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Affordable housing units on the way for Maui seniors

Construction has begun on an initial phase of a 165-home rental apartment complex on Maui for seniors with low incomes. Read More

Newspaper-themed pizza chain to open

Another fast-casual restaurant chain where customers design their own pizzas is coming to Hawaii. Read More

First-time buyers crowd seminars on The Central tower near Ala Moana

Technically, they’re not for sale yet, but condominiums in a planned tower next to Ala Moana Center are in high demand, and potential buyers are facing long odds in getting one of the designated affordable units. Read More

The Singapore solution? Plan would build 67,500 affordable homes on Oahu

Dense condominium towers built by the state near transit stations and sold at cost under leasehold land tenure could be the solution to Oahu’s chronic affordable-housing crisis. Read More

REITs chip in to help Hawaii affordable housing

Some of Hawaii’s biggest commercial real estate owners have established a new charitable campaign to bolster affordable housing in the state. Read More
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Kokua Market struggles to stay afloat

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Kokua Market needs some kokua. The natural foods store and cooperative in Moiliili is seeking help after suffering financial difficulties in recent months largely attributed to disruptions from a new neighboring property owner. Read More

Cyanotech in red again from algae growth trouble

Trouble growing micro­algae pulled down earnings of Hawaii biotech firm Cyanotech Corp. for a third consecutive quarter. Read More

Kailua company to produce and sell aged, amber whiskey

Another craft distillery is about ready to pop up in Hawaii. Read More

Ward Village tower developer can post first ‘sold out’ sign

The developer of Ward Village in Kakaako took the tiniest of steps recently to reach a major milestone: declaring its first “sold out” condominium tower. Read More

Union of Hawaiian Telcom, Cincinnati Bell ‘going well’

It’s getting dissed by a competitor as no longer being a local company, but Hawaiian Telcom is doing well since Ohio-based Cincinnati Bell acquired the longtime kamaaina phone, internet and TV service provider in July. Read More

State not yet ready to enforce new Hawaii law requiring maintenance of private roads

A state agency is getting closer to enforcing a new Hawaii law aimed at a private company charging for parking along several streets in Kakaako long used by the public. Read More

Victorino, Kawakami cruise to wins in Maui, Kauai mayoral races

Two experienced county councilmen will take over as mayors of Kauai and Maui after comfortable victories in Tuesday’s general election. Read More

Maui’s Mike Victorino and Kauai’s Derek Kawakami win mayoral races

The jobs of mayor on Kauai and Maui counties are up for grabs because current mayors — Alan Arakawa on Maui and Bernard Carvalho Jr. on Kauai — have reached their term limits after serving two four-year terms. Read More

Home sales slow on Big Isle and Kauai

Two neighbor island housing markets suffered major sales slowdowns in October while median prices moved up and down, according to industry data released Monday. Read More

Matson’s earnings surge on tax cuts

Matson Inc. operated on a fairly even keel in the third quarter balancing higher revenue and expenses, but the Honolulu company benefited from lower taxes to boost its profit 22 percent. Read More

KGMB, KHNL, KFVE and KHON linked in sale

The owner of Hawaii TV stations KGMB and KHNL has made a new arrangement to keep operating a third local station, KFVE, in order to complete its pending sale to a Georgia-based media company. Read More

A&B more than doubles profit

Major Hawaii land and shopping center owner Alexander & Baldwin Inc. more than doubled its profit in the third quarter from better real estate operations and reduced expenses. Read More

‘Extra’ utility poles going away under $45M Hawaiian Telcom, HECO deal

Unnecessary utility poles are all over Hawaii because two companies that share most of them often disagree about their responsibilities. Now that problem has been resolved. Read More

Public input sought for Ward Village elevated walkways over main streets

Ward Village’s developer is seeking public input on the design of elevated walkways that would connect a central plaza in the neighborhood to a planned rail station, Ala Moana Beach Park and future condominium towers. Read More

Resort home sales continue to rise in state

More people bought homes at Hawaii resorts in the first half of this year and extended a rebound in the market that began last year, according to a new report. Read More

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