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KS EdTech Disrupt

Mark your calendars and register for KS ED TECH: DISRUPT. Education Technology Conference this June 5th and 6th at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

On June 5th I will open for the KS EdTech: Disrupt Conference with a live beatbox performance.

Day 1 keynote speakers are Arthur Renowitsky and Eugene Yoon. Day 2 keynote speaker is Liz Clark. There will also be a great panel of featured speakers as well. For more information, read below and visit

Day 1 Keynote Speakers
Arthur Renowitsky
Arthur Renowitsky founded LGO in 2007 after he was shot in the chest outside a San Francisco night club by an unknown assailant, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. The shooter stole $20 from Arthur and was never found. After a 23-day battle in a medically induced coma, Renowitsky woke on Christmas Eve dato learn he would never walk or talk again. The news inspired him to fight paralysis by spreading spinal cord injury awareness and gave him the "line in the sand" against youth violence; Renowitsky knew the best route was to create his nonprofit, LGO, and aggressively spread his message of overcoming adversity.

​In recognition of his work, Renowitsky was named a Home Town hero by the Bay Area News Group for the summer of 2009 and also received a citation of appreciation from the Oakland Mayoral Council Against Violence that same year. Arthur has been featured sharing LGO on media outlets such as ABC Los Angeles, KTVU Bay Area, CNN, Hot Talk New Radio 560, Daily Review, Oakland Tribune, Chronicle Live.

Eugene Yoon
Bio: On April 24, 2015, Eugene Yoon 
quit his job and set out on the craziest adventure of his life. He hiked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for a paralyzed stranger whose dream was to talk again. Having no prior outdoors or backpacking experience, Eugene eventually completed the entirety of the 2660-mile trail in six months and his story of kindness spread on media channels across the globe, including CBS National News, The Oprah Winfrey Network, People Magazine, and television stations in Asia, The Middle East, and Europe.

Ever since that philanthropic hike, Eugene has made it his personal mission to achieve two goals: 1) Create better economic business models to support disadvantaged populations and charitable causes, and 2) To inspire as many souls as possible to be kind to themselves and one another. In 2017 Eugene embedded these two goals into his most recent philanthropic business venture and became the founder and CEO of KIN LOV GRA, an ethical clothing company that helps lower-income families climb out of poverty by providing them with fair paying job opportunities. Eugene also personally designs each collection with handwritten messages about KIN(dness) LOV(e) and GRA(titude). Eugene's ultimate "higher purpose vision" for KIN LOV GRA is to grow his business into a powerful platform for social impact; a champion for KIN(dness); and an inspiration for all other companies to prioritize people before profit.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker

Liz Clark
Liz left California as captain of her 40-ft sailboat, Swell, in 2006 and has sailed over 20,000 nautical miles in the Pacific exploring for remote waves to surf, learning new cultures, seeking truth, living simply from the sea, and writing about it on her blog As an environmental and spiritual activist, she hopes to inspire people to live their passions and reconnect with nature and our inherent Oneness. She recently published a memoir about her voyage called, Swell: A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening. She still lives abroad her sailboat in the South Pacific.


Featured Speakers:
Beau Bassett
​Bio: Born and raised in Kahalu`u O`ahu, Beau is a native Hawaiian film producer and attorney. His documentary film, OUT OF STATE, chronicles the experience of native Hawaiian inmates at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona, and tells the story of thehundreds of native Hawaiians shipped from Hawaii to faraway prisons and who yet remain hopeful to return home to a fresh start.

Ciara Lacy
Ciara is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has produced documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC, TLC, Discovery, Bravo, HGTV and A&E. Ciara is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow and an inaugural NATIVe Fellow at Berlinale. She has also benefited from fellowships with Tribeca All Access, the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, the Sundance Institute’s Native Lab, Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, and IFP. Ciara holds a BA from Yale University, and graduated from Hawai`i’s Kamehameha Schools.

Gail Lovely
Gail Lovely is an independent learner and educator with more than 30 years of work focused on young learners and technologies. First as a classroom teacher, later as a professional development leader, and more recently as a coach, mentor, and author,Gail is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning, and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable. Gail’s recent 4-year-long project in classrooms of Native American (Cherokee) children and their teachers gave her new insights into the strength of technology to amplify voice, story, and thoughts of the youngest and oldest learners in the language of their choosing.

Gay Murakami
Gay Murakami is a 7th grade Life Skills/Health teacher at Kamehameha Middle School for the past two years. Prior to teaching Life Skills/Health she taught English/Language Arts for 10 years. Kumu Murakami holds two masters: one in Secondary Education: English/Language Arts (ELA) from Hawai`i Pacific University and another in National Boards with an emphasis in ELA from National University, San Diego. She lives in Kailua, O`ahu and has three grown sons

Ian Katajima
At Oceanit, Ian doesn’t like to limit himself to what he is supposed to do, but rather what he can do, acting as an influencer of ideas. Whether he’s introducing an interactive petting zoo for the office’s science and technology hub, or actingas head speaker for the new-age innovative practice of Design Thinking, Ian brings forth an out-of-the-box perspective to better advance systems and applications away from the norm. He has served as a key conduit in promoting the applicationof design thinking in Hawai‘i high schools. Developed at Stanford’s Institute of Design, design thinking is a five-step method to create out-of-the-box solutions for human needs.

Julee Kaiaokamalie
Julee has been teaching on Maui for 30 years, the last 15 years at Kamehameha Schools Maui. She loves teaching technology and serving our Hawaiian keiki population. Both of her two daughters are Kamehameha Maui graduates. Julee also enjoys coaching herLego Robotics team and producing the school’s morning broadcast show. Two of her favorite pastimes are spending time with my grandchildren and playing with her dog Pu’ali.

