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  • Pics: Kawaii Kon 2015 Day 2

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    Tracy Chan
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    On Saturday, traditionally the most crowded day of Kawaii Kon, cosplayers, anime fans, gamers, otaku and nerds of all flavors came out in force to attend the panels and take advantage of various photo opportunities. Here are photos by Eric Baranda and Tracy Chan.
  • Eat the Street Japan: Musubi

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    Tracy Chan
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eat the Street marked the end of an era on Friday evening, with its last event at the 555 South Street location before the event moves to Kakaako Gateway park. This month, Eat the Street Japan made an encore as the theme, with vendors making creative musubi, plus sweet and savory Japanese food. Na Hoku Hano Hano award winner Mark Yamanaka was the featured performer, with his beautiful falsetto style and Hawaiian tunes.
  • Pics: Kawaii Kon 2015 Day 1

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    Tracy Chan
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    The biggest anime & manga convention in Hawaii kicked off Friday at the Hawaii Convention Center with opening ceremonies and special guests like Todd Haberkorn, Leah Rose, Uncanny Megan, Bryce Papenbrook, AKIRA and more. The Kon continues for the rest of this weekend, with a great Artist’s Alley, video games, table top gaming, concerts, panels, a dealers’ room and of course, cosplay! Photos by Trenton Kakazu.
  • Father’s death in highway accident difficult for son to take

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    Rob Shikina
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Nikolao Michael cannot accept that his father was killed by a runaway tank carrying pavement sealer Friday in Kahaluu.
  • Greenwell Farms captures Cream of the Crop People’s Choice

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    Karin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    MEDIA RELEASE Greenwell Farms captured the hearts and tastebuds of attendees at Kona Coffee Council’s 2015 Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition this month on the lawn at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Greenwell Farms served a much-welcomed iced espresso to happy Cream of the Crop attendees and was rewarded with […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
 
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  • Kauai man arrested following Wailua crash

    Web Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Kauai police report that the 36-year-old driver of an Isuzu MPVH was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant following a two-car crash on Kuhio Highway in Wailua early Sunday morning. The incident occurred near the Kuamoo Road junction at approximately 12:55 a.m. A 21-year-old woman sustained non life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to Wilcox Hospital for treatment. She was a passenger in a Mazda Tribute, the other vehicle involved in the crash. The drivers of both vehicles were not injured. According to witnesses, the Mazda was in the inner…
  • Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

    John Wawrow
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win. Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday. The Spartans (28-11), who were nearly counted out of the tournament conversation in February, won for the 12th time in 15 games. It’s a run that included them knocking off second-seeded Virginia last weekend and third-seeded Oklahoma in…
  • Quadruple amputee dog walks again, thanks to prosthetics

    Tammy Vigil
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    (KDVR/CNN) — Laura Aquilina of Colorado takes her dog Brutus for a walk around the block, which ordinarily wouldn’t sound like a challenge. But the quadruple amputee is adjusting to wearing prosthetics on each leg. The high-stepping hound sometimes resembles a bucking bronco. Exercises and play help the two-year-old learn balance. But Aquilina, Brutus’ foster owner, wants much more for him. “He’s able walk in them. It’s not always pretty. We want to be able to give him a higher functioning, where he can run and play with other dogs, and go on hikes.”…
  • Straub construction to affect traffic starting Monday

    Web Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Straub Clinic & Hospital on South King Street is currently undergoing some reconstruction, and starting Monday through Friday, May 8, there will be some changes that will affect traffic around the facility. There will be select closures of the parking area by the Straub Emergency Department on South Hotel Street. (South Hotel is that small stretch of road that runs between South King and South Beretania Street right by the main police station.) Limited access will be available only for ambulances, emergency department patients and Handivans. Other vehicles will be diverted to…
  • Woman injured after fall near Kapalua Bay

    Web Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    At 3:37 p.m. Saturday on Maui, firefighters from Napili and Lahaina were dispatched to attend to a woman that fell from a cliff onto rocks below, near The Cliff House, just north of Kapalua Bay. Crews found the woman lying on the rocks unconscious, below a 15-foot rocky ledge, with injuries to her head and arms. Firefighters treated and packaged the woman onto a backboard, then carried her up to a landing zone established on a nearby residential lawn, where she was further treated by paramedics. Bystanders originally found the woman lying there, but no one actually seen her fall. The woman, a…
 
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  • Measure on videoconference testimony fails

    Kevin Dayton
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    A plan to allow tourists who are ripped off during their Hawaii vacations to testify against the suspects by way of videoconferencing was rejected by state lawmakers this week, and it appears the idea is dead for the year.
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    Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Delivery advances Mauna Kea telescope • One-way traffic will be in place for hula festival
  • Father’s death in highway accident difficult for son to take

    Rob Shikina
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Nikolao Michael cannot accept that his father was killed by a runaway tank carrying pavement sealer Friday in Kahaluu.
  • House plan to audit rail advances

    Marcel Honoré
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    A House resolution that would call for a state audit of Oahu's cash-strapped rail project is gaining momentum. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 181.
  • Teacher, Oahu activist fought evictions, H-3

    Gary T. Kubota
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    In the 1970s, Pete Thompson was a major voice in movements to stop the eviction of Waiahole-Waikane residents and to keep the H-3 freeway from going through Moanalua Valley.
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  • HSTA and DOE agree on TRO blocking latest ethics ruling

    Ian Lind
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The Hawaii Labor Relations Board has approved an agreement between the Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association to defer enforcement of a recent ethics ruling barring candidates for union office from distributing their campaign materials through school mailboxes, according to the attorney representing the union. The labor board approved a stipulated temporary […]
  • Windward side vulnerable to road closures like the one yesterday

    Ian Lind
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    We were heading into Honolulu yesterday morning right around 10 a.m. when we ran into a long line of cars backed up before reaching Waiahole Homestead Road and the poi factory. The traffic was stopped. We waited. Then we waited some more for clarification of what was going on. Every once in a while, a […]
  • Feline Friday: Saying goodbye to the month of March

    Ian Lind
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    It hasn’t been a good week for Ms. Wally, by and large. She’s been a picky eater for several days, and vomited once (is that “over sharing”?). I manage to keep her ticking by trying to temp her with a series of goodies. Usually she has a bit of each, and by the end consumes […]
 
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  • Annual governor focus luncheon, business expo (April 8)

    Karin
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    MEDIA RELEASE The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) presents the annual focus luncheon with Gov. David Ige at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Sponsored by Bank of Hawaii and Hawaii Water Service Company, Ige will make his inaugural visit as governor to West Hawaii to […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Collaborative West Hawaii youth program launched

    Karin
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    MEDIA RELEASE The University of Hawaii at Hilo is partnering with leading educational and state government groups to start a collaborative discussion about improving the future of West Hawaii youth and young adults. Joining the effort are the state Department of Education, Kamehameha Schools, the County of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center and several other […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • National Library Week begins March 28

    Karin
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    MEDIA RELEASE In celebration of National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18), Hawaii’s public libraries will offer free educational and entertaining programs from March 28 through the month of April. National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise, and young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. National […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Kahaloa to lead Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

    Karin
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    MEDIA RELEASE The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) announces Hawaii native Kirstin Kahaloa will serve as the organization’s new executive director effective April 20. Kahaloa comes to the Big Isle from St. Louis, Missouri, where she most recently served as director of international admissions at Maryville University. “We are fortunate to have found in Kirstin […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Greenwell Farms captures Cream of the Crop People’s Choice

    Karin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    MEDIA RELEASE Greenwell Farms captured the hearts and tastebuds of attendees at Kona Coffee Council’s 2015 Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition this month on the lawn at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Greenwell Farms served a much-welcomed iced espresso to happy Cream of the Crop attendees and was rewarded with […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 23, 2015

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1, SD1: Mar. 27: Public decision making scheduled by CPN, Wed., Apr. 1, 9:30am, Room 229  Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to thirty per cent by December 31, 2020, sixty per cent by December 31, 2030, seventy per cent by December 31, 2035, and…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 16, 2015

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1: Mar. 17: The committee(s) on ENE recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in ENE were as follows: 4 Aye(s): Senator(s) Gabbard, Green, Galuteria, Ihara; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Slom. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. (HB623 HD2) Community Solar…
  • News bulletin, Week of Mar. 9, 2015

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Legislative Update 100% Renewable HB623, HD1: Hearing scheduled before Senate ENE Committee on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2:45pm, Room 225. Submit testimony here. Increases renewable portfolio standards to 70 percent by December 31, 2035, and 100 percent by December 31, 2045. Establishes renewable standards, reporting requirements, and penalties for non-compliance for large self-generators. Clarifies exemptions. Adds the impact on renewable energy developer energy prices to PUC study and reporting requirements. Community Solar SB1050, SD2: Hearing scheduled before the House EEP Committee on Tuesday,…
  • Hawaii's renewable energy goal should be 100%

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    The following commentary was published in the Mar. 4 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Mahalo to Blue Planet Board Members Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, and Dr. Peter Crouch for sharing this vision. Why Hawai‘i must strive for 100 percent renewables By Gov. George Ariyoshi, Christine Camp, Dr. Peter Crouch Under the state’s existing renewable energy laws, in 2031—around the time today’s pre-schoolers will graduate high school—the majority of our energy could still come from fossil fuels. We owe it to the kids growing up today, and the ones following them, to do better…
  • PUC accepts broad participation in NextEra-HECO merger proceedings

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Public Utilities Commission: NextEra-HECO Merger Update Mar. 2, 2015  ORDER NO. 32695 (Docket 2015-0022). Initiating proceedings; establishing standards of review, initial statement of issues, and initial procedures; and addressing intervention requests in the matter of the application of HECO, HELCO, MECO, and NextEra Energy for approval of the proposed change of control and related matters. Below are highlights from the order granting intervention to Blue Planet Foundation and 27 other parties as the PUC considers the sale of Hawaiian Electric to NextEra Energy: [The Commission…
 
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  • HEWA- HOTEL OWNER AND MANAGER KIMO KEAWE SLATED TO FILL "ENVIRONMENTAL" SLOT ON KAUA`I PLANNING COMMISSION.

    Andy Parx
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Everyone complains about the recent rampant over-development in the Kapa`a "Coconut Coast" corridor on Kaua`i with at least three new resorts already in the pipeline, all approved in willy-nilly fashion by the Kaua`i Planning Commission (PC)... with more slated for approval soon.And tomorrow (Wednesday 3/25) at 8:30 a.m. people can try to do something about it.On the Kaua`i County Council agendais a nomination which, long-time observers say, will likely make things worse. The nominee is Kimo M. Keawe, a resort and hotel owner who has spent his entire life in management in the resort industry.
  • WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

    Andy Parx
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    In "The Liar's Paradox" episode of the TV program Star TrekCaptain Kirk and Mr. Spock use logic to kill the android by telling it that "everything 'Harry' says is a lie" after which "Harry" tells the android "I am lying." Smoke begins coming out of the robot's ears as he says "You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please…
  • THERE'S GOOD SCIENCE AND THERE'S BAD SCIENCE... AND THEN THERE'S ENRIGHT SCIENCE.

    Andy Parx
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    RE: My piece the other day about the comparisons between statements made by the con man played by Dan Aykroyd on SNL and those of Ag Dept. head Scott Enright in testimony at the buffer zone public hearing at the legislature Thursday. At the hearing Enright cited that infamous half-assed DOH "study" which tried to say that the amounts of especially toxic Restricted Use Pesticides found in stream bed sediment and other places downwind of the chemical companies open-air pesticide experiments, were safe. The study actually said that the levels were "within acceptable limits" to which someone on…
  • DO YOU SMELL THAT?

    Andy Parx
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Despite the seriousness of the subject of Thursday's State Senate hearing on establishing buffer zones for the use of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), the almost comic routine by international chemical cartel mouthpieces and second banana Scott Enright, the head of the Department of Agriculture, had many guffawing at the benign "nothing to see here- go back to your pesticide-laden homes" portrayal of some of the most toxic substances on the face of the earth. It was reminiscent of the classic Dan Aykroyd "Bag o' Glass" Saturday Night Live sketch from the 70's where Aykroyd plays Erwin…
  • JE SUIS CHARLIE? NOT SO FAST CORPORATE MEDIA

    Andy Parx
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Ironic isn't nearly a strong enough term for how corporate pundits use solemn tones in tearful defense of "free speech" when condemning the assassination of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, all while actually censoring their work by refusing to re-publish the actual images (much less with translations).Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi approached that kind of critiqueyesterday after he delved into a tangential comparison with the AP's archiving of an image of Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ," which Matt describes as "a set piece of a crucifix submerged in the artist's own urine, caused Serrano to…
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  • Tim Yan's buyer's guide to AK optics and mounts

    Robert Kay
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    The combination of an Aimpoint optic and an RS Regulate mount (the AK301 lower and AMD upper) come recommended by Tim Yan. There's a slot for the two bolts so that the optic can be affixed directly over the bore. by Rob Kay Several years ago while wandering the floor of the SHOT Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center I was fortunate enough to literally bump into Tim Yan.  Yan is a freelance writer and IMO Field Editor with articles published in Shotgun News, G&A: Book of the AR15, G&A Handguns, G&A: Book of the AK47, Be Ready!, and other InterMedia Outdoors Special Interest…
  • Norman Scott Rear Admiral, United States Navy - A BRAVE HOOSIER SAILOR

    Duane Vachon
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Norman Scott was born August 10, 1889 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Appointed to the Naval Academy in 1907, he graduated four years later and received his commission as Ensign in March 1912. During 1911-13, Ensign Scott served in the battleship USS Idaho (BB-24), then served in destroyers and related duty. In December 1917, he was Executive Officer of USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) when she was sunk by a German submarine and was commended for his performance at that time. During the rest of World War I, Lieutenant Scott had duty in the Navy and as Naval Aide…
  • William Gordon Windrich Staff Sergeant USMC - A HOOSIER WHO WOULD NOT QUIT

    Duane Vachon
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
        BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. William Gordon Windrich was born May 14, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Marguerite Windrich. He attended school within the Hammond, Indiana public schools until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps 6 June 1938. At the time of his enlistment he was only 17 years of age. Windrich as a young adult, was very talented and had a interest in taxidermy, poetry, photography and painting of his own prints. He built a crystal radio, liked to do stunts on the family pony and participated in and enjoyed all sports. Windrich attended public schools…
  • Koko Head Stables Back in Action

    Michele Van Hessen
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) was pleased to learn that the Hawaii Kai Koko Head stables will continue to be a part of the Hawaii Kai community. Congratulations to Dr. Emogene Yoshimura for winning the bid again. "We are happy to see that the Paniolo Heritage she brings to our community will be sustained" Ward said.   Many constituents of Hawaii Kai invested time and effort into trying to save these stables. There were several members and attendees of the February Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting that have fond memories of the stables. The preservation…
  • Escape the painful consequences of sin

    Keith Wommack
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    By Keith Wommack -- In a recent column, I wrote about my escape from shoulder pain by the use of prayerful treatments. What I didn’t detail was the mental course correction that took place because of the treatment. The day before the pain began, my wife and I were playing with Kirby, a small kitten we’d rescued off the street. During our playtime, the kitten bit my finger. I yelled, “Ouch!” And while I was staring at a spot on my finger, my wife looked at me, shook her head, and said, “For someone who heals others’ problems by affirming they are safe in God’s care, you’re sure…
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  • Review: ‘South Pacific’

    Jason Genegabus
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Review: ‘South Pacific’ Diamond Head Theatre’s highly anticipated production of “South Pacific” promises to be the theatrical event of the season. The post Review: ‘South Pacific’ appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Party Island at Maunalua Bay

    Jason Genegabus
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    PICS: Party Island at Maunalua Bay Mental Rager and Sick Dog Productions hosted Party Island at Maunalua Bay on Saturday. The post PICS: Party Island at Maunalua Bay appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Hush Bar Grand Reopening

    Jason Genegabus
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    PICS: Hush Bar Grand Reopening Hush Bar and Vapor Lounge celebrated its grand reopening on Saturday. The post PICS: Hush Bar Grand Reopening appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Mya at Addiction Nightclub

    Jason Genegabus
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    PICS: Mya at Addiction Nightclub National recording artist Mya was the special guest at Addiction Nightclub inside the Modern Honolulu on Friday. The post PICS: Mya at Addiction Nightclub appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
  • PICS: Maoli Release Party at The Republik

    Jason Genegabus
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    PICS: Maoli Release Party at The Republik Maui reggae band Maoli celebrated the release of the band's new album, “One Eighty,” with the first of two release parties at The Republik on Friday. The post PICS: Maoli Release Party at The Republik appeared first on Honolulu Pulse - Hawaii Entertainment, Food and Nightlife.
 
