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  • Time for a change? Lawmaker wants diaper changing tables in men’s restrooms

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    Howard Dashefsky
    29 May 2015 | 12:29 am
    A Honolulu city council member is introducing a measure that would provide caregiver parity for both mothers and fathers. Where they can change a child’s diaper? Children do what they do and diapers need to be changed. One city councilman now says where they are changed can pose health risks for everyone. Trevor Ozawa is a city council man, and a father. For him the bill he introduced is personal. One that hit home when he was with his baby girl at a restaurant. “It was just me and my daughter at a function. And I had to change her diaper, and I asked the waiter where do I go to…
  • Ruby Tuesday feeds 1,000+ homeless on Oahu

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    Web Staff
    29 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    Thanksgiving came exactly six months early for more than 1,000 homeless thanks to Ruby Tuesday Hawaii. The locally owned and operated franchise served “Thanksgiving style” turkey meals at four Oahu locations that serve and feed the homeless, including River of Life Mission in downtown Honolulu and Surfing the Nations in Wahiawa. “We’re six months out of Thanksgiving and I felt that Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time where we all open up our hearts and wallets and give to the needy, well six months out, this is Ruby Tuesday Hawaii, a local company, helping out those…
  • Kahala School: Two more class photos, 1957-58

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    Ian Lind
    28 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    When I described the 60th Anniversary of Kahala Elementary School a few days ago, I noticed that I was missing a photo of my 4th grade class. One of my former classmates at the school commented: “wish you had the 4th grade photo Miss Landis – I believe- and then Mrs. Reichauer’s (sp?) 5th grade […]
  • Selfie and a Selfie

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    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    My selfie with Brandon doing a selfie with the fire at a beach house on the North Shore on Saturday, May 23, 2015.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Hawaii turns Obamacare program over to feds, House speaker tries to hobble ethics director, teachers challenge union election decision, tuition hikes scaled back, military beefed up, layoffs for Kaho'olawe Island commission, Hawaii hospitals, Kaui DuPont workers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

    All Hawaii News
    Nancy Cook Lauer
    22 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Waimanolo Beach, photo by Alaska DaveWaimanalo Bay Beach Park was named the top beach on an annual top 10 list of U.S. beaches compiled by a coastal science professor known as Dr. Beach. Associated Press.Hawaii is switching its Obamacare program to the federal exchange, meaning 37,000 residents insured through the Hawaii Health Connector will have to re-enroll via the federal marketplace for coverage in 2016, Gov. David Ige's administration confirmed Thursday. Star-Advertiser.House Speaker Joe Souki is calling on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission to reject many of the new policies it has put…
 
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  • Siren testing: Maili Pt., Kapolei Costco and Kapolei Middle School

    Web Staff
    29 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), together with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, will conduct siren testing on Oahu Friday, May 29, 2015. The test will happen between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations: Maili Point Kapolei COSTCO Kapolei Middle School Residents nearby may hear the siren sound for six to eight times during 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified time frame. Testing will include checks of the public address system and short blasts known as “burps.” In an actual emergency, these broadcasts will be heard at…
  • Maui residents urged to sign up for new emergency alert system

    Web Staff
    29 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Maui county officials want residents to stay connected by signing up for the county’s new emergency alert system. It’s called Maka’ala. Those who sign up will receive alerts to their cell phones or computers. All you have to do is go to www.mauicounty.gov and click on the Emergency Prepardness tab on the left. “Maka’ala translated from Hawaiian means to be alert, aware and vigilant and we want residents to be just that,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “We have had a number of tropical storms, hurricanes, tsunamis and other emergency events hit Maui County…
  • 7.0 magnitude quake strikes off Alaska, NO tsunami threat to Hawaii

    Web Staff
    29 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 907 PM HST THU MAY 28 2015 TO – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII SUBJECT – TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME – 0900 PM HST 28 MAY 2015 COORDINATES – 56.6 NORTH 156.5 WEST LOCATION – ALASKA PENINSULA MAGNITUDE – 6.8 MOMENT EVALUATION BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI…
  • Time for a change? Lawmaker wants diaper changing tables in men’s restrooms

    Howard Dashefsky
    29 May 2015 | 12:29 am
    A Honolulu city council member is introducing a measure that would provide caregiver parity for both mothers and fathers. Where they can change a child’s diaper? Children do what they do and diapers need to be changed. One city councilman now says where they are changed can pose health risks for everyone. Trevor Ozawa is a city council man, and a father. For him the bill he introduced is personal. One that hit home when he was with his baby girl at a restaurant. “It was just me and my daughter at a function. And I had to change her diaper, and I asked the waiter where do I go to…
  • Ruby Tuesday feeds 1,000+ homeless on Oahu

    Web Staff
    29 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    Thanksgiving came exactly six months early for more than 1,000 homeless thanks to Ruby Tuesday Hawaii. The locally owned and operated franchise served “Thanksgiving style” turkey meals at four Oahu locations that serve and feed the homeless, including River of Life Mission in downtown Honolulu and Surfing the Nations in Wahiawa. “We’re six months out of Thanksgiving and I felt that Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time where we all open up our hearts and wallets and give to the needy, well six months out, this is Ruby Tuesday Hawaii, a local company, helping out those…
 
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  • Prison authorities probing 2 escapes

    Rob Shikina
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    State prison officials are investigating how two people escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Tuesday.
  • U.S. verdict in Kauai dust case seen as 'persuasive'

    Rosemarie Bernardo
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Fifteen Waimea, Kauai, residents who say they can't enjoy their homes because of red dust from fields operated by DuPont Pioneer recently won their legal battle in federal court against the seed company, but whether the remaining 185 plaintiffs will be awarded damages still hasn't been determined.
  • April tourism blooms with growth

    Allison Schaefers
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    April was the second month of 2015 that experienced a year-over-year climb in visitor spending and arrivals, largely due to a gain in domestic travelers and visitors from Japan.
  • City plans affordable housing for seniors

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Details of a plan to put up a senior affordable rental housing complex and community center on a closely watched city property along River Street are to be unveiled by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday.
  • Kaimuki arcade granted liquor license

    Rob Shikina
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Despite a "grounds-well" of opposition in Kaimuki, an arcade connected to Winner'z Zone, which was raided by police for illegal gambling machines, can begin serving liquor at its Waialae Avenue location soon, possibly by the end of next month.
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  • Kahala School: Two more class photos, 1957-58

    Ian Lind
    28 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    When I described the 60th Anniversary of Kahala Elementary School a few days ago, I noticed that I was missing a photo of my 4th grade class. One of my former classmates at the school commented: “wish you had the 4th grade photo Miss Landis – I believe- and then Mrs. Reichauer’s (sp?) 5th grade […]
  • Throwback Thursday: Why is he smiling?

    Ian Lind
    28 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Why am I smiling in this photo from August 1985? The headline tells the story. Just the month before, Common Cause/Hawaii had released my report alleging corruption and extensive violations of the state’s ethics laws by a lobbying group associated with the state judiciary. At the time, I was executive director of Common Cause here […]
  • A “Dear Joe” letter regarding ethics

    Ian Lind
    27 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    My Civil Beat column today is a response to House Speaker Joe Souki’s letter to the State Ethics Commission complaining about its opinions over the past several years that have tightened ethics restrictions relating to gifts and other matters (“Ian Lind: Dear Joe, If You’re Concerned About Ethics Problems Look in the Mirror“). Souki’s letter […]
 
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  • Lawmakers commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

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

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

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

    Hawaii Star Wire
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) calling on the agency to provide greater visibility to Hawaii macadamia nuts on its export list to foreign markets. In December 2014, Congresswoman Gabbard visited India at the personal invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During her stay, some of the visits included those with business leaders to discuss a bolstered Hawaii-India trade relationship focused on the growing food retail market in India. “India is the world’s 10th largest economy measured in terms of…
  • 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.
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  • Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for May 28, 2015

    Baron
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level fluctuated over the past week, but remained well below the Overlook crater (vent) rim and out of direct view from Jaggar Museum. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Updates from Rep. Gabbard (May)

    Karin
    29 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    MEDIA RELEASE Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) welcomed a bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) led by Rep. Mike Rogers, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to Hawaii. She joined them on an overview brief of the United States Pacific Command (PACOM), which covers over 50 percent of the globe’s surface and includes nearly 60 percent of […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Updates from Sen. Hirono (May)

    Karin
    29 May 2015 | 2:28 am
    MEDIA RELEASE Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed Sen. Mazie K. Hirono’s bipartisan resolution recognizing May as Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. “Over the course of this month, I’ve met dynamic Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who continue to build upon the achievements and foundation laid by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Updates from Sen. Schatz (May)

    Karin
    29 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mark Heinrich (D-N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have introduced a bill to preserve endangered Native languages. The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act creates a new grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs. The grants will support the revitalization […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Active lava lakes are found beyond Earth

    Baron
    29 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    Exploration of volcanoes within our solar system has been much like the exploration of Hawaiian volcanoes in the 19th century: sporadic. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • News bulletin, Week of May 25, 2015

    26 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Local Industry News May 28  PBN: U.S. Navy Command in Hawaii receives national energy award May 28  PBN: Developer reveals second phase of renewable-energy plan for Molokai May 28  Utility Dive: Inside Hawaii activists' push to ditch HECO and transform the utility business model May 27  PBN: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative giving back $2M to its members in June May 27  PBN: Major solar energy farm planned for Central Oahu May 27  PBN: Maui Mayor forms group to study alternatives to electric utility May 27  Star-Advertiser: Electric customers will likely see…
  • News bulletin, Week of May 18, 2015

    19 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Local Industry News May 23  Star-Advertiser: UH regents vote to end support of fossil fuel companies May 22  PBN: Nevada firm's 25 MW Hawaii geothermal contract should be approved, consultant says May 22  PBN: Renewable-energy plan for Hawaii's public schools takes big step May 22  Star-Advertiser: NextEra, HEI wary about sharing information May 22  PBN: Energy Excelerator weekend hackathon to tackle Hawaii's traffic problem May 21  PBN: Hawaiian Electric wants to know about involvement in any takeover attempts May 21  PBN: University of Hawaii to stop…
  • News Bulletin, Week of May 11, 2015

    11 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Local Industry News May 15  PBN: Car sharing network Zipcar rolls out first Hawaii fleet in Waikiki May 15  PBN: Changing mindsets key for sustainability, PBN panelists say May 14  KITV: Car sharing company Zipcar debuts in Hawaii May 14  Star-Advertiser: Bicycling is a key ingredient in Honolulu's transportation future May 14  PBN: Hawaiian Electric/NextEra Energy deal began as 'Project Oracle' May 12  PBN: NextEra Energy has no time period in keeping Hawaiian Electric headquartered in Honolulu May 12  Greentech Media: Hawaii passes legislation to go 100%…
  • News Bulletin, Week of May 4, 2015

    6 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Local Industry News May 8  Scientific American: Hawaii aims for 100 percent renewable power by 2045 May 7  PBN: Group formed to seek a public acquisition of Hawaiian Electric Co. May 6  HuffPost Hawaii: Hawaii Legislature Passes $26 Billion Budget, 100% Renewable Energy Goal May 5  Star-Advertiser: Legislature Sets goal of 100% renewables by 2045 May 5  PBN: Hawaii's Ala Moana Center getting another large solar energy installation May 5  PBN: Hawaii legislation sets 100 percent renewable energy goal for the state  
  • News bulletin, Week of Apr. 27, 2015

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Local Industry News May 1  Star-Advertiser: SolarCity offers off-grid, Tesla battery storage systems to Hawaii residents May 1  Star-Advertiser: Solar plane to take off for Hawaii from China on Monday May 1  Star-Advertiser: Tesla charges into solar power storage market for home and business Apr. 30  Utility Dive: Hawaii lawmakers agree on 100% renewables by 2045 mandate Apr. 30  PBN: Hawaii's utilities rank among tops in the U.S. for solar integration Apr. 30  Star-Advertiser: Renewable energy electrifies NextEra's profit Apr. 29  PBN: NextEra Energy met…
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  • UNFORTUNATE TRUTH

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

    Andy Parx
    5 May 2015 | 7:01 pm
    "Blood bath" isn't too strong a term for today's Hawai`i State Senate shake-up. And social media has eleven fingers to point in explaining how and why three of the biggest advocates for food safety and sustainability- Senate Health Committee Chairman Josh Green, Water and Land Chairwoman Laura Thielen, and Agriculture Chairman Russell Ruderman- were reportedly ousted from their committee leadership positions. It would be easy, if not simplistic, to think that it was just an early yet predicable coup for the chemical and Frankenfood cartel. But the demise of conservative Senate President Donna…
  • EDUCATION AND THE MOUNTAIN

    Andy Parx
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    More than forty years ago Kanaka Maoli and those in allegiance began to dream of reclaiming political and cultural sovereignty over Hawai`i nei. In the 1970's after more than a century and a half of an often brutal repression of spirit, culture and language- with a US military overthrow and occupation thrown in- what's been called a "renaissance" emerged in not just direct actions like the reclamation of the bombed-out yet still sacred island of Kaho`olawe, but the resurrection of the language, culture and very soul of a great people which had been viciously repressed. As with black families…
  • MEL RAPOZO'S "REEFER MADNESS"; COMING SOON TO A COUNCIL MEETING NEAR YOU:

    Andy Parx
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Reefer Madness is coming to Wednesday's Kaua`i County Council meeting when long-time pot-foe, Chair Mel Rapozo, will introduce Resolution 2015-37 demanding the state legislature kill bills that would set up "compassion centers" to provide medicinal cannabis patients in Hawai`i with a place to purchase their medicine. Most other states with medical marijuana programs provide for "stores" where patients can buy their medicine and the programs have generally been a great success. Some states- Colorado and Washington and the District of Columbia- and some local jurisdictions have also approved…
  • KAUA`I CORRUPTION BUST NABS EVERYONE

    Andy Parx
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    (From 2009)(PNN)-- April 1— LIHU`E-- More than ten thousand people on island of Kaua`i were indicted and arrested on racketeering charges today as a result of what the FBI called “the biggest corruption and fraud investigation in the bureau’s history.”“We finally pulled the trigger and busted em all” said Special Agent Richard Stauber. “We were going to arrest just the mayor, his department heads, the county council and most business leaders but after extensive investigation we found complicity from almost every citizen on Kaua`i. most of whom knew about it all but “nevah like…
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  • Thomas W. Wigle Second Lieutenant U.S. Army - BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

    Duane Vachon
    22 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. The Greek philosopher Thucydides once said, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thomas Wigle born on May 18, 1909 at Indianapolis, Indiana. Wigle is one of those who Thucydides was speaking about. For relaxation from his music studies, Lieutenant Wigle always liked to shoot on a rifle range. He never hunted game. He hated war but after spending three days in the nation's capital viewing historic documents, monuments and buildings, just before he…
  • Do You Want Your Child To Thrive?

