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January 09, 2012

Economic Recovery Reflected in First Hawaiian’s Q4 Growth

Underscoring the state's continued economic recovery, the First Hawaiian Bank Business Activity Report (BAR) showed an 8.9% increase in fourth quarter "same store sales" over the comparable period of 2011.
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April 18, 2011

Hawaii’s 9th Worst State Business Tax Stifling Recovery

Last week the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) published the "Business Tax Index 2011: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business” and Hawaii ranked 43rd out of 51, including the District of Columbia.
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April 10, 2011

First Hawaiian Bank Signals Recovery with Business Up First Quarter

Reporting a 10.17 percent increase over last year, First Hawaiian Bank’s strength is signaling a recovery in the making.
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October 01, 2010

Mayoral Forum focuses on business and economic recovery

A Mayoral Business and Economic forum takes place tonight (Friday, October 1, 2010)—featuring incumbent Mayor Charmaine Tavares and former Mayor Alan Arakawa.  The live televised event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, the Maui Contractor’s Association, and the Realtors Association... Read more »
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October 01, 2010

Visitor arrivals on the upswing with Maui arrivals up 10 percent

(Posted by Wendy Osher) The state’s visitor industry is showing signs of economic recovery.  Visitor arrivals in August increased 11.8 percent and spending increased 30 percent compared to last year.  That translates to an additional $250 million in visitor spending for Hawaii’s successful summer travel season. The positive performance is being attributed in part to... Read more »
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September 29, 2010

Third place primary finisher Piltz backs Arakawa in mayoral bid

By Wendy Osher The third place finisher in the primary race for Mayor has announced his support for one of the candidates advancing to the general election in November.  Retired electrical contractor Randy Piltz, who was among the 11 primary candidates in the crowded race for mayor, is now backing Alan Arakawa saying his beliefs... Read more »
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September 14, 2010

VIDEO: Leading democratic gubernatorial candidates exchange words in Maui town hall meeting

By Wendy Osher The leading democratic candidates in the gubernatorial election squared off on Maui in a town hall meeting held tonight at the Iao Theatre in Wailuku.  Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann spent an hour answering questions posed by the audience on issues including Civil Unions, Energy Independence, the Economy, Native Hawaiian Issues, the... Read more »
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September 03, 2010

VIDEO: Economic recovery on Maui underway, marked by tourism rebound

By Wendy Osher Maui’s economic picture is marked by an impressive tourism industry rebound, according to First Hawaiian Bank economic advisor and Hawaii Pacific University professor Dr. Leroy Laney, who was the featured speaker at the 36th Annual First Hawaiian Bank Economic Outlook Forum, held at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului on Thursday. “Barring... Read more »
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August 20, 2010

VIDEO: Charmaine Tavares Mayoral Candidate Profile, Decision 2010 MauiNOW.com

Charmaine Tavares, 2010 candidate for Maui Mayor, Transcript: Introduction: Aloha, I’m Charmaine Tavares and I’m seeking re-election to the office of Mayor for the county of Maui.  I’ve spent the past three and a half years being your mayor since 2007.  We’ve had some really tough times and I plan to continue working on economic recovery for... Read more »
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July 29, 2010

June 2010 Visitor report has positive news for Maui and state

Visitor industry officials say they see signs of a healthy summer travel season.  The state’s Visitor count is on the rise with Maui, Kauai and the Big Island benefitting from a 7.3 percent increase in visitors from the U.S. West.  More than half of those visitors spent their entire stay on the neighbor islands in... Read more »
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June 21, 2010

Governor’s potential veto list includes Civil Unions Bill

Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature a list of 39 bills that she is considering for potential vetoes, including the controversial Civil Union Bill (HB444). Reasons given for potential vetos include significant negative impacts on the public, legal or constitutional concerns, potential unintended consequences, and technical flaws in the legislation. Any bill... Read more »
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March 26, 2010

Hawaii Recovery Takes Hold according to UHERO Economic Forecast

Hawai’i’s economic recovery has begun according to the latest economic    forecast released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. The Spring report says employment is stabilizing, with many sectors expected to add modest numbers of jobs as the year progresses. While growth is resuming, the pace of recovery—according to the report—will be slow. ... Read more »
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June 01, 2009

HAWAII STATE WORKERS FURLOUGHED UNDER BUDGET PLAN

Beginning July 1st, and continuing for the next two years, the governor is implementing three furlough days per month for all state employees.  It’s one part of a three part economic recovery plan that also includes delaying the payment of large bills until July, and scaling back free Medicaid benefits to low-income adults. Lingle said... Read more »
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