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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…

Brewpub opening in Honolulu's Chinatown

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Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co., which closed its brewery earlier this year, is opening in Honolulu's Chinatown, one of its owners confirmed to this blog.
The Oahu-based company, which was founded by Darren Garvey and Eric Jackson in 2013, once had a location in Kaneohe in WIndward Oahu. After closing this spring, Stewbum & Stonewall began looking for a new space, which will be located directly across from The Pig & The Lady restaurant near the corner of Smith and King streets. Garvey told this blog that it will be brewing beer at its new space and also will have a full bar and will serve food.  "We'll hopefully be open by February," he said. Chinatown has been gaining new restaurants and bars at a rapid pace in the last few years. Stewbum & Stonewall will join the scene at a time of resurgence for the area. The brewery includes such craft beers as Batch 518 Pale Ale, Joe Mama's Amber Lager, Makana Island Wheat and Sweet Jar India Pale Ale, among …

Chobani registers to do business in Hawaii

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Chobani, the largest Greek yogurt company in the United States, has recently registered to do business in Hawaii.
It's not known what the yogurt giant's plans are yet but its "Chobani LLC" registration with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on June 28, could mean several things, including a possible new retail location in the Islands. Chobani already has a New York City cafe that opened in 2012, and has big plans to grow through "experiential marketing," which includes such ventures as retail locations. The New York-based yogurt company, which is making a heavy push to get consumers to eat yogurt beyond breakfast, also has opened cafes within stores, including one inside a Target store in New York. This move also helps out big-box retailers fill out their big spaces. Of course, Chobani's items are already familiar to consumers in Hawaii with its yogurts at supermarkets across the state, including Safeway and Foodland. Chobani is one …

Mexican restaurant chain expanding to Hawaii

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Chronic Tacos, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain, expanding to Hawaii with its first location opening at the Safeway-anchored shopping center on Kapahulu Avenue in Honolulu.
Ride N Sideways LLC has registered the trade name "Chronic Tacos Kapahulu" with state regulators for the purpose of opening a quick serve Mexican restaurant. Chronic Tacos also filed a building permit this week with city regulators for its new restaurant at 888 Kapahulu Ave., which also includes such tenants as Panda Express and Genki Sushi. California-based Chronic Tacos currently has about 40 locations including in states such as Alabama, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado.  It's not quite Chipotle, which also recently registered to do business in Hawaii, but Chronic Tacos may be quite the consolation prize in terms of this type of restaurant coming to the Islands. Its menu includes such items as tacos, burritos, chronic fries, chronic nachos, chronic salad and tortas.

Ala Moana Center's new food court gaining burger restaurant chain

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Mahaloha Burger, a small Hawaii-based restaurant chain, is opening a location at Ala Moana Center's new restaurant complex that's located in part of the former Shirokiya space.
This week, the company filed a permit to open at The Lanai at Ala Moana in Honolulu, which also includes Agave & Vine, Brug Bakery and Hi Tea Cafe. Mahaloha Burger, which sells burgers made with 100 percent free-range local beef from the Big Island, currently has two locations on Oahu, one at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki and another in Kailua on Hekili Street. The Lanai is scheduled to open this fall with up to 12 specialty food vendors and indoor and outdoor seating for up to 450 people.

Popular ice cream shop expanding to Waikiki

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Dave's Ice Cream is opening a new shop at the Ilikai hotel in Waikiki, public records show.
The small Hawaii-based ice cream chain, which has been around for decades, recently filed building permits to open at the iconic hotel that was featured in the original "Hawaii Five-0" television series. Dave's, which is headquartered in Pearl City, also has locations in Aiea in Central Oahu, Kealakekua on the Big Island, Waimanalo in Windward Oahu, Waipio in Central Oahu, as well as another shop in Pearl City. Its ice cream flavors include Azuki Bean, Frosted Sugar Cookie, Kahlua Fudge, Kulolo and Poha Berry. Dave's was created by David Leong in 1982 with a shop in Waianae in Leeward Oahu.

