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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iconic Marilyn Monroe name has been licensed to a line of beauty businesses including spas, nail boutiques and so-called "glamour rooms," and a combination of all three businesses will open this summer at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
KHON-TV is soon to bid an aloha of one sort to reporter Brianne Randle and an aloha of another sort to Nestor Garcia. Randle has been reporting for the station for eight "great" years but is leaving because "I am thrilled to report that I am going to become a mom," she said, via email.
While Lee's Drive-In has shuttered its Kaneohe walk-up window after some four decades in business, new tenant Local Boy Sushi serves the burgers and fries that "Mr. Lee's," as it was known, made famous.
Ige's 19th Puka's last day of service will be Jan. 18 after 10 years of serving local favorites and hosting local entertainers. Owner Ronald Ige was reluctant to confirm closing plans in September, but Monday told TheBuzz, "Don't be sorry, I'm very happy."
This last Buzz column for 2013 will bid a fond, envious aloha to KITV Vice President of Sales Bill Gaeth, who will retire Dec. 31 after 25 years at the station. "Envious" "is the most-used word" he hears, he said Friday. • Happy wishes!
Dan Boylan has stepped away from his role as moderator on "Insights," the PBS Hawaii show about current issues affecting Hawaii. He had been the primary host and moderator for the show for about 23 years, since back when the show was called "Dialog."
So your kids or cousins or aunties and uncles live on the faraway mainland, and they get ono for kalua pork, laulau and poi, or Zippy's chili or Portuguese bean soup, and Christmas is coming. Now what?
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