Sanyo brings hybrid bicycle to Hawaii

SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces that the award-winning eneloop bike, the SANYO pedal-assist synergetic hybrid bicycle, is available in Hawaii to provide an alternative method of transportation for tourists and locals.

The eneloop bike won the Best of Innovations Award at CES 2010. Collaborating with Assist the World of Green, LLC., SANYO’s eneloop bike will be available in bike rental shops.

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VoteOnDeals.com enters group buying craze

A new group buying service based in Hawaii promises “a new daily deal site that surpasses all others by maximizing the power of social networking and reward systems.”

VoteOnDeals.com, launching this week, is the brainchild of Andrew Sato and Jason Ching. Sato is a former top sales executive at a local radio station group and a graduate of Pearl City High School. He approached Ching, a longtime friend and entrepreneur and a graduate of Kaiser High School.

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Hollywood, Maui leaders to boost film industry

Mayor Alan Arakawa and Relativity Media CEO and founder Ryan Kavanaugh have had numerous meetings while Mayor Arakawa was still serving as Mayor-elect last year. Arakawa brought up the possibility of having a major motion picture studio here and Kavanaugh said he “couldn’t be happier” to work with the Arakawa administration in making Maui County “a major production hub.”

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Verizon sets sights on Hawaii for 4G

Honolulu, Kahului, and Lahaina are among the 140 new markets in which Verizon Wireless plans to roll out its 4G LTE network, company officials announced today. The upgraded network offers speeds up to 10 times faster than its current 3G network, with average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second.

Verizon Wireless announced that it installed 4G LTE wireless data service at the Honolulu International Airport late last year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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