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“LOST” at HIFF

“LOST” at HIFF

Updated Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.: As reported late last month, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is collaborating with the producers and creators of the hit television show “LOST” for a series of special events on Saturday, Oct. 17. There will be a series of “master classes” during the day,...

Bookmarks for September 15th

Bookmarks for September 15th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 15th: Unraveling the Chemistry of Titan’s Hazy Atmosphere: An international team of scientists has announced the confirmation of a key chemical reaction that forms the molecule triacetylene in the ultra-cold atmosphere of Saturn’s moon...

‘LOST’ Scene Report

‘LOST’ Scene Report

SPOILER ALERT: The “LOST” production crew has kept largely out of sight this week. But a couple of reports have come in from the location shoot reported on Tuesday (and at right, one of a couple of photos captured by my friend Vernon Brown). Thanks to Eric and K.C., we...

Polynesian Cultural Center Special Offer

Polynesian Cultural Center Special Offer

Recently, the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted a “Social Media Night,” inviting several local bloggers, video bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users to see their new night show, “Hā – Breath of Life.” Now, the center has made a special offer available to our local friends and followers who might be interested...

Photo Fusion Workshop on Sept. 24

Photo Fusion Workshop on Sept. 24

Renown digital photographer and videographer Vu Bui (of The Bui Brothers) is returning to Honolulu as part of a “photo fusion” mini-tour. He’s going to be spending a week on Oʻahu shooting photos and videos to teach people what they can accomplish with the most basic gear. And the kickoff...

‘Man v. Food’ in Honolulu

‘Man v. Food’ in Honolulu

Tonight on the Travel Channel, “Man v. Food” turns the spotlight on Honolulu. The program, which crosses the country in search of local traditions and regional specialties, challenges host Adam Richman to partake in each destination’s indulgences. While on Oahu, he’s introduced to the loco moco at Hukilau Cafe in...

27th Okinawan Festival

27th Okinawan Festival

Okinawan Festival from hawaii on Vimeo. This past weekend brought the 27th annual Okinawan Festival back to Kapiolani Park. More than 40,000 people turned out over two full days to revel in all things uchinanchu, showcasing everything from traditional Okinawan performances, to delicious food, to several cultural activities. My family...

Bookmarks for September 8th

Bookmarks for September 8th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 8th: Expedition to extinct Papua New Guinea volcano unearths remarkable finds: “It was mind-blowing,” said Dr George McGavin. “Allen Allison, a specialist in amphibians from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, said, ‘I think that’s...

‘LOST’ On Arrival

‘LOST’ On Arrival

SPOILER ALERT! After a long holiday weekend (capping off a long week of late-night shoots), the “LOST” crew was out and about early this morning. The news came courtesy former coworkers whose parking lot was commandeered as the production’s base camp.

Roz Savage Arrives in Tarawa

Roz Savage Arrives in Tarawa

Solo ocean rower Roz Savage arrived in Tarawa yesterday, having journeyed over 3,000 miles in 104 days since leaving Honolulu in May. Check out the first set of photos on Flickr, which shows the welcome she received from the locals and marks the end of the second leg of a...

Bookmarks for September 2nd

Bookmarks for September 2nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 2nd: Tesoro moves oil to Pacific on reversed Panama line: Reversal of the 81-mile pipeline, which formerly flowed from the Pacific to the Atlantic, creates a new oil conduit from the Atlantic to the...

Online Hawaii School Guide Launched

Online Hawaii School Guide Launched

After eighteen months of research, development, and plain hard work, local entrepreneur Evan Leong today launched the Hawaii School Guide. It’s intended to be a comprehensive education resource, offering information on over 800 schools (extending far beyond the 300 schools covered by the Hawaii state Department of Education website). Burt...

Hā: Breath of Life

Hā: Breath of Life

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s top paid visitor attraction, recently unveiled its new night show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” On Saturday, my wife and I were among a group of people invited by the center to check it out as part of a “social media night.” Our hosts, Lee Britos...

“LOST” Confrontation

“LOST” Confrontation

SPOILER ALERT: “LOST” filmed late into the night and continued work today in West O’ahu (as reported yesterday). And “LOST” fans from afar — New York and Brazil — were able to get relatively close to the action as a scene unfolded at Jacob’s beach temple. The following is a composite of...

“LOST” Update

“LOST” Update

SPOILER ALERT: Filming for the sixth and final season of “LOST” began on Monday, but most of the lensing so far has taken place at the Hawaii Film Studio on Diamond Head. But today, thanks to visiting “LOST” fan, blogger and podcaster “TheODI” and film industry watcher Tim Ryan, there’s...

Mokulele Airlines Giving Away Trips via Tweets

Mokulele Airlines Giving Away Trips via Tweets

Mokulele Airlines, flush with fresh cash and a new hangar,  is giving away two travel passes good for unlimited flights through September. All you have to do is “Spot Scott,” Mokulele CEO Scott Durgin, in downtown Honolulu tomorrow and Thursday. The airline will post Durgin’s location to Twitter with the...

Bookmarks for August 23rd

Bookmarks for August 23rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 23rd: ‘No. 1 earmarks guy’ calls them transparent, beneficial: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye defended his earmarks before a friendly crowd Monday at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Those earmarks are transparent and justifiably benefit not...

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

When the people who cover the news become the news, it’s often difficult to separate the story from the storytellers. On Tuesday, Alabama-based Raycom Media announced that television news operations at KGMB, KHNL and KFVE will be consolidated under a “shared services agreement.” After simultaneous 9 a.m. meetings at all...

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

Google Adds Hawaiian Language

For many, Google and its search engine is quickly becoming the world’s central clearinghouse for information, and its web interface supports over a hundred different languages. Now, thanks to the efforts of Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, you can now use Google in Hawaiian. Keola, who...

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Hawaii is hosting a major Ruby on Rails conference in October. “Aloha on Rails” is bringing many of the world’s leading developers to Honolulu for three days of presentations, discussions, and debates with an eye toward the future of web application engineering. Ruby on Rails is perhaps the most popular...