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  • Music tames the snarling beast

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    gigihawaii
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Thai or Cambodian temple rubbing, featuring musicians and dancers of long ago.  It hangs in my family room. David and I have been mulling over the new symphony season coming up in September.  Though we have not been informed about the program, schedule, and artists, we are inclined to purchase the season tickets by the July 31st deadline in order to keep our present seats near the left aisle.  I like our seats, because we can see the piano keyboard clearly. You should have been there for the final concert last month, when ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performed Yasui’s “Concerto…
  • A Concierge’s Guide to Hawaii Plate Lunch Spots

    So Much More Hawaii
    RPang
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Many Hawaii residents and visitors insist that time spent in the Islands isn’t complete without sampling that quintessential of local meals: the plate lunch. Appetite sating, near always affordable and ever delicious, the basic plate lunch formula calls for two scoops of sticky white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad (or mixed greens, if [...]
  • The Art [and Science] of the Mixed Plate

    So Much More Hawaii
    RPang
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    No matter which Hawaiian Island you visit, one meal you should definitely seek out and try is the mixed-plate version of the Hawaii plate lunch. With so many combinations of local comfort food to choose from, there is a mixed plate for just about every taste. If you’re visiting Hawaii for a vacation (or anything [...]
  • WATCH LIVE: Solar plane to land in Hawaii, public viewing scheduled

    KHON2
    Web Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The world’s first solar-powered, around-the-world flight is scheduled to land in Honolulu early Friday morning. Solar Impulse 2 is on the most challenging stretch of its journey: a nonstop flight of five days and nights from Japan to Hawaii. The plane, powered by 17,248 solar cells, fully charges its batteries each day to stay aloft at night. It is expected to land at Kalaeloa Airport at 6 a.m. (time subject to change). Honolulu is one of only four U.S. cities to host Solar Impulse 2. The plane began its journey from Abu Dhabi on March 8, 2015. So far, the plane has touched down in:…
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries
    Christa
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    by now most of my close friends, family and co-workers are aware, but at this time i will let everyone know: on may 9th i was diagnosed with cancer. i had to suck it up until i could get through all the testing and scans and get through some huge events and work projects but […]
 
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  • Firefighters respond to Kahana Villa Resort fire

    Web Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    On Maui, a hotel was evacuated Thursday because of a fire. Firefighters were called to the Kahana Villa Resort in West Maui just before 10 a.m. Thursday. Officials say the fire started in the kitchen in one of the units. No one was inside the unit at the time and firefighters were able to put out the blaze quickly. Damage is estimated at $20,0000.  
  • Visitor dies after car crash on Maui’s Haleakala Highway

    Web Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    On Maui, one person is dead and four others injured after their car went off Haleakala Highway in Kula, and crashed into an embankment and then a boulder. They’re all tourists from China. Police say the car hit a curve in the road near Palena Place but the driver kept going straight and then crashed. This happened just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The driver and three of his passengers are still in the hospital recovering. The fourth passenger died at the hospital. He’d been riding in the back and was not wearing his seat belt.  
  • Kapahulu road work fire raises concerns with other city projects

    Brent Remadna
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
        A fire that burned for hours and left two workers injured has lead the city to take a closer look at how they check for utilities. In February re-surfacing work began on Kapahulu Avenue. The project was supposed to take a little more than a year, but after crews struck a gas line, which resulted in a blazing fire, work has been halted. “This was a freak accident where two lines from the two utilities crossed and so to get over the one the gas line went up and over,” said Robert Kroning, director of the Dept. of Design and Construction. The city does have plans to…
  • WATCH LIVE: Solar plane to land in Hawaii, public viewing scheduled

    Web Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The world’s first solar-powered, around-the-world flight is scheduled to land in Honolulu early Friday morning. Solar Impulse 2 is on the most challenging stretch of its journey: a nonstop flight of five days and nights from Japan to Hawaii. The plane, powered by 17,248 solar cells, fully charges its batteries each day to stay aloft at night. It is expected to land at Kalaeloa Airport at 6 a.m. (time subject to change). Honolulu is one of only four U.S. cities to host Solar Impulse 2. The plane began its journey from Abu Dhabi on March 8, 2015. So far, the plane has touched down in:…
  • Caught on camera: Woman loads truck with items from donation bin

    Web Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
      When you donate things to charity, you probably expect that charity to receive it. But as KHON2 found out, that’s not always the case. A viewer sent in a video via Report It that shows a woman taking items left outside of a Goodwill drop-off bin in Kunia. According to the viewer, it happens all the time. But how big of a problem is it and, more importantly, is it illegal? Goodwill Hawaii has 25 donation centers across the state. This one’s on Young Street in town. They are not open around the clock so sometimes, people just leave their donations outside after hours.
 
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  • Delays prompt dismissal of men's goat theft case

    Nelson Daranciang
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    A state judge dismissed a criminal case against two men accused of stealing 23 goats from a Kahuku farm Tuesday because the prosecution took too long to take the men to trial.
  • Incidental Lives: While in Fiji, Navy surgeon lives 'every doctor's dream'

    Michael Tsai
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    If Victoria McDonald's first visit to Fiji bore the sweetness of a honeymoon, her second had the gravity, even more literally, of military operation.
  • Legislator was victim of ‘gang-style attack’

    staradvertiser.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    A retired Marine described Monday’s assault on state Rep. Tom Brower at a homeless encampment in Kakaako as a “coordinated, gang-style attack.” They were about 15 to 20 feet away as Brower reached the front of the Children’s Discovery Center where about 10 people enveloped the state lawmaker.
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    2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Hillary Clinton Faces More Liberal Democratic Fundraising Landscape By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DEREK WILLIS New York Times Hillary Rodham Clinton will seek out donors to her presidential campaign from a Democratic fundraising landscape vastly altered since her first presidential bid and far more ideologically aligned with the party's liberal activists.
  • Suit filed over firm’s sugar cane burning on Maui

    Timothy Hurley
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Aiming to put an end to cane burning in Hawaii, a Maui group has filed suit against the state Department of Health claiming that the regulatory system that allows open-air agricultural burning is unconstitutional.
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  • Feline Friday: On a mission

    Ian Lind
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    It’s Friday, July 3. A holiday in advance of the July 4 holiday. I started the day without a single new cat photo since last Friday’s batch. I chased cats for a while, but today’s pickings are still pretty thin. I like this photo of Ms. Kili and Mr. Romeo. It reminds me of a […]
  • Throwback Thursday: Threesome from a 1956 family trip to the island of Hawaii

    Ian Lind
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    I think these three photos all date from the same extended trip to the Big Island in 1956. I scanned these from two contact sheets made of the 35mm negatives found in a manila envelope marked “1956”, but I’m not certain they all were together originally. The scans from the tiny prints aren’t the best […]
  • Another quick meal (with photo)

    Ian Lind
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    We were coming home late a few days ago and stopped off to shop with an eye towards something quick and easy that would also use lots of what we already had on hand at home. I ended up grabbing some ground turkey, and here’s what emerged. We ended up with a turkey patty and […]
 
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  • Police are searching for a Hilo woman wanted on a warrant

    Baron
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 19-year-old Hilo woman wanted on an outstanding bench warrant. Cristinalynn Kainani Wakita is wanted for contempt of court. She is also wanted for questioning in other investigations. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 2, 2015

    Baron
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Active flows are slowly covering and widening the flow field. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Japanese visitor robbed in Waikoloa Wednesday (July 1)

    Baron
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to an encounter Wednesday (July 1) between a Japanese tourist and two unknown men in the Waikoloa resort area. At 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, South Kohala officers responded to a report of a robbery fronting a shopping area on Waikoloa Beach Drive near the intersection of Kuʻualiʻi Place. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Is Earth’s Neighbor Volcanically Active?

    Baron
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Scientists who study Venus have demonstrated convincingly that the planet’s surface has been shaped by active tectonics and volcanic activity. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police warrants list for Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Baron
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 29, 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Local Industry News Jul. 2  PBN: Pilot breaks records as Solar Impulse nears Hawaii for a sunrise landing on Friday Jul. 2  PBN: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission transferred to another state department Jul. 2  USA Today: Solar-powered plane nears Hawaii in record-setting flight Jul. 2  Star-Advertiser: New law removes ethanol mandate for isle gasoline Jul. 2  PBN: NextEra Energy open to developing wind and solar projects on Hawaii public lands Jul. 2  PBN: Honolulu energy consulting firm to develop microgrid project on Kauai Jul. 1  Star-Advertiser: Crew…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 22, 2015

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Local industry news Jun. 25  Civil Beat: Hawaii's new renewable energy law is 'leading by example' Jun. 24  PBN: Hawaiian Electric opening first fast electric vehicle charging at Dole Plantation Jun. 24  PBN: Hawaii Gov. Ige touts large solar farms planned for Oahu to Washington audience Jun. 24  PBN: Oahu's only construction and demolition debris landfill facility expanding Jun. 23  PBN: Hawaiian Electric's plan to build LNG terminal uncertain at this time Jun. 23  Star-Advertiser: NextEra not bound to other isle projects if HEI deal fails Jun. 23…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 15, 2015

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    Local Industry News Jun. 18  Civil Beat: Progress on renewable energy goal requires diligence Jun. 18  PV Solar Report: Hawaii will get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 Jun. 18  Star-Advertiser: Solar plane ready to fly to Hawaii, but weather keeps it grounded Jun. 18  Star-Advertiser: Kahuku wind farm developer touts low electric bills Jun. 17  PBN: Major Hawaii transportation energy plan unveiled Jun. 17  PBN: Major Hawaii ocean energy project shelved Jun. 17  Star-Advertiser: The ocean generates electricity via a rig off Oahu Jun. 17…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 8, 2015

    8 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Local Industry News Jun. 12  Star-Advertiser: Decision on HEI sale could come in June 2016 Jun. 11  PBN: Henk Rogers: Hawaii is the energy big brother to other islands in the Pacific Jun. 11  PBN: Hawaii's major transportation energy plan to be unveiled next week Jun. 11  CleanTechnica: 100% renewable energy goal for Hawaii: Governor signs bill Jun. 11  EcoWatch: Hawaii enacts nation's first 100% renewable energy standard Jun. 11  PBN: What's next for NextEra Energy's $4.3B purchase of Hawaiian Electric? Jun. 11  Civil Beat: Achieving the impossible: a…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 1, 2015

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Local Industry News Jun. 5  PBN: Hawaii governor expected to sign bill setting state's 100% renewable energy goal Jun. 5  PBN: National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai raises $280K through WEfficiency crowdfunding campaign Jun. 5  Star-Advertiser: Koa grower poised to sell 'carbon credits' Jun. 5  PBN: PBN panelists weigh in on what Hawaii needs to do to be self-sustaining Jun. 5  Star-Advertiser: New Kahuku wind farm encounters opposition Jun. 4  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny SunEdison's bid to build new solar farm on Oahu Jun. 4  Utility Dive: Danish…
 
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    Hawaii Reporter

  • Frankie Zoly Molnar S/SGT U.S.A. - SELFLESS DISPLAY OF GALLANTRY

    Duane Vachon
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:12 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Have discovered another characteristic that the heroes I write about in these articles share selflessness. I am thinking of selflessness as an adjective, someone who has little or no concern for themselves, especially regarding fame, position, or money and is always more concerned with others wellbeing than their own. Molnar joined the Army from Fresno, California in 1962, and by May 20, 1967 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. During an enemy assault on that day, in Kontum Province, Republic…
  • Master Sergeant Charles Lindwald U.S. Army - IT TOOK 36 YEARS , NOW HE IS HOME

    Duane Vachon
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Recently I was speaking with a friend from LA Porte Indiana who asked me if there were any Medal of Honor recipients from La Porte. I was pretty sure there weren’t any however I did some research and confirmed that was the case. That does not mean there aren’t any heroes from La Porte. This article tells the story of one of those heroes. After 36 years of missing in action in Vietnam, Master Sergeant Charles W. Lindewald of Detachment A-team 101 Company C, 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army, was buried in a February 4, 2005, service in Arlington National…
  • Alfred V. Rascon Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army - LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

    Duane Vachon
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on September 10, 1945, as the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. The Rascon family, in search of a better way of life, emigrated to the United States. They settled in Oxnard, California, where Rascon received his primary and secondary education. On August 1963, he graduated from Oxnard High School and enlisted in the United States Army. Rascon received his Basic training in Fort Ord, California, and after completing he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for basic and specialist medical training. After he graduated…
  • Remembering D-Day - June 6 1944

    Duane Vachon
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    HONORING D-DAY BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. It was on this day, seventy-one years ago that the greatest invasion the world had ever witnessed began. Rather than write about Heroes from Vietnam I thought it would be appropriate to share the article below to honor the 10000 allies that died on that day. D-Day Remembered: A Historical Perspective By Christopher Kelly Seventy-one years ago on June 6, 1944 the Allied armies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what was the greatest American invasion of all time. The night before, on June 5th, American…
  • William E. Adams Major U.S. Army - COURAGE AND HONOR ARE NEVER OUT OF SEASON

    Duane Vachon
    31 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    BY DUANE ALLAN VACHON, PH.D. For the last several months this column has been featuring Medal of Honor recipients from Indiana. Many of those recipients were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in wars that many of us have forgotten. Aside from the fact that I am a Hoosier by birth I wanted to feature those heroes to make sure they are never forgotten. Our country owes it to those men indeed to all who have served in the armed forces of America to not let their service be forgotten. Since I featured some of the heroes from my home state, I thought it would be an idea to feature some of the…
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    The Cat Dish

  • #40Trails No. 8: Friendship Garden in Kāneʻohe

    Catherine Toth Fox
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    HIKE: Friendship Garden, Kāneʻohe, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: 0.6 mile DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Short hike with great views of Kāneʻohe Bay, historic, great for kids, pet-friendly Dog owners are always on the lookout for pet-friendly hikes. So when I heard about a little-used trail in Kāneʻohe that allows leashed dogs, I quickly put it on my #40Trails list. But the Friendship Garden wasn’t exactly what I had expected. For starters, it has a very interesting history. The sign at the start of the trail. Turns out, this 10-acre on the slopes above Kāneʻohe Bay — above the…
  • Sunny and the vet bill

    Catherine Toth Fox
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Anyone with pets will understand this. There is nothing more frustrating than a sick animal. They can’t effectively communicate with you what’s going on, how they’re feeling, or what they just licked. Aside from the obvious signs — vomiting, limping — you pretty much can only guess what’s ailing them. On Saturday evening, just before dinner, Sunny, our Pomeranian-toy fox terrier mix, started acting strangely. And when I say “strangely,” I mean “stranger than usual.” She’s typically a strange dog to begin with, often acting more like…
  • #40Trails No. 7: Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli Trail in Temple Valley

    Catherine Toth Fox
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    HIKE: Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli, ʻĀhuimanu, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: About 1.5 miles roundtrip (50 minutes total) DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Short hike with big payoff, views of Kāneʻohe Bay, well-worn trail, great for kids, dog-friendly You won’t find much written up about this hike. Even in Stuart M. Ball’s “The Hikers Guide to Oʻahu,” the Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli in Temple Valley is listed as a closed hike. The description is short and sweet — and accurate: “The climb to its top is short, but steep.” Finding the trailhead is the hardest part of…
  • #CatTravels: Top 5 Moments in Wine Country

    Catherine Toth Fox
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Two full days in Wine Country is not long enough. I already knew that in planning this past weekend’s jaunt to Northern California to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. But my husband doesn’t have many vacation days, so we were going to have to make this work. And it really is entirely possible to see, drink and eat a lot in two full days. Here’s the catch, though: My husband has never been to Wine Country. Ever. So this was all going to be new to him. That put a little more pressure on me to find the right things to do, wineries to visit and restaurants to patronize.
  • #CatTravels: Wine Country, it’s been awhile

    Catherine Toth Fox
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Let’s put it this way, the last time I was in Wine Country in California, Instagram didn’t exist, Ann Curry was still on “Today,” and no one was taking selfies with an iPhone. It was 2010 — and man, things have changed. For one, I actually drink wine now. That’s quite a change from the last three visits to Napa and Sonoma, when I either sipped champagne or served as the boring-but-important job of designated driver. This weekend — actually, in a few hours — my husband and I are heading to Sebastopol, Calif., a quaint town in Sonoma, just 20 minutes from…
 
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • The Art [and Science] of the Mixed Plate

    RPang
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    No matter which Hawaiian Island you visit, one meal you should definitely seek out and try is the mixed-plate version of the Hawaii plate lunch. With so many combinations of local comfort food to choose from, there is a mixed plate for just about every taste. If you’re visiting Hawaii for a vacation (or anything [...]
  • A Concierge’s Guide to Hawaii Plate Lunch Spots

    RPang
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Many Hawaii residents and visitors insist that time spent in the Islands isn’t complete without sampling that quintessential of local meals: the plate lunch. Appetite sating, near always affordable and ever delicious, the basic plate lunch formula calls for two scoops of sticky white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad (or mixed greens, if [...]
  • Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

    RPang
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    Tracking the movement of tiger sharks in Maui waters and night diving with manta rays off Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast. Yup. Chalk these up to another couple of days and aquatic adventures in the life of noted animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin for his Emmy-winning ABC series “Ocean Mysteries.” After watching the series’ two [...]
  • Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

    RPang
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    Travel writer Jody Robbins has covered some of the world’s most exotic destinations for many of Canada’s most popular publications including WestJet Magazine, Calgary Herald, Today’s Parent, and others. In the below interview, Jody reveals what makes the Hawaiian Islands stand out. What has been your most memorable Hawaii activity? Each Hawaiian island is so [...]
  • Get Outside and Go!

