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  • #CatTravels: My favorite Neighbor Island omiyage

    The Cat Dish
    Catherine Toth Fox
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Omiyage. It’s a custom I grew up with. While it’s rooted in Japanese culture — omiyage are souvenirs you bring back home from a trip that you give to others — just about everyone in Hawai‘i does this. And every time I travel to a Neighbor Island — namely, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island — I’m always thinking of unique gift items to bring back home. And it’s not easy. So here are my go-to omiyage from Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island, in no particular order. KONA Portuguese sweet bread from the Kona Historical Society (81-6551 Māmalahoa Highway,…
  • VIETNAM THE FACTS

    Hawaii Reporter
    Duane Vachon
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D. After I had been in country for several months I was convinced that the enemy did not have a bullet with my name on it. What I had failed to take into account was the enemy had lots of bullets addressed “To whom it may concern”. It was July 27th 1967, 48 years ago that I was introduced to a couple of the “To whom it may concern”, bullets. That’s a story for another day. Today I want to share some facts about the Vietnam War that you may not have seen before. The following are some facts about the Vietnam war that you may know. There may be some that you…
  • #40Trails No. 9: Pu‘u Pia in Mānoa

    The Cat Dish
    Catherine Toth Fox
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    HIKE: Pu‘u Pia, Mānoa, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: 2 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Mountainous, often wet, great for beginners and families, scenic views of the Ko‘olau Mountains and Mānoa Valley, dog-friendly, hunting area, special pig control hunting takes places on Wednesdays and Sundays The first time I hiked Pu‘u Pia trail in Mānoa was more than 20 years ago, back in high school when I would wander trails often alone or with friends who had no idea where we were going. (Oh, I could tell you stories about getting lost in the Ko‘olaus, but my mom reads this…
  • Lawmakers commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

    Hawaii Star
    Hawaii Star Wire
    5 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 today to pass the nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement. The measure, House Bill 623, makes Hawaii a global leader in renewable energy policy by requiring that 100% of the islands’ electricity must be generated from renewable energy resources—such as wind, solar, and geothermal—no later than 2045. “Hawaii lawmakers made history today—not only for the state, but for the planet,” said Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation. The measure, if enacted by Governor David Ige, would make Hawaii the first…
  • Native Hawaiian roll published, Ellison Lanai documents to be kept secret, solar subsidies at issue, telescopes opposed on two mountaintops, Kakaako homeless roust nears, 12 nations in trade talks on Maui, Honolulu rail nears milestone, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

    All Hawaii News
    Nancy Cook Lauer
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    Hawaiian pounding taro for poi © 2015 All Hawaii NewsThe Native Hawaiian Roll Commission has posted online a certified list of 95,690 people of Hawaiian ancestry who could form the voting base to create a Native Hawaiian government. Star-Advertiser.Native Hawaiians facing critical health issues have been allotted about $13.67 million through several grants by Congress, according to the groups receiving the funds for fiscal 2016. Star-Advertiser.A bitter clash over the future of subsidies for rooftop solar systems is pitting former political allies against each other in an emerging public…
 
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  • Traffic backed up on Kuhio Highway following Wailua brush fire on Kauai

    Web Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    A portion of the Kuhio Highway remains closed as firefighters continue to monitor hot spots after a brush fire on Kauai. The fire broke at about 4:30 a.m. Friday in the open field south of Aloha Beach Resort in Wailua. Authorities say the fire is now under control but crews remain on the scene to extinguish hot spots. Kauai police have closed a portion of Kuhio Highway. The northbound traffic continues to be directed onto Leho Drive while southbound traffic heading to Lihue is traveling on Kuhio Highway. Right now, traffic is backed up through Kapaa Town and motorists are being urged to avoid…
  • 2 inmates fail to check in at Kona furlough house

    Web Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Extended furlough inmates Dyson Kepano and Donald Soares failed to report to a Kona extended furlough house for their scheduled check-in Thursday evening.  Hawaii Police were notified. Kepano (right), 23, is 5’5″, weighs 130 lbs. And has brown hair and brown eyes. Soares (left), 28, is 5’9″ and weighs 135 lbs. and has brown hair and brown eyes. Kepano is serving time for Burglary, Theft and Forgery. Soares is serving time for burglary and theft. Escape 2 is expected to be added to their charges. Inmates in the extended furlough program live and work outside of the…
  • Protestors arrested on Mauna Kea for violating new DLNR rules

    Web Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Seven protestors were taken into custody for violating state law overnight atop Mauna Kea. The Department of Land and Natural Resources say they were violating the new rules that have been put in place making it illegal to camp overnight atop the mountain. Back on July 14, Governor David Ige signed the newly proposed rules into law. From that date through the next 120 days, Mauna Kea road will be restricted to anyone not traveling in a vehicle, between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Camping gear is also not allowed within a mile of the road at any time. The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted in…
  • Protesters arrested blocking telescope construction crews on Haleakala

    Web Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Tense moments overnight on Maui as protestors faced off against police as crews tried to resume construction of a controversial telescope on Haleakala. Officers took several demonstrators into custody. No word yet on if anyone will face criminal charges. Eventually a convoy carrying construction supplies was able to get through. Crews are building the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which will be the largest solar telescope in the world once it’s complete. Project officials tell KHON2 that “consulted local officials, native Hawaiians, and other stakeholders to ensure the project…
  • Police investigate stolen luggage at Hawaii airport

    Brent Remadna
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    Police in two counties are investigating recent luggage thefts at Hawaii airports. One incident happened on Maui and the other on Kauai. It’s the last thing you want to deal with after traveling. You get to the baggage claim area and your bags are gone. “My bag, it didn’t pass me,” said Chaz Cabatbat, who says his bag was stolen off the luggage carrousel at Lihue airport. ” I walked toward the baggage claim and I saw my bag come out and it was about the fourth bag that came out. Then it dropped down on the thing that makes it go around so instead of chasing it I…
 
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  • 911 Report: Maui man charged in fatal beating

    Star-Advertiser staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Fire at abandoned home investigated • Driver arrested in excavator theft
  • UH received $425 million in grants in past fiscal year

    Star-Advertiser staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    The University of Hawaii received $425 million in sponsored funding in the year that ended June 30, the first increase after three years of decline, UH announced in a news release Wednesday.
  • Isles face tense wait as storm develops

    Gary T. Kubota
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Tropical Storm Guillermo gained force Thursday and was expected to reach hurricane strength by Friday morning. The National Weather Service has it coming close to the Hawaiian Islands but isn’t certain whether it will pass north or south or directly hit the state.
  • Container fee to drop amid declining rate of redemption

    Timothy Hurley
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Spurred by falling recycling rates, the state Department of Health announced Monday it will reduce the container fee it charges to manufacturers, distributors and importers of HI-5 beverage containers by a half-cent effective Sept. 1.
  • Deal preserves 12-hour shifts for the city’s first responders

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Honolulu paramedics and emergency medical technicians will work 12-hour shifts for another year under a new agreement reached between the city and the United Public Workers union announced Thursday.
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  • Ms. Kili welcomes you to another Feline Friday!

    Ian Lind
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Ms. Kili welcomes you to the last Feline Friday of the month. Kill is doing okay, considering her age (17+), her diabetes, a touch of arthritis, and the recent loss of her sister, Wally. Cats are said to be natural heat seekers, but the recent hot temperatures appear to have them “down.” They’ve all been […]
  • Bits & pieces: Armed cops on campus, the shroud of police secrecy, and the leadership team already divided on homeless issues

    Ian Lind
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The PBS NewsHour last night included a segment on the situation in Cincinnati, where a university police officer shot and killed a driver he had stopped on a minor traffic offense. Two issues. Should university police be armed? A Washington Post column looked at the question this week (“Should college police officers be armed and […]
  • Throwback Thursday #2: Hawaiian Air float on Kapiolani in 1949

    Ian Lind
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Two more in this series of photos that I recently found among my dad’s papers. These feature a Hawaiian Airlines float in a parade along Kapiolani Boulevard in front of the McKinley High School field. In the top photo, notice Punchbowl before there were any high rise buildings, and the dense trees at the Ward […]
 
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  • KeckWatch App Fuels Fans of Astronomy

    Hawaii Star Wire
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Today, W. M. Keck Observatory launched a new smartphone app to stoke the curiosity and wonder of astronomy. KeckWatch [iTunes] offers mankind’s collected knowledge of the cosmos on the screen of your iOS device. In addition to being able to easily identify stars and planets with both conventional and Hawaiian names, it offers a unique glimpse through the gigantic eyes of the Keck I and Keck II telescopes, the two largest and most scientifically productive telescope on Earth. The app was built by First Light Design, the makers of category-defining app Distant Suns, and can be…
  • Solar Impulse Extends Hawaii Stay through April 2016

    Hawaii Star Wire
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    The solar powered airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will stay in Hawaii until early spring 2016, despite early efforts to repair the batteries which overheated in the record breaking oceanic flight from Nagoya to Hawaii. Following the longest and most difficult leg of the round-the-world journey — which lasted five days and five nights (117 hours and 52 minutes) — Solar Impulse will undergo maintenance repairs on the batteries due to damages brought about by overheating. “After checking what happened, we came to the conclusion that we preferred to change…
  • Lawmakers commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

    Hawaii Star Wire
    5 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 today to pass the nation’s first 100% renewable energy requirement. The measure, House Bill 623, makes Hawaii a global leader in renewable energy policy by requiring that 100% of the islands’ electricity must be generated from renewable energy resources—such as wind, solar, and geothermal—no later than 2045. “Hawaii lawmakers made history today—not only for the state, but for the planet,” said Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation. The measure, if enacted by Governor David Ige, would make Hawaii the first…
  • Legislature advances bill calling for fossil fuel-free future

    Hawaii Star Wire
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    800 students and teachers from across the state submitted illustrations of their vision of a world with 100% renewable energy. Their drawings and letters were hand delivered to our legislators at the Capitol. A joint House-Senate conference committee passed a measure yesterday that would make Hawaii a global leader in renewable energy policy. The measure, HB 623 CD1, requires that 100% of Hawaii’s electricity be generated from renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, by 2045. The measure, if passed, would make Hawaii the first state in the nation with such a…
  • Astronomers Discover Three Earth-Like Planets

    Hawaii Star Wire
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    This whimsical cartoon shows the three newly discovered extrasolar planets (right) casting shadows on their host star that can been seen as eclipses, or transits, at Earth (left). Earth can be detected by the same effect, but only in the plane of Earth’s orbit (the ecliptic). During the K2 mission, many of the extrasolar planets discovered by the Kepler telescope will have this lucky double cosmic alignment that would allow for mutual discovery—if there is anyone on those planets to discover Earth. The three new planets orbiting EPIC 201367065 are just out of alignment; while they are…
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  • Hurricane Guillermo forecast to strengthen, headed towards Hawaii

    Baron
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Guillermo is a Category One Hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Guillermo is forecast to strengthen in the next two days possibly becoming a Category Two Hurricane. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Two extended furlough inmates fail to check in at Kona furlough house

    Baron
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Extended furlough inmates Dyson Kepano and Donald Soares failed to report to a Kona extended furlough house for their scheduled check-in yesterday evening. Hawaii Police were notified. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Detective work breathes new life into old volcano photos

    Baron
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    By comparing archival material with current observations of volcanic activity, scientists can gain a better understanding of past events and future possibilities for Hawaiian volcanoes. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for July 30, 2015

    Baron
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated this past week between about 50 and 70 m (164 – 230 ft) below the vent rim. Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone “June 27th lava flow” continues to feed widespread breakouts northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Emergency repairs to water main break in Kaumana Thursday (July 30)

    Baron
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    This is an emergency water main break repair information notice for Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. Due to a water main break in the Kaūmana area of Hilo, a water shut off is now in effect for Water Supply customers in Sunrise Estates, Sunrise Ridge, and Hilo Hillside subdivisions; all subdivisions, side streets, […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • News bulletin, Week of Jul. 27, 2015

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Industry News Jul. 29  New York Times: UPS agrees to buy 46 million gallons of renewable diesel Jul. 29  PBN: NextEra Energy CEO's letter to HEI's Connie Lau regarding $4.3B sale Jul. 28  PBN: Information regarding Lanai wind farm to remain confidential, state agency says Jul. 27  PBN: Hydro as energy storage has huge potential in Hawaii, expert says Jul. 26  Utility Dive: What's next for the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric deal? Jul. 26  Star-Advertiser: If NextEra can't deliver what public wants, another option is a publicly owned utility Jul. 26…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jul. 20, 2015

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Local Industry News Jul. 24  PBN: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to achieve 38 percent renewable energy by end of 2015 Jul. 24  PBN: NextEra Energy's major Hawaii solar farm doesn't need environmental review Jul. 23  PBN: Hawaiian Electric launches online tool to help solar PV shoppers Jul. 23  Star-Advertiser: Power bills creep upward Jul. 23  PBN: Hawaiian Electric Industries' stock price falls following opposition to sale to NextEra Energy Jul. 22  PBN: Blue Planet Foundation launches clean fleets certification program Jul. 22  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jul. 13, 2015

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Local Industry News Jul. 17  Star-Advertiser: Tesla adds 'Ludicrous Mode' to already-fast Model S Jul. 17  PBN: Energy storage technology will play a role in Hawaii's renewable energy future Jul. 17  Star-Advertiser: Solar Impulse 2 aviators enjoy Oahu before resuming flight Jul. 16  Utility Dive: Paniolo Power to withdraw from merger docket Jul. 16  PBN: More than 15k solar PV systems OK'd, installed since October Jul. 16  Star-Advertiser: HECO pitches chance to invest in solar Jul. 15  Hawaii News Now: HECO ready to offer community solar to some customers…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jul. 6, 2015

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
     Jul. 10 PBN: Planned energy innovation center congruent with Hawaii's major focus  Jul. 9 International Buisness Times: US Solar Boom: 'Community' Solar Energy Projects Are Accelerating America's Drive Toward Renewables Jul. 9 PBN: Hawaii, Okinawa extend renewable energy collaboration Jul. 8 Gizmag: Azura wave energy system deployed in Hawaii Jul. 8 GIZMODO Facebook's New Fort Worth Data Center Will Be Powered Entirely By Wind Jul. 8 PBN: Wisconsin's ZBB Energy to develop $3M project for private Big Island university Jul. 7 PBN: Oahu's solar energy industry continues to heat up…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 29, 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Local Industry News Jul. 3  PBN: Solar Impulse 2 landing in Hawaii highlights state's renewable energy goals Jul. 3  Star-Advertiser: Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii Jul. 3  Hawaii News Now: Solar-powered plane touches down on Oahu after 5-day journey Jul. 2  Utility Dive: Hawaiian Electric delays energy storage project Jul. 2  Utility Dive: HECO files with regulators to cut solar net metering rates in half Jul. 2  PBN: Hawaii plans energy innovation center to commercialize technologies Jul. 2  PBN: Pilot breaks records as Solar Impulse nears Hawaii for…
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  • SUIT CHALLENGES STATE RESTRICTIONS ON FAITH PRACTITIONERS ON MAUNA KEA; SEEKS TRO AT HEARING THURSDAY.

