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Entries from January 29th, 2008

Aspartame Ban Proposed in Hawaii

January 29th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Hawaii, Politics

It’s the stuff of urban legends and a million e-mail forwards: aspartame (a.k.a. Nutrasweet, Equal, and other brands) causes cancer, brain tumors, and a multitude of other ghastly and deadly health problems. And while the FDA, MIT, and several other so-called “experts” have constantly affirmed the relative safety of aspartame, hundreds of thousands of web […]

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Maui Brewing Co. Doubles Capacity

January 29th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Business, Hawaii

Maui Brewing Co. announced yesterday that it has greatly expanded its brewery in Lahaina, adding two 100-barrel tanks and additional equipment only eight months after the facility first opened. Company founders Garrett and Melanie Marrero say the move is in response to strong and growing demand for the island’s only microbrews. “It’s awesome to see […]

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Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

January 28th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Media, People

Ron Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year career in journalism. Only a […]

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Frugal Traveler in Hawaii

January 28th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Media

Travel writer Matt Gross, better known as The Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, tested his penny-pinching mettle on the Big Island and Kauai, and managed to spend only $1,210.93 on a nearly week-long visit to “the least affordable state in the country.” He and his wife stayed in small B&Bs, picnicked on the […]

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Planet Hollywood Gets ‘LOST’

January 25th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Media, Television

The bad news? The annual “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the “LOST” season premiere has been canceled this year due to the ongoing writers’ strike. The good news? The folks at Planet Hollywood in Waikiki (and their friends at Infinite Productions) have stepped up to give “LOST” fans a place to gather and […]

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Chris Pirillo on Hawaii

January 25th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Hawaii, People, The Web

Renown übergeek Chris Pirillo is vacationing in Hawaii, but he hasn’t taken a break from technology nor his thriving community of fans. Chris has been streaming live video and reporting from his cruise ship as he tours the islands. A recent segment was titled, “Reasons I Might Never Move to Hawaii.” He had five main […]

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I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

January 24th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

If you’re a “lolcat” fan with an iPhone, you can now get a specially formatted fix of funny felines. The weird and whimsical website I Can Has Cheezburger, which is the brainchild of local geek Eric Nakagawa and his friends, has just announced an iPhone-optimized interface. All you have to do is launch Safari on […]

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Unconferenz Ahoy!

January 11th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Events, Gadgets, Hawaii, Media, People, Podcasting, Technology, The Web

Hawaii will host its first “unconference” tomorrow at JAIMS in Hawaii Kai. Dubbed “Unconferenz,” it’s the brainchild of digital wonderer Burt Lum, no stranger to bringing people together under the Bytemarks banner. An “unconference” is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants. No keynotes, no product pitches, […]

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First Flickr Friday of 2008

January 10th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, The Web

It seems like only last week that local shutterbugs came together for food, fellowship, and f-stops. And it was. But tomorrow brings the monthly Flickr Friday lunch meetup downtown. We’ll be taking over Mini Garden (50 N. Hotel St.), a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hotel and Smith streets. Won’t you join us? Check […]

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YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

January 9th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Blogs, Media, Technology, Television, The Web

Looks like I got back into making videos just in time: TiVo users will soon be able to watch video podcasts as easily as they can watch “regular” television. The announcement was made this week at CES, and will only require a free software update for current customers. We love our TiVo. So ingrained is […]

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