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Maui business leaders say they face the same conditions as Oahu— only more so. We get an explanation of that from Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier.

L&L’s New Plate

Apr 13, 2018
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The launch of KTA Express grocery store in Kona includes another launch, a new concept from L & L called Mixed Plate. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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2018 is shaping up to be a big year for locally owned Down to Earth. Editor in chief A. Kam Napier, has more on the organic grocer’s expansion.

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It’s been four years since the state Department of Health launched its restaurant grading system. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on how that system has been working for restaurants and consumers.

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High-profile failures of local government technology often make headlines in Hawai‘i. But there’s an everyday cost to those failures that are paid by businesses and citizens around the state. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on the community price of old technology.

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Many high-profile developers include affordable housing as required by law, but some developers specialize in that type of housing. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on the people and projects adding affordable housing in Hawaii.

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Community solar is poised to launch in Hawaii as early as this year, and putting the pieces together to make it happen is turning out to be quite a puzzle. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Since it launched in 2005, Maui Brewing Company has expanded tremendously — and it’s done so by supporting the entire local brewing industry. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Bossing Yourself

Feb 9, 2018
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Many people dream of going into business for themselves, but in Hawaii, in 2018, what does it take to make that leap? We get some of the answers from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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There’s a lot to juggle when the operation you run is an entertainment venue, a historic landmark, and a non-profit. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more on what’s new at the Hawaii Theatre.

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How does Hawaii measure up when it comes to having women serve on the boards of its biggest companies? PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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In March there will be a change at the top of Hawaiian Airlines. The company’s chief commercial officer is stepping up to become CEO. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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As 2018 gets underway, you may have resolutions or goals or simply plans. Pacific Business News spoke to 20 business leaders in Hawai‘i to hear what they’re anticipating, or dreading, in the year ahead. Editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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Interest rates are going up, and that means loans are getting more expensive. Nationwide, publicly traded companies have increased their debt by about $2 trillion since late 2015. Such debt has increased in Hawai‘i as well, but often just as another cost of doing business. We get a little context from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Since 1986, a federal tax break has helped to finance affordable housing in Hawaii and throughout the country. Now it’s on the chopping block. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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A hundred million dollars can buy a lot. When it comes to a contribution to a university, it can be a complicated gift that needs to be carefully structured. We get more on that from Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier.

A Master Designer

Dec 1, 2017
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Architect John Hara recently earned a Medal of Honor from the architecture community. We get more about his career and achievements from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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A bottled water product from Hawaii just get an infusion of funding all the way from France. We get details from Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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As Republicans on Capitol Hill refine their plans on tax reform, one point under consideration is eliminating a tax credit for electric vehicles. And that would be likely to have a broad impact here in Hawai‘i. We get more on that story from Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier.

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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.

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While Hawaii pursues ambitious renewable energy goals, its refineries are defying expectations and thriving in a fossil-fuel business.  Pacific Business News editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier 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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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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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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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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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.