Carl Bonhan, a professor of economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and another council member, added, "I'm still bullish on construction. There's several (projects) in Kakaako that are going up right now, and we're starting to see the neighbor islands start to contribute. Maui and Big Island are both seeing some growth that we didn't see at all a year ago or two years ago."
Kawafuchi cautioned that global concerns could still have an impact on Hawaii. Kawafuchi added, "The strong U.S. economy has a downside. As the dollar gets stronger, it makes it more expensive, for example, for Japanese tourists or Chinese tourists to come to Hawaii. I think there's optimism, but people are being very cautious and careful." The council have left the projected growth for the fiscal years of 2016 through 2021 unchanged at 5.5 percent per year.