Fair Wind Cruises Celebrates 45 Years of Cruises with $4.50 Kona Coast Cruises

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises will celebrate 45 years of offering world-class ocean adventures on the breathtaking south Kona coast.

Fairwinds in KonaTo say mahalo to the community and visitors to Hawaii Island for their support, Fair Wind Cruises will be hosting a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day will go towards the Kahaluʻu Reef Teach Program committed to promoting reef etiquette to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem. Fair Wind Cruises will match the money raised on the day dollar-for-dollar.

Fairwind3In honor of the 45-year milestone, the day’s festivities will be just $4.50 including 45-minute cruises on the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai vessels. The boats will depart every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

fairwindFair Wind II passengers will have the chance to swim and play on the water slides and high-jump platform. Hula Kai passengers (minimum 5-years) will enjoy a scenic cruise along the Keauhou and Kona coastline with historical narrative throughout the journey.

Also on offer throughout the day:

  • Hot dogs, shave ice and refreshments.
  • Raffle drawings with prizes such as Fair Wind snorkel cruise certificates, shirts, hats and more.
  • Live music by Dennis Garcia.
  • Games and activities for the whole family.
  • Live broadcast by The BEAT 93.9.

The first 200 paid entrants will receive a free special edition Fair Wind Cruises trucker hat.

fairwind2Fair Wind Cruises was born from what was supposed to be a brief stopover in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific in 1971. The Dant family turned their passion into a lifetime of adventure and today, 45 years later, and several Dant generations later, Fair Wind is now one of Hawaii’s premier ocean activity companies.

For more information about Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration visit Fair-Wind.com/anniversary

  • WHAT: Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay, 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street Kailua-Kona
  • COST: $4.50 per person (toddlers under three free)
  • PARKING: Available on Kamehameha III Road. Link to map: https://www.fair-wind.com/directions/

INFORMATION: Call 808-322-2788 or visit:

https://www.fair-wind.com/anniversary/

Another Confirmed Case of Hepatitis A in an Oahu Food Service Worker

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today confirmed an additional case of hepatitis A in an Oahu food service worker. The infected case is an employee at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka restaurant, located at 801 Kaheka Street, Honolulu. The employee worked on July 21-23 and 26-30, and Aug. 2-6 and 9-11, 2016.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka restaurant

“Even though we’ve identified and work to confirm the likely source of the overall outbreak, we may continue to see new cases with hepatitis A infection like this person because of how long ago people would have been exposed,“ said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park.  “Our work to control further spread of disease is not yet over.”

DOH is providing this information to the public as a precaution in an attempt to prevent any new cases.  The likelihood that patrons of this business will become infected is very low. To date, DOH has confirmed a total of 206 cases of hepatitis A as part of this outbreak investigation. Updated case counts and information are provided each Wednesday along with a complete list of food service establishments who have had employees diagnosed with hepatitis A infection at the following link: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016/.

Vaccination provides the best protection from hepatitis A, so any person who consumed food or beverage products prepared or served at this business during the identified periods may want to contact their healthcare providers about receiving a vaccine or immune globulin (IG).  This may provide some protection against the disease if administered within two weeks after exposure. A statewide list of vaccinating pharmacies can be found at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2013/07/IMM_Adult_Resource_List.pdf, or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1

Help prevent the spread of hepatitis A by washing your hands often and thoroughly.  For more information on proper handwashing: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/dib/infectious-disease-surveillance/handwashing/.

7th Annual “Taste of Mauna Lani” Coming Soon

Mauna Lani Resort is happy to present the 7th Annual Taste of Mauna Lani, starting Monday, September 5, and continuing through Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Taste of Mauna LaniThe Shops at Mauna Lani, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i have partnered together to offer a variety of tantalizing and affordable menu selections showcasing the very best of Big Island Cuisine. Six of Mauna Lani Resort’s top restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner, ranging in price from $35 to $65.

A portion of the proceeds from each Taste of Mauna Lani dinner sold will be donated to Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. In addition, diners will receive a VIP Shopping Discount Card with special savings from participating Shops merchants including 50% off tickets for Kozy’s Magic and Comedy Show and a free 4D Adventure Ride.

Participating restaurants include: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Monstera Noodles & Sushi, The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, all at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Additionally, CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i are participating in Taste of Mauna Lani. Reservations are recommended.

County of Hawaii Announces Temporary Closure of Kukuihaele Park

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of Kukuihaele Park effective immediately and continuing through completion of construction activities, currently anticipated to be in April of 2017.

