Author: Ryan Ozawa

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...

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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...

‘Sunny’ Solar iPhone Case Resurrected

Perhaps the third time is the charm for the makers of the Sunny solar-powered battery case for the iPhone 6. The Sunny case was teased in May, and was launched on Indiegogo in June. Perfectly timed for summer, we featured it in our “Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now’s...

Startup Weekend Honolulu Returns Friday

The eighth Startup Weekend Honolulu is this weekend, coinciding with the sixth annual Global Startup Battle, which this year spans over 250 cities around the globe. A mix of developers, designers, entrepreneurs and marketers will come together on Friday night to pitch ideas and form teams, and will be expected...

Blue Planet Foundation Looks Back, Ahead 30 Years

In 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, a first-class stamp cost 20 cents, and gas prices were just starting to fall again after the Iranian oil crisis. In Hawaii, “Magnum P.I.” was in its fifth season, the Polynesian Voyaging Society launched its “Voyage of Discovery,” and the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii...

Hawaii Researchers First to Raise Yellow Tang in Captivity

The Oceanic Institute announced last week that it was the first facility in the world to successfully breed and raise yellow tang. And the news about this little fish is a big deal for both the environment, as well as the aquarium trade. The distinctive, brilliantly colored yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is one...

Family Sunday Features Duke Kahanamoku

Bishop Museum’s popular “Family Sunday” will celebrate Hawaii’s most celebrated surfer and athlete, Duke Kahanamoku. The museum grounds will be buzzing with educational activities, informational booths featuring local community groups, live music, and food trucks and food booths. As noted here in August, Bishop Museum unveiled an original historical and multimedia...

Honolulu to Host Wearable Tech Workshop, Fashion Show

An internationally acclaimed “fashionable technology” designer Anouk Wipprecht is coming to Honolulu next week to lead workshops that will culminate in a Saturday fashion show. Wipprecht’s work has captured imaginations worldwide, harnessing 3-D printers, sensors, lights, motors, and other materials and tools to create things like her metal electric dress, smoke...

Statewide Student Summit to Inspire Energy Solutions

Middle and high school students from across the state will convene at the first Student Energy Summit on Friday, networking and brainstorming on ways Hawaii can achieve energy independence in the next 30 years. “Energy is becoming a really hot topic, especially among students, and teachers are starting to incorporate...