    Andy Parx
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    (PNN) July 8-- A lawsuit has been flied in US District Court challenging restrictions placed upon faith practitioners who hold Mauna a Wākea (Mauna Kea) to be sacred, according to a press release from Hawai`i Island attorney Lanny Sinkin. Practitioners consider the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on the Mountain to be a desecration of a sacred site. A hearing is scheduled on a temporary restraining order (TRO) at 9:00 a.m. Thursday (7/9/15) before Judge Derrick Watson, United States District Court, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu. The petition for the (TRO) is directed to Governor of…
  • THE "BIG" STORY?

    Andy Parx
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
    THE "BIG" STORY? Today a few of my favorite activists ridiculed media coverage of the transgender "coming out" by the former Bruce, now Caitlyn, Jenner, basically saying there are bigger environmental, economic justice, etc, stories for the corporate media to report rather than this "Kardashian" infotainment. And I suppose if you aren't transgender perhaps the issue is not important to you... or perhaps the murders and suicide rates are so high among trans people that you don't hear about it enough to care. But the story of a famous person going public about who she is attracts the kind of…
  • Neil Young + Promise Of The Real “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop

    Andy Parx
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Promise Of The Real “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop” Official Video and Lyrics Contrary to the misleading information coming from Starbucks, the coffee company is in alliance with other Food Giants, including Monsanto, in suing the state of Vermont to overturn the GMO labeling laws voted for by the people. If you don’t like a rock star bucks a coffee shop Well you better change your station cause that ain’t all that we got Yeah, I want a cup of coffee but I don’t want a GMO I like to start my day off without helping Monsanto Monsanto, let our farmers grow What they wanna grow From…
  • WELCOME TO MY FANTASY

    Andy Parx
    31 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Tuesday's Mother Jones article on Bernie Sanders younger days gave rise to today's misogynist corporate press rantings over his 1972 piece that gives incredible insight into the state of the women’s movement in that year, publishing a blurry yet readable scan of a Sanders' Freudian essay called "Man and Woman" from the "Vermont Freeman." Of course the puerile obsessions of the Chuck Todd-crowd that surfaced over the piece on the Sunday blather-fests demonstrates that those who didn't get it them still fail to comprehend the dominant-subservient dynamic of the rape culture that Sanders…
  • UNFORTUNATE TRUTH

    Andy Parx
    23 May 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The last thing in the world you'd think this peace-pursuin'-pup would watch was last night's White House Musical Tribute to the Military (or some such jingoistic gibberish). But when I saw John Forgerty on the schedule my first though was "will he do it- does he have the chutzpah to speak truth to power? So I recorded it and today buzzed though Obama and the "rah-rah. let's hear it for war" part. And when John came on he did "Bad Moon Rising." Well, close enough. After all it has the lyric: "Hope you got your things together. Hope you are quite prepared to die. Looks like we're in for nasty…
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  • How deep is your disappointment?

    Keith Wommack
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    By KEITH WOMMACK -- A recent announcement of the surprising breakup of Country music’s most famous couple shocked and saddened many of their fans. One admirer tweeted -- Now that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are getting divorced I can say with 100% confidence that love does not exist -- Another tweeter grieved -- I'm mourning over the divorce, I'm crying and eating a gallon of ice cream until I wake up from this nightmare -- Shelton, one of the coaches on NBC's singing competition The Voice and superstar singer, Lambert, had been married for four years. While some fans'…
  • VIETNAM THE FACTS

    Duane Vachon
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON PH.D. After I had been in country for several months I was convinced that the enemy did not have a bullet with my name on it. What I had failed to take into account was the enemy had lots of bullets addressed “To whom it may concern”. It was July 27th 1967, 48 years ago that I was introduced to a couple of the “To whom it may concern”, bullets. That’s a story for another day. Today I want to share some facts about the Vietnam War that you may not have seen before. The following are some facts about the Vietnam war that you may know. There may be some that you…
  • FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

    Duane Vachon
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. This article is a little different than the usual ones you see here. It is from the letters to the editor section of a Sun City newspaper. It should remind you that freedom, is not free. Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that…
  • FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

    Duane Vachon
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. This article is a little different than the usual ones you see here. It is from the letters to the editor section of a Sun City newspaper. It should remind you that freedom, is not free. Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that…
  • Does Religion Have an Image Problem?

    Russ Gerber
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    By RUSS GERBER -- Old friends from my post-college, early-career days recently found me through social media. Their name and greeting popped up in messages I received in recent months, and each time one did I was whisked back 25-30 years, when we first worked together, socialized together, and came to know each other well. I then discovered just how much has changed over the years when I saw a recent photo they attached, or heard about their children and grandchildren, and especially when I found out a few of them now have a strong interest in spiritual and religious matters. That…
 
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  • #CatTravels: My favorite Neighbor Island omiyage

    Catherine Toth Fox
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Omiyage. It’s a custom I grew up with. While it’s rooted in Japanese culture — omiyage are souvenirs you bring back home from a trip that you give to others — just about everyone in Hawai‘i does this. And every time I travel to a Neighbor Island — namely, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island — I’m always thinking of unique gift items to bring back home. And it’s not easy. So here are my go-to omiyage from Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island, in no particular order. KONA Portuguese sweet bread from the Kona Historical Society (81-6551 Māmalahoa Highway,…
  • #CatTravels: Visiting MauiWine

    Catherine Toth Fox
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    It’s been about 15 years since I’ve been to the vineyards at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch on the leeward slopes of Haleakalā on Maui. I was there when it was called Tedeschi Winery. Yes, that’s how long ago it was. Today, the winery goes by MauiWine, and it’s still the island’s only winery and the state’s oldest. (It’s been in business for 40 years, if you can believe that.) The landscaped grounds at MauiWine at the historic ‘Ulupalakua Ranch. It’s such a peaceful and relaxing place — perfect for wine tasting! Inside the tasting room at the…
  • ‘Collab Cupcake’? I’m in!

    Catherine Toth Fox
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    Last year I missed out on something truly remarkable. It was called the Collab Pie, an ingenious pie made up of eight different slices from eight different bakers. It was sold at the annual Baker Faire, which is easily one of the coolest bake sales around. I couldn’t make it last year. And I won’t make that mistake again! This year, MW Restaurant is hosting Tea & Baker Faire — notice the tea part was added — as a benefit for Les Dames d’Escoffier, an organization dedicated to promoting women in the culinary professions. Which is fitting since so many of the chefs and…
  • #40Trails No. 10 and 11: Keālia and Kuaokalā Trails, Mokulēʻia

    Catherine Toth Fox
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    HIKE: Keālia and Kuaokalā trails, Mokulēʻia, O‘ahu WHEN: July 2015 LENGTH: 7 miles total roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Moderate FEATURES: Hot and dry, exposed ridgeline with stunning views of Mokulēʻia along the Keālia Trail, great for dogs and trail running, hunting and camping allowed on Kuaokalā Trail, native plants and shrubs, spectacular view of Mākua Valley at the end of Kuaokalā Trail When I first started out with my #40Trails project, I didn’t really have a plan. There were a few hikes I had wanted to do, but that’s about it. Everything else was up for discussion, and…
  • #40Trails No. 9: Pu‘u Pia in Mānoa

    Catherine Toth Fox
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    HIKE: Pu‘u Pia, Mānoa, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: 2 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Mountainous, often wet, great for beginners and families, scenic views of the Ko‘olau Mountains and Mānoa Valley, dog-friendly, hunting area, special pig control hunting takes places on Wednesdays and Sundays The first time I hiked Pu‘u Pia trail in Mānoa was more than 20 years ago, back in high school when I would wander trails often alone or with friends who had no idea where we were going. (Oh, I could tell you stories about getting lost in the Ko‘olaus, but my mom reads this…
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  • 3 Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet

    RPang
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Story by Derek Paiva So, you’re headed back to Hawaii Island for a nice, long vacation. You’ve been to all of the breathtaking scenic spots everybody says are must-sees — the Waipio Valley and Pololu Valley lookouts, the evening glow of molten lava from the Halemaumau Crater overlook in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You’ve seen [...]
  • Limahuli Garden and Preserve: America’s Best Natural Botanical Garden

    RPang
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Story by Leah Lamb One of Kauai’s most dramatic and scenic botanical gardens is Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. Located in 1,000-acre Limahuli Valley, home to countless biological and cultural treasures, the 700-year-old site is akin to a step back in time. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself unable to [...]
  • An Excursion to Hawaii Island’s Stunning Pololu Valley

    RPang
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Story by Andrew Collins An end-of-the-road destination on Hawaii Island’s spectacular — and relatively little-visited — North Kohala Coast, wonderfully picturesque Pololu Valley and its secluded black sand beach provide a memorable adventure for folks seeking them out. And part of the fun of visiting the dramatic valley is getting there. [Check out my “A North Kohala [...]
  • A North Kohala Road (and Food) Trip

    RPang
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Story by Andrew Collins Even with all of Hawaii Island’s breathtakingly varied and memorable scenery, from the indigo lava beds of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the sugary beaches of the Kona Coast, it’s hard to beat the lush, pristine countryside dominating North Kohala, the northernmost tip of the island. Relatively few visitors make the [...]
  • New Hawaii Convention Center Monthly Live Entertainment Series “Sunset Mele on the Rooftop” Kicks Off July 11

    RPang
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The sky changing from blue to orange to star-dotted indigo. Live music drifting on the trade winds. Feature flim al fresco. And (drumroll, please) gourmet hotdogs. When the Drifters famously doo-wopped the pleasures of heading up on the roof whenever things got a bit too heated at ground level, they never once mentioned the availability [...]
 
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    Hawaii Blog

  • Conservation Conference to Celebrate Collaboration

    Ryan Ozawa
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    The Hawaii Conservation Conference kicks off on Monday, marking the 23rd year that naturalists, researchers, and cultural practitioners will gather to explore ways to better protect Hawaii’s environment and better manage its natural resources. Local, national, and international experts will spend several days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (and one off site), united under the 2015 theme of “Hanohano Hawaiʻi Kuauli: Celebrating Collaboration and Wisdom Across Hawaii’s Ecosystems.” More than 800 people are expected to attend. Several leaders in Hawaii’s…
  • Scientists to Study, Stream Video of Deep Sea Research

    Ryan Ozawa
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    On Friday morning, the NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer will depart Honolulu for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on an unprecedented deep sea expedition. A team of scientists will seek out teeming communities of diverse marine life, and conduct the first survey to map the details of the sea floor in the protected ocean region. They’ll be using a cutting-edge Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore the undersea world, and the images and video they capture in the remote corner of the globe will be streamed live on the web for researchers and the public alike.
  • Drone Club to Host Honolulu FAA Inspectors

    Ryan Ozawa
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Two inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Honolulu office will be the featured guests at the Hawaii Drone Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday night. The FAA’s Flight Standards District Office recently added two agents to its permanent team whose responsibilities include Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Edward Santa Elena is the office’s Principal Operations Inspector and Timothy J. Cislo is an Aviation Safety Inspector for Maintenance. “They were very willing to speak with the club when i asked them,” club founder and president Ryan…
  • New Maps, App Prepare Hawaii for Extreme Tsunami

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Tsunami have crossed the ocean and hit Hawaii many times in the last century: in 1946, 1952, 1957, 1960, and 1964. But it was the Japan tsunami in 2011 that shook local emergency planners to the core. Not because of what happened to the state, but because of what could have happened. “The March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was a wake up call for emergency management,” said Doug Mayne, Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, at a Friday press conference. “Japan is one of the best prepared countries in the world when it comes to tsunami, however they…
  • Video: Flying with Hang Gliding Hawaii

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
      Back in May, I wrote about how Eric Nakamoto put everything on the line to learn to fly, buy a state-of-the-art ultralight powered trike, and bring it back to Hawaii to start Hang Gliding Hawaii. Even though he sought me out as part of a blogger outreach campaign, offering flights for write-ups, I was more than happy to tell his story, no take-offs or landings required. I invited him to come out to the Hawaii Geek Meet, since I invite everyone to come out to the Hawaii Geek Meet, and a flying geek is a cool geek. But he immediately made a difference on a day that went from wet and…
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    Manifest Hawaii

  • Siblings

    MF
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Photos by: Brandon Reid
  • MF Event Recap: Ma’a Wahine

    MF
    1 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Witnessing course altering moments that transform lives of the people close to you is a joy worth searching for, not only for the intended but the unintended as well. The gallery at Manifest, from May 2015 to Mid-June 2015, will feature mixed media collaborative works from photographer Melanie Tjeong and painter Alisha Mahone, whom together produced Ma’a Wahine — the decolonization of the female mind. The collaborative art experience was stunning, including heartfelt audio testimony from contributors of the Ma’a Wahine Soundcloud account, speaking about the female experience.
  • Cinco de Mayo “Cantina Crawl” 2015

    MF
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Event description from the promoters website, www.damaniac808.com Ole! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2015 in Chinatown, Honolulu, where in the spirit of all things Mexicano, la gran fiesta will include latin entertainment, grande sombreros, mucho finger mustaches, colorful papel picado, muy deliciosos tacos, sugar skull face painting and of course, la cerveza y tequila! Participate in games and contests to win prizes!“Lucky Loteria”a bar-hopping game of Mexican Bingo! “El Loco Mustache”craziest mustache on Instagram! “Grande Sombrero” biggest hat, sexiest…
  • Bentos Live at Manifest!

