Business / In Brief • May 16, 2013

Maui Tech Night to be held Friday

Mbloom, a Maui technology incubator, will be collaborating with the international networking series MaiTai Global to host Maui Tech Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the company’s Kahului headquarters.

MaiTai Global, which began Wednesday and runs to Saturday, is four-day event for entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes started by venture capitalist Bill Tai and professional kiteboarder Susi Mai.

There will be music by Derek Sebastian, speeches, presentations from startups and a post-event reception.

In addition to MaiTai and Maui’s tech community, other attendees include Maui County government officials, MauiSMUG and cutting-edge Hawaii technology startups.

Mbloom’s headquarters is located at 77 Hookele St. in Kahului. For more information, go to the website


Luxury Oahu hotel apologizes to family

HONOLULU – A luxury Waikiki hotel has apologized to a Hawaii entertainer and his family after they claimed they were discriminated against.

Na Hoku Hanohano-award winner Weldon Kekauoha said that Halekulani Hotel security asked him and his family to verify they were guests. He said another guest complained when she saw the family at the pool and wanted verification they were indeed guests.

KHON-TV reported that Kekauoha asked security to verify if the woman was a guest as well, but security refused.

Hotel spokeswoman Diane Ako said that the Halekulani’s general manager personally met with Kekauoha on Tuesday to apologize.

Ako said that security personnel didn’t handle the situation appropriately and the hotel doesn’t tolerate bias or discrimination.