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  • Texas beagle rides on side of ambulance to stay with owner

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    STEPHANIE GARLAND
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    MASON, TX (KLST/CNN) – A story out of Texas about a man’s best friend is making national news headlines. The beagle showed his extreme loyalty by refusing to be left behind when his owner was taken to a hospital by ambulance. He became a stowaway on the outside of the ambulance! Buddy is a 35-pound beagle and he lives on White Ranch about 20 miles from Mason. Buddy the beagle “I’m impressed with his loyalty and his idea that he’s going to help me and it was a help. I felt a little more comfortable,” said Buddy’s owner John Rector ‘JR’…
  • H-1 westbound lanes reopened after accident involving bus

    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise - Specials
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
     Honolulu police reopened all westbound lanes around 11:52 a.m. 
  • Swarm of bees on Koko Crater trail raises safety concerns

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    Brigette Namata
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    It is one of Oahu’s most popular hiking trails, and it’s tough, but now there’s a “new challenge” facing hikers there—bees. KHON went to Koko Crater trail to investigate the problem after a viewer gave us the alert. It takes 1,048 steps to the top, and everyone who makes it to the top of the hiking trail feels accomplished, but the new and potentially dangerous obstacle is raising concerns. About midway to the top of the mountain is the Koko Head bridge where hikers are encountering a swarm of bees. At almost every step of the steep climb, hikers heading…
  • North Hawaii men arrested after trying to sell sawed-off shotgun online

    Hawaii 24/7 | Hawaii247.com
    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Two Big Island men have been charged with felonies after an illegal weapon was offered for sale online. Undercover police officers responded to an ad offering a firearm for sale and were informed by the seller that the weapon was a sawed-off shotgun. The undercover officers arranged for a meeting with the seller. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Kona, Hawaii Start-Up Business Mistakes

    Kona Impact
    brian
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Anyone who has been in business in Hawaii knows that doing business here can be difficult. This is probably true of almost everywhere, but Hawaii does offer some unique challenges. They include local customs, unique market conditions, isolation, high costs, permits and the permitting processes, taxes, insurance requirements and many others. Here several things that many Hawaii entrepreneurs often miscalculate, disregard or completely overlook when starting businesses in Kona, Hawaii. It’s Not a Huge Market The population of Hawaii Island, which is called the Big Island for obvious reasons,…
 
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  • Texas beagle rides on side of ambulance to stay with owner

    STEPHANIE GARLAND
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    MASON, TX (KLST/CNN) – A story out of Texas about a man’s best friend is making national news headlines. The beagle showed his extreme loyalty by refusing to be left behind when his owner was taken to a hospital by ambulance. He became a stowaway on the outside of the ambulance! Buddy is a 35-pound beagle and he lives on White Ranch about 20 miles from Mason. Buddy the beagle “I’m impressed with his loyalty and his idea that he’s going to help me and it was a help. I felt a little more comfortable,” said Buddy’s owner John Rector ‘JR’…
  • Strong quake in west China kills 4; 54 hurt

    The Associated Press
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China killed at least four people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the county of Kangding in Sichuan province. China’s seismological agency put the magnitude at 6.3. The four dead included a woman in her 70s who was struck by a falling window pane, the official Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV said, citing Chen Yunbing, a…
  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in M6.7 Nagano quake

    KEN MORITSUGU and MARI YAMAGUCHI
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    TOKYO (AP) — Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude from a preliminary 6.8…
  • Hawaii’s Most Wanted: Bradley Koko

    Marisa Yamane
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Honolulu police are looking for Bradley Koko, a man who’s wanted on a warrant for a stolen moped case. “On September 24, 2013, officers observed a male riding a moped in the Kam Shopping Center,” said Crimestoppers Sgt. Kim Buffett. “They stopped him for a traffic violation and found that the moped had been reported stolen on September 6, 2013, from a residence on Kaweolani Place. The male was identified as Koko and was placed under arrest for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and while being searched due to the arrest, drugs and drug paraphernalia was found…
  • Swarm of bees on Koko Crater trail raises safety concerns

    Brigette Namata
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    It is one of Oahu’s most popular hiking trails, and it’s tough, but now there’s a “new challenge” facing hikers there—bees. KHON went to Koko Crater trail to investigate the problem after a viewer gave us the alert. It takes 1,048 steps to the top, and everyone who makes it to the top of the hiking trail feels accomplished, but the new and potentially dangerous obstacle is raising concerns. About midway to the top of the mountain is the Koko Head bridge where hikers are encountering a swarm of bees. At almost every step of the steep climb, hikers heading…
 
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  • Kokua Line: Stalls, signs along bikeway denote where parking is OK

    June Watanabe
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Question: I know that you have published a few articles about the new bike lane on King Street, and I think we are just going to have to see how it works out during the "pilot program" period. However, one of my main concerns now is parking. What parking is allowed on the mauka side of King Street?
  • 911 Report

    Star-Advertiser staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    4 suspects nabbed in assault on man • Suspect's identity sought over threat
  • Director panned, praised as he exits

    Rob Perez
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The embattled head of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center resigned from the post Friday, capping a tumultuous five years as director of the facility. Robert Bley-Vroman told a crowd that Dr. Michele Carbone had submitted a resignation letter that day.
  • Exhausted hikers flown out of Kuliouou Valley

    Star-Advertiser staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Firefighters rescued two women who were stranded Tuesday in the mountains overlooking Haha­ione Valley in East Oahu.
  • State waives $1M in rent as HPU works on converting Aloha Tower

    Andrew Gomes
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hawaii Pacific University will get a $1 million break from the state while it converts much of the now largely dormant Aloha Tower Marketplace at Honolulu Harbor into a mix of retail and university uses, including student dorms.
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  • Aiona attributes electoral ambitions to a call from God

    Ian Lind
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    An article in today’s Star-Advertiser by Derrick DePledge caught up with GOP gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona in which he opens up about the religious nature of his unsuccessful bid for the state’s top office (“Faith-fueled election was a victory, Aiona says“). It’s kind of an eye-opener. An important political story. In the wake of the […]
  • Kaiser cancels school assembly due to bullying, threats

    Ian Lind
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    Kaiser High School administrators notified parents yesterday that an assembly planned for today was being cancelled due to cyberbullying and threats made via a new social app. A new social media application, Yik Yak, has resulted in what we consider cyberbullying use. Yik Yak allows users to anonymously post and connect with other users within […]
  • Challenging obesogenic factors in our communities

    Ian Lind
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    My Hawaii Monitor column this week at Civil Beat (“Hawaii Monitor: Let’s Tackle the Public Policies Promoting Obesity“) was a result of my participation in a recent panel put together by the folks who have organized the two “Value of Hawaii” volumes. I was very impressed by the presentation made by Dr. Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, chair […]
 
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  • LavaTalk: November 22, 2014 update on Kilauea’s lava flow

    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    This morning’s assessment shows surface breakouts 3.6 miles above Apa‘a Street. At the present level of activity Pahoa Village Road to re-open early next week. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • North Hawaii men arrested after trying to sell sawed-off shotgun online

    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    Two Big Island men have been charged with felonies after an illegal weapon was offered for sale online. Undercover police officers responded to an ad offering a firearm for sale and were informed by the seller that the weapon was a sawed-off shotgun. The undercover officers arranged for a meeting with the seller. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Kona man charged with 16 offenses after break-in of car

    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    A Kona man has been charged with 16 offenses stemming from the break-in of a car on October 28. A purse, a skateboard and various electronics items were removed from the car while it was parked at Oʻoma Beach Park in Kailua-Kona. Police investigation led to the identity of the suspect as 26-year-old George A. […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police investigate attempt at auto theft in Hilo

    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an incident in which a man attempted to steal a parked vehicle in Hilo. At 9:19 a.m. Wednesday (November 19), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a call from a witness in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Makaʻala Street in Hilo. They made contact with a 55-year-old Kurtistown woman, […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police warn public about IRS scams

    Baron
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about IRS scams. A Kona man reported that he received a call on his cell phone from a man claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told the victim that he owed back taxes and instructed him to go to a specific drug store and […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • News bulletin, Week of Nov. 17, 2014

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    Local Industry News 11/16  Star-Advertiser: Financing program helps consumers to get solar 11/13  Hawaii 24/7: Schatz, Hirono applaud U.S.-China climate change agreement 11/13  Star-Advertiser: Ridesharing is our opportunity to cut traffic and create jobs 11/13  Star-Advertiser: New leaders to steer bike group toward 2016 11/12  PBN: Chevron Hawaii to receive bids from prospective buyers this month, source says 11/12  Star-Advertiser: Program spotlights smart grids, electric cars 11/12  Guam Pacific Daily News: Environmental expert opposes LNG 11/12 …
  • News bulletin, Week of Nov. 3, 2014

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Local Industry News 11/7  Star-Advertiser:  PUC denies HECO application for Kahe solar farm 11/7  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny waiver for Hawaiian Electric Co.'s $40M solar farm 11/7  Star-Advertiser: Review staff and duties of PUC 11/7  Star-Advertiser: HEI income takes 1 percent hit 11/6  Star-Advertiser: Hawaiian Electric's profit declines in third quarter 11/6  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries posts $48M Q3 profit 11/6  KHON2: New online tool reports real-time energy use on Oahu 11/5  PBN: Where does Gov.-elect David Ige stand on Hawaii's…
  • News bulletin, Week of Oct. 27, 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Public Utilities Commission The PUC will hold hearings this week on decoupling (Docket No. 2013-0141). Blue Planet is an intervenor in the docket and has invited Ron Binz, former Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman and Obama's nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to testify as an expert witness. Local Industry News 10/31  PBN: Hawaii Gas investing $13M in LNG expansion project 10/30  PBN: Lowering electricity rates in Hawaii starts by substituting solar energy for oil, expert says 10/30  PBN: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission launches search for…
  • News bulletin, Week of Oct. 20, 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Local Industry News 10/23  KHON2: Local nonprofits meet fundraising goals via crowdfunding 10/23  PBN: Hawaii's SafeConnect Solar gets $500k from Energy Department 10/22  PBN: Sunetric declines to renew advertising contract with Volta Industries EV charging network 10/20  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii Gas fuel shift could mean lower bills 10/20  PBN: Public support for renewable energy in Hawaii highly favorable, new report says 10/19  Star-Advertiser: What's in the wind? Public Utilities Commission 10/10/14  The Hawaiian Electric Companies filed their response to…
 
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    Senator Gil Kahele

  • MAHALO HILO!!!

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    HILO, Hawaiʻi ~ State Senator Gilbert Kahele won re-election Tuesday night to continue serving as Hiloʻs State Senator for Senate District One. Kahele who has served in the State Senate for four years beginning in 2010 with his appointment by Governor Neil Abercrombie will now serve a four year term beginning in January 2015. Kahele who garnered 78.9% of the vote had his largest margin of victory ever in Hilo with 11,638 votes. Senator Kahele said after last nights second printout; “I am humbled and honored that the people of Hilo have given me another opportunity to serve them for…
  • HPP TO KEONEPOKO BUS SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAYʻS ELECTION

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    PUNA, Hawaiʻi ~ Hilo State Senator Gil Kahele was able to coordinate through the generosity of Hawaiian Discovery Transportation a 53 passenger, air conditioned bus to move the voters for Fridayʻs election from Hawaiian Paradise Park to the Keonepoko Polling Site. The bus service will begin at 0730am and will transport voters from the HPP area to Hawaiian Shores. Special Mahalo to Kalson Akiona and Hawaiian Discovery Transportation for offering this service. Click Here for Todayʻs Bus Schedule from HPP to Keonepoko.
  • ***ALOHA FOR PUNA***

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    PUNA, Hawaiʻi ~ Team Kahele, Team Schatz and the HGEA wrapped up day 4 of relief operations for the devastated residents of Puna. Thousands of bottles of water, juice, ice bags and hot home cooked meals were distributed throughout all areas of Puna. Senator Kahele was also able to coordinate through the generosity of Hawaiian Discovery Transportation a 53 passenger, air conditioned bus to move the voters for Fridayʻs election from Hawaiian Paradise Park to the Keonepoko Polling Site. To view photoʻs from todayʻs coordinated effort see the Flickr stream below.
  • Team Kahele “Kokua For Puna”

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    PUNA, Hawaiʻi ~ State Senator Gil Kahele teamed up with United States Senator Brian Schatz to hand out supplies to the families and communities in Puna that were devastated by Hurricane Iselle.  
  • Mahalo Nui Loa HILO!

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
      HILO, Hawaiʻi ~ With 100% of the precincts reporting State Senator Gil Kahele has won the 2014 Hawaiʻi State Primary Election with 73.2% of the vote. With a final tally of 8,366 votes, Senator Kahele moves on to the general election in November. Senator Kahele in a brief statement last night said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say mahalo nui loa to the voters of Hilo and my hard working campaign team who dedicated much time and effort in order to make tonights result possible. We, as democrats, must now join together to support all of our democratic general…
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  • HELP: GENIUS WANTED

    Andy Parx
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I need someone a lot smarter than I am to help me with some simple research. I have been thinking lately about how the "median income" - a dollar amount representing a point at which the number of people earning above that amount equals the number of people earning below it- may not really be as representative of levels of wealth and poverty as would be the "average" income- the amount that is reached by adding up all the incomes and dividing the result by the number of people "earning" that income.So I started by Googleing "average income in Hawai`i" and the results, only showed "median…
  • I'D LIKE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE, PAT- IS IT "NO F*CKING WAY?"

    Andy Parx
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    As you might expect, the three Kaua`i County Charter Amendments on the ballot November 4 are meant to consolidate power in the hands of the mayor and reduce transparency by asking "trick" questions that don't really tell voters what the real intent- much less content- might be. So let's play "Who do you trust?"Ballot Question #1: Shall the Department of Personnel Services be changed to the Department of Human Resources, with additional human resources functions? This first one may look like the long-awaited change to get rid of our Department of Personnel and replace it with a modern day…
  • IS IT FARTHER TO L.A. OR BY BUS?

    Andy Parx
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    In any compendium of incompetence our local Kaua`i newspaper has it's own volume. But the current editor has  brought drivel and illiteracy to previously unparalleled heights and depths, respectively .   With "Yes," "No" and "Maybe" choices, today's "poll" asks:"Do you think James Pflueger, 88, received the appropriate sentence (seven months in jail, 5 years probation) for his role in the the (sic) Ka Loko dam failure on March 14, 2006 that killed seven people?"Leaving aside the question of why on earth a person go to the trouble of answering an opinion poll question with a…
  • (PNN) ZUCKEBERG IS NEW "MYSTERY" OWNER OF LEPE`ULI

    Andy Parx
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    We now know who bought the Bowman's Lepe`uli property that include the ancient Alaloa and beach access trials- Mark Zuckerberg who owns Facebook, according to Pacific Business News.According to testimony before the Kaua`i County Council the then-unknown buyer intended to withdraw the previously approved subdivision of the property where 80 "gentlemen farms" were planned. Testimony indicated that it could have been many more lots if it had been "CPRed." But just as important as scratching the subdivision it self, the development would have forced the county to take a difficult rocky beach…
  • WHOSE GAME IS THIS ANYWAY?

