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The 9th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Kapiolani Park! We'll be at Picnic Areas #6, #7 and #8, located across from the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial (here's a Google Maps link, and here's the park map). Bring your family, your friends, your coworkers, and your favorite tools and toys... bring some food and stories to share... and enjoy some fresh air, new ideas, and great conversation. 

What is the Hawaii Geek Meet?  Better to ask what it isn't!  Read all about it, or see some of the articles and blog posts about previous events below.

Want to check in and spread the word? You can RSVP and share the event on FacebookWorried that you're going to be the only {x} person there?  Unlikely! Creative and technical people of all stripes attend the Hawaii Geek Meet. Everyone is welcome, and we've been fortunate to have members of several local groups participate over the years. Featured groups in 2016 include:

  • Aloha State Radio Control Club/Hawaii Drones Group: Radio controlled aircraft and quadcopter pilots and enthusiasts.
  • Alohamoras at UH: A Quidditch team at the University of Hawai'i Manoa!
  • Bytemarks: A hui of local tech people that comes together for monthly geek lunches, and now a weekly sci-tech radio show on Hawaii Public Radio.
  • Code for Hawaii: Volunteers interested in open data, open knowledge, civic apps, big data, data visualization, APIs and the application of technology to make our communities better.
  • Computational ThinkersFrom chalkboard to motherboard. We aim to ensure that all students are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Dev League: Offers classes designed to transform motivated individuals into professional front-end web developers.
  • Drone Services Hawaii: Sales and service for a variety of drone products for personal, professional, commercial and government use.
  • Emergency Amateur Radio Club: Dedicated to amateur radio transmission, reception and experimentation.
  • Girl Genius Labs: Bringing creativity, ingenuity, and fun to both individuals and businesses alike with creative and professional/business workshops. 
  • Hawaii LEGO® Users Group: Dedicated to spreading the joy of those irresistible plastic building blocks in the islands.
  • Hawaii Nerf League: A local group for people who want to enjoy Nerf battles in a fun, yet competitive environment.
  • Hawaii Public RadioA private, non-profit that broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming state-wide.
  • Hawaii Science Writers AssociationScience writers who call the Aloha State home, sharing ideas and learning from each other. We’re always on the lookout for local stories to cover and local publications to write for. 
  • HawaiiThreads.com: A Hawaii-centric, general interest message board established in 2004.
  • HI Capacity: Honolulu's first makerspaceA creative collective focused on turning dreamers into doers. Our goal is to learn, create, and share our creative knowledge with the community.
  • HiFashionTechEducation + Research + Development at the nexus of fashion, technology and [interaction] design. 
  • Institute for Astronomy: Manages observatories, and conducts research into the stars, planets and galaxies.
  • Kawaii Kon/Comic Con Honolulu: Comic Con Honolulu (also known as Hoku Kon) is a three-day All-Genre convention that takes place at the Hawaii Convention Center July 24-26.
  • Oahu MakerspaceOahu Makerspace is a space for people with a passion to pursue creative endeavors, including: Inventors, Engineers, Hobbyists, Shop Classes, High School Robotics, and STEM Educators.
  • Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion: An all-volunteer organization bringing together costume enthusiasts to promote interest in Star Wars.
  • Team Toybox 808 Armory: A collaboration of, artists, prop makers, crafters and cosplayers, teaching hands on techniques outside of the Box to create Epic costumes & props.
  • The Last OutpostA friendly organization of fans of science fiction. We meet regularly and support local conventions and host other events such as informal gatherings and movie showings.
  • Transition OahuA grassroots community movement growing around our need to build increasingly sustainable and resilient communities, part of a worldwide movement working to meet the challenges of peak oil, climate change, financial crises, and natural and man-made disasters.
Invited and past participating groups include:
  • Aquaculture Hub: A social network for people who have an interest in feeding the world via aquaculture to educate, learn, share and be engaged with others who have similar interests.
  • Barony of the Western Seas (SCA Hawaii): The Barony of Western Seas is part of the Kingdom of Caid in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA is an educational organization which focuses on the medieval and renaissance periods and has branches in countries all over the world.
  • Ghostbusters Hawaii Division: A community of "Ghostbusters" fans, collectors, costumers and prop builders.
  • GreenPath Technologies: A full service solar power systems integrator and contractor.
  • Hang Gliding Hawaii: Meet Eric Nakamoto, owner and pilot of a powered hang-glider that offers the chance to "surf the sky with the most state-of-the-art flying ultralight in the Pacific."
  • HiPad: The Hawaii iPad Users Group. "We will have fun talking about and sharing our experiences with the device, apps, issues, use cases, ideas and more. Our missions first and foremost is to have fun." 
  • Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (CMORE): Talk story about being a marine scientist/oceanographer! Check out cool gadgets used to explore and understand our ocean's important marine microbes.
  • Costumers Guild of Hawaii: A group devoted to sharing costume builds, techniques, and ideas, and channeling efforts toward charity and community support. Dedicated primarily to fun!
  • D20 Girls Project - Hawaii Chapter: A non-profit organization that focuses on community and promoting females in nerdy industries.
  • Hawaiian Astronomical SocietyFounded in 1949, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii Ingress Community: A cross-faction collaboration between members of the Hawaii Enlightened and Hawaii Resistance.
  • Hawaii Innovation Alliance: Representing the islands' innovation community to foster innovation, educate lawmakers, and advocate appropriate policy.
  • Hawaii Inventors Club: Dedicated to providing innovative education and support that will stimulate members to guide their ideas through the idea development process.
  • HMAUS - The Hawaii Macintosh and Apple User Society.
  • Honolulu Startup Weekend: Organizers for an intense 54 hour event coming April 27-29 which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend.
  • International Game Developers Association: A new Honolulu chapter is being formed! Look for Gorm Lai, founder of the Global Game Jam.
  • LEGO Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii (LEAHI): A group of adult fans who enjoy modeling with LEGO bricks and working to promote interest in LEGO products within the community.
  • Mensa HawaiiWhere the intellectual day starts and ends. Mensa Hawaii currently has about 242 members on five of the Hawaiian Islands as well as in other Pacific island nations, Guam, Japan, and the Philippines.
  • Oceanit: Global innovators who take challenges and turn them into solutions. At Oceanit, Intellectual Anarchy produces disruptive innovation, as we consistently discover the edges of thinking and create breakthroughs in science, engineering, and technology to change the world.
  • /r/Hawaii: Hawaii users on Reddit, "the front page of the internet."
  • Rebel LegionAn international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos.
  • Salle Honolulu Fencing Club: Fencing is the perfect combination of sport and martial art. Fencing offers all the benefits of traditional Oriental martial arts (discipline, strategy, competition, exercise).
  • Schola Saint George Honolulu (European Historical Martial Arts): The Schola Saint George is an international school of Historical European Martial Arts, also sometimes called Western martial arts. We teach medieval and early Renaissance swordsmanship.
  • Science Communicators Ohana: A collective group of students, postdocs, and staff at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a commitment to increase scientific literacy in society through effective science communication. If you like science and talking to people, we are the group for you!
  • Taku Taku Matsuri: Organizes events organized for Otakus, by Otakus, in Honolulu!
  • Team Hawaii (Solar Decathlon 2011): Creating a sustainable and affordable housing solution adaptable to varied cultures and climates with an emphasis on Hawaiʻi and tropical climates.
  • TechHui.com: A forum for Hawaii's tech community, and those interested in technology ventures in the islands.
  • ThinkTech Hawaii: Working to raise public awareness and promote civic engagement in Hawaii. Streaming live on the Internet from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm every weekday, then streaming earlier shows through the night. Check us out any time for great content and great community.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists: "Putting rigorous science to work to build a healthier planet and a safer world."
  • Watashi No Ryū Karate-do: Based on traditional Okinawan karate, and blending various other influences, Watashi No Ryū seeks to build a strong foundation of effective technique while paving the way toward self realization and expression.

