Author: Ryan Ozawa

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...

Pimpbot and Juicies on Kickstarter

Two More Hawaii Projects Kickstarted

Thanks to crowdfunding service Kickstarter, and a lot of hard work and community support, two local projects met their fundraising goals last week and took a solid step toward reality. The delightfully simple Juicies project, which I profiled on Earth Day, blew past its $5,000 goal in only three days,...

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

Update: Namesake is again limiting signups, but you can use this invite link to jump the queue. I obsessively sign up for every site or service that I find. But if I measure my level of enthusiasm for a site based on how much time it takes away from the other sites...

Video: Eisa Drum Festival

Video: Eisa Drum Festival

The first ever (and hopefully annual) Eisa Drum Festival took place on Saturday on the Great Lawn of Kapiolani Community College. It was a great event, and lead organizer Shari Tamashiro — along with advisors Norman Kaneshiro and Derek Ichiro Shiroma, and countless other volunteers and performers — deserves a standing...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to...

Featured on FourCast

Featured on FourCast

Be still my geeky heart. If I had a bucket list, I would have crossed off a big entry yesterday, as I was a guest on “FourCast,” a show on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network. I was honored to be on the show alongside local developer Brian Dote, talking with hosts...

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

In Hawaii, we’re surrounded by clean energy projects. We’ve got solar farms, wind farms, biofuel producers, geothermal and wave energy experiments… researchers are branching out, venture capitalists are moving in, and federal funds are flowing. And it seems as if every hot new electric car hits our streets early. While...

Ryan Suenaga Scholarship

Ryan Suenaga Scholarship

Less than a week before Hawaii social worker and social media stalwart Ryan Suenaga lost his life, he posted to Twitter: “One of my life goals is to leave 10 percent of my estate to a scholarship for Buddhists from Hawaii studying social work.” Ryan’s devotion to his job, and...

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Lovers of Okinawan drums won’t want to miss the first Eisa Drum Festival next Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. This special, evening event is bringing together several groups that practice and perform a variety of dances and drumming styles unique to Okinawa… plus a touch of Japanese taiko. Participating eisa...

Bookmarks for April 28th

Bookmarks for April 28th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked recently: Lawmakers will decide whether startups can keep present space: The office spaces of 23 technology companies residing at the Manoa Innovation Center hang in the balance as the state Legislature debates whether to extend the...

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love...

Juicies by Laurens-Laudowicz

Colorful Juicies Sprouting from Hawaii

If there’s anything Apple fans like more than Apple products, it’s Apple accessories. And a local company is hoping to harness the global hunger for stylish stuff to manufacture Juicies, a colorful line of cables for iPods, iPhones, and iPads. To make Juicies a reality, creator Laurens Laudowicz and partner Michael...

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

Lowe’s Opens in Iwilei

It took nearly three years longer than planned, but Lowe’s Home Improvement finally opened its newest store in Iwilei. Lowe’s arrival further concentrates competition in the area for home improvement and big box retailers, as it’s situated right next door to a Home Depot, and half a block away from...

Surfing Dog Headlines National Contest

Surfing Dog Headlines National Contest

Longtime surfer and surf designer Bill Hamilton, father of pro surfer Laird Hamilton, has thrived in the water for half a century. And not surprisingly, he has shared his love of surfing with “Sava,” his yellow Labrador Retriever, for over a decade. Both Bill and Sava are now featured in...

Isle Photographer Volunteering in Sendai, Japan

Isle Photographer Volunteering in Sendai, Japan

Cory Lum is one of the most talented photojournalists I know. Now, he is on the ground in Sendai, Japan, volunteering in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that’s still making world headlines. You can follow his story, and see his spectacular pictures, at Corylum’s Photo Blog. He...

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

UFOs Over Oahu? Sorry, No.

A video is making the rounds on YouTube, Facebook, message boards and blogs, said to depict five unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, hovering over the Makua military reservation on the island of Oahu. It spread like wildfire through online communities focused on everything from aliens to government conspiracies, then started...

Bookmarks for April 13th

Bookmarks for April 13th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on April 13th: DeconGel Provides Radiological Decontamination Technology to Japan: CBI Polymers LLC, the Honolulu-based innovator of DeconGel nuclear decontaminant, is making a donation of $250,000 in radiological decontamination products and technical services at the request...

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

It’s not the world’s largest manapua, but it sure looks like it could be. A group of local media makers documented the construction of a massive, 13,300-calorie manapua in a video titled,“Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” (Rated PG-13, per Cynthia Hoskins, so click with care.) The “Epic Kaukau Time”...

‘Bert the Conqueror’ Hits Honolulu

‘Bert the Conqueror’ Hits Honolulu

The Travel Channel’s “Bert the Conqueror” will air its Hawaii episode this Sunday, April 17. Host Bert Kreischer is described as “a big kid on a mission to uncover fun and adventure wherever he goes.” The synopsis for the Hawaii episode reads: “Bert heads to the sunny shores of Oahu...

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

Mahalo, Honolulu, for Another Great Twestival!

The third annual Honolulu Twestival has come and gone, and once again, I completely failed to blog about it throughout the whirlwind of activity before and after the event. Fortunately, this year’s Twestival brought a local cause into the limelight, and Honolulu’s social media community once again stepped up to...