Category: Television

PBS Hawaii Gifted Airtime for Fundraising

With the competition for eyeballs as fierce as ever, you won’t normally see one television station promoting another. But that’s what Hawaii residents will see tomorrow night, when Hawaii News Now, Hawaii’s largest combined commercial television network, will donate airtime to help PBS Hawaii raise money for its new building....

Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the tricky bit. For our last “Geek Beat” segment of 2014, Burt and I talked about apps that just might help you keep the promises we make to ourselves every Dec. 31. First up is Lift, which I’ve used for over...

Hawaii Geek Beat: iPhone 6, iOS 8, Galaxy Note 4

Hawaii Geek Beat: iPhone 6, iOS 8, Galaxy Note 4

This morning’s segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the latest iPhones from Apple (including the latest flap, “Bendgate”), the iOS update that comes with them, and finally the upcoming fourth generation of Samsung’s original “phablet,” the Galaxy Note. Burt, who is currently gallivanting around Japan, escaped the latest escalation...

Hawaii Geek Beat: Local Apps for Drivers, Gardeners

Hawaii Geek Beat: Local Apps for Drivers, Gardeners

On this week’s “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now, we featured more locally-grown apps. Of course, we could barely scratch the surface in explaining each, so here’s more background on RouteView HNL, Pic-A-Papaya, and The Plant Doctor. RouteView HNL This app for iOS allows a simple and elegant way...

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

Tuesday night brings the premiere of “The River” on ABC. Created by Oren Peli, the man behind the “Paranormal Activity” film franchise, the show is described as a “paranormal adventure horror” series. The modest production came to the islands with a modest, eight-episode first-season order, following in the much larger...

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

Hawaii street food will get an international boost thanks to “Eat St.” It’s both a TV show (that airs on Food Network Canada and the Cooking Channel in the U.S.) as well as an iPhone app that’s described as “a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible...

‘Bert the Conqueror’ Hits Honolulu

‘Bert the Conqueror’ Hits Honolulu

The Travel Channel’s “Bert the Conqueror” will air its Hawaii episode this Sunday, April 17. Host Bert Kreischer is described as “a big kid on a mission to uncover fun and adventure wherever he goes.” The synopsis for the Hawaii episode reads: “Bert heads to the sunny shores of Oahu...

Weather Channel Host ‘Goes After Pele’

Weather Channel Host ‘Goes After Pele’

“Master photographer” Peter Lik has over a dozen fine art galleries across the country, including in Waikiki and Lahaina, plus one in Australia. And starting tomorrow night, he hosts a new original series on The Weather Channel: “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” The show follows Lik as he takes...

Shawn Ching Returns to TV News

Shawn Ching Returns to TV News

After more than two years out of the public eye, Shawn Ching is returning to the news business. Hawaii News Now announced that he will join Stephanie Lum at the anchor desk for its 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts. “Having Shawn join Hawaii News Now is a game-changing moment...

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Hawaii-born actress Kimee Balmilero, has announced that she will be leading beginning improv classes in Honolulu starting this weekend. Balmilero is best known to my kid-filled family for her turn on the live-action musical children’s series “Hi-5” on Discovery Kids, but she was also part of the original Broadway cast...

Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Tonight brings the national premiere of the re-imagined “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS, although my family and I were among the thousands who crammed onto Waikiki beach for a special “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening a week ago. Though I’m not planning on covering “Hawaii Five-0” on this blog as...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

As fans prepare to gather in Waikiki tonight for the “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the premiere episode of the new “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS has launched an online “Marching Band Mania” competition focused on the show’s iconic theme song. Over 40 bands from across the country have been...

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

The best “LOST” filming locations tours have gotten even better. Ed Kos of Kos Tours announced today that he has secured access to some new, well-known but well hidden, “LOST” sets. Dubbed “LOST Valley,” the secluded spot includes several iconic structures: The Hydra and its the polar bear cages,  The Orchid (or...

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Today brings the much-anticipated release of “LOST: Season Six” on DVD (or Blu-Ray), and “LOST: The Complete Collection” on DVD (or Blu-Ray). Meanwhile, as in years past, retailer Best Buy is also touting “Exclusive Bonus Footage” in its Season Six DVD and Season Six Blu-Ray sets. The question is, which...