Kukuihaele Park

The project will improve and enhance the recreational facilities provided at this rural park for the benefit of area youth, residents and our entire island community. In addition to replacing the existing outdoor basketball court and upgrading the sports field, the County is investing in a new pavilion and restroom facility to support community gatherings, a new walking path to promote healthy living, and amenities such as picnic tables, onsite parking, safety improvements, and enhanced landscaping.

The general contractor has fenced off the entire perimeter of the park for public safety, and the County respectfully requests the public’s assistance in honoring the contractor’s worksite and ongoing construction operations.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park users and the general public for their understanding and patience while it works to improve Kukuihaele Park.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or Jason.Armstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Ceremony Schedule for Late Congressman Mark Takai at State Capital

The ceremony tomorrow for Late Congressman Mark Takai at the the Hawaii State Capital is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M.

Congressman Mark Takai

Congressman Mark Takai

The proposed schedule follows:

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception tables open
  • 9:45 a.m. Depart Borthwick
  • 10:00 a.m. Hearse and car(s) with Takai family arrive at State Capitol Casket is carried from hearse into rotunda by Hawaii National Guard. Family follows casket. Mrs. Takai and children are escorted into rotunda by Governor Ige, House Speaker Souki, and Senate President Kouchi.
  • 10:15 a.m. Emcee Representative Luke to settle and welcome guests
  • 10:20 a.m. National Anthem by CPT Torano Harris Hawaii Ponoi by CPT Torano Harris
  • 10:25 a.m. Opening Prayer by Pastor Dan Chun
  • 10:30 a.m. Scripture Reading of John 15:1-8 by Representative Scott Saiki
  • 10:35 a.m Remarks by U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • 10:40 a.m. Remarks by House Speaker Souki
  • 10:45 a.m. Remarks by Senate President Kouchi
  • 10:50 a.m. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Holunape (Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa and Kanaia Nakamura)
  • 10:55 a.m. Remarks by Adjutant General Logan
  • 11:00 a.m. Remarks by Governor Ige
  • 11:05 a.m. Scripture Reading — Psalm 23 by Representative Nishimoto
  • 11:10 a.m. Closing Prayer by Pastor Dan Chun
  • 11:15 a.m. “Aloha Oe” by Holunape
  • 11:20 a.m. Representative Luke closes the program and thanks all for coming. Instruct on the viewing. Family will pay respects first and depart for their Green Room.
  • 11:30 a.m. Public Viewing and Paying of Respects until 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 pm National Guard to move casket from Capitol to mortuary.  Ross Takai (brother) will be on site to escort casket back to Borthwick
  • Move wreaths into Capitol Auditorium on basement level
    Friday 8/19 in morning
  • National Guard to move wreaths to First Presbyterian Church/Koolau Ballrooms

Based on the crowd and possible line for the viewing, decision will be made on or about 7:00 p.m. on whether to extend or shut down for the evening.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona

Work continues on the County of Hawai‘i’s highway intersection improvement project this weekend. One lane of Māmalahoa Highway will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 to allow Hawaiian Telcom to relocate overhead cables to newly placed utility poles near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway and Nāpo‘opo‘o Road in Kona.

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway.  Photo by Aaron Stene

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway. Photo by Aaron Stene

Traffic control will be on site to assist with traffic flow and to assure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution. Work is weather-permitting and is subject to change.  Hawaiian Telcom and The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns please call Barett Otani, County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Information and Education Specialist, at (808) 961-8787.

Tiki Shark Partners with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – New Comedy/Magic Club Opening on Big Island

 

Tiki Shark Art Inc just announced today its partnership with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – a brand new high end Comedy Club owned and operated by world renowned entertainer/magician Paul Kozak.

Paul "Kozy" Kozack and Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker.

Paul “Kozy” Kozack and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

The establishment will be heavily decorated with Brad’s Poly-pop Tiki Art fit to entertain and delight the minds of all who are lucky enough to walk through the doors.

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Parker will be assisted in this venture by his long time friend and colleague – Artist Dennis Mathewson.  “This will be the ultimate venue for displaying my unique, mind bending style of art” quoted Brad, “and Mathewson is the only other Hawaiian Artist who can understand my vision for this venue and add to its magic” quoted Brad.

“I am honored and blessed that my Comedy/Magic Club will be the showcase of Brad’s Tiki Art” quotes celebrity magician Kozy “plus I am most defiantly his biggest fan!” he added.

Soft opening of the club is scheduled for late summer. For details go to www.konakozy.com.

Senator Schatz Accepting Applications for High School Internship Program

Schatz Seniors Internship Program Open to High School Seniors from Across the State

The office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) is currently accepting applications for this year’s Schatz Seniors High School Internship Program.

