Monthly Archive: June 2009

Amazon Dumps Hawaii Affiliates

Amazon Dumps Hawaii Affiliates

Amazon.com has pulled the trigger. As reported earlier, a looming Hawaii state tax law change relating to online affiliate marketers has prompted the Internet retailer to close the Amazon Associates accounts of Hawaii residents. Members of the local tech community are pushing Gov. Linda Lingle to veto HB1405, but Amazon.com...

Bookmarks for June 29th

Bookmarks for June 29th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 29th: EPA awards $200,000 Brownfields grant to Department of Hawaiian Home Lands: The funding will be used to start clean up work on the Department’s East Kapolei site, clearing an area adjacent to locations...

Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

I’ve had the iPhone 3GS for a week now, so I thought I’d share my impressions as someone who upgraded from last year’s iPhone 3G. There are dozens of excellent exhaustive reviews out there (see Engadget and Gizmodo‘s take, as well as that of the New York Times‘ David Pogue),...

‘The Fuel Film’ Comes to Hawaii

‘The Fuel Film’ Comes to Hawaii

An award-winning documentary on America’s addiction to oil and the promise of alternative energy is coming to Honolulu. “The Fuel Film” (formerly “Fields of Fuel“) will be screened one night only, this Friday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The film follows director and activist Josh Tickell as he travels around...

Bookmarks for June 22nd

Bookmarks for June 22nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 21st: School Program Cuts Problem Behaviors In Fifth Graders In Half: The study was conducted in 20 public elementary schools in Hawaii. Participating schools had below-average standardized test scores and diverse student populations with...

Kanu Hawaii Day of ‘Living Aloha’

Kanu Hawaii Day of ‘Living Aloha’

Kanu Hawaii, in partnership with The Institute for Human Services and other groups, is coordinating a “Day of Living Aloha” today.  The online social network — focused on sustainable living, environmentalism, and “island style activism” — is calling upon people across all the islands to volunteer today to improve our...

Mobile Medical Clinic Coming to Big Island

Mobile Medical Clinic Coming to Big Island

Kaiser Permanente is shipping a 500-square-foot, 10-wheel Mobile Health Vehicle to the Big Island, hoping to improve the accessibility of heath care services in largely rural Hawaii County. The vehicle was placed on a ship today in San Francisco, and will be officially unveiled July 2. When fully operational beginning...

HonuGuide Available for $10

HonuGuide Available for $10

The 2009 Honu Guide, containing over a hundred coupons highlighting local green businesses and dozens of articles on sustainable living, is now available for $10. The 50 percent discount comes as we near the halfway mark for the year, but most of the coupons (offering $3,500 in savings overall) are...

Bookmarks for June 15th

Bookmarks for June 15th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 15th: Scientists Find That Squid’s Bioluminescence Comes From Eye-Related Genes: The squid, commonly called Hawaiian Bobtail squid, has a light organ that is totally separate from the eyes. The new finding is that this...

Hawaii Affiliate Marketers Push for Lingle Veto

Hawaii Affiliate Marketers Push for Lingle Veto

A largely overlooked piece of legislation sitting on Gov. Linda Lingle’s desk has been dubbed “the bill that will devastate Hawaii’s online media industry” by a local online marketer. Dean Takamine of Synertech Media is now hoping that local internet businesses and technology companies will come together and convince the...

Flash Guru to Speak at UH

Flash Guru to Speak at UH

Sam Rivello of Los Angeles-based Rivello Multimedia Consulting will lead two days of presentations beginning tomorrow for the Hawaii Flash User Group. The first, free night will cover Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) environments and augmented reality. Tuesday’s “Premium Night” will cover more advanced topics relating to the PureMVC framework for...

Carrier Day Diary

Carrier Day Diary

Just over a week ago, I was able to participate in a “distinguished visitor” embark aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. It was an incredible, unforgettable, and overwhelming experience. I hurried to post a video documenting the trip, which weighed in at over 13 minutes, but it still covered only some...

Tech Breakfast on Tapping Stimulus Funds

Tech Breakfast on Tapping Stimulus Funds

On Friday, the monthly HISciTech Tech Download networking breakfast organized by the Hawaii Science & Technology Council will cover “The Federal Stimulus Package and You: Maximizing Investment Opportunities for Your Company and Hawaii’s Future.” Given the current state of the economy, organizers hope to help local businesses tap into federal...

Bookmarks for June 7th

Bookmarks for June 7th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 7th: What to do in Hawaii? Get up early and stand in line for a Palm Pre: I was out in Hawaii crawling around a ship for the last week and was scheduled to...

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

On Thursday, I was part of a group of local business and community leaders who participated in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier currently en route to the Western Pacific. (More here.) The experience was incredible, almost indescribable, leaving me awed, exhausted,...

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that’s on its way to a deployment in the Western Pacific. I’m thrilled to be a part of a group of bloggers, journalists, and local business people. I’m also terrified. Just...

Bookmarks for June 3rd

Bookmarks for June 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 3nd: Hybrid remotely operated vehicle ‘Nereus’ reaches deepest part of the ocean: A new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle called Nereus has successfully reached the deepest part of the world's ocean, reports a team...

Behind the So Much More Hawaii Blogger Tour

Behind the So Much More Hawaii Blogger Tour

Tourism in Hawaii, like tourism worldwide, is down. The mainstream media is fading. Meanwhile, social networking and social media are on the rise, and people are looking for fresh voices and hungry for different experiences. As I reported last week, the Hawaii Tourism Authority launched the “So Much More Hawaii”...

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

A doctor in Hawaii mixed the Bee Gees with CPR, and is helping to save lives the world over. I love the RadioLab podcast out of WNYC. In today’s 15-minute short, they close with a segment by show producer Ellen Horne. She visits a CPR class in New York City,...

Honolulu Advertiser Harps on HotU

Honolulu Advertiser Harps on HotU

“A Web site for college students subsidized with millions of dollars in state income tax credits is now an adult-oriented Internet portal.” So begins Sean Hao’s article in the Honolulu Advertiser, documenting the “rise and fall” of HotU. The site, which rode the dotcom boom into the dotcom bust in...