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  • Feline Friday: Our cats and a few “friends”

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    Ian Lind
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    Mr. Romeo welcomes you to another Feline Friday, almost the last of 2014. As you can see, he’s looking pretty good these days. He’s slimmed down from his chubby form factor, and seems to feel good as well. He primarily eats a diet food, and over time I think it’s largely responsible for his new […]
  • Musings: Tall Order

    KauaiEclectic
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    After reading yesterday's blog post about the confirmation of Allan Parachini to the Kauai charter commission, despite smarmy opposition by Felicia Cowden and Councilman Gary Hooser, a friend sent me an email that opined:I dunno, I thought you were kinda easy on Felicia and Gary after one of the most appalling displays of McCarthyist public character assassination I've ever seen. Neither of them had the spine to tell the truth about their opposition: He is a threat because he is bright and he disagrees with me on public policy issues.Instead, the slimy innuendoes.I suppose what's most…
  • Super Saturday: A day for last-minute shoppers

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    Brigette Namata
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:25 am
    Forget Black Friday, “Super Saturday” is expected to be the top sales day of the year. There is less than a week away from Christmas, and last minute shoppers are scrambling to finish their holiday shopping. But some are choosing to skip the crowds and shop online instead, so retailers are offering something shoppers can’t deny. “Super Saturday is expected to generate about 10 billion in sales. And that is a little more than what was made during Black Friday weekend, which was 9.1 billion dollars,” says Sheri Sakamoto, President of non-profit group Retail…
  • Lawmakers question the rush to extend rail surcharge

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    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Legislators who hold the state's purse strings are taking a wait-and-see approach to the idea of extending a 0.5 percent Oahu surcharge on the state general excise tax beyond 2022 to help pay for Hono­lulu's rail transit system.
  • After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise - Specials
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.
 
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  • Super Saturday: A day for last-minute shoppers

    Brigette Namata
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:25 am
    Forget Black Friday, “Super Saturday” is expected to be the top sales day of the year. There is less than a week away from Christmas, and last minute shoppers are scrambling to finish their holiday shopping. But some are choosing to skip the crowds and shop online instead, so retailers are offering something shoppers can’t deny. “Super Saturday is expected to generate about 10 billion in sales. And that is a little more than what was made during Black Friday weekend, which was 9.1 billion dollars,” says Sheri Sakamoto, President of non-profit group Retail…
  • San Francisco startup uses dating app to find burglar

    JEFF BUSH
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:15 pm
    In July, the offices of San Francisco startup BuildZoom.com had several computers and equipment vanish. Co-founder David Petersen filed a police report. But no one was caught. Petersen set up a security camera and soon had video of someone in the act. Courtesy: BuildZoom “Cleared out this entire building. She got 11 computers from upstairs. She got several computers from us including several tablets. She kept coming back,” Petersen said. Petersen also found out that his company was just one of several that had property stolen by the mystery woman. Petersen and his partners…
  • Woman in critical condition after pedestrian accident on a Waimalu road

    Web Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:34 pm
    An 18-year-old woman is in critical condition after a pedestrian accident on Hookanike Street in the Pearl City, Waimalu area, according to Emergency Medical Services. Honolulu police have closed down that road while traffic-division officers investigate the scene. According to HPD, it happened around little before 7:30 p.m. Stay with KHON2 for more updates.
  • Stores promise enough fireworks to sell to all permit holders

    Manolo Morales
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Today was the last day on Oahu to buy fireworks permits for New Year’s Eve. Even though some folks never used their permits last year because the supply of fireworks ran out, a lot of people still bought permits. More than a thousand permits went to waste last year, and at $25 each, that’s a lot of money. But KHON2 spoke with a major retailer who plans to have a lot more firecrackers on hand for this year. Those who made it out to the satellite city halls around Oahu today got their fireworks permits just in time. According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the amount of permits…
  • Rail delay affects Hawaii residents’ wallets

    Nestor Garcia
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The shock is still sweeping through Oahu following the revelation that the cost of the rail project is going up by as much as $550 million to $700 million. That sobering news came on Thursday from the officials with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. They are scrambling now on a multifaceted plan to deal with the rising costs. A temporary excise tax surcharge — which, when applied to the 4 percent excise tax, actually computes to 4.712 percent — helps pay for most of the $5.2 billion project. So far, that surcharge has collected a little more than $1.3 billion. Even…
 
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  • Accused teachers linger on paid leave

    Nanea Kalani
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The union for Hawaii public school teachers says some of its members are being caught up in lengthy investigations for alleged misconduct that 7 out of 10 times results in clearance of wrongdoing by schools — but their reputations are maligned in the process.
  • Man gets 20 years for drunken driving death

    Associated Press
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    A man from the Federated States of Micronesia with multiple convictions for drunken driving was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing one pedestrian and injuring a second on Maui.
  • First ohana arrives home for holidays

    Star-Advertiser staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    President Barack Obama ended his traditional year-end press conference Friday by telling reporters, "And now I'm going to go on vacation. Mele Kali­ki­maka, everybody. Mahalo."
  • Hawaiian Air passenger faces charges

    Associated Press
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    A man has been accused of hurling racial slurs and curse words at a flight crew, creating such a ruckus en route from Hono­lulu to the territory of American Samoa that the pilots nearly turned the plane around.
  • Lawmakers question the rush to extend rail surcharge

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Legislators who hold the state's purse strings are taking a wait-and-see approach to the idea of extending a 0.5 percent Oahu surcharge on the state general excise tax beyond 2022 to help pay for Hono­lulu's rail transit system.
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  • Feline Friday: Our cats and a few “friends”

