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  • Hawai`i old enough for fossils? Oh yeah.

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

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

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    30 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    During the final days of June and the first days of July we have the most striking naked-eye planetary sight of the year.
  • DC Showdown Over Fisheries Law Amendments

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

    JON RIKI KARAMATSU
    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    Love stories are what keeps me living for more, and someday I want to share them with you. Filed under: Uncategorized
 
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  • The Latest on Indonesia: Jokowi orders procurement overhaul

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    The latest on the Indonesian military plane crash (all times local):
  • EXCLUSIVE: State warned of over harvesting a year ago

    Rick Daysog
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 pm
    When the Department of Land and Natural Resources approved a 120-day ban on sea cucumber harvesting last week, it cited a recent investigation by law enforcement officers that "a new commercial fishery had started."But Hawaii News Now has learned that the state was warned nearly a year ago about potential exploitation and did little then to regulate the business."I told them that, no, the situation of the sea cucumber for the rest of the world that it can go up and collapse," said UH research...
  • Long lines in Greece as banks reopen; new proposal weighed

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday, hours after the country's international bailout expired without a deal, cutting it off from vital financing and deepening...
  • One-third of world's people still have no proper toilets

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
  • Coach steps down from Kalaheo

    Chris Tanaka
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:33 pm
    As a basketball coach, Alika Smith delivered, winning a total of three state championships in four years at Kalaheo. 
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  • Help is available for those homeless living in Kakaako

    Web Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
    The homeless encampment in Kakaako keeps growing, and while it may look like a tent city to some, it doesn’t offer the same services. KHON2 News asked around to find out what kind of help is being offered to those living in Kakaako, and while the Institute for Human Services does not have outreach people who help the homeless in that area, there are other local health centers who do, like the nearby Next Step Shelter. IHS’ Kimo Carvalho said “homeless clients can receive anything that they could receive here at the shelter, which includes employment, housing subsidies,…
  • 3-time state champion Smith steps down as Kalaheo hoops coach

    Sam Spangler
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Three Koa trophies weren’t enough to keep some parents and administration at Kalaheo High School from requesting a change to the coaching style of head coach Alika Smith. The former Mustang and Rainbow Warrior hoops great has decided to step down from his head coach position at the school, citing philosophical differences with the Administration at Kalaheo. Smith, who won division I state championships in 2013 and 2015 as well as a division II title in 2012, was given this contract to sign on June 3rd by Kalaheo Principal Susan Hummel and Athletic Director Mark Brilhante: Smith refused…
  • Hawaiian Electric will use helicopter for work above Fort Shafter

    Web Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Hawaiian Electric announced that company contractors will begin using a helicopter Wednesday for utility work on the mountain above Fort Shafter. A helicopter will be used to transport materials because the work site is inaccessible by other means. Weather permitting, flights are scheduled between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 and July 8, and one more day prior to the completion of the project on Friday, July 17. An area above Halawa Correctional Facility is the staging location for the materials and equipment. In compliance with FAA regulations and the utility’s safety…
  • Plastic bag ban on Oahu starts July 1

    Web Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Oahu residents, get your plastic bags from stores while you can, because starting Wednesday, they’ll be gone. Businesses will only be allowed to pass out compostable plastic bags, paper bags, or reusable bags. Honolulu is the last county in the state to make the transition. If any stores are caught giving away plastic bags, they could face a fine starting at $100 a day. There are some exceptions, however — restaurants, lunch wagons, bakeries, pharmacies and dry cleaners can still give out plastic bags. But for most other businesses like supermarkets and retail stores, either you…
  • Star of Bethlehem? How to see Tuesday’s bright celestial event

    Web Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:51 pm
    A glorious conjunction between the two brightest planets in our night sky occurs Tuesday evening, June 30. Tonight at dusk, head outside and look west. Just above the horizon, you’ll see a bright object in the night sky as Jupiter and Venus come within 1/3 of a degree of each other. The two planets are the brightest dots in the sky. Some are calling this “The Star of Bethlehem” conjunction because Jupiter and Venus did something similar near the star Regulus in 3/2BC. Many astronomers have speculated that this ancient celestial event is the one recorded in the Bible’s Gospel…
 
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  • Former state tax director one of lead attorneys for Al Hee in federal trial

    Ian Lind
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    A funny thing happened on the way to the federal trial of Al Hee, president and sole shareholder of Waimana Enterprises, the parent company of Sandwich Isles Communications. Earlier this year, federal prosecutors tried to disqualify Kurt Kawafuchi, one of Hee’s defense team, along with his entire Beverly Hills-based law firm, Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher […]
  • Maryland appeal court blocks public disclosure of police misconduct records

    Ian Lind
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    An unfortunate decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday concluded “that “an officer’s right to privacy outweighs the public interest in police transparency.” The case is of immediate interest here because a similar case involving disciplinary records of the Honolulu Police Department is now awaiting a decision by the Hawaii Supreme Court. According […]
  • Are those DNA testing services worth the price?

    Ian Lind
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Several weeks ago, I said I would return to the issue of DNA testing for the purpose of tracing family relationships (“On the limits of family“). Back in 2012, my sister got me to sign up with Family Tree DNA, a testing company associated with Ancestry.com. She was anxious to test her theories, based on […]
 
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  • Police DUI stats for the week of June 22-28, 2015

    Baron
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    During the week of June 22, 2015, through June 28, 2015, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 492 DUI arrests compared with 614 during […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Public comment session on police department Monday (July 13) in Hilo

    Baron
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®) will arrive on Hawaiʻi Island on July 13 to examine the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services. The purpose is to verify that the Hawaiʻi Police Department continues to meet the 400-plus National Standards established for a law enforcement […] - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 1.4 cents per gallon the past week

    Baron
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Police seek indentity of person in connection with a theft

    Baron
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person wanted in connection with a theft. On May 30, 2015, an unknown person entered the Keaʻau Shell gas station and used the victim’s stolen bank card to purchase items. The suspect’s image was captured on a surveillance video. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
  • Kona man cut in domestic dispute dies, manslaughter case opened

    Baron
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    A 20-year-old Kona man has died from injuries he received in a domestic dispute on June 21. Ezra Barro of Kailua-Kona was pronounced dead at 4:44 a.m. Sunday (June 28) at Kaiser Medical Center on Oahu. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. - visit Hawaii 24/7 to read the full story -
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  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 29, 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Local Industry News Jun. 30  PBN: Hawaii Energy offers instant rebates for energy-efficienct lighting Jun. 30  PBN: Hawaiian Electric pushes back major energy storage plan by a year Jun. 30  PBN: NextEra Energy won't sell Hawaiian Electric after $4.3B acquisition closes Jun. 30  Star-Advertiser: Solar plane makes progress Jun. 30  PBN: Hawaii can achieve 30% renewable energy and reduce costs by 2020, study says Jun. 30  PBN: Hawaii coal plant owner proposes battery energy storage project to Hawaiian Electric Co. Jun. 29  PBN: Hawaiian Electric rooftop solar…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 22, 2015

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Local industry news Jun. 25  Civil Beat: Hawaii's new renewable energy law is 'leading by example' Jun. 24  PBN: Hawaiian Electric opening first fast electric vehicle charging at Dole Plantation Jun. 24  PBN: Hawaii Gov. Ige touts large solar farms planned for Oahu to Washington audience Jun. 24  PBN: Oahu's only construction and demolition debris landfill facility expanding Jun. 23  PBN: Hawaiian Electric's plan to build LNG terminal uncertain at this time Jun. 23  Star-Advertiser: NextEra not bound to other isle projects if HEI deal fails Jun. 23…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 15, 2015

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    Local Industry News Jun. 18  Civil Beat: Progress on renewable energy goal requires diligence Jun. 18  PV Solar Report: Hawaii will get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2045 Jun. 18  Star-Advertiser: Solar plane ready to fly to Hawaii, but weather keeps it grounded Jun. 18  Star-Advertiser: Kahuku wind farm developer touts low electric bills Jun. 17  PBN: Major Hawaii transportation energy plan unveiled Jun. 17  PBN: Major Hawaii ocean energy project shelved Jun. 17  Star-Advertiser: The ocean generates electricity via a rig off Oahu Jun. 17…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 8, 2015

    8 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Local Industry News Jun. 12  Star-Advertiser: Decision on HEI sale could come in June 2016 Jun. 11  PBN: Henk Rogers: Hawaii is the energy big brother to other islands in the Pacific Jun. 11  PBN: Hawaii's major transportation energy plan to be unveiled next week Jun. 11  CleanTechnica: 100% renewable energy goal for Hawaii: Governor signs bill Jun. 11  EcoWatch: Hawaii enacts nation's first 100% renewable energy standard Jun. 11  PBN: What's next for NextEra Energy's $4.3B purchase of Hawaiian Electric? Jun. 11  Civil Beat: Achieving the impossible: a…
  • News bulletin, Week of Jun. 1, 2015

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Local Industry News Jun. 5  PBN: Hawaii governor expected to sign bill setting state's 100% renewable energy goal Jun. 5  PBN: National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai raises $280K through WEfficiency crowdfunding campaign Jun. 5  Star-Advertiser: Koa grower poised to sell 'carbon credits' Jun. 5  PBN: PBN panelists weigh in on what Hawaii needs to do to be self-sustaining Jun. 5  Star-Advertiser: New Kahuku wind farm encounters opposition Jun. 4  PBN: Hawaii regulators deny SunEdison's bid to build new solar farm on Oahu Jun. 4  Utility Dive: Danish…
 
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  • Frankie Zoly Molnar S/SGT U.S.A. - SELFLESS DISPLAY OF GALLANTRY

    Duane Vachon
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:12 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Have discovered another characteristic that the heroes I write about in these articles share selflessness. I am thinking of selflessness as an adjective, someone who has little or no concern for themselves, especially regarding fame, position, or money and is always more concerned with others wellbeing than their own. Molnar joined the Army from Fresno, California in 1962, and by May 20, 1967 was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. During an enemy assault on that day, in Kontum Province, Republic…
  • Master Sergeant Charles Lindwald U.S. Army - IT TOOK 36 YEARS , NOW HE IS HOME

    Duane Vachon
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Recently I was speaking with a friend from LA Porte Indiana who asked me if there were any Medal of Honor recipients from La Porte. I was pretty sure there weren’t any however I did some research and confirmed that was the case. That does not mean there aren’t any heroes from La Porte. This article tells the story of one of those heroes. After 36 years of missing in action in Vietnam, Master Sergeant Charles W. Lindewald of Detachment A-team 101 Company C, 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army, was buried in a February 4, 2005, service in Arlington National…
  • Alfred V. Rascon Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army - LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

    Duane Vachon
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on September 10, 1945, as the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. The Rascon family, in search of a better way of life, emigrated to the United States. They settled in Oxnard, California, where Rascon received his primary and secondary education. On August 1963, he graduated from Oxnard High School and enlisted in the United States Army. Rascon received his Basic training in Fort Ord, California, and after completing he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for basic and specialist medical training. After he graduated…
  • Remembering D-Day - June 6 1944

    Duane Vachon
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    HONORING D-DAY BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D. It was on this day, seventy-one years ago that the greatest invasion the world had ever witnessed began. Rather than write about Heroes from Vietnam I thought it would be appropriate to share the article below to honor the 10000 allies that died on that day. D-Day Remembered: A Historical Perspective By Christopher Kelly Seventy-one years ago on June 6, 1944 the Allied armies waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe in what was the greatest American invasion of all time. The night before, on June 5th, American…
  • William E. Adams Major U.S. Army - COURAGE AND HONOR ARE NEVER OUT OF SEASON

    Duane Vachon
    31 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    BY DUANE ALLAN VACHON, PH.D. For the last several months this column has been featuring Medal of Honor recipients from Indiana. Many of those recipients were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in wars that many of us have forgotten. Aside from the fact that I am a Hoosier by birth I wanted to feature those heroes to make sure they are never forgotten. Our country owes it to those men indeed to all who have served in the armed forces of America to not let their service be forgotten. Since I featured some of the heroes from my home state, I thought it would be an idea to feature some of the…
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  • #40Trails No. 8: Friendship Garden in Kāneʻohe

