Monthly Archive: March 2015

State of the Internet Report

Akamai: Good News, Bad News for Hawaii Broadband

Among the many ingredients needed to foster a vibrant and sustainable startup scene in Hawaii, accessible and affordable broadband internet access is one of the most critical. It’s also the one most often lamented for being in short supply. Just last week brought a provocatively titled panel, “Broadband: What We...

Alpha Wind Hawaii

Oahu Offshore Wind Farm Proposed

Hawaii is already a hotbed of renewable energy research, so perhaps it’s not unexpected to hear about a proposal to situate as many as one hundred 200-meter tall wind turbines off the coast of Oahu. But it’s where the proposal is coming from, and how it might come to fruition,...

Amazing Hawaii Comic Con

Planned Comic Con in September is ‘Amazing’

My geek cred was challenged this week when a coworker of mine asked what I thought about Comic-Con coming to Hawaii, and I had to confess that I didn’t know anything about it. As it turns out, there is a new comic book convention coming to the islands in September, and...

Pixar Sculptor to Speak at Kapiolani Community College

You’d have to have a heart of stone to not love the films from Pixar. From their groundbreaking animated blockbuster “Toy Story” in 1995, every major film the studio has released has been a hit, and most of them critically acclaimed as well, with Pixar movies earning 26 Academy Awards...

Advanced Power Strips

Free Power Strips Offered to Kill ‘Phantom Power’

For a limited time, you can get a free sensor-equipped power strip that can make sure your gadgets are actually off when they’re turned “off.” Kanu Hawaii is perhaps the state’s largest non-profit organization focused on sustainability (there’s that word again), and conserving electricity is a big part of that. One solution? Power...

‘Honu’ Bringing Augmented Reality to Kids

A local startup is trying to harness augmented reality technology to help today’s tech-savvy kids learn. “Honu & Friends” is only five months old, but the team is already preparing to release their first product and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to take things to the next level. The four founders...

Peak Meerkat

Geek Beat: Reaching Peak Meerkat

Since blogging about the Meerkat livestreaming app a couple of weeks ago, I’ve gone a little bonkers. I said at the time, “I could easily see myself falling head over heels in love with Meerkat,” and I did. I talked incessantly about it. I livestreamed random moments — hanging out...

Q&A: Trivia Hawaii with Remy Zane

Do you excel at Trivial Pursuit? Have you fancied yourself a contender for “Jepoardy”? If random facts and clever riddles are constantly rattling around in your brain, you need to check out Trivia Hawaii. There are events at least four times a week, they’re free to join, and you can...

New Hawaii Drone Club Forming

Like many geeks, I’m a little obsessed with drones. I still haven’t worked up the nerve to fly one, let alone buy one, but I’ve been tracking the explosion of consumer quadcopters closely. This week brings the first meeting of the Hawaii Drone Club, a new local club for multi-rotor...

Ivory Tower

Nerd Spring Break Coming to Kakaako

While students at the University of Hawaii are likely planning to relax their minds as much as possible this week, a free film series is being presented to those who want to exercise their brains instead. “Nerd Spring Break” begins tomorrow and runs through Wednesday, hosted by Interisland Terminal at Kakaako Agora....

Moon RIDERS with PISCES and NASA

High School Students Shoot for the Moon

Students from ‘Iolani School in Honolulu and Kealakehe High School on the Big Island are on a field trip to where few kids have gone before. The students are part of Moon RIDERS, helping to test systems designed for a future NASA mission to the moon. Of course, RIDERS is a backronym,...

Startup Shuffle: Accelerator, Venture Team Additions

It’s been a busy month for Hawaii’s startup community. For starters, two Honolulu-based startup accelerators announced the latest companies to enroll in their programs this month, an encouraging sign of growth for Hawaii’s tech industry. The XLR8UH program, focused on technologies and companies coming out of the University of Hawaii,...

Business Pitch Event Serves Up ‘Chopsticks and Optics’

The first “Pupus & Pitches” event of the year is coming up on Tuesday. And if the combination of food and startup talk isn’t irresistible enough, the theme of the evening is “Chopsticks and Optics.” Hosted by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii at ProtoHUB Honolulu, the event will feature our...

Google Art Project Saves Fleeting Street Art

One of the urban delights of traveling around Honolulu is spotting the many works of street art that turn drab warehouse walls and forgotten corners into brilliant works of art. Many of the best known examples come from Pow Wow Hawaii, an annual street art festival in Kakaako. This year was its fifth...

Photo Courtesy Hawaii Academy of Science/Ross D. Hamamura

State Science Fair Convenes on Monday

Some of the brightest young minds in Hawaii will prove their mettle at the 58th annual Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair, the signature annual event of the Hawaii Academy of Science. The state fair, staged at the Hawaii Convention Center, includes only 500 of the top students from the more...

2015 Koolau Writers Workshop

Island Writers to Gather in Kaneohe

Tomorrow is the deadline to register for the 18th annual Koolau Writers Workshop, hosted at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University in Kaneohe. If you’re a writer, or imagine yourself becoming one, it’s worth checking out. Writers’ events are surprisingly scarce in Hawaii. The well-known Maui Writers Conference...

Deep Impact

Space Water Stories Served at Science Cafe

In the perennial search for life beyond our planet, most stargazers and scientists are looking for something far simpler than spaceships or radio signals. Water — that magical combination of hydrogen and oxygen — is considered one of the critical ingredients to supporting alien life. Just this week, new studies have...

Padre's Corner

Talking Hawaii and Tech with a Geeky Priest

As a long-time fan of the TWiT network, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April, it was a distinct honor and pleasure to be a guest on “Padre’s Corner,” hosted by “The Digital Jesuit,” Fr. Robert Ballecer. Each week, “Padre’s Corner” features a mixed plate of discussions, the formula for which is...

Hobnob SMS Invites

New App: Invite Right with Hobnob

Email is a mess. Friends don’t let friends use Evite. (See also: email.) And Facebook event invitations are only slightly less spammy than Facebook game requests. We really should be spending time together in person, so what’s a party planner to do? A new app called Hobnob has a simple answer: invitations via...

Hawaii State Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad State Finals on Saturday

When the Hawaii State Science Olympiad began more than a decade ago, only one school — Mililani High School — fielded a team. Now in its 11th year, this “academic track meet” has drawn over 100 teams and has engaged more than 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from across the...