Our Best-Read Stories of the Year

Our December print issue is the time we look back at the previous 12 months and rank our most popular stories on our website, in our Today’s Hawai‘i News email newsletter and on our social media.
Here at the top 15 stories at hawaiibusiness.com, based on page views through Oct. 31:
  1. Policing Hawaii’s Illegal Vacation Rentals,” from the December 2018 issue. 17,126 page views, with the highest average reading time among our top 15 stories: 7 minutes and 27 seconds.
  2. 20 for the Next 20: Hawaii’s People to Watch,” March, 14,052 page views
  3. The Downtown Honolulu Parking Guide,” online only, updated March, 13,216
  4. Best Places to Work,” April, 12,155
  5. CHANGE Report: Community & Economy,” February, 10,032
  6. Black Book 2018,” December 2018, 9,459
  7. Minimum Wage Dilemma,” January, 6,912
  8. CHANGE Report: Education,” March, 6,871
  9. CHANGE Report: Health,” April, 6,298
  10. Hawai‘i’s Local YouTube Stars,” December 2018, 4,878
  11. Top 100 in Real Estate,” June, 4,681
  12. Hawaii Venture Capital Award Winners and Finalists,” March, 3,709
  13. New State Law Imposes Fines for Fake Service Animals,” online only, December 2018, 2,788
  14. Top 250 Companies,” August, 2,164
  15. The Next Generation of Hawaiian Designers,” February, 2,002


Big News Stories

We also ranked the most popular stories in Today’s Hawai‘i News, our free twice-daily newsletter summarizing the top local news stories of the day. (Subscribe at hawaiibusiness.com/newsletter.) Each summary links to the original reporting from one or more of a dozen news sites and we counted the number of readers who clicked through to read the full story.

The most popular one-day news story so far this year was about Katherine Kealoha’s affair, which broke on Jan. 3 and was covered by Hawaii News Now and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The news sites split the 1,355 clicks from Today’s Hawai‘i News.

The story so far this year with the most clicks to a single article was a Honolulu Star-Advertiser piece about the state’s new crosswalk law, which took effect July 1. It garnered 1,053 clicks from Today’s Hawai‘i News.

Four stories about the Kealoha scandal were among the top 15 stories as measured by click-throughs so far this year.

There have been a lot of different stories about the Mauna Kea blockade but no one story made it near the top of this year’s list. However, in the first week (July 15-19) of the blockade, Mauna Kea stories totaled 3,577 clicks.

Other popular stories in Today’s Hawai‘i News so far this year:

  • Aug. 21: Stories in Hawaii News Now and KHON about homeless encampments on Diamond Head before a sweep, total of 1,110 clicks
  • June 10: Many condos in Kaka‘ako sit empty, covered by Civil Beat, 736 clicks
  • Feb. 22: Five doctors lose their licenses in an opioid crackdown, covered by Honolulu Star-Advertiser and KITV, 733 total clicks.


Tops on Social Media

Our most popular post on Facebook so far this year was tied to our 20 for the Next 20 profile of Diane Paloma in the March issue: Its impressions/reach was 6,610 and it was liked, shared or commented on 2,257 times.

No. 1 on Instagram was a video shot by Aaron Yoshino at the Hawaiian Chip Co. to accompany our January issue Parting Shot photograph: 6,915 impressions/reach and it was liked, shared or commented on 561 times.

Our No. 1 post on Twitter was tied to our CHANGE Report on Education in March issue, written by staff writer Noelle Fujii-Oride: 6,261 impressions/reach and it was liked, shared or commented on 2,257 times.

Leading on Linkedin was a post tied to our CHANGE Report on Government & Civic Engagement: 3,017 impressions/reach and it was liked, shared or commented on 177 times.

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