Category: Events

On to Comic-Con!

On to Comic-Con!

It’s that time of year again, when over 130,000 geeks, nerds, collectors, artists, fanboys and fangirls of all stripes converge on San Diego for “The Nerd Prom.” And, once again, I’ll be making the pilgrimage to immerse myself in the beautiful chaos of Comic-Con. This will be my fourth trip to...

Monthly Software Developer Mixer Launched

Monthly Software Developer Mixer Launched

In an effort to help strengthen the local software development community, the High Tech Development Corporation (HTDC) and Blue Planet Foundation are launching a monthly series of networking events called “Thirsty Third Thursday.” The first “Triple T” event is taking place Thursday, July 21, at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Henk...

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

The Transformers are coming back to the big screen. And I don’t mean the forthcoming sequel to the big budget Michael Bay blockbuster from 2007. Honolulu has been reveling in movie nostalgia lately. Consolidated Theatres saw great success with its 25th anniversary screening of 1984’s “Top Gun,” kicking off a...

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

I admit, I’m not exactly in the key demographic for “Allstar Weekend,” a band of shiny happy California guys that was catapulted to tween-to-teen stardom by The Disney Channel. But I am the father of a teenage girl, and she’s heard of them, and that’s got to count for something....

Pimpbot and Juicies on Kickstarter

Two More Hawaii Projects Kickstarted

Thanks to crowdfunding service Kickstarter, and a lot of hard work and community support, two local projects met their fundraising goals last week and took a solid step toward reality. The delightfully simple Juicies project, which I profiled on Earth Day, blew past its $5,000 goal in only three days,...

Video: Eisa Drum Festival

Video: Eisa Drum Festival

The first ever (and hopefully annual) Eisa Drum Festival took place on Saturday on the Great Lawn of Kapiolani Community College. It was a great event, and lead organizer Shari Tamashiro — along with advisors Norman Kaneshiro and Derek Ichiro Shiroma, and countless other volunteers and performers — deserves a standing...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to...

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Lovers of Okinawan drums won’t want to miss the first Eisa Drum Festival next Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. This special, evening event is bringing together several groups that practice and perform a variety of dances and drumming styles unique to Okinawa… plus a touch of Japanese taiko. Participating eisa...

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

The third annual Honolulu Twestival has come and gone, and once again, I completely failed to blog about it throughout the whirlwind of activity before and after the event. Fortunately, this year’s Twestival brought a local cause into the limelight, and Honolulu’s social media community once again stepped up to...

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

Friday brought Honolulu’s second “Eat the Street” Food Truck Rally, held in Kaka’ako. The first, organized by StreetGrindz.com, drew a dozen vendors and over 1,000 people to a small lot on Kapiolani Boulevard. For this second event, Kamehameha Schools hosted everyone on a four-acre parking lot on South Street, and brought...

ONA Parachute Training

ONA Parachute Training

The Online News Association was founded in 1999, and I signed up pretty early in its history, full of ideas for Islenews.com (which became HawaiiNews.com which is now HawaiiStar.com). My dream of building a robust grassroots local news site is still just a dream, but fortunately, the ONA has soldiered...

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Electric Car Rally Next Week

Owners and fans of electric vehicles are staging what they’re calling the first electric car rally in Honolulu next Thursday, Dec. 30. Organizers of “The EVent in the Park” are inviting the public to celebrate the start of the “Year of the Electric Car.” Now, it seems every year over...

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Geek’s 24-Hour Podcast Returns

Todd Cochrane, local geek and nationally renown new media entrepreneur, is preparing for his annual 24-hour marathon podcast. Beginning at 6 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Saturday, Dec. 18, he will be streaming live video and audio from his Makakilo studio non-stop through 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. Todd...

Online News Training Offered in January

Online News Training Offered in January

The Online News Association is hosting two days of digital journalism training at the East-West Center next month. Offered in partnership with the Hawaii chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, the “Parachute Training” program will take place Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. The training...

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Launching a startup company can be exhilarating, but also a daunting challenge of planning, organizing, and building. Can it be done here in Honolulu… in one weekend? Kailua software developer Dave Pascua hopes to find out. He announced Startup Weekend Honolulu yesterday, tentatively scheduled to take place at Fresh Cafe...

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

The frenzied holiday shopping season begins in earnest this week, with “Black Friday” specials bringing overnight crowds and veritable stampedes at big-box stores and malls everywhere. But if your gift giving trends toward unique, locally-made crafts and snacks, the Islandwide Christmas Crafts and Food Expo is the place to be....

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Hawaii-born actress Kimee Balmilero, has announced that she will be leading beginning improv classes in Honolulu starting this weekend. Balmilero is best known to my kid-filled family for her turn on the live-action musical children’s series “Hi-5” on Discovery Kids, but she was also part of the original Broadway cast...

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

Whether you’re a geek with a packrat streak or an organization with a closet full of old computers, next week brings a valuable opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics — free of charge. The University of Hawaii is hosting its “Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days.”...

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” Opens Tonight

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” Opens Tonight

“Alegría” is one of the longest-running, signature productions by Cirque du Soleil, and tonight the traveling show kicks off a two-week run at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stop by yesterday to see some of the final rehearsals and preparations for the...

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Scientists call it piper methysticum, or “intoxicating pepper,” but in Hawaii, it’s known as ‘awa. Studied and used by people as diverse as researchers, nutritionists, and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, this plant and the products derived from it will again be explored and shared at the Hawaii Pacific Island Kava...