Francisco to Maui – from $378…
  • Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu 2014/2015 New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dining & Events

    Sheila Beal
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Oahu is a fantastic island to welcome in the new year. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu will be particularly lively with entertainment, festive dining and, of course, amazing fireworks at midnight.Here’s what’s happening this New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2014) to celebrate 2015.New Year’s Eve Fireworks* Waikiki Beach hosts a fireworks show from a barge just offshore from Waikiki Beach. The show starts at 11:55pm with one firework every minute before midnight. Then at midnight, the big fireworks show begins. If you have a radio nearby, tune in to Hawaiian 105 KINE FM to enjoy…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Warm Lana’i Sunrise

    Sheila Beal
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Mahalo to John Murray for sending this Lana’i sunrise photo to share on our Aloha Friday Photos series.The colors of this sunrise are so warm and inviting. You can almost feel the summery temperatures beam through the clouds.While sunset pictures tend to make us reflect on the day’s activities, Hawaii sunrise photos make us anticipate the great adventures the new day may bring. We hope your Aloha Friday will bring you happy adventures today!
  • Waikiki/Honolulu/Oahu Christmas events & dining page created for 2014

    Sheila Beal
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    We created a new page for our annual Waikiki Christmas lists of special dining and holiday events. It’s bigger and better than ever with more restaurant options and special events. Check it out here!© 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 content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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    Ha Ha Ha!

  • Island Photovoltaic Permits in Dramatic Decline

    leslielang
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Richard Ha writes: Marco Mangelsdorf, who owns ProVision Solar in Hilo, is one of the most credible commentators I know of in the energy industry. The fact that he owns a solar company has never affected his intelligent analyses. He has no bias but just calls it like it is. I respect his integrity explicitly. He recently sent me this information about November photovoltaic (PVV) permits, and I got his permission to reprint it here: [November was the] nineteenth straight month of year-over-year decline. I believe a case can be made that the island’s PV industry may be in a state of terminal…
  • Kauai Island Utility Co-op Execs To Brief On How They Formed Their Co-Op

    leslielang
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Richard Ha writes: We have invited Dennis Esaki, a founder of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), and David Bissell, CEO of KIUC, to speak to us about how one forms a community-based utility. Having such a utility cooperative here on the Big Island would give us more control over our destiny. It will be held this Friday, December 19, 11:30 a.m., at the former C. Brewer Executive Center in Wainaku. The event is sponsored by the Big Island Community Coalition, the Hilo Hamakua Coast Development Corporation, and the Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United. The Ed Olson Trust is providing the…
  • Aren't the Falling Oil Prices Great?

    leslielang
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Isn’t it great that the price of oil has dropped so low all of the sudden?! Wait – is it?? In the short term, for maybe five years, we’re going to be pretty happy here in Hawai‘i. More tourists will travel here, food and electricity costs will drop, and we will have more consumer confidence. We’ll feel like everything’s fine. But everything is interconnected in our big world now, and could there be any problems with such a sudden and steep drop in oil prices? Gail Tverberg, the former insurance actuary I sometimes refer to here who is very knowledgeable about…
  • Thoughts on the NextEra Purchase of HEI

    leslielang
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Richard Ha writes: NextEra Energy’s purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI), just announced yesterday, will be very good for Hawai‘i. Here’s what we know about NextEra: It’s a publicly traded company headquartered in Florida. Its principal subsidiaries include Florida Power & Light Company, which was recognized by Market Strategies International earlier this year as the nation’s most trusted electric utility, and NextEra Energy Resources, which together with its affiliated entities (NextEra Energy Resources), is North America’s largest producer of renewable energy…
  • Maku'u Stories, Part 5: What Uncle Sonny Kamahele Taught Me About Successful Businesses

    leslielang
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Let me tell you something really interesting I learned from my Uncle Sonny Kamahele, who had twenty acres in Maku‘u, in Puna on the Big Island. He had a rare kipuka there with soil that was ten feet deep, no rocks or anything. There was a spring in one corner of his property. Just out of college with an accounting degree and lots of ideas about business, I looked at his land and wondered if he would lease me ten acres to grow bananas. I scratched my chin and thought about how I could grow 35,000 pounds per acre, maybe 300,000 pounds a year taking into account turn around…
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  • Mail Service Disruption in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Living in Hawaii is always an adventure and this week it was the sudden lost of our US mail service.When we moved to a remote part of the Kohala Coast  three years ago, we were surprised at how little mail was being delivered to our condo complex.  Only a dozen or so letters a day and a few packages were delivered most days to over a hundred units in our complex. This was in sharp contrast to the overfilled mail truck in our previous condo complex in Kona that kept the mailman busy for hours stuffing boxes.  We decided it was related to the unoccupied state of most of the units…
  • Your Ideal Hawaii 2015 Day Planner

    Hilo Living
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Every year we use to hunt for a day planner to keep track of our goals, events, daily to-do lists, and record the food we ate.  Although some day planners were close to what we were looking for, none provided everything we wanted and we were frustrated by their high cost.  Two years ago, we started to published our own day planner with all the tools we needed to set goals and keep track of our progress every day and month during the year.  If you are looking for a day planner for 2015, consider Your Ideal Hawaii Day Planner 2015, available now on Amazon for $5.99.We tend to get…
  • Year of the Wood Sheep 2015

    Hilo Living
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    2015 Wood SheepIt is time for our annual predictions based on the Chinese lunar calendar for 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep.  As we predicted, the current 2014 Wood Horse year has been fast paced, with explosive energy, expansionism, military power, economic change and chaos.  There are a couple more months of the Horse year ahead before the Sheep brings some calm to the global chaos and slows down the pace on February 19, 2015.  The Sheep is more stable than the Horse and prefers diplomacy and harmony to the Horse’s confrontation and demands for justice.We find it useful…
  • Baking Soda as a Bug Killer

    Hilo Living
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Before we moved to Hawaii, baking soda was just one of those ingredients to make fake “lava” for paper mache volcanoes in grade school. When we lived in Hilo we found baking soda very useful for improving the air quality on very voggy (bad volcano emission) days.  We had heard that soaking a towel in water and baking soda and putting it in front of a fan helped. Since vog is mostly sulfuric acid, the mildly basic baking soda helped make the environment less acidic. Recently we started using baking soda to clean things.  We have a wooden table that had built up layers of dirt,…
  • Life without Caffeine

    Hilo Living
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    We have been heavy coffee drinkers for over 40 years and always believed that we could not function without our daily mega-dose of caffeine. That changed this summer when we started taking supplements of iodine in the form of Lugols Solution.  The iodine gave us so much energy that we had to cut back on our morning coffee to keep from being too hyper. Even our daily square of dark chocolate ritual started feeling uncomfortable from the caffeine and sugar rush.  We were astonished that we no longer needed caffeine to get out of bed and keep going during the day.  We drank less…
 
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • Memories of Cuban Christmases...very long ago

    Sonia
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
      This is something I wrote several years ago and shared with an on-line Cuban-American e-zine.  Unfortunately, any original photos I have of those days were lost in a fire in July 2000. In the last few years, I have been reminiscing a lot about the Christmas holidays in Cuba back during the happy times, when I was growing up. I guess that is a sign of old age when you start thinking and remembering that far back. I'm talking about early and mid 1940's….ages ago for some people! My parents were very much into Christmas and being a mixed culture family (father…
  • OTannenbaum

