“Farming Is The New Sexy” — TEDxHonolulu welcomes past TEDx speaker Steven Chiang as guest curator for its January 2016 kick off event…

CHIANG_bwHORIZONTALTEDxHonolulu is very excited to welcome ag-guru Steven Chiang to our team as guest curator for TEDxHonoluluSalon 6!  This January, 2016 event will explore how people in Hawaii’s rapidly changing agri-economy are creating exciting innovations in food production and distribution, raising our awareness, and making real, tangible contributions to our island community.

The more we learn about it, the more we understand that everything is deeply interconnected with agriculture in Hawaii: sustainability, development, community, health, culture…and so much more. TEDxHonoluluSalon 6 will be a fascinating and important conversation about how Hawaii’s farmers, merchants, entrepreneurs and consumers are creating new ways for agriculture to help us build stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities.

Steven’s presentation at last year’s TEDxHonolulu conference was one of the most informative, inspiring and entertaining (“Farming is the new sexy” was just one of his many memorable quotes). We’re delighted to have him join us again as guest-curator to expand upon, and branch out from, his 2015 presentation.

Chiang is co-founder of GoFarm Hawaii, the premier beginning farmer training program in Hawaii and an innovative role model for other programs that help turn the Ag-Curious into successful commercial farmers. Steven is also Director of the Agribusiness Incubator Program at the University of Hawaii, and has contributed to hundreds of businesses in a wide range of industries across the U.S. in his career as a leader, mentor and management and technology consultant.

Watch the video below to learn more about GoFarm Hawaii.

TEDxHonoluluSalon 6 will kick off TEDxHonolulu’s 2016 series of events, salons and fun-filled adventures aimed at our mission of presenting some of the best minds that Hawaii and the global community have to offer. By featuring dynamic and innovative individuals drawn from the diverse, multi-cultural nature of our community, our vision is to be a local forum for “Ideas Worth Spreading” that inspire people to challenge themselves, build their community, and engage with innovators across the world.

We’ll begin announcing details about the January 2016 TEDxHonoluluSalon 6–and all of our 2016 speakers, events and programs– later in November, so stay posted!

See you soon!


THANK YOU to everyone who attended the TEDxHonolulu #CheersTo2015 event on Nov. 21 at Honolulu Beerworks! 

#CheersTo2015 was a fun-filled gathering that created new friendships and brought the team and our supporters together for some lively interactions. And of course there was a bit of beer tasting in celebration of our accomplishments this year–#CheersTo2015!

As part of the event, the TEDxHonolulu team joined the #EarthToParis project, a global social media campaign to send messages to world leaders showing strong support for meaningful resolutions at the upcoming climate change summit in Paris.

We also announced the theme for TEDxHonolulu 2016 — FLOW: Optimizing Human Potential. To learn more about FLOW, check out the TED Talk by  the “father of flow” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “Flow, the secret to happiness.”

Stay tuned for more information about TEDxHonolulu 2016. We’ll be announcing our call for speakerspartners and more soon!

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TEDxHonolulu 2015 

MAHALO to everyone who made the TEDxHonolulu 2015 “PARADIGM SHIFT” conference such an amazing event!


 Some of the inspiring speakers from the event: Kealoha, Hayden Atkins, Shane Robinson, Ian Monroe, Gabriel Yanagihara, Andrea Anderson, Cheyne Gallarde, Voices From The Inside and Steven Chiang.


Watch the videos of the TEDxHonolulu 2015 Talks…





Browse the event program to learn more about the Speakers and our Special Projects…



Check out some photos from the event…


Special thanks to our amazing Volunteers who helped organize TEDxHonolulu 2015…





And mahalo to our Partners who made the event possible…TEDxHonolulu2015leadPARTNERS



See you again soon!