Author: Ryan Ozawa

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Neil Abercrombie for Governor

Last July, journalist and columnist Bob Jones said you could “bet on it”: longtime U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie would run for governor. Even though Abercrombie said no to challenging Gov. Linda Lingle in 2006, it looks like the time is right for a run in 2010. There has yet to...

Meetup Madness

Meetup Madness

Manoa Geeks — the Web 2.0 inspired social geek gathering I now help organize — is upon us! Come on down Thursday evening to Thirtyninehotel in Chinatown to talkstory and catch up with what’s going on in Hawaii’s vibrant tech scene. There’ll be food, drink, and lots of cool stories...

Happy Birthday, HPR

Happy Birthday, HPR

On November 13, 1981, a switch was flipped in a makeshift studio in the University of Hawaii quarry and a Mahler opera burst onto the airwaves. The now twin stations have had a long and colorful history, beginning 27 years ago with egg-carton sound dampeners, a move in 1987, online...

Video Chat in Gmail

Video Chat in Gmail

Taking another bold move into Skype‘s territory, Google has announced the addition of voice and video chat to Gmail. Interestingly, audio and video chats are currently available only as an extension to the Google Talk feature within Google’s free webmail service, and not via its standalone Google Talk chat client...

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

Sensational “Saltimbanco”

UPDATE: A special $20 discount is propagating on Twitter. If you’re thinking of checking out “Saltimbanco,” be sure to use the special link and save! Acrobats, gymnasts, dancers, a cyclist, a juggler and jester, and hapless subjects pulled from the audience. Around them, a kaleidoscope stage, and behind them, a...

Hawaii State Quarter Debuts

Hawaii State Quarter Debuts

The 50th State’s long awaited entry in the U.S. Mint’s immensely popular “50 State Quarters” program will be given a formal unveiling at noon tomorrow in downtown Honolulu. Its debut marks the end of a program that saw a special, limited edition quarter released every quarter since 1999. Each quarter...

Bookmarks for November 5th

Bookmarks for November 5th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on November 5th: How He Did It: exclusive behind-the-scenes reporting from the McCain and Obama camps assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings...

“LOST” on Saturday

“LOST” on Saturday

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” was filming today — a Saturday — a sure sign the traditional winter break is drawing near. Today, they set up in Kakaako, taking over the long-unused parking lot of the former CompUSA store on Ala Moana Boulevard, and staging a car crash a few blocks away...

“LOST” at School

“LOST” at School

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” returned to downtown Honolulu this morning to film a New York street scene. The intersection of Bethel St. and Merchant St. was converted into the Upper West Side in Manhattan, with a tell-tale subway entrance (“Columbus & 67th St. Station”), New York cabs, some news racks, and an antique...

“LOST” Among the Tombstones

“LOST” Among the Tombstones

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” returned to Oahu Cemetery this morning, perhaps a fitting location on the brink of Halloween. The historic graveyard previously appeared in the Season 2 episode “Lockdown,” as the not-quite-final resting place of Anthony Cooper. It seemed, at first, a peaceful scene, with Matthew Abbadon (Lance Reddick) bringing a wheelchair-bound John...

Bookmarks for October 28th

Bookmarks for October 28th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 28th: Tenants Claim Landlord Used Them In Experiments: Dozens of Kalihi tenants who escaped the collapse of their make-shift apartment building Sunday night said they were human guinea pigs for their landlord’s medical experiments....

“LOST” Returns to Santa Rosa

“LOST” Returns to Santa Rosa

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” returned to the campus of Windward Community College in Kaneohe today to film yet another scene at the “Santa Rosa Mental Institute,” where our dear Hurley (Jorge Garcia) has been a tenant. From veteran spotter “Grappler” (who previously reported from the Windward side) comes this account of...

PodCamp & WordCamp Hawaii

PodCamp & WordCamp Hawaii

PodCamp & WordCamp Hawaii kicks off tomorrow at the Hawaii Convention Center, which will make the next two days utter nirvana (or, perhaps, “nerdvana”) for geeks and geeks in the making. New media and the social web will be explored and discussed in a free event that welcomes everyone — from the evangelists to...

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head Hike from hawaii on Vimeo. Yesterday, I joined my 10-year-old daughter, Katie, on a hike up Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks and a popular local attraction. The hike was organized by her Girl Scout troop (Hawaii Troop #84), and we were joined by seven other...

Bookmarks for October 10th

Bookmarks for October 10th

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 10th: VC’s Gloom Means Entrepeneurs’ and Angels’ Boon: Even if some of the angels with funds saw those funds freeze up, I can promise you they would start investing as individuals again because they...

Welcome, Pop Candy Readers!

Welcome, Pop Candy Readers!

Whitney Matheson’s “Pop Candy” blog at USA Today is a must-read for any pop culture fan. Jen and I were bummed that we missed Whitney at Comic-Con. So as a longtime reader, it was a thrill to find that she featured this blog today in “Tracking down the ‘LOST’ gang.”...

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava Festival on Saturday

Kava, or ‘Awa as it’s known in Hawaii, will be explored and celebrated at UH on Saturday at the Kawa Festival. The plant is playing a central role in the resurgence of Hawaiian cultural practices. Drink kava while learning about it from Hawaiian cultural practitioners, ‘awa growers, health and nutrition specialists,...

“LOST” in Kaimuki

“LOST” in Kaimuki

It was a late night for “LOST” at Sacred Heart Academy in Kaimuki. “LOST” spotter Joel posted a couple of photos and sent Hawaii Blog this report from the scene: “They had a massive set of lights set up and Ben, Desmond and a woman were in the scene (I...

“LOST” in Long Beach

“LOST” in Long Beach

SPOILER ALERT! The Waikiki Yacht Club was transformed into the “Long Beach Harbor Club” for evening shoots last night and tonight. Cranes and production trucks were parked nearby, as well as three notable vehicles: the blue Canton-Rainier Carpet Cleaning van, Kate’s silver Volvo, and a silver Jaguar S-Class. My friend...

Bookmarks for October 3rd

Bookmarks for October 3rd

When I’m not blogging, I’m browsing. Here are sites and pages that I bookmarked on October 3rd: Airport ‘X-ray art’ courts TSA trouble: Take a metal plate, stencil and cut out a message — words or an image — place the plate at the bottom of your carry-on bag, and...