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Entries from June 28th, 2010

Meetup on Community Engagement Tomorrow

June 28th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Events, Social Media, Technology, The Web

If you build it, will they come? Today, the technology needed to create an online social network can be found anywhere, but filling it with an active, loyal community still takes something special. Tomorrow, I’m honored to say I’ll be moderating a conversation about “Community Engagement on the Web.” We’ll talk with the people behind […]

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Honolulu Among ‘Recession-Proof’ Cities

June 28th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Hawaii

Honolulu was named among the top ten most ‘recession-proof’ cities in the country, according to a new MetroMonitor report out of The Brookings Institution. The capital of the Aloha State ranked tenth,  sandwiched between Texas cities El Paso and Houston. Albany, New York took top honors. The report examined 100 large metropolitan areas for stable […]

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Tippr Coming to Honolulu

June 22nd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Events, The Web

Tippr, one of the web’s hottest “group buying” sites, is setting up shop in Honolulu. Tippr already offers deals in eight other U.S. cities, including New York and San Francisco, and it will launch its Honolulu program on Friday with a launch party at Honolulu Design Center. Mashable’s Pete Cashmore singled out group buying as […]

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HMSA, Bankoh Go Mobile

June 22nd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Technology

Two of Hawaii’s largest companies have jumped into the mobile space. HMSA this week launched Mobile HMSA, and Bank of Hawaii unveiled its iPhone app. The HMSA offering is a mobile-optimized website that appears at hmsa.com automatically (and only) for people using iPhones, Android phones, and the Palm Pre — with support for BlackBerry devices coming […]

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Bookmarks for June 21st

June 21st, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Links

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on June 21st: Marines to use autonomous vehicles built by Virginia Tech engineering students: Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of […]

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iSpencer Saved My Wife’s iPhone

June 19th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Business, People, Technology

My wife got caught up in a stampede at Costco this afternoon, and her iPhone 3G landed on the concrete floor, screen first. It shattered, tiny pieces immediately lost forever. Impeccable timing for an iPhone disaster, with the iPhone 4 due out on Thursday. I had planned to get the iPhone 4 for myself, and […]

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The Big Used Book Sale is Back

June 19th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Family

Book lovers rejoice! The 63rd annual Friends of the Library book sale is back at McKinley High School, beginning today and running through June 27. The annual event clears thousands of used and donated books from inventory, and can pick up more books than you can carry for just a few bucks. Over the next […]

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Loco Moco Smackdown in Waikiki

June 18th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Events, Food

The loco moco is a famous (and infamous) island dish: white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and thick brown gravy. Its presence on the menu is often a measure of how “local” an eatery is. And while the home of the loco moco is the sleepy town of Hilo on the […]

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“LOST” Truck for Sale

June 18th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Lost

Looking to make deliveries in style? Got some coffins to transport? The Oceanic Air Cargo truck seen in the historic series finale of ABC’s “LOST” is up for sale. The 1996 GMC P30 was rented from a local company, given a paint job and special Oceanic Airlines branding, and was ultimately used to deliver Christian […]

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Live Aloha on Saturday

June 18th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Technology, The Web

Tomorrow brings the second annual “Live Aloha” day of service and aloha, spearheaded by Kanu Hawaii. The local social network aims to bring positive social change through simple, achievable personal commitments, but its strength shines when the community comes together for a larger cause. “With the economy down, budgets strained, and so many in a […]

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