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Entries from March 30th, 2011

Weather Channel Host ‘Goes After Pele’

March 30th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Photography, Television, Travel

“Master photographer” Peter Lik has over a dozen fine art galleries across the country, including in Waikiki and Lahaina, plus one in Australia. And starting tomorrow night, he hosts a new original series on The Weather Channel: “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” The show follows Lik as he takes on challenging assignments, and the […]

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Hawaii Amazon Tax Back from the Dead

March 25th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 7 Comments · Business, The Web

History may repeat itself. Last year, Hawaii bloggers, webmasters, and other online businesspeople rallied to fight a state plan to tax retailers like Amazon.com for business generated by local affiliates. The state was looking for extra cash, but opponents of the tax bill argued that Amazon.com would just drop its Hawaii partners. And that’s exactly […]

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Sarah Vowell Tackles Hawaii’s Annexation

March 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Books, Hawaii

The story of Hawaii’s annexation deserves a wider audience. I’ve often thought the drama and conflict was tailor made for a Hollywood blockbuster, but I also know Hollywood well enough to bet such an “adaptation” could easily be the worst thing to happen to Hawaii’s history, instead. The reception for “Princess Kaiulani” proves that even […]

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Social Media Tsunami Coverage

March 14th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Media, Social Media, The Web

Once again, social media played a key role in reporting and distributing information during a crisis. In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan, communities around the Pacific Rim braced themselves for the inevitable tsunami waves. In Hawaii, the “#hitsunami” hashtag aggregated thousands of posts from news media, government officials, and everyday citizens. […]

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City Launches Transparency Portal

March 7th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Government, The Web

As an advocate for free access to government data, I was glad to hear about the City and County of Honolulu’s newly launched online transparency initiative, “Citizens Analyzing Numbers Discover Opportunity” (or CAN-DO). Indeed, based on the “About” and “FAQ” pages, the CAN-DO site seems to demonstrate a clear understanding of some of the problems […]

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Audi’s Social Media Fail

March 3rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 21 Comments · Blogs, Social Media, The Web

By most accounts, global carmaker Audi’s high-profile Twitter campaign was a success. Great press, thousands of Twitter mentions, $25,000 going to charity, and glowing quotes to put in a press release. But for some of us, it was a failure. Which is a pity, because it could’ve been something truly innovative and meaningful. Hopefully, it […]

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‘Toy Story’ Epilogue Goes Hawaiian

March 1st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Media, Pop Culture

Last year’s Oscar-nominated animation blockbuster “Toy Story 3″ was emphatically described as the final chapter of the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and friends.  But from Entertainment Weekly comes word of a new short film in which fans get one more glimpse of what became of these beloved characters after their curtain call. “Toy Story: Hawaiian […]

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