Category: Hawaii

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...

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...

Heart of Paradise Debuts Tonight

Heart of Paradise Debuts Tonight

Take one part “Survivor” and one part “Extreme Makeover” and mix in heaping spoonfuls of Hawaii, and you’ll get “Heart of Paradise,” a new reality TV show that premieres at 9 p.m. tonight on KHON FOX 2 and CW93. The brainchild of first-time producer Cynthia Lockhart, the hourlong program (which...

Ben Gutierrez Ousted at KITV

Ben Gutierrez Ousted at KITV

Local ABC affiliate KITV announced this afternoon that newcomer Amber-Lynn Hyden would take over morning weather anchor duties. But for all the glowing praise KITV News Director Tod Pritchard heaped upon the former flight attendant, not a word was said about her predecessor: veteran morning weather anchor Ben Gutierrez. Presumably,...

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...

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been officially named in honor of a historic Hawaiian painter. Nawahi Crater, located in Mercury’s Calloris Basin, gets its name from native Hawaiian artist Joseph Kaho’oluhi Nawahiokalaniopu’u. It’s one of fifteen names announced last week by NASA’s MESSENGER mission, which...

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney is preparing to build an $800 million resort in Ko Olina, transforming 21-acres of oceanfront land into a lavish oasis. The property will feature an enormous artificial volcano, roaring rapids and meandering rivers, lagoons and pools, all custom built for adventure, romance, and relaxation. Among the palm trees and...

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T’s cellular network in Honolulu failed this morning, disconnecting thousands of customers for at least six hours. (As I type this, service is restored in some areas, like downtown, but not in Mililani.)  At first I thought I just missed a bill payment, but it didn’t take long to realize...

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

A four-day celebration of raw food and wellness begins on Thursday on the Big Island. The “Rainbow Raw Games” will fill the Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Pahoa with family-friendly activities and presentations focused on raw food living, spiritual growth, and personal empowerment. The event caught my eye, as my coworker Beth...

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Last July, journalist and columnist Bob Jones said you could “bet on it”: longtime U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie would run for governor. Even though Abercrombie said no to challenging Gov. Linda Lingle in 2006, it looks like the time is right for a run in 2010. There has yet to...

Meetup Madness

Meetup Madness

Manoa Geeks — the Web 2.0 inspired social geek gathering I now help organize — is upon us! Come on down Thursday evening to Thirtyninehotel in Chinatown to talkstory and catch up with what’s going on in Hawaii’s vibrant tech scene. There’ll be food, drink, and lots of cool stories...

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike from hawaii on Vimeo. Yesterday, I joined my 10-year-old daughter, Katie, on a hike up Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks and a popular local attraction. The hike was organized by her Girl Scout troop (Hawaii Troop #84), and we were joined by seven other...

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava, or ‘Awa as it’s known in Hawaii, will be explored and celebrated at UH on Saturday at the Kawa Festival. The plant is playing a central role in the resurgence of Hawaiian cultural practices. Drink kava while learning about it from Hawaiian cultural practitioners, ‘awa growers, health and nutrition specialists,...

Waikiki Apple Store Opens

Waikiki Apple Store Opens

Royal Hawaiian Apple Store Grand Opening from hawaii on Vimeo. Hawaii’s third Apple Store opened this morning in Waikiki, overlooking Kalakaua Avenue from the Royal Hawaiian Center. I was, in fact, second on the scene at 3 a.m., showing up an hour after web cartoonist Sophie Lynette. (I wasn’t planning...

Saturday is Museum Day

Saturday is Museum Day

There’s only one thing better than getting into several island museums for the price of one: when the price of admission is free.  This Saturday, Sept. 27 brings “Museum Day,” sponsored by Smithsonian magazine. That means free admission at ten participating museums in Hawaii (and dozens of museums across the...

Andy Bumatai Taking a Talk Show Break

Andy Bumatai Taking a Talk Show Break

Another day, another “Twitter exclusive.” Local comedian and talk show host Andy Bumatai has announced that his show, “NightTime with Andy Bumatai,” will be put on hiatus until next year, and will be filmed in yet another new location and have a different format. “I’ve decided to put my show,...

Obama, Letterman on Hawaii

Obama, Letterman on Hawaii

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman” last night to talk about Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, and foreign policy.  Part of the conversation, however, touched on Obama’s first trip to the Mainland as a young boy. Dave: “I want you to tell us a little...

Day of Action in Hawaii on Sept. 27

Day of Action in Hawaii on Sept. 27

Olin Lagon of the “island-style activism” portal Kanu Hawaii is putting out the call for locals to volunteer for a day of service on Sept. 27, part of the national Service Nation initiative. “Kanu Hawaii wants to help make Hawaii the number one state in volunteers per capita, and make...

Eclipse Takes Root in Hawaii

Eclipse Takes Root in Hawaii

A local user group is forming for Eclipse, an open source, Java development environment with an active and growing developer community. The Eclipse Hawaii User’s Group, or eHug, is one of several regional communities devoted to Eclipse, and it is planning its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at IBM’s...

Workshop to Explore Apple’s iPhone

Workshop to Explore Apple’s iPhone

Apple’s immensely popular iPhone will be the focus of tonight’s Web Weavers Workshop, a regular series focused on web development organized by HMAUS and the Pacific New Media program at the University of Hawaii. iPhone expert Rich Warren (21 Century Systems Inc.) will talk about what the iPhone can do,...