    Keith Wommack
    18 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    By KEITH WOMMACK -- During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints, and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched. Lisa Miller, PhD, believes she knows why. Dr. Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, The Spiritual Child – The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage. Spirituality, until relatively recently, interested mainly…
  • A NATION OF HEROES

    Duane Vachon
    16 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Today we should all be proud to salute the patriotic and selfless men and women who proudly wear the uniforms of our nation's Armed Forces. Each service member, wherever he or she may be, whatever his or her task, contributes directly and importantly to the defense of this great nation. The task of each is the same -- to protect and defend the freedoms which underlie the greatness of America. The origin of Armed Forces Day in 1949 was to help promote an increased public awareness of the unification of the Armed Forces under a single Department of Defense, an…
  • Visiting Sandakan--Borneo's charming entrepot

    Robert Kay
    11 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    by Rob Kay and Kurt Stewart Sandakan is a port town and an entrepot to the wildlife refuges of the fabled Kinabatangan River. (See our recent article, Adventures along Borneo's Kinabatangan River: A Malaysian Wildlife Holiday). There's no question that most visitors to Sandakan are strictly passing through and are not going to be in town too long. A pair of vitamin sellers at the Sandakan Market We strongly suggest that if you're heading to the river, don’t be in a rush. Otherwise you'll miss out on Sandakan’s ample charms.  In short, we think Sandakan is well worth spending an extra…
  • Roswell Winans First Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULDN'T QUIT

    Duane Vachon
    10 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Roswell was born at Brookville Indiana on December 9th 1887. There must be something in the water at Brookville, aside from being the home town of Roswell Winans, it has also produced 5 Governors and one famous porno actress Hanna Hilton. Not bad for a town with a population of around 2500. Brigadier General Roswell Winans, who earned the Medal of Honor during combat in the Dominican Republic, died 7 April 1968, at the San Diego Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. He was 80. Brigadier General Winans, much-decorated veteran of almost forty years of military…
 
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    Honolulu Pulse

  • This Week in TGIF: Greenroom Festival

    Webmasters
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    CONTENT SOURCE: Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife This Week in TGIF: Greenroom Festival The Greenroom Festival arrives in Waikiki and the Rainbow Film Fest returns, plus more ideas for the weekend ahead, courtesy TGIF. This Week in TGIF: Greenroom Festival was originally published at Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife. If you are reading this on another site, someone has stolen this content.
  • Greenroom Festival a surf celebration

    Webmasters
    29 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    CONTENT SOURCE: Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife Greenroom Festival a surf celebration Greenroom, a Japan-based branding and advertising agency that operates two art galleries on Oahu, is importing its Greenroom Festival to Waikiki. Greenroom Festival a surf celebration was originally published at Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife. If you are reading this on another site, someone has stolen this content.
  • Intra-Island Music Tour celebrates diversity

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    29 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    CONTENT SOURCE: Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife Intra-Island Music Tour celebrates diversity The Intra-Island Music Tour celebrates Hawaii’s cultural diversity, with more than 40 artists and bands, including McChale “Aquile” Gunby. Intra-Island Music Tour celebrates diversity was originally published at Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife. If you are reading this on another site, someone has stolen this content.
  • Honolulu Rainbow Film Fest returns

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    29 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    CONTENT SOURCE: Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife Honolulu Rainbow Film Fest returns As the 2015 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival approaches, a former Hollywood heartthrob talks about his autobiographical film, “Tab Hunter Confidential." Honolulu Rainbow Film Fest returns was originally published at Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife. If you are reading this on another site, someone has stolen this content.
  • Hawaii no disappointment for ‘Aloha’ star

    Jason Genegabus
    29 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    CONTENT SOURCE: Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife Hawaii no disappointment for ‘Aloha’ star Rachel McAdams spent three months in Hawaii filming “Aloha” and “loved every second of it.” Hawaii no disappointment for ‘Aloha’ star was originally published at Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife. If you are reading this on another site, someone has stolen this content.
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  • #CatEats: Dinner in a kitchen on Maui

    Catherine Toth Fox
    22 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I didn’t know how I was going to pull this off. I was going to be flying back home from Okinawa, where I had been for a week, with only a couple of hours before jumping back on a plane to Maui. But I had a good reason. It was called Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience put on by Maui Executive Catering in Haʻikū, known for thoughtful, hyper-local dishes. Here’s how it works: For $100, you feast on a prix fixe menu created and executed by executive chef Jeff Scheer, an alum of the Culinary Institute of America and chef instructor at the Maui Culinary Academy, right…
  • #40trails No. 5: Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail

    Catherine Toth Fox
    18 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    HIKE: Wiliwiliniu Ridge Trail, Wai‘alae Iki, O‘ahu WHEN: May 2015 LENGTH: 5 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Moderate FEATURES: Native plants and birds, views of Waimānalo, camping allowed, stairs and section with ropes I couldn’t remember the last time I had hiked to the summit of the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail in East Honolulu — but I did remember two things: the stairs and the ropes. This trail, located at the top of the exclusive Wai‘alae Iki subdivision, is very similar to its neighboring trails, Hawai‘i Loa and Kuli‘ou‘ou, in terrain and views. And they all have those…
  • Goodbye to two great restaurants

    Catherine Toth Fox
    13 May 2015 | 11:46 pm
    On May 3 I got an email that simply read, “Changes for DK Restaurants.” I almost didn’t open it. But I did — and found out that two of my favorite restaurants — Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas and Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar — were closing this month. I was shocked. The last time we had been to Hiroshi it was packed. (Granted, it was one of those special kaiseki dinners, but still.) It was hard to believe this restaurant, along with the more casual Vino, would no longer be our go-to dinner spot on a Friday night. Not even 10 minutes after reading the email, I made…
  • #CatCooks: Homemade, restaurant-quality salsa

    Catherine Toth Fox
    5 May 2015 | 3:16 am
    There are a few things I never even think about making. Like mayonnaise or marshmallows. Same can be said for salsa. Why make it when you can buy it — and it’s easier, cheaper and probably better-tasting? I decided to try making my own salsa after a girlfriend wanted a spicy condiment to serve with some smoked pork she was planning to make. I had fully planned to just buy a fancy jar, but she insisted I make it from scratch. I mean, if she had to make her pork from scratch, I should suffer, too. Fair enough. Here’s the thing: I had no idea how to make salsa — just a vague…
  • #40trails No. 4: Kayaking, hiking Mokoli‘i

    Catherine Toth Fox
    4 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Paddling to Mokoli‘i HIKE: Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), Kualoa, O‘ahu WHEN: March 2015 LENGTH: 1/3 mile (to the island), 15 minutes to the summit DIFFICULTY: Moderate (only because you have to get there somehow) FEATURES: 360-degree views, seabirds, light bouldering Before I even start, I have to post these warnings: you can only walk to Mokoli‘i, or Chinaman’s Hat, at low tide. Once the tide rises, you’ll need a kayak or surfboard or something to get back. (Unless you’re a strong enough swimmer, but I still wouldn’t recommend it.) People have died here, so…
 
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • Get Outside and Go!

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

    RPang
    21 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Writer, adventurer, and Kauai resident Heidi Siefkas describes one of her all-time favorite kayaking adventures to Kipu Kai beach, famous for its appearance in the movie The Descendants. It is important to note that it takes an experienced paddler to make this journey. If you’re so inclined, you need to be in excellent shape, understand surf conditions, and [...]
  • Don’t Forget the Kids!

    RPang
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Outdoor playground? Check. Marine life encounters? Check. Educational hike? Triple check. Next stop – Hawaii Island! Trust us, your children will love you even more when you take them on outings such as these. For an insider’s take, Jonelle Shimamoto, marketing and public relations manager of Atlantis Submarines, says that Atlantis Submarines’ Kona Tour is [...]
  • Festival Fun for the Whole Family

    RPang
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Perhaps you’ve heard of the Merrie Monarch Festival, a world-renowned hula competition in April, or seen pictures of the mouthwatering dishes served at the Hawaii Food & Wine and Festival in September, but there are so many family-friendly festivals and events that take place during the months in between. From young keiki (children) to teenagers, [...]
  • The CW’s “Rock the Park” Discovers New Heights in the Hawaiian Islands

    RPang
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Jack Steward and Colton Smith, hosts of The CW’s “Rock the Park,” travel across the country to take on the biggest adventures at America’s most popular national parks. Tune in on Saturdays, April 18 and 25 at 11:30 a.m. (in most markets) as their journey brings them to Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island to test [...]
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    Hawaii Blog

  • Hang Gliding Business a ‘Dream Come True’

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Eric Nakamoto has spent five years chasing the poetic but precarious dream of flying for a living, giving up a stable teaching job, selling his Aiea condo, and taking off for the mainland on a wing and a prayer. “I had to seek training on the mainland because almost everyone currently flying trikes (powered hang gliders) here in Hawaii tried to prevent and discourage me from pursuing this,” he tells me. “I basically moved to the West Coast years ago with two large suitcases, an old Toyota Camry, and a pocket full of change, and slept in hangars.” “I finally…
  • Luncheon to Assess the VC Scene

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The President has the State of the Union, the governor has the State of the State, and the local startup scene has the annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” luncheon, hosted by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Last year’s event had marked the re-launch of the HVCA, with new president Meli James (who joined Sultan Ventures in March) and new board member Chenoa Farnsworth (of Hawaii Angels and Blue Startups). But a lot can happen in a year. On one hand, the legislature failed to pass a bill that would have provided $10 million in additional funding to the…
  • Local Startup Showcase Returns Friday

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Hawaii’s three most prominent startup accelerator programs are again joining forces to showcase the best and latest companies in their respective programs. Friday’s Startup Paradise Demo Day will put company founders on stage, but rather than making pitches to judges, they will be trying to earn “investor dollars” from attendees. The last Startup Paradise Demo Day was held in January and featured 11 companies. The three programs are Blue Startups (founded by Henk Rogers, named by TechCrunch as one of the nation’s top twenty best accellerators in March), the…
  • Gallery: Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 May 2015 | 2:22 am
    Every Memorial Day, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist sect stages one of the largest and most visually stunning public tributes to the dead. This year was the 16th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, a unique merging of an American day of remembrance for fallen military members and the Japanese tradition of tōrō nagashi. More than 40,000 people gathered at Ala Moana Beach Park, and for the first time in a few years, my daughter Katie and I were among them. We decided to make the pilgrimage to honor my father in law, Edward J. Eno, who passed away in March. And it gave us the opportunity to…
  • LiveSift Gets New Name, New Funding

    Ryan Ozawa
    24 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Local startup LiveSift announced this week that it was changing its name to MeetingSift “to better align the company’s name with its corporate mission and strategy,” as well as that it had raised over $800,000 in seed financing to help the company grow its enterprise offerings. MeetingSift is led by Alex Bergo and his wife Viil Lid, serving as CEO and CTO respectively, who started building their technology company after they both earned their PhDs in communication and information sciences at the University of Hawaii. They joined the second cohort at Blue Startups in…
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    Manifest Hawaii

  • MF Event Recap: Ma’a Wahine

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

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

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

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

    MF
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Poetry reading every 3rd Monday of the Month. April 20th, 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm This is a poetry reading event. Under agers allowed till 9pm. No cover.
 
