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Burger King opening restaurant near Ala Moana Center in Honolulu

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Burger King is opening a new restaurant near Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.
The fast-food giant is taking over the former Hawaiian Telcom space on Kapiolani Boulevard that's next to Thank Q Pocha restaurant. Burger King currently has 21 locations on Oahu alone, making this restaurant the 21st of its kind on the island. The Miami, Florida-based company, known for its flame-broiled hamburgers, has more than 15,000 locations in more than 100 countries.

Engineering firm buys Hawaii souvenir giant's headquarters

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Geolabs Inc., a Honolulu-based geotechnical engineering firm, has purchased The Madden Corp.'s headquarters in Waipahu for $10.8 million.
The deal closed in July with Colliers International Hawaii representing the seller — The Madden Corp. Located on Koaki Street, The Madden Corp. put its headquarters up for sale in 2016. The Hawaii-based company sells such souvenir items as calendars and mugs under its Island Heritage brand. The 47,680-square-foot building that's situated on more than 57,000-square-feet of land in the Mill Town Center Business Park, has a replacement cost of about $16.5 million. Geolabs, which has three locations, including one in Honolulu on Kalihi Street, as well as on Maui and in Oakland, California, was established in 1975.  The company has worked on many high-profile projects in Hawaii, including the International Market Place in Waikiki, Ala Moana Center, Moana Pacific high-rise condominium and Kahului Airport.

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop is up for sale

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Kua Aina burger chain closes its Kapolei restaurant

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Kua Aina Sandwich Shoppe, known for its tasty hamburgers, has closed another one of its locations, leaving just one eatery open for the popular local restaurant chain.
On Sunday, the owners of Kua Aina announced that it was closing its Kapolei Commons restaurant in West Oahu at the end of the day.  "We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," the company said. "It has been an honor and a pleasure serving all of you these past four years." No reason was given for the restaurant's closure, although the company said that all gift certificates and cards may be redeemed at its Haleiwa location on Oahu's North Shore. In 2015, Kua Aina closed its Ward Village location in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, which former President Barack Obama once visited. Its Ward location had been open for about two decades and was replaced by The Pig & The Lady's Piggy Smalls restaurant. Earlier this year, Kua Aina closed its Northern Ireland restaurant. The co…

Major eSports Arena planned for Honolulu college campus

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Hawaii Pacific University may be bringing the first permanent eSports venue to the Islands with a facility planned at Aloha Tower Marketplace near Downtown Honolulu.
The private university, which took over the marketplace a few years ago, has recently filed a building permit with the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting for a new eSports Arena and fitness center at Aloha Tower. The eSports Arena is an indoor arena that has locations in California and in Las Vegas. The gaming venues include stages, large video screens and serves food and drinks. Another educational institution — University of California Irvine — has an eSports Arena, which includes 80 high-tech computers, gaming gear and chairs.  Electronic sports gaming has gained in popularity throughout the years with an estimated 200 million people around the world taking part in this $1 billion industry. At Aloha Tower, HPU has built-out student dormitories, offices and class spaces, in addition …

Major egg farm taking shape on Oahu's North Shore

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A major egg farm facility is taking shape on Oahu's North Shore.
Villa Rose, a partnership between two Mainland companies, have recently filed a more than $5 million building permit with Honolulu regulators for a microgrid project at this new facility. The microgrid will include generators and a battery storage system, among other components. The project is expected to help the egg farm save significant amounts of money on its operating costs. Located on Dole Food Co. land in Waialua, the Villa Rose project is expected to help Hawaii reduce its reliance on importing fresh eggs from the Mainland and increase the sustainability of food supply in the Islands. The companies involved in the project include California's Hidden Villa Ranch, one of the largest egg distributors in the U.S. and Indiana's Rose Acre Farms, one of the nation's biggest egg producers. Hawaii ranks near the bottom in the U.S. when it comes to sales in the poultry and eggs commodity group.

Popular Japanese restaurant chain expanding to Hawaii

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A popular Japanese noodle restaurant chain is expanding to Hawaii with a new location opening at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki.
Tsuru Ton Tan Udon Noodle Brasserie, which opening its first U.S. location in New York last year, has recently filed a building permit to open its new Hawaii restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The new eatery is scheduled to open in space B310 at the Kalakaua Avenue shopping center. The space, which encompasses 5,236-square-feet, is located on the third level of Building "B" next to H.I.S. Japanese briefing room and surrounded by other retailers and restaurants. Tsuru Tsuru, which opened its first restaurant in 1979 in Osaka, is known for its handmade udon noodles. It currently has more than 10 restaurants in Japan.  Udon is one of the oldest noodle dishes in Japan, being first introduced 1,200 years ago by a Buddhist monk. It is made by mixing flour with salted water, then kneading, stretching and cutting the dough into thin strips, acc…