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  • Ignacio expected to become major hurricane Friday

    West Hawaii Today - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
    nefeeder
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Ignacio continues to strengthen and could become a major hurricane as it makes its way toward the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Throwback Thursday: Paradise Park in Manoa Valley, 1970

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    Ian Lind
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    I remember this day quite well. Meda and I had started graduate school at the University of Hawaii in the fall of 1969, and it was probably early the next year that we visited Paradise Park up in the back of the valley. My mother was with us, along with her Uncle Mac, James McPherson, […]
  • Rain, rain, rain

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    gigihawaii
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    According to people in the know, this year’s global El Nino is the worst El Nino in history. It has wreaked havoc everywhere, and Hawaii is no exception. Hurricanes are constantly being formed in the Pacific Ocean. So far, we have been fortunate. No hurricanes have hit us. Only thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Here are photos of our driveway and patio during a torrential downpour Monday morning: I feel so sorry for David’s brother, Mike, and his family, who traveled from Boston to Hawaii for their annual vacation.  They have been here for the past two weeks. More rain, less…
  • The truth about working from home

    The Cat Dish
    Catherine Toth Fox
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    A lot of people assume all I do is hike, surf and eat. Because that’s what I post on my Instagram. If I posted what I really do all day, well, I’d have substantially fewer followers. Like one-third of Americans, I work from home. This can be a difficult thing to explain to my retired neighbors, fellow dog-walkers and the FedEx delivery guy, who all seem to think I’m unemployed. (Read about how I started working from home here.) Turns out, more and more Americans — about 3 million at last count — don’t set foot in a conventional office at all anymore — and more…
  • Ignacio moving WNW toward the Big Island

    Top Stories
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:58 pm
    KITV4's weather team is continuing to monitor Hurricane Ignacio.
 
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  • U.S. marshals capture man wanted for murder

    Web Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    ‘KHON2’S camera was the only one there as the suspect 19-year old Brandon Horton was brought into HPDs main cellblock. He’s wanted for murder in Nashville, Tennessee. When the US Marshals service got word Horton was hiding here in Hawaii, they and ICE task force officers tracked him down to the Aliamanu Military Reservation, and arrested him just after 6 p.m. Thursday. Metro Nashville police department confirmed on their official Twitter page that Horton was arrested in Honolulu for the murder of 19-year old Craig Lambert back in March. Our sister station in Nashville WKRN…
  • Kakaako homeless encampment sweep starts after Labor Day

    Web Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    About two dozen homeless people living in Kakaako are about to get an eviction notice. The governor’s leadership team on homelessness announced Thursday that sweeps would begin Tuesday, Sept. 8. The sweeps will be done on a gradual basis, instead of all at once, moving people out and into shelters as space becomes available. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said “we are going to post notice on Monday and we will not enforce until the day after Labor Day. During that period of time, (service) providers will be going into this area, on the mauka side of Ilao Street, and letting people…
  • UH-Manoa dorm residents start school year with no hot water

    Kristine Uyeno
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Some University of Hawaii-Manoa students are starting the new school year with no hot water in their dorms. So far, they’ve been told UH is working on the problem and to heat some water in a pot in the meantime. Raquel Lasconia said the bathroom floor of her Hale Wainani apartment is constantly soaked. And that’s not all. “But once you turn to hot side, it turns off,” she said. With no hot water, it means cold showers every day. “I’m pretty mad,” Lasconia said. “I didn’t know what to do actually. I’ve been asking other students if…
  • Environmental groups: Wastewater systems need upgrades after storm-related sewage spills

    Manolo Morales
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Due to the heavy rains that we’ve had this week, there have been a number of sewage spills, raising questions about who’s overseeing the sewage system. Earlier Thursday, the Clean Water Branch of the State Dept. of Health posted alerts for 8 sewage spills, one each on the Big Island and Kauai, and six on Oahu. One spill KHON2 has been following this week happened in the Ala Moana area, where 393,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean. Further east, warning signs are posted at Sandy Beach after nearly 1 million gallons of partially-treated sewage spilled from the Hawaii…
  • Former news director recalls difficulties dealing with Va. shooter

    Alex Cerball
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    A day after two of their colleagues were shot and killed on live televison, WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, started its Thursday morning newscast remembering the victims. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were doing their jobs when they were killed by a former colleague. The man who pulled the trigger was caught by Ward’s camera and the gunman even posted video of the shooting from his perspective on his social media accounts. KHON2 spoke to the man who hired and fired the gunman Vester Flanagan, who went by the professional name of Bryce Williams, from the Roanoke TV station.
 
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  • Albizia trees can damage houses and take out power lines

    Timothy Hurley
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    One year after Tropical Storm Iselle toppled hundreds of albizia trees and caused millions of dollars of damage in Puna, the fast-growing tree species remains a major threat not only on Hawaii island, but across the state.
  • City Council takes dim view of plan to swap street lights

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Mayor Kirk Caldwell is taking heat from City Council members, astronomers and environmentalists over his plan to replace roughly 52,000 Oahu standard street lights with light-emitting diode lamps that are supposed to be brighter, cooler and cheaper.
  • Halt to rail sought in wake of lawmakers’ ethics issues

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa is demanding that the city either stop funding the $6 billion rail project or have the City Council vote again on measures that have been called into question by the Ethics Commission.
  • OHA in ‘very exploratory’ talks to create short-term housing for homeless in Kakaako

    Dan Nakaso
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a major landowner around the Kakaako homeless encampment, is in talks with state and city officials about using one or two of its Kakaako properties to create short-term housing that could potentially accommodate all of the estimated 300 homeless occupants.
  • Health fund briefly tops $1B but unfunded liability lingers

    Kevin Dayton
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    For the first time, the pool of money set aside to pay for health coverage for Hawaii’s future state and county retirees climbed to more than $1 billion in July, but fund managers didn’t have much time to savor that achievement.
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  • UH administration pressed to improve responses to student deaths

    Ian Lind
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Susan Schultz, a professor of English and editor at Tinfish Press, has created a petition pushing the University of Hawaii at Manoa administration to improve their handling of student deaths. The petition will be closed on Monday and the signatures forwarded to the Board of Regents, so please review the petition and her background links, […]
  • Throwback Thursday: Paradise Park in Manoa Valley, 1970

    Ian Lind
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    I remember this day quite well. Meda and I had started graduate school at the University of Hawaii in the fall of 1969, and it was probably early the next year that we visited Paradise Park up in the back of the valley. My mother was with us, along with her Uncle Mac, James McPherson, […]
  • Former PUC chair blasts governor’s “No LNG” stance

    Ian Lind
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Former PUC chair Mina Morita took to her “Energy Dynamics” blog yesterday to blast Gov. David Ige’s bombshell announcement that his administration will seek to block attempts to import liquid natural gas as a bridge fuel in the transition to a 100% renewable energy system. Morita called Ige’s announcement “dictatorial.” This dictatorial pronouncement, I don’t […]
 
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  • NASA rocket launches UH student project into space

    Ryan Ozawa
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    University of Hawaii community college students watched their scientific payload spin into space today when a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched around midnight Hawaii time from NASAʻs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The UH Community College team was the only community college whose payload was selected for this launch. Payloads developed by students from seven higher education programs were aboard the rocket. The UH Community College students are part of a collaboration known as Project Imua (Hawaiian for ‘to move forward’). Comprised of four UH…
  • Red Cross assists Saipan in wake of Typhoon Soudelor

    Hawaii Star Wire
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Photo Courtesy Manas Frank Castro Tito Typhoon Soudelor made landfall over the weekend on the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian. Category 2 hurricane force winds caused extensive widespread damage to Saipan, taking out the island’s power, water and sewage facilities and blocking major roadways. A state of disaster and significant emergency was declared for Saipan as current conditions are expected to last for weeks. Both Saipan and Tinian are part of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region, which includes Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. More than 430 people spent…
  • KeckWatch App Fuels Fans of Astronomy

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

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

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

    Baron
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Ignacio is forecast to gradually strengthen then gradually weaken after 48 hours. Behind Ignacio is Tropical Storm Jimena in the Eastern Pacific which has been strengthening. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for August 27, 2015

    Baron
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level, which fluctuates in response to summit inflation and deflation, varied this past week between about 148–190 feet below the vent rim within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Volcano Watch: What happens to lava flows after they enter the ocean?

    Baron
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Does lava continue to flow exactly as it did on land or does it behave differently after it enters the ocean? - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Souki is East Hawaii’s Officer of the Month for August

    Baron
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Brian Souki on Thursday (August 27) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for August - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Flash flood watch continues for Hawaii Island

    Baron
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flash flood watch until 6 p.m. this evening (Aug 27). A very moist and unstable air mass remains over the state. Although little shower activity and cloud cover will be observed early this morning heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop rapidly as the land heats […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • News bulletin, Week of Aug. 24, 2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Industry News Aug. 27  Star-Advertiser: Hawaii could lead nation by enacting carbon-emissions fee Aug. 27  Utility Dive: Is variable pricing the way out of Hawaii's solar wars? Aug. 27  Star-Advertiser: Plan for sea wind farm faces resistance Aug. 26  PBN: Hawaii Gas CEO says utility plans to share LNG shipment pricing next month Aug. 26  EcoWatch: Hawaii flips switch on world's largest ocean harvesting clean energy plant Aug. 26  Al Jazeera America: In Hawaii, rooftop solar panels threaten 'utility death spiral' Aug. 25  Civil Beat: Crutch or bridge? Panel…
  • News bulletin, Week of Aug. 17, 2015

    17 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Industry News Aug. 21  Star-Advertiser: NextEra hires former Inouye aide Aug. 20  Hawaii News Now: Feeling the heat: Earth in July was hottest month on record Aug. 20  PBN: Hawaii undersea cable project needs to be considered, energy exec says Aug. 20  PBN: Energy conference in Honolulu to address strategies to get to 100% renewable energy Aug. 19  GreenBiz: Islands become clean energy trendsetters Aug. 19  PBN: Hawaii agency wants NextEra Energy to commit to no layoffs for 4 years Aug. 19  PBN: Honolulu's Pelatron Q focusing on waste-to-energy efforts on…
  • News bulletin, Week of Aug. 10, 2015

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Industry News: Aug. 14  PBN: Hawaii's 100% renewable energy goal has teeth, state exec says Aug. 14  Utility Dive: Stakeholders push NextEra to reveal plans for Hawaiian Electric Aug. 14  Star-Advertiser: Electricity bills drop for Oahu customers Aug. 13  PBN: Bikeshare Hawaii seeks input on system selection Aug. 13  PBN: Hawaii Energy Excelerator startup secures $45M in funding Aug. 13  Star-Advertiser: Sierra Club cool to NextEra deal Aug. 13  PBN: Hawaii Energy Office hosting its own conference next year in Waikiki Aug. 12  PBN: Electric vehicle…
  • News bulletin, Week of Aug. 3, 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Industry News Aug. 7  Civil Beat: Solar power deserves a two-sided debate Aug. 7  Utility Dive: HECO asks regulators to simplify electric vehicle charging rates Aug. 7  PBN: Hawaiian Electric using NextEra Energy as a fuels consultant on $235M LNG project Aug. 6  Star-Advertiser: PUC sets public sessions on proposed sale of HEI Aug. 5  PBN: Hawaii regulators set public hearing dates and locations on NextEra-HECO sale Aug. 5  PBN: SunEdison buying Utah's Vivint Solar for $2.2B Aug. 4  New York Times: Methane leaks may greatly exceed estimates, report says…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jul. 27, 2015

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Industry News Jul. 31  PBN: Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy quizzes Consumer Advocate Jul. 31  PBN: UHERO sees big problem with current Oahu rooftop solar PV program Jul. 31  Utility Dive: Inside New York's aggressive new community shared renewables program Jul. 29  New York Times: UPS agrees to buy 46 million gallons of renewable diesel Jul. 29  PBN: NextEra Energy CEO's letter to HEI's Connie Lau regarding $4.3B sale Jul. 28  PBN: Information regarding Lanai wind farm to remain confidential, state agency says Jul. 27  PBN: Hydro as energy storage has huge…
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  • FROTH AND FOAM AND BARKS AND BITES... OH MY

    Andy Parx
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:48 pm
    There are two important measures on the Kaua`i County Council agenda this Wednesday. One bill, up for final approval, would repeal in its entirety the "incessantly barking dogs" ordinance passed last year after decades of debate. Even though every councilmember agreed that what if anything it really needs is amending, it appears fated for repeal. The other is a resolution, up for a final vote, that would ask voters if they want to repeal the Kaua`i County Charter provision for term limits for councilmembers, which passed in a landslide in 2006. Both are the brain-children of Councilmember…
  • (PNN) MEDIA ABANDONS COVERAGE OF MAUNA KEA ARRESTS- USES DOCARE VIDEO/REPORTS INSTEAD;

    Andy Parx
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Star-Advertiser's Hurley Calls It "Setback For Opponents Of Mountaintop Telescope Development" But No TMT Personnel Or Trucks Were There. by Andy Parx (PNN- Parx News Net) In a somewhat bizarre display of a combination of sycophancy and laziness some corporate media called the arrests and citation of "Protectors of Mauna a Wakea " (Mauna Kea) early Friday morning "a setback for opponents of mountaintop telescope development," despite the fact that nothing else took place. After being banned by DLNR from coverage, members of the corporate media- especially Honolulu Star Bulletin reporter…
  • SUIT CHALLENGES STATE RESTRICTIONS ON FAITH PRACTITIONERS ON MAUNA KEA; SEEKS TRO AT HEARING THURSDAY.

