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Farkles, the seven-month-old hot dog joint in Honolulu's Chinatown, has found a new home at 56 N. Hotel St. after recently leaving its digs at the corner of Hotel and Maunakea Streets when its six-month lease ended. Owner Marc Jensen said the new space, which officially opened on Monday, is a better deal  than his previous space that was going to increase in rent. The location provides slightly more space and is expected to have more foot traffic. “I’m pretty excited about the move,” he…
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that narrows the scope of attorneys who can act as ”distressed property consultants” and are exempt from Hawaii’s Mortgage Fraud Prevention Act, an effort that advocates say will add further protection to prevent homeowners from falling victim to mortgage rescue fraud. The legislation stemmed, in part, from cases in which distressed home owners were bilked out of $1.5 million. The bill is also in response to people who have tried…
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Sopogy Inc., one of Hawaii’s oldest solar energy companies, which recently shut down its operations, is in the middle of an insolvency proceeding with its assets currently being liquidated, the Los Angeles attorney for the Honolulu-based company told PBN. Steven Spector, a shareholder of Buchalter Nemer, was tapped by Sopogy to handle its insolvency proceeding, which is basically a close-down of its business operations and liquidation of its assets. He said that a third party, Insolvency Services…
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The search for the next University of Hawaii president is advancing, though mostly under the radar as the presidential selection committee led by Carl Carlson prepares to present its final report on Monday to the Board of Regents and Chairman John Holzman. Holzman is  among PBN’s 10 to Watch for 2014 for his task of what he describes as the most important job the board will face during their terms — name the next university president by June. “I think we’re going to have a president selected…
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Polynesian Adventure tours has named Sandra Weir, a former executive with Norwegian Cruise Line, as its new president. Norwegian Cruise Line is the parent company of Polynesian Adventure Tours. Weir is a certified public accountant and spent six years as the director of business development for Norwegian Cruise Line, from 2005-2011. She was also the finance director for Secure Energy Services Inc. and supervised accounting and finance for the company's Alberta, Canada, division. "She's an insightful…
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Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express are looking to open their first restaurant in Hawaii for the dual-branded chain, a commercial real estate source tells Pacific Business News. Los Angeles-based Fatburger, known for its custom hamburgers, has already opened locations on Maui and at Pearl Harbor on Oahu. The source said that Fatburger/Buffalo’s Express is currently looking for spaces to open in Honolulu. The Fatburger/Buffalo’s Express, which would feature not just hamburgers and fries, but…
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Bread and water are big business for King's Hawaiian and Hawaiian Springs Ltd., two companies with ties to Hawaii. Hawaiian Springs has secured a contract to sell its botted water from the Big Island in the Albertsons Market chain in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The company's water is now available in 4,000 Mainland stores. Last year, the company expanded into 60 BevMO! stores in California and Washington. And King's Hawaiian, the Torrance, Calif., maker of the popular Hawaiian…
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Hawaii nonprofit Keiki O Ka Aina recently secured a competitive $500,000 grant among $13.7 million granted from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to  30 organizations nationwide. Keiki O Ka Aina was the only Hawaii nonprofit to secure the funding, which will support Project Hoohiki Pilina that implements cultural-based education into its  family-centered approach to early childhood education, with the idea being that strong family support early on better equips keiki for future success. The nonprofit,…
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The $4.7 million fourth phase of a Big Island workforce housing project in Waikoloa, which consists of 45 homes and the renovations of four model homes, is moving ahead with the county putting out a request for construction bids. The construction of the Kamakoa Nui Phase Four project is expected to take about two years, Hawaii County said in its request for proposals. It is being funded through county general obligation bond funding. The county said that a workforce housing project in Waikoloa…
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Units in Hawaii developer Peter Savio’s Honolulu affordable housing project, Rycroft Terrace, will go on sale starting Saturday. The 162 units in the former Pagoda Hotel annex, near Walmart and Ala Moana Center, will be priced between $123,480 and $274,990. Savio told PBN that potential buyers may pick up applications at the project’s site starting from noon to 5 p.m.  on Saturday and continuing on for the next three weeks. “After they fill the application out and turn it back in, within…




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