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Kauai real estate update

The Kauai real estate market continues to struggle with a foreclosure rate well above the national average and the median rate for the state of Hawaii. Although the rate of home sales on the Garden Isle increased somewhat in the most recent tracking period, the median price for both single family homes and condominiums on Kauai fell by double digits. [...]

Endangered bird nesting at Midway Atoll

An important – and hopeful – milestone in the conservation of the endangered short-tailed albatross was recorded at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in November. On Nov. 16, refuge staff observed an adult short-tailed albatross incubating a freshly laid egg on Eastern Island, one of three small flat coral islands that comprise Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. [...]

Hawaii firm unveils digital medical wristband

MEDICOM Technologies, Inc., a purveyor of technically advanced medical identification solutions, has introduced a multimedia-enabled interactive Medical I.D. Wristband. The device readily presents an individual’s complete medical history to emergency treatment personnel in critical situations. The first-of-its-kind, patent-pending MEDICOM Medical I.D. Wristband could be an industry game changer. [...]

Honolulu airport Wi-Fi now free

ShakaNet, the largest provider of wireless Internet services in Hawaii, today announced that it is partnering with FreeFi Networks Inc. to provide free wireless Internet access to passengers throughout the concourses, lounges and concession areas of Honolulu International Airport (HNL). “This is the first deployment of free wireless services at Honolulu International Airport, the largest airport in the state of Hawaii,” said Nam Vu, Chief Technology Officer for ShakaNet. [...]

UH research focuses on vertebrae development

Researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have developed innovative techniques that could have profound effects on congenital cervical vertebrae malformation research. In the cover-featured research article of the November issue of Molecular Reproduction and Development, researchers looked into congenital cervical vertebrae malformation in humans that can cause neural problems and increase susceptibility to stillbirth in women. [...]

Aqua relaunches Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Aqua Hotels & Resorts, a full-service Hawaii hotel management company, announced the addition of the 312-room Queen Kapiolani Hotel to its Waikiki portfolio. “Aqua’s Hawaii-based roots and leadership role in marketing unique hotels to visitors is an excellent fit for what we have been seeking to re-establish the Queen Kapiolani,” said Wayne Williams of YHB Hospitality Group. [...]

World folk group HuDost coming to Maui

Experimental world folk group HuDost has added Hawaii to its cross-country tour, and will perform at Studio Maui in Haiku next Saturday, Dec. 11. This after Wednesday appearance on Mana’o Radio’s “Alanamana Show” on 91.5FM on Wed., Dec. 8. HuDost has been getting rave reviews across the board for their latest releases “Trapeze” and “Waking the Skeleton Key.” As one music critic said: “It’s nice to see a band that doesn’t sacrifice content for commercialism, yet has a theoretically almost limitless upside for hit potential.” [...]

National 9/11 flag coming to Pearl Harbor

The National 9/11 Flag, destroyed in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001 but stitched back together seven years later, will be in Honolulu for a ceremonial stitching ceremony scheduled to coincide with the Dec. 7 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The National 9/11 flag was restored by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas, and is now a living testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people. It’s been described as the modern day version of The Star Spangled Banner. [...]

UH study predicts more global warming

Current state-of-the-art global climate models predict substantial warming in response to increases in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The models, though, disagree widely in the magnitude of the warming we can expect. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Climate, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers have assessed the performance of current global models in simulating clouds and have presented a new approach to determining the expected cloud feedbacks in a warmer climate. [...]

Royal Hawaiian Center open on Thanksgiving

oyal Hawaiian Center is open on Thanksgiving Day! Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, or begin your holiday shopping early, before Black Friday even begins! Several participating merchants will also feature deals/specials, which will be posted online at RoyalHawaiianCenter.com. As a special Mahalo to our Black Friday patrons, stop by Lei Ohu Guest Services during November 25-28 and pick up a complimentary eco-friendly jute bag with purchase of $200 or more combined receipts from Royal Hawaiian Center. [...]

