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Thanks to a new battery storage system, Molokai may be the first Hawaiian island to go entirely off the grid. We get more on that story from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Hawaii may not often appear as itself in movies but as a shooting location, it has been on a hot streak. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Empire of Spam Musubi

Mar 10, 2017
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You know Hawaii loves spam musubi but you might not realize that for one company, it’s a $37 million enterprise. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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American Savings Bank recently broke ground on its new headquarters. This week, Pacific Business News caught up with ASB’s president and CEO, Rich Wacker, on the significance of this turning point. We get more from PBN Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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A couple of shopping malls on O‘ahu are dealing with some of the challenges of middle age. Pearlridge Center is 45 years old, and Windward Mall has been around for 35 years. They’re both facing increased competition, and they’re both taking steps to boost their business.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Tax season is getting closer. And there’s nothing like an approaching deadline to get people thinking about their accountants. As Pacific Business News found, there have been some big changes in the accounting industry.  Editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

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Hawaii’s construction market is operating at a blistering pace. That has some contractors cutting corners — and the fines are piling up. We get more on that story from Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier.

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It’s not everyday that a real estate agency becomes a TV star, but it’s happened here. The local agency is called Hawaii Life and the television show has led to a dramatic growth in business. PBN editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

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Farming in Hawaii has gone from industrial scale to small farms. And the technology supporting the farmers has shrunk too. Today, it often fits right in a phone. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration a week away, Pacific Business News took the temperature of local industries on their expectations of the new administration. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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People worry about a brain drain in Hawaii and census numbers suggest it may be real. PBN found eight business leaders bucking that trend by returning to the Islands. PBN editor-in-chief A, Kam Napier has more.

All through 2016 we met them — Hawaii born-and-raised people who had been on the Mainland, or overseas, building very successful careers before moving back to the Islands. We knew something about their decision was noteworthy but as we went to press with our eight profiles, we found out just how notable it can be when Hawaii people move home.

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Ala Moana Center has invested nearly half a billion dollars in new stores and parking, but not without some growing pains. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

If you’ve ever remodeled your home you know how difficult it can be to carry on with business as usual while the place is half torn up. Since late 2013, Ala Moana Center has been on an extensive remodel, converting the former Sears space in into an entirely new wing while adding 1,250 new parking spaces.

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It’s well known that Hawaii faces a critical housing shortage. As Pacific Business News reports, different challenges exist at all price points. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Next Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Memorial events are taking place all week, involving a number of organizations. We get more on that part of the story from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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Fund-raising is a continuing challenge for all non-profit organizations. And a recent gathering in Honolulu highlighted several trends that have developed in the pursuit of donations.  

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First Hawaiian Bank is on its way to becoming the largest publicly traded company in the state. The bank’s initial public offering takes place in August---but what will it mean for the company? We get some answers from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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The presidential election has dominated the news all week. But there was also a dramatic development this week in Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the latest from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts.

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Over the years, solar energy has become part of the landscape of Hawai‘i. But contraction in the industry has left some customers in the lurch. From Pacific Business News, Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

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When it comes to local food, chef Ed Kenney is a familiar face. But he’s been getting a lot more exposure as the host of the PBS show “Family Ingredients.” Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Shipping is Hawaii’s lifeline and our major shippers have been investing millions this year to keep their fleets up to speed. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

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A concert may be two hours of fun for music-lovers, but for “A Tom Moffatt Production,” it involves many months of work.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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This week, PBN explores the campaign promises of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to ask, “who’s better for business?” Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

We had a big assist from our national news room this week, which examined the platforms of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.  Naturally, American City Business Journals is specifically interested in the impact on the nation’s business community.  We don’t endorse candidates, businesses can decide for themselves who they’d prefer based on the comparisons.

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Businesses across the country are preparing for a dramatic change in rules regarding overtime pay. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the impact in Hawaii.

In May this year, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a sweeping new rule regarding the issue of overtime for salaried employees. The biggest change is the pay threshold that determines whether a salaried professional employee qualifies for overtime pay, or is exempt from it. That threshold had been just under $24,000. Now it’s $47,476.

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One of Honolulu’s leading developers is Christine Camp, president & CEO of the Avalon Development Company.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what has driven her to carve her own path in this male-dominated industry.

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What does it take to run the biggest resort in the state? Pacific Business New interviews Debi Bishop to find out. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

In April, Debi Bishop was named managing director of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Not only is it the largest resort in the state, it is also the largest Hilton in the world, by number of guest rooms.  2,860 rooms to be exact, spread among seven towers across 22 acres.  About 3,000 people work at the Hilton Hawaiian village. Bishop is responsible for every facet of the operation.

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You may not think of a shopping mall as a place to receive advanced medical care. But next year, that’s exactly what’s coming to Pearl Ridge.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

If you’ve been to Pearlridge’s Downtown phase, you may be familiar with the Ross Dress for Less location built into the ground floor of the adjacent parking garage. Expect something completely different by late 2017. The space is being redeveloped into a cancer treatment center as a joint project of Hawaii Pacific Health and the Cancer Center of Hawaii.

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Last year, Catherine Ngo became president and CEO of Central Pacific Bank. Pacific Business News caught up with Ngo this week to learn more about her plans. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

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The state of Hawaii knows its technology infrastructure is behind the times. Now government officials are reaching out to the tech community for help. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Now that the Public Utilities Commission has rejected the NextEra acquisition of HECO, what’s next for our electric utilities? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Last Friday, the PUC gave its long-awaited answer to whether or not Florida-based NextEra Energy could buy the three utilities currently owned by Hawaiian Electric Industries.

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Economic development in Honolulu’s Chinatown is brisk but faces lingering challenges with homelessness, crime and sanitation. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the competing plans to turn Chinatown around.

Chinatown is a complex neighborhood. There are a lot of different landowners, business owners and community groups. Then there’s government, and that’s complex too. Multiple layers of city zoning rules have preserved the historic character of the neighborhood but can make it slow going for businesses that want to establish themselves there.

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