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“LOST” Underway

“LOST” Underway

SPOILER ALERT: This morning, local blogger Vernon Brown was attending a shipmate’s re-enlistment ceremony at Pearl Harbor when he spotted the “LOST” crew setting up for a shoot. He posted the news to Twitter, along with a few pictures. Meanwhile, long-time lostspotter Eric, who works at Pearl Harbor, sent in...

Editor Sought for New News Venture

Editor Sought for New News Venture

A new Internet startup poised to transform local news, in Hawaii and beyond, is now on the hunt for an editor to lead the team. Renowned entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and philanthropist, announced the search today. Instead of sending out a press release, he posted a link on...

“LOST” and the Law

“LOST” and the Law

SPOILER ALERT: “LOST” turned up in downtown Honolulu today, returning to the old Honolulu Police Station, the historic Walter Murray Gibson building at the corner of Nuuanu and Merchant streets. This location previously played the lockup where Sarah bailed Jack out in the Season 3 premiere, “A Tale of Two...

Bookmarks for November 17th

Bookmarks for November 17th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 17th: New Technology Reveals Extent of Early Hawaiian Agricultural Systems: Early Hawaiian agriculture was far more extensive and complex than anyone has fully understood, according to new research by scientists blending state-of-the-art technologies with...

“LOST” on the Menu

“LOST” on the Menu

SPOILER ALERT: Many “LOST” fans visit Honolulu in the hopes of coming across a location shoot or two, particularly now as the series films its final season. And sometimes, even when staying in the tourist mecca of Waikiki, some fans don’t have to look much further than out the window...

Good Eats, Good Deals, Good Cause

Good Eats, Good Deals, Good Cause

The second-annual “Restaurant Week” fundraiser begins on Monday, Nov. 16, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 22. Over 50 restaurants are participating, ranging from greasy spoons to fine dining. Each is offering a special deal for special dishes during the week, meanwhile donating a portion of the proceeds toward ambitious plans...

Bookmarks for November 10th

Bookmarks for November 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 10th: Whale-song recording goes deep: Silently slipping to 1,000 metres below the ocean surface, an undersea glider equipped with a recording device is cruising off Hawaii to capture unprecedented detail on the sounds made...

“LOST” at Home [Updated]

“LOST” at Home [Updated]

SPOILER ALERT: An early morning Twitter post from local social media star Russ (a.k.a. @ParkRat) revealed the tell-tale presence of production trailers near Kahala Mall. It was a modest, mostly interior shoot, so there were few details. But those few details are still worth pondering.

Google Street View in Hawaii

Google Street View in Hawaii

Hawaii is finally included in the “Street View” of Google Maps. The news was announced today in a great post on the Official Google Blog by one Laura Melahn, Product Marketing Manager, who says she was born and raised on Oahu. She links to Waimea Bay and Iolani Palace. There’s...

Bookmarks for November 4th

Bookmarks for November 4th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 2nd: Researchers to perform sex change operation on papaya: The grant will fund basic research on the papaya sex chromosomes and will lead to the development of a papaya that produces only hermaphrodite offspring,...

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

“Where are you?” is the next “What are you doing?” Twitter has built a game-changing tool based on the latter question, launching the era of the “statusphere” and the “real-time web.”  But when it comes to predicting paradigm shifts, my money is on ubiquitous (and perhaps unavoidable) geolocation. It’s literally...

“LOST” in Late October

“LOST” in Late October

SPOILER ALERT: Leading into Halloween, it’s been relatively quiet for “LOST” production. Most of the work took place behind closed doors at the Hawaii Film Studio. But a couple of visiting fans stumbled across the crew at work at location shoots that bookend the week, and passed along brief reports.

Bookmarks for October 27th

Bookmarks for October 27th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 27th: eBay founder, wife pledge $50 million to Hawaii charities over six years: eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam have pledged to donate $50 million over six years to the Hawaii Community...

‘Native Plants Hawaii’ Launched

‘Native Plants Hawaii’ Launched

From friend and cybrarian Shari Tamashiro comes word of a new resource dedicated to native Hawaiian plants. Native Plants Hawaii — a joint project between Kapiolani Community College and Leeward Community College — aims to be a comprehensive online knowledgebase of the endemic and indigenous plants of Hawaii. Native plants...

Bookmarks for October 20th

Bookmarks for October 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 20th: Geek Week and Mactoberfest 2009: Hawaii Geek Week is October 17-24, 2009, offering fascinating evening presentations and a full day event on Saturday: HMAUSs Mactoberfest with Leewards Geek Day at Leeward Community College....

“LOST” on Location

“LOST” on Location

SPOILER ALERT: Times are good for local “LOST” fans, particularly with the full-day “Celebration of ‘LOST’” at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Saturday. Of course, production didn’t stop, and I was also able to check out a few location shoots over the past week. Not surprisingly, the crew continued...

Celebrating “LOST” with HIFF [Updated]

Celebrating “LOST” with HIFF [Updated]

On Saturday, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) featured a full day of programs devoted to ABC’s hit television series “LOST.” There were three 90-minute “master classes” held at the Regal Theatres at Dole Cannery in the afternoon, capped off with a gala evening event — “An Evening with Damon...

PowerPoint Karaoke Comes to Hawaii

PowerPoint Karaoke Comes to Hawaii

Going on stage to give a presentation is, for some, already a terrifying scenario. But what if you didn’t even know what your presentation was going to be about? That’s the deliciously cruel setup for “PowerPoint karaoke,” which turns potentially drab charts and graphs into live improv comedy. As the...

“Dirty Jobs” Returns to Hawaii

“Dirty Jobs” Returns to Hawaii

Mike Rowe, the host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” was in Honolulu in July, taking a turn as a window washer dangling from the 45-story One Waterfront Towers (as captured above by my friend Blaine Fergerstrom). According to a promo attached to tonight’s season premiere, the episode will air...