Noelle Fujii-Oride

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Noelle Headshot WebNoelle Fujii-Oride writes about big issues impacting Hawai‘i’s economy, including housing, education, construction, climate change, tourism, entrepreneurship and more. Prior to joining Hawaii Business Magazine as a staff writer in 2017, she held internships at the magazine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a graduate of UH Mānoa’s journalism program and now lives on Kaua‘i.

 

 

 

Articles

Snapshot of Hawaiʻi's Family Caregivers

Keali‘i Lopez, the Hawai‘i director of AARP, has a village to help her care for her 81-year-old mother: her adult son, daughter-in-law and two sisters chip in to provide around-the-clock care, and the family recently hired someone to help twice…

Our Kūpuna, Our Kuleana:
Senior Care Crisis in Hawaiʻi

The growing number of seniors is a personal challenge for hundreds of thousands of local families and a collective challenge for all of Hawai‘i. IF you donʻt see this silver tsunami coming, you’re not paying attention,” says Jim Shon, president…

Wahine Forum Inspires and Informs Sold-Out Audience

More than 1,200 people attended Hawaii Business Magazine’s 12th annual Wahine Forum, a sold-out daylong conference that was held Thursday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The theme of this year’s inspiring and informative event was “live fearlessly.” “It’s really a…

KTA Super Stores CEO Barry Taniguchi Dies

Barry Taniguchi, chairman and CEO of KTA Super Stores, a Hawaii Island grocery store chain, died on Sept. 20 from medical complications. Taniguchi was a well-respected business leader and known for his involvement in numerous professional, civic and community organizations,…

Impact of Oʻahu's Vacation Rental Crackdown

A new law went into effect Aug. 1 on Oʻahu that limits the number of new short-term rentals — which are rented for less than 30 days at a time — bans the advertising of unpermitted rentals and imposes hefty…

How to Increase Visitor Spending

Millions of tourists come to Hawai‘i and venture beyond the resort areas – crowding our parks, beaches, hiking trails, roads and more. But in 2019, total inflation-adjusted visitor spending actually declined, which means there was no extra money to fix this worn infrastructure. Here are three ways to turn that problem around.

A New Way for Electricity

The business model for electric utilities is almost 100 years old. Some energy experts say Hawai‘i is a pioneer in creating a 21st century business model that will mean more clean energy, lower rates, greater efficiency and better customer service.…

Celebrating the Best in Hawaiʻi Tourism

Lei, smiles and songs were abundant Friday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Great Lawn as 390 attendees gathered for the second annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards, a partnership between aio Media and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association to honor excellence within Hawaii’s No. 1 industry.

Celebrating the Best in Hawaiʻi Tourism

Lei, smiles and songs were abundant Friday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Great Lawn as 390 attendees gathered for the second annual aio Media Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Awards, a partnership between aio Media and the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association to honor excellence within Hawaiʻi's No. 1 industry.

9 Ways to Retain Your Employees

We all know it’s much easier and cheaper to keep a good employee than to find and train a new one, but getting workers to stay is hard. Here are strategies that local companies can use to retain their employees.…

How To Replicate Kahauiki Village

Dealing with homelessness is not just the responsibility of the government or nonprofits. As Kahauiki demonstrates, everyone has to pitch in. What was once a barren stretch of dirt, gravel and nondescript trees and shrubs is now a dynamic community…

Policing Hawaii's Illegal Vacation Rentals

Honolulu’s weak law makes it hard to crack down on illegal vacation rentals, but a new law is in the works. Other jurisdictions – in Hawaii and on the Mainland – have tougher laws and more success with enforcement. Kailua…

5 Takeaways from the 2018 Wahine Forum

  It’s 2018 and ninety-one percent of countries still have laws that discriminate against women, said Amanda Ellis, an adjunct senior fellow at the East-West Center. “We still do not have a level playing field,” she said, “and that’s…

Building for Climate Change in Hawaii

Rising seas and other effects of climate change are changing the way buildings in Hawaii are designed and constructed. In this two-part report, we look at what the building industry is already doing and should be doing, plus some ways…

Ride Along with Hawaii's Longest Commuters

Four people describe their lengthy commutes and the ways they’ve made them tolerable. Plus we offer tips to make your commute more enjoyable. Waialua to Nanakuli, 33 miles one way Start: 6:00 a.m. Good days: 40-45 minutes to work; 50-55…

Going to College Before College

Many local high school students can now take courses that give them high school and college credits at the same time. If they stick to it, they will eventually graduate from college in less time and at less cost. Leanne…

Business is Brewing

Kombucha’s reputation for healing has spawned local startups and added a popular product to many stores’ lineups Kombucha’s appearance, smell and flavor may resemble apple cider vinegar but don’t let that fool you. People around the world have a thirst…

Child Care: Unaffordable and Unavailable

Part I: The High Cost and Shortages Child care is too costly for many working families and there are too few openings for all the children who need proper care. We examine the problem and the responses, including efforts by…