Business/In Brief • Nov. 27, 2013

Ho’oilo House can now host weddings

The bed-and-breakfast Ho’oilo House in Lahaina will now be able to host weddings.

It is the first West Maui property – and third on the island – to gain permit approval from the Maui County Council to host weddings on agricultural land, according to an announcement last week. The owners worked through the permit process for several years before finally gaining county approval.

“We look forward to hosting small and intimate weddings at Ho’oilo House,” co-owner Amy Wisthoff-Martin said in a statement. “We will offer a variety of packages to accommodate everything from an eloping couple to a larger event with 25 guests.”

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Affordable Care Act topic at gathering

Hawaii Medical Assurance Association, a preferred provider organization, will be holding a gathering Dec. 5 in Wailuku for employers looking to learn about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the J. Walter Cameron Center. It is open to HMAA members and others interested in learning about health insurance alternatives.

The events will focus on the role of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, to Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act and what Hawaii employers can expect to happen as the ACA is fully implemented next year.

Those interested in attending need to RSVP by Friday. To reserve a seat, email

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Matson to raise shipping rates

HONOLULU – It will soon cost more to ships goods to and from Hawaii.

Matson Navigation Co. said Monday that it plans to raise rates by an average of 5.5 percent for Hawaii service.

Effective Jan. 5, rates for Hawaii service will increase by $175 per westbound container and $85 per eastbound container. The company will also raise its terminal handling charge by $50 per westbound container and $25 per eastbound container.

Senior Vice President Dave Hoppes says the increase will help offset operating costs and support service investments.

Effective Jan. 26, Matson will raise rates for Guam, Northern Marianas and Micronesia services by $275 and raise its West Coast handling charge by $75.