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  • Business Report 8/1/16

    Business Report 8/1/16

    Monday, August 1 2016 4:45 PM EDT2016-08-01 20:45:05 GMT

    The Conservation Council for Hawaii supports expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. 

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    The Conservation Council for Hawaii supports expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. 

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  • Business Report 7/29/16: Battle for Congress

    Business Report 7/29/16: Battle for Congress

    Friday, July 29 2016 3:50 PM EDT2016-07-29 19:50:00 GMT

    No one seems to expect Republican to lose the House. 

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    No one seems to expect Republican to lose the House. 

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  • Business Report 7/28/16: Swing States

    Business Report 7/28/16: Swing States

    Thursday, July 28 2016 5:25 PM EDT2016-07-28 21:25:35 GMT

    With election season well underway, Howard Dicus takes a look at swing states across the nation.

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    With election season well underway, Howard Dicus takes a look at swing states across the nation.

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  • Business Report 7/27/16: Global effects of cheaper oil

    Business Report 7/27/16: Global effects of cheaper oil

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 5:14 PM EDT2016-07-27 21:14:57 GMT

    The global effects of cheaper oil continue to be fascinating. 

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    The global effects of cheaper oil continue to be fascinating. 

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  • Business Report: 7/26/16

    Business Report: 7/26/16

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 3:51 PM EDT2016-07-26 19:51:42 GMT

    The Coast Guard started closing ports Friday night - the last ones reopened Sunday - Matson had most of its Saturday cargo discharged in time but one ship did wait in open seas until Sand Island reopened, and will be 24 hours late getting to Guam this week. 

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    The Coast Guard started closing ports Friday night - the last ones reopened Sunday - Matson had most of its Saturday cargo discharged in time but one ship did wait in open seas until Sand Island reopened, and will be 24 hours late getting to Guam this week.

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  • Business Report 7/22/16: Airlines to Hawaii

    Business Report 7/22/16: Airlines to Hawaii

    Friday, July 22 2016 6:48 PM EDT2016-07-22 22:48:13 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard talks about which airlines fly the most passengers to Hawaii. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard talks about which airlines fly the most passengers to Hawaii. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: How it works when one company wants to acquire another

    Business Report: How it works when one company wants to acquire another

    Thursday, July 21 2016 3:43 PM EDT2016-07-21 19:43:58 GMT

    Hawaiian Electric this week announced it's no longer interested in being acquired - by anyone - and plans to remain independent. Now, technically, it's not up to them. Any company that thinks it can afford it can make a bid to acquire any other company. Most corporate CEOs don't like to be taken...

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    Hawaiian Electric this week announced it's no longer interested in being acquired - by anyone - and plans to remain independent. Now, technically, it's not up to them. Any company that thinks it can afford it can make a bid to acquire any other company. Most corporate CEOs don't like to be taken...

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  • Business Report: Government requests for your online search data

    Business Report: Government requests for your online search data

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 5:48 PM EDT2016-07-20 21:48:20 GMT

    The Transparency Report counts government requests for Google search information on individuals.

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    The Transparency Report counts government requests for Google search information on individuals.

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  • Business Report: Where the money for college comes from

    Business Report: Where the money for college comes from

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 5:15 PM EDT2016-07-19 21:15:35 GMT

    The information you're about to see is from Sallie Mae, and before we go any further, we should tell you that Sallie Mae is NOT a government agency, it is a for-profit company that charges really high interest rates for college loans and any reasonable person would say they're part of the problem...

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    The information you're about to see is from Sallie Mae, and before we go any further, we should tell you that Sallie Mae is NOT a government agency, it is a for-profit company that charges really high interest rates for college loans and any reasonable person would say they're part of the problem...

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  • Business Report: Getting the coffee berry border under control

    Business Report: Getting the coffee berry border under control

    Monday, July 18 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-07-18 21:08:08 GMT

    Growers consider it inevitable that the borer will wind up on all islands, and that it can never be completely eradicated. But it can be controlled, and so far it has been seen only on the Big Island and Oahu. A natural fungus kills it when sprayed on trees. Cleaning berries and branches and leaves from...

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    Growers consider it inevitable that the borer will wind up on all islands, and that it can never be completely eradicated. But it can be controlled, and so far it has been seen only on the Big Island and Oahu. A natural fungus kills it when sprayed on trees. Cleaning berries and branches and leaves from...

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  • Business Report: The background on Boris

    Business Report: The background on Boris

    Thursday, July 14 2016 5:16 PM EDT2016-07-14 21:16:32 GMT

    Theresa May, the new prime minister of Britain, has named Boris Johnson her foreign secretary.  Here are some examples of the former London mayor’s gift for diplomacy. In 2002 Boris Johnson called citizens of the Congo picaninnies. In 2006 he wrote that Papua New Guinea was a nation of cannibals...

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    Theresa May, the new prime minister of Britain, has named Boris Johnson her foreign secretary.  Here are some examples of the former London mayor’s gift for diplomacy. In 2002 Boris Johnson called citizens of the Congo picaninnies. In 2006 he wrote that Papua New Guinea was a nation of cannibals...

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  • Business Report: Pokemon Go and its effects on the company that made it

    Business Report: Pokemon Go and its effects on the company that made it

    Wednesday, July 13 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-07-13 21:10:07 GMT

    You’ve heard all the stories about Pokemon Go sweeping the nation. But what about the price of shares of stock in the company that makes it? Nintendo has risen 65% just this week. Shares soared another 13% overnight in Tokyo. Nintendo was overdue for a big win. The creator of Donkey...

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    You’ve heard all the stories about Pokemon Go sweeping the nation. But what about the price of shares of stock in the company that makes it? Nintendo has risen 65% just this week. Shares soared another 13% overnight in Tokyo. Nintendo was overdue for a big win. The creator of Donkey...

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  • Business Report: The economics of an airline choosing a new destination

    Business Report: The economics of an airline choosing a new destination

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 5:28 PM EDT2016-07-12 21:28:26 GMT

    On Web boards like airlines.net, airline groupies and airline professionals meet for wild speculation about what new route an airline might choose. The wild speculation is typically a back-and-forth between romantics who think a route would be cool and insiders who shoot it down based on their knowledge...

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    On Web boards like airlines.net, airline groupies and airline professionals meet for wild speculation about what new route an airline might choose. The wild speculation is typically a back-and-forth between romantics who think a route would be cool and insiders who shoot it down based on their knowledge...

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  • Business Report 7/11/16

    Business Report 7/11/16

    Monday, July 11 2016 5:44 PM EDT2016-07-11 21:44:18 GMT

    July visitor traffic is up 5.7%, based on data from the first seven days of the month. 

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    July visitor traffic is up 5.7%, based on data from the first seven days of the month. 

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  • Business Report 7/8/16: Underemployment

    Business Report 7/8/16: Underemployment

    Friday, July 8 2016 5:20 PM EDT2016-07-08 21:20:18 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard used his legos to explain a recent report on underemployment figures. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard used his legos to explain a recent report on underemployment figures. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report 7/7/16: New Zealand Tunnel

    Business Report 7/7/16: New Zealand Tunnel

    Thursday, July 7 2016 5:06 PM EDT2016-07-07 21:06:32 GMT

    In Thursday's "Illustrated Economics," Howard explores the idea of a tunnel that would connect the main two islands of New Zealand.  

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    In Thursday's "Illustrated Economics," Howard explores the idea of a tunnel that would connect the main two islands of New Zealand.  

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  • Business Report: A new map on the mosquito that carries the Zika virus

    Business Report: A new map on the mosquito that carries the Zika virus

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-07-06 21:41:45 GMT

    The CDC has put out a fresh map on the mosquito that carries Zika. The Atlanta-based federal Centers for Disease Control is tracking the Egyptian mosquito. On this map, parsing the republic by counties, yellow means this mosquito has been seen at least one year since 1995. Orange: two years...

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    The CDC has put out a fresh map on the mosquito that carries Zika. The Atlanta-based federal Centers for Disease Control is tracking the Egyptian mosquito. On this map, parsing the republic by counties, yellow means this mosquito has been seen at least one year since 1995. Orange: two years...

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  • Business Report: Cancer in Japan's prefectures

    Business Report: Cancer in Japan's prefectures

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-07-05 20:44:58 GMT

    Japan’s National Cancer Center mapped out cancer by prefecture. The left map is men.

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    Japan’s National Cancer Center mapped out cancer by prefecture. The left map is men. 

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  • Business Report: Hawaii's connection to the Internet

    Business Report: Hawaii's connection to the Internet

    Monday, July 4 2016 4:06 PM EDT2016-07-04 20:06:25 GMT

    Many networks are making landfall in Hawaii. Southern Cross lit up starting in 2000 - it has a figure-eight design - two routes between the U.S. mainland and Australia and New Zealand with connections at both ends and a cross connection in Hawaii, where one route lands at Oahu...

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    Many networks are making landfall in Hawaii. Southern Cross lit up starting in 2000 - it has a figure-eight design - two routes between the U.S. mainland and Australia and New Zealand with connections at both ends and a cross connection in Hawaii, where one route lands at Oahu...

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  • Business Report 7/1/16: Hotel occupancy report, Hawaiian Airlines, Fourth of July hot dogs

    Business Report 7/1/16: Hotel occupancy report, Hawaiian Airlines, Fourth of July hot dogs

    Friday, July 1 2016 3:45 PM EDT2016-07-01 19:45:42 GMT

    Hospitality Advisors counts hotel room sales weekly, and through last week the occupancy rates rose to Kauai 80, Oahu 88, Maui 82, Big Island 75% full.

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    Hospitality Advisors counts hotel room sales weekly, and through last week the occupancy rates rose to Kauai 80, Oahu 88, Maui 82, Big Island 75% full.

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  • Business Report: Wealth by region

    Business Report: Wealth by region

    Thursday, June 30 2016 5:18 PM EDT2016-06-30 21:18:13 GMT

    Bloomberg News did a pie chart to show the breakdown of wealth worldwide. This is collective wealth, but in a time when so much wealth is held by a small number of super-rich, this mostly tells you about them. America, Japan and even Germany still have more high net worth individuals than China...

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    Bloomberg News did a pie chart to show the breakdown of wealth worldwide. This is collective wealth, but in a time when so much wealth is held by a small number of super-rich, this mostly tells you about them. America, Japan and even Germany still have more high net worth individuals than China...

