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Startup Weekend Honolulu Returns Friday

The eighth Startup Weekend Honolulu is this weekend, coinciding with the sixth annual Global Startup Battle, which this year spans over 250 cities around the globe. A mix of developers, designers, entrepreneurs and marketers will come together on Friday night to pitch ideas and form teams, and will be expected...

Blue Planet Foundation Looks Back, Ahead 30 Years

In 1985, Ronald Reagan was president, a first-class stamp cost 20 cents, and gas prices were just starting to fall again after the Iranian oil crisis. In Hawaii, “Magnum P.I.” was in its fifth season, the Polynesian Voyaging Society launched its “Voyage of Discovery,” and the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii...

Hawaii Researchers First to Raise Yellow Tang in Captivity

The Oceanic Institute announced last week that it was the first facility in the world to successfully breed and raise yellow tang. And the news about this little fish is a big deal for both the environment, as well as the aquarium trade. The distinctive, brilliantly colored yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) is one...

Family Sunday Features Duke Kahanamoku

Bishop Museum’s popular “Family Sunday” will celebrate Hawaii’s most celebrated surfer and athlete, Duke Kahanamoku. The museum grounds will be buzzing with educational activities, informational booths featuring local community groups, live music, and food trucks and food booths. As noted here in August, Bishop Museum unveiled an original historical and multimedia...

Honolulu to Host Wearable Tech Workshop, Fashion Show

An internationally acclaimed “fashionable technology” designer Anouk Wipprecht is coming to Honolulu next week to lead workshops that will culminate in a Saturday fashion show. Wipprecht’s work has captured imaginations worldwide, harnessing 3-D printers, sensors, lights, motors, and other materials and tools to create things like her metal electric dress, smoke...

Statewide Student Summit to Inspire Energy Solutions

Middle and high school students from across the state will convene at the first Student Energy Summit on Friday, networking and brainstorming on ways Hawaii can achieve energy independence in the next 30 years. “Energy is becoming a really hot topic, especially among students, and teachers are starting to incorporate...

First Hawaii Space Launch Fails [Updated]

The first attempted orbital launch from Hawaii failed this evening. The U.S. Air Force-led Operationally Responsive Space mission, ORS-4, launched the islands’ first space-bound rocket from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands on Kauai shortly before 6 p.m. The SuperStrypi rocket was an experimental launch vehicle...

Thursday Talk to Explore Long Lost Volcano

The island of O‘ahu has two majestic mountain ranges, Ko‘olau and Wai‘anae. And for nearly as long as island geology has been taught in schools, the conventional wisdom was that O‘ahu was formed by two volcanoes. But last year, scientists announced that they’d discovered a third, long-lost volcano off the westernmost...

Gallery: 2015 Dessert Fantasy Fundraiser

Gallery: 2015 Dessert Fantasy Fundraiser

For two hours, hundreds of sweet-toothed supporters of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii were able to sample as many desserts as they wanted at “Dessert Fantasy,” UCPA Hawaii‘s annual fundraiser. Held in the grand ballroom of the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki, “Dessert Fantasy” featured creations by more than...

Newest Apple Gear Comes with Hawaii Scenery

Apple released its fourth generation Apple TV this week (we received ours yesterday), after letting its set top box languish without an update for nearly three years. It comes with all the improvements Apple fans have been eagerly awaiting: faster chips and more storage space, installable apps and games, and...

Panel to Push for More Women in STEM

Next week, a panel of local women leaders (and one in the making) will talk about “solving the equation” of the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. AAUW Honolulu, the local chapter of the national American Association of University Women founded in 1922, is hosting the evening...

Conference to Craft ‘Schools of the Future’

Next week, thousands of educational specialists and school administrators from across the state will come together to share their classroom innovations, discuss their challenges, and design new learning environments to help students succeed. The seventh annual “Schools of the Future” conference is a broad collaboration among the Hawaii Department of Education, the...

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Teachers Invited to Pick OPIHI for Science Education

Secondary school students have a unique opportunity to explore Hawaii’s shorelines as both an educational opportunity as well as a way to contribute to real scientific research. But these field trip opportunities begin with teachers signing up for the OPIHI program. OPIHI stands for Our Project in Hawaii’s Intertidal, referencing the...

Dive Into a ‘Dessert Fantasy’ on Sunday

The name of the event almost says it all. “Dessert Fantasy,” which takes place on Sunday, fills a giant ballroom with desserts from more than 30 local restaurants and dessert makers. You can sample all the sweet treats you can eat, all for a good cause. The day after Halloween, no less....

Environmental Documentary Gets Oahu Premiere

A beautiful, enlightening, and inspirational documentary film about the environmental health of our fragile planet will be featured in a special screening on Thursday. The “Breath of Life” captures a portrait of the Earth through globe-crossing cinematography and interviews with dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, authors, and activists. Filming locations...

Tuesday Panel to Assess ‘State of the Arts’

A “top-flight panel” spanning a wide range of creative media will convene in downtown Honolulu on Tuesday to explore the strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects of the island arts scene. “State of the Arts – Inspiration for Everyone” is the latest downtown forum presented by the Anthology Marketing Group and ThinkTech...

Workshops Set the Stage for Next Startup Weekend

The next Startup Weekend Honolulu is three weeks away, coinciding with the 6th annual Global Startup Battle. And preparations are already underway. Starting this past Thursday, there are three weekly workshops leading up to the main event. Similar to the run up to the last local Startup Weekend in June, the workshop...

Winemaker Turned Coffee Farmer Growing Kona Farm

“Once you taste this coffee, you’ll never go back to Starbucks again.” That’s the bold pitch for Carta Coffee Merchants, founded in Kona by third-generation winemaker Scott Burr. “I grew up on a small winery south of San Francisco, where I learned firsthand that it takes a lot of hard work...

San Francisco Singer Songwriter Sets Sights on Oahu

San Francisco musician Curt Yagi is flying out for a short Honolulu tour next week, following up a set of successful gigs on Maui last year. The award-winning singer songwriter and his band “The People Standing Behind Me” are known throughout the Bay Area for “happy acoustic rock with a touch of...

Geek Beat: Back to the Future Day

We’re in the future? Where’s my flying car? We served up a bit of pop-culture whimsy for this morning’s Geek Beat segment on Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise morning news show, with geeks the world over celebrating “Back to the Future Day.” It’s the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive to...