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Famed Hawaii Public Radio listener Clint Eastwood, perhaps better known as an actor, director and all-around household name, has donated his vintage Mercedes Benz to the nonprofit radio stations amid their spring pledge drive.

Island Snow is back on an expansion track and is building out a second Windward Oahu location in the former Mary Z's space in Kai­lua Shopping Center.

A rampant rumor spreading around Kailua is about to get quashed. "We have no plans to open any ABC Store in Kailua," said Paul Kosasa, president and CEO of MNS Ltd., ABC Stores' parent company.

Deb Mascia joked that with luxury retailers like Dior, Coach, Emporio Armani and Marc Jacobs all around her new pop-up shop, she was feeling like a superstar and was ready to put her hands in wet cement.

Agu Ramen will open a second location in Ward Centre in May, and its owners are looking to expand even further.

And you thought eating gourmet popcorn couldn't possibly get more fun.

Lanikai Bath & Body founders Gloria Garvey and Brook Gramann are marking the 10th anniversary of their growing business, but it's not their first 10th business anniversary.

Golden Pork Ton-Kotsu Ramen Bar will open to the public March 29 at 1279 S. King St. and represent the Japa­nese parent company's first foray outside its homeland.

Lina Girl Langi and "Primetime" Pipi Rezentes, who hosted the morning show at KCCN-FM 100.3, were told Friday that "the morning show is going to be going in a different direction," Rezentes told TheBuzz.

Shaloha Bakery's new custom-built pita oven is in place and cranking out way more pita bread than the operation ever made before — and it can make even more.

Australia’s top-rated, weekday “Sunrise” TV show will be greeting viewers live from Waikiki. The program airs through Thursday, which is Friday, Australia time, as a wrap-up to the broadcast week.

Former TV anchorwomen Jodi Leong and Yasmin Dar have been appointed to Gov. David Ige's communications team and will help craft the way the governor's messages get out to Hawaii residents.

She covered the Legislature as a reporter, but now former TV news reporter and anchor Jill Kura­moto will be on the other side of the phone calls, cameras and microphones in her new role as Senate communications director.

New and unique products that are locally made — and the people who make them — are being sought for the annual Made in Hawaii Festival this summer.

Uyeda Shoe Store in Moiliili is a third-generation family business that turns 100 this year and will relocate — but not for a while and not too far away.

A gesture to help nonprofits by Brug Bakery Hawaii to mark its first anniversary has become a regular part of the way it does business.

Being a corporate chef is worlds away from building and running your own restaurant, which the chefs behind Burgers and Things learned the hard way late last summer.

A brightly colored game application created in Hawaii shows therapeutic potential for kids with autism and others.

A restaurant named Lanai Cafe is about to open, not on Isla Ellison in the Hawaiian archipelago, but in the chic Gangnam district of Seoul, which was popularized by a global pop hit.

The Cunard Lines Queen Victoria cruise ship, which has just emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation, will be in Hono­lulu Harbor on Feb. 24.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Wai­kiki is soon to expand its footprint and refresh its Hawaii-themed look.

Hawaii will be only the second state to get a demonstration of new 8K TV technology with 16 times the pixel count of high-definition TV, and the public is invited to view it as part of the 37th annual Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, now underway.

Viewers of "KITV4 Morning News" will see a new member of the team Jan. 28 as Mike Cherry joins Ann Sterling, Lara Yamada, Cam Tran and Lei U‘i Kaholo­kula on the broadcast.

Makaha Art Gallery is marking its fifth anniversary this month, and owner Al Frenzel assures would-be customers "the drive to the gallery is along one of the most scenic routes on Oahu with the best beaches, the best weather and friendliest people."

Bill "Billy V" Van Osdol, "Mento" Mele Apana and their "Na‘au Therapy" morning show on KINE-FM 105.1 have left the building, and were succeeded by Dave Lancaster and "Sista" Sherry Clifton, the former morning team on sister-station KRTR-FM 96.3.

Yasmin Dar has returned home to Hawaii to take a break from life as a TV news anchorwoman.

The cloud-soft pitas served at the 2-year-old Shaloha restaurant in Kai­muki have proved so popular that co-owners Sagi Asis­ko­vich and Mor Elkes­lassy have formed a new company, with additional partner Ziv Memran, to expand the bakery operation's capacity and its wholesale reach.

