Business

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 ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 13, 2014

Rail completion likely delayedHONOLULU - The federal government has lost confidence that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will finish construction of its commuter rail on time.A new government report says there's a 50 percent chance that the project will be done by the end of ...

Congressional candidates queried on Social Security, ACA

Last week we shared responses received to some of the questions our Chamber of Maui PoliticalAction Committee asked of candidates running in races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House 2nd District. We began with the issues of our national debt and economic health and continue here with the ...

Business / In Brief • Sept. 10, 2014

HONOLULU - A former teller for the Honolulu bus system credit union has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for embezzling more than $350,000.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 41-year-old Jenny Nishida was sentenced Monday in federal court and ordered to pay restitution of $330,459 to the ...

Big Island businesses eligible for disaster loans

HONOLULU - The U.S. Small Business Administration says small businesses in Hawaii County may apply for low-interest federal disaster loans because of Tropical Storm Iselle.The agency said Thursday the loans will offset economic losses suffered because of wind, rain, and flooding on Aug. ...

Critical issues are discussed with congressional candidates 

The Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee (COMPAC) met with candidates in the races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House 2nd District to consider possible endorsement. The responses received to the questions posed showed concern, as well as a divide, over how things are being dealt with in ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 5, 2014

USDA to aid Big Isle farmers after stormHONOLULU- The U.S. Agriculture Department is giving the Big Island a natural disaster designation to help farmers recover from Tropical Storm Iselle.The USDA's Farm Service Agency's declaration will allow qualifying farmers to obtain emergency loans.U.S. ...

Solar companies chide Hawaii Electric for delays

HONOLULU (AP) - A backlog of homeowners wanting solar panels hooked to the power grid has led to Hawaii's main power company and solar energy system companies blaming each other for delays.About 4,400 rooftop-solar applications in Oahu are waiting to be approved by Hawaiian Electric Co., the ...

Business/In Brief • Sept. 4, 2014

Grand opening set for credit unionThe Wailuku Federal Credit Union will hold a grand opening celebration at its new Maui Lani Village Center location from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, according to an announcement.Those attending the event can meet credit union staff and tour the new facility at 133 ...

COMPAC had good reason to release endorsements early

Last week the Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee (COMPAC) released its endorsements for county and state races, leaving some to question why the rush since the process was still underway and the committee's full report not yet done. It is a good question and one that we appreciate ...

Business/In Brief • Aug. 28, 2014

HONOLULU - A pilot accused of flying aerial banners over Oahu will face a jury trial.Matthew Radeck works for Aerial Banners Inc., which is based in Florida. He was arrested in July under a city ordinance that bans aerial advertising.Radeck's attorney was granted a request for a jury trial ...

Business/In Brief • Aug. 26, 2014

Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street.The stock market notched another first Monday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week.The move was the latest milestone in a five-year rally for U.S. stocks, which ...

Despite differing opinions, the aloha spirit should prevail

A negative and pervasive wave is sweeping our community over differing opinions, and the way people are being treated is just wrong. In this country, we are all entitled to our own opinion, but people are being chastised for having different views from a vocal group in a way that shows a ...