Friday
Apr032009

Who Says You Can't Buy Time?

The Wisdom Tooth

There is a revolutionary procedure that is changing the way cosmetic and restorative dentistry is delivered, and I'm proud to say that it's happening on our island of Oahu in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It's called "Accelerated Cosmetic Treatment" (ACT), and the number one reason patients like it is because it condenses the time they have to spend in the dentist's chair. You definitely won't hear complaints about that! The same quality end result begins with a different approach to treatment planning from the start.

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Friday
Mar202009

Do We Really Need the Pro Bowl?

The Pro Bowl is coming back to Hawaii in 2011, provided, of course, there actually is a Pro Bowl that year.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann says it's a great idea. Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona and the Hawaii Tourism Authority can't wait to fork over $4 million, and change, to the NFL each year. And the league will gladly take it, as long as our supposedly substandard stadium is brought more into line with what the NFL considers acceptable.

The question I want answered is: do we really need the Pro Bowl? Or further: do we need the NFL to tell us what to do with our public facilities for the "privilege" of hosting the game?

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Friday
Mar202009

Why Addressing Vagrants in Kapiolani Park Matters

Djou on Politics

Kapiolani Park is a beautiful oasis of wonderful open park space in the heart of Honolulu. This property was gifted to the people of Hawaii for all families in our community to enjoy. Kapiolani Park is also the gateway to East Honolulu, Waikiki and often one of the first places visitors to our island see.

Unfortunately, over the past year, Kapiolani Park has become a squatter's camp and the exclusive domain of a select few. Families, Little League teams and the community that once enjoyed Kapiolani Park are being pushed out in favor of a few dozen vagrants who have effectively made the park their own private property. Almost every day, a constituent, visitor or Waikiki business complains to me about Kapiolani Park becoming over-run by vagrants. Too many families and residents now avoid Kapiolani Park because of the increasing perception that it is unsafe.

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Friday
Mar202009

Cleaning Waikiki Parks Up and Holding Spending Down

We are launching a major new effort to clean and renovate public park grounds and facilities in Waikiki, including Kapiolani Park and the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue.

We're very committed to ensuring that our parks remain clean, safe and welcoming to everyone. This extra effort will require the collaboration of several city departments, but no additional funding. We're also making sure the community is involved, and we consulted and briefed Waikiki stakeholders before moving forward.

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Friday
Mar202009

The Seventh Wonder (Windows 7 - Part 1)

As the Microsoft Marketing Machine kicks into high gear for Windows 7 (the successor to Windows Vista), planned for release later this year, I wanted to lend insight and answer a handful of questions I've recently been asked.

At Hawaii Kai Computer Guy, we often participate in beta test programs for new operating systems and applications. This means that we preview and work with a given hardware or software product to provide valuable commentary to the manufacturer about usability, performance and general feedback.

I can say that so far, Windows 7 is looking like a really good operating system. However, there are also some important factors to consider before upgrading your current computer (or purchasing a new one that includes it).

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Friday
Mar202009

Timely Dental Care: Essential for Keeping Teeth

The Wisdom Tooth

We all know that timely maintenance and care of an asset, such as for our car, is the essential way to ensure optimal condition, maximize longevity, and minimize expenses. Some low cost maintenance activities — for example, an oil change — may seem more bothersome than they're worth. What's eye-opening is that if they are not performed, the result may be extensive, costly and maybe irreparable damage. With the consequences known, why is it so difficult to stay on top of preventive and care activities? In a similar way, dental care is like maintaining your car. Because, with our busy schedules, it's easy to ignore, skip or delay dental appointments when everything seems fine.

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Thursday
Feb192009

Renovating Hawaii's Recreational Areas

As many East Oahu residents may already know, recreational areas across Hawaii are taking on new relevance as part of a $240 million effort due to be completed in five years. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is at the very earliest stages of a major proposal to overhaul state parks, trails and ocean recreational areas.

The central feature of the department's "Recreational Renaissance" plan is 238 statewide projects, including 73 of them across Oahu. This comprehensive plan to spruce up state parks and other recreational areas is among our Administration's key legislative initiatives for this year.

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Thursday
Feb192009

Great News for Honolulu Zoo and Rail Transit

I'm very pleased to announce that we have completed construction of the new Hale 'Imi 'Ike Learning Center at the Honolulu Zoo, which includes a classroom, reading area and space for multi-media presentations.

This Learning Center is a wonderful new addition to our zoo, and will be a great resource for teaching future generations about our animal friends and how we care for them. The 2,800 square foot Hale 'Imi 'Ike (House for Seeking Knowledge) Learning Center has seating for up to 50 people, makes extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation, and is furnished with a photovoltaic system to reduce energy consumption.

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Thursday
Feb052009

Let the Counties Regulate Fireworks

Djou on Politics

Like many Hawaii residents, I enjoyed this past New Year's festivities and the more recent Chinese New Year celebrations. Fireworks, however, have become a dangerous part of our community and time has come for tighter regulation, by the counties, on fireworks.

As any resident on Oahu can tell you, even though the law clearly places strict limits on when fireworks can be used around New Year's Day and the 4th of July - far too many people openly ignore the law

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Thursday
Feb052009

M-iLife with Sting, John Fogerty and Norah Jones

Hawaii Kai Computer Guy

Every year Hawaii Kai Computer Guy closes during the holiday season to spend valuable time with family and friends and focus on what matters most: loved ones and achieving a balance in life. The same principal we apply in building relationships with our clientele is equally essential in nurturing the relationships we hold within our personal lives. However, this last vacation proved a little different than years past. This year I got to spend some quality time with such wonderful musicians as Sting, John Fogerty and Norah Jones.

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