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A Look into Airbnb

Mar 4, 2016
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You may have heard that growing numbers of kama‘āina are renting out rooms on Airbnb, but how many are doing so? And why? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

PBN got an exclusive first look at data researched by Airbnb from surveys of its Hawaii members. Airbnb is essentially an online marketplace for people who want to rent out some or all of a home they own to a traveler. The traveler, in turn, is looking for a deal, or more of a residential experience than they would find by booking a traditional hotel room.

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There’s been a lot of discussion about how the city’s sewer capacity holds back development. Turns out there’s more than a shortage of pipes at play. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.
  

PBN plumbed the sewers from the perspective that we’re facing a critical housing shortage.  Oahu needs nearly 26,000 units over the next decade just to meet the natural demand from a growing population.

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Paul Sableman / Flickr

Three major office buildings have been put on the market by their Hawaii-based owner. It the sales go through, it could shake up the city’s office market. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Whenever a real estate deal becomes newsworthy it’s for one of two reasons: the owner is significant, or the properties are.  In this case, both are at play.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

To last for more than a century, an organization has to reinvent itself. That’s what Bishop Museum president & CEO, Blair Collis, has been doing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

In 2011, Blair Collis became the youngest chief executive in Bishop Museum’s long history and the first to be promoted to the top spot from within.  Collis rose up through the business side of the museum.  His first director-level job there was as head of Bishop Museum press in 2003, then on to such roles as VP of sales and marketing, chief operating officer, and more.

Like many city and states across the country, Hawaii hopes to position itself as a paradise for tech start-ups.  As Pacific Business News has found, there may be another way forward.  Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

There’s been a concerted effort of the part of both the public and private sectors in Hawai‘i to create a sustainable tech startup environment.  There are a lot of good reasons to do so.  It would diversify the economy, create more high-paying tech jobs, and who knows, perhaps Hawai‘i could be home to the next Facebook.

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Brian Lauer / Flickr

When it comes to business in Hawai‘i, the focus is often on the hospitality industry. And while that still remains a pillar of the local economy, there has been some quiet but steady growth in the production of wine, liquor and beer.  Here’s Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier with an inside look at the industry.

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Kim / Flickr

With a strengthening local economy, local nonprofits are embarking on ambitious capital campaigns for new facilities. But is there enough money to go around? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Justin Ennis / Flickr

As Maui looks ahead to a post-sugar future, officials fear the closure of HC&S could have an Island-wide impact.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Alexander & Baldwin’s HC&S sugar operation on Maui is huge.  At 36,000 acres. It’s bigger than the official city limits of San Francisco.  It employs 675 people, most of whom will be out of work as HC&S winds down operations by the end of the year.

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Pacific Business News

Jerry Rauckhorst has been a leader in Hawaii’s nonprofit social services world for two decades as head of Catholic Charities Hawaii.  As he plans for his retirement, he’s taking steps to leave the organization in top shape.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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2015 has been an active year in Hawai‘i’s business world.  From stories of development and planning to transportation and electricity, actions taken this year will help determine the future of the state.  Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has some highlights.

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If you think Honolulu International Airport is sorely in need of an upgrade, you’re right. In fact, it’s in the middle of one right now. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Is it possible for people to forget a nearly $2-billion capital improvement project happening right under their noses?  The answer could be yes, given how often we at PBN hear complaints that the airport needs to be modernized.

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Kamehameha Schools has a new leader for its commercial real estate division. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on Walter Thoemmes.

Walter Thoemmes certainly has school spirit.  Not only did he graduate from Kamehameha Schools – he also worked there for the past 20 years.  Trained as an architect, he brought with him a knack for project management that has come in handy.  In his first ten years there, he help develop the new campuses on Maui and the Big Island.  He next served as then-CEO Dee Jay Mailer’s Chief of Staff.

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The president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority has been in office for just about six months now. And George Szigeti certainly has a lot on his plate. We hear about some of his challenges from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier. 

Where the Money Lives

Nov 20, 2015
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Where is affluence concentrated in Hawai‘i? That’s a question Pacific Business News is looking at in the latest version of its “Paycheck Report.” We get details from PBN Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

PBN and its parent company – American City Business Journals – have been using census data to analyze incomes, spending and wealth through the year.  In this final installment – we focused on affluence, perhaps the broadest measure of all.  It includes not only income but home values and other sources of net worth.

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UH Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory

A rocket launch by the University of Hawaii may have failed last week, but UH says it’s still a promising beginning. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Last week- The Super Strypi rocket launched from the Pacific Missile Range facility at Barking Sands on Kaua‘i.  It was carrying a payload – A satellite produced by 150 IH students- the “Hiaka Sat” intended for use by the Department of Defense.

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Hawaii’s housing shortage now has a number — nearly 66,000 housing units are needed over the next ten years. What happens next? We get more from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

According to the state department of business, economic development and tourism – Hawaii needs a massive home building campaign just to catch up with the natural demand of a steadily growing population.  Statewide, the number is nearly 66,000.  On Oahu, almost 26,000 housing units will be needed by 2025.

