Erika Engle

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Hamburger war?
Wendy’s planning
to take bigger bite
of Hawaii

WENDY'S Old Fashioned Hamburgers will become more plentiful on Oahu in the coming year as Wendy's International Inc. builds two more company-owned stores in Aiea and Kahala.

The Aiea store will open first, at the site of the old Kuroda Chevron Service & Car Wash Ltd. at 99-245 Moanalua Road, according to the local office of Wendy's International. The Kahala location may be built at the former Andy's Chevron service station at Waialae and Kilauea avenues, though a lease has not yet been signed.

"We have terms of a deal agreed to with them. They've got a draft lease proposal on their side right now and they're reviewing that," said Kekoa Paulsen, spokesman for Kamehameha Schools, landowner of the Kahala location.

Before development can proceed, Kamehameha Schools must receive notification that cleanup of the site has been completed.

Wendy's officials in Ohio could not be reached to provide details on opening dates or hiring plans.

The fast-food company's other Hawaii locations include company-owned stores in Kunia, Kapolei and Mapunapuna. The four franchised stores are in Wahiawa; Kahului, Maui; and in Kailua-Kona and Keauhou on the Big Island.

Men's magazine 'in the Buff'


Jimmy Buffett graces the cover of Men's Journal, which features "The Ultimate Guide to Hawaii."

Men's Journal magazine has prepared an "Ultimate Guide to Hawaii," now in stores, with chief Parrot Head Jimmy Buffet on the cover.

"Men's Journal readers are interested in adventure travel, active travel," Deputy Editor Peter J. Frank said.

"We're constantly giving them options about getting out and hitting the road, the great outdoors and challenging themselves physically and finding thrills. Hawaii has so many options."

Those options include hiking, biking, kayaking and surfing, and a read through the article can leave one gasping for breath.

One might find some irony in the fact that the guide was written by a woman -- former Honolulu Advertiser reporter Michele Kayal.

The guide is online at www.mensjournal.com, but to hold it in one's hands and linger over the eloquent intro by Hawaii-based travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, one must grab it off a newsstand before it goes away at the end of the month.

"In our reader poll, Hawaii came in No. 1 for favorite islands in Asia and the Pacific," Frank said.

Next month's issue will feature pro surfer Laird Hamilton in a fashion layout shot on Maui.

Hawaiian Falls

Imagine going to Texas and finding Hawaiian Falls. There soon will be three of the micro-water parks in Dallas and its suburbs, all under new ownership.

The Springfield News-Leader, a Missouri newspaper, has reported that the parks have been purchased by a big dog in the theme-park world. Herschend Family Entertainment Corp., based in Branson, Mo., owns several attractions including White Water in Branson and Dollywood's Splash Country in Tennessee.

The sellers, Dave Busch and his brother Donald, built and sold several water parks, including the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in Kapolei, in the 1990s.

The first Hawaiian Falls was built in 2003 in Dallas.

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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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