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  • Business Report: Hawaii's Best-Selling New Vehicles

    Business Report: Hawaii's Best-Selling New Vehicles

    Monday, May 29 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-05-29 18:07:23 GMT
    Based on winter sales, Toyota is the top-selling automaker here, more than 4,000 vehicles if you count Toyota’s luxury nameplate Lexus.  Honda is second, more than 25 hundred if you count Acura. Nissan is third, 16 hundred if you count ITS luxury nameplate Infiniti. Mazda and Subaru both sold more than 400 vehicles. The three American automakers are next, Ford at 12 hundred if you count the four Lincolns it sold. Chevrolet under 900 even if you count GMC trucks, Buicks...More >>
    Based on winter sales, Toyota is the top-selling automaker here, more than 4,000 vehicles if you count Toyota’s luxury nameplate Lexus.  Honda is second, more than 25 hundred if you count Acura. Nissan is third, 16 hundred if you count ITS luxury nameplate Infiniti. Mazda and Subaru both sold more than 400 vehicles. The three American automakers are next, Ford at 12 hundred if you count the four Lincolns it sold. Chevrolet under 900 even if you count GMC trucks, Buicks...More >>
  • Business Report: Visitor numbers for April

    Business Report: Visitor numbers for April

    Friday, May 26 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-26 19:43:37 GMT

    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, where our visitors stayed in April. First let's break it down by the kind of lodging.

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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, where our visitors stayed in April. First let's break it down by the kind of lodging.

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  • Business Report: The Trump budget $2 trillion error

    Business Report: The Trump budget $2 trillion error

    Thursday, May 25 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-05-25 20:27:14 GMT

    The Trump administration just released its proposed budget for the upcoming year, but it includes a huge mistake. It claims the Trump tax cut will stimulate the economy so much it raises $2 trillion, enough to pay for itself. But the same money is also used for $2 trillion in additional spending, so it's...

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    The Trump administration just released its proposed budget for the upcoming year, but it includes a huge mistake. It claims the Trump tax cut will stimulate the economy so much it raises $2 trillion, enough to pay for itself. But the same money is also used for $2 trillion in additional spending, so it's...

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  • Business Report: New Trump Administration Budget

    Business Report: New Trump Administration Budget

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-05-24 18:46:55 GMT

    Let's be entirely candid here. We all struggle with arithmetic.
    When it comes to budgeting, we count on the others to be better at math than we are.

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    Let's be entirely candid here. We all struggle with arithmetic.
    When it comes to budgeting, we count on the others to be better at math than we are.

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  • Business Report: The 5 largest tech companies

    Business Report: The 5 largest tech companies

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:01:04 GMT

    It’s interesting to note how these companies make their money.  

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    It’s interesting to note how these companies make their money.  

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  • Business Report: A fresh look at income and education

    Business Report: A fresh look at income and education

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-05-22 20:58:43 GMT

    Has this happened to you? You're at a family gathering, someone brings up college. 

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    Has this happened to you? You're at a family gathering, someone brings up college.  

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  • Business Report: April unemployment - Island by island

    Business Report: April unemployment - Island by island

    Friday, May 19 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-05-19 19:55:04 GMT
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    Kauai unemployment without seasonal adjustment is 3%, down from 3.5 last year. Oahu is 2.4%, down from 2.8. Maui County is 3%, down from 3.1. Maui island held steady at 2.9, Molokai edged down to 5.6, and Lanai hit 3.2 as Manele Bay reopened. Big Island unemployment is 3.2%, down from 3.9...

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    Kauai unemployment without seasonal adjustment is 3%, down from 3.5 last year. Oahu is 2.4%, down from 2.8. Maui County is 3%, down from 3.1. Maui island held steady at 2.9, Molokai edged down to 5.6, and Lanai hit 3.2 as Manele Bay reopened. Big Island unemployment is 3.2%, down from 3.9...

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  • Business Report: New state economic forecast

    Business Report: New state economic forecast

    Thursday, May 18 2017 3:36 PM EDT2017-05-18 19:36:36 GMT

    The forecast numbers are slightly better than before, mostly because tourism is still up.  

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    The forecast numbers are slightly better than before, mostly because tourism is still up.  

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  • Business Report: Dow Jones average

    Business Report: Dow Jones average

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 5:19 PM EDT2017-05-17 21:19:01 GMT

    A running theme of our economic reports is that there is usually no single reason for the Dow to be down or up. 

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    A running theme of our economic reports is that there is usually no single reason for the Dow to be down or up. 

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  • Business Report: What the Trump administration is and isn't doing for jobs

    Business Report: What the Trump administration is and isn't doing for jobs

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-05-16 20:49:13 GMT

    Democrats are saying President Trump and Republicans are breaking his promise to workers by rolling back workplace safety rules.  

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    Democrats are saying President Trump and Republicans are breaking his promise to workers by rolling back workplace safety rules.  

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  • Business Report: The most popular baby names

    Business Report: The most popular baby names

    Monday, May 15 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-05-15 20:55:33 GMT

    The new list is based on Social Security registrations of births from 2015.  

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    The new list is based on Social Security registrations of births from 2015.  

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  • Business Report: 5/12/17

    Business Report: 5/12/17

    Friday, May 12 2017 4:48 PM EDT2017-05-12 20:48:13 GMT

    Tesla Motors opens a store today in Waikiki's International Market Place. It's on the makai side of the first floor. 

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    Tesla Motors opens a store today in Waikiki's International Market Place. It's on the makai side of the first floor. 

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  • Business Report: Public opinion on climate change by geography

    Thursday, May 11 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-05-11 20:45:23 GMT

    The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication polled Americans. The New York Times then mapped out the results.  

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    The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication polled Americans. The New York Times then mapped out the results.  

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  • Business Report: Hawaii population over time

    Business Report: Hawaii population over time

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-05-10 21:00:07 GMT

    In 1872, Hawaii population was less than Kauai today, and 92% were born here. In 1896, plantation immigration had doubled the population, 2 men for every woman. 

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    In 1872, Hawaii population was less than Kauai today, and 92% were born here. In 1896, plantation immigration had doubled the population, 2 men for every woman. 

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  • Business Report: American mortality

    Business Report: American mortality

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-05-09 21:06:33 GMT

    As we have seen, health care is a big American problem and a big American economic sector. 

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    As we have seen, health care is a big American problem and a big American economic sector. 

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  • Business Report: New UH forecast for this year's Hawaii economy

    Business Report: New UH forecast for this year's Hawaii economy

    Monday, May 8 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-05-08 21:03:33 GMT

    Economists are always pressured for highly-specific predictions, a difficult task. 

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    Economists are always pressured for highly-specific predictions, a difficult task. 

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  • Business Report: 5/5/17

    Business Report: 5/5/17

    Friday, May 5 2017 5:24 PM EDT2017-05-05 21:24:13 GMT

    Alexander & Baldwin reports a $7 million winter profit, after losing money the year before. Commercial real estate revenues grew. A&B local properties rose to 94% occupancy. The Grace Pacific division saw lower sales. The Maui sugar plantation closed. A&B is Hawaii's fourth largest private...

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    Alexander & Baldwin reports a $7 million winter profit, after losing money the year before. Commercial real estate revenues grew. A&B local properties rose to 94% occupancy. The Grace Pacific division saw lower sales. The Maui sugar plantation closed. A&B is Hawaii's fourth largest private...

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  • Business Report: Did Obamacare reduce bankruptcies?

    Business Report: Did Obamacare reduce bankruptcies?

    Thursday, May 4 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-05-04 21:29:38 GMT

    Medical emergencies are a big source of financial stress. 

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    Medical emergencies are a big source of financial stress. 

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  • Business Report: Who trades with North Korea?

    Business Report: Who trades with North Korea?

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 3:31 PM EDT2017-05-03 19:31:02 GMT

    UC San Diego made a chart that shows a dramatic change in North Korean trade. In 2000, China, Japan and South Korea each accounted for about a fifth of it. But a downtrend had already begun for Japan – and the rest of the world. South Korean trade with the north kept increasing until about 10 years ago...

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    UC San Diego made a chart that shows a dramatic change in North Korean trade. In 2000, China, Japan and South Korea each accounted for about a fifth of it. But a downtrend had already begun for Japan – and the rest of the world. South Korean trade with the north kept increasing until about 10 years ago...

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  • Business Report: The trillion-dollar federal budget deal

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-05-02 20:55:40 GMT

    There’s $2 billion for borders – not enough for a wall, but it IS enough to repair existing fences and use drones and sensors to watch for crossings.  Immigration and Customs got a bump but no hiring spree.  The Justice Department got cut but there’s more for the FBI and ATF.  TSA gets $300 million...

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    There’s $2 billion for borders – not enough for a wall, but it IS enough to repair existing fences and use drones and sensors to watch for crossings.  Immigration and Customs got a bump but no hiring spree.  The Justice Department got cut but there’s more for the FBI and ATF.  TSA gets $300 million...

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  • Business Report: The Obamacare repeal-and-replace debate

    Business Report: The Obamacare repeal-and-replace debate

    Friday, April 28 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-04-28 19:48:23 GMT

    Obamacare is a healthcare story, an economic story, and a political story. Medically, all you need to know is this chart. The number of Americans without health insurance was rising, than Obamacare became law, and it start falling. Millions of people now have coverage. Economically, people without insurance...

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    Obamacare is a healthcare story, an economic story, and a political story. Medically, all you need to know is this chart. The number of Americans without health insurance was rising, than Obamacare became law, and it start falling. Millions of people now have coverage. Economically, people without insurance...

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  • Business Report: The corporate tax rate

    Business Report: The corporate tax rate

    Thursday, April 27 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-04-27 19:33:13 GMT

    President Trump proposes to raise the standard deduction for individual taxpayers. That's a good idea, because itemizing is a pain in the butt, and the more people take the standard deduction, the less cheating there is. The president also proposes reducing corporate income taxes, but whether that's a good idea...

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    President Trump proposes to raise the standard deduction for individual taxpayers. That's a good idea, because itemizing is a pain in the butt, and the more people take the standard deduction, the less cheating there is. The president also proposes reducing corporate income taxes, but whether that's a good idea...

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  • Business Report: Electric cars

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-04-26 20:45:34 GMT

    Interesting prediction at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference yesterday in New York – that by 2020 – a mere 13 years from now – electric cars will account for almost a third of all new car sales. What’s makes this prediction interesting is, it came from the chief economist for Total, the French...

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    Interesting prediction at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference yesterday in New York – that by 2020 – a mere 13 years from now – electric cars will account for almost a third of all new car sales. What’s makes this prediction interesting is, it came from the chief economist for Total, the French...

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  • Business Report: Airline capacity to Hawaii

    Business Report: Airline capacity to Hawaii

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-04-25 20:54:34 GMT

    Only two airlines fly 2 million seats here a year, Hawaiian and United. Three more fly 1 million – Delta, American and Alaska. Japan Airlines is next with half a million. Far behind: Canada's Westjet, Korean Air, and Australia's Jetstar. Air Canada and Taiwan's China Air come in above 100,000 seats...

