Howzit Howard: unemployment claims

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This past week's count was below 18,800, a little more than the week before but far below the routine levels of last year. New claims rose by around 200, though they fell in Kona.

Hoku Corporation lost $2.7 million in the spring quarter. No surprise, Hoku is spending big on its Idaho polysilicon plant, offsetting about a quarter of the cost with solar panel installations here in Hawaii.

Bankoh CEO Peter Ho chairs the APEC host committee, and now the CEO has been named. Gregg Yamanaka of Green Era Corporation. He has a lot of experience with convention planning. The PACRIM summit is here, next year.

The accounting firm PKF Pacific Hawaii has acquired the Honolulu division of Grant Thornton. It's hiring all 50 employees and plans to hire more. Grant Thorton operated from 1132 Bishop.

Retail news, Target finally nailed down a plan to take over the Don Quijote space in Kailua. There's gonna be a Target there, but not for two years.

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