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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).

The new chef at Bali Steak & Seafood and Paradise Lounge at Hilton Hawaiian Village has quite the legacy to sustain.

The expansion of Kissaten Coffee Bar to three locations has come alive at Waterfront Plaza in a long-empty space.

Longtime morning news anchor Ann Sterling is the new face on "KITV4 Morning News," which airs weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m.

Big things usually happen on Oahu first, but not this time. One of the largest faith groups in the islands now has its own radio station, which came to life on Maui earlier this month.

A new player in the shave ice game will open up for business Saturday at Maui's Kaahu­manu Center and on the road, via two shave ice and ice cream trucks.

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.

KITV news anchor and award-winning reporter Jill Kura­moto will leave television news to become the information officer for the Hono­lulu Board of Water Supply effective Jan 6.

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered the deregulation of basic cable rates on Hawaii island, ruling in favor of Oceanic Time Warner Cable and against the state of Hawaii.

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.

Honolulu-based Mobi PCS and Maui-based 808 Shells are inviting artists as young as 14 to draw a design that might wind up as laser-engraved artwork on an exclusive, limited-edition mobile phone case.

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.

Two of Hawaii's favorite condiments have been combined for sale in a single bottle by the 125-year-old Lee Kum Kee company.

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."

KZOO-AM 1210 marks half a century of broadcasting in Hawaii on Friday, the exact date on which the station signed on in 1963.

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.

The new owners of KRTR-FM 96.3, better known as Krater 96, will soon announce a new morning show after the departure of Dave Lancaster and Sista Sherry Clifton Friday.

Normally when you read in these pages about Jeff Arce, a partner at The MacNaughton Group, he’s not wearing KISS band-member makeup, but he will be Saturday night.

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.

Local nonprofits and groups associated with schools, churches and other community organizations with tax-exempt status can raise funds via Panda Express through the end of the year.

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.

Omigosh, teriyaki Spam straight from the can. Yes, Minnesota-based Hormel Foods LLC has formulated Spam Teri­yaki and has chosen Hawaii to be its exclusive launch point, TheBuzz has learned.

Whole Foods Market stores in Hawaii are the first in the 340-store chain to pre­sent state-level supplier awards.

The Manoa-made mobile application for shoppers called ShopSuey has been updated with Chinatown maps, as this column indicated it would be, in June.

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.


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