    RPang
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Travelers often gain a new appreciation for culture when exploring the great outdoor playground of Hawaii Island. Read on for tips by Jaisy and Brian who are eager to share their recommendations on unexpected land and sea experiences found nowhere else in the world. Director of Public Relations Jaisy Jardine, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii “For [...]
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    Hawaii Blog

  • The Armchair Adventurer Rolls into Dole

    Ryan Ozawa
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:04 am
    Robert Welch is a long-time avid tabletop gaming fan, spending hours playing board games with friends while working as an English as a Second Language teacher. He was a regular customer of Just For Fun, a hobby shop in Aiea, and just happened to be friends with the nephew of owner Glen Fong. Fong would go on to open The Armchair Adventurer in Kalihi in 2003, a place “for the kid who never grew up.” But last year, Welch’s friend mentioned that his uncle was thinking of selling the store. “I mentioned it to my wife, and she said, ‘Why didn’t you offer to…
  • App Enables Advance Ordering at Isle Restaurants

    Ryan Ozawa
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:52 am
    A locally built app for hungry people in a hurry helps customers order ahead, while also helping businesses find and keep new customers. Dodecki only hit the Apple App Store in March and came out for Android in May, but has already added its 100th restaurant. “It’s really picking up,” says Dodecki cofounder and CEO Michael Gifford. “We have six team members now, though most are still working for love.” On the consumer end, Dodecki offers an easy way to order and pay for meals at quick-service restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and other eateries before…
  • Bikeshare Hawaii Pedaling Toward Reality

    Ryan Ozawa
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    Plans to launch a bike sharing system in urban Honolulu took another step forward last week when both the city and state each committed $1 million in seed funding to Bikeshare Hawaii. Bikeshare Hawaii is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making bikesharing a reality, led by friend and brilliant designer Ben Trevino and runner and experienced executive Lori McCarney. I love that they’re focused on the pedal-powered side of shared transportation at the same time other friends are working on setting up a car sharing company. The $2 million in funding provides a solid foundation…
  • State Gets First Chief Innovation Officer

    Ryan Ozawa
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
    The man appointed by Gov. David Ige to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure is apparently taking on a broader role, with a title change from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. Nacapuy heads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was created in 2011 thanks to a $3 million grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation. Along with the new office came the state’s first Chief Information Officer, Sonny Bhagowalia, who led an ambitious effort to transform the state’s technology and business processes. The challenge was…
  • Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

    Ryan Ozawa
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:37 am
    The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent French yachtsman Alain Thebault, who set the 500-meter speed sailing record in 2009 and still holds the record for D-class vessels (over 300 feet long). Thebault, co-pilot Jacques Vincent, and a crew of four Americans left Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23. The fact that two…
 
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  • Musings: People Problem

    Joan Conrow
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Kauai County Council is again engaged in time-wasting— namely, its plan to vet the idea of a county manager position.Long the cherished dream of Ken Taylor, Glenn Mickens and Walter Lewis, the manager concept gained traction when they approached Councilman Mason Chock, who just can't say no. So now an idea previously considered and rejected by the charter commission after it conducted road shows to gauge public interest — there was none — is the focus of a fullblown Council subcommittee.To its advocates, the manager position is code for this belief: The county needs a white guy from…
  • Hawaii's Last Anti-GMO Law Overturned

    Joan Conrow
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    A federal judge has overturned the last anti-GMO law in Hawaii, firmly establishing state and federal preemption rights throughout the Islands.In striking down a voter-approved moratorium on growing GM crops yesterday, Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway determined the Maui ban “is expressly preempted by federal law.” Her ruling goes further than two court decisions that last year invalidated the Kauai and Big Island anti-GMO laws.U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren did not address the federal preemption question last August when he overturned Kauai Ordinance 960, which…
  • Musings: Trailer Trash

    Joan Conrow
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Watching the evening sky, I see Jupiter is moving ever closer toward Venus.And watching the latest piece of anti-GMO propaganda, I see that Kauai is moving ever closer toward apocalypse — unless we let folks like Don Heacock save us. I'm talking about the trailer for “Aina,” described by one promoter "as an "amazing fact-based film." It will hold its July 26 premiere on Kauai, which an unidentified man on camera unequivocally proclaims as "thehot spot on the planet for pesticide exposures."Really? Hotter than Indian farmers applying paraquat with backpack sprayers and no protective…
  • Musings: Disconnect

    Joan Conrow
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Has anyone else noticed the schizophrenia of Hawaii's agri/enviro activism?On the one hand, we have the Sierra Club suing to prevent the reclassification of 1,500 acres of ag land on Oahu for the 11,750-unit Hoopili housing project. It is arguing, in part, that the state isn't doing enough to designate Important Ag Lands, and this land meets all the criteria.On the other, we have the Sierra Club and its attorney, EarthJustice, actively working with self-proclaimed “green” groups and “aloha aina warriors” to destroy agriculture on acreage already classified as Important Ag Land.Through…
  • Musings: Sandbagged

    Joan Conrow
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Back in December 1996, a very high surf event caused extensive erosion along a stretch of shoreline in Haena, threatening three houses.Kauai County and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources allowed the  landowners to install a sandbag revetment in front of five contiguous oceanfront lots. The county issued a Special Management Area emergency permit for what was supposed to be a temporary fix. Condition #5 of the permit clearly states that “[t]he emergency shoreline protection measures shall be temporary [emphasis added] until acceptable permanent…
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    The Maui News

  • LHS Foundation presents more than $179,000 in scholarships

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Lahainaluna High School Foundation presented 43 administered scholarships from 29 different donors, for a total awarded amount exceeding $179,000 at a ceremony in Lahainaluna's new cafeteria on May 6.
  • Training center provides police with tactical medical program

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Maui EMS Training Center conducted a Law Enforcement First Response - Tactical Casualty Care course in April.
  • Local Briefs

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Free drop-ins this week at Maui Fit UH Maui Fit is offering free drop-ins to any of its fitness classes from Monday to Saturday, followed by 50 percent off summer membership starting July 6.
  • Rotary Clubs bring home district awards

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Four Maui Rotary Clubs recently took home awards at the Rotary International District 5000 Convention at the Hilton Waikaloa Resort on the Big Island in the categories listed below: * The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise was named Club-of-the-Year fo...
  • Scholarships perpetuate the legacy of Bill Conner

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Valley Isle Road Runners has initiated a new scholarship to perpetuate the legacy of Bill Conner, a longtime member of the Maui running community.
 
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Letter: Historic Supreme Court Decision for A Gay Marriage

    Alan McNarie
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    The recent Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry is an historic victory not only for gay and lesbian Americans but for all Americans who cherish equality, liberty, and justice for all. Reassuringly, this ruling bears witness that “equal justice under law”—words that are etched into stone on the front of the Supreme Court—has at long last triumphed over discrimination and inequity. With the landmark ruling, same-sex marriage now becomes legal in all 50 states. My guess is we’ll get used to it in no time.    …
  • Letter: New Coalition Opposes those who “Blunt Progress.”

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Dear Editor: The purpose of the Big Island Community Coalition is to work towards reduced electrical energy costs on the Island of Hawaii – where we pay up to four times the national average for our power.  We are particularly sensitive to electric power rates as very high rates serve essentially as a regressive tax on our population while greatly reducing the probability of generating jobs in any sector that is dependent on electricity. There are occasions when events are so alarming that groups such as ours feel compelled to move beyond our primary task.  This is such a time. We have…
  • “Laugh Under the Stars” to Help Prevent Bullying

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    “Laugh Under The Stars,”  a family-friendly night of music and comedy will be held on Friday, September 18 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium with Augie T, Taz Vegas, Frank DeLima, Shar Carillo, and Bu La‘ia. The event, part of a series of shows across Hawaii, will be a benefit for B.R.A.V.E Hawai‘i in an effort to bring an anti-bullying message to school-aged youth. Doors for Hawai‘i Island show open at 7 p.m.; the  show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 for VIP seating including a free Augie T CD. Tickets for both shows are…
  • Belly Dancers to Descend on Honolulu

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12. “This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.” Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly…
  • Biker Who Died was Riding in the Dark without Headlights

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Police have determined that  23-year old man who died following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night (June 16) in Volcano was riding a non-street-legal dirt bike with no headlights at the time of the accident, which occurred  near the 25-mile marker in the Volcano area of Puna. Responding to an 8:34 p.m. call, police found  that the rider,  who has been identified as Ronson Bento of Volcano, was riding a 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike, heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a southbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that was making a left turn onto Nahelenani Street. Bento, who was not…
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    Bytemarks

  • Solar Impulse approx. 24 hours from Hawaii

    Burt
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    It appears that Solar Impulse is ahead of schedule by about 4 hours. It is now in a holding pattern flying almost due west, away from Hawaii. As the new day starts, batteries are at approximately 20+%. This is the last full day for recharging before arrival to Hawaii.
  • Mixed outcome for PISCES budget

    Burt
    9 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Bytemarks Cafe w/ Rob Kelso, Henk Rogers, Noah Hafner & Joan Matsukawa We just interviewed Rob Kelso and Henk Rogers on Bytemarks Cafe to learn about PISCES and the opportunity for an aerospace industry in Hawaii. We touch on the topic of funding for PISCES during this legislative session. This press release provides some additional insight into the situation: Hawaii Legislature Approves $8.5 Million PISCES Headquarters; Rejects Funds Needed for General Operations Hilo, Hawaii – The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, is in an awkward financial…
  • My wearable choice #AppleWatch

    Burt
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
    Sport Space Gray, 42 mm with Black band Buying Apple products has become an experience in and of itself. Ever since last year’s Apple Watch announcement, April 10th was one of Apple’s most anticipated product launches. At 9:00pm HST you could go online and schedule a try-on and/or order online. I managed to grab a 9:45 appointment and had the pleasure of experiencing the launch of a brand new computing category, the wearable. Casio Pathfinder It’s been more than 10 years since I’ve worn a watch. My last watch was a Casio Pathfinder with triple sensor including…
  • Real Office Centers (ROC) Chinatown @roc_usa

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

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

  • Episode 357: Startup Weekend Honolulu 2015 – July 1, 2015

    Burt Lum
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    In this hour, we’ll hear about an upcoming event focused on digital media businesses from Bee Leng Chua, and Mike Gifford will tell us about a new app call Dodecki that’ll help you avoid wasting time in line at your favorite restaurants. Finally, we’ll hear from the winners of the latest Startup Weekend Honolulu, including for the first time a high school student. Stay tuned to meet Liam Clive of Mentorship.link, Constantin Dumba of Grumble and Jenn Lazariuk of All About. If you are interested in joining the Mentorship.Link beta program as a participating business or a…
  • Episode 356: Podcasting 2015 – June 24, 2015

    Burt Lum
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:09 am
    Kicking off this hour, we’ll hear first-hand from organizers of three special events coming up in the next few days. Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association returns to tell us about tomorrow’s Women in Tech panel. Then Dave Raatz from the Maui County Council joins us by phone to tell us about the annual Hawaii State Association of Counties conference. Then, Dave Ulrich from Pacific New Media joins to fill us in about this weekend’s f808 Photo Hawaii festival. Finally, after the break, we’ll dedicate the rest of the show to explore the resurgence of…
  • Episode 355: Science Communicators – June 17, 2015

    Burt Lum
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:38 am
    On tonight’s special edition of Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll jump right into our conversation with a couple of news guests. Wei Fong from Interisland Terminal joins us to talk about the June Kaboom at Agora. Then Jay Fidell returns to tell us about the next ThinkTech panel on Military in Hawaii. Finally, we’ll meet a local group called the Science Communicator Ohana. Science is, in fact, behind more and more of the stories leading the news, making the ability to explain and provide context even more important. What are some of the tools and strategies communications professionals…
  • Episode 354: Sharing Economy – June 10, 2015

    Burt Lum
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:24 am
    We start things off with a couple of special guests, who tell us about their upcoming events. Bryan Butteling from Sultan Ventures is here to tell us about the next Startup Weekend. Then Ian Kitajima is here to fill us in on the annual Design Thinking Bootcamp. Finally, we’ll talk about the sharing economy with Ben Trevino from Bike Share and Aaron Landry from Car2Go Honolulu. Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 353: Cyber Security Framework – June 3, 2015

    Burt Lum
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Today we’ll get right to our great guests. First up, Alan Tamayose will tell us about the upcoming Kamehameha School EdTech UNconference. Then, Bob Monroe joins us to tell us about Hacker High School. Then, continuing our “hacker” conversation, we’ll move onto our main topic after the break. Zal Azmi from Nexus Solutions LLC and Andrew Lanning from Integrated Security Technologies will join us to share their perspectives on cyber security. Additional links: NIST – Cyber Security Framework Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - TechHui

  • Celebrating...

    Robert J. Vitello
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    We’re celebrating our having picked up two more engagements in June, for the States of Georgia and Oklahoma, with a tip of the hat to Andrew Hoppin (NuCivic.com) who, several years ago, got me focused on a business model based on long distance, distributed project teams. Justin, of course, continues to do the heavy lifting. Lately I’ve been reviewing issues of long distance worker health and safety, and of information security with respect to access to corporate information from the remote locations where our developers reside. These are topics that are easily overlooked as time passes.
  • HTDC is looking for qualified business mentors to assist innovate small businesses on the islands of Maui, Hawaii Island, and Kauai!

    Cindy Matsuki
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Hi TechHui! I wanted to let you know that HTDC has an RFP out, looking for business mentors on Maui, Hawaii Island, and Kauai, to help small businesses grow as well as to represent HTDC. If you are interested, please check out the RFP. Please forward to anyone you think might be interested as well! Last chance to ask questions regarding the RFP is next week Tuesday.  Much aloha! Cindy
  • JavaScript Game Engines

    Douglas Ching
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Recently I’ve been interested in games created using JavaScript.  JavaScript is everywhere and works with a lot of devices and platforms including mobile devices that run on iOS, Android, Windows and FirefoxOS. On the web seems that games using HTML and JavaScript have started to replace those using older technologies like Flash.  Here is a list of JavaScript libraries that I have seen recommended for creating games. To compile this list I looked at libraries that are free, preferably open source, actively updated and focuses mainly on 2D. CreateJS http://createjs.com/ CreateJS is a suite…
  • Spaceballs

    David Chung
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I like to hone my problem-solving skills by going over some programming contest questions and I also like to use programming contest problems in interviews because it allows me to gauge whether the candidate is a just a coder or a problem solver. That's not to say that if you can't come up with a correct solution, you aren't a problem solver -- if I'm the interviewer, I'm more interested in how you approach the problem and whether you can break up and present the problem in an abstract manner. So here is a programming contest problem I used recently in an interview: Spaceballs! My Alma Mater…
  • Where to work

    Robert J. Vitello
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    We work on long distance projects from home offices. We should have invested in solar years ago. Now Hawaii Electric is telling us we'll have no power as they replace telephone poles in our area. We're scrambling to find a place with access to the Internet from where we can participate in Skype and GoToMeeting scrums. Any ideas?
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • The Maui GM Ordinance preemption ruling: A deeper look.

