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Kauai is the big winner when NBC's "The Biggest Loser" airs two Hawaii-based episodes starting Thursday. The reality show, now in its sixteenth season, is a contest where overweight people compete to see who can lose the most pounds with the help of personal trainers. It filmed two episodes on the Garden Island in the fall. Darlene Moikawa, public relations and communications coordinator with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, said it's a big program for Hawaii in terms of reach. Jay Talwar,…
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J.J. Bakery, which has several locations in California, is opening its first Hawaii bakery in Honolulu, at the Pacific Guardian Tower near Ala Moana Center, the leasing agent for the tenant told PBN. J.J. Bakery, which makes fresh, handmade desserts, cookies, cakes, breads and other pastries at eight locations in California, plans to open in the first quarter of 2015 in a 2,500-square-foot space at 1440 Kapiolani Blvd., Vanessa Kop, managing director of commercial sales, leasing and investments…
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Hale Mehana, a 53-acre ranch in Waimea within the master-planned Waikii Ranch community on the Big Island, will be offered at auction without reserve on Jan. 15, according to Concierge Auctions, which is handling the auction. An auction without reserve means that the sale item is sold to the highest bidder with no minimum price. Located at 67-1229 Pakila Road, the compound, which is perched on an elevation of 3,750 feet, includes a four-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 7,000-square-foot main residence that…
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ValueRock Realty Partners, the California-based real estate investment firm which recently purchased the Hawaii Kai Towne Center's buildings from Kamehameha Schools, paid about $110 million for the leasehold properties, according to public records. The sales announcement late last month did not specify a price paid for the buildings of the 30-acre center, which is anchored by Costco and Ross and includes other tenants as Roy's Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Maile's Thai Bistro, Burger King, Starbucks,…
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Honolulu's MW Restaurant, which is headed up by former proteges of renowned Hawaii chef Alan Wong — the husband and wife team of Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka — has opened its private dining room/mini restaurant next door that's built for high-end dinners, private parties and cooking classes. J. Garrett Karr, brother of Michelle Karr-Ueoka and an owner of MW Restaurant, told PBN that the 1,400-square-foot space also will be used in case the main restaurant has no more room to seat people. "If…
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The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has recognized 35 of its long-term care provider members for reaching at least one of four national quality goals set by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The four goals set by the AHCA and NCAL's Quality Initiative are to reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days by 15 percent, reduce nursing staff turnover by 15 percent, decrease the use of antipsychotic medications by 15 percent, and increase customer satisfaction…
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Ala Moana Center, Hawaii's largest shopping mall, is undergoing one of its biggest transformations in its more than 50-year history, which includes adding about 340,000 square feet of new retail space in the former Sears space. The new Ewa wing will include between 65 and 75 new stores, including Hawaii's first Bloomingdale's department store and Nordstrom, which is being relocated from the other end of the mall. A senior director of development for Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc.…
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Three Hawaii restaurants have been named among the 100 best in the country by reviews on the reservation website OpenTable.com. The results were culled from more than five million reviews that readers submitted for more than 20,000 restaurants, according to OpenTable. The restaurants are La Mer at Halekulani in Waikiki, Mama's Fish House Restaurant and Inn in Paia on Maui and Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island. Earlier this year, Le Mer was awarded…
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Hotel guests on Hawaii's island of Lanai can now enter their rooms at the Four Seasons with a flick of the wrist. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has introduced wristbands for room entry, according to a story in HotelChatter.com. The hotel will add food and beverage charging privileges in 2015. Lori Holland, director of public relations for Four Seasons Lanai said the company introduced the technology a few weeks ago, and it is always looking for ways to improve the guest experience. "We…
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Hyatt Vacation Ownership said this week that it has opened its first Hawaii property, the Hyatt Kaanapali Beach, a Hyatt Resident Club Resort. The time-share resort is a joint venture between Hyatt Vacation Ownership and an affiliate of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Located in West Maui, the 131-room property is one of 15 other upscale shared ownership resorts marketed and managed by HVO. The new property shares 1,800 feet of beachfront and 40 acres with the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Hyatt…



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