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

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

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

  • A GATHERING OF HEROES - Honolulu, Hawaii the Week of October 1, 2012

    Duane Vachon
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. In my job I have buried 4 star generals. I have met Emperors and Empresses, Heads of States, Prime Ministers and Presidents. All of this paled when on Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 I had the honor and privilege to be part of the team that hosted 52 of the living Medal of Honor recipients. As I sit and ruminate over my life as one tends to do when you are rapidly approaching your 7th decade on this planet I was reasonably content. I have pretty much climbed all the mountains I wanted to climb. There have been bad times but they are far outweighed by the good times. Sure…
  • Are You Rich Enough To Be Generous

    Keith Wommack
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”? Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune - "It's a simple way to stay healthier". It is being generous. It seems that generosity, no matter the age of the benefactor, benefits the giver physically and psychologically. In other words, it pays to be nice. However, a hand isn’t moved to give unless a mind is…
  • 106,207 HEROES

    Duane Vachon
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event. The term has been applied to both the day on which the initial announcement of Japan's surrender was made in the afternoon of August 15, 1945 in Japan, and because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States, Western Europe, the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and Australia), as well as to…
  • Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Ideal for Video Storage

    Robert Kay
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The Seagate Back Up Plus is an essential if your shooting on the road.   by Rob Kay Anyone who makes videos knows that one of the biggest issues is efficiently and expediently storing your content. This is especially a concern when you're on the road. While the future of storage is in the cloud, there are still situations where a portable hard drive is needed.  If you're going this route, one great product is the Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Portable hard drive. Why am I smitten with it? First off, it's compact — smaller than an iPhone. It comes with a candy apple red finish, a USB 3.0…
  • HELLSHIPS - 21,000 ALMOST FORGOTTEN HEROES

    Duane Vachon
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Later this month we will be the 70th anniversary of the signing of the unconditional surrender by the Japanese on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor. I thought it would be interesting to recall some of the events and the price that was paid to achieve the surrender. While the nightmarish horrors of the Bataan Death March and Camp O’Donnell have captured popular notoriety, survivors of Japanese POW camps typically recount their time aboard POW transport ships, the “Hell Ships”, as being the most terrible experiences of their captivity. Hell Ships were…
 
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  • Flights to Hawaii from Vancouver $304 RT

    Beat of Hawaii
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:04 pm
    An evening fare war just broke out that will save you 50% or more between Vancouver and either Maui or Oahu. Act fast to catch this brief wave of great pricing on flights to Hawaii from Vancouver.... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Duke Kahanamoku

    Beat of Hawaii
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Stand Up Paddle Surfing remain all the rage in Hawaii. It is brought to mind courtesy of Google, which today featured the image of Duke Kahanamoku, to honor the 125th... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Deals From Charlotte, Dallas and Miami ~$250+ Each Way

    Beat of Hawaii
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    More Hawaii deals this afternoon, courtesy of airline hub wars, which are providing great opportunities for some value packed Hawaii vacations over the next 330 days. Yesterday we had American... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Flights to Hawaii Through November From $428

    Beat of Hawaii
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:50 pm
    More great prices for a fall Hawaii vacation. Good news too is that for the first time, these offers are not just September and October, but are also extending into November. Improved pricing from... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
  • Hawaii Deals from Houston and Minneapolis $488+ RT

    Beat of Hawaii
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    More late summer and fall Hawaii deals again today from two cities that rarely see any Hawaii vacation love. These are airline hub attacks and will once again be short lasting, so act now to avoid... Please click link above. Mahalo for subscribing to Beat of Hawaii!
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    The Cat Dish

  • The truth about working from home

    Catherine Toth Fox
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    A lot of people assume all I do is hike, surf and eat. Because that’s what I post on my Instagram. If I posted what I really do all day, well, I’d have substantially fewer followers. Like one-third of Americans, I work from home. This can be a difficult thing to explain to my retired neighbors, fellow dog-walkers and the FedEx delivery guy, who all seem to think I’m unemployed. (Read about how I started working from home here.) Turns out, more and more Americans — about 3 million at last count — don’t set foot in a conventional office at all anymore — and more…
  • #40trails: Upgrades starting on the Alaka‘i Swamp Trail

    Catherine Toth Fox
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Back in March my husband took me on a hiking weekend in Kōkeʻe on Kaua‘i for my 40th birthday. And on that trip I discovered what would become one of my all-time favorite hikes ever: Alaka‘i Swamp Trail. This 7-mile trail through along the canyon rim, through native forests, and across an eerie bog was the highlight of our stay on Kaua‘i — and, in my opinion, the best hike in the 4,345-acre state park. A good portion of the trail — including the Pihea Summit Trail — is a boardwalk made of redwood outfitted with chicken wire to prevent hikers from slipping as much. The…
  • It’s not easy being a farmer

    Catherine Toth Fox
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Sure, it sounds nice to own a farm. It conjures up those romantic images of rolling hills and vast, open spaces, with grazing cattle and an abundance of vegetables all glimmering in fairy dust and rainbows. If it’s one thing I’ve learned being a part of this Agricultural Leadership Program, it’s this: Farming is tough work. That was never more apparent than visiting the GoFarm Hawai‘i site in Waimānalo this weekend. GoFarm Hawai‘i is a program started in 2014 by the University of Hawai‘i that trains students in the business of farming. It offers prospective farmers…
  • #40trails No. 12: Ka‘ala in Wai‘anae

    Catherine Toth Fox
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:48 pm
    HIKE: Ka‘ala, Wai‘anae, O‘ahu WHEN: July 2015 LENGTH: 8 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY: Difficult, strenuous FEATURES: Traverses through valleys and along ridges, native forest with native birds, bog environment at the top, views of Wai‘anae and western coastline, views of Waialua and the North Shore, some bouldering, steep sections with ropes When I was a kid, maybe around 8, I learned that the flat-top mountain I’d see in the distance while our family drove to Pearlridge or Makakilo to visit my cousins was actual the tallest peak on O‘ahu. It was called Mount Ka‘ala, and it…
  • #CatTravels: My favorite Neighbor Island omiyage

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

  • Concierge Approved: What Hawaii Scenic Spots Do You Like to Recommend to Visitors?

    RPang
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Compiled by Derek Paiva When it comes to getting a list of all of the must-see scenic spots on whichever Hawaiian Island you’re vacationing on, there’s perhaps no better individual to chat with than your friendly, knowledgeable hotel or resort concierge. After all, chances are good your concierge will likely 1) be a longtime island [...]
  • 3 MORE Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet

    RPang
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Story by Derek Paiva Last week in this space, I shared a compendium of “3 Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet” but should. The idea behind the list was simple. Even if you think you’ve been to all of the Hawaii Island scenic spots everyone says are must-sees, there are always more. [...]
  • 3 Hawaii Island Scenic Spots You (Likely) Haven’t Visited Yet

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

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

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

  • Fifth Food and Wine Festival Starts Saturday

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The state’s biggest celebration of food and drink, mixing local specialties with internationally adored dishes and flavors, is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees across twenty one events over nine days this year. The fifth annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, co-founded by renown island chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, is expected to be the biggest yet, featuring more than 100 internationally-renowned chefs and culinary stars (including sommeliers and winemakers) at events on Hawaii Island, Maui, and Oahu. In fact, the festival’s kickoff event on Hawaii Island on…
  • GE Ventures Joins Energy Excelerator as Sponsor

    Ryan Ozawa
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    The Energy Excelerator announced this morning that it has secured a new corporate sponsor: GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric, a leading global player in the energy industry. The Energy Excelerator is a dual-track accelerator program focused on startups that want to “solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in Hawaii.” It was founded in 2013 with seed funding from the federal Department of Energy, but found its stride in August of that year with a $30 million boost from the Office of Naval Research. To date, the program has invested $10 million in 32…
  • Civic Hackers Chat with Open Government Guru

    Ryan Ozawa
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    Civic hackers in Honolulu will have a chance to talk with and learn from a fellow open government advocate in California. Steve “Spike” Spiker, founder and executive director of Open Oakland, will share his story with Code for Hawaii on Wednesday and talk about his organization’s work as an official “Brigade” for Code for America. Code for Hawaii is a group of volunteers interested in applying innovative thinking and technology to make local communities better. In addition to his advocacy work, Spiker is the Director of Research and Technology at the Urban…
  • Panel to Parse ‘Perfect Storm’ of Energy Opportunities

    Ryan Ozawa
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:54 pm
    On the surface, Hawaii’s energy sector seems poised for growth. But a Thursday panel discussion will dig deeper, assessing the state’s true prospects in industries that are innovating and growing quickly. This year alone, the state set an ambitious goal to run entirely on renewable energy within 30 years, Henk Rogers made international headlines with a new home battery storage startup, a Danish company announced plans for an offshore wind farm, and we got a sexy dashboard to track local energy use. From  solar-powered planes to wind-powered yachts, Hawaii seems to be a…
  • Makerspace Hosting Ladies’ Night on Tuesday

    Ryan Ozawa
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, is hosting its first social mixer for women with “Ladies in Tech Night.” The Tuesday night meetup is being organized by HiCapacity intern and UH engineering student Jessica Grazziotin, who was featured earlier this month for her presentation at the ‘IKE Student Symposium. “It’s just going to be a mixer style social,” she tells me. “For the most part I want to focus on how we can make a welcoming environment for all women that are joining the tech force in Hawaii… and how can we, as women…
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    Manifest Hawaii

  • Celebrate 6 Saucy Years with Manifest: Casablanca!

    MF
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The Manifest presents: CASABLANCA Celebrating Six Saucy Years August 29th, 2015 -with- Live Music by The Bentos Acoustic performance by Matt Melendez Shoots! Booth Photo Booth Laughs by Ray Lamay & Easten #Superhandsome DJs SSSolution x Jon C x Delve Dress code: 1940’s formal encouraged Doors open at 7PM / No Cover / 21+ |  Get hyped! #CasablancaParty
  • The Bougies EP Release Party!

    MF
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    Photos by: Brandon Reid
  • Siblings

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

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

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

  • Review: The Art of Invention | Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America

    literarylotus
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    Reinventing oneself may seem a common modern pastime, but in her second novel, Liza Klaussmann deftly and self-reflexively explores invention as a careful art in life and fiction. The author of British National Book Award winner Tigers in Red Weather, Klaussmann has fictionalized the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, illustrious American expats central to the 1920s arts and literature movements in Paris and Cap d’Antibes, where they built their fabled home Villa America. “The only world I want is the one we invent for ourselves,” Gerald implores Sara in one of his courtship letters. “I…
  • 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…
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Loved to Death

    Joan Conrow
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Like a lot of places on Kauai, Ke'e and surrounding areas are being loved to death.It's extremely popular with tourists because it's the “end of the road,” the trailhead for the 11-mile hike into Kalalau and a great place to snorkel and watch the sunset. As  a result, Haena State Park is the third-most visited park in the state system, with more than 740,000 visitors annually. It's also home to one of the state’s richest archaeological complexes, with a hula platform, heiau, cemetery, house sites and extensive taro lo'i. Now, after years of community meetings, discussions and…
  • Musings: Fact and Fiction

    Joan Conrow
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In following up on Terry Lilley's claimthat military jets were dumping chemicals on school children in Kapaa, I asked Capt. Bruce Hay, commander at PMRF, to shed some light on the aircraft that were seen and their activities. Capt. Hay replied:The aircraft is a P-3C Orion based on Oahu at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (formerly known as Kaneohe Bay MCAS). It is attached to Patrol Wing 2. When they are over here they sometimes conduct instrument approach training at Lihue. We do not have all the modes that the P-3 is capable of using. The aircraft is old, and the engines smoke. There are many…
  • Musings: Desperate Situation

    Joan Conrow
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Though much is said about the “blue code of silence” that prevents police officers from speaking out against the misdeeds of their colleagues, virtually nothing is said about a similar code among journalists.Which is why Christopher Pala, whose inaccurate and biased anti-GMO article in The Guardian was thoroughly excoriated on this blog Sunday night, began whining and sniveling about the criticism his piece received from journalists Jan TenBruggencate, Allan Parachini and me:Note that I have never met or communicated with any of the three. Nor have I ever had colleagues, known to me or…
  • Musings: Christopher Pala's Hit Piece

    Joan Conrow
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    A friend texted a link early this morning with the comment:Tripe in an otherwise usually responsible news source.The otherwise usually responsible news source is the The Guardian. The tripe is Christopher Pala's hit piece, “Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects put focus on GM crops.”Gosh, I thought. Has the state finished updating its birth defect study and found there really has been a spike?Nope. There is still absolutely no evidence of a spike in birth defects. Pala opens with horrific anecdotal stories about birth defects and sick babies, but never bothers to check…
  • Musings: Crackpots and Cranks

    Joan Conrow
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Why does The Garden Island keep giving valuable space and credence to people who don't know WTF they're talking about?First we had the kayak operators speculating wildly about some mad diversion project surreptiously siphoning water from their “Secret Falls” tourist attraction, and absolutely refusing to believe the falls dried up to drought.Now we have the same reporter, Brittany Lyte, treating Hanalei crackpot Terry Lilley as a credible source even when he's been repeatedly proven wrong.Yesterday, Brittany gave us the “news flash”  that Hanalei River was full of dirty water and…
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    The Maui News

  • Local Briefs

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Kihei association to meet Sept. 13 The Kihei Community Association will be celebrating its 55-year anniversary at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the VFW hall in Kihei. The members-only event is free but those attending need to RSVP by Aug. 31.
  • Entries sought for fair's photo contest

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Entry forms for the 93rd Maui Fair Photo Salon Contest are available to all shutterbugs eager to enter their most-prized photos. The competition is open to all Hawaii residents and consists of three divisions: Youth, Open and Expert.
  • Event brings back 'Boat Days of Old Hawaii'

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hula dancers from kumu hula Napua Greig's Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka entertain the crowd during the 21st annual Maui Calls fundraiser at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Aug. 14.
  • UH Maui Fit's fall semester begins Monday

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    UH Maui Fit, the fitness center at the University of Hawaii Maui College, is reopening Monday for the fall semester with a schedule of nearly 30 fitness classes and extended open gym hours.
  • Applications available for robotics grant program

    22 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Monsanto Fund announced a new FIRST Robotics Grant Program to support educational robotics in communities where Monsanto employees live and work.
 
