TEDxHonolulu 2016

Volunteered at our very successful TEDxHonolulu 2016 event at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. This year’s theme was “Flow.” It was one of our better events for attendees due to the rich interactive exhibits. Included were a DJ, an artist, a makerspace, and foreign games.

I was able to recruit a couple of our high school students to volunteer. They did an amazing job of leading adults in interactive games. They were also introduced to some very inspiring people in the community. It was a great opportunity.

My job was to take care of the beans. Hehe. They were termed, flow-tokens or “flowkens.” Attendees were designated a team color. They collected flowkens by participating at the different stations. The team that accumulated the most flowkens would win an invitation to an afterparty and a discount to next year’s event. I tabulated the flowken standings after each break.

There was a great variety of talks. We had an artist, oceanographer, musician, and aerialist, to name a few. TED Talk videos were also screened in between.

We had a blast. It was an amazing day of learning new ideas and meeting new people. #TEDxHNL

TEDxHonolulu 2013

TEDxHonolulu was held today at the historic Hawai’i Theatre in Chinatown. The theme was entitled “Cultivating Community.”

This year, I was a volunteer instead of an attendee. I volunteered from 7am to 6pm. The staging area was across the street at The Arts at Marks Garage. We also brought our officers from our TEDxYouth@Kamehameha student club.

I was assigned to the production crew as a stagehand. My key responsibility was to make sure that Kenny Endo’s taiko drum did not fall off of the hydraulic platform.

Registration was staged outside at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, behind the old Indigo Restaurant.

The event got kick-started with a traditional dragon dance. There was a great lineup of speakers. Unfortunately, I spent most of the time backstage. Fortunately, I got to see the production side of things. The production team was very professional. I also met a lot of nice people. It was interesting to see that accomplished speakers get nervous too.

“Lunch roulette” was a cool concept. Your lunch ticket was good at participating restaurants in the Chinatown area. Each had a choice of three different menu items. I selected HASR Bistro because of its charming courtyard. I had always passed by on my Saturday morning walks. The Pesto Chicken Carbonara was ono.

Photo courtesy of @TEDxYKamehameha.

The highlight for me was seeing our students experience real-world learning. They were awesome! They were also able to collaborate with students from Punahou and ‘Iolani. We are very grateful to have had this opportunity.

The afterparty was held at theVenue at BambuTwo Café and sponsored by Toyota. It was a long, but an extremely worthwhile day.


Attended TEDxHonolulu today with two of my colleagues from school. Had an amazing time! The theme was City 2.0, and it was held at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Ko Olina. It was all about creating a better community and a brighter future. Here is the post of my highlights on my edublog.

This was my first visit to Aulani. At first, I wondered why the event wasn’t held in Honolulu….

But it was a really nice venue for an event such as this.

Even the food was great. Another highlight for me was meeting student representatives from TEDxYouth@Punahou. Looking forward to their event next April.

I especially loved TEDxHonolulu’s taste in art…. haha. This series of photos was taken at a TEDxHonolulu Salon event as part of the Inside Out Project.

The event was absolutely amazing and inspiring. There were so many great speakers and great ideas. The person who summed up the day for me was Natalie Ai Kamauu. After delivering a stunning musical performance she said, “To make a better future, we just have to be the best that we can be. Then our children will say, ‘I want to be just like her, or just like him….'”


TEDxHonolulu Event

Attended TEDxHonoluluSalon tonight at the Fresh Café in Kaka’ako. Had a great time. “A TEDx Salon is a small weekly or monthly recurring event that keeps a TEDx community engaged between larger annual or bi-annual events.”

Fresh Café is a great venue for such an event as this. Plus, it’s only three blocks away from home. Went early and had the Turkey Pesto Melt on ciabatta.

The event itself was kinda neat. The speakers were Taimane Lopes, Hunter Heaivilin, and Joanne Kapololu. They were great. Here are their bios.

The best part was meeting up with cool people like @amyburvall, @NEENZ, @taracoomans, @ForestF, and @hollybullockmph. Hope to see them at the next event.

Check out my story at storify.com.

TEDx Honolulu

Attended TEDx Honolulu today at the Cupola Theater in the Honolulu Design Center. It was an amazing conference. I was very fortunate and blessed to have had this opportunity. The presenters were inspiring, and the organizers put on a great event!

We got front row seats, breakfast, lunch (at the Stage Restaurant,) dinner, a TEDx t-shirt, a Sig Zane bag, and a Jake Shimabukuro CD. (All this for just $30.) Oh yah, the conference was great, and I met a lot of nice people at lunch. Made a friend from Norway. I even got to meet Sig Zane, and he thanked me for wearing one of his aloha shirts to the event.

All of the speakers were outstanding including the emcee Ka’ala Souza. Topics included astronomy, culture, education, marine biology, medicine, sustainability, and the arts, all centering around the theme of “It’s About Time…” Edgy Lee coined the term “indigenous wisdom” in her talk. Vivian Best shared her project on collecting fresh produce for the hungry. Here’s a link to some of my notes on my edublog.  I was especially drawn to the artists/performers. Jason Tom is a beatbox artist, Kealoha Wong a slam poet, and of course, Jake Shimabukuro is an ukulele virtuoso.

I was able to talk story with Jake before his performance. I thanked him for being my ukulele teacher way back when he had his studio in Hawai’i Kai. He inspired me then, and he most certainly inspired me today.

“It’s About Time…” It really was about an amazing time….