Hawaii Robofest’s 10th Anniversary

Hawaii Robofest’s 10th Anniversary

This year, we are extremely excited about the Robofest program’s 10th year in Hawaii! Please join us at our Hawaii Kickoff (Saturday, January 21st, 2017; Highlands Intermediate School library 9-11am) and Regional Qualifying Tournament (Saturday, April 8th; Pearl City High School cafeteria; 7:30a-2p) to help us celebrate this important milestone! YOU have helped make it happen!

Co-Sponsor for 2017 Hawaii Robofest: HTDC

Co-Sponsor for 2017 Hawaii Robofest: HTDC

A big MAHALO to the High Technology Development Corp (HTDC) for co-sponsoring the 2017 Hawai‘i Robofest program and Regional Qualifier – our 10th anniversary in Hawaii! HTDC is a State agency established to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s tech industry.

HTDC provides incubation services and facilities, entrepreneurial training and technical assistance to increase Hawaii’s skilled technology workforce. At last year’s Regional, we were fortunate to have Sandi Kanemori (Director, Client Services) and Sandy Park (Director, Programs) join us as well as two of HTDC companies – DevLeague Hawaii (coding trainers) and the Hawaii Drone Academy (unmanned air vehicles, training and education) – who came to share what they do with attending students and their families.

Please help us show our appreciation if you see them at the 2017 Regional! Mahalo HTDC!!!


Mahalo, Finance Factors!

Mahalo, Finance Factors!


Thanks to Finance Factors, the 2016 Hawai‘i Robofest Exhibition project finalists are being showcased at the downtown Honolulu branch (1164 Bishop Street). Mahalo to Finance Factors for their continued support!

Send PCHES to Michigan in May!

Team 1648-2 PEACHESHawaii’s very first qualifying game team is going to Michigan to compete at the 2016 World Robofest Event in May! PEACHES (Team 1648-2 from Pearl City Highlands Elementary School) will be competing against teams from all over the world. The event will be held at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI., Robofest Headquarters.

Congratulations to Coach Gary Kanamori, Principal Michael Nakasato and their students! Please rally around them and contribute to this historic journey by making a donation to their GoFundMe website: https://www.gofundme.com/224acn6x  Proceeds will go towards their travel expenses.
Please feel free to share this announcement and link with everyone! Go PEACHES!
9th Annual Hawaii Robofest Regional – Results

9th Annual Hawaii Robofest Regional – Results

The 9th annual Hawai‘i Robofest Regional Event was held this year at Pearl City High School on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. There were 56 teams at the event from 17 different elementary and middle schools and about 70 additional students who participated in intraschool trial events.

A big “MAHALO!” to the Pearl City High School Robotics Club for hosting us this year. Special thanks to our Sponsors and Community partners for their generous support and to the over 100 community volunteers who helped make the event a resounding success!

Last, but not least, KUDOS to all the coaches, parents, teachers and school administrators for their support and to all the hard working students who demonstrated their innovative minds and technical skills. Well done!


Main Category: EXHIBITION

  • 1st Place: Manana Elementary, Team 784-1 “Manana Robotics 1”
  • 2nd Place: Kanoelani Elementary, Team 2424-2 “Mine Broz”
  • 3rd Place: Kalihi-Kai Elementary, Team 1825-1 “Team Kal-Kai WiFlyers”
  • Peoples’ Choice Award: Manana Elementary, Team 784-1 “Manana Robotics 1”

Main Category: ROBOGOLF (Game)

  • 1st Place: Pearl City Highlands Elementary, Team 1648-2 “PEACHES”
  • 2nd Place: Mililani Ike Elementary, Team 2236-1 “Pueo Technotics”
  • 3rd Place: Keoneula Elementary, Team 2040-1 “Cub-bots #1”

Open Category: Bottle SumoBot

  • 1st Place: Mililani Ike Elementary, Team 2236-2 “Pueo Technotics”
  • 2nd Place: Leihoku Elementary, Team 2282-1 “Leihoku Pueo”
  • 3rd Place (Best Time in Trials): Waipahu Intermediate, Team 872-2 “MIRACLES”

Open Category: RoboParade (new!)

  • People’s Choice Award: Manana Elementary, Team 784-6 “Manana Robotics 6”
  • Best Representation of “Aloha”: Manana Elementary, Team 784-4 “Manana Robotics 4”
  • Most Creative: Kalihi-Kai Elementary, Team 1825-4 “Team Kal-Kai Turtles”

MAHALO! to Lawrence Technological University and all our 2016 Sponsors and Community Partners:


  • Friends of Hawaii Robotics (Ilima Sponsor)
  • High Technology Development Corp (Ilima Sponsor)
  • Hawaii Academy of Science (Plumeria Sponsor)

Community Partners:

  • Pearl City High School Robotics Club
  • Highlands Intermediate School
  • Waikele Elementary School
  • Jeff Fukui Photography
  • Flo’s Min Flower Shop
  • Finance Factors

For more information, please contact us at info[at]hifusioned.org or call 808.988.1931. Visit the national Robofest website for exhibition and game rules, too: http://www.robofest.net.


2016 Hawaii Robofest Kickoff

2016 Hawaii Robofest Kickoff

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, the 9th annual Hawai‘i Robofest season kicked off at Highlands Intermediate School in Pearl City. Our co-emcees, Sandy Ahu and Liz Shigeta (2016 HRF Organizing Committee Members), and Activity Chairs shared important information with attendees including the presentation of a brand new activity – RoboParade!

Special thanks to Ms. Sandy Park for joining us at the Kickoff. Ms. Park is the Program Director at the High Technology Development Corp (HTDC), one of this year’s sponsors. HTDC is a State agency that provides key resources to develop and retain high tech in Hawai‘i. Other 2016 sponsors are Friends of Hawai‘i Robotics and the Hawai‘i Academy of Science.

Many thanks to the 2016 Organizing Committee members who volunteer countless hours to insure that all Hawai‘i Robofest activities and events run smoothly each year. They are:

  • Sandy Ahu, Program Director
  • Elizabeth Shigeta, Advisor
  • Leialoha Kelekolio, Exhibition Co-Chair
  • Cathy Watanabe, Exhibition Co-Chair
  • Ranold Fujioka, Jr., Game Chair
  • Alex Yamada, Bottle Sumo Chair
  • Lisa Higa, RoboParade Chair
  • Gayle Loui, Scheduling Co-Chair and Awards Chair
  • Jodi Funasaki, Scheduling Co-Chair
  • Mark Yamashita, A/V Director
  • Brian Shono, Head Game Judge
  • Arlene Kihara, Event Coordinator
  • Lynn Fujioka, Official Hawai‘i Site Host (HI FusionED)
Sandy and Liz

2016 Kickoff Co-emcees, Sandy Liz

Lisa, Cathy and Lei

Committee Members: Lisa, Cathy and Lei