    MF
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    Catch Bentos Live at Manifest!! Featuring the 5 piece #scifisoul #jedijazz #fragglerock band. May 1st 2015 From 6:30 – 8:30 No Cover
  • Superhandsome- Every Saturday

    MF
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Manifest Presents: Superhandsome Live hip-hop DJs turn Manifest into a night club. Every Friday! 21+ No Cover From 10pm – 2am
 
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Funnies and Follies

    Joan Conrow
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    It's been kind of a goofy, crazy month here in the Islands.First we had a wacky, error-ridden LeMonde article by hack writer Corine Lesnes, who described a nonexistent "agrochemicals factory" in Waimea before interviewing Klayton Kubo on biotech: “I have no qualifications. I don’t speak like their engineers," he says. "But I do know that they’re spreading massive quantities of poison.” The activist raises his black glasses to show his reddened eyes. “And I don’t consume marijuana!” he says.All together, the companies spray a total of 18 tons of pesticides every year in Kauai.
  • Musings: High Stakes

    Joan Conrow
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Anti-GMO propaganda frequently came up in conversation while I was traveling in India last spring on assignment for the Cornell Alliance for Science.It didn't matter whether I was talking with farmers, scientists, politicians, seed dealers, business owners, journalists, taxi drivers or average citizens. They'd all been exposed to it, and rejected its claims, based on their own personal experience with the technology, independent research or a healthy skepticism. Yet they still marveled, as I did, at how effectively it had influenced politicians and the general public.It's a topic that's…
  • Musings: Smatterings

    Joan Conrow
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    After watching “Aina: That Which Feeds,” a friend emailed to ask: “Did you notice that the 'Documentary' started with a disclaimer?”I did indeed. And it made me wonder why filmmakers and producers would be involved in a “documentary” that didn't reflect their views. So what, were they hired guns, paid in part by Joan Porter of Kauai Rising? Or just covering their asses against libel?KKCR host Felicia Cowden was lamenting on-air that local politicians weren't in attendance at the movie premiere, like it was something important. Heck, even anti-GMO Councilman Gary Hooser didn't…
  • Musings: Yeah, Well….

    Joan Conrow
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    OK, so I watched “Aina: That Which Feeds,” paying $3.99 to download the 22-minute film, which was less painful than it would've been to spend $10 to sit with the deluded true-believers at the Kauai Performing Arts Center. The film was part Hawaiian romanticism, part anti-GMO apocalypso, part tourism promo and pretty much all bullshit, starting with how, according to Stacy Sproat-Beck, the Hawaiians “established a relationship with nature and the environment” when they arrived that allowed them to “live sustainably for over a thousand years.” Yeah, well, except for all the birds…
  • Musings: In the News

    Joan Conrow
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Cats and dogs have been often in the Kauai news lately, what with a possible repeal of the barking dog ordinance, and the feral cat people — and most recently, horse therapist Karin Stoll — cruelly attacking the Kauai Humane Society for performing the unpleasant task of euthanizing unwanted animals. Of course, the critics have no plans of their own for housing all those poor discarded critters.... It's always interesting to place such topics in some sort of context, starting with this historical accountof Lihiliho's return to Oahu in the 1820s, as described by Rev. Bingham: The shouting…
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    The Maui News

  • Rotary Club presidents inducted at ceremony

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For the second consecutive year, the presidents of each of the 11 Maui Rotary Clubs were inducted into their positions at one all-island ceremon.
  • Dinner and auction will benefit STEM education

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    "Pathways to our Future," an annual fundraiser dinner for the Maui Economic Development Board Ke Alahele Education Fund, returns Aug. 29 at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea.
  • Community leaders recognized for work with health coalition

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Maui state Sen. Roz Baker and Maui County Council Vice Chair Don Guzman were among five honored by the Nutrition & Physical Activity Coalition of Maui County (NPAC) at the coalition's annual meeting on June 26.
  • Two Maui girls receive Ki-Aikido Youth Award

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Two Maui Ki-Aikido youths have been chosen as the 2015 recipients of the Shinichi Suzuki Sensei Ki-Aikido Youth Award.
  • Local Briefs

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Presentations part of free wellness fair The 18th annual First Hawaiian Bank Maui PrimeTime Wellness Fair will take place from 8:15 to noon on Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1300 Maui Lani Parkway in Kahului.
 
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • 30 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm

    Alan McNarie
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    From  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:  The exit route trail leading out of Thurston Lava Tube will close starting Mon., Aug. 3, while workers replace an electrical line. The lava tube will remain open, and the trail that leads into it will be used as both exit and entry. This entry will also be the exit. The route is scheduled to re-open Aug. 14. The closed area extends from the far end of the lava tube towards the restrooms. The restrooms will remain open. Escape Road, from Highway 11 to Thurston Lava Tube, will also be closed during the replacement of the electrical line. Thurston Lava…
  • Letter Roundabout Runaround.

    Alan McNarie
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Dear Department of Transportation,Concerned Elected and Emergency Officials, News Editors, I tried to attend the informational meeting on the Pahoa Roundabout last evening but had to leave once the announcement was made Pahoa has no choice in the matter.  Perusing the roundabout design, I fail to see how one lane circling is a safe exit for Pahoa and lower Puna in general, much less in an emergency.  To be clear, the DOT is telling us, the residents of Pahoa, that they are spending multi-millions of dollars on our safety?   Look at what is being proposed.  As it is now, at least we have…
  • M6.9 quake in the Aleutians; No Tsunami Expected Here

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has announced that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is NOT expected from the magnitude 6.9 quake that occurred today in the Fox Islands in the Aleutian chain.
  • Free Pre-K Seats Available at Four Big Island Charter Schools

    Alan McNarie
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Applications for free, high-quality prekindergarten are still being accepted from qualified families at four public charter schools on the island of Hawaii. Children eligible to attend are four-year-olds whose birthdates fall on or between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011 and whose family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for Hawaii. Na Wai Ola Public Charter School, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School, Ke Kula ‘o N?wah?okalani‘?pu‘u Iki Laboratory Public Charter School (“Nawahi”), and Ka ‘Umeke K?‘eo Public Charter School (“Ka ‘Umeke”)…
  • Commentary: “Safe and Accurate” Food Bill Isn’t What it Seems

    Alan McNarie
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Editor’s Note:  Rep. Mark Takai has sent this letter out to constituents on his e-mail list.  We pass it on to you.  –AM Aloha Friend, This week, the House will consider H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.  Under the guise of consumer protection, this bill would do nothing more than limit the ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products.  While it includes vague language regarding voluntary labeling, it would also nullify current state laws that regulate GMO foods.  I simply…
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    Bytemarks

  • NOAA @okeanosexplorer – Exploring the Deep Waters off Hawaii 2015

    Burt
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:21 am
    At 6:00am (Correction: departure is closer to 9:00am) on Friday, July 31, 2015 the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will leave on it’s voyage to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to begin an exploration into areas previously unexplored. In addition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Okeanos will explore the area around the Johnston Atoll and the recently expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument as well as several seamounts in the vicinity of the Main Hawaiian Islands. These large swaths of ocean, all a part of the Pacific Marine National Monuments and NOAA National…
  • City Rolls out ‘Extreme Tsunami’ Inundation Maps

    Burt
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    The City and County of Honolulu held a press conference to roll out the newly revised tsunami inundation maps based on models of an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands generating a massive tsunami directed towards Hawaii. The new maps depict a zone further inland where a large wave generated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake could penetrate. This new zone is referred to as the Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone. According to Gerard Fryer, the senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami of this magnitude could come from any direction. With a population on Oahu of 90,000 in…
  • Red Hill Administrative Order #opendata

    Burt
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    July 20th was the deadline for public comment on the Red Hill Fuel Tank Administrative Order. The EPA and State Dept of Health sought feedback from the public regarding the fuel tank storage tanks and plans to minimize the fuel leaks from the tanks. It is now up to the EPA and DOH to decide whether or not to sign the Administrative Order on Consent with the U.S. Navy to make it effective or to modify it base on information received during the public comment period. The Board of Water Supply released the following comments and a summary of the comments on July 20, 2015: Summary of the Board…
  • The @Peace_Boat docked at Honolulu Harbor

    Burt
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    On its annual 3 month voyage around the world, the Peace Boat docks in Honolulu Harbor. Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization whose mission is: To promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. This year, I along with a small group of about 25 individuals was invited to a mini conference on community resilience and disaster risk reduction. Invited guests ranged from community organizers from Manoa and Hawaii Kai, NDPTC, NOAA, Amnesty International Honolulu, Pacific Forum CSIS, VOAD, R3ady…
  • Damaged batteries delay @SolarImpulse journey until 2016

    Burt
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    The historic flight of the Solar Impulse 2 from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii will be the last flight of 2015. The around the world journey was to continue on from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, but when the team announced that damaged batteries were going to delay the mission, the window to complete the flight around the world quickly closed. Initially it was thought that just a few batteries needed to be replaced. After analysis of the entire system, the team decided to replace all the batteries. With these batteries not being immediately available, the installation would push into August. As the…
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 361: NOAA Okeanos and Box Jelly/Sting No More – July 29, 2015

    Burt Lum
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    In this hour, we’ll first hear about the upcoming Okeanos Explorer deep sea expedition to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with Christopher Kelley and Daniel Wagner. Then after the break, we’ll hear from Angel Yanagihara and Mimi Pezzuto about jelly fish research, commercializing university IP, Sting No More and bringing a new cream that offers relief from painful stings to market. Photo: Burt Lum, Daniel Wagner, Chris Kelly, Toni Parras, Angel Yanagihara, Ryan Ozawa (l:r) Additional Sites Okeanos Explorer Live Stream OTTED Public Forum: From Discoveries to…
  • Episode 360: International Astronomical Union – July 22, 2015

    Burt Lum
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    In this hour, we’ll hear about upcoming events focused on the local startup scene. Meli James is here to tell us about tomorrow’s monthly luncheon with the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Then Darcie Scharfenstein from Entrepreneurs Foundation will cover the Pupus & Pitches pau hana gathering. Also Dave Bruce calls in from Hawaii Island to update us on a GVS Transmedia event. Finally, we’ll get a preview of the International Astronomical Union’s General Assembly, the world’s largest gathering of astronomers that’s coming to Hawaii next month. Here…
  • Episode 359: Solar Impulse – July 15, 2015

    Burt Lum
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:43 am
    Today, we are dedicating the full hour to the Solar Impulse, an ambitious around-the-world journey powered purely by the sun. In the studio today we have pilot and CEO, Andre Borschberg and Managing Director, Gregory Blatt of Solar Impulse. Andre was the man in the cockpit of the Solar Impulse 2 plane on its journey from Japan to Honolulu, breaking world records and setting an endurance milestone in aviation. He was a jet pilot in the Swiss Air Force and a successful business man before co-founding the Solar Impulse project, sharing piloting duties with explorer Bertrand Piccard. Gregory is…
  • Episode 358: The Canvas – July 8, 2015

    Burt Lum
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    We’ll start things off today with a couple of guests who are here to tell us about their upcoming events. Jodi Ito from the University of Hawaii will tell us about Gen Cyber Hawaii Camps, teaching the next generation of cyber security professionals. Then Lisa Shozuya from Lyon Associates tells us about an upcoming disaster preparedness training series coming up this Saturday. Finally, we’ll hear about a collaborative space in Kalihi created by and for high school students. Joining us later are a couple of the founders of The Canvas, Isabelle Wong and Jessica Kim. Additional links:…
  • Episode 357: Startup Weekend Honolulu 2015 – July 1, 2015

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

  • Sea level will rise 20 feet--but when?

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    The most recent reviews of climate change and sea levels lead to important conclusions—sea levels will rise more than we’ve understood, certainly dramatically, even catastrophically…The threat that emerges from the new research is so immense, so scary, that you’re not seeing it covered in most serious media. Partly, perhaps that's because it seems to outlandish, but also it is because there is still so much uncertainty in the timing.The likelihood, according to a new study, is of sea levels 20 feet higher than they are now. It has happened before. Indeed, for those of us who have…
  • Collapsing seabird populations--down 70% in 60 years.

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Seabird populations have dropped by two-thirds in the past 60 years, and may have dropped significantly even before that.Recent studies suggest that the winged wonders that soar over the oceans are dramatically fewer than they were long ago.(Image: Albatross numbers are down. Credit: NOAA.) Many of the seabirds around the Hawaiian Islands lay their eggs and raise their young on the islands. Some islands, notably the ones in the Northwestern Hawaiian Island archipelago, are still dense with nesting birds. Around the Main Hawaiian Islands, not so much. But they once were nesting in…
  • The Maui GM Ordinance preemption ruling: A deeper look.

