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Another depressing arrival at HNL

May 20th, 2015 · 16 Comments

Arriving back at Honolulu International Airport late yesterday afternoon was, once again, a rather sobering experience. We were on a United Airlines flight, so a caveat is in order. Honolulu Airport offers two different airport experiences. When we flew to New Zealand earlier this year, the flight left from a gate on the far ewa […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Hawaiian Electric: “A collection of small utilities”

May 17th, 2015 · 8 Comments

Following last Tuesday’s special meeting of Hawaiian Electric Industries to vote on the proposed merger with NextEra Energy, several company officials met informally with groups of shareholders to answer questions. Some of those present were unhappy that the questions weren’t addressed during the meeting so that everyone in attendance could hear the answers. Jeff Watanabe, […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · Politics

Are we too cheap to deal with Hawaii’s homeless?

May 12th, 2015 · 15 Comments

A friend and former reporter commented on what he called “an excellent passage” in today’s Civil Beat story on homelessness (“Homelessness: How Can ‘Housing First’ Work When the Housing Isn’t There?“). “Even San Francisco, notorious for its housing crunch, has managed to bring down the city’s chronically homeless population by more than 50 percent from […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Ethics · Politics

Stockholder vote on NextEra takeover set for Tuesday morning

May 11th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Hawaiian Electric’s special shareholders meeting is set for tomorrow (Tuesday) morning in Honolulu. The company’s shareholders are being asked to vote in favor of the proposed takeover by NextEra. Here are a couple of energy-relate items I’ve flagged in recent days. First, there the lawsuit filed against a nonprofit utility in Arizona by SolarCity, the […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · environment · Politics

Hawaiian Electric shareholders to vote on NextEra merger

May 5th, 2015 · 7 Comments

Hawaiian Electric Industries is holding a special shareholders meeting in Honolulu on May 12 to vote on the proposed merger with NextEra. The deal needs the support of 75% of shareholders in order to move forward. In a report last week, investment analysts at Barclays said this would be challenging. But shareholders don’t have any […]

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Tags: Business · Energy · Politics