Category: Travel

Civil Geeks: Meet the Hawaii Team Behind Waze

My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat introduces the everyday people behind one of the most popular navigation apps in the world. Waze, acquired by Google in 2013, incorporates traffic and incident reports from its more than 50 million users, giving it unmatched real-time information on everything from accidents to...

Bikeshare Hawaii Picks PBSC for Honolulu System

Would-be shared bike riders in Honolulu now have a good idea of what their two-wheeled rides will look like. Bikeshare Hawaii today announced that it had selected Canadian company PBSC Urban Solutions as the provider of its core offering: a 1,600-bike, 183-station bike-sharing system expected to launch next summer. Bikeshare Hawaii is backed by...

Newly Minted Coders Tackle State Tourism Data

Some Hawaii’s newest full-stack software developers have unveiled a new website designed to take a mountain of government data and turn it into a visual, browsable, useful resource for Hawaii’s largest and most vital industry. HiViz makes it easy to explore visitor market data that’s currently published only in spreadsheet form by the Hawaii...

New Site Showcases 360° Virtual Tours

A new website offers a unique, immersive way to tour island restaurants, shops, galleries, parks and beaches. HawaiiHolo is the brainchild of Honolulu business photographer Minn Tun, who has built a name for himself as a Google Maps partner. Tech giant Google has been tireless expanding its map offerings around the...

Gallery: Bikeshare Hawaii Hosting Open Houses

Bikeshare Hawaii is moving forward with its ambitious plan to launch a 1,600-bike, 183-station bikesharing system in urban Honolulu. And now the non-profit is hosting “open house” events to allow the public to check out the offerings of four bikesharing systems and help choose the best system for the island....

‘Route 99’ Celebrates Namesake with Map

Route 99 Hawaii, based in Wahiawa, sells a popular line of embroidered hats that proudly declare the wearer’s local pride. From “Only in the 808” and “Aloha” to designs featuring the North Shore and Native Hawaiian motifs, the company has grown from a farmers market booth to a lifestyle brand sold in more than two dozen...

Video: Flying with Hang Gliding Hawaii

  Back in May, I wrote about how Eric Nakamoto put everything on the line to learn to fly, buy a state-of-the-art ultralight powered trike, and bring it back to Hawaii to start Hang Gliding Hawaii. Even though he sought me out as part of a blogger outreach campaign, offering...

Bikeshare Hawaii Pedaling Toward Reality

Plans to launch a bike sharing system in urban Honolulu took another step forward last week when both the city and state each committed $1 million in seed funding to Bikeshare Hawaii. Bikeshare Hawaii is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making bikesharing a reality, led by friend and brilliant designer Ben...

Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent...

Thrillist Launching Honolulu Edition

The local online lifestyle media space will get a little more crowded this week with the Wednesday launch of Thrillist Honolulu, which is adding O’ahu to a growing list of more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Europe covered by the Thrillist Media Group. The Thrillist network is adding...

Anthony Bourdain Revisits Hawaii

My wife and I love Anthony Bourdain. He’s a famously acid-tongued chef and writer turned celebrity chef and travel host. He’s anchored several travel and food shows: “A Cook’s Tour” for the Food Network, “No Reservations” and “The Layover” on the Travel Channel, and now “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Bourdain featured...

Solar Plane Diverts to Japan En Route to Hawaii

“Au revoir, Andre, our hearts, our soul, our love are with you… be safe, drive carefully, we’ll see you on the other side.” And with that, Swiss pilot André Borschberg — co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse — left terra firma in Nanjing, China yesterday, beginning what was to be an...

Traveling Chef Show to Tour Hawaii

Australian chef, paleo diet crusader, and avid surfer Pete Evans is bringing his traveling food show “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking” to Hawaii next week. The series is a partnership between Boston-based public television station WGBH and Fine Cooking magazine, and is currently filming its third season. Earlier this month,...

Gallery: Visiting D.C. & Philadelphia

For the last 10 days, I’ve been off island, traveling with my coworkers at Hawaii Information Service to attend the annual mid-year conference of the National Association of Realtors. I somehow managed to keep up with my daily blogging while away, but I thought I’d highlight my trip for today’s...

Dane’s Drone Captures ‘Hawaii From Above’

My obsession with drones (a.k.a. quadcopters, UAVs, UASes, RPASes, yadda yadda yadda) is well documented, and I’m certainly not along among camera and gadget geeks. The images and video clips that they can capture from above can be incredible, and there are hundreds of drone videos uploaded to YouTube every month....

Solar Plane Preps for Historic Flight to Hawaii

Hawaii is the next stop on a globe-spanning attempt to make history and to prove what’s possible without relying on fossil fuels. The “Solar Impulse” team is halfway through it’s plan to achieve the first around-the-world flight using only solar power. The “Solar Impulse” solar plane — actually, the second...

Big island Buses

Student Boosts Big Island Bus App

A Big Island teenager has helped the Big Island bus transit system take its online services to the next level. Having put Hele-on Bus schedule information on the web, Tiger Oakes (@Not_Woods) has now released a new version of his “Big Island Buses” web app, and even connected his work with Google Maps. I first heard...

Travel2Change Hawaii

Travel2Change Aims to Change Travel for Good

Tourism has an enormous impact on Hawaii. That impact includes $11.4 billion in visitor spending, $1 billion in tax revenue, and more than 150,000 jobs. But that impact also has considerable downsides, in Hawaii as it does everywhere else in the world: Damage to the environment, only aggravated by guide books that send...

Uber Under Fire in Hawaii

Hawaii lawmakers are mulling a bill that would regulate “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft. And while the legislator who introduced the bill, Sen. Glenn Wakai, says he introduced it on behalf of Uber, Uber testified against the proposed law. [Update: See below.] The bill also assigns the Public...

How Not To Visit a Heiau

How Not To Visit a Heiau

Noted conservationist Sam Ohu Gon III shared a photo on Facebook this morning of a blogger’s photo of himself lying on a stone at Moʻokini heiau, saying, “This is what lack of respect looks like.” He posted the following comment: “You probably did not intend it, but your picture lying on...