Category: Events

Unconference Planned to Explore Sustainability

A pair of local sustainability experts is inviting other like-minded people to come together for the Sustainability Unconference. My favorite kind of conference is an unconference, which is still a conference, but one that tries to shed all the baggage that typically comes with them:pre-defined themes and sessions, sponsor-centric panels, and...

‘Never Alone’ Shares Native Culture Through Gaming

Next week, Honolulu will host “Storytelling for the Next Generation,” which will explore how the power of video games can be harnessed to share and celebrate cultures. The event, taking place Monday at Kakaako Agora, will feature “Never Alone,” an atmospheric puzzle game based on a traditional Alaska native tale. It may...

Student Workspace Opening in Kalihi

Honolulu will officially welcome its newest coworking space tomorrow, this one aimed at high school students. The Canvas is inviting the public to its “Opening Night” to show off its facility and share its mission, featuring speakers, performers, and “empowering activities.” The after-school student workspace is just off Kamehameha Highway near Pu’uhale Road in Kalihi,...

Lemonade Alley Marks Fifth Year

How many different ways are there to sell lemonade? If you can’t think of many, you’re probably not a kid. Lemonade Alley is a fun and educational event for students that fosters creative, entrepreneurial thinking. Founder Steve Sue, who also created the BizGym business planning system, started with the basic lemonade stand,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

‘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...

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...

Startup Weekend Returns in November

Startup Weekend Returns in November

It’s been quiet on the Startup Weekend front, with the last Honolulu event held in February and a Maui event in May. But Hawaii will be back in the mix next month as part of the Global Startup Battle, taking place Nov. 14-16. The Honolulu event will take place at BoxJelly in...

New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

New Tools to Explore Campaign Finance Data

In an election year, the more citizens know about candidates and their campaigns the better. And while there’s a lot of information available from the Campaign Spending Commission, it can be a challenge to make sense of it all. That’s where the recent Civic*Celerator comes in, and its slate of online tools to help...

Q&A: Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday

Q&A: Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday

This Saturday, the Eisa Drum Festival returns for its fourth year. The celebration of Okinawan music, dance and culture has grown larger and more diverse since 2010, and I wanted to get a behind-the-scenes view of its evolution. Lead organizer Shari Tamashiro is a friend as well as the “cybrarian” at...

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo on Sunday

Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo on Sunday

Hoping for a new chance to “relive our hanabatta days,” three local organizers are launching what they hope to be an annual expo for comic and toy collectors this Sunday (perhaps fittingly, the day after “Free Comic Book Day“). The Hawaii Comic & Toy Expo is the brainchild of Francisco Figueiredo, Carey Ishizuka,...

Cyber Hui to Celebrate Security-Savvy Students

Cyber Hui to Celebrate Security-Savvy Students

Next Saturday, the Cyber Hui is hosting its Cyber Hui Celebration at The Box Jelly in Kakaako, presenting trophies to the to three teams from the Kukui Cup cyber security scrimmage (not to be confused with the other Kukui Cup competition). As a virtual competition, the school whose computer systems were...

Latest Startup Weekend Honolulu Winners Named

Latest Startup Weekend Honolulu Winners Named

The first Startup Weekend Honolulu of 2014 wrapped up tonight at The Box Jelly, with the final pitches and judging closing out 54 hours of creativity and entrepreneurial activity. And the winners are: Honorable Mention: Tidy Panda An app to fix the bad roommate problem, sorting out chores and facilitating...

Make movies with your DSLR and Hawaii Shoots

Make movies with your DSLR and Hawaii Shoots

More and more, people are using the cameras on their smartphones instead of dedicated cameras. Indeed, several generations of iPhones remain the most popular camera models on Flickr, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II squeaking into the top five. But in the same way that cameraphones have put pretty good...

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of...

Learn to code in a weekend at UH

Learn to code in a weekend at UH

“Learn programming” is a very likely entry in the average geek’s list of new year’s resolutions. But while resources abound to learn to code on your own, taking a class and asking questions is probably better for those in a hurry. And if you’re in a real hurry, this weekend’s...