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Hawaii restaurants and sports bars are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday — and that includes doubling, or tripling, the number of chicken wings they expect to serve football fans. Murphy's Bar and Grill in Downtown Honolulu will open at noon and start serving its game-day menu at 12:30 p.m. Seattle Seahawks fans can dine on oysters straight from Washington state, while New England Patriots fans can sample lobster rolls with lobster from Maine. The restaurant had to order two- or three-times as…
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PBN recognized the top five companies from 10 of the lists in the 2014-2015 Book of Lists at our annual networking event. Click on the photo for a slideshow of the honorees. And go here for more photos of the event. Here they are, ranked by their ranking in the Book of Lists: Public Relations Agencies: 1. PacRim Marketing Group Inc. 2. Communications Pacific Inc. 3. Becker Communications Inc. 4. McNeil Wilson Communicaitons Inc. 5. Stryker, Weiner & Yokota Public Relations Inc. Credit Unions…
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Central Pacific Financial Corp., parent company of Central Pacific Bank, said much of its loan growth in the fourth quarter, and in all of 2014, could be attributed to new real estate construction. Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF) reported a profit of $13.27 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014, up from a $10.3 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter the previous year. CFO Denis Isono said the positive results came from strong loan…
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PBN brought Las Vegas — style at least — to Honolulu's business community for the annual Book of Lists reception, with blackjack, roulette and craps casino tables at the Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery in Iwilei — all for a good cause. The 450 attendees Thursday night each received 100 "dollars" to use at the tables, with additional funds available for a donation to Junior Achievement Hawaii, with the nonprofit keeping the proceeds. There were no winnings to be had because, as everyone…
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Dean's Drive Inn, once featured on the Food Network, is relocating, and a Mexican restaurant is moving into its space. Don Goyo's Mexican Food will move into the 800-square-foot space at Adon Plaza on Kamehameha Highway, according to property owner Ed Elison. Dean's Drive Inn, which was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives, will move into the space previously occupied by Zippy's at 45-270 William Henry Road in mid-February. The Food Network calls Dean's Drive Inn the " epitome…
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Hawaii licensed 15 new captive insurers in 2014, drawing interest from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region, the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division announced on Thursday. Captive insurance is a form of self insurance, and 290 captive insurers have been licensed in Hawaii since 1986. The state's experience draws companies ranging from local mom-and-pops to Fortune 500 companies such as Google. Hawaii is ranked fourth in the U.S. for largest captive domiciles and 11th…
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Hawaiian Electric Holdings will become the new parent company of the Hawaiian Electric Cos. following the closure of NextEra Energy's $4.3 billion acquisition of the state's largest utility, according to the two companies' acquisition 374-page application sent to Hawaii regulators. Florida-based NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) also said it does not currently have any plans to create any new non-utility subsidiaries under Hawaiian Electric Holdings or the HECO Cos. The deal involves spinning off Hawaiian…
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The Kona Brewing Co. at Koko Marina Shopping Center will close on Sunday for three weeks as the Hawaii Kai restaurant undergoes $1 million in renovations. "It's been 11 years since the opening of our Koko Pub in Hawaii Kai and we've been more than blessed to have been welcomed into the community," said Kona Brewing Co. President Mattson Davis. "We are ready to take it to the next level by not only renovating the space but also by offering more opportunities for our guests to enjoy Liquid Aloha in…
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American Savings Bank reported a profit of $12 million in the fourth quarter, down slightly from $12.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, its parent company, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., said Friday. For all of 2014, the Honolulu-based bank reported $51.5 million in profits, compared to $57.5 million in 2013. As of Dec. 31, ASB had total assets of $5.57 billion, up from $5.24 billion the prior year. The bank reported $4.6 billion in deposits, an increase of $251 million from the prior…
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Jack in the Box, which has 29 locations in Hawaii, could open between five and 10 more restaurants across the state, the CEO of the San Diego-based fast-food chain told PBN. "Hawaii is a captive market with limited real estate options," Leonard Comma, chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box Inc. (Nasdaq: JACK), told PBN. "We think there are a handful of Jack in the Boxes that Hawaii could support." He noted that a "handful" means about five to 10 restaurants. Comma, who was on Oahu this week to celebrate…


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