Hawaii Business’ Most Popular Stories of 2021

Here’s what got the most traffic on our website, our twice-daily newsletter Today’s Hawai‘i News and our social media.
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With all the changes in the labor market, it is not surprising that the most popular story of the year on our website was the feature on Hawai‘i’s 2021 Best Places to Work. The other popular stories in 2021 covered everything from surfing to real estate to philanthropy.

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These stories were all posted to hawaiibusiness.com between Nov. 1, 2020, and Oct. 31, 2021, and are ranked by most page views. Some are popular annual features like our 20 for the Next 20, while others are interesting one-time articles.

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  1. Hawai‘i’s Best Places to Work 2021
  2. Black Girls Surf
  3. 3 Factors Shift Hawai‘i’s Real Estate into Overdrive
  4. Blockbuster “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is Coming to Honolulu
  5. Most Popular Baby Names In Hawai‘i Change
  6. Bypassing the Bitcoin Blockade
  7. The Statewide Effort to Turn Filmmaking into Hawai‘i’s Next $1 Billion Industry
  8. How Nine Women Broke Through Tech’s Glass Ceiling
  9. Hawaiʻi’s 20 for the Next 20, People to Watch 2021
  10. Hawaiʻi’s Top 250 Companies 2021
  11. 20 for the Next 20: Aki Marceau
  12. Here’s How Hawai‘i Plans to Expand its Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  13. Investing in People, Companies and the ʻĀina
  14. 20 for the Next 20: Doug Johnstone
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  16. 20 for the Next 20: Jamie Cheng
  17. Connie Lau Retiring, Scott Seu to be CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries
  18. Construction Industry Still a Bright Spot for Hawaiʻi Economy During Pandemic
  19. 20 for the Next 20: Neill Char
  20. Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies 2020


Today’s Hawai‘i News, AM and PM

Here are this year’s most popular stories from our twice-daily newsletter that summarizes the top stories from all of Hawai‘i’s top news media.

Today’s Hawai‘i News, both AM and PM, is read by tens of thousands of people every day. It is ideal for busy people who want to keep up with local news but don’t have the time to read all the local news websites. So we check them for you, summarize the top items and provide links to the original reports in case you want to learn more.

Subscribe to THN at hawaiibusiness.com/newsletter.

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Here are the top 12 stories from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2021, based on how many people clicked on the summary links to read the full stories.

1. Sept. 30: Covid outbreaks at workplaces on O‘ahu, Maui led to nearly 40 infections, source Hawaii News Now, 6.62% of readers clicked the link to read the original report.

2. July 9: How Neighbor Islands are working to address overtourism in Hawai‘i, Civil Beat.

3, tie. Aug. 28: Seeking greater opportunities, more Hawai‘i families pack up for the Mainland, Hawaii News Now.

3, tie. Aug. 27: Green warns of “life-preserving restrictions” looming as city deploys mortuary trailer to morgue, Hawaii News Now.

5. Oct. 1: Hawai‘i working on plan to invite back visitors, Star-Advertiser.

6. Oct. 1: First humpback whale of the season spotted off of Maui, KITV4.

7. July 13: Gov. David Ige to maintain Covid guidelines as Isle businesses grow frustrated, Star-Advertiser.

8. Sept. 29: U.S. bans swimming with Hawaiʻi’s nocturnal spinner dolphins, Hawai‘i Public Radio.

9, tie. Sept. 29: Biden nominates Hawai‘i Attorney General Clare Connors to serve as U.S. attorney, Star-Advertiser.

9, tie. Oct. 1: No rush in Hawai‘i for Covid booster shots as vaccination rates continue to climb, Star-Advertiser.

9, tie. Sept. 29: Rule banning swimming with spinner dolphins goes into effect Oct. 28, West Hawaii Today.

12. Sept. 28: Biden nominates Hawai‘i AG Connors to be U.S. attorney, Civil Beat.


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Social Media

Here are the top posts over the past 12 months on each of the social media platforms we use.

Facebook: Big Island Candies inducted into Hawaii Small Business Hall of Fame: 2,851 reach.

LinkedIn: Carissa Moore 20 for the next 20 profile: 10,112 impressions. The item was reposted after she won gold at the Olympics.

Instagram: A giveaway reel based on our 2021 Best Places to Work: 38,636 reach.

Twitter: Khara Jabola-Carolus’ profile for 20 for the Next 20: 8,483 impressions.



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