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    There are lots of fascinating tidbits in federal Distric Judge Susan Oki Mollway’s rejection of the Maui GMO ordinance.And lots of things left undecided—things to give hope to both sides in the dispute. More on that later.The essence of Mollway’s ruling was that Maui County can’t enforce the GMO ban, because it would intrude on the authority of both the federal and state governments, and that its civil fine provisions are clear violations of the county’s authority.The judge refers to the federal Plant Protection Act, which prohibits bringing across state lines genetically modified…
  • Newly described black coral species stands tall

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Black coral is one of the gems of the islands, and now a new species of black coral has been discovered.It was collected by the Pisces submersible, operated by the Hawai`i Undersea Reseach Lab, in waters 1,000 to 1,600 feet deep within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.(Image: Leiopathes annosa, a newly described black coral off Hawai`i. Credit: NOAA/HURL/Chris Kelley.)Researchers from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural Resources described the new coral in the journal Zootaxa.  The coral had been…
  • Hawai`i old enough for fossils? Oh yeah.

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    A lot of folks think of fossils in terms of dinosaurs—things a couple of hundred million years old.In the Hawaiian Islands, which emerged from the ocean far more recently, couldn’t have much of a fossil supply. Right?Wrong. There are fossils all over the islands—fossil shells, fossil birds, even fossil plants.Let’s start with what a fossil is. It can refer to a form of life that has been preserved in stone or converted to stone, like dinosaur bones. But a liberal definition is any evidence of a form of life from a distant time. Even the burrows of ancient animals are considered…
  • Global food shortages under climate change: UH researchers

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    When climate change turns parts of the American grain belt into a dust bowl, and farming temperatures slide toward the poles, we can always move crops up to Canada, right?Yes, but those fields won’t make up the loss, according to a team of University of Hawai`i researchers. Globally, suitable crop production land will actually decrease.While the temperature may warm, the amount of sunlight available doesn’t. And expanded dry areas could also impact crop production.“Areas in Russia, China, and Canada are projected to gain suitable plant growing days, but the rest of the world will…
  • Strange environmental stuff throughout the Pacific

    20 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Strange things are happening in our Pacific Ocean.In the Hawaiian Islands, we’re seeing increasing coral disease, widening coastal erosion and reduced rainfall, all of which may be associated with climate change and its impacts. But there are other concerning impacts throughout the Pacific.In Alaska, nine dead fin whales were found off Kodiak Island, with no obvious signs of injury or illness. In California, a massive toxic algae bloom is shutting down fisheries, as species of the alga  Pseudo-nitzschia floods the environment with neurotoxins that bioaccumulate in wildlife. Some…
 
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • Hawaii's Sunetric helping parent company RGS Energy's performance

    Duane Shimogawa
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Hawaii solar photovoltaic firm Sunetric has upped its performance to help its parent company, Colorado-based RGS Energy, achieve less of a loss in its most recently available earnings report. The Kailua-based company, which is one of the top-performing solar firms in Hawaii, with revenues of $20 million in 2014, according to PBN research, accounted to about half of the net revenues for RGS Energy in the quarter ending on March 31. Hawaiian Electric Co.'s approval of hundreds of rooftop residential…
  • Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii after record-breaking leg of solar flight (Video)

    Janis L. Magin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft touched down at sunrise in Hawaii Friday after five days of flying over the Pacific Ocean, completing the longest leg of an around-the-world flight powered only by the sun. Pilot André Borschberg, who used breathing exercises and yoga to make it through the five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan, wore a flower lei over his orange jacket and held a flag from his native Switzerland as he answered questions in French from the media who gathered at Kalaeloa Airport in West…
  • Eat The Street at Hawaii's Turtle Bay Resort on Independence Day

    Shiwani Johnson
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Eat The Street will be serving up barbecue at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore on Saturday for the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July event will host more than 30 food truck and street food vendors, with a fireworks show from Turtle Bay expected in the evening. Food vendors will include Flo's Kitchen, Il Gelato, La Taqueria, Uahi Grill and more. Live music from local artists such as the Kaala Boys and Bayonics will also be featured at the event. Eat The Street North Shore will go from 2:30…
  • Hawaii plans energy innovation center to commercialize technologies

    Duane Shimogawa
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Hawaii is planning to develop an energy innovation center that would help commercialize innovative technologies, which will assist the state in meeting its aggressive clean-energy goals, according to public documents filed this week. The energy innovation center, which could range in size from 2,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet, would also showcase energy innovation projects in Hawaii. It also would portray the state’s energy future and promote awareness of innovation and integration of this…
  • Hawaii Community Development Authority board poised for developing Kakaako the right way

    Duane Shimogawa
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It’s been only a few months since a new board has been in place at the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the stage agency regulating developing in the growing Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako. But talk to people in the community, small-business owners in the area, state lawmakers and individuals on the new board, as I’ve done, and you’ll see that it’s already evident that the way Kakaako is being developed with scores of new high-rises being built, is beginning to change. And for…
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    Hawaii House Blog

  • Legislator Assists with Storm Relief in Texas

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Representative Ryan Yamane (Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele), along with seven other Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Texas to assist with recovery efforts following June 16th's Tropical Storm Bill, which struck the Texas coastline amidst the aftermath of Texas' severe flooding in May. The May flooding in the Lone Star State has affected thousands of homes and displaced countless
  • Sakada Day to Honor Hawaii's Filipino Heritage

    22 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    In events at the Capitol before an overflow crowd, Governor Ige held signing ceremony for HB604, which establishes December 20 of each year as ‘Sakada Day’ in Hawaii. The bill recognizes the Filipino community’s contribution to the history, economy, culture and heritage of Hawaii. The measure was introduced by Rep. John Mizuno (Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, Lower Kalihi) with 18 other
  • Kauai Lawmakers Ensure Over $93 million in CIP for Kauai

    8 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    With the close of the 2015 legislative session, Kauai legislators secured over $93 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island. The largest amount was provided for highway improvements throughout Kauai. These roadway improvements will address aging infrastructure, improve existing operations, establish additional safety measures, and mitigate
  • 2015 Session Closing Remarks by Speaker Joseph M. Souki

    7 May 2015 | 4:21 pm
    CLOSING REMARKS 2015 REGULAR SESSION JOSEPH M. SOUKI SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE CHAMBERS, STATE CAPITOL THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015 We adjourn today sine die. And yet we all understand that our work is not yet done; that it continues on quietly beyond the limelight. From our transportation infrastructure to healthcare, you took on the challenges, even when there seemed to be little
  • House Adjourns 2015 Regular Session

    7 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    The House of Representatives adjourn the 2015 regular session, which provided the opportunity for the House, together with the Senate, to pass some landmark legislation over gnarly issues that in one instance go back 15 years. During the session, the House approved a five-year extension of Oahu’s rail tax surcharge, provided funding to purchase and preserve lands at Turtle Bay, created a
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    JON RIKI KARAMATSU

  • My Friend & Digital Art

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Recently, I ran into my long-time friend at the Honpa Hongwanji Bon Dance on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He and I met at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Back then, we studied together, served in the ASUH Senate, and planned out our career – mine in law and politics and his in finance and the corporate world. I got him to be involved in politics and he emphasized the importance of business and a strong economy. Several years after we graduated college, I was in state elected politics and started an Internet retail business, and he became a Vice President and then an Executive Vice…
  • My “10 Ideas a Day” Song

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    This song helps me to come up with 10 ideas a day, and bypass all the negative people and experiences. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • My Focus Song

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    Daily goals and 10 ideas a day! Filed under: Uncategorized
  • We always come back. Even death won’t stop us.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:13 am
    To all my friends going through hard times, We always come back. Even death won’t stop us. Our work will live on. Always, Jon Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Positive Living

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    June 24, 2015 Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by. It’s amazing how fast time goes by. I’ve been writing in this journal since December 2002, just after my entrance into State politics. In that year, I also started my first business, an Internet retail store selling Hawaiian or island-themed products. I created this journal so I could share my political journey, as well as my experience in business and life in general. I’ve enjoyed not just sharing legislation and business projects, but also my interest in the arts and popular culture. Now that I’m taking a break from…
 
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • How Much is Enough?

    Mike Hu
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:59 pm
     If you have a rate of return of only 4%, and your drawdown rate is 4%, you've already achieved lifetime sustainability -- no matter how long you live.The rate of inflation affects everyone equally, so one doesn't need to add on some imaginary inflation rate beyond that -- like the labor unions like to flim flam the "leaders" with, and multiply their advantage over everybody else.Intelligent people frequent the markets that are more favorable to them -- rather than the most punitive, as though it doesn't make a difference.Those personal decisions and life orientations (choices), will…
  • Discovering the New World

    Mike Hu
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Human evolution has always been about movement -- to find out what the world is all about -- as even the first man and woman, were banished from the paradise of the Garden of Eden, to have to find their way in another world.  That is the metaphor of life we all have to live -- to find out not only what is known, but especially what is unknown, and which we have to discover for ourselves even if none have done so before us.  But as a member of any species and society, we have the advantage of knowing and learning what others have done before us -- which is not the end, but only…
  • Even Treadmills Can Be Dangerous

    Mike Hu
    6 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Most people, in considering fitness activities, don't calculate the most important -- which is the risk-to-benefit in doing anything.  Mountain climbers have a tendency to fall from great heights -- and those who love water sports, have a possibility of drowning.  Treadmills force one to move at a greater rate than they are inclined to.  People usually meet their end, doing what they usually do -- whether they like it or not.  That's just a fact of life -- and living.Thus, one should spend as much time doing what they truly think is worthwhile -- and do that until the very…
  • The Karma (Aging) of Our Lives

    Mike Hu
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    All that one does -- is the person they are, and become.  That is the significance of growing "old" -- or better and wiser.  Obviously, if one doesn't learn to live their lives better, they will suffer for it -- because there is a cause for everything, and is related to everything else -- and not that nothing is related to anything else, and so one can feel free to do anything they think they can get away with -- because nobody will know any difference.  Life doesn't work that way.  There are consequences to every action, thought and deed -- even if nobody else is watching…
  • Why We Grow Old

    Mike Hu
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It's not so much age -- as it is whether a person is constantly improving, or constantly getting worse.  The surest way for things to get worse, is to deny that there is any problem -- because then one doesn't seek a solution but accepts the problem, as the way things ought to be -- ie. "just getting old."All of life is a problem we need to solve.  The challenges are different at different times in our lives -- but we still have to rise to that challenge every day of our lives.  That IS life.  That is what all life faces, and when they can no longer meet that challenge,…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • Doing Everything Wrong -- and Refusing to Change

    Mike Hu
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    That is a fatal combination.  Not surprisingly, that is always and inevitably fatal. One could not expect anything different -- yet many people make up their minds, even at an early age, to do everything wrong, and refuse to change.  That is the process of dying, and before that,the slow dying we call "aging," because we refuse to change, for whatever reason.  One is set in their ways, and is no longer responsive, and meeting the challenges of their everyday living, appropriately.  One simply waits, for the inevitable end -- paralyzed in thought, deed and action. …
  • Taking Better Care of Ourselves

    Mike Hu
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    If things don't change, the coming crisis will be the lack of caregivers to take care of other people -- caused greatly, by people not taking better care of themselves -- first and foremost.  If people did that, the need for others to care for them, would diminish greatly. There is nothing inevitable about decline and deterioration at any time in life -- except that it is an accepted "normal" in many -- especially those who were never very good at it at any point in their lives.   Naturally and predictably, they just got worse -- as the only way they knew how to live out their…
  • The Greatest Danger of All

    Mike Hu
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Comparing smoking to vaping, is like comparing raisins to watermelons. They operate by two totally different mechanisms. Smoking is much more offensive to non-smokers because the burning of tobacco (marijuana, etc.) is not inhaled by the user primarily but is lost to the environment by a ratio of more than ten to one, whereas the "smoke" produced by the vaper, is only what they draw into their lungs -- and then blow into the air, which is actually a miniscule amount, and that is why it can hardly be detected.So even if vaping is as harmful as smoking, it has much less of an impact on the…
  • Beating the High Cost of Living

    Mike Hu
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The only way I've ever figured how to beat the high cost of living -- is to move to a lower cost market.  That of course, means identifying how the markets perform relative to one another.  It's not unlike finding the better performing stock -- from those that are underperforming.  Values have always been relative as a general rule -- but beyond that, highly individualized by personal tastes and judgment.  Many people believe that they have to buy only what one particular seller wants to sell -- and not that they can go to another.  Sellers of course, will try to…
  • "Exercise" in the 21st Century

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

  • The Right to Counsel of Choice is Strong Enough to Outweigh a Jury that’s Ready to Go.

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    State v. Reed(HSC June 17, 2015)Background. Ikaika Reed was charged with assault in the first degree. The allegation stems from an incident at the Waianae Boat Harbor, where during the early morning hours, Reed punched a guy in the face while holding the knife and caused a laceration across the guy’s face from “the tip of his ear to the tip of his nose.” If convicted, he was looking at a ten-year prison term with a mandatory minimum of three years and four months.Shortly after his arraignment, the Office of the Public Defender was appointed to represent him. Twenty-seven days after the…
  • Sending a Letter Bound for the HPA is not “Remaining Silent” at the HPA.

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    State v. Garcia(HSC June 15, 2015)Background. Eddie Garcia was charged with one count of continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen years, a Class A felony, and one count of abuse of family household member. He pleaded not guilty and prepared for trial. After the pre-trial voluntariness hearing, Mr. Garcia reached a plea agreement with the prosecution. Mr. Garcia agreed to plead no contest to both counts and agree to 20 years prison concurrent (he wouldn’t have to do 21 years). The prosecution agreed to “remain silent at the minimum term hearing” in front of the…
  • Huge Landowners Can’t have a 1,000-Acre “Residence, Including Yard.”

