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How Not To Visit a Heiau

September 24th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 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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Uber ‘Black Car’ Service Arrives in Honolulu

July 16th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 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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Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

August 31st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Events, Technology, The Web, Travel

Honolulu-born web entrepreneur Eric Nakagawa is back in town, laying the groundwork for his next internet startup with partner Joyce Kim. Called “Simple Honey,” there are few details on what exactly what the company will do, although Nakagawa has described it as a “high profile travel project.” The “About” page tagline reads, “Making it simple to find what […]

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On to Comic-Con!

July 19th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Pop Culture, The Web, Travel

It’s that time of year again, when over 130,000 geeks, nerds, collectors, artists, fanboys and fangirls of all stripes converge on San Diego for “The Nerd Prom.” And, once again, I’ll be making the pilgrimage to immerse myself in the beautiful chaos of Comic-Con. This will be my fourth trip to this massive pop culture convention, […]

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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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Dancing Matt in Hawaii

January 30th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web, Travel, Video

“Where the Hell is Matt?” It’s a question for the ages. Or at least those of an age to remember the earliest days of web video. Who The Hell is Matt? Six years ago, former video game designer Matt Harding decided to travel the world. A video clip of him dancing in Vietnam kicked off […]

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iPhone App: Hawaii Aloha Travel

January 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Gadgets, Miscellaneous, Travel

There is no shortage of big-name travel apps for mobile devices, and there are already more than a handful of Hawaii-specific apps out there. But the Hawaii Aloha Travel app was one I was glad to see. And geeks rejoice, it’s available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Bruce and Yaling Fisher, founders of travel […]

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My Seoul Adventure

January 16th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Business, The Web, Travel, Video

I returned to Honolulu from Seoul today, twelve hours before I left. Spending three days in South Korea was an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to return. Thanks again to Hawaiian Airlines for the opportunity to document their new nonstop service between Honolulu and Incheon international airports. Our trip coincided with the coldest winter […]

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Next Stop: Korea

January 12th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Social Media, Travel

Hawaiian Airlines is launching its new service between Honolulu and Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. And I’ll be among the people aboard the inaugural flight, leaving shortly after noon today. I’ll be representing the geeky, social media contingent, along with Burt Lum (“digital ronin” and my Hawaii Public Radio partner in crime) and […]

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Hawaii Roads Ranked Among Worst in Nation

September 5th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 6 Comments · Government, Hawaii, Travel

“State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years,” proclaims the Reason Foundation in its 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the Aloha State was ranked 47th overall, ahead of only California, Alaska, and Rhode Island. In fact, while Hawaii — perhaps unsurprisingly — has the fewest state-controlled highway miles (1,005 miles, versus 80,214 […]

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