Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Hawaii water firm sells via Internet

Hawaiian Natural Water Co. said today its product, Hawaiian Springs Natural Water, is now available for purchase on the Internet, at

The company, which bottles water from a spring 250 feet underground near the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island, said it got on to the Internet through a joint venture with the owner of the bottled water site, Best Cellars LLC.

Calif. company buys Lahaina restaurant

The Avalon restaurant on the Lahaina waterfront has been sold for an undisclosed price to Premier Enterprises Inc., a company that said it is also negotiating for another Maui restaurant.

Ventura, Calif.-based Premier has renamed the restaurant the Flames of Avalon to reflect its emphasis on French flambe cooking.

The restaurant has been in business 15 years and has had sales of up to $2.7 million a year, Premier said.

J.C. Penney pulls 'South Park' lines

DALLAS -- J.C. Penney Co. has killed Kenny -- and the rest of the round-faced "South Park" gang.

The retailer has decided to stop ordering merchandise based on the popular animated television show after receiving negative feedback from customers, said Penney spokesman Duncan Muir.

He said the company received "many" complaints from people who didn't think "South Park" T-shirts and other items were appropriate for Penney stores.

The Comedy Central show about foul-mouthed grade school children has drawn criticism from conservative groups because of its language and violence.

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