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Friday, April 18, 2014         

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 A&B condo project might break ground this year
Construction is likely to begin by the end of this year on The Collection, a complex with 467 condo units at the old CompUSA site in Kakaako, the president of Alexander & Baldwin Inc. said Thursday. Story »
Republican state Sen. Sam Slom said the U.S. Government Accountability Office will investigate the Hawaii Health Connector's use of $204 million in federal grants. Story »

 Business Briefs
Venture capital association gets new leader • PepsiCo net up on snack sales, price hikes • Goldman Sachs' profit drops 11 percent • Barbie sales, clearances drag down Mattel and more  Story »
Hawaii's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in March, the lowest level in more than five years, the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported Thursday. Story »

The "Field of Dreams" quotation, "If you build it, they will come," does not apply to all entrepreneurs who have what they believe to be great ideas for products consumers will love. 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 »

An Iolani Palace outside Hawaii? I was looking through old photos of Iolani Palace in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser archives a few years ago, and one stunned me -- it showed snow falling around the palace. 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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Kaimuki Music Store Carries On Legacy
Now, nearly 70 years later, Harry’s Music Store is run by Harry’s nephews, Alan and Clay Yoshioka, whose father Clifford was one of the store’s founders. Read More »
 
Housing Made Affordable
At a time when it seems like all residential development is geared toward luxury high-rises, a group of young professionals has been successfully building and selling homes for middle-class residents of Oahu. Read More »