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

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

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

  • Hawaii initial jobless claims continue downward trend

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:11 am
    Initial unemployment claims filed with the State of Hawaii are running well below the past few years through the first seven months of this year, a sign of a healthier economy. For the week ending July 25, claims were down 13.1 percent year over year across the state, and every county reported lower numbers, according to the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The state received 1,258 claims for the week, 189 fewer than in the same week in 2014. Claims were down 33.7…
  • Hawaii Labor Department to issue credit eligibility for small-business health insurance

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    In the absence of the Hawaii Health Connector, The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will issue tax credit eligibility for businesses signing up for health insurance plans, state officials said this week. As the Hawaii Health Connector winds down its operations this fall, the state will adopt the federal healthcare.gov platform to distribute health insurance plans. The Hawaii Health Connector closed its Small-business Health Options Program (SHOP) enrollment on June 15, saying…
  • City and County of Honolulu considers selling former Kalaheo Elementary School property

    Duane Shimogawa
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    The City and County of Honolulu is considering selling the 10 acres it owns that was once the site of Kalaheo Elementary School in Windward Oahu. Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin, who introduced House Resolution 15-170, says the city’s Department of Budget and Fiscal Services has recommended that the property be sold. Nelson Koyanagi Jr., director of the Budget and Fiscal Services Department, has proposed selling the property behind Iliaina Street for at least $10.45 million through…
  • Territorial Savings Bank parent Territorial Bancorp poses $3.8M profit

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    Territorial Bancorp Inc., Honolulu-based parent of Territorial Savings Bank, reported a profit of $3.84 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, for the quarter that ended June 30, compared with a profit of $3.72 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, for the same quarter last year. Territorial Bancorp (Nasdaq: TBNK) said net interest income for the quarter rose 5.1 percent to $14.06 million, from $13.37 million during the same quarter last year. “Our loan portfolio grew by 14.7% during the first…
  • Hawaii's Ala Moana Center to open new Ewa wing Nov. 12

    Darin Moriki
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    General Growth Properties' multi-year $573 million redevelopment of Hawaii's largest shopping mall Ala Moana Center will culminate in November with the opening of Ala Moana Center's Ewa wing, which will include the state's first Bloomingdale's department store and dozens of new retailers. General Growth (NYSE: GGP), majority owner of Ala Moana Center, said Thursday that the entire three-level retail wing, which was built on the site of the former Sears store, along with the nine-level, 4,500-space…
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    Hawaii House Blog

  • Hawaii's Public Access Room Attracts International Attention

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> As the legislature’s Public Access Room (PAR) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the Swiss Broadcasting Company (SBC) is in Honolulu to find out more about Hawaii’s Public Access program, the only one of its kind in the United States. The SBC has been focused on the concept of ‘Direct Democracy’ and has been highlighting organizations across
  • Maui Lawmaker Outlines Plan to Address Cane Burning

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    State Representative Kaniela Ing (D-South Maui) responded to a lawsuit that the group “Stop Cane Burning” filed last Thursday against the state Department of Health (DOH) seeking an injunction to prevent cane burning by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (HC&S) on Maui. “Stop Cane Burning’s lawsuit is a reminder to policy makers of what happens when we ignore an issue for too long. If we don’t
  • New Law Helps Children Born with Facial Abnormalities

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The measure signed into law today by Governor Ige dramatically impacts the lives of several dozen Hawaii families that include children born with cleft palates or other facial abnormalities. In Hawaii, approximately one in every 500 babies is born with what is called an “orofacial anomaly.” For example, between 2007 and 2012, 61 babies were born with a cleft lip or palate and 83 were born
  • $29 Million in CIP Funding Slated for Windward Oahu

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
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  • Over $91 Million in CIP Funding Slated for West Oahu

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> With the close of the 2015 legislative session, West Oahu legislators secured over $91 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects in their districts.  Significant infrastructure funding was provided for the construction of a new building at UH – West Oahu, with additional support for air conditioning and head abatement
 
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    JON RIKI KARAMATSU

  • Jodo Shu Hawaii Bon Dance

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Jodo Shu Hawaii Bon Dance will be on August 14 and 15, 2015 from 6:30 P.M. at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • I Still Miss You.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    When we fall in love, we present the best of ourselves. In time, our faults are revealed. Sometimes, these faults cause a separation. However, if we have an open heart, we will always see the good in those we loved, and even remain friends with them. Every so often, when we close our eyes and go back in time, the good times play back, and we can’t help but miss them. The song “City of Dreams” by Dirty South & Alesso featuring Ruben Haze below represents the feelings I wrote in this post. When you watch it, you can appreciate the hard work that EDM DJs/Producers put into…
  • Family, Friends and Partners

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    My partners in the private sector are friends of mine and we’re working on projects that face a lot of hurdles, including factors that we can’t control. Every project that we’re involved with is in the development process so we’re not making any money now, thus, having a supportive relationship with one another is nice to have. When I was a politician, much of my staff were friends of mine as well, and likewise, we supported one another through the ups and downs. Lastly, I’m lucky to have close family and friends to talk to or be with, who play a huge role in…
  • Positive Living Practice #1: Reducing Stress in a Positive Way

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As I mentioned in my “Positive Living Practice and Stages Practice” post, I’m creating a Positive Living Practice series that highlights products and services that can help us with our health, wealth, and happiness so that we can live a happy and fulfilling life. By “health,” I mean good physical, mental, and spiritual health. For “wealth,” I define it as time, knowledge, and ideas. And “happiness” is the wonderful joy we get from gratitude, compassion, and love. Today, I’m discussing a challenge that we all face within our lives…
  • Positive Living Practice and Stages Practice

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dear Friends, I’m posting a series called the Positive Living Practice to highlight services or products by individuals, organizations, or companies that can help us to achieve a more happy and fulfilling life. These services or products can be incorporated into our Positive Living Practice of health, wealth, and happiness. By “health,” I mean good physical, mental, and spiritual health. For “wealth,” I define it as time, knowledge, and ideas. And “happiness” is the wonderful joy we get from gratitude, compassion, and love. I use the Positive…
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Nothing More Important to Do

    Mike Hu
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    It should be obvious, but to many people, it isn't.  They insist they are other than what they actually do -- and would like other people to believe they are.  So for such people, there is always the difference between what they do -- and what they wish other people to believe, despite what they actually do.  That leads many to conclude that they are "hypocrites" -- people who do one thing, and claim that it is something else, so that others should not trust their own senses, but instead, believe what they say.  In that way, others become as confused as they are -- of what…
  • How Much is Enough?

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

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    Undoubtedly and uncontroversially, the greatest cause of preventable death and disease is smoking, and the possibly of totally eradicating it because a much more attractive alternative exists, is a slam-dunk to any logical-thinking person.We know for a fact that smoking will kill you -- just as most people who die in fires, die because of smoke inhalation first -- before they are burnt to death.On the other hand, there is no proof that vaping kills anyone -- and is not only a replacement for smoking, but is factually and scientifically, the OPPOSITE of smoking -- as it moisturizes rather than…
  • Doing Everything Wrong -- and Refusing to Change

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

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    State v. Miles(ICA June 23, 2015)Background. Robert Miles was charged with felony offenses. His bail bond company, Exodus Bail Bonds, posted bail on his behalf in the amount of $5,000. Miles pleaded guilty, but did not show up for his sentencing hearing. The circuit court issued a bail forfeiture judgment on October 8, 2012. On November 21, 2012, the prosecuting attorney’s office sent a letter to Exodus notifying it that the bail forfeiture judgment had been filed. Exodus filed a motion to set aside the forfeiture on the grounds that Miles had surrendered. The circuit court wanted more…
  • A Trial Court's Duty to See if the Jury was Under the Influence

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    State v. Chin(HSC June 25, 2015)Background. Susan Chin was indicted with theft in the first degree, attempted theft in the first degree, and money laundering. Chin was the caretaker for the complainant, and the charges alleged that Chin took the proceeds from the sale of the complainant’s home, use of the complainant’s annuities and monies, and other benefits. Chin had a jury trial. In the middle of the trial, the prosecution’s witness, Charles Bowen, testified. The jury found Chin guilty of some, but not all charges.Chin filed a motion for a new trial and included a declaration of…
  • The Right to Counsel of Choice is Strong Enough to Outweigh a Jury that’s Ready to Go.

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

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

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

    Mark Murakami
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The Ninth Circuit struck down a challenge to the constitutionality of the Jones Act or Merchant Marine Act of 1920.  The case was Novak v. United States and the opinion can be found here. The litigated component of the Jones Act (rest easy merchant mariners, you didn't lose your worker compensation causes of action) was the requirement that any ship carrying cargo between two points in the United States - say Long Beach and Honolulu - be "built in the United States."   Per the Court: Plaintiffs’ theory is that, by excluding foreign competition, the cabotage provisions have…
  • 9th Circuit - California Shark Fin Law Not Preempted by Fed Fisheries Law

    Mark Murakami
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The Ninth Circuit rejected a challenge to California's Shark Fin Law, Cal. Fish & Game Code § 2021(b) which makes it "unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" in the state.  The case is Chinatown Neighborhood Ass'n v. Harris and the opinion can be found here. Shark finning is a practice of harvesting shark fins to make shark fin soup.  The rest of the living shark is discarded. The practice was prohibited by Congress in 2000.  California outlawed possession of fins without the shark carcass in 1995, then in 2011…
  • ABA Litigation Section - FREE Roundtable on Cotenancy Clauses in Retail Leases

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

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

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

    Tred Eyerly
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       The court determined that there was a duty to defend allegations that included sexual assault. Med. Malpractice Joint Underwriting Ass'n of R.I. v. Charlesgate Nursing Ctr., 2015 R.I. LEXIS 76 (R.I. June 5, 2015).     A resident of Charlesgate alleged that one of the employees, a certified nursing assistant, sexually assaulted her. She further alleged that the incident was not timely reported to management at Charlesgate and that the employee was allowed to continue working.    The resident sued Charlesgate, two of its general partners, and two employees, alleging negligence…
  • Ensuing Loss Does Not Salvage Coverage For Defective Design

    Tred Eyerly
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       A Builders Risk policy's ensuing loss exception to the exclusion for defective design was held inapplicable. Performing Arts Cmty. Improvement Dist. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 71592 (W. D. Mo. June 3, 2015).    Plaintiff oversaw the design and construction of a parking garage. The project included installation of a fifty foot retaining wall between the garage and limestone rock face. The design called for concrete fill in the area between the retaining wall and the limestone embankment. The architect and structural engineer provided the design for the retaining…
  • Claim Based on Lost Policy Survives Motion to Dismiss

    Tred Eyerly
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       The First Circuit reversed the district court's denial of the insureds' claim for coverage despite not being able to locate the actual policy. Cardigan Mt. School v. N.H. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8725 (1st Cir. May 27, 2015).     In 2013, the school received a demand letter asserting a claim based upon events that allegedly occurred during the 1967-1968 school year. The record before the First Circuit did not include the details of what occurred. The school sought a defense from New Hampshire Insurance Company under a policy the school argued had been issued during…
  • Fire Causing Mudslide That Destroys Home Presents Triable Issue on Causation

    Tred Eyerly
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Ninth Circuit determined that a mudslide destroying the insureds' home may be covered as a direct loss due to fire that preceded the mudslide. Stankova v. Metro. Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8935 (9th Cir. May 29, 2015).    The insureds' garage was destroyed by a massive fire in Arizona in 2011. The fire did not reach the house. A month after the wildfire was contained, a mudslide and runoff water from the hillside destroyed the insureds' house.     The insureds' policy provided coverage for "sudden and accidental direct physical loss…
  • "Collapse" Found to be "Substantial Impairment of Structural Integrity"

    Tred Eyerly
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
       In response to a certified question from the Ninth Circuit, the Washington Supreme Court recently found that collapse in a property policy means "substantial impairment of structural integrity." Queen Anne Park Homeowners Ass'n v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2015 Wash. LEXIS 695 (Wash. June 18, 2015).     Queen Anne Park was a two-building condominium in Seattle that was insured by State Farm. The policy covered "any accidental direct physical loss to covered property involving collapse of a building or any part of a building caused only by one or more of the…
 
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  • Hawaii Business Magazine Asks: "How Much Will Rail Cost Us In the End?" Our Answer: As Much As It Takes

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Hawaii Business magazine has a new report about Honolulu rail. The headline asks, "How Much Will It Cost Us In The End?"  There are questions of how much over original projections the rail project currently is. Or whether it is really over budget at all. Anywhere from zero (according to HART), to $1 billion. And, of course, whether there is an upper limit on how high the costs could go. Anyone with an interest in rail should read the story. The only thing we have to add is that in our view (as we wrote here), the only honest answer is "as much as it takes." The…
  • ABA Annual Meeting Programming: Takings, Land Use, Supreme Court, Election Law, Appellate Traps

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    We're in Chicago this week participating in the ABA Annual Meeting. While we really are looking forward to a slate of thrilling committee meetings, what we're really anticipating is the CLE programming. Here are what we think are the highlights: Looming Land Use Constitutional Issues -  Friday, July 31, 2:45 - 4:15 pm, Westin Chicago River North Grand Ballroom B -  Four hot land use issues: land use aspects of medical marijuana legislation; takings and exactions in San Francisco's requirement for owners to pay departing tenants huge sums; Horne and takings; and just…
  • SCOTUS Requests Response To § 1500 Petition

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    Check out the Federal Takings blog, which notes that the Supreme Court has asked the federal government to respond to the cert petition in Ministerio Roca Solida, Inc. v. United States, No. 14-5058 (filed May 27, 2015). The government previously waived its right to respond. The issue presented in the case is one which the Supreme Court dodged in in United States v. Tohono O'odham Nation, 131 S. Ct. 1723 (2011): whether 28 U.S.C. § 1500's jurisdictional bar -- which deprives the Court of Federal Claims of jurisdiction if a related case is pending in another court at the time the CFC…
  • Mark Your Calendars For Upcoming Events: Takings, Sharing Economy, Fair Housing, etc.