Sen. Schatz in Puna after Iselle hit the area.

Sen. Schatz in Puna after Iselle hit the area.

The Schatz Seniors program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate and encourages students to be advocates in their schools and communities.   Schatz Seniors will work with outreach staff, identify issues of interest to their communities, and attend and staff special events.

“Each year our Schatz Seniors show a commitment to service and our state that keeps me optimistic about Hawai‘i’s future.  I encourage all high school seniors who want to help make a difference in their communities to apply to be a part of our team,” said Senator Schatz.

This is not an office position.  Students will complete the majority of assignments in their homes, schools, and communities and should miss little or no class time.  The internship runs from October 2016 – April 2017, and interns must commit for the full term.  Public, private, charter, and homeschool seniors may apply.  Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and have personal access to email throughout the internship.  Schatz Seniors will be selected based on their involvement in their community, diversity of interests and life experiences, and demonstrated leadership.

The application is available on his website at schatz.senate.gov and must be completed no later than 6:00pm on Friday, September 16, 2016.  Please contact our Honolulu office at 808-523-2061 with any questions.

Internships for undergraduate and graduate students are also available year-round in our Washington, D.C. and Honolulu offices.  More information can be found on his website.

Aerial Video of Kīlauea Volcano’s Summit Lava Lake

This aerial video footage, filmed by USGS in late July 2016, features Kīlauea Volcano’s summit vent within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park’s Jaggar Museum, and the adjacent USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, are perched on the rim of Kīlauea’s summit caldera (foreground of opening footage) just over a mile from the crater, offering spectacular viewing opportunities for Park visitors. Closer to Halemaʻumaʻu, black lava flows on both sides of the summit vent are clearly visible; these flows spilled onto the crater floor when the lava lake overflowed the vent rim in April–May 2015.

At the time this footage was captured, the lava lake level was 22–26 m (72–85 ft) below the vent rim; this morning, it was about 32 m (105 ft) below the vent rim. The summit vent, initially 35 m (115 ft) wide when it first opened in March 2008, has since been enlarged by numerous vent rim collapses and is now about 180 by 250 meters (590 by 820 feet) across.

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii Climbs to 206 Reported Cases

The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is continuing to investigate a cluster of hepatitis A infections in the state.

As of August 17, 2016*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 38 new cases of hepatitis A.  All cases have been in adults, 51 have required hospitalization.

Findings of the investigation suggest that the source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu. Nine (9) individuals are residents of the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, or Maui, and one visitor has returned to the mainland.

CONFIRMED CASES OF HEPATITIS A
206

Onset of illness has ranged between 6/12/16 – 8/9/16.

On August 15, 2016, HDOH identified raw scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai as the likely source of the ongoing outbreak. The product of concern is Sea Port Bay Scallops (Wild Harvest, Raw Frozen) that originated in the Philippines (states “Product of the Philippines” on the box), distributed by Koha Oriental Foods. As a result, HDOH ordered this product embargoed (not to be sold, purchased, or consumed) throughout the state, and the temporary closure of all Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai.

scallops

The scallops received by True World Foods have not been distributed to any restaurants in the state, and were embargoed at their warehouse. The scallops served at Genki locations on the Big Island and Maui originated from a different supplier and have not been associated with the outbreak.

The outbreak investigation is ongoing.   It continues to be challenging because of the long incubation period of the disease (15 to 50 days) and the difficulty patients have in accurately recalling the foods consumed and locations visited during the period when infection could have taken place.

Healthcare providers have been informed and are asked to notify HDOH immediately if they have a patient they suspect may be infected.

HDOH encourages Hawaii residents to consider getting vaccinated for hepatitis A, and advises that they talk to their healthcare provider about hepatitis A if they are interested. Vaccination for hepatitis A is strongly recommended for certain individuals who are especially at risk (see HERE for a CDC list of groups recommended to be vaccinated for hepatitis A).

Hawaii residents are also advised that the demand for the vaccine during the outbreak has led to varied supply levels around the state, so it is recommended that they call ahead to assure the vaccine is available at a particular clinic or pharmacy before going there.

The Hawaii Department of Health is conducting a case control study to determine what food items served at a local restaurant chain might have led to the increase in hepatitis A infections in Hawaii. We are looking for individuals who ate at Genki Sushi after April 23, 2016 and have not been ill with hepatitis A.

