Business

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 ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 13, 2014

Wailea Beach Villas garners top rankingWailea Beach Villas was named the No. 1 resort in Hawaii in Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards.Tropical Villa Vacations made the announcement; the company manages 22 of the 98 residences at Wailea Beach Villas.*****Airline celebrates 85-year ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 12, 2014

Urologist retiring from active practiceDr. Patrick Hamilton will be retiring from active practice, and his office will remain open until Friday.Hamilton, a urologist, cited a disability for his retirement."It is with great sadness that I am announcing my retirement from active practice due to ...

Festival celebrates small businesses and products

This day marks the first ever Made In Maui County Festival. The event, promoting over 130 companies who manufacture locally made products in Maui County with at least 51 percent of their value added in Hawaii, is being held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center today from 8 a.m. to 4:30 ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 6, 2014

Aloha Cycles will change ownershipAloha Cycles on Lower Main Street in Wailuku is changing ownership later this month.Kurt Furomoto, owner of the business for 22 years, said he will be transferring ownership to his friend, Les Fevella, who will be the owner/operator."I would like to sincerely ...