• News for Economy

    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Hawaiian Airlines to Offer Guests Drive-Through Pre-Travel COVID-19 TestsDedicated network of testing laboratories created exclusively for Hawaiian Airlines guests HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines is making it easy for travelers to finally take a long-awaited Hawai‘i vacation with convenient drive-through COVID-19 tests in select U.S. mainland gateways that will allow guests to bypass the state of ...read more
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    Monday, September 28, 2020
    Palamanui - Building a community around the college. We've been busy over the past few years working hard on the project's refocused Master Plan, addressing land use, transportation systems, town center, parks, infrastructure and density.  We look forward to keeping in touch with you over the next few weeks bringing you updates and more project information. In the meantime, below is the vision ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    Digital Cookbook Supports Kona Historical SocietyKona Historical Society is looking to refresh the spirit, inspire culinary creativity in the kitchen, foster connections and raise funds through the release of a digital copy of its Portuguese Heritage Cookbook. Starting today (Friday, Sept. 18), the public can purchase the Portuguese Heritage Cookbook for $25 through Kona Historical Society’s ...read more
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    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Welcome new member Goodfellow Brothers Inc.We are a fourth-generation, family-owned business with nearly a century of experience in the construction industry. Throughout the years, we have earned a reputation for professionalism and integrity that reflects our longstanding commitment to the individuals, businesses and resources of the communities in which we live and work. Our mission is to be the ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    FREE to everyone in Hawaii, from ALTRES As we begin to move toward opening our economy during the pandemic, we still need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. And for employers, it starts in the workplace.​ ​ Self-screening has recently become the most widely accepted and non-controversial method to implement a shift in the thinking around virus reduction. And it’s the reason ...read more
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    Monday, September 14, 2020
    The County of Hawaiʻi awards businesses with the Gold Star when they’ve passed all necessary safety requirements by the State of Hawaiʻi and implemented additional requirements by the county, the Department of Health, and the Hawaiʻi Fire Department. These requirements allow businesses to reopen to the public and provide the safest possible conditions during this current phase of the COVID-19 ...read more
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    Monday, September 14, 2020
    SBA Announces Registration for National Small Business Week Virtual Conference September 22-24  HONOLULU, Hawaii – As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and cosponsors will host all virtual events September 22-24, 2020. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices ...read more
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    Monday, September 14, 2020
    Every day, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assists potential and existing small business owners start, grow, and succeed. The SBA Hawaii District Office is hosting free webinars to help small business owners re-evaluate and review their financial business strength and figure out its viability.  Discover new ways to structure and properly utilize your business finances in COVID-19 ...read more
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    Monday, September 14, 2020
    Army announces intent to prepare environmental impact statement for leased land at Pōhakuloa Training Area PŌHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawai‘i (Sept. 4, 2020) — The U.S. Army intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze its proposal to retain up to approximately 23,000 acres of state-owned land at Pōhakuloa Training Area (PTA) to support continued military training. The area has ...read more
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    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Welcome Lions Club of Kona, Chartered June 19, 1934. - It is great to partner with the Lions Club of Kona through membership.  Who are the Lions Club of Kona? We are the home of four district governors and one Past International Director- Lion Yasuki Nakagawa, '61-'62; Lion Albert Akana, '73-'74; Lion Norman Sakata. '91-'92 and Lion Maurice Kahawaii. '03-'04 who is also a Past International ...read more
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    Thursday, September 03, 2020
    Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union* (HCFCU) is pleased to announce it is the lead credit union contracted by Hawaii County to distribute up to $22 million in financial assistance to county businesses under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act.As lead, HCFCU is teaming up with Big Island Federal Credit Union, CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union*, Hawaii County ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 02, 2020
    Hawaiʻi County Coronavirus Relief FundApplications for CARES Act Business and Non-profit Grants are now being accepted by the County's Contractor. See the Holomua Hawaiʻi section on county website for details.  The Holomua Hawaiʻiprogram will distribute up to $22 million in Hawaiʻi County’s CARES Act funding in the form of one-time reimbursement grants up to $10,000  to county businesses and ...read more
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    Thursday, August 27, 2020
    Hawai‘i Energy’s newest program that provides relief to Hawai‘i’s businesses experiencing hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this new Energy Relief Grant program, qualifying small businesses and nonprofits may apply for a grant to cover up to 100% of costs for an energy efficiency project (capped at $25,000) that will help save money on energy.  Grants are available to businesses in ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    HONOLULU, Aug. 25, 2020 – Hawaiian Electric service disconnections for nonpayment have been suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. The company urges customers challenged by the financial impact of COVID-19 to seek utility bill assistance from government and nonprofits, and to set up a payment arrangement plan. The Public Utilities Commission yesterday ordered utilities to extend through Dec. 31 the ...read more