    Catherine Toth Fox
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    HIKE: Friendship Garden, Kāneʻohe, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: 0.6 mile DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Short hike with great views of Kāneʻohe Bay, historic, great for kids, pet-friendly Dog owners are always on the lookout for pet-friendly hikes. So when I heard about a little-used trail in Kāneʻohe that allows leashed dogs, I quickly put it on my #40Trails list. But the Friendship Garden wasn’t exactly what I had expected. For starters, it has a very interesting history. The sign at the start of the trail. Turns out, this 10-acre on the slopes above Kāneʻohe Bay — above the…
  • Sunny and the vet bill

    Catherine Toth Fox
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Anyone with pets will understand this. There is nothing more frustrating than a sick animal. They can’t effectively communicate with you what’s going on, how they’re feeling, or what they just licked. Aside from the obvious signs — vomiting, limping — you pretty much can only guess what’s ailing them. On Saturday evening, just before dinner, Sunny, our Pomeranian-toy fox terrier mix, started acting strangely. And when I say “strangely,” I mean “stranger than usual.” She’s typically a strange dog to begin with, often acting more like…
  • #40Trails No. 7: Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli Trail in Temple Valley

    Catherine Toth Fox
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    HIKE: Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli, ʻĀhuimanu, O‘ahu WHEN: June 2015 LENGTH: About 1.5 miles roundtrip (50 minutes total) DIFFICULTY: Easy FEATURES: Short hike with big payoff, views of Kāneʻohe Bay, well-worn trail, great for kids, dog-friendly You won’t find much written up about this hike. Even in Stuart M. Ball’s “The Hikers Guide to Oʻahu,” the Pu‘u Mā‘eli‘eli in Temple Valley is listed as a closed hike. The description is short and sweet — and accurate: “The climb to its top is short, but steep.” Finding the trailhead is the hardest part of…
  • #CatTravels: Top 5 Moments in Wine Country

    Catherine Toth Fox
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Two full days in Wine Country is not long enough. I already knew that in planning this past weekend’s jaunt to Northern California to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. But my husband doesn’t have many vacation days, so we were going to have to make this work. And it really is entirely possible to see, drink and eat a lot in two full days. Here’s the catch, though: My husband has never been to Wine Country. Ever. So this was all going to be new to him. That put a little more pressure on me to find the right things to do, wineries to visit and restaurants to patronize.
  • #CatTravels: Wine Country, it’s been awhile

    Catherine Toth Fox
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Let’s put it this way, the last time I was in Wine Country in California, Instagram didn’t exist, Ann Curry was still on “Today,” and no one was taking selfies with an iPhone. It was 2010 — and man, things have changed. For one, I actually drink wine now. That’s quite a change from the last three visits to Napa and Sonoma, when I either sipped champagne or served as the boring-but-important job of designated driver. This weekend — actually, in a few hours — my husband and I are heading to Sebastopol, Calif., a quaint town in Sonoma, just 20 minutes from…
 
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    So Much More Hawaii

  • The Art [and Science] of the Mixed Plate

    RPang
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    No matter which Hawaiian Island you visit, one meal you should definitely seek out and try is the mixed-plate version of the Hawaii plate lunch. With so many combinations of local comfort food to choose from, there is a mixed plate for just about every taste. If you’re visiting Hawaii for a vacation (or anything [...]
  • A Concierge’s Guide to Hawaii Plate Lunch Spots

    RPang
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Many Hawaii residents and visitors insist that time spent in the Islands isn’t complete without sampling that quintessential of local meals: the plate lunch. Appetite sating, near always affordable and ever delicious, the basic plate lunch formula calls for two scoops of sticky white rice and a scoop of macaroni salad (or mixed greens, if [...]
  • Hawaii Marine Life Stars in ABC Series “Ocean Mysteries”

    RPang
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    Tracking the movement of tiger sharks in Maui waters and night diving with manta rays off Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast. Yup. Chalk these up to another couple of days and aquatic adventures in the life of noted animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin for his Emmy-winning ABC series “Ocean Mysteries.” After watching the series’ two [...]
  • Talk Story with Travel Writer Jody Robbins

    RPang
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    Travel writer Jody Robbins has covered some of the world’s most exotic destinations for many of Canada’s most popular publications including WestJet Magazine, Calgary Herald, Today’s Parent, and others. In the below interview, Jody reveals what makes the Hawaiian Islands stand out. What has been your most memorable Hawaii activity? Each Hawaiian island is so [...]
  • Get Outside and Go!

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

    Ryan Ozawa
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:59 am
    The man appointed by Gov. David Ige to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure is apparently taking on a broader role, with a title change from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. Nacapuy heads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was created in 2011 thanks to a $3 million grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation. Along with the new office came the state’s first Chief Information Officer, Sonny Bhagowalia, who led an ambitious effort to transform the state’s technology and business processes. The challenge was…
  • Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

    Ryan Ozawa
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:37 am
    The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent French yachtsman Alain Thebault, who set the 500-meter speed sailing record in 2009 and still holds the record for D-class vessels (over 300 feet long). Thebault, co-pilot Jacques Vincent, and a crew of four Americans left Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 23. The fact that two…
  • Thrillist Launching Honolulu Edition

    Ryan Ozawa
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    The local online lifestyle media space will get a little more crowded this week with the Wednesday launch of Thrillist Honolulu, which is adding O’ahu to a growing list of more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Europe covered by the Thrillist Media Group. The Thrillist network is adding at least half a dozen cities to its network this year, starting with Memphis in January and moving on to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Charlotte last month. The company has been posting freelance writing opportunities for Honolulu since at least March (with another gig in Charleston perhaps signaling another…
  • Accelerator Seeks Next Batch of Entrepreneurs

    Ryan Ozawa
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:44 am
    Hawaii’s first venture accelerator is looking for its sixth cohort of startup companies. My, how time flies. Blue Startups is hosting an information session at its downtown office on Wednesday, and offering free pizza and beer for anyone actively working on a startup, looking to recruit local talent, or just curious about the program. Blue Startups was founded in 2012 by Henk Rogers, who built his success upon seven species of falling blocks, and his daughter Maya. Out of the gate, they were looking for “capital-efficient and scalable-technology companies,” and hooked up…
  • Global Ham Radio Event Starts Tomorrow

    Ryan Ozawa
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    The biggest community outreach and emergency planning event among amateur radio operators is coming this weekend. Field Day is an educational and disaster preparedness exercise conducted by ham radio fans around the world. And in Honolulu, Field Day 2015 will run from tomorrow morning through Sunday morning at Kualoa Regional Park. It’s being jointly organized by the Emergency Amateur Radio Club (of which I am a sporadic member) and the Koolau Amateur Radio Club. It’s the second year the two clubs have joined forces, with the EARC headed north. My first Field Day with the…
 
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  • Musings: Trailer Trash

    Joan Conrow
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Watching the evening sky, I see Jupiter is moving ever closer toward Venus.And watching the latest piece of anti-GMO propaganda, I see that Kauai is moving ever closer toward apocalypse — unless we let folks like Don Heacock save us. I'm talking about the trailer for “Aina,” described by one promoter "as an "amazing fact-based film." It will hold its July 26 premiere on Kauai, which an unidentified man on camera unequivocally proclaims as "thehot spot on the planet for pesticide exposures."Really? Hotter than Indian farmers applying paraquat with backpack sprayers and no protective…
  • Musings: Disconnect

    Joan Conrow
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Has anyone else noticed the schizophrenia of Hawaii's agri/enviro activism?On the one hand, we have the Sierra Club suing to prevent the reclassification of 1,500 acres of ag land on Oahu for the 11,750-unit Hoopili housing project. It is arguing, in part, that the state isn't doing enough to designate Important Ag Lands, and this land meets all the criteria.On the other, we have the Sierra Club and its attorney, EarthJustice, actively working with self-proclaimed “green” groups and “aloha aina warriors” to destroy agriculture on acreage already classified as Important Ag Land.Through…
  • Musings: Sandbagged

    Joan Conrow
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Back in December 1996, a very high surf event caused extensive erosion along a stretch of shoreline in Haena, threatening three houses.Kauai County and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources allowed the  landowners to install a sandbag revetment in front of five contiguous oceanfront lots. The county issued a Special Management Area emergency permit for what was supposed to be a temporary fix. Condition #5 of the permit clearly states that “[t]he emergency shoreline protection measures shall be temporary [emphasis added] until acceptable permanent…
  • Musings: Practice or Preach?

    Joan Conrow
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    All the folks who have been crying for land, begging for a chance to farm, clamoring for the seed companies to beat it and free up agricultural acreage have a chance to put their money — and sweat — with their mouths are.Some 3,000 acres of state land is now sitting idle in Kekaha, while 1,400 acres of Grove Farm land near Lihue will soon be out of production. Surely those who envision a different future for agriculture in Hawaii can do something meaningful with 4,400 acres of irrigated land.Will they step up to the challenge? Don't bet on it. They'll have a hundred and one excuses why…
  • Musings: Beach Blanket Bingo

    Joan Conrow
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Police Chief Darryl Perry says it's time to get alcohol out of the public parks, following two harassment incidents at Hanalei pier that involved intoxicated young adults.“Nothing good has ever come about by having intoxicated adults and juveniles who are unable to control themselves,” Perry wrote me in an email. “I’m not talking about the fishermen who peacefully do their own business fishing and enjoying a beer or two, but those individuals who go down to the parks and beaches blast their radios, get stupid drunk, instigate fights, assault innocent people, then drive off blitz out…
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  • LHS Foundation presents more than $179,000 in scholarships

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Lahainaluna High School Foundation presented 43 administered scholarships from 29 different donors, for a total awarded amount exceeding $179,000 at a ceremony in Lahainaluna's new cafeteria on May 6.
  • Training center provides police with tactical medical program

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Maui EMS Training Center conducted a Law Enforcement First Response - Tactical Casualty Care course in April.
  • Local Briefs

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Free drop-ins this week at Maui Fit UH Maui Fit is offering free drop-ins to any of its fitness classes from Monday to Saturday, followed by 50 percent off summer membership starting July 6.
  • Rotary Clubs bring home district awards

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Four Maui Rotary Clubs recently took home awards at the Rotary International District 5000 Convention at the Hilton Waikaloa Resort on the Big Island in the categories listed below: * The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise was named Club-of-the-Year fo...
  • Scholarships perpetuate the legacy of Bill Conner

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Valley Isle Road Runners has initiated a new scholarship to perpetuate the legacy of Bill Conner, a longtime member of the Maui running community.
 
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    West Hawaii Today - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

  • Governor signs bill allowing traditional burials

    nefeeder
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    HONOLULU (AP) — The governor of Hawaii signed a bill on Tuesday ensuring that Native Hawaiians can practice an ancient tradition in which a corpse is cleansed by fire and the bones are held as sacred in a natural cloth before being buried or interred.
  • Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp

    nefeeder
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state lawmaker who used a sledgehammer to smash shopping carts used by the homeless in 2013 is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp, an official said Tuesday.
  • More overtime on the way? Obama proposes broader coverage

    nefeeder
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.
  • Employers fear Obama’s overtime plan may go too far

    nefeeder
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    WASHINGTON — Don Fox considers himself a good employer. The chief executive of a 896-location sandwich chain called Firehouse Subs gave his employees health-care coverage a year before it was required. But the Obama administration’s new overtime rules — which will make millions more salaried managers eligible for overtime pay — might be too much, even for him.
  • Little hope of survivors in Indonesian military plane crash

    nefeeder
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
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    Big Island Chronicle

  • Letter: New Coalition Opposes those who “Blunt Progress.”

