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Manager, Software Developer
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Network Performance Management, STEM, Web2.0, Green energy, software architecture, etc etc
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
Flash/Flex, Fortress, Java, Ruby
About Me:
i'm a masters graduate from the UH ICS department. i love to hack, especially on Hackystat. my goal is to be the best hacker in the universe. haha. seriously, it is to learn new things every day. strive to be the best in what i do. and grow the hawaii tech industry to be a huge innovation monster.
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lacy veach day of discovery 2008

(cross posted from

if you think this is cool we are always looking for help with tech talks and presentations for different events. here is one that we are trying to plan right now for an event at Jarrett Middle School

this past weekend we participated in… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 9:00am

congratulations to dan leuck for winning 2008 high tech leader award

congratulations goes out to dan leuck for winning one of the high tech leaders awards from the 2008 flavors of technology and technology industry awards sponsored by Technology News Bytes and the Pacific Technology Foundation this past weekend. dan has been be an awesome leader in the techhui community and really well respected throughout our industry. i know i… Continue

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:45am — 6 Comments

TopCoder Software Engineering Competition

Exciting news! The University of Hawaii Information and Computer Sciences Department is putting on a coding competition (see This is great news and should be a really fun experience for the students.

To help the ICS department we have decided to do two things.

1) form an ICS alumni association

2) lead the organization and planning to support the coding competition by providing mentors and prizes for… Continue

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:31pm

interview with lynn fujioka

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i met Lynn last year and i can barely keep up with the millions of things that she does. the amazing thing is that nearly all of those things are for the betterment of the children of hawaii. and that is really awesome.

lynn is the executive director of isisHawaii. in this interview we learn much more about lynn, isisHawaii, her other organizations, and what really drives… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 12:04am — 8 Comments

UH ICS and LIS Anniversary Lunch

(cross posted from on saturday, march 8th 2008 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the University of Hawaii Information and Computer Sciences department. it was a great day for the department because it was the first time we had an alumni/department lunch in 40 years. hopefully, this will be the start to a lot more things from the department. more activities, events, fund raising, high school/intermediate expos, etc. i plan on helping and even leading the… Continue

Posted on March 9, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

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At 9:44am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
What can I say, I have been a little busy!
At 9:24am on December 2, 2010, Doug Forsell said…
Hi Aaron, thanks for the note! Aloha, Doug
At 6:41pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
There is a similar project for school of communications. Community building takes time and patience at best :)
At 5:57pm on March 11, 2010, Viil said…
Hi Aaron,

the website linked in your profile seems to be broken. I didn't even know there was a UH CIS alumni site :)
At 12:04pm on May 25, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…

Yes, I will be sure to let you know as soon as I hear something. Just keeping my finger crossed.

Thanks for your interest,

At 7:34pm on May 24, 2009, Vern Takebayashi said…

Sorry, I missed your comment asking about the IT Academy. I was very busy heading a committee to revise our campus' Strategic Plan document, and I just wasn't checking into TechHui enough.

Anyway, we just submitted a NSF grant proposal on May 12. If we get this grant we should be able to start the IT Academy program. Initially, the program would involve two public schools. Instructors from my campus, Honolulu Community College (HCC) would teach some of the lessons in the high schools and also train the high school teachers. The idea is to offer two year-long courses at the high school level. The first course would be an introduction to using basic computer applications (word processor, spreadsheet, database, simple web pages) with an emphasis on math and science applications. This would help schools to fulfill STEM requirements. The second course would be an introduction to programming, that would once again have math and science applications.

At HCC I teach a CS0 introductory programming course using the Python language. Although this course starts off with the basics, it winds up with the students writing a program that does XML parsing to write to either a HTML file or another XML file. If we expand this to a year course (instead of a semester) at the high school level, I would probably have the students write to both a HTML with CSS (as an example of producing formatted text files), and an XML file (for the semester that just ended the students wrote to a Flex .MXML file).

What I would like to do with this Academy model is have the students gain experience with the basic computer applications and with programming so that we can cover more programming (even for students who pursue just a 2 year associates degree). In particular, once the students reach our campus, they would take ICS 111 (Java), a databases course, and then a web programming course (using PHP and probably also Rails).

Anyway, I apologize once again for not being active and not responding sooner. If it looks like we are going to get the NSF grant (I hear it takes 5-6 months to hear anything), I will be asking TechHui members like you what kinds of things to include in an IT Academy program. I would also be asking people to serve on an Advisory committee for that program, but at this point it is premature to be doing either.

I would be happy to discuss things further if you have any questions/comments.

At 4:56pm on April 24, 2009, Ashish Babbar said…
Thanks Aaron. How are you?
At 4:43pm on February 6, 2009, Kelvin Kakugawa said…
Ha ha, that's true. :-)
At 11:20am on January 14, 2009, Emil Reyes said…
Hi Aaron,
Thanks for the welcome. The companies are just related through me. Hope to meet you at the next get together.
At 9:12pm on January 11, 2009, Fred Baclig said…
Hey Aaron, read your blog let me know if you do more non-profit projects again. I would like to volunteer some time into that sort of thing!


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