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    State v. Guyton(HSC June 8, 2015)Background. John Varel got a restraining order and later an injunction against Evans Guyton. The order prohibited Guyton from “[e]ntering or visiting [Varel’s] residence, including yard and garage.” Varel lives on a 1,000-acre property out in Waihee on Maui.  Guyton was later charged with violating a restraining order or injunction. HRS § 604-10.5(h). Specifically, the complaint alleged that Guyton of “entering and/or visiting the premises including yard and garage of the residence, and/or place of employment.”At his trial, Varel described his…
  • ICA: We Mean it When we Say Exigency

    13 May 2015 | 9:33 pm
    State v. Ramos-Saunders(ICA April 23, 2015)Background. Koalaukani Ramos-Saunders was indicted with commercial promotion of marijuana in the first degree and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Ramos-Saunders moved to suppress all evidence resulting from a warrantless search of the residence.One morning, the Honolulu Police Department received a “dropped 911 call” from a number registered to Walter Rosskopf listed at a housing unit—Unit B at an address off of Kamehameha Highway. Two officers went to the address and arrived to Unit B. There, they talked to a woman named Paula Burgess. She…
  • Confrontation Clause Can’t Stop (Certain) Affidavits of Records Custodians

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Background. Ubaldo Cruz was on trial for allegedly committing multiple sexual assaults on his neighbor’s daughter. At trial, Cruz objected to the admission of cell phone records over a three-month period. The circuit court denied the request, but ruled that a failure to call the custodian of records to testify at trial was a violation of Cruz’s constitutional right to confront witnesses. The next day, the prosecution sought to introduce the records with a certified copy of a declaration from the custodian of records on the grounds that they met the business records exception to the…
 
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  • ABA Litigation Section - FREE Roundtable on Cotenancy Clauses in Retail Leases

    Mark Murakami
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The ABA Section of Litigation announced a free roundtable to discuss Cotenancy clauses after a recent decision by a California appeals court, Grand Prospect Partners, LP v. Ross Dress for Less.  You can find the link for registration here. Cotenancy clauses in retail leases are common provisions that allow a tenant to abate rent and/or terminate the lease if the landlord fails to meet a cotenancy requirement under the lease.  In a case of first  impression, in Grand Prospect Partners, LP v. Ross Dress for Less,  although the California  Court  of Appeal upheld the termination right,…
  • On Citizenship and Nationality - DC Circuit Revisits Insular Cases

    Mark Murakami
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Geography matters, but so do governments.  If you live in a place that flies the American flag, should you be entitled to all of the privileges that are shared by all the residents of lands where that flag is flown? No, says the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Citizenship belongs to those persons whose populace and locally elected government opt to incorporate as a territory or be accepted as a state.   The American Samoa people and government have not opted for that aspect of governance and therefore its residents, though "nationals" of the United States are not…
  • DC Showdown Over Fisheries Law Amendments

    Mark Murakami
    1 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Ah, the bloggers's dream:  juxtaposing DC Showdown with Fisheries Law in the title of your post. On a more serious note, domestic fisheries are a $5B component of our national economy with certainly more impact locally in those ports where fish are landed. The governing statute which sets out federal regulation of fisheries is the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, codified at 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Congressman Young (AK) introduced a bill updating the Magnuson-Stevens Act in ways that trouble the White House.  The bill, H.R. 1335, contains some interesting…
  • Hawaii Campaign Finance Law Survives Constitutional Challenge

    Mark Murakami
    20 May 2015 | 5:37 pm
    As a random quirk of our law practice, we have done some work with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.  Not surprisingly, the Commission's laws and regulations were challenged after the Citizen's United case and today, we have the Ninth Circuit's take on Hawaii's election laws in light of Citizen's United.  It upheld Hawaii's election laws and noncandidate committee requirements.  The case is A-1 A-Lectricians v. Snipes.  The opinion is here. This case was a challenge to the constitutionality of Hawaii's campaign finance laws following the Supreme…
  • Hawaii Governor Ige Considering Amendment to Hawaii Information Practices Law

    Mark Murakami
    18 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    The Honolulu Star-Advertiser had a front page story today on a bill passed by the Legislature proposing an amendment to Hawaii's Uniform Information Practices Act, Hawaii Revised Statutes Ch. 92F. The bill, H.B. 287, underwent re-writes throughout the session.  The version that passed, and is awaiting Governor signature or veto, is:      SECTION 1.  Section 92F-14, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:      (8)  Information comprising a personal recommendation or evaluation; [and]      (9)  Social security numbers[]; and…
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Pay Loss Provision Does Not Preclude Assignment of Post-Loss Claim

    Tred Eyerly
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       The court determined that a policy's loss payment provision did not bar a post-loss assignment. One Call Prop. Servs. v. Sec. First Ins. Co., 2015 Fl. App. LEXIS 7643 (Fla. Ct. App. May 20, 2015).     After One Cell performed emergency water removal for the insured, the insured assigned his rights to policy proceeds as payment. One Cell alleged that Security First refused to reimburse the insured adequately for the services provided. One Cell filed suit, and Security First moved to dismiss. The trial court granted the motion based upon the policy's non-assignment provision.
  • Combined Documents Create "Written Agreement" to Invoke AI Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       A signed work proposal and unsigned agreement were sufficient to create a "written agreement" to create coverage to the contractor as an additional insured. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. DJW-Ridgeway Bldg. Consultants, Inc., 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 391 (Ill. Ct. App. May 19. 2015).    Ridgeway was the general contractor for construction of a commercial building. Jason the Mason was the masonry subcontractor. A worker on the project was injured and brought a negligence suit against Jason and Ridgeway.    Ridgeway tendered to West Bend, Jason's insurer. Under an agreement,…
  • No Coverage for Recovery of Untapped Oil Barrels From Harbor

    Tred Eyerly
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Ninth Circuit found that a pollution endorsement did not cover the cost of retrieving oil barrels that did not discharge pollutants. Guam Industrial Services, Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9045 (9th Cir. June 1, 2015).    Guam Industrial's dry dock sank into the harbor. Various containers in which 113,000 gallons of oil were stored fell into the water. None of the containers were breached, however. The Coast Guard forced Guam Industrial to recover the containers, and the cost of the retrieval was $647,000.    Guam Industrial sought coverage under two…
  • Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Duty to Defend Construction Defect Case

    Tred Eyerly
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's ruling that the insurer had a duty to defend a construction defect case. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pulte Home Corp., 2015 Ill App. Unpub. LEXIS 1039 (Ill. Ct. App. May 15, 2015).     Pulte Home Corporation was a developer who developed and constructed a residential condominium development know as The Reserve of Elgin (The Reserve). G.H. Siding was subcontracted by Pulte to work on the development, including the installation of exterior siding.    The Reserve Homeowners Association (HOA) filed suit against Pulte and James…
  • Sixth Circuit Rejects Claim for Reverse Bad Faith

    Tred Eyerly
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Sixth Circuit rejected the insurer's claim for reverse bad faith against its insured who made a fraudulent claim after her home was destroyed by fire. State Auto Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. Hargis, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7475 (6th Cir. April 23, 2015).     The insured's home burned to the ground early one morning. She filed what she would later admit was a fraudulent insurance claim with State Auto for approximately $866,000. State Auto paid in excess of $425,000 before filing an action to declare the policy void. State Farm's investigation eventually led to the…
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  • The Verified Complaint In Equity: The Declaration Of Independence

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    It's not quite "Yes Virgnia..." but here is our annual Independence Day missive on the legal angle on the Declaration. Civil Beat published a version of this post here. We know lawyers are easy targets (we enjoy lawyer jokes as much as the next person, i.e., What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer? A good lawyer knows the law; a great lawyer knows the judge.). Still, as we celebrate our independence, we note that author Thomas Jefferson and 23 other of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, and that the document was crafted and…
  • Save The Date, July 23, 2015 - "Kelo v. New London: The Grasping Hand and Its Legacy"

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Here's your chance -- for a very reasonable tuition fee -- to get updated on what's happened in the ten years since the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial eminent domain decision in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005). On July 23, 2015, the Counselors of Real Estate and the Owners' Counsel of America are jointly sponsoring a webinar, "Kelo v. New London: The Grasping Hand and Its Legacy." I'll be introducing and moderating a distinguished panel of speakers: Professor Ilya Somin, author of the recently-published book on Kelo.  Anthony…
  • Takings Claim Rejected, But Property Owners Win In Louisiana: Statute Limiting Closing Of Private Railroad Crossing Isn't A Taking Under State Constitution

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Here's a case in which the court ruled there wasn't a taking, but it could be argued that the property owners won. How so? Because this case pitted the property rights of railroads against the property rights of the owners over whose land the rail lines run. The U.S. Court of Appeals asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to answer this certified question: Whether the application of LA. REV. STAT. § 48:394 to any of the properties in this case amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private property without a public purpose, in violation of Article I, Section 4 of the Louisiana…
  • 2016 ALI-CLE Eminent Domain Conference, Austin: Hotel Now Taking Reservations

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    The hotel reservations link for the 2015 ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation and Condemnation 101 Conference is now live. Reserve your hotel room now, via this link to ensure that you have a spot in the conference hotel.  We're still working on the agenda and faculty, but here are the details thus far: Date: January 28-30, 2016 (Thursday - Saturday) Location: Hotel Van Zandt, Austin Texas The Hotel Van Zandt is a new hotel (not even opened as of the date of this post), but our Austin sources tell us that it's centrally located, close to everything that…
  • Prepared For Honolulu's Plastic Bag Ban? Get Your Damon Key Eco-Friendly Bag Here, Free

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    You probably already knew this, but in case not. As of tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, you no longer will be able to get the old-style plastic bags at checkout at most grocery stores on Oahu. If you don't already have your own bags to bring with you (so you can avoid paying the $.10 for the paper bag which the stores will provide), we are here to help you out. You can save yourself the embarrassment of carrying out all your stuff in your arms or in an old box like when you go to Costco, by obtaining one of our firm's reusable eco-friendly bags. The photos above and below show you…
 
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  • Hoka One One Now at Ross

    Gee Why
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    Is it purely coincidental that Ross now has a limited selection of Hoka One One running shoes in stock? This is right after Apple’s Beats 1 global radio station went live. This is after the one extra second we got, and I found these shoes one day after July one.There’s too much one-ness to be coincidental right? No matter. Although I had heard of Hokas, I wasn’t about to spend the big bucks on those platform-looking but highly regarded shoes. I easily spied the Hokas towering over the other shoes on the Ross shoe rack, and at fifty bucks (not fifty one) I had to get the size one zero…
  • Starbucks Incheon Airport

    Gee Why
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Being stuck in South Korea in the Incheon area for a day wasn’t such a bad situation afterall. There’s enough to keep you occupied, and the Incheon Airport itself is huge with many shops to pass the time. Of course there has to be a Starbucks at an airport, especially in Korea where Starbucks has flooded the market and infiltrated the Korean culture. But being in an airport, the queues for Starbuck fluctuated wildly. When I passed by, there was a line ten deep. However others in our group reported no lines at all.Compared to the Summer Frappuccino push in mainland China, the juicy Macau,…
  • Missed Out on Jipangyi

    Gee Why
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    While stuck in South Korea for a day due to plane problems, I saw this at the Grand Hyatt pool side snack bar and didn’t know what it was. What was this candy cane shaped item?Turns out, this “candy cane” is actually upside down and is supposed to be oriented like the letter “j.” Called Jipangyi, this is an ice cream cone where the ice cream is injected into the j-shaped cone. With this shape, spilling ice cream is supposed to be reduced at the cost of looking strange, eating this tubular treat.Play-J ice cream! The new shape of ice cream is now available in NYC! #jscream #????????
  • Starbucks Nathan Road, Hong Kong

    Gee Why
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    One block away from BP International in Hong Kong is a seemingly small Starbucks location on Nathan Road. Once you enter however, you’ll see a Starbucks about twice as big as regular shops. There’s the front window section which is typically sized. Then there’s the coffee bar. Then there’s the back seating area that’s almost as big as the front. All in all, a deceptively big store (for a Starbucks).Blueberry seems to have been the flavor profile for Hong Kong. No blueberry drinks per se, but lots of blueberry pastries and baked goods. I would have gone for a slice of the blueberry…
  • New Balance Needs to Retro the 803AT

    Gee Why
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Back in the mid-90’s New Balance had a hit shoe with the M803AT. This was an all terrain, outdoor running shoe, but for whatever reason, a lot of people wore it. There were two or three colorways, but I think the one with the yellow highlights was the best.New Balance has to retro these for nostalgia sakes. Heck, I still have my box for these kicks that I got from JC Penney nonetheless. And at $85, not bad for kicks about two decades removed.Pickup of the Week: Air Jordan 4 Retro “Legend Blue”New NBA Season Means Lots of New Kicks!Hoka One One Now at RossUnwearable MemoriesKicks for Old…
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    An Island Life

  • Makapu’u Beach Park

    Kailani
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    One of the great things about living in Hawai’i is that you’ll never find a shortage of outdoor things to do. It’s been super hot and humid lately and what’s the best way to cool off? Head to the beach, of course! This time we’re at Makapu’u Beach Park. The great thing about this area is that even if the kids prefer not to swim there are many tide pools to explore. Just make sure the kids have waterproof footwear since the rocks have pretty sharp edges. The currents here can be pretty strong so it’s probably best for older children who are comfortable…
  • Quick Update

    Kailani
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    For those few loyal followers who are still subscribed to my feed . . . SURPRISE! To be honest, I’m surprised that I even remember how to log on to my Dashboard . . . let alone compose an actual post. Quick update: It’s been almost 3 years since the end of my marriage and the girls and I are doing fine. Kacie is now 13 and getting straight A’s in middle school. Kiana is 10 and starting the 4th grade taking Gifted & Talented classes. And Kaila will be entering Kindergarten in August (FINALLY . . . no more preschool tuition). They have all adjusted to their new lives as…
  • 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…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Into the dragon’s den: Visiting the home of our Korean Dragon Jar

    Scott Whelden
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Last year, visiting curator of Korean art Ga Young Oh shared insight on the museum’s prized Dragon Jar—a highlight of our Korean art collection—including the fact that these royal works were produced in official kilns called Bunwon 분원located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do province. Two weeks ago—thanks to a few well-placed phone calls by Oh, and an already-planned vacation to Korea—I had the opportunity to visit the Gyeonggi Ceramics Museum—where she is assistant curator—as well as a few kiln sites in Gwangju. Gyeonggi Ceramics Museum director Chang Ki Hoon gave me a personal…
  • Meet our members: Shoko and Andrew Livingston (and their #ArtShop experience!)

    Lesa Griffith
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The goal of Contempo #ArtShop, which ended yesterday, basically was the museum’s new mission: To connect people with great art, to make people see art as part of their everyday lives. And these moments of art engagement happened many times throughout the event’s 10 days. Shoko and Andrew Livingston had read about #ArtShop in the museum’s members’ magazine and checked it out on the first day. GR2 artist Rob Sato’s color pencil-and-watercolor work on paper Migrants caught their eye. “I liked the colors,” said Andrew, “but we weren’t…
  • Artists of Hawai’i 2015: Jesse Houlding on the process for his ‘Truck Drawing’ series

    Jesse Houlding
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Note: This is the last progress report from an Artist of Hawai‘i 2015 artist before the exhibition opens July 2. Hawai‘i Island-based artist Jesse Houlding walks us through his process image-by-image. __________________________________________ I was inspired to create this project back in 2005 when I was in graduate school while riding around in a friend’s car who had one of those golf ball–sized crystal balls hanging from their rear-view mirror. As we cornered, accelerated or stopped, the ball would swing through various arcs and I was kind of mesmerized by the motion. I wondered…
  • Shop at Tori Richard Ala Moana and get a FREE museum membership

    Scott Whelden
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce that from today to June 28, for every $100 you spend at the Tori Richard Ala Moana store, you receive a FREE museum membership!* “What if I spend $200 or more?” Well then you will receive two! Two museum memberships! Ah. Ah. Ah. “What if I already am a member?” You can give it as a gift! What better gift is there than the gift of one year of free access to Hawai‘i’s largest museum, a year’s worth of ARTafterDARKs, and discounts on films and events? This incredible offer is part of Tori Richard’s sponsorship of…
  • Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Lauren Trangmar on the Process of Creation

    Lauren Trangmar
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    A small collection of process-related sneak peeks: The beginning… A spread from the beginning of my sketchbook. I think this is what my brain looks like inside… Ink drawings A color palette I created for myself to maintain uniformity amongst my prints and the style they follow. Experimental paper aging methods A spread from a really old botany book that was so old it was yellowing, getting mouldy and falling apart. Various paper staining experiments including tea dying and setting the edges of my paper on fire (!) Experimental printmaking processes Intaglio and monotyping.
 
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • step one

    Christa
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:52 pm
    hey everyone. I’ve been doing really, really good and appreciate all of your support so far this has been incredibly overwhelming the love and support coming from every lifetime i’ve lived. i’ll keep you updated with everything here on my site soon but for now here is a donation page my sister made to help […]
  • new life

    Christa
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    by now most of my close friends, family and co-workers are aware, but at this time i will let everyone know: on may 9th i was diagnosed with cancer. i had to suck it up until i could get through all the testing and scans and get through some huge events and work projects but […]
  • #BacardiPoolParty any day now

    Christa
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Hey guys! The next Bacardi party is the big one – the Bacardi Pool Party on Monday May 25th at the Hawaiian Monarch. Here, get inspired for a sec: Bacardi Pool Party 2015 Teaser from ThisIsRNDR on Vimeo. so yes, this one is the mothership. we ALL hang and we ALL have the best day […]
  • CW for Flux Hawai’i Magazine: Springtime Vibes

    Christa
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    So Ara Laylo is pretty badass. She has been in every favorite band I had in Honolulu, she opened for The Cure, she had the most fun party still to this date imo in Chinatown. She is highly intelligent, very unforgiving, has flawless looks and a personal style that nobody could ever duplicate even if […]
  • super chat with the one and only Olena Rubin Heu

    Christa
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    olena is a long time friend but this was pretty awesome to ACTUALLY be INTERVIEWED by her… she’s like…. a TV PRO! if you don’t know her story – we met when she was Miss Hawaii circa 2004 and had tons of memorable adventures together. then she became one of Honolulu’s darlings as a very […]
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 07/03/2015 - Ka Hehena

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    <p>Born and raised in the islands of Hawai'i. Ka Hehena performs traditional Hawaiian and other types of music with the goal of perpetuating the culture and heritage of Hawai'i and the people. Together, the men of Ka Hehena bring a wealth of experience and musical expertise to the stage, priving the best in Hawaiian entertainment.</p>
  • 07/03/2015 - Kanekoa playing (Mick) Live!