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  • Business Report 6/29/16: The economics of completed rail systems

    Business Report 6/29/16: The economics of completed rail systems

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 3:57 PM EDT2016-06-29 19:57:22 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard explains how completed rail systems will affect economics. 

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard explains how completed rail systems will affect economics. 

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  • Business Report: More on the Brexit

    Business Report: More on the Brexit

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 5:09 PM EDT2016-06-28 21:09:51 GMT

    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet on the matter. They conclude: no talks at this time, formal or informal. The European Parliament meets on the matter today but there's nothing they can do about it. Among the speakers may be EU critic Nigal Farage...

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    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy meet on the matter. They conclude: no talks at this time, formal or informal. The European Parliament meets on the matter today but there's nothing they can do about it. Among the speakers may be EU critic Nigal Farage...

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  • Business Report: Financial advisors must act in the best interests of their clients

    Business Report: Financial advisors must act in the best interests of their clients

    Monday, June 27 2016 4:53 PM EDT2016-06-27 20:53:06 GMT

    The House tried to block a new regulation to make financial advisors do their job. They fell 40 votes short of getting the necessary two-thirds. The new rule, issued by the Labor Department, is an astonishing one. It requires financial advisors to act in the best interests of their clients. Sounds like belaboring...

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    The House tried to block a new regulation to make financial advisors do their job. They fell 40 votes short of getting the necessary two-thirds. The new rule, issued by the Labor Department, is an astonishing one. It requires financial advisors to act in the best interests of their clients. Sounds like belaboring...

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  • Business Report 6/24/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 6/24/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, June 24 2016 5:03 PM EDT2016-06-24 21:03:01 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus showed us the hotel occupancy numbers with his legos.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.   More >>
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus showed us the hotel occupancy numbers with his legos.  Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.   More >>
  • Business Report: 6/23/16

    Business Report: 6/23/16

    Thursday, June 23 2016 5:47 PM EDT2016-06-23 21:47:23 GMT

    The federal government seeks bids for 600-foot floating wind turbines 14 miles off the coast of Kaena Point, northwest tip of Oahu. At least two companies have done so. The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said so at the Clean Energy Summit ending today at Hilton Hawaiian Village...

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    The federal government seeks bids for 600-foot floating wind turbines 14 miles off the coast of Kaena Point, northwest tip of Oahu. At least two companies have done so. The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said so at the Clean Energy Summit ending today at Hilton Hawaiian Village...

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  • Business Report: The funding gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

    Business Report: The funding gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 3:58 PM EDT2016-06-22 19:58:36 GMT

    New campaign finance reports show Hillary Clinton with $42 million in her campaign accounts. Donald Trump's campaign has only about $1 million. Since the campaign began Trump has raised only half as much money as Mitt Romney did four years ago. Two-thirds of what Trump did raise...

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    New campaign finance reports show Hillary Clinton with $42 million in her campaign accounts. Donald Trump's campaign has only about $1 million. Since the campaign began Trump has raised only half as much money as Mitt Romney did four years ago. Two-thirds of what Trump did raise...

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  • Business Report: 6/21/16

    Business Report: 6/21/16

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 5:58 PM EDT2016-06-21 21:58:53 GMT

    The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit opens today at Hilton Hawaiian Village. It runs three days. The summit is also known as Verge Hawaii. DBEDT director Luis Salaveria, speaking last year at VERGE San Jose, said Hawaii is leading the way on renewable energy, not just because of all the sun...

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    The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit opens today at Hilton Hawaiian Village. It runs three days. The summit is also known as Verge Hawaii. DBEDT director Luis Salaveria, speaking last year at VERGE San Jose, said Hawaii is leading the way on renewable energy, not just because of all the sun...

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  • Business Report: Monthly update on alternative measures of unemployment

    Business Report: Monthly update on alternative measures of unemployment

    Monday, June 20 2016 5:12 PM EDT2016-06-20 21:12:07 GMT

    Since unemployment has been falling, the inclusion of last summer means bigger numbers than if we measured today. Here are the unemployment number for 12 months through the end of the winter quarter. U1 are for persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer. In Hawaii it's 1.4% while the U.S. average...

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    Since unemployment has been falling, the inclusion of last summer means bigger numbers than if we measured today. Here are the unemployment number for 12 months through the end of the winter quarter. U1 are for persons unemployed 15 weeks or longer. In Hawaii it's 1.4% while the U.S. average...

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  • Business Report: 6/17/16

    Business Report: 6/17/16

    Friday, June 17 2016 3:58 PM EDT2016-06-17 19:58:54 GMT

    Hawaiian Airlines is launching an online auction of empty first class seats between here and the West Coast. About 10 days before you fly coach, you'll get a chance to bid online on an unsold seat up front. Among other things this means Hawaiian will get a sense of what people are *willing* to pay...

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    Hawaiian Airlines is launching an online auction of empty first class seats between here and the West Coast. About 10 days before you fly coach, you'll get a chance to bid online on an unsold seat up front. Among other things this means Hawaiian will get a sense of what people are *willing* to pay...

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  • Business Report: 6/15/16

    Business Report: 6/15/16

    Wednesday, June 15 2016 4:15 PM EDT2016-06-15 20:15:21 GMT

    As Local 5 and the Aston Waikiki trade charges about unionization efforts, something new is expected today - we're told a class action suit will be filed on behalf of a worker who charges that housekeeping staff were told to clock in after they had actually started working. Attorney Jim Bickerton plans...

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    As Local 5 and the Aston Waikiki trade charges about unionization efforts, something new is expected today - we're told a class action suit will be filed on behalf of a worker who charges that housekeeping staff were told to clock in after they had actually started working. Attorney Jim Bickerton plans...

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  • Business Report: The increase in pesticide spraying

    Business Report: The increase in pesticide spraying

    Monday, June 13 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-06-13 21:29:58 GMT

    Some people have a broad fear of GMO life forms. 

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    Some people have a broad fear of GMO life forms. 

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  • Business Report 6/10/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 6/10/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, June 10 2016 4:24 PM EDT2016-06-10 20:24:56 GMT

    In this Friday edition of "Business Report," Howard brings out the legos to show how this week's hotel occupation stacks up. 

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    In this Friday edition of "Business Report," Howard brings out the legos to show how this week's hotel occupation stacks up. 

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  • Business Report: 6/7/16

    Business Report: 6/7/16

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-06-07 20:14:14 GMT

    Remember Hawaii Raceway Park? The man behind it, Wayne Rhoden, wants to create something similar on more or less the same land west of Kalaeloa airport. Pacific Business News reports Rhoden has met with HCDA officials to discuss it, but HCDA has heard from others with similar intentions...

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    Remember Hawaii Raceway Park? The man behind it, Wayne Rhoden, wants to create something similar on more or less the same land west of Kalaeloa airport. Pacific Business News reports Rhoden has met with HCDA officials to discuss it, but HCDA has heard from others with similar intentions...

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  • Business Report: Consumer spending on an island other than Oahu

    Monday, June 6 2016 4:41 PM EDT2016-06-06 20:41:10 GMT
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    For many years, our only decent measure of inflation has been the Honolulu consumer price index. We’ve been left guessing, or relying on anecdotal information, when we want to know how things differ on different islands. The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism...

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    For many years, our only decent measure of inflation has been the Honolulu consumer price index. We’ve been left guessing, or relying on anecdotal information, when we want to know how things differ on different islands. The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism...

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  • Business Report: 6/3/16

    Business Report: 6/3/16

    Friday, June 3 2016 5:24 PM EDT2016-06-03 21:24:05 GMT

    Hotel occupancy steady on the Big Island at 67%, rising everywhere else, Kauai 74, Maui 78, Oahu 89%, with room rates mostly up enough to cover inflation with room to spare. Kahala Sportswear has opened its first store in Waikiki. It’s at 226 Lewers. Its other locations are at Ala Moana and Whaler’s...

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    Hotel occupancy steady on the Big Island at 67%, rising everywhere else, Kauai 74, Maui 78, Oahu 89%, with room rates mostly up enough to cover inflation with room to spare. Kahala Sportswear has opened its first store in Waikiki. It’s at 226 Lewers. Its other locations are at Ala Moana and Whaler’s...

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  • Business Report: Our changing eating habits

    Business Report: Our changing eating habits

    Thursday, June 2 2016 4:18 PM EDT2016-06-02 20:18:25 GMT

    USDA data on food production can be used to show what we're consuming. This information shows, since 1970, that we've gradually reduced our beef consumption, while eating a great deal more chicken. You can also see an increase in the consumption of dark leafy vegetables, and a shift from...

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    USDA data on food production can be used to show what we're consuming. This information shows, since 1970, that we've gradually reduced our beef consumption, while eating a great deal more chicken. You can also see an increase in the consumption of dark leafy vegetables, and a shift from...

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  • Business Report: The real picture of unemployment

    Business Report: The real picture of unemployment

    Wednesday, June 1 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-06-01 21:29:43 GMT

    Every month the government reports unemployment, and then those numbers are reported by the media. Then, a day or two later,  alternative measures of it are also reported. Those measures, also gathered by government, are higher. The highest is U-6. It includes people not unemployed...

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    Every month the government reports unemployment, and then those numbers are reported by the media. Then, a day or two later,  alternative measures of it are also reported. Those measures, also gathered by government, are higher. The highest is U-6. It includes people not unemployed...

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  • Business Report: 5/31/16

    Business Report: 5/31/16

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-05-31 21:30:06 GMT

    Molokai welcomed 4,000 visitors in April, 300 more than last year, and spending rose despite shorter stays. Lanai visitor count rose from 5,000 last year to about 6,000 this year as Manele Bay reopened. The SBA Honolulu office plans a two-hour seminar, "Before You Export...

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    Molokai welcomed 4,000 visitors in April, 300 more than last year, and spending rose despite shorter stays. Lanai visitor count rose from 5,000 last year to about 6,000 this year as Manele Bay reopened. The SBA Honolulu office plans a two-hour seminar, "Before You Export...

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  • Business Report: The best and worst airport on-time averages

    Business Report: The best and worst airport on-time averages

    Monday, May 30 2016 3:39 PM EDT2016-05-30 19:39:22 GMT

    With everyone complaining about TSA lines, it's time for a fresh look at which airports generally have the worst delays. Whatever TSA is doing right or wrong, some airports are really congested. Who's worst these days? Let's rank them using the percentage of flights that are on time...