    Andy Parx
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    We don't complain much, do we? (Don't answer that). But Richard Borreca is stealing my material. In his pay-walled "On Politics" column today he leads by saying: --- "You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, 'Can't anybody here play this game?'" Casey Stengel said that about his 1962 Mets ballclub that lost 120 of its 160 games. If the baseball coach who had won five championships with the New York Yankees were alive today, he might say the same thing watching Hawaii's state and city government swing and miss the slow pitches." ----- HEY DICKIE-BOY...THAT'S OUR JOKE.
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  • DOT not transparent with the public on projects

    Guest Contributor
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
      Daniel K. Inouye Highway By Aaron Stene - I’m a concerned citizen, who closely follows county and state highway projects on the Big Island. I believe its important to monitor these new projects, especially since the State and county are using taxpayer dollars to build these new highways. This is why I’ve spent so much of my free time being a community transportation advocate. The centralized Oahu Hawaii Department of Transportation leadership,along with the Federal Highways Administration, has treated people likemyself as enemies of the state. I’ve had to jump through hoops…
  • Disney conservation grant continues support for coral reef research

    Margot Schrire
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Annick Cros, a doctoral candidate in zoology attached to Steve Karl’s lab at HIMB at work. HONOLULU – The UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has been awarded a $24,650 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to support the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide project. This new award will build on the positive outcomes of their 2013 award. The DWCF 2014-2015 award will allow researchers and students from the Palau International Coral Reef Center to travel to HIMB to learn new population genetics…
  • Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Announces New Chief Executive Officer

    Hawaii Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      Dr. Sarah Park, state ppidemiologist, briefs the media on the state’s Ebola response plan. Beside her are Dr. Linda Rosen, director of the Hawaii Department of Health; Rebecca Sciulli, BT microbiologist and coordinator for the State Laboratory, and Toby Clairmont, director of emergency services for the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. HONOLULU  ̶ Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Rosen, M.D., M.P.H. as Chief Executive Officer. She will start her new position with HHSC on December 16, 2014, succeeding Interim CEO Alice Hall,…
  • New Ownership for Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning

    Hawaii Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning HONOLULU – Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning (HSWAC) announced today that Hawaii-based investment firm Ulupono Initiative and deep-water cooling company Capital Cooling are assuming ownership of the company to bring the renewable energy district cooling system to construction. “It’s very exciting for us to have this strong vote of support from both Ulupono Initiative and Capital Cooling,” said Eric Masutomi, president and CEO of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning. “We’ve gained a lot of momentum from the recent signings of the Prince Kuhio…
  • Coast Guardsman convicted of lewd act during general court-martial

    Hawaii Reporter
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    HONOLULU — A Coast Guardsman was convicted of committing a lewd act on a minor and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial at the United States District Court - District of Hawaii Thursday. Petty Officer 1st Class Shane E. Reese was found guilty of Article 120b of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for committing a lewd act on a minor on the Island of Oahu between January and May 2013. Reese was also found guilty of Article 134 for threats to the victim, Article 107 for making false official statements during the course of the investigation,…
 
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  • MAHALO: Dean’s Circle Honors Scholarship Donors

    Tina Shelton
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:16 pm
    It isn’t cheap or easy to become a doctor. The median educational debt of MD program students at the University of Hawai`i medical school is $134,000 when they graduate. And after graduation, they face years of relatively low-paying work ahead as MD Residents, entry-level doctors who treat patients under the supervision of faculty as they […]
  • Transition at University of Hawai`i Cancer Center

    Tina Shelton
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    At a meeting of University of Hawai`i Cancer Center faculty on November 21, Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone told his colleagues he will be rejoining the ranks of the center’s faculty to focus on his internationally-recognized cancer work. “It has been a great privilege to lead the cancer center since December 2008,” said Dr. Carbone. […]
  • Hawai`i Ebola PREPAREDNESS Symposium Here Monday, Nov. 24, 5:30 p.m.

    Tina Shelton
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The John A. Burns School of Medicine and its community partners in health are assembling a panel of Hawai`i’s top experts in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, to discuss the continuing response to the crisis in West Africa. The Symposium is open to the public and news media. The presentation, which begins at 5:30 p.m. […]
  • GIVING: The Will J. Henderson Aloha Fund will be Awarded Annually to Every First-Year Medical Student

    Tina Shelton
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    President emeritus of The Queen’s Medical Center (1960-1986), and key player in the establishment of a four-year medical school in Hawai‘i, Will J. Henderson F.A.C.H.E., M.H.A., B.A. is now nurturing future physicians. Henderson has established the Will J. Henderson Aloha Fund at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine to […]
  • UH Mānoa and UH Med Journalism Student WINS LabTV Award for Profile of JABSOM Scientist

    Tina Shelton
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Amanda Shell followed Dr. Angel Yanagihara into the pitch-black waters off Waikīkī at three in the morning, and her effort paid off. She has been named one of 12 semi-finalists in the Second LabTV Tribeca National Video Awards Contest, winning a $500 cash award. Shell’s achievement is akin to a rookie baseball player knocking the […]
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  • PICS: Tegan and Sara at The Republik

    Jason Genegabus
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    PICS: Tegan and Sara at The Republik Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin headlined a sold-out concert at The Republik on Friday. The post PICS: Tegan and Sara at The Republik appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Soulgasm 7-Year Anniversary

    Jason Genegabus
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    PICS: Soulgasm 7-Year Anniversary Monthly dance party Soulgasm celebrated seven years of fun at Bar 35 on Friday. The post PICS: Soulgasm 7-Year Anniversary appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Eat the Street

    Jason Genegabus
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    PICS: Eat the Street Bacon was the theme for the final food truck festival of 2014 presented by Street Grindz in Kakaako. The post PICS: Eat the Street appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Five-0 Redux: Balancing out the bad

    Wendie Burbridge
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Five-0 Redux: Balancing out the bad Aunt Deb (Carol Burnett) returns to bring a few sweet moments to a very deserving Five-0 team. The post Five-0 Redux: Balancing out the bad appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

    Burl Burlingame
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Essentially, nothing happens, and that’s deadly in a series that depends on stuff happening, and previously happening with panache, imagination and wit. The post Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Eat the Street: Bacon

    Tracy Chan
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Eat the Street’s most popular theme ever returned for the last Eat the Street of the year, Eat the Street: BACON! Vendors got creative, with dishes like chocolate-covered bacon, bacon wrapped meat, bacon toppings, bacon cupcakes, candied bacon, bacon nachos and the simple classic bacon on a stick. Congratulations to the Townies food truck for winning this month’s #GrinderzChoice award for Best Bacon Dish, with their amazing BLT Katsu Dog, a katsu-breaded hot dog with lettuce topped with a slice of bacon and tangy tomato chunks.   Photos by Tracy Chan and Grant Shindo
  • Our Kaka‘ako events to hit this weekend

    Frolic Hawaii
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    Our Kaka‘ako will be the place to hit this weekend, with lots of events for everyone. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening: Friday, Nov. 21 Eat the Street: Bacon Nov. 21, 4-9 p.m. 555 South St. Free All of Kakaako will be smelling of bacon for the return of this wildly popular foodie-favorite theme. To prevent back-to-back feasting overload, this month’s event is happening one week earlier. Bacon lovers will enjoy live music by Ashley Lilinoe; a happy hour from 4-6 p.m.; voting for #Grinderzchoice Best Bacon Dish, and two other contests: Best Bacon Costume and Best Bacon…
  • Something new: 1215

    Eric Baranda
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Photo from @racesauce_events (from 1215 Facebook page) I got my rage face ready to check out 1215, one of the city’s newer venues for late-night shenanigans. After gathering some partners in crime, we arrived on the scene a little after midnight on a recent Friday night. 1215 is located on Hopaka Street, just off Kapiolani Boulevard, and it’s owned by the same group that runs Ginza. During the day, Hopaka may be just another unassuming side street, but late into the night, it takes on the feel of an urban back alley. There’s very little parking available in the neighborhood,…
  • Fresh Bytes: EAT THIS

    Will Chen
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    I love to eat. Who’s surprised? Having been in the food scene for a good portion of my life and a professional eater for just a tad longer than that, the questions I most often get asked are “Where should I go to eat?” and “What should I order?” Generally, after an endless barrage of questions from my end, I am able to deliver a list of restaurants, eateries and menu items that would take the healthiest appetite weeks to consume. So I started to think to myself, why not jot this down? Honolulu is quickly becoming a destination spot for fantastic eats and sought-after dining…
  • Frolic picks: Weekend events

    Julie Hasegawa
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Thursday, Nov. 20 Fashion Meets Fiber Nov. 20, 5-9 p.m. Honolulu Museum of Art School 1111 Victoria St. Free In collaboration with Indie Visual List and Hawaii Craftsmen, this event showcases up-and-coming, local fashion designers from the University of Hawaii and Honolulu Community College as they present looks based off of the theme “ICONICA: Musical Icons,” while still incorporating a unique fiber arts element into their pieces.   Raw Honolulu presents CURRENT Nov. 20, 7-11 p.m. Crossroads at Hawaiian Brianʻs 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard $15-$20 Purchase tickets RAW is an…
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    The Cat Dish

  • #FUUD: Izakaya Torae Torae in McCully

    Catherine Toth
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Back when people still read newspapers, there was a rule for food critics: wait a couple of months before reviewing a new restaurant. The reason? You want to give new chefs and owners a chance to work out the kinks, tweak their menus, and get into a steady flow. It’s really only fair. Well, thanks to something called the Internet — specifically, food bloggers and sites like Yelp — restaurants get reviewed almost before they even open. And it’s not uncommon for a new spot to get a buzz during its first few weeks of opening, then fizzle. That didn’t happen with Izakaya…
  • Let’s get this cookbook funded!

    Catherine Toth
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I’m a big fan of cookbooks. Oh, a big fan. While I already foster a very disturbing addiction to books — you should see my collection! — I’ve dedicated a portion of the bookshelves (yes, plural) to cookbooks. New ones, old ones, the kind you buy as fundraisers for school and churches. I think I have every cookbook published by every hongwanji in the state. So when I heard that my social media pal Nicole LaTorre (@ChefLaTorre), private chef and owner of Hawai‘i Sustainable Chef, was raising funds through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to publish her first-ever cookbook,…
  • 5 Things I learned about Hawai‘i Beef

    Catherine Toth
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Beef. It’s (often) what’s for dinner. But last Friday, when I spent the day on the Big Island courtesy of the Hawai‘i Beef Industry Council, I realized I didn’t know much about the state’s cattle industry. As part of a #PastureToPlate tour, a group of us — from ranchers to food safety experts to writers like me (above) — visited two cattle ranches and a slaughter facility. The goal was to familiarize us with cattle ranching in Hawai‘i. Oh, and did it! Here’s what I learned: 1. Ranching is an important part of our economy. The gift of cattle to…
  • A letter to my sister

    Catherine Toth
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Dear Crystal, You are probably at IKEA in Portland right now — yes, I’m infinitely jealous of you — looking for a futon bed or something equally functional for your studio apartment, and I’m still in disbelief that you’re not fast asleep at our parents’ house while Mom is washing your clothes. (It IS Monday, after all.) You are in Oregon. And you’re not coming back — at least for a year, as your lease would indicate. You’re going to miss Thanksgiving and Christmas with the family for the first time in your 28 years. And I can’t just barge into…
  • I have low dog-owner self-esteem

    Catherine Toth
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The other day I was hiking up the dog-friendly Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail with my three dogs — we affectionally call the Ratter Pack — and I was reminded about a feeling I used to get at the dog park. That my dogs aren’t good dogs. And that meant I wasn’t a good owner, either. Let me back it up: When I first got Sunny, a Pomeranian-toy fox terrier mix, six years ago, I couldn’t wait to take her to the Hawai‘i Kai Dog Park. I was living in the area, newly single with a lot of free time, and wanted to socialize my little puppy as soon as possible. Once we completed…
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • How to See the Sea Cliffs of Molokai

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

    RPang
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Volunteers from the neighborhood race to help rebuild the Woods family home on Oahu. Photo credit: Food Network  Tomorrow on Veterans Day, one deserving Hawaii veteran will receive a surprise home renovation in an emotional and memorable tribute on “A Hero’s Welcome,” filmed on the Island of Oahu. See if you can spot your favorite Hawaii locales during [...]
  • A Winter Sports Mecca

    RPang
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    As most of the nation prepares for a cold and snowy winter, the Hawaiian Islands becomes the hottest sports destination in the United States. Fans looking to get their fill of surfing, football, and golf will find Hawaii to be a sports mecca in December and January when elite professional and collegiate athletes gather across [...]
  • A Quick Oahu Friends Getaway

    RPang
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Already dreaming of your next holiday weekend? Blogger Elysia McMahan shares why Oahu should be on your list of long weekend destinations: When you imagine getting away somewhere with one (or a few) of your friends, what kind of place comes to mind? Southern charm? The lights and chaos of Las Vegas? A desert oasis? [...]
  • Talk Story with Travel Writer Dana Rebmann

    RPang
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    In our second Talk Story feature, we sit down with travel writer Dana Rebmann to chat about her recent family adventure in Hawaii. A mother of two well-traveled teenagers, Dana is passionate about exploring the world with her family and has seen an amazing number of places via plane, train, and automobile, and now—with her [...]
 
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    Leslie Wilcox Blogs

  • Surprise! And Happy 95th, Alice!

    lwilcox
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    It takes a bit of sneakiness to surprise a wise, longtime member of our volunteer force, Alice Seeney. So when her son, Russ Seeney, wanted to give his mom a surprise 95th birthday party, he asked for our stealth support. So we asked Alice to come by and help with volunteer activities and promised Russ we'd tell him when his mother was leaving our building. Here's Russ, waiting for his mom with a lei and a limousine. And here's our TV crew, also waiting –  and getting a kick out of documenting this surprise-to-be. And it's happening –  Alice is…
  • HIKI NŌ features Damien Military Dependent

    lwilcox
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
        --Damien student Zachary Kasberg Students from Maui’s Lahaina Intermediate School will host a new episode of HIKI NŌ (Thurs., Nov. 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, PBS Hawaii). The team will intro a story from the student media team at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu, where Zachary Kasberg (pictured) is choosing to complete high school, even though his military family has moved to another state. We’ll also see reports from students at Maui High School and Oahu’s Ewa Makai Middle School, Kalaheo High School, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and Mid-Pacific…
  • John Rampage on Long Story Short

    lwilcox
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    He calls himself a "non-kamaaina kamaaina."   --John Rampage  On the next episode of LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 7:30 pm, PBS Hawaii), Diamond Head Theatre's John Rampage tells about a childhood of extended visits to his grandparents, who retired in Honolulu. The onetime ballet dancer eventually found his theatrical calling as an artistic director. At Diamond Head Theatre, the stage is his domain – and he is a driving force in everything from selecting the season’s productions to deciding the color of a performer’s shoes. The program…
  • UH Basketball on Leahey & Leahey

    lwilcox
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The producer of our weekly Leahey & Leahey program, Rob DeMello, reports that tomorrow's guest will be former University of Hawaii basketball player David "Kawika" Hallums. Hallums will talk with the Leaheys about the state of UH basketball today, following recent departures including those of Head Coach Gib Arnold and star player Isaac Fotu. The program airs at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, on PBS Hawaii. It'll also be available online at      www.PBSHawaii.org/ourproductions/leahey.php      …
  • Best Reason for Flowers: No Reason

    lwilcox
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    These cheerful flowers arrived at my office –  and there was no obvious reason for them. It was a regular day. A former member of our Board of Directors was just sending a good thought to us at the TV station. Right now my face looks a lot like the vase!         
 
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday Visitors at the first Hawaii Honey Festival last year. Photo: Danielle Downey.This weekend, something sweet is happening just south of Hilo. The Big Island Bee Keepers Association will host their 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival Sat., Nov. 22 at Nani Mau Gardens on Hawaii Island. The event celebrates the hard work of Hawaii’s honeybees and their keepers.Visitors to the Hawaii Ho...
  • Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo Oahu map indicating the location of Waimanlo. For a detailed area map, see the link at the end of the article. Image: Google Maps. Waimanalo is a small, rural community sandwiched between the Koolau mountain range and Waimanalo Bay on the eastern side of Oahu. Visitors to Oahu’s lush Windward side often bypass Waimanalo for its larger and more northerly neighbor, Kailua town, or drive through on their way to Sea Life Park on the island’s southern tip, Makapuu Point. But that’s a mistake.
  • The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire Matsumoto Shave Ice owner Stanley Matsumoto outside the Haleiwa store on Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.Stanley Matsumoto is a one-flavor kind of shave-ice guy. “Typical old style,” he says, with a light chuckle, proclaiming strawberry his favorite. Favorite, that is, unless it’s really hot outside in Haleiwa, or he just finished mowing his lawn. Then the flavor’s de...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Hawaiian Food

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Hawaiian Food Fried akule and poi at Highway Inn in Kakaako, Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. As usual, the issue is packed with stories and regular departments spotlighting the food we eat here in the Islands. From flying off to Maui, Kauai and Hawaii ...
  • Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today.