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    <p><span class="fsl"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/kanekoamusic">Kanekoa</a> will be playing with its Acoustic Full Band lineup (2 ukuleles, bass, cajon/congas) on Fleetwoods rooftop stage over looking the Pacific ocean. Make reservations or come early as space fills up quick.</span></p>
  • 07/03/2015 - Live Music Fridays

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    <p>6pm-10pm Live music with Mahi Kekumu &  Gj</p> <p>Top 40, Pop,  Rock,  Contemporary Hawaiian</p>
  • 07/03/2015 - Hawaiian Music Live!

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    <p>Hawaiian Music Live!<br /> July 3 (state and federal holiday!)</p> <p>Willie K<br /> Maunalua<br /> Nathan Aweau<br /> Summer<br /> Led Kaapana<br /> Ke Kai o Ka Hiki</p> <p>Doors open at 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>General admission (lawn seating) ticket $25</p> <p>VIP ticket (includes chair in VIP tent, VIP restroom access, water) $100</p> <p>Sponsor Tent (seating for 8 in private tent, VIP restroom access, bar service, water, sponsor mentions) $3000</p>
  • 07/03/2015 - 1 Year Anniversary Party!!!

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    <p>Join the Home of the Brave Brew Crew in Celebrating their</p><p>1 Year Anniversary of the BREWSEUM!!</p><p>Party starts at 5pm with both the Museum and Brewseum OPEN, Museum from 5-7pm, Brewseum 5-Midnight!!</p><p>Drink Specials, Free Hot Dogs and Chips (while dogs last), and Live Music!!</p><p>For more details check out facebook.com/thebrewseum</p><p>#brewseum for more!</p><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>We will be closed Saturday July 4th, so come down Friday night to celebrate…
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    Ukulele Underground

  • Uke Lesson 91 – No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley) Solo Ukulele

    anaka
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Play along with the "No Woman, No Cry" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! After a ton of requests for more Bob Marley from all you Undergroundlings, this month we bring you something really special - a full tutorial on how to play a Solo Ukulele arrangement of "No Woman No Cry" complete with slow downs of each section (click on the green text below for each video). We filmed this lesson in the style of UU+ Solos, where we teach many other songs that you can play as solo pieces (no singing required)! This one is actually a relatively simple song to learn,…
  • UU Podcast: Motivational Series 2 – The Alchemist (part 1)

    rayan
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    We're back with another motivational podcast episode. Thanks to everyone who listened to the first episode and we're glad you all liked it.  This time we're talking about a book called 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coehlo. It's a fantastic book about a boy who goes on a journey to fulfill his personal legend. Taken at face value, the story isn't anything special but it was intentionally written as an allegorical tale to what it takes to achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality. We thought that the lessons and talking points in the book applied really well to the process of learning…
  • UU+ Solos – Guava Jam (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)

    kahai
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Be sure to check out the Complete Play-Along to hear the whole song & the slowdowns for each part below: Complete Picking Play-Along (Speed 100%)Complete Strumming Play-Along (Speed 100%)Strumming & Picking Performance Vamp Strumming (Speed 100%)Vamp Strumming (Speed 50%)Vamp Strumming (Speed 25%) Vamp Picking (Speed 100%)Vamp Picking (Speed 50%)Vamp Picking (Speed 25%) Verse 1 (Speed 100%)Verse 1 (Speed 50%)Verse 1 (Speed 25%) Verse 2a (Speed 100%)Verse 2a (Speed 50%)Verse 2a (Speed 25%) Verse 2b (Speed 100%)Verse 2b (Speed 50%)Verse 2b (Speed 25%) Verse 3 (Speed 100%)Verse 3…
  • Uke Lesson 90 – Layla (Eric Clapton)

    anaka
    31 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Play along with the "Layla" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! As we head into summer and ukes are starting to be seen out and about, it's time to kick your playing up a notch and really learn a song that will turn some heads! This is one that we've been contemplating for awhile now - a complete tutorial for Layla by Eric Clapton for your ukulele pleasure. It is in no way an easy/beginner song, with its plethora of unusual & quick chord changes, but once you learn the intro picking and learn to play it relatively smoothly, you will definitely feel…
  • Uke Lesson 89 – Ventura Highway (America)

    anaka
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Play along with the "Ventura Highway" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! Spring is in full swing and it's an awesome time for epic road trips, so what better song to ring in the road trip season than "Ventura Highway" by America. Check out the full tutorial above for the chords, strumming, and picking for this song and play along with the Play-Along! The picking for this song is a little fast, so for those of you with UU+ accounts, be sure to check out the videos below for slowed-down versions of the Solo picking parts so you can learn them a lot easier…
 
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    Live Ukulele

  • Metronome Practice Tips – Video

    Brad Bordessa
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    A look at some simple exercises you can do without your ‘ukulele to improve your skills with a metronome – and in turn, your timing.
  • Brad On Soundcloud

    Brad Bordessa
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    In an effort to spread my music to more ears I’ve jumped into the scene on Soundcloud. It’s a great, clean site, but I can’t seem to find much ‘ukulele music! I know it’s there, […]
  • “Love Me Do” By The Beatles

    Brad Bordessa
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    A hit song that is super simple to play on 'ukulele. Just two chords until you hit the bridge and even then there are only three more that are pretty easy. Bonus points if you learn the harmonica part!
  • Timing Basics: Counting, Beats, Signatures

    Brad Bordessa
    29 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Ever record yourself, listen back, and cringe? Odds are your timing is to blame. Here's how to get acquainted with the skills you need to lock into the groove.
  • The General (Dispatch Cover)

    Brad Bordessa
    16 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Spent a few moments the other day testing out my ipod for video quality. My brother is the video guy, so when he’s not around it’s nice to have an easy alternative to make lessons […]
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    Hawaii Vacation Connection

  • Kauai vacation ideas

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Fresh from our recent trip to Kauai today I share some Kauai vacation ideas you can enjoy when visiting the Garden Isle. The post Kauai vacation ideas appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Airport Guide

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Traveling to Hawaii by air is pretty straightforward when your destination is only one island, but when you have to travel between The post Hawaii Airport Guide appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    26 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Unplugging from the internet during you Hawaii Vacation may seem like a far fetched idea in this day and age.  However, you The post Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    5 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered where the best pools are on Maui, then today we got you covered! I tell you all about The post Maui’s Best Pools and Aloha Attire tips appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans?

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Today we answer a question from Paul Miller who is headed to Maui and wanted to know whether he should include Wailuku The post Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Reflecting Paradise

    Sheila Beal
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Mahalo to James Grenz for sharing another great photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.The reflection of the coconut trees and sky amplify this peaceful view of paradise.James took this photo at one of the Hawaiian fishponds at Makaiwa Bay on the Big Island. This fishpond is one of several located on the grounds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Several ancient Hawaiian fishponds are still intact or have been restored. If you get a chance to admire one, it’s really worth your effort to visit one. They’re brilliant examples of aquaculture. Read our post to learn about…
  • Hawaii (Big) Island July 4th Fireworks & Events 2015

    Sheila Beal
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Is Hawaii, the Big Island, your destination for July 4th? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best fourth of July events and fireworks to celebrate this holiday.Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Events & CelebrationsWaikoloa Beach Resort’s two shopping centers are hosting fun events and entertainment for the whole family.– Kings’ Shops hosts the 24th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race plus live entertainment. See this link for more information.– Queens Marketplace hosts a Family Fourth of July with music and games. See this link for more information.Waikoloa…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Ginger Blossom

    Sheila Beal
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Mahalo to Nina Victor for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love the vibrant macro shot of this ginger blossom. It’s simply stunning!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
  • Maui & Lanai July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Will you be celebration July 4th on Maui? If so, you’ll find fun ways to celebrate Independence Day on Maui and also across the channel on Lanai.Here’s what’s happening this July 4th, 2015:Lahaina July 4th Fireworks and CelebrationLahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show.The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music can be heard from Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900…
  • July 4th fireworks & events in Honolulu and around Oahu 2015

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Oahu is a great place to celebrate July 4th. You’ll find superb fireworks viewing and traditional events with a splash of Aloha. Here’s what you’ll find for Saturday, July 4th, 2015.July 4th Fireworks and Picnic on the Pier by the Might Mo in Pearl HarborThe Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts live music and fireworks at the Picnic on the Pier. This event is held at Pier Foxtrot 5 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor where the Mighty Mo is berthed.Ticketed guests are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy the evening prior to the fireworks show.  Live music will be performed by Chris…
 
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  • Is Our Culture Falling Backward?

    Richard Ha
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    This editorial ran in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald today. In case you didn’t see it, I’ll run what we sent them here. The purpose of the Big Island Community Coalition is to work towards reduced electrical energy costs on the Island of Hawaii – where we pay up to four times the national average for our power.  We are particularly sensitive to electric power rates as very high rates serve essentially as a regressive tax on our population while greatly reducing the probability of generating jobs in any sector that is dependent on electricity. There are occasions when events are so…
  • 10,000 Hours and a Mountain

    Richard Ha
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Editor Rory Flynn wrote a really interesting editorial in the June 2015 edition of Farmers and Friends. He talks about Malcolm Gladwell’s theory (from his book Outliers) that 10,000 hours of practice, plus determination, helps some people develop excellence in their field. He cites concert violinists, the Beatles, Bill Gates, and Hawai‘i’s Kolten Wong. And then Flynn adds to the equation the importance of place. He takes us through a really interesting look at what the Hawaiian islands’ geography has meant in the past – to Polynesian explorers, 18th-century British explorers,…
  • Checking in with UH Geologist on the Aquifer

    Richard Ha
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    There’s been so much talk about the Big Island’s aquifer lately, with the Thirty Meter Telescope about to start construction on Mauna Kea, that I thought I’d repost this March 2010 blog post. Spoiler alert: We don’t need to worry. The aquifer is not in any danger. This post is about research Don Thomas, a geologist and volcanologist at the University of Hawaii has been doing. He’s learned that the island has a tremendous amount of fresh water — much more than we realized in the past. I asked Don what they’ve learned in the five years since then, and he told me this: We did…
  • How OPEC’s Decision Affects Hawaii

    Richard Ha
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The OPEC flag Last week, OPEC decided to maintain oil production at 30 million barrels/day. Robert Rapier comments on the issues involved at his blog Energy Trends Insider: OPEC Crashed the U.S. Rig Count By Robert Rapier June 10, 2015 The OPEC Free Fall There is a popular narrative going around that I want to address in today’s article. Last November, after several months of plummeting crude oil prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met to discuss the oil production quotas for each country in the months ahead. Many expected OPEC to cut production in order to…
  • False Alarm, But Let’s Keep Our Cool

    Richard Ha
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    An article posted online by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on June 8th says that, according to a Subaru Observatory spokesperson, the hole I wrote about in the last post was caused by the door “hitting a bolt sticking out from an intake manifold next to the side entrance.” Thank goodness it was a false alarm. It’s a huge relief. This warning did cause us to all pay closer attention to what is going on around us. It also made us realize we are all in this together, and that we need to dial down the temperature of the discussion going on about Maunakea. The protectors are…
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  • 27 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Kona Motorcycle Shop services BMW  Chris' business, called Kona Motorcycle Shop continues to thrive.  There is no BMW motorcycle dealership in Kona so he has been filling that need successfully. He likes BMW motorcycles and their owners and seems to have a good sense of how to meet their expectations. The shop doesn't necessarily have the exterior trappings of a big city BMW dealership with those big glass showrooms and receptionists wearing tight black pant suits. He does however, have the tools and electronics to do any kind of BMW motorcycle service or repair. The momentum keeps…
  • 9 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Showing off our shojisChris and my dad put quite a bit of work into building shoji doors to separate our master bedroom from bathroom. They used inexpensive redwood boards from Home Depot and heavy-duty hardware to make them slide easily. Kona Shoji designs sells real shoji paper from Japan. I think it really adds a touch of class to the room and it no longer feels like we have a tub in the bedroom. Once again, I am impressed by the skills of my husband and dad.
  • Hot shower, anyone?

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I no longer worry about the cost and environmental impact of taking a super hot shower or washing dishes with hot water because we are now heating our water with energy from the sun. Our solar hot water system really works well and heats our water enough even on fairly cloudy days. We do have an electric timer set to heat the water at 5 a.m. if the water is not hot enough from the day before, which can happen on really rainy days, so we are always guaranteed a hot shower that rarely takes electricity to make.The hot water system will end up costing us $1,837 after some kind of…
  • Voyage au famille

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Chris and I attended a Jasper family trip to Nuevo Vallerta in February. It was my first trip to Mexico so I was excited to see a bit of that country, but the main purpose of the visit was to spend time with the other 22 Jaspers in attendance.What stood out more than anything else to Chris and I was the level of virtue we observed among the average residents. Folks we met in local, not just touristy spots, seemed friendly, even when they were not trying to sell us something. All the areas were visited looked clean and felt safe, even places where some level of poverty was evident.
  • 10 Nov 2013 | 5:08 pm

    10 Nov 2013 | 5:08 pm
    Jaspers: 1  Mauna Loa: 1Chris and I just returned from a 2.5 week camping and hiking trip in southwest Utah. You'd think we'd spend our first free day back catching up on chores. Instead we went hiking. But it's not just because we can't get enough of the outdoors. There was only one place left on the island that I had not seen and really wanted to - the top of Mauna Loa. At 13,679 feet above sea level the air gets a little thin. Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, last erupted in 1984 and is considered active. I think I have heard that from the sea…
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • A Big Island Independence Day weekend

    Hilo Living
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Turtle Release CeremonyIf you are lucky enough to be on the Big Island for Independence Day, you may find it difficult to choose between all the amazing things to do on the fourth of July.If you are in the Hilo area, the town is having a huge celebration on the bayfront called the Hilo Bay Blast on Independence Day.  The day’s finale will be a fireworks display provided by the Lehua Jaycee’s at 8 p.m. from Coconut Island. You can start early on Saturday, July 4th  by participating in "A Salute to Our Veterans" Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk at Liliuokalani Gardens at 7 a.m..  There…
  • Booming Hawaii Island - the off season that never came

    Hilo Living
    29 May 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It has been a strange Spring on the Big Island. Usually by this time of year it is very warm, the tourists are gone, and the residents that live full time on the island have the beaches and roads to themselves. This year the weather has been unusually cool, far cooler than it was this winter, and the tourists never left.  The island is the most crowded we have seen at this time of year.  The Mauna Kea Hotel is having a job fair this weekend, which is very surprising for this time of year.In addition, new home construction seems to be booming on the island. On a drive to…
  • Amazing Apple Pectin

    Hilo Living
    1 May 2015 | 5:03 pm
    We recently discovered some amazing health benefits of taking apple pectin.  We have known for awhile about the benefits of malic acid found in tart green apples, which we take as a supplement for sore muscles and gout.  But we did not realize that the pectin in tart apples helps with digestion, colon health, lowering cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the blood, and keeping cancer from spreading. Pectin is found in many fruits, however most of the health studies were done with apple pectin.  The most concentrated apple pectin is found in under-ripe, hard, green…
  • Surging Tourism on Hawaii Island

    Hilo Living
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Hawaii Island tourists on a cruiseMerrie Monarch is over in Hilo and the spring break season has come to an end.  This time of year on Hawaii Island the beaches are mostly empty and the tourists and part-time residents are thinning out;  but not this year.  This year there has been no end to the crowds, traffic, and beaches packed with tourists.The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) forecasted a record-setting year of visitor arrivals across Hawaii for 2015. They attribute the increase to more flights to the islands from the US mainland.  Hawaiian Airlines reported that they…
  • Vog and Snow

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

  • The first book signing for my second cookbook!

    Sonia
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A lot has been happening lately and I am way behind on blog postings; my sister and friends visiting from the mainland... showing them the sights around the island... celebrating my 78th birthday, and a lot more.  I will maybe condense some of the happenings since their arrival in a future post. For now, I will blog about the latest event and then work my way back in time ;-) When the publisher The Larry Czerwonka Publishing Co., announced the date when my "From Soup to Nuts" cookbook would be released, the owners of the Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View wanted to know…
  • Today's garden walk...

