economy

Flickr / Anna Banana!™
Flickr / Anna Banana!™

Just last week, state officials raised their forecast for Hawaii’s economy—projecting growth of 2.6% this year. That’s a little faster than the national economy is growing, but it’s a fraction of the pace of some economies in Asia. While China remains one focus, another country with close ties to Hawaii is showing surprising strength. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Hosts 2013 Conference

Aug 22, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority opened its annual conference today, following a year of record growth.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the conference theme --“Defining the Next Chapter”--is an attempt to position the industry to withstand the next downturn in tourism.

How much did you pay for your mobile phone? Whatever the total, chances are that you paid less than you would if you lived in Korea. That’s the home of the most expensive phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

China Trade Slows

Jul 11, 2013

Hawaii’s exports to China totaled about $77,000,000 last year. That’s not a lot in terms of global trade, but according to the U.S. China Business Council, it does make the country Hawaii’s third leading export market…following Australia and Japan. As for the broader view of China’s trade picture, it’s been a week of surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The name of the fastest-growing economy in Asia may surprise you. It’s no longer China. The Philippines is Asia’s best-performing economy—and the government says it plans to use that growth to fight poverty. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawaii Aims to Boost Chinese Tourism

Jun 17, 2013
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Flickr / rickz

This year, visitors from China became the top source of international tourism for the country. But how many of them are choosing Hawaii as their destination? HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on what the state is doing to attract Asia’s largest economy.

UHERO Dashboard Project

Jun 12, 2013

We're joined by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization to learn about their new “dashboard project.”  With an emphasis on visualization and input from the community, UHERO is building rich snapshots of the Hawaii economy. 

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Flickr / samsungtomorrow

The U.S. trade deficit grew nearly 9% in April…thanks largely to an increase in imports from China. But buried in the statistics was another fact: the trade deficit with South Korea has now hit a record. HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a closer look in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand has become the latest country in Asia to cut interest rates. Central banks in the region are concerned about falling exports and a slowing Chinese economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Administrators and representatives for Public Employee Retirement systems nationwide are in Hawai’i this week for their annual 4-day conference.   And, like so many other gatherings here,  conducting a business conference in Hawaii has come under fire once again in some mainland states.    But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the Governor was on point and in attack-mode today.  

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