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Hilo Mom Invents Superheros

    Alan McNarie
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Hilo mom Kim Gitzel noticed something was missing when she went shopping for her 6 year old daughter Grace. “There were no girl super-hero brands that were truly inspirational out there,” she says. So instead of agonizing on buying something she didn’t like, she had an idea – to create her own super-hero action brand that girls of all ages could connect with and aspire to. She created Sirenz of Truth: The Wheeled Warriors (SOT): “SOT represents strong, empowered, athletic girls who have deep friendships, a team bond, and super-hero powers that they use to fight for Truth, protect…
  • Police Investigate Kapoho Woman’s Death

    Alan McNarie
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    From the Hawaii Police Department: Hawai?i Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body on her Puna property. On Tuesday evening (August 25), Puna District officers responded to reports of a disturbance on Kaphoho Kai Drive. Investigation led to the discovery of a woman’s body, outside her home, with suspicious injuries. The victim has been identified as 63-year-old Nadean Rutledge of P?hoa. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are actively investigating the case. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the…
  • Five Local Nurseries Pass the “Plant Pono” Test

    Alan McNarie
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Six retail nurseries on the Big Island are the latest to receive an endorsement for their commitment to preventing the spread of invasive species. The Plant Pono program, a state wide initiative being implemented on Hawai’i island by the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), recognizes nurseries who implement best practices for control of certain pests and who agree not to import, sell or propagate any potentially invasive plant species. “I really want to improve the land and beautify it, not cause damage with invasive plants and animals [like] little fire ant and coqui,” says…
  • Pahoa Pantry Seeks Donations through Foodland’s “Give Aloha” Fundraiser

    Alan McNarie
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    From Jen McGeehan “Give Aloha”, an annual statewide September fundraiser in honor of Foodland founder Maurice J. (Sully) Sullivan, is slated for September 1 – 30. All Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms locations offer their Makai card customers the opportunity to donate to their favorite participating 501c3 non-profit. A portion of their donation will be matched by Foodland and Western Union Foundation up to a total of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined. The newly resurrected Pahoa Pantry and Soup Kitchen, under the guidance of New Hope Puna, is participating in the…
  • Flash Flood Watch Extended; Puna Council Meeting Cancelled

    Alan McNarie
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm
    From Hawaaii County Civil Defense at 6:15 p.m., Monday, August 24: The National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch for Hawaii Island remains in effect.  Due to unstable weather conditions and very moist air across the state, the flash flood watch will remain in effect through 6:00PM tomorrow. Currently heavy rains and occasional thunder and lighting can be expected across all areas of the island. With the ongoing upper slope rains and runoff, Highway 11 near the Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u is experiencing intermittent road closure due to flooding conditions.  Presently the highway…
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    Bytemarks

  • Slideshow of Jodo Mission #BonDance 2015

    Burt
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:29 am
  • Super #TyphoonSoudelor creates havoc in Saipan

    Burt
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:42 am
    Super Typhoon Soudelor made land fall on the island of Saipan, CNMI this past weekend, Aug 2 and 3, 2015. There is widespread debris, downed trees and island wide power outages. There were approximately 350 people displaced into shelters. Articles about the storm and its effect on the island are coming in from Huffington Post, Guam Pacific Daily News, New Zealand Herald and Stuff.co.nz. Surprisingly, Typhoon Soudelor got very little coverage in the Hawaii media. News directly from Saipan is very limited as well. Most tweets with #typhoonsoudelor seem to be from friends and relatives outside…
  • Slideshow of Joy of Sake 2015 #joyofsake

    Burt
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
  • NOAA @okeanosexplorer – Exploring the Deep Waters off Hawaii 2015

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

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

  • Episode 365: Strong A.I. – Aug 26, 2015

    Burt Lum
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    First up, we’ll hear about two upcoming events. Meli James is on the line to tell us about tomorrow’s Hawaii Venture Capital Association lunch panel focused on the energy sector. Then Poni and Brandon Askew join us to preview the Makers and Tasters event coming up in Kakaako. Finally, for the rest of the hour, we’ll explore the state-of-the-art in “Artificial Intelligence.” Beyond Siri, Cortana, and Alexa, what will “Strong AI” do for us? We’ll do some deep thinking with Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Watumull from Oceanit on this topic. Photo (l:r)…
  • Episode 364: Univ. of Hawaii Makers – Aug 19, 2015

    Burt Lum
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    First up, we’ll hear about two upcoming events. Kelsey Amos from Purple Maia is here to tell us about the Weekend Coding Workshop for middle schoolers. Then Chalmer Lowe will tell us about an upcoming PyHawaii event. Finally, for the rest of the hour, we’ll catch up with the UH Makers. John Rand Director of STEM and KCC student Geena Wann-Kung will tell us about the maker movement at the University and their experiences at the National Maker Faire in Washington D.C. Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, John Rand, Chalmer Lowe, Geena Wann-Kung, Kelsey Amos, Ryan Ozawa Additional Links: PyHawaii…
  • Episode 363: Project IMUA – Aug 12, 2015

    Burt Lum
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    First up, we’ll hear about two upcoming events. Eric Pape from Civil Beat is here to tell us about the Future of News event sponsored by the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals. Then Cindy Matsuki is here from the High Tech Development Corp to tell us about the next Wetware Wednesday on light manufacturing. Finally, for the rest of the hour, we’ll get the full story behind Project IMUA and putting a payload in space. Joining us today is Joe Ciotti, Elena Barbour and Debora Pei. Joe is a Professor of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics and Director Center for Aerospace…
  • Episode 362: Food Sustainability – Aug 5, 2015

    Burt Lum
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    First up this hour, we’ll hear about two upcoming events. Anne Murata from the Pacific Aviation Museum will tell us about the 8th Biggest Little Airshow next weekend. Then Jessica Grazziotin is here from the UH College of Engineering to fill us in on the 2nd annual Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering Symposium. Finally, we’ll talk about food sustainability with Kevin Vaccarello from Sustain Hawaii, Fred Lau from Mari’s Gardens, and Marty Matlock from the Univ of Arkansas. From soil-less farming to setting metrics, how will we measure success as we move forward? Photo (l:r)…
  • Episode 361: NOAA Okeanos and Box Jelly/Sting No More – July 29, 2015

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

  • Free Developer Tools on Windows

    Douglas Ching
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    It used to be that to develop with Microsoft technologies developers would have to pay up for development tools if they wanted the best experience.  These days with all the options developers have, getting someone to pay for tools can be difficult. Recently I wiped of one of my development machines and realized this is no longer the case while installing various tools.   It's well known that Microsoft has been moving towards open sourcing many of their projects like their .net framework, but beyond that they have also been providing more options for free tools and services.  To be clear…
  • Our Immigration System Sucks – Is There a Tech Fix?

    John Robert Egan
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Sooner or later, everyone who is in the tech field for the long run bumps up against the U.S. immigration system. The tech talent pool is global, our engineering schools have plenty of international grads looking to be placed into U.S. jobs, and smart international investors are looking for U.S. tech entrepreneurs to back. And the unanimous reaction to the immigration encounter is “the U.S. immigration system really sucks!” A recent article in Wired skips over the convoluted politics of immigration reform (it’s really going nowhere) and looks at recent attempts by the federal U.S.
  • Continuous Delivery with WordPress

    David Chung
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    As a continuation of my blog posts regarding continuous delivery, I shall explore the continuous delivery options for WordPress websites since I was recently been involved in such a project. One changing component of a WordPress website is its templates, which are written in PHP. This PHP source can be version controlled quite easily and integrated with a continuous delivery system. However, another changing component of a WordPress website is its plugins and their configurations, which are stored in the database. Version control of these configurations will require managing the data.
  • Celebrating...

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

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

  • Hawai'i's depleted natural treasure chest: oh, what we've lost

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    There were many jewels in Hawai`i’s natural treasure chest, and today, the rarest of these are the land snails.The Hawaiian archipelago's natural legacy was a splendid array—forest birds in all the colors of the rainbow, flashing reef fishes found nowhere else on the planet, and the stunning silver and crimson, gold and purple hues of the flowers.In that array, the land snails may not stand out, although there were once hundreds of species. Today, they are recognized for their singular rarity.(Image: One of the last remaining amastrid land snail species on O'ahu, Laminella sanguinea, in…
  • Weird eats, weird thoughts, and how to live nearly forever

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    When it comes to food, we’re touchy. We’re prone to believe all kinds of strange stuff--some things that just aren’t true at all, and a lot of things that are only marginally true, and a fair amount of things that are just weird.We’re likely to be convinced that certain foods are literal life-savers. That, for example, you’ll be eternally protected if you eat enough blueberries, or noni, or whole grain bread, or tree nuts, or seaweeds, or salba seed, or honey, or bee pollen, or coconut oil, or cruciferous vegetables, or chia seeds, or salmon, or chicken rather than beef,…
  • The colors of life--in space

    10 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
    On Earth, researchers use fine differences in light and color to identify specific plant species in aerial photos, and even to distinguish diseased or stressed plants from healthy ones.What if we could use a similar technique to identify life on other planets?A team of University of Hawai`i scientists is proposing just that, and is targeting our nearest solar neighbor, Alpha Centauri—a binary star that is the third brightest star in the night sky. Its alternative names are Rigil Kent and Toliman.The team is led by Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina, a visiting scientist at the University of …
  • Our environment flows through us--poisons and all

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Our environment flows through us, literally.And that’s a powerful ally of the politics of fear.An East Coast inventor recently re-energized his career with a press release and a speaking tour. Shiva Ayyadurai said he had shown that genetically engineered soy has formaldehyde in it. Gasp! Formaldehyde is embalming fluid.Yes, and it’s also a naturally occurring chemical that is found everywhere, including at low levels in normal human beings. It’s naturally found in non-GM soy, and in carrots, tomatoes, fish, red meat, rainwater, and even air. Ayyadurai announced he’d done a study of GM…
  • Dry, dry, dry: High Haleakala increasingly arid

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Summers high on Haleakala have been getting steadily drier for the past 25 years, according to detailed quarter-century study of the weather on Maui’s dominant mountain.And that’s just one of the notable trends in the climate of the mountain.And it is another indicator that Hawai`i can expect a drier future: that natural environments and human water availability will be significantly impacted over time. More on other research in this area below.The complex study notes that Haleakala has multiple micro-environments: “ecosystems can range from desert, to tropical rainforest, to alpine…
 
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • ​New board president tor the Honolulu Zoo Society

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Honolulu Zoo Society has selected a new president to lead its volunteer board of directors for the next three-year term. Paul Dyson, who serves as COO at the Battleship Missouri, will run the 21-member board’s efforts, which supporting volunteers, memberships, and fundraising for capital improvements to the Honolulu Zoo. Dyson formerly served as the vice president of the society. Four other officers were appointed, including Vice President Kenneth Kanter, Secretary Ryan Mukai, Treasurer…
  • Hawaii State Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Thirty Meter Telescope: Slideshow

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Attorneys representing the state, the University of Hawaii and opponents of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project presented their cases in oral arguments before the Hawaii Supreme Court in Downtown Honolulu Thursday morning. Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Clarence Ching, Flores-Case Ohana, Deborah Ward, Paul Neves, and KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance filed a lawsuit against the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and University of Hawaii at Hilo, challenging the state-awarded permit…
  • Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell defends city's support for Waikiki improvements

    Darin Moriki
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell defended his administration's effort to shore up areas of Waikiki during a tourism industry event held on Thursday, including recent city efforts to continually raise funds for replenishing sand on Waikiki beaches that are lost to erosion. "Every 10 or 15 years when the beach gets really thin, we have this knee-jerk reaction to raise money in the Legislature and private sector to replenish the beach and then we have to do a massive one," Caldwell explained to tourism…
  • ​The Queen’s Health Systems in talks with Kona Community Hospital

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The Queen’s Health Systems is in discussion with Kona Community Hospital about a potential partnership on Hawaii's Big Island. Kona Community Hospital is part of the West Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corp., which also includes Kohala Hospital. "Queen’s is currently in the early stages of discussions with Kona Community Hospital and has signed a mutual non-disclosure agreement that will allow us to evaluate collaborative opportunities,” Art Ushijima, Queen’s president and CEO,…
  • Hong Kong, London flights to Honolulu top priorities for Hawaii tourism industry leaders

    Darin Moriki
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Establishing direct flights between Honolulu and Hong Kong and London are the top priorities for Hawaii visitor industry leaders when it comes to establishing air service with underserved international markets, according to an informal poll taken Thursday at the state's annual tourism conference. About 33 percent of the estimated 1,100 visitor industry leaders who participated in a straw poll on Thursday at the Hawaii Tourism Authority's conference said direct flights should be established between…
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  • Ewa Lawmaker Calls on Businesses to Help Cool Schools

