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Catherine Cruz

One of the biggest challenges for a successful small business is knowing when and how to hand it over to new owners. PBN editor A. Kam Napier has more on how Hawaiʻi’s small businesses should approach succession planning.

Visions of Retail

Jan 25, 2019
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The retail sector is a key part of Hawai‘i’s economy — both for sales and for jobs. 2018 was a year of modest growth — and industry leaders expect certain trends to continue in the year ahead.

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Kauaʻi’s electrical utility has a different history from the rest of the islands and different opportunities. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on what that has meant for its customer-owners.

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One of Oʻahu’s last new communities is taking shape on the Ewa plains.

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Micah Kāne has been at the helm of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation for a year and a half and he’s been taking the organization in a new direction.

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What’s ahead for the local economy? This week, Pacific Business News consulted with industry leaders and economists about what 2019 will bring to Hawaii.

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The 65-year-old aloha shirt company ʻIolani Sportswear has been reinventing itself, including dropping “sportswear” from its name.

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These are busy days for O‘ahu’s Department of Planning and Permitting. There are issues with so-called monster homes and the housing shortage. And there’s new attention on the slow turn-around on building permits.

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Vivid images of volcanic eruptions captured the world’s attention this year, but frightened off visitors. 

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There's a lot happening with sports in Hawaiʻi right now, but industry leaders think there could be more.

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Coworking spaces are now well-established on O‘ahu. And they’re no longer just an emerging trend — they’re an office space revolution.

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  The announcement that Hagadone Commercial Printing will layoff 92 workersand close its Hawaii printing operations is still rippling through the community. Clint Schroeder is president and chief operating officer explains how a 25% tariff hike, technological changes led to the erosion of its core business of publishing.

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One of the biggest recent deals between utilities in Hawaiʻi simplifies ownership of a ubiquitous feature in the landscape. 

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Entrepreneurship is a growing part of Hawaii’s economy. The world of start-ups is still relatively small in the islands, but over the past eight years, they’ve attracted nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of investment.

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The eruption of Kīlauea earlier this year destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes. Lava also swept through more than a thousand acres of farmland. 

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An increasing number of luxury homes and apartments in Hawai‘i are selling for millions of dollars. And they’re attracting a new level of buyer to the state — what realtors describe as “ultra high net worth.”

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Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines are teaming up in a joint venture to keep up with some very big competition.

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Businesses in Honolulu’s Chinatown confront the perceptions — and realities — of homelessness and crime in the neighborhood in different ways. And some of them are changing. 

Incubating Change

Aug 10, 2018
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The Mānoa Innovation Center has just changed hands. That’s an opportunity for one state entity and a set-back for another. 

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When the state legislature renewed Hawaii’s film production tax credit, it added a plot twist — a cap on the credit. And that has industry leaders concerned.

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John Komeiji, the new president and general manager of Hawaiian Telcom, has had an unusual career. It’s one that started in the courtroom and has now ended up in the C-suite.

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Japanese investors are continuing to buy real estate in Hawai‘i. But they’re doing so in a new way, for new reasons. 

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Peter Merriman is one of the founding Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine chefs. These days he’s busy with new projects — and new horizons.

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Retail on Oahu has been growing over the past six months, but that could change as retailers confront two unfavorable conditions.

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The Kaka‘ako neighborhood of Honolulu is still in the early stages of its transformation,  but the changes have already been big. And that’s not just the size of the buildings.

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App-based services and businesses have fundamentally changed the economic landscape. But their evolution would not have been possible without a high-speed wireless network over which to transmit all that data. That network is known as 4G or LTE.

The next generation of even faster wireless networks is known as 5G, and it’s poised to further change an already dynamic digital landscape… but those networks can’t be built without first developing the infrastructure to support 5G.

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You can’t tell from the sidewalk looking up but Bank of Hawaiʻi is extensively remodeling its signature downtown headquarters, at the same time it’s upgrading its branches.

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Ted Peck is a veteran of the energy business in Hawai‘i. He's founder of a renewable energy company called Holu Energy, and has made a career out of following hunches.

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The city and county of Honolulu is moving forward with its redevelopment of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a public-private partnership.

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A new economic report from the University of Hawai‘i’s Economic Research Organization takes a county-by-county look at what is shaping up to be a strong 2018.. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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