    Sonia
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Instead of going into the woods to chop our tree, we drove up and down some of our backroads to snip our greens. There are not many conifers that grow in Hawaii that are appropiate to use as Christmas trees and some people will either cut down or plant Cook Island Pines aka Norfolk Island Pines, and Leyland Cypresses in pots to use instead...and neither of those looks like your typical Christmas trees.  Portuguese Cedars and another conifer with branches, needles and small cones resembling those of a Sequoia sempervirens can also be found, but I am not sure if it is that one...I somehow…
  • Chicken in the (Clay) Pot

    Sonia
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    For dinner last night I cooked one of the roasting chickens we buy from a nearby local farmer.  I like to cook chicken in my Romertopf clay pot.  There is no need to add liquids to the pot, but you do immerse the clay pot in cold water to absorb as much water as possible.  The bird comes out moist and tender, almost falls off the bone.  I seasoned the chicken with a combination of butter and the seasoning mix below.  I left the butter out a while to be able to cream with a fork and then added some of the seasoning mix to taste.  Rub it all over the inside…
  • Merry Pūpūs! Recipe: Chicken Liver Paté - Paté de foie de volaille avec Madeira

    Sonia
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
      (Photo: Our table last night.  The wreath around the candle was the one my son made last Wednesday during our Wreath Making Party; the red banded dishes were a gift from my friend Maritza several years ago.  The white polka dotted on red plates were a steal deal at Ross' a few years ago and the tablecloth is made from a piece of fabric our friend Galyn gave me earlier this year...oh, and the little white porcelain 'berry basket' in middle of the table was a 50¢ find at a local recycling center!)         Last night our…
  • Easy (but delicious!) Crab Cakes

    Sonia
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
      Starting our Christmas Season with special little dinners as the mood hits me... Last night's dinner featured very easy, but quite delicious crab cakes...a combination of several recipes found on the Internet. There are no quantities, I just played with the amounts and they turned out just right. My son picked up a package of crab meat at the fish counter in one of our local supermarkets.  He was told they were lump backfin pieces and leg meat picking.  There were still some pieces that were long and thin, like the meat was extracted in one piece from a leg. I chopped…
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  • Bystanders at China Walls help in rescue

    Star-Advertiser staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    A 22-year-old woman was seriously injured at China Walls in the Portlock area of Hawaii Kai on Monday afternoon. An Emergency Medical Services report said bystanders pulled the woman out of the water after she was apparently dragged across the rocky ledge at about 1 p.m.
  • Oahu property values up

    B.J. Reyes
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    Property values on Oahu were up over the past year, driven largely by an increase in hotel and resort property value assessments, according to the city administration. Overall, total gross assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu was $214.9 billion.
  • Officials dismiss proposal by staffers to cut AUW

    Derrick DePledge
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The state Ethics Commission on Wednesday rebuffed a staff recommen- dation to advise Gov. David Ige to consider replacing Aloha United Way as the state's workplace giving program with a combined state-run campaign.
  • OHA appeals violation ruling

    Timothy Hurley
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is fighting back in court against a ruling that found the Board of Trustees in violation of the state's open-meeting law in two instances involving a dispute over the conduct of CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe.
  • Group is fined $3,100 for failing to report campaign expenditures

    B.J. Reyes
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    The Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program Fund, a partnership of the Hawaii Carpenters Union and trade contractors also known as the Pacific Resource Partnership, has been fined $3,100 over campaign activities supporting a ballot initiative and two county council races in the last election.
 
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  • Ranking the bowls 1-38 (excluding the national championship)

    scott
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ranking the bowls 1-38 (excluding the national championship)   Although ranked 38 out of 38 please support the Hawaii Bowl in the best interest of the future Warriors!
  • Statcast: Wong’s walk-off shot

    scott
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    AUWRITE HAWAIIAN!!!   Video of Kolton’s walk off Home Run!  
  • Lackey strong; Wong, Carpenter homer

    scott
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Kolton Wong’s first home run of the postseason lifted the Cardinals to a dramatic 3-1 victory Monday night in Game 3 of the NLDS before 47,574 at Busch Stadium…(more)
  • UH-UMass To Play Football Series In 2016, ’17

    scott
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    UH-UMass To Play Football Series In 2016, ’17   HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i and the University of Massachusetts have agreed to play a home-and-home football series in 2016 and ’17.   The teams will play Nov. 26, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and Oct. 7, 2017 in Amherst, Mass.   The schools have never met on the football field.   The 2017 game in Amherst will mark the furthest east a UH football team will play a game at more than 5,000 miles. The previous record was 4,955 miles for a 2010 game at Army in West Point, N.Y. The game will also mark only the…
  • Kikaha Looks Back On ‘Business Trip’

    scott
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    By Mason Kelley GoHuskies.com Long before Hau’oli Kikaha boarded Washington’s charter flight to Hawaii, the outside linebacker told his family his brief homecoming was a business trip…(more)
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    Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Hawaii - StandUpPaddleSurf.net

  • Starboard’s Beau O’Brian Wins King of the Cut on the ACE.

    davi
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Congratulations Beau O’Brian for winning his second event in 7 days. Beau recent won the Doctor Race in Perth, then turned around the next week to dominate the King of the Cut. Beau gives us a recap of the event here:The King of the Cut this year was a highly contested race having paddlers such [...]
  • SIC Maui 2015 Line Up

    davi
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    By: Allie BrownThe SIC Maui 2015 line up is here…check out what’s new for 2015!(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by SIC MAUI.
  • Christmas Special: Gift Card Promotion

    robert
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Give the gift of Balance, Fitness and Fun! Special Gift Card offers valid from December 13th to 24th only:1) Purchase a $100 Gift Card and receive an additional $10 Gift Card for free. Click here to order a gift card on our website, we will automatically include an extra $10 gift card per $100 in gift cards [...]
  • Starboard’s Beau O’Brian Wins the Doctor!

    davi
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A long time coming, but all the training paid off! Congratulations to Beau O’Brian for winning the Doctor Race in Australia over the weekend. Beau was able to narrowly out paddle Travis Grant for the win. Beau provides us with his account of the event below… we look forward to the next event King of the [...]
  • Wednesday Training Group: December Schedule – No Training this Wednesday

    robert
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Training is cancelled for this coming Wednesday, Dec. 10th. We plan to hold the training group the following Wednesday, Dec. 17th. Then we will take off the next two Wednesdays- Dec. 24th and 31st for the Holidays. We will be back on our regular schedule starting January 7th, 2015.Where: We meet by the Hawaii Kai Boat ramp and [...]
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    Women's Surf Camp

  • FOLLOW YOUR BLISS TO NICARAGUA AND YOU COULD WIN A $400 CARVE DESIGNS SHOPPING SPREE

    Lulu
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Today, we are excited to announce that Carve Designs is partnering with SwellWomen as we launch our April 2015 Nicaragua Retreats by sponsoring a drawing for a $400 Carve Designs Shopping Spree! Carve Designs has evolved into an active apparel company offering a full range of technical waters sports, après surf and lifestyle collections for all seasons.  They love what they do — pioneering a brand for the Carve woman, one who is passionate, fun, versatile, organic, feminine and inspirational. Carve Designs is a match made in heaven for SwellWomen.  Each piece is functional, fabulous…
  • Gratitude Auction

