Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

No One Knows How Many Homes Are Sitting Empty Despite Housing Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No One Knows How Many Homes Are Sitting Empty Despite Housing Shortage

There’s a big discrepancy between city and federal estimates of vacancy rates.

Kakaako’s Empty Condos: ‘At Night, It’s A Ghost Town Down Here’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kakaako’s Empty Condos: ‘At Night, It’s A Ghost Town Down Here’

Merchants say they leased new space in Ward Village expecting to benefit from the proximity of hordes of condo-dwellers. Now they wonder where they are.

Hawaiian Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Electric’s Ambitious Plan To Quit Using Coal Is A ‘Moon Mission’

To replace a coal plant set to close in 2022, HECO is seeking private developers to build a new wave of renewable energy generation and storage facilities around the islands.

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

The state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism believes a new building in Kakaako will be a hub for innovation.

Wanted: People Who Can Make Useful Sense Of Vast Amounts Of Data Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Wanted: People Who Can Make Useful Sense Of Vast Amounts Of Data

UH and Chaminade are stepping up efforts to train much-in-demand data analysts for well-paying jobs in Hawaii.

Will One Of These Fledgling Companies Be Hawaii’s Next Big Brand?

Will One Of These Fledgling Companies Be Hawaii’s Next Big Brand?

A business accelerator is trying to give promising companies a leg up.

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species?

A landmark project on the UH Manoa campus shows the albizia tree’s potential as a building material — and the challenges of developing manufacturing in Hawaii.

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii AP

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii

The film industry says the state’s $35 million cap on tax credits is too low, costing Hawaii projects and jobs. But some question whether the benefits are worth the cost.

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges Carlie Procell/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges

Hawaii is one of just nine states that lost population in 2018, reflecting a level of outmigration far deeper than the brain drain of past years.

Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?

Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy?

Hawaii’s economy is thoroughly dominated by tourism. But alternative energy and research-and-development offers some of the best chances for creating new, higher paying jobs.

Civil Beat Wants To Find Out Where Hawaii’s Economy Is Headed Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Wants To Find Out Where Hawaii’s Economy Is Headed

The newsroom will spend the next 12 months reporting on critical questions about the future of the local economy, thanks to a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation.