Business

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 ...

Judge approves settlement in explosion

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has approved a settlement between the families of five men who died in a 2011 fireworks explosion and fire at a Waikele storage bunker and one company they sued.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Ford Island Ventures held the master lease to the Navy's former ...

Business/In Brief • Nov. 1, 2014

History, culture promoted to touristsHONOLULU - Tourism officials are looking at ways to get visitors to look beyond the beach by promoting Hawaii's history and culture.The Historic Hawaii Foundation and the Hawaii Tourism Authority are promoting the islands' history and culture to get ...

This election is too important to miss

Every election is important, but Tuesday's general election is critical for a number of reasons.First, there are several hotly contested races that can shake things up at the county and state levels, including the governor's race and several County Council races. Then, there is the extremely ...

Hamai Appliance captures top retail business award for Maui

Longtime Maui business Hamai Appliance has captured the Retail Business of the Year Award for Maui in the Retail Merchants of Hawaii Ho'okela Awards, which were presented Thursday at the Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu."The Ho'okela Awards are like the Emmys of the retail industry in Hawaii," said ...

Ballot question: Listen to the facts, not the propaganda

The Maui Chamber of Commerce has been actively researching the genetically modified organisms issue and asks the public to do the same. We believe education is key to understanding and extremely important as we head toward a November ballot vote.While the anti-GMO movement is making a variety ...

Business / In Brief • Oct. 22, 2014

Maui company using biodiesel for vesselsAqua Adventures Maui has switched to biodiesel for its vessels, Pacific Biodiesel announced.The company that has been producing biodiesel in Hawaii since 1996 used to deliver fuel to boats in Maalaea Harbor many years ago, but greater on-road demand on ...

GMO debate has been missing economic impacts

A great deal of information has been shared on the issue of genetically modified (or engineered) organisms in preparation for the ballot question this election, but up until this week no study had been released on the economic impact of the seed industry to Maui County's economy. In order to ...

Best of Maui applications launched

Sandwich Islands Publishing Co. Ltd., a family-owned company that has published the "Best of Maui" hard-bound visitor guide for more than 30 years, recently has launched Best of Maui applications for Apple and Android devices.The free applications, available at the Apple App Store and Android ...

Business/In Brief • Oct. 7, 2014

Puna home sales fall after storm, lavaHONOLULU - Mother Nature is taking a toll on home sales in the Puna district on the Big Island.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports home sales in September fell almost 23 percent in Puna following Tropical Storm Iselle and a lava flow that continues toward ...

Business/In Brief • Oct. 4, 2014

Maui Medical Group hires doctorDr. 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 ...

Reading of proposed amendment shows how it would hurt Maui County farmers

Many in the anti-genetically modified organism movement tout that the ballot initiative they are supporting will not hurt farmers, but there are horrendous penalties included in the 10 pages of charter amendments they are proposing. Unfortunately, all the public will see is the ballot question, ...

Black Press buys Big Island and Washington newspapers

HONOLULU - The owner of Hawaii's largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii's Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state.Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday that it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from ...

Names & Faces

* Longtime Hawaii sportscaster Kanoa Leahey recently joined Pacific Media Group. He is the newest voice at ESPN Maui AM 900 and is hosting a two-hour midday sports talk show, "Let's Talk Sports with Kanoa Leahey," 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.The show features live interviews, listener ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 27, 2014

Economist sees positives for Big IslandKAILUA-KONA - An economist addressing a Hawaii County economic forum sees positive signs for the Big Island.Tourism is flourishing in Kohala on the island's northwest side, said Jack Suyderhoud at the 40th annual First Hawaiian Bank event."In talking with ...

‘Triple bottom line’ lens used to determine sustainability

The Maui Chamber of Commerce supports the "triple bottom line" view of sustainability, often referred to as economy, environment and social well-being or people, profit and planet. We came to embody this guiding principal in large part due to the organization's participation on the Hawaii 2050 ...

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono wins 2014 TripAdvisor award

The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono has won a 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.According to a news release, the award signifies that the Inn "has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 25, 2014

Kauai offered view of large solar farmLIHUE - Kauai's electric utility is inviting the public to visit the state's largest solar power project.The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative plans to hold an open house at its new solar farm in Koloa on Saturday.Engineers will explain how the facility's ...

Names & Faces

* Wailea Realty Corp. recently hired Liza Pierce as its new interactive media strategist.She has a background in online marketing, social media management, blogging and digital marketing strategy.She will oversee the development and coordination of Wailea Realty's digital efforts, while ...