Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

September 2021

Friday, September 24

Hawaii’s High Cost Of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher

Monday, September 13

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic

August 2021

Sunday, August 8

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bouncing Back. But Where Are All The Jobs?

July 2021

Thursday, July 8

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

June 2021

Wednesday, June 9

$9 For A Loaf Of Bread? Here’s Why It’s So Expensive To Eat At Home These Days

May 2021

Sunday, May 2

Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Reshape Hawaii’s Tourism Industry

April 2021

Monday, April 12

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii

Wednesday, April 7

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

March 2021

Tuesday, March 30

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

Thursday, March 4

Hawaiian Airlines Is Holding Off On More Layoffs — For Now

Monday, March 1

Hawaii’s Summer Tourism Season Is Looking Promising

February 2021

Thursday, February 11

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

Tuesday, February 9

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

January 2021

Wednesday, January 6

The Continuing Clout Of Hawaii’s Public Worker Unions

December 2020

Wednesday, December 2

Has The Hawaii Tourism Industry Lost Its Clout?

November 2020

Monday, November 23

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

Monday, November 9

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

Tuesday, November 3

7 Ways To Repair Hawaii’s Broken Economy

October 2020

Thursday, October 29

Dark Days: Hawaiian Airlines’ Struggles Reflect The Pain Of The Tourism Industry

Wednesday, October 28

Chinatown Rising: Businesses Are Finding Cool New Homes Amidst The Pandemic

Sunday, October 25

Oahu Bar Owners Are Crying Foul Over City Restrictions

Tuesday, October 20

New State Program Helps Businesses Adapt To A Changing Economy

Thursday, October 15

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns

Monday, October 12

Will Hawaii Finally Be Able To Break Its Dependence On Tourism?

Monday, October 5

Report: Tenants And Landlords Alike Are Struggling

September 2020

Thursday, September 24

Panel: We Need Solid Data To Predict Hawaii’s Economic Future

Tuesday, September 15

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy?

Monday, September 14

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Wednesday, September 2

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

August 2020

Monday, August 31

Kauai Businesses Are ‘Hanging On By A Thread’ Without Tourists

Friday, August 28

Women Were Already Struggling At Work. The Pandemic Is Making It Worse

Thursday, August 27

Grief And Desperate Hope As Small Businesses Brace For Second Shutdown

Sunday, August 23

The Tremendous Cost Of Feeding The Hungry In Hawaii

Wednesday, August 19

Is COVID-19 Spreading Because People Have Gotten Tired Of Restrictions?

Thursday, August 13

People In Hawaii Are Struggling. The Nonprofits That Help Them Are Too

Monday, August 10

The State Has A Plan For When To Reopen Or Reclose. Why Aren’t We Following It?

July 2020

Wednesday, July 29

Our Struggling Economy: The First ‘Cliff’ Is Almost Here And A Second One Is Looming

Wednesday, July 15

How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat

Monday, July 13

Shuttered Churches, Temples Got Millions From Feds

June 2020

Thursday, June 25

Hawaii Economic Chief: Tourism Is ‘Who We Are’ And Must Be Rebuilt

Monday, June 15

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’

Sunday, June 14

Big Island Officials Are Frustrated That Opportunity Zones Haven’t Drawn New Investment

Saturday, June 6

Hawaii’s Wedding Business Has Been ‘Completely Demolished’

May 2020

Wednesday, May 13

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

Tuesday, May 12

Hawaii’s Struggling Farms Want The State To Become A Bigger Customer

April 2020

Wednesday, April 8

Hawaii Businesses Affected By COVID-19 Could Face Tough Fights With Insurers

Monday, April 6

Hawaii Banks Start Rolling Out Relief To Small Firms

March 2020

Sunday, March 29

Will Feds’ Relief Package Be Enough To Keep Hawaii’s Small Businesses Afloat?

Wednesday, March 11

Jobs In Hawaii: The Future Looks A Lot Like The Past

Tuesday, March 10

Lawmakers Want To Subsidize Big Rate Increases By Hawaii’s Only Interisland Shipper

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii’s Largest Private College Is Fighting For Its Future

February 2020

Tuesday, February 11

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Showing A Little Love For Kona Coffee

January 2020

Tuesday, January 28

Report: Two-Thirds of Hawaii Residents Struggle Financially

Tuesday, January 7

Vacation Rentals Are Still Thriving In Kailua

Monday, January 6

Cyber Spies Are Quietly Boosting Hawaii’s High Tech Economy

December 2019

Friday, December 20

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away

November 2019

Tuesday, November 19

Energy Giant AES Has A Big — And Growing — Footprint In Hawaii

Friday, November 15

Report: Hawaii’s Economic Growth Is The Lowest In The Nation

Tuesday, November 5

Hawaii Gas Faces Uncertain Future In State’s Renewable Energy Push

October 2019

Wednesday, October 23

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm

Thursday, October 17

Hawaii’s Green Energy Projects Search For Ways To Navigate Community Opposition

Wednesday, October 16

Why Hawaii Still Has So Few Electric Cars

Thursday, October 3

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

September 2019

Monday, September 23

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Tuesday, September 10

Will Hawaii Electric Customers Ever Save Money With Renewable Energy?

August 2019

Tuesday, August 27

Air Travel’s Carbon Footprint Takes A Big Environmental Toll In Hawaii

Thursday, August 22

Can This New Hawaii Venture Become The Stock Fund For Millennials?

July 2019

Thursday, July 18

How These Travel Hotspots Are Trying To Make Tourism Pay Its Own Way

Wednesday, July 17

Hawaii Struggles To Maintain Its Worn-Out Hiking Trails

Thursday, July 11

How Kailua Became A Tourist Town

Wednesday, July 10

9 Charts That Show How Hawaii Tourism Is Changing

10 Million Visitors: Can Hawaii Survive Its Own Popularity?

Tuesday, July 2

Selling Students On A Future Career, Not Just A Degree

June 2019

Thursday, June 20

Hawaii Has The Lowest Health Care Costs, Thanks To Strong State Laws

Friday, June 14

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

Monday, June 10

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

Monday, June 3

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

May 2019

Monday, May 20

Can These Unlikely Partners Help Diversify Hawaii’s Economy?

Monday, May 6

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

April 2019

Friday, April 26

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

Friday, April 19

Can A Sustainable Industry Be Built From An Invasive Species?

Tuesday, April 16

The High Price Of Luring The Movies To Hawaii

Thursday, April 4

Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges

Tuesday, April 2

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

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

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.

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic

As the Covid-19 crisis underscores Hawaii’s reliance on tourism, innovation executives say now is the time to push hard to develop other economic sectors.

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bouncing Back. But Where Are All The Jobs? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bouncing Back. But Where Are All The Jobs?

A study shows unemployment insurance payments aren’t keeping people from rejoining the workforce but economists don’t know why hospitality jobs have not fully returned.

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.

$9 For A Loaf Of Bread? Here’s Why It’s So Expensive To Eat At Home These Days

$9 For A Loaf Of Bread? Here’s Why It’s So Expensive To Eat At Home These Days

Bottlenecks throughout supply chains combined with rising demand are pushing up the cost of groceries.

Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Reshape Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Here’s Why It’s So Hard To Reshape Hawaii’s Tourism Industry

Policymakers fear jeopardizing the industry’s recovery from the pandemic because Hawaii needs the jobs back.

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why One Developer Is Banking On More Digital Nomads Coming To Hawaii

With people flocking to Hawaii to work remotely, a local builder known for affordable green homes is creating a co-living space in an Ala Moana penthouse.

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.