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    If you need CLE credits, you are in luck. There's a plethora of upcoming programs that may be of interest to readers.  First, the ones we're involved with: The Takings Issue - August 10, 2015, 1 - 2pm ET (webinar) - from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. We're joining Professors Dan Mandelker and John Echeverria, and land use lawyer Michael Giairno, to talk takings. "Two titans of takings, who just happen to have profoundly opposing views of the world, have graciously agreed to discuss the latest developments and spar. This will be the Great Debate of…
  • Eminent Domain Abuse, Coming To A Theater Near You

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    No, it's not the latest economic development project, but an item we've reported on earlier: Jeff Benedict's "Little Pink House" book about the Kelo case is being turned into a movie. Here's a Reason interview with one of the movie's producers explaining why the story attracted them, and what we can expect from the film. Biggest question we have is the casting. Here are our earlier suggestions.  Related articles HAWSCT Again Clarifies When A Judgment Is "Final" And Appealable (They're Serious About This Finality Thing) Et Tu? In The…
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  • Starbucks Treat Receipts Are More Discrete and Less Discreet

    Gee Why
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:57 am
    The Treat Receipts are now back at Starbucks where a morning purchase unlocks any iced grande drink for $2.50 in the afternoon. But there’s a change to the actual Treat Receipt that makes them simultaneously more discrete and less discreet.The new Treat Receipts are now their own separate paper receipts. When you make your Starbucks purchase, you’ll get your regular receipt along with a discrete Treat Receipt. This discreteness comes in handy so you don’t accidentally toss your receipt that previously doubled as a Treat Receipt. So this additional printed receipt makes the Treat Receipt…
  • From Eco-i-lite to Ivation

    Gee Why
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    I can no longer find this rechargeable flashlight/nightlight combo at Costco anymore. The Costco ones were Eco-i-lite branded, but now they’re sold as Ivation on Amazon. Over the years, I’ve owned two sets of these lights. The original set was a goldish color, and the second set was silver. Now they’re white. Well, that’s a bummer. This Ivation item doesn’t ship to Hawaii for some reason. I’m reading the delivery restrictions and nothing sticks out. So it’s back to the Eco-i-lite brand and their different version of this light. Love the Eco-i-LiteReordering White PopcornHoliday…
  • Few Bucks Cheaper for Red

    Gee Why
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:41 pm
    So the red color of the Dromida Ominus quadcopter is a few bucks cheaper than the green, blue, and yellow. I’m okay with red. Lots of positive reviews on Amazon.Must Be a SignNew Ice BagDifferences Between iTunes and Amazon Music StoresGood Picks on Amazon Weekend Movie SpecialsLooking for an Electric Pressure Washer?
  • Must Be a Sign

    Gee Why
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    This has got to be a sign. Not sure of what though. Is SkyNet active? Is artificial intelligence at play? Is it my subconscious speaking to me? Or is it just a plain mistake that Amazon delivered a box of parts for a Dromida UAV drone? No, we didn’t order the parts. The shipping label was correctly addressed to us.I guess I need to order the rest of the parts to make a functioning UAV.Few Bucks Cheaper for RedFrom Netflix to Amazon PrimeIntroducing Amazon MomIs Amazon Dash Button an April Fool’s Prank?I Love Subtle Songs
  • Might as Well Buy 3

    Gee Why
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Wow, water filters for refrigerators are expensive. If gotta buy one, might as well buy three of them for a slight discount. Amazon Price Check Discount TodayIntroducing PiperlimeUnexpected Amazon Deal – Canon 5D Mark IIAmazon Deal on Panasonic Cordless PhonesSpeak Now by Taylor Swift for $4
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  • Nexcare Waterproof Bandages

    Kailani
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:13 am
    If you have young children then I’m positive you have a stash of bandages in every size, shape and color. What is it with bandages that makes a child feel better the instant it’s applied? My problem is that we haven’t really found any bandages that could withstand the amount of time my children spend in the water. So when the Nexcare Brand asked if we wanted to give their waterproof bandages a try I figured . . . why not? Since my youngest loves bandages and is at the pool pretty much every day I knew she would be the perfect kid to try it out. The result? Nexcare Waterproof…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Waiting For The Perfect Wave

    Kailani
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
  • Turning 50

    Kailani
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    All my life people have been telling me that I look young for my age. I guess that’s why it never really hit me that in less than a week I will be turning 50 . . . until now. I remember being happy when I turned 30. Back then I was dedicated to my job and felt fortunate that I was actually doing something with my college degree. Turning 40 wasn’t a big deal either. I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be . . . married with 2 amazing daughters. But now 50 is right around the corner and all of a sudden I’m not so sure I like it. Here I am . . . a single mom to 3…
  • Jamba Juice Hawaii: July 18th is Free Smoothie Sample Day

    Kailani
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Jamba Hawaii Unveils New Dreams Smoothie Lineup “I Dream of Jamba” campaign will also feature a free smoothie sample day With the popularity of their Orange Dream Machine smoothie, Jamba Hawaii is set to introduce three new additions to their Dreams Smoothie lineup. The new Strawberry, Blueberry and Pineapple Dreamin’ smoothies will have you dreaming of Jamba when they were introduced to the menu beginning on July 13, 2015. “Our Orange Dream Machine smoothie was so popular that our customers started requesting variations,” said Donna Yano, VP of Jamba Juice Hawaii. “So it really…
  • A Visit To The Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto Japan

    Kailani
    11 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Located in eastern Kyoto, the Kiyomizu (pure water) Buddist Temple draws 11 million visitors annually from all over the world. The popular expression “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu” refers to an ancient practice of plunging off the temple platform 13 meters high. It was believed that if you survive your wish would come true. I don’t know about you but I think I would rather make a wish on a wish bone. Along with “the stage” one of the other main draws of the temple is the Otowa Waterfall where you’ll find 3 streams of mountain water which is also…
 
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  • Cultivating creativity at ‘Young Artist Summer 2015′

    Scott Whelden
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:51 pm
    “That one is yours?! Wow, that’s great Pono!” The excitement in Pono’s parents’ voices could be heard from across the gallery. Their jubilance is a reminder of the positive impact the Art School has on students and their families. Pono’s works are currently on view in Young Artist Summer 2015—the latest Young Artist exhibition, which takes place at the end of each semester. The shows feature works by every student in Art School summer classes. We invite you to see the ceramics, drawings, paintings, and mixed-media creations by kids of all ages. Summer is such a productive time…
  • Now in the shop: Joomchi jewelry by Nancy Raasch

    Lesa Griffith
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Now in the Museum Shop is paper jewelry by North Carolina–based designer Nancy Raasch. Paper? Yup, Raasch uses joomchi—Korean hand-felted mulberry paper to make her delicate yet striking creations. Pictured above left to right: curl earrings ($150), curl necklace ($250), red and gray cuffs ($115 each), swirl necklace ($170), swirl earrings ($150). And because the shop is about making as much as shopping, it carries a book on how to make joomchi. Pictured below left to right: Stacked earrings ($150), floral necklace ($300), Joomchi & Beyond by Jiyoung Chung ($39.95). For more…
  • Museum pillar Sam Cooke steps down from the board of trustees

    Lesa Griffith
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    At last month’s Board of Trustees meeting, two of the group’s longest-serving and most distinguished members—Samuel A. Cooke and Wesley T. Park—stepped down. The board voted to make both men emeritus trustees, and Cooke was named honorary chair emeritus for life. Sam Cooke joined the board in 1969—the year the museum’s director Stephan Jost was born—and held the position of chairman of the board from 1975 to 1981, and 1997 to 2007, steering the museum through its greatest period of growth since it opened in 1927, and spearheading greater diversity at the leadership level. Cooke…
  • ‘Amidst the Rubble’ is a chilling but necessary reminder of the fragility of life

    Scott Whelden
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    On Sept. 1, 1923, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck the Kantō region of eastern Japan, claiming the lives of more than 105,000 people. The natural disaster, which is known as the Great Kantō Earthquake (Kantō daishinsai), was documented by a small group of artists who survived the incident, produced sketches of the aftermath, and later published those images in the form of woodblock prints. Opening in the Japanese print gallery this Tuesday is Amidst the Rubble: Images of the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, a commemorative exhibition of prints documenting the chaotic conditions…
  • Hawaiian feather capes travel to San Francisco for groundbreaking exhibition

    Scott Whelden
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    “This is one of the capes that is going to de Young,” says textile curator Sara Oka as she hovers over a feather cape that was originally commissioned by Alice Kamokila Campbell sometime between the 1930s and 1940s. With tweezers in both hands, Oka gingerly tucks tiny tufts of protruding feathers back into the cape’s pattern. Oka preparing the cape for travel to de Young The cape—along with a handful of other works that include two more feather capes and the museum’s iconic portraits by Robert Dampier of King Kamehameha III and his sister Nahi‘ena‘ena—will be sent to the de…
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  • this is our fight

    Christa
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    you guys i can’t thank you enough for all of your outreach and support since i first announced that i have been diagnosed with cancer. reading and re-reading the notes you took the time to write and post is giving me so much joy my heart is so full there is no way this is […]
  • step one

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

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

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

    Christa
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    So Ara Laylo is pretty badass. She has been in every favorite band I had in Honolulu, she opened for The Cure, she had the most fun party still to this date imo in Chinatown. She is highly intelligent, very unforgiving, has flawless looks and a personal style that nobody could ever duplicate even if […]
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  • 07/31/2015 - Jason Owens

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    <p>Irish music night with Jason Owens.</p><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/JaseOwens808" target="_blank"><span>http://www.facebook.com/JaseOwens808</span></a></p>
  • 07/31/2015 - Happy Hour

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    <p><strong>READY. SET. HAPPY HOUR. </strong></p> <p>Don't let the term "Nightlife" fool you. We're also a full-service restaurant serving up chef-crafted Pacific Rim cuisine along with fresh sushi and sashimi. And to wash it all down, try one of our expertly mixed specialty cocktails. Join us every Tuesday through Friday as we trade the raucous for the refined. <a href="http://www.mnlhnl.com/images/M_FoodMenu_2015.pdf" target="_blank">Full Menu PDF</a></p>
  • 07/31/2015 - John Akapo

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p>Join John Akapo playing live at Mai Tai Bar.</p>
  • 07/31/2015 - Eat The Street: Middle East

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">Our Eat The Street World Tour continues with a taste of the Middle East! Enjoy food like Kebabs and more!<br /> <br /> Vendors:<br /> All Kine Grindz<br /> Aloha Aina Poi Co.<br /> Aloha Pops - Moroccan Mint and Hibiscus Flower Pop<br /> Aloha Plate<br /> Beyond Burgers<br /> Big & Beast Sandwiches<br /> Bobalicious<br /> Country Shave Ice - RefreshMINT shave ice w/pomegranate and a mini fruit 'kabob' <br /> Donut Dynamite<span class="text_exposed_show"><br /> Elena's Filipino -…
  • 07/31/2015 - Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <div id="event_body"><h4>About the Film:</h4> <p><strong>Presented by the <a href="http://www.puafoundation.org/" target="_blank">Pūʻā Foundation</a></strong></p> <p>Part of the healing process is the ability to explain complex situations in stories. This storytelling film provides sight and sound to help foster understanding and healing as well as gives the <em>Ua Mau Ke Ea</em> filmmaking team the ability to merge clever writing and cinematography to create a beautiful kapa of Hawai'i's history.
 
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    Ukulele Underground

  • UU Podcast: Motivational Series 3 – The Alchemist (part 2)

    rayan
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Hello everyone. We finally got around to recording the second part of our Alchemist podcast. (If you haven't listened to Part 1, check it out HERE). Unfortunately since it was so long between recording, we kind of forgot some of the details (oops) but we did remember the main points we wanted to drive home for learners of anything. For future podcast episodes we intend to keep doing motivational episodes but we also want to start interviewing some people in the ukulele community. If you have anyone who you'd really like us to have on the podcast feel free to leave a comment below. Check out…
  • UU+ Solos – Romance d’Amour (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)

    kahai
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This is a UU+ exclusive lesson. Please login to watch the tutorial. Login to UU+ to View This Video Username: Password: signup now | forgot password? Remember Me
  • Uke Lesson 91 – No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley) Solo Ukulele

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

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

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

  • The Big, Huge ‘Ukulele Buying Guide

    Brad Bordessa
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Weighing in at almost 7000 words, this giant guide will walk you through all aspects of shopping for your next 'ukulele. Budget, sizing, tonewoods, construction, setup, and much more to help you make an informed purchase.
  • Update: Amplifying Your ‘Ukulele

    Brad Bordessa
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    A rebooted look at what it takes to plug your 'ukulele into an amp or PA system. Learn what to look for in an amp or pickup, how to set them up, and how to avoid feedback.
  • Underwater ‘Ukulele Comparison

    Brad Bordessa
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I don't normally post stuff like this, but it's pretty funny, informative, and pokes fun at all the 'ukulele comparisons that people like to watch.
  • Metronome Practice Tips – Video

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

    Brad Bordessa
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    In an effort to spread my music to more ears I’ve jumped into the scene on Soundcloud. It’s a great, clean site, but I can’t seem to find much ‘ukulele music! I know it’s there, […]
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com

  • Aloha Friday Photo: “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

    Sheila Beal
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Mahalo to KaRyle Soto for sharing this fantastic photo of Waimea Canyon with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon is a must see on a Kauai vacation. There are a few lookouts that are easy to access off the main highway leading into Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Parks. The canyon’s colors, depth and jagged walls will amaze you.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back…
  • Suggestions for a seven-day Oahu vacation itinerary

    Sheila Beal
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    We completely understand how daunting Oahu vacation planning can be. The island has so very much to offer that the options seem endless.When planning your Oahu vacation, there are so many decisions to make – like when to go and where to stay — that by the time you’re ready to plan what you’ll do and see, you’re almost ready for a vacation from your vacation planning! That’s why we’ve created this seven-day Oahu itinerary to make your planning much, much easier.We designed this itinerary to include outstanding scenery, adventure and history along with…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island

    Sheila Beal
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Mahalo to @TehWins for sharing this excellent photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo while he was on his Big Island honeymoon, which he described as “pure magic.”TehWins’ photo is of Rainbow Falls on Hawaii, the Big Island, which is located in Hilo. As you can see, it’s a beautiful waterfall to visit. As such, we include a stop at Rainbow Falls in our Kona to Hilo sightseeing day-trip, which is our handy dandy guide to Hilo side sights for visitors staying on the Kona side.Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire…
  • Oahu’s Makapu’u Point

    Sheila Beal
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Oahu’s easternmost point — Makapu’u Point — also happens to be a very beautiful place and a must-see on your Oahu vacation.Makapu’u Point is very easy to access off of Kalanianaole Highway (Highway 72). It is also convenient to other scenic stops, such as the nearby Halona Blowhole. See this Google Map of Makapu’u Point. (From that map you can create your own directions to Makapu’u.)When you are in the area, we recommend you at least stop at the Makapu’u Lookout. You’ll find the turnout with ample parking just off the main highway.
  • Aloha Friday Photo: At Kahekili’s Leap

    Sheila Beal
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Mahalo to Tom Roelens, General Manager of the two beautiful Four Seasons Lana’i resorts, for sharing this striking photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Tom loves to explore Lana’i and here’s what he tells us about the site of his gorgeous photo — Kahekili’s Leap at Kaunolu:One of my favorite places on the island of Lana’i – as you look down from Kahekili’s Leap, you see this amazing bay and snorkeling site with a beautiful cave along the second tallest sea cliffs in the world. It truly shows the many faces of Hawaii and the diversity of our…
 
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    Hamakua Springs

  • Shale Gas: Should We Take Their Word For It?

