Business

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 ...

Business/In Brief • Aug. 21, 2014

Honolulu inflation below national rateHONOLULU - Honolulu's consumer price index lags the national rate for the first time in 11 years, thanks to a decrease in apparel prices.Inflation rose 1.1 percent during the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year, according to ...

Insurer pulls plans from Hawaii Health Connector

HONOLULU - Hawaii's largest health insurer is pulling out of the small-business side of the state's troubled health exchange, leaving the Hawaii Health Connector with only one insurance company for employers to select.Michael Gold, president of Hawaii Medical Services Association, told The ...

Rail station bids exceed projected budget

HONOLULU (AP) - Bids that came in for construction of the first nine stations of a Honolulu rail transit system indicate the project's cost may far exceed estimates.Each of the three bids exceeded the estimate by at least $100 million. The least expensive, a $294.5 million proposal from Nan ...

Business/In Brief • Aug. 13, 2014

Plans outlined to demolish Big Island hotelKAILUA-KONA - A major Hawaii landowner has proposed demolishing a shuttered Big Island hotel to create an educational center for cultural resources.Demolition plans are outlined in a draft environmental assessment for Kamehameha Schools' plans for the ...

Make business-friendly candidates your choice when voting at the polls

The primary election is today, and it is important that all eligible voters get out and vote.Each election season, the Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee endorses candidates for the general election. However, with three state races where current Maui representatives who are Democrats ...

Aerial advertising case continues in August

HONOLULU (AP) - A pilot arrested for flying an advertising banner over Oahu has been scheduled for a court hearing near the end of August.Matthew Radeck was arrested in July under a city ordinance that bans aerial advertising. Officials of the company he works for, Aerial Banners Inc., say they ...

Business/In Brief – Aug. 6, 2014

HONOLULU - Taxpayers who paid double their balances because of a mistaken notice will automatically receive refunds in the next two to three weeks, Hawaii tax officials said.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser said Monday that the Tax Department says taxpayers will automatically be paid by check ...

Proposed polystyrene ban needs more study

A bill to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) in Maui County was first introduced back in 2009 byCounty Council Member Mike Victorino. It was discussed at the same time as the plastic bag ban, which passed, but the polystyrene bill did not have the same level of support and was held. However, this ...

Event showcases manufacturing in Hawaii and locally made products

The Maui Chamber of Commerce was in our nation's capital for the first-ever "Hawaii On The Hill" to showcase manufacturing in Hawaii and feature locally made products. It came about when U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono reached out to the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to help put on a "Taste of Hawaii" ...

Business/In Brief • July 24, 2014

Matson finalizes surcharge settlementHONOLULU - Matson Inc. will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company misapplied fuel surcharges on military household goods shipped between the Mainland and Hawaii or Guam.The company announced Tuesday it signed a settlement agreement ...

Business/In Brief • July 22, 2014

75K in Hawaii have no health careHONOLULU - State officials say the rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul.Officials told a joint House committee briefing on Monday that ...