    Ian Lind
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    Mr. Romeo welcomes you to another Feline Friday, almost the last of 2014. As you can see, he’s looking pretty good these days. He’s slimmed down from his chubby form factor, and seems to feel good as well. He primarily eats a diet food, and over time I think it’s largely responsible for his new […]
  • Bad news in our feline family

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hawaii Star Wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A local technology commercialization company is working with two mainland biotechnology firms to encourage the adoption of microbial treatments to boost agricultural productivity while reducing water consumption as well as cutting the use of fertilizers and pesticides. “Everything we’ve been taught about farming is incorrect,” declares Vincent Kimura, president of Inovi Green. “Historical and current agricultural processes of crop fertilization and soil tilling are falling out of favor, damaging ecosystems and producing diminishing returns. Environmentally-friendly microbial…
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  • Updates from Sen. Schatz (Dec. 3-15)

    Karin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE SCHATZ NAMED TO KEY POST ON SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE U.S. Senate Democratic leadership has announced the selection of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to serve on the key Senate Committee on Appropriations. The appointment is an especially important one. Prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, the Committee writes the legislation that allocates funds to […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Updates from Sen. Hirono (Dec. 9-19)

    Karin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE HIRONO STANDS UP FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES The Senate has voted on a 1,600 page bill that funds nearly every policy area and government program through Sept. 30, 2015. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono joined a number of her colleagues in voting against this proposal, which passed on a vote of 56 to 40. […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Bay Clinic earns highest patient-centered medical home recognition

    Karin
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Bay Clinic, Inc. has been awarded the highly coveted designation of a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the NCQA. This is the highest level attainable by a medical practice. PCMH recognition affirms that a primary care practice provides an exceptionally high […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Hawaii Forest Institute receives FLEX grant

    Karin
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Community Foundation through its FLEX Grants program recently awarded $28,000 in grant funding to the Hawaii Forest Institute. The Hawaii Forest Institute is Hawaii Forest Industry Association’s nonprofit corporation. The FLEX grant funding is courtesy of multiple Hawaii Community Foundation funds including Group 70 Foundation Fund, Hokulia Community Fund, Susan M. […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police arrest second person in connection with Minit Stop Hilo robbery

    Baron
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    A 24 year-old male was arrested in connection with a robbery of a convenience store on Kekela Street in Hilo on Tuesday (December 16, 2014). - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • News bulletin, Week of Dec. 15, 2014

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Public Utilities Commission 12/12 The Public Utilities Commission has posted the electronic files submitted by the Hawaiian Electric Companies in response to the Commission's request for information regarding the Power Supply Improvement Plans. The files can be accessed here. Local Industry News 12/19  Star-Advertiser: Gas, electric utilities differ on who will bring natural gas 12/19  PBN: NextEra's Hawaii solar farm called into question by state agency chief 12/18  PBN: Hawaii made great progress towards renewable energy in 2014, report says 12/18  PBN: Uber launches…
  • News bulletin, Week of Dec. 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hawaii Reporter
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    FBI Director James Comey with Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha at FBI Headquarters in Honolulu HONOLULU - With its strategic location in the Pacific and substantial military assets, Hawaii has been a prime target of foreign governments seeking U.S. intelligence, something FBI Director James Comey acknowledged on a recent trip to the state. The way to stop intelligence breaches, Comey said Dec. 12, is to “know your people” and “who has access to what,” and then, when someone “goes bad,” respond aggressively and “lock some people up for a long period of time.” Retired U.S.
  • U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says

    Malia Zimmerman
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    FBI Director James Comey says stopping cyber terror and cyber espionage are top priorities for his agency.. He is with Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha at FBI Headquarters in Honolulu HONOLULU — The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says. Lynn Mattice is president and CEO of the National Economic Security Grid, a non-profit organization focused on educating small and medium sized enterprises on a broad range of threats they face. “If we sit back and do nothing, we let the bad actors win," he…
  • Senator Thielen addresses "self-governed" issues

    Michele Van Hessen
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Senator Laura Thielen opened the conversation with the honor students from Remington College with a brief history of the Hawaii State Legislature Women's Caucus.   The Hawaii Women's Legislative Caucus is concerned that police protect the safety of all victims and response to all incidents of domestic violence as serious crimes. Senator Thielen voiced her concerns that the State Commission on the Status of Women has documented over 30 separate instances where police officers responded inappropriately to occurrences of domestic violence – in some cases not following State law or police…
  • University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes

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

    Hawaii Reporter
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
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  • OUR BLOG HAS MOVED —WE ARE GETTING A NEW LOOK!

    Tina Shelton
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Our Office of Information Technology (awesome members and Director Hank Glaspie pictured here!) and many other worker bees at the John A. Burns School of Medicine have toiled long and hard on a new look for our website. It should be coming on December 19, 2014. It will include pages for JABSOM as well as […]
  • MORE Hawai`i Teens Using e-Cigarettes

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

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

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

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

    Jason Genegabus
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    PICS: The Manor at M Nightclub Honolulu Pulse blogger and local DJ Christa "SuperCW" Wittmier celebrated her birthday at M Nightclub during The Manor on Friday. The post PICS: The Manor at M Nightclub appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Art+Flea Ugly Sweater Party

    Jason Genegabus
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    PICS: Art+Flea Ugly Sweater Party Art+Flea welcomed shoppers to its fourth annual Ugly Sweater Party at 1020 Auahi St. on Friday. The post PICS: Art+Flea Ugly Sweater Party appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Naughty List at Nextdoor

