Business Report: 9/30/16

Business Report: 9/30/16

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Tourism Conference wraps up today with culinary tourism, Food Network's Adam Richmond moderating a panel with Roy Yamaguchi, Dean Okimoto of Nalo Greens and Randy King of Seawind Tours.

Hotel occupancy – Big Island 70, Kauai 77, Maui 82, Oahu 88 percent full – performance generally better than last year and rates better, too, by seven or eight percent.

Mokulele Airlines says it stopped flying from Kalaeloa because of slack demand – so slack it was weeks after cancellation before people noticed. A bad idea? Maybe just ahead of its time, since West Oahu is growing.

Pearl Harbor shipyard awards $22 million in work on the USS Chung Hoon to BAE Systems Hawaii. And the Army Corps of Engineers at Shafter awards $24 million in repair work at Schofield to Bethel Contracting.

The soft opening was some time ago, but the grand opening is tomorrow for Macy's at Ka Makana Alii. The first 100 customers will get $10 Macy's gift cards. They're planning a fashion show and cooking demos.

Happening this weekend, the 11th annual Maui Ukulele Festival, Sunday, one to six pm, at the MACC – and it's free!

CNBC ranks business-friendly states, and we're second from the bottom, despite coming in first on quality of life. High costs drag the ranking. The report also gives points for railroad connection to other states.

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