Business / In Brief • Feb. 5, 2013

Chamber function planned Feb. 13

The Maui Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Business After Hours event Feb. 13 at the J. Walter Cameron Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The meeting will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center at 95 Mahalani St. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmember guests. Those who register before Friday will receive a $5 discount. Call the Maui Chamber of Commerce at 244-0081 to make a reservation.

Cesar Gaxiola, executive director of the Cameron Center, said that the event offers an opportunity for the Maui business community to be introduced to the center and to learn about the history of the center, which opened in 1973.


More cars on islands than last year

HONOLULU – Hawaii state officials say there are more than 7 percent more gas vehicles on the islands as of January than there were the same month one year ago.

The state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism said Monday that there were just over 1 million registered gasoline passenger vehicles in Hawaii. That’s up from January 2012 and up slightly from December.

The department says in its monthly report that hybrid vehicles account for 1.3 percent of the total passenger vehicles on the islands.

Gas prices in January averaged $4.06 per gallon, about the same as January 2012.

The average was $4.47 on Kauai, $4 on Oahu, and $4.06 in Wailuku on Maui and Hilo on the Big Island.

The national average in January was $3.33 per gallon.