Category: Business

Loco Moco Smackdown in Waikiki

Loco Moco Smackdown in Waikiki

The loco moco is a famous (and infamous) island dish: white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and thick brown gravy. Its presence on the menu is often a measure of how “local” an eatery is. And while the home of the loco moco is the sleepy...

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Last night, Consolidated Theatres offered an early screening of “Toy Story 3 in 3-D” to show off its new “Titan Extreme Cinema” theater. I was eager to see both the movie and the setup, and my family and I were grateful to be invited (along with other local media, contest...

Handmade Handbags from Hawaii

Handmade Handbags from Hawaii

Sometimes I think I’d enjoy being a girl. Then, it would be perfectly rational to crave beautiful, handmade in Hawaii handbags like those now being sold online by Ruth Shiroma Foster. I’ve known Ruth since my first days on the news desk at Ka Leo, the once-great daily student newspaper...

WeReward Rundown

WeReward Rundown

Another day, another geolocation app. But this one has a blunt answer to the frequently asked question: “Why would anyone want to ‘check in’ every place they go?” And that answer is cash. WeReward comes from the folks at Izea, a company that — for better and worse — wants to monetize...

Editor Sought for New News Venture

Editor Sought for New News Venture

A new Internet startup poised to transform local news, in Hawaii and beyond, is now on the hunt for an editor to lead the team. Renowned entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and philanthropist, announced the search today. Instead of sending out a press release, he posted a link on...

Tech Breakfast on Hawaii Broadband

Tech Breakfast on Hawaii Broadband

On Friday, the monthly HISciTech Tech Download networking breakfast organized by the Hawaii Science & Technology Council will feature an update on the Hawaii Broadband Taskforce. Although the HBTF was technically shut down at the end of June, there’s still no shortage of new information to process. This Friday’s event,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Governor Lets Tech Credit Cuts Become Law

Governor Lets Tech Credit Cuts Become Law

Today was the last day Gov. Linda Lingle could veto bills from the 2009 legislative session. And while she didn’t sign SB199, she didn’t veto it, either. So, despite the extensive lobbying efforts by the local technology and business community, and despite the fact that she listed it as a...

Gov. Lingle Vetoes Online Tax Bill

Gov. Lingle Vetoes Online Tax Bill

A quick update to my last post on Amazon.com dropping Hawaii affiliates. As the online giant (and many local affiliate marketers) hoped, Gov. Linda Lingle today vetoed HB1405.  Now the ball is in the Legislature’s court, as lawmakers mull convening a special session to override the governor’s vetoes. The full...

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...

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”...

Daniel Dae Kim Jumps Into Restaurant Biz

Daniel Dae Kim Jumps Into Restaurant Biz

A brief item in this morning’s Star-Bulletin from John Heckathorn: Restaurateur DK Kodama and “Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim are opening a restaurant together, a casual, build-your-own-burger franchise called The Counter. Next to Whole Foods at Kahala Mall, next month. How’d they get together? DK’s daughter and DDK’s son are...

Rally to Support Act 221

Rally to Support Act 221

A cross section of Hawaii’s tech sector — ranging from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to business leaders and everyday geeks — will present a united front at tomorrow’s opening day at the Hawaii State Legislature. Spearheaded by Bill Spencer of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, the group will amass at...

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...

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....

iFu Kung Fu for iPhone

iFu Kung Fu for iPhone

Yesterday on Bytemarks Cafe, Russel Cheng of local tech company Oceanit unveiled a new application they’ve developed for Apple’s iPhone (and iPod Touch): iFu Kung Fu. The app is simple and fun, tapping the iPhone’s accellerometer to trigger kung fu sound effects with each movement.  After launching iFu — which...

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

If you can’t beat ’em… kill ’em, then reanimate their corpse as a corporate zombie. That appears to sum up the bizarre chain of events that will allow the much-maligned, Mesa-backed upstart go! Airlines to rebrand itself as Aloha Airlines. Yes, the “intellectual property” of Aloha Airlines, a beloved interisland...