Business

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 ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 23, 2014

Federal grant for agriculture acceleratorKAILUA-KONA - The Kohala Center on the Big Island has received a $2 million federal grant to develop an agricultural business accelerator.The center will help farmers and food producers learn about business planning, financial strategies and marketing, ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 20, 2014

Former credit union worker gets prisonHONOLULU - Federal prosecutors say a former credit union manager is being sentenced to 15 months in prison for embezzlement and making false entries in the credit union's books.U.S. District Court Judge Helen Gillmor on Thursday also ordered Dona Takushi to ...

Immigration reform, gridlock discussed with congressional candidates

This is the final installment of a three-part series on questions our Chamber of Maui Political Committee asked of candidates in races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House 2nd District. Immigration reform and gridlock in Washington, D.C., are the subjects covered in this article.Immigration ...

After decades at Oracle’s helm, Ellison steps down

SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, who purchased most of Lanai in summer 2012, is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the ...

Farmers split on Hawaii coffee labeling proposal

KAILUA-KONA (AP) - Another attempt to enact Hawaii-grown coffee labeling laws for blends has Big Island farmers at odds.Hawaii County Councilwoman Brenda Ford wants labels to provide the amount of coffee that's contained in a blend.Currently, a blend has to contain 10 percent Hawaii-grown ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 18, 2014

N.Y. designer to present sample saleNew York-based jewelry and swimwear designer Tiffany Chou, a former Maui resident, will host her first sample sale on Maui from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 27, at Seabury Hall, 480 Olinda Road in Makawao.Samples include swimwear from her 2014 collection and never ...

Names & Faces

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel recently announced the hiring of Tiffany Rosenthal, as sales manager and Jennifer Welsh as marketing assistant.Rosenthal will further develop efforts in travel agent and group sales markets. She previously was at Walt Disney World Co., Marriott Maui Ocean Club and The ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 16, 2014

Hawaii labor laws topic of seminarThe Maui Chamber of Commerce is holding a seminar on labor laws from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Elleair Rainbow room at the Maui Beach Hotel.The seminar, presented by Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, a law firm specializing Hawaii ...