    Lulu
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    SWELLWOMEN GRATITUDE AUCTION 4 Retreat Spots on Maui November 15-21, 2015         Gratitude AuctionNovember is the month of Gratitude and as the new owner of SwellWomen, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to inspire women from all around the world.  As a token of this gratitude, we are encouraging women to follow their bliss to Maui by making their best offer via our Gratitude Auction. Let’s make dreams come true in 2015! RETREAT DATES:  November 15-21, 2015 RETREAT VALUE:  US $2,895 For complete retreat details, go to: …
  • Testimonial of the Month

    Lulu
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Look what Kirsten S from Germany has to say about her blissful SwellWomen experience: K:  Joining SwellWomen on a Maui retreat was truly life changing for me and one of my biggest adventures to date. Maui is just an amazing and peaceful place to be. The beaches, the ocean, nature and the atmosphere are epic. There’s no place I would rather be! On this wonderful  retreat, I met some of the loveliest and most fun ladies ever. It was amazing how well the group got along and respected everyone’s personality. It’s just sad we didn’t have more time together. And…
  • Women Business Spotlight:: Jana McMahon ~ Private Chef

    Lulu
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Chef Jana McMahon’s interest in food started early… in the kitchen of her parents and at the ovens of her grandmothers. A degreed horticulturalist and cuisine savvy, her dishes utilize locally grown fresh Hawaiian product, simply yet elegantly prepared. Her 20 plus years of cooking experience spans from working “in the trenches” under accomplished Colorado chefs in several fine dining restaurants in Denver and Vail, partner in Glorious Food Catering in Maui, Executive Chef onboard the Hawaiian Based, Yacht Kakela, to owner of a Maui based private chef service. Jana has appeared on The…
  • Goofy Foot Instructor Spotlight

    Lulu
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This month we had the opportunity to interview Luke Adolfson, an amazing Surf Instructor from Goofy Foot.   Luke headed up our SwellWomen Surf Classes in September which received raving reviews.  He had a huge success rate taking novice surfers from learning the basics to riding their first wave of bliss by day 3.  Read on to learn more about this awesome guy…. Q: Tell us about a little about you and what you do ~ How long have you been surfing?  How long have you been coaching?  Why do you do what you do?  How does it bring joy into your life? I was raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii,…
 
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    HawaiiThreads.com

  • Uber in Hawaii

    pzarquon
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Uber has been operating in Honolulu for a while now, but today launched their service on Maui.
  • Nut Rage: Macadamia nuts on the rise

    pzarquon
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sales of macadamias soar in Korea after nut rage Nut rage imploded the career of a Korean Air Lines executive and embarrassed her family and country. Now South Korean retailers are experiencing the unexpected upside: a boom in sales of macadamias. The flavourful macadamia nut was unfamiliar to many South Koreans until Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from New York City after she was served them in a bag, instead of on a plate. She resigned from executive roles including head of cabin service last week amid a storm of…
  • PBN v. WP: Obama Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative

    pzarquon
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Washington Post takes snarky shot at Hawaii's bid for Obama library Fun rebuttal by PBN editor A. Kam Napier of a Washington Post column by Jaime Fuller pooh-poohing Hawaii's bid to host the Obama presidential library. I don't think we stand a chance, either, but there's no need to be a jerk about it.
  • Bob Sevey - KGMB

    cabanalane
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    He retired in 1986. Moved to Washington state. He passed in 2009, after a battle with cancer for 2 years. I had this question for a long time back then. So I'll ask today since it popped back into my mind. Why did Bob Sevey left Hawaii? The easy answer is - so what, his personal decision, like the weather, change of pace, cheaper housing, etc. At the time, I can't imagine anyone, especially him would leave Hawaii. He was part of Hawaii. Well respected, and I think could have offered a lot for the future generations in terms of broadcasting and journalism. He had money. I'm sure he would still…
  • 'aho fakamalo

    matapule
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Fakafiefia 'he 'aho fakamalo (Happy Thanksgiving Day)
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    A Maui Blog

  • Maui Sunset Love Never Gets Old

    AMauiBlog
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
                I took my teenage son for a driving practice yesterday. He is actually pretty good and is ready to take the test but I am just happy to go with him driving as I get to take photos while he drive.  While we were at Hope Chapel, I saw […]
  • Holiday Problems … Let’s do something about it

    AMauiBlog
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    It’s 4 days until Thanksgiving, 30 days before Christmas, 37 days before New Year, and to some of you, by the time you read this post the holidays might even be closer! Do you feel your blood pressure rising? Are you feeling a bit stressed and anxious, thinking of the many things you have to do […]
  • Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Travaasa Hana

    AMauiBlog
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
      Hana, Maui, often called “Heavenly Hana” is one place on earth where I can find serenity and pure bliss. Maui is such a beautiful place to start with. You can find peaceful places here, there and everywhere.  However … …. if you want to experience the ultimate serene old town feeling, in a tropical setting, Hana […]
  • Travaasa Hana on Maui

    AMauiBlog
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
      Post under construction … come back in a little while …
  • Miss Saigon on Maui – Don’t Miss on Aug 22, 23 & 24

    AMauiBlog
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    It’s 11:17 pm. I am supposed to be in bed, asleep, by now. Yet I know I had to write a blog post to tell you how fabulous Miss Saigon on Maui is, and that if any of you are still on the fence and not sure wether to go or not, I highly suggest […]
 
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Thursday 3 – Christmas Grab Bags

    Rodney
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Time for a Thursday 3.  Since we’re full on into the Christmas season and the Christmas parties, I thought we’d talk about Christmas Grab Bags.  You know the drill – copy/paste the questions or just answer them by number.  Additional comments, stories, jokes always welcomed.   When you need to get a Christmas Grab Bag gift, do you get something funny, like a gag gift, practical, naughty, functional, or *gasp* regifted? How do you like grab bag games?  When your name is called you just choose a present, then everyone opens them altogether?  Or when your name is…
  • Aloha Foodland – Ala Moana Center

    Rodney
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 am
      And then there were only seven.  Seven original stores left at Ala Moana Center after Foodland.  At 5:00 PM on Saturday, 12/13/14 – Ala Moana Foodland closed its doors for good.  Although not in the same location in the mall, Foodland was there since the mall opened in 1959.   I remember when Foodland used to be located on the street level, makai side, in the center of the mall.  There were two entrances into Foodland.  The main entrance was facing the ocean.  There was a long ramp just inside of the doors that took you right inside the market.  And the other entrance…
  • Trees of Christmas Past

    Rodney
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    Reprinted from December 21, 2009   Surprisingly, nobody has blogged about this year’s hottest Christmas item – a Christmas tree.   If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you probably didn’t know that there is a shortage of Christmas trees this year in Hawaii.  People waited in line for over 8 hours just to get their hands on a Christmas tree last week – and paid over $50 for one.   Even artificial trees are sold out!   Here’s an article written by Will Hoover about locals paying $120 for a 4 foot tree.  Crazy!
  • Music Time – Christmas Is Here

    Rodney
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:02 am
    You didn’t think I’d let you MLCers down now did you?  It’s time for the annual Christmas music blog post!  Let’s get the ball rolling!  This year, I’m going obscure.     Here’s one that I heard a few times in various Las Vegas stores.  Anyone heard it yet on local radio?   Here’s another one that I’ve never heard before.  Heard it on the I heart Radio Christmas station. Give this song a listen to.  It’s pretty catchy:   New age Christmas.  Enya:   One of my favorite female singers: Sarah Brightman:  …
  • Christmas Goodies

    Rodney
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:53 am
    Remember these Christmas candies?     I used to love to eat these.  Didn’t care much for the pillow shaped ones with the jelly filling in them.  Just the sweet, hard ones.   Got me thinking about other foods that come out only around Christmas.  I remember how my mom always bought Christmas nuts and placed them in the dark red glass bowl that was usually reserved for bananas.  And Christmas Nuts.   I used to sit at the counter and with nutcracker in hand, trying all the different nuts.  Little did I know that I was eating Hazel nuts because I just hate Hazel nut…
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    Saturday Briefing

  • 2014 – What a year!

