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  • Conversation with David

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    23 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii:  Bird of Paradise. I was telling David about seeing the famous pianist, Andre Watts, perform in Bangkok, Thailand, where I worked as an English teacher in 1969.  And, then, I lived in Europe for three months and in New York City for 5-1/2 years, where I was exposed to the best classical performers in the world.  I saw the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Barishnikov, the Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Polish violinist, Henryk Szeryng, among others. But, when I was a child, growing up in Hawaii, all I was exposed to were religious movies (such as “The Ten…
  • Nainoa Thompson and Harry Kim on What it Takes to be a Successful Leader

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    Dennis Hollier
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
  • Pro-Israeli media bias requires search for the other side of the current conflict

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    Ian Lind
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Start your day with this haunting column that appeared yesterday in the Toronto Star (“Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare“). Vancouver-based author and physician, Gabor Maté, writes: The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters […]
  • Obama records Abercrombie radio ad, Kauai GMO lawsuit in federal court today, hundreds die awaiting Hawaiian Home Lands lawsuit settlement, Kauai property owners get steep tax hikes, restaurants adjust to new health inspections, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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    Nancy Cook Lauer
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hawaii hotel pool party ©2014 All Hawaii NewsStronger hotel room demand in May broke a yearlong occupancy slump, helping Hawaii's hoteliers hit three monthly performance records while achieving the nation's highest room rates. Star-Advertiser.President Barack Obama has recorded a radio advertisement for Gov. Neil Abercrombie's re-election campaign, describing the governor as a partner who made "gutsy decisions" to tackle a state budget crisis and invest in early childhood education. Star-Advertiser.Candidates for Hawaii Governor Jockey for Credit in Fixing State Pension System. Ige,…
  • Freedom fleeting for isle escapees

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    Susan Essoyan
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Junior Jorju probably didn't realize it, but the odds were against him when he took off from Maui Community Correctional Center on the night of July 12, midway through a two-week jail sentence.
 
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  • Ex-cop plead guilty to extortion

    Rick Daysog
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    A former Honolulu police officer has pleaded guilty to shaking down two local businessmen.Thirty-eight year-old Roddy Tsunezumi admitted to extorting money from the owners of a Honolulu bar with the help of an accomplice."They took advantage of a pre-existing threat and they augmented it and they bolstered it,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson.“And then, they basically brought in a protection service or offered to sell the protection service from the threat they were creating.”Court ...
  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.
  • Hawaii athletes assemble dream team for Crossfit games

    Tannya Joaquin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Crossfit 808 has assembled a dream team for the Crossfit Games. Three former women's college basketball stars, Elyse Umeda, Kyla Evers and Brandy Richardson, set the bar high.
  • Early voting sites to open Monday, July 28th on Oahu

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Early voting locations will be open starting Monday, July 28th until Thursday, August 7th from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • New Queens West hospital turning away dialysis patients

    Keoki Kerr
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Queen’s Medical Center West, which just opened in May with more than $100 million in renovations, is turning away dialysis patients on a daily basis, causing long waits in the emergency room and transfers across town, partly because an executive there said dialysis facilities are not “cost effective” there yet. 
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  • Hawaii teen murdered in Vegas

    Nestor Garcia
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    A Hawaii family is grieving after their loved one was murdered in Las Vegas. On Sunday, Las Vegas police say 18-year-old Issachar Akaka was at a house party with friends when a fight broke out. After the scuffle, Akaka and his friends drove away.  But police say a short time later, they were confronted on the road, and shots were fired at them. Akaka died at the hospital – leaving his family in Hawaii searching for answers.  The 18-year-old was the youngest of six children.  He had just flown back to Vegas after spending two months with family on Oahu.  Las Vegas police have opened…
  • Florida car dealer pays refund in pennies and dollar bills

    Ken Amaro
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    JACKSONVILLE, FL (WTLV/CNN) – A car dealer in Jacksonville, Florida, had to give a customer a refund. But the customer says the dealer tried to get the last laugh by paying $85 of the refund in pennies. When Irena Mujakovic purchased this 2003 Saab she didn’t expect the problems she encountered from the dealer, and she didn’t expect what the dealer would do when he was ordered to give her a refund. Mujakovic bought the car in January from Holiday Motors and it developed transmission problems. “The message popped up saying gearbox malfunction,” Mujakovic said. They…
  • No one injured when car overturns on H1 freeway

    Web Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 am
    Police say no one was injured when a car overturned on the H1 west bound by Makakilo. It happened just before 6:30 p.m. Police, and fire crews responded. Photo courtesy Brandon Mirafuentes
  • Georgia stranger returns stolen dog

    Kevin Rowson
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    ATLANTA (WXIA/CNN) – A South Carolina man is reunited with his dog in Atlanta. He was passing through the city when his car was stolen — with his pet inside. With help from complete strangers Michael Buckley posted fliers around Washington Park, where his car was found after it was stolen with his dog Tazzie inside. On the flier was a phone number that a good Samaritan gave him to use as a sort of “Tazzie Hotline.” “And sure enough we were about to pack things up for the day maybe go make some more fliers, maybe get something to eat, and my phone rings. I picked it…
  • Texas veteran’s flag returned to family after 26 years

    Kim Powell
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    ODESSA, TX (KWES/CNN) – A veteran’s flag that was supposed to be used as a funeral drape in North Carolina never made it. It had been missing for 26 years. But it turns out, it was found in a Goodwill in Odessa, Texas. Kim Powell spoke with the woman who found the flag and tracked down the family it belongs to. Paula Roberts was shopping at the Goodwill in Odessa with her daughter when she found an old veterans flag on the back shelf gathering dust. It had a curling strip of masking tape that read “Charlie Gaston, funeral drape” and a price tag of nine dollars and…
 
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  • Freedom fleeting for isle escapees

    Susan Essoyan
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Junior Jorju probably didn't realize it, but the odds were against him when he took off from Maui Community Correctional Center on the night of July 12, midway through a two-week jail sentence.
  • Newswatch

    Star-Advertiser staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Kauai is experiencing a bumper crop of Hawaiian monk seal pups, with five born so far this season.
  • 4-man team wins trans-Pacific race

    Timothy Hurley
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Hot, thirsty, hungry and tired, a team of four sunburned men from the four corners of the world rowed into the Ala Wai Boat Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, ending an epic 43-day journey across the Pacific.
  • GMO petition decision due this week

    Rosemarie Bernardo
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    A petition calling for the regulation of the use of pesticides and growth of genetically modified crops on Kauai could face its demise at an upcoming meeting.
  • Abercrombie is 'like ohana,' Obama says in a radio spot

    Derrick DePledge
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    President Barack Obama has recorded a radio advertisement for Gov. Neil Aber­crombie's re-election campaign, describing the governor as a partner who made "gutsy decisions" to tackle a state budget crisis and invest in early childhood education.
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  • Pro-Israeli media bias requires search for the other side of the current conflict

    Ian Lind
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Start your day with this haunting column that appeared yesterday in the Toronto Star (“Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare“). Vancouver-based author and physician, Gabor Maté, writes: The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters […]
  • The governor’s “Yellow Cab” ad is cute but almost invites criticism

    Ian Lind
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I’ve seen Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s latest ad on television a number of times, often appearing almost back-to-back in or around the evening newscasts. You know, the one where Neil appears as the driver of a Yellow Cab, at one time the campaign symbol associated with this once-rebel politician. It’s a cute ad, which shows off […]
  • Criminal charges filed over sunshine law violations by Florida board members

    Ian Lind
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Floridians take their Sunshine Law seriously. At least that’s what I thought after seeing a news article describing the recent indictments of a former state representative and several transportation officials for sunshine law violations (“Expressway investigation finds 4 Sunshine Law violations“). Yup. Indictments returned by a grand jury. The alleged sunshine law violations involved secret […]
 
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  • Hawaii Herald launches online edition

    Hawaii Star Wire
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The Hawai‘i Herald today took a major step forward in its more than thirty­ year ­history with the launch of its online edition. The debut issue is focused on the Primary Election, with a story on the “David vs. Goliath” gubernatorial race between incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie and veteran State Senator David Ige, as well as a Q&A forum on the issues with responding candidates for the major offices. “This is an historic moment for The Hawai‘i Herald, the only Hawaii­-based newspaper dedicated to covering the local Japanese American community,” says Keiichi Tagata,…
  • Honolulu happy hour app taps new beacon tech

    Hawaii Star Wire
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:26 am
    Happy Hour Pal, a Honolulu-based startup, is the first business to deploy beacon technology into restaurants and bars throughout the state. Happy Hour Pal is a searchable website and free GPS-based mobile app that allows people to save money while dining out, by locating happy hour specials in their area. Integrating beacon technology will make Happy Hour Pal even easier for users to identify nearby happy hour specials, and provide local businesses an effortless opportunity to engage directly with customers and increase awareness and sales during the most powerful internal promotion – happy…
  • Third historic volcano found off O‘ahu

    Hawaii Star Wire
    15 May 2014 | 6:18 pm
    University of Hawaii researchers, working with colleagues in California and France, have discovered evidence of a third major shield volcano making up the island of O‘ahu. Previously, geologists believed the island’s current profile is the remnants of two volcanoes, Wai‘anae and Ko‘olau. But extending almost 100 km WNW from Ka‘ena Point, the western tip of the island of O‘ahu, is a large region of shallow bathymetry, called the submarine Ka‘ena Ridge. It is that region that has now been recognized to represent a precursor volcano to the island of O‘ahu, and on whose flanks…
  • Leaf Doctor: UH plant expert launches third app

    Hawaii Star Wire
    13 May 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Fresh from his success with two widely utilized smartphone apps, plant pathologist Scot Nelson has created a new and more technical app, the Leaf Doctor, for a more specialized audience. Nelson, who works at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii, doesn’t anticipate that the Leaf Doctor will have the same broad, popular appeal as his Plant Doctor app. For many of those who will use the Leaf Doctor, though, it is likely to be a professional game-changer. Nelson’s Plant Doctor app helps to identify disease on plants and has been used all…
  • Study: Shorter men may live longer

    Hawaii Star Wire
    9 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research based on an anti-aging study conducted in Hawaii. “We split people into two groups – those who were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,” said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and a UH Mānoa Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). “The folks that were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. The range was seen all the way across from being 5-foot tall to 6-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived.” Researchers at the Kuakini…
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  • Governor Abercrombie and Senator Ige face off in Waimea forum

    Baron
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Video from the live stream broadcast from Waimea - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Hawaii wood show features Binh Pho workshops

    Karin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) and the Hawaii Forest Institute have arranged a demonstration day and workshop on Hawaii Island and O‘ahu presented by renowned woodworker Binh Pho in conjunction with Hawaii’s Woodshow™, Na Lau o Hawaii. Critically acclaimed artist Binh Pho is known for his expansive approach to woodwork including painting, […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Ultimate super horse challenge for junior riders

    Karin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE Charles Wilhelm’s Ultimate Super Horse Challenge for junior riders is a clinic and competition for ages 12 – 18 that tests the communication between horse and rider, horsemanship and riding skills at the walk, trot and lope. The event, slated for August 2-3 at the Parker Ranch Arena in Kamuela, is the first-ever […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Huggo’s wahine marlin fishing tournament (July 26)

    Karin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE The 19th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament is coming up Saturday, July 26. This year’s theme, The Great Gatsby, celebrates the Roaring Twenties, when jazz, gin and fun loving flapper women captured America’s heart. This entertaining and competitive fishing tournament is a summer tradition in Kona and is limited to 75 lady angler teams, […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Makuu Farmers Market event promotes healthier choices (July 27)

    Karin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE A series of special events promoting fresh fruit and vegetables to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants will conclude at the Makuu Farmers Market in Puna from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 27. Co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Hawaii Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (USDA […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • Hawaii's leading clean energy projects

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    The State Energy Office has released their most recent ranking of current clean energy projects that are leading the way in Hawaii's transition away from fossil fuels. As stated on their website: "Energy leaders have been identified based on public information about (a) their projected size, (b) status of permitting, (c) status of power or fuel off-take agreement, and (d) site control. Pertinent data comes from a variety of media including company press releases, company websites, newspaper articles, Internet publications, agency notices, and filings with the Hawaii Public Utilities…
  • On-bill financing and green infrastructure financing teed up at the PUC

    10 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    There has been action on two programs that Blue Planet championed that will help increase the adoption of solar power and energy efficiency improvements for Hawaii homes and businesses. Last week, the PUC opened a docket to implement on-bill financing, which has been named "Hawaii Energy Bill Saver Program." And yesterday, the state filed two applications with the PUC to authorize the Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program, which secures low-interest capital for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through green infrastructure bonds backed by ratepayer fees (that are to…
  • Join us for cocktails at Honolulu Green Drinks on Tuesday, June 3

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Jeff Mikulina will be the guest speaker at June's Green Drinks pau hana on Tuesday, June 3 at reStyle in Kaka‘ako. He'll be talking about some Blue Planet initiatives including community solar and 100% renewable power for Hawaii. Hope to see you there! 
  • Energy Excelerator: Making Hawaii ground zero for the world's energy solutions

    30 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Applications open June 1 Our friends at Energy Excelerator will begin accepting applications for their 2015 cohort on June 1. They're looking for 14 startups—8 seed-stage (each will receive $75,000) and 6 growth-stage (each will receive up to $1 million, to be matched by private funding). Who should apply? Startups with scalable solutions for: A. Energy systems integration: Technologies and business models that promote systems thinking and advance clean energy across the whole system. These solutions can impact Hawaii and the Asia Pacific in four key areas - grid, transportation,…
  • HECO issues RFP for energy storage

    5 May 2014 | 12:05 pm
    HECO just announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for one or more utility-scale energy storage systems capable of storing 60 to 200 MW for up to 30 minutes. Storage solutions can help integrate variable sources of renewable power like solar and wind by instantly responding to fluctuations in supply.  HECO is considering best available technologies, including batteries, mechanical flywheels, capacitors, compressed gas, and pumped hydro. The goal is to have the storage system(s) in place in 2017. Read more here.    
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    Senator Gil Kahele

  • Team Kahele Mass Sign Waving

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    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    HILO, Hawaiʻi
  • 2014 Hilo Relay For Life, Mahalo Team Kahele!

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    22 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
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  • We Did It HILO!! $5010.00 Donated To Fight Cancer!

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    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    HILO, Hawaiʻi ~ Last night at the Hilo Civic Auditorium State Senator Gil Kahele hosted a Benefit Concert for the American Cancer Society and Hiloʻs Relay For Life. The concert was attended by over 1800 that braved the Hilo rain to enjoy top local entertainment from Grammy Nominated KAHULANUI and Nā Hōku Hanohano award winners KUANA TORRES-KAHELE and MANAʻO COMPANY. Through the unbelievable generosity of all in attendance, $5010.00 in donations were collected and 100% of all the donations were donated to the American Cancer Society. The event was c0-emceed by Hawaiiʻs Ambassador of…
  • Senator Kaheleʻs Benefit Concert July 17th Hilo Civic Auditorium

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    1 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    HILO, On Thursday, July 17th at the Hilo Civic Auditorium, Hiloʻs State Senator Gil Kahele will be hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the American Cancer Society and Hiloʻs Relay For Life at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. Grammy nominated and 3 time Nā Hōkū Hanohano nominee KAHULANUI will lead off the concert at 4:35PM. Known for their “Hawaiian Swing” orchestra style music of the 1920ʻs and 1930ʻs led by Lolena Naipo, KAHULANUI will lead off the benefit concert and set the stage for the next artist, Hiloʻs own and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner KUANA…
  • Happy Father’s Day! The Kahele ʻOhana

    admin
    15 Jun 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Hilo, Wishing all the Dadʻs a Happy Fatherʻs Day from Senator Gilbert Kahele and the Kahele ʻohana in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.
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  • PNN News Analysis: NO LEGAL BASIS EXISTS FOR COUNCIL TO DECIDE "CHARTER AMENDMENT VS INITIATIVE" QUESTION; CONSIDERATION ITSELF OVERSTEPS AUTHORITY

    Andy Parx
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    News analysisby Andy Parx (PNN) -- "Is it a cat or a dog," Kaua`i County Council Chair Jay Furfaro has infamously asked regarding the "Kaua`i Rising (KR)" charter amendment ballot petition- one which the county attorney claims is really an "initiative" disguised as a "charter amendment." Well, legally the answer is essentially, it's none of their business. The council will meet Wednesday to figure out whether to "receive" the petition so that the county clerk can verify and count the signatures for what KR says is a charter amendment. But Deputy Attorney Mona Clark issued an opinion at the…
  • 'TAIN'T FUNNY MAKIMO

    Andy Parx
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Frankly we haven't exactly been the President of the Kimo Rosen Fan Club over the years. We don't think we've even read one of his columns. Ever since he was virtually the only one on Kaua`i riding the Superferry bandwagon his markedly wise-ass-settler views have been widely viewed as insulting to the host culture and local community. But all schadenfreude aside it's outrageous that he has not only been forced to apologize for an innocuous "joke" on Facebook but the local newspaper has taken his weekly column away from him after he wrote that the “(b)est thing we could do is get 1,000…
  • WAITING FOR THE ELECTION- OR SOMEONE LIKE HIM

    Andy Parx
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    There's another joke of a promotional news story about the resurrection of the Coco Palms Hotel in today's local newspaper headlined "Foreign Financing Needed," loosely based on last week's "quarterly report" to the Kaua`i County Council. Apparently they're Waiting for Go-Dough, the mythical Chinese investor with money burning a hole in his pocket.Maybe the headline should have said "No Green For Greene" because, come to find out, apparently slick-talking huckster Tyler Greene doesn't have two plug yen to rub together yet. Well, as they say, "put you wishes in one hand and spit in the other…
  • COUNCIL TO TRY TO GUT CHARTER'S ETHICS PROVISION WITH BALLOT MEASURE

    Andy Parx
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:40 pm
    It's a little know fact: Kaua`i does, in fact, have a "Code of Ethics." But it's not for lack of trying that county officials have failed to undermine it. And after many attempts to make a joke of our County Charter provision that simply doesn't allow an "officer or employee of the county" to "(a)ppear on behalf of private interests before any county board, commission, or agency," Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura wants to try to gut the provision at tomorrow’s (6/10) County Council meeting.The provision in 20.02(D) of the charter means that, for instance, the chair of the Board of Ethics (BOE)…
  • JUST SAY YES TO NEGOTIATION

    Andy Parx
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    JUST SAY YES TO NEGOTIATION: Today's newspaper commentaryby Kaua`i Rising regarding their charter amendment petition (see last week's article at http://parxnewsdaily.blogspot.com/2014/05/council-may-decide-if-petition-is.html ) is disappointing. Can and should are two different things. While any intent to reign in the chemical cartel may be laudable, if past court rulings (2012's Kaua`i Beach Villas vs Kaua`i, to correct a past citation) are any indication this "charter amendment" will be found to be an "initiative"- at least after the election... if it passes. It would have been good to have…
 
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  • Commissary + Exchange Show | SBA Events | Gov Ducks AARP Debates | Population Up | Happy Feet

    Sam Slom
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    BY SAM SLOM - Court Hands Obamacare Body Blow. Yesterday, the District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against a major portion of Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled the IRS is not legally able to change the original law by unilaterally extending federal subsidies to states that have chosen to use the failed federal Connector rather than to have a state Connector like Hawaii's. Without those subsidies, most who did sign up for Obamacare will be unable to afford the higher, actual costs of the new law. A total of 36 states rejected creation of their own state…
  • Coast Guard, local agencies respond to downed plane near American Samoa

    Hawaii Reporter
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a plane crash near Pago Pago International Airport after a single-engine plane crashed into the water Tuesday night. Coast Guard watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the Regional Command Center in New Zealand that a Beechcraft Bonanza with two passengers aboard crashed into the water approximately one mile from shore at 9:55 p.m. One passenger, 17-year-old Haris Suleman, was recovered unresponsive by the American Samoa Marine Patrol. An HC-130 Hercules…
  • Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups

    Hawaii Reporter
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Hawaii Health Connector sign ups connect under 3 percent of the population with healthcare BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — The Hawaii Health Connector, has been unable to produce a fully functional website since it launched in October. That's especially troubling, because CGI Group got $53 million for its creation and another $20 million for operation and maintenance. A separate $100 million web portal operated by the state Department of Human Services and designed by KPMG to connect Hawaii residents with Medicaid services, a requirement under…
  • Donald W. Evans, Jr. Sp 4 USA - POTENTIAL LOST

    Duane Vachon
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    SP4 Donald W. Evans, Jr. USA Medal of Honor BY DUANE A. VACHON PH.D.  One of the great loves in Evans life was the Riverside International Raceway. Only 30 miles from Evans home town, Covina California. During the 60’s and 70’s Riverside was the gathering place of those who loved racing. Nascar raced there as did  the Can-Am and Trans Am series. Evans spoke often of his days racing at that track and vowed to return there someday. There was an even greater love in Evans life.  Six months prior to being inducted into the service he married the love of his life, Bonnie Jean.  Bonnie…
  • Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly

    Malia Zimmerman
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    POWERFUL: Much of Oahu's tropical beauty is marred by a crisscross of aging power polls and powerlines, critics say. BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — If residents of Hawaii are going to have affordable electricity, the state needs to break up Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., the parent of the Hawaiian Electric Co., a former lawmaker contends. A study of electric rates produced by WalletHub, Most & Least Energy Expensive States, puts the unit price of electricity in Hawaii at  38.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, or 4.5 times more than the cheapest state. Natural gas in Hawaii is…
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  • VIDEO: Graduation Day for the MD Class of 2014!