What it's like to dine near President Bill Clinton at one of Honolulu's finest restaurants

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Food? What amazing food? And what was our order again? Those were the thoughts that were going through my mind (and probably others) as former President Bill Clinton walked through the door to dine at Nobu Honolulu Saturday night with a security detail in tow. 
Mr. Clinton arrived at Nobu around 8 p.m. after giving the keynote address at an event earlier in the evening at the University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu. Dining just feet away from No. 42 with my fiancĂ© during my birthday dinner, I quickly realized what people were referring to when they mentioned the "star-power" and "charisma" that he possesses. As soon as he walked into Nobu, which is located on the ground floor of The Howard Hughes Corp.'s Waiea luxury condominium in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, no one could focus on their amazing food and drinks anymore including us. There were tourist and local couples, as well as people from Japan. It was a treat to be in the same restaurant with one o…

Billionaire Larry Ellison buys more Hawaii real estate

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Larry Ellison, the billionaire co-founder of Oracle Corp. who purchased 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai in 2012 for $300 million, continues his buying spree on the Pineapple Island with the recent purchase of a couple of residential units on the island.
Public records show that Ellison, one of the world's richest men, through his company Lanai Resorts LLC, purchased two properties in Lanai City for a total of nearly $2 million. As part of his overall purchase in 2012, Ellison also owns the two Four Seasons-branded hotels on the island, as well as the two golf courses near these resorts, one of which isn't reopening.  Ellison also is in the process of doing a $75 million renovation of the 102-room The Lodge at Koele, including reducing the room count by about 10 rooms, adding spa treatment facilities, building new fitness buildings and a yoga pavilion, as first reported by this blog.

Honolulu senior housing project delayed by high construction costs

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A planned senior housing project in Honolulu's Chinatown is getting tripped up by high construction costs.
The 150-unit Halewaiolu senior residence project, which is being developed by Michaels Development Co., was first proposed years ago. At a recent area neighborhood meeting, the developer and other stakeholders gave an update on the development, which is now scheduled to start construction in late 2019. The project will include 120 single-bed units and 30 double-bed units on 19 floors with 10 units per floor.  Karen Seddon, regional vice president for Michaels Development, said at the meeting that the cost of construction has gone up and that it is still working on securing funding for the project. Besides funding, there are other hurdles that the developer must clear including satisfying requirements from the National Historic Preservation Act. Halewaiolu would satisfy a huge demand for senior housing in the state, which has one of the fastest growing senior populations in th…

Restaurant opening in former Pearl Ultralounge space at Ala Moana Center

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A new restaurant is opening in the space formerly occupied by the popular Pearl Ultralounge at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu that has been vacant for about four years.
Grub & Barrels Inc. has filed a building permit Monday with city regulators to open its new restaurant in the former Pearl space at Hookipa Terrace on the third floor of the state's largest shopping center. The company, which was formed earlier this year by Annie Kim, has registered the trade names "Grub & Barrels" and "The Brilliant Ox." John Harada of Honolulu-based In + Form Design Inc. is listed as the architect for the project. In 2013, Pearl closed after being in business for seven years due to years of damage from water leaks from the tenant above — Romano's Macaroni Grill. In other restaurant news at Ala Moana Center, chef Alan Wong announced Monday that his Pineapple Room restaurant at Macy's is closing at the end of this month.

Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki sold for $515M

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The Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki, which is currently undergoing a more than $100 million redevelopment, has been sold for $515 million, according to a new report.
CBRE Hawaii's investment report that was released this month made note of the sale of the 839-room Pacific Beach Hotel, which will be renamed the Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach. CBRE said that the hotel changed hands earlier this quarter. The hotel's redevelopment has recently hit a snag after officials found iwi, or ancient Hawaiian remains, at its site on Kalakaua Avenue, although work continues to move ahead. The new hotel is expected to gain two restaurants by famous chef Masaharu Morimoto. The Queen Liliuokalani Trust owns the land that the more than 100,000-square-feet of land the hotel occupies. HH Pacific Beach LP is listed as the owner of the hotel. Despite fewer transactions this year, CBRE says that 2017 is poised to be another active year for investment in the state. Currently, the year-to-date inves…

Japanese company opening new restaurant near Ala Moana Center

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A Japanese company is opening a new restaurant near Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.
Day Dream International Inc. has recently registered the trade name "Ke Aloha Cafe" with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The company also posted a Craigslist advertisement Wednesday looking for workers for its new cafe. The ad says the cafe is scheduled to open on August 9 at the new 808 Center on Sheridan Street that's near Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Ke Aloha Cafe is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also plans to sell alcoholic beverages, according to the ad.

State to demolish 50-year-old Kakaako building

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An office/warehouse building in Kakaako that was built decades ago is being demolished to create open space in the growing Honolulu neighborhood.
The project is a rare sight since buildings demolished in the area mainly have been replaced by brand new, shiny mixed-use towers.
Located at 620 Coral St. near Lex Brodie's Tire Shop, the 7,297-square-foot building on 13,533-square-feet of land is owned by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. On Wednesday, the HHFDC filed a $664,000 building permit to demolish the building. Honolulu-based Belt Collins Ltd. is listed as a contractor for the project, which will add open space to the area as part of a requirement from the development of the nearby Pohulani elderly rental project. The project is located across the street from Mother Waldron Park and near Stanford Carr Development's Halekauwila Place rental project.

