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On the Tube

A roundup of Honolulu’s most entertaining YouTube videos.


1. “Hawaii earthquake, Honolulu power comes back on time lapse

You’ll never forget that day last October when most of Oahu lost electricity, but you probably won’t remember it like this. A Moiliili resident managed to condense the restoration of electricity in his neighborhood over several hours into a 46-second clip.


2. “Mackey Feary (of Kalapana): Nightbird

There are several clips of Kalapana’s 25th anniversary performance on KGMB’s Island Music, Island Hearts, but we were drawn to this clip of the late Feary performing his signature hit, “Nightbird,” solo, with nothing but his guitar.


3. “Building Implosion - Honolulu 1994 - 7 Views!!

Before First Hawaiian Bank could build its headquarters—and claim the record for the tallest building in Hawaii—it needed to knock down the one it already had. Those who like things that go boom will love this 1994 clip.


4. “How to catch a pidgeon (sic) at the beach

Strictly for Jackass enthusiasts, this amusing, slightly endearing clip is summed up by its title. As its filmmaker—and we use the term lightly—explained in a post: “We were bored. The waves were flat, it was about to rain and hardly any girls.”


“Don Ho”

In 2002, Waikiki king Don Ho recorded Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” for the album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You’d Hear.” Here’s the highly entertaining music video that followed.

“Black Rhinos Mating”

A Honolulu Zoo tour guide unexpectedly finds himself having to explain the mating process to amused visitors. Strictly for immature audiences.

“070420-2a Freeway Motorcycle Crash... In Front Of A Car”

A near-death experience for an extremely lucky motorcycle rider becomes a PSA for safe driving.

“Hawaii, You Suck!”

We still can’t believe that KHNL News 8 allowed Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to deliver the weather report. But, boy, are we grateful—this classic still cracks us up every time.

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