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    Only two airlines fly 2 million seats here a year, Hawaiian and United. Three more fly 1 million – Delta, American and Alaska. Japan Airlines is next with half a million. Far behind: Canada's Westjet, Korean Air, and Australia's Jetstar. Air Canada and Taiwan's China Air come in above 100,000 seats...

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  • Business Report: The high cost of health

    Business Report: The high cost of health

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:14:14 GMT

    When politicians either attack or defend Obamacare, both sides say health costs are soaring, which they are, and our system is better than what other countries have. On this chart, the state of health care is measured by longevity and cost.  The longer people live, the higher that nation's...

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    When politicians either attack or defend Obamacare, both sides say health costs are soaring, which they are, and our system is better than what other countries have. On this chart, the state of health care is measured by longevity and cost.  The longer people live, the higher that nation's...

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  • Business Report: 4/21/17

    Business Report: 4/21/17

    Friday, April 21 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-04-21 20:19:59 GMT

    Hawaiian Airlines made $37 million in the winter quarter despite fuel costs up 48% and payroll up 18%.

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    Hawaiian Airlines made $37 million in the winter quarter despite fuel costs up 48% and payroll up 18%.

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  • Business Report: 4/20/17

    Thursday, April 20 2017 12:39 PM EDT2017-04-20 16:39:33 GMT

    Halekulani Corporation still plans to renovate its OTHER hotel, the Waikiki Parc. But PBN reports the work now won't start until next year. The plan is to turn almost 300 tiny rooms into 126 more spacious rooms and suites. New retailers at International Market Place – Burberry, on Level 1 – the décor...

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    Halekulani Corporation still plans to renovate its OTHER hotel, the Waikiki Parc. But PBN reports the work now won't start until next year. The plan is to turn almost 300 tiny rooms into 126 more spacious rooms and suites. New retailers at International Market Place – Burberry, on Level 1 – the décor...

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  • Business Report: 4/19/17

    Business Report: 4/19/17

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-04-19 20:47:03 GMT

    Hawaii legislature conferees begin negotiation a final version of the state budget - they've already agreed on $3 million for the Ige rehousing program, more than he requested. 

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    Hawaii legislature conferees begin negotiation a final version of the state budget - they've already agreed on $3 million for the Ige rehousing program, more than he requested. 

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  • Business Report: how many Americans pay income taxes?

    Business Report: how many Americans pay income taxes?

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-04-18 20:47:31 GMT

    NPR commissioned a poll.  They asked people to guess what percentage of Americans pay no income tax. 

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    NPR commissioned a poll.  They asked people to guess what percentage of Americans pay no income tax..

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  • Business Report: US states getting the most Chinese investments

    Monday, April 17 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-04-17 21:08:56 GMT

    In 16 years the Chinese have invested $109 billion in America. Most of it has been in the last two or three years. 

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    In 16 years the Chinese have invested $109 billion in America. Most of it has been in the last two or three years. 

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  • Business Report: The world's growing population

    Business Report: The world's growing population

    Friday, April 14 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-04-14 21:49:48 GMT

    One way to easily apprehend where people live is to look at nighttime satellite imagery. NASA has released its first global map of nighttime lighting in five years. The most striking change from five years earlier is a population explosion in India, especially in the northern states. This accords with Oxford Economics...

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    One way to easily apprehend where people live is to look at nighttime satellite imagery. 

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  • Business Report: Why shoelaces come untied

    Business Report: Why shoelaces come untied

    Thursday, April 13 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-04-13 20:29:43 GMT

    Why do shoelaces come untied? Berkeley scientists studied this. They unraveled the issue of shoelace knot failure. 

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    Why do shoelaces come untied? Berkeley scientists studied this. They unraveled the issue of shoelace knot failure. 

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  • Business Report: Corporate communications when things go wrong

    Business Report: Corporate communications when things go wrong

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-04-12 20:23:49 GMT

    Most big companies employ communications professionals - people who supposedly do a better job of talking for the company than the operational people do. Even if that's true, that's a problem, most especially when the company does something wrong. Bumpinggate, the United deboarding debacle...

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    Most big companies employ communications professionals - people who supposedly do a better job of talking for the company than the operational people do. Even if that's true, that's a problem, most especially when the company does something wrong. Bumpinggate, the United deboarding debacle...

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  • Business Report: The crises at major airlines

    Business Report: The crises at major airlines

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-04-11 20:58:24 GMT

    The crisis at major airlines has many facets. Airlines keep very few spare aircraft. Any major delay sets off cascading trouble. There’s a pilot shortage. When a crew is late, you can’t always just call someone else. The systems are fragile. One storm, one computer crash, one guy who won’t give...

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    The crisis at major airlines has many facets. Airlines keep very few spare aircraft. Any major delay sets off cascading trouble. There’s a pilot shortage. When a crew is late, you can’t always just call someone else. The systems are fragile. One storm, one computer crash, one guy who won’t give...

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  • Business Report: Raising the minimum wage

    Business Report: Raising the minimum wage

    Monday, April 10 2017 4:46 PM EDT2017-04-10 20:46:06 GMT

    Businesses that pay minimum wage always saying raising it will raise unemployment. 

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    Businesses that pay minimum wage always saying raising it will raise unemployment. 

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  • Business Report 4/7/17: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 4/7/17: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, April 7 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-04-07 21:03:16 GMT

    Hotel occupancy fell a few points across the board last week. 

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    Hotel occupancy fell a few points across the board last week. 

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  • Business Report: All about the Dow

    Business Report: All about the Dow

    Thursday, April 6 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-04-06 20:23:04 GMT

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average consists of 30 stocks. When the index was new, it held railroads and industrial giants. Times have changed: the Dow includes McDonald's, Disney and Nike. The stocks are weighted: half the index is 10 stocks. Goldman Sachs is worth the most, more than 7% of the whole...

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average consists of 30 stocks. When the index was new, it held railroads and industrial giants. Times have changed: the Dow includes McDonald's, Disney and Nike. The stocks are weighted: half the index is 10 stocks. Goldman Sachs is worth the most, more than 7% of the whole...

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  • Business Report: Explaining an economic concept

    Business Report: Explaining an economic concept

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-04-05 21:02:28 GMT

    The concept of economics comes up in your life all the time. When you decide to do something, it means you're not doing something else. Economists call this, opportunity cost. Suppose you decide to play a game, and you're in the thick of it when the phone rings and it's your boss, who needs...

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    The concept of economics comes up in your life all the time. When you decide to do something, it means you're not doing something else. Economists call this, opportunity cost. Suppose you decide to play a game, and you're in the thick of it when the phone rings and it's your boss, who needs...

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  • Business Report: Interest rates creeping up

    Business Report: Interest rates creeping up

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-04-04 20:23:47 GMT

    The Fed uses interest rates to nudge the economy – low rates to stimulate, preventing the economy from stalling out – high rates to put the brakes on inflation.

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    The Fed uses interest rates to nudge the economy – low rates to stimulate, preventing the economy from stalling out – high rates to put the brakes on inflation. 

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  • Business Report: The wealth of the people in the new administration

    Business Report: The wealth of the people in the new administration

    Monday, April 3 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-04-03 20:38:55 GMT

    Every president forms his own government. Obama brought rivals in to keep them close. Reagan hired his aides as California governor.  

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    Every president forms his own government. Obama brought rivals in to keep them close. Reagan hired his aides as California governor.  

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  • Business Report: 3/31/17

    Business Report: 3/31/17

    Friday, March 31 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-03-31 20:04:31 GMT

    The Hawaii Convention Center hopes this will become an annual event – a Mother's Day brunch with live music. Kapena headlines and Kevin Nakata's Convention Center culinary crew provides the meal to go with the mele, Sunday, May 14, 11:30 a.m., at the Convention Center. Locations Hawaii...

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    The Hawaii Convention Center hopes this will become an annual event – a Mother's Day brunch with live music. Kapena headlines and Kevin Nakata's Convention Center culinary crew provides the meal to go with the mele, Sunday, May 14, 11:30 a.m., at the Convention Center. Locations Hawaii...

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  • Business Report: Many airlines moving at LAX

    Business Report: Many airlines moving at LAX

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-03-29 20:40:22 GMT

    Los Angeles International has set a date for moving 21 airlines to different terminals.  

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    Los Angeles International has set a date for moving 21 airlines to different terminals.  

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  • Business Report: A look at Matson shipping

    Business Report: A look at Matson shipping

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-03-28 20:29:32 GMT

    Maritime shipping is measured by FEUs, which stands for Forty-foot Equivalent Units.  

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    Maritime shipping is measured by FEUs, which stands for Forty-foot Equivalent Units.  

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  • Business Report: Weekend events, local business leadership

    Business Report: Weekend events, local business leadership

    Friday, March 17 2017 4:15 PM EDT2017-03-17 20:15:09 GMT

    Today at the Plaza Mall is the second annual leadership symposium of BOMA, the building managers association. 

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    Today at the Plaza Mall is the second annual leadership symposium of BOMA, the building managers association. 

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  • Business Report: C&C Development in Waipahu and Maui Sugar Lands

    Business Report: C&C Development in Waipahu and Maui Sugar Lands

    Thursday, March 16 2017 4:21 PM EDT2017-03-16 20:21:38 GMT

     Castle & Cooke is closer to sales at Puuwai Place, a new development in Waipahu. It’s two long blocks of single-family homes on Paiwa Street, the road next to Waikele Outlets, but below the freeway. The houses back on an old cane haul road...

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     Castle & Cooke is closer to sales at Puuwai Place, a new development in Waipahu. It’s two long blocks of single-family homes on Paiwa Street, the road next to Waikele Outlets, but below the freeway. The houses back on an old cane haul road...

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  • Business Report: Oil and gas drilling in America

    Business Report: Oil and gas drilling in America

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 3:41 PM EDT2017-03-15 19:41:24 GMT

    OPEC production cuts drove oil prices up a, for awhile, but now they're lower again. What happened, while American oil and gas production rose, to make up a lot of the difference? Oil was discovered about a century ago in western Pennsylvania. Then gushers were found in California. Finally, Texas...

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    OPEC production cuts drove oil prices up a, for awhile, but now they're lower again. What happened, while American oil and gas production rose, to make up a lot of the difference? Oil was discovered about a century ago in western Pennsylvania. Then gushers were found in California. Finally, Texas...

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  • Business Report: What different guests want at a resort hotel

    Business Report: What different guests want at a resort hotel

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 3:25 PM EDT2017-03-14 19:25:33 GMT
    Image: Hawaii News NowImage: Hawaii News Now

    There is a fascinating story in Travel Weekly magazine about the Outrigger resort in the Maldives. Let's start by reminding ourselves where the Maldives are.  A string of tiny islands makes its living catering to affluent guests from the Middle East, Russia, Europe and America. Most people have...

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    There is a fascinating story in Travel Weekly magazine about the Outrigger resort in the Maldives. Let's start by reminding ourselves where the Maldives are.  A string of tiny islands makes its living catering to affluent guests from the Middle East, Russia, Europe and America. Most people have...

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  • Business Report: 3/13/17

    Business Report: 3/13/17

    Monday, March 13 2017 3:30 PM EDT2017-03-13 19:30:32 GMT

    A major development on the local restaurant scene: Paul Kosasa of ABC Stores is entering the restaurant business. He’s developing Duke’s Lane & Eatery on the ground floor of the new Hyatt Centric hotel, what used to be the Waikiki Trade Center. Restaurant options will be open there in June. Servco...