Long-planned Oahu golf course home development gains traction

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A long-planned golf course home development along the Kapolei Golf Club in West Oahu is finally moving forward.
Gentry Homes' 66-unit Kealii project has been the works for at least a couple of years. It is located on 17 acres of land along Kapolei Parkway between the course and the Kanehili subdivision.  This week, Gentry's subsidiary Gentry KGC LLC filed stormwater permits for the project, which signals the project is moving ahead. Gentry, one of the largest home builders in Hawaii, bought the land from a subsidiary of Pacific Links Hawaii for $7.5 million, public records show. The developer has built several projects in West Oahu, as well as elsewhere in the state.

New York company selling gas station properties in Hawaii

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The New York company that purchased Chevron Corp.'s Hawaii operation last year is already looking to sell 12 gas station and convenience store properties that span from Waipahu to Honolulu on Oahu with an asking price of $49.5 million.
A CBRE Hawaii sales listing says that One Rock Capital Partners' subsidiary IES Retail LLC intends to sell these properties that total nearly 5.7 acres and then strike a lease deal with the new owner of these properties. The sale leaseback involves 20 years with three five-year options to renew. The gas stations are being operated under the Texaco brand, and are located in Waipahu, Pearl City, Honolulu and Kailua. CBRE Hawaii says that the net operating income for these stations is about $2.8 million. Late last year, One Rock Capital purchased Chevron Hawaii's assets including the refinery in Kapolei, four production distribution terminals on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island and nearly 60 retail gas stations. The total purchase price of …

Men's Warehouse founder George Zimmer sells his Hawaii estate

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George Zimmer, the famous face and founder of Men's Warehouse, has sold another one of his Big Island of Hawaii properties to a former California wine company executive.
Zimmer recently sold his Kamuela property that's on Wailea Beach on the West Shore of the island to Jackrabbit LLC, a company headed by Gregory and Vicki McManus, who once owned Napa Valley Wine Train. The sales price was about $3.5 million, public records show.
Zimmer has long owned multiple properties on the Big Island, and made a big splash in late 2015 when he purchased singer Neil Young's estate on the island.
After leaving Men's Warehouse several years ago, Zimmer went on to start Generation Tux, which rents suits and tuxedos online.

Punahou School senior starts social media management company

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A teenager who attends Punahou School has recently started his own social media management agency.
Scott Nakaoka, a 17-year-old senior from the prominent Honolulu school that includes former President Barack Obama as one of its former graduates, has formed Kakou Communications LLC.
He told this blog that his company's goal is to help older mom-and-pop companies to modernize their business to keep up-to-date in today's society.
"We want to move their paper advertising to online and help build or refresh their websites," Nakaoka said. "My generation is all about social media. We are constantly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., and growing up with social media helped me gain knowledge about what, when and how to post."
He said it also taught him what types of posts or web designs grab people's attention and what has potential to be shared, liked and reposted.
Kakou, a Hawaiian word, translates into English as "everyone" or "e…

Pipeline Cafe's former owner opening gastropub at Ala Moana Center's new food court

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A former owner of Pipeline Cafe is opening a new gastropub at Ala Moana Center's new restaurant complex that's located in part of the former Shirokiya space.
Charles Jewitt's Agave & Vine LLC filed a $70,000 building permit with Honolulu regulators Wednesday for his new bar and lounge that is expected to open at The Lanai at Ala Moana in Honolulu. Karen Sakamoto of Honolulu-based Next Design LLC is listed as the architect for the project.
In 2013, Jewitt registered the trade name Agave & Vine with the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
The Lanai, which also will include such tenants as Brug Bakery and Hi Tea Cafe, is scheduled to open this fall. The food court is expected to have up to 12 specialty food vendors and indoor and outdoor seating for up to 450 people.
Jewitt also co-owned Apartment3 and was part of the group that opened The Republik along Kapiolani Boulevard in 2011.

Lady M pastry shop opening 1st Hawaii location in Waikiki

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Lady M, a popular pastry restaurant that has locations across the country, is opening its first Hawaii boutique in Waikiki, public records show.
The company, which is headed by Hawaii native Ken Romaniszyn whose family owns the Wasabi Bistro restaurant group, filed a $45,000 building permit with Honolulu regulators Tuesday for a new store at the Waikiki Beach Walk mixed-use complex.
Earlier this year, Romaniszyn registered a new business in Hawaii called "Lady M Hawaii LLC."
Honolulu-based Roy K. Yamamoto Architect AIA Inc. is listed as the architect for the company's first Hawaii store. Lady M sells cakes and pastries, as well as savory items including salads and a variety of sandwiches.
Waikiki Beach Walk, which is near the Trump Waikiki hotel and the Halekulani hotel, includes such tenants as Candy Bar Hawaii, Yard House, Giovanni Pastrami and Roy's Waikiki.

