Category: Miscellaneous

Astronomer to Referee ‘Einstein v. Santa’

Astronomer to Referee ‘Einstein v. Santa’

Santa Claus is beloved around the world, but there are always doubters. And one of the first questions that sometimes creeps into the mind of impressionable young people is this: how can Santa possibly visit billions of homes scattered across the planet in just one night? Wouldn’t toys for every...

Wahiawa to Host Surf-Inspired Art Show

Wahiawa to Host Surf-Inspired Art Show

Some artists like to work in quiet studios or windy rooftops, while others find inspiration in rainforests or bustling coffee shops. An upcoming art festival, however, will explore the creative connections between people and the ocean. The “Surf Art and the Surfer” art festival will be hosted in Wahiawa by Surfing the Nations...

Gallery: 2015 Dessert Fantasy Fundraiser

Gallery: 2015 Dessert Fantasy Fundraiser

For two hours, hundreds of sweet-toothed supporters of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii were able to sample as many desserts as they wanted at “Dessert Fantasy,” UCPA Hawaii‘s annual fundraiser. Held in the grand ballroom of the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki, “Dessert Fantasy” featured creations by more than...

Photo Pro to Show How to Go Retro

There’s no denying the appeal of the warm, faded hues of old photographs. But to recreate that vintage look takes more than old clothes and an Instagram filter. If you want to infuse your pictures with nostalgia, there’s no better teacher than Honolulu photographer Cheyne Gallarde, who has won widespread acclaim for...

Drone Club to Host Honolulu FAA Inspectors

Drone Club to Host Honolulu FAA Inspectors

Two inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Honolulu office will be the featured guests at the Hawaii Drone Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday night. The FAA’s Flight Standards District Office recently added two agents to its permanent team whose responsibilities include Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Edward Santa Elena is the office’s Principal Operations Inspector...

‘Foodware Wednesday’ to Feature Farm-to-Table Tech

‘Foodware Wednesday’ to Feature Farm-to-Table Tech

For all its home-grown, old-school charms, today’s neighborhood farmers markets are often awash with technology. And the tech transformation extends all the way up the line, from smartphone powered payment systems and check-in coupons at produce stands, to real-time inventory tracking at distribution centers, to cutting-edge agricultural tools at farms. To highlight the...

HVCA: Women in Tech

Luncheon to Celebrate ‘Women in Tech’

A Thursday luncheon in downtown Honolulu will be dedicated to “celebrating women,” acknowledging the many challenges but also highlighting the many accomplishments they’ve had in the local tech industry. The importance of diversity, and the representation of women in particular, has been a growing drumbeat in the tech industry lately, although...

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire Returns

This Saturday brings one of the best geek events in town. The second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire returns to the Sullivan Center at Iolani School. The call went out for makers in March, and they responded wholeheartedly. There will be three floors of hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, and opportunities to learn, create, and...

Voyager Spacecraft

Talk: Voyager Space Program at 37 and Counting

On Wednesday, local space fans will be able to hear first-hand stories from the golden years of the space age. But the best part is that new stories are still being written. In 1977, the United States launched two space probes — Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 — to explore...

Firelight Kauai

Kauai Makers Make New Friends

The Hawaii maker movement continues to grow, with the latest news coming from the west side of The Garden Island. Carl Lozar of the Kauai Makers Club announced today a new offering from Firelight Kauai, a boutique gallery space in Hanapepe with laser cutting and giclee printing capability. While the facility is...

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay...

Launch Platform Looms Over Honolulu Harbor

Launch Platform Looms Over Honolulu Harbor

If you’ve been anywhere near downtown Honolulu over the past couple of days, you probably couldn’t help but stop and gawk at the massive Sea Launch Odyssey platform docked at Pier 10 near Aloha Tower. It’s an imposing sight. It stood out even when viewed from my office in Iwilei,...

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Avatar Reality Changes Course

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality...

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

There is no shortage of big-name travel apps for mobile devices, and there are already more than a handful of Hawaii-specific apps out there. But the Hawaii Aloha Travel app was one I was glad to see. And geeks rejoice, it’s available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Bruce and...

Roz Savage Arrives in Tarawa

Roz Savage Arrives in Tarawa

Solo ocean rower Roz Savage arrived in Tarawa yesterday, having journeyed over 3,000 miles in 104 days since leaving Honolulu in May. Check out the first set of photos on Flickr, which shows the welcome she received from the locals and marks the end of the second leg of a...

Kanu Hawaii Day of ‘Living Aloha’

Kanu Hawaii Day of ‘Living Aloha’

Kanu Hawaii, in partnership with The Institute for Human Services and other groups, is coordinating a “Day of Living Aloha” today.  The online social network — focused on sustainable living, environmentalism, and “island style activism” — is calling upon people across all the islands to volunteer today to improve our...

Flash Guru to Speak at UH

Flash Guru to Speak at UH

Sam Rivello of Los Angeles-based Rivello Multimedia Consulting will lead two days of presentations beginning tomorrow for the Hawaii Flash User Group. The first, free night will cover Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) environments and augmented reality. Tuesday’s “Premium Night” will cover more advanced topics relating to the PureMVC framework for...

Tech Breakfast Tackles Hawaii Tech IP

Tech Breakfast Tackles Hawaii Tech IP

On Thursday, two experts will offer advice to Hawaii technology companies on intellectual property issues and navigating the global marketplace. Their presentations are featured in this month’s HISciTech Tech Download, a monthly networking breakfast organized by the Hawaii Science & Technology Council. Shan Steinmark, founder of Strategic Transitions Research, Inc.,...

“LOST” Under Fire

“LOST” Under Fire

SPOILER ALERT! Things were pretty quiet on the “LOST” spotting front. As we reported in our last “LOST” podcast, the only news last week was a Twitter note from my friend Susan (confirmed by Shari) about some explosions on the Hawaii Film Studio lot on Diamond Head.  Fortunately, the pyrotechnics...