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.
5/10/2016 - Hawaii Kai Park and Ride slated for City feral chicken control measures [Hawaii News Now]
5/9/2016 - Hawaii public schools struggle to provide athletes with top-rated helmets KHON interviewed Former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano. "Everything they [the private schools] have is so beautiful, and here I am at a public high school, Kaiser High School, and we look like the Bad News Bears. They look like the New York Giants,” Miano said. [KHON] Article also contains link to public high schools and their equipment inventory.
5/8/2016 - Kaiser High School wins KFive "It's Academic" quiz show over competitors Hawaii Baptist Academy and Iolani School. [Watch]
5/6/2016 - Avalon's 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive project nears completion [PBN]
May 3 2016 Hawaii Kai homeless encampment continues to grow [KITV]
May 2 2016 Kokua Line responds to reader inquiry on Medicare Certification at Koko Marina Dialysis Center [Star-Advertiser]
April 29, 2016 SOPHIE'S GOURMET HAWAIIAN PIZZERIA to open at Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai (next to Zippys). A new locally branded fast-casual pizzeria offering design-your-own custom pizzas and specialty gourmet pizzas using the freshest and finest ingredients. Our pizzas are baked in an Italian-made wood/gas fired oven that produces a rustic, flavorful, thin-crust gourmet pizza that is simply delicious. Opening date not yet announced, job hiring underway.
April 24, 2016 Friends of Niu Valley announces the grand opening of the long awaited playground - Saturday, June 4 [Facebook]
Consolidated Theatres has announced its lineup of $1 summer movies for the Keiki Hui Club. Movies take place throughout June and July on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the box office. Save your ticket too. Some Koko Marina merchants will also offer a discount to moviegoers with recent ticket stubs.
June 1 & 2 - Lego Movie
June 8 & 9 - Hotel Transylvania 2
June 15 & 16 - How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 22 & 23 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
June 29 & 30 - Minions
July 6 & 7 - The Peanuts Movie
July 13 & 14 - Home
July 20 & 21 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman
July 27 & 28 - The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
It's a pretty amazing statistic. Niu Valley Middle School, serving grades 6-8, grew 86 percent over the past ten years.
Fortunately some relief is on the way. The State Legislature just appropriated $3 million in capital improvements for the school.
If you're curious -- as I am -- about time series data for Hawaii's public schools, check out NCES data from the Federal Government here. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/]