Hawaii Business All Stars Honored


I had a good night taking photos at the 4th Annual Small Business Hawaii Education Foundation Awards dinner last Friday night, September 16. The annual event is a gathering of business leaders, mainly in the area of small business to honor several of their own people. This year Joe Nicolai of JN Services was named Small Business Person of the Year. Others so honored included Win Schoneman, owner of Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts in Hawaii Kai, Tyler Roukema, owner of the Outback Steakhouse also in Hawaii Kai, Jim Dooley of HawaiiReporter.com, and 4 others. A complete list of the honorees is posted at the Smart Business Hawaii website. I shot about 700 photos that night of which about 60 have been published. They are viewable by clicking the slide show above and also on my Flickr website as well as on SBH. Selected photos are shown below.

Collage of the major award winners Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Joe Nicolai with former Governor Linda Lingle, Win Schoneman (in maroon colored shirt), Tyler Roukema, Jim Dooley with Malia Zimmerman, Wendy Dantas with Lani Moo for Glenn Muranaka and Marissa Capelouto.

Smart Business Hawaii Awards Banquet Recap
SBH Award Banquet Photo Set on Flickr

2011 SBH Foundation Awards Banquet
SBH Success All Star Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser of Mikilua Poultry Farm with her family.

2011 SBH Foundation Awards Banquet

The Harley Davidson Motorcycle that was up for auction.

2011 SBH Foundation Awards Banquet

Joe Nicolai with former Governor Lingle.

Hawaiian Telcom is in the TV Business

Hawaiian Telcom, Hawaii’s landline telephone operator launched its cable TV service this week at months of beta testing. The new TV service will feature at least 250 cable TV channels including local content, movies and sports such as the NFL channel. The service is being slowly rolled out in the downtown Honolulu area of Oahu. Reports from around the country have stated that TV services offered by phone companies have been successful in attracting customers from incumbent cable TV systems such as Time Warner.

More information at the following links:

Olelo Channel 49 to be Digital Only

Viewers of Olelo Public Access TV channel 49 have recently learned that Oceanic Time Warner cable will be switching the analog signal to this channel off and going to digital services only. This will require analog customers to get a digital set top box. According to the Olelo TV website and blog, the set top boxes are supposed to be free to those customers who request them. The cut off date for analog customers is July 6. Olelo had asked for an extension of time but were declined by Oceanic.

While Olelo states that the digital box is free, Oceanic’s own website under pricing lists a $7.12 charge for a digital box.

Commentary: I wonder how many analog customers will opt for the digital box? While digital may offer more TV services, the going rate for the basic digital package is $75 a month. When I last subscribed to Oceanic cable’s analog, the price was about $63 for 78 channels. The cable franchise fee will probably remain the same whether a subscribers gets all of the Olelo channels or not.


Hawaiian Telcom to Offer Cable TV Services

Hawaiian Telcom

It has been one of Hawaiian Telcom‘s long standing plans – become a cable TV provider for Hawaii. The State Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) granted Hawaiian Telcom a 15 year franchise fee to set up and operate a competing cable TV system that will mount a challenge to longtime incumbent Time Warner Oceanic Cable.

Hawaiian Telcom is the state’s largest phone company. They recently came out of bankruptcy. Due to a changing marketplace where many people have opted for cellular phone service instead of a traditional landline, the phone company has decided to pursue to cable TV option and offer its services as a package along with telecom and internet services.

More details at the following links:

Hawaiian Telcom gets a license for cable TV
Hawaiian Telcom Gets OK To Offer Cavble TV
DCCA Press Release (PDF)

Publisher’s Comment: Competition is usually a good thing. We’ll see how this pans out for consumers in relation to prices and packaging offered by Hawaiian Telcom. Hopefully the new competition will bring cable TV prices down or at least stabilize them at a certain level. It is also hoped that better TV channel packages are offered or even the possibility (highly unlikely) of ala carte cable.

This post also appears on the Hawaii Radio and Television Guide Blog. Photo by Ryan Ozawa.

A Beautiful Hawaiian Sunset

Today's Kaka'ako Sunset
Taken from Kaka’ako Waterfront Park with a Canon S5 iS camera. Below is the cropped version of the same photo.

The Same Sunset - Cropped

Point Panic Panorama
Point Panic Panorama taken with iPod Touch camera.

Sunbeam Through the Clouds
Sunbeam through the clouds. Taken with Canon S5 is.