Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

Kari Hamanaka covers apparel manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, automakers and hotels/tourism. She can be reached at hamanaka@ocbj.com.

Email: hamanaka@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

Hyundai Ad in Super Bowl

Hyundai Motor America confirmed it will again advertise during the Super Bowl.

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Karma Unwraps SC2 Concept, Revero GTS

Irvine automaker Karma Automotive revealed on Tuesday a new concept car and 2020 Revero GTS during the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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OC Restaurant Association Buys TacoTuesday Domain

The OC Restaurant Association said it’s bought the domain TacoTuesday.com in what will, in the near term, be a marketing play for restaurants before eventually monetizing parts of the site.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.5% to 3,113.15 in midday trading Friday.

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Karma Names Head of Silicon Valley Office, Autonomous Driving

Karma Automotive hired an executive to lead its new Silicon Valley office and its autonomous driving program.

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Retail IRL

ComplexCon: a Study in What’s Moving the Needle in Retail, Experiential Marketing

“Stop! Stop running!”

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Volcom Nabs Winter Olympics Deal

Volcom inked a deal making it the official apparel partner for the U.S. snowboard team.

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St. John Seeks Relaunch Under New Creative Director

Irvine luxury knitwear label St. John said a new capsule collection and social media campaign reflects a relaunch of the brand under recently hired creative director Zoe Turner.

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Former Toyota Racing Manager Jumps to Mazda Motorsports

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it named Nelson Cosgrove as director of its Mazda Motorsports division.

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Karma Realigns, Cuts Staff as Plans Change

AUTOMOTIVE: Aspirations now go beyond manufacturing

Seven months after announcing a refueled and revamped business plan, Karma Automotive LLC is downsizing its workforce and once again tweaking its business model—moves that underscore the uphill battle the fledgling luxury electric automaker faces.

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