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New Horizons 2012

New Horizons 2012
@Caption1:Hawaii tourism will set arrivals and spending records for the first time since 2006 if Hawaii's visitor industry stays on track. Sarah Beth Williams from Austin, Texas,  sunned herself on the beach in Waikiki. Hawaii tourism will simultaneously set year-end arrivals and spending records for the first time since 2006 if the state's visitor industry stays on pace.  Story »

Craig T. kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.comThe Nissan Leaf was one of the top three selling electric vehicles in Hawaii last year. Blake Nakahara, a sales representative at New City Nissan in Kalihi, stands amid Leafs available at the dealership. Recovery is a favorite word of Hawaii's automotive industry, after four years of increasing decline that may have bottomed out in 2009 with sales of only 33,639 vehicles.  Story »

Hawaii construction jobs, which peaked at 39,100 in 2007, fell to 28,500 last year, a drop of 30 percent. A construction worker works on a building at the former site of John Dominis restaurant in Kakaako. Hawaii's construction sector is poised to emerge from an extended slump in 2012 with the number of industry jobs on track to grow for the first time in five years. Story »

BSN ALLEGIANT- 11 APRIL 2012-  Allegiant Air, which is entering the Hawaii market in June for the first time, flew a Boeing 757 into Honolulu International Airport for a FAA test flight on Wednesday afternoon. The routes will be three days a week from Las Vegas-Honolulu and once a week from Fresno-Honolulu. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell Airline seats have been the lifeblood of Hawaii tourism, and this year they're expected to top the 10 million mark for the first time since 2007 and bring a record number of visitor arrivals. Story »

Dennis oda / doda@staradvertiser.comDevelopment projects are being proposed for the urban core, including the Ala Moana area, shown here. Local economists and real estate brokers like to say Oahu's housing market cycle generally moves in the shape of a staircase: up, then across; up, then across. This year so far, a concensus appears to be building that the cycle is moving back toward, or into, the "up" phase. Story »

courtesy first windKaheawa Wind, a 21-megawatt wind farm in the West Maui mountains, began commercial operations this summer. The push to generate more of Hawaii's energy from renewable sources is picking up speed this year with a host of new green projects moving their way through the pipeline. Story »

courtesy photoA third television series might begin production in Hawaii, making for an even healthier film and television industry for the state. Grace Park, left, Alex O'Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan shoot a scene at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii island. Hawaii's film and television industry appears to be healthy as production crews prepare — for the third summer in a row — to begin work on a pair of network TV shows that will pour millions of dollars into the state economy.  Story »

Dennis Oda / doda@staradvertiser.comStudents can take online classes wherever they take their computers. Kapiolani Community College now offers about 180 online courses. At several Hawaii postsecondary institutions, students can now earn entire degrees without ever setting foot on campus. Story »

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courtesy photoDr. Racquel Bueno, left, and Dr. Cedric Lorenzo set up a surgical robot on the operating table and attach the robotic arms to begin an operation to treat severe, debilitating heartburn. Transformation is the buzzword in health care as the state gears up for sweeping changes across the medical industry intended to improve patient care while decreasing costs. Story »

Changes in Hawaii’s agricultural landscape can occur the way plants grow: slowly. Story »

Sea Life Park's new shark tank is the Waimanalo attraction's first new exhibit in 30 years. With the number of visitors and subsequent spending surging to double-digit highs as reported by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority in June, discretionary income is being spread around Oahu's attractions, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Story »

Retailer T.J. Maxx opened three stores in Hawaii this year, one of several national chains expanding in the islands. A flood of national retailers has opened in the islands in recent years, and more chains are eyeing the Aloha State for potential expansion. Story »

Craig T. kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.comNatalie Aczon, marketing and community relations supervisor at Whole Foods Market Kahala, uses an iPad app to relay information to shoppers. From the day she took over as marketing and community relations supervisor for Whole Foods Market Kahala, Natalie Aczon has preached the power of social media as a way of meeting the demands of a new generation of tech-savvy, information-driven consumers. Story »

Kimberly Hunt of Flikdate says despite the loss of tax credits from Act 221, local startups can still benefit from business incubators and other infrastructure previously created by government investment. "Anything helps when you get started," she says. As the co-founders of Maui-based Flikdate tell it, the most buzzed-about new dating app in Techville was born of one brilliant idea and a bunch of stick figures on a whiteboard. Story »

FL Morris / fmorris@staradvertiser.comFirst Hawaiian Bank CEO Bob Harrison says he hasn't changed lending standards despite the economic slowdown. It's harder for banks to make money in a low-interest-rate environment, but executives at Hawaii's two largest financial institutions say an improving state economy and a pickup in construction should keep the momentum going. Story »

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