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    Literary Lotus

  • Review: Born with Teeth | Kate Mulgrew

    literarylotus
    18 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    BORN WITH TEETH by Kate Mulgrew | Little, Brown $18 | Reviewed by Christine Thomas for The Miami Herald A prison chef, a shrewd detective and a spaceship captain — these are just three of actor Kate Mulgrew’s defining roles during her decades-long career. While fans of Star Trek Voyager and Orange Is the New Black may be first to recognize her, Mulgrew’s first book — a bold, lightning-paced memoir — catapults all into her fiercely lived off-screen life. Her intrepid revelation that she gave up her first child for adoption just as her career took off with a starring role on…
  • Find Me – Laura Van Den Berg’s first novel rich with emptiness

    literarylotus
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The lure of escape beckons, seduces and often overpowers us. Joy, the 19-year-old protagonist of Laura Van Den Berg’s new novel, practically embodies the idea, whether she’s fleeing foster homes or disconnecting from life via cough-medicine highs. When Find Me opens, Joy has seized the opportunity to escape anew, this time from a United States beleaguered by a sickness that erases people’s memories before turning them silver and swiftly taking their lives. Van Den Berg’s set-up, coming on the heels of fears over Ebola outbreaks, is topical and intriguing. Already exposed but…
  • My Backyard Volcano

    literarylotus
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m a Kailua girl, but these days you might not know it. Since moving to Honolulu (just a 30-minute drive but light years away), instead of days by the beach I seem to regularly stalk Diamond Head—the 300,000-year-old volcanic crater first given the name Lē‘ahi by Pele’s sister, Hi‘iaka, because it resembles the brow of the ‘ahi. I walk around it for exercise, drive by (and lose cell reception) en route to nearby Waikïkï Aquarium, use its color as a rainfall barometer, and can just spy it from my deck. I thought we should meet face-to-face. My afternoon arrival at Diamond Head…
  • Al_ha Hawa_ _!

    literarylotus
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Until September of 2014, I hadn’t watched Wheel of Fortune since I was a kid. But when my editor offered me a chance to write a contestant’s-eye-view feature on Wheel’s return to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on Hawai‘i Island to tape 20 shows for the 2014-2015 season, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I spent two days on set, interviewing crew and contestants – including Pat and Vanna – sitting in on a small try-out session and watching 10 back-to-back shows. It was hard not to get hooked solving puzzles and feeling excited for the big winner. Sitting…
  • Fade to White

    literarylotus
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    On a recent sojourn to Hawai‘i Island, on a whim I took the long drive to the cool, mauka town of Waimea, past green pasture and ranch style houses with a pinching cold belaying blue skies. Dominated by a 1910 residence, the historic home of Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, Hawai‘i’s “First Lady of Ranching,” immediately intrigued me. When I finally made time for a tour, I learned it was imbued with more depth than I’d ever guessed driving past it on the main road. The 110-acre property is one of the state’s earliest ranches. It came into Anna’s family in 1848 and remains home to 50…
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Imaginary Crisis

    Joan Conrow
    28 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    All of a sudden, I'm seeing a lot of pro-biotech media coverage.Like the USA Today editorial that asserted GMO food bans, like the one adopted by the Chipotle chain, are “validating ignorance and hysteria.” In discussing the consumer call for labeling, it notes:Much of this is a result of anti-GMO crusaders' exploitation of mistrust about how foods are genetically modified.And businesses, including Chipotle, have been quick to capitalize on that sentiment for marketing purposes, even when it's stretched to a ludicrous degree. I'm frequently astounded to see products like canned anchovies…
  • Musings: We Be Scammin'

    Joan Conrow
    26 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    The kooky chick who dropped the F-bombin last week's Kauai County Council meeting was apparently trying to scam people with a fake long-term rental after county planners shut down her illegal Anahola homestay.An alert on Craigslist warned prospective tenants:DO NOT PAY A $2500.- DEPOSIT ON THE LISTING WITH THE ABOVE TITLE, THE PERSON WHO PLACED THE AD FOR THIS PROPERTY IS NOT THE OWNER AND HAS NO PERMISSION TO RENT THIS HOME. IT IS CURRENTLY IN ESCROW AND BEING SOLD.So who is behind the Treehouse? None other than Sean — aka "Crazy Suzy” Brown, aka “the fuck girl at the B&B…
  • Musings: Neighbors

    Joan Conrow
    24 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Over at a friend's house, TV on, some show called “House Hunting” has an Aussie couple with an oh-so-original dream of living off the land and on the beach — he catching fish for dinner, working an odd job here and there; she mostly worrying about their two young kids and no hospital.But he's the dominate one, so they go house-hunting on a remote Fijian island, where they find a Canadian who got tired of the winters back home and now looks well-fed selling real estate to the JOJs. He takes them first to some fab oceanfront place that would cost well over $1 million in Hawaii, but is…
  • Musings: Hit and Myth

    Joan Conrow
    21 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Testimony at Tuesday's homestay/B&B hearing exposed as myth the idea that small farms can be self-supporting on Kauai.One self-described farmer after another said they can't make a go of agriculture without income from their visitor accommodations.Bruce Ferhring, a former Realtor who previously owned a TVR, first said he would have a difficult time keeping his “farm” afloat without income from his guest cottage. Then he urged the Council “to help us to continue to create local food security on Kauai.”But if that “food security” is dependent on tourism, is it truly secure?Larry…
  • Musings: Chasing the Green

    Joan Conrow
    20 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    You'd think everyone who cares about bees, bats and butterflies would cheer President Obama's plan to bolster their food supply and habitat, while imposing new restrictions on pesticides. Scientists and other bee experts were certainly thrilled that the President is prioritizing pollinators, pouring millions of dollars into restoring 7 million acres of land over the next five years – an action that likely will also benefit other species and even entire ecosystems. As The Washington Post reports:I have to say that it is mighty darn lovely having the White House acknowledge the indigenous,…
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    The Maui News

  • New rates, classes at UH Maui Fit for the summer

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    UH Maui Fit is offering a new monthly rate and some new fitness classes during its summer program, which begins Monday. Those who sign up for summer membership by May 30 will be entered in a drawing for a 64-ounce hydro flask.
  • Water Conservation Poster Contest draws 495 entries

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Department of Water Supply's sixth annual Water Conservation Poster Contest drew 495 entries from more than 25 public, private and home-schools countywide.
  • Local Briefs

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Taro expert will lead workshop Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will host a Kalo (taro) Workshop led by cultural practitioner and accomplished farmer Jerry Konanui at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Maui native serves with Navy helicopter squadron

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A 2010 King Kekaulike High School graduate and Maui native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced helicopter, the MH-60R Sea Haw.
  • In the Service

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Private First Class Jarred Anthony Sagadraca, 20, of Wailuku graduated from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on May 8.
 
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    West Hawaii Today - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

  • Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival

    nefeeder
    29 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Legendary musician Mark Knopfler described heaven as a place where folk and jazz music meet the blues. If that’s the case, then heaven is making a special trip to the Big Island June 4 through 7 for the Fourth Annual Big Island Jazz &Blues Festival at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
  • Q&A: Musician Lee Stewart

    nefeeder
    29 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Lee Stewart has been a successful pianist, vocalist, and composer performing throughout the United States and Canada for almost 50 years. He’s played many different styles and genres of music throughout his life, but in the past few years he has made more of an effort to develop his own jazz style.
  • VAC to display G. Brad Lewis photos

    nefeeder
    29 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    The fine art photographs of Brad G. Lewis will be displayed in June by the Volcano Art Center.
  • A&E Wrap-Up | 5-29-15

    nefeeder
    29 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Oceanfront Music Festival to be held June 6 in Kona
  • Firehouse Gallery to commemorate summertime

    nefeeder
    29 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Firehouse Gallery in Waimea will present “Summer Fun” starting Wednesday and continuing through July 17.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • No Tsunami Expected from Alaska Quake

    Alan McNarie
    29 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    A M 6.8 earthquake hit a remote part of the Alaska Peninsula  691 miles ssouthwest of Anchorage at 8:08 p.m. HST. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center anticipates NO tsunami threat to Hawaii from this temblor.
  • Classic Cars to Invade Hawaii

    Alan McNarie
    29 May 2015 | 12:46 am
    Expect to see lots vintagecars rolling along Big Island highways from June 25 to July 5.  Members of the Hawai`i Classic Cruisers (HCC) organization will be  bringing their prides and joys  from Michigan, Oregon, Texas, California, Nevada and around the globe, as well as from O’ahu and Maui,  to this island for their triennial “Cruise Paradise” happening. Participants pay $20 to enter one vehicle and $10 for each vehicle thereafter so that their vehicle entry into all events related to the cuise; they pay their own shipping to get their cars here.  But for spectators,…
  • 18-Year-Old Charged in Mt. View Murder

    Alan McNarie
    24 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Keesler From the Hawaii County Police Department: Hawai’i Island police have charged the Puna man who was arrested for murder on Saturday (May 23). At 3:30 p.m. Sunday (May 24), 18-year-old Forrest Keesler of Mountain View was charged with second-degree murder. His bail was set at $250,000. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (May 26). The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Jeffrey Kelly of Mountain View.  
  • Survey: Hawaii County is Unhealthiest in State

    Alan McNarie
    24 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Just as Hawaii Health Systems, the island’s chief hospital facilities provider, announced that shortfalls would force it to cut services and lay 0ff 87 employees in East Hawaii, a prestigious nonprofit released survey findings that rank Hawaii County dead last in the state for overall health. Every five years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which bills itself as “the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health,” releases the results of a nationwide survey of health conditions, broken down by county. The latest survey ranks Hawaii County dead last in the…
  • Puna News — Son Arrested For Father’s Death

    Tiffany Edwards Hunt
    23 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    (Media release) — Hawaii Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with an incident in Puna on Saturday morning involving a father and son. At approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a reported domestic incident at a home in the Fern Acres subdivision. They arrived to find medics treating an unconscious 47-year-old man. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he died a short time later. The victim’s 18-year old son, Forrest Keesler of Mountain View, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was taken to the Hilo police…
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    Bytemarks

  • Mixed outcome for PISCES budget

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

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

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

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

    Burt
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Moon RIDERS: Research Investigating Dust Expulsion Removal Systems is a unique collaboration that involves NASA, PISCES, Google Lunar XPrize, Dept of Education, Iolani High School and Kealakehe High School. It’s rare to have such a diverse public private partnership involving a public and private school, and MoonRIDERS is being touted as a first for Hawaii. Both schools have an opportunity to build and operate an experiment on the surface of the moon. Interestingly, a major problem with extraterrestrial landings is dust. Eons of dust, layer upon layer of this fine as flour, rough as…
 
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 352: Reboot the Commute – May 27, 2015

    Burt Lum
    28 May 2015 | 1:41 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll talk with a couple of news guests. Meli James from HVCA joins us to tell us about the upcoming HVCA luncheon, State of Venture Capital in Hawaii. Then Chenoa Farnsworth from Blue Startups let’s us know about the next Startup Paradise Demo Day. Finally, we’ll talk to Jonas Vibell from the Energy Excelerator and Nicole Hori, George Lee, Evelyn Pirnia and Josh Weldon, all the winners from the Reboot the Commute app challenge. Additional Links Stewardship of Mauna Kea Oculus Rift Founder Palmer Luckey Being…
  • Episode 351: The Science of TMT – May 20, 2015

    Burt Lum
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Today the spotlight is on our guests, as we’ll jump right into conversations with a couple of special news guests. On the local front, Jonas Vibell and Blake Burris will first tell us about the upcoming Reboot the Commute app challenge. Then Jyotika Virmani, Director of Technical Operations for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, will tell us about the contest, and its finalists. Finally, we will explore the scientific potential of the Thirty Meter Telescope, IfA astronomers Roy Gal and Jessica Lu and TMT Board member Mike Bolte. What is the legacy of Hawaii astronomy, and what will…
  • Episode 350: Fahrenheit 73 – May 13, 2015

    Burt Lum
    13 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    On tonight’s special edition of Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll jump right into our conversation with a couple of news guests. Bee Leng Chua and Alice Li will first tell us about a new summer course called “Entrepreneurship: Business Remodeling & Fundraising.” Then, Jay Fidell will join us to tell us about an upcoming ThinkTech panel on public spaces. Finally, we’ll talk Linda Chu Takayama, Tiffany Quezada and Eunica Escalante about an innovative, student-driven project to cool Hawaii classrooms called Fahrenheit 73. Additional Links: Center for Tomorrow’s…
  • Episode 349: PISCES – May 6, 2015

    Burt Lum
    7 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Joan Matsukawa from HMAUS about the upcoming Springfest. Then joining us is Noah Hafner from HiCapacity to tell us about the upcoming Mini Maker Faire. Finally, we’ll talk with Rob Kelso and Henk Rogers about PISCES, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. Additional Links Lawmakers commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 Solar Impluse 2 Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 348: Sounding Rockets – Apr 29, 2015

    Burt Lum
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Kenny Luong to tell us about an upcoming joint IEEE/HiCapacity event. Then Tiger Oakes joins us by phone from the Big Island to tell us about his bus transportation app GoRide.io. Finally, we’ll talk with a team of 8th graders from SEEQS Charter school that is preparing to launch an experiment on a NASA sounding rocket into low earth orbit. Here Zach Deweese (mentor) and Amandin Rabeendran (student) show circuit and experiment cube. Additional Links Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize Ground-based…
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • Hurricanes this year a near slam dunk: Be ready

    27 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center is predicting an El Nino this summer, and that means a much higher chance of hurricanes in our part of the Pacific.And we’re due. More on that later.(Image: This is a satellite image of the eastern Pacific from today, May 27. The storm system with the red X shows strong signs of developing into a more powerful storm. Credit: NOAA.)This year, the NOAA numbers make hurricanes a statistical slam dunk. Nearly 20-1 odds that we’ll see big storms before December.That’s not a guarantee, but the odds are looking spookier for hurricanes than they have in…
  • Superweeds and pesticide resistance in Hawai`i

    26 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The diamondback moth, a major pest of Hawaiian watercress, cabbages and other crucifers, has repeatedly developed resistance to pesticides used to control it.There has been a lot of discussion in the Islands about weeds gaining resistance to pesticides used on genetically modified crops, but pesticide resistance has been an issue for farmers since long before genetic modification became prevalent. (Image: Diamondback moth larvae feeding on cabbage. Credit: Doug Wilson, USDA.) Almost every pest control method—organic and synthetic pesticides, and even cultural techniques like crop…
  • Native Hawaiian ducks repopulating the island chain

    19 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Okay, not much cuter than a mama duck and her ducklings.Laysan ducks, the most geographically isolated duck species in the world, has now leapfrogged across the Hawaiian archipelago, from its Laysan home to Midway in 2004 and last year to Kure Atoll.(Image: Laysan duck and her clutch. Credit: DLNR.)Laysan ducks, Anas laysanensis, which are sometimes called Laysan teals, were once found throughout the Hawaiian Islands, up and down the chain from the high islands to the tiny atolls to the northwest. But under pressure from humans, other predators like rats, habitat loss and other issues,…
  • Comet's clues critical in solar system origin probe.