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY –  As we publish the last edition of Saturday Briefing for 2014, I look back with a great deal of pleasure and pride at everything we have accomplished in the past 12 months. Although our company is … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts sponsors XTERRA Trail Run World Championship

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY GLAIZA DE GRACIA AND KATHY HANSBERRY — A crisp December morning in Hawai‘i greeted over 2,000 runners from around the world at Kualoa Ranch for The Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship race. On Sunday, Dec. 7, the … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • More seasonal merriment

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY KATHY FOLEY — As promised, here are more holiday photos as host celebrations are held near and far. Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger joins in the 30th celebration of Honolulu City Lights

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY — It all began in 1985, when the late Mayor Frank F. Fasi created a free event that included a lighted tree on the main lawn, tree display in the courtyard, holiday concert and displays of light … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • An evening of remembrance

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY NANCY DANIELS — Thousands lined Kalakaua Avenue last Sunday for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade, which is held each Dec. 7 to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. From its start, the parade has been … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Who In Their Right Mind Moves to Pahoa?

    Tim Sullivan
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve always had a rebel streak in me. Got it from my dad, a grown man who relished finding ways to break rules without technically breaking them. Dad liked to say he didn’t “play according to Hoyle,” a reference to the famous book of rules for card games (see According to Hoyle). Clueless at the time about the Hoyle reference, I knew from context what dad meant: he liked to do things his way. How dad navigated our expressway tollbooths speaks volumes about him, and by extension, me. He’d always have exact change in hand when pulling into what was then considered an automated…
  • Glimpses of Culture Through a Lava Flow: Bomb the Crater or Clean Your House?

    Tim Sullivan
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Kalapana lava flow (photo by Kurumi Sullivan) A contrived reality show couldn’t be more compelling. Survivor’s got nothing on this. If I made documentaries or movies or even cheesy reality shows, I’d be camped out in Pahoa right now. Since yesterday our friendly neighborhood lava flow has advanced a paltry 50 yards, the continuation of a gradual slowdown that’s been happening over the past several days. Just days before that the flow had advanced a whopping 150 yards in a single day, and right before that it had stalled for almost a week. There’s no rhyme or reason to…
  • Ramblings from the Wrong Side of a Lava Flow

    Tim Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Plume from the lava flow approaching Pahoa Town As a kid growing up on the north side of Chicago I never imagined my house might one day be in the path of a lava flow. (Lava only flowed in Saturday morning movies, and usually involved dinosaurs). Never once did I entertain the notion that I’d someday live on an active volcano; it was an undreamt future that, against all odds, somehow came true. It happened eight years ago when my family decided to trade in the brutal Chicago winters for life in the subtropics. We up and moved to the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawaii, at the…
  • Aloha in the Aftermath of Iselle

    Tim Sullivan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Puna district on the East side of Hawaii Island took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Iselle on August 7th. Here’s what every other street in my neighborhood looked like. In our case the power was out for five days. Got our internet back a couple days after that. And we were one of the lucky ones: we were well prepared for the worst-case scenario and, thanks to the fortuitous direction of the winds, we suffered minimal damage. Unfortunately, not so for all our neighbors. The good news is that no one died from the storm, truly amazing in light of the devastation, especially if you…
  • The “Cool Japan” They Don’t Show You on TV

    Tim Sullivan
    20 May 2014 | 12:24 am
    “Dad, your friends are so cool” said my 13-year-old son after meeting my running buddies from Japan for the first time. He said it with genuine surprise. Hard as he tried, he just couldn’t fathom the notion that anyone “cool” would ever be friends with the likes of me. This all happened about fifteen years ago when, after more than a decade of living in the U.S., I finally brought my family back to Japan for a visit. My kids had only heard stories from me about our former life in Japan. My stories obviously fell short in capturing the coolness of my friends. But…
 
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    The Right Blue

  • It's a Pipefish, but which Pipefish?

    BNS
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Unidentified Pipefish, Fukui Point, Bunaken Island, Indonesiaby B. N. SullivanNature photographers sometimes find it difficult to positively identify a creature they have photographed in the wild.  Certainly those of us who began taking pictures of critters in pre-Google days had (and still have) shelves full of reference books that we pored over, looking for photos or descriptions of animals we were trying to identify.  Nowadays, the task is made easier due to the wealth of online materials, searchable databases, and so on.  Still, many online photos are misidentified, so the…
  • Hold that pose, little crab!

    BNS
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Yellowline Arrow Crab, getting situated on a spongeA Yellowline Arrow Crab strikes a poseby B. N. SullivanThis series of photos depicts a Yellowline Arrow Crab (Stenorhyncus seticornis), a common Caribbean species.  With its distinctive pointy-headed spidery shape, bulging eyes, yellow knees and tiny purple claws, it is an interesting photo subject.  As we approached this individual, it skittered onto a bright orange sponge -- also quite photogenic.But crabs are not always the best photo models. In this instance, the crab first struggled to get situated on the sponge, as if it…
  • Bearded Scorpionfish: A Name That Suits

    BNS
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis, barbatus), Red Seaby B. N. SullivanMeet the Bearded Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis barbatus).  Both the common and scientific names of this fish refer to the frilly, fleshy flaps of skin protruding from its chin.  (The Latin name "barbatus" translates to "bearded.")Like others in its family, Scorpaenidae, the Bearded Scorpionfish is an ambush predator.  Its strategy is to lie in wait for its prey to come swimming past at close range, and then to spring forth with its mouth wide open to engulf its meal in one big gulp.  In order to do this…
  • A Beautful, Fragile Bryozoan Colony

    BNS
    8 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Macro photo of a Lace Bryozoan (Reteporelina denticulata)by B. N. SullivanThis beautiful marine organism is a colony of Lace Bryozoa (Reteporelina denticulata).  Despite their appearance, Bryozoans are neither a coral nor a plant.  Taxonomically, the Bryozoa form a phylum all their own.  Most of the more than 4,000 species of Bryozoans live in the sea.The name Bryozoa translates to "moss animal."  The individual animals that make up the colony are microscopic.  This species builds lacy calcareous structures of interconnected branches, made from the mineralized…
  • Basking Sea Turtles in Hawaii

    BNS
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), basking at Puako, Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanImagine that you are in Hawaii, walking along near the edge of the ocean.  You come upon a sight like that in the photo at the top of this page -- a sea turtle lying on the sand or on the rocks.  You may notice that its carapace is dry, indicating that it has been out of the water for awhile. You may feel alarmed, wondering if it is stranded.  You think: Maybe a wave washed it ashore and it doesn't know how to get back into the ocean. Or perhaps it crawled out of the water intending to nest, but got…
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Social Life in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I just wrote a post about the social situation in Hawaii and what you might expect when you arrive. Would Hawaii be a good place to find a spouse as a single person? How could you go about making friends in Hawaii? Here’s the article: Social Environment in Hawaii
  • New Article – Employment in Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    I just posted a fairly comprehensive article about getting employed in Hawaii here. Employment in the islands is easy for some and much more difficult for others. I didn’t have much of a problem, being in the IT and marketing spaces. Others I know were hired faster than I was. If you’re planning on working […]
  • Hope for Nikel!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A friend, Patrick, just asked me to mention this woman with Leukemia that he works with. If you have anything extra, or just want to share the link – please do! Hope for Nikel
  • Moving to Hawaii to Translate Japanese to English?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I just received an interesting note from a man living in the Philippines with his Japanese wife. They are considering moving to Hawaii. Here’s the note: * * * I’m a 50 yr old UK citizen currently living in the Philippines. My dream has always been to live in Hawaii since watching Hawaii 5-0 as […]
  • Mike Coots STOKED – Surfing on a New Leg

