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Top 100 Songs of 1970

1.     Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
2.     Close to you - Carpenters
3.     American Woman - Guess Who
4.     Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head - BJ Thomas
5.     War (Stereo) - Edwin Starr
6.     Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
7.     I'll Be There - Jackson 5
8.     Get Ready - Rare Earth
9.     Let It Be - Beatles
10.   Band of Gold - Freda Payne
11.   Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
12.   Everything Is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
13.   Make It with You - Bread
14.   Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fair
15.   ABC - Jackson 5
16.   The Love You Save - Jackson 5
17.   Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
18.   Candida - Tony Orlando & Dawn
19.   Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is a Star - Sly &
          the Family Stone
20.   Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War
21.   O-O-H Child - Five Stairsteps & Cubie
22.   Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
23.   Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - Melanie with the Edwin
          Hawkins Singers
24.   Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Temptations
25.   Love on a Two Way Street - Moments
26.   All Right Now - Free
27.   Which Way You Goin' Billy - Poppy Family
28.   I Want You Back - Jackson 5
29.   Julie, Do Ya Love Me - Bobby Sherman
30.   Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
31.   Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
32.   Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
33.   Venus - Shocking Blue
34.   Instant Karma (We All Shine On) - John Ono Lennon
35.   Patches - Clarence Carter
36.   Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long As I Can See the Light - Creedence
          Clearwater Revival
37.   Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
38.   Something's Burning - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
39.   Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board
40.   Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
41.   Long and Winding Road - Beatles
42.   Snowbird - Anne Murray
43.   Reflections of My Life - Marmalade
44.   Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman
45.   The Rapper - Jaggerz
46.   He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Hollies
47.   Tighter Tighter - Alive & Kicking
48.   Come and Get It - Badfinger
49.   Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
50.   Love Land - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
51.   Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis
52.   Lola - Kinks
53.   In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
54.   Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor
55.   (I Know) I'm Losing You - Rare Earth
56.   Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman
57.   Express Yourself - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street
          Rhythm Band
58.   Still Water (Love) - Four Tops
59.   Make Me Smile - Chicago
60.   House of the Rising Sun - Frijid Pink
61.   25 Or 6 to 4 - Chicago
62.   My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains
63.   Love Or Let Me Be Lonely - Friends of Distinction
64.   United We Stand - Brotherhood of Man
65.   We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
66.   Arizona - Mark Lindsay
67.   Fire and Rain - James Taylor
68.   Groovy Situation - Gene Chandler
69.   Evil Ways - Santana
70.   No Time - Guess Who
71.   Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Delfonics
72.   Wonder of You (Live) - Elvis Presley
73.   Up Around the Bend/Run Through the Jungle - Creedence Clearwater
74.   (If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? -
          Ronnie Dyson
75.   I Just Can't Help Believing - BJ Thomas
76.   It's a Shame - Spinners
77.   For the Love of Him - Bobbi Martin
78.   Mississippi Queen - Mountain
79.   I Want to Take You Higher - Ike & Tina Turner
80.   The Letter - Joe Cocker
81.   Ma Belle Amie - Tee Set
82.   The Bells - Originals
83.   Yellow River - Christie
84.   Somebody's Been Sleeping - 100 Proof Aged in Soul
85.   Vehicle - Ides of March
86.   Gimme Dat Ding - Pipkins
87.   Lay a Little Lovin' on Me - Robin McNamara
88.   Up the Ladder to the Roof - Supremes
89.   Travelin' Band/Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
90.   Come Saturday Morning - Sandpipers
91.   Psychedelic Shack - Temptations
92.   Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Tom Jones
93.   Are You Ready - Pacific Gas & Electric
94.   Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
95.   I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick
96.   Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma - New Seekers
97.   Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Joe South
98.   The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
99.   It's Only Make Believe - Glen Campbell
100. Call Me - Aretha Franklin


Good Old Hawaii

By Greg & Gerri Delos Santos

When you could buy one big sack of See Moi for a nickel... and then you ate the whole thing and licked
the bag... Gramma said, you go Chinese School, you say "NO!" she said, you go, I buy you see moi,
you say OK.

