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July 29, 2007

Hawaii Superferry

A limited public preview of the Hawaii Superferry Alakai. Years in the making, the arrival of the Hawaii Superferry finally gives island residents a viable alternative to interisland air travel. The 800-ton, 1,000-foot long double-hulled vessel can carry over 800 passengers and over 250 vehicles. On board, ameneties to rival a hotel. Despite its size, it can travel at 35 knots, and travel between islands in two to three hours. The Alakai is the first of two ships, and will service O'ahu, Kaua'i and Maui.

Music is "Pacific Journey" by John Keawe.

You can also view this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV. The iPod-optimized MP4 file served up in the feed (MP4/30MB) is here. You can also download the movie in multiple sizes and formats here, courtesy the Internet Archive.

I was also broadcasting live video from the ship the entire time via my lifecasting site, HawaiiGeek.TV. See the entire archived tour here. http://www.lightfantastic.org/imr/extras/videoblog/content/2007/superferry.mov

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July 28, 2007

Honolulu Honors The King

A life-sized, 1,100-pound bronze sculpture of Elvis Presley was unveiled today on the grounds of the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The 6'2" music icon is depicted atop a pedestal, commemorating his 1973 "Aloha from Hawaii" concert. It was a major television milestone, broadcast live, globally, to over a billion people in over 30 countries. The statue was donated by TV Land.

Music is "Bite Your Nose" by Burnshee Thornside.

You can also view this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV. The iPod-optimized MP4 file served up in the feed (MP4/13MB) is here. You can also download the movie in multiple sizes and formats here, courtesy the Internet Archive. http://www.lightfantastic.org/imr/extras/videoblog/content/2007/elvis.mov

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July 4, 2007

iPhone in Hawaii

The last "world premiere" of the Apple iPhone took place in Honolulu, at the flagship Apple Store at Ala Moana Center. At 2 p.m., the store was closed up, the windows were blacked out, and the wait began. Those in line got to know each other, got interviewed by the media, and were given some refreshments. Eventually, claps and cheers erupted as hundreds of eager buyers parted with hundreds of dollars to own Apple's first mobile phone.

You can also view this video at YouTube, Google Video, and BlipTV. The iPod-optimized MP4 file served up in the feed (MP4/38MB) is here. You can also download the movie in multiple sizes and formats here, courtesy the Internet Archive. http://www.lightfantastic.org/imr/extras/videoblog/content/2007/iphone.mov

Posted by Ryan at 3:15 PM | Comments (0)