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    With everyone complaining about TSA lines, it's time for a fresh look at which airports generally have the worst delays. Whatever TSA is doing right or wrong, some airports are really congested. Who's worst these days? Let's rank them using the percentage of flights that are on time...

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  • Business Report 5/27/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 5/27/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, May 27 2016 4:52 PM EDT2016-05-27 20:52:27 GMT

    Howard Dicus looks at the weekly hotel occupancy report. He says every island saw a little uptick from last year at this time. 

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    Howard Dicus looks at the weekly hotel occupancy report. He says every island saw a little uptick from last year at this time. 

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  • Business Report: The importance of housing in your personal well-being

    Business Report: The importance of housing in your personal well-being

    Thursday, May 26 2016 3:40 PM EDT2016-05-26 19:40:28 GMT

    Based on the Honolulu consumer price index - the price of everything has tripled since the 1980s, and a lot of stuff costs seven times as much as it did in the late 1960s. But really the big driver of costs here is housing. This guy lost his shirt but he's got a job again. What he hasn't got, unfortunately...

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    Based on the Honolulu consumer price index - the price of everything has tripled since the 1980s, and a lot of stuff costs seven times as much as it did in the late 1960s. But really the big driver of costs here is housing. This guy lost his shirt but he's got a job again. What he hasn't got, unfortunately...

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  • Business Report: The amount of land used for Hawaii farming

    Business Report: The amount of land used for Hawaii farming

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 5:45 PM EDT2016-05-25 21:45:46 GMT

    There are pie charts that come from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture that shows the division of local farming 35 years ago in 1980  as compared to 2015. There was four times the papaya in 1980, seven times the sugar acreage and 10 times the pineapple. But by 2015, there were 50% more macadamia...

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    There are pie charts that come from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture that shows the division of local farming 35 years ago in 1980  as compared to 2015. There was four times the papaya in 1980, seven times the sugar acreage and 10 times the pineapple. But by 2015, there were 50% more macadamia...

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  • Business Report: The world oil glut creates a traffic jam of supertankers

    Business Report: The world oil glut creates a traffic jam of supertankers

    Tuesday, May 24 2016 4:26 PM EDT2016-05-24 20:26:57 GMT

    The Reuters news service reports almost all of the more than 660 very large crude carriers in the world are used between the Middle East and the Far East. Reuters took a single day in April and plotted out the location of all the tankers. You can clearly see the path these supertankers follow...

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    The Reuters news service reports almost all of the more than 660 very large crude carriers in the world are used between the Middle East and the Far East. Reuters took a single day in April and plotted out the location of all the tankers. You can clearly see the path these supertankers follow...

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  • Business Report: 5/20/16

    Business Report: 5/20/16

    Friday, May 20 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-05-20 21:29:16 GMT

    The Big Island biomass start-up Hu Honua is asking the PUC to investigate the electric company’s cancellation of the contract to buy its power. 

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    The Big Island biomass start-up Hu Honua is asking the PUC to investigate the electric company’s cancellation of the contract to buy its power. 

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  • Business Report: Falloff in orders for new aircraft

    Business Report: Falloff in orders for new aircraft

    Thursday, May 19 2016 5:03 PM EDT2016-05-19 21:03:37 GMT

    After years of strong aircraft orders for both Boeing and Airbus, as shown by this graph, sales have fallen off. Delta announced this week it is postponing taking delivery on some jumbo jetliners it ordered from Boeing. Delta said it re-evaluated its expansion plans based on jet fuel prices...

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    After years of strong aircraft orders for both Boeing and Airbus, as shown by this graph, sales have fallen off. Delta announced this week it is postponing taking delivery on some jumbo jetliners it ordered from Boeing. Delta said it re-evaluated its expansion plans based on jet fuel prices...

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  • Business Report: The National Academy of Sciences gives its opinion of GMOs

    Business Report: The National Academy of Sciences gives its opinion of GMOs

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 4:01 PM EDT2016-05-18 20:01:39 GMT
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    This was the definitive view of GMOs both sides were waiting for. Top-ranked scientists, who agreed in advance, nothing goes in the report without data to back it up. Each side assumed these scientists would side with them. Instead they basically said, you’re both wrong. They find no compelling...

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    This was the definitive view of GMOs both sides were waiting for. Top-ranked scientists, who agreed in advance, nothing goes in the report without data to back it up. Each side assumed these scientists would side with them. Instead they basically said, you’re both wrong. They find no compelling...

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  • Business Report: 5/17/16

    Business Report: 5/17/16

    Tuesday, May 17 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-05-17 20:13:51 GMT

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker presents the president’s E-Awards for export service. The NELHA industrial park near Kona airport won one. Another went to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. HTA won it for pushing Hawaii tourism. NELHA won for nurturing Hawaii aquaculture, which has doubled...

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    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker presents the president’s E-Awards for export service. The NELHA industrial park near Kona airport won one. Another went to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. HTA won it for pushing Hawaii tourism. NELHA won for nurturing Hawaii aquaculture, which has doubled...

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  • Business Report 5/13/16: Haneda flights, workforce housing, hotel occupancy

    Business Report 5/13/16: Haneda flights, workforce housing, hotel occupancy

    Friday, May 13 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-05-13 21:42:03 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-05-13 21:42:03 GMT

    Washington is awarding a second Haneda flight slot to Hawaiian Airlines. 

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    Washington is awarding a second Haneda flight slot to Hawaiian Airlines. 

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  • Business Report 5/12/16: Cartograms of freight tonnage

    Business Report 5/12/16: Cartograms of freight tonnage

    Thursday, May 12 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-05-12 21:17:28 GMT
    Thursday, May 12 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-05-12 21:17:28 GMT
    Cartograms are distorted maps that uses the distortion to present useful and important information. Howard showed a cartogram of some of the busiest routes in various countries based on freight tonnage.   Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    Cartograms are distorted maps that uses the distortion to present useful and important information. Howard showed a cartogram of some of the busiest routes in various countries based on freight tonnage.   Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: 5/11/16

    Business Report: 5/11/16

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 3:48 PM EDT2016-05-11 19:48:56 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 3:48 PM EDT2016-05-11 19:48:55 GMT

    Aloun Farms, which is watching some of its most productive fields turn into houses on the Ewa plain, has taken steps. The Sou brothers are buying about 500 acres of farm land from Dole. The land is near Dole Plantation, where for years it was in active pineapple production. Kauai is taking a fresh look...

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    Aloun Farms, which is watching some of its most productive fields turn into houses on the Ewa plain, has taken steps. The Sou brothers are buying about 500 acres of farm land from Dole. The land is near Dole Plantation, where for years it was in active pineapple production. Kauai is taking a fresh look...

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  • Business Report: Job opening jump, but hiring has slowed

    Business Report: Job opening jump, but hiring has slowed

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 3:37 PM EDT2016-05-10 19:37:17 GMT
    Tuesday, May 10 2016 3:37 PM EDT2016-05-10 19:37:16 GMT
    U.S. job openings has jumped 2.7% in the newest monthly report, the most since September. But,hiring has slowed.  When job openings increase, it usually means employers are taking their time filling them because of concern about the economy. Wholesale businesses are increasing their stockpiles. Bad, right? They can't sell their inventory? Nope. Their sales are up for the first time since September. So the higher stockpiles means they're building inventory in the ...More >>
    U.S. job openings has jumped 2.7% in the newest monthly report, the most since September. But,hiring has slowed.  When job openings increase, it usually means employers are taking their time filling them because of concern about the economy. Wholesale businesses are increasing their stockpiles. Bad, right? They can't sell their inventory? Nope. Their sales are up for the first time since September. So the higher stockpiles means they're building inventory in the ...More >>
  • Business Report 5/9/16: A&B, Grand Wailea Hiring, Kamehameha Schools

    Business Report 5/9/16: A&B, Grand Wailea Hiring, Kamehameha Schools

    Monday, May 9 2016 2:37 PM EDT2016-05-09 18:37:10 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-05-09 20:40:57 GMT
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    Alexander & Baldwin CEO Chris Benjamin – talking to analysts about the company’s winter red ink, mentioned that some of the land coming off sugar will be used for cattle grazing. 

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    Alexander & Baldwin CEO Chris Benjamin – talking to analysts about the company’s winter red ink, mentioned that some of the land coming off sugar will be used for cattle grazing. 

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  • Business Report 5/9/16: Migration between states

    Business Report 5/9/16: Migration between states

    Monday, May 9 2016 2:47 PM EDT2016-05-09 18:47:55 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-05-09 20:13:31 GMT

    The Washington Post published a nice map showing which states gained or lost population in the 12 months leading up to last summer.

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    The Washington Post published a nice map showing which states gained or lost population in the 12 months leading up to last summer.

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  • Business Report 5/9/16: Howard visits Kalaeloa Partners

    Business Report 5/9/16: Howard visits Kalaeloa Partners

    Monday, May 9 2016 2:43 PM EDT2016-05-09 18:43:09 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 3:49 PM EDT2016-05-09 19:49:40 GMT

    Kalaeloa Partners produces about a fifth of all the electricity on the island of Oahu.

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    Kalaeloa Partners produces about a fifth of all the electricity on the island of Oahu.

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  • Business Report: 5/6/16

    Business Report: 5/6/16

    Friday, May 6 2016 4:24 PM EDT2016-05-06 20:24:50 GMT
    Friday, May 6 2016 4:24 PM EDT2016-05-06 20:24:50 GMT

    The Big Island saw 190 house sales last month, and 82 condos. Island-wide, the median price for both was over $350,000. More than a third of the houses were sold in Puna, most under $200,000. More than half the condos were in Kona, most over $300,000. Kauai had 46 houses and 34 condos close...

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    The Big Island saw 190 house sales last month, and 82 condos. Island-wide, the median price for both was over $350,000. More than a third of the houses were sold in Puna, most under $200,000. More than half the condos were in Kona, most over $300,000. Kauai had 46 houses and 34 condos close...

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  • Business Report: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to rewrite rules to help consumers

    Business Report: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to rewrite rules to help consumers

    Thursday, May 5 2016 4:21 PM EDT2016-05-05 20:21:13 GMT
    Thursday, May 5 2016 4:21 PM EDT2016-05-05 20:21:12 GMT

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to rewrite some fine print. When you hire a financial advisor or get a credit card, you generally sign a contract. A provision in such contracts require that any disputes go to binding arbitration. In other words, no matter how badly used you are, you can’t...

