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Theme: Cultivating Community

This event occurred on
November 16, 2013
12:00am - 12:00am HST
(UTC -10hrs)
Honolulu, HI
United States

On behalf of the TEDxHonolulu community, we would like to thank you for joining us at the historic Hawaii Theatre as we celebrated TEDxHonolulu 2013’s “Cultivating Community” event. We appreciate your support in joining us as we experienced live entertainment and inspiring presentations from some of Hawai‘i’s most brilliant minds. In 2013 speakers, partners, volunteer organizers, and attendees to shared insights on how we can cultivate community and drive social change. In the spirit of the event's theme, “Cultivating Community”, we aimed to gather and highlight local ideas for community building & development in Hawai‘i’. We provided a platform of awareness for community development happening on stage with the sharing of ideas from our speakers and performers, as well as off stage with collaboration & relationships among our sponsors/ partners, volunteer organizers. Were proud to announce a variety of other initiatives throughout the day such as the TEDxHonolulu Sustainability Team’s mission to achieve Green Event Certification; TEDxHonolulu Interactive Team’s mission to engage and gain discussion on issues such as ending homelessness in Hawai‘i; and TEDxHonoluluED’s official sneak peek into our next event on April 2014. Thank you for helping in making TEDxHonolulu2013 a success!
Thank you,
TEDxHonolulu Organizing Team 2013

Hawaii Theatre
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States
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Pacific Tongues

Jamaica Osorio, Ittai Wong, Alaka’i Kotrys, William Giles, Harrison Ines, Serena Simmons, and Joanna Gordon. Idea Worth Spreading: Provide a safe and central location in the Hawaiian Islands to facilitate a cross-cultural exchange within Pacific influenced populations through spoken arts education Pacific Tongues is a non-profit organization that cultivates an active artistic Oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages. Their commitment is to honor the practice of kuleana through creative workshops, public events and pedagogical development. Youth Speaks Hawai’i, a program of Pacific Tongues which is supported by the Hawai`i Arts Alliance, promotes teen literacy and civic engagement through slam poetry by offering weekly writing workshops, hosting monthly poetry slams and open mics, organizing interscholastic poetry slams, and sending a youth team to a national competition every summer. Their writing workshops reach over 1,000 students every year, and their monthly poetry slams and open mics attract more than 600 guests a year. Every year since 2007, their national team has made semi-finals at the Brave New Voices International Youth Slam Poetry Festival, winning back-to-back international titles in 2008 and 2009. While education and arts funding are slashed from school budgets, they help youth develop the critical literacy, writing skills, and public speaking skills they will need to succeed. In addition, they challenge disenfranchised youth to become socially aware and engaged in their communities by providing them with a positive outlet to confront the issues they face with constructive dialogue.

Kenny Endo

Idea Worth Spreading: Engage in activities which promote mind-body-spirit harmony. One of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm, Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to carve new territory in Japanese drumming. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, he has received awards and accolades, including a very special recognition in Japan— the first foreigner to be honored with a “natori,” a stage name, in Japanese classical drumming. Endo was a featured artist on the PBS special “Spirit of Taiko” in 2005. He has performed for the late Michael Jackson and Prince. He opened for The Who, and performed for Princess Diana, and Prince Charles. Endo performed a duet with singer Bobby McFerrin and is featured on the soundtracks for Kayo Hatta’s “Picture Bride”, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and worked on James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film “Avatar”. He is one of the few people in Oahu to have a day named on his behalf by the Mayor of Honolulu (“Kenny Endo Day”), and was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts for American Masterpieces. Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms from around the world, original melodies, and through his collaborations with artists. Born in Los Angeles, he matriculated at the University of Hawaii.

Paul Bump

Idea Worth Spreading: Cultivate the unseen and under-appreciated community. At heart, Paul Bump is an explorer. This Southern California native is currently pursuing his studies at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he is exploring genomics based approaches to better understand the function and ecosystem interactions of marine organisms. In his research Paul uses molecular approaches to explain how humans interact with the marine environment at the macro and micro level. After giving several presentations and receiving substantial accolades, Paul decided that communicating science is just as much of his passion as learning about it, leading him to TedxHonolulu and the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C. this April. If you cannot find him in the lab or under the water you will probably find him out on the Ultimate Frisbee field!

