By Erica Barry
HNN Summer Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Stormtroopers, Pokemon trainers, and medieval fencers all gathered in Kapiolani Park this morning for the 9th annual Hawaii Geek Meet.
Unlike typical tech conferences, participants are encouraged to come outside and bring their kids and families.
This year's event featured many newcomers including Hawaii Nerf League (organizing foam-powered nerf battles), Drone Services Hawaii, and the newly formed group: Pokemon Go HI.
"I think that it's just awesome that there are so many people who are artistic, scientific, and curious, and they're willing to get together and explore it whether they're dressing up, or they're bringing gadgets and plugging things in," said organizer Ryan Ozawa.
Pokemon Go HI is a Facebook page that started two days ago and already has thousands of members. Thomas Pegues Jr., the founder of the page, said that they are trying to emphasize the importance of safety and community while catching Pokemon: "we promote picking up trash while you're out there, we're trying to give back to the community."
"It's also a good excuse for many of us to actually spend some time outdoors," said Ozawa.
For more information about the event, visit HawaiiGeek.com