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to rewrite some fine print. When you hire a financial advisor or get a credit card, you generally sign a contract. A provision in such contracts require that any disputes go to binding arbitration. In other words, no matter how badly used you are, you can’t...

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  • Business Report: Recap of the Indiana primary election

    Business Report: Recap of the Indiana primary election

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 3:40 PM EDT2016-05-04 19:40:19 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 3:40 PM EDT2016-05-04 19:40:19 GMT

    If ever Ted Cruz should have had a chance of beating Donald Trump, Indiana was it. The new right, the religious right, which Cruz considered his base, is strong in Indiana. Yet Trump won 53% of the Republican vote. Cruz won only in the Fort Wayne area. On the Democratic side, 53% was also...

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    If ever Ted Cruz should have had a chance of beating Donald Trump, Indiana was it. The new right, the religious right, which Cruz considered his base, is strong in Indiana. Yet Trump won 53% of the Republican vote. Cruz won only in the Fort Wayne area. On the Democratic side, 53% was also...

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  • Business Report: Spending by people who stay in vacation rentals

    Business Report: Spending by people who stay in vacation rentals

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 3:55 PM EDT2016-05-03 19:55:39 GMT
    Tuesday, May 3 2016 5:24 PM EDT2016-05-03 21:24:43 GMT

    Joe Toy’s Hospitality Advisors was commissioned by Airbnb to look into this, and Toy’s reputation will counter any skepticism based on Airbnb having paid for the research.  Toy counts 23,000 vacation rentals including houses, condos, condotels, apartments, B&Bs, hostels...

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    Joe Toy’s Hospitality Advisors was commissioned by Airbnb to look into this, and Toy’s reputation will counter any skepticism based on Airbnb having paid for the research.  Toy counts 23,000 vacation rentals including houses, condos, condotels, apartments, B&Bs, hostels...

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  • Business Report: Financial Advisors

    Business Report: Financial Advisors

    Monday, May 2 2016 3:34 PM EDT2016-05-02 19:34:59 GMT
    Monday, May 2 2016 3:34 PM EDT2016-05-02 19:34:59 GMT

    The Labor Department wants your financial advisor to be required to act in your best interests. The House has voted to kill a proposed rule to that effect. Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe says the cost of complying will make financial advice cost more. And that, he argues, will put such advice beyond...

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    The Labor Department wants your financial advisor to be required to act in your best interests. The House has voted to kill a proposed rule to that effect. Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe says the cost of complying will make financial advice cost more. And that, he argues, will put such advice beyond...

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  • Business Report 4/29/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 4/29/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, April 29 2016 4:08 PM EDT2016-04-29 20:08:56 GMT
    Friday, April 29 2016 4:08 PM EDT2016-04-29 20:08:56 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the weekly hotel occupancy report from Hospitality Advisors. 

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the weekly hotel occupancy report from Hospitality Advisors. 

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  • Business Report 4/28/16: Transpacific airline services

    Business Report 4/28/16: Transpacific airline services

    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:00:09 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:00 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:00:09 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard addresses the importance of Transpacific airline services. He looks at the market share for airlines flying from the U.S. to Asia.   Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard addresses the importance of Transpacific airline services. He looks at the market share for airlines flying from the U.S. to Asia.   Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report: 4/27/16

    Business Report: 4/27/16

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-27 20:14:02 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-27 20:14:02 GMT

    Aqua-Aston Hospitality says renovations are done at the Aqua Ohia Waikiki, a 17-story, 251-room hotel – at 2280 Kuhio, across from the International Marketplace.  The Ohia is a small property with small rooms but budget rates, and reviews improved after some work was done last summer...

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    Aqua-Aston Hospitality says renovations are done at the Aqua Ohia Waikiki, a 17-story, 251-room hotel – at 2280 Kuhio, across from the International Marketplace.  The Ohia is a small property with small rooms but budget rates, and reviews improved after some work was done last summer...

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  • Business Report 4/26/16: Island Air

    Business Report 4/26/16: Island Air

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-04-26 20:59:29 GMT
    Tuesday, April 26 2016 4:59 PM EDT2016-04-26 20:59:29 GMT

    Island Air has changed out CEOs so much in recent years, Dave Segal and the Star Advertiser made a chart so show all the guys who took a lap in the corner office.

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    Island Air has changed out CEOs so much in recent years, Dave Segal and the Star Advertiser made a chart so show all the guys who took a lap in the corner office.

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  • Business Report 4/25/16: Alexander & Baldwin, Job Fair, Fairmont Kea Lani

    Business Report 4/25/16: Alexander & Baldwin, Job Fair, Fairmont Kea Lani

    Monday, April 25 2016 4:55 PM EDT2016-04-25 20:55:40 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 5:24 PM EDT2016-04-25 21:24:38 GMT

    House and Senate voice votes come next on the plan to include Alexander & Baldwin in the water rights bill. House Speaker Joe Souki says he knows the issue is sensitive but thinks the agreement is realistic and reasonable. One requirement in the bill – that any action be in the public...

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    House and Senate voice votes come next on the plan to include Alexander & Baldwin in the water rights bill. House Speaker Joe Souki says he knows the issue is sensitive but thinks the agreement is realistic and reasonable. One requirement in the bill – that any action be in the public...

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  • Business Report 4/22/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 4/22/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, April 22 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-22 21:55:44 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-22 21:55:44 GMT
    In Friday's edition of "Business Report," Howard brought out the legos to show this week's hotel occupancy report. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In Friday's edition of "Business Report," Howard brought out the legos to show this week's hotel occupancy report. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report 4/21/16: The worst people at the airport

    Business Report 4/21/16: The worst people at the airport

    Thursday, April 21 2016 4:25 PM EDT2016-04-21 20:25:29 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 5:02 PM EDT2016-04-21 21:02:54 GMT
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    The website JusttheFlight.com surveyed people about their pet peeves concerning fellow travelers and the results will resonate.  44% said seat hogs, people who think their bags should have their own seats in the terminal. 34% said people who don't get security, or people whose ignorance...

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    The website JusttheFlight.com surveyed people about their pet peeves concerning fellow travelers and the results will resonate.  44% said seat hogs, people who think their bags should have their own seats in the terminal. 34% said people who don't get security, or people whose ignorance...

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  • Business Report 4/20/16: JetBlue, Mokulele, Outrigger, PBS Hawaii

    Business Report 4/20/16: JetBlue, Mokulele, Outrigger, PBS Hawaii

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 3:46 PM EDT2016-04-20 19:46:09 GMT
    Wednesday, April 20 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-04-20 21:08:54 GMT

    Stifel Financial is telling its clients that JetBlue may try to acquire Hawaiian Airlines. The facts don't support that. JetBlue has a  codeshare alliance with Hawaiian, giving it all the benefits of Hawaiian's routes without the risk. Mokulele Airlines really is expanding to California. It won't fly between...

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    Stifel Financial is telling its clients that JetBlue may try to acquire Hawaiian Airlines. The facts don't support that. JetBlue has a  codeshare alliance with Hawaiian, giving it all the benefits of Hawaiian's routes without the risk. Mokulele Airlines really is expanding to California. It won't fly between...

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  • Business Report 4/1916: Hawaiian Airlines International Visitors

    Business Report 4/1916: Hawaiian Airlines International Visitors

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:10:34 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 4:41 PM EDT2016-04-19 20:41:53 GMT
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    In this edition of Howard's Business Report, Howard will illustrate the countries that visitors arrive from on Hawaiian Airlines.

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    In this edition of Howard's Business Report, Howard will illustrate the countries that visitors arrive from on Hawaiian Airlines.

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  • Business Report 4/18/16: Rail audit

    Business Report 4/18/16: Rail audit

    Monday, April 18 2016 4:36 PM EDT2016-04-18 20:36:02 GMT
    Monday, April 18 2016 4:36 PM EDT2016-04-18 20:36:02 GMT

    The rail audit is online for people to read. 

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    The rail audit is online for people to read. 

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  • Business Report 4/15/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 4/15/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, April 15 2016 4:35 PM EDT2016-04-15 20:35:01 GMT
    Friday, April 15 2016 4:35 PM EDT2016-04-15 20:35:01 GMT

    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the latest hotel occupancy report. 

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    In this edition of Business Report, Howard Dicus has the latest hotel occupancy report. 

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  • Business Report 4/14/16: Job forecast; new jobless claims; HPR pledge; 'Dog' Chapman

    Business Report 4/14/16: Job forecast; new jobless claims; HPR pledge; 'Dog' Chapman

    Thursday, April 14 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-04-14 20:44:38 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-04-14 20:44:38 GMT

    A new state forecast predicts more than 20,000 more jobs in the current second quarter than the first quarter had. 

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    A new state forecast predicts more than 20,000 more jobs in the current second quarter than the first quarter had. 

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  • Business Report: Hawaii's top exports

    Business Report: Hawaii's top exports

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 4:05 PM EDT2016-04-13 20:05:21 GMT
    Wednesday, April 13 2016 4:05 PM EDT2016-04-13 20:05:21 GMT
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    Kathleen Gallagher has an interesting article on the PBN website about the top exports of Hawaii. The Commerce Department has listed the top five Hawaii exports. It's based on total dollar value last year, compared to the year before that...

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    Kathleen Gallagher has an interesting article on the PBN website about the top exports of Hawaii. The Commerce Department has listed the top five Hawaii exports. It's based on total dollar value last year, compared to the year before that...

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  • Business Report: Is another recession near?

    Business Report: Is another recession near?

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-12 20:14:13 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-04-12 20:14:13 GMT

    There are more stories coming out warning that a recession may be near. A fresh example is a piece on Marketwatch, "Risk of a Recession May Be Higher than You Think." The writer starts by saying a bear market, which is a drop of 20% or more from peak to trough, usually requires an economic recession...

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    There are more stories coming out warning that a recession may be near. A fresh example is a piece on Marketwatch, "Risk of a Recession May Be Higher than You Think." The writer starts by saying a bear market, which is a drop of 20% or more from peak to trough, usually requires an economic recession...

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  • Business Report: 4/11/16

    Business Report: 4/11/16

    Monday, April 11 2016 4:38 PM EDT2016-04-11 20:38:01 GMT
    Monday, April 11 2016 4:38 PM EDT2016-04-11 20:38:01 GMT

    The Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association completes a trade mission to Vietnam. Hawaii Board of Ag Chairman Scott Enright, a association treasurer, was among those on the trip, and flew back over the weekend. Vietnam is a nation of 92 million people, and is America’s 11th biggest...