    17 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Okay, you expect to find weird stuff if you go digging on comets.But this weird?(Image: Three rocks [left] and fine-grained dust [right] from Wild 2. Credit: R. Ogliore & Z. Gainsforth.)Geophysicist Ryan Ogliore, of the University of Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, looked into the comet Wild 2, and found a bizarre assemblage of materials.“The comet's nucleus today is made up of small rocks and ice, separated by fractions of an inch, that originally formed billions of miles apart. Some rocks have seen temperatures above 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, but adjacent ice has been…
  • Center for Food Safety pesticide report disappoints

    15 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    When we make public policy, we depend on accuracy of information. Which raises the issue of repeated error in the Center for Food Safety’s new “Pesticides in Paradise’ paper. The mistakes in the report begin in the first paragraph, and just keep rolling along.It’s been a few days since the report’s May 6, 2015 release, and it has not generated much discussion. That may be appropriate.It would be perfectly possible to write a serious public policy document critical of genetic engineering in Hawai`i agriculture without misstatements and misdirection, but this CFS report…
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • YWCA of Oahu Leader Luncheon honors Hawaii women leaders: Slideshow

    Tina Yuen
    28 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Four Hawaii leaders — Mary Moragne Cooke, Kathryn Inouye, Laura Smith and Candy Suiso — were honored at the YWCA of Oahu’s annual Leader Luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki hotel. Kathryn Inkinen, founder and president of Inkinen & Associates, and Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara, owner of Remedy Intelligent Staffing, were co-chairs of the annual event, which packed the Sheraton Waikiki’s Hawaii Ballroom Wednesday. The honorees were: Mary Moragne Cooke, co-founder of the nonprofit Manoa Heritage…
  • New CEO George Szigeti plans to help Hawaii Tourism Authority at the Legislature

    Jason Ubay
    28 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    George Szigeti says he intends to play close attention to what's happening at the state Capitol in his new job as president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Szigeti, who was announced as head of the state's tourism marketing arm several weeks ago, signed the papers to make his appointment official during an HTA board meeting Thursday. Board Chairman Aaron Sala said the board confirmed Szigeti's appointment in an executive session but did not release details of his contract. Sala said they…
  • Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui named world's fifth-most-expensive hotel by Luxury-Hotels.com

    Jason Ubay
    28 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The Montage Kapalua Bay on Maui has been named the world's fifth-most-expensive hotel with room rates averaging $1,554 a night, according to Luxury-Hotels.com. A recent survey commissioned by the website looked at the average rates for a standard double room during the summer, between June and August 2015. It included properties with at least 15 rooms located in a single building, excluding villas, bungalows and safari camps. The most-expensive hotel by this measure was the Amangiri in Canyon Point,…
  • Honolulu’s American Electric Co. moves to new corporate headquarters in Central Oahu

    Duane Shimogawa
    28 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    American Electric Co., one of Hawaii’s largest and oldest electrical contractors, has consolidated its Oahu operations into a new headquarters in Central Oahu. The new 7,500-square-foot office and warehouse, which was built on about an acre of land in the Mililani Technology Park, opened on Tuesday. American Electric Chairman Bob Dewitz said the company was based in Honolulu for its first 70 years in business, first in Kakaako and then on Sand Island. Its former office location eventually will…
  • Waimanalo Health Center prepares to launch $13 million capital campaign for expansion

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    28 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The Waimanalo Health Center is kicking off a $13 million capital campaign for a new two-story facility and parking lot in Windward Oahu. The campaign, which is launching June 10, will fund the center’s first major expansion since it opened in 1989. Construction of the new 17,753-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin in February 2016 and be finished by July 2017. Services at the new clinic will include medical, behavioral health, vision, pharmacy, nutrition and support. The new facility…
 
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    Hawaii House Blog

  • Sakada Day to Honor Hawaii's Filipino Heritage

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

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

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

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

    7 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    On the last day of the 2015 regular session, the House passed on final reading HB321, CD1, which creates a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana and establishes the parameters for individuals and entities to apply to set up the dispensaries. “There are an estimated 13,000 qualifying patients throughout the state who are desperately looking to find a safe, reliable and
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  • Selfie and a Selfie

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    My selfie with Brandon doing a selfie with the fire at a beach house on the North Shore on Saturday, May 23, 2015.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Beach House on North Shore on 5/23/2015

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Brandon and I at a beach house on the North Shore on May 23, 2015.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • I Love My Mom.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    23 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Like many Americans of Japanese Ancestry, I was disciplined mentally and physically to be strong.  But honestly, I’ve always had a soft side, and as I grew older, I’ve learned that it’s also strong to express love and compassion.  My mother has been my mentor on this and is my first teacher on being positive.  She has always supported everything I’ve done from school, sports, music, martial arts, community organizations, acting, law, politics, and business.  Since I was a kid, I always shared my goals and dreams with her.  I would often tell her, “Hey mom,…
  • Productivity Poster

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    23 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    An interesting productivity poster. I’m trying to better my sleeping, jumpstart my day from the morning, and improve my time management. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Equities Market 5/22/2015

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    22 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    After a bumpy ride in the market in April, especially with investments in biotech and China, May is looking pretty good for these sectors.  For biotech, BLUE did very well in the last 2 weeks.  Pharmaceutical company EGRX rose higher recently.  China stocks moving as well, like ASHR, an ETF.  Semiconductor stocks SWKS and AVGO doing well.  Conservative large cap companies AAPL and DIS are steadily gaining – I’m emotionally attached to these two companies because I love their products and services.  Good luck everyone and happy trading in the final week of May 2015.Filed…
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Even Treadmills Can Be Dangerous

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The greatest attainment and the key to life, is making the most of what one has -- rather than desiring, and even attaining, insatiable more, which as wise people realize, always is a little more -- no matter how much they have.That is the first consideration, and not the last, for those who want to be efficient at personal problem solving -- before one can go out and save the world.  One has to first direct that improvement to one's personal problem solving -- before it can be effectively scaled to solving the larger problems.  Obviously, solving the problems of one's own health,…
  • The Answer is Out There

    Mike Hu
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    The Great Realization is that we know far less than what we don't know -- or think we do.  Just because we don't have the answer, doesn't mean that nobody does.  It may even be that what we think is hard and difficult, is really very simple and easy -- but our conditioning (education) is to think that everything is hard, and requires years to learn -- especially if the "educator's" job, is their own lifetime job security -- for as long as they can convince their students, that nothing else is possible -- for everything that can be known, has already been discovered, as though…
 
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    Hawaii Legal News

  • ICA: We Mean it When we Say Exigency

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

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Background. Ubaldo Cruz was on trial for allegedly committing multiple sexual assaults on his neighbor’s daughter. At trial, Cruz objected to the admission of cell phone records over a three-month period. The circuit court denied the request, but ruled that a failure to call the custodian of records to testify at trial was a violation of Cruz’s constitutional right to confront witnesses. The next day, the prosecution sought to introduce the records with a certified copy of a declaration from the custodian of records on the grounds that they met the business records exception to the…
  • Fleshing out when you can use Preliminary Hearing Testimony at Trial

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:32 pm
    State v. Nofoa(HSC April 14, 2015)Background. Toi Nofoa was charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of terroristc threatening in the second degree. In September 2008, Nofoa was held by a judicial determination of probable cause. Attached to the JDPC was an affidavit from an HPD officer that containing hearsay statements from the CW, Nofoa’s girlfriend. Nofoa had a preliminary hearing.At the preliminary hearing, the CW testified that she was in a relationship with Nofoa for about two and half years, and she ended it. She testified that about a month after the breakup, Nofoa called…
  • The Previously-Unknown Cabbage Defense

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    State v. Bowman(ICA February 27, 2015)Background. Max Bowman was charged with spilling on the highway in violation of HRS § 291C-131. Bowman, a farmer, was driving a truck full of cabbage from his field in Honokaa to Paauilo on the Big Island. He was driving a green flatbed pickup truck with cabbage in the bed. It was not covered. He drove on Route 19—the Hawaii Belt Road—when Officer Romeo Fuiava passed him in the opposite lane. Officer Fuiava kept heading in his direction and saw either cabbage or lettuce in the back of Bowman’s truck. About a half a mile down the road, Fuiava saw…
  • “Alcohol” is not an Element to DUI

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:02 pm
    State v. Turping(ICA February 25, 2015)Background. Lori Turping was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant. HRS § 291E-61. Specifically she was charged with operating a vehicle while “under the influence of alcohol.” The complaint did not include the statutory definition of the term “alcohol,” which is defined in HRS § 291E-1. Turping moved to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the complaint failed to include the statutory definition of the term. The motion was denied, the district court found her guilty, and she appealed.Defining…
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    hawaiioceanlaw.com

  • Hawaii Campaign Finance Law Survives Constitutional Challenge

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

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

    Mark Murakami
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    We are headed to the Big Easy tonight for the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation Annual Conference.   The Real Estate Litigation Committee is pleased to present a seminar of complex claims resolution, entitled When the Levee Breaks - Resolving Complex Claims; Lessons of the Deepwater Horizon, Katrina and More.  Our panelists are Deborah Greenspan of Dickstein Shapiro, Professor Marilyn Berger of Seattle University School of Law, Daniel Cantor of Arnold & Porter and Stephen J. Herman of Herman Herman & Katz.  The panel will be moderated by Judge Nannette Brown of…
  • Rocket Docket? Federal Court Stats Say D. Haw. is FAST

    Mark Murakami
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The Federal Judiciary just released its business report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Where does the District of Hawaii, conceptually rendered above, stack up? For civil cases, in terms of median time from filing to trial, D. Haw. has a median time interval of 15.5 months.  The average median time from filing to trial for all district courts was 24.9 months.  Hawaii placed third behind the Eastern District of Virginia's blazing 12.5 months and the Southern District of Florida's 14.6 months. Hawaii had 667 civil cases in FY2014.  That is nearly three times the…
  • Knowing Your Rights: Honolulu Rail Project and Right of Way Acquisitions

    Mark Murakami
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Do you own property along the rail guideway? Have you received a letter from a City right-of-way agent using terms like "fair market value" and "just compensation"? Do you know your rights to relocation? We are going to discuss these questions and more on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria.   Our law firm is hosting an informational session for the community, IN the community to help business owners whose rights or property may be impacted by the rail.  We've invited property owners, businesses, and residents…
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • Coverage for Injury to Insured's Employee Not Covered

    Tred Eyerly
    27 May 2015 | 3:01 am
       The employee exclusions in the employer's CGL and Umbrella policies barred coverage. Piatt v. Indiana Lumbermen's Mut. Ins. Co., 2015 Mo. LEXIS 32 (Mo. April 28, 2015).    Linda Nunley was killed while working for Missouri Hardwood Charcoal, Inc. The kiln's large steel door had been removed and was leaning upright against another kiln when it blew over and crushed Ms. Nunley. Her family filed a wrongful death suit against Junior Flowers, the company's sole owner, director, and executive officer. The complaint alleged that Flowers was negligent in ordering employees…
  • Dispute Over Exhaustion of Primary Policy

    Tred Eyerly
    20 May 2015 | 3:01 am
       In a dispute between the excess and primary carriers, the Fifth Circuit determined the primary policy was exhausted, triggering coverage under the excess policy. Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co. v. Arch Spec. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6627 (5th Cir. April 21, 2015).    Amerisure issued a CGL policy to Admiral Glass & Mirror Co. The policy provided excess over any coverage under a controlled insurance program policy. Arch issued an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) policy to Endeavor Highrise, LP and to its contrators and subcontractors for bodily injury and property damage…
  • Bad Faith Claim for Inadequate Investigation Does Not Survive Summary Judgment

    Tred Eyerly
    18 May 2015 | 3:01 am
       The insured's claim for bad faith investigation regarding their hail damage claim did not survive the insurer's motion for summary judgment. Amarillo Hospitality Tenant, LLC v. Mass. Bay Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56228 (N. D. Tex. April 29, 2015).    A hailstorm caused damage to the Courtyard Marriot. The day after the storm, the insured inspected the roof of the hotel and observed damage to a sign and some aluminum vent tubes. No damage to the roof itself was observed. Subsequently, leaks were found on the tenth floor of the hotel. A public adjuster concluded that the…
  • Hawaii Bill Preserves Insurance Coverage in Lava Zones

    Tred Eyerly
    13 May 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Hawaii legislature passed a bill in its recently concluded session to protect homeowners and businesses affected by lava flows from losing coverage.    The Puna district on the Big Island was severely impacted by the Pu`u O`o lava flow as it crept closer to homes, businesses, schools and populated areas. Problems were created by the imposition of a moratorium on the sale of new policies in certain areas of the Puna district.     SB 589 [here] grants relief to homeowners who have had continuous insurance in lava zone areas that are declared to be in a state of emergency. The…
  • Consolidated Case With Covered and Uncovered Allegations Triggers Duty to Defend

    Tred Eyerly
    11 May 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Illinois Court of Appeals held that the insurer had a duty to defend a consolidated case that included one complaint alleging intentional acts and another complaint alleging negligence. Farmers Auto. Ins. Ass'n v. Neumann, 2015 Il. App. 140026 (Ill. Ct. App. March 24, 2015, reh'g denied March 24, 2015).    Neumann allegedly hit Bitner with his automobile as Bitner, a police offier, was directing traffic. Bitner sued Neumann, alleging intentional assault and intentional battery. Farmers rejected Neumann's tender because the policy did not cover intentional acts.   …
 
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    inversecondemnation.com

  • WSJ Law Blog: "Hawaii Military Carve Out May Play Role in Voting District Case"

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    28 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    As we recognized earlier this week when the Supreme Court noted probable jurisdiction in a redistricting case out of Texas, Hawaii's current approach to state legislative reapportionment, under which the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission does not count active duty military, their spouses and children, and university students who pay non-resident tuition (108,000, or nearly 8% of the census-counted population were expressly excluded from representation in the Hawaii Legislature), seems like it is back in play, even if a three-judge U.S. District Court ruled in 2013 that the scheme was…
  • Public Use, Venezuelan Style: Nationalization Of Oil Rigs Could Be A "Discriminatory Taking"

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    28 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    An interesting decision with an international flavor from the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Helmerich & Payne Int. Drilling Co. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 13-7169 (May 1, 2015). We suppose that if you are a U.S. oil exploration company operating in Hugo Chavez' Venezuela, you get used to entertaining a certain amount of risk. But for more than 50 years prior, Helmerich "successfully operated an oil-drilling business in Venezuela through a series of subsidiaries." Slip op. at 3. But in 2008, after PDVSA, the state-owned oil corporation fell behind…
  • Cal App: Condemnor's "Final" Pretrial Offer, Contingent On Approvals From Other Agencies, Isn't Really Final, Is It?