Windward side... taro patches... rice paddies...water buffalo... When you mentioned Kaneohe,
everyone knew you were talking about the pupule house... When the tallest building in Honolulu
was the Aloha Tower... Radio personalities like… J. Aku Head Pupule on KGMB in the mornings
saying "OK, all you SLOBS, it's time to GET UP!!!" Hey, no foget Lucky Luck's "Lucky you come
Hawaii!" and remember Don Chamberlin and "Don in the fishbowl" from Fran's Drive Inn…
When you lived in Honolulu, T.H... Signs on vacant and private property that said KAPU...
When the site of Ala Moana Shopping Center was a big swamp… Waialae-Kahala was mostly pig
Farms and the area next to the airport was a neighborhood called Damon Tract...

Kids chanting... Ching Chong Chinaman, Sitting on a fence, Trying to make a dollah, Out of
fifteen cents... Red, White and Blue, Stahs ovah you, Mama say, Papa say, you Pake... Grade
school JPO's... Junior Police Officers in their white shirts, khaki pants, polished black shoes, red
helmets and arm bands... 25 cents going Saturday Matinee, Queen's Theater… I remember 9
cents at Varsity Theater and 25 cents could get you movie, soda, and popcorn at Golden Wall
Theatre... Wearing Band-Aids and a "limp" to get into the Saturday matinee without shoes...
Flipping milk caps on the sidewalk during recess... and deciding who got to go first by playing
Jung Ken Po... And when you did something dumb everybody yelled... "Bakatare You!" And
when you did something naughty they shook their finger and said... "A hana koko lele!"

Moonlight swimming... Bonfires on the beach... Strumming ukuleles, singing and everyone
knew the words to all the old Hawaiian songs... You were greeted with... Ei, bu!... Ei buggah,
how you stay?.. or Ei, blah-lah... Going to Maunakea Street to buy ginger leis.... The old Pali
road with the hairpin turns... and if it was really windy, the hood of the car blew open...

The bestest freshest poi at Ono's on Kapahulu Ave... Also bestest Lau Lau, Kalua Pig, Opihi,
sticky rice, Lomi Salmon, Pipikaula, Na'au Puaa, Haupia... Broke da mout'! Dollar bills with
HAWAII printed across them...

Going to high school football games at the ole stadium --- lovingly called the Termite Palace.
Guys getting their kicks sparking the wahines from under the stands... soggy bags of boiled
peanuts sold by squatting sellers... and Football players smothered with leis and lipstick walking
off the field... Harry Bridges, Teamsters Union leader, calling union dock strikes... causing food
shortages... Sad Sam Ichinose... Kau Kau Korner, the meeting place with the "Crossroads of the
Pacific" sign out front, the most photographed sign in the world... The waitresses wearing short
skirts, soda hats and skates bringing your order to the car on a window tray... How good those
hamburgers smelled! "Aloha Oe... eat fish and poi"...

When those lucky people who lived in Waikiki sold their lots for $5.00 a square foot and we all
thought they were getting rich... Everyone discussing the "Mauka Arterial" and when it was
finally completed we all got lost because we didn't know East from West... All I knew was Ewa
side and Diamond Head side... Mauka and Makai. Holding the 49th State Fair year after year...
and finally becoming the 50th state in 1959... Looking at Diamond Head... when all you could see
from Waikiki was the Natatorium and the Elk's Club... Hey, don't forget the Town & Country
Club Riding Stables and the taro patches. Old Chinese ladies with bound feet shuffling along
wearing dark grey tunics and trousers... Japanese men in Kimonos carrying a towel and a bar
of soap walking to a stream in the evening… Filipino men from Waipahu on the bus with their
game cocks in cages… Elderly Japanese squatting, waiting for the bus... Trying to find the coins
wrapped in red paper and pieces of tissue (with holes in them that the evil spirits had to go
through)... from Chinese funerals... Watching Duke Kahanamoku surfing at Waikiki and
shaking hands with him.

