Tim Ryan, who was born in Hollywood, has reported for <I>Variety</I> on Hawaii's film and television industry since 1996. Hawaii is a gathering place not only for various cultures but for entertainers who visit the Aloha State on vacation and for work. Ryan, the senior entertainment writer at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, has written for the Hollywood Reporter, People, Newsweek, and is a contributing editor for Islands magazine. Working out of his home, Ryan only has to glance over his computer monitor to the ocean below to check out the conditions for his first love: surfing.

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