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Juicies Second Act a Hit on Kickstarter

One of Hawaii’s earliest Kickstarter projects is back with a vengeance. Juicies+ is the follow-up to Juicies, a set of colored smartphone charging cables launched in 2011. And while that first project hit a few bumps in the road, the numbers for the sequel show solid confidence that founder Laurens...

Hawaii startup Gibi finalist in Walmart contest

Hawaii startup Gibi finalist in Walmart contest

Gibi Technologies, founded by two sisters from Honolulu, is in the running to have its pet-finding gadget and app boosted by the nation’s largest retailer. The Gibi is a waterproof, rugged yet lightweight GPS device and accompanying mobile app to track lost pets. And the device has already persevered to...

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

One Hawaii restaurant will be crowned the state’s best green restaurant in The Nature Conservancy‘s annual Nature’s Plate Awards. The finalists, selected from public nominations submitted last month, are: Greens & Vines (Honolulu, HI): Formerly Licious Dishes, the restaurant makes healthy eating a joy, reflected in chef and owner  Sylvia Thompson’s...

Surf magazine, app ‘nude’ launches

Surf magazine, app ‘nude’ launches

“Surfing is an elegant endeavor that was born, practiced, and perfected here in Hawaii. Our goal with nude is to cohesively portray surfing’s beauty, history, and elegance into a publication that will speak to both surfers and non-surfers alike.”

First ‘IconLocal’ Supports the Homeless Community

First ‘IconLocal’ Supports the Homeless Community

This past weekend, Honolulu hosted the first-ever “IconLocal” in support of The Noun Project. The workshop brought together local designers and civic-minded geeks with local community service providers to develop a set of symbols and icons to support the homeless and the groups dedicated to helping them. “IconLocal Hawaii” was...

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

Bon Dance in Makiki This Weekend

The banner we hung on the temple isn’t exactly straight, but the message is clear: come to the Jodo Mission of Hawaii tomorrow or Saturday evening for the annual bon dance. Admittedly, the Mililani Hongwanji is holding its bon dance this weekend as well, but Burt Lum have been on...

Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

Uber, the startup that aims to serve as “everyone’s private driver,” had its soft launch in Honolulu today. Based in San Francisco and deployed in over 30 cities around the world, Uber empowers smartphone users to summon a “sleek black car” to take them to meetings, parties, or home (after...

‘Flutter’ Flies into Pearlridge

‘Flutter’ Flies into Pearlridge

Dancetta Feary has been raising butterflies for nearly a decade. A Realtor with Prudential Locations and the older sister of the late Hawaii musician Mackey Feary, she fell in love with the creatures and found inspiration in their beauty and independence. And she’s now able to offer people an up-close-and-personal...

Hawaii Virtual Reality Club Launched

Hawaii Virtual Reality Club Launched

The concept of “virtual reality” has been around for decades, and has inspired science fiction and popular culture in countless ways, from the “cyberspace” of William Gibson’s novels to “Tron” and “The Matrix.” But with the breakneck speed of technological innovation we’re seeing today, we’re perhaps closer than ever to...

Social Media and News

Social Media and News

Last week I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion that explored the news business in the era of social media. The venue was the weekly live roundtable program “Insights” on PBS Hawaii, hosted by Dan Boylan (who is also a political columnist for MidWeek). My fellow panelists...

The 6th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

The 6th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet

Every year I look forward to organizing the Hawaii Geek Meet. And every year I get so wrapped up in it that I only get around to blogging about it after it’s over. This year was the sixth year, and I think the most diverse yet. A lot of the...

Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

Earlier this year, retail job postings on the Microsoft web site revealed the company’s plans to set up its first Microsoft Store in Honolulu. Sure enough, shoppers at Ala Moana Center soon spotted the future location of Microsoft’s island invasion, positioned almost directly across from the state’s first and largest...

Local Teams Launching Lasso, Startups at SXSW

Local Teams Launching Lasso, Startups at SXSW

The South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is now underway in Austin, Texas, starting with SXSW Interactive, which draws thousands of startups and entrepreneurs hoping to make connections or launch the next big thing. And as usual, there are creative and talented people from Hawaii in the mix. This year, Chad Podoski...

Unconferenz 2013

Unconferenz 2013

The sixth annual Unconferenz, a grassroots, peer-driven technology gathering (where the agenda is set by attendees the morning of the event), was held on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Sessions covered topics like planning a Hawaii Maker Faire, the digital media arts industry, open data, and journalism. The grand finale was...

Flashback: Police Union on Public Records Law

Flashback: Police Union on Public Records Law

UH journalism professor Gerald Kato recently dug up this old video that SHOPO, the Honolulu police officers’ union, made in 1995 during the fight over the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), or HRS 92F, which defined public records and codified the public’s right to access them in Hawaii. They argued...

Bookmarks for February 10th

Bookmarks for February 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on February 5th: Breaking Down The Tesoro Refinery Closure: The closure of the Tesoro refinery has prompted a three-part series by UHERO Graduate Assistants Iman Nasseri and Sherilyn Wee on what it means for Hawaii. New...

Scott Caan on Hawaii: “There’s no hustle there.”

Scott Caan on Hawaii: “There’s no hustle there.”

Scott Caan, star of the CBS crime drama reboot “Hawaii Five-0,” appeared last night on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately.” And not surprisingly, they talked about what it’s like living in Hawaii. Caan says that he can take Hawaii about six days at a time, but that otherwise,...

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is mochitsuki, or mochi making, which is a Japanese tradition that’s common in Hawaii. Last Saturday, the Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Makiki (where I serve on the Board of Directors) held its annual mochitsuki, or mochi making event, which puts out hundreds...

Bookmarks for January 2nd

Bookmarks for January 2nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 2nd: 2013 set to be an exciting year for astronomy: The comet Pan-STARRS will be visible in March – an unexpected visitor from the depths of the solar system. The automatic Pan-STARRS telescope system...

StoryTree Launches Two New Apps

StoryTree Launches Two New Apps

StoryTree, the app startup co-founded by Hawaii-born Matt Sullivan (@MattHawaii), has recently released two new complementary apps. The first, SimplePrints [iTunes]  helps you easily turn your photos into printed books. The second, SleepyTime Photos [iTunes], is “a playful way to have a little fun with your child while they are asleep.” Sullivan...