Howard's Business Report

  Business Report: Kahuku High School receives funding for AC units

Turtle Bay and AES Hawaii have come up with $40,000 for installation of air conditioners in 23 portable classrooms at Kahuku High School.

  Business Report: Alternative measures of unemployment

  Business Report: Construction employment picks up statewide

  Business Report: Ma’o Organic Farms chosen as finalist for Strong Communities Award

  Business Report: HTA moves fall tourism update

  Business Report: Macadamia Nut production falls from previous season

  Business Report: Aiea neighborhood board approves Halawa View Apartments

Continued Coverage

  Business Report: Are you an ALICE?

  Business Report: UH medical school receives more than $1M from 2 health care providers

Business Report: A look at side trips

  Business Report: Hawaii Pacific Health opens new multimillion-dollar urgent care center

  Business Report: Office vacancy rates plunge in Honolulu

  Business Report: Maui Brewing Company set to roll out new products

  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: TSA finances

On today’s business report, Howard talks about how TSA spends its money.

  Business Report: Summer air capacity to Hawaii

On today’s business report, Howard takes a look at the summer air capacity to Hawaii.

  Business Report: Rare rides

On today’s business report, Howard takes a look at cars that stand out on Hawaii roads.

  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

  Business Report: Hawaiian Airlines revenue

  Business Report: Young Brothers winter quarter shipments.

On today’s business report, Howard looks at Young Brothers winter quarter shipments.

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

The nonprofit that bought the HC&S sugar plantation this week revealed its initial plans for the Maui farmland, and the list of crops is impressive.

  Business Report: Matson business sources

Howard breaks down the mains sources of Matson’s business.

Business Report: Hawaii hotel performance across the whole first quarter

We do this month-by-month, but this is January, February and March combined...

Business Report: April home sales

Oahu 318 houses (up 10% from 289)Median price $767,000 (down 2.9%)Oahu 476 condos (down 13% from 547)Median price $416,000 (up 0.7%)Big Island 209 houses (up 10% from 198)Median price $355,000 (down 8.7%)Big Island 108 condos (up 18% from 90)...

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

Honolulu-based Smart Yields describes its two grant partnerships with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Farm Bureau.

  Business Report: Hawaii’s largest convention venues

The Hawaii Convention Center is listed as Hawaii's largest convention venue.

  Business Report: March unemployment

Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island all saw a slight rise in unemployment.

  Business Report: Why the road tax proposal is NOT fair

This idea rides on the false presumption that people have a choice about how much they drive. Most driving is not discretionary. The typical taxpayer does most driving when commuting. How long your commute is, depends on how far you live from work...

  Business Report: State tax receipts

Tax receipts July 1-March 31:Excise and use taxes $2.6 billion -0.4%Personal income taxes $1.7 billion +5,1%Transient accommodation tax $$450 million +12%Corporate income taxes $83 million +33%TOTAL $5 billion +2.6%

  Business Report: Job growth and job shrinkage

It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics. This morning – job growth – and job shrinkage.Health care +70,000Professional services +37,000Leisure and hospitality +33,000Construction +16,000Government +14,000Financial +11,000Information +10,000Mining and utilities +3,000Transportation...

  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.