Business

Business/In Brief • June 18, 2014

Farmers report theft increaseKAILUA-KONA - The Big Island's prosecutor is encouraging farmers to report thefts of crops as West Hawaii farmers say they're experiencing an increase in stolen produce.Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth said he's working with the state Department of ...

Names & Faces

* Optometrist Linda Nguyen has recently passed her board exam and is Maui's first board certified optometrist, according to an announcement.The American Board of Optometry's processes of board certification and maintenance of certification demonstrate that the optometrist is dedicated to ...

Famous Amos taking another try at the cookie business

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii man who lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company in the 1980s is reinventing his brand yet again.Wally Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. The 76-year-old is now selling his cookies at candy store ...

Names & Faces

* Kirstin Hamman has recently opened her own law office in Wailuku.She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.That same year she began her career on Maui as a law clerk for 2nd Circuit Judge Boyd P. Mossman.She also has previously worked for the Maui ...

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 ...