Environmentally conscious travelers are in a quandary.
Readers of this column have seen me go on about the Hawaii Island building permit process on more than one occasion. Bottom line: it’s a problem. It’s a problem for contractors, it’s a problem for businesses looking to expand or start, and it’s a problem for homeowners.
Kona Brewing Co. operations in Hawaii officially returned being independent and privately owned last Tuesday. Going forward, Kona Brewing Co. will operate as Kona Brewing Hawaii.
Parker Ranch will build new housing for working cowboys in its Livestock Division over the next two years.
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently named the West Hawaii Community Health Center a national 2020 Health Center Quality Leader award recipient. This recognition ranks the West Hawaii Community Health Center among the top 30% of health centers in the nation for best overall clinical performance.
Americans may not know if trick or treating will happen this year because of the pandemic, but they’re buying a lot of Halloween candy while they wait to find out.
HONOLULU — Hawaii plans to provide $10 million in grants for small businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
HONG KONG — Cannabis may be illegal in Hong Kong, but a new cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws.
In 2016, lawmakers came up with a law requiring the state Auditor to review exemptions, exclusions, and credits in the general excise, public service company, and insurance premium taxes. Under the terms of the law, HRS section 23-71, the existing tax benefits on the books were divided into ten chunks, with each chunk to be reviewed every 10 years. The Auditor was supposed to figure out how much each tax benefit costs in terms of lost revenue and determine whether the tax benefit has achieved and continues to achieve the purpose for which it was enacted by the Legislature. The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 Legislature, but there was a delay.
Another source of funding for small businesses is available in Hawaii County and, as of its first three days in operation (Sept. 3 to 7), has sent out close to $1 million and is processing applications at a rate of about 100/work day at a 95% application approval rate.
Four Hawaii businesses, including Healing Noni in Pahoa, are scheduled to be among the nearly 850 Open Call applicants selected from approximately 4,800 businesses around the country to pitch their U.S. manufactured products to Walmart’s team of merchants.