A new option is available for local residents and visitors who want to get out on the water. GetMyBoat is a Web and smartphone app-based platform that connects people who want time on the ocean with owners of watercraft.

Toni's Lamps & Shades at 1124 Kona St. is planning to close and is having a liquidation sale after some 58 years in business.

The picture he posted on social media was jaw-dropping. Chef James McDonald, longtime Valley Isle culinarian, standing in the middle of his former Lahaina restaurant, I‘o, in the process of being gutted.

‘Iolani graduates Matthew Sullivan and Landen Buckley have just made SimplePrints, their photo book creation app, available on Android, and its iOS version for iPhones already has hit the 1 million installations mark.

The multimillion-dollar Caba­RAE showroom at the base of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower has been completed — and it belies its Wai­kiki setting. The 10,000-square-foot space is to be the permanent home for the Caba­RAE show.

Hawaiian Pie Co. represents a fresh new sprout of a three-generation family business that started in Kohala, on Hawaii island — a company revered for its pies, breads and other baked goods.

Nicole Chang always knew she would have her own business, but didn't know it would be a restaurant where her husband was the chef, and she didn't know it would be so popular it would expand to two locations in Japan through a licensing agreement.

Imagine, you buy land for a country vacation home near South Point on Hawaii island for rest and relaxation, and wind up running a 75-acre farm on the property, raising honeybees, coffee, macadamia nuts and horses and cows and dogs, oh my.

The sound of alarms blaring from multiple mobile devices in the pockets and purses of people around you likely has become a familiar phenomenon, given recent Hurricanes Iselle and Ana, as well as heavy rain events.

Former TV news reporter Angela Keen will return to the health care industry Nov. 5 as the provider relations officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Hono­­lulu.

Former television news figures Caroline Sluyter and Malika Dudley are taking on new roles.

Hawaii Regional Cuisine pioneer and chef-restaurateur Peter Merriman will open a restaurant in about 18 months at the SALT complex along Ala Moana Boulevard, he told TheBuzz.

By Friday morning it was clear that Hawaii Public Radio was not going to reach its $1,032,000 fundraising goal by the end of the scheduled 10-day pledge drive later that evening. The semiannual fundraising began Oct. 1 and was short $290,000 as of Friday morning.

Chefs are all about flavor, but not all of them work in restaurant kitchens their whole professional lives.

To ardent fans it seems like way more than two years since Ray Cruz's "Sabor Tropical" left the Hawaii Public Radio airwaves on Saturday evenings in 2012.

The drama is over for Angoon "Mama Toy" Coppedge. Coppedge and her partners Monday signed a new five-year lease with a five-year option for the newly re-branded Mama Toy's Chao Phya Thai restaurant.

The family business legacy of Sam and Helen Chong is entering a new, future-facing phase with Hawaii's first Batteries Plus Bulbs store, set to open Monday at Pearl City Gateway Shopping Center.

More than one of the 10 entries in the National Geographic Channel's "Expedition Granted" competition is directly connected to Hawaii. Only the entrants of "Poop Out of Poverty," written about in this space on Wednesday, listed Honolulu as their city of origin, but at least two other entries were submitted by former Hawaii residents.

Hawaii Pacific University graduate Emily MacNintch and her boyfriend Nick Holvik could one day soon be happier than pigs in, well, poop, if they win the $50,000 prize in "Expedition Granted.

Ala Kuola, a Honolulu-based nonprofit organization also known as the Hawaii Family Law Clinic, is dedicated to preventing violence and is largely focused on sports teams through the national curriculum of Coaching Boys into Men.

Kelly Karns Gardner has not lived in Hawaii since she moved away for college at age 18 a decade ago, but when Hawaii folk of any sort achieve great things, we still get to claim them as our own.

When a grand dame of a certain age marks a milestone, it is likely a single party would be insufficient, and that is true of the 50th anniversary of the Ilikai Hotel & Suites. The official anniversary began in February, and at least two more official parties are planned.

Some people get married and come to Hawaii for their honeymoon, but KITV sportscaster Jahmai Webster just got married and he and his new bride are soon to leave the islands.

Chao Phya Thai in Windward City Shopping Center will stay open at least through the end of September. News of this has been a huge burden for restaurateur Angoon "Mama Toy" Coppedge.

