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Alan Oshima, the incoming head of Hawaiian Electric Co., will be a community-focused leader, and plans to be pounding the pavement meeting and working with the stakeholders and community members, much like former HECO Executive Vice President Robbie Alm did, before he retired last year. Oshima, 67, a veteran utility and telecommunications executive who joined HECO’s executive team in May after serving as executive vice president for corporate and community advancement at parent Hawaiian Electric…
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The Candidate Advisory Council for the University of Hawaii Board of Regents on Tuesday released a list of 14 candiates for four vacant seats on the governing board of the state’s largest university system. The candidates will be presented to Gov. Neil Abercrombie for interim appointments that will then be subject to confirmation by the Senate. The council is still accepting applications for one seat for the City and County of Honolulu and one seat for Maui County, for five-year-appointments that…
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Hawaiian Airlines will become the first commercial airline to install Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband for flight deck applications on its Boeing 767-300s. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings (Nasdaq: HA), will use Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, data messages, live electronic flight bag updates and airline operational communication voice and data. Inmarsat and the Federal Aviation Administration…
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Hawaiian Electric Co. is, once again, asking its Oahu customers to use less electricity Tuesday evening, especially between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., as Hawaii's hot and muggy weather drives up air conditioning use and demand for electricity more than normal, and because a power plant operated by Kalaeloa Partners, an independent power producer, is out of service due to unexpected repairs. Additionally, the state’s largest electric utility says that the light winds mean that there is little power being…
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Hawaiian Electric Co. expects to save about $22.2 million next year as a result of its fuel supply contract changes, which amounts to about $2.15 monthly savings for a typical residential customer, the state’s largest electric utility said in its application to Hawaii regulators late last week. Hawaiian Electric announced earlier this month that it is not renewing its fuel supply contract with Hawaii Independent Energy, the former Tesoro Hawaii operation and subsidiary of Houston-based Par Petroleum,…
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As the saying goes, no job is over until the paperwork is through, so we're extending the deadline for our Business Leadership Hawaii awards to help folks finish their nomination applications. Businesses now have until this Friday, to get their nominations in. For more information, click here. To recap, each year, PBN's Business Leadership Hawaii honors: The American Savings Bank Businessperson of the Year A nonprofit organization for the Cades Schutte - The Cades Foundation Nonprofit Leadership…
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First Wind Solar Group, which is planning to develop large solar energy farms in Hawaii, may cancel these plans if approvals don’t happen in the first six months of 2015 to give it enough time to move ahead before a crucial federal tax credit ends in 2016, the head of the Boston-based firm’s Hawaii operations told PBN. “The projects will get canceled and substantial amounts of money the developers put at risk would be lost,” said Wren Wescoatt, development manager for First Wind Hawaii.…
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday signed into law three bills that are meant to thwart the homeless problem in Waikiki, and while two leaders of the the local retail community are lauding the decision, one cautions that the laws need to be enforced with “grace.” The laws, misdemeanors, prohibit people using the sidewalks as toilets, and make it illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks in Waikiki. “I think it’s great,” said Sheri Sakamoto, president of Retail Merchants of Hawaii. “It…
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Hawaiian Electric Co. has selected finalists for a project to supply and deliver to the state’s largest electric utility hundreds of tons of liquefied natural gas to be used as a replacement fuel for power generation across Hawaii, the incoming head of the Honolulu-based company told PBN Tuesday in his first media interview since being named president and CEO. Alan Oshima, who will assume this role on Oct. 1, replacing Richard Rosenblum, who is retiring, said that HECO is getting close to naming…
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Hawaii business executives got the chance to tee it up with golf professionals from the PGA Champions Tour at Acura Hawaii’s Charity Pro-Am golf tournament at Ko Olina Golf Club in advance of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, which starts on Friday. The pros who played in Monday’s pro-am included Dave Eichelberger, Fred Funk, Jeff Maggert and Scott Simpson. The tournament's beneficiaries were Special Olympics Hawaii and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii. Click on the photo for a slideshow.




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