Business Report: 5/11/16 - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Business Report: 5/11/16

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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 at the back house. There is a plan on the table to set rules for additional rental units, or ARUs – letting homeowners build additional housing on their property. The Board of Realtors says Kauai needs 16 hundred more housing units. A committee hearing on this, today.

The merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable has been approved by the FCC. The approval requires a rollout of high-speed Internet to millions more customers. Time Warner Cable owns Oceanic.

March hotel revenue statewide was $481 million, down slightly. Hotel occupancy rose on Maui but fell elsewhere. High-end visitors propped up the hotel business, especially Japanese business travel, rewarding a company's best performers.

Some potentially important tourism news – 32 self-serve kiosks for arriving international passengers seem so far to be reducing average Customs waits from 30 minutes to 20, and often less. The Customs line is a notorious nuisance for Hawaii visitors arriving from other countries.

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