Monthly Archive: September 2007

No Rock for You!

No Rock for You!

Aerosmith played a concert in Hawaii last night, but chances are, you weren’t invited. It was a private gig for Toyota, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary in Honolulu.  (The band was scheduled to perform for the hoi polloi on Maui on Wednesday, but that concert was canceled.) The automaker...

Got iPhone?

Got iPhone?

If you’ve got an Apple iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can now browse Hawaii Blog with ease. Thanks to the iWPhone WordPress Plugin, this site now looks especially slick and clean for users of these devices… but looks exactly the same for everyone else. Yes, I realize the ridiculousness...

LOST Returns to the YWCA

LOST Returns to the YWCA

For at least the third time within a week, the production crew for “LOST” returned to the historic Laniakea YWCA building on Richards Street, across from ‘Iolani Palace. For the show’s many character flashbacks, this beautiful building has served as everything from a mosque to a French restaurant, but most...

RoadRunner Doubles Up

RoadRunner Doubles Up

Looks like Oceanic has upgraded the services of its RoadRunner subscribers for free, and with little fanfare. Upload speeds have been doubled (or, rather, potential upload speeds), a major boon to content creators and users of online storage. The development is a small technical change but a big move in...

202-552-1332

202-552-1332

Hawaii residents are being bombarded with telemarketing calls from 202-552-1332. If you see the number on your caller ID, just ignore it. The number has already been posted to several nuisance number sites, including WhoCallsMe, whocalled.us, and 800Notes. The scoundrels appear to be targeting anyone, anywhere, with reports filed from...

Colt the Cover Boy

Colt the Cover Boy

Colt Brennan celebrated quarterback of the rejuvenated University of Hawaii Warriors football team, is featured on the cover of the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. “It’s the first time a local athlete has received this national honor,” crowed KHON sports anchor John Veneri tonight. Now, not being particularly sports...

Suck It, Who?

Suck It, Who?

It’s one thing to make Newsweek. It’s another thing entirely to rate a citation in that venerable publication for a website called SuckItJesus.com. That claim to fame belongs to Carlos Uretta, a student at Hawaii Pacific University and the talented guy behind the HPU alt-news site FortStreetPulse.com. Carlos and his...

New Media, Old Media, We Media

New Media, Old Media, We Media

I was fortunate to be able to participate in a panel discussion for the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2007 today. The topic was “Evolution of On-line News & Its Effect on Journalism and News Reporting,” and my fellow panelists were: Chris Archer, News Director, KGMB9 Sandra Oshiro, Managing Editor...

Hawaii Blog 2.0

Hawaii Blog 2.0

Hawaii Blog has moved. And it’s about time. When I first launched this blog in July 2000 — truly an eon ago in Internet time — I did so almost reluctantly, apologetically, stepping into the breach of “the weblog fad” that was sweeping through the journaling community. Though it seems...

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting...

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean, reports telecom news site Communications Day, but it’s unclear whether this big fat tube will bless Hawaii with bandwidth or pass us by entirely. Dubbed the “Unity” cable, the trans-Pacific link would be built in partnership with several...

Happy Birthday, Highway Inn!

Happy Birthday, Highway Inn!

The Highway Inn in Waipahu is truly a landmark island eatery. Situated in an unassuming strip mall on the west end of the dusty former plantation town, Highway Inn has served “a taste of old Hawaii” since 1947. Which means, of course, that this year marks the Highway Inn’s 60th...

Carnival of Aloha

Carnival of Aloha

Local blogger Evelyn Hunter of Homespun Honolulu has unveiled the first “Carnival of Aloha,” highlighting blogs in and about the Aloha State. A “blog carnival,” explains the eponymous dot-com, is “a particular kind of blog community.” Compared to magazines, they’re published periodically and compiled by an editor, who frequently decides...

More iPhone Aloha

No doubt about it, Steve Jobs loves Hawaii. One of the newest television ads for the revolutionary iPhone, “All The Parts,” prominently features the Kapalua Resort. In the commercial, the omnipresent iPhone hand model looks up the current weather conditions in Lahaina, checks the traffic around San Francisco International Airport,...