Having posted his thoughts on the Internet long before anyone coined the word blog, he is a longtime advocate of personal publishing on the web.
In 1996, he started a pseudonymous site that got him into all manner of trouble. His personal blog, put online in 1997, is less interesting but more real, and for better or worse, looks about the same now as it did then. In addition, he does the more general-interest Hawaii Blog.
In 1998, he founded Diarist.Net (now more a museum piece than the community hub it once was) and in 2000, started JournalCon, a first-of-its-kind “real world” gathering of an already thriving online community.
Ozawa is also passionate about new media. In March 2005, he started podcasting, producing HawaiiUP and The Transmission, a fan podcast for ABC’s filmed-in-Hawaii series LOST. The Transmission attracted more than 20,000 listeners around the world. Oazawa’s reputation as a “spoiler” made him a hero among Lost fanatics and a persona non grata at ABC.
When Hawaii Five-O created a mythical Hawaii high school, Ozawa responded by creating a Kukui High web page (“Home of the Fighting Nuts”). Jimmy Borges wrote and video’d a school fight song.
Ozawa also produces videos and was an early local “lifecaster”—streaming live video over the internet as he’s out and about in Honolulu.
Ozawa was Editor-in-Chief of Ka Leo O Hawai‘i, the daily student newspaper at UH-Manoa, and won first place for investigative reporting from the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism.
He’s been webmaster for Hawaii National Bank, Pacific Basin Economic Council, University of Hawaii Press and (currently) Hawaii Information Services.
He co-hosts Bytemarks Café Wednesdays on Hawaii Public Radio. And has written more articles and spoken at more conferences than we can list here.
Like the other speakers we’ve had, Ozawa’s a pleasure to interact with. See you in class.