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    A major development on the local restaurant scene: Paul Kosasa of ABC Stores is entering the restaurant business. He’s developing Duke’s Lane & Eatery on the ground floor of the new Hyatt Centric hotel, what used to be the Waikiki Trade Center. Restaurant options will be open there in June. Servco...

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  • Business Report: 3/10/17

    Business Report: 3/10/17

    Friday, March 10 2017 3:33 PM EST2017-03-10 20:33:28 GMT

    Happening today – the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Support startup Paradise hand out their entrepreneur and deal of the year awards, 11:30, State Capitol. Starting this weekend, Polynesian Cultural Center has three new food trucks – Sam Choy and Tita's Seafood and Poke – So Da Bomb...

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    Happening today – the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and Support startup Paradise hand out their entrepreneur and deal of the year awards, 11:30, State Capitol. Starting this weekend, Polynesian Cultural Center has three new food trucks – Sam Choy and Tita's Seafood and Poke – So Da Bomb...

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  • Business Report: Health insurance - Who's insured, and how?

    Business Report: Health insurance - Who's insured, and how?

    Thursday, March 9 2017 3:11 PM EST2017-03-09 20:11:39 GMT

    This is a private sector analysis, based on figures from last year, but the proportions are still similar. Almost half – wedges 1, 2, 3, and 4, the green ones – are employer plans: large group, small group, government, and the military's TriCare. The orange wedges, 5, 6, and 7 – are Medicare. The maroon...

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    This is a private sector analysis, based on figures from last year, but the proportions are still similar. Almost half – wedges 1, 2, 3, and 4, the green ones – are employer plans: large group, small group, government, and the military's TriCare. The orange wedges, 5, 6, and 7 – are Medicare. The maroon...

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  • Business Report: Where America has really big trade deficits

    Business Report: Where America has really big trade deficits

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 2:36 PM EST2017-03-08 19:36:53 GMT
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    Bloomberg News represents our trade deficits with various nations with circles. The bigger the circle, the bigger the trade imbalance in percentage terms. You may be surprised at which nations make the biggest circles. In relative terms, for example, Mexico is no big deal. That's partly because Mexican...

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    Bloomberg News represents our trade deficits with various nations with circles. The bigger the circle, the bigger the trade imbalance in percentage terms. You may be surprised at which nations make the biggest circles. In relative terms, for example, Mexico is no big deal. That's partly because Mexican...

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  • Business Report: What makes up the U.S. economy?

    Business Report: What makes up the U.S. economy?

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 2:36 PM EST2017-03-07 19:36:16 GMT

    The Commerce Department this morning reports a 10% spike in the U.S. trade deficit.  Apparently we bought a whole lot of goods manufactured in China. This seems like a good time to put the trade picture in perspective.  There are four main components of the American economy. GDP is gross domestic...

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    The Commerce Department this morning reports a 10% spike in the U.S. trade deficit.  Apparently we bought a whole lot of goods manufactured in China. This seems like a good time to put the trade picture in perspective.  There are four main components of the American economy. GDP is gross domestic...

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  • Business Report: 3/6/17

    Monday, March 6 2017 3:35 PM EST2017-03-06 20:35:17 GMT

    This is National Consumer Protection Week. The Department of Consumer Affairs has a free Consumer Education Fair, Wednesday, 10 a.m., courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building on Merchant Street. The East-West Center today hosts the fourth annual National Climate Assessment Town Hall...

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    This is National Consumer Protection Week. The Department of Consumer Affairs has a free Consumer Education Fair, Wednesday, 10 a.m., courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building on Merchant Street. The East-West Center today hosts the fourth annual National Climate Assessment Town Hall...

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  • Business Report: 3/3/17

    Business Report: 3/3/17

    Friday, March 3 2017 3:15 PM EST2017-03-03 20:15:03 GMT

    Umamiya Shabu Shabu opens tonight - Bernadette and I enjoyed a preview last night - you cook thinly-sliced meats and tasty vegetable bites in hot sauce, boiling at your table. Owner Peter Kim also told us he's reopened the original location of Liliha Bakery. Pieology Pizzeria at Aina Haina Shopping...

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    Umamiya Shabu Shabu opens tonight - Bernadette and I enjoyed a preview last night - you cook thinly-sliced meats and tasty vegetable bites in hot sauce, boiling at your table. Owner Peter Kim also told us he's reopened the original location of Liliha Bakery. Pieology Pizzeria at Aina Haina Shopping...

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  • Business Report: Components of the global economy

    Business Report: Components of the global economy

    Thursday, March 2 2017 2:30 PM EST2017-03-02 19:30:32 GMT

    It’s a different kind of globe, a map of world economies, by size, clustered by continent. The World Bank did the number crunching, national GDPs, or gross domestic products, as of February. Barry Ritholtz, who put this website The Big Picture, made a few observations I agree with. He was surprised...

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    It’s a different kind of globe, a map of world economies, by size, clustered by continent. The World Bank did the number crunching, national GDPs, or gross domestic products, as of February. Barry Ritholtz, who put this website The Big Picture, made a few observations I agree with. He was surprised...

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  • Business Report: Foreign parts in domestic cars

    Business Report: Foreign parts in domestic cars

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 3:34 PM EST2017-03-01 20:34:02 GMT

    Recently, we showed you a drawing of a Boeing jet assembled in South Carolina and pointed how many components come from other countries. The point was, "Made in America" is more complicated than it looks. This morning's chart shows the percentage of U.S. or Canadian parts in cars assembled...

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    Recently, we showed you a drawing of a Boeing jet assembled in South Carolina and pointed how many components come from other countries. The point was, "Made in America" is more complicated than it looks. This morning's chart shows the percentage of U.S. or Canadian parts in cars assembled...

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  • Business Report: Federal Spending

    Business Report: Federal Spending

    Tuesday, February 28 2017 4:07 PM EST2017-02-28 21:07:03 GMT

    The great senator Everett Dirksen, Republican Illinois, famously said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money."

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    The great senator Everett Dirksen, Republican Illinois, famously said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money." 

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  • Business Report: College malarkey course

    Business Report: College malarkey course

    Monday, February 27 2017 4:18 PM EST2017-02-27 21:18:38 GMT

    America is so aroil with contested factuality, academe has responded. 

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    America is so aroil with contested factuality, academe has responded. 

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  • Business Report: 2/24/17

    Business Report: 2/24/17

    Friday, February 24 2017 4:15 PM EST2017-02-24 21:15:00 GMT

    Oahu hotels were 89% full last week – Big Island 86, Kauai 85, Maui, 83% full – room rates mostly keeping pace with inflation – average room rate on Maui was $380 a night, more than $100 more than the other three operating counties – Big Island still performing best on extra room sales. The Hawaii...

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    Oahu hotels were 89% full last week – Big Island 86, Kauai 85, Maui, 83% full – room rates mostly keeping pace with inflation – average room rate on Maui was $380 a night, more than $100 more than the other three operating counties – Big Island still performing best on extra room sales. The Hawaii...

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  • Business Report: The amount of time Trump spends tweeting

    Business Report: The amount of time Trump spends tweeting

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 3:53 PM EST2017-02-22 20:53:42 GMT

    The Washington Post mostly went by daily press pool reports on the president's activities. 

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    The Washington Post mostly went by daily press pool reports on the president's activities. 

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  • Business Report: What you fear most vs. what threatens you most

    Business Report: What you fear most vs. what threatens you most

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 3:44 PM EST2017-02-21 20:44:13 GMT

    Barry Ritholtz, who does the blog "The Big Picture," recently gave a lecture to an MIT conference on how investors misunderstand risk. 

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    Barry Ritholtz, who does the blog "The Big Picture," recently gave a lecture to an MIT conference on how investors misunderstand risk.

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  • Business Report: The truth about Made in America

    Business Report: The truth about Made in America

    Monday, February 20 2017 4:02 PM EST2017-02-20 21:02:55 GMT

    President Trump toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. It’s assembling the newest model of the 787 Dreamliner.  

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    President Trump toured a Boeing plant in South Carolina. It’s assembling the newest model of the 787 Dreamliner. 

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  • Business Report: 2/17/17

    Business Report: 2/17/17

    Friday, February 17 2017 4:45 PM EST2017-02-17 21:45:31 GMT

    Monday is the last day to file general excise tax returns, but the state is late mailing out forms. You can get them online from the state Department of Taxation. The forms are G45 and G49. HPU partners with Island Pacific Academy to let students of all ages earn college credits in Kapolei with HPU...

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    Monday is the last day to file general excise tax returns, but the state is late mailing out forms. You can get them online from the state Department of Taxation. The forms are G45 and G49. HPU partners with Island Pacific Academy to let students of all ages earn college credits in Kapolei with HPU...

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  • Business Report: 2/16/17

    Business Report: 2/16/17

    Thursday, February 16 2017 4:30 PM EST2017-02-16 21:30:51 GMT

    Kmart closed at Waikele but is still paying rent – a lot of rent. PBN reports the annual rent on that space is $4.5 million.

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    Kmart closed at Waikele but is still paying rent – a lot of rent. PBN reports the annual rent on that space is $4.5 million.

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  • Business Report: The Housing Shortage

    Business Report: The Housing Shortage

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 3:28 PM EST2017-02-15 20:28:55 GMT

    A House committee advances an idea to change the tax code and address the housing crisis. 

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    A House committee advances an idea to change the tax code and address the housing crisis.

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  • Business Report: New design ideas for the Nebraska state flag

    Business Report: New design ideas for the Nebraska state flag

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 3:30 PM EST2017-02-14 20:30:22 GMT

    Not just anywhere, but at the state capitol in Lincoln. Upside-down, 10 days. What's strange about this the flag has lots of stuff on it that looks odd upside-down. It has a state seal that includes a train, a steamboat, a house and a blacksmith working on an anvil. And if that's not enough, it has words...

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    Not just anywhere, but at the state capitol in Lincoln. Upside-down, 10 days. What's strange about this the flag has lots of stuff on it that looks odd upside-down. It has a state seal that includes a train, a steamboat, a house and a blacksmith working on an anvil. And if that's not enough, it has words...

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  • Business Report: The twilight of coal as an energy source

    Business Report: The twilight of coal as an energy source

    Monday, February 13 2017 3:23 PM EST2017-02-13 20:23:32 GMT

    Coal is cheap and dirty. If it weren’t for the pollution we’d all love coal. West Virginia and Kentucky still do, because coal means jobs. 

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    Coal is cheap and dirty. If it weren’t for the pollution we’d all love coal. West Virginia and Kentucky still do, because coal means jobs.

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  • Business Report: Statewide Hotel Occupancy (with Legos!)

    Business Report: Statewide Hotel Occupancy (with Legos!)

