Free business workshop Friday
A workshop titled "Business Transition" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Maui County Business Resource Center at the Maui Mall.
The free workshop will be taught by Gretchen G. Voxland, owner of Horizon Financial LLC. She also has been teaching the "Complete Financial Workshop" at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
Areas to be covered include transitioning a successful business by selling it, passing it on to children or after disability or death.
For more information, call 873-8247.
Boost in solar installations
HONOLULU - A record amount of solar power systems were installed in Hawaii in the second quarter of the year.
That's according to a report by Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports homeowners and businesses added 16.6 megawatts of solar generated capacity during the April-to-June period. That's a 12 percent increase from 14.8 megawatts in the previous quarter.
Hawaii ranks 10th among top 25 states for the period.
The report notes there's a growing trend of homeowners opting for systems that have no upfront costs.
Workers may live in containers
HONOLULU - A city council measure could allow for West Oahu farmers to house workers on their property in retrofitted shipping containers or trailers.
Legislation passed unanimously Wednesday by the Honolulu City Council directs city officials to draft a bill allowing up to five temporary shelters for farm workers on an agricultural lot for five years.
The bill only applies to lots of 2 acres or more in Waianae and portions of the Ewa Plain.
Councilman Tom Berg says he introduced the measure to address homelessness and the need for agricultural workers in Waianae.
A city building official says shipping containers are already allowed as dwellings as long as they meet the same building, housing and health criteria as other types of homes.
Funds sought for sewage costs
HONOLULU - Honolulu is preparing to issue about $300 million in bonds to help pay for repairs and upgrades to the city's sewage system.
The city said Wednesday that proceeds will help pay for work on wastewater pump stations, pipes and facilities in multiple areas including Ala Moana, Kalihi and Wahiawa.
The bonds will be sold starting next week.
Moody's and Fitch rated the city's wastewater revenue bonds "Aa2" and "AA" last year.