Category: Events

"Introduce a Girl to Engineering" workshop hosted by Maui Makers. Photo courtesy Laura Ulibarri.

Civil Geeks: State of the Maker Movement in Hawaii

  My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat is an island-hopping survey of the Hawaii maker movement. I check in with The Makery in Hilo, Kauai Makerspace, Maui Makers, and Oahu Makerspace, as well as Honolulu Mini Maker Faire organizer Jon Shear. I loved interviewing some of the state’s most...

Civic hacking to fuel Unconferenz on Saturday

On Saturday, the 9th annual Unconferenz will be held at the Neil Blaisdell Center. While the grassroots vibe and dynamic, open program of the very first one in 2008 still makes up the event’s core, there are a lot of bold new ideas taking shape this year. Yes, the Unconferenz still resists the...

Kona Science Cafe Serves Up Martian Medicine

With human space exploration ambitions now focused on Mars, scientists are tackling the myriad challenges that will face astronauts making the 200 million mile (or so) journey. Tomorrow, a doctor will explore how medical care and health emergencies might be handled for travelers to the Red Planet. Dr. Peter Sim...

Annual Tech Job Fair Set for Tomorrow

With many Hawaii born and raised professionals back home in the islands for the holidays, the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is continuing its year-end tradition of trying to lure them back to the aloha state. Tomorrow evening brings the 16th annual Holiday Tech Job Fair, a free event for hopeful...

Waikiki Welcomes ‘Water for the World’ Run

A 5K run with a water slide for a finish line is set for the day after Christmas, dedicated to bringing safe water and sanitation to developing countries. Hawaii is blessed with some of the best drinking water in the country, if not the world. Rainwater filtered through volcanic rock...

HawaiiCon Moves to Mauna Lani Bay

For its third year, HawaiiCon is moving further down the Kona coast. Organizers announced this week that the science fiction and fantasy fan convention is moving to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel for its September 2016 gathering. HawaiiCon was born on Kickstarter, an ambitious dream that nearly 200 backers turned into...

Kona Hosts Pair of Pau Hana Talks

The Tech Pau Hana series on Hawaii Island is closing out the year with a double header this week, with two presentations exploring different facets of the energy industry. The Pacifichem 2015 conference is already underway in Honolulu, which brings together members of chemistry and chemical groups from the U.S., Canada, Japan,...

High Schools Battle at VEX Robotics Championships Tomorrow

The Hawaii State VEX Robotics championships will be held tomorrow, bringing together 32 high school teams and their creations to face off on a 12-foot by 12-foot battlefield. Having already reached the finals in dozens of regional tournaments, the winners will have the chance to go onto the VEX Worlds Championship...

Science Writer Sam Kean Speaks Friday

One of the nation’s leading contemporary science writers will be the featured guest at a book talk hosted by Hawaii Pacific University on Friday. Sam Kean is perhaps best known for his 2010 bestselling novel The Disappearing Spoon, which led readers on an insightful and entertaining tour of the periodic table of the...

Big Island Startups Group Launched

A new group for current and would-be startup founders on Hawaii Island has formed, with an inaugural pau hana meetup set for Friday. The Big Island Startups was launched only four days ago, and has already drawn more than 100 members in its first three days. To kick things off, the first Startup...

Computational Thinkers Hosts Grand Opening on Friday

The need and demand for computer science education continues ttto grow, with more programs reaching students earlier in life, including pre-school and kindergarten kids. One such local program, Computational Thinkers, is now graduating into its own, independent space in Kahala, after running classes at a few local schools since 2013....

Hawaii Schools Join Global ‘Hour of Code’ Movement

The world’s largest computer science education campaign kicks off again this week around the world, with hundreds of Hawaii schools counted among the more than 190,000 locations hosting an “Hour of Code.” The pitch is to provide students an accessible 60-minute introduction to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming. Organized in...

Monday Panel to Probe Potential of Medical Marijuana

Hawaii was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. But unless you were willing and able to grow cannabis on your own, it was a largely useless privilege for more than fifteen years. A practical path to medical marijuana cultivation and distribution only took root in July, with Gov. David...

Gallery: Double-Threat Pitch-Off

It was a standing-room crowd last night at the YWCA of ‘Oahu for the “double-threat pitch-off,” a joint event organized by Sultan Ventures and Blue Startups. The former brought the Small Business Administration’s “InnovateHER” competition to Hawaii for the first time, and the latter hosted the regional finals of the international Mobile...

Female Comics of Hawaii Take the Stage

The Hollywood press has proudly declared a “golden age of funny women,” with the mainstream breakout success of female comedians like Amy Schumer prompting think pieces about “the last gasps of mainstream sexism.” But whether it’s a golden age or a “cubic zirconium age,” it’s actually nothing new. Funny women...

Nerd Night Tomorrow Tackles Corals, Quakes

The last Nerd Nite of the year will take attendees under water, into volcanoes, and up to the moon. The usually monthly local gathering, featuring presentations from all disciplines and gently facilitated by alcohol, is part of a global network of events held in more than 90 cities. Tomorrow, the three featured...

Talks to Explore Modern Architecture in Honolulu

A renown photographer of modern architecture is returning to his hometown of Honolulu this week to share some of his work, and help local residents better appreciate the buildings they live and work in every day. Darren Bradley was born on Oahu, and spent his early years surrounded by the city’s...

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AAUW to Showcase Apps, STEM Scholarships

Looking for a way to socialize, network, and collaborate with other local professional and academic women? There’s probably an app for that. AAUW Honolulu, the local chapter of a national women’s advocacy group that has been around for more than 130 years, is hosting its first “Appy Hour” pau hana...

Two Pitch Competitions Converge on Tuesday

Local teams vying for two different business innovation competitions, one national and the other international, will come together on the same stage on Tuesday for a “double-threat pitch off.” The winning teams from each will then have a chance to cross the sea to compete at an even higher level. Firstly, the...