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Dear Editor: The purpose of the Big Island Community Coalition is to work towards reduced electrical energy costs on the Island of Hawaii – where we pay up to four times the national average for our power.  We are particularly sensitive to electric power rates as very high rates serve essentially as a regressive tax on our population while greatly reducing the probability of generating jobs in any sector that is dependent on electricity. There are occasions when events are so alarming that groups such as ours feel compelled to move beyond our primary task.  This is such a time. We have…
  • “Laugh Under the Stars” to Help Prevent Bullying

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    “Laugh Under The Stars,”  a family-friendly night of music and comedy will be held on Friday, September 18 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium with Augie T, Taz Vegas, Frank DeLima, Shar Carillo, and Bu La‘ia. The event, part of a series of shows across Hawaii, will be a benefit for B.R.A.V.E Hawai‘i in an effort to bring an anti-bullying message to school-aged youth. Doors for Hawai‘i Island show open at 7 p.m.; the  show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 for VIP seating including a free Augie T CD. Tickets for both shows are…
  • Belly Dancers to Descend on Honolulu

    Alan McNarie
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12. “This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.” Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly…
  • Biker Who Died was Riding in the Dark without Headlights

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    Police have determined that  23-year old man who died following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night (June 16) in Volcano was riding a non-street-legal dirt bike with no headlights at the time of the accident, which occurred  near the 25-mile marker in the Volcano area of Puna. Responding to an 8:34 p.m. call, police found  that the rider,  who has been identified as Ronson Bento of Volcano, was riding a 2003 Honda XR100R dirt bike, heading north on Route 11 with no lights on when it struck a southbound 2005 Dodge Caravan that was making a left turn onto Nahelenani Street. Bento, who was not…
  • Three Local Native Hawaiian Artists Receive Fellowships

    Alan McNarie
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:10 am
    The national Native Arts and Cultures Foundation(NACF) has awarded fellowships to three Big Island Kanaka Maoli artists.  Robi Kahakalau and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole have won awards for music. Bernice Akamine, who is from O‘ahu but now lives on Hawai‘i, Island, received an award for visual arts. The fellowships recognize native artists whose works to date exemplify great strength and creativity in the fields of visual arts, dance, music, and traditional arts. Over 150 artists applied for the fellowships in the state this year; 12 fellowships were awarded. “NACF is proud to be honoring…
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    Bytemarks Cafe

  • Episode 536: Podcasting 2015 – June 24, 2015

    Burt Lum
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:09 am
    Kicking off this hour, we’ll hear first-hand from organizers of three special events coming up in the next few days. Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association returns to tell us about tomorrow’s Women in Tech panel. Then Dave Raatz from the Maui County Council joins us by phone to tell us about the annual Hawaii State Association of Counties conference. Then, Dave Ulrich from Pacific New Media joins to fill us in about this weekend’s f808 Photo Hawaii festival. Finally, after the break, we’ll dedicate the rest of the show to explore the resurgence of…
  • Episode 535: Science Communicators – June 17, 2015

    Burt Lum
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:38 am
    On tonight’s special edition of Bytemarks Cafe, we’ll jump right into our conversation with a couple of news guests. Wei Fong from Interisland Terminal joins us to talk about the June Kaboom at Agora. Then Jay Fidell returns to tell us about the next ThinkTech panel on Military in Hawaii. Finally, we’ll meet a local group called the Science Communicator Ohana. Science is, in fact, behind more and more of the stories leading the news, making the ability to explain and provide context even more important. What are some of the tools and strategies communications professionals…
  • Episode 534: Sharing Economy – June 10, 2015

    Burt Lum
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:24 am
    We start things off with a couple of special guests, who tell us about their upcoming events. Bryan Butteling from Sultan Ventures is here to tell us about the next Startup Weekend. Then Ian Kitajima is here to fill us in on the annual Design Thinking Bootcamp. Finally, we’ll talk about the sharing economy with Ben Trevino from Bike Share and Aaron Landry from Car2Go Honolulu. Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 353: Cyber Security Framework – June 3, 2015

    Burt Lum
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Today we’ll get right to our great guests. First up, Alan Tamayose will tell us about the upcoming Kamehameha School EdTech UNconference. Then, Bob Monroe joins us to tell us about Hacker High School. Then, continuing our “hacker” conversation, we’ll move onto our main topic after the break. Zal Azmi from Nexus Solutions LLC and Andrew Lanning from Integrated Security Technologies will join us to share their perspectives on cyber security. Additional links: NIST – Cyber Security Framework Download MP3 | Subscribe in iTunes
  • Episode 352: Reboot the Commute – May 27, 2015

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

  • Celebrating...

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

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

    Douglas Ching
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Recently I’ve been interested in games created using JavaScript.  JavaScript is everywhere and works with a lot of devices and platforms including mobile devices that run on iOS, Android, Windows and FirefoxOS. On the web seems that games using HTML and JavaScript have started to replace those using older technologies like Flash.  Here is a list of JavaScript libraries that I have seen recommended for creating games. To compile this list I looked at libraries that are free, preferably open source, actively updated and focuses mainly on 2D. CreateJS http://createjs.com/ CreateJS is a suite…
  • Spaceballs

    David Chung
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I like to hone my problem-solving skills by going over some programming contest questions and I also like to use programming contest problems in interviews because it allows me to gauge whether the candidate is a just a coder or a problem solver. That's not to say that if you can't come up with a correct solution, you aren't a problem solver -- if I'm the interviewer, I'm more interested in how you approach the problem and whether you can break up and present the problem in an abstract manner. So here is a programming contest problem I used recently in an interview: Spaceballs! My Alma Mater…
  • Where to work

    Robert J. Vitello
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    We work on long distance projects from home offices. We should have invested in solar years ago. Now Hawaii Electric is telling us we'll have no power as they replace telephone poles in our area. We're scrambling to find a place with access to the Internet from where we can participate in Skype and GoToMeeting scrums. Any ideas?
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    Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment

  • Newly described black coral species stands tall

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

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

    21 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    When climate change turns parts of the American grain belt into a dust bowl, and farming temperatures slide toward the poles, we can always move crops up to Canada, right?Yes, but those fields won’t make up the loss, according to a team of University of Hawai`i researchers. Globally, suitable crop production land will actually decrease.While the temperature may warm, the amount of sunlight available doesn’t. And expanded dry areas could also impact crop production.“Areas in Russia, China, and Canada are projected to gain suitable plant growing days, but the rest of the world will…
  • Strange environmental stuff throughout the Pacific

    20 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Strange things are happening in our Pacific Ocean.In the Hawaiian Islands, we’re seeing increasing coral disease, widening coastal erosion and reduced rainfall, all of which may be associated with climate change and its impacts. But there are other concerning impacts throughout the Pacific.In Alaska, nine dead fin whales were found off Kodiak Island, with no obvious signs of injury or illness. In California, a massive toxic algae bloom is shutting down fisheries, as species of the alga  Pseudo-nitzschia floods the environment with neurotoxins that bioaccumulate in wildlife. Some…
  • Tarantulas and soil bacteria: improving agricultural technology

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    One of the cool things about agricultural technology is that it gets both more effective and safer over time.Agricultural chemical manufacturers are developing products that have much shorter lives—that break down far more quickly and don’t persist in the environment nearly as long as earlier products. “Contrary to the one-dimensional view of pesticides as broad-spectrum and persistent, recently developed insecticides are highly selective for insect pests,” write the authors of a report on potential pesticides. I chatted with a South Illinois corn and soy farmer last week. His…
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    Honolulu Business News - Local Honolulu News | Pacific Business News of Honolulu

  • Honolulu is 11th best U.S. city for foodies, NerdWallet report shows

    Darin Moriki
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Foodies in Honolulu may not have to far to find a healthy amount of restaurants, breweries and farmers markets to try, according to an analysis by NerdWallet, which ranked Hawaii's capital as the 11th best city nationwide for foodies. In all, the NerdWallet analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that there are about 240 restaurants per 100,000 Honolulu residents. The personal finance website's analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture data also found that there are also at least four farmers…
  • Hawaii Gov. Ige will let bill extending Oahu's general excise tax surcharge pass

    Jason Ubay
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
    The bill extending Oahu's half-percentage-point surcharge on Hawaii's general excise tax will become law next month with or without Gov. David Ige's signature, but it's unlikely to be the last time the issue comes up. "My estimation is that we'll be hearing about it early and often," said Thomas Yamachika, president of Tax Foundation of Hawaii. "I wouldn't be surprise if it comes up again next year." Yamachika said people who are bothered by the surcharge, which amounts to a 12.5 percent increase…
  • University of Hawaii Professional Assembly names new associate executive director

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly has selected Christian Fern, a former Hawaii Medical Service Association administrator, as its new associate executive director. Fern has spent 15 years in health plan administration, the last four of which he managed HMSA’s Employer-Union Trust Fund program, which administers health benefits for public sector unions. Fern has also worked for Kaiser Permanente and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fern will assume the position on Wednesday, in place…
  • Hawaiian Electric pushes back major energy storage plan by a year

    Duane Shimogawa
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Hawaiian Electric Co., which hoped to have major battery energy storage systems in service by early 2017, has pushed back that date by a year to 2018, a spokesman for the state’s largest utility confirmed to PBN. Hawaiian Electric, through its spokesman Peter Rosegg, told PBN that it is still working toward filing energy storage agreements with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission this year, after saying it anticipated doing this by early 2015. In September, the Honolulu-based utility, which…
  • Hawaii working rapidly to set rules for medical marijuana dispensary system

    Lorin Eleni Gill
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    The Hawaii State Department of Health is working to set up administrative rules and an application procedure for Hawaii’s first medical marijuana dispensary system by January. The system is the first of its kind in the state since medical marijuana was first made legal 15 years ago. House Bill 321 is set to become law with or without Gov. David Ige’s signature. Ige called the timeline “aggressive,” noting at a press conference Monday that it typically takes the state two years to adopt…
 
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    Hawaii House Blog

  • Legislator Assists with Storm Relief in Texas

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Representative Ryan Yamane (Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele), along with seven other Hawaii Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Texas to assist with recovery efforts following June 16th's Tropical Storm Bill, which struck the Texas coastline amidst the aftermath of Texas' severe flooding in May. The May flooding in the Lone Star State has affected thousands of homes and displaced countless
  • Sakada Day to Honor Hawaii's Filipino Heritage

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

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

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

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

  • My “10 Ideas a Day” Song

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    This song helps me to come up with 10 ideas a day, and bypass all the negative people and experiences. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • My Focus Song

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    Daily goals and 10 ideas a day! Filed under: Uncategorized
  • We always come back. Even death won’t stop us.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:13 am
    To all my friends going through hard times, We always come back. Even death won’t stop us. Our work will live on. Always, Jon Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Positive Living

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    June 24, 2015 Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by. It’s amazing how fast time goes by. I’ve been writing in this journal since December 2002, just after my entrance into State politics. In that year, I also started my first business, an Internet retail store selling Hawaiian or island-themed products. I created this journal so I could share my political journey, as well as my experience in business and life in general. I’ve enjoyed not just sharing legislation and business projects, but also my interest in the arts and popular culture. Now that I’m taking a break from…
  • I was made for loving you.

    Jon Riki Karamatsu
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    Love stories are what keeps me living for more, and someday I want to share them with you. Filed under: Uncategorized
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    Thinking Hawaii

  • How Much is Enough?

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

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

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

    Mike Hu
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    All that one does -- is the person they are, and become.  That is the significance of growing "old" -- or better and wiser.  Obviously, if one doesn't learn to live their lives better, they will suffer for it -- because there is a cause for everything, and is related to everything else -- and not that nothing is related to anything else, and so one can feel free to do anything they think they can get away with -- because nobody will know any difference.  Life doesn't work that way.  There are consequences to every action, thought and deed -- even if nobody else is watching…
  • 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,…
 
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    Representing Mike Hu, District 21 (Waikiki-Kapahulu)

  • Taking Better Care of Ourselves

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

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

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

  • The Right to Counsel of Choice is Strong Enough to Outweigh a Jury that’s Ready to Go.

