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Flashback: Police Union on Public Records Law

Flashback: Police Union on Public Records Law

UH journalism professor Gerald Kato recently dug up this old video that SHOPO, the Honolulu police officers’ union, made in 1995 during the fight over the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), or HRS 92F, which defined public records and codified the public’s right to access them in Hawaii. They argued...

Bookmarks for February 10th

Bookmarks for February 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on February 5th: Breaking Down The Tesoro Refinery Closure: The closure of the Tesoro refinery has prompted a three-part series by UHERO Graduate Assistants Iman Nasseri and Sherilyn Wee on what it means for Hawaii. New...

Scott Caan on Hawaii: “There’s no hustle there.”

Scott Caan on Hawaii: “There’s no hustle there.”

Scott Caan, star of the CBS crime drama reboot “Hawaii Five-0,” appeared last night on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately.” And not surprisingly, they talked about what it’s like living in Hawaii. Caan says that he can take Hawaii about six days at a time, but that otherwise,...

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is mochitsuki, or mochi making, which is a Japanese tradition that’s common in Hawaii. Last Saturday, the Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Makiki (where I serve on the Board of Directors) held its annual mochitsuki, or mochi making event, which puts out hundreds...

Bookmarks for January 2nd

Bookmarks for January 2nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 2nd: 2013 set to be an exciting year for astronomy: The comet Pan-STARRS will be visible in March – an unexpected visitor from the depths of the solar system. The automatic Pan-STARRS telescope system...

StoryTree Launches Two New Apps

StoryTree Launches Two New Apps

StoryTree, the app startup co-founded by Hawaii-born Matt Sullivan (@MattHawaii), has recently released two new complementary apps. The first, SimplePrints [iTunes]  helps you easily turn your photos into printed books. The second, SleepyTime Photos [iTunes], is “a playful way to have a little fun with your child while they are asleep.” Sullivan...

Bookmarks for December 10th

Bookmarks for December 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 10th: Wide Binary Stars: Long-Distance Stellar Relationships: Using computer simulations, scientists from Hawaii and Finland have figured out how wide binary stars—two stars that orbit each other at a distance up to a light-year—form....

‘The Walking Dead’ Star Returns to Hawaii

‘The Walking Dead’ Star Returns to Hawaii

Zombies are in. AMC’s drama series “The Walking Dead,” based on a graphic novel series of the same name, is a huge hit. And Kennedy Theatre at the University of Hawaii has just wrapped a presentation of “Uncle Vanya and Zombies,” a post-apocalyptic zombie story set on the UH campus. This...

Bookmarks for December 3rd

Bookmarks for December 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 3rd: Scientists complete 3rd trip in 3 months to study coral disease: Since September, scientists have been investigating a cyanobacterial/fungal disease that is rapidly killing coral at ‘Anini, Makua and Hanalei. Hawaii Digital Government...

Civic App Demo Day on Saturday

Civic App Demo Day on Saturday

Capping off a historic year of government transformation and grassroots innovation, the first HON*CELERATOR competition aims to inspire the best apps and online tools that use open data to improve the day-to-day lives of Honolulu residents. Local software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to tap into a growing...

‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

‘Catching Fire’ Filming in Hawaii

Production on ‘Catching Fire,’ the sequel to the ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, has moved to Hawaii. While shooting started in Atlanta in September, it’s expected to wrap here in the islands before the end of the year. The first film, based on the bestselling novel, has grossed over $400 million since its release...

Bookmarks for November 26th

Bookmarks for November 26th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 26th: Hawaii scientists study dumped chemical weapons: University of Hawaii scientists are studying chemical weapons the Army dumped in deep water off Oahu decades ago. Rare dolphin listed as endangered: The National Marine Fisheries...

Local Popsicles, Sauces Launched on Kickstarter

Kathy Sills, the culinary artist behind the former Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor, says the Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle came to her in a dream. And she, her custom-made tricycle, and her handmade popsicles have become a fixture around town ever since her debut at “Eat the Street”...

MERCI Emergency Assessment App Opens Up

MERCI Emergency Assessment App Opens Up

Last year, Hawaii-based consulting engineering firm Oceanit showed off an iPhone app that it had developed to help Hawaii State Civil Defense speed up disaster documentation. Dubbed MERCI, or Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface, the app is designed to facilitate rapid assessments following a natural disaster, allowing responders to collect text...

Google Goes Underwater

Google Goes Underwater

Google announced yesterday the first underwater imagery in Google Maps. And among the locations you can explore are Hanauma Bay on O’ahu, and Molokini crater off Maui. Evan Rapoport, former island resident and now Google employee, wrote: “This is definitely the coolest thing you’ve seen in a long time. You can...

Fun With Time-Lapse Videos

Fun With Time-Lapse Videos

Last weekend’s bon dance at the Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Makiki, where I serve on the board, afforded an excellent opportunity to create a time-lapse video of the event. I used only my iPhone, the free version of the “iMotion HD” app [iTunes], and iMovie. And I was helped...

City Launches Open Data Portal

City Launches Open Data Portal

The new Data.Honolulu.gov site takes the city’s transparency efforts “to the next level,” expanding upon the “CAN-DO” portal it unveiled last March.

Hacks/Hackers Hawaii

Hacks/Hackers Hawaii

When my friend and fellow geek Burt Lum suggested we start a local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, I was initially skeptical. Frankly, both of us have an unhealthy tendency to jump into the latest cool tool or group, and we’d just had a Sunlight Foundation meetup. But when I finally looked...

Going Back In Time on Twitter

Going Back In Time on Twitter

When I first signed up for Twitter in November 2006, it was even harder to explain than it is today. Twitter was born as a group SMS messaging service (a side project of a now defunct podcasting company), evolved into a “microblogging” platform, and eventually grew into a social network...

Honolulu Grows App Offerings

Honolulu Grows App Offerings

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has directed all city department and agency heads to support its open data initatives. And now, Honolulu’s engagement with the national “Code For America” program has now brought three new web apps for citizens.