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    A shark took part of Mike Coots’ leg, but that didn’t stop him from getting out there in the line-up! Here he is showing off a new carbon fiber leg that has made all the difference. In 1997 at seventeen years of age, Mike was surfing off the amazing and beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai […]
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Petty Politics

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    OK, nowwe know why failed Council candidate and KKCR talk show host Felicia Cowden mounted a smear campaign against Charter Commission nominee Allan Parachini.“Nobody asked me [to serve], and I understand the Charter,” she sniffed at yesterday's confirmation vote, which passed 6-1. Only Councilman Gary Hooser was opposed, because Allan dared to publicly criticize his campaign to pass the pesticide/GMO regulatory Bill 2491.Oh, and Allan — a longtime journalist — makes Felicia “uncomfortable” when he attends KKCR programming meetings, apparently exposing by his mere presence her…
  • Musings: Advancing an Agenda

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Hawaii County Council today will decide whether to pursue a legal appeal of its anti-GMO law, which was overturned last month by a federal judge on the same state pre-emption grounds that killed the Kauai GMO/pesticide regulatory bill.Hawaii County Ordinance 13-121 banned the cultivation and open-air testing of any new genetically engineered (GE) crops, which would have effectively stifled research intended to help small lettuce and flower growers by developing disease-resistant varieties. Cattle ranchers also would have been prohibited from growing GE corn that would have allowed them to…
  • Musings: Mulligan Stew

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Kauai County Council is going to “take a mulligan” on several key issues this Wednesday, including administrative salaries, trash collection fees and a new real property tax classification for seed companies.First up will be a vote on overriding the mayor's veto of the “agronomics” Bill 2546, which would place seeds and any experimental crops into a separate category so they can be taxed higher than other agriculture. The bill narrowly passed in the last meeting of the old Council, only to be nixed by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. But now that the Council composition has shifted, it…
  • Musings: Moral Quicksand

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The horrible revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA Use of Torture are extreme examples of what can happen when people decide that the ends justify the means.That moral slippery slide is being used right now by some Congressmen to justify and excuse actions that any conscionable person would consider absolutely and unequivocally wrong. Things like physical and mental torture, secret payments to nations in exchange for establishing dungeons within their borders, doctors and psychologists complicit in harming the bodies and souls of prisoners in their care,…
  • Musings: Crimes and Punishment

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    Who woulda thunk Judge Randal Valenciano was such a softie?Hapless addicts, downtrodden kanaka, repentant repeat offenders — none of them faze him. But let “Diamond” Eddie Ben-Dor come a-cryin' and a-whinin' about how the big bad county was nailing him with civil andcriminal penalties for his illegal vacation rental and the tiny tyrant got all a-tremble with indignation.Why it's “an injustice” to ding poor Eddie twice, the judge sniffed. It's “extortion” to demand criminal and civil fines for a misdemeanor zoning violation stemming from Eddie's illegal TVR on Weke Road in…
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    Baron's Blog

  • Party like it’s 2015

    Baron
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m giving the new WordPress 2015 theme a try. The menu system is a bit buggy but I circumvented that by using a widget instead. I’ll have to submit a bug report to them.
  • It’s all about that baste

    Baron
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:15 pm
    The yearly Thanksgiving Day feast at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Waimea. A beautiful cool morning there with plenty to eat and more desserts than I could devour.
  • If Europeans acted like American TV viewers

    Baron
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
  • Another flight to go with the flow

    Baron
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Took a flight via Paradise Helicopters over the Kilauea June 27th Lava Flow. GPS tracking of the flight path. Videos shot below.
  • Come fly with me, let’s fly let’s fly away

    Baron
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Taking photos from a helicopter is the way to go but is always challenging. Make sure you wear black or very dark clothes as reflections on the windows will ruin your images/video or if possible shoot through an open port or better yet have them take the doors off the helicopter.
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  • My life in Hawaii on Wednesday

    gigihawaii
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    On Wednesday, three landscapers came to mow our lawn, pull weeds, trim hedges, edge sidewalks, and prune trees.  As usual, they did a great job.  They have been helping us for three years now, and they are a god-send for David because of his arthritis.  We are pleased with their work. Our front yard: After the landscapers left, we went to Makino Chaya in Westridge to experience their fabulous lunch buffet.  So far, I have eaten there twice.  When I dine out, I choose food that I normally don’t cook at home.  Hence, the choices I made this time. Sushi, shrimp tempura, vegetable…
  • Visit with Mom

    gigihawaii
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Waimea Valley, Oahu. We visited my 98 year old mother at her nursing home last Sunday.  Though she has dementia, is legally blind and is hard of hearing, Mom seems to be doing very well.  She can still feed herself as well as brush her teeth. One of my favorite anecdotes: My sister Lucille resides in Virginia.  When she saw Mom for the first time in years, she said, “Hi, Mom, long time no see.  What’s my name?” Mom looked at her and said, “Well, if you don’t know your own name, I can’t help you.” That quick wit continues to make us laugh.  Not bad for a woman who has…
  • Vaccines and sleep

    gigihawaii
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Waimea Valley, Oahu. I have been feeling under the weather lately.  I guess it’s the flu (vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle ache).  This is the first time in years that I have had the flu, so I have been lucky.  I caught it from David, who was sick a week ago.  Neither of us gets the annual flu vaccination, because we don’t believe in it.  If we can get away with symptoms that disappear in a day or two, we prefer to eschew the flu shot. However, I might request the pneumonia vaccine when I see my internist next month.  Pneumonia is something I don’t want to risk having, as it…
  • Passion

    gigihawaii
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Waimea Valley, Oahu. Yesterday, David drove to the Hawaii Symphony Box Office in Kaimuki to exchange our December 28 concert tickets for the December 30 concert.  Same concert, different dates.  We had to exchange them, because Aunty Bobbie’s party is scheduled for December 28. As our subscription for the 12 concert season costs $800 for the two of us, we have been discussing whether or not to continue with this next season.  It’s an expensive luxury for retirees like us.  In all likelihood, we will keep this passion for classical music alive for a while longer. What else is there…
  • They’ll turn out just fine

    gigihawaii
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    My grandchildren, Julia and Rylan, playing behind my house a few months ago. Every time I think of my grandkids, I find myself chuckling.  At age 7 and 4, Julia and Rylan are so cute.  They represent a microcosm of society just by interacting with each other. For instance, Rylan tends to be a finicky eater.  He will eat his lunch half way and then walk away from it.  His older sister, Julia, will finish her lunch and then reach over and eat Rylan’s half-eaten lunch.  She is truly a very good eater with a hearty appetite.  Rylan has already learned that if he values his food, he had…
 
