Tante’s Breaks Ground

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Tante’s Breaks Ground

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.…

Molokai in Business:  Epik Style

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Molokai in Business:  Epik Style

Community Contributed

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

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.…

Molokai Gets $9M in CIP Funds

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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.…

New Management for Hotel Molokai Restaurant and Bar

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

New Management for Hotel Molokai Restaurant and Bar

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 Matters: 2015 County Budget

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Money Matters: 2015 County Budget

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.…

Three-Year Business Training Continues

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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.…

Duo Dishes Out Aloha

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Duo Dishes Out Aloha

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.…

Entrepreneurial Empowerment Workshops

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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.…

Local Girl Receives Honorary Award

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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.…

2014 Molokai Business Conference

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Kuha`o Business Center News Release

The Mayor of Maui County’s Office of Economic Development, Kuha`o Business Center, MEO Business Development Center, and UH Maui College- Molokai are excited to announce the 2014 Molokai Business Conference- “Taking Care of Business Molokai Style” for May 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thanks to a grant from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, the conference will be free to all who choose to participate. An exciting line-up is planned and our presentation partners include The Maui Economic Opportunity- Business Center, Hawaii Department of Health, Business Action Center- Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, High Technology Development Corporation & INNOVATE Hawaii, Hawaii Energy, It’s Your Money, Kupu A`e, Hawaii Health Connector, Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Department of Taxation, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and American Savings Bank Merchant Services Powered by Veracity Payment Solutions.…