    Tina Shelton
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Our video is from the MD Commencement Portion of the Advanced Degrees Ceremony at the University of Hawai`i on May 17, 2014. Congratulations, Class of 2014! Direct link is at Commencement 2014. Video by Tina Shelton, Editing by Amanda Shell, UH Med Student Journalist.
  • SLIDESHOW: White Coats for the MD Class of 2018

    Tina Shelton
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The Class of 2018 is captured in one of the most joyful events sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), the White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony marks the entry of the students into medical school at the University of Hawai`i. Each incoming student is “cloaked” with the waist-length white coat which identifies […]
  • VIDEO: A White Coat Moment Class of 2018

    Tina Shelton
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Selected from 2,225 applicants, the 66 members of the MD Class of 2018 at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) were welcomed during a “White Coat Ceremony” on Friday, July 18 at the Roosevelt High School George Carter Auditorium. See the first of our videos, a quick introduction of the class, embedded above […]
  • A MESSAGE for the MD Class of 2018 from JABSOM’s MD Residents

    Amanda Shell
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Residents (MDs training in specialties at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in partnership with Hawai`i medical centers) have a special shout-out for the MD students who have just joined the University of Hawai`i medical school. See the video directly on Vimeo at RESIDENTS.
  • First Day of School for NEWEST MD Class!

    Jeremy Nitta
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Monday, July 14 was the first day of school for the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s newest class of MDs: the Class of 2018! A few of the new students stopped by to chat, and introduce themselves, and give shout-outs to their loved ones. The class includes students from all across America, and even […]
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  • VIDEO: Bastille Day Gala at Halekulani

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    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    VIDEO: Bastille Day Gala at Halekulani HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com HILuxury magazine and L’Alliance Francaise of Hawaii hosted a French-themed toast to Bastille Day at the Halekulani on Sunday. Guests were treated to a Parisian affair with food by Halekulani executive chef Vikram Garg and entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band, French vocalist Mimi Hafele and DJ CIA. The post VIDEO: Bastille Day Gala at Halekulani appeared first on Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife - Honolulu Pulse.
  • Additional Jack Johnson tickets on sale

    Jason Genegabus
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Additional Jack Johnson tickets on sale Hawaii residents will get another shot at tickets to Jack Johnson's previously sold-out concerts on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at the Waikiki Shell. The post Additional Jack Johnson tickets on sale appeared first on Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife - Honolulu Pulse.
  • Island Mele: ‘Lava in Their Soul’

    Jason Genegabus
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Island Mele: ‘Lava in Their Soul’ Chucky Souza sings mele kue (songs of resistance), plus a hapa-haole tune and a few love songs on "Lava in Their Soul." The post Island Mele: ‘Lava in Their Soul’ appeared first on Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife - Honolulu Pulse.
  • Take a Bite: On the table at Dîner en Blanc

    Nadine Kam
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Take a Bite: On the table at Dîner en Blanc More than 700 people attended the first Dîner en Blanc popup dinner in Honolulu last weekend, staged at a secret location that turned out to be 'Iolani Palace. The post Take a Bite: On the table at Dîner en Blanc appeared first on Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife - Honolulu Pulse.
  • Fashion Tribe: White haute Diner en Blanc

    Nadine Kam
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Fashion Tribe: White haute Diner en Blanc The first-ever Diner en Blanc in Honolulu was as much a fashion moment as a foodie one. The post Fashion Tribe: White haute Diner en Blanc appeared first on Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events - Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife - Honolulu Pulse.
 
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    Frolic Hawaii

  • Exploring the new Montage Kapalua

    Melissa Chang
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    If you’re on Instagram and follow people on Maui, you’ve probably seen a lot of posts from them of the new Montage at Kapalua Bay. The resort brand is well-known on the mainland, one that offers hotel stays as well as residential ownership opportunities — the rooms are all equipped with the comforts of home, with kitchens (some very deluxe), washer/dryers, and lanais of varying sizes. Locals consider the Montage to be a luxury resort — which it is — but mistakenly think it’s too unaffordable. We were actually (pleasantly) surprised to find out that they are having a…
  • Our Top 5: Bakeries I’m obsessed with

    Catherine E. Toth
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Dessert is never an afterthought for me. If it’s not part of every meal, it could qualify as its own. I’ll seek out bakeries every change I get, whether I’m in Amsterdam or ‘Aiea. And every bakery has something special to offer, a reason for me to come back again and again. While I love the glazed donuts from Kamehameha Bakery, the chocolate custard pie from Sunny Side in Wahiawa, the malasadas from Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, and the Cocoa Puffs from Liliha Bakery, there are smaller, lesser-known spots where I get my dessert fix. Here are the Top 5 bakeries I’m obsessed with…
  • The night Gecko Books bought out “Batman”

    Brian Watanabe
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    There’s a black and white photo hanging near the doorway in Gecko Books. It’s of a crowd in front of the Waikiki 3. “Batman” is on the marquee. It looks timeless, which seems antithetical for the ’80s. I always wondered what the story behind that photo was. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Tomorrow has been officially named “Batman Day” by DC Comics to celebrate 75 years of the Dark Knight. Consolidated Theatres will be joining in the celebration with a screening of the Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson classic, “Batman,” for its monthly Hana Hou Picture Show.
  • Battling the Jellyfish influx

    Olena Heu
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Photo Credit: Andre Seale It’s that shriek and that cry that resonates along the beach. A child screaming in the distance while holding his leg or arm in pain… And we know “jellyfish got um.” Time and time again box jellyfish have been known to cause a lot of pain, redness, soreness and sometimes send people to go to the hospital if the sting is severe enough. I wanted to get to the bottom of why and when these stingers are in the water and how come they follow a certain schedule. Did you know their activity is based on the moon? These are questions I had for one of…
  • Who’s coming: Eat the Street Spicy

    Frolic Hawaii
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Time to get your spice on. Friday’s Eat the Street will be hot affair with everything from a fried spicy lemon grass pork musubi to strawberry habernero gelato on the menu. See you there. Same place and time. When: Friday, July 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row) Admission: Free Parking: On-site and street parking Here’s the lineup and menus. More menus to be added as received.     All Kine Grindz Contact: 808-368-4799; habilitat.com/all-kine-grindz.html; All Kine Grindz on Facebook On the menu:…
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    The Cat Dish

  • #LovingNow: Nene Goose Bakery in Kailua

    Catherine Toth
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The other day I had to pick up my dogs at Nalowinds Boarding Kennels in Waimānalo. It was early in the morning — well before 7 a.m. — and I needed to pick up something to give the Duartes, who had watched my dogs that weekend. I was already on the Pali Highway, halfway to Waimānalo, and I couldn’t think of a quick place to grab something small, like a box of donuts or a custard pie. I went down my mental list of bakeries on O‘ahu’s windward side: Deluxe Pastry Shop with its cream-filled long johns, Kaneohe Bakery next door with its custard pie, Agnes’ Portuguese…
  • A ‘Top Chef’ and a top chef cook tonight

    Catherine Toth
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Colin Hazama and Louis Maldonado met at the California Culinary Academy, lived as roommates, and went their separate ways — Hazama back to O‘ahu and Maldonado stayed in California. Hazama, who’s now the senior executive sous chef at the Sheraton Waikīkī, worked at such top restaurants as Alan Wong’s and Roy’s Restaurant and was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards “Rising Star Chef of the Year. Maldonado earned a name for himself at Spoonbar, elevating it to three-star status from the San Francisco Chronicle. He catapulted into…
  • #Done: Pop-up brunch with Anthony Yang

    Catherine Toth
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In case you missed it — and you really shouldn’t have — Anthony Yang was in town this weekend and hosted one of his cult-popular pop-up brunches in Mānoa. Just about every food-obsessed person I know — including Honolulu Magazine food editor Martha Cheng, Frolic‘s foodies Melissa Chang and Grant Shindo, Henry Adaniya of Hank’s Haute Dogs, Hawaii Luxury Magazine‘s Sarah Honda, Good To Grill‘s Jason Kim, Roy’s Restaurant‘s Robbyn Shim — was there, ready to sample some of Yang’s creative brunch dishes. Yang, who sharpened his culinary…
  • 5Qs with SF’s Anthony Yang

    Catherine Toth
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Brunch and pop-ups. Talk about the two culinary buzz words of this century. Add “San Francisco-based chef” to the entire phrase and you’ve got the morning event of the year, happening this weekend. San Francisco-based chef Anthony Yang, formerly of Per Se and Michael Mina, will headline “Ante Meridian” on Oahu this weekend, presenting a four-course prixe fixe brunch menu highlighting a mix of seasonal local ingredients and San Francisco flair. Here’s a peek at the menu: Kona coffee-flavored granola on local organic yogurt with taro-date jam, macadamia nut…
  • I do everything #LikeAGirl

    Catherine Toth
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Since when did being a girl become an insult? It’s the question at the center of a new ad campaign by Always — yes, the maker of maxi pads — to empower women and think differently about the way we view ourselves. Here’s the ad. Then meet the director. I’ve watched it several times — tearing up #LikeAGirl every time. See, I can totally relate. I grew up playing basketball with my guy friends, never aware that these was a gender difference. I could shoot three-pointers, I could nail hook shots, and I could box out like the best of them. But as I got older, I began to…
 
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • Learning The Ropes of Polynesian Voyaging in the Hawaiian Islands

    RPang
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hokulea, Hawaii’s traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe, has set sail on a three year worldwide expedition covering 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries. Crew members, continuing their ancestor’s voyaging traditions, will only use the stars, waves, wind, and birds for assistance to map their way on this incredible journey. For more information on the [...]
  • Helicopter Tours of Maui and Molokai

    RPang
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    -by Jennifer Miner Helicopter tours of Maui and Molokai provide an amazing (and, well, easy) way to see parts of Hawaii you’d never see on foot. Yes, Hawaiian vacations should always include at least one hike; after all, Hawaii is unlike any other part of our country in the most dramatic geographical ways, looking much more [...]
  • Toddlers and Oahu

    RPang
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    -by Mhairri Woodhall My daughter’s excited squeals snap me out of a sun-drenched daze. She’s been running around the Keiki Cove splash zone for 45-minutes. Her unbridled enthusiasm and bold moves (staring directly into the jets until water shoots her in the face) have now drawn a crowd of onlookers. When new kids dare to [...]
  • 7 Reasons Why Hiking In Hawaii is Awesome

    RPang
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    -by Coty Gonzales If you enjoy the outdoors, then Hawaii is an exceptional place to live. Many say that Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches and best waves in the world. However, if you look mauka, or towards the mountains, you’ll also notice her beautiful valleys and ridges. Comprised of volcanic rock, Hawaii’s [...]
  • Growing Cacao in Hawaii

    RPang
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    Did you know that Hawaii is the only place in the United States with a commercial cacao production? In the below post, chocolate lover Doreen Pendgracs shares what she learned while visiting cocoa farms and plantations around Oahu. Growing cocoa on American soil Usually, the growing of cacao (cocoa) has been limited to a belt [...]
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    Hawaii Blog

  • Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

    Ryan Ozawa
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    The Maui-based technology fund mbloom, cofounded by local entrepreneur Arben Kryeziu and California-based Nick Bicanic, today announced its first two investments: $350,000 each in Flikdate, a real-time video dating service, and Ozolio, a live HD webcam hosting service. The mbloom team definitely knows the companies they’re investing in well: Bicanic is the founder and CEO of Flikdate, and Kryeziu is the startup’s CTO. As for Ozolio? It was founded by Kryeziu as a “pet project.” The fact that mbloom’s first investments were in companies founded by the…
  • New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

    Ryan Ozawa
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, and while it’s only a few blocks west of downtown Honolulu, it’s a comparative wasteland when it comes to food options. One can live on Costco hotdogs and pizza for only so long. Fortunately, a celebrated local eatery has finally opened its second location on Nimitz Highway, in the old Sam Choy’s space across from City Mill. Liliha Bakery has been a Kalihi institution since 1950. Peter Kim bought it in 2008 with plans to expand statewide. And while that expansion has been a long time coming — this Iwilei location has been in the works…
  • Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The title of the research paper is certainly scholarly. In “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” the results of a “massive experiment on Facebook” were published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. They showed that moods can spread on the network like a disease by exposing some users to more positive news stories than usual, and others to more negative stories. “For people who had positive content reduced in their News Feed, a larger percentage of words in people’s status updates were…
  • New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:48 am
    In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help voters understand who is funding political campaigns, and where the money is going. Last night at The Box Jelly, an advocates’ workshop drew community leaders, activists, and even a political candidate or two. The event was organized by Common Cause Hawaii,…
  • Q&A: Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday

    Ryan Ozawa
    13 May 2014 | 6:58 pm
    This Saturday, the Eisa Drum Festival returns for its fourth year. The celebration of Okinawan music, dance and culture has grown larger and more diverse since 2010, and I wanted to get a behind-the-scenes view of its evolution. Lead organizer Shari Tamashiro is a friend as well as the “cybrarian” at Kapiolani Community College, which is hosting the festival, and she was gracious enough to participate in an email interview. Q&A with Shari Tamashiro Q. How much larger or different is this fourth event compared to the first? In terms of audience, it has been growing in size…
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    Star-Advertiser headlines

  • 7 Democrats debate congressional issues in televised forum

    Stirling Morita
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    City Councilman Ikaika Anderson stood out Wednesday as the only Democratic 1st Congressional District candidate to still fully support the U.S. Department of Interior's continuing to look at re-establishing a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians.
  • Alert officer stops man from taking copper from Nanakuli roof

    Stirling Morita
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    An alert police officer stopped a 33-year-old homeless man from steal copper from the roof of a public restroom in Nanakuli.
  • Couple detains female burglar in Waikiki home

    Stirling Morita
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A couple caught a 40-year-old woman who allegedly burglarized their Waikiki home Wednesday night.
  • Philippines deports Australian Islamic preacher

    Radley Kanda
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    Philippine authorities said Thursday they deported an Australian Islamic preacher suspected of links to terrorists based on YouTube videos allegedly showing him advocating jihad and urging local Muslims to support militants in the Middle East.
  • Teen pilot, attempting record, crashes in Pacific

    Craig Gima
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
 
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    Leslie Wilcox Blogs

  • Inspiration for Late Bloomers: Robert Iopa

    lwilcox
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I've heard from several parents of late bloomers who want their kids to see this week's Long Story Short with Hilo native and successful architect Robert Iopa. Back in high school, Robert and his buddy Billy Kenoi (later to become Big Island Mayor) were not marked for success. They graduated only by the skin of their teeth and, let's just say, they were not being wooed by colleges for their academics.    On Long Story Short, Robert recalls his grandmother’s dismay at his “D” grade average at Waiakea High School. “I mean, she literally…
  • Makapuu's Locks of Love

    lwilcox
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    A group of us walked almost a mile up the mountain at Makapuu, where you can look down at Makapuu Lighthouse and get a good look at the small isles off the coast. I was expecting the gorgeous scenery, which didn't disappoint. But somehow I'd never heard about all of the locks... I've heard of this locks phenomenon in other places, such as a bridge in Prague, Seoul Tower, and Tokyo Tower. The locks are meant to symbolize enduring love, held securely in place. The Makapuu tradition continues in 2014, with more custom-engraved locks.
  • Election Forum: Two State Rep. Races

    lwilcox
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    PBS Hawaii's election forums continue, every Thursday night, throughout this political season. Here's what's on tap tomorrow night: INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII (Thurs., July 24, 2014, 8:00 pm) takes a look at two Oahu district races in Central and West Oahu.  In the first half of the hour, two of the three Democratic Candidates for State House District 33 (Aiea), Tracy Arakaki and Arnold Wong, will share their views on why they should advance to the November General Election. A third candidate, Sam Kong, told us he is too busy with work to appear on Insights. This seat is…
  • Lily Allen is Back at the Mic

    lwilcox
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    She's b-a-a-a-ck.... London pop artist Lily Allen performs on LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (Sat., July 19, 2014, 10:00 pm). After going on hiatus to focus on starting a family, Allen returned in 2014 with the release of her third album, Sheezus.       Related StoriesViewer's Mahalo to Bruddah SamTomorrow: Michael Titterton and Me 
  • Crazy Quilt of Time Zones

    lwilcox
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    It's a crazy quilt of time zones when there's a conference call of the Board of Directors of the organization Pacific Islanders in Communications, on which I serve. We have members living all the way from the East Coast of the U.S continent to the West Coast to Samoa to Guam.   For Hawaii directors like me, the meeting starts at 11 a.m. But our Guam director must be up and at 'em early...for him, the meeting starts at 7 am on the next day (across the International Date Line). In Samoa, it's at 10 am, also on the next date. In California,…
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Ambassadors of the Environment naturalist Chelsea Trimper describes the finer points of building a driftwood shelter to her attentive “Survivor” activity pupils. Photo by Dawn Sakamoto.It’s Friday morning and I’m boning up on my knowledge of Hawaii reef fish and coral I hope to encounter in Kapalua Bay. Libby Erickson, a naturalist with kids’ eco-adventure program Ambassadors of the Environment, i...
  • Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest.

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest. Halemaumau crater evening glow at Kilauea volcano's summit, Kau, Hawaii Island; Finalist, Outdoors Category, 15th annual contest. Photo by Miles Morgan. Got some gorgeous photos from your last Hawaii vacation? Open up your photo albums—digital or otherwise—and send us your favorites … within the next 18 days.Why? Glad you asked.Your Hawaii photos just might win you a return vacation to th...
  • 44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday Keiki performers at Ukulele Festival. Photo: Ukulele Festival HawaiiIf you’ve been bitten by the ukulele bug (it could happen–“ukulele” is Hawaiian for “jumping flea”) and are itching for some live ukulele music, you won’t want to miss the 44th Annual Ukulele Festival, happening this Sunday (July 20) on Oahu.Thousands of ukulele fans (and players) flock to Honolulu every...
  • 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week Photo: Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula CompetitionHaunting chants that evoke images of Hawaii. The rhythmic strumming of an ukulele leading the instrumentation of a contemporary Hawaiian tune. And the practiced motion of tiny hands and feet dancing along.This weekend, watch 400 keiki (kids) showcase their hula skills in the 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu. The competition w...
  • New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups Hawaiian Monk Seal. Photo: The Marine Mammal Center/Michelle BarbieriFor four young Hawaiian monk seals, life is looking up.Researchers from The Marine Mammal Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rescued four Hawaiian monk seal pups on July 9th, during a 26-day research mission in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The young monk seals were malnourished and, scientists say, likely to die without ...
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: On Pre-Emption

    Joan Conrow
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren wanted to hear attorneys argue the issue of pre-emption today as multinational ag/chem companies sought to strike down key provisions in Kauai's new GMO/pesticide regulatory bill.Pre-emption is the primary issue, as the judge's ruling will determine whether the counties even have the power to make such a law. If they don't, the law is dead and efforts to regulate GMOs on a local level will have been dealt a severe setback. The case has drawn considerable attention due to its state and national implications.Former state Attorney General Margery Bronster,…
  • Musings: If Only

    Joan Conrow
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Hanalei River boatyard owner Mike Sheehan apparently follows the adage “revenge is a dish best served cold.” Though it's been 16 years since Mina Morita helped get the tour boats out of the river, for Sheehan, it's payback time.By all accounts, Sheehan was the one who turned her in for operating unpermitted vacation rentals further up the river — an action that ended with Mina and her husband, Lance Laney, being ordered to pay $31,000 in fines and dismantle two structures.Now Sheehan's suing the couple andKauai County, claiming they polluted the river and altered its flow, then…
  • Musings: Money Pits

    Joan Conrow
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    There's nothing so exquisite as the smell of hot sun on evergreens — except, perhaps, a sub-alpine meadow sprinkled with dozens of native wildflowers, all blooming their little hearts out in a riot of pollinator diversity.It's one of those natural wonders that money can't buy — nor replace once it's gone, which makes it all the more precious, wherever it's found.Money is certainly at the core of the GMO controversy on Kauai. The seed/chem companies want to make it, which is why they're busy experimenting, planting and shipping out their creations. The Realtors and land developers want to…
  • Musings: Rich Ironies

    Joan Conrow
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    There's so much rich irony in the lawsuit that Kawailoa Development — owner of the Grand Hyatt and Poipu Bay Golf Course — has filed against Hawaii Dairy Farms.There's the irony of a 600-room luxury hotel and 18-hole golf course — a resort property that has its own tremendous environmental impacts — positioning itself in the role of environmental protector.There's the irony of a resort that pollutes in so many ways — catering to a steady stream of visitors arriving by carbon-producing aircraft, consuming immense amounts of energy and fresh water, generating mountains of trash,…
  • Musings: Proactive Preservation of Iwi Kupuna

    Joan Conrow
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    No issue, aside from the related one of independence, has created as much painful turmoil as the treatment of Hawaiian burials, na iwa kupuna.Ancient burials have been repeatedly disturbed during construction, often leading to emotional confrontations on how they should be handled. On Kauai, we saw that play out in a big way at Naue, where Joe Brescia was allowed to build his home directly atop burials.At the time, Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe, who adjudicated much of the surrounding litigation, suggested those who sought greater protection for burials seek a legislative solution: “The…
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    The Maui News

  • Lanai health center facility moving in 'right direction'

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The release of $500,000 by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday and the anticipated release of another $1.
  • VIDEO: MMA 'No Ka Oi' event

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Video clips of the recent Maui Fighting Championships IV, "No Ka Oi" mixed martial arts event held at Lahaina Civic Center on July 12, 2014. Produced by Chris Sugidono.
  • Arizona woman, 42, dies of spinal cord injury

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A 42-year-old Arizona woman died Saturday at Maui Memorial Medical Center after firefighters and paramedics pulled her from the ocean fronting the Makena Surf Resort nearly a week earlier, police said. Wendi Van Briesen of Chandless, Ariz.
  • North Kihei housing project gains initial OK

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WAILUKU - Alexander & Baldwin's 600-unit housing project in north Kihei, targeted to working families, received initial approval for community plan amendments and zoning changes from the Maui County Council on Tuesday.
  • Sign guidelines workshop topic

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A workshop on proposed revisions to the Lahaina sign design guidelines will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria.
 
