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CityCamp Honolulu, the journey begins!

CityCamp Honolulu Thank you to all for being an integral part of Honolulu's first CityCamp. It was by all measures a great success, all because of you. I love how the community came together, shared knowledge and brainstormed ideas. It was inspiring to see City employees collaborating with the community in a productive, can-do environment. As the day concluded, many people asked, what's next? CityCamp Honolulu was just a catalyst, a spark that we must now nurture and fuel to create lasting change. As Forest Frizzell said, "we will continue to have monthly meetups throughout 2012 as we usher in Code for America." Some key dates to keep in mind:
  • Fri-Sat, January 20-21, 2012 - CityCampHNL Hack-a-thon
  • Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Unconferenz 2012
We will also keep you informed of any meetups that get scheduled through our Facebook page, Twitter and blog. We wil also continue the conversation and develop our ideas online. Here are a couple resources I encourage you to participate in: We got some great coverage of the event thanks to citizen journalist and the media: Thanks again for being a part of CityCamp Honolulu. We've made a great first step and I look forward to being a part of this ground breaking journey.

Aimi – Ebisubashi Bridge, Dotonbori

Ebisubashi is a central bridge and major attraction in the heart of Dotonbori. We crossed this bridge everyday during our stay in Osaka. Each time there was something new to experience. From here you can access all the restaurants in the area. Don Quijote is about one minute away and the iconic Glico Man looms over everything. In the evening this bridge is known to be a pick-up place where young people rendezvous. Nearby are the Love hotels, but that is a different story. During the day you will run into typical Osakaites scurrying from one shop to the next. You might also find street performers testing out their material. Ron Mizutani showed us a video he and Greg Lau took of a dance troupe practicing their moves on the Ebisubashi crowd. Unfortunately that footage didn't get into the video segments that were run on KHON about Osaka and Kyoto. On this our last day in Osaka, we happened on a street performance by a musician named Aimi. I find these chance meetings most memorable, nothing planned, pure serendipity. She happen to be playing what was to be her last song of the afternoon. With iPhone in hand, this is what I captured.  I love her passion and expressiveness. Who knows, she might be the next big J-pop star. Regardless, it was well worth the experience.

Roz Savage arrives in Tarawa

On the second leg of her trans-Pacific solo row which started in May 24, 2009, Roz Savage has landed on Tarawa in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. The 105 day voyage was initially thought to take about 70 days and land in Tuvalu. In late Aug, already low on water and food, slightly off course and dealing with uncooperative winds, Savage decided to change her target of Tuvalu and reset her sights on Tarawa. In her blog she writes:
"It seems to be my karma in this lifetime to be faced from time to time with tough decisions – and this one is up there in my Top Ten Tough Decisions Of All Time. I spent most of last night agonizing over it. The night seemed hotter than usual in my cabin, and I was – literally and metaphorically – sweating over my options."
The decision was a sound one. And although Tuvalu has received international attention about rising sea levels and loss of land, that fact is true in any of the Pacific Islands in that region, Tarawa being no different. This Pacific atolls are so fragile and the people living there are keenly aware of balance we need to maintain to keep it healthy and life sustaining. Roz will have a couple of weeks on Tarawa before regrouping and planning the final leg of her voyage to Australia. There must be a lot going through her mind now, relieved that this segment of the journey is complete, meeting the people of Tarawa, finding storage for her boat and equipment before her next voyage, attending the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in Dec. and finishing her book. This woman is a model for us all. Stay tuned as this journey isn't over.

Wayfinder Series

Hawaii has many inspiring individuals and I consider myself fortunate when I get to meet some of them. The first thing I think of is whether there is a technology angle so I can get them on Bytemarks Cafe. But to be honest as much as I enjoy doing the radio show, sitting behind a mic and headphones separates me from the live interaction with others I enjoy. So I came up with this idea of bringing speakers into the Atherton Studio at Hawaii Public Radio and have them interact with a live audience. The series starts on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 6:30pm with Nainoa Thompson, who was instrumental in helping to revive the art and tradition of Polynesian voyaging. He is the Executive Director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and since 1976, played an integral part in the design, construction, sailing, and navigation of the Hawai‘i Maritime Center’s double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a. To get a chance to hear the stories and the lessons learned from this man is once in a lifetime. On Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 6:30pm, James Koshiba, Executive Director of Kanu Hawaii will join us in the Atherton to talk about Island Values, Kuleana, and Island-Style Activism. As concerned citizens of Hawaii, what concerns us about Hawaii's future and what can we do about it? Through the efforts of Kanu Hawaii a grassroots movement is gaining momentum to make a difference. This initial three-part series will conclude on September 17, 2009 at 6:30pm with Paul Zorner. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii BioEnergy in Honolulu, a company focused on providing energy security, renewable materials, creating a carbon neutral environment and creating local jobs within this new green economy. His integrated land use vision can fuel and feed Hawaii. The series is free but space is limited to about 70 people in the Atherton. Be sure to call in your reservation to (808) 955-8821. It is sure to be an evening of thought provoking ideas and reasons to get involved. I hope to see you all there.

Roz Savage

I had the fortune of meeting this wonderful woman last year as she entered into the Waikiki Yacht Club on her ocean voyage from California to Hawaii. For Roz Savage, this was just the first leg of a trans-Pacific quest to solo-row from California to Australia.
Her mission, which she takes seriously is to bring awareness to the condition of our planet and to motivate people to do something about it. On her initial leg of her voyage it was about the pollution we were dumping into the ocean, particularly plastics. On this segment of her voyage as she continues her journey to Australia is to focus on global warming. Her midway stopover is the island nation of Tuvalu (.tv). That is if she can find it. Tuvalu is disappearing as a result of the raising oceans. What I find amazing is the commitment and focus in a woman like Roz. At each of the events that I attended she was the focus of attention where everyone wanted some time with her. And for all those people she gave them her time. Even at her launching, where frenetic activity is the norm, she took the time to turn her attention away from last minute packing and take a photo with an adoring fan. It was like she was already on the ocean, taking each wave and swell as it came, not fighting it but riding it. She was literally going with the flow. For the next 70 or so days, Roz will be alone on the ocean. Taking her 10,000 rows, one stroke at a time. We can all support her by staying in touch with her on her website and her blog. She also has this very cool Roz Tracker developed by local tech company Archinoetics. With the tracker, you not only see where Roz is but it also informs you via Twitter and announces updates to her blog. It's not often that you meet people like Roz Savage so when you do you should relish the moment. If we could all do just .1 percent of what she is doing, the world would be such a better place for all.