Honokaa Boy – The Movie

I don’t know too much about the movie Honokaa Boy except that parts of it were filmed in Honokaa on the Big Island of Hawaii. My Dad told me about the film late last year, though at the time I don’t think it had a title. Apparently he and some senior citizens in town were hired as extras for a one day shoot. He said he spent most of the day just waiting around (typical of most film and TV shoots) for something to happen. I don’t know if what they recorded of them got into the film. If so, probably a small snippet, but more than likely it all fell on the cutting room floor.

Honokaa Boy made its world premiere debut late last month (February 24) at the Honokaa Peoples’ Theater. From the Big Island Video News site, it reads:

“The Japanese language foreign film, “loosely based” on the book by Leo Yoshida, was filmed in Honokaa in October, and incorporates many of Honokaa’s well known landmarks into the story.

The main character in the film (who visits and falls in love with the small Hawaii town) becomes a projectionist at the Honokaa People’s Theatre. In the film, it is while working at the theatre that the main character befriends and grows close to a seamstress.”

From the trailer above one can see that the ol’ Honokaa Peoples’ Theater is central to this movie’s story. The Big Island Video News goes on to say that the movie has already put Honokaa on the map as Japanese visitors are beginning to come to visit the town to see some of the locations portrayed in the film.

Hopefully Honokaa Boy will show up soon in Honolulu. The movie website indicates a March 14 release date. I’d be interested in watching it. If not then I’ll surely look for a DVD.

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British Queens in Honolulu

Queen Mary 2 in Honolulu

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 made a stop in Honolulu yesterday (February 15) on its annual around the world voyage. The majestic ship sailed into Honolulu Harbor early yesterday morning and remained in port for just a brief 11-hour refueling stop. Passengers were able to disembark and do some quick sightseeing in Honolulu before they departed in the late afternoon.

I made it to Honolulu Harbor area to take some photos of the Queen Mary 2 as she laid in port shortly before leaving. At precisely 5 in the afternoon, the mighty queen blew her whistle and casted off for her next destination. It took about 17 minutes to turn the ship around in the harbor. A small crowd was on hand to view and photograph the event. It’s quite awesome to be fairly close up and watch the world’s largest ocean liner turn around and sail out.

Queen Mary 2 Departs Honolulu
Above: People line the shoreline bank to watch QM2 depart Honolulu. Top photo: Queen Mary 2 docked at Honolulu Harbor. Photo taken from the Aloha Tower observation deck.


Cunard Line Queen Victoria

Queen Mary’s sister ship, Queen Victoria, also of Cunard line paid Honolulu a port visit on February 1. She was on her around the world trip too. The two queens now fill the void left by the Queen Elizabeth 2 which called into Honolulu Harbor for the last time in March 2008. She has since been retired and is now undergoing conversion to an entertainment center and hotel in the country of Dubai.

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.