Category: Events

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

If you’re serious about social media, whether for your business or “personal brand,” you know about Buffer, and you very likely use it. More than 1.2 million people and companies use Buffer to manage over 2 million social media posts each week. (I’ve been using it since early 2011, mostly when I...

HVCA

Luncheon to Assess the VC Scene

The President has the State of the Union, the governor has the State of the State, and the local startup scene has the annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” luncheon, hosted by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Last year’s event had marked the re-launch of the HVCA, with new president Meli...

Startup Paradise Demo Day

Local Startup Showcase Returns Friday

Hawaii’s three most prominent startup accelerator programs are again joining forces to showcase the best and latest companies in their respective programs. Friday’s Startup Paradise Demo Day will put company founders on stage, but rather than making pitches to judges, they will be trying to earn “investor dollars” from attendees. The last Startup Paradise...

Lantern Floating Hawaii 2015

Gallery: Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating

Every Memorial Day, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist sect stages one of the largest and most visually stunning public tributes to the dead. This year was the 16th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, a unique merging of an American day of remembrance for fallen military members and the Japanese tradition of tōrō nagashi....

Hackathon Aims to ‘Reboot the Commute’

Honolulu has some of the nation’s worst traffic, even taking the top spot from Los Angeles in 2011. It’s only one of the myriad urban ills we have on Oahu, but it’s a high-profile one that absolutely affects our ostensibly great “quality of life.” Tomorrow, a hackathon will attempt to focus some of...

Dwindling Public Spaces Spark Forum

Public spaces, areas dedicated to the public where people can gather, relax, interact, organize, and protest –are an important part of any community. But in Honolulu, where real estate is in such great demand, public spaces seem to be harder and harder to come by. “Development pressures are always going to be...

Eclipse Expert to Speak at Science Cafe Tomorrow

There are only 989 days 11,220 days (!) until Hawaii sees its next solar eclipse. Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for Jan. 31, 2018 Feb. 5, 2046, and tomorrow brings a cozy talkstory presentation by Shadia Habbal, a Syrian-born astrophysicist who has studied the sun at the UH Institute for...

Children’s Book Authors to Talk Shop Today

The Hawaii chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting an open discussion about what it takes to become a children’s book author today at the Hawaii State Library. Both would-be and established writers and illustrators can get advice and answers from a panel of five published...

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BioBlitz to Explore Nature, Culture at Volcano

More than a thousand students, scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and other volunteers will spread out across Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today and tomorrow in a “BioBlitz.” The annual event is a 24-hour species inventory, in which participants will try to discover and catalogue as many different forms of flora and fauna as they...

Unconferenz Set for Saturday at Iolani

The Unconferenz is a conference that avoids the worst parts of conferences. There are no Powerpoint lectures. No “keynote speakers” to dominate the agenda, no “panel discussions” stuffed with hapless representatives from corporate sponsors, and no fixed topics that were set by people who barely want to be there. But there are...

PCATT Plans Pair of May Events

The Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT) at Honolulu Community College is one of Hawaii’s leading hubs for tech education, offering both its own robust curriculum and certification curriculum as well as facilities to host training programs for the public and private sector. In May, PCATT is hosting two tech events. The...

Local Apple Club’s Springfest on Saturday

If you’re looking for something geeky to do on Saturday before the second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire kicks off at noon, you should check out Springfest, an annual tech festival organized by the Hawaii Macintosh and Apple Users Society (HMAUS). Presentations and conversations will cover digital photography, cool apps,...

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire Returns

This Saturday brings one of the best geek events in town. The second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire returns to the Sullivan Center at Iolani School. The call went out for makers in March, and they responded wholeheartedly. There will be three floors of hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, and opportunities to learn, create, and...

Comic-Con Honolulu

Comic Con-fusion: Hoku Rebrands, Amazing Remains

The people behind Kawaii Kon have changed the name of Hoku Kon, their spin-off event in July, to Comic Con Honolulu, not to be confused with newcomer Amazing Hawaii Comic Con, arriving in September the week after the second annual Hawaii Con on the Big Island. Perhaps it’s good that Oni-Con...

Some Dishes Were Winners

Gallery: 13th Annual Waikiki Spam Jam

Today, crowds packed Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki to celebrate Spam, which Wikipedia helpfully defines as “a brand of canned precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation.” It was the 13th annual Spam Jam, and reaffirmed the Aloha State as the state with the most love for the stuff. Dozens...

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo 2015

Comic & Toy Expo Returns with Fun & Funko

Sunday, May 3 is Star Wars Day Eve, and a great day to check out the 2015 Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo at the Ala Moana Hotel. It takes a lot of courage, creativity, hustling and straight-up hard work to organize an event. But calendars of days past are littered...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It’s an event my family and I try not to miss (you can check out some of my photos from last year), and my wife in particular has a very deep relationship with books. It is not an exaggeration...

Code for Hawaii

Code for Hawaii Ready for Reboot

I have a lot of respect for programmers, software engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, and other immensely talented and creative people. But I love it when they commit those valuable skills — which could also power startups, grow businesses, or transform industries — to helping their communities. I love civic hacking. Hawaii has seem some stellar...

Architecture Month Wraps with Documentary Screening

A series of local architecture events wraps up this week with a documentary film screening in Kakaako, and an evening of architecture company open houses. The middle of April brings National Architecture Week, but AIA Honolulu, the Oahu chapter of the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the profession for the entire month. There are...

Nodeschool Honolulu

Honolulu Chapter of NodeSchool Meets Tuesday

I’ve mentioned my halting, floundering attempts to learn how to program before. It’s much more helpful to learn with others, in person. If you’re in a hurry and have some cash, Dev League is a great way to become a programmer quickly. But if not, there’s NodeSchool. NodeSchool is built...