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                                The cost of electricity in the state is double the national average, as Hawaii residents paid an average of 27.68 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity in December. The national average was 12.21 cents in the same month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Electricity bills increase across isles

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The cost of electricity in the state is double the national average, as Hawaii residents paid an average of 27.68 cents a kilowatt-hour for electricity in December. The national average was 12.21 cents in the same month, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm
Oahu residents’ electric bills increased in March for the fifth straight month. Read More
KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Public Utilities Commision Chair Randy Iwase at the NextEra hearings at the Blaisdell Center last year.

Iwase glad he rejected NextEra

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Public Utilities Commision Chair Randy Iwase at the NextEra hearings at the Blaisdell Center last year.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 10:24 pm
Eight months after the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission rejected Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc.’s $4.3 billion bid to buy the state’s dominate electric utility, Commission Chairman Randy Iwase said he feels good about the decision. Read More
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                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilman Kymberly Pine listened to the testimony on the rail-tax extension bill last month. In a recent move led by Pine, Steve Scott, the owner of local slipper maker Scott Hawaii, was removed from consideration for a new term on the board of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Maneuver denies HCDA incumbent another term

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilman Kymberly Pine listened to the testimony on the rail-tax extension bill last month. In a recent move led by Pine, Steve Scott, the owner of local slipper maker Scott Hawaii, was removed from consideration for a new term on the board of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 12:20 am
The Honolulu City Council decided Wednesday to prevent an incumbent member of a state board that regulates development in Kakaako from being reappointed despite the urging of two colleagues representing the area and the board’s chairman. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                First Hawaiian Bank’s chairman and CEO Bob Harrison received a $4.3 million pay package in 2016.

First Hawaiian CEO saw pay rise 82% in IPO year

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                                First Hawaiian Bank’s chairman and CEO Bob Harrison received a $4.3 million pay package in 2016.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm
First Hawaiian Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Harrison’s total compensation in 2016 jumped 82 percent to $4.3 million as the company became publicly traded for the first time in 15 years. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Sales of existing homes fell 3.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The decline may represent just a temporary slump after the sharp sales increase in January.

U.S. home sales slowed in February

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Sales of existing homes fell 3.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The decline may represent just a temporary slump after the sharp sales increase in January.

Updated on  March 23, 2017 at 12:16 am
Americans retreated from buying existing homes in February, a pullback after sales in January had surged to the fastest pace in a decade. But over the past 12 months, sales are up solidly. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Aloha Angels Endowed Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation received a $50,000 grant on Thursday from the Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Zuckerbergs give $50K to Kauai education

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Aloha Angels Endowed Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation received a $50,000 grant on Thursday from the Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Updated on  March 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have donated $50,000 to an endowment fund that supports Kauai’s elementary teachers and students. Read More
COURTESY PAYLESS
                                Payless’s bankruptcy would add to a tumultuous year in retail, with several bankruptcies and hundreds of store closings — even at companies that aren’t distressed. The industry is racing to try to adapt to more online purchasing and a shift away from mall shopping.

Payless preps for bankruptcy filing

COURTESY PAYLESS
                                Payless’s bankruptcy would add to a tumultuous year in retail, with several bankruptcies and hundreds of store closings — even at companies that aren’t distressed. The industry is racing to try to adapt to more online purchasing and a shift away from mall shopping.
Payless Inc., the struggling discount shoe chain, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Neiman Marcus has said its credit card processor notified the retailer in mid-December 2013 about a breach involving some in-store purchases. Thieves stole some customer payment information and made unauthorized charges.

Neiman Marcus agrees to pay $1.6M over 2013 security breach

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Neiman Marcus has said its credit card processor notified the retailer in mid-December 2013 about a breach involving some in-store purchases. Thieves stole some customer payment information and made unauthorized charges.
Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a 2013 security breach that exposed the credit and debit card data of about 350,000 shoppers. Read More
COURTESY PHOTOS
                                Jason Okuhama, left, and Steve Scott

Opening of 2 seats could shift direction of Kakaako agency

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                Jason Okuhama, left, and Steve Scott

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm
Gov. David Ige will soon have an opportunity to tweak the makeup of a state board regulating development in Kakaako. Read More
 

NCAA basketball picker wins $100,000

An employee at one of Berkshire Hathaway’s latest big acquisitions won $100,000 by correctly picking the winners of the first 29 games of the NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds. Read More
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                                Colbert Seto

On the move

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                                Colbert Seto
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific has announced the following promotion and new hire. Read More
COURTESY AINA LEA / 2016
                                The Villages of Aina Lea, a subdivision development on Hawaii island, has several nearly finished two-story town homes that cannot be sold yet.

Another snag ties up Villages of Aina Lea

COURTESY AINA LEA / 2016
                                The Villages of Aina Lea, a subdivision development on Hawaii island, has several nearly finished two-story town homes that cannot be sold yet.

