County Seeks Input for Home Business Bill

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

There are currently 355 registered business owners on Molokai and most of them are home based, according to Jennifer Hawkins, small business specialist at the Kuha’o Business Center. These businesses are regulated by the Maui County Council under a bill currently up for revision. But when the council visited Molokai last week, asking for feedback on how to best tailor these standards and encourage small businesses, many Molokai business owners revealed they never knew the ordinance existed.

“I feel very unprepared as do most of us [home-based business owners] here to speak on this,” said local business owner Brenda Kaneshiro before the council Wednesday evening.…

Working Women

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Working Women

New Professional League on Molokai

More than 40 women attended the first MPWL membership meeting last Thursday. Photo by Jessica Ahles.

A motivated group is working together to empower women on Molokai through an emerging professional organization called the Molokai Professional Women’s League (MPWL). The organization’s goal is to host professional networking opportunities, mentorship programs and collective support to encourage active leadership in the community.

“We want to support the women here on Molokai,” said MPWL Vice President Liette Corpus. “If we support our women, we will strengthen our families and our communities.”

More than 40 members, representing all ages, attended MPWL’s first membership meeting last Thursday at Hotel Molokai.…

Molokai Furniture Celebrates 10 Years

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

For local business owner Denise Taueetia, growing up on Molokai meant always working hard. After 10 years of managing her own gift and furniture store, she’s taking a moment to celebrate.

“I still look at our pictures from our first anniversary,” said Taueetia. “In the beginning it was fun and it’s still fun today.”

Molokai Furniture got its start in 2003 after Taueetia had come back to the island after studying and working on Maui.

“[My husband and I] had gotten rid of all our furniture on Maui,” said Taueetia. “When I came here, I thought it was going to be easy to get furniture, but it wasn’t.”

After struggling to find furniture through garage sales and occasional, expensive trips off-island, Taueetia said she began to envision managing her own store.…

Molokai in Business: Something for Everybody

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Molokai in Business: Something for Everybody

Community Contributed

By Jeannine Rossa

This is the first in a monthly series on local businesses, both old and new. Our intent
is to support our local businesses, help people who want to start a business, and tell a
good story.

What: Something for Everybody, an upscale, second-hand clothing store.
Who: Wailani Tanaka
When: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 pm and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Upstairs above American Savings Bank
How: 808-553-8149 or

Question: What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
Answer: I own and operate the store Something for Everybody selling clothes, footwear, and accessories for men, women and teens in all sizes and styles.…

Regulating Home Businesses

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

County of Maui News Release

The County of Maui is considering amending a bill relating to home businesses. The purpose of the proposed revisions is to establish standards and restrictions for the regulation of home businesses. It also seeks to establish home businesses as a permitted use in the residential and rural zoning districts and as a special use in the agricultural zoning district, as well as classify parcels upon which a home business is conducted as commercialized residential for real property tax purposes.

A public meeting will be held on Molokai on Nov. 20 at the Mitchell Pauole Center at 6 p.m.…

Molokai Professional Women’s League

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

MPWL News Release

Encouraging and empowering women’s voices can make a positive difference for our community. With this goal, we hope you’ll join us in contributing to efforts that will make Molokai stronger by supporting a mentorship program for young women to engage in building civic responsibility, whereby taking on leadership roles for our community.

Molokai Professional Women’s League (MPWL) is an organization where smart, active leaders will be working to create lasting changes in the community.  Members of MPWL have many opportunities to create an impact on issues concerning our community, county and state.

Membership is not confined to Molokai’s women but is open to all females who sympathize with the objectives of MPWL.…

Store With a Mission

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Store With a Mission

From left to right: Mariah Kaliepi, Addie Delos Reyes, Rosie Torres-Batara, Nora Espaniola and Esther Torres-Umi (not pictured) are the main staff of the Store House located in Kaunakakai, which reopened in September. Photo by Jessica Ahles

The Store House reopened its doors at a new Kaunakakai location last month. Now next to Sundown Deli, the business provides another option for eating and groceries and represents a bright future of good food, friendly faces, and community stewardship.

Kitchen specials include roast pork, chicken enchiladas, and pork chops with mushroom gravy as well as a variety of tropical fruit bowls, salads, sandwiches, coffees, and homemade flavored lemonades and mamaki teas.…

Videoconference Workshops Linked

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

County of Maui News Release

The Kuha`o Business Center (KBC) on Molokai and the Maui County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) at the Maui Mall have successfully been linked via video conferencing. For the first time, Molokai residents and business owners can take advantage of the great workshops produced on Maui without traveling. Conversely, Maui residents will be able to sign up for the Molokai workshops.

“This is a great day for our small businesses and entrepreneurs on Molokai,” Mayor Alan Arakawa said. “This kind of government collaboration is just what we need, and it makes it so much easier for residents to gain the knowledge and skills they need to build their businesses.”

Teena Rasmussen, Office of Economic Development Director, called the new videoconferencing setup “government at its best.”

“Not only have we utilized equipment that was already purchased and sitting idle, but we have now linked two of our greatest resources for the convenience of our residents and business owners,” she noted.…

Small Business Grant Awards Announced

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

County of Maui News Release

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED) and Lokahi Pacific recently announced that a total of $48,303 in Small Business Revitalization grants has been awarded to businesses in Hana, Molokai, and Lanai. These areas have been identified as the areas in Maui County hardest hit in their ability to recover from the economic downturn of the past few years.

The matching grant program requires the business owner to contribute 40 percent to the project, with the grant covering the remaining 60 percent. The grant awards are intended to provide assistance to businesses for projects they did not have funding for, such as purchasing new equipment, renovating, creating or enhancing websites, purchasing marketing materials and other purposes that will help the businesses grow, prosper and sustain jobs.…

Island Air to Decrease Molokai Flights Again

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Air carrier Island Air is once again decreasing the number of flights the carrier offers to Molokai — this time to two per day, starting in November.

“The decision is pretty simple,” said Island Air CEO Paul Casey, who took the position two months ago. “We’re matching capacity with demand.”

In March, the company cancelled all its flights between Molokai and Maui, and in May, decreased flights between Molokai and Honolulu from five to three per day.

At that time, then-president Les Murashige told the Dispatch the Molokai schedule reduction was temporary.

“Our intent is to put additional flights back [between Molokai and Honolulu] in August or September,” said Murashige in March.…