Business

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 ...

Maui Yoga & Dance Shala expands to Wailea location

Maui Yoga & Dance Shala recently expanded into Wailea and has a new location at 34 Wailea Ike Drive, Suite A-208, in the Wailea Gateway Center.The studio offers classes with local teachers seven days a week. Classes include multiple forms of yoga, fitness, Zumba, belly dance, hip-hop, ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 18, 2014

Kauai utility pursues unique energy systemHONOLULU - Kauai's electric utility has won approval to pursue a new pumped water energy storage project on the island's west side.The state Board of Land and Natural Resources signed off on the project Friday.The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative system ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 15, 2014

Developer plans resort in PrincevilleLIHUE - A Hawaii developer plans to build a private resort on Kauai's north shore that will have its own airport, polo club and nature trails.The 8,000-acre site in Princeville will have 350 housing units and be managed by the Discovery Land Co., which also ...

Circling back to GMO ban

With the election and the Made In Maui County Festival happening in the same week, last week's article focused on the festival occurring that day. We wanted to feature a positive, feel-good event that benefited so many small businesses throughout Maui County. Despite the rain, the first-ever ...