Silver medal

Waikiki Brewing Co. takes home medal from national beer competition

Waikiki Brewing Co. won a silver medal for its Blackstrap Molasses Porter at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world, and recognizes U.S. beers among 98 categories. This year’s event took place on Saturday in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

“Getting this award is such an unbelievable honor,” Joe P. Lorenzen, Waikiki Brewing Co.’s brewmaster, said in a statement. “Especially for a brewery as young as ours, it means a lot. Our brewing team works very hard to produce the finest quality beers and we couldn’t be happier to get this recognition on a national level.”

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Fishing tale

An Urban Legend Confirmed: The Capitol Barracuda Lives

Earlier attempts to liberate Barry to the open ocean failed after being scuttled by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which said he could be returned to the ocean only after submitting to pathology testing and being declared disease-free — a process that apparently kills the fish. Even Mr. X, a longtime state employee, concluded that this was just plain “stupid.”

Mr. X suggests that there is a direct route to a storm drain that leads to the ocean, if only Barry could “pull a Nemo” and find the pond’s main drain. Unfortunately, Barry may already be too big for such exploits.

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Wonder if the project launch might be here

Microsoft unveils Project Honolulu, a new GUI for server administration

…the company announced Thursday “Project Honolulu,” a new browser-based graphical management tool that’ll be available as a preview for Windows Server 2016 version 1709, along with certain (currently unspecified) other versions of Windows Server. Microsoft also promises that it will require no additional cost beyond that of Windows Server.

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Venice of the Pacific

Hawaii Officials Push For $300 Million Ala Wai Canal Makeover

As hurricanes ravage the southeastern United States and Congress sets money aside for disaster aid, Hawaii delegates in Washington are gearing up to make their own request for almost $200 million in federal dollars to protect Honolulu neighborhoods from potential flood damage.

The money would fund the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to make the Ala Wai watershed, an area encompassing about 19 square miles in central Honolulu, more flood resistant. The city and state would be expected to chip in more than $100 million for total project cost.

The 2-mile-long canal was built in the 1920s, as part of an effort to convert swampland and farms into what is now the state’s tourism mecca. The canal was originally promoted by developers as helping to make Honolulu “The Venice of the Pacific.”

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Primo Kakaako

Once Again, Beer Flows In Kakaako

Kakaako’s newest addition, Waikiki Brewing Company on Queen Street, even features pretty decent smoked ribs, pulled pork and brisket. You could easily image yourself in Texas at Whitestone Brewery or Rentsch Brewery.

Waikiki Brewing joins Aloha Beer Co., also on Queen, and Honolulu BeerWorks around the corner on Cooke. Each has its own style, personality and constantly evolving selection of signature brews.

The award for most unique, however, goes to Glen Tomlinson’s Home of the Brave Brewing. Where else can you wander through an extensive “Brewseum” of World War II artifacts, stumble into the Wiki Waki Woo (tiki bar) and order a “Remember Pearl Harbor Mighty American Ale”?

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Didn’t think that these were that hard…

Don’t Bother Trying to Build Your Own Poke Bowl

As someone who writes about how to make delicious food, I am all about DIY-ing your own versions of tasty, trendy dishes. In a lot of cases, a homemade version of something will taste better and cost you less money, but this is not the situation with the poke bowl.

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Lahaina noon

This phenomenon only happens in Hawaii . . . and Cuba & Nigeria & Indonesia & Peru & Sudan & Laos &…

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