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                                An industry expert says rising prices contribute to the lag in summer bookings. Tours were posted at a pedestrian crossing on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Wednesday.
Strong Hawaii tourism might fade into summer

February was a month to love for Hawaii’s visitor industry with arrivals recovering to 96.5% of pre-pandemic times — but the momentum might not continue into what looks to be a much softer summer than expected. Read more

                                The Neal S. Blaisdell concert hall, exhibition hall and arena — a facility built in 1964 — is getting a multimillion-dollar face-lift. At top, the concert hall was part of a media tour Wednesday.
$43.6M makeover to start at Blaisdell

The Neal S. Blaisdell Center has started a $43.6 million renovation project requiring temporary closures to portions of the site through next year. Read more

                                Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz drinks from a Starbucks mug as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Starbucks leader grilled by Senate over anti-union actions

At least 293 of Starbucks’ 9,000 company-owned U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize since late 2021, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Starbucks Workers United, the labor group seeking to unionize stores, has yet to reach a contract agreement with the company at any Starbucks store. Read more

                                Emergency personnel work at the site of a deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in West Reading, Pa.
Deadly chocolate factory blast highlights combustion risks

The powerful explosion at 75-year-old R.M. Palmer Co. — which makes chocolate eggs, bunnies, bars, coins and other treats — killed seven, sent 10 to the hospital and damaged several other buildings in West Reading, a small town 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia, where it has long had a factory. Read more

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