Monthly Archive: November 2015

Nerd Night Tomorrow Tackles Corals, Quakes

The last Nerd Nite of the year will take attendees under water, into volcanoes, and up to the moon. The usually monthly local gathering, featuring presentations from all disciplines and gently facilitated by alcohol, is part of a global network of events held in more than 90 cities. Tomorrow, the three featured...

Talks to Explore Modern Architecture in Honolulu

A renown photographer of modern architecture is returning to his hometown of Honolulu this week to share some of his work, and help local residents better appreciate the buildings they live and work in every day. Darren Bradley was born on Oahu, and spent his early years surrounded by the city’s...

Photo courtesy Dariusz-Sankowski/Stocksnap.io

AAUW to Showcase Apps, STEM Scholarships

Looking for a way to socialize, network, and collaborate with other local professional and academic women? There’s probably an app for that. AAUW Honolulu, the local chapter of a national women’s advocacy group that has been around for more than 130 years, is hosting its first “Appy Hour” pau hana...

Geek Beat: Tech Toy Shopping

This morning, in a special Black Friday segment of the “Geek Beat” on the Hawaii News Now morning show, Burt Lum and I joined half of the Sunrise crew at Pearlridge (the other half was at Ala Moana Center) to share some tech-flavored gift shopping suggestions. Since many of the biggest...

Two Pitch Competitions Converge on Tuesday

Local teams vying for two different business innovation competitions, one national and the other international, will come together on the same stage on Tuesday for a “double-threat pitch off.” The winning teams from each will then have a chance to cross the sea to compete at an even higher level. Firstly, the...

Astronomers to Explore ‘Extreme Solar Systems’

As solar systems go, the one we live in is pretty boring. In the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” by the great Douglas Adams, our neighborhood was described as being “far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy.” (Our planet was deemed “mostly harmless.”) But planets...

Newly Minted Coders Tackle State Tourism Data

Some Hawaii’s newest full-stack software developers have unveiled a new website designed to take a mountain of government data and turn it into a visual, browsable, useful resource for Hawaii’s largest and most vital industry. HiViz makes it easy to explore visitor market data that’s currently published only in spreadsheet form by the Hawaii...

Give Gifts of Local Art at Annual Print Sale

If you’re looking to get a little more creative than gift cards this holiday season, this weekend’s annual print sale for Honolulu Printmakers is a great way to find unique and often one-of-a-kind creations of local artists. “Impressions15” features fine art, notecards, frames, apparel, and other items crated by local printmakers, allowing discerning shoppers...

Another Anime Convention Lands in Hawaii

More than a year in the making, the inaugural Anime Matsuri Hawaii convention kicks off on Friday. One of the nation’s largest Japanese animation conventions arrives at the Hawaii Convention Center on the same day Black Friday bargain hunters will descend on Ala Moana Center a couple of blocks away. Anime...

Keck Observatory Marks 25 Years of World-Class Astronomy

On Tuesday, the elder of the twin telescopes of the W.M. Keck Observatory will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “first light” operations perched atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The milestone comes as the planned construction of the world’s largest optical telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope, was delayed once again....

Kona Meetup to Explore Science Outreach in Pictures

Good science is important, but it’s notoriously hard to explain. Even though scientists may be doing groundbreaking research, they sometimes struggle to capture the attention — let alone the comprehension — of the average person. One effective strategy, then, is to skip a thousand words, and go with a picture instead....

New Accelerator to Focus on Hardware Startups

Given the exponential growth we’ve seen in mobile app development, it makes sense that most people associate venture accelerator programs with software startups. But plenty of new ideas require hardware — whether it’s the smartphone needed to run those trendy apps, or the glorious future analysts see in the “internet of things.”...

Geek Beat: Grumbling, Replying, Traveling Apps

Want to complain? Send repetitive messages faster? Expand your travel plans? There are apps for that being built right here in Honolulu. This morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Sunrise morning news show on Hawaii News Now featured three apps being nurtured into businesses at Blue Startups. They are members...

Wahiawa to Host Surf-Inspired Art Show

Wahiawa to Host Surf-Inspired Art Show

Some artists like to work in quiet studios or windy rooftops, while others find inspiration in rainforests or bustling coffee shops. An upcoming art festival, however, will explore the creative connections between people and the ocean. The “Surf Art and the Surfer” art festival will be hosted in Wahiawa by Surfing the Nations...

Student Opportunities in STEM Showcased at KCC

Students at Kapiolani Community College will be presented with a veritable feast of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math on Thursday at the school’s 6th annual STEM Expo. Nearly two dozen exhibitors will be participating, including from both the public and private sector as well as from across the...

Photo by Burt Lum | @bytemarks

Kids Take Top Honors at Startup Weekend Honolulu

The eighth Startup Weekend Honolulu wrapped tonight at Kakaako Agora, with seven finalists pitching and presenting their work after a 54-hour marathon of designing, building, and preparing. And if you thought it was remarkable that a teenager won the last local event, then hold on to your hats. First prize...

UH Accelerator Announces Third Cohort Finalists

The University of Hawaii venture accelerator, XLR8UH, is now in its second year, and this week announced the finalists for its third cohort of startup companies. The diverse group is building solutions ranging from athletic coaching to scientific algorithms to tiny homes. As finalists, the seven companies will enter the first...

Energy Fun Fair in Kapolei Tomorrow

An up-and-coming community in Kapolei is hosting a free Energy Fun Fair tomorrow, highlighting energy efficiency and local technology, while giving residents their first look at the neighborhood. Not to be confused with Hawaiian Electric’s Clean Energy Fair, held in September for the 12th year, the Energy Fun Fair is the...

Meetup to Spread Knowledge of Plague Diseases

Plague diseases are the stuff of nightmares, horror movies, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. But they are also real threats that still keep scientists and government leaders up at night. On Tuesday, a leading local expert will try to put everything in context at the November “Honolulu Science Cafe” meetup. Social mixer or...

Developers Invited to Saturday ‘Code Retreat’

Developers of every stripe are invited to join in on a global celebration of software craftsmanship on Saturday, with Honolulu’s fifth annual Global Day of Coderetreat. Last year, local coders were among more than 2,000 developers in 150 cities around the world that spent the day practicing and sharing their...