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Hackerspace spotlight – Oahu Makerspace @oahumakerspace

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Adafruit supplies hundreds of hackerspaces and makerspaces around the world with tutorials and great electronics (with great discounts!). We also have a series of articles on how to start your own hackerspace by Eric Michaud. We’re celebrating all of them on the Adafruit blog!

Today is Oahu Makerspace!

We are a small collaboration of crafters who share a space in Kaka’ako.

Our purpose is to provide a workshop community full of knowledge, space, and equipment so that no one has to do it alone.

Our goal is to bring hands-on experience building tangible projects to as many people as we can. Often, people face obstacles to building the projects that they yearn for. Maybe it is living in an apartment, where space is limited. Maybe it is living with a Homeowner’s Association, where projects are stifled. Often, the biggest obstacle is taking the first step and being introduced to the capabilities and mechanics of construction. We teach classes where people can learn the basic skills that they need for woodworking, metal working, welding, and electronics.

When I look at any product, the first thing that comes to mind is how it was made. From the smallest gadget, to the largest skyscraper, we can approach them all with the understanding that people made them. The people who made everything were not born with the ability to calculate, construct, compose, or theorize; they were all born naked and crying, just like the rest of us. So it then follows that learning is the innate ability and we can all learn what we need to produce great works. All we need is to find the direction that puts us on that path.

In addition to this innate ability, we also “stand on the shoulders of giants” (Sir Issac Newton). So much has happened over the last few centuries that all we need for the next breakthrough is a creative person with a new outlook for an old problem. We have the convenience of looking to history to provide us with both inspiration and cautionary examples. More recent advances in the DIY movement have brought tinkerers and inventors from sheds and basements, into classrooms, living rooms, and makerspaces.

So we welcome everyone. Whether you are a blank slate for design and construction, a hobbyist with some experience, or a crafter taking it to the next level. We are investing in your success. Please invest in ours.

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We recently updated our distributor, reseller and hackerspace pricing! Now, 1 quantity has UP TO a 30% discount off many items, this is allows you to get a great discount by just ordering 1 of something. Great for folks who just want to try 1 item of each of something out in their store, etc. As always, once you order 50+ or more of something the discount goes UP TO 40% off many items as well. Note! *Not ALL items have reseller pricing, reseller pricing is for items we can discount for our resellers. We are adding more all the time! Remember, the minimum order is $250 per order, not including shipping.

We have a very easy reseller program and would love to have more great people & companies as a distributors/resellers/hackerspaces. Our products are high-quality and we think they’re the best engineered & designed in the market.

Want your hackerspace/makerspace to get up to 40% off on group buys? Click here!


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