Monthly Archive: August 2009

Hā: Breath of Life

Hā: Breath of Life

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s top paid visitor attraction, recently unveiled its new night show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” On Saturday, my wife and I were among a group of people invited by the center to check it out as part of a “social media night.” Our hosts, Lee Britos...

“LOST” Confrontation

“LOST” Confrontation

SPOILER ALERT: “LOST” filmed late into the night and continued work today in West O’ahu (as reported yesterday). And “LOST” fans from afar — New York and Brazil — were able to get relatively close to the action as a scene unfolded at Jacob’s beach temple. The following is a composite of...

“LOST” Update

“LOST” Update

SPOILER ALERT: Filming for the sixth and final season of “LOST” began on Monday, but most of the lensing so far has taken place at the Hawaii Film Studio on Diamond Head. But today, thanks to visiting “LOST” fan, blogger and podcaster “TheODI” and film industry watcher Tim Ryan, there’s...

Mokulele Airlines Giving Away Trips via Tweets

Mokulele Airlines Giving Away Trips via Tweets

Mokulele Airlines, flush with fresh cash and a new hangar,  is giving away two travel passes good for unlimited flights through September. All you have to do is “Spot Scott,” Mokulele CEO Scott Durgin, in downtown Honolulu tomorrow and Thursday. The airline will post Durgin’s location to Twitter with the...

Bookmarks for August 23rd

Bookmarks for August 23rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 23rd: ‘No. 1 earmarks guy’ calls them transparent, beneficial: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye defended his earmarks before a friendly crowd Monday at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Those earmarks are transparent and justifiably benefit not...

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

When the people who cover the news become the news, it’s often difficult to separate the story from the storytellers. On Tuesday, Alabama-based Raycom Media announced that television news operations at KGMB, KHNL and KFVE will be consolidated under a “shared services agreement.” After simultaneous 9 a.m. meetings at all...

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

For many, Google and its search engine is quickly becoming the world’s central clearinghouse for information, and its web interface supports over a hundred different languages. Now, thanks to the efforts of Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, you can now use Google in Hawaiian. Keola, who...

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Hawaii is hosting a major Ruby on Rails conference in October. “Aloha on Rails” is bringing many of the world’s leading developers to Honolulu for three days of presentations, discussions, and debates with an eye toward the future of web application engineering. Ruby on Rails is perhaps the most popular...

Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

The “Wayfinder Lecture Series” at Hawaii Public Radio continues this week, with Thursday night’s presentation featuring social entrepreneur James Koshiba. Koshiba is co-founder of 3Point, a public interest research and consulting firm, as well as a co-founder of Kanu Hawaii. The “Wayfinder” series is the brainchild of my friend and...

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Summer, it seems, is the season of statistics. I’ve noticed a number of rankings in the news lately in which Hawaii has distinguished itself… for better or worse: Hawaii tops the country in well-being, according to a Gallup survey. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index gives Hawaii a score of 69.4 (out...

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Members of the Oahu Songwriters Group will be featured in “Songwriters in the Round” at Hawaii Public Radio this Saturday, Aug. 22. Performers include Ruth Shiroma Foster and Norm Foster, Barefoot Bob, Ev Fox, Brad Mossman, Otis Schaper and Jenna Tague. Ruth Shiroma Foster is an old friend and former...

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

The Jodo Mission of Hawaii (located in Makiki off S. King St. at 1429 Makiki St.) is holding its annual bon dance on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m., but the food concession opens at 5:30 p.m. Though dancing is the main attraction, the...

Bookmarks for August 10th

Bookmarks for August 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 10th: NASA satellites catch 2 views of Felicia already affecting Hawaii: Tropical Storm Felicia is closing in. Two NASA satellites captured the height and temperatures of Felicia's clouds to assist meteorologists in their forecasts...

Menchie’s Mililani Opening Aug. 17

Menchie’s Mililani Opening Aug. 17

Despite the gloomy economy, the frozen yogurt craze continues to spread across Hawaii. We’ve now got several Mainland chains (Yogurtland, Menchie’s, Orange Tree, Red Mango), plus a handful of independent stores. While I’m certain Honolulu can’t sustain dozens of “fro-yo” places, we’re more than happy to indulge in their tasty...

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

The historic Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum celebrated its grand reopening this weekend, after the 120-year-old building finally saw its first-ever renovation. The work took over three years and $21 million, but the time, money, and thought spent in Hawaiian Hall’s renewal shines through. Filled with priceless artifacts, the hall...

Host Families Sought for International Students

Host Families Sought for International Students

The non-profit STS Foundation, which works with a network of coordinators to place international students across the country, is looking for host families in Honolulu for two high schoolers for the 2009-2010 academic year. “These students will integrate themselves into a Honolulu area family with the goal of experiencing American...

Bookmarks for August 3rd

Bookmarks for August 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 2nd: MSU prof documenting increased acidity in Pacific: A 20-year study of the Pacific Ocean waters northwest of Hawaii has documented a sustained rise in the water's acidity caused by air pollution, a change...