Category: Media

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,...

Happy Birthday, HPR

Happy Birthday, HPR

On November 13, 1981, a switch was flipped in a makeshift studio in the University of Hawaii quarry and a Mahler opera burst onto the airwaves. The now twin stations have had a long and colorful history, beginning 27 years ago with egg-carton sound dampeners, a move in 1987, online...

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,...

Shawn Ching Leaving KITV

Shawn Ching Leaving KITV

KITV news anchor Shawn Ching is leaving the station after November to pursue a career in law. Coworker Rich Fewell broke the news on Twitter this afternoon. The Roosevelt High School grad has been with the station for over twelve years, starting as its sports director in 1995. He previously...

Guy Kawasaki on Hawaii Education, Rail Plan

Guy Kawasaki on Hawaii Education, Rail Plan

Hawaii’s best chance at success comes from education rather than special funds and tax credits, according to renowned venture capitalist and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki. He also expressed exasperation over Honolulu’s rail transit plan, and appreciation for the work of L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine, who works with him on running...

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

The Boston Globe has earned deserved accolades for its photo blog, “The Big Picture.” Curated by Alan Taylor, the blog showcases some of the most spectacular shots captured by photojournalists around the world… unforgettable images that are usually scaled down to a few column inches or thumbnailed beyond recognition on...

Fire!

Fire!

My middle child, Zac, had just grumbled that he was bored. He was rolling around on the floor, lamenting that his little brother Alex was off doing his own thing in the next room, when the noisy bunch of kids in the driveway (which included his big sister Katie) suddenly...

Molly Holzschlag at Pacific New Media

Molly Holzschlag at Pacific New Media

Molly E. Holzschlag — well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author — is returning to Honolulu this week to lead workshops for Pacific New Media. On Friday, she’ll give a free public lecture titled “Browsers, Web Standards, and IE8” in Krauss Hall at 7 p.m. Those looking for more intensive...

Obama Comes Home

Obama Comes Home

Rush transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks to Hawaii at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park: Aloha! First of all, everybody who doesn’t know, this is Michelle Obama. My partner, my love, and the person who knocks sense into me every once in a while. First I want to thank… Mayor Mufi Hanneman....

Hele On to Comic-Con

Hele On to Comic-Con

My wife Jen and I will be attending Comic-Con International 2008 in San Diego this week. Dubbed by some as the “Geek Prom,” Comic-Con is no small gathering of basement-dwelling nerds. Everyone from Hollywood’s biggest guns to aspiring web cartoonists shows up for Comic-Con, which sold out last week. Over...

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

When worlds collide. With the inaugural Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts Sports & Fitness Expo landing in Honolulu this weekend, Hawaii Public Radio is going to take a serious look at a serious phenomenon that, nevertheless, falls far outside of the usual public radio comfort zone. Tonight on “Town Square,” airing...

‘Hawaiian machismo’ cited in surfer murder

‘Hawaiian machismo’ cited in surfer murder

It’s been a year since prominent Hawaii-born surfer Emery Kauanui was beaten to death outside his mother’s apartment in La Jolla, Calif. It was the brutal conclusion to an altercation in a nearby bar earlier that evening, and left surfers everywhere in shock. Now that the murder trial is drawing...

LOST Notes: Ben and Penny

LOST Notes: Ben and Penny

A couple of tidbits to start the week. First, local “LOST” fans may want to make their way down to the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel tonight for the taping of the “NightTime with Andy Bumatai” show. Tonight’s star guest is Michael Emerson, a.k.a. Benjamin Linus. Head down to the S.O.S. Showroom...

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Renown “digital wonderer” Burt Lum will soon be returning to the airwaves with “Bytemarks Cafe,” a radio show about technology and the web coming in July on Hawaii Public Radio (KIPO-FM 89.3). “It’ll be a magazine format with news bytes, interviews, cool websites and an audio pick of the week,”...

Alltop Tracks Hawaii

Alltop Tracks Hawaii

Alltop, the latest web venture by Hawaii-born entrepreneur, author, and one-time Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, today added a new channel devoted to Hawaii. Alltop offers quick, clean overviews of headlines from a variety of subjects, from venture capital to music to gaming. Described as “dashboards” or “virtual magazine racks,” the...

Hawaii Mulls Journalism Shield Law

Hawaii Mulls Journalism Shield Law

From the irrepressible Malia Zimmerman, editor of Hawaii Reporter, a call for testimony in support of HB 2557 HD1, which limits “compelled disclosure of sources or unpublished information” for journalists — otherwise known as a “journalism shield law.” HB 2557 HD1 “relating to evidence” will be heard this Thursday in...

Obama Sweeps Hawaii

Obama Sweeps Hawaii

Hawaii Democratic Caucus from hawaii on Vimeo. Hawaii-born U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama won handily in Hawaii’s historic Democratic caucuses on Tuesday. More than 37,000 people turned out to participate in a process that previously drew no more than 4,900 caucusgoers, and Obama won 76 percent of the vote (compared...

Jill Kuramoto Gets LOST, Gets Pregnant

Jill Kuramoto Gets LOST, Gets Pregnant

Congratulations two times over for KITV news anchor and reporter Jill Kuramoto, who this week saw her national television debut on ABC’s “LOST,” and announced that she’s pregnant with her first child, a son, due in April. Kuramoto was tapped by her station’s parent network to play a television news...

Writers Strike Over?

Writers Strike Over?

Technology journalist Xeni Jardin posted a Twitter update via SMS minutes ago that couldn’t be simpler: “The strike is over!” It’s the first affirmative declaration I’ve seen since the Writers Guilde of America strike began, and it comes from a reputable source. Of course, the trade off to the instantaneous...

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year...