Every once in a while, a gem crosses your desk: one of those "how could I have lived without out this for so long" tools. For me, that's XODO PDF reader and annotator. Several years ago our family licensed the ridiculously-priced but-feature-packed Adobe PDF Professional XI; XODO competes quite nicely, either as a complement, or as a stand-alone in place of Adobe. If XODO was available back then, I wouldn't have bought the Adobe version.
Here's the quick take on what makes XODO a real winner. You can draw or type on it on major platforms (Windows, iOS, Chrome, Android, as well as an online application launcher) then save it. You don't even need to sign in to make it work. You can also add and remove pages from your PDF. Other than esoteric legal functions like Bates numbering, XODO does most of what everyday households need. In fact, the latest version also includes encryption. Think about how revolutionary this is. You open the form on your iPad, fill it in as you would a piece of paper, save it, then send it.
Here's the mystery: why is it free, and how does the company make money? Having tried it, I would certainly pay to have this product thrive.
To get your copy, go to your respective phone or tablet operating system: Apple App Store, Google Play, or the company website, www.xodo.com
September 9, 2016 - Gerald Glennon is the new general manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Previously, he held the same position at Halekulani. [PBN]
September 9, 2016 - The University of Hawaii at Manoa sent out an alert Thursday morning of a possible armed person coming to campus. By about 12:45 p.m., the security alert was lifted after the suspect was found in Hawaii Kai and placed in police custody. [KHON]
September 6, 2016 - A 18-year-old Palolo man was arrested today after he was identified as a suspect in a taxi robbery in July, police said. Three males robbed the taxi driver, a 27-year-old man, at about 3 a.m. July 20 in Kaimuki, police said.[Star Advertiser]
September 6, 2016 - The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 58-year-old Missouri visitor, who died August 2 after being pulled out of the water at Sandy Beach, as Mark Saffell. [Star Advertiser]
September 5, 2016 - A neighborhood carpool van emblazoned with a Make-A-Wish Hawaii logo and colorful graphics, stolen September 4 from a Kahala neighborhood, was recovered Sunday night in Waipio. [Star Advertiser]
September 2, 2016 - A Honolulu firefighter was in stable condition after sustaining injuries in a 30-foot fall from a rescue basket at Diamond Head State Monument. [Star Advertiser]
Safeway now delivers in Hawaii Kai and throughout the Honolulu metro area. For a limited time new users can get free delivery plus $15 off by entering promo code: NCH234 at checkout. Otherwise, new users can get one free delivery by entering promo code: EASY7. Details are available on Safeway's delivery FAQ page. Same day delivery is available for orders placed by 8:30am, and sale prices do apply to purchases.
With a $9.95 delivery fee here in Hawaii for orders of greater than $150, and $12.95 for orders between $50 and $150, delivery service makes sense if for some reason it is too difficult to go shopping on your own. Examples include those with disabilities, those without a car, or for large purchase occasions.
When I was living in California with a newborn, I utilized Safeway's delivery service. I found the service excellent. Users can specify down to the hour when they would like to receive their groceries, and even items that give buyers pause, like meat and produce, arrived as well as if picked oneself.
New Grill? Here are your local fuel options
- Buy a tank empty and fill it at one of these nearby stores
City Mill - Hawaii Kai Towne Center
Kahala Shell Auto Care - 4204 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 - Across from Kahala Mall
- Buy a tank full and exchange it when it becomes empty
Aina Haina 76 - at Aina Haina Shopping Center - Hawaii Gas PropaneXchange - 17# proprietary see-through canister
Lowes or Home Depot - Nimitz by the Airport - tank exchange - standard 4.7 gallon canister
As of September 2016, City Mill refills your tank for $6 a gallon (I'm rounding the pennies in this piece for simplicity. Technically, it's $5.99). For a 4.7 gallon standard tank, that's $28.20. Tanks must be less than 10 years old. The manufacture date is stamped at the top.
Aina Haina 76 uses Hawaii Gas' PropaneXchange program, with proprietary see-through canisters. The canister size is 17 pounds. Once you've bought their proprietary canister, refills are $30. To purchase the initial filled canister costs $60. You cannot refill these tanks once you've purchased them. They must be exchanged at a PropaneXchange vendor.
Lowes uses Blue Rhino service with standard tanks. Lowes price is $22 for an exchange of your empty for a filled, or $50 for a filled tank with no exchange. Filled is considered 15 pounds of propane.
Home Depot uses AmeriGas service with standard tanks. Home Depot's price is $22 for an exchange of your empty for a filled, or $53 for a filled tank with no exchange. Filled is considered 15 pounds of propane.
Both Lowes and Home Depot refill the tanks to 15 pounds, whereas City Mill just fills the tank. A standard tank holds more than fifteen pounds. A filled tank is closer to 20 pounds at capacity. For my money -- and the Hawaii Kai convenience -- I like City Mill for propane gas. I've also found that my "empty" tank is rarely as empty as I think, so a refill is a better value for me.
I also have one Hawaii Gas PropaneXchange tank. I got it when they were still exchanging standard steel tanks for their proprietary ones. They don't do that anymore. Visually, the tanks look great. I like that I know when they are truly empty. However, for the price, I can't recommend it as a value choice. Honestly, I don't feel that they last as long. It seems like I exchange it more often than other ones.
Finally, a note about tanks older than ten years old. If you have one, you can exchange it at Lowes or Home Depot. Just be sure to exchange it for one that is newer. I say this because I think I got an old tank the last time I did an exchange there, so when I went back -- well -- fair is fair. The clerk was very understanding when I asked him to check the dates.