Beach boys with da kine, ho'omalimali and Hawaiian music under the palm trees at the Royal
Hawaiian and the Moana... Surfers with 8 foot boards that weighed a ton... Waikiki sand always
washing away and having to be replaced by sand from the windward side... Old Chinese men
playing mah-jongg under the hau trees at Kuhio Beach... Saint Louis boys singing "We get ten
tousand men steel yet, we gonna ween dees game you bet... " My friend wen go St. Louis but I no
tink he remember this. Rubbing maunaloa seeds on the sidewalk until they got hot enough to
burn somebody's arm... The excitement of the Lurline coming in... Lei sellers everywhere...
"Carnation lei... fifty cents, plumieria... three for dollah"... Local boys diving for coins... big
beautiful jelly fish... a tangle of streamers from ship to shore... passengers tossing leis overboard
as the ship pulls away... if they floated toward shore, they would return...

When KGMB and KGU were the only radio stations... Lots of Mynah birds on the sidewalks...
mongoose living in a neighborhood tree... Going Pali lookout to "spahk da moon"... "I took my
wahine holo holo kaa, I took her up the Pali, she say "too muchee faa." Pull down the shade, try
to make the grade... Lei ana ika… black eye!" Going Diamond Head or Ala Moana to watch the
submarine races... Swimming in the streams and whacking each other on the head with
shampoo ginger... Never driving over the Pali with pork in your car... you going get stuck... No
need test... I wen test for you and the car engine wen maki. Going to "First Vue" at the Waikiki
theater!... eating crackseed... the palm trees and flowers that looked so real... the usher who
wore a feather cape and helmet and never smiled... Every Friday night at 10:15 and you had to
make reservations. Talking mynah birds... I had one dumb minah bird... never did speak to me.
Lights out... clack, clack, clack, what's dat?... turn on lights... one BIG centipede! Alfred Apaka...
Kalima Brothers... Gabby Pahinui...slack key...steel guitars... Don' forget Auntie Genoa Keawe.
Surfing at Waikiki and watching the outrigger canoes alongside of you full of mainland tourists
wearing bathing caps... Surfing Waikiki all day without eating, getting red eyes... going back
again the next day… because when you caught those waves and rode them all the way in... it was
worth it! Underwater... trying to catch a ride on the back of a turtle... Underwater... trying to
look at fish and eels without a mask...
Swimming at Fort DeRussy... trying not to get stung by da Portuguese Man-o'-War... There was
a pier behind the Moana Hotel… There was a jungle between the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and
Kalakaua… And you can go catch Samoan Crab, White Crab, Hawaiian Crab and dig for Oysters
and Clams in West Loch. The big tidal wave from Japan that washed up over Kalakaua Avenue...
Being able to tell what month it was by the color of Diamond Head... When inside Diamond
Head was opened to the public again... hiking inside and finding big cannons sticking out of
concrete pukas. 1949... AUWE!... a big underwater shelf broke off and shook the whole island!
Webley Edwards with his mike walking along the beach and talking to the tourists... and taking
the mike down to the ocean to let everyone listening on the mainland hear the sound of the
waves at Waikiki... on Hawaii Calls... When all the tourists were mostly movie stars or rich and
came on Matson ships and stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and wore furs in the evenings!...
Walking down Waikiki Beach and sparking movie stars without their toupees, wigs and make
up... And sell them coconut hats for $10 per hat. Trader Vic's... Don the Beachcomber's... the
Zebra Room all painted with Zebra stripes outside... Seeing painfully sunburned and peeling
tourists at Waikiki... Doing the Hula in the "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii" celebration... Using
the uli-uli's, ili ili's and pu'ili's... making our own hula skirts out of ti leaves... splitting the ti
leaves with our thumb nails and having green hands for a week... 4 digit phone numbers? No, I
remember 5 digits.