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Astrological Forecast — Pre-Election Summer 2014

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    By Norma Jean Ream The peak of summer is the time for many aspects of life to be highly illuminated. Symbolic of the Sun’s reaching its highest declination in the Northern hemisphere the world comes to a place of enhanced visibility on many important topics. In the month of July, 2014, several important astrological changes occur that will give a noticeable shift to some ongoing themes. The longest astrological dynamic in operation since August 2010 has been the pulsing contacts of planets associated with revolution and uprising and with the overarching power structures stirring in the…
  • County Council District 1 Questionnaire: Larry Gering

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you think are the most important issues for your district, and what would you do about them? Voter apathy has got to be right at the top. As important as these issues are, why aren’t these people turning out? One o the biggest problems n the district. I inadvertently erased the 1st question and answer…but part of the answer would be:Kam Schools is part of the problem with the beach access. They control a lot of that land. They’re not above the law—they can get out of the way or we can take them to court…the landowners, including Kam Schools, need Hawaii far more than…
  • County Council District 2 Questionnaire: Margarita “Dayday” Hopkins

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you think are the most important issues for your district, and what would you do about them? Hawaii County’s economy, including in District 2, is still struggling. Well–?paying jobs for our current residents are scarce. Our children and grandchildren, even those with college degrees, have very little opportunity to stay on our island. Brilliant minds that could contribute to creating a vibrant economy are forced to leave rupturing the ties that bind our extended families together. This is the sad reality even though our island is endowed with numerous unique resources. Jobs…
  • County Council District 2 Election Questionnaire: Kerri Petersen Marks

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you think are the most important issues for the Island of Hawaii and what would you do about them? It is my goal to bring a new level of transparency, accountability, and action to the County Council while improving the level of services to the people of District 2. We need to make our government more accessible by improving communication and access to records. The County’s communication tools need to be updated, expanded upon, and made more user friendly for both staff and the public. Some are simple fixes, like updating the County website to include all public testimony sites…
  • County Council District 5 Election Questionnaire: Frannie Pueo

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    What do you think are the most important issues for your district, and what would you do about them? ? Protection of Puna’s precious natural resources: people, land, water, air ? Conscious, controlled development creating green jobs and businesses ? Non-GMO agriculture and safe food laws ? Alternative, safe, renewable, cheap energy ? Priority community services, recreational areas ? Planned infrastructure and roads What do you think are the most important issues for the Island of Hawaii and what would you do about them? Same for both. If not covered above, what are your views on: Energy 1.
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 308: Schmidt Ocean Institute & Falkor – July 23, 2014

    Burt Lum
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    Joining us today is Shay Chan Hodges from Maui to tell us about her new book Lean On and Lead. Then we’ll talk to Tony Marzi from Hawaii Tech Works to tell us about the upcoming Tech Tuesday event. Finally, we’ve invited researchers Dr. Erica Goetze and Chantel Chang from UH SOEST and Carlie Wiener from the Schmidt Ocean Institute to tell us about some of the work being done on the R/V Falkor at Station Aloha. Additional Links Hawaii Space Exploration and Simulation Wave Energy Test Site Mbloom Townhall Meeting Goetze Lab Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 307: Update Energy Excelerator – July 16, 2014

    Burt Lum
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Joining us today is Marco Morowec from Learn2Code to tell us about an event concept planned for Hawaii. Then we have Chris Brammer from the Hawaii Conservation Alliance to tell us about a public event happening tonight at the Conservation Conference. Finally, we’ll get an inside look at the Energy Excelerator and find out about their latest co-horts and plans for the future. We talk with Scott Cooney from Pono Home and Lauren Tonokawa from the Energy Excelerator. Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 306: Crowdsourcing the fight against Invasive Plants – July 9, 2014

    Burt Lum
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:26 am
    Joining us today is William Hozey to tell us about the International VEX Robotics Summer Games. Then we have Lihla Noori from the Hawaii Conservation Alliance to tell us about the Conservation Conference called “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands”. Finally, we’ll find out how the Nature Conservancy leverages the crowd and technology to find invasive species in a program called the Hawaii Challenge. Additional Links Whales revealed as marine ecosystem engineers Scientists use drones to survey Northwestern Hawaiian Islands wildlife Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 305: Proximity Apps – July 2, 2014

    Burt Lum
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Joining us today is Dean Levitt from Mad Mimi to tell us what’s new with contact management. Then we have Darrell Kim from Pacific New Media to tell us about his upcoming class on WordPress. Finally, we’ll talk to local startup graduates from Blue Startups, Cultur app and Happy Hour Pal about Bluetooth Low Energy and proximity services. Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 304: Open Source for Business – June 25, 2014

    Burt Lum
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:57 am
    First we’ll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Georja Skinner from DBEDT to tell us about HVCA’s panel called Getting to Know the “Creatives”. Then we have James Cave from the Offsetter to talk about the Top 8 project. Finally, we’ll talk to Matt Bickel from BITHawaii and Hoala Greevy from Pau Box about using open source applications in business. Additional links Loihi Seamount – Iron Oxidizing Bacteria Focus of Ocean Expedition HTDC – Innovate Hawaii Google I/O Apache OpenOffice Firefox Clamwin…
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - TechHui

  • Battling Click-Bait and Sustaining the "Hill of Wow"

    Tzyh Ng
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Revulsion of click-bait content has recently boiled over again, accompanied by some fascinating analysis about how higher quality, more meaningful content is so much better at engaging readers for longer amounts of time and the tantalizing thought that ““you’d probably do better sitting on the right hand hill”... people who are focussed on building around this second hill are going to end up with stronger businesses." (See chart) This discussion, sparked by Betaworks CEO John Borthwick, has attracted a healthy amount of attention and discussion. I suspect a big part of why this…
  • Observing Tech in Japan

    Douglas Ching
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Recently I visited Japan.  The last time I visited was in 2010.  Japan has always been known for it’s electronics and technology so I was looking forward to seeing how it’s changed in four years and how it differs from the U.S.  These are just my personal observations so they may not be indicative of actual trends or market share figures. Shopping: Akihabara has always been known as the place in Japan to go if you want to see a lot of gadgets and electronics. That hasn’t changed, but I noticed that places like Shibuya, Shinjuku and other larger districts are also good places to see…
  • Tips on Using Social Media to Increase your Online Sales

    Eva Colnett
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Online businesses use various online marketing platforms to spread the word about their business. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Email Marketing, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaigns, online advertorials, and social media marketing are some of the domains which provide ample opportunities for online marketers to promote their business. SEO Toronto firm helps in increasing your online business sales through social media. Over the past few years, especially after mobile internet has become ubiquitous, social media websites have been able to catch the attention of the public. Businesses have been…
  • What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

    Augusto Callejas
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:30 pm
    What does Hawaii's tech community think of Marc Andreessen's thoughts on building other Silicon Valleys: What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural
  • Unit-Testing T-SQL Projects

    David Chung
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Recently, I've been tasked with maintaining software that is driven by T-SQL. Unfortunately, these applications did not have sufficient documentation describing what the software does and what its expected behaviors are. Thus, I was thinking of a low-cost and simple way of introducing unit-testing so that I can have a better understanding of what's going on in the software and to provide a means of stating my assumptions on what the expected behaviors are. In this post, I describe in further detail my motivation for introducing unit-testing to T-SQL projects. Then I briefly describe my…
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  • Hawaii on the Hill ends with Taste of Hawaii Event

    Braelyn Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Hawaii on the Hill, which showcased 48 local organizations' products, services and missions to congressional members and staff in Washington, D.C., concluded Wednesday night with a "Taste of Hawaii" exhibition, an invitation-only "open house" event at the Russell Senate Office Building. The Hawaii participants ranged from companies such as Tiki Shark Art based on the Big Island and Haute Confectionary Boutique based on Oahu, to associations such as the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association. The…
  • Allstate Insurance Co. to add new agencies, sales agents in Hawaii, Northwest

    Jason Ubay
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Allstate Insurance Co. said Wednesday that it is hiring 166 new agents for its Northwest region, which includes Hawaii. Allstate said it will hire 51 new agency owners, 13 financial specialists and 102 licensed sales professionals in Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington this year. Candidates for Allstate agency ownership need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency, which covers the expected operating costs. The time between initial interest and opening the agency…
  • Hawaii's current energy scene now a symphony, official says

    Duane Shimogawa
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Kyle Datta, founding partner of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Honolulu-based Ulupono Initiative — which is investing big dollars in local food production, renewable energy and systems to reduce waste — likens stakeholders taking part in Hawaii's current energy industry to music. “All of us like music and for a long time, the energy system has been a simple string quartet,” said Kyle Datta, founding partner of Ulupono Initiative, who was one of the speakers at Wednesday’s 6th Annual Hawaii…
  • Employers compete for applicants at Retail Merchants of Hawaii job fair

    Bill Cresenzo
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Retail Merchants of Hawaii held its first job fair Wednesday at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu for retailers who have had difficulty finding the right people, and the number of job-seekers was outnumbered by more than three-to-one by the positions that were available as 50 retailers sought to fill 1,000 jobs. Sheri Sakamoto, president of Retail Merchants Hawaii, and others say that the biggest problem retailers are facing right in this economy is finding the right people to hire. As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday,…
  • Owners selling their popular Honolulu Thai restaurant

    Duane Shimogawa
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The owners of the popular Kaew’s Thai Villa Bar & Restaurant in Honolulu are looking to sell their three-year-old establishment. Anuttsara Smith, better known as Kaew, decided to sell the Liliha restaurant after her husband, Chris Halsema, who helped her run the business, moved to California to take a job at the Stanford University Medical Center. Halsema told PBN that while his wife is very disappointed, it is just too much for her to run the restaurant by herself. Eventually, Chef Kaew will…
 
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  • Representative Rida Cabanilla Urges Governor to Implement Statewide 'Return to Home' Program

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Representative Rida Cabanilla (Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, West Loch) urged Governor Neil Abercrombie to implement the ‘Return to Home’ program created to reduce homelessness in Hawaii. SB515 (2013), signed into law as Act 222 (SLH 2013) by Governor Abercrombie in June 2013, created and appropriated $100,000 for a three-year ‘Return to Home’ pilot program, an initiative
  • Tourism Chair Tom Brower to Introduce Legislation Banning Aerial Advertisement

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Representative Tom Brower (Waikiki, Ala Moana) announced plans to introduce legislation banning aerial advertisement in the state of Hawaii. The proposed legislation will seek to clarify the ambiguities and jurisdiction of aerial advertising written in federal, state, and city law. The measure will specifically make it illegal for a pilot to fly a plane out of a state airport for the
  • Tanning Beds for Minors Ban Signed Into Law

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
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  • Juvenile Life Sentences Without Parole Abolished

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Hawaii has taken a step towards recognizing that juveniles are constitutionally different from adults and that these differences should be taken into account when children are sentenced for adult crimes. Signed into law today by Governor Neil Abercrombie, HB2116 eliminates the sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders. “Hawaii is one of a
  • Long Time Kahaluu Resident George Okuda Sworn into Office

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:56 pm
    George Okuda was officially sworn in today as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives by Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. Okuda was appointed by Governor Abercrombie to represent House District 48 (Kaneohe, Heeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluu, Haiku Valley, Mokuoole) previously held by Representative Jessica Wooley who was appointed Director of the Department of Health's Office of
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  • Voted for the 2014 Elections

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I just voted today 7/22/2014 for the 2014 elections through my permanent absentee ballot about 10:30 A.M.
  • Preparing Cases for Monday 2/21/2014 and Tuesday 2/22/2014

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    It’s 2:19 A.M. in the morning of Sunday, July 20, 2014. I’ve been working at my office at the Department of the Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney since 8:00 P.M., Saturday, July 19, 2014. I was able to finish my criminal misdemeanor court morning and afternoon calendars for Monday 7/21/14 and also my morning criminal misdemeanor calendar for Tuesday 7/22/14.
  • 7/18/2014

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    On Friday evening, July 18, 2014, G and I spent time with Nina Furukawa, Erika Kimura, and their friends at Buho Cocina Y Cantina in Waikiki. Through Nina we met with 97.1 FM J-Pop Radio DJ Chikapin. There was also a news anchor from Fuji Television, Japan with us. After Nina, Erika, Chikapin, and I sang at GS Studio in Waikiki.
  • 589 Convictions

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    I got 12 convictions through pleas from 6 Honolulu criminal misdemeanor calendars on 7/14/2014, 7/16/2014, & 7/18/2014.  I now have a total of 589 convictions (20 convictions from trials & 569 convictions from pleas).
  • Jodo Shu Hawaii Otoba Set-up

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    This morning of 7/13/2014 from 8 A.M. to 11A.M. we set up the otoba in preparation of Jodo Shu Hawaii’s upcoming Obon services where members pray to their loved ones/ancestors who passed away. After the set-up, we had lunch. At 11:45 A.M. I chaired the board of directors meeting. In the late afternoon to evening I spent time with my family.
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  • What One Thing, Changes Everything?

    Mike Hu
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    What is the condition and conditioning fundamentally all about?It is to refine and enhance one's ability to change -- as a response to any challenge one faces in life -- giving them greater survival value.  That is the big picture -- before one gets lost in all the minutia that doesn't mean much of anything.  It's not about the trophies won, highest achievement or greatest risk undertaken -- but capacity to handle most of the circumstances one will encounter in living their own unique lives.  If one can do that, than the results speak for themselves -- but if one is always…
  • The Minimum and the Maximum

    Mike Hu
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The first thing one should consider in designing a personal movement strategy (conditioning), is to establish the parameters of the minimum and the maximum -- and not just fixate on the maximum one hopes becomes the minimum.  The minimum has to be just that -- the absolute minimum one can do at any time, in any condition -- and not only once, when they are at the top of their game in peak condition, or they're discouraged and depressed because they know they cannot do it -- and so never try again.  They don't want to embarrass themselves -- in coming to the realization that…
  • The Great Divide

    Mike Hu
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    People can most meaningfully be divided into two categories -- but not the ones most often talked about -- black or white, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, Republicans or Democrats, etc.  The major difference, is simply whether one is fully healthy and thus functioning on their highest level, or whether there is some factor in their lives that prevent this -- whether they are black or white, rich or poor, etc.  If they are healthy and functioning at their highest level -- then there are no excuses for their failures, or the undeserved success of others, and thus the…
  • Exercising Intelligence

    Mike Hu
    20 May 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I saw two two very thought-provoking videos on YouTube recently:  The first was a TED talk, in which the expert on aging, defined aging as the "accumulation of damage by the body" -- while suggesting there was a way (yet to be discovered).  That sounds a lot like the age-old wisdom of karma -- by which all one has done and will do in life -- determines one's experience of life.  That is to say, that  life is not random, but there is a reason why things happen -- and if one does not see that yet, one needs to look beyond one's habitual thought processes -- which…
  • Conditioning for these Times

    Mike Hu
    7 May 2014 | 1:50 pm
      A lot of well-meaning but not very thoughtful people, think the meaning and purpose of our existence, is to prepare and condition ourselves to live in another era, under totally different circumstances and conditions -- rather than meeting the challenges of our very specific own times.  So naturally, their ideal, is to prepare one to live a caveman's (or kingly) existence -- of perpetual struggle and conquest, in a very short and brutal life.Hopefully, that is not the reality which most people have to face daily -- especially in the most prosperous society and culture of these…
 
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • The Obvious Truth About Aging

    Mike Hu
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:27 pm
    People in decline are most obvious -- at the extremities of the head, hands and feet -- not only because they are the most visible, but also because they are the sites that will first suffer from a decreasing effectiveness of circulation resulting in impaired health and functioning.  That is so obvious as to be a self-definition of what aging is about -- the loss of full and effective functioning in those organs that most uniquely and distinctly differentiate individuals in their proficiencies -- most meaningfully.  Therefore, to place them in primary importance as an exercise…
  • Don't Make of Time An Enemy

    Mike Hu
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    A large part of our social conditioning, is the making of time into an enemy -- and never a friend and ally.  If we've learned anything over the course of human history, it is that time always wins -- but there is no reason that one has to be on the other side.  Time is not the enemy unless one insists on making it so -- and most people do, despite knowing that time will always win.There's really no real reason why one has to run a mile in less than 5 minutes, or lift a heavy weight all at once.  Most often, it is enough that one just gets there -- on their own power, on…
  • Why Not Move (Exercise) Everyday?

    Mike Hu
    12 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Would there ever be a day -- or some day(s) -- when one would not (want to) move at all?  And if one does move, wouldn't they want to move as best they can -- just as they would if they were an athlete or performer?  When would one not want to be at their best -- doing the everyday things of one's life.  That becomes the baseline quality of their life -- and not doing things badly, thoughtlessly, or not at all.  That is the improper conditioning one wishes to rectify -- every day of their lives, which becomes who they are. That is their conditioning -- the way they…
  • Why "Regular" Exercise Doesn't Work -- And What Does

    Mike Hu
    28 May 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Even if one can still walk on one's hands for a hundred yards -- or run a (half-)marathon at ninety -- or eighty, or seventy, or sixty, etc. -- most will observe that that's pretty good for a person "so old," because they are more impressed that a person in that condition can do anything at all, rather than that that is what the person looks like they can do,  and so there is no need to prove it.Thus most of the fighting and competing takes place among the juveniles -- uncertain of their place and rank in their society -- rather than by the seldom challenged dominant leader in every…
  • Do We Have to Get Worse?

    Mike Hu
    9 May 2014 | 9:31 am
    Most will get worse with age; a rare few will get better with age.What we have to do is identify those rare few who get better -- and learn what they do, instead of just the average, or most, and exploit them -- because that is where the money is to be made.That's where all the financial advisers, health care professionals, caregivers, con artists, lawyers will undoubtedly be -- hawking their services, and doing the thinking for everybody else, ie. the media and marketers.  That's also where all the money for research is going -- to exploit that situation -- while no money is going to…
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    Hawaii Legal News

  • The Public's Right to Know (About Potential Juror Misconduct)

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Oahu Publications Inc. v. Ahn (HSC July 16, 2014)Background. Last summer, Christopher Deedy was on trial for the death of Kollin Elderts. After weeks of testimony, the case went to the jury for deliberation. The jury deliberated for several days before it became hopelessly deadlocked and the circuit court, Judge Karen Ahn, declared a mistrial. This case was covered by Oahu Publications, better known as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and KHNL/KGMB. On the fifth day of jury deliberations, Judge Ahn held five hearings that were not open to the public at the end of which, Judge Ahn sealed portions…
  • A Temper Tantrum about Going to bed Early isn't Terroristic Threatening

    19 May 2014 | 2:20 pm
    In re PP(ICA April 30, 2014)Background. A minor was charged with terroristic threatening in the second degree. HRS § 707-717(1). He was accused of threatening by words or conduct to cause bodily injury to Jeffrey Kuewa in reckless disregard of the risk of terrorizing him. At trial before the family court, Kuewa testified that he is a counselor at a youth shelter in Haleiwa. He caught the minor smoking in his room and imposed and early bed time (EBT) at 7:00 p.m. Later that day, Kuewa discovered the minor had not finished his chores, was screaming, and was in an out-of-bounds area in the…
  • Yes, Forgery Includes Using Counterfeit Cash

    5 May 2014 | 12:30 pm
    State v. Eberly(ICA March 31, 2014)Background. Bardwell Eberly, Antony Moore, and Chrisitna Whitley were originally charged with forgery in the first degree. HRS § 708-853. Specifically, they were charged with “uttering” a forged instrument “purported to be United States Currency.” Eberly pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of forgery in the third degree. Before sentencing, however, the HSC in an unrelated case affirmed Eberly’s conviction and sentence to prison. The sentence was stayed pending appeal this entire time. Now that it had come down, the trial court in this case told…
  • The DUI Exception to Miranda?