    Richard Ha
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Do we really want to bet the Big Island’s future on the Energy Information Agency’s projections? It’s much more prudent to hedge our bets. Have a look at what people are saying about recent projections. From the Post Carbon Institute: Shale Gas Reality Check The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015. How have their projections and assumptions changed over the last year, and how does it hold up to scrutiny against up-to-date production data from key shale gas and tight oil plays? In 2014, Post Carbon Institute and David…
  • Guest Post: Rat Lungworm Disease in Hawai‘i

    Leslie Lang
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Did you know that 90 percent of the confirmed Rat Lungworm cases in Hawai‘i are found in people from East Hawai‘i? That you should remove lettuce leaves by hand before washing them, not chop them off the core? (That one stopped me, careful me, in my tracks.) We have a guest post today written by Marlena Castro Dixon, M.S., an epidemiological specialist with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, Hawaii District Health office. Marlena was born and raised in Hilo and received her education from the University of New Mexico. She works for the Disease Outbreak Control Division, Disease…
  • Could Big Island Feed All Its People Using Traditional Methods?

    Leslie Lang
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Sometimes, here on the Big Island, we hear someone say this: “The Big Island used to feed a population about this size by farming without the use of GMOs, pesticides, and other farming aids, and we can do it again.” But could we? We examined this from several angles. Dr. Bruce Mathews, interim dean of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources, says research shows that in pre-Western contact times, most Hawai‘i Island residents spent most of their days on activities related to agriculture. He says this would be a big shock if we tried…
  • Is Our Culture Falling Backward?

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

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

  • 20 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Chris is ASE certifiedI have been extra proud of Chris this week.  He passed some professional certification tests and he is helping me write this post about it. Chris is the owner and operator of a motorcycle repair shop and there is more to that than I think most people realize. Cars keep getting more and more sophisticated especially with their electronics. These days, it seems like whenever the "service engine soon" light comes on, it is not something mechanical but always some electrical component you never heard of, that has failed. As complicated as cars have gotten, motorcycles…
  • 10 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    A swim fit for a kingI had such a great time with Tara Brown competing in the 1.2-mile King's Swim in Kailua Bay on the Fourth of July. It seems like every year when the race come around I tell myself, "Next year you should enter." This year Tara and I encouraged each other to give it a try.I've been swimming in Kailua Bay for years and started swimming regularly with Sarah Jasper after work. She would drag me out there in pouring rain or ridiculous surf or chop, which is usually when we had the most fun. Eventually, I started swimming with fins on and making it all the way to the 1.2 mile…
  • 10 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Nematode cooking was worth the workWith the help of my husband, who has a degree in diversified agriculture and is an experienced soil scientist, I have developed an interest in gardening. Some foods, such as honeydew melon, tomatoes and pineapples just aren't very good in the store, either because they are selling commercial varieties that ship well and look good but don't necessarily taste good, or the produce is picked too early. In addition to our garden produce being of higher quality than store bought goods, I also like that fuel wasn't wasted flying the…
  • 27 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm

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

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

  • My Grandmother's Wedding Dress

    Sonia
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
      A few days ago I shared a post about my grandmother's flag, given to me by my mother which I had stored in a flag case. Now I am sharing a little story about another treasure, and though it did not come from my grandmother (whom I called Granmolie) and was never owned by her, it is about her. Here are my grandparents on their wedding day...taken by her father, my great-grandfather, C. Will Fisher, who was a professional photographer, just a bit over 100 years ago... If you notice Granmolie's bouquet is pinned to the waist of her wedding dress  Some years ago, my…
  • Farmers Markets are the lifeblood of many farmers...

    Sonia
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
      Our island is one of the most bountiful bits of land anywhere....and the most remote from any other shore. That thought alone should dictate that we make more of an effort to either grow as much of our food as we can or to buy as much as possible from local sources.     Due to the different climates and elevations, we can grow almost anything that is grown anywhere else in the world.  The glaring exceptions are wheat and rice...and although they CAN grow here, we lack the terrain or 'flatland' to grow enough to supply our…
  • My Grandmother's Flag

    Sonia
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Some years ago my mother gave me a flag that had flown from a pole over a small island off the Gulf Coast of Central Florida. The island was called Footprint because from the air, it resembled a footprint. My grandmother owned that island for many years and we spent many a summer vacation and even Christmas holidays there from time to time... Photo: Granmolie feeding raccoon on her front steps - Footprint Island.  Their names were Little Mama and Big George. Some people go through the woods and over the hills to grandma's house but we had to go over a small wooden bridge when the…
  • In pursuit of 'organization'

    Sonia
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I am finally tackling something I have been wanting to do for years...I am organizing all of my published "body of work" in 3 ring binders... Since the first of my food & cooking related articles appeared in the Hamakua Times (May 1999) I had been stacking them on shelves with the idea of saving them in plastic sleeves inside binders... My first batch of articles was lost in the fire (15th anniversary tomorrow, July 23) and the publisher sent me duplicate copies later on... It took my sister to come and visit to get me motivated, but when I did start, it was like a tornado was…
  • The "Office"

    Sonia
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Our office was the place where everything ended up...it was jammed with furniture on all four walls and stuff stacked all over the place. I had been wanting to get in there and get rid of stuff but it took a visit from my sister to get me motivated and moving.    We got rid of the big, cumbersome, not-even-real-wood computer desk that was taking half of a wall and blocking a window in this room.   Photos were taken as I was 'panning' the room from door on left (wall 1 - windows are wall 2) to right and back to the door - the room is less than 10 x 10 feet square.
 
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    Staradvertiser Headlines

  • 911 Report: Maui man charged in fatal beating

    Star-Advertiser staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Fire at abandoned home investigated • Driver arrested in excavator theft
  • UH received $425 million in grants in past fiscal year

    Star-Advertiser staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    The University of Hawaii received $425 million in sponsored funding in the year that ended June 30, the first increase after three years of decline, UH announced in a news release Wednesday.
  • Isles face tense wait as storm develops

    Gary T. Kubota
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Tropical Storm Guillermo gained force Thursday and was expected to reach hurricane strength by Friday morning. The National Weather Service has it coming close to the Hawaiian Islands but isn’t certain whether it will pass north or south or directly hit the state.
  • Container fee to drop amid declining rate of redemption

    Timothy Hurley
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Spurred by falling recycling rates, the state Department of Health announced Monday it will reduce the container fee it charges to manufacturers, distributors and importers of HI-5 beverage containers by a half-cent effective Sept. 1.
  • Deal preserves 12-hour shifts for the city’s first responders

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Honolulu paramedics and emergency medical technicians will work 12-hour shifts for another year under a new agreement reached between the city and the United Public Workers union announced Thursday.
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    Weird Hawaii

  • Vanishing Hitchiker in Kailua

    Kateri Tennberg
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Informant: Male/42/ethnicity unknownLocation: OahuBack in 2004 I had been at a bar in Kailua playing pool, and I was heading home to Kaneohe just after midnight. It was raining heavy, and I was at the traffic light in front of Castle Medical Center with no cars behind me. I noticed someone standing at the bus stop, just standing there in the rain instead of under the shelter thing for the bus stop. I thought to myself, what kind of idiot stands in the rain like that with no jacket and no buses running? So as I was passing the bus stop I was trying to see who the idiot was and I saw it…
  • Spirit Lights Over the Sleeping Giant

    Kateri Tennberg
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Informant: Male/25/Mixed AncestryLocation: Wailua Houselots, KauaiIt was just before sunrise. The cool night air still lingered and a few bright stars struggled to maintain their presence in the fading night sky. I had just finished working the overnight shift and was on my way home. I looked up to admire the stars and noticed two bright, white lights above the head of the Sleeping Giant that didn't seem to belong. I pulled off to the side of the road to get a better view -- I wasn't sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me after being awake all night. The lights were still there, like…
  • The Lychee Tree in the Back Yard

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

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

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

  • Wikiwiki Shuttle

    Walkoff Balk
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:08 am
    http://www.kitv.com/news/airport-wik...icles/34453266 Those vehicles let out a lot of exhaust smoke.
  • Blue Moon

    Walkoff Balk
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:48 pm
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...ry-three-years Blue Moon on Friday.
  • Free pizza from Costco

    abunaitoo
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Happened today at the town Costco. I was waiting for my pizza at the pick-up window. Costco guy yells out from the window for numbers. People start calling out numbers. He puts two pizzas on the counter and turns away. A guy pushes through, grabs the pizzas, and walks away. He just stole them. Another time I was there a guy grabbed two pizzas that were on the counter, and jumped into a waiting truck. He stole pizzas. The lady who's pizza's they were had just turned to put two pizzas in her cart. She turned back and they were gone. I've seen this happen many times. Tell the staff, but they…
  • Feral Cats in Hawai`i

    Kaonohi
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    As many of you have obviously noticed, there is a problem with the numbers of cats in Hawai`i; not only O`ahu, but Maui and Kauai as well. Most of these are abandoned pets or unwanted litters from people who do not spay/neuter their cats. They dump them like trash. Not every crazy cat lady (or guy) has the resources to Trap, Neuter Return and Maintain (TNRM) these felines, so the numbers grow. There are a few of us doing TNRM, but we are self-funded and overwhelmed. If the state or C&C doesn't step in, we will have feral cats around our ankles. The 'no-kill' shelters are full, there are…
  • Radio Sketch Comedy?

    pzarquon
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
    My wife regularly quotes a pair of local radio comedy sketches, but it occurs to us that we don't know who performed them (or even that we didn't just imagine the whole thing). They were contemporary (well, in the 1990s?) but clearly inspired by the classics like Rap Replinger. Both, perhaps unsurprisingly, were borderline risque. One was a passionate near monologue by a woman telling a man about how much she'd like to cook him breakfast, filled with as much throaty innuendo as possible. "Ooh, I like cook you sausage!" The other was a lost-in-translation interaction between a man…
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    A Maui Blog

  • Father-Daughter Staycation at Kā’anapali Beach Hotel

    Erik Blair
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    I cherish Father’s day because I get to publicly and shamelessly celebrate being my daughter’s Dad. But most importantly, it’s the one day of the year I get to take all the credit for what my daughter does the other 364 days of the year. This year we decided to take a well-deserved staycation on […]
  • Liza Learned Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing At Travaasa Hana

    AMauiBlog
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:23 am
    Continuing with our Travaasa Hana adventure stories, one of the many activities that I really enjoyed doing was learning “Throw Net Fishing”.  Noelle took a photo of me during our lessons at Travaasa Hana, but she didn’t go with us at the bay, so I didn’t have a photo of me actually throw net fishing at Hana […]
  • Mother and Daughter Get-away at Travaasa Hana

    AMauiBlog
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    “This place is our most favorite place on earth!“,  I heard the couple next to us said to the waitress serving them.  Then they went on and on sharing how they are enjoying their stay. I wanted to join the conversation and say “us too!”  As you already know, Travaasa Hana is one of our […]
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal – Let’s Help Save In Ways We Can

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

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

  • The Skin I’m In

    lavagal
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I’ve been hesitant to share this because of the infamous Facebook happy birthday syndrome. I don’t want everyone to go OMYGOSH! If you were to think positive thoughts, pray to your holy entities, or burn a swatch of herbs and dance naked on sacred stones in the light of the full moon to signify to the universe that healing vibes should come my way, then please do. Use your bandwidth to save the world, OK? I don’t know how long this mole had been behind my right knee, but about two months ago I noticed it. I was holding up my leg doing a stretch and felt it when I…
  • Offering hope

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

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

  • Thursday 3 – Back to School

    Rodney
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Wow, not even August and school is back in session.  I remember when we didn’t go back until after the Labor Day holiday in September.  All that means for us MLCers is Back to School traffic!     So how about a Back to School Thursday 3.   How does back to school affect you? Do you remember your first days back to school after the summer break? What kind of lunch pail did you have?   Okay, here’s my replies:     How does back to school affect you? It’s the traffic.  To get to work, I have to pass through the elementary school traffic.  Yuk!
  • Sounds and Memories

    Rodney
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:59 am
    Last week in the Scents and Memories post, @Keoni commented: Hey Uncle Rodney, since we covered scents this time, how about we follow through with sounds, etc, and go right down the list, sight, touch and stuff? By sounds I don’t mean music, per se, but the sounds of everyday life in Hawai’i. I’m sure we could get quite a few.   It took me a little while to process this – but I’ve come up with a few sounds that I recall from small-kid-time.  This one immediately pops into mind.     The truck that used to come around Kailua side wasn’t so much a manapua…
  • MLC Test

    Rodney
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Sharing from @Seawalker.   Do you know what this is?   Do you know how to use this?   What’s the connection between these two objects?   Did you ever ride one of these?   Do you know what to do with these?         Do you know what this is?   Have you ever shopped at this store?   Do you know how to play with these? Do you recognize who this is?   Do you know their names?         Have you ever had a glass of this?   Did you have one of these?   Did you, or anyone you know, take this class in school?
  • Scents and Memories

    Rodney
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    A couple of years ago, I wrote about colognes and perfumes.  See: Mmm, You Smell Good   We talked about some of our favorites such as Zen perfume.  And Brut cologne.  And even Hai Karate.   I wish they would bring them back.  Scents trigger so many memories for me.  Not just pleasant scents, but all scents.  For example, waterless hand cleaner reminds me of the days of working at the car dealership.  The scent of rubber tires takes me back to Ala Moana Sears automotive department.  Just throw in some popcorn smell and I’m back to the first floor area.   I wanted…
  • Thursday 3 – Marriage

    Rodney
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    First of all, I want to thank all the MLCers for their well wishes as Paula and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  I know that not everyone who reads my blog posted congratulatory messages – but some of you passed it on in emails and others in spirit.  And for that, Paula and I thank all of you for sharing our love.   I thought I’d do a Thursday 3 on Marriage – but I need to tread lightly.  Marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be for everyone.  Some folks are perfectly happy having their independence and enjoy the bachelor/bachelorette…
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    Saturday Briefing

  • “We’ve come a long way, Baby!”

