Category: Family

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

The music of Beatrix*JAR is a mix of beats, sound samples, and random noise, a “fuzzy sound collage” that’s unique and original every time the Minneapolis-based duo performs. From toys to circuit boards to radio interference, found sounds are a key ingredient to their art.  And Hawaii will get to...

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi from hawaii on Vimeo. Kodomo No Hi, or Children’s Day (formerly Boy’s Day), is traditionally celebrated on May 5 in Japan, but the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii gave locals a head start with its “Keiki Fun Fest” on Sunday. There were all kinds of activities from...

Hawaii Geek Meet

Hawaii Geek Meet

Everyone is a geek about something. And whenever geeks of different stripes cross paths, sparks fly. Curiosity is stoked, ideas erupt, and the conversation can flow from frivolous to intense. The success of cross-disciplinary gatherings like Unconferenz proved that the meeting of diverse minds can make great things happen. And...

The Spam Jam is Coming!

The Spam Jam is Coming!

Mark your calendars and brace your palates: the annual “Waikiki Spam Jam” is returning on May 3, 2008. Hawaii residents consume more Spam per capita than any other state in the union: nearly seven million cans a year. So it makes sense that we celebrate everyone’s favorite brand of “mystery...

Lanikai Beach in Kailua

Lanikai Beach in Kailua

Lanikai from hawaii on Vimeo. On Sunday, my family and I met up with an old college friend and her kids in Kailua on the Windward side of O’ahu. It was a gray, rainy day, and at first it seemed as if our beach picnic plans had been scuttled. But...

14th Annual Honolulu Festival

14th Annual Honolulu Festival

Honolulu Festival from hawaii on Vimeo. The 14th Annual Honolulu Festival is a three-day cultural exchange festival “promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region.” Here are some scenes from Sunday, March 16 at the Honolulu Convention Center (one of three...

The Great Aloha Run

The Great Aloha Run

Great Aloha Run 2008 from hawaii on Vimeo. I wasn’t expecting to have President’s Day off. Neither was my body clock, which drew me out of bed well before dawn yesterday. On a whim, I decided to head downtown for the start of the 24th annual Great Aloha Run. In...

It’s Slippah Time

It’s Slippah Time

“It’s dat time of year again!” Yes, as Lynn “Auntie Pupule” Vasquez reminds us, the holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the third annual Mayor Wright Housing Christmas Slippah Wish Fund. Even though it’s not uncommon to go barefoot in Hawaii, kids in public housing shouldn’t have...

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting...

Webkinz Woes

Webkinz Woes

Being a geek and a father, I’ve long tracked online destinations for kids. And while the offerings of Nick Jr. and PBS Kids are largely Flash-based brand reinforcement exercises, they are interactive (unlike the TV shows most of them are based on) and free (usually). And since I’m also a...