Category: Hawaii

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

One of the many things “LOST” fans have to look forward to this month is the release of “LOST: The Complete Connection” on DVD and Blu-Ray. To celebrate, several local fans are getting together next Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki. The event is the brainchild of Ed...

LOST Conference Cancelled

LOST Conference Cancelled

Even though there’s a lot for “LOST” fans to be excited about this month, some bad news emerged this week: “LOST: The Conference” has been cancelled. The event was the brainchild of David Lavery and Lynnette Porter, and was planned to run alongside the Hawaii International Conference on Arts &...

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...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

The short independent film “Hawaiian Ghost Story” is one big step closer to becoming a reality. As I blogged last week, the project was in the running for $50,000 cash and a $200,000 finishing contract in Openfilm’s first “Get It Made” competition. And today comes official word that it garnered...

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...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is...

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

One of the highlights for me at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the preview for the new “Hawaii Five-0” reboot on CBS. The event featured stars Daniel Dae Kim, who gets to stay in Hawaii following his six-year turn on “LOST,” and Grace Park, a reboot veteran from “Battlestar...

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There...

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Production on CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” officially started today in Waikiki. Work kicked off after a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw of Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools. On hand was Daniel Dae Kim, formerly of “LOST,” Grace Park, formerly of...

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...

“LOST” Truck for Sale

“LOST” Truck for Sale

Looking to make deliveries in style? Got some coffins to transport? The Oceanic Air Cargo truck seen in the historic series finale of ABC’s “LOST” is up for sale. The 1996 GMC P30 was rented from a local company, given a paint job and special Oceanic Airlines branding, and was...

First Look at Hawaii Five-O Reboot

First Look at Hawaii Five-O Reboot

As the world, and Hawaii, prepares to say goodbye to “LOST,” news came this week that CBS had picked up the long-awaited reboot of its hit series from over three decades ago. The new “Hawaii Five-O” will be part of the network’s fall line up, and is already one of...

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

My kids love to go to the movies, but when trips to the theater mean spending $100 a pop, it’s hard to be enthusiastic… especially when good kids movies are few and far between. So I’m intrigued by the upcoming Kids First! Film Festival, part of the summer sessions program...

HMAUS SpringFest on Saturday

HMAUS SpringFest on Saturday

Whether you’re a long-time fan and user of Apple and Macintosh products or a recent convert to “The Apple Way,” you should check out SpringFest, one of the keystone annual events of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users Society (HMAUS). This year’s gathering is being hosted and co-sponsored by Kapiolani...