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The general partners of early-stage investment fund mbloom and the president of the Hawaii State Development Corporation addressed questions from the local tech community regarding conflict of interest in a town hall meeting at Box Jelly in Kakaako on Thursday night. The speakers, Karl Fooks, president of the HSDC and general partners of mbloom, Arben Kryeziu and Nick Bicanic, blamed themselves for poor communication, and the crowd demanded answers on mbloom's investment process and disclosure. Maui-based…
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Here is a closer look at the first column of the $5.16 billion elevated rail project, at the future Hoopili Station in East Kapolei. According to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, it features images depicting the flow of the wind, coral, sea salt beds, the ulu tree, rain and the sun rising over Puukapolei—the hill from which Kapolei gets its name. HART intends for the eight columns of each of the system's 21 stations to be similarly embossed with images reflecting that area's history…
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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Friday that it has collected $1.3 billion in General Excise Tax surcharge revenue so far to pay for Honolulu’s $5.16 billion elevated rail project, including $49.5 million that it received during the second quarter of 2014. The half-percent surcharge on the GET is expected to pay for about 70 percent of the rail’s cost. During the second quarter of 2013, HART collected about $50.3 million, said Dan Grabauskas, the CEO and executive director…
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Dan Brinkman has been selected by the East Hawaii Regional Board of Hawaii Health Systems Corp. as Howard Ainsley’s interim replacement as CEO of the system's East Hawaii region. Brinkman will start his new position on Aug. 1. Ainsley will assist with the transition until his departure on Aug. 9. Brinkman will oversee the HHSC region, which includes hale Hoola Hamakua, Kau Hospital and Hilo Medical Center, the third largest hospital in the state for the last six years. “I’m honored and humbled…
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A French battery maker has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to provide a battery energy storage system for the Lihue-based utility’s $54 million, 12-megawatt Anahola Solar project, which started construction late last month. Saft, one of the top designers and manufacturers of advanced technology batteries, will be providing eight battery units, which will help stabilize the electrical grid against intermittent fluctuations that may happen with non-firm…
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Hawaii restaurateur Pat Kashani is expanding his Tropics restaurant and bar concept to the Big Island with a location set to open Monday evening within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, he told PBN on Friday. The new Tropics Ale House, which is located next to Roy’s and Merriman’s restaurants on the Waikoloa Beach Golf Course, will employ about 30 people. The restaurant and bar will include pupu and entree items featuring local ingredients with a draft beer system pouring 24 different types of suds. Kashani,…
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Honolulu Fitness Center, which opened its first facility in East Oahu about two years ago, is expanding to Downtown Honolulu with its second location, the general manager told PBN. Honolulu Fitness Center’s new 10,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open on September 15 on the second floor of 1146 Fort Street Mall across from Subway. Gary Alvarado, GM of the center, said that it will include Life Fitness free weights, elliptical and cardio fitness machines, a juice bar, sauna, steam room,…
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Hawaii Dairy Farms, a planned 578-acre dairy on Kauai’s South Shore being funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Ulupono Initiative, has decided to conduct its operation in phases with a smaller first phase after hearing community concerns. The grass-fed dairy, which at full-scale, will double statewide milk production, said Friday that in its application to the Hawaii Department of Health, it will start its first phase with between 650 and 699 cows, instead of 1,800 cows as originally proposed. The…
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This week, PBN looks at how local firm Group 70 won the bid to master plan a $3 billion Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort, commissioned by the French Polynesian government. The architect used several local contractors on the project, including Joseph Toy, president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors LLC. He assisted and provided advisory services on market and economic analyses. PBN asked him about airlift, and he had some interesting thoughts on the matter. Tahiti Mahana Beach Resort is on the same island…
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According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, in 2009 there were about 7,800 nonprofit organizations in the state of Hawaii. With so many nonprofits doing so many different services for the community, it’s hard to say if a few could do the job of many. “One of the main characteristics that’s shared in the nonprofit sector in Hawaii, is an extreme level of isolation and fragmentation,” said Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of Hawaii Community Foundation, at a PBN nonprofit panel…




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