Monthly Archive: January 2008

Aspartame Ban Proposed in Hawaii

Aspartame Ban Proposed in Hawaii

It’s the stuff of urban legends and a million e-mail forwards: aspartame (a.k.a. Nutrasweet, Equal, and other brands) causes cancer, brain tumors, and a multitude of other ghastly and deadly health problems. And while the FDA, MIT, and several other so-called “experts” have constantly affirmed the relative safety of aspartame,...

Maui Brewing Co. Doubles Capacity

Maui Brewing Co. Doubles Capacity

Maui Brewing Co. announced yesterday that it has greatly expanded its brewery in Lahaina, adding two 100-barrel tanks and additional equipment only eight months after the facility first opened. Company founders Garrett and Melanie Marrero say the move is in response to strong and growing demand for the island’s only...

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year...

Frugal Traveler in Hawaii

Frugal Traveler in Hawaii

Travel writer Matt Gross, better known as The Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, tested his penny-pinching mettle on the Big Island and Kauai, and managed to spend only $1,210.93 on a nearly week-long visit to “the least affordable state in the country.” He and his wife stayed in...

Planet Hollywood Gets ‘LOST’

Planet Hollywood Gets ‘LOST’

The bad news? The annual “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the “LOST” season premiere has been canceled this year due to the ongoing writers’ strike. The good news? The folks at Planet Hollywood in Waikiki (and their friends at Infinite Productions) have stepped up to give “LOST” fans...

Chris Pirillo on Hawaii

Chris Pirillo on Hawaii

Renown übergeek Chris Pirillo is vacationing in Hawaii, but he hasn’t taken a break from technology nor his thriving community of fans. Chris has been streaming live video and reporting from his cruise ship as he tours the islands. A recent segment was titled, “Reasons I Might Never Move to...

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

If you’re a “lolcat” fan with an iPhone, you can now get a specially formatted fix of funny felines. The weird and whimsical website I Can Has Cheezburger, which is the brainchild of local geek Eric Nakagawa and his friends, has just announced an iPhone-optimized interface. All you have to...

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Hawaii will host its first “unconference” tomorrow at JAIMS in Hawaii Kai. Dubbed “Unconferenz,” it’s the brainchild of digital wonderer Burt Lum, no stranger to bringing people together under the Bytemarks banner. An “unconference” is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants....

First Flickr Friday of 2008

First Flickr Friday of 2008

It seems like only last week that local shutterbugs came together for food, fellowship, and f-stops. And it was. But tomorrow brings the monthly Flickr Friday lunch meetup downtown. We’ll be taking over Mini Garden (50 N. Hotel St.), a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hotel and Smith streets....

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

Looks like I got back into making videos just in time: TiVo users will soon be able to watch video podcasts as easily as they can watch “regular” television. The announcement was made this week at CES, and will only require a free software update for current customers. We love...

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

My family and I are reluctantly back from the Big Island, where we welcomed 2008 from a rustic vacation rental in Volcano Village. Relaxed and rejuvenated, what better way to jump into the New Year than with a fun, friendly gathering of local shutterbugs? Tomorrow brings an official Hawaii Flickr...