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  • Pics: Kawaii Kon 2015 Day 2

    Tracy Chan
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    On Saturday, traditionally the most crowded day of Kawaii Kon, cosplayers, anime fans, gamers, otaku and nerds of all flavors came out in force to attend the panels and take advantage of various photo opportunities. Here are photos by Eric Baranda and Tracy Chan.
  • Pics: Kawaii Kon 2015 Day 1

    Tracy Chan
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    The biggest anime & manga convention in Hawaii kicked off Friday at the Hawaii Convention Center with opening ceremonies and special guests like Todd Haberkorn, Leah Rose, Uncanny Megan, Bryce Papenbrook, AKIRA and more. The Kon continues for the rest of this weekend, with a great Artist’s Alley, video games, table top gaming, concerts, panels, a dealers’ room and of course, cosplay! Photos by Trenton Kakazu.
  • Eat the Street Japan: Musubi

    Tracy Chan
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Eat the Street marked the end of an era on Friday evening, with its last event at the 555 South Street location before the event moves to Kakaako Gateway park. This month, Eat the Street Japan made an encore as the theme, with vendors making creative musubi, plus sweet and savory Japanese food. Na Hoku Hano Hano award winner Mark Yamanaka was the featured performer, with his beautiful falsetto style and Hawaiian tunes.
  • Party pics: Art + Flea presents 8 BIT!

    Eric Baranda
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Art + Flea presents 8 BIT brought back the nostalgia of old-school video games last night at Ward Village. Art for the evening was inspired from the days of coin-operated arcade games, with classics such as Tetris and Super Mario Bros. making an appearance. The urban market featured more than 60 local fashion, art, music and food vendors. Entertainment included live DJ sets by Secret Record Store and KTUH, with a live performance by Hypersquad dance team. Art + Flea is held every last Thursday of the month.
  • Our Top 5: Hilo’s hidden gems

    Frolic Hawaii
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Editor’s note: Early this month, we received the following email from Allan Higa: “First of I would like to say I truly enjoy your website… With that said, I was a bit shocked to not see any Hilo locations make this list. Originally from Oahu and residing in Hilo for the time being as I pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy, I’ve found Hilo to be full of small restaurants that would put restaurants out of business if they were on Oahu. Many of them are family owned and run by only two or three people. Many of which show passion for what they do and have ingenious business…
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  • Update on work on the Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail

    Catherine Toth
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    I’ve been hiking the trail to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse my entire life. Located on the eastern-most point of O‘ahu — where I’ve spent most of my adult life — this mile-long paved trail takes you to an overlook above the historic red-roofed lighthouse, built in 1909 on this 600-foot sea cliff. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds such as the ‘iwa and frigate bird. On clear days, you can see Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi in the distance. And if you’re lucky, between November and May, you might catch a glimpse of the humpback whales the migrate…
  • #CatTravels: My first visit to Lānaʻi

    Catherine Toth
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    I’ve eaten stinky tofu on the streets of Taipei City, fed kangaroos in Brisbane in Australia and surfed the cold waves in western Ireland. But I’ve never been to Lānaʻi. Yes, the island that’s literally 80 miles away. If we weren’t separated by water, I could drive there in a couple of hours. There’s really no good reason why I’ve never been to Lānaʻi. I’ve heard the stories and seen the photos of the two luxe Four Seasons properties there — Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Kōʻele — and have always wanted to visit. I imagined snorkeling in the…
  • #WeekendDish: Old-fashioned bread pudding

    Catherine Toth
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    I love recipes that allow me to clean out my fridge, freezer and kitchen cabinets — and bread pudding is perfect for that. All the bread that’s about to mold over, all the raisins sitting in the pantry, all the milk that’s about to expire — throw it in a pan and bake it with butter! There’s nothing better than that! So I made it the other day, after frantically cleaning out the freezer — is there any way to clean out the freezer? — and pulling everything out of the kitchen pantry. Then I had another idea. Why not bake it in a cupcake pan? Not only are they ready…
  • Apple, tell me why I need a watch now

    Catherine Toth
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Right now, as I type, Apple is about to unveil the details of its latest reason to blow your next paycheck at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco. The Apple Watch. Yes, a watch. Remember those? Here’s what I find interesting: thanks to companies like Apple, who gave us the smartphone that does more than make phone calls, and the tablet, which makes our laptops feel obsolete, most of us ditched our watches. I mean, why wear a watch when we’re covered with devices that tell us what time it is? And now the company wants us to wear watches again. I don’t get it. I will…
  • One more month of being 30

    Catherine Toth
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I don’t know what it is about turning 40 that has me, well, quietly freaking out. I think it has less to do with actually aging — I feel 28 and eat like a teenager — and more to do with one simple fact: I like being in my 30s. I was 25 when I got my first “real” job, one that utilized my college degree and gave me health benefits. I walked — OK, stormed — into the newsroom full of ideas and enthusiasm, exactly what you’d expect from a recent college grad in her 20s. And while my effervescent personality was mostly embraced by my coworkers, I was still…
 
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  • @GoHawaii Hosts Successful #InstaMeetGoHawaii

    RPang
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    On Saturday, March 21, the @GoHawaii team held our first-ever #InstaMeetGoHawaii in conjunction with Instagram’s Worldwide InstaMeet 11. The event featured an all-star cast of Hawaii Instagrammers including David Chatsuthiphan (@unrealhawaii), June Cochran (@createinhawaii), Lindsey Higa (@pineappleice) and Zak Noyle (@zaknoyle). More than 80 Instagrammers participated in a photo hunt that explored the many facets of world-famous Waikiki [...]
  • Postpone Bedtime for an Evening Jaunt

    RPang
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Hawaii may be best known for its sun, sand, and surf, but even after that beautiful Hawaiian sunset, there’s plenty to see and do! From live shows and entertainment to evening excursions, here are five ways to enjoy the Aloha State’s evening hours: HA Breath of Life; Photo Credit: Polynesian Cultural Center 1. Catch a [...]
  • Join Our First-Ever #InstaMeetGoHawaii!

    RPang
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    On the weekend of March 21, Instagrammers all over the world will gather as part of Instagram’s Worldwide InstaMeet 11. To join the fun, the @GoHawaii team is inviting all Instagram enthusiasts, visitors and locals alike, to our first-ever InstaMeet (#InstaMeetGoHawaii) in Waikiki from 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. [...]
  • Talking Maui with Kainoa Horcajo

    RPang
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On a recent visit to Maui, we caught up with Kainoa Horcajo, Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Born and raised on the island of Maui, Kainoa has studied under the guidance of highly respected kupuna (elders) in disciplines such as traditional celestial calendars, martial arts, and herbal and energetic healing. He has trained [...]
  • Celebrating Pacific Harmony at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival

    RPang
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    This weekend, thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors will celebrate cultural diversity at the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival from March 7-8. The festival features an impressive showcase of cultural traditions through music, dance, and art – all of which is free to the public. Check out a few highlights below and be sure to stop [...]
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    Hawaii Blog

  • Pixar Sculptor to Speak at Kapiolani Community College

    Ryan Ozawa
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    You’d have to have a heart of stone to not love the films from Pixar. From their groundbreaking animated blockbuster “Toy Story” in 1995, every major film the studio has released has been a hit, and most of them critically acclaimed as well, with Pixar movies earning 26 Academy Awards to date. While Pixar is known for its incredible technical and artistic achievements in computer generated imagery, however, there’s a lot more that goes into the magic you see on screen. And one of the talents behind the scenes is coming to Hawaii to talk about his work next week. Jerome…
  • Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’

    Ryan Ozawa
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    For a limited time, you can get a free sensor-equipped power strip that can make sure your gadgets are actually off when they’re turned “off.” Kanu Hawaii is perhaps the state’s largest non-profit organization focused on sustainability (there’s that word again), and conserving electricity is a big part of that. One solution? Power outlet timers. Kanu Hawaii gave them out for free in its #hitimers project last year. Another solution? Home energy monitors, which they were testing back in 2011. Switching to CFL or LED lightbulbs? They’ve worked on that,…
  • ‘Honu’ Bringing Augmented Reality to Kids

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:14 am
    A local startup is trying to harness augmented reality technology to help today’s tech-savvy kids learn. “Honu & Friends” is only five months old, but the team is already preparing to release their first product and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to take things to the next level. The four founders share more than a passion for entrepreneurship and a knack for multimedia. “It really is a family affair of sorts,” Lance Dacascos Roylo tells me. “Two are brothers and Marlon [Sarmiento] and I are first cousins.” Cousins Lance and Marlon (a…
  • Geek Beat: Reaching Peak Meerkat

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:04 am
    Since blogging about the Meerkat livestreaming app a couple of weeks ago, I’ve gone a little bonkers. I said at the time, “I could easily see myself falling head over heels in love with Meerkat,” and I did. I talked incessantly about it. I livestreamed random moments — hanging out in the park, a morning visit to the beach, a church meeting — and used it as a video backchannel to our HPR radio show. And I’m not alone in this obsession. Its launch was perfectly timed to steal the show at SXSW in Austin, and despite being kneecapped by Twitter, its coming…
  • Q&A: Trivia Hawaii with Remy Zane

    Ryan Ozawa
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Do you excel at Trivial Pursuit? Have you fancied yourself a contender for “Jepoardy”? If random facts and clever riddles are constantly rattling around in your brain, you need to check out Trivia Hawaii. There are events at least four times a week, they’re free to join, and you can win prizes as well as bragging rights. I was introduced to Trivia Hawaii and its founder, Remy Zane, through my good friend Mitchell Dwyer. (Mitchell recently helped me blog about Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and is shaping up to be this blog’s bearded muse. He’s also the only person I know who…
 
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    Literary Lotus

  • Find Me – Laura Van Den Berg’s first novel rich with emptiness

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

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

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

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

    literarylotus
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone does it: Listening in, overhearing on purpose — whatever you call it, eavesdropping is a common transgression. But for Miles Adler-Hart, a self-professed snoop and the juvenile protagonist of Mona Simpson’s captivating new novel, it becomes a way of life, how he interprets love and life from the sidelines while moving from boyhood to manhood. In fourth grade when he begins listening to his mother’s phone conversations, he hears her discuss the TV show Survivor, the key to cool in his Los Angeles neighborhood. But he doesn’t stop there, listening to more conversations and…
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Realities of Bt Cotton

    Joan Conrow
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    We left high-tech Hyderabad and traveled 144 km from to the farming city of Warangal, a 90-mile drive that took three hours along roads choked with buses, motorcycles, scooters, taxis and cars. We passed monkeys, cows wandering on dusty streets, water buffalo being driven to the fields, small herds of goats, the occasional bristly-haired black pig rooting in a garbage pile and the ever-present dogs of India.But though agricultural is predominant here, and many of the villagers lack running water and indoor plumbing, high-tech has arrived in rural India. Cell phones and smart phones are…
  • Musings: India's Urban Farmers

    Joan Conrow
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    People are leaving their villages throughout India and going to the cities, seeking new opportunities. Some of them continue to farm on the outskirts of urban areas, like this settlement at Yamuna Pushta, just outside the hustle and bustle of New Delhi.This family traveled to Delhi because there were no jobs in their home village, about 200 kilometers from the city. They and the other laborers who live here know how to farm, so they struck up arrangements with landowners to grow vegetables along the Yamuna River, one of the two most polluted waterways in India. Power…
  • Musings: Into India

    Joan Conrow
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    New Delhi is a cacophony of sounds — especially horns — and color.The horns honk continuously and seemingly without any effect, as cars, bicyclists, trucks, scooters and motorcycles jockey for position in a rapidly-moving stream of traffic that regularly oozes out of its allotted lanes.But no diesel smoke or exhaust fumes hang heavy in the air, because much of the motor vehicle fleet has converted to compressed natural gas that the country produces itself.The color is found in the bright clothing that women seem to favor, and in the flowers that are still blooming riotously, thanks to a…
  • Musings: From a Hotel in Frankfurt

    Joan Conrow
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    The trip begins with a delay — a one-day Lufthansa pilots' strike that cancels my connecting flight to New Delhi and grounds me in Frankfurt, Germany.Given the thousands of travelers who had to be booked onto other flights or put up in nearby hotels, I'm sure the strike met the pilots' objective of costing the airline a lot of money.Still, it didn't do much to generate sympathy among those of us who were caught in the crossfire, including the beleaguered folks at the Lufthansa service desk who had to tend to all of us stranded travelers.But isn't that always the way of war, affecting…
  • Musings: Aspirations and Off to India

    Joan Conrow
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    By now, everyone knows that Gov. Ige has withdrawn his nomination of Carleton Ching as director of the state Department of Natural Resources.Not so well known, but confirmed by a well-placed source, is that Kauai Councilman Gary Hooser had sought the job. Yes, the guy who was booted from his position as director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control was again seeking a cabinet level position. Talk about delusions of grandeur. And what do those aspirations say about his commitment to the people of Kauai? Not that we don't already know, given his frequent trips to the state…
 
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    The Maui News

  • Marketing workshop for volunteer leaders

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns Volunteer Center invites volunteer leaders, managers, HandsOn Maui partners and Hawaii Network of Volunteer Leaders members to attend a free workshop on "Marketing and Networking for...
  • Event inspires entrepreneurs to move from idea to launch in just 54 hours

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Maui Economic Development Board is seeking entrepreneurs to participate in this year's Startup Weekend Maui. Scheduled for May 15-17, this event will provide active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.
  • Nisei Veterans Memorial Center confers emeritus designations

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center board of directors has announced the honoring of Hiroshi Arisumi as president emeritus and Leonard Oka as director emeritus in recognition of their many years of service and commitment.
  • Volunteers sought for service project in crater

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Volunteers are sought for a service project in Haleakala Crater with the Friends of Haleakala National Park April 18-20. The group will hike into the crater, stay free in Holua Cabin and work on protection of native plants.
  • Country Jamboree to benefit new Carden classroom

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Carden Academy of Maui is selling tickets for its 15th annual Country Jamboree, which will begin at 5 p.m. April 25 at the Oskie Rice Outdoor Polo Fields in Makawao.
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    West Hawaii Today - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

  • Oahu’s Ben Williams wins Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Ben Williams of Oahu was the first to complete Sunday morning’s Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon. More details to come.
  • 29th Annual Magic Spectacular benefits SKEA

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The 29th Annual Magic Spectacular played to a sold out matinee Saturday afternoon and an evening performance at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Keiki and adults were dazzled by local magicians and familiar faces like “The Great Barusky” and “Arneleo The Great” as well as the headliner, former “World Teen Champion of Magic” Sterling Dietz who was born and raised in Whatcom County Washington and now relocated his full theatre show to Los Cabos, Mexico. Proceeds from the two shows benefitted SKEA, the Society for Kona’s Education &Art.
  • BIIF track and field results

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Saturday at Kamehameha
  • Experience trumps youth at Haili

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    HILO – Pilipaa wanted to make history at the 58th annual Haili Volleyball Tournament, hoping to become the first group of high school players to win the women’s AA title.
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Forbes: Honolulu is Nation’s “Most Overpriced City.”

