Monthly Archive: November 2008

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

If you can’t beat ’em… kill ’em, then reanimate their corpse as a corporate zombie. That appears to sum up the bizarre chain of events that will allow the much-maligned, Mesa-backed upstart go! Airlines to rebrand itself as Aloha Airlines. Yes, the “intellectual property” of Aloha Airlines, a beloved interisland...

WordPress with Miraz Jordan

WordPress with Miraz Jordan

Miraz Jordan — a writer, educator and explainer based in Wellington, New Zealand — will be in Honolulu to lead three noncredit courses on WordPress next weekend for the Pacific New Media program at UH. Jordan co-authored the “WordPress 2 Visual Quickstart Guide” and is part of the organizing committee...

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been officially named in honor of a historic Hawaiian painter. Nawahi Crater, located in Mercury’s Calloris Basin, gets its name from native Hawaiian artist Joseph Kaho’oluhi Nawahiokalaniopu’u. It’s one of fifteen names announced last week by NASA’s MESSENGER mission, which...

Local Designer Unveils Twitter Shirts

Local Designer Unveils Twitter Shirts

Island geeks are crazy for Twitter. And now Hawaii designer Valentino Valdez of VALDEZign has unveiled (unofficial) Personalized Twitter Shirts. Valdez is using the custom T-shirt printing service Zazzle to print and ship the shirts, but will apparently be designing each shirt on demand as orders come in. The design is...

Bookmarks for November 26th

Bookmarks for November 26th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 26th: Problems Plague U.S. Flex-Fuel Fleet: Hawaii has the greatest share, with more than 1,000 flex-fuel vehicles purchased or leased by various agencies, mostly military. The Navy has more than 670 flex-fuel vehicles on...

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney is preparing to build an $800 million resort in Ko Olina, transforming 21-acres of oceanfront land into a lavish oasis. The property will feature an enormous artificial volcano, roaring rapids and meandering rivers, lagoons and pools, all custom built for adventure, romance, and relaxation. Among the palm trees and...

Local Web 2.0 Outfits On Tap

Local Web 2.0 Outfits On Tap

The Hawaii Science & Technology Council will present “Web 2.0: Local Internet Ventures with Global Reach” on Friday, Dec. 12. Representatives from three local web companies will talk about their entries into the social media space: Rob Farrow from Chi.mp, an online identity management platform. Lorenz Sell from Blue Lava...

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T’s cellular network in Honolulu failed this morning, disconnecting thousands of customers for at least six hours. (As I type this, service is restored in some areas, like downtown, but not in Mililani.)  At first I thought I just missed a bill payment, but it didn’t take long to realize...

Proudly Purple

Proudly Purple

The “Purple States” project aims to merge the best of citizen journalism and the established media. Described as “reality news” and a cross between “The Real World” and “The Huffington Post,” it launched in the run up to the 2008 elections. The “Purple States” project previously highlighted a handful of...

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

A four-day celebration of raw food and wellness begins on Thursday on the Big Island. The “Rainbow Raw Games” will fill the Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Pahoa with family-friendly activities and presentations focused on raw food living, spiritual growth, and personal empowerment. The event caught my eye, as my coworker Beth...

Rebecca Mader of “LOST” Mugged

Rebecca Mader of “LOST” Mugged

“LOST” star Rebecca Mader, who plays newcomer Charlotte, posted to Facebook that she was mugged. The posted item read: “Rebecca Mader is recovering from being mugged last night :( I’m OK, just shaken up. x.” The note collected dozens of sympathetic comments from friends and fans, though the item and...

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Last July, journalist and columnist Bob Jones said you could “bet on it”: longtime U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie would run for governor. Even though Abercrombie said no to challenging Gov. Linda Lingle in 2006, it looks like the time is right for a run in 2010. There has yet to...

Meetup Madness

Meetup Madness

Manoa Geeks — the Web 2.0 inspired social geek gathering I now help organize — is upon us! Come on down Thursday evening to Thirtyninehotel in Chinatown to talkstory and catch up with what’s going on in Hawaii’s vibrant tech scene. There’ll be food, drink, and lots of cool stories...

Happy Birthday, HPR

Happy Birthday, HPR

On November 13, 1981, a switch was flipped in a makeshift studio in the University of Hawaii quarry and a Mahler opera burst onto the airwaves. The now twin stations have had a long and colorful history, beginning 27 years ago with egg-carton sound dampeners, a move in 1987, online...

Video Chat in Gmail

Video Chat in Gmail

Taking another bold move into Skype‘s territory, Google has announced the addition of voice and video chat to Gmail. Interestingly, audio and video chats are currently available only as an extension to the Google Talk feature within Google’s free webmail service, and not via its standalone Google Talk chat client...

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

UPDATE: A special $20 discount is propagating on Twitter. If you’re thinking of checking out “Saltimbanco,” be sure to use the special link and save! Acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, a cyclist, a juggler and jester, and hapless subjects pulled from the audience. Around them, a kaleidoscope stage, and behind them, a...

Hawaii State Quarter Debuts

Hawaii State Quarter Debuts

The 50th State’s long awaited entry in the U.S. Mint’s immensely popular “50 State Quarters” program will be given a formal unveiling at noon tomorrow in downtown Honolulu. Its debut marks the end of a program that saw a special, limited edition quarter released every quarter since 1999. Each quarter...

Bookmarks for November 5th

Bookmarks for November 5th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 5th: How He Did It: exclusive behind-the-scenes reporting from the McCain and Obama camps assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings...

“LOST” on Saturday

“LOST” on Saturday

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” was filming today — a Saturday — a sure sign the traditional winter break is drawing near. Today, they set up in Kakaako, taking over the long-unused parking lot of the former CompUSA store on Ala Moana Boulevard, and staging a car crash a few blocks away...