    Friday, February 10 2017 2:25 PM EST2017-02-10 19:25:42 GMT
    After two weeks of hotel occupancy above 80 percent in all four operating counties, three fell below that level last week. Oahu fell five points to 81 percent full. It was Big Island 79 percent, Maui 78 percent, Kauai 77 percent full. Every one of these numbers is lower than the same time last year. More >>
    After two weeks of hotel occupancy above 80 percent in all four operating counties, three fell below that level last week. Oahu fell five points to 81 percent full. It was Big Island 79 percent, Maui 78 percent, Kauai 77 percent full. Every one of these numbers is lower than the same time last year. More >>
  • Business Report: Which is better - A strong dollar or a weak one?

    Business Report: Which is better - A strong dollar or a weak one?

    Thursday, February 9 2017 2:56 PM EST2017-02-09 19:56:43 GMT

    Suppose you're the president, you've been in business all your life, you went to the Wharton School of Business, and it's three in the morning and you can't for the life of you remember which it is, a stronger dollar is better or a weak one, so you do what anyone would do, you call your national security...

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    Suppose you're the president, you've been in business all your life, you went to the Wharton School of Business, and it's three in the morning and you can't for the life of you remember which it is, a stronger dollar is better or a weak one, so you do what anyone would do, you call your national security...

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  • Business Report: OPEC oil production cuts

    Business Report: OPEC oil production cuts

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 3:06 PM EST2017-02-08 20:06:55 GMT

    The price of oil drives our economy more than anything Washington does. So, one month into the OPEC production cuts, how are those cutbacks going? Bloomberg News made a chart to compare promised cuts with actual cuts. The darker line is the actual production cut, the yellow line is what was promised...

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    The price of oil drives our economy more than anything Washington does. So, one month into the OPEC production cuts, how are those cutbacks going? Bloomberg News made a chart to compare promised cuts with actual cuts. The darker line is the actual production cut, the yellow line is what was promised...

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  • Business Report: 2/3/17

    Business Report: 2/3/17

    Friday, February 3 2017 4:29 PM EST2017-02-03 21:29:06 GMT

    One way of measuring how tight a housing market is, is to measure months of remaining industry – the time it would take to sell all remaining homes for sale is no more came on the market. A year ago it was only 3.1 months. Now it's 2.6 months. Locations Hawaii says it's the lowest in more than 10 years...

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    One way of measuring how tight a housing market is, is to measure months of remaining industry – the time it would take to sell all remaining homes for sale is no more came on the market. A year ago it was only 3.1 months. Now it's 2.6 months. Locations Hawaii says it's the lowest in more than 10 years...

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  • Business Report: 2/2/17

    Business Report: 2/2/17

    Thursday, February 2 2017 4:46 PM EST2017-02-02 21:46:21 GMT

    HCDA rejects a request by Ward Village to drop some conditions for the Aalii tower, where the fish market is now. Ward still has to finish the central plaza and walkways before people move in upstairs. Todd Apo says Ward is still committed to the project, which includes reserved housing for locals...

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    HCDA rejects a request by Ward Village to drop some conditions for the Aalii tower, where the fish market is now. Ward still has to finish the central plaza and walkways before people move in upstairs. Todd Apo says Ward is still committed to the project, which includes reserved housing for locals...

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  • Business Report: Job Quest Job Fair

    Business Report: Job Quest Job Fair

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:15 PM EST2017-02-01 20:15:06 GMT

    Approximately 250 local businesses will be at the Job Quest Job Fair on Wednesday.

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    Approximately 250 local businesses will be at the Job Quest Job Fair on Wednesday.

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  • Business Report: 1/31/17

    Business Report: 1/31/17

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 3:49 PM EST2017-01-31 20:49:40 GMT

    Maui Brewing Company is expanding to Oahu. Today it opens on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber on Kalakaua Avenue. 

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    Maui Brewing Company is expanding to Oahu. Today it opens on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber on Kalakaua Avenue. 

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  • Business Report: America's oil and gas pipelines

    Business Report: America's oil and gas pipelines

    Monday, January 30 2017 4:33 PM EST2017-01-30 21:33:27 GMT

    Pipeline safety has gone onto the front burner, which sounds terribly unsafe.

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    Pipeline safety has gone onto the front burner, which sounds terribly unsafe. ..

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  • Business Report: 1/27/17

    Business Report: 1/27/17

    Friday, January 27 2017 3:58 PM EST2017-01-27 20:58:11 GMT

    Happening this afternoon, the BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show opens at Blaisdell. It runs through the weekend. A three-day pass is $7 and all the other tickets are cheaper. The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Ka Makana Alii. But not until late fall. You'll just have to eat at Five Guys until...

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    Happening this afternoon, the BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show opens at Blaisdell. It runs through the weekend. A three-day pass is $7 and all the other tickets are cheaper. The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Ka Makana Alii. But not until late fall. You'll just have to eat at Five Guys until...

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  • Business Report: The long bull market

    Business Report: The long bull market

    Thursday, January 26 2017 4:22 PM EST2017-01-26 21:22:52 GMT

    NPR did a good chart of the stock market since Wall Street broke the economy in 2008. Stocks have appreciated at about 7% a year, after dialing out inflation. Nothing else has kept up with that, certainly not wages. Credit the Fed with this. It pushed safe bond market interest rates to roughly zero...

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    NPR did a good chart of the stock market since Wall Street broke the economy in 2008. Stocks have appreciated at about 7% a year, after dialing out inflation. Nothing else has kept up with that, certainly not wages. Credit the Fed with this. It pushed safe bond market interest rates to roughly zero...

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  • Business Report: Modified periodic table

    Business Report: Modified periodic table

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 3:55 PM EST2017-01-25 20:55:44 GMT
    You studied it in school - the Periodic Table of the Elements. This morning Howard shows a modified version that makes it easier to learn. Dmitri Mendeleyev created the famous table, which shows the rising atomic numbers in horizontal rows, while also grouping similar characteristics in vertical rows. What could possibly improve on that? Ken Enevoldsen adds a few words on what each element is used for. Like, Americium is used in smoke detectors. Niobium is used for maglev trains...More >>
    You studied it in school - the Periodic Table of the Elements. This morning Howard shows a modified version that makes it easier to learn. Dmitri Mendeleyev created the famous table, which shows the rising atomic numbers in horizontal rows, while also grouping similar characteristics in vertical rows. What could possibly improve on that? Ken Enevoldsen adds a few words on what each element is used for. Like, Americium is used in smoke detectors. Niobium is used for maglev trains...More >>
  • Business Report: Local jobless rates

    Business Report: Local jobless rates

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 4:40 PM EST2017-01-24 21:40:18 GMT

    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, deep details on how low local jobless rates have gone. 

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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, deep details on how low local jobless rates have gone. 

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  • Business Report: Hotel occupancy report for 2nd week of January

    Business Report: Hotel occupancy report for 2nd week of January

    Monday, January 23 2017 2:36 PM EST2017-01-23 19:36:01 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the most recent hotel occupancy report for Hawaii.  

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the most recent hotel occupancy report for Hawaii.  

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  • Business Report: The Inauguration setup

    Business Report: The Inauguration setup

    Thursday, January 19 2017 4:10 PM EST2017-01-19 21:10:23 GMT

    The U.S. Capitol has no back. Officially, it has an east front and a west. The east front looks across a parking lot to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. The west front, on the edge of Capitol Hill, looks down on the National Mall. The Washington Monument is in the distance, and behind...

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    The U.S. Capitol has no back. Officially, it has an east front and a west. The east front looks across a parking lot to the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. The west front, on the edge of Capitol Hill, looks down on the National Mall. The Washington Monument is in the distance, and behind...

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  • Business Report: U.S. Airline profit margins

    Business Report: U.S. Airline profit margins

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 3:03 PM EST2017-01-17 20:03:58 GMT

    Now that all the airlines have reported full-year 2016 profits, who had the best operating margins? Allegiant was tops at 30%. Allegiant flies really old jets it buys outright. No costly lease payments. But full service Alaska Airlines had a 23% operating margin. That’s the same as European no-frill carrier...

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    Now that all the airlines have reported full-year 2016 profits, who had the best operating margins? Allegiant was tops at 30%. Allegiant flies really old jets it buys outright. No costly lease payments. But full service Alaska Airlines had a 23% operating margin. That’s the same as European no-frill carrier...

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  • Business Report: 1/13/17

    Business Report: 1/13/17

    Friday, January 13 2017 2:41 PM EST2017-01-13 19:41:34 GMT

    We always get a visitor bump for New Year's, but this year we seem also to have gotten an echo bump the *second8 week of the new year - Kauai 79% full, the other islands in the low eighties - lower numbers than New Year's week but better than usual, despite room rates mostly in the 300 and 400...

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    We always get a visitor bump for New Year's, but this year we seem also to have gotten an echo bump the *second8 week of the new year - Kauai 79% full, the other islands in the low eighties - lower numbers than New Year's week but better than usual, despite room rates mostly in the 300 and 400...

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  • Castle Medical Center finalizes purchase of the Hawaii Pacific University Windward Campus for future expansion and services

    Castle Medical Center finalizes purchase of the Hawaii Pacific University Windward Campus for future expansion and services

    Thursday, January 12 2017 2:27 PM EST2017-01-12 19:27:01 GMT

    Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) and Castle Medical Center (CMC) confirmed today the sale and purchase of HPU’s 135-acre Hawaii Loa campus for CMC’s expansion. HPU will continue its operations on the property until 2020, while it stages the university’s transition to a singular campus in downtown...

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    Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) and Castle Medical Center (CMC) confirmed today the sale and purchase of HPU’s 135-acre Hawaii Loa campus for CMC’s expansion. HPU will continue its operations on the property until 2020, while it stages the university’s transition to a singular campus in downtown...

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  • Business Report: 1/11/17

    Business Report: 1/11/17

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 3:01 PM EST2017-01-11 20:01:38 GMT

    When “Avatar” came out, I said the only way Hilton Hawaiian Village could further expand would be a tower floating in the air attached to the ground by blue vegetation. Apparently I was wrong. Not only is Hilton building a tower on the Hale Koa edge of its property, but PBN reports Hilton’s spun-off timeshare...

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    When “Avatar” came out, I said the only way Hilton Hawaiian Village could further expand would be a tower floating in the air attached to the ground by blue vegetation. Apparently I was wrong. Not only is Hilton building a tower on the Hale Koa edge of its property, but PBN reports Hilton’s spun-off timeshare...

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  • Business Report: 1/6/17

    Business Report: 1/6/17

    Friday, January 6 2017 2:46 PM EST2017-01-06 19:46:29 GMT

    Wallet Hub ranks hundreds of U.S. cities for their suitability for an active lifestyle. Most of the factors they measures were outdoor environment and sports facilities, weighted rather heavily to indoor facilities. Weather was relegated to less than 4% of the total. A third was the cost of stuff. That's snowed-in...

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    Wallet Hub ranks hundreds of U.S. cities for their suitability for an active lifestyle. Most of the factors they measures were outdoor environment and sports facilities, weighted rather heavily to indoor facilities. Weather was relegated to less than 4% of the total. A third was the cost of stuff. That's snowed-in...

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  • Business Report: Council on Revenues

    Business Report: Council on Revenues

    Thursday, January 5 2017 2:58 PM EST2017-01-05 19:58:13 GMT

    This morning, what really happens when the Council on Revenues meets. 

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    This morning, what really happens when the Council on Revenues meets. 

