Author: Ryan Ozawa

Honolulu’s High ‘Creative Class Density’

Honolulu’s High ‘Creative Class Density’

Our cost of living is high, our wages are low, and our barriers to business are substantial. But smart and creative people? We’ve got those in droves. Honolulu is among the top ten metropolitan areas in the nation when it comes to the density of its “human capital” and “creative...

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Band Competition Launched

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...

Bookmarks for September 10th

Bookmarks for September 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 10th: NOAA Announces $131.9 Million Recovery Act Contract to Complete Construction of the Pacific Regional Center: NOAA today announced a $131.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contract to Walsh Construction Company of Chicago...

George Takei Speaks Out on Hawaii Equality

George Takei Speaks Out on Hawaii Equality

On this week’s Bytemarks Cafe, the weekly science and technology radio show I co-host with Burt Lum on Hawaii Public Radio, we had the honor of interviewing George Takei. He’s best known for his role as Sulu on Star Trek, but he’s also been a long-time, prominent, and outspoken advocate...

Hawaii Roads Ranked Among Worst in Nation

Hawaii Roads Ranked Among Worst in Nation

“State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years,” proclaims the Reason Foundation in its 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the Aloha State was ranked 47th overall, ahead of only California, Alaska, and Rhode Island. In fact, while Hawaii — perhaps unsurprisingly — has the fewest state-controlled highway...

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Last month, I blogged about an Entertainment Software Association report that said the Hawaii video game industry had added $23 million to the local economy. The report said that the revenue was generated by five “Interactive Entertainment Software Locations.” I asked if anyone knew who those five developers were. Local...

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

I had a nice conversation this afternoon with Marie Laderta, director of the state Department of Human Resources Development, in response to my request to secure the same data her office prepared for Civil Beat (and which Civil Beat hid behind its paywall). She was professional, articulate, and demonstrated that...

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Two Hawaii e-government initiatives received national recognition for excellence today. The Center for Digital Government announced the latest Digital Government Achievement Awards and the Best of the Web Awards. The state’s eBench Warrant system received a Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government category. Meanwhile, the official site for Maui...

Bookmarks for September 1st

Bookmarks for September 1st

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 1st: Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards 2010 Results: e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government has announced its 2010 Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards, tapping state and local...

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

The best “LOST” filming locations tours have gotten even better. Ed Kos of Kos Tours announced today that he has secured access to some new, well-known but well hidden, “LOST” sets. Dubbed “LOST Valley,” the secluded spot includes several iconic structures: The Hydra and its the polar bear cages,  The Orchid (or...

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

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

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...

iPad App: Flickpad

iPad App: Flickpad

Digital cameras and online galleries have transformed how we take, organize, and share pictures. But part of me misses the simple, organic fun of casually sifting through a pile of photos. Enter Flickpad. Conceived and co-programmed in Hawaii, Flickpad offers a unique and instantly intuitive way to explore the photos...

Bookmarks for August 24th

Bookmarks for August 24th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 25th: Addicted Gamer Sues Game-Maker, Says He is ‘Unable to Function’: A federal judge is allowing a negligence lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of the online virtual-world game Lineage II, amid allegations that...

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Today brings the much-anticipated release of “LOST: Season Six” on DVD (or Blu-Ray), and “LOST: The Complete Collection” on DVD (or Blu-Ray). Meanwhile, as in years past, retailer Best Buy is also touting “Exclusive Bonus Footage” in its Season Six DVD and Season Six Blu-Ray sets. The question is, which...

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

On Saturday morning, I cracked a tooth. Having not seen a dentist in over a decade, and having shunned the dental profession most of my life, I had no idea what to do. Being the hapless nerd I am, I immediately tweeted about it. Fortunately, I received a flood of...

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

“If there’s buzz, we’re on it.” So says Diane Seo today, in announcing NonstopHonolulu.com, which she hopes will be the city’s “main online source for eating, nightlife and events.” The site is rising from the ashes of a former shining star. When the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin morphed into...

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina five years ago when the BP oil spill further devastated its communities. Next week, events are being held across the country to help fishing families find a new, more sustainable future by providing an educational program for...

“LOST” Talk at SXSW Interactive

“LOST” Talk at SXSW Interactive

Two great flavors may be coming together next March: “LOST” and SXSW Interactive. Doug Meacham and Amy Greenlaw, two fellow fans and geeks, are proposing a panel that focuses on the “transmedia storytelling aspects” of “LOST.” “If you aren’t familiar with ‘transmedia storytelling,’ it’s just a fancy term for telling...

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

The headline proclaims, “Civil Beat Shares Hawaii State Employee Salaries” — but there’s a catch: you have to pay to get full access to the information. To be sure, there’s a reasonable and deep debate to be had over whether the names and salaries of government employees should be public in...

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

“Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island” [iTunes Link] is a new iPad application for kids (and playful adults) that embraces everything that makes the Apple device special. It’s a kind of “digital pop-up book” that engages readers in ways that no dead tree could, and it...