Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Attorneys’ video aloha

Honolulu law firm Davis Levin Livingston Grande is offering free use of its videoconferencing facilities through Oct. 17 to businesses and individuals in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"It normally costs $250 to $500 per hour," said partner Mark Davis, "and then we only of course have control over our room, but we do know a company in New York City that is donating their video conferencing space." It may be possible to arrange free videoconferences with other cities as well, he said.

In addition to urgent family communication needs, Davis said, "people may have job interviews or important business meetings and had to cancel travel plans."

The offering was inspired by disruptions the firm itself experienced due to the national tragedy.

"We hope that maybe this will aid the return to normalcy," Davis said.

Last in, first out

Hawaii's newest Disney Store, opened in 1995 at Windward Mall, has closed.

That leaves 6,000 prominent square feet unoccupied, according to mall General Manager Jonathan Kim.

"We have some proposals out to various people but we don't have anything we can say -- definitely no firm commitments," he said.

On the positive side, "The movie theaters are doing fine, and they're doing what we had hoped for them to do, which was attract people to the mall," Kim said, "Several merchants have showed marked increases in sales because of the theaters," the mall's eateries in particular.

The Disney Consumer Products Division spokeswoman was unavailable for comment.

Biz radio change

Hawaii radio listeners tuning in to KHBZ AM (990) for a business news fix this week may get a dose of "Honey sweetie babe," instead.

"We had to find a home for Dr. Laura (Schlessinger) when Mike Buck joined KHVH (830 AM on Monday)," said Clear Channel Hawaii Director of Programming Paul Wilson.

Buck's show airs from 4 to 8 p.m., joining morning host Rick Hamada in providing local talk-show programming for the station.

KHBZ, meanwhile, will continue to air Business Talk Radio network programming from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays, and during the weekend hours, Wilson said.

In order to be ranked in the last radio ratings survey, KHBZ needed to be mentioned in 10 of the 2,004 listener diaries returned to Arbitron by Honolulu radio listeners. The station did not appear in the survey.

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,
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