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Entries from January 31st, 2011

Shawn Ching Returns to TV News

January 31st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, People, Television

After more than two years out of the public eye, Shawn Ching is returning to the news business. Hawaii News Now announced that he will join Stephanie Lum at the anchor desk for its 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts. “Having Shawn join Hawaii News Now is a game-changing moment for us and solidifies our […]

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Dancing Matt in Hawaii

January 30th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web, Travel, Video

“Where the Hell is Matt?” It’s a question for the ages. Or at least those of an age to remember the earliest days of web video. Who The Hell is Matt? Six years ago, former video game designer Matt Harding decided to travel the world. A video clip of him dancing in Vietnam kicked off […]

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Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

January 29th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Food, The Web

I wish I was enough of a foodie to say that I was always familiar with the background and talents of award-winning chef Philippe Padovani. But apart from knowing that he was one of the founders of “Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” I only truly became a fan of his after my coworkers and I developed an […]

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ONA Parachute Training

January 29th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Media, The Web, Video

The Online News Association was founded in 1999, and I signed up pretty early in its history, full of ideas for Islenews.com (which became HawaiiNews.com which is now HawaiiStar.com). My dream of building a robust grassroots local news site is still just a dream, but fortunately, the ONA has soldiered on. Today, the group is […]

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Bookmarks for January 26th

January 26th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Links

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 25th: Hawaii falls behind nation in science knowledge: Hawaii fourth and eighth graders performed below national scores on a national science assessment. The average score for Hawaii eighth graders in public schools was lower than those seen in 41 states […]

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Avatar Reality Changes Course

January 25th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Miscellaneous, Technology

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality is scrapping its substantial investment […]

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iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

January 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Gadgets, Miscellaneous, Travel

There is no shortage of big-name travel apps for mobile devices, and there are already more than a handful of Hawaii-specific apps out there. But the Hawaii Aloha Travel app was one I was glad to see. And geeks rejoice, it’s available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Bruce and Yaling Fisher, founders of travel […]

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Bookmarks for January 18th

January 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Links

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on January 18th: Ocean FEST forms new partnership with Na Pua Noeau: Ocean FEST has formed a new partnership with Na Pua Noeau to bring hands-on science to the Native Hawaiian community. UH sees research as economic engine: A Hawaii Innovation […]

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Satellite Radio Coming to Hawaii

January 17th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Business, Technology

Offer not valid in Hawaii and Alaska. Prices may be higher in Hawaii and Alaska. And yes, Sirius Satellite Radio is not available in Hawaii and Alaska. But that may change. The FCC has granted conditional approval to Sirius to operate ground-based repeaters to make its programming available in the two U.S. states it has […]

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My Seoul Adventure

January 16th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Business, The Web, Travel, Video

I returned to Honolulu from Seoul today, twelve hours before I left. Spending three days in South Korea was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return. Thanks again to Hawaiian Airlines for the opportunity to document their new nonstop service between Honolulu and Incheon international airports. Our trip coincided with the coldest winter […]

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