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Padre's Corner

Talking Hawaii and Tech with a Geeky Priest

As a long-time fan of the TWiT network, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in April, it was a distinct honor and pleasure to be a guest on “Padre’s Corner,” hosted by “The Digital Jesuit,” Fr. Robert Ballecer. Each week, “Padre’s Corner” features a mixed plate of discussions, the formula for which is...

Hobnob SMS Invites

New App: Invite Right with Hobnob

Email is a mess. Friends don’t let friends use Evite. (See also: email.) And Facebook event invitations are only slightly less spammy than Facebook game requests. We really should be spending time together in person, so what’s a party planner to do? A new app called Hobnob has a simple answer: invitations via...

Hawaii State Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad State Finals on Saturday

When the Hawaii State Science Olympiad began more than a decade ago, only one school — Mililani High School — fielded a team. Now in its 11th year, this “academic track meet” has drawn over 100 teams and has engaged more than 2,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools from across the...

From Pebble to Apple Watch

8 Things Pebble Taught Me About the Apple Watch

I’m planning on getting an Apple Watch next month. But I have the simpler, cheaper Pebble smartwatch to thank for that. As with most Apple announcements, Monday’s “Spring Forward” keynote has sparked most of the conversations I’ve had in the last couple of days. There’s ResearchKit to harness millions of iPhone users...

TEDxHonolulu | Photo by Burt Lum

TEDxHonolulu Returns with ‘Paradigm Shift’

The first TEDxHonolulu in 2009 was themed “Shift.” So perhaps it’s fitting that the event returns this year with “Paradigm Shift.” Of course, the look and feel of TED Talks (and their proclamations and exhortations for deep thinking) are so ubiquitous, they’ve completed the full hype cycle from being extensively parodied to having...

Jen's Contemporary Photography in Hawaii 2015 Entry #3

Contemporary Photography Exception Exhibition

Last month, when I wrote about Pacific New Media’s 2015 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii exhibition, I blathered on about how much photography had changed, and how smartphones were the primary way most people captured and shared images. How fun would it be if a husband and wife, an Instagrammer and an avid iPhonographer,...

Honolulu Mini Maker Faire by Burt Lum

Makers Wanted for Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

The second annual Honolulu Mini Maker Faire is three months away, and organizers are putting out the call to Hawaii makers to participate. Like last year, the event will be held at ‘Iolani School’s Sullivan Center on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Who is a maker? Well, you could very well be one. Sure, the...

Michael Kramer | Photo by Tina Stuart and Avi Okin/TEDxKamuela

Shifting from Sustainable to Resilient

Sustainability is a good thing, right? We want to live in sustainable communities, we want those communities to grow via sustainable development, we want to build sustainable businesses, and support them via sustainable investing. Earlier this year, we had a sustainability unconference here in Honolulu to explore all things sustainable. Of course,...

Uber Under Fire in Hawaii

Hawaii lawmakers are mulling a bill that would regulate “transportation network companies” like Uber and Lyft. And while the legislator who introduced the bill, Sen. Glenn Wakai, says he introduced it on behalf of Uber, Uber testified against the proposed law. [Update: See below.] The bill also assigns the Public...

Hawaiian Telcom University

Fourth ‘HT University’ to Study Innovation

An annual gathering of technology professionals called “Hawaiian Telcom University” is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s theme is “The Innovation Universe,” and the free event offers workshops, exhibits, networking, and both a continental breakfast and lunch. I’m not crazy about the “university” branding, but I’ll give Hawaiian Telcom...

HICARES Team at The Nature Conservancy Hackathon in November 2014

College Hackathon to Tackle Business Challenges

Hawaii Pacific University is putting out the call to Honolulu college students to participate in a business-focused hackathon next weekend. The “Laulima Tech Challenge” will take place March 14 & 15 at ProtoHub Honolulu. The free event is designed for students from a wide range of disciplines, from software development to digital...

Meerkat Makes Livestreaming Ludicrously Easy

Yesterday, I streamed live video of my drive home from work while a dozen or so people watched. It was pretty mundane, while at the same time, pretty remarkable. I was checking out a new app for iOS called Meerkat, which marries the wide potential of livestreaming with the instant and social strengths...

Design Thinking Workshop on Saturday

It looks like Saturday is the day to think differently in Honolulu. While one group of educators will be exploring “deeper learning” in Manoa Valley, another group of people are gathering to learn about “design thinking” less than a mile away. The “Design Thinking” methodology was developed at Stanford University’s design school and...

Deeper Learning Unconference

Unconference to Advance ‘Deeper Learning’ in Schools

On Saturday, educators will gather at Mid-Pacific Institute to discuss “deeper learning” practices in the classroom: ways to motivate and challenge students to communicate, collaborate, and apply what they have learned in different ways. The half-day event will be an “unconference,” and is being organized by the Deeper Learning Hawaii Network. I’m a fan of...

Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter

Online Auction to Benefit Hawaii Red Cross

The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been around since 1917, long enough to have helped people after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Hilo tsunami in 1946, and countless hurricanes, earthquakes, and disasters for nearly a century. In fact, they respond to someone in...

NCO Website

Online Strides by Hawaii Government Lauded

Two government websites in Hawaii received national recognition this week, and one of them is in the running for even more acclaim. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recognized the City & County of Honolulu for its all-online neighborhood board elections. It was one of the 2015 Bright...

Voyager Spacecraft

Talk: Voyager Space Program at 37 and Counting

On Wednesday, local space fans will be able to hear first-hand stories from the golden years of the space age. But the best part is that new stories are still being written. In 1977, the United States launched two space probes — Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 — to explore...

Shocking Ways to Break Bad Habits

Whether you’re trying to exercise more, or eat better, or quit smoking, or waste less time online, you’re talking about building or breaking a habit. But changing habits isn’t easy. Competition is one way to get motivated, as are smaller goals. But earning virtual badges or beating your friends on a leaderboard might only...

Aloha Tofu Town Celebrates Grand Opening

Although Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery had been serving tofu-centric lunches and specialty desserts since its soft opening last month, it celebrated its official grand opening this evening. The latest enterprise of the Uyehara family — Paul and Misa Uyehara representing the third generation to run Aloha Tofu — Aloha...

Geek Day

Saturday is Geek Day at Leeward

geek • n. \ˈgēk\ 1. a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake; 2. a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked; 3. an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity. “Geek” is the simple label...