The world's biggest hamburger chain began a "build-your-own burger" concept last year at a location in Laguna Niguel, Calif. The restaurant offers computer tablets on which diners tap out the bun, patty, cheese and toppings they want.
Filing taxes is rarely fun, but some taxpayers are at least enjoying a slightly bigger refund in the 2014 tax season. By the end of February the average tax refund handed out was $3,034, the Internal Revenue Service said.
Oregon company buys isle auto dealerships •
First Wind to test new battery technology •
Consumer borrowing up $13.7B in January •
Euro highest versus dollar since 2011 •
Hawaiian Air passenger traffic flat and more
Keo's restaurant empire is down to one •
Stock, housing gains fuel record net worth •
Staples will shut down up to 225 stores •
Disney Interactive slashes staff by 26% •
Boeing freezing nonunion workers' pensions •
Bitcoin exchange CEO, 28, found dead and more
Barclaycard US said annual fees and interest rates for nearly 300,000 existing Hawaiian Airlines Visa cardholders will remain the same for the first year after Barclaycard takes over accounts April 28 that are transferred from Bank of America and are switched to MasterCard.
The Hawaii Bankers Association is warning state residents to beware of a recent surge of fraudulent telemarketing calls. Several bank customers have notified their financial institution that they have received suspicious telephone calls from individuals representing themselves as bank officials.
Inkinen & Associates has announced two new executive search consultants:
» Kimi Sakuda Takazawa's marketing career includes developing and executing strategic marketing plans for labor unions, retail, real estate and
hospitality; and organizing press conferences and rallies for legislative issues.
International Market Place ceremony set •
Mobi PCS returns call center to isles •
Samsung's new phone outshines rivals' •
Blended olive oil has some Greeks worried • Men's Wearhouse raises Jos. A. Bank bid • and more
Top HECO executives' salaries go up • Moana Surfrider finishes $21M renovation • Kauai utility solar project set for spring • CPB plans festivities for new Kapaa branch • Cardax begins trading under new symbol
Matson increasing fuel surcharge to 39.5% • HCDA challenges condo tower appeal • Hawaii debuts on green building states list • Maui, Kauai, Big Isle in TripAdvisor's Top 10 • Sbarro says it will close 155 locations and more
Larry's Auto Parts buys Laie NAPA store • Top hybrid vehicles under $30,000 ranked • Hong Kong Disneyland turns another profit • Lower corn, soybean prices hurt crop values • Cigarette ads return to British television • and more
A getaway for Valentine’s Day in Kihei, Maui, would be the most expensive stay in the U.S., according to CheapHotels.org. Hawaii, in fact, has five destinations on the vacation booking site’s list of top 10 most expensive stays.
Halekulani among best places to propose • Jos. A. Bank to acquire Eddie Bauer parent • Comcast-Time Warner merger panned • Campbell gets a boost from broth sales • Utah could put Breathalyzers in bars • Kelley Blue Book names top 12 family cars • and more
HVCB ad campaign targets chilly Chicago • Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45B • CBS Corp. earnings exceed expectations • Foreclosed homes decline to 6-year low • Whole Foods stock drops amid lower profit
Hawaiian Airlines tops in punctuality again •
Island Air offers $59 fare to Lanai •
Sexiest cities don't include Honolulu •
Rate declines on late mortgage payments •
CVS profit jumps more than 12 percent
Postal Service lost $354M in first quarter • Hawaiian Air passenger traffic up 4.1% • Territorial wraps fifth repurchase program • Veterans job fair set for Feb. 20 on Kauai • Restaurant association to honor excellence • Hacked Pittsburgh firm linked to Target
Chamber redesigns its logo and website •
5 cans needed for free L&L saimin burger •
Hawaii Biotech gets $1.1M anti-toxin grant •
Maui hotel makes Travel + Leisure list •
City ranks third as romance destination and more
Google's long-delayed stock split scheduled to happen on April 2 • U.S. yogurt is not Greek, court rules • Trump plans new hotel in Rio • Retailers upgrade systems for smart-card checkouts • Ship arrivals and departures • Total recall: Fred & Friends pacifiers
Kapalama Center to celebrate new look •
7 isle restaurants dubbed ‘most romantic' •
Kapolei-based security firm sold •
Festival seeks time capsule contributors •
Boeing stock slips despite year-end profits
Matson sells $100M in unsecured notes •
Spending flags as Guam tourism declines •
Private equity firm buys Waikiki hotel •
Lodge at Koele makes list of top 5 hotels •
Consumer confidence highest since August •
Home prices dipped in November
Blaisdell job fair to feature 120 employers • KonaRed hopes for drinks in 3,200 retailers • Sam's Club cuts affect 4 workers per store • MorphoTrust wins state airport contract • Honolulu sees decline in PV permits and values • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!
