Spotlight on Business: Quilt Passions

KAILUA-KONA — “Most of us were told, at some point in our lives, that we were no good at art, and so we lost touch with our creative side,” Karen Barry, owner of Quilt Passions, reflected recently. “But people who are creative, who still make ‘stuff,’ are happy people.”

Senate Bill 2996 crashes and burns

Hawaii lives and breathes through its airports and the airlines that service them. We are the only state where air travel is the only practical way to get residents from one point in the state to another and the only state that cannot be reached by land. Our airports are the first and last impressions millions of visitors get of our state. These are same visitors who support our largest industry, tourism, the economic driver for the state. And their numbers are growing (or at least they were until the latest eruption overreaction in the national press). Here in Kona alone, airline seat capacity in the first quarter of 2018 was 30 percent above what it was in 2017.

Reactionary reaction to resort fees

One of the bills that has come out of the recently concluded legislative session is Senate Bill 2699, which proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our transient accommodations tax (TAT).