Koolau Center looking for new eatery to replace gas station
Ahuimanu's Koolau Center is looking for a new tenant to give the shopping center's former gas station a dramatic makeover.
The gas station closed in May. GMR LLC, which manages the center, is seeking "someone that will bring value into the community," said David Yamada, vice president of real estate.
The former station's fuel pumps and canopy are history. For several months, a red kit car Ferrari bearing the personalized license plate EABUCK was parked outside the station's service bay, but that too has been gone since May.
Yamada has in mind a restaurant, bakery, coffee shop or wireless Internet cafe for the 12,600-square-foot parcel, where the service station building still stands. "Something to make the shopping center a little more pretty," he said.
"Your first impression of a shopping center should not be of a car under repair."
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If you've ever wondered about those seemingly impossible Hewlett-Packard
commercials where framed pictures come to life and motion suddenly gets cropped and framed, there's a must-attend advertising industry event for you tomorrow at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki.
The Hawaii Advertising Federation's daylong workshop titled "Ad:versity" will feature a lunchtime keynote address by Josh Reynolds, an executive producer with Goodby Silverstein and Partners in San Francisco, which produced the HP spots. One of them, titled "Picture Book," was proclaimed by TV Guide as "the best 60 seconds on television."
There also will be fistfuls of seminars beginning at 8 a.m., including "Media 101" and "Nielsen and Arbitron Basics."
More information can be obtained by calling Chris Grant at 223-4581 or on the advertising federation Web site, www.hafspot.com.
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