State of Hawaii Office of Information Management and Technology Department Seeks the Publics Input

The State of Hawaii Office of Information Management and Technology department is seeking feedback and ideas to help shape the State of Hawaii’s Technology Transformation Strategy.

Click here to participate. Comments will be taken through Friday, June 1, 2012. Feedback will be considered by OIMT and incorporated in the final version of the Business and IT Transformation Strategic Plan that will be published in July.

The major focus areas of the strategy include:

  • Governance and Management Methodologies – The life-cycle management of processes and policies that guide the management and oversight of the state’s portfolio of business transformation and IT investments, acquisitions, and projects, including system development, business process re-engineering, and infrastructure improvements.
  • Business and IT/Information Resources Management (IRM) Transformation Strategic Plan – The Business and IT/IRM Transformation Strategic Plan documents the mission, vision, goals, strategies objectives, and performance measures of the transformation effort, as well as specific prioritized projects and initiatives that will be launched over the next 10 years.
  • Enterprise Architecture – The blueprint for change that provides the framework for the design and development of IT systems, applications, business information, and processes to best support the goals and missions of the various departments’ line of business. This also describes the details relative to ongoing and planned investments and projects that will address the transition between from state’s current information technology environment to the future vision and the sequence that projects should be implemented over the next eight to ten years.
  • Projects – An overview of the business process reengineering and IT/IRM projects that have been completed, are currently being implemented, or planned.

Members of the public will be able to review the various focus areas of the transformation initiative, as well as provide their comment and feedback through a web-enabled citizen engagement tool at the Office of Information Management and Technology’s website (www.hawaii.gov/oimt).

Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Presents the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival (“the Festival”), May 25-27, at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The Festival events are open to the public, and will include two days of unique workshops and panel discussions led over 60 of Hawaii’s most notable performing artists, kumu hula, and industry professionals, as well as the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (“the Hokus”) on May 27th.  Kamaaina rates are available for all of the Festival events (see ticket information, below, and at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm).


The Festival is the culminating event of Mele Mei 2012 – a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, which kicked off with an Opening Concert and Luncheon at The Willows on April 27th, and has continued to showcase Hawaii’s finest talent at various venues in and around Waikiki.  Please visit www.melemei.com for a schedule of the remaining events – and mahalo for supporting Hawaii’s music!

“On this landmark 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts is especially proud as we continue to celebrate the excellence of Hawaii’s music and recording artists,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “HARA’s mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawaii’s music and recording industry, and with the success of the month-long Mele Mei, the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, and our efforts as an organization all year long, we feel we are fulfilling this important task and plan to continue and grow our efforts into the future.”

Here is a summary of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival workshops and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  Tickets are still available from HARA.

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 25 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 1
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_fri/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 2                          
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days – “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:  9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_sat/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 – THE 35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS          
The Hokus honors the best of Hawaii’s recording artists in 27 categories, and features exciting live performances.  You may see the complete list of nominees at http://www.hawaiieventsonline.com/view.php?eventID=19785&ref=%2Fquicksearch.php%3FCatID%3D8%26start_num%3D0%26num_results%3D20.
Venue:  Kalakaua Ballroom, Rooftop, Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    3:30 p.m. – Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. – No-Host Cocktails
5:00 p.m. – Ballroom Doors Open
5:15 p.m. – Welcome Pule/Dinner Served
5:30 p.m. – Pre-Show Awards
7:00 p.m. – Main Show/Life Televised Broadcast
Ticket Info:  Please see below.


NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – TICKET INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, MAY 25 & 26, 2012
   •  All-Day Pass for May 25 & 26 Workshops (unlimited workshops):
•  $100 General Admission
•  $85 Kamaaina
•  $75 HARA Member
•  Individual Workshop (single workshop on May 25 or May 26)
•  $40 General Admission
•  $30 Kamaaina
•  $25 HARA Member

TICKET PRICES – NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS, MAY 27, 2012
   •  $150 General Admission
•  $135 Kamaaina
•  HARA Member

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
    •  Purchase online at www.nahokumusicfestival.com;
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424; or
•  Purchase at the door (workshops, only).

ABOUT MELE MEI
Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, two international hula conferences, and more, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, including the prestigious 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events are being held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

ABOUT THE NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Kintetsu, Ala Moana Hotel, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alaska Airlines, Star-Advertiser & MidWeek, KZOO Radio, Hawaii.com, ING Direct, Celebrity Tuxedos, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, and other partners, this music festival offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions, as follows:

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
 Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

For Na Hoku Hanohano event and ticket information, please:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Marries Longtime Girlfriend Priscilla Chan

Facebook guru Mark Zuckerberg just posted on his Facebook site the following picture and said he got married to his long term girlfriend Priscilla Chan yesterday May 18th!

The newly married couple

An Ethical Quandary… Being “Smart”

I’ve been faced with an ethical quandary… how much money would you take to promote a product you have never tested?  I try my best to stay true to my readers and when I do sponsored trips I’m sure everyone knows they are sponsored.

Oceanic Time Warner is about to roll out a new social media package promoting the “Smart Home”

I have no problem sponsoring and promoting products and/or companies that are proven to be good companies.

Now I’m being asked into a new venture w/ a S#IT load of capital… and no guidance.

I won’t jeopardize my readers w/ this product unless I can see a benefit given to folks… even if it is “the future” and where the world is going.

I’m willing to give it a beta trial and willing to support this company as I know it has really good intentions…. although I know the bottom line for this company is profit.

Will see where this leads and I will be honest about things… hope folks don’t think I’m a sell out!

Honesty is the best platform… I will totally support a good company that is doing good things to everyone… while accepting fringe benefits.

If the product sucks… well then I bail on the project… yeah?