Owen Shieh

Idea Worth Spreading: We can cultivate a stronger community by understanding the nature of hazardous weather events and appreciating the scientific and technological advancements that allow us to better prepare and cope with the challenges posed by weather. Owen Shieh is the Weather and Climate Program Coordinator at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) in Honolulu. As a meteorologist, his fascination with weather and storms began at an early age in Florida, where he frequently experienced the wrath of tropical storms and severe weather. He temporarily left the warmth of the tropics for the wintry cold of the Ivy League to study atmospheric science at Cornell University, where he graduated Magna cum Laude with distinction in research. For the next several years, Owen was selected to participate in VORTEX2, the largest government- funded tornado field program in history. After obtaining his M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, Owen moved to Hawaii in 2010 to pursue Ph.D. research at the University of Hawaii to improve tropical cyclone forecasting through collaboration with the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor. As the Weather and Climate Program Coordinator at the NDPTC, Owen brings his broad experiences across the field of meteorology to oversee the development of FEMA hazardous weather training courses that will be deployed across the United States. His vision is to build national resilience to natural hazards by enhancing a “whole community” discourse that combines scientific research, operational forecasting, emergency management training, public policy, and public awareness.

Manuel Mejia

Idea Worth Spreading: Revive and revitalize the tradition of caring for the land and sea, so that our communities, in turn, can thrive in a sustainable way. Manuel Mejia is the Community-Based Marine Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. He specializes in community-based conservation efforts. He’s dedicated more than sixteen years in leading biodiversity conservation projects across the Asia-Pacific region. His focus is the human dimension of marine conservation and he believes that while the measures for success are ultimately biological, the only way to achieve them are through social, cultural, political and economic change—in other words, through and by people and communities. He recently launched a Marine Conservation Fellowship Program, which provides dedicated young conservationists with professional development and growth opportunities in Hawaii. Manuel is a graduate of McGill and Columbia University where he concentrated on the earth sciences and environmental policy for his BSc and MSc degrees. Mejia has two children (ages 9 and 11) and he dedicates his life’s work in conservation to them. He believes that through collective action and wise stewardship of our island’s natural resources, nature and our communities can be healthy again. “Hawai`i is a wellspring of stories that depict how our collective actions as a community can both destroy and heal vital ecosystems.The challenges looming before Earth come from problems that are essentially man-made. Community action is critical to stemming the tide of environmental degradation.”

Matthew Nagato

Idea Worth Spreading : Health is in everything we do, and the surest way to creating a thriving, healthy society is through the power of community. Matthew Nagato is the Communications Director for the Hawai’i Primary Care Association, a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to improving the health of communities. He is also the writer, director, and producer of the acclaimed documentary “Ola - Health is Everything.” Since 1987, he’s worked in a variety of Hawai‘i’s health care organizations, leveraging his experience in strategic planning, operations, communications, and information systems. After many years in the care delivery and financing sectors, Matthew now devotes his energies to transforming public health and creating thriving communities. In 2012 he developed the “What is a Community Health Center?” animated advocacy project, which received national and international attention for its clear and inventive use of video for patient education. He speaks regularly at health care conferences and to medical organizations on system transformation, health care reform, and innovation.

Ben Seng Au

Idea Worth Spreading: Share the cultural understanding and benefits of the Shaolin Temple of China Au’s Shaolin Arts is a non-profit cultural arts and amateur athletic sports corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Martial and Healing Arts of the Shaolin Temple of China. ASA gives instruction in two styles of Traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu - Hung Gar and Choy Lee Fut (CLF) Kung Fu from Grandmaster Kong Buck Sam of Hawaii and for the more serious CLF practitioners, Choy Lee Fut from Grandmaster Chan Yong Fa of Australia. Chief Instructor Ben Seng Au has been in the arts for 47 years; a teacher for 36 years. He’s been inducted into several martial arts hall of fames including the prestigious Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as Kung Fu Artist of the Year. Known for being an ambassador of goodwill for the arts, he has traveled to South Africa, Great Britain, Australia, Siberia, Poland, Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico and China. This performance will highlight the most famous sworn brothers; Liu Bei Lion, for its colorful yellow golden lion with a dragon on it’s horn; Kwan Kung Lion, for its red and black symbolic known as the patron saint; and Cheorng Fei Lion, represented as the black lion.