English standard schools... Japanese language lessons... When nobody locked their houses or
cars... "Right on the kinipopo"... When anything that said "Made in Japan" was junk... When
everyone called Plumerias "Graveyard Flowers"... (MA’KE MAN!!) When restaurants were
called either Cafes or Grills... Wooden sided station wagons filled with bananas... "Banana
Wagon"... Buying Sushi cones on way home from school from the Sushi man and his cart on the
corner... Sunday morning, December 7, 1941... masks... air raid drills... backyard bomb
shelters... 442nd, "Go for Broke"... "bobbed wiah" on da beaches... KILROY WAS HERE...
Eating lots of Spam...
Kaimuki red dirt... everything you bought white turned reddish brown... your sheets, your
underwear... Surfing in your palaka bathing suit... Fitted Holokus with long trains with a loop
for your wrist... Tita dress: cuffed up Levis, Aloha shirt with the sleeves rolled up twice, ear rings
and slippahs... Wearing a white sailor hat… Wooden slippahs with two slats of wood across the
bottoms...we called them "clop-clops"... when you could buy sox and tennis shoes that came in
between the big toe and the rest of your toes... Waking up with mo'os in your bed, sometime
dead because you slept on them and sometime just their tails were left behind... Shave Ice on a
hot day... Finding Japanese green, white and lavender glass fishing balls in various sizes floating
in to the beaches on the North shore.... "Calabash cousins"... Watching sea weed being harvested
on a weekend... Torch fishing at night...
Example of a "dumb haole"... driving up Tantalus and Round Top Drive and haole says, "I bet
these roads are really dangerous when it snows"... Listening to Hawaii Calls... Playing around
the mouth of Blow-Hole... trying to guess when it would blow... so you could run... Playing on
top of the Reservoir in Kaimuki... When there were so many palm trees that coconuts were
falling on people's heads... and owners cutting them down for fear of getting sued... Arthur
Godfrey playing his ukulele... Hale Loki... "Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya, Hawai-ya?" and Chesterfields...
Listening to the Japanese radio station and hearing Japanese men grunting... The traffic cop in
a little booth in the middle of the street with an umbrella over it... Uku-pile-a-roaches and FLIT
GUNS... later to be replaced by...the SLIPPAH... Servicemen... complaining about "life on the
rock", drinking, swearing, hitchhiking, making passes, driving too fast, and sometimes getting
blown off the Pali on their motorcycles... Manoa Valley... swiping painted candles from the
Chinese Cemetery...laying on the graves to see what it felt like to be dead…looking at all the
photos on the gravestones and wondering about their lives... Sliding down the ti leaf slide and
going home covered with mud... going "mountain apple-ing"...hiking to the falls in the rain
through the bamboo when there was no trail... "liquid sunshine" everyday about the same time...
fire crackers and smoke filling the valley and the houses on Chinese New Year... When everyone
had a pune'e and at least one old Koa table in their home... When Nu'uanu Valley was a thick,
lush, tropical rain forest…with many upside down falls... the monkeypod tree in the middle of
the road at Nu'uanu and Vineyard...

