Aloha Sally and Baron,
How great to find other techie writers on the Island. Baron, I totally agree that the old way of delivering information is no longer meeting our needs. For me the bigger problem is that now with so much info (good, bad, an ugly) available, how to help people find the good stuff, or how to get people to find your stuff.
there is a group of over 70 folks on the big island that meet monthly and discuss technology and help one other, the big island internet society. http://bialoha.ning.com/
i stared this big island group to share some of my knowledge from writing applications since 1985 and my extensive on-line marketing experience, to help big island businesses improve their on-line presence.
we meet once a month in person and the participants range from musicians to artist to techies to doctors to photographers and more but all looking to learn better ways to use technology and improve life here on the big island.
What interesting things you are involved in. I would definitely be interested in a local hui.
A Barbecue like a great idea. Maybe we can try for mid July. Perhaps at a beach? Is Spencer Beach too far? It has barbecues and shade.