Henry Kapono

Idea Worth Spreading: Music can cultivate a community Henry Kapono Ka’aihue is an award winning and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. He’s won numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii’s equivalent of a Grammy) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year. He is also the author of the award winning children’s book “A Beautiful Hawaiian Day”. Although Henry had no formal musical training, he started singing in a church choir at the age of five. He performed in little joints around Waikiki until he joined a local island group called “Pakalolo.” The group played the islands and the far east where a defunct tour company left them stranded in Vietnam. Putting their situation and talents to good use, they stayed and performed for the troops at fire bases throughout Vietnam. When Henry returned to Hawaii, he collaborated with Cecilio Rodriguez, from California, and the duo, known as “Cecilio & Kapono” became an instant phenomenon. Within eight months “Cecilio & Kapono” had a recording contract with Columbia Records, a first for a Hawaii group. In 1981 Henry pursued a solo career with the extremely successful release of “Kapono - Stand in the Light.” Since then he has created an incredibly broad range of musical expressions through 17 solo albums.

Ian Kitajima

Idea Worth Spreading: Build community strength from personal weakness. Ian Kitajima is a senior executive at Oceanit, one of the country’s most innovative, and Hawaii’s largest and most diversified privately-held technology companies, with 150 scientists and engineers. He is responsible for corporate development and venturing for Oceanit’s award winning innovations, products, and services. Since 2001, he has helped to evolve Oceanit’s culture of innovation to inspire, create, fund, and incubate new innovations with a community mission to create a more prosperous Hawaii. Kitajima is a founding member of Hoana Medical, a co-founder of Nanopoint, and IBIS Networks, Oceanit’s 2013 clean tech spinoff. Mr. Kitajima comes to Oceanit with a background in starting companies focused on wireless software systems and global consumer marketing. Prior to joining Oceanit, he was the CEO of a wireless start-up developing virtual communities for mobile phones in Helsinki, Finland. He is the co-founder of the Dual Use Hawaii industry group and Design Thinking Hawaii. He is also an adviser or board member to several educational, government, and community organizations, such as PBS Hawaii, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, and UH Alumni Association.

Jessica Munoz

Idea Worth Spreading: Justice for child victims of sexual exploitation Jessica R. Munoz is the Volunteer Director for the Courage House Hawaii Project. Originally from California, Jessica has lived on Oahu’s for more than seven years, where she is an active member in the community. She has been involved in youth mentoring and outreach for high risk adolescents since moving to the island. She currently works for a private emergency physician group as a clinical nurse practitioner provider at a local hospital. Her nursing career was a key factor in moving to Oahu and she initially began working at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children while attending graduate school at the University of Hawaii. Her passion for victims of sex trafficking started while writing her thesis on human trafficking and emergency health care professionals. Her research revealed that there is a gross lack of aftercare resources existing for these victims- especially the underage victims. Her family in California was involved with Courage Worldwide and helped in starting the Northern California Courage House. Her husband and parents were also part of the building project for the Tanzania Courage House, fulfilling its vision to build homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking in major cities. Munoz recently published two articles in Emergency Physicians Monthly on identifying victims of sex trafficking.

Hannah Roberts

Idea Worth Spreading: The Runner’s Low: Depression and the Badwater Ultra Marathon Hannah grew up mostly in southern Delaware and attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland for her undergraduate studies. She commissioned as an ensign in the navy and met her ship in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While on sea duty and between deployments, Hannah became very involved in ultra endurance sports, including running and cycling. Happiest on technical single track mountain trails, she trained for the 2012 Badwater 135-mile ultra marathon while underway on the destroyer Hopper, based out of Pearl Harbor. She was one of the youngest runners in Badwater.