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Rep. LoPresti signs letters to local businesses seeking donations State Representative Matthew LoPresti (District 41 - Ewa, Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe) is starting a community program to tackle the problem of high temperatures in our classrooms. The program, Cool Schools 4 Ewa, encourages local businesses to donate large fans or high capacity portable air conditioning
  • LoPresti Praises DOE Plan for Air Conditioned Portables at Campbell High School

    19 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    State Representative Matthew LoPresti (District 41 - Ewa, Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe) was pleased to learn today that James Campbell High School will receive eight portables with built in air conditioning amounting to 15 classrooms for their campus to address heat and capacity issues. “I am pleased that these fully air-conditioned portable classrooms will be coming to
  • Hawaii's Public Access Room Attracts International Attention

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

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

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The measure signed into law today by Governor Ige dramatically impacts the lives of several dozen Hawaii families that include children born with cleft palates or other facial abnormalities. In Hawaii, approximately one in every 500 babies is born with what is called an “orofacial anomaly.” For example, between 2007 and 2012, 61 babies were born with a cleft lip or palate and 83 were born
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  • Last Night for Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance – Saturday, August 15, 2015

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Last day for Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance, tonight, Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M. at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, HI. Enjoy music, dance, Japanese culture, children’s games, and food (Teriyaki beef sticks, saimin, sushi, waffle dogs, shave ice, milkshake, etc.) 2015 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Jodo Shu Hawaii Bon Dance on Friday 8/14/2015 & Saturday 8/15/2015

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:06 pm
    2015 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance is today, Friday, August 14th & Saturday, August 15th from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M. at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii (West of Shriner’s Hospital and North of Foodland). Enjoy music, dance, Japanese culture, food (teriyaki beef sticks, saimin, shave ice, etc.), and beverages. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • 2015 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance on Friday 8/14/2015 & Saturday 8/15/2015 from 5 P.M.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    2015 Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance on Friday 8/14/2015 & Saturday 8/15/2015 from 5 P.M. at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Enjoy music, dance, Japanese culture, food (teriyaki beef sticks, saimin, shave ice, etc.), and beverages.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Sadako Sasaki and All Children Affected By War

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As I write my 2nd writing project, a fictional story with Sadako Sasaki and all children affected by war in mind, I reflect on how precious life is and the innocence of every child. I think of my two-year-old niece Elyse and four-month-old niece Sophie. I can’t help but feel sad inside. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima city when Sadako Sasaki was only two years old. She was blown out of the window of her home, and her mother found her lying on the ground. Her mother helped her and her four-year-old brother flee to a nearby river to escape the…
  • The Best of Me

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    I just finished reading Nicholas Sparks’ novel “The Best of Me.” Like “The Notebook,” the last several chapters were my favorite part. This story was interesting in that a romance between Dawson and Amanda was rekindled 25 years later from the time they first fell in love as teens. Dawson remained single, whereas, Amanda was married with three children. There were some very sad moments, but in the end, some good came out of tragedy.Filed under: Uncategorized
 
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Denial is not a Solution

    Mike Hu
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Many insist there is no problem -- as their way of solving it.  But the problems never go away, and naturally grow worse -- though they go into denial, more and more about those realities. Eventually there is a full disconnect -- from the realities and one's explanation of it.  Ultimately, nothing is related to anything else anymore, and the explanations (excuses), take on a life of their own, because it has no tie to any reality anymore.That's what people and a culture are like, when they prefer their wishful-thinking over the actuality of their actual circumstances -- until they…
  • Nothing More Important to Do

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    6 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Most people, in considering fitness activities, don't calculate the most important -- which is the risk-to-benefit in doing anything.  Mountain climbers have a tendency to fall from great heights -- and those who love water sports, have a possibility of drowning.  Treadmills force one to move at a greater rate than they are inclined to.  People usually meet their end, doing what they usually do -- whether they like it or not.  That's just a fact of life -- and living.Thus, one should spend as much time doing what they truly think is worthwhile -- and do that until the very…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • In Its Own Mysterious Way

    Mike Hu
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Life always works out -- in its own mysterious way.  That may not be the way we want it to -- or plan for, but it always works out.  That is what happens.  That is life.  It's more than any one individual can conceive of and comprehend -- because it is the sum of the whole, that the greatest has not mastered in their own lives.  Those are the limits of their universe, though they may think they have seen and done it all.The world is not just what one person makes of it, but what we all make of it.  When we realize that, then we are part of all of life, and…
  • Smoking versus Vaping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • General Partner Is Not Additional Insured For Construction Defect Claim

    Tred Eyerly
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
       The court determined that the project owner's general partner was not an additional insured entitled to a defense and indemnity against claims for construction defects. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v,. Cypress Fairway Condo. Ass'n, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94012 (M.D. Fla. July 20, 2015).    Construction of the Cypress Fairway Condominium project took place in 1999 and 2000. Cypress Fairway Ltd. ("Cypress") was the owner and Vineland Partners , LLC ("Vineland") was its general partner. The general contractor was Winter Park Construction Company…
  • Additional Insured Status Survives Summary Judgment Stage

    Tred Eyerly
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
       The court determined that the insurer was not entitled to summary judgment in seeking a determination that a hotel was not the additional insured under its elevator repair company's policy. Aspen Spec. Ins. Co. v. Ironshore Indem. Inc., 2015 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2413 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. July 7, 2015).     Michael Patalano was an elevator repairman employed by Transel Elevator Inc. Transel had a contract to maintain the elevators at Alphonse Hotel. The contract required Transel to name Alphonse as an additional insured on Transel's CGL policy.     Patalano was injured while…
  • No Bad Faith In Filing Interpleader

    Tred Eyerly
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Eighth Circuit determined that filing an interpleader action in the face of multiple claims against the policy holder did not constitute bad faith. Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10438 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015).    Ben Purscell's vehicle collided with another vehicle, in which Tim and Amy Carr were riding. The Carrs were injured, and Purscell's passenger, Amy Priesendorf, was killed. Before the accident, Priesendorf had stretched her leg over and put her foot on the accelerator, on top of Purscell's foot. As the other car approached, Purscell swerved…
  • Ninth Circuit Construes Known Loss Provision

    Tred Eyerly
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's award of summary judgment to the insurer after analyzing the known loss provision in the insured subcontractor's policy. Kaady v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10754 (9th Cir. June 25, 2015).     The insured was awarded a subcontract to install manufactured stone at the residential project. The stone was affixed to the wall sheathing. The insured also wrapped deck posts with manufactured stone and installed masonry caps on the toe of the stone that was wrapped around the deck posts.      After construction…
  • Appraisal Process Analyzed

    Tred Eyerly
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
       The California Court of Appeal offered a primer in the appraisal process in reversing the trial court's confirmation of the appraisal award. Lee v. California Capital Ins. Co., 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 530 (Cal. Ct. App. June 18, 2015).    A fire damaged an apartment building owned by the insured. The fire started in unit 3 on the ground floor. The insurer argued the fire did not extend beyond unit 3. The insured claimed that the fire damaged six of the 12 apartments with fire or smoke.    The insured's public adjuster submitted a claim to the insurer that exceeded $800,000.
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  • Federal Court Enjoins Implementation Of EPA's New WOTUS Rules: Intermittent And Remote Wetlands Have No Nexus To Navigable Waters

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Here's the latest in an issue we've been following, the myriad legal challenges to the EPA's recently-adopted rules expanding the scope of the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota, one of several District Courts considering the plethora of lawsuits challenging the rule, has issued an Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction, holding that the arguments of the several states which sued, are likely to succeed because the rule is "likely…
  • Join Us: 2015 Brigham-Kanner Conference At William And Mary Law School

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    As we've done every year lately, we're soon headed to the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year, the B-K Property Rights Prize will be awarded to Harvard lawprof Joseph Singer, who is, shall we say, an interesting choice, given his theory that a "robust regulatory structure" goes hand-in-hand with property rights, liberty, and the free market. Robust regulation isn't exactly what you might think of when you think "property rights," is it? So it should make for an interesting…
  • NC Supreme Court To Review "Map Act" Takings Case

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    We have learned that the North Carolina Supreme Court has granted the State's request to review Kirby v. North Carolina Dep't of Transportation, No. COA14-184 (Feb. 17, 2015). That's the case in which the Court of Appeals not only held that the property owners' claims were ripe, but that the Map Act -- which gives the DOT the ability to designate property for future highway use and prevent its development in the meantime -- effected a taking. The appeals court reversed the trial court's dismissal and sent the case back down for a calculation of the compensation owed…
  • Nice Try: No, The Supreme Court Didn't Make Wildlife Public Property In The Raisin Case

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    After the Supreme Court's decision in Horne v. Dep't of Agriculture, 14-275 (U.S. June 22, 2015), we were waiting for this shoe to drop. And now it has. In "Raisin ruling seen as a lifeline for endangered species," Environment & Energy writes, "[a] Supreme Court ruling that struck down an odd Depression-era raisin program may have revived a critical government defense for endangered species and other wildlife protections, legal experts say."  The theory is based on the Horne majority's rejection of Leonard & Leonard v.
  • No, It's Not A Taking To Prohibit You From Practicing Medicine Because You Think You're Qualified

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    A quick one from the Michigan Court of Appeals. Murphy-Dubay v. Dep't of Licensising and Regulatory Affairs, No. 321380 (Aug. 18, 2015) involved the claims of Mr. Murphy-Dubay, who attended 2 years at a Caribbean medical school, followed by 2 years of clinical rotations in Canada. He returned to Michigan, and passed "Step 3" of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. But he did not secure a residency, which apparently is a requirement to practice medicine in Michigan. So he sought a "limited license" to practice. When the Department predictably…
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    Pulpconnection

  • New Workhorse for the Workplace?

    Gee Why
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Do I dare stray from my workhorse of a shoe for the workplace? It’s been a constant to restock on Rockport Northfield Oxfords, but after reading some of the Amazon reviews, I do agree that the quality of this model has come down over the years. While I haven’t experienced any issues with the soles, the laces do fray very easily usually within the first month. The laces haven’t actually broken on me but to have them start coming apart only after several wearings is a bummer.So instead, I’m taking a look at the similar looking Rugged Bucks Plain Toe. Not as many reviews but still rated…
  • LEGO Mystery Machine

    Gee Why
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    How can you not dig the Mystery Machine from the Scooby-Doo cartoon series made from LEGO? Not a bad set for $30.
  • Bravo Hawaiian Air, Bravo

    Gee Why
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:20 am
    Airline safety videos have become recent hit sensations, and I think Hawaiian Air did an excellent job with their recent video. While it may not have the Hollywood production glamor, the scenery of Hawaii is fantastic. The use of hula to demonstrate the emergency exits is very akamai. Bravo Hawaiian Air, bravo!
  • “Mahalo Marcus” Now Cheaper

    Gee Why
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Nike released a Mahalo Marcus shirt in early May for $35. It’s not a bad shirt, but at $35, it’s pricey for a tee. But check it out. The shirt is now in the Nike clearance section, and there’s an additional 20% off for the next week. As a Nike+ member (free membership), you also get free shipping on any orders. So that once $35 shirt is now a more reasonable $15.98.Mahalo Marcus.
  • The Greatest Hoodie Ever Made?

    Gee Why
    15 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The greatest ever made? A hoodie? Is there even a need for such a title? I guess so since Slate bestowed that honor to the hoodie made by American Giant in 2012. These hoodies got so popular you had to wait months for an order, and now I’m intrigued by this hoodie, and so are you.Since the holiday buying season will be upon us soon enough, you may as well place your order now. I doubt that in 2015 American Giant still has a backlog of orders, but why take the risk? Order the greatest hoodie ever made.
 
