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American Savings Bank volunteers to clean up area near new Honolulu campus
American Savings Bank and 135 of its employees, including CEO Richard Wacker and executive vice president and chief administrative officer Beth Whitehead, planned to spend their Saturday removing graffiti, painting and removing trash in the area near its proposed new corporate campus near Downtown Honolulu. The event is part of the bank’s volunteer and service program, which it calls Seeds of Service. Whitehead said giving back to the community is one of the core expectations of its employees. “Seeds…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:11:06 +0000

Is Hawaii the 'Aole State' on the Thirty Meter Telescope?
We've been reporting on the Thirty Meter Telescope, which was supposed to have begun construction recently on the Big Island of Hawaii's Mauna Kea, and on the opposition to the $1.4 billion project. We posted a Business Pulse survey on the topic, asking readers if they supported or opposed the observatory — interestingly, in the way that sometimes happens with open-ended online polls, the results suddenly swung from supportive to opposed. This, and a couple other aspects of the controversy, caught…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:00:38 +0000

SunEdison plans to start construction on first of five major Oahu solar farms this year
SunEdison Inc., one of the largest solar energy companies in the United States, plans to begin construction on the first of five major solar farms on Oahu in the second half of this year, with the other four being built through 2016, a company executive in the Hawaii office told PBN Friday. Earlier this year, California-based SunEdison and its power plant holding firm, TerraForm Power Inc., completed its$2.4 billion acquisition of Boston-based First Wind, which gave the company ownership of five…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:56:59 +0000

Mall of America owner may be eyeing Hawaii for possible mega-mall project
The developer, owner and manager of the top three mega-malls in North America, including the Mall of America in Minnesota, may be eyeing Hawaii for the possible development of a new mega-mall or other type of project, a former company executive confirmed to PBN. Cindy Clark, a former executive for Triple Five Worldwide Group of Cos. who handled leasing deals for the company’s malls and other properties, told PBN Friday that she has reached out to her former company to see if they could possibly…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:56:33 +0000

New Hawaii law bans use of e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited
Smokers in Hawaii soon will no longer be allowed to use e-cigarettes in workplaces and other public places where traditional cigarette and tobacco smoking is already illegal under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. David Ige. House Bill 940, or Act 19, upholds the smoke-free workplace and public places law enacted in 2006, which designated smoke-free areas around the state. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Hawaii is now the fourth state in the country to pass such legislation, after North Dakota,…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:52:43 +0000

​Hawaii could be first in nation to make tobacco, cigarette sales illegal to under-21 crowd
Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill blocking the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. Senate Bill 1030 would make Hawaii the first state in the nation to prohibit tobacco sales to individuals younger than the legal drinking age. Gov. David Ige may sign the bill into law, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. If signed into law, the measure would take effect Jan. 1, 2016. "I am pleased that the state has included e-cigarettes as part…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:45:46 +0000

Energy startup wins New York Business Plan Competition
A Cornell University team won the top honor Friday at the New York Business Plan Competition, one of the largest student competitions in the Northeast. UMA Bioseed, an energy and sustainability company started by Cornell students, received $100,000 in funding and in-kind services at the sixth annual business plan competition. The event, held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, drew students from 37 colleges and universities in the state, including several in the Albany region. Area schools…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:38:26 +0000

Jeni's finds more listeria contamination, including in its kitchen
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has found listeria in more of its products and in its Columbus production kitchen. The Columbus-based maker and seller of artisan ice creams posted a statement Friday evening updating the public on the listeria contamination issue it disclosed this week when it closed its stores and issued a recall for all its products. “Early testing suggests that listeria was present in other pints from the same batch as the pint that tested positive for listeria,” CEO John Lowe…

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:18:54 +0000

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