Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

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

Our Struggling Economy: The First ‘Cliff’ Is Almost Here And A Second One Is Looming Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

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

Billions in federal relief dollars run out this week while community and political leaders work to soften a second possibly worse blow at the end of the year.

How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The House COVID-19 committee has drawn on the expertise and clout of its members to work behind the scenes and help the Ige administration work through the state’s biggest challenges.

Shuttered Churches, Temples Got Millions From Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Shuttered Churches, Temples Got Millions From Feds

A federal program designed to help small businesses also helped bail out hundreds of churches and other religious organizations that were largely shut down amidst stay-at-home orders.

Hawaii Economic Chief: Tourism Is ‘Who We Are’ And Must Be Rebuilt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

But Mike McCartney acknowledged his agency still has not come up with a plan to address the short-term economic crisis facing the state.

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Economy Faces ‘A Long Slow Road Back’

A wave of restaurant failures and bankruptcies is expected in the fall.

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

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

But there is hope the federal program can be a useful tool in attracting new business development during Hawaii’s economic recovery.

Hawaii’s Wedding Business Has Been ‘Completely Demolished’ Mikephamphotography

Hawaii’s Wedding Business Has Been ‘Completely Demolished’

Wedding planners and other vendors say they need some sort of guidance from the state about when larger ceremonies can start up again.

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Pandemic Ignites A Bike Boom In Honolulu

With gyms closed and other exercise options limited, bicycle shops say they are selling almost every bike they can get their hands on.

Hawaii’s Struggling Farms Want The State To Become A Bigger Customer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

With local farmers reeling from a drop in demand from hotels and restaurants, advocates hope schools, prisons and hospitals will buy more local produce.