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    An Island Life

  • Build & Imagine . . . Day at the Beach

    Kailani
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    If there’s one thing my family loves it’s toys that are not only fun but educational as well. Weather it’s academic, imaginative or artistic . . . if the kids are learning something while playing then it’s definitely a hit with me. That’s why I was very interested in learning more about the magnetic play-sets by Build & Imagine. What makes the Build & Imagine play-sets so different is that they’re magnetic. We received the Day at the Beach set ($49.99) which came with 6 square panels and 4 triangular ones as well as 2 dolls and 40+ magnetic…
  • An Overview of Our Alaskan Cruise on the Disney Wonder

    Kailani
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    We’re back from our Disney Alaskan Cruise on the Disney Wonder and what a week it’s been. This is the very first cruise I’ve ever been on and I have nothing else to compare it to but I have to say . . . Disney really knows how to do it. EMBARKATION DAY (Canada Place Pier) Talk about organization. From the drop off area to checking-in to getting onto the ship . . . everything worked like clockwork. And if for some reason you got lost along the way there were numerous Disney attendants wearing Mickey hands to guide you. What I loved was the excitement that these attendants…
  • AT&T Boom Swimmer Bluetooth Speaker for Busy Parents (Giveaway)

    Kailani
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:26 pm
    I love music. Everywhere I go I make sure I have access to my playlists just in case a little downtime comes along. However, the one place that can sometimes pose a problem is when I’m near the water . . . like at the pool or in the shower. I’ve already dropped and cracked 2 phones this year and I really prefer not to lose another one to water damage. So when I heard about the Boom Swimmer Bluetooth Speaker from AT&T I figured I’d give it a try. The Boom Swimmer is very lightweight and portable . . . only 2 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. It’s covered in a…
  • Nexcare Waterproof Bandages

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

    Kailani
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Staff Pick: Jenny Engle experiences familiarity at first sight

    Scott Whelden
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:53 pm
    There’s something about the museum’s wooden Guanyin sculpture that demands reverence, even from members of our staff who see it on a daily basis. It is a commanding presence in a room filled with Buddhist masterpieces from throughout Asia, so when teacher liaison Jenny Engle poses for a picture in front of the sculpture—her staff pick—it’s no surprise that she appears to be aware of a gaze upon her as she cautiously inches closer to it. “I’ve always been drawn to our sculpture of Guanyin,” says Engle. “As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, our…
  • Scenes from the members’ opening for ‘Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics from the Honolulu Museum of Art’

    Lesa Griffith
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Last Wednesday Korean culture was in bloom at the museum for the opening of Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics from the Honolulu Museum of Art, on view through Nov. 8. In attendance were South Korean Consul General Walter K. Paik (pictured above, far right) and his wife Jeong Ki Min, and the evening featured performances by University of Hawai‘i Korean Ensemble instructor Seola Kim and the Halla Huhm Dance Studio. Members at the Contributing level and above received invitations. They enjoyed a bi bim bap bar and sampled Hwayo soju courtesy of media sponsor KBFD. We’ve created a…
  • ‘Splendor and Serenity’ through the curators’ eyes: a primer

    Travis Hancock
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Two days before Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics from the Honolulu Museum of Art opened on Aug. 13, visiting curator Ga Young Oh stood quietly in the gallery as installation crew members entered and exited to remove tools, sweep, and lower protective Plexiglas cases over the displays. Tranquil piano music emanated from nearby speakers as Oh spelled out words on her palm with a finger, her method of self-translation, to formulate an answer to my question: Which works best exemplify the goals of the exhibition? “I think we should introduce this piece, because it’s the first piece…
  • Staff Pick: Art School registrar Kelsey Hughes on artful women’s wear

    Travis Hancock
    14 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    “Why the bra?!” asks Art School registrar Kelsey Hughes, repeating the question about her staff pick: Tom Wesselmann’s aluminum sculpture Dropped Bra (1988). “I love it! I remember coming here and seeing it as a kid and not knowing what it was at first, and then finally realizing what it was.” Hughes is always happy to visit her lifelong favorite, as she did last week during a lunch break away from her usual post at the Art School’s front desk. She has been involved at the Art School since she was 16, starting as a teaching assistant for young artist classes and gradually…
  • What’s new at the Art School this fall

    Scott Whelden
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:56 pm
    When registration opened for fall classes at the Art School last week the demand was so high it crashed our site (sorry about that!). Fortunately we had it back up and running smoothly within minutes, and since then seats have been filling up quickly. There are lots of classes to choose from, including a few classes and workshops that the Art School is offering for the first time. Below are a just a few of those exciting new opportunities. Cosplay Model Figure Drawing Artwork by instructor Devin Oishi “We’ve done plenty of live model drawing courses before, but never with the model in…
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 08/27/2015 - Sean Na'auao

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    <p>Sean Na'auao is a Slack Key guitarist and vocalist, composer and producer and has won Hawaii's prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards multiple times including <em><strong>Island Contemporary Album of the Year</strong></em> for his popular "Fish and Poi".  Recognized for his exceptional vocal ability, he made Frank Hewitt's traditional Hawaiian composition, "Kapilina," a famous hit.</p>
  • 08/27/2015 - Pacific Edge Magazine's Summer Soiree - POSTPONED

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    <p>Network with Hawaii's business elite and sample exquisite hors d'oeuvres at Pacific Edge Magazine's Summer Soiree at the historical Mission Houses Museum!</p><p>Tickets with *complimentary pupu, champagne, wine and beer</p><p>Parking: street parking along Kawaiaha'o Street, <br />or 24hr parking at Diamond Parking Services (611 Queen St.), <br />or Pacific Park Plaza (822 Curtis St.)</p>
  • 08/27/2015 - 19th Annual Murphy's Pigskin Pigout

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    <p><span class="fsl">This is the 19th year that Don Murphy has been hosting this event; itʻs a benefit for the University of Hawaii Football Team and the Hawaii Bowl Foundation! Delicious food, wonderful music, awesome door prizes, lots of Honolulu Sports reporters, celebs & players past and present show up for this fundraiser for Hawaiiʻs Team!</span></p>
  • 08/27/2015 - Hawaii Opera Theatre presents ACT II: A Fashion Reprise 2015 - Special Preview

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 pm
    <p>Honolulu, Hawaii- Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) presents a fashionable way for patrons to support a local non-profit organization through its fundraising event, Act II.</p> <p> </p> <p>This event provides the opportunity to shop for couture and designer apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry, art, home accents, and more with the proceeds going to service the non-profit organization.  HOT receives the goods for ACT II from the generous donations of its Supporters.  Many of the items are brand new and still have price tags on them.Our last event raised over $50,000,…
  • 08/27/2015 - Happy Hour

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

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    admin
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    The Kenneth Makuakane Lifetime Achievement Award video shows the lifeʻs work and the various people who helped my career. This is obviously not even a fair percentage of the people who have affected my life, only a short view of my life. I hope you enjoy the presentation.
  • Ubuntu: The Humanness

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:25 am
    I have been hearing the word UBUNTU for the last year and finally had to check it out to get a clearer understanding of this wonderful concept. Here is what is reported on the Wikipedia site. According to Michael Onyebuchi Eze, the core of ubuntu can best be summarized as follows: “ ‘A person is a person through other people’ strikes an affirmation of one’s humanity through recognition of an ‘other’ in his or her uniqueness and difference. It is a demand for a creative intersubjective formation in which the ‘other’ becomes a mirror (but only a mirror) for my…
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    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
  • Space Drum

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

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

  • UU+ Solos – Minuet in G (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)

    kahai
    15 Aug 2015 | 3:05 am
    This is a UU+ exclusive lesson. Please login to watch the tutorial. Membership Login Username: Password: signup now | forgot password? Remember Me
  • Uke Lesson 92 – Stitches (Shawn Mendes)

    anaka
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Play along with the "Stitches" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! Lots and lots of awesome new things have been brewing here in the Underground, but first we'll delve head first into the main event - a brand new episode of UKE LESSONS! This month, we bring you the song "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes for your listening and uke-playing pleasure. This one is a fairly straightforward and simple song, but the trick to it lies in the speed of the fingerpicking (really practice this to be able to play it quick!), and mastering the somewhat unfamiliar chords (it's in…
  • UU Podcast: Motivational Series 3 – The Alchemist (part 2)

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

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

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

  • Fingerpicking The ‘Ukulele

    Brad Bordessa
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    A detailed look at how to use your thumb and fingers to get the best sound out of your 'ukulele.
  • The Big, Huge ‘Ukulele Buying Guide

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

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

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

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

  • Waikiki Beach Re-Opens for Swimmers

    Britt
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    If swimming in the ocean off the world-famous Waikiki Beach was on your “to-do” list while on vacation, there’s good news! The The post Waikiki Beach Re-Opens for Swimmers appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Tips for Vacationing Vegetarians on Oahu

    Britt
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Vegetarians on Oahu will have no trouble navigating the Oahu restaurant scene for healthy, veggie fare. In fact, Oahu has a variety The post Tips for Vacationing Vegetarians on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Waikiki Beach Still Closed to Public

    Britt
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    For many visitors, swimming in the ocean off Beach is the pinnacle of a great Hawaii vacation. However, a recent sewage spill The post Waikiki Beach Still Closed to Public appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • A Hawaii Legend Comes to Life

    Britt
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    Have you ever wondered how Hawaii gained such a stellar reputation as one of the most beautiful, friendliest, and deeply cultural places The post A Hawaii Legend Comes to Life appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Kilo Soaks Hawaii with Heavy Rainfall

    Britt
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tropical Depression Kilo may be unorganized and tracking away from Hawaii, but the rainfall associated with the system is generating copious amounts of The post Kilo Soaks Hawaii with Heavy Rainfall appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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    Hawaii Vacation Advice - GoVisitHawaii.com

  • Hawaii vacation news & deals: August 25, 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    *  Maui Jim is hosting a Take Me to Maui sweepstakes which includes airfare for two, hotel accommodations, rental car and a pair of tickets to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament. This giveaway is open to legal U.S. residents who are age 18 years or older.  See sweepstakes rules and enter here.* Our partner TravelZoo has a voucher deal for a 1-bedroom condo stay at the Cliffs at Princeville on the North Shore of Kauai. You can combine multiple vouchers for extended stay. The options are as follows:$459 voucher for three nights = $153 per night$699 voucher for five nights =…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Bird’s-eye view of Nawiliwili Harbor

    Sheila Beal
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Mahalo to Tom Sakayama for sharing this beautiful bird’s-eye view of Nawiliwili Harbor with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Tom took this photo from a “doors off” helicopter tour. Here’s what he said about this photo:So enjoyed the “doors-off” copter of Kauai including this gorgeous view of Nawiliwili Harbor, the cruise ship in port, and one of the Marriott resorts. The clouds on a partly sunny day added to the wonderful saturated colors and contrasts in the landscape. Can’t wait to be back.Happy Aloha Friday!
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Sleeping Giant

    Sheila Beal
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Mahalo to Nap for sharing this beautiful photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo of Nounou Mountain, which is also known as Sleeping Giant, during a recent annual visit to his beloved Kauai.I’ve seen many nice daytime photos of Kauai’s Nounou Mountain, but this twilight photo perfectly captures this sleeping giant of a mountain. The dwindling sunlight in the background provides just enough light to emphasize the Sleeping Giant’s profile. The palm trees in the foreground and stars in the background also add to this peaceful view. Well done, Nap!Happy Aloha…
  • 6th Annual Contest to Predict the First Hawaii Humpback Whale Sighting

    Sheila Beal
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    Though Hawaii’s humpback whale season isn’t into full swing until mid/late December, it’s possible that the season’s first whale to arrive in Hawaii is making the journey to the islands at this moment. So, it’s time for our annual contest to predict the first humpback whale sighting of the upcoming season!To assist you with your prediction, here’s a list of the the most recent humpback sightings:2006 – October 11 2007 – October 7 2008 – October 8 2009 – October 20 2010 – October 20 2011 — September 26 2012 — August  30 2013 — October 5 2014…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Kaneohe Sunrise

    Sheila Beal
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Mahalo to Diane for sharing this colorful sunrise photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. She took this photo near Kaneohe Bay on Oahu while she was visiting her son who was based at the Marine Corps Base.Diane had traveled to Oahu from Ohio and with the time difference and jet lag, she woke up early enough to catch sunrise. She describe this scene saying, “The sky looked to be on fire.” She said that seeing this blazing sunrise will be a “forever memory” of her visit to Kaneohe Bay.Happy Aloha Friday!We’re on facebook! Please click here to join us.© Go Visit…
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    Hamakua Springs

  • Kalakaua at Lick Observatory

    Richard Ha
    9 Aug 2015 | 2:25 am
    Did you know that Kalakaua was a true astronomy buff? He sailed across the ocean and rode a stagecoach up to the Lick Observatory outside San Jose. My friend Peter Matlock, who just visited Lick Observatory, sent me this account of his visit: My wife and I were recently at the University of California’s Lick Observatory, built outside San Jose back in 1880.  For all those invoking the monarchy as they protest at the new leading location for astronomy, it might be useful to remind them that one of the first visitors to Lick, and an evident supporter, was King Kalakaua. When Kalakaua…
  • Cheaper Electricity: The Need Hasn’t Changed

    Richard Ha
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Every so often I’m going to repost something here that I feel is still significant. This article, which I submitted to the Big Island Chronicle and ran in April 2014, talks about some of the important principles behind why we formed the Big Island Community Coalition. It still applies. A Call For Cheaper Electricity Here is the single most important need facing Hawai‘i today. Everything else radiates from it: We need cheaper electricity. It can be done. Recently the Big Island Community Coalition, along with others, helped stop some fairly significant electricity rate hikes from…
  • Shale Gas: Should We Take Their Word For It?

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

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

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

  • Our Move to Oahu

    Hilo Living
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Our Oahu ApartmentWe loved living on Hawaii Island for the past 7 years.  We were able to experience the culture, climate, and life styles of Hilo, Kona, and Kohala.  The beaches, food, people, and amazing activities on the Big Island have been a constant source of entertainment and enjoyment for us.  Even so, our endless wanderlust, made us wonder what it would be like to live on the other islands in Hawaii.Our son attended college on Oahu, so we visited the island many times.  Although the noise and congestion in Waikiki was too much for us, we marveled at the shops,…
  • A Big Island Independence Day weekend

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

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

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

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

  • First Friday Book Signing in Honoka'a

    Sonia
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Honoka'a is a lively little town at any time, but Mamane Street (the main thoroughfare through town) certainly jumps on First Fridays! I was invited to attend First Friday yesterday afternoon and evening by Edie Bikle, owner of Taro Patch Gifts to talk story with people walking by and to sign copies of my new "From Soup to Nuts" cookbook. Lots of people of all ages milling around; food and craft vendors setting up tents on the side of the street and the aromas of all the food mixed in the air making my tummy growl. We set up a small table covered with a Hawaiian…
  • My Grandmother's Wedding Dress

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

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

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

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

  • Albizia trees can damage houses and take out power lines

    Timothy Hurley
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    One year after Tropical Storm Iselle toppled hundreds of albizia trees and caused millions of dollars of damage in Puna, the fast-growing tree species remains a major threat not only on Hawaii island, but across the state.
  • City Council takes dim view of plan to swap street lights

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Mayor Kirk Caldwell is taking heat from City Council members, astronomers and environmentalists over his plan to replace roughly 52,000 Oahu standard street lights with light-emitting diode lamps that are supposed to be brighter, cooler and cheaper.
  • Halt to rail sought in wake of lawmakers’ ethics issues

    Gordon Y.K. Pang
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa is demanding that the city either stop funding the $6 billion rail project or have the City Council vote again on measures that have been called into question by the Ethics Commission.
  • OHA in ‘very exploratory’ talks to create short-term housing for homeless in Kakaako

    Dan Nakaso
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a major landowner around the Kakaako homeless encampment, is in talks with state and city officials about using one or two of its Kakaako properties to create short-term housing that could potentially accommodate all of the estimated 300 homeless occupants.
  • Health fund briefly tops $1B but unfunded liability lingers

    Kevin Dayton
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    For the first time, the pool of money set aside to pay for health coverage for Hawaii’s future state and county retirees climbed to more than $1 billion in July, but fund managers didn’t have much time to savor that achievement.
 