Have questions about how all this will come to pass? No problem! Check out the questions page.

Hawaii Geek Meet 2015:

The 8th annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Kapiolani Park. Want to see what you missed? Check out this Hawaii Geek Meet 2015 video by Videoworkz, or the below video by DaBeachBum:

2015 Hawaii Geek Meet

JHM Productions' Keoni Maemori also brought their cool 360 Spinning Rig for some great photos and video clips for attendees!

360 Spinning Rig

Hawaii Geek Meet 2014:

The 7th annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Magic Island. Want to see what you missed? Check out this same-day video compilation from Videoworkz Hawaii, or these additional videos:

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Hawaii Geek Meet 2013:

The 6th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Check out a preview aired on Hawaii Public Radiothis segment on KITV, and some photos from Ryan on Flickr.

Hawaii Geek Meet 2012:

The 5th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Check out this write-up by April Williams and some photos from Burt and Ryan on Flickr:

Hawaii Geek Meet 2011:

The 4th Annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held Sunday, April 17, 2011. The event was covered in the "Social Wire" segment on KITV, and Clayton Wakida posted his own video slideshow. The folks at Nonstop Honolulu also covered the event. Augusto Decastro put together a Storify report, compiling social media mentions of the Hawaii Geek Meet. And several photo galleries were posted:

Hawaii Geek Meet 2010:

The 3rd Annual Hawaii Geek Meet was held on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Here are some photos from the event:

Power and Wi-Fi was provided by Jeff Kang of Creative Audio. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the pot-luck! A special mahalo goes out to Pali T. Kaaihue of Lava.Net for providing the pizza, and to Zippy's for providing the chili, rice, and pastries!

Hawaii Geek Meet 2009:

The 2nd Annual Hawaii Geek Meet took place on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Here are some write-ups of the event:

Before the 2nd Annual Hawaii Geek Meet, Chris Oliver wrote this piece for the April 18 Honolulu Advertiser:

Meeting of the geeks
In the geek world, there's no such thing as an uncool gadget. If it's accompanied by obsession, even better.

Special thanks to Pali T. Ka'aihue of LavaNet, Regan of Therapy Sports Bar & Grill, and Zippy's for donating some great food!

Hawaii Geek Meet 2008:

Here are some reflections and photos from the very first Geek Meet on Sunday, April 20, 2008:
Special thanks to Erika Engle of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for her excellent advance write-up of the gathering, and to Kerry Miller of Midweek for her great recap of the event: "Calling All Geeks of All Kinds."

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