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Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

January 4th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Events, Media, Politics

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of conscience, his leaks of widespread […]

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IslandFunder offers more local crowdfunding

October 26th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Last night brought the official launch of IslandFunder, a crowdfunding startup focused specifically on Hawaii projects. The gala event, at Five-O Bar and Lounge in Waikiki, featured Jason Alan, Jahlivity, and Rebel Souljahz. But while it was the coming-out party for the startup, the site already has funding campaigns underway: a catering company, a skateboard […]

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Hawaii startup Gibi finalist in Walmart contest

October 9th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Technology

Gibi Technologies, founded by two sisters from Honolulu, is in the running to have its pet-finding gadget and app boosted by the nation’s largest retailer. The Gibi is a waterproof, rugged yet lightweight GPS device and accompanying mobile app to track lost pets. And the device has already persevered to be among the top 20 […]

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Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

October 3rd, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Environment, Food

One Hawaii restaurant will be crowned the state’s best green restaurant in The Nature Conservancy‘s annual Nature’s Plate Awards. The finalists, selected from public nominations submitted last month, are: Greens & Vines (Honolulu, HI): Formerly Licious Dishes, the restaurant makes healthy eating a joy, reflected in chef and owner  Sylvia Thompson’s motto: “Share the Lifestyle.” Hilo […]

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Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

July 16th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Business, Technology, Travel

Uber, the startup that aims to serve as “everyone’s private driver,” had its soft launch in Honolulu today. Based in San Francisco and deployed in over 30 cities around the world, Uber empowers smartphone users to summon a “sleek black car” to take them to meetings, parties, or home (after perhaps too much partying). Uber’s […]

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Apple Expanding, Microsoft Launching in Hawaii

March 15th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Business, Technology

Earlier this year, retail job postings on the Microsoft web site revealed the company’s plans to set up its first Microsoft Store in Honolulu. Sure enough, shoppers at Ala Moana Center soon spotted the future location of Microsoft’s island invasion, positioned almost directly across from the state’s first and largest Apple Store. It’s one of […]

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Frii App for iOS Finds Free Stuff in Honolulu

June 16th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Hawaii, Technology

Declaring daily deal discounts an ‘old school’ fad, a local firm is betting that free stuff is the best way to connect businesses to new customers.

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PLAYHawaii Acquired by CrowdSavings

October 7th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Business, The Web

One down, still a few dozen more to go. Once described as the first group buying site in Hawaii, PLAYHawaii has been acquired by Florida-based CrowdSavings. “Even though Crowdsavings is one of the leading group buying sites on the mainland, they are committed to our hyper-local focus to help support local businesses and introduce them […]

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‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

October 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Hawaii, Technology

Check out this real-life “Angry Birds” game, set up by local tech company HONBLUE (and sister company JET Graphics) yesterday at the Pacific Building Trade Expo. “Angry Birds” is one of the hottest, biggest video games out there, and it was inevitable that people would start to recreate it in three dimensions. There’s a huge […]

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Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

April 21st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Business, Photography

It took nearly three years longer than planned, but Lowe’s Home Improvement finally opened its newest store in Iwilei. Lowe’s arrival further concentrates competition in the area for home improvement and big box retailers, as it’s situated right next door to a Home Depot, and half a block away from City Mill. Nearby, there’s also Best […]

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