Category: Events

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

Hawaii is hosting a major Ruby on Rails conference in October. “Aloha on Rails” is bringing many of the world’s leading developers to Honolulu for three days of presentations, discussions, and debates with an eye toward the future of web application engineering. Ruby on Rails is perhaps the most popular...

Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

The “Wayfinder Lecture Series” at Hawaii Public Radio continues this week, with Thursday night’s presentation featuring social entrepreneur James Koshiba. Koshiba is co-founder of 3Point, a public interest research and consulting firm, as well as a co-founder of Kanu Hawaii. The “Wayfinder” series is the brainchild of my friend and...

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Saturday Concert Showcases Local Songwriters

Members of the Oahu Songwriters Group will be featured in “Songwriters in the Round” at Hawaii Public Radio this Saturday, Aug. 22. Performers include Ruth Shiroma Foster and Norm Foster, Barefoot Bob, Ev Fox, Brad Mossman, Otis Schaper and Jenna Tague. Ruth Shiroma Foster is an old friend and former...

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

The Jodo Mission of Hawaii (located in Makiki off S. King St. at 1429 Makiki St.) is holding its annual bon dance on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m., but the food concession opens at 5:30 p.m. Though dancing is the main attraction, the...

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening

The historic Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum celebrated its grand reopening this weekend, after the 120-year-old building finally saw its first-ever renovation. The work took over three years and $21 million, but the time, money, and thought spent in Hawaiian Hall’s renewal shines through. Filled with priceless artifacts, the hall...

Getting “LOST” at Comic-Con

Getting “LOST” at Comic-Con

In a few hours, my wife and I will be flying to San Diego for Comic-Con. Called the “Geek Prom,” You could also call it the “Geek Superbowl,” with over 100,000 people attending the four-day program. This will be our second, and perhaps last, Comic-Con trip, as this year’s convention...

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Wayfinder Lecture Series Begins Thursday

Hawaii Public Radio is launching a three-part lecture series on Thursday, beginning with master Hawaiian navigator Nainoa Thompson (Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society). He’ll be speaking to an intimate crowd at the Atherton Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call (808)...

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

‘Talk Story’ Conference Comes to Hawaii

Locals know how to “talk story.” And often, it’s more than just “small talk.” Beginning next week, the National Storytelling Network‘s Pacific Region will be coming to the Aloha State to celebrate the art of storytelling, and Hawaii’s ancient traditions of oral histories will be showcased. The five-day Talk Story...

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

Fundraiser to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

I’ve received word from Dennis Hida, one of the volunteers at the Honolulu Twestival in February, that he’s working on his own fundraiser to bring clean water to a community in need. “A dream of mine is becoming a realization,” he writes. “Our church has rallied around my ‘ministry’ and...

‘The Fuel Film’ Comes to Hawaii

‘The Fuel Film’ Comes to Hawaii

An award-winning documentary on America’s addiction to oil and the promise of alternative energy is coming to Honolulu. “The Fuel Film” (formerly “Fields of Fuel“) will be screened one night only, this Friday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The film follows director and activist Josh Tickell as he travels around...

Carrier Day Diary

Carrier Day Diary

Just over a week ago, I was able to participate in a “distinguished visitor” embark aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. It was an incredible, unforgettable, and overwhelming experience. I hurried to post a video documenting the trip, which weighed in at over 13 minutes, but it still covered only some...

Tech Breakfast on Tapping Stimulus Funds

Tech Breakfast on Tapping Stimulus Funds

On Friday, the monthly HISciTech Tech Download networking breakfast organized by the Hawaii Science & Technology Council will cover “The Federal Stimulus Package and You: Maximizing Investment Opportunities for Your Company and Hawaii’s Future.” Given the current state of the economy, organizers hope to help local businesses tap into federal...

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

Scenes from an Aircraft Carrier

On Thursday, I was part of a group of local business and community leaders who participated in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier currently en route to the Western Pacific. (More here.) The experience was incredible, almost indescribable, leaving me awed, exhausted,...

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

To Do: Visit an Aircraft Carrier

Tomorrow, I’ll be participating in a “Distinguished Visitor” embark to the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that’s on its way to a deployment in the Western Pacific. I’m thrilled to be a part of a group of bloggers, journalists, and local business people. I’m also terrified. Just...

Aloha, Roz!

Aloha, Roz!

Roz Savage has left Honolulu, and has begun her historic solo row toward the South Pacific. As I reported earlier, many members of the local “Geek Corps” stepped up to support her mission, including rush development of the awesome “Roz Tracker.” For her launch at the Waikiki Yacht Club on...

Roz Savage to Resume Voyage on Sunday

Roz Savage to Resume Voyage on Sunday

Roz Savage — ocean rower, author, and environmentalist — will launch the second stage of her three-part voyage across the Pacific at the Waikiki Yacht Club on Sunday. She’s on her way to becoming the first first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific Ocean (from the U.S. to Australia), having...

The Bloggers are Coming

The Bloggers are Coming

A group of bloggers and vloggers will be touring Hawaii next week as part of a “social media tour,” as local visitor industry officials reach beyond the mainstream to spread the word about Hawaii travel. It’s been dubbed the “So Much More Hawaii” tour, and it will include visits to...

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

Tickets are now available for the popular Waikiki Aquarium Summer Concert Series, “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” which brings talented local artists to the aquarium’s cozy and picturesque oceanside lawn. The Thursday night performances offer great music, great food, and great company for the entire family. Thursday, June 18: The...

Humanitarian Happy Hours in Honolulu

Humanitarian Happy Hours in Honolulu

Four local bars and restaurants are hosting a series of “Humanitarian Happy Hours” to benefit SurfAid International. The kickoff event will be at Oceans 808 at Restaurant Row on Thursday, May 7. Hosted by Billabong and New Zealand-based Wild Rock Winery, there will be live music by Johnny Helm, David...

Eclipse Group to Explore Amazon EC2

Eclipse Group to Explore Amazon EC2

The next meeting of the Eclipse Hawaii Eser’s Group will focus on Amazon EC2, or “Elastic Compute Cloud,” a popular web service for developers. The group will introduce EC2, then discuss how the service supports Eclipse development with a live demo. Leading the discussion will be user group founder Gregory...