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

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

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

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

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Background. Ubaldo Cruz was on trial for allegedly committing multiple sexual assaults on his neighbor’s daughter. At trial, Cruz objected to the admission of cell phone records over a three-month period. The circuit court denied the request, but ruled that a failure to call the custodian of records to testify at trial was a violation of Cruz’s constitutional right to confront witnesses. The next day, the prosecution sought to introduce the records with a certified copy of a declaration from the custodian of records on the grounds that they met the business records exception to the…
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  • ABA Litigation Section - FREE Roundtable on Cotenancy Clauses in Retail Leases

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

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

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

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

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

    Tred Eyerly
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       A signed work proposal and unsigned agreement were sufficient to create a "written agreement" to create coverage to the contractor as an additional insured. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. DJW-Ridgeway Bldg. Consultants, Inc., 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 391 (Ill. Ct. App. May 19. 2015).    Ridgeway was the general contractor for construction of a commercial building. Jason the Mason was the masonry subcontractor. A worker on the project was injured and brought a negligence suit against Jason and Ridgeway.    Ridgeway tendered to West Bend, Jason's insurer. Under an agreement,…
  • No Coverage for Recovery of Untapped Oil Barrels From Harbor

    Tred Eyerly
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Ninth Circuit found that a pollution endorsement did not cover the cost of retrieving oil barrels that did not discharge pollutants. Guam Industrial Services, Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9045 (9th Cir. June 1, 2015).    Guam Industrial's dry dock sank into the harbor. Various containers in which 113,000 gallons of oil were stored fell into the water. None of the containers were breached, however. The Coast Guard forced Guam Industrial to recover the containers, and the cost of the retrieval was $647,000.    Guam Industrial sought coverage under two…
  • Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Duty to Defend Construction Defect Case

    Tred Eyerly
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's ruling that the insurer had a duty to defend a construction defect case. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pulte Home Corp., 2015 Ill App. Unpub. LEXIS 1039 (Ill. Ct. App. May 15, 2015).     Pulte Home Corporation was a developer who developed and constructed a residential condominium development know as The Reserve of Elgin (The Reserve). G.H. Siding was subcontracted by Pulte to work on the development, including the installation of exterior siding.    The Reserve Homeowners Association (HOA) filed suit against Pulte and James…
  • Sixth Circuit Rejects Claim for Reverse Bad Faith

    Tred Eyerly
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Sixth Circuit rejected the insurer's claim for reverse bad faith against its insured who made a fraudulent claim after her home was destroyed by fire. State Auto Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. Hargis, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7475 (6th Cir. April 23, 2015).     The insured's home burned to the ground early one morning. She filed what she would later admit was a fraudulent insurance claim with State Auto for approximately $866,000. State Auto paid in excess of $425,000 before filing an action to declare the policy void. State Farm's investigation eventually led to the…
  • Reinsurer Must Reimburse Health Care Organization for Settlement Costs

    Tred Eyerly
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
       The Indiana Supreme Court reversed summary judgment issued to reinsurer Continental Casualty Company (CNA) and determined it must reimburse the insured for settlement costs under the E & O policy. Wellpoint, Inc., et al. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, et al., 2015 Ind. LEXIS 316 (Ind. April 22, 2015).     Anthem, Inc. was a large managed health care organization. Anthem was its own primary and excess insurer for E&O liability. It had numerous excess reinsurers. Beginning in 1998, anthem was confronted by various lawsuits alleging it and other managed care…
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  • Prepared For Honolulu's Plastic Bag Ban? Get Your Damon Key Eco-Friendly Bag Here, Free

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    You probably already knew this, but in case not. As of tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, you no longer will be able to get the old-style plastic bags at checkout at most grocery stores. If you don't already have your own bags to bring with you (so you can avoid paying the $.10 for the paper bag which the stores will provide), we are here to help you out. You can save yourself the embarrassment of carrying out all your stuff in your arms or in an old box like when you go to Costco, by obtaining one of our firm's reuseable eco-friendly bags. The photos photos above and below show you…
  • Federal Court: Maui County GMO Regulation Ordinance Preempted by Federal And State Law

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    We were involved with this issue in the days leading up to the initiative election, and we represent an amicus party in this case, so we will post the court's order without comment. The title of this post tells you what you want to know.  Order Determining that the County of Maui GMO Ordinance is Preempted and Exceeds the County's Authorit... Related articles Cal Supreme Court: Affordable Housing Exaction Subject Only To Rational Basis Review Cal App: Mandamus Challenge To Validity Of Govt Action Must Include Takings Claim
  • HAWSCT Again Clarifies When A Judgment Is "Final" And Appealable (They're Serious About This Finality Thing)

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:27 pm
    If there's one thing that keeps appellate lawyers up at night, it's jurisdictional questions. Too late and you're toast: failing to appeal within the short appellate time frames are usually fatal to your case. Although there's usually no overall harm in an early filing, it can be awkward when you've teed up a case only to have the court of appeals find some problems and dismiss. It's embarrassing and when it happens when you are well underway with briefing, wasteful.   Hawaii appellate practitioners know the latter problem as the "Jenkins" or…
  • Hawaii's Reapportionment Commission Breathes A Sigh Of Relief: SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Redistricting Commission

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There's a category of cases in which it isn't difficult, with reasonable accuracy, to predict the ultimate outcome without knowing much about the substantive law. The recent ACA and marriage cases, for example. You kind of just know how they're going to come out. Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), was another one of those. Because the practical and political forces at play in those and similar cases overwhelm the legal objections no matter how technically and logically correct they appear, and the justices in the majority probably end up making their…
  • SCOTUS GVR's Anti-Eminent Domain Sign Case

    Robert Thomas (inversecondemnation.com)
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    In this Order, the Supreme Court has granted the cert petition in the case we've been following about the anti-eminent domain sign in Norfolk, Virginia. The Court vacated the Fourth Circuit judgment and sent the case back down for consideration in light of the recent ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. Here's the text of the Order: CENTRAL RADIO COMPANY, ET AL. V. NORFOLK, VA The motion of Six Law Professors, et al. for leave to file a brief as amici curiae is granted. The motion of Neighborhood Enterprises, Inc., et al. for leave to file a brief as amici Curiae is granted. The…
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  • New Balance Needs to Retro the 803AT

    Gee Why
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Back in the mid-90’s New Balance had a hit shoe with the M803AT. This was an all terrain, outdoor running shoe, but for whatever reason, a lot of people wore it. There were two or three colorways, but I think the one with the yellow highlights was the best.New Balance has to retro these for nostalgia sakes. Heck, I still have my box for these kicks that I got from JC Penney nonetheless. And at $85, not bad for kicks about two decades removed.Pickup of the Week: Air Jordan 4 Retro “Legend Blue”New NBA Season Means Lots of New Kicks!Unwearable MemoriesKicks for Old Rich GuysMarch Madness…
  • Starbucks Ristretto Bianco

    Gee Why
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    While in China and Hong Kong, I noticed a few different menu items at local Starbucks. One of these items was a Ristretto Bianco drink. Not knowing what it was, I ordered it. After a few sips, I thought to myself, “flat white.” Sure, enough, Ristretto espresso shots and foamy makes for a flat white, but I didn’t look for the decorative artwork.Anyways while I enjoyed the familiarity of a Starbucks Flat White, drinking a hot drink and walking in the humid Hong Kong climate wasn’t such a great combination. Thankfully the air is cold and crisp at BP International.Coffee, Hong Kong StyleA…
  • Searching Amazon for Samsonite Replacement Luggage Wheels

    Gee Why
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:23 am
    Our Samsonite luggage took a beating on the many HIChina15 plane rides. So much so that one wheel’s outer covering was lost, and the other is starting to split. I know you can replace the roller wheels so I searched Amazon for “samsonite replacement luggage wheels.”I don’t understand why, but here is part of my screenshot of the search results.I’m afraid to look further…#HIChina15 Begins with the Threat of MERSStarbucks Kerry Center, Beijing China(Sorta) Failed First Google Music PurchaseShopping for a Body RollerToyota Key FOB Case Replacement
  • Selfie Sticks and Personal Chairs Not Allowed at Disney Parks

    Gee Why
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    While not allowed for use on rides already, Disney is now completely banning selfie sticks from entering their theme parks. The ban takes effect on June 30 and on July 1 for Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong. So say good bye to selfie scenes like this.Before the selfie stick banAlready disallowed from the parks are personal chairs. Yup, those single seaters are said to be safety hazards, and you cannot even carry them into the park. You’ll be asked to store them outside in the baggage service area. Storage fee is $90 Hong Kong dollars per item. However, you can argue this fee and get it…
  • Starbucks Venetian Macau

    Gee Why
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Before you enter the casino area at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, you need a boost to fortify your gambling frame of mind. No better way than making a stop at the 24-hour Starbucks right next to the casino entry.A good sized location but not huge, but no matter if you’re just going to down your caffeine and get back to gambling. Free wifi for 30 minutes using the code on your receipt. Had too much caffeine? Detox by drinking fruit juices instead, and don’t forget that when using cash, your change will be in Macau’s pataca currency.A few more pics on Flickr.Bah Humbug Is the Enemy of Win…
 
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    Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

  • Into the dragon’s den: Visiting the home of our Korean Dragon Jar

    Scott Whelden
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Last year, visiting curator of Korean art Ga Young Oh shared insight on the museum’s prized Dragon Jar—a highlight of our Korean art collection—including the fact that these royal works were produced in official kilns called Bunwon 분원located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do province. Two weeks ago—thanks to a few well-placed phone calls by Oh, and an already-planned vacation to Korea—I had the opportunity to visit the Gyeonggi Ceramics Museum—where she is assistant curator—as well as a few kiln sites in Gwangju. Gyeonggi Ceramics Museum director Chang Ki Hoon gave me a personal…
  • Meet our members: Shoko and Andrew Livingston (and their #ArtShop experience!)

    Lesa Griffith
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The goal of Contempo #ArtShop, which ended yesterday, basically was the museum’s new mission: To connect people with great art, to make people see art as part of their everyday lives. And these moments of art engagement happened many times throughout the event’s 10 days. Shoko and Andrew Livingston had read about #ArtShop in the museum’s members’ magazine and checked it out on the first day. GR2 artist Rob Sato’s color pencil-and-watercolor work on paper Migrants caught their eye. “I liked the colors,” said Andrew, “but we weren’t…
  • Artists of Hawai’i 2015: Jesse Houlding on the process for his ‘Truck Drawing’ series

    Jesse Houlding
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Note: This is the last progress report from an Artist of Hawai‘i 2015 artist before the exhibition opens July 2. Hawai‘i Island-based artist Jesse Houlding walks us through his process image-by-image. __________________________________________ I was inspired to create this project back in 2005 when I was in graduate school while riding around in a friend’s car who had one of those golf ball–sized crystal balls hanging from their rear-view mirror. As we cornered, accelerated or stopped, the ball would swing through various arcs and I was kind of mesmerized by the motion. I wondered…
  • Shop at Tori Richard Ala Moana and get a FREE museum membership

    Scott Whelden
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce that from today to June 28, for every $100 you spend at the Tori Richard Ala Moana store, you receive a FREE museum membership!* “What if I spend $200 or more?” Well then you will receive two! Two museum memberships! Ah. Ah. Ah. “What if I already am a member?” You can give it as a gift! What better gift is there than the gift of one year of free access to Hawai‘i’s largest museum, a year’s worth of ARTafterDARKs, and discounts on films and events? This incredible offer is part of Tori Richard’s sponsorship of…
  • Artists of Hawai‘i 2015: Lauren Trangmar on the Process of Creation

    Lauren Trangmar
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    A small collection of process-related sneak peeks: The beginning… A spread from the beginning of my sketchbook. I think this is what my brain looks like inside… Ink drawings A color palette I created for myself to maintain uniformity amongst my prints and the style they follow. Experimental paper aging methods A spread from a really old botany book that was so old it was yellowing, getting mouldy and falling apart. Various paper staining experiments including tea dying and setting the edges of my paper on fire (!) Experimental printmaking processes Intaglio and monotyping.
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    Honolulu's Nightlife Diaries