One of the many things I love about Hawaii is its sense of community, including free flu vaccines for all school children whose schools have participated in the past Department of Health program. Sadly, however, we were just informed by Niu Valley Middle School that the annual shots are on hold this year.
I will update this information as we learn more. Meanwhile, parents are encouraged to seek out alternative options. The Department of Health publishes a list of clinics for adult immunizations. Parents may want to check with these pharmacies and inquire about keiki vaccines. Then of course, there's always your child's doctor's office.
So far, there's no word on whether this is a temporary hold or a longer one. I'm hoping it's the first, but maybe our household ought to check into getting vaccines earlier rather than wait.
September 1, 2016 - Kona Brewing Company announced its upcoming POG (passion-orange-guava) beer. The brew will be called Hanalei Island IPA and will only be avallable in 2016 at its local brewpubs on Hawaii Island and in Hawaii Kai. [Brewbound.com]
August 31, 2016 - A class-action lawsuit alleges at least 160 individuals had their property illegally foreclosed by 72 condominium associations. Three Hawaii Kai condominium associations at Colony Marina, Esplanade and Mawaena Kai, are among the 72 named. The lawsuit seeks payment of restitution and damages, including punitive damages, along with interest, to those whose properties were allegedly improperly foreclosed. [Civil Beat] [Ilind]
August 31, 2016 - Police are investing a report of a car that caught on fire and rolled down Wilhelmina Rise early this morning and ended up hitting a utility pole. No one was in the car, a fire official said. [Star Advertiser]
August 31, 2016 - Cha Cha Cha Salsaria in Hawaii Kai Shopping Center closed its doors August 30 after 22 years in business. The restaurant was sold to Cardenas Familia Corp., a family-run Mexican restaurant business, for undisclosed terms. According to the previous owner, the new buyers hope to reopen within two weeks "but are prepared for a month" [Star Advertiser - library card required]
August 31, 2016 - Island Distillers plans to open an expanded distillery and tasting room in Hawaii Kai, behind Kaiser High School. Known for its Hawaiian Moonshine, the Honolulu-based company was issued building permits in May to build new tasting and distillery buildings at its current location at 577 Pakala St. [PBN]
Aug. 30, 2016 - Promoters of a planned $25 million artificial reef containing cremated human remains off Hawaii Kai are dropping their "memorial reef" proposal but will push ahead with trying to establish a new fish habitat. A Hawaii Memorial Reefs LLC official notified the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board in a letter Sunday that the company has abandoned its plan to deploy structures made with concrete and cremated remains as an artificial reef in Maunalua Bay, after a community outreach effort produced mainly negative feedback. The company still wants to create an artificial reef, just without using cremated remains. [Star Advertiser - Library Card Required]
August 30, 2016 - On his first day of a new assignment at Kaimuki Middle School, Aaron Hess said, he witnessed a disturbing scene: an educational assistant pouring iced coffee over the head of a student. Shortly after reporting the incident to authorities, Hess was fired. According to Civil Beat, which had inquired about the situation, "The department [of Education, State of Hawaii] would disclose nothing about the outcome – for instance, whether the educational assistant had been exonerated or disciplined. Nor would it say when the investigation concluded." Hess worked for Bayada Home Care, a company that contracts paraprofessionals to Hawaii's public schools. [Civil Beat]
Aug. 30, 2016 - The Hawaii Kai Satellite City Hall and police substation at Hawaii Kai Towne Center will relocate to a different site in East Honolulu after the property owner more than doubled the rent. After the city's long-term lease ends on August 31, the city will begin leasing the property on a month-to-month basis. The monthly payment will be $3,200 until a new location is established for the satellite city hall and police substation. For now, the city and property owner, ValueRock Realty Partners, based in California, recently agreed to a month-to-month lease extension at no rent increase. [Star Advertiser - library card required]
August 29, 2016 - Choppy sea conditions causing surf between 8 to 10 feet kept Ocean Safety lifeguards busy rescuing paddlers from two canoes at Makapuu. No injuries were reported. [Star Advertiser]
August 28, 2016 - Homelessness concerns Hawaii Kai. Article addresses homelessness issue and the limits to what can be done about it. Bishop Estate has cleared area by the post office and will be clearing more area on Keahole. [Star-Advertiser]
August 27, 2016 - Hawaii Prep World features Andrew Kaufusi, Kaiser Football player on offense, defense and special teams in their 34-7 win over Radford. [Hawaii Prep World]
August 26, 2016 - A heartbroken family requests the public's help in finding 21 year-old Johnathan Fraser. Fraser has been missing since July 30 and was last seen in Hawaii Kai. [HNN]
August 26, 2016 - The Oahu SPCA is up against a September 1 deadline to vacate its space in Kalama Valley Shopping Center. Kamehameha Schools moved to evict the group after it ran into trouble with the city over unpermitted renovations as well as zoning issues. The city says the fines accruing against KS and the non-profit are now more than $14,000. On drive-by observation, the shelter appeared to be open for business as usual on September 1. [KITV] [+ drive-by observation]
August 26, 2016 - Hawaii Public Radio highlights one of Honolulu’s leading developers, Christine Camp, president & CEO of the Avalon Development Company. Avalon's most recent project is the 7000 Hawaii Kai rental complex. [HPR]
August 26, 2016 - PBS Hawaii has posted video replay of its episode, "INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I: State Senate District 9 / State House District 29," which originally aired on August 25, 2016. In District 9, Former City Councilman Stanley Chang is challenging the State Senate’s only Republican incumbent, Sam Slom, in the race to represent East Honolulu, which includes Kahala, Diamond Head, Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai. [PBS Hawaii]