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Black Market Weed Is Still The Buyer’s Choice Over Legal Marijuana In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Black Market Weed Is Still The Buyer’s Choice Over Legal Marijuana In Hawaii

Market structure and regulation have made medical cannabis far more expensive than illegal products, and consumers are choosing the cheaper option.

Hawaii-Made Aloha Wear Is A Surprising — And Lucrative — Cottage Industry Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii-Made Aloha Wear Is A Surprising — And Lucrative — Cottage Industry

But as Hawaii’s garment workers age and retire, young aloha shirt and apparel makers must scramble to keep production in the islands.

Maui Entrepreneur Says County Is Determined To Put Him Out Of Business Ryan Siphers/Civil Beat/2022

Maui Entrepreneur Says County Is Determined To Put Him Out Of Business

Paia Inn owner Michael Baskin says he’s the victim of retaliatory zoning enforcement because of a decade-long personal dispute with the county’s planning director.

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaiian Airlines’ Vaccine Mandate Rollback Heralds Return To Normality

The state’s largest private employer has lifted its Covid-19 vaccination requirement for more than 7,000 workers.

This Hemp Dealer Is Fighting The State Over ‘Fundamental Fairness’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

This Hemp Dealer Is Fighting The State Over ‘Fundamental Fairness’

The case raises questions about the extent to which government officials can make new laws with little public notice, then shut down businesses not in compliance.

Hawaiian Electric Customers On Big Island Urged To Conserve Power Eric Pape/Civil Beat/2016

Hawaiian Electric Customers On Big Island Urged To Conserve Power

The utility says rolling, 30-minute outages may happen unless customers can lower demand during peak evening hours.

Honolulu Liquor Commission May Be Headed For An Overhaul nickster 2000/flickr.com

Honolulu Liquor Commission May Be Headed For An Overhaul

In justifying the need for change, a City Council resolution outlines a decades-long pattern of malfeasance.

Pacific Gateway Center Gives Immigrant Businesses A Boost Screenshot/2022

Pacific Gateway Center Gives Immigrant Businesses A Boost

First-generation restaurant owners have leaned on this local nonprofit to get off the ground and stay running during difficult times.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Says Rural Telecom Provider Must Respond To Consumer Advocate Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Says Rural Telecom Provider Must Respond To Consumer Advocate

But Sandwich Isles Communications says the state agency is on a “witch hunt” and is resisting providing information about its financial status.

Two Of Waikiki’s Oldest Beach Clubs Are Struggling To Come To Grips With Climate Change Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Two Of Waikiki’s Oldest Beach Clubs Are Struggling To Come To Grips With Climate Change

In a precursor of business decisions that will become more common, members of the Outrigger Canoe Club have rejected a proposal to extend the club’s lease with its landlord beyond 2055 due to concerns about sea level rise.