    Alan McNarie
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    Forbes Magazine has confirmed what most of us already suspected:  Honolulu is the most “overpriced” city in the U.S. Forbes rated the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas–i.e., the cities and their suburbs–with populations of over 600,000, on four criteria: median family income,  the Housing Opportunity Index for the fourth quarter of 2014–in other words, how much a home might cost, on average during that period; the percentage of available housing that was affordable to a family with median income, and the cost above the national average of groceries,…
  • EIS Proposes Expansion of Whale Sanctuary

    Alan McNarie
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a new Environmental Impact Statement that  proposes to expand the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary 235 square miles–about 17 percent– and shifting to an “ecosystem-based management system: in other words, it would shift from managing only humpback whales to looking at the health of the entire marine ecosystem in the whale’s winter range around the Hawaiian Islands. The EIS wachanging the name of the expanded sanctuary to “Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary…
  • New Web Site Tracks Traffic in Lower Puna

    Alan McNarie
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Something good may have come out of the long lava crisis in Lower Puna.  On March 25, the same day that Hawaiian Volcano Observatory lowered the volcano threat level from “Warning” to “Watch,” the County of Hawaii opened a new Web site:  punatraffic.com, a free Web based traffic monitoring service for Lower Puna’s Pahoa to Kea`au traffic corridor.  The site is designed to provide commuters with up-to-date information on “Traffic conditions along several transportation corridors that may be affected by the June 27th Lava Flow, including HWY 130.” …
  • HVNP Summit Stewardship Programs Need Volunteers

    Alan McNarie
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    From Jessica Ferracane at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Help protect the native Hawaiian rainforest at the summit of K?lauea by volunteering for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, now through June 2015. Stewardship at the Summit begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The dates from April through June are: April 2, 11, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 20 and 30; and June 5, 13, and 19. Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native species from growing. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at…
  • DLNR Confirmation Hearings, Round 2….

    Alan McNarie
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    Governor Ige’s nomination of Carleton Ching to run the Department of Land and Natural Resources went down in flames a few days ago, with Ige withdrawing Ching’s name after a flood of negative testimony and a straw vote that demonstrated that Ching couldn’t be confirmed by the full Senate. Now it’s the turn of Ige’s pick for Deputy to the Chairperson of DLNR, Kekoa Kaluhiwa, who is also controversial. At 2:45 p.m. tomorrow, Kaluhiwa’s nomination goes before the Senate Committee on Water and Land, whose negative recommendation of Ching was a major nail in…
 
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    Bytemarks

  • Real Office Centers (ROC) Chinatown @roc_usa

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

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

    Burt
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Moon RIDERS: Research Investigating Dust Expulsion Removal Systems is a unique collaboration that involves NASA, PISCES, Google Lunar XPrize, Dept of Education, Iolani High School and Kealakehe High School. It’s rare to have such a diverse public private partnership involving a public and private school, and MoonRIDERS is being touted as a first for Hawaii. Both schools have an opportunity to build and operate an experiment on the surface of the moon. Interestingly, a major problem with extraterrestrial landings is dust. Eons of dust, layer upon layer of this fine as flour, rough as…
  • SB1278 – Creating #Makerspaces in Public Libraries

    Burt
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Hearing of SB1278 with Senate Education Committee Excited about the prospect of creating makerspaces in some of our public libraries, I submitted the following testimony and attended the SB1278 hearing by the Senate Education Committee. I strongly support SB1278, Relating to Libraries. There is growing environment in Hawaii for entrepreneurship, startup formation and tech innovation, and makerspaces are fertile ground for idea sharing, capacity building and peer support. In an effort to build an innovation ecosystem, there needs to be places where people gather to share resources and…
  • Hawaii Innovation Alliance: A voice for tech in Hawaii?

    Burt
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Back in the 2012 legislative session, several poorly crafted Internet bills galvanized the local tech community to discuss how to respond. What resulted was a townhall meeting and a the formation of Facebook group for the Hawaii Innovation Alliance (HIA). It had all the good intentions to formally organize and provide a voice for Hawaii’s technology community. Previous organizations like the Hawaii Technology Trade Association and the Hawaii Science and Technology Council had already come and gone, leaving a huge void for this nascent economic sector. (Note, these links for HTTA and…
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 343: MoonRIDERS – Mar 25, 2015

    Burt Lum
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Jake Ross about the Cyber Hui meetup and the latest on CyberPatriot and Hacker Jeopardy. Then Ryan Salcedo is here to tell us about the newly formed Hawaii Drone Club. Finally, we’ll talk with students and teachers from Iolani and Kealakehe schools about their work on the MoonRIDERS mission to the moon. We’ve got a full lineup including Kimberly Petersen and Veronica Shei from Iolani and Justin Brown (teacher) and students, Amy Lowe, Courtney Nelson, and Caleb Bishop. Additional Links Danish…
  • Episode 342: Sultan Ventures, the New Face of Entrepreneurship – Mar 18, 2015

    Burt Lum
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Tim Dick from Startup Capital Ventures about an upcoming Entrepreneur Foundation event, Pupus and Pitches. Then Tiffany and Mark Quezada will tell us about their new app Hobnob. Finally, we’ll talk about the new face of entrepreneurship, accelerators, Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH. Joining us are Omar Sultan, Meli James and Bryan Butteling. Additional Links Bringing Street Art to your Daily Life Google Cultural Institute – Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 UH accelerator announces finalists for second cohort…
  • Episode 341: TCC Online Conference – Mar 11, 2015

    Burt Lum
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, we’ll speak with Franklin Allaire about the upcoming Science Olympiad. Then we’ll have Ken Hensarling join us from Hawaiian Telcom to tell us about the annual HT University. Finally, we’ll learn about the 20th anniversary of Teaching, Colleges and Community, TCC 2015 an online conference about education technology from its organizers, Bert Kimura and Curtis Ho as well as PhD candidate Frank Jumawan. Additional Links: Lunar Concrete – Hilo sidewalk to help researchers study space infrastructure TEDxHonolulu…
  • Episode 340: Broadband as Critical Infrastructure – Mar 4, 2015

    Burt Lum
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with Gloria Brasuel about the first Tech-Savvy event. Then Frank De Rego from MEDB will join us to tell us about the Maui Energy Conference. Finally, we’ll learn about broadband access and how key stakeholders are considering it critical infrastructure. We’ll be taking to Sen. Kalani English, HPU President Geoffrey Bannister and Dr. Rich Berry from PaCom to get the details. Additional Links: Hawaiʻi groundwater and geothermal data compiled for first time Hawaii Invasive Species Week Discover Your…
  • Episode 339: SeaPerch – Feb 25, 2015

    Burt Lum
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    First we’ll cover some local science and tech stories, then we’ll speak with David Ulrich about the Pacific New Media, Contemporary Photography in Hawaii contest. Then we’ll have Kathleen Cabral tell us about the annual Leeward Community College Geek Day. Finally, we’ll learn about an underwater robotics program called SeaPerch. We’ve invited Coast Guard organizer Lieutenant Commander Andy Goshorn and the team from Wahiawa Elementary featuring teacher Randy Otaka and students Kai, Kohala and Dominic. Additional Site: My.Hawaii.gov Honolulu neighborhood board…
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - TechHui

  • Rails on Windows With Bitnami

    George Lee
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    When I first started learning Ruby on Rails back in 2007, one thing was made clear: don’t even try setting it up on a Windows machine. Since then, we had some open source projects like RailsInstaller that make it really easy to set up a development environment on your machine. Also, with the advent of virtual machines and Vagrant, it is really easy to get a Linux environment set up regardless of what operating system you’re on. These things are all great if you are setting up a development box, but what about production? RailsInstaller is used for development and the virtual machine…
  • Today I Learned — The App

    George Lee
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    People who know me know that I’ve been pretty busy lately. People who really know me know that I’m actually slammed. Yet, I’m taking a personal challenge to complete a small application in the month of March. As it turns out, I have an idea for a small bite-sized application that I can build in a month. It’s also a great chance to challenge myself to learn new frameworks and libraries. The Problem I’ve been tracking the things I learn in a given day in a small Github repository. Other than the challenges of keeping up with it on a daily basis (as you can tell by the dates in the…
  • Remembering 3/11 and Yurekuru

    Christopher Kobayashi
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    About 15 seconds into this video you'll hear an alarm from an iOS app called Yurekuru, which is a Japanese word that translates to a shake or sway is coming. The alarm and a push notification would warn you of an earthquake. And depending on your location, how long until you'll feel it and estimated intensity. The app receives warnings called Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency. According to Wikipedia, there were over 1,000 seismometers in Japan at that time. Actually most phones made in Japan at that time had this capability due to regulations that made…
  • Remembering 3/11 and Twitter

    Christopher Kobayashi
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I was sitting at my desk on the 6th floor with a fresh cup of coffee that I bought from Tully's downstairs. They're a bit pricey, but they smelled and tasted so good I could never resist. I usually got a hot cup of the daily special and did so that day. Took a few sips and started a discussion with a colleague about the project that we were on. The desk I was assigned to was in the corner with a window overlooking a major street and I could see down it all the way to Shimbashi station. The salaray-man district of Tokyo. It was Friday, March 11, 2011 at around 2:45pm and a beautiful day. I…
  • Ruby on SOAP

    Leo D
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The slightly misnamed SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) protocol is in a sense a type-strong version of the much better know JSON interchange format.  The Ruby community clearly doesn't have as much affection for SOAP as the Java and .Net communities, but that makes sense as Ruby is a dynamic language with duck typing, which meshes better in philosophy with the lightweight JSON format, rather than the much more expressive and heavyweight SOAP format. If given the choice between SOAP and JSON, I would always choose JSON.  But I don't always get to choose.  Sometimes a third party vendor…
 
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • Milk, health and Hawai`i

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Lost in the battles over whether a dairy ought to be established on south Kauai pastures is the value of cow’s milk in human nutrition.Milk has picked up a couple of gold stars in recent months, confirming once again that mom was right when she told you to drink it. But what perhaps hasn’t been clear is the importance of milk consumption in older adults.Milk is important for supporting levels of anti-oxidants in the body, according to University of Kansas Medical Center researchers In-Young Choi, and Debra Sullivan. Their research was published in February 2015 The American Journal of…
  • Pesticide drift: just how controllable is it?

    22 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Those of us who can remember cropdusters and the pesticide fog trucks driving through neighborhoods have reason to be concerned about pesticide drift.Drift is one of the key arguments associated with efforts to prevent pesticide exposure to Island residents. But it turns out modern drift management is a mature science, and safety measures are well established. There’s an impressive array of equipment, chemical formulations and best management practices to prevent unwanted pesticide movement.(Image: A Hawai`i farm’s spray hoods, yellow boxy units which are affixed over spray nozzles…
  • Leatherback turtle navigation mystery deepens

    14 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Leatherback turtles leave their hatching beaches as feistyinfants little bigger than a silver dollar.As long as 10 years later and vastly larger, they are able to return to those very same beaches with pinpoint accuracy to reproduce, despite changing ocean currents, changing weather, changing climate cycle, changing food resources.(Image: Capt. Mark Leach with satellite tag-outfitted leatherback off Cape Cod, immediately before its release. Credit: LPRC.) It remains one of the great mysteries of the animal world. What kind of memory and genetics make that kind of navigation possible? In…
  • The Milky Way has suburbs?

