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Walmart joins retailers refusing to take back bottled water after Hurricane Lane

Big-box giant Walmart is among a number of retailers refusing to accept returns of bottled water following Hurricane Lane. Read More

Hawaii State FCU doubles education grant

The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union said Friday it is doubling funding to $40,000 for its annual Investing in Education grant program for Hawaii public school teachers. Read More

Column: Sharing the load can help prevent physician burnout

Hawaii is already struggling to solve a severe, ongoing physician shortage. Why are they burning out, and what can be done to prevent our doctors from running for the door? Read More

SBA loans for Kilauea eruption recovery exceed $30 million

The U.S. Small Business Administration said it has approved more than $30 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents affected by the Kilaueaeruption that began May 3. Read More

July set record for visitor arrivals

More visitors came to Hawaii in July than in any other month in the state’s history, keeping the state within range of reaching a 10 million visitor arrival benchmark by the year’s end. Read More
 

Hawaii down to one oil refinery after sale

Hawaii’s two oil refineries are going to be concentrated in the hands of one company under a sale announced Wednesday, though the firm selling its facility still would supply gasoline and other fuels by importing them. Read More

New-vehicle registrations skidding at midyear

Hawaii auto sales continue to plateau as the state appears headed toward its first decline after seven straight years of increases. Read More

Coldwell Banker franchises combining

Two different neighbor island Coldwell Banker real estate franchises soon will be under the same ownership. Read More
 

Central Pacific Bank offers natural disaster loan program

Central Pacific Bank is offering a Natural Disaster Loan Program to assist Hawaii residents affected by Hurricane Lane. Read More

Bank of Hawaii offers aid for those affected by Lane

Bank of Hawaii has initiated several financial assistance programs to help those affected by Hurricane Lane. Read More

Isle coffee production plunges, report says

One of Hawaii’s premiere crops, coffee, had a disappointing last season with a drop in sales as reduced production overshadowed higher prices, according to a recent federal report. Read More
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Iconic Wailana Coffee House to close next month

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Wailana Coffee House, the iconic 24-hour family diner in Waikiki, will close at the end of next month. Read More

Tesla to remain public company, Musk says

Elon Musk scrapped his plan for taking Tesla Inc. private, more than two weeks after blindsiding employees and investors with the idea via a bombshell tweet. Read More

Lane creates potential delays for real estate deals

Hurricanes not only threaten our homes and lives; they also can be disruptive to real estate deals. Read More

Drivers race for fuel as supply dwindles

Having a car with a full fuel tank can be important in advance of a hurricane even on an island with limited places to drive. Yet filling up or topping off was harder to do Thursday as many gas stations around the state closed. Read More
 

Visitor industry prepares to hunker down

As Hurricane Lane, Hawaii’s most unwelcome guest, prepared to unpack dangerous wind and flooding across the state, the visitor industry scrambled to get hospitality workers to their jobs and get some 270,000 tourists back home or safe inside. Read More

Storm likely to further curb September hotel performance

Hoteliers, especially those on the Big Island that suffered losses connected to the Kilauea eruption during the peak summer period, are bracing for another hit as Hurricane Lane moves closer to the islands. Read More

Queen’s CEO Ushijima set to retire in 2020

Art Ushijima, president and CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems, said Wednesday he will retire in January 2020 after nearly 30 years on the job. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines suspending Beijing service due to low demand

Hawaiian Airlines, which expected great promise from China and spent about a decade trying to get the green light to initiate service, has suspended its only route there after about four years due to low demand. Read More

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