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Hawaii-based SystemMetrics has a launched a new cloud product that it’s describing as the office of the future. SystemMetrics, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco Inc. (Nasdaq: HCOM), released a virtual desktop interface service that essentially creates a PC experience without the PC, and instead stores and operates everything in the cloud. Using VDI, employees can access their workspace from any device connected to the Internet. For instance, say an employee begins writing a memo or drawing…
McDonald’s presence in Hawaii has grown by five restaurants in the past six months, taking its total number of restaurants in the Islands to 76. More than 4,600 people are employed by McDonald’s restaurants in Hawaii, and 600 more work in McDonald’s restaurants in Guam and Saipan. “McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii is always looking for opportunities to expand, as well as enhance our current restaurant experiences within our communities on every island,” McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii…
Hawaiian Electric Co., which flipped the switch on smart meters for 5,200 customers on Oahu as part of a pilot program late last year, has had fewer than 1 percent of customers opt out, the head of the Honolulu-based utility said Wednesday. The smart meter installations, part of HECO’s grid modernization effort, are part of the first phase of a plan that would develop smart grids across Oahu, in Maui County and on the Big Island by 2018. HECO President and CEO Alan Oshima, a keynote speaker at…
Hawaii wedding, flowers and event planning business Wave USA Inc., will return $35,000 in back wages and damages to 25 employees after the company was found to violate federal labor standards, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday. The Wage and Hour Division's Honolulu District Office found that eight Japan nationals, who entered Hawaii through an approved J-1 visa training program, were paid as little as $4 an hour, violating the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Another 17 employees were not…
Both restaurants at the Volcano House hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island will be closed at least until Thursday following a kitchen fire that sent one hotel employee to the hospital. The fire occurred Tuesday morning. Park rangers, Hawaii County medics and engine 19 responded to the fire alarms and calls to park dispatch around 10:30 a.m. The hotel employee, 42-year-old Tony Pothul, received burns to his upper arms and face. He is in stable condition at a hospital on Oahu,…
The number of candidates for the chief executive job at Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state's tourism marketing agency, has been narrowed down to seven. Aaron Sala, chairman of the board of the HTA, said at its monthly board meeting Wednesday that the state agency had received 23 applications for the job. The executive search committee narrowed it to seven, interviewed them and is ready to narrow the field to three. He said the committee is waiting for board member L. Richard Fried Jr, who was…
The University of Hawaii on Wednesday named its new athletic director — Hawaii Bowl executive director David Matlin. The former UH athletics department employee has run the Hawaii Bowl and the Diamond Head Classic for about seven years. Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman selected Matlin from a pool of about 70 candidates. Insurance executive Keith Amemiya emerged as a second leading candidate alongside Matlin. Matlin said at a press conference Wednesday that he plans to find ways to work with his…
Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai, is sticking to its ambitious goal of becoming the first islands in the United States to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa, a speaker at the Wednesday kickoff of the Maui Energy Conference, noted that other islands elsewhere have gone off the grid, including islands in the Caribbean. “The goal is real and attainable, using proven technology, including wind, solar and storage,” he said. “It’s about…
Hawaiian Electric Co. must be at the forefront when it comes to technology, President and CEO Alan Oshima said Wednesday at the Maui Energy Conference. “I think when we fell behind is when we reacted to technology,” said Oshima, who, along with NextEra Energy Hawaii President Eric Gleason, was a keynote speaker on the opening day of the conference. “Whatever decision we make now will be second guessed six months from now. New technologies will emerge, and we have to make smart, informed decisions…
Hawaii had 661,747 visitors in February, a 2.3 percent rise from the the same month a year before, but visitor spending dropped 4.3 percent to $1.19 billion, according to the preliminary visitor statistics released Wednesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. In February, the average length of the stay was 9.26 days, a 0.1 percent decrease from 2013, and per-person per-day spending was $193.80. a 6.4 percent drop. Total visitors by air increased 3 percent, led by an 8.8 percent jump from West Coast…


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