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Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

October 4th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Food, Hawaii

Scientists call it piper methysticum, or “intoxicating pepper,” but in Hawaii, it’s known as ‘awa. Studied and used by people as diverse as researchers, nutritionists, and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, this plant and the products derived from it will again be explored and shared at the Hawaii Pacific Island Kava Festival. The free, public festival […]

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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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“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

August 15th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Art, Events, Family, Music, Social Media, Video

The “Breath of Life” blew out a big candle last night. One year ago, the Polynesian Cultural Center unveiled its new evening show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” The ambitious, 90-minute production took three years and $3 million to prepare. And by all accounts, it was worth it. The show staged its first anniversary performance this […]

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Waitiki Hits Honolulu

April 6th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Hawaii, Music

Waitiki is a Boston-based musical collective, but their sound — dubbed “exotica” — is undeniably influenced by the islands. And the group will have its only public Honolulu performances of 2010 this week… two different shows with two different sounds in the city that inspired them. Founded by Hawaii-born bassist Randy Wong and Waipahu High School grad and […]

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Hawaii County Band on Chopping Block

February 25th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Art, Hawaii, Music, Politics

The Hawaii County Band, a 127-year-old institution on the Big Island, has been singled out for elimination in the county budget, expected to be unveiled on Monday. The news was announced tonight to stunned musicians and volunteers by Bob Fitzgerald and Clayton Honma, director and deputy director of the county parks department. Budget cuts are […]

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Stayin’ Alive with CPR

June 2nd, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Music, People

A doctor in Hawaii mixed the Bee Gees with CPR, and is helping to save lives the world over. I love the RadioLab podcast out of WNYC. In today’s 15-minute short, they close with a segment by show producer Ellen Horne. She visits a CPR class in New York City, and talks about one of […]

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Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series Announced

May 12th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Family, Music

Tickets are now available for the popular Waikiki Aquarium Summer Concert Series, “Ke Kani O Ke Kai,” which brings talented local artists to the aquarium’s cozy and picturesque oceanside lawn. The Thursday night performances offer great music, great food, and great company for the entire family. Thursday, June 18: The Brother’s Cazimero Thursday, July 2: […]

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Songs in Support of Kids

April 13th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Music, People

Kenneth Makuakane is putting his music where his mouth is, offering his latest album as a gift to anyone who donates $10 or more to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii‘s Windward Clubhouse. Makuakane — an accomplished Hawaiian music producer and talented musician in his own right — has been spreading his wings via […]

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Breathe Concert for Clean Air

January 30th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Music

A spectacular line-up of local musicians will grace the stage in the first-ever second-annual “Breathe Concert,” taking place tomorrow at the Hawaii Theatre. Coming on the heels of the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature, the American Lung Association of Hawaii is seizing the spotlight to call attention to the need for clean air. “Our […]

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Kenneth Makuakane CD Release Party

January 5th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Music, People, The Web

Renowned local music producer and musician Kenneth Makuakane will be celebrating the release of his new album, “The White Bathtub,” on Thursday with a CD release party at the Ala Moana Hotel‘s Pakele Lounge.  Special guests include Barry Flanagan, Walt Keale, Obrian Eselu and Stephen Inglis. And as with all Pakele Lounge performances, the event […]

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