Kapiolani Drive-Inn... Fran's Drive Inn… KC Drive Inn (for Waffle Hot Dogs & Orange Freeze –
umm ono!) alongside the Ala Wai Canal... Kelly's Drive In... When Kalakaua Ave. was a two-way
street... Admission to the Honolulu Zoo and the Aquarium was free... Waialua, Ewa, Kahuku
and Waianae sugar plantations... working in the cane fields... cane trains... the irrigation system
was up on wooden stilts... Honolulu Airport was on the Diamond Head side of the runway...
Jumping into the water holding a Hau leaf in your mouth so the water wouldn't go up your
nose... Working in the pineapple factory and the fields... Riding horses in Kapiolani Park...
When the Natatorium was called the Tank... The Manapua Man... The Lunch Truck at Ala
Moana Beach and their ONO chow fun and the curry beef stew over rice when you're cold from
swimming. The Japanese neighborhood vegetable wagon. Lau Yee Chai was on Kuhio Ave. and
set off firecrackers every Saturday evening at 6...
Going to dances at the Ala Wai Clubhouse and dancing under the stars (and sometimes
raindrops!). Riding the electric boats on the fragrant Ala Wai Canal.
Going to the Saimin Stand for a bowl of saimin for 15 cents and BBQ stick for 10 cents... wonton
mein for 25 cents. And, big cone sushi for 5 cents a pc. 

North Shore, Oahu
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1973: POWs of the Vietnam War
Hawaii Vehicles License Plate

Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In


Forty-eight years of 24/7 shrimp burgers and fried Oreos ends tomorrow at 10 p.m.


Posted February 27, 2013 by Mari Taketa


Whoosh, what a ride. Forty-eight years, countless shrimp burgers and deep-fried Oreos, Saturday lunches and late-night runs later, Byron’s Drive-In closes tomorrow night, and it’s a sad good-bye.

Byron’s opened by the airport May 10, 1965. It’s the last restaurant of the Andy Wong family, starting with Leon’s at Kailua in 1955 and running through Andy’s Drive-In; Wong’s Okazu-ya, Byron II Steak House and Fishmonger’s Wife, all at Ala Moana Center; Chowder House and Orson’s at Ward Warehouse, and a dozen more. Did you know all that?

Now it’s lost its lease and will close forever at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The lines have been snaking into the tables and parking lot for days — people getting their last fixes from a weather-worn icon that, whether you were a regular or just passed it going to and from the airport, you pretty much grew up with.

“It has been insane!” writes Lori Wong, Andy’s daughter, in a 5 a.m. email. “Two hundred twenty-six shrimp burgers and 80 deep-fried Oreos just on Saturday, as many deep-fried Elvises as we can make (and I have been making them!), made with guava jelly and bananas, and deep-fried pickles — soon to disappear as we whittle down inventory.
“Our counter girls have a hard time not tearing up when customers tell them that they will miss us. Lots of memories. The TATUA bike club had a cruise nite last week. We’re one of the few places left with a big enough parking lot.”
Some other things you may not know about Byron’s:

  • Byron’s was named for one of Lori Wong’s brothers. Andy Wong believed in strong names. Both Byron and Orson, the name he gave his other son, mean ‘bear.’
  • Those signature fried things, the deep-fried Oreos and pickles and such — they include deep-fried Twinkies, too.
  • The ham hocks and collard greens were killer, a plate lunch that never left the menu because it was so popular with Byron’s large military following.
  • Byron’s went through 1,500 to 2,000 pounds a month of Kuahiwi ground beef — in the spaghetti (now 86’d), loco moco, chili and burgers.
  • The top-selling burger was mushroom.
  • This is your last chance to get the New England clam chowder from the former Chowder House. It’s being served until closing.
  • They’re giving away Byron’s Drive-In POGS and wooden nickels until they run out.
  • Until recently, when it was forced to close for tsunami evacuations, Byron’s was 24/7. For 48 years.

“It’s been a good run,” Lori Wong says. “Always with aloha.”
True, that. We won’t forget. Aloha, Byron’s.


