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How Nonstop Tech came about

On Monday, we launched a new section that focuses on everything technology.

Posted April 6, 2011 by Diane Seo

On Monday, we launched a new section called Nonstop Tech that like its name suggests, focuses on everything technology. It’s something Nonstop’s John Garcia had wanted to do for awhile, but it took some time to shape and conceptualize.

Although John could have done a technology blog himself, we decided that the coverage would be much stronger if we tapped some of Hawaii’s most active tech geeks. So John asked three guys who are about as passionate as they come about technology — Ryan Ozawa, Burt Lum and Doc Rock.

One of the truly fortunate — and amazing — things we’ve experienced since we launched Nonstop last August is that just about everyone we’ve asked to contribute to the site has agreed without hesitation. This was the case with Ryan, Burt and Doc, although all three have plenty of other things going on in their lives.

John, Ryan, Burt and I initially met at Zippy’s one morning to brainstorm the section. Over loco mocos and coffee, what clearly came across to me was that these guys LOVE technology. It’s not a job for them to delve into this world; they’re just fascinated by gadgets, applications and just about anything tech, and they want to share information and create a forum for those who appreciate it too.

So that’s the genesis of the section. Like everything, it’s something that will take time to develop. But I assure you, these guys will stay on top of things. Utilizing multimedia, they’ll take turns blogging, and they’ll be doing everything from reviewing mobile apps to talking about the latest tech news to interviewing people in the tech community, both here in Hawaii and elsewhere.

Nonstop Honolulu began as primarily an entertainment website, focusing on events, eating and nightlife. But as we grow, we realize it should be more of a lifestyle site, covering how we live, eat, go out and have fun. Technology definitely has a place in this realm, so we hope you can help us shape it into something useful and entertaining.

What kinds of tech content would you like to see on the site? And what do you think would be the most engaging ways to tell these stories?

And if you haven’t checked out the section, you should visit Nonstop Tech.


  1. Posted April 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Mahalo for writing this, Diane!

    One of my main reasons for wanting to involve others is 1. I can’t do it all by myself, nor am I nearly as sharp as docrock bytemarks and hawaii. As a collective, we’re much stronger and I feel that we can each bring a diverse point of view to the table that everyone can enjoy.

    We share similar visions and community is one of them. The more we can embrace the industry that we work in and the neighborhoods that we live in, we just may be able to make a tiny impact or inspire someone to try their hand at doing what they love.

    I appreciate Doc, Ryan and Burt’s valuable time and knowledge and I hope that everyone enjoys what we’re doing! :)

  2. Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:45 am

    It’s a break from the usual, when the usual needs a break. Good people, sharing good stuff…nonstop. :)

  3. Bytemarks
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I am certainly glad to be a part of the Nonstop crew. I’ve been committed to help bringing tech to a broader audience and Nonstop is the perfect vehicle. Although it appears there is a lot of science and tech events that students in Hawaii are involved in, like robotics, science fairs and the science olympiad, in reality it is only a small percentage of the student population. If we can find ways to broaden the awareness of science and tech in our community and encourage our kids to pursue careers in this field, I think Hawaii will be a better place. A place that can solve those vexing problems of our future, with the smart people of Hawaii. People like johngarcia hawaii and docrock are as committed a bunch that I have run across and I am glad to see Nonstop carrying the torch.

  4. Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:23 am

    @Bytemarks hawaii docrock Great stuff! So glad to have your robotic, sci/tech mind here, Burt! Need to get more exposure for those avenues of technology and involve students and education in there as well!

  5. Posted April 6, 2011 at 4:24 am

    @NEENZ Mahalo for the comment, Neenz! Would love your continued input and appreciate your support. If there’s anything you’d like to share, please reach out! Thank you!

  6. Posted April 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

    @NEENZ I love the way you put that so sweet and to the point. That’s explains it all. Much Aloha and Mahalo for the continued support.

  7. Posted April 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I am first of all honored to be a part of such a brilliant and dynamic group. I was nearly speechless when @dseohonolulu asked me to be on the Nonstop Tech Team.

    Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Doc, speechless?… stop that… :)

    I cannot wait to see the fun and exciting things to come out of NST. Thanks again to everyone.

  8. DianeSeo
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Looking forward to following you guys and seeing what you come up with. It feels good to have you on board with NSH!

  9. begforit
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Looking forward to seeing this expand and spread more tech throughout Hawaii! Thanks for taking the time to do so.

  10. Posted April 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    sweet but Doc, why you wearing your Red Sox Jacket?!?! break my Yankee heart!

  11. turkfontaine
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i think this is a great development. even though NSHNL is primarily about dining and entertainment and night life, it’s a site used by people involved in social media. those are the people who also obtain of a high degree of ‘geekiness’, and thrive on tech. even a tech dinosaur like me can learn from it, especially a dinosaur like me.

  12. Posted April 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

    @begforit Rock on, Tim! Mahalo for your comment and we’d love to have more stuff from around the state on Nonstop tech! Keep us posted on your projects from Maui!

  13. Posted April 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    @jeannemarie Go SOX!

  14. @808lika
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Spreading the JOY of all things tech is a great way to interest students and you four tech-fun-loving guys are just the ones to do it. So glad you’re down for sharing with those of us who want to expand our techxpertise.

  15. @808lika
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

    @Bytemarks Spreading the JOY of all things tech is a great way to interest students and you four tech-fun-loving guys are just the ones to do it. So glad you’re down for sharing with those of us who want to expand our techxpertise.

  16. Bytemarks
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    @@808lika I love that new word you created: Techxpertise!

About Diane Seo

Diane Seo, the editor and co-founder of Nonstop Honolulu, is the Digital Media director for Upspring Media. Prior, she served as managing producer of Metromix Honolulu; manager of The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF section; Managing Director of New Media for the ATP, which runs men's professional tennis worldwide; a senior editor at and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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