Local rockers bring on the hooks for debut album

The local hard rockers Kilroy thrive on guitar riffs and lyrical hooks to drive their success. The band looks at different sources of inspiration for their 12 track debut album “Something’s Gotta Give,” due out in December 2010. Kilroy’s music leaves the listener feeling a sense of familiarity. The listener hears a song that is not immediately recognized and it doesn’t sound like anything they have heard in a while. Then it hits the listener, the sound of guitar driven riffs and hard rock beats that are synonymous with hard rock & roll music. [...]

Pianist Donna Stoering to tour islands

Internationally renowned pianist Donna Stoering will be giving free concerts throughout Hawaii. This will be her first-ever performance tour in Hawaii. All of the concerts will be free to the public but donations will be collected to benefit specific causes in Hawaii. The beneficiary organizations were selected by Ms Stoering through her Notes for Nourishment series, a project of the global non-profit Listen for Life. [...]

Alaska Air launches Big Island service

Alaska Airlines launches new seasonal service today between Kona on the Big Island and Portland, Ore. The new flights are in addition to the airline’s existing service from Portland to Kahului, Maui, and Honolulu. Each week, Alaska Air will depart Portland for Kona at 5:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Those same days, a flight from Kona to Portland will depart the Big Island at 9:25 a.m. [...]

Local documentary wins film festival award

Out of more than 600 films screening at the 11th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, ‘One Voice,’ a local documentary from Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) about the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest, was this year’s audience award winner. “The Harrah’s Rincon Audience Award is special because it is chosen by the people who attend the festival and actually saw the film,” says Ruth Bolan, producer of ‘One Voice’ and executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications. “It reaffirms our mission of sharing the stories of the Pacific with the world, and the importance of perpetuating Hawaiian language and culture.” [...]

State mulling Big Island coffee bean quarantine

The Advisory Committee on Plants and Animals, attached to the State Department of Agriculture, will meet on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 to consider one or more quarantine zones on the island of Hawaii to prohibit the importation of green coffee beans. At issue is a serious infestation of the Coffee Berry Borer in local crops reported by Kona Coffee farmers. The pest infestation was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service Systematic Entomology Laboratory. [...]

HPU appoints new trustees

Hawai‘i Pacific University officials voted in James Polk, Michele Saito and Stephanie Saito to the University’s Board of Trustees on Oct. 22. James Polk is a senior executive vice president and manager at Bank of Hawaii in the Hawaii Commercial Banking Division. Michele Saito is the president of Farmers Insurance Hawaii, Inc. Stephanie Saito is the executive vice president of Bank of Hawaii. [...]

Pacific Voyages and Hawaiiana at Auction

An interesting and diverse collection of material related to 18 and 19th century exploration of the Pacific islands, the work of Hawaiian missionaries, and the annexation of Hawaii, will be offered by fine arts auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields on the 22nd of November 2010 in San Francisco. The firm’s Pacific Voyages and Hawaiiana auction will feature first editions; scarce manuscripts, memoirs and pamphlets; prints and engravings; and artifacts formerly in the collections of island royalty. [...]

Chef Ming Tsai to appear at Macy’s Ala Moana

Famed chef Ming Tsai, a member of Macy’s Culinary Council, will demonstrate a few recipes from his new cookbook, “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals: Quick, Healthy and Affordable Recipes,” at Ala Moana next Tuesday. The new cookbook tackles the four basic needs in everyday cooking: taste, healthfulness, simplicity and affordability. After the cooking demonstration, Mr. Tsai will greet guests and sign copies of his book which can be purchased at Macy’s during the event. [...]

Children’s Librarian is Employee of the Year

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) announces the selection of Curt Fukumoto, Children’s Librarian of Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library, as the 2010 HSPLS Employee of the Year. Fukumoto is outstanding in opening up the wonderful world of reading to his young patrons. His weekly story times, which have continued year round since May 2006, routinely draw over one hundred preschoolers and their caregivers. In 2010 alone, Fukumoto’s programs have has drawn an attendance of more than 5,000. [...]