Monthly Archive: October 2007

Aiona Girl

Aiona Girl

Cat Toth, immensely popular local reporter and blogger for the Honolulu Advertiser, stars in this… mind blowing tribute to Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. “Aiona Girl” was shown at “Gridiron 2007,” the annual fundraiser for the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s a can’t-miss event that recaps the...

LOST in Korea

LOST in Korea

I’m beginning to get the sense that the secret to LOST Spotting is being hungry in the morning. Looks like Seoul has sprouted up in Chinatown, right next door to Char Hung Sut and its world-famous manapua and dim sum. Yes, I think toys and stuffed animals play a part...

Down To Earth Turns 30

Down To Earth Turns 30

Down To Earth, the go-to grocery for natural food nuts and voracious vegetarians, marked its 30th anniversary today. Founded by a hui of vegetarians on Maui in 1977, Down To Earth has grown from its first location off University Avenue in Mo’ili’ili to five stores (three on ‘Oahu, two on...

LOST in Kalihi

LOST in Kalihi

“LOST” set up shop just around the corner from one of my new favorite breakfast spots in Kalihi this morning, near the industrial arts campus of Honolulu Community College. Though I’m not entirely confident in my pre-caffeine vision, there were two striking women among those preparing for a busy day:...

Search for Local Coupons in Google Maps

Search for Local Coupons in Google Maps

Looking for a deal? Google it! The search giant (and up-and-coming global empire) has quietly introduced the ability to search for printable coupons in Google Maps. As local search blogger Mike Blumenthal notes, apart from some coupon-related domain names spotted last month, Google’s work on the service has largely stayed...

LOST Toys

LOST Toys

Here’s a little “LOST” tidbit to kick off the week! This morning, the production crew descended upon old Kaimuki, taking over the “Toys N Joys” store on Waialae Ave. For geeks and nerds of a particular bent, the place is a piece of heaven, a Mecca of video games, anime,...

LOST Beach Bow on Feb. 2, 2008

LOST Beach Bow on Feb. 2, 2008

It’s one of the most frequently asked questions at the Hawaii LOST Fan Club: When will the special sneak preview of the Season 4 “LOST” season premiere be held on Waikiki Beach? They’ve done it every year since “LOST” debuted in 2004, and it’s an incredibly fun, exciting event for...

Leopard Launches in Hawaii

Leopard Launches in Hawaii

Standing in line is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time. Except, of course, when Apple is involved. Friday marked the worldwide release of Apple’s latest version of its OSX operating system for Macs, dubbed “Leopard.” So, crowds gathered outside Apple Stores around the world to pick up the sexy...

The Lobby in Hawaii

The Lobby in Hawaii

Hawaii is hosting one of the hottest events in the white-hot “Web 2.0” space: “The Lobby Conference,” brainchild of August Capital’s Kevin Hornik. The proverbial who’s who of new media was invited to The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island “to turn the traditional conference on its head.” In the...

UH Issues Security Alert Over Shooting Threat

UH Issues Security Alert Over Shooting Threat

The University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Security Office has sent an e-mail alert to all students, faculty, and staff after a “suspicious male was overheard in a City bus talking to himself about planning to shoot 30 students at UH.” Some offices on campus are reportedly on voluntary lockdown as a...

Honolulu Ranked Fifth Bloggiest

Honolulu Ranked Fifth Bloggiest

Honolulu is the nation’s fifth largest “blogging market,” according to the results of a survey released today (PDF) by the consumer shopping experts at Scarborough Research. The firm says 12 percent of adult Oahu residents are bloggers, which they defined as adults who have “read or contributed to a blog...

Akaka Bill Passes, Again

Akaka Bill Passes, Again

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007, a.k.a. the Akaka Bill, was passed by the U.S. House this morning, 261-153. Numerologists take note, it was the 1,000th vote taken by the 110th Congress. “Today’s House action provides great momentum in our effort to extend federal recognition to Hawaii’s indigenous...

Spam Musubi, Loco Moco are Top Island Treats

Spam Musubi, Loco Moco are Top Island Treats

Betty Shimabukuro, food writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, has reached out to Mainland readers to educate them on Hawaii’s favorite foods. And they’re not coconut and pineapple. In a special to the Los Angeles Times titled, “10 Hawaiian culinary specialties to sample” (guess the headline writer missed the AP Stylebook...

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako, popular KHNL news anchor and reporter, has penned an essay on motherhood for HawaiiMoms.com, a “discussion site” run by The Honolulu Advertiser. “I was warned that having a baby would throw my life into a delicious uproar, but I couldn’t envision it until that day actually arrived, Day...

It’s Slippah Time

It’s Slippah Time

“It’s dat time of year again!” Yes, as Lynn “Auntie Pupule” Vasquez reminds us, the holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the third annual Mayor Wright Housing Christmas Slippah Wish Fund. Even though it’s not uncommon to go barefoot in Hawaii, kids in public housing shouldn’t have...

Rep. Karamatsu Blogs DUI Arrest, Balks

Rep. Karamatsu Blogs DUI Arrest, Balks

A few days ago, I mentioned the disappointing news that one of Hawaii’s up-and-coming young lawmakers, Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu, had been busted for DUI. I also noted that Karamatsu, as one of our few elected leaders with a blog, had a unique opportunity to address his constituents and the...

Grim Smiley Surfaces in Seattle

Grim Smiley Surfaces in Seattle

The Crud is dead. Long live The Crud! One of the most rockingest bands to ever call Hawaii home has moved to Seattle, and has been reborn under a new name: Grim Smiley. (Loud autoplaying music alert!) “Grim Smiley represents contrast,” explains vocalist and Hawaii native Ben Henry, who came...

LOST Notes

LOST Notes

A smattering of “LOST” notes for the week, all from more fortunate friends. From Darcy, news of a location shoot at the old Honolulu Brewing Co. building on Queen Street, last seen in a flashback for the late, great Charlie Pace. From Nurse Ariel, news of a military camp of...

Malia Mattoch Pens Book on Isle Design

Malia Mattoch Pens Book on Isle Design

Malia Mattoch-McManus, known for her on-screen talents as a news anchor and reporter, has just written a new book on Hawaii’s distinct architecture and interior design. After working in journalism for ten years, with stints at Pacific Business News and KHON as well as television stations in California, she left...

Lee Jun Ki Snubs Hawaii Fans

Lee Jun Ki Snubs Hawaii Fans

I’d never heard of Lee Jun Ki until today, but I gather some of his fans now wish they could say the same thing. Hawaii is a hotbed of J-Pop and K-Pop fandom, a fact that has no doubt fueled some of the success of the Hawaii International Film Festival....