Okinawan sweet potatoes grown in Hawaii will soon be used to make a popular Japanese spirit known as Shochu. Ken Hirata aims to be one of the few shochu makers outside of Japan and is working to set up a distillery and farm on Oahu.
Hawaii – where life and aloha are part of the bottom lineNavigation
In 2011, 4,768 international students contributed more than $115 million to the Hawaii economy — a figure that includes only college level students according to the Institute of International Education. (Short term training, specialized educational programs for limited periods, non-accredited classes, etc. are not included in this calculation, so the economic impact from international students studying in Hawaii is much greater that the $115 million calculated. However, this serves as a base to gauge the economic impact of international students.) In turn, the $115 million direct impact generated 2,185 jobs and $16.8 million in state government tax revenues according to DBEDT calculations.