Paris Baguette Brings International Bakery Franchise to Hawaii

Paris Baguette, the bakery café concept with 4,000 units worldwide including nearly 150 in the United States, has seen significant growth in the past year. After a remarkable 2022 and strong first quarter in 2023, the franchisor is continuing along an impressive growth trajectory with its most recent signing of its first four locations in Hawaii.

“We are thrilled to announce additional expansion to Hawaii. There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity in the bakery café space,” explained Mark Mele, chief development officer. “No other bakery café franchisors are doing what Paris Baguette is on the same scale. Our ability to stay true to our bakery café roots while embracing aggressive expansion has garnered attention, and that only serves to drive us forward.”

The Hawaii deal will bring the total number of locations within the state to four. The agreement was signed by Robert Kurisu, a Honolulu resident and local real estate professional who is pioneering the additional growth.

“When looking for the right franchise opportunity, Paris Baguette was the ideal fit because of its amazing product line, store design and proven response from communities throughout the United States,” said Kurisu.

Moving forward, the brand continues to eye the 1,000 unit mark within the U.S. by 2030, and as it continues to grow, Mele explained that Paris Baguette seeks passionate franchisees interested in serving people in a welcoming neighborhood establishment.

“We want someone who is going to take the time to put the right staff members in place in their store and ensure everyone understands the most important person is the guest,” he added.

Within the $17 billion bakery segment, Paris Baguette continues to differentiate itself by offering breads, cakes and pastries made fresh daily, unlike many other concepts that primarily offer soups, salads and other pre-made goods.

ABOUT PARIS BAGUETTE

Paris Baguette is a bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 units across the globe. The brand first started franchising in 2015 in the U.S. and has since established nearly 150 locations in markets across the country, making it one of the premier franchise opportunities in its category. Paris Baguette’s primary mission, executed every day by its expert staff of bakers, cakers and baristas, is to share moments of joy with customers and help customers share moments of joy with their friends and family by providing world-class cakes, pastries, coffees, breads and other French-inspired bakery café fare.

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The Pupu House and Kiki’s Tiki Bar Open in Waikīkī

Located on Lewers Street in the old Moose McGillycuddy’s space, The Pupu House welcomes kama‘aina and malihini with their fun retro tiki bar vibe, and ‘ono grindz by Uncle Bo. Meanwhile, Kiki’s is the newest after-hours party hotspot, open til 3am on Taco Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays!

The Pupu House on the street level at 310 Lewers Street and Kiki’s (or ‘Kiki’s, short for Waikiki) Tiki Bar upstairs will both be open beginning Tuesday, May 16.

The Pupu House already soft-opened at the end of April, and has been serving dinner nightly from 5:00pm to 1:00am (last call for food at 12:45am). Now their sister establishment, Kiki’s Tiki Bar, located upstairs on the second level, will be open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00pm to 3:00am. Kiki’s will kick-off their weekly “Taco Tuesdays” tomorrow with DJ Compose and beef or chicken tacos for only $5 each.

And this Saturday, May 20, 10:00pm-3:00am, DJ Collective Promotion Group launches “Sneaky Tiki” at Kiki’s with no cover charge! All three nights will feature top DJs and live bands to make Kiki’s the new hot spot to gather with friends for after-hours fun ‘til 3:00am. Kiki’s large and fun space is also an ideal spot for private parties and special events as a buyout for up to 150 guests with a full bar, multiple monitors, stage and sound system. There is also a private room upstairs for up to 20 guests.

The Pupu House on the first level is a family-friendly restaurant and bar that will transport you back in time to the “Golden Era of Waikiki” with its nostalgic and playful “tiki bar” vibe. It can accommodate about 60 guests on tables and at the bar. They offer a delectable menu of dishes to please every palate, from Uncle Bo’s favorites, which have gained thousands of loyal devotees in Hawaii and around the world, to his own twist on local-style dishes which pay homage to iconic local eateries and utlilize locally-sourced ingredients

In addition, the bar looks like something straight out of the set of “Blue Hawaii” with its thatched roof, bamboo, colorful glass balls, and shell accents, and the team of skilled bartenders offers a full bar including amazing signature cocktails. The Pupu House also features a Late Night Happy Hour/Industry Night from 10:00pm ‘til last call nightly with selected menu items at 50% off and the signature “The Sea Chest” cocktail for $12. A souvenir shop is also open at the entrance selling various logo merchandise like t-shirts and bags.

“We are super excited to have both The Pupu House and Kiki’s finally open,” said Ho Suk Lee, President and Managing Partner. “My partners—Chef Bo Pathammavong and my wife, Hokulani Lee—and I are so grateful because we have been busy since we opened our doors with both locals and visitors.

“We opened without fanfare as we wanted to get settled in first, but tourists passing by just wanted to come in to this fun tiki bar called ‘Pupu’ and loyal local fans of Uncle Bo’s found out we were here and started coming in and spreading the word,” Lee added. “Now we’re opening Kiki’s upstairs on three nights—and we’re available for parties, too.

Lee said he plans to expand the schedule upstairs and also offer breakfast and lunch downstairs at The Pupu House in the near future.

ABOUT THE PUPU HOUSE

Hearken back to a simpler time when Waikiki was being discovered by travelers from around the world, Duke and his Waikiki Beachboys ruled the waves, and Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii” became everyone’s dream fantasy. Welcome to The Pupu House, featuring food the whole ‘ohana will love by award-winning Chef “Uncle Bo” Pathammavong, of Uncle Bo’s Kapahulu, Uncle Bo’s Hale‘iwa, and Yaya’s Chophouse & Seafood in Kaka‘ako.

