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What HECO Wants in its REZ Zones

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is requesting public input to locate sites for new projects that will power Island grids with 100% renewable energy by the state’s 2045 deadline. Along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, HECO has created maps of Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island containing Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) areas—places

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Solar Energy, Savio-Style

Peter Savio After proposing a condominium-style, fee-simple solar farm to Hawaiian Electric (HECO) in late 2022 and making it through the first round of bidders, developer Peter Savio plans to put his yet-to-be-located development out to bid to Hawaii solar companies and contractors if selected by HECO in early Q1

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Down and Dirty With CISEC Training

Want to be a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC)? Contact the non-profit 501(c)6 organization CISEC Inc. for its on-line inspection training programs. While it is not necessary to attend the training sessions to take the exam, it is recommended. Those with less than two years work experience

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ACK to Break Ground Soonon Alia

Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. (ACK) is general contractor on Alia, a new 39-floor luxury residential mixed-use tower at 888 Ala Moana Boulevard. ACK expects the project to support more than 500 jobs during construction, which is slated to start in mid-2023 and to end in early 2026. Developed by Kobayashi

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$2B Dry Dock Project Gets ROD Go-ahead

The U.S. Navy in December signed a Record of Decision (ROD) supporting the construction of NAVFAC’s planned Dry Dock 3 Replacement project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The ROD also identifies NAVFAC’s design for the project, estimated at a total cost of approximately $2 billion to $4 billion and

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DHHL Hanapepe Lots Begin Phase 2 Prep

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. (HDCC) with site and infrastructure development for 82 new residential lots and the extension of 47 existing lots on Kauai. The project is located at the corner of Moi Road and

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Condo Farming à la Peter Savio

Savio Realty Ltd. is offering Ohana Farm Parcels at Paalaa Uka Pupukea Road in Wahiawa in a condominium format. Through a recent press release, Peter Savio says that, “So far, our local farmers’ strong response to this new agricultural condo [format] makes the land affordable for farmers, as the land

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$63M More for Rail

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) in December announced that U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz secured $63.8 million in new federal funding for Honolulu’s rail project. The grant is in addition to the remaining federal funds earmarked for HART by the Federal Transit Administration and is intended to cover inflationary

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Risky Business for Contractors

To stay afloat financially in 2022, a growing number of construction business owners across the U.S. took risks on liquidity. Nearly 50% borrowed from credit cards, up from 44% in 2021. And 19% used retirement savings, up 17 percentage points over the same period.  However, fewer contractors in 2022 relied

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