Updated on  March 20, 2017 at 12:11 am
For the last six years there have been some nearly finished two-story town-home buildings overlooking distant ocean views on Hawaii island, but completing and selling them has been an ordeal that recently became more challenging. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Reny and Asparo Matcheva use their legally zoned Waikiki vacation rental to supplement their family income and see the growth of such rentals as a boon for tourism. “I think Hawaii’s tourism industry would be in big trouble if vacation rentals stopped. The number of tourists has increased because they have options,” Asparo Matcheva said.

Oahu surge frustrates neighbors, government

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Reny and Asparo Matcheva use their legally zoned Waikiki vacation rental to supplement their family income and see the growth of such rentals as a boon for tourism. “I think Hawaii’s tourism industry would be in big trouble if vacation rentals stopped. The number of tourists has increased because they have options,” Asparo Matcheva said.

Updated on  March 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm
The spread of vacation rentals into neighborhoods also is frustrating government officials and lawmakers who have spent decades trying to ensure zoning laws are upheld and taxes are collected. Read More
COURTESY KAPOLEI COMMONS
                                Crews started construction in February to build two 6,000-square-foot buildings, one in each corner of the parking lot next to Down to Earth fronting Kapolei Parkway, according to the MacNaughton Group, which owns the property.

Kapolei mall expansion will add up to 8 tenants

COURTESY KAPOLEI COMMONS
                                Crews started construction in February to build two 6,000-square-foot buildings, one in each corner of the parking lot next to Down to Earth fronting Kapolei Parkway, according to the MacNaughton Group, which owns the property.

Updated on  March 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm
Construction is underway to add four to eight new tenants at the Kapolei Commons shopping center. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                A first step to correcting problems is always to contact your drug plan (contact information is on the back of your drug card). A call to the plan usually will resolve your issue. If that doesn’t work, you can file a complaint.

Drug plan trouble could require filing complaint

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                A first step to correcting problems is always to contact your drug plan (contact information is on the back of your drug card). A call to the plan usually will resolve your issue. If that doesn’t work, you can file a complaint.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm
Having practiced pharmacy for many years, I often find myself talking to people about their Medicare prescription drug, or Part D, plans. Read More
COURTESY ISLAND AIR
                                Island Air offers 280 flights a week between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island. By the beginning of May, Island Air expects to increase the number of flights to more than 450 each week.

Island Air touts on-time improvements

COURTESY ISLAND AIR
                                Island Air offers 280 flights a week between Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island. By the beginning of May, Island Air expects to increase the number of flights to more than 450 each week.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm
Island Air’s flights arrived on schedule 81.5 percent of the time in February. Read More
COURTESY PHOTOS
                                At left, Matson Inc. CEO Matt Cox received $4.1 million in 2016, down about 7 percent, but his salary grew. At right, Bank of Hawaii CEO Peter Ho’s pay package in 2015 was down 3 percent from the year earlier.

Compensation of 2 top isle CEOs falls

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                At left, Matson Inc. CEO Matt Cox received $4.1 million in 2016, down about 7 percent, but his salary grew. At right, Bank of Hawaii CEO Peter Ho’s pay package in 2015 was down 3 percent from the year earlier.

Updated on  March 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm
Bank of Hawaii Corp.’s Peter Ho, the highest-paid CEO of a publicly traded company in the state in 2014 and 2015, took a small cut in total compensation last year. Matson Inc. CEO Matt Cox also received slightly less last year. Read More
COURTESY KIA
                                The Kia A1A Optima, a concept car, will be among 350-plus vehicles featured at the auto show.

Automakers’ latest concepts among display at car show

COURTESY KIA
                                The Kia A1A Optima, a concept car, will be among 350-plus vehicles featured at the auto show.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm
At next week’s First Hawaiian International Auto Show, a concept car from Korean automaker Kia, the A1A Optima, figures to attract a lot of attention. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Survey takers in the U.S. rated Hawaii as LGBT friendly, with 70 percent giving the destination a positive rating. Australians gave Hawaii a 67 percent friendly rating.

Tourism study gleans LGBT preferences

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Survey takers in the U.S. rated Hawaii as LGBT friendly, with 70 percent giving the destination a positive rating. Australians gave Hawaii a 67 percent friendly rating.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is bringing the preferences, sentiments and profiles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers out of the closet with the Thursday release of the state’s first commissioned studies for this niche market. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The added flights could bring an extra 102,000 visitors to Hawaii this year, generating 2,191 more jobs and adding another $180 million in direct visitor spending and $21 million in state tax revenue collections, according to Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, which has managed the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s air service consulting for a decade.

Added flights likely to attract a record number of tourists

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The added flights could bring an extra 102,000 visitors to Hawaii this year, generating 2,191 more jobs and adding another $180 million in direct visitor spending and $21 million in state tax revenue collections, according to Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, which has managed the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s air service consulting for a decade.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 11:44 pm
New air service to Hawaii in 2017 is expected to bolster Hawaii’s economy by millions of dollars and help the state reach a sixth straight year of record-setting tourism performance. Read More

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