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Waikiki set a new occupancy record of 87.5 percent for the month of September, a 1.4 percentage-point rise from the same a month in 2013 according to data released by Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc. During the month, Waikiki had an average daily rate of $216.15, a 5.8 percent gain from the year before, and a revenue per available room of $189.13, a 7.5 percent increase. Oahu hotels performed well due to a 4.5 percent increase in visitor arrivals and a 9.9 percent gain in honeymoons and 4.1…
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Air Canada rouge, the low-fare subsidiary of Air Canada, launched its first flight from Vancouver to Honolulu on Friday, with a scheduled arrival of 9:40 p.m. Air Canada rouge will begin flying a Vancouver to Kahului, Maui, flight starting in December. Both flights, which use Boeing 767 aircraft, have an air seat capacity of 280 passengers, and will fly seasonally from November 2014 through April 2015. A Toronto to Honolulu route also is expected to begin flying in November and will operate twice…
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The city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most expensive place in the U.S. to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in the country and Honolulu ranks second, according to consumer financial website NerdWallet. The site says a survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation found that the national average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 is $49.41. The meal includes a turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped…
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And so ... the Madness ends! PBN's 2014 Book of Lists Brand Madness, that is. We started out on September 26 with 64 companies competing for your affection in a series of online polls. Eight weeks, dozens of bad puns and tens of thousands of votes later, one company has emerged victorious. Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union won the final on Friday morning. The credit union scored 52 percent of the vote over Nordic PCL Construction Inc. "That's fantastic!" said Kristopher C. Kono, vice president,…
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William A. Jensen, CEO of Denver-based Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., has resigned from his position citing personal reasons, according to a statement from the company, which is the operator of Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui. The company said it had hired Thomas F. Marano as the company's new CEO, effective immediately. "Intrawest is well positioned to continue to build on the success and progress the entire team has made over the past five years and most recently since our IPO earlier this year,"…
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The newly renovated, brightly-lit Makai Market Food Court at Ala Moana Center is a big hit with both diners and restaurant owners alike, but Tina Salva Cruz, who was sitting with a friend Friday at one of the food court's new tables, had a question. "It's flashy," she said of the multi-million dollar renovation. "But my first reaction, was 'Why white?'" Indeed, the new renovation is a stark contrast to the older, darker food court. Now, a skylight lets in plenty of Hawaii sunshine and the floors…
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Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. officially started construction Friday on its $50 million, 400 Keawe mixed-use project in the Honolulu neighborhood of Kakaako, which includes 95 units and 10,000-square-feet of commercial space on the ground floor of a low-rise tower. Located on the corner of Keawe and Auahi streets on a 1.5-acre site, the six-story project will include 75 market-priced and 20 reserved housing units in one- to three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 581 square feet to 1,327 square…
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The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has introduced a new fellowship award specifically for Native Hawaiian artists. Each awardee may earn up to $20,000 for their dance, music, traditional or visual arts projects. Although NACF has provided fellowship opportunities for Native Hawaiian, American Indian and Alaska Native artists in the past, the foundation is excited to partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the new fellowship geared specifically for Hawaiians. "We're really trying to…
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Walgreens plans to open its 20th store in Hawaii on the ground floor of an office building across from the Honolulu Design Center, a spokesman for the nation's largest drugstore chain confirmed to PBN. No other information regarding the new store was available, although Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) was recently issued a $250,000 building permit by the City and County of Honolulu for space No. 105 at 615 Piikoi St., which is 3,694 square feet. Honolulu-based DKKY Architecture Studio Inc. is the architect…
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Kate Spade New York plans to unveil the first phase of its renovation at its store at Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki on Saturday The store has remained open during the three-month renovation, which added 670 square feet of shopping space to the store, which specializes in high-end clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags for women. The second phase of the renovation will revamp the facade of the Kate Spade New York, along with the rest of the 3,600-square-foot space to match the new addition,…



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