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SOEST to Showcase Earth Sciences This Weekend

Kids and families will get to explore Pacific rim earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, deep sea creatures and Mars rocks at the SOEST Open House this weekend. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology hosts an open house every other year, its 2013 event drawing over 7,600 people. “Students and families...

Videos: Freeway, Rail Construction Continues

Some Sunday errands gave me an opportunity to capture more video snapshots of some of the major construction projects unfolding in Leeward Oahu. First, after months of sometimes paralyzing traffic jams, we are days away from having a full six lanes of freeway between Pearl City and the H-1/H-2 interchange. Meanwhile,...

Rallying to Raise Young Entrepreneurs

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association sees a lot of young people who want to change the world. But its luncheon on Thursday will focus on an even younger cross section of the next generation. After taking last month off for the Hawaii Innovation Initiative forum, the HVCA will host a...

Honolulu Science Cafe Goes Very, Very Deep

One of the world’s leading deep sea researchers will be the featured speaker at this month’s Honolulu Science Cafe. Jeffrey Drazen, a professor of oceanography at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), will speak on Tuesday about his research into the biology of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on...

Hawaii Film Industry Gets New Link to Hollywood

At one end, a group of state government officials, film industry leaders, and creative professionals were gathered at Honua Studios in Kona. At the other, a hundred of their Hollywood counterparts were assembled in Screening Room #5 at Warner Brothers Studios in California. Between them, a new multi-gigabit high-speed connection over a private...

Conference Helps Companies “Make Stuff, Get Funded”

When people are asked to name the largest industries in Hawaii, the list usually stops after tourism and the military. But manufacturing is in the top five, producing over $4.5 billion in goods in 2014, and employing more than 14,000 people. Of course, when many people hear the word “manufacturing,”...

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SBA Lauds Three Local Accelerator Programs

Three Hawaii accelerator programs were among 80 such programs across the country recognized by the Small Business Administration for supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful companies and growing their local business community. XLR8UH, the Maui Food Innovation Center at Maui College, and the GVS Transmedia Accelerator on the Big Island each...

Photo Pro to Show How to Go Retro

There’s no denying the appeal of the warm, faded hues of old photographs. But to recreate that vintage look takes more than old clothes and an Instagram filter. If you want to infuse your pictures with nostalgia, there’s no better teacher than Honolulu photographer Cheyne Gallarde, who has won widespread acclaim for...

HPR Fall Pledge Drive Gets a Head Start

Hawaii Public Radio kicks off its fall pledge drive tomorrow. Thanks to record levels of early giving and a rising number of “sustaining members,” the fundraising goal is 15 percent lower. But HPR still needs 100 percent of the community’s support to wrap things up quickly. HPR, like many of its mainland...

Non-Profits, Marketers to Connect at Ad Up Hawaii

Hawaii non-profit organizations often struggle to do more good work with less resources, and like other organizations, they often sacrifice marketing budgets to keep things going, This week, the second annual AD UP Hawaii will do some matchmaking between generous marketing and advertising professionals with community organizations that need their help....

Free Workshops to Explore Kakaako Development

A series of free, weekly workshops beginning this week will explore the many different faces of Kakaako. In the eyes of its majority landowners and deep-pocketed investors, Kakaako is Hawaii’s next great urban paradise, a new gleaming gem in the heart of Honolulu that’s thoughtfully designed to be a “livable,” mixed-use,...

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Situated perfectly between downtown and Waikiki along the waterfront at Kewalo Harbor, the Makers & Tasters food park and market now offers luscious libations daily through the new Ten Eleven bar, which celebrated its grand opening tonight. Makers & Tasters is the permanent and ruggedly picturesque descendant of the massively popular...

Energy Excelerator Assesses Its Success

The Energy Excelerator, born out of a pivot from a grant-based operation to a dual-track accelerator program, released its first impact report today, illustrating its evolution and reporting on how well it’s doing with its more than $30 million in federal, state, and private funding. “It reveals what we’ve been working on for the past three...

Hackathon Draws Developers to Build with Uber

Uber, the disruptive startup turned global tech firm, built its massive success by hacking the transportation ecosystems of cities around the world. Now developers in Honolulu and elsewhere are being invited to hack Uber. Sort of. Uber has partnered with Honolulu-based coding bootcamp DevLeague to host a hackathon later this month. Developers...

Blue Startups Announces Sixth Cohort

Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first and longest-running technology venture accelerator, is hosting an Open House event at its downtown Honolulu headquarters tomorrow to introduce the members of its latest and largest cohort of early stage startups… including one I co-founded. There are ten companies in this sixth accelerator round, five of them...

Bishop Museum Retakes the Week with Lasers

Bishop Museum Retakes the Week with Lasers

After six years of six-days-a-week operation, the Bishop Museum is again open on Tuesdays. The return to a daily schedule (with only Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays off) began with the new month, which also brings a limited engagement laser light show and a wearable art exhibit. “We are delighted to provide...

Video & Gallery: Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

Founded as a small grocery store more than 60 years ago, Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa has grown into an island institution. Today the North Shore landmark celebrated its grand re-opening, ready once again to draw thousands of locals and visitors with its signature sweet and cool treats. The historic...

State Technology Office Gets New Name

The State Office of Information Management and Technology, created in 2011 in a public-private partnership funded largely by the Omidyar Ohana Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, quietly became the Office of Enterprise Technology this week. I say quietly because the change wasn’t announced, and had to be pointed out to...

Accelerator Names Next Set of Storytelling Startups

You might not think of a YouTube star as being a startup, but for the Big Island-based GVS Accelerator, an online musical comedy series is a promising investment. The GVS Accelerator hit the road earlier this summer in search of its second cohort of companies. But rather than looking for the next hot...