Monthly Archive: February 2015

Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter

Online Auction to Benefit Hawaii Red Cross

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been around since 1917, long enough to have helped people after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Hilo tsunami in 1946, and countless hurricanes, earthquakes, and disasters for nearly a century. In fact, they respond to someone in...

NCO Website

Online Strides by Hawaii Government Lauded

Two government websites in Hawaii received national recognition this week, and one of them is in the running for even more acclaim. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recognized the City & County of Honolulu for its all-online neighborhood board elections. It was one of the 2015 Bright...

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...

Shocking Ways to Break Bad Habits

Whether you’re trying to exercise more, or eat better, or quit smoking, or waste less time online, you’re talking about building or breaking a habit. But changing habits isn’t easy. Competition is one way to get motivated, as are smaller goals. But earning virtual badges or beating your friends on a leaderboard might only...

Aloha Tofu Town Celebrates Grand Opening

Although Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery had been serving tofu-centric lunches and specialty desserts since its soft opening last month, it celebrated its official grand opening this evening. The latest enterprise of the Uyehara family — Paul and Misa Uyehara representing the third generation to run Aloha Tofu — Aloha...

Geek Day

Saturday is Geek Day at Leeward

geek • n. \ˈgēk\ 1. a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake; 2. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked; 3. an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity. “Geek” is the simple label...

New Walgreens Evokes Hawaiian Design

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug store chain, opened its first flagship store in Honolulu this weekend. Situated at the busy corner of Keeaumoku Street and Kapiolani Boulevard, the 35,500 square foot building has a bold, modern design. I like it, but I may be in the minority. Perhaps that’s fitting,...

Pacific New Media Juror’s Award:"Untitled, Mother and Aunt," Jon Shimizu, August 2014

Entries Sought for Contemporary Photography Exhibition

Pacific New Media (part of the UH Mānoa Outreach College) is inviting local photographers to submit their work for their 7th annual “Contemporary Photography in Hawaii” exhibition. And yes, photos that have been posted on Instagram are eligible. I asked. “It’s open to anyone,” PNM Director Susan Horowitz tells me. “Last year we had...

Venture Capital Group Celebrates Success

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) will hand out a whole slate of awards on Thursday. The “Startup Paradise” community is invited to the Waialae Country Club to celebrate the best of local innovation in the past year. Described as the 15th annual awards gala, next week’s event comes after a...

HICTA ICT 2015

HICTA Reboots Annual Conference

On Tuesday, local professionals in information and communications technology (ICT) will meet at a “first annual” conference to explore the latest technology trends. But anyone who has been in the industry for even a little while will feel a bit of deja vu. The event is being organized by the Hawaii Information...

Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources

Seriously, Stay Away from Sacred Falls

Adventure seekers love to push boundaries and take risks. If they were invincible and immortal, this wouldn’t be a problem. But nobody is invincible and immortal, and too often in Hawaii, crossing the line is not a victimless crime. Just yesterday the Honolulu Board of Water Supply said it no longer wants...

Image from "Daily Planet" by Discovery Canada

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...

Image Courtesy University of Hawaii System

CyberCANOE Connects Class Across Campuses

The University of Hawaii system is offering its first joint video game development class between its Mānoa and West O‘ahu campuses, with students connectinve live across 15 miles thanks to the CyberCANOE. The CANOE (Collaborative, Analytics, Navigation and Observation Environment) is an immersive space that allows students and researchers to explore worlds of data in...

Bill Would Limit Police Use of Drones

While the Federal Aviation Administration today took a big step forward in its regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles, Hawaii state lawmakers are still struggling to things out at the local level. A proposed Hawaii senate bill, SB579, would make it “unlawful for any law enforcement agency to use an unmanned...

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...

Drone Hits Honolulu Skyscraper. Twice.

The web is littered with videos of drone crashes. Some of them are pretty spectacular, but fortunately few of them are captured in Hawaii. But last weekend, a local quadcopter pilot created one of Honolulu’s most memorable entries. In a video posted to YouTube, we watch and listen as a DJI Phantom quadcopter loses contact...

Honolulu Science Cafe Turns Six

The monthly “Honolulu Science Cafe” meetups enter their seventh year this month, with Tuesday’s event featuring Andy Kaufman the University of Hawaii researcher (not Andy Kaufman the late “eccentric American entertainer”). Kaufman is going to be talking about the “Aloha of Plants,” exploring the power of plants in our everyday lives. “Honolulu Science Cafe”...

Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” Coming in May

Sony Pictures today released the first trailer for its upcoming filmed-in-Hawaii feature titled, simply, “Aloha.” And its pedigree is impressive. It’s directed by Cameron Crowe, who was also behind the Oscar-winning films “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous” (and my wife’s favorite film, “Say Anything”). It stars Bradley Cooper (still riding high...

More Coworking Space Coming to Honolulu

More Coworking Space Coming to Honolulu

In the works for more than a year, California-based Real Office Centers is preparing to open its sixth location (and its first outside the Golden State) in Honolulu, with a “sneak peek” preview event on Thursday. ROC taken over a 15,000-square-foot corner office building in Chinatown, at the former Won Kwok...

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, I’m probably not alone in looking for something special for someone special this week. While I’d love to scour the island day and night, chances are I’m going to have to do my treasure hunting from my office in Dole Cannery. Fortunately, there are some interesting options...