Hawaii Slack Pau Hana!

Aloha Key

Join us for the first Hawaii Slack Pau Hana! Wind down the week on Aloha Friday with a virtual talkstory and networking session on Hawaii Slack! No need to stress about parking or be nervous about meeting new people, just log on and type away. BYOB, of course!

Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 18, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and lets take our chats real time!

Want to invite your friends? You can share this event link on Facebook, or this calendar entry on HawaiiCal.com!

Hawaii's Brain Gain

Coming Home

Kamaaina, come home! With the world in flux, a unique opportunity exists to work on ways to help Hawaii talent that has scattered around the world to return to the islands. Work from home, work for anyone, but live in Hawaii and make Hawaii better and stronger. Let's talk about it... and figure out ways to make it happen! This new channel was inspired by the ever thoughtful and community minded Ben Trevino.

Isn't there an app for that?


Not suprisingly, one of the most active channels on Hawaii Slack continues to be #covid19, the one dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike "discussions" about Hawaii policy and practice you may find on other social platforms, Hawaii Slack COVID-19 chat is smart and often productive.

Did you know there is an app in development that will use the joint Google/Apple Exposure API and anonymized bluetooth beacons to assist Hawaii with contact tracing? Or another app that will privately use GPS and also integrate with testing labs? And there a few other independently developed apps to help Hawaii residents and visitors address other challenges.

Come learn more about what's built, tell us what you think should be built, and maybe find someone to help you build it! Meanwhile, fun with dataviz continues.


Members continue to share interesting job listings they find, post projects they'd like help with, and let people know when their own companies are hiring. Some recent posts:

▪ Full Stack Software Engineer at Servco
▪ WordPress Support Engineer at WordPress.com
▪ IT Systems Analyst at State of Hawaii
▪ College Intern at Apple
▪ Remote Software Engineer at BitWarden
Full Stack Software Engineer at Servco
WordPress Support Engineer at WordPress.com
IT Systems Analyst at State of Hawaii
College Intern at Apple
Remote Software Engineer at BitWarden

PLUS: IT Onsite Services Manager and IT Service Desk Technician at Pacza, Lab Technician at Oceanit, Platform Engineer and Senior Platform Engineer at Hawaiian Airlines, and a Cloud Network Architect at Hawaiian Telcom.

Teachers Wanted!

Hawaii Slack welcomes 808Educate

One of the most inspiring online communities is #808educate on Twitter. Every day, this open hashtag is home to inspiring, informative, and often provocative thoughts on education in Hawaii. Drawing public, private, and charter school teachers together, conversations range from professional development opportunities to educational technology to true tales from the classroom.

Hawaii Slack is hosting an #808educate channel to support these conversations beyond Twitter. Twitter's not for everyone, and conversation threads can sometimes get tangled. Thanks to Slack, more focused, real-time interactions are possible!

If you know an innovative, creative, collaboration minded and social teacher, be sure to let them know about Hawaii Slack!

Who's New in the Neighborhood?

Some of our newest faces who said hello in #introductions include:

Eric Nakagawa: "Hi folks, I'm eric! I live in SF now, but my family is mostly on the Kapolei/Ewa/Waipahu side. I work in tech at Novi/Facebook on a blockchain project called Libra. I run the open source and developer advocacy program for the project. I've done a bunch of other stuff before, too."

Michael Erickson: "I'm a teacher and data scientist. I've lived on O‘ahu since 2011. I'm originaly a Californian. I've lived at far east on the mainland as Pittsburgh, PA, and internationally, I lived in Portugal for a while."

Trish La Chica: "I'm Policy and Advocacy Director for the Hawaii Public Health Institute (HIPHI). I usually work on issues concerning tobacco control, food access, the built environment and oral health. But lately (mostly) I've been working on a lot of covid response advocacy. I'm also a candidate for State House in Mililani (District 36)."

Richard Padilla: "I'm originally from Kauai (my family is from Waimea side) but I live here now in the Bay Area after being in LA, the OC, Columbus, and Chicago. I currently work at Nintendo of America on its strategic communications team, working on social media (and others things, too!)."

Ging Ging Fernandez: "I'm from Washington, lived in the Bay Area, Southern California, and Massachusetts. Married a local guy, so we put down roots here in Hawaii 6 years ago, with 3 boys doing virtual school now. I'm working on a project for Hawaii Department of Transportation called Hawaii Road Usage Charge Demonstration, researching roadway funding alternatives as the gas tax is becoming outdated."

Chiemi Nakata: "I'm just happy to find a community of fellow data nerds to kick things around with about covid. I've been driving my friends and family crazy with all of my ranting and hand wringing."

Brandon O'Dell: "I am a Technical Architect for Windsor Solutions living in west Oahu. We build software for the Environmental Health Administration of Hawaii Department of Health, to help with permitting, compliance, enforcement and reporting to EPA. One of our more public apps is the water/beach advisory system, which shows and alerts users (including new stations) when bacteria levels in water pose a health risk."

Peter Zwickert: "For 12 years I was in the Culinary Industry and worked my way to Chef in a few places. Several years ago, I was truly burnt out and decided to make a career change. I have now completed my 5th and final year as an electrical apprentice at the ABC Apprenticeship Program, as well as, my A.A.S. in Business from Kapiolani Community College. I was recently accepted to Shidler School of Business at UH Manoa. There I will obtain in B.A. Entrepreneurship. For now, I work full time on the multiple military bases on Oahu. However, I am passionate about helping the community anyway I can!"


Hope to see you on Hawaii Slack soon! Don't forget to be awesome.

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