Author: Ryan Ozawa

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

“Where are you?” is the next “What are you doing?” Twitter has built a game-changing tool based on the latter question, launching the era of the “statusphere” and the “real-time web.”  But when it comes to predicting paradigm shifts, my money is on ubiquitous (and perhaps unavoidable) geolocation. It’s literally...

“LOST” in Late October

“LOST” in Late October

SPOILER ALERT: Leading into Halloween, it’s been relatively quiet for “LOST” production. Most of the work took place behind closed doors at the Hawaii Film Studio. But a couple of visiting fans stumbled across the crew at work at location shoots that bookend the week, and passed along brief reports.

Bookmarks for October 27th

Bookmarks for October 27th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 27th: eBay founder, wife pledge $50 million to Hawaii charities over six years: eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam have pledged to donate $50 million over six years to the Hawaii Community...

‘Native Plants Hawaii’ Launched

‘Native Plants Hawaii’ Launched

From friend and cybrarian Shari Tamashiro comes word of a new resource dedicated to native Hawaiian plants. Native Plants Hawaii — a joint project between Kapiolani Community College and Leeward Community College — aims to be a comprehensive online knowledgebase of the endemic and indigenous plants of Hawaii. Native plants...

Bookmarks for October 20th

Bookmarks for October 20th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 20th: Geek Week and Mactoberfest 2009: Hawaii Geek Week is October 17-24, 2009, offering fascinating evening presentations and a full day event on Saturday: HMAUSs Mactoberfest with Leewards Geek Day at Leeward Community College....

“LOST” on Location

“LOST” on Location

SPOILER ALERT: Times are good for local “LOST” fans, particularly with the full-day “Celebration of ‘LOST’” at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Saturday. Of course, production didn’t stop, and I was also able to check out a few location shoots over the past week. Not surprisingly, the crew continued...

Celebrating “LOST” with HIFF [Updated]

Celebrating “LOST” with HIFF [Updated]

On Saturday, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) featured a full day of programs devoted to ABC’s hit television series “LOST.” There were three 90-minute “master classes” held at the Regal Theatres at Dole Cannery in the afternoon, capped off with a gala evening event — “An Evening with Damon...

PowerPoint Karaoke Comes to Hawaii

PowerPoint Karaoke Comes to Hawaii

Going on stage to give a presentation is, for some, already a terrifying scenario. But what if you didn’t even know what your presentation was going to be about? That’s the deliciously cruel setup for “PowerPoint karaoke,” which turns potentially drab charts and graphs into live improv comedy. As the...

“Dirty Jobs” Returns to Hawaii

“Dirty Jobs” Returns to Hawaii

Mike Rowe, the host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” was in Honolulu in July, taking a turn as a window washer dangling from the 45-story One Waterfront Towers (as captured above by my friend Blaine Fergerstrom). According to a promo attached to tonight’s season premiere, the episode will air...

Bookmarks for October 6th

Bookmarks for October 6th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 6th: Canoe research revives ‘Maori from Hawaii’ theory: Researchers studying the evolution of culture say analysis of Polynesian canoe design suggests New Zealand was at least partially settled from Hawaii. The concept of Hawaii...

Tech Breakfast on Hawaii Broadband

Tech Breakfast on Hawaii Broadband

On Friday, the monthly HISciTech Tech Download networking breakfast organized by the Hawaii Science & Technology Council will feature an update on the Hawaii Broadband Taskforce. Although the HBTF was technically shut down at the end of June, there’s still no shortage of new information to process. This Friday’s event,...

“LOST” Encounter

“LOST” Encounter

SPOILER ALERT: Sometimes it seems as if “LOST” can only be found at the far end of the Earth (or, at least, the far end of the island). But sometimes, “LOST” comes to you. I rolled into work this morning to find the production crew setting up for a location...

Hawaii holds at third among ‘Most Popular States’

Hawaii holds at third among ‘Most Popular States’

Hawaii, The Aloha State, is the third most popular state where Americans would choose to live, according to the latest results from The Harris Poll. Meanwhile, California — despite its economic woes — held on to the top spot for the sixth year in a row, a position it’s held since...

“LOST” on the Block

“LOST” on the Block

SPOILER ALERT: “LOST” took over a quiet residential street in Waikele this morning. And groggy as I was stopping by on my way to work, I had to do a double-take: the show had been there before.

“LOST” on Saturday [Updated]

“LOST” on Saturday [Updated]

SPOILER ALERT: In years past, the “LOST” filming schedule would stretch to six days a week only occasionally, and usually as days run out toward the winter break or the season finale. But things for this final season seems to be especially intense, as we’ve already seen a few Saturday...

“LOST” in the Valley

“LOST” in the Valley

SPOILER ALERT: The “LOST” production crew returned to familiar territory today, setting up base camp in Manoa Valley and shooting deep in the jungle near Paradise Park. This same area was used to film the Hydra Station exteriors, but now the forest was home to another familiar structure: The Temple....

Bookmarks for September 30th

Bookmarks for September 30th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on September 30th: Moon-crashing probe aimed at bigger target: A NASA spacecraft destined to crash into a moon crater in the hunt for hidden caches of water ice has a new target, the space agency announced...

Don’t Miss Lunch at 220 Grille [Updated]

Don’t Miss Lunch at 220 Grille [Updated]

One of the more interesting restaurants in Honolulu exists only a few weeks out of the year. 220 Grille specializes in “Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” offering great food and service on the slopes of Diamond Head. Yet everything on the menu costs less than $10. How? By putting students to work....

Kat Reeder Tackles Triple Crown

Kat Reeder Tackles Triple Crown

Local artist Kat Reeder, whose work you may have seen at First Friday as one of the recently featured artist at the Chinatown Boardroom, was tapped to create the official poster of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 2009. Although the competition doesn’t begin until November, she’s offering an early...

“LOST” Seen and Heard

“LOST” Seen and Heard

SPOILER ALERT: Work on the sixth and final season of “LOST” continues here in Honolulu. Thanks to some eagle-eagle eyed fans (and one friend with a good ear), here are some new photos from recent shoots and a brief note about filming that took place today on the Hawaii Film...