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    New research conducted at the Chilean sister of the Big Island’s Gemini Observatory has identified a small star cluster that lives, well, out of town."This cluster is faint, very faint, and truly in the suburbs of our Milky Way," said Dongwon Kim, a student at the Australian National University, who worked with a team on the Stromlo Milky Way Satellite Survey. The initial identification of the new stellar formation was made on during a survey of the southern sky by the Dark Energy Camera on the 4-meter Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. It was confirmed using…
  • Pesticides good and bad, and be very afraid of oxidane

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Pesticides have impacts, and improperly used, some pesticides can be health hazards. No question about that. In the Islands, it’s become a meme in some groups that pesticides are necessarily awful. But as usual, black and white don’t serve us well in this discussion. The reality falls in the gray.It’s also true that properly used pesticides can do more good than harm—they preserve our food, remove unwanted pests, protect us from diseases carried by vermin, help control the spread of allergens, and on and on.In recent discussions, I’ve heard assertions that this man-made…
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • Hawaiian Airlines CEO says DOT decision to let Delta keep Haneda reveals pro-business travel bias

    Janis L. Magin
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to allow Delta Air Lines to retain its slot at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport was indicative of a bias favoring business travelers over leisure travel and tourism. Hawaiian Airlines, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), had filed an application in January for daily service between Haneda and Kona Airport on the Big Island. The DOT decision to allow Delta…
  • TedxHonolulu conference returns for the fifth time this weekend

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Twelve Hawaii leaders in technology, sustainability, education, and community engagement will present at the 5th annual TedxHonolulu conference on Saturday at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. Themed “Paradigm Shift,” speakers will speak about a turning point in their life, or the “Aha!” moment, according to Genesis Leonge, TedxHonolulu’s lead curator. The presenters were selected from an audition pool of about 70. Speakers include Oceanit founder Patrick Sullivan, GoFarm…
  • Daylight Mind Coffee eyeing expansion to Honolulu’s Chinatown

    Duane Shimogawa
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Daylight Mind Coffee Co., which is opening its second location on the Big Island of Hawaii, is looking to expand to Oahu with a cafe in Honolulu’s Chinatown, one of its founders told PBN this week. Colin Finn, co-founder of Daylight Mind Coffee Co., told PBN that it is definitely looking at a Chinatown site, although he declined to specify exactly where, except that it’s in early discussions regarding a site on Hotel Street. He noted that Chinatown fits its brand. “My [business] partner…
  • Maui Energy Conference attendance spikes 15% with merger talk front and center

    Duane Shimogawa
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The Maui Energy Conference, which wrapped up on Friday with a tour of a couple of renewable energy projects on the Valley Isle, saw attendance for the three-day event spike 15 percent from its inaugural year, a spokeswoman for the conference told PBN. The event, which was held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, featured more than 50 speakers and 325 participants. About 70 percent of the attendees came from beyond Maui, with most coming from the Neighbor Islands and the Mainland. About 70 percent…
  • Maui state hospitals to cut $28M in jobs, services starting in July

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The Maui Region board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. will cut $28 million in services and jobs for the fiscal year beginning July 2015, officials announced Friday. The region will make cuts to current “non-clinical and non-essential contracts,” and will cut as many as 75 non-clinical administrative positions. Maui Region CEO Wesley Lo says the cuts will set the hospitals back by 20 years. “For the last decade we saw this coming and we’ve been trying every way possible, growing revenue,…
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    Hawaii House Blog

  • House proposed budget includes over $60 million for capital improvements on Kauai

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Kauai legislators secured over $60 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island, as part of the state budget passed by the House earlier this week. The largest single amount, $20 million was provided for airfield improvements at Lihue Airport, while additional funding was provided for various road improvements and for the construction of sheltered
  • State budget targets $165 million for Maui CIP

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:17 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> Under the state budget passed by the House this week, Maui representatives secured about $165 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across Maui County. The largest single item by far was $38 million for expansion and improvements to Kahului Harbor. Of that, $17 million will go for land acquisition and improvements
  • House sends proposed FY16-FY17 budget to Senate

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The full House today approved the state budget with the passage of HB500, HD1, which appropriates funds for both operating and capital improvements costs of the Executive Branch for the current biennium fiscal years FY2015-2016 and FY2016-2017. For FY2015-2016, the bill provides $6.5 billion in general funds and $12.7 billion in all means of financing. For FY2016-2017, it appropriates $6.8
  • Students’ vision of Hawaii’s future filled with concern and hope

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    “Hawaii is nearly a perfect place to live; yet it still faces some problems,” wrote Dallas Kuba, a fourth grade student at Manoa Elementary School. “Homelessness is one of our island’s biggest threats.” “I love living in the state of Hawaii, but there are certain aspects that are starting to make me worry about the future,” stated Lindsey Millerd, an eighth grader at Waipahu Intermediate.
  • House Honors Hawaii Teachers of the Year

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
      State Representatives today recognized the top teachers of the year for 2015 with presentations on the floor of the House, as part of Education Week at the Capitol. Among those honored were Catherine Caine, the 2015 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year; Jamie Takamura, the 2015 Central District Teacher of the Year; Masaru Uchino, Leeward District Teacher of the Year; Elizabeth Frilles,
 
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • Why We Grow Old

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Truth reveals itself in time.  That -- which is false, will fail the test of time.  In all probability, it will just be forgotten and ignored, because there is no payoff for sustaining the belief-- with no facts to substantiate it -- until maybe some time in the future, when someone revives the old as the new -- for one more time, to those who haven't heard it before.There is always a fresh class of recruits who will revive an old fallacious idea, thinking it merely failed before -- for the lack of trying, and not that it was recognized as a bad idea -- with good reason.  For…
  • Going With The Flow (of Information)

    Mike Hu
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Probably the greatest difference between the Old Mind and the New Mind of the 21st Century, is that the old mind was conditioned to work against the information presented -- as though it was in competition against it -- rather than allowing that information to work and manifest through them.  That old mind, was particularly conditioned to think that all the information of others, was also to be regarded as against them -- and never allowing that any information could be used mutually.That is probably best expressed in the notion that one has to beat the market -- or beat all the other…
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • "Exercise" in the 21st Century

    Mike Hu
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The bottom line is that we have to change our thinking -- as well as the way we talk about conditioning activities.  The "old" manner of talking about exercise, is a huge part of the problem -- that one has to run three miles every other day, or have to bench press our bodyweight as indicative of greater fitness.  Exercise doesn't work "even" for older people; it works "especially" for older people -- and people in deteriorating conditions.But those "exercises" can't be ones that increase one's risk of injuries disproportionately to any benefits.  That's as preposterous as the…
  • The Exception is the (Greater) Rule

    Mike Hu
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Some "highly educated people" think that the object in life, is to see no difference in everything -- rather than the uniqueness in everything.  And so they think they've seen everything, when they have not even begun to see anything, or to look earnestly.  So even when something is new and different, they will only see it as the same, and are quite content to confirm that it is what they already know -- even thought they have not even begun to inquire and investigate.  They just know they are right -- and there is nothing more to know.  That is the end-all and be-all of…
  • Easy Does It

    Mike Hu
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Most people who think that exercise has to be hard and difficult, end up not doing any -- because just the thought alone, is enough to discourage them. Eventually, it is not even a consideration, or an impossibility -- for some trivial reason. They just never "go there" anymore.  What do they do instead?Exercise is what one actually does -- and not just the thought of doing something, that one doesn't. The human capacity is expressed in this manner -- or loses that capability for the lack of its actualization and expression (exercise).  One tends to keep and improve those…
  • The Golden Age

    Mike Hu
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Retirement is great -- as long as one is healthy.  When one is in declining health, nothing else can get much better.  That is dependent on one's health.  Therefore, obviously, attention to health must have our highest priority -- and implies the quality and vitality of one's life.  If one is getting better, what more can be said?   And if one is in a declining health spiral, eventual disability and death seems the only certainty.Yet many are paralyzed by the fear -- rather than realizing they have nothing to lose in doing everything they can to make themselves…
  • Easier Than You Think

    Mike Hu
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    What works almost as well as a complete layoff, is only one overload workout a week (to stimulate growth) -- particularly as a person ages, and their recovery ability drops off dramatically. They should still continue light daily movements to aid the recovery and prevent severe muscle soreness from setting in. One has to fine-tune to their recovery ability -- rather than the arbitrary objectives of benching their bodyweight at age 90 -- or whatever they think will defy that decline. No matter how determined one is to override the pain messages and the lack of recovery that begins to…
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    hawaiioceanlaw.com

  • Rocket Docket? Federal Court Stats Say D. Haw. is FAST

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

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

    Mark Murakami
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Just got back from San Francisco and the ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law 101 seminar. Together with Dwight Merriam of Connecticut and Brad Kuhn of California, we presented on the "Assemblage" doctrine is set out in the Supreme Court's decision in Olson v. U.S. and book-ended by the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Fuller.  That doctrine, in a physical taking case, allows a landowner to argue that the highest and best use of its property could be determined by taking into account a use that required the assemblage of its property with other properties.
  • Basics of Eminent Domain Law - Presentation to the Hawaii Paralegal Association

    Mark Murakami
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Special shout-out to the Hawaii Paralegal Association for inviting me to join them at their monthly meeting to talk about Eminent Domain law.  It isn't often that folks ASK to learn about the ins and outs of eminent domain law, especially in Hawaii so we were pleased to help share a little of an area of law that we certainly enjoy. My slides and an audio recording of the presentation are included below for your listening enjoyment or insomnia treatment.
  • Chief Justice Recktenwald's State of the Judiciary Address

    Mark Murakami
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
 
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    Insurance Law Hawaii

  • BP Is Not An Additional Insured Under Transocean's Policy

    Tred Eyerly
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       Responding to a certified question from the Fifth Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court determined that BP was not an additional insured under Transocean's liability policy and had no coverage under the policy for the deaths caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. In re Horizon, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 141 (Tex. Feb. 13, 2015). We have previously posted on this case in the federal courts here and here.    Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon, a mobile offshore drilling unit operating in the Gulf of Mexico pursuant to a contract with BP. After an explosion in April 2010, the…
  • Business Interruption Claim Upheld

    Tred Eyerly
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       A business interruption claim survived an appeal after it was determined the claim was satisfactorily presented to the trial court. Citadel Broadcasting Corp. v. Axis U.S. Ins. Co., 2015 La. App. LEXIS 274 (La. Ct. App. Feb. 11, 2015).    When Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, the insured owned three radio stations that broadcast in and around New Orleans. All three stations suffered property damage and were off the air for varying periods of time.     The insured's policy with Axis covered both physical damage and business interruption (BI) losses. The policy also…
  • Earth Movement Exclusion Bars Coverage

    Tred Eyerly
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       Damage to the YMCA recreation center was not covered due to application of the earth movement exclusion. YMCA of Pueblo v. Secura Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15249 (D. Colo. Feb. 6, 2015).     On October 11, 2013, the insureds discovered a leaking water line in the men's shower, where one of the shower's on/off valves had detached from the water pipe behind the wall. The leak was repaired the same day.    On October 13, 2013, the pool deck near the therapy pool and surrounding block walls shifted and collapsed. The insurer admitted there was damage to the property.
  • Connecticut Court Finds Anti-Concurrent Causation Clause Enforceable

    Tred Eyerly
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       Canvassing both case law and scholarly authority, the court determined that the anti-concurrent cause (ACC) provision barred coverage for loss caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Lombardi v. Universal N. Am Ins. Co., 2015 Conn. Super. LEXIS 138 (Conn. Super. Ct. Jan. 21, 2015).     Tropical Storm Irene caused the insured's home to shift and move from its concrete pier foundation. The house later had to be demolished.     The insurer's expert concluded that the house was removed from the foundation by storm surge and not by wind. The damage caused by wind was limited to 24…
  • Pancakes Decision Survives Challenge Before Hawaii Appellate Court

    Tred Eyerly
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
       In 1997, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) decided Pancakes of Hawaii, Inc. v. Pomare Prop. Corp., 85 Haw. 286, 944 P.2d 83 (Haw. Ct. App. 1997). Although not an insurance coverage case, Pancakes addressed the duty to defend in terms of a contractual indemnity obligation. Under challenge in a recent appeal before the ICA, the Court reaffirmed the holding in Pancakes. Arthur v. State of Hawaii, Dept. of Hawaiian Home Lands, 2015 Haw. App. LEXIS 109 (Haw. Ct. App. Feb. 27, 2015).    The decision is long with detailed facts complicated and many indemnities running in…
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    inversecondemnation.com

  • State Appeals NC "Map Act" Takings Case

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    In Kirby v North Carolina Dep't of Transportation, No. COA14-184 (Feb. 17, 2015), the North Carolina held that state's "Map Act," which gives the DOT the ability to designate property for future highway use and prevent its development in the meantime, was a taking. There was great shouting and gnashing of teeth that making the DOT actually pay just compensation would crash the system and cost the state a lot of money, so we were not terribly surprised when the DOT recently filed this Notice of Appeal and Petition for Review. posing three questions: 1. Did the Court of…
  • Cal App (Unpub): Temporary Prohibition On Rebuilding In A Landslide Zone Is A Taking

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Brost v. City of Santa Barbara, No. B246153 (Mar. 25, 2015) is an unpublished opinion, but (1) we hope the property owners ask the court to publish it, and (2) even if it remains unpublished, it is worth reading, because the court correctly applies both Williamson County's futility exception, and the "background principles" exception to a Lucas "wipeout" regulatory taking.  It's a longer opinion, but here's the short story: the plaintiffs' properties are in a part of the city that is an active landslide area. The city adopted an ordinance that…
  • What Were They Thinking, Part II: DOT Can't Take Advantage Of "Scrivener's Error" To Avoid Eminent Domain

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    The Wisconsin Court of Appeals' decision in Somers USA, LLC v. Wisconsin Dep't of Transportation, No. 2014AP1092 (Mar. 25, 2015), is the second case we're posting today that has us asking -- just what was the government thinking? This kerfuffle resulted from the DOT trying to take advantage of Somers' scrivener's error, made when Somers recorded a map (known as a "CSM") that stated it was "dedicating" some of its property for a future state highway, rather than merely "reserving" it for highway use. No one disputed that this was an error, and…
  • What Were They Thinking, Part I: City Stealing Dirt Is A Taking

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here's the first of two cases we're going to post today, both with the same theme -- what was the government thinking? The facts in Irwin v. City of Minot, No. 20140217 (Mar. 24, 2015), are similar to cases we've covered before, the government's claim that it took property during the course of an emergency as a function of its police power, and therefore it cannot be liable for a taking (see this post -- about a fire -- and this post -- shoreline protection -- for examples). In this case is was flooding. The City did the right thing to combat the flood.
  • Pacific Business News Report On Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    We can't reproduce the entire interview, and the link to the online version is behind a partial paywall, but here are the highlights of a recent interview, where A. Kam Napier, the Editor-in- Chief of Pacific Business News, came by and chatted with us about eminent domain, property rights, and the Honolulu rail project.   "Robert H. Thomas thinks it’s no accident that the Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights protects not only the right to due process for people accused of a crime but also the same rights for people who own property the government would like to take.
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    Blaine's Blog

  • UH West O‘ahu Choir

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:12 am
    Here is our performance from tonight. Mahalo Karol and mahalo to my fellow choristas for making this so enjoyable. (Unfortunately, the little recorder was a bit too close to the piano! Enjoy. — Blaine http://www.zztype.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150314-UHWO.m4a The entire concert is posted on my Flickr page. You can download the full MP4 audio file from there (see the download button, lower right) and add it to your iTunes or music service. https://www.flickr.com/photos/zztype/16639369788/  
  • USS Pigeon Watch Roster 1975

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I was going through my old papers and drawings and found this watch roster from around 1975 or 1976, hand-drawn by me. The amazing thing is it lists almost everyone’s name! I posted it here so you could click on it and download the big sized file so you could read all the names. I posted it on Facebook so you could tag each other and so you would know it was here! Aloha, Fergie  
  • Kapolei Fire Station Dedication Photos

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    17 Jan 2014 | 8:28 am
    January 16, 2014.
  • Kevin meets Nadine!

