Hawaii home to most Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander businesses

Hawaii led the nation in the number of businesses owned by Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders in 2007, according to new findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners.

In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders owned 11,383 businesses, or 30.0 percent of the national total of 37,957 Native Hawaiian- and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms.

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Legislature to laud ‘Hawaii Five-0’

CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 took the beloved police procedural drama set in the picturesque backyard of Hawaii, and updated the show’s brand appeal with a new generation of fast-paced, high-action, eye-seducing, crime-fighting quartet.

On Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12-noon in the House Chamber, The State Legislature will honor representatives from CBS, the show’s producers, cast and crew on the global success of Season One.

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Trans-Pacific Voyage Bound for Hawaii

Green power will take seven traditional vaka, or canoes, on an epic expedition of re-discovery across 15,000 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Powered solely by the sun and the wind, the double-hulled, 22-meter vaka will leave their Pacific home countries over the next month and sail to Hawaii via French Polynesia in the wake of their ancestors.

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Art at the Capitol Debuts Friday

The Hawaii State Legislature will open its doors for April’s First Friday event with the 3rd Annual “Art at the Capitol,” an opportunity for the public to view over 460 works of art that are a part of the State’s Art in Public Places Collection (APP), meet legislators and talk with local visual artists.

The event will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a short program on the third floor to start at 4:45 p.m.

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UH to study vog forecasting

A feasibility study to determine if vog forecasts are achievable and useful is being made available to the public through a new website hosted by the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. The website is a product of the Vog Measurement and Prediction (VMAP) project.

Principal investigator for the VMAP project is Steven Businger, who along with lead vog modeler Roy Huff are members of UH Mānoa’s Department of Meteorology.

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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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Pianist Joyce Yang to perform at UH

Joyce Yang, 24, is critically acclaimed as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence.” And on Friday, March 11, she will perform at Orvis Auditorium on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. The performance is presented by the UHM Outreach College and the Hawaii Music Teachers Association.

Yang captivates audiences around the globe with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity.

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Pearl City library stocks up on K-Dramas

Pearl City library received a notable donation of over 20 DVDs featuring Korean soap operas courtesy Palama Supermarkets.

Palama Supermarkets, one of the largest Korean-owned businesses in Hawaii with three locations on Oahu,
selected Pearl City Public Library to receive the DVDs because of the close proximity to its recently-opened Waimalu store.

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Capitol chamber to open to the public

The House of Representatives today announced that the House Chamber will be open daily for Hawaii State Capitol visitors and guests to tour the gallery area during the remainder of the month of February as a pilot project. After February, the project will be evaluated and a decision will be made on whether to extend access to the Chamber year round beyond the months the legislature is in session, January to May.

Access to the Chamber will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the hours that the House is normally in session.

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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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‘Captain Cooked’ author plans book signings

S.P. Grogan, author of “Captain Cooked,” will be hosting book signings for the novel on Oahu and the Big Island.

In the novel, the heroine goes in search of ‘a quiet beach where she could go topless,’ but stumbles into a poisoned Hawaiian singing star. Her working vacation involves riots, suspicious accidents, earthquakes, flowing lava, a real cliff hanger, and romance, having to choose between three men.

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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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Judge Kobayashi confirmed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Leslie E. Kobayashi, currently a federal magistrate judge in Honolulu, to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Judge Kobayashi, 53, was confirmed on Saturday on a voice vote of the Senate. She is expected to receive her commission shortly and will fill a judgeship vacant since June 30, 2009, when U.S. District Judge Helen W. Gillmor took senior status.

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State green tech survey sees growth

A state survey backed by federal stimulus funds predicts that “green jobs” will grow by over 25 percent in the next two years.

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today released job projections related to Hawaii’s renewable energy and energy efficiency occupations, commonly known as “Green” Jobs. The report is a product of a $1.2 million competitive federal stimulus grant Hawaii was awarded a year ago.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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