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Entries from August 31st, 2009

Hā: Breath of Life

August 31st, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Family, Hawaii, Video

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s top paid visitor attraction, recently unveiled its new night show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” On Saturday, my wife and I were among a group of people invited by the center to check it out as part of a “social media night.” Our hosts, Lee Britos and Maria Quidez, were warm […]

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“LOST” Confrontation

August 28th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Television

SPOILER ALERT: “LOST” filmed late into the night and continued work today in West O’ahu (as reported yesterday). And “LOST” fans from afar — New York and Brazil — were able to get relatively close to the action as a scene unfolded at Jacob’s beach temple. The following is a composite of their brief, breathless reports: When […]

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“LOST” Update

August 27th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Hawaii, Lost, Television

SPOILER ALERT: Filming for the sixth and final season of “LOST” began on Monday, but most of the lensing so far has taken place at the Hawaii Film Studio on Diamond Head. But today, thanks to visiting “LOST” fan, blogger and podcaster “TheODI” and film industry watcher Tim Ryan, there’s finally a couple of tidbits […]

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Mokulele Airlines Giving Away Trips via Tweets

August 25th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii

Mokulele Airlines, flush with fresh cash and a new hangar,  is giving away two travel passes good for unlimited flights through September. All you have to do is “Spot Scott,” Mokulele CEO Scott Durgin, in downtown Honolulu tomorrow and Thursday. The airline will post Durgin’s location to Twitter with the hashtag #spotscott. The first person […]

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Bookmarks for August 23rd

August 23rd, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Links

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 23rd: ‘No. 1 earmarks guy’ calls them transparent, beneficial: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye defended his earmarks before a friendly crowd Monday at the Keauhou Beach Resort. Those earmarks are transparent and justifiably benefit not just Hawaii residents, but also […]

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Media Council Opposes TV Merger

August 20th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Media, Television

When the people who cover the news become the news, it’s often difficult to separate the story from the storytellers. On Tuesday, Alabama-based Raycom Media announced that television news operations at KGMB, KHNL and KFVE will be consolidated under a “shared services agreement.” After simultaneous 9 a.m. meetings at all three stations, the joint press […]

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Google Adds Hawaiian Language

August 19th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, People, Television, The Web

For many, Google and its search engine is quickly becoming the world’s central clearinghouse for information, and its web interface supports over a hundred different languages. Now, thanks to the efforts of Keola Donaghy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, you can now use Google in Hawaiian. Keola, who teaches at the Ka Haka […]

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Ruby On Rails in Hawaii

August 18th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Technology

Hawaii is hosting a major Ruby on Rails conference in October. “Aloha on Rails” is bringing many of the world’s leading developers to Honolulu for three days of presentations, discussions, and debates with an eye toward the future of web application engineering. Ruby on Rails is perhaps the most popular tool used in developing web […]

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Social Entrepreneur James Koshiba to Speak

August 17th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events

The “Wayfinder Lecture Series” at Hawaii Public Radio continues this week, with Thursday night’s presentation featuring social entrepreneur James Koshiba. Koshiba is co-founder of 3Point, a public interest research and consulting firm, as well as a co-founder of Kanu Hawaii. The “Wayfinder” series is the brainchild of my friend and co-host Burt Lum and executive […]

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By the Numbers

August 17th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Health

Summer, it seems, is the season of statistics. I’ve noticed a number of rankings in the news lately in which Hawaii has distinguished itself… for better or worse: Hawaii tops the country in well-being, according to a Gallup survey. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index gives Hawaii a score of 69.4 (out of 100), edging ahead of […]

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