Business

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 ...

Business/In Brief • June 24, 2014

Farmers unenthused about food hub ideaLIHUE- A majority of Kauai farmers surveyed say they aren't interested in a food hub, a concept that would create a centralized processing facility.Seventy percent of the 23 farmers who responded to a survey in a county-funded study said they weren't ...

Leaders past and present to be honored

The mission of the Maui Chamber of Commerce is to advance and promote a healthy economic environment for businesses, advocating for a responsive government and quality education while preserving Maui's unique community characteristics. Our business is growing Maui businesses and we have been ...

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 ...