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Dark Clouds Are Looming Over Hawaii Even As The Economy Appears To Be Improving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2015

Dark Clouds Are Looming Over Hawaii Even As The Economy Appears To Be Improving

Economic experts say many people are worse off than they were before the pandemic and a lower unemployment rate is simply masking deeper problems.

‘What About Us?’: Retailers Struggle To Find Their Way Through The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

‘What About Us?’: Retailers Struggle To Find Their Way Through The Pandemic

The state had 10,000 fewer retail trade jobs at the end of 2020 than it had in 2019.

Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now

The state’s largest private employer has said it will delay plans for a large lay off, even as changes to Hawaii’s travel policy remain in limbo.

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising

But economists say state officials need to do more to help the economy recover, including better messaging and loosening tight travel rules.

The Construction Industry Is Still Going Strong In Hawaii. It May Get Even Stronger Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

The Construction Industry Is Still Going Strong In Hawaii. It May Get Even Stronger

Government projects and demand for housing have kept the construction industry going during the pandemic. Honolulu’s new planning department director hopes to give it an even bigger boost.

Stabilizing Or Stalling? State Officials Explain Why Hawaii’s Recovery Plan Will Take 2 Years Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Stabilizing Or Stalling? State Officials Explain Why Hawaii’s Recovery Plan Will Take 2 Years

The governor’s economic development leaders say they want to carefully craft a plan that will hold up for the long term. But legislative leaders aren’t convinced.

Wanted: Hawaii Seeks Digital Nomads To Invigorate The Economy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat/2020

Wanted: Hawaii Seeks Digital Nomads To Invigorate The Economy

A work-from-home economy could help Hawaii reverse the brain drain and offset tourism industry losses.

Has The Hawaii Tourism Industry Lost Its Clout? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Has The Hawaii Tourism Industry Lost Its Clout?

Amid pandemic, state and local government leaders do not defer to the state’s major industry.

‘Treading Water’: Working From Home Hasn’t Hurt Hawaii’s Office Rental Market — Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

‘Treading Water’: Working From Home Hasn’t Hurt Hawaii’s Office Rental Market — Yet

A wholesale shift to employees working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has softened the office market but there’s been no mass exodus from office space.

Executives Foresee Long-Term Changes To The Workplace After COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Executives Foresee Long-Term Changes To The Workplace After COVID-19

Even after the pandemic passes, some industries may need fewer workers, business excecutives say.