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Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Intellectual Property Law, new media, podcasting, the intersection of technology/new media with social and political activism. I'm also interested in the evolution of the law when it comes to technological innovations.
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I'd like to learn A LOT more about coding and design, I know relatively little but find it fascinating.

I met Dan and Mika and learned about their fascination with lemurs.
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Each month, Mōʻiliʻili Matters co-hosts a community social at the Willows Restaurant (901 Hausten Street) on the second Tuesday ofthe month. With a $10 entry fee, the event includes buffet style pūpūs (appetizers).

For April, we're adding something different. A Congressional Candidate Debate is a part of the April 13, 2010 event. Please see flyer below.

I'm discussing this on Tech Hui because I'd like to solicit the tech community for potential… Continue

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

"Revolutionizing" Accessibility to State Archived Documents

I don't suppose a lot of people in the tech industry actually go to the state archives, but this entry may be of interest to many of you nonetheless.

I have absolutely no idea how many other states have archives that includes its own pre-statehood period, but our Hawai'i State Archives has archived documents that pre-dates its own statehood by more than 100 years.

Have you, or someone you know, tried to go to our… Continue

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Mobile apps, "Gov 2.0?"

In the summer of 2009, while I was working on the Nathaniel Kinney campaign, one of our goals was to help raise the level of transparency and efficiency of our city government through the use of the internet and mobile apps. This was articulated in a posting by Nathaniel Kinney (CLICK HERE to read that posting). An… Continue

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

Maui Super Computer center in the news

In todayʻs (8/22/09) Honolulu Advertiser, there is an article on the substantial increase in power for the Maui High Performance Computing Center and that about $350,000 in electricity a month is being used to power the Center.

To read the entire article CLICK HERE. The article shares what the center is used for. Among the users is… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

The visually impaired and internet access

This isnʻt much of a blog entry, but given the subject matter of this website I thought I would mention a brief news snippet I read in todayʻs Honolulu Star-Bulletin, it provides,

Blind man sues SBA over Web access

A blind business owner from Honolulu has filed a complaint against the U.S. Small Business Administration over access to its Web site.

Virgil… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

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At 11:19am on January 14, 2010, Kimo Watanabe said…
Right on. Got too excited and found Keith Johnston's contact info and just sent something to him. hahaha Really, I think that what you folks are doing is an incredibly worthwhile project and would be interested in talking through what we might be able to help bring to the table in terms of enhancing the offering while reducing the fixed operational costs needed to support a large data archiving project. We're just coming out of testing with one of the largest data storage, archival, and recovery companies in the world, and have been able to show that our out of the box search technology will not only give them a much more powerful and precise search solution, but that it will reduce the number of search servers needed by 90%. The energy savings alone on this phase one project will be just shy of $1 Million the first year. I'm very very excited about this technology, and motivated to find opportunities back in Hawai'i where we could be of use, and with energy costs being what they are, I have to believe that there are some opportunities somewhere.

Aloha no,

At 8:29am on July 16, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Mahalo for mentioning us in Ragnar's Honolulu Weekly Article: The mighty Mo‘! We look forward to meeting Nathaniel today.

Good luck with your studies! I know you will kick ass on exam day.
At 6:22pm on March 25, 2009, Alyssa K said…
Hey what's up
At 2:52pm on March 25, 2009, Blaine Fergerstrom said…
Geeks meet!
At 9:11am on May 24, 2008, Scott Murphy said…
Hey Derek!
At 6:18am on May 24, 2008, Mika Leuck said…
Welcome Derek! We have a few other attorneys in the group including Greg Kim.

We hope to see you in the groups and forums.
At 10:55pm on May 23, 2008, Alyssa K said…
Hi Derek!


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