Author: Ryan Ozawa

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Honolulu Startup Weekend Planned

Launching a startup company can be exhilarating, but also a daunting challenge of planning, organizing, and building. Can it be done here in Honolulu… in one weekend? Kailua software developer Dave Pascua hopes to find out. He announced Startup Weekend Honolulu yesterday, tentatively scheduled to take place at Fresh Cafe...

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

Hawaii’s Largest Craft Fair This Weekend

The frenzied holiday shopping season begins in earnest this week, with “Black Friday” specials bringing overnight crowds and veritable stampedes at big-box stores and malls everywhere. But if your gift giving trends toward unique, locally-made crafts and snacks, the Islandwide Christmas Crafts and Food Expo is the place to be....

Bookmarks for November 23rd

Bookmarks for November 23rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 23rd: Waikiki expo shows off security systems: About a dozen makers and marketers of anti-terrorism inventions held a show-and-tell at a summit in Waikiki Monday. Some of the inventions are already being utilized in...

Vote to Save a Hawaii Landmark

Vote to Save a Hawaii Landmark

Hawaii is one of the five final states in the “Save A Landmark” program sponsored by the Hampton hotel chain, and three landmarks in the Aloha State are in the running for preservation assistance: Bishop Museum The Falls of Clyde Kilauea Lighthouse Since its launch in 2000, the “Save A...

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Kimee Balmilero to Lead Improv Classes

Hawaii-born actress Kimee Balmilero, has announced that she will be leading beginning improv classes in Honolulu starting this weekend. Balmilero is best known to my kid-filled family for her turn on the live-action musical children’s series “Hi-5” on Discovery Kids, but she was also part of the original Broadway cast...

Bookmarks for November 11th

Bookmarks for November 11th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 11th: “Mystery Missile” off California Coast Was Probably Just an Airliner: The airplane explanation was put forth rather quickly by Contrail Science. The Web site and others even identified a likely suspect for the...

Local Nerd Nets $10,000 Scholarship

Local Nerd Nets $10,000 Scholarship

Congratulations to local science blogger Christie Wilcox, author of “Observations of a Nerd,” for winning a $10,000 scholarship from College Scholarships.org. Wilcox is pursuing her PhD in cell and molecular biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The award was announced today, and came after ten days of public...

Bookmarks for November 1st

Bookmarks for November 1st

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 1st: Inadvertent data exposure by UH West Oahu affects Manoa students: The exposure occurred when a faculty member inadvertently uploaded files containing data including names, social security numbers, addresses, birth dates and educational information...

3-D Printing at RAPID Technology

3-D Printing at RAPID Technology

RAPID Technology is a Honolulu-based 3-D printing and rapid prototyping firm. With 3-D printers by Z Corporation, the company offers designers, architects, engineers, and even artists a fast and intuitive way to visualize and interact with their work. Last September, RAPID Technology Chief Operating Officer Russ Ogi joined us on...

Candidate Cries Foul Over Twitter Posts

Candidate Cries Foul Over Twitter Posts

The race for Hawaii governor between Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Republican Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona has been a contentious one. A stream of dueling press releases has dominated the headlines, political ads have blanketed the airwaves, and hordes of signwavers have lined nearly every street. But...

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

E-Waste Recycling Next Week

Whether you’re a geek with a packrat streak or an organization with a closet full of old computers, next week brings a valuable opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of your unwanted electronics — free of charge. The University of Hawaii is hosting its “Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days.”...

iPad App: MovieBuddy

iPad App: MovieBuddy

The MovieBuddy app for iPad, conceived and developed in part in Hawaii, takes a great thing and tries to make it even better. Netflix is everywhere. Not content to destroy the likes of Blockbuster, the DVD rental company is leading the way in the inevitable shift toward streaming media. Getting...

Bookmarks for October 18th

Bookmarks for October 18th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 18th: How to be a data journalist: Data journalism trainer and writer Paul Bradshaw explains how to get started in data journalism, from getting to the data to visualising it. Physics program gains prestigious...

Honolulu’s ‘Real Weather Girl’

Honolulu’s ‘Real Weather Girl’

When it comes to covering the weather, local television news outlets aren’t shy about emphasizing the appearance of their reporters over their meteorological data. This may be even more true in Hawaii, where the weather doesn’t change much. The “Real Weather Girls” app for iPhone and iPad takes this concept...

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” Opens Tonight

Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegría” Opens Tonight

“Alegría” is one of the longest-running, signature productions by Cirque du Soleil, and tonight the traveling show kicks off a two-week run at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stop by yesterday to see some of the final rehearsals and preparations for the...

Bookmarks for October 5th

Bookmarks for October 5th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 3rd: Hawaii’s green energy efforts get funding: Five green-technology companies have been awarded a total of $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop “game-changing” technologies designed to aid Hawaii’s transition to...

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

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...

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

My inbox runneth over with great deals. Back in June, I noted how the group buying trend was taking hold in Hawaii. Tippr was launching in Honolulu, following in the footsteps of PlayHawaii, and competitors LivingSocial and industry leader Groupon were promising to launch here soon. My KIPO radio co-host friend Burt...

Bookmarks for September 29th

Bookmarks for September 29th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 29th: Newly Discovered Planet May Have Water on Its Surface: A team of astronomers that includes the University of Hawaii’s Nader Haghighipour has announced the discovery of a planet that could have liquid water...

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Saturday brings the sixth annual “Museum Day” across the country, in which hundreds of museums across the country offer free admission to re-introduce the public to their collections. This year, there are nine participating museums in Hawaii: ‘Iolani Palace (Honolulu) Bailey House Museum (Maui) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu) Mission...