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Saturday, April 19, 2014         

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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.

Eleven Hawaii business executives will be in Japan from Saturday through Aug. 29 to perform service proj­ects in areas still struggling after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Beyond this weekend's Made in Hawaii Festival, 17 Hawaii companies are battling for space on shelves at Walmart in the retail chain's annual "Get on the Shelf" contest.

The specialty olive oil, balsamic vinegar and more store that opened at Ward Centre in October will soon expand in to Waikiki with a shop at the Royal Hawaiian Center.

Hawaii's highest-rated morning radio personalities, Michael W. Perry and Larry Price, mark 30 years of their on-air pairing Friday morning.

One-day classes coming up on three islands will help fledgling farmers and food producers get their product to market, and not just Whole Foods Market.

Some 100 new vendors will share their wares at this year's Made in Hawaii Festival.
And for the first time, a trolley will provide free service between the festival and several Waikiki hotels.

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.

The nearly yearlong 65th anniversary of Market City Shopping Center moves to Facebook on Monday as it launches an eight-week-long prize giveaway.

The third annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will showcase culinary industry gods and goddesses displaying the mettle behind their acclaim, through several September days on Maui and Oahu.

The first new Hawaii Pacific University tenant at Aloha Tower Marketplace will be the university's bookstore, to be operated by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Inc.

None of Hawaii's beaches were cited by Fodor's travel guide among the list of "7 Best Family Friendly Beaches in the U.S." in the days leading up to Independence Day.

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.

The founder of a new mobile application called DareShare will stage the inaugural DareUp from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Hoku­lani Bakeshop in Pearlridge Center.

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.

Olive Garden is finally engaged in actual lease negotiations, versus vaporous rumors of talks, for its first Hawaii location, the MacNaughton Group confirmed Tuesday.

Patrons of the arts, news junkies and people who enjoy mocking people in high places have something to look forward to this summer: The Gridiron show is back after a one-year hiatus.

With rare exception, nothing new can be built in Kakaako without something old going away.

Maui High School students Mitchell Borge and Lawrence Paet captured fifth place in the national 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Finals in Dearborn, Mich. Tuesday.

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.

One of at least two Hawaii island treehouses available for vacation rental is being featured by TripAdvisor.com, which says travelers can stay at these places and "indulge their inner child."

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.

Kauai-based Brick Oven Pizza is expanding to Kaneohe.

Hosts of the NBC "Today" show were decked out in custom-designed aloha shirts made and given to them by Reyn Spooner when they hit the national airwaves from Waikiki Beach at 1 a.m. Monday.

June Mulhall was a shoe addict who turned her passion into a business and has enabled untold numbers of other shoe addicts for 33 years.

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.

Serial restaurateur Peter Kim's newest venture, The Signature Prime Steak and Seafood restaurant, could well be his crowning achievement financially as well as physically.

The Governor's Fashion Awards will be resurrected at the culmination of the 2013 Hawaii Fashion Month in October, a month chock-full of events honoring those who clothe us and keep people employed.

Hawaii has two breakfast venues listed among the Urban­spoon list of 101 Great Breakfasts in the U.S., hot on the heels of getting two entries in the OpenTable.com hot U.S. brunch spots.

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.

Hawaii Starwood resorts have learned just where they stand with members of the company's Starwood Preferred Guest program, and the list might engender some sister-property sibling squabbling.

A modern take on a centuries-old Japa­nese tradition is coming to Oahu during Mother's Day weekend.

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').

Hawaii News Now: KHNL/KGMB has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and is the only Hawaii broadcast news organization to get awards this year from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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.

Longtime television sports reporter and news anchorman Shawn Ching will leave Hawaii News Now following the May Nielsen ratings survey.

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.

It's a solution to the chicken-and-egg problem for part of Hawaii's workforce: How can I get hired without experience, and how can I get experience if nobody will hire me?

Market City Shopping Center at 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. is marking its 65th anniversary, and you, oh reader and Facebook user, could be the one getting the present.

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.

Afternoon visitors to Whole Foods in Kahala on Saturday will have the rare treat of getting Kona Bob's Coffee Concentrate served to them by "Kona Bob" McDonald himself.

You can now listen to both Hawaii Public Radio programming streams on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch via a new app the stations have just launched.

It's not a group where people stand up and introduce themselves by saying, "I'm Bill and I'm a CEO."

BluWater Grill restaurant in Hawaii Kai will close for good following dinner service Sunday — after about a decade of doing business.

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.

Celebrating 75 years of history by plunging into a new frontier is one way the Hawaii Medical Service Association is preparing for its Diamond Jubilee.

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.

The radio station whose broadcasts in 11 languages emanate from a converted home in McCully has been sold for $500,000.



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