  • step one

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

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

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

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

  • 06/30/2015 - HAPA Summer Music Series

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    <p>The Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation<br />:: Proudly Presents ::<br /><strong>HAPA - Summer Music Series<br /><br /></strong><strong><br />This is an exciting, culturally relevant and highly entertaining musical journey, celebrating Award-winning songs, Hula and virtuoso Guitar performances that reflect the beauty and rapture of the world's most beautiful island, MAUI</strong><br /><br /><strong>Featuring an exclusive dinner by Executive Chef Jeff Scheer </strong><br />- <a title="Link:…
  • 06/30/2015 - Michael Piranha

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    <p>Rock out with Michael Piranha at Kelley O'Neils.</p>
  • 06/30/2015 - Happy Hour

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    <p><strong>READY. SET. HAPPY HOUR. </strong></p> <p>Don't let the term "Nightlife" fool you. We're also a full-service restaurant serving up chef-crafted Pacific Rim cuisine along with fresh sushi and sashimi. And to wash it all down, try one of our expertly mixed specialty cocktails. Join us every Tuesday through Friday as we trade the raucous for the refined. <a href="http://www.mnlhnl.com/images/M_FoodMenu_2015.pdf" target="_blank">Full Menu PDF</a></p>
  • 06/30/2015 - Mike & Haumea

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p>Enjoy a refreshing Tuesday afternoon with Mike & Haumea.</p>
  • 06/30/2015 - Mike Izon

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <p>Don't miss out Mike Izon live at Mai Tai Bar.</p>
 
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    Ukulele Underground

  • Uke Lesson 91 – No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley) Solo Ukulele

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

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

    kahai
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Be sure to check out the Complete Play-Along to hear the whole song & the slowdowns for each part below: Complete Picking Play-Along (Speed 100%)Complete Strumming Play-Along (Speed 100%)Strumming & Picking Performance Vamp Strumming (Speed 100%)Vamp Strumming (Speed 50%)Vamp Strumming (Speed 25%) Vamp Picking (Speed 100%)Vamp Picking (Speed 50%)Vamp Picking (Speed 25%) Verse 1 (Speed 100%)Verse 1 (Speed 50%)Verse 1 (Speed 25%) Verse 2a (Speed 100%)Verse 2a (Speed 50%)Verse 2a (Speed 25%) Verse 2b (Speed 100%)Verse 2b (Speed 50%)Verse 2b (Speed 25%) Verse 3 (Speed 100%)Verse 3…
  • Uke Lesson 90 – Layla (Eric Clapton)

    anaka
    31 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Play along with the "Layla" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! As we head into summer and ukes are starting to be seen out and about, it's time to kick your playing up a notch and really learn a song that will turn some heads! This is one that we've been contemplating for awhile now - a complete tutorial for Layla by Eric Clapton for your ukulele pleasure. It is in no way an easy/beginner song, with its plethora of unusual & quick chord changes, but once you learn the intro picking and learn to play it relatively smoothly, you will definitely feel…
  • Uke Lesson 89 – Ventura Highway (America)

    anaka
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Play along with the "Ventura Highway" Ukulele Play-Along! Browse the Full List of UU Song Tutorials Hey UUers! Spring is in full swing and it's an awesome time for epic road trips, so what better song to ring in the road trip season than "Ventura Highway" by America. Check out the full tutorial above for the chords, strumming, and picking for this song and play along with the Play-Along! The picking for this song is a little fast, so for those of you with UU+ accounts, be sure to check out the videos below for slowed-down versions of the Solo picking parts so you can learn them a lot easier…
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    Live Ukulele

  • Metronome Practice Tips – Video

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

    Brad Bordessa
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    In an effort to spread my music to more ears I’ve jumped into the scene on Soundcloud. It’s a great, clean site, but I can’t seem to find much ‘ukulele music! I know it’s there, […]
  • “Love Me Do” By The Beatles

    Brad Bordessa
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    A hit song that is super simple to play on 'ukulele. Just two chords until you hit the bridge and even then there are only three more that are pretty easy. Bonus points if you learn the harmonica part!
  • Timing Basics: Counting, Beats, Signatures

    Brad Bordessa
    29 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Ever record yourself, listen back, and cringe? Odds are your timing is to blame. Here's how to get acquainted with the skills you need to lock into the groove.
  • The General (Dispatch Cover)

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

  • Kauai vacation ideas

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Fresh from our recent trip to Kauai today I share some Kauai vacation ideas you can enjoy when visiting the Garden Isle. The post Kauai vacation ideas appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Hawaii Airport Guide

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Traveling to Hawaii by air is pretty straightforward when your destination is only one island, but when you have to travel between The post Hawaii Airport Guide appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
  • Unplugging during your Hawaii Vacation

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

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

    support@hawaii-aloha.com (Bruce Fisher)
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Today we answer a question from Paul Miller who is headed to Maui and wanted to know whether he should include Wailuku The post Should Wailuku Maui be part of your Hawaii Vacation plans? appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
 
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  • Hawaii (Big) Island July 4th Fireworks & Events 2015

    Sheila Beal
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Is Hawaii, the Big Island, your destination for July 4th? We’ve got the lowdown of all the best fourth of July events and fireworks to celebrate this holiday.Waikoloa Beach Resort July 4th Events & CelebrationsWaikoloa Beach Resort’s two shopping centers are hosting fun events and entertainment for the whole family.– Kings’ Shops hosts the 24th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race plus live entertainment. See this link for more information.– Queens Marketplace hosts a Family Fourth of July with music and games. See this link for more information.Waikoloa…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Ginger Blossom

    Sheila Beal
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    Mahalo to Nina Victor for sharing this gorgeous photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. We love the vibrant macro shot of this ginger blossom. It’s simply stunning!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.
  • Maui & Lanai July 4th Fireworks & Celebrations 2015

    Sheila Beal
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    Will you be celebration July 4th on Maui? If so, you’ll find fun ways to celebrate Independence Day on Maui and also across the channel on Lanai.Here’s what’s happening this July 4th, 2015:Lahaina July 4th Fireworks and CelebrationLahaina Town hosts an old fashioned Independence Day celebration including music, food, kids activities and a grand fireworks show.The fireworks show is set to start at 8pm. This display will be visible from Lahaina’s Front Street waterfront and from waterfront restaurants. Synchronized music can be heard from Hard Rock Cafe Maui at 900…
  • July 4th fireworks & events in Honolulu and around Oahu 2015

    Sheila Beal
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Oahu is a great place to celebrate July 4th. You’ll find superb fireworks viewing and traditional events with a splash of Aloha. Here’s what you’ll find for Saturday, July 4th, 2015.July 4th Fireworks and Picnic on the Pier by the Might Mo in Pearl HarborThe Battleship Missouri Memorial hosts live music and fireworks at the Picnic on the Pier. This event is held at Pier Foxtrot 5 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor where the Mighty Mo is berthed.Ticketed guests are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy the evening prior to the fireworks show.  Live music will be performed by Chris…
  • Aloha Friday Photo: Whoops!

    Sheila Beal
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Mahalo to Mat Siltala of Arizona for sharing this awesome honu photo and this story with us for Aloha Friday Photos.Mat took this photo at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on Hawaii Island. Here’s the story behind how Mat got this photo:I was admiring the beach and I had my big Canon D20 in my face not really looking around or paying attention to anything. (I was in my own world just taking pictures of everything.) I notice a sign that says something like “Don’t bug the turtles” and then all of a sudden I am being yelled at by friends and my wife to turn around because…
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  • Is Our Culture Falling Backward?

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

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

    Richard Ha
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    There’s been so much talk about the Big Island’s aquifer lately, with the Thirty Meter Telescope about to start construction on Mauna Kea, that I thought I’d repost this March 2010 blog post. Spoiler alert: We don’t need to worry. The aquifer is not in any danger. This post is about research Don Thomas, a geologist and volcanologist at the University of Hawaii has been doing. He’s learned that the island has a tremendous amount of fresh water — much more than we realized in the past. I asked Don what they’ve learned in the five years since then, and he told me this: We did…
  • How OPEC’s Decision Affects Hawaii

    Richard Ha
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The OPEC flag Last week, OPEC decided to maintain oil production at 30 million barrels/day. Robert Rapier comments on the issues involved at his blog Energy Trends Insider: OPEC Crashed the U.S. Rig Count By Robert Rapier June 10, 2015 The OPEC Free Fall There is a popular narrative going around that I want to address in today’s article. Last November, after several months of plummeting crude oil prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met to discuss the oil production quotas for each country in the months ahead. Many expected OPEC to cut production in order to…
  • False Alarm, But Let’s Keep Our Cool

    Richard Ha
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    An article posted online by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on June 8th says that, according to a Subaru Observatory spokesperson, the hole I wrote about in the last post was caused by the door “hitting a bolt sticking out from an intake manifold next to the side entrance.” Thank goodness it was a false alarm. It’s a huge relief. This warning did cause us to all pay closer attention to what is going on around us. It also made us realize we are all in this together, and that we need to dial down the temperature of the discussion going on about Maunakea. The protectors are…
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    Andi's Blog

  • 27 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I no longer worry about the cost and environmental impact of taking a super hot shower or washing dishes with hot water because we are now heating our water with energy from the sun. Our solar hot water system really works well and heats our water enough even on fairly cloudy days. We do have an electric timer set to heat the water at 5 a.m. if the water is not hot enough from the day before, which can happen on really rainy days, so we are always guaranteed a hot shower that rarely takes electricity to make.The hot water system will end up costing us $1,837 after some kind of…
  • Voyage au famille

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Chris and I attended a Jasper family trip to Nuevo Vallerta in February. It was my first trip to Mexico so I was excited to see a bit of that country, but the main purpose of the visit was to spend time with the other 22 Jaspers in attendance.What stood out more than anything else to Chris and I was the level of virtue we observed among the average residents. Folks we met in local, not just touristy spots, seemed friendly, even when they were not trying to sell us something. All the areas were visited looked clean and felt safe, even places where some level of poverty was evident.
  • 10 Nov 2013 | 5:08 pm

    10 Nov 2013 | 5:08 pm
    Jaspers: 1  Mauna Loa: 1Chris and I just returned from a 2.5 week camping and hiking trip in southwest Utah. You'd think we'd spend our first free day back catching up on chores. Instead we went hiking. But it's not just because we can't get enough of the outdoors. There was only one place left on the island that I had not seen and really wanted to - the top of Mauna Loa. At 13,679 feet above sea level the air gets a little thin. Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world, last erupted in 1984 and is considered active. I think I have heard that from the sea…
 
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    Hilo Living Blog

  • A Big Island Independence Day weekend

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

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

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

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

  • Today's garden walk...

    Sonia
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
      Every day is a joy...Every day something new is happening... Three beautiful Water Hyacinths blooming in the Chinese jardiniere this morning; the papyrus is growing a lot since it was planted about a month ago. The Spathoglottis "Purple Haze" have opened and there are two more bloom stalks coming up The large bud 'sheath' on the new lily clumps, in the Amarilys family - we think it is a Crinodonna Lily (X Amarcrinum memoria-corsii) opened up and this was a surprise!  I thought it was going to be the light pink like the ones blooming a couple of weeks ago, but…
  • A sunny June morning...

    Sonia
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
      ....after a few hours of soft rain last night, and the garden is smiling... The jardiniere is blooming!  The water hyacinths in the big blue and white Chinese pot are showing the very first bloom!   The two terrestrial orchids I bought recently are showing their colors...They are in the Spathoglottis plicata family aka the Philippine ground orchid family - despite their name, they are not just native to the Philippines, but to a large area of south Asia, stretching from India through Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, northern Australia, the Philippines,…
  • Cilantro?...not for me, thanks!

