Local Connection: Hawaii's Economy Slowly Improving

By Rick Blangiardi

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu hotels are coming off two weeks running 90% full.

Military commissaries are signing contracts to buy 100 more products from Hawaii companies.

The NELHA incubator near Kona airport didn't lose a single one of its more than 50 tenants during the recession.

Our economy is improving so slowly it hurts - but not because there isn't any good news. It's offset by other companies catching up from recession losses, or closing because the landlord raised the rent.

The new state forecast predicts 1.5% more jobs by year's end - but that's down two ticks from what they said in May.

Businesses that are able to grow, know this is actually a good time to do it.

A Kauai pizzeria expands to Kapolei.

Martin & Macarthur opens in Waikoloa.

We have a line of employers coming through our studio to discuss job openings. Hawaii's economy is still better than the mainland - and some companies are boldly making that happen.

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