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. [...]

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. [...]

Hawaii real estate market update

The Hawaii real estate market showed some signs of strength across the different islands, although foreclosures continued to exert increased influence on the housing sector. In the first tracking period of the New Year, there were nearly two hundred single family properties purchased – an increase of more than eleven percent from the same period a year ago. Similarly, more than two hundred and fifty condo units changed hands during the first month of the year, representing an uptick of slightly less than ten percent from January 2010. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Nissan delivers Hawaii’s first LEAF

Today, Nissan North America Inc. brought sustainable mobility to Hawaii with the arrival of the state’s first all-electric Nissan LEAF. Bill Markevitch took delivery of his Nissan LEAF SL today at New City Nissan of Honolulu. This groundbreaking moment follows deliveries in the launch states of California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Texas. [...]

‘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. [...]

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. [...]

Feng shui presentations planned

Best-selling author Clear Englebert will present “Feng Shui,” a free program for adults in celebration of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit, at two Oahu public libraries in January. Englebert is the author of bestseller “Feng Shui for Hawaii,” “Feng Shui Demystified,” and “Bedroom Feng Shui.” Englebert has practiced and taught feng shui in Hawaii and California since 1995. He is recognized as a feng shui expert, and has been featured on television programs and in print media. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]