    Sonia
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
      In a Facebook thread, the topic of cilantro came up....so I decided to address this issue from my point of view.   When it comes to cilantro, a little bit goes a long ways!   As shown in the abstract below, some people love it and some people don't, and you can blame it on your genetic makeup.  Plain and simple, right?    My son can't eat it at all.  His throat closes.   I consider myself to have a very eclectic taste, in clothing, house furnishings, accessories and food...and I can categorically say, I don't like it.  I can…
  • 'The Life' in Hawai'i...Part 4

    Sonia
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... Celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands. A magazine for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am honored to share my love for the food that grows on this island!   I'm in the middle of my 4th year of contributing to Ke Ola...these are the three articles to date.     January-February 2015 - The Mighty Guava - page 83 http://issuu.com/keolamagazine/docs/h2015-1     March-April 2015 - Wing Beans - page 83…
  • 'The Life' in Hawai'i...Part 3

    Sonia
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Ke Ola - The Life The Life of the Land...The Life of the People... A magazine celebrating the arts, culture, and sustainability of the Hawaiian Islands...for those who love life on Hawai'i Island...and a magazine in which I am honored to share my love for the food that grows on this island!   These are the posts from my third year as a contributor to the magazine     January-February 2014 - Hawaiian Grinds - Opakapaka - page 83 http://issuu.com/keolamagazine/docs/h2014-1     March-April 2014 - The Pineapple - page 81…
 
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    Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Hawaii - StandUpPaddleSurf.net

  • Board Meeting Episode 2: Preparing for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP Race – Part 1

    evan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here’s episode 2 of Board Meeting, our new SUP show where we talk about all things stand up paddle surfing and racing. In this episode, Robert and I talk about how to prepare for the Molokai 2 Oahu SUP race. We discuss training, fitness, nutrition, using the proper equipment, logistics, and a whole lot more [...]
  • Connor Baxter makes it a clean sweep at Stop #1 of the 2015 Stand Up World Series in Barcelona

    davi
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Connor Baxter puts on a stunning performance with another victory in the World Series sprints for the Overall win in Barcelona If there was any question as to whether the 2014 World Champion could continue his momentum into the new season, it was answered loud and clear this weekend in Barcelona, as Connor Baxter (Starboard) put [...]
  • Please Support Planet Sun Kick Starter Campaign

    davi
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Planet Sun just launched a Kick Starter campaign for their new Sun Protection Performance Clothing…. You may know these guys, as they do a lot for the community, supporting events and educating EVERYONE on sun safety and skin cancer for many years.They spent over a year developing this line, and like all they do, it [...]
  • Wednesday Training Group: Downwinder – Meeting at 5:00 PM, Kahala

    robert
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Training Group: Downwinder on Wednesday Please meet at Wai’alae Beach Park in Kahala at 5 pm to catch the trailer, launch will be from Canoe Hale in Hawaii Kai.Please let Robert or Jeff know by Tuesday afternoon if you would like to demo a race board. On Sunday June 28th, Blue Planet will host a SUP Clinic [...]
  • SUP Carbon Racing Fin: Board Meeting Episode 1

    evan
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re trying out a new SUP show where we talk about everything stand up. In this episode, we take a look at Blue Planet Surf’s new carbon racing fin. Hopefully you guys like this. We will be posting more videos in the future. This show is presented by Evan from StandUpPaddleSurf.net and Robert from Blue Planet [...]
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    Weird Hawaii

  • The Lychee Tree in the Back Yard

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

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

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

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

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

    Amati
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    OK, I know that this could go into the political section of HT, but I'm thinking it is more indicated for American Asylum ---- AKA Goofy Life in America. As we know, Donald Trump made some questionable statements recently about Mexicans. Many took offense, including some Big Players in the media world. As a result, Donald Trump is suing Univision for $500 million for abandoning the Miss USA pageant which Donald owns in partnership (he says there is an ironclad contract). He has also threatened to sue NBC over the same thing. Meanwhile, he is also suing over Univision's President of Programing…
  • Claw Game Machines

    Walkoff Balk
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    http://www.insideedition.com/investi...achines-rigged It's good that I haven't play this machine.
  • The week that changed the nation

    pzarquon
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    The week that changed the nation http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/26/politi...rights-change/ Quote: The times, they are a changing, suddenly at whiplash speed. After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land. And as a capstone to these seismic events, the first black president of the United States spent Friday afternoon singing "Amazing Grace" on live…
  • RIP: Patrick Macnee of The Avengers

    Walkoff Balk
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:19 am
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/25/entert...bit/index.html He carried a mean umbrella.
  • Pixar's "Inside Out" (2015)

    pzarquon
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Opens next week, and easily in my top-five most anticipated films this year. http://movies.disney.com/inside-out/ It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out' http://www.npr.org/2015/06/10/413273...-in-inside-out We'll see whether this latest Pixar outing can light up the charts like most of its predecessors: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_out_2015/
 
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    A Maui Blog

  • Hawaiian Monk Seal – Let’s Help Save In Ways We Can

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

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

    AMauiBlog
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    This plumeria tree is found on our neighbor’s side yard, across the street from us.  The tree is in full bloom – it’s a beautiful sight!  Each bunch of plumerias are like a natural wedding bouquet – it seems beautifully arranged but it wasn’t manually arranged. It’s nature’s arrangement.  All the photos were taken using […]
  • Summer Sports Camp in Kihei, Maui

    AMauiBlog
    29 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Come join Hope Chapel Sports Enthusiasts for a week-long day camp loaded with quality sports instruction, positive role models, daily Bible times, skits, and lots of fun times. Invite your friends!   Hope Chapel presents “Undefeated” Sports Camp 2015 Date:  June 15-19 Time:  9am-12:15pm Cost:  $48 Location:  Hope Chapel grounds (Kihei) For:  Boys and girls […]
  • Adventure With Waterfalls – Hana, Maui

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

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

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

    lavagal
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Awaiting our flight from Honolulu to Kona. What, besides three sports, do triathletes have in common? Actually, not much. What unites us is a desire to swim, bike and run. You know, the kind of stuff we did as kids. What separates us is the rest of our lives: family, friends, professions, physiques and political affiliations. I think we are also comfortable with being by ourselves, alone in a crowd. When you are training, even among fellow triathletes, there isn’t much time for talking. There’s a lot of introspection. Somehow, we manage to achieve a cohesion of overachievers…
 
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    Midlife Crisis Hawaii

  • Aloha Kenny’s Restaurant

    Rodney
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    We bid farewell to yet another MLC eatery —     Here’s the scoops on it.   We used to patronize Kenny’s Restaurant every now and then until they renovated the restaurant and their prices became out of reach for our budget.   One of my fondest memories of Kenny’s Restaurant was when I was in high school and my friend Lee and I were attending Junior Achievement that year.  JA was holding a surf meet that Lee and I entered.  We had to report to White Plains beach at something like 7:00AM.  So we headed out from Kailua at around 5:00AM and before…
  • Thursday 3 – Summer

    Rodney
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Sticking with the Summer theme.     Here we go:   What were some of your summer jobs? Did you attend summer school or summer fun, or both? When was your best summer and why?   Okay, here’s my replies:     What were some of your summer jobs? I’ve probably mentioned this about a hundred times – but my summer (and fall and winter and spring) job was being a “lot boy” at Windward Volkswagen.  It was my first and only high school/college summer job.  Working 6 days a week took me away from my family resulting in me growing up fast.  As…
  • Music Time – Welcome To Summer

    Rodney
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:53 am
    I hope all the MLC dads had a wonderful Father’s Day.  We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  So classic, yeah?  And besides being Father’s Day, it was also Summer Solstice.     So I thought it might be appropriate for Music Time – songs that have to do with summer.  “Summer” can be in the name of the song, the band, the lyrics, or related to summer.  Or maybe a song that takes you back to a special summer – but you have to share that memory with us.   Here’s a few to get started:         How about a band named…
  • Thursday 3 – Favorite Neighbor Island

    Rodney
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    Previously, @Mark Shelby posted:   Rodney….. New thread topic idea. <~~~~ “What is your favorite Hawaiian Island. And what are the things that you love the most about it”? Aloha! ~Mark Shelby   I thought it would make for a good Thursday 3 topic.   What is your favorite Hawaiian Island? What are the things that you love the most about it? Share a story or two from a neighbor island trip.     I’ll go first:     What is your favorite Hawaiian Island? I’d have to say Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island. What are the things that you…
  • Who Wears Short Shorts

    Rodney
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Photo courtesy of Terri-Ann   When my daughter saw this picture, she laughed at it, turned to me and said “What’s up with the short shorts?”  I told her that back in our day – that was the normal length for shorts – that’s why they were called “Shorts”.  Unlike today’s “shorts” that come down to the knees – and for a short 1/2 Okinawan guy like me – they come down to almost my calves and just makes me look even shorter!   The shorts in this picture was my surfing shorts.  My going out shorts were…
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  • Chuck Shishido retires

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:02 am
    BY DR. RICHARD KELLEY — This week, Chuck Shishido felt he had hit the jackpot, surprised by a gathering of many co-workers to celebrate his 42+ years with Outrigger. The OHANA Waikiki East Hotel was the scene of a luncheon … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • A hui hou (until we meet again), Australia

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY GAVAN CONWAY — On July 1 our four Outrigger properties in Australia will transition to the Mantra Group and be rebranded as either Peppers or Mantra. This past week Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa Noosa (ANR), Outrigger … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber (OBC) IHG Celebrate Service Week, June 8 – 12, 2015

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY TARYN WONG — IHG Celebrate Service week is Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) way of saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone at IHG’s branded hotels and corporate offices around the world. It’s an opportunity to recognize our colleagues for their hard … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Outrigger Resorts brand shines at Fiji Tourism Expo and South Pacific Tourism Exchange

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji, fielded a strong team at the Fiji Tourism Expo (FTE) held at Denarau in Fiji from June 15-19, meeting a record number of prospective buyers. The Expo showcased … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
  • Finance know-how makes Randhir Kumar Vuvale Manager of the Month at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

    admin
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    BY DONNA PARKIN — Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort hosts had a special audience at the June Vuvale Staff Awards with the event coinciding with members of the Kelley and Carey family being in residence. Assistant financial controller Randhir Kumar’s financial … Read More. To read the entire article please click the article title above.
 
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  • Musings: Trailer Trash

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Watching the evening sky, I see Jupiter is moving ever closer toward Venus.And watching the latest piece of anti-GMO propaganda, I see that Kauai is moving ever closer toward apocalypse — unless we let folks like Don Heacock save us. I'm talking about the trailer for “Aina,” described by one promoter "as an "amazing fact-based film." It will hold its July 26 premiere on Kauai, which an unidentified man on camera unequivocally proclaims as "thehot spot on the planet for pesticide exposures."Really? Hotter than Indian farmers applying paraquat with backpack sprayers and no protective…
  • Musings: Disconnect

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Has anyone else noticed the schizophrenia of Hawaii's agri/enviro activism?On the one hand, we have the Sierra Club suing to prevent the reclassification of 1,500 acres of ag land on Oahu for the 11,750-unit Hoopili housing project. It is arguing, in part, that the state isn't doing enough to designate Important Ag Lands, and this land meets all the criteria.On the other, we have the Sierra Club and its attorney, EarthJustice, actively working with self-proclaimed “green” groups and “aloha aina warriors” to destroy agriculture on acreage already classified as Important Ag Land.Through…
  • Musings: Sandbagged

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Back in December 1996, a very high surf event caused extensive erosion along a stretch of shoreline in Haena, threatening three houses.Kauai County and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources allowed the  landowners to install a sandbag revetment in front of five contiguous oceanfront lots. The county issued a Special Management Area emergency permit for what was supposed to be a temporary fix. Condition #5 of the permit clearly states that “[t]he emergency shoreline protection measures shall be temporary [emphasis added] until acceptable permanent…
  • Musings: Practice or Preach?

