Business

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 ...

Makawao man finds sticky solution to a unslightly problem

Makawao resident Steven Tanouye has developed a sticker to hide the imprint of the old, previously used vehicle safety sticker.Tanouye said he first came up with the idea for "Stick it Solutions" in November when he took his mother's car to get a safety check. He noticed that the new safety ...

Business / In Brief • July 17, 2014

HONOLULU -- A tentative agreement would give Honolulu paramedics raises and less overtime.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the tentative deal is expected to save the city more than $1 million in overtime.The average raise would be 10 to 12 percent.The tentative agreement reached ...

Kauai resort owner sues to block nearby dairy farm

LIHUE (AP) - The owner of a Kauai resort has filed a lawsuit to stop the development of a proposed dairy farm on a nearby property.Progress on Hawaii Dairy Farms should cease until developers prove it won't negatively affect the surrounding environment, said the lawsuit filed Thursday by ...

Names & Faces

* Kokua Realty congratulates Mariah Brown, co-founder of the Da Kitchen restaurants and sales agent with Kokua Realty, for winning the Pacific Business News' Businesswoman of the Year in the for-profit category.Brown is a multimillion-dollar producer serving clients on Maui and Oahu, according ...

Hula Grill celebrates 20 years

Hula Grill Kaanapali recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary.On June 6, it held a party for its longtime fans, employees and community members. Through its Legacy of Aloha program, the restaurant has put $20,000 back into the community in the last year and a half.The donations have included ...

Big Island GMO registry won’t disclose farmer IDs

HILO - A judge is allowing Hawaii County to maintain a registry of genetically modified crops while preventing public disclosure of farmers' identities and specific farm locations.Hilo Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday in response to papaya farmers who ...

Business/In Brief • July 9, 2014

Resort developers undeterred by fireLIHUE - Developers trying to rebuild an iconic Kauai resort ravaged by a hurricane are moving forward after the Coco Palms suffered another setback: a fire on Independence Day.Last week's blaze destroyed the main lobby and badly burned the breezeway of a ...

Business / In Brief • July 8, 2014

Oahu housing prices reach record levelsHONOLULU - Housing prices on Oahu hit record levels in June thanks to an improving economy and tight supply.The median cost for a single-family home was $700,000, eclipsing the June 2007 record of $685,000, according to statistics released Monday by the ...

Business / In Brief • July 4, 2014

In the next few months, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay will debut newly redesigned guest rooms and suites along with other new features as the resort continues its multimillion-dollar transformation, according to a news release.The overall "re-envisioning" of the resort is led by TAL ...

Business/In Brief • July 3, 2014

An introductory class for "Core Four Business Planning" will be held today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Maui Economic Opportunity's Family Center.The six-week class begins Tuesday and ends on Aug. 19. The course will run from 6 to 9 p.m., two days a week, also at the MEO Family Center.The course will ...

Foreign cash sought to reopen famed Kauai resort

LIHUE (AP) - Developers trying to rebuild a Kauai resort made famous by Elvis Presley and ravaged by a hurricane hope to rely on foreign investments.The Coco Palms Resort is the only major hotel that did not reopen after Hurricane Iniki in 1992.Built in 1953, the property became famous when ...

Company flies aerial banners despite Hawaii law

HONOLULU (AP) - An aerial advertising company says it will continue to fly banners over Hawaii skies despite a ban in state law and local ordinances.An attorney for Aerial Banners North says the company has done nothing illegal. Michael McAllister says Aerial Banners North has a Federal ...

Made In Maui products help local economy

Living in a small island community in the Pacific, one thing is eminently clear: "We are all in this together."It is that spirit of "aloha" and working in concert that permeates Maui's manufacturing culture, creating diverse and high-quality, value-added products for residents and visitors to ...

Oil boom fuels a drop in age in Great Plains

WASHINGTON - Want to reduce the effects of aging? Try oil.The United States' population is still getting older, but that's changing in the Great Plains because of the attraction of working in the booming oil and gas industries.The aging baby boom generation helped inch up the median age in the ...

Vendor sessions offered

Two informational sessions will be held in July for local businesses interested in participating as vendors at the inaugural Made In Maui County Festival in November, according to an announcement from the Mayor's Office of Economic Development.The sessions are from noon to 1 p.m. July 8 and 15 ...

Business/In Brief – June 27, 2014

Ruby's Diner to open in KaanapaliRuby's Diner opens its second Maui restaurant today at Whalers Village in Kaanapali.The 1960s-themed restaurant will serve breakfast, from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; lunch and dinner thereafter until 9 p.m."We are thrilled to be opening our second location in Maui and ...