Maui High School students Mitchell Borge and Lawrence Paet captured fifth place in the national 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Finals in Dearborn, Mich. Tuesday.
A recent Star-Advertiser story about visitors getting lost in Chinatown made it clear that it's time for the Chinatown walking-tour map , long available online, to appear on smartphones to help direct locals and visitors to the shops and restaurants they want to frequent.
One of at least two Hawaii island treehouses available for vacation rental is being featured by TripAdvisor.com, which says travelers can stay at these places and "indulge their inner child."
Two well-known, Hawaii-raised faces have returned to the local screen to talk tech to the women with the hands that rock the cradle and do all that other stuff that's part of motherhood, which these days includes navigating the use of technology to help manage the lives of their families.
You can't throw a stick in Honolulu without hitting a nabe, shabu-shabu or, as they are increasingly known, hot-pot restaurant these days. Most are Japanese restaurants, but a new take, at least for Hawaii, is coming to Ward Centre late this year.
Kauai-based Brick Oven Pizza is expanding to Kaneohe.
Hosts of the NBC "Today" show were decked out in custom-designed aloha shirts made and given to them by Reyn Spooner when they hit the national airwaves from Waikiki Beach at 1 a.m. Monday.
June Mulhall was a shoe addict who turned her passion into a business and has enabled untold numbers of other shoe addicts for 33 years.
Employees of Foodland Super Market Ltd. got special treats from the company as the kamaaina grocery store chain marked its 65th anniversary May 6, kicking off its anniversary celebration that will extend to the end of the year.
Serial restaurateur Peter Kim's newest venture, The Signature Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant, could well be his crowning achievement financially as well as physically.
The Governor's Fashion Awards will be resurrected at the culmination of the 2013 Hawaii Fashion Month in October, a month chock-full of events honoring those who clothe us and keep people employed.
Hawaii has two breakfast venues listed among the Urbanspoon list of 101 Great Breakfasts in the U.S., hot on the heels of getting two entries in the OpenTable.com hot U.S. brunch spots.
People often refer to new favorite devices using the latest technology as toys, but for Akaku: Maui Community Television, a new, $60,000 video-over-cellular technology is a serious tool, a "game-changer," said President and CEO Jay April.
Hawaii Starwood resorts have learned just where they stand with members of the company's Starwood Preferred Guest program, and the list might engender some sister-property sibling squabbling.
A modern take on a centuries-old Japanese tradition is coming to Oahu during Mother's Day weekend.
Prepster Pineapple is a new line of casual cotton shirts and apparel specifically for tweens and teens (but also offered in
sizes for mom and dad, not that most kids that age would be caught dead wearing outfits identical to the ‘rents').
Hawaii News Now: KHNL/KGMB has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and is the only Hawaii broadcast news organization to get awards this year from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
TLC cable show "Extreme Couponing" stars Jen Freeman and Shannon Jones are in town explaining how families can save hundreds of dollars each month using multiple Sunday newspaper subscriptions and a specific method of using the coupons therein. Their appearances are sponsored by the Star-Advertiser.
Longtime television sports reporter and news anchorman Shawn Ching will leave Hawaii News Now following the May Nielsen ratings survey.
You might not think a company whose Hawaii origins stretch back to the early 1900s would dare to think of re-branding, but that is exactly what the parent company of Hawaii's Ben Franklin Crafts and several island Ace Hardware stores is doing.
As you are by now well aware, 'tis the season for head-to-head competition involving creative and bold expression, strong statements, soft, flowing messages, some humor and some of the very best artistry to be found anywhere in the world.
It's a solution to the chicken-and-egg problem for part of Hawaii's workforce: How can I get hired without experience, and how can I get experience if nobody will hire me?
Market City Shopping Center at 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. is marking its 65th anniversary, and you, oh reader and Facebook user, could be the one getting the present.
San Juan, part of a 172-island archipelago in the Salish Sea in Washington State, also ranked No. 4 among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 islands in the world, a list including two islands in French Polynesia and no Hawaiian Islands.