Address: 310 Lewers Street, 1st Level, Honolulu, HI 96815

Hours: Dinner Nightly, 5:00pm – 1:00am (last call for food 12:45am); Late Night Happy Hour, 10:00pm – 1:00am (last call for food 12:45am)

Reservations/Takeout: (808) 784-8112

Parking: No parking available.

Web: thepupuhouse.com

Social: IG: @the_pupu_house I FB: The Pupu House I #thepupuhouse 

Email: thepupuhouse@gmail.com

ABOUT KIKI’S TIKI BAR

The hottest new late night spot in Waikiki, Kiki’s Tiki Bar opens on Taco Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00pm – 3:00am, and features top DJs and live bands to dance or chill to while enjoying your favorite beverage and hanging out with friends – and making new ones! Kiki’s is also the perfect party venue for all of life’s celebrations. Contact us at thepupuhouse@gmail.com for your next event for up to 150 guests!

Address: 310 Lewers Street, Upstairs, Honolulu, HI 96815

Hours: Tuesday/Friday/Saturday, 10:00pm – 3:00am; Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday!

Reservations/Private Parties: (808) 784-8112 / thepupuhouse@gmail.com

Parking: No parking available.

Social: IG: @kikis_tikibar I FB: I #kikistikibar 

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DR Fortress data center outage impacts thousands

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An unplanned outage sparked by a system upgrade gone bad at the DR Fortress data center affected dozens of Hawaii businesses, including Hawaiian Airlines, which in turn led to the delay and cancellation of dozens of flights.

The 65,000+ square-foot DRFortress facility is has 800 server racks available for colocation. Established in 2006, the company houses the densest concentration of IP carriers and networks in Hawaii, and is home to the Hawaii Internet Exchange.

As Hawaii learned, however, the efficient centralization of services has a downside. Annalisa Burgos of Hawaii News Now reports.

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Big Island Tech Meetup

Let’s kick off the new year with the first Big Island Tech meetup! This is a place to meet other techies and help build the local community. How can we bring in remote jobs and create local opportunities?
Some ideas for future meetings: Tech training, demos, community projects.
4:00 – 4:15 Intro
4:15 – 4:30 News, jobs and announcements
4:30 – 5:20 Discussion: Tech in Hawaii – What’s happening, ideas, opportunities.
5:20 – 5:30 Closing

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Big Island Tech Meetup

Let’s kick off the new year with the first Big Island Tech meetup! This is a place to meet other techies and help build the local community. How can we bring in remote jobs and create local opportunities?
Some ideas for future meetings: Tech training, demos, community projects.
4:00 – 4:15 Intro
4:15 – 4:30 News, jobs and announcements
4:30 – 5:20 Discussion: Tech in Hawaii – What’s happening, ideas, opportunities.
5:20 – 5:30 Closing

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Software Engineer II

Decision research Corporation (DRC), a software solutions provider is looking for energetic, fast learning, and qualified individuals to join our team as a software engineer. This is a full time position in our Honolulu, HI office.
DRC uses a number of various programming languages and technologies, including Microsoft .NET. Qualified applicants should be able to quickly learn new concepts and software as necessary and demonstrate during the interviewing process their proficiency with the technologies below. Experience working in teams developing enterprise commercial grade transactional software systems a plus.
Primary Duties:

Develop, test, and debug enterprise software solutions
Adhere to all development standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in ICS; MIS; Information Technology Management; Engineering or Mathematics (with strong computer skills).
Two years’ experience with technologies such as ASP. Net, C#, SQL, JavaScript, SQL Server, HTML, XML, web services, MVC, and object oriented technologies.
Experience such as internships or personal projects a plus
Self- motivated, excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail and ability to learn new technologies quickly and work well in teams developing enterprise commercial grade transactional software systems is a plus
Familiar with Agile software development life cycle
Excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail and ability to learn new technologies quickly and work well in teams, especially when developing when developing enterprise commercial grade transactional software systems is a plus.

This is a full-time position in our Honolulu, HI office. Location of Honolulu HI is preferred but Philadelphia candidates are acceptable as well.

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Bitcoin Pizza Day Celebration Meetup

Blockchain in Paradise – BTC Pizza Day Meetup
Usual time and place meetup to celebrate the famous Bitcoin Pizza- first transaction on BTC.
I’ll buy two slices in Whole Foods and you do the same. We can all share and celebrate this momentous day that somehow brought us all here.
There will be nft mementos for those who attend.

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Ethicality of AI and Deep Learning

With the explosion of new AI tools and products on the market, AI has transitioned from the far off fantasies of science fiction novelists to a ubiquitous decision maker in our daily lives. If you are trying to get a new credit card or applying for a new job, chances are that an AI system played some role in the deciding the outcome. The increased role of AI systems in our daily lives means that we, as both consumers and business leaders, need to take a closer look at the ethicality of using AI as both a primary decision maker and an informer in our own decision making processes. In this event, we will have an open discussion about the following questions:
* Do AI systems represent you?
* Do AI systems align with your desires and goals?
* Are AI systems fair and bias-free?
* Do AI systems respect your privacy or the privacy of others?
Join us May 11th to discuss these topics and questions in depth. This event is open and welcome to people of all backgrounds whether you are a person that has never directly interacted with AI systems or a business leader that it thinking about using AI in their product or service. Due to restrictions of our venue, we will have a reservation limit of 40 people.

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