Why is the Hilo airport code ITO?


Hilo International Airport, known as General Lyman Field until 1989, is located about two miles east of Hilo, on the eastern shore of the Big Island. Its three-letter IATA airport code is ITO.

There is no official explanation as to why, but the Hawaii State Department of Transportation lays out a couple of theories.

  • The airport was designated ITO after one of the first Hawaiian Airlines Hilo Airport station managers by the name of “Mr. Ito”.
  • The airport was designated ITO because both ILO (Mandurriao Airport in Iloilo,Philippines) and HIL (Shillavo Airport in Ethiopia) were already taken. ITO sounded a lot like Hilo.
  • Hilo was designated ITO because in the first half of the twentieth century, residents of the Big Island of Hawaii referred to the City of Hilo as Hilo Town, thus HIlo TOwn being the closest city or town to the airport.

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Why is Maui’s airport called OGG?

Photo Courtesy Hawaiian AirlinesKahului Airport is the second busiest airport in the State of Hawaii, located on the northern edge of the land bridge between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountain Range on the island of Maui. It’s three-letter IATA airport code is OGG.

OGG is a tribute to aviation pioneer Bertram J. Hogg. An accomplished pilot, Hogg started his career as a mechanic’s helper with Inter-Island Airways of Hawaii then later became the Captain of Flight Operation for Hawaiian Airlines. Hogg was said to be the first pilot to fly a commercial flight after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

During his 41-year career, he flew a total of 25,000 hours on aircraft ranging from eight-passenger Sikorsky S-38 amphibians to Douglas DC-3s and DC-9s into the late 1960s.

In September 2014, Hawaiian Airlines released a short documentary video featuring “The Man Behind OGG.”

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How expensive is it to live in Hawaii?

It is very expensive to live in Hawaii. Fortunately, it’s a topic that’s frequently researched and reported.

Most Expensive State to Live

In September 2014, Wall St. Cheat Sheet published a list via USA Today that gave Hawaii the top spot in its “7 Most Expensive States to Live in the U.S.” list.

  • Cost of Living Index: 162.9
  • Grocery Index: 159.7
  • Housing Index: 213.1
  • Utilities Index: 227.8
  • Transportation Index: 125.3
  • Health Index: 113.3
  • Misc.: 126.6

“Paradise is expensive. To live comfortably in Hawaii, you’d need a salary of over $122,000, as of late. Dinner and a movie in Honolulu will cost you around $75, which is a little high. Your grocery bill may be on the higher end in this area as well, with the price of bread and eggs averaging over $4 each. The median home value in Hawaii is $518,800 and the median list price is a little higher at $525,000 ($420 per square foot). If you decide to rent, you’re looking payment of just under $2,000 per month, and that’s if you pay the median price. To keep the utilities running in a small apartment in Honolulu, you’re facing a cost of around $285 per month.”

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What is a Göteborg musubi?


A Göteborg musubi is a scoop of rice nesting in the heat-formed “bowl” of a thin slice of Göteborg sausage (a.k.a. Swedish sausage). It is a food item that originated on the island of Kauai, and is also called “flying saucers” or “UFOs.” An example of Hawaii fusion cuisine, its origins likely go back to the arrival of Norwegian and German settlers during the sugar industry boom in the mid- to late-1800s.

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What happened to Frank B. Shaner?

Case Details: “I left Hawaii four years ago. When I lived there, for 33 years, I always listened to KINE 105FM, and want to know whatever happened to Frank [B. Shaner]. He was on the morning show with Brickwood [Galuteria]. I now get KINE online but he is no longer there.”

Frank B. Shaner returned to morning radio in August 2005 at KUMU (94.7FM), after over a year off the air. But the sudden and unexplained absence that preceded it sparked quite a lot of concern.

Shaner — reknowned local deejay, Hawaiian falsetto booster and comedian — was pulled off the air at KINE 105FM without notice or explanation sometime in January 2004. With co-host Brickwood Galuteria suddenly flying solo, longtime listeners like you had the very same question: “Where’s Frankie?”

Officially, station vice president and general manager Mike Kelly said, “We’re restructuring the morning show… He wasn’t terminated for cause or didn’t do anything wrong.” But although Kelly said Shaner was still working for the station behind the scenes, his name was scrubbed from the station website, and little followed but silence. Four months later, Shaner was joking about being homeless, and says only, “I went on vacation and was told ‘don’t come back.'”

Station ratings did fall following his departure.

One fan built a website dedicated to unraveling the mystery. Bumper stickers and T-shirts featuring Shaner’s image and parodying missing persons posters were announced, but were later removed following legal threats from the station.

During his absence from radio, Shaner was said to be pursuing other interests, including painting, photography, real estate, and continuing to organize his wildly successful Hawaiian falsetto contest. He may even dabble in television. But he always said he was still interested in radio work, and after 25 years on the air, many people are glad to be able to hear him again.

In December 2011, his contract at KUMU was not renewed after seven years on the air. He told Hawaii News Now that he “will focus on his art for a while and continue to do comedy and MC work,” and that the best way to contact him is via his Facebook page.

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