Photo by Aaron K. Yoshino.

Rent Control: Step Right Up!

Kathryn Drury Wagner

Move into this 917-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment in a lovely, remodeled historical building. Washer/dryer, balcony, air conditioning all included for $875 a month. Just one problem, Island dwellers. It’s in Cleveland. For a similar cozy vibe in Honolulu, you’ll pay at least $2,649, according to Expatisan’s cost-of-living index. Last year, 10,000 more people left Hawaii for Read the full article…

The End Is Near

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

Hawaii has long held a special allure for Japanese business executives. In the run-up to the Bubble Economy of the 1980s and early 1990s, Hawaii attracted yen like sand to sun-tanning oil. But even in the post-Bubble Era, a time of caution rather than consumption, Hawaii’s appeal remains steady. What has changed is the ease Read the full article…

Economics , July 2000
July, 2000

Spa-ntaneous Combustion

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

For a while this spring it seemed as though a Waikiki resort property was announcing plans to add a spa every week. With much fanfare, the Na Hoola Spa opened in April at the newly christened Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa. The Pacific Beach Hotel opened one. The general manager of the Royal Hawaiian Read the full article…

Business Trends , July 2000
July, 2000

On Any Given Weekend

Derek Paiva

It’s the last game of the season. The championship game. Two teams take the field at Kapiolani Park on a muggy Saturday morning in April. For the next 90 minutes, it’s pure drama. When the dust settles the final score is a 16 to 3 rout. First Hawaiian Bank has defeated City Bank for the Read the full article…

July 2000 , Sports
July, 2000

Hawaii Celebrates the End of an (Awful) Era

Carl Bonham and Byron Gangnes

The 1990s economic malaise is finally over. Hawaii has been dragged into the new millennium by an incredibly strong U.S. economy, a rebounding Asia, and domestic economic strength not seen in many years. With virtually all indicators signaling a moderate business cycle expansion, Hawaii’s economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent in real (inflation Read the full article…

Economics , July 2000
July, 2000

Hanalei, Hana Hou!

David K. Choo

When people ask John Sargent how he climbs the hills above Hanalei, the competitive mountain biker has a simple answer: Put your head down, pedal like hell and don?t look back. This bit of mountain biking advice might also be words that Sargent lives by. Two years ago, he and his home town had to Read the full article…

Economics , July 2000
July, 2000