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Biz Quickies: Storing Energy, Watching Whales, Filling Rooms

February 14, 2014, 4:15 PM HST (Updated February 14, 2014, 4:17 PM)
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Energy Storage Market Eyed
The state, Hawaii County and Hawaii Electric Light Co. are partners in a project to attract companies interested in testing pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona, Pacific Business News reported. The worldwide market for wind and solar energy storage systems is expected to grow from about $150 million annually in 2013 to $10.3 billion over the next 10 years.

Whale Watching
Body Glove Cruises guarantees a whale sighting or your next trip is free. Cruises are led by natualist and lifeguard-trained crews, including food, beverages and equipment.

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Whale Watching Hilo-side
On the East side, Kalapana Cultural Tours‘ Whales and Waterfalls tour takes visitors along Hilo’s historic coastline toward Onomea Bay for whale-watching and waterfall exploration.

Hotels Hike Rates, Fill Rooms

Big Island hotels reversed a recent trend of rising rates and falling occupancies in the week of Feb. 2-8, recording an 8.8% increase in average daily room rates to $224.11, and a 2.8% increase in occupancy to 82%. In Hawaii, only Kauai joined the Big Island with increases in both occupancy and rates for the week, according to Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, reported in Pacific Business News.

Puna B&B Special
Until the end of April, Ala Kai Bed & Breakfast, located at Kaloli Point in Puna, is offering a fifth night free when booking five nights or more. Stays in the B&B’s Bamboo, Aloha Room and Aloha Suite come with daily breakfast including local fruit, beverages and Kona coffee.

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