Special Report

Hawaii's Changing Economy

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 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.

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.