Women in Hawaii paid 82 percent of male wages • 2 more chances to get Ramen Burger • Guide gives isle restaurant, resorts 5 stars • Four Seasons Hualalai makes top 10 list • Stalls for rent at auto-parts swap meet • Chevrolet car, truck take top honors • and more
Apple Inc.'s iPhone is owned by more than 40 percent of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino, Calif., tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals.
IRS to offer free tax prep and filing • New bistro opens in former Le Guignol spot • PKF Pacific Hawaii to buy accounting firm • HEI, CEO give $100,000 to Cancer Society • BofA earnings jump nearly fivefold
Island Air unveils iiwi bird as new logo • Mac nut firm seeks $9M through offering • Hawaii First to run Oahu, Big Isle hotels • Allegiant offering mobile boarding passes • Charter calls TW Cable a ‘turnaround project' • Hawaiian Airlines remains tops in punctual arrivals
Job fair aims to fill health care positions • Target shoppers urged to accept offer • Hawaii is part of tourism marketing effort • Wedding plans made easy with new app • Jim Beam maker OKs sale to Japanese firm • Google to buy Nest Labs
Maui home sales, prices rose in 2013 • Kakaako developer forms charitable group • Maui signs pact to recycle 85% of waste • Ad industry awards entry deadline nears • Vans opening first neighbor island store • Nevada's biggest casinos lost $1.35B in 2013
Pasha will maintain connection to isles • Hawaiian Airlines defends fare increases • State leads nation in equity-rich homes • Work-from-home site lists top employers • Investment aids EV charging station efforts and more
Down to Earth will debut online store • Entertainers line up for Akane fundraiser • Delta to add new seats, bins on 225 planes • U.S. consumers boost borrowing by $12.3B • Frozen food sickens hundreds in Japan and more
Bank of Hawaii places fifth in ranking by Forbes • HPU, Oceanic Institute finalize merger • Honolulu second most desirable travel spot • Tents Hawaii sold to Canadian investor • JPMorgan to pay $2.5B in Madoff fraud • U.S. home prices tick up 0.1% in November
Hawaiian adds Los Angeles-Maui flight • Blue Startups recruiting companies • CPB Foundation gives $476,182 in grants • Demand for aircraft boosts factory orders • Nonprofit competition • Delta retires oldest planes in its U.S. fleet
Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.53 percent • Dispute over smart meters put to a vote • Breach spurs app firm to update Snapchat • Manufacturers raised spending last month • On the Move; and more
MLP up 37% in 3 days • Gap in health care act affects 5 million • Congress lets popular tax breaks lapse • Number of pending home sales stabilizes • Ford's North American sales top 2.4 million • Cooper Tire cancels sale to Indian company • On the Move
John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, is stepping down next week after five years at the helm, the company announced Friday. He will be replaced by David Zuchowski, the current executive vice president of sales, who joined the company in February 2007.
Foundation to give $2.8M for community projects • U.S. durable goods orders up 3.5 percent • Sales of new homes slip 2.1 percent • Top investor considers bid for company • China's credit tensions cause anxiety • On the Move
HELCO gets OK to buy biomass power • Solar installation to cut Goodwill's expenses • Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in settlement • Jos. A. Bank rejects Men's Wearhouse bid • Target steps up probe • On the Move
NEW YORK » Research firm eMarketer expects spending on mobile advertisements to hit nearly $9.6 billion in the U.S. this year, up from $4.4 billion in 2012 and from less than $1.6 billion in 2011 as Facebook and Google barrel ahead.
Blue Hawaiian sold • Big Isle hospital now a Queen's affiliate • Deal with Chinese could boost Apple sales • Most expect stocks to stabilize or decline • Output increases by 0.6% at U.S. factories • American workers raise productivity 3% • On the Move
Air traffic drops 3.1% • First Hawaiian reopens in Aina Haina • Bankoh donations reach $3.1 million • Queen's West Oahu opens imaging center • Fed expected to reduce its bond buying • Sysco to buy key rival in $3.5 billion deal
Consumer borrowing up $18.2B in October • Maui Land ends purchase agreement • Bankoh donates $100,000 to Philippines • Sears to spin off Lands' End in stock deal • Consumer spending up 0.3% in October • On the Move
Choice Hotels enters isle market via Equus • FedEx to raise ground, home delivery rates • Caesars sees threat from online betting • Qantas Airways to ax 1,000 jobs • Toyota to reveal Camry update in 2 weeks and more
Barnwell joins Big Isle development groups •
EU fines banks $2.3B for market rigging •
New-home sales jumped in October •
U.S. firms added 215,000 jobs in November •
Newsweek to resume printing next year •
Banks failing with settlement, report says; and more
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