Author: Ryan Ozawa

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...

WordCamp Hawaii

WordCamp Hawaii

Plans are in the works to hold a WordCamp conference right here in the Aloha State. Whether you are a hardcore WordPress hacker, a happy WordPress user, or want to know more about WordPress, this event will be for you. The explosive growth of WordPress has been nothing short of...

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi from hawaii on Vimeo. Kodomo No Hi, or Children’s Day (formerly Boy’s Day), is traditionally celebrated on May 5 in Japan, but the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii gave locals a head start with its “Keiki Fun Fest” on Sunday. There were all kinds of activities from...

LOST Party

LOST Party

Scaling down somewhat from the huge shoot at Kalaeloa on Wednesday, the “LOST” crew headed out to upscale East Honolulu today to film at a mansion in Kahala. Specifically, they returned to Hurley’s mansion as last seen in “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” a $5.5 million property that’s actually on the...

Mac a’hiki TechFest Tomorrow

Mac a’hiki TechFest Tomorrow

A keynote by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. Talks on Apple OSX Leopard (by Rolf Nordahl of the MacMouse Club) and digital photography (by Dwight Okumoto of the Professional Photographers of Hawaii). A swap meet to buy, sell or trade computer or camera gear, an Apple and Macintosh “Fixit Clinic,” and...

LOST at Home

LOST at Home

SPOILER ALERT! It was a big day for “LOST.” A week after a big shoot in Kaimuki, the crew moved to an even bigger stage on the other end of the island. A huge crowd of extras reported to the old Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Kalaeloa, taking over...

Jill Kuramoto Welcomes Baby Jace

Jill Kuramoto Welcomes Baby Jace

Back in February, I was elated to break the news that KITV news anchor and reporter (and “LOST” celebrity) Jill Kuramoto was expecting. Well, this morning, the good word came from coworker Rich Fewell (via Twitter): “Jill K had her baby!” The details later arrived at the Inside KITV blog...