Category: Business

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

I wish I was enough of a foodie to say that I was always familiar with the background and talents of award-winning chef Philippe Padovani. But apart from knowing that he was one of the founders of “Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” I only truly became a fan of his after my...

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality...

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Offer not valid in Hawaii and Alaska. Prices may be higher in Hawaii and Alaska. And yes, Sirius Satellite Radio is not available in Hawaii and Alaska. But that may change. The FCC has granted conditional approval to Sirius to operate ground-based repeaters to make its programming available in the...

My Seoul Adventure

My Seoul Adventure

I returned to Honolulu from Seoul today, twelve hours before I left. Spending three days in South Korea was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return. Thanks again to Hawaiian Airlines for the opportunity to document their new nonstop service between Honolulu and Incheon international airports. Our trip...

Next Stop: Korea

Next Stop: Korea

Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service between Honolulu and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. And I’ll be among the people aboard the inaugural flight, leaving shortly after noon today. I’ll be representing the geeky, social media contingent, along with Burt Lum (“digital ronin” and my Hawaii Public...

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Launching a startup company can be exhilarating, but also a daunting challenge of planning, organizing, and building. Can it be done here in Honolulu… in one weekend? Kailua software developer Dave Pascua hopes to find out. He announced Startup Weekend Honolulu yesterday, tentatively scheduled to take place at Fresh Cafe...

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

Whether you’re a geek with a packrat streak or an organization with a closet full of old computers, next week brings a valuable opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics — free of charge. The University of Hawaii is hosting its “Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days.”...

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

My inbox runneth over with great deals. Back in June, I noted how the group buying trend was taking hold in Hawaii. Tippr was launching in Honolulu, following in the footsteps of PlayHawaii, and competitors LivingSocial and industry leader Groupon were promising to launch here soon. My KIPO radio co-host friend Burt...

Honolulu’s High ‘Creative Class Density’

Honolulu’s High ‘Creative Class Density’

Our cost of living is high, our wages are low, and our barriers to business are substantial. But smart and creative people? We’ve got those in droves. Honolulu is among the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation when it comes to the density of its “human capital” and “creative...

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Last month, I blogged about an Entertainment Software Association report that said the Hawaii video game industry had added $23 million to the local economy. The report said that the revenue was generated by five “Interactive Entertainment Software Locations.” I asked if anyone knew who those five developers were. Local...

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

On Saturday morning, I cracked a tooth. Having not seen a dentist in over a decade, and having shunned the dental profession most of my life, I had no idea what to do. Being the hapless nerd I am, I immediately tweeted about it. Fortunately, I received a flood of...

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Video games are a growing business in Hawaii. The state’s entertainment software industry added over $23 million to the state’s economy in 2009, according to a report released today by the Entertainment Software Association. The Hawaii findings were only a small part of a national survey that concluded that the...

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

When it comes to national brands and promotions, Hawaii residents usually get the short end of the stick. Just check the fine print of most TV commercials — “Prices higher in Hawaii and Puerto Rico,” goes the standard disclaimer. (Heck, the fact that we’re finally getting a Bath & Body Works...

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...

Microsoft Launches ‘Project Hawaii’

Microsoft Launches ‘Project Hawaii’

Although I’ve previously noted hints that Apple and Steve Jobs are fans of the Aloha State, they’re certainly not the only company to pay tribute to Hawaii. And now, Microsoft is sporting some island style with its “Project Hawaii.” Not only that, but within “Project Hawaii,” you’ll find the “MAUI...

Saimin Stories

Saimin Stories

Today my coworkers and I headed into Kalihi to eat lunch at Boulevard Saimin. This mom-and-pop eatery has been around since 1956, and is a local institution. But when we arrived, there were signs announcing that the restaurant was changing its name to Dillingham Saimin. And on the door, a...

Honolulu Among ‘Recession-Proof’ Cities

Honolulu Among ‘Recession-Proof’ Cities

Honolulu was named among the top ten most ‘recession-proof’ cities in the country, according to a new MetroMonitor report out of The Brookings Institution. The capital of the Aloha State ranked tenth,  sandwiched between Texas cities El Paso and Houston. Albany, New York took top honors. The report examined 100...

Tippr Coming to Honolulu

Tippr Coming to Honolulu

Tippr, one of the web’s hottest “group buying” sites, is setting up shop in Honolulu. Tippr already offers deals in eight other U.S. cities, including New York and San Francisco, and it will launch its Honolulu program on Friday with a launch party at Honolulu Design Center. Mashable’s Pete Cashmore...

HMSA, Bankoh Go Mobile

HMSA, Bankoh Go Mobile

Two of Hawaii’s largest companies have jumped into the mobile space. HMSA this week launched Mobile HMSA, and Bank of Hawaii unveiled its iPhone app. The HMSA offering is a mobile-optimized website that appears at hmsa.com automatically (and only) for people using iPhones, Android phones, and the Palm Pre — with...

iSpencer Saved My Wife’s iPhone

iSpencer Saved My Wife’s iPhone

My wife got caught up in a stampede at Costco this afternoon, and her iPhone 3G landed on the concrete floor, screen first. It shattered, tiny pieces immediately lost forever. Impeccable timing for an iPhone disaster, with the iPhone 4 due out on Thursday. I had planned to get the...