Korean Air Considering Expanding Services in Hawaii… Kimchee Trade Deficit

National flag carriers are expanding services to the U.S. in preparation for Korea’s inclusion into the visa waiver program Monday…

It is also considering expanding services to Hawaii and Los Angeles…

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And in other Korean related news:

…But last week, a report to the South Korean parliament revealed a flaw in the nation’s culinary ambitions: the country’s kimchee trade deficit.

It seems that growing domestic demand for cheap, Chinese-made fermented cabbage has led to a 376% surge in imported kimchi from 2004 to 2007. For those three years, South Korea’s kimchi trade deficit reached $77.3 million. The national symbol — what one writer called “the palpable expression of the country’s feisty spirit” — is now more likely to be made in China than at home.

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Americans Turning to Spam as Economy Weakens

I can’t stand SPAM.  It doesn’t matter which way you cook it, I can’t stand it.  My son loves it, and my wife deals with  it, but I just can’t stand the stuff.

As money tightens around America, more and more people are turning to spam to stretch their dollar.

According to this recent New York Times article:

…Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce…

…Spam “seems to do well when hard times hit,” said Dan Bartel, business agent for the union local. “We’ll probably see Spam lines instead of soup lines…”

…Mr. Gutknecht recalled that he once served as a judge in a Spam recipe contest. “The best thing was Spam brownies,” he said, with more or less a straight face…

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Thiefs Hit All Time Low!

I can’t believe this.

My mother-in-law just got back from shopping at KTA on Puainako and she reports that someone stole her canvas bags for her groceries from her shopping cart while still inside the store.  Nothing was in these bags and were to be used at check-out time!

I can only think that a thief must have thought her wallet was in one of the bags.

She reports one of the bags was for freezer items and the thief might have wanted that.

To think that people are ripping off canvas shopping bags from shoppers just boggles my mind!

Vacationers to Hawaii at Risk of Skin Cancer

According to this recent study published today by U.S. News and World Report, people who visit Hawaii may be “at risk” of eventually getting skin cancer.

…A detailed study of 88 Hawaii vacationers identified three groups of people with distinct characteristics and sun protection behaviors, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Dermatology by researchers at the University of Queensland:

  • Those people in class 1 (“unconcerned and at low risk”) were at least risk of skin cancer, intended to tan, and used the least amount of sun protection.
  • Those in class 2 (“tan seekers”) had the second highest risk of skin cancer, had the highest proportion of women, became sunburned easily, intended to tan, had used tanning beds in past 30 days, and had the highest proportion of sunscreen coverage and the least clothing coverage.
  • Those in class 3 (“concerned and protected”) had the highest skin cancer risk, the highest proportion of clothing coverage and shade use, and were more likely to be Hawaii residents.

…”These vacationers are at high risk of skin cancer, and we are not getting the message across,”…

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Hawaii Broadband Speeding Up… Many Still Without

I just noticed this article from InternetNews which mentions that Hawaii’s Broadband use overall by people is up… however, there are still many without.

…For broadband speeds of greater than 5 Mbps, ten states — South Dakota, Maine, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Minnesota and South Carolina — experienced increased penetration this quarter of 40 percent or more…

Hawaii had a 95 percent increase this quarter, but the western-most U.S. state only has a 5.7 percent penetration rate overall for broadband — so there is still a lot more room for high-speed broadband growth…

GO! Airlines to Offer Travel Insurance

…”go! is pleased to partner with Mondial Assistance to offer our passengers an extra measure of comfort when planning a trip or vacation in Hawaii,” said Joe Bock, Chief Marketing Officer for go!. “Access America travel insurance provides our customers with the service and peace of mind to protect their entire travel investment…

…Mondial Assistance’s Access America insurance products also include travel assistance services and a concierge service — all through a multi-lingual, 24-hour hotline. go! passengers will have the option of choosing between three packages with varying rates and coverage…

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