Category: Miscellaneous

State Braces for High Winds

State Braces for High Winds

High winds with gusts of up to 60 to 70 miles per hour may buffet the state tomorrow and Friday, and government officials met today to discuss contingency and communications plans. The National Weather Service, State Civil Defense, and other agencies initiated talks this morning, gearing up for stormy conditions...

“LOST” in a Landslide

“LOST” in a Landslide

In the latest “Dharma Special Access” e-mail bulletin from ABC and “LOST” creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, there’s an interesting note about the recent wet weather we’ve seen on Oahu: One of the fun things about shooting the show in Hawaii is how completely inconsequential Mother Nature makes us...

Hawaii Second Healthiest State

Hawaii Second Healthiest State

The Aloha State has climbed from third to second place in a national ranking of healthiest states. In the 2008 America’s Health Rankings, issued by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Hawaii State Snapshot noted several strengths: A low prevalence of obesity (21.7 percent of the population). Low levels...

“LOST” at School

“LOST” at School

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” returned to downtown Honolulu this morning to film a New York street scene. The intersection of Bethel St. and Merchant St. was converted into the Upper West Side in Manhattan, with a tell-tale subway entrance (“Columbus & 67th St. Station”), New York cabs, some news racks, and an antique...

Geek Goes Down on Live TV

Geek Goes Down on Live TV

You haven’t lived until you’ve humiliated yourself on live television. I had that unique opportunity this morning after doing my regular “LOST” commentary on KITV (the Honolulu ABC affiliate). The next segment was some fitness drills with current and former members of the UH Warriors football team, sponsored by Jamba...

LOST Party

LOST Party

Scaling down somewhat from the huge shoot at Kalaeloa on Wednesday, the “LOST” crew headed out to upscale East Honolulu today to film at a mansion in Kahala. Specifically, they returned to Hurley’s mansion as last seen in “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” a $5.5 million property that’s actually on the...

Jill Kuramoto Welcomes Baby Jace

Jill Kuramoto Welcomes Baby Jace

Back in February, I was elated to break the news that KITV news anchor and reporter (and “LOST” celebrity) Jill Kuramoto was expecting. Well, this morning, the good word came from coworker Rich Fewell (via Twitter): “Jill K had her baby!” The details later arrived at the Inside KITV blog...

Aiona Girl

Aiona Girl

Cat Toth, immensely popular local reporter and blogger for the Honolulu Advertiser, stars in this… mind blowing tribute to Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. “Aiona Girl” was shown at “Gridiron 2007,” the annual fundraiser for the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s a can’t-miss event that recaps the...

Akaka Bill Passes, Again

Akaka Bill Passes, Again

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007, a.k.a. the Akaka Bill, was passed by the U.S. House this morning, 261-153. Numerologists take note, it was the 1,000th vote taken by the 110th Congress. “Today’s House action provides great momentum in our effort to extend federal recognition to Hawaii’s indigenous...

Pacific News Bytes Launches

Pacific News Bytes Launches

Local promoter and media whiz Lincoln Jacobe is hoping the third time’s the charm with the launch of Pacific News Bytes, an all-color, glossy magazine featuring “news, features and expert advice from the top professionals in the technology industry.” Jacobe describes the bi-monthly magazine as the descendant of Hawaii Web...

PGP in Hawaii

PGP in Hawaii

If you are one of the ten people in Hawaii using PGP to authenticate or encrypt e-mail messages, you should know that there will be a PGP key signing event on Thursday. Come down to Likelike Drive Inn on Keeaumoku St. at 7 p.m., and bring your PGP key ID...

ZIP It for Schenectady

ZIP It for Schenectady

Huh. We were watching an old episode of CBS’ mathematical crime series “NUMB3RS” on the TiVo. Charlie (David Krumholtz) randomly throws out this piece of trivia: The ZIP code 12345 exists, and is assigned to Schenectady, New York. Intrigued, I found this bit of trivia: There is a growing problem...

Twitter vs. Jaiku

Twitter vs. Jaiku

Twitter is great. Don’t get me wrong. I use it all the time, ever since I got sucked in last November. What seems (and remains, for some) an inane, pointless, geek plaything has taken the Web 2.0 world by storm. It’s been called a “microblog” (thoughts too minor to warrant...

HTY Got “LOST”

HTY Got “LOST”

Jen and I had a rare night out yesterday to attend a benefit reading for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth featuring several cast members from ABC’s filmed-in-Hawaii series “LOST“: Matthew Fox (Jack), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben) and...

iLike Revisited: The Need for Feed

iLike Revisited: The Need for Feed

A Twitter update by Burt reminded me that I wanted to revisit my review of iLike from last October. The folks at iLike are doing great things, adding great features all the time, keeping users informed via the iLike Team Blog. Service has been smooth and stable, the interface has...

Leslie Wilcox Tribute

Leslie Wilcox Tribute

After a 34-year career in local television news, veteran reporter and anchor Leslie Wilcox is moving behind the scenes and taking the reigns at PBS Hawaii, Hawaii’s public television station headquartered in Manoa. Coworker and friend Ron Mizutani produced a sweet, five-minute tribute to Leslie’s impressive career in local news,...

Aloha, Mary Kaye

Aloha, Mary Kaye

Hawaii and Las Vegas have always had a special bond, a link unexpectedly illustrated by Mary Kaye. Born Mary Ka‘aihue in Detroit, and raised in St. Louis, Mary soon had a hand in shaping the very character of Vegas. Known to some as the “First Lady of Rock and Roll,”...

Connect Hawaii Launches

Connect Hawaii Launches

Over a year in the making, Connect Hawaii launched today, with an aim to offer “Honolulu’s premier social and business networking for professionals.” The brainchild of Minoo Elison — event planner, power networker and one-time Republican candidate for the state House — Connect Hawaii is the reincarnation of Dinner Girls and Boys...

Apple Store Kahala Opens Saturday

Apple Store Kahala Opens Saturday

Apple Inc. will open its second Hawaii retail store on Saturday. The Apple Store Kahala will offer 5,000 square feet of gleaming, geeky goodness at Kahala Mall (about 25 percent bigger than its counterpart at Ala Moana). The Grand Opening celebration includes a week of free presentations, demonstrations and workshops,...

Bears Bring Local Boy to the Superbowl

Bears Bring Local Boy to the Superbowl

When the country comes together to watch the Chicago Bears take on the Indanapolis Colts in Miami for the 41st Superbowl, people in Hawaii have a local boy to root for: Olin Kreutz. Kreutz, 29, is a center for the Chicago Bears — one of the team’s two most senior members,...