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  • Business Report: Revolutionizing the cruise business

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-01-04 20:57:14 GMT

    The technology is being unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Carnival has been working on a system that tracks each passenger an offers services where he goes. They give you a medallion that has electronic information on you, and you carry it as you walk around the ship...

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    The technology is being unveiled today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Carnival has been working on a system that tracks each passenger an offers services where he goes. They give you a medallion that has electronic information on you, and you carry it as you walk around the ship...

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  • Business Report: Howard's New Year's resolutions

    Business Report: Howard's New Year's resolutions

    Tuesday, January 3 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-01-03 20:57:47 GMT

    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard lists out his New Year's resolutions and also shows that the key to keeping resolutions is to keep them reasonable.

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    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard lists out his New Year's resolutions and also shows that the key to keeping resolutions is to keep them reasonable.

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  • Business Report: 2016 visitors by major market

    Business Report: 2016 visitors by major market

    Monday, January 2 2017 3:51 PM EST2017-01-02 20:51:14 GMT

    In 2016 the only major visitor segment to decline was Canadians, down more than 7%. But Canadians still make up more than 5% of our visitors, or one in 20. Japanese visitors, up slightly make up three in 20 visitors. That’s a little more than all our other international visitors put together. Which leaves...

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    In 2016 the only major visitor segment to decline was Canadians, down more than 7%. But Canadians still make up more than 5% of our visitors, or one in 20. Japanese visitors, up slightly make up three in 20 visitors. That’s a little more than all our other international visitors put together. Which leaves...

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  • Business Report: 12/30/16

    Business Report: 12/30/16

    Friday, December 30 2016 4:04 PM EST2016-12-30 21:04:20 GMT

    Wanna manage a eucalyptus forest? No koalas, please. LHF Lopiwa notified Kamehameha Schools it won’t renew its lease on the Hamakua eucalyptus plantation.

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    Wanna manage a eucalyptus forest? No koalas, please. LHF Lopiwa notified Kamehameha Schools it won’t renew its lease on the Hamakua eucalyptus plantation.

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  • Business Report: 12/29/16

    Business Report: 12/29/16

    Thursday, December 29 2016 4:39 PM EST2016-12-29 21:39:48 GMT

    Let's break November tourism down by island. Visitor counts rose moderately on most islands but rose 5.5% to Kauai and the Big Island and 51% to Lanai, reflecting the reopening of Manele Bay. Kauai jumped up traffic by offering deals, and saw 4.7% less spending. Oahu also fell, but only a fifth of a percent...

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    Let's break November tourism down by island. Visitor counts rose moderately on most islands but rose 5.5% to Kauai and the Big Island and 51% to Lanai, reflecting the reopening of Manele Bay. Kauai jumped up traffic by offering deals, and saw 4.7% less spending. Oahu also fell, but only a fifth of a percent...

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  • Business Report: 12/28/16

    Business Report: 12/28/16

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 4:17 PM EST2016-12-28 21:17:26 GMT

    JFC, the largest distributor of Japanese food products in North America and the company behind Kikkoman, is selling its offices and warehouse near Pearlridge. 

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    JFC, the largest distributor of Japanese food products in North America and the company behind Kikkoman, is selling its offices and warehouse near Pearlridge. 

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  • Business Report: Tourism slogans that fall short

    Business Report: Tourism slogans that fall short

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 3:17 PM EST2016-12-27 20:17:42 GMT

    The New York Times has an amusing article with the headline, “Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!”  Family Break Finder .com compiled English language tourism slogans from around the world. Many are alluringly alliterative, like Brilliant Barbados, Epic Estonia and Remarkable Rwanda...

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    The New York Times has an amusing article with the headline, “Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!”  Family Break Finder .com compiled English language tourism slogans from around the world. Many are alluringly alliterative, like Brilliant Barbados, Epic Estonia and Remarkable Rwanda...

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  • Business Report: The changing face of post holiday retail store sales

    Business Report: The changing face of post holiday retail store sales

    Monday, December 26 2016 4:25 PM EST2016-12-26 21:25:23 GMT

    Some retailers call it the second season - an opportunity to cut prices, move out the unsold merchandise - and recover their costs on what didn't sell before Christmas. The original idea was to sell a little somethin'-somethin' to people coming back for bargains. But that was a specialized market. So stores...

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    Some retailers call it the second season - an opportunity to cut prices, move out the unsold merchandise - and recover their costs on what didn't sell before Christmas. The original idea was to sell a little somethin'-somethin' to people coming back for bargains. But that was a specialized market. So stores...

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  • Business Report: Holiday edition of 'Hotel Occupancy Report'

    Business Report: Holiday edition of 'Hotel Occupancy Report'

    Friday, December 23 2016 4:34 PM EST2016-12-23 21:34:08 GMT
    Howard Dicus brought out his legos again for this holiday edition of "Hotel Occupancy Report." Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    Howard Dicus brought out his legos again for this holiday edition of "Hotel Occupancy Report." Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: Population shifts between states

    Business Report: Population shifts between states

    Thursday, December 22 2016 3:49 PM EST2016-12-22 20:49:26 GMT

    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics: Population shifts between the states. 

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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics: Population shifts between the states. 

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  • Business Report: America's undocumented immigrants

    Business Report: America's undocumented immigrants

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-12-21 20:21:27 GMT

    In this morning's "Illustrated Economics," Howard had a map that showed where undocumented immigrants are spread out across the country.

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    In this morning's "Illustrated Economics," Howard had a map that showed where undocumented immigrants are spread out across the country.

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  • Business Report: Bed sizes around the world

    Business Report: Bed sizes around the world

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 2:48 PM EST2016-12-20 19:48:47 GMT

    In today's Business Report: bed sizes. The fundamental thing about beds for two people is, no matter how big it is, you can always snuggle. 

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    In today's Business Report: bed sizes. The fundamental thing about beds for two people is, no matter how big it is, you can always snuggle. 

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  • Business Report: Local employment data

    Business Report: Local employment data

    Monday, December 19 2016 4:18 PM EST2016-12-19 21:18:51 GMT

    It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics. This morning, drilling deep into the local employment data. 

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    It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics. This morning, drilling deep into the local employment data. 

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  • Business Report: Hotel Occupancy Report

    Business Report: Hotel Occupancy Report

    Friday, December 9 2016 3:45 PM EST2016-12-09 20:45:24 GMT
    In Friday's edition of "Business Report," Howard brought out the legos for another hotel occupancy report from Joe Toy's Hospitality Advisors. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In Friday's edition of "Business Report," Howard brought out the legos for another hotel occupancy report from Joe Toy's Hospitality Advisors. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: Expansion of the Sahara

    Business Report: Expansion of the Sahara

    Thursday, December 8 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-12-08 20:54:00 GMT

    Agriculture can't grow food in a desert. So it's a big issue when the world's biggest desert is spreading. 

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    Agriculture can't grow food in a desert. So it's a big issue when the world's biggest desert is spreading. 

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  • Business Report: Selling the stock market short

    Business Report: Selling the stock market short

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 3:11 PM EST2016-12-06 20:11:57 GMT

    This graphic is called, "Smart-sounding reasons to sell stocks, during a period in which the market went up 100 times after inflation." This is from Morgan Housel, an occasionally contributor to Motley Fool. This shows the stock market on an inexorable climb, interrupted by momentarily plunges...

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    This graphic is called, "Smart-sounding reasons to sell stocks, during a period in which the market went up 100 times after inflation." This is from Morgan Housel, an occasionally contributor to Motley Fool. This shows the stock market on an inexorable climb, interrupted by momentarily plunges...

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  • Business Report: 12/2/16

    Business Report: 12/2/16

    Friday, December 2 2016 3:51 PM EST2016-12-02 20:51:41 GMT

    Hawaiian Electric donates 10 grand to the Blood Bank of Hawaii. The blood bank dates back to 1941 when plasma was kept in cold storage at a Hawaiian Electric building on Alakea Street. During the war, blood drives were staffed by Hawaiian Electric’s Girls Athletic Association. They were known...

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    Hawaiian Electric donates 10 grand to the Blood Bank of Hawaii. The blood bank dates back to 1941 when plasma was kept in cold storage at a Hawaiian Electric building on Alakea Street. During the war, blood drives were staffed by Hawaiian Electric’s Girls Athletic Association. They were known...

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  • Business Report: 12/1/16

    Business Report: 12/1/16

    Thursday, December 1 2016 4:12 PM EST2016-12-01 21:12:01 GMT

    24 Hour Fitness opens at Ka Makana Alii, the new mall between Ewa and Kapolei – grand opening is Saturday, nine to one – Hawaiian blessing AND the Kapolei High School Marching Band. The Hawaii chapter of the American Marketing Association is accepting nominations for its annual awards...

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    24 Hour Fitness opens at Ka Makana Alii, the new mall between Ewa and Kapolei – grand opening is Saturday, nine to one – Hawaiian blessing AND the Kapolei High School Marching Band. The Hawaii chapter of the American Marketing Association is accepting nominations for its annual awards...

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  • Business Report: What does Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary mean for Honolulu rail?

    Business Report: What does Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary mean for Honolulu rail?

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 4:53 PM EST2016-11-30 21:53:40 GMT

    In the world of trains, Chao is regarded as a known quantity.

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    In the world of trains, Chao is regarded as a known quantity. 

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  • Business Report: The year of the 'unsubstantiated' charges of voter fraud

    Business Report: The year of the 'unsubstantiated' charges of voter fraud

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-11-29 21:16:58 GMT

    First Donald Trump said the system was rigged and fraud was rampant. Now the other side, lead by Libertarian candidate Jill Stein, is making the same charge. State elections officials say they're both wrong and fraud, if any, was too rare to affect results. The Washington Post seems especially...

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    First Donald Trump said the system was rigged and fraud was rampant. Now the other side, lead by Libertarian candidate Jill Stein, is making the same charge. State elections officials say they're both wrong and fraud, if any, was too rare to affect results. The Washington Post seems especially...

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  • Business Report: Update on distribution of wealth

    Business Report: Update on distribution of wealth

    Monday, November 28 2016 4:28 PM EST2016-11-28 21:28:31 GMT

    Deutschebank has released an updated graph showing the distribution of wealth. The blue line shows the bottom 90%, but the red line is not the top 10%. It is not the top 1%.  It is the top one-tenth of one percent. Not since the Roaring Twenties have those people had more wealth than all the...

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    Deutschebank has released an updated graph showing the distribution of wealth. The blue line shows the bottom 90%, but the red line is not the top 10%. It is not the top 1%.  It is the top one-tenth of one percent. Not since the Roaring Twenties have those people had more wealth than all the...

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  • Business Report: 11/23/16

    Business Report: 11/23/16

    Wednesday, November 23 2016 4:09 PM EST2016-11-23 21:09:48 GMT

    More than 15,000 Hawaii white collar workers are affected by a Texas federal judge's order, blocking an Obama rule on white collar overtime.A salaried worker doesn't get overtime pay unless she or makes less than $24,000 a year. The cutoff has been raising in many years. The administration...

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    More than 15,000 Hawaii white collar workers are affected by a Texas federal judge's order, blocking an Obama rule on white collar overtime.A salaried worker doesn't get overtime pay unless she or makes less than $24,000 a year. The cutoff has been raising in many years. The administration...