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    9 Oct 2013 | 1:11 am
  • I Don’t Always Endorse People On Social Media, But When I Do…

    Blaine Fergerstrom
    30 Aug 2013 | 2:35 pm
    You all know I don’t routinely endorse businesses on the Internet. It just wouldn’t be me! But I no shame when I come across somebody or some company which demonstrates that they have a SOUL, which demonstrates it is run by real people, who go above and beyond, who CARE. About me, the lowly customer. I have just been blown away by TWO local businesses! Uh, Dad? I Got Into An Accident! About three weeks ago, my son borrowed the car while I was at work to go goof off with his classmate and friend. I finished work at 4:30 p.m., and he pulled into the parking lot on schedule to pick…
 
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    Pulpconnection

  • More Heat from Ross: Nike Air Trainer SC II

    Gee Why
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Shopping for kicks at Ross is definitely a hit-or-miss affair. Most of the time, there’s not anything special. Then there are those days with rare finds…at a discounted cost. Finding the Air Jordan 4 Retro “Legend Blue” at Ross still boggles my mind.Over my visits to various Rosses, I’ve seen all kinds of Nike Air Trainer SC II colorways. But these black/grey-volt ones are simply dope.I didn’t end up keeping my Megatron versions (and I can’t believe I didn’t post pics), but at $50, these are keepers.Keeping the GriffeysEaster Basket Full of…
  • Only in Fresno? Unfriended Movie

    Gee Why
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Did you catch the trailer for the upcoming movie, Unfriended? Here it is.Interesting storyline that takes the power of social media to the extreme to exact revenge. But why am I not surprised this movie is set in Fresno? The oddest things happen in Fresno.Captain America Linked with Fresno?Drunk in FresnoDo You Swoon to New Moon?Apple Store Opening in the Armpit of Cali?An Apple Store for the Armpit of Cali
  • Kicks Analysis 2015 #2a: Seed Sponsorship

    Gee Why
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    In 2015, while Nike is worn by 75% of the participants, the swoosh doesn’t have a lock on the top five seeded teams. Only starting from the sixth ranked teams is Nike worn by all represented teams (Providence, SMU, Xavier, and Butler). Interestingly enough, Under Armour has efficiently picked its spots. With its five teams, UA has three teams ranked fifth or better. That would be Notre Dame (#3), Maryland (#4), and Utah (#5). The other UA teams are St. Johns (#9) and S.F. Austin (#12), the sole UA team from the 2014 tournament. It’s no wonder Under Armour stands to make $83M if…
  • Kicks Analysis 2015 #2: Conference Sponsorships

    Gee Why
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Like 2014, the Big 12 is well represented with seven teams in the 2015 tournament. But this year, the Big Ten tied the 12 with seven teams as well. The Atlantic 10 halved their conference representation going from six to three while the Pac-12 lost a deuce with four teams (but represented by all three kicks companies).The Big West was bound to be represented by Adidas with either  UC Irvine or UH. But with UCI’s Big West tournament win, they got the bid with stripped big man, Mamadou Ndiaye.There’s no matching pulp?!
  • Kicks Analysis 2015 #1: Shoe Sponsorship

    Gee Why
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Nike picked up the pace in 2015 with a 75% representation of the teams making the Big Dance. 48 of the 64 teams (not counting the First Four) don the swoosh. Adidas had a significant lost from 2014, going down seven teams from 18 to 11 in 2015. Who gained from Adidas’s losses? Up and comer Under Armour. From a single team last year, UA sponsors five teams in the tournament, translating to 8%. UA has a good showing with Maryland, Notre Dame, St. Johns, Utah, and S.F. Austin.This year saw no representation from Reebok, And1, Converse, or New Balance.Kicks Analysis 2015 #2a: Seed…
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Stephan Jost: What should our museum look like in five years?

    Lesa Griffith
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    To mark #MuseumWeek, which runs March 23 to 29, the UK newspaper The Guardian asked directors of British museums: “What should our museums look like in 2020?” We asked Honolulu Museum of Art director Stephan Jost to join in the conversation. Here’s what he said: At our most fundamental, the art museum is about bringing together great art and people. We do this because we have a deep conviction that people find inspiration from great works of art. We also know that the museum helps make Honolulu an even better place to live and visit. The museum in the future should be judged by…
  • New at Spalding House Shop: Contemporary jewelry by Carly Wright

    Lesa Griffith
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    You’ll find New York–based jewelry designers new nature-inspired contemporary jewelry at the Spalding House Shop this spring. Her singular wearable art is a result of her skilled champlévé and cloisonné techniques in enameling. Wright’s fascination with the layers of sedimentary rock revealed by cliffs is reflected in her work. She believes that the images that she sees on her daily walks, give her a vocabulary. Earrings: $129-$179. Bracelet: $189. For more information, call 532-8786.
  • Shahzia Sikander on her Shangri La installation ‘Unseen’ and contemporary Islamic art

    Lesa Griffith
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Artist Shahzia Sikander has been busy the last few years. In 2012, the U.S. State Department honored her and four other artists with the inaugural Medal of Arts, part of its Art in Embassies program. Her four fellow artists were  Carrie Mae Weems, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kiki Smith, and Jeff Koons. In 2013, her work was included in the Istanbul Biennial and Sharjah Biennial, and she was featured on the cover of ArtNews Magazine. In 2014 she participated in the Dhaka Art Summit and showed her video installation Parallax at the Bildmuseet Umea and Nicolaj Kunsthal Copehagen, and this summer Parallax…
  • Three ‘ie toga mats go on view for the first time

    Scott Whelden
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    On view through Aug. 9, Shifting Values of Plaited Power highlights the weaving traditions of the Pacific with skillfully crafted mats from the museum’s collection. One highlight are the three ‘ie toga (fine mats) from Sāmoa. Although they’ve been in the collection for decades (we suspect the mat on the right was acquired in the 1920s!) the three mats have never before been shown at the museum. Textiles curator Sara Oka wrote this about the mats: An ʻie tōga is a finely woven mat that held the highest cultural value in the Sāmoa. Traditionally made only by women, these mats…
  • Kimee Balmilero guarantees you’ll LOL your pants at the first Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival

    Scott Whelden
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Kimee Balmilero’s professional credits include the Emmy-nominated Discovery Kids series Hi-5, the original Broadway cast of Mamma Mia, and Hawaii Five-0. She studied improv with the famed Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed live at Radio City Music Hall and Second City-Hollywood. After racking up all that experience, Balmilero returned to Hawai‘i in 2012 and has been busy in the comedy scene ever since. Now she’s putting together the first ever Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival at the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre March 28 and 29. Get ready…
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • super chat with the one and only Olena Rubin Heu

    Christa
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    olena is a long time friend but this was pretty awesome to ACTUALLY be INTERVIEWED by her… she’s like…. a TV PRO! if you don’t know her story – we met when she was Miss Hawaii circa 2004 and had tons of memorable adventures together. then she became one of Honolulu’s darlings as a very […]
  • The TEAM behind POW! WOW! Hawaii (yes there’s a team)

    Christa
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    hi. so most of you probably don’t know this story but when i met Jasper at manifest over the holidays in 2009 he was about to pull together an event in hong kong and told me i should come check it out. so i did. once i saw what he was up to i was […]
  • woah press

    Christa
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    guys. GUYS! i have to send so much love to both Frolic and InHNL for amazing write-up/recaps from my birthday last month. i don’t even WRITE for you guys!!!! you have no idea what this means to me to see you two noticing me and what i’m up to. HUGE respect for both Tracy and […]
  • Best of 2014, According to Me

    Christa
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Looking back through the year I definitely saw a lot of huge hits. The Giants won the World Series, UH won a few football games, gas prices went way down, the nightlife didn’t collapse. We did good. Looking back through the year it was a series of many greats that make me feel so very […]
  • cool NYE sh*t in honolulu

    Christa
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    you know what i do when there’s too much to do and everyone is split across five events/clubs all over town? i go to sleep. this year no can. my girl isis taylor is in town and i’m her date. i have 3 gigs on NYE then a couple of “wind up” spots but here […]
 
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    All Events - HNLnow.com: Where and When in Honolulu

  • 03/29/2015 - The Sunday Spin Rooftop Party

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    <p>Join us every Sunday for a new and unique event in Waikiki. As if the exquisite location wasn't enough, there is also so much more to look forward to. <br /><br />Zip up the glass elevator and enjoy the welcoming ambiance encompassing everything from fire pits to stunning murals painted by Aaron De La Cruz. What a better way to bring your weekend to a close?<br /><br />Featuring ((tropical house/chillwave/nudisco)) tunes by Dj Jem <br /><br />$5 Parking <br />Punchbowl Service</p>
  • 03/29/2015 - Maria Glanz' See Me Naked

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    <p><strong>SEE ME NAKED.<br /> An intimate, vulnerable, empowering, interactive comedy that examines what it means to be naked.</strong></p> <p><strong>"See Me Naked."</strong></p> <p>Maria Glanz: "I said those words over 10 years ago, almost as a joke – an idea for a title that would make lots and lots of people want to buy tickets. And like all good jokes, it ended being more than I'd ever imagined."</p> <p><strong>See Me Naked</strong>, written and performed by Maria and directed by Elizabeth Klob, went…
  • 03/29/2015 - Ka'iulani

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    <p>A Kumu Kahua revival by Dennis Carroll, Victoria Kneubuhl, Robert Nelson and Ryan Page</p> <p>A poetic rendering of the short life of Hawai'i's half-Hawaiian, half-Scottish princess.</p> <p>Within the short life of Princess Ka'iulani is contained the sad, shameful story of the downfall of the Hawaiian Kingdom. She was sent to Europe to receive an education befitting her royalty, but during her absence the monarchy was abrogated and she returned to Hawai'i a figurehead rather than a queen. <em>Ka</em>'<em>iulani</em> is a…
  • 03/29/2015 - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    <p><strong>Ma Rainey's Black Bottom</strong></p><p>Written and by August Wilson</p> <p>Arrangements by Jim Howard</p> <p>Directed by Lillian Jones</p> <p> </p><p>Tag to complete historic milestone with upcoming performance of August Wilson's Play:  Ma Rainey's Black Bottom</p> <p> </p> <p>With this production, TAG completes the August Wilson cycle of ten plays portraying African American life in each decade of the Twentieth Century.  August Wilson was a great American playwright who wrote…
  • 03/29/2015 - Home, Garden & New Product Show

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    <p>From the latest in home improvement items to landscaping inspiration and ideas, this show will attract Hawaii's do-it-yourselfers to meet with the state's best contractors and the newest building products. Attendees will see the latest products and learn the best tricks of the trade. Come see features such as The Man Cave Zone and Crafter's Village. In addition, you can showcase new products and services in this show.</p><p>More info at:</p><p><a href="http://pacificexpos.com/shows/home-garden-new-products-show/"…
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    A Journey in Moʻolelo and Mele

  • 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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  • Space Drum

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

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

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

  • Prelude Ukulele (Aldrine’s Blast From The Past) – UU Blog

    anaka
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you were a kid in the early 1990s who wanted to play the ukulele, there weren't very many options available to you. There was no Lanikai, no Kala (or Makala); none of the plethora of affordable starter ukuleles that occupy their own designated "ukulele space" in every reputable music store today. So if you weren't able to borrow a vintage Martin or Kamaka from a family member or awesome friend, you pretty much had two options: pick up a Prelude or Hilo. Hilo still makes their famous ukulele strings and you may be able to still find a few of their ukuleles for sale online, but in the…
  • Uke Lesson 87 – Danny’s Song (Kenny Loggins)

    anaka
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Play along with the "Danny's Song" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! The new month is here and with it a new episode of UKE LESSONS! This time, we bring you an awesome ukulele tutorial on everyone's favorite, "Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina (written by Kenny Loggins) for your listening and learning pleasure. For the Play-Along, Aldrine teamed up with friend and fellow musician, Joey Charles, so definitely check that out and play along with the on-screen chord diagrams and lyrics, as they jam this classic hit. For more on Joey Charles, check out…
  • Uke Lesson 86 – Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)

    anaka
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Play along with the "Uptown Funk" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! The new year is awesome and about to get even awesome-er - this month's episode of Uke Lessons is an insanely funky uke take on the song, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars), just for you! For the Play-Along video, we've enlisted the help of our good friends Melvin Gutierrez (aka Melvin Sings), Mark Baldonado, and Randell Giminiz for a good old-fashioned, virtual collab. Although the song sounds a little complicated, with only two chords (with alternate partial inversions),…
  • UU+ Solos – Fly Me To The Moon (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)

    anaka
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Download the TAB for Fly Me To The Moon (Solo) [pdf] And be sure to check out the Complete Play-Along to hear the whole song & the slowdowns for each part below: Complete Play-Along (Speed 100%) Verse (Speed 100%)Verse (Speed 60%)Verse (Speed 35%) Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 100%)Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 60%)Verse Ending 1 & 2 (Speed 35%) Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 100%)Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 60%)Verse Ending 3 & 4 (Speed 35%) End (Speed 100%)End (Speed 60%)End (Speed 35%)
  • Uke Lesson 85 – Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)

    anaka
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Play along with the "Fly Me To The Moon" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Happy New Year, UUers! It's a brand new year and to help kick off your thrusters towards all of your sky-high ukulele goals for 2015, we've got an awesome version of Frank Sinatra's classic, "Fly Me To The Moon" for you to learn and play on your uke! Check out the video above to learn the chords, strumming, and picking for this song and have fun with the Play-Along when you've got it. If you've learned and mastered last month's Uke Lesson (Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song"), this one will…
 
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  • Update: Sequencing Scales

    Brad Bordessa
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Some new content and examples for one of my favorite scale familiarity exercises. Sequencing scales on the 'ukulele takes a plain scale and mutates it through a pattern to create a more musical sound.
  • 5 Basic Tips To Sound More Hip

    Brad Bordessa
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    (At Your ‘Ukulele Jam) So often we get stuck playing something only one way – how everyone else is doing it. This is influenced by the players in your ‘ukulele club, on Youtube, and even […]
  • One Love by Bob Marley

    Brad Bordessa
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Everyone loves Bob Marley. Here’s one of his hits that is a great piece for beginners and those looking for an intro to the reggae style. One Love/People Get Ready was first released on Bob’s […]
  • Review: Pono BE-DC Baritone Solidbody

    Brad Bordessa
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    My take on one of the coolest 'ukuleles I've played in a long time. The BE-DC is a high-quality baritone built for the stage - and rocking it!
  • Song Chords: Rude By Magic

    Brad Bordessa
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    You want to talk about a catchy song? Rude is a catchy song. The simple reggae number is performed by a Canadian band called Magic. The song was released as their debut single. Not a […]
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    Hawaii Aloha Travel » Blog Posts

  • “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown

    Jamie Winpenny
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Film noir, pulp fiction, and 1920s detective novel intrigue have landed in the Chinatown Arts District in the form of A Slice The post “A Slice of Danger” in Chinatown appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako

    Jamie Winpenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    As Kakaako continues to climb skyward and new businesses, restaurants, and development plans take shape, there are ever more reasons to visit The post Ward Villages Courtyard Brunch in Kakaako appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive

    Jamie Winpenny
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Along the Oahu’s Waianae Coast, the famous Makaha Beach and Yokohama Bay further up the coast are the most popular destinations for The post Makaha Valley Country Club Golf: Worth the Drive appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Four Seasons Lanai exceeds expectations

    Bruce Fisher
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    I was fortunate enough recently to be offered a spot on a mini blogger tour for Island Air that included a free The post Four Seasons Lanai exceeds expectations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day in Honolulu

    Jamie Winpenny
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Hawaii is probably not the first place most people think of when it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day. Cities like New York, The post Saint Patrick’s Day in Honolulu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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  • Tips for traveling to Lanai

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

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

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Ever since Mark Twain’s famous journey to Hawaii in 1866 as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union, the Kilauea lava flow has The post Hiking to Lava on the Big Island appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Fun Shows in Hawaii