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY RICHARD KELLEY — This week, Outrigger Resorts announced that it is providing support and assistance for a test voyage of two seafaring proas (canoes) that will travel around the island of Guam in preparation for the Festival of the … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort cares for canines

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY NAPAPORN PHANDEE (KHUN POOH) — The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort raised funds and product donations for the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter, currently home to more than 400 of Phuket island’s neglected, injured, abused and sick canines, and under … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Hosts renew vows at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — By Eileen Corpuz Rosar and Nilo Madaron, both from the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach housekeeping department, renewed their marriage vows with the silhouette of Diamond Head as a backdrop, experiencing firsthand what our guests coming from … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Ohana House activities at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY VIMI GUNGA — Cleaning of Coquille Bonheur kindergarten On Wednesday 24 June 2015, a team of housekeeping hosts armed with brooms, mops and sponges scoured the kindergarten of Bel Ombre. This undertaking is right in line with our Ohana … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • My mentorship experience

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY PRAVEENA DEWAN — As shared in a Saturday Briefing article in May, I was thrilled and honored to be invited to join the international spa industry’s Global Mentorship Pilot (GMP) program and to be the first participant to represent … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • What is the Point of Life?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Did you ever wonder about this question? Is it life’s MOST important question? What is the Point of Life? IS there a point to life? If “yes”, what could it possibly be? Is life a good thing to experience or a horrible thing to endure? Over the last five to six weeks I’ve been meditating […]
  • What is an Average Day Like Living in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    This is what an average day for me looked like when I lived on Oahu: Background – Location, Building, etc. I had just arrived on Oahu and already had my first IT job. I was making $50K per year, but it felt like nothing. I had some online businesses that were sending money every month […]
  • Fatal Maui Shark Attack South of Kihei and Wailea

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    A shark has just caused Hawaii’s first shark fatality for the year on the island of Maui. The attack happened south of Wailea and Makena beaches at the amazing snorkeling spot – Kanahena Cove, part of Ahi’i Kinau Natural Reserve. A 65-year-old woman was likely killed by a shark while snorkeling with two friends she […]
  • Win a Free Hang Gliding Flight Over Oahu!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Local, Eric Nakamoto recently opened his new business – a powered hang-gliding tour on the North Shore of Oahu! He offered me a chance to ride for FREE! I’m not within 5,000 miles of the islands though! I figured, why not offer it to one of our readers instead? Eric agreed! So, here you go… […]
  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    A note from a visitor to AimforAwesome – and my reply. Hope it helps you decide what to do too! Hi Vern, I really loved your articles about Hawaii. There were so many articles available, I plan to visit your site throughout this year till I move to Hawaii. For me, It’s not about whether […]
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Funnies and Follies

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    It's been kind of a goofy, crazy month here in the Islands.First we had a wacky, error-ridden LeMonde article by hack writer Corine Lesnes, who described a nonexistent "agrochemicals factory" in Waimea before interviewing Klayton Kubo on biotech: “I have no qualifications. I don’t speak like their engineers," he says. "But I do know that they’re spreading massive quantities of poison.” The activist raises his black glasses to show his reddened eyes. “And I don’t consume marijuana!” he says.All together, the companies spray a total of 18 tons of pesticides every year in Kauai.
  • Musings: High Stakes

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Anti-GMO propaganda frequently came up in conversation while I was traveling in India last spring on assignment for the Cornell Alliance for Science.It didn't matter whether I was talking with farmers, scientists, politicians, seed dealers, business owners, journalists, taxi drivers or average citizens. They'd all been exposed to it, and rejected its claims, based on their own personal experience with the technology, independent research or a healthy skepticism. Yet they still marveled, as I did, at how effectively it had influenced politicians and the general public.It's a topic that's…
  • Musings: Smatterings

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    After watching “Aina: That Which Feeds,” a friend emailed to ask: “Did you notice that the 'Documentary' started with a disclaimer?”I did indeed. And it made me wonder why filmmakers and producers would be involved in a “documentary” that didn't reflect their views. So what, were they hired guns, paid in part by Joan Porter of Kauai Rising? Or just covering their asses against libel?KKCR host Felicia Cowden was lamenting on-air that local politicians weren't in attendance at the movie premiere, like it was something important. Heck, even anti-GMO Councilman Gary Hooser didn't…
  • Musings: Yeah, Well….

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    OK, so I watched “Aina: That Which Feeds,” paying $3.99 to download the 22-minute film, which was less painful than it would've been to spend $10 to sit with the deluded true-believers at the Kauai Performing Arts Center. The film was part Hawaiian romanticism, part anti-GMO apocalypso, part tourism promo and pretty much all bullshit, starting with how, according to Stacy Sproat-Beck, the Hawaiians “established a relationship with nature and the environment” when they arrived that allowed them to “live sustainably for over a thousand years.” Yeah, well, except for all the birds…
  • Musings: In the News

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Cats and dogs have been often in the Kauai news lately, what with a possible repeal of the barking dog ordinance, and the feral cat people — and most recently, horse therapist Karin Stoll — cruelly attacking the Kauai Humane Society for performing the unpleasant task of euthanizing unwanted animals. Of course, the critics have no plans of their own for housing all those poor discarded critters.... It's always interesting to place such topics in some sort of context, starting with this historical accountof Lihiliho's return to Oahu in the 1820s, as described by Rev. Bingham: The shouting…
 
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    gigi-hawaii

  • Quitting being landlords

    gigihawaii
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    We have decided to quit being landlords and reclaim our master bedroom and bathroom. It will be nice to have the extra space for ourselves. We have given our tenant until September 15 to vacate the premises. It will be such a relief to have him gone. This is how the room looked when the tenant moved in: The tenant will take his sofa, charcoal grill and clothing with him.  We will keep everything else. David will move his king size bed and triple dresser into the master bedroom.  That way, he can use the master toilet with the hand rails permanently in place.  I will use the hallway…
  • Bath/shower stool

    gigihawaii
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    David bought a stool for the bath/shower, because, after his total knee replacement surgery next Thursday, he will be in too much pain to stand in the tub. Here is David, assembling the stool with our grandson Rylan’s assistance: Click on the photos to enlarge them. The stool fits well in the tub, so David should have no problem with it. I will have to help him bathe, especially his back. I wonder, though, whether he will have difficulty getting out of the tub. The reason: He will have to step out with his left leg (the surgical leg). Won’t that be painful?  He might have to lean on my…
  • What would I do without all of you?

    gigihawaii
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    My dear friends, Flo and Raymond, invited David and me to lunch at the Pineapple Room yesterday. Here we are: (left) Me, David, Flo, and Raymond: Click on the photos to enlarge them. It was very nice to see them again and we caught up with what we were doing lately. The lunch was delicious. David and I ordered the Lunch Express, which consisted of soup, salad, sandwich, and dessert. Flo and Raymond ordered fish. We finished with dessert, a strawberry tiramisu and vanilla ice cream: After bidding our friends goodbye, we shopped at Macy’s and then headed home.  My Hyundai Accent began…
  • Preparing for surgery

    gigihawaii
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    A long time ago, David could sit like this with his two daughters.  Now, he can barely bend his knees due to severe arthritis. David has seen an internist, an allergist, an anesthesiologist, a radiologist, a physical therapist, and an RN to prepare for his total knee replacement surgery, set for July 30. His blood test, lung Xray, and EKG were normal. Humana Medicare Advantage has approved his surgery and 2 nights in the hospital. Maria has agreed to pick up David when he is discharged, because I can’t drive a mid-size car and she can. He needs more leg room than my sub-compact car can…
  • Bose Sound Touch 20

    gigihawaii
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    As you know, David and I are classical musicians and we love classical music. We try to listen to two CDs every morning before we start our day. Yesterday, we noticed that the music sounded tinny and not as lush as we would like. So, we headed to BestBuy and bought a Bose Sound Touch 20: It is small but powerful. We bought an adapter to connect the Bose to our Sony CD changer. That’s the Sony on the left. We can now load up to 5 CDs in the Sony and listen to them all via the Bose: This is how our music system looks on our book case: I might add that the Bose can also connect to our WiFi so…
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Makakilo-Anhuea

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;We recently sold a home in Makakilo-Anhuea, within the Palehua Home Owners Association. Anuhea is a subdivision developed by DR Horton-Schuler Homes in 2005. The homes are very well built with steel frames and nice floor plans. This neighborhood consists of 109 homes that are a CPR. CPR is short for Condo property regime. But these are all detached, single family homes. The CPR refers to the way that the land was split up by the developer. nbsp; nbsp; nbsp; The floor plans are all very open and have nice sized bedrooms. There are 4 different floor plans with many variations…
  • Honolulu’s Interest Free Down Payment Loan

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    ldquo;These loans can be the difference between renting and ownership for families across Olsquo;ahu.rdquo;nbsp; -Honolulu Mayor Kirknbsp;Caldwell nbsp; Last week Honolulu Mayor Kirknbsp;Caldwellnbsp;announced that qualified low-income and moderate-income families can receive interest free loans for a down payment on home purchases. That day I called the DCS loan branch for more info and herersquo;s what I found out. nbsp; The city will loan up to $40,000 to a borrower interest-free over a 20 year period. nbsp; But thatrsquo;s not allnbsp; nbsp; For every year of owner-occupancy, the borrower…
  • Top 100 Realtors in Hawaii 2015 by: Chelsea Pferschy RA

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

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

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

  • Maui's Hana: Where's the Beach??

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    After the thrills and spills amid a cavalcade of rental cars along Maui's notorious Hana Highway (waterfalls, one-lane bridges, tropical jungle) many visitors get to the actual town and experience a mild disappointment. The bay at Hana is not known for swimming, and that's about all you see of the coast. But wait ... there's more.Black Sand Beach at Waianapanapa State Park has clear water and, when the shore break is low, excellent snorkeling. The pretty park is a couple of miles off the highway, just north of Hana.Around the point from Hana Bay, via a short-but-sort-of-hairy hike, is the…
  • Secret Beach: One of Kauai's hidden treasures

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The northeast coast of Kauai—from Anahola to Princeville—has more than a dozen hike-to beaches, by far the best run of wild coast in Hawaii. One of the most scenic is Secret Beach near Kilauea, which isn't a big secret these days.  But it is comprised of three separate beaches about a mile long in total, so privacy is not a problem. At the far end of Secret Beach is the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, whose historic lighthouse marks the northern-most spot among the major Hawaiian Islands.Local dudes and dudettes like the multi-tiered shorebreaks at Secret, perfect for jivving on a…
  • Maui's Skyline Trail: A well-kept secret at Haleakala National Park

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

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

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    For sure the half-mile loop hike at Akaka Falls State park is a tourist trot, complete with sightseeing buses and paid parking. But it's also one of the best waterfall-and-botanical hikes in Hawaii.The park is a four-mile drive up from the quaint town of Honomu on the south end of the Hamakua Coast (the northeast quadrant of the island.) Besides Akaka's 440-foot freefall of whitewater, the hike also takes in Kahuna Falls, which spews from a side-canyon, and a profusion of tropical greenery alongside Kolekole Stream.Stairways, bridges, and paved sections make for easy going. If you show up in…
 
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    IN4MATION

  • BRIXTON | July 30, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Variety of new...

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    BRIXTON | July 30, 2015Location(s): Pearlridge Variety of new gear from Brixton including a Independent Double name Tee and hat at the Pearlridge In4mation.  Please see more above..
  • IN4MWORLDWIDE | SHOP ONLINE Thanks for all of the global...

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    IN4MWORLDWIDE | SHOP ONLINE Thanks for all of the global support. Orders shipped out. [shop.in4mants.com] all day everyday 24/7 #in4mation #in4mworldwide #onlineshop #alwaysopen
  • THE LATE ONES | HI POWER VIDEO Shot during our summer lookbook...

