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Online Strides by Hawaii Government Lauded

Two government websites in Hawaii received national recognition this week, and one of them is in the running for even more acclaim. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recognized the City & County of Honolulu for its all-online neighborhood board elections. It was one of the 2015 Bright...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

As fans prepare to gather in Waikiki tonight for the “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the premiere episode of the new “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS has launched an online “Marching Band Mania” competition focused on the show’s iconic theme song. Over 40 bands from across the country have been...

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Two Hawaii e-government initiatives received national recognition for excellence today. The Center for Digital Government announced the latest Digital Government Achievement Awards and the Best of the Web Awards. The state’s eBench Warrant system received a Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government category. Meanwhile, the official site for Maui...

Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

Hawaii is bad for business. The latest “Top States for Business” survey by CNBC ranked Hawaii 48th among all 50 states. The good news? Hawaii climbed a step from 2009, switching places with Rhode Island and staying ahead of Alaska. And while Hawaii did poorly in most of the categories...

Looking Up License Plates

Looking Up License Plates

Just how public are public records? Last week, KITV’s Daryl Huff raised the alarm about a website that can tie Hawaii license plates to driver names. The first piece did not identify the website, however. Huff said Nanci Kreidman of the Domestic Violence Action Center asked them not to, citing...

Hawaii Newspaper Archives Go Online

Hawaii Newspaper Archives Go Online

The archives of three newspapers documenting Hawaii’s 19th century history have been posted online by the Library of Congress, digitized and converted into searchable text via OCR through the participation of the UH Mānoa Library. The archives are available via the “Chronicling America” website, and come from: The Daily Herald...

Supporters Rally to Revive Civil Unions Bill

Supporters Rally to Revive Civil Unions Bill

Supporters of House Bill 444, or the “civil unions bill,” are not ready to give up. While Tuesday, May 5 Thursday, May 7 is the effective deadline for any last-minute action on the stalled bill, late signals from the Senate offer a glimmer of hope. HB444, which offers same-sex couples...

Abercrombie Announces Gubernatorial Run Online

Abercrombie Announces Gubernatorial Run Online

Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie is hoping to move from Washington D.C. to Washington Place in Honolulu, today making official his long-anticipated run for governor. True, it was the worst-kept secret in local politics (I blogged it as a sure-thing in November, and I was late then!), and every media outlet...

Study: Hawaii Loves Porn

Study: Hawaii Loves Porn

A nationwide study of online porn consumption has been raising eyebrows, most pundits seizing on the strong correlation between conservative and religious states (a.k.a. “Red States”) and the number of porn subscriptions. But I was amused to discover that Hawaii is the number two consumer of porn, behind only Utah....

Okino: Homosexuality causes disease

Okino: Homosexuality causes disease

There’s a maelstrom of controversy surrounding Hawaii House Bill #444, which “extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.”  Churches and other groups organized a demonstration against the bill that drew thousands to the State Capitol on Sunday, and...

Hawaii Goes to SXSW

Hawaii Goes to SXSW

South By Southwest (SXSW) is one of the nation’s largest music, film, and interactive festivals. Now in its 23rd year, it now draws over 11,000 people to Austin, Texas each year. Among them, many of Hawaii musicians, filmmakers, and online entrepreneurs. Some of the musicians making the trek this March...

“LOST” in a Market

“LOST” in a Market

Looks like the winter “LOST” production hiatus is over. Filming for Episode 12 of Season 5 commenced yesterday, and late word came of a location shoot at the Times Supermarket in McCully (1772 S. King St.). Out front, a false sign hung that no doubt gave local shoppers pause: Tim’s...

State Braces for High Winds

State Braces for High Winds

High winds with gusts of up to 60 to 70 miles per hour may buffet the state tomorrow and Friday, and government officials met today to discuss contingency and communications plans. The National Weather Service, State Civil Defense, and other agencies initiated talks this morning, gearing up for stormy conditions...

Twitter Reports on Hawaii Economy

Twitter Reports on Hawaii Economy

This afternoon, the state Council on Revenues is giving a briefing on the state economy at the Hawaii State Capitol. And at least two people are Twittering from the briefing as it unfolds: Ian Lind (independent investigative journalist and blogger) and Georgette Deemer (Communications Director for the Hawaii House of...

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Renowned local music producer and musician Kenneth Makuakane will be celebrating the release of his new album, “The White Bathtub,” on Thursday with a CD release party at the Ala Moana Hotel‘s Pakele Lounge.  Special guests include Barry Flanagan, Walt Keale, Obrian Eselu and Stephen Inglis. And as with all...

Roz Savage Needs Help to Stow Her Boat

Roz Savage Needs Help to Stow Her Boat

Roz Savage, who hopes to set records and raise environmental awareness by rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean, is putting out a call for help. Her high tech rowboat, The Brocade, is in desperate need of shelter while it awaits Phase 2 of her voyage. “I urgently need to find...

Cable TV Channels May Go Dark Tomorrow

Cable TV Channels May Go Dark Tomorrow

Hawaii customers of Oceanic Time Warner will lose several television channels tomorrow unless a last-minute deal is struck between Time Warner and Viacom. Viacom owns several popular basic cable channels carried by Oceanic, including Comedy Central, music channels MTV and VH1, kids channels Nickleodeon and Noggin, Spike, and TV Land....

Honolulu Power Outage Covered Online

Honolulu Power Outage Covered Online

At about 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, a lightning storm over Honolulu apparently knocked out electricity for almost the entire island of O’ahu. As people from Waikiki to Kaneohe were plunged into darkness, those that still had battery operated gadgets gathered and shared information online to determine the extent...

Todd’s 24 Hour Podcast

Todd’s 24 Hour Podcast

Beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday morning, and running nonstop through dawn on Sunday, Hawaii’s own Todd Cochrane — podcaster and new media entrepreneur — will be on the air for 24 hours to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans. He’ll be talking around the clock with guests and listeners, including several...

A Few Good Hawaii Blogs

A Few Good Hawaii Blogs

Blogs.com is built to showcase “the best in blogs,” and the wonderful folks at Six Apart (who are also behind TypePad and Movable Type) have been building a fantastic collection of reviews and links.  One of their key features are “Top Ten Lists,” which have been compiled by dozens of...