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    SportsHawaii.com

  • New Look SportsHawaii.com

    ubercow
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    New season, new look for SportsHawaii.com!  We went with something responsive (mobile friendly) and there are plans to have a new look and features for the forums in the near future as well.  I’m typically too lazy to make changes but google dings sites that aren’t mobile friendly so it was a good time as any to get up to date.
  • Ranking the bowls 1-38 (excluding the national championship)

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

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

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

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

  • STAR ELITE CAGE FIGHTING - RESULTS 08/07/2015

    9 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By Bryanna "Pink Ranger" Fissori (WAIPAHU, HAWAII) Friday, August 7, 2015 - Star Elite Cage fighting hosted some of the islands greatest up and comers on a night fitting to follow the previous weekend’s Destiny MMA card of finishes. With only three decisions victories on the card of 20 fights, the crowd was thoroughly entertained with the action. Pro 170 Bout -Raynald “Bradda” Cooper def David Douglas 27 seconds into round 1 If you blinked you missed it. Bradda dropped Douglas with an opening punch and finished with ground and pound 27 seconds into round one. Done. Pro Heavyweight…
  • DESTINY NA KOA X RESULTS

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Results by: Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015 (BLAISDELL ARENA, HONOLULU) - Destiny Na Koa X must have been planned just right to be within a day or so of the full moon because fighters were in rare form indeed. This was a night of finishes with only two bouts on the entire card going the distance. Professional Card Bantamweight TitleTyson Nam (Oregon) defeated Arnold Berdon (WMMA) via 1st Round KnockoutBoth athletes were composed throughout the first round. There was little to no disengagement from the stand up flurries which kept the crowd on the edge of their…
  • 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…
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  • SUP Surfing at Oahu South Shore

    evan
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Here’s a quick video of me and my brother Darin on a recent SUP surfing session on Oahu’s south shore. The waves weren’t that big but we still had fun.(click thumbnail to launch video)
  • The Victoria Cup Hayama Pro Japan is just 2 weeks away, as the World Series heads to Asia

    davi
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The World’s best are heading to the land of the rising sun in 2 weeks time for the next stop on the 2015 Stand Up World Series In just 2 weeks time, Hayama Harbor in the beautiful Prefecture of Kanagawa just outside Tokyo will play host to the Asian stop of the 2015 Stand Up World [...]
  • Tips and pointers on how to choose your first SUP

    robert
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you’re interested in getting into the great sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and have done a little research to help you with your decision process, you know how challenging it is to narrow your focus to the right board for you. With board lengths ranging from less than 7 feet to over [...]
  • QFR – Quick Fin Release: How to Install and Review Video

    evan
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here’s a quick how-to video on installing the QFR – Quick Fin Release system. The QFR allows you to quickly remove and install your fin without tools. Check out the video below:(click thumbnail to launch video)Assembly instructionsThis is a regular fin locking system which is good, but you need a screwdriver to remove [...]
  • SUP Downwinder Tips: The most common first timer mistakes

    robert
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    At Blue Planet we offer downwind coaching to those wanting to get into this exciting sport. After doing many coached downwind runs I have noticed that most beginners make the same common mistakes when first trying to catch bumps. For those coming from a flatwater background, where a strong, steady, powerful, longer, slower stroke works [...]
 
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  • From the Reservoir

    Kateri Tennberg
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Informant: Male/29/Mixed ancestryLocation: Wailua Houselots, Kauai This happened about 10 years ago. A really close friend of mine was out drinking late one night and on his way home, drove off the road and drowned in the reservoir. A few days later, I experienced what I have come to know as sleep paralysis. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a shadowy figure on top of me. I couldn't breathe and I couldn't move. But because I was aware of what was happening, I just relaxed and it all went away after a few seconds. Thinking nothing of it, I went back to sleep. However,…
  • Vanishing Hitchiker in Kailua

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

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

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

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

    Walkoff Balk
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:25 am
    http://khon2.com/2015/08/26/starkist...-or-free-tuna/ The real deflategate.
  • Hurricane Ignacio

    Kaonohi
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    Looks like it's headed toward us. I may be superstitious, but it's one of those "I" storms, like Iniki and Iwa. You can follow the progress on this website: Hurricane Ignacio Be prepared, stay safe.
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    helen
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Saw the movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation at the Ward Theater today. It is about the IMF going against a group made of supposed dead (not zombie) agents whose intent to spread chaos around the world. The movie is a mixture of action, spy and even elements of the old TV series.
  • Football's clock is ticking

    Ron Whitfield
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    The whole thing is physically unsustainable, UH should start weaning it'self off http://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/20/91...rement-profile
  • occupy (adobe) flash

    Ron Whitfield
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:38 am
    I can't wait for the majors to finally dump trash flash http://occupyflash.org/
 
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  • Dragon’s Teeth on Maui

    AMauiBlog
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    All photos above were taken by Darren McDaniel of  The Maui Darren.  “Sometimes hard to capture the beautiful color of the Dragon’s Teeth area in Kapalua; the soft grey’s often rendering the images muted . My advice: go early in the day, or late for sunset… or bring a good neutral density filter and tripod.” […]
  • Father-Daughter Staycation at Kā’anapali Beach Hotel

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

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

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

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

    lavagal
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    There’s a storm named Kilo that is south of the state and it appears to be hooking right toward the north while increasing in strength. For the most part, hurricanes don’t quite make it here. A theory surmises that both the Maunas on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, shield us from the storms. Combined with the trade winds, the storms are broken up and we get the rain we need and and some blustery winds. But if a storm travels south, it avoids the Mauna Effect and could wreak havoc. Do you sense an imminent metaphor? I wish this were the end of my hook up with Cancer. The…
  • Farro with Blistered Vegetables

    lavagal
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:51 am
    Organic farro from Costco. Easy to cook. Since #EatAtMoms is no longer a working website, I was trying to figure out where to put this recipe. I guess I’ll resume putting recipes here. Several friends requested this. I usually just throw stuff together, assemble, and take an Instagram. I think to myself that anyone could do what I do. Can’t you see what I did here? No? OK, then I’ll write it down. Crack me up. Especially for Sue PR. And everyone else! It was great. Blistered vegetables happen when you heat a 12-inch non-stick frying pan until it’s smoking hot. The…
  • But I Feel Fine!

    lavagal
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Except for the hole in the back of my knee and a leaky incision where my lymph node was extracted, I wouldn’t think anything was wrong with me. I feel great! How can I be sick? How can I have Cancer? How can it be stage 3a? I went back to see my surgeon on Tuesday and as she was checking and redressing my melanoma golf-ball sized scoop, I asked if there were any results from the surgery a week before. “We have a lot to talk about,” she said. My heart sank. I kept my composure as she finished wrapping my leg. She left the room and I had a moment to look in the mirror and tell…
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Funny Kine Weather

    Rodney
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    This is some weird weather we’ve been having, no?  Was hurricane season always June through November?  Because as far as I can remember – it never rained during summer vacation (back when school didn’t start until after Labor Day – which we’ll touch upon later).   Sure there was a passing shower or two over the whole summer – but not this kine pouring, flooding, thunder/lightning stuff.  I know because during the summer time, we used to put a pup-tent in our front yard – and wished it would rain – because there’s nothing more fun…
  • No Smoking

    Rodney
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:43 am
      Well, another UH school session is upon us – and you know what that means: MAJOR TRAFFIC.  But for UH students, there’s a new rule that goes into effect this semester – No Smoking on campus.  Not even in a designated smoking area (because there aren’t any).  Even in your own car – No Fumar!   Oh yeah, and that includes e-cigs or vaping.   Be prepared to see students hanging out on the sidewalks on Dole Street or University Avenue puffing away.  Maybe a few gutsy ones will take a chance and light up in the bathrooms – while the lookouts…
  • Retiree Hangouts

    Rodney
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    I remember when I was small and we used to go to Ala Moana.  Outside of Sears across of Security Diamond (or was that Conrad Jewelers) were all these old guys hanging out and talking story.  My dad said that that was the Pearl Harbor retiree hangout.   This isn’t the place, but it was the closet picture I could find.   I guess back then – when Ala Moana was a place for the locals – retirees used to spend the day hanging out at Ala Moana Center.  I suppose beside the Pearl Harbor retirees area, there might’ve been the State workers retirees area, and maybe…
  • Remember Cruising Ala Moana Stores

    Rodney
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    From @4G:   Remember Party Center with the smoke bombs, pull string exploding favor (not the champagne bottle one), this one look like tootsie roll chews, the powder fake smoke cigarettes, and the risqué adults only section?   India Imports with all those colorful glass cylinders in the display case along with small clear color boxes to put stuff/stash (I’m guessing…too young and put my coin collection inside.     I do remember cruising the old Ala Moana stores.  I remember going into Ritz on the mall.  We’d walk into the store and head directly to the…
  • When Did “No Problem” Replace “You’re Welcome”

    Rodney
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    So one night while dining out, the wait help comes over and refills the water.  Naturally, I say “Thank you”.  And then the wait help replies “No problem”.  I thought, okay – maybe it was the way I said thank you that prompted the “no problem” response.  Then when I said “thank you” once again to the same server, the reply once again was “no problem”.  *The server was probably in the early twenties (Millennial).   I thought about it over the next few days and it didn’t sit well with me.  I didn’t quite…
 
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  • Learning and sharing The Outrigger Way

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. CHUCK KELLEY AND PILA HANSON – A‘o, “Learn and Share,” one of the eight values in Ke ‘Ano Wa‘a, The Outrigger Way, inspires us to create opportunities for learning and empowerment. At Outrigger, we are dedicated not only to … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Castaway Island Fiji chef takes silver and bronze medals at the Pacific Chef Challenge

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN – Castaway Island Fiji Chef De Partie Rohit Singh has added Silver and Bronze medals from the Pacific Nations Global Chefs Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand to his achievements. Rohit recently competed in the World Chefs accredited Global … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Save island earth

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY MARSHA KAPU – Making small changes in your daily shopping habits can have a big impact on the planet. Embassy Suites Waikiki does not want to see our ocean turn into floating islands of trash. To prevent this, ESH decided … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Waikiki welcomes back Marin Travel group

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY ROBERT MCCONNELL — The Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is pleased to welcome back the Marin Travel group from Columbia, South America. Coordinated by Cultural Specialist, CJ Sword, 5 couples participated in the Outrigger Exclusive, Hawaiian Vow Renewal Ceremony on … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Annual Duke’s OceanFest Celebration Honors Legacy of Duke Kahanamoku August 22-30

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY KATHY HANSBERRY – Duke Kahanamoku and his enduring legacy of achievement and aloha will be celebrated at the 14th Annual Duke’s OceanFest (DOF), Aug. 22 to 30, 2015. Waīkikī’s premier ocean sports festival will showcase 27 ocean and beach competitions … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
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  • Life in Hawaii… What’s it Like Living Hawaiian Style?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Living life in Hawaii is a dream for a lot of people. Many that can afford a vacation to the Hawaiian islands return home and are a little bit shell-shocked. In a good way. Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you’re one of those who has visited one […]
  • My 2 Near-Death Bodyboarding Experiences in Oahu Hawaii’s Big Surf

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    I’m not a dangerous person. I don’t consider myself a ‘thrill seeker’ by the usual definition. But, that said, I have had a few times that I’ve almost died while trying to enjoy this crazy thing called “Life”. This is a post about two such near death experiences that happened in the Pacific ocean while […]
  • Want to Change Your Life? Move to Hawaii.

