Author: Ryan Ozawa

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

On a recent trip to Hawaii on cheap discount airline ATA, an iPhone-toting traveler named Craig sparked a snit from a flight attendant when he had the audacity to safely operate an electronic device while in-flight. Despite the demonstrated use of the iPhone’s “airplane mode” — an interference-free setting common...

LOST Keeping Cool

LOST Keeping Cool

SPOILER ALERT! “LOST” wrapped a major, two-day location shoot today at the Laniakea YWCA, capping several days of work at the downtown building. Inside, Kate pleads not guilty to a laundry list of crimes, including murder, assault and weapons charges. Outside, crews worked hard to maintain both the ideal climate...

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ever wish you poll a global audience on any question, and get your answer in a matter of minutes? You can, now, with Ask500People. The site, which launches today after months of tweaking and testing by the brilliant minds at Wondermill, promises, “World Opinion, While You Watch.” And it delivers,...

Google Grabs Jaiku

Google Grabs Jaiku

The “activity stream and presence sharing service” Jaiku has been snapped up by Google. Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone...

LOST Holding Court

LOST Holding Court

SPOILER ALERT! After nearly a week of preparation, including substantial carpentry and set building, court is now formally in session at the Laniakea YWCA. Much of the facility has effectively been taken over by the “LOST” production crew, with classes canceled today and tomorrow and “QUIET!” signs posted throughout. The...

UH Students Star in Online Reality Show

UH Students Star in Online Reality Show

Meet Bri, Elliot and Sarah, new students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and stars of “Project Freshman,” an online reality show by AOL. “Project Freshman,” now in its second season, features students’ video diary and blog entries documenting their campus lives. Bri Lagat-Ramos is the trio’s local representative....

Flickr Friday Coming Up

Flickr Friday Coming Up

Got Flickr? Love taking photos? Then be sure to RSVP to the next “Flickr Friday,” the monthly downtown gathering of Flickr users. This time, we’ll be lunching at Hukilau Honolulu, a popular hideaway on Bishop Street. (Popular enough that reservations, thus RSVPs, are required.) Join us for great food, cool...

The Kona Blog Marches On

The Kona Blog Marches On

Congratulations to Big Island blogger Aaron Stene, who posted his 1,000th entry this week. The milestone is even more impressive considering the passion with which he also speaks out on local issues via letters to the editor and participation on message boards. This was also the week he made the...

LOST on Trial

LOST on Trial

SPOILER ALERT! Justice moves swiftly in TV land. “LOST” took over much of the Capitol District in downtown Honolulu today, including parts of the Hawaii State Capitol and the nearby Laniakea YWCA. Deep inside the Capitol, a police interrogation. Across the street, a courtroom. But out front, it was a...

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

Free Wi-Fi in Chinatown

Free Wi-Fi is finally coming to downtown Honolulu, and other parts of the island. But it’s not coming from the company we thought it would, and over a year later than we expected. Over a year ago, the city announced plans to offer free wireless Internet access in Chinatown. The...

LOST Building

LOST Building

“LOST” is settling in for another big shoot at the downtown YWCA, marking perhaps the fourth time in as many weeks the historic building across from ‘Iolani Palace has hosted the show. As in the past, details are few, as a rented building offers much more privacy than a city...

Google Takes TheBus

Google Takes TheBus

Trying to figure out how to get from Waikiki to Aloha Stadium on TheBus? You could call (808) 848-5555 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., or you could ask Google, any time. Honolulu’s award winning public transportation system is included in Google Transit, which can tell you where to catch...

Catchy reCAPTCHA

Catchy reCAPTCHA

The best part of blogging is getting comments. The worst part of blogging is getting comment… spam. Every escribitionist knows the crestfallen sensation of receiving a delicious morsel of feedback that turns out to be a crude pitch for pills, porn, or trading secrets the fat cats on Wall Street...

Meerkat Watch

Meerkat Watch

Have you seen this meerkat? Officials at the Honolulu Zoo say that Hulu, their 11-year-old meerkat, has gone missing. He hasn’t been seen for a week, and his brother Kapa is taking the disappearance pretty hard. Hulu’s keepers say that meerkats are social and not prone to wander far from...

Carnival of Aloha II: Electric Boogaloo

Carnival of Aloha II: Electric Boogaloo

Kudos to Evelyn of Homespun Honolulu on the triumphant launch of the second “Carnival of Aloha.” I’m proud to be a part of this latest tour through the island blogosphere, and honored to be the first stop. Especially after I failed to be entirely complimentary the first time around. For...

PGP in Hawaii

PGP in Hawaii

If you are one of the ten people in Hawaii using PGP to authenticate or encrypt e-mail messages, you should know that there will be a PGP key signing event on Thursday. Come down to Likelike Drive Inn on Keeaumoku St. at 7 p.m., and bring your PGP key ID...

Hawaii Home Makeover Airs, Questions Linger

Hawaii Home Makeover Airs, Questions Linger

ABC’s popular, heartwarming, primetime television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, kicked off its newest season tonight with its 100th build: a brand new 3,500-square-foot house and a 4,500-square-foot community center in Kalihi. As host Ty Pennington crowed, Hawaii was the furthest the show had traveled yet to change lives for...

No Rock for You!

No Rock for You!

Aerosmith played a concert in Hawaii last night, but chances are, you weren’t invited. It was a private gig for Toyota, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary in Honolulu.  (The band was scheduled to perform for the hoi polloi on Maui on Wednesday, but that concert was canceled.) The automaker...

Got iPhone?

Got iPhone?

If you’ve got an Apple iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can now browse Hawaii Blog with ease. Thanks to the iWPhone WordPress Plugin, this site now looks especially slick and clean for users of these devices… but looks exactly the same for everyone else. Yes, I realize the ridiculousness...

LOST Returns to the YWCA

LOST Returns to the YWCA

For at least the third time within a week, the production crew for “LOST” returned to the historic Laniakea YWCA building on Richards Street, across from ‘Iolani Palace. For the show’s many character flashbacks, this beautiful building has served as everything from a mosque to a French restaurant, but most...