With an economy dependent on tourism, Hawaii tries to encourage visitors

Nov 18, 2020
The state has dialed back mandatory quarantines for visitors if they test negative for COVID-19.
Hawaiian Airlines jets outside Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Hawaii has seen a more than 90% reduction in the number of arriving air travelers since the start of the pandemic.
Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii meets with teachers to tackle persistent low pay

Oct 24, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Education is working with teachers to try to solve the problem of low pay that has persisted for decades.
Central Intermediate School in Downtown Honolulu.
Ryan Finnerty

Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage

Apr 30, 2019
Honolulu’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the country.
Condo buildings visible from Ala Moana Beach Park.
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Southwest gets FAA approval to fly to Hawaii

Mar 1, 2019
Southwest flights to Hawaii will start in small Californian airports, possibly as soon as this month.
Southwest flights to Hawaii will start in small Californian airports, possibly as soon as this month.
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Volcanic activity takes the buzz out of Hawaii's coffee harvest

Feb 4, 2019
Coffee farmers in Hawaii are citing volcanic activity for a poor harvest.
Lava spews in Kilauea's East Rift Zone on May 23, 2018 in Pahoa, Hawaii, amid eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.
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Hawaii's lucrative film and TV industry grapples with a new ceiling on tax rebates

Oct 29, 2018
America’s film and TV industry generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year. That’s why many states compete with each other to lure productions to their locations. Hawaii however, competes more with other countries and tropical locales. And right now, it’s on a roll. Hawaii officials predict this could be the industry’s most lucrative year. But, many in the production […]
Guests attend the 2016 Maui Film Festival At Wailea at the Celestial Cinema on June 19, 2016 in Wailea, Hawaii.
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Hawaii's lucrative film and TV industry grapples with a new ceiling on tax rebates

Oct 29, 2018
America’s film and TV industry generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year. That’s why many states compete with each other to lure productions to their locations. Hawaii however, competes more with other countries and tropical locales. And right now, it’s on a roll. Hawaii officials predict this could be the industry’s most lucrative year. But, many in the production […]
Guests attend the 2016 Maui Film Festival At Wailea at the Celestial Cinema on June 19, 2016 in Wailea, Hawaii.
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Sugar plantation closure marks end of a way of life in Hawaii

Dec 9, 2016
At its peak in the 1930’s, sugar employed 50,000 people across the islands.
HC&S VP of factory operations Robert Luuwai, walks through the sugar mill on Maui for one of the last times.
Molly Solomon