Author: Ryan Ozawa

Two Ocean Expeditions are Hawaii-Bound

Two Ocean Expeditions are Hawaii-Bound

At this very moment, a pair of historic ocean expeditions are making their way across the Pacific toward Hawaii. Gulf war veteran Dr. Marcus Eriksen and former Hawaii businessman Joel Paschal are sailing to Hawaii from California on a piece of junk. Literally. Meanwhile, Roz Savage is 71 days into...

Tweet-Up with Seesmic’s Sukhjit

Tweet-Up with Seesmic’s Sukhjit

If you’re not on Twitter, you may not have heard: a member of the Seesmic team is in Honolulu, and several local geeks are turning out to welcome her and enjoy some terrific tech talkstory. Sukhjit, who hosts the Seesmic video show “Unboxing,” will be at the Aloha Tower Marketplace...

‘So Sari!’ Art Party This Friday

‘So Sari!’ Art Party This Friday

This month’s Art After Dark is not to be missed. On Friday, the Honolulu Academy of Arts presents “So Sari! Bollywood Nights.” The soundtrack to the evening will be provided by New York’s famed D.J. Rekha, and E&O Trading Company will provide some flavor. You can wander the courtyards of...

Hele On to Comic-Con

Hele On to Comic-Con

My wife Jen and I will be attending Comic-Con International 2008 in San Diego this week. Dubbed by some as the “Geek Prom,” Comic-Con is no small gathering of basement-dwelling nerds. Everyone from Hollywood’s biggest guns to aspiring web cartoonists shows up for Comic-Con, which sold out last week. Over...

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

Get Ready to Celebrate Palolo Pride

How well do you know Palolo Valley? I’d wager you don’t know it half as well as its neighbors, Manoa, Kaimuki and Kahala. Once filled with farms, then home to a rock quarry and even a World War II airfield, today’s Palolo is a country-style neighborhood in the middle of...

Rediscover Makiki at ‘Sunset in the Park’

Rediscover Makiki at ‘Sunset in the Park’

Makiki is one of Honolulu’s most densely populated neighborhoods, making Makiki District Park a green jewel in a crowd of high-rises and busy streets. We used to live a block away, and the park was a life saver for our young family. Plenty of people used the park, and its...

‘Orchids for Everyone’ This Weekend

‘Orchids for Everyone’ This Weekend

For orchid lovers, there’s only one place to be this weekend: the Kaimuki Orchid Society‘s annual orchids show, “Orchids For Everyone.” Kalani High School’s gymnasium and cafeteria will be bursting with color with exotic orchid exhibits, oshibana art, bonsai plant displays and ikebana arrangements. This year’s show also features a...

Mermaids and More at Art Spree

Mermaids and More at Art Spree

This Saturday brings the “Art Spree” at The Contemporary Museum” in Makiki. In addition to great art, demonstrations, and hands-on crafts for kids, there’ll be live performances… including two shows by Mermaids Hawaii in the museum’s reflecting pool. Other performers include Ringmaster-MC See of Ong King Arts Center, Wally Amos...

Father Damien to Attain Sainthood

Father Damien to Attain Sainthood

Father Damien, whose work with Hawaii leprosy patients in the 1800s earned him worldwide respect, is on the brink of being named a saint. Hours ago, Pope Benedict XVI validated a miracle attributed to Father Damien, clearing the way for him to be canonized. (He was previously beatified in 1995...

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Honolulu’s best bargain for book buffs has begun! The Friends of the Library annual book sale at McKinley High School runs through Sunday, July 6 (though they’re taking July 3 and 4 off). It’s an unmatched literary treasure trove — refreshed daily — of used and out-of-circulation books… often including...

Supporters Seek to Save the Parade

Supporters Seek to Save the Parade

the Aloha Festivals floral parade has delighted locals and visitors alike for more than 60 years. But the loss of Hawaiian Airlines’ title sponsorship means the annual tradition is in jeopardy. Some Waikiki residents and businesses have been known to be annoyed at the number of parades that come down...

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

MMA on Hawaii Public Radio

When worlds collide. With the inaugural Hawaii Mixed Martial Arts Sports & Fitness Expo landing in Honolulu this weekend, Hawaii Public Radio is going to take a serious look at a serious phenomenon that, nevertheless, falls far outside of the usual public radio comfort zone. Tonight on “Town Square,” airing...

Prices in Paradise

Prices in Paradise

“Lucky you live Hawaii” is an oft-uttered declaration of pride and love among locals who call the islands home. But the gloomy economic news looming over the the country is definitely casting a long, dark shadow over the state. Earlier this month, my friend and boss Beth visited Honolulu. She...

Flavors of Honolulu Festival Begins Friday

Flavors of Honolulu Festival Begins Friday

Save your appetite and round up the kids, this weekend brings the second-annual “Flavors of Honolulu” festival on the Honolulu municipal grounds (near Honolulu Hale and the Frank F. Fasi Building). The three-day event mixes over a dozen restaurants, live performances by several local artists, and highlights including a wine-tasting...

Isis Godfrey Byrne at Cedar Street Galleries

Isis Godfrey Byrne at Cedar Street Galleries

Local artist (and mother of two) Isis Godfrey Byrne will be unveiling new works at the opening of her art show at Cedar Street Galleries tonight. Byrne, who was born in the U.K. but calls the islands home, is known for her etherial Hawaii-inspired landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. The preview...

Study: Hawaii a ‘Big Mover’ in Science and Tech

Study: Hawaii a ‘Big Mover’ in Science and Tech

The state of Hawaii has greatly improved its “position to succeed in the technology-led information age,” jumping up 11 spots to rank as the 28th best state in the State Technology and Science Index from the Milken Institute. The index looks at 77 indicators across five major components (ranging from...

Sci-Fi Skewered in ‘Spaced 1919’

Sci-Fi Skewered in ‘Spaced 1919’

Loose Screws,  Hawaii’s longest-running improvisational comedy troupe, is setting its sights on science fiction in “Spaced 1919.” Sci-fi standards like “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Firefly” won’t stand a chance against this bunch, which will weave the tale live on stage using prompts and props from the audience. Indeed, if...

Hawaii Firm Spotlights Legal Blogs

Hawaii Firm Spotlights Legal Blogs

Honolulu-based law firm Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert recently highlighted legal blogs written by four of its attorneys: Robert Thomas, Mark Murakami, Robert D. Harris, and Tred Eyerly. Firm director Thomas is one of Hawaii’s first law bloggers, and writes at inversecondemnation.com on land use law, eminent domain, and property...

Hawaii Marine Expelled for Puppy Video

Hawaii Marine Expelled for Puppy Video

David Motari, the Hawaii marine who was engulfed in controversy over a video clip posted to YouTube in March, has been expelled from the service. The video showed Motari throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq. According to an official statement placed front and center yesterday...

Chinatown Potluck on Monday

Chinatown Potluck on Monday

A coalition of Honolulu community groups is kicking off summer tomorrow night with “Chinatown Potluck,” a festival to bring together the diverse Chinatown community and to highlight everything it has to offer. Good health will be at the heart of the event, which will offer delectable multi-cultural dishes “with a...