Survey Says… Find the Demographics of Your Audience

I noticed that both the Kona Blog and My Hawaiian Home are running surveys right now to figure out their demographics of their audiences.

I posted a survey like these more then a year ago entitled “Survey Says” and I’m not sure how much it really helped me define my audience… But feel free to take it if you haven’t already.

Maybe I should run another one as my blog was fairly new then and I know I have a lot of Oahu readers.

Recently the following was mentioned at the Envision Hawaii Conference about finding the demographics of your audience:


I know first hand what the folks on this panel are talking about in the following clip as I know many PR firms have begun to turn to my blog as way to get out information to the public in a cheaper more timely manner… and when I say cheaper… should I just say FREE!


$5.00 Chopping Fee! I Guess They Will Kill Your Turkey Too

I know L&L Pahoa meant well with their sign… But I think they meant $5.00 Carving fee. :roll:

Sign in L&L

When I envision the word “Chopping” around a turkey… this is the image I come up with:

turkey chop

“A Challenge to Democracy”

A Challenge to Democracy was a 20 minute 1943 film produced by the War Relocation Authority. The film could be considered a companion piece or sequel to 1942’s Japanese Relocation.

This film is more sober in its description of the events. It states that while many Japanese were loyal and in the armed forces, they didn’t know what would happen in case of an attack. The film makes it clear that the Japanese Americans were forced from their circumstances, and that they were made to live in a rather barren relocation camp, which was surrounded by armed guards. The film states bluntly that the medicine available at the camp was the same as that of everybody else in war time—barely adequate.

More positive features of camp life are also shown, whatever their histocial accuracy may be: it shows the internees organizing a self government, schools, and places of worship, as well as contributing to the war effort though industry. It also shows that some families were allowed to leave the campif they have proven loyal enough.

Japanese American internment refers to the forcible relocation and internment of approximately 110,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans to housing facilities called “War Relocation Camps”, in the wake of Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The internment of Japanese Americans was applied unequally throughout the United States. Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast of the United States were all interned, whereas in Hawaii, where over 150,000 Japanese Americans composed nearly a third of that territory’s population, an additional 1,200 to 1,800 Japanese Americans were interned. Of those interned, 62 percent were United States citizens.

President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones”, from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps. In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the exclusion orders, while noting that the provisions that singled out people of Japanese ancestry were a separate issue outside the scope of the proceedings.

In 1988, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government. The legislation stated that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership”. About $1.6 billion in reparations were later disbursed by the U.S. government to surviving internees and their heirs.

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Coast Guard and “Golden Princess” Rescues Seattle Couple off Hawaii

Yesterday at the Big Island Internet Society Meet Up, Devany Vickery-Davidson of My Hawaiian Home Blog, mentioned to a few of us that a cruise ship assisted in a rescue the other day off of Hilo.

Here is some information I was able to glean.

The Coast Guard and the cruise ship “Golden Princess” rescued Christopher Miller and Brandy Meisner on Friday off the coast of Hawaii.

Here are some pictures Courtesy of Princess Cruises:


The Coast Guard and the cruise ship "Golden Princess" rescued Christopher Miller and Brandy Meisner when they were forced to abandon their fishing vessel about 400 miles from Hawaii on Friday.


Miller and Meisner left San Francisco last month for what was to be a two-week trip to Hawaii, where they were to start a commercial fishing business.


Safely aboard


Cold but safe


Frightened but safe


The couple's two dogs -- Romeo and Akilah -- were also brought to safety on the cruise ship.



More of My Pictures Made the News

Four days ago, one of my pictures from Pahoa was on KHON News at 10:00.

I got a tweet yesterday asking me to submit some pictures of yesterdays weather.

As I was driving through town I caught this shot of the runoff at Prince Kuhio Plaza:


Which later got put on the news during the weather report:


Then I also caught this picture around 1:00 yesterday of the Bayfront closure:


Which also got flashed on the news for just a few seconds when they were talking about Hilo weather:

Bayfront KHON



Hawaii Pet Film Festival Award Winners