Author: Ryan Ozawa

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

A children’s book author on Maui has set off a firestorm of controversy with a forthcoming title about a 14-year-old girl who finds her way to social acceptance through weight loss. “Maggie Goes On A Diet” was penned by Paul Michael Kramer, who moved to Hawaii from New York about...

Kiddori App Helps Track Kid Birthdays

Kiddori App Helps Track Kid Birthdays

Local developer and dad Mattias Atterbom has designed an iOS app to help solve a familiar family shopping challenge: remembering how old everyone’s children are. Described as “the perfect app for anyone buying gifts for kids,” Kiddori ensures that you always have the ages of your nephews, nieces, and friends’...

Commercial Highlights UH Manoa “Lifestyle”

Commercial Highlights UH Manoa “Lifestyle”

This past weekend’s opening college football game between the UH Manoa Warriors and the Colorado University Buffaloes was broadcast live on ESPN. And during one of the commercial breaks, both universities got some airtime to show off their stuff. For UH, the theme of the day was “Lifestyle.”

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town

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...

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

To mark it’s third year, the “Eat Local Challenge” is expanding from a week-long initiative to one that spans the whole month of September. The aim is to encourage thousands of people to build a more sustainable, secure, and healthy local food system. And to help everyone through the month,...

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

A federal program to train government employees, first responders, and other disaster response personnel in the use of services like Twitter and Facebook got its first trial run yesterday. The Hawaii-based National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held a pilot demonstration of its course titled “Social Media for Natural Disaster...

Bookmarks for August 17th

Bookmarks for August 17th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 17th: Deep recycling in Earth faster than thought: The chemical analysis of tiny glassy inclusions in olivine crystals from basaltic lava on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has now surprised geologists: the entire recycling...

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

Firing Up for the Fringe Festival

The world’s largest arts festival kicks off halfway around the globe this weekend. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe sold over 1.8 million tickets in 2009 to see over 18,000 artists from 60 countries. This year, several students from the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NHISPAC) have traveled to...

On to Comic-Con!

On to Comic-Con!

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...

Monthly Software Developer Mixer Launched

Monthly Software Developer Mixer Launched

In an effort to help strengthen the local software development community, the High Tech Development Corporation (HTDC) and Blue Planet Foundation are launching a monthly series of networking events called “Thirsty Third Thursday.” The first “Triple T” event is taking place Thursday, July 21, at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. Henk...

Hawaii Drupal Users to Talk Shop on Thursday

Hawaii Drupal Users to Talk Shop on Thursday

The first ever conference devoted to the open source Drupal content management system is coming this Thursday. Drupal Camp Hawaii is taking place at ING Direct in Waikiki, and will bring together both beginners and experienced Drupal developers to explore the full potential of the platform. While WordPress gets a...

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

Sushi Star Arrives on the iPhone

I’m always excited to see new and creative things come out of Hawaii’s tech scene. But “Sushi Star,” a new game for the iPhone, is an app that I’m especially happy to see finally launch. “Sushi Star” hit the Apple App Store last week. A beautifully designed and carefully architected...

Google Street View Trike | Photo by Burt Lum

Google Street View Team Back in Honolulu [Updated]

Google Street View is going off-road in Hawaii. Or, at least, on college campuses on O’ahu. My friend and radio co-host Burt Lum snapped the above photo this morning on the Kapiolani Community College campus, where the Google Street View Trike is now riding through all of the school’s walking...

Lifelapse app snaps, saves your everyday life

Lifelapse app snaps, saves your everyday life

I’ve long been intensely interested in “lifelogging.” Though there are many different labels and variations, the basic concept revolves around the constant and automatic recording of your day-to-day life. And while it’s rough around the edges, the Lifelapse app [iTunes Link] for iPhone and iPod touch — just released today...

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

The Transformers are coming back to the big screen. And I don’t mean the forthcoming sequel to the big budget Michael Bay blockbuster from 2007. Honolulu has been reveling in movie nostalgia lately. Consolidated Theatres saw great success with its 25th anniversary screening of 1984’s “Top Gun,” kicking off a...

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

Hawaii street food will get an international boost thanks to “Eat St.” It’s both a TV show (that airs on Food Network Canada and the Cooking Channel in the U.S.) as well as an iPhone app that’s described as “a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible...

Knowledge is Power for Power Conservation

Knowledge is Power for Power Conservation

How much electricity do you use? Chances are, you can only answer that question once a month, when your electricity bill arrives. And if the numbers have gone up, you’ll probably tell yourself you need to cut back. But chances also are that you won’t think about it again. At...

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

I admit, I’m not exactly in the key demographic for “Allstar Weekend,” a band of shiny happy California guys that was catapulted to tween-to-teen stardom by The Disney Channel. But I am the father of a teenage girl, and she’s heard of them, and that’s got to count for something....

Makery Aims to Make More Makers

In recent years, there’s been a resurgence of enthusiasm for do-it-yourself projects, particularly with an engineering or technical bent. Though it may inspire visions of Rube Goldberg contraptions and accidental electrocutions, the vibrant movement is growing fast, celebrated at annual Maker Faire events (organized by the publishers of Make Magazine)...

Square Promotes Painless Payments

Square Promotes Painless Payments

Square is a startup that hopes to do nothing less than transform the way people pay for goods and services. The company was started by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (who recently returned to Twitter while continuing to lead Square), someone obviously no stranger to disruptive technologies. A tiny, cheap card...