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Erika Engle


Erika Engle has worked in Hawaii media since 1979. She writes “TheBuzz” column and additional stories about the restaurant and broader food service industries for "Crave" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

She was named 2008 Small Business Journalist of the Year, City and County of Honolulu, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (Hawaii).

Prior to her newspaper days, Engle worked in radio and television.

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Flavors of South found in Aiea

Hawaii may be the southernmost state in the U.S., but when Southern food is contemplated, it is not kalua pork and poi that fire up the salivary glands. Rather, it’s dishes like fried chicken, smothered pork chops, collard greens and cornbread. Read more

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Kapolei Commons puts big trucks within keiki’s reach

Big trucks like fire engines and cement mixers capture many a wee one’s imagination, but for most keiki, they are completely out of reach. That all changes Saturday this weekend at Kapolei Commons. Read more

Almost pau: Ono Hawaiian Foods bows out after 57 years

Ono Hawaiian Foods will serve its last customers in a little more than a week after nearly six decades in business. The walls of the Kapahulu restaurant are covered with all 57 years of that history, including celebrity head shots, snapshots of founding family members, old concert posters and more. Read more

Korean festival samples flavors of culture

The 16th Annual Korean Festival will present hot and popular entertainers from Korea, as well as hot and not-so-spicy isle-favorite foods, with attractions for islanders of all ages. Read more

Artizen debuts menu at HiSAM First Friday event

Artizen by MW — the restaurant at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum — will serve up tasty treats during First Friday while jazz guitarist Shoji Ledward will provide some entertainment. Read more

Dean’s Drive Inn a family eatery

“Local boy, local food,” is Dean’s motto, and the menu is chock-full of local favorites, from loco moco and teri chicken to burgers and salads. Read more

3 women, wine and a pizza place

When Appetito Craft Pizza and Wine Bar opens in mid-October, it will be the first of WDI International’s Hawaii restaurants to be led by a female general manager, female chef and female beverage director. Read more

Hawaii woman cut from ‘Food Network Star’

Falling short on a mock TV show about twists on Game Day classic foods got Amy Pottinger eliminated from “Food Network Star” on the episode aired tonight. Read more

Ewa residents to showcase talents at hoike

Cool and refreshing treats like acai bowls and fruity Samoan vaifala, and carnival-style eats like funnel cakes, fully loaded french fries and popcorn whose aroma will pull you toward it by the nose are just some of the fun foods to be found at the “Ewa’s Got Talent” Hoakalei Hoike event Saturday. Read more

California coast cuisine to get island infusion

A week from today, Herringbone becomes the newest restaurant operating on the Grand Lanai at the International Market Place, with its Southern California vibe, a replica beluga whale skeleton over the bar and dishes designed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey. Read more

Humans can also enjoy Canine Game Day in Kapolei

Canine Game Day 2017 may be designed with dogs in mind, but food and drink for people are also on the list of attractions for Saturday’s event at Coral Crater Adventure Park. Read more

New apps beef up food explorations

New players in the restaurant-finder app game have launched in the Hawaii market and each brings something different to the table. Neither is supported by advertising sales. Read more

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