Kenny’s fans
to get Big Macs
The burger joint started by
Kenny Kaneshiro decades ago in
Kalihi is making way for a McDonald's

By Russ Lynch
The Kenny's Burger House in Kalihi, which was around nine years before McDonald's first showed its golden arches in Hawaii, will close this weekend to be demolished and replaced by, yes, a McDonald's.
But John Fujieki Jr., whose family owns Star Markets Ltd.and the Kenny's business, said the Kenny's Coffee House and Restaurant at the other end of the Kamehameha Shopping Center is alive and well and about to get better, with a renovation to start soon.
"The coffee house will renovate next year. It made more economic sense to close (the Burger House) at this time and we had a good offer from McDonald's," said Fujieki, chief executive and president of Star Markets. He declined to elaborate and a local McDonald's executive was unavailable for comment.
City building permits show the 10,500-square-foot Burger House will be torn down and the debris taken away to a landfill in Nanakuli.
A sign on the cash register thanks customers for their business over the years and says it will close at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kenneth K. Kaneshiro, who had 25 years in the soda fountain business, opened Kenney's Burger House in August 1960 in partnership with Herbert Souza and John Fujieki Sr.
It quickly became known for its teri-beef burger. Kaneshiro was already a tenant in the shopping center. His Kenny's Fountain, originally at the corner of King and Bethel streets in downtown Honolulu, had relocated to the Likelike Highway end of the 317,000-square-foot shopping center. In 1965, Kaneshiro opened the coffee house and restaurant at the Kenny's fountain location.
The Kenny's units became well known through their radio and television slogan about the restaurants in "the Kam Shopping Center in Kaliheeeeee."
KC Drive Inn serves last meal today after storied 70-year run
Saturday, March 26, 2005
By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer
KC Drive Inn, one of O'ahu's most beloved family-owned restaurants known for its waffle dogs and ono ono shakes, will close at 3 p.m. today.
The Asato family, owners of the restaurant, put the 20,000-square-foot property on the corner of Kapahulu and Harding avenues up for sale last year for $3.25 million.
The property is currently in escrow. The family would not disclose buyer or sale price.
"It's a little bittersweet," said Dayton Asato, the restaurant's president. "It's good that we're not going to suffer anymore through our economic state. But at the same time, I'm sad for the customers, the regulars. They're the ones who really make or break you."
In December 2004, the Asato family also closed The Wisteria, another landmark restaurant on the corner of King and Pi'ikoi streets. It had been serving customers for 52 years.
The closing of KC Drive Inn marks the end of a legacy for one of Hawai'i's most prominent restaurant families.
"The closing of a community restaurant also means it's a personal event for people," said Dennis Ogawa, an American studies professor at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. "For those who have gone to the restaurant for birthday parties or meeting friends, it has become part of their very personal lives. And that's important."
Increasing costs and added competition took their toll on KC Drive Inn, which has been operating for more than 70 years — 47 of those in Waikiki.
Uncertainty about its future also hurt sales in recent months, with fewer patrons dining at the restaurant since the family put the property up for sale, Asato said. The restaurant wasn't able to hire additional employees either.
"We were losing money," he said. "We've been super slow ... It's unbelievable."
Especially considering the restaurant's storied history, beginning on the corner of Ala Wai Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue. That location gave the restaurant, then a car hop, its reputation for being a late-night hot spot, luring couples, families and Waikiki entertainers.
Even after it moved out of Waikiki in 1981, the restaurant continued to be known for its local-style food and service.
While Asato had wanted to continue the restaurant's tradition of its signature waffle dogs, he plans to focus on another business,, an interactive online restaurant guide that launched in November.
Next month the Web site, which lists the menus for dozens of restaurants, will begin home delivery service for the Leeward area, Asato said. He plans to use his restaurant experience to help other eateries with their marketing efforts to increase sales.
But for now, he's just focusing on the last day of business and saying goodbye to the restaurant's loyal customers.
"We really have nothing to gain right now," Asato said. "We just want the people who regularly come in to have an enjoyable meal."
Dismantling of the KGMB Iconic Tower
KGMB-FM, KGMB-TV Studio and Tower, KFVE - Kapiolani Blvd
CBS television affiliate in Hawaii. KGMB-TV first broadcasted on December 1, 1952 on NTSC channel 9. Star-Bulletin article The KGMB-TV tower was built at 1534 Kapiolani Blvd in 1962 and the old KGMB-AM tower dismantled. The KGMB-TV tower was across the street of the HECO Makaloa St Substation, and slightly Diamond Head of the intersection. KGMB-FM began on use of the KGMB-TV tower on Oct. 1, 1967. Star-Bulletin article Green neon letters "AKU" promoting KGMB-AM DJ "J Akuhead Pupule" were placed on the tower for a period of time in the late 1960's. The tower and the neon letters can be seen in Hawaii FIve-O Season 1, Episode 3 "Strangers In Our Own Land" (air date October 3, 1968), where a number of the scenes were filmed along nearby Amana Street.
At it's peak, KGMB-TV featured a week day children's program Checkers and Pogo. The program ran from May 26, 1967 to 1982. See Checkers and Pogo - Remembered and the Checkers and Pogo Magazine.
KGMB-FM, which became KSSK-FM features the Perry and Price Show (morning drive-time radio), which has been on since 1983. Star Bulletin article KGMB-FM started transmitting on October 1, 1967. Article
Emmis Broadcasting bought the TV station in 2000, and sold it in 2007 to MGC Captial Corp. Pacific Business News article.
FCC Notice of Rulemaking DA 08-1734 enabled a change from DTV channel 9 to 22. The transition to DTV occurred on noon, January 15, 2009. It transitioned to DTV UHF Channel 23 atop Palehua Ridge FCC Facility ID 34445, 23 kw, 629 meters HAAT with a DIE TUA-BP3SP-6/18M-1-S antenna. On Friday, October 16, 2009, KGMB-TV began the disassembly of the news set at 1534 Kapiolani Blvd and moving it to the KHNL building on Waikamilo.
KGMB9-TV sold the land under the station which closed on December 31, 2007 for $12,350,000. Honolulu Advertiser article Star-Bulletin article On Monday, October 26, 2009, the callsign of facility 36917 changed to KFVE. Star-Bulletin Erica Engle article
The building at 1534 Kapiolani Blvd that started as KGMB-AM and also housed KGMB-AM, TV studios and FM was renovated starting in H2 2010 to be converted into retail space. Pacific Business News The 432 foot TV tower was dismantled beginning in December 2010 through February 15, 2011. Within two weeks, the concrete base was demolished, the rebar foundation was excavated and removed. Star-article
In the fall of 2011, it will be the new home of Saigon Pho, currently on Keeaumoku St.
MacNaughton will rebuild
Moanalua Shopping Center

