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Thursday, April 17, 2014         

Business

Hawaii Direct Mail
 Deadline for pending health care enrollees is extended
Hawaii's health insurance exchange has extended to April 30 the deadline for those who started to enroll in coverage but have not yet completed the process.  Story »
The Abercrombie administration released a $2 million grant for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Wednesday.  Story »

 Business Briefs
Use of meth among isle workers decreases • Economic activity increasing across nation • Zoosk filing for IPO possibly worth $100M • Hardware-business drop hurts IBM profits; and more Story »
Honolulu-based wireless provider Mobi PCS has reached an agreement to sell its Hawaii network space to Verizon Wireless and lease it back as part of the company's strategy to focus on new products and services for its local customers, company officials said Wednesday.  Story »

He's been told to prepare to go viral. Larry Rutkowski's "Hell No Kitty" designs once caught the eye of a marketing executive from Disney who leaned in for some close conversation with him about one of his product lines. Story »

Despite the surge in attractive, high-quality assisted-living facilities, most people would much prefer to live independently and remain in their own homes as long as possible. The houses in which we have raised our children, however great or modest, are our palaces. Story »

Central Pacific Bank celebrated its 60th anniversary this year. It was founded by returning World War II nisei veterans, meeting over plate lunches at Ala Moana Beach Park. It's an interesting story. Story »

Like death and taxes, the rising price of energy of in the Aloha State is a constant that we have to live with. The other day I went over to Home Depot with the good intention of buying some energy-efficient light bulbs and power strips.  Story »

A Japanese company with more than 200 restaurants in Japan and more than 20 in China is building its first U.S. venture in Hawaii — specifically at Koko Marina Center.  Story »

“Akamai Money” seeks out local experts to answer questions about business in Hawaii. If you have an issue you would like us to tackle, please email it to business@star- advertiser.com with “Akamai Money” as the subject.  Story »

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Hawaii’s Surfing Congresswoman
Being in the ocean always has given her life balance, and more so now with such a demanding schedule. Read More »
 
New UH Student Fitness Center Opens
There’s a new building on the University of Hawaii at Manoa cam pus designed to help its students, faculty and staff be more active and live a healthier lifestyle. Read More »