The Pflueger name might no longer top at least one of the family's car dealerships. The trade name Pacific Honda was registered as a car dealership by J.P. Automobiles Inc., owner of Pflueger Honda, in October.
Afternoon visitors to Whole Foods in Kahala on Saturday will have the rare treat of getting Kona Bob's Coffee Concentrate served to them by "Kona Bob" McDonald himself.
You can now listen to both Hawaii Public Radio programming streams on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via a new app the stations have just launched.
It's not a group where people stand up and introduce themselves by saying, "I'm Bill and I'm a CEO."
BluWater Grill restaurant in Hawaii Kai will close for good following dinner service Sunday — after about a decade of doing business.
An online job search by a friend of the Star-Advertiser revealed potential hiring locations in Aiea, on Oahu, and Pukalani, on Maui. Apple's website has added those two locations to its "Jobs at Apple" page.
Celebrating 75 years of history by plunging into a new frontier is one way the Hawaii Medical Service Association is preparing
for its Diamond Jubilee.
Hawaii is just not the right message to send at this time." That was the opinion of William Raggio, interim general manager of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions, when asked about whether his staff would be attending a national conference of public pension fund managers in Waikiki in May.
The radio station whose broadcasts in 11 languages emanate from a converted home in McCully has been sold for $500,000.
You have been given a two-week reprieve. You might have had only had seven more days to try a longtime Chinatown eatery, as Ruby Restaurant & Bakery at 119 N. Hotel St. was planning to close Thursday after about 32 years of operation. However, the building's landlord asked owner Lak Kar "Laker" Ho to stay open through March 15.
KITV anchor and reporter Yunji de Nies interviews President Barack Obama today in Washington, D.C., and the interview will air on this evening's newscasts.
The latest effort by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District on Hawaii island goes way beyond scraping gum off sidewalks.
A new local venture will be behind the scenes of cablecasts of University of Hawaii sports starting Thursday and will branch out into other television production and engineering work over time.
An L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchise will open this spring in Humen, China, in Guangzhou province, and chain co-founder Eddie Flores is just back from a trip to China and Japan to meet with franchisees.
Any Oahu music fan who has tuned in to get some smooth sax from Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn or Gato Barbieri this week must have gotten quite a jolt, after what George Hochman did during his Super Bowl Sunday.
The next sentence may send up wails and groans audible across Oahu.
The historic and beloved Waioli Tea Room & Bakery will change after its 10-year lease expires in early November.
Super Bowl weekend will be the last leisure days for Lance Yamamoto for the foreseeable future.
A brand-new, visitor-focused game room has opened on the open-to-the-public second floor of DFS Galleria in Waikiki, but you won't find a "QuadAir Hockey" table or "Space Invaders" arcade game inside.
A trio of entrepreneurs is working to get Hawaii and its gamers into the worldwide limelight of online game play, with an eye toward the players in South Korea who earn six figures a year.
Nobody will be performing a rehearsed yet seemingly spontaneous dance routine. However, the GreenWheel Food Hub will stage what it calls a "SNAP Mob" at the Honolulu Farmers' Market fronting the Blaisdell Concert Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Longtime restaurateur Ed Wary marks the grand opening tonight of Whiskey Dix in Aiea, his first nightclub, right above his Dixie Grill restaurant.
Hasbro, maker of the Monopoly board game, has launched a campaign to retire a classic game piece to make way for a proposed new piece, and the USS Missouri Memorial Association Inc. is fully involved in an effort to save the battleship token.
Local advertising time for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl on CBS network affiliate KGMB-TV is going fast.
Time for Hawaii creators of advertising and design to put forth their best work of 2012 for prize contention in the 2013 Pele Awards competition, and this year's entry process is new, so hopeful entrants must pay careful attention.
Divina Rocco crocheted a lei of maroon satin cord as she awaited the opening of Plato's Closet in Honolulu. She was first in line, having arrived at 7 a.m. for the 10 a.m. opening. "Gotta keep my hands busy," she smiled.
The Christmas card from Honolulu's Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers, a Law Corp., was sent via email as so many companies' and organizations' and individuals' are — but this one has a twist that's all about giving to those less fortunate.