    Jason Genegabus
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    PICS: Naughty List at Nextdoor Odin Works bid farewell to Honolulu with the fifth annual Naughty List at Nextdoor on Friday. The post PICS: Naughty List at Nextdoor appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy

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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy Holiday happenings, a bar review of Bethel Street Tap Room, plus more ideas for the weekend ahead, courtesy TGIF. The post This Week in TGIF: Honolulu holiday joy appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • ‘Ahamele has winning sound

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    20 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    ‘Ahamele has winning sound Decorated performers hit the stage in West Oahu for a concert celebrating Hawaiian music. The post ‘Ahamele has winning sound appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Battle the holiday bulge with Shabu Shabu

    Olena Heu
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    With the holiday season in full swing, you might be battling the bulge, and in dire need of a detox or cleanse. With most Americans gaining a pound to two per holiday, healthy holiday eating can be almost impossible. But if you love Shabu Shabu, this could very well be just what the doctor ordered. Shabu Shabu House new owner Kazuyo Makita We were both recently invited to try out a couple of new menu items at Shabu Shabu House. New owner Kazuyo Makita is a yogi and advocate of healthy eating, and she’s selected ingredients that are fresh, full of antioxidants and vitamins. These two new…
  • This “Annie” has no heart, no point

    Myong Choi
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    You know all of those film purists who rage against Hollywood’s trend of remaking films from the past? Movies like “Annie” make their case that much stronger. It’s not that it’s a terrible film. It’s just a pointless one. I’m a fan of musicals, but am very cautious when it comes to their big-screen versions. There’s just something about musicals that demands a live audience, and the structure is very specific to a limited stage setting. Once you take those stories and expand them to the cinema world, something usually gets lost in the translation. Now I’ve never seen…
  • Party pics: Christmas Party @ Bevy

    Tracy Chan
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    The tree was hung with tinsel and lights; the scent of delicious food cooked by both Bevy staff and special guest chefs was in the air; and holiday drinks were flowing at Bevy Thursday for their second annual neighborhood Christmas party. Mele Kalikimaka!
  • Letters to Santa make wishes come true

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

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

    Catherine Toth
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    There are some meals that are unforgettable. And then there’s the winter truffle menu at Chef Mavro in McCully. It’s not a meal you’d easily forget — but it’s one you wouldn’t want to. It all started with this menu: I browsed the lineup: steamed day-boat onaga (long-tail red snapper) done Chinese style, a decadent wagyu pavé with a pomegranate-teriyaki glaze, a Waialua chocolate crispy rice bar. And wine, too? I felt like Christmas came early! My husband and I were invited by chef/owner George Mavrothalassitis and his lovely wife, Donna Jung, to sample the…
  • It started with an email

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

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

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

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

  • “The Biggest Loser” Wins with Kauai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    MediaSpan Upload
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    One of three alternative emergency-access routes in and out of the Pahoa area will open Saturday as the Kilauea lava flow continues toward the area's main highway.
  • Business Briefs

    MediaSpan Upload
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    Connector enrollment deadline extended • Mokulele Air offering same-day shipping • NLRB: McDonald's violated workers' rights • Chrysler to recall 288,000 Ram pickups and more
  • 'O Mariota ka 'oi, 'a'ohe mea nāna e pa'i kona po'

    User 5
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Synopsis: Congratulations to Marcus Mariota and his family, and not just for all his awards.
  • Punahou takes round 3

    MediaSpan Upload
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Punahou and Farrington traded lopsided wins in their first two preseason meetings. So, naturally, the third was a tight battle decided in overtime. For its second straight game in the Pete Smith Classic, Farrington forced overtime with a bucket in the final seconds of regulation.
  • Rabb's double-double powers Bishop O'Dowd

    MediaSpan Upload
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    The expectations are sky high and the Dragons of Bishop O'Dowd haven't played a great game — yet. They did enough to reach the final of the ‘Iolani Classic thanks to 6-foot-11 Ivan Rabb.
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  • Bye-Bye to This Blog

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island’s eastern tip

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island’s eastern tip An aerial photo, taken on Thurs., Dec. 18,  looking upslope from Pahoa, illustrating the current lava flow's proximity to Pahoa Marketplace and the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130. As of this morning, the flow was .8 miles upslope of Pahoa Marketplace.(CLICK PHOTO to enlarge.) Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

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

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

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

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

    Joan Conrow
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    After reading yesterday's blog post about the confirmation of Allan Parachini to the Kauai charter commission, despite smarmy opposition by Felicia Cowden and Councilman Gary Hooser, a friend sent me an email that opined:I dunno, I thought you were kinda easy on Felicia and Gary after one of the most appalling displays of McCarthyist public character assassination I've ever seen. Neither of them had the spine to tell the truth about their opposition: He is a threat because he is bright and he disagrees with me on public policy issues.Instead, the slimy innuendoes.I suppose what's most…
  • Musings: Petty Politics

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

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

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

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

  • Scholarships will go to three Maui County students

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

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

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

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hawaii high school seniors graduating in 2015 are invited to apply for the 10th annual HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program.
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    West Hawaii Today - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

  • Letters | 12-22-14

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Beach cleanup work appreciated
  • Hu Honua Bioenergy project moving forward after settlement

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Hu Honua Bioenergy expects to resume onsite operations with a full team of employees and contractors before year-end, including final site preparation, delivery of specialized equipment and construction mobilization.
  • Hilo park temporarily closing for landscaping project

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Hilo’s Kuhio Kalanianaole Park will be closed Dec. 29 through Dec. 31 so landscaping work may be performed at the coastal park. The park will reopen Jan. 1 and operate according to normal hours, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • 61K Hawaii consumers eligible for cramming refunds following T-Mobile settlement