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today. A dish from Italian eatery and restaurant week participant Arancino. Photo: Restaurant Week Hawaii.If you’re in the Islands this week, Restaurant Week Hawaii is the perfect excuse to eat out. The event will bring will bring dining deals, chef-selected prix fixe menus, promotions and discounts to restaurants on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island from Mon., Nov. 17 to Sun., Nov. 23.Restaurant Week Hawaii is a weeklong celebration of Hawaii’s diverse cuisine scene, featuring l...
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: One-Two Punch

    Joan Conrow
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Kauai County Council inflicted blows on agriculture and coastal preservation yesterday, passing one bill to hike property taxes for those who grow GMO crops, and another that makes it easier to develop along rocky shorelines.Overall, it was a disappointing final meeting for this Council, which will seat two new members next month. But there was one bright note: we will no longer have to endure Jay Furfaro and Tim Bynum, both of whom thankfully lost their re-election bids.The Council first approved a shoreline setback bill that exempts rocky shorelines and coastal bluffs from setback…
  • Musings: Cleanup Crew

    Joan Conrow
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Kauai County Council will take up the topic of cesspools today, when it considers a resolution to support a low-interest loan program to help residents convert to septic systems.Proposed by outgoing Chair Jay Furfaro, the resolution calls for funding a 20-year loan program with $10 million in bonds. The program would serve people who meet income restrictions, and are buying or selling houses within 200 feet of a perennial stream, river, ocean, or shoreline, or a two-year groundwater travel time to the intake of a public drinking water well.Quite a few properties would qualify. Kauai has…
  • Musings: Parting Shots

    Joan Conrow
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Tomorrow is the final meeting of this County Council, and with two important bills on the agenda — shoreline setback and removing experimental crops from the ag dedication — it remains to be seen what legacy this body will leave for Kauai.The key policy issue in the shoreline bill is this: Should the building setback be just 60 feet from rocky shorelines, as the current bill proposes, or 100 feet, as coastal and community advocates desire? The key policy issue in the “agronomics” bill is whether thousands of acres with actual, legit crops in the ground should lose their agricultural…
  • Musings: The Future is Now

    Joan Conrow
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Kauai residents got a glimpse of the future this past week, and it freaked a lot of people out. From the posh “Private Prince” project to a proposed resort designation at Mahaulepu, the writing is on the wall: barring an economic downturn or hurricane — the only two forces that have slowed Kauai construction in the past — more resort development is coming.Curiously, though we've been hearing for the past two years that we must protect the visitor industry at all costs — even if it means destroying the seed companies and rejecting a dairy — once folks actually see the reality of…
  • Musings: Face of a Demagogue

    Joan Conrow
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    dem·a·gogue noun \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.I've been both fascinated and repelled by the glorified demagoguery of the anti-GMO movement in Hawaii.It is not to be confused with demigod — the status to which anti-GMO activist Dustin Barca elevated himself with a crude cartoon depicting him as the “Hawaiian Superman,” a reference to the demigod Maui.No, demagoguery is something different — more deliberate, more dangerous, more destructive to democracy, more…
 
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    The Maui News

  • Emergency preparedness subject of talk

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Nani Watanabe from the Hawaii Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Team will speak at the Italian American Social Club's 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at St. Theresa's Hall in Kihei. The evening will begin with a potluck supper.
  • Maui Nui Network receives Nature Conservancy's Kako'o 'Aina Award

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Maui Nui Makai Network, a grass-roots coalition of community groups that have come together to protect and restore the islands' coral reefs and nearshore marine resources, received The Nature Conservancy's Kako'o 'Aina Award at a community...
  • Local Briefs

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Gift collection at Fourth Friday Catholic Charities Hawaii will be collecting unwrapped gifts for children, gift cards or movie coupons for teens, and monetary donations to be used for community members during the holidays from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov.
  • Contest teaches youths to 'Play Hard. Play Safe'

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. donated a total of $13,000 in cash prizes to seven Maui youth centers during the second annual HC&S/East Maui Irrigation Safety Selfie Photo Contest. This year's competition, with the theme "Play Hard.
  • Ahead of the Class

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    To have your class, workshop or presentation included in this free listing, email its title, instructor, location, dates, start/end times, cost and brief description to currents@mauinews.com.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Hawaii News: Task Force to Hold Hearings on Land Use Planning

    Alan McNarie
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Hawaii State Land Use Review Task Force is preparing to hold a series of meetings throughout the state to gather public input on the state’s land use regulations and process. The Hawaii County meetings will be held, Tuesday, December 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the county’s Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo and Wednesday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m  at the Kona Natural Energy Lab Conference Room.“These meetings may be of particular interest to land owners, developers, farmers, conservation groups, planners and others who have had or will have experience with State land…
  • Letter (and a cartoon): Splitting Puna

    Alan McNarie
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Editor, As Pahoa languishes under the auspices of protection from the lava, I would like to make the people aware of the tragedy that is happening now that our precious town has been severed in half. Businesses on the lower east side of Pahoa are dying.  Tourists don’t know that Pahoa is not Malama and Longs Marketplaces, so they do not go there.  We want to see the lava.  Elected Officials do not respond to [the] multitude of safety, dead business, other complaints.  Mothers and babies now walk in dark on [the] highway to find nonexistent bus stops…  Even police and national…
  • Sports Commentary: “Love+Pride=Puna Strong!”: How the Panthers Won their Pop Warner Championship

    Alan McNarie
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    by J. D. Wacker “Once you’re a champion, you’re a champion forever,” Mayor Billy Kenoi addressed the Puna Panthers Pop Warner Midget Team prior to their championship game Saturday, November 1. His words became reality that night as the Panthers brought down the undefeated Westside Eagles, 20-18, on the wet and muddy field at Wong Stadium. However, as they raised their trophy high, and the rain continued to fall, they all knew that their recent victory was only a peak of what was a turbulent season for these young men, one young lady, their coaches, their families, and their community.
  • Puna News: Donations Sought for Thanksgiving Dinner Effort

    Alan McNarie
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Aloha Lehua Café and Hui Aloha `O Puna Makai are seeking donations of food, cash and paper goods for their ongoing efforts to feed those in need in Puna. The café and the nonprofit are partnering to supply Thanksgiving dinners to the Puna community on November 26th. They’ve gotten 13 turkeys so far, and will be serving at the café from 4:30 until the food runs out, according to Luana Jones of Hui Aloha `O Puna Makai. The partnership also providing a monthly food pantry on the last Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the café, and have tentatively scheduled a hot soup kitchen in January of…
  • Ocean Awareness Course Offered in Kona

    Alan McNarie
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Ocean Aware Hawaii, a coalition of marine conservation organizations, will offer its inaugural Ocean Awareness Training on Hawai‘i in Kailua-Kona in early December. The course, which includes three classroom sessions and a three-hour field project, will provide multi-disciplinary knowledge of Hawai‘i’s unique marine environment from instructors including university scientists, government agency staff environmental educators and conservation practitioners. In place of tuition, the organization is collecting a “suggested donation” of $10. Participants will learn about current…
 
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 325: Extreme Tsunami – Nov 19, 2014

    Burt Lum
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Joining us today is David Atcheson from Transition Oahu to tell us about a cool mapping project and meetup. Then we have Matt Sullivan tell us about Start Hawaii. Finally, we’ve invited Gerard Fryer from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Mel Kaku Dept of Emergency Management to tell us about the new tsunami inundation maps and what they mean for disaster preparedness. Additional Links TMT Launches The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund Synthesis of Prebiotic Glycerol in Interstellar Ices 2014 International Women’s Hackathon Hawaii Island Workforce & Economic…
  • Episode 324: Hiki No, Year 6 – Nov 12, 2014

    Burt Lum
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Joining us today is Ross Rasmussen from HMAUS to tell us about their upcoming Fall Fest 2014. Then we’ve invited Liberty Peralta and Shisa Kahaunaele from PBS Hawaii to talk about Hiki No, now in it’s 6th year. Additional Links University of Hawai’i Assumes Ownership of UK Infrared Telescope 50th anniversary of first trans-Pacific undersea cable celebrated IslandFunder Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 323: XLR8UH – Nov 5, 2014

    Burt Lum
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:33 am
    Joining us today is Steve Sue from Bizgym Foundation to tell us about the upcoming BizPitch Camp. Then we have Bryan Butteling from Startup Weekend Honolulu to tell us about the Global Startup Battle. Finally, we’ve invited Omar and Tarik Sultan from Sultan Ventures, Jacob Isaac-Lowry from FlyWire Cameras and Milton Garces from RedVox calling in from Hawaii Island to tell us about the XLR8UH accelerator program. Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 322: Open Access and OER – Oct 29, 2014

    Burt Lum
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    Joining us today is Christopher Sass from Aloha.rb to tell us about the Global Code Retreat. Finally, we’ve invited Sara Lee and Sara Rutter from the UH Manoa Library along with Misa Maruyama, PhD candidate in the CIS Program to tell us about Open Access and Open Educational Resources at the Univ. of Hawaii. Additional Links: Submarine telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning Yuru App Honolulu Biennial – Chain of Fire Sherpa Romeo Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 321: Makerspace Update – Oct 22, 2014

    Burt Lum
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll hear about a couple of events upcoming up this week. Tim Bajarin from Creative Strategies is here to tell us what is happening at TONIGHT’S New Tech Meetup. And Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association to tell us about their October Luncheon Gubernatorial Forum. Finally, we’ll get an update on the Makerspace community with Noah Hafter and Trevor Alexander from Hi-Capacity and Ross Mukai from Oahu Makerspace. Additional Links: Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - TechHui

  • 10 of My Debugging Tricks

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

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

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

    Carrie Ho
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    CCNA is not required but good to have. Good benefits. The network is very diverse so you will learn a lot.
  • Testing in iOS7 and Kiwi

    George Lee
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    For whatever reason, testing did not seem to be a focal part of Apple's development tools until Xcode 5. Prior to then, tests were typically implemented using OCUnit, but it was difficult to integrate with the Cocoa framework. That changed in Xcode 5, where OCUnit was swapped out for XCTest and better testing support was added to Xcode. In addition to that change, the advent of CocoaPods let other developers create their own testing frameworks that can be installed into other user's Xcode workspace. This allows developers to create pods for different approaches to testing like Behavior…
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • Hot acid: where our Hawaiian oceans are going

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

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

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

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Evidence that Polynesians visited the Americas has been intriguing, if controversial, but new genetic studies of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) natives seem to confirm it.Results of thorough genetic studies on 27 Rapa Nui natives reveal the presence of South American DNA that showed up 19 to 23 generations ago. That takes it back to 1280 to 1495, before Europeans were in the Pacific. There is European DNA there, too, but it showed up much later, in the 1800s. Rapa Nui wasn’t discovered by Europeans until the Dutch voyager Jacob Roggeveen visited on Easter of 1722. This new genetic work…
  • Does efficiency make you use more? It's the rebound effect.

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    If you switch to new energy-efficient LED lights, are you less concerned about switching them off when you leave the room?If you get a new-fuel-efficient car, do you drive more?It’s called the Rebound Effect—the tendency to conserve less when you’ve become more efficient.It’s real, according to a series of studies out in the past couple of years. Among those is The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy, by Kenneth Gillingham of Yale University, David Rapson of the University of California, Davis, and Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund.  But the rebound…
 
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • Waikiki sets new September hotel occupancy record

    Jason Ubay
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Waikiki set a new occupancy record of 87.5 percent for the month of September, a 1.4 percentage-point rise from the same a month in 2013 according to data released by Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc. During the month, Waikiki had an average daily rate of $216.15, a 5.8 percent gain from the year before, and a revenue per available room of $189.13, a 7.5 percent increase. Oahu hotels performed well due to a 4.5 percent increase in visitor arrivals and a 9.9 percent gain in honeymoons and 4.1…
  • Air Canada rouge flies first flight to Hawaii

    Jason Ubay
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Air Canada rouge, the low-fare subsidiary of Air Canada, launched its first flight from Vancouver to Honolulu on Friday, with a scheduled arrival of 9:40 p.m. Air Canada rouge will begin flying a Vancouver to Kahului, Maui, flight starting in December. Both flights, which use Boeing 767 aircraft, have an air seat capacity of 280 passengers, and will fly seasonally from November 2014 through April 2015. A Toronto to Honolulu route also is expected to begin flying in November and will operate twice…
  • Hawaii Thanksgiving dinners are most expensive to prepare, NerdWallet says

    Bill Cresenzo
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most expensive place in the U.S. to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in the country and Honolulu ranks second, according to consumer financial website NerdWallet. The site says a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that the national average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $49.41. The meal includes a turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped…
  • Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union wins PBN's 2014 Book of Lists Brand Madness

    A. Kam Napier
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    And so ... the Madness ends! PBN's 2014 Book of Lists Brand Madness, that is. We started out on September 26 with 64 companies competing for your affection in a series of online polls. Eight weeks, dozens of bad puns and tens of thousands of votes later, one company has emerged victorious. Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union won the final on Friday morning. The credit union scored 52 percent of the vote over Nordic PCL Construction Inc. "That's fantastic!" said Kristopher C. Kono, vice president,…
  • CEO of Intrawest Resorts, operator of Maui's Honua Kai Resort, resigns

    Jason Ubay
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    William A. Jensen, CEO of Denver-based Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., has resigned from his position citing personal reasons, according to a statement from the company, which is the operator of Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui. The company said it had hired Thomas F. Marano as the company's new CEO, effective immediately. "Intrawest is well positioned to continue to build on the success and progress the entire team has made over the past five years and most recently since our IPO earlier this year,"…
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  • Finished the 12th Draft of My Writing Project #1, A Paranormal Romance with 79,716 Words

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    This evening of 11/15/2014, I finished the 12th draft of my Writing Project #1, a paranormal romance with 79,716 words at a coffee shop in the State of Hawaii, my third office.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Exuding Positivity to Succeed!

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Attached is a poster I got from a motivational website to inspire us to strive for our dreams by exuding positivity!Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Thank you for your support of Jodo Shu Hawaii bazaar

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Chaired my board meeting for Jodo Shu Hawaii today, 11/9/2014. Thank you everyone for supporting and/or attending our bazaar that was held on 10/19/14, which was a success despite of the hurricane warnings during that time.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Thank you for spreading love & compassion

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    There are 2 ways to live and succeed, the negative way or the positive way. I sincerely appreciate all of you for your positive way of living and for spreading love and compassion to every person you interact with. You’re truly playing a role in world peace because you’re helping so many people attain peace within, and in time when a majority of the human race are at peace within, a majority of the world will be at peace. I dedicate this song, “I Lived” by One Republic to all of you!Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Mr. Jason Tomoyasu

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Jason Tomoyasu (2/16/1952 – 10/2/2014) who was one of my Boy Scout Masters at Troop 75/Team 75 in Pearl City, Hawaii where I attained my Eagle Scout rank in December of 1992 while I was attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  His leadership style was very positive and I remember him as always smiling.  As an EMT, he saved many lives and as a soccer coach and Scoutmaster he left a lasting imprint on many of us.  My thoughts are with his wife Mrs. Tomoyasu who I had the pleasure of working with when I was a politician and she…
 
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Expressing Health and Well-Being

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

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Health is not something separate from your life -- but is the summation of all one does and is.  There is no good health in spite of it.  There is good health, and good life, only because of it.That is to say, that the way one is, is a direct result of what one does -- and not that there is no relationship between one's health and the way one lives it.  People have good lives, because they live good lives -- and have bad lives, because they live bad lives.  People who do bad things to their health, have health problems, and its many complications.The obvious one is…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • "The Total Package"

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    A lot of people are very discouraged by thinking of all the things they need to do -- that they never get around to doing anything at all -- and are exhausted and discouraged just thinking about it.That's because they haven't prioritized what they need to do most -- and first, and the rest will follow from that.  But that doesn't happen just by doing anything -- or anything first.  One merely has to do the right thing first -- and from that, the next right thing will follow.That right thing for humans, is increasing the blood flow to the brain --…
  • Beginning Life All Over Again

    Mike Hu
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    It doesn't happen every day that one can begin life all over again -- which one should welcome rather than dread, and fear.  That is probably the great wisdom of life -- that one can always begin anew -- but only by dying to the old, and being reborn in the new.  We know that other forms of life make this metamorphosis -- to fully actualize their existences.Probably one of the great distinctions of human life, is that we can do it often -- as many times as we choose to -- when we choose to embrace the wholly new.  Some people make a lifestyle of change, and adapting to change,…
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    hawaiioceanlaw.com

