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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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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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