Kari Hamanaka

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

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Recent Stories

Fashion Label Likes Look of Competition

APPAREL: Irvine-based Z Supply feeds off challenges of fast-fashion

Forget about the doom-and-gloom projections that women’s retail is boring, merchandising is dead, and Forever 21 killed the category.

Knott’s Next Ride: Back to Future

Farm Roots, Food, Atmosphere Key to 5-Year Plan

Raffi Kaprelyan believes this will be the summer of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Billabong Restructures, Adds Executive Weight in OC

Orange County is emerging as an increasingly important part of Billabong International Ltd.’s operations as the action-sports apparel maker and retailer begins to find some footing on a turnaround.

Hotel Construction, Remodeling in High Gear

Industry Employment, Though, Essentially Flat

Dirt’s turning at a rapid clip for Orange County’s hotel landscape, and there may be no other local company that reflects that activity more than R.D. Olson Construction.

Coordinated Effort Taps Coveted China Meetings Market

OC Trumps Vegas for 7K- Strong Company Reward Trip

It took a perfect storm of the positive persuasion to bring the Perfect group to Orange County.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.33% to 1,898.81 in afternoon trading Friday.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.38% to 1,895.29 in afternoon trading Thursday.

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R.D. Olson Construction Appoints President

Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction has named Bill Wilhelm president.

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Marriott Awards R.D. Olson With Top Developer Honor

Irvine developer Bob Olson and his company R.D. Olson were awarded Marriott International's Developer of the Year award this week.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.61% to 1,884.18 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

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