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    It’s not all about luaus and hula when it comes to entertainment in Hawaii. There’s a long list of staged productions on The post Fun Shows in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:57 pm
    If you think Hawaii hotels rates are high, think again, because we’re actually CHEAPER when you’re talking about how they compare to The post Hawaii Hotel Prices are CHEAPER when compared to similar destinations appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Aloha Friday Photo: Pipeline on a fifteen-foot day

    Sheila Beal
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    Mahalo to Jason Matias Photography for sharing this photo with us. Jason took this shot on the North Shore of Oahu at Ehukai Beach Park, which is more commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline. The waves on this day were reaching heights of approximately fifteen feet.Andy and I have “wave watched” at the Banzai Pipeline many times and it never ceases to amaze. If you visit Oahu in the big wave season (winter months), we recommend you plan some time on the North Shore to observe these large, powerful swells rolling to shore. In fact, we include North Shore wave viewing on our popular…
  • The Best Coupons in the 2015 Hawaii Entertainment Book (& giveaway)

    Sheila Beal
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Hawaii Entertainment Book can help you save money on your Hawaii vacation expenditures for dining and activities — mainly for an Oahu vacation. If you’ve wondered if the book is worth the purchase, we thought it would be useful to comb through our book to list the coupons that caught our eye for use on a Oahu vacation.DiningThere are dozens of dining coupons from Burger King to nice local restaurants. Here are the two that we’d most likely use while vacationing on Oahu:– $10 off a $40 or more purchase at Chart House restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is located…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Hawaiian moonset

    Sheila Beal
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Visitors and locals of Hawaii love taking sunset photos, but it’s rare to see a moonset photo. Mahalo to Dave Newbold for sharing this unique photo of the moon setting. Dave took this photo from Kailua-Kona on Hawaii, the Big Island on March 5th.Happy Aloha Friday!
  • The Andaz resort at Wailea – where modern design meets Maui

    Sheila Beal
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Hawaii’s first Andaz property, Hyatt’s high-end hotel brand, is Wailea’s newest hotel. We had the opportunity to stay at this resort. We left with the impression that it’s really a unique hotel in Hawaii — very modern and eco-conscious with useful amenities.LocationAndaz Maui at Wailea has a beautiful oceanfront location by Mokapu Beach Park within the Wailea resort area. See this Google Map to explore the area.The beachfront path in front of the resort hugs the colorful Wailea coastline. It’s popular for scenic morning walks.Shopping, golf, tennis, spas…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Hauula Sunrise

    Sheila Beal
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Mahalo to Chad Christensen for sharing this beautiful picture with us for Aloha Friday Photos. He took this photo at sunrise from Hauula on Oahu.Happy Aloha Friday! © Go Visit Hawaii – Republication of this entire post is prohibited without prior permission. Using extracts of less than 100 words is permitted with full attribution and link back to GoVisitHawaii.com. Under no circumstances may any site scrape content automatically from our site or this RSS feed.
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  • Support for New 'Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act'

    Leslie Lang
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Richard Ha writes: This is very interesting. The Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act was just introduced, which would establish a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients GMOs). The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) just issued a very positive response to this federal labeling standard, as did the American Farm Bureau Federation. I'm including both below, and I agree completely with both of them. Both praise the new act and agree that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should be the entity to govern this policy,…
  • Genetically Engineered Papaya as Collateral Damage

    Leslie Lang
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Anthony Shelton, an international professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, has written a 12-part series on Hawaiian papaya (he  calls it the "tragic papaya"), which he calls "collateral damage in the global debate on biotechnology."  I'm linking to the series here: Hawaiian Papaya: Collateral Damage in the Global Debate on Biotechnology Article placed online: March 19, 2015 Hawaii’s Big Island has banned or severely limited the farming of genetically engineered (GE or GM) crops, a…
  • An Interview & Also a Visit to a Co-op Finance Corporation

    Leslie Lang
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Richard Ha writes: Henry Curtis of Ililani Media recently interviewed me about the energy co-op. He asked me, “Why a co-op?” Here’s the interview: Richard Ha owns Hamakua Springs Country Farms, served as Board Chairman of Ku`oko`a Inc., the entity which sought to buy the HECO Companies, a member of the business-based Big Island Community Coalition (BICC) which seeks lower electric rates, and a partner in the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC) which was granted party status in the Public Utilities Commission’s HECO-NextEra's…
  • Planning Your Fruits & Vegetables

    Leslie Lang
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Richard Ha writes: I’ve been meeting in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry advisory committee, which was reconstituted this past year. Twenty five of us were appointed to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues that are important to the nation’s fruit and vegetable growers. We broke down into various subject committees last year and there were several meetings throughout the year to determine what the most important issues are at present. This meeting was to decide which issues we would send on to the Secretary of…
  • Advocating for Agricultural Policy in Washington D.C.

    Leslie Lang
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Richard Ha writes: I'm in Washington, D.C. for a joint meeting of CARET representatives (I'm the Hawai‘i representative for the Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching) and the Administration Heads Section, which consists of the deans of the nation's Land-Grant Colleges. This is my second year as Hawai‘i's CARET representative and I'm getting my feet on the ground. The University of Hawai‘i is a Land-Grant College, and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is its agriculture component.  A land-grant college or…
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • Vog and Snow

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

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

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

    Hilo Living
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    We moved to Hawaii seven years ago to escape our stressful life in California.  We were out of shape, exhausted, and obese.  Fortunately, just being in Hawaii improved our health and helped us lose weight.  We have watched many other people lose fat  and improve their health by spending  time in Hawaii. We have even seen people who arrived in Hawaii barely able to walk with a walker become more mobile every month; some were ultimately able to walk freely without any assistance.After completing our Hawaii Island travel guide, a friend of ours insisted that our next…
  • Balmy arctic winter in Hawaii

    Hilo Living
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Snow covered Mauna KeaIt has been a chilly winter on Hawaii Island this year.  It may be hard to believe that 61 degrees F is incredibly cold to us, but compared to our normal morning lows of 74 degrees, waking up in a room 13 degrees colder is quite a surprise.  On Oahu, temperatures in the 50’s were the coldest recorded in 122 years and far below the comfort level for those of us used to endless warm days.  Kauai and Maui have also broken temperature records in the 50’s this winter.We have been bundling up in jackets for our chilly morning walks.  Visitors…
 
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    Sonia Tastes Hawaii

  • Eggs...The Perfect Food

    Sonia
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    A few days ago I shared an article about eggs originally written in April of 2003 for the Hamakua Times of Honoka'a - The Incredible Egg   I am now sharing the second article about eggs, written May 2003 for the same newspaper.  May has been named National Egg Month.      TROPICAL TASTEBy Sonia Martinez(Originally published in May 2003 - in The Hamakua Times of Honoka'a)   Eggs...The Perfect Food   Last month I gave you some information on eggs and how to prepare them for Easter. With May declared National Egg Month, I would like to go into…
  • The Incredible Egg

    Sonia
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    TROPICAL TASTEBy Sonia Martinez(originally written in April 2003 - for The Hamakua Times of Honoka'a) THE INCREDIBLE EGG With Easter just a week away, eggs come to my mind. Eggs, one of the most complete foods provided to us by nature, are also the most versatile and sometimes, most misunderstood. The egg has long been a symbol of Spring and new life. The egg has a high nutrient density because it provides excellent protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals in proportion to its calorie count. It has been proven that the yolks are not bad for you after all! They can be eaten fried,…
  • March 1 Garden Update

    Sonia
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Just a quick garden update...This year, our year-to-date rainfall has been way too low; so much so that Hilo and surrounding areas, usually experiencing the highest rainfall in the state, were in what our newspaper dubbed 'a moderate drought' but the rest of us living here were sure it was a serious one.  Even during our 'drier season' we normally experience some rainfall.  Since Mid December, I have been having to water often and that is highly unusual. Any way, in the last few days we finally had some significant rain and night before last we had a deluge, plus…
  • Ring of the Sea Shrimp

    Sonia
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
      Originally posted in Gather.com on April 16, 2009  Making the Ring of the Sea Shrimp dish is very simple.  the idea is not originally mine, but that of Shirley O. Corriher, cookbook author and then cooking school teacher when she used to teach as a visiting/traveling cooking teacher at my cooking school in South Carolina back in the early 80’s. MAKING THE ICE RINGStart this a few days ahead, and keep in freezer until needed. I try to have one always in the freezer, ready for use when I need it. Use a large, round metal rice or ring mold (at least 8-cup…
  • Tabletop Salad Garden Boxes

    Sonia
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
      The Facebook page announcement said: Interested in container gardening? We still have a few spots available for Donna's "Tabletop Salad Garden" workshop where you will plant a salad garden to take home. So I e-mailed and secured two spots for us... The class was held on a beautiful Saturday morning and it was fun.  We shared a worktable with our friends Sharon and Carol. The containers are sturdy plastic boxes with a nice plastic wide mesh bottom for good drainage -the size is approximately 15" x 15" x 5" deep.    The growing…
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    Staradvertiser Headlines

  • Measure on videoconference testimony fails

    Kevin Dayton
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    A plan to allow tourists who are ripped off during their Hawaii vacations to testify against the suspects by way of videoconferencing was rejected by state lawmakers this week, and it appears the idea is dead for the year.
  • Newswatch

    Associated Press
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Delivery advances Mauna Kea telescope • One-way traffic will be in place for hula festival
  • Father’s death in highway accident difficult for son to take

    Rob Shikina
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    Nikolao Michael cannot accept that his father was killed by a runaway tank carrying pavement sealer Friday in Kahaluu.
  • House plan to audit rail advances

    Marcel Honoré
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    A House resolution that would call for a state audit of Oahu's cash-strapped rail project is gaining momentum. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 181.
  • Teacher, Oahu activist fought evictions, H-3

    Gary T. Kubota
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    In the 1970s, Pete Thompson was a major voice in movements to stop the eviction of Waiahole-Waikane residents and to keep the H-3 freeway from going through Moanalua Valley.
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    MMA HAWAII - Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts News Source and MMA Magazine

  • Maui Fighting Championship 5 “Bad Intentions” Results

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

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

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori Following on the heels of last weekend’s Icon Grappling submission-only tournament, Hawaii All-Star Jiu Jitsu held their first event featuring 10 of the islands best Jiu Jitsu practitioners. The event took place on February 7th at The Fix Nightclub in downtown Honolulu. Presentation came together surprisingly well for this inaugural event with a raised mat in the center of the venue secured to a stage had to be constructed same-day in avoidance of the previous night’s “First Friday” crowd. Mat host Chris West kept the matches rolling at a…
  • Destiny MMA started 2015 with a bang at Na Koa VIII

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    By Bryanna “Pink Ranger” Fissori    Destiny MMA started 2015 off with a bang at Na Koa VIII, which took place at Blaisdell Arena on January 17th.   Matchups for this card were overall well-crafted. The fifteen-bout card contained some of the most action packet fights that the island has seen in the last year and will hopefully be an serve to set the pace for all of 2015. Despite questionable judging, the crowd was energetically supportive of the fighters.   There were six professional fights on the card starting with a highly anticipated 155lb match up between Jose…
  • DESTINY NA KOA VII ACTION PACKED NIGHT

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

  • Georges Cronsteadt Finishes 3rd in Race at The Ultimate Waterman

    davi
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Photo: Jim Culley A huge congrats goes to our Global Team Rider Georges Cronsteadt for finishing on podium in 3rd place in the race discipline at The Ultimate Waterman. The race, and entire event for that matter, has had the most fierce and all-around amazing waterman competing against each other for the inaugural title of [...]
  • Trio of stand up paddleboarders from Southport selected to represent a leading watersports brand

    davi
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    By Georgina Stubbs, Southport VisiterAlan Taylor Three stand up paddleboarders from Southport have been selected to represent a leading watersports brand. Co-founders of resort-based SUP North, Alan Taylor, Lucy Pearce and Simon Dunton, are the latest members to join the Starboard SUP 2015 team.The trio, who have just held Southport’s first ever stand up paddleboard race [...]
  • SUP Instructor Training Course

    robert
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you are interested in becoming a Professional Stand Up Paddle Association certified SUP instructor on Oahu, Blue Planet has scheduled two instructor training classes: April 6,7,8 and May 21,22. For details visit: http://blueplanetsurf.com/products/psupa-certified-instructor-training-course-april-6-7-8-2015
  • Wednesday Training Group: Meeting at 5:00 PM Hawaii Kai – Topic: Torso Rotation/Shoulder Stack

    robert
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Coaching topic: Torso rotation/shoulder stack for a longer and more powerful forward stroke Wind is forecast to be light and variable. After coaching, we will do the regular 2 mile time trial training course, meeting at 5 pm at the boat ramp in Hawaii Kai.Where: We meet by the Hawaii Kai Boat ramp and enter the [...]
  • Official Details on Brazil announced as Sao Paolo will take center stage now in August

    davi
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The Sao Paolo Region of Brazil will host the 2015 Grand Slam event featuring World Tour Surfing and World Series Racing in August Final details of this year’s Grand Slam Surfing and Racing stop in Brazil confirm a shift in dates for what will be a groundbreaking stop for the sport, the World Tour & the [...]
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    HawaiiThreads.com

  • Free Advanced Power Strip to kill 'phantom power'

    pzarquon
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’ Quote: When everything in your living room is “off” at night, and the room is dark, how many lights do you see? The front panel on your DVR, the clock on your DVD player, the power switch on your game system… that’s a lot of phantom power haunting your electric bill. Kanu Hawaii is giving away 1,200 Advanced Power Strips (APS), valued at $30 each, for free. Sign up for yourself and a friend! http://www.kanuhawaii.org/payitforward/
  • Seeking Maui Photographer

    Adri
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    A friend is looking for a photographer to take pictures of her and her family on a beach on Maui. Any recommendations?
  • I still stop by every day...

    Kaonohi
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    To see new posts. I'm not too prolific with new, relevant items, but I will when I can. One time I had to wade through 20+ new posts. Ryan, I appreciate your efforts, and I still love Hawaii Threads, and I won't give up.
  • giveawayoftheday.com

    Ron Whitfield
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Very cool site alert! http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
  • Palcohol

    Walkoff Balk
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/2...cohol-outlawed Is there going to be a brand named after Bill Cosby?
 
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • What Kind of Job Would You Have In The 50’s?

