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New Hawaiian Hall

Remember the whale? It’s still there, along with a whole lot more, in the much-awaited re-opening, after a three-year closure, of the $21 million renovation of Hawaiian Hall, home of Bishop Museum’s most sacred artifacts. With its original native koa…

Taking the Message to Japan

Marriott Resorts Hawaii is launching its Spirit of Aloha Tour in Japan this month to attract more Japanese to the islands and its six resort hotels. A weak global economy and fear of the H1N1 flu have cut the number…

What’s the Buzz On Your Company?

Free Internet monitoring tools can help businesses manage their online reputations by searching the most popular news sources, blogs and social networks. Type in a company name and a few key words, and you can read what people are saying…

Tension Over Tourism

Should Hawaii’s tourism czars focus on attracting more visitors or take a holistic view of tourism’s impact? During  good times, there is virtually nothing easier to sell than Hawaii.  If people have money and an itch to travel, all you…

Building Jobs

With Hawaii’s construction industry facing hard times, the state Senate hopes a new task force will come up with creative ways to save jobs and generate new ones. “We wanted to make sure that we did whatever could be done…

Living Art

Greg Lee, CEO of 1st Look Exteriors, combined his two greatest passions — plants and art — to create a niche business that’s so unique he’s the only licensed contractor of his kind in the state. 1st Look Exteriors designs…

Manoa Heritage Center

Pulling into the driveway of the Manoa Heritage Center, a visitor could be forgiven for thinking that Kualii, the stately home of Sam and Mary Cooke, was the centerpiece of the museum. This Tudor mansion, built of locally quarried lava…

Growing a Workforce, STEM by STEM

The Ke Alahele Education Fund has awarded more than $286,000 over three years to projects geared at building a Maui workforce focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The Maui Economic Development Board launched the fund in 2006 with $27,000…

Tech-Startup Lessons

When Ben Leong graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in digital animation, he was determined to live and work in Hawaii – even if that meant creating his own company. He and UH classmate Michael Varley founded…

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