Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

How Kailua Became A Tourist Town Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Kailua Became A Tourist Town

Stunning beaches, Airbnbs and new developments transformed the town into a tourist hot spot — leaving some locals bemoaning a lost sense of community.

9 Charts That Show How Hawaii Tourism Is Changing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

9 Charts That Show How Hawaii Tourism Is Changing

From soaring numbers of visitors to declining rounds of golf, a by-the-numbers look at how the industry’s impacts have grown in Hawaii.

10 Million Visitors: Can Hawaii Survive Its Own Popularity?

10 Million Visitors: Can Hawaii Survive Its Own Popularity?

The impact of a growing army of tourists has government leaders and residents questioning how to better manage Hawaii’s largest industry.

Selling Students On A Future Career, Not Just A Degree Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Selling Students On A Future Career, Not Just A Degree

A newly updated website produced by the University of Hawaii Community Colleges helps students figure out what type of work provides the best long-term employment prospects.

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

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

Costs of employee contributions to health plans are among the nation’s lowest, according to a new report.

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.

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