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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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The visitor industry remains one of Hawaii’s key economic engines, but what about the future? One need is to continue to develop a tourism workforce, and that was a goal of a program this month involving more than a thousand high school students on four islands.

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Ten million visitors a year may be a goal for some, but it’s an overwhelming number for others. Hotel executive and tourism marketing experts sat down with Pacific Business News to talk about their current challenges and opportunities.

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The presence of women on corporate boards has been gaining ground nationally in recent years. It’s also growing in Hawai‘i. But in both cases, their representation on the boards of publicly-held companies still remains relatively small.

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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.

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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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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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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. 

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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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