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    Political Radar

  • Honor for Mink

    B.J. Reyes
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    [View the story “Honor for Mink” on Storify]
  • Repeal

    ddepledge
    19 Feb 2013 | 4:35 pm
    The state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to repeal the Public Land Development Corp., following the state House, which passed a repeal bill last week. Senators say the Senate could hold a hearing on the House version and, if there are no changes, move to accept the legislation.
  • Party label

    ddepledge
    15 Feb 2013 | 9:55 pm
    Who is a Democrat? A Republican? A Green? A new bill would shift the burden of proof in court to the potential candidate, not the political parties. Dante Carpenter, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, asked for the bill after candidates ran for office last year as Democrats even though the party had determined they were ineligible. Laura Thielen won a state Senate seat after disregarding the party’s ruling that she was ineligible to run as a Democrat because she had not been a member of the party for at least six months before the filing deadline. Chris Manabat, who was not a…
  • Pukas

    ddepledge
    14 Feb 2013 | 10:28 pm
    House Speaker Joseph Souki on Thursday credited the public with identifying “pukas” with the Public Land Development Corp., which the House voted unanimously to repeal. Asked whether he saw any similarities between the public’s reaction to the PLDC and his unpopular van cam law a decade ago, Souki laughed: “Van cam was one of my favorite projects. It did save lives. And I think it’s very different than van cam,” the speaker said, adding however that like van cam, the idea behind the PLDC was good but the process was off.
  • PPPA

    ddepledge
    13 Feb 2013 | 6:44 pm
    The state Senate Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing Committee on Wednesday voted to advance a bill that would create a new Public-Private Partnership Authority. The authority — a similar concept to the Public Land Development Corp. — would work with other state agencies and the private sector on development projects. The new authority, unlike the PLDC, would not have broad exemptions from land use regulations. The new authority would first do a main street redevelopment project in Wahiawa and a film production studio on Maui as pilot projects. The bill would…
 
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    Hawaii News Now - Smart Money Monday

  • Smart Money Monday: Instilling value for the holidays

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    For most kids, Christmas is when they get the best toys and the best gifts. But while they are making their lists and checking it twice, this could be...
  • Smart Money Monday: Holiday Donations

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    It is the season of giving, so now is a great time to also think about giving to your favorite charities. Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President Vera Wright explains how donating...
  • Smart Money Monday: Staying safe while shopping online

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Cyber Monday is here but before you log on and start your online shopping spree, you should know about the risks that are out there. Here from Bank of Hawaii is Online Manager Mark Cunningham to offer some tips on how to shop safely and securely...
  • Mililani Trojans claim state football championship

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    After coming up short in last year's state football championship game, the Mililani Trojans have come back this year to take it all by beating ILH champs, Punahou, in a 53-45 nail-biter at the Aloha Stadium this past weekend...
  • Smart Money Monday: Financial Holiday Gifts

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    As Black Friday approaches, many people are looking for that perfect gift for the people on their Christmas list, while others are taking another route by avoiding the crowds and giving gift cards and money as gifts.While some people may think of financial gifts as impersonal...
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • 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...
  • 91-1032 Kaimoana St. Ocean Pointe MLS: 201419203

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Check out our new Ocean Pointe listing in Ewa Beach! This immaculate 5 bed, 3 bath shows like a model home and has over 2700 sf interior living space. Upgrades include plantation-style shutters and built-in desks and closets.  Built in 2006, this Ocean Pointe home is located just a mile away from the brand new Laulani Village Shopping Center, where you'll find Safeway, Ross, Petco, Walgreen's, Panda Express, Starbucks and other great shops. The kitchen has a wide open feel with stainless st...
  • Kaneohe real estate....where town meets country.

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
          Sometimes when you think of real estate on Oahu, you may think....Honolulu, big city, traffic, high rise buildings galore, etc. (Or maybe you're thinking grass huts and splitting open coconuts for breakfast. By the way, if this is you, then you REALLY need to visit Oahu!) But there is a special place that is sometimes overlooked by many people when thinking about real estate ....Kaneohe!         Its close proximity to the H-3, the Likelike highway, and the Pali highway make it s...
  • Summer Peaks and Autumn Dips

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The median sales price for single family homes started off this year just under 630k in January. It hit a year high this summer at 700k in June. Last month it, dipped again to 650k.  2014 Median Sales Prices on Oahu SFHYear Low: January ($629,500)Year High: June ($700,000)Last Month: August ($650,000)   What accounts for the dip? A slight drop in real estate activity after the busy summer months is to be expected. Buyers with families typically aim to get settled into a new home b...
  • JUST LISTED: 5366 Manauwea St. MLS: 201413580

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    We are excited to list this beautifully remodeled, ocean-view home in Aina Haina, East Honolulu. Aina Haina is one of the most coveted areas on the island for its proximity to both downtown Honolulu and South Shore beach living. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath corner lot offers 2,414 sf living space and was completely renovated this year. Some newly renovated houses can feel too fancy to be lived in comfortably, but that's not the case with this gorgeous Aina Haina property. The sophistication of this h...
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Way Down South on the Big Island of Hawaii

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    The Hawaiian Archipelago—1,600 miles long and comprised of 130 islands–comes to an end at South Point, where the deep blue sea rolls for 2,500 miles southward before any land breaks its surface. This photo is looking north from the canoe ladders, modern renditions used by today's fishermen, following in the barefoot steps of ancestors from centuries past. Today's anglers are mindful of the Halalea Current off the point, named for the chief who was swept away here and never seen again.The land (the east rift of Mauna Loa) slopes gently to the tippy tip of South Point, making for an easy…
  • Kauai's Mahaulepu: A close-in getaway on the sunny south coast.

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Mahaulepu (ma-ha-oo-lep-oo) is only two miles from the Grand Hyatt along the resort strip of Poipu Beach. But the two miles is via a dirt road that is one ghastly pothole, which dissuades most rental cars. And from the remote parking area, an unmarked trail extends for another mile, a route taken by few beachgoers. The takeaway: With deluxe hiking and snorkeling, Mahaulepu is among the top adventure attractions in Hawaii.You can avoid the drive from the Hyatt by taking the 2.25-mile Mahaulepu Heritage Trail, which hugs the coast and passes the large remains of the ancient Ho'ouluia Heiau…
  • CYBER MONDAY Deal: 3 for $33

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Christmas is just around the corner so we're proposing a way for you to give the perfect gift to friends who love adventure travel, be it Hawaii, the Sierra, San Francisco/Marin or Paris.3 TRAILBLAZER TRAVEL BOOKS for just 33 dollars! (normally $56.85)(shipping is $3)(offer good 'til December 5)PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW:email us attrailblazertravelbooks@gmail.com
  • Hawaii Hotels: free advice from those in the know

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    A few tips to save money on high-end accommodations:1. Book well in advance—or at the last minute.2. Stay as long as you can. You can get 25 to 50 percent discounts on condos if you stay a month or more.3. Opt for garden view, instead of beachfront. You'll still hear the ocean, and many garden rooms will have flowers and birdsong out the window.4. If you have friends or relatives you can stand, go in together on a larger condo. Half of a 2 bedroom will be much less than a 1 bedroom.5. Don't be afraid to negotiate price and ask about special rates.6. You can find condos through VRBO,…
  • Waianae: The most scenic Hawaii coast that few tourist see.

