• News for Economy

    Monday, July 26, 2021
    The County of Hawaii's Planning and Public Works Departments will be implementing a new Electronic Processing and Inspection Center - EPIC powered by EnerGov - to better serve YOU! Using the EPIC system, you will be able to submit plan applications to both departments online, track and manage your applications, and even pay your permit fees. The EPIC system will allow for multiple approving ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Let’s Hang Loose Together!  Get Vaccinated. Get Rewarded.Hana Hou – Round 2 is here!  Got Your Shot?Enter Today to Win!https://higotvaccinated.com/If you are already entered you do not have to enter again for Round 2 Prizes. If you have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot of Moderna or Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, you are eligible to enter from any island/county in ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economy, Education
    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    Governor Ige notifies Legislature, Chief Justice, that eviction moratorium will be lifted August 6State urges residents to seek mediation, available assistanceFor video click hereFor photos click hereFor resources click hereLetter to Legislature, Judiciary attachedHONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today formally notified the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald that he will not ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    As the administrative director of the Kohala Coast Resort Association, Stephanie Donoho works to build bridges between the tourism industry and the larger community. Founded in 1984, KCRA represents 10 properties along the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island. Donoho has decades of experience in the industry, and previously served as the tourism specialist for the County of Hawaii before joining KCRA in ...read more
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    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Hawai‘i County Emergency Rental Assistance Program Wednesday, July 14 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Zoom MeetingClick Here to Join the Meeting  Join the County of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Community Lending to get up-to-date information aboutthe state’s eviction moratorium, available services, and grants for past due rent, utilities, andrent in-advance available through the Hawaiʻi County Emergency Rental ...read more
    Categories: Economy, Education
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    Are you ready to spend a picture perfect Sunday afternoon at Kokua Kailua with local vendors, artists and musicians in Historic Kailua Village? Starting next month, on Sunday, July 18, Alii Drive is the place to be from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a festive, pedestrian-only outdoor marketplace that makes for a great family friendly experience. Leashed dogs are welcome too. The Kailua Village Business ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    Business Innovation Accolade Presented by Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce KONA, HAWAI`I (June2021) – Kona Commons was honored recently with a Pualu Award from the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for the shopping center’s resilience, business innovation, and aloha exhibited during the economic crisis created by the pandemic. The Chamber annually recognizes businesses, organizations and ...read more
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    Thursday, July 01, 2021
      July 1, 2021 - The state is finalizing preparations for the July 8 launch of the State of Hawai‘i’s vaccination exception program for domestic, Hawai‘i-bound travelers vaccinated in the United States or U.S Territories. The program allows these travelers to bypass the state’s quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination. Travelers vaccinated in the U.S. or U.S. Territories may participate ...read more
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    Friday, June 25, 2021
    Hawaiian Electric to auto-enroll past due accounts in 12-month payment plan to avoid disconnection First installment appears in July bills   Release Date: 6/23/2021 HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 – Hawaiian Electric customer accounts that would normally face disconnection will instead be enrolled in a 12-month payment plan to keep the lights on. Affected customers will see higher “current charges” ...read more
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    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2021 For video click here For photos click here   HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated in the United States. Travelers to Hawai‘i must upload their CDC issued vaccination record card to the ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    HAWAII COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION NAMES ITS 2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND NEW SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER KAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term. Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are responsible for guiding management in the direction of the credit union on behalf of the credit ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    HAWAII COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 84 YEARS AND HONORS ITS 2020 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR KAILUA-KONA, HI — Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) marked its 84th Annual Membership Meeting in pandemic fashion—by celebrating its members and the accomplishments of its team during their virtual business meeting on May 8. At the meeting, HCFCU announced Joelle Kamaka as its 2020 ...read more
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    Thursday, June 17, 2021
    Recruitment continues to be a hot issue for Hawaii employers, and with it come many questions. One of them we’ve heard frequently over the years is “Am I obligated to pay the amount that I list in my job ad? What if I find a candidate with fewer skills but high potential?”   To answer this question, we asked Director of HR Services at simplicityHR by ALTRES,Michele Kauinui for her expert answer. ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 08, 2021
    June 8, 2021 Hawaii, like many vacation destinations, is currently experiencing a rental car shortage. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) advises visitors to plan ahead and book their car rental first before making the rest of their travel arrangements. For additional resources, HTA has just posted a list of alternate transportation options people may consider instead of renting a car, thanks to ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Grant funds will strengthen ahupua‘a relationships in leeward Kohala WAIMEA, Hawai‘i Island, Hawai‘i (June 7, 2021)—The Kohala Center today announced that it received a grant award totaling $150,000 that will support the native Hawaiian community through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) ‘Ohana and Community Based Program Grant for Hawaiʻi Island. The grant will help to reinforce and ...read more
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    Monday, June 07, 2021
    Governor Ige sets additional vaccination benchmarks for gatherings, restaurants Also signs new proclamation terminating some emergency provisions  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2021   HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today set additional vaccination benchmarks for gatherings and restaurants. They are as follows:   When the state achieves a 60% vaccination rate: Social gatherings: 25 allowed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economy
    Friday, June 04, 2021
