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Theme: TEDxCity2.0 - A day of urban inspiration

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
8:30am - 5:00pm HST
(UTC -10hrs)
Kapolei, HI
United States


I am the crucible of the future.
I am where humanity will either flourish or fade.
I am being built and rebuilt every day.
I am inevitable.
But I am not yet determined.
I wish to be inclusive, innovative, healthy, soulful, thriving.
But my potential can only be reached through you.

We can forge a new urban outlook.
Let's begin by connecting.
Imagine a platform that brings us together, locally and globally.
We will combine the reach of the cloud with the power of the crowd.
We will connect leaders, experts, companies, organizations and citizens.
We will share our tools, data, designs, successes, and ideas.
We will turn them into action.

Together we can:

Bridge the gap between poor and rich communities.
Spectacularly reduce our carbon footprint.
Make nature part of our daily life.
Empower entrepreneurship.
Re-imagine education.
Nurture health.

I am the City 2.0. Dream me. Build me. Make me real.


TEDxCity2.0: A day of urban inspiration - a new worldwide TED initiative.

Honolulu 2.0 Dream Me. Build Me. Make Me Real.

Disney Aulani Conference Center
92-1185 Aliinui Drive
Kapolei, HI, 96707
United States
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Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller, and the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i. He has performed throughout the world -- from the White House to Brazil and Switzerland, and is the first poet in Hawai`i's history to perform at a governor's inauguration. Kealoha represents Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, has been honored as a "National Slam Legend", and featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices series. He is an MIT graduate with a degree in Nuclear Physics, and internationally celebrated for articulating his passion in a way that engages audiences around the world. Kealoha was one of TEDx Honolulu's sensational speakers in 2011, and we are honored to have him emcee our event in 2012.


Mailani, best known for her collaborative efforts as a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano award winning duo Keahiwai and more recently the trio Mighty J, steps into the spotlight as a solo artist displaying the depth of her talents. This album presents innovative yet respectful interpretations of Hawaiian standards, as well as several original compositions in both Hawaiian and English. Mailani blends the contemporary and the traditional in ways that will delight aficionados of both genres.

Natalie Ai Kamauu

Natalie Ai Kamauu: Natalie has been awarded Female Vocalist of the Year by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists at the Na Hoku Hanohano Award ceremonies in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Her angelic voice dances playfully and soars effortlessly, and immediately captures your attention and moves your soul. Although singing is her passion, her first love is the hula. Daughter of na kumu hula, Olana and Howard Ai of Halau Hula Olana, Natalie garnered the coveted title of "Miss Aloha Hula" at the 1990 Merrie Monarch Festival. She travels internationally, sharing her gift with the world, but her feet remain firmly planted on the island, among the roots of her family and the land.

Brian Bielmann

As an internationally renowned photographer, Brian Bielmann has traveled extensively with many of the world’s best surfers, including Bruce and Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, and many others. He captures all aspects of the sport, and continues to push the boundaries of photography both above and below the water. His passion for surfing and photography have kept him on the cutting edge for over 35 years. He has been published in every major surf publication around the world, and is still considered one of the most prolific and inspiring photographers of the modern era. Brian is a model example of how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of many through Technology, Entertainment and Design.

Lyla Berg

State Coordinator for Project Citizen, Founder of Kids Voting Hawaii - As the founder of Kids Voting Hawaii and host of the weekly television series "Voices for Change", Lyla Berg deeply believes in the civic mission of schools, and the capacity of young people to be the compassionate, creative, and critical thinkers that society needs for balance, opportunity, and prosperity in our communities. She has over 15 years of service with theHawai'I Department of Education, and served three terms as Vice-Chair of the Education Committee in East O'ahu. Lyla's consulting company offers facilitation in leadership development, effective communication skills, and interpersonal relationships.

Scott Fisher

Director of Conservation, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust - Scott Fisher has been working for the Maui Coastal Land Trust since 2003, leading all aspects of the ecological restoration work conducted by the land trust. With an M.A. in peace studies and native Hawaiian strategies of peacemaking and reconciliation, his Ph.D. explored how communities make decisions over natural resources. He has served on the Maui/Lana‘i Island Burial Council and, more recently, as a board member of the Hawai‘i Wetlands Joint Venture, Public Access Trails Hawai‘i, the Friends of Midway Atoll, and the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council.

Forest Frizzell

Deputy Director, Department of Information Technology, City and County of Honolulu - A winner of the Pacific Business News “40 under Forty” award, Forest Frizzell leads a team recently awarded the #1 Digital City award by the Center for Digital Governance, as well as #1 as Code for America Cities. With over 11 years in the tech industry, Forest's current projects include automation of the Motor Pool for Fleet Reduction, Government Transparency Websites,and Smarter Cities Initiatives, including the release of multiple mobile and web apps, Social Media, Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery Preparedness, and much more. He sits on the States Office of Information Managements and Technology’s Innovation Working Group, as well as State of Hawaii Infrastructure Planning Group.