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  • Business Report: 11/22/16

    Business Report: 11/22/16

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-11-22 21:00:39 GMT

    Stanford Carr breaks ground on a new residential development in Lahaina – more than 100 houses plus more than 100 townhomes, just south of Lahaina Cannery Mall.

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    Stanford Carr breaks ground on a new residential development in Lahaina – more than 100 houses plus more than 100 townhomes, just south of Lahaina Cannery Mall. 

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  • Business Report: Politics concerning the Honolulu Zoo

    Business Report: Politics concerning the Honolulu Zoo

    Monday, November 21 2016 4:07 PM EST2016-11-21 21:07:03 GMT

    Last week we had Zoo Director Baird Fleming on, and chatted amiably about plans for the future and what the Zoo needs to get re-accredited. Fleming never mentioned he was applying for jobs on the mainland, and had gotten a zoo gig in New Mexico. Fleming may have felt constrained not...

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    Last week we had Zoo Director Baird Fleming on, and chatted amiably about plans for the future and what the Zoo needs to get re-accredited. Fleming never mentioned he was applying for jobs on the mainland, and had gotten a zoo gig in New Mexico. Fleming may have felt constrained not...

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  • Business Report: 11/18/16

    Business Report: 11/18/16

    Friday, November 18 2016 3:59 PM EST2016-11-18 20:59:35 GMT

    The Hawaii Open is the first local tournament by the Women’s Tennis Association. It starts Sunday and runs all next week at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. The Hawaii Tourism Authority sponsors it. Steve Sombrero’s Aloha Beer Company opens a new brewery at 700 Queen Street...

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    The Hawaii Open is the first local tournament by the Women’s Tennis Association. It starts Sunday and runs all next week at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. The Hawaii Tourism Authority sponsors it. Steve Sombrero’s Aloha Beer Company opens a new brewery at 700 Queen Street...

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  • Business Report: 11/17/16

    Business Report: 11/17/16

    Thursday, November 17 2016 4:06 PM EST2016-11-17 21:06:38 GMT

    The Honolulu Board of Realtors says Pearl City and Aiea saw more than twice as many home sales in October as they had last year. New listings rose 6%. Salt Lake was also hot. What do these communities have common? Buyers are NOT living beyond the H-1/H-2 merge, and they have a couple...

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    The Honolulu Board of Realtors says Pearl City and Aiea saw more than twice as many home sales in October as they had last year. New listings rose 6%. Salt Lake was also hot. What do these communities have common? Buyers are NOT living beyond the H-1/H-2 merge, and they have a couple...

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  • Business Report: On-time records for select airports

    Business Report: On-time records for select airports

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 4:06 PM EST2016-11-16 21:06:18 GMT

    This Wednesday's Business Report Illustrated Economics focused on on-time records of selected airports, including JFK, SFO and IAD.  

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    This Wednesday's Business Report Illustrated Economics focused on on-time records of selected airports, including JFK, SFO and IAD.  

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  • Business Report: 11/15/16

    Business Report: 11/15/16

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 3:59 PM EST2016-11-15 20:59:40 GMT

    Honolulu-based Cardax reports its first sales of synthetic astroxanthin. After meeting with 50 local doctors to explain the benefits of its product, Cardax is now getting getting online orders for it. Royal Hawaiian Orchards, the Big Island macnut consortium, reports a small loss for the summer...

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    Honolulu-based Cardax reports its first sales of synthetic astroxanthin. After meeting with 50 local doctors to explain the benefits of its product, Cardax is now getting getting online orders for it. Royal Hawaiian Orchards, the Big Island macnut consortium, reports a small loss for the summer...

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  • Business Report: State tax revenue

    Business Report: State tax revenue

    Monday, November 14 2016 3:50 PM EST2016-11-14 20:50:07 GMT

    Howard Dicus had an update on state tax revenue. 

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    Howard Dicus had an update on state tax revenue. 

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  • Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, November 11 2016 3:34 PM EST2016-11-11 20:34:06 GMT

    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus has this week's hotel occupancy report from Joe Toy's Hospitality Advisors.

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    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus has this week's hotel occupancy report from Joe Toy's Hospitality Advisors.

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  • Business Report: Political parties across the US on Election Day

    Business Report: Political parties across the US on Election Day

    Thursday, November 10 2016 3:45 PM EST2016-11-10 20:45:37 GMT

    If every state and every county were divided politically, we would sense when an election would be close. 

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    If every state and every county were divided politically, we would sense when an election would be close. 

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  • Business Report: Stock markets after Trump win

    Business Report: Stock markets after Trump win

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 2:41 PM EST2016-11-09 19:41:32 GMT

    The Tokyo stock market lost 5 percent of its value overnight. Asia markets in general closed lower, and European markets have been lower this morning to a smaller degree. Gold went over $1,300 an ounce. 

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    The Tokyo stock market lost 5 percent of its value overnight. Asia markets in general closed lower, and European markets have been lower this morning to a smaller degree. Gold went over $1,300 an ounce. 

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  • Business Report: Corporations that pay the least US taxes

    Business Report: Corporations that pay the least US taxes

    Monday, November 7 2016 2:43 PM EST2016-11-07 19:43:38 GMT

    This morning, which corporations pay the least U.S. taxes?

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    This morning, which corporations pay the least U.S. taxes?

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  • Business Report: 11/4/16

    Business Report: 11/4/16

    Friday, November 4 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-11-04 19:47:11 GMT

    The nation's unemployment rate falls one tenth, from 5% to 4.9. Employers added 161,000 jobs last month. Average pay is up 2.8%, the biggest year-to-year improvement in seven years. Hilton says it has hired 300 vets in three years to work at Hilton properties in Hawaii – and thousands nationwide...

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    The nation's unemployment rate falls one tenth, from 5% to 4.9. Employers added 161,000 jobs last month. Average pay is up 2.8%, the biggest year-to-year improvement in seven years. Hilton says it has hired 300 vets in three years to work at Hilton properties in Hawaii – and thousands nationwide...

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  • Extraterrestrial search of precious metals could be profoundly profitable

    Extraterrestrial search of precious metals could be profoundly profitable

    Thursday, November 3 2016 2:24 PM EDT2016-11-03 18:24:28 GMT

    For Thursday's edition of Illustrated Economics, Howard discussed a potential source of precious metals that are out of this world, literally.

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    For Thursday's edition of Illustrated Economics, Howard discussed a potential source of precious metals that are out of this world, literally.

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  • A closer look into Thanksgiving flight trends

    A closer look into Thanksgiving flight trends

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 2:41 PM EDT2016-11-01 18:41:44 GMT

    For Tuesday's edition of Illustrated Economics, Howard explained Thanksgiving travel patterns. 

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    For Tuesday's edition of Illustrated Economics, Howard explained Thanksgiving travel patterns. 

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  • Air capacity numbers for November analyzed

    Air capacity numbers for November analyzed

    Monday, October 31 2016 3:30 PM EDT2016-10-31 19:30:48 GMT

    November's international air capacity numbers are in, and while projects for shoulder season is encouraging, there are still some challenges the Hawaii tourism industry faces. 

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    November's international air capacity numbers are in, and while projects for shoulder season is encouraging, there are still some challenges the Hawaii tourism industry faces. 

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  • Air seats ease to Oahu; still rising to other islands

    Air seats ease to Oahu; still rising to other islands

    Monday, October 31 2016 1:53 PM EDT2016-10-31 17:53:19 GMT

    This year's surprise expansion of Hawaii tourism can continue to year's end, but for it to happen the planes landing at Honolulu International will have to be a little fuller.   

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    This year's surprise expansion of Hawaii tourism can continue to year's end, but for it to happen the planes landing at Honolulu International will have to be a little fuller.   

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  • Business Report: 10/28/16

    Business Report: 10/28/16

    Friday, October 28 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-10-28 20:00:56 GMT

    This morning is the launch of Delta service from Minneapolis to Honolulu. The original plan was to run flights through April, but this week Delta said it will keep the service going through Labor Day. After that we'll see. Delta includes the former Northwest Airlines, which was based in Minneapolis...

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    This morning is the launch of Delta service from Minneapolis to Honolulu. The original plan was to run flights through April, but this week Delta said it will keep the service going through Labor Day. After that we'll see. Delta includes the former Northwest Airlines, which was based in Minneapolis...

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  • Business Report: Cost of climate change

    Business Report: Cost of climate change

    Thursday, October 27 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-10-27 21:10:53 GMT
    Corporate polluters have encouraged climate change denial because if you admit something is going on, you have to do something, and that will cost money. But BlackRock, an epicenter of stock investment savvy, says investors need to be realistic. Climate change eventually will spur costly regulations, not to mention the cost of responding to hurricane and tornado damage, and the cost of moving infrastucture before it drowns. Some companies will do better when that happens; others will...More >>
    Corporate polluters have encouraged climate change denial because if you admit something is going on, you have to do something, and that will cost money. But BlackRock, an epicenter of stock investment savvy, says investors need to be realistic. Climate change eventually will spur costly regulations, not to mention the cost of responding to hurricane and tornado damage, and the cost of moving infrastucture before it drowns. Some companies will do better when that happens; others will...More >>
  • Business Report: The trade agreement between Canada and Europe

    Business Report: The trade agreement between Canada and Europe

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 4:27 PM EDT2016-10-26 20:27:12 GMT

    A trade agreement between Canada and the European Community is all ready to be signed, but it hasn't been signed. It hasn't even been approved. So what's the holdup? The holdup is just one small European country. In fact, it's only HALF a country. The country is Belgium, located between...

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    A trade agreement between Canada and the European Community is all ready to be signed, but it hasn't been signed. It hasn't even been approved. So what's the holdup? The holdup is just one small European country. In fact, it's only HALF a country. The country is Belgium, located between...

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  • Business Report: Health care premiums increase

    Business Report: Health care premiums increase

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 3:39 PM EDT2016-10-25 19:39:38 GMT

    Obamacare costs aren’t doubling nationwide, as has been said on the campaign trail. But in most places they are up.

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    Obamacare costs aren’t doubling nationwide, as has been said on the campaign trail. But in most places they are up.

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  • Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, October 21 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-10-21 21:08:56 GMT
    Howard brought the legos to Ka Makana Alii for Friday's edition of the "Hotel Occupancy Report"! Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    Howard brought the legos to Ka Makana Alii for Friday's edition of the "Hotel Occupancy Report"! Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: 10/20/16

    Business Report: 10/20/16

    Thursday, October 20 2016 5:32 PM EDT2016-10-20 21:32:30 GMT

    Honolulu-based Outrigger is building its first loyalty program. It's the newest brand to join the Global Hotel Alliance. 

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    Honolulu-based Outrigger is building its first loyalty program. It's the newest brand to join the Global Hotel Alliance. 

