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Abercrombie & Schatz and Fast Fashion

September 20th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Media, Politics, Social Media, The Web

To island democratic voters, “Abercrombie & Schatz” sounds like the ticket to a brighter future for Hawaii. But for many people, “Abercrombie & Schatz” also sounds like a clothing line. On Saturday night, as it became obvious that former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie was going to trounce former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann to clinch the […]

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Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

August 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Social Media, The Web

Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka, have less than stellar “Digital I.Q.” scores, according to a new study by researchers at George Washington University and New York University. “Digital I.Q.” was defined as “an individual’s online competence including his or her presence on websites, social media following and […]

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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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Mufi Hanneman: How Not to Engage on Twitter

April 13th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 12 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Social Media, The Web

From the heady, shaky days of Howard Dean to the triumphant ascent of Pres. Barack Obama, there’s no question that the web is a vital tool for organizing and fundraising. Social networks have turned the grassroots into netroots. If you’re running for office today, you need to have “presence.” You better be on Facebook. And […]

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Proudly Purple

November 19th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Blogs, Politics, The Web, Video

The “Purple States” project aims to merge the best of citizen journalism and the established media. Described as “reality news” and a cross between “The Real World” and “The Huffington Post,” it launched in the run up to the 2008 elections. The “Purple States” project previously highlighted a handful of media makers that spanned geographic […]

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Obama, Letterman on Hawaii

September 11th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Hawaii, People, Politics, Pop Culture, Television

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman” last night to talk about Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, and foreign policy.  Part of the conversation, however, touched on Obama’s first trip to the Mainland as a young boy. Dave: “I want you to tell us a little bit about, I think when […]

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Obama Comes Home

August 8th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Media, People, Politics

Rush transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks to Hawaii at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park: Aloha! First of all, everybody who doesn’t know, this is Michelle Obama. My partner, my love, and the person who knocks sense into me every once in a while. First I want to thank… Mayor Mufi Hanneman. I want to thank my […]

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Sen. Akaka Backs Obama

May 12th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · People, Politics

Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel K. Akaka is the latest “superdelegate” to back Hawaii-born Barack Obama‘s bid for President of the United States. His announcement was first noted by NBC’s Domenico Montanaro on MSNBC and confirmed via a Star-Bulletin report on Akaka’s official statement. His announcement brings the number of superdelegates pledged today to four, all supporting […]

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Everybody ConCon

May 9th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Hawaii, Politics, Technology, The Web

Hawaii grassroots politics, going virtual: The reality of eDemocracy in Hawaii gains momentum as members of HawaiiConCon.org and Citizens’ Committee on ConCon call on citizens to join Hawaii’s newest open online community at HawaiiConCon.org. Over 70 Hawaii citizens including prominent political and technology leaders have already joined HawaiiConCon.org to “learn, discuss, and decide” on the […]

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Blogging Job at the State Capitol

November 10th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 8 Comments · Blogs, Hawaii, Politics

The House Majority at the Hawaii State Legislature has put out the call, on its blog no less, for a full-time blogger. Well, an “assistant communications director” with others duties as assigned, no doubt, but still… House Communications Director Georgette Deemer is looking for someone who loves to write. “Not just the usual press releases, […]

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