The MacNaughton Group will demolish and redevelop the Moanalua Shopping Center, located near Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base.

The company has signed a 40-year lease of the property from the Navy, described as "the very first (lease) of its kind in the Department of Defense ... allowed by recent legislation passed by Congress," said Rear Adm. Michael Vitale, commander of the Navy Region Hawaii.

The deal will give the Navy new facilities while the MacNaughton Group's MSC LLC, formed for the venture, will shoulder the job of development, but will also collect lease rents from tenants.

Construction will begin in June, said Jeff Arce, chief financial officer and partner in the MacNaughton Group.

The existing mall has a walking corridor down the middle of the property, with retail on both sides, surrounded by a circular perimeter of fast-food restaurants and a gas station.

The central corridor will come down in June. "In its place, in that center of the doughnut, is going to be a two-story, 55,000-square-foot Navy building," said Arce. It will house a community support services center for Navy personnel and their families, consolidating offices on Oahu that provide programs into a single location.

In addition, the company will build approximately 25,000 square feet of single-level retail space next door, Arce said.

Construction is to be complete by next fall.

Existing tenants, including fast-food restaurants, retailers and service providers, have been told they can stay until May, he said.

"We'll be entering into long-term leases with most of the current tenants although there may be some changes," he said.

"In all likelihood there will be a Jamba Juice and a Starbucks," joining the Moanalua Shopping Center tenant mix.

The MacNaughton Group has a majority interest in the local Starbucks-Jamba Juice partnership.