Ideas Festival 2014 was a departure from the typical HMAUS Springfest, but by all accounts it was still a huge success.
What distinguished this year’s festival from previous ones, was the broader look out at the intriguing world of technology in all its variety, rather than focusing narrowly on Apple computer stuff.
We made new inroads with participation from: Jeffrey Williams, of Obscure Networks, who stirred up everyone with insight into the treacherous world of cyber-security and network privacy; McKay Davis, of Bitcoin Hawaii, who turned everyone on to the mysterious intricacies of crypto-currency; Matthew Goodman, Jeffrey Williams’ partner at Obscure Networks, who is moving away from computer tech and into an exciting new career in digital music creation; Peter Park and his award-winning women’s robotics and engineering team from Sacred Hearts Academy, who delighted everyone with their amazing robots; Fae Yamaguchi, artist and educator, who exhibited a selection of “hand-crafted” laptops created by her young students at Noelani Elementary School; David Friedman, also an artist, who exhibited some of his eye-dazzling paintings; George Nitta, radio host of Hawaiian Auto 101, who enlightened us with insider info about ethanol as a superior auto fuel and renewable energy resource; and the Appalulu trio — Jerome Koehler, Joan Matsukawa, and Ross Rasmussen, who shared a slew of books, apps and irresistible gadgets courtesy of Pearson, [fuze] Chicken, Trunx, Ollo Clip, and iKlear. Too bad Rebecca Woodland lost her voice, otherwise she would have shared one of her tasty vegetarian recipes, demonstrating how one could create a delicious meal without heat or meat, as well as telling the story of her journey through e-cookbook publishing; and if Kristopher Schlund had not gotten stuck in the Spam Jam in Waikiki, we might have also learned more about peaceful uses for unmanned aerial vehicles, aka Drones.
Our Spring event also incorporated the HMAUS Annual Members Meeting where the main item of business was the HMAUS Board of Directors election. Thanks to all the members who voted, and overwhelmingly approved three brave souls — old-timers Kimo Sutton and Eugene Villaluz, plus our newest director, the irrepressible Shawn “Doc Rock” Boyd – to serve on the Board of Directors and help lead HMAUS further into the future.
Big Thank You to Capital One 360 Café – our generous venue host for the festival. The Café staff — Stephanie, Matt, Ryan, Heather, Tim, and Justin treated everyone royally, in addition to putting in extra effort with setting up the Café just the way we needed it, plus providing digital starter kit bags to all attendees. What would HMAUS do without Capital One?
And of course, Thanks to the people who made the festival go: Eugene Villaluz (event designer and Master of Ceremonies), Jerome Koehler (community channel); Bill Porter (PR); Richard Oya, John & Maria Harraghy (Reception)
Finally…Mahalo to all the friends of HMAUS who attended the festival, who made monetary contributions, and who continue to support HMAUS by being members; for thirty five years they have been the greatest reason to keep it all going.