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DBEDT report: Rate of stable economic growth continues
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released its second quarter 2019 Statistical and Economic Report today with first quarter results. In this report, DBEDT kept its economic growth forecast from the first quarter of 2019 unchanged at rates between 1.2 percent and 1.4 percent for the next few years.
Facing slow recovery, chamber of commerce advocates for economic diversification on Hawaii island
Hawaii Island took an economic hit following last year’s natural disasters, and the recovery has been a slow one. Miles Yoshioka is the Executive Officer of the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce. In a recent op-ed he made the case for increasing the Big Island’s economic resilience by expanding the astronomy industry.
Six captive-bred Native Hawaiian palila birds released into wild
Six endangered palila birds, hatched and raised at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center, took flight in a restored Hawaii island forest for the first time in their lives earlier this week. The release was a milestone capping a multi-year effort by several collaborators, including the state, San Diego Zoo Global and U.S.
Hawai‘i rocketry team wins top NASA rookie award in national competition
The University of Hawai‘i’s Project Imua rocketry team was recognized as the top new team in NASA’s 2019 Student Launch competition. Forty-five college and university teams designed, built, flew and safely landed rockets during the eight-month competition. The rockets had to reach an altitude selected by each team between 4,000 and 5,500 feet.