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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                HECO office building.

City hopes to speed solar battery permits

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                HECO office building.
Hawaiian Electric Co. has approved 420 residential rooftop solar systems attached to batteries on Oahu, but the city Department of Planning and Permitting has given building permits to only 33. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Applebees is staging its second grand opening at Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei. A celebrate sign for diners.

Applebee’s now open in Kapolei

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Applebees is staging its second grand opening at Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei. A celebrate sign for diners.

Updated on  May 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Hawaii’s second Applebee’s Grill + Bar, at Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei, staged its grand opening Monday, after its soft opening a month ago. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The old Kahala McDonald’s, middle, and the adjacent Waialae Bowl building, left, are set to be demolished early next month.

New McDonald’s and retail space to take place of old Waialae Bowl

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The old Kahala McDonald’s, middle, and the adjacent Waialae Bowl building, left, are set to be demolished early next month.

Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm
A more than 50-year-old building next to Kahala Mall that includes a McDonald’s and a long-closed bowling alley is set to be torn down next month to make way for a new store for the fast-food chain and some smaller tenants. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii residents have higher credit card debt, hitting the fourth highest in the nation in 2015. Per-person credit card debt for 2015 was $3,460, or 23.6 percent higher than the U.S. average of $2,800.

Isles rank second across the nation in consumer debt

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii residents have higher credit card debt, hitting the fourth highest in the nation in 2015. Per-person credit card debt for 2015 was $3,460, or 23.6 percent higher than the U.S. average of $2,800.

Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm
Hawaii’s high cost of living has given residents the dubious honor of having the second-highest consumer debt per person in the nation. Read More

Backups are the best tools for countering ransomware

Last week’s global ransomware outbreak signaled that this is a trend that is sure to continue. With all the press ransomware has received in the past, one would think it would be easier to control. Read More
Updated on  May 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm
 

On the move

Shannon T. Feliciano has joined the firm’s Kapolei office. Feliciano has 10 years of residential real estate experience, including previously serving as a Realtor at Locations LLC. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is seen at Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Fiat Chrysler to modify 100,000 vehicles

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is seen at Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm
Fiat Chrysler said Friday that it would modify around 100,000 diesel vehicles to try to reach a settlement with U.S. regulators, as separate academic studies provided mounting evidence that the carmaker had installed software meant to evade emissions standards. Read More
 

Business calendar

Coming up: National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for May. Treasury releases international money flows data for March. Read More
Updated on  May 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm
COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The state Legislature has confirmed Sherry Menor- McNamara, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Kelly Sanders, area managing director of Marriott Hotels and Resorts Waikiki, as HTA’s newest board members.

2 confirmed to Hawaii Tourism Authority board

COURTESY PHOTOS
                                The state Legislature has confirmed Sherry Menor- McNamara, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Kelly Sanders, area managing director of Marriott Hotels and Resorts Waikiki, as HTA’s newest board members.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm
Two business and tourism veterans will join the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the government agency responsible for statewide tourism marketing. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                New signage has been hung on the control tower of what is now the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport —formerly the Honolulu International Airport— which has been renamed in honor of the late Hawaii Senator.

Honolulu airport to have new name soon

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                New signage has been hung on the control tower of what is now the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport —formerly the Honolulu International Airport— which has been renamed in honor of the late Hawaii Senator.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm
The Honolulu International Airport’s name will be officially changed at a ceremony on Memorial Day weekend, but the new sign is already up on the main airport building. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Artist rendering of the proposed retail and seaside space being developed by Haseko. The Haseko master plan, set to be complete in 2019, is for retail Wai Kai Lagoon development at its Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe communities.

Developers’ plans upset Ocean Pointe residents

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Artist rendering of the proposed retail and seaside space being developed by Haseko. The Haseko master plan, set to be complete in 2019, is for retail Wai Kai Lagoon development at its Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe communities.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm
A $300 million waterfront retail village would be a welcome amenity for many Hoakalei Resort and Ocean Pointe homeowners in Ewa Beach, but some of them still want something else: $27 million from a jury award two years ago and more in pending claims. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Street is the creation of award-winning chef Michael Mina (pictured at center, wearing two lei), whose Mina Group also owns Stripsteak in the complex.

The Street food hall opens in International Market Place

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Street is the creation of award-winning chef Michael Mina (pictured at center, wearing two lei), whose Mina Group also owns Stripsteak in the complex.

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm
Four food and drink concepts in The Street, a social hall with 12 new-to-Hawaii, chef-driven storefronts in the International Market Place, opened after a Hawaiian blessing Friday. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Unemployment remained steady for April at 2.7 per­cent. ALTRES staffing recruiters talked about work possibilities in March at the 2017 Career Expo, held at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Pictured at the table are Lani Bariao, left, and Roxanne Koster.

Hawaii unemployment rate holds at 2.7%

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Unemployment remained steady for April at 2.7 per­cent. ALTRES staffing recruiters talked about work possibilities in March at the 2017 Career Expo, held at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Pictured at the table are Lani Bariao, left, and Roxanne Koster.
Hawaii’s unemployment rate didn’t change in April, but more people were working and fewer were without jobs, according to state data released Thursday. Read More
COURTESY KONARED
                                In this undated file photo, KonaRed Ready to Drink (‘RTD’) Cold Brew Coffee varieties are photographed in a product promotional shot.

KonaRed revenue soars due to cold-brew coffee

COURTESY KONARED
                                In this undated file photo, KonaRed Ready to Drink (‘RTD’) Cold Brew Coffee varieties are photographed in a product promotional shot.

Updated on  May 19, 2017 at 12:36 am
A maker of bottled cold-brew Hawaii coffees that got its start on Kauai more than tripled its sales in the first quarter, but expenses also rose and contributed to a bigger financial loss for the company. Read More

Software updates are vital, as global cyberattack proves

More than four years ago, on April 23, 2013, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser published the Tech View column “Aggressive, elusive hackers hold computers for ransom,” written by Beau Monday, who held my current position at Hawaiian Telcom. Read More

Rate adjustment would raise HECO bill by 60 cents

Hawaiian Electric Co. said it is awaiting approval by the state Public Utilities Commission for its annual “decoupling” rate adjustment that would raise a typical customer’s bill by 60 cents. Read More
DENNIS ODA / SEPT. 24
                                Tourists crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Visitor arrivals for this year are expected to rise 2 percent.

Economists raise outlook for isles’ growth

DENNIS ODA / SEPT. 24
                                Tourists crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Visitor arrivals for this year are expected to rise 2 percent.
The state’s top economists nudged up expectations for Hawaii’s growth for the year, due to improved performance in the tourism industry. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, one of the properties that Kelly Hoen will oversee.

Outrigger hires isle exec as area general manager

BRUCE ASATO / 2016
                                The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, one of the properties that Kelly Hoen will oversee.
The appointment of longtime Hawaii hotel executive Kelly Hoen to area general manger for Outrigger Enterprises Group completes a major transition that began last year when the chain announced the departures of two high-profile hotel executives and a reorganization following the sale of the formerly family-owned company to Denver-based KSL Capital Partners. Read More

Southwest Airlines aims for Hawaii route

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said Wednesday that Hawaii is a priority destination for the carrier, according to a report from the The Arizona Republic. Read More

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