Monthly Archive: October 2015

Newest Apple Gear Comes with Hawaii Scenery

Apple released its fourth generation Apple TV this week (we received ours yesterday), after letting its set top box languish without an update for nearly three years. It comes with all the improvements Apple fans have been eagerly awaiting: faster chips and more storage space, installable apps and games, and...

Panel to Push for More Women in STEM

Next week, a panel of local women leaders (and one in the making) will talk about “solving the equation” of the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. AAUW Honolulu, the local chapter of the national American Association of University Women founded in 1922, is hosting the evening...

Conference to Craft ‘Schools of the Future’

Next week, thousands of educational specialists and school administrators from across the state will come together to share their classroom innovations, discuss their challenges, and design new learning environments to help students succeed. The seventh annual “Schools of the Future” conference is a broad collaboration among the Hawaii Department of Education, the...

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Secondary school students have a unique opportunity to explore Hawaii’s shorelines as both an educational opportunity as well as a way to contribute to real scientific research. But these field trip opportunities begin with teachers signing up for the OPIHI program. OPIHI stands for Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal, referencing the...

Dive Into a ‘Dessert Fantasy’ on Sunday

The name of the event almost says it all. “Dessert Fantasy,” which takes place on Sunday, fills a giant ballroom with desserts from more than 30 local restaurants and dessert makers. You can sample all the sweet treats you can eat, all for a good cause. The day after Halloween, no less....

Environmental Documentary Gets Oahu Premiere

A beautiful, enlightening, and inspirational documentary film about the environmental health of our fragile planet will be featured in a special screening on Thursday. The “Breath of Life” captures a portrait of the Earth through globe-crossing cinematography and interviews with dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, authors, and activists. Filming locations...

Tuesday Panel to Assess ‘State of the Arts’

A “top-flight panel” spanning a wide range of creative media will convene in downtown Honolulu on Tuesday to explore the strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects of the island arts scene. “State of the Arts – Inspiration for Everyone” is the latest downtown forum presented by the Anthology Marketing Group and ThinkTech...

Workshops Set the Stage for Next Startup Weekend

The next Startup Weekend Honolulu is three weeks away, coinciding with the 6th annual Global Startup Battle. And preparations are already underway. Starting this past Thursday, there are three weekly workshops leading up to the main event. Similar to the run up to the last local Startup Weekend in June, the workshop...

Winemaker Turned Coffee Farmer Growing Kona Farm

“Once you taste this coffee, you’ll never go back to Starbucks again.” That’s the bold pitch for Carta Coffee Merchants, founded in Kona by third-generation winemaker Scott Burr. “I grew up on a small winery south of San Francisco, where I learned firsthand that it takes a lot of hard work...

San Francisco Singer Songwriter Sets Sights on Oahu

San Francisco musician Curt Yagi is flying out for a short Honolulu tour next week, following up a set of successful gigs on Maui last year. The award-winning singer songwriter and his band “The People Standing Behind Me” are known throughout the Bay Area for “happy acoustic rock with a touch of...

Geek Beat: Back to the Future Day

We’re in the future? Where’s my flying car? We served up a bit of pop-culture whimsy for this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning news show, with geeks the world over celebrating “Back to the Future Day.” It’s the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive to...

SOEST to Showcase Earth Sciences This Weekend

Kids and families will get to explore Pacific rim earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, deep sea creatures and Mars rocks at the SOEST Open House this weekend. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology hosts an open house every other year, its 2013 event drawing over 7,600 people. “Students and families...

Videos: Freeway, Rail Construction Continues

Some Sunday errands gave me an opportunity to capture more video snapshots of some of the major construction projects unfolding in Leeward Oahu. First, after months of sometimes paralyzing traffic jams, we are days away from having a full six lanes of freeway between Pearl City and the H-1/H-2 interchange. Meanwhile,...

Rallying to Raise Young Entrepreneurs

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association sees a lot of young people who want to change the world. But its luncheon on Thursday will focus on an even younger cross section of the next generation. After taking last month off for the Hawaii Innovation Initiative forum, the HVCA will host a...

Honolulu Science Cafe Goes Very, Very Deep

One of the world’s leading deep sea researchers will be the featured speaker at this month’s Honolulu Science Cafe. Jeffrey Drazen, a professor of oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), will speak on Tuesday about his research into the biology of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on...

Hawaii Film Industry Gets New Link to Hollywood

At one end, a group of state government officials, film industry leaders, and creative professionals were gathered at Honua Studios in Kona. At the other, a hundred of their Hollywood counterparts were assembled in Screening Room #5 at Warner Brothers Studios in California. Between them, a new multi-gigabit high-speed connection over a private...

Conference Helps Companies “Make Stuff, Get Funded”

When people are asked to name the largest industries in Hawaii, the list usually stops after tourism and the military. But manufacturing is in the top five, producing over $4.5 billion in goods in 2014, and employing more than 14,000 people. Of course, when many people hear the word “manufacturing,”...

Mark Takai | XLR8UH SBA Award

SBA Lauds Three Local Accelerator Programs

Three Hawaii accelerator programs were among 80 such programs across the country recognized by the Small Business Administration for supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful companies and growing their local business community. XLR8UH, the Maui Food Innovation Center at Maui College, and the GVS Transmedia Accelerator on the Big Island each...

Photo Pro to Show How to Go Retro

There’s no denying the appeal of the warm, faded hues of old photographs. But to recreate that vintage look takes more than old clothes and an Instagram filter. If you want to infuse your pictures with nostalgia, there’s no better teacher than Honolulu photographer Cheyne Gallarde, who has won widespread acclaim for...

HPR Fall Pledge Drive Gets a Head Start

Hawaii Public Radio kicks off its fall pledge drive tomorrow. Thanks to record levels of early giving and a rising number of “sustaining members,” the fundraising goal is 15 percent lower. But HPR still needs 100 percent of the community’s support to wrap things up quickly. HPR, like many of its mainland...