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anokarina / Flickr

Windward Oahu has seen a lot of changes in recent years. One of them is how much wealthier Kailua and Kaneohe have become. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.Once a year, PBN ranks the 50 wealthiest zip codes in Hawaii – based on such measures as average home value, household income, disposable income, and more.

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As you may have heard, one of Broadway’s hottest tickets is coming to Hawai‘i.  “The Book of Mormon will be arriving next year - but the logistics involved in getting the show on the road are already underway.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on the business side of what it takes to put on a show like this.  

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Thomas Pompernigg / Flickr

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Pacific Business News took the occasion to explore the scope and scale of the women’s healthcare industry in Hawaii.  Here’s PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, with more on what the paper found.

One of the striking points about the business of caring for women in Hawai‘i is how hospitals have invested in their facilities.  More than ever, they’re offering amenities geared toward patient comfort and privacy.

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Healthcare in Hawai‘i is a complex and changing business. It’s also very personal—and interviews with a cross-section of healthcare executives produced a variety of information. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Executives we spoke to represented major hospitals, such as Straub and Queens, community clinics and the health insurance industry. Here are just a few of the takeaways from a wide-ranging conversation.

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ITU Pictures / Flickr

Some of Hawaii’s biggest nonprofits are using a new way to fundraise and groom future leaders — youth boards.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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Nick Yee

We hear a lot about how much it costs to live in Hawaii.  But how much do people in the Islands make? Pacific Business News has a paycheck report.  Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

PBN and its parent company, American City Business Journals – Embarked on a national research project to find out how much money people earn at their jobs.  PBN focused on data for Honolulu and Hawai‘i, and offers some national comparisons.

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billsoPHOTO / Flickr

Alexander & Baldwin, one of Hawaii’s oldest companies, will have a new CEO come January first. Pacific Business News’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.


Chris Benjamin is Alexander & Baldwin’s current President and Chief Operating Officer.  When CEO Stanley Kuriyama retires at the end of the year, Benjamin will move into the top spot.  

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Talk of development in West Oahu often centers on housing. This week, Pacific Business News surveys the state of business development in the region to find out where the action is. PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

And the action is…nearly everywhere you look. West Oahu, including Kapolei, already boasts nearly 670,000 square feet of office space and the demand is growing. Looking at retail, we see a low 2% vacancy rate. That means developers should have no problem filling the three major shopping centers now in the works.

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David Dennis / Flickr

  Now that China has devalued its currency, what effects could Hawaii feel?  Pacific Business News looks at this from a couple of angles; editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

First, it’s worth pointing out that the Chinese yuan is hardly the only currency to lose value against the U.S. dollar, nor has it taken the biggest fall.  As many Menendez, an international business development expert writes in PBN this week: The Euro has declined 18% and the Japanese yen 22% against the dollar over the past year.

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Ken Lund / Flickr

Industrial space vacancies are at an all-time low and rents are climbing. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what that means for local businesses.

If you need space in a warehouse in Honolulu these days, you’re in for a challenge. Vacancy rates are at a record low of 2%, compared to 7% national. And rents are up, too, to $1.17 per square foot, per month. That’s a six-year high, though it’s not quite as high as it was before the great recession.

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Cliff / Flickr

This month, Hawaii Pacific University reopened its version of Aloha Tower Marketplace as a mix of dorm rooms, classrooms and restaurants. What’s the thinking? PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

Hawaii Pacific University has bet 50-million dollars it can do something no one else has quite managed to do… make Aloha Tower work.

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Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

After three years of declines, the University of Hawaii has seen increase in the funding it receives from outside sources for scientific research. With the details, here’s PBN’s editor in chief, A. Kam Napier.

In the fiscal year that just ended in June, the University of Hawaii received 425-million dollars in outside grants and contracts supporting scientific research in a number of departments.  That’s up 33-million over 2014, or 8.5%, and is a nice reversal of fortune.  The University had only seen declines in the three years before that.

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Janine / Flickr

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has just elected a new chairperson.  Banker Gabe Lee is just beginning a two-year term.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s ahead for Lee and the Chamber.

Gabe Lee first joined the chamber in 1992 for the same reason a lot of executives do—to network.  Now, as American Savings Bank’s Executive Vice President for commercial markets, Lee is the Organizing Chair.  He sees his chief responsibility as one of support, helping the chamber’s president and Executive Director, Sherry Menor-McNamara pursue some big goals.

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Dank Depot / Flickr

Now that Governor David Ige has signed medical marijuana dispensaries into law, a new industry worth tens of millions could bloom. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

About 13,000 people in Hawaii have permission to use medical marijuana to treat various conditions. Medical marijuana has been legal for 15 years, but with one hitch – it has not been easy for patients to actually acquire it.

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