Business briefs: 09-03-18

Midas Auto Service &Tires moves

Midas Kona is now located at 74-5615 Luhia St. Customers can now enjoy the comfort of a large waiting room which includes upgraded WiFi and charging units for all electronic devices.


People are invited to come by for a tour and enter a contest for a free trip to Las Vegas for two.

Coldwell Banker Island Properties takes over Maryl

Coldwell Banker Island Properties announced it has acquired the operations of Coldwell Banker Maryl on the Big Island. The purchase closed Saturday.

Coldwell Banker Island Properties said in a press release it intends to grow its agent team aggressively by offering one of the most agent-centric real estate offices, including free transaction coordination, lead generation, marketing support, agent training, and other income producing initiatives – as well as the leading brand name in the industry. The company is actively seeking additional office locations as well as further acquisitions.

Coldwell Banker Island Vacations, one of the fastest growing property management companies on Maui, will also expand to the Big Island.

Nui Italian restaurant opening at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Flavors of Italy are coming to Hawaii’s sunny Kohala Coast. Hilton Waikoloa Village announced the opening of Nui Italian, the resort’s newest restaurant set to open Sept. 13.

At Nui Italian, diners will be treated to an authentic, family-friendly experience. The restaurant will feature an open-air dining area, with the pizza oven serving as a focal point with its decoratively tiled, open wood-flame oven where kiawe wood-fired pizzas will be hand-crafted in full view of guests. In addition, families will be invited to food and company in the indoor lounge, or to enjoy their meal in the light and airy garden area.

At the helm will be chef Gino Cipriano, who will craft Italian favorites from the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Hailing from Sicily, Cipriano brings his Italian roots to this new restaurant. Cipriano spent the start of his career exploring the nuances of Italian cuisine, serving in resorts from Venice and Florence to Taormina and Rome. He continued his career in both Paris and the U.S. at resort restaurants in Miami and San Francisco.

Info: visit or call 886-1234.

HIplan business competition gears up again

The third annual HIplan business plan competition is open to individuals or groups (for-profit or nonprofit) whose business plan focuses on developing startup or expanding a business based on Hawaii Island.

The purpose of the competition is to stimulate development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on Hawaii Island. The competition encourages contestants to develop or refine their business plans towards developing viable new businesses on Hawaii Island.

A grand prize of $25,000 in seed money will be awarded to the winning plan, and a special category for the best business plans cultivated by students at UH-Hilo and Hawaii Community College/Palamanui Campus award tuition scholarships for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

The competitions is co-hosted by the University of Hawaii at Hilo and NELHA, and is administered by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce.


Please note, real estate developments are excluded from the competition.

Info: for all the past and present information.