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Open Knowledge Explored in Film, Workshop

Aaron SwartzTonight at 6:30 p.m. at Kakaako Agora, a screening of ‘The Internet’s Own Boy.’ Then on Saturday, there will be a discussion of the film and a workshop on open knowledge.

“We will brainstorm action plans and prototype tactics to liberate more open government data,” notes the event’s organizers, “Bring your creativity and appetite.”

If you RSVP for the Saturday event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch will be provided.

The event is presented by Hawaii Open Data, Interisland Terminal, Startup Weekend Honolulu, Common Cause Hawaii, and Code for America.

‘The Internet’s Own Boy‘ follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

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Kakaako Agora opens with June events

junekaboomKakaako Agora, a unique public gathering space in being designed by Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, opens this month with a month of free public arts programs.

Kakaako Agora is located in a warehouse on Cooke Street, and its build-out was launched on Kickstarter. Atelier Bow-Wow has previously architected innovative spaces in Mumbai, Montreal, Berlin and New York.

Designed to be the first multi-purpose, free public space in the Kakaako area,  Kakaako Agora will celebrate its debut throughout the month of June. Presenting groups include:

  • Hawaii Opera Theater
  • Honolulu Printmakers
  • Kumu Kahua Theater
  • ii Gallery
  • ‘Ōiwi TV
  • American Institute of Architects Student group Hawaii
  • Pow-Wow Hawaii
  • Taiko Hawaii

Events begin June 8, and the full month program can be downloaded here.

Kakaako the Focus of Civil Cafe

Kamehameha Schools’ plans for Kakaako were the focus of the latest “Civil Cafe,” a periodic discussion series hosted by Civil Beat.

“The state’s largest private landowner has big plans to transform Kakaako from a warehouse district into a vibrant community, and has been working to gain support from a community that is suspicious of the outsized development projects taking place in Honolulu’s urban core,” notes Civil Beat. “Kamehameha Schools, which is a charitable trust that also operates as an educational institution, uses 98 percent of returns from its $10 billion endowment to succeed in its mission to educate Native Hawaiians. The trust owns 52 acres in Kakaako, a neighborhood that is expected to grow from 20,000 residents in 2010 to 30,000 residents in 2030.”

Read the write up and social media stream here, or watch the entire panel discussion and Q&A on YouTube:

Skip to 23 minutes and 20 seconds of the upload, as it includes several minutes of setup.

Photos by P.F. Bentley/Civil Beat and Mike Webb/@gmikewebb.

‘Out Of The Office’ pop-up coworking on Friday

#OOTOOahu business professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and others looking for a change in corporate scenery are invited to bring their laptops and notebooks to Kakaako this Friday, March 14, for the first #OOTO (Out of the Office) co-working event.

While collaborating in a unique shared space that inspires creativity and productivity, participants can try out the new Kakaako area WiFi, offering download speeds and upload speeds several times faster than most business and residential internet service.

The Pinch of Salt warehouse will be outfitted with individual work spaces, quite zones, community spaces, and a “playground” area for creative stimulation. And Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi’s Pili Group will serve up lunch, treats, and array of caffeinated drinks to promote high-productivity for office escapees.

Event Highlights:

  • Creative and comfortable working spaces
  • Playground area will feature TVs, foosball table, and team building games
  • Pili Group featuring Mark Noguchi will be selling food, coffee, tea, lemonade and smoothies
  • #OOTO workers are invited to enjoy pau hana at the neighborhood watering hole, Bevy


  • When: Friday, March 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Pinch of Salt Warehouse on Auahi Street (Behind Starbucks on Ala Moana Boulevard)

Street parking is available, with limited parking also available at the former CompUSA lot.

Photos courtesy Our Kakaako.

DSLR Video Workshop by Hawaii Shoots

HDSLR Workshop by Hawaii ShootsTime to unwrap those brand new DSLR cameras received as presents over the holidays and put it to good use! Cinematographer Jeremy Snell and Brad Watanabe of Berad Studio will be teaching an introductory workshop to get you started, get you motivated, and get you shooting.

The event, “HDSLR Workshop – Learn How to Shoot Video With Your DSLR Camera,” is organized by Hawaii Shoots, Watanabe’s collaborative and community entity. The workshop will teach beginners and amateurs alike about how to utilize a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera to shoot creative videos and share amazing stories.

Instructors Snell and Watanabe are Hawaii-based professionals who have extensive experience in the video production industry. Snell is a portrait, commercial and humanitarian cinematographer who often travels the world working for nonprofits aspiring to educate and help people through his portraiture work. Watanabe is owner and director of Berad Studio, a video production company. His blog, Hawaii Shoots, explores and features work shot and produced in Hawaii and serves as a community site that encourages collaboration and dialogue among video production professionals in all disciplines.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Box Jelly in Kaka‘ako. The price to attend is $15. For more information go to or call 808-469-2371.

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2013 New Years Party at Kakaako Waterfront Park

NYE Hawaii

For the fourth year in a row, the Kakaako New Year’s Eve party will reprise its unbeatable entertainment, fun, food and celebratory experience at Kakaako Waterfront Park on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, starting at 6:00 p.m.

The spectacular night will feature the ever-popular Eat The Street food truck and vendor feasting arena, live entertainment, local DJs, light shows, a beer garden, the LED-adorned EK Fernandez ferris wheel, VIP sections and multiple firework shows every hour until the grand finale show ushers in the new year at midnight.

Kakaako Waterfront Park is the perfect location for the Party of the Year, with its sprawling acreage and natural partitions that will help organize the event into sections appropriate for different age groups. All ages are welcome—there will be something for everyone: keiki, families, 21 and over and everyone in between.

Last year’s festivities featured the CD release party and 20th anniversary celebration for musical artist Fiji, along with entertainment from Rebel Souljahz, Mana‘o Company, Irie Love, Kaipo Kapua and more. This year’s lineup will only be more spectacular.

Stay tuned for information on the NYE Party of the Year at Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster and at various locations.

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