Author: Ryan Ozawa

“LOST” in a Square

“LOST” in a Square

SPOILER ALERT! Turns out the work day wasn’t over for the “LOST” production crew after yesterday’s snowy street scene.  After sundown, they turned up at Bishop Museum, where the show had recreated yet another Russian locale.  According to my friend Jeff, a museum employee, both Naveen Andrews and Michael Emerson...

“LOST” in the Snow

“LOST” in the Snow

SPOILER ALERT! Historic, architecturally diverse Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu has played London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles… and now you can add Russia to its resume. The production crew set up between Bethel Street and Nuuanu Avenue at 32 Merchant Street — in fact the very same building that...

Bookmarks for December 10th

Bookmarks for December 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 10th: Governor Lingle Presents Innovation Awards: Governor Linda Lingle today recognized six recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Awards for their ingenuity and commitment to developing creative ways for Hawai‘i to meet the challenges of...

Hawaii Second Healthiest State

Hawaii Second Healthiest State

The Aloha State has climbed from third to second place in a national ranking of healthiest states. In the 2008 America’s Health Rankings, issued by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Hawaii State Snapshot noted several strengths: A low prevalence of obesity (21.7 percent of the population). Low levels...

“LOST” Notes from Visiting Fans

“LOST” Notes from Visiting Fans

SPOILER ALERT! This past week was definitely a good week to be a “LOST” fan vacationing in Hawaii. The Othersville set report from Grant was only the beginning.  Less than a day later, I heard from Crista, who stopped by Camp Erdman as well. There was no filming taking place,...

Bookmarks for December 3rd

Bookmarks for December 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on December 3rd: Submillimetre Eagle Eyes On Mauna Kea: Three observatories on Mauna Kea have come together to form the world's most powerful facility for detailed submillimetre imaging. Hawaii Endorses Plan for Electric Cars: By using...

A Few Good Hawaii Blogs

A Few Good Hawaii Blogs

Blogs.com is built to showcase “the best in blogs,” and the wonderful folks at Six Apart (who are also behind TypePad and Movable Type) have been building a fantastic collection of reviews and links.  One of their key features are “Top Ten Lists,” which have been compiled by dozens of...

“LOST” in Dharma

“LOST” in Dharma

SPOILER ALERT! The “LOST” filming tip line had been silent for some time, and in years past the Thanksgiving holiday marked the start of a six-week hiatus for local production. I was beginning to think we’d seen the last of the location shoots of 2008.  But visiting fan Grant from...

VEX Robotics Championship

VEX Robotics Championship

Hawaii’s first international scholastic robotics competition will be held this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Pan Pacific VEX Championship Tournament is bringing 84 middle and high school teams from Hawaii, California, and China to compete on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. The teams will be separated...

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

Aloha: The Undead Airline?

If you can’t beat ’em… kill ’em, then reanimate their corpse as a corporate zombie. That appears to sum up the bizarre chain of events that will allow the much-maligned, Mesa-backed upstart go! Airlines to rebrand itself as Aloha Airlines. Yes, the “intellectual property” of Aloha Airlines, a beloved interisland...

WordPress with Miraz Jordan

WordPress with Miraz Jordan

Miraz Jordan — a writer, educator and explainer based in Wellington, New Zealand — will be in Honolulu to lead three noncredit courses on WordPress next weekend for the Pacific New Media program at UH. Jordan co-authored the “WordPress 2 Visual Quickstart Guide” and is part of the organizing committee...

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

Nawahi Crater on Mercury

A crater on the surface of the planet Mercury has been officially named in honor of a historic Hawaiian painter. Nawahi Crater, located in Mercury’s Calloris Basin, gets its name from native Hawaiian artist Joseph Kaho’oluhi Nawahiokalaniopu’u. It’s one of fifteen names announced last week by NASA’s MESSENGER mission, which...

Local Designer Unveils Twitter Shirts

Local Designer Unveils Twitter Shirts

Island geeks are crazy for Twitter. And now Hawaii designer Valentino Valdez of VALDEZign has unveiled (unofficial) Personalized Twitter Shirts. Valdez is using the custom T-shirt printing service Zazzle to print and ship the shirts, but will apparently be designing each shirt on demand as orders come in. The design is...

Bookmarks for November 26th

Bookmarks for November 26th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 26th: Problems Plague U.S. Flex-Fuel Fleet: Hawaii has the greatest share, with more than 1,000 flex-fuel vehicles purchased or leased by various agencies, mostly military. The Navy has more than 670 flex-fuel vehicles on...

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney Breaks Ground in Hawaii

Disney is preparing to build an $800 million resort in Ko Olina, transforming 21-acres of oceanfront land into a lavish oasis. The property will feature an enormous artificial volcano, roaring rapids and meandering rivers, lagoons and pools, all custom built for adventure, romance, and relaxation. Among the palm trees and...

Local Web 2.0 Outfits On Tap

Local Web 2.0 Outfits On Tap

The Hawaii Science & Technology Council will present “Web 2.0: Local Internet Ventures with Global Reach” on Friday, Dec. 12. Representatives from three local web companies will talk about their entries into the social media space: Rob Farrow from Chi.mp, an online identity management platform. Lorenz Sell from Blue Lava...

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T Fails, Engages on Twitter

AT&T’s cellular network in Honolulu failed this morning, disconnecting thousands of customers for at least six hours. (As I type this, service is restored in some areas, like downtown, but not in Mililani.)  At first I thought I just missed a bill payment, but it didn’t take long to realize...

Proudly Purple

Proudly Purple

The “Purple States” project aims to merge the best of citizen journalism and the established media. Described as “reality news” and a cross between “The Real World” and “The Huffington Post,” it launched in the run up to the 2008 elections. The “Purple States” project previously highlighted a handful of...

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

Raw Food Fest on Hawaii Island

A four-day celebration of raw food and wellness begins on Thursday on the Big Island. The “Rainbow Raw Games” will fill the Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Pahoa with family-friendly activities and presentations focused on raw food living, spiritual growth, and personal empowerment. The event caught my eye, as my coworker Beth...

Rebecca Mader of “LOST” Mugged

Rebecca Mader of “LOST” Mugged

“LOST” star Rebecca Mader, who plays newcomer Charlotte, posted to Facebook that she was mugged. The posted item read: “Rebecca Mader is recovering from being mugged last night :( I’m OK, just shaken up. x.” The note collected dozens of sympathetic comments from friends and fans, though the item and...