  • Hawaii Real Estate Litigation Update - 2014

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

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

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

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

    Mark Murakami
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Of all of the impacts of HurricaneTropical Storm Iselle -- which whacked the Big Island but thankfully not the rest of the state last Friday -- the one that may be the longest lasting may be that the Democratic Party primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Dan Inouye (filled in the interim by Brian Schatz, appointed by the Governor) will come down to one little district on the Big Island. As long-time readers may know, from time-to-time we also cover election law topics, so on this beautiful post-storm and sunny Sunday, so we're going to diverge a bit from…
 
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • On Rehearing, Fifth Circuit Finds Contractual-Liability Exclusion Does Not Apply

    Tred Eyerly
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
       On rehearing, the Fifth Circuit determined that the contractual-liability exclusion did not apply to bar coverage for damage caused by the insured contractor to the home it constructed. Crownover v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20727 (5th Cir. Oct. 29, 2014).The court withdrew its prior opinion, summarized here.    Arrow Development, Inc. contracted with the Crownovers to construct a home. The contract had a warranty-to-repair clause, which, in paragraph 23.1, provided that Arrow would "promptly correct work . . . failing to confirm to the requirements of the…
  • Pollution Created by Business Does Not Deprive Insured of Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
       The federal district court determined that coverage was properly denied under the pollution exclusion of the policies.  Headwaters Resources, Inc. v. Illinois Union Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20060 (10th Cir. Oct. 20, 2014).    Over 400 residents of Chesapeake, Virginia, filed two lawsuits against the insured, Headwaters, alleged property damage and bodily injury due to pollution generated in connection with the development of a golf course. The complaints alleged that between 2002 and 2007, the defendants used 1.5 million tons of toxic fly ash during construction of a golf…
  • Denial of Coverage for Bulge in Wall Upheld

    Tred Eyerly
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
       The insurer properly denied coverage for a bulge in a warehouse wall that the insured claimed was caused by Hurricane Ike. Russell v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143882 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 30, 2014).    Hurricane Ike displaced metal roof coverings on the insured's warehouse, causing interior water damage to several rooms. Scottsdale eventually paid $84,820.36 for the loss of the roof, less the deductible. The parties disagreed on whether a horizontal bulge on the north wall of the warehouse was also caused by the hurricane. The bulging portion of the wall was not…
  • Flood Coverage Denied Based on Failure to Submit Proof of Loss

    Tred Eyerly
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
       The court granted summary judgment to the insurer because the insureds submitted only documentation of damage by flood, not proof of loss forms required by the policy. Alexander v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143284 (E.D. La. Oct. 8, 2014).    Hurricane Isaac caused flood damaged to the insureds' home. A claim was filed for flood damage under their Standard Flood Insurance Policy issued by Allstate. An independent adjuster estimated that building repairs would be $50,025. Allstate also prepared a contents loss estimate of $22,655 based on a personal property list…
  • Wildfire Is Efficient Proximate Cause of Moisture Reaching Expansive Soils Under Residence

    Tred Eyerly
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
       The court considered whether a wildfire (covered risk) or moisture in the soils (excluded risk) was the cause of damage to the insureds' home. Encompass Ins. Co. v. Berger, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142870 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 7, 2014).    In May 2009, the Jesusita Fire caused damage to the insureds' home and surrounding area. The west wall of the house was burned, causing damage to a bedroom. A shed, hot tub, wooden decks and some vegetation, including eucalyptus trees, were damaged.    The insureds submitted a claim to Encompass. Eventually, Encompass spent $400,000 repairing the…
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  • HSBA Real Estate Litigation Update 2014

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Every year, our partners Mark Murakami and Greg Kugle make a presentation sponsored by the Hawaii State Bar Association's Real Property and Financial Services Section, summarizing the most important decisions of the year, appropriately titled "Real Estate Litigation Update." Mark has summarized the cases they discussed over at his blog, Hawaiioceanlaw.com (despite the label, Mark covers more than ocean and maritime related topics). Check it out. 
  • Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference - Panel Videos Now Available

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    For those of you who couldn't join us at the William & Mary Law School last month for the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference (see our report here), the law school has made videos of the four panel presentations available here.  They're high quality videos, so be prepared for big downloads, but the presentations are worth it. While they are all good, our favorite was the impromptu discussion/debate during the third panel, "Balancing Private Property and Community Rights," featuring panelists Kames Burling (Pacific Legal Foundation), Professors Richard Epstein…
  • Links From Today's ABA Talk On The AIG Bailout Takings Case

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    To all who were able to join today's ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate's Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee's call on the AIG takings trial, currently pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, thank you for participating. Here are the links to the stories, analysis, and materials I mentioned:  The original complaint, first filed in the CFC in November 2011.  Second Amended Complaint in the CFC case, along with Mr. Boies' quote that this will be "an easy case to litigate." We described the case as "audacious," if only…
  • HAWSCT: No "Cross-Appeal" In Administrative Appeals

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a unanimous opinion in Friends of Makakilo v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC, No. SCAP-13-0002408 (Oct. 30, 2014), holding that there's not really such thing as a "cross appeal" in administratve appeals (at least in the sense that "cross appeal" is usually used in appellate procedure).   Quick facts: D.R. Horton petitioned the state Land Use Commission for a boundary amendment (aka a rezoning). Three parties intervened and sought and were granted a "contested case." The LUC concluded that D.R. Horton was entitled to…
  • On Transparency In The Judicial Selection Process

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Ian Lind has an interesting piece in Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii Monitor: Ballot Issue Grew Out of Abercrombie’s Retreat Into Secrecy, about the consititutional amendment, recently approved by Hawaii voters, which requires the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission to make public its list of judicial nominees at the same time that it transmits the list to the governor. Under Hawaii law, the governor is required to appoint his or her selection to fill judgeships from this list. In some ways, the constitutional amendment, which the voters ok'd by an overwhelming margin (82% of those voting)…
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    Pulpconnection

  • Signs of Hawaii: WE > i

    Gee Why
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Yup, grammatically correct with the plural of “we” being greater than the singular “I.” Okay, so strictly speaking, the “i” should be capitalized, but you get the reference being parodied. Signs of Hawaii: Plenty Parking Signs of Hawaii: We Had Sex Here Signs of Hawaii: “Jeprady” Signs of Hawaii: “Contruction” Signs of Hawaii: Goats 4 Sale
  • Surge, It’s Been a Long Time

    Gee Why
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It’s been a long time since my last drink of Surge. Discontinued in the early 2000’s, Surge is now back (at least temporarily) for that retro caffeine kick with the OG recipe. It’s not a reboot or a new flavor. This is straight up Surge. After 14 years, Surge is more fizzy than I remember. It’s still loaded with sugar, and it still uses the it’s-so-ugly-it’s-glorious logo in green and red. Yup, nostalgia is worth 230 calories. Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Surge Soda Passing on the Pepsi Paradise Mango Throwing Back a Throwback Throwback Live Blogging Diet Mtn…
  • A CPL Is Better Hot than Cold

    Gee Why
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    After gagging on my first (icded) Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte, my second experience with a hot CPL was much better. This drink is definitely better hot than cold. You can smell the spices and appreciate the scents accentuating the mild nutty flavors. And without a straw for this hot CPL, I wasn’t concerned about sucking up and gagging on a praline crumb sunken on the bottom of the drink. So if you haven’t yet sampled the CPL, my suggestions is try it hot but still be wary of a wayward praline crumb. I Gagged on a Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte A Ghetto Latte in Action One…
  • Starbucks Dot Collection Also Online

    Gee Why
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Even if you peeked and saw the oodles of cups, mugs, and tumblers Starbucks is offering in its Dot Colleciton, there’s still more out there. You can see and buy them all online. Who Peeked? So They’re Called Starbucks Cold Cups… Starbucks Day 3 Gifting Still Available “Free” Coffee from Starbucks Starbucks Bonus Star Cookie
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Underoos (for Adults)

    Gee Why
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    So dressing up as He-Man or your favorite comic book character during Halloween was fun but short lived right? What if you could dress up everyday? No, I’m not telling you to become a professional cosplayer but rather get (or give) the gift of Underoos (for adults). These outfits ain’t for kids any more. Check it out, you could be: He-Man Skeletor Captain America Batman Superman Wonder Woman Batgirl Harley Quinn Each set is under $20 and comes in awesome retro packaging. More suggestions from the Pulpconnection Holiday Gift Guide, 2014 edition. Follow Gee Why’s board Holiday…
 
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    Mel's Internet Universe | The Hawaii Files

  • Lava Threatens to Destroy Pahoa Town

    Melvin AhChing
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    The eruption of Pu'u O'o volcano on the southeastern flank of 4,000 ft. high Kilauea, is on the verge of sending a destructive lava flow into the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. A 4-month long vigil has been in place since the the latest lava flow started from a vent eruption near Pu'u O'o on June 27.The lava flow has taken 4 months to travel the approximate 13 mile long path downslope in the northeastern direction. It is already on the outskirts of Pahoa town and threatens to overrun it this week.Officials on the Big Island of Hawaii have been busy coordinating the evacuation…
  • Recommendations for the 2014 Election

    Melvin AhChing
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the November 4 election a little over a week away, here are my prognostications and recommendations (if any of this counts) for candidates that "could" help our precarious state called Hawaii.Governor's Race: So we basically have a three way race here. Mufi, David and Duke (sorry Jeff). All three are experienced politicians. In one way or another they have over time to screwed us in the wallet by their actions, inaction or simply association.Case in point: The Rail Tax. In 2005 the Hawaii State Legislature voted to increase the general excise tax (HB1309) to support the building of a…
  • Kona's Margaret Masunaga Will Become a District Court Judge

    Melvin AhChing
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Hawaii State Senate was called into special session this week to take care of the "advice and consent" duties in the process of voting on three judicial nominees to the Hawaii State Circuit Court and the State District Court. Above District Court nominee Margaret Masunaga testifies before the State Senate Judicary and Labor Committee on Monday, October 20. I've met nominee Masunaga and talked to her for a few minutes. She is well liked by her associates on the Big Island. Her personality is very pleasant. I think she will be a good judge for the District Court in Kona.Margaret Masunaga is…
  • Photographing the Blood Red Moon

    Melvin AhChing
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Hawaii sky viewers were blessed with good weather early Wednesday morning as the moon went into eclipse for the second time this year. It was a cosmic show as the Earth's shadow slowly nibbled away on the night's full moon as the giant white disc slipped into darkness. At its apex was totality, an erie state of being where the Earth's shadow almost completely blots out the sunlight. While not exactly dark, the fully eclipsed moon turned a blood red / rustic orange color for all the world to see. And so there it was, the perfect cosmic photo op that had thousands of shutter-bugs snapping away…
  • Kickstarter Campaign Brings Digital Projector to Honokaa People's Theatre

    Melvin AhChing
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Honokaa People's Theatre has beaten the odds and got its funding through a Kickstarter campaign to purchase a new digital projection system in order to keep showing films well into the future.The theatre was forced to purchase a $60,000 digital projection system in order to continue showing films beyond the end of this year. The movie industry is abandoning the practice of sending films out on 35mm prints and moving on to a digital delivery system. All of the big, mainstream theatre chains have converted to digital projection.Small operators and second run movie houses have been caught in an…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Jennifer Leung: Stewarding art from acquisition to exhibition

    Travis Hancock
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The museum has seven exhibitions opening this fall and winter, from Modern Love: 20th-Century Japanese Erotic Art, the last in a series of three shows focusing on shunga, to A Gift of Photographs from Jane and Marc B. Nathanson, highlightinga recent generous donation of 35 photographs, which goes on view Dec. 4. And every exhibition requires the Collections Department’s meticulous love and care. Part-time collections assistant Jennifer Leung is a recent acquisition of that department, and she has been quick to tackle the protean demands of the museum’s art-rotating world. She took some…
  • Outgoing ARTafterDARK advisory board members go out with a printing bang

    Lesa Griffith
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    ARTafterDARK has grown exponentially since it launched in 2004. Last month’s event brought in 2,300 people—and it was a rainy night. This monthly warm-up party is guided by an advisory board, and this past Thursday the museum held a print-and-pauhana evening to give a big mahalo to 10 board members who are “graduating.” (Last year, for the first time, the museum introduced a three-year term limit to the ARTafterDARK advisory board). The museum is indebted to Kevin Fujinaga (three years), Curtis Hokama (four years), Cappi Itagaki (five years), Ken Kawauchi (five years),…
  • Meet our members: Roberta Schmitz

    Lesa Griffith
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It’s gratifying getting to know visitors in the galleries and at events. Museum staff love it when we see familiar faces—members who make the museum their own. Roberta Schmitz, who has been a museum member since 1999, is a perfect example. A librarian in the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, mother of a son and a daughter who are both in college on the mainland, and avid cyclist, she shared her thoughts on being a part of the Honolulu Museum of Art ohana. Interview by Ching Jen Lum. What is your favorite Honolulu Museum of Art memory? When my son was seven, he had one of the winning…
  • The poetry of courtesan Utagawa highlighted in a woodblock print

    Lesa Griffith
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every couple of months, our Asian art department ­puts up a new rotation of Japanese woodblock prints in the Robert F. Lange Foundation Gallery. Now on view through Nov. 16 (just one week left!) is The Literary World of the Women of the Yoshiwara, which focuses on the intellectual lives of women in the Yoshiwara—the government-sanctioned brothel district on the outskirts of Edo city (modern-day Tokyo) that opened in March 1617 and was closed down as a prostitution venue in 1958. The works in the exhibition are portraits of women, and include poems—and it may surprise you to learn who…
  • New in the shop: Clutch hits from wrk-shp

    Lesa Griffith
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Museum Shop manager Cori Mackie is the best dressed person on staff. So when she brings in new accessories, us museum ladies pay attention. Just in from Los Angeles–based design studio wrk-shp come these simple, striking zippered clutches in two sizes ($74, $98). Available in red, grey, and navy. Architect-turned-clothing designer Airi Isoda and architect Ryan Upton, the wife-husband due behind wrk-shp (they were just profiled in Metropolis!) dip double-layered canvas imported from Japan into tonal latex paint to create a sort of industrial sleek. “We call ourselves ‘workshop’ because…
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • beautiful music beautiful people

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

    Christa
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    these next few months and coming year the nightlife is going to go back to basics. watch. we’re already seeing it with the local visitor slash transplant set nestling themselves deep in the safe havens (i.e. where they are welcome) of Pint & Jigger and Bevy Bar, and now even more gastropub, brew house, perfect-for-dates-or-sports […]
  • hay, mister DJ

    Christa
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    it’s coming up on two years ago that I agreed to let a(nother) friend take advantage of my “connections” to try to generate revenue. while it is something i will usually say yes to if it’s for a close friend or a good cause this one could have been the biggest game changer in my […]
  • pinching myself

    Christa
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    wait, so how did I wind up making this life in hawaii? i can’t remember. seriously. THIS IS MY LIFE?!?! Thank you to ColeCo Music for making this amazing video of my amazing party. I have now watched it 4 times and am behind on my work. I hate you guys. just for that i’m […]
  • HONOLULU HALLOWEEN ROUND UP

    Christa
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    it’s weird to me that anyone would round up Halloween events (or any holiday events) in Honolulu more than 2 weeks out. i mean…. it’s Honolulu. you’re going to be missing like half of them because nobody really gets their stuff locked in until, like, now. THIS list is probably missing quite a bit too […]
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 11/22/2014 - Paper House: An Appreciation of Printed Matter

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    <p><span>Photobook store featuring books by Atis Puampai, Franco Salmoiraghi, Gaye Chan, Alex Delapena, & John Hook!</span><br /><br /><span>Zine workshop by Ara Feducia + zine trade show!</span><br /><br /><span>R/D bookstore, back from the dead!</span><br /><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honolulu-Printmakers/483203805043955">Honolulu Printmakers</a><span> doing something!</span><br /><br /><span>--</span><br /><br /><span>Calling…
  • 11/22/2014 - Sabers Pause for Paws Pet ID Event

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    <p>Pause for Paws, is a pet microchip and ID event designed to keep pets and their families together. This is the third event put on by Campbell High with the support of the Hawaiian Humane Society.<br /><br />Activities for human and furry family members include:<br />- $10 onsite microchipping<br />- Custom pet ID tags<br />- Pet adoptions<br />- Vendor booths<br />- Holiday gift items<br />- Games and prizes <br />- Tours of an animal rescue vehicle, Big Fix spay & neuter van and HPD's D.A.R.E car<br />-…
  • 11/22/2014 - Art Show!

