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Stewart Yerton

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation Troy Plota

This Maui Couple’s Photo App Is An Instagram Sensation

Prominent influencers are using the startup company’s program, which has 6 million downloads and counting.

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Has Kakaako Gotten Too Fancy Even For IBM?

The company will soon depart its landmark namesake building to make way for developer offices and model condos.

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2,700 Workers Strike At Popular Waikiki Hotels

The work stoppage comes despite management agreement to subsidize worker housing.

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Don’t Vote On Constitutional Questions, You’ve Just Voted ‘No’

Thanks to a 1997 Supreme Court ruling, the deck is stacked against the ConCon and the constitutional amendment for school funding.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream Aloha Cuddle Co.

Snuggle Up: Professional Cuddling Is Going Mainstream

Cuddling industry workers report making as much as $5,000 a month providing human contact to those willing to pay for it.

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Oldest Dive Bar Survive Chinatown’s Invading Hipsters?

The owner of Smith’s Union Bar in Chinatown, opened in 1935, worries his landlord won’t renew the bar’s lease.

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project

The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaii Unions Say Little Has Changed Since Landmark Janus Decision

Union supporters had feared the opinion by U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority would erode union membership.

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy Getty Images/iStockphoto

New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy

A declining population and weak increases in personal income have helped keep a lid on inflation in Honolulu, economists say.

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Next Emergency Text You Get May Be From The President

The first ever “Presidential Alert” for emergencies will be tested on cell phones nationwide Oct. 3.

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation

Some small ag operations are finding federal food safety regulations can help them expand to new markets.

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Poised To Strike At Some Of Waikiki’s Biggest Hotels

The union vote could lead to a work stoppage by about 3,500 workers, including those at the Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki.