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Restaurants and bars dominate the group of businesses that have closed in Hawaii since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a list compiled by Pacific Business News.

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WFH means "work from home," but a public-private group hopes people will see it as a "work from Hawaii." It's all part of a drive to boost technology work in the islands.

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2020 was a positive year for most major U.S. stock indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 7%, while the broader S&P 500 gained nearly 16%. But it was a mixed story for many local companies.

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Markets are closed today for New Year's Day. While 2020 was a positive year for major stock indexes in the U.S., not all companies did well. Financial stocks were hit hard compared to a year ago, and that pain was felt by shareholders of local banks.

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It’s been a year of dramatic changes around the world, and that’s certainly true for the hospitality industry in Hawaii. One well-known executive has shifted her professional focus — looking to work with other business leaders in a different way.

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Hawaii’s struggling “COVID economy” could be an opportunity for some. But it requires the ability to put together some capital to invest — and that kind of money can be hard to come by in Hawaii.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is straining Hawaii's hospitals. It's not just a question of capacity, it's also a matter of finances.

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The City and County of Honolulu is considering creating a new utility. The concept is to make it easier to deal with the challenges that come from storm water. And it would also involve a new tax.

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Hawaii's businesses are still reeling from eight months of the COVID economy — and bracing themselves fo rmore. And in the restaurant industry, that's bringing a great deal of change.

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Oahu has faced two complete lockdowns and now four tiers of restrictions that will last for at least four months. And many business leaders are concerned the current reopening won’t be enough for many enterprises to stay in business.

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The Queen’s Health Systems got a new president and CEO in October. Jill Hoggard Green took up her position shortly before the unprecedented challenges of 2020.

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At this time of year, the Hawaii International Film Festival would usually be gearing up to fill theaters. Instead, HIFF and the entire global film business are figuring out how to do festivals in your home.

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The lack of visitors to Hawaii continues to drain local businesses. That includes some major attractions, such as Dole Plantation and Kualoa Ranch. Jobs have been cut, other adjustments have been made — and an uncertain future lies ahead.

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Utilities and alternative energy providers have felt the economic effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Demand has fallen, but both groups also hope to be part of Hawaii’s eventual recovery.

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MBA programs are on the rise across the country—but not in Hawaii. However, some of the changes that are taking place with business education are also happening here. 

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Several local companies, hospitals and schools are part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. One technology company that’s deeply involved is Oceanit. 

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Hawaii has been dealing with Covid-19 cases in the triple digits for weeks. But a growing number of business associations say the state still has not yet formulated a clear plan for dealing with the virus and its economic impact.

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Some local tech companies are landing big contracts with the City & County of Honolulu’s for transit work.

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Among the many changes that have been sparked by the coronavirus is care for the elderly. And that has led to changes for those who provide home health care here in Hawaii.

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While the entire state of Hawaii has suffered from the shutdown of tourism, one area has been hit the hardest.  

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Nonprofits are struggling in Hawaii’s economic crisis.

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It's been just over a month since Honolulu restaurants were allowed to reopen for dine-in service. So how are they doing?

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With health mandates and viral anxieties in mind, Hawaii businesses are rethinking their physical environments.

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In this economy, even well-established businesses feel like they need to start from scratch to stay alive.

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Unemployment in Hawaii remains at historic levels—especially on Neighbor Islands. But there are companies that are hiring right now.

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Leaders in Hawaii's tourism industry are waiting for a definitive date on when they can reopen. They're also preparing to reopen safely and giving a lot of thought to what the future of the industry might look like.

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As Hawaii reopens, business owners and leaders are yearning for a single voice they can turn to for guidelines.

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Every business has a story to tell about coping with the COVID economy. This week, Pacific Business News takes a closer look at four family-owned Hawaii businesses for their tales. 

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As Hawaii slowly reopens for business, its clear that work is going to different.

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They say the first year of a job is the toughest. That may be especially true for Dave Moss, who took charge of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra just before stay-at-home orders cancelled its season.

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