ALL the Top Local News

Hawaii Business wants you to have a quick read of the top local news stories every weekday morning. That’s why we are launching Hawaii’s most useful newsletter on Tuesday, March 28 called "Today's Hawaiʻi News".

Each weekday, “Today’s Hawaii News” newsletter will give you:

  • Summaries of the main statewide stories, compiled from all of the state’s leading news media, not just one source.
  • Separate sections for each of the major Hawaiian Islands.
  • Links to each story, in case you want to learn more.

Best of all, it’s free. Sign up here.

The stories will be curated each day by Hawaii Business Editor Steve Petranik and his team in cooperation with veteran reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, founder of the award-winning website, Here, Petranik answers questions about the newsletter:


Q: What topics will the newsletter cover?

A: There will be summaries and links to stories on all the major local issues: state and county politics, crime, the environment, housing, education, business, technology, extreme weather, you name it.


Q: What’s the goal of the newsletter?

A: We know a lot of people don’t want to rely on just one source of local news, but they don’t have the time to hunt all over the internet. So every morning, we check more than a dozen local news sites, pick the most important stories, and compile summaries of each one. And we provide links to the original reports.

Multiple news organizations sometimes cover the same event; in those cases, we will give you a single summary, plus links to several of the reports.


Q: But I’m only interested in stories from my island.

A: We’ve got you covered. Each weekday, we’ll lead with the top stories in the state, but you can jump straight to individual sections covering each of the main Hawaiian Islands: Kauai, Maui, Hawaii or Oahu. Occasionally, we’ll also have stories from Molokai and Lanai.

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Our inaugural Merging Visions Roundtable discussion moderated by Steve Petranik (right) with (from left) Dr. Virginia Pressler, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, John Komeiji, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Hawaiian Telcom, and Daniel Ikaika Ito, Digital Director of Hawaii Business magazine. Photo by David Croxford.

Q: Can I read the newsletter on my phone?

A: Absolutely, it is a mobile-first design that displays well on desktops.


Q: What about paywalls? I hate paywalls.

A: Unfortunately, the state’s biggest news organization, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, has a paywall that kicks in after you read a couple of free stories in a month. The Star-Advertiser covers a lot of important stories that other media do not, so we can’t leave them off the newsletter, but we try to find a non-paywall version of the same story and link to that, too.


Q: How do I sign up?

A: Current subscribers to Hawaii Business newsletters will automatically get the new newsletter. Anyone else can sign up for free here. You’ll find the Hawaii’s Top News from me every morning in your email inbox. And if you think your friends might like Hawaii’s most useful newsletter, the same link will let you send them a message about it.





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