Monthly Archives: April 2014

Got my real estate license

Passed the class, passed the test, and filed my papers with the state on Monday. Today I got my real estate license number in the mail. Pretty fast, since they told me "up to 20 business days."

I'm not going to be actively representing buyers and sellers, instead putting my new knowledge to work at +Hawaii Information Service. But I am a referral agent for +Prudential Advantage Realty, where my brother +Eathan Ozawa is a hardworking Realtor!
#hawaii #realestate

Mililani High shines in journalism awards

Congratulations to the journalism students at Mililani High School (including my sweet kid, +Katie Ozawa) for taking home 18 awards (including best in state for print) in the 2014 High School Journalism Awards. As both a MHS and Trojan Times alumni, I'm glad to see continued excellence at my old stomping grounds! [Honolulu Star-Advertiser]
#hawaii   #highschool   #journalism   #awards  

Photo Play Hawaii Slow-Motion Photo Booth

It seems everyone's running a photo booth business these days, showing up at every birthday party and conference. But the one we saw today at +Hawaii News Now had a nice twist: slow-motion video. Photo Play Hawaii (formerly Flipbooks Hawaii) was showing off their slo-mo rig, and not only got to try it on the HNN crew (see +Burt Lum , Dan Cooke and me battle with silly string), but also on the Harlem Globetrotters!
#photoplayhawaii   #slomoboothhawaii   #slowmotion   #photobooth   #hawaii  

Retiring the Blogmobile

In album 4/20/14

When I bought this 2001 Chrysler Voyager almost eight years ago, it had under 40,000 miles on it and spent most of its time in a garage. At six years old and $6,700, it was also the newest car I'd owned and the first for which I'd taken out a small loan. I got the license plate "BLOG," because… hey, why not.

Alex was still a baby, Katie was in third grade, and we put this "family van" to work from day one. From hauling the family across the island to more than a few cargo runs, we paid her off fast and got more than our money's worth in no time.

Alas, now it's time to retire this workhorse. The speedometer broke a couple of years ago (which definitely encouraged a lighter foot), the ice-cold AC stopped working earlier this year, it would hiss and steam after chugging up the H-2, and it started to eat oil. It has been relegated to quick trips to the supermarket or to Jen's job, just a few blocks away, for a while.

Unless anyone knows a high school auto shop that would like a project car (I'll try to call Mililani this week), I'm donating her to NKF Hawaii, which has taken the last few last-leg running cars we've given up. But I'm going to miss this one.
#requiemforaminivan

Presenting at the HLA Spring Meeting

I was invited to speak at the Hawaii Library Association spring meeting at the Sullivan Center at ‘Iolani School. Librarians are awesome, so I was honored to participate. But it was the last session of the day, right after lunch and a great keynote (by Mike Travis of Assets School). I was nervous. But I think it went well. No one fell asleep, people laughed (appropriately), and had interesting questions. Thanks to Andrew Wertheimer for capturing the scene.

Hawaii Library Association Spring Meeting 2014

In album HLA Spring Conference

The HLA Spring Meeting was held at the ʻIolani School's Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. The keynote speaker was Mike Travis, Director of Educational Technology at Assets School and President of Hawaii Society for Technology in Education. I spoke in the afternoon on "Hawaii Innovation."
#hawaii   #libraries   #libraryassociation   #iolani  

CivicCelerator Today

In album Civic*Celerator

Sponsored by Hawaii Open Data, Common Cause Hawaii, HTDC, Code for America, the Hawaii state Campaign Spending Commission, and Voqal. Local civic hackers, working with open campaign spending data, are demonstrating mashups, visualizations, and new ideas.
#hawaii   #civichacking   #codeforamerica   #opendata