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Suck It, Who?

Suck It, Who?

It’s one thing to make Newsweek. It’s another thing entirely to rate a citation in that venerable publication for a website called SuckItJesus.com. That claim to fame belongs to Carlos Uretta, a student at Hawaii Pacific University and the talented guy behind the HPU alt-news site FortStreetPulse.com. Carlos and his...

New Media, Old Media, We Media

New Media, Old Media, We Media

I was fortunate to be able to participate in a panel discussion for the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2007 today. The topic was “Evolution of On-line News & Its Effect on Journalism and News Reporting,” and my fellow panelists were: Chris Archer, News Director, KGMB9 Sandra Oshiro, Managing Editor...

Hawaii Blog 2.0

Hawaii Blog 2.0

Hawaii Blog has moved. And it’s about time. When I first launched this blog in July 2000 — truly an eon ago in Internet time — I did so almost reluctantly, apologetically, stepping into the breach of “the weblog fad” that was sweeping through the journaling community. Though it seems...

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting...

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean, reports telecom news site Communications Day, but it’s unclear whether this big fat tube will bless Hawaii with bandwidth or pass us by entirely. Dubbed the “Unity” cable, the trans-Pacific link would be built in partnership with several...

Happy Birthday, Highway Inn!

Happy Birthday, Highway Inn!

The Highway Inn in Waipahu is truly a landmark island eatery. Situated in an unassuming strip mall on the west end of the dusty former plantation town, Highway Inn has served “a taste of old Hawaii” since 1947. Which means, of course, that this year marks the Highway Inn’s 60th...

Carnival of Aloha

Carnival of Aloha

Local blogger Evelyn Hunter of Homespun Honolulu has unveiled the first “Carnival of Aloha,” highlighting blogs in and about the Aloha State. A “blog carnival,” explains the eponymous dot-com, is “a particular kind of blog community.” Compared to magazines, they’re published periodically and compiled by an editor, who frequently decides...

More iPhone Aloha

No doubt about it, Steve Jobs loves Hawaii. One of the newest television ads for the revolutionary iPhone, “All The Parts,” prominently features the Kapalua Resort. In the commercial, the omnipresent iPhone hand model looks up the current weather conditions in Lahaina, checks the traffic around San Francisco International Airport,...

Best Big Island Blogs

Best Big Island Blogs

Congratulations to Hawaii Island bloggers Hunter Bishop and Aaron Stene for being named the Big Island’s best websites or blogs by the Hawaii Island Journal. “He’s a true citizen journalist with opinions about all things Kona and a willingness to share them in both the New Media and the Old,”...

Catchy Ketchup

Catchy Ketchup

A local actor and film student has two entries in the running for the Heinz “Top This TV Challenge,” which invited amateur media makers to come up with clever 30-second commercials for their ketchup. Eric Manke, a student of the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, rallied...

Webkinz Woes

Webkinz Woes

Being a geek and a father, I’ve long tracked online destinations for kids. And while the offerings of Nick Jr. and PBS Kids are largely Flash-based brand reinforcement exercises, they are interactive (unlike the TV shows most of them are based on) and free (usually). And since I’m also a...

Hippie Cult Sees Rebirth in Hawaii

Hippie Cult Sees Rebirth in Hawaii

Boing Boing points the way to an L.A. Times article on The Source Family, “a mystical cult that thrived in Los Angeles between 1970 and 1974.” This group, it turns out, has ties to Hawaii, and has its eye on the islands as the home base for a possible revival....

Didn’t Get the Hint

Didn’t Get the Hint

Last week, my kids (again) killed their Mac mini. The Ala Moana Apple Store held on to it for a few days, but eventually (again) replaced the optical drive at no charge. Since the keyboard my kids were using — a black and blue classic from an old G4 tower — had...

Capitalizing on Caturday

Capitalizing on Caturday

During yesterday’s lifecasting talk at Hawaii Public Radio, I got to meet Eric Nakagawa, a guy who’s impossibly close to one of the year’s hottest Internet memes: lolcats. Lolcats are those Photoshopped pictures of cats with ridiculous captions that are so pervasive, they’ve spread beyond inboxes and blogs and message...

Mixed Plate Special is Served

Mixed Plate Special is Served

Today brings the official launch of Mixed Plate Special, a new online lifestyle magazine focused on Hawaii. A “virtual exhibition space” of sorts, Mixed Plate Special aims to chronicle modern Hawaii life in a variety of ways. “We’re really excited about bringing a fresh media outlet to the islands, one...

ThinkTech Tackles Lifecasting

ThinkTech Tackles Lifecasting

Lifecasting — live video streaming over the internet on a personal scale — will be the topic du jour on Hawaii Public Radio’s “ThinkTech Hawaii” radio show, airing this afternoon at 5 p.m. on KIPO 89.3FM. Host Jay Fidell has invited “digital wonderer” Burt Lum and me into the studio to discuss...

Checking Out the Hawaii Superferry

Checking Out the Hawaii Superferry

Even though the “Interisland Air War” between airlines has given us unrealistic $29, $19, even $1 airfares, there is an incredible amount of interest in the new Hawaii Superferry. The Alakai — a massive 800-ton, 1,000-foot long double-hulled vessel — was built in Alabama and arrived in Hawaii to much fanfare at...

Elvis in Bronze at the Blaisdell

Elvis in Bronze at the Blaisdell

A life-sized, 1,100-pound bronze statue of Elvis Presley was unveiled yesterday on the grounds of the Neal Blaisdell Center. The 6’2″ music icon is depicted atop a pedestal bearing plaques that explain how his 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” show at the Blaisdell was a major television milestone, broadcast live to...

Maui Station Callsign: KUNT

Maui Station Callsign: KUNT

Erika Engle, business reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, goes there in Thursday’s “TheBuzz” column, pointing out that the staid, obscenity averse FCC recently greenlit a low-power Maui digital TV station with the callsign KUNT. Feigning naivety for a moment, allow me to explain that the presumed phonetic pronunciation of the...

Tubes Clogged?

Tubes Clogged?

No, just a power outage. Geeks across Twitter (which did not go down) are reporting various websites and online services as unavailable. They include Craigslist, SixApart (LiveJournal and Typepad), Technorati, Yelp, Second Life… Google News turns up this report of an outage in Simi Valley, but I’m not sure if...