Author: Ryan Ozawa

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...

Flickr Friday at Murphy’s

Flickr Friday at Murphy’s

  Photo courtesy Carrie.   The last “Flickr Friday” of 2007 is two days away. This month, the downtown lunch meetup will take place at Murphy’s at the top of Merchant Street. Check out the discussion in the Hawaii Flickr Meetup group, and RSVP at Upcoming. I missed last month’s...

That’s No Moon…

That’s No Moon…

Leaving work today, I was startled by the usually serene view of Honolulu Harbor from my office building. A ginormous structure of some sort was parked at Aloha Tower, looming over the city like an evil alien space station. (Okay, it only loomed over Aloha Tower, but suffice it to...

Another Taste of NYC

Another Taste of NYC

SPOILER ALERT! Although “LOST” production has essentially wrapped for the year, cameras are still rolling here and there for mobisodes, pick-ups and reshoots. Last night, my friend Ian reported seeing them setting up downtown. Christmas lights and a New York subway sign were among the props spotted. I wasn’t able...

LOST in the Big Apple

LOST in the Big Apple

SPOILER ALERT! From Fiji to New York City, it’s been a busy week for “LOST.” The production returned to Chapin Lane (which previously played Bangkok in a Jack flashback) and the area around Mark’s Garage to recreate the Big Apple. Streets were lit up with the Christmas spirit, and people...

Flickr Friday in Manoa

Flickr Friday in Manoa

The monthly midday meetup of Flickr users moves to Manoa this month, as local shutterbugs convene for food, folks, and framing at Thai Sweet Basil in Manoa Marketplace (2756 Woodlawn Drive). Easily a dozen geek-leaning photographers will once again draw funny looks and concerned study as they form a smiling...

LOST in Fiji

LOST in Fiji

It may be a holiday for some people, but “LOST” was hard at work today bringing the South Pacific to Honolulu. Kewalo Basin, the small commercial harbor in Kaka’ako, was transformed into the Port of Suva, Fiji’s largest port and gateway to its capital city. It was hard to miss...

Blogging Job at the State Capitol

Blogging Job at the State Capitol

The House Majority at the Hawaii State Legislature has put out the call, on its blog no less, for a full-time blogger. Well, an “assistant communications director” with others duties as assigned, no doubt, but still… House Communications Director Georgette Deemer is looking for someone who loves to write. “Not...

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Data can be beautiful. UCLA designer, artist, and researcher Aaron Koblin took 24 hours’ worth of air traffic data from the FAA and created mesmerizing visualizations of otherwise everyday flight activity. You can check out Koblin’s collection of Flight Pattern” videos, or jump straight to a fantastic montage of several...

HVCB Picks Online Video Partner

HVCB Picks Online Video Partner

In an attempt to help Hawaii “go viral” in the world of web video, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has partnered with TurnHere, “a full-service Internet video solutions provider to the media, publishing, travel, local and real estate industries.” Specifically, TurnHere will distribute HVCB videos across the Internet via...

Walgreens Greets Hawaii

Walgreens Greets Hawaii

Mainland drugstore chain Walgreens welcomed its first island shoppers yesterday, when it opened the first of many, many planned stores in the Aloha State. Walgreens is entering a market that has been wholly dominated by California-based Longs Drugs for half a century. The 9,000-square-foot Keeaumoku store is small and has...

PBS Hawaii Adds Blog, Message Board

PBS Hawaii Adds Blog, Message Board

It’s only been a few weeks since Leslie Wilcox started blogging at PBS Hawaii, but the local public television station is already pushing even further into the great conversation on the web. “Digital Dialog” is a new blog focused on PBS Hawaii’s transition from analog to digital television, which will...

HPU Gets Comic Treatment

HPU Gets Comic Treatment

Meet Columbidai and Mangus, the two newest Big Critters on Campus at Hawaii Pacific University. The pigeon and mongoose pair will star in a new online comic that saw its debut yesterday at FortStreetPulse.com. Columbidai and Mangus is (are?) the brainchild of FortStreetPulse.com founder Carlos Urreta and talented digital artist...

LOST Time

LOST Time

For the “LOST” crew, Halloween wasn’t so much spooky as it was slippery. Rain washed away some of the momentum during the Chinatown/Koreatown location shoot, as on-again, off-again downpours stalled filming several times. The crew took it all in stride, though, standing at the ready with umbrellas and towels to...

Aiona Girl

Aiona Girl

Cat Toth, immensely popular local reporter and blogger for the Honolulu Advertiser, stars in this… mind blowing tribute to Lt. Governor Duke Aiona. “Aiona Girl” was shown at “Gridiron 2007,” the annual fundraiser for the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It’s a can’t-miss event that recaps the...