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:

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] or call 808.988.1931. Visit the national Robofest website for exhibition and game rules, too:

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:  Proceeds will go towards their travel expenses.
Please feel free to share this announcement and link with everyone! Go PEACHES!