Author: Ryan Ozawa

Local Makers Urged to Help Shape Tech Policy

Members and fans of HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, came together tonight for a combination general meeting and town hall session to discuss the future of the organization and its plans for 2015. The wide-ranging conversation touched on everything from Act 221 and the role of the University of Hawaii...

WordCamp Maui Coming Next Month

As far as I know, Hawaii’s first — and last — WordCamp was back in 2008. And it was held in conjunction with Hawaii’s first — and last — PodCamp. (Securing the blessing of both organizations to hold a combined event was the first of many improbable hurdles.) They are great events, celebrating globe-spanning communities...

Aloha Tofu Town Opening at Dole Cannery

Aloha Tofu Town is opening tomorrow at Dole Cannery, next to the movie theaters. Although tofu lovers have been able to visit and buy products at the Aloha Tofu factory in Kalihi, this looks like the company’s first retail location. Initial operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

Weekend Weather Watching

There was stormy weather over Hawaii on Friday night, which is unremarkable in the winter months. And living in Mililani, in central Oʻahu, we’re usually far removed from many of the most common natural disasters. But Mother Nature can surprise you, and this time our neighborhood saw some of the weekend’s stronger...

Startup Demo Day Coming Jan. 16

Hawaii’s growing startup scene will again be showcased at the second Startup Paradise Demo Day, set to take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center‘s Sullivan Conference Center. The event will run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The demo day will feature portfolio...

The Year Ahead in Hawaii Tech

The year 2014 was a good one local geeks, with Hawaii electing a geeky governor (Gov. David Ige has an engineering and tech startup background) and the University of Hawaii naming a geeky president (David Lassner). So this week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe was a fun one, as we looked back at the past...

Seven Years to a New Look

This blog has looked pretty much the same since I moved it to WordPress in 2007, settling on the “Cutline” template for it’s “news” feel. A few years later, though, the designer retired the theme and updates stopped, even though WordPress itself continued to evolve at a rapid pace. As with...

Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the tricky bit. For our last “Geek Beat” segment of 2014, Burt and I talked about apps that just might help you keep the promises we make to ourselves every Dec. 31. First up is Lift, which I’ve used for over...

HTDC Holiday Fair Features Tech Firms, Tech Jobs

Hawaii often loses some of its best minds to the mainland. Although the Hawaii tech industry is growing (accounting for over 27,000 jobs, by some estimates), it’s still small, and local talent is understandably drawn to greener pastures. Fortunately, those Hawaii-raised developers, engineers and entrepreneurs still visit home for the...

Private Island Named ‘Hawaii 2’ by Game Company

Cards Against Humanity, a card game that was born out of a Kickstarter campaign in 2011, confirmed today that it has purchased a six-acre private island in Maine and named it “Hawaii 2.” The original name of the island is Birch Island, and it is located in Saint George Lake in...

Digital Painting by Alex Bertubin for Mana Mai Tai Co.

Zelda Symphony Concert Coming to Hawaii

If you were a kid during the “golden age of arcade video games,” chances are you lost many potentially productive hours to a Nintendo game system. As a result, even today, the sound of 8-bit music likely sparks waves of nostalgia. In my case, the theme to Super Mario Bros....

Innovation Framework Forward

Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report...

State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this...

Movoto Moves Into Hawaii

The mainland real estate firm Movoto is moving into Hawaii. But if you’ve been paying attention, yesterday’s news probably isn’t much of a surprise. Indeed, if you’re a local blogger — particularly one who pays a lot of attention to SEO and social content marketing strategies — it would have been...

Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack...

‘Reach for the Stars’ at UH on Dec. 10

A former astronaut turned renowned physicist and a project manager from NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission will be in Hawaii next week. They will both be featured at “Reach for the Stars,” a special public event hosted at the University of Hawaii on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Loren W. Acton flew on Space Shuttle...

Hawaii’s First Sketch Comedy Fest Needs You

My first introduction to Kimee Balmilero was on “Hi-5,” a kids’ show on Discovery Kids that my family would watch. (We had our TiVo set to always have the last ten episodes on tap.) My wife, who has a good sense of these things, said, “Kimee sounds local.” Sure enough, a...

Mana Mai Tai Meme Factory Launches

Going viral. It’s the internet’s top prize, like winning the online lottery, the dream of nearly every artist, media maker and marketer on the web. This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the teaser trailer for next year’s new “Star Wars” movie went viral. It was everywhere. A mere 90 seconds of footage watched by...

Thursday Panel on Hawaii Innovation

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association, in association with the Hawaii Business Roundtable, is presenting a panel discussion next week on “Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy.” The event will include keynote remarks from Berkeley professor Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs.” In addition, HBR will preview its upcoming “Hawaii Innovation...

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

Puna Lava Meets Power Poles

The slow-moving Puna lava flow crossed its first road in Puna, a long-anticipated milestone in a creeping natural disaster that has been unfolding since June 27. With the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Iselle in August fresh in their minds, the folks at Hawaiian Electric Light Co. hatched a plan to...