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Hawaii To Tourists: Malama Our Land And Culture. Tourists: What’s ‘Malama’? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii To Tourists: Malama Our Land And Culture. Tourists: What’s ‘Malama’?

Eight months after the Hawaii Tourism Authority shifted the focus of its branding effort, our unscientific survey found most tourists are still unfamiliar with its message.

It’s Tough To Figure Out Just How Hard The Pandemic Has Hit The Hawaii Economy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

It’s Tough To Figure Out Just How Hard The Pandemic Has Hit The Hawaii Economy

Personal income in Hawaii actually increased overall during the pandemic, but experts say people are going to be worse off this year as federal bailout money dries up.

In Kaimuki, Eclectic Businesses Are Rising From The Ashes Of The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

In Kaimuki, Eclectic Businesses Are Rising From The Ashes Of The Pandemic

Many of the businesses combine more than one revenue stream — haircuts and drinks, for instance —  and they are embracing the neighborhood’s Main Street vibe.

Vacation Rental Bill Could Starve Windward Businesses That Cater To Tourists Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat /2021

Vacation Rental Bill Could Starve Windward Businesses That Cater To Tourists

Already suffering from Covid-19’s blow to tourism and the continuing shutdown of travel from Japan, small businesses in Kailua are bracing for the impact of a bill to crack down on illegal short-term rentals.

Can Farm Tours, Bird-Watchers and Storytellers Save Hawaii Tourism? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Can Farm Tours, Bird-Watchers and Storytellers Save Hawaii Tourism?

“Regenerative tourism” is the new buzz phrase. But what does it mean? And can it create goodwill for a beleaguered industry?

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. You Can Thank The Pandemic For That Photographer: Max C. Kim/Bad M

Remote Work Is Here To Stay. You Can Thank The Pandemic For That

But a dark side may be looming. Distance learning is stunting education of students and that would cause problems for companies in the future.

Accelerator’s New Venture Fund Is Helping Ag-Based Companies Expand Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Accelerator’s New Venture Fund Is Helping Ag-Based Companies Expand

Four-year-old Mana Up is now providing a tool in addition to business advice: cash to grow.

This Company Makes Jet Fuel From Water, Sunlight And CO2 Courtesy: Dimensional Energy

This Company Makes Jet Fuel From Water, Sunlight And CO2

Dimensional Energy is one of Elemental Excelerator’s latest companies and is considering developing a renewable fuel facility in Hawaii, its chief executive says.

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher

Rising gasoline and housing prices are driving up living costs for isle families, offsetting wage gains that had appeared to offer a bright spot in a tepid economic recovery.

Hawaii’s Travel Rules Are Ending But Restrictions On Other Businesses Linger Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Travel Rules Are Ending But Restrictions On Other Businesses Linger

Events promoters in particular are still chafing under continuing restrictions that have kept their operations limited for more than a year.