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Not one in a thousand among the visitors to Oahu get out to see one of the most beautiful, wild coastlines in all of Hawaii. Steep bluffs of the Wainae Mountains give way to lush Valleys and long sandy beaches. To to get here, visitors must drive through the disenfranchised towns of Nanakuli, Wainae, and Makaha, which are a little rough around the edges even for locals from elsewhere on the island.But the truth is, the West Side has a heart of gold. Just hang out at Makaha surfing beach on the weekends. And beyond Makaha begins an undeveloped coast (including this beach where Michner's Hawaii…
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 15 minutes (10 sets):Split Jerk*Sets 1-2 – 3 reps @ 60%*Sets 3-4 – 2 reps @ 70%*Sets 5-6 – 2 reps @ 80%*Sets 7-8 – 1 rep @ 85-90%*Sets 9-10 – 1 rep @ 90-95%B. Two sets for max reps of:4 Minutes of Rowing (for meters)3 Minutes of Ring Dips @ 10X1(pause for one second at full extension)2 Minutes of Shoulder to Overhead (115/75 lbs)Rest 4 minutes
  • Group Elements Holiday Gift Certificates!

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Wondering what to get your loved ones for the holidays? Look no further! For a limited time, we are offering Group Elements Gift Certificates for $150. The next session begins Monday, January 5th! Please email info@808crossfit.com for more details.The CrossFit 808 GROUP Elements Program:The Group Elements Program is 4 weeks long (12 classes). The classes occur at 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Attendance at all classes is required to pass. The next Group Elements begins Monday, January 5th at 6:30pm
  • 9 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 15 minutes (10 sets) of:Clean x 1 rep*Sets 1-3 – 70-75%*Sets 4-6 – 75-80%*Sets 7-8 – 80-85%*Sets 9-10 – 85-90%B. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 6 minutes of:6 Hang Squat Cleans (155/105 lbs)9 Burpees Over the Barbell12 Pull-Ups (perform C2B if you are proficient)Rest exactly 4 minutes, and then…C. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 6 minutes of:40 Double-Unders20 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lbs to 10 ft)
  • 8 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every minute, on the minute, for 20 minutes:Minute 1 – Hang Snatch x 1 repMinute 2 – Snatch x 1 repPerform both movements at 85-90% of your 1-RM Snatch.B. Three rounds for time of:12 Toes to Bar12/9 Strict Handstand Push-Ups6 Overhead Squats (135/95 lbs)
  • 6 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm

    6 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every two minutes, for 10 minutes (5 sets):Back Squat*Set 1 – 5 reps @ 55%*Set 2 – 5 reps @ 65%*Set 3 – 3 reps @ 75%*Set 4 – 2 reps @ 85%*Set 5 – 2 reps @ 90%Every two minutes, for 6 minutes (3 sets):Back Squat x 10 reps @ 75%B. In teams of 2, alternating full rounds, complete as many reps and rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:3 Deadlifts (275/185 lb)6 Toes to Bar9 Regional Box Jumps (24/20")Rest exactly 2 minutes, and then:In teams of 2, complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12-minutes, of:Run 400 Meters (together)12 Synchronized Bar Facing Burpees
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    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…
  • Christmas Events Page for 2014

    Lisa
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Mele Kalikimaka!  The Christmas Events Page is now updated for 2014.  Find Christmas concerts, art activities, story times, parades and more listed with all the information you need to plan a great December for your family!  In addition to activities and events there is also a listing of some of the places to go to get a picture taken with Santa. Have a great holiday season! The post Christmas Events Page for 2014 appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • November 29 & 30, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The Weekend Events Page is updated for this coming weekend!  There’s a free Christmas concert, a Christmas parade, a chance to learn some hip hop, watch some movies and other fun activities.  Check out the updated Weekend Events Page for all the details on these and other events! The post November 29 & 30, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • November 22 & 23, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    There are  lots of family friendly events happening this coming weekend.  Visit Barnes & Noble and participate in one of the many events scheduled for their special Discovery Weekend, enjoy live music, attend a craft fair, join in an art workshop and have a great weekend with your family! Get the details on these and other events on the recently updated Weekend Events Page.  If I left anything off, please feel free to share it with others in the comments here! The post November 22 & 23, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Social Life in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I just wrote a post about the social situation in Hawaii and what you might expect when you arrive. Would Hawaii be a good place to find a spouse as a single person? How could you go about making friends in Hawaii? Here’s the article: Social Environment in Hawaii
  • New Article – Employment in Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    I just posted a fairly comprehensive article about getting employed in Hawaii here. Employment in the islands is easy for some and much more difficult for others. I didn’t have much of a problem, being in the IT and marketing spaces. Others I know were hired faster than I was. If you’re planning on working […]
  • Hope for Nikel!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A friend, Patrick, just asked me to mention this woman with Leukemia that he works with. If you have anything extra, or just want to share the link – please do! Hope for Nikel
  • Moving to Hawaii to Translate Japanese to English?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I just received an interesting note from a man living in the Philippines with his Japanese wife. They are considering moving to Hawaii. Here’s the note: * * * I’m a 50 yr old UK citizen currently living in the Philippines. My dream has always been to live in Hawaii since watching Hawaii 5-0 as […]
  • Mike Coots STOKED – Surfing on a New Leg

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    A shark took part of Mike Coots’ leg, but that didn’t stop him from getting out there in the line-up! Here he is showing off a new carbon fiber leg that has made all the difference. In 1997 at seventeen years of age, Mike was surfing off the amazing and beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai […]
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Vaping Teens

    hawa6217
    18 Dec 2014 | 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 nationwide survey finds teens are smoking less, but there’s a lot of vaping – use of e-cigarettes, which carry nicotine on heated vapor. The 2014 Monitoring the Future report says daily cigarette use is continuing its slide down. But the latest survey has the annual report’s first look at e-cigarettes.  The survey is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The institute’s deputy director, Dr. Wilson Compton: “We were quite surprised to see…
  • Hana Landfill Partial Closure this Friday, Saturday

    hawa6217
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (MAUI) – The Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that due to insufficient staffing, the Hana Landfill will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, 2014. The closure is necessary as the department must ensure safe operations and meet the minimum State Department of Health operating requirements of the County’s solid waste permit. The Solid Waste Division apologizes for the inconvenience.
  • Positive Thoughts: Keep in the Sunlight

    hawa6217
    18 Dec 2014 | 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 “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin
  • Positive Thoughts: Voyage of Discovery

    hawa6217
    17 Dec 2014 | 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 “The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
  • Hawai’i Culinary Competition Expo and Salon: A Culinary Student Showcase

    hawa6217
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (HONOLULU)–The late Lyle and Grace Guslander recognized that while Hawai’i was geographically isolated, the Islands offered incredible talent in the culinary and hospitality industries. In 1989, the Guslanders made a generous donation to Kapi’olani Community College to nurture a program that would attract world-renown culinary arts and hospitality leaders to Hawai‘i to allow students and faculty to hone their skills and become global leaders in the fast-paced and rapidly changing industry. As part of the “Lyle L. Guslander Distinguished Visitors Program in…
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    Maui Makers

  • Make Personalized Ornaments

    Laura
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    18-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21  Tinkering: Build Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments  by Laura Ulibarri ($20.00 for non-members/$10.00 for members–includes materials to build 2 ornaments)  How would you like to make your very own Christmas (Solstice, Hanukkah, etc) Ornament using whiz bang technology or your own creativity?  We’ll fire up the EggBot to let you print your very own personalized ornament. We’ll provide white ornaments for the eggbot and supplies for various kinds of ornaments. We’ll also have a vinyl…
  • Learn to Solder 11-Dec-2014