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  • Business Report: Biggest export markets

    Business Report: Biggest export markets

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 4:12 PM EDT2016-10-19 20:12:27 GMT
    In Howard's "Illustrated Economics," he shows a map of the biggest export and import markets, state by state.    Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In Howard's "Illustrated Economics," he shows a map of the biggest export and import markets, state by state.    Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: Summer consumer and business spending

    Business Report: Summer consumer and business spending

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 3:29 PM EDT2016-10-18 19:29:53 GMT
    In Howard's Illustrated Economics, he discusses summer consumer and business spending. The data comes from First Hawaiian Bank, which tallies the summer total of all the credit and debit card charges in processed in the third quarter, July, August and September.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In Howard's Illustrated Economics, he discusses summer consumer and business spending. The data comes from First Hawaiian Bank, which tallies the summer total of all the credit and debit card charges in processed in the third quarter, July, August and September.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: 10/14/16

    Business Report: 10/14/16

    Friday, October 14 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-10-14 20:44:08 GMT

    Opening today – Piggy Smalls, by the same people who gave you The Pig and the Lady downtown. This little piggy is in the former Kua’Aina space at Ward. The sixth annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival – tomorrow, Ward Village Courtyard. More than two dozen exhibitors this year. The third...

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    Opening today – Piggy Smalls, by the same people who gave you The Pig and the Lady downtown. This little piggy is in the former Kua’Aina space at Ward. The sixth annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival – tomorrow, Ward Village Courtyard. More than two dozen exhibitors this year. The third...

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  • Business Report: Wells Fargo CEO

    Business Report: Wells Fargo CEO

    Thursday, October 13 2016 3:28 PM EDT2016-10-13 19:28:20 GMT

    Wave bye-bye to John Stumpf, who is dumped as head of Wells Fargo Bank. 

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    Wave bye-bye to John Stumpf, who is dumped as head of Wells Fargo Bank. 

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  • Business Report: Best-selling cars

    Business Report: Best-selling cars

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 4:16 PM EDT2016-10-12 20:16:11 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard has new numbers on Hawaii's best-selling car models. 

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard has new numbers on Hawaii's best-selling car models. 

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  • Business Report: 10/11/16

    Business Report: 10/11/16

    Tuesday, October 11 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-10-11 21:08:06 GMT

    Mirae Asset of South Korea owns the Fairmont Orchid and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki – now PBN reports Mirae is buying land in back of the Hyatt, at 138 Uluniu – currently Chase Car Rental. The seller is the Blackstone Group. The land is zoned for resort development. Hyatt needs hundreds...

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    Mirae Asset of South Korea owns the Fairmont Orchid and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki – now PBN reports Mirae is buying land in back of the Hyatt, at 138 Uluniu – currently Chase Car Rental. The seller is the Blackstone Group. The land is zoned for resort development. Hyatt needs hundreds...

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  • Business Report: When good news is bad news

    Business Report: When good news is bad news

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 4:42 PM EDT2016-10-05 20:42:32 GMT

    Any historian will tell you that the plague killed one out of three people in Europe, the rest inherited, and people had all the land and housing and furniture they needed, freeing them to buy the textiles and spices that spurred long distance trade.

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    Any historian will tell you that the plague killed one out of three people in Europe, the rest inherited, and people had all the land and housing and furniture they needed, freeing them to buy the textiles and spices that spurred long distance trade.

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  • Business Report: The most expensive cities for rent

    Business Report: The most expensive cities for rent

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 4:58 PM EDT2016-10-04 20:58:56 GMT

    We’ve mentioned before that New York has the nation’s highest rent, followed by San Francisco. 

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    We’ve mentioned before that New York has the nation’s highest rent, followed by San Francisco. 

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  • UH economist discusses findings in new economic report

    UH economist discusses findings in new economic report

    Monday, October 3 2016 5:31 PM EDT2016-10-03 21:31:48 GMT

    A new economic report just released is showing that the construction boom will soon be tapering off beginning in 2018. 

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    A new economic report just released is showing that the construction boom will soon be tapering off beginning in 2018.  

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  • Business Report: 10/3/16

    Business Report: 10/3/16

    Monday, October 3 2016 4:51 PM EDT2016-10-03 20:51:26 GMT

    The August visitor report turned out really good, not just the headline numbers but many of the fine print details.

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    The August visitor report turned out really good, not just the headline numbers but many of the fine print details. 

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  • Business Report: 9/30/16

    Business Report: 9/30/16

    Friday, September 30 2016 4:52 PM EDT2016-09-30 20:52:41 GMT

    The Hawaii Tourism Conference wraps up today with culinary tourism, Food Network's Adam Richmond moderating a panel with Roy Yamaguchi, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Greens and Randy King of Seawind Tours. 

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    The Hawaii Tourism Conference wraps up today with culinary tourism, Food Network's Adam Richmond moderating a panel with Roy Yamaguchi, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Greens and Randy King of Seawind Tours.

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  • Business Report: National Coffee Day

    Business Report: National Coffee Day

    Thursday, September 29 2016 4:35 PM EDT2016-09-29 20:35:15 GMT

    Two-thirds of adults drink coffee, so WalletHub ranks the best cities for coffee lovers.  

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    Two-thirds of adults drink coffee, so WalletHub ranks the best cities for coffee lovers. 

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  • Business Report: Fall employment prospects

    Business Report: Fall employment prospects

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-09-28 21:29:40 GMT

    Manpower Incorporated interviewed employers nationwide about their fourth quarter plans. 

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    Manpower Incorporated interviewed employers nationwide about their fourth quarter plans. 

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  • Director of Hawaii Labor Department addresses hotel project investigation

    Director of Hawaii Labor Department addresses hotel project investigation

    Friday, September 23 2016 3:45 PM EDT2016-09-23 19:45:04 GMT

    State inspectors caught a Texas construction company misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

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    State inspectors caught a Texas construction company misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

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  • Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, September 23 2016 3:23 PM EDT2016-09-23 19:23:19 GMT
    It's that time of week again -- Howard breaks down the hotel occupancy report for each island.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.   More >>
    It's that time of week again -- Howard breaks down the hotel occupancy report for each island.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.   More >>
  • Business Report: Hawaiian Airlines, Jamba Juice, Minamoto Kitchen, PBS Hawaii

    Business Report: Hawaiian Airlines, Jamba Juice, Minamoto Kitchen, PBS Hawaii

    Thursday, September 22 2016 4:54 PM EDT2016-09-22 20:54:00 GMT

    Hawaiian Airlines is starting to implement new fuel economies on long flights.

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    Hawaiian Airlines is starting to implement new fuel economies on long flights.

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  • Business Report: Jobless rates

    Business Report: Jobless rates

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-09-20 20:07:56 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard breaks down new unemployment data from the state, covering the month of August. 

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard breaks down new unemployment data from the state, covering the month of August. 

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  • Business report: The nation's two wealthiest areas

    Business report: The nation's two wealthiest areas

    Monday, September 19 2016 4:03 PM EDT2016-09-19 20:03:38 GMT

    The most affluent metro areas in the Republic are Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley. They have been for years, but Silicon Valley is now pulling away from D.C. This is median household income, adjusted for inflation, over the past decade.  The steady line is the D.C. area, where so many people...

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    The most affluent metro areas in the Republic are Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley. They have been for years, but Silicon Valley is now pulling away from D.C. This is median household income, adjusted for inflation, over the past decade.  The steady line is the D.C. area, where so many people...

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  • Howard Explains Why Middle Class is Shrinking

    Howard Explains Why Middle Class is Shrinking

    Friday, September 16 2016 4:06 PM EDT2016-09-16 20:06:37 GMT

    Today Howard focuses on the vanishing middle class in his "Illustrated Economics." The following charts are from a report on U.S. income polarization by the International Monetary Fund. First of all, how do we define the economic classes? This study starts...

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    Today Howard focuses on the vanishing middle class in his "Illustrated Economics." The following charts are from a report on U.S. income polarization by the International Monetary Fund. First of all, how do we define the economic classes? This study starts...

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  • Business Report: Pension liabilities by state

    Business Report: Pension liabilities by state

    Thursday, September 15 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-09-15 20:13:01 GMT

    According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, only two states have surpluses in their pension funds, South Dakota and Wisconsin. New York is close, in the red by only $74 per person. But about half the states own hundreds or thousands per person. Five states own $7,000 per person, including Illinois...

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    According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, only two states have surpluses in their pension funds, South Dakota and Wisconsin. New York is close, in the red by only $74 per person. But about half the states own hundreds or thousands per person. Five states own $7,000 per person, including Illinois...

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  • Business Report: 9/14/2016

    Business Report: 9/14/2016

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 5:09 PM EDT2016-09-14 21:09:29 GMT

    The nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative gets its biggest-ever single commitment to reforest native trees in Hawaii. The Hawaii Convention Center will plant 1 million legacy trees statewide. The original goal of the initiative was to plant one tree for every person in the state...

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    The nonprofit Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative gets its biggest-ever single commitment to reforest native trees in Hawaii. The Hawaii Convention Center will plant 1 million legacy trees statewide. The original goal of the initiative was to plant one tree for every person in the state...

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  • Business Report: Economic impact of Hawaii's seed farms

    Business Report: Economic impact of Hawaii's seed farms

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 4:11 PM EDT2016-09-13 20:11:37 GMT

    Seed farming is controversial because of concerns about GMOs and pesticides.

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    Seed farming is controversial because of concerns about GMOs and pesticides.

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  • Business Report: Why giant financial firms make giant mistakes

    Business Report: Why giant financial firms make giant mistakes

    Monday, September 12 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-09-12 21:17:41 GMT

    Wells Fargo is firing 5,000 employees for creating credit card accounts and bank accounts for thousands of customers who didn’t ask for them and didn’t know the accounts existed. 

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    Wells Fargo is firing 5,000 employees for creating credit card accounts and bank accounts for thousands of customers who didn’t ask for them and didn’t know the accounts existed. 

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  • Business Report: The Duck Curve

    Business Report: The Duck Curve

    Friday, September 9 2016 4:20 PM EDT2016-09-09 20:20:35 GMT

    Electric company load factors across the middle of the day. This data comes from March, and it comes from California.

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    Electric company load factors across the middle of the day. This data comes from March, and it comes from California.

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  • Business Report: Home delivery by supermarkets

    Business Report: Home delivery by supermarkets

    Thursday, September 8 2016 5:02 PM EDT2016-09-08 21:02:30 GMT

    As you know, Safeway is doing home delivery in a bunch of neighborhoods on south shore and windward Oahu.

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    As you know, Safeway is doing home delivery in a bunch of neighborhoods on south shore and windward Oahu.

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  • Business Report: Competition in the Oahu real estate market hits an all-time high

    Business Report: Competition in the Oahu real estate market hits an all-time high

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 3:45 PM EDT2016-09-07 19:45:50 GMT

    Locations published its Oahu Residential Real Estate Report for August 2016. The report, which analyzes sales activity for more than 350 Oahu neighborhoods, concludes that the residential real estate market is increasingly competitive compared to the same month last year. Competition...

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    Locations published its Oahu Residential Real Estate Report for August 2016. The report, which analyzes sales activity for more than 350 Oahu neighborhoods, concludes that the residential real estate market is increasingly competitive compared to the same month last year. Competition...

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  • September airline seats: A small increase, Japan down

    September airline seats: A small increase, Japan down

    Tuesday, September 6 2016 3:57 PM EDT2016-09-06 19:57:38 GMT

    This month’s air capacity to Hawaii will be up from last year by less than 1%, with declines from Japan and Canada offsetting increases from other places. 