    5 May 2014 | 11:55 am
    State v. Won (ICA March 28, 2014)Background. Yong Shik Won was charged with a single count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. Won was pulled over in the middle of the night by the police and taken to the police station. Once at the station, the police read to Won a form with numbered paragraphs. Paragraph 1 read that any person operating a vehicle on the roadway “shall be deemed to have given consent to a test or tests” to determine the driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC). Paragraph 2 read that Won was “not entitled to an attorney before you submit to…
  • Specific Instances of Abuse Cannot be Charged as a Continuous Course of Conduct

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    State v. DeCoite(HSC February 28, 2014)Background. Henry DeCoite was charged with a single count of abuse of a family or household member. HRS § 709-906. The complaint stated that the offense took place “during or about the period between February 1, 2005, through June 1, 2007, inclusive, as a continuing course of conduct[.]” In response to a discovery request, the prosecution produced two instances of abuse on November 29, 2006 and on March 13, 2007. DeCoite filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the abuse statute does not allow the prosecution to charge the offense…
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  • Federal Safety Board Recommends New Regulations for Parasailing

    Mark Murakami
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Off we go, into the wild blue yonder? Parasailing: A neat experience for a vacationer or an industry in need of regulation? [Photo courtesy of wikiepedia commons]. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a report entitled Parasailing Safety today.  The NTSB issued this report in response to several accidents on parasailing vessels. Per the Executive Summary: This special investigation report examines parasailing accidents in the United States and its territories, and identifies several areas where the risk associated with parasailing may be mitigated. Each year, an estimated 3 to 5…
  • Second Circuit - U.S. Courts Can Enforce Judgments Involving Maritime Claims, Not Just Maritime Courts

    Mark Murakami
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    In a classic admiralty, multi-country, CivPro wonky fashion, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a decision analyzing the basic jurisdiction of the federal courts to enforce foreign judgments arising from admiralty cases. The case is D'amico Dry Limited v. Priemera Maritime (Hellas) Ltd., et al. and the opinion can be found here. By way of jurisdictional background, the federal courts have jurisdiction to hear admiralty cases pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1333 which provides: The district courts shall have original jurisdiction, exclusive of the courts of the States, of: (1) Any…
  • The Power of the Pen - Monuments and Sanctuaries

    Mark Murakami
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:34 pm
    The Washington Post ran an exclusive article this week reporting that President Obama is about to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument purportedly creating the world's largest marine sanctuary. Per the article:   Under the proposal, according to two independent analyses, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument would be expanded from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles — all of it adjacent to seven islands and atolls controlled by the United States. The designation would include waters up to 200 nautical miles offshore from the…
  • More Punditry on Going Down with the Ship

    Mark Murakami
    25 May 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The South Korean ferry disaster has spawned a lot of commentary on what Captains or Masters duties are with regard to sinking ships.  My own take was here.   And my take was:  you don't have to be this guy. Today, the New York Times offers its thoughts about the ethics of the situation. CNN actually has video of the Captain being rescued.   gCaptain has its post noting that maritime tradition, if not law, suggests that the Captain be the last one to leave from a sinking vessel. An American admiralty attorney conceputally outlines the issues of this situation within the backdrop of…
  • Honolulu Seeks Rehearing of Ninth Circuit's Concealed Carry Firearm Permit Decision

    Mark Murakami
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    The City and County of Honolulu just filed a Petition for Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in its defense of Honolulu's concealed carriage of firearms laws.  The case is Baker v. Kealoha and the petition can be found here.  The Ninth Circuit's panel's memorandum opinion in the case can be found here. Disclosure:  we represent amicus curiae Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in the district court and at the Ninth Circuit. In Baker, the Ninth Circuit noted its published decision in the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego, and followed…
 
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Unrelated Claims Against Architects Amount to Two Different Claims

    Tred Eyerly
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
       The Second Circuit found that two claims arising from the same project were unrelated, creating two separate payments by the insurer for the two separate claims. Dormitory Auth. of New York v. Continental Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. 12088 (2nd Cir. June 23, 2014).    In 1995, the State agency contracted with the insured architectural firm to design and oversee the construction of a new dormitory at City University of New York. Plans drawn by the architects erred in their estimate of the steel requirement. To recover losses from the resulting delay and expense, the agency sent a demand…
  • Power Point Presentation on Nautilus v. Lexington Case

    Tred Eyerly
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
         Here is our power point from today's presentation to the Hawaii State Bar Association's Litigation and Insurance Coverage Litigation sections. We discussed "other insurance" clauses as addressed by the Hawaii Supreme Court in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 132 Haw. 283, 321 P.3d 634 (2014).
  • "Other Insurance" Clauses to Be Discussed at Hawaii Bar Association Meeting

    Tred Eyerly
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
       On July 22, 2014, Richard Moser (Anderson Kill), Joseph Kotowski (Tom Petrus & Miller) and I (Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert) will make a joint presentation to the Litigation and Insurance Coverage Litigation sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association. We will discuss a recent decision issued by the Hawaii Supreme Court, Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 132 Haw. 283, 321 P.3d 634 (2014). The decision addresses the impact of competing "other insurance" clauses in implicated policies and analyzes the process for sorting out which policy is primary and which is…
  • Excess Policy Triggered Once Retention Paid, Even if Loss Not Covered By Excess

    Tred Eyerly
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
       The Fifth Circuit determined that the Umbrella policies took effect once the primary insurance was exhausted by claims not covered by the Umbrella policies. Indem. Ins. Co. of N. Am. v. W&T Offshore, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11775 (5th Cir. June 23, 2014).       W&T had primary and Umbrella/Excess coverage to protect its offshore oil rigs from hurricane damage. The primary policies covered property damage and third party claims. The Umbrella policies only covered third-party claims. All policies covered Removal of Debris (ROD).     In September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused…
  • Property Damage Caused By Construction Next Door Covered as Ensuing Loss

    Tred Eyerly
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
       Damage to the insureds' property caused by construction undertaken on the adjacent lot was covered under the insureds' property policy. Chubb Indem. Ins Co. v. 21 E. Cedar, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79906 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 2014).     The insureds' home sustained damage contemporaneous with demolition, excavation, and construction taking place on a adjacent lot. Chubb paid benefits to the insureds for their loss, and then sought to recover as subrogee from the defendants who performed the construction.    The defendants argued there was no coverage under Chubb's…
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  • More On That Pesky Banner-Towing Airplane

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Civil Beat has a piece by Ian Lind ("Hawaii Monitor: Why Has Florida Company Picked a Fight Over Aerial Advertising?") that has more on that story we first posted about here ("Hawaii Under Attack From The Air!"). He writes: Local attorney and blogger, Robert Thomas (InverseCondemnation.com), has commented that the prior court cases have “pretty definitively” determined that Honolulu’s ban on airborne advertising is neither preempted by federal law, nor a violation of Free Speech rights. I certainly hope he’s right. In our original post, we linked to the two Ninth…
  • A Hint Of Judicial Takings From The HAWICA

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    We usually don't pay a whole lot of attention to unpublished opinions. Not that they are not interesting mind you, but if the court itself, for whatever reason doesn't believe the case is worthy of publication, then who are we to say otherwise? But occasionally, we read one that has something worth sharing. Like this case, for example. In Dagres v. County of Hawaii Planning Dep't, No. CAAP-11- 0000071 (June 30, 2014), the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals gave us one of those blogworthy tidbits, a short (one page) discussion of the appellant's judicial takings claim. We…
  • Circuit Split Alert: Second Circuit Says Williamson County Ripeness Applies To Due Process

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    When the one side or the other in the public debate complains about "judicial activism," they're usually talking about judges legislating from the bench -- finding new rights, reading words into statutes that aren't there, and the like. But that species of judicial activism doesn't bother us all that much since we rarely see it, and even when we do, we understand that when accomplished incrementally, it is an integral and generally accepted feature of the common law process. Professor Steven Eagle has compared the common law's gradual evolution to a big ship making a…
  • New Article: Joseph W. Singer, Property as the Law of Democracy

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Here's a law review article that you might find worthy. In Property as the Law of Democracy (pdf here), Harvard lawprof Joseph Singer writes that "[p]roperty is not merely the law of things. Property is the law of democracy." Heady stuff, for sure.  As the abstract notes: In both his article Property as the Law of Things and his prior work, Professor Henry Smith has revitalized property law theory by emphasizing the architectural role that property plays in private law and the ways in which modular property rights reduce information costs and promote both property use and…
  • Georgia: No "Condemnor's Remorse" After Special Master Determines Just Comp

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Here's an interesting one from the Georgia Supreme Court. In Dillard Land Investments, LLC v. Fulton County, No. S13G1582 (July 11, 2014), the court held that a condemning agency could not voluntarily dismiss an eminent domain action, after a special master has entered a just compensation award but before the agency has paid the award into the court. Georgia eminent domain can take one of three tracks. There's the "assessors method," the quick take, and the "special master method." The Dillard case involved the latter, under which the court appoints a master to…
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  • La Boulange in Starbucks Hawaii

    Gee Why
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    You’ve seen the foretelling signs at local Starbucks, and now La Boulange pastries and goodies have debuted in Hawaii Starbucks last week. Along with the yumminess, stores were highlighted in matching pink accents. I’ve tried a cheese danish and cranberry orange scone (at different visits), and interestingly both we’re heated up. Previously, you had the option of warming up your food. Now warming seems like a La Boulange mandate. What did I think? The pastries were a step up from previous offerings though I’ve had better elsewhere. Sorry, but that’s my honest…
  • Executive Chef Exited

    Gee Why
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Seemingly a great location in Kailua, it was not. The Executive Chef that opened on Kailua Road in late 2011 is now closed. I’m not certain when they closed but driving by, you’ll see emptied spaces. Executive Chef Kailua Now Open The Harvest of Great Harvest Bakery Kailua Don Quijote Kailua No More
  • The Changing Face of Ala Moana

    Gee Why
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ugh, I can’t say this is a positive change for Ala Moana, but I guess it is necessary. With all the construction and expansion of the shopping center and nearby buildings, safety for the shoppers is paramount, and all of this helps protect you and me. Where in Ala Moana? But where is this in Ala Moana? Can you guess? Even Less Parking at Ala Moana Nordstrom Ala Moana Moving Confusing Parking and Driving Lanes at Ala Moana
  • Air Max Lunar1 Restock!

    Gee Why
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    After sleeping on the photo blue colorway of the Nike Air Max Lunar1 and seeing them sell out within a day, Nike has them restocked online. There’s also a new colorway of wolf grey/midnight navy along with an unnamed watermelon-colored lunar midsole. Still though, I prefer the pop of the photo blue along with the yellow accents. Nike Air Max Lunar1 Photo Blue Essential But Did Not Make the Cut The Nike Air Max Lineup Nike Air Max Trainer 1.3 Images
  • Hiked the Lanikai Pillboxes

    Gee Why
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    After reading this Exploration Hawaii post about 5 Great Kid Friendly Trails on Oahu, our family decided to hike the Lanikai Pillboxes of Kaiwa Ridge. Though we’ve been Windward residents for years, we never hiked the Pillboxes with our young kids, instead sticking to the paved ways of Diamond Head and Makapuu Lighthouse. Parking is tight since you’re in the cramped Lanikai area. There are a few parking stalls nearby the trail entrance, and we lucked out with a spot as hikers continually come and go. The trail entrance is nondescript, just looking like an opening between fences.
 
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  • Instagram Widget Added

    Dan Seto
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    You may have noticed a link to my latest Instagram photo over in the right column. Feel free to click on it to view the photo and then take a look at the rest of my gallery.  I’m spending more time on Instagram than my blog so you might find it interesting to take a look at my gallery. Thanks! Aloha ~ Dan
  • Cringley: “The Decline and Fall of IBM”

    Dan Seto
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If your IT is based on IBM hardware and/or applications you should read this book. The link includes the Introduction from the book so you can decide whether it is worth $3.99 for almost 300 pages on what is really going on in IBM and, perhaps, whether you should be entrusting your livelihood to them. Cover of “The Decline and Fall of IBM”
  • Not so Snowy

    Dan Seto
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    For the first time, I’ve had problems with making an online purchase. For the past couple of days, I’ve been going to the Island Snow website, a local company located in beautiful Kailua, that sells, among other things, some cool t-shirts, to order some. But three or four times, after filling out the online order form their credit card processing company rejected my order due to a problem with my address. What problem I don’t know. I do know, from checking my credit card website, that the money part of the transaction is fine because the credit card company is showing…
  • What’s Still Missing in iOS8?

    Dan Seto
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Multitasking. In 2014. Apple still can’t figure out multitasking. And no, I’m not talking about switching from one app to another. I’m talking about MULTIPLE apps running AT THE SAME TIME.  Preferably visible at the same time in, now wait for it, windows.
  • Welcome!

    Dan Seto
    14 May 2013 | 10:38 am
    Welcome to everyone coming from fellow Daynoter Brian Bibrey’s site. Brian’s link to my humble neck of the Internet is much appreciate. A friendly note to all who come here, this site began along time ago in a different format and covered whatever fancied my attention at the time. Now, it is focused on religious issues, especially those relevant as the history of this world draws to a close. Hence, if you are offended by such posts, please read no further. For those continuing, my site switched from hard coded HTML to using WordPress. The site lost a lot in the translation but…
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  • Edgy Lee Talks

    bberusch
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Edgy_lecture.jpg The Filmmaker, Author, Composer and Model Sits Down with Veteran Storyteller Brian Berusch to Discuss Her Role as a Hawaiian Historian It can be said that having strong roots is the best foundation for becoming a successful storyteller. "When it was over, the audience walked on the same pathways as the royals had walked, as Robert Louis Stevenson, Somerset Maugham and Jack London had walked, and in spite of there being sidewalks and commercialization, their understanding and their sense of place, the essence of Waikiki, was forever changed." Link: …
  • Parc to Offer Rooftop Yoga "With a Twist" July 10

    bberusch
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    parc_yogi.jpg The Waikiki Parc Hotel is offering a free “Yoga with a Twist” event this Thursday, July 10, from 6 - 8 p.m. If you thought the twist was the “free” aspect, think again; a live guitarist and violinist will accompany the yoga instructor, and “Parc Chic Designer Wines” will be available for $5 per glass following the session. Parking is free for the event.
  • New Zealand Winemaker and Chef Ronnie Nasuti Pairings, June 16

    bberusch
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    tikis_wine_june.jpg Chef Ronnie Nasuti has built up a sizable resume of winemaker dinners over the course of the last two years—while also manning the helm at Tiki’s Grill & Bar in Waikiki. This month he will reach deep into his bag of tricks to pair 6 exquisite dishes alongside wines from New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate on June 16th. Winemaker Oliver Powrie hops the pond to “talk story” about his Villa Maria and Esk Valley bottlings at this intimate affair. This dinner is a generously priced $79 INCLUDING tax and gratuity.
  • Celebration of the Arts – May 9 - 11, 2014

    bberusch
    8 May 2014 | 3:54 am
    cliff_.jpg This weekend, May 9 – 11, the Ritz Carlton Kapalua presents an astonishing array of cultural offerings over the course of a storybook weekend entitled "Celebration of the Arts." Perched on a pine tree lined hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean (and neighboring isles of Lanai and Molokai), Celebration of the Arts is an incredible opportunity to delve into multiple aspects of Hawaiian culture. These include visual arts, performance, demonstrations, culinary offerings and of course, all the grandeur the Ritz Carlton has to offer.  Nae‘ole has honed his vision and invited…
  • Outrigger Opens in Mauritius

    bberusch
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Mauritius_2.jpg The Hawaiian hotel group hastens their expansion across the Pacific Region Hawaii’s venerable “ohana” hotel company has been expanding their portfolio outside of the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. Things have progressed with abandon in the recent year, with a new property in Fiji opening its doors just prior to the New Year. Now Outrigger announces the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, located in the Indian Ocean, 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. The 181-room property is perched on the beach.  Outrigger owns or manages 46 properties in eight…
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    An Island Life

  • What’s new at General Mills?

    Kailani
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Gluten-Free!!! I have friends with children on a gluten-free diet and they all tell me the same thing . . . it’s so hard to find food items that their kids want to eat. Well, General Mills Big G products will be hitting the shelves this month with a variety of gluten-free cereals just in time for the back-to-school rush. Gluten-free Chex Oatmeal: plain, apple cinnamon, maple brown sugar and a variety pack. In addition, there’s a new Cheerios Protein and SpongeBob SquarePants Fruity Splash which contain whole grain as the first ingredient and contain no high fructose corn syrup.
  • Days of Summer . . . Ala Moana Beach Park

    Kailani
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
  • Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies

    Kailani
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    If there’s one thing I can’t resist its cookies. I love all kinds of cookies . . . crunchy, soft, chewy, frosted, etc. So when I received the opportunity to try Rich’s Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies I just couldn’t say no. One of the things that really intriqued me about these cookies were that they’re nut-free. With 3 girls attending 3 different schools, there are all kinds of rules about what kind of foods they can and cannot take to school with them. However, the constant is always nut-free products. I was really surprised to learn that nut allergy in kids are…
  • The learning never stops . . . with Netflix

    Kailani
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    One of my girls’ favorite way to spend an evening at home is having our very own movie night. Some times we watch musicals, some times we watch comedies, and now that school is about to start again . . . documentaries. Yes, maybe not the most popular choice for kids but with the selections available at Netflix your family will be sure to find a few great options. Our family chose to watch The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans.  Living on an island, my girls have always been interested in marine life and The Blue Planet has put together an amazing narrative of the ocean…
  • Sing your way through Summer with Netflix

    Kailani
    29 May 2014 | 3:26 pm
    If there’s a genre of movies that I can never resist it’s musicals. I love every one from The Sound of Music to Grease to High School Musical. I believe that movies with soundtracks produce some of the best songs around. So with Summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start checking out some great movies for you and your family. Here are some great suggestions from Netflix: Shrek the Musical High School Musical Grease Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Footloose The Phantom of the Opera Camp Rock Mulan Pocahontas The Prince of Egypt Leap Frog: Numberland Rock-A-Doodle One of my…
 
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Duncan Dempster: New directions for Honolulu Printmakers

    Travis Hancock
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    “Printmaking is such a powerful entry point into creative production for people from all walks of life,” says Duncan Dempster, executive director of Honolulu Printmakers. “People are drawn to it immediately, to the pure joy found in being a creator of something rather than a mere consumer. We as printmakers often take it for granted, but when you watch a kid at a printmaking demonstration pull their first print off a woodblock, it’s pure magic, and it’s powerful.” In May 2013, Duncan became executive director of the 86-year-old nonprofit art organization, filling the shoes of…
  • ‘Island Splendor’ at W Bistro

    Lesa Griffith
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Nearby W Bistro, at the corner of Victoria and King streets (where Le Guignol used to be), is the site of a mini exhibition curated by dedicated museum volunteer and instructor Lisa Shiroma (she taught this month’s Expression Session at Spalding House). On view through Aug. 31 is Island Splendor, featuring new work by Mark Brown, Clarence Chun, Martin Holzgang, Travis Sasaki, and Lisa. “I wanted to put together artwork that was inspired by the natural beauty of our island home,” says Lisa. “I also wanted a variety of interpretations to make the show exciting. Mark…
  • Kids are the best artists!: Young Artist Summer Exhibition on view through Aug 3

    Lesa Griffith
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    If you’re a kid enrolled in a Honolulu Museum of Art School class, one of the best parts is the exhibition held at the end of the class—every student gets to see her or his artwork in a bona fide gallery. There is nothing like seeing your work up on a wall or on a pedestal or hanging from the ceiling. Ask a grown up—it never gets old. Now on view through Aug. 3 is the Young Artist Summer Exhibition, featuring work completed in 26 classes and two Art Camp programs. “As the summer program closes I feel a bit melancholy,” says Art School director Vince Hazen. “I miss…
  • Staff picks: Yong Wilson

    Scott Whelden
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The museum’s facilities team keeps all our locations in tip-top shape. Every day before the doors open, this crew is like an army of menehunes attending to everything from rain gutters and roof tiles to sculptures and metalwork. Their tireless efforts maintaining every square inch of the museum means they have a lot of one-on-one time with works from the collection. We asked Yong Wilson, one of the hardest working staffers, which one is his favorite piece. “Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. When you look at the painting closely, it just looks like a bunch of clumps of paint here…
  • Psssst, wanna buy an article about an art installation?: Diller + Scofidio’s ‘Soft Sell’

    Scott Whelden
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Staff and visitors alike have been startled by voices echoing in the museum’s western colonnade. Are people hiding around the corner? The sounds are coming from the newly installed Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio work Soft Sell, a video playing on a small flat-screen monitor. Before they rose to prominence as architects, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio—they’re two-thirds of the Diller Scofidio Renfro starchitect team behind the high-profile New York projects Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center, the High Line, and the controversial upcoming MoMA expansion—were known…
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • [Recap] Memorial Day Bacardi Pool Party

    Christa
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Bacardi Pool Party Mango Edition @ Monarch Hotel 2014 from ThisIsRNDR on Vimeo. hot DAMN! i don’t think i’ve ever done an event where i said more prayers in my life. i didn’t even know who i was praying to – i just kept doing it. the weather was set to thunderstorm the whole month [...]
  • The Bacardi Pool Party Memorial Day

    Christa
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    haiiiii it’s been too long. so long that i can scroll down on one page on this site and see the last few parties we did. oh man. this party has got to be one of my very favorites ever. so many fun people, so much good music, so little clothing. I LOVE YOU HONOLULU! [...]
  • Made on Media Temple :)

    Christa
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Thank you time a million to Jason at Media Temple for believing in me and for this amazing article. Stay tuned for the biggest endeavor YET!!! Coming this fall =)
  • [music] The Best of 2012

    Christa
    23 Dec 2012 | 8:15 pm
    …according to me. the mix can’t be hosted on soundcloud so here is a mixtream you can stream or click here for a zippyshare download. mahalo to dj soundcheck for mixing everything. the best music according to me this year: Bestof2012bySPRCHK by Christa Wittmier on Mixcloud the party? went well. if “well” means the most [...]
  • FRIDAY 12/21/2012 come on and sing it with me one more (last) time….

