A Google Hangout With the Oceanic Time Warner Social Media Hui

Yesterday, the Greenhouse in Honolulu hosted the Oceanic Time Warner Social Media Hui (OCHui) and its second meeting.  The first meeting was held at Oceanic’s headquarters on February 3, 2012.

Members of the "OCHui" listen to Peter Kay talk about social media and increasing the visibility of Oceanic Time Warner while chowing down lunch at "The Greenhouse".

I wasn’t able to attend yesterday’s meeting in person, however, I was introduced to a new program called Google Hangout which allowed me to attend the meeting virtually using my web camera and internet connection to connect to the meeting remotely from the Big Island of Hawaii.

A brief synopsis of a “hangout” from Googles website:

Bumping into friends while you’re out is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, spontaneity hits the web. Whether you’re home in your pajamas or hitting the streets with your mobile phone, video hangouts let you bring up to 9 people into your world. It’s the next best thing to everyone being there.

Most folks have heard of or used programs such as Skype to do free video conferencing, however, I really liked this Google Hangout program for a few reasons of course the number one reason was that it allowed for a free video conference to be done from one island to another without the transportation cost and time that flying to Oahu would have required.

Here is a quick screen shot of what I was looking at most of the time… I could open and close individual windows but I wanted to keep my mug on the screen just to remind me not to do anything socially unacceptable and just to remind me that I was on camera!

My view of the meeting

According to the Google Hangout specifications, you can bring up to nine people in on a video conference.  I can really see this as a great money savings tool here in the State of Hawaii where travel costs and time in general spent on travel is a huge part of each counties budgets.

The “Hangout” that we created was a secured hangout that only folks that were invited by the person creating the Hangout would be allowed to participate in.

Here are the members that attended and a link to their facebook pages:

Mike Sumida, Russ Sumida, Greg Yamane, Tara D. Coomans, Rob Bertholf, Peter Kay, Damon Tucker, Jerome Koehler, Jared I. Kuroiwa, John Garcia, Burt Lum, Doc Rock, Kiman Wong and Yasuo Ogawa

Kirk Izawa talked about Oceanic’s new device which allows your house to basically be an “Intelligent Home” where you can physically set up a few cameras in your house for under a couple $100 bucks and be able to do things like watch the inside of your house from your mobile device.

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My immediate thought was about the invasion of privacy issue and who else could possibly access the cameras in my house if I were to get one, however Izawa assured the Hui that only the folks that owned the system would have access to the system.

Greg Yamane over at Pulp Connection writes:

… At the core of this is home security. That’s what really matters. If something’s going down in my home, I don’t necessarily want the ability to watch it in real time. I want someone to react in real time and act on the potential incident/intrusion. If I’m going to dish out monthly for this service, I want to rest assured that safety and security are paramount. The whiz bang tech is secondary… More here “Random ocHui Thoughts

Getting back to the Google “Hangout” there were other benefits of using the program like the fact that as the notes were being taken using the Google Document’s program… I could access them at anytime and print them out at any point during the meeting.

I had no problem seeing or viewing the person who was speaking, but I would suggest that an external mic be brought in to use as I wasn’t able to hear most of the comments that were being said by others simply because the computer that was on that end of the receiving end of things was turned to the speaker and not the audience.

Ed Sugimoto (@WorldWideEd) spoke briefly about a Beta trial of a “Hotspot Loaner” program and there was also talks of a Micro-Sponsoring program where Oceanic would help out certain organizations possibly with internet connectivity during certain activities.  I was able to somehow squeeze in the Pahoa Community Center as a place to be looked at for micro-sponsoring.

While this group is still small and just starting out… we hope to be making a difference in many peoples lives soon enough.

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 18th and unfortunately it is an invite only meeting.

Mayor Kenoi and Dog the Bounty Hunter

Ok… Mayor Kenoi runs across celebrities all the time… most of the times they are planned meetings.

Well today he just ran into Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth.

Mayor Kenoi wrote on his Facebook site:

I ran into Beth Chapman and Dog Chapman from DOG The Bounty Hunter on A&E at the Hilo Airport! Awesome people. Aloha!

More on the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative

Give the gift of a living legacy by sponsoring a Koa Legacy Tree. You will receive a beautiful, engraved certificate and the knowledge you are supporting a great cause while contributing to the reforestation of Hawaii. MOA Hawaii and Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods have joined forces for a great cause – To bring life back to King Kamehameha’s Koa Forest.

Through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) is partnering with other like-minded individuals and organizations to restore 1,000 acres of historic koa forest on the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii Island. HLH is donating 1,000 acres of its sustainable koa project to help this reforestation effort.


This once pristine tropical forest was the personal property of King Kamehameha I – the first King of Hawaii. Sadly, the land was cleared nearly a century ago to make room for farming and ranching. Fortunately, some of the old growth koa trees still reside on the property. HLH is utilizing these trees as the seed source for all Legacy Trees in an effort to return this tropical forest to its former glory.

Politics, Religion and Facebook – Interesting Concept Mayor Kenoi

Mayor Kenoi’s facebook account just posted the following:

I was at the 2012 Hawaiʻi Prayer Breakfast this morning at the Hilton Hawaiian Village with Dr. Ravi Zacharias and the leaders of Hawaiʻi, including Sen. Daniel Akaka, who I got to honor. It was a moving morning, with 2,000 attendees from churches and communities across Hawai‘i and lots of aloha.

This is the passage that I selected to read, Ephesians 6:10-20 –

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

More on Taxpayers Saving Money on Public Notices Being Electronically Published

From the Legal Notice Blog:

A referendum vote in Anchorage, Alaska on defining what “publishing” is for legal notices determined that it did *NOT* involve printing them in newspapers. The people of Anchorage will save well over $100,000.

The definition of publishing a notice prior to yesterday was : “PRINTED AT LEAST ONCE IN AT LEAST ONE NEWSPAPER OF GENERAL CIRCULATION WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY”.  Publishing a notice is now defined “to cause to be posted on a municipal website designated for public notices”.

Over 60% of the Anchorage voters on Tuesday April 3 voted to change the definition of publishing in Anchorage, AK.

In Texas and in Colorado, the public has voted overwhelmingly voted to move notices out of newspapers.

Politicians, who are afraid of the newspapers withholding their endorsements, have been consistently voting this issue down. But voters who are unafraid of the newspapers handle the excess expense of publishing notices in print responsibly by voting to move the notices out of newspapers.

The media wonders why our estimation of those in politics is so low.

Motorcyclist Dies Trying to Pass Vehicle on the Big Island

A 31-year-old Honokaʻa man died Wednesday (April 4) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash on Route 190 .2 miles north of the 14-mile marker in the South Kohala District.

Responding to a 11:26 a.m call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was operating a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle and traveling north on Route 190 when he attempted to overtake a vehicle also traveling north.

The motorcycle struck the left rear corner of a 2011 Chevrolet four-door sedan, lost control and struck a guardrail.

The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet.

The 48-year-old male driver of the Chevrolet, his 46-year-old wife and two children—boys ages 8 and 14—of California were not injured.

The motorcyclist was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:13 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

The name of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the eighth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with six at this time last year.