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    A video posted by #IN4MATION (@in4mation_) on Jul 25, 2015 at 1:20pm PDT THE LATE ONES | HI POWER VIDEO Shot during our summer lookbook shoot on the big island - we had a great time meeting and talking story with the friendly people of Hilo and Kalapana… Enjoying the natural, powerful beauty of Maunakea and making new friends along the way… There was nothing comparable to the impromptu jam session @thel81z had for the people protecting the mountain… We all can’t wait to be back soon. Shot and edited by @kahenaproductions. [youtube.com/in4mationbrand] #in4music #protectmaunakea…
  • ALOHA ARMY | TOTAL ECLIPSE This @thealohaarmy all black fuzzy...

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    ALOHA ARMY | TOTAL ECLIPSE This @thealohaarmy all black fuzzy wool 59FIFTY New Era will be available tomorrow at @in4mation_mccully x @in4mation_pearl x @in4mation_nuuanu x @hnrslv x online [shop.in4mants.com] #alohaarmy #aloha #newera #59fifty #5950
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    24 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    ALOHA ARMY | TOTAL ECLIPSE This @thealohaarmy all black fuzzy wool 59FIFTY New Era will be available tomorrow at @in4mation_mccully x @in4mation_pearl x @in4mation_nuuanu x @hnrslv x online [shop.in4mants.com] #alohaarmy #aloha #newera #59fifty #5950
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    CrossFit 808

  • 30 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Today's Workout:A. 10-8-6-4-2 DeadliftsLoad should be climbing.B. For time:1,000-meter Run (2-400s and 1-200)25 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)25 Box Jump Overs (24/20")25 Chest to Bar Pull-ups50 Wall Balls (20/14 lbs)25 Chest to Bar Pull-ups25 Box Jump Overs (24/20")25 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)C. 3 sets, not for time, of:30 Hip Extensions20 GHD Sit-ups or 40 Ab-mat Sit-ups
  • 29 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Today's Workout:A. Bench Press 5-5-5-5-5These 5 sets should be "working sets".B. For time:21 Thrusters (95/65 lbs)21 Kettlebell Swings (70/53 lbs)400 Meter Run15 Thrusters15 Kettlebell Swings400 Meter Run9 Thrusters9 Kettlebell Swings400 Meter Run*Absolutely NO DROPPING the barbells.C. 5 sets of:Unbroken set of Muscle-ups or 5 Muscle-up Progressions
  • 28 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every minute on the minute for 12-minutes:Clean and Jerk x 1 rep at 75-85%Use the same load for all 12 sets. Work on speed and consistency in each rep.B. 5 rounds each for time, of:10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups25/20 Cals on the Rower50 Double UndersRest 1-minute between rounds
  • 27 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds for 15-minutes (10 sets):Power Snatch x 2 repsDoes not need to be tap and go, but you may not step away from the barbell.B. 3 rounds for time:500m Row12 Burpees21 Box Jumps (24/20")
  • Games Week Class Schedule

    19 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    Monday, July 20th: NORMAL CLASS SCHEDULETuesday, July 21st: NORMAL CLASS SCHEDULEWednesday, July 22nd: NORMAL CLASS SCHEDULEThursday, July 23rd: NORMAL CLASS SCHEDULEFriday, July 24th: CLOSED – Watch the CrossFit GamesSaturday, July 25th: CLOSED - Watch the CrossFit GamesSunday, July 26th: CLOSED - Watch the CrossFit GamesMonday, July 27th: NORMAL CLASS SCHEDULEHow to watch the CrossFit Games: http://games.crossfit.com/article/how-watch-games-2015
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    Humdinger Sportfishing

  • Things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

    Amit Soni
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Rate This Report Hawaii is a tropical paradise made up of a small chain of islands that lies approximately 2,500 miles off of the West Coast of the United States.  The largest island in this chain is named after the state of Hawaii, but the locals just refer to it as “The Big Island”.  The […]
  • Kona Fishing Report – July 19- 2015

    Amit Soni
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Rate This Report The Big Island of Hawaii – The fishing in Kona has remained very good over the past.  This being an El Nino year, the water temperatures have remained warm, holding good numbers of Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Shortbilled Spearfish just off the cost of the Big Island.  Expect these El Nino […]
  • Kona Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Rate This Report Kona Fishing Report – July 6th, 2015 – The Big Island of Hawaii — We are at the peak of the prime time summer fishing season here in Kona Hawaii. Last month was way above average for Blue Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna with good numbers fish taken during June and a fairly […]
  • Kona Fishing Report

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

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

  • What is the Point of Life?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Did you ever wonder about this question? Is it life’s MOST important question? What is the Point of Life? IS there a point to life? If “yes”, what could it possibly be? Is life a good thing to experience or a horrible thing to endure? Over the last five to six weeks I’ve been meditating […]
  • What is an Average Day Like Living in Hawaii?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    This is what an average day for me looked like when I lived on Oahu: Background – Location, Building, etc. I had just arrived on Oahu and already had my first IT job. I was making $50K per year, but it felt like nothing. I had some online businesses that were sending money every month […]
  • Fatal Maui Shark Attack South of Kihei and Wailea

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    A shark has just caused Hawaii’s first shark fatality for the year on the island of Maui. The attack happened south of Wailea and Makena beaches at the amazing snorkeling spot – Kanahena Cove, part of Ahi’i Kinau Natural Reserve. A 65-year-old woman was likely killed by a shark while snorkeling with two friends she […]
  • Win a Free Hang Gliding Flight Over Oahu!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Local, Eric Nakamoto recently opened his new business – a powered hang-gliding tour on the North Shore of Oahu! He offered me a chance to ride for FREE! I’m not within 5,000 miles of the islands though! I figured, why not offer it to one of our readers instead? Eric agreed! So, here you go… […]
  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    A note from a visitor to AimforAwesome – and my reply. Hope it helps you decide what to do too! Hi Vern, I really loved your articles about Hawaii. There were so many articles available, I plan to visit your site throughout this year till I move to Hawaii. For me, It’s not about whether […]
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Eating Away at Health

    hawa6217
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. A study indicates that some overweight or obese young adults may have eating patterns that could lead to conditions such as diabetes. At Emory University in Atlanta, researcher EunSeok Cha saw this in data on 106 people ages 18 to 29. Cha says obese young adults with metabolic risk factors ate fewer vegetables, and more calories, added sugars, and salt, than those without those risk factors. “When a person has prediabetes but does not engage in preventive activity,…
  • Local Author Amira Shea Holds Workshop and Storytime at Waianae Public Library

    hawa6217
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Oahu)– Waianae Public Library will host Amira Shea, local author and writing professional for two programs at Waianae Public Library in August. Resume Workshop on Wednesday August 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Shea will provide guidance on current trends in the field, formatting and wording suggestions, and general tips to help you put your best foot forward in today’s job market. Storytime with Amira Shea  on Saturday August 15, 2015 at 10:30 am.  Shea will be back at Waianae Public Library but this time it’s all fun, reading from her children’s picture books…
  • Positive Thoughts: Far Better Things

    hawa6217
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis
  • Five New Technologies Helping Police Fight Crime

    hawa6217
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire)–Realistic TV dramas have introduced viewers to some of the advanced technologies used by crime-scene investigators. But they aren’t the only law enforcement personnel benefitting from technology; police officers across the nation have an arsenal of high-tech devices to help them investigate and solve cases. Here’s a look at four tech tools, reported by Computerworld, that are being used or tested by police to protect their communities. Robotic cameras. When it’s too dangerous to send a police officer into an active crime scene—or in any situation…
  • Positive Thoughts: Reaching Out

    hawa6217
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” -Vera Nazarian
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    Maui Makers

  • Intel-Instructables IoT Contest: Enviro-Ag Kit

    Jerry
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Maui Makers has been selected to participate in the Instructables​/Intel Internet Of Things (IoT) Edison competition. We are being sent the Environmental and Agricultural Kit and will have until Oct 5 to complete documentation (an instructable) on the project(s) we build. We need some members to step up and help on this. I will be off island for most of September, but we have August to get things going. If you are interested, PM/email me and/or show up at next week’s public meeting (Aug 6) at the makerspace This page gives the basic details with correct dates:…
  • Be a Prize-Winner! We Need Your help!

    Rob Bartlett
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    Instructables.com is having a Makerspace contest, and we need your help! They are giving away $30,000 in prizes (click/tap the link for full details). Two of our four submissions were already featured as of 7/6/2015.   Let’s keep this up! It’s easy to write an instructable! Just document something you’re making.  It doesn’t have to be complex. It can be a few steps or many.  I can be a variation on something already done.  Let your imagination flow!  If you had a reason to make something, let someone else benefit from your experience. Visit the contest page to…
  • CNC SIG Meeting Tuesday 30 June 2015

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

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

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

  • The 5 Best Places to get Tequila on Oahu for #NationalTequilaDay

    Locations
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Happy #NationalTequilaDay! First off, let's all be grateful it lands on a Friday, so we can all enjoy tequila to our hearts content without the looming fear of an early work day tomorrow.  Hawaii isn't necessarily the most tequila friendly place in the U.S. but we do have some bright spots that offer Mexican flavor on the island.  Whether you want blanco, reposado, or anejo, our list has what you need. 5.  Mexico Cantina  Have some tequila then take a nap.  Those chairs look way too comfortable (image via Yelp) Located at Ward Village right next to the movie theater…
  • Maui Real Estate Report July 2015

    Locations
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Quarter 2: April-June 2015 In recent years, about 7-8% of Maui’s home sales are in resort areas, and about 25-30% of Maui’s condo sales are in resort areas. In the second quarter 2015, the number of resort sales is down from the same quarter last year, down -9% for resort homes and down -21% for resort condos. Non-resort areas are faring better, with the number of home sales up 5% and condo sales only down about -4%. The condo markets trending upward in median price include Kaanapali, Kahului, Maalaea, Wailea/Makena and Wailuku. Single-family home markets that increased in both…
  • Watch How the Minions Took Over Locations Foundation Movie Day

    Locations
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    The Minions Took Over this Year and Caused a Hilarious Amount of Havoc and Fun.   Working Together The 10th annual Locations Foundations Movie Day provided kids from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii with a chance to relax and enjoy a free screening of the new movie "Minions" along with prizes, music, and free bananas.  It was a fun time had by all.   Locations Hawaii employees and foundation volunteers arrived at the movie theater at the crack of dawn to set up the logistics and ensure all of the free gifts were ready to go.  The…
  • The REAL State of Housing Inventory on Oahu

    Locations
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Is Inventory Really at an All-time Low? If you listen to the word on the street, housing options on Oahu seem to be getting farther and farther out of reach.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser described the situation last week in a featured story: The limited supply of single-family homes on Oahu pushed the median price beyond $700,000 in June, tying the record set a year ago and placing homeownership out of reach for many first-time buyers. "Affordable now is typically a condominium … unless they have help from family along with higher income," said Dennis Oshiro, executive director…
  • Video: VA Loans, Tax Benefits, Next Steps and more

    Locations
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Watch the video below to get valuable information for how you can be a homeowner in Hawaii. Our Locations team has extensive experience working with the military to help you navigate the process to ownership, and are ready to help. Topics included in video are below - please go to these markers for specific topics: VA Loan Hawaii Market - time 16:21 Interest Rates - time 36:05 Tax Benefits of Ownership - time 42:53 Mortgage Credit Certificate - time 44:10 Where do I Start - time 52:40 Military Team - time 56:02
 
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    Kona Impact

  • Realtor Signs: Do You Really Save Buying Online?

    brian
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    We sell a lot of signs at Kona Impact. Just last week we made the following 200 sq ft of foam core (rigid back) signs for a large gathering for a hotel in Waikoloa 20-some real estate riders 20-some realtor signs: “for sale” and “open house” several hundred square feet of banner for school and resort Cut vinyl for a store, a boat and two vehicles Printed graphics for a work van Some posters ….and more! We go by “a reasonable profit” when we price things. That is, we never want to lose money on a project, though we occasionally do, but we also…
  • Three Ways Your Clients Are Killing Your Profits

    brian
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We had an interesting exchange with an outside website designer last week. He was doing some work on one of our client’s websites, which, in itself, is not that unusual. After we had given him the directions how to log into the website, he said he was unable to make the changes because he lacked the technical skills. We responded that we could help him for a fee, or he could find someone who knows what he or she was doing. It was a constructive, polite response. He answered in a rather snarky tone that he was disappointed we couldn’t help him. I wonder how much of his design time he would…
  • Building Better People to People Business Connections

    brian
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    I hate networking! At least I hate the kind of networking where you put a big group of unconnected people in a room and people meander around like jellyfish trying to find a company or individual that will become a new client. Unfocused trade shows, networking groups and after hours all have the same problem: a bunch of people who are there to “network.” At the end of this kind of event, I tend to end up with a bunch of “pre-paid legal,” “network marketing,” and “Amway-type” pitches.  I meet few of the kind of people that fit my business needs or model—either as a potential…
  • Have a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!

    brian
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The post Have a fun and safe Independence Day weekend! appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • 2015 Mid-Year Marketing Review: What’s New? What Works?

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

  • SBA Lending Reaches New Heights in Hawaii

    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Fast Pace of Small Business Lending Pushes FY 15 Loan Limits PRESS RELEASE – July 22, 2015: Contact Jane Sawyer @ 808 541-2990 ext. 202 Small Business Administration (SBA) lending is reaching new heights – locally and nationally.  That’s usually good news for small businesses, indicating that small business are active and aspiring to grow.  To support that trend, SBA is urging Congress to work with the agency to keep capital flowing through the 7(a) loan guaranty program by approval of an increased authorization for 2015.  By June, just nine months into the federal year, SBA…
  • “A Dumb IrresponsibleInconsiderate Thing To Do”

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

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

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

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