Nearly 30 young, future and seasoned entrepreneurs spent the day learning ways to do business from industry experts at the Molokai Business Conference (MBC) last Wednesday.
“This idea was born right here on Molokai by Jennifer [Hawkins],” said Teena Rasmussen, director of the Maui County Office of Economic Development (OED). “It was her desire to put on a business conference for Molokai and to bring all kinds of resource people in and from around the state to come in and provide training for the Molokai people.”
Hawkins, the Small Business Specialist at the Kuha`o Business Center (KBC), worked alongside Rasmussen and the OED, MEO Business Development Center and UH Maui College, Molokai (UHMCM) to offer a full line-up of business resources for Molokai entrepreneurs.…
The sound of a jack hammer last Friday marked the official start to the rebuilding process after Hotel Molokai’s kitchen burned down almost two years ago. The machine, wielded by Hotel Manager Michael Drew and Tante Urban, owner of Tante’s Island cuisine, pummeled through a layer of concrete as a joyous cry arose from family, friends, guests and staff.
Construction on the new kitchen is expected to begin on June 1, with completion scheduled early in the new year.
Tante’s Island Cuisine, a family-operated restaurant on Maui, took over management of the former Hula Shores Bar on April 15, in partnership with a Molokai family.…
By Jennifer Hawkins
The Molokai in Business series focuses on local businesses, both old and new. It is our way of helping you get to know your local businesses. Our intent is to support our local businesses, help people who want to start a business, and tell a good story.
What: [Ep-ik] Style, active-wear for ocean, running and lounging
Who: Sydney Kalipi
When: By appointment
Where: Etsy website and Instagram @epikstylehi
How: Call 658-0175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
Answer: I create handmade active wear for women. I started sewing bikinis at home for fun, then later I wanted to pursue sewing and attended UH Maui College on Maui.…
With the state budget for fiscal year 2014-15 green-lighted at $12.1 billion, Molokai has been allocated more than $9 million in capital improvement funds. That’s part of about $226 million set aside for the seventh senate district of Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kaho`olawe, reported Sen. J. Kalani English.
“Molokai is getting more than its fair share of the state budget,” said English, chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs. “While working in partnership with Rep. Mele Carroll we were able to secure many of the Capital Improvement Project funds that Molokai truly deserves. These appropriations show that the Legislature recognizes the importance of Molokai.”
Projects range from education and athletics to agriculture and transportation infrastructure.…
Almost two years after the kitchen at Hotel Molokai was burned in a devastating fire, the restaurant and bar is seeking a fresh start with new management, and reconstruction is anticipated to begin next month.
Tante’s Island Cuisine, a family-operated restaurant on Maui, took over management of the former Hula Shores Bar on April 15, in partnership with a Molokai family. Owner Tante Urban said with a motto of “good service, good food and good price,” he looks forward to serving hotel guests and locals alike.
Husband and wife Clint and Starlet Luczon Joao and Starlet’s sister Natalie Luczon are assisting with management of the bar and restaurant, now known as Tante’s at Hotel Molokai.…
Money may not be everything, but around county budget season, it becomes pretty important. Mayor Alan Arakawa presented county councilmembers with his proposed $622.6 million Fiscal Year 2015 budget last month, and since then, the council has been traveling to various districts gathering public input.
On Molokai, the three-hour meeting held two weeks ago garnered a lively turnout and a full slate of testimony.
“We’re here to listen to you as to what your needs are,” said Molokai councilmember Stacy Crivello.
This year’s proposed budget is a $63.3 million increase — 11.3 percent — from last fiscal year’s financial plan adopted by the council.…
ONABEN News Release
Our Native American Business Network returns to work with the Kuha`o Business Center and Native entrepreneurs as a part of their thee-year program to provide entrepreneurial training to the community on Molokai. Trainings are made possible by a grant provided by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and allows a local organization, Kuha`o Business Center, to partner with the Portland-based, national nonprofit to work with area citizens on business development initiatives three times per year. ONABEN is returning April 8 and 9, providing small business training April 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center.…
Siblings Kama Hoe and Tammy Smith consider themselves the news kids on the block, entering the Molokai community as general managers of Paddlers Inn, bringing over 30 years of food service experience with them. Photo by Jessica Ahles
If you’ve tasted a difference at Paddlers Inn lately, it’s probably thanks to sibling team, Tammy Smith and Kama Hoe, welcomed into the Paddlers family as of September 2013. Working as general managers, they are dedicated to not only improving the total dining experience, but also creating job security and supporting the community while they’re at it.
Before their parents, Herbert and Julia Hoe, left Oahu 20 years ago to start retired life on Molokai, they had instilled the importance of hard work, family and community into their children.…
ONABEN News Release
A free, two-day workshop will teach business concepts for anyone starting up or running a small business. Held by RedWind and ONABEN hosted by Kuha`o Business Center, this small business development workshop will be provided in Kaunakakai at the Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) on Monday, April 7 and the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center (QLCC) at Kulana Oiwi on Tuesday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This workshop, one of 15 RedWind will hold this year, will cover business concepts indispensable for anyone starting up or running a small business. Instructors will also identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls.…
A tradition of Molokai entrepreneurship with aloha fostered by the late Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo is being carried on today by many local business people. Wailani Tanaka, owner of Something For Everybody, was recently honored for that spirit by being named the recipient of the special 2014 Annette Pauole-Ahakuelo Molokai Small Business Achievement Award.
Part of this year’s Mayor’s Small Business Awards, Tanaka was given the recognition on Feb. 26 as the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce honored the winners from around Maui County. Tanaka was the only recipient from Molokai, though one of three to receive nominations; others were Suzette Kahana of Kalapaki Girl Designs and Tarrah and Noa John Horner of iCandie and iCopie.…