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How Not To Visit a Heiau

September 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Hawaii, Travel

Noted conservationist Sam Ohu Gon III shared a photo on Facebook this morning of a blogger’s photo of himself lying on a stone at Moʻokini heiau, saying, “This is what lack of respect looks like.” He posted the following comment: “You probably did not intend it, but your picture lying on the stone at Moʻokini heiau […]

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Hawaii Student Speech Muffled (Again)

May 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Education, Hawaii, Media

Student speech on college campuses is again being challenged in Hawaii, with two separate stories surfacing in recent weeks: the administration take-over of Kapi‘o, the student newspaper at Kapiolani Community College, and a lawsuit filed against UH Hilo over restrictions placed on the distribution of literature on school grounds. They’ve definitely stirred up memories of my college journalism […]

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Dogecoin dares to take root in Hawaii

February 12th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii, Startups, Technology

Wow! Such Amaze! A cryptocurrency launched largely for laughs is already starting to shift into a serious business, and Honolulu is feeling some of the first ripples. Dogecoin is a form of digital currency similar to bitcoin, but it’s inspired by an internet meme involving photos of Shiba Inu dogs and funny captions written in […]

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Latest Startup Weekend Honolulu Winners Named

February 9th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Startups, Technology

The first Startup Weekend Honolulu of 2014 wrapped up tonight at The Box Jelly, with the final pitches and judging closing out 54 hours of creativity and entrepreneurial activity. And the winners are: Honorable Mention: Tidy Panda An app to fix the bad roommate problem, sorting out chores and facilitating communication while generating revenue through […]

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Drones Over Hawaii

January 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Government, Hawaii, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on the increasing popularity and promise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones. While drones are frequently associated with military operations, the commercial applications of the technology are even more interesting. Over the holiday season, online retailer Amazon made headlines by demonstrating a prototype drone […]

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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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Scott Caan on Hawaii: “There’s no hustle there.”

January 25th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 34 Comments · Hawaii, Pop Culture, Television

Scott Caan, star of the CBS crime drama reboot “Hawaii Five-0,” appeared last night on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately.” And not surprisingly, they talked about what it’s like living in Hawaii. Caan says that he can take Hawaii about six days at a time, but that otherwise, “I like to hustle and […]

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Hawaii Gets Big Google Street View Update

June 19th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Miscellaneous, Technology, The Web

Google today added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. And the expansion takes Google’s 360-degree imagery of the Aloha State beyond the open road. The announcement was made at a special media event at Hanauma Bay this morning (more photos here). […]

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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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Hawaii Innovation Alliance Launched

February 8th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology

On the national front, we had the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), beaten back by a massive groundswell of opposition from major internet firms and grassroots geeks alike. Here in Hawaii, a proposed law that would have required internet service providers to track and save user data for two years was shelved after a similar […]

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