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    The Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association completes a trade mission to Vietnam. Hawaii Board of Ag Chairman Scott Enright, a association treasurer, was among those on the trip, and flew back over the weekend. Vietnam is a nation of 92 million people, and is America’s 11th biggest...

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  • Business Report: Hotel Occupancy 4/8/2016

    Business Report: Hotel Occupancy 4/8/2016

    Friday, April 8 2016 4:02 PM EDT2016-04-08 20:02:00 GMT
    Friday, April 8 2016 4:01 PM EDT2016-04-08 20:01:59 GMT
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    It's time for the weekly hotel occupancy report.

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    It's time for the weekly hotel occupancy report.

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  • Business Report: Are divorce rates actually at 50%?

    Business Report: Are divorce rates actually at 50%?

    Thursday, April 7 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-04-07 20:40:44 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-04-07 20:40:44 GMT

    America has plenty of divorces. But is it true that half of all marriages end in divorce? Last year, for every 1,000 women in the United States, there were 17 marriages – and nine divorces. But the people getting married are different from the people getting divorced. Divorces actually peaked in the early...

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    America has plenty of divorces. But is it true that half of all marriages end in divorce? Last year, for every 1,000 women in the United States, there were 17 marriages – and nine divorces. But the people getting married are different from the people getting divorced. Divorces actually peaked in the early...

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  • As mainland visitors peak, Hawaii looks overseas

    As mainland visitors peak, Hawaii looks overseas

    Thursday, April 7 2016 11:48 AM EDT2016-04-07 15:48:41 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 2:46 PM EDT2016-04-07 18:46:08 GMT
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    U.S. air fares are moderating, but at record levels, making it a tough call how much domestic passenger growth will continue this year. The Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau forecast so far: spring quarter down slightly, summer quarter up about 2%, compared to the same quarters last year. One factor that might help: 11,362 travel agents added to the Agents.GoHawaii.com website. HVCB discussed this at a daylong round of marketing briefings at the Hawaii Convention Center. Th...

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    U.S. air fares are moderating, but at record levels, making it a tough call how much domestic passenger growth will continue this year. 

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  • Business Report: 4/6/16

    Business Report: 4/6/16

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-04-06 20:44:12 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-04-06 20:44:12 GMT

    The Hawaii Tourism Authority has its spring marketing presentations starting this morning at the Hawaii Convention Center. The briefings start at 8:20 and run past noon. L&L Hawaiian Barbeque is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week. More than 200 franchisees from across the nation and around...

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    The Hawaii Tourism Authority has its spring marketing presentations starting this morning at the Hawaii Convention Center. The briefings start at 8:20 and run past noon. L&L Hawaiian Barbeque is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week. More than 200 franchisees from across the nation and around...

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  • Business Report: Hotel Occupancy Report

    Business Report: Hotel Occupancy Report

    Friday, March 25 2016 4:11 PM EDT2016-03-25 20:11:27 GMT
    Friday, March 25 2016 7:15 PM EDT2016-03-25 23:15:48 GMT
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    It's time for the weekly hotel occupancy report. 

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    It's time for the weekly hotel occupancy report. 

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  • Business Report: How the Delegates Stacked up

    Business Report: How the Delegates Stacked up

    Wednesday, March 23 2016 2:48 PM EDT2016-03-23 18:48:31 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 5:26 PM EDT2016-03-23 21:26:32 GMT
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    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won Arizona last night.  But there was more to the story than that, and Howard takes a look. 

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    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won Arizona last night.  But there was more to the story than that, and Howard takes a look. 

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  • Business Report: The high cost of medical tests

    Business Report: The high cost of medical tests

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 3:42 PM EDT2016-03-22 19:42:04 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 3:42 PM EDT2016-03-22 19:42:04 GMT

    Medical tests, especially imaging tests, can save lives. They can also cost a lot. HMSA has tried to control those costs by requiring advance approval of MRIs by a contractor on the mainland. Let me show some extreme examples of the two sides of this issue. Both HMSA and other health insurers...

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    Medical tests, especially imaging tests, can save lives. They can also cost a lot. HMSA has tried to control those costs by requiring advance approval of MRIs by a contractor on the mainland. Let me show some extreme examples of the two sides of this issue. Both HMSA and other health insurers...

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  • Business Report: 3/21/16

    Business Report: 3/21/16

    Monday, March 21 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-03-21 21:10:21 GMT
    Monday, March 21 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-03-21 21:10:21 GMT

    Marriott will acquire Starwood after all. The Anbang group of China had topped its offer, but Marriott came in with an offer of cash and stock that amounted to better than $83 a share, way better than any of the earlier offers.  The new announcement does NOT mention giving Anbang any chance...

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    Marriott will acquire Starwood after all. The Anbang group of China had topped its offer, but Marriott came in with an offer of cash and stock that amounted to better than $83 a share, way better than any of the earlier offers.  The new announcement does NOT mention giving Anbang any chance...

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  • Business Report: 3/18/16

    Business Report: 3/18/16

    Friday, March 18 2016 4:37 PM EDT2016-03-18 20:37:10 GMT
    Friday, March 18 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-03-18 21:17:38 GMT

    Ocean sports company RedStone, once C4 Waterman, settles a suit but will pursue another. 

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    Ocean sports company RedStone, once C4 Waterman, settles a suit but will pursue another. 

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  • Business Report 3/17/16: Garland nomination

    Business Report 3/17/16: Garland nomination

    Thursday, March 17 2016 2:46 PM EDT2016-03-17 18:46:37 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 5:18 PM EDT2016-03-17 21:18:56 GMT
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    Everyone seems to agree politics shouldn’t enter judicial nominations, yet it does.  So what ARE the politics in the nomination of Merrick Garland? 

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    Everyone seems to agree politics shouldn’t enter judicial nominations, yet it does.  So what ARE the politics in the nomination of Merrick Garland? 

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  • Business Report 3/16/16: Chinese investment in America

    Business Report 3/16/16: Chinese investment in America

    Wednesday, March 16 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-03-16 21:30:16 GMT
    Wednesday, March 16 2016 5:30 PM EDT2016-03-16 21:30:16 GMT
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    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard shows how Chinese investment in America has changed over the past few years and what's behind the change. 

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    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard shows how Chinese investment in America has changed over the past few years and what's behind the change. 

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  • Business Report: 3/14/16

    Business Report: 3/14/16

    Monday, March 14 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-03-14 21:00:59 GMT
    Monday, March 14 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-03-14 21:00:58 GMT

    Jay Shidler's Pacific Office Properties, owner of Davies Pacific Center and Waterfront Plaza, tells the SEC it has debt coming due this year which exceeds available cash. The filing is an official notice and sounds alarming, but actually there is a plan to refinance debt at lower rates when the due date...

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    Jay Shidler's Pacific Office Properties, owner of Davies Pacific Center and Waterfront Plaza, tells the SEC it has debt coming due this year which exceeds available cash. The filing is an official notice and sounds alarming, but actually there is a plan to refinance debt at lower rates when the due date...

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  • Business Report 3/11/16: Hotel Occupancy, Island Air, Jobless Report, Family Fun Day at Dole Plantation

    Business Report 3/11/16: Hotel Occupancy, Island Air, Jobless Report, Family Fun Day at Dole Plantation

    Friday, March 11 2016 12:37 PM EST2016-03-11 17:37:54 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 4:21 PM EST2016-03-11 21:21:58 GMT
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    The weekly hotel occupancy report is BACK!  Kauai 76% Full Oahu 80% Full Maui 82% Full Island Air has hired 19 employees on Kauai for the resumption of Lihue service next week. Another eight new hires will be based at Honolulu. And eight of the total 27 new workers are *former* employees who have been rehired, including Leina Alcos, the Lihue station manager, and two shift supervisors. New jobless claims are below 12 hundred for the seventh straight week – 1,183 with i...

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    The weekly hotel occupancy report is BACK!  Kauai 76% Full Oahu 80% Full Maui 82% Full Island Air has hired 19 employees on Kauai for the resumption of Lihue service next week. Another eight new hires will be based at Honolulu. And eight of the total 27 new workers are *former* employees who have been rehired, including Leina Alcos, the Lihue station manager, and two shift supervisors. New jobless claims are below 12 hundred for the seventh straight week – 1,183 with i...

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  • Howzit Howard 3/9/16: Kaiser Permanente, HMSA, HPR, Airlines

    Howzit Howard 3/9/16: Kaiser Permanente, HMSA, HPR, Airlines

    Thursday, March 10 2016 3:39 PM EST2016-03-10 20:39:43 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 3:39 PM EST2016-03-10 20:39:43 GMT
    Kaiser Permanente today distributes job offers to Maui and Lanai hospital employees today – the next step in the state outsourcing to Kaiser the operation of Maui Memorial Medical Center and its network. The Hawaii House has passed a bill aimed at HMSA requiring approval of CT scans by a third party on the mainland. The bill bars insurers from requiring pre-authorization of services that cause “undue delay.” Hawaii Public Radio hires its next GM. Jose Fajardo has p...More >>
    Kaiser Permanente today distributes job offers to Maui and Lanai hospital employees today – the next step in the state outsourcing to Kaiser the operation of Maui Memorial Medical Center and its network. The Hawaii House has passed a bill aimed at HMSA requiring approval of CT scans by a third party on the mainland. The bill bars insurers from requiring pre-authorization of services that cause “undue delay.” Hawaii Public Radio hires its next GM. Jose Fajardo has p...More >>
  • Business Report 3/10/16: Hawaii's sales tax

    Business Report 3/10/16: Hawaii's sales tax

    Thursday, March 10 2016 1:04 PM EST2016-03-10 18:04:56 GMT
    Thursday, March 10 2016 3:21 PM EST2016-03-10 20:21:08 GMT
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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, how Hawaii's sales tax compares to the rest of the country. Here's a tease, our rate is really low, but with a big asterisk.

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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, how Hawaii's sales tax compares to the rest of the country. Here's a tease, our rate is really low, but with a big asterisk.

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  • Business Report 3/9/16: Gasoline price trends

    Business Report 3/9/16: Gasoline price trends

    Wednesday, March 9 2016 1:58 PM EST2016-03-09 18:58:54 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 4:26 PM EST2016-03-09 21:26:09 GMT
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    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, gasoline price trends. More >>

    It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, gasoline price trends.