    The program, called WE by Rising Tide, is accepting online applications for its inaugural cohort of 20 women entrepreneurs through June 18. To apply, please visit www.RisingTideHawaii.com The 10-week program includes workshops designed for women entrepreneurs to hone financial management, marketing and leadership skills. Participants will also receive a host of benefits including networking with ...read more
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    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    June 3, 2021 is a very special day! Today we celebrate our birthday, on this day 1 year ago we opened Olakino Hawai’i. Although we were in a pandemic and the world was in a challenging time, we opened our farm because we knew that it was important to grow Microgreens for our community. We started with purpose and we will continue to grow high quality Microgreens for our community. We would like to ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 02, 2021
    New survey outlines challenges facing businesses looking to hire employees HONOLULU – The Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i recently conducted a statewide membership survey to determine the challenges facing businesses looking to hire new employees or bring back employees from temporary furlough. The survey found many businesses across industries have multiple openings and found recruitment challenges ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 01, 2021
     HIGOTVACCINATED.COMDeals & Discounts / Vaccination Incentive Sweepstakes  Calling All Businesses! Our hospital systems have protected the community during the pandemic – it’s our turn to support them.  Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Pacific Health, Queens, Castle Adventist and Maui Health are sponsoring a vaccination incentive website at www.HIGotVaccinated.com with deals and discounts for people ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 01, 2021
    HONOLULU – Hawai‘i is inviting travelers to experience the Hawaiian Islands on a deeper level with a greater emphasis on connecting with our culture, giving back to the destination and preserving it for the future, while following safe health practices. That is the message behind a series of poignant and educational videos being played to visitors before and after they arrive in Hawai‘i. It is ...read more
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    Monday, May 24, 2021
    The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Plantation is excited to announce they have reopened to public.Reservations are required for tours. Book your reservation Today  The OHCF tour is offered Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30am. It is a walking tour of the orchard and of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts a fabulous tour… it’s full of information about every step in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    Hawaiʻi Island Business Report 2021The road to economic recovery is challenging, but businesses are optimistic as they take steps to reopen safely, and progress is made toward sustainable goals. May 4, 2020 Hawaii Business Staffhttps://www.hawaiibusiness.com/hawaii-island-business-report-2021/ Kona-Kohala Chamber - excerpts from the report: “This past year, we learned that communication was a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economy, Community
    Friday, May 14, 2021
    May 13, 2021-----Just 4 months after the final grants were awarded by HTDC’s Innovate Hawaii, the impact on manufacturing and the PPE supply chain across our State is indicating major increases in all sectors of PPE. The program, established by Hawaii State Legislators with assistance from HTDC, DBEDT and the Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC), provided grants to small businesses ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    Governor Ige signs 20th proclamation on COVID-19, authorizing quarantine exception for inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawai‘i  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 7, 2021  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed the 20th proclamation on COVID-19, to allow inter-county travelers vaccinated in the State of Hawai‘i to bypass the pre-travel testing and/or quarantine requirement starting May 11. The ...read more
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    Monday, May 10, 2021
    New Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help provide internet access to low-income householdsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 5, 2021 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today announced a new federal program that aims to assist thousands of qualifying households across the state to pay for their internet service. Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program established by the Federal Communications Commission ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding ...read more
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    Monday, May 03, 2021
    Maunakea, Hawaii - W. M. Keck Observatory’s science community is celebrating the successful revitalization of the Low Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, or LRIS - one of the Observatory’s acclaimed instruments used in Nobel Prize-winning research.   The new LRIS red detector achieved first light on April 27, 2021 after capturing an image of Messier 58, a spiral galaxy located about 68 million ...read more
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    Friday, April 30, 2021
    The Chamber welcomes the newest representative for Hawaiian Airlines, Jasmine Tamanaha.  Born and raised in Waimea on the Big Island, Jasmine has been with Hawaiian Airlines for over 15 years and is the Sales Executive for Neighbor Islands.  She's excited to be the newest Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce member representative and ready to share her knowledge of Hawaii's airline. Call Jasmine about ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    First M1 Roundels Produced by Coherent for TMT Successfully Shipped to Storage Facility in California  April 19th, 2021 • Engineering & Technology www.tmt.org/news/485  Pasadena, CA - TMT and Coherent reached a new milestone this month with the completion of the first two roundels for TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1). Coherent precisely contoured and polished the optical surfaces of the roundels under ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR Inter-county travelers vaccinated in Hawaii may bypass pre-travel testing, quarantine starting May 11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 20, 2021 Facebook Live News Conference Video:https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/videos/468524524356119Photos - Flickr Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/govhawaii/albums/72157718985601991  HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, ...read more
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    Monday, April 19, 2021
    http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/04/15/simons-shares-vision-for-future/The incoming director of the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Doug Simons has a set of priorities that he calls the “three pillars”—ramping up research, expanding technology development and retaining IfA’s world-class education. Simons’ appointment as the leader of one of the ...read more
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    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Free Listing for Hawaii Island Businesses at ShopBigIsland.com! Sign up Now https://bit.ly/2PRSz1s  The Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau has launched a brand new website directory aimed at promoting local businesses to Big Island residents and visitors. Shopbigisland.com offers a hub for shoppers to connect to local businesses by category or geographical area. Free promotional space is available ...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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