    Rodney
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:08 am
    Here’s one of those surveys that appear on Facebook.  Click on the link below to see what it thinks you would be – then copy and paste your result.   What Kind of Job Would You Have In The 50’s?   Here’s what I got:  SODA SHOP OWNER     Can you think of a better job than running a soda shop? We can’t! You would own your very own soda pop and your shop would be one of the main hangout places for kids, parents and the town folks. Everybody would know your name, you would serve amazing sodas and root beer (with ice-cream on top), and would get to…
  • Cruisin’

    Rodney
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Here’s one from Paula – Places we used to go cruisin’   Remember back in the day when we first got our license?  Some of us had our own car, some of us borrowed our siblings car.  But most of us used our parents car.  And just having that freedom allowed us to cruise all over the island.  Sure, we’d go catch a movie, or a football game, or hang at the pool hall – but that was just one half of the evening.  The other part was going cruisin’.   Almost no night was complete without passing through the McCully Zippys to check out who was there. …
  • Do You Remember… Tower Records

    Rodney
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
      Such an iconic store.  Not just this one on Keeaumoku, and in Kahala Mall, & Pearl Kai shopping centers – but in all over the U.S.  In fact, Tower Records was so much a part of people’s lives that there is a documentary being made on it.   A link to the story can be found here: All Things Must Pass   In 1999, Tower Records made $1 Billion.  Five years later, they were filing for bankruptcy.   I’m sure I contributed to the $1 Billion they made in 1999.  I loved hanging out at that store.  The town store was open 24/7.  I could browse for hours…
  • Do You Remember… Comic Ads

    Rodney
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    Remember reading comics?  And when you were done reading the comic – there was nothing else to do but read the ads?   Remember this one? Who were those people in the picture?   Or remember the mail order ads?                 I was always intrigued by the Surprise Package – although it was probably just junk stuff that no one else ordered.  Good thing my mom never let me get that.  But after much prodding and nagging, my mom did let me order one thing: Hercules Wrist Bands!  I got the pair and used to wear them on each wrist. …
  • Happy Pi(e) Day

    Rodney
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
      Yup, Saturday (3.14) is Pi Day – and Albert Einstein’s birthday.  Gotta love his hair.   So in honor of good ol’ Al, let’s talk about Pi(e)s.   My favorite – Custard pie.  Lee’s Bakery custard pie.  Kaneohe Bakery custard pie.  Craig’s Bakery (only a memory).  Pretty much any custard pie.   One pie that I miss is the Pumpkin/Custard pie from Bea’s Bakery in Kaimuki.   I know a lot of people go gaga over Apple pie, but for me – unless it’s warmed up and has a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of it…
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    The Ohana Mama

  • How to not get antsy

    Sarah Burns
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    You are exactly where you are supposed to be I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be. It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release. It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute. There are no coincidences or even luck. We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off…
  • Hiking with Kids in West Maui

    Sarah Burns
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side. If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids. ☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore. ☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail. …
  • hey there: a day in the life

    Sarah
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    Oh hey there and aloha. Yup, it’s me, the girl who took off from blogging for nearly all of 2014. Don’t be fooled, I didn’t give up social media and the online world completely. I was still taking photos of our Maui life and sharing it here and here. So I’ve been around. But I thought it was time that I hang some new pictures on my virtual wall here at home and say aloha to old friends. So here we are. Aloha! A day in the life of this maui mama After an early work meeting, I hit Starbucks with the kids and the beach for 30 minutes. They built kingdoms that looked…
  • go on an adventure

    Sarah Burns
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:56 am
      It doesn’t have to be far far away. It can be the “slow” road, the longer route home from school drop off. Or the highway along the shore. It can be a stop off to watch the whales. Or a hunt for sea glass. Go on an adventure, big small, near, far, just do something different today.  Happy aloha Friday!
  • A little somethin’ somethin’

    Sarah Burns
    14 Jan 2014 | 11:05 pm
    I am so beyond honored that Dania of edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine asked the kids and I to be part of the Winter edition’s Keiki in the Kitchen feature. Dania is such an amazing role model mom, business woman and kind soul. Mahalo Dania for including my ohana in your beautiful magazine. edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine If you love Hawaii and love food (hello, yes to BOTH!) then check out edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine. Each magazine is always a work of art (seriously, their cover photos are frame worthy) with great reads and scrumptious photos. Go and take a look at the Winter…
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    Saturday Briefing

  • International travelers: one billion PLUS!

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — Despite all the troubles the world is experiencing, international travel continues to grow. So says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a detailed report, Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2015, released earlier this … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Celebrating our successful journey and O Ke Kai Series

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY LUANA MAITLAND — The first in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s popular O Ke Kai quarterly series was held on Saturday, March 14. It was a pleasure to welcome back The Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa to share … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Blood, but no sweat or tears for Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort spa staff

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Twenty-two Bebe Spa hosts bravely bared their arm for a good cause as part of the annual departmental community Blood Drive project at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on March 8. The blood donors were joined by … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Host announcements

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY BARRY WALLACE AND DARREN EDMONSTONE — We are pleased to join Human Resources in congratulating Karen Villarmia on her selection as assistant general manager at Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk®, and welcoming Khun Sukanya Somphanas, human resources manager, at … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Aloha, OHANA Waikiki West

    admin
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, on St. Patrick’s Day, I joined many members of our ‘ohana to mark the end of Outrigger’s association with the OHANA Waikiki West. Nearly all of the hotel’s staff gathered on property to … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

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

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

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

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
  • Start-Up Demo Day in Hawaii January 16

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Here’s something Ryan O. just mentioned over at his site. It’s a 3-hour informational get together for the growing Hawaii start-up scene. Check out Ryan’s post here. http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/01/03/startup-paradise-demo-day-2015
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    KauaiEclectic

  • Musings: Realities of Bt Cotton

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    We left high-tech Hyderabad and traveled 144 km from to the farming city of Warangal, a 90-mile drive that took three hours along roads choked with buses, motorcycles, scooters, taxis and cars. We passed monkeys, cows wandering on dusty streets, water buffalo being driven to the fields, small herds of goats, the occasional bristly-haired black pig rooting in a garbage pile and the ever-present dogs of India.But though agricultural is predominant here, and many of the villagers lack running water and indoor plumbing, high-tech has arrived in rural India. Cell phones and smart phones are…
  • Musings: India's Urban Farmers

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    People are leaving their villages throughout India and going to the cities, seeking new opportunities. Some of them continue to farm on the outskirts of urban areas, like this settlement at Yamuna Pushta, just outside the hustle and bustle of New Delhi.This family traveled to Delhi because there were no jobs in their home village, about 200 kilometers from the city. They and the other laborers who live here know how to farm, so they struck up arrangements with landowners to grow vegetables along the Yamuna River, one of the two most polluted waterways in India. Power…
  • Musings: Into India

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    New Delhi is a cacophony of sounds — especially horns — and color.The horns honk continuously and seemingly without any effect, as cars, bicyclists, trucks, scooters and motorcycles jockey for position in a rapidly-moving stream of traffic that regularly oozes out of its allotted lanes.But no diesel smoke or exhaust fumes hang heavy in the air, because much of the motor vehicle fleet has converted to compressed natural gas that the country produces itself.The color is found in the bright clothing that women seem to favor, and in the flowers that are still blooming riotously, thanks to a…
  • Musings: From a Hotel in Frankfurt

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    The trip begins with a delay — a one-day Lufthansa pilots' strike that cancels my connecting flight to New Delhi and grounds me in Frankfurt, Germany.Given the thousands of travelers who had to be booked onto other flights or put up in nearby hotels, I'm sure the strike met the pilots' objective of costing the airline a lot of money.Still, it didn't do much to generate sympathy among those of us who were caught in the crossfire, including the beleaguered folks at the Lufthansa service desk who had to tend to all of us stranded travelers.But isn't that always the way of war, affecting…
  • Musings: Aspirations and Off to India

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    By now, everyone knows that Gov. Ige has withdrawn his nomination of Carleton Ching as director of the state Department of Natural Resources.Not so well known, but confirmed by a well-placed source, is that Kauai Councilman Gary Hooser had sought the job. Yes, the guy who was booted from his position as director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control was again seeking a cabinet level position. Talk about delusions of grandeur. And what do those aspirations say about his commitment to the people of Kauai? Not that we don't already know, given his frequent trips to the state…
 
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    Baron's Blog

  • Where would you rather live?

    Baron
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Been working on assignment for the New York Times, one of the shoots was for a reader favorite feature called ‘What You Get’ which compares properties of similar price tags. How about it folks? Would you rather live in Hawaii, Oklahoma or Maryland? Webpage link: http://nyti.ms/1MC0oKx
  • To everything – churn, churn, churn

    Baron
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Chocolate Bulletproof Ice Cream churning away in the ice cream maker in slow-motion at 120 frames/second. Low carb, rich and ketogenic. And if you’re too young to get the title of this post you can play the video on this post below. Because a lot of good things came out of the sixties.
  • Human-proof packaging

    Baron
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    It always makes me wonder what kind of sick, twisted, sadistic person working in the packaging design department of companies so that it’s as difficult as possible for the consumer to get at their products. Took quite awhile for me to get my batteries out of this packaging. This ranks right up there with those … Continue reading Human-proof packaging
  • More delights and bulletproofing ice cream

    Baron
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I pigged-out on those Pecans Delight so I made a new batch so I can send some to my folks on Oahu. I came up a little short on my Costco bag of pecans so I tossed in some Macadamia Nuts which are a bonus in this low carb treat. This batch did not disappoint … Continue reading More delights and bulletproofing ice cream
  • Back in the Holualoa ‘hood

    Baron
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    I stopped by Holualoa while in Kona today. Things haven’t changed much at all from when I lived there in 2008, well maybe the Mexican food place across the street from Paul’s is nicer than it was when I lived in the neighborhood. Still a nice town with lots of artisans. If you get a … Continue reading Back in the Holualoa ‘hood
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  • Writing cursive

    gigihawaii
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I watched my 7 year old granddaughter, Julia, on Friday, because teachers had a special meeting.  I asked her if she knew how to write cursive.  She said her mother had taught her how to sign her name.  I wrote a few words and told her to trace them and then write them independently. Here she is, practicing her cursive writing: As you can tell, she needs to work on her “r” as it looks like an “n.”  The small “s” also needs to be corrected.  She needs help with her spelling, too: Do you remember learning how to write cursive in elementary school?  I remember my third…
  • New painting by Flo

    gigihawaii
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    I recently purchased this oil painting from my dear friend, Flo Miyahira.  The minute I saw it, I said I had to have it.  I love the orange tangerines, the green shoots, and the background colors.  This acquisition hangs in my bedroom.  Simply gorgeous!  The frame is pretty, too, isn’t it?  Flo is so talented.  I wish she had more exposure, so she could sell more of her work. Anyway, we had a nice lunch yesterday at Romano’s Macaroni Grill in Ala Moana Center.  Flo had the shrimp linguini, and I had a Caesar’s salad with rigatoni, sausage, and tomatoes.  Yummy! Isn’t this…
  • Art, music, and Hawaii

    gigihawaii
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Waikiki Beach outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2008. Despite the stress of having my sister’s husband and my mother pass away within the week, I still manage to find peace and joy in art, music, and Hawaii. On Sunday, David and I attended a Hawaii Symphony concert, which featured the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Shoshtakovich Symphony No. 5.  Outstanding performance by conductor Victor Yampolsky and pianist Natasha Paremski!  We really liked our seats near the left aisle of the orchestra level, because we had a nice view of the piano keyboard and the pianist’s hands. …
  • Egg cooker

    gigihawaii
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    Lately, David has been feeling wistful about his childhood.  He said his parents had an egg cooker and ate eggs every morning.  He tried to cook eggs in a pot of water, but it took forever to boil and cook.  So, he went to Target.com and ordered an egg cooker for around $20.00: Do you know how an egg cooker works?  For boiled eggs, you pour some water in the cooker.  Then you prick the large end of each egg to prevent cracking and place the narrow end of the egg in the cooker.  The cooker can hold up to 6 eggs: The cooker steams the eggs and shuts off automatically when the water…
  • Taking religion with a grain of salt

    gigihawaii
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    A restaurant on Kauai, 2008. Someone:  “If you don’t believe in God, you will go to hell.” Me:  “Well, who really knows if there is a God?  You will only know when you die.  Maybe, when I die, God will say, ‘Surprise, surprise.  Here I am.  Welcome to Heaven.’” I just take religion with a grain of salt.  So many mistakes have been made because of religion. Remember Galileo, the famous astronomer (1564-1642) who lived during the Renaissance?  After peering into the skies with his telescope, he noted that the sun (not the earth) was the center of the universe and that the…
 
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    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise Interviews

  • Making homemade aftershave

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Beauty tips aren't just for women! Nowadays, it's becoming more commonplace for men to pamper and enjoy themselves and their skin.Jason Harsin, from Hearts and Stars Salon in Waikaloa, say that it's time for you to enjoy yourself and to take your time when you're...
  • Special Olympics Hawai‘i asks residents to chill out

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Plan for a visit from the Pineapple Express this March as temperatures and Special Olympics Hawai‘i supporters take a dip on Saturday, March 28, 2015.Registration is now open for this year's Sixth Annual Polar Plunge sponsored by Aloha Air Cargo, which will raise funds...
  • Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort Winner of Maui Mayor’s Award

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The Mayor's Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce honored the nominees and winners of the 2015 Mayor's Small Business Awards on Thursday, February 26 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.The awards dinner was held in partnership...
  • New student assessments -- Smarter Balanced Assessments

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Beginning this month, Hawaii public school students in grades 3-8 and 11 will start taking a new state assessment that better informs educators on each child's progress toward being ready for college and careers.Most schools have between March 10 and the end of the school year...
  • Taimane Gardner performing free concert to celebrate release of new album

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner and a host of other performers will be holding a free concert at The Bishop Museum to celebrate the release of her self-produced album "We Are Made of Stars".Songs from the CD will be presented as an original stage production incorporating...
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Generation Y Begins to Drive Real Estate Trends

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

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

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

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

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The median home price in Honolulu reached a record high of $719,500 in November. This exceeds the summer high ($700K in June '14) and reflects a 5% increase over last year. This year-end peak follows a $50,000 drop in median home price between June and August.  Three months ago, I wrote an article in which I highlighted a notable trend in Honolulu real estate, making two main observations: 1. That median prices tend to take a dip in the autumn, between highs in the summer...
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Connecting hot lava to natural hot springs: The Big Island's sublime drive in Puna

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    For more than a dozen miles, the Kehena-Pohoiki Scenic Drive in Puna (the far southeast of the Big Island) penetrates an astounding coastal gardenscape. And unlike other coastal cruises in Hawaii, this one doesn't twist in and out of valleys, since the island hasn't had time to erode and form streams. The country lane besides sea-washed bluffs is is a tree tunnel of breadfruit, palms, pandanus and many others right out the the tropical tree-finding manual. At one end is Kalapana Bay, where vistiors can venture into lava wastelands to view red-hot flows from the island's current eruption.
  • The easy way to the Big Island's 'Blue Lagoon'

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    From a scenic turnout at mile marker 81 on Highway 19 north of Kona, Wainanali'i (Blue) Lagoon beckons irresistably: a turquoise streak amid a grove of cocopalms. Most visitors park at a nearby turnout and take a mile-plus trail that drops 200 feet through a hot forest of stickery Kiawe trees, which affords a decent opportunity of getting lost.A slightly shorter, flatter, and more scenic route is about a mile away, down a state park road. You drive down about .75-mile and park at a locked gate on a road that is open to foot traffic. Not far down the road is the Kihilo-Huehue trail and punches…
  • How not to die while having fun hiking in Hawaii

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Tsunamis, hurricanes, molten volcanos, and big-scale earthquakes are all part of the weather forecast at times in Hawaii. But Mother Nature's big events, thankfully, take few lives these days.Yet, about once a month, it seems, someone dies on land or in the sea while recreating in the tropical paradise that is Hawaii. Most of these tragedies, and a litany of accidents, happen on postcard-days to people who are not really aware of the danger. The good news: The risk of harming yourself is virtually zilch if you play it safe.Here's some tips for safer hiking in Hawaii.1. Bring retracable hiking…
  • Launiupoko: This is why Maui is called the 'Valley Isle'

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A drive along the base of the West Maui Mountains—all the way from Iao Valley State Park near Kahului around to Lahaina—reveals the yawning green valleys that give Maui its nickname. Access is limited, so visitors with a sense of adventure will appreciate the off-beat hike into out-of-the-way Launiupoko Valley, not too far south of Lahaina.The hike begins at an unmarked trailhead in a new housing development, up the mountain from Laniupoko Beach Park. The trail, used mainly by local equestrians, starts out as a mundane ascent, but then transitions to a contour road that gives up big ocean…
  • Kauai hiking update: Kahili Mountain Park trails are closed

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Two trails in south Kauai—a thrilling-but-risky trek up razorback Kahili Ridge, and a tame stroll to a Norfolk pine forest—are no longer open to hikers. Landowner Knudsen Corporation, which has owned a large chunk of the island since 1872, has decided to close the trails and prohibit access.The rustic cabins of Kahili Mountain park, adjacent to the trailheads, may also be closed. Previously a Seventh Day Adventist School on site leased the land from Knudsen, and used income from the cabins to help support the school. Hikers for years were able to hike these trails on private property by…
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    Pacific Reader

  • Why Alan Wong’s is #1?