The occasional ad for Panera Bread on the Star-Advertiser online home page is replete with images of luscious-looking soups
served with bread touted as being freshly baked.
Online video gaming emporium PC Gamerz has yet to see traffic at its new-ish Kaneohe location rebuild to the levels of its previous location, and owner Jim Wolarey is wrestling with the "why" question.
Colorado-based broadcaster Vic Michael, who recently bought KLZY-FM 102.9 in Paia, Maui, won't say exactly what his plans are for the station just yet.
Hawaii's first Plato's Closet is buying used clothing, footwear and accessories for teens and 20-somethings and will begin sales Jan. 8.
Once President Barack Obama and his family arrive for their annual Hawaii Christmas trip, the White House press corps is going to have to make a major adjustment.
Come the new year, Hendrix Miyasaki Shin Advertising Inc. will be absorbed by its former competitor Core Group One Inc. and will do business under the Core Group One moniker.
Winners of Saturday's HON*CELERATOR competition will walk away with $10,000 in prize money as well as the congratulations, admiration and envy of their peers instead of solely those intangibles, as have been offered at so many similar gatherings through the years.
On this Thanksgiving Eve, you might be expecting an attitude of gratitude from your columnist.
Time to catch up on some national ink that our fair shores and the businesses herein have been getting the last couple of days.
A Marukame Udon poster in the window at 1102 Fort Street Mall likely has downtown denizens abuzz about the 2013 expansion of the large Japanese chain restaurant.
Wedding planning website HappilyEverAfterHawaii.com has relaunched, on the strength of the passion and perseverance of public relations practitioner Mia Noguchi.
Two sold-out screenings of "The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii" at the recent Hawaii International Film Festival left lingering demand that may be met in another screening at Consolidated Ward Stadium 16.
Memphis, Tenn.-based Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. will bring people to Honolulu from as far away as England and Japan for the 40th anniversary of the legend's "Aloha from Hawaii" concert from Honolulu.
Visitors to Hawaii and elsewhere now have a seamless way to access information and post travel photos to a journal they can
share with family and friends online.
Makana, a new local business, has launched with its first subscription-based care package mailing. This month's goodies included the debut Kupa‘aina CD, a bottle of Broke Da Face brand chili pepper water and a bag of dried apple banana slices from Kahala Fresh LLC.
Two world-famous Japanese chefs will expand their restaurant empires in Hawaii. Masaharu Morimoto will expand to Maui, while Nobuyuki Matsuhisa will expand his "Nobu" concept to Lanai. Both serve cuisine rooted in Japanese flavors and techniques but with international influences.
The HGTV cable show "House Hunters" is hunting for Realtors and buyers in Hawaii for its next season.
Add published author to the resume of L&L Drive-Inn co-founder Eddie Flores.
Miguel'z Mexican Grill & Cantina of Hawaii Kai has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, citing assets of between $100,000 and $500,000 and debts of between $500,000 and $1 million, owed to between 50 and 99 creditors.
Honolulu chef and restaurateur Chai Chaowasaree is the sole Hawaii combatant in the national Alouette Cheese Master Holiday
Chef Challenge competition, which kicks off today and could win you prizes along the way.
Island Olive Oil Co. opened its doors Monday at Ward Centre with a selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars the likes of which Hawaii has never seen, the owner says.
The Outdoor Circle is celebrating its centennial in part with a tasty fundraiser in partnership with California Pizza Kitchen.
The 18-hole black-light miniature golf course for sale on Craigslist is not from Glow Putt Mini Golf at Windward Mall, assured owner Gerry Houser.
Second Friday in Lahaina this month will likely be a little more thunderous than usual, as it coincides with the first night
of the Hawaii State HOG (Harley Owners Group) Rally, from Oct.
Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu/Soju, made by Hawaii-based Kai Vodka LLC, is turning heads in the spirit world — not that ojiisan, obaasan or halapoji or halmoni (Korean for grandfather and grandmother) are necessarily imbibing "over there."
