Maui County has officially joined Drive Electric Hawaii, a collaboration of groups that share a vision to power Hawaii’s ground transportation with 100-percent renewable energy. Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this month to join groups in the Drive Electric Hawaii Initiative, which aims to accelerate the cost-effective electrification of … [Read more...] about County of Maui joins Drive Electric Hawaii
Economic Development and Tourism
1. An Aug. 11 news release from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) states that though Hawaii’s economy grew at just 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2017, “there were 7,200 non-agriculture payroll jobs added during the first half of 2017.” According to the news release, what percentage of those added jobs were in tourism-related … [Read more...] about QuizUnderstood: What do you know about tipping rates in Hawaii?
1. On July 19, the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released a report saying direct spending by foreign students in Hawaii totaled $225.3 million for the 2016/17 school year. According to the report, how much did foreign students spend in Hawaii during the 2015/16 school year? A. $199.6 million B. $214.3 million C. $241.4 million D. $272.2 … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How much do you know about marine plastic pollution?
1. On May 22, the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released a new report showing that Hawaii’s total consumer debt per capita rose to $67,010 in 2015. Where does rank nationwide? A. 2nd B. 10th C. 21st D. 37th E. 45th 2. On May 19, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, announced that she would no longer accept any campaign contributions from … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: What do you know about consumer debt levels in Hawaii?
The 2015 State of Hawaii Data Book came out on Aug. 17 with a bevy of statistic that reflect changes in everything from population and education to labor and tourism. The resource–a product of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism–is available on the DBEDT website and may be downloaded in whole or in part as either PDF or Excel files. The state’s Data … [Read more...] about DBEDT releases 2015 State of Hawaii Data Book