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?
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.
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