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    All the folks who have been crying for land, begging for a chance to farm, clamoring for the seed companies to beat it and free up agricultural acreage have a chance to put their money — and sweat — with their mouths are.Some 3,000 acres of state land is now sitting idle in Kekaha, while 1,400 acres of Grove Farm land near Lihue will soon be out of production. Surely those who envision a different future for agriculture in Hawaii can do something meaningful with 4,400 acres of irrigated land.Will they step up to the challenge? Don't bet on it. They'll have a hundred and one excuses why…
  • Musings: Beach Blanket Bingo

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Police Chief Darryl Perry says it's time to get alcohol out of the public parks, following two harassment incidents at Hanalei pier that involved intoxicated young adults.“Nothing good has ever come about by having intoxicated adults and juveniles who are unable to control themselves,” Perry wrote me in an email. “I’m not talking about the fishermen who peacefully do their own business fishing and enjoying a beer or two, but those individuals who go down to the parks and beaches blast their radios, get stupid drunk, instigate fights, assault innocent people, then drive off blitz out…
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  • Our 35th wedding anniversary

    gigihawaii
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Last night, David and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Morton’s Steak House in Ala Moana Center. How we looked on our wedding day in June 1980: How we looked last night: We have dined at Morton’s before, so I won’t be sharing photos of food we ate, because it would be redundant.  Suffice it to say, we indulged in a Caesar’s salad, a main entrée consisting of filet mignon, crab cake, spinach, mushrooms and baked potato, and a dessert of crème brulee for me and hot chocolate cake for David.  All delicious!  In addition, the restaurant gave us a lovely lemon soufflé as…
  • Design flaws?

    gigihawaii
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Ala Wai Harbor.  Photo by Ted Trimmer. A woman I know complained about the new unit she and her children had moved into.  She said that the sliding glass windows had to be shut tight when it rained.  But then there was no air flow.  She said that jalousies would have been better, because they could be shut only slightly, keeping the rain out but letting the air in. She also said that a ceiling fan had been installed, but it was too close to her son’s top bunk bed. So, there were serious design flaws in that new unit, too late and too expensive to fix. Hind sight is always 20/20,…
  • Shrimp and Zucchini Stir-Fry

    gigihawaii
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    I love to create new things to eat, and yesterday was no exception. I call this dish Shrimp and Zucchini Stir-Fry: And here it is on a plate with homemade potato salad and a tossed green salad: As you know, the more colorful the food, the better it is for you since it is bound to be chock full of vitamins and minerals.  The pink shrimp contrasts well with the green zucchini. The unusual aspect of this food is that I did not heat up the wok first, because I did not want the garlic to burn. Here’s the recipe: In a COLD pot or electric wok, add: 1/3 cup oil (can be olive oil or canola oil or…
  • Spectator or athlete?

    gigihawaii
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    David and I golfed at the Navy-Marine Golf Course in 2008. We were watching the U.S. Open on TV last Sunday, when David remarked, “I enjoy watching golf even more than actually playing it.” I guess that applies to all sports.  For us, it’s more fun being a spectator than being an athlete. When we were downsizing our home to rent out our master bedroom and bathroom for additional income, we decided to donate our two sets of golf clubs to Goodwill.  These golf clubs had been given to us by an uncle and a friend.  We used them for a while at the driving range and putting green at Pearl…
  • Blogging can be a blessing or a curse

    gigihawaii
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    David and I at Victoria Peak, overlooking Hong Kong (2010). The Giant Panda we saw at Ocean Park, Hong Kong. We rode this little cable car way up in the sky at Ocean Park, Hong Kong. In 2010, I went to a local bank in Hawaii and requested foreign currencies (Hong Kong dollars and Japanese yen) for my trip to Hong Kong.  My initial request was made on a Monday.  I was told to pick up the currencies on Friday.  But, when I got there on Friday, the money was not there.  I waited 30 minutes while they phoned the foreign currency department.  I was then told that the money had been…
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    Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney Monday

  • EXCLUSIVE: State warned of over harvesting a year ago

    Rick Daysog
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 pm
    When the Department of Land and Natural Resources approved a 120-day ban on sea cucumber harvesting last week, it cited a recent investigation by law enforcement officers that "a new commercial fishery had started."But Hawaii News Now has learned that the state was warned nearly a year ago about potential exploitation and did little then to regulate the business."I told them that, no, the situation of the sea cucumber for the rest of the world that it can go up and collapse," said UH research...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Home Renovations

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Hawaii News Now and Bank of Hawaii are continuing to take viewers' questions about finance and home renovations.
  • SmartMoney Monday: Home renovations

    22 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Embarking on a home renovation project takes a lot of planning and budgeting.In this week's SmartMoney Monday, Brenda Gross Mitchell answers some questions about how to manage finances when considering a home renovation project.
  • SmartMoney Monday - Options to pay for home renovations

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    This month we're answering questions submitted by you on financing or paying for home renovations.Here from Bank of Hawaii is Vice President Reid Hinaga.We received an interesting question from Buyuan, who asks “What is a safe way to pay for home renovations?”When you decide to renovate, one of the most important questions to consider from the start is how will you pay for it? And, like Buyuan mentions, what is the safest and best way to pay? One thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot ...
  • SmartMoney Monday: Renovate your home or start from scratch?

    8 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    In Hawaii with a lot of older homes, there are many people who face the decision of newly renovating their homes or just starting from scratch and demolishing and rebuilding.Factors such as the duration of your project, the location of your property, and hidden costs will all determine...
 
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    Hawaii News Now - Sunrise Interviews

  • EXCLUSIVE: State warned of over harvesting a year ago

    Rick Daysog
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 pm
    When the Department of Land and Natural Resources approved a 120-day ban on sea cucumber harvesting last week, it cited a recent investigation by law enforcement officers that "a new commercial fishery had started."But Hawaii News Now has learned that the state was warned nearly a year ago about potential exploitation and did little then to regulate the business."I told them that, no, the situation of the sea cucumber for the rest of the world that it can go up and collapse," said UH research...
  • Community partners join school supply collection efforts to support Ready to Learn program

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    American Savings Bank (ASB) joins Helping Hands Hawaii (HHH) to support the 16th annual Ready to Learn (R2L) program, which provides low-income and homeless children with basic school supplies.American Savings Bank branches statewide will collect school supplies...
  • Blockbuster show 'Burn'n Love' opens in Waikiki on July 14th

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    'Burn'n Love', a show that traces through the exciting and historic era of Elvis in Hawaii and TripAdvisor's “#1 Show on Maui”, will show six days a week starting on July 14, 2015 in Waikiki's Magic of Polynesia Showroom.This dynamic show features award-winning Elvis performer...
  • UH basketball coach Eran Ganot talks recruiting efforts

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Former UH assistant Eran Ganot was hired in April to become the new head coach of the Rainbow Warrior basketball team.
  • Reporter Kenneth Craig gives update on New York inmate escapees

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    David Sweat, one of the inmates who escaped from a New York prison a few weeks ago, was shot and captured by police in upstate New York. 
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    Kaaawa News

  • Kaaawa Community Association to meet on June 9

    ilind
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Here’s the agenda from the KCA: KA`A`AWA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETING DATE: Tuesday June 9, 2015 TIME: (7:00 – 8:30 P.M.) LOCATION: KA`A`AWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGENDA 1) Welcome a) Minutes of the last meeting b) Treasurer’s Report i) Current balance 2) Community Reports a) Ka`a`awa Elementary School b) Neighborhood Board c) HPD Neighborhood Report d) Kualoa Ranch Report e) Parks and Recreation 3) Old Business a) Update on Bill 47 (2013) status. b) Update on 4H club on Ranch land at Polinalina Rd – Lisa Fleagle c) OMPO updates on some road projects – Andrea Anixt d)…
  • A little-known piece of Kaaawa history

    ilind
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Here’s a bit of little-known Kaaawa history concerning the Crouching Lion, the never-quite-a-landmarks restaurant that my dad opened as the Crouching Lion Lodge in 1952. There just wasn’t enough traffic to sustain it in the early 1950s, and the Crouching Lion has struggled under a long series of owners in the decades since. The first chef hired is now credited with having been the inventor of “Irish Coffee,” although I doubt my dad knew that at the time. Back in 2005, my dad recalled the restaurant’s beginnings. We set up a nice little kitchen. We put in tables…
  • One of those Kaaawa moments (photos)

    ilind
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    It was one of those experiences you only get after being in one place for a while. We were walking along Kam Highway at dawn a couple of days ago, near the corner of Puakenikeni Road and the spot where we step down from the highway to the beach. There were a couple of people on the old seawall, also watching the sunrise. As we passed, one turned and approached. She introduced herself and her daughter, soon to be leaving for a teaching job in Texas, she said. And then she said that a decade ago, they were in the same spot at dawn on the last day of the year, and were included in one of my…
  • Kaaawa calendars for 2015 now available

    ilind
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’ve put together these Kaaawa calendars for several years. The 2015 calendar is available. Just click on the photo to get ordering information.
  • Halloween in Kaaawa!

    ilind
    1 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Just after dark, we wandered down the block to see what friends who live on the corner had going for Halloween. This is the scene that greeted us. You can see why their place was a center of Halloween activity, with its fine collection of creepy stuff collected over the years. Kaaawa’s kids were great, and it was fun to see the imaginative costumes. I enjoyed the bookworm and the tourists, along with the more familiar ghouls, goblins, and action figures. In any case, I wanted to share some of the fun. –> See the rest of the Halloween photos!
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    Aloha Tony's Oahu Real Estate Blog

  • Top 100 Realtors in Hawaii 2015 by: Chelsea Pferschy RA

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

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

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

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
        Many people get confused when Realtors talk about Mariners Valley in Hawaii Kai. They say, quot;Do you mean Mariners Ridge????quot; Nope. Im talking about the valley thats nestled between Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge, Mariners Valley. It goes by a few different names, depending on what area of the valley youre talking about....Mariners Valley or Kamilo Iki Valley are the 2 that are widely used. Theyre based on the legal descriptive names of the area and the subdivisions used in the property tax records for Honolulu County.    An aeriel  view of Mariners Valley from the…
  • 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 nbsp; Enchanted Lake (also known as Ka‘elepulu Pond) covers about 95 acres in Kailua, Hawaii. It connects to the ocean at Kailua Beach Park via…
 
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    TRAILBLAZER HAWAII

  • Kauai Trailblazer: Your personal tour guide

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

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

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    29 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    'Sniking' is for adventure fiends who can't decide whether to spend the day hiking or snorkeling: You can do both at the same time! And you won't find a better spot to snike in style than Maui's Wailea coast, where a paved path meanders 2.5 miles past several high-end resorts  and a half-dozen sweet snorkeling beaches.At the far (north) end of Wailea, the path (now the Eddie Pu Trail) continues past the little harbor at Kihei and through that town's trio of family beach parks—Kamaoles I, II & III. Kihei doesn't have the glam of Wailea, but's beaches are at least as good. A…
  • Far Away on a 2-minute Photo Safari to Hawaii

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

    Trailblazer Hawaii
    16 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    With a rippling green ridge that emerges from the skyscraper profile of Waikiki, Diamond Head is one of the world's iconic visions. Though it indeed sparkles, it was calcyte crystals and not diamonds that caused Bristish sailors to misname it in the early 1800s. The Hawaiian name is Leahi, because its shape is similar to the fin of a yellowfin tuna.When making the one-mile, 550-foot pilgrimage to its summit, you won't know where you are until reaching the top to gaze down upon the Honolulu beachfront. What appears as a lush peak from Waikiki turns out to be the uppermost portion of an…
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    IN4MATION

  • FIRST OF THE MONTH | DROPPING TOMMOROW Here’s a look at...

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    FIRST OF THE MONTH | DROPPING TOMMOROW Here’s a look at tomorrow’s #fotm drop!! A nice camo snap , the live dirty fight clea. Tee and tank tops just in time for the summer heat!! #in4mworldwide 📷 @in4mation_pearl
  • FIRST OF THE MONTH | DETAILS A nice look into this Wednesday...

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:10 pm
    FIRST OF THE MONTH | DETAILS A nice look into this Wednesday drop!! This #fotm we have a nice tonal camo pattern featured on the crown and underbill with a yellow top bill , Hi script embroider as well as the snap to make the hat pop. Get yours this Wednesday July 1st at your favorite #in4mation retailer worldwide
  • FIRST OF THE MONTH | UAV SNAPBACK July 1st we will be releasing...

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    FIRST OF THE MONTH | UAV SNAPBACK July 1st we will be releasing this #fotm clean camo SnapBack alongside 2 tees , get your #fotm at all fine #in4mation retailers worldwide!!
  • IN4MWORLDWIDE | AARON DE LA CRUZ If your in the #longbeach...