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    <p>Art on the Zoo Fence has been in Waikiki since 1953. We are located along the Honolulu Zoo fence, on Monsarrat Avenue across the street from Kapiolani Park. Every Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am-4:00pm, rain or shine. Come meet the artists and take home a beautiful piece of art or photography. We hope to see you there!</p>
  • 11/22/2014 - Makahiki Maoli Festival

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    <p>The Makahiki Maoli Festival will mark the beginning of the traditional Hawaiian year – Makahiki – and celebrate our values, language, arts, education and activities. It features traditional Hawaiian Makahiki games, native artisans, crafters, demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and hula.</p> <p>This festival is sponsored by Pūnana Leo o Honolulu. Located on the grounds of Kalihi and Moanalua Church, Pūnana Leo o Honolulu has provided Hawaiian medium education to over 500 children and their families since 1985.</p>
  • 11/22/2014 - Kakaako Arts & Makahiki Fest

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    <p>Test your skill and strength by participating in the makahiki field games, learn to play konane (Hawaiian checkers), enjoy art demonstrations, mo'olelo (storytelling), Hawaiian music, hula and much more!</p><p>Enjoy food trucks, entertainment, art and culture demonstrations and more!</p><p>8:00am: Registration for the 1-mile keiki fun run begins <br />8:30 am: Procession around the park to offer ho'okupu (canned goods) to Lono<br />9:00 am: Fun run begins <br />10:00 am: Makahiki competition begins</p>
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival buzzes on Hawaii Island this Saturday Visitors at the first Hawaii Honey Festival last year. Photo: Danielle Downey.This weekend, something sweet is happening just south of Hilo. The Big Island Bee Keepers Association will host their 2nd annual Hawaii Honey Festival Sat., Nov. 22 at Nani Mau Gardens on Hawaii Island. The event celebrates the hard work of Hawaii’s honeybees and their keepers.Visitors to the Hawaii Ho...
  • Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Six reasons to visit the Windward Oahu town of Waimanalo Oahu map indicating the location of Waimanlo. For a detailed area map, see the link at the end of the article. Image: Google Maps. Waimanalo is a small, rural community sandwiched between the Koolau mountain range and Waimanalo Bay on the eastern side of Oahu. Visitors to Oahu’s lush Windward side often bypass Waimanalo for its larger and more northerly neighbor, Kailua town, or drive through on their way to Sea Life Park on the island’s southern tip, Makapuu Point. But that’s a mistake.
  • The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Shave Iceman Cometh: The story (and family) behind the Matsumoto Shave Ice empire Matsumoto Shave Ice owner Stanley Matsumoto outside the Haleiwa store on Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.Stanley Matsumoto is a one-flavor kind of shave-ice guy. “Typical old style,” he says, with a light chuckle, proclaiming strawberry his favorite. Favorite, that is, unless it’s really hot outside in Haleiwa, or he just finished mowing his lawn. Then the flavor’s de...
  • HAWAII Magazine’s “75 Places to Eat Like A Local”: Hawaiian Food

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:38 am
    HAWAII Magazine&rsquo;s &ldquo;75 Places to Eat Like A Local&rdquo;: Hawaiian Food Fried akule and poi at Highway Inn in Kakaako, Oahu. Photo by David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine.HAWAII Magazine’s 2014 Food Issue is on sale now. As usual, the issue is packed with stories and regular departments spotlighting the food we eat here in the Islands. From flying off to Maui, Kauai and Hawaii ...
  • Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today.

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Time to make your reservations! Restaurant Week Hawaii 2014 begins today. A dish from Italian eatery and restaurant week participant Arancino. Photo: Restaurant Week Hawaii.If you’re in the Islands this week, Restaurant Week Hawaii is the perfect excuse to eat out. The event will bring will bring dining deals, chef-selected prix fixe menus, promotions and discounts to restaurants on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island from Mon., Nov. 17 to Sun., Nov. 23.Restaurant Week Hawaii is a weeklong celebration of Hawaii’s diverse cuisine scene, featuring l...
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    A Journey in Moʻolelo and Mele

  • Love this Poster!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interview with Pepe Romero Jr./James Hill

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

    Brad Bordessa
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I was just sitting at my desk wondering what to put on the site before I leave for the week-long Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop on Sunday. A quick cruise around Ukulele Underground turned up this gem of a link to a sound sample of 12 string sets on a Kamaka HF-3 put together by Andrew and Corey at Hawai’i Music Supply (aka The Ukulele Site). It’s a really well done video that showcases the differences in the strings brilliantly. I can only imagine how much time it took to put together! The guys at HMS are bringing us some great content these days! What are…
  • A Week At Kalani With ‘Ukulele Nuts

    Brad Bordessa
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Now that I’ve had a couple days to decompress from my week-long stay at Kalani, I thought maybe I’d highlight some things that I learned as one of the resident instructors at The Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat. The days were packed with learning and the nights hosted some fun jams. Takeaways and Observations: Mother Earth is always the boss. Always. With the near-miss of tropical storm Ana days before and Pele running down the town of Pahoa, I was acutely aware of how small life is. I had the opportunity to talk story with Dennis Lake between tasks as he led a…
  • Send My Regards By Brad Bordessa

    Brad Bordessa
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here’s another tune from my opening set at the Peace Day Concert back on September 21. This time it’s an original instrumental piece called Send My Regards. The edges of hurricane Ana are making for a rainy day here in paradise. A good day for just practicing! I’ll be down on the South side of the island teaching at The Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat this week so unless I whip my rear into gear and schedule something, the blog will probably be quiet until next weekend. Aloha! Don’t Forget to check out my new chord ebook:
  • I Thought ‘Ukulele Was Already Easy?!

    Brad Bordessa
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Here’s a doozy of a link that showed up in my inbox yesterday. I just had to share because it’s so absurd. [From their site:] “The Ukulele Chord Changer fits all standard ukuleles and allows you to play the ukulele by pressing the chord changer buttons while strumming the uke strings. Chords include C7, C, G7, G, A7, F, D7, and D, as well as a few combinations. Perfect for those who wish to play right away without prior musical experience or lessons! The chord changer is made of durable hard plastic with heavy duty elastic bands that hold it in place on the uke neck. Made in…
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • 20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am

    Jamie Winpenny
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Oahu’s Ewa Plain isn’t necessarily the first place residents think of when it comes to upscale dining. It’s a land sprawling with The post appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There is a handful of animal species native to Hawaii and Hawaii waters that residents take particular delight in spotting. Sadly, part The post Sighting Endangered Species in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A quick perusal of the names of some of the recipes included in Cooking Hawaiian Style by Lanai Tabura and Frank Abraham The post Cooking Hawaiian Style – The Book appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • 27 Beers for 27 Years

    Jamie Winpenny
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Beer-loving visitors to Oahu have an opportunity to enjoy perhaps the year’s most unique beer tasting event this week, as Murphy’s Bar The post 27 Beers for 27 Years appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Not Just a Lunch Place

    Jamie Winpenny
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    On any workweek afternoon, Downtown Honolulu and its adjacent Chinatown Arts District are probably the most densely-populated zip codes in Hawaii, and The post Not Just a Lunch Place appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Hawaii Vacation Connection

  • Hawaii Resort Fees, Are They Worth It?

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

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

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Can you believe September is coming to an end? Honestly I feel like summer didn’t even happen- it seems to have come The post Hawaii Plate Lunches – It’s all about the sides appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Describing Hawaii

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I feel like a lot of things big have happened in Hawaii pretty recently… Big Island had an earthquake, two hurricanes threatened The post Describing Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com

  • Mahalo for making Go Visit Hawaii a top travel blog!

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Mahalo nui loa for your votes and support. With your help, we made the list of the top travel blogs for 2015!© 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.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Surfer at Sunset

    Sheila Beal
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Mahalo to Deborah Hettesheimer-Citarella for sharing this nice sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Deborah took this photo earlier this month in Lahaina Harbor on Maui. The silhouette of the surfer pausing for the moment adds a lot of interest to scene. I’d like to think that the surfer is enjoying the sunset while feeling gratitude for the day.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words are permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under…
  • Jaw-dropping new enhancements at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

    Sheila Beal
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Four Seasons Lana’i Resort at Manele Bay pool area with view of Hulopoe Bay.It’s no secret that we are big fans of Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. We first visited in 2007 and since then, we’ve returned back there more often than any other resort in Hawaii. In fact, whenever we’re making plans to visit other islands, we always try to determine if we can include a stop at Lana’i.Until recently, the resort design remained the same. It was tastefully decorated and there wasn’t anything that we didn’t like about it.After Larry Ellison purchased…
  • Please help!

    Sheila Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    We need your help, please!If you have enjoyed the Hawaii photos, videos and articles on Go Visit Hawaii, will you please take a few seconds to vote for Go Visit Hawaii as a top travel blog?Here’s how to vote: 1.  Click this link to vote. Note: the poll closed as of 3pm EST Monday, November 17. Winners will be announced November 21.2.  After the link opens, click the button to the left of Go Visit Hawaii3.  Click the Vote button.Voting is very easy, fast and you don’t have to register or provide any information.We are grateful for the nomination of best travel blog. The vote is…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Oheo Gulch, Maui

    Sheila Beal
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Mahalo to Sisily Ku’ulani Sisson for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Sisily’s photo is of the Oheo Gulch, which is also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, at the Kipahulu Region beyond Hana on Maui. The cascading pools flowing towards the ocean is a beautiful sight to behold, which is why we recommend a visit here as one of the scenic stops off the road to Hana and beyond.The Oheo Gulch is part of Haleakala National Park. As such, visitors must pay an entry fee. For most visitors that fee is $10 per car. If you have paid the entry fee to go to the…
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    Ha Ha Ha!

  • Maku'u Stories, Part 5: What Uncle Sonny Kamahele Taught Me About Successful Businesses

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

    leslielang
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Richard Ha writes: This is terrific. As we've been talking about all this time, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) people are giving a million dollars per year for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. That's more than $50 million altogether through the life of the TMT project, and all that money stays on this island for the education of our Big Island keiki. They're calling it the THINK fund: The Hawai‘i Island New Knowledge fund. I wrote a 2010 blog post that explains how TMT President Henry Yang came to understand that keiki education was the lowest common…
  • 'Peak Cheap Oil' & Slaves in the Basement

    leslielang
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Have you looked at the free Crash Course series I’ve been posting? It's from Chris Martenson's blog Peak Prosperity and it's excellent. This chapter by Adam Taggart is on “Peak Cheap Oil,” and you can watch the current video (19:30) or read this chapter.   Here’s a random bit I pulled from it, but it’s all this interesting: In order to understand why oil is so important to our economy and our daily lives, we have to understand something about what it does for us. We value any source of energy because we can harness it to do work for…
  • Guest Post: First Hilo-Hamakua Meeting on Agr & Food Security

    leslielang
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    I asked Dr. Bruce Mathews, interim dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH), to write a guest post about speaking at the first of our community meetings on agriculture and food security. Dr. Mathews writes: Mahalo for inviting me to present an overview of Hawaii’s soil resource base for agriculture from the pre-European contact era to the present during the first part of HHCDC Symposia Series on Agriculture and Food Security.    I found that the speakers during the first session…
  • The Declining Oil Price

    leslielang
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Richard Ha writes: From a 40,000-foot view, a declining oil price is good for the U.S. and Hawai‘i in the short run because it gives us time to adapt. A lower oil price makes oil-exporting countries vulnerable if they cannot maintain their domestic budgets and take care of their people in the manner in which they have become accustomed. From PeakOil.com: Financial reserves of oil-producing countries vulnerable to depletion A specialized economist said that the financial reserves and surpluses of oil-producing countries are vulnerable to depletion in the event of continuing decline of global…
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    The Daily Flow

  • Pahoa Lava Flow Stalled for Now

    Anna Webb
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    The Pahoa lava flow stalled out today creating a respite for local residents in process of evacuating the area. Officials stress that this does not mean they are out of danger as it will likely start flowing again in the near future. Lava Flow Stalls but Still Not OverFiled under: Earth, Fire, Kilauea, Lava Flow, […]
  • Breaking News: Lava now 70 yards from first Residential home in Pahoa Town

    Anna Webb
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Aloha all – I’ve not been as active posting to the Daily Flow since relocating back to mainland. Given the current daily flow of the July 27th eruption into Pahoa Town, it’s time to resume posting. I lived in the Puna District and on Hawaii’s Big Island for over 5 years, and as anyone knows […]
  • Genevieve Becomes Typhoon Fenghsen

    Anna Webb
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    Genevieve passed by the Hawaiian Islands today only to grow in strength and become Typhoon Fengshen. This system promises to be a force beyond reckoning. Watch this system as it grows in strength….Filed under: Weather
  • Battle Between Pele & Iselle Begins – Hurricane Warning Issued

    Anna Webb
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    If, in fact, Iselle is a hurricane when it makes landfall on Big Island, it will be an unprecedented "first" and meteorologists aren't sure what will happen.
  • Hawaii Hurricanes – Update

    Anna Webb
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Check out Hurricane Julio’s 5-day forecast and batten down the hatches! Tropical Storm Iselle is making landfall right now. It is reported that HPP (Hawaiian Paradise Park) has a lot of damage. Even though this weather system has been downgraded to a tropical storm means little with regard to heavy rain and windspeed. In addition, […]
 
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    Island Notes

  • Aloha English: educational app for Android

    IslandNotes
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Aloha English is a learning tool for memorizing knowledge about Hawai’i and our planet’s environment through playing a unique matching game. First you choose a topic that interests you. Then you study the phrases. When you are ready, you begin the match game by shuffling the 14 phrases. Using your memory and understanding of the subject matter, you choose a number and see if you can find its match. Aloha English can provide you with limitless topics as users can share topics in the cloud! ・ Aloha English is the perfect tool for studying English in a Hawaiian context! ・…
  • Absurdum Infinitum in 3 acts

    IslandNotes
    24 May 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Act 1: Tommy’s Chosen Reality (4th grade Software Coding Class) In this episode in the educational series, we are introduced to the new federally mandated computer class in the fourth grade of Cheney Elementary School. Principal Laura Cummings; the recently outsourced computer instructor Gerry Shillencamp; the precocious Haruka Kawauchi; and that rascal Tommy — combine all their madcap efforts to get through a new day at school. Act 2: She’s So Preeeti ! (Post-Singularity Robot Sitcom) In this episode, we are introduced to the much. . .well sort of different world that…
  • The Slocum Affair episodes 1-3

    IslandNotes
    16 May 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Featuring original presentations staged through the efforts of The Cyborg Players — a somewhat stiff group of actors overcoming their synthetic voices’ limitations to deliver their unique brand of human irony. This episode was produced first. However, it’s sort of a Star Wars-y deal whereby the subsequent episodes kind of flesh-out what has previously occurred to arrive at such a charged moment in the Bob and Doris Slocum trilogy. Bob is a cyborg-in-waiting, and Doris mostly just wants Bob to listen. (Warning: cybernetic expletives) Episode 1: “Are You Watching…
  • Topicmatch: Android™ app for contextual learning.