    Sonia
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
      Every day is a joy...Every day something new is happening... Three beautiful Water Hyacinths blooming in the Chinese jardiniere this morning; the papyrus is growing a lot since it was planted about a month ago. The Spathoglottis "Purple Haze" have opened and there are two more bloom stalks coming up The large bud 'sheath' on the new lily clumps, in the Amarilys family - we think it is a Crinodonna Lily (X Amarcrinum memoria-corsii) opened up and this was a surprise!  I thought it was going to be the light pink like the ones blooming a couple of weeks ago, but…
  • A sunny June morning...

    Sonia
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
      ....after a few hours of soft rain last night, and the garden is smiling... The jardiniere is blooming!  The water hyacinths in the big blue and white Chinese pot are showing the very first bloom!   The two terrestrial orchids I bought recently are showing their colors...They are in the Spathoglottis plicata family aka the Philippine ground orchid family - despite their name, they are not just native to the Philippines, but to a large area of south Asia, stretching from India through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, northern Australia, the Philippines,…
  • Cilantro?...not for me, thanks!

    Sonia
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
      In a Facebook thread, the topic of cilantro came up....so I decided to address this issue from my point of view.   When it comes to cilantro, a little bit goes a long ways!   As shown in the abstract below, some people love it and some people don't, and you can blame it on your genetic makeup.  Plain and simple, right?    My son can't eat it at all.  His throat closes.   I consider myself to have a very eclectic taste, in clothing, house furnishings, accessories and food...and I can categorically say, I don't like it.  I can…
  • 'The Life' in Hawai'i...Part 4

    Sonia
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... Celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands. A magazine for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am honored to share my love for the food that grows on this island!   I'm in the middle of my 4th year of contributing to Ke Ola...these are the three articles to date.     January-February 2015 - The Mighty Guava - page 83 http://issuu.com/keolamagazine/docs/h2015-1     March-April 2015 - Wing Beans - page 83…
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  • Delays prompt dismissal of men's goat theft case

    Nelson Daranciang
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    A state judge dismissed a criminal case against two men accused of stealing 23 goats from a Kahuku farm Tuesday because the prosecution took too long to take the men to trial.
  • Incidental Lives: While in Fiji, Navy surgeon lives 'every doctor's dream'

    Michael Tsai
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    If Victoria McDonald's first visit to Fiji bore the sweetness of a honeymoon, her second had the gravity, even more literally, of military operation.
  • Legislator was victim of ‘gang-style attack’

    staradvertiser.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    A retired Marine described Monday’s assault on state Rep. Tom Brower at a homeless encampment in Kakaako as a “coordinated, gang-style attack.” They were about 15 to 20 feet away as Brower reached the front of the Children’s Discovery Center where about 10 people enveloped the state lawmaker.
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    2 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Hillary Clinton Faces More Liberal Democratic Fundraising Landscape By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DEREK WILLIS New York Times Hillary Rodham Clinton will seek out donors to her presidential campaign from a Democratic fundraising landscape vastly altered since her first presidential bid and far more ideologically aligned with the party's liberal activists.
  • Suit filed over firm’s sugar cane burning on Maui

    Timothy Hurley
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Aiming to put an end to cane burning in Hawaii, a Maui group has filed suit against the state Department of Health claiming that the regulatory system that allows open-air agricultural burning is unconstitutional.
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  • Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 1

    evan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here’s episode 2 of Board Meeting, our new SUP show where we talk about all things stand up paddle surfing and racing. In this episode, Robert and I talk about how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race. We discuss training, fitness, nutrition, using the proper equipment, logistics, and a whole lot more [...]
  • Connor Baxter makes it a clean sweep at Stop #1 of the 2015 Stand Up World Series in Barcelona

    davi
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Connor Baxter puts on a stunning performance with another victory in the World Series sprints for the Overall win in Barcelona If there was any question as to whether the 2014 World Champion could continue his momentum into the new season, it was answered loud and clear this weekend in Barcelona, as Connor Baxter (Starboard) put [...]
  • Please Support Planet Sun Kick Starter Campaign

    davi
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Planet Sun just launched a Kick Starter campaign for their new Sun Protection Performance Clothing…. You may know these guys, as they do a lot for the community, supporting events and educating EVERYONE on sun safety and skin cancer for many years.They spent over a year developing this line, and like all they do, it [...]
  • Wednesday Training Group: Downwinder – Meeting at 5:00 PM, Kahala

    robert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Training Group: Downwinder on Wednesday Please meet at Wai’alae Beach Park in Kahala at 5 pm to catch the trailer, launch will be from Canoe Hale in Hawaii Kai.Please let Robert or Jeff know by Tuesday afternoon if you would like to demo a race board. On Sunday June 28th, Blue Planet will host a SUP Clinic [...]
  • SUP Carbon Racing Fin: Board Meeting Episode 1

    evan
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re trying out a new SUP show where we talk about everything stand up. In this episode, we take a look at Blue Planet Surf’s new carbon racing fin. Hopefully you guys like this. We will be posting more videos in the future. This show is presented by Evan from StandUpPaddleSurf.net and Robert from Blue Planet [...]
 
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  • The Lychee Tree in the Back Yard

    Kateri Tennberg
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Informant: Female/68/HawaiianLocation: Wailua Houselots, KauaiI've always been afraid of my backyard.The leaves from the huge lychee trees blocks out the sunlight and deafens the noise from the outside. It's dark with just the sudden rustling of the leaves around you to keep you company. The only ray of sunlight exists between the trees. The only area in my backyard that I feel safe - at least, I used to feel safe.Although I've never felt comfortable in my backyard, we chose to have a clothesline in between the lychee trees. I went into the backyard a couple times a week to hang our clothes…
  • Spooning

    Kateri Tennberg
    11 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Informant: Female/30/Hawaiian mixed ancestryLocation: Pahoa, Big IslandI'm afraid to go to sleep tonight. I kept waking up with the feeling last night that someone was in the room with me. At one point during my rest, I swore I felt a body press up right up against me to cuddle. It even did that snuggling motion when someone is trying to get as close as possible. I smiled with my eyes closed, thinking it was my dog, who sometimes sneaks into my room at night, and felt immediately reassured… And then I reached out to embrace my dog and pull him closer. It felt larger than my dog. I…
  • Dad's Recliner

    Kateri Tennberg
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Informant: Female/16/Ethnicity unknownLocation of Incident: OahuI was going out with my friends, without permission from my dad, one Friday night. I was able to sneak out of the house after he went to his room to sleep. After leaving my home as quietly as possible, I met my best friend a few houses down and got into the car.As we began to drive away I pulled my purse up to my lap, and realized I didn't have my wallet... no money or I.D. means no fun. I convinced my friend to turn around and pull up to my house while I quickly retrieved my wallet. As we came up to my house,…
  • Dried Akule

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

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

    Amati
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    OK, I know that this could go into the political section of HT, but I'm thinking it is more indicated for American Asylum ---- AKA Goofy Life in America. As we know, Donald Trump made some questionable statements recently about Mexicans. Many took offense, including some Big Players in the media world. As a result, Donald Trump is suing Univision for $500 million for abandoning the Miss USA pageant which Donald owns in partnership (he says there is an ironclad contract). He has also threatened to sue NBC over the same thing. Meanwhile, he is also suing over Univision's President of Programing…
  • Claw Game Machines

    Walkoff Balk
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    http://www.insideedition.com/investi...achines-rigged It's good that I haven't play this machine.
  • The week that changed the nation

    pzarquon
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    The week that changed the nation http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/26/politi...rights-change/ Quote: The times, they are a changing, suddenly at whiplash speed. After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land. And as a capstone to these seismic events, the first black president of the United States spent Friday afternoon singing "Amazing Grace" on live…
  • RIP: Patrick Macnee of The Avengers

    Walkoff Balk
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:19 am
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/entert...bit/index.html He carried a mean umbrella.
  • Pixar's "Inside Out" (2015)

    pzarquon
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Opens next week, and easily in my top-five most anticipated films this year. http://movies.disney.com/inside-out/ It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out' http://www.npr.org/2015/06/10/413273...-in-inside-out We'll see whether this latest Pixar outing can light up the charts like most of its predecessors: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_out_2015/
 
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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal – Let’s Help Save In Ways We Can

    AMauiBlog
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    The Hawaiian monk seal is a species in crisis. There are currently fewer than 1,100 seals remaining and their numbers continue to decline by 4% per year. The challenges they face are numerous including shark predation, human disturbance and habituation, fishery interactions, habitat loss, entanglement in marine debris, infectious disease, and even intentional killings. If […]
  • Bird of Paradise And Maui Sunset

    AMauiBlog
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    These photos were shared by Bazza V Duck last night on our My Own Maui Facebook Page. I felt like to belonged to the blog as well. The series of shots seems to tell a story.  It’s just plain beautiful. So I posted it here on A Maui Blog first, and now we can share on Facebook, Twitter, […]
  • Pretty Pink Plumerias on Maui

    AMauiBlog
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    This plumeria tree is found on our neighbor’s side yard, across the street from us.  The tree is in full bloom – it’s a beautiful sight!  Each bunch of plumerias are like a natural wedding bouquet – it seems beautifully arranged but it wasn’t manually arranged. It’s nature’s arrangement.  All the photos were taken using […]
  • Summer Sports Camp in Kihei, Maui

    AMauiBlog
    29 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Come join Hope Chapel Sports Enthusiasts for a week-long day camp loaded with quality sports instruction, positive role models, daily Bible times, skits, and lots of fun times. Invite your friends!   Hope Chapel presents “Undefeated” Sports Camp 2015 Date:  June 15-19 Time:  9am-12:15pm Cost:  $48 Location:  Hope Chapel grounds (Kihei) For:  Boys and girls […]
  • Adventure With Waterfalls – Hana, Maui

    AMauiBlog
    25 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Wonderful photos of waterfalls on the way to Hana. Mahalo to Peter for taking these photos and sharing them with us. All these photos were used with permission by Peter Lindsey. You can connect with Peter via his Instagram account: @Falls_hunter
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  • Offering hope

    lavagal
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I have added some information at the end of this entry about the ClearPlan Easy Fertility Monitor, which truly made a difference in our lives. It took a long time to write this because every time I started, I crumbled. After 10 years (four years ago), confident my daughters would survive, I finally could write it. Cathartic. Conceiving children is not all that easy. Planets have to line up, eggs have to be primed, sperm has to be energetic, a uterus has to be hospitable. Then, DNA takes over. For me, three out of five times the DNA was a disaster. It’s discouraging. It’s a…
  • Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 2015, the download

    lavagal
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    A beautiful place. For six months or more, people like me train for an Ironman 70.3 triathlon somewhere on this planet. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, I participated in the Ironman Honu Triathlon 70.3 on Hawaii Island. It was my third time. My first race was the fastest. Is it because I was younger? I feel like I’m in better shape now. I had a different and heavier bike back then, and that bike leg was my fastest. I’m happy that this year I beat last year’s time and that I made it across the finish line with 11 minutes to spare. Each year it had been my goal to finish under…
  • Boca Hawaii Triathlon Training Weekend 2015

    lavagal
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Awaiting our flight from Honolulu to Kona. What, besides three sports, do triathletes have in common? Actually, not much. What unites us is a desire to swim, bike and run. You know, the kind of stuff we did as kids. What separates us is the rest of our lives: family, friends, professions, physiques and political affiliations. I think we are also comfortable with being by ourselves, alone in a crowd. When you are training, even among fellow triathletes, there isn’t much time for talking. There’s a lot of introspection. Somehow, we manage to achieve a cohesion of overachievers…
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Five Local Grinds (by Cat Toth)

    Rodney
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    Check out fellow blogger Catherine Toth’s story about The History of Five Local Grinds: http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/history-five-local-grinds?ir=Hawaii Malasadas Manapua Boiled Peanuts Spam Musubi Saimin She even mentions the “manapua man”! Yeah, my tins are small.     Malasadas Also known as Virgin Donuts (because no more hole).  Can’t go wrong with malasadas – as long as they’re hot and for me, chewy.  I think the best malasadas is from Agnes’ Portuguese Bakery in Kailua.  Even though they’re not “virgin”,…
  • Aloha Kenny’s Restaurant

    Rodney
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    We bid farewell to yet another MLC eatery —     Here’s the scoops on it.   We used to patronize Kenny’s Restaurant every now and then until they renovated the restaurant and their prices became out of reach for our budget.   One of my fondest memories of Kenny’s Restaurant was when I was in high school and my friend Lee and I were attending Junior Achievement that year.  JA was holding a surf meet that Lee and I entered.  We had to report to White Plains beach at something like 7:00AM.  So we headed out from Kailua at around 5:00AM and before…
  • Thursday 3 – Summer

    Rodney
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Sticking with the Summer theme.     Here we go:   What were some of your summer jobs? Did you attend summer school or summer fun, or both? When was your best summer and why?   Okay, here’s my replies:     What were some of your summer jobs? I’ve probably mentioned this about a hundred times – but my summer (and fall and winter and spring) job was being a “lot boy” at Windward Volkswagen.  It was my first and only high school/college summer job.  Working 6 days a week took me away from my family resulting in me growing up fast.  As…
  • Music Time – Welcome To Summer

    Rodney
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:53 am
    I hope all the MLC dads had a wonderful Father’s Day.  We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  So classic, yeah?  And besides being Father’s Day, it was also Summer Solstice.     So I thought it might be appropriate for Music Time – songs that have to do with summer.  “Summer” can be in the name of the song, the band, the lyrics, or related to summer.  Or maybe a song that takes you back to a special summer – but you have to share that memory with us.   Here’s a few to get started:         How about a band named…
  • Thursday 3 – Favorite Neighbor Island

    Rodney
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    Previously, @Mark Shelby posted:   Rodney….. New thread topic idea. <~~~~ “What is your favorite Hawaiian Island. And what are the things that you love the most about it”? Aloha! ~Mark Shelby   I thought it would make for a good Thursday 3 topic.   What is your favorite Hawaiian Island? What are the things that you love the most about it? Share a story or two from a neighbor island trip.     I’ll go first:     What is your favorite Hawaiian Island? I’d have to say Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island. What are the things that you…
 
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    The Ohana Mama

  • Giveaway! Starfish Aloha Summer Prize Pack

    Sarah Burns
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It’s summertime! Bust out the popsicles, the lemonade, the beachy days and sandy toes and top it all off with a Starfish Aloha hat, tank and notecards to be complete! To kick off summer, I’ve partnered with Starfish Aloha, a locally run, mom-created brand on a super summer prize pack, just for YOU! I’m in love with this brand not only because it evokes the love for the ocean that runs through my veins but also because the mama behind the brand is a dear friend, one I met online before moving to Maui. She and I found each other on an online mom’s group – we were…
  • Easter on Maui

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

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

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

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

  • Chuck Shishido retires

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, Chuck Shishido felt he had hit the jackpot, surprised by a gathering of many co-workers to celebrate his 42+ years with Outrigger. The OHANA Waikiki East Hotel was the scene of a luncheon … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • A hui hou (until we meet again), Australia

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY GAVAN CONWAY — On July 1 our four Outrigger properties in Australia will transition to the Mantra Group and be rebranded as either Peppers or Mantra. This past week Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa Noosa (ANR), Outrigger … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber (OBC) IHG Celebrate Service Week, June 8 – 12, 2015

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY TARYN WONG — IHG Celebrate Service week is Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) way of saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone at IHG’s branded hotels and corporate offices around the world. It’s an opportunity to recognize our colleagues for their hard … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts brand shines at Fiji Tourism Expo and South Pacific Tourism Exchange

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji, fielded a strong team at the Fiji Tourism Expo (FTE) held at Denarau in Fiji from June 15-19, meeting a record number of prospective buyers. The Expo showcased … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Finance know-how makes Randhir Kumar Vuvale Manager of the Month at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort hosts had a special audience at the June Vuvale Staff Awards with the event coinciding with members of the Kelley and Carey family being in residence. Assistant financial controller Randhir Kumar’s financial … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: People Problem

