Hawaii Blog Blog

What a difference a year makes. Witness the tale of WorldPoint, a locally-grown “high-tech” firm specializing in translation that was once the darling of Hawaii’s “growing tech sector.” In March of last year, the...

Well, the rumors were true. Liberty House will become Macy’s, with the new owners taking control next month, and the new name to be installed sometime later. Looks like, fortunately, all employees will be...

Ah, so now I don’t need to feel bad that my daughter Katie picked up the Homerism exclamation of disappointment, “D’oh!” It’s in the OED now, as is “bad hair day,” “full monty” and...

The total cost of raising a kid born this year is up $5,000, according to the USDA. Personally, though, I think their estimate of $165,630 is still very conservative. In any case, that number’s...

Newsweek this week introduced us to The Reviewer Who Wasn’t There, David Manning of the Ridgefield Press. The thing is, I don’t know how all that many people can be surprised. The only surprising...

This town’s pretty schizophrenic about its interpretation of its own laws. So now there’s a 20-foot-high cross towering over Makakilo they’ve deemed a ‘structure,’ not a ‘sign.’ What’s an activist to do? Build an...

Douglas Adams is gone. It’s been a week and I still can’t believe it. He was too young. And too wonderful a writer. I have to read the “trilogy” again — probably my tenth...

Now’s a good a time as any to mention the building crecendo of buzz and press over the Bay/Bruckheimer blockbuster (usually not declared until the opening weekend take is tallied, but I think this...

Well, I guess we were overdue for a test of the other side of the Horowitz controversy. It’s fun to point at supposed liberals when they argue against free speech, but that’s because it’s...

Filed for future reference (because I’m frequently asked to explain it), a fairly comprehensive history of the “all your base are belong to us” geek meme (link courtesy MJW), a once quaint example of...

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s 40 tons of space debris! Yep, they’re bringing the Mir down this week, a historic, fiery descent that’ll land it – “hopefully,” say the scientists with a...

Now that’s a lot of doughnuts. I always wondered why we never had one here… or rather, why we had so few that did so poorly. I know the Catch of the Day guy...

Free speech and U.C. Berkeley would seem to be best friends. Except that the once activist-rich campus is also having an affair with Political Correctness. Though I’d been following the Horowitz story for a...

The “Yum!” heard ’round the world. Although I didn’t get this particular piece of overforwarded e-mail, the story is fascinating, even making the Washington Post. Poor Brad and Claire! There’s even a fan page...

Someone’s getting a pink slip for Christmas, but I don’t feel too bad… A TV crew caught Northwest Airlines crewmembers tossing holiday mail while unloading a plane in Minneapolis. Reverse two-handed overhead throws, missed...

As sure as I am that private industry will eventually take the lead in space exploration, I’m equally sure that religious cults (or any other group with both resources and a warped value system)...

I’ve been watching this article propagate around the world over the AP wire with some dismay. The flowers you get in leis bought in Hawaii might not come from the islands! Well… so? Heck,...

So Papa John’s can say that it makes a better pizza after all. I can’t believe it took the justice system to decide this. Of all the ridiculous claims and outright attacks on competitor’s...

If Amazon.Com wants to lead the online retailing world in the charge to compete with brick-and-mortar outfits, changing the prices of products at random probably isn’t going to help their cause. They’re saying it’s...

George Bush rightfully fears those debates with Al Gore. He has a problem thinking before he speaks. I’ve been eating up the story about Bush’s potty mouth — calling a reporter an “asshole” while...