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Hawaii Energy, an energy conservation and efficiency program funded by ratepayers, is starting a $2.1 million auction to find out just how innovative and cost-effective the market can be when it comes to helping residents and businesses save energy. The “Hawaii Energy Efficiency Auction” is open to contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies, energy vendors and property managers to submit qualified energy efficiency projects to compete for up to $2.1…
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Hawaii has the most diverse airline network than it has ever had and is drawing interest from numerous markets and airlines, which makes the state less vulnerable to major swings in the travel market. But Hawaii could be seeing another change in the air service cycle, said Brad DiFiore, cofounder and managing partner of Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting. DiFiore, who spoke at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference last week, said Hawaii has a typical air service cycle that starts with rising room…
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The Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator, a small-business incubator created to help grow green-energy startups, on Friday opened its headquarters in Downtown Honolulu, which was funded by Hawaiian Electric Industries with $250,000. The 2,100-square-foot space on the fifth floor of the Cades Schutte Building at 1000 Bishop St. is designed to be a co-working, collaborative space for the Energy Excelerator team, its startups and industry stakeholders. “We were at the Manoa Innovation Center, but entrepreneurs…
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Hawaii can be an attractive travel destination for Millennials because the Islands can offer cultural education, physical activity and wellness, something young travelers find irresistible, said Jeff Yang, senior vice president of The Futures Company, which covers the changing landscape of media and technology and their impact on society. “Travel is a Millennial rite of passage,” Yang said, who delivered the afternoon keynote at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference. Of the $1.09 trillion spent…
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Marriott Vacations Worldwide is in negotiations to sell its Kauai Lagoons project, one of the largest Hawaii construction projects to be stalled by the Great Recession, to Hawaii developer Ed Bushor for $60 million. Bushor, who also purchased, through a partnership with marine artist Wyland, the iconic Naniloa Volcanoes Resort on the Big Island late last year, confirmed to PBN on Friday that he is in negotiations with Marriott Vacations Worldwide for the Kauai Lagoons purchase. He says he plans…
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Hawaii's tourism industry will not do as well as it had originally expected, but it still is on pace to do better than 2013, Hawaii Tourism Authority officials said this week. During an address at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center on Thursday, David Uchiyama, vice president, brand management of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said HTA had originally targeted 8,443,500 total visitor arrivals for 2014 but has revised the number to 8,250,937, a 0.9 percent increase from…
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Jim Murphy, a Chicago native and nonprofit veteran, has been named executive director of the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Murphy most recently worked with the American Cancer Society at Hawaii Health Systems, following a move here from Chicago about a year ago. “It’s a great organization that does a lot of amazing work,” he said about Habitat for Humanity. “Now that I’ve taken the helm, I was hoping to work with as many families as we can to help them get to their dream of homeownership.” Murphy…
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University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor Karl Kim, executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, has been named chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. Kim, who is a disaster preparedness expert, will lead the consortium to develop and deliver training and educational programs to help first responders prepare for natural disasters and terrorist attacks across the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to further integrate the research being conducted…
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The IHOP restaurant at Windward Mall on Oahu will serve its last "Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity" pancake plate on Monday, a spokesman for the chain said Friday. After more than seven years, the restaurant and Kamehameha Schools, which owns the mall, agreed to an early termination of the lease, IHOP spokesman Andrew Sato told PBN. Sato said that the mail wants to go “in a different direction” and that IHOP plans to open another restaurant in another location. A Windward Mall spokeswoman did not…
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Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $1.7 million in state funds for repairs and upgrades to the East-West Center's campus next to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a matching federal grant from the U.S. Department of State will double the amount available for the work to $3.4 million, the governor's office said Friday. The funds will be used for improvements to Imin Conference Center, Jefferson Hall, John A. Burns Hall, Hale Manoa, Hale Kuahine, Lincoln Hall, and the installation of a "smart"…




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