Author: Ryan Ozawa

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year...

Frugal Traveler in Hawaii

Frugal Traveler in Hawaii

Travel writer Matt Gross, better known as The Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, tested his penny-pinching mettle on the Big Island and Kauai, and managed to spend only $1,210.93 on a nearly week-long visit to “the least affordable state in the country.” He and his wife stayed in...

Planet Hollywood Gets ‘LOST’

Planet Hollywood Gets ‘LOST’

The bad news? The annual “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the “LOST” season premiere has been canceled this year due to the ongoing writers’ strike. The good news? The folks at Planet Hollywood in Waikiki (and their friends at Infinite Productions) have stepped up to give “LOST” fans...

Chris Pirillo on Hawaii

Chris Pirillo on Hawaii

Renown übergeek Chris Pirillo is vacationing in Hawaii, but he hasn’t taken a break from technology nor his thriving community of fans. Chris has been streaming live video and reporting from his cruise ship as he tours the islands. A recent segment was titled, “Reasons I Might Never Move to...

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

If you’re a “lolcat” fan with an iPhone, you can now get a specially formatted fix of funny felines. The weird and whimsical website I Can Has Cheezburger, which is the brainchild of local geek Eric Nakagawa and his friends, has just announced an iPhone-optimized interface. All you have to...

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Hawaii will host its first “unconference” tomorrow at JAIMS in Hawaii Kai. Dubbed “Unconferenz,” it’s the brainchild of digital wonderer Burt Lum, no stranger to bringing people together under the Bytemarks banner. An “unconference” is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants....

First Flickr Friday of 2008

First Flickr Friday of 2008

It seems like only last week that local shutterbugs came together for food, fellowship, and f-stops. And it was. But tomorrow brings the monthly Flickr Friday lunch meetup downtown. We’ll be taking over Mini Garden (50 N. Hotel St.), a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hotel and Smith streets....

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

Looks like I got back into making videos just in time: TiVo users will soon be able to watch video podcasts as easily as they can watch “regular” television. The announcement was made this week at CES, and will only require a free software update for current customers. We love...

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

My family and I are reluctantly back from the Big Island, where we welcomed 2008 from a rustic vacation rental in Volcano Village. Relaxed and rejuvenated, what better way to jump into the New Year than with a fun, friendly gathering of local shutterbugs? Tomorrow brings an official Hawaii Flickr...

Hawaiian Air Disses the Dead (Again)

Hawaiian Air Disses the Dead (Again)

Local ABC affiliate KITV sure picked a heartwarming story for its Christmas Eve broadcast. Reporter Jodi Leong brought us “Family Outraged,” which told the tale of the late Lanakila Rosaga, age three, and his body’s botched travel plans. Only three months ago, fundraisers were being held for Rosaga’s medical care....

24 Hour Live Podcast Launched

24 Hour Live Podcast Launched

He wrote the first book on podcasting, and retired from his day job earlier this year to focus on podcasting full time. And as of 6 a.m. this morning, he’s kicked off a live, 24-hour podcast from his new home in Makakilo. Who is this madman? Todd Cochrane, host of...

Photo of Hawaii Athlete Among Top Picks

Photo of Hawaii Athlete Among Top Picks

The end of the year invariably brings with it a long list of long lists, as everyone puts together “best of” roundups that look back over the highlights of the past twelve months. Some are more interesting than others, and Reuters’ “Pictures of the Year” definitely fall on the interesting...

LOST Beach Premiere Jan. 26 – Cancelled

LOST Beach Premiere Jan. 26 – Cancelled

The “LOST” Beach Premiere is still on canceled, and has been moved back a week to Jan. 26, 2008, still allowing local fans an early look at the Season 4 premiere. After ABC announced last week that “LOST” would return to its primetime schedule on Thursday nights beginning Jan. 31,...

Hawaii Gift Card Tips

Hawaii Gift Card Tips

‘Tis the season for the hand wringing and tsk-tsking over the presumed laziness and implied tackiness of giving gift certificates and gift cards in lieu of “real” presents. While Miss Manners doesn’t approve, though, I love receiving them, and thus give them without hesitation. (My wife collects tributes almost exclusively...

Power of Vudu

Power of Vudu

The Vudu box, released into the wild in October, is a new way to enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows (including HD content) at home. No cable box or DVD mailers are required, just a broadband internet connection. And seeing another way to break into the monopoly cable companies...

LOST Moves to Thursdays

LOST Moves to Thursdays

The most hotly anticipated return of any television series is, hands down, the fourth season of ABC’s filmed-in-Hawaii hit, “LOST.” And today, ABC announced that the show will debut in a new Thursday night timeslot, at 9 p.m. EST. The January date calls into question the traditional advance screening of...

Thelma Dreyer, Blogger

Thelma Dreyer, Blogger

A month after putting out the call, House Communications Director Georgette Deemer announced that she has found her blogger: Thelma Dreyer. She will take over the reigns at the Hawaii House Blog, documenting life at the Capitol. Of course, as Deemer commented on my earlier post, her position as Assistant...

Heisman Trophy Eludes Brennan

Heisman Trophy Eludes Brennan

Celebrated Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan was not named the winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy, “the most prestigious award in college football.” The Heisman went to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Even so, Brennan had a lot to be proud of. The news was announced moments ago at the 73rd Heisman...

Anthony Bourdain in Hawaii

Anthony Bourdain in Hawaii

    Original photo by Neeta Lind. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Brilliant and sharply sardonic chef and author Anthony Bourdain is in Hawaii. He’s filming an episode of his fantastic Travel Channel series, “No Reservations.” We’re huge Bourdain fans. Having never tasted his food, we’re more enamoured of his...

Creative License

Creative License

Back in June, I took great glee in discovering that Judd Apatow’s summer comedy “Superbad” featured one of its characters getting a fake Hawaii driver’s license. Indeed, one of the film’s funnier scenes focused on how unconvincing the fake ID was, right down to the name, “McLovin.” Well, this week...