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection announced Friday that Hawaii, 49 other states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA Inc. of $90 million in payments, and resolves allegations T-Mobile placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”
  • 4 arrested Molokai fishermen called heroes

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    WAILUKU) — Some Molokai residents are hailing four arrested fishermen as heroes for protecting their island’s resources from outsiders.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Police Make Arrest in Police Shooting Incident

    Alan McNarie
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Police charged a  a 33 year-old Mountain View woman with two counts of attempted murder as well as second degree theft and contempt of court in relation to an incident in Mountain View yesterday. Ashley Brooks De Morales allegedly drove a stolen truck in “a threatening manner” toward police attempting to intercept her at a traffic light near the Mountain View School yesterday. An officer fired one shot in response.  Detectives acting on an anonymous tip arrested her without incident at her home today and recovered the stolen black Nissan truck.  She remains in custody while the…
  • “Hazardous Odor” Assaults Waiakea Intermediate

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

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

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

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

  • Measuring Broadband Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

  • Episode 329: Cyber Security – Dec 17, 2014

    Burt Lum
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    http://cpa.ds.npr.org/khpr/audio/2014/12/BMC_121714.mp3 Joining us today is Tiffini Hunt from Verizon to tell us about their recent mobile device survey. Then we have Sandy Park from the High Tech Development Corp to tell us about the annual Holiday Tech Fair. Finally, we’ve invited Jodi Ito, Information Security Officer at UH and Motohiro Tsuchiya, visiting scholar at East West Center specializing in cyber security. We’ll talk about the growing concern over cyber attacks. Additional Links: Hawaii Business Express MyBusiness Hawaii Hawaii Innovation Framework Startup Paradise Demo…
  • Episode 328: Annual Gadget Show – Dec 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

    Kyle H. Albert
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    With the tremendous increase in the number of mobile web browsers, Mashable’s CEO Pete Cashmore dubbed 2013 as the “Year of Responsive Web Design.” Late last year, StatCounter, as featured by Gigaom, released a study showing that 53% of web browsers in 2013 came from mobile devices. As internet users became more dependent on their handy gadgets in researching information online, it seems the only way is to move forward to a more responsive design for business websites. This post will show you more reasons why you should consider a ‘one-size-fits-all’ look for your web page. Examples…
  • PROTECTING PATENT RIGHTS IN COLLABORATIVE INVENTING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The Hawaii Medical Service Association is initiating a health and well-being project in Hawaii to inspire more healthy living choices as part of its ten-year agreement with Healthways. In 2005, National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner started the Blue Zone Project after researching the links between demographics and longevity, and dubbed the areas with the longest life spans "Blue Zones" throughout the world, including places like Okinawa, Japan. HMSA, a newly designated Blue Zone Employer, is…
  • Waikiki Health will open second pharmacy by next year

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Local community health center Waikiki Health has received a license to operate its new pharmacy at the health center's clinic in Moiliili, and is set to open by Dec. 31. Waikiki Health opened the Makahiki Medical and Dental Clinic in February. Providing affordable medication was a natural next step, according to Tammy Kai, the pharmacy's director. The nonprofit considered contracting with nearby pharmacies, but ultimately chose to open one on location. "It started as an idea in July," Kai said.…
  • Travel Weekly honors Hawaii and Richard Kelley of Outrigger

    Jason Ubay
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Travel Weekly magazine recently honored Dr. Richard R. Kelley, chairman emeritus of Outrigger Enterprises Inc., with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelley was presented with the award on Tuesday night at Travel Weekly's annual Readers' Choice Gala Awards Dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. On the same night, it honored the winners of its 12th Annual Readers Choice Awards, and in the destination category named Hawaii the best U.S. state and Maui the best destination in Hawaii. The lifetime…
  • Hawaii's Mokulele Airlines offering same-day rush shipping service between Islands

    Jason Ubay
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Mokulele Airlines now offers same-day rush shipping service for enveloped up to 5 pounds and boxes under 70 pounds to and from its 10 airport locations on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Lanai and Molokai. Customers can drop off a package at a Mokulele ticket counter, and it will be available for pickup at the destination airport a few hours later. The service, which launched on Monday, currently is available at Honolulu International Airport and Kalaeloa on Oahu, Kahului, Kapalua and Hana on Maui,…
  • Honolulu rail agency solicits bids for station construction

    Bill Cresenzo
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    One day after the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said the cost of Honolulu's $5.16 billion rail transit project could increase by $700 million, the agency put out a solicitation for bids for the first of three rail station contract packages. In August, HART unsealed bids for the construction first nine stations along the 20-mile, 21-station route, but the lowest one came in more than $110 million more than HART had originally budgeted for. HART then decided to " repackage and recalibrate"…
 
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  • Living One's Best Life

    Mike Hu
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Nobody can do it for another.  Each has to live their own best lives -- regardless of what everybody else does.  That has always been the simple fact -- of everybody's existence.  We're all given one chance -- to make the best of it -- or not.  There is nobody, who never had a chance -- at least one, in their lifetime, to make a difference and change the course of their lives.  Most in fact, many chances -- all of them squandered, and so they claim, they never had a chance -- even once in their life.Even in the most repressive societies and conditions, people have a…
  • Expressing Health and Well-Being

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

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Obviously, doing what doesn't work, or what works badly, or just anything at all, is not going to produce the same results as doing what works, and needs to be done.  It doesn't matter what burns the most calories, or costs the most money -- produces the most pain and/or injury.  Yet many people think that is enough -- just to go ahead and do whatever they want to do, whatever turns them on, no matter what glaringly needs to be done.And therein lies the crux of most human problems and conditions -- doing what has caused their problem, and not doing what would prevent, or cure it --…
  • Solving the Problems of One's Own Living

