Category: The Web

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay...

More Income, More Trees

More Income, More Trees

The wealthier the city, the thicker the trees. So writes Tim de Chant of the ‘Per Square Mile‘ blog, focused on density and geography. In ‘Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality,’ he cites a 2007 study: They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest...

New Apps Unveiled at the City’s First Hackathon

New Apps Unveiled at the City’s First Hackathon

A total of six teams participated in Honolulu’s first civic hackathon this past weekend, each developing anapplication that takes advantage of public data made available online by the city. The top three teams won cash prizes provided by the hackathon’s sponsors, and two of them focused on TheBus and its web...

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Abercrombie on Open Data

Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday delivered his second “State of the State” address before the Legislature. And technology was one of the priorities he singled out as key to the state’s long-term future. He mentioned the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, consolidation of disparate state systems under the Office of Information Management and Technology,...

On to the Hackathon, Maps at the Ready

On to the Hackathon, Maps at the Ready

This year is looking to be a big year in open data, e-democracy, and Gov 2.0. More information is coming online, and more people are thinking of ways to use it. Among the most interesting areas is in mapping and location-based applications.

CityCamp Honolulu Advances Open Government Vision

CityCamp Honolulu Advances Open Government Vision

Nearly 150 people — including both city and state government officials and employees, as well as local programmers, designers, artists, and activists — were drawn to CityCamp Honolulu on Saturday. Even though it was the weekend, and even though there was a UH home game on the calendar, it was heartening to...

Island Middle School Students Shine in D.C.

Island Middle School Students Shine in D.C.

Two middle school students from Kailua and Hilo represented the Aloha State in a national science competition earlier this week. Winners and finalists in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade from across the country attended at a black-tie gala at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C on Tuesday. Robert...

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

One down, still a few dozen more to go. Once described as the first group buying site in Hawaii, PLAYHawaii has been acquired by Florida-based CrowdSavings. “Even though Crowdsavings is one of the leading group buying sites on the mainland, they are committed to our hyper-local focus to help support...

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

Honolulu-born web entrepreneur Eric Nakagawa is back in town, laying the groundwork for his next internet startup with partner Joyce Kim. Called “Simple Honey,” there are few details on what exactly what the company will do, although Nakagawa has described it as a “high profile travel project.” The “About” page tagline reads, “Making...

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...

Hawaii Drupal Users to Talk Shop on Thursday

Hawaii Drupal Users to Talk Shop on Thursday

The first ever conference devoted to the open source Drupal content management system is coming this Thursday. Drupal Camp Hawaii is taking place at ING Direct in Waikiki, and will bring together both beginners and experienced Drupal developers to explore the full potential of the platform. While WordPress gets a...

Google Street View Trike | Photo by Burt Lum

Google Street View Team Back in Honolulu [Updated]

Google Street View is going off-road in Hawaii. Or, at least, on college campuses on O’ahu. My friend and radio co-host Burt Lum snapped the above photo this morning on the Kapiolani Community College campus, where the Google Street View Trike is now riding through all of the school’s walking...

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,...

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

Update: Namesake is again limiting signups, but you can use this invite link to jump the queue. I obsessively sign up for every site or service that I find. But if I measure my level of enthusiasm for a site based on how much time it takes away from the other sites...

Featured on FourCast

Featured on FourCast

Be still my geeky heart. If I had a bucket list, I would have crossed off a big entry yesterday, as I was a guest on “FourCast,” a show on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network. I was honored to be on the show alongside local developer Brian Dote, talking with hosts...

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love...

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

A video is making the rounds on YouTube, Facebook, message boards and blogs, said to depict five unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, hovering over the Makua military reservation on the island of Oahu. It spread like wildfire through online communities focused on everything from aliens to government conspiracies, then started...

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

History may repeat itself. Last year, Hawaii bloggers, webmasters, and other online businesspeople rallied to fight a state plan to tax retailers like Amazon.com for business generated by local affiliates. The state was looking for extra cash, but opponents of the tax bill argued that Amazon.com would just drop its...

Social Media Tsunami Coverage

Social Media Tsunami Coverage

Once again, social media played a key role in reporting and distributing information during a crisis. In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan, communities around the Pacific Rim braced themselves for the inevitable tsunami waves. In Hawaii, the “#hitsunami” hashtag aggregated thousands of posts from news media,...