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  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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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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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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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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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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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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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Bank of Hawaii is the state’s second largest bank and its president and CEO, Peter Ho, became Hawaii’s highest paid executive in 2014. What makes Ho tick? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

When PBN sat down with Peter Ho for this week’s cover story, we found frank and approachable, even philosophical on a few points. For example, we discussed the Ho family legacy.  Peter’s Grandfather was legendary developer Chinn Ho.  His Father, Stuart Ho, is equally well regarded as a business leader and a philanthropist. What’s it like to follow in their footsteps?

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Continuing developments in Kaka‘ako remain a focus for many groups in Honolulu. One of them is the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority—which has a new slate of board members on the job for about three months. And they’re already showing they may take a different approach to certain aspects of the development.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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There aren’t many publicly traded companies headquartered in Hawaii – just 16, since Maui-based Code Rebel recently went public. Overall, how are they performing? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

As recently as the 1990s, stockbroker Randy Havre offered a Hawaii fund, that is a portfolio of stocks, through which people could invest in all of Hawaii’s publicly traded companies. He no longer offers that fund. Due to mergers and acquisitions, the number of companies has shrunk to just 16.

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Tech start-ups are a key part of the 21st century economy and Hawaii has a growing number of them.  As Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier explains, getting this sector off the ground presents both challenges and opportunities.

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Non-profits need solid market research as much as any business. New data on giving patterns are providing just that. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

The Hawaii Community Foundation has just released the 2015 edition of its “Hawaii Giving Study” and the results should be eye-opening for non-profit executives and the business leaders who sit on boards of directors.

Hawaii is a generous place. Nearly 66% of households statewide donate money to non-profits, while 93% give something, whether its money, donated goods or their time as volunteers.

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 It’s been nearly two years since Alexander & Baldwin acquired the Kaneohe Ranch/Harold K.L. Castle portfolio of commercial properties in Kailua. As Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier reports, one of the key analysts in that deal is now the executive responsible for developing those properties. 

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Tourism numbers would seem to be at all-time highs, but a deeper dive into the data shows that the visitor spending may not be as rosy as it appears. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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How much would you guess a beachfront home in Hanalei sells for? If you guessed $11 million dollars, you’d be right. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

With construction cranes popping up all over, you might think the entire construction industry is booming. But that’s not entirely the case. Here’s PBN editor in chief A. Kam Napier with more.

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Visitor arrivals to the islands continue to be strong. But as much as we hear about record tourist numbers, not everything in the industry is as rosy as it may appear. Pacific Business News recently spoke with several top tourism executives. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has details.

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Kyle Nishioka / Flickr

When David Matlin starts his new job as the University of Hawaii athletic director on April 27, he’ll have some big problems to solve. With a look at Matlin’s background, the challenges ahead, here’s PBN editor in chief A. Kam Napier. 

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 Honolulu’s rail project will bring changes to the city’s skyline, and some of its property ownership. The city and county have identified more than 200 properties it needs to acquire. So what does that mean for owners? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has some answers.

Local folks often worry about the impact of big-box stores on small neighborhood retailers. That concern certainly surrounded the opening of the new Target Store in Kailua. So how are local shops doing now? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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Honolulu is in the midst of a building boom, with new high-rise condominiums rising up everywhere you look. But are local architecture firms being left on the sidelines? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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Three Honolulu chefs have been named as semi-finalists for the prestigious James Beard Award. Pacific Business News spoke with them about how these three have risen to the top in one of the riskiest industries around. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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It’s one of those ideas that  sounds like it may be too good to be true: using seawater to cool office buildings. But it’s a project that’s on its way to becoming reality in Honolulu.  Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Hawai‘i remains a relative stronghold for unions.  In fact, according to recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is one of the most unionized states in America. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has part of the story behind the numbers.

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If someone has become a CEO, you’d think they’ve mastered the art of management. But some of Hawai‘i’s top CEO’s continue to sharpen their skills with the help of coaches. We get more on that story from the editor in chief of Pacific Business News, A Kam Napier.

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What does “Sustainability” mean for business and industry in Hawaii? Pacific Business News assembled a panel of experts to find out. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Hawaii’s state run hospital system appears to be in dire financial straits. However, it does have new leadership in its CEO, Dr. Linda Rosen, who as Pacific Business News reports, has a lot of experience dealing with emergencies. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more. 

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Broadband internet access is both a luxury for modern entertainment and a necessity for business. But Hawaii is falling behind when it comes to fast connections. We get a look at some of the people and businesses involved from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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Hawaii has a long history of cultural blending and ethnic pride. That extends to the business world as well, with a vibrant community of ethnic chambers of commerce. From Pacific Business News, Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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The visitor industry, healthcare and the University of Hawaii are among the state’s biggest employers. What’s ahead for them in 2015? From Pacific Business News, Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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  As 2014 winds down, many are looking ahead to see what the new year will bring. What are the coming trends for Hawaii’s business climate? Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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