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

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

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

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

  • Defective Complaint is Not a Jurisdictional Defect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Murakami
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    As we quickly approach Election Day, 2014, we thought it might be helpful to provide some history and analysis of the proposed amendments to the Hawaii Constitution to help voters get through the legal-ese. Question 1:  Relating to Disclosure of Judicial Nominees. Shall the judicial selection commission, when presenting a list of nominees to the governor or the chief justice to fill a vacancy in the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, circuit courts or district courts, be required, at the same time, to disclose that list to the public? Analysis:  In the…
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  • Failure to Comply with Contract Leaves No Additional Insured Coverage

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

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

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

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

    Tred Eyerly
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
       We hit seven years of blogging this month. We started in December 2007, 835 posts ago.     Two Damon Key blogs pre-date and continue to set the standard for this blog. Robert Thomas  has long maintained www.inversecomdemnation.com [here]. And Mark Murakami  started at www.oceanlawhawaiil.com [here] a couple of months before us.   Thanks to you readers for your support again this year. We will keep plugging away into 2015.
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  • Maine: On Second Thought, We Were Right When We Said That Beach Property Is Not Subject To Special Rules

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Back in February, we blogged about an opinion from the Maine Supreme Court involving littoral property (that's beachfront property to all you non-lawyers and Navy people), in which the court concluded that those who were asserting a prescriptive easement over the plaintiffs' beachfront property-- the Town  and several neighbors -- had not rebutted Maine's presumption of permissive recreational use of open land, when they introduced evidence that people generally made recreational use of the beach in front of the plaintiffs' properties, without showing…
  • Federal Court Challenge To NJ's Beach Replenishment Plan

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Here's the Verified Complaint in a case recently filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey: Plaintiffs Jenkinson’s Pavilion, a corporation of the State of New Jersey and Jenkinson’s South, Inc., a corporation of the State of New Jersey, (collectively “Plaintiffs”), bring this action, inter alia, (a) for a declaration as a matter of law that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“USACOE”) has not required, and does not require, for purposes of the “Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project,” the acquisition of perpetual rights in…
  • Programming Note: Get Ready For The 2014 Year-End Opinion Dump

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Get ready. With the end of the year nearly upon us, and our "For The Blog" folder brimming with opinions and items that we just haven't had time to post, in the next couple of weeks we'll be putting up a lot of these 2014 cases so we can start the new year afresh. This means that we won't be digesting the cases in much detail. Just enough so you get the drift of why we thought they are important for you to know about. Stay tuned.  Related articles HSBA Real Estate Litigation Update 2014 N.C.'s Map Act: Clouding Use By Condemnation On The "Long Road to…
  • HAWSCT: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • See a different view of ‘Land Division’ through Jan 4

    Lesa Griffith
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    In an unorthodox move, the museum has repositioned the two elements of the installation Land Division: An Installation by Sean Connelly, at the request of the artist. “There are so many ways to look at a sculpture,” Connelly said last Thursday when he visited the museum to check his altered work, while home on break from Harvard. “When I found out in September that the show would be extended, I thought it would be cool to show an alternative view of it.” Previously two halves of the structure were placed together, forming a sort of guava sapling mastaba. Now they have…
  • Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Ready, steady, go!

    Lesa Griffith
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Last Tuesday, the eight artists selected for Artists of Hawai‘i 2015 gathered in museum director Stephan Jost’s office for an introduction to the upcoming exhibition, some words of guidance, and to meet each other and do presentations of their work. For Jost, it was especially to meet each other and see each other’s work. “We hope your work will influence each other,” said Jost. “I can’t name a single important artist who didn’t know other important artists”—event he notoriously unpleasant Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh had each other (for a time). If, concluded Jost,…
  • Holiday Shopping: You would give them the world, and you can!

    Scott Whelden
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Less than a week to go, and you still haven’t gotten a gift for your loved ones. You’d give them the world, but you just couldn’t find the time. We understand. Well, never fear. You want to give them the world? Do it with a membership to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Membership at the Museum includes a year’s worth of access to world-class art and exhibitions at the museum and Spalding House. PLUS: Free access to every ARTafterDARK of 2015, the hottest party on the last Friday of every month. Not to mention discounts on concerts, lectures, movies, and more. Holiday gift…
  • Makin’ mosquitoes: Helping teach science through art

    Lesa Griffith
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:39 pm
    In Stephanie Sherlock’s classroom at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Elementary School on a Friday morning last month, Honolulu Museum of Art’s outreach program manager Justin Davies and artist-instructor Quala-Lynn Young were going over the upcoming lesson. They were starting a three-week art-and-science project with the class. Students paired up and each group received a plastic wrap-sealed test tube holding squirming mosquito larvae. The goal is to have the first-graders create a science journal in which they draw and record their observations. Justin Davies, the museum’s outreach program…
  • Experience a sound-and-sketch session on Feb. 28

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

  • I.D.F.W.BDAYS

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

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

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

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

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

  • 12/20/2014 - 2014 Ahamele: Monthly Hawaiian Music Series

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    <p class="p1">The Hawaii Tourism Authority will host the last of the 2014 Ahamele: Monthly Hawaiian Music Series at Lanikuhonua in Ko Olina. This free concert event will feature entertainment by Anuhea and friends, Weldon Kekauoha, Del Beazly Trio, Huewa and Halau Ka La Onohi Mai O Haehae, in addition to a fashion show featuring designers Ida Teiti (Tiare Teiti) and Louisa Ngum (Honey Girl).</p><p class="p1"> </p>
  • 12/20/2014 - Honolulu City Lights