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    This month’s air capacity to Hawaii will be up from last year by less than 1%, with declines from Japan and Canada offsetting increases from other places. 

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  • Business Report: Real estate investments as a possible economic indicator

    Business Report: Real estate investments as a possible economic indicator

    Monday, September 5 2016 4:04 PM EDT2016-09-05 20:04:07 GMT

    A new Colliers report says total commercial real estate investment so far this year exceeds a billion dollars. It was 3 billion last year. A lot of that was just a single deal - the sale of a minority share of Ala Moana Center to Australian investors. Take that out and we’re still seeing a slowing of wheeling...

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    A new Colliers report says total commercial real estate investment so far this year exceeds a billion dollars. 

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  • Business Report: August arrivals, Honolulu mortgage lending, bankruptcy filings

    Business Report: August arrivals, Honolulu mortgage lending, bankruptcy filings

    Friday, September 2 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-09-02 21:41:39 GMT

    Here’s your first look at August arrivals – 889,000 total, up 4% - international up almost 3% as traffic from Korea and Australia offset a small decline from Japan – mainland traffic rose just under 1% to Oahu but jumped 10% to Kauai AND Maui AND the Big Island. 

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    Here’s your first look at August arrivals – 889,000 total, up 4% - international up almost 3% as traffic from Korea and Australia offset a small decline from Japan – mainland traffic rose just under 1% to Oahu but jumped 10% to Kauai AND Maui AND the Big Island. 

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  • Business Report: 8/31/16

    Business Report: 8/31/16

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 5:28 PM EDT2016-08-31 21:28:46 GMT

    July may have been a record for tourism, but Molokai didn’t feel it. Its visitor count fell and spending was down 50%. Lanai spending doubled with Manele rooms back online. Average Lanai stay 20 days while for Molokai, it was only two days. The Hawaii Tourism Authority puts out requests for proposals...

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    July may have been a record for tourism, but Molokai didn’t feel it. Its visitor count fell and spending was down 50%. Lanai spending doubled with Manele rooms back online. Average Lanai stay 20 days while for Molokai, it was only two days. The Hawaii Tourism Authority puts out requests for proposals...

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  • Business Report: Maui hospital system hand off to private operation to be delayed

    Business Report: Maui hospital system hand off to private operation to be delayed

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 5:09 PM EDT2016-08-30 21:09:26 GMT

    Maui Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital are state-owned. Employees belong to state worker unions. These hospitals operate at heavy losses, funded by taxpayers. The state has been working to cut its losses but handing the operation over to Kaiser Permanente...

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    Maui Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital are state-owned. Employees belong to state worker unions. These hospitals operate at heavy losses, funded by taxpayers. The state has been working to cut its losses but handing the operation over to Kaiser Permanente...

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  • Business Report: 8/29/16

    Business Report: 8/29/16

    Monday, August 29 2016 6:00 PM EDT2016-08-29 22:00:41 GMT

    New president for the East-West Center – Richard Vuylsteke taught at UH and Chaminade. For eight years he's been president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. HTDC – Hawaii's High Tech Development Corporation – awards $2 million to 51 local companies so they can cover...

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    New president for the East-West Center – Richard Vuylsteke taught at UH and Chaminade. 

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  • Business Report: Airbnb in Hawaii

    Business Report: Airbnb in Hawaii

    Friday, August 26 2016 4:16 PM EDT2016-08-26 20:16:43 GMT

    Absentee owners of Hawaii homes have been listing their properties on Airbnb. 

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    Absentee owners of Hawaii homes have been listing their properties on Airbnb. 

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  • Sunrise 'On the Road': International Market Place

    Sunrise 'On the Road': International Market Place

    Thursday, August 25 2016 4:32 PM EDT2016-08-25 20:32:51 GMT

    The new International Market Place is set to open Thursday. 

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    The new International Market Place is set to open Thursday. 

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  • Business Report: Graduate students and university employees

    Business Report: Graduate students and university employees

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 5:03 PM EDT2016-08-24 21:03:27 GMT

    The National Labor Relations Board says graduate students can also be university employees. 

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    The National Labor Relations Board says graduate students can also be university employees. 

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  • Business Report: Military commissaries

    Business Report: Military commissaries

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 3:25 PM EDT2016-08-23 19:25:49 GMT
    A few days ago we told you about the annual show put on by military commissary purchasing agents. They rent a banquet hall at the Hawaii Prince and invite local food manufacturers to show products they think would sell at the PX. So let's say you sell spam-flavored crackers locally and they do okay at Made in Hawaii, so you think maybe the commissary might want to carry it at Schofield. So you get some space at the show and offer samples. The purchasing agents like your spam cracker...More >>
    A few days ago we told you about the annual show put on by military commissary purchasing agents. They rent a banquet hall at the Hawaii Prince and invite local food manufacturers to show products they think would sell at the PX. So let's say you sell spam-flavored crackers locally and they do okay at Made in Hawaii, so you think maybe the commissary might want to carry it at Schofield. So you get some space at the show and offer samples. The purchasing agents like your spam cracker...More >>
  • Business Report 8/22/16: Unemployment by islands

    Business Report 8/22/16: Unemployment by islands

    Monday, August 22 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-08-22 20:14:02 GMT
    In Monday's "Business Report," Howard broke down the unemployment numbers by each island.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In Monday's "Business Report," Howard broke down the unemployment numbers by each island.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: On-time flight departures

    Business Report: On-time flight departures

    Friday, August 19 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-08-19 21:29:09 GMT

    In this Business Report: Illustrated Economics edition, Howard breaks down the numbers for on-time daily flight departures for June. 

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    In this Business Report: Illustrated Economics edition, Howard breaks down the numbers for on-time daily flight departures for June. 

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  • Business Report: Spam and stocks

    Business Report: Spam and stocks

    Thursday, August 18 2016 5:25 PM EDT2016-08-18 21:25:11 GMT

    In Thursday's "Business Report," Howard has a topic that spam connoisseurs in Hawaii may find interesting. 

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    In Thursday's "Business Report," Howard has a topic that spam connoisseurs in Hawaii may find interesting. 

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  • Business Report: American consumer debt

    Business Report: American consumer debt

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 4:49 PM EDT2016-08-17 20:49:27 GMT

    This morning’s data comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, via Business Insider.com. It shows how much consumer debt we have, and how it breaks down. Please note that while credit card is growing, student loan debt is much bigger deal now. And the total size of all this individual debt...

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    This morning’s data comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, via Business Insider.com. It shows how much consumer debt we have, and how it breaks down. Please note that while credit card is growing, student loan debt is much bigger deal now. And the total size of all this individual debt...

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  • Business Report: Changes in media employment

    Business Report: Changes in media employment

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 5:28 PM EDT2016-08-16 21:28:14 GMT

    A chart from Nieman Journalism Lab shows employment in information industries since 1990. The most striking line is the one showing a dramatic decline in newspaper employment. It’s half of what it was, as recently as 2001. Please note that Internet information employment now exceeds...

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    A chart from Nieman Journalism Lab shows employment in information industries since 1990. The most striking line is the one showing a dramatic decline in newspaper employment. It’s half of what it was, as recently as 2001. Please note that Internet information employment now exceeds...

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  • Business Report: Job losses due to store closures

    Business Report: Job losses due to store closures

    Monday, August 15 2016 4:35 PM EDT2016-08-15 20:35:10 GMT

    How many people are losing their jobs due to store closures? The answer is 44,000, according to the consulting firm of Challenger Gray. 

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    How many people are losing their jobs due to store closures? The answer is 44,000, according to the consulting firm of Challenger Gray. 

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  • Business Report: When retailers think they know about real estate

    Business Report: When retailers think they know about real estate

    Friday, August 12 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-08-12 21:42:54 GMT

    Macy's is the largest remaining department store chain in America.

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    Macy's is the largest remaining department store chain in America. 

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  • Business Report: Credit card debt on the rise

    Business Report: Credit card debt on the rise

    Thursday, August 11 2016 3:51 PM EDT2016-08-11 19:51:55 GMT

    A Federal Reserve report says banks are giving credit cards to people with lower credit scores, something banks held back on from the 2008 market crash until recently.

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    A Federal Reserve report says banks are giving credit cards to people with lower credit scores, something banks held back on from the 2008 market crash until recently. 

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  • Business Report: The computer calamity at Delta

    Business Report: The computer calamity at Delta

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 4:46 PM EDT2016-08-10 20:46:12 GMT

    Delta had the best on-time record of the major carriers until now. 

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    Delta had the best on-time record of the major carriers until now. 

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  • Business Report: The never-before mentioned mystery concerning the coffee berry borer

    Business Report: The never-before mentioned mystery concerning the coffee berry borer

    Tuesday, August 9 2016 5:40 PM EDT2016-08-09 21:40:57 GMT

    The weird thing about the borer is that it lives inside a coffee bean - surrounded by caffeine! 

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    The weird thing about the borer is that it lives inside a coffee bean - surrounded by caffeine!

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  • Business Report: Global Tourism

    Business Report: Global Tourism

    Monday, August 8 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-08-08 21:41:45 GMT

    The World Economic Forum did a report on global tourism.

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    The World Economic Forum did a report on global tourism.

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  • Business Report: How far $100 travels in your state

    Business Report: How far $100 travels in your state

    Friday, August 5 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-08-05 21:47:20 GMT

    This is an exercise by the Tax Foundation, taking the state-by-state variations in the cost of living and expressing them as variations in how much spending power that century note gives you. 

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    This is an exercise by the Tax Foundation, taking the state-by-state variations in the cost of living and expressing them as variations in how much spending power that century note gives you. 

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  • Business Report: First Hawaiian Bank issues IPO on the NASDAQ

    Business Report: First Hawaiian Bank issues IPO on the NASDAQ

    Thursday, August 4 2016 4:32 PM EDT2016-08-04 20:32:00 GMT

    First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) will be trading on the NASDAQ for the first time today.  

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    First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) will be trading on the NASDAQ for the first time today.  

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  • Business Report: The financial importance of getting an education

    Business Report: The financial importance of getting an education

    Wednesday, August 3 2016 4:17 PM EDT2016-08-03 20:17:25 GMT

    Money can't buy happiness, but a certain amount of it can shield you from sorrow. 

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    Money can't buy happiness, but a certain amount of it can shield you from sorrow. 

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  • Business Report: National rankings of school systems

    Tuesday, August 2 2016 5:36 PM EDT2016-08-02 21:36:59 GMT

    There are actually two rankings for school systems, one on education and one on safety. Hawaii did okay on safety, coming in at number six in the nation. But for schooling we’re in the bottom 10, landing at number 42. Among states that ranked even lower: Oregon, and Arizona. California was only...

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    There are actually two rankings for school systems, one on education and one on safety. 

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  • Howard's Business Report Archives

    Howard's Business Report Archives

    Looking for a previous segment? Check our archive of past business reports from Hawaii News Now's Resident Explainer, Howard Dicus.

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    Looking for a previous segment? Check our archive of past business reports from Hawaii News Now's Resident Explainer, Howard Dicus.

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