How To Succeed At Social Media

Those who know me well know that I have been intimately involved in the Internet in Hawai’i since the earliest days of public availability in the early ’90s. I built some of the earliest websites in Hawai’i and racked up so many Hawai’i “firsts” that my resumé is RIDICULOUS with incredible …

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Honolulu City Lights

Honolulu City Lights by Keola and Kapono Beamer.

Honolulu City Lights by Keola and Kapono Beamer.

The City and County of Honolulu is currently underway with a program to replace all the orange glow high-pressure sodium street lights with new, efficient, bright bluish-white LED street lights. Bravo, it’s about time!

Some are lamenting and opposing this change, saying it is going to change the look of “Honolulu City Lights,” which they have come to know and love. (Honolulu Civil Beat, Chad Blair, Sep. 28, 2016.)

I guess these guys don’t remember that when “Honolulu City Lights” by the Beamer Brothers was written and published back in the 1960s, all the street lights were a pleasant bluish-white and the city at night looked like it was encrusted in diamonds. Take a look at the album cover, above. That is what Honolulu at night looked like in the 1960s.

Then in the 1980s, for reasons of saving money on electricity, the city switched to the current orange lights. The current lighting is dark by comparison and does not provide sufficient lighting in the neighborhoods. Large pockets of dark are occasionally interrupted by the orange glow from a light pole. Lots of nice places for bad guys to hide in.

I like the new LED lighting. I am switching all the lighting in my house from incandescent and fluorescent to LED as quickly as I can. I am happy to see the city doing the same for the street lights. Soon, we can see the lovely Honolulu City Lights, again.

My Diabetes Journey

May 10, 2016 Facebook post

[I wrote this article for HMSA’s Island Scene magazine. It won’t be published until Oct., so I was given permission to post an advance copy, here. Mahalo Lisa!] On Feb. 10, I went to the doctor’s complaining about shingles which had lingered since the previous Nov. Physician’s Assistant (PA) Shey …

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Fanny Guitarist June Millington In Honolulu

Pioneering Woman In Rock June Millington
To Play Honolulu Benefit Show


Apr 5, 2016

Honolulu, Hawaii – June Millington, “one of the hottest female guitarists in the industry,” (Guitar Player Magazine) is proud to announce a one-night performance in Honolulu to benefit the Institute for Musical Arts (, of which she’s co-founder and Artistic Director. IMA’s programming includes music camps for girls in Goshen, MA (5 each summer) on a 25-acre facility with a house and and renovated barn, which has been converted into a complete music training, recording and performing facility.

Millington, along with sister Jean, were co-founders of the group Fanny, which in 1969 signed a major label recording contract and were the first all-female rock band to record and issue a full-length album on Reprise Records in 1970.

“If there were no Fanny, there would be no Runaways, no Go-Go’s, no Bangles…just to mention a few. They kicked the door down for you guys to walk through!” said Earl Slick, guitarist for David Bowie.

Fanny toured the United States and Europe, and recorded several albums, landing songs on the Billboard charts. They made appearances on American television, including on the Sonny & Cher show, the Dick Cavett show, and others. They also appeared on European television.

In 1972, Fanny recorded their third album, Fanny Hill, at Abbey Road studios. The album was produced by Richard Perry and engineered by Geoff Emerick. Their fourth album, Mother’s Pride, was produced by Todd Rundgren in New York City.

David Bowie, commenting on Fanny in Rolling Stone in 1999 said, “They were one of the finest f–––g rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary: they wrote everything, they played like motherf–––s, they were just colossal and wonderful, and nobody’s ever mentioned them. They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time.”

After leaving Fanny, June took a spiritual sabbatical in Woodstock and continued on with solo albums as well as recording with her sister Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Heartsong, Running, One World, One Heart, Ticket to Wondefrul, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl). June also took the opportunity to poduce other artists, particularly in the women’s music world/genre: Strange Paradise, Cris Williamson; Fire in the Rain, Holly Near; Something Moving, Mary Watkins.

June will be playing music that spans her career and will read sections from her autobiography, Land of a Thousand Bridges.

June Millington Live at Kaka’ako Agora
Guitarist and Co-Founder of Fanny, the pioneering all-girl rock band with a major recording contract in 1969 – first to record entire albums, including one at the Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios in 1972.

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Kaka‘ako Agora, 441 Cooke St.
$20 advance; $25 at the door
Youth 11-18, $10; Children 10-under, free
Tickets at:
A Benefit for Institute for the Musical Arts,

For more information, contact Blaine Fergerstrom, (808) 497-9463 or
Facebook event page:

Millington is scheduled to perform a second show on Apr. 30 at Kilauea Military Camp Theater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii Island. For more information go to:, or call: (808) 896-4845 or 982-9104. Facebook event page:

If you are interested in an advance telephone interview, please contact Blaine Fergerstrom to make arrangements. Media are welcome to attend and review the show.

High resolution images may be downloaded from

Hawaii Media Contact:
Blaine Fergerstrom
(808) 497-9463

Click on the images for full-sized high resolution versions. Right-click to download. Be sure to include photo credits.

