2018 AtBC Programming Workshop

This year’s game mission is the Autonomous tennis Ball Collector (AtBC) – a bot mission for the game competition at the 11th annual Hawaii Robofest Regional Tournament (April 7, 2018, Pearl City High School).

Special MAHALO! to Mr. Gary Kanamori (former Robofest coach and current Vice Principal at Pearl City High School) for facilitating a great programming workshop for our budding gamers! 50 students attended the EV3/NXT programming workshop on Saturday, February 3rd. Lots of basic programming concepts and competition tips for those who attended.

Here’s a link to Mr. Kanamori’s PPT Google slides for reference: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JfPYSMfztF6teRgI50AmHJ6gt6qAWLawOHwjbVuntVA/edit#slide=id.g1c6f9fcf84_0_124


2018 Hawaii Robofest Kickoff

Welcome to the 11th annual Hawaii Robofest Kickoff! We are excited to begin another season of fun, creative and innovative activities with our Hawaii ohana!

This year, we’ve created a short video of tips and reminders — especially for coaches — addressing things we need to consider for each of the 4 Hawaii Robofest activities. Thanks to all our volunteer Activity Chairs (see list below) for the information and to Jake Tamaye (Highlands Intermediate School) for shooting and editing the video.

  • Ranold Fujioka (Engineer, Navy Region Hawaii), Game Chair
  • Gary Kanamori (VP, Pearl City HS), Head Referee (Game) and Programming Workshop Facilitator
  • Mike Leslie (Manana ES) and Jodie Funasaki (Waikele ES), Exhibition
  • Gayle Loui (Waipahu IS), assisting the Bottle SumoBot Team (Lisa Watanabe, Student Chair, Pearl City HS)
  • Lisa Higa (Principal, Nanakuli ES), RoboParade Chair

If you have any questions, you can email us at info(at)hifusioned.org.

Please check out both websites: The national Robofest website for official rules, forms, forums and videos as well as our local website for information for the Hawaii Robofest Regional and registration.

Best wishes for a fun and successful Hawaii Robofest season!

11th Annual Hawaii Robofest Registration

The 11th annual Hawaii Robofest Regional will be held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at Pearl City High School (cafeteria). Competitive activities are Game, Exhibition and Bottle SumoBot. Our fun and popular RoboParade will also be presented!

Just a friendly reminder to all coaches who would like to register for this season’s Hawaii Robofest Regional – registration has been open since September 2017 and will close on February 23rd, 2018. All fees must be collected by the deadline. Registration instructions are on the attached Team Information sheet (click on link below for pdf). Mahalo for your kokua!

Team Information

Manana Team Recognized by PCity Neighborhood Board

 The Pearl City Neighborhood Board recognized Manana Elementary School Hawaii Robofest teams at their April meeting (4/12/2017). Congratulations to Coaches Lynn Okamura, Janet Okamura and Kellie Hatten and their 5 robotic teams for competing in the 10th annual Hawaii Robofest Regional Qualifier held on April 8th at Pearl City High School.

Kudos to all the Manana teams with special shout outs to: 1) the Manana Ke‘oke‘o Destroyers who took first and the People’s Choice Award in the Exhibition category and 2) The Manana RoboTeam who received a People’s Choice and Helping Hands Award in the RoboParade category.

Special congratz to Coach Lynn Okamura (photo above, far right) who was recognized at the Regional event for her 10 years of coaching service to students at Manana Elementary! Coach Okamura was presented with a certificate and check for $100 during Hawaii Robofest’s 10th Anniversary celebration.

Read more about them here: http://www.mypearlcity.com/story/education/manana-elementary-places-1st-2nd-robofest-2017

10th Annual Hawaii Robofest – Results

10th Annual Hawaii Robofest – Results

The 10th annual Hawai‘i Robofest Regional Event was held this year at Pearl City High School on Saturday, April 8th, 2017. There were 66 teams (a record!) at the event from 19 different elementary and middle schools.

A big “MAHALO!” to the Pearl City High School Robotics Club for hosting us again. 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!

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the following were recognized for their 10-year perpetual commitment to providing scholastic robotics learning opportunities to students through the Hawai‘i Robofest program:

  • Coach Lynn Okamura, Manana Elementary School
  • Principal Bryan Loo, Manana Elementary School
  • Principal Stacie Kunihisa, Kanoelani Elementary School
  • Principal Amy Martinson, Highlands Intermediate School
  • Principal Gavin Tsue, Palisades Elementary School

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!

2017 Regional RESULTS:

Main Category: EXHIBITION

  • 1st Place: Manana Elementary, Team 784-1 “Ke‘oke‘o Destroyers”
  • 2nd Place: Highlands Intermediate, Team 2545-1 “Highlands”
  • 3rd Place: Kanoelani Elementary, Team 2424-3 “Pet Sitters”
  • Peoples’ Choice Award: Manana Elementary, Team 784-1″Ke‘oke‘o Destroyers”
  • Helping Hands: Kanoelani Elementary, Team 2424-3 “Pet Sitters”

Main Category: ROBOHIT (Game)

  • 1st Place: Pearl City Highlands Elementary, Team 2748-2 “Peaches Bots”
  • 2nd Place:Pearl City Highlands Elementary, Team 2748-1 “Peaches Fire”
  • 3rd Place: Keoneula Elementary, Team 2040-2 “Cub-bots 2”
  • 4th Place: Keoneula Elementary, Team 2040-1 “Cub-bots 1”
  • Judges’ Choice: Ka Waihona PCS, Team 1994-2 “KWON Robotics” (for good attitude, perseverance)

Open Category: Bottle SumoBot

  • 1st Place: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Team 2758-3 “Super Sumo Lettuce”
  • 2nd Place: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Team 2758-1 “Fat Little Llamas”
  • 1st Place Time Trial: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Team 2758-1 “Fat Little Llamas”
  • 2nd Place Time Trial: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Team 2758-3 “Super Sumo Lettuce”
  • Helping Hands: Kalihi Kai Elementary, Team 2758-1 “Fat Little Llamas”

Open Category: RoboParade

  • 1st People’s Choice Award: Nanakuli Elementary, Team 1931-8 “1931F”
  • 2nd People’s Choice Award: Manana Elementary, Team 784-3 “Manana Robo Team”
  • Helping Hands: Manana Elementary, Team 784-3 “Manana Robo Team”

MAHALO! to Lawrence Technological University and all our 2017 Sponsors and Community Partners:


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

Community Partners:

  • Pearl City High School Robotics Club
  • Highlands Intermediate School
  • Waikele Elementary School
  • Honowai Elementary School
  • 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.