Diptyque Paris expanding to Hawaii with new Honolulu store

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Diptyque Paris, the Paris-based luxury perfume and scented candles retailer, is expanding to Hawaii with a new store at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.
On Tuesday, the company filed a $90,000 building permit witht the Honolulu building department for its new store at the state's largest shopping mall. Honolulu architect Ann Kutaka is listed as the architect for the project.
Diptyque's products are currently sold in such Hawaii stores as the Ala Moana Center Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stores.
Besides having several boutiques in Paris, the retailers also has stores in such major cities as London, Tokyo, Dubai, New York City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Chicago.
The company was founded in 1961 by three friends with different career paths, including a painter, set designer and an architecture firm worker.

Billionaire Larry Ellison's Four Seasons Hawaii hotel to undergo $75M renovation

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One of billionaire Larry Ellison's Four Seasons-branded hotels on the Hawaiian island of Lanai that has been closed since 2015 will undergo a $75 million renovation, which will include reducing the room count by about 10 rooms, adding spa treatment facilities, building new fitness buildings and a yoga pavilion and creating a waterway feature, as well as a natural free-form pool and jacuzzi, public documents show.
The 102-room The Lodge at Koele, which was purchased by the Oracle Corp. co-founder in 2012 as part of his overall $300 million purchase of 98 percent of Lanai, will also undergo other upgrades such as the addition of a conservatory dining pavilion that will extend from the existing dining area, the conversion of six guestrooms into meeting rooms and four guestrooms into two large suites.
Details of this major renovation at The Lodge at Koele was recently revealed in public documents filed with the County of Maui by Ellison's company Pulama Lanai. Local firm Munekiyo…

Former Oakley execs' luxury eyewear company expanding to Hawaii

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A new Las Vegas-based luxury eyewear company that has ties to a former Oakley executive is expanding to Hawaii with a shop opening in Waikiki.
Vitra Eyewear, which opened its first boutique in 2015 in California, filed a building permit Friday with Honolulu regulators for its new shop at the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue. Honolulu architect Matthew Goyke, who is part of Green Sand Inc., is listed as the architect for the project.
The new store is expected to open in Building "B" of the center, joining other tenants in that building such as Anteprima Wirebag, Crazy Shirts, Fighting Eel, kate spade new york and LeSportsac.
Vitra, which is Latin for "glasses" or "vision," carries such luxury brands as Fendi, Lindberg and Dior with some eyewear holding a hefty price tag in the tens of thousands of dollars range.
The company, which is headquartered in Las Vegas and was started by executives with many years of experience in the eyewear industry, inc…

Poke restaurant opening near Trump Waikiki hotel

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A new poke restaurant is opening in Waikiki, giving visitors a taste of one of Hawaii's most popular foods.
The "Poke Bar" is opening at Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers Street. MyMulgogi Inc., which heads this new establishment, filed a $160,000 building permit with city regulators for its new eatery.
Honolulu architect Casey Kusumoto is listed as the architect for the project.
Waikiki Beach Walk, which is adjacent to the Trump International Hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk, Halekulani hotel, Waikiki Parc and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, includes such tenants as Beach Walk Cafe, Candy Bar Hawaii, Cafe Glacé, Honolulu Cookie Co., Subway, Cheeseburger Beach Walk, Giovanni Pastrami, Roy's Waikiki, Yard House and Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Managed by Outrigger Enterprises Group, Beach Walk includes about 45 shops and restaurants.

Popular Korean restaurant in Honolulu is up for sale

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Yakiniku Don-Day, a popular Korean restaurant in Honolulu that lets you to grill your own food, is up for sale, according to a sales listing.
Located at the Keeaumoku International Village on Keeaumoku Street, Yakiniku Don-Day, which was registered to do business in Hawaii in 2011, is on the market with an asking price of $250,000.
List Sotheby's International Realty is the firm listing this 952-square-foot restaurant for sale, which includes all equipment and furniture, as well as the transfer of the existing liquor license.
Another popular restaurant — Bread + Butter — also is on the market. This restaurant is located next to Shokudo Japanese Restaurant, which shares the same owner.

