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Hawaii’s First Sketch Comedy Fest Needs You

November 30th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Art, Events, Hawaii, People

My first introduction to Kimee Balmilero was on “Hi-5,” a kids’ show on Discovery Kids that my family would watch. (We had our TiVo set to always have the last ten episodes on tap.) My wife, who has a good sense of these things, said, “Kimee sounds local.” Sure enough, a quick Google revealed that she […]

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Epic “LOST” Fan Bonnie Craft Passes

September 25th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Lost, People

This was an incredible week for “LOST” fans. With the 10th anniversary of the hit TV show came dozens of tributes from all corners of the world, including a fantastic package of stories by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Lost 2014 tour, years in the making, brought hundreds of fans to “The Island” to revel in their […]

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Maui Makes Dancing Matt’s New Video

June 20th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · People, The Web, Video

Globetrotting dancer Matt Harding has, at long last, posted his latest “Where the Hell is Matt?” video. And among the many clips making up the montage, we see him attempting a fire dance in Kihei on Maui. The two-second scene appears along with other dances in places ranging from Texas to Thailand to Pyongyang, North Korea. […]

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Come to the 5th Hawaii Geek Meet on Sunday

April 13th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, People

The Hawaii Geek Meet will once again be held at Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area #40, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 15. You can RSVP on Facebook, but what matters most is that you join us. Bring your friends, your family, some food to share (and some […]

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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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Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

April 24th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 49 Comments · People, Social Media, Technology, The Web

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love for hacking and gadgets, from […]

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Surfing Dog Headlines National Contest

April 20th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Odd, People

Longtime surfer and surf designer Bill Hamilton, father of pro surfer Laird Hamilton, has thrived in the water for half a century. And not surprisingly, he has shared his love of surfing with “Sava,” his yellow Labrador Retriever, for over a decade. Both Bill and Sava are now featured in a national promotion by dog […]

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Isle Photographer Volunteering in Sendai, Japan

April 19th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Blogs, People, Photography

Cory Lum is one of the most talented photojournalists I know. Now, he is on the ground in Sendai, Japan, volunteering in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that’s still making world headlines. You can follow his story, and see his spectacular pictures, at Corylum’s Photo Blog. He writes: the air was really […]

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John Garcia on Audi’s Twitter Campaign

February 11th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Business, People, Social Media

Honolulu designer John Garcia has been named one of ten finalists in a groundbreaking social media campaign by Audi. He moves onto Round 2, which kicks off on Monday, and with the help of the Hawaii social media community, he and his supporters could win $25,000 for charity. I was eager to find out how […]

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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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