Business

Chamber events mark business week

National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small-business owners, recognizing that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. They create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year, drive ...

Most isle enrollees did so without getting aid

HONOLULU - Most people who bought plans through Hawaii's insurance exchange did so without financial assistance, federal enrollment numbers released Thursday said.Sixty-two percent of the 8,592 people who bought plans as of March 31 didn't get aid, data released by the U.S. Department of Health ...

FABMAC Homes opens model

Maui's FABMAC Homes recently opened its latest model home at 221 South Wakea Ave. in Kahului.The home features a completely off-grid electrical system from Hawaii Power & Light, which is based on Maui. The system can supply 100 percent of the home's power needs every day, a news release ...

Addition proposed for Waikiki hotel

HONOLULU (AP) - The Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Waikiki would gain a 350-foot hotel tower and meeting space under a proposal by Outrigger Enterprises Group, which wants the project to be the fifth new tower of its size planned for Waikiki.Preliminary plans call for construction of a 31- or ...

Pele Awards go to two Valley Isle businesses

Two Maui businesses won top honors for their advertising and design work in the statewide Pele Awards competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.Sae Design in Wailuku brought home three awards and Hawaii on TV / Jazz Alley TV won one award, according to the results released ...

New solar installation rules likely to raise costs

HONOLULU (AP) - A state board has issued new rules for solar panel installation that will require journeyman electricians to do more of the work, which is expected to raise the cost of installing the systems.Hawaii's Board of Electricians and Plumbers will require that electricians handle ...

Continuing effort made to limit size of minimum-wage hike

Last week a team of six Maui Chamber of Commerce members went to the state Capitol to meet with our Maui delegation and other legislators to discuss the high minimum- wage increase that is being discussed in conference committee. It was part of our continuing effort to share the concerns of our ...

Former Mauian launches new swimwear collection

Former Maui girl and jewelry designer Tiffany Chou has launched a new swimwear collection. As an extension of her beach-chic inspired jewelry and accessories collections, she has ventured into swimwear and her spring/summer 2014 collection currently is available for purchase online at ...

New medical office opens

Mango Medical, a medical group that started on the Big Island in 2011, has opened a Wailuku office at 1935 Main St. No. 102. The group also has plans for an office in Makawao.Primary care providers are Dr. Timothy Duerler and physician assistant Shannon Ray along with licensed clinical social ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 23, 2014

Arbitrator awards raises to principalsHONOLULU - About 850 principals, vice principals and other education officials at the school and district level are getting raises.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that an arbitration panel has awarded 4.5 percent annual pay raises to the Department of ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 19, 2014

Maui Fair offers sponsorship packagesThe Maui Fair is soliciting sponsors for the annual event, which will be held Oct. 2-5 at the War Memorial Complex.New sponsorship packages have been developed, and there are programs for different budgets, an announcement said.For more information, contact ...

Bills draw clash on future developments

HONOLULU (AP)- A bill that affects development in Honolulu's urban core is touching off debate about the future of Hawaii and whether development will sprawl into rural areas or make the state's most populous city more dense.The House passed a bill Monday that seeks to reign in development in ...

City considers outlawing gambling machines

HONOLULU - The Honolulu City Council is considering making it illegal to own a gambling machine, tightening rules that have led to arrests but no prosecutions.Hawaii is one of two states in the country with no forms of legalized gambling, including casinos or lotteries.But recent raids of ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 15, 2014

Sleep Train to buy America's MattressSleep Train has agreed to acquire America's Mattress in Hawaii, which includes a store in Kahului.The deal for the nine stores statewide is expected to close April 23, a news release from Sleep Train said."Sleep Train's commitment to the community, ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 12, 2014

Hawaii herb and vegetable farm settles labor chargesHONOLULU - A Hawaii farm has agreed to settle a Department of Labor complaint that charged the farm underpaid its workers by hundreds of thousands of dollars.Fat Law's Farm, a Waipahu herb and vegetable farm, will pay workers more than ...

Membership on the rise for Maui Chamber of Commerce

The Maui Chamber of Commerce welcomes these new members into the chamber's ohana:* Ceridian provided outsourced business services for nearly 80 years and today offers a wide range of human resources, payroll, tax filing, benefits and time and attendance solutions (www.ceridian.com).* Heartland ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 11, 2014

OluKai will outfit lifeguards with free footwear in LahainaMaui lifeguards will be receiving free OluKai high-performance footwear at Island Sole on Front Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today.Partnering with the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, OluKai will be outfitting Hawaii lifeguards with one of ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 10, 2014

Children's oral health gets poor gradeHONOLULU - Hawaii has more dentists per capita than any state except Massachusetts but children here have among the worst rates of tooth decay in the country.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday data from Delta Dental Plans Association found the ...

Business/In Brief • Apr. 5, 2014

Nominations sought for awardNominations are being sought for the 2014 Maui Matsuri Business Award.The criteria for selection includes the basis of the business' participation in the Maui Matsuri and support of the mission of the festival, which is to preserve and perpetuate the Japanese culture ...

Lawmakers ignoring potential harm of minimum-wage hike

The state Legislature seems determined to hike the minimum wage to over $10.10 in the next several years despite deep concern by the business sector and economic reports that indicate it would create more harm than good.Lawmakers appear to be redefining the "minimum wage" as a "living wage," ...