Monthly Archives: May 2013

Highway Inn to open New Inn in Kakaako

Highway Inn in Waipahu is definitely my favorite Hawaiian food spot (though I have love for them all). I'm intrigued by the move to bring largely traditional Hawaiian fare into new-cool Kakaako… though with some tweaks, including upperscale fare. October is a long time to wait!

#hawaii   #kakaako   #food   #hawaiianfood  

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"Highway Inn started serving Hawaiian comfort food in 1947 in a space fronting Farrington Highway (hence the name). The restaurant relocated to Depot Road and then to its current location on Leoku Street, but has always kept the same menu. It’s been 66 years since the restaurant’s genesis, and in a few months, Highway Inn will open a second location in up-and-coming Kakaako."

#hawaii   #kakaako   #hawaiianfood  

New Inn Kaka‘ako
Highway Inn started serving Hawaiian comfort food in 1947 in a space fronting Farrington Highway (hence the name). The restaurant relocated to Depot Road and then to its current location on Leoku Street, but has always kept the same menu. It’s been 66 years since the restaurant’s genesis, …

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Civil Beat, Huffington Post partner on Hawaii coverage

Civil Beat is an ambitious experiment in "subscriber supported journalism," trying to rely on its readers rather than advertisers to do investigative reporting and focus on the higher calling of news in Hawaii. Now they're partnering with The Huffington Post to build a Hawaii-focused section on the massive media site.

I remember Civil Beat experimenting with covering other topics, from entertainment to sports, before returning to hard news. I suspect this partnership will allow it to explore other topics (celebrity sightings and other lighter stuff that, frankly, draws more eyeballs) but keep the core site focused on "the most important questions facing our community."

Interestingly, they say "HuffPost Hawaii" will feature "a broad array of content curated for Hawaii and those interested in our state." Talking about curation, rather than original reporting, suggests it may mostly be aggregated bits and pieces from other media. Let's just hope it's more L.A. Times than TMZ.

#hawaii   #media   #journalism  

Aloha, World! Huffington Post Partnership Takes Hawaii Global

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Ham Radio 'Field Day' is June 21-22

The ham radio community will stage the main demonstration and outreach events of the year next month: "Field Day." On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

There are several ham radio clubs across the state, many staging their own "Field Day" events. The Emergency Amateur Radio Club, of which I'm a member, will be setting up at the former Bellows Air Force Base.

#hawaii   #hamradio   #fieldday  

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This is a free, national event sponsored by the ARRL (American Radio Relay League, the National Organization of Radio Amateur in the U.S.). Several hundred clubs nationwide participate in this event, which serves as a practical application of emergency operations, a fun contest, and as a public service event for Amateur Radio.

For Amateur Radio operators, it is a fun get-together as well as an opportunity to polish communications skills vital in the event of an emergency.

So come out and join us, whether your and old time ham or newly licensed or just want to know more about the Amateur Radio Service, it's great opportunity to see HAMS in action.

Because of the restricted access to the area we will be in, if you are planning on attending please email n2obm@earchi.org if you are planning on attending. Set up will begin at about 1 pm on Friday June 21st and we will be open to the public from 8 am to 6 pm Saturday. There will be a talk in frequency up on 146.520 simplex for coordination to access the area.

#hamradio   #fieldday   #hamr  

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Ingress could really benefit from local user help on Portal reviews

I totally empathize with the Niantic team, working hard to review thousands of portal submissions around the world. And I've surely had as many suggestions rejected as approved, showing consideration of many factors in picking portal locations.

Nonetheless, just on our tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some neighborhoods are starved of portals, but others are jam packed with problem portals.

Duplicates, for sure, are widespread. That's perhaps to be expected in any tourism-heavy region where multiple source databases include the same points of interest (one statue in downtown Honolulu has four variations, one in Japanese). There are a handful of portals placed right on private homes (because home business names included key words like 'Library'). There are countless portals with bad locations, sometimes a mile off. And some simply silly portals, like this one.

One, it's a bench in a mall. Two, it's about half a mile off from the real location. Three, the submitting Ingress user included their username in the portal name, and it's now a monument to one faction, no matter which faction controls it.

Again, the review of portals cannot be an easy task. Reviewing brand new portals is just a tiny part of the work, with people reporting bad locations, submitting new photos, and more. I suspect these other tasks are a lower priority, simply because many of us (on both factions) have reported certain problem portals dozens of times over the last several months and yet they stand.

So I would really like to see Niantic embrace the clearly passionate community they've built to help build a better game. Many of us are just as invested in creating a positive gameplay experience, especially while we can make a difference in beta.

Foursquare, as an example, has a massive database of businesses and locations… a similar challenge. So they have a large 'superuser' corps with levels of escalating privileges to help (1.) triage problem reports (valid or invalid), (2.) review them, and finally (3.) implement corrections. And because these users will have regional specialties, locals will be the best resource when it comes to determining whether a portal really meets the stated criteria. In an unfamiliar city with an unfamiliar culture, a park bench might indeed appear to be a piece of public art.

I want to see more portals, for sure, but also better portals. And the private home portals, as just one example, have the potential to be an explosive problem for this game should just one encounter with a homeowner go wrong. If you think librarians are getting nervous about all the new foot traffic…

#Ingress   #IngressSuggestions   #Community  

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A milestone for the Hawaii Resistance, with Honolulu long dominated by the Enlightened….

