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ONA Parachute Training

ONA Parachute Training

The Online News Association was founded in 1999, and I signed up pretty early in its history, full of ideas for Islenews.com (which became HawaiiNews.com which is now HawaiiStar.com). My dream of building a robust grassroots local news site is still just a dream, but fortunately, the ONA has soldiered...

Bookmarks for January 26th

Bookmarks for January 26th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 25th: Hawaii falls behind nation in science knowledge: Hawaii fourth and eighth graders performed below national scores on a national science assessment. The average score for Hawaii eighth graders in public schools was lower than...

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality...

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

There is no shortage of big-name travel apps for mobile devices, and there are already more than a handful of Hawaii-specific apps out there. But the Hawaii Aloha Travel app was one I was glad to see. And geeks rejoice, it’s available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Bruce and...

Bookmarks for January 18th

Bookmarks for January 18th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 18th: Ocean FEST forms new partnership with Na Pua Noeau: Ocean FEST has formed a new partnership with Na Pua Noeau to bring hands-on science to the Native Hawaiian community. UH sees research as...

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

Offer not valid in Hawaii and Alaska. Prices may be higher in Hawaii and Alaska. And yes, Sirius Satellite Radio is not available in Hawaii and Alaska. But that may change. The FCC has granted conditional approval to Sirius to operate ground-based repeaters to make its programming available in the...

My Seoul Adventure

My Seoul Adventure

I returned to Honolulu from Seoul today, twelve hours before I left. Spending three days in South Korea was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return. Thanks again to Hawaiian Airlines for the opportunity to document their new nonstop service between Honolulu and Incheon international airports. Our trip...

Next Stop: Korea

Next Stop: Korea

Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service between Honolulu and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. And I’ll be among the people aboard the inaugural flight, leaving shortly after noon today. I’ll be representing the geeky, social media contingent, along with Burt Lum (“digital ronin” and my Hawaii Public...

Bookmarks for January 9th

Bookmarks for January 9th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 9th: Honolulu water is safe, health director stresses: The level of a toxic chemical in Honolulu's drinking water found by an environmental research group is "not a huge problem," although government testing is continuing,...

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

Hawaii voters approved the change from an elected board last year, but it will take legislative action to determine how the new system will work. On Friday, Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is hosting a “Twitter Town Hall,” or “Twitterview.” She’ll be taking comments and answering...

Bookmarks for January 5th

Bookmarks for January 5th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 5th: AskGaijin launches crowd tool to help Japanese companies avoid embarrassing Engrish: In a nutshell, AskGaijin provides a micro-consulting platform for small and medium businesses in Japan to vet English-language slogans and branding quickly...

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Owners and fans of electric vehicles are staging what they’re calling the first electric car rally in Honolulu next Thursday, Dec. 30. Organizers of “The EVent in the Park” are inviting the public to celebrate the start of the “Year of the Electric Car.” Now, it seems every year over...

Hawaii YouTube Star Hits 3 Million Subscribers

Hawaii YouTube Star Hits 3 Million Subscribers

Ryan Higa, a Waiakea High School graduate now attending film school at UNLV, is the first person to hit 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Higa’s “Nigahiga” channel crossed the threshold yesterday well ahead of fellow YouTube stars Ray William Johnson and Shane Dawson. Notably, channels for individuals largely outpaced companies,...

Bookmarks for December 20th

Bookmarks for December 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 20th: Chromium-6 Is Widespread in US Tap Water: The highest levels were in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Riverside, Calif. In all, water samples from 25 cities contained the toxic metal at concentrations above...

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Todd Cochrane, local geek and nationally renown new media entrepreneur, is preparing for his annual 24-hour marathon podcast. Beginning at 6 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Saturday, Dec. 18, he will be streaming live video and audio from his Makakilo studio non-stop through 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. Todd...

Bookmarks for December 15th

Bookmarks for December 15th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 14th: Hawaii’s Magma Chamber May Be World’s Shallowest: The huge, underground pocket of molten rock  that feeds Hawaii's volcanoes may be a lot closer to the Earth's surface than previously thought; it could be...

Online News Training Offered in January

Online News Training Offered in January

The Online News Association is hosting two days of digital journalism training at the East-West Center next month. Offered in partnership with the Hawaii chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, the “Parachute Training” program will take place Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. The training...

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

A Maui entrepreneur is rebooting his life with the new year, wearing a different T-shirt every day in 2011 as he embarks on new adventures. After dabbling in designing novelty T-shirts, car wash manager turned consultant Erik Blair is shaking up his wardrobe with The Year of Living Humorously (previously MyShirtForRent.com). Blair...

Bookmarks for December 1st

Bookmarks for December 1st

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 1st: Jupiter’s ‘disappearing’ stripe returning: Telescopes in Hawaii including NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and instruments at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory suggest the vanished dark stripe is making a comeback. Starry...

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

Hilo Designer Spots Movie Art

When music lovers watch movies, they often obsessively catalog the songs featured in the soundtrack. When geeks watch movies, they often notice which specific gadgets and tech tools are depicted. And slaves to fashion obsess over what the stars are wearing. When Hilo designer Liz Ambrose watches movies, she fixates...