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">Come join this annual family friendly Oahu event! Enjoy live entertainment, Mayor's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade. Trolley rides to view the lights are available through various vendors. <br /> <br /> <a rel="nofollow nofollow" href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.honolulucitylights.org%2F&h=dAQFeDxGr&enc=AZPJVmRutH4iTs0cWgCEFZaqM-xel9JccD3NMX4egs3nqDzYuCAwxeT-jegO8dVR-sE&s=1" target="_blank">www.honolulucitylights.org</a></span></p>
  • 12/20/2014 - The Nutcracker

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">The Hawaii State Ballet Junior Company, directed by John Landovsky, proudly presents its 28th annual production of The Nutcracker at Mamiya Theatre. The Nutcracker is a perennial Christmas favorite about a young girl's journey through a dream world of toy soldiers, scurrying mice, and dancing sweets! It's the perfect production to celebrate the holiday season and introduce a child to the beauty of classical ballet.</span></p>
  • 12/20/2014 - White Christmas

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    <p>Two World War II army buddies, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, have become a very successful song and dance team, making it big in nightclubs, radio and then on Broadway.  They meet two sisters at a nightclub in New York and with romance in mind, follow the girls to a gig in Pine Tree, Vermont. Arriving at the inn, they discover there are no guests and more importantly, no snow!</p> <p>Ready to turn around and leave, the boys hesitate when they realize the innkeeper is their beloved former commanding general. Deciding to help out and bring business up to the inn, Wallace and…
  • 12/20/2014 - RockOut Productions Beer Pong to Vegas WIN $50,000

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">Join Rockout Productions, Rock Star Tattoo, Piercing and Laser Tattoo Removal, Eightball Hawaii, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheRaveRockHi">Rave Rock Hawaii</a> on Saturday, December 20th at Nextdoor, located at 43 N. Hotel Street for Hawaii's ONLY beer pong tournament sanctioned by the World Series of Beer Pong as a Satellite event organizer! 18+ welcome. You must be 21+ to compete in the tournament.<br /> <br /> <br /><span> FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US AT ROCKOUTPRODUCTIONSHAWAII@G</span>MAIL.COM<br…
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    Hawaiimagazine.com | HAWAII Today

  • Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island’s eastern tip

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Kilauea volcano lava flow again threatening sole access roads to Pahoa town and Hawaii Island&rsquo;s eastern tip An aerial photo, taken on Thurs., Dec. 18,  looking upslope from Pahoa, illustrating the current lava flow's proximity to Pahoa Marketplace and the intersection of Pahoa Village Road and Highway 130. As of this morning, the flow was .8 miles upslope of Pahoa Marketplace.(CLICK PHOTO to enlarge.) Photo: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
  • Albatross eggs flown from Kauai to Oahu in attempt to start new North Shore colony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ride the Wind in Hawaii!

    Jamie Winpenny
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    It’s been a blustery few days on Oahu. Most of us welcome the cool trade-wind weather, but there is a group of The post Ride the Wind in Hawaii! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Marcus Mariota’s Shared Glory

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

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

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

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

  • Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    We’re talking about Chinatown today, a part of Honolulu that has really come into its own as a hotbed of the arts The post Chinatown on Oahu Today vs Yesteryear appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Holidays are upon us – Tips for flying to Hawaii during the busy season

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

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

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

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    There are a ton of ways for travelers to save on vacations, especially with new companies popping up like Airbnb and VRBO The post Vacationing vs. just Traveling to Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Kauai lanai

    Sheila Beal
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Mahalo to Jeff Silvers for sharing his beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Jeff took this photo on November 7th from his lanai (balcony) at Pono Kai in Kapaa, Kauai. What a lovely view through the green lawn, swaying palm trees to the ocean. A view like this makes it difficult to leave Kauai at the end of the visit!Happy Aloha Friday!© Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site…
  • Maui & Lanai New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Celebrations for 2014/2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Christmas is so special to us in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The first Christmas I celebrated in Hawaii was in the 1960's when I was in grade school.  I remember vividly how wonderful it was to be warm, feel the sun on my skin, be outside without a coat, and swim in the ocean. I do not remember any gifts that year.  My Christmas gift was being in Hawaii.When we came to Hawaii for Christmas vacation as adults, we enjoyed the decorations and all the fun events planned for the season by the hotels.  We made an effort to decorate a tree and string lights in our hotel room.  But our big Christmas gift was being in Hawaii where we spent…
  • Mail Service Disruption in Hawaii

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

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

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

    Hilo Living
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Before we moved to Hawaii, baking soda was just one of those ingredients to make fake “lava” for paper mache volcanoes in grade school. When we lived in Hilo we found baking soda very useful for improving the air quality on very voggy (bad volcano emission) days.  We had heard that soaking a towel in water and baking soda and putting it in front of a fan helped. Since vog is mostly sulfuric acid, the mildly basic baking soda helped make the environment less acidic. Recently we started using baking soda to clean things.  We have a wooden table that had built up layers of dirt,…
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • Cuban Christmas Memories of Long Ago….continued

    Sonia
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
      When I was growing up in Cuba, a very long time ago, it was the custom in our family to get dressed up in our nicest clothing in the afternoons on the week of Christmas, and visit the Asilos de Ancianos (homes for the elderly or nursing homes), hospitals and convents where the nuns would set up huge and very elaborate manger scenes every year...usually taking half a room or a whole vestibule.  They would "build" whole tiny villages on tables and boards that had been covered with brown paper; all wrinkled up and splashed with green paint here and there, forming…
  • Memories of Cuban Christmases...very long ago