June Millington Couch by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Couch by Marita Madeloni


June Millington Hair by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Hair by Marita Madeloni

June Millington Fanny 1970s A by Linda Wolf

June Millington Fanny 1970s by Linda Wolf

June Millington Fanny 1970s B by Linda Wolf

June Millington, Fanny, 1970s, by Linda Wolf

Photos by Blaine Fergerstrom from the April 13, 2016 event:


Flipping the Switch

After nearly 20 years with AT&T, I switched to T-Mobile

By Blaine Fergerstrom

Nov. 2015 – There, I went and did it. It was hard leaving a comfortable spot, but a man reaches a point where something has got to be done, and, well, I went and did it!

After nearly 20 years paying the piper of AT&T for cell phone service, I finally took the bait and switched to competing carrier T-Mobile!

T-Mobile website

We have long had a family plan with AT&T. At first, my wife and I started with Honolulu Cellular, me augmenting my digital pager with a fancy new, slim cell phone, which I paid dearly for. I remember making a cell phone call while mountain biking out at Ka’ena Point one year, just to see how the reception was. It worked well!

Then Honolulu Cellular became AT&T and I switched to a flip-phone. The CyberWarriors of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus figured out a way to transmit text messages to my flip phone from the CyberWarriors website. Cutting-edge hog heaven!

Then AT&T got broken up, becoming Cingular. Then they were back as AT&T.

When the new iPhone came out in 2007, I was ready! Swapped the SIM chip and away I went with my brand new Apple fanboy toy on my AT&T service! They were happy to re-enlist me for a couple of years for signing up with the new iPhone. I think I had 256mb of data, per month, back then, used sparingly.

Then I got the iPhone 3, then the iPhone 4 (All the while the poor wife stuck with her dumb phone.). Then my son Alex grew up and wanted a fancy phone. Initially, we got him a phone with a keyboard like a Blackberry.

“Alex, don’t use the data functions on your phone.” “OK, dad.” Next month: $275 bill for data usage. “I didn’t know email was data!”

So we got a family data plan with 1.5 megabytes, which of course Alex blew to smithereens the next month. $350 data bill!

Then we discovered pay-as-you-go text messaging. We got the plan with 200 text messages per month. In the next month, Alex racked up a $500+ bill from the thousands of text messages he sent! OUCH! Which prompted us to get a family plan with more data and unlimited text messages.

He promptly blew through our new data plan, racking up even more overage charges and he made the unlimited messaging plan plead for mercy!

I kept scolding, negotiating with AT&T, who offered concessions each time I complained, but somehow I still ended up paying large monthly cell phone bills.

Then we added Granny’s dumb phone. Only $10 a month more. Until Granny discovered Directory Assistance, at $2 per call! AIYAH!!!

Our bill went from an initial $60 per month way back when, and recently topped out at $190 per month. That was the last straw. I started looking at competitors.

T-Mobile seemed to offer what we needed: a family plan with 6gb of data PER LINE! No more shared data! No more blown data caps! No more surprise bills! Four lines, 6gb of data (per line), unlimited talk and text, $120 per month. After the various taxes and fees imposed by the government, the bill comes to $140 per month, much better than the last $190 bill I paid to AT&T.

[UPDATE: In Mar. 2016, I noticed T-Mobile advertising a 4-line family plan for $120 per month with 10GB of data per line. I stopped in to the T-Mobile store across the street and inquired, and was upgraded to the new, higher data cap at no extra charge. Bonus!]

And owing to the fact that I always bought my family iPhones used from Craigslist, I didn’t have to commit to a contract or buy new phones. I applied to AT&T to unlock our old phones and with little trouble, the request was granted. After that, it was as simple as swapping the AT&T SIM chips in our phones for new T-Mobile SIM chips and we were on our way. (Granny’s “brick” phone couldn’t be switched, so we bought her a brand new brick from T-Mobile for $30.)

An additional bonus for us is the Binge On and Music Freedom features offered by T-Mobile. Basically, they don’t charge your data plan for streaming music and videos. YouTube, Netflix, HBO NOW, and many more stream without using a drop of your high-speed data. On the music side, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Pandora and other music services all stream without being charged to your data plan.

So far, I haven’t noticed much difference in the service, except that I am saving $50 per month and getting much, much more data than I ever had with AT&T. Reception in the city is the same. We don’t get out of urban areas that much, anyway. I have heard that country reception is not as good in some areas, but have not been affected by this, yet. We have gone to Nānākuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Center (NPAC) for a few plays since the switch and can report that, in the Nānākuli High School cafeteria where performances are held, T-Mobile gets the same reception we used to get on AT&T: zero bars, no reception! But step outside the cafe and you get two bars, right away.

We have no regrets for making the switch. T-Mobile’s army of minions in pink inhabiting their stores have been eager to help whenever we have needed it. I find them sometimes to be a little inexperienced, but eager to help, often conferring with or handing off more difficult problems to more experienced minions.

All in all, the switch from AT&T to T-Mobile has been a positive change for us.

A Blind Date…With Booga Booga!

Booga-Booga 1974

A Blind Date…With Booga Booga! By Blaine Fergerstrom, 2016 In August 1976, I had just been honorably discharged after four years in the Navy and almost three years of living on the mainland. I had missed much of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” which had been going on here in my absence. …

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