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Condominium sales have had a boost lately in Honolulu. It turns out that home buyers are turning to apartments instead of single-family homes. Pacific Business news editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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You’ve seen the new Biki bikeshare stations around town but who are the people pedaling them? PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Hotel executive Kelly Hoen has managed six Hawaii hotels in a career that now sees her as area general manager for Outrigger. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on her rise in the industry.

Sprinkler Retrofits: A Local Job?

Jul 21, 2017
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It’s now been a week since fire broke out at the Marco Polo condominium complex in Honolulu, killing three people.  This week, Honolulu’s mayor and the City Council are calling for older condominiums to be retrofitted with sprinklers. Pacific Business News took a look at whether such work could be done. PBN managing editor Janis Magin has more.

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Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate remains below three percent. And while that’s good news for the state’s economy, it’s creating a challenge for many businesses that are struggling to find good help. We get more from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Hawaii’s marijuana dispensaries received another set-back this week when a key insurer pulled out of their market. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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A small, but growing, portion of the visitor industry caters to groups with business purpose. The Hawaii Tourism Authority would like to see more of that.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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The most expensive homes on O‘ahu are in the neighborhood of Kāhala. And the priciest ones of all are on Kāhala Avenue, a street of some changes over time. Pacific Business News editor-in-chief Kam Napier has more.

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Demand for farm land is so great in Hawai‘i, Aloun Farms is trying to speed up its sale of acres in Central Oahu. Pacific Business news editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more.

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It’s not your imagination — most white-collar jobs in Honolulu really do pay less than on the Mainland. Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Affordable housing and homelessness are two of the toughest problems Hawaii faces. A new non-profit is aiming the resources of homebuilders at these challenges. PBN editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

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There’s a saying that the future belongs to those who can code. One Hawaii business is booming by providing the necessary skills. We get more from the editor in chief of Pacific Business News, A. Kam Napier.

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Big brand names from the mainland are familiar in Hawai‘i—from McDonald's to Wal-Mart. But many of them also localize some of their operations in ways that stretch from business to business commerce to charitable giving. We get more from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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  2017 should be another positive year for Hawai‘i’s economy, despite slowing growth in the construction sector. That’s the view of a local economic forecast group—and we have details from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Playing golf may have declined in popularity, but owning golf courses hasn’t. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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A new national ranking of the best-run airports has good news for Maui, bad news for Honolulu. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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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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