Hawaii’s Industrial Market Copes with Supply Constraints

[caption id="attachment_135578" align="alignright" width="150"] Scott L. Mitchell, Colliers International[/caption] Hawaii is one of – if not the – top-performing industrial market in the country. The city and county of Honolulu, which contains Hawaii’s main shipping port, had a low vacancy rate of 2.05 percent at the end of the first quarter. This vacancy rate peaked at 4.8 percent in 2009. Significant gains have been made since then. The direct weighted average asking net …

Condo Development Soars in Oahu

Due to its unique location and an economy pretty well recovered from the recession, Honolulu has experienced explosive growth in high-rise condo developments. These are exciting times for investors and developers of multifamily properties on the islands. Hawaii’s economy is finally on a positive growth trend for 2014. This is expected to continue into 2015 and beyond. The state’s economy relies heavily on conditions in the U.S. economy and key international economies, …

Tourism Spurs Retail Growth in Hawaii

Hawaii has been immersed in an economic recovery over the past two years. This recovery has exceeded the overall U.S. performance in regards to total employment growth and total personal income growth. These figures have grown in Hawaii by 2.2 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively. Such economic growth has spurred strong performance from retail centers, while healthy spending from domestic and international shoppers has advanced the retail recovery in Hawaii. According to the Hawaii …

Prime Retail Markets Remain Competitive, Secondary Markets Remain Flat

In 2012, Hawaii’s major economic indicators continued on a positive trajectory. The tourism sector, on which Hawaii’s economy is centered, showed growth in both visitor arrivals and visitor expenditures in every month of the year. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, total visitor expenditures for 2012 were a record high of $14.3 billion, an 18.7 percent increase over 2011, while the total visitor arrivals of 7.99 million exceeded the previous record of 7.63 million in 2006. …

New Multifamily Developments are on the Horizon

Multifamily development in the State of Hawaii and specifically on the Island of Oahu is primarily focused on for-sale condominium development. This has limited new developments of rental projects, leading to a critical shortage of affordable housing. In response, county governments implemented workforce housing requirements on new developments. The limited supply of rental housing is reflected in the region’s low vacancy rates, creating upward pressure on rental rates. Perhaps the …

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