Your assistance is extremely important. We are using this survey to obtain contact information for individuals who would be willing to participate in the study.  Selected individuals will be contacted by phone in the next 1-2 weeks and interviewed about particular foods eaten at Genki Sushi restaurant(s). Participation is voluntary and, if selected, should take about 30 minutes.  Your personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared outside of the investigative team.

Mahalo.

Click here to take the survey

Coast Guard Terminates Voyages of 3 Commercial Fishing Vessels for Safety Violations

The crew of the USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349) terminated the voyages of the 79-foot Lady Jackie, the 62-foot commercial fishing vessel Blue Sky and the 82-foot Jennifer Lynn for hazardous conditions and safety violations during a boardings off Honolulu since Aug. 8.

The crew of the USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349), with an officer from the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources engaged in a professional exchange, conduct a fisheries boarding aboard a commercial vessel off Honolulu Aug. 8, 2016. The boarding team conducted 21 boardings over 6 days and terminated the voyages of the 79-foot Lady Jackie, the 62-foot commercial fishing vessel Blue Sky and the 82-foot Jennifer Lynn for hazardous conditions and safety violations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349/Released)

The crew of the USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349), with an officer from the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources engaged in a professional exchange, conduct a fisheries boarding aboard a commercial vessel off Honolulu Aug. 8, 2016. The boarding team conducted 21 boardings over 6 days and terminated the voyages of the 79-foot Lady Jackie, the 62-foot commercial fishing vessel Blue Sky and the 82-foot Jennifer Lynn for hazardous conditions and safety violations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349/Released)

“Our experience shows that hazardous safety conditions like these often lead to marine casualties with loss of life and that is why we take enforcement so seriously and will turn vessels back to the dock,” said Lt. Ryan Ball, commanding officer, Galveston Island. “Mariners need to understand that they must meet the regulations before putting to sea. It is a matter of safety and ultimately we want to see everyone return home after every voyage.”

The crew of the USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349), with an officer from the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources engaged in a professional exchange, conduct a fisheries boarding aboard a commercial vessel off Honolulu Aug. 9, 2016. The boarding team conducted 21 boardings over 6 days and terminated the voyages of the 79-foot Lady Jackie, the 62-foot commercial fishing vessel Blue Sky and the 82-foot Jennifer Lynn for hazardous conditions and safety violations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349/Released)

The crew of the USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349), with an officer from the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources engaged in a professional exchange, conduct a fisheries boarding aboard a commercial vessel off Honolulu Aug. 9, 2016. The boarding team conducted 21 boardings over 6 days and terminated the voyages of the 79-foot Lady Jackie, the 62-foot commercial fishing vessel Blue Sky and the 82-foot Jennifer Lynn for hazardous conditions and safety violations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349/Released)

All three vessels were escorted by the Galveston Island crew to the pier in Honolulu. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu personnel are attending the vessels to ensure all discrepancies are rectified prior to any new voyages.

The boarding team from the cutter found discrepancies aboard the vessels including inoperable high water alarms, inoperable and/or expired survival craft, expired distress signals, an expired emergency position indicating radio beacon, a lack of or unserviceable life jackets, crews untrained in first aid or emergency procedures and a failure to conduct regular drills. In one case there was excessive fuel in the bilge and in another the vessel’s commercial fishing vessel safety decal and their registration are both expired.

Mandatory dockside safety exams must be completed for all commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline. These exams are free and any discrepancies found at the dock are unlikely to result in fines. Fishing vessel that are required to carry National Marine Fisheries Service observers are required to have a valid decal (un-expired). Mariners interested in scheduling commercial fishing vessel safety exams may contact Charlie Medlicott at 808-535-3417 or Charles.J.Medlicott@uscg.mil.

In addition to the two terminations the crew of the Galveston Island boarded 19 other vessels in the area during their six-day patrol. The crew also hosted a marine resources officer, as part of a professional exchange with the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands is a self governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is 92.7 sq. miles. The Cook Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone, however, covers 690,000 sq. miles of ocean and borders the U.S. EEZ near American Samoa. The professional exchange was conducted to strengthen partnerships and examine both nations’ approach to fisheries enforcement and safety requirements aboard vessels operating in the Pacific.

The Galveston Island is a 110-foot Island class patrol boat homeported in Honolulu. The cutter is a multi-mission platform with a primary operation area of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Did You Know… 2015 State of Hawaii Data Book Released

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released the “2015 State of Hawaii Data Book” today. The resource is available on the DBEDT website at dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook/ and may be downloaded in whole or in part as either PDF or Excel files.

2015 Data BookThe state’s Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawaii in a single compilation. With more than 800 data tables, it covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.