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

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

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

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

    Nanea Kalani
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The union for Hawaii public school teachers says some of its members are being caught up in lengthy investigations for alleged misconduct that 7 out of 10 times results in clearance of wrongdoing by schools — but their reputations are maligned in the process.
  • Man gets 20 years for drunken driving death

    Associated Press
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A man from the Federated States of Micronesia with multiple convictions for drunken driving was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing one pedestrian and injuring a second on Maui.
  • First ohana arrives home for holidays

    Star-Advertiser staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    President Barack Obama ended his traditional year-end press conference Friday by telling reporters, "And now I'm going to go on vacation. Mele Kali­ki­maka, everybody. Mahalo."
  • Hawaiian Air passenger faces charges

    Associated Press
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A man has been accused of hurling racial slurs and curse words at a flight crew, creating such a ruckus en route from Hono­lulu to the territory of American Samoa that the pilots nearly turned the plane around.
  • Lawmakers question the rush to extend rail surcharge

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Legislators who hold the state's purse strings are taking a wait-and-see approach to the idea of extending a 0.5 percent Oahu surcharge on the state general excise tax beyond 2022 to help pay for Hono­lulu's rail transit system.
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    SportsHawaii.com

  • Ranking the bowls 1-38 (excluding the national championship)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Women Business Spotlight:: Lana Osborne-Paradis ~ Blast Fitness

    Lulu
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This month we are excited to shine the spotlight on Lana Osborne-Paradis from Blast Fitness.  She is a BSc Kin, CSEP-CEP, AFLCA Trainer and a LuluLemon Ambassador from Calgary, Canada.  For the last eight years, she has been running, jumping and kettlebell swinging as a personal trainer. Her clients are her greatest inspiration. Every person is different, so she thrives on figuring out what makes people tick, sweat, eat some kale and then tick better. Her goal is to change people’s relationship with exercise and healthy eating. She says we need to be lovers, not fighters. We need to find…
  • FOLLOW YOUR BLISS TO NICARAGUA AND YOU COULD WIN A $400 CARVE DESIGNS SHOPPING SPREE

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

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

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

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

  • Uber in Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maui Sunset Love Never Gets Old

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thursday 3 – Christmas Grab Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • It's a Pipefish, but which Pipefish?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Social Life in Hawaii?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Musings: Tall Order

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    After reading yesterday's blog post about the confirmation of Allan Parachini to the Kauai charter commission, despite smarmy opposition by Felicia Cowden and Councilman Gary Hooser, a friend sent me an email that opined:I dunno, I thought you were kinda easy on Felicia and Gary after one of the most appalling displays of McCarthyist public character assassination I've ever seen. Neither of them had the spine to tell the truth about their opposition: He is a threat because he is bright and he disagrees with me on public policy issues.Instead, the slimy innuendoes.I suppose what's most…
  • Musings: Petty Politics

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

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

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

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The horrible revelations contained within the Senate Intelligence Report on the CIA Use of Torture are extreme examples of what can happen when people decide that the ends justify the means.That moral slippery slide is being used right now by some Congressmen to justify and excuse actions that any conscionable person would consider absolutely and unequivocally wrong. Things like physical and mental torture, secret payments to nations in exchange for establishing dungeons within their borders, doctors and psychologists complicit in harming the bodies and souls of prisoners in their care,…
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  • Party like it’s 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    gigihawaii
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Waimea Valley, Oahu. An elderly friend of mine was married to an oral surgeon.  Though he made his living by extracting people’s teeth, he always told us to “hang on to your teeth!”  Dentures make a poor substitute for real teeth and pose all kinds of problems, such as food particles getting caught under one’s dentures.  And dental implants are very expensive, as well.  So, yeah, hang on to the teeth you have. I keep telling David to hang on to his knees.  Despite his arthritis, he is still able to walk without a cane or a walker.  Why does he want replacement surgery on his…
  • My life in Hawaii on Wednesday

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

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

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

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

  • Honor for Mink

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

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

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

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

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

  • Smart Money Monday: Instilling value for the holidays

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kuapapa at Hoakalei

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
      Kuapapa at Hoakalei is comprised of 4 collections (price ranges)  that all have customizable floorplans in variable price ranges.   Loulu-  the Loulu collection of charming seaside-style cottages have 4 plans that start in the $600's. Residence 25.10, 25.20, 25.30 and 25.40 range from 1628-1864 sq ft. They  include three or four bedrooms, and an available main floor master suite.      Naio- The Naio collection is in the same vein as the Loulu collection, with a bi...
  • 91-1032 Kaimoana St. Ocean Pointe MLS: 201419203