Timber Hawkeye

Author, Buddhist Boot Camp - Praised by thousands around the world for his intentions to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire, Timber Hawkeye prescribes gratitude as medicine for people to heal themselves from the inside out. His message invites the best version of you to resurface, inevitably leading to the true meaning of success (being happy), and better health (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual). In an ongoing effort to eradicate society’s ever-growing sense of entitlement, which he considers nothing short of an epidemic, and replace it with a sense of appreciation for each breath we are given, Timber shares mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to and implement in their daily lives.

Paul Klink

Author, Live Aloha - After a life-threatening heart condition caused him to reassess his priorities, Paul Klink models what it's like to embody the philosophy of “Live Aloha,” which is a motto he authored back in 1994, still seen on signs and bumper stickers throughout the state of Hawai‘i. As a digital technology expert, direct response marketing guru, philanthropist and fundraising specialist, Paulis a true Renaissance man. His company has handled innovative technology solutions for global clients in the areas of international communication, homeland security, evolving high-tech analysis and internet marketing. He now puts the Fun into FUNdraising with LUX VIP Events Hawaii, and meets each challenge with a smile.

Aaron Lowe

Trails and Access Specialist, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Dept. of Land and Natural Resources - With over 30 years of hiking and outdoor recreation experience, Aaron Lowe has been managing all 100 miles of forestry trails on O'ahu since 1995. This includes administration andmaintenance, from chain sawing large fallen trees with prison inmates, to authorizing a trailside permit for major film productions like “The Hunger Games”. Aaron believes that human respect for nature can start with a simple hiking trail, and wants to implement creative ways for people to enjoy, learn and respect nature. To that end, he is working on developing a sculpture trail, and uses modern forms of technology to expand his interpretive sign program.

Mark Patterson

Warden, Women’s Community Correctional Center - Mark Patterson's vision for the Women's Community Correctional Center is to create aPu`uhonua – a sanctuary, a place of healing and transformation. His strategy includes taking a community-building approach through partnership formation that will have a transforming systemic effect on the Criminal Justice System, utilizing mind, body, spirit and place-perspective, and incorporating a trauma informed system of care framework. With over 25 years of public safety experience in both Hawaii and Nevada, his career began as an adult corrections officer, now a Warden for the past five years. Mark was raised on the island of O'ahu in Waianae, he is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, attended New Mexico Military Institute, and holds a degree in criminology from Florida State University.

Guy Toyama

Executive Director, Friends of NELHA - Guy Toyama is the Executive Director of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai'i Authority, a unique educational facility for renewable energy. He is also the President and CEO of H2 Technologies, a developer of hydrogen application systems for energy storage and transportation. Guy also serves on the boards of Kanu Hawai‘i, Blue Revolution Hawai'i, the Hawai'i County Mayor's Energy and Advisory Commission, Hawai‘i Island Leadership Series, and is a leading participant in the Hawaii-Okinawa Clean Energy Task Force.

Teresa Wong

Executive Director, Innovation Center at Rehab Hospital of the Pacific - Teresa Wong leads a “think tank” created to facilitate innovative synergies between clinicians, scientists, and community partners locally, nationally and internationally. Fusing her 20 years of clinical expertise with her understanding of rapidly developing technologies, she challengesthe premise of what physical rehabilitation ought to be. Teresa has written numerous articles on stroke rehabilitation for various professional publications, and presented on topics such as integrating robotics into rehabilitation programs in the United States as well as Canada, Beijing, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Organizing team

George C
Carroll III

Honolulu, HI, United States
  • Jamie Muskopf
  • Timber Hawkeye
    Social Media Support
  • Rodel Casio
    Photographer / Inside Out Project Coordinator
  • Sarah McCann
    Volunteer - Interactive Exhibit Project Coordinator
  • Amy Burvall
    Curator, TEDxHonoluluBlog
  • Matt Lynch
    TEDxHonoluluSalon Coordinator
  • Genesis Leong
    Speaker Auditions Coordinator
  • Ruby Menon
    Volunteer / Gift Bag Coordinator
  • Gwenolyn Kobashigawa
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Giji Galang
    Photographer - TEDxHonoluluSalon I & II
  • Pam Chambers
    Speaker Presentation Coach
  • Casey Agena
    Speaker Curation
  • Lauren Carson
    Speaker Curation
  • Kathy Kamauu
    Speaker Curation
  • Karen Brizendine
    KCC New Media Arts / 3D Animation Lead