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Entries from February 26th, 2008

Anthony Bourdain’s Hawaii Show Airs March 3

February 26th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Food, Hawaii, Television

Back in December, I was thrilled and terrified to learn that “bad boy” chef and writer Anthony Bourdain was filming an episode of his globetrotting food show, “No Reservations,” here in the Aloha State. Thrilled because Bourdain is sharp, funny, and brutally honest. Terrified because there was a local PR agency involved. Mocking local “handlers” […]

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Aunty Genoa Keawe Dies

February 25th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Music, People

Aunty Genoa Keawe, 89, passed away early this morning at home. She was a local legend and an unstoppable force in Hawaiian music and culture. Word of her passing is just beginning to spread through the Hawaiian music community. The news was posted to HawaiiThreads, and confirmed by her granddaughter L.P. Faleafine. “Aunty has been […]

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Watch Hawaii Five-O Online

February 23rd, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture, Television, The Web

Log on, Danno. CBS has taken the extraordinary step of putting some classic TV shows online, including “Hawaii Five-O.” The streaming video player looks great, and I’ve lost half an afternoon in the archives, smiling at the classic characters and marveling at the many fantastic shots of the Hawaii that was. Boat Days at Aloha […]

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Obama Sweeps Hawaii

February 21st, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Hawaii, Media, Politics, Video

Hawaii Democratic Caucus from hawaii on Vimeo. Hawaii-born U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama won handily in Hawaii’s historic Democratic caucuses on Tuesday. More than 37,000 people turned out to participate in a process that previously drew no more than 4,900 caucusgoers, and Obama won 76 percent of the vote (compared with 24 percent for Hillary […]

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The Great Aloha Run

February 19th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Family, Hawaii, Sports

Great Aloha Run 2008 from hawaii on Vimeo. I wasn’t expecting to have President’s Day off. Neither was my body clock, which drew me out of bed well before dawn yesterday. On a whim, I decided to head downtown for the start of the 24th annual Great Aloha Run. In addition to some blurry cameraphone […]

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Jill Kuramoto Gets LOST, Gets Pregnant

February 9th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Media, Television

Congratulations two times over for KITV news anchor and reporter Jill Kuramoto, who this week saw her national television debut on ABC’s “LOST,” and announced that she’s pregnant with her first child, a son, due in April. Kuramoto was tapped by her station’s parent network to play a television news anchor who tells the world […]

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Flickr Friday Tomorrow

February 7th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, People, The Web

Local shutterbugs will again gather in downtown Honolulu tomorrow for Flickr Friday, a monthly lunch meetup of Flickr users and photographers. We’re returning to Legend Seafood Restaurant (100 N. Beretania) in the Chinatown Cultural Plaza, a bustling dim sum eatery. Catch up with the discussion here, and RSVP via Upcoming. Note that while Flickr Friday […]

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Hawaiian Telcom CEO Mike Ruley Ousted

February 4th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, People, Technology

“Mike Ruley, President of Hawaiian Telcom just got FIRED!” So says former Hawaiian Telcom product manager and renowned technology guru Burt Lum, who again has used Twitter to break big news. Hawaiian Telcom has made drastic personnel changes in recent weeks, firing dozens of managers and losing other employees to not-very-coincidental resignations… including former spokesman […]

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UPDATED: LOST Production Still Stalled

February 4th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Pop Culture, Television

The writers strike may not officially be over, but I’m thrilled to report firsthand that “LOST” was filming today in Kahala. I was so stunned, I had to ask three people to make sure it wasn’t just a local car commercial. If true, it’s the best news to come out of the show since… well, […]

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Writers Strike Over?

February 2nd, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Business, Lost, Media, Pop Culture, Television

Technology journalist Xeni Jardin posted a Twitter update via SMS minutes ago that couldn’t be simpler: “The strike is over!” It’s the first affirmative declaration I’ve seen since the Writers Guilde of America strike began, and it comes from a reputable source. Of course, the trade off to the instantaneous and spontaneous nature of Twitter […]

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