Monthly Archive: April 2015

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo 2015

Comic & Toy Expo Returns with Fun & Funko

Sunday, May 3 is Star Wars Day Eve, and a great day to check out the 2015 Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo at the Ala Moana Hotel. It takes a lot of courage, creativity, hustling and straight-up hard work to organize an event. But calendars of days past are littered...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It’s an event my family and I try not to miss (you can check out some of my photos from last year), and my wife in particular has a very deep relationship with books. It is not an exaggeration...

Code for Hawaii

Code for Hawaii Ready for Reboot

I have a lot of respect for programmers, software engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and other immensely talented and creative people. But I love it when they commit those valuable skills — which could also power startups, grow businesses, or transform industries — to helping their communities. I love civic hacking. Hawaii has seem some stellar...

Architecture Month Wraps with Documentary Screening

A series of local architecture events wraps up this week with a documentary film screening in Kakaako, and an evening of architecture company open houses. The middle of April brings National Architecture Week, but AIA Honolulu, the Oahu chapter of the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the profession for the entire month. There are...

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...

Nodeschool Honolulu

Honolulu Chapter of NodeSchool Meets Tuesday

I’ve mentioned my halting, floundering attempts to learn how to program before. It’s much more helpful to learn with others, in person. If you’re in a hurry and have some cash, Dev League is a great way to become a programmer quickly. But if not, there’s NodeSchool. NodeSchool is built...

Sunday is Mom’s Day with Moms In Hawaii

Mother’s Day is more than two weeks away, but it’s never too early to celebrate moms. Or, in the case of Sunday’s “Mom-o-Rama,” to give a bunch of mothers a chance to get together and enjoy themselves. The “Mom-o-Rama” is a partnership between Moms in Hawaii, founded by friend and super-mom...

Hawaii LEGO Display Gets Permanent Home

Anyone who spends time in a LEGO store knows that it’s more than a place to extract money from you in exchange for interlocking pieces of plastic. (Though as stores go, they’re very good at that.) They’re also little museums of LEGO creations. Most of the structures on display are meticulously built examples of...

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...

Earth Day at UH Manoa 2014

Earth Day Celebrated Across the State

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a global day to champion environmental causes that has been around for more than 40 years. It’s one of the world’s largest secular holidays, and one that should have a great deal of resonance in Hawaii. Perhaps not surprisingly, college campuses are often where Earth Day celebrations converge. At...

Car2Go Cars - Photo by Richard Eriksson

Car Sharing Bill Goes Before Honolulu City Council

Honolulu consistently ranks among the nation’s worst cities for commuters, so it’s no surprise that there are many plans out there to bring relief. The biggest, most visible effort remains the city’s beleagured rail transit project, but down on the ground, the “sharing economy” is making progress. Case in point: the evolution...

Grow Hawaiian Festival

Festival Features Native Plants, Sustainable Living

This week brings Earth Day, and this weekend brings the 8th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. The free event features native Hawaiian culture and native plants, and teaches families about conservation and sustainability. The festival got its start over a decade ago on the Big Island, hosted at the...

Gallery HNL

GalleryHNL to Celebrate, Support UH Artists

A new Honolulu gallery and art agency hopes to feature artists coming out of the University of Hawaii’s Department of Art & History, and elevate them to levels usually reserved for professional artists. And key to the approach of GalleryHNL will be to ensure that the creators are paid for their work....

Paonangisi Beach by Phillip Capper

Science Cafe to Explore Pacific Island Plants and People

This month’s Honolulu Science Cafe will feature a prominent Honolulu botanist who will talk about the plants and the people of the island nation of Vanuatu. Tom Ranker is a professor and the chairman of the botany department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He joined UH in 2008, after an...

Fahrenheit 73 on Islandfunder

‘Fahrenheit 73’ Campaigns to Cool Classrooms

Although the official start of summer is still more than a month away, the weather is already turning warm. And while sunny days are great for tourists and tans, they pose a challenge to Hawaii students who struggle to study through streams of sweat. Hawaii’s famously good weather means that Hawaii school...

Happiness U Online Classes Kickstarter

Happiness University to Bring Classes Online

Fifteen years ago, on April Fool’s Day, Alice Inoue lost her job as a television anchor and show host. Unfortunately, it was no joke. “I remember going down to the unemployment office in a dazed shock, not sure what this meant for my future, and proceeded to fill out forms,”...

JUICIES+ XS & XL

Third Generation Juicies Charging Forward

I’ve followed the Juicies startup from the beginning. It was a simple product — special charging cables for smartphones — that found a massive audience on Kickstarter, raising over $22,000 (more than four times its $5,000 goal) in 2011. Despite a huge learning curve and significant delays, founder Laurenz Laudowicz was...

Island Pulse

Data Dashboard Offers Real-Time Energy Stats

One of the beautiful things about the otherwise esoteric open data movement is that it lays the groundwork for data visualizations that are both pretty and informative. “Big data” in its raw form is incomprehensible, but with tables and charts and graphs and other tools, you can illustrate facts and trends in...

Travel2Change Hawaii

Travel2Change Aims to Change Travel for Good

Tourism has an enormous impact on Hawaii. That impact includes $11.4 billion in visitor spending, $1 billion in tax revenue, and more than 150,000 jobs. But that impact also has considerable downsides, in Hawaii as it does everywhere else in the world: Damage to the environment, only aggravated by guide books that send...

Apple Watch Part II: First Impressions + Video

In Part I of my Apple Watch preview, I cover everything from reserving my “try-on appointment” and ordering my Apple Watch online, to finding no line and some unexpected intimacy in the Apple Store. As it turns out, most of the Apple Watch models you see in the Apple Store...