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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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More than 20,000 loans in the Paycheck Protection Program have been approved for Hawaii and local banks were on the frontlines of making them happen.

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No sector is untouched by the shutdown economy that’s rolled through the islands and the world. That includes residential real estate. But what’s the year ahead looking like?

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In addition to the health challenges of the COVID19 pandemic, the economic consequences are hitting every sector in the islands. And that includes non-profit organizations. Many are stepping up to meet critical needs such as food insecurity and homelessness — even as they are suffering financial pain themselves.

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At this point, Governor David Ige’s stay-at-home orders are scheduled to expire at the end of the month. As more attention turns to an eventual economic comeback, both the public and private sectors are gearing up for what may come next.

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Businesses in Hawaii are adopting various strategies to survive the current shutdown because of COVID-19. One approach is to retool their operations to make what Hawaii needs now.

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Billions in federal economic aid are on their way to Hawaii. And a locally-based payroll expert helped write some of the rules.

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Survival is order the day for many Hawaii businesses as the economic impacts of working-from-home make themselves felt. Help is available.

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Social distancing has made its way to Hawaii as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And its impacts have been felt immediately — and in nearly every industry.

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Hawaii is feeling the effects of the global response to the spread of coronavirus. 

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Legislators are looking for ways to ease the cost of housing in Hawaii. One potential target they’re looking at: foreign investors.

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Crack seed is one of Hawaiʻi's local charms. As a child, Honolulu resident Clayton Chang dreamed of owning his favorite neighborhood crack seed store. It's a dream that eventually came true -- along with a transformation to shave ice.

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It's the end of a real estate era in Kahala, as Alexander & Baldwin sells the last three Kawamoto homes.

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The Kaiser Foundation’s Health Plan and Hospitals has a new president. He’s been on the job for a few months now, and his early priorities include improving care. Part of reaching that goal includes finding more doctors.

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A new round of change is coming to a familiar local company: Hawaiian Host. CEO Edward Schultz is taking the company into a major rebranding — and some product innovation.

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Waikīkī has seen a lot of changes in recent years. That’s especially true for its retail scene — which has gone through a transformation in less than a decade. 

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For a look ahead at 2020, Pacific Business News checked in with a range of industries to find out more about their biggest opportunities and challenges.

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Hawaii had a busy year in business and industry in 2019.

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2019 has been a very strong year for the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 17%. And the broader S&P 500 is even higher — up more than 26% at Monday’s close. We’re taking a look at how some local publicly-held companies have done this year.

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The founder of the Partners in Development Foundation is stepping down. And he’s leaving behind a 20-million-dollar nonprofit that has become essential. 

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