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Entries from May 23rd, 2011

Square Promotes Painless Payments

May 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Gadgets, Technology, Video

Square is a startup that hopes to do nothing less than transform the way people pay for goods and services. The company was started by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (who recently returned to Twitter while continuing to lead Square), someone obviously no stranger to disruptive technologies. A tiny, cheap card reader, coupled with a smartphone, […]

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Two More Hawaii Projects Kickstarted

May 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Gadgets, Music, The Web

Thanks to crowdfunding service Kickstarter, and a lot of hard work and community support, two local projects met their fundraising goals last week and took a solid step toward reality. The delightfully simple Juicies project, which I profiled on Earth Day, blew past its $5,000 goal in only three days, and ended up with over […]

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Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

May 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 Comments · Social Media, The Web

Update: Namesake is again limiting signups, but you can use this invite link to jump the queue. I obsessively sign up for every site or service that I find. But if I measure my level of enthusiasm for a site based on how much time it takes away from the other sites I love, then Namesake is […]

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Video: Eisa Drum Festival

May 16th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Music, Video

The first ever (and hopefully annual) Eisa Drum Festival took place on Saturday on the Great Lawn of Kapiolani Community College. It was a great event, and lead organizer Shari Tamashiro — along with advisors Norman Kaneshiro and Derek Ichiro Shiroma, and countless other volunteers and performers — deserves a standing ovation for pulling it all […]

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Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

May 13th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Art, Books, Events, Family

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to it almost as much as […]

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Featured on FourCast

May 10th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Technology, The Web

Be still my geeky heart. If I had a bucket list, I would have crossed off a big entry yesterday, as I was a guest on “FourCast,” a show on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network. I was honored to be on the show alongside local developer Brian Dote, talking with hosts Tom Merritt and Scott Johnson. […]

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Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

May 10th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Environment, Hawaii, Technology

In Hawaii, we’re surrounded by clean energy projects. We’ve got solar farms, wind farms, biofuel producers, geothermal and wave energy experiments… researchers are branching out, venture capitalists are moving in, and federal funds are flowing. And it seems as if every hot new electric car hits our streets early. While we might take all this […]

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Ryan Suenaga Scholarship

May 6th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Education, People

Less than a week before Hawaii social worker and social media stalwart Ryan Suenaga lost his life, he posted to Twitter: “One of my life goals is to leave 10 percent of my estate to a scholarship for Buddhists from Hawaii studying social work.” Ryan’s devotion to his job, and his passionate feelings about both […]

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Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

May 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Family, Music

Lovers of Okinawan drums won’t want to miss the first Eisa Drum Festival next Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. This special, evening event is bringing together several groups that practice and perform a variety of dances and drumming styles unique to Okinawa… plus a touch of Japanese taiko. Participating eisa groups are Chinagu Eisa Hawaii, […]

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