    Christa
    17 Dec 2012 | 1:25 pm
    The Last Ever from Banzai Media, LLC on Vimeo. 12/21/2012 at The Republik from 6pm-midnight. Please stop by and hang – the only thing I can gurantee is the typical sensory overload you would expect from a party I put my name on. You can get your tickets any time this week at The Safehouse [...]
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    FLUX Hawaii » Blog

  • A Q&A with Bobby Asato of Treehouse

    Torrey Seabolt
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    His second-story shop is a treasure of old film cameras, DIY packs, affordable point-and-shoots, design books, and children’s crafts. Learn the origins and what to pick up. Just off Ward Avenue, tucked away above Jenny Craig, is the Hawai‘i film fanatic’s dream. A treasure trove of film photography products, Treehouse, owned by Bobby Asato, provides everything from darkroom chemicals to film negative scanners for smartphones. Bobby opened the shop in 2012 as a kids’ art and crafts shop, with film cameras and books for the parents bringing them by. The rise in popularity of…
  • DIY Pinhole Camera

    Anna Harmon
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Why buy a camera when you can make one, courtesy of Analog Sunshine Recorders? Photography is the capturing of light, and it wasn’t until recently that we became convinced this meant each of us owning a hefty DSLR with a signature camera strap and too many lenses to fit in a duffel bag. Instead of dragging such a digital beast out and about with you, try harkening back to the origins of photography with a photo-paper-exposing, DIY pinhole camera. Remember the magic of not knowing what a picture you took is going to look like, or if it will be even better than you could imagine. Below is…
  • Review: Wish I Was Here

    Lisa Yamada
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Debuting today, the Braff brothers’ Kickstarter-ed film is one you’ll be glad you showed up to. Perfectly placed comic timing is the cornerstone of Wish I Was Here, the Kickstarter-funded comedic drama co-written by brothers Zach and Adam Braff, the latter who happens to call Hawai‘i home. Like Zach’s 2004 breakout hit Garden State, hailed by twenty-somethings in the decade that followed, Wish I Was Here moves through some of life’s hardest and most uncomfortable topics. The complexities of parenting, the struggles of marriage, the inability to find life’s purpose, and…
  • The Power of Nabe

    Bianca Sewake
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    With Mat Kubo’s nabe meal-slash-social experiment, bowls of hot broth highlight a desire for community. As I followed Mat Kubo to the center of the industrial art room at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, he showed me three different bubbling nabe, Japanese hot pots used to cook meats and vegetables. Each held a different broth, he explained, and each was a recipe from his grandma. As he pointed out the meats, chopped vegetables, and optional dipping sauce, he told me, “Grab a bowl and make yourself comfortable.” But at first, I couldn’t help it—I was stiff and…
  • Cruising Along: On the Bus

    Bianca Sewake
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Photo via Flickr/Jai Mansson Cruising Along is an ongoing weekly blog series by Bianca Sewake examining Hawai’i’s alternative modes of transportation. Recently, I woke up and thought to myself, “Today is the day. You are getting on that bus.” I was excited to explore one of my curiosities and mysteries—Hawai‘i’s mass transit—but dread formed at the pit of my stomach as I lay awake in bed preparing myself for what seemed to be a lengthy and uncomfortable journey from Wahiawa to Chinatown, a somewhat long commute that would give me an idea of what many go through daily. I knew I…
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 07/23/2014 - Live Music With Gj & Izik - Winner Of 2013 Mai Tai Rumble

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Hula's LIVE Music with GJ & IZIK [Winner of 2013 Mai Tai Rumble]</p>
  • 07/23/2014 - Wildcard Wednesdays

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BartendingAcademyHawaii">Bartending Academy Hawaii</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/station808">Station Bar and Lounge</a> present Wildcard Wednesdays. 52 drinks at $5 each (everything's worth more than $5). Guest bartenders. Fun games. Some shit talking. Well...mostly shit talking. And...booze. <br /> <br /> There''s 2 rules...<br /> <br /> 1) Drink what you draw<br /> 2) Don't be a pussy<br /> <br /> <br /></p>
  • 07/23/2014 - Kawika Trask & Friends

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    <p>These seasoned musicians perform a free concert, singing a medley of Hawaiian songs.  The show starts at 6pm in the heart of Waikīkī, the Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center.</p>
  • 07/23/2014 - YP Logo Launch Party

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    <p>Join us for the launch of the new YP Logo at Real a Gastropub.<br /> <br /> Event held on the 2nd floor, 1020 Auahi St.<br /> <br /> Open to YP and Chamber members only.<br /> <br /> Admission includes one Drink.<br /> <br /> Each attendee receives a bag of the newly logo'd YP swag. Please select a shirt size at checkout.<br /> <br /> Contact Camille Mori @ camille.mori@gmail.com with any questions.</p>
  • 07/23/2014 - The Wildest Show In Town Feat. Willie K. (tentative)

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    <p>Ukulele giveaway by: Ko'olau Ukulele</p><p class="p1"> </p><p class="p1"><strong>he Wildest Show in Town,</strong> a 10-night concert series, takes place every Wednesday evening from June 11 through August 13, 2014. The event is hosted by Hawaii's premier ukulele teacher, Roy Sakuma after hours on the Main Stage Lawn.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">The Honolulu Zoo Society's Wildest Show in Town is sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu Ford and Islandwide Solar. Participation fee is $3 per person ages two and over.
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    A Life Aquatic: Exploring Undersea Maui with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquo;s Ambassadors of the Environment Ambassadors of the Environment naturalist Chelsea Trimper describes the finer points of building a driftwood shelter to her attentive “Survivor” activity pupils. Photo by Dawn Sakamoto.It’s Friday morning and I’m boning up on my knowledge of Hawaii reef fish and coral I hope to encounter in Kapalua Bay. Libby Erickson, a naturalist with kids’ eco-adventure program Ambassadors of the Environment, i...
  • Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest.

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Time is running out! Win a Maui vacation in our 16th annual Reader Photo Contest. Halemaumau crater evening glow at Kilauea volcano's summit, Kau, Hawaii Island; Finalist, Outdoors Category, 15th annual contest. Photo by Miles Morgan. Got some gorgeous photos from your last Hawaii vacation? Open up your photo albums—digital or otherwise—and send us your favorites … within the next 18 days.Why? Glad you asked.Your Hawaii photos just might win you a return vacation to th...
  • 44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    44th Annual Ukulele Festival brings local, international players to Waikiki this Sunday Keiki performers at Ukulele Festival. Photo: Ukulele Festival HawaiiIf you’ve been bitten by the ukulele bug (it could happen–“ukulele” is Hawaiian for “jumping flea”) and are itching for some live ukulele music, you won’t want to miss the 44th Annual Ukulele Festival, happening this Sunday (July 20) on Oahu.Thousands of ukulele fans (and players) flock to Honolulu every...
  • 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition happens on Oahu this week Photo: Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula CompetitionHaunting chants that evoke images of Hawaii. The rhythmic strumming of an ukulele leading the instrumentation of a contemporary Hawaiian tune. And the practiced motion of tiny hands and feet dancing along.This weekend, watch 400 keiki (kids) showcase their hula skills in the 39th Annual Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition at the Neal Blaisdell Arena on Oahu. The competition w...
  • New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    New, first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital helps save four seal pups Hawaiian Monk Seal. Photo: The Marine Mammal Center/Michelle BarbieriFor four young Hawaiian monk seals, life is looking up.Researchers from The Marine Mammal Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rescued four Hawaiian monk seal pups on July 9th, during a 26-day research mission in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The young monk seals were malnourished and, scientists say, likely to die without ...
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    Live Ukulele

  • Get More Out Of ‘Ukulele Lessons

    Brad Bordessa
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Lessons are a big commitment, requiring hard work, focus, and clear goals. Here are some tips for making the time with your teacher more productive.
  • E Ku’u Morning Dew

    Brad Bordessa
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    There are few old-school Hawaiian bands better known than The Sons of Hawai’i. With an original lineup of Gabby Pahinui, Eddie Kamae (on ‘ukulele), David “Feet” Rogers, Joe Marshall, Moe Keale, and Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, the Sons were a who’s who of powerhouse Hawaiian musicians. E Ku’u Morning Dew is one of their most famous songs. It has a repeating jazz sort of ii-V-I progression that is odd in Hawaiian music, but makes the song very easy to play. This tab highlights the melody in the key of G and also throws in some strums to fill out the harmony. E…
  • El Condor Pasa: Simon & Garfunkel

    Brad Bordessa
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Here’s a classic with an alternate title of If I Could from the ‘ukulele tabs section of the site. Simon and Garfunkel have been a favorite of mine ever since hearing Jake’s version of Mrs. Robinson and then looking up the original. What harmonies! What amazing songwriting! If only raw music like theirs was still on the top 40 stations. Anyways, here’s one of their more popular tunes arranged in E minor for the ‘ukulele. The tab is just the melody with the words, but the chords are highlighted above so it should be very obvious in a couple places where you can…
  • Uke Talk: Tobias Elof and James Hill

    Brad Bordessa
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The only two guys who I know of that can really nail this style of “cherri” picking – one teacher and one student – jam out on Uke Talk.
  • How To Find More Practice Time

    Brad Bordessa
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    A new section of tips from my Practicing page about optimizing your days for more productive 'ukulele practice.
 
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • Brunchtime on Oahu

    Jamie Winpenny
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Brunch joints are the newest thing in dining on Oahu. And while I am admittedly far from being a foodie or an The post Brunchtime on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 3 Silly (and Dangerous) Things Hawaii Visitors Do

    Jamie Winpenny
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Hawaii is home to a wide variety of extreme and action sports. This is the reason many visitors choose a Hawaii vacation. The post 3 Silly (and Dangerous) Things Hawaii Visitors Do appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kaakaako Rising

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    There is new construction boom in Honolulu, and it’s taking place smack-dab in the middle of Honolulu’s urban corridor in Kakaako. As The post Kaakaako Rising appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Reinventing the Hawaii Bachelor Party

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Hawaii is among the most desirable locations in the world for a destination wedding. It’s exotic but still in the United States, The post Reinventing the Hawaii Bachelor Party appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Locals Know Best

    Lauren Rolland
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It seems that anyone can be a pro these days. Need to know how to change your oil? Watch a YouTube video. The post Locals Know Best appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Hawaii Vacation Connection

  • The Best of Hawaii

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today we’ll be talking about the recently released Hawaii’s Best 2014, which is an annual celebration hosted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This The post The Best of Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • What Hawaii DOESN’T have

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hawaii seems to have it all. Year round warm weather, a gorgeous ocean, beautiful beaches, high-end hotels, incredible shopping, tropical fruits, unique The post What Hawaii DOESN’T have appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Do you read your Hawaii travel documents?

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Let me begin by first stating that the customer is always right. I like to subscribe to this philosophy because it’s a The post Do you read your Hawaii travel documents? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Common questions answered from Facebook friends

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Facebook Friends Questions Answered Today we’ll be answering some questions that a few of our social media friends have asked us. We The post Common questions answered from Facebook friends appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Good to be back home in Paradise

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    26 May 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Wow, what an adventurous last two weeks! If you hadn’t heard, I was away on a trip to Europe with Lanai’s Travel The post Good to be back home in Paradise appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com

  • Top Lana’i Adventures

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    There’s a common misconception that there’s nothing to do on Lanai. Au contraire! There’s plenty of exciting adventures that will make memories for a lifetime. We’ve visited Lana’i at least a half a dozen times — and we’ve never run out of things to do. So, what sort of vacation adventures does Lana’i offer? Let’s take a look. Go off roading Rent a four-wheel drive for a day or two to discover Lanai’s secluded beaches, a most unusual rock garden, historic villages and much more. While Lanai only has 30 miles of paved roads, this…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Green Sand Beach on Big Island of Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Mahalo to Kelly Driscoll-Smith for sharing this unique Hawaii Island photo with us. Kelly took this photo at Papakolea Beach — also known as the Green Sand Beach. How does this green sand beach get it’s color? I’ll let Wikipedia explain: The cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is notably found…
  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: July 16, 2014

    Sheila Beal
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    * If you are thinking about a late summer or fall trip to Hawaii, it’s time to start to keep your eyes on airfare. Hawaiian Airlines is starting to show lower fares for travel between August 19 and November 19, 2014 with fares starting at $438 roundtrip. For a quick search of the lowest fares available from your home airport, we like to use CheapAir.com. * Entertainment coupon 2014 books are on sale for $5.99 plus $1 shipping. If you are going to Oahu in 2014, the coupons can really help you save on luaus, tours, beach services, etc. Read our discussion about these coupon books here. *…
  • What you need to know about visiting Hawaii in August

    Sheila Beal
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    If you are considering an August vacation in Hawaii, you may be wondering if it’s a good time to visit the islands of Aloha. Let’s examine weather, costs, visitor statistics and more to help you decide if August is the best time for you to vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. What’s Hawaii’s weather like in August? August and September are two of the hottest months in Hawaii. August weather in the Hawaiian Islands can be described as very summer-like with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Daytime high temperatures at most beach resorts average in the mid to upper 80s…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Wailea Beach Day

    Sheila Beal
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Mahalo to Kathleen Wiegand for sharing this beautiful beach photo with us for our Aloha Friday Photo series. This photo was taken from sunny South Maui where Kathleen tells us she was enjoying a day at the beach in Wailea. We love the perspective of this photo. It’s so close to sand-level that you can almost feel like you’re sitting there on that golden sandy beach. We also like the composition including the  large, twisty driftwood. We could spend an hour or two or ten here enjoying this view. How about you? Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this…
 
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    Leslie Lang | Talk Story Press

  • Thanks For All the Fish!

    Leslie Lang
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We made it to the end of the month, you and me! I blogged every day in June and successfully completed the Freelance Success 2014 30-Day Blogathon. Thank you for reading, or at least hanging in there. (I only got one “unsubscribe” during the month.) My goal was to take some of the things out of my head and get them onto my website. I wrote some articles about how much I love the genre of memoir and biography, and a little about some of my work in this area: Zinsser, Memoirs & ‘No Project Too Weird’ Memoir: Isabella Bird in the Sandwich Islands Reading and…
  • Hitting ‘Send’ on Book Manuscript

    Leslie Lang
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:03 am
    Tonight I am uploading a family history/memoir manuscript I just completed for a client. We’re publishing it at Amazon’s CreateSpace, which is such a wonderful option for a book like this. He and his wife wanted to put together his mother’s ancestors’ story, an interesting one of a young couple leaving their familiar Hiroshima, Japan to come and work on the former sugar plantations of Hawai‘i. The back cover explains that this family’s journey “took them from harsh conditions on a small farm in 19th-century Hiroshima to what became a modest but…
  • The Sound of Kids Chattering in Hawaiian

    Leslie Lang
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:19 am
    I had forgotten about writing this editorial about kids speaking Hawaiian, but stumbled upon it online today (while looking for something else!). It was a long time ago. In fact, I wrote this article during the first year I was freelancing as a writer. The newspaper I wrote it for, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, doesn’t even exist any more, for crying out loud. But its archive does, and it was fun to read this again. I thought I’d share the article here: View Point, Saturday, March 13, 1999 Keeping alive the language of Hawaii By Leslie Lang THE boy at the airport was about 5,…
  • Time Travel Incident?

    Leslie Lang
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    Don’t you want time travel to be real? I do. How interesting would that be?! This article, All The Evidence that Time Travel is Happening All Around Us, is really fun. It opens with a clip from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie that shows an extra walking down the street who seems to be talking on a cell phone, which someone only noticed in 2010. There’s a clip from a 1938 movie that shows something similar, too. My thought: Who would these people who had cell phones, long before cell phones existed, have been talking to? There are some other good stories on that page. Some are…
  • ‘Content Marketing,’ Whatever That Is

    Leslie Lang
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:34 am
    The phrase “content marketing” is rather a new buzz phrase, but creating the stuff isn’t new. “Whether you realize it or not,” writes Forbes.com contributor Jayson DeMers, “chances are your business is already using content marketing as part of your overall marketing strategy.”  He wrote a good article about content marketing, what it is, and what types of content typically form a content marketing strategy. He says this includes: Blog posts Guest blog posts E-books Email newsletters PowerPoint presentations Podcasts Standard videos Micro-videos…
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    Ha Ha Ha!

  • Interview 3: 99.9% of Species Ever on Earth Are Extinct Now

    leslielang
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    Richard Ha writes: The third in my series of expert interviews. This is Dr. Shane Burgess again, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, talking this time about how 99.9 percent of all species that ever lived on the earth are now extinct. It's  3 minutes and 20 seconds long. Very interesting; have a listen.  
  • Interview: Are GMOs Safe?

    leslielang
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Shane Burgess is dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at The University of Arizona. I was sitting next to him when there was a discussion about endangered species, and I was impressed with his knowledge of and passion for the subject. I asked him, in this interview clip, to speak on whether or not GMOs are safe. I was impressed with how clearspoken and easy to understand he is.
  • Interview: Sustainable Ways of Using GMOs

    leslielang
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Richard Ha writes: I interviewed Dr. Shane Burgess, dean of the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and asked him a series of questions I thought folks on the Big Island would find interesting and useful. In this - the first of a series of interviews I will post here - I asked Dr. Burgess: "What is a sustainable way of using GMOs?"  
  • OHA Will Not File Contested Case Hearing

    leslielang
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Richard Ha writes: The Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees decided against filing a contested case hearing about the Thirty Meter Telescope. Five of us flew over from the Big Island to testify at the OHA meeting. We were all concerned about the possibility of losing the education and employment opportunities that the TMT will bring to future generations.  I was very impressed at the power of the testimony of the group from the Big Island. Wally, Nani, Herring and Bill’s testimony was eloquent, from the heart, powerful, and simple. I was very proud to be a part of this…
  • Western Region Meeting - Part 2 & Lake Tahoe

    leslielang
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Richard Ha writes:  Last time I wrote about the first session of the Western Region meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, which I attended at Lake Tahoe as a Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) delegate. The remaining sessions focused on the four major areas that comprise the Western Agenda – fire, water, invasive species, and endangered species. Maria Gallo, director of UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, is proposing adding the important subjects of nutrition and obesity to the Western Agenda,…
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • Sun Halo in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Overcast Kohala CoastWe have been having usual weather on the southern Kohala coast of Hawaii Island.  The normal desert climate has been overcast with high humidity.  Usually the rain clouds are blocked by the massive Mauna Kea Volcano and the trade winds keep the humidity low and the evening temperatures cool. Remnants of tropical storm Fausto, that made it to Hawaii from Baja California, are being blamed for the hot, humid, rainy weather in Hawaii early this week.  This past Sunday we were surprised to see a rainbow halo around the sun.  A circular rainbow, or…
  • Delightful Hawaii Mornings

    Hilo Living
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Every day on Hawaii Island we cherish how great we feel when wake up in the morning.  It is a special type of joy to awaken to the sounds of tropical birds, the smell of flowers, and the sight of a brilliant sunrise.We were recently reading a book called Your Brain On Nature: The Science of Nature's Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality that details research that explains why we sleep so well and feel so great when we wake up on Hawaii Island.  We specify Hawaii Island because many of the attributes are unique to Hawaii Island.We go to sleep with a very dark sky.
  • Shark at Kona Pier

    Hilo Living
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
     Swim Lane off Kailua Pier in KonaWe have been swimming from the Kona pier for over a decade and never seen a shark. We have seen sharks while snorkeling in Maui and encountered them in the Caribbean, but never in Kona.   So we  were surprised to see a shark in shallow water directly under the swim lane while snorkeling toward the King Buoy with friends last week.Shark under swim lane near Kailua Pier in KonaIn our other shark encounters, the sharks were in deep water if stationary or they were moving and gone quickly.  Swimming above a stationary shark in shallow…
  • Are you waiting too long to Retire in Hawaii?