It's hip to serve Spam, according to TheGotham­ist.com, a website about life in the Big Apple and other cities.

Yunji de Nies will become one of a handful of local newscasters who present three shows each weekday, effective Sept. 8.

Say you're the best, most worthy nonprofit in the world, but not enough people know about you and your mission. Now what? Longtime public relations maven Mona Wood-Sword, owner of Honolulu-based IKAIKA Communications, will tell you what's next.

The colorful mural of the Koolau mountains and tropical flowers painted across two walls at Chao Phya Thai Restaurant in Kaneohe is a cheery gift from one of owner Angoon "Mama Toy" Coppedge's customers.

The former home of "MTV Real World: Hawaii" is empty, having been vacated by financial services company Capital One.

The roll in which a cheesesteak sandwich is served is key to the success or failure of the final product, and Pepper's Place in Kai­lua serves its cheesesteaks on genuine, Philadelphia-made Amo­roso rolls.

Howard Dashefsky will make his return to KHON-TV as anchor of the 9 p.m. weekday newscast that will debut on Monday, Sept. 8.

A new local foundation seeks to bring accountability to nonprofits and assurances to donors. Hawaii VA Loans President and founder Gabe Amey has established the Hawaii VA Foundation to better manage the new format of his 3-year-old fundraising efforts.

Many pause at the door to review menu options first; nevertheless, a steady stream of customers walks through the door at Pepper's Place in Kai­lua Shopping Center.

It's a big day for Michi Wata­rai's Cooking Fresh business. Monday is its first day as the operator of Kona Bean Cafe at Hilo Hattie's flagship store on Nimitz Highway in Iwilei.

A first of its kind in Hawaii will debut on KFVE-TV on July 28 when "Hot Hawaiian Weddings" airs at 7 p.m.

Chef Ernesto Limcaco's "Original Burger," dipped in a rich, house-made jus (pronounced zhoo) is dripping with so much flavor, you will want to ask for a cup of jus on the side, just to drink it.

It's time once again for nonprofits throughout Hawaii to put their best foot foward for the possibility of receiving as much as $1 million in marketing services from Ad 2 Hono­lulu.

Lease prices are driving local retail institution Hungry Ear Records from Kai­lua to Hono­lulu. "We are heartsick to have to move what has always been our flagship store," said co-owner Ward Yama­shita in a statement.

Honolulu-based Japanese-language radio station KZOO-AM 1210 will expand its live broadcasts to Japan with the debut of a new show, "Aloha Po‘a­lima" (Aloha Friday) from its glass-walled studio inside Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center.

Miami Grill — a new restaurant concept for Hawaii and the first of 58 planned isle locations — will open at Wai­pahu Town Center in mere days. It's menu reflects some of the city's Latin influences as well as the Greek origins of the founder.

Every new business needs a tag line that expresses what it does in as few words as possible, and outgoing KHON-TV anchor Olena Heu has chosen three words for hers.

Food tours have been around a long time in Hono­lulu, but the field has grown with the recent move of former computer-industry dude Ryan Con­ching to take Aloha Food Tours Inc. into his full-time business.

The owner of Sho­kudo Japa­nese Restaurant and Bar has expanded in Hono­lulu, with a very low-key, soft opening of modern Mexican cuisine concept Buho Cocina y Cantina.

Well, that was a no-brainer. Diane Ako is returning to television. The award-winning anchor and reporter, formerly with KHNL-TV for some 13 years, will succeed Olena Heu on KHON's "Wake Up 2day" following Heu's June 27 swan song.

Tori Richard Ltd. is 58 years old and expanding, but not in the same way as the paunches some of its aloha shirts cover. The company opened its ninth retail store in 10 years June 1 at the Kahala Hotel & Resort.

The generational shift in media companies has taken another leap with the retirement of David McNeil, 68, from McNeil Wilson Communications Inc. and its parent company Anthology Marketing Group, the integrated media services company that McNeil, co-founder David Wilson and partner Dennis Christianson built in recent years.

Hawaiian Telcom is closer to going Oahu-wide with its television and high-speed Internet service. The company released to the Hono­lulu Star-Advertiser a list of the 46 communities in which it presently has television customers.