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:07 pm
    IN4MWORLDWIDE | AARON DE LA CRUZ If your in the #longbeach area go check out @powwowlongbeach as our good friend @aarondelacruz will be crushing a basketball sized court alongside a host of world renown artist all around #longbeach… It’s dope to see the process and positive energy that surrounds the event #in4mworldwide 📷 @jeffhamada
  • FIRST OF THE MONTH | FOTM UAV PACK First look of our July #fotm...

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    FIRST OF THE MONTH | FOTM UAV PACK First look of our July #fotm drop! This upcoming month we have a nice light toned camo pattern mixin it in with a yellow bill (camo underbill) and yellow embroidered Hi logo… The pack will include the snap as well as a tee and summertime tank. Available at all fine #in4mation retailers worldwide. 200 made @mace_mull x #in4msurf 📷 @miyadesuyo
 
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    CrossFit 808

  • 29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 9 minutes (6 sets), complete:Front Squat x 3-4 reps @ 80-83%B. Every 90 seconds, for 12 minutes (8 sets), complete:Clean Grip Deadlift + Hang Clean + Power Clean*Build in load over the course of the 8 setsC. Four sets for times of:5 Deadlifts (315/215 lbs)15 Toes-to-BarRest 60 secondsScheduling Reminder: In honor of the 4th of July, we will be following a Holiday Schedule on Friday - 8:30am and 10:00am classes only. Saturday, we will have normal schedule - 8:30am and 10:00am.
  • 27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 2 minutes, for 12 minutes (6 sets), complete:Sets 1-5: Back Squat x 5 reps @ 77-80%Set 6: Back Squat x Max Reps @ 77-80%B. In pairs, with only one person working at a time, complete:75 Cals on the Rower75 Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)75 Toes-to-Bar150 Wall Ball** (20/14 lbs to a 10′ target)75 Toes-to-Bar75 Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)75 Cals on the Rower**Wall Ball only counts if you catch the ball.Time cap: 25-minutes
  • 26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every 90 seconds, for 15-minutes (10 sets):Cleans x 2 repsI want a medium, medium heavy weight.B. Four sets of:25/20 Calories of Assault Bike15 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups5 Ground to Overhead (155/105 lbs)Rest 4 minutesYour goal is to keep each set around 4-minutes.
  • 25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Today's Workout:A. Every two minutes, for 20 minutes (10 sets), complete:Push Jerk x 2 repsB. For time:50 Alternating One-legged Squats25 Dips40 Alternating One-legged Squats20 Dips30 Alternating One-legged Squats15 Dips20 Alternating One-legged Squats10 Dips10 Alternating One-legged Squats5 DipsTime cap: 20-minutesScaling Options:Beginner:Cut the number of reps in half and sub the following...Split LungesNegative Dips or Banded DipsIntermediate:Using a KB or DB for leverage in the One-legged Squat, and/or placing a plate under the heel. Also, decreasing the volume of the Ring Dips, if you…
  • 24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today's Workout:A. Every minute, on the minute, for 12 minutes:Speed Deadlift x 3 reps @ 65-75%B. Every 8 minutes, for 24 minutes (3 sets), complete:800 Meter Run12 Deadlifts (225/155 lbs)12 Toes to BarIf you know 800 Meters is too much for you, please shorten the run. We'd like to see at the very least, 1 minute of rest before beginning the next set.
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    Humdinger Sportfishing

  • Kona Fishing Report

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

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

    Amit Soni
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    Rate This Report It’s has been a pretty incredible year so far here in Kona, at the very least, well above average for both the numbers of marlin caught and the overall size of the fish. As we mentioned in our previous Fishing Report, there have been three Granders (Marlin over 1,000 pounds) caught this […]
  • Hawaii Gives Up the Third Grander of 2015

    Amit Soni
    29 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Rate This Report Kona Goes 2 for 3 For Biggest Marlin in Hawaii this Year The year isn’t even half over yet and Hawaii has produced three blue marlin over 1,000 pounds. Just in the past week, Granders came back-to-back with a 1,226 lb blue marlin caught in Kona and the third largest grander of the […]
  • Kona Fishing Report

    humDinger
    11 May 2015 | 3:27 am
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    Hawaii Ahe

  • Does Calorie Restriction Boost Longevity?

    hawa6217
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (DGIwire)—You may have heard in the past that restricting calories increases lifespan.  Previous research has shown that caloric restriction extended the lifespan of yeast, flies, worms and some strains of mice.  You may also have heard that scientists from the National Institute on Aging found that calorie restriction did not extend lifespan for rhesus monkeys.  Many past studies have also had mixed results.  What are we to conclude from all this? First, we need to note that there does seem to be health benefits that come from calorie restriction (CR).  CR studies…
  • Positive Thoughts: Keep in the Sunlight

    hawa6217
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Positive Thoughts is a section intended to generate daily quotes to get your day started, going or improved. Think Positive Hawaii. Unity is key to happiness! Miguel Gonzalez Editor & Founder From Values.com “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin
  • County of Kauai Holiday Closures

    hawa6217
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Reports (LĪHU‘E) – In observance of Independence Day, County of Kaua‘i offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, along with the Kapa‘a and Waimea swimming pools and all neighborhood centers. The Kekaha Landfill, all refuse transfer stations and HI-5 redemption centers, Puhi Metals Recycling Center and the Kaua‘i Resource Center will be closed on Saturday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Residential refuse pick-up will continue as scheduled; it will not be affected by the holiday. The Kaua‘i Bus will observe the holiday on July 3, and will operate on a modified…
  • Work on Kolo Road to Begin July 6

    hawa6217
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
      By Staff Reports (Kauai)– Motorists and residents are advised that work will commence on Kolo Road, in the vicinity of Malulani Place to Pukalani Place, beginning July 6. This is to allow the Department of Water’s (DOW) contractor Earthworks Pacific, Inc. to begin work on the Kolo Road Main Replacement project, which includes the installation of a new water line into the Kilauea water system. Work hours are Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and may include road closures. Motorists are advised to drive with caution through this area, follow all traffic control signs…
  • Hawaiian Electric Opens Oʻahu’s First Utility-Owned DC Fast Charger for Electric Vehicles at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa 

    hawa6217
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    By Staff Report (Honolulu) – Hawaiian Electric Company, in partnership with host Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc., has opened the first utility-owned and operated DC Fast Charger for electric vehicles on O‘ahu at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa. The fast charger will help eliminate “range anxiety” for residents and visitors driving EVs to or from the North Shore. Using a fast charger, a near-depleted battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes, less for smaller recharges. Drivers will be able to safely operate the charger and pay by credit card or by smartphone app…
 
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    Maui Makers

  • CNC SIG Meeting Tuesday 30 June 2015

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

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

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

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

    Laura
    24 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Have you heard about Raspberry Pi, the inexpensive computer for under $25-45 dollars? If you have a Pi, or are just wondering what all the excitement is about, join us the 4th Tuesday of Every Month for a Special Interest Group. Here’s a fun link showing what people have done with their Pi’s: Fourth Tuesday of Every Month.
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  • Help Oahu's Keiki Go Backpack to School in Style in 2015

    Locations
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Locations Agents James Chan and Carlyle Handley Explain the "Backpack to School" Drive on KITV   Details to Get Involved
  • Investment Opportunity? The 5 Best Properties for Sale Near the Honolulu Rail

    Locations
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Honolulu Rail System is a much needed addition to Oahu's infrastructure.  Though it's impact remains to be seen, if all goes to plan it could alleviate pressure on the highway system causing traffic to decrease, promote west side development, and increase home values along the Honolulu rail line.  In order to help new home owners save some time, we've detailed the 5 best homes near the Honolulu rail from Kapolei to Ala Moana.  There's also an interactive map above displaying the full list of homes within 2 miles of each rail stop so you can look through all of the available…
  • Hawaii Kai: Who Lives There?

    Locations
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:34 am
    Hawaii Kai Demographics Many of the Homes Feature Spectacular Views Hawaii Kai contains 28,947 residents living in 11,000 households (2.9 people per household) with a median income of $122,799, twice the Honolulu average of $63,000. Approximately 38% of residents have children under 18 years of age. Bottom line? It's an area comprised of families (65% are married) with college educated homeowners (50.4% have bachelor degrees or higher) that are both employed (2.5% unemployment) as well as local and out-of-state retirees (Average age of 47.9).  Hawaii Kai has great schools…
  • Locations on Top: Why We're the #1 Real Estate Company in Hawaii

    Locations
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Locations is #1! Hawaii Business Magazine just listed the best real estate companies in the state of Hawaii and Locations is on top once again for both sales volume and number of sales! In 2014, Locations agents amassed $1,347,083,912 in total sales from 2,420 transactions, participating in 1 out of every 4 real estate transactions on Oahu. What's Our Secret? Locations remains #1 year after year because we provide our agents with the resources to succeed, and provide our clients with tools to make the most informed decision.  We have the largest support staff to agent…
  • Keauhou Place Reserved Housing: What you Need to Know

    Locations
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:31 pm
      Modern Day Living. Affordable Price.   Most of the new properties being offered in Kakaako are out of first-time home buyers' price range.  Thankfully, there is an option for those who want to live in Kakaako without paying luxury prices. Keauhou Place will feature 388 residential units in a 400-foot high-rise building, along with a mix of 35 townhouse units in a 42-foot mid-rise tower.  In addition to residential dwellings, Keauhou Place is designed to have 2,854 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 13,000 square feet of open space and 31,400 square feet…
 
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    Kona Impact

  • Some Interesting Facts About Real Estate on Hawaii Island

    brian
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I just spent a few weeks traveling on the Mainland. I heard a lot of people say they wanted to move to “Hawaii.” Many think of Hawaii as one place. it’s not: there are several island, all with a different lifestyle, cost of living and job market. This blog focuses on real estate on Hawaii Island. I spent about twenty minutes talking to a guy who had “discovered” a lot of inexpensive land on Hawaii Island. Without trying to burst his bubble, I asked him about what he had found. He said found a lot of land that is inexpensive, relatively speaking, in South Kona and a lot…
  • My Three Favorite Productivity Tools

    brian
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    There are a few things that I use every day to ensure that I stay connected, remember ideas and allow me to stay productive online. I thought I’d share them, as they are all great ways to improve your business productivity. My favorite recent discovery is Dashlane. If you’re like me, you have tens of passwords to websites that you want to remember. The absolute worst thing to do is to use the same password on every website; all is takes is one piece of information to wreak havoc on your life. Another bad strategy is Post-it Notes on your monitor! Dashlane is a password manager that can…
  • Easy-to-Do Marketing Options in Kona, Hawaii

    brian
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    I’ve had some good chats with clients this week about their marketing efforts. Some were sharing successes, and some were looking for ways to reinvigorate their businesses and sales. The one thing that was clear is that good marketing takes creativity and sustained effort. Here is a list of opportunities that you might help your business: Use what you have Email marketing has a huge return on investment. If you have a few hundred contacts, sending out an announcement, coupon, some pithy advice, etc., will generate instant business. This is also true with mailings. Sending out a postcard,…
  • Congratulation 2015 Graduates!

    brian
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year: students, family, and the community come together to recognize and honor the 2015 graduates. It is truly a time of celebration, and a time of hope and inspiration. As part of Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, I was part of a committee that interviewed 20 students for scholarships. It was a tiring, but awesome day filled with 15-minute chats with some of the most inspirational young people in our community. If you ever feel depressed or concerned about the future, spend a day interviewing scholarship applicants: I guarantee that…
  • Is it time to kill the phone book / yellow pages?

    brian
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:18 pm
    If you’re like me, you hate waste. I hate wasting food, time, money and natural resources. To me, the yellow pages is a huge waste of natural resources, and for those who advertise in it, I believe it’s a waste of marketing dollars. It’s time to kill the phone book. On Hawaii Island, there are approximately 10,000 households and business addresses. If we count one phone book per home and two per business, we’re looking at least 12,000 phone books distributed, the vast majority of them unused. At 335 pages, we’re looking at over 4,000,000 pages of junk dropped off at our doorsteps,…
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  • “A Dumb IrresponsibleInconsiderate Thing To Do”

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

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

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

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

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