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Work Sharp's Ken Onion Knife & Tool Sharpener--maintaining the sharpest tools in the shed


By Rob Kay The first thing that popped into my mind after meeting Ken Onion is that he’s a man who has truly embraced his ikigai.  By my reckoning, a great deal of Ken’s life has been influenced by all things Japanese so I felt the best way to describe him is through a concept […]

November 28th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Christmas on the Road—ESS Crowbar Glasses, Plano Mil-Spec Case and Sea to Summit Toiletry Bag

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By Rob Kay I’ve been a professional traveler for over 30 years. As the author of three travel books and countless newspaper articles, I’ve had the privilege of exploring rain forests, deserts, mountains and more airport lounges than I care to recall. I still love the adventure of travel but the older I become, the larger […]

November 27th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Special Features,Travel | Read More »

Taj Mahal brings soul stirring authenticity to premier of American Epic at HIFF


By Rob Kay American Epic, the upcoming PBS documentary on roots music which premiered on HIFF’s opening night, couldn’t have had a better advance man than blues legend Taj Mahal. The much beloved, former Hawaii resident and his New Hula Blues band, were the perfect opening act to tee off the first of a three […]

November 26th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,Hawaii News Highlights,News,Opinion,Slice of Life, Hawaiian Style,Special Features | Read More »

Headhunters Firearms HH762 (7.62x39) upper receiver + Geissele SSA Trigger


  By Rob Kay and RN Price Back in February of this year we had the opportunity to test and evaluate the Headhunters Firearms HH762 (7.62x39) upper receiver. We liked it after our initial review and after nearly ten months, and who knows how many rounds later, our judgement is still the same. That said, […]

November 6th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Big 3 East Fall showcases new products--Part 2

Special Guest Star Tim Harmsen

by Rob Kay Editor's Note: This is the second of a two part series on our coverage of the Big 3 East Fall , a convocation of journalists and industry reps who gathered in DeLand, Florida in early October.  Definitive Arms unveils a 6.5 Grendel Prototype To say Chase Sisgold, founder of Definitive Arms, is a rising star in […]

October 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

Big 3 East Fall showcases new products--Part 1

Triumph Systems

  by Rob Kay A few weeks ago I had the distinct privilege of attending the Big 3 East Fall "event" held at the Big 3 East (a private range and training facility) at the edge of a swamp, outside of DeLand, Florida (near Daytona Beach). This convocation, which consisted of journalists and industry reps, was […]

October 19th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,On Target,Opinion,Special Features | Read More »

A tale of two tablets...and a keyboard--reviews of Amazon Fire 8.9, Nexus9 and Zagg Pocket Keyboard

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by Rob Kay Last month the cost of the Wall Street Journal’s annual print subscription for Hawaii readers doubled to more than $1,000, and as a longtime subscriber, I decided I'd had enough. It was time to go digital and join the 21st century. I needed a tablet that was suited for reading e-books, newspapers, […]

September 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Business,Business & Consumer Tech,Guest Commentary,Opinion | Read More »

Are You Rich Enough To Be Generous

Keith Wommack

Are you seeking “Lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less anxiety and depression, reduced cardiovascular risk, and overall greater happiness”? Well there just might be “a magic pill for happiness and longevity” that can help you get such benefits, according to Terri Yablonsky Stat, in the Chicago Tribune - "It's a simple way to stay healthier". It […]

August 17th, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive Ideal for Video Storage

The Seagate Back Up Plus is an essential if your shooting on the road.

  by Rob Kay Anyone who makes videos knows that one of the biggest issues is efficiently and expediently storing your content. This is especially a concern when you're on the road. While the future of storage is in the cloud, there are still situations where a portable hard drive is needed.  If you're going this […]

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Business & Consumer Tech,Opinion | Read More »

6 Things you Never Knew Existed in Hawaii


If you think you know everything there is to know about Hawaii, you might want to think again. Here are 6 things even some of the locals scratch their heads over.   Blue dragons – These curious little creatures are known as  Glaucus atlanticus and are quite beautiful. They are a sea slug that are […]

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in Guest Commentary,Opinion | Read More »

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