Business/In Brief • Oct. 4, 2014

Maui Medical Group hires doctor

Dr. Chasity Edwards has been hired at Maui Medical Group.

Edwards, who specializes in obstetrics/gynecology care, was most recently at Chesapeake Women’s Center in Annapolis, Md. In 2001, Chesapeake Family Magazine named her one of the top 100 physicians in Annapolis, according to a news release.

She also worked as a gynecologist/obstetrician at the OB&GYN Center in Frederick, Md.

She is licensed to practice in Hawaii and Maryland. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Construction could be boost for Kauai

LIHUE – A revival in construction on Kauai could boost the island’s economy and compensate for a projected decline in tourism, an economist said.

Kauai construction jobs remain below the pre-recession peak, but building permits paint a better picture for next year, University of Hawaii professor Jack Suyderhoud said.

Construction will be crucial if tourism growth slows, he told an audience at First Hawaiian Bank’s 40th Economic Outlook Forum on Kauai, The Garden Island newspaper reported.

Single-family home construction has held steady throughout the downturn, but now there is an upswing of multifamily and commercial building.

Suyderhoud noted Grove Farm’s Pikake subdivision has 150 houses already built, while another 200 lots are planned as part of the Puakea master plan and 46 more units at old Koloa Camp.

There’s also commercial construction at Longs in Kapaa, the Hokulei Village, and a planned Safeway lifestyle store. ABC Stores is renovating the Coconut Market Place, and Ohana Real Estate Investors plan a hotel and individual lots at the former Hanalei Plantation Hotel site.