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Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

“These are the last minutes of Charlie Kaleohano’s life,” opens Brian Reeves’ 310-page self published novel, swiftly drawing readers into a Hawaii in turmoil. The native Hawaiian independence movement has gained steam, but not without a price, a Waikiki hotel bombing and the assassination of a government official sparking conflicts and driving...

State Preps IT Coalition, Open Data Platform

State Preps IT Coalition, Open Data Platform

On Friday, State CIO Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia and the Office of the Governor called together several community stakeholders to update them on their ongoing initiative to transform government. The presentation came just as the state selected Socrata for its open data platform. Contrasted against the passage of SB2858, it made...

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

Sunlight Foundation Shines on Hawaii

On Wednesday, the first local meetup of the Sunlight Foundation community will be held at Yogur Story . Pulled together by  Burt Lum, my fellow open government advocate and long-time partner in geekery, the gathering will bring together like-minded folks to discuss how technology new thinking can make government more transparent and...

HMAUS Springfest Tomorrow

HMAUS Springfest Tomorrow

“Explore” is the theme of this year’s Springfest event, one of two signature annual gatherings of the Hawaii Macintosh & Apple User Society (HMAUS). Taking place on the campus of Kapiolani Community College, Springfest is a free, casual conference that offers presentations and workshops inspired by Apple technology. Topics include...

Startup Weekend Honolulu Startups

Startup Weekend Honolulu Startups

Startup Weekend Honolulu went down over a 54-hour jam session in Kakaako, in conjunction with other Startup Weekend events happening around the world. The goal? To pitch, design, code and launch a startup in less than three days. The event was hosted at The Greenhouse Innovation Hub on Auahi Street. On...

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

This Sunday brings the annual Institute for Astronomy Open House in Manoa. As a science-positive geek dad, it’s one of my favorite family events, and you can browse photos I took last year on Flickr. There are many hands-on activities, from dry ice comet making to sunspot observing, informative displays, and...

TeleTweet App Merges Current, Classic Tech

TeleTweet App Merges Current, Classic Tech

I love Twitter. It’s a fast and efficient social network and status stream based on short messages. And today, the Hawaii-based team at Shacked Software released an app that pairs Twitter’s modern, real-time stream of news with some vintage, old-school technology. TeleTweet [iTunes link] is a Twitter client that unearths...

Come to the 5th Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday

Come to the 5th Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday

The Hawaii Geek Meet will once again be held at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area #40, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 15. You can RSVP on Facebook, but what matters most is that you join us. Bring your friends, your family, some...

Another Unforgettable Unconferenz

Another Unforgettable Unconferenz

Yesterday brought the fifth-annual Unconferenz, held at Kapiolani Community College. The event is a great grass-roots geek gathering, and one that has developed a reputation over the years of fostering connections and sparking ideas that have gone on to create real change in the local tech community. This year’s Unconferenz...

Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

On the national front, we had the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), beaten back by a massive groundswell of opposition from major internet firms and grassroots geeks alike. Here in Hawaii, a proposed law that would have required internet service providers to track and save user data for two years...

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

‘The River’ Shares Scares, Hawaii Ties

Tuesday night brings the premiere of “The River” on ABC. Created by Oren Peli, the man behind the “Paranormal Activity” film franchise, the show is described as a “paranormal adventure horror” series. The modest production came to the islands with a modest, eight-episode first-season order, following in the much larger...

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,...

Bookmarks for January 20th

Bookmarks for January 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 20th: City’s first ‘Hackathon’ to build new tools: The “Hackathon” is a free event that is open to anyone with an idea or an interest in contributing to tools that can better connect citizens...

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.

Bookmarks for December 28th

Bookmarks for December 28th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 28th: U.S. DOE places Hawaii’s Race to the Top grant on high-risk status [PDF]: The State has not demonstrated adequate progress implementing its approved plans in the first year of the grant as evidenced...

The Explosive History of Kilauea

The Explosive History of Kilauea

My family and I love the Big Island. We visit as often as we can, particularly over the New Year’s holiday. That’s not happening this year, unfortunately, making me especially wistful for Hawaii County. But while we won’t be able to vacation in the cool, lush rainforests of Volcano Village,...

Bookmarks for December 13th

Bookmarks for December 13th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 13th: Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano poses explosive peril: Kilauea, the sleepy Hawaiian volcano famed for its quiet lava flows, could awaken into violent explosive eruptions at any time, geologists on the Big Island warn. Researchers...

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...

Bookmarks for November 22nd

Bookmarks for November 22nd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 22nd: Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific: Yesterday, four Wave Gliders (self propelled robots, each about the size of a dolphin) left San Francisco for a 60,000 kilometer journey. Built by Liquid Robotics,...