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  • Lead Apple attorney discusses case against FBI

    Lead Apple attorney discusses case against FBI

    Wednesday, March 9 2016 1:45 PM EST2016-03-09 18:45:51 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 4:24 PM EST2016-03-09 21:24:34 GMT
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    The FBI wants Apple to help it get into the iPhones of suspects. Apple says no.  Ted Olsen is the lead attorney representing Apple in its case against the FBI. More >>

    The FBI wants Apple to help it get into the iPhones of suspects. Apple says no.  Ted Olsen is the lead attorney representing Apple in its case against the FBI.

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  • Howard Business Report 3.8.16 - Illustrated Economics - Minimum Wage

    Howard Business Report 3.8.16 - Illustrated Economics - Minimum Wage

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 12:35 PM EST2016-03-08 17:35:06 GMT
    Tuesday, March 8 2016 12:35 PM EST2016-03-08 17:35:18 GMT
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    It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics.  This morning, the effect of raising the minimum wage. When you raise the minimum wage, you raise the cost of doing business ...

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    It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics.  This morning, the effect of raising the minimum wage. When you raise the minimum wage, you raise the cost of doing business ...

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  • Business Report 3/7/16: Illustrated Economics Hotel Revenue

    Business Report 3/7/16: Illustrated Economics Hotel Revenue

    Monday, March 7 2016 3:57 PM EST2016-03-07 20:57:40 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 3:57 PM EST2016-03-07 20:57:40 GMT
    How much revenue can one hotel room bring in one year? The answer is well over $50,000, according to new statistics from Hospitality Advisors. Joe Toy and the gang worked out revpar – revenue per available room – for full year 2015. That means revenue from rooms that were filled is stretched out to include rooms not filled. Annual revenue per room last year was more than $55,000 on the Big Island. Up 8.2% Kauai: $63,000. Up 8.5%. Oahu: $68,000. Up 4.1%. On Maui: closer t...More >>
    How much revenue can one hotel room bring in one year? The answer is well over $50,000, according to new statistics from Hospitality Advisors. Joe Toy and the gang worked out revpar – revenue per available room – for full year 2015. That means revenue from rooms that were filled is stretched out to include rooms not filled. Annual revenue per room last year was more than $55,000 on the Big Island. Up 8.2% Kauai: $63,000. Up 8.5%. Oahu: $68,000. Up 4.1%. On Maui: closer t...More >>
  • Business Report 3/1/16: Forbes hotels, Jun Fukada, Hawaiian Telcom

    Business Report 3/1/16: Forbes hotels, Jun Fukada, Hawaiian Telcom

    Monday, March 7 2016 3:15 PM EST2016-03-07 20:15:13 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 3:23 PM EST2016-03-07 20:23:16 GMT

    The new Forbes Travel Guide gives some states only a couple four-star hotels. 

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    The new Forbes Travel Guide gives some states only a couple four-star hotels. 

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  • Business Report 3/4/16: Where America's GDP is made

    Business Report 3/4/16: Where America's GDP is made

    Friday, March 4 2016 4:29 PM EST2016-03-04 21:29:48 GMT
    Friday, March 4 2016 4:29 PM EST2016-03-04 21:29:48 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus delves into GDP across the nation. More >>

    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus delves into GDP across the nation.

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  • Business Report: What happens to the current work of the Supreme Court in the wake of the death of a Justice

    Business Report: What happens to the current work of the Supreme Court in the wake of the death of a Justice

    Monday, February 15 2016 3:44 PM EST2016-02-15 20:44:06 GMT
    Monday, February 15 2016 3:44 PM EST2016-02-15 20:44:06 GMT
    Many of the court’s recent rulings have been on 5-4 votes. A court bereft of Scalia, or a successor, is a court that can tie 4-4. In the event of a tie, the Supremes affirm whatever lower court ruling they reviewed. And when that happens it applies only to that one appellate court - no national precedent... More >>

    Many of the court’s recent rulings have been on 5-4 votes. A court bereft of Scalia, or a successor, is a court that can tie 4-4. In the event of a tie, the Supremes affirm whatever lower court ruling they reviewed. And when that happens it applies only to that one appellate court - no national precedent...

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  • Business Report 2/12/16: Average daily census of Hawaii visitors for 2015

    Business Report 2/12/16: Average daily census of Hawaii visitors for 2015

    Friday, February 12 2016 3:05 PM EST2016-02-12 20:05:19 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-02-12 21:22:22 GMT

    Hospitality Advisors has worked out the precise mix of visitors last year, on the average day. These numbers are rounded off, but they worked it out precisely. From the U.S. West there were 89,000 visitors on a given day, 42% of total, 34% of occupied rooms. From the U.S. East, 51,000, 24% of visitors...

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    Hospitality Advisors has worked out the precise mix of visitors last year, on the average day. These numbers are rounded off, but they worked it out precisely. From the U.S. West there were 89,000 visitors on a given day, 42% of total, 34% of occupied rooms. From the U.S. East, 51,000, 24% of visitors...

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  • Agricultural business plan contest to support Hawaii's sustainable food movement

    Agricultural business plan contest to support Hawaii's sustainable food movement

    Thursday, February 11 2016 3:00 PM EST2016-02-11 20:00:25 GMT
    Thursday, February 11 2016 4:31 PM EST2016-02-11 21:31:45 GMT

    Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation announce the return of Mahi?ai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawai?i’s sustainable food movement and decreasing the state’s dependence on imports.  Mahi?ai means farmer.  The contest is open to all farmers...

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    Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation announce the return of Mahi?ai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawai?i’s sustainable food movement and decreasing the state’s dependence on imports.  Mahi?ai means farmer.  The contest is open to all farmers...

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  • Business Report 2/11/16: Tax revenue and the government budget

    Business Report 2/11/16: Tax revenue and the government budget

    Thursday, February 11 2016 2:42 PM EST2016-02-11 19:42:10 GMT
    Thursday, February 11 2016 4:26 PM EST2016-02-11 21:26:48 GMT

    A government budget has to start with some idea of how much revenue will be coming in. Work on the Obama budget started last fall, when it was reasonable to assume the U.S. economy would grow this year by 2.6%. That now looks too optimistic.  Less growth means less tax revenue which means...

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    A government budget has to start with some idea of how much revenue will be coming in. Work on the Obama budget started last fall, when it was reasonable to assume the U.S. economy would grow this year by 2.6%. That now looks too optimistic.  Less growth means less tax revenue which means...

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  • Business Report 2/10/16: Results of New Hampshire primary

    Business Report 2/10/16: Results of New Hampshire primary

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 2:52 PM EST2016-02-10 19:52:47 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 3:48 PM EST2016-02-10 20:48:35 GMT

    As recently as December Hillary Clinton still thought she might win New Hampshire.

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    As recently as December Hillary Clinton still thought she might win New Hampshire.

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  • Business Report 2/9/16: Thousands of American citizens, long-term US residents hand in passports

    Business Report 2/9/16: Thousands of American citizens, long-term US residents hand in passports

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 2:29 PM EST2016-02-09 19:29:42 GMT
    Tuesday, February 9 2016 4:31 PM EST2016-02-09 21:31:24 GMT

    Last year, 4,279 people renounced their American citizenship residency.

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    Last year, 4,279 people renounced their American citizenship residency. 

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  • Business Report 2/8/16: The economics of Valentine's Day

    Monday, February 8 2016 2:29 PM EST2016-02-08 19:29:25 GMT
    Monday, February 8 2016 4:33 PM EST2016-02-08 21:33:44 GMT

    Valentine's Day is one of the two busiest days for fine dining restaurants. The other is Mother's Day. On Mother's Day they get whole families ordering off the regular menu. On Valentine's Day restaurants do special menus and rent extra tables for two, because you don't want an intimate dinner...

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    Valentine's Day is one of the two busiest days for fine dining restaurants. The other is Mother's Day. On Mother's Day they get whole families ordering off the regular menu. On Valentine's Day restaurants do special menus and rent extra tables for two, because you don't want an intimate dinner...

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  • Business Report: 2/5/16

    Business Report: 2/5/16

    Friday, February 5 2016 3:12 PM EST2016-02-05 20:12:01 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 3:12 PM EST2016-02-05 20:12:02 GMT
    More than 95 graduate students from 21 nations will gather next week at the East-West Center for the Conference on Asia Pacific Research. It is the largest meeting of its kind worldwide. Keynoter will be Amanda Ellis, New Zealand's ambassador to the United Nations, on the new global development... More >>

    More than 95 graduate students from 21 nations will gather next week at the East-West Center for the Conference on Asia Pacific Research. It is the largest meeting of its kind worldwide. Keynoter will be Amanda Ellis, New Zealand's ambassador to the United Nations, on the new global development...

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  • Business Report: 'Reckless' mortgage lending practices

    Business Report: 'Reckless' mortgage lending practices

    Thursday, February 4 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-02-04 20:53:04 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 4:44 PM EST2016-02-04 21:44:49 GMT

    Wells Fargo agrees to pay $1.2 billion to settle claims it engaged in mortgage fraud.

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    Wells Fargo agrees to pay $1.2 billion to settle claims it engaged in mortgage fraud. 

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  • Business Report 2/3/16: Illustrated Economics: January Arrivals

    Business Report 2/3/16: Illustrated Economics: January Arrivals

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 2:48 PM EST2016-02-03 19:48:39 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 4:41 PM EST2016-02-04 21:41:13 GMT

    Here's your first look at January arrivals by air.  The state counted 785,000, up 6% from last year.

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    Here's your first look at January arrivals by air.  The state counted 785,000, up 6% from last year.

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  • Business Report 2/2/16: Dark Pools

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 3:28 PM EST2016-02-02 20:28:46 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 4:48 PM EST2016-02-02 21:48:21 GMT

    Dark pools are private exchanges. In them, hotshot speculators make trades you can't see, using information you don't have. The top two banks doing dark pools are Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. They'll pay $154 million to settle charges of lies and omissions in selling these services...

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    Dark pools are private exchanges. In them, hotshot speculators make trades you can't see, using information you don't have. The top two banks doing dark pools are Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. They'll pay $154 million to settle charges of lies and omissions in selling these services...

