Business

$12 million renovation begins on the Hilo Naniloa Hotel

HILO (AP) - The lobby of the Hilo Naniloa Hotel has been moved down a floor, signaling that long-awaited renovations to the 383-room building have begun.Oahu-based developer Ed Bushor, a partner in the project with Hilo businessman Ed Olson, said that he's optimistic they will obtain a loan to ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 25, 2014

Health site deadline extendedHONOLULU - The Hawaii Health Connector is allowing residents more time to sign up for health insurance coverage that would begin Jan. 1.The original deadline to enroll for coverage that begins at the start of the new year was Dec. 15, but they've pushed the deadline ...

Standing up for aloha means just that

Our community is changing and the way issues are being dealt with is dividing us, with some behaviors in stark contrast to the aloha spirit that we hold dear. That is why we and many others have chosen to "Stand for Aloha." The effort is not an individual or organization's initiative, but ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 19, 2014

Kauai council kills GMO research taxLIHUE - The Kauai County Council has killed a bill that may have resulted in higher taxes for companies researching genetically modified crops.The bill would have changed the way taxes are assessed on biotechnology research companies. It had passed the Kauai ...

Mama’s Fish House recognized as a top restaurant in U.S.

Mama's Fish House in Paia received a Diners' Choice Award for being one of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America, according to OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations.The top 100 restaurants were generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified ...

Exhibitors sought for food service related exposition

Applications are being accepted for the second Supply and Service Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.The event is being staged by the Maui Food Technology Center. Exhibitors who might benefit include manufacturers and distributors of ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 16, 2014

Workers to attend tech summitHONOLULU - More than 600 public-sector employees will attend the Hawaii Digital Government Summit.The state Office of Information Management and Technology is hosting today's event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.The state says attendees include state and county ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 13, 2014

Waiehu center sells for $3.9 millionThe Waiehu Beach Center has been sold for $3.9 million in cash to a Mainland investor, according to Honolulu Realtor Joseph Leonardo, who represented the buyer.The sale closed Friday, he said.The 83,600-square-foot complex has two buildings and is located at ...

Post-GMO vote: Predictions, realities and our way of life

Things got very heated over the controversial genetically modified organisms ballot initiative this election and sadly many of the predictions made have been realized.The first is that the issue would not be settled by the election. It was widely recognized that lawsuits would be filed and this ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 11, 2014

Construction delayed for shopping centerLIHUE- Developers aren't saying why a planned Lihue shopping center is being delayed.There was a groundbreaking for the Hokulei Village Shopping Center in February. Developers pledged to have it open as early as the end of the year. Now they say it will ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 10, 2014

Maui station reports lowest diesel pricePacific Biodiesel's Hobron fueling station has the state's lowest diesel price, $3.79 per gallon, the company announced.The fuel is "B20," a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Its price has fallen because of the lower worldwide ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 6, 2014

Truvia maker settles suit for $6.1 millionHONOLULU - The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman.Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton was the first to sue Cargill, which manufactures the product sold nationwide. Her ...

Holiday shopping shifts emerging

Early reports of Thanksgiving through Black Friday shopping are in and the results are mixed.A CNET article titled "Did Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales soar or slip?" notes that data from IBM show strong growth in online sales, but the National Retail Federation says shoppers spent ...

Business/In Brief • Dec. 2, 2014

Kmart opens 'Fresh Grocery' departmentKmart in Kahului recently opened its "Fresh Grocery" department, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables, produce, meats and baked goods.The Kahului Kmart is one of the first Kmart stores to offer the new Fresh Grocery department, according to a company ...

Businesses and community offer much to be thankful for

This season of Thanksgiving, we at the Maui Chamber of Commerce are thankful for all businesses for creating jobs, contributing to our community's and county's economic health, establishing infrastructure, supporting nonprofits, improving education, demonstrating leadership, being ambassadors ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 25, 2014

Upscale sunglasses store to openSolstice Sunglasses, owned by Italian eyewear manufacturer Safilo Group, will open a store in The Outlets of Maui on Front Street on Thursday.Solstice Sunglasses is an upscale sunglasses specialty chain, owned and operated by Solstice Marketing Concepts LLC, the ...

Discussion on polystyrene continues

On Monday, the Maui County Council's Infrastructure & Environmental Management Committee received testimony and a report on the Polystyrene Task Force, which the Maui Chamber of Commerce was pleased to participate in. We appreciate the council creating a task force to allow ...

Acquisition creates Oahu rail conflict

HONOLULU (AP) - A company holding contracts to design three parts of the Oahu rail project completed the purchase last month of a company with a contract to inspect their designs.Officials with the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transit are attempting to work out an arrangement to end the apparent ...

Names & Faces

* Robert Myers recently joined Elite Pacific Properties.Previously with Coldwell Banker, that firm ranked him No. 1 in the state and a member of the top 10 for the western region for 2013.He holds the designation of sellers representative specialist by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage ...