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Verizon, HECO team up on smart sensors

Hawaiian Electric Co. and Verizon have joined forces to modernize Hawaii’s power grid with the installation of GridWide, a smart sensor that collects near real-time data and is now up and running. Read More

Panda Express to hire 85 people in Hawaii

Panda Express is hiring through a weeklong Panda Career Event, starting today at 400 locations nationwide, including Hawaii. Read More

Maui solar permits issued off 23%

The number of solar permits issued in Maui County plunged 23 percent during the first six months of the year. Read More

Accident could hurt lava boat tours on Hawaii island

Despite the news that 23 people were injured Monday when a lava bomb hit a Lava Oceans Tours boat, the isle’s other three certified lava boat tour operators reported they were still getting calls from customers wanting to venture close to the lava flow. Read More

Hawaiian expands Seoul service for winter

Hawaiian Airlines will expand to daily service on its nonstop Seoul-Honolulu route for the winter season. Read More

Scuba diving regulators pose drowning risk

About 4,500 Oceanic and Hollis regulators for scuba diving are being recalled. The metal regulator attaches to the scuba tank valve and controls the pressure of the air a diver breathes. Read More

Honolulu inflation is sluggish in first half of the year

Honolulu inflation slowed in the first half of the year as the state economy continued to see modest growth. Read More

Chick-fil-A plans Hawaii debut

A national fast-food chain largely known for a simple yet highly adored fried-chicken sandwich and commercials featuring cows plans its first Hawaii restaurant on Oahu. Read More

Bank profits increase but lending doesn’t keep pace

Tax cuts, deregulation and a buoyant economy were always expected to drive profits higher at most American banks in the latest quarter. Read More

Aedward Los Banos picked to lead Hawaii Community Development Authority

The state agency regulating development in Kakaako soon will have a new executive director from within the organization after eight months of interim leadership. Read More

Downtown Honolulu’s Queen Emma Building to become affordable housing

An abandoned office tower eyesore in downtown Honolulu is slated for a face-lift, but its “pimples” will remain under a plan to convert the building into affordable housing. Read More

Cities grappling with electric scooters

Overnight in dozens of cities across the U.S., the electric scooters arrive, often without warning to public officials, parked along sidewalks and ready to be taken for a spin with a few taps on a smartphone. Read More

Beachboys of yesteryear had colorful nicknames

Fred Hemmings has a new book out called “Local Boy.” He stopped in the middle of speaking about it to the Honolulu Rotary Club recently and addressed me in the crowd. Read More

Hakuyosha adds second 24/7 laundry drop-off site

Hakuyosha Clean Living has installed lockers at a second Honolulu location to provide 24/7 laundry and dry cleaning drop-off and delivery. Read More

Hawaii macadamia nut industry cracks $50 million in sales

Rising prices for macadamia nuts helped Hawaii farmers generate record revenue last year, according to a new federal report. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines sets passenger record

Hawaiian Airlines carried a record 1.05 million passengers in June, a 2.9 percent increase over 1.02 million in the year-earlier period. Read More

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