    Hilo Living
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:58 am
    This year we have noticed more retirees remaining on Hawaii Island since the departure of the snowbirds last month. They really stick out with their coiffed hair, tweed caps, black silk shirts, long pants, and patent leather shoes.  We see them struggle to carry their garbage out, argue with the gardeners, and frown at the food displayed in our local grocery store. We never see them at the beach, lying in the sun, or laughing.  These recently arrived 70-something year olds may have waited way too long to retire to Hawaii.  The transition from “mainland clothes” to sandals,…
  • Iodine and the Ocean in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    We have always been drawn to the ocean and mesmerized by the crashing waves.  Living in Hawaii, we look forward to our daily walks along the Kohala Coast; after the walk, we sit close to the crashing waves and feel invigorated and revitalized as the salty mist covers our bodies and fills our lungs.  Our recent research into iodine has given us new insight into our addiction to ocean surf.  The ocean’s mist contains iodine, which affects the body’s metabolism (which the thyroid gland located in your neck controls). A shortage of iodine causes cold feet, hair loss,…
 
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • A glimpse into the world of Aaron Paul Lazar, author - Part 3

    Sonia
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    How do you come up with a book title?  I agonize over naming my books. First of all, I list all the themes in the story then ask my friends and readers to vote on the one they like best.  For the book that ended up being Healey’s Cave, even though the results were clearly for The Green Marble and The Disappearance of Billy Moore, my publisher upset the apple cart and said she wanted Healey’s Cave, LOL!  Sonia’s Note: Friends and readers also suggest titles based on a story synopsis Aaron shares  Your book covers are very dramatic; how do you choose them? …
  • A glimpse into the world of Aaron Paul Lazar, author - Part 2

    Sonia
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
      I love the above graphics...not sure whose work it was, but it...and the review by our friend Natalie, captures Aaron and his writings perfectly.   When did you actually start thinking of yourself as a writer?  When I received my first unsolicited review from Thomas Fortenberry for Double Forté, my first book. It truly validated me and this man totally “got” me. Here’s what Mr. Fortenberry said about DF: Double Forté, the first of the Gus LeGarde series of mysteries written by Aaron Paul Lazar, is a chilling thriller. But this book is such a far cry from the…
  • A glimpse into the world of Aaron Paul Lazar, author

    Sonia
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Although I love all of his books, it is not easy to write about one of my favorite authors.    Aaron Paul Lazar is one of those ‘rare-breed’ of writers that cannot be pigeon-holed into one single genre.  The author of three series and two stand-alone books, Aaron can weave tales with a bit of mystery and mayhem…a bit of romance…a bit of adventure and a bit of the paranormal…  Aaron is a modern Renaissance man, born to be a storyteller who loves his family, dogs, horses, music, reading, photography, gardening, and cooking… (phew!)… and can, without effort…
  • Heavenly Créme Frâiche

    Sonia
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Créme Frâiche (krem ˈfreSH)  noun = a type of thick cream made from heavy cream with the addition of buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt.   Lately I have become fascinated with Créme Frâiche all over again.  I used to make it a long time ago and after a while, forgot all about it until recently, when one of my Internet foodie friends, Katrina Hall, posted about it in her blog. (Photo) Mango Crisp with a dollop of Créme Frâiche  The funny thing is that I used to make the same recipe with the same ingredients, but messed up a lot more things…
  • Buzy, buzy little bee

    Sonia
    6 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
      The end of June and first week of July have been quite buzy...and I have been buzzing all over... It all started early in the morning of Sunday last week, a gorgeous clear day, when we drove across the island and enjoyed glorious views of both our big volcanoes.   Mauna Kea shown above with not one little cloud in the sky.  I wish I could show the sheer and massive presence of this mountain...The camera is not doing it justice..it is so impressive to the naked eye... We were on our way to attend the 6th Annual Mango Festival which was held at the Sheraton Kona Resort…
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    SportsHawaii.com

  • Brian Viloria wins by knockout against Mexican in Macau

    scott
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
      Brian Viloria wins by knockout against Mexican in Macau The Brian Viloria of old is back. The Hawaiian Punch landed a picture perfect left hand to the liver of Jose Alfredo Zuniga to score a fifth round knockout victory at the Cotai Arena in Macau…(more)
  • Iosefa Listed Among Doak Walker Award Candidates

    scott
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Iosefa Listed Among Doak Walker Award Candidates DALLAS – University of Hawai‘i senior running back Joey Iosefa was among the early group of players selected to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, announced by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. In 2013, Iosefa started five games during an injury-plagued season but still led the team with 590 yards rushing on 126 carries and five touchdowns. In the final four games of the season, the Pago Pago, American Samoa, native posted three 100-yard rushing…
  • Mānoa Maniacs Unveils New Plan

    scott
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Mānoa Maniacs Unveils New Plan For Upcoming Men’s Basketball Season HONOLULU – Beginning with the 2014-15 University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball season, Manoa Maniacs seating sections will be adjusted slightly to allow the Maniac’s to continue their growth, collaboration, and impact at the games. Over the last two men’s basketball seasons, the Maniacs have seen their average attendance numbers double from roughly 200 per game at the start of the 2012-13 season to more than 400 per game at the end of the 2013-14 season.   Under the Maniac’s new plan, the current three…
  • WSU takes on Hawaii in the return of the Cougar Hardwood Classic

    scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    WSU takes on Hawaii in the return of the Cougar Hardwood Classic WSU leads the series 4-1, with Hawaii’s last win being in 1953.  GO RAINBOWS!
  • Hawaii to play Pittsburgh at War Memorial on Nov. 21

    scott
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:34 am
    Hawaii to play Pittsburgh at War Memorial on Nov. 21 Thank you coach Dixon!  
 
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    MMA HAWAII - Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts News Source and MMA Magazine - Forum

  • Subject: UFC in Hawaii? Not yet. - by: kuuzo

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I went to the UFC fan expo and UFC 175 and waited around after the event and met Dana White cageside and asked him why the UFC hasn't come to Hawaii yet. He told me I was the third person to ask him that weekend, so at least people are asking, but he said that they had wanted to a few years ago, but the state tax situation was terrible, so they canned it. He said they haven't really looked into it recently. I asked him to check into it, but who knows if he'll even remember to bother. I'm guessing nothing has changed in Hawaii tax-wise, but hey, if anyone actually knows anyone in the state…
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    Women's Surf Camp

  • SwellWomen Business Spotlight:: Carly Williams, The Sideways Approach

    SwellWomen
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Carly Williams is a health & lifestyle coach for from Colorado. Through her business, The Sideways Approach, she helps passionate women take an interest in their health, feel more energetic and find perfect balance in life. For Carly, paddling out to a wave on her surfboard and snowboarding a fresh trail down a mountain is about going with the flow and reinforces the value of being present. We interviewed Carly about her business, surfing, and advice she has for other women …   Q: How did your background marketing snowboard, surf, and skateboard brands lead to you starting…
  • 2014 Summer Swimsuit Giveaway!

    SwellWomen
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Who’s ready for a swimsuit giveaway? Three lucky SwellWomen newsletter subscribers will each win a surf-friendly bathing suit this summer! To enter to win , sign up for the SwellWomen newsletter here. This summer we have teamed up with three amazing swimsuits designers. These companies design swimsuits with both surfing and women in mind. Even better? The women behind them are truly inspiring! SwellWomen Summer Swimsuit Giveaway > Mi Ola is giving away a $200 gift certificate to one of the winners! Mi Ola:  Seven year ago, Helena Fogarty attended a SwellWomen retreat that changed…
  • SwellWomen Surf Vacations:: Finding Balance

    SwellWomen
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    All the ladies love the yoga aspect of the retreat not only because it is rejuvenating, but because it assists in opening, and strengthening the body for our surf sessions.  Surfing truly is a great workout! You can feel it in your shoulders, back, and legs. The beauty in doing both surfing and yoga is found in how they compliment each other. The workout we receive from paddling and riding the waves makes our evening yoga session even more effective. It feels great to stretch our muscles, work on balance, and get in tune with our bodies.  We are super blessed to have yoga instructor…
  • SwellWomen Business Spotlight:: Jennifer Lynn, Wisdom Flow Yoga

    SwellWomen
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:37 am
    This month we shine the spotlight on Jennifer Lynn, owner of Wisdom Flow Yoga. The Wisdom Flow Yoga Studio is located in upcountry Maui. While attending a yoga retreat on Maui, Jennifer had a spiritual awakening that propelled her out of the corporate world and into the life of her dreams. She has been teaching yoga ever since. We asked and Jennifer answered. Q: Tell us, as a yoga teacher and surfer, how does yoga benefit surfing? Yoga benefits surfing by creating a steady focused mind and a body that is both strong and fluid. With the wave moving under the board, a surfer must be able to…
  • Surf Safety:: The Top 4 Must Ask Questions before You Paddle Out

    SwellWomen
    15 May 2014 | 9:44 am
    When the ocean is calling, it can be hard to resist. The peacefulness of being out in the line up and in nature in truly blissful. Not to mention the joy of catching a wave and letting the power of the wave bring to shore. For these reasons and many more, excitement mounts as you get closer and closer to getting out for your next surf session. For some, the thrill can be so inviting that we lose focus on surf safety. There are 4 questions that every surfer should take a moment to ask before leaving shore. What is the sea floor like where you’re surfing? Is the sea floor soft and sandy,…
 
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    HawaiiThreads.com

  • Moving out/Moving in.

    Serenity
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Quote: Originally Posted by Serenity (Post 285810) After the landlord & caretaker of this building (1819 Sereno street), eventually is tired of you, they will go out of their way to tell you, "If your not happy here, you can always move out" as much as they can when they see you &/or talk to you. IF not that, once some of the tenants finally able to get to know you & may be tired of you, they may even go out of their way to ignore you as if your not there where they are presence. So, We moved out!!. Once we moved out (into a better living environment), We were a lot…
  • RIP: James Garner

    Walkoff Balk
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    https://tv.yahoo.com/news/report-jam...071200469.html He played the role of the hero who didn't take himself seriously.
  • Hawaii TV new anchors

    Amati
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Marisa Yamane (weekend anchor), the reason I don't watch KHON2 on weekends. Her "homey" spin on reporting the news is bothersome, such as her use of the word "really", as in "really bad". It sounds like a third grader's excitement creeps into her reporting. Bad enough she inserts her homeyness into her reports, but I can't take a full dose of her as a anchor. Which reporters do you like best? Which do you avoid? Do you change your viewing habits according to the anchor that works that day?
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    helen
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpar crashed some where in the Ukraine. It is believed that a surface to air missile was fired at this Boeing 777 which was flying around an altitude of 33,000 feet. CNN reported this event around the 9:45 am HST time frame. URL's: Wikipedia CNN - July 17, 2014 (might start a video report when you go to the site)
  • How "tight" is your State?

    matapule
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Here is an interesting article from Mother Jones magazine about "up tight" States and "hang loose" States. The ironic part is that those States which are most conservative and want less Government control are the very States that impose the most rules and Government control on themselves! We are talking about a VERY confused populace in this case. They don't know what they want! SPOILER ALERT BELOW Hawai'i is a VERY "hang loose" State according to the subject criteria. :D Shaka mon!
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    A Maui Blog

  • Hawai‘i State Chili Championship Cookoff on Sunday, July 20 at Ulupalakua Ranch – Come for a Sunday Drive

    AMauiBlog
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill, along with Shaka Pops Maui and Maui’s Winery, invites the public to come on up to beautiful Upcountry Maui for the 2nd Annual CASI Hawai‘i State Chili Championship Cookoff on Sunday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cookoff, which is sanctioned by the nonprofit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), debuted last […]
  • Maui Sunset Afterglow in Keanae Peninsula

    AMauiBlog
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    We spent out Independence Day Holiday Weekend at Keanae, Maui. We are fortunate (blessed) to have great friends (our hanai family, our ohana)  who owns a property in Keanae.  I call Keanae Peninsula a mini paradise on earth. On the afternoon / evening of July fourth, we were hanging out outside, chatting … and then we noticed […]
  • Full Moon on Maui in June – and It’s Friday the 13th!

    AMauiBlog
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
      I usually walk and run for exercise in the morning. However, the other day the morning got a bit hectic and I had extra time in the evening and so I went.  As I walked out our house the sun had just set and there are some beautiful afterglow reflection in the sky. That’s […]
  • Blessed To Live On Maui

    AMauiBlog
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:53 pm
    One of the many good things about managing several Facebook Pages on Maui is that is that  I get to read and enjoy the comments of people from all over the world who love Maui.  “Lucky We Live Hawaii” or “Lucky We Live Maui” is a phrase often said by us locals.  For those of us […]
  • The 2014 Maui Film Festival

    Jennifer Poppy
    30 May 2014 | 9:11 am
      Photo Credit: Maui Film Festival Film is a beautiful opportunity to learn, to express, to empathize and to progress as a people, especially film done well. Back in my college days Film Studies was part of my degree and I absolutely loved every minute in class! What could be better than watching different movies […]
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    Lavagal

  • Another Blog: Eat At Mom’s dot Net

    lavagal
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    This is what you get when you Eat At Mom’s! It’s not like I have tons of time, but I figured over the summer I’d launch a cooking blog. It’s still under construction. Pretty soon I’ll be posting my food creations on the website Eat At Mom’s. So I’m toggling back and forth between this site and that site and I’m trying to save myself from making the same mistakes I made a few years when I launched lavagal.net. I also want to launch the site with a recipe sorter embedded, to enable easy searches by ingredient or subject. It’s not easy, but…
  • Hawaii’s first sexting case.

    lavagal
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    lavagal:My blog has been getting a few hits lately, including this entry. It may be a few years since I’ve written it, but I feel it is spot on. Protect children. Please. Originally posted on Lavagal: @postaday 211; #postaday2011. After vicious storms/ The sun breaks through, shining light/ Our hopes are renewed. A little news hit very close to home yesterday when we found out about Hawaii’s first sexting case. The allegedly guilty party lives in my ‘hood, was an educational aid at Kid1′s school, and is someone I might mutually follow on Twitter. I say might, because there is a…
  • And From Death We Get Alone Time

    lavagal
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:53 pm
    It’s been a week since Aunt Mary Lou died. It was early in the morning, in her home, as though she fell asleep for the last time. When I heard the news, I hustled to book a flight, a rental car and a hotel room. I was airborne Thursday afternoon and touched down in Philly by 1130 Friday morning. I visited my sister at her salon and then joined my mother and Uncle Ralph, a new widower, for dinner Friday evening. Saturday was the viewing, funeral mass, burial and celebration at Taylor’s Sports Restaurant and Bar on the Black Horse Pike. Aunt Mary Lou has 10 grandchildren, all in…
 
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    World Wide Ed

  • Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 23, 2014

    World Wide Ed
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    #1 is Duh! #s 2 & 3 are blurred on purpose. Hopefully not too obvious! Chance um! Last week‘s Winnahs: * Shokudo (Blaine) * California Pizza Kitchen (NOBODY) * Pho808 (NOBODY) Photo #1 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 23, 2014 Photo #2 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 23, 2014 Photo #3 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 23, 2014 SCOOPS! * SPOTTED! Unreal wave photographer Clark Little was recently spotted at his Gallery wearing some VH07V! So honored and stoked to see him in it! Clark Little sharing some VH07V! — * Marcus…
  • Joy of Sake Info & How-To Guide

    World Wide Ed
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tonight, at the Hawaii Convention Center, the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan takes place, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California! I think it’s still not too late to purchase your Joy of Sake tickets for the event, so go getum! Joy of Sake The following is a guide for those who will be attending this year. Joy of Sake how-to guide – (from Frolic Hawaii’s Mari Taketa) Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a…
  • Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014

    World Wide Ed
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    All food today gangy… Tons of possibilities. Guess away! Last time‘s Winnahs: * Laie Beach (Nobody) * Hawaii State Capitol (carokun) * Cafe Kaila (carokun) Photo #1 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014 Photo #2 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014 Photo #3 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 16, 2014 SCOOPS! * Joy of Sake is THIS FRIDAY! Did you get your tickets to this year’s Joy of Sake event yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Purchase your Joy of Sake tickets today and attend the world’s largest sake…
  • Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014

    World Wide Ed
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Yes! Another week where all three photo locations were guessed correctly. Tryna find the right balance between posting pics that are too “duck soup” and those that are “das why hahhhd”. Will get the right pH balance one day… Last time‘s Winnahs: * Hanauma Bay Trail (makaha wahine) * Alii Place (carokun) * Kahului Airport (carokun) Photo #1 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014 Photo #2 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014 Photo #3 Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 9, 2014 SCOOPS! * Spotted! Another fun…
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    World Wide Ed
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:48 am
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Saturday Mornings

    Rodney
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
      First, to get you into the Saturday Morning groove Oh what great Saturday Morning memories.  After going to school for 5 days straight – which felt like a whole month to me – I cherished my Saturday Mornings.  It was the start of the weekend.  Two days off to play before another month (week) of school.   I remember Saturday morning cartoons.  On weekdays, you could watch cartoons until 8:00 AM and then pau.  Sunday didn’t have cartoons at all!  But Saturday mornings, there were cartoons until almost noon!  I could waste half my day watching cartoons.  But…
  • RIP Archie Andrews

    Rodney
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    What?  Archie is going to take a bullet for his gay best friend.  What happened to mellow Riverdale and Pop’s malt shop?  Since when were guns introduced?  And sexual orientation?   Okay, I just did some poking around and here’s what I found:   A heroic demise for iconic comic book character We all knew Archie Andrews would die one day, but now we know he’ll die a hero, taking a bullet for his gay best friend.   The beloved comic book icon will meet his glorious end in Wednesday’s installment of Life with Archie when he tries to stop an assassination attempt…
  • MLC Milestones

    Rodney
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Thanks for this fun topic idea, KAN!   What are some MLC Milestones that you can think of…   Joining AARP (or at least getting their mailers) Buying McDonalds Senior Coffee Qualifying for Ross’ Senior Discount Getting your first colonoscopy.  Or second.  Or third. Reviewing pension payouts plans Moving investments from Aggressive to Moderate/Conservative funds When my barber says “I’m not going to thin out the top – it’s already thin” – WHAT!?! Selecting a car based on comfort and not handling Your favorite radio station is the…
  • Thursday 3 – Random

    Rodney
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    Totally random thoughts…   If you had to move to another state other than Hawaii, what state would you live in?  Why? How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Elaborate please. Tell a joke.   Okay, here’s my replies:   If you had to move to another state other than Hawaii, what state would you live in?  Why? I think I would choose Washington state.  I like cold – and Washington state gets pretty cold.  Lots of Hawaii transplants live there.  Everything is green and fresh.  Pakalolo is legal. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  Elaborate please. Wait,…
  • Independence Days

    Rodney
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Since Independence Day just passed…   Do you remember when you became independent?  Whether it was to dorm for college or just find a place of your own.  When you had the freedom to come and go when you wanted?   For me, I don’t really have much to contribute to this topic because I never really did live on my own.  When I was going through college, I was living at home – just me and my mom.  And it remained that way for a few years after while I was just working full time – until I got married.   So I never did have to experience cooking for myself…
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Congratulations to Outrigger’s Quarterly Leaders

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, many segments of our company took time out to recognize and honor the members of our ‘ohana who have turned in exceptional performances during the second quarter of 2014. The names of the … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Employees of the Second Quarter 2014 Celebrated!

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ASHLEY CABRADILLA — The OHANA Waikiki East was host to the Employee of the Quarter celebration honoring standouts for the second quarter of 2014 on Tuesday, July 15. Barry Wallace, Bruce Schneider, Charlene Goo, Chuck Shishido, David Carey, Dr. … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Hosts Interns at OWK

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY ROBERT MCCONNELL — The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (OWK) has had a productive year thus far with our team members hosting several interns and Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) teachers.                 … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • TLP and TLR Celebrate Khao Phansa Day

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    BY PATCHAREE CHANANTHO (PAEW) — The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas (TLP) and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (TLR) joined the local community by providing a candle to the local temple “Sompan-Ngo Monastery” to celebrate Buddhist Lent Day or … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Green Thumbs Recognized at Outrigger!

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk (FBW) — BY ANNA LAU — How many times have you been pinched because you weren’t wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day? Perhaps we should use the same concept for someone who doesn’t recycle plastic … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    The Right Blue

  • Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita)

    BNS
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita)by B. N. SullivanThis week we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing  (by Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969) with a photo of a Scyphozoan known as the Moon Jelly.  Jellies of the genus Aurelia are common in coastal waters worldwide, including the Arctic. In the photo you can see the four oral arms suspended from the body of the jelly, arranged around the critter's mouth.  Along the edge of the bell of the Moon Jelly are tiny hair-like tentacles -- not really visible in this photo.  Both the tentacles and the oral arms…
  • The Spiny Puffer's Message: You can't touch this!

