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Sports tourism shifts focus to neighbor isles, other events

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Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm
Most of Hawaii’s $9.7 million sports marketing budget last year was spent on football and Oahu, but the loss of the high-ticket NFL Pro Bowl might finally give other sports, and islands, a chance to get some skin in the state’s lucrative sports tourism game. Read More
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                                Nominee Tom Gorak has been serving as an interim member of the state Public Utilities Commission since Ige appointed him in June.

Council rejects Gorak for PUC position

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                                Nominee Tom Gorak has been serving as an interim member of the state Public Utilities Commission since Ige appointed him in June.
Gov. David Ige’s controversial nominee to the state agency that regulates Hawaii’s utilities was dealt a preliminary setback Friday when he was narrowly rejected by a Senate committee. Read More
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                                Last year, Hawaii foreclosure case volume dipped 5 percent, which included five months with higher numbers of new cases. In 2015, volume dropped 12 percent. and in 2014 the decline was 39 percent.

2017 began with fewer foreclosures than previous year

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                                Last year, Hawaii foreclosure case volume dipped 5 percent, which included five months with higher numbers of new cases. In 2015, volume dropped 12 percent. and in 2014 the decline was 39 percent.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm
Hawaii homeowners faced fewer foreclosure lawsuits to start this year following three consecutive years of declining cases filed largely by mortgage lenders to repossess homes. Read More
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                                On Thursday the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that Hawaii’s unemployment rate had fallen to 2.7 percent in March after being at 2.8 percent the previous two months.

Hawaii No. 2 in U.S. jobless rate

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                                On Thursday the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that Hawaii’s unemployment rate had fallen to 2.7 percent in March after being at 2.8 percent the previous two months.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm
Hawaii still has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country, but a new state has taken the lead. Read More
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                                Chef David Varley on Friday described an appliance to be installed at the salad counter at The Street.

The Street set to open in June

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                                Chef David Varley on Friday described an appliance to be installed at the salad counter at The Street.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Diners will get a preview of “The Street, a Michael Mina Social House” when three of the venues open May 19. Read More
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                                U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the plea deal during the sentencing hearing, six weeks after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a bold scheme involving nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the U.S.

Judge orders VW to pay $2.8B in scandal

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                                U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the plea deal during the sentencing hearing, six weeks after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a bold scheme involving nearly 600,000 diesel cars in the U.S.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm
A judge Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a “massive fraud” orchestrated by the German automaker. Read More
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                                An artist rendering and concept of a new Aloha Stadium being proposed. The facility would be surrounded by retail and residences that produce income for the state.

Restrictions lifted on Aloha Stadium site

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                                An artist rendering and concept of a new Aloha Stadium being proposed. The facility would be surrounded by retail and residences that produce income for the state.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm
It took city, state and federal government officials assisted by attorneys and others, but the paperwork to lift restrictions against using the 98-acre Aloha Stadium property for anything other than recreation is officially done. Read More
 

State jobless rate dips to 2.7 percent

Hawaii’s unemployment rate resumed its descent in March, falling to 2.7 percent, its lowest level in nearly 10 years. Read More

Hawaiian Air beats earnings estimates

Hawaiian Airlines’ new pilots contract took a chunk out of the company’s net income during the first quarter. Read More
 

Texas rejects NextEra’s bid to buy utility based in Dallas

NextEra Energy Inc., the company that failed to convince Hawaii regulators that its $4.3 billion bid to buy Hawaii’s dominant utility was in the public interest, has struck out for a second time in Texas. Read More
Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Mortgage rates dip below 4 percent

The average U.S. mortgage rate fell below a key threshold of 4 percent this week, its lowest level in five months. Read More
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                                Matson Inc. has two land-based environmental projects to promote cleanup. The Roosevelt High School football team, above, cleaned Ala Moana Beach Park to help purchase software and equipment and fund a banquet. Matson’s environmental program Ka Ipu ‘Aina partnered in 2016 with 135 charities across four islands. On Oahu, more than 10 cleanups were conducted last year, many in partnership with the City & County of Honolulu.

Matson charitable giving increases 32% to $2.9M

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                                Matson Inc. has two land-based environmental projects to promote cleanup. The Roosevelt High School football team, above, cleaned Ala Moana Beach Park to help purchase software and equipment and fund a banquet. Matson’s environmental program Ka Ipu ‘Aina partnered in 2016 with 135 charities across four islands. On Oahu, more than 10 cleanups were conducted last year, many in partnership with the City & County of Honolulu.
Hawaii’s largest ocean cargo transportation company increased its charitable giving last year despite earning less profit. Read More
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                                Kaheawa Wind Power has operated a 20 turbine wind farm along the West Maui Mountains since 2006. In April, 2017, Oahu residents typically saw a 19-cent increase on their electric bills.

Wind power raises Maui electric bills

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                                Kaheawa Wind Power has operated a 20 turbine wind farm along the West Maui Mountains since 2006. In April, 2017, Oahu residents typically saw a 19-cent increase on their electric bills.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 2:04 am
Higher costs for wind power in April increased the bills for electric utility customers on Maui. Read More

Cyanotech and former CEO settle dispute on severance

Hawaii biotechnology company Cyanotech Corp. has settled a dispute with its former CEO after halting severance compensation to the executive last year. Read More
Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 12:43 am
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                                A Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767.

Hawaiian Air falls from top spot in on-time performance

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                                A Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing 767.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm
Hawaiian Airlines said a shift in the wind blew it off course in February and resulted in the worst monthly on-time performance in more than a decade. Read More
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                                The state Public Utilities Commission ordered HECO to offer a time-of-use program to encourage residents to shift their energy use to the daytime when the most solar power is produced. The program is aimed at helping add more renewable energy to the grid.

Isle retirees making most out of HECO rate program

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011
                                The state Public Utilities Commission ordered HECO to offer a time-of-use program to encourage residents to shift their energy use to the daytime when the most solar power is produced. The program is aimed at helping add more renewable energy to the grid.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Hawaiian Electric Co.’s time-of-use program, which makes energy use cheaper during the day and more expensive at night, is proving popular among retirees. Read More

Kaiser opens ambulatory surgery center

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii held a Hawaiian blessing ceremony Tuesday for a 9,444-square-foot ambulatory surgery center for same-day surgical procedures at Mapunapuna Medical Office. Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm
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                                Bank of Hawaii is pulling its ATMs out of all McDonald’s restaurants statewide, with the removals of all but seven to be completed by the end of May. This ATM at the Discovery Bay McDonald’s in Waikiki had a sign on it Monday saying it will be removed Friday.

Bank of Hawaii removing its ATMs from McDonald’s

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bank of Hawaii is pulling its ATMs out of all McDonald’s restaurants statewide, with the removals of all but seven to be completed by the end of May. This ATM at the Discovery Bay McDonald’s in Waikiki had a sign on it Monday saying it will be removed Friday.

Updated on  April 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm
Bank of Hawaii is pulling its ATMs out of McDonald’s systemwide after being a fixture in the fast-food restaurants for more than two decades. Read More

Grants offered to groups serving rural areas

Federal grant money is being offered to Hawaii nonprofit organizations, public agencies and federally recognized tribal groups for initiatives that serve rural areas. Read More
Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm

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