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New ‘Star Wars’ film takes in $45M in debut

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 8:07 am
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is off to a Death Star-sized start at the box office. Disney says Friday that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from Thursday night showings. Read More

Waiea tower developer sues 7 insurance companies

A tangled mess of litigation surrounding the construction of what has been dubbed the most sophisticated residence in Hawaii just got bigger. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Hawaii’s only Volvo dealer shuts down

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 8:40 am
Hawaii’s only Volvo dealership, which has been embroiled in a yearlong court battle with its New Jersey- based distributor, has abruptly shut down. Read More

Don Ho’s high-flying dream kept him first in first class

Don Ho dreamed of piloting a Boeing 747. Ho had been in the Air Force and always thought of himself as a pilot, Adrienne Liva Sweeney told me. She was Ho’s personal secretary from 1968 to 1975. Read More

DowDuPont consolidating Hawaii seed business

Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:19 am
One of Hawaii’s biggest seed research and production companies plans to start consolidating operations next year in a move that will shift where the state’s largest crop is farmed. Read More

Pacific Office Properties narrows quarterly loss

Pacific Office Properties Trust Inc. narrowed a third-quarter financial loss as it increased revenue a bit and maintained occupancy levels in three Honolulu office towers it owns. Read More
Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:20 am

U.S. group develops risk assessment tool after London blaze

Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly clad buildings around the world, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 1:17 am

Kaiser and HDS to absorb Island Air costs

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and Hawaii Dental Service both said Wednesday they will absorb costs for health services rendered in November for Island Air employees even though the now-bankrupt airline did not pay its premiums for the month. Read More
Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 12:20 am

Isle lava could be source of high-tech building materials

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm
A state research organization wants to know if turning volcanic rock dust on Hawaii island into a versatile, high-strength building material can become a new local industry. Read More

Community fears harbor redevelopment will add high-rise

A state effort to partner with a private developer to overhaul several sites in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor has prompted community skepticism from those who fear redevelopment could leave them with a soaring tower on prime public land intended for recreation. Read More
Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm

HMAA to cover former Island Air employees

Hawaii Medical Assurance Association, which provided the majority of the health services rendered to Island Air employees in November, said Tuesday it will absorb the more than $137,000 in costs incurred during the month even though the now-bankrupt airline did not pay its premiums for the month. Read More
Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm

UH gets $23 million grant to address health disparities

Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 9:14 am
The University of Hawaii won a $23 million federal grant to help improve the well-being of residents at risk due to serious health disparities. Read More

Ex-Island Air employees will get back misdirected 401(k) funds

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 10:01 pm
Former Island Air employees will get about $35,000 of their misdirected 401(k) contributions restored to their accounts. Read More

Chargers keep small devices powered during emergency

The last big storm that came through knocked power out on the North Shore for half a day. Not fun, but if we get hit by something the magnitude of Irma, Harvey or Iniki, the consequences would be grave. Read More

State pension fund shortfall rises to $12.95 billion

Hawaii’s public pension fund continues to play catch-up and it could take a decade before increased contributions begin to cut into its growing deficit. Read More
Updated on  December 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

Bitcoin futures soar, jumping 20 percent

Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent. Read More

Community blasts USPS decision to close Lihue office

Updated on  December 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm
The U.S. Postal Service is under criticism for giving the Kauai community “false hope” that it would prevail in its appeal to save the historic Lihue Post Office. Read More

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