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Next Stop: Korea

Next Stop: Korea

Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service between Honolulu and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. And I’ll be among the people aboard the inaugural flight, leaving shortly after noon today. I’ll be representing the geeky, social media contingent, along with Burt Lum (“digital ronin” and my Hawaii Public...

Bookmarks for January 9th

Bookmarks for January 9th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 9th: Honolulu water is safe, health director stresses: The level of a toxic chemical in Honolulu's drinking water found by an environmental research group is "not a huge problem," although government testing is continuing,...

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

Hawaii voters approved the change from an elected board last year, but it will take legislative action to determine how the new system will work. On Friday, Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is hosting a “Twitter Town Hall,” or “Twitterview.” She’ll be taking comments and answering...

Bookmarks for January 5th

Bookmarks for January 5th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 5th: AskGaijin launches crowd tool to help Japanese companies avoid embarrassing Engrish: In a nutshell, AskGaijin provides a micro-consulting platform for small and medium businesses in Japan to vet English-language slogans and branding quickly...

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Owners and fans of electric vehicles are staging what they’re calling the first electric car rally in Honolulu next Thursday, Dec. 30. Organizers of “The EVent in the Park” are inviting the public to celebrate the start of the “Year of the Electric Car.” Now, it seems every year over...

Hawaii YouTube Star Hits 3 Million Subscribers

Hawaii YouTube Star Hits 3 Million Subscribers

Ryan Higa, a Waiakea High School graduate now attending film school at UNLV, is the first person to hit 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Higa’s “Nigahiga” channel crossed the threshold yesterday well ahead of fellow YouTube stars Ray William Johnson and Shane Dawson. Notably, channels for individuals largely outpaced companies,...

Bookmarks for December 20th

Bookmarks for December 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 20th: Chromium-6 Is Widespread in US Tap Water: The highest levels were in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Riverside, Calif. In all, water samples from 25 cities contained the toxic metal at concentrations above...

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Todd Cochrane, local geek and nationally renown new media entrepreneur, is preparing for his annual 24-hour marathon podcast. Beginning at 6 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Saturday, Dec. 18, he will be streaming live video and audio from his Makakilo studio non-stop through 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. Todd...

Bookmarks for December 15th

Bookmarks for December 15th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 14th: Hawaii’s Magma Chamber May Be World’s Shallowest: The huge, underground pocket of molten rock  that feeds Hawaii's volcanoes may be a lot closer to the Earth's surface than previously thought; it could be...

Online News Training Offered in January

Online News Training Offered in January

The Online News Association is hosting two days of digital journalism training at the East-West Center next month. Offered in partnership with the Hawaii chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, the “Parachute Training” program will take place Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. The training...

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

A Maui entrepreneur is rebooting his life with the new year, wearing a different T-shirt every day in 2011 as he embarks on new adventures. After dabbling in designing novelty T-shirts, car wash manager turned consultant Erik Blair is shaking up his wardrobe with The Year of Living Humorously (previously MyShirtForRent.com). Blair...

Bookmarks for December 1st

Bookmarks for December 1st

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 1st: Jupiter’s ‘disappearing’ stripe returning: Telescopes in Hawaii including NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and instruments at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory suggest the vanished dark stripe is making a comeback. Starry...

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

When music lovers watch movies, they often obsessively catalog the songs featured in the soundtrack. When geeks watch movies, they often notice which specific gadgets and tech tools are depicted. And slaves to fashion obsess over what the stars are wearing. When Hilo designer Liz Ambrose watches movies, she fixates...

City Salaries and Civil Beat

City Salaries and Civil Beat

Today, Honolulu Civil Beat continued its coverage of government transparency and public worker salaries with its latest data set: employees of the City & County of Honolulu. As in the past, the data isn’t entirely easy to access, so as before, a friend has helped me make most of it freely...

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Launching a startup company can be exhilarating, but also a daunting challenge of planning, organizing, and building. Can it be done here in Honolulu… in one weekend? Kailua software developer Dave Pascua hopes to find out. He announced Startup Weekend Honolulu yesterday, tentatively scheduled to take place at Fresh Cafe...

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

The frenzied holiday shopping season begins in earnest this week, with “Black Friday” specials bringing overnight crowds and veritable stampedes at big-box stores and malls everywhere. But if your gift giving trends toward unique, locally-made crafts and snacks, the Islandwide Christmas Crafts and Food Expo is the place to be....

Bookmarks for November 23rd

Bookmarks for November 23rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 23rd: Waikiki expo shows off security systems: About a dozen makers and marketers of anti-terrorism inventions held a show-and-tell at a summit in Waikiki Monday. Some of the inventions are already being utilized in...

Vote to Save a Hawaii Landmark

Vote to Save a Hawaii Landmark

Hawaii is one of the five final states in the “Save A Landmark” program sponsored by the Hampton hotel chain, and three landmarks in the Aloha State are in the running for preservation assistance: Bishop Museum The Falls of Clyde Kilauea Lighthouse Since its launch in 2000, the “Save A...

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...

Bookmarks for November 11th

Bookmarks for November 11th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 11th: “Mystery Missile” off California Coast Was Probably Just an Airliner: The airplane explanation was put forth rather quickly by Contrail Science. The Web site and others even identified a likely suspect for the...