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    California law requires a condemnor to present to the property owner a final pre-trial settlement offer 20 days before trial, and for the property owner to make a final demand. If a court later determines that the condemnor's final offer was unreasonable and the property owner's final demand was reasonable, the property owner is entitled to litigation expenses.  In City and County of San Francisco v. PCF Acquisitionco, LLC, No. A139836 (May 26, 2015), the court concluded that the offer by the city, which "was expressly made 'contingent on the approval of the…
  • SCOTUS To Revisit One-Person-One-Vote: Representational Equality Or Voting Equality?

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    26 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Followers of the blog recognize that in addition to our regular menu of regulatory takings, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and land use related items, our practice also includes voting rights and election law issues. So every now and then we post up interesting cases and decisions, especially where the issues involved are related to cases which we've done in the past. Thus, it was with great interest that we saw the Supreme Court today noting probable jurisdiction in a case we've been following, ordering full briefing and argument on an issue that is near and dear to us: the…
  • Eminent Domain Docfilm "Battle For Brooklyn" Now Streaming

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    26 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    BfB Full from rumur on Vimeo. Those of you who have followed the blog for a while know that we're big fans of the documentary film about the Atlantic Yards eminent domain fight in New York, "Battle for Brooklyn." See our review here, for example. If you haven't had a chance to see it, or just want to see it again, the filmmakers have made it available for streaming. No spoiler alert because you already know the result of that case. But as we wrote in our review on why the film is very worthwhile, "Battle For Brooklyn explains why property owners fight the taking of…
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    Pulpconnection

  • Reading About DreamPress 2

    Gee Why
    28 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    What’s this about the release of DreamPress 2? Dreamhost’s managed WordPress environment recently got revved with some cool features. Files are now stored and served up from speedy SSD drives. Automatic daily backups appear to be newly added, and of course, there’s all the other performance enhancing features that got even better.Nice. Very nice.DreamPress, Should I?Upgrade to WordPress 3.0 Was EasyFocusing on Pulp StabilityThe New Look of PulpHosting Dreams with Dreamhost
  • Passed on the Adidas Techfit Response Boost Runners

    Gee Why
    21 May 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Long story short, I passed on these Adidas Response running shoes I found at Ross. I was surprised to see Adidas decked out with their Boost technology already discounted. The shoe was comfortable in the heel and midfoot but tight in the toebox. Even after going a half size up, my toes still felt crammed in the otherwise wide-looking toebox. Also, there were only a few laces holes making a snug fit hard to achieve. Nice neutral colors though.Passed on the Adidas TubularsNike Zoom Wildhorse ReviewedThe Best Nike LunarEclipseHaving Fun with the miZX FLUX AppRainbow Warriors Wear Roses
  • Passed on the Second Scoop of Saucony

    Gee Why
    18 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I would have rather indulged in the first scoop of Saucony’s limited Scoops Pack. I sadly slept on the minty green chocolate chip, so when the second scoop of Strawberry Vanilla released, I was there. But then decided these pinky kicks just wasn’t my style so I passed on the second scoop.Rules of Kicks Coppin’ – Don’t Sleep On’emCrazy Colorful and Cheap Kicks at RossMarch Madness 2007 Kicks Analysis #9: The ChampSanta Monica in Europe?My Hot Kicks
  • Loving Leather Soul

    Gee Why
    17 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Thanks to Leather Soul Downtown (LSDT) for a great shoe buying experience. While I don’t venture into Downtown Honolulu very often, I’m thinking I’ll be a more frequent visitor after learning of LSDT’s solid collection of New Balance sneakers. Making a name for their upscale and high class shoes, Leather Soul diversified their offerings with select New Balance lines. Periodically, New Balance releases models made in the USA, and there are some great creations. More recently, there’s been a NB collaboration with Reyn Spooner of the aloha shirt fame that redefines local kine business…
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Air Jordan Clock

    Gee Why
    14 May 2015 | 10:42 pm
    No sense waiting to collect potential gift items for this upcoming holiday season. Like this clock of Air Jordan shoes. Any shoehead would love opening this on December 25. The hours of the clock are replaced with the corresponding Air Jordan model. Simply ingenious.Holiday Gift Guide: Alice and Olivia BikeHoliday Gift Guide 2014: Arist, Your Personal BaristaHoliday Gift Guide 2014: Tivo MegaHoliday Gift Guide 2014: Hello Kitty BeatsHoliday Gift Guide 2014: APL Vision Basketball Shoes
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Lauren Trangmar on her research process

    Lauren Trangmar
    25 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Curiosity is the desire to uncover what lies beyond our present understanding of the world. Alongside wonder, which was traditionally considered the origin of philosophy, curiosity is valued because it leads us into new territories.”—Brian Dillon. Wunderkammern (image above) Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, arose in mid-16th-century Europe as repositories for an array of wondrous and exotic objects. These collections can be seen as precursors to museums. Drawing on natural, manmade, and artificial worlds, these collections combined a juxtaposition of specimens, diagrams,…
  • ‘An American Artist in Postwar Japan’ breaks new ground for print exhibitions

    Scott Whelden
    22 May 2015 | 7:05 pm
    When An American Artist in Postwar Japan: The Prints of Marian Korn goes on view Thursday, it will be the first time the museum has focused on the work of a female expatriate in Japan. Robert F. Lange Foundation assistant curator of Japanese art Stephen Salel—who recently was recognized, with Asian art curator Shawn Eichman, by the Association of Art Museum Curators for their work the museum’s shunga exhibition series—is no stranger to pushing the curatorial envelope. We asked him about his approach to An American Artist, and about his favorite work in the rotation. “This print…
  • Find out what Giant Robot artist Yoskay Yamamoto has in store for #ArtShop

    Travis Hancock
    22 May 2015 | 6:57 pm
    The upcoming massive exhibition at Contempo #ArtShop at Spalding House, opening June 18, includes a pop-up gallery from the juggernaut collective Giant Robot. Museum regulars should be familiar with the work of one Giant Robot artist—James Jean—whose mural Nervosa III currently keeps watch over Luce Pavilion. June 20 marks Giant Robot Day at #ArtShop, with founder Eric Nakamura, an artist who turned a scrappy zine into an online store and a pair of brick-and-mortar shops in the heart of Los Angeles, leading an art talk and demos with artists Luke Chueh and Rob Sato. Also on display will…
  • Museum curators get recognized by their peers for ‘Modern Love’

    Scott Whelden
    18 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Last week the Association of Art Museum Curators announced the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence for curatorial work in 2014 during its conference in New York City.  In 2013, the museum’s shunga exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber was nominated for an Outstanding Small Exhibition Award (it wound up losing to the Metropolitan Museum of Art). This year the museum’s shunga exhibition series again proved to be a source of kudos—Modern Love: 20th Century Japanese Erotic Art earned an honorable mention for best exhibition or installation by an institution with an operating budget…
  • A fond farewell to longtime café manager Tracy Gunn

    Travis Hancock
    17 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    “I feel like I’ve grown up here,” said café manager Tracy Gunn last Thursday—her second to last day with the museum. Frequent museum visitors will know her face well—she has been greeting diners at the Honolulu Museum of Art Café for 20 years, the last 15 as manager. With the Luce Pavilion waterfall steadily flowing in the background and her staff darting to and fro preparing the day’s tables, Gunn took a few moments to reflect. “I met my husband here. We got married here. I’ve worked with my boss [director of food and beverages] Mike Nevin for 19 years. He has been a…
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 05/29/2015 - Ku'uipo Kumukahi & The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders

    29 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Ku'uipo is a multi-award winning Hawaiian musician, recording artist and composer. She is currently the president of the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts and is also associated with the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame. This self taught musician will be performing at the Royal Grove.</p>
  • 05/29/2015 - John Akapo

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p>Start your weekend this Friday afternoon with John Akapo.</p>
  • 05/29/2015 - Open Mic Night!

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT!<br /> Big picnic bench area great for bringing your own foodz to enjoy while listening to local artists jam out.<br /> SIGN UP TO PLAY ON STAGE!<br /> No need to sing, poets & miscellaneous talents welcome.<br /> <br /> With the moon waxing-near full it'll be a nice night to walk out on the lava field..</span></p>
  • 05/29/2015 - Eat The Street: Hawaii

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">Our theme this month doesn't take us too far, we're staying close to home and celebrating all the delicious food that HAWAII has to offer! Enjoy your favorite local dishes from 40+ vendors! <br /> <br /> Vendors:<br /> All Kine Grindz<br /> Aloha Aina Poi Co.<br /> Aloha Pops<br /> Beyond Burgers<br /> Bobalcious<br /> Cake Envy<br /> Cake Works<br /> Five-O Ribs<br /> Fresh Catch<span class="text_exposed_show"><br /> Girls Who Bake<br /> Hawaiian Fresh Farms<br />…
  • 05/29/2015 - Maunalua

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <div id="eventDetailDesc" class="description"><p>Maunalua has been sharing their version of "aloha" for over 15 years. Hawaiian music has taken these local boys all over the globe.</p><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/Maunalua">http://www.facebook.com/Maunalua</a></p></div>
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    Live Ukulele

  • The General (Dispatch Cover)

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

    Brad Bordessa
    3 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    "Hip, hip!" is the line that everyone knows from this tune. Simple chords, but a syncopated strum and words will keep you busy while you try to put them together!
  • 30 ‘Ukulele Essentials

    Brad Bordessa
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    A collection of my favorite gear and more from over ten years of buying music stuff.
  • 7 Great Intros To Play On Your ‘Ukulele

    Brad Bordessa
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Tabs for the intros to I'm Yours, Heaven, King Without A Crown, Dream On, Honey Baby, Put A Little Love, & Better Together.
  • Draw The Line At 13 – New Single

    Brad Bordessa
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I just finished up my second “real” recording project. This time the release is a single of a vocal song I wrote late last year called Draw The Line At 13. It came out fantastic […]
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  • USS Arizona Tours Limited to Boats For Now

    Britt
    28 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Visitors hoping to tour one of Hawaii’s most popular and historic attractions will have to keep their distance–for now. Wednesday, the floating The post USS Arizona Tours Limited to Boats For Now appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Move Over Waikiki: Make Way for Waimanalo Bay

    Britt
    26 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    It’s only about 45 minutes from Waikiki Beach, but Bay Beach Park has been one of the best-kept secrets on Oahu for The post Move Over Waikiki: Make Way for Waimanalo Bay appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99

    Bruce Fisher
    19 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Considering the rich history to be discovered along highway Route 99 (also known as Kamehameha Highway), from Wahiawa in Central Wahiawa and The post Forget Route 66 – Hawaii has Route 99 appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral

    Bruce Fisher
    16 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    There is nothing quite like a real surprise, and when that surprise is a trip to Hawaii for your 50th wedding anniversary, The post Surprise Hawaii Vacation Plans go Viral appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe

    Jamie Winpenny
    15 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    A new restaurant has opened at the Hawaii Mission Houses Museum in historic Honolulu. The Mission Social Hall & Café is the The post Locally-sourced at Hawaii Mission Houses Social Hall & Cafe appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation

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

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

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

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Today I offer up a few tips about traveling to Lanai. A few days ago I was treated to a overnight stay The post Tips for traveling to Lanai appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    If you’re traveling to Hawaii in the near future and don’t know what know what foods you must try………. you’re in luck!! On The post Foods to try on your Hawaii Vacation appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Hawaii vacation deals & news: May 27, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    27 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    Waimanalo Beach on Oahu– Dr. Beach announced the 2015 list of America’s best beaches. Oahu’s Waimanalo Beach took this year’s top spot. See this link to view a Google map of Waimanalo.– As we all know, it’s super important to wear sunscreen in Hawaii. EWG issued their 2015 guide to the safest and most effective beach and sport sunscreens. You can see the top-rated sunscreens here.– Marriott Vacation Club is hosting a sweepstakes for a Hawaii vacation including roundtrip airfare for two on Hawaiian Airlines and five nights accommodation in a…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Makalawena Beach on Hawaii Island

    Sheila Beal
    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Mahalo to Ralf Benayad for sharing this beautiful Hawaii beach scene with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Ralf said, “A chain of secluded beaches can be found on the westcoast of the Big Island – here it’s the amazing Makalawena Beach.” With pale blue waters and lovely white sand, it sure is a beauty!Happy Aloha Friday!—Email subscribers: we published an article yesterday with recommendations for what to see and do on Oahu over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, we barely missed our publishing deadline and the article did not get issued via email yesterday. You can…
  • Honolulu, Oahu Memorial Day & Weekend Events for 2015

    Sheila Beal
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    If you’ll be on Oahu for Memorial Day, you’ll find some great opportunities to honor the spirit of the day. Here, we’re recommending Memorial Day events as well as things to do and see over the weekend with a significance towards honoring the intent of the holiday.— Events on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 —Honolulu Mayor’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at PunchbowlThis service is held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which is also more commonly called Punchbowl. This event features local military dignitaries, local JROTC, military…
  • Best family and kid-friendly hotels in Hawaii

    Sheila Beal
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    When you’re looking for a great Hawaii hotel for the family vacation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. In general you can’t make a bad decision as most Hawaii hotels make great vacation bases whether you are looking for a romantic trip for two or a family fun vacation.When planning a family vacation to Hawaii, we think one of the most important aspects to consider is to find a hotel that offers safe and fun water sports. In this list, we’ve put an emphasis on hotels situated beside sheltered ocean swimming spots and/or have outstanding pools.So…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Cloudy with a chance of waterfalls

    Sheila Beal
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mahalo to Terry Ambrose for sharing this intriguing and beautiful Hawaii photo with us. Terry took this shot during his recent trip to Maui. Here’s how he describes this waterfall scene:The road to Maui’s Iao Valley was closed at Heritage Park due to heavy runoff caused by the previous night’s rain. This waterfall came and went as the clouds moved through.That must have been really amazing to watch the misty clouds roll into the valley to create this fleeting waterfall!—Do you have a photo from your Hawaii travels that you’d like to share? We’d love to see…
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  • Amazing Apple Pectin

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

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

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

    Hilo Living
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Hawaii Avocado TreeHawaii has over 300 varieties of avocados. The variations of shape, size, and taste are amazing. The avocado skins vary from pliable to woody, smooth to rough, and are green-yellow, reddish-purple, purple, or black in color. Some taste buttery and others are fibrous.The majority of avocados found outside of Hawaii are the black-skinned 'Haas' which originally came from the Guatemala. 'Haas' do not grow well in Hawaii so we have numerous other varieties available in stores and Famer’s markets around the islands.  Over half of the commercial avocado acreage in Hawaii…
  • East Hawaii Blue Zones Project

    Hilo Living
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    East Hawaii, which includes Hilo, was selected as one of 3 communities in the state of Hawaii as a Blue Zones projectby HSMA, Blue Zones LLC, and Healthways Inc.  The Island of Kauai has been a Blue Zones Project pilot since 2013.According to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, people in the Blue Zones he identified reach age 100 at 10 times the average rate.  Blue Zones LLC states that only 20% of how long a person lives is because of their genes; the other 80% is due to their lifestyle and environment.  The Blue Zones project has best practices for communities to improve…
 
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • Pig Roast and Potluck with friends...

