Monthly Archive: July 2015

Visiting Astronomers Spark Public Events in Honolulu

Back in June I wrote that the astronomers were coming, and their arrival in Hawaii is now imminent. The 29th triennial General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union starts on Monday, with some serious science stuffed into the two-week agenda. But while the astronomers will talk a lot of shop, the convention...

Conservation Conference to Celebrate Collaboration

The Hawaii Conservation Conference kicks off on Monday, marking the 23rd year that naturalists, researchers, and cultural practitioners will gather to explore ways to better protect Hawaii’s environment and better manage its natural resources. Local, national, and international experts will spend several days at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (and one off...

Scientists to Study, Stream Video of Deep Sea Research

On Friday morning, the NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer will depart Honolulu for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument on an unprecedented deep sea expedition. A team of scientists will seek out teeming communities of diverse marine life, and conduct the first survey to map the details of the sea floor in...

Drone Club to Host Honolulu FAA Inspectors

Drone Club to Host Honolulu FAA Inspectors

Two inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Honolulu office will be the featured guests at the Hawaii Drone Club’s monthly meeting on Thursday night. The FAA’s Flight Standards District Office recently added two agents to its permanent team whose responsibilities include Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Edward Santa Elena is the office’s Principal Operations Inspector...

New Maps, App Prepare Hawaii for Extreme Tsunami

Tsunami have crossed the ocean and hit Hawaii many times in the last century: in 1946, 1952, 1957, 1960, and 1964. But it was the Japan tsunami in 2011 that shook local emergency planners to the core. Not because of what happened to the state, but because of what could have happened. “The...

Video: Flying with Hang Gliding Hawaii

  Back in May, I wrote about how Eric Nakamoto put everything on the line to learn to fly, buy a state-of-the-art ultralight powered trike, and bring it back to Hawaii to start Hang Gliding Hawaii. Even though he sought me out as part of a blogger outreach campaign, offering...

‘Foodware Wednesday’ to Feature Farm-to-Table Tech

‘Foodware Wednesday’ to Feature Farm-to-Table Tech

For all its home-grown, old-school charms, today’s neighborhood farmers markets are often awash with technology. And the tech transformation extends all the way up the line, from smartphone powered payment systems and check-in coupons at produce stands, to real-time inventory tracking at distribution centers, to cutting-edge agricultural tools at farms. To highlight the...

Vinyl Lovers to Convene at Hawaii Record Fair

My wife and I love music. My kids love music. But while my wife and I have fumbled around with vinyl records, eight-track cartridges, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s (my wife even working at the late Tower Records), our 17-year-old daughter barely remembers MP3s, and today our offspring live entirely in streaming...

Hawaii Transmedia Accelerator Seeks Storytellers

On Sunday, I described the GVS Accelerator as one of Hawaii’s lesser known accelerators. Or at least lesser known on O’ahu, as it is based on Hawaii Island. A event tomorrow night in downtown Honolulu hopes to change that. GVS founder and accomplished Hollywood director David Cunningham is hosting a pau...

Q&A: Minecraft in Education with Gabriel Yanaghiara

Minecraft is taking over the world, the collective obsession of millions of kids around the world. But unlike most video games, its quirky, blocky virtual world inspires creativity, and is an increasingly popular tool in the classroom. Minecraft certainly rules our family room, our middle child spending hours building massive 3-D structures...

Hank’s Haute Dogs Bowing Out for Now

The first person to urge me to check out Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako was local business reporter and fellow foodie Erika Engle, who emailed me eight years ago this week with a one-word review: “Yum!” Hank’s had just opened, and was heralded as a Honolulu dining milestone. Founder Henry...

Hilo Hosts 3rd Astronomy and Engineering Summit

For the third year, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit is being convened in Hilo, bringing together high school students from around the world for five days of activities, workshops, and other hands-on learning opportunities. The summit was first held in 2013, modeled after two of the worlds most prestigious science...

Local Accelerators, Startups Take the Stage

There are two events on Thursday focused on the local startup scene. For lunch, an overview of several Hawaii accelerator programs, followed by a pau hana program featuring pitches by three local startups. “Venture Accelerators in Hawaii” is the theme of the July monthly luncheon of the Hawaii Venture Capital...

Workshop Charts Path After Startup Weekend

Congratulations! You’ve survived, and may have even taken top honors, at Startup Weekend! Now what? The defining constraint of Startup Weekend is the 72-hour sprint between team formation on Friday and final pitches on Sunday. But whether participants have come up with a brilliant idea worth exploring further or built an...

New Astronomy App Celebrates Keck Observatory

The W.M. Keck Observatory is the launching point for a new astronomy education app that helps stargazers explore the sky from its perspective at the 14,000-foot elevation of Hawaii Island. While much attention has been focused on a telescope that has yet to be built, Maunakea is already the home of the...

Next Week Brings Business, Comedy Camps for Kids

Local improv comedy maven Kimee Balmilero is leading a pair of concurrent week-long summer camps for kids next week. In addition to another installment of Camp BizGym, dedicated to creating “kidpreneurs,” she is also launching Hawaii’s first “Comedy Camp.” Both camps are open to fifth through twelfth graders, and are a...

Solar Impulse Extends Island Stay

After days of deliberations and globe-spanning conversations, the Solar Impulse team announced at 1 a.m. Hawaii time this morning that it would be suspending its ambitious around-the-world flight until next spring. The news quickly spread across the world, from CNN to the BBC to Gizmodo. But seven hours earlier, my Hawaii...

Workshops Launched for Drone Racing

Flying a drone to take pretty pictures is nice and all, but it doesn’t take long before quadcopter pilots want to take things to the next level. Drone racing is the Formula 1 sport for geeks, eschewing the silky smooth stability of UAV-based photography and videography for high-speed, agile flying....

Public Invited to Tour “Technology Petting Zoo”

Not many companies in Hawaii have research labs where scientists experiment with novel tools and techniques in areas ranging from computer systems design to medical sensors to material science. I suspect only one company in Hawaii designates part of its research facilities the “Technology Petting Zoo.” Fortunately, that one company...

Gallery: 8th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

A wonderful mix of creators, designers, thinkers, teachers and seekers turned out today for the Hawaii Geek Meet, despite an early storm threat and a less than stellar weather forecast (provided personally by Dan Cooke). This year, two dozen different groups were represented — some by one person with smiles and business...