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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 is Honolulu’s first indoor public park

Photo by Burt Lum/Bytemarks on Instagram

Kamehameha Schools and Interisland Terminal celebrated the opening of Kakaako Agora on Sunday , Honolulu’s first urban, indoor public park. The unique 3,225-square foot space located at 441 Cooke Street was designed by noted Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow.

“Kakaako Agora is a perfect fit for Our Kakaako,” noted Christian O’Connor, Senior Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools. “It will inspire artistic collaborations and continue to foster the kind of innovation and creativity that the community is known for.”

Once an empty warehouse, Kakaako Agora is now a free, publicly accessible, shaded community gathering spot that includes a 687-square feet mezzanine. The space was built over the course of two months by several local organizations including Collab Studios, Sunworks Construction, Heavy Metal Hawaii, Hui Kū Maoli Ola.

From June 9 – 28, Kakaako Agora will house June Kaboom, nightly performances, speakers and film screenings hosted by Kumu Kahua Theatre, Hawaii Opera Theatre, POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, ii Gallery, ‘Ōiwi TV, Taiko Center of the Pacific and others. The space is available for the public to use from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.

Atelier Bow-Wow was founded in 1992 by architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. The firm has designed and built houses, public and commercial buildings as well as innovative public spaces around the globe. The duo, who are married, are best known for their surprising, idiosyncratic, yet functional residential projects in dense urban environments. They coined the term “pet architecture” to describe the odd but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo.

For more information about Kakaako Agora, visit ourkakaako.com/kakaakoagora.

Photos by Burt Lum/Bytemarks on Instagram.

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.