Estates, trusts, insurance event topics
NAPILI - Maui Preparatory Academy is sponsoring a workshop on estate planning, charitable trusts and insurance at the school's dining hall at 5:30 p.m. March 1. The community is invited.
Panelists include Elizabeth Ivey, an attorney with Ivey Fosbinder Fosbinder; Richard Nefzer, western regional vice president for life insurance sales with Genworth Financial Inc.; and Ginger Gannon, Maui philanthropic services officer for the Hawaii Community Foundation.
The moderator will be Janis Casco, a certified financial planner and certified wealth consultant.
Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Casco at 667-5599.
Affordable housing studied on Big Island
HILO - Hawaii County is trying to find ways to boost the number of affordable housing units on the Big Island.
The county council advanced a bill this week that would continue the county's current practice of giving developers credits for building affordable housing.
The Office of Housing and Community Development has hired an Oahu-based firm to study Big Island housing demand, market conditions, future housing inventory and other issues.
Hawaii County Housing Administrator Stephen Arnett says the number of Big Island families on a waiting list for Section 8 federally subsidized housing vouchers has jumped by about 60 percent in the past two years to 4,800.
That means about 11 percent of Hawaii County's 43,000 families are waiting to take advantage of the Section 8 housing program.