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Hawaii Public Radio Floats ‘$5 Friday’

Hawaii Public Radio, for which I have served as a volunteer talk show host with Burt Lum for seven years as of this week, is trying something new tomorrow with “$5-a-Month Friday.” Public radio pledge drives have been the medium’s signature fundraising method for nearly 40 years. As public broadcasting budgets relied...

Gallery: Drones Plus Opens Honolulu Store

Dispelling any doubt that drones have gone mainstream, Honolulu is now home to a brick-and-mortar retail and service shop dedicated to the flying machines. Drones Plus Hawaii, located across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center (1695 Kapiolani Blvd.), is one of nine Drones Plus stores in the U.S. and...

Hawaiian Astronomy Highlighted at Museum Talks

Perhaps the definitive book on Hawaiian astronomy and Polynesian voyaging, out of print for some time, is getting a comprehensive update 40 years since it was first published. Astronomy will be a recurring theme while the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is in Honolulu for the next two weeks. On Friday I recapped...

Six to Spend Year Together for Space Study

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live in a remote, high-elevation geodesic dome, work together, and have their lives monitored to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real. Well, not really. But the ongoing series of long-duration space simulation experiments conducted on the slopes...

Nerd Night to Tackle Telescopes, Trails, Taxes

On Tuesday, the monthly Nerd Nite meetup will mix talk of space telescopes, economics, and hiking trails with music and beer. Nerd Night Honolulu is part of a global network of events taking place in more than 90 cities. There are presentations, and they’re not nearly as time-constrained as Pecha Kucha (five minutes) or Ignite...

Wally ‘Cookie Kahuna’ Amos to Sell at Costco

There is absolutely no doubt that Wally Amos loves making cookies. At age 79, he’s been at it for 40 years, much of it against the odds. And now, the latest incarnation of his cookie business has found a new outlet. “Clearly, I am proving you are never too old to quit, eating...

Visiting Astronomers Spark Public Events in Honolulu

Back in June I wrote that the astronomers were coming, and their arrival in Hawaii is now imminent. The 29th triennial General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union starts on Monday, with some serious science stuffed into the two-week agenda. But while the astronomers will talk a lot of shop, the convention...

Conservation Conference to Celebrate Collaboration

The Hawaii Conservation Conference kicks off on Monday, marking the 23rd year that naturalists, researchers, and cultural practitioners will gather to explore ways to better protect Hawaii’s environment and better manage its natural resources. Local, national, and international experts will spend several days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (and one off...

Scientists to Study, Stream Video of Deep Sea Research

On Friday morning, the NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer will depart Honolulu for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on an unprecedented deep sea expedition. A team of scientists will seek out teeming communities of diverse marine life, and conduct the first survey to map the details of the sea floor in...

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...

New Maps, App Prepare Hawaii for Extreme Tsunami

Tsunami have crossed the ocean and hit Hawaii many times in the last century: in 1946, 1952, 1957, 1960, and 1964. But it was the Japan tsunami in 2011 that shook local emergency planners to the core. Not because of what happened to the state, but because of what could have happened. “The...

Video: Flying with Hang Gliding Hawaii

  Back in May, I wrote about how Eric Nakamoto put everything on the line to learn to fly, buy a state-of-the-art ultralight powered trike, and bring it back to Hawaii to start Hang Gliding Hawaii. Even though he sought me out as part of a blogger outreach campaign, offering...

‘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...

Vinyl Lovers to Convene at Hawaii Record Fair

My wife and I love music. My kids love music. But while my wife and I have fumbled around with vinyl records, eight-track cartridges, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s (my wife even working at the late Tower Records), our 17-year-old daughter barely remembers MP3s, and today our offspring live entirely in streaming...

Hawaii Transmedia Accelerator Seeks Storytellers

On Sunday, I described the GVS Accelerator as one of Hawaii’s lesser known accelerators. Or at least lesser known on O’ahu, as it is based on Hawaii Island. A event tomorrow night in downtown Honolulu hopes to change that. GVS founder and accomplished Hollywood director David Cunningham is hosting a pau...

Q&A: Minecraft in Education with Gabriel Yanaghiara

Minecraft is taking over the world, the collective obsession of millions of kids around the world. But unlike most video games, its quirky, blocky virtual world inspires creativity, and is an increasingly popular tool in the classroom. Minecraft certainly rules our family room, our middle child spending hours building massive 3-D structures...

Hank’s Haute Dogs Bowing Out for Now

The first person to urge me to check out Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako was local business reporter and fellow foodie Erika Engle, who emailed me eight years ago this week with a one-word review: “Yum!” Hank’s had just opened, and was heralded as a Honolulu dining milestone. Founder Henry...

Hilo Hosts 3rd Astronomy and Engineering Summit

For the third year, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is being convened in Hilo, bringing together high school students from around the world for five days of activities, workshops, and other hands-on learning opportunities. The summit was first held in 2013, modeled after two of the worlds most prestigious science...

Local Accelerators, Startups Take the Stage

There are two events on Thursday focused on the local startup scene. For lunch, an overview of several Hawaii accelerator programs, followed by a pau hana program featuring pitches by three local startups. “Venture Accelerators in Hawaii” is the theme of the July monthly luncheon of the Hawaii Venture Capital...

Workshop Charts Path After Startup Weekend

Congratulations! You’ve survived, and may have even taken top honors, at Startup Weekend! Now what? The defining constraint of Startup Weekend is the 72-hour sprint between team formation on Friday and final pitches on Sunday. But whether participants have come up with a brilliant idea worth exploring further or built an...