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Tourists unfazed by lava bomb accident

Hawaii’s lava boat tour industry had a rough day — literally — Wednesday, two days after an explosion beneath the surface of the ocean hurled hot rocks like mortars that injured 23 passengers during a ride off Kapoho Monday. Read More

Chick-fil-A plans Hawaii debut

A national fast-food chain largely known for a simple yet highly adored fried-chicken sandwich and commercials featuring cows plans its first Hawaii restaurant on Oahu. Read More

Chick-fil-A on its way to Hawaii

Chick-fil-A plans to open its first restaurant in Hawaii at a site on Oahu. Read More

Downtown Honolulu’s Queen Emma Building to become affordable housing

An abandoned office tower eyesore in downtown Honolulu is slated for a face-lift, but its “pimples” will remain under a plan to convert the building into affordable housing. Read More

Aedward Los Banos picked to lead Hawaii Community Development Authority

The state agency regulating development in Kakaako soon will have a new executive director from within the organization after eight months of interim leadership. Read More

Hawaii macadamia nut industry cracks $50 million in sales

Rising prices for macadamia nuts helped Hawaii farmers generate record revenue last year, according to a new federal report. Read More

First 3 Hawaii farmers licensed for hemp

Two farmers on Hawaii island and one on Kauai are the first approved growers of industrial hemp under a state-sanctioned pilot project to determine if Hawaii can be a viable commercial producer of the versatile crop. Read More

Catholic Charities Hawaii to build Maui senior complex

A housing development arm of Catholic Charities Hawaii announced plans to start building half of a $48 million rental housing complex for low-income seniors on Maui by the end of this year. Read More

Turnout high for low-cost mortgage event in Honolulu

Close to 1,000 people have applied for low-cost mortgage pre-approvals from a nonprofit at an event that began in Honolulu on Friday, according to the event’s organizer. Read More

Big ups and downs for Maui’s housing market in June

Two pieces of Maui’s housing market moved in opposite directions in June, with declines for single- family houses and gains for condominiums. Read More

City boots contractor from delayed $54 million project

The city has given up trying to work with a general contractor to correct defects on a $54 million traffic management building that is more than a year behind schedule. Read More

Sprint hitches wireless gear to Honolulu light poles

Some city light poles around Oahu are being equipped to produce more than street lighting. Read More

Oahu home prices dip but stay close to record

Oahu’s housing market in June had a hard time standing up to a year-old record, and thus recorded its first median price decrease in more than 12 months. Read More

Puna home sales slow market slightly

Prices for homes sold on Hawaii island and Kauai in June were mostly higher compared with a year earlier, according to data released Thursday. Read More

Free 5-day event offers low-cost mortgages in Honolulu

A Boston-based nonprofit backed by two national lenders is offering no-fee home mortgages with below-market interest rates for Hawaii residents at a free five-day event that starts today in Honolulu. Read More

Lava-related restrictions lifted for suffering Kalapana

A historic part of Puna has reopened to the public after nearly two months of restricted access. Read More

People returned to subdivision buried by lava in 1990 — could it happen again?

An obituary for the Kalapana Gardens community was written nearly 30 years ago after lava buried the Hawaii island subdivision of 738 house lots and more than 100 homes. Read More

‘Solar without a roof’ program set to debut

Hawaii’s largest electrical utility is looking for companies, nonprofit organizations and other entities interested in developing small commercial solar farms partially financed by residential and commercial customers who would get discounts on their electrical bill. Read More

New Matson ship ready for the water

The largest containership ever built in the United States was christened Saturday and soon will be on its way to Hawaii where it will regularly deliver merchandise from the mainland. Read More

Hawaiian Telcom gets new general manager and parent company

Cincinnati Bell completed its acquisition of Hawaiian Telcom on Monday and named a new top executive for the Hawaii phone, TV and internet service provider. Read More