Business Report - 3/26/15 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Business Report - 3/26/15

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Visitor spending down, but what else do the new February numbers tell us? We're getting more Canadians and more West Coasties - California traffic up 11% - traffic is down from Japan and U.S. East. But this is better than it looks.

Let's check those alternative measures of unemployment. The biggest number, counting part-timers who want full-time, down to 12% nationwide, 10% in Hawaii. If you gave up looking it's time for a fresh start.

The wedding planner Ka Nalu - Blue Blue Flowers - got caught paying Japanese immigrants $4 an hour. It has to pay 35 grand in back wages and damages.

Castle Resorts has a new VP for e-commerce - Erland Odd has held similar posts with Aston Resorts and Aqua Hospitality. Castle manages 22 properties, mostly here but also in New Zealand.

USA Today is inviting reader votes for 20 contenders for Best Cultural Festival. I mention it because Hawaii's Aloha Festivals are collectively one of the 20 contenders. Look for "best cultural festival" on 10 best dotcom, spelling with 10 as a numeral.

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