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Entries from July 29th, 2010

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

July 29th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Media, Video

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is the official “Hawaiian Ghost Story” […]

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“Hawaii Five-0″ at Comic-Con

July 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture, Television

One of the highlights for me at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the preview for the new “Hawaii Five-0” reboot on CBS. The event featured stars Daniel Dae Kim, who gets to stay in Hawaii following his six-year turn on “LOST,” and Grace Park, a reboot veteran from “Battlestar Galactica.” Also on hand were […]

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Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

July 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Hawaii, Pop Culture

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There were more than a few […]

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Comic-Con, Here We Come!

July 20th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Podcasting, Pop Culture

In a few hours, my wife and I will be taking a red-eye flight from Honolulu through San Francisco to San Diego, where we’ll be attending our third Comic-Con. Dubbed “the geek prom” by some, this massive event draws well over 120,000 people each year. We weren’t planning on being one of them. Previously, “LOST” […]

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Jobs Ends Hawaii Vacation, Tackles ‘Antennagate’

July 16th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 7 Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii, Technology

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today held a press conference to address “Antennagate,” or widespread reports of reception problems with its iPhone 4 smartphone. Jobs reiterated that it’s a problem for all phones, that only a tiny percentage of people have reported problems, and that the iPhone 4 is still their best phone ever. Nonetheless, he […]

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Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

July 15th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 7 Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture, Television

Production on CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” officially started today in Waikiki. Work kicked off after a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw of Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools. On hand was Daniel Dae Kim, formerly of “LOST,” Grace Park, formerly of SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, as […]

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Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

July 13th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii

Hawaii is bad for business. The latest “Top States for Business” survey by CNBC ranked Hawaii 48th among all 50 states. The good news? Hawaii climbed a step from 2009, switching places with Rhode Island and staying ahead of Alaska. And while Hawaii did poorly in most of the categories CNBC used, Hawaii scored best […]

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Microsoft Launches ‘Project Hawaii’

July 12th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Although I’ve previously noted hints that Apple and Steve Jobs are fans of the Aloha State, they’re certainly not the only company to pay tribute to Hawaii. And now, Microsoft is sporting some island style with its “Project Hawaii.” Not only that, but within “Project Hawaii,” you’ll find the “MAUI Project.” “Project Hawaii” is an […]

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Phineas and Ferb Go Hawaiian

July 8th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Family, Hawaii, Pop Culture, Television

Much as I’d like to think of myself as a sophisticated connoisseur of art and culture, I consume my fair share of pop pablum. And as a dad to three kids, I also know more than I want to know about kids cartoons. A few shows have been outright banned from our living room TiVo, […]

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Governor Vetoes Civil Unions

July 6th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Politics

Gov. Linda Lingle this afternoon announced that she has vetoed HB444, which would have legalized civil unions in the state of Hawaii. A rush transcript of her remarks, and the subsequent Q&A with the media, follows: Aloha everyone and welcome. I wanted to let the media know first of all that at the conclusion of the news […]

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