A milestone for the Hawaii Resistance, with Honolulu long dominated by the Enlightened. Our first L8 portal turned out to be part of nine L8 portals put up in one hour. It was such a long time coming, even some of the local Enlightened offered their congratulations. #Ingress #IngressResistance #Honolulu #Hawaii  

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Honolulu's First Level 8 Resistance Portals

This will only make sense to people who play or know the +Ingress game by the +Niantic Project (an internal skunkworks lab of +Google ), but the members of the Resistance faction in Honolulu set up their first 'Level 8' portals.

To make a 'Level 8' portal, you need eight 'Level 8' players to deploy one resonator each (a kind of power cell) on a single portal (a physical landmark). And 'Level 8' is the highest current player level there is.

The opposing faction, the Enlightened, have heavily dominated the island, and on some days a few months ago the entire island was nearly painted green. They celebrated their first 'Level 8' portal a while back, and now have several glowing brightly… mostly in Waikiki. I'll say this for the 'frogs,' they're a well-oiled hacking machine.

The local Resistance is definitely a more ragtag group. There's some organization, but plenty of 'lone wolf' players and a lot of conflicting schedules. Group missions are key to success, and they're few and far between among us 'smurfs.' We came close to building one-off 'Level 8' portals this week… but with players stopping by randomly to deploy their resonators, they were easily spotted and destroyed by the Enlightened.

But tonight, a group of 'Level 8' players on our side got together largely off the radar and quickly built several 'Level 8' portals in Kakaako. And this collection of portals, tied to a collection of murals, are among the most densely clustered Ingress portals on Oahu.

Oh, sure, the 'frogs' turned up soon enough and area already blasting away. But for a glorious moment, there were bright beacons of blue visible on the global Ingress map (zoomed all the way out, you can only see 'Level 8' portals).

Kudos to +Todd Cochrane , +Kyle Saiki , +Brian Campbell , +Charlie Trilles , +Jonny English , +Kyle Steph , +Jordan Silva , and any other fellow 'Level 8' Resistance players I missed!

Viva la Resistance!

#Ingress   #IngressResistance   #Hawaii  

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Honolulu's First Level 8 Resistance Portals

This will only make sense to people who play or know the +Ingress game by the +Niantic Project (an internal skunkworks lab of +Google ), but the members of the Resistance faction in Honolulu set up their first 'Level 8' portals.

To make a 'Level 8' portal, you need eight 'Level 8' players to deploy one resonator each (a kind of power cell) on a single portal (a physical landmark). And 'Level 8' is the highest current player level there is.

The opposing faction, the Enlightened, have heavily dominated the island, and on some days a few months ago the entire island was nearly painted green. They celebrated their first 'Level 8' portal a while back, and now have several glowing brightly… mostly in Waikiki. I'll say this for the 'frogs,' they're a well-oiled hacking machine.

The Enlightened are definitely a more ragtag group. There's some organization, but plenty of 'lone wolf' players and a lot of conflicting schedules. Group missions are key to success, and they're few and far between among us 'smurfs.' We came close to building one-off 'Level 8' portals this week… but with players stopping by randomly to deploy their resonators, they were easily spotted and destroyed by the Enlightened.

But tonight, a group of 'Level 8' players on our side got together largely off the radar and quickly built several 'Level 8' portals in Kakaako. And this collection of portals, tied to a collection of murals, are among the most densely clustered Ingress portals on Oahu.

Oh, sure, the 'frogs' turned up soon enough and area already blasting away. But for a glorious moment, there were bright beacons of blue visible on the global Ingress map (zoomed all the way out, you can only see 'Level 8' portals).

Kudos to +Todd Cochrane , +Kyle Saiki , +Brian Campbell , +Charlie Trilles , +Jonny English , +Kyle Steph , +Jordan Silva , and any other fellow 'Level 8' Resistance players I missed!

Viva la Resistance!

#Ingress   #IngressResistance   #Hawaii  

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Star Trek: Into Darkness Opening Night

Star Trek: Into Darkness Opening Night Trying Consolidated’s “Titan XC” for “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Reserved leather seats, Hawaii’s largest screen, and a new Dolby Atmos sound system. Worth $16.75 for a 3-D flick? We’ll see. Curiously, there’s a tear in the screen, so we all got a free 3-D movie pass up front and we’re all waiting to see if it distracts too much from the experience. This was also my first mobile Fandango ticket purchase and QR-code redemption. We’re living in the future! #StarTrek #IntoDarkness
Trying Consolidated's "Titan XC" for "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Reserved leather seats, Hawaii's largest screen, and a new Dolby Atmos sound system. Worth $16.75 for a 3-D flick? We'll see.

Curiously, there's a tear in the screen, so we all got a free 3-D movie pass up front and we're all waiting to see if it distracts too much from the experience.

This was also my first mobile Fandango ticket purchase and QR-code redemption. We're living in the future!

#StarTrek #IntoDarkness

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Another Google+ Design Upgrade Coming Today

In album

At Google I/O, +Vic Gundotra previewed a new look for Google+, the latest in a series of redesigns that illustrates how critical the social platform is to the company. Multi-column views, new UI elements and animations, and automatic hashtagging and a hashtag view to dive deeper into a topic. He also covered new circle, conversation, notification, and photo features.

#GoogleIO   #GooglePlus  

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