Business

Chamber of Commerce works on diverse projects

When many think of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, they think of a business organization dedicated to improving the economy, helping businesses, providing legislative advocacy for the business sector, offering networking opportunities, providing education and training, delivering cost-effective ...

Kauai bill would tax crop-research land separately

LIHUE (AP) - Large agriculture companies and landowners on Kauai could pay higher property taxes under a bill that would create a new tax class for lands used to research and develop crops.County Councilman Tim Bynum introduced the legislation, The Garden Island reported Thursday.The current ...

Business/In Brief • June 12, 2014

Hawaii Gas pays $155K for violationsKAPOLEI, Hawaii - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has settled with Hawaii Gas on a penalty of $155,000 for risk management violations and not notifying federal authorities about a chemical release.The EPA said Wednesday an inspection in 2012 ...

Business/In Brief • June 11, 2014

Clean energy financing approval soughtHONOLULU - The state is asking the Public Utilities Commission to approve Gov. Neil Abercrombie's plan for clean energy financing.The state Energy Office said Monday that the administration wants to make low-cost financing for solar panels and other clean ...

Business/In Brief • June 6, 2014

LIHUE - Kauai's electric utility will issue refunds to its members this month.The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative said Wednesday that the money comes from funds the cooperative has left over after paying all its expenses and meeting lender expectations for financial stability.The cooperative ...

Names & Faces

* Architectural Design & Construction Inc. recently appointed Mika Yamaguchi as one of the firm's project designers.Yamaguchi graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2012.She will join the ...

Business/In Brief • June 3, 2014

HONOLULU - Hawaii's insurance commissioner has approved a smaller rate increase than what was requested by the state's largest health insurer.Commissioner Gordon Ito announced Friday that his office approved an 8.9 percent increase in premiums for Hawaii Medical Service Association.The ...

Business/In Brief • May 29, 2014

CEO Rosenblum of HECO plans to retireHONOLULU - Hawaiian Electric Company's CEO Richard Rosenblum says he will retire from the company within a year.Rosenblum said Tuesday that he came out of retirement in 2008 to lead the company though its clean energy initiatives. He says the company's ...

Hawaii County eyes breadfruit farming

HILO (AP) - Hawaii County and a prospective breadfruit farmer are looking at putting an orchard in the Kapulena Agricultural Park.If they succeed the breadfruit farm would be the first non-ranching venture at the park.The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Mayor Billy Kenoi's office wants to ...

Femfessionals plan luncheon in Waikapu

Femfessionals, a business community for professional women and business owners, will be holding an informational luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kahili Golf Course Restaurant in Waikapu.FemCity Honolulu President Britt Yap and Vice President Amanda Dela Cruz will be guest speakers ...

Business/In Brief • May 20, 2014

Facebook and business topic of eventThe Maui Economic Development Board and Facebook will host an event Sunday for those operating small businesses to learn best practices, to hear success stories and to learn strategies to grow, manage and understand their small-business identity on ...

Business/In Brief • May 17, 2014

Honolulu rail-line delays cost $76MHONOLULU - Construction delays related to Honolulu's awarding of rail contracts before it had the all the necessary federal approvals have cost taxpayers $76 million so far.The costs are tied to three contracts awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. and its ...

Elections will be here soon

It is hard to believe it, but the election season is just around the corner.Each year, the Maui Chamber of Commerce encourages residents to get out and vote by sharing important information and conducting voter registration campaigns. With an earlier-than-usual primary election, on Aug. 9, we ...

Business/In Brief • May 15, 2014

HONOLULU - The assets of the state's largest public pension fund have reached an all-time high.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the state Employees' Retirement System had $13.7 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter. That translated to a 1.5 percent investment gain for the ...

Business/In Brief • May 14, 2014

HILO - A geothermal plant on the Big Island has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for 14 violations, accused of failing to properly maintain and monitor its operations.The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday that 10 of the violations had already been corrected as of 2010.A ...

Andaz earns LEED Silver

Andaz Maui at Wailea has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, the resort announced last week."With very few LEED certified hotels in Hawaii, we have a tremendous sense of accomplishment that our efforts surrounding energy efficiency have paid ...

Business/In Brief • May 13, 2014

Google set to help maximize businessesResidents can learn how to grow their businesses from Google experts during a live broadcast event May 21.Maui Business Resource Center and Hands Off Media are hosting the free event, held from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the ...

Business/In Brief • May 8, 2014

Kau Coffee Festival for small growersKAILUA-KONA - The ongoing Kau Coffee Festival is celebrating the success of small growers who have begun producing world-class coffees.The sixth annual festival includes farm and mill tours, stargazing, rain forest hikes and a recipe contest, West Hawaii ...

Business/In Brief • May 7, 2014

Matson's profit falls in first quarterHONOLULU - Shipping and logistics company Matson Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $3.4 million during the first quarter, far below its profit of $9.1 million a year earlier because of the timing of fuel surcharge collections.Matson CEO Matt Cox said demand ...

Business/In Brief • May 6, 2014

Oahu growth outpacing housing supplyHONOLULU - Oahu's population is growing much faster than its housing supply.To catch up with demand, developers would have to build about 2,000 more homes each year than they do now, Eugene Tian, a Hawaii economist, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.His ...