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

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

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

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

    Taryn Wong Fowler
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I am happy to announce that I will be a contributing writer on my fellow writer-friend Jeremy Holcombe's up-and-coming website Beyond Honolulu! My first blog has recently been published: Top 3 Busiest Hikes on Oahu! Continue reading →
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    "Open Workout 15.5"27-21-15-9 rep rounds for time, of:Row (Cals)Thrusters (95/65 lbs)
  • 15.5 HEAT SCHEDULE:

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    6:00am CLASS:Danny Teel, Chris S., Yoshi Muraoka (50-54), Nate Fujimoto, Glenn Teraoka (60+), Phoebe Webb, and Debbie Olson8:30am CLASS:Christine Dorrepaal, Lauren Kozlowski, and Mary Schwing (60+)NOON CLASS:Adam Britt, Paul Trower, James Duggins, Steve Roldolfich (45-49), Chad Hironaka, Jenn Javenko, Hien Vuong, Joanna Vendiola, Sydney Anderson, April Orr, and Julie Goo (45-49)FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:FIRST HEAT STARTS AT 6:00PM. There will be no evening classes tomorrow. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 5:30PM FOR ATHLETES TO WARM-UP. THERE WILL BE A DESIGNATED WARM-UP AREA IN THE BACK. LIKE LAST WEEK,…
  • 26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Thursday Update: Plumbers found another crack in the main sewage pipe that they are repairing as we speak. Plumbing will be turned off periodically. Also, the sanitation crew is in the gym doing thorough assessment and cleaning. We will still be running classes; however if you were planning on a rest day or some active recovery, like a nice 20-30 min run, today would be a good day for that.We are starting to realize that a bigger gym means bigger problems. Happy Thursday everyone! Bring on 15.5!If you have not signed up for validation tomorrow, please let us know ASAP and we will write you…
  • 25 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Heads up gang! Plumbing has officially been shutoff for today (Wednesday), so if you plan on coming to class today, please use the bathroom before you get here. There is a toilet for emergency use in front by the parking lot. We apologize for any inconvenience this is causing, but hopefully we will never have to deal with a sewage spill again.
  • 25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 15 minutes (10 sets):Split Jerk x 1 repBuild over the course of the ten sets based on feel and mechanics.B. Every 4 minutes, for 20 minutes (5 sets):25 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lbs)50 Double-Unders
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    Kona Fishing | Humdinger Fishing Kona | Deep Sea Fishing Hawaii

  • Marlin Fishing

    Amit Soni
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
      The fishing in Kona remained very good this week with the typical late Winter species, striped marlin, short billed spearfish and dorado (dolphin fish) continuing to show up in good numbers. Earlier in the week we went 3 for 4 on Shortbilled Spearfish. We saw another really nice one tailing, but never could get it to take a lure. Most of the Spearfish showing up now are on the larger size in the 30-45 pound range. While smaller than all of the other billfish species, the Shortbilled Spearfish is also the rarest of all billfish species and they show up in really good numbers in late…
  • Mahi Mahi Fishing

    Amit Soni
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
      The fishing in Kona for Mahi Mahi and Spearfish continues to be very good right now and this past week we caught several nice short billed spearfish for clients and good numbers of large Mahi Mahi as well. Also typical for this time of year in Kona are good numbers of striped marklin and a few Ono or Wahoo are also showing up in advance of their late Spring migration through the Kona area.  Check out the photos and video below from a few fishing charters this past week. In addition to the smaller pelagic species being caught, there are still some really nice Blue Marlin hanging…
  • Fishing Report Kona Hawaii 2015

    Amit Soni
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
      Earlier in the week the mahi mahis were biting. We went 4 for 4 one day and the next we went 1 for 3. They are great eating fish and have very beautiful colors. One was caught by the charters son and his expression says it all. Later this week the mahis slowed down. Right now there are some striped Marlin, shortnose spearfish and a few blue marlin. Also a couple nice tunas getting caught. Weather has been nice the last few days with calm water and winds light. There was also a grander caught by a 16 yr old boy. It weighed 1058lb. We also see humpback whales every day we have been going…
  • Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
      The fishing in Kona this last week has picked up quite a bit.  Earlier in the week, we went 4 for 4 one day and 1 for 3 the next day, catching our charter’s younger son a few nice fish.  His expression in the photos below pretty much says it all.  In addition to a good bite happening on Mahi Mahi’s, the Shortnose Spearfish are still around in very good numbers, as well as reliable numbers of Striped Marlin.  As is typical for January and early February, there always seems to be a few really big Blue marlin caught, and this past week was no exception.  Jim…
  • Kona Hawaii Fishing Report

    Amit Soni
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
      The fishing right now is pretty good. Lately we have been seeing and people are catching  Mahi Mahi, Spearfish, Striped Marlin and a few Blue Marlin as well. The Shortnose Spearfish is the rarest of all Billfish Species and are sought after by anglers targeting them on light tackle setups. Most of the Spearfish being caught lately are about 20 to 45 lbs. Kona Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to fish for this species and we have many clients that wait all year for them to show up so they can fly out to catch one to complete their billfish grand slam. There has also been…
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    Living in Hawaii - Moving to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island

  • Rent or Buy in Hawaii – Not Sure How Long Will Stay

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

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

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

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Here’s a first look at the trail and waterfall at Sacred Falls Park on the Northeast side of Oahu. The waterfall trail has just re-opened in January 2015. UPDATE – My mind must have made this up because I want it so bad. I swear I heard my buddy say they re-opened the trail, which […]
  • Start-Up Demo Day in Hawaii January 16

    AimforAwesome@gmail.com (Vern L.)
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    Here’s something Ryan O. just mentioned over at his site. It’s a 3-hour informational get together for the growing Hawaii start-up scene. Check out Ryan’s post here. http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/01/03/startup-paradise-demo-day-2015
 
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Positive Thoughts: The Vision Pulls You

    hawa6217
    29 Mar 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
  • Standing While at Work May Result in More Productive and Energetic Employees

    hawa6217
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Patrick Sarian www.beststandingdesks.com (Hawaii)– Desk jobs have been around for a long time, but with the advent of the typewriter and then the computer, more people have been sitting at the workplace and for longer hours than ever before in history, many without any knowledge of the repercussions and dangers of sitting for extended periods.  I was one of those people. With 20 years working as a computer analyst, I’ve easily spent nearly entire workdays seated. This led me to weight gain and pain and injury to my back and legs. What’s wrong with sitting? Sitting for…
  • Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals Nominated for Excellence in School Leadership Award

    hawa6217
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Honolulu) — The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 13 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 11thannual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 28. Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque. The recipient of the annual award, named in honor…
  • Public Lecture to Kick Off Center for Philippine Studies’ 40th Anniversary

    hawa6217
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (Oahu) – A public lecture by Alfred McCoy, J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, inaugurates a two-day international symposium at UH Mānoa celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Center for Philippine Studies.  McCoy’s Florence Liu Macaulay Lecture, titled “Covert Netherworld: An Invisible Arena for Contesting Global Power in the 21st Century,” is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the UHM Architecture Auditorium. The lecture will focus on the Philippines and history of the American Empire in…
  • Positive Thoughts: Cope with Life

    hawa6217
    28 Mar 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 “Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir
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    Maui Makers

  • Special Interest Group (SIG) on CNC Machines starting

    Jerry
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    We are starting up a Special Interest Group (SIG) within Maui Makers that focuses on CNC Machines. CNC= Computer Numerically Controlled. Machines like the Shapeoko, 3D printers, milling and other machines that make other machines and stuff.  The underlying control of mechanical systems is used in closely related fields of Robotics, etc. The group will be a place to share experiences, work on projects (using/upgrading our Shapeoko), and meet others with similar interest. The plan is to meet on the last Tuesday evening of the month at our makerspace (200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI) at 630pm…
  • Maui Makers at TEDxYouth Seabury Hall–29 March

    Laura
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Maui Makers will be closed on 29th March.   Instead, come join us from 9 am to 2 pm at TEDxYouth at Seabury Hall   See link below for more info about Maui’s most excellent youth!   http://tedxyouthseaburyhall.com
  • Special Event–Eggbot returns 28 March

    Laura
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Just in time to help celebrate Springtime, and any rites of spring…Easter, Bring eggs or other ovoid shapes to decorate. (We have ping pong balls) What is Eggbot? A fun and easy way to draw patterns on roundish things. A great platform for entry into the fascinating world of CNC! Note: we have rent, wifi, utilities and other bills to pay, so have now instituted a paid membership structure. See www.mauimakers.com/blog/membership-in-maui-makers. Non-members are welcome to attend. A $5.00 donation is suggested to keep Maui’s only Makerspace growing and thriving
  • Arduino Day Hackathon–Saturday March 28

    Laura
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
      March 28 is Arduino Day. 10:30-2:30 Hackathon To celebrate, come by the space (200 Waiehu Beach Rd) with ideas and projects for individual or group Hackathon. For more info, please contact Arduino@mauimakers.com. Note: we have rent, wifi, utilities and other bills to pay, so have now instituted a paid membership structure. See www.mauimakers.com/blog/membership-in-maui-makers. Non-members are welcome to attend. If you like what we’re doing, but not ready for a full commitment, please consider making donations. That will keep us going until you’re in a better position to…
  • Upcoming Events for March 2015

    Laura
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Arduino Classes every Thursday from 6-9 PM Public Meeting first Thursday from 6-9 PM 21-Mar-2015–Open Hours (12:00-5:00)–All ages 22-Mar-2015–Open Hours (12:00-5:00)–All ages Open build hours. Come by with your projects and meet Maui Makers! Need tools? We got ‘em Need a workbench? We got ‘em Need a 3d-printer? We got ‘em Need soldering equipment? We got it Need help? We got you covered   28-Mar-2015–Arduino Day Hackathon (10:30-2:30)–All ages As a follow on to our spectacular Pi Day! Did you know there’s an Arduino Day? Do you…
 
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    Communications Pacific

  • Who Are You Calling Madam? by Jean Dickinson

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    “She ma’amed me!” My friend’s voice rang out with a mix of amazement and indignity. Yes, after purchasing a post-Pilates class double-protein green tea smoothie, the counter clerk closed the transaction with my friend Clarice by adding a perfunctory “Thank you, Ma’am.” “I mean, really, “ Clarice continued, adjusting her lime green halter and hiking up her yoga pants. “Do I look like a ma’am to you?” I stared at her quizzically, like a mynah bird that is contemplating a shiny object. And I was uncharacteristically silent. Indeed, being called “ma’am” for the first…
  • Taking The Plunge Into A New Life In The Islands by Vianca Cao

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I was 21 years old when I stood atop the famous Waimea Bay rock preparing to leap into the sea. As I waited my turn to jump off from the 35-foot cliff, the North Shore sunset transformed the sky into a thousand shades of pink, orange and purple. My first jump was amazing: exhilaration, fear and joy! It was then I promised myself, “I am going to live here.” Less than a year later, my dream became a reality. With only three suitcases and a plane ticket for a six-hour flight, I was about to embark on an incredible adventure to the Aloha State. When I first arrived, everything was new to me.
  • Writing Humor In Today’s World Is A Dangerous Undertaking By Charley Memminger

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

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

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

  • Is My Website Down? Maybe…Yes…No!

    brian
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Occam’s razor is an important and useful idea for trouble-shooting: if there are many possible causes, the one with the least assumptions should be chosen. In other words if there is a complex problem and a simple solution, go for that! Unfortunately, many confuse this for the “if I have no other information, it must be what I believe” principle. In other words, for lack of any other information, take the one that makes the most intuitive sense. Here is what your website might or might not be down. It may well be true: servers do physically break and settings can become corrupted, which…
  • Home Grown: Big Island Agriculture Products

    brian
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    I saw this morning that 90% of Hawaii’s food is imported. That’s an amazing statistic for our islands. We are nearly completely dependent on air and sea transportation, as well as Mainland food growers and distributors for nearly everything we eat and drink. Even some things that we think are “Hawaiian” are not. Every bag of “Hawaii style” or “Maui Onion” potato chips I see is made on the Mainland. Even a good share of beer with Hawaii logos, names and designs is not brewed here. Clever marketing, indeed! In this blog post, I’d like to highlight three specialty agriculture…
  • Review Your Website Every Six Months – Here’s How

    brian
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    We had a local business call the other day in a panic. Their website, which was not hosted or managed by Kona Impact, was gone. We quickly determined that the issue was relatively minor, because though they did not pay for their domain registration, and it was still in their registrar’s grace period. All they had to do was to pay for their domain registration and their site became live again. Here is what every website owner should do every six months. Do not count on your web site designer to do this for you unless you are paying the company to do these services for you; they are not…
  • Customer Service – The Little Things That Matter

    brian
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about customer service lately. As such, I decided to take one day, a Saturday, and keep a look out for instances of awesome customer service. I didn’t consider things like “thank yous” and incentives; I wanted to identify three businesses that do things that have little or no cost, ideas that might inspire other businesses. The first example I have Kona Veterinary Service. I have taken my dog there since she was a puppy, and have always been impressed with how they provide excellent care for my dog, including the time she needed emergency care…
  • Big Banners Here – Next Day Service

    brian
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    At Kona Impact, we like to do business with our clients the way we like to be treated when we are the customer. So, for example, we do not over-promise or misrepresent our products; that is, we don’t say our signs last forever (nothing does), and if a client does not have truthful information, we do our best to inform and educate him or her. We also do not charge rush fees. Several companies in town will add 25% or even 50% to a project just because the client is desperate to get something done. We don’t do this. One way we avoid problems with rush order is doing nearly everything…
 
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