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‘Hawaii Five-0′ Band Competition Launched

September 13th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Music, Pop Culture, Television

As fans prepare to gather in Waikiki tonight for the “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the premiere episode of the new “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS has launched an online “Marching Band Mania” competition focused on the show’s iconic theme song. Over 40 bands from across the country have been invited to participate, including the […]

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Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

September 1st, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Government, Hawaii, Technology, The Web

Two Hawaii e-government initiatives received national recognition for excellence today. The Center for Digital Government announced the latest Digital Government Achievement Awards and the Best of the Web Awards. The state’s eBench Warrant system received a Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government category. Meanwhile, the official site for Maui County took 4th Place in […]

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Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

July 13th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Hawaii

Hawaii is bad for business. The latest “Top States for Business” survey by CNBC ranked Hawaii 48th among all 50 states. The good news? Hawaii climbed a step from 2009, switching places with Rhode Island and staying ahead of Alaska. And while Hawaii did poorly in most of the categories CNBC used, Hawaii scored best […]

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Looking Up License Plates

July 4th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Technology, The Web

Just how public are public records? Last week, KITV’s Daryl Huff raised the alarm about a website that can tie Hawaii license plates to driver names. The first piece did not identify the website, however. Huff said Nanci Kreidman of the Domestic Violence Action Center asked them not to, citing concerns that it would be […]

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Hawaii Newspaper Archives Go Online

January 15th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Media

The archives of three newspapers documenting Hawaii’s 19th century history have been posted online by the Library of Congress, digitized and converted into searchable text via OCR through the participation of the UH Mānoa Library. The archives are available via the “Chronicling America” website, and come from: The Daily Herald (Honolulu, 1886-1887) The Hawaiian Gazette […]

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Supporters Rally to Revive Civil Unions Bill

May 4th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Politics

Supporters of House Bill 444, or the “civil unions bill,” are not ready to give up. While Tuesday, May 5 Thursday, May 7 is the effective deadline for any last-minute action on the stalled bill, late signals from the Senate offer a glimmer of hope. HB444, which offers same-sex couples the opportunity to enter into […]

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Abercrombie Announces Gubernatorial Run Online

March 7th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, People, Politics, Social Media, The Web

Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie is hoping to move from Washington D.C. to Washington Place in Honolulu, today making official his long-anticipated run for governor. True, it was the worst-kept secret in local politics (I blogged it as a sure-thing in November, and I was late then!), and every media outlet had the story yesterday (after […]

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Study: Hawaii Loves Porn

March 2nd, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Technology, The Web

A nationwide study of online porn consumption has been raising eyebrows, most pundits seizing on the strong correlation between conservative and religious states (a.k.a. “Red States”) and the number of porn subscriptions. But I was amused to discover that Hawaii is the number two consumer of porn, behind only Utah. Seriously. Just read the actual […]

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Okino: Homosexuality causes disease

February 24th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 11 Comments · Politics

There’s a maelstrom of controversy surrounding Hawaii House Bill #444, which “extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.”  Churches and other groups organized a demonstration against the bill that drew thousands to the State Capitol on Sunday, and the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii staged […]

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Hawaii Goes to SXSW

January 24th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Music, The Web

South By Southwest (SXSW) is one of the nation’s largest music, film, and interactive festivals. Now in its 23rd year, it now draws over 11,000 people to Austin, Texas each year. Among them, many of Hawaii musicians, filmmakers, and online entrepreneurs. Some of the musicians making the trek this March include Anuhea, John Cruz, One […]

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