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Erika Engle has worked in Hawaii media since 1979. She writes “TheBuzz” column and additional stories about the restaurant and broader food service industries for "Crave" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

She was named 2008 Small Business Journalist of the Year, City and County of Honolulu, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (Hawaii).

Prior to her newspaper days, Engle worked in radio and television.


Waikiki’s Shore Bird restaurant to close next month

Updated on  August 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm
The 38-year-old Shore Bird Restaurant and Beach Bar at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort will close after serving diners on Sept. 30. Read More

Kapolei Commons puts big trucks within keiki’s reach

Updated on  August 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Big trucks like fire engines and cement mixers capture many a wee one’s imagination, but for most keiki, they are completely out of reach. That all changes Saturday this weekend at Kapolei Commons. Read More

California Beach Rock n’ Sushi reopens in Aiea

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm
Closed for nearly a year, California Beach Rock n’ Sushi — a Ward Avenue fixture for some 20 years — has reopened in Aiea. Read More

Almost pau: Ono Hawaiian Foods bows out after 57 years

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm
Ono Hawaiian Foods will serve its last customers in a little more than a week after nearly six decades in business. The walls of the Kapahulu restaurant are covered with all 57 years of that history, including celebrity head shots, snapshots of founding family members, old concert posters and more. Read More

Korean festival samples flavors of culture

Updated on  August 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm
The 16th Annual Korean Festival will present hot and popular entertainers from Korea, as well as hot and not-so-spicy isle-favorite foods, with attractions for islanders of all ages. Read More

Uncle Clay’s taking shave ice, aloha to Ala Moana

Updated on  August 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm
A small Aina Haina institution soon will hit the big time as Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha expands to Ala Moana Center. Read More

Artizen debuts menu at HiSAM First Friday event

Updated on  August 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Artizen by MW — the restaurant at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum — will serve up tasty treats during First Friday while jazz guitarist Shoji Ledward will provide some entertainment. Read More

Cheesecake Factory to open in Kapolei mall

Hawaii’s second Cheesecake Factory restaurant will open Sept. 19 at Ka Makana Ali‘i in Kapolei. Read More
Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Dean’s Drive Inn a family eatery

Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm
“Local boy, local food,” is Dean’s motto, and the menu is chock-full of local favorites, from loco moco and teri chicken to burgers and salads. Read More

3 women, wine and a pizza place

Updated on  August 2, 2017 at 9:09 am
When Appetito Craft Pizza and Wine Bar opens in mid-October, it will be the first of WDI International’s Hawaii restaurants to be led by a female general manager, female chef and female beverage director. Read More

Hawaii woman cut from ‘Food Network Star’

Falling short on a mock TV show about twists on Game Day classic foods got Amy Pottinger eliminated from “Food Network Star” on the episode aired tonight. Read More

Ewa residents to showcase talents at hoike

Updated on  July 27, 2017 at 7:39 pm
Cool and refreshing treats like acai bowls and fruity Samoan vaifala, and carnival-style eats like funnel cakes, fully loaded french fries and popcorn whose aroma will pull you toward it by the nose are just some of the fun foods to be found at the “Ewa’s Got Talent” Hoakalei Hoike event Saturday. Read More

California coast cuisine to get island infusion

Updated on  July 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm
A week from today, Herringbone becomes the newest restaurant operating on the Grand Lanai at the International Market Place, with its Southern California vibe, a replica beluga whale skeleton over the bar and dishes designed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Read More

New Hawaii products unveiled at food industry event

Updated on  July 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm
A wealth of new Hawaii products was unveiled at the recent Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo at Blaisdell Center. Read More

Humans can also enjoy Canine Game Day in Kapolei

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Canine Game Day 2017 may be designed with dogs in mind, but food and drink for people are also on the list of attractions for Saturday’s event at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Read More

New apps beef up food explorations

Updated on  July 18, 2017 at 5:09 pm
New players in the restaurant-finder app game have launched in the Hawaii market and each brings something different to the table. Neither is supported by advertising sales. Read More

Macarons, more shine at La Tour

Updated on  July 20, 2017 at 12:53 am
French dip sandwiches of wagyu beef served with a rich, beefy au jus; macarons reflecting the colors of the rainbow; and the popular whole-grain puffs are just a few reasons to frequent La Tour Cafe locations around Oahu. Read More

Kaumakapili Church welcomes all to its yearly luau fundraiser

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Volunteers from churches and the greater community are pitching in to make Saturday’s luau and fundraiser at Kaumakapili Church in Kalihi-Palama a success. Read More

14 of nation’s top 20 chains do business in isles

Updated on  July 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Fourteen of the Top 20 revenue- generating restaurant chains and prepared-food sellers in the U.S. do business in Hawaii. Read More

Nanakuli Back to School Bash offers fun way to prepare for classes

Updated on  July 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm
West-side youth can get ready for school with an event Friday in Nanakuli, as the Back to School Bash returns for a second year. The fair will feature low-cost haircuts, school supply giveaways, food and drink, and a stamp rally at Nanakuli Elementary School. Read More