Howard's Business Report

  Business Report: May’s hotel report

Oahu, Maui and Wailea each saw an increase in revenue per available room when compared to last year's figures.

  Business Report: Rare rides

  Business Report: Car company market share in Hawaii

  Business: April hotel report

  Business: UH forecast of slowing growth

  Business Report: May arrivals by air

Business Report: Honolulu mortgage payments, and mainland comparisons

Continued Coverage

  Business Report: Hawaiian Airlines revenue

  Business Report: Young Brothers winter quarter shipments.

  Business Report: Mahi Pono growth plans, Ke Ao Hali’l funds, Kauai budget hearing

  Business Report: Matson business sources

Business Report: Hawaii hotel performance across the whole first quarter

Business Report: April home sales

Business Report: Unemployment and inflation are down, so why are wages?

Unemployment is low, yet inflation is low. And wages are low. That's unprecedented says the Oracle of Omaha. Warren Buffett says textbooks never mention even this possibility. So what happened? Some of it can be explained. Buying power has eroded...

  Business Report: UH economic forecast

Howard takes a look at this years economic forecast.

Business Report: April arrivals by Air

Domestic to Honolulu 361,036 up 20,000 + 5.3%To Maui 183,517 up 18,000 + 11%To Big Island 74,335 up 1,000 +1.2%To Kauai 55,835 down 6,000 -10.2%From Japan 139,417 up 6,000 +4.5%From Elsewhere 74,761 down 5,000 -6.5%Total 888,901 up 31,000 +3.7%

  Business Report: Drug company profits

Pfizer reported $13.1 billion in sales this past quarter.

  Business Report: DBEDT vote, new director at Kamehameha Schools, Smart Yields partnerships

  Business Report: Hawaii’s largest convention venues

  Business Report: March unemployment

  Business Report: Why the road tax proposal is NOT fair

  Business Report: State tax receipts

  Business Report: Job growth and job shrinkage

  Business Report: Updated gas prices across the nation

Hawaii usually has one of the highest average gas prices in the nation, but with the rise in oil prices, states all across the United States are beginning to see an increase at the pumps. For today’s Business Report, Howard takes a look at some of the highest gas prices in the U.S...

  Business Report: Currency exchange rates

This shows how much buying power foreign visitors lose, trading their money for US currency.

  Business: March home sales

Howard takes a look at home sales made across Hawaii in March.

  Business: Zippy’s, new director for planning and development, and youth symphony GM

The first Zippy’s outside Hawaii will be a long time coming. The Vegas land sale was announced this week but construction will take a year.

  Business Report: February hotel occupancy

On today’s Business Report, Howard talks about February’s hotel occupancy and demonstrates it with legos.

  Business Report: The bond market

On today’s business report, Howard tries to explain the entire bond market.

  Business Report: Southwest vs Hawaiian airlines

Hawaiian is based here, while Southwest has 60% of the California airline business.

  Business Report: How the University of Hawaii impacts the State

The legislature this month has proposed devastating cuts to UH funding, leading the usually mild-mannered UH President David Lassner to describe the proposal as “ill-informed.” I’ve never hesitated to diss UH when I think it deserves it...

  Business Report: Computer flops

FLOP stands for floating point operations and is a measurement system for supercomputers.

  Business Report: A look at airline on-time records

Hawaiian Airlines is taking a victory lap.It's the most punctual airline in the U.S. for the fifteenth straight year.For 2018 its average record was almost 88%.Despite volcanic and storm-related events.Last month, Hawaiian was 87.5% ontime...

  Business Report: Hawaii Opera Theater, Maui brewers, Kaiser hospital chef

The Hawaii Opera Theater is holding its annual benefit this Sunday at the Hawaii Theater.

  Business Report: Hawaii flights that use MAX 8 or MAX 9 aircraft

Here's a list of the flights traveling to Hawaii that use MAX 8 or MAX 9 aircraft.

  Business Report: Economics of MAX-8 issue

Grounding even a few aircraft can set up cascading cancellations and a loss of millions in revenue.

  Business Report: The Boeing 737 MAX 8

Hundreds of MAX 8's fly every day without incident. But who flies them? And where?

  Business Report: Drawings NOT made by Howard

These are better drawings, because they're made by children.When JTB decided to buy three electric buses for use in Hawaii, they had an idea.Why not wrap the buses in children's drawings made for the Blue Planet Foundation...

  Business Report: National jobless report

The nation’s jobless rate fell two tenths last month, from 4 percent to 3.8 percent.

  Business Report: U.S. airline market share

In regards to only domestic service, Southwest leads the pack with 18 percent of the market.

  Business Report: Genki Sushi opening, Fun Factory opening, new COO at Straub Medical Center

Hawaii's largest Genki Sushi opens today at Kapolei Commons.

  Business: Hawaiian Airlines proposal for more flights to Tokyo Haneda

Hawaiian Airlines is asking for three more Haneda slots, all for Honolulu flights.

