Funding for Community Tourism Projects

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

County Office of Economic Development News Release

The County of Maui is soliciting proposals for tourism programs on Maui, Molokai and Lanai for 2014 under the County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP). The intent of the program is to diversify and enrich Hawaii’s tourism product by developing new and enhancing existing community-based events, experiences, and projects related to the niches of agriculture, culture, education, nature, health and wellness, sports and technology. The program is supported through a partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).

From heritage festivals to music series to programs that interpret our unique environment, CPEP supports a wide range of activities created by organizations throughout Maui County.…

Business Planning Classes

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Business Planning Classes

MEO Business Development Center News Release

If you’re a Molokai entrepreneur looking to step up your game and better manage or grow your business, a series of classes over the next two months will teach you how. The MEO Business Development Center (MEO BDC), a program of Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., will present a series of evening classes for entrepreneurs during the months of August and September.

The Core Four Business Planning Classes cover how to set goals, do market research, determine pricing, make the sale, understand and create cash flow projections, and write a business plan — everything you need to know to start or grow your business.…

Increasing Island Food Storage

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

With growing concerns on Molokai about food security, Friendly Market Center (FMC) is taking a big step to enhance their food storage capabilities. The Kaunakakai grocery store plans to build a 7,544-square-foot warehouse that will more than double the business’ current chill storage capacity for perishable items, according to co-owner Jeff Egusa. The warehouse will offer a buffer in case the barge cannot deliver on its current twice-weekly schedule, and could also mean cheaper food for Molokai shoppers, Egusa said.

The warehouse will include 4,495 square feet of storage space, as well as a loading dock, small office for warehouse workers and a 13-space parking lot.…

Join the Crop of Producers

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Whole Foods News Release

Are you a farmer or producer interested in creating excellent products? A day-long summit to share information, inspiration and networking opportunities with Hawaii farmers and producers will be held on Kaui, Maui and Oahu Aug. 6-10. Called Sprout, the program is intended to cultivate Hawaii’s next crop of artisanal producers.

Whole Foods welcomes all existing and aspiring Hawaii farmers and producers to learn more about topics including becoming a Whole Foods Market supplier, pricing and business models, the retailer’s perspective, branding and marketing, financing, Whole Food’s Market’s local producer loan program, distribution, packaging, local ingredient sourcing, and more. …

Kalaupapa Bar Celebrates 10 Years

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Kalaupapa Bar Celebrates 10 Years

Last weekend, a street in Kalaupapa was closed for the second block party in the settlement’s history. A decade ago, Kalaupapa patient resident Gloria Marks bought the settlement’s only bar, and last Friday, the 100-resident community came out to celebrate the business’ 10th anniversary. It was Marks who also hosted the settlement’s first block party for the bar’s firth anniversary in 2008.

“Ten years is good but I have to make it another 10!” said Marks, Kalaupapa’s only business owner. Marks also runs Damien Tours, which is nearing its 50th anniversary.

Called Fuesaina’s Bar, Marks’ business stocks more than 10 varieties of beer, and some wine as well.…

60 years of Family Service

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Friendly Market celebrates 60th anniversary

Jeff Egusa swore he would never come back to Molokai to work in his family’s grocery business. But more than 30 years later, he calls the decision to continue the legacy of Friendly Market Center the best decision of his life.

It all began when his dad, Alex Egusa, was fired from his job working in the grocery business operated by the Y.K. Yuen family, which owned four stores on Molokai in the early 1950s. Jeff said a group of fellow employees quit when his dad was let go after a difference of opinion, and shortly afterward, they decided to open their own store together in 1953.…

Hotel Kitchen Approved for Repair

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Hotel Kitchen Approved for Repair

A year after a fire destroyed Hotel Molokai’s kitchen , Hula Shores restaurant and bar is one step closer to repairing and reopening its dining facilities. Hotel Molokai was approved for repairs at the June 26 Molokai Planning Commission meeting, securing their ability to begin construction soon. The Special Management Area (SMA) minor permit approved repairs to the Hula Shores kitchen and the hotel’s storerooms, laundry and second floor guestroom, all of which was demolished after an accidental fire June 19, 2012.

The Maui County Planning Department set a June 30, 2014 start date for construction and completion within a year after that.…

Mango Mania

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Mango Mania

Moani Chow has preserved thousands of pounds of mango. These sticky sweet or sour treats are a unique product on Molokai, despite the abundance of the fruit and simple process of cooking and drying that creates tender bite-sized candy out of average green mangos.

She has sold her dried mango at the Saturday Market, outside Imports Gift Shop and at Kamehameha School events. But mostly she gives it away to friends in the community and supporters of her daughters’ robotics activities. She began crafting these treats nine years ago, and as family shares them on other islands, her mango fan base is growing.…

Weathering the Storms

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013


A look at disaster planning on Molokai

Hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding – catastrophes like these can quickly go from bad to worse in a place as isolated as Molokai. In the midst of disaster, the island will rely first on its own – a small team of dedicated responders who are doing their best at planning for the worst.

When a tsunami hit Hawaii three years ago, 25 out of the 29 damage cases in Maui County were from Molokai, according to the Red Cross. Though these cases didn’t qualify as a disaster, the aftermath brings with it fear of what will carry Molokai through a time of need.…

Hawaiian Airlines Now Hiring for Molokai

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines Now Hiring for Molokai


Hawaiian Airlines is now hiring Molokai personnel for its new flight service, `Ohana by Hawaiian, which will serve Molokai and Lanai later this year. Positions will include part time ramp service clerk/agents and a full time supervisor for ramp and passenger services. No start date for launching the new service has been released by Hawaiian, but Worldwide Flight Services, handling Molokai hiring, announced the local positions would tentatively start in mid-August.

Ann Botticelli, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, said two flights per day — one arriving and departing in the morning, and another in the evening — are scheduled for both Molokai and Lanai.…