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Chinese program source next up to buy KUPA-AM

By Erika Engle
The company that has been providing Chinese- and English-language programming to KUPA-AM 1370, some of it from state-run Chinese sources, is now buying the station.

Group aids other nonprofits with advertising worth $1M

By Erika Engle
More than $1 million is up for grabs and is available to one lucky nonprofit organization. The $1 million is not the prize in a cash giveaway, but is the estimated value of the marketing campaign that Ad 2 Honolulu bestows each year.

Merriman's is coming soon to Ward Village in Kakaako

By Erika Engle
A dream come true for Peter Merriman also could be a dream come true for many a long-deprived Oahu diner.

Young entrepreneurs shine in Windward Mall program

By Erika Engle
Windward Mall will welcome a dozen new short-term tenants July 25 for four hours' worth of business. The uber-short lease is a traditional part of the annual Kids Inc. contest in which winning entrepreneurs 15 and younger get to sell their wares in the mall's center court.

New cookbook highlights firefighters' favorite dishes

By Erika Engle
Firefighters are reputed to be legendary cooks, and the new nonprofit Hawaii Professional Firefighters Foundation will put some of those recipes into the hands of we mere mortals in the coming months through a fundraising cookbook.

Moke's of Kailua has plans for a restaurant in Kapolei

By Erika Engle
Popular Kailua breakfast and lunch spot Moke's Bread & Breakfast is scouting Kapolei for a second Hawaii location.

For isle builders, designers, hard work and creativity pay

By Erika Engle
Sometimes the stuff that dreams are made of is just cheap lead molded into a fake Maltese Falcon, but sometimes you get to luxuriate in it.

Pieology Pizzeria has plan for a restaurant on Oahu

By Erika Engle
Pieology Pizzeria customers choose from flour, whole wheat or gluten-free crusts, choose from seven sauces and can top their pizzas with any or all of dozens of toppings such as cheeses, including a vegan option, meats and a range of vegetables. No matter the number of toppings, the price will be the same.

FCC awards isle AM station 15 years after initial effort

By Erika Engle
Oahu radio listeners could have had another station choice for more than the past decade, had government bureaucracy not gotten in the way.

Condo dwellers to inherit Longhi's picturesque view

By Erika Engle
Completion of the Park Lane luxury condominium on the makai side of Ala Moana Center surely will give its occupants a picturesque live-shop-dine-and-play lifestyle.

Popular barbecue joint is returning to Kakaako

By Erika Engle
There is great news herein for Hawaiian Electric work crews grabbing breakfast, Judiciary employees who order stacks of lunches for jury members and the legions of other regulars who have missed a particular plate-lunch and Korean food joint.

Dreams are coming true for ex-KITV meteorologist

By Erika Engle
Cam Tran has been indulging herself, sleeping well past her 2 a.m. alarm since leaving KITV. The former "This Morning" weather anchor worked her last on-air shift June 2 and has been preparing to leave Hawaii for her "dream job" at the new 24-hour Accu­Weather Channel on cable.

Odori-ko restaurant, bar tailored to appeal to women

By Erika Engle
Siblings Hiro Takei and Rie Takei Akita will open Odori-ko in early September, about 11⁄2 miles from the original Odoriko Japanese restaurant, which was established by their parents.

Burger chain franchisee scouts out Five Guys sites

By Erika Engle
The Hawaii franchisee for Five Guys Burgers and Fries arrives on Oahu this month to review possible locations.

Snack company marks 50 years of tasty treats

By Erika Engle
Changing your whole life path based on a chance conversation likely would be something your parents would counsel you against doing. It was nevertheless the choice Betty Honma (nee Nagamoto) made in 1965, when she decided against completing her studies toward a teaching degree at the University of Hawaii.

KORL-AM 1180 call letters up for grabs after FCC move

By Erika Engle
The Federal Communications Commission has canceled a Honolulu radio station's broadcast license. That almost never happens. Cancellations are a rarity given how arduous, lengthy and costly a process it is to obtain a broadcast license.

For former TV news anchor, her family has to come first

By Erika Engle
Tannya Joaquin has retired from Hawaii News Now "for now" to become a "momtrepreneur." Upon advice of her physician, she took medical leave starting in January and has decided not to return.

Ono Yum offers pokefest to Southern Californians

By Erika Engle
Poke (POH'-keh) is alive and well, and so are festivals honoring the Hawaii favorite, not just in Hawaii, but in Cali­for­nia, as organized by Ono Yum.

DK Restaurants to open first eatery on mainland

By Erika Engle
Longtime Hawaii restaurateur Dave "D.K." Kodama is preparing to expand his Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar to the mainland, just as his DK Restaurants group prepares to close two long-standing restaurants at Waterfront Plaza in Hono­lulu.

Sweet Home Waimanalo ends its run on sour note

By Erika Engle
Sweet Home Waimanalo, a restaurant, market where local artisans sold their wares, and classroom facility, has closed and been dissolved as a business entity.

Columnist shellshocked by contest's isle entrant

By Erika Engle
This is nuts. If somebody asked you to name Hawaii's signature food, how would you answer?

Ice cream maker scoops up lifetime achievement award

By Erika Engle
Their products are in your cupboards and refrigerator and maybe even in your tummy right now.

Weekend will pack a punch for bars, pay-TV providers

By Erika Engle
To boxing fans cas­ual and hard-core, there is but one event this weekend: the long-awaited contest between Philippine-born Manny Pacquiao and family legacy fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Isle TV news, public radio clean up at Murrow Awards

By Erika Engle
Three Hawaii broadcast newsrooms have a great deal to crow about as winners of the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Isles' favorite meats meet in exclusive Spam treat

By Erika Engle
Please stand by for this rather breathless scoop: Portuguese sausage-flavored Spam has been developed by Hormel Foods Corp., and the company has chosen Hawaii to debut the new flavor.

