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Bookmarks for April 28th

Bookmarks for April 28th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked recently: Lawmakers will decide whether startups can keep present space: The office spaces of 23 technology companies residing at the Manoa Innovation Center hang in the balance as the state Legislature debates whether to extend the...

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love...

Juicies by Laurens-Laudowicz

Colorful Juicies Sprouting from Hawaii

If there’s anything Apple fans like more than Apple products, it’s Apple accessories. And a local company is hoping to harness the global hunger for stylish stuff to manufacture Juicies, a colorful line of cables for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. To make Juicies a reality, creator Laurens Laudowicz and partner Michael...

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

It took nearly three years longer than planned, but Lowe’s Home Improvement finally opened its newest store in Iwilei. Lowe’s arrival further concentrates competition in the area for home improvement and big box retailers, as it’s situated right next door to a Home Depot, and half a block away from...

Surfing Dog Headlines National Contest

Surfing Dog Headlines National Contest

Longtime surfer and surf designer Bill Hamilton, father of pro surfer Laird Hamilton, has thrived in the water for half a century. And not surprisingly, he has shared his love of surfing with “Sava,” his yellow Labrador Retriever, for over a decade. Both Bill and Sava are now featured in...

Isle Photographer Volunteering in Sendai, Japan

Isle Photographer Volunteering in Sendai, Japan

Cory Lum is one of the most talented photojournalists I know. Now, he is on the ground in Sendai, Japan, volunteering in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that’s still making world headlines. You can follow his story, and see his spectacular pictures, at Corylum’s Photo Blog. He...

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

A video is making the rounds on YouTube, Facebook, message boards and blogs, said to depict five unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, hovering over the Makua military reservation on the island of Oahu. It spread like wildfire through online communities focused on everything from aliens to government conspiracies, then started...

Bookmarks for April 13th

Bookmarks for April 13th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on April 13th: DeconGel Provides Radiological Decontamination Technology to Japan: CBI Polymers LLC, the Honolulu-based innovator of DeconGel nuclear decontaminant, is making a donation of $250,000 in radiological decontamination products and technical services at the request...

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

It’s not the world’s largest manapua, but it sure looks like it could be. A group of local media makers documented the construction of a massive, 13,300-calorie manapua in a video titled,“Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” (Rated PG-13, per Cynthia Hoskins, so click with care.) The “Epic Kaukau Time”...

‘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...

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

The third annual Honolulu Twestival has come and gone, and once again, I completely failed to blog about it throughout the whirlwind of activity before and after the event. Fortunately, this year’s Twestival brought a local cause into the limelight, and Honolulu’s social media community once again stepped up to...

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...

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

History may repeat itself. Last year, Hawaii bloggers, webmasters, and other online businesspeople rallied to fight a state plan to tax retailers like Amazon.com for business generated by local affiliates. The state was looking for extra cash, but opponents of the tax bill argued that Amazon.com would just drop its...

Sarah Vowell Tackles Hawaii’s Annexation

Sarah Vowell Tackles Hawaii’s Annexation

The story of Hawaii’s annexation deserves a wider audience. I’ve often thought the drama and conflict was tailor made for a Hollywood blockbuster, but I also know Hollywood well enough to bet such an “adaptation” could easily be the worst thing to happen to Hawaii’s history, instead. The reception for...

Social Media Tsunami Coverage

Social Media Tsunami Coverage

Once again, social media played a key role in reporting and distributing information during a crisis. In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan, communities around the Pacific Rim braced themselves for the inevitable tsunami waves. In Hawaii, the “#hitsunami” hashtag aggregated thousands of posts from news media,...

City Launches Transparency Portal

City Launches Transparency Portal

As an advocate for free access to government data, I was glad to hear about the City and County of Honolulu’s newly launched online transparency initiative, “Citizens Analyzing Numbers Discover Opportunity” (or CAN-DO). Indeed, based on the “About” and “FAQ” pages, the CAN-DO site seems to demonstrate a clear understanding...

Audi’s Social Media Fail

Audi’s Social Media Fail

By most accounts, global carmaker Audi’s high-profile Twitter campaign was a success. Great press, thousands of Twitter mentions, $25,000 going to charity, and glowing quotes to put in a press release. But for some of us, it was a failure. Which is a pity, because it could’ve been something truly...

‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

Last year’s Oscar-nominated animation blockbuster “Toy Story 3” was emphatically described as the final chapter of the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and friends.  But from Entertainment Weekly comes word of a new short film in which fans get one more glimpse of what became of these beloved characters after their...

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

Friday brought Honolulu’s second “Eat the Street” Food Truck Rally, held in Kaka’ako. The first, organized by StreetGrindz.com, drew a dozen vendors and over 1,000 people to a small lot on Kapiolani Boulevard. For this second event, Kamehameha Schools hosted everyone on a four-acre parking lot on South Street, and brought...