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Student-Led Teams Top Startup Weekend [Updated]

The seventh Startup Weekend Honolulu wrapped up yesterday in Kakaako, drawing more than 100 entrepreneurs and would-be founders to a 54-hour mad dash to conceive, build, and pitch a new company. And for the first time, according to organizer Bryan Butteling, the winning team was led by a high school student....

HVCA: Women in Tech

Luncheon to Celebrate ‘Women in Tech’

A Thursday luncheon in downtown Honolulu will be dedicated to “celebrating women,” acknowledging the many challenges but also highlighting the many accomplishments they’ve had in the local tech industry. The importance of diversity, and the representation of women in particular, has been a growing drumbeat in the tech industry lately, although...

Makers Mark Return of Wetware Wednesday

After taking a month off, the Wetware Wednesday networking mixer for software developers and system engineers returns this coming week. The featured presenters for June are the members of HiCapacity, a volunteer-run, member-funded makerspace and hackerspace. HiCapacity was founded in 2011. The gang moved out of Box Jelly in Kakaako last fall...

Geek Beat: Geeks in the Sun

Instead of our usual Wednesday morning visit to the Hawaii News Now studio, Burt and I joined the Sunrise morning crew today at their “On the Road” remote at Wet N’ Wild Hawaii. The theme of the day was summer fun, with segments on barbecues, sunscreen, and drones (which was summer...

‘Race for Water’ Expedition Visits Hawaii

The Solar Impulse plane remains stalled in Nagoya, awaiting the next weather window to continue on to Hawaii on its historic around-the-world journey.  But today, another globe-spanning expedition reached island shores: the MOD70, a 69-foot multi-hull racing sailboat sponsored by the Race for Water Foundation, is in Honolulu as part of a...

Jellyfish Researcher Brings Sting Relief to Market

A University of Hawaii researcher today announced that a jellyfish sting treatment that she has been developing for years is finally available for public sale. “Sting No More” is a cream and spray for jellyfish stings, launched by Alatalab Solutions, a company created by Angel Yanagihara (director of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and a researcher...

Video: Rail Guideway over H-1

A 30-second video I put together on a whim and shared on Facebook last night has been viewed over 8,000 times, and shared by over 140 people. While not exactly viral content, it did affirm that I wasn’t the only person who is fascinated by big construction projects. Two major transportation...

Bishop Museum to Showcase NASA Mission to Pluto

A space mission more than a decade in the making will reach its target in the coming weeks, and the Bishop Museum is planning a special program to commemorate the occasion. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006, a $700 million mission to send the first spacecraft to see Pluto and its...

Next Weekend Brings Back Startup Weekend

The first time I’d heard of Startup Weekend was back in 2008, when half a dozen geeks holed up in an apartment near Ala Moana to try and take the “launch a startup in 54 hours” challenge. The first official event landed in 2011, and by last fall, more than...

Community College Students Set Sights on Space

In less than two months, a scientific instrument designed and built by students from four community colleges in Hawaii will be launched into suborbital space flight from a NASA facility in Virginia. “Project Imua” saw a major test this week at the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at UH Manoa, where...

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Hosts Summer Education Series

A three-part educational program focused on ocean and shoreline ecosystems kicks off tomorrow at Hanauma Bay. “Te Moana Nui,” which will profile the different ocean zones around the bay, continues the spirit of World Oceans Day, which was on Monday. The events are offered by the Hanauma Bay Education Program from UH Sea Grant,...

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

‘Hawaiian Home Companion’ Brings Skits, Songs to Kakaako

Stories of modern life in Honolulu will be told in the folksy midwestern style of classic radio on Sunday, when Hawaii Public Radio takes over Agora in Kakaako. The event is a celebration of both Agora’s first birthday as well as the 40th anniversary of “A Prarie Home Companion,” a popular program of...

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Apple Maps Vehicles to Roam Honolulu

Apple announced today that it will be “driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps,” and Honolulu will be one of the first fifteen U.S. cities targeted by the program. In fact, an Apple Maps van was spotted here in February, long before anyone...

Anthony Bourdain Revisits Hawaii

My wife and I love Anthony Bourdain. He’s a famously acid-tongued chef and writer turned celebrity chef and travel host. He’s anchored several travel and food shows: “A Cook’s Tour” for the Food Network, “No Reservations” and “The Layover” on the Travel Channel, and now “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Bourdain featured...

Hawaii Aims to Quit Fossil Fuels in 30 Years

The Clean Energy Initiative? What Clean Energy Initiative? Today, Gov. David Ige committed the state of Hawaii to nation-leading goals for clean energy generation. Passed wholeheartedly by the state legislature in its most recent session, the four bills push Hawaii to wean itself off of fossil fuels entirely over the next...

Domain Night Returns Tomorrow

Have you been holding on a clever, catchy domain name just waiting for the right moment to build something fantastic? Have you been holding on to lots of domain names just waiting for lots of right moments? Then “Domain Night” is for you. The first “Domain Night” was held in...

The Astronomers are Coming for Our Children!

Hawaii is hosting the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world later this year. Although the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union is more than 50 days away, the group is already extending an invitation to local schools to take part in some world-class science education programs. The...

Video: Willie K Jams Jazz, Opera, and Hawaiian Classics

Wiliam “Willie K” Kahaialii is a spectacular musical performer. While that may be stating the obvious, that thought has lingered in my mind for a whole day following the latest opportunity I had to watch him perform live. The company I work for, Hawaii Information Service, was the entertainment sponsor for an awards...

EdTech Conference and Unconference Next Week

Kamehameha Schools is hosting three days of learning, sharing, and networking for local educators next week. While organized by the Kamehameha Schools Information Technology Division, the two events are open to a wider community. “The conference is open to Hawaii educators — public, private, preeschools to higher education,” says organizer Alan Tamayose,...

Free Cybersecurity Lessons from Hacker High School

Data breaches make headlines on a nearly daily basis, and the internet is littered with the tattered remains of reputations and relationships blown apart by misjudging or misunderstanding the broader implications of sharing information online. In this dizzying digital revolution, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Security professionals are in high...