Author: Ryan Ozawa

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: Report charts new course for US astronomy: The report pointedly stresses the need for funding agencies to select between the two large-scale, US-led facilities currently under development — the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope...

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

“LOST” Meetup in Waikiki on Aug. 25

One of the many things “LOST” fans have to look forward to this month is the release of “LOST: The Complete Connection” on DVD and Blu-Ray. To celebrate, several local fans are getting together next Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki. The event is the brainchild of Ed...

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

The “Breath of Life” blew out a big candle last night. One year ago, the Polynesian Cultural Center unveiled its new evening show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” The ambitious, 90-minute production took three years and $3 million to prepare. And by all accounts, it was worth it. The show staged...

LOST Conference Cancelled

LOST Conference Cancelled

Even though there’s a lot for “LOST” fans to be excited about this month, some bad news emerged this week: “LOST: The Conference” has been cancelled. The event was the brainchild of David Lavery and Lynnette Porter, and was planned to run alongside the Hawaii International Conference on Arts &...

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Game Companies Boost Hawaii Economy

Video games are a growing business in Hawaii. The state’s entertainment software industry added over $23 million to the state’s economy in 2009, according to a report released today by the Entertainment Software Association. The Hawaii findings were only a small part of a national survey that concluded that the...

Bookmarks for August 9th

Bookmarks for August 9th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 9th: Childhood personality traits predict adult behavior: Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse elementary schoolchildren in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of...

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

It’s astonishing what kids will eat, and how much of it. But as a dad to three keiki, I can tell you that I’m not always proud of the things they put in their mouths. If you’re like me, you might want to check out “The Kids Food Adventure,” a...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

The short independent film “Hawaiian Ghost Story” is one big step closer to becoming a reality. As I blogged last week, the project was in the running for $50,000 cash and a $200,000 finishing contract in Openfilm’s first “Get It Made” competition. And today comes official word that it garnered...

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

“Hawaii Five-0” Theme Song Contest

In anticipation of the Sept. 20 series premiere of CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” the network has announced a video upload contest on its site. Fans are encouraged to upload their “best interpretation” of the show’s iconic theme song (or, at least, up to 30 seconds of it), and the...

Return to Waikiki

Return to Waikiki

It’s called “Return to Waikiki,” and like many things in Hawaii, its name has more than one meaning. The lu’au and cocktail show debuts Saturday with a special “VIP Opening Night,” and it’s a daring attempt to bring the magic back to the tourist Mecca: Return to Waikiki celebrates the...

Bookmarks for August 3rd

Bookmarks for August 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on August 3rd: Gamers fight back after robbers target PC Gamerz in Kaneohe: Two masked robbers that targeted an internet gaming center in Kaneohe Wednesday night never expected their victims to fight back. But they did...

“LOST” in August

“LOST” in August

“LOST” fans have a lot to look forward to this month! On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 & 22, there will will be a two-day live auction of over 1,000 “LOST” props. Two days later, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, the official release of both “Lost: The Sixth and Final Season”...

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

When it comes to national brands and promotions, Hawaii residents usually get the short end of the stick. Just check the fine print of most TV commercials — “Prices higher in Hawaii and Puerto Rico,” goes the standard disclaimer. (Heck, the fact that we’re finally getting a Bath & Body Works...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is...

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

“Hawaii Five-0” at Comic-Con

One of the highlights for me at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was the preview for the new “Hawaii Five-0” reboot on CBS. The event featured stars Daniel Dae Kim, who gets to stay in Hawaii following his six-year turn on “LOST,” and Grace Park, a reboot veteran from “Battlestar...

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There...

Comic-Con, Here We Come!

Comic-Con, Here We Come!

In a few hours, my wife and I will be taking a red-eye flight from Honolulu through San Francisco to San Diego, where we’ll be attending our third Comic-Con. Dubbed “the geek prom” by some, this massive event draws well over 120,000 people each year. We weren’t planning on being...

Jobs Ends Hawaii Vacation, Tackles ‘Antennagate’

Jobs Ends Hawaii Vacation, Tackles ‘Antennagate’

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today held a press conference to address “Antennagate,” or widespread reports of reception problems with its iPhone 4 smartphone. Jobs reiterated that it’s a problem for all phones, that only a tiny percentage of people have reported problems, and that the iPhone 4 is still their...

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Hawaii Five-0 Production Begins

Production on CBS’ reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” officially started today in Waikiki. Work kicked off after a traditional Hawaiian blessing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Lagoon by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw of Bishop Memorial Chapel at Kamehameha Schools. On hand was Daniel Dae Kim, formerly of “LOST,” Grace Park, formerly of...

Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

Hawaii in Bottom Five for Business

Hawaii is bad for business. The latest “Top States for Business” survey by CNBC ranked Hawaii 48th among all 50 states. The good news? Hawaii climbed a step from 2009, switching places with Rhode Island and staying ahead of Alaska. And while Hawaii did poorly in most of the categories...