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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...

New Kona Coffee Farm Launches Online Store

The Big Island coffee farm founded by a former California winemaker and family man has launched its online store to ship its unique Kona coffee varieties to coffee lovers worldwide. Carta Coffee Merchants was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign when I wrote about the farm back in October, and even then...

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...

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,...

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...

Keck Observatory Marks 25 Years of World-Class Astronomy

On Tuesday, the elder of the twin telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “first light” operations perched atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The milestone comes as the planned construction of the world’s largest optical telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, was delayed once again....

Kona Meetup to Explore Science Outreach in Pictures

Good science is important, but it’s notoriously hard to explain. Even though scientists may be doing groundbreaking research, they sometimes struggle to capture the attention — let alone the comprehension — of the average person. One effective strategy, then, is to skip a thousand words, and go with a picture instead....

Winemaker Turned Coffee Farmer Growing Kona Farm

“Once you taste this coffee, you’ll never go back to Starbucks again.” That’s the bold pitch for Carta Coffee Merchants, founded in Kona by third-generation winemaker Scott Burr. “I grew up on a small winery south of San Francisco, where I learned firsthand that it takes a lot of hard work...

Accelerator Names Next Set of Storytelling Startups

You might not think of a YouTube star as being a startup, but for the Big Island-based GVS Accelerator, an online musical comedy series is a promising investment. The GVS Accelerator hit the road earlier this summer in search of its second cohort of companies. But rather than looking for the next hot...

Hawaii Con Brings Sci-Fi Back to the Big Island

This weekend brings the second annual Hawaii Con, a sci-fi and fantasy convention that seemed like a long shot when it was pitched on Kickstarter in August 2013. Suddenly, it’s one of the local incumbents in a crowd of other conventions staking out territory in the Aloha State. But Hawaii Con...

Big Island Crowdfunder Makes Magic with Magnets

I hesitate to admit how many times I’ve dropped my iPhone on my head in bed, and people I know have actually sported bruises inflicted by falling iPads. Finding better ways to hold our space-age devices is a common struggle of clumsy humans everywhere. Enter the Dundabunga, an amusingly named accessory from the equally amusingly...

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...

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...

Big island Buses

Student Boosts Big Island Bus App

A Big Island teenager has helped the Big Island bus transit system take its online services to the next level. Having put Hele-on Bus schedule information on the web, Tiger Oakes (@Not_Woods) has now released a new version of his “Big Island Buses” web app, and even connected his work with Google Maps. I first heard...

A Day at the Hawaii Plantation Museum

Publisher Puts Second-Grade Students in Print

School kids go on field trips all the time. But thanks to a Big Island publisher, one second-grade class was able to immortalize its visit to the Hawaii Plantation Museum in Papaikou in a 54-page, full-color paperback book. And the book is only the first of what will hopefully be many “author...

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Droning On About UAVs

It seems as if I can’t go more than a few days without writing something about drones. Things are definitely changing quickly in the UAV space. If you’re either a drone pilot or want to become one, there are a couple of notable opportunities coming up to learn more. This Friday, preeminent...

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

The slow-moving Puna lava flow crossed its first road in Puna, a long-anticipated milestone in a creeping natural disaster that has been unfolding since June 27. With the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Iselle in August fresh in their minds, the folks at Hawaiian Electric Light Co. hatched a plan to...

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

Haunting Video of Māmane at Kohala

A new time-lapse video captured by photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost will surely give you “chicken skin.” Yost has been taking pictures for 40 years (much of them while also working as a software developer), and today he is a photography teacher as well as a budding filmmaker. His work...

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

Hawaii TechWorks, HTDC to Partner

On Tuesday, a Big Island innovation lab and coworking space will officially become a part of a statewide family. Although I was born and raised on Oahu, I have a deep affection for Hilo. It’s where I met my wife, while studying (well, “studying”) at UH Hilo, and it’s a...

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There...