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Hawaii is the most awesome place I’ve ever lived. I stayed for five years on Oahu and just over a year on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Hawaii is still part of the United States of America, yet you might question it as your plane touches down and you step out into the airport.  Caucasians […]
  • Private Charter Plane to Hawaii – to Ensure Pets Fly Safely

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    This was an email that just came in from Amy. She wants to fly her Great Dane dog to Hawaii and isn’t confident about shipping it in a large jet airliner’s cargo compartment (and who is?). She came up with a work-around that involves finding a few other pet owners to share a private charter […]
  • Home Based Business Startup in Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    One of the big problems in Hawaii is that there are limited opportunities for work. There are specific industries that do well on an island – and there are few of them. The military provides a lot of jobs, and the major industry in Hawaii is of course, tourism. If you’re having trouble finding a […]
 
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  • Musings: Loved to Death

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Like a lot of places on Kauai, Ke'e and surrounding areas are being loved to death.It's extremely popular with tourists because it's the “end of the road,” the trailhead for the 11-mile hike into Kalalau and a great place to snorkel and watch the sunset. As  a result, Haena State Park is the third-most visited park in the state system, with more than 740,000 visitors annually. It's also home to one of the state’s richest archaeological complexes, with a hula platform, heiau, cemetery, house sites and extensive taro lo'i. Now, after years of community meetings, discussions and…
  • Musings: Fact and Fiction

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In following up on Terry Lilley's claimthat military jets were dumping chemicals on school children in Kapaa, I asked Capt. Bruce Hay, commander at PMRF, to shed some light on the aircraft that were seen and their activities. Capt. Hay replied:The aircraft is a P-3C Orion based on Oahu at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (formerly known as Kaneohe Bay MCAS). It is attached to Patrol Wing 2. When they are over here they sometimes conduct instrument approach training at Lihue. We do not have all the modes that the P-3 is capable of using. The aircraft is old, and the engines smoke. There are many…
  • Musings: Desperate Situation

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Though much is said about the “blue code of silence” that prevents police officers from speaking out against the misdeeds of their colleagues, virtually nothing is said about a similar code among journalists.Which is why Christopher Pala, whose inaccurate and biased anti-GMO article in The Guardian was thoroughly excoriated on this blog Sunday night, began whining and sniveling about the criticism his piece received from journalists Jan TenBruggencate, Allan Parachini and me:Note that I have never met or communicated with any of the three. Nor have I ever had colleagues, known to me or…
  • Musings: Christopher Pala's Hit Piece

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    A friend texted a link early this morning with the comment:Tripe in an otherwise usually responsible news source.The otherwise usually responsible news source is the The Guardian. The tripe is Christopher Pala's hit piece, “Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects put focus on GM crops.”Gosh, I thought. Has the state finished updating its birth defect study and found there really has been a spike?Nope. There is still absolutely no evidence of a spike in birth defects. Pala opens with horrific anecdotal stories about birth defects and sick babies, but never bothers to check…
  • Musings: Crackpots and Cranks

    21 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Why does The Garden Island keep giving valuable space and credence to people who don't know WTF they're talking about?First we had the kayak operators speculating wildly about some mad diversion project surreptiously siphoning water from their “Secret Falls” tourist attraction, and absolutely refusing to believe the falls dried up to drought.Now we have the same reporter, Brittany Lyte, treating Hanalei crackpot Terry Lilley as a credible source even when he's been repeatedly proven wrong.Yesterday, Brittany gave us the “news flash”  that Hanalei River was full of dirty water and…
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  • Rain, rain, rain

    gigihawaii
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    According to people in the know, this year’s global El Nino is the worst El Nino in history. It has wreaked havoc everywhere, and Hawaii is no exception. Hurricanes are constantly being formed in the Pacific Ocean. So far, we have been fortunate. No hurricanes have hit us. Only thunder and lightning and lots of rain. Here are photos of our driveway and patio during a torrential downpour Monday morning: I feel so sorry for David’s brother, Mike, and his family, who traveled from Boston to Hawaii for their annual vacation.  They have been here for the past two weeks. More rain, less…
  • Conversation with the ER doctor

    gigihawaii
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii.  Photo by Ted Trimmer. Sunday night, after my guests had left, I went to bed to rest my back and eyes. As I lay there, I suddenly experienced intense pain radiating throughout my abdomen. It felt like it was on fire. Changing positions in bed did not help. Getting up and walking and then sitting did not help. Taking omeprazole for acid reflux disease did not help. I thought that the old umbilical hernia, which had been patched in 2012, had reopened and I would need surgery again. After two hours of searing, unremitting pain, I asked David to take me to the emergency room at Pali Momi…
  • Plans for tonight

    gigihawaii
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    Tonight, David’s brother, Mike, and his family will be coming over for dinner. It’s their annual trek from Boston to Hawaii, and they always stay in a cottage on Kailua beach for two weeks. It will be nice to see them again. My menu will be a green salad, pasta salad, shrimp and zucchini stir-fry, and cheese pizza. Dessert will be raspberry sorbet. There will be nine of us: Mike’s family of four, Maria and her two children, David and me. Grant will be unable to attend, as he will be selling his wares at the Made in Hawaii Festival. This is a yearly three day event at the…
  • Reconsidered our decision

    gigihawaii
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    Hawaii.  Photo by Ted Trimmer. The other day, David received a phone call from our tenant, who asked if we would reconsider our decision to get out of the rental business. He said he would be willing to pay a little more for rent. David replied, “No, my wife wants the second bathroom.” After he hung up, I decided to call the tenant and ask him if he would be willing to pay $1,000 per month. He said it would be no problem. We ironed out a few more details, and the result is that he will remain in our rental unit. I felt that the $1,000 rent would offset the inconvenience of having one…
  • The Rainbow Room

    gigihawaii
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    This was me with my dog, Lani, in New York City, 1973. As you probably know, I lived in New York City from 1970-1975, attending Columbia University and taking private violin and piano lessons. Since then, I have been back only twice, 1987 and 1997. So, it’s been a while. Meanwhile, what memories I have, particularly of the fun David and I had at the Rainbow Room in 1997. This was an elegant restaurant, located in Rockefeller Center above the NBC studio, with a great view of the city. I remember we had to dress up. I wore a cocktail dress and high heels, while David wore a coat and tie. We…
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    Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney Monday

  • SmartMoney Monday: Buying a new home

    24 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    This month in SmartMoney Monday, the topic is about buying a home. Whether you have already purchased a home before or if you are a first time home buyer, there are probably a lot of questions that you may have.What does go into closing costs and is it possible for a borrower to negotiate with the lender on those costs? Does an old bankruptcy have an impact on my qualifying for a new home? And what about all those fees?Cindy Okamura is Assistant Vice President and Loan Center...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Home buying

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    This month’s SmartMoney Monday topic is about buying a home.
  • SmartMoney Monday: Tips for home ownership

    10 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Generally speaking, home ownership can be a great investment over the long haul and can be a sound investment.  But are there any negative aspects that new homeowners need to be aware of.In today's SmartMoney Monday, Steve Uyehara and Bank of Hawaii loan officer...
  • SmartMoney Monday - Why should I have a retirement account?

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We continue with this month’s topic: Financial Planning. Remember, you can post your questions to our website and we’ll try and get them answered.  
  • SmartMoney Monday: What should I do with my 401k if I switch jobs?

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Deciding what to do with your 401K plan upon changing jobs is a very important and often overlooked decision. Determining what's better will depend on your individual situation and requires careful analysis.Naalei Keaunui, Vice president and Financial Advisor with Bankoh Investment Services...
 
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  • On the Radar: CrossFit 808

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Cross Fit is an obsession for some people. One of our local cross fit teams from Kalihi did really well in a recent international competition. Our Jennifer Robbins visited Cross Fit 808 in this edition of On the Radar. The athletes from this Kalihi gym brought home the 4th place World Games trophy. It's not easy to qualify for the competition, and once you make it, you still don't know what to expect. So, you better be ready for just about anything.Jennife...
  • Frank DeLima Pays Tribute to Grandmas and Grandpas

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Frank DeLima has a special Grandparents' Day concert.  It's brunch and a show on Sunday, September 13th at the Pagoda International Ballroom. Tickets are $45 for adults, $32 for Keiki ages 3-8. To make a reservation call 948-8370.For more information, click HERE.Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
  • Everything is better with bacon at the Bacon Festival and Fun Fair

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Creations of Hawaii invites Hawaii’s families as well as visitors to the Waikiki Community for its Annual Bacon Festival & Fun Fair at Jefferson Elementary School. This is to support the education of the students at Jefferson that was established in 1933. This school facility includes regular education...
  • Waianae Fighter Max Holloway Wants the UFC to Come to Hawaii

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Waianae fighter Max Holloway says UFC President Dana White should bring an event to Hawaii.  He says local fans would pack Aloha Stadium and even sell out the venue. Copyright 2015 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
  • 2015 Greek Festival set for this weekend

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific announce the return the Greek Festival. The 2015 Festival will be held at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Park on August 29th and 30th from 12 noon until 9PM. This marks the 34th year for the popular festival and the 50th anniversary...
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Koko Head Terrace- Hawaii Kai

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    nbsp; nbsp; With its amazing location just in front of Koko Head crater in Hawaii Kai, the neighborhood of Koko Head Terrace makes coming home a beautiful thing. nbsp; nbsp; The homes in Koko Head Terrace were all originally built between 1965-1971 and were constructed by using the single wall method of construction. Single wall construction is quite common here (and in other tropical regions) as we do not need a method of heating for homes, which makes insulation unnecessary. A majority of traditional Hawaiian homes were built using single wall construction. With the homes having been built…
  • Makakilo-Anhuea

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

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

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

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

  • Big Island: History in plain view

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Being the youngest island—about 5 million years the junior of Kauai—the cultural traditions of the Big Island have been less obscured by tangles of greenery and the erosive forces of Mother Nature. Several National Historic Monuments, state parks, and numerous unmarked archeological sites await the curious visitor. One of the best is Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which is on the north end of the South Kohala coast. The huge temple (pictured) is where King Kamehameha had his cousin killed (long story) to become the ruler of the Big Island. The best view is from nearby…
  • Big Island's Fantastic "Destructive Waters"

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Through the middle of Hilo Town runs the Wailuku River—'Destructive Waters' in Hawaiian—which carries the runoff from the saddle of the world's two tallest mountains Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (when measured from the sea floor, these peaks are 40,000-plus feet). When tropical rain thunder down, no river is more aptly named, since Wailuku carries the force of a tsunami.Wailuku River State Park consists of two separate parks, covering about 40 acres a few miles above Hilo. The upper portion is Boiling Pots (Pe'epe'e Falls) a run of rapids and swirling pools. People have died here, and most…
  • Oahu's Olomana Ridge is for sure-footed thrill seekers only

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Olomana—a triple-peaked, stand-alone ridge on Oahu's Windward coast—is a real-deal adventure hike. The stats aren't intimidating: 4.25 miles round-trip with about 1,600 feet of elevation. But trekkers who do all three peaks will feel like they've been to hell (or heaven) and back.The first peak is rope-aided (always test before trusting), and gives you a view of the other two peaks.  Most hikers can do this one. The second peak is a scamper across a razorback saddle that only those with little fear of heights will want to try. The third peak is downright dangerous, to be attempted…
  • Maui's Hana: Where's the Beach??

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

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The northeast coast of Kauai—from Anahola to Princeville—has more than a dozen hike-to beaches, by far the best run of wild coast in Hawaii. One of the most scenic is Secret Beach near Kilauea, which isn't a big secret these days.  But it is comprised of three separate beaches about a mile long in total, so privacy is not a problem. At the far end of Secret Beach is the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, whose historic lighthouse marks the northern-most spot among the major Hawaiian Islands.Local dudes and dudettes like the multi-tiered shorebreaks at Secret, perfect for jivving on a…
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    CrossFit 808

  • 27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jeff Chang hiking the Ko'olau Ridge in his 808 Beef Cake tank top!Today's Workout:A. Three sets, not for time, of:Handstand Hold x 30-45 secondsStrict Toes to Bar x 6 reps @ 3110Unbroken Double-Unders x 40-60 reps (unbroken)B. Every minute, on the minute…Back Squat*Set 1 – 40% x 1 rep*Set 2 – 50% x 1 rep*Set 3 – 60% x 1 rep*Set 4 – 70% x 1 rep*Set 5 – 80% x 1 repand then….Every 2 minutes…*Set 6 – 85% x 1 rep*Set 7 – 90% x 1 rep*Set 8 – 95% x 1 repand then…One set of:85% Back Squat x Max Reps @ 20X1Use the same weight as last week, and aim to beat last week’s…
  • 26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Reminder: Don't forget to purchase tickets for the 2015 Hawaii VA Games by TODAY, Wednesday, August 26th, at https://hawaiivagames.com. Also, don't forget to select CrossFit 808 as your AFFILIATE and help us win the challenge in ticket sales this year.Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 16 minutes (8 sets):Halting Clean Deadlift + Hang Clean + CleanBuild over the course of the 8 sets.Drop the barbell after the hang clean.B. As many rounds and reps as possible in 10-minutes, of:50 Double-Unders21 Box Jumps (24/20")15 Chest to Bar Pullups
  • 25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Workout:Reminder: Don't forget to purchase tickets for the 2015 Hawaii VA Games by TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 26th, at https://hawaiivagames.com. Also, don't forget to select CrossFit 808 as your AFFILIATE and help us win the challenge in ticket sales this year.A. Every two minutes, for 16 minutes (8 sets):Push Press + Power Jerk + Split JerkGoal is to use heaviest 2-3 loads from last week for all 8 sets.B. 5 rounds for time, of:10 Power Cleans (135/95 lbs)10 BurpeesC. 5 sets of:30 seconds of Max Rep Ring Muscle-upsRest 2-minutes between sets.
  • 24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Workout:Reminder: Don't forget to purchase tickets for the 2015 Hawaii VA Games by Wednesday, August 26th, at https://hawaiivagames.com. Also, don't forget to select CrossFit 808 as your AFFILIATE and help us win the challenge in ticket sales this year.A. Every 2-minutes for 10-minutes (5 sets):Full + Quarter Front Squat x 2 repsBuild over the course of the five sets.B. Every 2-minutes for 10-minutes (5 sets):Halting Snatch Deadlift + Snatch Pull + Snatch @ 80-90% of 1-RM SnatchStart around 80% of your 1-RM Snatch and build towards 90% as long as mechanics are sound.C. “2015…
  • 22 Aug 2015 | 8:37 pm

    22 Aug 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Three sets, not for time, of:Muscle-ups x 2-6 repsAlternating Pistols x 6-8 each legDouble-Unders x 40-60 unbroken repsB. In same sex teams of 2, with only one barbell, complete the following for time:AMRAP 20:200m Run (together)25 Squat Cleans* – one athlete works at a time*Every 25 reps the weights increase: 115/75, 135/95, 155/105, 185/135, then max reps at 205/145
 
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    Humdinger Sportfishing

  • Kona Sport Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Rate This Report The fishing the first week of August started off a little slower than the red hot pace we had been experiencing since April here in Kona.  Having said that, overall it has been a really great year here in Kona with very good numbers of fish being caught, lots of trips with […]
  • Kona Fishing Report – July 31, 2015

    Amit Soni
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Rate This Report This past week, the fishing in Kona has been a bit spottier than the past few weeks due to changing currents and trade winds.  There are still very good numbers of Blue Marlin holding in the area along with equally good numbers of YellowFin Tuna (Ahi) typically found this time of year.  […]
  • Things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii

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

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

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

  • Life in Hawaii… What’s it Like Living Hawaiian Style?

