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Nearly a year into the Covid-19 experience, Hawaii's retail sector finds itself on the tipping point.

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

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

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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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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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Hawaii restaurant owners confront challenges from meeting customers’ expectations for new items to finding good help. And that’s true whether they have a single location — or many more.

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Protests are continuing against three separate projects in Hawaii. That’s led people who work with infrastructure development to rethink how they engage the public.

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As Halloween approaches next week, it’s a reminder that some businesses consider that date a seasonal highlight. That’s certainly true for a pair of entrepreneurs who are juggling several scary ventures on Oahu.

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Low unemployment has been great for workers but tough on employers who feel like they can’t find enough help. That’s where some of Hawaii’s nonprofit organizations come in. 

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A panel of Big Island business leaders recently talked about challenges and transitions across multiple industries. One of the key sectors: the hospitality business.

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The 2017 federal tax cuts created something called “Opportunity Zones.” The idea was to give investors a tax break by putting money into economically troubled areas.

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High-rises are high-profile but they’re not the only construction projects underway in Hawaiʻi. In fact, government and institutional projects dominate the construction scene this year. 

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Would you work 13 hour days, if you could have four days off every week? One Honolulu dental office is taking that approach.

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