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Kauai County Council is again engaged in time-wasting— namely, its plan to vet the idea of a county manager position.Long the cherished dream of Ken Taylor, Glenn Mickens and Walter Lewis, the manager concept gained traction when they approached Councilman Mason Chock, who just can't say no. So now an idea previously considered and rejected by the charter commission after it conducted road shows to gauge public interest — there was none — is the focus of a fullblown Council subcommittee.To its advocates, the manager position is code for this belief: The county needs a white guy from…
  • Hawaii's Last Anti-GMO Law Overturned

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    A federal judge has overturned the last anti-GMO law in Hawaii, firmly establishing state and federal preemption rights throughout the Islands.In striking down a voter-approved moratorium on growing GM crops yesterday, Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway determined the Maui ban “is expressly preempted by federal law.” Her ruling goes further than two court decisions that last year invalidated the Kauai and Big Island anti-GMO laws.U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren did not address the federal preemption question last August when he overturned Kauai Ordinance 960, which…
  • Musings: Trailer Trash

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Watching the evening sky, I see Jupiter is moving ever closer toward Venus.And watching the latest piece of anti-GMO propaganda, I see that Kauai is moving ever closer toward apocalypse — unless we let folks like Don Heacock save us. I'm talking about the trailer for “Aina,” described by one promoter "as an "amazing fact-based film." It will hold its July 26 premiere on Kauai, which an unidentified man on camera unequivocally proclaims as "thehot spot on the planet for pesticide exposures."Really? Hotter than Indian farmers applying paraquat with backpack sprayers and no protective…
  • Musings: Disconnect

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Has anyone else noticed the schizophrenia of Hawaii's agri/enviro activism?On the one hand, we have the Sierra Club suing to prevent the reclassification of 1,500 acres of ag land on Oahu for the 11,750-unit Hoopili housing project. It is arguing, in part, that the state isn't doing enough to designate Important Ag Lands, and this land meets all the criteria.On the other, we have the Sierra Club and its attorney, EarthJustice, actively working with self-proclaimed “green” groups and “aloha aina warriors” to destroy agriculture on acreage already classified as Important Ag Land.Through…
  • Musings: Sandbagged

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Back in December 1996, a very high surf event caused extensive erosion along a stretch of shoreline in Haena, threatening three houses.Kauai County and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources allowed the  landowners to install a sandbag revetment in front of five contiguous oceanfront lots. The county issued a Special Management Area emergency permit for what was supposed to be a temporary fix. Condition #5 of the permit clearly states that “[t]he emergency shoreline protection measures shall be temporary [emphasis added] until acceptable permanent…
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    gigi-hawaii

  • Music tames the snarling beast

    gigihawaii
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Thai or Cambodian temple rubbing, featuring musicians and dancers of long ago.  It hangs in my family room. David and I have been mulling over the new symphony season coming up in September.  Though we have not been informed about the program, schedule, and artists, we are inclined to purchase the season tickets by the July 31st deadline in order to keep our present seats near the left aisle.  I like our seats, because we can see the piano keyboard clearly. You should have been there for the final concert last month, when ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performed Yasui’s “Concerto…
  • Electronic toys then and now

    gigihawaii
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    I babysat my two grandkids recently and, of course, I took a bunch of photos.  What struck me was the memory of my two daughters, Maria and Lisa, playing with their electronic toys when they were little.  And now, Maria’s young children are doing the same thing, though they play with more sophisticated electronics. Here’s a photo, taken in 1989, of my daughters, Lisa (age 7) and Maria (age 10), playing with their Game Boys.  Note the cord between their devices, indicating that they were playing a game together: And here’s a photo, taken in June 2015, of Maria’s children, Julia (age…
  • Our 35th wedding anniversary

    gigihawaii
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Last night, David and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Morton’s Steak House in Ala Moana Center. How we looked on our wedding day in June 1980: How we looked last night: We have dined at Morton’s before, so I won’t be sharing photos of food we ate, because it would be redundant.  Suffice it to say, we indulged in a Caesar’s salad, a main entrée consisting of filet mignon, crab cake, spinach, mushrooms and baked potato, and a dessert of crème brulee for me and hot chocolate cake for David.  All delicious!  In addition, the restaurant gave us a lovely lemon soufflé as…
  • Design flaws?

    gigihawaii
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Ala Wai Harbor.  Photo by Ted Trimmer. A woman I know complained about the new unit she and her children had moved into.  She said that the sliding glass windows had to be shut tight when it rained.  But then there was no air flow.  She said that jalousies would have been better, because they could be shut only slightly, keeping the rain out but letting the air in. She also said that a ceiling fan had been installed, but it was too close to her son’s top bunk bed. So, there were serious design flaws in that new unit, too late and too expensive to fix. Hind sight is always 20/20,…
  • Shrimp and Zucchini Stir-Fry

    gigihawaii
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    I love to create new things to eat, and yesterday was no exception. I call this dish Shrimp and Zucchini Stir-Fry: And here it is on a plate with homemade potato salad and a tossed green salad: As you know, the more colorful the food, the better it is for you since it is bound to be chock full of vitamins and minerals.  The pink shrimp contrasts well with the green zucchini. The unusual aspect of this food is that I did not heat up the wok first, because I did not want the garlic to burn. Here’s the recipe: In a COLD pot or electric wok, add: 1/3 cup oil (can be olive oil or canola oil or…
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    Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney Monday

  • SmartMoney Monday: Home Renovations

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Hawaii News Now and Bank of Hawaii are continuing to take viewers' questions about finance and home renovations.
  • SmartMoney Monday: Home renovations

    22 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Embarking on a home renovation project takes a lot of planning and budgeting.In this week's SmartMoney Monday, Brenda Gross Mitchell answers some questions about how to manage finances when considering a home renovation project.
  • SmartMoney Monday - Options to pay for home renovations

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    This month we're answering questions submitted by you on financing or paying for home renovations.Here from Bank of Hawaii is Vice President Reid Hinaga.We received an interesting question from Buyuan, who asks “What is a safe way to pay for home renovations?”When you decide to renovate, one of the most important questions to consider from the start is how will you pay for it? And, like Buyuan mentions, what is the safest and best way to pay? One thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot ...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Renovate your home or start from scratch?

    8 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In Hawaii with a lot of older homes, there are many people who face the decision of newly renovating their homes or just starting from scratch and demolishing and rebuilding.Factors such as the duration of your project, the location of your property, and hidden costs will all determine...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Home Renovations

    1 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    This edition of "Smart Money Monday" focuses on home renovations.
 
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    Kaaawa News

  • Kaaawa Community Association to meet on June 9

    ilind
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Here’s the agenda from the KCA: KA`A`AWA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETING DATE: Tuesday June 9, 2015 TIME: (7:00 – 8:30 P.M.) LOCATION: KA`A`AWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGENDA 1) Welcome a) Minutes of the last meeting b) Treasurer’s Report i) Current balance 2) Community Reports a) Ka`a`awa Elementary School b) Neighborhood Board c) HPD Neighborhood Report d) Kualoa Ranch Report e) Parks and Recreation 3) Old Business a) Update on Bill 47 (2013) status. b) Update on 4H club on Ranch land at Polinalina Rd – Lisa Fleagle c) OMPO updates on some road projects – Andrea Anixt d)…
  • A little-known piece of Kaaawa history

    ilind
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here’s a bit of little-known Kaaawa history concerning the Crouching Lion, the never-quite-a-landmarks restaurant that my dad opened as the Crouching Lion Lodge in 1952. There just wasn’t enough traffic to sustain it in the early 1950s, and the Crouching Lion has struggled under a long series of owners in the decades since. The first chef hired is now credited with having been the inventor of “Irish Coffee,” although I doubt my dad knew that at the time. Back in 2005, my dad recalled the restaurant’s beginnings. We set up a nice little kitchen. We put in tables…
  • One of those Kaaawa moments (photos)

    ilind
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    It was one of those experiences you only get after being in one place for a while. We were walking along Kam Highway at dawn a couple of days ago, near the corner of Puakenikeni Road and the spot where we step down from the highway to the beach. There were a couple of people on the old seawall, also watching the sunrise. As we passed, one turned and approached. She introduced herself and her daughter, soon to be leaving for a teaching job in Texas, she said. And then she said that a decade ago, they were in the same spot at dawn on the last day of the year, and were included in one of my…
  • Kaaawa calendars for 2015 now available

    ilind
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’ve put together these Kaaawa calendars for several years. The 2015 calendar is available. Just click on the photo to get ordering information.
  • Halloween in Kaaawa!

    ilind
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Just after dark, we wandered down the block to see what friends who live on the corner had going for Halloween. This is the scene that greeted us. You can see why their place was a center of Halloween activity, with its fine collection of creepy stuff collected over the years. Kaaawa’s kids were great, and it was fun to see the imaginative costumes. I enjoyed the bookworm and the tourists, along with the more familiar ghouls, goblins, and action figures. In any case, I wanted to share some of the fun. –> See the rest of the Halloween photos!
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Top 100 Realtors in Hawaii 2015 by: Chelsea Pferschy RA

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    nbsp; For the 4th year in a row, Tony Kawaguchi and his Aloha Tony team have received the honors of being on this prestigious list of top producing agents in the state of Hawaii. The data is compiled from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and there are a few criteria that are considered from this. 1. Only MLS transactions in Hawaii 2. Only residential sales are counted. (no vacant land or commercial) 3. No new home sales are counted. (which is a shame since Realtors often find homes in new construction developments) 4. Primary listing agents receive full credit, co-listing agents do not…
  • Rent vs Own: 4 reasons Military Should Buy a Home in Hawaii

    4 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The first question we get from military clients PCSing to Hawaii is whether its best to rent or own. On one hand, renting seems to offer the very attractive prospect of immediate cash savings. If you rent lower than your BAH, thats extra money in your pocket, right away. On the other hand, a wise purchase can help you procure tens of thousands of dollars in wealth ... way more than youd have if youd chosen to rent. This type of wealth is not as obvious or immediate as savings you might get from renting, so its value is often overlooked. Do homeowners know something that renters dont?
  • Generation Y Begins to Drive Real Estate Trends

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    In a mere 5 years, Generation Y is projected to be the biggest age demographic in America. But that doesnt mean theyll wait until then to lead the nation in home-buying. Already, Gen Y is the largest share of the nations homebuyers at 32. Here are some other interesting generational trends in real estate.  Gen Y: 32 (1980-1995)  Gen Y had the largest share of first time buyers at 68. Gen Y buyers place high importance on finding affordable homes close to work. 39 of Gen Y buyers primarily purchased a home just for the desire to own a home of their own. More than half of Gen Y buyers…
  • CONFUSION IN HAWAII KAI....Is it Mariners Valley, or Kamilo Iki valley???

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
        Many people get confused when Realtors talk about Mariners Valley in Hawaii Kai. They say, quot;Do you mean Mariners Ridge????quot; Nope. Im talking about the valley thats nestled between Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge, Mariners Valley. It goes by a few different names, depending on what area of the valley youre talking about....Mariners Valley or Kamilo Iki Valley are the 2 that are widely used. Theyre based on the legal descriptive names of the area and the subdivisions used in the property tax records for Honolulu County.    An aeriel  view of Mariners Valley from the…
  • Lakefront Kailua, MLS: 201500233

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Check out our lakefront listing in Kailua Experience island living at its finest in this beautiful corner-lot Kailua home on the water. Over 2700 sqft total, 4 bed 2 bath. Features a brand new kitchen, heated tile pool, dock on the lake, boat parking and mountain and sunset views. Wide open layout, newly remodeled in 2014. Includes PV panels for water, electricity and pool. See 68 hi-res pics at http://www.alohatony.com/kahili.php nbsp; Enchanted Lake (also known as Ka‘elepulu Pond) covers about 95 acres in Kailua, Hawaii. It connects to the ocean at Kailua Beach Park via…
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Maui's Skyline Trail: A well-kept secret at Haleakala National Park

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    About 1.5 million people visit Haleakala National Park each year, and almost all take in the view from 10,000-foot-high Red Hill Summit (often shrouded with lower-lying clouds). And maybe half the people at least take a gander at Sliding Sands Trail, which drops a few thousand feet into the 19-square-mile volcano's crater (technically an eroded valley) that is filled with cinder cones and geologic oddities. But practically no one (seriously) knows about the Skyline Trail, which drops down the west flank of the volcano, past many cinder cones, and (unlike other trails) has ocean views all the…
  • Kauai Trailblazer: Your personal tour guide

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    If you plan to get out and explore Kauai on vacation, pick up a copy and give it a good perusal before you leave home. The island's top attractions (like the Kalalau Trail, Waimea Canyon, and Poipu Beach) are easy to find—you really don't need a guidebook.But to find the aloha of old Hawaii, you'll want some help. The authors have been exploring Kauai for over 20 years, and the fruit of their efforts is organized efficiently in their top-selling adventure guide. Here are a few examples of where you can find the aloha: Lawai Center (88 Holy Places of Kobo Daishi), Anaina Hou Community…
  • Akaka Falls: More than just another roadside attraction on the Big Island

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    For sure the half-mile loop hike at Akaka Falls State park is a tourist trot, complete with sightseeing buses and paid parking. But it's also one of the best waterfall-and-botanical hikes in Hawaii.The park is a four-mile drive up from the quaint town of Honomu on the south end of the Hamakua Coast (the northeast quadrant of the island.) Besides Akaka's 440-foot freefall of whitewater, the hike also takes in Kahuna Falls, which spews from a side-canyon, and a profusion of tropical greenery alongside Kolekole Stream.Stairways, bridges, and paved sections make for easy going. If you show up in…
  • Luxury sniking on Maui's Wailea Coast

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    29 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    'Sniking' is for adventure fiends who can't decide whether to spend the day hiking or snorkeling: You can do both at the same time! And you won't find a better spot to snike in style than Maui's Wailea coast, where a paved path meanders 2.5 miles past several high-end resorts  and a half-dozen sweet snorkeling beaches.At the far (north) end of Wailea, the path (now the Eddie Pu Trail) continues past the little harbor at Kihei and through that town's trio of family beach parks—Kamaoles I, II & III. Kihei doesn't have the glam of Wailea, but's beaches are at least as good. A…
  • Far Away on a 2-minute Photo Safari to Hawaii

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    19 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    This visual sampler is just an appetizer to the lifetime feast of aloha-style adventurtes that are presented  in the Trailblazer guides to the Islands. (Tip: view it full screen.)  To find an experience to call your own, buy one of our guides to the beaches, tropical forests, and cultural sites that make up Hawaii. Aloha awaits whenever you choose to come and find it.
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    IN4MATION

  • BRIXTON | July 1, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Variety of new...

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:58 pm
    BRIXTON | July 1, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Variety of new gear from Brixton at the Pearlridge In4mation.  Please see more above..
  • IN4MATION SUMMER | DROPPING JULY 4TH We will be dropping our...

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
    IN4MATION SUMMER | DROPPING JULY 4TH We will be dropping our Summer Line this Saturday July 4th at all our shops as well as all fine #in4mation retailers worldwide!! Be on the lookout as we will be featuring the Summer Line Lookbook with the @thel81z… From there you can feel the vibe of the summer time summer time Line….. #in4msummer
  • HOODRAT STUFF | July 1, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Exclusive to...

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    HOODRAT STUFF | July 1, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Exclusive to In4mation in Hawaii… Get your Hoodrat Stuff!  We got some tanks perfect for summer as well tees and hats.
  • ACAPULCO GOLD | June 30, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Get that...

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:48 pm
    ACAPULCO GOLD | June 30, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Get that Sticky Icky!  New Acapulco Gold available at the Pearlridge In4mation.  This includes snap backs, Campers, tees and button ups.
  • AGENDA TRADESHOW | IN4MWORLDWIDE Thank you @agendashow for...

