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PBS Hawaii Gifted Airtime for Fundraising

With the competition for eyeballs as fierce as ever, you won’t normally see one television station promoting another. But that’s what Hawaii residents will see tomorrow night, when Hawaii News Now, Hawaii’s largest combined commercial television network, will donate airtime to help PBS Hawaii raise money for its new building....

Gordon Bruce Fires Up ‘Hibachi Talk’

The ThinkTech Hawaii network is growing so fast, soon everyone will be hosting a show. But “Perspectives on Technology,” the new weekly talk show that launched on Friday, has to be the first to feature a dummy as a regular commentator. Fortunately, there’s still a human at the helm: Gordon...

Meet My Government Surveillance Box

I’ve brought a government-funded gadget into my house and connected it to my home network. What could possibly go wrong? I’m mostly kidding. What I do have, plugged in between my Hawaiian Telcom DSL router and my Airport Extreme base station, is a SamKnows “Whitebox,” provided by the Hawaii state DCCA’s...

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,...

Drone Tech, Policy Evolving Quickly

Education, certification, legislation. They are the three probable paths ahead as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly but controversially called drones, continue to grow in popularity. Quadcopters were a very popular Christmas gift this year… for better or worse. Since it had been almost exactly a year since drones were the topic of...

Local Makers Urged to Help Shape Tech Policy

Members and fans of HiCapacity, one of Hawaii’s first makerspaces, came together tonight for a combination general meeting and town hall session to discuss the future of the organization and its plans for 2015. The wide-ranging conversation touched on everything from Act 221 and the role of the University of Hawaii...

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...

Aloha Tofu Town Opening at Dole Cannery

Aloha Tofu Town is opening tomorrow at Dole Cannery, next to the movie theaters. Although tofu lovers have been able to visit and buy products at the Aloha Tofu factory in Kalihi, this looks like the company’s first retail location. Initial operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

Weekend Weather Watching

There was stormy weather over Hawaii on Friday night, which is unremarkable in the winter months. And living in Mililani, in central Oʻahu, we’re usually far removed from many of the most common natural disasters. But Mother Nature can surprise you, and this time our neighborhood saw some of the weekend’s stronger...

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...

The Year Ahead in Hawaii Tech

The year 2014 was a good one local geeks, with Hawaii electing a geeky governor (Gov. David Ige has an engineering and tech startup background) and the University of Hawaii naming a geeky president (David Lassner). So this week’s episode of Bytemarks Cafe was a fun one, as we looked back at the past...

Seven Years to a New Look

This blog has looked pretty much the same since I moved it to WordPress in 2007, settling on the “Cutline” template for it’s “news” feel. A few years later, though, the designer retired the theme and updates stopped, even though WordPress itself continued to evolve at a rapid pace. As with...

Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is the tricky bit. For our last “Geek Beat” segment of 2014, Burt and I talked about apps that just might help you keep the promises we make to ourselves every Dec. 31. First up is Lift, which I’ve used for over...

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...

Private Island Named ‘Hawaii 2’ by Game Company

Cards Against Humanity, a card game that was born out of a Kickstarter campaign in 2011, confirmed today that it has purchased a six-acre private island in Maine and named it “Hawaii 2.” The original name of the island is Birch Island, and it is located in Saint George Lake in...

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....

Innovation Framework Forward

Two Thoughtful Takes on Hawaii Innovation

Last week brought a preview of the “Hawaii Innovation Assets” report, compiled by the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The report, due to be released soon, identifies the state’s innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sectors for future economic growth. Although the HBR Innovation Assets Report...

State to Measure Internet Speeds with ‘Whiteboxes’

There are many ingredients needed to foster a thriving technology industry in Hawaii, but one of the most critical needs continues to be widely accessible, high-speed internet access. The “Measuring Broadband Hawaii” project, announced this week, will collect hard numbers on how well Hawaii’s internet service providers are serving this...

Movoto Moves Into Hawaii

The mainland real estate firm Movoto is moving into Hawaii. But if you’ve been paying attention, yesterday’s news probably isn’t much of a surprise. Indeed, if you’re a local blogger — particularly one who pays a lot of attention to SEO and social content marketing strategies — it would have been...

Cool Tools: Picking Up Slack

I’ve been playing with Slack, an incredibly popular communications tool described as no less than an “email killer.” The company behind it was cofounded by Stewart Butterfield (who co-founded Flickr, another service I love), and hit a $1 billion valuation in October, even though it’s barely been around a year. Slack...