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Downtown free public parking lots now require a fee

Kailua-Kona’s downtown public parking on Hualalai Road no longer is free, forcing the longtime downtown farmerʻs market to have to relocate and causing medical personnel of the Hawaiʻi Island Community Health Center to desperately seek alternative affordable parking.

Queens’ Marketplace to celebrate Halloween with HalloQueen event

Halloween festivities are coming up as the Queens’ Marketplace’s HalloQueen event returns on Oct. 31.

Hilo International Airport to lose last direct flight to U.S. Mainland

On Jan. 7, 2023, United Airline is cutting its Hilo to Los Angeles service, leaving Hilo International Airport with only inter-island flights.

Report: State of Hawaiʻi has highest earning hotel businesses in country

State of Hawaiʻi hotel businesses make the most revenue overall in the country, with each business raking in $25.8 million on average per year, according to Hotel Tech Report.

Hawaiian Home Lands to offer revocable permits for three 100-acre parcels in Honomū

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will offer revocable permits for three 100-acre parcels in Homonū as part of a pilot program.

USPS debuts new same-day/next-day delivery options on Big Island

The US Postal Service launched its new USPS Connect delivery services at 15 Post Offices across Hawaiʻi today, including the Kamuela, Pahoa and Kailua-Kona Post Offices on the Big Island.

Boutique brokerage celebrates 10 years in Hawai‘i County and neighboring islands

Last month, LUVA Real Estate, a boutique brokerage, luxury vacation rental, and long-term management company, celebrated 10 years in business.

What’s the Forecast for Hawai‘i’s Economic Recovery with Looming U.S. Recession?

You might have heard that when the United States economy goes one direction, about six months later Hawai‘i’s economy follows suit.

Vibrant Hawaiʻi Announces Economic Development Strategy Micro-Investments

Several Big Island businesses and organizations are getting a financial boost to help fund pilot ideas or scale up concepts.

New Dining Options Open at Queens’ Marketplace Food Court

New dining options have arrived at the Queens’ Marketplace food court: Waikoloa Shrimp Co., Island Greens, Waikoloa Pizza and Hawaii Kind.

UHERO Economic Forecast For First Quarter of 2022 Optimistic

A University of Hawaiʻi organization is optimistic about the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, predicting a broader recovery in the first several months of 2022 in its March report.

Big Island Businesses on Board With Decision to Lift COVID Restrictions

Businesses in downtown Hilo have struggled since the beginning of the pandemic and onset of restrictions. Some pivoted and made changes to their operations to weather the storm.

Artisan Market Sets up in The Brew Block This Sunday

Nihilo Artisan Market, a bi-monthly event that strives to stimulate the creative community in Hawai’i, is hosting an Art Walk from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 in the Brew Block, 74-5599 Pawai Place in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaiian Airlines Offers Travel Waivers Due to Intense, Protracted Storms

Changes can be made by phone, text or via Hawaiian Airlines website.

HTA Issues RFP for MCI Marketing and Management Services

The new contract will engage these services for four years, with an option for a fifth year.

KCH Looks to Grow Staff Through Specialty Hires, New Accredited Program

With COVID-19 cases on the steady decline, Kona Community Hospital is looking at long-term solutions to expand and bolster its workforce.

American Job Center Hawaiʻi to Host Free, Virtual Job Fair Thursday

The American Job Center Hawaiʻi will host a free virtual Job Fair on Thursday.

Kona Commons to Host Artisan Market in November

More than 55 vendors from around the island will offer a variety of products to shoppers.

September Visitor Spending in Hawai´i Down 15% From Pre-Pandemic Total

Through the first nine months of 2021, total visitor spending was $9.03 billion. This was a decrease of 32.1 percent from the $13.30 billion spent through the first nine months of 2019.

Hawaii Hotels Report September 2021

Hawaii hotels statewide reported substantially higher revenue per available room, average daily rate, and occupancy in September 2021 compared to September 2020.
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