Monthly Archive: June 2015

Bikeshare Hawaii Pedaling Toward Reality

Plans to launch a bike sharing system in urban Honolulu took another step forward last week when both the city and state each committed $1 million in seed funding to Bikeshare Hawaii. Bikeshare Hawaii is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making bikesharing a reality, led by friend and brilliant designer Ben...

State Gets First Chief Innovation Officer

The man appointed by Gov. David Ige to upgrade the state’s technology infrastructure is apparently taking on a broader role, with a title change from Chief Information Officer to Chief Innovation Officer. Nacapuy heads the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT), which was created in 2011 thanks to a $3 million grant from...

Sailboat, Solar Plane Converging on Hawaii

The fastest sailboat in the world is expected to arrive in Hawaiian waters tomorrow in its attempt to break the Los Angeles to Hawaii trans-Pacific sailing record. This as the Solar Impulse plane is finally en route to Honolulu, after two aborted attempts. The Hydroptere was designed by a team led by prominent...

Thrillist Launching Honolulu Edition

The local online lifestyle media space will get a little more crowded this week with the Wednesday launch of Thrillist Honolulu, which is adding O’ahu to a growing list of more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Europe covered by the Thrillist Media Group. The Thrillist network is adding...

Accelerator Seeks Next Batch of Entrepreneurs

Hawaii’s first venture accelerator is looking for its sixth cohort of startup companies. My, how time flies. Blue Startups is hosting an information session at its downtown office on Wednesday, and offering free pizza and beer for anyone actively working on a startup, looking to recruit local talent, or just...

Global Ham Radio Event Starts Tomorrow

The biggest community outreach and emergency planning event among amateur radio operators is coming this weekend. Field Day is an educational and disaster preparedness exercise conducted by ham radio fans around the world. And in Honolulu, Field Day 2015 will run from tomorrow morning through Sunday morning at Kualoa Regional Park. It’s being jointly organized by...

Photography Festival Set for Saturday

In an effort to forge a stronger connection with and among local photographers, the Pacific New Media program at the University of Hawaii is hosting its first one-day “open to all” event on Saturday. The f.808 Photo Hawaii festival is designed “to inspire and educate community members about art, photography, and...

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Student-Led Teams Top Startup Weekend [Updated]

The seventh Startup Weekend Honolulu wrapped up yesterday in Kakaako, drawing more than 100 entrepreneurs and would-be founders to a 54-hour mad dash to conceive, build, and pitch a new company. And for the first time, according to organizer Bryan Butteling, the winning team was led by a high school student....

HVCA: Women in Tech

Luncheon to Celebrate ‘Women in Tech’

A Thursday luncheon in downtown Honolulu will be dedicated to “celebrating women,” acknowledging the many challenges but also highlighting the many accomplishments they’ve had in the local tech industry. The importance of diversity, and the representation of women in particular, has been a growing drumbeat in the tech industry lately, although...

Makers Mark Return of Wetware Wednesday

After taking a month off, the Wetware Wednesday networking mixer for software developers and system engineers returns this coming week. The featured presenters for June are the members of HiCapacity, a volunteer-run, member-funded makerspace and hackerspace. HiCapacity was founded in 2011. The gang moved out of Box Jelly in Kakaako last fall...

Geek Beat: Geeks in the Sun

Instead of our usual Wednesday morning visit to the Hawaii News Now studio, Burt and I joined the Sunrise morning crew today at their “On the Road” remote at Wet N’ Wild Hawaii. The theme of the day was summer fun, with segments on barbecues, sunscreen, and drones (which was summer...

‘Race for Water’ Expedition Visits Hawaii

The Solar Impulse plane remains stalled in Nagoya, awaiting the next weather window to continue on to Hawaii on its historic around-the-world journey.  But today, another globe-spanning expedition reached island shores: the MOD70, a 69-foot multi-hull racing sailboat sponsored by the Race for Water Foundation, is in Honolulu as part of a...

Jellyfish Researcher Brings Sting Relief to Market

A University of Hawaii researcher today announced that a jellyfish sting treatment that she has been developing for years is finally available for public sale. “Sting No More” is a cream and spray for jellyfish stings, launched by Alatalab Solutions, a company created by Angel Yanagihara (director of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and a researcher...

Video: Rail Guideway over H-1

A 30-second video I put together on a whim and shared on Facebook last night has been viewed over 8,000 times, and shared by over 140 people. While not exactly viral content, it did affirm that I wasn’t the only person who is fascinated by big construction projects. Two major transportation...

Bishop Museum to Showcase NASA Mission to Pluto

A space mission more than a decade in the making will reach its target in the coming weeks, and the Bishop Museum is planning a special program to commemorate the occasion. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006, a $700 million mission to send the first spacecraft to see Pluto and its...

Next Weekend Brings Back Startup Weekend

The first time I’d heard of Startup Weekend was back in 2008, when half a dozen geeks holed up in an apartment near Ala Moana to try and take the “launch a startup in 54 hours” challenge. The first official event landed in 2011, and by last fall, more than...

Community College Students Set Sights on Space

In less than two months, a scientific instrument designed and built by students from four community colleges in Hawaii will be launched into suborbital space flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. “Project Imua” saw a major test this week at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at UH Manoa, where...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Hosts Summer Education Series

A three-part educational program focused on ocean and shoreline ecosystems kicks off tomorrow at Hanauma Bay. “Te Moana Nui,” which will profile the different ocean zones around the bay, continues the spirit of World Oceans Day, which was on Monday. The events are offered by the Hanauma Bay Education Program from UH Sea Grant,...

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

Stories of modern life in Honolulu will be told in the folksy midwestern style of classic radio on Sunday, when Hawaii Public Radio takes over Agora in Kakaako. The event is a celebration of both Agora’s first birthday as well as the 40th anniversary of “A Prarie Home Companion,” a popular program of...