Thursday, January 31, 2019

2018 Was a Disaster Year for Hawaii

... We survived all these:
  • Ballistic missile threat
  • Kauai floods and new US record for 24 hr rain
  • Aina Haina floods 
  • Big Island earthquakes 
  • Kilauea eruption and Fissure 8 crater
  • Six hurricanes; Lane, Olivia and Norman hit the state
  • Same old, same old election results
  • Record pedestrian deaths
  • Rail continued to burn a couple million dollars per day
Hawaii News Now got most of the story right.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Viral 2019 Ten Second Fireworks Video

A few seconds into 2019 I took a short video of the private (illegal) aerial fireworks that are so typical of new year's celebration in Honolulu, Hawaii from our Pacific Heights house lanai. About ten minutes later I posted in Facebook.

Next morning at 9 AM the video had about 8,000 which was more than any other video I posted in the last several years on Facebook. I thought "good going" and that's about it. But at about 11:30 AM the video had 33,000 views and KHON television station called with a request for permission to use the video in their news story. They did and their link of my video has over 60,000 views.

At 5 PM on January 1, my video views surpassed 100,000 and the viral run continued. Hawaii News Now also included my video in their January 1 coverage of fireworks in Honolulu.

24 hours later, at 9 AM on January 2, the video had 278,000 views and about 1,300 Likes. The viral run of this video is shown below for views and likes:
As of this writing on January 8, the video has 346,000 views and over 1,500 Likes.

Not a bad start to 2019. Happy New Year!

[For a comparison, my most viewed blog post is listed below; it has 8,100 reads:
Making the Most of the Rail Fiasco, posted in mid-2016]