Snow on Mauna Kea

Snow on Mauna Kea

A break in the weather yesterday morning (12-28-08) allowed me to capture some images of Mauna Kea capped with snow from the previous days’ thunderstorm. Mauna Kea is always a beautiful sight with its snow caps during the winter months. I think this snowfall made it down to about the 10,000 ft. level. Mauna Kea is 13,796 ft. high at its peak and is the home to Hawaii’s successful high tech astronomy community and industry.

I spent more than a week on the Big Island, mainly in the Honokaa area on vacation. Shot a lot of photos which can be seen at my Big Island and Honokaa photostreams on Flickr. The above photo was taken in Honokaa along highway 24 at around 7:45 am in the morning. Canon S5 iS. Click here for a large version.

Hawaii Quarter Makes National Debut

The Hawaii Quarter Debut

The Hawaii Quarter, last in the series of 50 State Quarters issued by the United States Mint, made its debut yesterday at a public ceremony in Downtown Honolulu attended by hundreds of people. Governor Linda Lingle and Edmund Moy, Director of the U.S. Mint were among the dignitaries at hand to launch the last State Quarter of the series that features a likeness of King Kamehameha the Great, a map of the islands and the state motto on the reverse side of the coin.

Governor Lingle stated that the Hawaii Quarter will be one of the most popular coins in the series and a highly sought after collectible. The long line of hundreds of people that snaked around the entire block of Bishop, Hotel and Alakea Streets seemed to prove her point about the coin’s popularity. These people were waiting in line since early in the morning to be among the first to snap up the new quarters. The U.S. Mint will be casting more than 520,000,000 copies of the coin in the next 10 weeks.

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Top Photo: Happy school children with their new Hawaii Quarters.

The Hawaii Quarter Debut
Governor Lingle hands out new Quarters to eager school children.

The Hawaii Quarter Debut
Long line of people waiting for the new quarter snake around Bishop Street.

The Hawaii Quarter
The Hawaii Quarter featuring King Kamehameha, image of the islands and state motto.

PodCamp Hawaii: A Brief Wrap-Up

Laptop Brigade

I spent two days this past weekend at PodCamp Hawaii, an “unconference” that gathered geeks, computer users and mere mortals together for a number of concurrent workshops that focused on podcast production, podcast advertising, marketing, blogging, WordPress software and its use, and how social media platforms can impact life and business.

The two day conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on October 24 and 25 and attracted more than 330 attendees. I learned several things at PodCamp. In a short nutshell they included:

  • Use of WordPress software as a good content management system for general blogging and podcasting front ends.
  • How to customize and get the most out of WordPress.
  • It is difficult to install WordPress on your own hosted server. It may be best to go with a host that truly supports WordPress or hire a true geek who can install and possibly maintain WordPress and its associated files and database.
  • A good hosting company is better than a bargain basement host.
  • Most people who start podcasts burn out after 7 episodes.
  • Don’t invest too heavily in hardware on your podcast until you pass 10, 20 maybe even 50 episodes.
  • Maintain a tight podcast format, know and be passionate about your subject matter, and stick to a regular podcasting schedule.
  • Learn how to market your podcast and put it in all the right places (like iTunes, etc.)

There was a whole lot more including the introduction to a new version of WordPress that is supposedly easier to install and maintain.

PodCamp is also a good place to meet fellow geeks, business people and network with them. I don’t do very well in active networking, but if I am invited to join in with an individual or a small group, I warm up to the situation in time.

Photo caption: The laptop brigade soaking up information at PodCamp Hawaii.

Hawaii TV to go All Digital January 15, 2009

KITV 4 and....

Hawaii will convert all of its full power over the air TV stations from analog to digital broadcasts on January 15, 2009. The new deadline will put the state one month ahead of the rest of the nation which is mandated to make the switch by February 17, 2009.

The digital switchover will affect all full power broadcast TV stations and those viewers who get their TV reception over the air through a rooftop or “rabbit ear” antenna. The changeover for cable TV and satellite TV subscribers will be transparent and unnoticeable. There will be no need for cable or satellite TV customers to buy a digital converter box. Cable TV and satellite TV subscribers already have digital boxes supplied by their service providers.

For antenna users with standard analog TV sets, a converter box will be required to accommodate the change. The federal government is subsidizing converter box purchases with a coupon program. Digital converter boxes are available at most major electronics retailers.

Antenna users can also buy a new TV set. All new TV sets ranging from low end CRT models to high end flat screen HDTV sets now come with built in digital tuners. Antenna using consumers who already have a TV with digital tuning or who are going to buy one by January 15 will not have to get the converter box.

Hawaii’s local TV stations will be launching a public information campaign over the next 120 or so days to inform the public about the switch. The P-R campaign for the February 17 deadline is now a moot point in Hawaii.

The switchover from analog to digital is being hastened in Hawaii mainly in an effort to move Maui’s TV transmitters from the top of Haleakala to a new location a few miles downslope from the present place near the mountain’s summit. This is being done to accommodate the nesting habits of some rare birds on Haleakala.

Over the air consumers will be impacted by this switchover for all islands except Kauai, who get their analog signal from low power (LP) transmitters not currently mandated by the digital change.

Some Maui and neighbor island antenna viewers who will get their over the air signal from the new digital transmitters at the new Maui location may get a weaker signal or no signal at all since some of the digital channels on Maui were relocated from the VHF portion to the UHF portion of the dial.

Hawaii Radio & Television Guide will be updating its TV channel grid in the next few weeks to accommodate the change.

Links to more information

This was originally posted to the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide website.

News from Around the Dial

As originally posted to Hawaii Radio & Television Guide*

The economic downturn has hit KGMB TV. Erika Engle at reports that 9 employees at the TV station were laid off. None of the on-air talent were laid off. Advertising revenue at media outlets are down this year. Details at this link.


KSSK radio’s morning duo of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price celebrated their 25th year on-air this past Saturday (August 9) during a live radio broadcast aired from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral ballroom. More than a thousand people showed up for the breakfast broadcast. The duo was on air for 3 1/2 hours and were honored by dignitaries including Governor Linda Lingle, Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Congressman Neil Abercrombie.

More on Perry & Price’s 25th anniversary:

The Big Island’s KIPA radio station has returned to the airwaves with new call letters and a new format. The station now goes by the call sign KHNU. AM 620 was silent for about a year and is now airing a news and talk format. The station is owned by Mahalo Broadcasting LLC in Arizona. The KIPA call sign was immediately acquired by Buddy Gordon at Parrot Broadcasting for use on a new FM under construction in Kona, also on the Big Island of Hawaii. More details at this link.

“Honolulu Skylark” Jacqueline Leilani Rossetti has joined Kimo Kahoano as a new co-host for the Hawaiian Talk Radio Show produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) called Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino. The morning show airs Monday through Friday on Cox Radio’s KKNE AM 940 and statewide to various stations on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. “Skylark” is a longtime radio personality who has been on various stations since the 1970s. More details at this link.

Local computer and internet enthusiasts get their own radio show via Burt Lum‘s and Ryan Ozawa‘s newly launched Bytemarks Cafe radio talk show airing on KIPO 89.3 FM (HPR). It is a weekly “one-hour radio magazine that showcases the innovation and creativity in Hawaii’s tech community.” More details at the Hawaii Public Radio website and Bytemarks Cafe blog page.

* I am the publisher of the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide.