Hawaiʻi Geek Meet
In keeping up with the free convention season here in Hawaiʻi we attended Hawaiʻi Meet Geek. It’s an annual celebration of all things geek and nerdy! This even has descended upon Honolulu every year for the last 9 years. Each year the bring more fun and as always the event if free and outdoors. To find more about the event next year check out the website here!
It is a very family friendly event and in the case, the little ones get overheated or tired from the day the Waikiki Aquarium was right down the road. Additionally, the location overlooked San Sucsi Beach which gave kids a chance to take a dip in the ocean after all the active learning.
Hawaiʻi 501st Legion
My son was pretty freaked out by anyone in cosplay. He wouldn’t even give anyway a wave he was scared of every cosplayer. Which naturally made the day slightly difficult. Finally, we went over the 501st table and they let him try on Boba Fet’s helmet and a Stormtrooper helmet. He watched saw a TIE fight pilot and Stormtrooper and wanted nothing to do with them, that is until the TIE fight pilot, thankfully had a voice emitter, started talking to him. I think the connection between the voice from the movies and a similar sound from the voice emitter made him actually believe in the TIE fight pilot in front of him.
The TIE fighter pilot caught on to my son’s nervousness and instead of walking away and making this a bad experience he got my little guy to do a high-five.
After this event my son was more than interested in the 501st and attempted to follow the TIE fighter pilot and Stormtrooper around.
After we hung out with the 501st we checked out a solar oven and sampled some cookies. There was a huge Nerf War battle going on at Hawai’i Geek Meet along with a course and everything. We were slightly under the age requirement to participate but we found other things like the HILUG group again. My son built Legos for a bit before we stumbled on Computational Thinkers. This is an organization that teaches kids coding. Although, I realized my son was far too young to actually understand the concepts it was neat to watch his little mind at work trying to understand what was asked of him. They shared a basic algorithm and then challenged the kids on how to make a basic battery setup work. Finally, they taught more fundamental algorithms with a series of rings. I think when my son is just slightly older this would be a great organization to take him to. For now, we’ll just continue with Lego School.
The annual Hawaiʻi Geek meet was another convention that was fun for the whole family. I’m thankful for these summer events that are perfect for everyone. If you get a chance to visit Hawaiʻi I hope you’ll check out this free convention as well. To see highlights of the day check out my video below!
How has your convention season been so far?