Category: People

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

For many, Google and its search engine is quickly becoming the world’s central clearinghouse for information, and its web interface supports over a hundred different languages. Now, thanks to the efforts of Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, you can now use Google in Hawaiian. Keola, who...

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Members of the Oahu Songwriters Group will be featured in “Songwriters in the Round” at Hawaii Public Radio this Saturday, Aug. 22. Performers include Ruth Shiroma Foster and Norm Foster, Barefoot Bob, Ev Fox, Brad Mossman, Otis Schaper and Jenna Tague. Ruth Shiroma Foster is an old friend and former...

Host Families Sought for International Students

Host Families Sought for International Students

The non-profit STS Foundation, which works with a network of coordinators to place international students across the country, is looking for host families in Honolulu for two high schoolers for the 2009-2010 academic year. “These students will integrate themselves into a Honolulu area family with the goal of experiencing American...

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Hawaii Public Radio is launching a three-part lecture series on Thursday, beginning with master Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson (Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society). He’ll be speaking to an intimate crowd at the Atherton Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call (808)...

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

Locals know how to “talk story.” And often, it’s more than just “small talk.” Beginning next week, the National Storytelling Network‘s Pacific Region will be coming to the Aloha State to celebrate the art of storytelling, and Hawaii’s ancient traditions of oral histories will be showcased. The five-day Talk Story...

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

I’ve received word from Dennis Hida, one of the volunteers at the Honolulu Twestival in February, that he’s working on his own fundraiser to bring clean water to a community in need. “A dream of mine is becoming a realization,” he writes. “Our church has rallied around my ‘ministry’ and...

Carrier Day Diary

Carrier Day Diary

Just over a week ago, I was able to participate in a “distinguished visitor” embark aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. It was an incredible, unforgettable, and overwhelming experience. I hurried to post a video documenting the trip, which weighed in at over 13 minutes, but it still covered only some...

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

On Thursday, I was part of a group of local business and community leaders who participated in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier currently en route to the Western Pacific. (More here.) The experience was incredible, almost indescribable, leaving me awed, exhausted,...

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that’s on its way to a deployment in the Western Pacific. I’m thrilled to be a part of a group of bloggers, journalists, and local business people. I’m also terrified. Just...

Behind the So Much More Hawaii Blogger Tour

Behind the So Much More Hawaii Blogger Tour

Tourism in Hawaii, like tourism worldwide, is down. The mainstream media is fading. Meanwhile, social networking and social media are on the rise, and people are looking for fresh voices and hungry for different experiences. As I reported last week, the Hawaii Tourism Authority launched the “So Much More Hawaii”...

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

Stayin’ Alive with CPR

A doctor in Hawaii mixed the Bee Gees with CPR, and is helping to save lives the world over. I love the RadioLab podcast out of WNYC. In today’s 15-minute short, they close with a segment by show producer Ellen Horne. She visits a CPR class in New York City,...

Aloha, Roz!

Aloha, Roz!

Roz Savage has left Honolulu, and has begun her historic solo row toward the South Pacific. As I reported earlier, many members of the local “Geek Corps” stepped up to support her mission, including rush development of the awesome “Roz Tracker.” For her launch at the Waikiki Yacht Club on...

Roz Savage to Resume Voyage on Sunday

Roz Savage to Resume Voyage on Sunday

Roz Savage — ocean rower, author, and environmentalist — will launch the second stage of her three-part voyage across the Pacific at the Waikiki Yacht Club on Sunday. She’s on her way to becoming the first first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific Ocean (from the U.S. to Australia), having...

The Bloggers are Coming

The Bloggers are Coming

A group of bloggers and vloggers will be touring Hawaii next week as part of a “social media tour,” as local visitor industry officials reach beyond the mainstream to spread the word about Hawaii travel. It’s been dubbed the “So Much More Hawaii” tour, and it will include visits to...

Ben Gutierrez Joins KGMB9

Ben Gutierrez Joins KGMB9

Veteran reporter and weather guru Ben Gutierrez has joined the KGMB9 news team. This is great for Hawaii, great for KGMB9, and great for Ben, who in my estimation was easily among the best people in the local television news space. And I’m not alone. I reported on Ben’s departure...

TV News Goes Interactive at KGMB9

TV News Goes Interactive at KGMB9

KGMB9, the local CBS affiliate, launched a bold (and technologically tricky) initiative tonight during its 5 p.m. newscast. Called ‘i9News,’ it carved out a significant portion of the half-hour broadcast to share feedback from viewers. Sure, any newscast worth its salt pimps its e-mail address these days, and “picture of...

Songs in Support of Kids

Songs in Support of Kids

Kenneth Makuakane is putting his music where his mouth is, offering his latest album as a gift to anyone who donates $10 or more to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii‘s Windward Clubhouse. Makuakane — an accomplished Hawaiian music producer and talented musician in his own right — has...

Abercrombie Announces Gubernatorial Run Online

Abercrombie Announces Gubernatorial Run Online

Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie is hoping to move from Washington D.C. to Washington Place in Honolulu, today making official his long-anticipated run for governor. True, it was the worst-kept secret in local politics (I blogged it as a sure-thing in November, and I was late then!), and every media outlet...

Daniel Dae Kim Jumps Into Restaurant Biz

Daniel Dae Kim Jumps Into Restaurant Biz

A brief item in this morning’s Star-Bulletin from John Heckathorn: Restaurateur DK Kodama and “Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim are opening a restaurant together, a casual, build-your-own-burger franchise called The Counter. Next to Whole Foods at Kahala Mall, next month. How’d they get together? DK’s daughter and DDK’s son are...

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

Renowned local music producer and musician Kenneth Makuakane will be celebrating the release of his new album, “The White Bathtub,” on Thursday with a CD release party at the Ala Moana Hotel‘s Pakele Lounge.  Special guests include Barry Flanagan, Walt Keale, Obrian Eselu and Stephen Inglis. And as with all...