    BNS
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Spiny Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus)by B. N. SullivanYou can't touch this... and you definitely can't swallow it!That is the message that fishes in the Spiny Puffer family attempt to transmit to potential predators.  While other creatures defend themselves from predators by fleeing, or hiding, or with camouflage, members of this family (Diodontidae) inflate themselves.  In addition, evolution has armed these guys with another feature: rigid spines all over their bodies that are erected when the fish inflates. The Spiny Puffer's spines actually are like specialized scales. When the…
  • Blue Snowflake Coral (Sarcothelia edmonsoni), a Hawaiian endemic

    BNS
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Blue Snowflake Coral (Sarcothelia edmonsoni), a Hawaiian endemic Octocoralby B. N. SullivanThe underwater landscape in Hawaii is not known for the presence of soft corals. There are hard, stony corals aplenty on Hawaiian reefs, but the sea plumes, colorful Nephtheid soft corals, and sea fans found on most other tropical reefs around the world are largely absent in Hawaii.The pretty blue Octocoral pictured above is one of relatively few soft coral species that live in Hawaiian waters.  Some soft corals in Hawaii are not seen by divers because they grow at depths beyond…
  • Fine perch for a sea turtle

    BNS
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Green Sea Turtle perched on the coral at Pulau Sipadan, Malaysiaby B. N. SullivanSea turtles have a knack for finding comfy resting places on the reef.  Earlier this year I posted a photo of a turtle who had plopped down on a bed of soft corals to take her rest.  Here we have another Green Sea Turtle, perched this time on a table coral that jutted out from a steep bank. We spotted this turtle at the outset of our dive, and as we passed by the same spot about an hour later on our way back to the boat, she was there again -- or still! -- surveying the scene.  She looked so comfy…
  • Sea Plumes in the Caribbean

    BNS
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    A Caribbean Sea Plume (Pseudopterogorgia sp.)by B. N. SullivanIn earlier posts (such as this one about the Red Sea) I have noted that underwater scenery varies a lot from one region to the next.  Fauna characteristic of a given area can provide instantly recognizable clues to the location of a photo.  For the Caribbean and adjacent tropical waters, one of those clues is the presence of Sea Plumes like the one in the photo above.Sea Plumes can be found on patch reefs and along dropoffs throughout the Caribbean, as well as some areas of the south Florida coast, the Keys, and in the…
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Surfing in Hawaii – Why Is Surfing Fun?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Surfing in Hawaii is one of the ultimate past times for locals and visitors alike. Hawaii just happens to have some of the world’s funnest surf, so it’s little wonder why so many people spend so much time in the water. Why is surfing fun for so many people? What is it about floating on […]
  • What Is the Ideal Way to Move to Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    As we think about moving back to Hawaii, I’ve been considering how I want the process to go. I want the move to be smooth and with as little stress as possible. I’ve outlined on paper how I think the best way to go about it is, and now I’ll publish it here so you […]
  • Many Thoughts About Returning to Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:09 am
    I don’t know that I’ve written a personal journal type article here within the last year or so. So here goes, some thoughts about moving back to Hawaii. I’ve been living in Thailand for the past decade. Prior to this I lived in Hawaii for a couple years, and fifteen years before that I lived […]
  • Makapu’u Beach Park, Oahu Island, Honolulu, Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Makapu’u Beach Park 41-95 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimānalo, Hawaii 96795. This is very near “Sea Life Park” and “Sandy Beach”. Where is Makapu’u Beach Park? Makapu’u is located at the furthest point east on Oahu, Hawaii. Just past Sandy Beach going counterclockwise around O’ahu island on Kalanianaole Highway (State Route 72). The Makapu’u trail leading to […]
  • What Is Life Like in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    2 Jan 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Well, this might not be everyone’s life in Hawaii, but it is Ryan Ozawa’s! Here is a 1 second video grab with audio from every day in 2013. About Vern LovicAloha! I'm "Vern". I created this site to focus on Hawaii - all the islands - Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island and even Molokai and […]
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: On Pre-Emption

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren wanted to hear attorneys argue the issue of pre-emption today as multinational ag/chem companies sought to strike down key provisions in Kauai's new GMO/pesticide regulatory bill.Pre-emption is the primary issue, as the judge's ruling will determine whether the counties even have the power to make such a law. If they don't, the law is dead and efforts to regulate GMOs on a local level will have been dealt a severe setback. The case has drawn considerable attention due to its state and national implications.Former state Attorney General Margery Bronster,…
  • Musings: If Only

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Hanalei River boatyard owner Mike Sheehan apparently follows the adage “revenge is a dish best served cold.” Though it's been 16 years since Mina Morita helped get the tour boats out of the river, for Sheehan, it's payback time.By all accounts, Sheehan was the one who turned her in for operating unpermitted vacation rentals further up the river — an action that ended with Mina and her husband, Lance Laney, being ordered to pay $31,000 in fines and dismantle two structures.Now Sheehan's suing the couple andKauai County, claiming they polluted the river and altered its flow, then…
  • Musings: Money Pits

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    There's nothing so exquisite as the smell of hot sun on evergreens — except, perhaps, a sub-alpine meadow sprinkled with dozens of native wildflowers, all blooming their little hearts out in a riot of pollinator diversity.It's one of those natural wonders that money can't buy — nor replace once it's gone, which makes it all the more precious, wherever it's found.Money is certainly at the core of the GMO controversy on Kauai. The seed/chem companies want to make it, which is why they're busy experimenting, planting and shipping out their creations. The Realtors and land developers want to…
  • Musings: Rich Ironies

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    There's so much rich irony in the lawsuit that Kawailoa Development — owner of the Grand Hyatt and Poipu Bay Golf Course — has filed against Hawaii Dairy Farms.There's the irony of a 600-room luxury hotel and 18-hole golf course — a resort property that has its own tremendous environmental impacts — positioning itself in the role of environmental protector.There's the irony of a resort that pollutes in so many ways — catering to a steady stream of visitors arriving by carbon-producing aircraft, consuming immense amounts of energy and fresh water, generating mountains of trash,…
  • Musings: Proactive Preservation of Iwi Kupuna

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    No issue, aside from the related one of independence, has created as much painful turmoil as the treatment of Hawaiian burials, na iwa kupuna.Ancient burials have been repeatedly disturbed during construction, often leading to emotional confrontations on how they should be handled. On Kauai, we saw that play out in a big way at Naue, where Joe Brescia was allowed to build his home directly atop burials.At the time, Circuit Judge Kathleen Watanabe, who adjudicated much of the surrounding litigation, suggested those who sought greater protection for burials seek a legislative solution: “The…
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    Baron's Blog

  • Bringing the best out of the iPhone with the Beastgrip

    Baron
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    Got a new iPhone tripod mount and I have to say it's the best out of the four I've used. It's called the BeastGrip and can accomodate just about any smartphone, not just iPhones, so you won't have to worry about obsolesence with the design.
  • Keto: Chicken Katsu

    Baron
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:18 am
    Video of Keto Chicken Katsu here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mediabaron/14010562832/
  • Keto: Kung Pao Turkey Meatballs and Mock Fried Rice

    Baron
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Low carb and 100% delicious
  • Mock Fried Rice

    Baron
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Mock Fried Rice made with ‘riced’ cauliflower in the place of the rice. Only about 8 grams of net carbs and a lot healthier than the real thing but just as tasty.
  • My view of the lunar eclipse

    Baron
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    At times you couldn't see the moon because of the clouds, there was a slight drizzle of rain up in Glenwood but overall a pleasent night with temperatures in the 50s. This video is sped-up 400% and it was mostly shot with a 300/2.8L doubled to an effective 600mm lens.
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  • Conversation with David

    gigihawaii
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii:  Bird of Paradise. I was telling David about seeing the famous pianist, Andre Watts, perform in Bangkok, Thailand, where I worked as an English teacher in 1969.  And, then, I lived in Europe for three months and in New York City for 5-1/2 years, where I was exposed to the best classical performers in the world.  I saw the Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Barishnikov, the Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Polish violinist, Henryk Szeryng, among others. But, when I was a child, growing up in Hawaii, all I was exposed to were religious movies (such as “The Ten…
  • Summer Fun Finale

    gigihawaii
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    We all congregated at a local district park for Julia’s summer fun finale.  We enjoyed watching her perform with her first grade class. Here are some photos: This is a photo of the entire summer fun group, consisting of grades kindergarten through six: And this is a photo of Julia, her brother, and parents after the show: Maria and Grant celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary with a trip to the north shore as well as dinner later in the evening.  Congratulations, Maria and Grant!  What beautiful children you have!  You both are wonderful parents. David and I couldn’t be prouder…
  • Lucky us!

    gigihawaii
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Two new grab bars in our shower. David finally agreed that grab bars were necessary to prevent us from falling and hitting our head in the tub.  There already is a vinyl mat to prevent slipping, but we decided to do more.  Better to be safe than sorry. He purchased two 18 inch grab bars at Home Depot for $24 each.  Then, he hired Robert, who is a carpenter, to install them.  Since we use the shower feature exclusively, we wanted the bars rather high on the walls.  David said that tubs are for little children, but most adults prefer to take showers, instead. We thought Robert did a good…
  • Masked gun men

    gigihawaii
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii. David and I drove to our local bank and parked our car.  There was a cop standing next to his SUV across the lot, and he was observing people entering and leaving the bank.  We walked in and sat before a clerk, who proceeded to open individual checking accounts for us. While seated at the desk, I noticed the glare from the sunlight coming through the large window.  I reached into my handbag and pulled out my dark glasses.  As I put them on, I said, “The glare really bothers me.” The clerk replied that recently two masked gun men had robbed the bank.  When they ran out with…
  • Have a good day and count your blessings!

    gigihawaii
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii. Thanks for all your comments on the previous post.  Unbelievably, my blog received 518 views on Sunday, so it must have struck a chord with many people.  Ordinarily, my blog averages 300 views per day. David and I have been through so many ups and downs throughout our 34 years of marriage that it is remarkable we are still married. Some of you mentioned couples counseling.  Well, we’ve been there, done that.  Yes, we have experienced Marriage Encounter (twice), Love Circles, and psychotherapy for many years.  While all of that has been beneficial, we basically are still the…
 
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    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise Billy V

  • Chatting with Billy V and Mele Apana

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Billy V and Mele Apana join Grace and Rachel to chat about what's a buzz in the entertainment world...
  • Billy V: Top Grossing Movie Celebs, Gabby Pahinui

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (Hawaii News Now) - Forbes Magazine has just released it's list of the top money making actors, which include a couple of superheroes as well a few names you may recognize. The Gabby Pahinui Waimanalo Kanikapila is also coming up in a couple of weeks. Billy V and Mele have a quick preview...
  • Chatting with Billy-V and Mele Apana

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    It is time to chat with Billy-V and Mele Apana about the top entertainment stories this morning, including the number one movie at the box office, Adam Levine's marriage over the weekend and Mele Apana at Windward Mall...
  • Chatting with Billy-V and Mele Apana

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Time to check in with Billy-V and Mele Apana for this morning's top entertainment stories, including this past weekend's Goodwill Goes Glam event...
  • Chatting with Billy-V and Mele Apana

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    It is time to check-in with Billy-V and Mele Apana for this morning's top entertainment stories, including Hawaii Five-0 and Candace Cameron of Full House...
 
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    Kaaawa News

  • Candidate forum set for Tuesday, July 15

    ilind
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Ka`a`awa Community Association announces Ka`a`awa / Punalu`u Candidate Forum Tuesday — July 15, 2014 7:00 p.m. — Ka`a`awa Elementary School Meet the candidates for the Ko’olauloa House and Senate seats. We are inviting the candidates for Senate district 23 • Norm Brown (R) • Richard Fale (R) • Colleen Meyer (R) • Gil Riviere (D) and the candidates for Representative district 47 • Kent Fonoimoana (D) • Feki Pouha (R) The Ka`a`awa and Punalu`u Community Associations invite you to attend our Candidate Forum, where you will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates…
  • Signs of summer

    ilind
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    It is summer, and you see signs of it here in Kaaawa. At the top, a couple of roadside entrepreneurs ply their trade of the day. Coconuts, 2/$5. We drove by later. Just a few coconuts were left, and boys were gone. And its the season for those little silvery fish, the oama, and the groups of people who line up in shallow water along the shore to catch the little delicacies. But, it seems, there’s a generation gap. We came across this scene earlier this morning. Boy on beach with digital device. Family in water with fishing poles. Between, a great digital divide. Click on any photo to…
  • Sunday morning mist

    ilind
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:36 am
    It was something between a light rain and a blowing mist this morning in Kaaawa. We managed to make it through most of our regular morning walk before deciding it was time to get home and get dry. This was the view from Kaaawa Beach Park looking towards Kaaawa Valley and Kualoa. Click to see a larger version.
  • Kitten Alert: Seven beautiful kittens looking for good homes

    ilind
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:48 am
    Friends here in Kaaawa have a litter of seven wonderful kittens. They will be five weeks old tomorrow, ready for adoption in several weeks. And then are also looking for a permanent home for the mom, a beautiful calico. Click on the photo to see more kitten pictures. The kittens are beautiful. I’ll get some additional photos later this week. Our friend intends to get the kittens “fixed” before adoption. If you are at all interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with our friends.
  • Another special graduation party in Kaaawa

    ilind
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The occasion was a party to celebrate Ikaika Kanekoa’s graduation from Castle High School in Kaneohe. Party favors reflected his football career at Castle. Most grads would worry about how their family would be able to host the several hundred people expected to attend. But Ikaika’s family are experts in preparing this kind of gathering. His grandfather, Ward Lemn, has it down to an art, and several generations now work together to make it happen. These family gatherings have become very special neighborhood events, bringing together friends and neighbors, as well as relatives.
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • 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...
  • JUST LISTED: 92-281 Hoalii Pl, Kumulani MLS 201413690

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    We've got a new listing in breezy Kumulani, a gated community atop Makakilo. Although situated above the hustle and bustle of Kapolei, it's just an eight-minute car ride down the hill to Farrington Highway. Nearby areas on the west side can get pretty hot, but Kumulani keeps cool, even in the summer! Part of the Makakilo Ridge Association, Kumulani is a peaceful getaway with quiet streets, vibrant flora, and beautiful homes.  Fantastic curb appeal from Hoalii Place. This 5 bedroom/4 bath al...
  • Sold for $799,000 in Coconut Grove, Kailua.

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    A newer home in Coconut Grove is a rare find. Remodeled in 2007, this 2100+ sf Kailua property is just a short bike ride to the beach (a huge selling point for the buyer). Duplexes can share a lot of wall space with the neighboring unit, but this home is only minimally attached at a storage shed between garages.  This was a great deal for our clients considering the amount of interior living space in Kailua's Coconut Grove. The property also has a covered two-car garage and a ...
  • Honolulu Magazine's Best In Real Estate 2014

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Thanks to Honolulu Magazine and the Ward research team for naming me as one of 2014's Best in Real Estate.   The selection process was purely editorial; no one was able to buy his or her way onto the list. Ward Research surveyed more than 10,000 real estate professionals and HONOLULU Magazine readers.   The survey was based on customer satisfaction: Each person was asked to list a real estate agent, and a mortgage and an insurance professional they would recommend to a friend, and then ...
  • Why Buy In Kaimuki?

    25 May 2014 | 8:56 am
    While there are several great neighborhoods on Oahu, some are simply more well-known than others. What that means to buyers and sellers is that certain prime locations go virtually unnoticed.  One of these such neighborhoods is Kaimuki. Situated near two luxury areas, Diamond Head and Kahala, Kaimuki is just a ten-minute drive to Waikiki and fifteen minutes from downtown Honolulu.  Recent data suggests that sellers have been recognizing value in Kaimuki that many buyers ha...
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Announcing the newest edition of Kauai Trailblazer

    e komo mai
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here it is, hot off the press, our spanking new edition ready for your upcoming trip to the Garden Isle: This NEW 2015 SIXTH EDITION of our bestselling guide has been completely reivised and updated. It's packed with new activities, dozens of fresh photos, and a special Trailblazer Kids chapter for families headed to Hawaii's adventure island. Trailblazer guides, in print for more than two decades, are popular among independent and active travelers. The books are known for their user-friendly format, readability, and sharp graphics. You'll find all the mountain ridges, tropical gardens,…
  • Beyond stereotypical Hawaii: O'Keeffe and Ansel

    e komo mai
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Between 1939 and 1957 Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams made visits to the Hawaiian Islands. Adams was commissioned by the Department of the Interior for a commemorative publication for Bishop National Bank of Hawai'i (now First Hawaiian Bank) and Georgia was invited by Dole Pineapple to create illustrations for advertisements. Both were inspired to do more.During her two month stay in Hawai'i, O'Keeffe traversed Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and The Big Island, visiting beaches, rainforests, and pineapple plantations, and painting the dramatic coastlines, volcanic terrain,  and exotic flora. She…
  • Hot-footing Hawaii: Lava hikes on the Big Island

    e komo mai
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    New land is being created every second at Hawaii Volcanos National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii and—let's hear it for the Park Service—visitors are allowed to explore at will. The lava pictured above is the good kind, called pahoehoe (pa-hoy-hoy), which rolls and tufts like brownie batter. When fresh, the surface has an oily sheen. To actually see flowing lava these days, you need to leave the park and head to the Puna Coast, about an hour east of Hilo. Although prepared hikers will have no problem, there are hazards: heat exhaustion, getting lost, falling with landslides near…
  • Maui's Windward Beaches: Where the Locals go

    e komo mai
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Maui has more safe swimming beaches than any other Hawaiian island, and most of them are on the leeward (west) coast, a run of sand most of the way from the Gold Coast (Kihei-Wailua) in the south to Lahaina-Ka'anapali in the north. And all along this coast are condos, cars, and resorts.To check out the more-serene locals' scene, cross the island to the windward coast. Kanaha Beach Park (above) is laid back, in spite of its proximity to the airport in Kahului. You can take a short stroll to privacy in Spreckelsville, or hang around the beach park to watch some of the world's best kite-boarders…
  • Getting High on 'Mount Olympus' Oahu

    e komo mai
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    As is the the case for many hikes into Oahu's razorback Ko'olau Mountains, the trailhead begins at the end of neighborhood streets only a few miles from Waikiki—in this case at the Wa'ahila Ridge Recreation Area. Suburbia becomes wildlands after only a few steps. After a few thousand steps (three-plus miles and 1,900 feet in elevation) you achieve the narrow crest of the range, with a straight-down look at the Windward Coast.The Mount Olympus trail rends skyward in ramps and benches, narrowing to two feet in some places, where snarls of greenery disguise vertical dropoffs. But it is not as…
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    Pacific Reader

  • Beyond Honolulu.com

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I am happy to announce that I will be a contributing writer on my fellow writer-friend Jeremy Holcombe's up-and-coming website Beyond Honolulu! My first blog has recently been published: Top 3 Busiest Hikes on Oahu! Continue reading →
  • Get You & Your Car Home Safe, Call Designated Drivers Hawaii

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Several months ago I discovered one of the best and most useful services on the island, Designated Drivers Hawaii. After using them for the first time during New Year’s Eve I was sold and wrote about it on Aloha Update, Don’t … Continue reading →
  • Why I Love Lucky Belly

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I eat lunch in downtown Honolulu about once a week with Steve and Megan.  We usually fight over where to eat, but one place that we can always agree on is Lucky Belly.  This place has been packed at lunch … Continue reading →
  • Tahiti September 2013: The Surf

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    27 Jan 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The main purpose of our Tahiti trip was to SURF. We always heard that the surf in Tahiti was heavy and let me tell you it was! Tahiti is like Hawaii, with warmer water and swell year round, but since … Continue reading →
  • Tahiti September 2013: The Food

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    20 Jan 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Eating is usually my #1 priority in daily life, and especially on vacation! Tahiti is a French territory and has dominant French influence in the language, culture, and of course food.  Steve and I ate our way through Tahiti and … Continue reading →
 
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  • NUUANU – CHUBBYBOOB

    Fibes
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Location(s): Nuuanu Chinatown Arrival: July 22, 2014 Items: Custom cut tee and designs. We got some of Chubbyboob’s new tee designs in at our Chinatown location. Only while supplies last.
  • PEARLRIDGE – HELLZ BELLZ

    Fibes
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Location(s): Pearlridge Uptown Arrival: July 22, 2014 Items: Shorts, Tops, and Tees Hellz Bellz the original girls street gear! We got more Hellz in at our Pearlridge shop. Get them while supplies last.
  • PEARLRIDGE – NIKE SB

    Fibes
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Location(s): Pearlridge Uptown Arrival: July 14, 2014 Items: Janoski Camo Lunar / Koston Max / Brian Andersons / Janoski lows / Gatos A bunch of new Nike SB models in at the Pearlridge location. See more pics after the post.
  • PEARLRIDGE – SANTACRUZ X STARWARS BLISTER PACKS

    Fibes
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Location(s): Pearlridge Uptown Arrival: July 12, 2014 Items: Starwars Blister Packs We still got some limited Starwars x Santacruz decks left! Get yours before they are all out. A nice collectors edition.
  • FRIDAY FRIDAY – NARDO FOREVER

    Fibes
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Show: Nardo Forever Artist: Bernardo Bernard Where: In4mation Chinatown (1154 Nuuanu Ave. Honolulu HI 96817) Time: 6P-10P #bernardoforever #nardoforever #broadforever Please join us for July’s First Friday Show at our In4mation location in Downtown Chinatown. We will be featuring works by the late Bernardo Bernard, all art and proceeds sold will go to Bernardo’s family.
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    CrossFit 808

  • 24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's WOD:A. Three sets, not for time of:Double Unders x 30-40 repsStrict Handstand Push-Ups x 10-12 reps(add deficit if these are easy for you, if you don’t have them, perform L-seated DB presses)B. In teams of two, partitioning reps however you like, only one partner working at a time, complete:100 Burpees100 Dumbbell Ground to Overhead100 Box Jump Overs (24/20")The non-working partner must be in the designated resting position in order for the reps to count torwards their total:Burpees – Dumbbells extended overheadDumbbell Ground to Overhead – Hanging from a Pull-Up BarBox Jump…
  • 23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's WOD:A. Take 15 minutes to build to today’s 1-RM JerkB. Against a 3 minute running clock, complete:500 Meter RowWall Ball Shots x Max repsRest 3 minutesRepeat for a total of four sets.Schedule for this week:Thursday, July 24th - Normal Class ScheduleFriday, July 25th - CLOSEDSaturday, July 26th - CLOSEDMonday, July 28th - Normal Class Schedule*Outdoor workouts will be provided for Friday and Saturday! No kids class until Tuesday, July 29th at 3:30pm.
  • 22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's WOD:A. Take 20 minutes to build to today’s 1-RM CleanB. “Five-Minute Capacity Test”Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes of:5 Squat Cleans (135/95 lbs.)10 Burpees Over the BarbellSchedule for this week:Wednesday, July 23rd - Normal Class ScheduleThursday, July 24th - Normal Class ScheduleFriday, July 25th - CLOSEDSaturday, July 26th - CLOSEDMonday, July 28th - Normal Class Schedule*Outdoor workouts will be provided for Friday and Saturday! No kids class until Tuesday, July 29th at 3:30pm.
  • 21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's WOD:A. Take 20 minutes to build to today’s 1-RM SnatchB. Three rounds each for time of:500 Meter Row20 Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lbs)20 Toes to BarRest 2-minutesSchedule for this week:Wednesday, July 23rd - Normal Class ScheduleThursday, July 24th - Normal Class ScheduleFriday, July 25th - CLOSEDSaturday, July 26th - CLOSEDMonday, July 28th - Normal Class Schedule*Outdoor workouts will be provided for Friday and Saturday! No kids class until Tuesday, July 29th at 3:30pm.
  • 19 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Today's WOD:A. Two sets, not for time, of:Scapular Wall Slides x 6-8 reps @ 3030Quadruped Extension-Rotation x 10 eachB. In teams of 2, with only one person working,  complete for time:Run 400 Meters (together)100 Box Jump-Overs (24″/20″)Run 400 Meters (together)100 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)Run 400 Meters (together)100 Wall Balls (30/20)Run 400 Meters (together)*You may not begin until both athletes are back from the run.
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    Oahu Mom

  • July 19 & 20, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    I’m back!!  My summer got off to an amazing start with an extended vacation with my family and then when the trip ended I got to come home to Hawaii.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  Seriously, this is a great place to live and I’m so thankful I get to call it home.  It’s hard to feel too sorry for yourself that your vacation is over when you look out the plane window and see Oahu. The Weekend Events Page is updated for this weekend and highlights include the Prince Lot Hula Festival, Midsummer Night’s Gleam at Foster Botanical Gardens and free…
  • Break Time But I’ll Be Back!