  Business: February arrivals by air

For today’s business report, each of the islands are seeing a different number of arrivals by plane this month.

  Business: Projected population growth for the state

By 2035, the state is projected to have an increase of population.

  Business: Largest economies in Africa

For today’s business report Howard discusses the largest economies in Africa.

  Business Report: Hawaii visitor stats and the reopening of the Hilton Ocean Tower

For today’s business report, Hawaii visitor arrivals this month have gone up 2.1 percent so far.

  Business Report: Kaiser donation, Fairmont Kea Lani aid, Hospice of Kona tournament

Kaiser Hawaii is honoring six employees by giving $10,000 apiece to six nonprofits that those six people choose.

  Business: 2018 Visitor data by country

The U.S. mainland topped the list in the main markets for visitors, while Japan came in second.

  Business: Lion coffee, Hawaii Energy rates, and OHA funding

Lion Coffee today will announce it has developed a special coffee that brews at high elevations.

  Business: National unemployment rates

The national jobless rate is 3.9 percent, while ours is only 2.5 percent. Only Iowa is lower with 2.4 percent.

  Business: Pricey prescriptions and can politicians overcome politics

We pay more for prescription drugs than other countries do.

  Business: Top Hawaii car brands

Hawaii consumers seem to lean more toward Toyota’s when purchasing a car.

  Business: Post-Christmas retail layoffs

The amount of post-Christmas retail layoffs continue to fluctuate throughout the month of January.

  Business: December’s unemployment rates by island

The island chain saw a slight decrease in unemployment rates last month, according to December’s unadjusted employment report.

  Business: Post-Christmas retail layoffs

There’s been an increase in unemployment claims for people in retail positions since December’s holiday season.

  Business Report: Some useful information about millennials

A website called How Much dot net has some pretty good charts measuring stuff you always wondered about.This morning I've got a chart about millennials.I've complained about surveys purporting to tell us something uniquely millennial...

  Business: Oahu office vacancy

For downtown Honolulu, there is a 16 percent vacancy rate for 53 buildings.

  Business: General excise taxes in 2019

For today’s business report we look at the general excise tax rates for Hawaii counties in the new year.

  Business: 2018 tourism

It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics.

  Business: History of Hawaii’s visitor traffic

For today’s business report, Hawaii has seen a major growth in visitor traffic over the years.

  Business: November hotel report

For today’s business report, Howard looks at the November hotel numbers in the state.

Business: Illustrated Economics

It's time for Howard's Illustrated Economics.

  Business: Priciest cities to purchase gas

According to a new report, Kahului ranks as the most expensive city to purchase gas from in the nation.

  Business: Michael Yadao becomes lobbyist, Kaiser donates $10,000, Bank of Hawaii directors ranked best in nation

For today’s business report, the General Contractors Association of Hawaii has a new lobbyist.

  Business: Historical perspective of the stock market

December usually sees an end-of-year rally in the stock market.

  Business: Top tourist destinations

For today’s business report, Howard looks at how Hawaii compares to the top tourist destinations.

  Business Report: Report reveals new details on the U.S. economic expansion

Howard talks about an important new report on the U.S. economic expansion.

  Business: December arrivals by air

International arrivals are down 7 percent so far this month, but Japan traffic is up 4 percent.

  Business Report: Fun facts about visitors to Hawaii

A quarter of mainland visitors to Hawaii are under 40.

Business Report: People who visit more than one island

Howard's Business Report dives into annual visitors to each island, and those who came for one day or less.

  Business Report: The official state economic forecast, local banks impact, and Singapore Airlines

For today’s business report we look at the economic outlook for local businesses.

  Business: October hotel occupancy report

Hawaii hotel’s saw a slight decrease in occupancy last month.

  Business Report: Hawaii’s unemployment rates per island

It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics on Hawaii unemployment by island.

  Business: New store hours for businesses on Thanksgiving

Some businesses will have special store hours for next week’s Thanksgiving holiday.

  Business: Monday’s stock dive

The stock market took a hit on Monday with many stocks taking a dive.

  Business Report: America’s biggest retailers

Top retailers include Walmart, Amazon, Costco and more.

  Business Report: U.S. airline service to China

Howard talks U.S. Airline Service to China in this Business Report.

  Business Report: DFS looks to Hawaii goods and Daiso is coming to Hawaii

DFS has also agreed to carry the wares of 11 local companies.

  Business Report: Airplane seats to Hawaii

For today’s business report, Howard looks into November’s airline seats to Hawaii.

  Business Report: Businesses on Big Island

Some of the finalists in the HI Plan business plan competition were Uncle Tilo’s Water Catchment, SRFly, and Big Island Espresso Bites.

  Business Report: International visitor traffic

It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics. This morning: the outlook for international visitor traffic through the end of the year.