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Stewart Yerton

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Critics warned that a bill to crack down on illegal vacation rentals would doom Kailua’s economy. But months later, the town still bustles with tourists and hundreds of vacation rentals.

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy National Security Agency

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy

Can the state build on a massive base of National Security Agency and other government cyber jobs?

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away

A new UH study predicts tourism to drive moderate growth in 2020, despite recent population declines.

Ewa Wind Farm Seeking Community Input Gill Ewa Lands LLC

Ewa Wind Farm Seeking Community Input

The large project is awaiting word from Hawaiian Electric.

The New NextEra? HECO Is Fighting This Mainland Firm’s Bid For Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The New NextEra? HECO Is Fighting This Mainland Firm’s Bid For Control

Hawaiian Electric Industries faces an aggressive campaign by a $15 billion hedge fund used to getting its way.

HECO Names New CEO As It Begins Major Renewable Energy Push Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

HECO Names New CEO As It Begins Major Renewable Energy Push

Over the next three years on Oahu alone, HECO expects it will need wind and solar projects with a footprint 29 times the size of Aloha Stadium.

How The Gas Company Plans To Fight A Bill Banning Gas Water Heaters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How The Gas Company Plans To Fight A Bill Banning Gas Water Heaters

Hawaii Gas faces an uncertain future as the state moves to renewables. Now it’s creating a new entity to help advocate for gas.

Feds: Chinese Industrial Spies Have Great Interest In Hawaii Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Feds: Chinese Industrial Spies Have Great Interest In Hawaii

U.S. Justice Department officials this week are briefing Hawaii business and academic leaders on Chinese espionage.

Judge: State Can’t Keep Data Behind Its Budget Estimates Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: State Can’t Keep Data Behind Its Budget Estimates Secret

A judge ruled the Hawaii Department of Taxation must make public the information and assumptions it relies on to develop revenue estimates for the Legislature.