    Sonia
    25 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
      The invitation said to save the date Sunday, May 24th for a "pig roast" and pot luck with the Hubbell's. Anyone who knows Liz and Mike knows that this is something special, so we were looking forward to it. The setting was their beautiful "new farmland" with a "banana shack" in the lower Puna area...when we got there you could tell they had been quite busy since the last time we visited the site...there were signs directing traffic in and out following the contour of the upper land and signs pointing to the future 'house site' as well as other…
  • Apple and Broccoli Salad

    Sonia
    23 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    I saw an apple and broccoli salad on line a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try...We did not really care for it much. I think it was the dressing, which I felt was too heavy for the rest of the ingredients, but also the raw broccoli, though it gave it crunch, was not a good contrast with the juicy apples. However, I loved the idea and decided to give it another try.  This time I blanched the broccoli a little bit and we liked the contrast in textures better.  I also added raisins and shallots to my version and my dressing was much lighter. Choose any variety of…
  • Black Bean & Corn Salsa for Memorial Day weekend

    Sonia
    23 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
        The original recipe came to me via the Cuban Food Market newsletter.  The first time, I made it as they wrote it .  The second time and since, I've changed it quite a bit. I find my version is quite delicious!   Black Bean and Corn Salsa or Dip   The secret of this one is the citrus and cumin...Fun to take to potlucks!   2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cans kernel corn, drained 1 large chopped red bell pepper 4 - 5 small chopped Hawaiian chile peppers 2/3 cup lime or calamondin juice * 1…
  • Slow Roasted Tomatoes

    Sonia
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
      I owe this one to my friend Karen in NC...she posted it on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and I vowed when I could collect enough tomatoes from the garden to make it worthwhile, I would be slow roasting them. That day was yesterday!  Saturday and Sunday I harvested enough Roma tomatoes from the garden to finally try it.  Well worth the time and it is really, no effort! They are not huge, but quite a few of them were a nice size. I lined one of my 12 x 16 jelly roll pans with foil.  Cut the tomatoes in half and lay them on the pan, cut side up; add about 2 dozen…
  • "From Soup To Nuts"

    Sonia
    15 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
      The long awaited day (for me, anyway) has arrived! My brand-new-hot-off-the-press cookbook is finally available! It is called "From Soup To Nuts" since that is what kept running through my head as I kept thinking up all sorts of titles... it has a little bit of everything in it and runs from soup to nuts, so what else would it be called? From Soup to Nuts Cookbook is now available at Amazon and you can find it by just clicking on the highlighted title. Here is the front cover...the publisher held a cover contest and this was the 2nd runner in the contest,…
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  • Prison authorities probing 2 escapes

    Rob Shikina
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    State prison officials are investigating how two people escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Tuesday.
  • U.S. verdict in Kauai dust case seen as 'persuasive'

    Rosemarie Bernardo
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Fifteen Waimea, Kauai, residents who say they can't enjoy their homes because of red dust from fields operated by DuPont Pioneer recently won their legal battle in federal court against the seed company, but whether the remaining 185 plaintiffs will be awarded damages still hasn't been determined.
  • April tourism blooms with growth

    Allison Schaefers
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    April was the second month of 2015 that experienced a year-over-year climb in visitor spending and arrivals, largely due to a gain in domestic travelers and visitors from Japan.
  • City plans affordable housing for seniors

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Details of a plan to put up a senior affordable rental housing complex and community center on a closely watched city property along River Street are to be unveiled by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday.
  • Kaimuki arcade granted liquor license

    Rob Shikina
    28 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Despite a "grounds-well" of opposition in Kaimuki, an arcade connected to Winner'z Zone, which was raided by police for illegal gambling machines, can begin serving liquor at its Waialae Avenue location soon, possibly by the end of next month.
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  • Star Elite Cage Fighting Action Packed

    24 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    By Bryanna "Pink Ranger" Fissori WAIPAHU, HI – May 21, 2015 Star Elite Cage Fighting hosted another action packed event at the Filcom, totaling 18 fights for the night starting off with the upcoming generation of warriors and ending with epic battles in the pro ranks. Main Card Pro 175lbs MMA Jonavan Vistante def Gabriel Rivas via 1st round TKO Vistante made short work of his opponent landing a shot that dropped him to the ground and following up with heavy ground and pound for the TKO victory and the 175lb belt in seconds. Pro 135lb MMA Arnold Berdon def Jordan Mackin via 1st round Rear…
  • Another great show in the books for Man Up Stand Up and SEC

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    by Bryanna "Pink Ranger" Fissori  Another great show in the books for Man Up Stand Up and Star Elite Cagefighting went down on Friday, April 24th at the Waipahu Filcom. The 145lb main event between Keegan Ho and Richard Robb was the type of fight you would expect to see in a Kung Fu movie or maybe something with ninjas. These two warriors put on a flashy and effective battle that left the crowd wanting another round when the draw was announced.    In other highlights, there were also four female bouts on the card, all of which had spectators practically out of their seats.
  • Destiny MMA Delivers Some of the Best Match Ups of 2015

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori     April 11, 2015 - Honolulu, Hawaii  - Though a number of scheduled bouts did not make it into the cage, the fighters that showed up for Destiny MMA Na Koa IX were undoubtedly ready to perform. The six-fight undercard was quite possibly the best undercard this year in all of Hawaii’s MMA events, with two of the bouts determined by spit decision.  This was not a night to “skip the undercard.” These were all great match-ups, and fans can anticipate that many of these fighters will be climbing the ranks quickly in their weight…
  • Maui Fighting Championship 5 “Bad Intentions” Results

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    By Bryanna "Pink Ranger" Fissori  MFC 5 “Bad Intentions” took place at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Kahului on Saturday, March 28th. Maui fans packed the venue to the brim and the decibel level rivaled that of a Seattle Seahawks game. Fighters from across the islands came to leave it on the cage and bring viewers to the edge of their seats… Success.       MAIN CARD 128lb Pro Bout Justin Cook def. Ryan Mondala via decision In a fight that was confirmed on short notice, these two warriors met at a catch weight of 128lbs. Oahu’s Ryan Mondala has been on the amateur…
  • Star Elite Cagefighting Marked The Rise Of New Champions

    21 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori The first day of spring is symbolic for the rise of new beginnings, and for six SEC competitors March 20th also marked the rise of a new champion. Following an action packed undercard, SEC hosted four matches to fill vacant titles along with two title defense. The slots for main and co-main event were filled by professional bouts featuring high-level competitors that kept the Filcom crowd on their feet. Click Here for more photos.   Main and Co-Main Events Higa v HoppsThe co-main event between professional 145lb fighters Spencer Higa and Isaac Hopps…
 
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  • Spooning

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

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

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

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

    Kateri Tennberg
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Informant: Male/52/Japanese ancestryLocation: Kalaheo, Kauai When my boy was six months old, he began crying in the middle of the night. Every night at 2:00 a.m., he would wake up and cry. At first I let him cry, but eventually I would have to go check on him. When I would enter his room, he would be standing in his crib holding onto the bars, nearest the door, crying and looking for us. This went on every night for about a week. He would cry at 2:00 a.m., I would go to his room, and he'd be in his crib nearest the door. I thought, maybe it's my grandparents visiting. I know that spirits…
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  • Obesity Rate in US

    Walkoff Balk
    28 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    http://khon2.com/2015/05/27/study-ha...n-the-country/ Are plate lunches healthy?
  • Cameron Crowe's "Aloha"

    Walkoff Balk
    25 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/camer...045036078.html Aloha on the Like Like Highway.
  • RIP: Anne Meara

    Walkoff Balk
    25 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrit...id=ansnewsap11 She wasn't just Ben Stiller's mom.
  • 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winners

    pzarquon
    24 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    From HawaiiNewsNow: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...-award-winnersFemale Vocalist of the Year: Mailani Male Vocalist of the Year: Keali'i Reichel Group of the Year: Hu'ewa Album of the Year: "Kawaiokalena" by Keali'i Reichel
  • Earwigs - black pincer bugs

    Kaonohi
    23 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Looks like it's that time of year again, where the black 'earwigs' come out in throngs. Spring to summer. We are killing upwards of 20 per day! We have more this year than ever before. They are so yucky. The State says they are insect predators, and we have seen a drop in our billions of ants... but: At what cost?
 
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  • Adventure With Waterfalls – Hana, Maui

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

    Maui Guide
    22 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Farm to table has become all the rage in the last few years, and for good reason.  Many people want more than just a meal, and they want to eat it with a clean conscience, knowing that is was made in a kind and sustainable manner.  High above the bustle of Maui’s beach scene is […]
  • Honu and Sunset

    AMauiBlog
    20 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Mahalo The Maui Darren for sharing you Honu and Maui Sunset photos
  • Maui Matsuri 2015: Don’t Miss It!

    Traci Silva
    8 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    The Maui Matsuri is a 3-day event that is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Japanese culture on Maui. “Matsuri” means “Japanese festival,” and the Maui Matsuri incorporates some of the most notable cultural exhibits, educational activities, entertainment and food in order to bring the community together to celebrate Japanese-American history, heritage and culture on Maui. […]
  • Deep Red Plumerias On Maui

    AMauiBlog
    2 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Have you ever seen a plumeria tree with deep purple flowers blooming? From afar it seems like a “heart tree”. It looks so different from the white, yellow and pink plumerias we usually see on Maui.  Maybe the color is better described as “maroon” instead of red.  Whatever it is, I think they look majestic.  Seems like […]
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  • Thursday 3 – Graduation

    Rodney
    28 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Well another high school graduation weekend is upon us.  Boy, the school year goes by fast when you’re no longer in school.   First of all, I want to say congratulations to the Class of 2015!   Now for the Thursday 3 questions: What year you grad?  What do you remember about your graduation? Do you remember your class song?   Here’s my replies:     What year you grad? The bicentennial year of 1976.  They were thinking of making our graduation tassel red, white, and blue.  I was totally against it as I wanted to hang my school colors from my rear view…
  • Music Time – Days of the Week

    Rodney
    25 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    Haven’t done one of these in a while.  Music Time – Days of the Week.  I’m looking for song titles, lyrics, or band names that contain any of the seven days of the week.   Here’s a short list that I came up with: Another Park Another Sunday – Doobie Brothers Monday Monday – The Mamas and the Papas Tuesday Afternoon – The Moody Blues She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles “Wednesday morning at five o’clock as the day begins” <— I need help with a Thursday song Thank God It’s Friday soundtrack – Love…
  • Eh, Go Sleep!

    Rodney
    21 May 2015 | 3:49 am
      Remember small-kid-time when our parents told us it was time to go to sleep – but we weren’t tired?   Unless it was Friday or Saturday night, 9:00 was my bedtime  And just like clockwork (get it?) at 9:00 I was told to hit the hay.  Actually, after I brushed my teeth, my dad would meet me at my room to say our prayers, then it was time to sleep.   Most nights I had no problem going to sleep.   But on those occasions where I couldn’t go to sleep – I wanted to stay up with my older brothers and watch TV too.  I would get out of bed and creep into…
  • Do You Remember… Chop Suey Joints

    Rodney
    18 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    What I really mean is Chinese Restaurants – but in MLC Speak: Chop Suey Joints.    Chop Suey Joints are a staple in local eateries.  From way back in the day – celebrating a grand-parent’s birthday, a child’s graduation, retirement, anything – called for sharing a meal at a chop suey joint.   Okay, I’m not talking about fancy wedding reception kine that you could tell how much the families spent on the wedding depending on whether it was a 7-course or a 9-course dinner.  I’m talking about the good ol’ “eh, we go eat…
  • It’s MLC Movie Day!

    Rodney
    14 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Remember in elementary school when it was “movie day”?  We’d march – single file – to the cafeteria and the rest of our grade would come in sitting by classroom (so the teacher can keep an eye on us).  A few boys would be called upon to slide the curtains closed and the movie projector would already be set up.  The nerd-kid-teachers-pet would be running the projector.   Today is movie day!  Enjoy.   First, some history about Hawaii   My hometown of Kailua:   Ala Moana Shopping Center around the 2:00 mark!  (excuse the language)  …
 
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  • Dr. Jim Barahal honored

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Over my lifetime I have met, been friends with, and worked with many wonderful people, from family members and friends to teachers and service providers. One of those whom I have always admired greatly is … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Memory of industry mate inspires Andrew Gee in Sydney half-marathon

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    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — The memory of a great travel industry mate who passed away suddenly from cancer early this year motivated Andrew Gee, regional director of sales and marketing Australia and New Zealand, over the finishing stages of his … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts steps up for Hawai‘i’s charities

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    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY FOLEY — Outrigger Resorts was out in force over the past couple weekends when hosts, friends and family on three islands (Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu) “put their best slippah forward” to raise funds for those in need in … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Hokulea greeted by Outrigger hosts on arrival in Sydney Harbour

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    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Hawaii’s Hokulea sailed into Sydney Harbour on May 19 as part of its worldwide conservation-themed Malama Honua voyage and Outrigger’s Sydney-based team members Andrew Gee, regional director of sales and marketing and Juliet Hudson, sales manager, … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Hotels & Resorts selected 2014 Orbitz E-Marketer of the Year!

