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?
Polynesian Cultural Center has become only the second visitor attraction in Hawaii to win a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association, an international group that represents creators, developers, designers and producers of themed entertainment.
KFVE-TV is being sold by Arlington, Va.-based MCG Capital Corp. to American Spirit Media LLC. Under parent company Southeastern Media Holdings Inc., American Spirit Media and President and CEO Thomas Henson own, operate or have interests in six television stations in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Mississippi.
Ryan Kalei Tsuji will get to sleep in until, say, 6 a.m. after his last morning shift at KITV on Friday.
For the past two years, Tsuji has risen at 1:30 or 2 a.m. for the weekday morning news show, which he does alongside his 9-to-5 gig as a staffer for state Sen. David Ige (D, Pearl Harbor-Pearl City-Aiea).
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties agent Stewart Wade turned 99 Saturday and celebrated with his wife, Cecilia Christenson-Wade, over dinner at the Pacific Club "where I've been a member for many years," he said Friday.
Wahoo's Fish Taco Kahala will close Tuesday after a three-year run. Franchise owners Stephanie Gambetta and Noel Pietsch Shaw have sold the leasehold interest in the space at 4614 Kilauea Ave. to Japanese-based Central Restaurant Group, which is planning its first Hawaii restaurant in the spot.
Failing to have a website optimized for mobile devices could be costing Hawaii businesses countless dollars. That sort of mobile marketing is the focus of tech entrepreneur Gerd Graumann's new service.
Tammy Mori has left KHON-TV for a job as director of communications for the Hawaii State Judiciary system. "It was a hard decision," she said. "KHON has been my family on and off for the past eight years."
A season of change gets underway today at The Limtiaco Co., which will henceforth be called TLC PR.
"This is a very exciting new chapter that allows us to embark on our 25th year with higher expectations and a bigger vision," founder and CEO Ruth Limtiaco told TheBuzz.
Every grocery store worth its salt now offers ready-to-go food items made fresh daily in-house.
Among them, locally owned Foodland set up a steak-plate counter in its sister-concept Food Pantry in Waikiki at 2370 Kuhio Ave. that's popular among not just visitors, but local folks. Such intel can be gleaned via online sites like Yelp.com.
One tale involved red palaka shorts worn by the late impresario Kimo McVay. Keith Haugen also posted an account of McVay buying up local supplies of palaka to arrange for a manufacturer to make sneakers with the fabric.
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii is the 2013-2014 winner of the annual Ad 2 Honolulu pro-bono campaign, and as such will receive around $1 million in free advertising and marketing services.
Hawaii artisans and professional crafters can soon learn how to boost their business to the national level, as principals of the Arts Business Institute are en route to stage two-day workshops on three islands.
Don’t let the word “assistive” instantly turn you off just because you’re not old or medically frail.
An iPhone app developed by Waikiki resident Gerd Graumann may let you catch up on your reading as you drive to work, and help your mom make sure she's taking the right medication, even without her glasses on, by reading the label to her aloud.
Marking its 25th year in business, Sedona is about to make a big move — not to a faraway location, but right next door, to space that is 2,080 square feet, 40 percent bigger than the current shop, which is roughly 1,400 square feet.
Broadcast signals could soon return to Pahala and surrounding areas of the Kau District on Hawaii island if the Federal Communications Commission approves the $20,000 sale of KAHU-FM 97.1 to Hawaii Public Radio.
Aloha Beer Co. has announced that it is now distributing its products in Japan and Guam and closing Beer Hall at 580 N. Nimitz Highway for extensive renovation so it can keep pace with increased demand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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').
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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