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    Monday, August 24, 2020
    Hawai‘i Island Hospitality Workers Receive Food Aid The Kohala Coast Resort Association (KCRA) was awarded $900,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds from the County of Hawai‘i to distribute much needed food packages to nearly 5,000 furloughed employees in the hospitality industry who are represented by KCRA. The food assistance will be offered twice a month from September through November 2020 ...read more
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    Monday, August 24, 2020
    About the Program What is the Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI) program? Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI) is a new initiative led by the Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii (EDAH) to nurture and grow knowledge-based work opportunities in Hawaii and fuel our emerging industries and innovation sectors. Originally envisioned by Omar Sultan of Sultan Ventures, the program is designed to help ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 18, 2020
    HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines today enhanced its comprehensive “Keeping You Safe” program for guests and employees by requiring all travelers 2 years of age and older to wear a face mask or covering at the airport and during the flight, disallowing masks made with mesh or sheer material or equipped with valves, and initiating a new health screening for those unable to wear a face mask or covering ...read more
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    Thursday, August 13, 2020
    Congratulations to Hawaii's Fastest! Selection based on their percentage of growth in the last 3 years. Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Members  named as one of PBN 26th Annual Hawaii's Fastest growing companies for 2020. Big Island Mechanical & Construction LLC (808) 775-0942, www.bimech.com 47.36% growth rate Elite Pacific Properties LLC - Dana Asis (808) ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 12, 2020
    August 11th, 2020 • Science & AstronomyAn important project for the global astronomy community, TMT is working collaboratively with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) to develop a U.S.-Extremely Large Telescope Program (US-ELTP). Its mission is to strengthen scientific leadership by the ...read more
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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    New state-run website helps connect shoppers with made-in-Hawaii products HONOLULU—The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) announced today the launch of Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha, a platform that was created to feature made-in-Hawaii products and to provide greater exposure to local businesses experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kamaaina and out-of-state ...read more
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    Friday, July 31, 2020
    For Immediate ReleaseHTA Release (20-125) HTA Issues Request for Proposals for Writers of Oahu and Maui NuiDestination Management Action Plans HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, has issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) for writers – one for the Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) for Oahu (RFP No. 21-07) and the other for Maui Nui, comprising the ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    Topic: China Post – Unmarked seed packets Unmarked seed packets are arriving in mailboxes around the United States with no explanation or reason, and with a return address in China. The package bears the name "China Post" and may be labeled as jewelry, small electronics, or some other item.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is actively encouraging recipients not to plant the ...read more
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    Friday, July 10, 2020
    Dept of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is very pleased to announce the live launch of the Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha portal site at https://buy.hawaii.gov/.   DBEDT created this portal site to promote the online shopping sites of Hawaii manufacturers, restaurants and farm delivery services. In this first phase, we are promoting the importance of buying local. In later phases we ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    Kona Historical Society gets $15K to help with operations Funding was provided as part of the federal CARES Act of 2020 The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities have taken action to generously aid local nonprofits, including the Kona Historical Society, during the current pandemic. Kona Historical Society is overjoyed to receive a $15,000 grant award to ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    Hawaiʻi County General Plan 2040 UpdateSummary of Public Comment and Revised Timeline   The Planning Department appreciates the communities and stakeholders that were part of the robust public outreach in 2019 on the Hawaiʻi County General Plan 2040 Update. A variety of community engagement activities produced valuable input that is actively shaping the next draft. Later this year Planning ...read more
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    Monday, June 08, 2020
    Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility ActWASHINGTON -SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act:"We want to thank ...read more
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    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today approved requests from Mayor Harry Kim and Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami to safely re-open more businesses and operations under guidelines that will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people in Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi counties.Hawaiʻi CountyGov. Ige signed Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule #6 which allows the following businesses, operations or activities, which must ...read more
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