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

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

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

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

  • Way Down South on the Big Island of Hawaii

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

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every two minutes, for 12 minutes (6 sets):Back Squat*Set 1 – 5 reps @ 55%*Set 2 – 5 reps @ 65%*Set 3 – 3 reps @ 75%*Set 4 – 2 reps @ 85%*Set 5 – 2 reps @ 90%*Set 6 – 1 rep @ 95%Then rest two minutes before starting…Every 3 minutes, for 6 minutes (2 sets) of:Back Squat x 1 rep @ 101-105%B. In teams of 2, with only one person working at a time, complete the following for time:100 Wall Balls (20/14 lbs to 10 ft)75 Cals on the Rower50 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20")75 Toes to Bar100 Wall Balls (20/14 lbs to 10 ft)
  • 19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 10 minutes (5 sets) of:Deadlift*Set 1 – 8 reps @ 50%*Set 2 – 6 reps @ 60%*Set 3 – 4 reps @ 70%*Set 4 – 2 reps @ 80%*Set 5 – 2 reps @ 85%Immediately following...Every 2 minutes, for 6 minutes (3 sets):Speed Deadlift x 3 reps @ 70%Reset the barbell every time on the floor…do not perform these touch and go.B. Every four minutes, for 20 minutes (5 sets) of:Run 400 Meters10 Push Press (115/75 lbs)5/3 Muscle-Ups(See November 14, 2014.)
  • 18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Holiday Schedule:Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th: 8am, 9:30am, and 11am classes only!Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th: CLOSEDFriday, December 26th: 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm classes only!Saturday, December 27th: Regular Class Schedule.SIGN UP SHEET IS AT THE GYM. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHICH CLASS YOU'LL BE ATTENDING. THANKS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
  • 18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Front Squat*Set 1 – 3 reps @ 85-90%*Set 2 – 2 reps @ 90-95%*Set 3 – 1 rep @ 95-102%*Set 4 – 3 reps @ 90-95%*Set 5 – 2 reps @ 95-102%*Set 6 – 1 rep @ 105+%Rest 2 minutes between setsB. Every minute, on the minute, for 8 minutes:Strict Shoulder Press x 1 repLoads per set (by %): 55, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95,Every 2 minutes, for 6 minutes (3 sets) of:Strict Shoulder Press x 1 rep @ 101-105%C. Three sets of:Single-Arm DB Row x 10 reps each @ 2111(move up in weight from last week)Strict Toes to Bar x 8-10 reps @ 3110Rest as needed
  • 17 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 15 minutes (10 sets):Jerk*Sets 1-2 – 3 reps @ 60%*Sets 3-4 – 2 reps @ 70%*Sets 5-6 – 2 reps @ 80%*Sets 7-8 – 1 rep @ 90-95%*Sets 9-10 – 1 rep @ 101-105%B. Five sets for max reps in 3 minutes of:Row 500 MetersStrict Handstand Push-Ups x Max RepsRest 3 minutes between sets.(Compare results to November 12, 2014.)
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    Oahu Mom

  • December 20 & 21, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    It’s time for another weekend!  The Weekend Events Page has information on lots of family friendly events happening on island so check it out and have a great weekend with your ohana! The post December 20 & 21, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • December 13 & 14, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    There are a lot of family friendly events happening this weekend including a hike, a bike parade, free admission to Bishop Museum, breakfast with Santa, holiday music and crafts and so much more.  Check the updated Weekend Events Page for all the details on these and other events and have a great weekend! The post December 13 & 14, 2014: Weekend Events appeared first on Oahu Mom.
  • December 6 & 7, 2014: Weekend Events

    Lisa
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The holiday season gets into full swing this weekend with Christmas parades, crafts, toy drives, music and SNOW!  Yes, snow in Hawaii!  Several venues will have tons of snow for keiki to play in so get your boots and mittens ready! This weekend also marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and there are commemoration services and a parade planned for that.  This past week my family had the honor of meeting a survivor who is here for the event. There are also a few non-holiday themed events happening including paper making, a Pokémon competition and more. These events and more…
  • Christmas Events Page for 2014

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

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

  • Social Life in Hawaii?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Positive Thoughts: Reaching Out

    hawa6217
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “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
  • Aspirin and Breast Cancer Treatment

    hawa6217
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. A preliminary study indicates overweight or obese postmenopausal women who got hormone therapy in breast cancer treatment were less likely to have the cancer recur – or for it to recur later – if they took aspirin or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. At the University of Texas at Austin, Linda deGraffenried looked at data from 440 women – most overweight or obese – with the estrogen receptor-positive form of breast cancer. She says many took…
  • Grainger Selects Two Leeward Students for Scholarships

    hawa6217
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Oahu)– Two of Leeward Community College’s Automotive Technology majors were selected for Grainger’s Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program. Vincent Niotta and Ryan Abella each received a $2,000 scholarship to assist with completion of their academic studies. Grainger, a local distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities, offers the scholarship for tuition and books to 250 outstanding students each year who are earning associate’s degrees or certificates in skilled trade and public safety programs at 125 community colleges across the…
  • UH Manoa Commencement Ceremony to be Held Dec. 20 at Stan Sheriff Center

    hawa6217
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Oahu)–UH Mānoa will hold its Mid-Year 2014 Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, December 20, at the Stan Sheriff Center from 9 a.m. to noon.  Commencement speaker is Kathryn Matayoshi, Superintendent, Hawai‘i State Department of Education. New this year are carpooling incentives, an option to view the ceremony live at Murakami Stadium, and the opening of the H-Zone store on the morning of the ceremony. More than 1,000 students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates to conclude the Fall academic term.  Approximately 800 students will receive…
  • Positive Thoughts: Everything is a Miracle

    hawa6217
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “You can move through life seeing nothing as a miracle, or seeing everything as a miracle.” -Albert Einstein
 
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    Maui Makers

  • Rocketry Workshop December 27

    Laura
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Build rockets and launch them. This class has two components. In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown. Stage two of the event will put teams together to build model rockets and launch them in the park nearby. The event will be held at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School and will start at 10 am. Entry fee is $20.00 per family. This class is the first of a series. We aim to fire larger rockets in the…
  • Make Personalized Ornaments

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

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

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

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

  • Kakaako - A Vibrant History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    brian
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The Kona Impact office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 28. We will re-open on Monday, December 1. Enjoy your time with friends, family and loved ones. The post Holiday Schedule appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • Online Marketing Email: What is a Scam and What Isn’t?

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

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

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

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