Space Is Hard

Hawaii was poised to join a select group of spacefaring U.S. states tonight. Alas, the milestone was not to be. Hopefully we'll get there.

Reshared post from +Hawaii Blog

Whatever happened, it’s a painful setback for the ORS program, which was developing the SuperStrypi and its rail launcher system to get up to 300 kilograms of payload into space for under $20 million. The U.S. Air Force was working with the University of Hawaii, which handled payload development and project management of the rail launcher and launch pad. #SuperStrypi

First Hawaii Space Launch Carrying UH Payload Fails
The first attempted orbital launch from Hawaii failed this evening. The U.S. Air Force-led Operationally Responsive Space mission, ORS-4, launched the islands’ first space-bound rocket from t…

Stephanie Mew is Hawaii's 2016 Teacher of the Year

Stephanie Mew of Kapunahala Elementary is Hawaii's newest "Teacher of the Year." The news was announced this afternoon at a ceremony at Washington Place, after Mew had been named the Windward District Teacher of the Year last month. The third-grade instructor has taught at the Kaneohe school for 13 years and has 26 years of professional teaching experience.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity, which has given me a chance to reflect and reaffirm why I chose to teach,” Mew said in a statement. “I feel re-energized to do my best and make a significant contribution. This recognition is shared with the entire faculty and staff, who are caring, outstanding teachers and role models.”
#kaneohe   #hawaii   #education  

Today the Jodo Mission of Hawaii saw the return of its hand-painted Japanese hanging…

In album Japanese Hanging Scroll

Today the Jodo Mission of Hawaii saw the return of its hand-painted Japanese hanging scroll. At least 60 years old and the second largest such artifact in Hawaii, it was fully restored by skilled Japanese artisans under the direction of Japan Memorial Corporation's Tatsuji Maeda, who presented the restoration work to the Jodo Mission board this morning. This prized artwork will be carefully stored and only displayed in the temple maybe twice a year. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows more about these scrolls, it was certainly an education for us (and a substantial investment).

Grand Re-Opening of Matsumoto's Shave Ice

In album Matsumoto’s Shave Ice Grand Re-Opening

More photos than you would ever want of Saturday's Grand Re-Opening celebration at Matsumoto's Shave Ice in Haleiwa, as archived from my iPhone by Google Photos (and I'm too lazy to curate the best ones). In business for over 60 years, this North Shore institution retained its place along Kamehameha Highway, but expanded and renovated extensively. Thanks to Lincoln Jacobe for the invite!

Snapchat Stories of Hawaii

If you're into Snapchat, and that's mostly people younger than me, the fact that Hawaii was featured in a global 'Our Story' compilation was a big deal. People outside Hawaii seemed to love it, people in Hawaii were less impressed. I would suspect your opinion would be different if one of your submissions made the cut, however. What did you think?
#snapchat   #snapchatstories   #hawaii  

High Marks for Hang Gliding Hawaii

I was so impressed with our experience with +Eric Nakamoto of +Hang Gliding Hawaii, I insisted on "borrowing" his GoPro memory cards right away to put together a special video to document our amazing morning. My wife Jen​ got to take flight at dawn, and even Katie​ (age 17) and Zac (age 13) got a chance to fly. Six enthusiastic, windblown thumbs up!

Watch the video in HD and read my Google review here:

#hanggliding   #ultralight   #poweredtrike   #honolulu   #hawaii  


On a rare but very much needed day off, I drove around the island with my wife Jennifer. Among our many spontaneous stops, Kualoa Regional Park. Even though there was a storm system dissipating off the islands, it was still a beautiful day to visit Mokoliʻi, otherwise known as Chinaman's Hat.
#hawaii   #oahu   #northshore   #kualoa   #luckywelivehawaii