Organizing team


Honolulu, HI, United States
  • Aleeka Kay Edwards
    Productions Team | Speaker Concierge
  • Alexandra “Alex” McDougle
    Social Media Team
  • Anika Amayi Redden
    Interactive Team
  • April Dodge
    Registration Team
  • Austin Weihmiller
    Registration Team
  • Bobby Evans
    Sustainability Team
  • Brittnie Cornell
  • Brent Nakano
  • Bridie “Bea” Farley
  • Cornelia “Conny” Jolitz
    Design Team | Leader
  • Danielle Jones
    Design Team | Photographer/Video
  • Danny Terlip
    Sustainability Team | Co-Leader
  • Danylle Soloman
    Registration Team | Leader
  • David Aquino
    Sustainability Team
  • Dhevhan Keith
    Design Team
  • Dorothy Sekowski
    Sustainability Team
  • Emi Hart
    Post Party
  • Emi Weihmiller
  • Eric Gudmundson
    Design Team
  • Gene Shofner
    Productions Team
  • Gwen Kobashigawa
    Registration Team
  • Harriett Antonio
    Registration Team
  • Heather DeWoody
    Interactive Team
  • Hue Oldham
  • Inah Golez
    Pre-Party & Interactive Team
  • Ivan Lui
    Interactive Team
  • Ivy Wong
    Registration Team
  • Jared Christenot
  • Jared Christenot
  • Jason Mateo
    Productions Team | Leader
  • Jennifer Killinger
    Sustainability Team
  • Joe Heaukalani
    Interactive Team | Leader
  • Justine Espiritu
    Design Team | Co-Leader
  • Karen Tanigawa
    Design Team
  • Kevin Shin
    Interactive Team
  • Kun lian “Zoey” Xu
    Interactive Team
  • Kristine Averill
  • Koli’i Remigio
  • Lachmin Singh
  • Lauren Carson
  • Lealyn Poponi
  • Malana Panaro
    Scholarship Team & Design Team | Photographer
  • Marcos Bendana
  • Martha Guinan
    Registration Team
  • Matt Lynch
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Matt Moore
    Sustainability Team
  • Matthew Tengansantos
  • Mia Cremer
  • Michael Brady
    Sustainability Team
  • Nicole “Coco” Marie Sandry
    Social Media Team
  • Moriell Greenleaf
  • Rachel Yergan
    Sponsorship Team
  • Ray Sutherland
  • Rey Valdez
    Business & Merchants Coordinator
  • Richard Yamane
  • Robert F. Ripp
  • Rong Fang
  • Ruby Menon
    Registration Team & Pre-Party
  • Samantha Hudson
    Sustainability Team | Curator
  • Sarah McCann
    Sustainability Team
  • Shannon Hines
    Sustainability Team & Sponsorship Team
  • Sherry Campagna
    Sponsorship Team
  • Stephanie Hughes White
    Registration Team
  • Stephen Maybir
  • Susan Schwichow-Lord
  • Sylvia Flores
    Social Media Team
  • Tara Buckly
    Registration Team
  • Tara Coomans
    Social Media Team | Leader
  • TEDxHonoluluED2014 Team w/ Ayami Hatanaka
    TEDxHonoluluED Organizing Team
  • TEDxYouth@Kamehameha Schools w/ Alan Tamayose
    TEDxYouth@Kamehameha Schools Organizing Team Volunteers
  • TEDxHonoluluED2013 w/ Casey Agena, Adam Pang, Tamara Ohta
    TEDxHonoluluED2013 Organizing Team Volunteers
  • Tehani Diaz
    Sponsorship Team | Leader
  • Uyen Bong
  • Kimberly Seko
    Productions Team | Stage Manager
  • Quincy Solano
    Event Coordinator
  • Trey Takahashi
    Productions Team | Visual Co-Coordinator
  • Sariah Howard
    Productions Team | Visual Co-Coordinator