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    23 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY SUN WONG — It is my pleasure to share that Outrigger Hotels & Resorts was selected as the 2014 Orbitz E-Marketer of the Year! This award was presented at the Orbitz Mahalo Party in front of all major Hawai‘i … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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    Hawaii Real Estate Bizness News

  • CBcon Hawaii 2015

    admin
    16 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Coldwell Banker Agents of Hawaii live ALOHA! Coldwell Banker Real Estate Offices From All OVER Hawaii Gathered from all over Hawaii for a Great Day of education, networking and motivation at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki. I met some great agents not only from our 4 CBPacific offices on Oahu, but lot’s of fabulous contacts with outer islands! ALOHA!Much Aloha,Biz  
  • Home is Where the Doggies Are!

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 4:18 pm
    (Mister Whiskers says “Kitties too!”)   Pets make a “House” a “Home”. And if you are looking for a Pet Friendly Condo to buy, I know which ones your pets will like! Much Aloha, Biz  
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  • Mortgage Calulators are no replacement for a Good Lender

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    But here are some to give you an idea! Part of finding a home is figuring out what you can afford.These tools on this page are by no means a substitute for you speaking with a good lender and are only to be used as rough guidelines.A good lender will not only discuss mortgage payments but remind you of other costs of home ownership not included in your monthly mortgage payment. These could be Association Dues, Homeowners Insurance, special assessments and others all depending on your home and where you live. Finance Glossary MortgageLoan.com Estimate Payment Your browser doesn’t support…
  • Looking for Schools?

    admin
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Find a school! Part of finding a home is looking into the school districts.Even if you do not have kiddos, buying a home in a desirable school district can help your home to sell when you are moving, because a good school district will appeal more to buyers with children vs. the home down the street that may be in a different school district.  Federal law prohibits real estate agents from telling buyers and sellers about school districts as it is a violation of the Fair Housing Laws. However, I can point people to websites that have information about the school districts and they can make…
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    Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera: Recently Added Galleries and Collections

  • Sigma Merrill DP1 Dp2 Dp3 Photography

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Sigma Merril dp1m, dp2m and dp3m in New York, California and Hawaii. Street and travel photography with this mini powerhouse of a camera.
  • Tokyo, Japan

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Photography of Tokyo with Nikon Df, V3 and Coolpix A cameras.
  • Nikon V3 Test Photographs

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Testing the Nikon V3 with the 10-30PD, 30-110, 10, 18.5 and 32/1.2 lens in Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. Also using the Ft1 adapter and 70-200 f4 lens. Recently picked up the 70-300CX for surfing, bif, and anything else requiring 810mm of reach.
  • Supermoon Silhouette Photoshoot Project

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A one month project to capture silhouette images in front of the last Supermoon of 2014. Photographed with Nikon V3 and 600mm lens to effectively get 1620mm of reach. Project included models, cosplayers, ballerinas, dancers, performers, yoga instructor and more.
  • Nikon Df

    28 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Testing the Nikon Df in Hawaii and Los Angeles with the Nikon 58mm and 24mm lens.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Win a Free Hang Gliding Flight Over Oahu!

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

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

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I’m surprised at the number of people visiting this site while on vacation or living in Hawaii. I know some of you are visiting the islands and are in search of more information about things to do and maybe even about the possibility of living in Hawaii. I think some of you must already be […]
  • Why Should You Move to Hawaii? Here’s 50 Reasons!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is a new post, “50 Reasons to Move to Hawaii” that should give some of you some more ammunition with your family, friends, and selves – to convince you to make the move in 2015 or 2016. If you can come up with some more good reasons, let me know!
  • Sacred Falls Waterfall Re-Opens (Video)

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Imaginary Crisis

    28 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    All of a sudden, I'm seeing a lot of pro-biotech media coverage.Like the USA Today editorial that asserted GMO food bans, like the one adopted by the Chipotle chain, are “validating ignorance and hysteria.” In discussing the consumer call for labeling, it notes:Much of this is a result of anti-GMO crusaders' exploitation of mistrust about how foods are genetically modified.And businesses, including Chipotle, have been quick to capitalize on that sentiment for marketing purposes, even when it's stretched to a ludicrous degree. I'm frequently astounded to see products like canned anchovies…
  • Musings: We Be Scammin'

    26 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    The kooky chick who dropped the F-bombin last week's Kauai County Council meeting was apparently trying to scam people with a fake long-term rental after county planners shut down her illegal Anahola homestay.An alert on Craigslist warned prospective tenants:DO NOT PAY A $2500.- DEPOSIT ON THE LISTING WITH THE ABOVE TITLE, THE PERSON WHO PLACED THE AD FOR THIS PROPERTY IS NOT THE OWNER AND HAS NO PERMISSION TO RENT THIS HOME. IT IS CURRENTLY IN ESCROW AND BEING SOLD.So who is behind the Treehouse? None other than Sean — aka "Crazy Suzy” Brown, aka “the fuck girl at the B&B…
  • Musings: Neighbors

    24 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Over at a friend's house, TV on, some show called “House Hunting” has an Aussie couple with an oh-so-original dream of living off the land and on the beach — he catching fish for dinner, working an odd job here and there; she mostly worrying about their two young kids and no hospital.But he's the dominate one, so they go house-hunting on a remote Fijian island, where they find a Canadian who got tired of the winters back home and now looks well-fed selling real estate to the JOJs. He takes them first to some fab oceanfront place that would cost well over $1 million in Hawaii, but is…
  • Musings: Hit and Myth

    21 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Testimony at Tuesday's homestay/B&B hearing exposed as myth the idea that small farms can be self-supporting on Kauai.One self-described farmer after another said they can't make a go of agriculture without income from their visitor accommodations.Bruce Ferhring, a former Realtor who previously owned a TVR, first said he would have a difficult time keeping his “farm” afloat without income from his guest cottage. Then he urged the Council “to help us to continue to create local food security on Kauai.”But if that “food security” is dependent on tourism, is it truly secure?Larry…
  • Musings: Chasing the Green

    20 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    You'd think everyone who cares about bees, bats and butterflies would cheer President Obama's plan to bolster their food supply and habitat, while imposing new restrictions on pesticides. Scientists and other bee experts were certainly thrilled that the President is prioritizing pollinators, pouring millions of dollars into restoring 7 million acres of land over the next five years – an action that likely will also benefit other species and even entire ecosystems. As The Washington Post reports:I have to say that it is mighty darn lovely having the White House acknowledge the indigenous,…
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  • Quaker Lace

    gigihawaii
    28 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    This is the Quaker Lace tablecloth I purchased at Macy’s/Liberty House in 1991, the year we moved into our present house.  I set this table for a Chinese dinner, hence the wooden chopsticks next to the two forks.  As it turned out, everyone except David used the chopsticks, whereas he used the forks. This tablecloth is indestructible and fits our oval table perfectly.  Imagine, it has never shrunk despite numerous times in our washing machine and electric dryer.  I am not sure what type of fabric it is.  Cotton?  Polyester?  A combination of both?  The material is rather…
  • Flu vaccine?

    gigihawaii
    26 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Photo by Ted Trimmer. Well, guess who has the flu now?  Me.  David started his on Wednesday, and on Saturday I started coughing and feeling feverish and headachy. The best remedy is Nyquil.  That stuff quells the coughing and reduces fever.  I recommend it highly. However, I must be feeling better, because I remembered to water the crotons, pay a bill, and launder the table cloth.  Now, if I can only find the energy to sweep the driveway… This attack of the flu makes me wonder if I should have the annual flu shot.  I rarely get this sick.  I think the last time was ten years ago.  I…
  • Nudist beaches?

    gigihawaii
    24 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Hanauma Bay:  Me, David, and Maria (1981).  No, this is not a nudist beach. How do you feel about nudist beaches?  Are you for or against having them in Hawaii?  Personally, I am against them, because seeing nude people at the beach would disturb me.  Maybe, it’s my Roman Catholic upbringing, but I would feel uncomfortable displaying my own body for scrutiny. I remember body surfing with a friend at Bellows Beach when I was 19 or 20.  The surf was pretty rough, so rough that when I stood up the waves dragged my top down and exposed my breasts.  I struggled to pull the top back up,…
  • Drama on the plane

    gigihawaii
    22 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    This is David, taking his temperature: My husband has the flu and has a fever, ranging from 101 to 103, which I have been treating with Tylenol and Advil and Nyquil.  He probably caught the germs in Las Vegas, while attending Lisa’s graduation. David has bad memories of the round trip flight on Hawaiian Airlines.  When he got on the plane destined for Las Vegas, a strange woman was sitting in the seat next to his.  He called the flight attendant and said that he had paid for the two seats and though his wife was too sick to fly, he wanted both seats for himself.  The attendant told him…
  • As a widow…

    gigihawaii
    20 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Who would play Scrabble with me? These photos of David and me were taken in 2010 in our home. One thing I learned about being separated from my husband for only three nights is that I missed cooking for him.  I found myself eating sandwiches instead of a full meal.  There was absolutely no incentive to bake a casserole, for instance.  I think that if I become a widow, I will have to invite guests to my table on a regular basis. I would not have a roommate, though.  That would definitely mean trouble, unless he/she is perfectly compatible with me. Sex?  I don’t need it. Conversation? …
 
 
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Rent vs Own: 4 reasons Military Should Buy a Home in Hawaii

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

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:10 pm
    In a mere 5 years, Generation Y is projected to be the biggest age demographic in America. But that doesn't mean they'll wait until then to lead the nation in home-buying. Already, Gen Y is the largest share of the nation's homebuyers at 32%. Here are some other interesting generational trends in real estate.  Gen Y: 32% (1980-1995)  Gen Y had the largest share of first time buyers at 68%. Gen Y buyers place high importance on finding affordable homes close to work. 39% of Gen Y buyers...
  • CONFUSION IN HAWAII KAI....Is it Mariners Valley, or Kamilo Iki valley???

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
        Many people get confused when Realtor's talk about Mariners Valley in Hawaii Kai. They say, "Do you mean Mariners Ridge????" Nope. Im talking about the valley that's nestled between Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge, Mariners Valley. It goes by a few different names, depending on what area of the valley you're talking about....Mariners Valley or Kamilo Iki Valley are the 2 that are widely used. They're based on the legal descriptive names of the area and the subdivisions used in...
  • Lakefront Kailua, MLS: 201500233

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Check out our lakefront listing in Kailua! Experience island living at its finest in this beautiful corner-lot Kailua home on the water. Over 2700 sqft total, 4 bed 2 bath. Features a brand new kitchen, heated tile pool, dock on the lake, boat parking and mountain and sunset views. Wide open layout, newly remodeled in 2014. Includes PV panels for water, electricity and pool. See 68 hi-res pics at http://www.alohatony.com/kahili.php   Enchanted Lake (also known as Ka‘elep...
  • Real Estate in Hawaii 2015....Climb aboard, or jump ship?

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
       You may have noticed that home prices are increasingly rising in Hawaii. Sellers are receiving multiple offers and backup offers due to low inventory. This has resulted in above asking price offers. Lets talk about how real estate is expected to be affected in 2015. Or rather, how it will affect you as a homeowner and/or a buyer.  Photo: Hoakalei master planned community     The median home price (on this rock, Oahu) has steadily risen in the last 5 years, since the bubble burst. (...
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Far Away on a 2-minute Photo Safari to Hawaii

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

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    16 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    With a rippling green ridge that emerges from the skyscraper profile of Waikiki, Diamond Head is one of the world's iconic visions. Though it indeed sparkles, it was calcyte crystals and not diamonds that caused Bristish sailors to misname it in the early 1800s. The Hawaiian name is Leahi, because its shape is similar to the fin of a yellowfin tuna.When making the one-mile, 550-foot pilgrimage to its summit, you won't know where you are until reaching the top to gaze down upon the Honolulu beachfront. What appears as a lush peak from Waikiki turns out to be the uppermost portion of an…
  • A Big Island National Historic Park that has it all---except lots of tourists

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    9 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park covers several miles of coast just north of Kona, but most visitors don't find it.  A huge lava flow around 1800 covered what were King Kamehameha's agricultural gardens, but what remains offers a full day of fun for today's adventure seekers: good snorkeling, private beaches, shoreline trails, surfing, petroglyph fields, and a huge re-constructed fish pond. You'll also find (if you know where to look) a freshwater Queen's Pond in the middle of the lava flow, which is surrounded by rock mounds that are a mystery to anthropologists.The southern…
  • Trailblazer Travel Books: Medicine for the body & soul

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    1 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    A literal lifetime's worth of adventure awaits at some of the world's most beautiful and interesting places. Trailblazer guides are for the active and independent traveler, full of descriptions and directions to  outdoor wonders, along with historic and cultural sites. Have fun, and be fit and free!Our guides can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or get an autographed copy at our website headquarters, trailblazertravelbooks.com
  • "Rainbow factory" on Kauai's north shore

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    Maybe a pot of gold is too much to expect, but a beachful of golden sand is a sure thing on Kauai's several-mile run of coast from Haena Beach Park and around Kepuhi  Point to Charo's Beach. During the winters, normally in the afternoons with a few clouds in the sky, seeing a rainbow is a near certainty.High surf is also fairly common. Stay well back of these big boys—away from sloping wet sand. Always keep an eye on waves if you're walking anywhere near the foam line. Kiteboarders like the wind inside the reef at Charo's (named for the oddball TV star from the 70s who had a…
 
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    Pacific Reader

  • Beyond Honolulu: Kayaking the Hanalei River on Kauai

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    10 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    One of my favorite things to do in Kauai is to go kayaking on the Hanalei river. Continue reading →
  • Why Alan Wong’s is #1?