    Laura
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    Jerry Isdale will be leading a Learn To Solder class this week thursday evening, 11-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 Students will be offered several options for learning electronics soldering. All are accessible and doable by first timers, and good practice for those with some experience. Advanced folks are welcome to come and lend a hand as mentors. Basic soldering of wires will take you from crude methods up to the Lineman’s Splice required by NASA, etc. http://makezine.com/2012/02/28/how-to-splice-wire-to-nasa-standards/ Several kits are…
  • Upcoming in December

    Laura
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Rocket Workshop this last Saturday was a Blast! See the Facebook page for more photos. Several events are planned for December. Hopefully we can close the deal on our lease and have special Make a MakerSpace meetings. Stay tuned. Arduino Workshop Fridays continue from 6-9 PM every Friday–location TBD so email Arduino@mauimakers.com for info. Kids Wearable Workshops are also possible–email Arduino@mauimakers.com 4-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 Public Meeting (Free) Come down and talk story. Bring items or ideas for show and tell. Meet…
  • Rocket Workshop Saturday after Thanksgiving 10 am–location change

    Laura
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Build rockets and launch them. This class has two components. In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown. Stage two of the event will put teams together to build model rockets and launch them in the park nearby. The event will be held at the Kihei Elementary School (across the street from Kihei Community Center) and will start at 10 am. Entry fee is $20.00 per family. This class is the first of a…
  • Membership Drive

    Laura
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Aloha Everyone, Maui Makers needs your help. After an intensive search, Maui Makers has secured an option to rent a space in Wailuku that will be a great home for us to set up our tools and house tools and equipment. The landlords love the idea of Maui Makers so have given us a great deal on rent. The space gives us rough finished areas suitable for setting up separate classroom, clean work space for electronics and printing, “dirty” work space for painting, dyeing, cutting, etc. and wood/metal working areas. The space will allow us to have multiple events each week, and broaden…
 
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    Prudential Locations Blog

  • Kakaako - A Vibrant History

    My name
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Kakaako was once a thriving native Hawaiian community where locals fished, made salt and farmed agricultural terraces. At the turn of the century, Kakaako was a community of homes, small stores, churches, schools and parks, however few traces of these buildings exist today. In the 1950s, rezoning converted much of this area into an urban, industrial community.  Today, as Kakaako experiences a second transformation, it is evolving from an industrialized commercial center into a trendy, urban district and is considered the new cool place to be. With alluring residential projects being…
  • Locations Foundations Serves Up Cotton Candy at Family Program's Holiday Party

    My name
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Giant puffs of blue, orange and pink ‘delights’ attracted the children of all ages, as three cotton candy machines spun full throttle all day to meet the long lines of anticipation!   The activities generated heartwarming feelings as happy children and adults grasped their ‘sweet’ cotton candy from the Locations Foundation volunteers during Sunday's Family Program Holiday Party. The Locations Foundation is the not-for profit arm of Prudential Locations. Throughout the year, Family Programs Hawai‘i partners with many businesses and social service agencies to…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Waikiki December 17, 2014

    My name
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The month of December belongs to Waikiki - Waikiki remains Oahu’s most iconic tourist attraction, but it’s also home to a diverse and vibrant residential neighborhood. This community of condominiums shares the two-mile stretch of urban Waikiki with visitors from all over the world. Residential life in Waikiki has morphed from a small community of surfers and artists in the 1960s to an urbanized neighborhood of high-rises after a $100 million initiative by several private developers in the 1970s. In the comments below, tell us where in Waikiki this photo was taken…
  • Kakaako Neighborhood - Who Lives There?

    My name
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Kakaako Demographics Today more than 13,000 people make the Kakaako area home and that number certainly is expected to rise in the coming years. It’s a far cry from what the population used to be in this part of Honolulu. At the turn of the 20th century, Kakaako found its place as a sleepy community of homes, small stores, schools and parks.  Today very little remains of homes and farms that used to exist in Kakaako as the area has gone through several transformations over 100 or so years. Although a few high-rise buildings were built in Kakaako in the 1980s and 1990s, the total…
  • Surfers Healing and the Locations Foundation Provide Water Time for Kids with Autism

    My name
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The kids loved it. The parents loved being able to see the happy faces of their children enjoying the water and participating with joy! And catamaran riders adored flying along the water and crashing on the waves. It all happened bright and early on a beautiful, balmy, sunny Saturday, November 29, as the Surfers Healing event took place along the shores of Waikiki Beach. Izzy Paskowitz, brother of our own Moses Paskowitz, started the Surfers Healing event 15 years ago to get children with autism involved in ocean and water sports.  Research shows autism affects about two millions…
 
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    Communications Pacific

  • Writing Humor In Today’s World Is A Dangerous Undertaking By Charley Memminger

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

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

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

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    30 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Ghouls and goblins, princesses and fairies, vixens and villains. Each year we all ponder the same questions. What to dress up as? Where to go trick-or-treating? What kind of candy should we hand out? How should we decorate the house? Ever since I was little I remember “preparing” for Halloween, like one would for Christmas. Halloween in our house in Mililani was a month-long celebration. Decorations started going up as soon as October 1 hit and there was something new added to the ‘scene’ every day. Another cobweb, tombstone, skull, or black garbage bag on the window to create that…
  • Taking Time for Tako by Lloyd Yonenaka

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    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    It’s always nice when you’re going somewhere and the first thing that happens when you get there is you smile. Not a huge smile, but a smile that you’ll remember ‘cause you know its gonna be a good day. Took the two-minute drive from my dad’s house to one of my favorite beach spots. Just to go walking in the shallows and look for a tako. He‘e. Squid. Octopus. By whatever name you’re familiar with; those shy, very intelligent creatures that inhabit our waters. And they taste pretty good too. No one else at the beach. Not a soul. Early morning and slightly overcast. Not too hot,…
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  • 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…
  • What is the best material for signs?

    brian
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Most of our signs are printed and mounted on some material. Banners and posters are the exception: they are printed on the material on which they will be displayed: banner material and some sort of paper. Other signs, however, are printed on vinyl or adhesive-backed paper and mounted to a substrate. Use will determine your substrate. Here are some of the sign substrate options. Foam Core Foam core is a 3/16” material that is ideally suited to temporary indoor displays. Many academics and companies use foam core displays for conventions, trade shows and conferences. We typically print on an…
  • Local Marketing 2014: Reaching the “Unreachables”

    brian
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Local Marketing 2014: Reaching the “unreachable” I was having a chat the other day with a few friends about how much some us have become “unreachable” by traditional local advertising. We went through a list: Phone book? None of us would admit to open a phone book in years. Radio? We all listen to streaming radio like Pandora or Amazon Prime, public radio or audiobooks. None of us listen to commercial radio stations. Newspaper? Only one out of five of us subscribe to the local newspaper, and the one that does reads it in a matter minutes, just skimming for the sports scores and…
  • Advice for New Businesses in Kona, Hawaii

    brian
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The previous blog was on Start-Up Business Mistakes. This blog focuses on some things new start-up businesses in Kona, Hawaii should consider in the business planning stages. Avoid the highly competitive business sectors. Fishing charters, manta night snorkel tours, burger restaurants and massage therapy are very over-represented in Kona. Find a different take on these ideas and you might have a business. Find a high margin business that doesn’t require you to compete on price. Most business owners vastly underestimate their costs and overinflate their sales projections. Solar, up until…
 
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