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The Amazon Effect

Oct 13, 2017
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Amazon has embarked on a massive expansion. What does that mean for retail in America and for Hawaii? Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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  Hawaii’s economic growth is predicted to slow down, with an exception in one key sector. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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As Target prepares to open next month in Ala Moana, some merchants are hoping it will revive the center’s mauka wing. Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

A Vulnerable Food Future for Hawai‘i?

Sep 15, 2017
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The recent hurricanes in Texas, the Caribbean and Florida are a reminder of just how vulnerable Hawaii is to disaster. That includes the islands’ food supply. Last year Governor David Ige called for a doubling of food production in the Islands by 2020. But is that a realistic goal? We get more from Pacific Business News Managing Editor Janis Magin.

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This week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the program allowing children brought to the United States illegally to stay here. The program is called “DACA”—and its cancellation could cost Hawai‘i more than half a billion dollars. This week, Pacific Business News takes a look what the end of DACA could mean in the islands. PBN Managing Editor Janis Magin has more.  

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The state legislature is set to open a special session on Monday to decide how to pay for Honolulu’s 10-billion dollar rail project. As the debate has evolved, several business groups have emerged to push the project along. We get more on the story from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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Compared to several years ago, the number of people using public transportation is dropping. That’s according to a study that finds the pattern to be true on the mainland—and also here in Hawai‘i. We get more from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

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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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