Category: Politics

Free Workshops to Explore Kakaako Development

A series of free, weekly workshops beginning this week will explore the many different faces of Kakaako. In the eyes of its majority landowners and deep-pocketed investors, Kakaako is Hawaii’s next great urban paradise, a new gleaming gem in the heart of Honolulu that’s thoughtfully designed to be a “livable,” mixed-use,...

State Technology Office Gets New Name

The State Office of Information Management and Technology, created in 2011 in a public-private partnership funded largely by the Omidyar Ohana Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, quietly became the Office of Enterprise Technology this week. I say quietly because the change wasn’t announced, and had to be pointed out to...

Revolution Books Finds New Home

After nearly 40 years in anti-capitalist business, the fiercely independent, counter-culture bookstore Revolution Books was running out of time. Last month, after more than a year of uncertainty, the store was informed that the lease for its second-floor space behind Puck’s Alley wasn’t being renewed. It was a space the store...

What Can Hawaii Teach America About Race?

Wednesday Panel to Tackle Race in Hawaii

An actor, an entrepreneur, a president’s half sister, and a bank vice president turned trustee will lead an undoubtedly provocative panel discussion on Wednesday titled, “What Can Hawaii Teach America About Race?” Hawaii gave the United States its first multi-racial president. Not surprising, as it’s home to the nation’s largest share of...

State Gets First Chief Innovation Officer

The man appointed by Gov. David Ige to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure is apparently taking on a broader role, with a title change from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. Nacapuy heads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was created in 2011 thanks to a $3 million grant from...

Hawaii Aims to Quit Fossil Fuels in 30 Years

The Clean Energy Initiative? What Clean Energy Initiative? Today, Gov. David Ige committed the state of Hawaii to nation-leading goals for clean energy generation. Passed wholeheartedly by the state legislature in its most recent session, the four bills push Hawaii to wean itself off of fossil fuels entirely over the next...

Dwindling Public Spaces Spark Forum

Public spaces, areas dedicated to the public where people can gather, relax, interact, organize, and protest –are an important part of any community. But in Honolulu, where real estate is in such great demand, public spaces seem to be harder and harder to come by. “Development pressures are always going to be...

Uber Under Fire in Hawaii

Hawaii lawmakers are mulling a bill that would regulate “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft. And while the legislator who introduced the bill, Sen. Glenn Wakai, says he introduced it on behalf of Uber, Uber testified against the proposed law. [Update: See below.] The bill also assigns the Public...

Edward Snowden at ACLU Hawaii Event on Olelo

Snowden Speaks to Honolulu Conference

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength,” Vincent Van Gogh is said to have said, and on this Valentine’s Day, there was a special gathering for people who love the First Amendment. The Davis Levin First Amendment Conference was held today, organized by the ACLU of...

Electronics at HiCapacity

Bill Would Back Makerspaces in Public Libraries

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would allocate half a million dollars to host makerspaces in public libraries. As longstanding hubs of knowledge for communities, it makes sense for libraries to expand their offerings — from books to internet access, and now tools for tinkering and creating. Last month, Sen. Glenn Wakai...

Social Media Meets Politics at Wetware Wednesday

One of the more interesting research centers at the University of Hawaii, to me, is the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab. “We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers interested in understanding how people use information systems and dedicated to informing design based on human performance data,” reads the HICHI (pronounced like “mai tai”)...

Got Encryption? Revisiting Privacy v. Security

President Obama wants to keep the country safe from cyber attacks. But will he chip away at privacy to do it? The annual “State of the Union” address by the President of the United States isn’t exactly blockbuster entertainment. It’s a ceremonial exercise in constitutional rhetoric that ostensibly gives Americans an idea of...

Local Makers Urged to Help Shape Tech Policy

Members and fans of HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, came together tonight for a combination general meeting and town hall session to discuss the future of the organization and its plans for 2015. The wide-ranging conversation touched on everything from Act 221 and the role of the University of Hawaii...

New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help...

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of...

Colbert: Lingle TV for ‘insomniacs, people in traction’

Colbert: Lingle TV for ‘insomniacs, people in traction’

On last night’s “Colbert Report,” host Steve Colbert and his writers seized on the news that Linda Lingle was launching her own cable TV channel. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Super PAC Super Cash & 24-Hour Political Ad Channels www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor...

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday delivered his second “State of the State” address before the Legislature. And technology was one of the priorities he singled out as key to the state’s long-term future. He mentioned the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, consolidation of disparate state systems under the Office of Information Management and Technology,...

Ready for APEC, But Just Barely

Ready for APEC, But Just Barely

After nearly two years of planning and preparations, APEC is finally landing in Honolulu. This week’s events brings government leaders from around the world (including Punahou grad and U.S. President Barack Obama) to the Aloha State. That definitely means heightened security (which will disrupt traffic and other aspects of everyday...

Journalist Shield Law Extension Advances

Journalist Shield Law Extension Advances

The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously voted to advance a bill that would remove the sunset provision in Hawaii’s so-called “Journalist Shield Law,” otherwise known as Act 210 (HB2557) from the 2008 Legislative session. The law gives the press (“journalists and newscasters”) some protections against being forced to reveal sources...

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

State Senator Hosting Twitter Town Hall

Hawaii voters approved the change from an elected board last year, but it will take legislative action to determine how the new system will work. On Friday, Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Education Committee, is hosting a “Twitter Town Hall,” or “Twitterview.” She’ll be taking comments and answering...