Olena Heu didn't realize as she wrote her 157-page master's thesis that it would become part of the backbone of a new business. Heu will work her last shift as an anchor on "Wake Up 2day" on June 27.

Some 128 million people around the world spend time on Facebook daily — 101 million of them via a mobile device — and 72 percent of active monthly users access the social network every day.

In partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival and Consolidated Theatres, Ward Village will host a free outdoor film on the second Thursday of each month beginning June 12, starting with an offering that might surprise many local folks: an Italian surf film.

Dawn O'Brien, former morning radio host at KAIM-FM 95.5 "The Fish," can now state publicly that she is the press secretary for gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona.

Jan Yanehiro is a Farrington High School Governor who went on to become an iconic presence in Cali­for­nia television, an author and an inspiration to Asian and Pacific islander youth, before "finally" fulfilling her father's desire that she become a teacher.

Harry B. Soria is one of very few people in Hawaii radio who can say he's soon to celebrate 35 continuous years of his show.

Nearly four years ago your columnist shared news that Virginia-based Five Guys Burgers would be expanding to Hawaii "within the next year or so," according to Director of Franchise Development Mark Moseley.

Gregg Fujimoto is the new president at Oceanic Time Warner Cable. He was born on the mainland and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley but has "1,000 aunties, 1,000 uncles and 1,000 cousins" in Hawaii and spent his youth traveling back and forth between the islands and the mainland, he told TheBuzz.

Since IKEA won't come to us, a Hawaii businesswoman decided she would serve as the intermediary.

Hawaii's first Ruth's Chris Steak House opened 25 years ago, and its lease has just been renewed by franchisee Randy Schoch. Its younger Waikiki sister-restaurant is the highest-grossing Ruth's Chris franchise in the world.

Going beyond the DVR, Oceanic parent company Time Warner Cable is offering Fan TV to subscribers who want to connect their TVs to online sources of programming.

E Noa Tour Corp. is marking its 40th anniversary by doing what it does each day, "sharing the aloha spirit of our islands and our people; that is our mission statement," said President Maki Kuroda.

A Japanese company with more than 200 restaurants in Japan and more than 20 in China is building its first U.S. venture in Hawaii — specifically at Koko Marina Center.

Former restaurateur, food writer and commercial real estate broker Jo McGarry has created a new business using all the skills she's developed along the way.

Former teacher-turned-entrepreneur Jennifer Varner of Maui has created a venture that gets other people started in their own turnkey online business.

Holoholo Bar and Grill owner Jill Owens is helping her sister realize her vision for sustainability and feeding her customers aquaponically grown produce at the same time.

Handcrafters of all sorts on Maui, Molokai and Lanai have their own version of the Made in Hawaii Festival to eagerly anticipate this year.

Renowned Hawaii chef and restaurateur David "DK" Kodama has filed suit in U.S. Bankruptcy Court against Roger and Chu Ja Tanabe for alleged fraud following investment in a frozen-yogurt business that failed to materialize.

Hawaii News Now has created a management position in its newsroom operation and hired veteran broadcast journalist Daryl Huff to fill it. Huff will be the special projects producer, General Manager Rick Blan­giardi told TheBuzz on Friday.

Anela Azus makes wallets, coin purses, eyeglass cases, hair bows and other items for sale in her dad's store, out of duct tape. It's not your father's duct tape, to borrow from an Oldsmobile ad campaign.

Aerosmith frontman and part-time Hawaii resident Steven Tyler and his partners envision an evolution in entertainment and night life in Waikiki.

Radio listeners don't usually get a heads-up when their favorite morning personality will be leaving the station. For that matter, radio personalities don't, either.

The part-time job that funded David Lee's college degree in numerical analysis wound up becoming his life's passion. David Lee opened Work Shoe Hawaii about six months ago, on the heels (no pun intended) of the annual Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo.

In this business it is always stunning to learn that someone has chosen to leave one of the plummest of the plum jobs — that of public relations director for the Halekulani Hotel.

Virtual currency is hard for most people to grasp, and not just because it isn't physical money. You may have heard of Bitcoin, valued at around $800 per virtual coin in recent weeks, but the figure fluctuates as does physical currency in currency markets.

Foodland corporate chef Keoni Chang will take a spin on national network television Saturday and again May 17 on two original episodes of "Recipe Rehab" on CBS-TV (KGMB-TV, locally).


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