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    In my opinion, Alan Wong has earned the right to be one of the top restauranteurs in Hawaii and even in the world. So Why is Alan Wong's #1? Continue reading →
  • Best Bites of 2014

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Here are my top 5 Best Bites of 2014! Continue reading →
  • The Palace Hotel San Francisco, CA

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

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Townies it's time to make the long drive out to the north shore to Turtle Bay Resort and check out the best bar you've never been to - Surfer The Bar. Continue reading →
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    CrossFit 808

  • 27 May 2015 | 2:00 am

    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Five sets of:Front Squat x 1 repRest as neededIn five sets or fewer, build by feel to a “heavy” front squat. Once the load feels heavy and your barbell speed is noticeably slower, move on to part B.B. Every two minutes, for 16 minutes (8 sets):Clean x 1.1(rest 10 seconds between singles)*Sets 1-2 – 55-65%*Sets 3-4 – 65-75%*Sets 5-6 – 75-85%*Sets 7-8 – 85-95%C. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 8 minutes of:10 Hang Power Cleans (155/105 lbs)50 Double Unders
  • Next Group Elements Program begins JUNE 1ST!

    26 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    ANNOUNCING THE NEXT GROUP ELEMENTS PROGRAM:For any NEW or interested athletes, successful completion of the Elements Program is required in order to participate in our regular CrossFit classes. We offer Private, Semi-Private and Group programs for your convenience. If your schedule does not allow for our Group Program, please email us at info@808crossfit.com about the Private and Semi-Private programs.GROUP Elements Program:The Group Elements Program is 4 weeks long (12 classes) and $150 (payable in cash or check only to Joshua Akiona). The classes occur at 6:30pm on…
  • 26 May 2015 | 1:16 pm

    26 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2-minutes, for 16-minutes (8 sets):Split Jerk*Set 1 – 3 reps @ 60%*Set 2 – 2 reps @ 70%*Set 3 – 2 reps @ 80%*Sets 4-8 – 1 rep @ 90+%Hold receiving position in all sets for 1 full second to assess proper footwork and positioning – make adjustments and prioritize mechanics over load.B. Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 6 minutes of:3 Muscle-Ups (or 6 Ring Dips or Box Dips)6 Hand Release Push-ups9 Toes-to-BarRest 3-minutes, then REPEAT.We are back to Regular Class Schedule! Don't forget, "Memorial Day Murph" will be during classes this Saturday…
  • 25 May 2015 | 1:13 pm

    25 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds for 15 minutes (10 sets):Snatch x 1 repBuilding %s every set: 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 90+, 90+B. For time:100 Double-Unders50 Wall Ball Shots (30/20 lbs)40 Chest to Bar Pull-ups30 Burpees20 KB Swings (70/53 lbs)
  • 23 May 2015 | 2:00 am

    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    MODIFIED CLASS SCHEDULE FOR REGIONALS:No new athletes or visitors will be allowed during this week, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Please email info@808crossfit.com if you have any questions. Thanks for your kokua!Saturday, May 23rd: CLOSEDSunday, May 24th: CLOSEDMonday, May 25th: 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm ONLYTuesday, May 26th: Regular Class ScheduleWe will hold Memorial Day Murph on Saturday, May 30th!
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Win a Free Hang Gliding Flight Over Oahu!

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

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

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I’m surprised at the number of people visiting this site while on vacation or living in Hawaii. I know some of you are visiting the islands and are in search of more information about things to do and maybe even about the possibility of living in Hawaii. I think some of you must already be […]
  • Why Should You Move to Hawaii? Here’s 50 Reasons!

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    There is a new post, “50 Reasons to Move to Hawaii” that should give some of you some more ammunition with your family, friends, and selves – to convince you to make the move in 2015 or 2016. If you can come up with some more good reasons, let me know!
  • Sacred Falls Waterfall Re-Opens (Video)

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Summer Agriculture Classes on Tap at Hawai‘i Community College

    hawa6217
    29 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    (Hawai‘i Community College Agriculture Instructor Chris Jacobsen (far right) works on a landscaping project with Hawai‘i CC students. Jacobsen will teach a series of non-credit agriculture classes this summer.) By Staff Reports (Hilo)- Hawai‘i Community C­ollege (Hawai‘i CC) is offering a series of non-credit agriculture classes this summer that cover topics like sustainable farming practices, pest and disease control, nursery management, irrigation, how to manage a farm business, and more. The classes will be held at the Hawai‘i CC campus in Hilo, in Captain Cook, and at the…
  • An Insider’s Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams

    hawa6217
    29 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    (DGIwire)–Climb Mount Everest, travel the world, and write a best-selling book: three common yet seemingly unattainable “bucket list” items. Which one of these most closely resembles your goals? If you’re not an athlete in top shape or don’t have the extravagant funds or time to travel extensively, perhaps writing a book has crossed your mind –and is in the realm of reality. But what kind of book to write?  Perhaps you have a penchant for storytelling and dream of writing a novel.  On the other hand,  you may have an amazing personal story you want to immortalize as a…
  • Positive Thoughts: I am Somebody

    hawa6217
    29 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that; then I realized that I am somebody.” -Unknown
  • Positive Thoughts: Quality of Life

    hawa6217
    28 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.” -Walter Anderson
  • Easiest Way to Improve Your Diet

    hawa6217
    28 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire)– People often wonder how they can improve their diet without totally changing what they currently eat or eliminating their favorite foods.  Sometimes a major change is just too much of a psychological or even physical hurdle to making a big commitment.  The good news is that it is possible to ease into a better diet and see some pretty remarkable results. So what’s the secret? Just start adding more fruits, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables to your daily intake.  You should concentrate on adding these food choices, not on subtracting others.  Make…
 
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    Maui Makers

  • Basic Power Tool Safety Class–4th Wednesday

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

    Laura
    24 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Have you heard about Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive computer for under $25-45 dollars? If you have a Pi, or are just wondering what all the excitement is about, join us the 4th Tuesday of Every Month for a Special Interest Group. Here’s a fun link showing what people have done with their Pi’s: Fourth Tuesday of Every Month.
  • Strawbees Build Night May 30 at 5 PM

    Laura
    22 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Join us at Outback in Kihei  this Saturday for food, fun and building. Please RSVP to classes@mauimakers.com by noon on the 30th so we can get a head count. Instructables has given Maui Makers an awesome set of Strawbees to play with. Strawbees are clever connectors that let you construct just about anything from ordinary drinking straws. The kids had a blast with them, making umbrellas, rockets, hats and geodesic domes. Now it’s the adults turn… You can even build things that fly:
  • Maui Makers at Honolulu Maker Faire

    Laura
    11 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Maui Makers manned a booth at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire–over 1025 people in attendance. The action was non-stop and our booth was a great hit.   As usual we overachieved: Practical 3D printing to make useful parts, as well as just for fun… Magnetic braking Resin Jewelery Fun with LEDs Wearables Fun with Magentism and Motors And the stars of the show: Letting kids draw with the 3Doodler pen; and Gocupi–the open source robot that draws on windows and whiteboards Look for the videos on Maui Makers youtube channel:
  • Public Meeting Thur Jun 4 2015

    Jerry
    1 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Our Monthly Public Meeting will be held on Thursday Jun 4, 2015 at the makerspace 6-9pm. Come on down for talk story, tours, and find out what is up. We are approaching our corporate year end and that means the Officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary) and some Board of Directors positions are going to be open.  Some people may chose to stand for re-election but if you are interested in ANY of these – especially board member or Secretary – please speak up!
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    Locations Blog

  • 2015 Locations Picnic Recap: Desserts. Donations. Delicious BBQ.

    Locations
    28 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Locations 2015 Company Picnic Incredible BBQ.  Dessert Contest.  Watermelon Eating Contest. 4,189 lbs. of Donations.  And most importantly, Mini Horses.   The 2015 Locations company picnic was a joyous celebration at the Shriners Beach Club in Waimanalo packed with fun activities, mouth watering food, and an outpouring of charitable donations.   Locations proved once again that we've earned our reputation as one of the best places to work on Oahu by sharing an incredible experience with our ohana.   Our extremely generous employees donated a total of 4,189 lbs.
  • Locations. Welcome Home.

    Locations
    20 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    This week marks a milestone for our company.  Locations, Hawaii’s largest real estate firm, is officially introducing a new logo, icon, tagline, and signage.  Look for our new eye-catching Locations and Luxury Locations listing signs in front of properties throughout Oahu and Maui.  Even with our fresh, new look, we are still the same local company that you have come to count on for all your real estate needs.  For over 45 years, Locations has been at the forefront of customer service, innovation and research. Our mission is to continue to be your trusted partner in…
  • Kauai Real Estate Market Report - May 2015

    Locations
    19 May 2015 | 8:12 pm
    In March 2015, there were 34 single-family home sales on Kauai with a median price of $564,250. This is down 42% from March's median price, and up 7% when compared to the same time last year. The number of sales is the same from the previous month and down 13% when compared to April last year. We saw 24 condo sales on Kauai at a median price of $370,000. This is up 35% from March's median price and down 2% when compared to this time last year. The number of sales is down 23% from the previous month and down 27% when compared to April last year. It took a median of 82 days to sell a…
  • Oahu Real Estate Market Report - May 2015

    Locations
    19 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    In April 2015, we saw 314 single-family home sales on Oahu at a median price of $672,450. Down 4% since March's median price and up 4% when compared to April last year. The number of sales is up 26% when compared to March and up 23% when compared to April last year. There were 463 condo sales on Oahu with a median price of $347,000. This is down 3% when compared to March's median price, and up 7% when compared to April last year. The number of sales is up 11% from March and up 3% when compared to April last year. It took a median of 23 days to sell a single-family home and a median…
  • Statewide Hawaii Real Estate Market Report - May 2015

    Locations
    19 May 2015 | 7:49 pm
    For the state of Hawaii as a whole, the number of sales are up 19% for single-family homes and are up 8% for condos when compared to last month. The numbers show that median single-family home prices are down 5% when compared to last month and up 5% when compared to April 2014. Median condo prices are down 3% when compared to March, and up 5% from a year ago. Statewide, it took a median of 35 days to sell a single-family home and 30 days to sell a condo. When compared to March 2015, the number of single-family home sales is up. Maui is up 2%, the Big Island is up 21% and Oahu is up 26% and…
 
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    Kona Impact

  • Closed Memorial Day: May 25

    brian
    22 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
      Back in the office on Tuesday! The post Closed Memorial Day: May 25 appeared first on Kona Impact.
  • Wee Guys Fishing Tournament in Kona, Hawaii 2015

    brian
    18 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Whether it’s fishing on a million dollar fishing boat or fishing from a kayak, Kona offers awesome fishing for all budgets and types of fish. One of the most anticipated fishing tournaments of the year is the Wee Guys Fishing Tournament in June. This is a unique tournament because it limits the entrants to boats under 23′, which basically takes the big, high tech boats out of the equation. The little guys, the “Wee Guys” if you will only compete against other similar sized boats. The tournament is sponsored by the Queen K Tesoro. Kona Impact put together a simple…
  • Saturday Great Eats: Chirashi Sushi Don by Jiro

    brian
    16 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    When I have time on Saturdays, I will highlight one locally owned and operated place to. Other than local ownership, my only criteria is that the food is awesome or great in some way. This weeks I’d like to put a spotlight on Chirashi Sushi Don by Jiro. It is located in a small kiosk in the Lanihau Center between Palani Road and Henry Street. It’s between the ice cream shop and the drug store (Longs/CVS). Chirashi Sushi Don by Jiro Volcano Bowl The business opened in early May. Here is a list of what I love: 1. Unique category. Sushi-don is sushi on a bed of rice with additional…
  • Think About it Friday: How to Kill Dreams

    brian
    15 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Taking an idea to a sustainable business is the goal of every business owner. It all starts with an idea, a dream if you will. How can I deliver a superior product to the marketplace? How can I offer a service that will solve a problem? How can I take a successful mainland concept and make it work in Hawaii? These are all the things we dream about every day. Few of these ideas, however, become reality. This is probably a good thing. When I was in high school I wanted to own a coffee shop with a used record store (yes, I’m that old!) and a used book store. Those were the things I loved:…
  • Where Do You Get Your Customers? Sources of Website Visitors

    brian
    14 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Ask most small business owners where their customers come from and they will have a pretty good idea. For example, at Kona Impact, we ask every new client how he or she heard about us. The answers usually contain one or more of the following: referral from another business, saw our vehicle, saw a sign, Google search or “found us online.” The last category is the most interesting to us. Finding Kona Impact online can mean many things:  online search; clicking a link on another website; review sites like Yelp!; paid search; online display advertising; social media content and others. Each…
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    The Hawaii Files

  • SBA Boosts Business Results WithBank Resource Days

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

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

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

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Rodeo action in Honokaa from May 23 to May 26. The public is invited to “Cowboy up” starting on May 17 when the annual Western Week celebration kicks off with the Paniolo Parade at 3 p.m. along Mamane Street. A week full of paniolo-style events gives cowboys and cowgirls a chance to show off their chili-cooking skills, make their own stick horses, munch popcorn, watch Westerns at Honoka‘a Peoples Theater, and Talk Story at North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC). On Friday, May 22, Mamane Street closes down for the always-popular Block Party, featuring country-style music, a…
  • Car2Go Coming to Hawaii?

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    It looks like Car2Go has set its sights on Hawaii with this preview video posted by Bytemark’s Cafe radio host Burt Lum. Car2Go works on a concept of car sharing where you simply rent a small Smart Car for a period of time, drive it to one location, leave it there, and someone else who is a member of the Car2Go service can rent and drive it to another location. The service is a product of Daimler AG, a multi-national automotive corporation based in Germany and is noted for the manufacture and sales of the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles. They also produce the Smart car. Car2Go is…
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