Erika Engle

Sunday, September 5, 2004

Radio foodies left
foraging for a fix

Friday was the last day was the last day for non-sports programming at KKEA-AM 1420.

Sports and food and beverages go hand-in-hand-in-hand, or -in-mouth. Consequently the sports- and sports-talk station used to air lifestyle shows about food. But now it's all about sports.

OK, the fact that KKEA morning man Bobby Curran and Jo McGarry -- hostess of the station's former "Table Talk" show -- are married may have had something to do with the airing of food shows on the sports station. They also had co-hosted the morning show together for a time. Also a writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and sister-publication MidWeek, McGarry told listeners last week she would still be involved with the station, co-hosting tailgate party broadcasts and the like.

OK, the fact that KKEA owner Duane Kurisu also owns Honolulu Magazine may have had something to do with magazine Editor John Heckathorn hosting "Heckathorn's Hotplate," a radio show about food, wine and more.

The transition from sports, food and potables to all-sports programming has been underway for two years, said General Manager Don Robbs. The last 12 hours of non-sports programs were aired last week, he said.

Hot as Hermes

On the heels of Cartier's reopening in renovated space in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center last week, retail neighbor Hermes is preparing for its reopening in expanded space.

Hermes created a limited-edition, commemorative Twilly scarf with "Waikiki 2004" as part of its design to mark the occasion. The scarf will be sold in the store starting Wednesday. On Thursday, the store will open as usual at 10 a.m., then close for an invitation-only grand opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The store will then reopen and close at 10 p.m. as normal.

The two-story storefront of Cartier is "gorgeous," said shopping center Marketing Director Anne Murata.

"Cartier has changed the face of that Kalakaua block."

Other new or renovated stores in the center include David & Goliath Presents The Stupid Factory, a clothing and accessories store aimed at teenage girls; Lush, a European bath and beauty products store; A. Testoni, with Italian leather goods; longtime Hawaii retailer Elephant Walk; Island Snow; Allure swimsuits and beachwear; Princesse Tam Tam, a lingerie shop; Ferragamo; and Fendi.

Meanwhile, watch and jewelry retailer Bulgari SpA is starting its new expansion, Murata said.

The stores' renovations and reopenings are part of the overall extensive makeover plans for the shopping center.

To engineer the more-than-cosmetic changes, Kamehameha Schools, which owns the center, hired the Festival Cos., a California-based real estate advisory firm and shopping center developer.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin. Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached at: eengle@starbulletin.com



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