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  • Business Report 2/1/16: Crisis at a Glance: Banks

    Business Report 2/1/16: Crisis at a Glance: Banks

    Monday, February 1 2016 2:58 PM EST2016-02-01 19:58:00 GMT
    Monday, February 1 2016 3:38 PM EST2016-02-01 20:38:05 GMT

    It's Crisis at a Glance!  The Federal and the central banks of all nations, basically have one mission - to keep economies sound and stable - as much as possible - by encouraging borrowing to fight recession, and dampening down borrowing to fight inflation. 

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    It's Crisis at a Glance!  The Federal and the central banks of all nations, basically have one mission - to keep economies sound and stable - as much as possible - by encouraging borrowing to fight recession, and dampening down borrowing to fight inflation. 

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  • Business Report 1/29/16: Rental vacancies across the nation

    Business Report 1/29/16: Rental vacancies across the nation

    Friday, January 29 2016 3:45 PM EST2016-01-29 20:45:04 GMT
    Friday, January 29 2016 3:45 PM EST2016-01-29 20:45:04 GMT
    In this Business Report, Howard shows the trend in rentals across the nation.  More >>

    In this Business Report, Howard shows the trend in rentals across the nation. 

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  • Business Report 1/28/16: Fantasy Sports

    Business Report 1/28/16: Fantasy Sports

    Thursday, January 28 2016 1:40 PM EST2016-01-28 18:40:48 GMT
    Thursday, January 28 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-01-28 21:16:01 GMT

    Hawaii has some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country. Do you play fantasy sports? Some 60 million Americans do.  But others wager real money on fantasy sports contests.

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    Hawaii has some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country. Do you play fantasy sports? Some 60 million Americans do.  But others wager real money on fantasy sports contests.

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  • Business Report: When marijuana becomes an economic story

    Business Report: When marijuana becomes an economic story

    Wednesday, January 27 2016 3:28 PM EST2016-01-27 20:28:15 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 3:28 PM EST2016-01-27 20:28:15 GMT
    The annual real estate forecast forum was yesterday at the Convention Center. Usually the experts talk mostly about rising rents and other decimal-pointed topics. Not this time. Jay Elicker of Sofos Realty got up to forecast industrial real estate. He said several business people have reached out to check... More >>

    The annual real estate forecast forum was yesterday at the Convention Center. Usually the experts talk mostly about rising rents and other decimal-pointed topics. Not this time. Jay Elicker of Sofos Realty got up to forecast industrial real estate. He said several business people have reached out to check...

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  • Business Report 1/26/16: Unemployment rates

    Business Report 1/26/16: Unemployment rates

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:03 PM EST2016-01-26 21:03:26 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:03 PM EST2016-01-26 21:03:26 GMT
    In today's edition of "Business Report," Howard takes a look at the unemployment rates on each island. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In today's edition of "Business Report," Howard takes a look at the unemployment rates on each island. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report 1/25/16: Economics of Kakaako high-rise cancellation

    Business Report 1/25/16: Economics of Kakaako high-rise cancellation

    Monday, January 25 2016 4:37 PM EST2016-01-25 21:37:02 GMT
    Monday, January 25 2016 4:37 PM EST2016-01-25 21:37:01 GMT
     Here's how condos are built these days: You announce the project, you show beautiful pictures of what it'll look like, and you sell.  More >>

     Here's how condos are built these days: You announce the project, you show beautiful pictures of what it'll look like, and you sell. 

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  • Business Report 1/22/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 1/22/16: Hotel occupancy report

    Friday, January 22 2016 5:30 PM EST2016-01-22 22:30:00 GMT
    Friday, January 22 2016 5:30 PM EST2016-01-22 22:30:00 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard took his legos to Tamarind Park and reported on the 2015 hotel occupancy numbers. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard took his legos to Tamarind Park and reported on the 2015 hotel occupancy numbers. Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Business Report 1/21/16: Changes in value of currency

    Business Report 1/21/16: Changes in value of currency

    Thursday, January 21 2016 1:39 PM EST2016-01-21 18:39:45 GMT
    Thursday, January 21 2016 3:24 PM EST2016-01-21 20:24:41 GMT

    Howard is here with his illustrated economics.  Today's topic is on the value of currency.

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    Howard is here with his illustrated economics.  Today's topic is on the value of currency.

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  • Business Report: The draw of holding a convention in Hawaii

    Business Report: The draw of holding a convention in Hawaii

    Wednesday, January 20 2016 3:19 PM EST2016-01-20 20:19:44 GMT
    Wednesday, January 20 2016 3:19 PM EST2016-01-20 20:19:44 GMT
    The Pacific Telecommunications Council is convening this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. It meets here every year, drawing telecoms executives from around the world. But, other than the obvious reasons of sun and surf... More >>

    The Pacific Telecommunications Council is convening this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. It meets here every year, drawing telecoms executives from around the world. But, other than the obvious reasons of sun and surf...

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  • Business Report: The most expensive states to live in

    Business Report: The most expensive states to live in

    Tuesday, January 19 2016 2:44 PM EST2016-01-19 19:44:51 GMT
    Tuesday, January 19 2016 2:44 PM EST2016-01-19 19:44:51 GMT
    It's no secret that it's expensive to live in Hawaii. But a new survey has come out that shows exactly how high Hawaii ranks in living expenses.  GoBankingRates.com took the median household income for each state, worked out certain irreducible expenses, including housing, transportation and food... More >>

    It's no secret that it's expensive to live in Hawaii. But a new survey has come out that shows exactly how high Hawaii ranks in living expenses.  GoBankingRates.com took the median household income for each state, worked out certain irreducible expenses, including housing, transportation and food...

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  • Business Report: Real estate money laundering

    Business Report: Real estate money laundering

    Monday, January 18 2016 2:50 PM EST2016-01-18 19:50:37 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 2:50 PM EST2016-01-18 19:50:37 GMT
    Hawaii has a thriving market in luxury residential real estate. But could some of it really be money laundering? Last week the Treasury Department announced an investigation of home sales in two places. In March it will examine cash real estate purchases in Miami and Manhattan. But a weekend report... More >>

    Hawaii has a thriving market in luxury residential real estate. But could some of it really be money laundering? Last week the Treasury Department announced an investigation of home sales in two places. In March it will examine cash real estate purchases in Miami and Manhattan. But a weekend report...

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  • Business Report 1/14/16: Oil production

    Business Report 1/14/16: Oil production

    Thursday, January 14 2016 4:21 PM EST2016-01-14 21:21:32 GMT
    Thursday, January 14 2016 4:21 PM EST2016-01-14 21:21:31 GMT
    $30 a barrel is still way more than oil cost in some years past, but it's cheap compared to $145 a barrel, which we saw not so long ago.  More >>

    $30 a barrel is still way more than oil cost in some years past, but it's cheap compared to $145 a barrel, which we saw not so long ago. 

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  • Business Report 1/12/16: RevoluSun COO offers 2016 solar outlook for Hawaii homeowners

    Business Report 1/12/16: RevoluSun COO offers 2016 solar outlook for Hawaii homeowners

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 2:50 PM EST2016-01-12 19:50:53 GMT
    Tuesday, January 12 2016 3:50 PM EST2016-01-12 20:50:00 GMT

    The recent Public Utilities Commission ruling caps the grid supply at about 4,500 new systems, which means NOW is the time for those who want solar PV to get in line.  In addition, Hawaiian Electric Company’s new “grid-supply” and “self-supply” programs are more complicated than the recently...

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    The recent Public Utilities Commission ruling caps the grid supply at about 4,500 new systems, which means NOW is the time for those who want solar PV to get in line.  In addition, Hawaiian Electric Company’s new “grid-supply” and “self-supply” programs are more complicated than the recently...

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  • Business Report: The mindset of stock traders

    Monday, January 11 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-01-11 20:53:29 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-01-11 20:53:29 GMT
    Last week's Shanghai stock market crash tells a lot about the mindset of stock traders. On two separate days stocks dove 7% until a circuit-breaker system halted the trading. The second time, it happened less than half an hour into the trading session, which never resumed. But this is the interesting... More >>

    Last week's Shanghai stock market crash tells a lot about the mindset of stock traders. On two separate days stocks dove 7% until a circuit-breaker system halted the trading. The second time, it happened less than half an hour into the trading session, which never resumed. But this is the interesting...

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  • Business Report 1/8/16: What really killed sugar cultivation on Maui?

    Business Report 1/8/16: What really killed sugar cultivation on Maui?

    Friday, January 8 2016 3:34 PM EST2016-01-08 20:34:52 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 4:46 PM EST2016-01-08 21:46:31 GMT

    Alexander & Baldwin hasn't always lost money on sugar. The Maui plantation was designed well. The mill is close to the fields and the docks are close to the mill. And this is a farming company that willingly accepted some years would be in the red, and a development company that put major acreage...

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    Alexander & Baldwin hasn't always lost money on sugar. The Maui plantation was designed well. The mill is close to the fields and the docks are close to the mill. And this is a farming company that willingly accepted some years would be in the red, and a development company that put major acreage...

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  • Business Report: Grant supports creation of a STEM Center of Excellence at UH

    Thursday, January 7 2016 2:59 PM EST2016-01-07 19:59:44 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 4:40 PM EST2016-01-07 21:40:31 GMT

    USA Funds has awarded a $4.6 million grant to the University of Hawaii to help build Hawaii’s innovation economy workforce and stem the state’s “brain drain.”

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    USA Funds has awarded a $4.6 million grant to the University of Hawaii to help build Hawaii’s innovation economy workforce and stem the state’s “brain drain.”

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  • Business Report 1/6/15: Monsanto, drug testing, Chef Mavro winter menu, fundraising gala

    Business Report 1/6/15: Monsanto, drug testing, Chef Mavro winter menu, fundraising gala

    Wednesday, January 6 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-01-06 21:30:21 GMT
    Wednesday, January 6 2016 4:30 PM EST2016-01-06 21:30:21 GMT
    Monsanto swings to a $253 million quarterly loss. More >>

    Monsanto swings to a $253 million quarterly loss.

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  • Business Report: Economy forecast for 2016

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 3:13 PM EST2016-01-05 20:13:48 GMT
    Tuesday, January 5 2016 3:32 PM EST2016-01-05 20:32:45 GMT

    This year has turned out a bit better than anticipated, and prospects remain good for 2016. Next year will see some easing of visitor growth, but no retreat from the high levels of activity that have built up in recent years. The construction expansion will continue, and tightening labor market conditions...

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    This year has turned out a bit better than anticipated, and prospects remain good for 2016. Next year will see some easing of visitor growth, but no retreat from the high levels of activity that have built up in recent years. The construction expansion will continue, and tightening labor market conditions...

