I find the Hawaii State Library's website logic about as good as it gets when it comes to libraries -- that is, not at all intuitive. I, however, am of the belief that more is always better. You just need to be able to find what you need. The following instructions are for anyone who has ever wanted to be alerted on just the parts of the Honolulu Star Advertiser that interests them. And, for what it's worth, you can ONLY do that through the library system. Even the newspaper's own website doesn't allow you to do what Newspaper Source Plus does.
These tips are also extremely useful to my mainland transplant friends that only want bits and pieces of local news. For non-residents, all you have to do is request a library card when you're back home visiting family, then pay the incredibly small fee of $25 for five years.
How to create an automated search of the Star Advertiser
(requires Hawaii State Library card)
First, have your library card and PIN handy. Then, access this list of databases.
Although it may be tempting to use the database that says “Star Advertiser,”
resist the urge. Instead, access Newspaper Source Plus by EBSCO. The site comes with the ability to create customized email or RSS feeds. The ProSource version does not.
From here, it’s more simple. Enter your library card number and PIN, then create an EBSCO account within the database. Now, do a search for the item you’re interested in, and click the button that says “Create Alert.” You’ll be given options for creating automated email alerts as well as an accompanying RSS feed if you use those. Here are a few screen shots to help you out.
In the example above, I pre-selected the “SO Journal Name” from a dropdown and entered “Honolulu Star Advertiser.” I also typed “Hawaii Kai” in quotations for the next field, and from the dropdown selected “TX All Text” The quotations around Hawaii Kai helps the computer know that those two terms need to be next to each other and are part of a phrase. Depending on your research you may also choose not to select the journal name. If you skip that field, you’ll get all of the results for “Hawaii Kai” from every source in this database. Or, if you're a glutton for all the data you can gather, go to databases and select all of them. This includes all EBSCO data ,Newspaper Source Plus and others.
You can’t miss the giant button that says “Create Alert.” Click it and you’ll get results like the one below:
See the line about Email? If you want to be alerted when new material comes in, click the "sign in" link next to the Email instructions. Select your options. Your alert is good for up to one year, then you need to re-create it.
Google Chrome users may need to install an extension to read the feed link that is sent, or use feedly.com or other online RSS reader. Other browsers read RSS by default.
5/18/2016 The city Department of Parks and Recreation closed Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve shortly after 11 a.m. due an electrical malfunction affecting the pump. [KHON ] The park reopened the next day. [KHON ]
5/18/2016 Sam Slom self-reports and apologizes for campaign error.
The previous day's announcement that he was seeking re-election was issued via [his office]’s Capitol email account, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, and includes the state seal. Slom said the error was “inadvertent,” as he had hoped to inform constituents of his health status since undergoing coronary bypass surgery last month. The email in question notes his “better-than-expected progress in his recovery.” “I did not look at it as any kind of campaigning,” he said. “I thought it was more informational. There were rumors that I wasn’t going to run again or that Gene Ward was going to run for my seat.”[Civil Beat]
5/17/2016 Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s sole Republican, announced today that he is seeking another four-year term this fall. Slom, first elected in 1996, represents District 9, which spans Hawaii Kai to Diamond Head.[Civil Beat]
5/16/2016 Republican Rep. Gene Ward announced Monday that he is seeking his 10th term, ending conjecture that he would leave his seat representing Hawaii Kai to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sam Slom in the Aug. 13 primary.[Civil Beat]
5/13/2016 - Kaiser High teacher Paul Balazs, who teaches Leadership, English Language-Arts and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge courses in grades 10 through 12, was honored with the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii.[Hawaii DOE]
If you're visiting Hawaii, the best unpublished bargain is our state library. If you're a resident and you don't have a card -- what? Lolo? Go get one now. It's completely free for residents and just a nominal fee for non-residents.
There are two types of library cards available for those who are not residents of Hawaii. The $25.00 non-resident card is good for five years and may be renewed for an additional $25.00. The $10.00 non-resident card is good for 3 months and may be renewed for $10.
The only catch is that you need to apply in person.
If you're like me and you like reading magazines, you can't go wrong. There are nearly 200 titles, all available online through Zinio for reading on your iPad or Android and without charge if you use your library card. You can [browse] here.
or even more amazingly, borrow a Netbook loaded with the MS Office suite.
I don't understand why our taxpayer dollars go toward subsidizing non-residents, but maybe the library pays a flat rate and also receives federal dollars toward some services. Who knows? All I know is that I'm into promoting literacy regardless of the source.
I've told this story so many times, it seems it's finally time for me to put it to paper. Hawaii hoarders aren't really crazy, they're just shell-shocked.
By now, most of us are too young to remember the 1971 West Coast Dock Strike. I barely remember it. In the haze of youth, I recall it as being concurrent with the Oil Embargo of 1973, but it wasn't. The dock strike started in July 1971, had a cooling off period from October 1971 to January 1972 then resumed again until it was settled in February 1972.
Here's what you need to know. Hawaii ran out of toilet paper. It also ran out of paper towels and rice. To this day, many older kama'aina are determined to avoid the indignity and have dedicated an entire closet to paper goods. At the same time, they've also picked up the habit of hoarding other items -- just in case.
Just remember, Hawaii may be the land of Aloha, but that doesn't apply if you're taking the last package of toilet paper.
We're ready to apply for Costco's new Citibank VISA, but apparently Citibank isn't ready for us.
If you're one of Costco American Express' customers however, you won't have to reapply or wait. Your Costco VISA is automatically being sent to you in lieu of your current AMEX card. There are numerous benefits to the new VISA. First and foremost, the Citibank VISA has no annual fee. It also has other perks, such as higher cash back amounts. Specifically:
- 4% cash back on eligible gas purchases, including at Costco
- 3% cash back on restaurant and eligible travel
- 2% cash back on Costco purchases in-store and on-line
- 1% cash back on all other purchases
Other benefits include:
- Extended manufacturer's warranty for purchases made with the card
- Damage and theft purchase protection
- Worldwide car rental insurance
If I find out more about how to apply for a Citibank Signature Costco VISA card, I'll post it here. As of now though, it appears that only those converting from American Express are in the queue.
Twice this week I've been affected by new IATA battery shipping restrictions. First, I was unable to buy a camera on Amazon; then I was unable to buy replacement batteries for another camera. Beginning April 1, 2016 lithium batteries have been mostly prohibited from air shipment, except as accessories to a device or as hand-carry by passengers.
It's a problem for most of us, but clearly not for Amazon, which has probably been itching to limit the types of items that get shipped to Hawaii. To be sure, lately Amazon has restricted more and more items from Hawaii shipment. For instance, just yesterday I was unable to ship the dangerous -- yet incredibly useful -- Post-It flag.
Clearly, when one reads the IATA guidelines, shippers are able to send cameras as part of a package. Further, non-lithium batteries are still allowed air freight. Still that doesn't change that Amazon has blocked shipment of all cameras to Hawaii. That really changes the economic landscape here. Most certainly it affects product choice as well as product price, with the first going down as the second rises. I think this may just be the tip of the iceberg for rapid price increases in the isles.
Update: I was able to find that elusive camera battery at Battery Bill's. The price was reasonable and the customer service was fantastic. Check there first. Other likely sources such as Radio Shack and various camera stores either didn't have the battery or the price was astronomically high.