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Kua Bay 8th best beach in U.S.

Hawaii has taken top honors for best beaches in the country, according to a new TripAdvisor survey.


Visitors and locals enjoy Kua Bay or Maniniowali on a sunny day at a top 10 rated beach by Trip Advisor. Laura Shimabuku/Special to West Hawaii Today

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State says construction industry expecting growth

State officials are forecasting boom years for the construction industry.

Mark Richards, owner of the Maryl Group, which was founded in Kona and now operates statewide, can see where those predictions are coming from.

“At the moment on the Big Island, we have more work than we can handle,” Richards said. “I think we’ve finally come out of the biggest depression I’ve been through.”

Things started picking up three to four months ago, he said. Now, his high-end luxury home builders on the Big Island are booked for two years.

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Korean-based operation takes stink, mess out of hog farming


A pig pokes its nose against a fence at Kang Farms in Mountain View. HOLLYN JOHNSON/STEPHENS MEDIA HAWAII

A Korean-based method of managing animal waste is improving hog farming conditions and garnering support on Hawaii Island.

“There seems to be a growing interest in natural farming,” Donn Mende, Hawaii County research and development deputy director, said.

Sim Mook Kang, owner of Kang Farms in Mountain View, adopted the practice for his piggery outside of Kurtistown in 2009. It was the first of its kind in the United States to use innovative waste management technology that, according to Kang, leaves most visitors surprised.

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New life for 160-year-old Waimea building


A crowd gathers at the blessing and rededication ceremony of Waimea’s historic Spencer House on Sunday afternoon. (Anna Pacheco/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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Hawaii’s Economic Future Looks Brighter

The recent federal government shutdown didn’t shut down Hawaii’s economy, and the future looks particularly bright for the neighbor islands, where job growth is expected to outpace that of Oahu over the rest of the decade.

That’s according to reports released this week by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization and the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The Labor Department report found that Kauai County, with a predicted expansion rate of 15.4 percent between 2010 and 2020, will increase the fastest, followed by Maui County at 15.1 percent, Hawaii County with growth of 14.8 percent, and Oahu with a modest expansion rate of 10.5 percent.

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