Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.
Local businesses that rely on the Japanese market continue to tread water as they wait for more travelers to return to Hawaiʻi in significant numbers. The Conversation talked to Peter Shaindlin, chief operating officer of the Halekulani Hotel in Waikīkī about the rebound outlook.
Steve Wechsler, president and CEO of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, was recently in Hawaiʻi to dole out grants to half a dozen community groups. Nareit has upped its profile in the islands following attempts by lawmakers over the years to extract more money out of REITs.