High bidder will drive away in Eastwood's '71 Mercedes

By Erika Engle
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.

Windward Oahu will get double dose of Island Snow

By Erika Engle
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.

Rumor mill gets it wrong about ABC Store in Kailua

By Erika Engle
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.

Muumuu Heaven to open pop-up shop in T Galleria

By Erika Engle
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.

Popular ramen restaurant expanding to Ward Village

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

Flash-frozen Primo Popcorn becomes a cool new treat

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

Lanikai Bath & Body opens on Guam, expands in state

By Erika Engle
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.

Ramen restaurant seizes golden opportunity in isles

By Erika Engle
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.

KCCN morning show shifts direction, lets co-hosts go

By Erika Engle
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.

Tasty pitas pick up steam with first showing at Costco

By Erika Engle
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.

Australian TV show to say ‘good morning’ to viewers

By Erika Engle
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.

Ex-TV journalists Leong, Dar join governor's team

By Erika Engle
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.

Former TV anchor to direct communications at Senate

By Erika Engle
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.

Made in Hawaii Festival searching for new delights

By Erika Engle
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.

Family's shoe business is having 100th birthday

By Erika Engle
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.

Bakery program makes life sweeter for isle nonprofits

By Erika Engle
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.

Restaurateurs find footing with help from Kalihi eatery

By Erika Engle
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.

New colorful app holds potential for therapy use

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

Cafe brings isles to Seoul with Kona coffee, pancakes

By Erika Engle
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.

Cunard ship's world cruise includes stops in Hawaii

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

Popular Waikiki steakhouse set to undergo renovation

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

Telecom conference boasts demonstrations of 8K TVs

By Erika Engle
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.

Sports reporter is moving to KITV morning news spot

By Erika Engle
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.

Artwork, memorabilia fill Waianae Coast gallery

By Erika Engle
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."

Morning shake-up on KINE delivers mixed emotions

By Erika Engle
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.

Dar returns from mainland to concentrate on new son

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

Shaloha's pillowy pitas push wholesale expansion

By Erika Engle
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.

Web-based rental service connects boaters to vessels

By Erika Engle
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.

Lifelong lamp man to close the door, turn out the lights

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

Maui chef prepares for restaurant's new chapter

By Erika Engle
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.

Local boys take on big dogs with easy SimplePrints app

By Erika Engle
‘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.

Newly opened CabaRAE delivers unique experience

By Erika Engle
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.

Family's new pie company features 'secret' topping

By Erika Engle
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.

Moena Cafe has expanded to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

By Erika Engle
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.

Growers establish shop inside Hilo Hattie store

By Erika Engle
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.

New technological systems warn of impending storms

By Erika Engle
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.

Angela Keen takes on post as Shriners relations officer

By Erika Engle
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.

Sluyter heading to HGEA; Dudley moves to online job

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

Merriman to open eatery at Kakaako's SALT complex

By Erika Engle
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.

HPR suffers $290K shortfall after October pledge drive

By Erika Engle
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.

Island chef, partners spark a new brand of prosecco

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

Cruz returns to Latin roots with new HPR programming

By Erika Engle
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.

Restaurant lands new lease, thanks to loyal customers

By Erika Engle
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.

Batteries Plus Bulbs chain opening first Hawaii store

By Erika Engle
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.

Volcanologist wants grant to map Kilauea's magma

By Erika Engle
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.

Composting-toilet proposal is vying for $50,000 prize

By Erika Engle
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.

Ad 2 will help Ala Kuola stop domestic violence

By Erika Engle
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.

Punahou graduate's startup raises $1.86M in funding

By Erika Engle
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.

Iconic Ilikai Hotel readies for 50th-anniversary bashes

By Erika Engle
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.

Webster leaving KITV to cover major pro sports in Denver

By Erika Engle
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.

Thai restaurant's future brightens despite hardships

By Erika Engle
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.

High-end items in New York now include Spam musubi

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

De Nies will pull triple duty on KITV's weekday news

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

PR expert offers workshop to help nonprofit groups

By Erika Engle
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.

Restaurateur struggles with loss of daughter, fiscal woes

By Erika Engle
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.

Capital One closes cafe; property for sale for $31M

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

Kailua restaurant to serve last cheesesteaks Sept. 30

By Erika Engle
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.

Dashefsky returns to KHON to anchor 9 p.m. newscast

By Erika Engle
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.

New foundation's follow-up tries to ensure great results

By Erika Engle
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.

Pepper's Place in Kailua faces uncertainty over lease

By Erika Engle
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.

Hilo Hattie's new chef brings her flair to Kona Bean Cafe

By Erika Engle
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.

New KFVE reality show follows duos to the altar

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

Humble burger joint offering rich flavors to open in Pauoa

By Erika Engle
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.

Ad 2 Honolulu campaign reaches out to nonprofits

By Erika Engle
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.

'Heartsick' Hungry Ear will move out of Kailua

By Erika Engle
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.

'Aloha Friday' KZOO show is aimed at Japan's shores

By Erika Engle
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.

Restaurant chain brings tastes of Miami to the isles

By Erika Engle
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.

Heu plans to wear many hats as new business gets rolling

By Erika Engle
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.

Computer career gives way to sharing passion for food

By Erika Engle
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.

New Mexican restaurant opens in Waikiki

By Erika Engle
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.

Ako replacing Heu at KHON in her TV news comeback

By Erika Engle
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 still expanding, evolving with concept shops

By Erika Engle
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.

Retiring PR chief grateful, confident in agency's future

By Erika Engle
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 tallies 46 places it transmits TV

By Erika Engle
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.

Heu departing from KHON to start consulting business

By Erika Engle
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.

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