Friday, July 27, 2001

Zippy’s next stop
-- your house

Zippy's at 3345 Waialae Ave. now offers free delivery with a minimum $10 order seven days a week, from 5 to 9 p.m.; a service it started experimentally in the spring.

Information Systems Director Charlene Kim said the service was not established to ensure its piece of the pie in competition with area pizza places.

"In the Kaimuki area there are a lot of mature residents, and a lot of them don't drive, and it's not easy for them to get to a location, so for them this was great."

Limited parking at the restaurant's location was another motivating factor.

"If people can't find parking they often won't come in," Kim said. Expansion of the service is possible on a store-by-store basis, she said.

Kim and three other Zippy's execs recently took a business trip to Washington State, stopping for a quick promotion at Uwajimaya, a popular Asian store in Seattle.

The store carries Zippy's frozen chili, and Kim said in addition to pitching other frozen products to Uwajimaya, they hosted a sampling and offered chili-frank plate lunches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Between the sampling and the selling in the four-hour period, team Zippy's handed out 15 pounds of its signature macaroni salad.

An online boost for music education in schools

The Music Foundation of Hawaii, the umbrella organization for the 5-year-old Hawaii Music Awards, is doing some high-level networking.

"Johnny Kai" Lorance, an entertainer and the founder of both organizations, is negotiating with officials from the state Department of Education on how to use of e-commerce on his Web site to benefit music education programs in public schools.

Andres Libed, education specialist for music based at Koko Head Elementary School, said the pending arrangement is in its infancy, "but there's definitely a need" for such support.

Lorance is also working on ties with visitor industry officials with the goal of increasing and promoting Hawaiian entertainment.

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

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