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  • Business Report 1/4/16: Hawaii's weekly hotel occupancy report

    Business Report 1/4/16: Hawaii's weekly hotel occupancy report

    Monday, January 4 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-01-04 21:22:47 GMT
    Monday, January 4 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-01-04 21:22:47 GMT
    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus breaks down Hawaii's occupancy numbers for the week with his legos. More >>

    In this edition of "Business Report," Howard Dicus breaks down Hawaii's occupancy numbers for the week with his legos.

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  • Business Report: The top island business stories of 2015... in poem form

    Business Report: The top island business stories of 2015... in poem form

    Thursday, December 31 2015 3:39 PM EST2015-12-31 20:39:36 GMT
    Thursday, December 31 2015 3:39 PM EST2015-12-31 20:39:36 GMT
    Listen my children and you shall hear, of the business development of the year. Unemployment fell; condo towers rose. Hilo Hattie survived, but its store would close. The Japanese tarried, and fewer were married. But airlines were busy, more passengers carried. New restaurants opened, serving sushi to spaghetti... More >>

    Listen my children and you shall hear, of the business development of the year. Unemployment fell; condo towers rose. Hilo Hattie survived, but its store would close. The Japanese tarried, and fewer were married. But airlines were busy, more passengers carried. New restaurants opened, serving sushi to spaghetti...

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  • Business Report: The biggest movies of 2015

    Business Report: The biggest movies of 2015

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 2:57 PM EST2015-12-30 19:57:42 GMT
    Wednesday, December 30 2015 2:57 PM EST2015-12-30 19:57:41 GMT
    Movies can be art - but they're always a business. So, which movies were the year's biggest in business terms? Starting from the biggest and working down, these were the top five movies of 2015, but one particular part is subject to change. As of this morning the top-grossing film of 2015 was... More >>

    Movies can be art - but they're always a business. So, which movies were the year's biggest in business terms? Starting from the biggest and working down, these were the top five movies of 2015, but one particular part is subject to change. As of this morning the top-grossing film of 2015 was...

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  • Business Report: And now I can see...color!

    Business Report: And now I can see...color!

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 2:55 PM EST2015-12-29 19:55:22 GMT
    Tuesday, December 29 2015 2:55 PM EST2015-12-29 19:55:22 GMT
    One of the big business stories of 2015 was Enchroma glasses and sunglasses, which filter light in such a way that color-blind people can see colors closer to what other people see. Howard Dicus got Enchroma sunglasses for Christmas and his wife Bernadette suggested he try them on for the first time... More >>

    One of the big business stories of 2015 was Enchroma glasses and sunglasses, which filter light in such a way that color-blind people can see colors closer to what other people see. Howard Dicus got Enchroma sunglasses for Christmas and his wife Bernadette suggested he try them on for the first time...

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  • Business Report: The end of the year economy

    Business Report: The end of the year economy

    Monday, December 28 2015 2:51 PM EST2015-12-28 19:51:13 GMT
    Monday, December 28 2015 2:51 PM EST2015-12-28 19:51:12 GMT
    There is a peculiar economy that exists in the week between Christmas and New Year's. First, there is what retailers call the Second Season - a time that used to be for returns - but now features people buying for themselves what other people didn't get them for Christmas. For some stores, especially... More >>

    There is a peculiar economy that exists in the week between Christmas and New Year's. First, there is what retailers call the Second Season - a time that used to be for returns - but now features people buying for themselves what other people didn't get them for Christmas. For some stores, especially...

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  • Business Report 12/24/15: Whole Foods trends

    Business Report 12/24/15: Whole Foods trends

    Thursday, December 24 2015 3:49 PM EST2015-12-24 20:49:42 GMT
    Thursday, December 24 2015 3:49 PM EST2015-12-24 20:49:42 GMT
    Whole Foods Market has put out a forecast of top 10 food trends for 2016. It's pretty fun if you don't take it too seriously. More >>

    Whole Foods Market has put out a forecast of top 10 food trends for 2016. It's pretty fun if you don't take it too seriously.

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  • Howard Business Report 12.22.15 - Fuel Prices

    Howard Business Report 12.22.15 - Fuel Prices

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 1:07 PM EST2015-12-22 18:07:59 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 1:24 PM EST2015-12-22 18:24:32 GMT
    How much longer can we expect low fuel prices?  In theory the oil producing nations could pump less oil and drive oil prices back up.  More >>

    How much longer can we expect low fuel prices?  In theory the oil producing nations could pump less oil and drive oil prices back up. 

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  • US Tax Code - Breakdown by Howard Dicus

    US Tax Code - Breakdown by Howard Dicus

    Tuesday, December 22 2015 1:02 PM EST2015-12-22 18:02:48 GMT
    Tuesday, December 22 2015 1:24 PM EST2015-12-22 18:24:05 GMT

    Every American believes a simpler tax code would be better. But will it ever happen? Congressional leaders from both parties would like to try to do that in the coming year.  House Speaker Paul Ryan says America has one of the highest corporate tax rates, 35%. That's true, but few corporations pay 35%, because there are so many individual tax breaks.  Most of them are written to benefit specific industries; some benefit specific companies. A wonky little thing in last ...

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    Every American believes a simpler tax code would be better. But will it ever happen? 

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  • Howard Business Report 12.21.15 - Monthly Unemployment Report

    Howard Business Report 12.21.15 - Monthly Unemployment Report

    Monday, December 21 2015 12:58 PM EST2015-12-21 17:58:59 GMT
    Monday, December 21 2015 12:58 PM EST2015-12-21 17:58:59 GMT
     It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, the monthly report on alternative measures of unemployment. More >>

     It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics. This morning, the monthly report on alternative measures of unemployment.

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  • Howard Business Report - Hotel Weekly Occupancy Report

    Howard Business Report - Hotel Weekly Occupancy Report

    Friday, December 18 2015 1:22 PM EST2015-12-18 18:22:02 GMT
    Friday, December 18 2015 1:22 PM EST2015-12-18 18:22:02 GMT
    Howard is here with this weeks hotel occupancy report More >>
    Howard is here with this weeks hotel occupancy report More >>
  • Business Report: 12/17/15

    Business Report: 12/17/15

    Thursday, December 17 2015 3:25 PM EST2015-12-17 20:25:14 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 3:25 PM EST2015-12-17 20:25:14 GMT
    The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has won the Best of the Fest Award at the 2015 Fest Forward Convergence Conference in Santa Barbara. This is Roy and Denise Yamaguchi grinning broadly.T&C Surf and Vans gives $30,000 worth of backpacks and clothing to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii...More >>

    The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival has won the Best of the Fest Award at the 2015 Fest Forward Convergence Conference in Santa Barbara. This is Roy and Denise Yamaguchi grinning broadly.T&C Surf and Vans gives $30,000 worth of backpacks and clothing to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii...

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  • Howard Business Report 12.16 - Deadline to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare extended to Thursday

    Deadline to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare extended to Thursday

    Wednesday, December 16 2015 12:39 PM EST2015-12-16 17:39:52 GMT
    Wednesday, December 16 2015 12:42 PM EST2015-12-16 17:42:29 GMT
    Although the deadline to register for health care insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law was on Tuesday, HealthCare.gov announced it would be extending the deadline to Thursday, Dec. 17.More >>

    Although the deadline to register for health care insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law was on Tuesday, HealthCare.gov announced it would be extending the deadline to Thursday, Dec. 17.

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  • Business Report: Why does the Fed change interest rates?

    Business Report: Why does the Fed change interest rates?

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 2:52 PM EST2015-12-15 19:52:22 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 2:52 PM EST2015-12-15 19:52:22 GMT
    It has literally been years since the Federal Reserve Board did anything to interest rates other than pushing them as low as they'll go. Today and tomorrow, the Fed's open market committee meets in Washington to discuss, and probably to approve, a quarter-point increase in interest rates. The Fed...More >>

    It has literally been years since the Federal Reserve Board did anything to interest rates other than pushing them as low as they'll go. Today and tomorrow, the Fed's open market committee meets in Washington to discuss, and probably to approve, a quarter-point increase in interest rates. The Fed...

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  • Howard Business Report 12/14/15: Climate Control

    Howard Business Report 12/14/15: Climate Control

    Monday, December 14 2015 1:10 PM EST2015-12-14 18:10:21 GMT
    Monday, December 14 2015 4:29 PM EST2015-12-14 21:29:28 GMT
    The Paris climate conference ended with a multi-nation agreement.  But how much of an agreement is it?   The President said he forged an agreement without any help from a do nothing Congress. More >>

    The Paris climate conference ended with a multi-nation agreement.  But how much of an agreement is it?   The President said he forged an agreement without any help from a do nothing Congress. 

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  • Howard Business Report 12/11/15: Weekly hotel report

    Howard Business Report 12/11/15: Weekly hotel report

    Friday, December 11 2015 12:10 PM EST2015-12-11 17:10:26 GMT
    Friday, December 11 2015 3:34 PM EST2015-12-11 20:34:00 GMT
    Howard is here with this week's hotel occupancy report.More >>

    Howard is here with this week's hotel occupancy report.

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  • Business Report 12/10/15: Is the Supreme Court ready to let affirmative action die?

    Business Report 12/10/15: Is the Supreme Court ready to let affirmative action die?

    Thursday, December 10 2015 3:38 PM EST2015-12-10 20:38:25 GMT
    Thursday, December 10 2015 3:50 PM EST2015-12-10 20:50:49 GMT
    The justices yesterday heard oral arguments in a reverse discrimination case.      Abigail Fisher says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she's white.      The one-hour session ran 35 minutes long as justices asked pointed questions.      Justice Scalia drew gasps from the chamber...More >>

    The justices yesterday heard oral arguments in a reverse discrimination case.      Abigail Fisher says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she's white.      The one-hour session ran 35 minutes long as justices asked pointed questions.      Justice Scalia drew gasps from the chamber...

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  • Business Report 12/8/15: Hawaii hotels experience record revenues

    Business Report 12/8/15: Hawaii hotels experience record revenues

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 3:24 PM EST2015-12-08 20:24:05 GMT
    Tuesday, December 8 2015 3:24 PM EST2015-12-08 20:24:04 GMT
    Hawaii hotels have been experiencing record revenues as of late.More >>

    Hawaii hotels have been experiencing record revenues as of late.

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