Testing the Neighborhood Waters – The Value of Advanced Knowledge

Testing the Neighborhood Waters – The Value of Advanced Knowledge

Creating thriving and resilient communities is an enormous task, and businesses have a critical role in helping communities flourish. Conversely, communities also play a vital role in the success of a business, and even the smallest community can have a significant impact on the businesses in their neighborhood. Both neighborhood associations and neighborhood boards can be influential in their communities, …read more

Fast Casual Dining: Hard to Define – Explosive Growth

Fast Casual Dining: Hard to Define – Explosive Growth

One of the trends emerging within the food and beverage industry is also one of the most difficult to define or categorize. Fast-casual dining as a category has burst onto the radar of consumers across the country. Generally recognized as a blend between quick-serve and casual dining, fast-casual has very few distinct characteristics beyond the absence of a drive-thru and …read more

Winners in Our Rebounding Economy

Winners in Our Rebounding Economy

The underlying economic metrics for Hawaii have been on the mend for a solid 18 months. However, the recovery and its pace have quickened considerably in the past 8 months. This has been partially fueled by the U.S. economy in general, but the fundamentals of Hawaii’s economy have their own historical idiosyncrasies. With a brief respite in value during 2008 …read more

Investors Turn to Retail in Search of Better Returns

Investors Turn to Retail in Search of Better Returns

As the start of the year brings new beginnings, there are a number of new retailers emerging on the Hawaii landscape. The proven track record of retail in Hawaii combined with investors looking for alternative approaches to getting better returns has resulted in a fresh dose of retail expansion. Retailers currently in Hawaii have been expanding across the state for …read more