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Living life in Hawaii is a dream for a lot of people. Many that can afford a vacation to the Hawaiian islands return home and are a little bit shell-shocked. In a good way. Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. If you’re one of those who has visited one […]
  • My 2 Near-Death Bodyboarding Experiences in Oahu Hawaii’s Big Surf

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    I’m not a dangerous person. I don’t consider myself a ‘thrill seeker’ by the usual definition. But, that said, I have had a few times that I’ve almost died while trying to enjoy this crazy thing called “Life”. This is a post about two such near death experiences that happened in the Pacific ocean while […]
  • Want to Change Your Life? Move to Hawaii.

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Hawaii is the most awesome place I’ve ever lived. I stayed for five years on Oahu and just over a year on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Hawaii is still part of the United States of America, yet you might question it as your plane touches down and you step out into the airport.  Caucasians […]
  • Private Charter Plane to Hawaii – to Ensure Pets Fly Safely

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    This was an email that just came in from Amy. She wants to fly her Great Dane dog to Hawaii and isn’t confident about shipping it in a large jet airliner’s cargo compartment (and who is?). She came up with a work-around that involves finding a few other pet owners to share a private charter […]
  • Home Based Business Startup in Hawaii

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    One of the big problems in Hawaii is that there are limited opportunities for work. There are specific industries that do well on an island – and there are few of them. The military provides a lot of jobs, and the major industry in Hawaii is of course, tourism. If you’re having trouble finding a […]
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Bethany Hamilton Awarded Wildcard for Swatch Women’s Pro

    hawa6217
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    (Caption: Bethany Hamilton (HAW), pictured during the Women’s Pipe Invitational, has been awarded the wildcard into the Swatch Women’s Pro. Image: WSL / Kelly Cestari) By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the coveted wildcard into the Swatch Women’s Pro and will compete alongside the world’s best female surfers in just two weeks time. The event will mark Hamilton’s first appearance in competition since giving birth to son Tobias Dirks in June of this year. The Hawaiian last took part in an event during the Women’s Pipe Invitational in…
  • Positive Thoughts: The Vision Pulls You

    hawa6217
    28 Aug 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 “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” -Steve Jobs
  • Not Less Trans Enough

    hawa6217
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Hawaii)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat. Trans fat is put in processed foods to increase shelf life and stabilize flavor, but it also increases cholesterol, which raises the risk of heart disease, which is a good reason to cut trans fat. At the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Dr. Mary Ann Honors checked how people are doing on reducing trans fat. The researcher looked at 30 years of data on more than 12,000 Minneapolis-St. Paul residents ages 25 to 74. “While we saw a significant decline…
  • Another Impressive Year for UH Law School Admissions

    hawa6217
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    (Incoming Law School class photo at the Supreme Court.) By Staff Reports (Oahu)– A former police SWAT team hostage negotiator, an active duty U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander, a high school science teacher, two Teach for America volunteers and a combat weapons engineer.  They have all come to the UH Law School this fall to launch their legal training in another impressive year for admissions. Those six individuals, along with 100 others, make up the entering class at the William S. Richardson School of Law for the day program, evening part-time program, advanced JD…
  • How to Tell if Your Weight Is a Health Problem

    hawa6217
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire) — Is your weight causing problems for your life…or lifestyle?  Some people aren’t sure.  Do scales tell the whole story?  Although widely used as a calculator for idea weight, BMI or a measure of your body mass index is not a definitive measure, either.  Perhaps your family and friends tell you that you look just fine and you don’t need to lose any weight.  Still, you wonder… Is there a quick way to get an accurate answer to the question: Is my weight affecting my health?  If a look in the morning mirror doesn’t tell you or perhaps you are trying…
 
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    Maui Makers

  • Intel-Instructables IoT Update Aug 16

    Jerry
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Our Intel-Instructables IoT team met at the makerspace on sunday 16Aug.  So far we have a team of 5 high school students (all Kihei Charter) working on the project.   Luke Jones, an intern on loan to makers, and Celeste Jongeneelen are leading the effort.  We established a google group forum for team communications.  If you would like to join in, pop over and request to join.  We could use some more people. For team updates, you can check the page here on our website
  • 3D Printing–Part 1–The Basics

    Laura
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Maui Makers seems to be getting a lot of interest lately in 3D printing, so I’m going to post a few short blogs to answer some of the most common questions. If you’re interested in learning more, come by the Makerspace for a 3D-printing Special Interest Group meeting (to be announced shortly). What is 3D printing? Like most technical terms, there is common usage as well as formal standards. The ASTM has defined it as: 3D printing: the fabrication of objects through the deposition of a material using a print head, nozzle, or another printer technology. DISCUSSION—Term often used…
  • Science Carnival a Success!

    Rob Bartlett
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    Maui Makers participated in the Science Carnival this Saturday to benefit the Maui Science Center. There was great turn-out of all ages, not just at the overall event, but even at our corner of one of the tents. There was a constant flow, never a slow moment! The Gravity Well was a huge draw for the kids; the marbles never stopped rolling. There was immense interest in the 3-D printing and the various samples. The 3-D pens were a hit. It was wonderful to watch the surprised and delighted smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike as they experienced the mysteries of the magnets with our…
  • Maui Makers at Maui’s Science Carnival

    Laura
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:53 pm
    Join us at the Science Carnival Aug 15 from 9 to 4. We’ll have a booth showcasing why Makers Matter, and helping another local non-profit (Maui Science Center) raise funds. While our missions are different, we share a common interest in advancing science and technology, with Makers focused on teaching and empowering everyone to harness technology to make their lives better.   While we don’t share the proceeds from this fundraiser, we do have our own fundraiser coming up. Watch our social media and website for an announcement of our fun, hands on fundraiser in October. The…
  • Public Meeting Thurs 6 August 2015

    Jerry
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    This week Thursday (6 Aug 2015) will be our monthly open public meeting 6-9pm at the makerspace (200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku HI see map in right sidebar). We have just passed our first year as a non-profit corporation and installed several new board members and officers. We have a number of activities going on this month including: kickoff of our Intel/Instructables Internet Of Things Environmental/Agricultural Project kickoff of a group working to 3D print Prosthetic Hands for Maui residents participating in the Aug 15th fundraiser for the Maui Science Center continuing Arduino…
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    Locations Blog

  • Kauai Real Estate Market Report - August 2015

    Locations
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:40 pm
    In July 2015, there were 41 single-family home sales on Kauai with a median price of $612,000. This is up 7% from July median price, and up 24% when compared to the same time last year. The number of sales is down 13% from the previous month and up 17% when compared to July last year. We saw 34 condo sales on Kauai at a median price of $455,004. This is up 48% from June's median price and up 20% when compared to this time last year. The number of sales is down 19% from the previous month and up 13% when compared to July last year. It took a median of 139 days to sell a condo and 79…
  • Big Island Real Estate Market Report - August 2015

    Locations
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In July 2015, there were 188 single-family home sales on the Big Island of Hawaii, with a median price of $343,500. The median price for July is up 21%, and up 1% when compared to July 2014. The number of sales is up 13% from the previous month and up 16% when compared to last year. We saw 56 condo sales on the Big Island of Hawaii at a median price of $252,000. This is down 12% when compared to the previous month's median price and down 26% when compared to this time last year. The number of sales is up 4% from June and remains the same when compared to the same time last year. It took…
  • Maui Real Estate Market Report - August 2015

    Locations
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    In July 2015, there were 122 single-family home sales on Maui with a median price of $591,348. This is a 9% decrease from last month's median price, and a 3% increase when compared to July 2014. The number of sales increased by 28% from June and increased 26% when compared to this time last year. We saw 93 condo sales on Maui at a median price of $399,000. That is a 12% increase from last month's median price, and a 6% increase when compared to the same time last year. The number of sales decreased by 4% from the previous month and increased 18% when compared to this time last year.
  • Oahu Real Estate Market Report - August 2015

    Locations
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:54 pm
    In July 2015, we saw 355 single-family home sales on Oahu at a median price of $703,500. Remaining unchanged since June 2015 median price but up 3% when compared to July last year. The number of sales is up 6% when compared to June 2015 and up 15% compared to July last year. There were 511 condo sales on Oahu with a median price of $350,000. This is up 3% when compared to June's median price, and remains the same when compared to last year. The number of sales remains the same from June and up 12% when compared to last year. It took a median of 18 days to sell a single-family home…
  • Statewide Hawaii Real Estate Market Report - August 2015

    Locations
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Statewide, single-family homes median price is $610,000. The number for median price has increased 2% when compared to June 2015, but are up 7% when compared to July last year. For the state as a whole, the number of sales is up 10%  for single-family homes when compared to June 2015 but are up 14% compared to July 2015. The Median price for condos is $350,000. This is up 5% compared to June 2015 and down 1% when compared to July last year. Condo sales are down 2% when compared to June 2015, and are up 11%  compared to this time last year.  Statewide,…
 
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    Kona Impact

  • Some of the Worst Online Marketing Advice You Will Hear

    brian
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The modern internet is now about twenty years old. The internet certain goes back longer than that, but the web, the graphical HTML-based internet of which we are all familiar is about twenty years old. I have been building websites and doing online market for about 17 of those years. Like everyone, the one consistent thing has been change. What we used to do to get a website noticed will now get your website relegated to obscurity. Every few months brings incremental changes in best practices. Here are some old ideas that are just plain bad practices now. If you are doing them, stop. If…
  • “We are focused on customers.” Avoiding the Obvious Jargon in Your Messaging

    brian
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:51 pm
    At Kona Impact, we ask a lot of new businesses to describe what they do, who they are and how they are different from other businesses. The conversation often goes like this: Client: We will excel at customer service. Us: How? Client: We will listen to our customers and will communicate with them often. Us: So, can you imagine any businesses saying they don’t do those things? Client: Well, no. Many businesses will define themselves in vague and meaningless terms. Here are a few: Customer-focused (Duh, name one business that isn’t!) Place customers first (Really?) Professional (Would you…
  • Five Rainy Day Tasks for Business Owners

    brian
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We had a state holiday last Friday and the weather over the weekend made hiking and going to the beach inadvisable. So, we had what I would call three “rainy days,” days that are perfect for working on organization and long-range projects that seldom get done on normal business days. Here are five things I like to do for my business on “rainy days.” Unsubscribe. Unsubscribe. Unsubscribe. If you’re like me, you get tons of email a day, much of it junk mail and newsletters. My spam filter does a great job on the junk mail, but I do get a lot of newsletters and product announcements…
  • Ashley Madison, Data Breaches and Protecting a Business

    brian
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The Ashley Madison cheating website data breach, with over 30 million account’s data stolen, is an epic data leak by any measure. The volume of data leaked is not surprising: the Target data leak and several others have surpassed that, but the content of the data–the sexual desires and full contact information of the site’s members–is, to some, a gold mine of prurient and salacious information. I don’t find it very interesting, but I’m also not a public figure or a person with many interesting secrets. I’ve also never been a member of the site! The interesting thing…
  • What to Do When Your Competitor Plays Dirty

    brian
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Most of Kona Impact’s clients have a love-hate relationship with social media and review websites. When they get a lot of positive reviews, they are, of course, happy. When a customer or client writes a bad review, they are not happy. When a competitor plays dirty, they are furious. How do competitors play dirty online? Writing fake negative reviews about your business. Writing fake positive reviews about their business Engaging “black hat” marketing firms to spread incorrect information online. How many online reviews are fake? There is a lot of evidence that 15-20% percent on Yelp!
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    The Hawaii Files

  • Hilda in the ‘Hood

    admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    Image from the NOAA = Central Pacific Hurricane Center Last week Hawaii was spared from the wrath of Tropical Storm Guillermo. This week the islands are threatened by Hurricane / Tropical Storm Hilda. Both storms originated in the East Pacific and made their way west to the islands. As of this posting Hurricane Hilda is packing winds of 85mph and will hopefully be downgraded to a tropical storm by the end of the day. The storm track has Hilda tracking very close to the south of the Big Island by Wednesday and Thursday. Island residents should be prepared to deal with the storm with food,…
  • Guillermo’s Storm Will Impact Islands

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Image from NOAA. The State of Hawaii will definitely feel some impact from Tropical Storm / Hurricane Guillermo. The latest projection from the NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center shows that Guillermo will pass north of the Hawaiian Island chain. As of this post winds were just under hurricane strength level at 70 mph. A lot of rain will be associated with the large storm. While it tracks north of the island chain, its “cone” will envelope parts if not most of the state with heavy rains and the possibility of strong, gusty winds. Waters surrounding the state are on a…
  • SBA Lending Reaches New Heights in Hawaii

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

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

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