    Lisa
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    I was considering taking some time off from the blog this summer and then life got extra busy and made the decision for me!  I got so busy so fast that I didn’t even have time to stop by here to leave a note until now. I’m bummed at the timing of things because there is so much fun stuff to do in the summer and I’d love to post a summer events page, tell you all about July 4th fireworks and more.  But my kids are home from school and we have a lot planned so I’m going to put my time and energy towards adventuring with my family for awhile. I plan to be back online…
  • May 10 & 11, 2014: Mother’s Day Weekend Events

    Lisa
    8 May 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Whether you are looking for a cultural experience, some time exploring nature or something else this Mother’s Day Weekend, chance are there is something happening on island that you will enjoy.  Check out the Weekend Events Page for information on Mother’s Day Events, the Hawaii Pet Expo, the Filipino Fiesta and more. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmothers and special aunties out there. You are a blessing to the keiki in your life!
  • April 26 & 27, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    25 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Weekend Events Page is updated for this coming weekend.  Whether you want to go to a Fair, learn about sea creatures, do some art or something else there’s probably something on the list that you’ll find fun.  Enjoy!
  • April 19 & 20, 2014: Easter Weekend Events

    Lisa
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    Lots of fun things to do this Easter Weekend!  Visit the recently updated Weekend Events Page for all the details and have a great weekend. Happy Easter!
 
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    Daily Maui Photo

  • Behind Black Rock, by Kris Nelson - Daily Maui Photo

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The cove area just behind Black Rock in Ka'anapali. Daily Maui Photo for July 24thPhoto © Kris Nelson - http://www.krisnelsonphoto.comVisit http://www.dailymauiphoto.com for more great Maui photos.
  • Simple Beach, by Kris Nelson - Daily Maui Photo

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A simple, yet beautiful, stretch of sand at D.T. Fleming. Daily Maui Photo for July 23rdPhoto © Kris Nelson - http://www.krisnelsonphoto.comVisit http://www.dailymauiphoto.com for more great Maui photos.
  • Big Beach, by Kris Nelson - Daily Maui Photo

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Open spaces at Big Beach in Makena of South Maui. Daily Maui Photo for July 22ndPhoto © Kris Nelson - http://www.krisnelsonphoto.comVisit http://www.dailymauiphoto.com for more great Maui photos.
  • Spirit of Lahaina, by Kris Nelson - Daily Maui Photo

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Spirit of Lahaina just off shore of West Maui. Daily Maui Photo for July 21stPhoto © Kris Nelson - http://www.krisnelsonphoto.comVisit http://www.dailymauiphoto.com for more great Maui photos.
  • Front Street from Upstairs, by Kris Nelson - Daily Maui Photo

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Front Street and the harbor from an upstairs restaurant in Lahaina. Daily Maui Photo for July 20thPhoto © Kris Nelson - http://www.krisnelsonphoto.comVisit http://www.dailymauiphoto.com for more great Maui photos.
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Surfing in Hawaii – Why Is Surfing Fun?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    5 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Surfing in Hawaii is one of the ultimate past times for locals and visitors alike. Hawaii just happens to have some of the world’s funnest surf, so it’s little wonder why so many people spend so much time in the water. Why is surfing fun for so many people? What is it about floating on […]
  • What Is the Ideal Way to Move to Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    As we think about moving back to Hawaii, I’ve been considering how I want the process to go. I want the move to be smooth and with as little stress as possible. I’ve outlined on paper how I think the best way to go about it is, and now I’ll publish it here so you […]
  • Many Thoughts About Returning to Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:09 am
    I don’t know that I’ve written a personal journal type article here within the last year or so. So here goes, some thoughts about moving back to Hawaii. I’ve been living in Thailand for the past decade. Prior to this I lived in Hawaii for a couple years, and fifteen years before that I lived […]
  • Makapu’u Beach Park, Oahu Island, Honolulu, Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Makapu’u Beach Park 41-95 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimānalo, Hawaii 96795. This is very near “Sea Life Park” and “Sandy Beach”. Where is Makapu’u Beach Park? Makapu’u is located at the furthest point east on Oahu, Hawaii. Just past Sandy Beach going counterclockwise around O’ahu island on Kalanianaole Highway (State Route 72). The Makapu’u trail leading to […]
  • What Is Life Like in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    2 Jan 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Well, this might not be everyone’s life in Hawaii, but it is Ryan Ozawa’s! Here is a 1 second video grab with audio from every day in 2013. About Vern LovicAloha! I'm "Vern". I created this site to focus on Hawaii - all the islands - Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island and even Molokai and […]
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  • Tobacco Death

    hawa6217
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. Using tobacco can be fatal, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 1 in 5 American adults uses tobacco. The CDC’s numbers for 2012 to 2013 work out to about 50 million people. At the CDC, Dr. Brian King tells what they could be in for: “All forms of cancer are addictive, and cause cancer and other serious health effects. Smoking alone has been shown to cause 14 forms of cancer, including lung, throat and liver cancer.” King says smoking…
  • Partial Closure of Haleko Road Scheduled Next Week for Repair Work

    hawa6217
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (LĪHU‘E) – One lane of Haleko Road will be closed next week to allow the Department of Public Works to repair a drainage ditch along the roadway. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, July 28 and is expected to be completed by Friday, Aug. 1. While the work is underway, flagmen direct traffic at the site. Motorists are advised to exercise caution while driving through the area, follow all traffic control devices and flagmen, as well as allow extra travel time. Anyone with questions can contact Scott Suga with the Roads Division at 241-4844.
  • Positive Thoughts: Far Better Things

    hawa6217
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
  • Tanning Myths: What You Don’t Know Can Burn You

    hawa6217
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire) – What we don’t know, can burn us. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cases in the United States. The ACS also notes that more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Meanwhile, melanoma, the most serious of type of skin cancer, will likely account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer in 2014, the ACS says. The numbers are equally alarming in Canada, where the Canadian Cancer Society estimates that 82,600…
  • Positive Thoughts: Honest All The Time

    hawa6217
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time.” Tom Hanks
 
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    Maui Makers

  • Dee Conlon’s workshop on Wearable Electronics – Friday July 25

    james yenne
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Dee will be providing a workshop on Wearable Electronics (WE) this week, specifically Wall Hangings.  Learn how to sew a NeoPixel circuit using stainless steel thread. Flora’s will be pre-programmed with a simple light show, that you can customize on your own after class.   The workshop is Friday July 25 – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  $50.00 covers the cost of materials – free instruction from an expert! Workshop details on Dee’s site: http://www.deesquiltdesigns.com Youtube video example of a quilt: Wearables Quilt Venue: Island Sign 355 Hukilike St, #117 Kahului,…
  • Arduino Workshop July 18 2014 – at Island Sign

    Jerry
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Laura Ulibarri is facilitating another Maui Makers Arduino Workshop on Friday July 18th (yeah just moding 11th) from 6-9pm. This time the event is being hosted at Doug Allan’s business location in Kahului. Doug is expanding upon his Island Sign business, to include “Maui Coworking at the same location. We are very pleased to be one of the first groups to utilize his new coworking space. (He also has a btchn nice flatbed CNC router) Please bring your laptops, tablets and smartphones. Doug does not have machines to share at this time. This would be a good opportunity to setup your…
  • July 2014 Monthly Public Meeting

    Jerry
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Our July Public Meeting/TalkStory will be Thursday evening July 3rd 2014 6-9pm at the Pu’unene School F2 building location. This is one of our public meetings – open to everyone. Come and find out about Maui Makers and the Maker Movement. We will have some of our equipment on display and possibly running some demonstrations if time allows. See the generic Public Meeting Page for directions and background. Format: a short semi-formal meeting with lots of general mixing and talk storyAgenda Items: * Introductions* Maker Facility/Meeting Status * Dremel Instructable Project * 3D…
  • Arduino Workshop for Friday June 27th – Venue Change

    james yenne
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:05 am
    Aloha Makers, The UH Maui campus is not available tomorrow Friday Jun 27th for the Arduino Workshop. We are going to meet tomorrow at *Cafe Carmen* in the Kihei Tech Park at our usual 6-9pm.  The address is: 535 Lipoa Pkwy, Kihei, HI 96753 Join us to talk story with Arduino projects and all Maker interests! Mahalo
  • Monthly Maker Meeting for June

    james yenne
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:47 pm
    We are meeting at the Puunene location at 6:00 PM this Thursday June 5th. We will be showing new Arduino electronics kits. Bob Conlon will talk about his home automation system including an Arduino Ethernet Temperature Reporting and Fan Controller that is switched on/off based on the difference between ceiling temperature and outdoor air temperature and/or any other temperature conditions. All home system data are available over Ethernet on an Arduino-based small web server. We are also looking at an LED cube and reviewing Neo-Pixels vs RGB LEDs: RGB LEDs require 3 arduino PWM digital ports…
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    Prudential Locations Blog

  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Kailua July 23, 2014

    My name
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The month of July belongs to Kailua - the relaxed beach community where sunny skies, turquoise waters and a small-town vibe provide a peaceful escape from the pace of city life. During the month of July we'll share useful information, helpful resources, photos, infographics and more to help you make the most of living in Kailua – or learn more about this popular town. Let's see if we can stump you this time! In the comments below, tell us where in Kailua this photo was taken and we will enter your name in a drawing to win a $30 gift certificate…
  • For Sale: Honolulu's Top 12 Most Extravagant Penthouses

    My name
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sneak Peak: Life on the Top “Jarvis, take me to my penthouse!” Has a nice ring to it, don't you agree? Life on the top offers stunning ocean views, luxurious amenities and upscale features, all within steps of your favorite shops, restaurants and beaches. These spectacular penthouses make for a perfect retreat in the sky - from formal libraries and security vaults to personal theatres and infinity bathtubs, they’ve got it all. So, if you've got a few extra million lying around (or you wish you did), feast your eyes on Honolulu's Top 12 Most Extravagant Penthouses for sale!
  • Kailua Neighborhood Overview - Who Lives There?

    My name
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The Residents of Kailua The Windward town of Kailua sits on the eastern shore of Oahu and beneath the Ko’olau mountain range. With only about a 25-minute drive to Metro Honolulu, Kailua gives its residents the best of both worlds: a quick commute to town and a peaceful place to call home. But who are the residents of Kailua? How old are they? How many are married? How much do they make? The median home value is $924,500 and the median condo value is $455,100, both of which are much higher than their respective Oahu medians. The average household income in Kailua is $95,190 and…
  • Statewide Hawaii Real Estate Market Report - June 2014

    My name
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    For the state of Hawaii as a whole, the number of sales is up 3% for single-family homes and down 13% for condos when compared to May 2014. The numbers show that median single-family home prices are are up 3% when compared to May and up 2% when compared to June, 2013. Median condo prices are up 1% when compared to last month, and are 11% higher than they were a year ago. It’s natural for June single-family home sales counts to be higher than May sales counts, as sales normally increase in the summer months. Statewide, it took a median of 61 days to sell a…
  • Oahu Real Estate Market Report - June 2014

    My name
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    In June 2014, we saw 318 single-family home sales on Oahu at a median price of $700,000. This is up 3% from May's median price and up 4% when compared to June last year. The number of sales is down 2% when compared to May but up 1% when compared to June last year. There were 412 condo sales on Oahu with a median price of $360,000. This is up 1% from May's median price and up 9% when compared to the same time last year. The number of sales is down 11% from May but up 4% when compared to the June last year. Both the single-family home and condo monthly medians are record highs for…
 
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    Communications Pacific | Public Relations Hawaii | PR Firm Honolulu

  • Strong Demand For The Ritz-Carton Residences, Waikiki Beach

    dnocon
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    80 Percent of the Waikiki project’s luxury residences now sold HONOLULU – The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach affirmed its status as one of Hawaii’s most sought-after luxury residential addresses with buyers snapping up the majority of the East Tower residences last week at the opening sales events, held simultaneously in Tokyo and Waikiki. The outpouring of early interest in the East Tower, only months after the West Tower residences sold out, indicates a healthy demand for luxury real estate in Waikiki as 80 percent of the project’s residences are now sold to buyers primarily…
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling On News Media And Public Access To Criminal Trials

    dnocon
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    High Court Rebukes Judge Who Held Secret Sessions During Trial of U.S. State Department Special Agent Accused of Murder in Honolulu HONOLULU –  In a ruling that media attorneys say is one of the strongest endorsements in the country regarding the right of the news media and the public to have access to criminal trial proceedings, the Hawaii Supreme Court sided with Hawaii’s only statewide daily newspaper – the Honolulu Star-Advertiser – and Hawaii News Now (a CBS and NBC affilitate) and rebuked a Circuit Court judge who held closed on-the-record hearings with attorneys in one of…
  • McDonald’s® Restaurants Of Hawaii Sponsors Pedestrian Safety Decals At 25 Elementary Schools

    dnocon
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    HONOLULU – Ronald McDonald’s famous red shoeprints will once again make an appearance across the state as part of this year’s McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Decal Installation Program. Over the past three years, McDonald’s will have installed 66 decals in more than 50 elementary schools. The program is part of the State of Hawaii’s Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month in August and is supported by the state Department of Transportation (DOT), the state Department of Education and all four county governments. “We are happy to support a traffic-safety…
  • First Insurance Company Of Hawaii CEO Allen Uyeda Retiring On July 31, 2014

    dnocon
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is preparing to bid aloha to Chief Executive Officer Allen B. Uyeda, who will be retiring on July 31, 2014. Jeff Shonka, who was named FICOH president on January 1, 2014, will succeed Uyeda as the new CEO effective August 1, 2014. “It has been a remarkable journey steering Hawaii’s oldest and largest insurance company through some important chapters in its 103-year history,” Uyeda said. “Over the past 19 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with FICOH’s associates and partners to create the future for our company and the…
  • First Insurance Company Of Hawaii Named One Of Nation’s Top 50 Property And Casualty Insurance Companies

    dnocon
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    HONOLULU – For the sixth consecutive year, First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has been named to the Ward’s 50 group of top-performing property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies in the United States. “We are proud to receive the distinction as one of the top 50 financial performers of all P&C insurance companies in the United States,” said First Insurance CEO Allen Uyeda, who is retiring at the end of July. “As the oldest and largest insurance company in Hawaii, we strive to provide superior services to Hawaii’s residents and businesses – a philosophy that has…
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    Hawaii Tours, Hawaii Activities, Things to Do | Roberts Hawaii

  • The arctic avian: Hawaii’s snowbirds

    arlank
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Arctic residents vacationing in Hawaii during the winter may recognize a familiar face – errr fowl. The kolea, known to the rest of the world as the Pacific golden plover, migrates to Hawaii and other warmer places in the Pacific during the winter to escape the harsh arctic cold. These expert long distance fliers have a long history with the Hawaiian culture and are even considered by some to be the incarnation of a Hawaiian god. There is fossil evidence showing that the kolea have been flying between the Arctic and Hawaii for at least 120,000 years. Some believe that certain islands in the…
  • Congratulations to Our Winning Drivers

    arlank
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Driving with Aloha is the best way to drive … and the only way we do. For the third consecutive year, our Roberts Hawaii drivers drove away with the championship in Hawaii Transportation Association’s (HTA) statewide competition for passenger vehicle drivers. Six Roberts Hawaii tour and school bus drivers hailing from Kauai, Oahu and Big Island collectively swept every competition category, Rookie of the Year award, and the Grand Champion title in the 2014 HTA Passenger Carrier Driving Championships. Held on June 14 at Leeward Community College, the annual competition challenges drivers…
  • Say Hello to the Sun at Haleakala National Park

    arlank
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The Big Island may have Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth, but Maui is home to a quieter, gentler volcano that also offers one of the best views of a sunrise or sunset on the planet. While many visitors endure the 3 a.m. wake up call and long drive to Haleakala’s summit to meet the sun, Haleakala National Park has much more to offer than just a spectacular sunrise including picturesque hiking trails, camping, and a host of rare flora and fauna. In Hawaiian, Haleakala translates to “the house of the sun,” and according to Hawaiian legend, it is where the demi-god Maui…
  • The Soothing Sounds of the Slack Key Guitar

    arlank
    22 May 2014 | 2:15 pm
    While the `ukulele may be the most widely recognized musical instrument associated with Hawaii, many kama`aina (locals) also consider the slack key guitar as one of the state’s instruments. While there are different theories on how the slack key guitar style was invented, the most popular story is that the first guitars were brought to the Hawaiian Islands in the 19th century by European sailors and Mexican and Spanish cowboys, who were hired to teach Native Hawaiians how to work the cattle farms. After working on the ranch all day, the cowboys would return to camp and play their guitars.
  • Saimin: A local food celebrity

    arlank
    1 May 2014 | 4:22 pm
    In Hawaii, kama`aina (local residents) are silly for saimin and for many, it’s considered the quintessential “Hawaii comfort food”. On a cool night, a hot bowl of noodles beats out the dinnertime competition. Not to be confused with Japan’s ramen, which it closely resembles, saimin is a local dish found only in the islands. The saimin noodle, while resembling other Asian noodles, is known for its square cut and slightly curly texture. While saimin is commonly prepared in a bowl of hot soup it can also be found fried and more recently – even as the “bun” for a burger in a twist…
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    Kona Impact » Blogs

  • Infographic – Is Hawaii Business Unfriendly?

    brian
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    We made our first infographic today. These are a visual representation of data or text. Taxes were on our minds, so that was the topic. You can download the graphic here: Is Hawaii unfriendly to small business? Permission is granted to freely distribute as long as the graphic or pdf remain as is, unedited. Is Hawaii unfriendly to businesses? hawaii-small-business-unfriendly The post Infographic – Is Hawaii Business Unfriendly? appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • Is Hawaii the Land of Oz for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses?

    brian
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” Dorothy, girl lost in the Land of Oz “The more things changes, the more they stay the same.” Alphonse Karr, French novelist There is a constant pull, a tug of war, between the sides that argue Hawaii is a unique land, a place like no other, and Hawaii is a fundamentally like any other place to do business. The truth is somewhere in between; that is, there are some unique aspects to business in Hawaii, and, for certain, most of the normal best practices found elsewhere tend to be apropos. Here, are three “Land of Oz” business…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    brian
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend. As we enjoy the beach, the BBQs and the fireworks, let us not forget the struggles of those who came before us to make the United States what it is today. By no means a perfect country, but by all means the best country in the world to live, work and have that ever so important concept of freedom to guide us day-to-day and into the future. See ‘ya on Monday, July 7! The post Happy Fourth of July! appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • What Makes Your Business Special?

    brian
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Most markets are brutally efficient. Start doing a bad job providing products or services to your customers and someone else will. Become arrogant and over price and a competitor will come in and eat your lunch. At Kona Impact we have worked with hundreds of businesses over the years, many of which have thrived because they keep innovating and meeting their customers’ needs. We’ve also seen many fail because they haven’t. The way to not only survive, but to thrive, is to be the best at what you do. By best, I mean the best products, service, order fulfillment, prices or some…
  • Project Compassion to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

    brian
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    One of Kona Impact’s favorite non-profits is Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii. It’s an extremely well-run organization, and their impact on the community is immense. I encourage anyone who has an interest in Habitat to check out the national website or the local website. Their list of accomplishment is vast and their management of resources is impressive. As with most non-profits, they need to fund raise. Houses are not built for free, even though a lot of materials and most of the human power is donated, there are still costs. One way you can support Habitat for Humanity West…
 
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