Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

October 2020

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

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns

Airline executives say they see much smaller operations well into next summer.

Will Hawaii Finally Be Able To Break Its Dependence On Tourism? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The state is about to reopen its tourism industry, the heart of Hawaii’s economic engine. Is it time to find another way forward?

Report: Tenants And Landlords Alike Are Struggling UHERO

Report: Tenants And Landlords Alike Are Struggling

A new report from the University of Hawaii suggests Hawaii’s stock of rental housing may shrink as the economy languishes.

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

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

Economists say it’s tough to help decision-makers guide economic recovery without consistent information from government and other sources.

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy? Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Can Military Spending Prop Up Hawaii’s Faltering Economy?

As tourism crumbles and tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, the military’s economic role in the islands could become more prominent.

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

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

Researchers are starting to get more data on just how the extended closure of Hawaii’s tourism industry has impacted the economy.

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

With no end in sight to the shutdown of tourism, dozens of companies have filed letters with labor officials outlining job cuts and extended furloughs.

Kauai Businesses Are ‘Hanging On By A Thread’ Without Tourists Flickr: Marc Tarlock

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

The alarming number of businesses facing closure in the next six months should be a warning sign to state leaders, says the head of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce.

Women Were Already Struggling At Work. The Pandemic Is Making It Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Women are filing for unemployment and losing their businesses at higher rates than men.