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Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

The “Wayfinder Lecture Series” at Hawaii Public Radio continues this week, with Thursday night’s presentation featuring social entrepreneur James Koshiba. Koshiba is co-founder of 3Point, a public interest research and consulting firm, as well as a co-founder of Kanu Hawaii. The “Wayfinder” series is the brainchild of my friend and...

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Summer, it seems, is the season of statistics. I’ve noticed a number of rankings in the news lately in which Hawaii has distinguished itself… for better or worse: Hawaii tops the country in well-being, according to a Gallup survey. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index gives Hawaii a score of 69.4 (out...

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Members of the Oahu Songwriters Group will be featured in “Songwriters in the Round” at Hawaii Public Radio this Saturday, Aug. 22. Performers include Ruth Shiroma Foster and Norm Foster, Barefoot Bob, Ev Fox, Brad Mossman, Otis Schaper and Jenna Tague. Ruth Shiroma Foster is an old friend and former...

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

The Jodo Mission of Hawaii (located in Makiki off S. King St. at 1429 Makiki St.) is holding its annual bon dance on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m., but the food concession opens at 5:30 p.m. Though dancing is the main attraction, the...

Bookmarks for August 10th

Bookmarks for August 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 10th: NASA satellites catch 2 views of Felicia already affecting Hawaii: Tropical Storm Felicia is closing in. Two NASA satellites captured the height and temperatures of Felicia's clouds to assist meteorologists in their forecasts...

Menchie’s Mililani Opening Aug. 17

Menchie’s Mililani Opening Aug. 17

Despite the gloomy economy, the frozen yogurt craze continues to spread across Hawaii. We’ve now got several Mainland chains (Yogurtland, Menchie’s, Orange Tree, Red Mango), plus a handful of independent stores. While I’m certain Honolulu can’t sustain dozens of “fro-yo” places, we’re more than happy to indulge in their tasty...

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

The historic Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum celebrated its grand reopening this weekend, after the 120-year-old building finally saw its first-ever renovation. The work took over three years and $21 million, but the time, money, and thought spent in Hawaiian Hall’s renewal shines through. Filled with priceless artifacts, the hall...

Host Families Sought for International Students

Host Families Sought for International Students

The non-profit STS Foundation, which works with a network of coordinators to place international students across the country, is looking for host families in Honolulu for two high schoolers for the 2009-2010 academic year. “These students will integrate themselves into a Honolulu area family with the goal of experiencing American...

Bookmarks for August 3rd

Bookmarks for August 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 2nd: MSU prof documenting increased acidity in Pacific: A 20-year study of the Pacific Ocean waters northwest of Hawaii has documented a sustained rise in the water's acidity caused by air pollution, a change...

Bookmarks for July 27th

Bookmarks for July 27th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on July 27th: Scientists Study Distinct Ecosystem at Ocean’s Surface: Scientists are now discovering that the top hundredth-inch of the ocean is somewhat like a sheet of jelly. And this odd habitat, thinner than a human...

Getting “LOST” at Comic-Con

Getting “LOST” at Comic-Con

In a few hours, my wife and I will be flying to San Diego for Comic-Con. Called the “Geek Prom,” You could also call it the “Geek Superbowl,” with over 100,000 people attending the four-day program. This will be our second, and perhaps last, Comic-Con trip, as this year’s convention...

Bookmarks for July 20th

Bookmarks for July 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on July 20th: DOE Announces Nearly $14 Million to go to 28 New Wind Energy Projects: U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 28 new wind energy projects for up to...

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Hawaii Public Radio is launching a three-part lecture series on Thursday, beginning with master Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson (Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society). He’ll be speaking to an intimate crowd at the Atherton Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call (808)...

Governor Lets Tech Credit Cuts Become Law

Governor Lets Tech Credit Cuts Become Law

Today was the last day Gov. Linda Lingle could veto bills from the 2009 legislative session. And while she didn’t sign SB199, she didn’t veto it, either. So, despite the extensive lobbying efforts by the local technology and business community, and despite the fact that she listed it as a...

New ‘Feed Me!’ iPhone App for Kids

New ‘Feed Me!’ iPhone App for Kids

After months of work, and weeks of tweaks and waiting, Honolulu-based Edutainment Resources Inc. today announced the availability of its full PencilBot-Kids line of “Feed Me!” apps in the iTunes App Store [iTunes Link]. “Feed Me!” is directed at preschoolers, and focuses on numbers, colors, and shapes. Given ERI’s expertise...

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

Locals know how to “talk story.” And often, it’s more than just “small talk.” Beginning next week, the National Storytelling Network‘s Pacific Region will be coming to the Aloha State to celebrate the art of storytelling, and Hawaii’s ancient traditions of oral histories will be showcased. The five-day Talk Story...

Bookmarks for July 6th

Bookmarks for July 6th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on July 6th: Temporary Bottom Fishing Ban Begins: Starting Monday some of the most popular and sought after fresh fish entrees wont be local. A temporary bottom fishing ban goes into effect. Meanwhile there’s a proposal...

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

I’ve received word from Dennis Hida, one of the volunteers at the Honolulu Twestival in February, that he’s working on his own fundraiser to bring clean water to a community in need. “A dream of mine is becoming a realization,” he writes. “Our church has rallied around my ‘ministry’ and...

Gov. Lingle Vetoes Online Tax Bill

Gov. Lingle Vetoes Online Tax Bill

A quick update to my last post on Amazon.com dropping Hawaii affiliates. As the online giant (and many local affiliate marketers) hoped, Gov. Linda Lingle today vetoed HB1405.  Now the ball is in the Legislature’s court, as lawmakers mull convening a special session to override the governor’s vetoes. The full...

Amazon Dumps Hawaii Affiliates

Amazon Dumps Hawaii Affiliates

Amazon.com has pulled the trigger. As reported earlier, a looming Hawaii state tax law change relating to online affiliate marketers has prompted the Internet retailer to close the Amazon Associates accounts of Hawaii residents. Members of the local tech community are pushing Gov. Linda Lingle to veto HB1405, but Amazon.com...