Chef Chai Chaowasaree has signed the lease for a new restaurant on the ground floor of the 46-story Pacifica Honolulu residential tower at 1009 Kapiolani Blvd.
The winner of the Ad 2 Honolulu 2012-2013 public service campaign is — drumroll, please — the dental clinic at Aloha Medical Mission.
A trio of businesses has come together in a sort of mash-up at the former Brew Moon space at Ward Centre, each adding its own distinct flavor(s) to the eatery-bar-nightclub.
People's Cafe will reopen Tuesday after about a four-month closure, according to a sign posted on its door.
Hawaii's first P.F. Chang's China Bistro restaurant will shut down after 11 p.m. Dec. 9. Near Ward Centre at the base of the Hokua tower, the restaurant's 68 employees have been offered employment at the Waikiki restaurant, at Royal Hawaiian Center.
The Wahiawa Farmers Market will officially start accepting EBT cards, formerly known as food stamps, Thursday as part of a growing trend in mutually beneficial local sustainability efforts.
Sorry to harsh your Monday, but Krispy Kreme doughnuts will not be expanding to Oahu any time soon.
Chef and restaurateur Chai Chaowasaree has been chosen by Pennsylvania-based Alouette Cheese USA LLC to compete against nine chefs from the mainland in a recipe competition.
Hawaii residents (and folks in Alaska) apparently are iced out of a more-than-nationwide contest by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co., doing business as Allegiant Air.
Honolulu-based graphic designer Kenny Vidinich will help launch Cherry Lime Rickey in the Big Apple this week.
Hawaii businesses — large and small — have gotten 169 products added to store shelves and other displays in isle military commissaries after the 15th annual American Logistics Association Hawaii Show.
Hawaii News Now's "Sunrise" morning news program and its 6 p.m. local news will be simulcast on normally sports-focused KHKA-AM 1500 beginning on Labor Day, Sept. 3.
Rolling trays of power tools, long, heavy-duty cords and unmade beds are not what attendees will see Thursday evening when INspiration at Honolulu Design Center hosts a VIP reception to celebrate the completion of remodeling.
Chinese-born and New York-based fashion designer Vivienne Tam has designed luxurious-looking Year of the Dragon bedroom slippers in hues of blue to mark the first anniversary of Hilton Hotels & Resorts' Huanying program for Chinese travelers.
The Pokémon World Championships will unfold at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Friday through Sunday with nearly 1,000 players, family members, friends, fans, Pokémon Co. International staff and volunteers arriving at the Hawaii island hotel for the event.
A major Spanish radio network is exploring the possibility of setting up shop in Honolulu and has approached a local radio station about a possible purchase.
Matt and C.J. Wetherbee of Portland, Ore., saved his cousin Sally in Alaska lots of money as a sort of landing point for her shipped purchases that the couple would then forward to her.
Zippy's Restaurants will make many a Hawaii island resident happy by opening its 26th isle location at Hilo's Prince Kuhio Plaza next summer.
Yunji de Nies, a Hawaii-raised broadcast journalist with network chops, will join the KITV4 news team on the anchor desk Sept. 10.
This year's Made in Hawaii Festival will include 70 exhibitors who are new to the show or returning after an absence.
The former Grand Cafe & Bakery location at 31 N. Pauahi St. will soon be home to HASR Bistro, once HASR Wine Co. completes its expansion.
Bay View Mini-Putt owner Kenn Yuen has brainstormed a new idea that combines two long-standing favorite activities in Hawaii: golf tournaments and fundraising.
Award-winning chef and restaurateur Sean Priester is in talks for new restaurant space in the Remington College building at 1111 Bishop St. in downtown Honolulu, after closing his Soul restaurant at 3040 Waialae Ave. on July 1.
Twenty-five Hawaii companies hoping to get into the military commissary system will be first-time exhibitors at the annual American Logistics Hawaii Food Show Aug. 22 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
Ward Centers launches a new advertising campaign today aimed at refreshing the brand and building excitement following T.J. Maxx's return to Oahu and in advance of the opening of Bed Bath & Beyond.