“The state’s Data Book provides comprehensive information from all sources, both public and private,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria.  “It’s the most popular product on the DBEDT website and has been consistently produced for 47 years.”

“We try to add more data series to the Data Book to accommodate a wide range of data needs,” said Chief State Economist, Dr. Eugene Tian.  “Among the new data series in this Data Book are the Hawaii homes purchased by origin of buyers.”

Some of the interesting data in this newest edition show that:

  • About 60 percent of the 58,144 domestic in-migrants to Hawaii in 2014 were between the ages of 20 to 44 years old. (Table 1.65)
  • A majority of marriages (55 percent) were interracial in 2014 in situations where at least one partner was a Hawaii resident. (Table 2.44)
  • The tuition per semester for a full-time resident undergraduate student at University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015 was $5,172, or 5 percent higher compared to previous year. (Table 3.25)
  • Hawaii State Library system circulated 475,652 copies of electronic media up 33.6 percent compared to previous year and an increase of 644 percent compared to five years ago. (Table 3.28)
  • In 2015, there were 4,068 people in state adult and juvenile correctional facilities which was a 4 percent increase from the year before. (Table 4.20)
  • There are 15 dams throughout the state that have a Maximum storage of 600 acre-ft. or more, 13 out of 15 of those dams are on either Oahu or Kauai. (Table 5.23)
  • In 2015 Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide measurements at Mauna Loa exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time since measurements have been taken starting in 1958. (Table 5.44)
  • U.S. Department of Defense procurement prime contracts awarded with Hawaii as the “place of performance” ranged from $1.7 billion to $2.8 billion over FY 2011 to FY 2015.  Over this period the value of prime contracts awarded to small business ranged from 38.1 percent to 50.2 percent of the total.  An average 75 percent of the small business contracts went to minority businesses over the period. (Table 10.25)
  • As of Sept. 30, 2015 there were 17,600 military retirees in Hawaii, of which almost half (46.3 percent) were over 65 years old.  Of the military retirees, 37.8 percent retired from the Army; 28.1 percent Navy; 6.3 percent Marines, and 27.8 percent Air Force. (Table 10.35)
  • In 2016 there were 1,047 licensed child care centers in the state, double the number of centers in 2004 when there were 523. (Table 11.22)
  • The occupation with greatest employment in Hawaii in 2015 was “Retail salesperson” with 24,770 employment and $11.46 average hourly salary. The next highest occupation was “Waiters and waitresses” with 15,299 employment, followed by cashiers (14,790 employment) and general office clerks (13,660 employment). (Table 12.36)
  • According to the Regional Price Parities from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis the “All Items” price level in Hawaii was 16.8 percent higher than the overall national price level in 2014.  “Goods” component was 8.9 percent higher while “Services: rents” component was 58.4 percent higher than the national average in the year. (Table 14.02)
  • The three banks in Hawaii with assets of more than $1 billion in 2015 employed more than 5,000 full-time equivalent employees. (Table 15.05)
  • There were 3,324 fires in 2015 resulting in 5 deaths and losses of more than $23 million. (Table 15.14)
  • In Hawaii, 85.6 percent of the population had access to a computer with an internet subscription in 2014.  Comparing by age group, persons under 18 years of age had the highest percentage at 90.2 percent, whereas persons 18 to 64 had 87.4 percent and persons 65 years and older had 72.3 percent. (Table 16.12)
  • The average electricity price for residential customers was 30 cents per kWh in 2015, 7 cents per kWh or 19 percent decrease from the previous year. (Table 17.09)
  • A majority of the more than 19,000 home purchases in 2015 were by local buyers (78 percent) with an average sales price of $546,146; followed by mainland buyers (19 percent) with an average sales price of $751,210; and lastly foreign buyers (3 percent) with an average sales price of $783,774.  (Table 21.38)
  • Duty free store revenue in 2015 was $135.6 million, which was a decrease of 18.5 percent compared to 2014. (Table 23.12)
  • Another record year in the State of Hawaii for hotel occupancy and room rates in 2015 as the average hotel occupancy reached 78.8 percent, 1.8 percentage point increase, and the average daily room rate reached $243.93, $9.08 or 3.9 percent increase compared to the previous year. (Table 23.39)
  • Foreign Agricultural Exports, on a farm receipts-basis, have grown from $151.5 million in 2000 to $400.4 million in 2014. Of that total about 90 percent on average has been of plants products, such as fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, coffee, and horticulture products. (Table 24.11)

DBEDT’s Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the historical series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year.

The historical series and the update can also be found on the DBEDT website at dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook/.