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Nā Keiki o Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae

“Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae” is the adopted name of the Waianae Harbor Village, a community of over 200 men, women, families and children living under cover of trees and brush near the Waianae Boat Harbor. Unlike homeless encampments in urban Honolulu that are displaced every few weeks, the Waiʻanae village has co-existed mostly peacefully...

Videos: Mililani High School Chorus

I’m a proud alumnus of Mililani High School, and this year, I’m also a proud parent of a Mililani High School senior. My daughter Katie is developing a passion for the performing arts, and joined both the MHS theater and chorus programs. Of course that means year-end performances before family and...

Boosting Big Island Access to Astronomy

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo is one of my favorite places to visit when I’m visiting my favorite town on Earth. Aimed at kids and students as much as tourists, it beautifully illustrates the connection between traditional Hawaiian practices and cutting edge science. But with the Big Island spread...

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...

Photo by Herb Neufeld

Shipping Vessels Join Tsunami Detection Network

In a unique public-private partnership, commercial ocean-crossing ships will play a practical and affordable role in detecting and tracking potentially destructive tsunami headed toward Hawaii. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa has outfitted ten ships operated by shipping giants Matson and Maersk...

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...

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Gallery: Kong in Chinatown

Driving through downtown this week, I was suddenly and briefly transported to Saigon circa 1971. It turns out about a block of Chinatown near Kekaulike Market was a filming location for “Kong: Skull Island,” a big-budget monster movie due out in 2017. It instantly reminded me of the hours I spent...

Maui Photographer’s ‘King’s Highway’ Book Released

A new, crowdfunded photo book documenting the “King’s Highway,” an ancient Hawaiian road that once served as the main artery for the island of Maui, has just been released. The book release party for “The Maui Coast: Legacy of the King’s Highway” will be held tomorrow at the Paia gallery of its...

Q&A: DevLeague Prep Returns Next Month

Earlier this year, DevLeague — Hawaii’s largest and longest-running coding bootcamp — introduced DevLeague Prep, an on-ramp to software development for people who had little to no experience with programming. DevLeague promises to turn novice programmers into full-stack developers in a “super intense” 12-week program. But organizers found that many people...

HPU Taps Social Media Savvy Students for Scholarship

Hawaii Pacific University, the state’s largest private university, has launched a scholarship program aimed at local high school students. Interested seniors need only share and later pitch an idea to improve life in Hawaii to be eligible for up to ten full, four-year scholarships. The #HPUBiz4Good scholarship challenge is now underway,...

Hawaii Kids Rank High in Global Startup Battle

Hawaii Kids Rank High in Global Startup Battle

When a team of pre-teens won first place in the latest Startup Weekend Honolulu last month, it was a remarkable accomplishment and milestone for the popular entrepreneurial showcase (which was won by a 16-year-old earlier in the year). But in many ways, they were just getting started. Today, Menehune Hat Clips...

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,...

Gallery: LittleBits & Minecraft with Purple Maiʻa

Today my youngest son Alex and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a workshop organized by the Purple Maia Foundation, using LittleBits and Minecraft to teach kids about logic gates — one of the basic building blocks of computer science. The  Purple Maiʻa Foundation is dedicated to...

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...

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...

Bikeshare Hawaii Picks PBSC for Honolulu System

Would-be shared bike riders in Honolulu now have a good idea of what their two-wheeled rides will look like. Bikeshare Hawaii today announced that it had selected Canadian company PBSC Urban Solutions as the provider of its core offering: a 1,600-bike, 183-station bike-sharing system expected to launch next summer. Bikeshare Hawaii is backed by...

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....