Monthly Archive: September 2015

Weekend Gamer Expo Changes Dates, Venues

Traveling through time and space is easy in video games, but when it comes to planning big events, it’s a little more complicated. Less than three days before it was set to begin, the second annual Gamer Expo has been rescheduled and moved from this Saturday in Waikiki to Sunday at the Ala Moana...

12th Annual Clean Energy Fair Set for Saturday

The first Clean Energy Fair, organized by Hawaiian Electric, was held in 2004. And over a decade ago, clean energy was not nearly the hot topic it is today. Across the islands, wind was only generating about 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity back then, and we were getting less than a...

October Seafood Celebration Goes Statewide

If you love seafood, you have a great excuse to indulge throughout the month of October. More than 50 restaurants across the state will be celebrating Hawaii Seafood Month, drawing diners in with specials and special dishes and sneaking some sustainability education onto the plate. “Fishing and seafood are essential...

Local ‘Guardians’ Comic Book Funded on Kickstarter

Slowly but surely, Hawaii comic book fans are finding home-grown superheroes to cheer for. And while multi-billion dollar franchises struggle with diversity, the “Aumakua Guardians of Galaxy” are starting out with a multicolored palette. “It’s a group consisting of heroes with ethnic and cultural diversity,” indie comic artist Christopher Caravalho tells me....

New Site Showcases 360° Virtual Tours

A new website offers a unique, immersive way to tour island restaurants, shops, galleries, parks and beaches. HawaiiHolo is the brainchild of Honolulu business photographer Minn Tun, who has built a name for himself as a Google Maps partner. Tech giant Google has been tireless expanding its map offerings around the...

Local Artists are the Stars at 6th Mini Con

To the delight of local geeks, comic nerds, and anime and sci-fi fans, the local events calendar has gotten very crowded lately, with a number of new conventions sprouting up. But long before comic cons became Hawaii’s hot new trend, a home-grown event had already taken root at a public library. On...

Revolution Books Finds New Home

After nearly 40 years in anti-capitalist business, the fiercely independent, counter-culture bookstore Revolution Books was running out of time. Last month, after more than a year of uncertainty, the store was informed that the lease for its second-floor space behind Puck’s Alley wasn’t being renewed. It was a space the store...

UH Law School Stages First Art Show

The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is hosting its first art show beginning this week. Continuing the theme from yesterday, where local writers are showing off their creativity in other media, members of the UH law school community are similarly sharing their...

Local Writers’ Creations Featured at Fundraiser

The artists featured by Bamboo Ridge Press most commonly work in words, or in two-dimensions reflected on the page. But tomorrow, they are offering handmade items such as paintings, jewelry and other art as part of the press’ annual “Wine & Words” fundraiser. Bamboo Ridge Press is the state’s oldest and longest-running independent literary...

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

This weekend, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is organizing its first Moon Festival, calling it the largest such festival in the state. The fall full moon has been celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries. The mid-autumn festival (中秋節) is a holiday in China, and is similarly celebrated...

First HI2 Forum to Connect Research and Business

The Hawaii Innovation Initiative — the one focused on research at the University of Hawaii launched in 2013, not former Gov. Linda Lingle’s policy plan from 2007 — will host its first forum next week. Co-sponored by the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the two-day event will focus on energy and cybersecurity. The Hawaii...

Hawaii Snapchat Story Draws 3.8 Million Views

Millions of Snapchat users were treated to a montage of scenes from across Hawaii. The Aloha State was one of the global locations featured in a “One Week of Islands” series of “Live Stories,” drawing more than three million views. With the median age of a Snapchat user hovering around...

Hawaii Schools Partner with Pixar

While kids in Hawaii will have to wait until next year to see “Moana” just like everyone else, some lucky students in local public schools will get to experience Pixar animation magic right in their classrooms. The Hawaii State Department of Education, working with the state Department of Business, Economic...

‘Winning Girl’ Finally Gets Hawaii TV Premiere

An award-winning documentary about a Hawaii teen athlete who chased her dream of competing nationally in both judo and wrestling will get its local premiere, four months after it debuted nationally. As reported here in May, “Winning Girl” aired on the World Channel as part of its “America ReFramed” documentary series. But no cable providers in...

Historic Hawaiian Music Project Hits Crowdfunding Goal

Hawaiian music legend Cyril Pahinui turned to Kickstarter to fund what he called his “lifetime dream project,” and the community stepped up as his campaign to crowdfund a music video series surpassed its $65,000 goal yesterday. “We received a few texts and calls while at work today with the incredible news,”...

Parking Spaces to Become Tiny Parks on Friday

On Friday, about a dozen coveted parking spaces in urban Honolulu will be converted into tiny parks. The temporary takeover is part of PARK(ing) Day, designed to encourage communities to think differently about public spaces. If you were someone who worshipped at the once unassailable American temple of automobile ownership, the last few...

Designers to Share Strategies for Success

Honolulu is one of 28 cities around the world hosting an “insightful and intimate” series of talks offering advice on how to turn ideas into reality. The first 99U Local Honolulu event is being hosted on Thursday by design group AIGA Honolulu along with art and design collective Interisland Terminal at Kakaako Agora. 99U...

First Jackie Claxton Film Festival Set for Sept. 24

Jackie Claxton is a normal, average girl… except for the fact that she has the special ability to cross dimensions and into parallel universes to save people and battle evil. And later this month, she and her many incarnations and creators will be celebrated at “Claxtonfest,” a unique local film...

What Can Hawaii Teach America About Race?

Wednesday Panel to Tackle Race in Hawaii

An actor, an entrepreneur, a president’s half sister, and a bank vice president turned trustee will lead an undoubtedly provocative panel discussion on Wednesday titled, “What Can Hawaii Teach America About Race?” Hawaii gave the United States its first multi-racial president. Not surprising, as it’s home to the nation’s largest share of...