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Spam Musubi, Loco Moco are Top Island Treats

Spam Musubi, Loco Moco are Top Island Treats

Betty Shimabukuro, food writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, has reached out to Mainland readers to educate them on Hawaii’s favorite foods. And they’re not coconut and pineapple. In a special to the Los Angeles Times titled, “10 Hawaiian culinary specialties to sample” (guess the headline writer missed the AP Stylebook...

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako, popular KHNL news anchor and reporter, has penned an essay on motherhood for HawaiiMoms.com, a “discussion site” run by The Honolulu Advertiser. “I was warned that having a baby would throw my life into a delicious uproar, but I couldn’t envision it until that day actually arrived, Day...

It’s Slippah Time

It’s Slippah Time

“It’s dat time of year again!” Yes, as Lynn “Auntie Pupule” Vasquez reminds us, the holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the third annual Mayor Wright Housing Christmas Slippah Wish Fund. Even though it’s not uncommon to go barefoot in Hawaii, kids in public housing shouldn’t have...

Rep. Karamatsu Blogs DUI Arrest, Balks

Rep. Karamatsu Blogs DUI Arrest, Balks

A few days ago, I mentioned the disappointing news that one of Hawaii’s up-and-coming young lawmakers, Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu, had been busted for DUI. I also noted that Karamatsu, as one of our few elected leaders with a blog, had a unique opportunity to address his constituents and the...

Grim Smiley Surfaces in Seattle

Grim Smiley Surfaces in Seattle

The Crud is dead. Long live The Crud! One of the most rockingest bands to ever call Hawaii home has moved to Seattle, and has been reborn under a new name: Grim Smiley. (Loud autoplaying music alert!) “Grim Smiley represents contrast,” explains vocalist and Hawaii native Ben Henry, who came...

LOST Notes

LOST Notes

A smattering of “LOST” notes for the week, all from more fortunate friends. From Darcy, news of a location shoot at the old Honolulu Brewing Co. building on Queen Street, last seen in a flashback for the late, great Charlie Pace. From Nurse Ariel, news of a military camp of...

Malia Mattoch Pens Book on Isle Design

Malia Mattoch Pens Book on Isle Design

Malia Mattoch-McManus, known for her on-screen talents as a news anchor and reporter, has just written a new book on Hawaii’s distinct architecture and interior design. After working in journalism for ten years, with stints at Pacific Business News and KHON as well as television stations in California, she left...

Lee Jun Ki Snubs Hawaii Fans

Lee Jun Ki Snubs Hawaii Fans

I’d never heard of Lee Jun Ki until today, but I gather some of his fans now wish they could say the same thing. Hawaii is a hotbed of J-Pop and K-Pop fandom, a fact that has no doubt fueled some of the success of the Hawaii International Film Festival....

Abercrombie Votes Against Media Protections

Abercrombie Votes Against Media Protections

 Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie was the only Democrat to side with the Bush Administration in voting against a media sheild bill that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources. It’s an odd vote for a man who may just be the last surviving long-haired hippie in congress,...

Daily Show Notes Overthrow

Daily Show Notes Overthrow

In one quip, Jon Stewart may have taught more Americans about the simple fact of the U.S. overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy than lifelong educators and activists have in a lifetime. Depending on how you look at it, the suggestion that Americans are getting more and more of their news...

Häagen-Dazs Does Hawaii

Häagen-Dazs Does Hawaii

Kudos to style maven Leigh at hapa | hale for spotting a new ice cream flavor from Häagen-Dazs: Hawaiian Lehua Honey & Sweet Cream. It’s an entry in their “Reserve” series, highlighting “rare and unique ingredients” from around the world. So, from the Big Island of Hawaii: Rich, sumptuous waves...

Leslie Wilcox Blogs

Leslie Wilcox Blogs

PBS Hawaii has stepped boldly into the blogosphere with the launch of Coffee Break with Leslie Wilcox, where the station’s new president and CEO aims to “break the glass” of the TV and interact directly with viewers and the local community. Leslie’s first entry opens with a memory from her...

Rep. Karamatsu Charged with DUI

Rep. Karamatsu Charged with DUI

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu was picked up by Honolulu police for driving under the influence after crashing his car on the freeway late last night. KITV reports that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.171, more than double the legal limit of 0.08. Karamatsu, a 1992 graduate of Pearl City...

Pacific News Bytes Launches

Pacific News Bytes Launches

Local promoter and media whiz Lincoln Jacobe is hoping the third time’s the charm with the launch of Pacific News Bytes, an all-color, glossy magazine featuring “news, features and expert advice from the top professionals in the technology industry.” Jacobe describes the bi-monthly magazine as the descendant of Hawaii Web...

Help HIFF, Score Tix

Help HIFF, Score Tix

The Hawaii International Film Festival is undeniably the world’s premiere “East-meets-West” showcase, bringing Asian and western cinema, art, and culture together like nothing else… right here in the middle of the Pacific. For all its red carpets and top-shelf talent, however, HIFF still needs an enormous network of volunteers to...

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

On a recent trip to Hawaii on cheap discount airline ATA, an iPhone-toting traveler named Craig sparked a snit from a flight attendant when he had the audacity to safely operate an electronic device while in-flight. Despite the demonstrated use of the iPhone’s “airplane mode” — an interference-free setting common...

LOST Keeping Cool

LOST Keeping Cool

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” wrapped a major, two-day location shoot today at the Laniakea YWCA, capping several days of work at the downtown building. Inside, Kate pleads not guilty to a laundry list of crimes, including murder, assault and weapons charges. Outside, crews worked hard to maintain both the ideal climate...

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ever wish you poll a global audience on any question, and get your answer in a matter of minutes? You can, now, with Ask500People. The site, which launches today after months of tweaking and testing by the brilliant minds at Wondermill, promises, “World Opinion, While You Watch.” And it delivers,...

Google Grabs Jaiku

Google Grabs Jaiku

The “activity stream and presence sharing service” Jaiku has been snapped up by Google. Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone...

LOST Holding Court

LOST Holding Court

SPOILER ALERT! After nearly a week of preparation, including substantial carpentry and set building, court is now formally in session at the Laniakea YWCA. Much of the facility has effectively been taken over by the “LOST” production crew, with classes canceled today and tomorrow and “QUIET!” signs posted throughout. The...