Leah Kihara
While attending Kamehameha Schools as a student, Leah Kihara discovered her passion for telling the stories of Hawai’i through visual media. She then pursued her interests at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. The lure of Hollywood could not keep her in Los Angeles and after receiving her degree, she lived in Singapore and Sri Lanka teaching and making films. Fulfilling her kuleana to return to Hawai’i, she moved back to pursue a career in independent film making producing a variety of documentaries, short films, and public service announcements. In 2009, she changed her focus to education when she took the helm of Kamehameha’s Video/Digital Media program. Her real world experience serves as a valuable resource in designing curriculum and mentoring students in projects such as Project Kuleana.

Marisa Vickery
Marisa Vickery is an educator of 19 years, Drone Edu aficionado, STEM & STEAM advocate, was honored as the TCEA 2017 High Impact Teacher of the year and the Texas Trailblazer of the Year in 2015 by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.She serves as a Champion Board Member for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, and her current programs include DroneBlocks, CoDrone, and the Mast STEM Academy in China. Marisa currently serves as the Facilitator of Learning & Innovationat Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs ISD and runs the Center for Learning & Innovation.

Mary Hattori
Mathieu Williams is a current digital media and technology teacher at Kealakehe Intermediate School. He is a former Hope Street Group Fellow, State Department Teachers for Global Education fellow, and leads his school’s Advisory program. He is passionate about approaching projects through a community lens and lives by the mission of striving through excellence to empower students to lead from every chair, work from the heart and challenge their limits.

Mathieu Williams
Mathieu Williams is a current digital media and technology teacher at Kealakehe Intermediate School. He is a former Hope Street Group Fellow, State Department Teachers for Global Education fellow, and leads his school’s Advisory program. He is passionateabout approaching projects through a community lens and lives by the mission of striving through excellence to empower students to lead from every chair, work from the heart and challenge their limits.

Melanie Shimano
Melanie Shimano is the Director and Founder of the Food Computer Program in Baltimore City Public Schools, the Data Automation & Technology Analyst for Baltimore City’s Department of General Services, and a current Baltimore Corps Fellow. Her work focuses on providing meaningful STEM education to Baltimore City students through innovative programming and continuing this understanding of effectively implementing technology when designing solutions to community challenges in her data sciencerole with the City of Baltimore. Melanie was most recently featured as a speaker at both SXSW and SXSW EDU where she lead sessions about the importance of using open-source technology in education and aligning these projects with education standardsand civic engagement. Her work has been featured in The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Mayor’s Newsletter, The Johns Hopkins Magazine, and The Johns Hopkins Engineering Magazine, and she has received several grants for her entrepreneurial efforts—mostrecently a $25,000 award from Constellation Energy Group to continue STEM and Food Systems programming at Green Street Academy. Melanie holds both an M.S. in Engineering Management and a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Fricano
Michael is a Technology Integration Specialist & MakerEd educator at ‘Iolani School in Hawaii and an Education Architect for The Janus Group. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer & Certified Educator, GEG Hawaii Leader, and an AppleTeacher. He’s been presenting on a variety of EdTech topics for more than 8 years. He has recently been exploring the use of Virtual & Augmented Reality in the Classroom. Michael is also the Past President for and a co-founder of EdCamp Honolulu, Edcamp West Oahu, and #EdChatHI.

Miki Tomita
Born and raised on Maui, Miki graduated from HP Baldwin High School, then completed a BSE in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University. She has worked in education for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, curriculum developer, and researcher. Her work is anchored at the intersections of education and innovation, with a sharp focus on place-based, community-driven collaborative education that puts youth at the center of transforming society’s greatest challenges into opportunities for learning and invention. Miki is the Education Director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the voyages of Hōkūleʻa, and the Program Director for Education Incubator’s Moonshot Laboratory Hawaiʻi — through both, she helps to advocate for the healing power of place-based wisdom and compassion combined with horizon technologies to empower our young people and communities to navigate our world to a better destination.

Seungoh Paek
Dr. Seungoh Paek is an Associate Professor in the Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) Department, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Broadly speaking, Dr. Paek’s research focuses on the design and development of interactive media and their impact on cognitive development and learning. She’s particularly interested in the ways in which digital environment design influences how learners engage—cognitively and behaviorally—with to-be-learned content. She enjoys this line of scholarship as it enables her to work across content areas and age groups.

Stephanie Shipton
​Bio: Stephanie is a self-proclaimed education policy wonk, systems thinking nerd, and innovation explorer. She has served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Teach For America Hawaii; acting director of Policy, Innovation, Planning, and Evaluation and as a portfolio manager at the Hawaii State Department of Education; and as a policy analyst at the National Governors Association and the Alliance for Excellent Education. In these roles, she has provided oversight and management for the state of Hawaii’s Race To The Top grant, co-authored the State’s federally approved ESEA flexibility waivers, and designed and implemented HIDOE’s Access Learning Pilot Project – an $8.2 million 1:1 digital device pilot in 8 schools across the state that grew to serve over 60 schools. Stephanie has a BA in political science and an MPS in political management from The George Washington University.

KES 6th Grade Kumu
KS Elementary School Sixth Grade Kumu Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama Campus Anna-Lee Lum, Nicole Jones, Joe Kahana, Melissa Parker and Noe Coelho collectively have over 40+ years of teaching experience between us. We are an energetic group of 6th grade teachers working together at Kamehameha Elementary Kapālama for the first time. We all enjoy challenging ourselves to come up with new and innovative ways to engage students, while still maintaining our personal family lives.



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