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Maui Divers to group brands at Ala Moana

Hawaii’s largest jewelry manufacturer and retailer, Maui Divers, is about to try something new. Read More

New Kakaako condo tops off at 43 stories

Construction of the Ke Kilohana condominium tower in Kakaako has reached its high point, 43 stories, or roughly 400 feet above ground. Read More

Resort home sales in Hawaii rise sharply

The market for vacation homes at Hawaii resorts rebounded last year to its highest level of sales in nearly a decade, according to a recent report. Read More

Vacation rental bans firmly in place on Kauai and the Big Island

The shutdown of vacation rentals on Kauai and Hawaii island remains in effect, despite improvements to flood-damaged areas of the Garden Island and an easing of the lava flow on the Big Island. Read More

Allure hair dryers pose fire hazard

Xtava is recalling about 235,000 Allure and Allure Pro 2200W hair dryers because the hair dryer and power cord can overheat and catch on fire, posing fire, burn and electrical shock hazards. Read More

Jury awards more than $242M for Lexus seat defects

A Texas jury has awarded more than $242 million to a Dallas-area family who sued Toyota over what they said were defective front seats in their Lexus sedan. Read More
 

Shots can help people at risk for hepatitis

Did you know viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, causes more than 1 million deaths per year worldwide? That’s about the same number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined. Read More

First Hawaiian Bank marks 160th anniversary

First Hawaiian Bank celebrated its 160th anniversary Friday with cake and cookies in all 60 branches in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan as well as at the bank’s downtown headquarters. Read More

Hawaii’s jobless rate in July steady at 2.1%

Hawaii’s nation-low unemployment rate held at 2.1 percent in July for the second straight month as the state’s labor market remained on solid footing. Read More
 

Hale Mahana student housing tower opens in Moiliili despite dispute over private road

A collegiate rental housing tower in Moiliili opened Thursday without a tussle over tenants using a neighboring property owner’s private road to get into or out of the new building’s parking garage. Read More

HMSA profit soars; Kaiser loss widens

Hawaii Medical Service Association’s profit soared to $56.8 million in the second quarter, while Kaiser Permanente’s losses rose to $40.5 million as the health insurers struggle to balance the pool of sick and healthy members. Read More

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approves first Maui Electric Co. rate hike in 6 years

The state Public Utilities Commission issued an interim decision Wednesday approving a 3.8 percent base-rate hike by Maui Electric Co. that will mark the utility’s first increase in more than six years. Read More

Native Hawaiian chamber seeks reform of American trademark, patent laws in wake of Aloha Poke Co. protests

The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce is urging the reform of American trademark and patent laws and reiterating calls for a boycott of a Chicago fast-food chain that trademarked the words “Aloha Poke.” Read More

Cardax sales quadruple but loss widens

Cardax Inc.’s revenue quadrupled in the second quarter as sales of its new anti-inflammatory product remained strong in Hawaii and picked up speed in California, Nevada and New York. Read More

State pension fund up 7.7%, surpasses target

Hawaii’s largest public pension fund achieved a 7.7 percent investment return for the fiscal year to exceed its annual target and take a step toward narrowing its $12.93 billion shortfall. Read More

Don Quijote is new owner of Pan Am Building

A retail chain with a focus on Japanese merchandise is now the owner of a Honolulu office tower named after a long-gone airline. Read More

Cyanotech loses $1.3M amid production woes

Cyanotech Corp., a Hawaii firm making nutritional supplements from microalgae, suffered a $1.3 million loss during the three months ended June 30 amid production problems. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines starts all-cargo neighbor island service

Hawaiian Airlines has launched an all-cargo neighbor island service that will bring it closer to its roots while expanding its shipping operations throughout the state and beyond. Read More

Best year in a decade blooms for isle’s flowers

Last year was the best year in a decade for Hawaii flower and landscape plant farmers, according to a recent report. Read More

Barnwell narrows third-quarter loss

Barnwell Industries Inc. narrowed its loss in its fiscal third quarter due to an increase in land investment profits from its Hawaii island partnership. Read More

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