    IslandNotes
    18 Jan 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Topicmatch: the text phrase matching game about people, places, nature, arts, and science. Choose a topic. Study the paired text phrases. Shuffle the phrases. Then try to match them: Choose a number, read the phrase that appears, and then try to find its match. Download the free version: Topicmatch Free, to give it a spin and see how it works. What would a simple enjoyable game that encourages contextual learning through exploration of a wide selection of topics look like? Wouldn’t its user interface be shaped to minimize distractions and to maximize meaning? Topicmatch is such a…
  • Chomsky on Energy (and lemmings)

    IslandNotes
    15 Jul 2012 | 2:44 pm
    On this morning’s broadcast of the same radio program from which the previous post was excerpted, I had another opportunity to ask Noam Chomsky a question. Although I sort of take issue with his estimation that Ivan Illich’s observations concerning Energy and Equity take a back seat to the “suicide pact” of capitalism, or “lemmings walking off a cliff” as Chomsky puts it, he’s probably right in a certain empirical sense. (I wonder if he does parties?) Still, I think a thorough understanding of Illich’s observations of the sociological impacts of…
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    A Pacific View

  • End of an era

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

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

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

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

    18 Dec 2013 | 9:33 pm
    Well, Pam opened her Christmas present early, so I can post it here now as well! This was the view from our hotel room in Astoria, Oregon, of the Columbia River and the Astoria-Megler Bridge (you can click on the picture for a much larger version). I can't say enough good things about the Cannery Pier Hotel, it's one of the best places we have ever stayed at, I highly recommend a visit if you ever get the chance. I now have only a short trip in the future to achieve and complete a small ambition of mine, which is to have driven the entire coast of California and Oregon: Los Angeles to San…
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    Andi's Blog

  • 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…
  • 29 Sep 2013 | 11:07 pm

    29 Sep 2013 | 11:07 pm
    White Road WonderlandOne of my favorite hikes was officially "closed" after the earthquake of 2006. We're generally compliant and we don't condone trespassing or breaking the law so I hadn't done the hike since it closed and Chris has never done it. But we kept hearing of friends taking the White Road hike and we needed a cool place to go that wasn't too far to drive, so we finally broke down and headed to Waimea. The trail is clearly being used, we passed several people that day and the rules are obviously not being enforced. I also did not see any landslides or damage the earthquake may…
 
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • Year of the Wood Sheep 2015

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

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

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

    Hilo Living
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    We recently read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney and it gave us a new insight into how bread and other carbohydrates cause gout attacks and make us short of breath.Eating carbohydrates causes glucose (blood sugar) levels to rise and the body to produce insulin to store any excess glucose as glycogen in the liver.  When the insulin level goes down, the stored glycogen is broken down into glucose for energy.   The process of glycogen breaking down produces CO2 which is released through breathing.  Exercise uses the…
  • How a Clock Changed Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Harrison's H4 in National Maritime Museum GreenwichWe sometimes wonder why it took ships from the west so long to find the Hawaiian Islands. European ships had reached China in 1517, hundreds of years before Captain Cook found the remote islands in 1778. Some of the mystery was solved for us when we recently learned about how John Harrison’s clock assisted Captain Cook. Longitudeis an entertaining  movie about John Harrison who invented the marine chronometer in the late 1700’s. At the time latitude (the distance of a ship north and south of the equator) could be determined from the…
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • Thanksgiving Countdown –Part III - To Stuff or not to Stuff

    Sonia
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Final share of my original series of 'Thanksgiving Countdown' articles from The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo (Photo - Dressing (recipe at bottom) baked in muffin molds served with carrot -ginger sauce and cooked homemade cranberry sauce) HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (November 23, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo)  Thanksgiving Countdown –Part III -  To Stuff or not to Stuff  I know that many cooks cannot conceive of roasting a turkey and not stuff it, but my personal preference is to cook the…
  • THANKSGIVING COUNTDOWN - Part II - Turkey Tips

    Sonia
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
      Continuing to share seasonally appropriate old, recycled newspaper articles from when I was the weekly food writer for the Hilo paper Enjoy!   HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (November 16, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo)  Thanksgiving Countdown - Part II – Turkey Tips  Once again the time has come to gather `round laden tables to celebrate the goodness that surrounds us and show our appreciation for the bounties bestowed upon us.  Regardless of our ethnic backgrounds we all seem to adopt…
  • THANKSGIVING COUNTDOWN - Part I

    Sonia
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
      I have decided to take out some of my old articles that appeared in my weekly newspaper columns from my files, dust them off and share them again... There are three in particular that are appropriate to share at this time of year...so here they are...Enjoy!   HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!)By Sonia Martinez(November 9, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo)  THANKSGIVING COUNTDOWN - Part I  With the holidays fast approaching I have been thinking of ways in which I can get all that needs to be done with the least amount of effort and worry.  Most…
  • A Taste of Honey

    Sonia
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
      Last Tuesday I was part of a group of nine judges who participated in tastings for the 5th Annual Natural Honey Challenge.  The Challenge is sponsored by the Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA).     This year there were a total of 64 entries from 4 islands in three categories; liquid, solid and honey comb. Entrants send in their jars with completed paperwork and a number is assigned to each jar, corresponding to a number on the paperwork.  This is a 'blind tasting', as judges do not know who the entry is from.   The tasting is done in a…
  • So you want to be a Restaurant Reviewer?

    Sonia
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
      There are “Food Critics” and there are “Restaurant Reviewers”. There is a big difference between the two. For several years my son and I teamed up and were restaurant reviewers for a local twice a month newspaper. Many people still ask us what a restaurant reviewer does. A food or restaurant critic visits the same establishment several times.  Sometimes the visit is accompanied by a group of people and sometimes alone or with one other person, but always anonymously. The critic usually takes apart the menu and uses a star or fork count rating system to show their…
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  • Kokua Line: Stalls, signs along bikeway denote where parking is OK

    June Watanabe
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Question: I know that you have published a few articles about the new bike lane on King Street, and I think we are just going to have to see how it works out during the "pilot program" period. However, one of my main concerns now is parking. What parking is allowed on the mauka side of King Street?
  • 911 Report

    Star-Advertiser staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    4 suspects nabbed in assault on man • Suspect's identity sought over threat
  • Director panned, praised as he exits

    Rob Perez
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The embattled head of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center resigned from the post Friday, capping a tumultuous five years as director of the facility. Robert Bley-Vroman told a crowd that Dr. Michele Carbone had submitted a resignation letter that day.
  • Exhausted hikers flown out of Kuliouou Valley

    Star-Advertiser staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Firefighters rescued two women who were stranded Tuesday in the mountains overlooking Haha­ione Valley in East Oahu.
  • State waives $1M in rent as HPU works on converting Aloha Tower

    Andrew Gomes
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hawaii Pacific University will get a $1 million break from the state while it converts much of the now largely dormant Aloha Tower Marketplace at Honolulu Harbor into a mix of retail and university uses, including student dorms.
 
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    MMA HAWAII - Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts News Source and MMA Magazine

  • DESTINY NA KOA VII ACTION PACKED NIGHT

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    World Champion boxer, Manny Pacquiao, backs Duke Aiona in Hawaii Governors race. The veteran Filipino politician has only endorsed US politicians twice before, but makes it a third as he stands solidly behind Aiona. {youtube}CD2dDz6erJ4{/youtube}
  • Kids BJJ Class Promotes Self-Defense after Ewa Beach Kidnapping Scares

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Story by Bryanna Fissori In response to multiple incidents of potential kidnappings in the Ewa Beach area, Relson Gracie Waterfront BJJ has made a concerted effort to prepare their young students for similar situations. The Relson Gracie BJJ curriculum is based on the principals of self-defense and to progress through the ranks students must meet the standards of these techniques. In Saturday’s kids class the instructors at the school focused the day’s lesson on how to identify a potential threat and what a child should do if approached or grabbed by a stranger. Basic moves drilled by the…
  • Nathaniel Henderson: Everyday Excellence

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    By: King Eddie With the rise of many forms of Martial Arts into the mainstream spotlight, more and more people are expressing their interest in becoming practitioners of some form or another. Though many speak their desire, significantly less actually pursue it. And once out of the bubble of grade school, it becomes even more complicated a practice. Especially if one plans to excel. But here on O'ahu, there is a man, much like the rest of us, who has taken his passion for Judo, and turned it into a reality of success, all while navigating through the same day to day lifestyle we are all…
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    Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Hawaii - StandUpPaddleSurf.net

  • Starboard’s 2015 SUP Line Looks Sweet!

    evan
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I’m especially excited to test out the new Wide Point 8′10″, Pocket Rocket 8′5″, Air Born 8′8″ and the kids 8′0″ Astro. I think that the kids sup in the astro construction will be ideal for kids and indestructible. Click the link below to download a copy: 2015 Starboard SUP Catalog
  • Starboard Israel and Paddle For Hope

    davi
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    We had a huge event last week at our club in the Caesarea Nautical Center. 300 Paddlers and more than 1000 people in total came to see the STARBOARD PADDLE FOR HOPE 2014. that was the biggest SUP event that held place in Israel so far (we broke last year record).We had a big lottery for [...]
  • SIC Maui Paddles Lake Mead!

    davi
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By: Allie BrownWe paddled Lake Mead this weekend and we were so stoked to see great group of avid paddlers here in Las Vegas!! The paddling on Lake Mead is beautiful and the SIC X 14 PRO & PRO Lite were flying on the pure glass conditions. Special thanks to Clete and Raden for all [...]
  • Sean Poynter wins the Mirleft Stand Up Pro, the 2014 Location X in Morocco in epic surf

    davi
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sean Poynter wraps the year on a high with a spectacular victory here in Morocco It was a picture perfect ending to what has been an amazing event here in Morocco today as the last 4 battled it out in pristine groomed surf that saw the highest scores of the contest posted in these last 4 [...]
  • Quarterfinals completed in pumping surf, as Zane Schweitzer excels with a near perfect score

    davi
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:15 am
    Morocco’s Location X sees pumping surf for Day 3 of Main event, w/ pristine conditions Day 3 of the Main Event sees incredible conditions, as the swell holds and even builds overnight to provide full size surf for the quarterfinals.Epic waves were the order of the day throughough the quarterfinals and whil semi final number one [...]
 
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    Women's Surf Camp

  • Testimonial of the Month

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

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

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

    Lulu
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Look what Laura R from the UK has to say about her blissful SwellWomen experience ~ L:  When signing up to go to the SwellWomen retreat I completely underestimated what a life changing holiday it would be. From the location in Maui, the Yoga location & instructors, the surf school, to the incredible new friends I made, this was a holiday of a life time! It gives you a time out and the chance to re-charge and re-connect with yourself. Since my return to the UK, my time has been spent doing the following: Planning all the destinations I want to go and surf Watching ASP coverage as I am…
  • SwellWomen Business Spotlight:: Katherine Wilder ~ The Wilder Way

    Lulu
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    This month we shine the spotlight on Katherine Wilder, Founder of The Wilder Way.  Katherine’s yoga journey began in 2001 with an invitation to join a friend for a power yoga class at the YMCA, that was all it took.  She left class feeling so expanded and free as well as intimately connected in her body and mind that she knew she needed to share this gift with as many people as she could.  In 2004, this desire to teach lead Katherine to The Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica for a month long intensive of diving deep into herself and the teachings of the ancient system of yoga.  It…
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  • con lawsuit = institutional treason

    Ron Whitfield
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    But they're just good folk..., who hope to subvert all Gmt. rule http://www.bloombergview.com/article...ess?cmpid=yhoo
  • Aiona.Faith.Elections

    Ron Whitfield
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Aiona ran this 2nd time for Gov. because God told him to and he say's he may ask again for God's guidence if he considers try #3, but this time he'll question him... But in losing he say's it was a victory nontheless and that "God took the campaign exactly where He wanted us to be". Then why be questioning it, ever? Just jump off any cliff with everybody aboard and leave it to the invisible guy in the clouds, who needs LOTS OF MONEY. http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?acti...1&id=283575081
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)

    scrivener
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    To Catch a Thief (1955) Cary Grant, Grace Kelly. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes. John Robie (Cary Grant) is a retired jewel thief, nicknamed The Cat. He has apparently paid his debt to society and is living in a country house where he tends his vineyards. When a recent series of thefts (mostly at high-end hotels) mimic The Cat’s style, the Parisian police come after him for questioning. Robie is sure he won’t be treated justly, so he avoids the police and attempts to catch the thief himself, seeing this as the only way to keep himself out of prison. He becomes…
  • Divergent (2014)

    scrivener
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Divergent (2014) Shailene Woodley, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd, Theo James, Kate Winslett. Directed by Neil Berger. In Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago, society is divided into five factions named Amity, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite, and Abnegation. Amity values happiness and peace; Candor values honesty and fairness, Dauntless values courage, Erudite values science and knowledge, and Abnegation values selflessness and service. Each faction operates a distinct part of life within the fenced-in city (the Amity, for example, growing the food for the whole city, but the Abnegation governing the…
  • SL's Mariota, HI's first Heisman?

    Ron Whitfield
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    http://www.civilbeat.com/2014/11/sai...lege-football/ I hadn't even heard of him!
 
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    A Maui Blog

  • Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Travaasa Hana

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

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

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

    AMauiBlog
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    KULA  “Calm After The Storm” Photo via @ErikBlair of www.erikeverywhere.com Musing on the storm before, during and after. It was interesting the amount of preparation people on Maui did for these hurricane Iselle and Julio.  It was quite entertaining seeing so many photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter about long lines at Costco and empty shelves […]
  • This comment made my day!

    AMauiBlog
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Mahalo Amanda Brooks for your comment.  This inspires me to continue blogging.  Love hearing how A Maui Blog helps readers enjoy Maui.  
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    Lavagal

  • You Just Climbed Koko Crater Not Koko Head (which is way easier)

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

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

    lavagal
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Before I get to the yoga part: On Saturday, September 6, I swam in the inaugural North Shore 5k Swim, finishing in less than two hours, and in third place women’s fin division. What a great finish to a great race season. The week before my finish in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim was considerably slower, thanks to the current. That swim really beat me up. But, I absolutely adore swimming in the ocean. I will confess I spend the first third of an ocean race wondering if I will be a meal. Then, when I start passing other swimmers, I gain confidence and find a comfortable pace. My final third…
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Do You Remember… School Time Shenanigans

    Rodney
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    In the previous blog post Do You Remember… Small Kid Time Shenanigans, we recalled all the naughty stuff we did when we were growing up.  Mostly stuff around the neighborhood.   So now we’re recalling naughty stuffs we did in school.  Whether elementary, intermediate, or high school.  Shoot – I’ll take college too!  I would guess that most of it was during intermediate school because in elementary – you’re too obedient to do anything wrong.  And in high school – you’re too intimidated to do anything wrong.  But in intermediate –…
  • Do You Remember… Small Kid Time Shenanigans

    Rodney
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Remember small kid time?     Okay, maybe not THAT long ago.  But kids were kids and when we got bored – we had to find ways to amuse ourselves.  And many times, it lead to trouble.  But it wasn’t on purpose – most of the time.  It was just shenanigans – a part of growing up.  Right?  Yeah, right.   What kind of shenanigans did you pull?   The one that comes to mind first was blowing up Clorox bottles.  I don’t know how we learned this, but the Clorox bottle fitted perfectly on the water hose end.  I mean, it twisted right on with a…
  • Hawaiian Airlines – 85 Years And Counting

    Rodney
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
      Hawaiian Airlines just celebrated 85 years of servicing Hawaii’s skies.  Congratulations Hawaiian Airlines!!!  The unofficial MLC airline.   Here’s a little commercial to jog the memory.   Hawaiian Air has had a slew of different airplanes that serviced us throughout the years, but let’s face it – we love anyone in a uniform.  The pilots look so professional and intimidating.  They have an important job to do so we don’t want to bother them.  Just continue to get us there and back home safely.   It’s the flight attendants uniforms…
  • Do You Remember… Local Kine Childhood Friends

    Rodney
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    In my previous post Do You Remember… The Paper Boy, Mark Shelby commented: Rodney, I know it’s only Sat. but I have an idea for another thread. Under your “Do you Remember” topic. “Do you remember your Local Kine childhood friends”? Name them so we all can know if we knew them too! What did you do to have fun? Where did you go? What was your favorite hang out? How did you keep busy in the Summers? ….etc! Good friends, good times…..and some wonderful good old time history with your best friends! Get the idea? ~Mark   Thanks for the blog suggestion, Mark.  Pretty broad…
  • Do You Remember… The Paper Boy

    Rodney
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
      No, I don’t mean the video game – although Paper Boy by Atari was a pretty cool video game.   I’m talking about the real paper boys who used to deliver the afternoon Honolulu Star-Bulletin to your house every day.  Back in the day, afternoon newspaper was king.  Some people took the morning Honolulu Advertiser, but we were never up to see the morning paper boy.  It was the afternoon paper boy that everyone knew.   I remember how I’d be watching cartoons on Checkers & Pogo and I’d hear the “plop” of the afternoon paper being…
 
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    Saturday Briefing

  • Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic 50th celebration!

