Author: Ryan Ozawa

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...

A Memorable Manoa Geeks

A Memorable Manoa Geeks

Last night brought a Manoa Geeks milestone. A bittersweet evening, to be sure. It was certainly yet another fantastic meetup of over 50 webheads, techies, and entrepreneurs, hosted once again by the innovative Oceanit company. There were demos and geeky debates, old friends and new faces, free pizza and free-flowing...

Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending

Beatrix*JAR in Hawaii from hawaii on Vimeo. Beatrix*JAR is Bianca Pettis and Jacob Roske, sound artists out of Minneapolis. They were in Honolulu for a concert at The Arts at Mark Garage yesterday, and also put on a couple of “circuit bending” workshops for the community. This workshop was hosted...

Evangeline Lilly of ‘LOST’ on Hawaii

Evangeline Lilly of ‘LOST’ on Hawaii

In an interview with MSN TV News, Evangeline Lilly — who plays fugitive-turned-mom on ABC’s hit series “LOST” — notes the downsides of living in Hawaii. MSN TV: Does spending so much time in Hawaii ruin it as a lovely place to be? Evangeline Lilly: It’s true, but you still...

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

Explore Found Sounds with Beatrix*JAR

The music of Beatrix*JAR is a mix of beats, sound samples, and random noise, a “fuzzy sound collage” that’s unique and original every time the Minneapolis-based duo performs. From toys to circuit boards to radio interference, found sounds are a key ingredient to their art.  And Hawaii will get to...

Manoa Author, Blogger to Walk Around Oahu

Manoa Author, Blogger to Walk Around Oahu

Chris Damitio, local author and blogger (and artist and one-time podcaster), is about to take a hike. A long hike, around the entire perimeter of the Island of Oahu. He’s starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 19, heading east from UH Manoa, through Waikiki, and then over 130 miles...

Inouye, Akaka would decline VP invite

Inouye, Akaka would decline VP invite

“If you were asked, would you accept an offer to be the Vice President nominee?” That question was put to the 97 members of the U.S. Senate who are not running for U.S. President by The Hill. Only a selection of the responses made it into the print edition, but...

‘Hawaiian machismo’ cited in surfer murder

‘Hawaiian machismo’ cited in surfer murder

It’s been a year since prominent Hawaii-born surfer Emery Kauanui was beaten to death outside his mother’s apartment in La Jolla, Calif. It was the brutal conclusion to an altercation in a nearby bar earlier that evening, and left surfers everywhere in shock. Now that the murder trial is drawing...

Sen. Akaka Backs Obama

Sen. Akaka Backs Obama

Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel K. Akaka is the latest “superdelegate” to back Hawaii-born Barack Obama‘s bid for President of the United States. His announcement was first noted by NBC’s Domenico Montanaro on MSNBC and confirmed via a Star-Bulletin report on Akaka’s official statement. His announcement brings the number of superdelegates pledged...

LOST Wrap [Updated]

LOST Wrap [Updated]

Today is the last day of shooting for Season 4. And driving to work past Honolulu Harbor this morning, what should appear like a vision but the Freighter Kahana. She was docked at Kewalo Basin, where tell-tale trailers and crew trucks were gathering. But I had to do a double-take....

Everybody ConCon

Everybody ConCon

Hawaii grassroots politics, going virtual: The reality of eDemocracy in Hawaii gains momentum as members of HawaiiConCon.org and Citizens’ Committee on ConCon call on citizens to join Hawaii’s newest open online community at HawaiiConCon.org. Over 70 Hawaii citizens including prominent political and technology leaders have already joined HawaiiConCon.org to “learn,...

LOST Notes: Ben and Penny

LOST Notes: Ben and Penny

A couple of tidbits to start the week. First, local “LOST” fans may want to make their way down to the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel tonight for the taping of the “NightTime with Andy Bumatai” show. Tonight’s star guest is Michael Emerson, a.k.a. Benjamin Linus. Head down to the S.O.S. Showroom...

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Bytemarks Cafe is Coming

Renown “digital wonderer” Burt Lum will soon be returning to the airwaves with “Bytemarks Cafe,” a radio show about technology and the web coming in July on Hawaii Public Radio (KIPO-FM 89.3). “It’ll be a magazine format with news bytes, interviews, cool websites and an audio pick of the week,”...

LOST Adrift [Updated]

LOST Adrift [Updated]

SPOILER ALERT! As we draw nearer to the Season 4 finale, the “LOST” production crew is bringing the story ever closer to the pivotal moment when the Oceanic Six get off the island. To tell that story, they headed way out to Wai’anae, the arid, rural west coast of O’ahu....

Geek Goes Down on Live TV

Geek Goes Down on Live TV

You haven’t lived until you’ve humiliated yourself on live television. I had that unique opportunity this morning after doing my regular “LOST” commentary on KITV (the Honolulu ABC affiliate). The next segment was some fitness drills with current and former members of the UH Warriors football team, sponsored by Jamba...