Monthly Archive: May 2015

Solar Plane Diverts to Japan En Route to Hawaii

“Au revoir, Andre, our hearts, our soul, our love are with you… be safe, drive carefully, we’ll see you on the other side.” And with that, Swiss pilot André Borschberg — co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse — left terra firma in Nanjing, China yesterday, beginning what was to be an...

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

If you’re serious about social media, whether for your business or “personal brand,” you know about Buffer, and you very likely use it. More than 1.2 million people and companies use Buffer to manage over 2 million social media posts each week. (I’ve been using it since early 2011, mostly when I...

Traveling Chef Show to Tour Hawaii

Australian chef, paleo diet crusader, and avid surfer Pete Evans is bringing his traveling food show “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking” to Hawaii next week. The series is a partnership between Boston-based public television station WGBH and Fine Cooking magazine, and is currently filming its third season. Earlier this month,...

Hang Gliding Hawaii

Hang Gliding Business a ‘Dream Come True’

Eric Nakamoto has spent five years chasing the poetic but precarious dream of flying for a living, giving up a stable teaching job, selling his Aiea condo, and taking off for the mainland on a wing and a prayer. “I had to seek training on the mainland because almost everyone...

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Luncheon to Assess the VC Scene

The President has the State of the Union, the governor has the State of the State, and the local startup scene has the annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” luncheon, hosted by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Last year’s event had marked the re-launch of the HVCA, with new president Meli...

Startup Paradise Demo Day

Local Startup Showcase Returns Friday

Hawaii’s three most prominent startup accelerator programs are again joining forces to showcase the best and latest companies in their respective programs. Friday’s Startup Paradise Demo Day will put company founders on stage, but rather than making pitches to judges, they will be trying to earn “investor dollars” from attendees. The last Startup Paradise...

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2015

Gallery: Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating

Every Memorial Day, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist sect stages one of the largest and most visually stunning public tributes to the dead. This year was the 16th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, a unique merging of an American day of remembrance for fallen military members and the Japanese tradition of tōrō nagashi....

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LiveSift Gets New Name, New Funding

Local startup LiveSift announced this week that it was changing its name to MeetingSift “to better align the company’s name with its corporate mission and strategy,” as well as that it had raised over $800,000 in seed financing to help the company grow its enterprise offerings. MeetingSift is led by Alex Bergo and...

Orlovsky and Oculus Rift by Sergey Galyonkin on Flickr

Isle Firm Accuses Oculus of Stealing VR Tech

A Hawaii-based company this week accused Oculus Rift and its founder Palmer Luckey of building a virtual reality hardware company with information stolen from its own research and development. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, says that Ron Igra and Thomas Seidl partnered to form Total Recall Development in Hawaii in 2010 with the aim of “developing immersive...

New Hawaii Podcasts Echo Rise of Indie Media

I’m delighted to see that new, independent, local voices are still emerging via podcasts. This year, two new island shows have caught my eye: Hot Better Pop, a personal development podcast launched last month by Kimi Morton and Pualena Pakele and Cabot, and the Hawaii Business Podcast, an interview and talk show from Trung Lam...

Hackathon Aims to ‘Reboot the Commute’

Honolulu has some of the nation’s worst traffic, even taking the top spot from Los Angeles in 2011. It’s only one of the myriad urban ills we have on Oahu, but it’s a high-profile one that absolutely affects our ostensibly great “quality of life.” Tomorrow, a hackathon will attempt to focus some of...

Jr. DevLeague Spring Break Camp at Mid-Pacific Institute

Summer School for Geeks

Summer is coming. Anyone with students in their life doesn’t need to be reminded, and while kids may be counting down the days to sleeping in and goofing off, many parents have other plans. On this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning show, Burt Lum and I...

Dwindling Public Spaces Spark Forum

Public spaces, areas dedicated to the public where people can gather, relax, interact, organize, and protest –are an important part of any community. But in Honolulu, where real estate is in such great demand, public spaces seem to be harder and harder to come by. “Development pressures are always going to be...

Eclipse Expert to Speak at Science Cafe Tomorrow

There are only 989 days 11,220 days (!) until Hawaii sees its next solar eclipse. Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for Jan. 31, 2018 Feb. 5, 2046, and tomorrow brings a cozy talkstory presentation by Shadia Habbal, a Syrian-born astrophysicist who has studied the sun at the UH Institute for...

Gallery: Visiting D.C. & Philadelphia

For the last 10 days, I’ve been off island, traveling with my coworkers at Hawaii Information Service to attend the annual mid-year conference of the National Association of Realtors. I somehow managed to keep up with my daily blogging while away, but I thought I’d highlight my trip for today’s...

Children’s Book Authors to Talk Shop Today

The Hawaii chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting an open discussion about what it takes to become a children’s book author today at the Hawaii State Library. Both would-be and established writers and illustrators can get advice and answers from a panel of five published...

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BioBlitz to Explore Nature, Culture at Volcano

More than a thousand students, scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and other volunteers will spread out across Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today and tomorrow in a “BioBlitz.” The annual event is a 24-hour species inventory, in which participants will try to discover and catalogue as many different forms of flora and fauna as they...

Dane’s Drone Captures ‘Hawaii From Above’

My obsession with drones (a.k.a. quadcopters, UAVs, UASes, RPASes, yadda yadda yadda) is well documented, and I’m certainly not along among camera and gadget geeks. The images and video clips that they can capture from above can be incredible, and there are hundreds of drone videos uploaded to YouTube every month....

‘Winning Girl’ Premieres Tonight, Just Not in Hawaii

Today brings the national broadcast premiere for an award-winning documentary telling the story of Honolulu teen Teshya Alo as she competes at the national level in both judo and wrestling. But while the film “Winning Girl” features a local girl from Kamehameha Schools as she beats boys and even competes with women...