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY — An annual basketball traditional tipped off on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa campus for the milestone 50th Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic tournament.  The UH Rainbow Warrior basketball team … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Final 2014 O Ke Kai Series

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — The Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa arrived at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort on Saturday, Nov. 15, to Celebrate Hawaii’s Great Voyaging Canoes. This quarterly event has grown to include video coverage of Hokulea and Hikianalia … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Castaway Island featured on Weekend Today

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — On Saturday, Nov. 29, images of Castaway Island will be beamed to an Australia-wide audience on the National Nine Network’s breakfast news program Weekend Today. Working in partnership with Fiji Airways, six LIVE crosses during the … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Two new faces at Outrigger

    admin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY BARRY WALLACE AND DARREN EDMONSTONE — We join Human Resources in welcoming two new faces to our ‘ohana: Jill Kawakami as manager, project services, and Biu Waqaniburotu as human resources manager for Castaway Island, Fiji (FCI). Jill reports to … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Marketing Inc. Quarterly Maika‘i Awards

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    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    BY KELLY SMALLWOOD — The Global Contact Center, Outrigger Marketing Inc. (OMI), recently honored top Retail and Wholesale department performers at our Quarterly Maika‘i Awards luncheon. For each month of the quarter, the top performer for each department is identified … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Intercultural Twilight Zone

  • Who In Their Right Mind Moves to Pahoa?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bearded Scorpionfish: A Name That Suits

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

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

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

    BNS
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Gorgonian Sea Plume (Pseudopterogorgia sp)by B. N. Sullivan We were swimming along the pretty reefs off the coast of West Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands, looking for things to photograph.  I spotted this Gorgonian Sea Plume at the edge of a patch reef.  The first thing I noticed was that it was quite tall -- with a height  of about two meters.  But the thing that really struck me was how droopy its branchlets looked. The spontaneous thought that popped into my head was that it looked like a large house plant that someone forgot to water!That was a silly thought, of…
  • Cerianthids: Marine animals that look like flowers

    BNS
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Cerianthid "tube anemone" - Hawaiiby B. N. SullivanThe creatures pictured here look like anemones, but they are not true anemones.  They are Cerianthids, commonly referred to as ‘tube anemones’, which are taxonomically quite distinct from true anemones. Cerianthids and true anemones do belong to the same phylum, Cnidaria, and the same class, Anthozoa, but tube anemones belong to the subclass Ceriantipatharia, a taxon that also includes the so-called ‘black corals’ (Antipatharia). Dark-colored Cerianthid, HawaiiOne of the visible features that distinguishes Cerianthid tube…
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Welcome to Hawaii Intro – Audio MP3

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I decided to release my ebook – MOVING TO HAWAII – THE GOOD, BAD, and UGLY for FREE here. Just on a whim I decided to record an MP3 of the first chapter – you can grab it below. I’m not an expert speaker, but I gave it my best shot. I’m considering whether to […]
  • Missing Persons in Hawaii – Big Island

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Damon Tucker has a popular page over at his website DamonTucker.com where he lists missing persons on the Big Island. This is one topic that really hits me hard, and I hope to never experience anything like this for a member of my family or my friends. If you live on the Big Island of […]
  • Buying a Functioning Business in Hawaii – Reader Email

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    I received this email a couple of days ago from a guy I’ll call “Charles” to preserve anonymity. Charles is thinking about buying a business that seems to already be established and successful. I’ll respond to his email below in italics. Hello (not sure you said your name on the videos). Just call me Vern. […]
  • Fishing from Shore in Hawaii – is Great Fun!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We just published a new page about shorefishing in Hawaii with some great photos you can find here. We didn’t cover a whole lot of “where” to go shorefishing because really you can go just about anywhere. We do give you the official site so you can check restricted areas before heading out for a […]
  • Loving Life in Hawaii – a Video

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    I was surfing around today and found this amazing video of a girl living on Oahu apparently that is just loving life to the extremes. It will make you want to be there with her, and to be her. She just seems to have fun doing whatever it is that she’s doing that day. I […]
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: One-Two Punch

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Kauai County Council inflicted blows on agriculture and coastal preservation yesterday, passing one bill to hike property taxes for those who grow GMO crops, and another that makes it easier to develop along rocky shorelines.Overall, it was a disappointing final meeting for this Council, which will seat two new members next month. But there was one bright note: we will no longer have to endure Jay Furfaro and Tim Bynum, both of whom thankfully lost their re-election bids.The Council first approved a shoreline setback bill that exempts rocky shorelines and coastal bluffs from setback…
  • Musings: Cleanup Crew

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Kauai County Council will take up the topic of cesspools today, when it considers a resolution to support a low-interest loan program to help residents convert to septic systems.Proposed by outgoing Chair Jay Furfaro, the resolution calls for funding a 20-year loan program with $10 million in bonds. The program would serve people who meet income restrictions, and are buying or selling houses within 200 feet of a perennial stream, river, ocean, or shoreline, or a two-year groundwater travel time to the intake of a public drinking water well.Quite a few properties would qualify. Kauai has…
  • Musings: Parting Shots

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Tomorrow is the final meeting of this County Council, and with two important bills on the agenda — shoreline setback and removing experimental crops from the ag dedication — it remains to be seen what legacy this body will leave for Kauai.The key policy issue in the shoreline bill is this: Should the building setback be just 60 feet from rocky shorelines, as the current bill proposes, or 100 feet, as coastal and community advocates desire? The key policy issue in the “agronomics” bill is whether thousands of acres with actual, legit crops in the ground should lose their agricultural…
  • Musings: The Future is Now

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Kauai residents got a glimpse of the future this past week, and it freaked a lot of people out. From the posh “Private Prince” project to a proposed resort designation at Mahaulepu, the writing is on the wall: barring an economic downturn or hurricane — the only two forces that have slowed Kauai construction in the past — more resort development is coming.Curiously, though we've been hearing for the past two years that we must protect the visitor industry at all costs — even if it means destroying the seed companies and rejecting a dairy — once folks actually see the reality of…
  • Musings: Face of a Demagogue

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    dem·a·gogue noun \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.I've been both fascinated and repelled by the glorified demagoguery of the anti-GMO movement in Hawaii.It is not to be confused with demigod — the status to which anti-GMO activist Dustin Barca elevated himself with a crude cartoon depicting him as the “Hawaiian Superman,” a reference to the demigod Maui.No, demagoguery is something different — more deliberate, more dangerous, more destructive to democracy, more…
 
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    Baron's Blog

  • If Europeans acted like American TV viewers

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

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

    Baron
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Taking photos from a helicopter is the way to go but is always challenging. Make sure you wear black or very dark clothes as reflections on the windows will ruin your images/video or if possible shoot through an open port or better yet have them take the doors off the helicopter.
  • SMS Notifications when Compressor 4 is done with batch processing

    Baron
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Apple’s Compressor 4 is a sloth of an app converting videos and it’s a hassle to perodically check to see when it’s done with its batch processing. This tutorial will show you how to create an Apple Automator Workflow in which your computer will send you an email or an SMS notification when the job is […]
  • Puna photos in the New York Times

    Baron
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    You can see the article that I shot photos for the New York Times here.
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  • Feral cats

    gigihawaii
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Up until 2011, our neighborhood was full of feral cats that roamed at will. That was fine until they used the bathroom in our planter box, shown above.  The stench was awful. When David poured cement on top of the dirt, it was a complete transformation.  One day, they left their droppings in the dirt; the next day, they left nothing on the concrete. Now, instead of feces, our planter box boasts plants!  Yay! In 2011, the cats started to die off.  Feline leukemia, perhaps?  We could walk down the street without encountering cats. Well, here it is 2014, and the population is beginning to…
  • Chat with Julia

    gigihawaii
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    My 7 year old granddaughter was here the other day and we had a nice chat.  She pointed to these puppets that I had purchased in Jaipur, India in 2012.  She wanted to know which was the boy and which was the girl.  I told her that the one with the mustache and beard was the man. Then, we discussed what would be the ideal present. Me:  “What do you want for Christmas?” Julia:  “First of all, don’t give me money, because Mom will put it in the bank.” Me:  “Well, what should I give you?” Julia:  “A gift card, because Mom can’t put that in the bank.” Me:  “Oh.  So…
  • Contemporary Art Museum

    gigihawaii
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Admission is free on the third Sunday of the month, so David and I drove up Makiki Heights Drive to see the exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum.  We had lots of fun. This is the entrance to the museum: Brenda Cablayan is an artist, who lives in Hawaii.  These are her paintings in acrylic: “Pool over Makiki”: “Cottage on Mott-Smith Drive”: “House of the Trees”: “The Limousine”: Cheyne Gallard:  “Wat high school you wen go?”  He photographed himself in a variety of roles (8 characters): John Buck:  “The Archer” (Bronze with patina): We left after seeing the…
  • Colorful home

    gigihawaii
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    One cure for the blahs is to decorate your home.  As you have seen from previous posts, David and I have been busy renovating our house.  After installing new wallpaper, we decided to buy two new tablecloths: So, when one tablecloth goes into the washing machine, I will take the other one from the drawer and place it on our table. This is the label that provides information about the tablecloth: It’s 100% polyester.  Which color do you prefer?  The red or the blue?  I just love a colorful home.  The more colorful, the better.  There’s nothing drab about this place.
  • New wallpaper

    gigihawaii
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    A few weeks ago, David and I decided to replace the old wallpaper in Lisa’s room and in the dining area.  We had a blast looking at wallpaper samples at Z Wallcoverings.  Actually, these were for single accent walls only, not the entire room. Richard Zumbro, the owner of Z Wallcoverings, came by to measure the walls and hold up the samples against each wall for us to see.  He then left our home and emailed his estimate later.  We accepted it and paid a deposit via credit card.  The wallpaper was ordered, shipped, and installed yesterday. This is Lisa’s wall: This is my friend…
 
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    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise Interviews

  • INPEACE launches crowdfunding campaign to keep 800 keiki in preschool

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    INPEACE, The Institute for Pacific Education and Culture, is turning to an innovative solution -- community crowdfunding to help save Keiki Steps, a free, parent-participation preschool that helps prepare children for kindergarten. Without this support, 800 keiki and their caregivers...
  • Hot new hair trends for the holiday season

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    With the change in the season comes new and fresh hair trends for fall.Celebrities likeBeyonce, Sienna Miller, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Lawrence are rocking the hot new hairstyle trend, bobs. Also, there are new hot trends in hair color as well as having Hollywood...
  • 2nd year of open enrollment for Obamacare begins this week

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    We're one week into the second year of Obamacare registration. Jeffrey Kissel, the new executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, offered Howard Dicus an early report on how sign-ups are going.Howard also spoke with Jeffrey after the interview, and they agreed...
  • New fitness program featuring music from Hawaii artists

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Veronica Yamagata is the creator of a brand new cardio fitness workout that is about to hit Hawaii. Along with The Honolulu Dance Company, they have released a new exercise DVD titled Zula Fitness.It features island music for some of Hawaii's favorite local artists like Fiji, Mana'o Company, Kapena...
  • The Great American Smoke Out – Set Your Quit Date & Choose Your Program!

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Every year since 1977, the American Cancer Society has sponsored the Great American Smoke Out nation-wide on the third Thursday of November to help smokers quit cigarettes for at least one day, in hopes they will quit forever. This year it is set for Thursday, November 20th...
 
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    Kaaawa News

  • 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!
  • Shoreline erosion in Kaaawa

    ilind
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Here’s an example of the erosion along the coast in our part of the island. In the foreground is what remains of a good size tree that not too long ago was part of the small beach park on the Kualoa end of Kaaawa. Erosion started washing away the sand and moving the edge of the park farther and farther inland, leaving the tree stranded. It was cut down in 2008, but erosion continued, eventually revealing its former root structure. And you can just make out a black shape about half way along the beach in the background. It marks part of the roots of another old tree, now also long gone.
  • Kaaawa crime alert: Watch for suspicious vehicles

    ilind
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I received this email from a friend on Friday evening, October 3. Our friend lives on Olohu Road near Lihimauna. I came home this afternoon to 3 police vehicles parked behind and around my front gate. Apparently there were two cars Honda CRV and Volkswagen left after being stolen at a party last weekend and abandoned in Kaaawa. Also another car in Kaaawa was stolen after someone broke into a home – stole the keys and drove off with the vehicles. The policemen told me to left neighborhood know that this is occurring and if anyone has suspicious vehicles parked to call; also to keep a…
  • One of those mornings

    ilind
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    It was one of those rare, clear mornings in Kaaawa. The horizon, typically at least partially obscured by clouds on a normal morning, was absolutely clear. On mornings like this, it’s hard not to see the green flash, and we did. It was the second green flash in a week. I did a quick look back, and the same thing happened last year at virtually the same time. Last year, we saw the 2nd flash on September 5, so we’re about a week off in 2014. The top photo was taken as we walked past Swanzy Beach Park. The bottom photo was taken just seconds before we saw the “flash”, and…
  • A September dawn in Kaaawa

    ilind
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Saturday morning in Kaaawa. It was cloudy, then it rained. After two mornings where we saw the green flash as the sun made its appearance, today there were clouds blocking the horizon. But it was beautiful. The sunrise with the group catching those little oama was spectacular. Enjoy! [first posted at www.iLind.net]
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Getting High in Hanalei

    e komo mai
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Okolaheo Trail rises about 1,400 feet over two-plus miles from the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. The trailhead is near the Hanalei River,  about two miles from the town. Leave the GPS in the car—only one route is humanly possible—but bring along some hiking poles, since the rooty-and-muddy ascent presents many opportunities to get the seat of your shorts dirty.Along the way to the summit are a few level spots with views of Hanalei Bay. The summit itself is surrounded by ti plants, but you do get 360-degree views of the river valley and ocean. Okolaheo is called 'The…
  • The Seven (or Eight) Stages of Aloha

    e komo mai
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    From the pages of the "No Worries Hawaii" guidebook:People really do say “aloha” in everyday speech in Hawaii. Aloha means good-bye, hello, compassion, love—all  that. The word derives from the Hawaiian words “alo,” meaning front or face, and “ha” meaning the essence or the breath of life. As in ancient times, some Hawaiians today will touch foreheads saying, “alo,” and then breathe out saying “ha,” thus exchanging life’s breath. Don’t worry, this isn’t something expected of you at the car rental counter. But you may well feel the aloha by the end of your stay…
  • Living the wild life at Kekaha Kai State Park on the Big Island

    e komo mai
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    If flying into Kona, check out the aquamarine sandy coves studded by palms that are not far north of the airport. That's Kekaha Kai (formerly 'Kona') State Park, some 1,600 acres of oasis enclosed by vast lava fields—and it should be at the top of your list of wild tropical beaches to visit.The 1.5 mile drive into the park is over a hellishly rutted rocky road, lots of slow-speed swerving required, but it's not half as bad as it used to be. The beach park nearest the parking has picnic tables and rest rooms, but sees the fewest visitors among the three beaches nearby. A quarter-mile trail…
  • Keanae Arboretum: A family tree-hug on Maui's Hana Highway.

    e komo mai
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Halfway to Hana and right on the sleepy highway, the Keanae Arboretum is the perfect spot for everyone to pile out of the car and commune with trees from all over the planet. A wide, easy-going path will suit anyone from toddlers to grandma.A few flowers, like red ginger and heliconia mixed in with the leafy giants. A stream flows alongside the exotic forest, which was planted in 1971.A native Hawaiian and Polynesian garden begins where the wide path ends, with papayas, bananas, and taro planted in the traditional way. After this garden, adventure trekkers can strap on the mud shoes and head…
  • Koke’e Museum: The beating heart of Kauai's high country

    e komo mai
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Koke'e (ko-kay-ay) Museum is quietly one of the top attractions in Hawaii. It's also the take-off point for dozens of woodland hikes, forays into Waimea Canyon (the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific'), and airborne treks onto the lesser known ridges of Kauai's notorious Napali Coast.Inside are natural history displays, cultural artifacts, and several exhibits—including an eye-popping presentation of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Iniki's 227 mph winds in 1992. Admission and advice are free, but a donation will be appreciated. Next door, you can grab a lunch or beverage at the rustic…
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    Pacific Reader