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    AGENDA TRADESHOW | IN4MWORLDWIDE Thank you @agendashow for inviting us once again !!! Come visit us at our booth #J17 as we will be showing our Holiday 15 and Spring 16 line , the show will be going on July 8 and 9th at the #longbeach convention center. #in4mteam #in4mworldwide #agendashow To book an appointment please hit up Allan@nuttyrice.com Jenny@nuttyrice.com Todd@in4mants.com
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:Scheduling Reminder: We will be following a modified Class Schedule TODAY, July 3rd - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 4th, we will have a Normal Class Schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am classes.A. Every two minutes, for 20 minutes (10 sets), complete:Snatch x 1 repB. "Helen"3 rounds for time, of:Run 400 Meters21 Kettlebell Swings (53/35 lbs)12 Pull-upsTime cap: 15-minutes"Fitness"3 rounds for time, of:Run 300 Meters21 Russian Kettlebell Swings12 Jumping Pull-ups
  • 2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today's Workout:Scheduling Reminder: We will be following a modified Class Schedule tomorrow, July 3rd - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Saturday, July 4th, we will have a normal Class Schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am classes.A. Every 2-minutes for 16-minutes (8 sets):Push Press + Push Jerk + Split JerkBuild over the course of the 8 sets. Work on speed and good footwork.B. "Annie"50-40-30-20-10 rep rounds for time, of:Double-UndersSit-upsTime cap: 12-minutes"Fitness"25-20-15-10-5 rep rounds for time, of:Double-Under attemptsSit-ups (use DBs for feet if necessary)C. Three sets, not for time,…
  • 1 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Today's Workout:Scheduling Reminder: We will be following a modified Class Schedule on Friday, July 3rd - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Saturday, July 4th, we will have a normal Class Schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am classes.A. Every minute, on the minute, for 12 minutes:Speed Deadlift x 3 reps @ 70%B. For time:80 Squats70 Push-ups60 One-legged squats, alternating50-Calorie row40 Single-arm overhead squats (35 lbs Dumbbell)30 Handstand push-ups20 Thrusters (35 lbs Dumbbells)10 Muscle-upsTime cap: 25-minutesScaling options:"Performance"For time:60 Squats50 Push-ups40 One-legged squats,…
  • 30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    Today's Workout:Scheduling Reminder: We will be following a modified Class Schedule on Friday, July 3rd - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Saturday, July 4th, we will have a normal Class Schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am classes.A. Every two minutes, for 16 minutes (8 sets), complete:Snatch from 2″ Below the Knee + SnatchB. Five sets for times of:5 Hang Squat Snatches (135/95 lbs)10 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups15 Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)Rest 60 seconds
  • 29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 9 minutes (6 sets), complete:Front Squat x 3-4 reps @ 80-83%B. Every 90 seconds, for 12 minutes (8 sets), complete:Clean Grip Deadlift + Hang Clean + Power Clean*Build in load over the course of the 8 setsC. Four sets for times of:5 Deadlifts (315/215 lbs)15 Toes-to-BarRest 60 secondsScheduling Reminder: In honor of the 4th of July, we will be following a Holiday Schedule on Friday - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Saturday, we will have normal schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am.
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    Humdinger Sportfishing

  • Kona Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Rate This Report Kona Fishing Report June 27, 2015 The Fishing in Kona remained really good this past week, and as we head into next week with the Full Moon on Thursday and a good tide schedule all week, expect the consistent action we have seen the past month to remain the same or even […]
  • Kona Fishing Report – June 2015

    Amit Soni
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Rate This Report The fishing has been absolutely red hot the past few weeks and it shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Today (6/17/15) we went 3 for 4 on blue marlin with the largest fish going about 400 lbs. Several boats this week have reported multiple hookups on marlin and tuna […]
  • Hawaii Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Rate This Report It’s has been a pretty incredible year so far here in Kona, at the very least, well above average for both the numbers of marlin caught and the overall size of the fish. As we mentioned in our previous Fishing Report, there have been three Granders (Marlin over 1,000 pounds) caught this […]
  • Hawaii Gives Up the Third Grander of 2015

    Amit Soni
    29 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Rate This Report Kona Goes 2 for 3 For Biggest Marlin in Hawaii this Year The year isn’t even half over yet and Hawaii has produced three blue marlin over 1,000 pounds. Just in the past week, Granders came back-to-back with a 1,226 lb blue marlin caught in Kona and the third largest grander of the […]
  • Kona Fishing Report

    humDinger
    11 May 2015 | 3:27 am
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Positive Thoughts: Far Better Things

    hawa6217
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
  • Hawaii Public Schools Eligible to Win Awards for School Beautification  

    hawa6217
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    (Cooke Foundation Beautification Award 2013 recipient Lokelani Intermediate School received $5,000 for a campus landscaping project, completed by students, staff and volunteers in conjunction with nonprofit Grow Some Good. Photo courtesy of Nio Kindla.) By Staff Reports (Honolulu) — The Cooke Foundation announced today a call for nominations for the Cooke Beautification Award, which recognizes public schools for completing significant beautification projects on campus. The biennial award has honored elementary, middle and high schools across the state with $85,000 in awards since 2008, for…
  • Over 300 Students Participated in “I Love My Community” Art Contest

    hawa6217
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Zixin He, a fourth grade student at Kapa‘a Elementary School and grand prize winner of the county’s “I Love My Community” art contest, describes her artwork to Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and the crowd at the Seventh annual Mayor-a-thon. By Staff Reports (LÎHU’E) – Over 300 students from across the island participated in the county’s “Kaua‘i Kakou: I Love My Community” art contest, which was part of the public outreach process in the General Plan update. Entries were submitted by a number of elementary schools including: Hanalei; Kîlauea; Kapa‘a; King Kaumuali’i;…
  • Strider’s 12 Sport Bike, a game changer for parents and kids

    hawa6217
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    By Melanie Gonzalez Managing Editor (Honolulu)– Remember tricycles and training wheels on your bike? Well, thanks to a company called Strider Bikes, our generation will be one of the last ones to remember those items, which seem to be a thing of the past. Strider Bikes was the first to introduce the “balance bike” model which eliminates pedals and gives more control to the rider to balance and get the feel of a conventional bicycle. Strider Bikes is the brainchild of Ryan McFarland and entrepreneur with a rich history and knowledge in racing bikes. After becoming frustrated with the…
  • Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Appoints Jacy L. Youn to Kauai Area Executive Director

    hawa6217
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Honolulu) – Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) has appointed Jacy L. Youn to Kauai Area Executive Director. In her position, Youn is responsible for leading all facets of the Kauai Branch, including resource and board development, establishing strategic alliances with the community and civic officials, and supervising the Kauai team. BGCH maintains three clubhouses on Kauai, located in Lihue, Kapaa, and Waimea. Youn has a diverse background in communications, law, and journalism, and a long history of work with various charitable organizations. She is returning to…
 
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    Maui Makers

  • CNC SIG Meeting Tuesday 30 June 2015

    Jerry
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Our CNC Special Interest Group will be meeting on 30 June (630-830pm) to continue discussions. Meeting will be at our makerspace, upstairs at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI. First time attendance is open to all. After that we request you become at least a Friend level member of Maui Makers. Some details on possible Autodesk Fusion360 CAD/CAM workshop will be presented along with the usual talk story. CNC = Computer Numeric Control… basically a robot that makes things.
  • Arduino Open Build Night Continues!

    Rob Bartlett
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    Although Bob Conlon is jet-setting, the Arduino class will still be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Laura Ulibarri and Pete Menningen will be facilitating the class. Come and continue your self-study on the classes, or if you are working on a project or have an idea, bring it by.
  • Save the Environment and Learn a Skill!

    Rob Bartlett
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:27 pm
    We are wiring the E-lab and need your help Sunday, 14th of June 2015, noon-4pm! Learn Something New Learn how to attach the Ethernet connectors to cables to create a cable of arbitrary length. The tools and instructions are provided. The main requirement is that you not be colorblind, so you can identify the color-coded wires. Save the Environment We have some donated computers and other electronics that we need to get working. Help us test them and take them apart to salvage the useful parts, and then we’ll rebuild what we can and e-cycle what we cannot use (or do you have an…
  • Basic Power Tool Safety Class–4th Wednesday

    Laura
    24 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Free to members. Based on a curriculum developed by the Power Tool Institute. After this class you should be proficient in using the basic shop tools at Maui Makers. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by emailing info@mauimakers.com. I know that some of you are already proficient, but we still need you to learn about our shop rules and demonstrate proficiency. And this is the easiest way to do this. You get to watch a movie and hang with Pete. Pete knows how to break things…I mean really break things…in fact he made a career out of it…You want to meet Pete.
  • Raspberry Pi Special Interest Group

    Laura
    24 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Have you heard about Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive computer for under $25-45 dollars? If you have a Pi, or are just wondering what all the excitement is about, join us the 4th Tuesday of Every Month for a Special Interest Group. Here’s a fun link showing what people have done with their Pi’s: Fourth Tuesday of Every Month.
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    Locations Blog

  • 3 Must Know Tips for Military Moving to Hawaii

    Locations
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    We're giving back to the brave men and women who selflessly keep us safe the only way we know how, unmatched Hawaii Real Estate market advice.  Our interactive map has a detailed description and breakdown of the most popular military neighborhoods on Oahu, and we've provided some sage advice from Locations' Military Team Hawaii.     God Bless America   1. You Can Own a Home with Relative Ease Here's a quick rundown of how: VA Loan Benefits: If you qualify, you can put 0% down and sometimes your loan officer will cover your closing costs, and $0.00 up front is a great…
  • Help Oahu's Keiki Go Backpack to School in Style in 2015

    Locations
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Locations Agents James Chan and Carlyle Handley Explain the "Backpack to School" Drive on KITV   Details to Get Involved
  • Investment Opportunity? The 5 Best Properties for Sale Near the Honolulu Rail

    Locations
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Honolulu Rail System is a much needed addition to Oahu's infrastructure.  Though it's impact remains to be seen, if all goes to plan it could alleviate pressure on the highway system causing traffic to decrease, promote west side development, and increase home values along the Honolulu rail line.  In order to help new home owners save some time, we've detailed the 5 best homes near the Honolulu rail from Kapolei to Ala Moana.  There's also an interactive map above displaying the full list of homes within 2 miles of each rail stop so you can look through all of the available…
  • Hawaii Kai: Who Lives There?

    Locations
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:34 am
    Hawaii Kai Demographics Many of the Homes Feature Spectacular Views Hawaii Kai contains 28,947 residents living in 11,000 households (2.9 people per household) with a median income of $122,799, twice the Honolulu average of $63,000. Approximately 38% of residents have children under 18 years of age. Bottom line? It's an area comprised of families (65% are married) with college educated homeowners (50.4% have bachelor degrees or higher) that are both employed (2.5% unemployment) as well as local and out-of-state retirees (Average age of 47.9).  Hawaii Kai has great schools…
  • Locations on Top: Why We're the #1 Real Estate Company in Hawaii

    Locations
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Locations is #1! Hawaii Business Magazine just listed the best real estate companies in the state of Hawaii and Locations is on top once again for both sales volume and number of sales! In 2014, Locations agents amassed $1,347,083,912 in total sales from 2,420 transactions, participating in 1 out of every 4 real estate transactions on Oahu. What's Our Secret? Locations remains #1 year after year because we provide our agents with the resources to succeed, and provide our clients with tools to make the most informed decision.  We have the largest support staff to agent…
 
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    Communications Pacific

  • Test NR

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Test NR – Test Client – 1/1
  • Who Are You Calling Madam? by Jean Dickinson

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

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

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

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

  • 2015 Mid-Year Marketing Review: What’s New? What Works?

    brian
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    We’re officially at the mid-year point for 2015. It’s a great time to see what’s been changing in online marketing. It’s also a great time to state some basic facts that are time-tested. First, here are four big changes in online marketing: Local search is where it’s at for most businesses. These are searches for things in your community. They might include: “Web design company in Kailua-Kona” | “Kona real estate company” “Seafood restaurant on Hawaii Island” | “96740 snorkeling tour” All these searches are looking for something local. When you search for them, you…
  • Some Interesting Facts About Real Estate on Hawaii Island

    brian
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I just spent a few weeks traveling on the Mainland. I heard a lot of people say they wanted to move to “Hawaii.” Many think of Hawaii as one place. it’s not: there are several island, all with a different lifestyle, cost of living and job market. This blog focuses on real estate on Hawaii Island. I spent about twenty minutes talking to a guy who had “discovered” a lot of inexpensive land on Hawaii Island. Without trying to burst his bubble, I asked him about what he had found. He said found a lot of land that is inexpensive, relatively speaking, in South Kona and a lot…
  • My Three Favorite Productivity Tools

    brian
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    There are a few things that I use every day to ensure that I stay connected, remember ideas and allow me to stay productive online. I thought I’d share them, as they are all great ways to improve your business productivity. My favorite recent discovery is Dashlane. If you’re like me, you have tens of passwords to websites that you want to remember. The absolute worst thing to do is to use the same password on every website; all is takes is one piece of information to wreak havoc on your life. Another bad strategy is Post-it Notes on your monitor! Dashlane is a password manager that can…
  • Easy-to-Do Marketing Options in Kona, Hawaii

    brian
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    I’ve had some good chats with clients this week about their marketing efforts. Some were sharing successes, and some were looking for ways to reinvigorate their businesses and sales. The one thing that was clear is that good marketing takes creativity and sustained effort. Here is a list of opportunities that you might help your business: Use what you have Email marketing has a huge return on investment. If you have a few hundred contacts, sending out an announcement, coupon, some pithy advice, etc., will generate instant business. This is also true with mailings. Sending out a postcard,…
  • Congratulation 2015 Graduates!

    brian
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year: students, family, and the community come together to recognize and honor the 2015 graduates. It is truly a time of celebration, and a time of hope and inspiration. As part of Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, I was part of a committee that interviewed 20 students for scholarships. It was a tiring, but awesome day filled with 15-minute chats with some of the most inspirational young people in our community. If you ever feel depressed or concerned about the future, spend a day interviewing scholarship applicants: I guarantee that…
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    The Hawaii Files

  • “A Dumb IrresponsibleInconsiderate Thing To Do”

    admin
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Expensive Proposed Changes to Ala Moana Beach Park Are Not Needed Dick Allgire of “Cook Healthy Fast” and his friend Myrna hits the nail on the head on the proposed “improvements” to Ala Moana Beach Park. Myrna hits the point in the above video on opposing the following: Tearing down the changing rooms – not needed Installing metered parking – not needed Hiring consultants to make recommendations on What is “needed” for the park – uneeded, ask the people. Myrna is right. All the park needs is some minor sprucing up, enhanced maintenance…
  • What’s the Big Deal with the Movie “Aloha”?

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    No Big Deal: A movie called “Aloha”. By Melvin Ah Ching, Publisher & Editor What’s the big deal with Cameron Crowe’s new movie “Aloha“? The flick which opens nationwide today (May 29) is just another romantic-comedy drama film in a sea of many. The thing that stands out for this film was that it was shot mostly in Hawaii and that some people (Hawaiian activists) are opposed to the title… Aloha. It certainly is not the first romantic comedy to be shot in the islands and won’t be the last. That said, I have no intention of spending money to…
  • SBA Boosts Business Results WithBank Resource Days

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Can SBA Help My Business? PRESS RELEASE – May 28, 2015. What does SBA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. Take advantage of this free opportunity to meet one-on-one with an SBA representative who will help you cut through the red tape, navigate and explain SBA Programs and resources available to you.  Ask us about: Loans for working capital – SBA Express, Export Express & Veterans Advantage Programs; Long-term financing to purchase or renovate business real estate or major equipment – SBA 504 Loan…
  • The Origins of the Shaka Sign

    AnnaMaria Preston
    23 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    The “shaka” is universally known in Hawaii and used with many commercial products. By AnnaMaria Preston, Ed.D. When I was growing up in Hawaii, the shaka sign was used all the time but I never had any idea from where the sign originated. It is not only a sign but a sign with a definition, with meaning. Depending on how the sign was ‘given’, whether waving or a straight pump down in front of the belly, it meant something. I remember being told by an old family friend who was Chinese-Hawaiian, that the origins of the sign actually related to the Hawaiian Migration…
  • Hawaii Island Discussions on Mauna Kea Observatories Scheduled

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    The Keck Observatories on Mauna Kea. Photo by NASA. The Friends of the UH Institute for Astronomy welcomes the public to a series of presentations on Mauna Kea, astronomy, and the TMT, to the residents of the Hilo / Hamakua area. All events are from 6:30pm- 9:00pm. Free refreshments will be provided. The upcoming schedule: Tues., May 19 at Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria Lanakila- Cultural Paul Coleman- Science Stephanie Nagata- Office of Mauna Kea Management Process Wed., May 27 at Kulaimano Community Center, Pepe‘ekeo Paul Neves- Cultural Sandra Dawson- Thirty…
 
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