Monthly Archives: September 2014

Blue Angels Return to Hawaii

The Blue Angels fighter jet demonstration squad is back in Hawaii, performing shows today and tomorrow, June 27 & 28, 2014, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. They fly at 4 p.m. both days, for details visit:

But before the show, they ran practice flights over Honolulu on Thursday and Friday. I decided to stop near Honolulu International Airport on the way home after work to see what I could see. "Show Center" was Hickam Air Force Base, and we weren't right under the action, but it was still fun to watch… and nearly as interesting to hear.

#Honolulu   #Hawaii   #BlueAngels   #AirShow  

Dawn Over Honolulu

I've been playing with the time-lapse video feature built into the latest version of iOS. It runs at only one speed, seems to struggle with focus (at least when running during a commute!), but it isn't bad for something that comes with an iPhone. And when used with a stable vantage point, it's not bad at all. This is the east-facing view from the top level of the parking structure at Dole Cannery.
#timelapse   #honolulu   #hawaii  

Agripharmatech at Windward Community College

In album Agripharmatech

Today we visited Windward Community College to learn about the new Agripharmatech program. It was the first "on location" interview for a special episode of Bytemarks Cafe that will air on Sept. 24 (while Burt is off island). We spent the afternoon with Dr. Inge White and her former student and lab assistant Nyan Stillwell, talking about the program, and visiting the Bioprocessing Medicinal Garden Complex and the Kuhi La’au-Tropical Plant and Orchid Identification Facility.
#agripharmatech #biotechnology #ethnobotany #ethnopharmacognosy #horticulture #hawaii  

Hawaii photogs on 500px, join the Hawaii group!

The 500px photo sharing site is great, with a design that gives photographers a well-designed portfolio of beautifully presented images. I know that there are a lot of local photographers there, but apart from sorting through photo tags and descriptions, they're not easy to find. Now that 500px has introduced groups and discussions, maybe it'll be more fun to be more social there. If you're a photographer in, from, or obsessed with Hawaii, you're invited to join this group!
#hawaii   #photography   #500px  

Photographers in, from, or obsessed with Hawaii. Share photos with aloha, that convey a distinctly Hawaii sense of place.

Open Knowledge Moves Forward in Hawaii

In album Restoring Public Access to the Public Domain

Today's workshop, "Extraordinary Machine: Public Access to Public Domain," was great. After last night's screening of "The Internet's Own Boy," dozens of people returned to Kakaako Agora to come up with practical, achievable ways to advance open knowledge in Hawaii.

Half the group focused on OpenGLAM (opening up Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), the other focused on open data. The latter team alone generated over 50 ideas during the brainstorming session. In the end, five teams presented their prototypes, and now head off to make things happen in the weeks and months ahead.

I was proud to be among the volunteers who helped put the event together, which deliberately expanded the "civic hacker" movement to involve a much more diverse cross-section of the community. Huge kudos and thanks to fellow organizers +Burt Lum, +Benjamin Trevino, +Bryan Butteling, +Jared Kuroiwa, +carmille lim, Nicholas Griffith and R. Brian Black. By this time next year, I think we'll see a lot of progress from this effort.

The event was sponsored by Interisland Terminal, +Hawaii Open Data, Startup Weekend Honolulu, +Common Cause Hawaii, and +Code for America.