Popular coffee shop opening 3rd Hawaii location

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Kai Coffee Hawaii is opening its third cafe on Oahu and second one in Waikiki, the company's owner has confirmed.
Owned by the husband-and-wife team of Sam and Natalie Suiter, who have more than 25 years of experience in this industry, Kai Coffee currently has two locations including one at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and in Downtown Honolulu near the corner of King and Alakea streets.
It is opening its third cafe at the Pacific Beach Hotel, which is being transformed into the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. The $115 million renovation will also include two new restaurants by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, as well as upgraded rooms and suites.

New ice cream shop opening at Honolulu retail center

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A new ice cream shop is opening in Honolulu, just in time for the hot summer months ahead.
Arctic Cream, headed by JK Foods LLC, has filed a building permit to open its new shop at the Kingsgate Plaza on North King Street in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kalihi.
Other tenants at the plaza include Jollibee, Jiffy Lube and Kings Dental Implants.
JK Foods, which is managed by William Yu, registered the Arctic Cream trade name in March.
Honolulu architect Roy K. Yamamoto is listed as the architect for this project. Some of its clients/projects include Crazy Shirts, Kincha Restaurant, Kyo-ya Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Wailea, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Westin Maui and Hyatt Regency Waikoloa.

Hawaii bottled water company building major facility in Honolulu

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One of the largest exporters of Hawaii bottled water to Japan is building a new facility near Downtown Honolulu in the former space of Bella Pietra Design, according to public documents.
On Tuesday, Toell USA filed several building permits with the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting totaling more than $5 million for its new warehouse at 701 North Nimitz Highway.
Toell USA, which exports Hawaii bottled water to Japan, uses reverse osmosis technology to purify its spring water, which is also marketed and sold to Southeast Asian countries.
The company also has a facility on Moanalua Road in Aiea in Central Oahu. A few years ago, Bella Pietra, a natural stone company, moved its Nimitz Highway showroom and warehouse across the street to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs-owned Na Lama Kukui, formerly known as the Gentry Pacific Design Center.

MGM Grand Las Vegas chef may open dessert shop at Safeway-anchored Hawaii shopping center

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A former pastry chef for the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa may be opening a dessert shop at the Safeway-anchored Hokulei Village shopping center in Lihue on the island of Kauai.
Orly Yadao, who has recently formed a new business called "Orly Patisserie LLC," has filed a building permit to open a new shop at Hokulei Village, joining such tenants as Petco, Verde restaurant, Domino's pizza, Super Cuts, Sleep Train, Subway, Jack in the Box, Uncle's Shave Ice and Punzal Vision.
Honolulu-based Commercial Consultant Inc. handles leasing for Hokulei Village, which is located near Kukui Grove Center, on behalf of landlord California-based TRC, formerly Terramar Retail Centers.
Yadao, who was born in the Philippines, worked at such notable resorts in Las Vegas as the Paris hotel and the Bellagio.
His LinkedIn profile shows that he worked as executive executive pastry chef for the Grand Hyatt on Kauai for about 11 years. Yadao …

Regulators cite Howard Hughes for former Sports Authority store usage

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Honolulu regulators have cited The Howard Hughes Corp. for changing the use of its former Sports Authority store space on Ward Avenue in Kakaako without a building permit, according to public documents.
On Friday, the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting issued a notice of violation to the Texas-based developer for this building code violation.
The former Sports Authority store, which closed as part of the sporting goods retailer's bankruptcy proceedings, is now being used by a dance theater production company. Before that, it was being used as a space for arts and crafts.
The city said that the developer started work on that space at 333 Ward Ave. without first getting a building permit, and that occupancy of the building was changed from "mercantile" to "assembly" without first getting a certificate of occupancy. A building permit is required for the renovation and change in use of the building.
Hughes Hughes has until July…

GoPro CEO making moves on oceanfront North Shore Oahu properties

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GoPro's founder and CEO Nick Woodman, who purchased oceanfront properties near Sunset Beach on Oahu's North Shore in 2014, has since made some moves on his property, according to public documents.
Late last year, Woodman, who has a net worth of nearly $950 million, was given the approval from city regulators to build a fence and gate at the front of his property on Ke Nui Road in Haleiwa.
Woodman's company paid $8.5 million for that 31,285-square-foot property, and a 5,000-square-foot adjacent property for nearly $1 million, according to property tax records.
In 2015, Woodman was given the approval from the city to demolish the home, which was built in 1947, on that 5,000-square-foot property.
It's not quite clear yet what Woodman plans to do with his Haleiwa properties, although at least one home could be in the works.
The 41-year-old surfer from California founded the action camera manufacturing company in 2002, which has more than 1,000 employees. In 2015, the San …