Business

Renewable Energy Proposal Changes Direction

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Ikehu Molokai — the project proposed jointly by Princeton Energy and Molokai Ranch with the goal of lowering the island’s electricity rates and creating a 100 percent renewable energy source – has changed directions since its inception. Steve Taber, the CEO of California-based company Princeton, now says after community concerns, plans do not include the stored hydro energy system above Manila Camp originally proposed.

Taber said now that meetings have been held with Manila Camp residents and other groups around the island, two major concerns arose with the company’s project. The original intention involved installation of nearly 100 acres of solar panels, an approximately 10-acre water reservoir, and a pumping and turbine station located above or near Manila Camp.…

Google Drive, Welcome to the Cloud

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

Have you gone through the painful process of losing important files to a failed hard drive or lost laptop? Have you ever had to collaborate with another person or team on a presentation, financial report, or written piece only to find that trading documents back-and-forth is cumbersome and confusing? Maybe you’d like the freedom to work from any smartphone, tablet, or computer on any or all of your documents without shuffling files everywhere?

Google Drive and the cloud might be the perfect solution for streamlining your workflow, and safeguarding your files. Find out how at the free introductory workshop, Google Drive, Welcome to the Cloud.…

County Funding to Expand Businesses

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

County of Maui News Release

Maui County businesses looking to expand, strengthen or diversity have an opportunity to apply for funding through the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED). The office is rolling out a program designed to support Maui, Molokai and Lanai businesses.

The Economic Development Revolving Fund (EDRF) was created by the Mayor’s Office and passed by the Maui County Council in late 2011. The fund currently has $1 million which, by ordinance, was designed to strengthen and diversify the County’s economy; to support existing County businesses; to promote job creation; to attract new business, industry, construction, and events that will foster economic development in the County; and to improve the overall economic and social well-being of the County.…

Four from Molokai Among Small Business Nominees

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Four Molokai business people have been nominated for the 2014 Mayor’s Small Business Awards. Suzette Kahana of B&S Kahana Corp. dba Kalapaki Girl Dezigns, Tarrah and Noa John Horner of iCandie and iCopie, and Wailani Tanaka, owner of Something for Everybody are joining nearly 30 other Maui County nominees. Awards, put on by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and Maui Chamber of Commerce, will be announced on Wenesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom.

“This is an exceptional group of nominees, and all of them are worthy of an award,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa.…

Bakery Pays $20,000 in DOH Settlement

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

After accruing $90,000 in fines to the state Department of Health in 2012 for sanitation violations, Kanemitsu Bakery has reached an agreement with the DOH to pay $20,000 instead.

DOH Communications Officer Janice Okubo said the settlement was reached outside Hawaii’s court system during hearings within the DOH that are scheduled when someone has an objection or concern about a penalty or notice of violation.

“I’m very satisfied,” said Kanemitsu Bakery owner George Kanemitsu of the resolution. “There’s no way we could have paid [the original $90,000 fine].”

Kanemitsu said the bakery’s operations are back on track after a six-month closure in 2012 following the violations.…

Molokai in Business: Visual Resource Media

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Community Contributed

By Jeannine Rossa

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: Visual Resonance Media, a professional video production, media consulting, and website design business
Who: Daniel Emhoff
When: By appointment
Where: Will travel to you
How:  808-553-8125; vrm@consultant.com; visualresonancemedia.com

We all know Daniel Emhoff as the Director of Akaku Community Television’s Molokai Media Center, where he teaches classes in videography and editing, and films community events for Akaku Public Television. …

Molokai Business Directory

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Sust `aina ble Molokai News Release

Sust `aina ble Molokai is excited to announce the Molokai Go Local! Business Directory.  This is a Molokai Business Directory in the making, funded in part by First Nations Development Institute and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

The purpose of the directory is to support our local businesses and strengthen our local economy.  It will also be added to our ongoing Molokai-pedia project, which is aimed at creating a database for the island.

Sign-up is free to list your business.  You can either submit a hard copy form or go online.  Hard copies are available for pick-up and drop-off at the Sust `aina ble Molokai office (in the old Headstart Building, up the road from Lanikeha) or at the Kuha`o Business Center (2 Kamoi Street, suite 600). …

Ventures in Vanilla

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Ventures in Vanilla

Photos by Catherine Cluett

Deep in one of Molokai’s lush east valleys, a translucent, arched roof frames green peaks and greener foliage as far as the eye can see.

“These are the girls!” says Patty McCartney with motherly pride, stepping through the door and glancing around fondly. She tilts her head to get a closer look at each, brushing them gently with her hand and telling them they’re beautiful and growing well.

The girls are vanilla plants, a type of orchid vine producing beans that hold one of the world’s most popular flavors and fragrances.

“I come up here and talk to them, sing to them, fertilize and pollinate them,” she says.…

Entrepreneurs Receive 3 Years of Resources

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Entrepreneurs Receive 3 Years of Resources

Over a dozen Molokai entrepreneurs attended the first meeting of a three-year series of business training workshops through ONABEN. Photo courtesy of ONABEN.

Molokai’s creative thinkers have a tough job when turning their hobbies into businesses. Learning the ins and outs of permitting processes, bookkeeping, and developing a customer following can be a daunting learning curve. But over the next three years, a series of small business workshops, webinars and other resources are set up to make it a little easier.

“You need to have a tough skin and it’s not always easy,” Veronica Hix, executive director of the Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network Inc.…

Holomua Junction Open for Business

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Holomua Junction Open for Business

“Holomua” means progress or successful advancement, and that’s just what owners and tenants of the Holomua Junction business and office complex hope for the newly-renovated space. Located at the corner of Maunaloa and Kalae Highways, Holomua now holds two retail businesses — the Tobacco Shack and Beach Break — with more than half a dozen more spaces available to rent, according to land owners Diane and Larry Swenson.

Almost 30 years ago, the Swensons purchased 11 acres of property from Patterson Construction. The land has been previously home to the Holomua School in the mid-1900s. When the Swensons acquired the acreage, the building that now serves as the office for Swenson Real Estate occupied the property, and they built a warehouse for Larry’s Swenson Construction.…