Photos by Catherine Cluett
In the face of falling ridership, the Lahaina Cruise Company (LCC) is planning to suspend the Molokai Ferry’s daily round trip between Molokai and Maui, pending approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), according to the company’s President and Senior Captain David Jung.
“What’s happening with the ferry right now, is that we’re hemorrhaging money because of low ridership,” said Jung. “We’re trying to come up with a solution right now, but in the meantime we [plan] to cut back one trip a day. It’s better to have reduced service than no service.”
The route, which departs from Kaunakakai Harbor at 5:15 a.m.…
Shirley Rawlins, left, and daughter Lori-Lei Crivello, right, accepted the awards for Rawlins Chevron. Photo by Catherine Cluett.
At an elegant dinner event overlooking panoramic views of Maui last Thursday, Rawlins Chevron was honored among Maui County businesses as the Exceptional Small Business of the Year in the 11 to 35 employees category.
With eight other nominated businesses from Maui in that category at the 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, the multi-generational family service station with 20 employees in Kaunakakai took top honors. They were one of two Molokai businesses represented as nominees at the event.
“We’re blessed to do what we do in the community each and every day in our community,” said Lori-Lei Crivello after accepting the award.…
County of Maui News Release
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the upcoming 2015 Mayor’s Small Business Awards, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom.
This year, there are two nominees from Molokai – The Molokai Dispatch in the Exceptional Small Business of the Year 0 to 10 Employees category, and Rawlins Enterprises in the Exceptional Small Business of the Year 11 to 35 Employees category. Other categories include Exceptional Small Business of the Year 36 to 100 Employees, Young Small Business Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Nonprofit Business.…
UHMCM News Release
Virtual Office Assistant (VOA) Certificate of Competence program will help you develop the necessary skills to successfully provide administrative support services to clients or employers in a virtual setting. This certificate, available on Molokai, allows you to take advantage of employment opportunities, regardless of where you reside (from the comfort of your own home).
Virtual office assistants do many things, from booking appointments for clients to preparing slideshows and managing databases. Many industries are turning to virtual assistants for tasks such as bookkeeping, payroll, proofreading, event planning, research, customer services, and many more.
With mobile and internet connections, you’ll be able to take advantage of job opportunities anywhere in the world as a virtual office assistant!…
Maui County OED News Release
Funding for small business revitalization is available for Molokai and Hana, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) announced. The grant awards will range from $500 to $5000; nonprofit entities are not eligible for this program. Small Business Revitalization grants totaling $24,000 were awarded to small businesses on Lanai, and applications are now being accepted for a second round of grants for businesses in Hana and on Molokai.
The small business revitalization grants are designed to assist businesses with fewer than 10 employees who do business in Maui County’s rural communities such as Hana and Molokai, which have been identified as the areas hardest hit in their ability to recover from the economic downturn of the past few years.…
By Lyn McNeff, CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
This year Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) celebrates 50 years of service to the people of Molokai and Maui County. MEO began in 1965 as nonprofit grass roots Community Action Agency chartered to fight poverty in Maui County.
For more than two generations MEO has been engaged in this effort through community advocacy and by providing needed services such as transportation, early childhood development, youth services, inmate reintegration back into the community, and micro loans and business development services to low-income entrepreneurs.
Continuing with efforts to expand upon our work in the community, on March 21, MEO will host our 50th anniversary fundraiser dinner “Dancing with Our Stars.” The event is at the King Kamehameha Golf Club and it promises to be an exciting night of fun as local celebrities compete before judges to win the prize of best dancers of the night.…
KBC News Release
“I don’t have enough time!” How often have we said this? What tasks need to be done? How am I ever going to wade through all this “stuff?” The Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) is presenting a workshop on Time Management on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. as a way to answer these questions.
Each of us has tasks we need to accomplish for self, work, and family. Some of the subjects to be discussed are: How to organize your day, how to set priorities, and the importance of information storage and its retrieval. The workshop will be based on the work of David Allen, who has written three books on the subject. …
Molokai residents have the hots for an ice-cold hybrid treat: a flavored dessert called snow. It’s the feature of new business Sweet Evie’s Snow Factory, which opened on Molokai last Monday.
Maka Augustiro (middle) with wife Kalehua Sproat-Augustiro (far right) and Evie (far left), for whom Sweet Evie’s Snow Factory is named. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
“Snow ice is not ice cream, it’s not shave ice, it’s not frozen yogurt. It’s like frozen cotton candy,” said Kalehua Sproat-Augustiro, who opened the shop along with her husband Maka Augustiro.
Unlike shave ice, which is ground into fine granules, snow is shaved into thin slices that, when layered, have the appearance of wrinkled tissue paper.…
ONABEN News Release
Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN) looks forward to returning to Molokai to work with entrepreneurs and provide free training. This small business development workshop will be provided in Kaunakakai at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs/DHHL Conference Room, across from Coconut Grove, at the Kulana Oiwi Building D, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to noon.
ONABEN provides training and technical assistance to the Molokai small business community as part of a three-year grant with the Administration for Native Americans, and Veronica Hix, ONABEN’s Executive Director, is “Thrilled to return and revisit with so many amazing entrepreneurs on Molokai.…
How local retail stores are staying afloat in a small market
On a typical day, you can cruise through Kaunakakai’s main street in less than a minute. With three compact blocks of stores and eateries, owners must do business with a special delicacy. As the local retail industry grows, they’re navigating new challenges of unexpected competition but are mining their talents and aloha spirit to survive.
In Molokai’s economy, many customers “live paycheck to paycheck,” explained Michelle Hiro, who opened Molokai Cellular in 2008. Business owners said the key to co-existing in a compact, slower-paced setting is respecting each other’s corners of the market.…