  • The Palace Hotel San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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

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

  • 12/20/2014 - Night Insect Safari with Dr. Steve Montgomery

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Survey Hawaii's mini-wildlife using nocturnal collecting techniques. Find out why light is so attractive to insects and learn other secrets of the forest night shift. We'll set up safari base camp and see what kinds of interesting insects we'll attract. Age: 6 years and up RESERVATION REQUIRED.  Call 955-0100, ext. 118
  • 12/13/2014 - Ka'ena Point Natural Area Reserve Hike with Ken Suzuki

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Join us on this beautiful coastal hike along the Wai'anae side of Kaÿena Point. Learn about native plants, sea birds, and Hawaiian history as we explore this unique natural area reserve. Moderate, 5 miles. Age: 7 years and up RESERVATION REQUIRED.  Call 955-0100, ext. 118
  • 12/07/2014 - Paper Making Workshop

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Create your own handmade paper using natural and recycled materials. We'll go on a short hike to collect natural items that can be incorporated into your own handmade paper. Age: 3 years and up RESERVATION REQUIRED.  Call 955-0100, ext. 118
  • 11/23/2014 - Wearable Art from Nature

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Create your own original wearable art using items collected from nature. Bring your creativity and one white or light-colored T-shirt for leaf printing. Age: 3 years and up RESERVATION REQUIRED.  Call 955-0100, ext. 118
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every two minutes, for 10 minutes (5 sets):Back Squat*Set 1 – 5 reps @ 55%*Set 2 – 5 reps @ 65%*Set 3 – 3 reps @ 75%*Set 4 – 2 reps @ 85%*Set 5 – 2 reps @ 90%Immediately followed by…Every two minutes, for 6 minutes (3 sets):Back Squat x 10 reps @ 73%B. Alternating full rounds, complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes, of:3 Power Snatches (135/95 lbs)6 Kettlebell Swings (70/53 lbs)9 Tall Box Jumps (30/24")You may not rebound the Box Jump. You must show full knee and hip lockout on the top of the box.Thanksgiving Week Schedule:Monday, November…
  • 21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 8 minutes (4 sets) of:Deadlift*Set 1 – 8 reps @ 50%*Set 2 – 6 reps @ 60%*Set 3 – 4 reps @ 70%*Set 4 – 2 reps @ 80%B. Every 90 seconds for 12 minutes (8 sets):Speed Deadlift x 3 reps @ 65%C. Every minute, on the minute, for 24 minutes (8 sets):Minute 1 – 10 Pull-ups + 20 Double-UndersMinute 2 – 10 Burpee Box Jump-Overs (24″/20″)Minute 3 – 10 Push Press (95/65 lbs)*Absolutely no dropping the bar from overhead."Performance"A. Same as above.B. Same as above.C. Every minute, on the minute, for 24 minutes (8 sets):Minute 1 – Double-Under…
  • 20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Five sets of:Front Squat x 4-5 reps @ 41X1(MUST move up in weight from last week by 4-6%)Rest 3 minutesB. Every two minutes, for 12 minutes (6 sets) of:Strict Shoulder Press x 5 reps @ 80-85%C. Three sets of:Glute-Ham Raises x 6-8 reps @ 3011Single-Arm DB Row x 8-10 reps each @ 2111Strict Toes to Bar x 6-8 reps @ 3110Rest as needed"Performance"Same as above.
  • Gymnastics Clinic this Sunday!

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Gymnastics Clinic with a focus on Handstands and Rope Climbs this Sunday, November 23rd from 10:00-11:30am. Spaces are very limited, so sign up today by emailing Coach Josh (josh@808crossfit.com).Clinics are always FREE for Unlimited Members and $10 for the rest of our members.
  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Monday, November 24th: Regular ScheduleTuesday, November 25th: Regular ScheduleWednesday, November 26th: Regular ScheduleThursday, November 27th: CLOSEDFriday, November 28th: No Classes - Thanksgiving Throwdown (6-9pm)Saturday, November 29th: No Classes - Thanksgiving Throwdown (1-6pm)Sunday, November 30th: Barbell Club 12:00-3:00pmYou still have time to register for the Thanksgiving Throwdown if you want to get a workout in post Turkey Day. Find a partner and email Coach Josh (josh@808crossfit.com) by Thursday, November 20th by 5:00pm. We promise the workouts will be a ton of fun!Here's the…
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    Oahu Mom

  • November 22 & 23, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    There are  lots of family friendly events happening this coming weekend.  Visit Barnes & Noble and participate in one of the many events scheduled for their special Discovery Weekend, enjoy live music, attend a craft fair, join in an art workshop and have a great weekend with your family! Get the details on these and other events on the recently updated Weekend Events Page.  If I left anything off, please feel free to share it with others in the comments here! The post November 22 & 23, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • November 15 & 16, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    Looking for things to do with your kids this weekend?  The Weekend Events Page has a list of family friendly happenings so check it out and have a great weekend! The post November 15 & 16, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • Gratitude Tree – A Thanksgiving Tradition

    Lisa
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    It’s so easy to focus on the negative, to rush around, to be worried and stressed.  But that’s not the example I want to set for my kids.  Those aren’t the habits I want them to learn.  In an effort to form habits of thankfulness and gratitude and teach them to our kids, we do a Gratitude/Thankful Tree in November. Our Thankful Tree is designed to help us be intentional with our gratitude.  Each evening at dinner we take turns saying something we are thankful for.  We write it down (before our kids learned to write words they drew pictures of what they were thankful…
  • November 8 & 9, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    Another weekend is here and there are lots of activities and events for families to choose from.  Seasonal craft fairs are beginning, there is live theater to attend, you can hear live music from the Royal Hawaiian Band, take a painting class at the Art Explorium, enjoy an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet, visit Sea Life Park for only $2.64 (not a typo!) and more.  Check out the recently updated Weekend Events Page for all the details. If I missed an event please feel free to send me a note by Thursday evening and I’ll add it to the page.  After that, please feel free to share it…
  • November 1 & 2, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    It’s hard to believe we start into November this weekend!  There are a couple of cultural celebrations happening this weekend as well as live theater and storytelling, a chance to learn about the coral reefs and a few other events as well.  Check out the updated Weekend Events Page for a complete list and have a great weekend with your kids and family! The post November 1 & 2, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Welcome to Hawaii Intro – Audio MP3

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I decided to release my ebook – MOVING TO HAWAII – THE GOOD, BAD, and UGLY for FREE here. Just on a whim I decided to record an MP3 of the first chapter – you can grab it below. I’m not an expert speaker, but I gave it my best shot. I’m considering whether to […]
  • Missing Persons in Hawaii – Big Island

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Damon Tucker has a popular page over at his website DamonTucker.com where he lists missing persons on the Big Island. This is one topic that really hits me hard, and I hope to never experience anything like this for a member of my family or my friends. If you live on the Big Island of […]
  • Buying a Functioning Business in Hawaii – Reader Email

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    I received this email a couple of days ago from a guy I’ll call “Charles” to preserve anonymity. Charles is thinking about buying a business that seems to already be established and successful. I’ll respond to his email below in italics. Hello (not sure you said your name on the videos). Just call me Vern. […]
  • Fishing from Shore in Hawaii – is Great Fun!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We just published a new page about shorefishing in Hawaii with some great photos you can find here. We didn’t cover a whole lot of “where” to go shorefishing because really you can go just about anywhere. We do give you the official site so you can check restricted areas before heading out for a […]
  • Loving Life in Hawaii – a Video

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    I was surfing around today and found this amazing video of a girl living on Oahu apparently that is just loving life to the extremes. It will make you want to be there with her, and to be her. She just seems to have fun doing whatever it is that she’s doing that day. I […]
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Positive Thoughts: Cope with Life

    hawa6217
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir
  • Hawai‘i CC Professor Teams Up with Internationally Renowned Musician to Create Innovative Art Exhibit 

    hawa6217
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (HILO) — The art exhibit created during the past year by Hawai‘i Community College Professor Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō and the musician Keali‘i Reichel was, in a sense, 34 years in the making. In 1980 as a 17-year-old high school student, Tangarō was volunteering at the Lyman Museum in Hilo. There, he read archival information about corded pā‘ū, which are ritual corded skirts found on ki‘i, or carved images. “The ki‘i are in a dance pose and have these corded skirts,” Tangarō, now a Hawai‘i Life Styles Professor at Hawai‘i CC, says. “I was intrigued…
  • Weight and Blood Pressure Up

    hawa6217
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. It doesn’t take much weight gain to make blood pressure go up. Mayo Clinic researchers saw this in an eight week study involving 16 people who had normal weight at the start. The researchers gave them enough extra calories to raise their weight about 5 percent, and compared them to 10 people who maintained their normal weight. Researcher Dr. Naima Covassin says the systolic, or top, blood pressure number rose about 4 points in the weight gainers, and the increase…
  • Positive Thoughts: How My Story Ends

    hawa6217
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “I haven’t a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.” -Nancy Willard
  • Windward Holiday Craft & Gift Fair and “Taste of Castle” to Benefit Project Grad 2015

    hawa6217
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Soccer team volunteers at last year’s “Taste of Castle” from left to right: Jenai Polendey, Chanel Uehara, Deandra Muraoka, Destinee Hanaike, Shea Kauanui, Kaile Kauanui, and team parents Laura Chinen and Trina Takasato. Photo by Teri Sato By Staff Reports (KANE‘OHE) – Join us on Sunday, December 7 at the Castle High School café and grounds from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Windward Holiday Craft & Gift Fair and “Taste of Castle.” Shop for holiday gifts while supporting Castle High School students. Check out the many handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items and…
 
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    Maui Makers

  • Back By Popular Demand!!! Arduino Workshops

    Laura
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Fridays 6-9 PM, for information on location contact Arduino@mauimakers.com Bob and Dee Conlon have generously volunteered to host an Arduino & Wearable Electronics Group at their home in Kihei, meeting Fridays from 6-9pm, starting 11/21. Meetings for now will be in place of the classes that are currently on hiatus. This group is not necessarily a class, but some instruction will take place. Suggested donation for non-members is $5.00. What to bring (if you have them): Laptop Arduinos, cables, parts & supplies Projects for show & tell Projects you want help with For more…
  • November 20, 2014 6 to 9 PM Art of Tinkering at St Anthony

    Laura
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    We had a great turnout for 3D printing, with 3 printers running. Art of Tinkering is up next for the rest of November. All events are suitable for Family and free to paying members ($10 for nonmembers, make out checks to St Anthony Jr-Sr High School): November 20, 2014 will be a return to the Art of Tinkering We’ll build Paper Circuits (http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/paper-circuits) Bring –Coin Cell Batteries CR-1220 –Cardstock –Scissors/exacto knife (age appropriate please) –Scotch tape Meeting is 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School, Maryknoll Building, Rm 21. Great turn out…
  • 3D Printing–November 13, 2014

    Laura
    9 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    We had a great turnout at the monthly meeting with some exciting show and tell. We also have some fun items on tap for the rest of November. All events are suitable for Family and free to paying members ($10 for nonmembers, make out checks to St Anthony Jr-Sr High School): November 13, 2014 will be 3D Printing Night. 6 PM–set up the 3D printers 7 PM–Steve Griffin, a mechanical engineer from Boeing will be on hand to discuss how to get the best build quality November 20, 2014 will be a return to the Art of Tinkering We’ll build Paper Circuits. Bring –Coin Cell Batteries…
  • Maui Makers public Meeting Thursday 6 November

    Laura
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Bring your projects. Talk story. Get ideas. Discuss plans for future of Maui Makers. 6 to 9 pm. St Anthony. Maryknoll Bldg. Rm 21. Still working logistics for November workshops.
  • Upcoming in November

    Laura
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Coming in November We had some great classes in October and more to come in November! Maui Makers is still working out the details of the November schedule, but expect to see Arduino, Wearables, 3D printing and more Tinkering. We will be meeting every Thursday at St Anthony and hope to add more dates shortly. October highlights Make Your Own Halloween Costume Art of Tinkering-Scribble Bots and Marble Mazes Business Matters On the business and organizational side, Maui Makers has incorporated as a 501c3, and elected a Board of Directors and Officers. The Board has completed a Strategic Plan…
 
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    Prudential Locations Blog

  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Kakaako November 19, 2014

    My name
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The month of November belongs to Kakaako - where creativity is cultivated! Centrally located along the southern shores of Oahu, between Ala Moana and Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako was once a thriving native Hawaiian community where locals fished, made salt and farmed agricultural terraces. At the turn of the century, Kakaako was a community of homes, small stores, churches, schools and parks, however few traces of these buildings exist today. In the 1950s, rezoning converted much of this area into an urban, industrial community. Today, Kakaako has undergone a second transformation:…
  • Oahu Real Estate Report - November 2014

    My name
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    November 2014: Oahu Home and Condo Values In the three-month period ending in October 2014, the Oahu single-family home median price was up 1.5% to $665,567 from the same period last year. The median condo price rose 2.8% to $349,500. Prices are up for single-family homes and condominiums across Oahu.  The market is still moving upward, now at a more reasonable and sustainable pace than the frantic activity of last summer. Areas that saw an increase in single-family home prices include Kaimuki (10.9%) and Makakilo (11%). Download the full Oahu Real Estate Report…
  • How Much Home Can You Afford? Probably More Than you Think!

    My name
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    “Affordability” is not just about the list price of a home. When looking to buy a home, many people focus on the price -- and in today’s competitive market, there’s no doubt prices are moving up. But one of the most important items a buyer should consider is the monthly payments, not necessarily the cost of the home. This is the definition of affordability.  Interest rates are low right now. A lower interest rate will mean a lower monthly payment. But how big of a difference does something like two percent make? A lot of renters are asking themselves if they can…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Kakaako November 12, 2014

    My name
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The month of November belongs to Kakaako - where creativity is cultivated! Centrally located along the southern shores of Oahu, between Ala Moana and Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako was once a thriving native Hawaiian community where locals fished, made salt and farmed agricultural terraces. At the turn of the century, Kakaako was a community of homes, small stores, churches, schools and parks, however few traces of these buildings exist today. In the 1950s, rezoning converted much of this area into an urban, industrial community. Today, Kakaako has undergone a second transformation:…
  • #WhereAreWeWednesday - Kakaako November 5, 2014

    My name
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The month of November belongs to Kakaako - where creativity is cultivated! Centrally located along the southern shores of Oahu, between Ala Moana and Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako was once a thriving native Hawaiian community where locals fished, made salt and farmed agricultural terraces. At the turn of the century, Kakaako was a community of homes, small stores, churches, schools and parks, however few traces of these buildings exist today. In the 1950s, rezoning converted much of this area into an urban, industrial community. Today, Kakaako has undergone a second transformation:…
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    Communications Pacific

  • The Procrastinator’s Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey by Chase Conching

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

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

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

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

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Journalism and PR. To me, different sides of the same coin. The two professions somewhat overlap and we’ve seen many Hawaii professionals make the switch from one to the other — and sometimes back again. I’ve been fortunate to have careers in both and having recently marked my fourth anniversary at CommPac, it’s a nice time to reflect on the journey I’ve been on. After several reporting internships at the former Honolulu Advertiser, I started a copy editing job right after college and spent the next 10 years there until the newspaper was sold and merged with the now Honolulu…
 
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    Kona Impact

  • Online Marketing Email: What is a Scam and What Isn’t?

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

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

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

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

    brian
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Anyone who has been in business in Hawaii knows that doing business here can be difficult. This is probably true of almost everywhere, but Hawaii does offer some unique challenges. They include local customs, unique market conditions, isolation, high costs, permits and the permitting processes, taxes, insurance requirements and many others. Here several things that many Hawaii entrepreneurs often miscalculate, disregard or completely overlook when starting businesses in Kona, Hawaii. It’s Not a Huge Market The population of Hawaii Island, which is called the Big Island for obvious reasons,…
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