Support Code for Hawaii on #GivingTuesday

It’s official! Our 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign has begun!

As the only civic tech group in Hawaii, our goal is to raise $5,000 which will go toward space at Box Jelly, food for our project nights, and costs associated with hosting local events.

Most of your fellow supporters donate $50. 


Use #GivingTuesday to help us spread the word to friends and family!

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday) to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Your donations enable us to continually engage the civic tech community and help make Hawaii a better place.


Code for Hawaii Core Team

p.s. This year, we hosted both Code Across and National Day of Civic Hacking as well as organized 30+ meetups. We have fostered a number of civic projects, two of which include RedeemHi5 and the soon-to-be released Come check out our meetups if you’re interested in what we’re working on!

2015: Code for Hawaii’s Year in Review

Repost of our 2015: Year in Review newsletter!

Hello, 2016!

First and foremost, we’d like to send a big MAHALO to all of you for volunteering your time in 2015!

Here are some accomplishments we wanted to highlight from last year:

  1. Since becoming an official Code for America Brigade in May 2015, we’ve held 19 meetups.
  2. In those 19 meetups, we’ve had at least 65 of you in attendance!
  3. More importantly, since we started having people checkin, we’ve had over 130 checkins!

Code for Hawaii stats!

We’d like to think that last year we looked internally to build out the structures and foundations of the organization. As a group, we collaborated on a mission statement, came up with a strategic plan, setup a website, email, collaborative spaces, and code repositories.

We met with select members of government including our partner, Nicole Velasco, the Executive Director from the Office of Economic Development,  Honolulu’s Public Information Officers, and Mark Wong, Director and CIO for the City. Along the way, we hosted National Day of Civic Hacking and attended the 2015 Code for America Summit in Oakland.

So where does that leave us for 2016?

2016 is the year we branch out externally and seriously look for collaborative engagements with government. Here are a few projects being worked on at the moment:

  1. RedeemHi5George Lee, organizer of the largest local Javascript User Group, and McKay Davis are working with Michael Casey from the Department of Health to help Hawaii residents locate recycling centers.
  2. MakerspaceRussell Vea and Nicole Hori are working with Stacie Kanno from the Hawaii State Library on a map-based, mobile-friendly application to locate all the wonderful Makerspaces in Hawaii. I hear that HICapacity is pretty good.
  3. UIPARyan Kanno, Russ Tokuyama, Sara Sakamoto, and McKay Davis are working to stand up a Freedom of Information Portal for Hawaii to help provide transparency to the FOI process.
  4. Patternlab Jon Geyer is helping standardize the look and feel for Code for Hawaii. He’s asked that we please give him feedback! If you don’t know what a Patternlab is, you should definitely check it out.

Please make sure to sign up for our newsletter and come down to our next Project Night to check us out!

We look forward to serving you in 2016!


Code for Hawaii Core Team